Per Berge

Per Berge (født 1932) var en norsk ingeniør og politiker (Ap).

Han var ordfører i Trondheim 1985–1989, etter å ha vært varaordfører for Anne Kathrine Parow i ett år. Ved valget i 1987 fikk Arbeiderpartiet 34 % av stemmene, og Berge ble gjenvalgt som ordfører med støtte fra Venstre og Bylista. Trikkesaken ble den utløsende årsaken til bruddet mellom Arbeiderpartiet og Bylista høsten 1989. Foran valget to år senere ble ikke Berge renominert som Arbeiderpartiets ordførerkandidat.

Han ledet senere eldrerådet i kommunen og Sør-Trøndelag fylkeskrets av Norsk Pensjonistforbund.

Berge hadde ingeniørutdannelse og var ansatt ved Institutt for uorganisk kjemi ved NTH.

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Prince Tsuneyoshi Takeda

Prince Tsuneyoshi Takeda (竹田宮恒徳王 Takeda-no-miya Tsuneyoshi-ō?, 4 March 1909 – 11 May 1992) was the second and last heir of the Takeda-no-miya collateral branch of the Japanese Imperial Family.

Prince Takeda Tsuneyoshi was the only son of Prince Takeda Tsunehisa and Princess Masako,Princess Tsune (1888–1940), the sixth daughter of Emperor Meiji. He was, therefore, a first cousin of Emperor Shōwa.

Prince Tsuneyoshi became the second head of the Takeda-no-miya house on 23 April 1919. After being educated at the Gakushūin Peers‘ School, and serving for a session in the House of Peers, he graduated from the 32nd class of the Imperial Japanese Army Academy in July 1930, and received a commission as a sub-lieutenant in the cavalry.

On 12 May 1934, Prince Takeda married Sanjo Mitsuko. She was the youngest daughter of Prince Sanjo Kimiteru, with whom he had five children (3 sons and 2 daughters):

The Prince served a brief tour with a cavalry regiment in Manchuria, and rose to the rank of lieutenant in August 1930 and captain in August 1936. He then graduated from the 50th class of the Army War College in 1938 as the build-up to World War II was beginning. He was promoted to the rank of major in August 1940, and attached to the Imperial Japanese Army General Staff in Tokyo, where he headed the Personnel Department. He became lieutenant colonel in August 1943. Author Sterling Seagrave contends that between 1940 and 1945 Prince Takeda oversaw the looting of gold and other precious items in China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Burma, Malaya, Singapore, Sumatra, Java, Borneo and the Philippines. Seagrave says that most of this loot was stored in 175 vaults located in the Philippines, and that considerable amounts have since been recovered by former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos and others.

Prince Takeda held executive responsibilities over Unit 731 in his role as chief financial officer of the Kwantung Army. Unit 731 conducted biological weapons research on human subjects with a variety of bacterial cultures and viruses during World War II. According to Daniel Barenblatt, Takeda received, with Prince Mikasa, a special screening by Shirō Ishii of a film showing imperial planes loading germ bombs for bubonic plague dissemination over the Chinese city of Ningbo in 1940.

Moreover, historian Hal Gold has alleged in his work „Unit 731 Testimony“ that Prince Takeda had a more active role as „Lieutenant Colonel Miyata“ – an officer in the Strategic Section of the Operations Division. Gold reports the testimony of a veteran of the Youth Corps of this unit, who testified in July 1994 in Morioka during a traveling exhibition on Shirō Ishii’s experiments, that Takeda watched while outside poison gas tests were made on thirty prisoners near Anda. After the war, a staff photographer also recalled the day the Prince visited Unit 731’s facility at Pingfang, Manchukuo and had his picture taken at the gates.

Prince Takeda briefly served as the emperor’s personal liaison to the Saigon headquarters of Field Marshal Terauchi Hisaichi, commander of the Southern Expeditionary Army Group. During that assignment, he observed first-hand the desperate conditions of the Japanese forces at Rabaul, Guadalcanal, and in Luzon. After his return, he was then assigned to the Kwantung Army headquarters. After Emperor Shōwa’s radio address announcing the surrender of Japan on 15 August 1945, he went to Shinkyo in Manchukuo to ensure the Kwantung Army’s compliance with the surrender orders.

