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Basil Zaharoff

Sir Basil Zaharoff, GCB, GBE, born Vasileios Zacharias, was a Greek arms dealer and industrialist. One of the richest men in the world during his lifetime, Zaharoff was described as a "merchant of death" and "mystery man of Europe", his success was forged through his cunning aggressive and sharp, business tactics. These included the sale of arms to opposing sides in conflicts, sometimes delivering fake or faulty machinery and skilfully using the press to attack business rivals. Zaharoff maintained close contacts with many powerful political leaders, including British Prime Minister David Lloyd George, Greek Prime Minister Eleftherios Venizelos and Ottoman Sultan Abdul Hamid II. Vasileios Zacharias was the son and eldest of four children of a Greek merchant, born in the Ottoman Empire town of Muğla, his family adopted the surname Zaharoff when they lived in Russia, as exiles following the anti-Greek "Easter pogroms" of 1821. The family returned to the Ottoman Empire in the 1840s and, by 1855, had returned to Constantinople's Greek neighbourhood of Tatavla.

Basileios' first job was as a tour guide in the Galata. It is thought he became an arsonist with the Istanbul firefighters: on payment 19th-century firemen in Istanbul recovered or salvaged treasures for their wealthy owners. Zaharoff was summoned to court in London due to irregular exports of goods from Istanbul to London; the London Greeks from Constantinople preferred disputes involving members of their community to be settled outside English courts, he was discharged on the conditions that he paid £100 restitution to the claimant and remained within the court's jurisdiction. He left for Athens, where the 24-year-old Zaharoff was befriended by a political journalist, Etienne Skouloudis; the eloquent Zaharoff succeeded in convincing Skouloudis of the rightness of his London court case. By a stroke of good fortune, Skouloudis was a friend of a Swedish captain, about to leave his job as an agent of arms manufacturer Thorsten Nordenfelt. Skouloudis used his influence to recommend Zaharoff for the role.

Zaharoff was hired on October 1877, beginning a spectacular career. The political and military instability in the Balkan states and Russia provided an excellent opportunity for the arms sales, as each state spent to match the perceived aggressive intentions of its neighbours after the 1878 Treaty of Berlin. Zaharoff did not make arms dealing his sole business at first. After Cyprus passed under British control in 1878 he seems to have slipped back into Britain, he had a spell in the United States where he worked as a confidence man, as a salesman for a St. Louis railcar business. In 1885, posing as "Prince Zacharias Basileus Zacharoff", he married a Philadelphia heiress, Jennie Billings, was pursued to Rotterdam by detectives after his exposure as a bigamist by an Englishman who recognised him as the same man who had married an English girl in Bristol in 1872. Zaharoff sold munitions to many nations, including Great Britain, the Russian and Ottoman Empires, Spain and the United States. Despite his reputation for corruption, he was instrumental in marketing military equipment, including various famous weapons such as the Maxim gun and the first working submarine.

The British-Swedish Nordenfelt produced a range of anti-torpedoboat guns in Erith, Kent and Spain. Zaharoff worked for Vickers, the munitions firm, from 1897 to 1927. Hiram Maxim's automatic machine gun was a significant improvement over the then-current hand-cranked models. Maxim's gun was better than anything. Zaharoff is believed to have had a hand in the events surrounding Maxim's attempts to demonstrate his invention between 1886 and 1888. In the first, Maxim's and Nordenfelt's machine guns were to be demonstrated at La Spezia, before a distinguished audience which included the Duke of Genoa. Maxim's representatives did not show up. Round 2 took place at Vienna, where the exhibitors were instructed to modify their weapons to comply with Austrian Infantry-standard sized cartridges. After shooting a few hundred rounds, the Maxim gun became erratic before stopping altogether; when Maxim took one weapon apart to see what had happened, he discovered that they had been sabotaged, but it was too late to repair.

