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Tuakau is a town in the Waikato region part of the Auckland Region until 2010, when it became part of Waikato District in the North Island of New Zealand. The town serves to support local farming, is the residence of many employees of New Zealand Steel at Glenbrook; the place name is believed to be a geographical reference to the high bluff nearby that offers views down the Waikato river. In Māori the word tū can mean ‘to stand’ and ākau ‘river bank’; the area was first used as a trading centre for passing waka that would transport goods up and down the Waikato River. A flour mill was built in 1855. In 1863 war broke out just south of the river and the New Zealand Government stationed in Tuakau Imperial troops brought over from Great Britain. To help defend the area the Alexandra Redoubt was built as a defensive fort on the bluff near the river; the existing town, intended to be built closer to the Waikato River was subsequently built in an area 2 km further inland. The railway from Auckland reached Tuakau in 1875.

By 1914 the people of Tuakau had formed their own town district which went on to achieve borough status on 1 January 1955. During its 44 years as a borough, Tuakau had seven mayors: Amalgamations since 1989 has seen it first become part of the Franklin District governed by a district council and in 2010 with border changes saw it became part of Waikato district when present-day Auckland Council boundaries were created. Tuakau has two marae, affiliated with hapū of Waikato Tainui. Ngā Tai e Rua Marae and its Ngā Tai e Rua meeting house are a meeting place Ngāti Āmaru, Ngāti Koheriki and Ngāti Tiipa. Tauranganui Marae and its Rangiwahitu meeting house are a meeting place for Ngāti Āmaru and Ngāti Tiipa; the town’s ‘Tuakau Bridge’ replaced the need for a ferry from November 1902. A span of the original wooden bridge collapsed on 23 August 1929 and was replaced by the current £24,000, 750 ft bridge from 22 June 1933, designed by Jones & Adams, who built Horotiu, Te Aroha, Ngamuwahine River and Fairfield bridges.

It was once part of State Highway 22. About 3 km upstream from Tuakau Bridge, at the end of Brown Rd, the river is crossed by the First Gas 400-line gas transmission pipe, which supplies gas from the Maui gas pipeline at Rotowaro to Auckland and Northland; the 350 mm pipe crosses on a 376 m, 11 pier, truss bridge, 14 m above the water, built in 1980 and renovated in 2007. The 2013 Census showed 4,182 people live in Tuakau; this is 19.5 percent, since the 2006 Census. The ethnic makeup of the town and surrounding areas is predominately Māori; the main primary school is Tuakau Primary, where Sir Edmund Hugh Poland were educated. Harrisville Primary is at the northern reach of Tuakau. Tuakau College with a roll over 600 caters for Year 7 to 13 students

Taos County, New Mexico

Taos County is a county in the U. S. state of New Mexico. As of the 2010 census, the population was 32,937, its county seat is Taos. The county was formed in 1852 as one of the original nine counties in New Mexico Territory. Taos County comprises NM Micropolitan Statistical Area. According to the U. S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,204 square miles, of which 2,203 square miles is land and 1.3 square miles is water. The county's highest point is the summit of Wheeler Peak at 13,161 feet; this is the highest natural point in New Mexico. The county has the highest mean elevation of any U. S. county outside of Colorado at 8,510 feet though it ranks only 22nd overall. Taos County contains 17 of New Mexico's highest 25 peaks. Rio Arriba County - west Mora County - southeast Colfax County - east Costilla County, Colorado - north Conejos County, Colorado - northwest Carson National Forest As of the 2000 census, there were 29,979 people, 12,675 households, 7,757 families living in the county.

The population density was 14 people per square mile. There were 17,404 housing units at an average density of 8 per square mile; the racial makeup of the county was 63.77% White, 0.35% Black or African American, 6.59% Native American, 0.38% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 24.84% from other races, 3.95% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 57.94% of the population. There were 12,675 households out of which 29.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.70% were married couples living together, 12.70% had a female householder with no husband present, 38.80% were non-families. 32.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.90% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.98. In the county, the population was spread out with 24.50% under the age of 18, 6.90% from 18 to 24, 27.40% from 25 to 44, 28.80% from 45 to 64, 12.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years.

For every 100 females there were 96.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.70 males. The median income for a household in the county was $26,762, the median income for a family was $33,995. Males had a median income of $27,310 versus $21,121 for females; the per capita income for the county was $16,103. About 16.10% of families and 20.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.60% of those under age 18 and 20.80% of those age 65 or over. As of the 2010 census, there were 32,937 people, 14,806 households, 8,437 families living in the county; the population density was 15.0 inhabitants per square mile. There were 20,265 housing units at an average density of 9.2 per square mile. The racial makeup of the county was 68.7% white, 6.2% American Indian, 0.7% Asian, 0.4% black or African American, 19.1% from other races, 4.9% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 55.8% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 10.8% were English, 10.3% were German, 9.0% were Irish, 1.2% were American.

