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Sigur Rós

Sigur Rós is an Icelandic avant-rock band from Reykjavík, active since 1994. Known for their ethereal sound, frontman Jónsi's falsetto vocals, the use of bowed guitar, the band's music incorporates classical and minimal aesthetic elements, they received various awards throughout the years. Jón Þór "Jónsi" Birgisson, Georg Hólm and Ágúst Ævar Gunnarsson formed the group in Reykjavík in January 1994; the band's name is Icelandic wordplay: while the individual words Sigur and Rós mean Victory and Rose, "Victory Rose" wouldn't be grammatically correct. They soon won a record deal with the local Sugarcubes-owned record label Bad Taste, because they thought the falsetto vocals were cute and would appeal to teenage girls. In 1997, they released Von and in 1998 a remix collection named Von brigði; this name is Icelandic wordplay: Vonbrigði means "disappointment", but Von brigði means "variations on Von". The band was joined by Kjartan Sveinsson on keyboards in 1998, he is the only member of Sigur Rós with musical training, has contributed most of the orchestral and string arrangements for their work.

International acclaim came with 1999's Ágætis byrjun. The album's reputation spread by word of mouth over the following two years. Soon critics worldwide were praising it effusively, the band was playing support to established acts such as Radiohead. Three songs, "Ágætis byrjun", "Svefn-g-englar", a live take, from a summer 2000 concert in Denmark, of the then-unreleased "Njósnavélin" appeared in the Cameron Crowe film Vanilla Sky; the former two subsequently appeared in the US version of the television series Queer as Folk. Their music has appeared in the TV series 24 with "Ný batterí", CSI with "Svefn-g-englar". In 2004, Wes Anderson used "Starálfur" in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou as did the Emmy-winning 2005 TV film The Girl in the Café. In Enki Bilal's Immortel the song "Hjartað hamast" is used; the song "Svefn-g-englar" was used on V on 24 November 2009, features prominently in Café de Flore released in 2011. After the release of Ágætis byrjun, the band became well known for Jónsi's signature style of reverb accentuated guitar work using a cello's bow.

In 2001, Sigur Rós christened their newly completed studio by recording an EP titled Rímur with an Icelandic fisherman named Steindór Andersen. The EP contains six songs, all of which feature Steindór Andersen reciting traditional Icelandic rímur poetry. Sigur Rós accompany him on three songs. Two songs feature Steindór alone; the last song on the EP, "Lækurinn", is a duet with Sigurður Sigurðarson. A thousand copies of the EP were printed and sold during the spring tour of 2001; the EP was sold in a blank-white-paper case. In 2001 the band toured in Canada. Drummer Ágúst left the band after the recording of Ágætis byrjun and was replaced by Orri Páll Dýrason. In 2002, their anticipated follow-up album was released. Upon release all tracks on the album were untitled, though the band published song names on their website. All of the lyrics on are sung in Vonlenska known as Hopelandic, a language without semantic meaning, which resembles the phonology of the Icelandic language, it has been said that the listener is supposed to interpret their own meanings of the lyrics which can be written in the blank pages in the album booklet.

In 2002, the band wrote an original score for the Bodyscript dance production by Wayne McGregor Random Dance in collaboration with Sadler's Wells Theatre and the Arts Council England. Sigur Rós collaborated with Radiohead in October 2003 to compose music for Merce Cunningham's dance piece Split Sides. Radiohead's contribution was not commercially released. Sigur Rós' 1997 debut album Von found a US and UK release in October 2004. "Untitled 3" from the album is used on the video 6AM by film maker Carmen Vidal, winner of the 2006 Student Academy Award. "Untitled 3" is used at the end credits of the indie drama movie, Mysterious Skin. It can be heard in Skins and CSI: Miami and the British TV Documentary Protecting Our Children as well as during a section of the London 2012 summer Olympics on the BBC. "Untitled 4" from the album featured in the final scene of Vanilla Sky, director Cameron Crowe commented, "We struggled to find an appropriate track to end the film with and I went to see Sigur Rós perform in Los Angeles and they played this song, "Njósnavélin", just perfect.

