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Veld

Veld spelled veldt, is a type of wide open rural landscape in Southern Africa. It is a flat area covered in grass or low scrub in the countries of South Africa, Eswatini and Botswana. A certain sub-tropical woodland ecoregion of Southern Africa has been defined as the Bushveld by the World Wide Fund for Nature. Trees are found only in a few places—frost and grazing animals allow grass to grow but prevent the growth of trees; the word veld comes from the Afrikaans word for "field". The etymological origin is older modern Dutch veldt, a spelling that the Dutch abandoned in favour of veld during the 19th century, decades before the first Afrikaans dictionary. A cognate to the English field, it felt in Old Dutch; the climate of the veld is variable, but its general pattern is mild winters from May to September and hot or hot summers from November to March, with moderate or considerable variations in daily temperatures and abundant sunshine. Precipitation occurs in the summer months in the form of high-energy thunderstorms.

Over most of the South African Highveld, the average annual rainfall is between 500–900 millimetres a year, decreasing to about 250 millimetres near the western border and increasing to nearly 1,000 millimetres in some parts of the Lesotho Highlands. Temperature is related to elevation. In general, the mean July temperatures range between 7 °C in the Lesotho Highlands and 16 °C in the Lowveld. January temperatures range between 18 °C and 30 °C. In Zimbabwe the precipitation averages around 750–900 millimetres on the Highveld, dropping to less than 350 millimetres in the lowest areas of the Lowveld. Temperatures are higher than in South Africa. Over the entire veld and annual average rainfall variations of up to 40 percent are common. Damaging drought affects at least half the area about once every four years. Everywhere the average number of hours of annual sunshine varies from 60 to 80 percent of the total amount possible. Veld can be loosely compared to the Australian terms outback or "the bush", to the prairie of North America, to the pampas lowlands of South America, or to the steppe of Central Asia.

Someone from Yorkshire might equate "wandering across the moors" to "walking through the veld."By extension, the veld can be compared to the "boondocks" or those places "beyond the black stump" in Australia. There is a sense in which it refers in essence to unimproved land and does not include areas used both for pastoral activities and the planting of crops; these areas are referred to as fields. The word is less appropriate for land, forested, mountainous, or urban; the simplest explanation will be to say the word "veld" means "natural vegetation". It does include mountains with vegetation but not mountains without natural vegetation; the veld definition may encompass different natural environments, both humid and dry, such as Coastal plain, Coastal prairie, Flooded grasslands and savannas, Prairie, Steppe, Water-meadow, Flood-meadow, Wet meadow, as well as agricultural fields. Whereas mountainous peaks and thick forests do not fit in with the term veld, bushes are acceptable; the area becomes Bosveld, a term, used to describe Die Bosveld, both a loose botanical classification and a specific geographical part of what used to be known as the Transvaal, as described for example in the story Jock of the Bushveld.

The word Renosterveld, "rhinoceros-field", is now used to differentiate one of the major vegetation types of the Cape Floristic Region. A husbanded sports field on which the game of Rugby is played in the middle of cities such as Cape Town or Johannesburg is referred to as a "rugbyveld" in the Afrikaans language; the word "veld" carries military connotations. The word "field" in English has a strong association with "war", as evidenced by the expression "the first foe in the field" and the lines of the ballad'Lord Marlborough': "You generals all and champions bold, that takes delight in field, that knocks down churches and castle walls but now to death must yield"; the same relationship is paralleled in Afrikaans. Just as the English Army has its Field Marshals, the Boer armies had their Veldkornets and Veldkommandos. Much of the interior of Southern Africa consists of a high plateau, the higher portions 1,500–2,100 m of which are known as the Highveld, starting at the Drakensberg escarpment, 220 km to the east of Johannesburg and sloping downwards to the west and south west, as well as to the north, through the Bushveld towards the Limpopo river.

These higher, cooler areas are characterised by flat or undulating terrain, vast grasslands and a modified tropical or subtropical climate. To the east, the Highveld's border is marked by the Great Escarpment, or the Mpumalanga Drakensberg, but in the other directions the boundary is not obvious and arbitrary; the blesbok and quagga were among the large animals that once roamed on the highveld in great numbers. Nowadays there still is a sizeable population of springbok in some areas, though much of the area is devoted to commercial farming and South Africa's largest conurbation; the lowlands, below about 500 m

Daniel Garacontié

Daniel Garacontié was a tribal chief of the Onondaga nation. He was converted to Catholicism by Jesuit priests and was considered by the French to be a diplomat and peace-keeper for the Iroquois, he was credited with obtaining the release of a number French prisoners from various Iroquois nations. After the flight of the French missionaries from Onondaga in 1658, who, although not yet a Christian, had examined with care the customs of the French colonists, the doctrines of the missionaries, became the protector of the Christians and an earnest advocate for peace. In 1661 he persuaded the Onondagas to send an embassy to Quebec, to restore some of their captives as a preliminary to peace. Father Le Moyne accompanied the embassy on its return, was received with great honor by Garakonthie, who converted his cabin into a chapel for the missionary; the chief set out on an embassy to Montreal with nine of the French prisoners. He was well received, restored his captives, obtained the liberation of several of his countrymen.

