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St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana

St. John the Baptist Parish is a parish located in the U. S. state of Louisiana. As of the 2010 census, the population was 45,924; the parish seat is Edgard, an unincorporated area, the largest city is LaPlace, unincorporated. St. John the Baptist Parish was established in 1807 as one of the original 19 parishes of the Territory of Orleans, which became the state of Louisiana. St. John the Baptist Parish is part of the New Orleans–Metairie, LA Metropolitan Statistical Area; this was considered part of the German Coast in the 18th and 19th centuries, named for numerous German immigrants who settled along the Mississippi River here in the 1720s. On January 8, 1811, the largest slave insurrection in US history, known as the German Coast Uprising, started here, it was short-lived, but more than 200 slaves gathered from plantations along the river and marched through St. Charles Parish toward New Orleans; this is part of the sugar parishes, which were devoted to sugar cane cultivation. Planters used large numbers of enslaved African-American workers before the war, numerous freedmen stayed in the area to work on these plantations afterward.

The parish includes three nationally significant examples of 19th-century plantation architecture: Evergreen Plantation, Whitney Plantation Historic District, San Francisco Plantation House. Present-day St. John the Baptist Parish includes the third permanent settlement in what is now the state of Louisiana, after Natchitoches and New Orleans, it was considered part of the German Coast The area was settled in the early 1720s by a group of German colonists. Many families established towns close to the Mississippi River in the areas now known as Lucy and Reserve; the area was under the French regime until 1763, when France ceded Louisiana to Spain after losing the Seven Years' War to Great Britain. At the beginning of the Spanish colonial period, many Acadians, people of French descent, began arriving in south Louisiana due to being expelled by the British from what is now Nova Scotia; the British took over French territory in North America east of the Mississippi river.

The first Acadian village was established in, Louisiana. The German and French cultures thrived alongside one another, but French came to be the dominant language, they developed a culture known as Cajun. The early settlers in the area received land grants from the Spanish or French royal governments, depending upon which country owned the territory at the time of application; the French style of property allotments was made up of narrow frontage on the river so that each plantation had access for transportation of goods to and from New Orleans and world markets. The main house and supporting outbuildings were constructed near the river; the remaining property extended away from the river into the wetlands, where land was cleared for cultivation of sugar cane. Most transportation was done by boat on the bayous and lakes of the area, but via the Mississippi River as well, for decades into the 19th century. St. John, with its fertile land being nine feet above sea level, proved to be an excellent settlement for farming and agriculture.

In the late 18th century, planters began to invest more in labor-intensive sugar cane cultivation and processing, increasing their demand for slave labor. Sugar production meant prosperity for New Orleans. Planters held large numbers of slaves, to the extent that the sugar and cotton parishes all had black majorities before the Civil War. With the sugar wealth, some wealthy planters built elaborate outbuildings. Three survive in St. John parish. On the west bank are the major complex of house and outbuildings designated as the Whitney Plantation Historic District and the National Historic Landmark of Evergreen Plantation. San Francisco Plantation House a designated NHL, is on the east bank. San Francisco and Evergreen plantations are open to the public for tours; the Whitney plantation house is planned for renovation. Whitney and Evergreen plantations are both included among the first 26 sites on the Louisiana African American Heritage Trail. In January 1811, the German Coast Uprising started in this parish.

It was the largest slave insurrection in US history. The slaves killed two whites, but suffered 96 deaths among their forces at the hands of the militia and in executions after quick trials afterward, they burned three houses to the ground. Charles Deslondes, a mulatto or mixed-race slave brought from Saint-Domingue before the success of its revolution, was one of the leaders of the insurrection, he and his followers were influenced by the ideals and promises of the French and Haitian revolutions. Slavery was ended on Saint-Domingue after the French Revolution, but reimposed before the slaves gained independence. Deslondes gathered more than 200 slaves from plantations along the way, marching upriver into St. Charles Parish toward New Orleans before meeting much resistance. Unable to get the arms they had planned on, the slaves were defeated by the well-armed informal and territorial militias. During these confrontations and executions after brief trials and ninety-five slaves were killed. Decades before the American Civil War and emancipation, their actions expressed African Americans' deep desire for freedom.

As the number of white families in the settlement increased, they wanted education for their children. Before the Civil War planters would hire tutors college graduates from the North, who w

Joseph T. Collins

Joseph Thomas Collins, Jr. was an American herpetologist. A graduate of the University of Cincinnati, Collins authored 27 books and over 300 articles on wildlife, of which about 250 were on amphibians and reptiles, he was the founder of the Center for North American Herpetology. He died while studying amphibians and reptiles on St. George Island, Florida on 14 January 2012. "For 60 years I was obsessed with herpetology," claimed Joe Collins Collins recounted his early life in a 1997 interview: He was born to Luvadelle Bernice Collins of Crooksville, a podiatrist, Joseph T. Collins, he had two brothers and Jeffery who were three and 16 years younger than he, respectively. He and his brother were excluded from Boy Scouts for being "too rowdy".. He caught his first snake, a queen snake, in a tin can around the age of 10-13, he had an avid interest in animals and collected so many animals, which he and his brothers housed in their backyard, that the City of Cincinnati shut them down for operating a zoo without a license.