I had to have it." This track is featured on Canadian TV series Orphan Black in episode 10 of season 3. Their fourth album, Takk... employs the distinctive sound of their second album in a more rock oriented structure with greater use of the guitar, was released in September 2005. "Hoppípolla", the second official single from Takk... was released in November alongside a new studio remake of "Hafsól", a song, released on the band's 1997 debut, Von. "Hoppípolla" was used in the trailers for the BBC's natural history series Planet Earth in 2006, as well as the closing credits for the 2006 FA Cup final, ITV's coverage of the 2006 Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race, advertisements for the BBC's coverage of England

Miss Woodford

Miss Woodford was a brown Thoroughbred racemare that became one of the top American fillies of all time. At one stage, she won 16 consecutive races, she was bred by Colonel Catesby Woodford and Colonel Ezekial Clay of Runnymede Farm near Paris, Kentucky. Miss Woodford was out of the unraced Fancy Jane, by Neil Robinson. Miss Woodford was sold to Mike and Phil Dwyer of the Dwyer Brothers Stable to replace Hindoo, their retired champion, they traded Hindoo as a stallion prospect plus a couple of fillies to her owner, George W. Bowen, in exchange for $9,000 cash and his three-year-old filly. Miss Woodford had raced for Bowen & Company, winning the Spinaway Stakes. After she was purchased by the Dwyers, Miss Woodward, like Hindoo, was trained by National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame inductee James G. Rowe, Sr. A dispute with the Dwyers concerning Miss Woodford caused Rowe to resign and become a racing official. Though, Rowe returned to training, campaigning great runners such as Sysonby, two-time Horse of the Year Commando: the sire of Colin, Peter Pan and Sweep.)

At the time they acquired Miss Woodford, the Dwyer brothers owned a colt, considered the best of his crop. With the addition of Miss Woodford, they now owned a top colt, George Kinney, a top filly. One of the highlights of her three-year-old season was defeating George Kinney, her stablemate who had won the Belmont Stakes. At three and five, Miss Woodford won 16 consecutive races. By the end of her fifth year of racing, Miss Woodford was America's leading money winner, having earned $98,179, she won six races in less than two months at the age of six. One of her best efforts was the Eclipse Stake at the Fair Grounds in St Louis. There she faced the first two winners of the American Derby: Volante. Miss Woodford won to push her earnings over the $100,000 mark, becoming the first horse to do so in a racing career, she won the Monmouth Cup at Long Branch Racetrack, the Monmouth Oaks, the Ocean Stakes, the Eatontown Stakes and the West End Hotel Stakes. Miss Woodford ran in 48 races and won 37, she was second in 7 and third in 2.

In her three match races, she won two. Her lifetime earnings at distances up to 2½ miles amounted to $118,270; this made her the highest stakes winning filly in American history. Firenze followed her in earnings, came Yo Tambien. Miss Woodford was bred. Although she produced the stakes winners George Kessler and Sombre, as well as three other winners from nine foals, none of her progeny approached her abilities. Miss Woodford was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, New York, in 1967. Hall of Fame trainers Sunny Jim Fitzsimmons, Thomas J. Healey, A. Jack Joyner, R. Wyndham Walden, Rowe all thought her one of the best fillies of all time. In a poll among members of the American Trainers Association, conducted in 1955 by Delaware Park Racetrack, Miss Woodford was voted the fifth greatest filly in American racing history. Gallorette was voted first; the Miss Woodford Stakes has been run at Monmouth Park in her memory since 1952. Miss Woodford died in 1899 at Elmendorf Farm in Kentucky.

