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Conn Smythe

Constantine Falkland Cary Smythe, MC was a Canadian businessman and sportsman in ice hockey and horse racing. He is best known as the principal owner of the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League from 1927 to 1961 and as the builder of Maple Leaf Gardens; as owner of the Leafs during numerous championship years, his name appears on the Stanley Cup eight times: 1932, 1942, 1945, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1951 and 1962. Smythe is known for having served in both World Wars, organizing his own artillery battery in the Second World War; the horses of Smythe's racing stable won the Queen's Plate twice among 145 stakes race wins during his lifetime. Smythe ran a successful sand and gravel business, he was a big supporter of the Ontario Society for Crippled Children and the Variety Club and founded the Conn Smythe Foundation philanthropic organization. Smythe was born on February 1, 1895, in Toronto to Albert Smythe, an Irish Protestant from County Antrim who immigrated to Canada in 1889, Mary Adelaide Constantine, an English woman.

Mary and Albert were married in the 1880s while immigrating to Canada, but their marriage was rocky and they did not live together for more than a few months at a time. Conn was the second of the couple's two children. Smythe remembered his mother Mary, known as Polly, as pretty, a drinker, troublemaker, while Albert was quiet, a vegetarian, a devoted member of Madame Blavatsky's Theosophical movement. Albert Smythe was a charter member of the Theosophical Society of Canada in 1891, edited its newsletter until the final years of his life. Smythe's first home was 51 McMillan Street, now known as Mutual Street, not far from the future site of Maple Leaf Gardens; the family was poor and moved several times during Smythe's youth, the size of lodgings depending on Albert Smythe's wages at the time. At one point and Conn moved to a house in Scarborough while Polly and Mary stayed on North Street. Mary died in 1906, Smythe attributed his lifelong teetotalism to his mother's drinking. At age eleven, Conn was christened, the occasion marking the first time that he insisted on the name "Conn" instead of his given name, Constantine.

Albert and Conn became estranged. The two had a daughter, Moira. Smythe first attended high school at Upper Canada College, but disliked it and transferred to Jarvis Collegiate Institute after a year and a half, he developed his athleticism there, playing on the hockey, rugby football, basketball teams, playing on city championship teams in basketball and hockey in 1912. At the age of 16, Smythe met Irene Sands, his future wife, after a football game against Parkdale Collegiate Institute, which she attended. Albert Smythe wanted his son to attend university, but Conn defied his father, bolting at age 17 to become a homesteader on 150 acres in Clute Township, near Cochrane, Ontario. After one summer building a home on the property only to have it destroyed by a devastating fire, Smythe returned home and enrolled in engineering studies at the University of Toronto in the fall of 1912. There he played hockey as a centre, captaining the Varsity Blues men's ice hockey team to the finals of the 1914 Ontario Hockey Association junior championships and to the OHA junior championship the following year.

The coach of the losing team in 1915 was Frank J. Selke, who years would work for Smythe at Maple Leaf Gardens. Smythe played on the University of Toronto football team, although not as a starter. A week after winning the OHA championship in March 1915, Smythe and his eight teammates enlisted in the armed forces during World War I, he recalled in his memoirs that he and several classmates had tried to enlist at the beginning of the 1914–15 season, but were told to come back when they had beards. After securing a provisional rank of lieutenant with the 2nd Battery, 8th Brigade, on July 17, he headed to the Royal School of Artillery in Kingston, Ontario, in August for five weeks of training, he made full lieutenant on September 11, was able to get himself transferred to the 40th Battery of Hamilton, organized by publishing figure Gordon Southam, son of William Southam. The unit, with Smythe as team manager, organized a team to compete in the OHA's senior league, he played one game at centre, decided to replace himself with a better player.