On his return he baffled the efforts of the chiefs who wished to make war on the French, frustrated a plot against Le Moyne's life, prepared to conduct the missionary and the remaining captives to the St. Lawrence in 1662. During the war that followed the departure of Le Moyne, Garakonthie endeavored to procure the release of French captives, protected the little body of Christians at Onondaga as far as his authority extended. In the spring of 1664 he succeeded in obtaining a decree of the council for another embassy, the object of, to restore the French' prisoners and solicit peace. In August, however, an agreement was made for an exchange of prisoners, he set out with the French captives, but his party was attacked by the Algonquins, after severe loss, compelled to return. Although always friendly to the French, feeling the truth of Christianity, he did not show any desire to become a Christian until 1669. At a conference with the French governor in Quebec, he declared his love for Christianity, that he renounced “polygamy, the vanity of dreams, every kind of sin.”

He was baptized with great pomp in the cathedral of Quebec by Bishop Laval, the governor being his godfather, Mlle. Bouteroue, the daughter of the intendant, his godmother, he received the name of Daniel at the font, was entertained with honor in the castle. His conversion produced a great effect, not only in the other settlements; some of the sachems endeavored to diminish his influence, declaring that he was no longer a man, that the black robes had disordered his intellect. His influence was recognized by the English governors of New York, who asked his mediation to effect a peace between the Mohawks and Mohegans, he was engaged on embassies to New York State and Albany, as well as to Quebec and Montreal. He opposed the superstitions and dances of the tribes, did much to check them. Garacontié died at Onondaga, in 1676; when he found his end approaching he gave his last counsels to his family, ordering the funeral banquet to be prepared, he invited to it the chiefs of Onondaga, sang his death song.

He exhorted the sachems to become Christians and to banish liquor from the cantons. In order to induce his countrymen to follow his precepts, Garakonthie had adopted many European customs, had learned to read and write, although advanced in years. Wilson, J. G.. "Garakonthie, Daniel". Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography. New York: D. Appleton. Digital Librarian: American Indian Studies The Documentary History of the State of New York: Of the War and the Treaties of Peace of the French and the Iroquois

The Man in Blue (1937 film)

The Man in Blue is a 1937 American drama film directed by Milton Carruth and written by Lester Cole. The film stars Robert Wilcox, Edward Ellis, Nan Grey, Richard Carle, Ralph Morgan, Alma Kruger and Bill Burrud; the film was released on May 1937, by Universal Pictures. Robert Wilcox as Frankie Dunne Edward Ellis as Martin Dunne Nan Grey as June Hanson Richard Carle as Willie Loomis Ralph Morgan as The'Professor' Alma Kruger as Mrs. Dunne Bill Burrud as Frankie as a Boy Aggie Herring as Aggie Frederick Burton as Parke Lewis Herbert Corthell as Patrolman Pat Casey Selmer Jackson as District Attorney Milburn Stone as Henchman'Dutch' The Man in Blue on IMDb

Mississippi State Bulldogs baseball

The Mississippi State Bulldogs baseball team is the varsity intercollegiate baseball team representing Mississippi State University in NCAA Division I college baseball. The program is a member of the West Division of the Southeastern Conference; the current head coach is Chris Lemonis. They have appeared in the College World Series 11 times, most in 2019, they earned their highest finish in their 2013 CWS appearance, losing in the finals to UCLA, finishing the season with a consensus No. 2 ranking, the highest in program history. Mississippi State has won eleven SEC Championships in 1948, 1949, 1965, 1966, 1970, 1971, 1979, 1985, 1987, 1989, 2016, it has won the SEC Tournament seven times, in 1979, 1985, 1987, 1990, 2001, 2005, 2012. As shown in the List of SEC champs, it has won six SEC postseason two-team playoffs, in 1948, 1949, 1965, 1966, 1970, 1971; the seven tournament championships and six playoff championships are a total of thirteen SEC postseason championships, the most of any school.