A third demonstration took place in Vienna, here the gun worked perfectly. But again an unknown person went through the gathering of senior officers, convincing them that the workmanship required to produce such a marvellous weapon could only be done by hand, one at a time, that without the means for mass production, Maxim could never produce machine guns in sufficient quantities to satisfy the needs of a modern army. Nordenfelt and Zaharoff had won. Maxim, who knew he had a good product sought a merger with Nordenfelt, engaging Zaharoff as their principal salesman on a huge commission. Under pressure from Rothschild and Vickers, Thorsten Nordenfelt merged with Maxim's in 1888 to form the Maxim Nordenfelt Guns and Ammunition Company. Two years a bankrupt Nordenfelt was forced out of the company. From 1886 to 1889, at the same time that Zaharoff got the Maxim machine gun, he managed to appropriate Isaac Peral's submarine. Zaharoff and Nordenfelt tried at this time to develop a submarine f

Nickelus F

Nickelus F is a rapper and producer from Richmond, Virginia. He is best known for being the Black Entertainment Television 106 & Park "Freestyle Friday" champion seven weeks in a row and being inducted into its Hall of Fame in 2007. Nickelus F is known for his collaborations with rapper Drake. On the Cut the Check mixtape and Nickelus F released the song "AM 2 PM" by FTP Productions, included on Drake's first mixtape Room for Improvement, a project which features Nickelus F on several tracks including "Money," "A Scorpio's Mind," and "S. T. R. E. S. S.". Nickelus F first began rapping in the 4th grade while at summer camp but he did not begin to take rap until he was in the 6th grade, his first official song was recorded over LL Cool Jay's song "Hey Lover."In 2000, Nickelus F got his first break into the hip hop industry when he competed against 300 contenders in the regional "Source Unsigned Hype Emcee Battle" where he placed second despite having no formal recording experience. He was named "Unsigned Hype" in The Source in 2000 at the age of 17.

Nickelus F went on to participate in BET's 106 & Park Freestyle Fridays where he was crowned champion after winning seven weeks in a row in 2007. In November 2009, Nickelus F was featured in Complex's "Ten Most Underrated New Rappers". In 2015, Nickelus F collaborated with rapper/producer Lil Ugly Mane, under his production name Shawn Kemp, released the album Trick Dice; this album was released on cassette and according to Nickelus F, sold out in one hour. In 2016, Nickelus F made his return to battle rap in a league, "Southpaw Battle Coalition" against Danja Zone, in 2017 against Bigjinya. Nickelus F is part of a collective in Richmond, known as the Association of Great Minds or AGM, it features fellow artists Radio B and Michael Millions, producer Namebrand, photographer/videographer Monsee. Drake has described Nickelus F as "one of the most gifted people I know at finding flows"; as of 2018, the last released collaboration between Drake and Nickelus F was in 2013, titled "Number 15,", released as a bonus track fifteen on Nickelus F's "Vices" album.

In a 2010 interview with Complex Magazine, when asked if he had ghostwritten for Drake, Nickelus F responded "Yeah, I've done that. I know the rumor going around. I don't want anything. I helped out, you know." However, in 2015 when interviewed by Mass Appeal, Nickelus F denied being a former ghostwriter for Drake. Nickelus F considers himself to be a "true student" of hip-hop culture, he cites Project Pat, Tha Dogg Pound, C-Bo, Spice 1, Lord Finesse, high school friend J. R; the Great as a few of his hip-hop inspirations. However, he cites Kanye West, Jay Z, MF DOOM, Future as his top 5 rappers. Born in Portland, Oregon, to a father who served in the military, Nickelus F moved as a child, he spent time in his childhood living in Berlin and lived in various places across Virginia, United States including Hampton, West Virginia, Richmond. While battle rapping on BET's 106 & Park Freestyle Fridays, Nickelus F was working as an exterminator for Terminex, a pest control service, he would head to New York from Richmond, Virginia after work on Thursdays to compete in Black Entertainment Television 106 & Park "Freestyle Friday" every week.

After the birth of his two twin daughters, Nickelus F began his undergraduate degree at the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. He credits school for making him more efficient with his time and music as it provided him with structure in his life. In 2015, Virginia street artist Nils Westergaard painted a mural of Nickelus F on the side of a building in Oregon Hill, Virginia. Nils Westergaard created the mural because he believed that Nickelus F deserved recognition from his hometown of Richmond, Virginia and he was in a unique position to provide it via street art. Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better Pistols and Teks B stands for Burglars Cut The Check How To Build a Buzz for Dummies The Relapse For the F of It Rayni Day Entertainment Presents... Umbrella Up Volume 1 ft. Radio B Thank You Thank You: Version: Pi Heathen Go Time R. A. R. E. Featuring Portishead Season Premiere Commercials Season Premiere HD Yellow Gold Faces Vices PTPT Yellow Gold 2 "Triflin" "Trick Dice" "Stretch Marks" "Acapellas" "Stuck" "The Gold Mine Volume 1" "The Gold Mine Vol 2" "Nurp!/Toast & Jelly" "The Motions" "Everything That I Should" "Heathen" "The Beast" "You Too" featuring The Silverust "Aggressive Content" "What Am I Suppose To Do" "Take You With Me" "Reese Witherspoon" "Crushin' Your Toes" "Handsome" "GotDamnMURDAH!"

