Otto von Kotzebue

Otto von Kotzebue was a Russian officer and navigator in the Imperial Russian Navy. He was born in Reval, he was known for his explorations of Oceania. Born into the Kotzebue family of Brandenburgish origin, originating in Kossebau in Altmark, he was the second son of writer and diplomat August von Kotzebue and his wife, he was born in Reval part of the Russian Empire. After attending the Saint Petersburg school of cadets, he accompanied Adam Johann von Krusenstern on his voyage of 1803–1806. On promotion to lieutenant, Kotzebue was placed in command of an expedition, fitted out at the expense of the imperial chancellor, Count Nikolay Rumyantsev, in the brig Rurik. In this vessel, with only twenty-seven men, including the naturalists Johann Friedrich von Eschscholtz and Adelbert von Chamisso, the artist Louis Choris, Kotzebue set out on July 30, 1815 to find a passage across the Arctic Ocean and explore the less-known parts of Oceania. Proceeding via Cape Horn, he discovered the Romanzov Islands, Rurik Islands and Krusenstern Islands made for Kamchatka.

In the middle of July he proceeded northward, coasting along the north-west coast of North America, discovering and naming Kotzebue Sound or Gulf and Cape Krusenstern in the remote Chukchi Sea. Returning by the coast of Asia, he again sailed to the south, sojourned for three weeks at the Sandwich Islands, on January 1, 1817 discovered New Year Island. After further cruising in the Pacific Ocean, he proceeded north. Severe illness compelled him to return to Europe, he reached the Neva River in Russia on August 3, 1818, bringing home a large collection of unknown plants and new ethnological information. In 1823 Kotzebue, now a captain, was entrusted with the command of an expedition of two ships of war, the main object of, to take reinforcements to Kamchatka. A staff of scientists on board the Russian sailing sloop Enterprise collected much valuable information and material in geography and natural history; the expedition, proceeding by Cape Horn, visited the Radak and Society Islands, reached Petropavlovsk in July 1824.

Many positions along the coast were rectified, the Navigator islands visited, several discoveries made. The expedition returned by the Marianas, New Caledonia and the Hawaiian Islands, reaching Kronstadt on July 10, 1826. Both of Kotzebue's narratives: A Voyage of Discovery into the South Sea and Bering’s Straits for the Purpose of exploring a North-East Passage, undertaken in the Years 1815–1818, A New Voyage Round the World in the Years 1823–1826, have been translated into English. In the last years of his life, Kotzebue lived at the Triigi Manor near Kose, he died in Reval in 1846. He was buried in the Kose churchyard approx. 30 km from Tallinn, the gravesite is marked by an imposing monument. Kotzebue Sound and the city of Kotzebue, Alaska are named after him. Kotzebue Street in the Kalamaja area of northern Tallinn is named after him and after his father August von Kotzebue, who both lived on the street; the species Pachliopta kotzebuea was named after him by Johann Friedrich von Eschscholtz, a botanist aboard the Rurik.

List of Baltic German explorers This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed.. "Kotzebue, Otto von". Encyclopædia Britannica. 15. Cambridge University Press. P. 920. Works by Otto von Kotzebue at Project Gutenberg Works by or about Otto von Kotzebue at Internet Archive Overview of Triigi manor in Estonian Manors Portal genealogy of the family Kotzebue

Michael Freiberg

Michael Freiberg is an Australian track and road cyclist, who rides for UCI Continental team ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast. At the 2010 Commonwealth Games, Freiberg was part of the Australian squad which took gold in the team pursuit, took an individual silver in the scratch race, he became world champion in the omnium event at the 2011 UCI Track Cycling World Championships. However Cycling Australia did not select him for either the team pursuit or omnium at the 2012 UCI Track Cycling World Championships, thus preventing him from defending his title on home soil in Melbourne, he was not picked for the Australian squad for the 2012 Summer Olympics, being passed over in favour of Glenn O'Shea for the omnium in both championships. Freiberg subsequently put his racing career on hold in order to develop the Automated Integrated Resistance hub, a resistance training unit designed to simulate mountain riding on flat roads, used by a number of UCI WorldTour professionals in their training, including André Greipel, Mathew Hayman, Adam Hansen, Esteban Chaves and Luke Durbridge.

