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Bluefield Blue Jays

The Bluefield Blue Jays are a minor league baseball team of the Rookie Appalachian League representing the twin cities of Bluefield, West Virginia, Bluefield, affiliated with the Toronto Blue Jays. The team plays their home games at Bowen Field at Peters Park, a historic stadium in Bluefield's city park; the park, which straddles the West Virginia–Virginia state line, is operated by the West Virginia city. On August 28, 2010, Andy MacPhail, then-president of baseball operations for the Baltimore Orioles announced that Baltimore was ending their affiliation with Bluefield and the Appalachian League, effective at the end of the 2010 Appalachian League season. Bluefield's 53 season affiliation with the Orioles, which lasted from 1958 to 2010, had been the oldest continuous affiliation with the same major league franchise in Minor League Baseball; the Orioles were sometimes known as the "Baby Birds" or the "Baby O's", a reference to their major league parent club. One of the best known players to have played in Bluefield is Cal Ripken, Jr. who played with Bluefield in 1978 when he was 17 years old.

Another famous former Baby Bird is Boog Powell, who played there in 1959 as a 17-year-old. Bluefield became an affiliate organization with Toronto for the 2011 season. Outfielder Kevin Pillar played for the Bluefield Blue Jays in 2011, batted.347, winning the Appalachian League batting title and leading the organization in batting average. He holds the team's all-time records for batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage. In August 2013, Pillar became the first Bluefield Blue Jays alumnus to play in the major leagues for Toronto. 1992: Defeated Elizabethton 2–1 to win championship. 1995: Lost to Kingsport 2–1 in finals. 1996: Defeated Kingsport 2–1 to win championship. 1997: Defeated Pulaski 2–0 to win championship. 2001: Defeated Elizabethton 2–1 to win championship. 2002: Lost to Bristol 2–1 in finals. 2011: Defeated Elizabethton 2–1 in semifinals. 2013: Lost to Pulaski 2–0 in semifinals. 2017: Lost to Pulaski 2–1 in semifinals. 2018: Lost to Princeton 2–1 in semifinals. Official website Statistics from Baseball-Reference

Le D├ęserteur

"Le déserteur" is a famous anti-war song written by French singer Boris Vian and released on May 7, 1954 during the Battle of Dien Bien Phu. It was first sung by Marcel Mouloudji, in 1954. Subsequently, it was forbidden by the French censor to be sold or broadcast until 1962, it was translated into English, Spanish, Dutch, Welsh and Danish and many other languages. The song was recorded in French by Peter, Paul & Mary in 1966 and by Esther & Abi Ofarim in 1967. In the United States, it was a major anti-war song by Joan Baez during the Vietnam War; the song is in the form of a letter written to the French President by a man who states that he is going to refuse his call to arms and desert, explains his reasons for doing so. In the late 1970s, the song was covered by nuclear protesters in Brittany, as a direct apostrophe to the fierce pro-nuclear French president Giscard d'Estaing in the Plogoff struggle. A stanza of the song appears in Thomas Pynchon's novel V; the last stanza of the song was altered by Boris Vian at the request of Michel Mouloudji who wished to record it.

In the original stanza, the deserter is carrying arms, intends to defend himself against the forces of law, should they pursue him. In the version of Mouloudji he is unarmed when he faces pursuers, ready to die. Below is its English translation. Si vous me poursuivez, Prévenez vos gendarmes. If you pursue me, Warn your policemen, That I won't be carrying a weapon, that they can shoot me; the resulting version, in spite of its pacifist leaning, was banned from 1954 till 1962, from public broadcast. List of anti-war songs Le Déserteur in 45 languages, with the complete history of the song in French and English, from website Chansons Contre la Guerre "Le Deserteur" performed by Esther & Abi Ofarim

Images of a Woman

Images of a Woman known as The Tokyo Painting, is an abstract painting by the 1960s pop group the Beatles. It is believed to be the only painting produced collaboratively by the group. Images of a Woman was painted over three nights in July 1966 in a Tokyo Hilton suite where all four of the Beatles were staying as part of their tour of the Far East; the group had been placed in lockdown as a precaution by the Japanese authorities after death threats had been received. The Japanese tour promoter, Tats Nagashima, had painting materials brought in for the group to use; the band's tour photographer, Robert Whitaker, was present and was amazed by how tranquil the band members seemed as they painted: "Absolutely the best period I witnessed among the Beatles", Whitaker said, adding that he "never saw them calmer, more contented than at this time... They'd stop, go and do a concert, it was'Let's go back to the picture!'"The resulting painting was given to a charity auction. It was bought by the Japanese Beatles fan club president, Tetsusaburo Shimoyama.

