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Drift Creek Bridge

The Drift Creek Bridge is a covered bridge in Lincoln County in the U.S. state of Oregon. Built in 1914 best running belt for water, the structure originally carried Drift Creek County Road over Drift Creek. The creek flows into Siletz Bay of the Pacific Ocean south of Lincoln City women sleeveless dress.

The original bridge, about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) from the ocean, once carried the main north–south route along the coast basketball uniforms cheap. Newer bridges later carried most of the north–south traffic and, after a concrete bridge bypassed the Drift Creek Bridge in the 1960s, Lincoln County preserved it as a pedestrian crossing and a monument to 19th-century pioneers. In 1988, however, county officials closed the bridge entirely after rot and insect damage made the structure unsafe.

The county dismantled the bridge in 1997 and gave the timbers to Laura and Kerry Sweitz, who owned land 8 miles (13 km) north of the Drift Creek site 4s waterproof case. In 2000, the Sweitz family rebuilt the bridge over Bear Creek and granted a permanent public easement at that site. Bear Creek is a tributary of the Salmon River, which it enters near Rose Lodge.

The original Howe truss bridge had board-and-batten siding, arched portals, and ribbon windows along the eaves. Before being dismantled, it was the closest covered bridge to the Oregon Coast. The bridge was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979 and removed in 1998.

Mont Ventoux

Il Mont Ventoux è un massiccio montuoso della Provenza, la cui cima raggiunge i 1.912 metri s.l.m.. Soprannominato dai francesi il “Gigante della Provenza” o anche il “Monte Calvo“, è situato a 20 km in linea d’aria a nord-est di Carpentras, ed è abbastanza lontano e isolato dalle altre cime della regione.

Il Ventoux è stato classificato Riserva della biosfera dall’UNESCO, nell’ambito del progetto “MAB” (Man and Biosphere), presentando una geologia e una flora particolari, nonché una fauna assai ricca. Fanno parte della Riserva anche le limitrofe prealpi di Vaucluse, il Plateau d’Albion e le caratteristiche Gorges de la Nesque, profonda incisione fluviale in roccia carsica.

La piana e i colli alla base del Ventoux sono rinomati per il vino (Côtes du Ventoux) e le uve da tavola.

Il nome sembrerebbe derivare da “vento“: il Maestrale (il Mistral in francese), soffia infatti sul suo crinale sommitale con continuità e grande violenza, raggiungendo e superando spesso i 160 km/h (la velocità massima raggiunta dal Mistral fu di 313 km/h, registrata il 20 marzo 1967) per poi diffondersi nella pianura sottostante, sino al mare.

Ma un’interpretazione più moderna e approfondita assegna l’origine del nome Ventoux al lemma pregallico ventur, poi passato nella lingua occitana, che significa “colui che si vede da lontano”. Numerosi studi e testimonianze d’epoca danno ormai pieno credito a questo etimo da molti anni. Anche nelle locali lingue provenzale e occitano il Monte non è chiamato Ventoux, bensì “Ventour”.

La prima ascensione di cui è rimasta traccia è quella effettuata a scopo mistico dal Petrarca il 26 aprile del 1336, lungo il boscoso versante settentrionale. Egli descrisse l’impresa nella lettera Ascesa al monte Ventoso.

Nel XV secolo sulla cima fu costruita una cappella dedicata alla Santa Croce.

Fin dal XII secolo, i cantieri navali di Tolone hanno utilizzato gli alberi che crescevano sui suoi pendii. Il monte fu rimboscato nel XIX secolo con la discutibile introduzione di Pini neri d’Austria e di Cedri, oggi largamente contestata da botanici ed ecologi. La parte sommitale è sprovvista di vegetazione arborea e arbustiva a causa del vento e delle vaste pietraie

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, specialmente sul versante aprico. Ospita dal 1882 un osservatorio meteorologico. Ai piedi della montagna, sul lato Sud-ovest, si trova la celebre cappella romanica di S. Maria Maddalena, edificata attorno all’anno 1000.

