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Rogue Squadron

Rogue Squadron is a starfighter squadron in the Star Wars franchise. Many surviving members of Red Squadron, the Rebel X-wing attack force that Luke Skywalker joins during the Battle of Yavin in Star Wars join Rogue Squadron; the squadron appears in The Empire Strikes Back as Rogue Group. Rogue Squadron is prominently featured in the comic book series Star Wars: X-wing Rogue Squadron, the ten-volume novel series Star Wars: X-wing, the Rogue Squadron video game series; the unit is depicted as consisting of "the best pilots and the best fighters". Red Squadron, the forerunner of Rogue Squadron, is first featured as a Rebel Alliance division in A New Hope during the attack on the first Death Star; this appearance features many notable pilots, including Biggs Darklighter, Jek Porkins, Wedge Antilles, Luke Skywalker. The squadron went on to appear in The Empire Strikes Back at the Battle of Hoth and in Return of the Jedi during the attack on the second Death Star. However, the squadron was never a prominent feature of these films, was referred to as "Rogue Squadron".

In the films' plot, Red Squadron is essential to the destruction of the Death Star at the Battle of Yavin, where they engaged in a dogfight against Darth Vader. They use X-wing for the assault. Jek Porkins, Biggs Darklighter, most of the Squadron dies. Wedge leaves too damaged to continue. Luke would have died, had not being saved by Han Solo and Chewbacca piloting the Millennium Falcon, giving Luke time to deliver the shot that destroyed the Death Star. Luke Skywalker and Wedge Antilles are the only members of Red Squadron to survive the assault; the Rogue Squadron on the ice planet Hoth, during The Empire Strikes Back, has the burden of defending Echo Base with new pilots added to their roster, like Derek Klivian and Tycho Celchu. During the Battle of Hoth; the twelve snowspeeders of the Rogues gave the Rebels enough time to evacuate Echo Base and were destroyed in the battle. Luke and Wedge survive. After the evacuation of Hoth, Antilles took command during the absence of Skywalker while he trained with Yoda at Dagobah.

After the events of The Empire Strikes Back and Antilles formed a squadron of twelve units around the core group and the Rogue Squadron was formed. Antilles commanded the squadron when Luke had important off-flight missions. During the Battle of Endor on Return of the Jedi, Rogue Squadron was dissolved and absorbed into the general fleet and Antilles took the role of Red Leader, in memory of the Battle of Yavin. Luke is busy helping on the ground as a Jedi, Wedge destroys the second Death Star with the aid of Lando Calrissian and Nien Numb, who pilot the Millennium Falcon; the anthology film Rogue One, set shortly before A New Hope, features many of the pilots who fought on the Death Star fighting on the battle of Scarif, where Jyn Erso leads a group of Rebels called Rogue One, in an on-foot mission to steal the plans of the original Death Star. Unable to leave the planet, team Rogue One beams the plans to Leia's ship. Minutes all Rogue One members are killed by the Death Star. Since the release of the prequel, the Rogue Squadron has been hinted and revealed to have named itself in the memory of the Rogue One team.

These are the pilots featured in the canon of Star Wars. Luke Skywalker's debut with the Rebel Alliance came as Red Five at the Battle of Yavin, as portrayed in A New Hope. After his destruction of the Death Star, he founded Rogue Squadron with Wedge's help using the Rebels' best X-wing pilots as shown in the video game Rogue Squadron and proceeded to have a long and distinguished flying career with the group. By the time of Return of the Jedi, Luke was focusing on his training as a Jedi Knight and had thus handed command of Rogue Squadron to Wedge; the last mission of Rogue Squadron takes place six years after the Battle of Endor, during Dark Empire. Although Luke Skywalker was the first commander of Rogue Squadron, Antilles is considered the "face" of the squadron due to his tenure as its leader, he appears in the films A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, in which he commands the squadron. When seeing the Death Star for the first time in A New Hope, Wedge utters the line "Look at the size of that thing!"

