Fernando Torres – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Fernando José Torres Sanz (Spanish pronunciation: [ferˈnando ˈtores]; born 20 March 1984) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a striker for Atlético Madrid, on loan from Italian club Milan, and the Spain national team.

Torres started his career with Atlético Madrid, progressing through their youth system to the first team squad. He made his first team debut in 2001 and finished his time at the club having scored 75 goals in 174 La Liga appearances. Prior to his La Liga debut, Torres played two seasons in the Segunda División for Atlético Madrid, making 40 appearances and scoring seven goals.

Torres joined Premier League club Liverpool in 2007, after signing for a club record transfer fee. He marked his first season at Anfield by being Liverpool’s first player since Robbie Fowler in the 1995–96 season to score more than 20 league goals in a season. The most prolific goalscoring spell of his career, he became the fastest player in Liverpool history to score 50 league goals. He was named in the FIFA World XI in 2008 and 2009. Torres left the club in January 2011 to join Chelsea for a British record transfer fee of £50 million, which made him the most expensive Spanish player in history. In his first full season at Chelsea, Torres won the FA Cup and the UEFA Champions League, despite receiving criticism for a comparatively low goal-scoring record. The following season he scored in the final of the 2012–13 UEFA Europa League, helping Chelsea to win the competition for the first time.

Torres is a Spanish international and made his debut against Portugal in 2003. He has been capped over 100 times and is his country’s third-highest goalscorer of all time. With Spain he has participated in six major tournaments; UEFA Euro 2004, the 2006 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 2008, the 2010 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 2012 and the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Spain won the three tournaments from 2008 to 2012, with Torres scoring in the finals of both Euro 2008 and Euro 2012.

via Fernando Torres – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Leo Messi

Lionel AndrésLeoMessi Cuccittini (Spanish pronunciation: [ljoˈnel anˈdɾes ˈmesi]; born 24 June 1987) is an Argentine professionalfootballer who plays for Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Argentina national team as a forward, and is also the captain of the national team.

By the age of 21, Messi had received Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year nominations. The following year, in 2009, he won his firstBallon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year awards. He followed this up by winning the inaugural FIFA Ballon d’Or in 2010, and then again in2011 and 2012. He also won the 2010–11 UEFA Best Player in Europe Award. At the age of 24, Messi became Barcelona’s all-time top scorer in all official club competitions. In September 2014 he scored his 400th senior career goal for club and country aged just 27. In November 2014, Messi became the all-time top scorer in La Liga, and the all-time leading goalscorer in the UEFA Champions League.

Often considered the best player in the world and rated by some in the sport as the greatest of all time,[9][10][11][12][13][14] Messi is the first football player in history to win four FIFA/Ballons d’Or, all of which he won consecutively, and the first to win three European Golden Shoe awards. With Barcelona, Messi has won seven La Ligas, three Copas del Rey, six Supercopas de España, four UEFA Champions Leagues, two UEFA Super Cups and three FIFA Club World Cups.

Messi is the only player to top-score in four consecutive Champions League seasons, and also holds the record for the most hat-tricks scored in the competition with five. In March 2012, he made Champions League history by becoming the first player to score five goals in one match. In the 2011–12 season, Messi set the European record for most goals scored in a season with 73 goals, set the goalscoring record in a single La Liga season with 50 goals, and became the second player ever to score in six different official competitions in one season after Pedro.[15] In February 2013 he scored his 300th Barcelona goal. On 30 March 2013, Messi scored in his 19th consecutive La Liga game, becoming the first footballer in history to net in consecutive matches against every team in a professional football league. He extended his record scoring streak to 21 consecutive league matches. In March 2014, with a hat-trick against Real Madrid, Messi became the player with the most goals and most hat-tricks in the history of El Clásico. In October 2014, Messi, aged 27, became the youngest player to score 250 goals in La Liga. In November 2014, Messi scored a hat-trick against Sevilla to reach 253 La Liga goals, becoming the all-time top scorer in La Liga. In May 2015, he scored his 77th Champions League goal to become its all-time leading scorer.

Christiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro GOIH (born 5 February 1985), known as Cristiano Ronaldo (Portuguese pronunciation: [kɾɨʃtiˈɐnu ʁuˈnaɫdu]), is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Portugal national team. He is a forward and serves as captain for Portugal.