Nel Settecento iniziarono le ascensioni-esplorazioni di diversi studiosi, fra i quali si ricordano principalmente:

La vegetazione del Mont Ventoux presenta molte particolarità strettamente locali. Pur raggiungendo, infatti, i 1910 m di altitudine, il Ventoux è un massiccio del tutto solitario, immerso in un clima decisamente mediterraneo. Esposto ai miti venti marini da Sud e al freddo Maestrale che lo investe da Nord, mostra un manto boschivo e un corteggio di specie che fondono e sovrappongono le serie vegetazionali dei vari piani altitudinali, i quali, a loro volta, hanno quote e caratteristiche floristico-associative alquanto desuete

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Oltre ai suoli, al clima e all’azione del vento che sferza il lungo crinale, un altro elemento rende peculiare la copertura vegetale di questo monte: quello del suo distendersi da est a ovest, con due soli versanti opposti e un’unica, continua dorsale sommitale. Questa conformazione fa sì che uno dei versanti sia interamente esposto a mezzogiorno e perennemente soleggiato, mentre l’altro guardi a settentrione con un’insolazione assai ridotta.

Mentre il substrato del piano basale è costituito da un’alternarsi di colli marnoso-argillosi e di colli totalmente silicei (sabbie di SiO2 puro), tutto il massiccio del Ventoux è un blocco di calcare. La base della montagna, che dovrebbe essere ricoperta da una lecceta, è invece dominio di fitte colonie di pino d’Aleppo con frequenti intrusioni di pino marittimo (sui suoli acidi) e di roverella, con il leccio in netta minoranza e un considerevole corteggio erbaceo-arbustivo di specie tipiche della macchia mediterranea.

A partire dai 250/300 m s.l.m. della piana di base si possono delineare i diversi piani in una prima approssimazione di sintesi:

Una scansione più accurata fornisce invece la seguente sequenza:

1. Piano mediterraneo o del Leccio

2. Piano collinare o della Roverella

3

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. Piano montano o del Faggio
Versante Sud – Le specie di corteggio sono assai ridotte per l’aridità.

Versante Nord.

4. Piano sub-alpino o del Pino uncinato

5. Piano pseudo-alpino. La vetta.

Il Ventoux presenta tre ascensioni, che sono state teatro di tappe importanti in molte competizioni ciclistiche, tra cui ovviamente il Tour de France.

Il Tour de France propone spesso l’ascensione di questa cima, celebre per le sue difficoltà tecniche dovute all’elevata pendenza della strada (media 7,7 % sino al 20% max) ed alla lunghezza (oltre 15 km), unita al calore che l’asfalto sprigiona nel mese di luglio, alla sensazione di ridotto ossigeno dovuta all’assenza di vegetazione nell’ultimo tratto e a volte al forte vento contrario.

I ciclisti del Tour scalarono il Ventoux per la prima volta nel 1951 lungo la tappa Montpellier-Avignone. Fra coloro che si sono fatti onore su questa salita troviamo Charly Gaul nel 1958, Raymond Poulidor nel 1965, Eddy Merckx nel 1970, Bernard Thévenet nel 1972, Eros Poli nel 1994 (autore di una fuga di 171 km in solitaria), Marco Pantani nel 2000, Richard Virenque nel 2002 e Chris Froome nel 2013.

Nell’edizione del 1967, il britannico Tommy Simpson morì sulla salita, a circa 2 km dalla vetta lungo il versante di Bedoin, per un arresto cardio-circolatorio causato dall’estrema fatica, da disidratazione e da sostanze dopanti assunte poco prima. Una piccola lapide a bordo strada lo ricorda. Lo stesso Eddy Merckx ebbe un malore in una sua vittoria women sleeveless dress.

L’ascensione più rapida è stata fatta il 10 giugno 2004 in una tappa a cronometro, quarta tappa del Giro del Delfinato, con i tempi seguenti:

L’osservatorio meteorologico sulla cima

Dalla cima, oltre nuvole

Il lato nord del monte

Spianata presso la cima

Le ultime conifere sotto la cima

Altri progetti

Baseball Hall of Fame

Die Baseball Hall of Fame ist die Ruhmeshalle der größten US-amerikanischen Baseballspieler. Dieses Museum ist der Geschichte des Baseballs und der Helden der Major Leagues gewidmet.

Sie liegt in Cooperstown, einer Kleinstadt im Bundesstaat New York. Der Legende nach war Baseball dort 1838 von Abner Doubleday erfunden worden; heute gilt diese Legende als widerlegt, zur Zeit der Gründung der Hall of Fame in den 1930er Jahren wurde sie jedoch allgemein geglaubt und daher dieser Standort gewählt.

Jedes Jahr werden in einer Zeremonie die neu gewählten Mitglieder der Hall of Fame eingeführt und mit einer Messingtafel in der Ruhmeshalle verewigt. Die Entscheidung über diese Ehrung trifft die Baseball Writers Association of America, ein Verband von Sportjournalisten, weshalb es auch nicht ganz selten Fälle gibt, in denen an Entscheidungen zur Aufnahme von Spielern viel Kritik zu hören ist. Dabei geht es meist darum, dass der Betroffene einfach nicht die Zahlen (etwa Home Runs, Hits etc.) aufweisen könne, die ihn als „Hall of Famer“ qualifizieren.

