Tahiti is the largest island of the Windward group of the Society Islands in French Polynesia, located in the central part of the Pacific Ocean. Divided into two parts, Tahiti Nui and Tahiti Iti, the island was formed from volcanic activity, its population is 189,517 inhabitants, making it the most populous island of French Polynesia and accounting for 68.7% of its total population. Tahiti is the economic and political centre of French Polynesia, an overseas collectivity of the French Republic; the capital of French Polynesia, Papeete, is located on the northwest coast of Tahiti. The only international airport in the region, Faa'a International Airport, is on Tahiti near Papeete. Tahiti was settled by Polynesians between 300 and 800 CE, they represent about 70% of the island's population, with the rest made up of Europeans and those of mixed heritage. The island was part of the Kingdom of Tahiti until its annexation by France in 1880, when it was proclaimed a colony of France, the inhabitants became French citizens.

French is the only official language, although the Tahitian language is spoken. Tahiti is the largest island in French Polynesia lying close to Mo'orea island, it is located 4,400 kilometres south of 7,900 km from Chile, 5,700 km from Australia. The island is 45 km across at its widest point and covers an area of 1,045 km2; the highest peak is Mont Orohena. Mount Roonui, or Mount Ronui, in the southeast rises to 1,332 m; the island consists of two round portions centered on volcanic mountains and connected by a short isthmus named after the small town of Taravao, situated there. The northwestern portion is known as Tahiti Nui, while the much smaller southeastern portion is known as Tahiti Iti or Tai'arapū. Tahiti Nui is populated along the coast around the capital, Papeete; the interior of Tahiti Nui is entirely uninhabited. Tahiti Iti has remained isolated, as its southeastern half is accessible only to those travelling by boat or on foot; the rest of the island is encircled by a main road which cuts between the sea.

A scenic and winding interior road climbs past dairy citrus groves with panoramic views. Tahiti's landscape features lush rainforests and many rivers and waterfalls, including the Papenoo River on the north side and the Fautaua Falls near Papeete; the Society archipelago is a hotspot volcanic chain consisting of atolls. The chain is oriented along parallel to the movement of the Pacific Plate. Due to the plate movement over the Society hotspot, the age of the islands decreases from 5 Ma at Maupiti to 0 Ma at Mehetia, where Mehetia is the inferred current location of the hotspot as evidenced by recent seismic activity. Maupiti, the oldest island in the chain, is a eroded shield volcano with at least 12 thin aa flows, which accumulated rapidly between 4.79 and 4.05 Ma. Bora Bora is another eroded shield volcano consisting of basaltic lavas accumulated between 3.83 and 3.1 Ma. The lavas are intersected by post-shield dikes. Tahaa consists of shield-stage basalt with an age of 3.39 Ma, followed by additional eruptions 1.2 Ma later.

Raiatea consists of shield-stage basalt followed by post-shield trachytic lava flows, all occurring from 2.75 to 2.29 Ma. Huahine consists of two coalesced basalt shield volcanoes, Huahine Nui and Huahine Iti, with several flows followed by post-shield trachyphonolitic lava domes from 3.08 to 2.06 Ma. Moorea consists of at least 16 flows of shield-stage basalt and post-shield lavas from 2.15 to 1.36 Ma. Tahiti consists of two basalt shield volcanoes, Tahiti Nui and Tahiti Iti, with an age range of 1.67 to 0.25 Ma. November to April is the wet season, the wettest month of, January with 340 millimetres of rain in Papeete. August is the driest with 48 millimetres; the average temperature ranges with little seasonal variation. The lowest and highest temperatures recorded in Papeete are 34 °C, respectively; the first Tahitians arrived from Western Polynesia sometime around 1000 CE, after a long migration from South East Asia or Indonesia, via the Fijian and Tongan Archipelagos. This hypothesis of an emigration from Southeast Asia is supported by a range of linguistic and archaeological evidence.

For example, the languages of Fiji and Polynesia all belong to the same Oceanic sub-group, Fijian–Polynesian, which itself forms part of the great family of the Austronesian languages. This emigration, across several hundred kilometres of ocean, was made possible by using outrigger canoes that were up to twenty or thirty meters long and could transport families as well as domestic animals. In 1769, for instance, James Cook mentions a great traditional ship in Tahiti, 33 m long, could be propelled by sail or paddles. In 2010, an expedition on a simple outrigger canoe with a sail retraced the route back from Tahiti to Asia. Before the arrival of the Europeans the island was divided into different chiefdoms precise territories dominated by a single clan; these chiefdoms were linked to each other by allegiances based on the blood ties of their leaders and on their power in war. The most important clan on the island was the Teva, whose territory extended from the peninsula in the south of Tahiti Nui.


