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Tony Hawk

Anthony Frank Hawk is an American retired professional skateboarder. He is an actor and the owner of the skateboard company Birdhouse. Hawk completed the first documented 900, licensed a video game series, published by Activision, is one of the pioneers of modern vertical skateboarding. In 2002, he created the "Boom Boom HuckJam", an extreme sports exhibition and tour, launched in Las Vegas. Hawk has appeared in films, other media, his own series of video games, he has been involved in various philanthropic activities, including his own Tony Hawk Foundation that helps to build skate parks in underprivileged areas. In 2014, Hawk was named one of the most influential skateboarders of all time by FoxWeekly. Tony Hawk was born on May 12, 1968 in San Diego, California to Nancy and Frank Peter Rupert Hawk, was raised in San Diego; as a child, Hawk was described as "hyperactive", his mother has stated that he was "so hard on himself and expected himself to do so many things." One time, Hawk struck out in baseball and was so distraught that he hid in a ravine and had to be "physically coaxed out" by his father.

His frustration with himself was so harsh that his parents had him psychologically evaluated at school. The results were that Tony was "gifted", as he was tested with an intelligence quotient of 144, so school advisers recommended placing him in advanced classes. Hawk attended Jean Farb Middle School from 1980 to 1981, returned for the show Homecoming with Rick Reilly, where he set up a ramp and did a demonstration, his parents supported his skateboarding. As Hawk's skills developed, he became a professional skateboarder at age fourteen, was the National Skateboard Association world champion for twelve consecutive years. On June 27, 1999, Hawk became the first skateboarder to land a "900", a trick involving the completion of two-and-a-half mid-air revolutions on a skateboard, in which he was successful on his twelfth attempt. After completing the trick, Hawk said "This is the best day of my life." Following this feat, Hawk decided to retire from professional competition that same year, but he continued to perform at the annual X Games until 2003, when he retired from professional competition for good.

In 2011, Hawk was still able to land the trick and posted a video on his Twitter account stating, "I'm 43 and I did a 900 today." On June 27, 2016, at age 48, Hawk performed what he claimed will be his final 900. In a video posted on the YouTube channel RIDE Channel, Hawk said "Spencer was there on my first one, now he was there on my last. Bye." after landing a 900. Hawk was invited to President Barack Obama's June 2009 Father's Day celebration and skated in the hallways of the nearby Old Executive Office Building, on the White House grounds; this marked the first time someone skateboarded on the White House grounds with permission from officials. In 2009, Hawk was inducted into the Skateboarding Hall of Fame at its inaugural ceremony; as of January 2012, Hawk is sponsored by Birdhouse, Lakai Footwear, Independent and Nixon. His current Pro model shoe is the Proto. Hawk was sponsored by Theeve. Following an invitation from his former sponsor, Hawk assembled a group of vert skateboarders to perform, in 2012, the first-ever vert demonstration to have occurred in India.

While in India, the group visited Mahatma Gandhi's house, the skateboarders were greeted by a excited young audience and the 540-degree maneuver was executed during the skateboarding demonstration—the Indian trip was published on Hawk's RIDE YouTube channel on February 4, 2013. All contest results are covered in Thrasher Magazine and can be checked at the Thrasher Magazine Archives. Only first places were counted. Boom Boom HuckJamIn 2002, Hawk started a show tour, featuring freestyle motocross, BMX, it started in Las Vegas and on to 31 cities around the U. S. and to Six Flags amusement parks. Video game series A video game series based on his skateboarding, with the title Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, debuted in 1999. Since the series has spawned 18 titles so far, including ten main series titles, four spin-offs, four repackages. Hawk's role in the series was usurped by customizable player characters in installments, but he has remained a prominent character. In the fifth game in the series, Underground, he is a minor non-player character whom the player meets in Tampa and skates against.

Impressed with the player's skills, Hawk grants them entry into a skate competition. He appears in Moscow to teach them the "360 Varial Heelflip Lien" move. Hawk and other skaters are playable near the end of the game when they skate in a promotional video for the player's skate team, in all gameplay modes except the story mode, he appeared as a kid in the Backyard Sports series Backyard Skateboarding. Amusement park ridesA series of amusement park rides known as Tony Hawk's Big Spin were built in three Six Flags parks in 2007 and 2008; the ride was billed as the "Tony Hawk experience" and was designed to have the look and feel of a giant red-and-black skatepark. It offered a full "extreme sports" experience, with monitors in the queue lines displaying highlights of the history of action sports and a large spinning Tony Hawk figure crowning the ride. In 2010 Six Flags cancelled its license and the rides were renamed to Pandemonium; the ride at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom was moved to Six Flags Mexico in 2012 to make way for a new ride known as Superman: Ultimate Flight.