"You could get anything you wanted in those days," said Collins in regard to kinds of animals. At the time he had saved up $40 to buy an African Lion, he ended up in herpetology after shifting to keeping reptiles because they would fit in their basement. He believed. After high school, he attended the University of Cincinnati where he, by his own admission, lacked direction though he had started publishing scholarly scientific works at the age of 19, he credited ultimate direction as stemming from his own interests combined with his father's interest in fishing and outdoor activities. In 1967, he was hired as a vertebrate preparator by the University of Kansas Natural History Museum, where he worked for 30 years, he had been corresponding with other herpetologists across the country. He had no further formal education, he was among the group of young herpetologists and hobbyists including Kraig Adler who founded the Ohio Herpetological Society in 1958, which developed into the largest herpetological society, the Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles under Collins' leadership.

Collins' early books were not aimed at academics. He served as editor for numerous publications of the KUMNH, of the Journal of Herpetology, he was a strong opponent of rattlesnake roundups that took place in western Kansas, calling them carnivals, sponsored a bill in the Kansas Legislature to prohibit importation of non-native venomous snakes into Kansas. His journal articles cover all aspects of herpetology from natural history to systematics, he served as president of the SSAR in 1978, many SSAR committees, acting VP of the Herpetologists League. He was a major influence on many herpetologists including Kelly Irwin, Travis W. Taggart, Emily Moriarty, Ph. D.. He did many benefit auctions for wildlife and environmental groups including the Wichita Audubon Society, Jayhawk Audubon Society, Society for Amphibians and Reptiles, Kansas Wildlife Federation and the Kansas Herpetological Society. After retirement, he served as a consultant for his consulting firm and performed public lectures around the country.

At his peak he was giving around 250 lectures a year in Kansas alone. His most famous book is A Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians of Eastern and Central North America, Fourth Edition, which he coauthored with Roger Conant. Collins had chaired the committee that produced the SSAR Common and Scientific Names List from 1978 through 1982 with the consensus of the committee. In 1991, Collins released a new third edition to the names list in which he "...unilaterally changed from committee chairperson to author." He published a recommendation for mass changes by elevating 55 allopatric distinctive subspecies to species rank in line with the developing evolutionary species concept. This created widespread controversy and debate among herpetologists, he was removed as chair after production of the fourth edition in 1997, he continued to publish names lists following this philosophy through the Center for North American Herpetology. By 2009 there was serious strife about the conflicting versions of the names list, Herpetologica published a series of SAs approaching the issue.

Despite the controversy and debate, the vast majority of changes recommended by Collins were supported by the molecular evidence. Collins received several awards and honors, including: The Wildlife Author Laureate of Kansas Kansas Wildlife Federation's Conservationist of the Year Kansas Herpetological Society's Bronze Salamander Award Kansas Wildlife Federation Presidential Award Distinguished Life Member of the Kansas Herpetological Society In April 2012 following Collins' death, the Kansas Herpetological Society, of which Collins was a founding member, renamed its scholarly publication from Journal of Kansas Herpetology to Collinsorum in honor of Collins' contributions, devoted the first newly named issue to remembrances and tributes of him. Conant R and JT Collins. 1998. A Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians of Eastern and Central North America, Fourth Edition.. Powell R and JT Collins. 2012. Key to the

Sydenham, Durban

Sydenham is a suburb west of central Durban, South Africa. It has a large Indian community; the sections of Sydenham east of Felix Dlamini Road Road, south of Moses Kotani Road are regarded as being part of Overport with the remainder regarded as being part of Asherville. In January, 1850, David Sparks arrived at Port Natal on the ship, after a voyage that had lasted the usual three to four months, he was about 20 years old energetic, determined to make his way in the new country. It was not long; the pay was small but food was cheap and he managed well. Young Mr and Mrs David Sparks settled in the area now known as Sydenham. A portion of Brickfields Estate had been bought by him from Joseph Cato, here two wattle and daub rondawels were built with the kitchen – a-lean-to-shelter – 10 to 12 yards away; some years after the selling of the plots David Sparks built himself a seven-roomed brick house with a slate roof – a home thought to be one of the best and up-to-date in the Natal Colony. When the house was finished being built a housewarming party was held.

