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Albert Pujols

José Alberto Pujols Alcántara is a Dominican professional baseball first baseman and designated hitter for the Los Angeles Angels of Major League Baseball. He played 11 seasons for the St. Louis Cardinals, with whom he was a three-time National League Most Valuable Player and nine-time All-Star. Since joining the Angels in 2012, he has made one All-Star appearance, in 2015. A right-handed batter and thrower, Pujols weighs 235 pounds. Pujols was born in the Dominican Republic and moved to the United States in 1996. After one season of college baseball, he was selected by the Cardinals in the 13th round of the 1999 MLB draft; as a rookie for the Cardinals in 2001, he was unanimously voted the NL Rookie of the Year. Pujols played for the Cardinals, contributing to two World Series championships in 2006 and 2011. After the 2011 season, Pujols signed a 10-year contract with the Angels. Pujols was, at the height of his career, a regarded hitter who showed a "combination of contact hitting ability and raw power."

He is a six-time Silver Slugger who has twice led the NL in home runs, he has led the NL once each in batting average, RBIs. He is above-average in career regular season batting average, walk rate, Isolated Power, he holds the MLB all-time record for most times grounded into a double play. With 14 seasons of 100 or more RBIs produced, he is tied with Alex Rodriguez for the most in MLB history. Pujols collected his 3,000 th career hit in 2018. Pujols became the fourth member of the 3,000-hit club to hit 600 home runs, joining Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Rodriguez. At the start of the 2020 season, he will be the oldest player in the American League on an active roster at age 40. Pujols is considered a lock for the Hall of Fame. Pujols was raised in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic by his grandmother, America Pujols, 10 of his uncles and aunts, he was an only child. His father, Bienvenido Pujols, was a softball pitcher, but he was an alcoholic. Albert had to take his father home when his father got drunk following games.

Growing up, Pujols practiced baseball using a milk carton for a glove. Pujols, his father, his grandmother emigrated in 1996 to Washington Heights in New York City, where Albert witnessed a shooting at a bodega; because of the shooting, they moved to Independence, two months to join some relatives. Pujols played baseball at Fort Osage High School in Independence and was named an All-State athlete twice; as a senior, he was walked 55 times in protest because opposing coaches believed he was older than 18, but he still hit eight home runs in 33 at bats. One of his home runs travelled 450 feet. After graduating from high school a semester early in December 1998, he was given a baseball scholarship to Maple Woods Community College. Pujols hit a grand slam and turned an unassisted triple play in the first game of his only college season. Playing shortstop, he batted.461 with 22 home runs as a freshman before deciding to enter the Major League Baseball draft. Few teams were interested in Pujols because of uncertainty about his age, which position he would play, his build.

Tampa Bay Rays scout Fernando Arango recommended that his team sign Pujols, quit his job when Tampa Bay failed to do so. Pujols was not drafted until the 13th round of the 1999 Major League Baseball Draft, when the St. Louis Cardinals selected him with the 402nd overall pick. Pujols turned down a $10,000 bonus and spent the summer playing for the Hays Larks of the Jayhawk Collegiate League; when the Cardinals increased their bonus offer to $60,000, he signed. Pujols began his minor league career in 2000 playing third base with the Peoria Chiefs of the single-A Midwest League, he batted.324 in 109 games. He finished second in the league in batting, tied for ninth in doubles, tied for fourth in triples, tied for sixth in home runs and sixth in RBI, he was named to the All-Star team. Pujols played 21 games with the Potomac Cannons in the high-A Carolina League that year, batting.284 with 23 hits, eight doubles, one triple, two home runs and 10 RBI. He finished the 2000 season with the Memphis Redbirds in the AAA Pacific Coast League, after appearing in three regular season games with them, he batted.367 in the playoffs and was named the postseason Most Valuable Player as the Redbirds won their first PCL title.

