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Arkan

Željko Ražnatović, better known as Arkan, was a Serbian commander of a paramilitary force in the Yugoslav Wars, called the Serb Volunteer Guard. He was on Interpol's most wanted list in the 1970s and 1980s for robberies and murders committed in a number of countries across Europe, was indicted by the UN for crimes against humanity for his role during the wars. Ražnatović was, up until the most powerful crime boss in the Balkans, he was assassinated in January 2000. Željko Ražnatović was born in Brežice, a small border town in Lower Styria, PR Slovenia, FPR Yugoslavia. His father Veljko, a descendant of the Ražnatović brotherhood, was born in Rijeka Crnojevića near Cetinje and had taken part in the Partisan liberation of Priština during World War II. On, Veljko served as a decorated officer in the SFR Yugoslav Air Force, earning high rank for his notable World War II involvement; the officer was stationed in Slovenian Styria at the time. Infant Željko spent part of his childhood in Zagreb and Pančevo, before his father's job took the family to the Yugoslav capital of Belgrade, which Ražnatović considered his hometown.

Ražnatović grew up in Belgrade with three older sisters in a strict, militaristic household with regular beatings administered by his father. In a 1991 interview he recalled: "He didn't hit me in a classical sense, he'd grab me and slam me against the floor."In his youth, Ražnatović aspired to become a pilot, as his father had been. Due to the demanding and significant positions of his parents, there appeared to be little time in which a bond was able to be established between parents and children, his parents divorced during his teenage years. Teenage Ražnatović was arrested for the first time in 1966 for snatching women's purses around Tašmajdan Park, spending a year at a juvenile detention center not far from Belgrade, his father sent him to the seaside town of Kotor in order to join the Yugoslav Navy, but Ražnatović had other plans, ending up in Paris at the age of fifteen. In 1969 he was arrested by French police and shipped home, where he was sentenced to three years at the detention center in Valjevo for several burglaries.

During this time he organized his own gang in the prison. In his youth, Ražnatović was a ward of his father's friend, the Slovenian politician and Federal Minister of the Interior, Stane Dolanc. Dolanc was a close associate of the Yugoslav president, Tito. Whenever Ražnatović was in trouble, Dolanc helped him as a reward for his services to the Yugoslav secret state police, as seen in the escape from the Lugano prison in 1981. Dolanc is quoted as having said: "One Arkan is worth more than the whole UDBA." In 1972, aged 20, he migrated to Western Europe. Abroad, he was introduced to and kept contact with many well-known criminals from Yugoslavia such as Ljuba Zemunac, Ranko Rubežić, Đorđe "Giška" Božović, Goran Vuković, et al. all of whom were occasionally contracted by the Yugoslav secret service, all of whom were since assassinated or otherwise killed. He took the nickname "Arkan" from one of his forged passports. On 28 December 1973, he was arrested in Belgium following a bank robbery, was sentenced to ten years in prison.

He managed to escape from the Verviers prison on 4 July 1979. Although Ražnatović was apprehended in the Netherlands on 24 October 1979, the few months he was free were enough for at least two more armed robberies in Sweden and three more in the Netherlands. Serving a seven-year sentence at a prison in Amsterdam, he pulled off another escape on 8 May 1981 after someone slipped him a gun. Wasting no time, more robberies followed, this time in West Germany, where after less than a month of freedom he was arrested in Frankfurt on 5 June 1981 following a jewellery store stickup. In the ensuing shootout with police he was wounded, resulting in his placement in the prison hospital ward, where looser security allowed him to escape again only four days on 9 June by jumping from the window, beating up the first passerby and stealing his clothing before disappearing, his final European arrest occurred in Basel, Switzerland during a routine traffic check on 15 February 1983. However he managed to escape again within this time from Thorberg prison on 27 April.

