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National Association of Basketball Coaches

The National Association of Basketball Coaches, headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, is an American organization of men's college basketball coaches. It was founded in 1927 by head men's basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Formation of the NABC began when Joint Basketball Rules Committee the central governing authority of the game, announced without notice that it had adopted a change in the rules which eliminated dribbling. Allen, a student of basketball founder James Naismith, organized a nationwide protest which resulted in the dribble remaining part of the game. In 1939, the NABC held the first national basketball tournament in Evanston, Illinois at the Northwestern Fieldhouse. Oregon defeated Ohio State for the first tournament championship; the next year, the NABC asked the NCAA to take over the administration of the tournament. In exchange, the NCAA provided complimentary tickets for NABC members to the Finals and placed an NABC member on its Tournament Committee. NABC initiatives include establishing the original Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, the format of today's NCAA Basketball Tournament, the College Basketball Experience and National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame at the Sprint Center arena in downtown Kansas City, Missouri.

This facility was completed on October 10, 2007. NABC Player of the Year NABC Defensive Player of the Year Pete Newell Big Man Award NABC Coach of the Year NABC annually names its All-District Teams, which honors the top Division I players in each district. Regions are divided by college athletic conferences. Women's Basketball Coaches Association Official website

Christianity in Malta

In the small Mediterranean island nation of Malta the predominant religion is Roman Catholicism. The apostle Paul's time in Malta is described in the Book of Acts. Tradition holds that the church was founded by its patrons Saint Paul the Apostle and Saint Publius, its first bishop; the Islands of St. Paul, in effect only one island during low tide, are traditionally believed to be the site where Saint Paul was shipwrecked in the year 60 AD, on his way to trial and eventual martyrdom in Rome. According to tradition, the Roman Governor of Malta at the time of Saint Paul's shipwreck, became the first Bishop of Malta following his conversion to Christianity. After ruling the Maltese Church for 31 years, Publius was transferred to the See of Athens in 90 AD, where he was martyred in 125 AD. There is scant information about the continuity of Christianity in Malta in subsequent years, although tradition has it that there was a continuous line of bishops from the days of St. Paul to the time of Emperor Constantine.

The Acts of the Council of Chalcedon record. It is known that in 501 AD, a certain Constantinus, Episcopus Melitenensis, was present at the Fifth General Council. In 588 Tucillus, Miletinae civitatis episcopus, was deposed by Pope Gregory I, his successor Trajan elected by the clergy and people of Malta in 599 AD; the last recorded Bishop of Malta before the Arab invasion of the Islands was a Greek by the name of Manas, subsequently incarcerated at Palermo, Sicily. While the Maltese Islands were under the dominion of the Knights of Malta, from the 15th century through to the late 18th century, the Grand Master had the status of a prince of the Catholic Church, enjoyed a special relationship with the Pope, which led to a considerable amount of friction with the local Bishops. Occasional attempts to implant Quakerism and other forms of Protestantism in the 17th century were unsuccessful. Over the years, the power of the Knights declined; as a ruse, Napoleon asked for safe harbor to resupply his ships, turned his guns against his hosts once safely inside Valletta.

Grand Master Hompesch capitulated, Napoleon stayed in Malta for a few days during which he systematically looted the moveable assets of the Order and established an administration controlled by his nominees. He sailed for Egypt leaving a substantial garrison in Malta. Since the Order had been growing unpopular with the local Maltese, the latter viewed the French with optimism; this illusion did not last long. Within months the French were seizing church treasures; the Maltese people rebelled, the French garrison of General Claude-Henri Belgrand de Vaubois retreated into Valletta. After several failed attempts by the locals to retake Valletta, they asked the British for assistance. Rear Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson decided on a total blockade, in 1800 the French garrison surrendered. Part of the Diocese of Malta, Gozitans brought forward several petitions for the creation of an independent diocese, including in 1798, during the French occupation, again in 1836. A third petition, brought directly to Pope Pius IX in 1855, met with success.

Instrumental in this effort were a young priest named Don Pietro Pace, who would several years serve as Bishop of Gozo, Sir Adriano Dingli, Crown Advocate. The British Colonial Office signalled its approval in October 1860. In 1863, Archpriest Michele Francesco Buttigieg was elected Auxiliary Bishop of Malta with instructions to reside in Gozo. One year on September 16, 1864, the Pope issued a Bull entitled "Singulari Amore", which decreed that the islands of Gozo and Comino were separated from the Diocese of Malta. On September 22, 1864, Bishop Buttigieg was elected the first bishop of Gozo, with the "Matrice" in Victoria, dedicated to the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin, serving as his Cathedral. In 1814, Malta became part of the British Empire in accordance with the Treaty of Paris. British rule lasted 150 years until 1964. British rule brought the first sizeable population of members of the Anglican Church and Protestant denominations in the form of civil servants and retirees. British rule was typified by a condition of religious tolerance.