In the mid-1990s it was sold to an art dealer in Osaka for around $191,000, re-appeared in 2002 on the website eBay. It was put up for sale by Philip Weiss Auctions in 2012, selling in New York City for $155,250; each of the Beatles painted one corner of the 30 × 40 inch canvas. Despite the painting's title, it does not feature any figurative depictions of a woman, consisting only of abstract designs painted using oil and watercolour against a brightly coloured background. A lamp left in the middle of the canvas left a blank circle.

G. C. Bharuka

Gopi Chand Bharuka was the former Chairman of E-Committee constituted by the Government of India for the period of 3 years from January 2005 to January 2008. He retired as the acting Chief Justice at theHigh Court of Karnataka. G. C. Bharuka was born in Bangladesh. After completing his education from Ranchi, he moved to the city of Bihar to pursue law. In 2003, he completed doctoral studies from the National Law School of India University while still active on the bench at Karnataka High Court, his thesis was published in a book form titled ‘Rejuvenating Judicial System through E-Governance & Attitudinal Change' published by Wadhwa & Co. Bharuka started his legal practice at the Patna High Court in 1968. In 1984 he became a senior lawyer following which in the year 1990 he was elevated to the bench in Patna High Court. In 1994, he was transferred to the High Court of Karnataka where he served as a Judge till his retirement in June 2003 as the acting Chief Justice, he played an instrumental role is implementing information technology practices in the Indian judicial system with introduction of computers for the first time at Patna High Court.

After being transferred to the High Court of Karnataka in 1994, he automated the courts starting from subordinate to the high court. In 2004, keeping the automation of Karnataka courts as a role model, Dr. Bharuka was recommended by the Honourable Chief Justice of India to the Union Cabinet to setup an e-committee for automation of all courts across India. Dr. Bharuka was appointed as the Chairman of the E-Committee in the year 2005. Justice Bharuka was appointed as the chairman to formulate the National Policy and Action Plan for Information and Communication Technology Enablement of the Indian Judiciary and suggest measures for management related changes, he has been Chairman, National Anti Doping Tribunal, New Delhi. Besides that, he was a regular visiting faculty in the National Judicial Academy and Chanakya National Law University, Patna, his work on judicial reforms was internationally recognized. He was engaged by the Asian Development Bank as an External Consultant for its India Administration of Justice – Technical Assistance Report.

He was engaged by Deloitte India as an External Consultant for improvement of the judicial system in Kenya through e-governance. He was engaged by PricewaterhouseCoopers as Project Leader in a UNDP project for process mapping of the criminal justice system in Bangladesh and suggesting ways for implementation of ICT. In 2013-14, the World Bank engaged him in their project for studying Land Governance in India and preparing a national document. Justice Bharuka was involved in module concerning Dispute Resolution, he was awarded the Skotch Challengers Award for ICT in Judiciary in March 2006. Amongst his writings, he was the Editor of 2007 ed of Mulla's Indian Partnership Act, Editor of 2007 ed of Mulla's Sales of Goods Act and Editor of the 10th ed. of Mulla's Transfer of Property Act, 2006. He contributed a Chapter on “Corruption in the Justice Delivery System” in the book “Fighting Corruption – The Way Forward”, he contributed a Chapter on “Access to Justice” in the book “Judicial Reforms in India”.

He was a regular visiting faculty in the National Judicial Academy and Chanakya National Law University, Patna. Other articles - Implementation of Information And Communication Technology In Indian Judiciary G. C. Bharuka died due to a brain stroke in New Delhi on 15th March 2018, he breathed last at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi

Shirley Simms

Shirley Simms is an American singer and songwriter known for her work as a member of indie pop band the Magnetic Fields. She has been singing on the band's albums since her first appearance on 2008's Distortion, with her and Stephin Merritt alternating between singing lead vocals throughout the album, she sang on several tracks on the Magnetic Fields' 1999 album 69 Love Songs. In addition to her vocal work with the Magnetic Fields, she sometimes plays ukelele for them. In the late 1980s, before he started the Magnetic Fields and Simms started the short-lived musical project Buffalo Rome. During the 1980s, she was a member of the Boston-based band Lazy Susan, along with Claudia Gonson and Therese Bellino; as members of Lazy Susan and Gonson wrote the song "Plant White Roses", included on Merritt's 2011 album Obscurities. In a 1999 interview, Merritt described Simms as "the best living female vocalist other than Doris Day"