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Deirdre Jordan

Deirdre Frances Jordan, AC, MBE is an Australian academic and educator. Born in Loxton, South Australia, Australia on 18 September 1926 to Clement and Helena Jordan, she was educated at St Aloysius College in Adelaide, South Australia, joined the Religious Sisters of Mercy when she was 19. With a Bachelor of Arts behind her, Sister Jordan took on the position of Principal at St Aloysius College in 1954, remaining in that role until 1968. While at St Aloysius, she completed a master's degree in education at the University of Adelaide, becoming the first woman to do so; this led to a position as a lecturer at the University of Adelaide in Sociology, where she remained until 1988. During this period she undertook a number of study tours, including to Tanzania and South America, she was appointed Pro-Chancellor of The Flinders University of South Australia in 1981 and subsequently Chancellor in 1988. Retiring from the post in 2002, she was granted the title of Emeritus Chancellor that year. Sister Deirdre Jordan became a Member of the Order of the British Empire on 1 January 1969 for services to education, was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia on 26 January 1989

1981 Cal Poly Mustangs football team

The 1981 Cal Poly Mustangs football team represented California Polytechnic State University during the 1981 NCAA Division II football season. Cal Poly competed in the California Collegiate Athletic Association; the Mustangs were led by 14th-year head coach Joe Harper and played home games at Mustang Stadium in San Luis Obispo, California. They finished the season with a record of five losses. 1981 was the last season for CCAA football. The Mustangs ended up with 12 football championships in their 36 years of membership. All three 1981 football members of the CCAA moved their football programs to the new Western Football Conference for the 1982 season; the following Cal Poly Mustang players were selected in the 1982 NFL Draft

Anthony Dickenson

Anthony Dickenson, FMedSci is Professor of Neuropharmacology at University College, London. Tony Dickenson received his PhD at the National Institute for Medical Research and has held Fellowships and posts in Paris and Sweden. Tony Dickenson was appointed to the Department of Pharmacology at University College in 1983, he conducted research into the mechanisms of pain and how pain can be controlled in both normal and patho-physiological conditions and how to translate basic science to the patient. Dickenson has supervised more than 20 completed PhD students as well as contributing to undergraduate science and medical teaching, he is a founding and continuing member of the London Pain Consortium, a Wellcome Trust Integrated Physiology Initiative, which funds a group of scientists in London and Oxford studying pain mechanisms and educating young scientists in this field. He has authored more than 330 refereed publications including Science and Nature, edited three books and written many chapters.

He has been quoted in the media and in magazine articles as an expert on pain remediation. At UCL, the focus of his group’s research has been based on understanding the transmission and control of pain, how neuronal systems alter in pathophysiological states and how novel and licensed drugs produce their effects with the aim of translating the basic research into clinical applications. Early studies described. Tony’s group was the first to show the NMDA receptor mediation of wind-up and its role in persistent pain. Continuing work on central hyperexcitability has been seminal in understanding of pain in animals and humans. Studies include collaborations with Prof Frank Porreca of the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Arizona, investigating opioid pathways. Http://dickensonlab.weebly.com

William Herbert, 3rd Earl of Pembroke

William Herbert, 3rd Earl of Pembroke, of Wilton House in Wiltshire, was an English nobleman and courtier. He served as Chancellor of the University of Oxford and together with King James I he founded Pembroke College, Oxford. In 1608 he was appointed Warden of the Forest of Dean and Constable of St Briavels Castle in Gloucestershire, in 1609 Governor of Portsmouth, all of which offices he retained until his death, he served as Lord Chamberlain from 1615 to 1625. In 1623 the First Folio of Shakespeare's plays was dedicated to him and his brother and successor Philip Herbert, 1st Earl of Montgomery, he was the eldest son and heir of Henry Herbert, 2nd Earl of Pembroke of Wilton House, by his third wife Mary Sidney. William was a bookish man, once tutored by the poet Samuel Daniel, preferred to keep to his study with heavy pipe-smoking to keep his "migraines" at bay, he was a conspicuous figure in the society of his time and at the court of King James I. Several times he found himself opposed to the schemes of the Duke of Buckingham and was keenly interested in the colonization of the Americas.

