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Zastava M57

The Zastava M57 pistol was a standard sidearm of the Yugoslav Army. It is a single-action pistol chambered for the fast and powerful 7.62×25mm Tokarev cartridge. These are popular surplus weapons in the West, as they are affordable and plentiful; the M57 and M70 pistols are produced, updated with slide-mounted safeties. Adopted in 1957, the M57 was a license-produced copy of the Soviet Tokarev TT pistol, although the M57 had a longer grip to accommodate a larger magazine. Around 1970, Crvena Zastava began production of a similar pistol, the M70A, chambered in 9×19mm Luger; as of 2014, Zastava manufactures new production M57s, M70As and M88s. These models are updated with more modern safety features and sell at a retail price of $220–300 USD; the M57 pistol is short-recoil-operated, locked-breech pistol that uses a Browning-type action with swinging link. The trigger is of single-action type; the pistol has no manual safeties except for a half-cock notch on the hammer. Due to BATFE import restrictions, a manual safety was fitted to surplus models imported to the United States.

The controls on the military surplus M57s are identical to those of the American M1911 pattern US Army pistols, a factor in their popularity in the United States. The new manufacture pistols have a manual safety, mounted on the slide rather than the frame; the new versions of the M57A/M70A feature a magazine safety that renders the gun unable to fire unless a magazine is inserted into the grip frame. The magazine is single-stack, 9 round capacity. Although the M57 pistol is a TT-30 design, the 8 round magazines of Tokarev pistols manufactured by other nations will not work in the M57 due to them being too short to reach the firing chamber, its 9-round magazine will however work with other nations' Tokarevs, although it sticks out the bottom slightly. Other changes include a magazine safety, larger magazine release button, captive recoil spring and M1911 style firing pin and stop. M57 basic model. M57A is an upgrade of basic model M57, it has an external safety. M70 7.65mm Browning compact variant M70A 9mm version of the M57A M88 shorter version of M70A.

M88A features an external safety on the slide As of 2011 M88A are imported in United States by K-VAR/FIME Group. As of 2012 M57A, M70A and M88A are imported into the U. S. by Century International Arms. Zastava Arms Zastava M70 Zastava M88 Zastava CZ 99 Zastava PPZ TT pistol

Upper Columbia Academy

Upper Columbia Academy is a 9-12 boarding high school located in Spangle, about 20 miles south of Spokane. It is operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, it is a part of the Seventh-day Adventist education system, the world's second largest Christian school system. Upper Columbia Academy's predecessor was Yakima Valley Academy; that original school closed in 1945 due to lack of space and physical plant problems - walls were held together by metal cables mounted on both sides of the rooms. The school had to find a bigger place and Pastor Mote was empowered by the church leadership to spend no more than $100,000 for a school. Pastor Mote came to the auction for the old poor farm in Spangle, but the minimum opening bid was over his limit, he told the auctioneer that he couldn't bid, so minimum opening bid was lowered to $100,000. Pastor Mote's was the only bid and the property was purchased, along with 15 hogs that they sold for $1500 to provide operating capital for the first year of school.

Upper Columbia Academy has six varsity sports teams. Men's Soccer, women's volleyball, men's and woman's basketball, men's and woman's golf. Men's soccer has experienced some success placing 4th at the 2017 Walla Walla University fall classic tournament, finishing 2nd at the Union college invitational. In 2018, the soccer team made it to the championship game at Fall Classic and the 3rd place game at the Union College Invitational; the men's Basketball team has been good, boasting a positive win to loss ratio. At the 2018 Walla Walla University friendship tournament, the men's basketball team took 1st, never going down at any point throughout the entire tournament. In Golf, both Blake Johnson and Evan Pierce made the 2018 state tournament. Upper Columbia Academy graduated 82 seniors at the end of the 2005-2006 school year. About 275 students attended UCA in 2005-2006. During this notable school year, UCA won the prestigious Academy Award of Excellence for being the top high school in the United States out of some 100 full-program Adventist high schools.

