USS Blue Ridge is the first of the two Blue Ridge-class amphibious command ships of the United States Navy, is the command ship/flagship of the Seventh Fleet. Its primary role is to provide command, communications and intelligence support to the commander and staff of the United States Seventh Fleet, it is forward-deployed to U. S. Navy Fleet Activities, Yokosuka in Japan, is the third Navy ship named after the Blue Ridge Mountains, a range of mountains in the Appalachian Mountains of the eastern United States. Blue Ridge is the oldest deployable warship of the U. S. Navy, following the decommissioning of USS Denver. Blue Ridge, as the U. S. Navy's active commissioned ship having the longest total period as active, flies the First Navy Jack instead of the Jack of the United States. Blue Ridge is expected to remain in service until 2039. USS Blue Ridge was put "in commission special" on 14 November 1970, at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard as an Amphibious Command and Control ship, with Captain Kent J. Carroll as the commanding officer.
The ship was sponsored by Mrs. Gretchen Byrd, wife of the U. S. Senator from Virginia, Harry F. Byrd Jr.. The principal speaker at the ceremony was John W. Warner, Under Secretary of the Navy and Senator from Virginia. Blue Ridge was the replacement for USS Estes, but Estes was decommissioned earlier than planned in October 1969 due to the budget cuts of the late 1960s. Blue Ridge was the first ship of her class and represented seven years of planning and construction work; the result was a ship designed from the keel up as a command and control ship. As designed, Blue Ridge was capable of supporting the staff of both the Commander of an Amphibious Task Force and the staff of the Commanding General of the Landing Force; the advanced computer system, extensive communications package and modern surveillance and detection systems was molded into the most advanced joint amphibious command and control center constructed. At the time of her commissioning, Blue Ridge had the distinction of carrying the world's most sophisticated electronics suite.
It was said to be some thirty percent larger than that of the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy, the most complex. Blue Ridge was armed with a "main battery" of computers, communications gear, other electronic facilities to fulfill her mission as a command ship. An refined communications system was an integral part of the ship's radical new design. Through an automated patch panel and computer controlled switching matrix her crew could use any combination of communication equipment desired; the clean topside area is the result of careful design intended to minimize the ship's interference with her own communications system. US Navy long-range communications were reliant on high frequency radio systems in the 1970s and have evolved to predominantly satellite communications in the 2000s; this is illustrated by the long wire antennas and the directional HF yagi or log-periodic antenna installed on Blue Ridge and removed and replaced with a number of satellite communications antennas. Besides small arms, Blue Ridge was armed with two twin Mark 33 3"/50 caliber guns at commissioning, though they have since been removed.
It carried two Mark 25 launchers and electronics for the Basic Point Defense Missile System, added sometime in the 1970s and removed in the 1990s. Two 20 mm Phalanx CIWS systems were added in the 1980s for point defense. In recent years it has carried 25 mm Bushmaster cannons. In late January 1971, the ship conducted its first INSURV in the North Atlantic, after transiting the Delaware River and return to Philadelphia. On 11 February 1971, Blue Ridge steamed on its maiden voyage from the shipyard to its first homeport, San Diego, around South America via the Strait of Magellan, making liberty calls at Norfolk, Rio de Janeiro, Rodman Naval Station, Panama Canal Zone, Acapulco. Blue Ridge's beam is 108 feet, but the Panama Canal locks at that time were only 110 feet, creating problems for the Blue Ridge class of ship with fenders and barges for the sponsons; as it crossed the equator on 26 February at 38 degrees and 24 minutes longitude, bound for Rio de Janeiro, Blue Ridge performed her first crossing the line ceremony, initiating the "wog" majority of the crew, except for one.
Upon entry to the Strait of Magellan, Blue Ridge took on a passage pilot from the Chilean Navy for the transit. The Chilean patrol boat lost its mast and damaged one of Blue Ridge's basket antennas, just aft of the port sponson, in the boarding operation. In Blue Ridge's transit from Lima to Rodman Naval Station, Panama, it was assigned the duty of going to the aid of any U. S. tuna fishing boat being harassed or captured by the Ecuadorian Navy because they were fishing in a claimed 200 miles fishing zone that the U. S. did not recognize. It was known as the Tuna War. Arriving at San Diego on 9 April, "with Rear Admiral David M. Rubel, U. S. Navy, Commander Amphibious Group Three and staff embarked. Rear Admiral Rubel is the first Flag Officer embarked on Blue Ridge." Amphibious Group Three staff came aboard Blue Ridge at the Rodman port call with the next port call being Acapulco. The rest of the year was "highlighted by 11 -- 13 August. Refresher training was conducted in late June and early July.
