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Floodwall (installation)

Floodwall, an installation by Jana Napoli, is composed of drawers salvaged in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans in 2005. In 2005, two months after Hurricane Katrina and the collapse of the levee system, Napoli collected debris from the storm, she retrieved 750 drawers from dressers, kitchen cabinets and bureaus. The empty drawers were cleaned, the addresses of the houses were marked on the back. Napoli stated that "Floodwall was made in an attempt to give voice to the silence of a city in ruin and a people in diaspora."The contents that remained were photographed. The resulting objects along with the recorded oral histories make up the installation. Floodwall poses the question to its onlookers: what price are we willing to pay for the protection of the intimacy of our households? From Floodwall's first construction in 2007, Napoli has installed it in multiple ways. Sometimes installed as a monumental wall, Floodwall stands eight feet tall and stretches as long as 192 feet. Floodwall has been displayed on the floor like tombstones in a cemetery, sometimes functioning as a memorial and other times a room that envelops the spectator.

The installation has been used as a setting for collaborative theater performances involving singing and dance. Drawers and Personal Stories: part of the exhibition is a collection of recorded oral histories from the original drawer owners; this gathering of these oral histories is an ongoing project that assembles audio recordings—interviews. A selection of these recordings may be heard here: The list of drawer owners may be viewed here: • New York, New York- January 4 – February 9, 2007. World Financial CenterBaton Rouge, Louisiana- July 13 – October 13, 2007. Louisiana State MuseumAustin, Texas- February 16 – May 25, 2008 Blanton Art MuseumCincinnati, Ohio- August 28 – September 14, 2008. Clifton Cultural Arts Center • New Orleans, Louisiana- November 1, 2008 – January 18, 2009. On Piety, Prospect 1 Biennial • New Orleans, Louisiana- April 17, 2009 – July 12, 2009. On Piety, an auxiliary exhibition of Prospect One Contemporary Arts CenterBremerhaven, Germany- February 2, 2009 - May 10, 2009.

"Nach der Flut die Flucht- New Orleans Die Ausgewanderte Stadt/The Flight After the Flood- New Orleans The City Left Behind." Deutsches Auswandererhaus/German Emigration Center • Wroclaw, Poland- July 14, 2010 – September 5, 2010. National Museum, WrocławHouston, Texas- September 10 - October 23, 2010. Understanding Water and Before After, Photographers Respond to Katrina, Diverse Works Art Space • Berlin, Germany- September 10, 2010 – October 15, 2010. On Board of the Kurier Ship" A video of the exhibition may be found here: • New Orleans, LA- December 3, 2011. Floodwall Cremation On December 3, 2011, all 700+ drawers were cremated on the banks of the Mississippi River at Algiers Point in New Orleans, LA. Since the December 3, 2011 cremation of the Floodwall installation and its cremation lives on in an art documentary entitled, Floating on Fire, by the studio ManifiestaFilms out of Wroclaw and produced by ManifiestaFilms and Floodwall artist, Jana Napoli. Floating on Fire made its screening debut at the 2015 New Orleans Film Festival.

The film will be shown next in the New Horizons International Film Festival in Poland. Floodwall Website Partner project, DrawerSpeaks, website Artist, Jana Napoli's, webpage. Ya/Ya, Inc. internationally recognized non-profit youth arts program founded by artist, Jana Napoli in 1988. Floodwall interview on NPR Berlin. Berlin, Germany. Sept 20, 2010. Floodwall in the New York Times. Jan 5, 2007. Floodwall in the Louisiana Association of Museums catalogue. Summer 2009. Floodwall cited in the book, Curricular Conversations: Play is the Thing by Margaret Macintyre Latta

Caspian tiger

The Caspian tiger was a Panthera tigris tigris population, which lived from eastern Turkey, the Caucasus around the Caspian Sea through Central Asia to northern Afghanistan and Xinjiang in western China. It inhabited sparse forests and riverine corridors in this region until the 1970s; this population was assessed as extinct in 2003. Felis virgata was the scientific name proposed in 1815 by Johann Karl Wilhelm Illiger for tigers in the Caspian Sea area, it was traditionally recognised as a distinct subspecies, Panthera tigris virgata. However, results of phylogeographic analysis indicate that the Caspian and Siberian tiger populations shared a common continuous geographic distribution until the early 19th century; some Caspian tiger individuals were intermediate in size between Bengal tigers. The Caspian tiger was called Balkhash tiger, Hyrcanian tiger, Turanian tiger, Babre Mazandaran, depending on the region of its occurrence. Felis virgata was the scientific name used by Illiger in 1815 when he described the greyish tigers in the area of the Caspian Sea and Persia.

