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Tarragonès

Tarragonès is a comarca in Catalonia, Spain. It is one of the three comarques formed in the 1936 comarcal division of Camp de Tarragona, it lies on the Mediterranean coast, between the comarques of Baix Penedès to the northeast and Baix Camp to the south. Over 60% of the population live in the capital, Tarragona. An excellent road network connects the villages of the comarca; the AP-7/E-15 motorway cuts across the region, following the coastline. The port of Tarragona is an important Mediterranean transit point. There are yacht marinas in Torredembarra, with a smaller one at Salou. There is a rail connection with the cities of Valencia. Official comarcal web site

Pocketed free-tailed bat

The pocketed free-tailed bat is a species of bat in the family Molossidae found in Mexico and in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas in the United States. They differ morphologically, they are classified within the order Chiroptera. They are recognized as "un-threatened" by the IUCN and as "apparently secure" by Natureserve categories; the pocketed free-tailed bat shares similar features with the Brazilian free-tailed bat but is larger in size. The name is derived from a skin fold stretching from the medial side of the femur to the middle of the tibia; this fold produces a shallow pocket on the underside of the interfemoral membrane in the vicinity of the knee. Some defining characteristics include: Ears joined at the midline; the pocketed free-tailed bat has a large broad head with grooved lips. The face has many stiff hairs with spoonlike tips; the ears are leathery with the presence of a dominant tragus. Body dimensions: body length~112mm. Body mass range is 10–14 g. Like other bats, this species is insectivorous.

One research article showed that because of the limited flight maneuverability of the pocketed free-tailed bat vs the Brazilian free-tailed bat allowed the latter a better predator advantage for certain species of insects. It showed that the insect species diet for the pocketed free-tailed bats varies with season. In June and July, Lepidoptera accounted for greatest volume of prey while diets in September and March consisting of Hemiptera Table 1. In the dry season, they seek drinking water from various open access water sources; the roosts are located in caves, mines and man-made structures with colony sizes less than 100 individuals. Like other bats pocketed free-tailed bats exhibit delayed fertilization, they mate just prior to ovulation in the spring. Their young are born in early July; the gestation period is about 70 to 90 days and when the young are born, they weigh 3-4 grams, or about 22% of the adult weight. This new generation is able to fly within 1-1.5 months

Ira Byock

Ira Robert Byock is an American physician and advocate for palliative care. He is founder and chief medical officer of the Providence St. Joseph Health Institute for Human Caring in Torrance and holds appointments as active emeritus professor of medicine and professor of community health and family medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, he was director of palliative medicine at Dartmouth–Hitchcock Medical Center, from 2003–14, associate director for patient and family-centered care at the affiliated Norris-Cotton Cancer Center. Dr. Byock's early career focused on emergency medicine and rural practice in parallel with an interest in hospice care dating back to 1978 when the field was just beginning to be established. After 15 years of practice of emergency medicine in Montana, he focused on palliative and hospice care and the lived experience of people who were ill, he was principal investigator and founder of the Missoula Demonstration Project and national director for the Robert Wood Johnson Promoting Excellence in End-of-Life Care initiative.

Dr. Byock's books include Dying Well, The Four Things That Matter Most, The Best Care Possible, he is author or coauthor of more than 100 scholarly journal articles and book chapters, on topics ranging from clinical tools and techniques, to personal reflections, to policy agenda statements and position papers. He is frequently published in trade newspapers and print magazines. Dr. Byock has appeared as a featured guest on numerous national television and radio programs, including NPR: “Talk of the Nation”. Byock earned a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Colorado, Boulder, in 1973, Doctor of Medicine from the University of Colorado School of Medicine-Denver in 1978, he completed an internship and residency in family practice medicine in University of California–San Francisco in Fresno, California. He holds certifications from the American Board of Family Practice, the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, the American Board of Emergency Medicine, he is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Medicine and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

While Byock's early career focus was on rural family practice and emergency medicine, he developed an interest in the then-nascent hospice movement. While still an intern in 1978–79, Byock teamed with a social work intern to create the Esperanza Care Cooperative, a “fledgling hospice program” for Valley Medical Center in California's Central Valley. From 1982–96 as an emergency physician in rural and small city settings in Montana, Byock maintained an interest in end-of-life care. In particular, he was interested in exploring and developing therapeutic supports for the entirety of a person's experience of suffering, in well-being. Along with Melanie Merriman, Byock developed the Missoula-VITAS Quality of Life Index, a clinical assessment tool designed to measure subjective quality of life in persons with serious illness; the index was intended to fill a gap in clinical assessment tools, which at the time were focused on physiological indicators or observable function, rather than on subjective evaluations of well-being and suffering.