Additionally, a water park ride called Tony Hawk's Half pipe was opened at Six Flags America in Bowie, Maryland. RIDE ChannelIn January 2012, Hawk launched the onlin

Al-Balqa` Applied University

Al-Balqa' Applied University is a government-supported university located in Salt, was founded in 1997, a distinctive state university in the field of Bachelor and associate degree Applied Education, at the capacity of more than 21,000 student distributed into 10,000 at the bachelor's degree program and 11,000 at the associate degree program. Balqa' Applied University was formed by merging several colleges distributed over all of the Jordanian provinces; the merger was the result of royal decree, under the auspices of his majesty the late King Hussein to provide qualified professionals who focus on applied technical studies. A recent stadium was constructed to hold official graduation and ceremonies and was finished in 2011. BAU is ranked 5th on national level, has achieved an international ranking of 2575 and a regional ranking of 55 according to the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities ranking, as well as a regional ranking of 79 according to US News Education BAU has 18 branches divided into 6 faculties at the main campus in Al-Salt, 12 faculties around the kingdom.

BAU has a faculty in every Jordanian governorate. In addition to its responsibilities as a hub for higher education, BAU administers a total of 38 public and military community colleges across the kingdom. Doctor of Medicine BsC programmes: Technical diploma programmes: Interior DesignDiploma degree: Digital Graphic DesignVocational Diploma programmes: The faculty of graduate studies offers the master's degree in the following topics: Located in the town of Allan, north west of Salt, PRUC offers the following programmes:BsC: Social Work Delinquency and Crime Special EducationDiploma: Social Work Special Education Located in Irbid, it offers the following programmes: BsC: Master's Desalination Engineering Located in Ajloun, AUC offers the following programmes: IUC is a females-only college, it is located in Irbid, IUC offers the following programmes: PAUC is a females-only college. It's located in the Shmeisani neighbourhood in West Amman, it offers the following programmes: Located in Jabal Al-Hussein, Amman.

It offers the following programmes: Located in Zarqa, it offers the following programmes: Natural Sciences Nutrition and Food Processing Located in Al Zahra neighbourhood in Marka, East Amman. FET is specialized in engineering and technological programmes, it offers the following programmes: Located in Aqaba. Located in Kerak. Located in Ma'an. Located in the town of Shoubak, near by Petra. Plant Production and Protection Vocational Education The Royal Jordanian Geographic Center College. Tafilah Applied University College: Became Tafila Technical University in Tafilah in 2005. Usul Al-Deen University College: Became World Islamic Sciences and Education University in Tabarbour, northern Amman

Coasters Harbor Island

Coasters Harbor Island is a 92-acre island in Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island. The island is home to the Naval War College, an education and research institution of the United States Navy that specializes in developing ideas for naval warfare and passing them along to officers of the Navy; the Native Americans called the island Woonachaset. Colonists purchased Coasters Island from the Indians in 1654; the City built the Newport Asylum for the Poor in 1822. The Newport Poor House and Farm was located on the island until the City and State donated the island to the U. S. Navy for the Naval War College in 1882; the Navy still uses the island as a training center, it is home to the Naval War College Museum. Islands of Narragansett Bay Frederic Denlson, Narragansett Sea and Shore, George L. Seavey, Rhode Island's Coastal Natural Areas

Richard Dixon (footballer, born 1990)

Richard Dixon is a Jamaican footballer who plays as a defender for Chattanooga FC in the National Independent Soccer Association. Dixon played four years of college soccer at the University of West Florida. During his time at college, Dixon played for USL PDL clubs Mississippi Brilla in 2010 and 2011 and Panama City Beach Pirates in 2012. Dixon signed his first professional contract in 2013, signing for new USL Pro franchise VSI Tampa Bay FC. After Tampa Bay folded at the end of their debut season, Dixon signed with USL Pro team Charlotte Eagles. On 15 January 2015, it was announced that Dixon signed with USL expansion side Saint Louis FC. While with the club that year, he was slated to join the Jamaica national team for the Copa América and Gold Cup tournaments that summer, but was not named to the final tournament roster for either competition after suffering an injury during a U. S. Open Cup match against Minnesota United FC. Dixon was released by Saint Louis FC on 10 November 2016. In January 2020, Dixon was announced as the first-ever professional player signing by Chattanooga FC.

Richard Dixon at USL League One

Herman Willemse

Herman "Flying Dutchman" Willemse was a Dutch long-distance and marathon swimmer. In 2008, he was inducted to the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame. Willemse started his career as a freestyle swimmer, winning 13 national titles and setting 19 national records in the 100 m, 200 m, 400 m, 800 m and 1500 m events between 1952 and 1958. In 1959, he switched to marathon swimming and became the second Dutchman to cross the English Channel, with a time of 12h49. In the 1960s he dominated the world marathon swimming. For three years after 1964, when the point system was introduced, he was ranked world number two, after Abo Heif, his clean sweep of the Around-the-Island Marathon Swim in 1960–1964 brought the organizers to a problem that spectators lost interest in the race. The race was discontinued in 1965. A school teacher by profession, Willemse was known for his academic approach to swimming, he would travel around the place before the competition and measure the water temperature, to optimize his racing strategy, or withdraw from a disastrous race if the temperature was too low.

