NC State Wolfpack football

The NC State Wolfpack football team represents North Carolina State University in the sport of American football. The Wolfpack competes in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Prior to joining the ACC in 1953, the Wolfpack were a member of the Southern Conference; as a founding member of the ACC, the Wolfpack has won seven conference championships and participated in 31 bowl games, of which the team has won 17, including eight of their last eleven. NC State is coached by Dave Doeren. Since 1966, the Wolfpack has played its home games at Carter–Finley Stadium. On September 16, 2010, NC State restored the tradition of having a live mascot on the field. A wolf-like Tamaskan Dog named “Tuffy” was on the sidelines for the Cincinnati game that day in Raleigh and Tuffy has not missed a Wolfpack football game in Carter–Finley Stadium since. NC State played its first football game against a team from the Raleigh Male Academy on March 12, 1892 in what is now Pullen Park.

The team's first head coach was Perrin Busbee. The Aggies, whose colors were blue and pink, won 12-6 in front of more than 200 spectators; the following year, the school played its first intercollegiate game: a 12-6 victory over Tennessee College. The program's long-standing rivalry with nearby University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill began on October 12, 1894 with a 44-0 UNC victory in Chapel Hill. Eight days the team lost again to UNC, 16-0 in Raleigh. In 1895, under third-year coach Bart Gatling, the team finished 2–2–1 and wore red and white uniforms for the first time. Over the next five seasons the program continued to try to establish itself, achieving only one winning season during the period; the football team has only had scholarship football players since 1933, prior to that all Wolfpack athletics consisted of non-scholarship student athletes. In 1906, in a game against Randolph-Macon in Raleigh, the Farmers attempted their first forward pass, a play that had only become legal and at the time was still considered a "trick" play.

The following season was the program's most successful yet. Under coach Mickey Whitehurst, A&M won the South Atlantic Intercollegiate Athletic Association championship with a 6–0–1 record; that season, the program recorded its first victory over Virginia. The Farmers played their home games that season on campus at the New Athletic Park, which would be known as Riddick Stadium. In addition to Pullen Park, the state fairgrounds had hosted some games prior to the opening of the new stadium; the team won a second South Atlantic championship in 1910 under coach Edward Green, finishing with a record of 4–0–2. A win over Virginia Tech in Norfolk that season was dubbed the "biggest game played in the South". Coach Green led team to a third conference championship in 1913, with a record of 6–1; the 1918 season, the school's first season with the name North Carolina State University, was cut short due to the United States' entrance into World War I and a severe flu outbreak on campus. The team's roster was depleted, its schedule reduced to four games, practice was suspended for five weeks in October and November.

A week after practice resumed, State College, as the school was called, led by coach Tal Stafford, was defeated 128-0 by Georgia Tech in Atlanta. Tackle John Ripple was named the program's first All-American; the following season, on October 23, the Farmers resumed play with North Carolina after a 14-year hiatus. The Tar Heels won the game 13-12 in Raleigh, it wasn't until 1920. In 1921 State College began wearing red sweaters and were referred to by the local media as the Wolfpack; the program, led by coach Harry Hartsell at the time, joined the Southern Conference that year and would win the conference title six seasons under coach Gus Tebell, finishing the year with a 9–1 record. Running back Jack McDowall was the team's star player that year; the 1930 season saw the installation of field lighting at Riddick Stadium, as the Wolfpack defeated High Point University, 37-0, in the team's first night game. Williams Newton took over as State's head coach in 1937, under his tutelage the team compiled a record of 24–39–6.

Under Newton, State employed a ground-oriented, hard nose attack that put pressure on the opposing interior linemen. Recruitment became difficult during at least part of his tenure as Head Coach due to the fact that World War II necessitated that eligible males over 18 be inducted into the U. S. military. Newton left NC State after seven seasons to accept the head football coach position at South Carolina. In 1944, State hired former Appalachian State head coach Beattie Feathers as the Wolfpack head football coach. Feathers, a former star at Tennessee and the first NFL running back to rush for 1,000 yards in a season, compiled a 37–38–8 record in eight seasons, the program's most successful coaching tenure yet. In Feathers' second season, Wolfpack defensive player Howard "Touchdown" Turner returned an interception 105 yards against Duke, a record that still stands as the longest play in Wolfpack history; the 1946 season began with wins over Duke and Clemson, earning the program their first appearance in the UPI poll.

