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Swain Reefs National Park

Swain Reefs is a national park in North Queensland, Australia, 703 km north of Brisbane. It was established in 1995, covers an area of 0.58 km2. It is managed by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. Nine small cays, with a combined area of 9 ha, comprise the Swain Reefs Important Bird Area, identified as such by BirdLife International because together they support over 1% of the world population of breeding roseate terns, larger numbers of non-breeding roseate terns, with up to 25,000 individuals recorded there. Other birds recorded on the cays include masked and brown boobies, silver gulls, black-naped, bridled, greater crested, lesser crested and little terns and common noddies, lesser frigatebirds. Cays supporting seabirds include Gannet Cay, Bylund Cay, Thomas Cay, Bacchi Cay, Frigate Cay, Price Cay, Distant Cay, Riptide Cay and Bell Cay; the rockrod, popular in Australian cuisine, occurs here at depths of about 220 m. Protected areas of Queensland Swains Reef

Joachim Pease

Joachim Pease was a United States Navy sailor and a recipient of America's highest military decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions in the American Civil War. Although Joachim Pease has been referred to as a native of Long Island, New York unearthed records in the National Archives show that when he enlisted in the United States Navy as an Ordinary Seaman on January 12, 1862 for a three-year hitch, he listed his birthplace as Fogo Island, Fogo Island, Cape Verde, he was described as twenty years old, five feet, six and a half inches tall, with black hair and eyes and a "negro" complexion. Joachim Pease enlisted in the Navy from New Bedford, not New York City, as reported, served on board USS Kearsarge during the Civil War. On June 19, 1864, off the coast of Cherbourg, Kearsarge battled the Confederate sloop-of-war CSS Alabama. In a report on the third division, he was described: But among those showing still higher qualifications I am pleased to name … Robert Strahan, first captain of No. 1 gun.

The conduct of the latter in battle sustained his reputation as one of the best men in the ship. For his conduct during this Battle of Cherbourg, Pease was awarded the Medal of Honor, he left the Navy at the end of his enlistment never having received his Medal of Honor. It is on display in the National Museum of the United States Navy, located in the Washington Navy Yard, Washington, D. C. Rank and Organization: Seaman, U. S. Navy. Born: Long Island, N. Y. Accredited To: New York. General Order No. 45. Citation: Served as seaman on board the U. S. S. Kearsarge when she destroyed the Alabama off Cherbourg, France, 19 June 1864. Acting as loader on the No. 2 gun during this bitter engagement, Pease exhibited marked coolness and good conduct and was recommended by the divisional officer for gallantry under fire. List of American Civil War Medal of Honor recipients: M–P List of African American Medal of Honor recipients This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Naval History and Heritage Command."US People - Pease, Seaman, USN".

Online Library. Naval History & Heritage Command. 2006-04-24. Retrieved 2007-01-02. "Civil War Medal of Honor recipients". Medal of Honor citations. United States Army Center of Military History. August 3, 2009. Archived from the original on February 23, 2009. Retrieved July 1, 2010."Joachim Pease". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved 2007-11-08. Records of the Curator Branch, Naval History and Heritage Command Museum, Washington D. C

