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Beretta Cheetah

The Beretta Cheetah known by its original model name of "Series 81", is a line of compact blowback operated semi-automatic pistols designed and manufactured by Beretta of Italy. They were introduced in 1976 and include models in.32 ACP.380 ACP and.22 LR. Beretta has discontinued the manufacture of certain models and versions, but Cheetah pistols in.22 LR.32 ACP and.380 ACP are still being manufactured and sold. These two models are chambered for the.32 ACP cartridge. The 81 has a double stacked magazine with 12 round capacity, while the 82 has a single stacked magazine with nine round capacity and resultant thinner grips; these three models are chambered for the.380 ACP cartridge. The 84 has a double stacked magazine with 13 round capacity, while the 83 and 85 have a single stacked magazine with seven and eight round capacity and resultant thinner grips; the 84 and 85 have a 3.81" barrel. The model 86 is chambered for the.380 ACP cartridge, but differs from other models in the series, because it has a redesigned front end with a tip-up barrel that hinges at the muzzle to open the breech.

This allows the shooter to load a cartridge directly into the chamber, not have to operate the slide. There are two distinct 87 models both chambered for.22 LR. The standard model is similar to other models, but the 87 Target has a longer barrel and slide, can accept optical sights, is single action only; the model 89 is chambered for the.22 LR and is designed for competition and range training, with a lightweight frame and ergonomic grips. There are five versions for models 81 through 87; the features for each version in models 81, 82, 84 and 85 are consistent between models. This is not the case with models 86, 87 and 89, which were not made in all versions. Base versions of models 81 through 87 are noted for having a rounded trigger guard and fewer safety features than subsequent versions. Safety is frame-mounted; the frame is alloy, the slide is blued steel and the standard grips are wood. The B versions of models 81, 82, 84, 85 introduced an automatic firing pin safety, a shorter extractor and grooved front and back straps.

The BB versions of models 81, 82, 84 and 85 have more serrations on the slide, white dot and post sights and other subtle changes. The F versions of models 81, 82, 84 and 85 introduced the "combat" trigger guard with a squared-off front that allows for a finger hold, plastic grips, a proprietary "Bruniton" finish, a chrome-plated barrel and chamber, a combination safety and decocker lever. Current production models of.32 ACP and.380 ACP Cheetah pistols are in the FS configuration. In models 81, 82, 84 and 85 they include internal improvements over the F versions that are not visible during casual inspection; the 81FS, 84fs and 85fs models have been available new for sale in the U. S, they are available in both the Bruniton and nickel finishes. From 1977 to 1997 Beretta built the Browning BDA 380, the model 84BB with a standard ejection port, a slide-mounted decocker/safety and a spur hammer. Production continues through today. During both periods mentioned Beretta made the FN 140 DA, identical to the BDA 380 except for being marked "Fabrique Nationale" instead of "Browning".

The 140 DA was made in a.32 ACP version. Algeria Italy Kazakhstan - since 2007 used as service pistol in private security companies Slovenia Venezuela Namibia Japan - Model 85 is usd by Drug regulator of Ministry of Health and Welfare Beretta 89 Instruction Manual in English

Destiny (1942 film)

Destiny is a 1942 Austrian-German historical drama film directed by Géza von Bolváry and starring Heinrich George, Werner Hinz, Christian Kayßler. The film was made by Wien-Film, a company set up by the Germans after they had annexed Austria in 1938; the film's sets were designed by the art directors Kurt Werner Schlichting. The film was banned after the Second World War for its perceived Nazi content; when the commander of a Bulgarian castle is killed in combat, his steward brings up his two children. Hull, David Stewart. Film in the Third Reich: A Study of the German Cinema, 1933–1945. Berkeley: University of California Press. ISBN 978-0-520-01489-3. Destiny on IMDb