The next year, NC State reached their first bowl game, the second annual Gator Bowl. The team lost to Oklahoma, 34-13, finished the season at 8–3, the highest win total since finishing 9–1 in 1927. 1947 saw the Wolfpack finish 5–3–1. That season was followed by a 3–6–1 campaign in 1948, a 3–7 mark in 1949 and a 5–4–1 record in 1950. The

Christ Falling on the Way to Calvary

Christ Falling on the Way to Calvary known as Lo Spasimo or Il Spasimo di Sicilia, is a painting by the Italian High Renaissance painter Raphael, of c. 1514–16, now in the Museo del Prado in Madrid. It is an important work for the development of his style, it shows the common subject of Christ Carrying the Cross to his crucifixion, at the moment when he fell and his mother suffers a spasm of agony, the Swoon of the Virgin, or "Lo Spasimo". All the emotion of the painting is densely crammed into the foreground and the background is similar to that of a stage set with distant groups of people and crosses; the man on the left in the foreground is similar to a figure in Raphael's painting The Judgement of Solomon in the Raphael Rooms in the Vatican Palace, except reversed. Simon of Cyrene looks sternly at the guards; the four Marys are depicted on the right side of the painting and towering on either side of the composition are the guards. The concept of, devotion to, the "spasm" of the Virgin was fashionable, if somewhat controversial, in early-16th-century Catholicism, although in this work the Virgin has only fallen to her knees, not collapsed or fainted, as is shown.

The panel was commissioned by the Sicilian monastery of Santa Maria dello Spasimo in Palermo. Painted in Rome around 1517, it was shipped by sea, but the ship had a troubled journey and sank; this episode was narrated by Vasari:... As it was being borne by sea to Palermo, a great tempest cast the ship upon a rock, it was broken to pieces, the crew lost, all the cargo, except this picture, carried in its case by the sea to Genoa. Here being drawn to shore, it was seen to be a thing divine, was taken care of, being found uninjured the winds and waves in their fury respecting the beauty of such a work; as the news of this was spread abroad, the Sicilian monks sought to regain the miraculous painting, but they had to ask for the Pope's intercession to retrieve it. It was carried safely to Sicily, placed in Palermo, where it acquired great fame. In 1661 the painting was acquired by the Spanish Viceroy Ferrando de Fonseca on behalf of King Philip IV, who wanted it placed on the main altarpiece of the Royal Alcazar of Madrid chapel.

It stayed in Paris from 1813 to 1822, because it was one of the paintings Napoleon took as booty during his war campaigns, while there the painting was transferred to canvas, a practice much adopted in France during those times. After Paris, the picture was returned and re-integrated into the Spanish royal collections transferred to the Prado, its present condition is not good due to its change of support. However, its quality is clearer since cleaning and restoration in 2012. In the past its status as a work by the hand of Raphael has been disputed, but it is now accepted as not designed but in large part painted by Raphael himself, no doubt with the usual workshop assistance for the easier areas. Christ Going to Calvary, 1534 painting by Polidoro da Caravaggio De Vecchi, Raffaello, Milan. Franzese, Raffaello, Mondadori Arte, Milan. Gherardi, Della Vita E Delle Opere Di Raffaello Sanzio Da Urbino, Kessinger Publishing. Hoeniger, The Afterlife of Raphael's Paintings, Cambridge University Press.

Penny, National Gallery Catalogues: The Sixteenth Century Italian Paintings, Volume I, 2004, National Gallery Publications Ltd, ISBN 1-85709-908-7 Lo Spasimo at the Prado Raphael at the Prado and other Museums Raphael's works on the Online Gallery of the Museo del Prado

Ikechi Uko

Ikechi Uko is a Nigerian travel business consultant, travel promoter, tourism development expert, media consultant and author. He is the organizer of Akwaaba African Travel Market, the first international travel fair in West Africa, he is the CEO of Jedidah Promotions. Ikechi Uko is from Nigeria, he was born on 12 January 1964 into Mrs Salome Uko, née Azubuike. At a young age, Uko had an eye on travel, he could give up anything to discover new places. He attended Enugu, he worked as ticketing officer with Nigeria Airways ABC in Enugu. He studied Geography at the University of Ibadan and graduated in 1985, he did his National Youth Service Corps in Bauchi State, from where he moved to Kano State and taught in Gwarzo Secondary School and Rogo Secondary School, Rogo. In 1988, he returned to the University of Ibadan to obtain his Msc in Geography with emphasis on environmental planning and remote sensing, he graduated in 1990 and went ahead to obtain certificate in Journalism from Times Institute of Journalism and Prince2 Practitioners Licence.

