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Port Alexander, Alaska

Port Alexander is a city at the southeastern corner of Baranof Island in Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area, United States. At the 2010 census the population was 52, down from 81 in 2000. Port Alexander once was a bustling city with as many as 2,500 people in the early 20th century, Prior to the 1920s, Port Alexander was the salmon fishing capital of the world. Port Alexander incorporated in 1936, it became a part of the Greater Sitka Borough in 1963, following the state legislature's passage of the Mandatory Borough Act. The original municipality was dissolved when it unified with Sitka's city and borough governments in 1971, which formed the present-day entity known as the City and Borough of Sitka. However, residents were independent and desired to govern themselves so they sought to detach themselves from the new municipality. Port Alexander reincorporated as a second class city in 1974; the Port Alexander Historical Society completed the project of creating a small museum celebrating the town's history in the 2000's.

Port Alexander is located at 56°14′24″N 134°39′26″W. Port Alexander is the only city on a small sliver of land at the southeastern corner of Baranof Island, not part of the City and Borough of Sitka, it comprises less than one-quarter of one percent of Baranof Island's land area. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 15.1 square miles, of which, 3.8 square miles of it is land and 11.3 square miles of it is water. The city is served by the Baranautica Air Service with seasonal Essential Air Service flights and the EYAK brings supplies and mail weekly. Port Alexander Seaplane Base. Despite its latitude at 56°14'N Port Alexander has an oceanic climate with cool, wet winters, mild, dry summers. Port Alexander first reported on the 1930 U. S. Census as an unincorporated village, it formally incorporated in 1936. It merged with the City of Sitka in 1971, but detached itself and reincorporated in 1974; as of the census of 2000, there were 81 people, 34 households, 19 families residing in the city.

The population density was 21.5 people per square mile. There were 79 housing units at an average density of 20.9 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 83.95% White, 4.94% Native American, 11.11% from two or more races. 4.94 % of the population were Latino of any race. There were 34 households out of which 29.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.8% were married couples living together, 41.2% were non-families. 38.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.9% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 3.30. In the city, the age distribution of the population shows 30.9% under the age of 18, 3.7% from 18 to 24, 29.6% from 25 to 44, 33.3% from 45 to 64, 2.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 113.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 115.4 males. The median income for a household in the city was $31,563, the median income for a family was $31,875.

Males had a median income of $51,250 versus $41,250 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,767. There were 25.0% of families and 22.9% of the population living below the poverty line, including 18.5% of under eighteens and none of those over 64. The school is the Port Alexander School, operated by Southeast Island School District; the students created this video in 2019 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLTIJ7rN-uY&t=66s ==References==

Hemis Monastery

Hemis Monastery is a Himalayan Buddhist monastery of the Drukpa Lineage, in Hemis, India. Situated 45 km from Leh, the monastery was re-established in 1672 by the Ladakhi king Sengge Namgyal; the annual Hemis festival honouring Padmasambhava is held in early June. Hemis Monastery existed before the 11th century. Naropa, the pupil of the yogi Tilopa, teacher of the translator Marpa is connected with this monastery. A translation was made by A. Grünwedel of Naropa's biography, found in Hemis monastery. In this manuscript Naropa meets the "dark blue" Tilopa, a tantric master, who gives Naropa 12 "great" and 12 "small" tasks to do in order to enlighten him to the inherent emptiness/illusoriness of all things. Naropa is depicted as the "abbott of Nalanda", the university-monastery in today's Bihar, that flourished until the sacking by Turkish and Afghan Muslim forces; this sacking must have been the driving force behind Naropa's peregrination in the direction of Hemis. After Naropa and Tilopa met in Hemis they travelled back in the direction of a certain monastery in the now no longer existing kingdom of Magadha, called Otantra, identified as today's Odantapuri.

Naropa is considered the founding father of the Kagyu-lineage of the Himalayan esoteric Buddhism. Hence Hemis is the main seat of the Kagyu lineage of Buddhism. In 1894 Russian journalist Nicolas Notovitch claimed Hemis as the origin of an otherwise unknown gospel, the Life of Saint Issa, Best of the Sons of Men, in which Jesus is said to have traveled to India during his "lost years." According to Notovitch, the work had been preserved in the Hemis library, was shown to him by the monks there while he was recuperating from a broken leg. But once his story had been re-examined by historians, it is claimed that Notovitch confessed to having fabricated the evidence; the controversial bible scholar Bart D. Ehrman states that "Today there is not a single recognized scholar on the planet who has any doubts about the matter; the entire story was invented by Notovitch, who earned a good deal of money and a substantial amount of notoriety for his hoax". The Indian Pandit Swami Abhedananda claims to have read the same manuscript, published his account of viewing it after his visit to Hemis in 1921.