Nikolai Shvernik

Nikolai Mikhailovich Shvernik was a Soviet politician and Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet from 19 March 1946 until 15 March 1953. Though the titular Soviet head of state, Shvernik had, in fact, little power because the real authority lay with Joseph Stalin as General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. Shvernik was born in 1888 in St. Petersburg in a working-class family of Russian ethnicity, he joined the Bolsheviks in 1905. In 1924 he became a People's Commissar in the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic and became a full member of the Central Committee of the party in 1925. In 1927 he was sent to the Urals to head the local party organization. Stalin found him a loyal supporter of his policy of rapid industrialisation and moved him back to Moscow in 1929 making him chairman of the Metallurgist Trade Union, he resumed his rise in the party becoming a member of the party Secretariat. He served as first secretary of the All-Union Central Council of Trade Unions from July 1930 to March 1944.

As such, Shvernik presided over the 1931 Menshevik Trial, in which fourteen Russian economists came up for trial on charges of treason. During the Second World War Shvernik was responsible for evacuating Soviet industry away from the advancing Wehrmacht, he was Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Russian SFSR from 1943 to 1946. In 1946 he became Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR, succeeding Mikhail Kalinin, he only became a member of the Politburo of the CPSU Central Committee in 1952 but was demoted in 1953 when the body was reduced in size. Following the death of Stalin, Shvernik was removed as titular president of the USSR and replaced by Kliment Voroshilov on 15 March 1953. Shvernik returned to his work as the chairman of the All-Union Central Council of Trade Unions. In 1956, after his work in the Pospelov Commission, the basis of Khrushchev's "Secret Speech" denouncing Stalinism, Khrushchev recommended Shvernik for the post of chairman of the Party Control Committee and put him in charge of rehabilitating the victims of Stalin's purges.

In 1957, Shvernik again became a full member of the Presidium and remained on the body until he retired in 1966

Night of the Living Dead 3D: Re-Animation

Night of the Living Dead 3D: Re-Animation is a 2012 horror film prequel to the 2006 film, Night of the Living Dead 3D. It stars Jeffrey Combs, Sarah Lieving and Denice Duff. Pyrophobic mortician Gerald Tovar, Jr. inherits the family mortuary and accidentally exposes hundreds of uncremated bodies to toxic medical waste. As the corpses reanimate, Gerald’s inheritance-seeking younger brother, unexpectedly shows up and stumbles upon Gerald trying to keep the zombie outbreak under control. Sibling rivalry gives way to madness as Harold discovers Gerald’s dark secret–the freshly exhumed and zombified corpse of their father; the film features a Sarah Palin spoof in the character of'Sister Sara' and makes references to the original 1968 Night of the Living Dead film with comments such as "They're Romero zombies" and "Pittsburgh is the zombie capital." Andrew Divoff... Gerald Tovar, Jr. Jeffrey Combs... Harold Tovar Sarah Lieving... Cristie Forrest Robin Sydney... DyeAnne Adam Chambers... Russell Scott Thomson... Werner Gottshok Denice Duff...

Sister Sara Night of the Living Dead 3D: Re-Animation on IMDb

Military transition team

A Military Transition Team or Transition Team abbreviated as MiTT, in the context of the United States Military, is a 10 – 15 soldier team that trains foreign national and local security forces. The term has been used in the "War on Terror" to designate groups training the Iraqi Security Forces in particular. By comparison, Afghan Army and other Afghan security forces are mentored and trained by US Embedded Training Teams and the Operational Mentoring and Liaison Teams of other nations; the primary mission of transition teams is to train and advise their foreign counterparts in the security forces of Iraq in the areas of intelligence, fire support, logistics and infantry tactics. Specialist teams train and advise on civil policing and border enforcement; the goal is to make the local security forces capable of conducting their mission and operations and independent of foreign intervention or advice. Areas covered by transition teams include military and counterinsurgency operations, civil policing and border enforcement.

