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Super Bowl XXXVI

Super Bowl XXXVI was an American football game between the National Football Conference champion St. Louis Rams and the American Football Conference champion New England Patriots to decide the National Football League champion for the 2001 season; the Patriots defeated the Rams by the score of 20–17. It was New England's first Super Bowl championship, the franchise's first league championship of any kind; the game was notable for snapping the AFC East's long streak of not being able to win a Super Bowl championship, as the division's teams had lost eight Super Bowls in total. It would be the last time; the game was played at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, on February 3, 2002. Following the September 11, 2001 attacks earlier in the season, the NFL postponed a week of regular-season games and moved the league's playoff schedule back; as a result, Super Bowl XXXVI was rescheduled from the original date of January 27 to February 3, becoming the first Super Bowl played in February. The pregame ceremonies and the halftime show headlined by the Irish rock band U2 honored the victims of 9/11.

Due to heightened security measures following the terrorist attacks, this was the first Super Bowl designated as a National Special Security Event by the Office of Homeland Security. The Department of Homeland Security, which replaced the OHS in 2003 established the practice of naming each subsequent Super Bowl an NSSE. Additionally, it was the last Super Bowl to be played in New Orleans before Hurricane Katrina slammed the city on August 29, 2005; this game marked the Rams' third Super Bowl appearance in franchise history and the second in three seasons. St. Louis posted an NFL-best 14–2 regular season record, led by quarterback Kurt Warner and "The Greatest Show on Turf" offense; the Patriots clinched their third Super Bowl berth after posting an 11–5 regular season record, led by second-year quarterback Tom Brady and a defense that ended the regular season ranked sixth in scoring. Although the Rams out-gained the Patriots 427–267 in total yards, New England built a 17–3 third-quarter lead off three Rams turnovers.

After a holding penalty in the fourth quarter negated a Patriots fumble return for a touchdown, Warner scored a 2-yard touchdown run and threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to tie the game, 17–17, with 1:30 remaining. Without any timeouts, Brady led his team down the field to set up kicker Adam Vinatieri's game-winning 48-yard field goal as time expired. Brady, who completed 16 of 27 passes for 145 yards and a touchdown, was named Super Bowl MVP. After the Rams’ 1999 season that had culminated in a gripping victory over the Tennessee Titans in Super Bowl XXXIV, their offense again dominated the league in 2000, leading the NFL in passing and total yards. However, the Rams had one of the worst defenses in the league. This, along with injury problems and a coaching change from championship-winning coach Dick Vermeil – who resigned just 48 hours after the game – to Mike Martz, caused the Rams to slip to a 10–6 record in 2000; the season ended with a disappointing loss to the New Orleans Saints in the wild card round of the playoffs.

After signing several new defensive players in the off-season, hiring new defensive coordinator Lovie Smith, the Rams finished the 2001 season with the NFL's best regular season record at 14–2. They led the league in scoring; this was the Rams' third consecutive season with over an NFL record. On defense, they only allowed 271 points, improving their 31st ranking in 2000 to 7th in 2001; the Rams' 1999–2001 offense, nicknamed "The Greatest Show on Turf", is considered one of the best in NFL history. The team possessed an incredible amount of offensive talent at nearly every position. In 2001, quarterback Kurt Warner was awarded his second NFL Most Valuable Player Award after throwing for 4,830 yards and 36 touchdowns, with 22 interceptions, earned a league high 101.4 passer rating. Wide receivers Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce each amassed over 1,100 receiving yards, combining for 142 receptions, 2,469 yards, 13 touchdowns. Wide receiver Ricky Proehl caught 40 passes for 5 touchdowns. Tight end Ernie Conwell caught 38 passes for 4 touchdowns.

