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Mick Loftus

Dr. Michael'Mick' Loftus is an Irish former Gaelic footballer and Gaelic games administrator, his league and championship career with the Mayo senior team lasted four seasons from 1949 until 1953. Born in Kilttom, County Roscommon, Loftus was four years old when his family moved to Crossmolina, County Mayo, he first played competitive Gaelic football with St Muredach's College in Ballina. Loftus came to prominence with the Crossmolina club at underage levels, before winning a county senior championship medal with the senior team in 1949, he studied at University College Galway, where he played for the university football team and won three Sigerson Cup medals. Loftus made his debut on the inter-county scene at the age of seventeen when he was selected for the Mayo minor team, he enjoyed one championship season with the minor team, however, he ended the year as an All-Ireland runner-up. Loftus subsequently joined the Mayo junior team, winning All-Ireland medals in 1950 and in 1957 as captain. By this stage he had joined the Mayo senior team, making his debut during the 1949-50 league.

Over the course of the next four years, Loftus played on a number of occasions and won an All-Ireland medal as a non-playing substitute in 1951. In retirement from playing, Loftus became a referee at county level, he took charge of the All-Ireland finals in 1965 and 1968. Loftus served in an administrative capacity with the Gaelic Athletic Association, he was chairman of the Connacht Council and the Centenary Committee before serving as President of the GAA from 1985 until 1988. He was conferred with a Legum Doctor by NUI Galway on 20 February 2015. University College GalwaySigerson Cup: 1949, 1951CrossmolinaMayo Senior Football Championship: 1949MayoAll-Ireland Senior Football Championship: 1951 All-Ireland Junior Football Championship: 1950, 1957 Connacht Junior Football Championship: 1950, 1957

Indigenous peoples of Siberia

Including the Russian Far East, the population of Siberia numbers just above 40 million people. As a result of the 17th to 19th century Russian conquest of Siberia and the subsequent population movements during the Soviet era, the demographics of Siberia today is dominated by native speakers of Russian. There remain a considerable number of indigenous groups, between them accounting for below 10% of total Siberian population, which are genetically related to indigenous peoples of the Americas. In Kamchatka the Itelmens' uprisings against Russian rule in 1706, 1731, 1741, were crushed. During the first uprising the Itelmen were armed with only stone weapons, but in uprisings they used gunpowder weapons; the Russian Cossacks faced tougher resistance from the Koryaks, who revolted with bows and guns from 1745 to 1756, were forced to give up in their attempts to wipe out the Chukchi in 1729, 1730-1, 1744-7. After the Russian defeat in 1729 at Chukchi hands, the Russian commander Major Dmitry Pavlutsky was responsible for the Russian war against the Chukchi and the mass slaughters and enslavement of Chukchi women and children in 1730-31, but his cruelty only made the Chukchis fight more fiercely.

A war against the Chukchis and Koryaks was ordered by Empress Elizabeth in 1742 to expel them from their native lands and erase their culture through war. The command was that the natives be "totally extirpated" with Pavlutskiy leading again in this war from 1744-47 in which he led to the Cossacks "with the help of Almighty God and to the good fortune of Her Imperial Highness", to slaughter the Chukchi men and enslave their women and children as booty; however this phase of the war came to an inconclusive end, when the Chukchi forced them to give up by killing Pavlutskiy and decapitating him. The Russians were launching wars and slaughters against the Koryaks in 1744 and 1753-4. After the Russians tried to force the natives to convert to Christianity, the different native peoples like the Koryaks, Chukchis and Yukaghirs all united to drive the Russians out of their land in the 1740s, culminating in the assault on Nizhnekamchatsk fort in 1746. Kamchatka today is European in demographics and culture with only 2.5% of it being native, around 10,000 from a previous number of 150,000, due to infectious diseases, such as smallpox, mass suicide and the mass slaughters by the Cossacks after its annexation in 1697 of the Itelmen and Koryaks throughout the first decades of Russian rule.

The genocide by the Russian Cossacks devastated the native peoples of Kamchatka and exterminated much of their population. In addition to committing genocide the Cossacks devastated the wildlife by slaughtering massive numbers of animals for fur. 90% of the Kamchadals and half of the Vogules were killed from the eighteenth to nineteenth centuries and the rapid genocide of the indigenous population led to entire ethnic groups being wiped out, with around 12 exterminated groups which could be named by Nikolai Iadrintsev as of 1882. Much of the slaughter was brought on by the fur trade. In the 17th century, indigenous peoples of the Amur region were attacked and colonized by Russians who came to be known as "red-beards"; the Russian Cossacks were named luocha, rakshasa by Amur natives, after demons found in Buddhist mythology. They feared the invaders as they ruthlessly colonized the Amur tribes, invaders who were subjects of the Qing dynasty during the Sino–Russian border conflicts; the Aleuts in the Aleutians in Alaska were subjected to genocide and slavery for the first 20 years of Russian rule, with the Aleut women and children captured and Aleut men slaughtered.