The current enrollment is 265 with a senior class of about 90. All students take religion classes each year; these classes cover topics in Christian and denominational doctrines. Instructors in other disciplines begin each class period with prayer or a short devotional thought, many which encourage student input. Weekly, the entire student body gathers together in the auditorium for an hour-long chapel service. Outside the classrooms there is year-round spiritually oriented programming that relies on student involvement. Students at UCA have jobs, attend classes, participate in community service. Elective classes from CAD to metalworking to desktop publishing are available, as well as extracurricular activities—snow skiing in winter, town trips, drama club, science club, etc. Upper Columbia Academy is owned and operated by the Upper Columbia Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Students who attend UCA have access to scholarships from the UCA Foundation, a 5013 non-profit organization founded for the benefit of providing financial support to students.

The State of Washington The Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges Accrediting Association of Seventh-day Adventist Schools and Universities, Inc. List of Seventh-day Adventist secondary schools Seventh-day Adventist education Official website

Plaça de la República, Barcelona

Plaça de la República called "Plaça de Llucmajor" is a square in Barcelona, unofficially regarded as the nucleus of its Nou Barris district. It's the intersection of three avenues: Passeig de Valldaura, Passeig de Verdum and Via Júlia, Barcelona. Besides, it's the official border between four neighbourhoods of the district: Guineueta, Prosperitat and Verdum. Being scarcely more than a roundabout, its center is occupied since 1990 by a 30-metre high metal monument made by Josep Viladomat in the 1930s called La República, with the effigy of Francesc Pi i Margall; the monument was located in the much more famous intersection between Passeig de Gràcia and Avinguda Diagonal, nowadays still crowned by a Francoist monument. The November 29, 2015 the City Council announced the upcoming change of name of the square, which will be renamed "Plaça de la República"; the change will be effective on April 14, 2016. List of streets and squares in Nou Barris, Barcelona Noubarris.net

World's Largest Peace Pipe

The World's Largest Peace Pipe is a statue of a ceremonial pipe in Pipestone, United States. It began with a vision shared by three spiritual people: two Anishinaabe; the pipe stands on the grounds of the historic Rock Island Railroad depot near the entrance to Pipestone National Monument, home to the Keepers of the Sacred Tradition of Pipemakers. The location of the giant peace pipe is significant; the soft red catlinite from the quarry has been used by American Indians for thousands of years to create ceremonial peace pipes. In the 1990s, three spiritual people from different Native tribes had the same dream within a two-year period. Art Zimmiga, a Lakota from Pine Ridge, South Dakota, was the first, he came to Pipestone to write a business plan for the Keepers of the Sacred Tradition of Pipemakers. To wish success to the new organization, Zimmiga presented founder Bud Johnston with an eagle feather from his medicine bundle. To many indigenous people, the eagle feather represents the gateway to the Creator.

On his way back to Pine Ridge, Zimmiga had a day vision. He saw a huge pipe. In his vision, elders were giving gifts; each time they offered a gift, smoke came out of the big pipe. About six months a Midi Anishinaabe woman named Lisa Dietz from Sault Ste. Marie, shared a similar vision, she was a member of a group of spiritual people who blessed the depot building upon the formation of the Keepers of the Sacred Tradition of Pipemakers in 1996 and presented an eagle feather. She had a dream of a giant pipe and encouraged the building of it. A few months Bud Johnston's oldest son, came home to Pipestone on a visit from Spokane, Washington. While visiting the depot, Bill had a vision about building a huge piece pipe, he sent his father a drawing of the pipe, the two men discussed what it would take to build it. Bill envisioned the pipe to be about 30 feet long, he made a scaled drawing and determined that the it could be made out of steel well casing 12 inches in diameter and seven or eight inches where the bowl and stem fit together.

Bill purchased his father flew out to Spokane to begin work on the sculpture. Bud invited John, a meticulous welder, to help with the creation of the pipe; the pipe was designed as a "four winds" pipe, with four rings welded onto the bowl to honor the four directions from which Native people have come to Pipestone. Once it was completed, finding a location for the pipe proved challenging; the city of Pipestone was reluctant to have the pipe installed on its historic Rock Island Depot property. After much debate, the Historic Preservation Committee approved the installation with the agreement that the pipe would sit on a foundation of cream-colored brick and red quartzite, in a bed of flowers; the Keepers of the Sacred Tradition of Pipemakers bought the depot building and adjacent land in January 1997. Getting the pipe from Spokane to Pipestone presented another challenge. Mike Ziebarth arranged for a trucker who delivered Bayliner boats across the country to haul it to Minnesota for the price of gas.