It is speculated that Ražnatović was affiliated with the Yugoslav security service UDBA throughout his criminal career abroad. He had convictions or warrants in Belgium, the Netherlands, West Germany, Austria and Italy. Thirty-one-year-old Ražnatović returned to Belgrade in May 1983, continuing his criminal career by opening a number of illegal businesses. In November 1983, six months after his return, a bank in Zagreb was robbed with the robbers leaving a rose on the counter – Ražnatović's signature from his Western European robberies. Looking to question Arkan about his whereabouts during the robbery, two policemen, members of the Secretariat of Internal Affairs' Tenth department from the Belgrade municipality of Palilula, showed up in civilian clothing at his mother's apartment on 27 March Street in Belgrade. Ražnatović happened not to be home at the moment, so the policemen introduced themselves to his mother as "friends of her son looking to return a cash debt they owed him" and asked the women if they can stick aroun

James J. Schiro

James Joseph Schiro was an American businessman who became CEO of PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Zurich Financial Services and was a director of number of multinational companies including of Pepsico and Goldman Sachs. James J. Schiro was born on January 1946 in Brooklyn, New York. Schiro was of Italo-Albanian heritage by Contessa Entellina, he received a Bachelor of Science from St. John's University in New York City in 1967, an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, he was a Certified Public Accountant. In 1967, he worked in various managerial positions. In 1994, he became Chairman of the senior partner. In 1998, after the merger of Price Waterhouse and Coopers & Lybrand, he became CEO of PricewaterhouseCoopers. From 2002 to 2006, he served as the CEO of Zurich Financial Services, he served on the Boards of Directors of Pepsico, Goldman Sachs and REVA Medical. He served on the Board of the Geneva Association, where he was involved with the International Association for the Study of Insurance Economics, he was a member of the European Financial Services Roundtable.

He sat on the Board of Trustees of the Institute for Advanced Study, on the Business Council of the World Economic Forum and on the Board of Directors of Initiative for a Competitive Inner City. He was the former Chairman of the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce, the Vice Chairman of the American Friends of Lucerne Festival, he was a member of the Independence Standards Board of the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the New York State Society of Public Accountants, he served as Treasurer and Executive Committee member of the United States Council for International Business, the British-North American Committee, the Tri-State United Way Board of Governors, Board member of the United States-China Business Council. He served on the Board of Trustees of his alma mater, St. John's University, on the Advisory Board of the Tsinghua School of Economics and Management in Beijing, he received the Avenue of the Americas Association's Gold Key Award in 1992, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 1994, the American Jewish Committee's National Human Relations Award in 1997.

A Republican, he supported John McCain for President in 2000 and 2008, George W. Bush in 2004, he supported Rudy Giuliani. He was married to Tomasina Schiro, they have two children and James Jr, he died in New Jersey on August 13, 2014 of multiple myeloma. He was 68 years old

City Lights (2007 TV series)

City Lights is a British comedy-drama broadcast on ITV starring Robson Green and Mark Benton. The show is a sequel to the 2006 series Northern Lights; as in the previous series of this show and Benton play Colin Armstrong and Howie Scott, two best friends since childhood who are married to two sisters and Pauline. The series commences with the two friends being the only witnesses to a gangland shooting, after the police fail to catch the culprit, the families' houses are set alight, the families are forced to go on the witness protection programme, which relocates them to London, they are forced to change their names, with Colin choosing Brad Shearer, a reference to Newcastle United player Alan Shearer, Howie choosing the name Duncan Carr, not realising he didn't have to stick to the suggestion list. He requests a change of name but it's too late, he decides to get people to call him by his middle name, Wayne but realises that it now sounds like the curse word'wanker'. It is revealed that Pauline is having an affair with a workmate, although Howie is oblivious to this.

This develops in the series as, separated from her lover, she develops an attraction the police officer who first dealt with their case, DS Tate, failing to realise that he is being blackmailed by the criminal, after the two families, who has bought up his gambling debts. As the tensions between the two families worsen and Howie make numerous accidental references to others that reveal their true names and origins. Both of their relationships with their wives become estranged, after it is revealed that Colin was married prior to marrying Jackie, yet never revealed the fact to her. Howie is in trouble as he was best man at the wedding and failed to disclose the fact to Jackie or Pauline. While Jackie forgives Colin and Pauline's relationship seems to be over after she disappears without trace, spending the day with DS Tate, unaware that he is revealing her location to Sweeney. However, DS Tate changes his mind and decides not to take her to an agreed meeting place with Sweeney. Pauline phones Howie to tell him that their relationship is over, unaware that her call is being listened to by the police, who believe that she has been kidnapped.