Abhedananda claims on the book jacket that it was translated for him with the help of a "local Lama interpreter." However, after Abhedananda's death, one of his disciples admitted that when he went to the monastery to ask about the documents he was told that they had disappeared. In the same vein, Notovich did not translate the manuscript, but reported his Sherpa guide did so as Notovitch could not read the original text. Notovich's version of the manuscript was translated from Tibetan to Russian to French to English. According to Swami Abhedananda's account, his Lama's translation was equivalent to the one published by Notovich; the Gutenberg Project has published the entire manuscript as a free ebook. The Hemis Festival is dedicated to Lord Padmasambhava venerated as the Dance Performance at Hemis Monastery representative reincarnate of Buddha, he is believed to have been born on the 10th day of the fifth month of the Monkey year as predicted by the Buddha Shakyamuni. It is believed that his life mission is was, remains, to improve the spiritual condition of all living beings.

And so on this day, which comes once in a cycle of 12 years, Hemis observes a major extravaganza in his memory. The observance of these sacred rituals is believed to give good health; the Hemis festival takes place in the rectangular courtyard in front of the main door of the monastery. The space is wide and open save two raised square platforms, three feet high with a sacred pole in the center. A raised dais with a richly cushioned seat with a finely painted small Tibetan table is placed with the ceremonial items - cups full of holy water, uncooked rice, tormas made of dough and butter and incense sticks. A number of musicians play the traditional music with four pairs of cymbals, large-pan drums, small trumpets and large size wind instruments. Next to them, a small space is assigned for the lamas to sit; the ceremonies begin with an early morning ritual atop the Gompa where, to the beat of drums and the resounding clash of cymbals and the spiritual wail of pipes, the portrait of "Dadmokarpo" or "Rygyalsras Rinpoche" is ceremoniously put on display for all to admire and worship.

The most esoteric of festivities are the mystic mask dances. The Mask Dances of Ladakh are referred collectively as chams Performance. Chams performance is a part of Tantric tradition, performed only in those gompas which follow the Tantric Vajrayana teachings and the monks perform tantric worship. Francke, A. H.. Antiquities of Indian Tibet. Two Volumes. Calcutta. 1972 reprint: S. Chand, New Delhi

James Weller Ladbroke

James Weller Ladbroke was a nineteenth-century landowner and the principal developer of the Ladbroke Estate, a substantial parcel of land in Notting Hill, England. Many streets in Notting Hill still bear the Ladbroke name today, including Ladbroke Grove and Ladbroke Square, the former Ladbroke Estate is now a conservation area. In the early nineteenth century the Ladbroke family were the principal landowners in Kensington a rural area on the western edges of London; the Ladbroke Estate was located north of the Uxbridge Road, development of the land began in 1821, continuing until the 1870s. Around six architects and many more property speculators were involved in developing the final layout of the area. In the late eighteenth century the estate had been owned by Richard Ladbroke of Tadworth Court, Surrey, he died childless, around 1821 his land passed to his nephew James Weller, who assumed the name Ladbroke in order to be able to inherit. James Weller Ladbroke held the estate until his death in 1847, though the actual development of the land was carried out by a firm of City solicitors, Bayley, working in conjunction with the architect and surveyor Thomas Allason.

Under the terms of his uncle's will, James Weller Ladbroke could only grant leases of up to twenty-one years' duration. However, he and his advisers managed to obtain power by means of a private Act of Parliament of 1821 to grant ninety-nine-year leases, it was at this point that development began in earnest. Allason's first task was to prepare a plan for the layout of the main portion of the estate, completed by 1823; the 1823 plan marks the genesis of Allason's most enduring idea—the creation of large private communal gardens enclosed by terraces and/or crescents of houses. Around fifteen of these communal gardens would be built, they continue to define the character of Notting Hill to this day. Ladbroke died at his house at Petworth, Sussex on 16 March 1847, his Notting Hill estate by this time brought in an annual revenue of around £3,000 in ground rents, a significant sum at the time. He had no children, his heir was a distant cousin named Felix Ladbroke of Headley, who found himself in possession of absolute title to the estate.

