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Pitchshifter

Pitchshifter are a British band from Nottingham, formed in 1989. The band was started by lead guitarist and programmer Johnny A. Carter, bassist and vocalist Mark Clayden; the band was known for the early industrial metal sound with downtuned guitars and the use of drum machines and being cited as one of the originators of the genre along with Godflesh. With albums the music became more melodic and punk-influenced, the band gained attention with their 1998 release www.pitchshifter.com for its fusion of electronic music such as drum'n bass with metal and rock, compared with other electronic groups like The Prodigy. Although the band has found little mainstream success, the band managed to gain a platinum with the release of the Mortal Kombat: Annihilation soundtrack and their 2000 release Deviant peaking at 39 in Billboard 200. Since its formation, the band has released three EPs and eight music videos; the band has played in various festivals around the world including Ozzfest, Phoenix Festival and Damnation Festival.

The band was formed in 1989 by guitarist and programmer Johnny Carter and bassist Mark Clayden joined by Stu Toolin, Jon "JS" Clayden. During this time, the band played with local bands and soon gained attention of the Peaceville Records. During this time, JS went to live in France to sell paintings, they have cited major influences as Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Nine Inch Nails, Led Zeppelin, The Cure, The Doors, The Sex Pistols, The Ramones, Ministry. During 1990, the band started recording their début album, with the main vocalist being Mark Clayden instead of JS, who contributed with backing vocals; the band went on a small tour with bands like Napalm Death. The band joined the British label Earache Records where they released their EP Submit. Stuart Toolin left the band, the band hired Matt Godfrey to fill his place for some shows. Matt left the band and they hired drummer D. J. Walters, now being a four-piece band; the band released their second album, Desensitized. The band played at the Phoenix Festival in Long Marston, England, in 1995.

The band's manager, armed with a tractor, arranged for an enormous crop circle replica of the band's famous "eye" symbol to appear in the adjoining field to the festival site during the night prior to their performance there. The crowd's enthusiasm for the band when they performed was so high that they rushed the stage, making Pitchshifter's performance the first in the history of the festival to be stopped early; the band released the remix album, The Remix War, which had appearances from other groups like Biohazard, Therapy? and Gunshot. The band started working on the third album, Infotainment? and played at the Dynamo Open Air. The band left Earache and joined Geffen Records. During this time, the band changed the spelling of their name from'Pitch Shifter' to'Pitchshifter', recruited former The Prodigy live guitarist Jim Davies, with the band returning to their five-piece form; the band released their single "Genius", included in Test Drive 5 and the Mortal Kombat: Annihilation soundtrack, which helped the band to gain platinum recognition.

In 1998, the band released their fourth album www.pitchshifter.com, their best selling album, selling around 60,000 copies in the U. S; the band played in Ozzfest 1998 and Livid in support of their album. During 1999, they again at Dynamo. A few songs were featured in Twisted Metal 3. In 2000, founder Johnny Carter and drummer D. J. Walters left the band, the band hired guitarist Matt Grundy and drummer Jason Bowld; the band release fifth album Deviant, which had appearances of drummer John Stanier and Jello Biafra. The band played in that year's Ozzfest. During 2001, Matt left the band the group, which hired Dan Rayner in 2002; the cover used a picture of one of Gee Vaucher's Paintings, who did artwork for Carcass. The painting shows a cross between the Pope John Paul II and Queen Elizabeth II. Due to outrage over the use of a caricature of the Pope, the album was banned in Poland; the band changed it. Around 2002, the band joined Sanctuary and released their sixth album PSI; the band went to a few more shows until their last show in 2003 when the band went on an "indefinite hiatus".

During this time, Jim Davies returned to The Prodigy, while Dan went to work on Drawbacks, with his brother Tim Rayner, who joined Pitchshifter as well. Jon formed the alternative rock group Doheny with former The Cult guitarist Billy Morrison. Mark left The Blueprint and with Jason, they formed This Is Menace, a supergroup featuring members from various other bands including Carcass, Napalm Death, Send More Paramedics, Funeral for a Friend and earthtone9. Doheny broke up and JS went to form his own label, PSI Records, in 2003 released the compilation album Bootlegged, Distorted and Uploaded and the DVD P. S. I.entology. In 2005, This Is Menace released their début album No End in Sight through PSI Records. During this time as well, Jon worked as a teacher at the Los Angeles Recording School teaching Music Business Communications and was a featured guest for a U. S. Pigface tour where he performed vocals for songs including Pigface's "Insect/Suspect" and Pitchshifter's classic "Genius." During late 2006, there were rumours that band was going to return, which were confirmed and the band announced the "Back From the Dead" tour, supported by various bands including Funeral for a Friend.