List of leading Thoroughbred racehorses Repeat winners of horse races Miss Woodford's pedigree Miss Woodford at The National Sporting Library's Thoroughbred Heritage website Miss Woodford in the Hall of Fame Women of the Year - Ten Fillies Who Achieved Horse Racing's Highest Honor by the Staff and Correspondents of The Blood-Horse magazine Eclipse Press ISBN 1-58150-116-1 Media related to Miss Woodford at Wikimedia Commons

Kalifa Faifai Loa

Kalifa Faifai Loa is a professional rugby league footballer who plays as a winger for the Townsville Blackhawks in the Queensland Cup. A New Zealand and Samoa international representative, he played for the North Queensland Cowboys, Gold Coast Titans and the St. George Illawarra Dragons. Born in Wellington, New Zealand, Faifai Loa is of Samoan and Māori descent and played his junior football for the Marist Saints in the Auckland Rugby League competition, before being signed by the Newcastle Knights, he played for the Knights' Toyota Cup team in 2008. The Knights sacked Faifai Loa at the end of the season after multiple disciplinary breaches. Faifai Loa said about the incident, "During my time at the Knights, some stuff happened, as it does when you're young, I got kicked out of some homestays and that sort of thing, I got done for drink-driving and the Knights decided not to re-sign me. I remember being homesick and I just drank and stuff like that." Faifai Loa returned to New Zealand before signing a contract with the St. George Illawarra Dragons starting in 2009.

As a 20-year-old, Faifai Loa scored 12 tries and broke near 100 tackles throughout the 2009 Toyota Cup season. In 2010 he scored 11 tries in 13 appearances. Altogether, he scored 29 tries in 45 games and being named in the 2010 National Youth Competition Team of the Year. In Round 11 of the 2010 NRL season he made his NRL debut for St. George Illawarra against the Canberra Raiders. In his second NRL game, Faifai Loa scored 2 tries. At the end of 2010, it appeared. Faifai Loa is cousins with fellow New Zealand international Jeremy Smith. Faifai Loa lived with Smith. In July 2010, Faifai Loa signed a two-year contract with the North Queensland Cowboys starting in 2011. In round 3 of the 2011 NRL season, Faifai Loa made his debut for the North Queensland Cowboys against the Melbourne Storm. After the 2011 season, Faifai Loa was selected to make his international debut for New Zealand in the test match against Australia at Ausgrid Stadium, he was selected in the New Zealand squad for the 2011 Four Nations tournament, scoring his first international try in the tournament's opening match against Australia.

In December 2011, Faifai Loa re-signed with the North Queensland club for two years. On 20 April 2013 he played for Samoa in the Pacific Rugby League International against Tonga. Faifai Loa played nine games for the Gold Coast in 2014, scoring 4 tries. In 2015, Faifai Loa represented the Queensland Residents, he went on to play 7 NRL games for the Gold Coast in scoring 5 tries. On 12 October 2015, Faifai Loa signed a two-year contract with the St. George Illawarra Dragons starting in 2016, returning to his first team, he was a member of the Illawarra Cutters 2016 Intrust Super Premiership grand final winning side. In October 2017, Faifai Loa signed with Intrust Super Cup side, the Townsville Blackhawks for the 2018 season

Faith Muthambi

Azwihangwisi Faith Muthambi is the former Minister of Public Service and Administration and former Minister of Communications of South Africa. Muthambi held a number of positions prior to her appointment to President Jacob Zuma's cabinet in 2014: Member of SANSCO, she was one of the seven ANC MPs who were nominated for the ad hoc committee to consider President Jacob Zuma‘s submissions on the public protector’s report on his Nkandla home. Muthambi holds a B Proc from the University of Venda, various other certifications and qualifications from UPTA, Wits Business School and UNIVEN. An ad hoc Parliamentary committee found Muthambi "incompetent" and guilty of misleading parliament, a criminal offence, she failed to attend a meeting where she was supposed to explain the R300,000 she spent on transport costs for friends and family to watch her deliver a speech.. She has failed to attend a meeting in order to account for her personal staff of 27, when the ministerial handbook limits this figure to 10.

