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Park Ji-sung

Park Ji-sung is a South Korean former professional footballer who played as a midfielder, who serves as a club ambassador for Manchester United. Born in Goheung, Park is the most successful Asian player in history, having won 19 trophies in his career, he is the first Asian footballer to have won the UEFA Champions League, to play in a UEFA Champions League final, as well as the first Asian to have won the FIFA Club World Cup. Park was able to play anywhere across the midfield and was noted for his exceptional fitness level, work ethic and off-the-ball movement, his remarkable endurance levels and pace earned him the nickname "Three-Lungs" Park. Park began his football career in his native South Korea and played for the Myongji University team before moving to Japan to play for Kyoto Purple Sanga. After Park's national team manager Guus Hiddink moved back to the Netherlands to manage PSV Eindhoven, Park followed him to the Dutch side a year later. After PSV reached the semi-finals of the 2004–05 UEFA Champions League, Park's talents were recognised by Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson and he signed Park for a fee of around £4 million in July 2005.

In his time at United, Park won the Premier League four times and won the 2007–08 UEFA Champions League and the 2008 FIFA Club World Cup. He moved to Queens Park Rangers in July 2012 after suffering a reduction in his number of appearances for Manchester United the previous season. However, an injury-interrupted season with QPR, combined with the club's relegation, led to Park rejoining PSV on loan for the 2013–14 season; as a member of the South Korea national team, Park scored 13 goals. He was a member of the team, he represented his nation at the 2006 FIFA World Cup and was captain at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Park was named man of the match four times against Portugal, France and Nigeria at the World Cup, he scored in three consecutive tournaments and is South Korea's joint all-time leading goalscorer at the World Cup finals with three goals, alongside Ahn Jung-hwan and Son Heung-min. Although many sources report that he was born in the South Korean capital, Park was born in Goheung, Jeonnam.

He grew up in a satellite city 30 kilometres south of Seoul. He began playing football during his fourth year of elementary school. During this time, Park attracted attention as one of the most promising young talents in South Korea and was being scouted by a number of different clubs, he was well known for his excellent work rate, mesmerising accurate passes. However, his small physique became his weak point, his father, Park Sung-jong, started a butcher shop for his son's dream. Sung-jong didn't only feed the meats but frogs and blood of deers to Park. While in high school, Park helped his high school team's win at high school competition of the Korean National Sports Festival in 1998, though he was at that point rejected by a number of professional clubs and universities, due to his small stature, he ended up playing for Myongji University after Lee Hak-jong, his high school coach recommended him to Kim Hee-tae, the university coach. Park was attached to the university's tennis club at that time, because the football club was full, so Kim asked the tennis coach for help.

From the winter holiday of his secondary school year, Park began to train with his university team as a prospective member. A few weeks in January 1999, his university team was given the chance to train with the South Korea Olympic team. After a splendid performance, he attracted the attention of Huh Jung-moo, the coach of the South Korea national team and Olympic team. Thereafter he became a preliminary member of the Olympic team, a formal member of its squad. At 18 years old, it was believed that if Park had not been selected for the Olympic team, he would have been selected for the under-20 team instead; this selection was so unexpected for Park and others that it was rumoured that Huh selected Park to fulfil a bet after losing to Kim Hee-tae in a game of Go. On 5 April 2000, in a 2000 AFC Asian Cup qualification match against Laos, Park made his debut as a member of the national team, along with Lee Chun-soo. In June 2000, while he was a national team member and a second year student at Myongji University, Kyoto Purple Sanga of Japan offered Park a contract and he took the offer though he was still a relative unknown.

Park was the first instance of a unknown Korean player being offered a contract by a Japanese club. In September 2000, at the 2000 Summer Olympics, his Olympic team failed to advance to the knockout stage, the South Korea national football team replaced head coach Huh Jung-moo with Guus Hiddink. In June 2000, Park signed with the Kyoto-based J1 League side Kyoto Purple Sanga. In the spring of 2000, hearing that there was a rising star in Korea, Bunji Kimura, Sanga's coach at the time, visited Korea along with other scouts. In a practice game, the rising star did not attract their attention. In an interview, Kimura said: In a practice match, a player arrested our eyes. Despite his injuries, Park's performance was outstanding. Park played only about 20 minutes, however we could see his sense, physical strength, his potential, so we accepted Park instead of the player we thought; this scout aroused a lot of criticism in Sanga because Park was unknown, to the point that I should resign. In 2001, the club were promoted to the J1 League.