When executing military operations with their Iraqi counterparts, transition teams call for U. S. close air support, indirect fire, medical evacuation, whenever necessary. They perform the critical role of liaising between the foreign unit and nearby U. S. units to ensure that each unit can assist the other in their operations. Transition teams monitor and report on the capabilities of their assigned unit of the foreign security force, they work with their Iraqi counterparts to enhance the understanding of the rule of law and fundamental human rights. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, the transition teams were a central part of the strategy to train and equip Iraqi national security forces. One of the primary missions of the U. S. military in Iraq was the training of competent Iraqi security forces. By the end of 2006, transition teams assisted in the training and equipping of 326,000 Iraqi security services personnel; that figure includes 138,000 members of the Iraqi Army and 188,000 Iraqi police and national police forces.

Most transition teams are known as Military Transition Teams abbreviated as MiTTs. These teams are responsible for training and advising the Iraqi Army. In 2005, in order to provide similar mentorship to Iraq's other security forces, the Multinational Corps-Iraq began to embed transition teams with the Ministry of the Interior's paramilitary Iraqi National Police and regular Iraqi Police Service. Known as Special Police Training Teams, SPTTs, these national police teams, called National Police Transition Teams, NPTTs, are nearly identical to those supporting the Iraqi Army and consist of 10-12 American Soldiers on each team, tasked to train an entire Iraqi National Police Battalion. Police Transition Teams, PTTs provide a similar function for the Iraqi Police; these teams vary in size based on area of responsibility and level of threat. They contracted civilian personnel; the Team leader is a Staff Sergeant teamed with enablers. The Enablers are one interpreter, an IPA; the prerequisite for the IPA is 5 years of sworn state service, the interpreter is a local national.

These teams travel to the local police stations working with the Station Commanders. These teams assist with logistics and maintaining supplies on hand; the Team leader acts as both an Advisor, a Liaison. The Team leader does not run the station he provides advice. BTTs are transition teams embedded with the Iraqi Ministry of the Interior's Directorate of Border Enforcement forces at the brigade and battalion levels; these teams assist the DBE in patrolling and controlling illicit border crossings on Iraq's international borders. These teams focus on assisting the DBE in preventing the infiltration of insurgent and criminal elements into Iraq; because of the relative remoteness of these assignments, BTTs traditionally include maintenance and communications personnel not found on other TTs. BTTs were deployed with civilian subject matter experts and advisors attached. PoETTs are transition teams embedded with the Iraqi Ministry of the Interior's Port of Entry Directorate forces at the major ports of entry around the borders of Iraq.

These teams assist the Iraqi POED and customs officers in controlling the illegal importation and smuggling of humans and goods through Iraq's international ports of entry. These teams focus on assisting the Iraqi POED and customs officers in preventing the infiltration of insurgent and criminal elements into Iraq. Similar to the BTTs, PoETTs are deployed with a civilian subject matter expert or advisor as well as maintenance and communications personnel due to the remoteness of these assignments; the U. S. military embeds a small number of specialty transition teams in low-density administrative, base security, transportation units. Transition team soldiers are mid- to senior level officer and non-commissioned officers, with the ranks from Sergeant to Colonel; this ensures that the team is sufficient experienced tactically to properly mentor and train their foreign counterparts. Teams are formed from all components and branches of the U. S. military, including the Active Army, Army Reserve, Army National Guard, U.

S. Marine Corps, U. S. Navy, U. S. Air Force; the usual size of most Iraqi TTs is 10-16 soldiers. However, the number of members in a team can range from as few as three to as many as 45. Many teams are supplemented in theater with security or other support

Jean Kennedy Smith

Jean Ann Kennedy Smith is an American diplomat, activist and author who served as United States Ambassador to Ireland from 1993 to 1998. She is a member of the Kennedy family, the eighth of nine children and youngest daughter born to Joseph P. Kennedy and Rose Fitzgerald, is their last surviving child, her siblings included President John F. Kennedy, Senator Robert F. Kennedy, Senator Ted Kennedy, Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver; as Ambassador to Ireland, Smith was instrumental in the Northern Ireland peace process as President Bill Clinton's representative in Dublin. She was criticized after urging the U. S. State Department to grant a visa to Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams, although her family claimed that this step influenced the Irish Republican Army in its declaration of a ceasefire in 1994. However, Adams has claimed that it was President Clinton who led the Northern Ireland peace process and that during the process, Smith relied on advice from an influential Belfast priest.

