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Shizuka Arakawa

Shizuka Arakawa is a Japanese figure skater. She is the 2004 World Champion. Arakawa is the first Japanese skater to win an Olympic gold medal in figure skating and the second Japanese skater to win any Olympic medal in figure skating, after Midori Ito, who won silver in 1992, she is the second Japanese woman to win a gold medal at the Winter Olympics, following skier Tae Satoya. She was the only Japanese medalist at the 2006 Winter Olympics. Arakawa retired from competitive skating following her Olympic win and began skating professionally in ice shows and exhibitions, she works as a skating sportscaster for Japanese television. Arakawa was born in Shinagawa, Tokyo and grew up in Sendai and its suburbs, she was named Shizuka after Shizuka Gozen. In March 2000, Arakawa enrolled at Waseda University and graduated with a bachelor's degree in social sciences in 2004, while still competing as a skater, she won the 2004 World Figure Skating Championships days after completing her graduation examinations at Waseda University.

She lived and trained for a time at the International Skating Center of Connecticut in Simsbury, Connecticut after the closure of the Konami Sports Ice Rink in Sendai, where she began her career. Her figure skating idols are Yuka Sato, she listens to music by Christina Aguilera, Beyoncé, Mai Kuraki and EXILE, likes shopping, swimming and practicing marine sports. Arakawa cites gourmet cooking as one of her hobbies, she collects beanie babies, has a pet shih tzu and hamster. She has four dogs, named Choco, Tiramisu and Rosa. Arakawa was married on her 32nd birthday. Further details were not made public. On April 16, 2014, Arakawa announced. On November 6, 2014, she gave birth to her first child, a daughter. On May 23rd, 2018, it was announced that she had given birth to a son; when Arakawa was 5 years old, she became interested in skating and entered the Chibikko Skate School. She started ballet lessons at 7. While still 7, Arakawa began training with former Olympian Hiroshi Nagakubo, a pair skater who competed in the 1972 Winter Olympics in Sapporo, Japan.

She was landing triple salchows at age 8. In 1994, she began participating in Japanese national skating competitions, she was named the 1995, 1996 All Japan Junior Figure athlete. Arakawa progressed through the Japanese ranks and was the first skater in Japan to win three consecutive junior national titles. Arakawa was the senior national Japanese champion in both 1998 and 1999, she made her Olympic debut when she represented Japan in the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano at age 16. The Emperor and Empress of Japan attended the ladies' free skate event, she placed 13th at the Nagano Olympics. At that time, she was ranked number 2 in Japan. In 2002, Arakawa finished second at Japan's national championships and, as a result, was not named to the Japanese 2002 Winter Olympics team. During the 2002 -- 2003 skating season, Arakawa won the Winter Universiade, she earned her second consecutive silver medal at the Four Continents Championships. She took the bronze at the NHK Trophy, placed fifth at the Cup of Russia.

She qualified for the ISU Grand Prix Final. She placed third at the Japanese Nationals, marking her fifth medal from this meet, with two golds and two silvers from previous seasons. In 2004, she won the World Championships in Dortmund, after landing seven clean triple jumps, she was the third Japanese woman to win this title after Midori Ito who won in 1989 and Yuka Sato in 1994. Arakawa had planned to retire after the 2004 World Championships, but her victory there convinced her to change her plans. At the 2005 World Championships, Arakawa finished 9th, a disappointment which she credited as a motivation to stay in the sport and regain top form, she felt. In November 2005, Arakawa changed coaches to Nikolai Morozov. At the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Arakawa skated in the short program to Fantaisie-Impromptu by Chopin, she went into the long program in third place, behind pre-event favorites Sasha Cohen and Irina Slutskaya. Less than a point separated the top three skaters. In the long program, Cohen was the first of the three leaders to skate, followed by Arakawa and Slutskaya.