Prior to the formation of the SEC, the program won the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association championship in 1909, 1911, 1918, 1921, 1922 as well as the Southern Conference title in 1924. The program has appeared in 33 NCAA Regionals and 10 College World Series, with its highest finish being second place in 2013. Between 1992 and 2003, a Bulldogs pitcher was selected in the first round of the MLB draft 6 times; the Bulldogs play their home games at Polk-DeMent Stadium. Dubbed the "Carnegie Hall of College Baseball" by Nelle Cohen, wife of former MSU skipper and current Athletic Director John Cohen, it was the host site of the first SEC tournament and holds the NCAA baseball on-campus attendance record of 15,586 spectators, set in a game against the University of Mississippi in 2014; the stadium has hosted 9 of the top 10 largest crowds to attend an on-campus college baseball game. In 2013, Paul Swaney of Stadium Journey ranked it as the number one collegiate ballpark. One of the venue's most prominent features is the Left Field Lounge, an outfield area where spectators can gather and enjoy the games in a tailgate setting, including stands built on top of old pick-up trucks and trailers.

In 2005, the Palmeiro Center, a 68,000-square-foot indoor practice facility, was built next to Dudy Noble. The facility, made possible by a gift from program alumnus Rafael Palmeiro and his wife Lynne, features an infield practice area, additional training area, three batting cages. A baseball coaches' office complex located between the Palmeiro Center and Dudy Noble Field was built in 2005; the complex, which includes a baseball heritage room, was made possible by contributions from former Bulldog players Jeff Brantley, Will Clark, Eric DuBose, Paul Maholm, Jay Powell and Bobby Thigpen, along with sports agent and former Bulldog manager Bo McKinnis. The program has set many attendance records at Dudy Noble Field. SEC weekend games draw the largest crowds to Dudy Noble Field. Mississippi State holds the NCAA record for the largest single game on-campus baseball attendance at 15,586 and the largest SEC crowd for a 3-game weekend series at 39,181. In 2007, in a Super Regional against the Clemson Tigers, Mississippi State set NCAA attendance records for Super Regional games with 12,620 and 13,715 fans.

More than 5,000,000 spectators have attended games at the venue since the university started tracking attendance numbers in 1976. Mississippi State holds nine of the top 10 and 17 of the top 25 on-campus crowds in college baseball history, including 14 crowds of over 12,000 and 42 crowds of over 10,000. Shown below are the 10 largest home crowds in Mississippi State history. Note that nine of these crowds are among the NCAA's 10 largest on-campus crowds. * 1st round of the 2007 MLB Supplemental Draft ** Taken in the Competitive Balance 1st round of the 2017 MLB Draft Player of the YearBrent Rooker Pitcher of the YearChris Stratton Ethan Small Freshman of the YearJ. T. Ginn Only those who coached 30 or more games. † There was no SEC Baseball Tournament before 1977. Records are for the two team playoff. † Does not include SEC Tourney Record †† Division Champ In baseball, MSU has two main rivals, LSU and Ole Miss. Against LSU, the Bulldogs hold a 207–175–1 all-time series lead over LSU in a series that got its start in 1907.

Against Mississippi, Mississippi State now leads the series 248–204–5. Retired Mississippi State head baseball coach, Ron Polk, was 85–49 against Mississippi. John Cohen, MSU's former coach, was 8–11 in SEC Conference games and 11–17 overall against Mississippi. Andy Cannizaro was 4-0 against Mississippi in 2017. Gary Henderson was 3-1 against Mississippi in 2018, while MSU's current coach Chris Lemonis has a 4-0 mark; the two teams play a 3-game series each year that counts in the SEC standings and one non-conference game in Jackson, MS. The game in Jackson was called the Mayor's Trophy from 1980 to 2006, from 2007 to present the game has been called the Governor's Cup; the Mayor's Trophy series ended 14–13 in favor of the Rebels. With the 2007 season, the non-conference meeting between the two teams moved to Trustmark Park in Pearl, Mississippi –, the home to the Mississippi Braves. Mississippi State holds the lead in the Governor's Cup 9–4. List of NCAA Division I baseball programs SECSports.com All-Time SEC Baseball Tournament Results Mississippi State Baseball Medi Boyd's World Data Ron Polk Bio Pat McMahon Bio 2013 Mississippi State Universality baseball Media Guide Left Field Lounge News What is the Left Field Lounge by John Grisham Official website

Murray's Pomade

Murray's Superior Products Co. is a hair pomade company founded in 1925, best known for creating Murray's Superior Hair Dressing Pomade. Since the original Murray's remains a popular pomade in drug stores and grocery stores; the original Murray's is an oil-based pomade with a thick and waxy consistency. Murray's was developed as a heavy-holding waxy pomade by C. D. Murray in 1925; the target consumer was black, however the pomade reached out to a wider audience beyond the projected group of consumers. Murray believed that it could be a quality and successful product and thus began to sell it out of his Chicago barbershop. In 1959 a pharmacist named Harry Berlin began to sell it from his Detroit pharmacy, working with Murray's family to market the product; as of 2017, the Murray's company produces a variety of different products out of their Detroit-based factory. Murray's Superior is notoriously difficult to wash out compared to most oil-based pomades. On their website, Murray's says to wash hair with dishwashing liquid.

