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Marsha Stevens

Marsha Stevens-Pino is a singer, musician and recording artist of Christian songs. Shortly after professing to become a Christian in 1969 at sixteen years of age, Stevens-Pino wrote "For Those Tears I Died", a song, to become known and sung in Charismatic Christian churches and youth-groups across the United States. Utilizing her songwriting and singing talents with sister Wendy Carter and friends Peter Jacobs and Russ Stevens, the Contemporary Christian Music group known as "Children of the Day" was formed. An entry in the Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music states: If Larry Norman is to be called the father of Christian Rock Marsha Stevens deserves to be known as the mother of contemporary Christian music... She was the leader of what is considered to be the world's first contemporary Christian music group, Children of the Day, she has continued as a solo artist to produce albums of worship-oriented and edifying adult contemporary pop; as such, she remains the progenitor of what, by 2002, would become the single most popular genre in the contemporary Christian music market.

The album "Come to the Water" was recorded with money borrowed from Calvary Chapel, whose minister Chuck Smith supported Stevens-Pino's career. However, her memoir accounts that he enforced female subordination, including appointing a male band mate as leader of the band. Smith's mentoring ended when she came out and Smith suggested that she hadn't "married the right man." Songs of Praise in a Strange Land Is this the real you? In Retrospect The Waiting's Over The Gift is on the inside UP I Will Not Behave Like Prey I Found You You Called Us Good Stevens-Pino married Russ Stevens in the 1970s and they were together for seven years before divorcing; the judge gave Stevens half the royalties of all her songs, as well as custody of their children. She married Cindy Stevens-Pino in August 2003 and they ran a music ministry training school for LGBT+ Christians at King of Peace MCC in St. Petersburg FL, they lead BALM Ministries and attend Pass-a-Grille Community Church. When she came out as a lesbian after her divorce from Stevens, she faced much vitriol from the conservative Christian community.

People sent her hate mail. Https:// Stowe, David W. No Sympathy for the Devil: Christian Rock and the Rise of the Religious Right, The University of North Carolina Press, April 25, 2011, ISBN 9780807878002 BALM Ministries Vintage footage of Marsha Stevens and Children of the Day performing "For Those Tears I Died" on the Kathryn Kuhlman television program, c. 1971 Video on YouTube Christian Century Magazine, March 17, 1999 by Mark Allan Powell.

Efforts to stem the Deepwater Horizon oil spill

Efforts to stem the Deepwater Horizon oil spill were ongoing from the time that the Deepwater Horizon exploded on 4/20/2010 until the well was sealed by a cap on July 15, 2010. Various species of dolphins and other mammals and the endangered sea turtles have been killed either directly or indirectly by the oil spill; the Deepwater Horizon spill has surpassed in volume the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill as the largest to originate in U. S.-controlled waters. Much of the oil is so far down in the Gulf that only nature, including microbes, will be able to remove it using a process called bioremediation. Terry Hazen of the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory said the process could take months or years, but after six weeks of research, he said that microbes could work in 84 °F water as opposed to colder-temperature waters. The A Whale, an oil tanker converted into a giant oil skimmer owned by the Taiwan Marine Transport Co, could do little because of BP's use of chemical dispersants, the company said.

Robert Bea of The University of California, who worked on the Ixtoc spill and the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill, said the old methods would be the best ones. Dispersants, he said, did not work except in keeping beaches clean, they hurt the environment; the first attempts to stop the oil spill were to use remotely operated underwater vehicles to close the blowout preventer valves on the well head. The second technique, placing a 125-tonne containment dome over the largest leak and piping the oil to a storage vessel on the surface, failed when gas leaking from the pipe combined with cold water formed methane hydrate crystals that blocked the opening at the top of the dome. On May 14, engineers began the process of positioning a 6-inch wide riser insertion tube into the 21-inch wide burst pipe. There was a stopper-like washer around the tube that plugs the end of the riser and diverts the flow into the insertion tube; the collected gas was flared and oil stored on the board of drillship Discoverer Enterprise.

924,000 US gallons of oil was collected before removal of the tube. On May 26, BP tried to close the well using a technique called "top kill", which failed; this process involved pumping heavy drilling fluids through two 3-inch lines into the blowout preventer to restrict the flow of oil before sealing it permanently with cement. On May 29, BP moved to the Lower Marine Riser Package Cap Containment System by removing the damaged riser from the top of the blowout preventer and covering the pipe by the cap which connects it to a riser; the cap was attached on June 3, the system began to capture the leaking oil. On June 6, the CEO of BP Tony Hayward, stated that the amount captured was "probably the vast majority of the oil." However, Ira Leifer, a member of the Flow Rate Technical Group, claimed that more oil was escaping than before the riser was cut and the cap containment system was placed. On June 16, a second containment system connected directly to the blowout preventer became operational carrying oil and gas through a subsea manifold to the Q4000 service vessel with a processing capacity for about 5,000 barrels of oil per day.

