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Tinikling is a traditional Philippine folk dance which originated during the Spanish colonial era. The dance involves two people beating and sliding bamboo poles on the ground and against each other in coordination with one or more dancers who step over and in between the poles in a dance, it is traditionally danced to rondalla music, a sort of serenade played by an ensemble of stringed instruments which originated in Spain during the Middle Ages. The name "tinikling" is a reference to birds locally known as tikling, which can be any of a number of rail species, but more refers to the Slaty-breasted Rail, the Buff-banded Rail, the Barred Rail; the term tinikling means "to perform it'tikling-like." The dance originated in an island in the Visayas in the central Philippines. It imitates the movement of the tikling birds as they walk between grass stems, run over tree branches, or dodge bamboo traps set by rice farmers. Dancers imitate the tikling bird's legendary grace and speed by skillfully maneuvering between large bamboo poles.

Today tinikling is taught throughout the United States. In grades K-12 the dance is used as an aerobic exercise for physical education classes, to help expand physical movements such as hand coordination, foot speed, rhythm. Tinikling is performed at schools and on special occasions, such as the Filipino Independence Day, as a celebration of Filipino culture and Filipino pride. Two or four parallel pairs of bamboo poles, each around 6 to 12 ft long, are held by two or more sitting or kneeling people; the poles are used as percussive instruments accompanying rondalla music played with string instruments. They produce clapping sounds as they are struck against the ground and each other in a triple metre pattern. Traditionally, the poles are tapped twice on the ground on the first two beats brought together on the third beat. Two or more dancers weave through the moving bamboo poles with bare feet and ankles; the dancers have to follow the rhythm so as not to get their ankles caught between the poles as they snap closed.

They clasped behind their backs. The tempo of the bamboo poles becomes faster as the dance progresses, forcing the dancers closer together as their movements become more frantic; the dancers hold hands at the last part of the dance. They end the dance by letting go of each other's hands and stepping out of the moving bamboo poles. For the dance, females traditionally wear a dress called balintawak or patadyong, males wear an untucked embroidered shirt called the barong Tagalog; the balintawak are colorful dresses with wide arched sleeves and the patadyong is a pineapple fiber blouse paired with checkered skirts. The barong Tagalog is light long sleeved shirts and worn with red trousers. Dancers wear no footwear while performing. Modern variants of the dance can include innovations like increasing the number or arrangement of the poles, changing the number of dancers, or using different music and choreography. Tinikling has been noted to have the music changed in modern times to modern songs with strong percussions and bass to connect the traditions of the Philippine folk dance with their modern-day lifestyle When performed by dance troupes or in cultural shows, Tinikling is performed in the "Rural Suite," which includes dances originating from Filipino Christians that have a more "folksy" character.

These dances originate from the islands of Visayas and Luzon and imitate the simplicity and joy of the lifestyle of the Filipino villagers living in those regions during the Spanish period. Other Filipino folk dances of this category include Sayaw sa Bangko and Pandanggo sa Ilaw. In the United States, this dance has been altered into a four-beat rhythm to adjust to popular music. In some cases, it has been used in conjunction with traditional Filipino martial arts to demonstrate fleetness of foot and flow of movement; as mentioned earlier, tinikling is used as aerobic exercise for physical education classes in the United States for grades K-12. Instead of using traditional bamboo poles, most schools create their poles using plastic PVC pipe or wooden dowels. Another alternative is to tie elastic bands to the ankles of two students; the two students switch between jumping with their feet apart and their feet together to simulate the movement of the wooden poles. This way, more students are engaged in the aerobic exercise, rather than just the dancer.