Wedge has a unique situation casting-wise. Colin Higgins portrays him during the Rebel briefing for the Battle of Yavin, where he expresses his doubt that a computer could shoot a proton torpedo down the Death Star's thermal exhaust port. Wedge appears in season 3 of Star Wars: Rebels. Biggs Darklighter appeared in A New Hope played by Garrick Hagon. Biggs was in the Battle of Yavin scene, where he joined his childhood friend Luke Skywalker and Luke's other wingman, Wedge, in their attack run on the first Death Star. Biggs had a larger role in earlier drafts of the script for the movie and several of the additional scenes appeared in the novelization, his additional scenes include a conversation with Luke on Tatooine where Biggs tells Luke of his secret desire to join the Rebel Alliance despite his training at the Imperial Academy. This scene was deleted from A New Hope, but the book Inside the Worlds of the Star Wars Trilogy depicts the missing scene at Tosche Station, it can be seen in its entirety on the encyclopedic Star Wars: Behind the Magic CD-ROM and on the Blu-ray release of A New Hope.

Biggs shows up on Yavin 4 in the Rebel base hangar where he is reunited with his childhood best friend Luke and helped convince Red Squadron to allow Luke to join the squadron about to depart towards the Battle of Yavin. Biggs assures Red Squadron leader

Harveya (plant)

Harveya is a genus of parasitic plants in the family Orobanchaceae. The 40 species included are native to Africa and the Mascarene Islands. In South Africa they are known as'inkblom', because early settlers used the flowers to make ink, this is the source of the English common-names for the genus of ink flower or ink plant, it was named after William Henry Harvey. Discussing his vocational prospects as a youth, Harvey wrote that he was "neither fit to be a doctor nor a lawyer, lacking courage for the one, face for the other, application for both.... All I have a taste for is natural history, that might lead in days to come to a genus called Harveya, the letters F. L. S. after my name, with that I shall be content." Harveya capensis Harveya comorensis Harveya huttonii Harveya obtusifolia Harveya pauciflora Harveya pulchra Harveya pumila Harveya purpurea Harveya scarlatina Harveya speciosa Harveya squamosa Harveya stenosiphon

Buddleja 'Winter Waterfall'

Buddleja'Winter Waterfall' is a hybrid cultivar derived from the hybrid Buddleja asiatica × Buddleja crispa backcrossed with B. asiatica, obtained at the University of Arkansas, USA, in 2002.'Winter Waterfall' is a lax shrub growing to a height of about 3 m. The dark-green leaves are elliptic to oblong-lanceolate 12 cm long by 3 cm wide, glabrous above, tomentose beneath; the inflorescences comprise pendulous panicles, 8.5 cm long, of fragrant white flowers, which appear in November and December.'Winter Waterfall' is tender, intended for conservatory cultivation. Pruning should be undertaken after flowering. Only released to commerce in 2010, the shrub remains rare in cultivation, not known beyond the USA. Hardiness: USDA zone 8

Mexican long-tongued bat

The Mexican long-tongued bat is a species of bat in the family Phyllostomidae. It is monotypic within the genus Choeronycteris; the species is found in El Salvador, Honduras and the United States. The genus name Choeronycteris nykteris; the specific name mexicana correlates to its distribution. The Mexican long-tongued bat is medium in size in the family Phyllostomidae, its pelage can be up to 7 mm long and is gray to brownish but can be paler on the shoulders. Wings are darker brownish gray with paler tips; the ears will have the same coloration as the body and will vary in size. The tail is short. Body weight is 10-20 g, with a maximum of 25 g in pregnant females; the species has a distinctly elongated snout tipped with a 5 mm-long nose-leaf. The tongue is long and extendible, specialized for nectar feeding, it is covered with tiny hairlike papillae. The skull is up to 30 mm long, with the rostrum making up 40-50% of total length. Juveniles have 22 deciduous teeth. Like all microchiroptera, Mexican long-tongued bats use echolocation.

They are sensitive to high frequencies but have been found to respond to lower frequencies in the 5 kHz range. In the United States, this species is found in the southern parts of California, New Mexico and Arizona, it has been reported from Texas. Further south, its range extends from Mexico through El Salvador and Guatemala, it occurs at altitudes of 300-2,400 meters in deciduous, semi-arid thorn scrub and mixed oak-conifer forests. Northern populations migrate south for the winter; the Mexican long-tongued bat feeds on nectar, pollen from agaves, fruits from other plants. Its tongue can extend up to a third of its body length, enabling it to reach nectar deep inside a blossom. In southern Arizona, the species takes nectar from hummingbird feeders as well; the species roosts in abandoned buildings during the day. Individuals do not cluster together, hanging 2–5 cm apart suspended by a single foot, which allows them to rotate on their perch. If alarmed, they fly towards the light rather than deeper into the roosting site.

