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Wandjina

The Wandjina are cloud and rain spirits from Australian Aboriginal mythology that are depicted prominently in rock art in Australia. Some of the artwork in the Kimberley region of Western Australia dates back to 4,000 years ago; the stories of the Wandjina and the artwork depicting them remain important to the Mowanjum Community of Indigenous people. Wandjina were the inspiration for a 1966 children's fantasy television series, Wandjina!, produced by ABC Television in 1966. Dreamtime stories say the Wandjina created the landscape and its inhabitants, continue to have influence over both; when the spirits found the place they would die, they painted their images on cave walls and entered a nearby waterhole. These paintings were refreshed by Aborigines as a method of regenerating life force; the Wandjina can punish those who break the law with floods and cyclones. The broad-stroke artwork of the Wandjina rock art dates to around 3800–4000 years ago; the emergence of this art style follows the end of a millennium-long drought that gave way to a wetter climate characterised by regular monsoons.

The Wandjina paintings have common colors of black and yellow on a white background. The spirits are depicted alone or in groups, vertically or horizontally depending on the dimensions of the rock, are sometimes depicted with figures and objects like the Rainbow Serpent or yams. Common composition is with large upper bodies and heads that may show eyes and nose, but no mouth. Two explanations have been given for this: they are so powerful they do not require speech and if they had mouths, the rain would never cease. Around the heads of Wandjina are lines or blocks of color, depicting lighting coming out of transparent helmets. Today, the paintings are still believed to possess these powers and therefore are to be approached and treated respectfully; each site and painting has a name. Indigenous people of the Mowanjum Community repaint the images to ensure the continuity of the Wandjina's presence. Annual repainting in December or January ensures the arrival of the monsoon rains, according to Mowanjum belief.

Repainting has occurred so that at one site the paint is over 40 layers deep. The painting style has evolved during this process: more recent figures are stockier and some now possess eyelashes. In late 1960's and early 1970's several Mowanjum artists depicted traditional Wandjina on pieces of string bark; these artworks were sold through the mission at Kalumbaru. Some of the important artists from this region include Alec Mingelmanganu, Charlie Numbelmoore and Jack Karedada; these artworks are now in major museum collections around the world. In 2007, graffiti depictions of Wandjina appeared in Western Australia. Styles ranged from stencil-work to a spray painted Wandjina driving a pink car. Using Flickr and blogs, several people engaged in'Wandjina watching', documenting the Wandjina graffiti they found. These'wandering Wandjina' angered and upset some Indigenous people who said that only certain of their people are permitted to depict the Wandjina, without saying who these people are. A short film, Who Paintin' Dis Wandjina, discussed the Aboriginal reaction.

Images of the Wandjina are displayed on the walls of the Ringwood Magistrates Court in Victoria. Indigenous Australian art Weather god List of Stone Age art List of rain deities

63rd Scripps National Spelling Bee

The 63rd Scripps National Spelling Bee was held in Washington, D. C. at the Capital Hilton on May 30–31, 1990, sponsored by the E. W. Scripps Company; the winner was 13-year-old Amy Marie Dimak of Seattle, Washington spelling "fibranne". Dimak reported that she knew all 11 words she faced, did not make any guesses. Second place went to 13-year-old Eric Enders of El Paso, who missed "douanier", spelling it as "doinier". There were 127 girls and 99 boys; the youngest competitor was 9 year old Erika Harrell from Indiana. Eight spellers dropped out in round one, 33 dropped in round two, 30 were eliminated in round three. 155 spellers survived into day two. Spellers' others activities included a visit to Gunston Hall on Monday of Bee Week, visits to Washington monuments and Arlington Cemetery on Tuesday. Competition began at 8:30am on Wednesday; the first place prize was a sizable increase over $1,500 from the prior year. Second place received $4,000. Total cash prizes to all spellers were $26,550