Similar dances are found throughout Asia, such as the Cheraw dance from India, Múa Sạp from Vietnam, Lao Kra Top Mai from Thailand, Robam Kom Araek from Cambodia, Karen or Chin Bamboo Dance from Myanmar, Alai Sekap in Brunei, Ami Bamboo Dance from Taiwan, Magunatip from Sabah, East Malaysia. Cariñosa Cheraw dance, a similar Indian dance Culture of the Philippines Maglalatik Music of the Philippines Pangalay Singkil, a similar Filipino folk dance depicting the Darangen epic

Joe Kirby (teacher)

Joe Kirby is a British school teacher and deputy head at Jane Austen College, who writes on translating research into the classroom. In 2013, he published How To Start on Teach First and his blogs citing American educator E. D. Hirsch, have become popular, resulting in his increasing influence on the debate on education in the UK; when he looked at the problem of teacher burnout and work overload, he published his read 2015 blog post "Marking is a Hornet", calling for the reduction in the task of marking homework, advocating instead that pupils quiz themselves on their work using checklists or oral feedback. He created and made popular the use of knowledge organisers, a template used by teachers and their students to clarify what is essential to learn, he is a co-founder of Michaela Community School, where he was one of the 20 teaching staff that contributed to the book Battle Hymn of the Tiger Teachers, published in 2016. Joe Kirby is from London. After completing an International Baccalaureate, he attended Warwick University where he was elected president of its student's union.

In this role, to integrate home and international students, he persuaded Archbishop Desmond Tutu to attend an event at his university. In addition, to raise funds for prostate cancer, he led a team of student volunteers on a hundred-mile walk across Britain, he has two younger sisters and actress Vanessa Kirby. Their mother worked for Country Living and their father is the prostate surgeon Roger Kirby. Kirby is an English deputy head who writes on translating research into the classroom. Prior to becoming vice principal at Jane Austen College, part of the Inspiration Trust, Norwich, he was at Dunraven School in Streatham, was one of four deputy heads at Michaela Community School in Wembley, a school he helped establish, he is an active blogger on education, with his widely-read blog titled "Pragmatic Education". Like a number of other younger British teachers including Tom Bennett and Daisy Christodoulou, Kirby has been inspired by American educator E. D. Hirsch; this has been reflected in his references to Hirsch in a large number of his blogs, popular messages that resulted in promoting Hirsch's's ideas, increasing Kirby's influence on the debate on education in the UK.

In 2013 he was name checked by Michael Gove, British Secretary of State for Education at the time, the education watchdog Ofsted, has since been cited and consulted by Gove and politician Nick Gibb. He has written on teaching methods with maximum minimum effort, he has advised that hundreds of words can be taught by explaining the origins of how words are formed. At Michaela, he explained that methods were adapted to reduce teacher burnout because "common practices result in heavy workload, high burnout, very high levels of teacher turnover", he rewrote Year 7's study of the Odyssey. His 2015 blog post "Marking is a Hornet", which described teachers' marking of homework as "high-effort" and "low-impact" like a hornet, recommended saving time by asking pupils to self-assess and quiz themselves using checklists or oral feedback; the responsibility, he explains, lies in self-improvement and a collective sense of working for better outcomes. He was one of the 20 members of Michaela's staff that contributed to the book Battle Hymn of the Tiger Teachers, published in 2016 by John Catt Educational, edited by Michaela's head Katharine Birbalsingh and endorsed by Roger Scruton.

In the book, Kirby explains the curriculum design and how eleven-year olds are prepared for school in boot camp prior to the beginning of the school year, how the students are taught that "silence in lessons is golden, that it helps us listen and helps us learn", how teaching of factual knowledge is prioritised, how consistency and simplicity in a "centralised system" allow students to complete homework with the aim of not overloading teachers with marking, thereby reducing burnout. Kirby created the knowledge organiser, a template on a single A4 sheet used by teachers and their pupils to clarify what is essential to learn, he calls the knowledge organiser “the most powerful tool in the arsenal of the curriculum designer”. How to Start on Teach First. Amazon ebook, 2013. "Marking is a hornet". 31 October 2015. "Knowledge and testing" in Katharine Birbalsingh Battle Hymn of the Tiger Teachers: The Michaela Way. Melton: John Catt Educational. ISBN 9781909717961 "The grateful ped: Why giving thanks may be a gift that gives to the giver".