Colossal Pictures

Colossal Pictures was an entertainment company that developed and produced television programming, network branding, visual effects. Colossal's work has won every major industry award, from the Clio and Grammy to the Cannes Gold Lion and Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences Top Honor. In the mid-1970s, Drew Takahashi and Gary Gutierrez were working with John Korty on animated shorts for children's programs such as Vegetable Soup; when Vegetable Soup was renewed for a second season, Korty began working on a movie, suggested to Drew and Gary that they start their own production company. The two founded Pictures in 1976, worked on projects such as shorts for Vegetable Soup, the opening sequence of The Grateful Dead Movie and commercials for Boise Cascade Company, KQED, KSAN-FM and Gap Inc; the Boise Cascade commercial attracted many businesses to Colossal. In 1981, Colossal began producing dozens of network IDs for MTV, which led to the company receiving more high-profile clients including Nickelodeon, Levi's, Coca-Cola.

The following year, Gary Gutierrez launched USFX, a new division of Colossal Pictures, while he was working on The Right Stuff. Colossal Pictures started producing computer animation in 1983, when they collaborated with Pacific Data Images to produce a commercial for the Atari game Joust and a network ID for MTV. In 1986, Colossal began working with Western Images using a Quantel Harry unit, resulting in Colossal being able to create state-of-the-art computer graphics. Colossal Pictures launched a new division, BIG Pictures, which produced television programs. In September 1989, Colossal Pictures began representing Pixar to produce CGI commercials; as part of the deal, Colossal would receive a project and develop the storyboards, while Pixar animated the project. Colossal Pictures terminated its relationship with Pixar in 1992 when they started production on Toy Story for Walt Disney Pictures. During the early-1990s, well-known artists like Caroline Leaf and Henry Selick were hired to direct commercials at Colossal.

In 1991, Colossal Pictures began representing Sculptoons and the Brothers Quay, but their relationships with Colossal did not last long. That same year, Colossal Pictures joined forces with New York City production company Noyes and Laybourne, it became P's East Coast division. After Colossal Pictures' relationship with Pixar ended in 1992, the company hired Brad deGraff to head a new digital media division, which produced projects such as The Moxy Show, RoboCop: The Ride, two Living Books games. Colossal Pictures closed BIG Pictures in 1994. Earlier in 1994, Colossal Pictures created Roll Hall of Fame. Due to cost overruns, production delays and other problems, the museum refused to pay all of Colossal's bills. In April 1996, Colossal Pictures laid off a third of its staff, including co-founder Gary Gutierrez, on May 30, the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Colossal sued the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for $1,200,000 in damages plus $10,000,000 in punitive damages; that year, Colossal Pictures signed a development deal with the Disney Channel to produce content for the network.

P produced the interstitial series Frankenguy & The Professor and The Mix-ups plus the Zoog Disney block for the Disney Channel. After P decided to restructure itself into a smaller company, consolidating all of its activities into one building in the process, they emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy on December 1, 1997. Jamie Hyneman, manager of Colossal Pictures’ model shop, took over the facility and turned it into M5 Industries. Although Colossal Pictures was able to sustain itself the following year with a lean work force, the company experienced a downturn in revenue at the beginning of 1999. On August 31, Colossal Pictures closed after 23 years in business; the decision was made in order to honor outstanding debts. Many of Colossal Pictures' employees, such as Ed Bell, Charlie Canfield, George Evelyn moved to WildBrain as a result. Get It On Raspberry Beret All Around The World Color of Success Mutual Surrender Partners and Friends Touch of Grey Airhead Don't Worry, Be Happy Good Lovin' Istanbul Living in the Promiseland The Garden Kevin Volans: Hunting:Gathering Elton John - The One Steam Get a Haircut George of the Jungle Archive of Colossal Pictures website 1992 demo reel 1993 demo reel 1994 demo reel 1996 demo reel

Sean Hughes (boxer)

Sean Hughes is a British professional boxer born in Pontefract, West Yorkshire. He now resides in South Shields, he is most notable for defeating the British Super Bantamweight Champion, Esham Pickering in December 2007. Pickering was on the verge of stepping up to European and World level before the bout and it was expected to be a routine victory for the Newark champion. However, at the Nottingham Arena in front of the SKY TV cameras Hughes won a points victory over 8 rounds. In the rematch for the British title on 18 January 2008 Pickering avenged that loss and stopped Hughes in round 9 in a contest, nominated for fight of the year. Hughes had three British title fights, an International Boxing Council world title fight, unsuccessfully challenged Jason Booth for the Commonwealth bantamweight title. Hughes announced his retirement on 7 December 2013 in the ring, after defeat in his bout in Newcastle