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Defence Evaluation and Research Agency

The Defence Evaluation and Research Agency was a part of the UK Ministry of Defence between 1995 and 2 July 2001. At the time it was technology organisation, it was regarded by its official history as ` a jewel in the crown' of both industry. DERA was formed in April 1995 as an amalgamation of: Defence Research Agency, set up in April 1991 and comprised Royal Aerospace Establishment Admiralty Research Establishment Royal Armament Research and Development Establishment Royal Signals and Radar Establishment Defence Test and Evaluation Organisation Chemical and Biological Defence Establishment, which became part of the Protection and Life Sciences Division Centre for Defence Analysis; the chief executive throughout DERA's existence was John Chisholm. DERA's staffing level was around 9,000 scientists and support staff. DERA was split into two organisations, based on short-lived transition bodies known as PDERA - becoming a commercial firm, QinetiQ - and "RDERA" - becoming the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory.

At the split, QinetiQ was formed from the majority of DERA, with Dstl assuming responsibility for those aspects which were best done in government. A few examples of the work undertaken by Dstl include nuclear and biological research. In the time since the split both organisations have undergone significant change programmes. QinetiQ has increased its focus on overseas research with a number of US and other foreign acquisitions, whereas Dstl has a major rationalisation programme; the former DERA website QinetiQ website Dstl website

List of High Commissioners of the United Kingdom to Zambia

The High Commissioner of the United Kingdom to Zambia is the United Kingdom's foremost diplomatic representative in the Republic of Zambia, head of the UK's diplomatic mission in Lusaka. As fellow members of the Commonwealth of Nations, the United Kingdom and Zambia conduct their diplomatic relations at governmental level, rather than between Heads of State. Therefore, the countries exchange High Commissioners, rather than ambassadors. 1964–1966: Sir Leslie Monson 1967–1971: Sir Laurence Pumphrey 1971–1974: John Duncan 1974–1978: Stephen Miles 1978–1980: Sir Leonard Allinson 1980–1984: Sir John Johnson 1984–1987: William White 1988–1990: John Willson 1990–1993: Peter Hinchcliffe 1993–1997: Patrick Nixon 1997–2001: Thomas Young 2001–2005: Timothy David 2005–2008: Alistair Harrison 2008–2011: Thomas Carter and Carolyn Davidson 2012–2015: James Thornton 2015–2016: Lucy Joyce 2016–present: Fergus Cochrane-Dyet UK and Zambia, gov.uk

Sōsaku Suzuki

Sōsaku Suzuki was a general in the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II. Born in Aichi prefecture, Suzuki graduated from the 24th class of the Imperial Japanese Army Academy in 1912. After leaving 31st class of the Army War College in 1921, he served as a resident officer in Germany from 1922 to 1925. Winning promotion to captain in 1927, he was assigned to the Army Ministry's Military Affairs Section the following year. Transferred to the Kwangtung Army in 1933, Suzuki served in Manchukuo for three years as Chief of the Kempeitai and, shortly following his promotion to major in 1935, he became commander of the IJA 4th Infantry Regiment until 1937. Promoted to major general in July1938, Suzuki was named Vice Chief of Staff of the Central China Expeditionary Army where he served until September 1939, when he became Vice Chief-of-staff of the China Expeditionary Army, he returned to an administrative assignment at the Imperial Japanese Army General Staff in December 1939 and became head of the Third Bureau in March 1940.

Suzuki was promoted to lieutenant general in March 1941 and was assigned as Chief-of-Staff of the IJA 25th Army under General Tomoyuki Yamashita in November, just before the start of the Pacific War. The IJA 25th Army was active in the Singapore-Malaysia campaign from 8 December 1941 to 5 February 1942 in the early stages of the Pacific War, he was implicated in the planning of the Sook Ching massacre in Singapore, as the IJA 25th Army was the occupying army in Singapore at that time. Suzuki returned to Japan in October 1942 as commandant of the Army Arsenal, in April 1943 was placed in change of the Army's Transportation and Logistics Bureau. In July 1944, Suzuki was appointed commander of the IJA 35th Army; this army was raised in the Japanese-occupied Philippines in anticipation of Allied attempts to invade and retake Mindanao and the Visayan islands in central and southern Philippines. It was under the overall command of the Japanese Fourteenth Area Army and headquartered in Cebu. Intended as a garrison force to withstand a long-term war of attrition, as the war situation on the Pacific front grew desperate for Japan, Imperial General Headquarters ordered the bulk of the IJA 35th Army to Leyte as reinforcement to Japanese forces in the Battle of Leyte.