During spring training in 2001, incumbent first baseman Mark McGwire said to Cardinals manager Tony La Russa that if he did not promote Pujols to the major league roster, "it might be one of the worst moves you make in your career." La Russa recounted the "myth" that Pujols only made the Opening Day roster in 2001 because Bobby Bonilla was injured. According to La Russa, he and the rest of Cardinals management were impressed enough by Pujols that they decided to promote him to the big league club before Bonilla's injury. Although the team did not require Pujols to fill any particular position, the Cardinals activated him to the Opening Day roster, he started all season at either third base, right field, left field, or first base. On Opening Day against the Colorado

Harith al-Obeidi

Harith Mohey Al Deen Abd al-Obeidi was an Iraqi politician and cleric and member of Parliament for the Iraqi Accord Front. He was assassinated on 12 June 2009. Obeidi was born in Baghdad into a Sunni Arab family, he studied Islamic jurisprudence at Al-Mustansiriya University in Najaf and at the Faculty of Islamic Sharia. He obtained a doctorate in Comparative Jurisprudence from Baghdad University and worked as a writer and lecturer until the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Since the invasion he gave sermons at Sunni-majority mosques. After the invasion of Iraq, Obeidi became an active member of the General Council for the People of Iraq political group. Although he called for the disarmament of all Iraqi militias, United States troops raided his home in September 2005 after receiving a false tip that he was linked to insurgents. In January 2006 he called on kidnappers to release the American journalist, Jill Carroll, saying the "abduction and killing of foreigners harms the interest of the people", he condemned the 5 January 2006 Iraq bombings in Karbala, but blamed the United States, saying "the occupation was responsible for every crime and the death of every citizen in Iraq.

If the occupier would leave, Iraqis would live as brothers." Obeidi was elected to the Council of Representatives of Iraq in the December 2005 general election. His party, the General Council for the People of Iraq, was one of the three components of the Iraqi Accord Front electoral list, which won 44 out of 275 seats. Obeidi became the deputy chairman of the Parliament's Human Rights Committee, where he campaigned against abuses in Iraqi prisons, he criticised the Ministry of Human Rights for not holding an inquiry into the treatment of prisoners. He led a parliamentary delegation that visited Justice Ministry prisons, publicised prisoners' claims of arbitrary arrest and rape, he called for the Defense and Interior Ministers to be summoned before parliament to answer complaints about prison conditions and sectarian violence. He called for a general amnesty towards captured Iraqi insurgents, he promoted the repatriation of 130 Algerian citizens who were held in Iraqi jails, accused of involvement in the Iraqi insurgency.

He criticised the Iraqi government over the siege of Sadr City in March 2008, saying the district's residents had suffered enough. He called on US President Barack Obama to release the blocked photographs of Abu Ghraib torture and prisoner abuse, saying Obama's overtures to the Islamic World in his Cairo speech would fail if he continued with secrecy over detainees or didn't hold abusers accountable. In April 2009 he denounced US troops for killing two Iraqis during a raid on alleged Shiite militias in Kut, saying it was a violation of human rights and their families should be compensated. In October 2008, he was one of the signatories to the Doha Compact, a series of recommendations for how the successor to US President George W. Bush should relate to the Muslim world; these included "living up to the values for which it is admired" and "back off its heavy-handed approach to democratisation in the region". Obeidi became the leader of the Iraqi Accord Front parliamentary bloc in May 2009 when the previous leader, Ayad al-Samarrai, became the speaker of the Council of Representatives of Iraq.