Of the 14,806 households, 26.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.3% were married couples living together, 12.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 43.0% were non-families, 36.0% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.85. The median age was 45.2 years. The median income for a household in the county was $35,441 and the median income for a family was $43,236. Males had a median income of $34,245 versus $28,325 for females; the per capita income for the county was $22,145. About 14.5% of families and 17.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.3% of those under age 18 and 11.9% of those age 65 or over. Red River Taos Questa Taos Ski Valley Likely due a substantial minority population - Taos County is Democratic; the last Republican candidate to win the county was Richard Nixon in 1972. National Register of Historic Places listings in Taos County, New Mexico Official website

George Magheru

George Magheru was a Romanian poet and playwright. Born in Craiova, his parents were the son of General Gheorghe Magheru. After his father's death when he was four, he was raised at the Ghica family's estate in Ghergani, where he received a rich musical and literary education. Alexandrina Ghica, his grandmother, was an accomplished pianist who had studied with Franz Liszt and Clara Schumann, he attended Saint George primary school in Bucharest, followed by Gheorghe Lazăr High School, from which he graduated in 1911. The same year, he entered the medical faculty of Bucharest University, from which he would graduate in 1920. Meanwhile, Romania's entry into World War I found him a sixth-year student, Magheru left for the front as a second lieutenant combat medic, he contracted a recurring fever and epidemic typhus, but refused to take leave and remained in the war-torn Moldavia region until demobilization. After obtaining his degree, he began to conduct research at the Cantacuzino Institute, where he would spend his entire career.

Together with his wife Alice, a microbiologist, he wrote numerous specialized texts. Although he began writing poetry at age fourteen, Magheru's published debut took place much later, he devoted himself to writing after 1923. His first book was the play Tudor Ardeleanu, followed by O legendă, his first poetry book was the 1929 Capricii. As a result, Magheru polemically titled his next collection Poezii antipoetice. There followed Poeme în limba păsărească, Coarde vechi și noi, Poeme balcanice, the plays Piele de cerb, Domnul Decan, Oglinda fermecată sau Divina re-creațiune. Magheru never sought for his plays to be staged though they are hardly lacking in well-crafted scenes, a modern dramaturgical vision and debates about moral and philosophical issues, he did not participate in the literary life of the interwar period. Isolated between his laboratory and a circle of friends drawn from the contemporary artistic elite, he continued to write after the King Michael Coup of 1944, but stopped publishing.

Much of his late work has yet to be published. In 1982, Marin Sorescu published part of his manuscript poems as Cântece la marginea nopții

Voluntary Protection Program

Voluntary Protection Programs is an Occupational Safety and Health Administration initiative that encourages private industry and federal agencies to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses through hazard prevention and control, worksite analysis, training. VPP enlists worker involvement to achieve injury and illness rates that are below national Bureau of Labor Statistics averages for their respective industries. Though the original OSH Act of 1970 included language that discussed the concept of VPP, it didn't start until an experimental California program began in 1979; the OSHA program started in 1982 with the first approved facilities. VPP offers two levels of certification: Star is the highest level, it recognizes employers and employees for developing and implementing continuous improvement workplace safety and health management programs that result in injury/illness rates that are below the national averages for their industries. Merit is for employers and employees that have implemented good safety and health programs but require additional improvements.

They must commit to seeking to advance to Star level within three years. VPP offers three types of certification: Site-based Star and Merit certifications are offered for permanent work sites and long-term construction sites, it may be used to certify resident contractors at participating VPP sites or under a corporate program. This type of certification is for companies. Large organizations that implement organization-wide health and safety management programs that extend to it individual sites are able to seek corporate VPP certification; as of 10/31/2012 2,370 entities were registered as VPP certified with the vast majority achieving the Star level. All organizations are re-evaluated every three to five years to remain in the programs. Safety and health training

Endemic Plant Species in Slovakia

Certain plant species are endemic to Slovakia. Gentiana frigida Haenke grows sporadically in part shade on snow-covered places on noncalcite stones at Alpine level, it blooms from July to September. Common name: Horec Ľadový Area found: Tatry Danger: Leaves of plant are poisonous if ingested Sun Exposure: Shadow / half sun Bloom Color: White-dark green-yellow Bloom Time: Summer Foliage: Evergreen, glossy-textured Leaves: Comparatively long, green Large: disproportional Pulsatilla slavica G. Reuss developed into the form we see today during the end of the Pleistocene and the beginning of the Holocene era, it grows in hilly regions or mountain ranges. It has been found in neighboring areas. Common name:Poniklec Slovenský Area found: Slovenský raj Danger: Non-poisonous Sun Exposure: Full Sun Bloom Color: Purple, deep purple Bloom Time: Summer / late summer Leaves: Comparatively short, thin light green Large: disproportional Daphne arbuscula Čelak is a paleoendemic taxon, it survived glacial periods on located stones.