Cohen fell twice during her long program. Arakawa won the free program, skating to Vanessa Mae's Violin Fantasy on Puccini's Turandot by Giacomo Puccini, she performed an Ina Bauer and did a three jump combination. "Ina Bauer" became a household word in Japan as a result. Although she had planned two triple-triple combinations for the free skate, she did not perform them, doing instead a triple Lutz-double loop and a triple salchow-double toe loop combinations. Arakawa earned a total combined score of 191.34 points eight points ahead of the second-place Cohen. Like Cohen, Slutskaya made mistakes in her long program, ended up taking bronze, leaving Arakawa as the gold medal winner, Japan's only medal of the 2006 games. Slutskaya was third at 181.44. At age 24, Arakawa became. Florence "Madge" Cave Syers from the United Kingdom was the oldest when she won the Olympic title at age 27 at the 1908 Summer Olympics, which featured the first Olympic figure skating events. After winning her Olympic title, Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi called Arakawa in Turin, Italy to congratulate her.

Koizumi said, "I cheered

M83 (album)

M83 is the debut studio album by French electropop band M83, released on 18 April 2001 on Gooom. The album was reissued on 6 September 2005 on Mute Records for its North American release, is thus sometimes referred to as 0905. Produced by both M83 and Morgan Daguenet, the album is predominately instrumental, with dialogue samples from various films and television programmes appearing across the songs; the track titles, if read sequentially, form a short story. Recorded as a duo by founding members, Anthony Gonzalez and Nicolas Fromageau, the album was recorded at Echotone, in the Autumn of 2000, with co-producer Morgan Daguenet; the track "Slowly", included on the album's 2005 reissue, was recorded two years at the same location. All tracks are written by M83; the first few seconds of "Violet Tree" features a sample of audio from episode two of Serial Experiments Lain. A few seconds of opening dialogue from the same episode can be heard at the beginning of "Carresses"; the sampled dialog in "Facing That" comes from the film.

The sampled dialog at the beginning of "I'm Getting Closer" is from the film I Was a Teenage Werewolf. The sampled dialog in "I'm Getting Closer" is played in reverse; the sampled dialog in "Carresses" comes from the film Mark of the Vampire. The sampled dialog in "She Stands Up" comes from the film Texas. Original copies of the album contain a version of "Night" at the beginning of the song, that samples German dialog from the film Nosferatu the Vampyre; the version on the 2005 Mute re-release does not feature the sample and thus is over a minute shorter. On the last track, at 15:10, there is a hidden track, which consists of several minutes of static followed by an outro. Track names can be read in order. M83 Anthony Gonzalez Nicolas FromageauRecording personnel M83 − production, mixing Morgan Daguenet − production, mixingArtwork Stylophone − design

Bolwar Mahammad Kunhi

Bolwar Mahamad Kunhi is a short story writer, novelist and scriptwriter, who writes in the Kannada language. He is the first Indian writer to introduce Muslim ethos and culture into creative Kannada prose and is considered as one of the best Short Story writers of Karnataka, he is the only Indian writer. He is the first Kannada writer conferred with'Bala Sahitya Puraskar’ by Central Sahitya Academy. In addition to Karnataka Rajyotsava Award, he has been awarded thrice from Karnataka Sahitya Academy including Lifetime Achievement Award. Besides several other awards, he is conferred with KATHA award-Delhi, Bharatiya Bhasha Sasthan Award – Calcutta, Dr. Shivarama Karantha Balavana Award-Putturu, Basavaraja Kattimani Award – Belgaum, MWF Award- Abudhabi, he has won National Awards twice for his contribution to Kannada Films. His works have been translated into other Indian languages including in English, his work focuses on erasing misconceptions about Islam in India and nurturing a more positive outlook towards Islam.

A post-graduate with a gold medal in Kannada literature from Mysore University, Bolwar is now retired from being a chief manager for Syndicate Bank's Bangalore Corporate Office. This writer edited what is considered the finest work produced in Kannada for children – "Tattu Chappale Putta Magu", a collection of over 100 poems and "Santammanna", an anthology of 40-odd illustrated poems, he edited 12 best children's plays - Hanneradu MakkaLa Natakagalu. He is the recipient of the Kendra Sahitya Akademi award for the story of an ordinary Mohandas who became Mahatma Gandhi in his "Paapu Gandh Bapu Gandhi Aada Kathe”. Other than Gorur Ramaswamy Iyengar, it is only Bolwar; the Mahatma had kept the child Monu alive in himself. The book spoke of Mehtab, Gandhi's Muslim friend, a great source of courage to him, it was published in English with the title Gandhi -- From Monu To Mahatma. During the book launch Jnanapith awardee, U. R. Ananthamurthy said in praise of Bolwar's book "This is one of the best books on Mahatma Gandhi for children and adults".