Daniel Peláez Bellido

Daniel'Dani' Peláez Bellido is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for UD Gijón Industrial as a Defensive midfielder. Born in Gijón, Peláez graduated from Sporting de Gijón's youth setup, made his senior debuts while on loan at lowly UC Ceares in the 2005–06 campaign, in Tercera División. In the 2007 summer he moved to another reserve team, Atlético Malagueño in the fourth level. Peláez made his first-team debut on 11 October 2007, coming on as a late substitute in a 2–1 away success over CD Tenerife for the season's Copa del Rey, he made his league debut on 17 February of the following year, again from the bench in a 3–1 home win against CD Castellón for the Segunda División championship. On 29 July 2008 Peláez joined UD Lanzarote, in Segunda División B. However, he was released in December due to the club's financial problems, joined fellow league team Club Marino de Luanco in the following month. Peláez moved to fourth level's CD Llanes in October 2009, he appeared for the club, joined Candás CF in the same division in June 2011.

In August 2013 Peláez moved abroad for the first time in his career, signing for Maltese Premier League side Rabat Ajax F. C.. After featuring for the side during his only season, which ended in relegation, he returned to his native country and joined third level's CD Lealtad. In July 2016, Peláez signed with fourth tier's UC Ceares. One year he moved to neighbours Gijón Industrial. Daniel Peláez Bellido at BDFutbol Futbolme profile Daniel Peláez Bellido at Soccerway

Amaury de Montfort (died 1241)

Amaury de Montfort was the son of Simon de Montfort, 5th Earl of Leicester and Alix de Montmorency, the brother of Simon de Montfort, 6th Earl of Leicester. His father departed on the Albigensian Crusade in 1209, it is unknown when Amaury joined him in the south, but he could arrive in spring 1210, when his mother came there bringing reinforcements for his father. He was knighted on 24 June 1213 in Castelnaudary in the course of a solemn ceremony and continued to fight under his father's command until his death at Toulouse on 25 June 1218; as his father's successor, he inherited the County of Toulouse and other titles and lands in Languedoc. In 1224, he ceded his titles and lands in Languedoc to King Louis VIII. In exchange, Montfort-l'Amaury was elevated to a county, several years in 1230, Amaury succeeded his uncle Mathieu II of Montmorency as Constable of France, his father inherited the county of Leicester from his mother, Amicie de Beaumont, daughter of Robert III de Beaumont. After his death, Amaury became count of Leicester, but, as a liegeman of the French king, he could not be a vassal of the King of England at the same time.

By 1230, Amaury and Simon, his only surviving brother, decided to split their father's inheritance: Amaury would retain Montfort-l'Amaury in France, Simon would receive Leicester in England. However, the affair lasted for a decade: only on 11 April 1239 Amaury renounced his rights in England, King Henry III recognised Simon as earl of Leicester. In 1239 he departed for the Holy Land on a Barons' Crusade with Theobald I of Navarre, Hugh IV, Duke of Burgundy and many other prominent nobles of the realm; the King Louis IX did not go on crusade, but gave the expedition a royal character by permitting Amaury to carry the Fleur-de-lys. On 13 November 1239, he was taken prisoner during a disastrous battle under Henry of Bar at Gaza, during which Henry was killed, led to Egypt with six hundred other prisoners, he spent the next 18 months in the dungeons of Cairo where he was treated more than the other prisoners because he would not tell the sultan who were the other prisoners. He was freed on 23 April 1241, along with other French prisoners, after the crusaders under Richard of Cornwall and the sultan of Egypt have concluded an alliance against the sultan of Damascus.

