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Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov

Admiral Flota Sovetskogo Soyuza Kuznetsov is an aircraft carrier serving as the flagship of the Russian Navy. It was built by the Black Sea Shipyard, the sole manufacturer of Soviet aircraft carriers, in Nikolayev within the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic; the initial name of the ship was Riga. It was commissioned in the Soviet Navy, was intended to be the lead ship of the two-ship Admiral Kuznetsov class. However, its sister ship Varyag was still incomplete when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991; the second hull was sold by Ukraine to the People's Republic of China, completed in Dalian and commissioned as Liaoning. The design of Admiral Kuznetsov class implies a mission different from that of the United States Navy's carriers; the term used by her builders to describe the Russian ships is Tyazholyy Avianesushchiy Kreyser – "heavy aircraft-carrying cruiser" – intended to support and defend strategic missile-carrying submarines, surface ships, naval missile-carrying aircraft of the Russian Navy.

Admiral Kuznetsov's main fixed-wing aircraft is the multi-role Sukhoi Su-33. It can perform air superiority, fleet defence, air support missions and can be used for direct fire support of amphibious assault and placement of naval mines; the carrier carries the Kamov Ka-27 and Kamov Ka-27S helicopters for anti-submarine warfare and rescue, small transport. For take-off of fixed wing aircraft, Admiral Kuznetsov uses a ski-jump at the end of her bow. On take-off aircraft accelerate up the ski-jump using their afterburners; this results in the aircraft leaving the deck at a higher angle and elevation than on an aircraft carrier with a flat deck and catapults. The ski-jump take-off is less demanding on the pilot, since the acceleration is lower, but results in a clearance speed of only 120–140 km/h requiring an aircraft design which will not stall at those speeds; the "cruiser" role is facilitated by Admiral Kuznetsov's complement of 12 long-range surface-to-surface anti-ship P-700 Granit cruise missiles.

As a result, this armament is the basis for the ship's Russian type designator of "heavy aircraft-carrying missile cruiser". Admiral Kuznetsov's designation as an aircraft-carrying cruiser is important under the Montreux Convention, as it allows the ship to transit the Turkish Straits; the Convention prohibits countries from sending an aircraft carrier heavier than 15,000 tons through the Straits. Since the ship was built in the Ukrainian SSR, Admiral Kuznetsov would have been stuck in the Black Sea if Turkey had refused permission to pass into the Mediterranean Sea. However, the Convention does not limit the displacement of capital ships operated by Black Sea powers. Turkey allowed Admiral Kuznetsov to transit the Straits, no signatory to the Montreux Convention issued a formal protest of her classification as an aircraft-carrying cruiser. Admiral Flota Sovetskovo Soyuza Kuznetsov, constructed at Chernomorskiy Shipyard known as Nikolayev South Shipyard, in Nikolayev, now Mykolaiv, Ukrainian SSR, was launched in 1985, became operational in 1995.

An official ceremony marking the start of construction took place on 1 September 1982. The vessel was first named Riga the name was changed to Leonid Brezhnev, this was followed by Tbilisi. On 4 October 1990, she was renamed Admiral Flota Sovetskovo Soyuza N. G. Kuznetsov, referred to in short as Admiral Kuznetsov; the ship was 71% complete by mid-1989. In November 1989 she undertook her first aircraft operation trials. In December 1991, she sailed from the Black Sea to join the Northern Fleet. Only from 1993 on did she receive aircraft. From 23 December 1995 through 22 March 1996 Admiral Kuznetsov made her first 90-day Mediterranean deployment with 13 Su-33, 2 Su-25 UTG, 11 helicopters aboard; the deployment of the Russian Navy's flagship was undertaken to mark the 300th anniversary of the establishment of the Russian Navy in October 1696. The deployment was to allow the carrier, accompanied by a frigate and oiler, to adapt to the Mediterranean climate and to perform continuous flight operations until 21:00 each day, as the Barents Sea only receives about one hour of sunlight during this time of year.

During that period the carrier lay at anchor off the port of Syria. Her aircraft made flights close to the Israeli shore line and were escorted by Israeli F-16s. During the deployment, a severe water shortage occurred due to evaporators breaking down. At the end of 1997 she remained immobilized in a Northern Fleet shipyard, awaiting funding for major repairs, which were halted when they were only 20% complete; the overhaul was completed in July 1998, the ship returned to active service in the Northern fleet on 3 November 1998. Admiral Kuznetsov remained in port for two years before preparing for another Mediterranean deployment scheduled for the winter of 2000–2001; this deployment was cancelled due to the explosion and sinking of the nuclear-powered submarine Kursk. Admiral Kuznetsov participated in the Kursk rescue and salvage operations in late 2000. Plans for further operations were cancelled. In late 2003 and early 2004, Admiral Kuznetsov went to sea for inspection and trials. In October 2004, she participated in a fleet exercise of the Russian Navy in the Atl