An insight derived from the tool's use is that subjective well-being may exist in the presence of severe functional impairment and high symptom burden. While among the best-rated instruments in terms of validity, including cross-cultural, the Missoula-VITAS Quality of Life Index is considered better in clinical applications, as a psychometric as well as therapeutic tool, than in research. In 1996, Byock was asked to lead the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's national program in Promoting Excellence in End-of-Life Care, intended to expand access to hospice and palliative care to regions and populations not served under the Medicare Hospice Benefit. Under Byock's leadership with deputy director, Jeanne Shields Twohig, the program directed up to $15 million over 10 years to 26 demonstration projects to develop and test models for palliative care within a variety of medical specialties, care settings, underserved populations. Eight peer workgroups of healthcare leaders focused on specific diseases or issues, while nine projects addressed knowledge and practice gaps—all under an overarching communications strategy, with significant results.

In 1996, with separate funding from another program area of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Dr. Byock co-founded and served as principal investigator for the Missoula Demonstration Project, a community organization focused on studying the experiences of illness, dying and grieving within the context of community, engaging the community of Missoula, Montana in improving care and support for ill people and their families; this work was well documented and served as a framework for replication in other communities nationally. During the 1990s, Byock helped to launch and assumed leadership roles in the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine serving on the Ethics Committee, the Board of Directors, as organizational secretary, as president. From 1998 to 2002, he served as founding member and member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Partnership for Caring, which be

The Saint (1997 film)

The Saint is a 1997 espionage thriller DeLuxe Color film in Panavision, starring Val Kilmer in the title role, with Elisabeth Shue and Rade Šerbedžija, directed by Phillip Noyce and written by Jonathan Hensleigh and Wesley Strick. The title character is a high tech thief and master of disguise who becomes the anti-hero while using the moniker of various saints, he paradoxically lives in the underworld of espionage. The film was a financial success with a worldwide box office of $169.4 million, rentals of $28.2 million, continuous DVD sales. It is loosely based on the character of Simon Templar created by Leslie Charteris in 1928 for a series of books published as "The Saint", which ran until 1983; the Saint character has featured in a series of Hollywood movies made between 1938 and 1954, a 1940s radio series starring Vincent Price as Templar, a popular British television series of the 1960s which starred Roger Moore, a 1970s series starring Ian Ogilvy. At the Saint Ignatius Orphanage, a rebellious boy named John Rossi refers to himself as "Simon Templar" and leads a group of fellow orphans as they attempt to run away to escape their harsh treatment.

Just as Simon is caught by the head priest, he witnesses the tragic death of a girl, to whom he had taken a liking, when she accidentally falls from a balcony. As an adult, Simon —now a professional thief dubbed "The Saint" for using the names of Catholic saints as aliases—steals a valuable microchip belonging to a Russian oil company. Simon stages the burglary during a political rally held for Ivan Tretiak. Tretiak is a former Communist party boss and a billionaire oil and gas oligarch, rallying support against the Russian president. Simon escapes with the microchip. After learning of the heist, Tretiak contacts Simon and hires him to steal a revolutionary cold fusion formula discovered by U. S. electrochemist Emma Russell. He wishes to acquire Emma's formula—which creates clean, inexpensive energy—so he can monopolize the energy market during a severe oil shortage in Russia. Using the alias "Thomas More", Simon poses as a Boer traveller and steals the formula after having a one night stand with Emma.