With the abolition of the collateral branches of the imperial family by the American occupation authorities on 14 October 1947, Prince Tsuneyoshi and his family became commoners. Initially, he retired to his estate in Chiba Prefecture to raise racehorses, thus escaping the financial hardship many of his cousins experienced during the American occupation of Japan. In 1947, he attempted to enter the business world by establishing a company to make knitting machines, but the company soon went bankrupt.

Takeda then turned his attention to promoting and developing amateur and professional sports. As a participant in equestrian events as part of Japan’s delegation to the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, he already had a reputation as the „sports prince“. He became president of the Japan Skating Association in 1948 and a member of the north Tokyo Rotary Club. He became president of the Japanese Olympic Committee in 1962 and was an important figure in organizing the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo and the 1972 Winter Olympics in Sapporo. He was also a member of the International Olympic Committee from 1967 to 1981, during which he was director of its executive board for five years.

In 1987, the former Prince published a volume of autobiographical essays entitled „Kumo no ue shita: Omoide-banashi“ (Above and Below the Clouds: Remembrances).

The former prince died of heart failure on 12 May 1992, at the age of 83. The current heir to the Takeda-no-miya family is Prince Tsuneyoshi’s eldest son, Tsunetada Takeda (b. 1940), a graduate of the Gakushuin and Keio University, with a degree in economics, and formerly employed by Mitsubishi Shoji. He married Kyoko Nezu, the third daughter of Nezu Kaichirō, former chairman of Tobu Railways, and has a son, Tsunetaka Takeda (b. 1967), and daughter, Hiroko Takeda (b. 1971).

The former Takeda palace and a portion of its gardens in Tokyo survives as a part of the Grand Prince Hotel Takanawa, and is open to the public.

Wartbergturm (Alzey)

Der Wartbergturm bei Alzey in Rheinland-Pfalz (Deutschland) ist ein 28,15 m hoher Aussichtsturm. Er wurde erstmals 1420 urkundlich erwähnt und diente als Beobachtungsposten zu militärischen Zwecken.

Der Wartbergturm steht zirka zwei Kilometer südlich der Stadtmitte am Nordosthang des Wartbergs (285 m ü. NN) auf 275 m Höhe. Unweit vorbei am Turm führt die alte Kaiserstraße, heute Landesstraße „L 401“ zur A 63 und von dort weiter nach Morschheim. Jenseits dieser Straße steht etwa 350 m westlich des Wartbergturms bei 49°43’58″N, 8°6’17″E ein 57 Meter hoher Fernmeldeturm der Deutschen Telekom.

Der Wartbergturm entstand vermutlich in der ersten Hälfte des 12. Jahrhunderts und war Teil eines mittelalterlichen „Frühwarnsystems“. Im Dreißigjährigen Krieg wurde der Turm 1620 zerstört und 1668 erfolgte der Wiederaufbau. Sanierungsarbeiten fanden 1858 sowie 1890 statt; bei der letzteren wurde der Turm umgestaltet.

Gegen Ende des Zweiten Weltkrieges, am 8. Januar 1945, war der Wartbergturm − der Legende nach − Retter der Stadt. Piloten amerikanischer Bomber dachten fälschlicherweise, dass die aus dem Nebel ragende Spitze der Kirchturm der Nikolaikirche sei und warfen ihre Bombenlast ab. Sicher ist nur, dass der Turm zerstört wurde und die Stadt größtenteils von Bombenangriffen verschont blieb. Insgesamt wurden im Zweiten Weltkrieg 42 Gebäude zerstört und mehr als 180 beschädigt.

Unter dem Bürgermeister Wilhelm Bechtolsheimer erfolgte 1960 der Wiederaufbau. Am 22. Februar 1970 brachte ein starker Sturm den Turm erneut zum Einsturz.

1985 wurde dem ACV – Verein für Brauchtumspflege – die Patenschaft für den erneuten Wiederaufbau übertragen. Durch die Unterstützung von Alzeyer Bürgern, Vereinen und des Landes Rheinland-Pfalz konnte die Grundsteinlegung am 2. Juli 1988 erfolgen. Am 26. August 1989 wurde der von Grund auf erneuerte Wartbergturm von Bürgermeister Walter Zuber eingeweiht.

