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National Geographic Explorer

National Geographic Explorer is an American documentary television series that premiered on Nickelodeon on April 7, 1985, after having been produced as a less costly and intensive alternative to PBS's National Geographic Specials by Pittsburgh station WQED. The first episode was produced by WQED and featured long-time Explorer cameraman Mark Knobil, the few staff members with the franchise during all 24 seasons; the program is the longest-running documentary television series on cable television. Presented every Sunday from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, the original series was three hours in length, containing five to ten short films. Although the National Geographic Society had been producing specials for television for 20 years prior to Explorer, the premiere of the series required an increase in production from 4 hours of programming a year to 156 hours. Tim Cowling and Tim Kelly were the executive producers for the series during this transition. In its 24 years on television, Explorer has worked for five television outlets.

In February 1986, Explorer moved to TBS, where it had a successful run until September 1999, when it moved to CNBC. In October 2001, the series moved to MSNBC. In June 2003, the series was relaunched on MSNBC with Lisa Ling as the host. On July 8, 2004, Explorer joined the National Geographic Channel. National Geographic Explorer has earned more than 400 awards, including 52 Emmy Awards, 13 Cable ACE awards, the Family Television Award, the Genesis Award, the DuPont-Columbia Silver Baton Award, the Peabody Award, four Gold Medals at the International Film and Television Festival of New York, as well as being nominated for two Academy Awards; the original Explorer series ended in 2011 and was started again in 2015 with the help of original programming president Tim Pastore, hosted by British journalist Richard Bacon, with executive producers Lou Wallach, Jeff Hasler and Brian Lovett. The series is broadcast on National Geographic's 171 channels around the world. In 2018, Bacon was replaced by Phil Keoghan, best known for hosting The Amazing Race.

Variety magazine described the series: "The new-model'Explorer' is described as a weekly'docu-talk' series that will feature magazine-style field reporting, celebrity guests and talk show segments shot in front of a studio audience." David Greenan Tom Chapin Robert Urich Boyd Matson Lisa Ling Richard Bacon Jeff Goldblum Dan Rather Nick Schifrin Ted Danson Ali Wentworth Phil Keoghan Tim Kelly Tim Cowling Tom Simon Michael Rosenfeld Patrick Prentice Jonathan Halperin Robert Zakin Lou Wallach, Jeff Hasler Brian Lovett Episode list starting with the change in title to Explorer Official website National Geographic Explorer on IMDb

Hickory Dickory Dock (novel)

Hickory Dickory Dock is a work of detective fiction by Agatha Christie and first published in the UK by the Collins Crime Club on 31 October 1955 and in the US by Dodd and Company in November of the same year under the title of Hickory Dickory Death. The UK edition retailed at ten shillings and sixpence and the US edition at $3.00. It features her Belgian detective Hercule Poirot; the novel is notable for featuring Poirot's efficient secretary, Miss Felicity Lemon, who had only appeared in the Poirot short stories. An outbreak of apparent kleptomania at a student hostel arouses Hercule Poirot's interest when he sees the bizarre list of stolen and vandalised items; these include a stethoscope, some lightbulbs, some old flannel trousers, a box of chocolates, a slashed rucksack, some boracic powder and a diamond ring found in a bowl of a soup – he congratulates the warden, Mrs Hubbard, on a'unique and beautiful problem'. Poirot's solution of the petty thefts is unsubtle but effective: once he has threatened to call in the police, Celia Austin confesses to the pettier incidents.

She denies, the following: stealing Nigel Chapman's green ink and using it to deface Elizabeth Johnston's work. She committed the lesser thefts to attract the attention of Colin McNabb, a psychology student who becomes engaged to her, she makes restitution for the reconciles with her victims. The more important incidents remain unsolved. Celia is discovered dead the following morning from an overdose of morphine, it does not take investigators long to see. Inspector Sharpe solves the mystery of the stolen stethoscope during his interviews with the inhabitants of the hostel. Nigel Chapman admits to having stolen the stethoscope to pose as a doctor and steal some morphine tartrate from the hospital dispensary as part of a bet to acquire three deadly poisons, he claims the poisons were disposed of, but cannot be sure that the morphine was not stolen from him while it was in his possession. Poirot turns his attention to the reappearance of the diamond ring, confronts Valerie Hobhouse, in whose soup the ring was found.