Pauline spends the night with Tate, giving him the opportunity to read her address from a piece of paper in her handbag. Meanwhile and Colin become traffic wardens, Colin accidentally gives his influence David Ginola a parking ticket; as a result of this, they resign their positions as traffic wardens and Colin buys a large quantity of gardening equipment, proposing that they set up a landscape gardening business. After discovering that Pauline is having an affair, Howie trails her to a hotel where she is with DS Tate, they are caught and kidnapped by Sweeney's thugs, they are taken before Sweeney. Howie and Colin lead Sweeney's thugs on a false trail to find the drugs; the Police find out that the person Pauline has been contacting is DS Tate, interrogate her about it. Meanwhile, Sweeney's thugs take Howie and Colin back to Sweeney's caravan, where DS Tate is waiting for them, ready to shoot them both. DS Tate and Colin escape after fooling Sweeney's thugs into thinking Tate shot them. One of the thugs kills the other, claims that he will make it look like the thug and Tate shot each other - "After all, you were shagging the big guy's wife."

Howie and Colin hear this, attack the thug and take his gun, before bundling him into the back of a nearby car. They drive to the airfield where Sweeney is about to leave in a plane, mistakenly stop the wrong plane, the police arrive and stop the plane carrying Sweeney. Tate is arrested for conspiring to kidnap, Colin and Howie return to the safe house. However, Colin collapses and it transpires that after Sweeney's thug kicked him earlier, he had a ruptured spleen. Colin thinks he's been given the'snip', however, it is explained that he had a splenectomy and is not able to have the'snip'. Jackie reveals that she is pregnant and Colin and Howie decide to stay in London. City Lights on IMDb City Lights at The Robson Green Web Site

Avalon (novel)

Avalon is a 1965 novel by the American author Anya Seton. It is a fictional story about Saint Rumon and Merewyn, set against a broad historical background of Anglo-Saxon England and the Viking expansion to Iceland and Greenland, it follows their journey and acceptance into the English royal court, Merewyn's kidnapping by Vikings, Rumon's epic search for her and their ultimate reunion back in England. The story begins in the year 972, when Romieux de Provence, a young nobleman descended from Charlemagne and King Alfred, leaves his native Kingdom of Arles for England and the royal court of Edgar I. After being shipwrecked on the coast of Cornwall, Rumon encounters Merewyn, a teenage girl who claims to be a descendant of King Arthur. Merewyn leads him to her house, where Merewyn's dying mother, reveals to Rumon that in fact, Merewyn is the product of her rape by a Viking warrior; this is confirmed by the Prior of Padstow Monastery, who witnessed the Viking raid. Swearing Rumon to secrecy, Merewyn's mother charges Rumon to take the girl to her aunt Merwinna, Abbess of Romsey Abbey.

After the death of Merewyn's mother and Rumon make the journey from Cornwall to England. The party travel to Lydford. Rumon meets Dunstan, Archbishop of Canterbury, who befriends Rumon, introduces him and Merewyn to King Edgar and his Queen, Alfrida. Edgar welcomes Rumon into the English Court, while Queen Alfrida employs Merewyn as one of her ladies-in-waiting; the two subsequently witness the King and Queen's coronation at Bath in 973. Despite Merewyn meeting with her aunt Merwinna at the coronation, Queen Alfrida refuses to let her go to Romsey Abbey, instead employs Merewyn. A few years Rumon starts an illicit affair with Queen Alfrida, living in Corfe Castle after her husband's death. Merewyn learns of the affair, leaves the employment of the Queen for Romsey Abbey. Rumon witnesses Queen Alfrith's treachery and deception, which leads to the murder of the young King Edward in 978. Alfrida plans Edward's death in order to give the throne to her own son Æthelred, promptly dumps Rumon after her plan succeeds.

Disgusted, Rumon returns to Glastonbury Abbey, under the care of Dunstan who plans for Rumon to enter a religious life. Merewyn is encouraged to enter a religious life by her aunt Merwinna, her friend Elfled, staying with her at Romsey Abbey. Merewyn has unresolved feelings for Rumon however. A Viking raid on Romsey Abbey weakens Merwinna, causes her death. Merewyn embarks on a pilgrimage to Padstow to return her aunt's heart to the place of her birth. On the way, she goes to encounters Rumon. Merewyn admits her feelings for Rumon. Merewyn continues to Padstow. Belatedly, Rumon realises that he too loves Merewyn, follows her. However, Merewyn encounters another Viking raid, is captured by Ketil, a Viking who raided Padstow years earlier. Ketil intends to rape Merewyn, but the Prior of Padstow Abbey informs him that he is Merewyn's father. By the time Rumon arrives at Padstow, Ketil has taken Merewyn away on a Viking Longship. Rumon charts a ship, embarks on a rescue journey overseas to find Merewyn.