He died in Otranto the same year on his way home and was buried, at the Pope's order, in St. Peter's Basilica. Amaury was married to Beatrix, daughter of Guigues VI of Viennois, was the father of: Jean I, married to Jeanne, Lady of Châteaudun Marguerite, married to John III, Count of Soissons Laure, married to Fernando II, Count of Aumale Adela, married to Simon of Nesle Pernelle, abbess of Port-Royal-des-Champs Media related to Amaury VII of Montfort at Wikimedia Commons

Pigeon Mountain (New Zealand)

Ōhuiarangi / Pigeon Mountain is a 55 m high volcanic cone at Half Moon Bay, near Howick and Bucklands Beach, in Auckland, New Zealand. The cone forms the last part of volcanic activity. An earlier explosive eruption, created the prominent tuff ring, still visible extending in an arc south of Sunderlands Road. Two much smaller craters were formed to the north west of the main cone; the smaller lies buried under Pigeon Mountain Road outside number 18, the other forms'Heights Park' - a private reserve for the owners of 29 - 41 Pigeon Mountain Road and 14 - 36 Prince Regent Drive and 33 - 39 Tyrian Close. It is popular for scientific school trips. Ōhuiarangi is named after an ancient Ngāi Tai ancestress. Ngāi Tai are the descendants of Maui-tikitiki-a-Taranga who fished up the North Island of New Zealand and are the tangata-whenua of Howick and Pakuranga. Early settlers saw many kereru, native pigeons feeding on the Pigeon Wood trees here, hence the name Pigeon Mountain, it was first quarried for roading metal by fencibles from the 1847 fencibles settlement at Howick.

Quarrying continued for many years. In the 1920s the Shaw brothers worked with Harold Kearney, Dud Langdon and Jim Taylor using a pair of draught horses to pull a dray loaded with metal. In 1848 John Campbell and James Smyth both from the fencible ship Sir Robert Sale, had the contract to spread metal on the road from Howick to Panmure, for which they were paid 5/-per day. At that time the mountain was named Pigeon Tree Hill The 5 acre farm to the south was owned by the 1847 Irish Fitzpatrick family of Patrick and Ann who came in the "Minerva" fencible ship, they lived in a raupo hut at Howick for 2 years. They had had 12 children; the children all attended a short distance across the paddocks to the south east. Fitzpatrick bought other land around Ōhuiarangi / Pigeon Mountain at Hutchinson Road and Bucklands Beach Rd expanding his farm to 20 acres. A photo taken of the Pakuranga Cricket club, which played at Ōhuiarangi / Pigeon Mountain, shows 6 of the 16 players were from the Fitzpatrick family.

His original fencibles cottage was still in use in the 1960s by 2 of his grandsons who were the caretakers of the Ōhuiarangi / Pigeon Mountain sports ground in their youth. On their death the cottage was placed at the Howick Historical village. A number of fencibles' widows received land south of Ōhuiarangi / Pigeon Mountain, swampy. Margaret Coyle received 4 acres of land; the mountain has been extensively quarried, with the entire north side of the volcano removed. In 1929 a fresh water spring was uncovered and water was piped to Howick and district at a cost of 9340 pounds; the mountain is a former pa site, some of the terracing still remains. Artefacts as well as skulls were found there in the 1960s by students from Pakuranga College; the mountain is open to the public. The north face is fenced off and is an almost-vertical drop of 30 metres. In the southwest corner there is a playing field built on a free-draining scoria base. On the quarried northwestern side is a Scout hall. In the 2014 Treaty of Waitangi settlement with the Tamaki Makaurau Collective of 13 Auckland iwi, the volcano was named Ōhuiarangi / Pigeon Mountain and ownership was vested to the collective.