Beatrice Islets

Beatrice Islets are pair of islets in the Australian state of South Australia located in Nepean Bay on the north coast of Kangaroo Island about 4 kilometres east of Kingscote. The islets and adjoining intertidal areas are notable as habitat for bird life; the islet pair has enjoyed protected area status since 1909 and since at least 1972, have been part of the Beatrice Islet Conservation Park. During either the 1960s or the 1970s, the islets were extensively damaged by an exercise to remove an infestation of South African boxthorn. Beatrice Islets are pair of islets located in Nepean Bay about 4 kilometres east of Kingscote on Kangaroo Island in South Australia; the Beatrice Islets along with Busby Islet are three high points on the southern edge of a spit, exposed at low water. The spit, named ‘The Spit’ extends from Cape Rouge about 5 kilometres north of Kingscote in a south easterly direction across the opening of the Bay of Shoals for a distance of about 5 nautical miles; the islets which are separated by a distance of about 1.25 kilometres, have a north-south alignment.

The islets consisted of sand dunes that were permanently above high water. However, an exercise to remove South African boxthorn, an introduced species considered to an infestation risk, which occurred either during the 1960s or the 1970s and which resulted in the islets becoming ‘susceptible to erosion, tides and rough weather’ thereby reducing the ‘once stable vegetated islets to bare, wave-washed sand spits’. Subsequent attempts to stabilise the islets and encourage the deposition of sand were unsuccessful; as of 1987, the islets were reported as existing ‘only as a mudflat/cocklebed which emerges above the sea at low tide.’ The conditions for the creation of The Spit and therefore Beatrice Islets and Busby Islet became possible about 7500 years ago when sea levels reached current levels. The islets are composed of sandgrit; the islets is part of a drying spit at low water which falls to a depth of 5 m within about 0.6–1.25 km to the west. As of 1987 and again in 1996, the Beatrice Islets were reported as having no vegetation as a result of an exercise to remove the infestation of South African boxthorn.

While sources dated 1987 and 1996 do not explicitly list fauna for Beatrice Islets, it is that fauna species which are birds reported as being present on The Spit and Busby Island such as the following will be observed on the Beatrice Islets: white-bellied sea-eagle, eastern curlew, fairy tern little egret, pied cormorant, little pied cormorant, black-faced cormorant, Australian pelican, Australian white ibis, grey plover, greater sand plover, grey-tailed tattler, bar-tailed godwit, red knot, red-necked stint, red-capped plover, sooty oystercatcher, pied oystercatcher, curlew sandpiper, sharp-tailed sandpiper and ruddy turnstone. Beatrice Islets are reported as being named after HMS Beatrice, a schooner which conducted coastal survey operations in South Australia during the 1870s. Beatrice Islets are one of the island sites from which guano was mined under licence from the South Australian Government prior to 1919; the Beatrice Islets first received protected area status on 13 May 1909 under the Birds Protection Act 1900.

The islets were subsequently proclaimed as a fauna reserve under the Fauna Conservation Act 1964, dedicated again in 1967 ‘for the conservation of wildlife habitat’ and as a conservation park under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972 in 1972. As of 2012, the waters adjoining. Beatrice Islets is part of a larger area that includes the extent of The Spit within Nepean Bay including Busby Islet and, included in a non-statutory listing of nationally important wetlands located in South Australia as part of A Directory of Important Wetlands in Australia. List of islands of Australia Boating Industry Association of South Australia. Department for Environment and Heritage, South Australia's waters an atlas & guide, Boating Industry Association of South Australia, ISBN 978-1-86254-680-6 South Australia. Department of Marine and Harbors, The Waters of South Australia a series of charts, sailing notes and coastal photographs, Dept. of Marine and Harbors, South Australia, ISBN 978-0-7243-7603-2 National Parks and Wildlife Service.

Conservation Parks of Kangaroo Island Management Plan. National Parks and Wildlife Service, Department of Environment and Planning, South Australia. ISBN 0-7243-8983-0. Retrieved 23 December 2014. A. C. Robinson. "South Australia's offshore islands". Australian Heritage Commission. ISBN 978-0-644-35011-2. Retrieved 13 December 2013. Robinson, A. C.. A biological survey of Kangaroo Island South Australia in November 1989 and 1990. Adelaide, SA: Heritage and Biodiversity Section, Department for Environment and Aboriginal Affairs, South Australia. ISBN 978-0-7308-5862-1. Retrieved 1 May 2014. "Australian Wetlands Database - Directory Wetland Information Sheet: Busby and Beatrice Islets - SA023". Commonwealth of Australia, Department of the Environment. 1995. Retrieved 24 December 2014. Eyles, Kathy. Environment Australia. National Wetlands Program, A Directory of important wetlands in Australia, Environment Australia, ISBN 978-0-642-54721-7 "Encounter Marine Park Management plan summary". Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

2012. Retrieved 17 June 2014

Gerster, Missouri

Gerster is a village in St. Clair County, United States; the population was 25 at the 2010 census. Gerster was platted in 1898. and named after the Gerster family, the original owners of the town site. A post office called Gerster was established in 1898, remained in operation until 1958. Gerster is located at 37°57′18″N 93°34′36″W. According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.08 square miles, all land. As of the census of 2010, there were 25 people, 13 households, 7 families living in the village; the population density was 312.5 inhabitants per square mile. There were 22 housing units at an average density of 275.0 per square mile. The racial makeup of the village was 96.0% White and 4.0% African American. There were 13 households of which 7.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.8% were married couples living together, 46.2% were non-families. 46.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.4% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older.

