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Vieques, Puerto Rico

Vieques, in full Isla de Vieques, is an island–municipality of Puerto Rico, in the northeastern Caribbean, part of an island grouping sometimes known as the Spanish Virgin Islands. Vieques is part of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, retains strong influences from 400 years of Spanish presence in the island. Vieques lies about 8 miles east of the Puerto Rican mainland, measures about 20 miles long by 4.5 miles wide. Its most populated barrio is the administrative center on the northern side; the population of Vieques was 9,301 at the 2010 Census. The island's name is a Spanish spelling of a Native American word said to mean "small island", it has the nickname Isla Nena translated as "Little Girl Island", alluding to its perception as Puerto Rico's little sister. The island was given this name by the Puerto Rican poet Luis Llorens Torres. During the colonial period, the British name was "Crab Island". Vieques is best known internationally as the site of a series of protests against the United States Navy's use of the island as a bombing range and testing ground, which led to the Navy's departure in 2003.

Today the former navy land is a national wildlife refuge. Some of the most beautiful beaches on the island are on the eastern end of the island that the Navy named Red Beach, Blue Beach, etc. now called Playa Caracas, Pata Prieta, Playa La Chiva, Playa Plata. At the far western tip is Punta Arenas, which the Navy named Green Beach; the beaches are listed among the top beaches in the Caribbean for their azure waters and white sands. Archaeological evidence suggests that Vieques was first inhabited by ancient American Indian peoples who traveled from continental America between 3000 BCE and 2000 BCE. Estimates of these prehistoric dates of inhabitation vary widely; these tribes had a Stone Age culture and were fishermen and hunter-gatherers. Excavations at the Puerto Ferro site by Luis Chanlatte and Yvonne Narganes uncovered a fragmented human skeleton in a large hearth area. Radiocarbon dating of shells found in the hearth indicate a burial date of c. 1900 BCE. This skeleton, popularly known as El Hombre de Puerto Ferro, was buried at the center of a group of large boulders near Vieques's south-central coast one kilometer northwest of the Bioluminescent Bay.

Linear arrays of smaller stones radiating from the central boulders are apparent at the site today, but their age and reason for placement are unknown. Further waves of settlement by Native Americans followed over many centuries; the Arawak-speaking Saladoid people, thought to have originated in modern-day Venezuela, arrived in the region around 200 BC. These tribes, noted for their pottery, stone carving, other artifacts merged with groups from Hispaniola and Cuba to form what is now called the Taíno culture; this culture flourished in the region from around 1000 AD until the arrival of Europeans in the late 15th century. The European discovery of Vieques is sometimes credited to Christopher Columbus, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1493, it does not seem to be certain whether Columbus visited Vieques, but in any case the island was soon claimed by the Spanish. During the early 16th century Vieques became a center of Taíno rebellion against the European invaders, prompting the Spanish to send armed forces to the island to quell the resistance.

The native Taíno population was decimated, its people either killed, imprisoned or enslaved by the Spanish. The Spanish did not, permanently colonise Vieques at this time, for the next 300 years it remained a lawless outpost, frequented by pirates and outlaws; as European powers fought for control in the region, a series of attempts by the French and Danish to colonise the island in the 17th and 18th centuries were repulsed by the Spanish. The island received considerable attention as a possible colony from Scotland, after numerous attempts to buy the island proved unsuccessful, the Scottish fleet, en route to Darien in 1698, made landfall and took possession of the island in the name of the Company of Scotland Trading to Africa and The Indies. Scottish sovereignty of the island proved short-lived, as a Danish ship arrived shortly afterward and claimed the island. From 1689 to 1693 the island was controlled by Brandenburg-Prussia as the "Isle of Crabs". At the beginning of the 19th century, the Spanish took steps to permanently settle and secure the island.