Oil and gas are both burned on Q4000 in a clean-burning system. As Discoverer Enterprise's processing capacity was insufficient, drillship Discoverer Clear Leader and the floating production and offloading vessel Helix Producer 1 were added, offloading oil with tankers Evi Knutsen, Juanita; each tanker has a total capacity of 750,000 barrels. In addition, FPSO Seillean, well testing vessel Toisa Pisces would process oil, they are offloaded by shuttle tanker Loch Rannoch. On July 5, BP announced that its one-day oil recovery effort accounted for 24,980 barrels of oil, the flaring off of 57.1 million cubic feet of natural gas. The total oil collection to date for the spill was estimated at 657,300 barrels; the government's estimates suggested the cap and other equipment were capturing less than half of the oil leaking from the sea floor as of late June. On July 10, robots removed the containment cap to replace it with a better-fitting cap. A broken pipe was taken out on July 11 and replaced with a flange spool resembling a pipe, on top of which the new cap was located.

The well integrity test was scheduled to take place after the installation of a three-ram capping stack over the lower marine riser package of the Deepwater Horizon semi-submersible rig on July 13. On July 14, BP announced. On July 15, 2010, BP announced that it had plugged the oil leak using a fitted cap; the cap, standing 30 feet high, is now bolted to the failed blowout preventer. It is a temporary solution. President Barack Obama cautiously welcomed the news that the leak had been stopped, though stressing, "it is important we don't get ahead of ourselves". If the cap holds for the planned 48 hours, its valves will be reopened temporarily in order to allow for seismic tests to ensure tha


Oachira or Ochira is an ancient temple town located 32 km away from Kollam city in Karunagappally taluk, Kollam district in Kerala, India. Oachira is one in India. Oachira is on the border of Kollam and Allappuzha Districts, next to the National Highway 66, it is a ancient pilgrimage center, centered on the ParaBrahma Temple, which covers thirty-six acres of land. Oachira North Muslim Masjid is another historical monument near Oachira town; the major annual festivals are Oachira Kali or Oachirakali and the twelve-day Panthrandu Vilakku, held in November/December. Oachira Kali is celebrated in commemoration of the battle of Kayamkulam, fought between Marthanda Varma, the Maharaja of Travancore and the Raja of Kayamkulam, on the plains of Oachira, it is a mock fight enacted between groups of men dressed as warriors on the padanilam. They perform a martial dance standing in knee-deep water, brandishing swords and shields, splashing water in every direction. A big cattle fair is held as part of the festival.

Yet another festival celebrated in Oachira Temple is the "Irupathiyettam Onam". It is celebrated on Thiruvonam; these concepts are related to the agricultural prosperity of Onattukara. The "Panthrandu vilakku" festival celebrated at Oachira Parabrahma Temple is considered as the most reputed festivals of this temple. In the month of Vrishchikam, or Vrishchika Masam, is the fourth month in a traditional Malayalam calendar and is a auspicious month. Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple opens on the day for the two-month-long annual pilgrimage season; the first twelve days are celebrated as "Panthrantu vilakku"."Panthrandu vilakku" is being observed in temples with great fervour and enthusiasm to commemorate the ‘Ten Avatars of Lord Vishnu’ The Panthrandu vilakku celebrated at Oachira Parabrahma Temple is considered as the most reputed one At Ochira Para brahma temple, during "Panthrantu vilakku" pilgrims reside in hundreds of small huts for twelve days in the premises of temple following religious rituals.

Thousands of people stays near a temple premises for a period of twelve days. This tradition is one of its kind in Kerala. Lakhs of people visit the temple during this period. There are various religious programs and meetings are being conducted during this period. Days are filled with speeches of religious leaders and political leaders. In the night cultural programmes of veteran artists are conducted. For pilgrims these days will be rejuvenating experience. There is no sanctorum in Oachira Temple; the statues of the deities are placed below large banyan trees. The temple has a rich tradition of religious harmony, open to people of all religion and faith; the main offering of the temple is'Annadanam'-offering food to the poor. The temple administration manages nursing college and two guest houses. Built guest house'Omkaram' is having 102 rooms with all modern amenities to cater the need of pilgrims. Eminent cartoonist Shankar hails from near Oachira; the government of Kerala paid a tribute to him, in the form of a museum in memory of the country’s best known and most revered political cartoonist, near his birthplace Oachira.