At the time of the American landings at Leyte from 20 October 1944 Suzuki had 45,000 soldiers. As the battle was lost, surviving units were given independent command authority, were ordered to go to ground and wage a guerrilla campaign on their respective islands for as long as possible. On 24 March 1945 Suzuki escaped to Cebu City, when the American forces landed on Cebu on 26 March 1945, he retreated into the hills, from there attempted to withdraw to Mindanao. On 8 April, he received a telegram that his aide, Major Rijome Kawahara, was killed and that Cebu City had fallen, he continued his trip to escape, however, as he attempted to do so, his boats were attacked by aircraft and Suzuki was killed in action on 19 April 1945. He was posthumously promoted to full general. Dupuy, Trevor N.. Harper Encyclopedia of Military Biography. New York: HarperCollins Publishers. ISBN 0-7858-0437-4. Fuller, Richard. Shokan: Hirohito's Samurai. London: Arms and Armor. ISBN 1-85409-151-4. Hayashi, Saburo. Quantico, VA: The Marine Corps Association.

Morison, Samuel Eliot. History of United States Naval Operations in World War II. Vol. 13: The Liberation of the Philippines—Luzon, the Visayas, 1944–1945. University of Illinois Press. ISBN 0-252-07064-X. Vego, Milan N.. Battle for Leyte, 1944: Allied And Japanese Plans, And Execution. Naval Institute Press. ISBN 1-55750-885-2. Fukagawa, Hideki. Army and Navy General Personnel Directory. Tokyo: Fuyo Shobo. ISBN 4829500026. Hata, Ikuhiko. Japanese Army and Navy General Encyclopedia. Tokyo: St. Martin's Press. ISBN 4130301357

Ruan Venter

Ruan Christov Venter is a South African rugby union player who most played with the Leopards. His regular position is lock; as a scholar at Laerskool Vastrap in Rustenburg, Venter represented local side Leopards at the 2005 Under-13 Craven Week tournament. He went to Monument High School in Krugersdorp, where he represented the Golden Lions at the Under-18 Craven Week tournaments in 2009 and 2010, he was included in the South African Under-18 High Performance Squad in 2010. Towards the end of 2010, he was part of the Golden Lions U19 squad that played in the 2010 Under-19 Provincial Championship competition. In 2011, he was included in the South Africa Under-20 team that played at the 2011 IRB Junior World Championship in Italy. After being an unused substitute in their opening match of the tournament against Scotland, Venter started their next two matches against Ireland and England. However, a knee injury ruled him out of the remainder of the tournament, he only returned to action in late 2012, when he represented the Golden Lions U21 side in the 2012 Under-21 Provincial Championship competition and played in the same competition in 2013.

Despite being included in the Golden Lions' Vodacom Cup squads in 2011, 2012 and 2013, his first class debut came during the 2013 Currie Cup Premier Division, starting in the Golden Lions' matches against Griquas and the Free State Cheetahs. He made his first appearance in the Vodacom Cup in the 2014 season, starting their match against the Leopards, he joined Nelspruit-based side the Pumas on loan during the 2014 Vodacom Cup competition

Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area

The Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area is a National Heritage Area in central Illinois telling the story of Abraham Lincoln. A National Heritage Area is a federal-designated area intended to encourage historic preservation and an appreciation of the history and heritage of the site. While National Heritage Areas are not federally owned or managed, the National Park Service provides an advisory role and some technical and financial assistance; the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area was created as part of the Consolidated Natural Resources Act of 2008, an omnibus bill. It was introduced in the Senate by Dick Durbin and in the House of Representatives by Ray LaHood, both from Illinois; the legislation provided $10 million over 10 years, with no more than $1 million awarded in any single year, to make federal grants available for preservation and economic development. Grants awarded for Lincoln National Heritage Area activities must be matched dollar-for-dollar in state, local or private funds.

The management authority for the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area is the Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition and follows Lincoln's life from his birth and childhood, to his early life and career, to the Lincoln–Douglas debates of 1858. The legislation protects private property rights and would not require any private citizen or entity to be affiliated with the Lincoln Heritage Area; the bill names the Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition as the management authority for the National Heritage Area, but does not grant any zoning or land use power to the Coalition. Up to $10 million in federal grants would be available under this legislation The Heritage Area includes the following sites: Lincoln Home National Historic Site Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site at New Salem, Menard County, Illinois Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site Mount Pulaski Courthouse State Historic Site, Postville Courthouse State Historic Site and Metamora Courthouse State Historic Site Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices State Historic Site David Davis Mansion State Historic Site Vandalia State House State Historic Site Lincoln Douglas Debate Museum Macon County Log Court House Richard James Oglesby Mansion Lincoln Trail Homestead State Memorial John Wood Mansion Beardstown Courthouse Old Main at Knox College Carl Sandburg State Historic Site Bryant Cottage State Historic Site Dr. William Fithian Home Vermilion County Museum http://www.lookingforlincoln.com/

