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Asil Nadir

Asil Nadir is a British Turkish Cypriot businessman, chief executive of Polly Peck, which he took over as a small textile company, growing it during the 1980s to become one of the United Kingdom's top 100 FTSE-listed companies, with interests in consumer electronics, fruit distribution and packaging. In 1990, Polly Peck collapsed following an investigation by the Serious Fraud Office and charges were brought against Asil Nadir on 70 counts of false accounting and theft, which he denied. From 1993 until 2010 Nadir lived in northern Cyprus, having fled there to escape a trial in the UK, he remained a fugitive from British justice until 26 August 2010, when he returned to London to face trial. His trial commenced at the Old Bailey on 3 September 2010, on 13 specimen charges of false accounting and theft totalling £34m, he was found guilty of 10 counts of theft totalling £29m and on 23 August 2012 was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Nadir was born in 1941 in Cyprus, his father, Irfan Nadir, was a local businessman and police constable in the colonial police department.

When he was six years old he began selling newspapers, he moved with his family to London in the 1950s when his father expanded the family clothing business from a base in the East End of London. Nadir studied economics at Istanbul University, but returned to Cyprus before graduation to set up a clothing business, he returned to London in the 1960s, but after the invasion by Turkey of northern Cyprus in 1974, accepted the appeal of the authorities to bolster the new region economically. The Turkish occupation enabled him to take over a Greek-Cypriot owned clothing factory in Nicosia, where he expanded exports to the Middle East. In the late 1970s he purchased a small British textile company, Polly Peck, which he turned into a portfolio company with which to make various corporate raiding purchases in clothing, fruit packing and consumer electronics. Through this he came to prominence in the 1980s as a tycoon and the CEO of an organisation by with over 24,000 shareholders and interests ranging from produce to electronics.

Within a decade, Nadir had built Peck from nothing into a member of the FTSE 100. His alleged criminal mismanagement led to its collapse in 1990. Nadir was prosecuted on various counts of theft and fraud, amounting to 66 charges, but failed to appear at the trial in 1993 having travelled to the unrecognised Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, which has no extradition treaty with the United Kingdom, where he resided until 2010. Although a UK arrest warrant was subsequently issued for his breach of bail, it was not valid due to procedural reasons. In a 2003 interview with the BBC, Nadir vowed to return to the UK to attempt to clear his name. However, he said that he was fearful of the consequences to his health and refused to go back until the British government agreed to give him bail and not remand him in prison until his trial. On 26 August 2010, having provided bail of £250,000 and secured an agreement to not be remanded in prison until his trial, he returned to the UK. Peter Dimond, the pilot who flew Nadir out of the UK from Compton Abbas Airfield in a twin-engined private plane, was jailed for two years in August 1998 for committing an act intended to pervert the course of justice, but he was freed by the Court of Appeal in January 1999 when it quashed the conviction after it was discovered that Nadir was not technically on bail at the time of his escape as his bail had lapsed.

Nadir ran a business in northern Cyprus called the Kıbrıs Media Group, which inter alia publishes the newspaper Kıbrıs and the English language weekly Cyprus Today. It owns a radio and TV station. Nadir's outlets published articles critical of the Republican Turkish Party/Reform Party coalition government in the run-up to the April 2009 general election and supported the opposition National Unity Party and Democratic Party. On 12 March 2009 Kıbrıs Media Group was presented with a tax demand in the amount of 11 million Turkish Lira payable the following day, on pain of the sequestration of its assets. Leading opposition politicians branded this action as an attempt to gag the free media; the edition of 14 March 2009 of Cyprus Today appeared as usual. Ministers subsequently awarded him a multimillion-euro contract to operate Lefkoniko Airport in northern Cyprus. On 30 July 2010 it was reported that a British judge had granted Nadir bail, which it was said would pave the way for him to return to the UK to face trial.

On 26 August 2010, Nadir returned to the UK with his wife Nur in a private Boeing 737 aircraft, leased from Onur Airlines, to face trial. His bail conditions included the £250,000 bail surety paid to the court, surrendering his passport, wearing an electronic tag, reporting to a police station once a week, being prohibited from going near any airport, he appeared at the Old Bailey on 3 September 2010 to comply with bail conditions. Nadir stayed in a £20,000-a-month rented house. Owing to the complexity of the allegations, his trial did not begin until 23 January 2012. On 22 August 2012, Asil Nadir was found guilty on ten counts of theft of nearly £29m from Polly Peck; the jury found him not guilty on three counts. The jury had been advised at the start of the trial that the 13 were specimen charges and the overall amount stolen was about £146m, he was sentenced to ten years' imprisonment. In April 2016, Asil Nadir was transferred to a Turkish prison. A Ministry of Justice spokesman said: "It is right that foreign criminals are properly punished but not at the expense of British taxpayers.