In 1929, Reginald Innes Pocock subordinated the tiger to the genus Panthera. For several decades, the Caspian tiger was considered a distinct tiger subspecies. In 1999, the validity of several tiger subspecies was questioned. Most putative subspecies described in the 19th and 20th centuries were distinguished on basis of fur length and colouration, striping patterns and body size, hence characteristics that vary within populations. Morphologically, tigers from different regions vary little, gene flow between populations in those regions is considered to have been possible during the Pleistocene. Therefore, it was proposed to recognize only two tiger subspecies as valid, namely P. t. tigris in mainland Asia, P. t. sondaica in the Greater Sunda Islands and in Sundaland. At the start of the 21st century, genetic studies were carried out using 20 tiger bone and tissue samples from museum collections and sequencing at least one segment of five mitochondrial genes. Results revealed a low amount of variability in the mitochondrial DNA in Caspian tigers.

Phylogeographic analysis indicates that the common ancestor of Caspian and Siberian tigers colonized Central Asia via the Gansu−Silk Road region from eastern China less than 10,000 years ago, subsequently traversed eastward to establish the Siberian tiger population in the Russian Far East. The Caspian and Siberian tigers were a single contiguous population until the early 19th century, but became isolated from another due to fragmentation and loss of habitat during the Industrial Revolution. In 2015, morphological and molecular traits of all putative tiger subspecies were analysed in a combined approach. Results support distinction of the two evolutionary groups continental and Sunda tigers; the authors proposed recognition of only two subspecies, namely P. t. tigris comprising the Bengal, Indochinese, South Chinese and Caspian tiger populations, P. t. sondaica comprising the Javan and Sumatran tiger populations. Tigers in mainland Asia fall into two clades, namely a northern clade formed by the Caspian and Siberian tiger populations, a southern clade formed by populations in remaining mainland Asia.

In 2017, the Cat Specialist Group revised felid taxonomy and now recognizes the tiger populations in continental Asia as P. t. tigris. However, a genetic study published in 2018 supported six monophyletic clades, with the Amur and Caspian tigers being distinct from other mainland Asian populations, thus supporting the traditional concept of six living subspecies. Photographs of skins of Caspian and Amur tigers indicate that the main background colour of the Caspian tiger's fur varied and was brighter and more uniform than that of the Siberian tiger; the stripes were narrower and more set than those of tigers from Manchuria. The colour of its stripes was a mixture of cinnamon shades. Pure black patterns were invariably found only on head, the middle of the back and at the tip of the tail. Angular patterns at the base of the tail were less developed than those of Far Eastern populations; the contrast between the summer and winter coats was sharp, though not to the same extent as in Far Eastern populations.

The winter coat was paler, with less distinct patterns. The summer coat had a similar density and hair length to that of the Bengal tiger, though its stripes were narrower and closer set, it had the thickest fur amongst tigers due its occurrence in the temperate parts of Eurasia. The Caspian tiger ranked among the largest cats that existed. Males had a body length of 270 -- weighed 170 -- 240 kg. Maximum skull length in males was 297 -- 365.8 mm. Its occiput was broader than of the Bengal tiger; some individuals attained exceptional sizes. In 1954, a tiger was killed near the Sumbar River in Kopet-Dag whose stuffed skin was put on display in a museum in Ashgabat, its head-to-body length was 2.25 m. Its skull had a condylobasal length of about 305 mm, zygomatic width of 205 mm, its skull length was 385 mm, hence more than the known maximum of 365.8 mm for this population, exceeding skull length of most Siberian tigers. In Prishibinske, a tiger was killed in February 1899. Measurements after skinning revealed a body length of 270 cm between the pegs, plus a 90 c

Aaron Lockett (gridiron football)

Aaron Lockett is a former American football and Canadian football wide receiver and return specialist in the National Football League for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, San Francisco 49ers, in the Canadian Football League for the Ottawa Renegades and BC Lions. He played college football at Kansas State University where he set school and Big 12 Conference football and track and field records, his brother Kevin Lockett and nephew Tyler Lockett played WR at Kansas State where they set records. Lockett led the nation in punt return average for the 2000 NCAA Division I-A football season and was a 2nd team All-American; as of December 2011, he held the Big 12 Conference records for single-season punt return average and longest pass reception as well as Kansas State Wildcats records for Freshman receiving yards and the longest play from scrimmage. He was a four-time All-Big 12 selection and held Kansas State records for career all-purpose yards and consecutive 100-yard receiving games; as a track and field athlete, he is a former Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association champion in both the 4 × 100 metres relay and the 100 metres, a former Kansas State Wildcats 60 metres record holder and one of the fastest NFL Combine 40-yard dash participants of all-time.