In 2002, Park led the team to the final of the Emper

Roann-Paw Paw Township Public Library

Roann-Paw Paw Township Public Library is a historic Carnegie library building located at Roann, Wabash County, Indiana. It was built in 1916, is a one-story, American Craftsman style brick building over a semi-recessed basement, it has a hipped roof of clay tile and wooden eave brackets. The building feature limestone detailing, it was built in part with an $8,000 grant from the Carnegie Foundation. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2002, it is located in the Roann Historic District. The Roann-Paw Paw Township Public Library remains an active lending library. Library website


Elsted is a village and Anglican parish in the Chichester district of West Sussex, England. It lies within the civil parish of Treyford; the village is on the Midhurst to South Harting Road 4.5 miles west of Midhurst. Elsted was listed in the Domesday Book in the ancient hundred of Dumpford as having 32 households: seven villagers, 23 smallholders and two slaves. In 1861, the area was 1,789 acres and the population was 174; the small parish church north of the crossroads, St Paul's, has a nave which had become derelict, leaving the chancel as the village church, until it was rebuilt in the 1950s. The surviving north wall is of Norman style herringbone stonework, with two round arched doorways filled in to make lancet windows; the village has one public house, there is another at the former Elsted railway station at Elsted Marsh east of the village. Thomas Weelkes and organist Alwyne Michael Webster Whistler, British Army general William Downes Willis, rector at Elsted until his death 1867 description

Environmental threats to the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef, the world's largest reef system, stretching along the East coast of Australia from the northern tip down to the town of Bundaberg, is composed of 2,900 individual reefs and 940 islands and cays that stretch for 2,300 kilometres and cover an area of 344,400 square kilometres. The reef is located off the coast of Queensland in northeast Australia. A large part of the reef is protected by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. According to the 2014 report of the Australian Government's Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, says that climate change is the most significant environmental threat to the Great Barrier Reef, while the other major environmental pressures are listed as decreased water quality from land-based runoff, impacts from coastal development and some persistent impacts from fishing activities; the reef is threatened by storms, coral bleaching and ocean acidification. The 2014 report shows that, while numerous marine life species have recovered after previous declines, the strength of the dugong population is continuing to decline.

Terry Hughes, Federation Fellow, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University, wrote in a 14 August 2014 Conversation piece that harmful government policies and ongoing conflicts of interest over mining royalties are risks of an equivalent magnitude. The GBRMPA consider climate change, poor water quality, coastal development, some impacts from fishing to be the area's major threats, but reef scientists Jon Day, Bob Pressey, Jon Brodie and Hughes stated that the "cumulative effects of many combined impacts" is the real issue. In a Conversation Article, Mathieu Mongin, a biogeochemical modeller at CSIRO and colleagues mapped parts of the Great Barrier Reef that are most exposed to ocean acidification; this map of pH on the Great Barrier Reef presents the exposure to ocean acidification on each of the 3,581 reefs, providing managers with the information they need to tailor management to individual reefs. The Great Barrier Reef is not a singular reef nor a physical barrier that prevents exchange between reefs.

The Great Barrier Reef is important for world life. In 1967, efforts began to conserve the Great Barrier Reef, it was proposed to mine lime from Ellison Reef, but surveys showed that the reef supported a diverse community of corals and fish. The Australian and Queensland Governments committed to act in partnership in 2007 to protect the reef, water quality monitoring programmes were implemented. However, the World Wildlife Fund criticised the slow progress of the governments, raising a concern that as many as 700 reefs continued to be at risk from sediment runoff; the Australian government outlined further action after the WHC called for the completion of a strategic assessment of the Reef area in 2011. The Committee urged the government to use the assessment data to develop a long-term plan for protecting the "Outstanding Universal Value" of the reef, the basis for its World Heritage listing. Again, criticisms emerged from the expert community—due to vague quantitative targets, the absence of clear, specific strategies, no mention of the implications of climate change—but the significant efforts of both state and federal governments addressed key recommendations from the World Heritage Committee.

A 2012 UNESCO report, published by the World Heritage Committee criticised the government's management of the Great Barrier Reef, warning that the area could be downgraded to a world heritage site "in danger" unless major changes were implemented. The report expressed "extreme concern" at the rapid rate of coastal development, highlighting the construction of liquefied natural gas plants at Gladstone and Curtis Island, recommended that thorough assessments are made before any new developments that could affect the reef are approved. UNESCO recommended no new port development in Abbot Point, Hay Point and Townsville. Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop informed the Australian media that she would use climate change talks, held in Lima, Peru, in December 2014, to avoid the WHC—consisting of experts from 20 nations—applying the "in danger" listing in 2015. Bishop believed that "no justification" existed for the downgrading: It would send a message around the world that if you meet all of the criteria set out by the world heritage committee, there is still a risk that they will place an area on the in-danger list...