Obeidi was shot twice in the head and killed on 12 June 2009 by a teenage gunman named as Ahmad Jassem Ibrahim, whilst in the Al-Shawaf mosque in Yarmouk, western Baghdad. At least five other people died in the attack, including the gunman, shot by the mosque's security guards. Al Obeidi's killing was condemned by political opponents in the parliament including the Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and Shi'ite leader Muqtada al-Sadr, by the Arab League. A unknown Sahwa leader calling himself Abu Issam claimed responsibility for the killing, saying al-Qaeda in Mesopotamia had left arms there for him to use. Days Iraqi police arrested Ahmed Abed Oweiyed in nearby Ghazaliyah, who they said was a deputy commander of the military wing of Al-Qaeda in Mesopotamia, he was given a state funeral - the first for any Iraq since the 2003 invasion of Iraq. He left eight children. Violence against academics in post-invasion Iraq

Andrej Jane┼ż

Andrej Janež is a Slovenian diabetologist and diabetes researcher. Janež is the Head of Department of Endocrinology and Metabolic Disease at University Medical Centre Ljubljana, Assistant Professor for Internal Medicine at the Medical University Ljubljana, Chairman of the Advances in Diabetes and Insulin Therapy conference, member of the advisory board for peroral antidiabetic therapy in Servier Pharma, member for Slovenia in the Diabetes Education Study Group at European Association for the Study of Diabetes, member of the European advisory board for continuous glucose monitoring system in development for Lifescan. Janež authored numerous articles on diabetology and indexed by Science Citation Index, co-edited a clinical manual on continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion therapy, or insulin pump treatment; the latter is the best known area of Janež's scientific work, as he introduced insulin pump treatment to India, China and several other countries, where he led the effort of educating teams of diabetologists required for a continuous application of the technique.

MD, 1996, School of Medicine, University of Ljubljana MS, 1998, School of Medicine, University of Ljubljana with thesis "Effects of chromium on blood pressure in humans" PhD, 2000, Diabetology School of Medicine, University of California, San Diego, with thesis Mechanism of glucose transport in insulin resistant 3T3-L1 adipocytes Post doctoral, 2005, Joslin Diabetes Clinic, study on insulin pump therapy in type 1 diabetic patients Upon his return from the U. S. Janež introduced the insulin pump method into clinical practice of treating adult patients with type 1 diabetes in Slovenia. Together with his colleagues from the Department of Endocrinology and Metabolic Disease at University Medical Centre Ljubljana, Janež co-authored the algorithm used in insulin pump treatment, as well as tutored all Slovenian diabetologists in usage of both insulin pump and glucose sensor. Janež wrote all of the literature on subjects of functional insulin therapy and insulin pump in Slovenia, with its audiences ranging from diabetologists to patients.

In 2008, he established a new unit for functional insulin therapy within the University Medical Centre. Janež led the effort of forming international standards for interpretation of results obtained with glucose sensor and presenting these on several international diabetes-related symposiums. Coupled with his previous work in the field of functional insulin therapy and its pilot implementation in Slovenia, Janež went on to introduce this approach to diabetes treatment in other countries. Pratley, Richard E. "Liraglutide versus sitagliptin for patients with type 2 diabetes who did not have adequate glycaemic control with metformin: a 26-week, parallel-group, open-label trial". The Lancet. 375: 1447–56. Doi:10.1016/S0140-673660307-8. PMID 20417856. Buse, John B. "Liraglutide once a day versus exenatide twice a day for type 2 diabetes: a 26-week randomised, parallel-group, open-label trial". The Lancet. 374: 39–47. Doi:10.1016/S0140-673660659-0. PMID 19515413. Jensterle, M.. "Improvement of endothelial function with metformin and rosiglitazone treatment in women with polycystic ovary syndrome".

European Journal of Endocrinology. 159: 399–406. Doi:10.1530/EJE-08-0507. PMID 18653546. Jensterle, M. "Assessment of insulin resistance in young women with polycystic ovary syndrome". International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics. 102: 137–40. Doi:10.1016/j.ijgo.2008.03.017. PMID 18504045. Jensterle, M.. "Impact of metformin and rosiglitazone treatment on glucose transporter 4 mRNA expression in women with polycystic ovary syndrome". European Journal of Endocrinology. 158: 793–801. Doi:10.1530/EJE-07-0857. PMID 18322300. Jensterle, Mojca. "Decreased Androgen Levels and Improved Menstrual Pattern after Angiotensin II Receptor Antagonist Telmisartan Treatment in Four Hypertensive Patients with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: Case Series". Croatian Medical Journal. 48: 864–70. Doi:10.3325/cmj.2007.6.864. PMC 2213810. PMID 18074422. Silič, Anja. "Effect of Rosiglitazone and Metformin on Insulin Resistance in Patients Infected with Human Immunodeficiency Virus Receiving Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy Containing Protease Inhibitor: Randomized Prospective Controlled Clinical Trial".