Blue Ridge acted as amphibious task force and landing force flagship for the major amphibious training exercise of the year, ROPEVAL WESTCO, from 8–16 September."Blue Ridge's first drydock since the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, "...from 11 October to 19 November it was in the Long
"Baby Mine" is a song from the 1941 Disney animated feature Dumbo. The music is with lyrics by Ned Washington. Betty Noyes recorded the vocals for the original film version. In the film, Dumbo's mother, Mrs. Jumbo, an elephant locked in a circus wagon, cradles her baby Dumbo with her trunk while this lullaby is sung, it is the last appearance of the circus animals. The song was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 14th Academy Awards in 1942, it is listed on AFI's "100 Years... 100 Songs" as one of America's greatest film songs. Early popular recordings include those by Les Brown, Glenn Miller, Jane Froman, followed by several others. Bette Midler covered the song on the 1988 Beaches soundtrack. In the same year, Bonnie Raitt and Was recorded the song for the album, Stay Awake: Various Interpretations of Music from Vintage Disney Films. Alison Krauss recorded a cover for the 1996 album The Best of Country Sing the Best of Disney, her version peaked at number 82 on the RPM Country Tracks chart in Canada.
Krauss' cover earned her a Grammy nomination for Best Female Country Vocal Performance in 1997. An instrumental version by violinist Jenny Oaks Baker was included in the Grammy-nominated album Wish Upon a Star, released in 2011. There have been numerous Disney compilation releases of the original, as well as an Original Cast recording from the musical, Disney's On the Record: A New Musical Review Various other cover versions of the song run the gamut of genres. Sharon Rooney and Arcade Fire covered the song for the 2019 live-action remake of Dumbo, while Norwegian singer Aurora performed the song for the trailer. Select additional covers Kaskade in Dconstructed Kate Miller-Heidke in We Love Disney Chloë Agnew in Celtic Woman: Lullaby Brian Wilson in In the Key of Disney SHeDAISY in Country Sings Disney Husking Bee in Dive into Disney Kenny Loggins in More Songs from Pooh Corner Art Garfunkel in Songs from a Parent to a Child Rosemary Clooney in Mothers & Daughters Notes Sources
Zabranjeno Pušenje is a garage rock band from formed in Sarajevo associated with the New Primitivism cultural movement and the radio and television satire show Top Lista Nadrealista. They were one of the most popular musical acts of the 1980s in Yugoslavia, selling hundreds of thousands of records. Band was formed 1980, contrary to the prevalent punk rock and new wave, Zabranjeno Pušenje created a distinctive garage rock sound with folk influences featuring innovative production and complex story-telling. Many times they went into trouble with authorities for their mild and sympathetic, criticism of the socialist system; the band consists of founding member and guitarist Sejo Sexon, longtime drummer Branko Trajkov, guitarist Toni Lović, bassist Dejan Orešković, violinist and keyboardist Robert Boldižar. As of November 2019, the lineup of Zabranjeno Pušenje includes one vocalist, one guitarist, one bassist, one drummer & percussionist, one violinist & keyboardist. Source: Zabranjeno Pušenje The former members of Zabranjeno Pušenje consist of three vocalists, ten guitarists, four drummers, six keyboardists, two saxophonists, per one violinist and percussionist.
The Petit-Saut Dam is a gravity dam on the Sinnamary River about 36 km south of Sinnamary in French Guiana. The primary purpose of the dam is to produce hydroelectric power and it supports a 116 MW power station. Construction on the dam and power station began in July 1989 and placement of concrete for the dam started in July 1992; the dam was complete in February 1993 and the first generator was operational in January 1994. The last went online in 1995, it is owned by Électricité de France. Construction of the dam and impounding of its large 3,500,000,000 m3 reservoir led to several environmental issues that continue to be monitored and addressed; these issues include deforestation, greenhouse gases and water deoxidation
Rudolf "Rudi" Völler, nicknamed "Tante Käthe", is a German former professional footballer and a former manager of the Germany national team. A forward, he won the FIFA World Cup in 1990 as a player, he scored an equalizing goal to make it 2–2 in the 81st minute of the 1986 FIFA World Cup Final vs Argentina, but it ended up with a 3-2 victory for Argentina. Along with Mário Zagallo, Franz Beckenbauer and Didier Deschamps, Völler has the distinction of reaching a World Cup final as both a player and as a manager. Völler started his career with 1860 Hanau played for second division sides Kickers Offenbach and TSV 1860 Munich, before joining Bundesliga club Werder Bremen in 1982, winning his first cap for West Germany that same year. Following a successful season in which he was the Bundesliga's top scorer, foreign clubs became interested in the striker, in 1987 he was transferred to Roma, where he became a mainstay of the team and earned the nickname "er tedesco" and "il tedesco volante", he was the club's top scorer on several occasions.
In 1992, Roma decided to sell Völler to Marseille, where he was intended as replacement for superstar striker Jean-Pierre Papin. That allowed Roma to add Claudio Caniggia as its third foreigner to the squad, so both parties were happy to let the deal go through. There he won his biggest club honour in a successful first season, thanks to the UEFA Champions League won with Olympique de Marseille against AC Milan coached by Fabio Capello, in 1993. Völler started the match. Marseille was caught in a bribery scandal and was stripped of its 1993 league title, were relegated despite a second-place finish in 1994. Völler departed after its relegation. Returning to Germany, he joined Bayer Leverkusen in 1994, where he ended his career as a player in 1996 and started a career in the management of the club. Völler was capped 90 times for the Germany national team, scoring 47 goals, including eight in World Cup final rounds. Völler played at three UEFA European Championships, starting with Euro 1984, where he scored twice in a group match against Romania which the Germans won 2–1.
A 90th minute defeat against Spain in their next match, saw West Germany eliminated when all they needed was a draw. At the 1986 FIFA World Cup, Völler scored the West Germans' equalizer in a 2–1 win over Scotland in the group stage, he bagged a last minute goal against France in the semi-final to seal a 2–0 win and in the final itself his 80th-minute goal made it 2–2 against Argentina. Germany had recovered from 2–0 down but lost the match 3–2. Völler became the third player to score as a substitute in the World Cup final, after Dick Nanninga in 1978 and Alessandro Altobelli achieved this feat in 1982. West Germany hosted the Euro 1988, Völler scored twice in a 2–0 win over Spain but the hosts lost to eventual winners the Netherlands in the semi-final. Völler was a member of the team, he scored three times in the tournament, including one goal in a 4–1 win over Yugoslavia, found the net twice against the United Arab Emirates in a 5–1 win. During the second-round match against the Netherlands, Völler and Dutch player Frank Rijkaard were sent off the field after the Dutchman spit on Völler twice.
Völler came back to play and start for Germany in both the semi-final against England and the final against Argentina, which Germany won 1–0 to claim their 3rd World Cup title. The unsavoury incident that took place during the second-round match with the Netherlands started when Rijkaard was booked for a bad tackle on Völler; as Rijkaard took up position for the free kick, he spat in Völler's hair. Völler was booked as well. From the resulting free kick, a furious Völler jumped up and punched the ball with his hand and dived to avoid a collision with Dutch goalkeeper Hans van Breukelen, although it did look as if he dived for a penalty. Van Breukelen was angry at this, but Rijkaard again confronted Völler by twisting his ear and stamping on his foot; the temperamental and tough Argentine referee Juan Carlos Loustau had enough of Völler and Rijkaard's antics and he sent both players off. Rijkaard again spat in Völler's hair as they left the pitch and was rumoured to have repeated this on the touchline.
Rijkaard stated that it was his fault: "That day I was wrong. There was no insult. I always had much respect for Rudi Völler, but I went berserk. I talked to him after the match and I apologized. I'm happy that he accepted. I have no bad feeling about him now. We posed for a funny advert together, years after.". Völler was again selected for the Euro 1992 but was sent home when he suffered an injury in the opening game with CIS. At the 1994 World Cup, Völler was kept out of the starting line up for all three group games by Jürgen Klinsmann and Karl-Heinz Riedle who scored five between them, he made just one sub appearance in the group stages. He did start the second round tie with Belgium and scored twice in a 3–2 win. After a disappointing Euro 2000 for Germany under manager Erich Ribbeck, the German Football Association appointed Völler as new manager, accepting his lack of coaching qualifications at the time, he only planned to take interimistic responsibility for one year, following the decision by Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Völler himself not to make Christoph Daum step down from the nation
Grevillea iaspicula known as Wee Jasper grevillea, is species of endangered shrub, endemic to southern New South Wales. Grevillea iaspicula is a shrub that grows to a height of 1.2–2.5 m and has leaves that are between 20–30 mm long with have recurved margins. The branched, pendant inflorescences appear from late autumn to late spring; the perianths are green or cream coloured, flushed with light pink and the styles are pink or red. The fruit is a hairy follicle. Grevillea iaspicula was first formally described in 1986 by Donald McGillivray in his book, New Names in Grevillea; the type specimen was found on private property in Wee Jasper in 1980. The specific epithet iaspicula is a latinised form of Wee jasper, the area where this species occurs. In the Flora of Australia, the species was positioned within the genus Grevillea by means of a hierarchical tree as follows:Grevillea Floribunda Group Rosmarinifolia SubgroupGrevillea iaspicula Grevillea jephcottii Grevillea lanigera Grevillea baueri Grevillea rosmarinifolia Grevillea divaricata Grevillea iaspicula occurs in a restricted area in Wee Jasper and near Lake Burrinjuck among limestone-based rocky outcrops.
Many populations are on private land. The species is believed to be pollinated by birds. Grevillea iaspicula is listed as "critically endangered" under the Australian Government Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 and "endangered" under the New South Wales Government Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995. Potential threats include grazing, weeds and drought, it is believed that survival of the species in the wild is unlikely without human intervention to artificially increase populations. The species has only been brought in to cultivation in recent times and plants are not yet available beyond specialist nurseries, it exhibits a number of qualities which make it a suitable candidate for many gardens including adaptibility to a range of soil types, responsiveness to pruning, resistance to heavy frost. Plants may be propagated from cuttings. Grevillea iaspicula - Australian Plant Image Index