He was Lord Chamberlain of the Royal Household from 1615 to 1625 and Lord Steward from 1626 to 1630. He was Chancellor of the University of Oxford in 1624. On 4 November 1604 he married Mary Talbot, a daughter of Gilbert Talbot, 7th Earl of Shrewsbury, said to have been "dwarfish and deformed". Earlier in his youth his father negotiated a marriage between William and Bridget de Vere, a granddaughter of William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley. A marriage settlement was drawn up offering £3,000 and an annuity to begin at Burghley's death, not acceptable to the young Willam who wanted the annuity to commence immediateley and thus the negotiations ended. By Mary Talbot he had two sons, neither of whom survived infancy: James Herbert Henry Herbert At the age of twenty he had an affair with Mary Fitton, whom he impregnated. Although he admitted paternity he refused to marry her and was sent to the Fleet Prison where he wrote verse. In 1601 Mary gave birth to a boy, he petitioned Sir Robert Cecil and was released, though he and Mary were both barred from court.

Herbert had another affair with his first cousin Lady Mary Wroth, a daughter of his uncle Robert Sidney. The relationship produced at least two illegitimate children, a boy named William and a girl named Catherine, his cousin Sir Thomas Herbert records William paternity of the two children in his Herbertorum Prosapia a seventeenth-century genealogy of the Herbert family. He died in 1630, aged 50 and without male issue, when his titles passed to his younger brother, Philip Herbert, 4th Earl of Pembroke, 1st Earl of Montgomery, he was buried in his family's vault in front of the altar. Herbert has been seen as the "Fair Youth" in William Shakespeare's sonnets, whom the poet urges to marry; some years Shakespeare's junior, he was a patron of the playwright and his initials match with the dedication of the Sonnets to one "Mr. W. H.", "the only begetter of these ensuing sonnets." The identification was first proposed by James Boaden in his 1837 tract On the Sonnets of Shakespeare. E. K. Chambers, who had considered Henry Wriothesley, 3rd Earl of Southampton to be the Fair Youth, changed his mind when he encountered evidence in letters that around 1595 young Herbert had been urged to wed Elizabeth Carey, granddaughter of Henry Carey, the Lord Chamberlain who ran Shakespeare's company.

But he refused to marry her. In her Arden Shakespeare edition of the Sonnets, Katherine Duncan-Jones argues that Herbert is the likelier candidate; the First Folio of Shakespeare's plays was dedicated to "incomparable pair of brethren" William Herbert and his brother Philip Herbert. Herbert was an important patron of the arts and a member of the Whitehall group. A life-size bronze standing statue of William Herbert, 3rd Earl of Pembroke was sculpted by Hubert Le Sueur and stood at the family seat of Wilton House in Wiltshire. In 1723 Thomas Herbert, 8th Earl of Pembroke donated the statue to the Bodleian library in Oxford University in recognition of his office as Chancellor of the University of Oxford from 1617 until his death, for having promoted the founding of Pembroke College and for having donated many manuscripts to the Bodleian Library in 1629; the statue was firstly housed in the Bodleian Picture Gallery on the third floor, but in 1950 it was moved outdoors to its present location in front of the main entrance to the Old Bodleian Library, looking east across the Schools Quadrangle.

The statue is grade II listed. The square stone plinth is inscribed on two sides as follows in Latin: Gulielmus Pembrochiae Comes regnantibus Jacobo et Carolo Primis hospitii regii camerarius et senescallus Academiae Oxoniensis Cancellarius munificentissimus. On the opposite side: Hanc patrui sui magni effigiem ad formam quam tinxit Petrus Paulus Rubens aere fuso expressam Academiae Oxoniensi d d Thomas Pembrochiae et Montgom Comes honorum et virtutum haeres A. D. MDCCXXIII Haynes, Alan. Sex in Elizabeth