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2016 Hong Kong Election Committee Subsector elections

The 2016 Election Committee subsector elections were held on 11 December 2016 for 1,034 of the 1,200 members of the Election Committee, responsible for electing the Chief Executive of Hong Kong in the 2017 election. Although incumbent Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying announced, two days before the election, that he would not be standing, the pro-democrats, whose campaign theme was opposition to Leung serving a second term, won a record quarter of the seats on the EC under the banner of "Democrats 300+" on a nearly 20 per cent surge in turnout over 2011; the pro-democracy camp pocketed 205 seats in the 1,200-strong Election Committee and nominated Albert Ho of the Democratic Party to run against Leung Chun-ying and Henry Tang in 2012. The main goal for the pro-democrats in this election was to grab more than 300 seats to increase the chance of blocking the incumbent Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to re-elected. In order to do that, the camp tended not to send a candidate in the election and become a "kingmaker" by boosting the chance for an alternative establishment candidate.

The six pro-democrats elected to the Legislative Council in functional constituencies in September, including Edward Yiu who took the seat in the traditional pro-Beijing sector and Leung Chun-ying's stronghold Architectural, Surveying and Landscape, formed an alliance called the Professionals Guild to coordinate candidates to contest in the Election Committee election. The victory in the Legislative Council functional constituencies encouraged the pro-democrats to take a more progressive strategy in the professional sector, in which the pro-democrats traditionally had more advantages; the pro-democrat professionals and activists formed a loose coalition called "Democrats 300+" hoping to snatch over 300 seats in the committee. Some 300 candidates had voiced opposition towards Leung Chun-ying re-election. Only 189 out of 305 of those who nominated Leung in 2012 sought to join the Election Committee this year. On 9 December, two days before the election, Leung announced he would not seek re-election, citing family reasons.

The Election Committee consisted of 1,034 members elected from 35 subsectors, 60 members nominated by the Religious subsector and 106 ex officio members.. As the term of office commenced on 1 February 2016, the 1,200 member Election Committee was formed by 38 Election Committee Subsectors: Note: Figures in brackets denotes the number of members. Number of members nominated by the six designated bodies of the religious subsector: Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong Chinese Muslim Cultural and Fraternal Association Hong Kong Christian Council The Hong Kong Taoist Association The Confucian Academy The Hong Kong Buddhist Association The nomination period was from 8 to 14 November 2016. A total number of 1,539 nominations were validated, while ten nominations were ruled invalid by the Returning Officers which included the former Chinese University of Hong Kong Students' Union president Tommy Cheung Sau-yin who led the seven-member "Student United 2017" and six members of the pro-democratic "Progressive Engineering" due to their "insufficient connection" with the Higher Education and Engineering subsectors.

One nomination from the 18-member Import and Export subsector was invalidated, which made the number of the nominated candidates of the Import and Export subsector one less than the number of seats allocated to it. Since there was no provision in the Chief Executive Election Ordinance which allowed a by-election to fill the remaining seat, the seat would be vacant. Among the 1,539 candidates, 300 of those were returned uncontested and voting for the 12 subsectors and the Sports sub-subsector would not be held. For the six designated bodies of the religious subsector, four of them were uncontested; the Returning Officer arranged lots drawing for the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Christian Council in order to decide members of the Election Committee among the nominees. Statistics are generated from the official election website: Note: *One nomination from the 18-member Import and Export subsector was invalidated, which made the number of the nominated candidates of the Import and Export subsector one less than the number of seats allocated to it.