ResearchED. 26 September 2018 "To sleep, perchance to learn". ResearchED. 28 February 2019. Joe Kirby's blogs Bootcamp breaks the bad habits. Michaela Community School's Tiger Teachers event Nov 2016

1995 New Zealand NBL season

The 1995 NBL season was the 14th season of the National Basketball League. Only one change occurred heading into the 1995 season, with 1994 Conference Basketball League champions Northland joining the top-flight league for the first time. Thirteen teams competed in 1995, the most the league has fielded during a season in its history. Auckland won the championship in 1995 to claim their third league title. NZ Most Valuable Player: Pero Cameron Most Outstanding Guard: Dylan Rigdon Most Outstanding NZ Guard: Ralph Lattimore Most Outstanding Forward: Kenny Stone Most Outstanding NZ Forward/Centre: Pero Cameron Scoring Champion: Dylan Rigdon Rebounding Champion: Jeff Smith Assist Champion: Tony Brown Rookie of the Year: Rob Tuilave Coach of the Year: Tab Baldwin All-Star Five: G: Leonard King G: Dylan Rigdon F: Darryl Johnson F: Kenny Stone C: Pero Cameron


In mathematics, the superquadrics or super-quadrics are a family of geometric shapes defined by formulas that resemble those of ellipsoids and other quadrics, except that the squaring operations are replaced by arbitrary powers. They can be seen as the three-dimensional relatives of the superellipses; the term may refer depending on the context. The equations below specify the surface; the superquadrics include many shapes that resemble cubes, cylinders and spindles, with rounded or sharp corners. Because of their flexibility and relative simplicity, they are popular geometric modeling tools in computer graphics; some authors, such as Alan Barr, define "superquadrics" as including both the superellipsoids and the supertoroids. However, the supertoroids are not superquadrics. Comprehensive coverage of geometrical properties of superquadrics and a method of their recovery from range images is covered in a monograph; the surface of the basic superquadric is given by | x | r + | y | s + | z | t = 1 where r, s, t are positive real numbers that determine the main features of the superquadric.

Namely: less than 1: a pointy octahedron modified to have concave faces and sharp edges. 1: a regular octahedron. Between 1 and 2: an octahedron modified to have convex faces, blunt edges and blunt corners. 2: a sphere greater than 2: a cube modified to have rounded edges and corners. Infinite: a cubeEach exponent can be varied independently to obtain combined shapes. For example, if r=s=2, t=4, one obtains a solid of revolution which resembles an ellipsoid with round cross-section but flattened ends; this formula is a special case of the superellipsoid's formula. If any exponent is allowed to be negative, the shape extends to infinity; such shapes are sometimes called super-hyperboloids. The basic shape above spans from -1 to +1 along each coordinate axis; the general superquadric is the result of scaling this basic shape by different amounts A, B, C along each axis. Its general equation is | x A | r + | y B | s + | z C | t = 1. Parametric equations in terms of surface parameters u and v are x = A g g y = B g f z = C f − π 2 ≤ v ≤ π 2, − π ≤ u < π, where the auxiliary functions are f = sgn ⁡ | sin ⁡ ω | m g = sgn ⁡ | cos ⁡ ω | m and the sign function sgn is sgn ⁡ =

Leiston F.C.

Leiston Football Club is a football club based in Leiston, England. They are members of the Southern League Premier Division Central and play at Victory Road. Established in 1880, the club was closely linked to the Richard Garrett Engineering Works, they reached the final of the Suffolk Senior Cup in 1892, 1897 and 1904, losing on each occasion, although the club did win the Junior Cup in 1895. In 1894 Leiston joined the North Suffolk League, which they played in until 1909. In 1900 the club joined the Ipswich & District League and were champions in their first three seasons. In 1904 they transferred to the South East Anglian League, but left in 1907 before rejoining in 1911. Between 1912 and 1914 the club played in the Ipswich & District League. After World War I the club was reformed as Leiston Works Athletic and rejoined the Ipswich & District League and the East Anglian League. In 1920 they joined the Essex & Suffolk Border League. At the end of the 1920–21 season the club left both the IDL and ESBL to join the Norfolk & Suffolk League before rejoining the IDL in 1926.