Vom Wartbergturm kann man über das Rheinhessische Hügelland zum Petersberg, in der entgegengesetzten Richtung zum Donnersberg in der Nordpfalz, zum Soonwald im Hunsrück in nordwestlicher Richtung und zum Taunus im Norden und Nordosten schauen. Bei guten Sichtverhältnissen ist auch die Skyline von Frankfurt am Main zu erkennen.



En radioisotopgenerator (forkortes RTG etter engelsk: Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator) er en strømkilde som omdanner varmen som frigjøres ved radioaktiv nedbrytning til elektrisk energi. RTG benyttes fortrinnsvis innenfor romfart. RTG har lang levetid ( størrelsesorden 100 ganger levetiden for et kjemisk batteri) og høy energitetthet (størrelsesorden 100 ganger energitettheten for bensin).

En radioisotopgenerator er grunnleggende en termogenerator: Hvis ledninger av to forskjellige metaller eller metallegeringer loddes sammen i begge ender, og det ene loddepunktet holdes varmt, det andre kaldt, vil det gå en elektrisk strøm i kretsen. Strømmen skyldes at det som konsekvens av Seebeck-effekten oppstår en spenningsforskjell mellom loddepunktene. Spenningsforskjellen avhenger delvis av materialekombinasjonen, og til dels er den proporsjonal med temperaturforskjellen. Spenningsforskjellen kan økes ved å sammenlodde et antall tråder, hvis halvparten af loddepunktene dreies i den ene retningen og halvparten i den andre (se illustrasjonen).

I en RTG skapes temperaturforskjellen av varmen som utvikles ved nedbrytningen av radioaktivt materiale. Til forskjell fra strømproduksjon som bygger på kjernereaktordrevne turbiner har RTG’en ingen bevegelige deler, og den inneholder ingen stoffer som fordamper og fortetter, noe som gjør konstruksjonen ytterst simpel og holdbar.

En radioaktiv isotop er velegnet som kjernebrensel i en RTG hvis isotopens halveringstid hverken er for lang eller for kort. For kort halveringstid betyr at RTG’en raskt brenner ut. For lang halveringstid medfører at aktiviteten og dermed effekten blir for liten. Et velegnet kjernebrensel er videre kjennetegnet ved stor energitetthet, og ved at den ioniserende strålingen som går ut fra brenselet lett lar seg avskjerme.

Det viser seg at plutonium er et velegnet stoff. 1 kg av den


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-aktive isotopen 238Pu utvikler varme med en termisk effekt av størrelsesorden 500 W. Halveringstiden for 238Pu er 88 år, så til mange formål er effekten praktisk talt å regne for konstant.

Alternative radiokilder er isotoper av strontium, promethium, americium og actinium. I Sovjetunionen var 90Sr mye brukt, da det er et avfallsprodukt fra kjernekraft. 241Am har en halveringstid på 432 år og kan altså brukes i RTG med meget lang levetid. Energitettheten på 241Am er riktignok kun 1/4 av energitettheten i 238Pu. I tillegg kommer den sekundære


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-stråling som sendes ut fra 241Am er hardere (mer gjennomtrengende) enn den som sendes ut fra 238Pu (det kreves hhv. 18 mm og 2,5 mm bly-avskjermning). 227Ac er for dyr å fremstille i mengder som overstiger 10 g.

Virkningsgraden av en termogenerator er ca. 8 %, så en typisk RTG-enhet som inneholder 250 g 238Pu utvikler en elektrisk effekt på 10 watt tilsvarende 1 MWh i løpet av 10 år.

Bruksområder for en RTG er til forbruk på få hundre watt, kontra brenselsceller, batterier, generatorer og solceller. I Sovjetunionen har man anvendt RTG til å drive ubemannede fyrtårn, værstasjoner og militære radaranlegg i områder med polarmørke. Disse anleggene er ikke tilstrekkelig bevoktet eller vedlikeholdt etter jernteppets fall. I Georgia har skraphandlere skrellet av RTGenes metalhylstre og latt det radioaktive materialet ligge å flyte i naturen.