Wide receiver Az-Zahir Hakim caught 39 passes for 374 yards, added another 333 yards returning punts. Running back Marshall Faulk won NFL Offensive Player of the Year Award for the third year in a row in 2001, he rushed for 1,382 yards, caught 83 passes for 765 yards, scored 21 touchdowns, became the first NFL player to gain more than 2,000 combined rushing and receiving yards for 4 consecutive seasons. Running back Trung Canidate was a major contributor, rushing for 441 yards, catching 17 passes for 154 yards, returning kickoffs for 748 yards, scoring 6 touchdowns; the Rams offensive line was led by guard Adam Timmerman and offensive tackle Orlando Pace, selected to the Pro Bowl for the third consecutive year. The Rams' defense ranked third in the league in fewest yards allowed; the line was anchored by Pro Bowl defensive end Leonard Little, who led the team with 14.5 sacks and recovered a fumble, defensive end Grant Wistrom, who recorded 9 sacks, 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovery. The Rams linebackers unit was led by London Fletcher, who had 4.5 sacks, 2 interceptions, 4 forced fumbles.

St. Louis had an outstanding secondary, led by Dré Bly (6 interceptions, 150 return yards

American Club Taipei

The American Club Taipei known as the American Club in China, is a private member-owned club that serves the international community in the Greater Taipei area. The ACC is located in Taipei. Founded in the late 1970s, the ACC is located on the premises of what was the MAAG NCO Open Mess - Club 63, a US enlisted personnel club for MAAG NCOs established in 1957. In the mid-1970s Club 63 was transferred to the U. S. renamed as the China Seas Club. With the withdrawal of the U. S. military from the island, the China Seas Club ceased operation and was re-purposed as a private club for the U. S. expatriate business community in Taipei, becoming the ACC. Despite its name, ACC membership is open to people of all nationalities; the club’s current membership includes people from over 40 countries. The majority of its members however are U. S. and Taiwanese citizens. All ACC members enjoy full use of the club's facilities, including a swimming pool, fitness center and tennis courts, nursery and hair salon; the ACC features a number of restaurants, including the Terrace, Sigis and Rendezvous.

The ACC has reciprocal agreements with 60 clubs from around the world. Former American Club in Shanghai American Club Beijing American Club Shanghai American Club Hong Kong Tokyo American Club American Club Singapore Taipei American School

Newhaven Sanctuary

Newhaven Sanctuary, once known as Newhaven station, lies 363 kilometres north-west of Alice Springs at the junction of three distinct bioregions: the Great Sandy Desert, MacDonnell Ranges and Burt Plain in the Northern Territory of Australia. It was established when Newhaven Station, a pastoral cattle-grazing property in the arid zone of the Northern Territory was purchased by Birds Australia in December 2000 from the owner, Alex Coppock, in order to conserve its outstanding natural values. At 2,622 square kilometres in area, Newhaven is five times the size of Birds Australia's other reserve, Gluepot, in South Australia. Newhaven's landforms include parallel dunes, salt lakes, claypans and rocky hills. Vegetation includes grasslands and shrublands, which can be subdivided into ten distinct vegetation communities, with over 100 species of plants recorded. Several threatened species of birds and other animals have been recorded on Newhaven; these include the grey falcon, night parrot, princess parrot, striated grasswren, grey honeyeater, black-flanked rock-wallaby, greater bilby, marsupial mole and great desert skink.

Newhaven is surrounded by Aboriginal lands. People from the Warlpiri and Anmatyerre language groups have a traditional association with the area. Aboriginal sacred sites have been identified on the property. In December 2005 Birds Australia signed an agreement with the Australian Wildlife Conservancy that saw AWC assume ownership and day-to-day financial responsibility for Newhaven, while allowing for Birds Australia to have long-term involvement in the management of the reserve, Birds Australia members to have access, ensuring the conservation of the flora and fauna; the construction of the world's longest cat-proof fence was completed at Newhaven in April 2018 enclosing a 9,390 hectares predator free area. Since 2007, it has been located with the locality of Lake Mackay. Protected areas of the Northern Territory Gluepot Reserve Anon.. Birds Australia Annual Report 2005. Birds Australia: Melbourne. Birds Australia: Newhaven Australian Wildlife Conservancy: Newhaven Sanctuary Webpage on the Protected Planet website