Pearl River County, Mississippi

Pearl River County is a county located in the U. S. state of Mississippi known as Hancock County. The population was 55,834 at the 2010 census, its county seat is Poplarville. Pearl River County comprises the Picayune, MS Micropolitan Statistical Area, included in the New Orleans-Metairie-Hammond, LA-MS Combined Statistical Area. Pearl River County is a dry county, as such, the sale and private possession of beverage alcohol is prohibited by law, except within The City of Picayune; the City of Poplarville passed a similar exemption referendum on March 25, 2014. On September 2, 2005, the 1st Battalion, 134th Field Artillery arrived at the National Guard armory in Poplarville to assist the community and Pearl River County in recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Initial efforts were the security of banks and gas stations as well as initial responses to rural emergencies; the unit stayed for three weeks checking on many families and structures in the county. Pearl River County was founded in 1890.

On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina inflicted heavy damage on the small town of Poplarville. The storm's most powerful, unofficially recorded gust of wind was reported at Pearl River Community College, at 135 mph. On September 2, 2005, the 1st Battalion, 134th Field Artillery arrived at the National Guard armory in Poplarville to assist the community and Pearl River County in recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Initial efforts were the security of banks and gas stations as well as initial responses to rural emergencies; the unit stayed for three weeks checking on every family and structure in the county. On September 5, 2005, Poplarville played host to a visit by George W. Bush, Laura Bush, Governor Haley Barbour to Pearl River Community College in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. According to the U. S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 819 square miles, of which 811 square miles is land and 8.0 square miles is water. It is the fourth-largest county in Mississippi by land area.

Interstate 59 U. S. Highway 11 Mississippi Highway 13 Mississippi Highway 26 Mississippi Highway 43 Mississippi Highway 53 Lamar County Forrest County Stone County Hancock County St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana Washington Parish, Louisiana Marion County Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge De Soto National Forest Picayune's local newspaper is the Picayune Item; the local radio station is WRJW 1320-AM. Television and Radio stations of New Orleans and Biloxi/Gulfport listening areas are part of Picayune area; as of the 2010 census Pearl River County had a population of 55,834. The ethnic and racial make-up of the population was 82.2% non-Hispanic white, 12.3% African-American, 0.6% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.1% non-Hispanic from some other race, 1.7% from two or more races and 2.9% Hispanic or Latino. As of the census of 2000, there were 48,621 people, 18,078 households, 13,576 families residing in the county; the population density was 60 people per square mile. There were 20,610 housing units at an average density of 25 per square mile.

The racial makeup of the county was 85.55% White, 12.18% Black or African American, 0.50% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.34% from other races, 1.13% from two or more races. 1.41% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. There were 18,078 households out of which 34.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.30% were married couples living together, 12.50% had a female householder with no husband present, 24.90% were non-families. 21.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.00% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.08. In the county, the population was spread out with 27.00% under the age of 18, 9.40% from 18 to 24, 27.10% from 25 to 44, 23.90% from 45 to 64, 12.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 94.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.00 males. The median income for a household in the county was $30,912, the median income for a family was $35,924.

Males had a median income of $30,370 versus $21,519 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,160. About 15.50% of families and 18.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.60% of those under age 18 and 12.50% of those age 65 or over. SupervisorsDistrict 1: Donald Hart District 2: Malcolm Perry District 3: Hudson Holliday District 4: Jason Spence District 5: Sandy Kane SmithCountywide Elected OfficialsSheriff - David Allison Circuit Clerk - Nance Fitzpatrick Stokes Chancery Clerk - Melinda Smith Bowman Tax Assessor/Collector - Gary Beech County Prosecutor - Michael E. Patten Coroner - Derek Turnage County Court Judge - Richelle LumpkinState LegislatureSenator Angela Burks-Hill - District 40 Senator Joseph "Mike" Seymour - District 47 Rep. John Corley - District 106 Rep. Stacey Wilkes- District 108 Rep. Timmy Ladner - District 93 Lumberton Picayune Poplarville Hide-A-Way Lake Nicholson Caesar Carriere Crossroads Henleyfield McNeill Ozona Dry counties National Register of Historic Places listings in Pearl River County, Mississippi