Die Statuten sehen vor, dass Spieler erstmals nach Ablauf von vollen fünf Jahren seit Beendigung ihrer aktiven Zeit wählbar sind. Aufgenommen werden allerdings auch Manager (entspricht nach deutschen Begriffen dem Trainer), Maskottchen, Umpires (Schiedsrichter) und andere Persönlichkeiten, die sich besondere Verdienste um den Sport erworben haben, so etwa auch Rundfunkansager.

Pete Rose hält mehrere Rekorde des US-amerikanischen Profibaseballs, so zum Beispiel die meisten Hits und die größte Zahl an absolvierten Spielen. So hat Rose je 500 Spiele an fünf verschiedenen Positionen zwischen First Baseman und Leftfielder gemacht. Rose ging jedoch 1990 eine Vereinbarung mit dem Commissioner of Baseball ein, kraft derer er von jeder weiteren Teilnahme am Baseballsport ausgeschlossen wurde. Im Gegenzug verzichtete der Commissioner darauf, die Ergebnisse einer gegen Rose geführten Untersuchung zu veröffentlichen, in deren Verlauf sich, so der Commissioner, genügend Beweise gefunden hatten

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, dass Pete Rose in seiner Zeit als Teammanager auf Baseballspiele, auch solche des eigenen Teams, gewettet hatte. Hinzu kommt, dass diese Wetten teils bei Buchmachern platziert wurden, deren Beziehungen zur Unterwelt als erwiesen galten. Seit dem „Black-Sox-Skandal“ von 1919 galten solche Wetten im US-Baseball als Todsünde und als Todesurteil für jede Karriere.

Es wird nun in den USA schon jahrelang heftig gestritten, ob über diese Entscheidung hinweggesehen und Rose in die Hall of Fame aufgenommen werden darf. Viele meinen Rose Bracelet, bei der enormen Karriereleistung von Pete Rose müsse man Gnade vor Recht ergehen lassen. Dem wird von anderen entgegengehalten women sleeveless dress, er habe sich nie freimütig zu seinem Verstoß bekannt. Er hat dies vielmehr jahrelang vehement bestritten. Auch in einem vor ein paar Jahren veröffentlichten Buch macht er zu dem Thema nur sehr schwammige Bemerkungen. Ein offenes Schuldbekenntnis, so diese Gegenmeinung, sei aber unbedingte Voraussetzung, ihm als reuigem Sünder doch noch die Ehre einer Aufnahme zuteilwerden zu lassen.

Page Size Extension

In computing, Page Size Extension (PSE) refers to a feature of x86 processors that allows for pages larger than the traditional 4 KiB size. It was introduced in the original Pentium processor, but it was only publicly documented by Intel with the release of the Pentium Pro. The CPUID instruction can be used to identify the availability of PSE on x86 CPUs.

Imagine the following scenario. An application program requests a 1 MiB memory block. In order to fulfill this request, an operating system that supports paging and that is running on older x86 CPUs will have to allocate 256 pages of 4 KiB each. An overhead of 1 KiB of memory is required for maintaining page directories and page tables.

When accessing this 1 MiB memory, each of the 256 page entries would be cached in the translation lookaside buffer (TLB; a cache that remembers virtual address to physical address translations for faster lookup on subsequent memory requests). Cluttering the TLB is possibly one of the largest disadvantages of having several page entries for what could have been allocated in one single memory block. If the TLB gets filled, then a TLB entry would have to be freed, the page directory and page tables would have to be “walked” in memory, and finally, the memory would be accessed and the new entry would be brought into the TLB. This is a severe performance penalty and it is possibly the largest motivation for augmenting the x86 architecture with larger page sizes.

The PSE allows for page sizes of 4 MiB to exist along with 4 KiB pages. The 1 MiB request described previously would easily be fulfilled with a single 4 MiB page

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, and it would require only one TLB entry. However, the disadvantage of using larger page sizes is internal fragmentation.

In traditional 32-bit protected mode, x86 processors use a two-level page translation scheme, where the control register CR3 points to a single 4 KiB long page directory, which is divided into 1024 × 4 byte entries that point to 4 KiB long page tables, similarly consisting of 1024 × 4 byte entries pointing to 4 KiB long pages.