Noen av de første pacemakerne hadde Pu-RTG som strømkilde og cirka 90 (pr. 2004) pasienter har disse i kroppen. Moderne pacemakere har Litiumbatterier. Ved kremering skulle pacemakerne holde på plutoniumet.

Romfartøy i det indre solsystemet vil ha adgang til rikelig sollys til å drive solcellene deres, men i avstander fra Jupiter (5 ganger Jordens avstand) vil sollyset være så svakt at solcellepanelene må være urimelig store. I Jordens avstand vil ½ m² solceller produsere 300 watt, mens i Saturns avstand må det brukes 597 m²; en tiendedels fotballbane. Romsonder som har besøkt Jupiter har alle hatt radioisotopgeneratorer med seg (Pioneer 10 & 11, Voyager 1 & 2, Galileo, Ulysses, Cassini-Huygens og New Horizons).

På Månens overflate har fem Apollo-ekspedisjoner etterlatt ALSEP-instrumentpakker med RTG-energiforsyning, på grunn av den 14 døgn lange månenatten. På overflaten av Mars har de to Vikingfartøyene RTGer, fordi de skulle kunne måle om natten og om vinteren. Når RTGene var anbragt inne i fartøyet har man foruten de 2×35 watt med elektrisk energi utnyttet de 2×525 watt med varmeenergi.

Romsonde-RTGer består av kjeramisk Plutoniumdioxid (PuO2) i blokker som er kjemisk stabile og har et høyere smeltepunkt enn metallisk plutonium. Blokkene er overtrukket med et Iridiummetall som er korrosjonsbestandig. RTG-blokkene er samlet i en beholder som virker som et varmeskjold ved en eventuell gjeninntreden i atmosfæren.

En RTG mister 0,787% kapasitet pr. år og da Galileo ble forsinket av Challengerulykken (4 år før oppsendelse pluss 5 års lengre reisetid) måtte man planlegge oppdraget annerledes rent strømmessig.

Man kan også utnytte varmeenergien direkte fra 238Pu i såkalte Radioisotope Heater Units, RHU. Drivstoffventiler, batterier og instrumenter kan utstyres med 1 watts RHU’er (0,56 g Pu) for å beskytte mot kulden (-240 °C.). Det radioaktive materialet er beskyttet som ved RTGene. Saturnsonden Cassini har 82 RHU’er og den medfølgende, europeiske Huygenssonden har 35. Jupitersonden Galileo hadde 84 RHU’er og dens atmosfæresonde hadde 36. De to marsrobotene, Spirit og Opportunity bruker hver 8 RHUer for å klare nattemperaturer på -105 °C (en marsnatt har nesten samme lengde som en jordnatt), litiumbatterierne krever minst -20 °C. De to sovjetiske Lunokhod månebilene brukte 210Po for å holde varmen i den 14 døgn lange månenatten.

US Navy sendte opp den første RTG i rommet med Transit 4A navigasjonssatellitten i 1961. Transit 4As RTG brukte 210Po med en halveringstid på 138,4 dager som supplement til satellittens solceller. USA sendte foruten Transit (6 med RTG, hvoraf de 2 var 210Po-RTG) også opp Nimbus værsatellitter (2 med RTG) og LES (Lincoln Experimental Satellite) kommunikasjonssatellitter (2 med RTG).

Sovjetunionen sendte opp to 210Po-RTG-forsynte militære kommunikasjonssatellitter, Kosmos 84 og 90 i 1965. De sendte også opp RORSAT-flåteovervåkningssatellitter med egentlige atomreaktorer, med kjernespaltning av 235U, som ikke må forveksles med RTG.

Atombomber krever en neutronindusert kjedereaksjon fra lettspaltelige isotoper (som f.eks. 239Pu, Fat Man over Nagasaki). 238Pu har ikke denne egenskapen. Den største faren ved 238Pu er at det radioaktive materialet blir spredt ved en skadet avskjerming (raketteksplosjon) eller at terrorister lager en skitten bombe.