Kerala Lalithakala Akademi was behind the ambitious project, which costs an estimated initial cost of Rs. 3. 5 crore which spreads over 15,000 sq.ft. of land. To reach Oachira, by air, the nearest airports are Trivandrum International Airport, 104 km away, Cochin International Airport, 135 km away. By rail, Kayamkulam Jn. is just 7 km away, all major express trains having stop here and Ochira railway station just 1.5 km from town. It is near NH 66. Oachira is the gateway to Matha Amruthananda Mayi Devi Asramam at Vallikkavu, just 3 km away. RVSM Higher Secondary School, situated at Prayar is the oldest and biggest educational institution in and around Oachira. Started in 1909, this school was elevated as a higher secondary school and boasts a lower primary division too. Students gaining entry at the LKG can complete their pre-university exams and attend the graduation courses of universities. Oachira Govt. Higher Secondary School is another well-known educational institution. PRAGATHI Hindi Vidyalay is another famous Hindi college Madathilmukku- A junction west to Oachira temple and Edayanambalam.

This is the place. Ragam JN.- Location in 1 km West of oachira JN. Prayar - Prayar RVSM High School is located here. Oachira Parabrahma Temple Cartoonist Shankar, Famous political cartoonist. K. P. Nambiathiri, Noted Indian Director of Photography K. Surendran, S. Guptan Nair, S. Ramachandran Pillai, C. P. I Politburo member. Prayar Gopalakrishnan

Emmanuel Episcopal Church (Rapid City, South Dakota)

The Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Rapid City, South Dakota is an historic Gothic Revival sandstone Episcopal church located at 717 Quincy Street. In 1975, Emmanuel Church was added to the National Register of Historic Places, it was built during 1887-88. It is a one-story cross-gabled building. Emmanuel Episcopal Church is the only downtown Rapid City church still in its original building. A small group began holding services in Rapid City in 1887, under the leadership of George G. Ware, a lay reader, ordained and became the first rector; the cornerstone of the original sandstone church was laid November 10, 1887, the first services were held in the new building in 1888. The church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places; the original church building was enlarged by an addition to the south in the early 1940s, which incorporated a stone Parish Hall adjacent on the east. In 1954, a large, new Parish Hall with a stage and basement classrooms was added and, in 1991, an addition for office space and additional classrooms was completed.

The longest-serving Rector was the Rev. Mr. E. Jerome Pipes, who served from 1934 until 1960; the best-remembered event of his tenure was the attendance of President Franklin D. Roosevelt at a regular Sunday service in 1936. Rectors have included the Rev. Dr. Hanford L. King, Jr. 1960–1972. Canon David L. Seger. Emmanuel Church is an active parish in the Episcopal Diocese of South Dakota. List of Registered Historic Places in South Dakota Emmanuel Episcopal Church Emmanuel Episcopal Church website


Year 1438 was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Julian calendar. January 1 – Albert II of Habsburg becomes King of Hungary. January 9 – The city of Cluj is conquered, thus marking the end of the Transylvanian peasant revolt, which started at Bobâlna. January 10 – The Council of Florence opens in Ferrara. February 2 – The Unio Trium Nationum pact is established in Transylvania. February 10 – All Souls' College is founded in the University of Oxford by Henry Chichele, Archbishop of Canterbury, Henry VI of England as a graduate institution. March 18 – Albert II of Habsburg becomes King of Germany. July 7 – Charles VII of France issues the Pragmatic Sanction of Bourges, giving the French church control over the appointment of bishops, depriving the Pope of French ecclesiastical revenues. September 13 – Afonso V becomes King of Portugal. October Eric of Pomerania, King of Sweden and Norway, loses direct control of Sweden, as Karl Knutsson Bonde is elected Regent of Sweden; the siege of Brescia in Italy by the condottieri troops of Niccolò Piccinino, begun on July 11, is raised after the arrival of Scaramuccia da Forlì.

Pachacuti begins its expansion into the Inca Empire. At 95 years of age, Nang Keo Phimpha becomes queen of Lan Xang for a few months before being deposed and killed. Just two years after the Ming dynasty court of China allowed landowners paying the grain tax to pay their tax in silver instead, the Ming court now decides to close all silver mines and prohibit all private silver mining in Zhejiang and Fujian provinces; this is a concerted effort to halt the increase of silver circulating into the market. The illegal mining of silver is now an offense punishable by death. February 5 Margaret of Bourbon, French noble Philip II, Duke of Savoy February 12 – Adolf, Duke of Guelders and Count of Zutphen March 23 – Ludovico II, Marquess of Saluzzo, Italian noble April 3 – John III of Egmont, Dutch noble September 7 – Louis II, Landgrave of Lower Hesse December 1 – Peter II, Duke of Bourbon, son of Charles I date unknown – Husayn Bayqarah, Timurid ruler of Herat probable – Edmund Beaufort, 4th Duke of Somerset, English nobleman and military commander during the Wars of the Roses April 24 – Humphrey FitzAlan, 15th Earl of Arundel September 9 – Edward, King of Portugal October 16 – Anne of Gloucester, English noblewoman October 20 – Jacopo della Quercia, Sienese sculptor