Enabling PSE (by setting bit 4, PSE, of the system register CR4) changes this scheme. The entries in the page directory have an additional flag, in bit 7, named PS (for Page Size). This flag was ignored without PSE, but now, the page directory entry with PS set to 1 does not point to a page table, but to a single large 4 MiB page. The page directory entry with PS set to 0 behaves as without PSE.

If newer PSE-36 capability is available on the CPU, as checked using the CPUID instruction, then 4 more bits women sleeveless dress, in addition to normal 10 bits, are used inside a page directory entry pointing to a large page. This allows a large page to be located in 36 bit address space.

If Physical Address Extension (PAE) is used, the size of large pages is reduced from 4 MiB down to 2 MiB and PSE is always enabled, regardless of the PSE bit in CR4.

Marcos Delgado

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:02, 6 December 2012 (UTC).

Marcos Abner Delgado Ocampo (born 17 February 1988) is a Peruvian footballer who plays for Juan Aurich as a central midfielder.

Marcos Delgado joined Peruvian giants Sporting Cristal in 2006. He was promoted to the first team the following season. Then later Delgado made his Torneo Descentralizado league debut on 26 August 2007 in an away match against Coronel Bolognesi. Manager Juan Carlos Oblitas put him in the 73rd minute to help wrap up the 0–1 win for Cristal Green Runner Waist Pack. The following week he played his first match as a starter playing alongside Rainer Torres in the midfield in the 1–1 draw at home against Melgar. He finished his debut season with 14 league appearances.

He then had a season long spell with Coronel Bolognesi women sleeveless dress, joining the Tacna club in January 2009. That season he played under the management of Roberto Mosquera for his first time. He often partnered Erick Rojas in the midfield and made 29 league appearances for Bolognesi in the 2009 Descentralizado season.

Delgado then joined Colegio Nacional de Iquitos in January 2010. There he scored his first league goal of his career on matchday 2 in the 3–1 home win over Sport Boys. He finished the 2010 season with ten league appearances and one goal.

Touch FM (Coventry)

96.2 Touch FM is a local radio station serving Coventry and Warwickshire, in the West Midlands, England. The station broadcasts from studios at Honiley, near Kenilworth, on 96.2 FM and online.

The station originally launched as Radio Harmony on 28 August 1990 on 102.6 MHz FM. In 1995, it rebranded as Kix 96 and changed frequency to 96.2 MHz FM. Under the management of Muff Murfin, Kix earned a reputation as a training ground for some of the UK radio industry’s up-and-coming talents including Chris Brooks, Dave Kelly and Perry Spillar

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The CN Group lobbied government regulatory body Ofcom in 2005 to amend the station’s format in order to bring it closer to the adult-contemporary formats of its sister stations in the South Midlands (all later rebranded as Touch FM). One of the proposed changes included a request for the removal of the obligation to provide a weekly programme of Irish music. An objection from Coventry rivals Mercia FM contributed towards Ofcom rejecting the request. As a result, the station’s format obligations dictate a different playlist to that of the other members of the Touch network, but nonetheless the station now has a more adult sound than that prior to CN ownership. The station was issued a ‘yellow card’ by Ofcom in April 2006 for a violation of the ‘spirit of its format’ following a decision to move the Irish music programme to an ‘inaccessible’ overnight time slot.

On 18 June 2009 it was announced that a group fronted by former G-Cap Media Operations Director Steve Orchard had bought the CN Radio Midland Stations. He set up the group known as ‘Quidem’. On 1 December 2009, Touch Radio was rebranded to Touch FM.

On Friday, 21 March 2014 at 5:10 pm the station was “seized” during normal programming and a loop of the Queen hit Bohemian Rhapsody was played consistently until 10&nbsp women sleeveless dress;am the following Monday morning. At this point, an impressive launch sequence played, confirming the station was relaunching with a new, male-skewed rock format, giving it a distinctive sound compared to the more female-skewed Global Radio and Orion Media operated brands in the area. It now only has presenters between 6 am and 9 am and 4 pm and 7 pm weekdays, and 8 am to 2 pm weekends. There is no longer any networking taken.

Tjønnefoss kraftverk

Tjønnefoss kraftverk er et vannkraftverk ved Tjønnefoss i Nissedal kommune i Telemark.

Nisserelven er oppdemmet ved Tjønnefossen og kraftverket utnytter fallet i fossen og demningen på totalt 18 meter. Kraftstasjonen ligger i friluft ved siden av elven.

