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The Mars Volta

The Mars Volta was an American progressive rock band from El Paso, formed in 2001. The band's final live lineup consisted of Omar Rodríguez-López, Cedric Bixler-Zavala, Juan Alderete, Marcel Rodríguez-López, Deantoni Parks; the band formed following the break-up of Rodríguez-López and Bixler-Zavala's previous band, At the Drive-In. They were known for their concept albums. In 2009, the band won a Grammy Award in the Best Hard Rock Performance category for the song "Wax Simulacra". In 2008, they were named Best Prog-Rock Band by Rolling Stone magazine. In September 2012 the Mars Volta entered a hiatus, with Omar Rodríguez-López and Parks forming a new project, Bosnian Rainbows. Four months the band formally broke up. Bixler-Zavala and Alderete subsequently formed Zavalaz. Rodríguez-López and Bixler-Zavala reunited in 2014 for a new project, Antemasque. Cedric Bixler-Zavala stated in an interview: The Volta is taken from a Federico Fellini book about his films, what he characterizes as a changing of scene, or a turnaround.

Y' know, changing of the changeover. And Mars, we're just fascinated by science fiction so and it's something that looked as in anything I write, its meaning is always up to the listener; as the way we write songs and words, if it looks great on paper to us it's like painting, so if it looks good meaning the second people have a better interpretation than we would. The roots of the Mars Volta are found in the band At the Drive-In. ATDI imploded on the verge of a commercial breakthrough due to boredom to musical differences. Members Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodríguez-López began to further explore their experimental, dub-influenced side project called De Facto, which featured Bixler-Zavala on drums, Rodríguez-López on bass, Isaiah "Ikey" Owens on keyboards, Jeremy Michael Ward on vocals and sound effects. Due to creative differences and discomfort with mainstream success and drug abuse, Rodríguez-López and Bixler-Zavala quit At the Drive-In in 2001; the remaining members of the band formed Sparta.

During 2001 Eva Gardner joined the members of De Facto on bass, they recorded two songs with drummer Blake Fleming and producer Alex Newport, which became the first demo by the Mars Volta. The lineup for their first public show at Chain Reaction in Anaheim, California was Rodríguez-López, Bixler-Zavala, Gardner and drummer Jon Theodore; this lineup recorded three more tracks with Alex Newport, which became the EP Tremulant, released in early 2002 by Gold Standard Laboratories. After the demise of At the Drive-In, Rodríguez-López and Bixler-Zavala found themselves once again starting from the ground up, touring and performing in smaller venues. In their early years the Mars Volta were characterized by heavy drug use. Following Tremulant, the Mars Volta continued touring with a fluid line-up while preparing to record their debut full-length album De-Loused in the Comatorium, produced with Rick Rubin and released on June 24, 2003. Whereas Tremulant had no general theme De-Loused was a unified work of speculative fiction telling the first-person story of someone in a drug-induced coma, battling the evil side of his mind.

Though lyrically obscure, the Mars Volta stated in interviews that the album's protagonist is based on their late friend Julio Venegas, or "Cerpin Taxt", an El Paso poet and artist who went into a coma for several years after a deliberate drug overdose and committed suicide. He died jumping from the Mesa Street overpass onto Interstate-10 in El Paso during afternoon rush-hour traffic. In an interview with The Aquarian Weekly in 2008, Cedric Bixler-Zavala said about working with Rubin, "Rick over-simplified some of the parts that we thought were unique, just made them digestible. He's got this thing about representing the common man's ears—I'd rather jab the common man's ears. If we don't, we'll never get to a place where future music exists."The Mars Volta had no official bassist during the recording session, but Flea played bass on nine of the album's ten songs, with Justin Meldal-Johnsen playing double bass on "Televators." Flea's bandmate John Frusciante contributed additional guitar and backing vocals to "Cicatriz ESP".