Davies did not return to the band to pursue a solo career, was replaced by Tim Rayner. The band al

Comitas trailli

Comitas trailli is a species of sea snails, a marine gastropod mollusc in the family Pseudomelatomidae, the turrids and allies The length of the shell attains 28 mm, its diameter 10 mm. The fusiform shell has an acute spire; the whorls are carinated with fine spiral lines and transverse ribs anteriorly. The posterior part is smooth; the aperture is ovate. The siphonal canal is rather produced; the body whorl is shorter than the spire. This marine species is endemic to New Zealand and occurs off South Island where fossils have been found in Tertiary strata. Maxwell, P. A.. Cenozoic Mollusca. Pp 232-254 in Gordon, D. P. New Zealand inventory of biodiversity. Volume one. Kingdom Animalia: Radiata, Deuterostomia. Canterbury University Press, Christchurch. Spencer, H. G. Marshall, B. A. & Willan, R. C.. Checklist of New Zealand living Mollusca. Pp 196-219. In: Gordon, D. P. New Zealand inventory of biodiversity. Volume one. Kingdom Animalia: Radiata, Deuterostomia. Canterbury University Press, Christchurch Tucker, J. K..

"Catalog of recent and fossil turrids". Zootaxa. 682: 1–1295. Doi:10.11646/zootaxa.682.1.1. Powell A. W. B. New Zealand Mollusca, William Collins Publishers Ltd, New Zealand 1979 ISBN 0-00-216906-1 Bruce A. Marshall and brachiopod taxa introduced by F. W. Hutton in The New Zealand journal of science. G. Willan R. C. Marshall B. A. & Murray T. J.. Checklist of the Recent Mollusca Recorded from the New Zealand Exclusive Economic Zone Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa: Comitas trailli

Long View, North Carolina

Long View is a town in Burke and Catawba counties in the U. S. state of North Carolina. The population was 4,871 at the 2010 census, it is part of the Hickory–Lenoir–Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area. Long View is located in western Catawba County and eastern Burke County at 35°43′34″N 81°23′2″W, it is bordered to the north and east by the city of Hickory, to the west by the town of Hildebran, to the south by the census-designated place of Mountain View. U. S. Route 70 passes through Long View, leading west 18 miles to Morganton. Interstate 40 crosses the southern part of Long View, with access from Exit 121. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 3.9 square miles, of which 0.012 square miles, or 0.26%, is water. As of the census of 2010, there were 4,871 people, 2,067 households, 1,272 families residing in the town; the population density was 1,237 people per square mile. There were 2,315 housing units at an average density of 587.6/sq mi. The racial makeup of the town was 74.5% White, 11.4% African American, 0.4% Native American, 5.0% Asian, 5.7% some other race, 3.0% from two or more races.

Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.6% of the population. There were 2,067 households out of which 28.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.3% were headed by married couples living together, 15.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 38.5% were non-families. 32.1% of all households were made up of individuals, 12.9% were someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.95. In the town, the population was spread out with 22.3% under the age of 18, 9.1% from 18 to 24, 27.3% from 25 to 44, 25.5% from 45 to 64, 15.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38.8 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.2 males. For the period 2008-12, the estimated median annual income for a household in the town was $31,015, the median income for a family was $39,281. Male full-time workers had a median income of $30,054 versus $25,989 for females.

The per capita income for the town was $16,547. About 13.5% of families and 20.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 37.7% of those under age 18 and 7.5% of those age 65 or over. Town website

Aileen Hernandez

Aileen Clarke Hernandez was an African-American union organizer, civil rights activist, women's rights activist who served as the president of the National Organization for Women between 1970 and 1971. Born in 1926, Hernandez attended Howard University, where her interest in civil rights was cemented in an incident where she was told that she had to hail a "black" taxi. After graduating with honors, she became a labor union organizer before helping found NOW; as its second president, she helped organize the Women's Strike for Equality and testified in front of a congressional subcommittee on the Equal Rights Amendment, but she left the organization out of frustration with what she saw as its racial inequities. Hernandez would go on to co-found several organizations that focused on African-American women, along with teaching at several universities in California, she died in 2017 at the age of 90. Hernandez was born Aileen Blanche Clarke on May 23, 1926, in Brooklyn, New York, to Jamaican immigrants Charles Henry Clarke Sr. and Ethel Louise Hall.