I 1997, ved oppskytingen av Cassini, kom det protester fra folk som fryktet plutoniumsforurensning av atmosfæren ved en raketteksplosjon eller ved Cassinis tette passasje av Jorden i 1999. I januar 2006 overbeviste NASA USAs Høyesterett om at New Horizons RTGen var så robust innkapslet, at plutoniumet ikke ville spres ved en løfteraketteksplosjon eller ved gjenindtreden i atmosfæren.

Infrarøde solceller kan omkranse de varme RTGene og fordoble effektiviteten. Dessverre forfaller IR-solcellene hurtigere enn bimetalledningerne, spesielt i et ioniserende miljø (Rommet og radioaktivt materiale).

Dynamiske generatorer som mekanisk omdanner varme til elektrisk strøm har en virkningsgrad over 23 %, men krever høyere temperaturforskjeller. Dynamiske generatorer kan gi vibrasjoner og radiostøy. NASAs neste generasjon RTG heter SRG (Stirling Radioisotope Generator) og bruker Stirlingmotorer med magnetiske, kontaktfrie bevegelige deler og kan brukes på en marsrover hvor vibrasjoner er av mindre betydning.


U-518 — большая океанская немецкая подводная лодка типа IX-C, времён Второй мировой войны.

Заказ на постройку лодки был отдан судостроительной компании «Дойче Верке» в Гамбурге 14 февраля 1940 года. Лодка была заложена 12 июня 1941 года под строительным номером 314, спущена на воду 11 февраля 1942 года, 25 апреля 1942 года под командованием фрегаттен-капитана Ганса-Гюнтера Брахманна вошла в состав учебной 4-й флотилии. 1 октября 1942 года вошла в состав 2-й флотилии, 1 ноября 1944 года вошла в состав 33-й флотилии.

Лодка совершила 7 боевых походов, в которых потопила 9 судов (55 747 брт) и повредила 3 судна (22 616 брт).

22 апреля 1945 года потоплена в северной Атлантике, к северо-западу от Азорских островов в районе с координатами     глубинными бомбами с американских эскортных миноносцев USS Carter и USS Neal A. Scott. Все 56 членов экипажа погибли.

St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council election, 2012

The 2012 St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council election took place on 3 May 2012 to elect members of St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council in Merseyside, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Labour party stayed in overall control of the council.

After the election, the composition of the council was

Before the election Labour ran the council with 35 seats, while the Liberal Democrats had 9 seats and the Conservatives had 4 seats. 16 seats were contested in 2012, with Labour defending 9, Liberal Democrats 5 and the Conservatives 2.

Five councillors stood down at the election, two Conservatives, Betty Lowe and the former leader of the Conservative group Wally Ashcroft, two Labour members Leon McGuire and Eric Smith, and one Liberal Democrat, John Beirne. Meanwhile, a former Liberal Democrat cabinet member, Carole Kavanagh, resigned her membership of the party over the policies of the national coalition government and defended her seat as an independent candidate.

While the Conservative, Labour and the Green parties contested every seat, the Liberal Democrats only put up candidates in 9 of the 16 wards.

Labour gained 5 seats at the election to have 40 of the 48 councillors on St Helens council. The Liberal Democrats lost 4 seats to Labour to be reduced to 5 councillors, while the Conservatives lost 1 seat to have 3 councillors.

The Labour gains included defeating both the Liberal Democrat group leader and councillor for 27 years, Brian Spencer, in Sutton and the Liberal Democrat deputy leader Suzanne Knight in Newton. The Liberal Democrats held only one seat at the 2012 election in Eccleston, while the Conservatives held one seat in Rainford. Meanwhile, after contesting every seat at the election, the Greens failed to win any seats, but did come second in Blackbrook, Thatto Heath and West Park wards.

Brian Spencer, the former Liberal Democrat leader of St Helens council, was involved in an altercation with an Labour candidate, Mark Johnson, at the election count and would later in 2012 be convicted and fined for assault over the incident.

A by-election was held in Windle on 2 May 2013 after the death of Labour councillor Pat Martinez-Williams. The seat was held for Labour by David Baines with a majority of 717 votes over Conservative Robert Reynolds.

