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Scott Boras

Scott Dean Boras is an American sports agent, specializing in baseball. He is the founder and president of the Boras Corporation, a sports agency based in Newport Beach, that represents 175 professional baseball clients. Since 2013, Forbes magazine has named Boras the "Most Powerful Sports Agent in the World." In 2019, contracts signed by his clients totaled more than $1 billion in the month of December. Boras was born in Sacramento and grew up in Elk Grove, the son of a dairy farmer, he made the baseball team as a walk on. He led the team with a.312 batting average in 1972. As of 2009, Boras remains in the top 10 in school history in multiple offensive categories. Boras was inducted into the Pacific Athletics Hall of Fame in 1995, the baseball team's annual "Most Improved Player" award is named in his honor. Following his college career, Boras played four years of minor league baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs organizations. Boras made the Florida State League All-Star team in 1976, but knee problems shortened his career and he retired with a career batting average of.288.

Boras received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of the Pacific in 1977. Following his playing career, Boras returned to the University of the Pacific, earning his Juris Doctor degree from the university's McGeorge School of Law in 1982. After law school, Boras worked as an associate in the pharmaceutical defense department of the Chicago firm Rooks, Pitts & Poust, defending drug companies against class-action lawsuits. Boras's start as an agent came representing Mike Fischlin, a former major league shortstop for the Cleveland Indians, Bill Caudill, a former minor league teammate and closer for the Seattle Mariners, both of whom now work for Boras. By 1980, he had decided. In 1983, Boras negotiated one of the largest contracts in baseball history for Caudill, not long afterward Boras left his law firm job to represent players full-time. Today, Boras is the owner of the Boras Corporation, a baseball-only sports agency. In 2014, the Boras Corporation was named by Forbes magazine as the most valuable single-sport agency in the world.

Boras and the Boras Corporation have become known for record-setting contracts for their free agent and amateur draft clients. Boras was the first baseball agent to negotiate contracts in excess of $50 million, $100 million and $200 million. Boras represents many of the elite players in each year's amateur draft and has been a strong advocate for increasing the amount of money they receive. Boras's first record-setting contract for a drafted player was $150,000 for Tim Belcher in 1983. Since Boras's clients have pushed draft compensation higher, starting with Andy Benes in 1988, Ben McDonald in 1989, Todd Van Poppel in 1990 and Brien Taylor in 1991 and continuing through J. D. Drew and Mark Teixeira. In 2009, Boras's clients broke several draft records, led by Stephen Strasburg, who surpassed the $15 million barrier with the largest contract in draft history, Donavan Tate, who received the largest signing bonus given to a high school player, Jacob Turner, who received the largest signing bonus given to a high school pitcher.

The Boras Corporation operates out of a $20 million, 23,000-square-foot, two-story, glass-and-steel building in Newport Beach, California The corporate headquarters includes a kitchen, laundry room, shower, lounge, 70 flat-screen televisions and a large patio with a 15-foot tall waterfall, fire pit and barbecue. Boras' subsidiary companies include the Boras Sports Training Institute. Many of Boras's 75-person staff are former major leaguers, including Bob Brower, Don Carman, Bill Caudill, Scott Chiamparino, Mike Fischlin, Calvin Murray, Jeff Musselman, Domingo Ramos and Kurt Stillwell, the company has scouts spread across the United States and Latin America. Boras's staff includes an MIT-trained economist, a former NASA computer engineer, three lawyers, five personal trainers, an investment team, a sports psychologist, a 14-person research staff and an employee charged with watching each day's games and sending information to Boras. Over the course of his 31 years as a sports agent, Boras has represented hundreds of players on all 30 major league teams and has participated in dozens of high-profile negotiations.

Boras's specialty is the record-breaking contract, which he says is the most difficult to achieve because it provides an "umbrella" from which other players can benefit. Boras is well known for identifying sources of leverage for his clients and using them for the clients' advantage; this has included advising draft picks to return to school instead of signing, taking advantage of the right to go to salary arbitration hearings, advising superstars to wait for free agency instead of taking "hometown discount" contracts. This does not endear him to fans, who side with their favorite teams and not individual players. Boras, has said his job is to represent his clients' interests if it means weathering public criticism. Boras' innovative strategies have benefited his clients enough th

National Democratic Coalition (Nigeria)