His professional career involved several short stints that included most of a season on the taxi squad for the 2002 49ers of the NFL and a few years with the BC Lions of the CFL. In his most productive professional season, he led the CFL in return yards for the 2005 CFL season. On September 26, 1998, Michael Bishop connected with Lockett on a 97-yard touchdown against University of Louisiana at Monroe to set the Big 12 Conference record for longest pass reception. Lockett led the nation in punt return average with 22.8 yards and 3 touchdowns in 22 punt returns in 2000, according to National Collegiate Athletic Association record books, although Big 12 record books claim he finished second in the nation. The average led the Big 12, it still stands as the Big 12 Conference single-season record; that season, he was a second team All-American selection by the Associated Press. His 58-yard punt return touchdown in the 2000 Big 12 Championship Game tied the score in the third quarter. In 2001, he was an honorable mention All-American selection by CNN Sports Illustrated.

Lockett was a 1998 All-Big 12 Conference honorable mention wide receiver, 1999 All-Big 12 Conference second team wide receiver, 2000 All-Big 12 Conference first team punt returner, 2001 All-Big 12 Conference second team kickoff returner. He was a four-time Big 12 Conference Special Teams player of the week: August 26 – September 2, 2000, September 16, 2000, November 18, 2000, September 20–22 2001, he established the following Kansas State Wildcats football records: single-game receiving yards by a freshman single-season receiving yards by a freshman, consecutive 100-yard receiving games — broken in 2007 by Jordy Nelson, career all-purpose yards — broken in 2004 by Darren Sproles single-season punt return average longest play from scrimmage He led Kansas State in the following statistics: receptions receiving yards all-purpose yards In track, placed 4th and 5th in the 60 metres at the 1998 and 2000 Big 12 Indoor Track & Field Championships and set the Kansas State record of 6.69 seconds in the 1999 event.

In 2001, Terence Newman broke the record when he ran a 6.67, in 2002 Newman set the current school record of 6.62. Lockett's time of 21.48 seconds in 2000 was second in school history in the 200 metres at the time. Lockett has one of the fastest 40-yard dash times at the NFL Combine since 2000 when times began being recorded electronically with automatic time electronic timing, he was drafted in the 7th round of the 2002 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a compensatory selection. He signed with the 2002 Buccaneers in July of that year; the team released him at the end of training camp. He spent much of the 2002 NFL season on the taxi squad for the San Francisco 49ers, who signed him on October 1, released him on November 19, signed him on November 27, re-signed him for 2003 the following February, they released him in training camp in 2003. In 2004, Lockett signed with the Ottawa Renegades. At some point in the season, he became a member of the 2004 BC Lions that played in the 92nd Grey Cup.

During the 2005 CFL season for the BC Lions, he fielded 61 kickoff returns, which as of 2011 was tied for fourth all-time in league history. That season, he became a Rogers CFL Player Awards nominee, he was released by the Lions during the 2006 CFL season after return blocking rule changes rendered him ineffective. Lockett's brother held the Kansas state career receiving record, surpassed by his nephew on November 8, 2014, his nephew is the only Kansas State player to return kickoffs for touchdowns in consecutive games. His parents are Beatrice Lockett, he is an accomplished rapper. Kansas State bio

Keith Elliott

Keith Elliott, VC was a New Zealand soldier who served with the New Zealand Military Forces during the Second World War. He was awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces, for his actions in the First Battle of El Alamein. Born in Apiti, near Kimbolton, New Zealand in the Manawatu, Elliott was a farm manager when the Second World War began, he volunteered for service abroad with the Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force and was posted to the 22nd Battalion. He saw action during the Battles of Greece and Crete and in North Africa. By now a sergeant, during Operation Crusader in November 1941, he was one of 700 New Zealanders made prisoners of war when their position was overrun by the Germans. Freed two months he was serving as a platoon commander during the First Battle of El Alamein. After he was awarded his VC, he was promoted to second lieutenant, sent home to New Zealand and discharged from the 2NZEF.