A by-election was held in Billinge and Seneley Green on 28 November 2013 after the resignation of Labour councillor Alison Bacon. The seat was held for Labour by Dennis McDonnell with a majority of 494 votes over UK Independence Party candidate Laurence Allen.

Kiveton Park railway station

Kiveton Park railway station serves Kiveton Park in South Yorkshire, England. The original station was opened by the Sheffield and Lincolnshire Junction Railway in 1849, situated to the east of the level crossing and opened with the line. It was rebuilt in the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway „Double Pavilion“ style, on the west side of the level crossing in 1884.

Kiveton Park was a centre of lime working in the area and many company sidings came under the jurisdiction of its Station Master. Adjacent to the station was the Dog Kennels Lime and Stone Works, named after the road linking the station to Anston, and the Kiveton Park Lime and Stone Works. Just to the east were the Kiveton Park and Anston lime quarries. All the companies had lime burning facilities and agricultural lime was supplied, by rail, to outlets in Lincolnshire.

Along with neighbouring Kiveton Bridge station it was completely rebuilt during the early-1990s with modern platforms, lighting and waiting shelters, this work being funded by the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive.[citation needed] The only remaining part of the 1884 station is the Station Master’s house which stands on the Sheffield-bound (down) platform.[citation needed]

The station is on Northern’s Sheffield-Lincoln line and has a basic hourly weekday service (with peak extras) in each direction. It is also served by the Saturdays-only Sheffield – Brigg – Cleethorpes trains (three each way).

Severe damage was caused to the embankment and tracks during the widespread flooding in 2007.

„East of Sheffield“, Roger Milnes. „Forward“, the journal of the Great Central Railway Society, March 1978. ISSN 0141-4488

Ashley Walker (basketball)

Ashley Walker (born February 24, 1987) is an American professional basketball player. She plays the forward position for the CSM Târgovişte in the Divizia A.

She was born Ashley Jeneen Walker on February 24, 1987 in Stockton, California. Walker is the daughter of Tiran and Jackie Walker. She has an older brother, Tiran Jr., who plays basketball in England. Her relative James Hardy played basketball for the Utah Jazz of the NBA. She was an American Studies major at the University of California, Berkeley.

Ashley attended Grace M. Davis High School in Modesto, California. She was named to the Cal-Hi Sports all-state team and league MVP as a senior after averaging 21 points, 20 rebounds, five assists and six blocks per game at Grace Davis. Walker also competed on the varsity volleyball team for four years and the track and field team for one year. She claimed the 2004 conference high jump title and was picked to the all-conference volleyball team three times.

Walker attended the University of California. She played four seasons with the Bears of Cal. She played the forward position and the center position. Walker was the only player in Cal history to score at least 1,000 points, 800 rebounds, 200 assists, and 100 blocks. She recorded 47 career double-doubles. She is ranked first in Cal history for rebounds, free-throws made, and free-throws attempted.

As a freshman she was one of three Cal players picked to the Pac-10 All-Freshman squad, marking the first time a conference team had more than two selections. As a sophomore Walker was selected to the All-Pac-10 team along with Devanei Hampton, marking only the second time in school history that the Bears placed two players on the All-Pac-10 squad. When she became a junior she became one of only four Cal players to garner first-team All-Pac-10 honors at least twice. She was named to the Pac-10 All-Defensive team and Sports Illustrated second-team All-American. As a junior she became the 17th Cal player to reach the 1,000-point milestone. As a senior at Cal she was the 2008–09 Pac-10 scoring leader averaging 19.8 points per game. She was named to the First team All-Pac-10 and First team Pac-10 All-Defensive team.


Walker declared for the WNBA draft after 4 seasons at the University of California. She was selected 12th overall in the 2009 WNBA Draft by the Seattle Storm. She joined WNBA veterans Sue Bird, Swin Cash, and Lauren Jackson. Seattle waived Ashley during the start of the 2010 season. She would then sign with the Tulsa Shock, but was later waived by them as well. In February 2011 she was signed to a training camp contract with the San Antonio Silver Stars for the upcoming season, but would be waived. She signed with the Washington Mystics for the 2012 season.