Catherine the Great issued various instructions to prevail humanity in the treatment with indigenous peoples. The regionalist oblastniki was, in the 19th century, among the Russians in Siberia who acknowledged that the natives were subjected to violence of genocidal proportions by the Russian colonization, they claimed. The colonizers used slaughter and disease to bring the natives under their control, some small nomadic groups disappeared, much of the evidence of their obliteration has itself been destroyed, with only a few artifacts documenting their presence remaining in Russian museums and collections. In 1918-1921 there was a violent revolutionary upheaval in Siberia. Russian Cossacks under Captain Grigori Semionov established themselves as warlords by crushing the indigenous peoples who resisted colonization; the Russian colonization of Siberia and conquest of its indigenous peoples has been compared to European colonization in the United States and its natives, with similar negative impacts on the natives and the appropriation of their land.

However Siberian experience was different, as settlement was not resulted to dramatic native depopulation. The Slavic Russians outnumber all of the native peoples in Siberia and its cities except in the Republic of Tuva and Sakha Republic, with the Slavic Russians making up the majority in the Buriat Republic and Altai Republics, outnumbering the Buriat and Altai natives; the Buriat make up only 29% of their own Republic, Altai is only one-third, the Chukchi, Khanti and Nenets are outnumbered by non-natives by 90% of the population. The Czars and Soviets enacted policies to force natives to change their way of life, while rewarding ethnic Russians with the natives’ reindeer herds and wild game they had confiscated; the reindeer herds have been mismanaged to the point of extinction. Classifying the diverse population by language, it includes speakers of the following language families: Uralic Permic Samoyedic (some 70

Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 (Ray Stevens album)

Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 is a collection of ten released singles by Ray Stevens, released in 1987. Of the selections of songs, three were recorded for the record label of Monument Records, four for Barnaby Records, one for RCA Records, two for MCA Records; the version of "Gitarzan" is the album version that begins with cheering and applauding of an audience. The version of "Ahab the Arab" on this compilation is not the original recording but a re-recording that Stevens made for his album Gitarzan during his career with Monument. On the back of the album cover, there is a brief essay on Stevens' life and career that covered his beginnings to the time of this collection's release, written by Ronnie Pugh of the Country Music Foundation; the second volume of this collection was released by MCA eight months later. Compiled from liner notes. All selections except "Gitarzan" and "Along Came Jones" were produced and arranged by: Ray Stevens "Gitarzan" and "Along Came Jones" were produced by Ray Stevens, Fred Foster and Jim Malloy "The Streak," "Turn Your Radio On," "Misty," "Gitarzan," "Ahab the Arab," "Along Came Jones," and "Everything Is Beautiful" are through the courtesy of Barnaby Records "Shriner's Convention" is through the courtesy of RCA Records "It's Me Again Margaret" and "The Mississippi Squirrel Revival" are through the courtesy of MCA Records Mastered by Glenn Meadows at Masterfonics using the JVC Digital Audio Mastering System Art Direction: Ray Stevens and Slick Lawson Photography: Slick Lawson Album Graphics: Barnes and Company Design: Deb Mahalanobis

John Roseboro

John Junior Roseboro was an American professional baseball player and coach. He played as a catcher in Major League Baseball from 1957 until 1970, most notably for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Roseboro won two Gold Glove Awards for his defensive skills, he was the Dodgers' starting catcher in four World Series with the Dodgers winning three of those. He is considered one of the best defensive catchers of the 1960s. Roseboro was known for his role in one of the most violent incidents in baseball history when Juan Marichal struck him in the head with a bat during a game in 1965. Roseboro was born in Ashland and enrolled at Central State University, he was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers as an amateur free agent prior to the 1952 season and, began his professional baseball career with the Sheboygan Indians of the Wisconsin State League. He posted a.365 batting average with Sheboygan in 1952 to finish second in the league batting championship. Roseboro missed the 1954 season due to military service but, after five years in the minor leagues, he was promoted to the major leagues in June 1957 at the age of 24.

During his first season, Roseboro served as backup catcher for the Dodgers' perennial All-Star catcher, Roy Campanella, was being groomed to be Campanella's replacement. However, he was promoted to the starting catcher's position ahead of schedule when Campanella had a tragic car accident in January 1958 that ended his career. In his first full season, with the team having moved to Los Angeles, Roseboro hit for a.271 batting average along with 14 home runs and 43 runs batted in. He was named as a reserve player for the National League in the 1958 All-Star game. In 1959, Roseboro led the league's catchers in putouts and in baserunners caught stealing, helping the Dodgers win the National League Pennant; the Dodgers went on defeating the Chicago White Sox in six games. After having a below par season in 1960, Roseboro rebounded in 1961 posting career highs with 18 home runs and 59 runs batted in, he led the National League catchers in putouts and double plays and finished second in fielding percentage and in assists to earn his first Gold Glove Award as, the Dodgers finished the season in second place behind the Cincinnati Reds.