In 1811, Don Salvador Meléndez governor of Puerto Rico, sent military commander Juan Rosselló to begin what would become the annexation of Vieques by the Puerto Ricans. In 1832, under an agreement with the Spanish Puerto Rican administration, Frenchman Teófilo José Jaime María Le Guillou became Governor of Vieques, undertook to impose order on the anarchic province, he was instrumental in the establishment of large plantations, marking a period of social and economic change. Le Guillou is now remembered as the "founder" of Vieques. Vieques was formally annexed to Puerto Rico in 1854. In 1816, Vieques was visited by Simón Bolívar when his ship ran aground there while fleeing defeat in Venezuela. During the second part of the 19th century, thousands of black immigrants came to Vieques to work on the sugarcane plantations, they arrived from the n

Wang Yu (cinematographer)

Wang Yu is a Chinese cinematographer who has worked with some of China's most important directors, including Tian Zhuangzhuang, Lou Ye, Li Yu. He began his career in 2000 with Lou Ye's film Suzhou River. For his work on the film The Go Master, Wang was awarded the Golden Goblet for Best Cinematography at the 10th Shanghai International Film Festival in 2007, nominated for Achievement in Cinematography at the 2007 Asia Pacific Screen Awards. In 2015, Wang won Hong Kong Film Award for Best Cinematography. Wang Yu on IMDb Wang Yu at AllMovie

Andries DuBois House

The Andries DuBois House is located on Wallkill Avenue in the hamlet of Wallkill, New York, USA. It is the oldest house in the hamlet, reflecting several different eras of architecture and regional history, has been a Registered Historic Place since 1998, it was built by Andries DuBois, a descendant of the original family of Huguenot settlers of nearby New Paltz, who built the house and farmed the land near the Wallkill River around the present-day hamlet. It was believed for a long time that the original construction took place around the middle of the 18th century, but several features — the gambrel roof, eyebrow windows, classically styled windows, full porch and alternation of brick and wood walls — suggested a different period of origin, or at least substantial subsequent alterations. After the Historical Society of Shawangunk and Gardiner acquired the house in 1998, it applied for and received a $7,500 grant from the Preservation League of New York State in 2003 for a historic structure report.

An examination of the structural lumber dated it, at first the house's original construction, to 1769. However, that lumber, an archeological examination of the surrounding soil, showed charcoal layers, evidence of a serious fire at the site. Further investigation showed that the fire destroyed most of the original house, but enough of the framing timbers remained in condition good enough to be reused for the beginning of the current building in 1814; the entrance, windows and interior molding were added in 1845, all reflecting the influence of the then-popular Greek Revival style. In 1981 the current porch was rebuilt using earlier materials; the dig found a variety of artifacts, including early 19th-century American coinage, a comb and a child's doll. Lithics included debitage and a quartz scraper, suggesting a Native American presence at the site prior to the construction of the house; the Historical Society is renovating the house, which had come to some disrepair, with the help of locally raised funds and a grant from the State Historic Preservation Office.

It will be used as a local history museum. National Register of Historic Places listings in Ulster County, New York


Pornokitsch is a British "geek culture" blog that publishes reviews and news concerning speculative fiction and other genre fiction. The website, established in 2008, is edited by Anne C. Perry and Jared Shurin. Other contributors include authors Becky Chambers, Kuzhali Manickavel, Erin Lindsey, Mahvesh Murad and Molly Tanzer, previous contributors have included Rebecca Levene, David Bryher, Jesse Bullington, Joey Hi-Fi, Jon Morgan and other sci-fi and speculative fiction writers.. The name of the website, a portmanteau of pornography and kitsch, is due to the "disposable and forgettable" nature of pornography mirroring the general reception of genre fiction, seen as "the kitsch of the literary world". In February 2018, Pornokitsch announced; the website is to remain accessible. From 2009 to 2013, the website organized the annual Kitschies award ceremony for "the year's most progressive and entertaining works that contain elements of the speculative or fantastic"; the awards are given in three categories.