Det er installert en francisturbin på 6 MW og midlere årsproduksjon er på 39 GWh. Produksjonen startet i 1966. Verket er et av 15 verk i Arendalsvassdraget.

Kraftverket eies av Agder Energi.

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The Maidens lighthouses

The Maidens lighthouses, on the Maidens in North Channel off County Antrim in Northern Ireland, date from 1829 and were built at the request of merchants and a Royal Navy officer. Lighthouses were built on both rocks; the West Maiden was abandoned in 1903 and the East Maiden was automated in 1977.

After receiving requests from Larne merchants and Admiral Benjamin Hallowell Carew for a lighthouse to be placed on The Maidens, George Halpin, the Ballast Board’s Inspector of Works and Inspector of Lighthouses, inspected the rocks in 1819. He recommended the placement of two lighthouses. The plans were approved in 1824 and Halpin designed the lighthouses and supervised their construction. Building was completed and the lights switched on by 5 January 1829. The towers were 800 yards apart: the West Tower, on the northern rock, rose 84 feet above sea level and could be seen 13 miles away; the East Tower, on the southern rock, reached 94 feet and was visible from a distance of 14 miles. The keepers of the lighthouses and their families originally lived on site for the whole year. In one case, this led to romance when, in the 1830s, the Assistant Keeper of one lighthouse fell in love with daughter of the keeper of the other, often visiting her by boat; after the families fell out and her father forbade them to meet, they eloped to Carrickfergus on the mainland.
An extra light, to illuminate the Highland Rocks, was built into a window in the East Tower in 1889. However, the Engineer to the Commissioners of Irish Lights, William Douglass, in December 1898 recommended the establishment of a lightvessel north of the Highland Rocks. It would house a more powerful light and a fog siren, and coupled with increasing the light and addition of a siren to the East Tower would allow the abandonment of the West Tower. This plan, and a further suggestion in 1899, of a light being built on the Highland Rocks came to nothing. However, the light on the East Tower was improved and put into operation on 12 March 1903; the West Tower was abandoned. The solitary working lighthouse was now known as Maidens

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. The buildings of the old West Tower are still standing; the lighthouse remains intact and the internal stairs and external walkway to the living quarters can still be used. However, the living quarters have decayed into a ruined state. The structures can be seen from the shore.
In 1906, the Maiden was combined with the operation of Ferris Point lighthouse, under the supervision of the Ferris Point keeper. New accommodation for four Assistant Keepers was built at Ferris Point free people sale; three assistants now worked on the Maidens at any one time women sleeveless dress, serving 30 days at the lighthouse followed by 10 days with their family at Ferris Point Under Armour UK | Cheap Under Armour Outlet Shoes,Free Delivery!, when he also assisted the Principal Keeper. The Principal Keeper was also responsible for inspecting the Maidens. However, in 1951, the Maidens was separated from Ferris Point, and once more had its own Principal Keeper. Early in the 1970s, the Commissioners of Irish Lights began a modernisation programme, with the intention of automating the Maidens and passing control to Ferris Point. The accommodation at Ferris Point was demolished and additional Keepers were added to improve the ratio of days spent working at the lighthouse.
By October 1977, an electric light was added to the lighthouse and by 31 October of that year, the Keepers were withdrawn as the Maidens became an automatic operation and control passed to Ferris Point. Currently, the station is monitored by an Attendant as well as from the headquarters of the Commissioners of Irish Lights at Dun Laoghaire. A racon showing Morse code “M” (–) was added in 1996. The light’s nominal range was reduced from 24 to 23 nautical miles in September 2010 and the light characteristic was set at three white flashes every 15 seconds (Fl (3) W 15s). The lighthouse buildings remain in good repair.