After several temporary replacements, a permanent bassist for the band was found in Juan Alderete. Despite limited promotion, De-Loused earned strong reviews, appeared on several'year-end best-of' lists; the album remains the Mars Volta's best-seller, with over 500,000 copies sold. Rolling Stone ranked a track from De-Loused, "Drunkship of Lanterns", the 91st Best Guitar Song Ever; the band released a limited-edition storybook version of the album, available by download from the Gold Standard Laboratories website. The book speaks of his suicide. While on tour with the Red Hot Chili Peppers in support of the album, founding member Jeremy Michael Ward died of a heroin overdose; the band had canceled the tour's second leg, the first single from De-Loused was dedicated to Ward. It was this event which convinced band leaders Rodríguez-López and Bixler-Zavala to purportedly quit using opioids. Bixler-Zavala recalled: "One day, we were all getting high, Jeremy asked me if I could see he had worms in his head.


Rhynocoris longifrons

Rhynocoris longifrons is a species of assassin bug in the family Reduviidae. It is found in Asia. Crops on which it is found feeding on pests include pigeon pea and peanuts; the insects are useful in biological control because they are more resistant to pesticides than are the pests they consume. Rhynocoris longifrons is found in various parts of India including Tamil Nadu, occurs in agro-ecosystems, it is a generalist predator. Like other hemipterans, assassin bugs do not undergo metamorphosis. Instead, the egg hatches into a miniature version of the adult form, at each growth stage the nymph resembles the adult more than the previous one. Predatory assassin bugs use their long rostrums to inject toxic saliva into their prey. Rhynocoris longifrons is a polyphagous predator with a wide range of prey including a number of insect pests; these include Exelastis atomosa, a pest of pigeon pea, Nezara viridula, a pest of beans, Riptortus pedestris. Rhynocoris longifrons has been investigated for use in biological control of three sap-sucking pests of cotton, the red cotton stainer Dysdercus cingulatus, the mealybug Phenacoccus solenopsis and the greenfly Aphis gossypii.

In general, both adults and nymphs of R. longifrons selectively chose adult P. solenopsis and A. gossypii rather than nymphs on which to feed, but preferred the grown nymphs of D. cingulatus to the adults. This predator exhibits a type II functional response, where the rate of prey consumption rises as the density of prey increases, but reaches a plateau and rises no further. Other insect pests which the predator might control include the termite Odontotermes obesus, the brown plant bug Clavigralla gibbosa and the cotton bollworm Helicoverpa armigera. Assassin bugs are attracted to their prey by odour. Olfactory tests have shown that Rhynocoris longifrons is more attracted to moth larvae than to hemipteran pests. Important moth pests to which it is attracted include Spodoptera litura, Achaea janata and Helicoverpa armigera. Volatile chemicals are emitted including by their shed scales; these kairomones can help guide predators and the application of a solution of them to crops may attract Rhynocoris longifrons to feed on other pests despite the absence of moth larvae


The Crawlerway is a 130-foot-wide double pathway at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It runs between the Vehicle Assembly Building and the two launch pads at Launch Complex 39, it has a length of Pad 39B, respectively. A seven-foot bed of stones lies beneath a layer of asphalt and a surface made of Tennessee river rocks; the Crawlerway was designed to support the weight of the Saturn V rocket and its payload, plus the Launch Umbilical Tower and mobile launcher platform, atop a crawler-transporter during the Apollo program. It was used from 1981 to 2011 to transport the lighter Space Shuttles to their launch pads. Construction of the Crawlerway connected Merritt Island with the mainland; the main vehicle access road to and from the launch pads, the Saturn Causeway, runs alongside the Crawlerway. The Crawlerway is composed of two 40-foot-wide lanes, separated by a 50-foot median; the top layer is Tennessee River gravel, 4 inches thick on the straight sections and 8 inches thick on curves. Tennessee River rock was chosen for its anti-spark properties.