Walker would sign to play with Maccabi Ashdod in Israel for the 2009–2010 off-season. She would go on to take the league MVP honor after her season there. Her team was runner-up in the Israeli league finals. For the 2010–2011 season she would go back to Israel to play for Maccabi Ramat Hen. Prior to going back to Israel in 2010 she played in the Ukraine for Dynamo NPU. For the 2011-2012 WNBA off-season she would go to Turkey to play for Ceyhan Belediyespor. In 2013, she signed for CSM Târgovişte in Romania.

McKenzie, Tennessee

McKenzie is a city at the tripoint of Carroll, Henry, and Weakley counties in Tennessee. The population was 5,310 at the 2010 census.

It is home to Bethel University and the Tennessee College of Applied Technology at McKenzie.

McKenzie is located in northern Carroll County at (36.133189, -88.517189). A small part of the city extends north into Henry County, and a smaller part extends west into Weakley County. U.S. Route 79 passes through the city southeast of the center, leading northeast 17 miles (27 km) to Paris and southwest 20 miles (32 km) to Milan. Tennessee State Route 22 runs through the east side of the city as a bypass, leading northwest 25 miles (40 km) to Martin and southeast 10 miles (16 km) to Huntingdon.

According to the United States Census Bureau, McKenzie has a total area of 6.3 square miles (16.2 km2), all land.

As of the census of 2000, there were 5,295 people, 2,131 households, and 1,412 families residing in the city. The population density was 957.9 people per square mile (369.7/km²). There were 2,382 housing units at an average density of 430.9 per square mile (166.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 82.80% White, 14.24% African American, 0.11% Native American, 0.34% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.79% from other races, and 1.70% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.15% of the population.

There were 2,131 households out of which 28.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.4% were married couples living together, 15.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.7% were non-families. 29.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.85.

In the city the population was spread out with 21.8% under the age of 18, 12.4% from 18 to 24, 24.2% from 25 to 44, 22.8% from 45 to 64, and 18.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 88.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $28,319, and the median income for a family was $34,322. Males had a median income of $26,038 versus $19,090 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,723. About 10.4% of families and 13.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.1% of those under age 18 and 9.9% of those age 65 or over.

Northern League (United Kingdom)

The Northern League was a neo-Nazi organization active in the United Kingdom and in northern continental Europe in the latter half of the 20th century.

Roger Pearson formed the Northern League in collaboration with Peter Huxley-Blythe, who was active in a variety of neo-Nazi groups with connections in Germany and North America (Tauber, 1967, Vol. II, n. 142, 207). The League published the periodical The Northlander.

The stated purpose was to save the „Nordic race“ from „annihilation of our kind“ and to „fight for survival against forces which would mongrelize our race and civilization“ (Pearson, 1959, 2-3). The Northern League merged newsletters with Britons Publishing Company, an anti-Semitic publisher and a major distributor of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

Leading members of the Northern League included the Nazi racial eugenicist Hans F. K. Günther, who continued his work in the post-war period under a pseudonym. Other active members included the founder of Mankind Quarterly, Robert Gayre, and its editors Robert E. Kuttner and Donald A. Swan; the American segregationist Earnest Sevier Cox, the ex-Waffen SS officer and post-war neo-Nazi leader Arthur Ehrhardt, and a number of post-war British fascists, though even among fascists, the Northern League was considered extremist (Billig, 1979). Among its co-founders and activists were Alastair Harper, the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) parliamentary candidate in Dunfermline West in 2001.

Northern League literature was written in the style of scientific racism (e.g., the work of Pearson’s collaborator Raymond B. Cattell) and its Statement of Aims reflects 19th century conceptions of Rasse and Volk. Andrew S. Winston of the University of Guelph writes in an analysis of this group:

According to the „Aims,“ Northern Europeans are the „purest survival of the great Indo-European family of nations, sometimes described as the Caucasian race and at other times as the Aryan race.“ Almost all the „classic civilisations of the past were the product of these Indo-European peoples.“ Intermarriage with conquered peoples was said to produce the decay of these civilizations, particularly through interbreeding with slaves. „The rising tide of Color“ threatens to overwhelm European society, and would result in the „biological annihilation of the sub-species,“ according to the Northern League.