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Alexis Argüello

Alexis Argüello was a Nicaraguan professional boxer who competed from 1968 to 1995, became a politician. He was a three-weight world champion, having held the WBA featherweight title from 1974 to 1976. Additionally, he held the Ring magazine and lineal featherweight titles from 1975 to 1977. In his career he challenged twice for light welterweight world titles, both times in famous fights against Aaron Pryor. Argüello has been cited as one of the greatest boxers of his era, having never lost any of his world titles in the ring, instead relinquishing them each time in pursuit of titles in higher weight classes. After his retirement from boxing, he became active in Nicaraguan politics and in November 2008 was elected mayor of his native Managua, the nation's capital city; the Ring magazine has ranked Argüello as 20th on their list of "100 greatest punchers of all time", while the Associated Press ranked him as the world's best super featherweight of the 20th century. He was named one of the 20 greatest fighters of the past 80 years by The Ring magazine.

Argüello was born April 19, 1952. His father was a shoemaker. Argüello had a troubled childhood; when he was 5 years old, his father attempted suicide. At the age of 9, Argüello ran away to work in a dairy farm; when he was 13, he emigrated to Canada to provide for his family. Argüello was involved in street brawls through his teenage years, but it wasn't until his sister Marina, one of Alexis' 7 siblings, married a boxer that young Alexis took an interest in the sport. Argüello's brief amateur career saw him compile a 58-2 record. Argüello debuted on October 1968, trained by former boxer Miguel Angel Rivas. After winning his first 3 fights "The Explosive Thin Man" suffered an unavenged first-round KO loss, followed by another split decision loss. Argüello would win 29 of his next 30 bouts over the next 5 years, including a win over José Legrá. Argüello earned world featherweight championship bout against experienced WBA champion Ernesto Marcel; the fight took place in Marcel's home country. The young challenger lost a 15-round unanimous decision in the champion's retirement bout.

Months after Marcel's retirement, the WBA featherweight title was won by former unified bantamweight champion Ruben Olivares. Undaunted, Argüello put together another streak of wins, found himself contending for the WBA featherweight, this time against Olivares in the latter's first defense; the fight took place at The Forum in Inglewood on November 23, 1974. After Olivares had built a small lead on the judges' scorecards, Argüello and Olivares landed simultaneous left hooks in round thirteen. Olivares's left hand caused a visible expression of pain on Argüello's face, but Argüello's left hand caused Olivares to crash hard against the canvas. A few seconds Argüello was the new featherweight champion of the world. Argüello's first defense came against Venezuelan featherweight champion Leonel Hernández. Once again, Argüello fought in enemy territory. Argüello made short work of his challenger, stopping him by technical knockout in the 8th round, his first defense in Nicaragua was against Rigoberto Riasco.

Argüello dominated once again, this time stopping Riasco in the second round. Next up for Argüello would be Royal Kobayashi, a touted Japanese challenger, undefeated until then. After a tense, close start Argüello's relentless body-punching broke Kobayashi halfway through the fifth round, with the challenger dropping to the canvas twice. After a successful fourth defense, Argüello moved up in weight to challenge world junior lightweight champion Alfredo Escalera in Bayamón, Puerto Rico, in what has been nicknamed The Bloody Battle of Bayamon by many. Escalera had been a busy champion with ten defenses, he had dethroned Kuniaki Shibata in 2 rounds in Tokyo. In what some experts consider one of the most brutal fights in history, Escalera had his eye and nose broken early, but was rallying back in the scorecards when Argüello finished him, once again in the thirteenth round, his reign at Junior Lightweight saw him fend off the challenges of Escalera in a rematch held at Rimini, Italy, as well as former and future world champion Bobby Chacon, future two time world champion Rafael "Bazooka" Limón, Ruben Castillo, future champion Rolando Navarrete, Diego Alcalá, beaten in only one round.

Argüello suffered many cuts around his face during his second victory against Escalera. The on-site doctor wanted him hospitalized, but Argüello had a flight to catch from Rome the next day to return to Nicaragua, he boarded a train from Rimini; the doctor decided to travel with Argüello, performed plastic surgery on Argüello's cuts with Argüello awake. After eight successful title defenses, Argüello moved up in weight again, this time he had to go to London, England, to challenge world lightweight champion Jim Watt. Watt lasted fifteen rounds, but the judges gave Argüello a unanimous 15-round decision, thus making him only the sixth boxer to win world titles in 3 divisions, the second Latin American to do it, he had to face some less known challengers in this division, one exception being the famous prospect Ray Mancini. Mancini and Argüello engaged in a fight, showcased in a boxing video of the best fights of the 1980s, with Argüello prevailing by stoppage when he decked Mancini in round 14.