From 2011 to 2013 it was sponsored by The Kraken Rum, who provide the GB£2,000 prize money and some bottles for prizes. The prize has continued independently of Pornokitsch, is now sponsored by the booksellers Blackwell UK. Pornokitsch started a small non-profit publisher in 2011 named Jurassic London, commissioning anthologies of original work based around "contemporary, relevant topics". Pornokitsch was shortlisted for the 2011 BSFA Award for Best Non-Fiction and the 2014 Hugo Award for Best Fanzine; the site won the 2013 British Fantasy Award for best non-fiction. Official website

Kaohsiung Rapid Transit Corporation

The Kaohsiung Rapid Transit Corporation is a corporation established by the municipal government of Kaohsiung, Taiwan to build and operate a rapid transit system for the municipality of Kaohsiung. The corporation was established on 1 February 1999; the government signalled the start of this BOT project with solicitation of private sector investment in the initial phase of a Kaohsiung Rapid Transit System-the Red and Orange Lines Construction Project. This first step demonstrated Kaohsiung Municipal Government's determination to propel Kaohsiung City and County towards a prosperous future; the Kaohsiung Rapid Transit System will not only fulfill a transport function but will provide the framework and catalyst for the development of the fabric, the economy and the quality of life of the area, for the promotion of community life and art. China Steel Corporation has been based in Kaohsiung for nearly 30 years. China Steel sponsored the establishment of the provisional office of the Kaohsiung Rapid Transit Corporation in February 1999 and lodged an application to invest in the project following the solicitation of the Kaohsiung Municipal Government.

The main participants in the Kaohsiung Rapid Transit Corporation are: China Steel Corporation, Southeast Cement Corporation, RSEA Engineering Corporation, China Development Industrial Bank and Industrial Bank of Taiwan. Following the public appraisal of the applications by the Kaohsiung Municipal Government, Kaohsiung Rapid Transit Corporation was selected on 26 May 1999, as one of the shortlisted applicants. On 10 May 2000, the Corporation was selected as the best applicant and concluded the relevant agreements and protocols with the Kaohsiung Municipal Government in August 2000; the raising of the initial capital stock was completed on 19 December 2000 and an inaugural meeting of the stockholders was held on the same day. Kaohsiung Rapid Transit Corporation obtained a company licence and was registered on 28 December 2000; the Corporation signed the" Construction and Operation Agreement" and" Development Agreement" with the Kaohsiung Municipal Government on 12 January 2001. Chairperson President Planning Vice President Administration Department Public Affairs Department Purchasing Department Corporate Planning Department Finance and Accounting Department Business and Property Development Department Legal Office Operation Vice President Traffic Operation Department Maintenance Department LRT Operation and Maintenance Department Industrial Safety Department Information Management Office Research and Design Center Kaohsiung Rapid Transit System

Eugenio Lucas Villaamil

Eugenio Lucas Villaamil, sometimes called "The Younger" was a Spanish costumbrista painter. Many of his works were painted in the style of Francisco de Goya, he was born in Madrid. Although the circumstances surrounding his identity and legitimacy were once quite uncertain, it is now agreed that he was the legitimate son of the painter, Eugenio Lucas Velázquez and his wife, the youngest sister of Jenaro Pérez Villaamil, his first art lessons were in his father's studio and his formal studies were at the "Escuela Especial de Pintura de Madrid". He made his début at the National Exhibition of Fine Arts shortly after graduating, his paintings always showed the influence of his father. He specialized in Aragonese themes. Traditional costumbrista scenes of Madrid, featuring colorful majas and chisperos, were one of his fortés and were popular. Many of his early works were 18th century tableaus, he made copies of many of Goya's paintings, from the Museo del Prado and the private collection of José Lázaro Galdiano.

He painted frescoes in Galdiano's home, now a museum. In addition, he was popular as a portrait painter among the bourgeoisie and, in contrast to his costumbrista works provided them with scenes from high society. Despite his popularity and his being awarded the Order of Charles III, he never quite emerged from the shadow of his father. In fact, some of his works were mistakenly attributed to his father and are still in the process of being properly identified, he died in Madrid, aged 60. Media related to Eugenio Lucas Villaamil at Wikimedia Commons