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Force Heretic: Refugee

Force Heretic: Refugee is the second novel in a three-part story by Sean Williams and Shane Dix, the other two being Remnant, Reunion. Published and released in 2003, it is the sixteenth installment of the New Jedi Order series set in the Star Wars galaxy. Luke Skywalker's mission to find the living world of Zonama Sekot takes him and his team to the Chiss capital world of Csilla. There, they look into the planet's library for any information on the living planet, amidst this, they foil a Chiss conspiracy against the Fel family; as a result of this and his team are given more time, Jacen Solo manages to figure out that Zonama Sekot is hiding in the Unknown Regions disguised as a moon. The team finds evidence of this as they look into information on a solar system that inhabits the gas giant of Mobus. Meanwhile, the Solos and their allies foil two conspiracies on the world of Bakura just in time to repel the second Ssi-ruu Imperium's invasion of the planet. However, as a consequence, Tahiri Veila falls victim to her Yuuzhan Vong personality, implanted in her by the late Vong shaper Mezhan Kwaad, which has taken on potency to Tahiri's psyche following her boyfriend Anakin's death.

Tahiri falls into a coma as a result, her normal half and her Yuuzhan Vong half fight over control of her body within Tahiri's mind. Beneath Yuuzhan'tar, Nom Anor, posing as Yu'shaa, the Prophet of the Shamed Ones, manages to find a turncoat Yuuzhan Vong priestess by the name of Ngaaluh. Ngaaluh agrees to help Nom Anor and the Shamed Ones topple Supreme Overlord Shimrra from the polyp throne, as there are those within the Vong elite who doubt Shimrra's ability to lead the species to salvation; the book contains a blatant reference to the Australian Musical comedy group "Tripod", with a work group on Bakura named "the Tripod" with members who are referred to as "Yon and Scod". Official CargoBay Listing

Tiger Tale

Tiger Tale is a children's picture book illustrated by Marion Isham and written by Steve Isham. First published in 2002, the book retells the Aboriginal story of how the Tasmanian tiger got its stripes. Tiger Tale is illustrated using torn paper collage; the story starts with all golden, without his stripes, singing. The Tiger walks through the forest down to the river, he meets the Bunyip who tells him to go away and stop singing. Leaving the river he meets Kanga, who tells him to stop singing. Great Bird tells him to stop singing; as Tiger goes on his way he notices a bushfire approaching and goes back to the river to summon the other animals, however all three, Bunyip and Great Bird all desert him. Tiger runs back and forth from the river to the fire until the fire is extinguished but the Tiger has lost his voice and the soot leaves stripes on his back. Tiger Tale is in its second printing and has been sold throughout Australia through Australian Geographic stores; the title was favorably reviewed in the Magpies magazine of children's literature in May 2003.

In April 2011, it was selected to be included as part of the official gift from the Tasmanian government to Denmark's Prince Fredrick and Princess Mary, on the arrival of their twins. Tasmanian tiger Tiger Tale at Bandicoot Books

The Comedy Awards

The Comedy Awards was an annual award ceremony run by the American television network Comedy Central, honoring the best of comedy. It was held twice, in 2011 and 2012; the 2011 ceremony took place on March 26 and aired on April 10 on CMT, Comedy Central, Logo TV, Nick at Nite, Spike, TV Land and VH1. It debuted on The Comedy Channel in Australia on May 22, 2011; the Comedy Awards represented Comedy Central's second attempt at creating an annual awards show, after the Commie Awards, which ran once in 2003. Comedy Central had hosted the American Comedy Awards in 2001, those awards' last successive year after having been founded in 1989; the award categories consist of: Comedy Film Animated Comedy Film Comedy Actor - Film Comedy Actress - Film Comedy Screenplay Comedy Director - Film Comedy Series Comedy Actor - Television Comedy Actress - Television Late Night Comedy Series Sketch Comedy/Alternative Comedy Series Stand-Up Special Animated Comedy Series Comedy Writing - Television Comedy Directing - Television Breakthrough Performer Best Viral Original Johnny Carson Award for Comedic Excellence Comedy Icon Award Nominations were announced on February 15, 2011.