St. Paul is venerated as the patron saint of Malta. A number of parishes throughout Malta and Gozo are dedicated to him, including: the Cathedral Church at Mdina, the Collegiates of Rabat and Valletta, the parishes of Ħal-Safi and Munxar. Saint Publius is the first Maltese Saint, a patron saint of Malta and Floriana, the first Bishop of the Maltese Islands; the Floriana Parish Church is dedicated to St. Publius. There is a huge devotion across Malta towards this Saint as he was Maltese. Saint Agatha, is a patron Saint of Malta as during the persecution in Sicily she came to Malta and kept on teaching the Maltese the Christian faith. Out of 60 parishes in Malta and Gozo, 11 are dedicated to the Assumption; these include the Cathedral Church of Gozo, the parishes of Gudja, Ħal-Għaxaq, l-Imqabba, Mosta, Attard, Mġarr, Birkirkara and Żebbuġ. Many other churches have a treasured statue representing the mystery of the Assumption; as titular statues, they are the most treasured sacred artifacts of their respective communities.

All statues in churches are kept with great care and devotion, however the devotion to statues representing patrons of villages is far greater than devotion to other representations. Noteworthy details linked to


Yingkiong is the administrative headquarter of the Upper Siang district in the state of Arunachal Pradesh in India. It is a small town located 1 km east of Siang river in Arunachal Pradesh, it is situated at an elevation of 200 meters above sea level, to its west flows the Siang river known as Brahmaputra river in Assam region or. According to 2011 Census the town has a population of 8573 persons. Prior to 1995, the district of Upper Siang was a part of East Siang district, its bifurcation from East Siang was carried out in the same year. The administrative district Upper Siang where the town is located dates back to time when Arunachal Pradesh was an Independent region; the region was not brought under administrative control of the British or other powers till the Anglo-Burmese war of 1826-1861. Post Anglo-Burmese war and the subsequent treaty of Yandaboo between Burma and the British expeditionary forces, the North-Eastern region of Assam, Manipur which were earlier in Burmese occupation was ceded to British.

However, the British control did not extend up to the state of Arunachal Pradesh as a whole, as the British exercised control only up to Pasighat town in East Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh. In 1911 post Anglo-Abor wars the British included this region under its administrative control, it fell under the administrative control of the Assistant Political Officer stationed at Sadiya in Assam during the period. Among which Francis Jack Needham appointed in 1882 as Assistant Political Officer and Noel Williamson, assassinated by locals of Komsing village in East Siang district was most prominent; the topography of Yingkiong town is characterised by hilly terrains and river valley, the town is located at coordinates 28.61037°N 95.047531°E, sits at an elevation of 200 m above sea level, adjacent to its west flows the river Siang. The Siang is known by Brahmaputra river in Assam region, it is bounded by Tibet region on the North, Dibang valley in the East, to its west lies west Siang district and East Siang District in the South.

The Town is surrounded by hills on all side and perennial river Siang flows on its west. Towns that are located on North of Yingkiong near the Indo-China border are Tuting, Bishing. Important villages and hamlets surrounding township are Simong, Puging, Gette, Bomdo and Millang, among others. Yingkiong town has warm subtropical climate with highest recorded temperature at 39 degrees in Summer and 4 degree celsius in winter, and it is humid region. The highest recorded annual rainfall of Yingkiong is 3116 mm; the upper regions receives. Agriculture is a major source of livelihood. Of the gross 69 percent household engaged in agriculture in the entire Upper Siang,Yingkiong township has the highest number of urban agrarian households Jhum cultivation and Terrace farming technique is most common. Rice and Millet constitutes the principal food crop,Cash crops like turmeric,surgarcane are grown. Beside agriculture, cultivation of variety of local vegetables and sale at the daily market and handicrafts weaving like bamboo stool known as'Murha' is a common activity.

Cultivation of seasonal fruits like orange,pineapple are common and during period of favourable cultivation and surplus output they are bulk transported for sale in local market or outside the town in Pasighat. Pisciculture is common and it is promoted under centrally sponsored FFDA programme to generate employment for locals and revenues for the State. Adi people are skilled at making a distinct type of traditional basket called'Egin', it is used for carrying daily household items like wheat and dried woods. A variety of Black and Red Tea called Siang Tea are produced in Deki Tea estate at Ramsing Village for export and domestic consumption; as of 2011 census of the Government of India, the town has a total population of 8573 persons. The male population was 4,381 and the female 4,192, with 1,139 persons in the age group of 0 to 6; the total working population was 3,787 persons, with the male working population at 2,221 and the female at 1,566. The literacy rate of the region is 64%; the female literacy rate is 44.89% and male literacy 55%.

It has a non-working population of 4,786 persons of dependent age. Adi is the major dialect spoken in the area; the Hindi language is used as Lingua Franca to communicate with people of diverse speech or who do not speak Adi. The locals of Yingkiong celebrate the Solung and Etor, Siang River Darshan and Mopin festivals. Solung festival is celebrated for agriculture and good harvest, prevalent among the Adi community are various myths, stories and beliefs about the origin of the Solung festivity. Celebrated mid August–September, the date for the festival is fixed by the village council called'Kebang'. Sometimes, the'Gam' fixes the date in consultation with other leaders of the village. On the day, villagers prepare rice-beer. Fresh vegetables and plenty of meats are stored for the occasion. Aran is a new year festival of the Adi community celebrated in the districts of East and Upper Siang, it marks the arrival of the spring season. During the festival, male elders of the village perform the Bari dance, young boys and girls performs the Yakjong dance.

The dances narrate the stories of origin of the festival, pray for good health and prosperity of people. Etor festival is celebrated on May 15 by Adi tribes of Upper Siang. Etor means'a fence' since it is related to protection