After finishing bottom of the table in 1934–35 they were reformed as Leiston and dropped into Division 2B. The club won all seventeen league matches in 1937–38 and were promoted to Division One after defeating Division 2A winners Manningtree Rovers in a play-off. In 1948 Leiston rejoined the Norfolk & Suffolk League, but transferred back to the Ipswich & District League in 1953. Despite finishing bottom of the Senior Division in 1979–80, the club avoided being relegated as the division was expanded. However, after finishing bottom again in 1981–82 they were relegated, they were promoted back to the Senior Division at the first attempt winning the Suffolk Junior Cup, which they retained in 1983–84. Leiston spent several years as a yo yo club as they were relegated in 1988–89, promoted back in 1989–90, relegated again in 1991–92 and returned to the Senior Division in 1996–96. After finishing third in 2000–01 the club stepped up to Division One of the Eastern Counties League; the 2003–04 season saw Leiston finish third in Division One, earning promotion to the Premier Division.

The club reached the final of the Suffolk Premier Cup three times in succession between 2006 and 2008, but lost on each occasion. In the same season they beat Brentwood Town on penalties to win the East Anglian Cup. In the 2008–09 FA Cup the club reached the first round of the FA Cup for the first time. In 2010–11 Leiston won the Eastern Counties League Premier Division, earning promotion to Division One North of the Isthmian League. In 2011–12 they won Division One North, achieving back-to-back promotions and moving up to the Isthmian League Premier Division, they finished fifth in the Premier Division in 2017–18, going on to lose 1–0 in the play-off semi-finals to Dulwich Hamlet. The club were transferred to the Premier Central division of the Southern League at the end of the 2017–18 season as part of the restructuring of the non-League pyramid. Leiston played at the old Recreation Ground, today known as Park Hill, with players changing in the White Horse Hotel or at the Works Hall. In 1921 they moved to their current ground on Victory Road known as the Leiston Works Athletic Association, after Garretts bought the ground.

It was renamed the Leiston Town Athletic Association. As of 14 November 2019 Isthmian League Division One North champions 2011–12 Eastern Counties League Premier Division champions 2010–11 Division One Cup winners 2001–02 Suffolk & Ipswich League Champions 1900–01, 1901–02, 1902–03 Division 2B champions 1937–38 East Anglian Cup Winners 2007–08 Suffolk Premier Cup Winners 2017–18, 2018–19 Suffolk Junior Cup Winners 1894–95, 1982–83, 1983–84 Best FA Cup performance: First round, 2008–09 Best FA Trophy performance: First round, 2014–15, 2016–17 Best FA Vase performance: Quarter-finals, 2010–11 Record attendance: 1,250 v Fleetwood Town, FA Cup first round, 8 November 2008 Most league goals: Lee McGlone 60 Most league appearances: Gareth Heath, 201 Leiston F. C. players Leiston F. C. managers Official website

Kaze no Gotoku

"Kaze no Gotoku" is Japanese-American recording artist Joe Inoue's fifth single, the second from his album Dos Angeles. The song was used for the opening theme of a season of the reruns of the anime Gin Tama known as Yorinuki Gin Tama-san. "Kaze no Gotoku" remained on the Oricon Weekly Singles Charts for three weeks, peaking at 33. A variation of the song was included on Dos Angeles subtitled the "B. B. B. Ver.", "B. B. B." Standing for the nonsense phrase "Buri Buri Bass". The title track was released to the American iTunes Store on October 5, 2010. "Kaze no Gotoku" – 3:48 "Sekai no Kakera" – 3:41 "Ballerina" – 4:05 "Kaze no Gotoku" – 1:43 "Kaze no Gotoku'Kerioki' ver." – 3:46 Joe Inoue's official website