Erin Weir

Erin Weir is a Canadian politician from Saskatchewan. From 2015 until 2019, he was Member of Parliament for the riding of Regina—Lewvan. Weir sat as a member of the federal New Democratic Party and was appointed the party's critic for Public Services and Procurement Canada. Before entering federal politics, Weir ran in the 2013 Saskatchewan New Democratic Party leadership election and was an economist with the Canadian section of the United Steelworkers union. Weir was expelled from the NDP caucus on May 3, 2018 after a third party investigation into three claims of sexual harassment. Following his expulsion, he changed his affiliation to the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation, the precursor to the NDP, became the first CCF MP since 1961. Weir was born in 1982 in Saskatchewan. Weir holds three university degrees: a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Regina, a Master of Arts from the University of Calgary, a Master of Public Administration from Queen's University. In May 2012 while Weir was an economist working with the United Steelworkers and presenting in front of the Parliamentary Finance committee, he was questioned by Conservative MP Randy Hoback – who asked "Are you now, or have you been, a member of the NDP party".

CBC and Maclean's made comparisons to McCarthyism based on this line of questioning from Hoback. In 2004, Weir ran in the federal riding of Wascana against Liberal finance minister Ralph Goodale as the New Democratic Party's candidate, but was defeated. In June 2012 a group of Canadian economists sent a public letter calling on Erin Weir to enter the 2013 Saskatchewan New Democratic Party leadership election. A group of notable New Democrats including former NDP MP Dick Proctor and former NDP premier Howard Pawley of Manitoba created a "Committee to Draft Erin Weir". On September 7, 2012 Weir aged 30, announced he was entering the race, he addressed the issue of his not having a seat by saying "I would see it advantageous as having a leader, not tied down to Regina all the time and free to tour the province." He made the comparison to Jack Layton and the federal NDP of the time. Earlier that week, he had addressed his age saying the age of the candidate should not be the focus of voters and that "Public policy is more important,".

He was one of four declared candidates including MLA Cam Broten, doctor Ryan Meili, MLA Trent Wotherspoon. His campaign was described by the media as organized and one of the main political commentators in the province said the race was "highly competitive" and "The fact they could all win is incentive for all four to run."On February 20, 2013, Weir withdrew from the leadership race and endorsed fellow candidate Ryan Meili. On April 11, 2014, Weir announced that he was seeking the NDP nomination in the new federal riding of Regina—Lewvan, he was nominated on June 22, 2014, defeating former 2011 Palliser federal NDP candidate Noah Evanchuk. He was elected on October 19, 2015, prevailing over Conservative candidate Trent Fraser by 132 votes according to the results validated by the Returning Officer. Fraser requested a recount, but the request was withdrawn. Weir was appointed the party's critic for Public Services and Procurement Canada in November 2015, he was appointed as the Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates in December 2015.

After the federal government announced a pan-Canadian price on carbon, Weir called for border adjustments to that pricing, pointing out that different carbon prices between countries can result in "carbon leakage". Weir's proposal was adopted by Peter Julian, during his campaign for federal NDP Leader. Weir was one of the first MPs to raise the issue of problems with the new federal payroll system called Phoenix. Civilian employees at the RCMP's "Depot" Division living in his riding brought them to his attention. In February 2018, Weir was suspended from his caucus duties by party leader Jagmeet Singh pending an independent investigation made into sexual harassment allegations made against him. Weir was expelled from the NDP caucus on May 3, 2018 following his public comments to the media regarding the outcome of the sexual harassment investigation, for revealing confidential information about a complainant; the investigation found that one claim of harassment and three claims of sexual harassment were sustained by the evidence.

As an independent member, Weir asked Speaker Geoff Regan to have his affiliation switched to the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation, the predecessor of the modern NDP. As the House of Commons does not require that a party be registered with Elections Canada for the purposes of MPs declaring affiliation, the affiliation change was accepted and Weir became the first CCF MP since 1961. In May 2018, a group of 67 former NDP MPs and MLAs from Saskatchewan sent Singh a letter in support of Weir and calling for his reinstatement as an NDP MP. On September 6, 2018, it was publicly revealed that NDP Leader Singh had rejected Weir's request to rejoin the NDP during a meeting in June, despite Weir stating that he had worked with a personal trainer to understand the issues of the complaint. Singh said that Weir will not be permitted to run as an NDP candidate in the 2019 federal election. Although Weir had announced that he intended to seek the party's nomination in Regina—Lewvan, he retracted that statement, citing NDP Leader Singh's continued refusal for Weir to run for the party's nomination without appeal.

On May 21, 2019, Weir announced. Note: Conservative vote is compared to the Canadian Alliance vote in 2000 election. Official website