It seems that the diamond had been replaced with a zircon and that only Valerie could place it in the dish of soup. She admits to having done so, she admits to having planted in Celia Austin's mind the idea of the thefts. Mrs Nicoletis is behaving nervously, she is killed by drinking poisoned brandy. Poirot focuses his attention now on the cutting up of the rucksack. By careful study of the rucksack's design, he identifies an unusual corrugated base, suggests to the police that the rucksack is part of an international smuggling operation; the rucksacks were sold to innocent students, used to transport drugs and gems. Mrs Nicoletis was not the brain behind it; when the police visited Hickory Road on an unconnected issue, the murderer had cut up the rucksack to avoid its being found and removed light bulbs to avoid being recognised. Patricia Lane comes to Nigel and admits that she has taken the morphine from the bottle in his drawer and substituted for it bicarbonate of soda. Now the bottle of bicarbonate of soda has been taken from her own drawer.

While they are searching for this bottle she mentions that she is intending to write to his father to reconcile the two. Nigel tells her that the reason for his estrangement from his father is that he discovered that his father had poisoned his mother with Medinal, a trade name for barbitone sodium; this is why he carries two passports. Nigel goes to Inspector Sharpe and tells him about the missing morphine, but while he is there, Patricia telephones to say that she has discovered something further. By the time that Nigel and Sharpe get to the house, she killed by a blow to the head. Akibombo comes to Sharpe and says that he had taken Patricia's bicarbonate to ease a stomach complaint. By the time Patricia had substituted the bicarbonate, the morphine had been substituted by the stolen boracic powder. Poirot's suspicions about Valerie Hobhouse's role in the smuggling operation are proved correct by a police raid on her beauty shop; the murderer is Nigel Chapman, known to have the morphine in his possession.

He killed Celia because she knew about his dual identity and knew that Valerie travelled abroad on a false passport. He killed Mrs Nicoletis because she was sure to give the smuggling operation away under pressure, killed Patricia because she was to draw his father's attention to the recent events, as she was on the verge of writing a letter to him in the hope of reconciling him with his son before his death; when Poirot outlines to Nigel's father's solicitor the case against Nigel, the solicitor provides final proof. Nigel's mother had been poisoned, not by Nigel; when the father discovered this, he forced him to write a confession and left it with his solicitor together with a letter explaining that it should be presented to the authorities in case of any further wrongdoing by Nigel. Valerie placed the call to the police station, which had come from Patricia, to establish an alibi for Nigel who had bludgeoned Patricia; the green ink was a double-bluff intended to divert suspicion away from him.

Valerie is willing to incriminate Ni

List of Romanian women writers

This is a list of women writers who were born in Romania or whose writings are associated with that country. Gabriela Adameșteanu, short story writer, journalist, translator Florența Albu, poet Elena Bacaloglu, critic, fascist militant Maria Baciu, novelist, children's writer, critic Maria Baiulescu, women's rights activist Zsófia Balla prominent Romanian-born Hungarian poet, essayist Carmen-Francesca Banciu, novelist Linda Maria Baros, Romanian-born acclaimed French-language poet, critic Marthe Bibesco, short story writer, writing in French Adriana Bittel, critic Ana Blandiana, essayist, political figure Calypso Botez, women's rights activist Rodica Bretin, fantasy novelist, non-fiction historical works, translator Nina Cassian, translator, critic Otilia Cazimir, novelist, children's writer, translator Ruxandra Cesereanu, essayist, short story writer, critic Sofia Cocea, Moldavian-born essayist, poet Mariana Codruț, novelist, journalist Lena Constante, essayist, known for her autobiography written in French Ioana Crăciunescu, actress Gabriella Csire, Hungarian-Romanian children's writer, editor Cella Delavrancea, essayist, short story writer, novelist Elena Djionat, journalist, women's rights activist Bucura Dumbravă, Hungarian-born Romanian genre novelist, writing in German Zoe Dumitrescu-Bușulenga, magazine publisher, non-fiction author, essayist Elisabeth of Wied, Queen Consort of Romania, novelist, writing in German, Romanian and English under the pen name Carmen Sylvia Elena Farago, children's writer Carmen Firan, novelist, short story writer, playwright, writing in Romanian and English Mária Földes, Romanian-Hungarian playwright, writing in Hungarian Anneli Ute Gabanyi, Romanian-born German-language political scientist, journalist, philologist Anca Giurchescu, Romanian-Danish folk dance researcher and academic Delia Grigore, Romani-language non-fiction writer, Romani rights activist Iulia Hasdeu, essayist, writing in French, died from tuberculosis when only 18 Dora d'Istria, pen name of Duchess Helena Koltsova-Massalskaya, narrative writer, feminist, writing in French Nora Iuga, poet and translator Monica Lovinescu, short story writer, translator, journalist Veronica Micle, Austrian-born Romanian poet Mărgărita Miller-Verghy, short story writer, novelist, translator Claudia Moscovici, Romanian-born American novelist Herta Müller, Romanian-born German-language novelist, essayist, Nobel prizewinner Alina Mungiu-Pippidi, political scientist, essayist, playwright Sofia Nădejde, non-fiction writer, women's rights activist Cristina Nemerovschi, non-fiction writer Tatiana Niculescu Bran, non-fiction novelist, known for Deadly Confession which led to the film Beyond the Hills Anna de Noailles, French-language novelist, poet Hortensia Papadat-Bengescu, novelist Dora Pavel, short story writer, journalist Laura Pavel, critic, translator Marta Petreu, critic, poet Elena Pop-Hossu-Longin, women's rights activist Doina Ruști, symbologist Izabela Sadoveanu-Evan, literary critic, poet, feminist Lucreția Suciu-Rudow, poet Cella Serghi, novelist Oana - Mihaela Șerbescu, poet Elena Văcărescu, novelist, playwright, writing in French List of women writers

Turtle Mountain Provincial Park

Turtle Mountain Provincial Park is a provincial park located in the southwestern portion of the Canadian province of Manitoba. Within it are the Adam Max Lake campgrounds; the park is known for its bike trails, back country cabins and canoe routes. The park is popular with families and outdoor enthusiasts; the park is named after the numerous painted turtles found in the area. The turtles can be seen throughout the warmer months sun bathing near permanent ponds or lakes in the park. In late spring and early summer the females can be seen laying eggs in sandy soil throughout the park; the turtles live in the shallow lakes in the park. Turtle Mountain Provincial Park was designated a provincial park by the Government of Manitoba in 1961; the park is 186 square kilometres in size. The park is considered to be a Class II protected area under the IUCN protected area management categories, it is adjacent to the international border between the United States. Its southeast corner is adjacent to the International Peace Garden, located in both Manitoba and the U.

S. state of North Dakota. To the east is the William Lake Provincial Park, home to the William Lake Campground, the Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration. To the north is the town of Boissevain, with the city of Brandon farther north. Most of the park is situated in the southwesternmost section of the Municipality of Boissevain – Morton, while the rest of it lies in the southeast corner of the Municipality of Deloraine – Winchester; the park is nearly coterminous with the larger Turtle Mountain Provincial Forest. The only difference is a small section of the forest lying east of Manitoba Highway 10 at the southeast corner of the forest, outside the park's territory. Turtle Mountain Provincial Park is the oldest inhabited location in Manitoba because it was the first area to dry up following the ice age, it is the biggest remaining natural deciduous forest in southwestern Manitoba. Once coniferous forests grew and animals were attracted to the area, nomadic hunters soon followed. Stone tools have been found.

Based on the exhumed artifacts, archaeologists have concluded these people were hunter gatherers, not farmers. In 1875 George Mercer Dawson became the first geologist to travel through Turtle Mountain Provincial Park. Dawson noted the glacial deposits throughout the park. Métis from the Red River Colony travelled to Turtle Mountain Provincial Park for annual hunting trips between 1810 and 1870. After the buffalo hunt ended many Métis built homesteads within the park. Two notable cultural sites are the Dunseith Trail and Oskar Lake archeological site; the Dunseith Trail was the first trail across Turtle Mountain, the archeological site was used by Cree hunters over 400 years ago. The park was predominantly used for agricultural purposes due to the presence of hardwoods; the area is no longer dependant on Turtle Mountain for timber, so it is now used for recreation and ranching. There is a trail system used for biking and horseback riding. There are various beaches and picnic areas for recreational use.

The eutrophication of many of the water bodies can make it difficult for recreation in the summer. The most common type of farming is grain farming. Turtle Mountain Provincial Park is situated on the Turtle Mountain, one of a number of significant geographic features located along the Manitoba Escarpment, the Canadian portion of the Pembina Escarpment, it is located within the Canadian Prairies. The park is situated at an elevation of 245 metres; this region is covered by glacial till and fluvioglacial deposits, which remain from the pleistocene ice age. A study of dinoflagellates confirmed the paleocene age of the Turtle Mountain formation. Once deglaciation finished 14,000 years ago the irregular melting pattern left the area covered in hummocky terrain; the soils are grey and black chernozems. There are grey luvisols at higher elevations; the bedrock in the park is composed of sandstone, lignite coal. There are over 200 wetlands in this region. Many of the shorelines are covered in thick vegetation due to the littoral zone cattails.

This park is home to the largest oak trees in Manitoba, which are the lone survivors of a fire that occurred in the early 20th century. Many of the water bodies are less than 15 feet deep, which results in a winter decline in fish populations due to lack of oxygen. Turtle Mountain Provincial Park is located within the temperate deciduous forest, is predominantly covered by Populus tremuloides. Other vegetation species include bur oak. Turtle mountain is home to many wildlife species such as moose, white-tailed deer, beaver and various types of birds; the lakes contain various fish species such as brown trout. List of protected areas of Manitoba Painted turtle Turtle Mountain Turtle Mountain Provincial Park at the Manitoba Conservation Web site Map of Turtle Mountain Provincial Forest / Turtle Mountain Provincial Park Turtle Mountain Provincial Park Management Plan, Manitoba Natural Resources - Parks, 1985 iNaturalist: Turtle Mountain Provincial Park eBird: Turtle Mountain Provincial Park

Ernest Doudart de Lagrée

Ernest Marc Louis de Gonzague Doudart de Lagrée was the leader of the French Mekong Expedition of 1866-1868. He was born in Saint-Vincent-de-Mercuze near Grenoble and graduated from the École Polytechnique, he joined the navy and served in the Crimean War took up a post in Indochina in the hope that the climate would help his chronically ulcerated throat. It did not, throughout the Mekong expedition he was in severe pain; the expedition left Saigon on June 5, 1866. In addition to his ulcers, Doudart de Lagrée suffered from fever, amoebic dysentery and infected wounds caused by leeches, as the expeditioners had to walk barefoot once they had worn out their supply of shoes. By the time the expedition reached Dongchuan, in Yunnan, China, he was too sick to be moved, his second-in-command Francis Garnier took command. Garnier led the expedition to Dali, he died from an abscess on his liver. The doctor removed his heart to return it to France, while Doudart de Lagrée was buried in Dongchuan. Ernest Doudart de Lagrée was an entomologist.

Insect collections made by him in Africa are conserved in Muséum national d'histoire naturelle in Paris. Three ships of the French Navy were named in his honour, notably the Doudart de Lagrée Three stamps of French Indochina were issued in his honour in 1944-45, in the values of 1, 15 and 40 centimes. Mekong Expedition of 1866-1868 Milton Osborne. 2000. The Mekong, Turbulent Past, Uncertain Future Atlantic Monthly Press, New York. ISBN 0-87113-806-9

Mega Man: The Power Battle

Mega Man: The Power Battle is an arcade video game and a spin-off title for the Mega Man series. It was released in Japan in 1995 and was followed by a sequel, Mega Man 2: The Power Fighters, the following year. Both games—which were the first and only arcade titles to exist within the Mega Man franchise—were ported to home consoles in North America in 2004 as part of the Mega Man Anniversary Collection for PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube and Xbox and in Japan during the same year as part of two game compilation titled Rockman Power Battle Fighters for the PlayStation 2. An adaptation of both games for the Neo Geo Pocket Color, titled Rockman Battle & Fighters, was made; the story of the game is simplistic. The game allows the player to choose between three playable characters: Mega Man, Proto Man, Bass. Two players can play the game as different characters and team up to defeat the bosses; the game plays to the main Mega Man games - the player uses one button to jump, one to fire the character's arm-mounted energy weapon.

Holding the fire button charges the weapon in order to release a stronger blast. Holding down while pressing the jump button makes the character perform a dash, the appearance of which varies between characters. After selecting a character, the player chooses between three "stories", with each one having different Robot Masters from various games; the "stories" are Mega Man 1-2, 3-6, Mega Man 7. Upon choosing a "story", the game pans through the various levels, letting the player choose one roulette-style. A level is different from the mainstream Mega Man games. Defeating a Robot Master earns the player their weapon, which can be switched to by pressing a button. Like in most Mega Man games, each Robot Master is weak to another one's weapon, so the player can fight through them in a "rock-paper-scissors"-style; the Rockman: The Power Battle sound track was released on December 1, 1995 in Japan Sony Records. Its soundtrack contains arranged pieces from previous Mega Man games by Setsuo Yamamoto and Hideki Okugawa, performed by Alph-Lyla.

Four reviewers for the Japanese publication Weekly Famitsu scored the PlayStation 2 compilation of the games a total of 22 out of 40. Rockman: Power Battle Fighters official website Mega Man: The Power Battle at the Killer List of Videogames