By the age of 22, Ronaldo had received Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year nominations. The following year, in 2008, he won his first Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year awards. He followed this up by winning the FIFA Ballon d’Or in 2013 and 2014. He also won the 2013–14 UEFA Best Player in Europe Award. In January 2014, Ronaldo scored his 400th senior career goal for club and country aged 28.[4]

Often ranked as the best player in the world and rated by some in the sport as the greatest of all time,[5][6][7][8][9][10] Ronaldo is the first Portuguese footballer to win three FIFA/Ballons d’Or, and the first player to win four European Golden Shoe awards. In January 2015, Ronaldo was named as the best Portuguese player of all time by the Portuguese Football Federation, during its 100th anniversary celebrations.[11][12] With Manchester United and Real Madrid, he has won three Premier Leagues, one La Liga, one FA Cup, two Football League Cups, two Copas del Rey, one FA Community Shield, one Supercopas de España, two UEFA Champions League, one UEFA Super Cup and two FIFA Club World Cups.

Ronaldo began his career as a youth player for Andorinha, where he played for two years, before moving to C.D. Nacional. In 1997, he made a move to Sporting CP. In 2003 he caught the attention of Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson, who signed him for £12.2 million (€15 million). In 2004, he won his first trophy, the FA Cup. In 2007, Ronaldo was the first player in England to win all four main PFA and FWA awards. In 2008, he won 3 of the 4 main PFA and FWA trophies and was named the FIFA World Player of the Year, FIFPro Player of the YearWorld Soccer Player of the Year, and the Onze d’Or.[13][14][15] In 2007 and 2008, Ronaldo was named FWA Footballer of the Year. He was the inaugural winner of the FIFA Puskás Award for Goal of the Year in 2009. He became the world’s most expensive player when he moved from Manchester United to Real Madrid in 2009 in a transfer worth £80 million (€94 million/$132 million). His buyout clause is valued at €1 billion.[16] In May 2012, he become the first footballer to score against every team in a single season in La Liga.[17] Ronaldo holds the record for most goals scored in a single UEFA Champions League season, having scored 17 goals in the 2013–14 season.[18] In December 2014, Ronaldo became the fastest player to score 200 goals in La Liga when, in his 178th La Liga game, he scored a hat-trick against Celta Vigo; his 23rd hat-trick was also a La Liga record.[19] He is the only player in the history of football to score 50 or more goals in a season on five consecutive occasions.[20]

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Smyth Report – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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The Smyth Report is the common name of an administrative history written by physicist Henry DeWolf Smyth about the Manhattan Project, the Allied effort to develop atomic bombs during World War II. The full title of the report is A General Account of the Development of Methods of Using Atomic Energy for Military Purposes. It was released to the public on August 12, 1945, just days after the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9.

Smyth was commissioned to write the report by Major General Leslie R. Groves, Jr., the director of the Manhattan Project. The Smyth Report was the first official account of the development of the atomic bombs and the basic physical processes behind them. It also served as an indication as to what information was declassified; anything in the Smyth Report could be discussed openly. For this reason, the Smyth Report focused heavily on information, such as basic nuclear physics, which was either already widely known in the scientific community or easily deducible by a competent scientist, and omitted details about chemistry, metallurgy, and ordnance. This would ultimately give a false impression that the Manhattan Project was all about physics.

The Smyth Report sold almost 127,000 copies in its first eight printings, and was on The New York Times best-seller list from mid-October 1945 until late January 1946. It has been translated into over 40 languages.

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Artist’s Statement ….Part Two

This is so cool.

The Pale Rook

The Pale Rook

So remember that thing I applied for?

My application was successful.  I was selected to take part in a project at Scotland’s Craft Town,  the wonderful West Kilbride.   I’ve been a massive fan of the Craft Town since I first found out about it a few years ago, so I’m massively chuffed to be a part of it.  The project I’m involved in takes selected craft makers based in Scotland, at various stages of their careers and gives them specialist business mentoring and studio space for six months.   For the first time in over a decade I am being mentored rather than mentoring others, which has been quite a shock to the system.

The first meeting of the participants, organisers and business mentors involved an exercise where we had to think of things that limited our business or things that we were worried about and then we had to…

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Ngũ Hành Sơn

Trong một quần thể mà chỉ ở phạm vi 2 KM vuông của miền đất Đà Nẵng lại hiên ngang xuất hiện 5 hòn núi liên kết với nhau một cách chặt chẽ tạo ra một khung cảnh rất hùng vĩ.  Mộc Sơn, Kim Sơn, Thủy Sơn, Hỏa Sơn và Thổ Sơn là năm hòn núi làm nên Ngũ Hành Sơn.