Nikos Voutsis

Nikos Voutsis is a Greek politician and MP who served as the Minister of the Interior and Administrative Reconstruction from January 2015 to August 2015, as President of the Hellenic Parliament from October 2015 to July 2019. Voutsis was born in Athens, he graduated from the University of Athens and the National Technical University of Athens with a degree in civil engineering. Voutsis served as a regional councillor in Attica with the group "Attiki Cooperation –No to the Memorandum" from 2010 to 2012. Voutsis was first elected as a Member of the Hellenic Parliament representing Athens A in the May 2012 legislative election, was reelected in June 2012 and January 2015. Re-elected in the September 2015 elections, on 4 October 2015 he was elected as the new Speaker of the Hellenic Parliament with 181 votes. After SYRIZA's defeat in the 2019 Greek legislative election, Voutsis' term as Parliament Speaker expired, he was replaced by Kostas Tasoulas 18 July 2019. Voutsis was still elected as an MP for SYRIZA.

Terms of office of Nikos Voutsis at the Hellenic Parliament

Margaret Gillies

Margaret Gillies was a London-born Scottish painter, known for painting miniatures and water-colours. Gillies was the second daughter of William Gillies, a Scottish merchant in Throgmorton Street and his wife Charlotte Hester Bonnor, daughter of Thomas Bonnor. Having lost their mother when Margaret was eight years old, their father having met with business reverses and her older sister, were placed under the care of their uncle, Adam Gillies, Lord Gillies, they were educated by him, introduced to Edinburgh society. Before she was twenty, Gillies decided to earn her own living, returned with her sister to her father's home in London. Mary Gillies became an author, she received lessons in miniature-painting from Frederick Cruikshank, gained a reputation for it. Cruikshank's style was based on that of Andrew Robertson. In the early 1830s Southwood Smith, Unitarian and a pioneer in the improvement of the health of the poor in London, separated from his second wife and went to live with Gillies and her sister Mary.

Smith and Gillies lived together in Highgate from 1844. Smith, an ordained Unitarian minister, Gillies associated with the group around the Monthly Repository, a Unitarian periodical. Margaret Gillies illustrated in 1842 Smith's first report as a mines inspector, on a tour in Leicestershire and West Yorkshire. Around 1850 Gillies was at 36 Percy Street, was housing the "auto-icon" of Jeremy Bentham, on whose cadaver Southwood Smith had conducted a controversial public dissection in 1832, she went in 1851 to Paris for a year, where she worked in the studios of Hendrik and Ary Scheffer, on her return to England she exhibited some portraits in oils. She concentrated on water-colour painting choosing domestic, romantic, or sentimental subjects, for which she was best known, she joined the Society of Female Artists in 1856. In 1854, short of money, they had moved near Weybridge. Smith died in 1861. Gillies lived for many years in Hampstead, she died at The Warren, Crockham Hill, Kent, on 20 July 1887, of pleurisy, after a few days' illness.

Among her pupils was Marian Emma Chase, she gave early encouragement to Anna Mary Howitt. Before she was 24, Gillies was commissioned to paint a miniature of William Wordsworth, stayed at Rydal Mount for several weeks, she has three oil paintings in British national collections—in Aberystwyth and the National Portrait Gallery. Pamela Gerrish Nunn wrote that she "combined an early-Victorian aesthetic with a mid-Victorian independence of mind". During the 1830s and 1840s Gillies was a career portrait artist, for many successive years contributed portraits to the exhibitions of the Royal Academy, her subjects included feminist figures: Mary Leman Grimstone, Mary Howitt and her daughter Anna Mary Howitt, Harriet Martineau of the Monthly Repository group. She painted Anne Marsh the novelist, her portrait of Charles Dickens, painted during the period when he was writing A Christmas Carol, was in the Royal Academy of Arts' 1844 summer exhibition. After viewing it there, Elizabeth Barrett Browning said that it showed Dickens with "the dust and mud of humanity about him, notwithstanding those eagle eyes".

A simplified form was used as the frontispiece of A New Spirit of the Age, in the same year. The painting's location was unknown, from in Gillies' lifetime, when she was unable to trace it, until it was rediscovered in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, acquired and restored by the art dealer Philip Mould in 2018. In 1852 Gillies was elected an associate of the Old Society of Painters in Water-colours, was a contributor to its exhibitions for the rest of her life, her exhibited works included: Past and Future, 1855, The Heavens are telling, 1856, both of which were engraved. Her last work was Christiana by the River of Life, exhibited in 1887. Attribution This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Stephen, Leslie. "Gillies, Margaret". Dictionary of National Biography. 21. London: Smith, Elder & Co

Roberts Orya

Roberts U. Orya is the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Export-Import Bank, NEXIM and presently the Honorary President of the Global Network of Export-Import Banks and Development Finance Institutions, he came into office in August 2009 to lead the Executive Management team of the bank. With the challenges that the institution was experiencing at the time including ineffective risk management and non-adherence to corporate governance best practices, he initiated and launched a transformation agenda with the assistance of KPMG professional services. Orya was born in Ugwe, Benue State, from a poor background and a father, physically challenged, his mother seemed to have encouraged her son's desire for education. As the first of eight children, Orya endured great difficulties and hardships in the pursuit of education, he attended Benue State Polytechnic from where he got an Ordinary National Diploma after completing his studies at the Teacher's College where he obtained a National Certificate of Education because of his desire to one day be a teacher though ended up in banking.