List of Sonoran Desert wildflowers

The wildflowers of the Sonoran Desert appear after a rain, some after the winter rains, some after the summer "monsoons." Common name: common fiddleneck Flowers bloom March through May Common name: desert anemone Flowers bloom February to April Common name: hairyseed bahia, silverleaf bahia Flowers bloom spring through fall Common name: Coulter's brickellbush Flowers bloom March to November Common name: Arizona wrightwort Flowers bloom in the spring Common name: Arizona centaury Flowers bloom April to June Common name: New Mexico catseye, New Mexico cryptantha Flowers bloom in early spring Common name: Panamint catseye, bristlelobe cryptantha Flowers bloom in early spring Common name: American wild carrot Flowers bloom March to May Common name: pricklyburr Common name: bluedicks Flowers bloom February to May Common name: brittlebush Flowers bloom in the spring Common name: white woolly daisy Flowers bloom February through May Common name: common bedstraw, stickywilly Flowers bloom in the spring Common name: desert sunflower, hairy desert sunflower, desert gold Common name: Gooding's verbena, southwestern mock vervain Flowers bloom winter and fall Common name: cockroachplant Flowers bloom March to April and July to November Common name: burroweed, shrine jimmyweed, burrow goldenweed Flowers bloom in September through November Common name: beloperone, chuparosa Flowers bloom in the spring Common name: slender goldenweed, yellow spiny daisy Flowers bloom February to December Common name: California desertdandelion Common name: Parry's false prairie-clover Common name: plains blackfoot, blackfoot daisy Flowers bloom March through December Common name: Mojave desert star Common name: purplemat Flowers bloom from February to May Common name: desert tobacco, coyote tobacco Flowers bloom spring to fall Common name: Parry's penstemon Flowers bloom February to April Common name: rose bladderpod Flowers bloom January to May Common name: doubleclaw Common name: desert chicory, New Mexico plumeseed Flowers bloom mid-February to May Common name: chia Flowers bloom March–May Common name: Coues' senna Flowers bloom in spring and fall Common name: Wislizenus' senna, shrubby senna Flowers bloom in the mid to late summer Common name: sleepy catchfly, sleepy silene Flowers bloom March to August Common name: desert globemallow, apricot mallow Flowers bloom in the spring Common name: American threefold Flowers after rains, most in the spring List of flora of the Sonoran Desert Region by common name Index: Flora of the Sonoran Deserts List of southern LCRV flora by region — Lower Colorado River Valley.

Arizona—Sonora Desert Museum: Flora of the Sonoran Desert Region U. S. Wildflowers Reference List: Arizona — Reference List of websites for Arizona Wildflower Identification. Pima Community College. Common Wildflowers of Tucson. Floras - Arizona Native Plant Society USDA Plants Database — plant profiles search engine, by common or botanical names, or by U. S. state. Arizona—Sonora Desert Museum: Desert Wildflower Blooms — homepage, with focus article links. Arizona—Sonora Desert Museum: The Desert in Bloom Sonoran Desert Florilegium Program — homepage: botanical illustrations. Desert USA: Desert Wildflower Field Guide — Wildflower pictures sorted by Color

China Railways SL4

The China Railways SL4 class steam locomotive was a class of 4-6-2 passenger steam locomotives operated by the China Railway. They were built for South Manchuria Railway, where they were designated Pashishi class. Mantetsu's 1938 "Pashishi" classification was made up of two distinct classes of locomotive, the former G2 and G3 classes, built in 1919 and 1921 for Mantetsu and for the Manchukuo National Railway. In anticipation of the resumption of express passenger trains after the end of the First World War, Mantetsu imported six G2 class locomotives from Baldwin of the United States in 1919; these services were resumed between Dalian and Changchun in June 1921, between Busan and Fengtian in July 1923. Used for express trains on the main line, they began working on the Anfeng Line as well, moving express and ordinary passenger trains between Manchuria and Korea. Designated class G2, in 1920 they were reclassified as Pashisa class. In 1933, the entire class was redesignated as Pashiha class, with the Pashisa class designation given to a class of locomotives built in Japan in the following year.

In 1934, all six units were transferred to the Manchukuo National Railway, becoming MNR class Pashina until the introduction of the unified classification system in 1938, when they became Pashishi class. Like the G2 class, the G3 class was built in anticipation of the restoration of express services after the end of the First World War. Like the Pashini class, these were built by Mantetsu's Shahekou Works, were based on the earlier class, but with a design upgraded using new equipment imported from the United States, had a larger tender to allow use over longer distances without needing to refuel. A total of 23 were built between 1921 and 1927. During the era of wooden passenger equipment, the G3 class became one of Mantetsu's signature locomotives, but they proved inadequate for use with express trains once heavier, all-steel passenger equipment was introduced. Replaced on those trains by the Pashiko class, the Pashishi class was relegated for use with ordinary passenger trains. At the end of the Second World War, the 29 locomotives of the Pashisa class survived, were assigned to the Dalian, Fengtian and Qiqihar Railway Bureaus.