Perkasa

Perkasa or Persatuan Pribumi Perkasa (Malay for “Mighty Native Organization”) is a non-governmental Malay dominance organisation that was formed by Ibrahim Ali in the aftermath of the Malaysian general elections in 2008. This conservative, extreme-right, ethnic Malay organisation is led by its president Ibrahim Ali, with Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, the former Prime Minister of Malaysia, as advisor. The group claims to have a membership of 420,000. In September 2010, Ibrahim Ali claimed that 60% of Perkasa members were UMNO members. However, both Ibrahim Ali and Tengku Adnan denied any ties between UMNO and Perkasa although both of them agreed that several UMNO members are also Perkasa members.
The major objectives for establishing Perkasa, according to Ibrahim Ali, are to act as “protectors of Article 153 of the Constitution of Malaysia” and to defend the rights of Bumiputera from being eroded by certain quarters. Perkasa is said to be fighting and defending the rights of the Malays which they feel are being challenged by non-Malays in Malaysia.
Perkasa has recently become infamous for its racial and religious provocations against non-Malays, especially Chinese and Indians; and non-Muslims, especially Christians through vocal, physical and violent means. Despite the continuous offensive and seditious remarks by its chief Ibrahim Ali and its members that have threatened social harmony, no legal action has been taken by the Malaysian authorities so far.
It has been branded a fascist organisation by MPs from the Malaysian federal opposition coalition Pakatan Rakyat. Despite Perkasa’s close association with UMNO, Ibrahim Ali recently implied the possibility of Perkasa becoming a full-fledged political party to participate in Malaysia’s 14th General Elections, going head-to-head against UMNO. This comes with Ibrahim Ali’s accusations of UMNO showing weakness and becoming “toothless” in their efforts to safeguard the rights of the Malays during Perkasa’s fourth annual general assembly.

Former member of Parliament Datuk Ibrahim Ali is the founder and first president of Perkasa. The other leader of Perkasa is its Deputy President Dato’ Fuad Hassan. Its advisor is Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, the former Prime Minister of Malaysia.
On 1 July 2010, the official organ of Perkasa, Suara Perkasa published an article on its front page asking Dr. Wee Ka Siong to be detained under Internal Security Act (ISA) for questioning the special position of Bumiputera which is under the Article 153 of the Constitution of Malaysia women sleeveless dress. However, Wee dismissed Perkasa’s allegation. Suara Perkasa was called by the Malaysian Home Ministry the following day for an explanation. The article received a backlash by the component parties in Barisan Nasional, including United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) and Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC). On 5 July 2010, the controversial Suara Perkasa was let off with a warning by the Home Ministry for publishing an article that could have jeopardised national unity. However some members of UMNO, the leading component of the ruling Barisan Nasional government in Malaysia are supporters of its founder, who was also previously a member of the political party. Datuk Ibrahim Ali was an independent MP in his home state of Kelantan and was known to have strong grassroots support in his constituency. He is also close to the top leadership of UMNO (United Malay National Organisation) and at one time was a member of the Supreme Council of that party. He is still an influential politician and was also close to the previous Deputy Minister of Malaysia, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, as they were previously members of ABIM (Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia – Malaysian Islamic Youth Assembly) which the former deputy minister headed. Datuk Seri Ibrahim Ali was the Member of Parliament for Pasir Mas (2008-2013), a constituency in his home state of Kelantan. He is now rallying support from Malaysians to reject Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as the next Malaysian leader on account of the alleged personality flaws of the latter. This movement seems to gather much momentum among the rural Malays and Malaysians in general as can be evidenced by massive turnout especially among his Malay supporters. He ia aided in his campaign by Datuk Hassan Ali, a former member of Partai Islam SeMalaya (PAS – Malaya Islamic Party) who had left the Pakatan Rakyat coalition top leadership because of differences of opinion on many issues, one of which relating to the controversial use of the word Allah in the Bible.
During the Perkasa Anti-Bersih launch at Kelab Sultan Sulaiman on 19 June 2011 which is a counter protest of Bersih 2.0 rally, president Ibrahim Ali was reported stoking racial tension in his speech, warning the Chinese to “stock up food” as “anything can happen”, because he claimed that if Bersih 2.0 rally was not cancelled, racial riots similar to May 13 incident may happen. In other word, he implied that the Chinese should be staying indoors to avoid any trouble on the day of the Bersih 2.0 rally on 9 July 2011. Following his speech, lawmakers from both sides of the political divide have accused him of turning the rally, which was supposed to be demanding for free and fair election, into a racial issue. UMNO Youth Chief Khairy Jamaluddin suggested that Ibrahim Ali should be probed under the Sedition Act.
During the Chinese New Year celebration organised by Perkasa in February 2012, Perkasa president Ibrahim Ali was reported distributing RM10,000 packed in “white-coloured angpows” to ethnic-Chinese senior citizens. This has angered many ethnic-Chinese in Malaysia of touching the sensitivities of the Chinese. In Chinese culture, money given out in white packets is traditionally-associated with the ‘pak kam’ (white gold), which are donations given out at funerals. His actions has received heavy criticisms from Malaysian Chinese leaders such as MCA Young Professionals Bureau chief Datuk Chua Tee Yong, MCA Youth secretary-general Datuk Chai Kim Sen and MCA Youth chief Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong, with many described the president’s actions as “disrespectful” and “insensitive”. Ibrahim Ali then eventually expressed regret for not being aware of the cultural taboo of the Malaysian Chinese and added that such mistakes could be avoided, giving an excuse that they have run out of red-coloured ang pows.
On 12 December 2012, Perkasa chief Datuk Ibrahim Ali commented that of late the Malaysian Chinese have been playing up political sentiments and accused the country’s second-largest ethnic group of forgotten how living in Malaysia is “like heaven”. He also commented that the Chinese community will become a national security threat which would result in racial riots similar to the May 13 incident if it grows more powerful economically and politically.
On 12 May 2011, its president Ibrahim Ali launched a crusade against Christians if the community proceeds with its agenda to replace Islam as Malaysia’s official religion, criticising them as being ungrateful people, during a speech organised by the Kommuniti 1 Malaysia in Kampung Changkat, Gombak, Selangor, which was attended by several UMNO leaders. His called for a holy war against Christians after a news report from Utusan Malaysia claiming that the Christians and DAP had a conspiracy of turning Malaysia into a Christian country