Orya attended the University of Ibadan and graduated with an M. Sc in Banking and Finance, his career in banking began in February 1984 when he joined the services of International Merchant Bank Plc and worked up until September 1990 when he left to join Credite Bank of Nigeria Limited as a pioneer staff. He was seconded to Prime Merchant Bank Ltd in July 1991 as Head of Operations. Orya subsequently moved to Pace Mortgage Finance Ltd in October 1992 as the General Manager/Chief Executive Officer, he thereafter joined Lobi Bank of Nigeria Ltd in January 1994 and became the Managing Director and Executive Chairman until January 1998 when he was reassigned to Premier Commercial Bank Plc as an Executive Director. Orya's last appointment was as an Executive Director in charge of Capital Markets, Financial Advisory Services and Research & Strategy with Afribank Capital Ltd, he held the position until his appointment on 14 August 2009, as the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Export-Import Bank.

The Federal Government reconstituted the Board of Directors of the Nigerian Export – Import Bank on 14 August 2009, including the appointment of a new Executive Management team of, headed by Robert Orya. It was an effort at resuscitating the bank. By all financial and operational yardsticks, the bank was in dire straits, its total loan portfolio was 14.6 billion out of. Within that category, ₦10.03 billion or 69% was classified as lost. This ensured the depletion of the bank's shareholders fund, it took considerable efforts to lay out the state of the affairs of the bank, as a result of poor record-keeping. In spite of a bloated staff headcount, significant skill gaps were identified in the system. Before his assumption of office, NEXIM Bank at that time lacked visibility in the banking and media spaces. All the woes can be summarized as resulting from ineffective risk management framework and non-adherence to corporate governance best practices. By December 2009, the new management of the bank under the leadership of its Managing Director, Roberts Orya, inherited huge bad debts totaling about ₦14.6 billion, about 72 per cent of, categorized as non-performing, while over ₦10.03 billion, or 69.05 per cent, was classified lost or irrecoverable in line with prudential guidelines.

NEXIM Bank under the leadership of Orya as MD/CEO seeks to help sustain Nigeria's role as a leader on the continent by harmonizing commerce in the West African region. Orya's vision is to see a significant reduction in the high transportation costs, which taken alongside reduction in the present excessive transit time, would place West African products in a vantage position to compete with goods from other markets. Under his leadership the bank now focused on sectors that have high job-creation and high export potentials in the non-oil sectors; these sectors are manufacturing, agro-processing, solid minerals and services, which are encapsulated in our MASS Agenda. Let me first highlight the key financial performances. Within 18 months of assumption of duty, the management had turned around the fortunes of the bank and ensured that it is a profit- rather than a loss-making organization, he led the rollout of the bank's first intranet, deployed on a robust IT infrastructure. The Finacle Banking Software proposal has been forwarded to the Federal Ministry of Finance for endorsement and for appropriate recommendations to be made to the Federal Executive Council for approval.

Process automation is expected to commence after deployment of the banking software. They are at a advanced stage in the conversion of the Bank to IFRS; the human capital is transformed with the engagement of skilled and motivated personnel such as the Chief Risk Officer. Staff attrition rate has been zero. Orya led the initiative of the Nigeria Export Import Bank, in conjunction with the Federation of West African Chambers of Commerce and Industry, in floating the Sealink project, refreshing with the ray of hope it offers to the sub-region; the project will cut down the capital flight from the region in terms of freight rate payment capital flight of an average of US$5 billion annually from import/export tonnages. Under his leadership the bank achieved an audited profit of ₦189.00 million in 2010 as against the loss of ₦5.46 billion incurred in 2009. For the first ti

2018 United States Senate election in Delaware

The 2018 United States Senate election in Delaware took place on November 6, 2018, to elect a member of the United States Senate to represent the State of Delaware, concurrently with other elections to the United States Senate, elections to the United States House of Representatives, various state and local elections. The primary for this U. S. Senate election was held on Thursday, September 6, 2018; the Democratic Party nominated incumbent U. S. Senator Tom Carper and the Republican Party nominated Sussex County Councilman Rob Arlett Incumbent Democratic Senator Tom Carper was re-elected to a fourth term. Three-term Democratic Senator Tom Carper was reelected with 66% of the vote in 2012 against Republican Kevin Wade. Carper, incumbent U. S. Senator, was challenged in the Democratic primary by Dover activist Kerri Evelyn Harris. Carper had a primary challenge in the 2012 election from businessman Keith Spanarelli. However, Carper defeated Spanarelli by around 70 points. Carper went on in the 2018 Democratic primary to defeat Harris by around 30 points.