As the only African-American family on their block in Bay Ridge, they were subjected to racial discrimination from their neighbors, something she would point to as a reason for her interest in political activism. Hernandez was educated at Bay Ridge High School in Brooklyn and received a scholarship to attend Howard University. At Howard, she received a degree in sociology and political science, graduating with magna cum laude honors, was a member of the college's chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, her interest in civil rights had been sustained by an experience she had in Washington, D. C. fresh off the train from New York to start at Howard. When she asked a station attendant for a way to the university, she was told to hail a "black" taxi cab. Unaware of prevailing social conventions in the city, she assumed that this referred to the color of the car. However, "this wasn't the issue," she said in an interview with Makers. "If you wanted to go to Howard University," a traditionally African-American university, "no taxi driver, white was going to take you."After Howard, Hernandez began graduate studies at New York University, but left for California upon learning that the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union had an open place in their labor college, which aimed to train new labor leaders.

Active as an organizer with the Garment Workers' Union, Hernandez became the Education and Public Relations Director for the union's Pacific coast region. In 1960, she visited six South American countries under the auspices of the US State Department, where she gave lectures on the United States. A year Hernandez finished a master's degree in government from the California State University at Los Angeles, shortly before she left the Garment Workers' Union to work on the comptroller campaign of Alan Cranston. With his victory, she was appointed as the Deputy Chief of the California Division of Fair Employment Practices; as a result of her work in this position, she was appointed by Lyndon Johnson in 1964 as the only woman on the newly established Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. However, she resigned in 1966 after just eighteen months, having been frustrated at the commission's lack of speed in addressing cases that involved sexual discrimination. Hernandez helped found and was the National Organization for Women's second national president from 1970 to 1971, during which time it organized the Women's Strike for Equality.

One of her goals in this position was to reshape what she called the NOW's "embarrassingly elitist and middle-class" image, stating that "I'm much more interested in the problems of the mass woman than the professional... The low-income woman isn't going to run to join NOW, but she's going to relate to our program because she has known for a long time the problems of combining a family with a job." In spring 1970, she testified in front of a congressional subcommittee on the Equal Rights Amendment. After resigning the presidency, she co-founded NOW's Minority Women's Task Force but became frustrated with what she saw as the organization's unwillingness to take on racial inequity within NOW itself, she left NOW in 1979 after white candidates were elected to every officer position for the second straight year. Other accomplishments of Hernandez's included co-founding the National Women's Political Caucus, Black Women Stirring the Waters, Black Women Organized for Political Action, a publishing company with nine African-American women.

She served as the co-chair of the National Urban Coalition and on the boards of or advisory committees of the American Civil Liberties Union, the NAACP, several other organizations, in addition to teaching within the University of California system and the University of San Francisco and founding an eponymous consulting firm. Hernandez died on February 2017, at the age of 90 from complications related to dementia; the ACLU's deputy director Dorothy Ehrlich, who had known Hernandez from the 1970s, noted that "Aileen Hernandez’s entire life embodied the movement forward for women and people of color, her significant role in that history will never be forgotten." NOW's president Terry O'Neill wrote: "NOW's commitment to intersectional feminism is a direct legacy of Aileen Hernandez's unshakable belief in diversity and racial justice." In 1989, the Northern California chapter of the ACLU gave Hernandez its civil liberties award for "decades of work for equality and justice." In 2005, Hernandez was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize along with some 1,000 women from 150 nations, so honored for their work in social justice and civil rights.