The average household size was 1.92 and the average family size was 2.43. The median age in the village was 48.5 years. 4% of residents were under the age of 18. The gender makeup of the village was 52.0% male and 48.0% female. As of the census of 2000, there were 35 people, 15 households, 10 families living in the town; the population density was 444.6 people per square mile. There were 20 housing units at an average density of 254.0 per square mile. The racial makeup of the town was 20.00 % Native American. There were 15 households out of which 26.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.7% were married couples living together, 20.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 26.7% were non-families. 20.0% of all households were made up of individuals and none had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.64. In the town the population was spread out with 25.7% under the age of 18, 5.7% from 18 to 24, 22.9% from 25 to 44, 34.3% from 45 to 64, 11.4% who were 65 years of age or older.

The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 84.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 116.7 males. The median income for a household in the town was $14,167, the median income for a family was $16,250. Males had a median income of $18,750 versus $0 for females; the per capita income for the town was $5,289. There were 60.0% of families and 74.3% of the population living below the poverty line, including 100.0% of under eighteens and none of those over 64

Sunday (1997 film)

Sunday is a 1997 independent film directed by Jonathan Nossiter. Set in Queens, a borough of New York City, it is a dark comedy about an unemployed, homeless IBM functionary mistaken by an aging actress for famous film director Matthew Delacorta; the screenplay is an adaptation by Nossiter and James Lasdun or Lasdun's own short story "Ate, Memos or the Miracle". The two would collaborate again on Signs & Wonders. Starring David Suchet, as well as Lisa Harrow and Jared Harris, it was shot on location in Queens and in an active homeless shelter, blending actors and non-actors. Arnold Barkus—Andy Jared Harris—Ray Bahman Soltani—Abram Willis Burks II—Selwyn Joseph Sirola—Joe Subalowsky Henry Hayward—Sam Kevin Thigpen—David Chen Tsun Kit—Himself Lisa Harrow—Madeleine Vesey Larry Pine—Ben Vesey Yeon Joo Kim—Suky Vesey Fran Capo—Judy, Madeleine's Friend Spencer Paterson—Johnny O Joe Grifasi—Scottie Elster Jimmy Broadway—himself David Suchet—Oliver/Matthew Delacorta The film won the 1997 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury prize for Best Film and Best Screenplay.

It won the Deauville Film Festival Grand Prize for Best Film and its International Critics' prize. It marked Nossiter's debut at Cannes in the "Un Certain Regard" section and was included in The Museum of Modern Art's New Directors/New Films Festival. Sunday on IMDb

Nothing Personal (2007 film)

Nothing Personal is a 2007 Russian drama film written and directed by Larisa Sadilova. It was entered into the 29th Moscow International Film Festival, it won the FIPRESCI prize in 2007. Private detective Vladimir Zimin receives an order for video surveillance of an apartment. Having installed the bugs and micro-cameras, he begins surveillance. Soon it turns out that the owner of the apartment, works in a drugstore and suffers from an unsettled personal life. Zimin begins to doubt that anyone can be so interested in the life of this lonely woman, that for one day in her life he is offered 500 dollars, it turns out that the customer confused the apartment and the right woman lives next door. She turns out to be an attractive blonde, visited by a lover, a young businessman, an aspiring politician. Having switched to the new target, however, is not in a hurry to part with his former ward. Valeriy Barinov as Zimin Zoya Kaydanovskaya as Irina Mariya Leonova as Blonde Shukhrat Irgashev as Zimin's chief Natalya Kochetova as Zimin's wife Aleksandr Klyukvin as Rich lover Nothing Personal on IMDb

Hàm Yên District

Hàm Yên is a rural district of Tuyên Quang Province in the Northeast region of Vietnam. As of 2003 the district had a population of 104,648; the district covers an area of 898 km². The district capital lies at Tân Yên. Thị trấn Tân Yên, xã Hùng Đức, xã Bằng Cốc, xã Thành Long, xã Thái Hòa, xã Đức Ninh, xã Thái Sơn, xã Bình Xa, xã Nhân Mục, xã Yên Phú, xã Tân Thành, xã Minh Hương, xã Phù Lưu, xã Minh Dân, xã Yên Lâm, xã Minh Khương, xã Bạch Xa, xã Yên Thuận