Marian Shinn:Fear for our Internet freedoms ANC Page: Faith Muthambi People by Faith Mutambi at People's Assembly ITWeb's News Archive on Faith Muthambi

Dircinha Batista

Dirce Grandino de Oliveira, known as Dircinha Batista, was a Brazilian actress and singer. Dircinha Batista was a singer of great success. In more than forty year career, she recorded over three hundred discs at 78 rpm, with many big hits carnival songs, she worked in sixteen Brazilian movies, was a child prodigy. Dircinha began performing at festivals at six years of age, she began to participate his father's shows in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo from 1928. She and her sister Linda Batista became famous still young and soon won the admiration of the president Getúlio Vargas which considered the sisters Batista "national heritage", she became RCA Victor's sales champions over the years 40, 50. In the 60s at the height of his career Dircinha struggled with depression and used to be hospitalized in clinics and sanatoriums. At 13, Dircinha made the film Hello, Hello Brazil! Directed by Wallace Downey and the following year in Hello, Carnival! produced by Adhemar Gonzaga, another great success at the time of chanchadas.

The career of the singer "took off" after that Francisco Alves presented in his program on Radio Cajuti as "the girl who had a bird's throat." In 1948 was elected "Queen Radio's". Surrounded by his mother and without having been married, Dircinha locked herself to the world in 1974, after the death of Dona Neném, thereafter she remained secluded in his apartment in Copacabana to Linda sister's care. In recent years, she found herself isolated from the world, interned in the Centro Gerontológico Mercedes Miranda in Botafogo. Died of heart failure on April 18, 1999 after 77 years in the Hospital São Lucas, her body was laid in the chapel of Cemitério São João Batista, where was held the funeral. Alô, Alô, Brasil Alô, Alô Carnaval João Ninguém Bombonzinho Futebol Em Família Banana da Terra Onde estás, Felicidade? Laranja da China Entra Na Farra Abacaxi Azul Não Adianta Chorar Fogo Na Canjica Esta É Fina! Folias Cariocas Eu Quero É Movimento Carnaval No Fogo Carnaval No Fogo É Fogo na Roupa Carnaval Em Caxias Guerra ao Samba Tira a Mão Daí!

Depois Eu Conto Metido a Bacana É de Chuá! Mulheres à Vista Entrei de Gaiato O Viúvo Alegre Carnaval Barra Limpa 007 e Meio No Carnaval Cantoras do Rádio Dircinha Batista on IMDb

Helen Bertram

Helen Bertram was an American actress and singer in comic opera and musical theatre. She was known for her tumultuous private life. Lula May Burt was born in 1865 in Tuscola, the daughter of William Neal Burt and Caroline Burr Burt, she was raised in Indianapolis, Indiana. She studied voice with Tecla Vigna at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. Bertram sang in comic opera with the Emma Abbott Opera Company, the Heinrich Conried Opera Company, the Bostonians, the McCaull Comic Opera Company, Henry E. Abbey's English Opera Company, the Carl Rosa Opera Company, her roles included Selena in Mignon, Serpolette in The Chimes of Normandy, Arline in The Bohemian Girl, Adalgisa in Norma, Prince Julius in The King's Fool, Farina in The Tar and the Tartar, Stella in Clover. On Broadway, she appeared in musicals Robin Hood, The Viceroy, Foxy Quiller, The Prince of Pilsen, The Gingerbread Man, The Land of Nod and the Song Birds, again in Robin Hood. Bertram appeared in two films, The Lightning Conductor, a silent picture which included her daughter in the cast, Rhythm on the River, with Bing Crosby and Mary Martin.

She appeared in vaudeville shows. She and her daughter were both active in the suffrage movement in Los Angeles. Events in Helen Bertram's private life were detailed in newspapers, including adultery, divorce and bankruptcy. Among her reported eccentricities, she wore a gold locket or chamois pouch containing her second husband's ashes, for several years after his death. Bertram married three times, to Italian musician Achille Tomasi, English actor Edward J. Henley, a younger brother of poet William Ernest Henley, English actor Edward J. Morgan, she divorced Tomasi. She had one daughter with Tomasi and screenwriter Rosina Henley, who took and kept her stepfather's name. Bertram moved to Los Angeles in 1910. Helen Bertram died in 1953, aged 88 years, in Los Angeles. Helen Bertram on IMDb Helen Bertram at the Internet Broadway Database Helen Bertram in the Library of Congress Newspaper Archives A cigarette card featuring Helen Bertram, in the George Arents Collection, New York Public Library Digital Collections