People came from all parts of Natal, in carts, on horseback and ox-wagons to camp out in the grounds around the house. That huge picnic lasted a whole week, everyone being in the highest spirits, taking part in the games and dancing and feasting that marked the entertainment; the David Sparks’s housewarming party was remembered for years. It was at this festival. Old George Spearman suggested three names: Sparksville and Sydenham. David Sparks chose the name Sydenham, the homestead was called Sydenham House. Although the municipal area of Durban was quite sizeable, until 1932 comprised some 12 square miles, a number of suburbs developed about its perimeter, in 1921 village management boards were established at South Coast Junction, Mayville and Greenwood Park

Ann Burgess

Ann C. Wolbert Burgess is a researcher whose work has focused on developing ways to assess and treat trauma in rape victims, she is a professor at the William F. Connell School of Nursing at Boston College. Burgess is a board-certified psychiatric clinical nurse specialist, she pioneered treating trauma in rape victims. She co-founded one of the first hospital-based crisis counseling programs at Boston City Hospital with Boston College sociologist, Lynda Lytle Holmstrom, she consulted John E. Douglas, Robert Ressler, other FBI agents in the Behavioral Science Unit to develop modern psychological profiling for serial killers, she has provided expert testimony on sexual assault cases. She has received multiple awards and distinctions including being named a Living Legend by the American Academy of Nursing in October 2016, receiving the inaugural Ann Burgess Forensic Nursing Award by the International Association of Forensic Nurses in 2009, Sigma Theta Tau International Audrey Hepburn Award, the American Nurses Association Hildegard Peplau Award, the Sigma Theta Tau International Episteme Laureate Award.

She received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Boston University, a Master of Science in Nursing from University of Maryland, a Doctor of Nursing Science from Boston University. The following is a partial list of Burgess's publications. Burgess, Ann. Sexual homicide: patterns and motives. Lexington, MA: Lexington Books. ISBN 9780669165593. Burgess, Ann. Crime Classification Manual: A Standard System for Investigating and Classifying Violent Crime. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 9781118421536. Burgess, Ann. Sexual Assault of Children and Adolescents. Lexington Books. ISBN 9780669018929; the Netflix series Mindhunter based the character of Dr. Wendy Carr, portrayed by Anna Torv, directly on Ann Wolbert Burgess. Several liberties were taken with the character of Dr. Carr, including making her a lesbian and having her move full-time down to Quantico. In addition, Ann Burgess is not a psychologist but rather a psychiatric nurse practitioner. Burgess named AAN Living Legend - Connell School of Nursing - Boston College Professor Ann Burgess is the Mind Behind the Mindhunter Ann Wolbert Burgess - Connell School of Nursing - Boston College Official website

Iranshahr, Iran

Iranshahr is a city in and capital of Iranshahr County and Baluchestan Province, Iran. As of 2010 the population of Iranshahr was 100,000; the city is predominantly inhabited by ethnic Baloch speaking the Balochi language. Before 1935 the city was called Pahrah spelt Poora and Pura; the name was changed to Iranshahr by Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi in about 1941. Pahrah is the site where Alexander the Great celebrated and regrouped his troops after his Indian conquests; the city used to be the center of the government of Balochistan and has been invaded and conquered numerous times during the course of its history. Bampur, where the ancient Bampur fort is located, is nearby. Iranshahr has a hot desert climate with hot summers and mild winters. Precipitation is low, falls in winter

Thiessa Sickert

Thiessa Sickert, journalist, is a Brazilian model and beauty pageant titleholder. She had been in various beauty pageants in Brazil. From the state pageants to the national Miss Brasil in 2012. In 2015, she was awarded the Miss Earth Brazil 2015 title by its organizer Look Top Beauty Organization and represented Brazil in the Miss Earth 2015 pageant in Vienna, Austria, she was taking up architecture at the University of Uberaba and working as a model before she became the Miss Earth Brazil 2015 titleholder. Prior in joining beauty pageants, Thiessa lived in Massachusetts, she speaks English fluently aside from her native Portuguese. Thiessa competed in a beauty pageant in USA through Miss Brazil USA at the age of 16; the pageant was created by the Brazilian producer Carlos Borges in 1991. Thiessa ended up as one of the semifinalists, it is unknown what would be the prize of winning the pageant but the winner where Thiessa joined, Marcela Granato represented Espírito Santo through Miss Brasil 2011.

On August 1, 2016, she was one of the guest judges in the final Miss Earth United States 2016 pageant in the Schlesinger Concert Hall, Washington, D. C. Thiessa was appointed as Uberaba' representative in the Miss Minas Gerais 2012 pageant, she competed with four other contestants. The event took place in Belo Horizonte. Becoming the representative of her state, Minas Gerais, Thiessa was able to compete in Miss Brasil 2012 pageant, held in Fortaleza. There, Thiessa got the top plum by finishing second runner up; the title was won by Gabriela Markus. The Miss Earth 2015 title was conferred upon Miss Philippines Angelia Ong who succeeded another Filipina, Jamie Herrell, Miss Earth 2014