The National Democratic Coalition was formed on May 15, 1994 by a broad coalition of Nigerian democrats, who called on the military government of Sani Abacha to step down in favor of the winner of the June 12, 1993 election, M. K. O. Abiola; the members came from the southwest of the country. They became the symbol of mass resistance against military rule. On June 11, 1994, using the groundwork laid by NADECO, Abiola declared himself president and went into hiding, he reemerged and was promptly arrested on June 23. On 17 November 1994, the first anniversary of Abacha's coup, a bomb exploded in Lagos airport. In response, NADECO leaders warned "it will be a disaster, not only for Nigeria but for the whole world, if Nigerians come to the conclusion that only violence will secure the attention of the international community."Wale Osun, acting secretary-general of the coalition, was arrested on May 19, 1995. After a bomb explosion that month in Ilorin, capital of Kwara State, the police arrested and interrogated Chief Cornelius Adebayo and other NADECO members.

In July 1997, the government accused the National Democratic Coalition of responsibility for a series of bombings of military targets, said publicly that they suspected American diplomats knew about the bombings in advance. The Inspector General of police, Ibrahim Coomassie, said he wanted to question the American Ambassador and members of the US Embassy staff. In August 1999, the coalition filed a claim for $20 million in compensation for abuses suffered under the Abacha regime

Michael McKenna (bishop)

Michael Joseph McKenna DD, an Australian suffragan bishop, is the eighth Roman Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Bathurst, appointed in 2009. The eldest of the eleven children born to Maxwell and Marie McKenna, Michael McKenna was educated at St Patrick's School, at St Patrick's College, Sale. From 1971-74, he studied in the Honours Schools of Political Science and English Literature at The University of Melbourne. With an early interest in audio and video technology, McKenna worked as a producer and presenter on 3RRR-FM and showed works at the Melbourne Fringe and St Kilda Film Festivals, he commenced studying for the priesthood at St Paul's National Seminary, in 1983 was ordained priest by Bishop D'Arcy. Returning to Victoria, McKenna was appointed an Assistant Priest in the parish of St Joseph’s, Warragul in the Diocese of Sale before moving to an administrative role as Bishop’s Secretary, Diocesan Secretary and Chancellor where he was a regular columnist in the diocesan monthly newspaper, Catholic Life.

While undertaking postgraduate studies from the Gregorian University in Rome, in 1991 McKenna was elected as General Secretary of the Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference, based in Canberra. During 1998 he was Administrator of Lumen Christi Parish, Churchill before taking up a Resident Fellowship in the Divinity School of Harvard University. Serving as rector of Corpus Christi College from 1999 until 2005, McKenna established strong links between the Seminary and the Catholic Church in Vietnam, he was a member of the Senate of Catholic Theological College and of the Melbourne College of Divinity, where he served as chair of the Board of Ministry Studies. In 2006, McKenna was appointed as Catholic Chaplain to the University of Melbourne, where it is reported he reintroduced the celebration of Mass on campus and started new groups in social service, biblical study, Christian meditation and philosophy and faith. In 2007, he took on the pastoral care of All Saints Parish, Fitzroy, an inner city community of many cultures, most notably Vietnamese and Sudanese.

That year, he was elected to the Archbishop’s Council of Priests and appointed to the Melbourne Catholic-Evangelical-Pentecostal Dialogue. On 15 April 2009 Reverend Father McKenna was appointed as Bishop of the Diocese of Bathurst and was consecrated on 26 June 2009 by George Cardinal Pell, together with Bishops Emeritus Patrick Dougherty and Jeremiah Coffey, Bishop of Sale, it was the first time since the ordination of Bishop O'Farrell in 1920 that a bishop was consecrated in the Cathedral of St Michael and St John's

Kharua Rajapur

Kharua Rajapur is a village in Kalupur gram panchayat in Bangaon CD Block in Bangaon subdivision of North 24 Parganas district in the Indian state of West Bengal. Kharua Rajapur is 15 kilometres from subdivision headquarters Bangaon and 52 kilometres from district headquarters Barasat; the nearest railway station is Chandpara railway station at Chandpara. Choita river flows past Kharua Rajapur. In the 2011 census Kharua Rajapur had a population of 1591, of which 813 were males and 778 were females. Children age 0-6 number 151; the literacy rate is 89.93. One higher secondary school and two primary schools operate in Kharua Rajapur: Kharua Rajapur High School G. R. F. P Primary School S. S. K. M Primary School