Ananthamurthy, in his blurb for the book, said Bolwar is blessed with great insight, that his works are finely tuned, transcending time. "Bolwar's collection of songs and poems are among the best in contemporary Kannada literature". The book was enacted as children's play, his extended short story, "Ondu Thundu Gode," or "A Bit of Wall" treats the explosive Ayodhya theme in a humorous, personal vein. He recounts the story of an old woman, Roti-Phatumma, who wanted to build her own house by acquiring what she believed to be a bit of the wall from the broken pieces of the Babri Masjid. Tongue-in-cheek Bolwar balances serious and poignant aspects, his epic 1,110-page opus named Swathranthada Ota was released on 18 March 2012 at Ravindra Kalakshetra, Bangalore by the word famous Sarod artist Pandit Rajiv Taranath. His latest book Odiri is considered as the first-ever historical novel on Prophet Muhammad, he worked as Senate Member in Hampi Kannada University, Kannada Sahitya Academy, Kannada Pustaka Pradhikara.

He worked as State president for'Samudaya’ Cultural Organisation, as Convener to Bandaya Sahitya Sangha, as editor of GIANT, KRISHILOKA, as member of RDC, Self Employment Training Institute. He was the President of Kannada Belesi Balaga and Chitra Samudaya

Second Viennese School

The Second Viennese School is the group of composers that comprised Arnold Schoenberg and his pupils and close associates in early 20th century Vienna, where he lived and taught, between 1903 and 1925. Their music was characterized by late-Romantic expanded tonality and following Schoenberg's own evolution, a chromatic expressionism without firm tonal centre referred to as atonality. Though this common development took place, it neither followed a common time-line nor a cooperative path, it was not a direct result of Schoenberg's teaching—which, as his various published textbooks demonstrate, was traditional and conservative. Schoenberg's textbooks reveal that the Second Viennese School spawned not from the development of his serial method, but rather from the influence of his creative example; the principal members of the school, besides Schoenberg, were Alban Berg and Anton Webern, who were among his first composition pupils. Both of them had produced copious and talented music in a late Romantic idiom but felt they gained new direction and discipline from Schoenberg's teaching.

Other pupils of this generation included Ernst Krenek, Heinrich Jalowetz, Erwin Stein and Egon Wellesz, somewhat Eduard Steuermann, Hanns Eisler, Roberto Gerhard, Norbert von Hannenheim, Rudolf Kolisch, Paul A. Pisk, Karl Rankl, Josef Rufer, Nikos Skalkottas, Viktor Ullmann, Winfried Zillig. Though Berg and Webern both followed Schoenberg into total chromaticism and both, each in his own way, adopted twelve-tone technique soon after he did, not all of these other pupils did so, or waited for a considerable time before following suit. Schoenberg's brother-in-law Alexander Zemlinsky is sometimes included as part of the Second Viennese School, though he was never Schoenberg's pupil and never renounced a traditional conception of tonality. Several yet pupils, such as Zillig, the Catalan Gerhard, the Transylvanian Hannenheim and the Greek Skalkottas, are sometimes covered by the term, though they never studied in Vienna but as part of Schoenberg's masterclass in Berlin. Membership in the school is not extended to Schoenberg's many pupils in the United States from 1933, such as John Cage, Leon Kirchner and Gerald Strang, nor to many other composers who, at a greater remove, wrote compositions evocative of the Second Viennese style, such as the Canadian pianist Glenn Gould.

