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2010 Thai political protests

The 2010 Thai political protests were a series of political protests that were organised by the National United Front of Democracy Against Dictatorship in Bangkok, Thailand from 12 March–19 May 2010 against the Democrat Party-led government. The UDD called for Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva to dissolve parliament and hold elections earlier than the end of term elections scheduled in 2012; the UDD demanded that the government stand down. The protests escalated into prolonged violent confrontations between the protesters and the military, attempts to negotiate a ceasefire failed. More than 80 civilians and six soldiers were killed, more than 2,100 injured by the time the military violently put down the protest on 19 May. Popular opposition against Abhisit Vejjajiva's government rose throughout 2009, due to the controversial 2008 "judicial coup" that banned the Palang Prachachon Party and "silent coup" that allowed the Democrats to form a coalition government. In February 2010, Abhisit tightened security in anticipation of the Supreme Court's ruling to seize Thaksin Shinawatra's bank accounts frozen since the 2006 military coup.

The UDD announced protests on 14 March in Bangkok to call for new elections. Abhisit further tightened security. Censorship was heightened, radio, TV stations and Web sites sympathetic to the UDD were closed. Estimates for the number of protesters on 14 March ranged from 50,000 to 300,000. At the beginning, protests were peaceful, centred at Phan Fah bridge. Most protesters came from outside Bangkok. After initial UDD unilateral demands of an early election were unsuccessful, dozens of M79 grenade attacks occurred far from Phan Fah, but there were no injuries and no arrests. In April, protesters shifted to Ratchaprasong intersection. A state of emergency was declared in Bangkok on 8 April, banning political assemblies of more than five people. On 10 April, troops unsuccessfully cracked down at Phan Fah, resulting in 24 deaths, including one Japanese journalist and five soldiers, more than 800 injuries; the Thai media called the crackdown "Cruel April". Further negotiations failed to set an election date.

On 22 April, grenade attacks suspected to have been launched from Chulalongkorn Hospital killed one and injured 86 others. UDD members illegally entered Chulalongkorn Hospital in an unsuccessful search for the attackers, drawing widespread condemnation from the Thai press, as the protests started to become more siege like, with barricades and armed guards creating a UDD fortress within the area of Ratchaprasong. Forensics expert Pornthip Rojanasunand indicated that the hospital might or might not have been the origin of the grenade attacks. No arrests were made for either the illegal entry into the hospital. A UDD proposal for elections in three months was rejected by Abhisit. On 28 April, the military and protesters clashed in northern Bangkok, wounding at least 16 protesters and killing one soldier; the UDD consolidated at Ratchaprasong. On 3 May, Abhisit announced elections on 14 November; the roadmap was tentatively accepted by the UDD, but after they included additional conditions, the government cancelled negotiations.

By mid-May, the Ratchaprasong protest site camp was surrounded by armoured vehicles and snipers were positioned in case they were needed. On the evening of 13 May, Khattiya Sawasdiphol, security advisor to the protesters and leader of the armed "Ronin" guards known as the black shirts, was shot in the head by a sniper's bullet while he was giving an interview to press, it is unclear. Thereafter, the state of emergency was expanded to 17 provinces and the military commenced an extended crackdown, dubbed by the Thai media as "Savage May". An additional 41 civilians deaths more 250 were injured by 8.30 pm, including soldiers. One military death occurred from accidental friendly fire; the government claimed all civilians killed were either armed terrorists or civilians shot by terrorists, noted some civilians were shot by terrorists disguised in army uniforms. The military declared the area a "live fire zone", in which anybody, be they protester, tourist or journalist would be shot on sight, with medics banned from entering.

On 14 May, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon encouraged protesters and the government to return to dialogue. On 16 May, UDD leaders said again they were ready for talks as long as the military pulled back, but the government demanded the unconditional dispersal of the protesters. A state of emergency was declared in five Northeastern provinces on 16 May; the government rejected a Senate call for Senate-mediated negotiations. On 17 May, Amnesty International called for the military to stop using live ammunition. Armored vehicles led the final assault into Ratchaprasong in the early morning of 19 May, killing at least five, including an Italian journalist. Soldiers were reported to have fired on medical staff. By 13:30, UDD leaders told protesters to give themselves up. Dozens of arson attacks soon broke out nationwide on red-shirt targets including the CentralWorld building, various banks and civic buildings and government buildings. People arrested and charged for arson include a number of Red Shirt supporters.