President of Ireland Mary McAleese conferred honorary Irish citizenship on Smith in 1998 in recognition of her service to the country. Smith is the founder of Very Special Arts, an internationally recognized non-profit dedicated to creating a society where people with disabilities can engage with the arts. In 2011, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States, by President Barack Obama for her work with VSA and with people with disabilities. Jean Ann Kennedy was born in Massachusetts, on her elder sister Kathleen's eighth birthday. Kennedy was the eighth of nine children born to Joseph P. Rose Kennedy, her siblings included U. S. President John F. Kennedy, U. S. Attorney General and U. S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy, U. S. Senator Ted Kennedy, Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver, she has been most guarded of the Kennedy children. She attended Manhattanville College, where she befriended future sisters-in-law Ethel Skakel and Joan Bennett.

Kennedy graduated from Manhattanville in 1949. Kennedy was intricately involved with the political career of her older brother John, she worked on his 1946 Congressional campaign, his 1952 Senate campaign, his presidential campaign in 1960. She and her siblings helped Kennedy knock on doors in primary states like Texas and Wisconsin and on the campaign trail played the role of sister more than volunteer, citing her parents' family lesson of "working together for something."Smith and her husband were present at The Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles on June 5, 1968, during the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy after he had won the Democratic 1968 California U. S. presidential primary. In 1974, Smith founded Very Special Arts, now known as the Department of VSA and Accessibility at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. VSA provides arts and education programming for youth and adults with disabilities; as of 2011, VSA's programs served "some 276,000 students in 43 states and 52 countries".

Smith traveled extensively throughout the world on behalf of VSA to advocate for greater inclusion in the arts for people with disabilities. Her book, Chronicles of Courage: Very Special Artists, co-written with George Plimpton, was published by Random House in April 1993. In 1993, Smith was appointed by U. S. President Bill Clinton as the U. S. Ambassador to Ireland, continuing a legacy of diplomacy begun by her father, the United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom during the administration of U. S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt; as ambassador, Smith played a pivotal role in the Northern Ireland peace process. As a demonstration of her ecumenical views, on at least one occasion she received communion in a cathedral of the Church of Ireland, an autonomous province of the Anglican Communion. President of Ireland Mary McAleese conferred honorary Irish citizenship on Smith in 1998 in recognition of her service to the country. During a ceremony, McAleese praised Smith's "fixedness of purpose".

Irish Taoiseach Bertie Ahern told Smith, "You have helped bring about a better life for everyone throughout Ireland."On July 4, 1998, about three months after the historic Good Friday Agreement of April 10, 1998, Smith retired as ambassador to Ireland. In 1994, Smith came to the forefront of American foreign policy when she championed the granting of a U. S. visa to Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams. Smith was criticized for supporting the visa, her family have claimed this was a key step in the success of the peace process in the years that followed. In her brother Ted's memoir, he described that "Jean was convinced that Adams no longer believed that continuing the armed struggle was the way to achieve the IRA's objective of a united Ireland," and that "It took only a couple of hours' conversation with Jean after we landed to discover what was the most important thing on her mind – the opportunity for a breakthrough in the Northern Ireland stalemate." However, Irish Central acknowledged that President Clinton had in fact made a promise during his Presidential campaign to grant Adams a visa.

Adams told the BBC in 2019 that Clinton led the Northern Ireland peace process and that during the peace process, Smith was following advice from west Belfast priest Father Alex Reid, stating "He was talking to her on the side and she was talking to her brother Teddy."In March 1996, Smith was reprimanded