It would have significant implications for Australia but it would set a dangerous precedent for countries who don’t have the opportunity to take the action that Australia has. To avoid the Great Barrier Reef being listed as "in danger", the Queensland Government introduced the Ports Bill 2014 on 25 November 2014; the Bill seeks to restrict further port development along the coast to Brisbane and four "Priority Port Development Areas", with the latter including four ports identified by the WHC in its 2012 report. The Bill restricts dredging over a decade-long period, with the exception of priority ports. Additionally, a long-term sustainability plan and the expansion of water-quality activities were introduced by state and federal governments, their partner agencies. However, in response to the Ports Bill, University of Queensland academics said on 19 December 2014 that, although the issues are "not insurmountable", "the health of the reef is still declining and more needs to be done." Australian Marine Conservation Society Great Barrier Reef campaign director Felicity Wishart was more damning and stated in a press release: The new Ports Bill f

Dynamo: Magician Impossible

Dynamo: Magician Impossible is a fly on the wall documentary series following the life of English magician Steven Frayne, better known as Dynamo. The show is produced by Phil McIntyre Productions and Inner Circle Films for UKTV's channel Watch and Universal Networks International. In 2012, the show was nominated for Best Entertainment Programme at the 17th National Television Awards. Four series of Dynamo: Magician Impossible were commissioned and broadcast on Watch between 2011 and 2014; the series reached over 30 million viewers in the UK and over 250 million viewers worldwide across 193 territories. After being broadcast on Watch, it was confirmed on 19 December 2013 that three episodes from the show's first series would air on BBC One the following year. Repeats are now broadcast on UKTV's channel Dave. In 2003, before Frayne created and filmed Dynamo: Magician Impossible, the Prince's Trust gave him a loan which allowed him to start his business and invest in camera equipment. Frayne left his hometown of Bradford, Yorkshire, to move to London in 2004 to begin developing his career in magic.

His plan was to create the first ever'magic mix-tape', where he set out with a small team to film his performances on the streets of London and backstage at events. In a year, Frayne had performed magic to talent including Coldplay, Gwyneth Paltrow, Snoop Dogg and more, developed a fanbase after posting the clips on YouTube. Frayne first appeared on TV as Dynamo on Channel 4’s Richard & Judy, where the general public and television executives noticed his kind-hearted and loveable attitude; the four-episode first series aired from 7 July 2011 until 28 July 2011. To launch the show, Frayne walked on water across the River Thames outside the Houses of Parliament, in front of a crowd who had gathered on Westminster Bridge; the first series was filmed in London and Los Angeles, racked up 6.69 million viewers in the UK, leading to UKTV renewing the show for a second and third series in February 2012. Series 2 of Dynamo: Magician Impossible premiered on 5 July 2012, was again four-episodes in duration.

Episode 2 of this series saw Dynamo visit Rio de Janeiro, where he appeared to levitate in front of the Christ the Redeemer statue. The series generated 7.67 million viewers in the UK and won the award for Best Entertainment Programme at the Broadcast Awards, show of the year at the Virgin Media awards and was shortlisted for Best Entertainment Programme at the 17th National Television Awards. This series received a BAFTA nomination for Best Entertainment Programme. In 2013, Frayne travelled to New York City, South Africa and London to film content for the show's third series; the first episode, filmed in New York City, was broadcast on 11 July 2013 and was viewed by 1.35 million people. The series was again nominated for BAFTA’s Best Entertainment Programme award, alongside Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, Derren Brown: The Great Art Robbery and Strictly Come Dancing. A fourth and final series of the show was commissioned by UKTV in 2014, which aired in the September of the same year. In this series, Dynamo performed street magic in California, Paris, London and Bradford.

For the third year running, Dynamo: Magician Impossible was nominated by BAFTA for the Best Entertainment Programme award. Official website Dynamo: Magician Impossible on IMDb

Benjamin Abbot House

The Benjamin Abbot House or Abbot Homestead is a historic house at 9 Andover Street in Andover, Massachusetts, USA. The house was built in 1711, is one of the oldest in Andover, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. The Benjamin Abbot House is a located southwest of downtown Andover, on the north side of Andover Street, a busy road connecting the center to Interstate 93; the house faces south, its southeast corner is quite close to the road. The main block is a 2-1/2 story wood frame structure, with a gabled roof, central chimney, clapboarded exterior. A recessed ell extends to the west; the main block is five bays wide, with 8-over-8 sash windows in the outer bays, a 6-over-6 sash above the center entrance. The entrance is in a projecting gabled vestibule with small windows on the sides; the interior features exposed main beams (some 15 inches thick, many period features. The house was featured on the PBS program History Detectives in 2004; as part of the investigation, Oxford Dendrochronology Lab determined that the eastern side of the house was built in 1711, the western portion, to the left of the entryway, was built in 1713.

The house was long thought to date to 1685, is named for Benjamin Abbot, a carpenter by trade and the son of an early settler of Andover. In 1692 Abbot accused Martha Carrier of witchcraft, alleging that she caused his foot to swell, that his foot healed after her arrest. Benjamin Abbot died in 1703 and, did not live in this building; the house was owned by generations of the Abbot family until 1933. In 1950 it was offered to the local historical society, which refused to offer on the grounds they could not afford to maintain it properly. National Register of Historic Places listings in Andover, Massachusetts National Register of Historic Places listings in Essex County, Massachusetts List of the oldest buildings in Massachusetts