Biography at the National Women's History Project Honoring our Founders—

Duke Zhuang of Qin

Duke Zhuang of Qin was from 821 to 778 BC the fifth ruler of the Zhou Dynasty state of Qin that united China to become the Qin Dynasty. His ancestral name was Ying. Duke Zhuang became the Qin ruler after his father Qin Zhong was killed in battle against the Rong tribes in 822 BC. King Xuan of Zhou gave Duke Zhuang and his four younger brothers seven thousand soldiers, they defeated the Rong. King Xuan awarded Qin the territory of Quanqiu belonging to the senior branch of the House of Ying, destroyed by the Rong, Duke Zhuang moved the capital of the state from Qin to Quanqiu. Duke Zhuang had three sons; the eldest, refused the throne and would rather devote his life to campaigning against the Rong tribes in order to avenge the death of his grandfather Qin Zhong. Duke Zhuang died in 778 BC after 44 years of reign and was succeeded by his second son Duke Xiang of Qin. Duke Zhuang had a daughter named Mu Ying, who in 777 BC became the wife of the Rong leader King Feng in a political marriage. Although the state of Qin grew much bigger and stronger after Duke Zhuang's victory against the Rong, Qin was still a minor state at the time and its rulers did not have any nobility rank.

However, Duke Zhuang's son Duke Xiang would be granted a formal nobility rank by King Ping of Zhou as a reward for protecting the king during the Quanrong invasion, Duke Zhuang would be posthumously granted the honorific title of duke

Taipei Zoo

The Taipei Zoo, sometimes referred to as the "Muzha Zoo", is a public zoological garden in Wenshan District, Taiwan. It is the most famous zoological garden in Taiwan and a leader in conservation and education, recreation, it is one of the largest zoos in Asia, with a total area of 165 hectares, of which more than 90 ha are developed. The Taipei Zoo was founded as Maruyama Zoo in 1914, when Taiwan was under Japanese rule, in Mt. Maruyama on the northern suburb of Taihoku, it was a private zoological garden owned by a Japanese citizen, Mr. Oe; the Japanese government in Taiwan bought the property the following year and opened it as a public park. After World War II, the Republic of China retreated to Taiwan and the ownership of the park was passed to the Taipei City Government of ROC. An Asian elephant named Lin Wang that served with the Chinese Expeditionary Force during the Second Sino-Japanese War and relocated to Taiwan with the Kuomintang forces was moved to the zoo, lived out most of his life and was the most popular animal at the zoo, the most famous animal in Taiwan until it received 2 pandas from China.

Many adults and children alike affectionately called the bull elephant "Grandpa Lin Wang". Due to a need for expansion and for better conditions for the animals, the zoo was moved to its current site in Muzha on the southeastern suburb of Taipei City in 1986, it is, sometimes referred to as the "Muzha Zoo" to be distinguished from the former "Yuan-shan Zoo". The current site encloses 165 hectares, including 90 hectares open to the public; the zoo was badly hit during Typhoon Soudelor on 8 August 2015 which caused NT$10 million of loss with additional NT$4 million in reparation cost. The zoo opened again on 11 August 2015; the Taipei Zoo displays animals from Taiwan, Africa, the Asian tropical rainforest, the desert, the temperate zones. The zoo displays domestic animals in its Children's Zoo, as well as over 12000 birds of over 130 species in an aviary. Other exhibitions in the zoo include an insectarium and reptile house, penguin habitat, koala habitat, nocturnal animals display, a panda exhibition.

In 2008, the zoo received two pandas from the People's Republic of China, named Tuan Tuan and Yuan Yuan, as a gesture of unity. The gift of the endangered pandas had been rejected by President Chen Shui-bian in 2005 who viewed it as a propaganda tool against Taiwan's independence, but the next president, Ma Ying-jeou, of the Kuomintang, had forged stronger economic and diplomatic relations with the PRC under his presidency, was willing to accept them; the offering of pandas as a gift from the PRC is known as "panda diplomacy", the zoo expected to draw around 30,000 visitors a day as a result of their arrival. The move was criticized by supporters of Taiwan's independence and the opposition Democratic Progressive Party, who said that "Tuan Tuan and Yuan Yuan means a union, which matches Beijing's goal of bringing Taiwan into its fold."The offspring of Tuan Tuan and Yuan Yuan, Yuan Zai, was born on July 6, 2013. She is the first panda cub to be born in Taiwan. Yuan Zai's public debut was on January 6, 2014.

The Pangolin dome is a pavilion, completed in 2019 at a cost of NT$390 million. Its design was inspired by the shape of a pangolin and is intended to raise public awareness about wildlife trafficking in general and more the pangolin trade; the pavilion sits on 1.5 hectares, is 24 meters tall, comprises six outdoor exhibits and one indoor. The large dome shaped indoor exhibit is used to display tropical rainforest species; the zoo is accessible from Taipei Zoo Station of the Taipei Metro. Media related to Taipei Zoo at Wikimedia Commons Official website