His father played a huge role in cementing his passion, travel: Mr Samson Uko worked with the Nigerian Railway Corporation and kept books. As a child, Ikechi spent his holidays reading those books and travelling to new places in the course of his father's job, his late mother, Mrs Salome Uko, a teacher, steered his early life towards Geography and taught him lessons in enterprise. The Abia State born travel enthusiast, whose dressing is incomplete without a hat or a neck scarf, is a well traveled person, traveling close to 200 days in a year, he was editor of Tourism Factfinders, a book on Nigeria published to mark Nigeria's hosting of The Organization of African Unity summit in 1991. In 1991 to 1992 he was tourism editor of Happy Land, Happy World tourist Guide. Happy Land, Happy World was the Nigerian version of Disneyland, Disney World, a project that did not materialize when its Certificate of Occupancy was revoked by the Lagos State Government. Realizing the lack of literature that documents the unique festive celebrations in Nigeria, in 1998 he published Festivals In Nigeria in collaboration with The Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation.

His passion for traveling and adventures led him to the publication of Travelers Weekend Magazine, a weekly magazine in 1996, along which he launched Travelers Awards. Travelers Weekend was the first regular travel magazine in West Africa. With the aim for the magazine to set the pace and to be Africa's forerunner in the travel world, in 2003 Travelers Weekend Magazine was rebranded as African Travel Quarterly. In 2004 he launched Travelers Awards and Exhibitions, the first attempt at introducing an exhibition into the travel environment. In 2005, Travelers Awards and Exhibition was rebranded as Akwaaba African Travel Market. Akwaaba African Travel Market is the only international travel fair in West Africa. With participation from international dealers in travel, tourism and the hospitality industries, it is regarded as "’Where Africa meets the world". Akwaaba African Travel Market is designated by the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation as the official travel exhibition in Nigeria, it is the only international travel expo in West Africa in partnership with NTDC, listed by United Nations World Tourism Organization, partner event with National Association of Nigerian Travel Agencies and the only member of International Tourism Trade Fairs Association in West Africa In 2010, with the ATQ magazine team, he set up a committee to choose the 7 wonders of Nigeria, popularly known as Naija7Wonders.

This was inspired by the poems of Pliny the Elder on the ancient wonders of the world and the ancient principles of Philo of Byzantium's collection of marvels from around the world. After a thorough and detailed search of two years by tourism and tour experts, with public voting, in 2012, the project team published the man made wonders of Nigeria, the seven most sensitive and exquisitely unique of them were selected as the Naija seven wonders; these are the man-made wonders of Nigeria driven by the vision of the Marcel Proust quote: "The journey of Discovery is not in seeing new things but in seeing old things with new eyes". Naija7wonders, Nigeria most dramatic and unique man-made structure, is endorsed by national bodies and associations in tourism, applauded by international organizations. One of the least known of the seven wonders of Nigeria sites, the Benin moat was visited by UNESCO led by Prof. Wole Soyinka, former Director General of Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation, Otunba Segun Runsewe referred to the Naija7Wonders as an epoch in the advancement of tourism development in Nigeria.

Having noticed that in Nigeria most travel businesses concentrate on Lagos without taking cognizance of the huge travel potentials in other northern states Abuja, being the capital of Nigeria, on 5 July 2011, he launched Abuja Bantaba, a one-day speed dating event between investors and clients in the travel and tourism business. It includes workshop that keep participants informed of what are going on in those industries to keep with pace with the rest of the world. In celebration of the centenary of Nigeria, on 25 April 2014, the 4th edition of Abuja Bantaba honored 100 personalities who are key players to tourism development in Nigeria. In 2013, he la