He earned his second All-Star team berth as a reserve player in the 1961 All-Star game. He won his third All-Star berth as a reserve in the 1962 All-Star game; the Dodgers battled the San Francisco Giants in a tight pennant race during the 1962 season with the two teams ending the season tied for first place and met in the 1962 National League tie-breaker series. The Giants won the three-game series to clinch the National League championship. Roseboro helped guide the Dodgers' pitching staff to a league leading 2.85 earned run average in 1963 as the Dodgers clinched the National League Pennant by 6 games over the St. Louis Cardinals. Roseboro made his presence felt in the 1963 World Series against the New York Yankees when he hit a three-run home run off Whitey Ford to win the first game of the series; the Dodgers went on to win the series by defeating the Yankees in four straight games. The Dodgers dropped to seventh place in the 1964 season, however Roseboro hit for a career high.287 batting average and led the league's catchers with a 60.4% caught stealing percentage, the ninth highest season percentage in major league history.

Roseboro was involved in a major altercation with Juan Marichal during a game between the Dodgers and San Francisco Giants at Candlestick Park on August 22, 1965. The Giants and the Dodgers had nurtured a heated rivalry with each other dating back to their days together in the New York City market; as the 1965 season neared its climax, the Dodgers were involved in a tight pennant race, entering the game leading the Milwaukee Braves by half a game and the Giants by one and a half games. The incident occurred in the aftermath of the Watts riots near Roseboro's Los Angeles home and while the Dominican Civil War raged in Marichal's home country, so emotions were raw. Maury Wills led off the game with a bunt single off Marichal, scored a run when Ron Fairly hit a double. Marichal, a fierce competitor, viewed the bunt as a cheap way to get on base and took umbrage with Wills; when Wills came up to bat in the second inning, Marichal threw a pitch directly at Wills sending him sprawling to the ground.

Willie Mays led off the bottom of the second inning for the Giants and Dodgers' pitcher Sandy Koufax threw a pitch over Mays' head as a token form of retaliation. In the top of the third inning with two outs, Marichal threw a fastball that came close to hitting Fairly, prompting him to dive to the ground. Marichal's act angered the Dodgers sitting in the dugout and home plate umpire Shag Crawford warned both teams that any further retaliations would not be tolerated. Marichal came to bat in the third inning expecting Koufax to take further retaliation against him but instead, he was startled when Roseboro's return throw to Koufax after the second pitch either brushed his ear or came close enough for him to feel the breeze off the ball; when Marichal confronted Roseboro about the proximity of his throw, Roseboro came out of his crouch with his fists clenched. Marichal afterwards stated that he thought Roseboro was about to attack him and raised his bat, striking Roseboro at least twice over the head with his bat, opening a two-inch gash that sent blood flowing down the catcher's face that required 14 stitches.

Koufax raced in from the mound to attempt to separate them and was joined by the umpires and coaches from both teams. A 14-minute brawl ensued on the field before Koufax, Giants captain Willie Mays and other peacemakers restored order. Marichal was ejected from the game and afterwards, National


Izola is an old fishing town in southwestern Slovenia on the Adriatic coast of the Istrian peninsula. It is the seat of the Municipality of Izola, its name originates from Italian Isola, which means'island'. An ancient Roman port and settlement known as Haliaetum stood to the southwest of the present town, next to the village of Jagodje, as early as the 2nd century BC; the town of Izola was established on a small island by refugees from Aquileia in the 7th century. The coastal areas of Istria came under Venetian influence in the 9th century; the settlement was first mentioned in writing as Insula in a Venetian document entitled Liber albus in 932AD. It became the territory of the Republic of Venice in 1267, the centuries of Venetian rule left a strong and enduring mark on the region; the Venetian part of the peninsula passed to the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation in 1797 with the Treaty of Campo Formio, until the period of Napoleonic rule from 1805 to 1813 when Istria became part of the Illyrian provinces of the Napoleonic Empire.

After this short period, during which Izola's walls were torn down and used to fill in the channel that separated the island from the mainland, the newly established Austrian Empire ruled Istria until November 1918. The treaty of Saint Germain assigned the rest of the Istria region to Italy; the Italian-speaking population was the majority according to the Austro-Hungarian census of 1900: of 5,363 inhabitants, 5,326 spoke Italian, 20 Slovene, 17 German. Istria became part of the Kingdom of Italy, until Italian capitulation in September 1943, whereupon control passed to Germany. Izola was liberated by a naval unit from Koper at the end of April 1945. After the end of World War II, Izola was part of Zone B of the provisionally independent Free Territory of Trieste; the newly defined Italo-Yugoslav border saw the migration of many people from one side to the other. In Izola's case, many Italian speakers chose to leave, in their place Slovenian-speaking people from neighbouring villages settled in the town.

In 1820, a thermal spring was discovered in leading to the town's earliest forms of tourism. Between 1902 and 1935 the Parenzana, a narrow-gauge railway line connected the town to Trieste and Poreč. Nino Benvenuti, boxing champion Pietro Coppo and cartographer, worked in Izola Domenico Lovisato, geologist Darko Milanič, football manager Vasilij Žbogar, Olympic sailing champion Media related to Izola at Wikimedia Commons Izola on Geopedia