Lazare Kaplan International

Lazare Kaplan International Inc. is a diamond manufacturing and distribution company based in New York City. The Chairman of the Board of Directors is Maurice Tempelsman; the first LKI's diamond cutting factory was located in Ponce, Puerto Rico at el barrio Los Diamantes, community named after the factory was located there. Founded in 1917 where it operated until it was moved to Caguas, PR in the 1980s. LKI's main business activity is cutting and polishing "ideal-cut" and "fine make" diamonds, which it sells to upscale retail jewelers throughout the world; some of these diamonds are distributed loose while others are set in jewelry under The Lazare Diamond brand. LKI distributes its products through over 1,500 retail customers in 29 countries. Although based in the United States, LKI has sales offices in Belgium, Japan and Hong Kong. LKI has operated in Japan since 1973, Southeast Asia since 1987 and Latin America since 1997. LKI's first factory was located in Puerto Rico, it became the largest diamond polishing factory in the United States.

The company has manufacturing operations in other parts of the world. It established a joint manufacturing partnership with Alrosa, with cutting facilities in Moscow and Barnaul. In addition, it has contract manufacturing operations in Thailand. In Africa, LKI has manufacturing facilities in Botswana and a joint manufacturing and technical services agreement with NamGem Diamond Manufacturing Company Ltd in Namibia. LKI was founded in 1903 by Lazare Kaplan; the Tempelsman Group purchased a controlling interest in LKI in 1984. LKI has been publicly listed since 1972 and remains the only company specialising in diamond manufacturing whose shares are publicly listed on a US stock exchange, it has been a Diamond Trading Company Sightholder since 1946. In 1985, it became the first company to launch a branded diamond. In 1919, Lazare Kaplan's cousin, mathematician Marcel Tolkowsky, first published the mathematical formula for diamonds cut to "ideal" proportions, a formula designed to optimise the brilliance and sparkle in a polished diamond.

In the same year, LKI became the first commercial-scale operation to cut its diamonds to ideal proportions. In 1957, LKI developed the modern oval cut, in 1983 it developed and patented the laser inscription process. In 2002, LKI was awarded a patent, jointly with the General Electric Company, for the high-pressure high-temperature process for improving the color of certain all-natural diamond types. In addition, LKI has secured numerous patents on diamond setting techniques and innovations in displays for loose polished stones and jewelry. On May 17, 2010, Lazare Kaplan sued various Lloyd's of London syndicates and European insurers for $640 million in damages arising out of the disappearance of diamonds; the lawsuit alleges. The company has been suspended from trading on the American Stock Exchange since September 2009 and has not filed quarterly or annual reports with the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission since early 2009. LKI supports policies that prohibit the trade in conflict diamonds, prevent money laundering, combat the financing of terrorism, promote transparency, fair dealing and disclosure throughout the diamond pipeline.

It is LKI's strict policy to identify its prospective suppliers and its customers before entering into any business transaction. Kimberley Process Certification Scheme – LKI participated in the inaugural meeting of diamond industry stakeholders in Kimberley, South Africa, in May 2000, participated in all subsequent deliberations that led to the January 2003 adoption of the KPCS and its system of controls over rough diamond trading, intended to combat the trade in conflict diamonds. LKI has a zero tolerance policy with regards to conflict diamonds and will not import or export rough diamonds without an accompanying Kimberley Process Certificate of origin. World Diamond Council Industry Self-Regulation – Established in conjunction with the KPCS, the WDC has established a system of buyer-seller warranties to extend the reach and effectiveness of the KPCS throughout the entire diamond pipeline. LKI trades only with companies that provide such warranties, guaranteeing the conflict-free origin of the diamonds on their invoices.

All sales and consignments of LKI diamonds are accompanied by LKI's own warranty statement. This flow of warranties in and warranties out is audited and reconciled on an annual basis by LKI's financial auditors. Zero tolerance for conflict diamonds – LKI follows a policy of zero tolerance for conflict diamonds as defined by United Nations General Assembly Resolution 55/56 of 2000; the LKI system of controls was instituted before the existence of this UN Resolution, received special commendation from the UN for its contribution to stemming the flow of conflict diamonds. All of LKI's rough diamond buyers are required to sign and abide by a written code of ethical diamond trading conduct as a condition of continued employment. Trade association membership – LKI and its officers are members of a wide variety of diamond and jewelry industry associations including, but not limited to, the American Gem Society, the Jewelers Vigilance Committee, the Jewelers Board of Trade, the Diamond Manufacturers and Importers Association, the Jewelers Credit Interchange Group, the Jewelers Security Alliance, the New York Diamond Dealers Club, the Council for Responsible Jewelry Practices.

Best Practice Principles Assurance Program – LKI subscribes to and is compliant with this program, dev