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Vance County, North Carolina

Vance County is a county located in the U. S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2010 census, the population was 45,422, its county seat is Henderson. Vance County comprises the Henderson, NC Micropolitan Statistical Area, included in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC Combined Statistical Area, which had a 2012 estimated population of 1,998,808; the Occonacheans Native Americans were the first inhabitants of what became Vance County in 1881. The first white explorer of the region was John Lederer and his Native American guide in 1670. Part of colony of Virginia, King Charles of England redrew the colony lines in 1665, so what is now Vance County became part of the Province of Carolina and the Province of North Carolina in 1725. In 1826, the first armed forces academy, the Bingham School, was built by Captain D. H. Bingham in Williamsborough, it served for a short time as a training school for military officers. In 1871, a hotel called, it was so named because of the glass porches surrounding the hotel.

It was a popular resort for hunters and tuberculosis patients until it burned down in 1895. As the area, Vance County prospered in the mid to late 1880s, there were efforts to create a county named "Gilliam" and as "Dortch". However, Vance County was formed by the white Democratic-dominated legislature in 1881 following the Reconstruction Era from parts of Franklin and Warren counties; the county is named after Zebulon Baird Vance, a Governor of North Carolina and United States Senator. According to the 1955 book, Zeb's Black Baby, by Samuel Thomas Peace, Sr. this was a political decision to concentrate blacks and Republicans in one county and keep Democratic majorities in the other counties, an example of gerrymandering: "The formation of Vance County was accomplished as a political expediency. It was in 1881. Granville and Franklin Counties were Democratic or Republican. From the Democratic standpoint, Warren County was hopelessly Republican, but by taking from Granville and Warren, those sections that were Republican and out of these sections forming the new county of Vance, the Democratic party could lose Vance to the Republicans and save Granville and Franklin for the Democrats.

Senator Vance was a Democrat. He took kindly to this move and thanked the Legislature for honoring him with naming the new county after him. At the same time... Vance showed his humor by always referring to Vance County as'Zeb's Black Baby.'" In the 1890 Census, Vance County was more than 63 percent African American. In 1894 a biracial coalition of Populists and Republicans elected African American George Henry White to the US Congress and gained control of the state house; the Democrats were determined to forestall this happening again. White opposed the new constitution, saying "I cannot live in North Carolina and be a man and be treated as a man." He left the state after his second term expired, setting up a business in Washington, DC. The Democrats in the North Carolina legislature settled the political competition with the Republicans by following other southern states and passing a law in 1896 making voting more difficult, a new constitution in 1899 that disfranchised most blacks by poll taxes, literacy tests and grandfather clauses.

Contemporary accounts estimated. In 1900 blacks numbered 630,207 citizens, about 33% of the state's total population; this situation held until past the mid-20th century and after passage of the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965. According to the U. S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 270 square miles, of which 254 square miles is land and 16 square miles is water. Kerr Lake and Kerr Lake State Recreation Area are located in Vance County. I-85 US 1 US 158 NC 39 When established in 1881, the population of Vance County was 9,000. From 1930 through 1970, the rural county population declined and growth slowed markedly as many blacks migrated to the North for better jobs and other opportunities in the Great Migration. Combined with other economic changes, this resulted in the county losing what had been its large African-American majority by the late 20th century. In the early 21st century, the white and black populations are nearly equal; as of the census of 2000, there were 42,954 people, 16,199 households, 11,647 families residing in the county.

The population density was 169 people per square mile. There were 18,196 housing units at an average density of 72 per square mile; the racial makeup of the county was 48.21% White, 48.31% Black or African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.39% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 2.03% from other races, 0.84% from two or more races. 4.56% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. There were 16,199 households out of which 33.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.00% were married couples living together, 20.40% had a female householder with no husband present, 28.10% were non-families. 24.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.90% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.06. The county had the highest teen pregnancy rate in the state for the year 2005 as researched by the Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Coalition of North Carolina; the rate was 110.4 per 1000 teens above the state average of 61.7 per 1000 teens.