By extension, certain pupils of Schoenberg's pupils, such as Berg's pupil Hans Erich Apostel and Webern's pupils René Leibowitz, Leopold Spinner and Ludwig Zenk, are included in the roll-call. Though the school included distinct musical personalities the impression of cohesiveness was enhanced by the literary efforts of some of its members. Wellesz wrote the first book on Schoenberg, the subject of several Festschriften put together by his friends and pupils. Several of those mentioned were influential as teachers, others as performers, in disseminating the ideals and approved repertoire of the group; the culmination of the school took place at Darmstadt immediately after World War II, at the Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, wherein Schoenberg—who was invited but too ill to travel—was usurped in musical ideology by the music of his pupil, Webern, as composers and performers from the Second Viennese School converged with the new serialists. German musical literature refers to the grouping as the "Wiener Schule" or "Neue Wiener Schule".

The existence of a "First Viennese School" is debatable. The term is assumed to connote the great Vienna-based masters of the Classical style working in the late 18th and early 19th century Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven and Franz Schubert. Though Mozart and Schubert did not study with Haydn and Haydn were admirers of each other's work and evidence suggests that the two composers fed off the other's compositional craftsmanship. Beethoven, did for a time receive lessons from the older master, though he was not a pupil in the sense that Berg and Webern were pupils of Schoenberg; the term "Third Viennese School" is used to refer to the composers surrounding the Viennese new music ensemble Klangforum Wien, including its founder Beat Furrer and Bernhard Lang. Skandalkonzert René Leibowitz, Schoenberg et son école translated by Dika Newlin as Schoenberg and His School: The Contemporary Stage of the Language of Music Arnold Schoenberg Center in Vienna

Imbewu: The Seed

Imbewu: The seed is a South African drama series created by Duma Ndlovu and executive producers Anant Singh and Leleti Khumalo. It is broadcast on e.tv. Zimele “NgcolosiBhengu built his company Maluju Oil, with the intention of becoming South Africa's first Black Oil Baron, a legacy he wants to deliver to his four children, he makes a shocking discovery – he is in fact sterile, these children are the by-product of a union between his wife and brother orchestrated by his mother. The truth tears the family apart. Zimele is hiding his own secret together with his brother Phunyuka and his friend/business partner Pranav. Phunyuka betrays the pact which gives Zimele and Pranav's worse enemy leverage to take over Maluju Oil, running the company to bankruptcy for his own financial gain, ruining both Zimele and Pranav's lives; the Bhengu family receives messages from the ancestors. Thu Sheleni is in search of his biological family and Zimele's previous affair in season one is exposed. Carol Shore is Head of Story.

Caroline Doherty is Head Writer, replacing Loyiso Maqoma, the show's initial Head Writer. Pamela Power is the Script Editor. Other writers include Marina Bekker, Ryan Yamba, Ben Johnson Jnr, Bakang Sebatjane, Bonie Sithebe, Paul Crilley, Nelisa Nkala and Stephen Simm; the Director is Vivek Mehta. In 2019 it was nominated for Best Popular Soapie in the South African Film and Television Awards

Blue Mountains Basalts

Blue Mountains Basalts are igneous rocks occurring in the Sydney Basin in eastern Australia. This formation is up to 140 metres thick. Formed in the middle Miocene, some 17 million to 14 million years ago; the remnants of this volcanic lava flow are confined to the higher altitudes in the western Blue Mountains. Such as Mount Hay, Mount Wilson, Mount Irvine, Mount Banks and Mount Tomah; the olivine basalt caps create red/brown soils, known as red krasnozems. They have been exposed to a considerable degree of chemical weathering, with a higher iron-oxide concentration than with podzols, hence the reddish colour. Vegetation on these basalt based soils are associated with rainforest, moist eucalyptus forest and the tourist attraction gardens at Mount Wilson and the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden; these basalt cap soils have a higher level of moisture retention and fertility than the more common sandstone based soils in the Blue Mountains. The original volcanic plugs have yet to be discovered, due to the considerable amount of erosion this rock layer has experienced.

Geologists have determined that the Blue Mountains Basalts are derived from a lava flow, not a volcanic plug. The remnant basalts were formed from a viscous fluid flow of lava, not a vertical inner core of magma as with an eroded volcano. Sydney Basin Narrabeen group Mount Wilson