Beneath, 4 feet of graded, crushed stone, resting on two layers of fill. By 2013, a project to repair and upgrade the Crawlerway was undertaken, the first time since it was constructed that the foundation had been repaired. Additional rock was added to the surface in June 2014. Media related to Crawlerway at Wikimedia Commons

James Lindsay (Conservative politician)

James Louis Lindsay was a British Conservative Party politician. Lindsay was the second and youngest son of David Lindsay, 27th Earl of Crawford, Constance Lilian, daughter of Sir Henry Pelly, 3rd Baronet. David Lindsay, 28th Earl of Crawford, was his elder brother, he was educated at Oxford. Lindsay fought in the Second World War as a Major in the King's Royal Rifle Corps. At the 1955 general election he was elected as Member of Parliament for North Devon, succeeding Christopher Peto, he served for one term until the 1959 election, when he lost his seat by only 362 votes to the Liberal candidate Jeremy Thorpe, who went on to become his party's leader. Lindsay came from a political family, was elected to Parliament in the same election as his nephew Lord Balniel, he married the Hon. Bronwen Mary, daughter of Thomas Scott-Ellis, 8th Baron Howard de Walden, in 1933, they had one daughter. He died in August 1997, aged 90. Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by James Lindsay

Hiroyuki Igarashi

Hiroyuki Igarashi is a Japanese dancer and producer. He is the creative leader of LDH World. Igarashi grew up in Kanagawa Prefecture, his wife is actress Aya Ueto. Igarashi retired from performing with Exile in 2013, concentrates on the producer industry since then. Hiroyuki Igarashi was born on June 1st, 1969 in Takehara, Hiroshima Prefecture and grew up in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, he graduated from Yokohama City Kanazawa High School. During his time in high school, he met Matsuura Masato, the manager of the rental record store “Tomo & Ai” in Kamiooka back then. After graduating from high school, Hiroyuki refined his dancing skills while working at Disco Maharaja and Circus in Roppongi. In 1989, at the age of 20, the circus store manager asked Hiroyuki to advertise the store which led him to participate as the runner-up in the dance contest of the TV program “DADA”; the scout, watching the contest suggested that Hiroyuki should become part of a dance team from the program, which led to the group LMD being formed.

In 1990, Hiro debuted as a member of the group LMD, modified as ZOO. In 1991, the dance team Japanese Soul Brothers was formed, they participated in Bobby Brown's tour in Japan. In 1995, ZOO broke up. Following the disbandment, Hiro participated in DREAMS COME TRUE's tour as a back dancer. In 1996, the group LUV DELUXE was dissolved the following year. In 1999, Hiro founded the group J Soul Brothers. On August 24, 2001, J Soul Brothers changed their name to EXILE. On October 17, 2002, the group established Exile Entertainment Co. Ltd.. On September 18, 2003, LDH Co. Ltd. was established. On April 3, 2013, Hiro announced that he would retire from being a performer within the year and concentrate on the producer business; the “64th NHK Kohako Uta Gassen” on December 31 was his last activity as a performer. In 2014, PKCZ was formed. In March 2015, he became a member of the Tokyo 2020 Education Commission; that year he was awarded the Commissioner for Cultural Affairs Award by the Japanese Government's Agency for Cultural Affairs for his contribution to Japan's artistic culture.

On January 1, 2017, it was announced that Hiro would become the CCO of LDH WORLD. At the same time, he retired from his president position within LDH and became a chairman of the company. On November 8, 2019, the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games announced the appointment of Exile Hiro as the director of the Tokyo 2020 cultural segment of the Olympic Flame Handover Ceremony; the ceremony, during which the Olympic Flame will be passed from the Hellenic Olympic Committee to Tokyo 2020 representatives, will be held at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens on 19 March 2020. After a cultural performance by Greek dancers and entertainers, the host country of Japan will stage its own cultural performance, under Hiro's direction. Hiro himself expressed his goal to center the performance on children, who embody Japan's hope for the future, to make it the highest priority "that the children will experience something they can take with them for the rest of their lives and to have it be an experience that will inspire them to build a bright future together".

The concept for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay will be: “Hope Lights Our Way”. On September 14, 2012, it was announced by Hiro and Aya Ueto that they registered their marriage after 2 years of dating, they had met through an acquaintance of Hiro, the dance instructor for the idol group Z-1 of which Aya had been a member in the past. On April 12, 2015, Aya Ueto revealed to be pregnant with the couple's first child, their first daughter was born on August 19, 2015. On June 12, 2019, it was announced via official news outlets that the couple were expecting their second child. On July 27, 2019, the birth of their second child, a boy, was announced. On April 17, 2014, Hiro attended the “Spring Garden Party” hosted by the Emperor and Empress of Japan. On October 6 of the same year, he was invited to attend the wedding reception for Noriko Senge and Kunimaro Senge due to his friendship with the Senge family. Exile Exile The Second Nidaime J Soul Brothers Sandaime J Soul Brothers from Exile Tribe Generations from Exile Tribe The Rampage from Exile Tribe Fantastics from Exile tribe Ballistik Boyz from Exile Tribe E-girls Happiness Flower SudannaYuzuYully ShuuKaRen Samurize from Exile Tribe PKCZ Official website

La Horquetta, Arima

La Horquetta is a below middle-class neighbourhood in south Arima, 9 km south of the Arima town center in east Trinidad and Tobago. It is located in the south-eastern corner of the Tunapuna–Piarco region. La Horquetta is bounded by the Churchill–Roosevelt Highway to the north, Arima river to the west, Brazil river to the south, the Aripo Savannas to the east, is adjacent to two other Arima neighborhoods: Malabar to the north, Carapo to the east. La Horquetta is patrolled by the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service's La Horquetta department, as well as Neighborhood Watch and the national organization, Community Comfort Patrol. La Horquetta is dividing into 9 sections: Single Units, Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3, Phase 4, Phase 5, Phase 6, Phase 7 and the newly built Greenvale Park, it claims the title of being the largest housing project completed by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago. La Horquetta's bus network provides extensive service across the neighborhood, as well as to the borough center of Arima in central Arima, to the country's capital city of Port of Spain.

Nearly all bus lines serving La Horquetta terminate there. There is an extensive Yellow School Bus servicing the Primary Schools and Early Childhood learning centers in the neighborhood as well as the outskirts. Churchill–Roosevelt Highway is a major highway network north of La Horquetta that links the neighborhood with Port of Spain on the westbound lane and Valencia on the eastbound lane. Tumpuna Road is a main road linking the neighborhood to Arima on the northbound lane and Brazil on the southbound lane. De Freitas Boulevard is the main road that links the northern phases of the neighborhood with the southern phases. La Horquetta's public schools are operated by the Ministry of Education. There are no high schools in La Horquetta. Public primary schools in La Horquetta include La Horquetta North Government School and La Horquetta South Government School. La Horquetta has Education Center; the La Horquetta health center is a government-owned health facility for the neighborhood, located in Phase 3 next to the Post Office, is the only health facility in the La Horquetta neighborhood.

La Horquetta Community Swimming Pool, located on Slinger Francisco Boulevard in Phase 4, La Horquetta and is open to the public 6 days a week La Horquetta Regional Complex, located on Marjorie Padmore Avenue in Phase 2 is a multi-purpose center use for meetings and neighborhood games. Phase 7 Basketball Court Phase 5 Pavilion La Horquetta Village Plaza La Horquetta Steel Drum Complex La Horquetta Police Station There are 6 established churches in the neighborhood. La Horquetta Roman Catholic Church La Horquetta Seventh Day Adventist Church La Horquetta Gospel Foundation Church Corner Stone Pentecostal Church Church of Resurrection La Horquetta Deliverance Temple True Worshipers Assembly Church of God Christian Brethren Assemble Before 2012 when Neighborhood Watch was installed into the neighborhood, La Horquetta was one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in Arima and Trinidad and Tobago on the whole. Since the crime and murder rate in the neighborhood has slown down drastically to a point of it being non-existent.

According to a Sunday Newsday count there has been a steady decrease in murders: 2011, seven murders, including the triple murder of Vonetta Haynes-Reyes and her children Malik and Makasi, five, on July 21.