The awards aired on April 10 on Comedy Central and other Viacom-owned networks including Spike, CMT, VH1, LOGO and TV Land. The Comedy Award statuette was created by New York firm Society Awards; the inaugural Comedy Icon Award was presented to Eddie Murphy by Tracy Morgan. The inaugural Johnny Carson Comedy Award was presented to David Letterman by Bill Murray; the nominees were announced on March 6, 2012. The Johnny Carson Comedy Award was presented to Don Rickles by Robert De Jon Stewart; the Stand-Up Icon Award was presented to Robin Williams by Patton Oswalt. Ted Alexandro Hannibal Buress Pete Holmes Anthony Jeselnik Moshe Kasher John Mulaney Kumail Nanjiani Chelsea Peretti Amy Schumer Rory Scovel Dave Attell Lewis Black Louis C. K. Kevin Hart Jerry Seinfeld Zooey Deschanel Josh Gad Donald Glover Melissa McCarthy Jason Sudeikis "Songify This - Winning - A Song by Charlie Sheen" The Comedy Awards - Official Website

Elena Băsescu

Elena Băsescu, sometimes referred to as EBA, is a Romanian politician, the former secretary general of the youth wing of Romania's Democratic Liberal Party, a Member of the European Parliament between 2009 and 2014. She is the youngest daughter of the former President of Romania, she was a model, entered politics in 2007. She has a degree in economics. Before standing for elections on her own, she was an intern of the MEP Monica Iacob Ridzi. Elena Băsescu stood as a candidate for the European Parliament in the 2009 election, she had sought to stand as a candidate for her father's Democratic Liberal Party, but was rejected by the party, in particular by intellectuals like Alina Mungiu-Pippidi, so she ran as an independent. Nonetheless, she "wasted no time in gathering 200,000 signatures for her candidacy". L'Express noted that her candidacy still caused some concern in the party, due to fears that she might draw votes away from it, her initial popularity in opinion polls was high, but subsequently dropped to 5 or 6% shortly before the election.

However 75% of the electorate did not vote in sign of protest, this being the lowest turnout in Romanian history for an election, the percentage that voted for her was from a minority composed of the members of the party, once ruled by her father Traian Băsescu, the President of Romania at the time. During the campaign she caused some controversy after declaring herself in favor of legalizing marijuana use. Prior to her election journalists discovered that some members of the Democratic Liberal Party were instructed to vote for her in order to secure her election, she rejoined the Democratic Liberal Party after she was elected to the European Parliament, subsequently is a member of the European People's Party. Due to Elena's support for marijuana legalization and allegations of nepotism, Hungarian MEP László Surján questioned her entry into the EPP group in an email sent to all EPP members. Oana Lungescu, a Romanian BBC reporter, described her as a "sexy celebrity" and the "Paris Hilton of Romania" because she is "known to be more interested in parties than party politics", notes that "video clips of her verbal gaffes are internet hits."

L'Express described her as having had to "face accusations of nepotism and incompetence, fuelled by her series of gaffes and grammatical blunders". Alison Mutler, an Associated Press writer, published a story in which an unnamed critic describes Băsescu as "an inflatable Barbie doll". Elena Băsescu considered herself and her father defamed by the article, described Mutler as "politically partisan", stated that Romania's public image has been damaged as a result of Mutler's writing, she took offense at Mutler's own description that she "prances down the catwalk, goes clubbing until the wee hours and mangles her grammar", pointing out her degree in banking and finance, the fact that she had quit modeling two years before running for an EP seat, described her own presence in clubs as characterized by "decent behavior, without affecting in any way those around her."Elena Băsescu's association with Monica Iacob Ridzi, accused of embezzlement before she resigned as Youth Minister in 2009, was exploited by Romanian media critical of Traian Băsescu like Realitatea TV.

Traian Băsescu accused media hostile to him, in particular that owned by Sorin Ovidiu Vântu, of trying to promote guilt by association, by broadcasting these images. MEP Profile

Athletics at the 2001 Summer Universiade

At the 2001 Summer Universiade, the athletics events were held in Beijing, People's Republic of China between 27 August and 1 September. A total of 45 events were contested, of which 23 by 22 by female athletes; the host country, took the most gold medals and the most medals overall. The United States were a close second with a total of 8 golds. Five Universiade records were broken during the course of the athletics competition. Amongst the gold medallists for the host country were Dong Yanmei, who won golds in the women's 5000 and 10,000 metres races, 18-year-old Liu Xiang in the 110 metres hurdles, it was Liu's first gold on a world stage and he became the 2004 Olympic champion in world record time three years later. As well as Dong, three other athletes took medals in multiple individual events: Gennadiy Chernovol won silver in both the 100 and 200 metres for Kazakhstan, Swiss athlete Christian Belz won two bronze medals via the 5000 m and steeplechase races, Brazilian Maurren Maggi took the women's long jump gold and a silver medal in the 100 metres hurdles.

* Host nation World Student Games. GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2010-02-18. World Student Games. GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2010-02-18. Finals results Official 2001 Universiade website