He published a book titled Marathonzwemmen. St. John Lake Swim – 1st place, 10h 7min St. John Lake Swim – 1st place, 9h 3min St. John Lake Swim – 1st place, 8h 32min Around-the-Island Marathon Swim – 1st place, 10h 30min Around-the-Island Marathon Swim – 1st place, 11h 14min Around-the-Island Marathon Swim – 1st place, 11h 35min Around-the-Island Marathon Swim – 1st place, 10h 31min Around-the-Island Marathon Swim – 1st place, 10h 08min National Exhibition race – 1st place, 6h 54min National Exhibition race – 1st place, 6h 38min la Descente ou remontée du Saguenay – 1st place, 6h 15min Tois Riviere – 1st place Santa Fe-Coronda – 1st place Santa Fe-Coronda – 3rd place Santa Fe-Coronda – 3rd place Hernandaras-Parana – 1st place List of members of the International Swimming Hall of Fame Wennerberg, Conrad. Wind and Sunburn: A Brief History of Marathon Swimming. Breakaway Books. ISBN 978-1-55821-615-0

Locke Mission

The Locke Mission refers to the 1951–1953 attempt by the administration of Harry S Truman to create a regional office for the Near East in Beirut, Lebanon. This office operated under the guidance of Edwin A. Locke Jr. to coordinate all aspects of United States economic policy toward the region, with a particular focus on U. S. aid. In 1951, this aid was provided to Arab refugees through the United Nations Relief and Works Administration and to specific nations and social classes through the Mutual Security Program and the Technical Cooperation Administration. A variety of factors doomed the mission, the office was closed down, today the Locke Mission is noteworthy as one of the first examples of a drift from bilateralism toward regionalism in the Near East. After World War II, U. S. policy regarding displaced refugees was focused on settlement within existing nations, financial assistance, general economic development in the region. Toward this end, the Economic Survey Mission was launched in 1949, the UNRWA came to Beirut in 1950, the Point Four program was created.

President Truman soon found that the many organizations in the Near East produced “too many plans and too much talk and not enough action.” This frustration with the bureaucracy served as the catalyst for the Locke Mission, commenced in December 1951. From the beginning, Locke used his ambassador status and central office in Beirut as assets in his attempt to steamroll his wishes into policy. In the beginning, this was helped by the generous funding Locke received from Truman. However, the U. S. Point Four team in the region began to feel alienated by Locke’s vision of investing in the business class of the region which contradicted the Point Four philosophy which leaned more toward providing grass-roots aid; the failure of Locke and Point Four to work together became more consequential when Locke’s plan of a $100 million “Arab Development Plan” was not approved by Congress. Locke returned to the United States on a mission to convince President Truman of the plan’s merits, but was sent back to Beirut with a different set of goals.

President Truman told Locke to deemphasize Point Four participation in the Near East while increasing the activity of UNWRA in the region. The former was not difficult; this success, was offset by the challenges posed by UNWRA with its budget deficit and seeming inability to make headway on the Arab refugee crisis. Locke was forced to investigate UNWRA for corruption. Locke’s frustrations were multiplied by his poor relationship with his American UNWRA counterpart John Blandford. Locke resigned after Blanford negotiated a program with Syria in October 1952 that provided only $30 million in funding. To Locke, this was not enough to make any impact; as Locke confided to President Truman, the “UNRWA… is doing a pretty awful job… No one believes in it anymore in the Near East and least of all the refugees themselves.” The failure of the Locke Mission led to decreased willingness in the Truman administration and subsequent Presidencies to proactively engage in the Middle East with regard to economic and refugee affairs.

However, the mission was one of the first examples of a policy of regionalism whereby the United States concentrated on developing the entire Near East rather than interacting with specific countries. Of further significance, U. S.- British relations were improved when the British moved their regional council to Lebanon. Fuchs, J. R. "Oral History Interview With Edwin A. Locke" Paul W. T. Kingston, "The'Ambassador for the Arabs': The Locke Mission adnd the Unaking of U. S. Development Diplomacy in the Near East, 1952-1953" Peter L. Hahn, "Caught in the Middle East: U. S. Policy Towards the Arab-Israeli Conflict" p. 107-110 Statement by the President on the Appointment of Gordon R. Clapp as Chairman of an Economic Survey Mission to the Near East. Annual Budget Message to the Congress: Fiscal Year 1952 http://www.trumanlibrary.org/hstpaper/lockeeajr.htm