Since there was no provision in the Chief Executive Election Ordinance which allowed a by-election to fill the remaining seat, the seat would be vacant. The election saw a nearly 20 percent point increase of turnout compared to the 2011 election; the pro-democracy camp took a record quarter of the seat in the elections, with the help of the landslide victories in the Second sector. Clean sweeps were seen in the Legal, Higher Education, Health Services, Information Technology and Social Welfare subsectors, as well as victories in other subsectors; the pro-democrats under the banner of "Democrats 300+" won 325 seats in total if included the 27 ex officio Legislative Council members. The pro-Beijing camp maintained its stronghold in the First sector. Liberal Party honorary chairman James Tien, key advocate of the so-called "ABC" – Anyone But CY Leung – campaign, received high votes in the Commercial subsector along with his mentee Joseph Chan Ho-lim, each bagging more than 400 votes from corporate electors.

Liberal Party chairman Tommy Cheung, Legislative Council member for the Catering functional constituency had his 17-member candidate list elected uncontestedly in the Catering subsector. Vincent Fang, the party ex-leader and former Wholesale and Retail LegCo representative won all 18 seats against a two-member list led by Democratic Party's Au Nok-hin; the most prominent estate developing tycoons were electe

2019 Nicky Rackard Cup

The 2019 Nicky Rackard Cup is the 15th staging of the Nicky Rackard Cup hurling championship since its establishment by the Gaelic Athletic Association in 2005. It is the fourth tier of senior inter-county hurling as of 2019; the competition began on Saturday 11 May 2019 and ends on Saturday 22 June 2019. Donegal were the 2018 champions and were promoted to the 2019 Christy Ring Cup as a result of the restructuring of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship. Sligo were crowned champions after defeating Armagh in the final. Sligo's victory completed back to back championship triumphs and promotion from the fifth tier to the third by winning the 2018 Lory Meagher Cup and the 2019 Nicky Rackard Cup. In 2018 the Nicky Rackard Cup changed to an initial stage of one group of four teams and one group of three teams, it was a double elimination tournament. In 2019 the group stage returned to two groups of four teams; the top two teams in the two groups advance to the knockout semi-finals. The winners of the 2019 Nicky Rackard Cup are promoted to the 2020 Christy Ring Cup.

One team will be relegated from the 2019 Christy Ring Cup to the 2020 Nicky Rackard Cup. The bottom teams from each group playoff in a relegation match with the losers playing in the 2020 Lory Meagher Cup, they are replaced by the winners of the 2019 Lory Meagher Cup. 8 teams competed in the 2019 Nicky Rackard Cup Armagh GAA Longford GAA Louth GAA Mayo GAA Monaghan GAA Sligo GAA Tyrone GAA Warwickshire GAA The Group 1 winners play the Group 2 runners-up and the Group 2 winners play the Group 1 runners-up. The semi-final winners met in the Nicky Rackard Cup final at Croke Park with the winners being promoted to the Christy Ring Cup for 2020. Armagh will remain in the Nicky Rackard Cup. Silgo are promoted and will now play the in the 2020 Christy Ring Cup The bottom teams in each group meet in a relegation playoff; the winners remain in the Nicky Rackard Cup for 2020, while the losers are relegated to the 2020 Lory Meagher Cup. Monaghan retain Nicky Rackard Cup status for 2020.

Tommy Sheridan

Tommy Sheridan is a Scottish politician, co-convenor of Solidarity, along with Rosemary Byrne until June 2016. He was re-elected as the Convenor of Solidarity in November 2019. Sheridan was active as a Militant entryist in the Labour Party until 1989 when Labour expelled him, became a member of Scottish Militant Labour, which became the core of the Scottish Socialist Party, he was a prominent campaigner against the Poll tax in Scotland, was jailed for six months for attending a warrant sale in 1991 after Glasgow Sheriff Court had served a court order on him banning his presence. He was elected to the Scottish Parliament in 1999 as a Glasgow representative and re-elected in 2003 despite, in 2000 and 2002, being jailed over the non-payment of fines levied in connection with breach of the peace convictions resulting from his actions at demonstrations against the presence of the nuclear fleet at the Faslane Naval Base. In 2006, in the case of Sheridan v News International, he won an action for defamation against the News of the World and was awarded £200,000 damages.