The team did not complete the season, as the 40th Battery went overseas in February 1916. The Battery was ordered into the Ypres salient. On October 12, shelling found their position. Killing Major Southam and Sergeant-Major Norm Harvie, temporarily making Smythe commander of the Battery; the Battery fought for nearly two months in the trenches near the Somme before being relieved. In February 1917, Smythe earned a Military Cross, when during an attack the Germans counter-attacked with grenades. Smythe ran into the fight and killed three Germans and helped several wounded Canadian soldiers back to safety On March 5, 1917, Smythe was awarded the Military Cross for "dispersing an enemy party at a critical time. Himself accounted for three of the enemy with his revolver." After an attack where several Canadians were killed because of what Smythe thought was poor planning by the Battery's Major, Smythe wanted out. Smythe transferred to the Royal Flying Corps in July 1917. One of his instructors was Billy Barker, who would become the first president of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Smythe served as an airborne observer. Smythe was shot down by the Germans and captured on October 14, 1917.

Jeffrey James

Jeffrey James is an Australian television news and current affairs anchor. During 2007 and 2008 he presented for international business news network CNBC Asia where he hosted Squawk Australia from the channel's new studio centre in Sydney; the programme was broadcast worldwide each weekday morning. He joined German international network, Deutsche Welle in 1999 where he presented business news until his departure in 2005. James has worked with networks in Asia and Australia. At CNBC he interviewed Australian political figures including Prime Ministers John Howard and Kevin Rudd, the Minister of Communications Helen Coonan and the Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard. In 1993 James directed The Embraced for SBS-TV Australia. In 1991 he created and jointly produced Pirates & The Policing of the High Seas, a docu-drama for Australia’s Beyond Television; the programme was filmed in the southern Philippines. In 2013 James presented a video advertising feature for Thailand's Bumrungrad International Hospital, used throughout the company's marketing strategy.

In 2014 he produced and presented a series of features for Bumrungrad International Hospital related to re-generative medicine and new stem cell therapies. In 2017 James anchored news bulletins for Israeli global-broadcaster, i24News from Tel Aviv

Fireworks (Angra album)

Fireworks is the third studio album by the heavy metal band Angra. It was released in 1998 on Lucretia Records, it was their last album to feature Andre Matos on vocals and Luís Mariutti on bass, the last to feature drummer Ricardo Confessori until Aqua in 2010. According to guitarist Kiko Loureiro, vocalist Andre Matos had decided to leave Angra right after the Holy Live tour to work on his solo project Virgo, the band had started to rehearse with Eduardo Falaschi as his probable replacement. However, a French executive from the record company talked to them over dinner to help patch their differences. So, Kiko recalls feeling that Andre was distant working on his own compositions alone instead of collaborating with the other members. Andre Matos - Vocals, Keyboards Kiko Loureiro - Guitars Rafael Bittencourt - Guitars Luis Mariutti - Bass Ricardo Confessori - Drums Recorded at Metropolis and Rainmaker Studios, England from April to June 1998. Additional recordings at Marcus Studios, June 1998.

Orchestra recorded at Abbey Road Studios, May 1998. Mixed by Chris Tsangarides at Rainmaker Studios, June 1998. Mastered by Ian Cooper Cover concept by Ricardo Confessori Cover artwork & Sleeve design by Isabel de Amorium at Arsenic, France

Kyriakos Pierrakakis

Kyriakos Pierrakakis is a Greek computer and political scientist and Minister of State and Digital Governance in the Cabinet of Kyriakos Mitsotakis.. He grew up in the Kato Patisia neighborhood, he is married with three kids. In 2001 he graduated from Lycée Léonin. From 2001 to 2005 he attended Athens University of Economics and Business and earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science. From 2005 to 2007 he attended John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University earning a Master in Public Policy. From 2007 to 2009 he attended MIT earning a Master of Science in Policy. In 2009 Pierrakakis returned to Greece heading Youth Foundation as president and working on issues dealing with youth entrepreneurship, he served as an advisor to Anna Diamantopoulou at the Ministry of Economy and Development. Since 2015 Pierrakakis served as Director of Research at Dianeosis, an independent non-profit think tank. Pierrakakis produced an array of research papers with a strong focus on economic growth and understanding the prevailing perceptions and beliefs among Greeks.