Trải qua nhiều thay đổi của thời tiết khắc nhiệt và gió lớn của biển Đông, Ngũ Hành Sơn đã thay đổi rất nhiểu về địa lý vì Ngũ Hành Sơn tọa lạc trên vùng cát trắng; điển hình là con sông huyết mạch Cổ Cò phía tây nam và sông Trường nối đến sông Hàn đã bị bồi lấp.  Nhờ gió của biển Đông vẫn kiên trì thổi vào quần thể, Ngũ Hành Sơn ngày nay đã có được rất nhiều hang động tuyệt vời và kỳ thú mà ấn tượng nhất là Thủy Sơn gồm Cổng Trời gió thổi mát rượi và động Huyền Không hùng vĩ với những tia nắng sắc bén tỏa ánh sáng cho hang động.

Ngoài ra là những ngọn núi tạo ra thiên cảnh bồng lai của vùng đất của Đà Nẵng, Ngũ Hành Sơn còn lưu trữ một lượng cẩm thạch rất lớn tạo ra ngành nghề cho người bản xứ hơn 400 năm nay trong lãnh vực điêu khắc đá và tạc tượng.  Để bảo tồn vẻ đẹp của Ngũ Hành Sơn, khai thác cẩm thạch ở đây đã bị nghiêm cấm, tuy nhiên, người dân vẫn tiếp tục ngành nghề gia truyền từ xa xưa nhưng đá được nhập vào từ Nghệ An, Ninh Bình, Hà Tây, Quảng Nam và Pakistan.

Những thiên cảnh đẹp như là Ngũ Hành Sơn thì không thể thiếu một câu chuyện thần thánh được. Truyền thuyết kể lại từ người Chăm là ngày xưa có một lão ngư phủ được trôi vào bờ biển sau khi bị đắm thuyền.  Ở đây, lão ngư phủ đã thấy con giao long đẻ trứng và được rùa thần Kim Quy chôn cất trứng của giao long dưới đồi cát.  Kim Quy đã trao lại cho lão ngư phủ một cái móng của Kim Quy để ngăn chặn các thú dữ nhằm bảo vệ trứng cho đến khi sanh nở.  Sau một thời gian dài canh thú dữ, trứng đã lớn và bể ra, xuất hiện một thiếu nữ bên trong.  Những mảnh vỏ trứng tạo ra 5 ngọn núi của Ngũ Hành Sơn: Kim, Mộc, Thủy, Hỏa và Thổ.  Sau này, người thiếu nữ trong trứng đã được vua của người Chăm cưới làm vợ, còn lão ngư phủ thì được Kim Quy quay lại rước lên trời.


Tam Cốc Bích Động

Trang An

Trang An

Tam Cốc – Bích Động là một trong 21 địa danh du lịch của Việt Nam được ghi nhận đạt tiêu chuẩn quốc gia. Tam Cốc – Bích Động được ví như là “Vịnh Hạ Long trên cạn” và bao gồm gần 20 thắng cảnh với diện tích rộng 350ha (hecta) kết nối 4 xã lại với nhau: Ninh Hải, Ninh Xuân, Sơn Hà và Yến Sơn. Trong 20 thắng cảnh này, tiêu biểu nhất là Tam Cốc và chùa Bích Động, nên Tam Cốc – Bích Động là tên gọi quên thuộc để nói về khu du lịch này. Liệt kê dưới đây là những thắng cảnh của khu du lich ở đây:

  • Tam Cốc
  • Đền Thái Vy
  • Động Thiên Hương
  • Bích Động
  • Xuyên Thủy Động
  • Thung Nham
  • Thung Nắng

Sông Ngô Đồng:

Nhắc đến Tam Cốc – Bích Động thì không thể quên dòng sông Ngô Đồng đã kiến tạo ra cảnh thơ mộng của vùng đất này. Sông Ngô Đồng chảy giữa vùng trũng của núi đá vôi Tràng An 250 triệu năm kết nối hai dòng sông Hoàng Long và sông Vạc. Du thuyền trên dòng sông Ngô Đồng uốn lượn quanh co, ta sẽ chiêm ngưỡng được những cánh đồng lúa nước vàng xanh mênh mông trước mắt và len lỏi phủ kín các khẽ núi. Mùi thơm ngất của đồng lúa nước chín vàng vào mùa thu hoạch cuối tháng Tư – đầu tháng Năm âm lịch sẽ khiến ta ngất ngây trong phong cảnh hữu tình xung quanh.

Du thuyền trên dòng sông Ngô Đồng, ta sẽ nhìn được Nghi Môn Ngoại, núi Cửa Quen, núi Vụng Gạo, núi Văn, núi Võ, Nghi Môn Nội và Tam Cốc.