After stopping in Limerick, Rumon's ship is caught in a storm and is blown off-course. The ship finds the mouth of the Merrimack River on the coast of North America. There, Rumon encounters a Merrimack tribe who have been converted to Christianity by a group of Irish Culdee Monks; the tribe capture Rumon and his crew, steal their ship. Meanwhile, Merewyn has settled in Iceland, where she lives with her father Ketil, her new husband Sigurd, she has a son called Orm. Rumon escapes from the Culdees and tracks down Merewyn. Merewyn does not appreciate seeing Rumon, promptly lets him know that she has settled into a new life. Rejected, Rumon returns to England alone. Ketil and his family follow Erik the Red, set sail to colonise Greenland in 985; the family attempt to make a living in the harsh climate of the new colony, Merewyn gives birth to a mentally disabled daughter called Thora. Ketil, succumbs to old-age and dies on the Longship he used on Viking raids for so many years. In the year 1000, Sigurd dies too, Merewyn persuades her son Orm to take her and his sister to England.

Merewyn wishes to find Rumon, but soon learns that he was ordained as a monk at Tavistock Abbey, that he had famously defended the Abbey from a Viking raid. Merewyn takes her family to Romsey Abbey where she finds that her old friend Elfled is now Abbess. Elfled takes in Thora, while Merewyn marries and settles with Wulfric, a wealthy thane of King Æthelred. Orm cannot settle into life in England however, leaves to rejoin the Viking peoples. Merewyn proceeds to rejoin the Royal Court as a Lady-in-waiting for Queen Ælfgifu and Queen Emma. After gaining back her social status in the English nobility Merewyn is summoned to Tavistock Abbey, where she reconciles with Rumon before he dies. Rumon makes one last request, she fulfills his wish, admitting her Viking parentage to the Queen. Queen Emma sympathises with Merewyn's story, Merewyn's husband Wulfric declares that he does not care about her lineage. Merewyn settles down to a comfortable life with Wulfric

Ken Scott (actor)

Ken Scott was an American actor best known for his work in films in the 1950s and on television after that. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Scott was the son of interior decorator Ernst Schibath and attended school at Erasmus Hall High School and Colby Academy, he worked as a truck driver, an artist, an actor, a salesman and a TV announcer at WDSU-TV in New Orleans. Discovered by producer Buddy Adler on a television show, he was contracted to 20th Century Fox on Oct. 8, 1956 with his first work narrating the film Three Brave Men. He had lead roles in several of the studio's API second features and made appearances in some of Fox's major films. Following his years at Fox he appeared as a guest star on numerous American television series, Scott was cast as Johnny Ringo in the 1963 episode, "The Melancholy Gun", of the syndicated television anthology series, Death Valley Days, hosted by Stanley Andrews. In the story line, Ringo, an expert gunslinger with a mysterious past seeks to lead a more respectable life.

However, many want to make their reputations by challenging Ringo's shooting skills. Elizabeth MacRae was cast as Myra Engles. Denver Pyle played a physician in this episode. In the 1964 Death Valley Days episode, "Trial at Belle Springs," Scott played the historical Virgil Earp, who goes undercover to break a robbery ring run by Belle Wilgus. Ken Scott on IMDb Ken Scott at the TCM Movie Database

Charlie Cooper (actor)

Charlie Cooper is an actor and writer, known for his role as Lee "Kurtan" Mucklowe in the BBC Three series This Country, which he co-created and co-wrote alongside his sister, Daisy May Cooper. He is an co-writer of the BBC comedy This Country with his sister Daisy May Cooper. In 2018, he was nominated for and won three Royal Television Awards for best Scripted Comedy, Comedy Performance and Comedy Writing, he was nominated for and won best Scripted Comedy at the 2018 BAFTA awards for his work on This Country, as well as winning Breakthrough Talent at the BAFTA Craft Awards. Brought up in Cirencester, he and his sister used to make films using their mother's camcorder, he dropped out of Exeter University to live with his sister in London, at RADA and they began writing. They both returned to their childhood home and worked night shifts as cleaners whilst creating scripts for This Country, he is a fan of Fulham FC. Charlie Cooper on IMDb