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The World Is Still Beautiful

The World Is Still Beautiful, in subtitle as Still World Is Beautiful is a Japanese manga series by Dai Shiina, serialized in Hakusensha's shōjo manga magazine Hana to Yume from 2012. Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii was first published as a one-shot in the same magazine in 2009, with a second one-shot published in 2011, it has been collected in 14 tankōbon volumes as of October 2016. An anime television series adaptation by Pierrot covering 19 chapters of the manga aired between April 6, 2014 and June 29, 2014 on NTV. Hajime Kamegaki had directed the series, with the character design by Ichiro Uno. Nike, the fourth princess of the Rain Dukedom, possesses the power to call forth the rain, she travels to the Sun Kingdom to marry Sun King Livius for the sake of her country, despite her own reluctance. She soon discovers that the King, who conquered the world in only three years after his ascendance to the throne, is still a child. Furthermore, for trivial reasons, he has demanded that Nike call forth the rain, when she refuses, he has her thrown in jail.

The story follows the two who, while at first are a married couple only in name begin to establish an emotional bond with one another. Nike Lemercier Voiced by: Rena Maeda The fourth and youngest princess of the Rain Dukedom, she is the main protagonist of the story. She has the power to call forth the rain, she is sent, against her wishes, to the Sun Kingdom to marry Sun King Livius so that her country can retain its autonomy. She discovers that the Sun King, who conquered the world in only three years after he ascended to the throne, is still a child. Although distraught by her fate, Nike comes to love Livius and accepts her future as the "Sun Queen". Optimistic and stubborn but caring, Nike gains the affection of the peoples as well as Livius, who loves her, she is said to be more popular than Livius among the people in the Sun Kingdom as she seems to interact with them on regular basis and helps them out when she can. Nike is very strong, as shown when she beat up four of the palace guards.

She will avenge herself, if she believe that any wrong has been done to her. For example, although Rani wanted to kill Nike and succeeded in doing so, Nike forgives him, but she beats him up for carrying out the attempt on her life. Livius Orvinus Ifrikia Voiced by: Nobunaga Shimazaki, Haruka Kudō Livius is the king of the Sun Kingdom. In the three years following his enthronement he was able to conquer the rest of the world. While he is rumored to be a monster of some sort, he is still a child. Although his father was the former king, his mother was a commoner. While she was still alive, the two of them lived an isolated life in the castle because of his mother's low social status. Livius began his campaign to take over the world after his mother's death, he has a loyal butler. His abilities as a king are considerable. Not only was he able to cleanse his kingdom's government of corruption soon after his coronation, but he methodically defeated each opposing nation one by one. Nike has noted, he granted the Rain Dukedom autonomy, but in exchange, he told them to send a princess to become his wife.

Nike was sent to him and he is fond of her and grows to love her. After his mother's death, Livius became distrustful of everyone around him. Neil, his butler, stated that this is because he doesn't know how to reach out to people, a trait he developed because he was surrounded by enemies while growing up; this came about because of his mother's low social status. He and his mother lived a quiet, isolated life in his father's palace and were only able to rely on each other for support. After his mother's death, Livius began to show his true potential and he flourished, not stopping the expansion of his influence until the world was conquered. In a way, his campaign can be seen as a diversion to distract him from the pain of his mother's death; as the story progress, Nike's presence and efforts to help the young King begin to change him. On several occasion in the series, Livius can be childish. Livius can be protective and violent when people that he cares about are threatened, he didn't hesitate to raise his sword against a person who attacked Nike, although Nike stopped him from killing the man.

On, Livius reveals that he still harbors a much colder and crueler and if not an jealous side. He imprisoned his uncle Bardwin and confined Nike to her room because he thought that Bardwin had seduced Nike and that she had fallen for Bardwin, he threatened to burn her home kingdom to ashes, when Nike talked against him for sending Bardwin to prison. Neil Voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita Neil is Livius's butler and tutor who accompanies Livius during his travels, he seems to understand Livius and he cares about him a great deal. When Nike arrives it is he who provides her with pertinent information and helps her fit into her new life as Livius' prospective Queen. Bardwin Cecil Ifrikia Voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai Bard is Livius's uncle and the former Prime Minister of the Sun Kingdom until he fled mysteriously. Apart from that, he is flirty and likes to tease Livius, causing the two to have a shaky relationship and to disagree a lot. After they manage to reestablish their relationship as family thanks to Nike, Livius