Many streets in Notting Hill still bear the Ladbroke name today, including Ladbroke Grove and Ladbroke Square. The former Ladbroke estate is now a conservation area, the Ladbroke Association, a local non-profit group with around 400 members, is dedicated to preserving and maintaining its architectural integrity. Kensington Hippodrome Ladbroke Estate Notting Hill James Weller Ladbroke at British History Online Retrieved February 20, 2010 Barbara Denny, Notting Hill and Holland Park Past, Historical Publications, 1993. ISBN 0-948667-18-4 Derry Moore, Notting Hill, Frances Lincoln Ltd, 2007, ISBN 978-0-7112-2739-2 The Hippodrome Race-course fiasco, published in News from Ladbroke, newsletter of the Ladbroke Association, Summer 1995, Mary-Jo Wormell. A History of London, Robert Gray, Hutchinson, 1978, ISBN 0-09-133141-2

Joyce Carpenter

Joyce Constance Gladys Helleur was a New Zealand diver, who represented her country at the 1950 British Empire Games. Born Joyce Constance Gladys Carpenter, Helleur was born on 15 October 1923, she took up diving when a junior swimming championship was being held in Nelson: at the suggestion of the pool superintendent, Harry Davy, she entered the diving competition. She went on to win the New Zealand national women's diving championship twice, in 1944 and 1950. Carpenter worked as a physical education instructor. On 9 January 1950, shortly before the 1950 British Empire Games, she married William Alfred Helleur, an attendant at the Newmarket Olympic Pool in Auckland, just nine days after first meeting him at the national swimming championships. At the 1950 British Empire Games, she finished seventh in the women's 3 m springboard. Helleur was involved in the establishment of a new free kindergarten in the Nelson suburb of Tahunanui in the early 1960s, she taught children at the King George V Memorial Health Camp in Marsden Valley, Stoke.

An accomplished amateur golfer, Helleur won the Nelson provincial women's match play title in 1968 and 1969. Helleur died on 9 June 2016

University of Information Science and Technology "St. Paul The Apostle"

The University of Information Science and Technology "St. Paul The Apostle" is a public university in North Macedonia; as of 2018–19 school year, a total of 375 students are enrolled at the university. UIST was founded by the Parliament of the Republic of Macedonia by the Act on Establishment of the University for Information Technology in 2008. In 2010, the students of UIST made the first supercomputer in Republic of North Macedonia; the international outreach of the university results in UIST having a multinational student population from more than 40 countries worldwide, along with local students. UIST has accreditations for 15 Undergraduate and Master programs in English as the medium of instruction. According to the Academic Ranking of World Universities for 2015/2016, UIST was ranked among the top 3 university in North Macedonia out of 19 other universities. UIST has five faculties: Faculty of Communication Networks and Security Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering Faculty of Information Systems, Visualization and Animation Faculty of Applied Information Technology, Machine Intelligence and Robotics Faculty of Information and Communication Science UIST has international collaboration and bilateral Memorandum of cooperation with several Universities worldwide: Oakland University, Michigan, USA Istanbul Universitsi, Turkey, Cumhuriyet Universiti, Turkey Kütahya Dumlupınar University, Kütahya, Turkey.

Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Cluj-Napoca, Romania Universitatea de Vest din Timişoara, Timişoara, Elizade University, Nigeria University of Padova, Italy Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Japan Oakland University, Michigan, USA Official website

Morodok Techo National Stadium

The Morodok Techo National Stadium is a football and athletics stadium in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. It is the main venue of the larger Morodok Techo National Sports Complex; the Morodok Techo National Sports Complex which includes the main stadium was constructed for Cambodia's hosting of the 2023 Southeast Asian Games. Construction of the sports complex began in April 2013 while the construction of the main stadium began in August 2017; the groundbreaking ceremony for the stadium was held earlier on April 4, 2017. The Chinese government provided 1.1 billion Chinese yuan aid for the construction of the stadium, developed by the China State Construction Engineering Corporation. Around 340 Chinese engineers and 240 Cambodian workers and technicians were involved in the construction. By January 2019, the stadium is 40 percent complete and the installation of seats was completed within the same month; the structure of the Morodok Techo National Stadium was designed to resemble a sailing ship as a commemoration of Cambodia-China relations.

The stadium is planned to be 39.9 m tall with two "prow" structures rising 99 m high which were designed to allude to the Khmer gesture of Sampeah. The stadium is to be surrounded by an Angkor-style moat and ornated by a motif based on the Rumdul flower, the national flower of Cambodia; the stadium will have a capacity of 75,000 people