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Iris is a large main-belt asteroid orbiting the Sun between Mars and Jupiter. It is the fourth-brightest object in the asteroid belt, it is classified as an S-type asteroid. Iris was discovered on August 13, 1847, by J. R. Hind from London, UK, it was the seventh asteroid to be discovered overall. Iris was named after the rainbow goddess Iris in Greek mythology, a messenger to the gods Hera, her quality of attendant of Hera was appropriate to the circumstances of discovery, as Iris was spotted following 3 Juno by less than an hour of right ascension. Iris is an S-type asteroid, its surface exhibits albedo differences, with a large bright area in the northern hemisphere. Overall the surface is bright and is a mixture nickel-iron metals and magnesium- and iron-silicates, its spectrum is similar to that of L and LL chondrites with corrections for space weathering, so it may be an important contributor of these meteorites. Planetary dynamics indicates that it should be a significant source of meteorites.

Among the S-type asteroids, Iris ranks fifth in geometric mean diameter after Eunomia, Juno and Herculina. Iris's bright surface and small distance from the Sun make it the fourth-brightest object in the asteroid belt after Vesta and Pallas, it has a mean opposition magnitude of +7.8, comparable to that of Neptune, can be seen with binoculars at most oppositions. At typical oppositions it marginally outshines the larger though darker Pallas, but at rare oppositions near perihelion Iris can reach a magnitude of +6.7, as bright as Ceres gets. A study by Hanus et al. using data from the VLT's SPHERE instrument names eight craters, seven recurring features who remain nameless due to a lack of consistency and their occurrence on the edge of Iris. The tentative naming scheme is that of colors in Latin, it is unknown whether these names are accepted by the IAU. All 8 features are craters, the remaining 7 features are unknown, are named A through G. Lightcurve analysis indicates a somewhat angular shape and that Iris's pole points towards the ecliptic coordinates = with a 10° uncertainty.

This gives an axial tilt of 85°, so that on a whole hemisphere of Iris, the sun does not set during summer, does not rise during winter. On an airless body this gives rise to large temperature differences. Iris was observed occulting a star on May 26, 1995, on July 25, 1997. Both observations gave a diameter of about 200 km. Former classification of planets Shape model deduced from lightcurve 2011-Feb-19 Occultation / "Discovery of Iris", MNRAS 7 299 JPL Ephemeris "Elements and Ephemeris for Iris". Minor Planet Center. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. 7 Iris at AstDyS-2, Asteroids—Dynamic Site Ephemeris · Observation prediction · Orbital info · Proper elements · Observational info 7 Iris at the JPL Small-Body Database Close approach · Discovery · Ephemeris · Orbit diagram · Orbital elements · Physical parameters

Conservative Middle East Council

The Conservative Middle East Council or CMEC is an organisation which exists to ensure that MPs and Peers understand the Middle East. Its director is Charlotte Leslie, appointed in July 2017. CMEC organises delegations of Peers to the region. Delegations have visited Israel and the Palestinian Territories, Egypt, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Tunisia. CMEC organises a number of events in the UK; these include talks by experts in the Houses of Parliament and lectures. Conservative Muslim Forum CMEC website

Kroisos Kouros

The Kroisos Kouros is a marble kouros from Anavyssos in Attica which functioned as a grave marker for a fallen young warrior named Kroisos. The free-standing sculpture strides forward with the "archaic smile" playing on his face; the sculpture is dated to c. 540–515 BC and stands 1.95 meters high. It is now situated in the National Archaeological Museum of Athens; the inscription on the base of the statue reads: ΣΤΕΘΙ ∶ ΚΑΙ ΟΙΚΤΙΡΟΝ ΚΡΟΙΣΟ ΠΑΡΑ ΣΕΜΑ ΘΑΝΟΝΤΟΣ ΗΟΝ ΠΟΤ’ ΕΝΙ ΠΡΟΜΑΧΟΙΣ ∶ ΟΛΕΣΕ ΘΟΡΟΣ ∶ ΑΡΕΣ"Stop and show pity beside the marker of Kroisos, whom, when he was in the front ranks, raging Ares destroyed". The Kroisos Kouros is central to two ongoing archeological debates: first, whether kouroi represented specific young men or were generic representations of idealized archetypes which might not resemble a specific person commemorated, thus are symbolic representations embodying the ideal of the male warrior en promáchois, "in the front line" of battle, not naturalistic ones. Nikolaos Kaltsas: Sculpture in the National Archaeological Museum, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles 2002, ISBN 0-89236-686-9, p. 58–59.