Females will carry only from one shelter to another. Migrations follow regional nectar availability. A key factor for migration in glossophagines over larger distances seems to be a large body size that permits storing energy for traveling over areas without available food. Following this idea, C. mexicana might be the larger, migrating version of the small, resident sister taxon Musonycteris harrisoni. Resident species may know their small home ranges on a fine-grained level, including locations of less-profitable food plant species. Migrating species, on the other hand, tend to focus on predictably flowering, high-quality resources. Breeding occurs between June and September in Arizona, New Mexico, other parts of the US, earlier farther south, where a second breeding season may occur. Females give birth to single litter. Males and females segregate during the time of parturition; the young start flying at about 4 -- 6 weeks of age. The species has been classified as Near Threatened by the IUCN due to ongoing habitat loss, which includes loss of roosting sites in caves to mining and tourism.

It is regarded as a species of Special Concern on Arizona. Bats of the United States

Council Bluffs Public Library

The Council Bluffs Public Library serves the residents of Council Bluffs, United States along with unincorporated and rural areas of Pottawattamie County. Several cities contract with the library to provide services, it dates back to 1866. The library is located on Willow Avenue; the previous library building on Pearl Street was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1999. The public library in Council Bluffs had its beginnings in 1866, when a subscription library was established for males over the age of 12; the Council Bluffs Library Association was formed in 1878. The Free Public Library was created in 1882, it operated out of rented space. W. S. Baird, a library trustee, contacted the Carnegie Foundation who agreed to fund a new building at $50,000 if the city agreed to provide a site and institute an annual tax of $5,000 to operate the facility; the foundation was persuaded to raise its grant to $70,000 if the yearly tax was raised to $7,000. The grant was awarded on January 6, 1903, the new building was dedicated on September 12, 1905.

It was designed by the Chicago architectural firm of Miller in the Beaux-Arts-style. It was the largest Carnegie library built in the state; the library building became inadequate. The present library was completed in 1998 for $13.5 million. It contains 67,500 square feet of space; the Carnegie-funded building has been converted into the Union Pacific Railroad Museum, which opened in 2013. The city retains ownership of the old building, the Union Pacific Railroad pays for the operating costs, the library maintains the collection. Crescent, Iowa McClelland, Iowa Neola, Iowa Treynor, Iowa Underwood, Iowa

Fairmont Palliser Hotel

The Fairmont Palliser known as the Palliser Hotel, is a hotel of the Canada-based Fairmont Hotels and Resorts chain. The historic hotel is located in downtown Calgary, Alberta at 133 9th Avenue Southwest adjacent to the Calgary Tower and Palliser Square, it is the city's oldest and most luxurious hotel and celebrated its centennial on June 1, 2014. When the Canadian Pacific Railway pushed west in 1883, Calgary was a mounted police post and trading centre. With an influx of tourists en route to Canadian Pacific's Banff Springs hotel, a hospitality spot in Calgary was an essential link. Groundbreaking for the building was on May 12, 1911, on property owned by the Canadian Pacific Railway, it was built by P. Lyall and Sons Construction Company with materials such as stone, reinforced concrete and brick at a cost of $1,500,000; the hotel opened on June 1, 1914. Like all of the flagship Canadian hotels in the Fairmont chain, it was built by the Canadian Pacific Railway and was a property of Canadian Pacific Hotels and Resorts until the company purchased the Fairmont Hotel chain and changed its name to Fairmont Hotels and Resorts in 1999.

The hotel was named after Captain John Palliser, an explorer in the region during the 1850s. Architect Lawrence Gotch of E. and W. S. Maxwell of Montreal designed the Edwardian building with a characteristic Chicago school look; the building was eight stories high, with three stories added in 1929, making it Calgary's highest building until 1958. It has been renovated and expanded a number of times throughout its history, including a $28 million renovation in 2000. Further enhancements and renovations in recent years included an update to Fairmont Gold and many guest rooms; the Palliser, the Hotel Macdonald in Edmonton, received the first two liquor licenses from the Alberta Liquor Control Board when Alberta repealed Prohibition in 1924. Canada's grand railway hotels Media related to Fairmont Palliser Hotel at Wikimedia Commons Official Website of the Fairmont Palliser Hotel