They were taken over by the Republic of China Railway in 1945.

Deep Purple Tribute

Deep Purple Tribute is a tribute and the second live album by Serbian hard rock band Cactus Jack. Two discs feature twelve cover songs released by British hard rock band Deep Purple; the album was, as the band's first album DisCover, recorded on Cactus Jack concert in Coupe club in Pančevo. The opening track, "Highway Star" features rock musician and radio host Vlada Džet announcing the band. Vlada Džet appears on vocals on the track "Knocking at Your Back Door". "Highway Star" "Black Night" "Stormbringer" "Mistreated" "Speed King" "Perfect Strangers" "Child in Time" "Knocking at Your Back Door" "Strange Kind of Woman" "Space Truckin'" "Burn" "Smoke on the Water" Stevan Birak - guitar Miodrag Krudulj - bass guitar Vladimir Jezdimirović - vocals Dušan Gnjidić - drums Zoran Samuilov - keyboard Vlada Džet - vocals Paja Bogdanović - vocals

Saint Servais Parish close

The Saint Servais Parish close is located at Saint-Servais in the arrondissement of Morlaix in Brittany in north-western France. It comprises the parish church of Saint Servais, with galleried bell tower, an ossuary, calvary; the church was built in the 17th century on the ruins of an old 13th century chapel founded by the Duschastels, an old Breton family. It has three transepts and a chevet dating to 1688; the clock tower rises to 36 metres. It is a listed historical monument since 1914; this is the work of Louis Magado and dates to 1760. The base of the main altar has a painting at the centre by YanI' Dargent depicting "Christ en majesté"; the stained glass windows on the north side and at the back of the altar represent Saints Luke and John and on the south side and again behind the altar are Saints Matthew and Paul. To the left of the main altar is a statue of Saint Servais; this is on the epistle side of the altar and has a painting by Dargent, "la Vierge au Rosaire". This has another Dargent oil painting.

A Renaissance style door leads to the sacristy. This door is decorated with panels depicting amongst other subjects, War and the Inquisition. Dates to 1666 and has four carved panels. One depicts the prophet Nathan reciting a parable to David; the others depict the Annunciation, the Nativity, the crowning of the Virgin Mary. Dating to 1678, the fonts are by Christophe Kerandel; the six-columned baldaquin is of more recent vintage. The font has an inscription in Latin reading "qui credit et baptisatus erit salvus erit". A large painting by Dargent depicting the legend of Salaün ar Foll can be seen in the church; the ossuary is built in the Renaissance style of architecture and dates to 1643. The buttresses are topped with the façade decorated with bays separated by pilasters; the ossuary contains frescos by the artist Yani' Dargent who designed the main window in the ossuary, the work of M. Nicolas from Morlaix. Dargent is buried in Saint-Servais' cemetery; the calvary here is the work of the Roland Doré workshop and was started in 1610.

The pietà is regarded as one of Doré's best works. Amongst the statuary is a depiction of Saint Servais with key as well as Paul. On the reverse side of the depiction of Jesus on the cross there is "Christ aux liens" capturing that poignant moment when Jesus sits awaiting crucifixion. John the Evangelist and the Virgin Mary are on the reverse side of Peter and Paul as Doré uses the Breton tradition of statues "géminées"; the cross stands on a square base which carries four bas-reliefs dating to 1548. These depict the flagellation, the crowning with a crown of thorns, Jesus carrying the cross and the Resurrection; the porch is somewhat plain by Brittany standards but there is a fine stoup at the side of the door dating to 1681. It is the work of Christophe Kerandel who worked on the church's baptistery; the painter and illustrator Jean-Édouard Dargent was known as Yani' Dargent. He was born in Saint-Servais in 1824 and died in Paris in 1899