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Right Time of the Night

"Right Time of the Night" is the title of a composition by Peter McCann which became a Top Ten hit single in 1977 via a recording by Jennifer Warnes. Peter McCann would recall his inspiration for writing "Right Time of the Night": "I was out at the beach at Malibu, it was one of those perfect sunsets. I was there for the entire evening, the sun went down and the stars came out. But...and it was accidental - I didn’t mention the beach anything like that because that would have regionalized." McCann had been working as a staff writer for American Broadcasting Music for a year without composing a high-profile song: - "I played for Gerry Teifer... For the first time...he let me play whole song through, he did something he’d never done before. He said:'Play that again.' I played it again, he goes:'Wait here.' He brought in everybody in the building, working there and said'Play it.' I played it, they all cheered and went nuts. I thought it was just another song I had written, but not." As written and as recorded by Peter McCann for his 1977 self-titled album, "Right Time of the Night", which would serve as B-side for McCann's own 1977 Top Ten hit "Do You Wanna Make Love", featured a distinct second verse from that recorded by Jennifer Warnes: Warnes herself wrote lyrics for a less overtly masculine second verse which McCann rejected himself writing new second verse lyrics deemed female-friendly.

Prior to the release of Warnes' version of "Right Time...", Bette Midler expressed an interest in recording the song but asked that the bridge be reworked, a stipulation McCann was still working on when Warnes' version reached the charts at which point work on a Midler version was dropped. "Right Time of the Night" was one of seven songs which McCann played for Clive Davis, president of Arista Records when McCann was making the rounds of auditions in hopes of being signed as a recording artist. McCann would recall Davis saying: "I don't like you as an artist, but I'm taking six of the seven songs." "Right Time..." was one of the six songs Davis optioned The inaugural Arista Records single and album releases of Jennifer Warnes: the single "Right Time of the Night" and its parent Jennifer Warnes album, were both released in January 1977, over a year and a half subsequent to Warnes' April 1975 signing with Arista. Although the recording of the Jennifer Warnes album had commenced in May 1975, her producer Jim Price would record Warnes only sporadically as his work schedule permitted -" producing...arranging, engineering, playing horns and so forth " - and so Arista president Clive Davis was not presented with the completed tracks intended to comprise Warnes' inaugural Arista album until the summer of 1976.

Davis' reaction to the intended album for Warnes was: "It was a good enough album but it didn't have anything on it that could give her the hit single she needs", Davis resultantly recruited Jim Ed Norman to produce two tracks to supplement Price's work, with Norman overseeing Warnes' sessions for the tracks "Right Time of the Night" and "I'm Dreamin" at Davlen Sound Studios in July 1976.: "Clive picked'I'm Dreaming' and'Right Time of the Night', he brought in Jim Ed give those songs explicit tracks"- Norman, a member of Don Henley's pre-Eagles band Shiloh, having overseen string arrangements for the Eagles' albums Desperado and One of These Nights and having arranged strings for Linda Ronstadt's version of "Desperado".:"Because of the amount of money Linda Ronstadt was making for Asylum Arista pretty much saw me as ticket." Warnes' recordings of "Right Time of the Night" and "I'm Dreaming" would mark the debut of Jim Ed Norman as a record producer: Norman had been working as a recording studio tape copyist when he was recruited as a producer by Clive Davis on the recommendation of Hank Medress and Dave Appell the producers of Arista star act Tony Orlando & Dawn.

