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Anne McCaffrey

Anne Inez McCaffrey was an American-Irish writer known for the Dragonriders of Pern science fiction series. She was the first woman to win a Hugo Award for the first to win a Nebula Award, her 1978 novel The White Dragon became one of the first science-fiction books to appear on the New York Times Best Seller list. In 2005 the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America named McCaffrey its 22nd Grand Master, an annual award to living writers of fantasy and science fiction, she was inducted by the Science Fiction Hall of Fame on 17 June 2006. She received the Robert A. Heinlein Award for her work in 2007. Anne Inez McCaffrey was born in Cambridge, the second of three children of Anne Dorothy and Col. George Herbert McCaffrey, she had two brothers: Kevin Richard McCaffrey. Her father had Irish and English ancestry, her mother was of Irish descent, she attended Stuart Hall, graduated from Montclair High School in Montclair, New Jersey. In 1947 she graduated cum laude from Radcliffe College with a degree in Slavonic languages and Literature.

In 1950 she married Horace Wright Johnson, who shared her interests in music and ballet. They had three children: Alec Anthony, born 1952. Except for a short time in Düsseldorf, the family lived for most of a decade in Wilmington, Delaware, they moved to Sea Cliff, Long Island in 1965, McCaffrey became a full-time writer. McCaffrey served a term as secretary-treasurer of the Science Fiction Writers of America from 1968 to 1970. In addition to handcrafting the Nebula Award trophies, her responsibilities included production of two monthly newsletters and their distribution by mail to the membership. McCaffrey emigrated to Ireland with her two younger children in 1970, weeks after filing for divorce. Ireland had exempted resident artists from income taxes, an opportunity that fellow science-fiction author Harry Harrison had promptly taken and helped to promote. McCaffrey's mother soon joined the family in Dublin; the following spring, McCaffrey was guest of honour at her first British science-fiction convention.

There she met British reproductive biologist Jack Cohen, who would be a consultant on the science of Pern. McCaffrey had had two short stories published during the 1950s; the first was written in 1952. It earned a $100 prize in Science-Fiction Plus, her second story, "The Lady in the Tower", was published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction by editor Robert P. Mills and published again by editor Judith Merril for The Year's Greatest Science Fiction. McCaffrey said "she thought of the story when wishing herself alone, like a lady in an ivory tower". Judith Merril matched McCaffrey with her long-time literary agent Virginia Kidd and invited her to the Milford Writer's Workshop, where participants each brought a story to be critiqued. After her first Milford workshop in 1959 she worked on "The Ship Who Sang", the story which began the Brain & Brawn Ship series. At the story's end, the spaceship Helva sings "Taps" for her human partner. Decades McCaffrey's son Todd called it "almost an elegy to her father".

In interviews between 1994 and 2004, she considered it her favourite. "I put much of myself into it: myself and the troubles I had in accepting my father's death and a troubled marriage."McCaffrey wrote two more "Ship" stories and began her first novel. Regarding her motivation for Restoree, her son recalled her saying, "I was so tired of all the weak women screaming in the corner while their boyfriends were beating off the aliens. I wouldn't have been—I'd've been in there swinging with something or kicking them as hard as I could". McCaffrey explained. Regarding her 1969 Decision at Doona, her son recalled that he was directed to lower his voice in his fourth-grade school play when his mother was in the auditorium; that inspired the Doona story, which opens on "an overcrowded planet where just talking too loud made you a social outcast". As a settler on Doona, the boy talker has a priceless talent. McCaffrey made a fast start in Ireland, completing for 1971 publication Dragonquest and two Gothic novels for Dell, The Mark of Merlin and The Ring of Fear.

With a contract for The White Dragon, her writing stalled. During the next few years the family moved several times in the Dublin area and struggled to make ends meet, supported by child-care payments and meager royalties; the young-adult book market provided a crucial opportunity. Editor Roger Elwood sought short contributions for anthologies, McCaffrey started the Pern story of Menolly, she delivered "The Smallest Dragonboy" for $154, four stories which became The Crystal Singer. Futura Publications in London signed her to write books about dinosaurs for children. Editor Jean E. Karl at Atheneum Books sought to attract more female readers to science fiction and solicited "a story for young women in a different part of Pern". McCaffrey completed Menolly's story as Dragonsong and contracted for a sequel before its publication in 1976; the tales of Menolly are continued in Dragonsinger: Harper of Pern, Dragondrums as the "Harper Hall Trilogy". With a contract with Atheneum sh

Ministry of Investment and Foreign Economic Relations

The Ministry of Investment and Foreign Economic Relations is a ministry-level body that serves the Government of Myanmar. It was created by president Win Myint, it is headed by union minister U Thaung Tun Htun Htun Oo, Union Attorney General, posted a bill from the president to the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw for the formation of a new ministry on 12 November 2018. Prior to the Hluttaw approving the establishment of the new ministry, Union Attorney-General U Tun Tun Oo explained about it and said the Union Government consider this matter from all angles and proposed it for the benefit of the people. According to the Union Attorney General, the new ministry will be formed with Foreign Economic Relations Department and Directorate of Investment and Company Administration of the Ministry of Planning and Finance. Prior to the Union Attorney General posting a bill to the Pyidaungzu Hluttaw, the State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi called on businesses to invest in Myanmar during her visit to Singapore to attend ASEAN Summit.

In ASEAN Business and Investment Summit-2018, she delivered a keynote speech and she invited foreign investors to invest in the country’s priority sectors including agriculture and its related services, value-added production of agricultural products, livestock production and production of fishery products, export promotion industries, import substitution industries, power sector, logistic industries, education services, health care industry, construction of affordable housing and establishment of industrial estates. She said, investing in Myanmar will bring good returns to Myanmar, to the investors; as there was no one disagreeing to the forming of the new ministry on Hluttaw, Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker announced the Hluttaw’s agreement on expanding and establishing of the new ministry. By creating this new ministry, there will be 25 ministries in the cabinet

G.R.L. (EP)

G. R. L. is the debut extended play by American-British-Canadian girl group G. R. L. Released on July 29, 2014 by Kemosabe Records and RCA Records. In an interview with PopCrush, the group stated that they are working with Dr. Luke, Max Martin, Cirkut and Lukas Hilbert for a new album, set to release in 2014. Prior to the release of their E. P. the group began a monthlong promotional tour on September 10, 2013, in Brooklyn, New York, partnered with Claire's and Westfield Malls meeting fans, visiting radio stations, performing at select locations. On March 14, 2014, the group performed at the iTunes Festival at SXSW, opening for Pitbull, they performed the songs "Girls Are Always Right", "Show Me What You Got", "Vacation", "Rewind", "Ugly Heart". "Ugly Heart" was released as the lead single on June 3, 2014. It was sent to mainstream radio on June 24, 2014; the music video was directed by Chris Marrs Piliero. It premiered on July 1, 2014. "Show Me What You Got" was released as the first promotional single on February 18, 2014.

It is part of the compilation album Now That's What I Call Music! 49