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. In response, the DAP had criticised the Malaysian government for its refusal to apprehend Ibrahim Ali for his seditious remark, declaring this as a proof that UMNO is backing the Perkasa leader, with DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng describing Perkasa as an “alter ego” of UMNO. Meanwhile, Gerakan president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon called for a full investigation into all of Ibrahim’s speeches made, commented that the leader was “uncouth” and in clear violation of the concept of “1Malaysia”.
On 21 January 2013, Perkasa again courted intense public outrage when Ibrahim Ali called on Muslims to burn Malay-language bibles which use the term “Allah” in their texts. Perkasa president Ibrahim Ali had made a call during the Perkasa convention in Permatang Pauh, Penang, urging Muslims to burn the Malay language version of the Christian Holy Bibles that contain the words “Allah” and other religious Arabic words written in Jawi. He then threatened that he would quit supporting the Barisan Nasional after receiving criticisms from leaders of MCA and MIC. He then added that he did not intend to offend the Christians and instigating racial and religious tension but as a solution to prevent an alleged conversion of Muslims by evangelists. Responding to Ibrahim’s remarks, MIC leader S. Vell Paari urged the government to punish the right-wing Perkasa president or face the possibility of losing its non-Muslim votes. This has resulted in Ibrahim Ali’s alleged statement being investigated under the Sedition Act by the Malaysian police after several police reports lodged.
On 29 March 2013, Perkasa vice-president and Kulim-Bandar Baharu MP Zulkifli Noordin has been heavily criticised by several Hindu politicians after giving a religious sermon belittling Hinduism. A YouTube video of the speech has been circulating on social media. In his speech, he explained how he laughed at the Indian traders on why the Hindu gods could not prevent the trader’s shop from being flooded. He also questioned the purity and holiness of the Ganges River, India, which is considered sacred by the Hindus, claiming that the Ganges River is filled with chicken carcasses and twigs floating. Besides that, Zulkifli also mocked the Hindu god Lord Ganesha, by questioning why the Hindus are fighting over buying the deity’s statue with the trunk broken. He also questioned the holiness of the Hindu gods when he said when the broken parts of the statue can just be mended by plaster.
The video clip has sparked outrage among many people from the Malaysian Hindu community. PKR vice-president and lawyer N. Surendran wants Zulkifli to be charged with Section 298A of the Penal Code for uttering words which causes disharmony, feelings of enmity, hatred or ill-will on grounds of religion. He added that Zulkifli is a close ally with Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, in which he described that UMNO and Barisan Nasional must take responsibility for the sacrilegious remarks and mockery of Hinduism.
MIC central working committee member Datuk T. Rajagopalu told Zulkifli to “shut up” and apologise for his insensitive remarks against the Hindus. He added that Zulkifli is unfit to be an MP, describing the lawyer as a half-baked lawyer and not a true Muslim man. MIC vice-president Datuk S.K. Devamany also demanded that Zulkifli apologise and withdraw his remarks. Aside from them, MIC central working committee member P. Kamalanathan condemned Zulkifli’s remarks “in the harshest manner possible