Pierrakakis began his political career in center-left politics. He was elected member of the PaSoK Political Committee in its 9th Congress in 2012 and in 2014 he was a candidate for the European Parliament. Pierrakakis was placed sixth on the Elia ballot with a total of 42.814 votesDuring the New Democracy – PaSoK coalition government he was member of the Greek negotiation delegation with the “Troika” appointed by Minister Evangelos Venizelos. On July 9, 2019 he was appointed Minister of Digital Governance by Kyriakos Mitsotakis. • The sustainable growth paradigm: implications for technology and policy • Work Values in Politics: The European Union Debt Crisis as a Case Study

Batak mythology

Batak mythology is the original belief, once adopted by the Batak people of North Sumatra, namely before the arrival of Protestant, Catholic, or Islamic religions. There are various tarombo versions written on pustaha which historians study, but refer to the figures below. In this belief, the highest god who made the universe and everything in it was Debata Mulajadi na Bolon, who reigned in the sky. Apart from being the ruler of the upper world, Debata Mulajadi na Bolon was the ruler of the middle world, the underworld of the spirits, but there he was called by other names; as the ruler of the middle world, he was called Silaon na Bolon, as the ruler of the world of the spirits, he was called Pane na Bolon. The first creation of Debata Mulajadi na Bolon was Manukmanuk Hulambujati, a magical chicken with an iron-beaked and shinny braceleted-claws. Manukmanuk Hulambujati laid three eggs, each egg gave rise to gods named Debata Batara Guru, Debata Sorisohaliapan, Debata Balabulan, who were summoned together as Debata na Tolu.

Si Boru Deak Parujar, the daughter of Debata Batara Guru, was the first heavenly creature that descended to earth, namely in a mountain called Pusuk Buhit. On earth, Si Boru Deak Parujar married Raja Odapodap, which came from one of Manukmanuk Hulambujati eggs, their first child was shaped round like an egg, not similar at all to humans Debata Mulajadi na Bolon told them to bury it, where out of it came plants that spread on the surface of the earth. Therefore, the plants were seen as the older sibling of humans in the Batak myth. Next, male -- female twins were born, called Boru Ihat Manisia. After Raja Ihat Manisia and Boru Ihat Manisia became adults, the two got married and gave rise to all other humans, including the eponymous ancestor of the Batak people named Si Raja Batak. Si Boru Deak Parujar and Raja Odapodap returned to the sky after their two children got married, since the connection between heaven and earth has been broken off, unlike before. Batak Mythology of Indonesia Parmalim

Laskey, Jaggard and Brown v United Kingdom

Laskey and Brown v. United Kingdom is a case, argued before the European Court of Human Rights, which ruled in February 1997, that no violation of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights occurred. During an investigation led by the Obscene Publications Squad of the Metropolitan Police, several video tapes of homosexual, sado-masochistic sexual encounters were obtained by the police; these encounters involved the applicants and as many as forty-four other men. On the basis of their violent sadomasochistic actions, the men were convicted for assault occasioning actual bodily harm. In R v. Brown, the House of Lords upheld their judgement, finding that consent was not a defence to their actions in these circumstances; the applicants believed that a violation of Article 8 had occurred because the activities were consensual, conducted in a private setting, none of the participants required medical attention. The European Court of Human Rights unanimously ruled that no violation of Article 8 occurred because the amount of physical or psychological harm that the law allows between any two people consenting adults, is to be determined by the State the individuals live in, as it is the State's responsibility to balance the concerns of public health and well-being with the amount of control a State should be allowed to exercise over its citizens.

More the Court ruled that the reasons that the police gave for confiscating the tapes were valid, that the action was justified granted the number of charges that were brought against the applicants. The ruling questioned whether or not the tapes could be considered part of the applicants' private lives, because so many people were involved in the footage, as well as because the applicants made and distributed the recordings in the first place; the Court stressed that the ruling in Laskey and Brown v. United Kingdom should be seen as distinct from that in Dudgeon v. United Kingdom, an earlier, similar case relating to sexual behavior between consenting adults. K. A. and A. D. v. Belgium ADT v. UK 21.7.2000 Operation Spanner Text of judgment from World Legal Information Institute