A curfew was declared and troops were authorised to shoot on sight anybody inciting unrest. An undisclose

The Jazz Skyline

The Jazz Skyline is an album by American jazz vibraphonist Milt Jackson featuring performances recorded in 1956 and released on the Savoy label. The Allmusic review by Bob Rusch awarded the album 4 stars stating "This session has interest as an example of Milt Jackson's mid-'50s work in a non-Modern Jazz Quartet context, and despite the many critical assertions that the vibist was restrained by pianist John Lewis' direction, his playing here revealed no marked change". "Lover" - 7:45 "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man" - 4:35 "The Lady Is a Tramp" - 7:18 "Angel Face" - 6:38 "Sometimes I'm Happy" - 7:15 "What's New?" - 3:51 Milt Jackson – vibes Lucky Thompson - tenor saxophone Hank Jones - piano Wendell Marshall - bass Kenny Clarkedrums

Miss Ecuador 2011

Miss Ecuador 2011, the 61st Miss Ecuador pageant, was held on March 17, 2011. Claudia Schiess, from Galapagos was crowned Miss Ecuador 2011 by the outgoing titleholder Lady Mina from Guayas; the winner of Miss Ecuador represented her country at Miss Universe 2011. Rafael Araneda - Chilean TV Presenter Marjorie Adum - Jeweler Gionni Straccia - Venezuelan Fashion Designer Carlos Ochoa - Ecuadorean TV Presenter Stefanía Fernández - Miss Universe 2009 Alonso Espinoza - TAME Edwin Rosario - Puerto Rican Fashion Designer María Mosquera de Saman - Make-up Artist Luis De Los Reyes - Renault Last Competed in: 2005: Carchi Galapagos 2009: El Oro Esmeraldas Los Rios Santo Domingo Bolívar Cañar Chimborazo Tungurahua January 17, 2011 was the first elimination where Nelly Carreño from Guayas was eliminated because the judges said that she was skinny; the judges were: Dr. Nelson Estrella, Dr. Mariana Mosquera, Mr. Marco Tapia. January 24, 2011 was the second elimination but no one was eliminated because four contestants have had an accident.

January 31, 2011 was the third elimination where Emily Briones from Pichincha was eliminated due she hasn't finished high school. The judges were: Andriana Loor, María Fernanda Coello, Heytel Moreno. February 7, 2011 was the fourth elimination where Jéssica Cortez from Esmeraldas was eliminated due not complete to the official events; the judges were: Laura Perrone, Martha Tetamanti, Alberto Cajamarca. Claribel González competed in Reina de Manta 2002 where she was 2nd Runner-up, she won Models New Generation in 2007 María Fernanda Cornejo is an Ecuadorian Top Model who competed in Models New Generation in 2004, Elite Models in Curaçao and won the Miss Tersovit 2010 crown Miss International 2011. Jéssica Mercado was Reina del Esmeraldeñismo in 2005. Andrea Hurtado competed in Reina de Quito 2005. Rina María Cantó was Reina de Urdaneta 2007 and Reina de Los Ríos 2007. Olga Alava was Virreina de Guayaquil 2008.and competed in Miss Earth 2011 and she won. Leslie Ayala competed in Reina de Guayaquil 2008 but she was unplaced, she was 1st Runner-up in Miss Piel Dorada 2009.

María Dolores Saavedra is Reina de Santo Domingo 2010. Mireya Levy is Reina de Tulcan 2010, Reina de Carchi 2010, Reina de Mi Tierra 2010. Claudia Schiess unplaced, she was born in Galapagos Islands, but her father is Ecuadorian and her mother is of Swiss and German ancestry. Natasha Rivera is Reina de Veinticuatro de Mayo 2010 and Virreina de Manabi 2010. Jhoanna Ruiz is Reina de Zapotillo 2010. Verónica Vargas won Nereida de la Armada Nacional 2009. María José Maza won CN Modelos Search 2010. Ana Carolina Ortega competed in Reina de Guayaquil 2010. Official Miss Ecuador website