It was the most competitive Democratic U. S. Senate primary in Delaware in two decades; the main declared candidates in the Republican primary were Sussex County councilman Rob Arlett and businessman Gene Truono, with a perennial candidacy from businessman Rocky De La Fuente, who ran in seven other states. Another candidate withdrew before the primary. Rob Arlett defeated Gene Truono in a landslide. Tom Carper, incumbent U. S. Senator and 71st Governor of Delaware Kerri Evelyn Harris, Dover activist and U. S. Air Force veteran Tykiem Booker, activist Lisa Blunt Rochester, U. S. Representative Delaware newspaper The News Journal hosted a 90-minute debate on August 27, 2018 for the Democratic primary between Tom Carper and Kerri Evelyn Harris at Cab Calloway School of the Arts. Republican candidate businessman Gene Truono answered questions from panelists before Carper and Harris debated. Sussex County Councilman Rob Arlett was invited, but declined and claimed he had a scheduling conflict. Full video of debate, Facebook Rob Arlett, Sussex County Councilman and former Delaware State Chairman for the Trump campaign Rocky De La Fuente and perennial candidate Gene Truono and former Chief Compliance Officer at PayPal Chuck Boyce, businessman Ken Simpler, State Treasurer Kevin Wade and candidate for Senate in 2012 and 2014 Councilman Rob Arlett and businessman Gene Truono had four debates in total.

They were live streamed on Facebook and uploaded to YouTube. A fifth debate was planned, but Truono withdrew from the debate because he the organizers refused to give him control over what questions could not be asked. Instead organizers held a forum with all the other candidates for the U. S. Senate and other state offices. Five candidates attended that forum. First Debate, YouTube Second Debate, Part 1, YouTube Second Debate, Part 2, YouTube Third Debate, Part 1, YouTube Third Debate, Part 2, YouTube Fourth Debate, YouTube Demitri Theodoropoulos, small business owner Andrew Groff and perennial candidate Nadine Frost, New Castle County chairwoman of Libertarian Party of Delaware and Libertarian nominee for Wilmington City Council in 2016 Not to be confused with the Independent Party of Delaware, which has no candidate for the 2018 United States Senate election. Barry Eveland Matthew Water Stout, write-in presidential candidate in 2016 Todd Farina, ticket company owner Bold text indicates endorsement was given before the primary.

With Kerri Evelyn Harris and Gene TruonoOn August 20, 2018, the Greater Hockessin Area Development Association hosted a 2-hour debate at the Hockessin Memorial Hall between Democratic candidate Kerri Evelyn Harris and Republican candidate Gene Truono. Tom Carper and Rob Arlett were invited to the debate, but did not attend. Carper was not present because of the U. S. Senate's extended session due to session ceasing early the Thursday prior because of the death of former Governor and U. S. Senator of Nevada, Paul Laxalt. Arlett claimed he had a scheduling conflict. Full video of debate, Facebook August 20, 2018with Tom Carper and Rob ArlettThe debate gained national attention after Republican candidate Rob Arlett brought up Democratic Senator Tom Carper’s past controversy of domestic abuse. Full video of debate, C-SPAN October 17, 2018with Tom Carper, Rob Arlett, Nadine Frost, Demitri TheodoropoulosFull video of debate, WHYY October 30, 2018 ^Highest rating given United States Senate elections, 2018 Elections in Delaware Candidates at Vote Smart Candidates at Ballotpedia Campaign finance at FEC Campaign finance at Center for Responsive PoliticsOfficial campaign websitesRob Arlett for Senate Tom Carper for Senate Demitri Theodoropoulos for Senate

Malaysian Institute of Translation & Books

The Malaysian Institute of Translation & Books was established on 14 September 1993 to provide the infrastructure for Malaysia’s translation industry, in the line with the country’s Vision 2020. As a limited company, its share capital is wholly owned by the Ministry of Finance and its administration is managed by the Ministry of Education. In the line with the Companies Act 1965, its objectives, board members and matters pertaining to the functions of ITBM are governed by its Memorandum and Articles of Association approved by the Registrar of Companies. ITBM was established with the aim of elevating the translation industry in the country, dealing with matters relating to translation and knowledge transfer at all levels, both national and international, it is tasked with enhancing and increasing the publication of works of local writers to boost the national publishing industry, consistent with the extension of its mandate as announced by the Prime Minister on 16 December 2011. Ministry of Education Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka ITBM official website