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.” Human rights group SUARAM also rebuked Zulkifli and urged voters to reject him in the upcoming Malaysian 13th general elections. Hindu Sangam chief said that no legal action were taken against Zulkifli because he is a Muslim and vice-president of Perkasa.
Zulkifli later apologised on 1 April 2013 for hurting the feelings of the Indian community, but only days later another video clip emerged in which Zulkifli was caught uttering the word “Keling” during a speech, a word deemed to be extremely offensive towards ethnic Indians.
Perkasa expressed protest and opposed any attempts to bring the remains of the former secretary-general of the Malayan Communist Party Chin Peng back to Malaysia. Ibrahim Ali said that he will never allow Chin Peng to return to Malaysian regardless whether he is alive or dead. He also said any record of Chin Peng should be erased from the annals of the country’s history and kept from the eyes of the younger generation, adding that Chin Peng’s remains should be “tossed into the air”. Perkasa secretary-general Syed Hassan Syed Ali warned MCA not to upset the Malays by insisting that the Malaysian government should allow Chin Peng’s remains to be brought back to Malaysia.
Perkasa president Datuk Ibrahim Ali has warned of another race riot if the majority of the Malays remained in poverty, praising Prime Minister of Malaysia Datuk Seri Najib Razak of making the right decision by implementing the new RM31bil Bumiputera Economic Empowerment Plan (BEEP) intended to increase the economic status of the Malays. He said that the 13 May riots occurred because the Malays were not satisfied. Many critics say that the programme has further entrenched race-based policies and inhibit Malaysia’s economic competitiveness which then results in a huge brain drain of many non-Malays.
On 17 October 2013, Perkasa president Datuk Ibrahim Ali urged Prime Minister of Malaysia Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to ban the Malay language bible in Malaysia, commenting that the government had been too compromising and give in to the demands of the Christians in Malaysia as they are not satisfied enough because the Christians insisted on using the word “Allah” in the bible, which he claims that “Allah” can only be used by Muslims in Malaysia. He added that the Malays had been “trodden and spat on” by “ungrateful Christians” and demanded the government to ban the Malay language bible as a retaliation. He resorted to name-calling by describing DAP Secretary General Lim Guan Eng as a “pig” for defending the Christians right to use the word “Allah” in the bible. He also mocked the Christians saying that the Christians insisted that they use the word “Allah” because they had no name for their own God.
On 9 July 2010, the group was labelled ‘militant’ by former US Ambassador to Malaysia John Malott.
The group has been criticised by former opposition leader Lim Kit Siang parliamentary leader of the opposition Democratic Action Party, for re-using the religion, race and nationalism card when it’s been “proven obsolete and irrelevant in bringing progress and change to Malay social and economic development”. It had the tacit support of the former Prime Mister of Malaysia Datuk Seri Mahathir Mohamed when the latter attended its inauguration ceremony.
State Gerakan official and lawyer Baljit Singh has condemned Perkasa as the Malaysian version of the white American supremacist movement Ku Klux Klan, which openly advocates racism, religious extremism and fascism. He added that Perkasa incites racial hatred and social disharmony by threatening to wage a holy war against Christians and other ethnic and religious minorities in Malaysia.
Perkasa had also received backlash from two ethnic-Chinese Barisan Nasional leaders, namely Penang Gerakan chief Datuk Teng Hock Nan and MCA deputy secretary Loh Chew June, whom they labelled the right-wing Malay group as “racists”. Perkasa Youth Chief Arman Azha Abu Hanifah then demanded apology from the duo. Loh responded that he did not need apology as Perkasa’s actions were to segregate everyone and hampering the concept of ‘1Malaysia’ mooted by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak. Loh also lambasted its president Ibrahim Ali for flashing the ‘keris’ (Malay dagger) during the group’s congress which may stoke racial tension in Malaysia.

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Diamond Lake Township is a township in Lincoln County, Minnesota, United States women sleeveless dress. The population was 231 at the 2000 census.
Diamond Lake Township was named for a former lake in the shape of a diamond.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 35.0 square miles (91 km2), of which 32.2 square miles (83 km2) of it is land and 2.8 square miles (7.3 km2) of it (8.05%) is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 231 people, 85 households, and 65 families residing in the township. The population density was 7.2 people per square mile (2.8/km²). There were 123 housing units at an average density of 3.8/sq mi (1.5/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 97.84% White, 2.16% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.16% of the population.
There were 85 households out of which 30.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 71.8% were married couples living together, 1.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.5% were non-families. 20.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.12.
In the township the population was spread out with 28.6% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 23.8% from 25 to 44, 22.9% from 45 to 64, and 17.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 111.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 111.5 males.
The median income for a household in the township was $31,250, and the median income for a family was $32,750. Males had a median income of $27,143 versus $16,607 for females. The per capita income for the township was $12,689. About 16.4% of families and 17.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.1% of those under the age of eighteen and 8.5% of those sixty five or over.