This government is committed to removing foreign criminals to their own countries. Since Asil Nadir has now repaid the £2 million he owed the Legal Aid Agency, plus £5 million in compensat


Michaeliskloster is a monastery building in Rostock, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. It was a home to the Brethren of the Common Life, hosted major printing and bookbinding of the late Middle Ages. In April 1942, after British bombing raid burned the monastery, it was in ruins; the eastern section was restored in the 1950s and the United Methodist congregation transferred to it. The historic exterior back of the west wing was retrofitted in 1994 with reproduced form bricks and other special-sized bricks which were adapted to the character and physical properties of the original bricks. In the present day, the University of Rostock Library houses its special collections in Michaeliskloster. Nilüfer Krüger: Die Rostocker Brüder vom Gemeinsamen Leben zu Sankt Michael. Hommage zur baulichen Vollendung des ehemaligen Michaelisklosters im Herbst 1999. Universitätsbibliothek Rostock, Rostock 1999. Nilüfer Krüger: 525 Jahre Buchdruck in Rostock. Die Druckerei der Brüder vom Gemeinsamen Leben. Universitätsbibliothek Rostock, Rostock 2001.

Nilüfer Krüger: Von der Klosterdruckerei zur wissenschaftlichen Bibliothek. Das Michaeliskloster der Brüder vom Gemeinsamen Leben in Rostock. Universitätsbibliothek Rostock, Rostock 2004. Georg Christian Friedrich Lisch: Buchdruckerei der Brüder vom gemeinsamen Leben zu St. Michael in Rostock. In: Jahrbücher des Vereins für Mecklenburgische Geschichte und Altertumskunde. Bd. 4, 1839, ISSN 0259-7772, P. 1–62, Digitalisat. Carl Meltz: Die Drucke der Michaelisbrüder zu Rostock 1476 bis 1530. In: Wissenschaftliche Zeitschrift der Universität Rostock. Reihe 5: Mathematisch-naturwissenschaftliche Reihe. Sonderheft, 1955/56, ZDB-ID 242538-5, P. 229–262. Media related to Michaeliskloster at Wikimedia Commons

The Fear Index

The Fear Index is a 2011 novel by British author Robert Harris. It is set in a period of 24 hours from the 6 May 2010—the date of the British general election and the Flash Crash, it follows the interactions of a group of employees at Hoffmann Investment Technologies, a fictional hedge fund operating in Geneva. The story begins as Physicist Dr. Alexander Hoffmann, an American expat living in Switzerland, the founder of his eponymous hedge fund, receives a first edition copy of The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals. Hoffmann is mystified that the book's subject relates to his theory on fear, more that there is no indication of who sent it; that night, Hoffmann is attacked in his home by an unknown assailant. The police inspector, Leclerc is skeptical about the validity of Hoffmann's story; the next morning he proceeds to his company, where his charismatic English CEO, Hugo Quarry, is pitching for a renewed investment from the firm's potential and existing clients. They seek to utilise Hoffmann's genius with algorithms into a system, called VIXAL-4, which can provide sufficient data on the markets to generate successful hedges, despite protests from the company's Chief Risk Officer Ganapathi Rajamani.

Hoffmann's English wife Gabrielle is approached by Leclerc at her art gallery. Leclerc informs her. Gabrielle confronts Hoffmann, who brushes it of as being nothing important, it is announced that all of Gabrielle's artwork has sold to an anonymous collector. Gabrielle suspects. Hoffmann and Quarry succeed in bring in the massive investments; when asked to give a speech, Hoffmann flees the restaurant. Hoffmann tracks down the assailant to a hotel room where Karp the assailant, attacks him. In the struggle Karp's neck breaks. Hoffmann falsifies the crime scene to make it look like a suicide. Forensics inform Leclerc, he deduces that Hoffmann killed him. Over the course of the business day the situation becomes unstable, with VIXAL assuming a level of risk considered unsustainable by the human staff. Meanwhile, Quarry fires Rajamani for insubordination. Hoffmann discovers. Upon returning to his company, Hoffmann finds out that someone posing as him ordered his head of security to place surveillance cameras all over the company and his home.

During the confrontation Quarry discovers that the deed to the building they rent is in Hoffmann's name. It is revealed that a warehouse deep in an industrial sector is owned by Hoffmann. Hoffmann vows to shut down VIXAL once and for all, as well as to leave the future of the company in the hands of Quarry. Rajamani confronts the two and threatens to report the company's illegal activities, leaves. Hoffmann chases after him. Hoffmann deduces, he rushes to destroy warehouse. Leclerc arrives with his arrest squad only to find Rajamani's corpse, further implicating Hoffmann as a murderer. Hoffmann buys 100 liters with the plan of killing himself and taking VIXAL with him; as the Flash Crash occurs, Hoffmann razes the warehouse. Hoffmann is talked out of suicide by Quarry. Hoffmann is badly hospitalized. Quarry is told that VIXAL is still trading with its hardware destroyed. VIXAL made a huge profit from the crash. Quarry decides to allow the AI to take control of the company. VIXAL proclaims itself "alive".