It is now co-governed by the collective and Auckland Council in common benefit of the iwi "and all other people of Auckland". Rangitoto Island Mount Wellington, New Zealand Volcanoes of Auckland: A Field Guide. Hayward, B. W.. Photographs of Ōhuiarangi held in Auckland Libraries' heritage collections

Supa Strikas

Supa Strikas is a pan-African association football-themed comic, about the titular football team dubbed "the world's greatest". Despite their enormous talent, the players must adapt in a game where being the best is only the beginning, where the opposition is always full of surprises; the Supa Strikas comic prints 1.4 million copies per month in 16 countries. Supa Strikas appeared on Caltex and Texaco as an ad; as of 2019, the franchise is owned by Moonbug Entertainment. The comic's global headline sponsor is Chevron, with other headline sponsors including VISA, GT Bank and Henkel. Partner sponsors feature depending on region, including Grassroot Soccer, Metropolitan Life, Spur SteakRanches, VISA, South African National Roads Agency, MTN amongst others. Sponsors exposure includes perimeter boards in game scenes, product placement / engagement and full page advertisements, it is sponsored by KFC, Score Energy Drink and Old Mutual in South Africa. The comic series was first published in South Africa in 2000, following the format of the British comic Roy of the Rovers.

Afterwards publication spread to various sub-Saharan African countries. By 2002 publications in the neighbouring countries of Namibia, Zambia. Nigeria, Kenya and Uganda soon followed; the comic receives sponsorship from several companies, including Nike and other South African businesses. The sponsoring firms have their product names placed on various panels; the series was based on the life of Thuthuka "Terry" Zwane, a boy from the Soweto area of Johannesburg. With demand for the comic growing global, Supa Strikas’ core characters remained local but a more international cast grew around them, including characters of Asian, Latin American and European extraction. Today, the comic is available across Africa; the comic has been adapted into an animated series by Animasia Studios. The series debuted in 2009 with 47 episodes - each with 22 minute of run-time - and aired in selected regions until 2010; the titular soccer team adventure through the world of soccer in their bid to winning the Super League trophy in their country, dubbed in their stadium "Strikaland".

On their way across the globe, the team explore the roots of the game, meet its greatest past and present players and confront the most unscrupulous coaches and players from their rival teams. The story centres around the team's young striker, whom many believe is the best striker in the world. Shakes and his teammates however considers the acclaim as a mere beginning; the game's global legacy and the players who dream of being crowned Super League champions mean Shakes must challenge himself to remain in contention. As a result, he finds himself spearheading the team's exploration of the unknown – be it a strange land, a strange opposition or a new soccer challenge; the stories in Supa Strikas combine humour, action and exploration in the context of a real soccer challenge. The stories are positive life messages that deal with self-actualization, fair play and respect; the youngest member and the star player of Supa Strikas, taking the position of striker. His strength is a lethal combination of determination.

He might not know what he's getting himself into. He is capable of solving problems when they are on the edge of losing during half time, he inherits his No. 10 jersey from his father Jomo, deemed one of the greatest players in the team's history. Because of Jomo's reputation in the team, Shakes has some anxiety about of living up to his father's legacy, his desire to prove himself spurs him into engaging in impulsive or reckless actions. His key move is the Knuckle Ball. Shakes' best friend is Spenza; the team's attacker from Spain, wearing the number 20. He is the most expensive player in the Super League, he tends to be melodramatic in character and he is seen wearing aqua sunglasses. He is known as a fighter. Most of the time El Matador is self-absorbed as he is the richest player in the team, he owns a Lamborghini. He likes to live an expensive lifestyle, he plays the striker position. He is the player, well versed in passing techniques, his strength is coming on as a super sub and terrorising tired defences, hence he is referred to by the name "super sub".

He puts on a vulnerable and comical facade as to lower the opponents' expectations of him in his playing yet he is dead serious when it comes to scoring goals. Klaus tends to sneeze when in a nervous situation, his favourite food is strudel. He buys his aunt Hilda a present from every city Supa Strikas tour to, he comes from Germany. The Jamaican captain of Supa Strikas and a well seasoned mountaineer, he wears the number 9. Most fans believe, he is motivational. The vice-captain of Supa Strikas, wears the number 01 on it, he is known as the second greatest goalkeeper, in the Super League. From Texas, USA, Supa strikas is his 3rd team, he never lets a goal in. Twisting Tiger is midfielder, his played for Nakama FC. He is a Japanese-born player who wears the j