Freiberg subsequently returned to competition in 2017, joining IsoWhey Sports SwissWellness in May of that year with the aim of competing for Australia at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Queensland. In 2019 Freiberg won the Australian National Road Race Championships. 2012 2nd Overall Olympia's Tour Oceania Road Championships 3rd Time trial 5th Road race 3rd Trofeo Internazionale Bastianelli 2017 6th Grand Prix de la ville de Pérenchies 2018 4th Ronde van Overijssel 6th Overall Tour of China II 2019 1st Road race, National Road Championships 3rd Time trial, Oceania Road Championships 9th Halle–Ingooigem Michael Freiberg at ProCyclingStats Michael Freiberg at Cycling Archives

Dim Sum Dollies

The Dim Sum Dollies is a musical cabaret trio group in Singapore, founded in 2002 by Selena Tan, Emma Yong and Pamela Oei. The Dollies are known for their loud and colourful costumes, spectacular dance scenes and their comical but incisive approach to contemporary social issues in Singapore. Denise Tan is the new member of the group completing the trio after the death of Emma Yong in 2012; the trio began in 2002 with a show at the opening of the Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, A Single Woman. 2003 saw them perform to a sold-out crowd in the immensely well received Steaming!, followed by Revenge of the Dim Sum Dollies in 2004, Dim Sum Dollies: Singapore's Most Wanted in 2005, Dim Sum Dollies: The History of Singapore! in 2007. In 2006, they lent their names to Glen Goei's adaptation of the off-Broadway musical comedy Little Shop of Horrors performed at Victoria Theatre. According to local director Ivan Heng, the name "Dim Sum Dollies" was chosen because dim sum comes in threes, "each morsel painstakingly prepared to please eye and palate".

This description describes the trio's presentation style on stage, which combines visually spectacular sets and costumes with an original take on all things Singaporean. The Dim Sum Dollies are well-remembered for boldly addressing contemporary Singaporean issues in a light-hearted manner; the 2004 instalment, Revenge of the Dim Sum Dollies, had the Dollies dressed up as Filipino maids in a fog-filled heaven. In a review by local playwright Alfian Sa'at, he notes with regards to this scene that "there has been an alarming trend of such accidental deaths in Singapore in the past year, when the audience laughed, it was laughter laced with hurt; this was an instance, so prized in theatre, where one could provoke such contradictory emotions." Other memorable scenes that year saw the Dollies touching on the plight of much-maligned traffic wardens in "Parking Pontianaks" and donning the trademark kebaya worn by Singapore Airlines stewardesses in "Singapore Girl". In 2005's Dim Sum Dollies: Singapore's Most Wanted, the Dollies came on stage dressed up as food court aunties in one scene, while other segments had them satirizing the National Kidney Foundation Singapore scandal and exploring issues such as slimming centres and the Merlion.

Dim Sum Dollies performed in the Love Amplified concert, a concert held in Singapore to commemorate World AIDS Day 2008. The concert was held at Fort Canning Park, Singapore on 29 November 2008. In 2010, they appointed as ambassadors for gracious campaign by the Public Transport Council with support from the Singapore Kindness Movement; the theme called "Love Your Ride", similar to the earlier "A Happy Journey Starts Like That" by Phua Chu Kang in 2009. Several jingles were recorded for the campaign. Emma Yong died of stomach cancer at the age of 36 in May 2012. Fellow actress Janice Koh said: "We have lost a beautiful actress and one of our most talented performers and singers tonight. Rest in peace, my dear Emma. Miss you..." Selena Tan has directed and acted in productions such as Chang and Eng, Jack Neo's I Not Stupid, Cinderel-LAH, It Takes Two. Pam Oei has participated in several productions including Forever Fever, Boeing Boeing, Titoudao. Emma Yong's most memorable works include Mammon Inc.

Boeing Boeing, Dick Lee's Man of Letters, Cabaret. Denise Tan first replaced Yong in the 2011 edition of the Dim Sum Dollies. Hossan Leong has supported the Dim Sum Dollies in several of their productions, beginning with Most Wanted in 2005. In 2006, he played the leading role of Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, in which the Dollies complemented the main cast, injecting a Singaporean element into the off-Broadway hit. Dream Academy