The pipe arrived in Pipestone for installation in January 1999. John Johnston suggested that feathers be added to the sculpture, as Indian tradition holds that the feathers help to speed prayers to the Creator; the feathers were created and attached to the sculpture during an annual pow wow the following August. A local artist painted the pipe sculpture. A poem by Rona Johnston honoring all Native people who have made the journey to Pipestone is engraved on a piece of red quartzite and mounted below the pipe; the big pipe was featured in the May 2008 issue of Reader's Digest. People come from all over the world to visit the quarries and have their picture taken in front of the world’s largest peace pipe; this article incorporates text from MNopedia, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License

Strychnos spinosa

Strychnos spinosa is a tree indigenous to tropical and subtropical Africa. It produces, yellow fruits, containing numerous hard brown seeds. Greenish-white flowers grow in dense heads at the ends of branches; the fruits tend to appear only after good rains. It is related to the deadly Strychnos nux-vomica; the smooth, hard fruit are ripen to yellow colour. Inside the fruit are packed seeds, which may be toxic, surrounded by a fleshy, edible covering. Animals such as baboon, bushpig and eland eat the fruit; the leaves are a popular food source for browsers such as duiker, impala, steenbok and elephant. Common names: Napal-orange, spiny orange, green monkey orange, Morapa umKwakwa, Mutamba, Eguni /Maguni, iHlala, Massala, Fole, Kankoroba; this tree can be found growing singly in well-drained soils. It is found in bushveld, riverine fringes, sand forest and coastal bush from the Eastern Cape to Kwazulu-Natal northwards to Mozambique, inland to Swaziland, parts of Zambia, northern Botswana northern Namibia, Angola guinea Bissau to tropical Africa, north west Madagascar and south east Madagascar at Sainte Luce Reserve, North west Ethiopia, Western Tigray.

It is able to grow in arid lands. The plant, taken alone or in conjunction with extracts of other plants, is used by the Tiv people of Nigeria for snakebites, venereal disease, increasing the flow of breastmilk in lactating mothers, enhancing physical strength. An iridoid, has been isolated from the root bark of Strychnos spinosa. Sitrit Y, Loison S, Ninio R, et al.. "Characterization of monkey orange, a potential new crop for arid regions". J. Agric. Food Chem. 51: 6256–60. Doi:10.1021/jf030289e. PMID 14518952. Plantzafrica description New Fruits for Arid Climates "Strychnos spinosa". Germplasm Resources Information Network. Agricultural Research Service, United States Department of Agriculture. FAO: State of Forest Genetic Resources in Kenya Strychnos spinosa in West African plants – A Photo Guide

Emmenosperma alphitonioides

Emmenosperma alphitonioides, the yellow ash or bonewood, is a rainforest tree of eastern Australia. It grows from Clyde River, New South Wales near Batemans Bay, to Cape York Peninsula in at the most northerly part of Australia, it grows in many different types of rainforest, in tropical, sub tropical and warm temperate rainforests. Growing to around 35 metres tall, 150 cm in diameter; the outer bark is silvery grey. The fissures become more evident on larger trees; the trunk is somewhat flanged at the base. The leaves appear "featureless", opposite, not toothed, somewhat resembling leaves of a lemon or orange. 2 to 7 cm long, 2 to 4 cm wide with a blunt point. The petioles are 4 to 10 mm smooth. Lower leaf surface paler than the top side. Leaf veins evident on both sides. White flowers appear in cymes of panicles; the fruit is a bright orange and fleshy, with two seeds. Fruit matures from March to August; when fruiting, the tree is identified by masses of orange drupes. The use of a file is recommended to assist germination.

Floyd, A. G. Rainforest Trees of Mainland South-eastern Australia, Inkata Press 1989, ISBN 0-909605-57-2