Tretiak learns Emma's formula is incomplete and orders his henchmen, led by Ilya, to kill Simon and kidnap Emma in order to obtain the remaining information. Heartbroken, Emma reports the theft to Inspector Teal and Inspector Rabineau of Scotland Yard, who inform her Simon is a wanted international thief. Emma confronts him about the theft and his betrayal; the Russian police, loyal to Tretiak, arrest Emma. However, they manage to escape from the police van; as they flee through the suburbs and Emma are helped by a prostitute and her family who shelter them in a hidden room in their home. They meet "Frankie", a fence/black marketeer or Spiv who sells them the directions through an underground sewer system that lead to the U. S. embassy. Simon and Emma exit the sewer tunnel only to find Ilya and his men waiting for them among a gathering of protestors outside the embassy's front gates. Emma safely makes it to the embassy for political asylum, while Simon allows himself to be caught by Ilya as a distraction.

He escapes after rigging a car bomb that burns Ilya. Simon plants a listening device in Tretiak's office and learns he plans to stage a coup d'état by selling the cold fusion formula to Russian President Karpov to frame him for wasting billions on useless technology. Tretiak plans to use the political fallout to install himself as President. Emma finishes the equations to complete the formula, Simon delivers the information to Tretiak's physicist, Dr. Lev Botkin, who builds an apparatus which proves the formula works. Simon infiltrates the President's Kremlin residence and informs him of Tretiak's conspiracy just before Tretiak loyalists detain him. In front of a massive gathering in Red Square, Tretiak makes public accusations against President Karpov, but when the cold fusion reactor is initiated, Tretiak is exposed as a fraud and arrested, he is revealed to have caused the heating oil shortage in Moscow by illegally stockpiling vast amounts of heating oil underneath his mansion. Sometime at a news conference at the University of Oxford, Emma presents her cold fusion formula to the world.

Simon attends the conference in disguise and once again avoids being captured by Inspectors Teal and Rabineau when they spot him in the crowd. As he drives away, he listens to a news radio broadcast reporting that $3 billion was donated to the Red Cross, Salvation Army and the United Nations Children's Fund, it is implied. Furthermore, a non-profit foundation led by Dr. Botkin is being established to develop the cold fusion technology. Film adaptations of Leslie Charteris' anti-hero Simon Templar date back to the late 1930s when RKO Radio Pictures launched a popular series of B-movies with a succession of different actors playing the lead role. After that, save for two unsuccessful French attempts at launching new film series, the character was confined to television: The Saint, a 1960s series starring Roger Moore. Of these, the Moore series remained the definitiv

Drew MacNeil

Drew MacNeil is a former shinty player and current manager of the Scotland national shinty team. He was appointed Glenurquhart manager in October 2011. MacNeil, along with his older brother, started out playing for Lochaber Camanachd, he and his brother moved to Fort William, where they became integral parts of the team. Drew was captain of Fort William when they won the Camanachd Cup in 1992, he moved to Inverness for three seasons but returned to An Aird to win the Camanachd Cup again in 2005. He became manager of Fort William in 2007 and was the manager as Fort won an historic 3-in-a-row Camanachd Cup finals.. However towards the end of the 2009 season, MacNeil was unceremoniously sacked due to a fall-out with the club committee in the October; this saga was played out in the Highland media. He was appointed Scotland manager in early 2010, he has been a regular pundit on BBC Alba coverage of shinty despite his lack of Scots Gaelic. MacNeil became a member of the Glenurquhart coaching staff in early 2011 and on the resignation of Jim Barr in October 2011, he was appointed to the top job.

MacNeil expressed an interest in staying on as Scotland manager despite conceding the series to Ireland twice in 2010 and 2011. The Camanachd Association extended MAcNeil's contract to 2013; as shinty is an amateur sport, MacNeil was a prison officer and is now a community worker in Merkinch. MacNeil sacked by Fort MacNeil Appointed Manager of Scotland

1963–64 FIBA Women's European Champions Cup

The 1963–64 Women's Basketball European Cup was the 6th edition of the competition. Daugava Riga defeated Spartak Sokolovo Prague in the final to win its fourth European Cup, having overcome defending champion Slavia Sofia in the semifinals. With a 103–101 aggregate it was the tightest final so far; this tournament marked the beginning of Daugava's hegemony in the European Cup, continuing the following eleven editions.14 teams took part in the competition, with Belgium and Netherlands making their first appearance. Portugal, represented by Benfica de Lubango from Portuguese Angola, retired from the competition. Results in Todor66.com