Upon hearing "Right Time..." as one of a number of demos of songs Davis felt had hit potential, Norman would recall telling Davis: "If you’re going to give me a chance to make a record for you, let it be with that song."Davis assigned Val Garay to mix "Right Time of the Night" and "I'm Dreaming" and remix Warnes' Jim Price-produced tracks: Garay had mixed the Linda Ronstadt albums Heart Like a Wheel and Prisoner in Disguise and around the time of his work on the Jennifer Warnes album was working on Ronstadt's album Hasten Down the Wind. The production costs of the Jim Price sessions with Jennifer Warnes had totaled $60,000: the recording of the two supplementary tracks: "Right Time..." and "I'm Dreaming", plus the expenditure for the Garay remix upped the production costs of the Jennifer Warnes album to a $115,000 total. Warnes' recording of "Right Time of the Night" features a lyrically distinct second verse from the original Peter McCann song: Warnes herself wrote lyrics for a less overtly masculine second verse which McCann rejected himself writing new second verse lyrics deemed female-friendly.

After scheduling the Jennifer Warnes album for August 1976 release, Davis elected to hold back release until the new year, deeming Warnes' album to b

Elena Valenciano

María Elena Valenciano Martínez-Orozco is a Spanish politician of the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party, part of the Party of European Socialists. Following the 1999 European elections, Valenciano became a Member of the European Parliament, where she served as Deputy Secretary-General and spokesperson of the Spanish Socialist Delegation. In addition, she was the Socialist Group coordinator in the Subcommittee on Human Rights. Valenciano resigned from the European Parliament in 2008 when she was elected to the Spanish Congress of Deputies in the national elections, representing Madrid; as member of parliament, she served as the Socialist Party's spokesperson on the Committee on Foreign Affairs. From 2012 to 2014, she was the Socialists' deputy secretary general, under the leadership of Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba. In February 2014, the Spanish Socialist Workers Party chose Valenciano as its lead candidate for the European elections. On 14 May 2014, Valenciano and her Conservative counterpart Miguel Arias Cañete were featured in Spanish television's first live debate between the country's leading candidates for a European Parliament election.

Valenciano was perceived to have beaten Arias in the debate, yet the PSOE returned just 14 MEPs to the Parliament, nine fewer than it had in 2009. Following the elections, Valenciano reentered the European Parliament and assumed the position of chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Human Rights. In this capacity, she was a member of the Democracy Support and Election Coordination Group, which oversees the Parliament's election observation missions. In addition, she served on the Committee on Foreign Affairs, the delegation for relations with the Maghreb countries and the Arab Maghreb Union, the delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean, she was a member of the European Parliament Intergroup on the Western Sahara. In September 2014, PSOE chairman Pedro Sánchez replaced Valenciano as head of the party's delegation of MEPs and instead appointed Iratxe García. During the 2015 presidential elections in Haiti, Valenciano headed the European Union's observation mission to monitor the preparations and organization of the vote.

European Endowment for Democracy, member of the board of governors EU Women Caucus, member of the board Fundacion IDEAS, member of the board of trustees

Catapyrgus sororius

Catapyrgus sororius is a critically endangered species of fresh water snail endemic to New Zealand. This snail has only been found in one location, a stream in the Ida Cave in the Oparara River Valley in the Kahurangi National Park; this area is a protected forest reserve managed by the Department of Conservation. Although the population trend of this species is regarded as being stable the main threats to this snail are pollution events in the stream it inhabits and caving activities. In November 2018 the Department of Conservation classified Catapyrgus sororius as Nationally Critical under the New Zealand Threat Classification System; the species was judged as meeting the criteria for Nationally Critical threat status as a result of it occupying only in one location, the total area of, less than 1 hectare. It is considered as being Data Poor under that system. Image of the holotype specimen held at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa