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Cristian Higuita

Cristian Higuita is a Colombian footballer who plays as a midfielder for Atlético Junior in Liga Águila. Higuita made his debut with Deportivo Cali in 2009. A year he played a minor part in Cali's campaign winning the 2010 Copa Colombia. In 2011, he made his debut for Cali in Categoría Primera A and during the 2014 season helped the club capture the 2014 Superliga Colombiana. In January 2015 it was reported that Orlando City SC would be signing Higuita along with his Deportivo Cali teammate Carlos Rivas, he started the team's first MLS game, a 1–1 draw at home to fellow new expansion side New York City on 8 March. On 1 August 2015, Higuita scored his first goal for the team in a 5–2 win at home to Columbus Crew. Higuita finished the 2015 season with 4.3 tackles per game and a passing success rate of 87.1 percent. On 6 August 2016, in order to regain match fitness, Higuita was loaned to Orlando City B for their match against Toronto FC II. In September 2016, Higuita was ranked #21 on the MLSSoccer.com ranking of the top 24 players under 24 years of age.

Higuita was one of Orlando City's protected players for the 2016 MLS Expansion Draft. Prior to the beginning of the 2019 season, Higuita was presented with a commemorative plaque in honor of his 100 appearances with Orlando City across MLS, US Open Cup and international friendlies. Higuita's contract expired at the end of the 2019 season, he departed as the club's leading appearance maker with 108 across all competitions. On 17 December 2019, Higuita returned to Colombia to sign with Atlético Junior. Higuita was called up to represent the Colombia U20s at the 2013 South American Youth Football Championship. Higuita made one appearance in the tournament, coming on as a half-time substitute in a 2–1 group stage defeat to Chile. Colombia went on to win the tournament. Higuita was named in Colombia's provisional squad for Copa América Centenario in 2016 but was cut from the final squad. Higuita holds a U. S. green card. As of 21 September 2019 Deportivo CaliCopa Colombia: 2010 Superliga Colombiana: 2014 ColombiaSouth American Youth Championship: 2013 Cristian Higuita at Major League Soccer Cristian Higuita at Soccerway Cristian Higuita at Football.com

Circassians in Syria

The Circassians in Syria refers to the Circassian diaspora, some of whom settled in Syria in the 19th century. They moved to Syria after a forced migration to the Ottoman Empire resulting from a Russian invasion in the early 1860s. Most pre-Civil War estimates put the Circassian population at around 100,000, they are predominantly Sunni Muslims. While they have become an assimilated part of Syrian society, they have maintained a distinct identity, having retained their Adyghe language, their tribal heritage and some of their traditional customs. Syria's Circassian population has dwindled with the advent of the civil war, ongoing in Syria since 2011. Many of Syria's ethnic Circassians have left the country and have repatriated or are in the process of repatriation to the titular Circassian parts of European Russia, in particular Adygea, Kabardino-Balkaria and Karachay-Cherkessia, as well as to recognised Republic of Abkhazia. In 2018 Professor John Shoup said that the Circassian population in Syria formed about 1% of the country's total population, making them the sixth largest ethnic group in the country.

Circassians began a forced migration from their homeland in the Northwest Caucasus region to the Ottoman Empire following the Russian–Circassian War in 1864. While they settled in parts of Anatolia and the Balkans, they began emigrating to the empire's Syrian provinces in large numbers after the Ottoman defeat in the Balkan War of 1877–78; that group of Circassians was resettled by the Ottoman authorities as part of an effort to counterbalance increasing dissent by the local population in Syria, far from the capital Istanbul, with more loyal subjects of the empire. Many Circassians subsequently concentrated their residence in the Golan Heights and Transjordan regions, both part of the Province of Damascus at the time. At around this time, in the late 1870s, the influx of Circassians traveling through Damascus led to the establishment of a number of villages north of Homs and along the borders of the Syrian Desert, as well as in the area surrounding Damascus city itself, namely Marj al-Sultan and al-Dumayr.

Circassians abandoned the latter town. Nearly all of the Circassian villages founded in Ottoman Syria were located on known conflict fronts involving the Druze and Bedouin tribes, including the'Annizah and Al Fadl. Since the Circassians were militarily able to resist the khuwwa demanded of the local peasantry by various Bedouin tribes—which came at the detriment of government tax collection—they managed to make agreements to mutually benefit the two factions. Nonetheless, clashes still periodically occurred between the Circassians of the Golan and Ghouta regions and the Bedouin; the most severe local conflicts the Circassians engaged in at the time was with the rebellious Druze, who dominated the area of Mount Hermon in the northern Golan Heights and the Jabal al-Druze region to the east. Historians have asserted that the Ottomans encouraged Circassian settlement in this particular region to serve as a pro-sultanate buffer between the two Druze-inhabited areas. In addition, Circassians favored residence in the Golan as compared to the city quarters because the area resembled the Caucasian ancestral lands with its wooded mountains, heavy rainfall and snow.

In the first decade of the 20th century the Ottoman government facilitated a wave of Circassian resettlement to the northern Euphrates River. They left the Caucasus on their own accord, fearing forcible conversion to the Russian Orthodox Church by Czarist forces. A Kabardian group settled in Raqqa, establishing their new settlement west of the Arab-dominated town. Funds from the provincial treasury and local contributors enabled each immigrant family to own a plot of land, a two-room house, a horse stable, two oxen and five grain sacks. Talustan Anzor, the leader of this Kabardian faction, acquired prestige in the Raqqa District as a noted mediator of disputes. Together with Manbij and Khanasser, two other towns in the Euphrates valley, the Kabardian settlements were meant to serve as a strategic ring around Raqqa where the gendarmerie could be conveniently recruited. In Circassian narratives of these years, there were any negative words against the local Arab population, which welcomed the Circassian immigrants.

Because of their Muslim religion, the dominant faith in Syria, their arrival to the region well before the struggle for independence from the Ottomans and the French, the Circassians played a role in the founding of the modern state of Syria and became full citizens. However, because of the integration of a number of Circassian cavalry units in the French Army of the Levant, due to their role in quelling the Druze forces of Sultan Pasha al-Atrash during the Great Syrian Revolt, relations with the Arab majority became somewhat tense in the early years of the republic. A minority of Circassians in the Golan Heights petitioned for autonomy from Damascus during the French Mandatory years. Following Syria's independence from French control in 1946, Circassian-dominated military units were disbanded. During the 1948 Arab–Israeli War, a few were hastily reassembled as part of the Syrian Army and put under the command of Jawad Anzor. About 200 soldiers from this unit, including Anzor, were killed during the war.

After the Syrian defeat in the 1967 Six-Day War, the Circassian population fled the Golan Heights region, occupied by the Israeli Army. Most relocated to the cities of Damascus and Aleppo, while many moved to the United States (particularly Paterson, New Je

2014–15 George Washington Colonials men's basketball team

The 2014–15 George Washington Colonials men's basketball team represented George Washington University during the 2014–15 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Colonials, led by fourth year head coach Mike Lonergan, played their home games at the Charles E. Smith Center and were members of the Atlantic 10 Conference, they finished the season 10 -- 8 in A-10 play to finish in a three-way tie for sixth place. They advanced to the quarterfinals of the A-10 Tournament, they were invited to the National Invitation Tournament where they defeated Pittsburgh in the first round before losing in the second round to Temple. The 2013–14 George Washington Colonials finished the season with an overall record of 24–9, with a record of 11–5 in the Atlantic 10 regular season in a tie for third place. In the 2014 Atlantic 10 Tournament, the Colonials lost to VCU in the semifinals, they received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. 2014–15 George Washington Colonials women's basketball team

Sphenothallus

Sphenothallus is a problematic extinct genus attributed to the conulariids. It was widespread in shallow marine environments during the Paleozoic. Sphenothallus is represented in the Cambrian period in the Kaili biota and the Mount Stephen trilobite beds, where it co-occurs with the similar organisms Cambrorhythium and Byronia, it is known in younger strata in the US, surviving at least until the Mississippian. Sphenothallus lived in groups as an opportunist in environments from hardgrounds to soft mud if depleted in oxygen, it dispersed via larvae. "Sphenothallus sp.". Burgess Shale Fossil Gallery. Virtual Museum of Canada. 2011

Shooting at the 2020 Summer Olympics – Qualification

This article details the qualifying phase for shooting at the 2020 Summer Olympics. 300 quota places for the Games are entitled to the shooters coming from their respective NOCs, based on the results at designated ISSF supervised Championships subjected to the ISSF rules from September 1, 2018 to May 31, 2020. Host nation Japan has been guaranteed twelve quota places with one in each of the individual events. Four quota places will be awarded to the shooters competing in each of the mixed team events, while the highest-ranked shooter, who has not qualified yet or whose NOC does not have a berth in any of the twelve individual events, will obtain a direct Olympic quota place through the World Rankings; the remaining twenty-four quota places are available to the eligible NOCs under the Tripartite Commission Invitation, with two in each of the individual event, to attain a maximum number of 360. Quota places can be obtained at the 2018 ISSF World Championships, the 2019 ISSF World Cup series, the designated Continental Championships or Games during the qualifying period.

Quota places are allocated only to the National Olympic Committees, with the exception of the ISSF world rankings, which are awarded directly to the individual shooters and may not be changed by the NOC. The NOC may assign a different shooter in each individual or mixed team event, provided that he or she has attained a minimum qualification score. * The International Olympic Committee revoked two quotas assigned to the NOCs in the ISSF World Cup #1, as the Indian authorities denied visa entries for two Pakistani shooters and their accompanied official, following the 2019 Pulwama attack. Instead, the quotas were reassigned to each of the two World Cups in Munich and Beijing, upgrading the original number of quota places to three. Shooting at the 2020 Summer Paralympics – Qualification a On March 7, 2020, the ISSF revoked the license from Egypt owned by Shimaa Hashad, in the women's 10 m air rifle at the 2019 African Shooting Championships over a doping offense, giving it instead to Algeria