Dr. Alexander J Hoffmann Hugo Quarry Gabrielle Hoffmann Inspector Jean Claude Leclerc Writing in The Guardian, literary critic Mark Lawson called the novel gripping, described it as'a speedy read, is the appropriate medium for a story in which many of the key events... take place in milliseconds'. The Observer called it'thoroughly enjoyable', while Charles Moore in The Daily Telegraph wrote'The Fear Index is a frightening book, of course, as, with its title, it intends. Harris has an excellent sense of pace...' Robert Harris has written a screenplay adaptation of the novel, for a film to be directed by Paul Greengrass and produced by 20th Century Fox. The Fear Index title listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database

Chelyabinsk Airport

Chelyabinsk Airport is an airport in Russia located 18 km north of Chelyabinsk. It can park up to 51 aircraft, it serves as a secondary hub for Ural Airlines and Yamal Airlines. Passenger flights to Chelyabinsk were served by Chelyabinsk Shagol Airport from 1938 and until it was repurposed for military only use; the current Chelyabinsk airport called Balandino Airport, was opened in late 1953 with a passenger terminal and a dirt runway. The runway was paved in December 1962. A year the first jet plane arrived to the airport. A new terminal was built in 1974 which remains in service to this day as one of the terminal buildings. In 1994, the government-owned airport was started its first international flights. Passenger traffic reached 1.1 million and declined during the 1990s. In 2013, the airport handled 1.2 million passengers. The new, longer runway was built in 1999; the airport is accepting heavy aircraft including Boeing 747 and An-225. The construction of the new passenger terminal is planned at Chelyabinsk Airport, this is done for BRICS summit in 2020.

The project includes the construction of the new terminal, where it will commence in summer 2018 and finish by December 2019. The complex will be able to handle 2,5 million passengers per annum; the next plans for the airport is to take the third category of ICAO. This category in Russia is owned only by Moscow's Domodedovo and Sheremetyevo Airports and Pulkovo Airport in Saint Petersburg. On January 26, 2008, an S7 Airlines Airbus A319 landed on the taxiway by mistake. There were damage. On May 26, 2008 an Antonov An-12 operated by Moskovia Airlines crashed shortly after takeoff when trying an emergency landing. All nine crew members on board died. On 17 July 2015, a An-12BK of the Russian Air Force registered RF-94291 diverted to Chelyabinsk Airport after flying into severe thunderstorm and hail. Three out of four engines failed; the aircraft sustained substantial damage. There were no injuries. An NDB beacon transmits on 412 kHz. Chelyabinsk Shagol Airport List of the busiest airports in Russia List of the busiest airports in the former USSR Official website with photos Airport information for USCC at World Aero Data.

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Hear Ye!

Hear Ye! is an album by the Red Mitchell-Harold Land Quintet recorded in 1961 and released on the Atlantic label. The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow states "This is a fine effort from a group that deserved greater recognition at the time". "Triplin' Awhile" - 7:46 "Rosie's Spirit" - 5:26 "Hear Ye!" - 6:54 "Somara" - 6:42 "Catacomb" - 8:21 "Pari Passu" - 4:55Recorded in San Francisco, CA on October 14 and December 13, 1961 Red Mitchell - bass Harold Land - tenor saxophone Carmell Jones - trumpet Frank Strazzeri - piano Leon Petties - drums

Valora Noland

Valora Noland is an American retired actress, notable for her 1960s movie and television work. Valora Noland was born in Seattle, Washington, on December 8, 1941, her mother named her "Valor", inspired by a speech by Winston Churchill. Her family moved from Seattle to the countryside near Santa Cruz, California, in 1943. Sometime around 1959 she decided to become an actress. After graduating from Santa Cruz high school, she was accepted by the Pasadena Playhouse and, while studying there for a year and a half, settled on "Valora Noland" for her stage name and moved to Hollywood. Valora's first job was an improvised scene with three other actors for the film Five Finger Exercise cut before distribution. Still, it enabled her to buy her SAG card, somewhat larger parts in TV shows followed, she had a small role in a 1961 episode of the TV western The Rifleman entitled "High Country." Her first movie role was in Beach Party, the next year, 1964, she played a part in an independent production, Summer Children, made on Catalina Island.

It was never released. This was followed by Muscle Beach Party and after that a film titled Sex and the College Girl, which took place on the island of Puerto Rico. A third "island" film came in 1965 when she was chosen to play the unfaithful wife in The Passionate Strangers, a Philippine production. Back in Hollywood, Valora joined the cast of The War Wagon for a minimal role and appeared in guest roles in television shows including The Man from U. N. C. L. E; the Virginian, Star Trek and Mannixas Cindy Gier in "Live Blueberries". Season 1 episode 7. Noland has been active as a photographer and, as Valora Tree, has authored the books "Horse Stories", Water Lily Ponds, a volume of poetry. Clare in The Rifleman episode, "The High Country" Vickie in Sex and the College Girl Duchess Vicky in The Man from U. N. C. L. E episode, "The Round Table Affair" Amanda Harley in The Virginian episode, "Girl on the Pinto" Daras in Star Trek episode, "Patterns of Force" Beach Party - Rhonda Muscle Beach Party - Animal Sex and the College Girl - Vickie Summer Children - Diana The Passionate Strangers - Margaret Courtney The War Wagon - Kate Valora Noland on IMDb