It is located from 590 to 1300 meters above sea level. Common name: Lykovec Muránsky Area found: Muránska planina Danger: All parts of the plant are poisonous, including on touch Sun Exposure: Full and half Sun Bloom Color: Pink, light pink if lack of sun Bloom Time: Early summer Foliage: Delicate and dark or black Leaves: Thick fresh green Large: up to 60 cm Soldanella carpatica Vierh. called soldanelka in Slovak evolved during the Pleistocene period. This taxon grows in Súlovské skaly and we can find it in Tatry as well; the biggest colonies were found above the forests. Common name: Soldanelka Karpatská Area found: Súľovské skaly.

Navalgund Durries

Navalgund Durries, geographically tagged in India, are woven durries or a type of Indian rug with geometric designs and animal designs from Navalgund in Dharwad district of Karnataka, IndiaThis durrie has been registered for protection under the Geographical indication of the Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights agreement. In 2011, it was listed as "Navalgund Durries" under the GI Act 1999 of the Government of India with registration confirmed by the Controller General of Patents Designs and Trademarks under Class 27 vide application number 61 of 27 June 2011; the logo for this durrie was registered under application number 512, dated 8 January 2015. Navalgund, where the hand-made Navalgund Durries are made, is located within the geographical coordinates of 15°34′12″N 75°22′12″E. Navalgund Durries known as gymkhanas or "jamkhanas" in local Kannada language, were made by a group of weavers of Bijapur who were living on the Jamkhan Gali during the reign of Ali Adil Shah. During the war between the Adil Shahs and the Vijayanagar empire, the Jamkhan weavers seeking a safe place to pursue their trade, migrated to Navalgund to trade in pearls but instead settled down in the town, established looms and weaved durries.

These durries are made by women of the community who operate the looms at home. At one stage, there were 75 women working on this handicraft, but due to lack of facilities and poor returns, now only 35 women are engaged in weaving the rugs. Traditional Muslim women of the Sheikh Sayeed community had to be confined to their homes, hence this craft became their exclusive work culture at home to make a living; this type of durrie is not made at any other place. The artisans are quite secretive about their art of weaving these durries, the skill is taught only to their daughters–in-law, not to their daughters as after marriage they would go away to another family. With the legacy of several generations of manufacturing the Navalgund durries, their specifications and procedure of manufacture are well documented. In the process of manufacture the raw cotton is procured by the weavers from the Karnataka State Handicrafts Development Corporation. Cotton 3/10s, an unbleached yarn, is used for the warp and cotton 10s of 6-ply is used for weft.

The yarns could be purchased from the market in Hubli. After procurement of the required material, pre-weaving process is started; this is a four-stage process. The first step being preparation of warp, a set of threads which runs through the length of the durries and, covered by the weft; the decision on the length of the durrie is dictated by the 3/10s cotton converted into balls. While warp of the small durries are made in the open yard of the house, in the case of larger size durries of say 8 by 12 feet size, the warps are made in large open grounds in the town. A detailed work procedure is followed with sticks to warp the required number of threads; this warp is shifted to the loom inside the house and weaving is done in a set pattern using warp beams of the looms and threads. The yarn of the weft 10s cotton is dyed with dyes of black, red, brown and green colours, mixed with water, the hanks are kept in the dye solution for 20 minutes before removal and drying; the warp is fixed on the loom and adequately stretched to obtain the required tension.

The weaving is started by two weavers facing each other. Patterns are introduced in the warp at the appropriate stage of weaving. Vertical and diagonal lines are weaved suitably. Weft is covered over the warp, this covering decides the quality of the durries. Weft is pressed properly by beating and tamping; the cloth beam is used to wind the cloth. The designs are decided by the weavers intuitively; the progress achieved on each loom is about 6 inches per day. Following completion of the weaving process, the durries are removed from the loom, the over-hanging threads are all trimmed. Tassels, in the form of knots, are made at the end of the warps; the decorative threads of white and other colours are threaded to the edges. A particular feature of these durries is that no two durries are alike in size; these durries are marketed under three categories as: Jamkhana in sizes of 3 by 5 feet, 9 ft × 6 ft, 6 ft x 9 ft. Inspection of the durries is carried out by a body of officials from the Development Commissioner, Director of the Textile Committee of the Ministry of Textiles, a leading Master Artisan representing the Producer Associations.

Ilkal saree Molakalmuru Sari Bidriware Dharwad pedha Bibliography Asher, Catherine B.. India 2001: Reference Encyclopedia. South Asia Publications. ISBN 978-0-945921-42-4