The following year, he was charged with perjury for having told lies to the court in his defamation case. In the following weeks, six of his relations and colleagues were charged. In October 2010, he appeared together with his wife Gail at a trial for perjury. While the charges against his wife were withdrawn, on 23 December 2010, Sheridan was convicted of perjury, on 26 January he was sentenced to three years' imprisonment. In the light of the News of the World phone hacking affair, the Crown Office was ordered to reassess the case in 2011. Sheridan left prison in January 2012 under automatic early release rules. Sheridan's mother is Alice Sheridan, a political activist who has stood as a candidate for political groups involving her son. Sheridan attended the Roman Catholic schools of St Monica's Primary and Lourdes Secondary before studying at the University of Stirling, where he received a degree in Economics, he obtained a MSc in Social Research at the University of Strathclyde in 2008. He studied law at Strathclyde Law School, on the two-year fast track degree, graduating in 2015.

He played football at Junior level with Larkhall Thistle, East Kilbride Thistle, Baillieston Juniors and St. Anthony's. Sheridan became a member of the Militant group while a student at Stirling University around 1983 after being active in a broad-based anti-Trotskyist group including Liberals and Communists as well as Labour Party members. After graduation, he went to Cardonald College as a typing student as part of an effort on the part of Militant to recruit Scottish Labour Students in further education colleges; the Labour Party, led by Neil Kinnock at the time, found that Militant contravened the Labour Party constitution, Sheridan himself was expelled from the Labour Party in 1989 for "bringing the party into disrepute". From within Militant, he was the public face of a mass non-payment campaign against the Community Charge in Scotland; the campaign involving the refusal to pay the tax, together with resistance to warrant sales which local councils held to try to recoup the money, was successful and Sheridan became a popular political figure.

Sheridan denounced those who fought the police in the large-scale riot against the poll tax in London – which took place on 31 March 1990, the day before the tax was introduced in England and Wales – and publicly threatened to "name names". The police advertised for people to tell them the names of alleged rioters, as a result of police acting on such information, over 100 individuals were jailed. With Joan McAlpine, he published A Time to Rage which chronicled the anti-poll tax movement of the late-1980s and early-1990s. McAlpine has since written about the Sheridan she became close to during that turbulent youthful period, with reference in particular to the libel case; as the highest profile Militant member in Scotland, Sheridan was a leading figure in the group's split in the early-1990s. Emboldened by the success of the campaign against the poll tax, many Militant members – in Scotland – argued for the abandonment of entryism and for the creation of Scottish Militant Labour and Militant Labour in England and Wales as separate political parties.

The argument was resolved when Sheridan and his supporters won a vote at a special conference held in Bridlington in October 1991, defeating the faction around Militant founder Ted Grant who argued against abandoning the Labour Party. The result was a split in the Militant in what has become known as the'Scottish Turn'. With a strong Scottish National Party, Scottish Militant Labour argued in favour of founding a new, left-wing political party. Discussions were held with other left-wing and Scottish republican groups and a new group was formed in 1996 known as the Scottish Socialist Alliance. In 1998, the new Scottish Socialist Party was formed from the SSA. Differences over political strategy and priorities within the Committee for a Workers' International soon surfaced on the issue of Scottish independence, leading to a split within the CWI and Sheridan along with the majority of Scottish supporters left the organisation. Sheridan fought two elections while in prison, coming second in the Pollok constituency at the 1992 general election, gaining nearly 20%, a result ahead of three candidates, but behind the elected Labour Party MP.

A few weeks he won the Pollok ward on Glasgow City Council. He contested the European Parliament election in 1994 as the S