In the county, the population was spread out with 27.10% under the age of 18, 8.90% from 18 to 24, 28.80% from 25 to 44, 2

Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center

The Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center is a not-for-profit wildlife park and educational facility opened in 1993, located in West Yellowstone, United States. It is open 365 days a year, admission is good for two consecutive days; the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center is accredited by the Association of Aquariums. The Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center was started by Lewis S. Robinson, opened in 1993 with three bears as the Grizzly Discovery Center, it was intended as a sanctuary for bears that were removed from the wild because they had become too familiar or aggressive with people. In 1995, the G. D. C was sold to New York-based Ogden Entertainment. A wolf exhibit and ten captive-born wolves were added to the center in 1996. In 1999, Ogden Entertainment decided to close the center. Three long-term managers of the center formed a non-profit 501 corporation and made a $1.7 million offer to include the center and undeveloped land north and south of the center. The offer was accepted, was financed by a 30-year financing package guaranteed by a United States Department of Agriculture program for rural development.

The center made agreements with Yellowstone National Park to host some of the park's programs and to test bear resistant containers for the United States Forest Service. In 2001 it received accreditation from the AZA. In 2002, the center was renamed "Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center," and purchased two buildings north of the center in order to house the "BEARS: Imagination & Reality" exhibit. BearsThe bears at the center were all acquired after having become nuisance bears or the orphaned cubs of nuisance bears, they are provided with a large naturalistic outdoor habitat that includes a pool and waterfall, as well as private indoor areas. Bears are rotated into the habitat. Staff hides food in the habitat, stocks the pond with fish, so that the bears can discover and catch food as they would in the wild. Bears and RealityThis exhibit was created by the Science Museum of Minnesota, is now permanently located at the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center after having traveled around the United States, it is an interactive exhibit comparing bears in myth, art and folklore with the bear known by outdoorsmen and researchers.

It contains over 25 taxidermic mounts of black bears. WolvesThe center has four packs of wolves; the Granite wolf pack has two wolves with one living there since 2007 and the other wolf has been their since 2009 however in 2019 the Granite Pack was moved into the off exhibit wolf habitat. The River Valley Wolf pack are in a separate habitat; the two habitats are separated by the Naturalist cabin, the two packs can see each other through the large windows of the cabin. In 2013 the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center added a third wolf habitat and a behind the scene wolf exhibit in 2018. In 2019 three wolf pups, arrived at the center as nine weeks old pups; the female was named Shasta and the two males were named Obsidian and Bridger. This pack is now called the Hoodoo Pack. In September 2019, Two older wolves arrived at the center. A nine year old female named Sura and a thirteen year old male named Lakota; this pack has been named the Fossil Butte Pack =source>https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2722111651140456&id=113169862034661 Naturalist CabinThe Naturalist Cabin, located between the center's two wolf habitats, lets visitors see two separate wolf packs from the same indoor location through large floor to ceiling windows facing each of the packs.

The cabin includes interpretive displays and a National Geographic film on wolves, provides a place for the daily "Pack Chat." Ground squirrel Exhibit In 2015 the Grizzly and wolf discovery center added a unita Ground Squirrel Exhibit that allows guests a deeper appreciation of predator and prey relationships. Unlike the center's bears, the Ground Squirrels are allowed to go through their natural hibernation, they go back into hibernation in August. Bird Of Prey Exhibits In 2013 the Grizzly and wolf discovery center added four new bird of prey exhibits that house raptors that can no longer survive in the wild. In 2014 the center added an additional bird of prey exhibit and renovated the former golden eagle aviary into a new home for their bald eagles; the exhibit is open from April to November. Warming hut in 2016 the Grizzly and wolf discovery center built a new viewing area for the bears called the Warming Hut; this new viewing area allows guests to view the bears while staying warm as well.

Other attractions In 2014 the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center built a new exhibit called Bears on Easy Street. It’s an exhibit that teaches people how to be bear aware and ways to keep bears away from your house. In 2013 the Grizzly and wolf discovery center opened a new kitchen behind the scenes, as well as a new playground area for children. A new outdoor amphitheater was added in 2014. ‘’’Banks of the Yellowstone’’’ In 2019 the center opened it new Banks of the Yellowstone Exhibit. This new exhibit complex features large freshwater aquariums for North American River Otters, Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout, Arctic Grayling and expanded the River Valley Wolf Habitat by an acre and a half. Coming soon in the spring of 2020 the exhibit will house 4 amphibian species. Tiger Salamanders, Rubber Boa, Colombian Spotted Frogs and Gardner Snakes; the center will be breaking ground on its outdoor otter exhibit in the spring of 2020 Future plans for the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center includes a new bear den and black bear habitat.

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One Night in Eden Tour

The One Night in Eden Tour was the first worldwide concert tour by British classical crossover singer Sarah Brightman. She embarked on the tour after success of the multi-platinum release of her 1998 album Eden, it started in South Africa and continued through Europe and completed with several dates in North America. Over 250,000 people saw Brightman's successful 101-city worldwide tour. In Paradisum/Eden So Many Things Bilitis – Générique Anytime, Anywhere Lascia ch'io pianga Who Wants to Live Forever Nella Fantasia Pie Jesu Nessun dorma Dive/Captain Nemo La Mer Il Mio Cuore Va Only An Ocean Away First of May Phantom of the Opera medley: Twisted Every Way Overture Little Lottie Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again The Music of the Night Don't Cry for Me Argentina Time To Say GoodbyeNotes "Deliver Me" was performed as the first encore during the South Africa show only. " Don't Cry For Me Argentina" was not performed during the South Africa show. Piano was the original main set closure but never performed.

The 13 March concert in Sun City was recorded with 12 cameras and released as video in VHS and on DVD, entitled One Night in Eden

Bamanpukuria

Bamanpukuria is a village and a gram panchayat in Minakhan CD Block in Basirhat subdivision of North 24 Parganas district in the state of West Bengal, India. As per the 2011 Census of India, Bamanpukuria had a total population of 6,421, of which 3,320 were males and 3,101 were females. Population below 6 years was 728; the total number of literates in Bamanpukurial was 4,017. State Highway 3 passes through Bamanpukuria. Bamanpukur Humayun Kabir Mahavidyalaya was established at Bamanpukuria in 1973. Affiliated to the West Bengal State University, it offers honours courses in Bengali, Sanskrit, political science and education, a general course in arts. Bamanpukuria S. M. M. High School is a Bengali-medium co-educational school established in 1954, it has facilities for teaching from class VI to class XII. The school has a library and a play ground. Minakhan Rural Hospital at Minakhan is located nearby

FS Class ALe 582

FS Class ALe 582 is an Italian Electric multiple unit, suitable for Commuter and medium-distance rail lines, with power output at 3000 V DC, which collects power from a pantograph. The project ALe 582-763 Le-Le-Le 884 562 was developed in the mid-eighties in order to replace old rolling stock used for commuter traffic and average distance of the secondary lines of Sicily and southern Italy. Conceptually, it is an evolution of the previous project of the FS Class ALe 724 of, the version with increased interior comfort with performance similar and with which it is coupled to multiple command; the order of the first batch was made in mid-1984 and deliveries began in 1987 Six specimens were purchased by the Ferrovie Nord Milano, who received them over in 1993, classified in Group E 750. The contracts for the construction have been entrusted with regard to the mechanical part and the carriage at the Breda Costruzioni Ferroviarie di Pistoia, Officine Fiore di Caserta, Officine Meccaniche Stanga and for the electrical part to Ercole Marelli, Ansaldo Transporti, Firema Trasporti.

The livery, adopted was of trains and rolling stock MDVE to medium distances, with sidebands in Grey Orange and Red. Since the mid-nineties for these carriages has been adopted the livery XMPR unified; the trains are made with a tractor Ale 582, one or two towed at intermediate Le 763 and Le 884 and a tow pilot Le 562. In 2014, 6 ALe 582 were delivered to the Valtellina Railway and the trains are named as: Stelvio Gavia Forcola Maloja SplugaThe interiors where redone and revisioned. One of the most striking changes compared to ALe 724 is the front part is made according to the new specifications for safety reasons and polyester reinforced with fiberglass for easy installation and reduced maintenance; the interiors include two separate rooms, 1st class with three rows of seats comfortable and form larger and 2nd class with four rows of seats for trucks, which are devoid of retreat situated on the other hand, only 2nd class. The electrical part similar to that of ETR 450, provides for two motors for each bogie, suspended elastically by the nose resting on the one hand and on the other on an axis concentric to the wheel axis corresponding cable.

The motors are permanently connected in series two by two. The possible combinations are two, four motors in series for starting and driving at low speed or two branches in parallel for each of the two motors driving fast; the power control of the engine is made by electronic means through Chopper controlled by fixed frequency modulators. In case of failure of a modulator is possible to continue driving with the exclusion of the same; the socket from the airline through two pantographs of the unified type FS 52. The devices are placed in a high voltage cabin located behind the cab front; the brake is electric combined. The action is automatic braking intervenes at high speeds or power dissipation recovery, while low speed is added to the air with strains of electromotive wheels and disc brakes on towed; the ALe 582 runs railway lines in regions: Sicily Lombardy Campania Tuscany Emilia Romagna Abruzzo ALe 582 operates on: Milan suburban railway serviceNaples metropolitan railway service Bologna metropolitan railway service FS Class ALe 724 - the evolution of success FS Class ALe 642 - modified version for Tuscany and Emilia Romagna regions Cervigni, Vittorio.

"Elettromotrici ALe 582". I Treni Oggi: 14–18. Elettromotrici ALe 582. FS. Media related to FS ALe 582 at Wikimedia Commons

Rugby union in the Netherlands

Rugby union in the Netherlands is a minor but growing sport.. The sport is governed by the Dutch Rugby Union, which organizes the Netherlands national rugby union team; the Dutch Rugby Federation was founded on September 7, 1920 but ceased to exist in 1923 due to a lack of clubs. They reorganized on October 1, 1932, as Dutch Rugby Union, only six months after the Netherlands national rugby union team played their first match against Belgium; the union has 15,000 registered players. The first rugby club was HFC, established on September 15, 1879 by the 14-year-old Pim Mulier, who first encountered the sport in 1870; however HFC switched to association football in 1883. The Delftsche Studenten Rugby - Club was the first official rugby club on September 24, 1918. Dutch rugby started setting down roots in the pre-World War II period; the subsequent German occupation and World War II disrupted its growth, it took years for the Dutch game to return to its pre-war state. In the post-war years, the massive growth and stifling influence of Dutch association football on other sports hindered further development.

The first Dutch international was against Belgium. Nonetheless, the Netherlands' proximity to the European rugby heartland of the British Isles and France, has ensured a healthy stream of touring sides from these areas. Given the low profile of the game in the Netherlands, Dutch rugby still manages to support over a hundred clubs, has 7–8,000 players, a larger number than some Rugby World Cup entrants. Women's rugby in the Netherlands started at Rugbyclub Wageningen in 1975. At their first 5-year anniversary the Wageningen rugby men organised a rugby match for the girl friends against the girl friends of the befriended Eindhoven Students rugby team The Elephants; the Wageningen women won this game with 4-0 and the seed for Dutch women rugby was planted. It took until 1981. In the 1978–79 season, the Dutch leagues were affected by a severe winter, which prevented teams playing on grass rugby pitches; the season managed to finish on time because the matches were transferred onto beaches to avoid snow and ice.

Dutch rugby received a boost in 1996, when they beat a full strength team from Moseley RFC. Michael van der Loos, a lock from the Hague. Van der Loos played in Wales and France, was twice asked to consider naturalisation in order to play for one of their national sides. Marcel Bierman, a fly half. Tragically, Bierman broke his neck in the 1988 Hong Kong Sevens, this gave the sport a bad image in the Netherlands at the time. Yves Kummer Paul Bloom, winger. Frans ten Bos, Dutch born player, capped seventeen times for Scotland, educated in Scotland, played for London Scottish F. C. Visser family Tim Visser, player for Dutch club RC Hilversum, Newcastle Falcons and Edinburgh Rugby, Scotland international. Marc Visser, father of Tim, no. most capped player for the Netherlands. Sep Visser, younger brother of Tim, RC Hilversum and Edinburgh Rugby, Dutch international. Marcker brothers Andre Marcker Hans Marcker Mats Marcker. Peter Marcker Zeno Kieft, back rower of La Rochelle, in the French Top 14. Women Kelly van Harskamp - Female rugby sevens player, the IRB Sevens Women's Player of the Year in 2010-11 Netherlands national rugby union team Netherlands women's national rugby union team Netherlands national rugby sevens team Netherlands women's national rugby union team RC't Gooi Cotton, Fran The Book of Rugby Disasters & Bizarre Records.

Compiled by Chris Rhys. London. Century Publishing. ISBN 0-7126-0911-3 McLaren, Bill A Visit to Hong Kong in Starmer-Smith, Nigel & Robertson, Ian The Whitbread Rugby World'90 Richards, Huw A Game for Hooligans: The History of Rugby Union Netherlands IRB page Rugby Nederland official website Dutch gem Tim starts to shine Dutch rugby news Dutch Rugby Group Haagsche Rugby Club Amstelveense Rugby Club Rugbyclub Wageningen Netherlands Rugby news Archives du Rugby: Pays Bas