Returning to civilian life, he in 1948 became a priest. He shifted around the lower half of the North Island for the next several years, serving in a number of churches, he was a chaplain in the Territorial Force. He retired from the priesthood in 1981 and died eight years at the age of 73. Keith Elliott was born on 25 April 1916 in Apiti, New Zealand, one of nine children of a farmer and his wife, he was educated in nearby Feilding, firstly at Lytton Street School and at Feilding Agricultural High School. He was unable to complete his formal schooling because in 1933, he had to drop out to work on the family farm. Two years he began managing a large farm at Marima. Elliott tried to enlist in the New Zealand Military Forces on hearing of the outbreak of the Second World War but was declined due to the poor state of his teeth, he was successful on a attempt and in January 1940 he joined the Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force, raised for service overseas. He was posted to 22nd Battalion, commanded by a Victoria Cross winner of the First World War, Lieutenant Colonel Leslie Andrew.

The battalion embarked for the Middle East as part of the Second Echelon of the 2NZEF but was diverted to England during transit. It arrived in England in June 1940. While in England, Elliott was promoted to lance corporal. In early 1941, the Second Echelon was redesignated the 5th Infantry Brigade, 2nd New Zealand Division, was sent to Greece as part of an Allied contingent set to counter a invasion by the Germans, his battalion was positioned at the Olympus Pass, shortly after the invasion commenced, engaged advancing German tanks. The New Zealanders withdrew after a day. Evacuated to Crete on 25 April, 22nd Battalion was defending Maleme airfield when German paratroopers attacked on 20 May; the airfield was abandoned that evening much to Elliott's displeasure as his platoon was holding their positions. The Allies were evacuated to Egypt a week but not before Elliott was wounded in the arm in a skirmish with enemy paratroopers. While the division was refitting and rearming following the fighting in Greece and Crete, Elliott was promoted to lance sergeant platoon sergeant.

In November 1941, during Operation Crusader, his platoon was attached to the headquarters of the 5th Infantry Brigade for security. On 27 November, he, along with 700 other men, were captured when the headquarters was overrun by elements of Generalleutnant Erwin Rommel's Afrika Corps, which had outflanked the Allies, he spent two months under harsh conditions in captivity before being liberated by South African troops. He lost a considerable amount of weight during his time as a prisoner of war, he rejoined the 2nd New Zealand Division, refitting in Syria, but contracted malaria and missed out on its hasty recall to Egypt and the subsequent fighting at Minqar Qaim. On his recovery, Elliott rejoined the 22nd Battalion on 13 July 1942, in time for the First Battle of Alamein; the battalion was short of commissioned officers, he found himself acting platoon commander for the forthcoming operation to capture Ruweisat Ridge. After commencing the attack early in the morning of 15 July, the battalion reached the ridge and began digging in.

At daybreak, it was discovered that the New Zealanders had passed several German tanks during their advance the previous evening. Elliott spotted the tanks when they began advancing towards the 22nd Battalion's position at dawn and notified the commanders of nearby platoons. However, they believed the tanks to be British and disregarded Elliott's warning until the German tanks began attacking the battalion's positions, it was that Elliott performed the actions that led to the award of the Victoria Cross. The citation for his VC read: At dawn on 15 July 1942 the battalion to which Sergeant Elliot belonged was attacked on three flanks by tanks. Under heavy tank, machine-gun and shell fire, Sergeant Elliott led the platoon he was commanding to the cover of a ridge three hundred yards away, during which he sustained a chest wound. Here he re-formed his men and led them to a dominating ridge a further five hundred yards away, where they came under heavy enemy machine-gun and mortar fire, he located enemy machine-gun posts to his front and right flank, while one section attacked on the right flank, Sergeant Elliott led seven men in a bayonet charge across five hundred yards of open ground in the face of heavy fire and captured four enemy machine-gun posts and an anti-tank gun, killing a number of the enemy and taking fifty prisoners.

His section came under fire from a machine-gun po

Kyle Clinton

Kyle Patrick Clinton is an American soccer player who most played for Tampa Bay Rowdies. Clinton spent his college career at Francis Marion University and played in the USL Premier Development League for Mississippi Brilla and GPS Portland Phoenix. On March 27, 2013, Clinton signed a two-year contract with NASL club Tampa Bay Rowdies, he made his debut on April 6. His father, Kevin Clinton, played goalie for the original Tampa Bay Rowdies in the old NASL, with them in the American Soccer League. Tampa Bay Rowdies bio Francis Marion Patriots bio