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Deutschland Tour

The Deutschland Tour is the most important multi-stage road bicycle race in Germany. The race was held in May/June, but from 2005 until 2008 it was moved to August as part of the UCI ProTour. On October 16, 2008 the organizers announced that the 2009 edition would be cancelled, following the doping cases that were revealed in the sport of cycling. Marketing chiefs said they were unable to finance the nine-day race due to a lack of interested sponsors after the latest revelations of cyclists testing positive for the blood-booster CERA. A revival for 2017 was announced on 8 March 2016. In 2018, the A. S. O. Revived the Deutschland Tour and included a 4-stage-race into a cycling festival. From 23 August to 26 August 2018, the Deutschland Tour took place in the South-Western region of Germany; the 2019 race was held from 29 August to 1 September. In 1911 a "national" cycling race of over 1,500 km was held in Germany; until 1931 several real—more-or-less—Tours were held, but always under different conditions and organisations.

In 1931 the first Deutschlandtour was held, it is agreed upon that the race was exciting and well organised between 1937 and 1939, the start of World War II. Germany never had a significant road cycling history, unlike Belgium, France or Italy, which caused the race's popularity to depend on German successes; this resulted in several parallel tours of West-Germany. But after Jan Ullrich's Tour de France victory, cycling became more popular; as a result of Germany's new-found cycling enthusiasm, in 1999 the Deutschlandtour became invigorated. In 1998 the Bund Deutscher Radfahrer e. V. and the company Upsolut founded the Deutschland Tour gmbh. In March 2016, the Amaury Sport Organisation announced it had signed a 10-year deal with the German Cycling Federation to bring the race back within the next two years. In July the race was confirmed as the Deutschland Deine Tour debuting in 2018, reduced to four stages and relegated to a UCI 2.1 European Tour race. The race will become part of the new UCI ProSeries in 2020.

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Young Britons' Foundation

The Young Britons' Foundation, abbreviated to YBF, was a British conservative not-for-profit training and research think-tank, established in July 2003 to "help train tomorrow's centre-right leaders and activists today". It promoted young conservatives and "classical liberals"; the chief executive officer of the organization, Donal Blaney has described YBF as "a Conservative madrasa". YBF has strong links with the American neoconservative movements, partnerships with American conservative thinktanks and foundations. YBF was launched in July 2003 at a conference of the Young America's Foundation in Washington, D. C.. It aimed to "import American political techniques into the UK". YBF wanted to expose. YBF was based in Regent Street, leading some Conservatives to question its funding. YBF's funding came from private donations. On 21 December 2015 The Times reported that Donal Blaney had resigned as Chief Executive, following on from the allegations of impropriety towards former YBF director of outreach Mark Clarke.

The Times reported that YBF was to close, as of November 2016 the YBF website was not operating. YBF's Chief Executive was Donal Blaney, a former National Chairman of Conservative Future, its Chairman is Patrick Nicholls, former Conservative MP for Teignbridge and Government Minister; the current president of YBF is Daniel Hannan, Conservative Member of the European Parliament for South East England. The renowned author and avowed Eurosceptic Frederick Forsyth is a patron of YBF; as of September 2010, YBF's "advisory board" includes Matthew Elliott, founder of the UK TaxPayers' Alliance, representatives of the Heritage Foundation, US Competitive Enterprise Institute and American Conservative Union. It includes the founder of the US Leadership Institute, the President of the US Jesse Helms Center, the President of the Young America's Foundation, the co-founder of the US Henry Jackson Society and a former Executive Director of the Collegiate Network. British representatives include Professor Patrick Minford, blogger Iain Dale and two local councillors.

Liam Fox, the shadow defence secretary, was a member of the YBF's parliamentary council. Conor Burns was until shortly before becoming an MP in 2010 the vice-president of YBF. Donal Blaney stated that the Young Britons' Foundation was funded by himself, at a cost of about £50,000 per year. In 2010, The Guardian reported that there was "an informal understanding that YBF is the main provider of training for young Conservative activists." In 2010, Conservative Party Chairman Eric Pickles, Shadow Home Minister Andrew Rosindell and Shadow Defence Secretary Liam Fox spoke at the annual YBF Parliamentary Rally at the House of Commons. In 2010, it was reported. At least 11 Conservative parliamentary candidates in the 2010 general election have been delegates or speakers at YBF courses. Training costs cost about £ 45 for students, including accommodation and meals. Training and conferences are carried out under Chatham House Rule. In the last days of the 2010 United Kingdom general election over 500,000 leaflets were delivered by YBF to over 20 LibDem/Conservative marginals across the country warning of the dangers of a hung parliament.

During the 2008 presidential election, YBF sent a delegation of activists to campaign in the United States for John McCain. In 2010, YBF's executive director addressed the US Conservative Political Action Conference "warning of the dangers of socialism". In the 2013 elections to the Common Council of the City of London the YBF ran around 20 candidates challenging the City Establishment; the 2015 YBF conference was cancelled after allegations of impropriety towards former YBF director of outreach Mark Clarke. Six Cabinet ministers due to speak at the conference had withdrawn, citing diary clashes; the Young Britons' Foundation website

Battle of Sylhet

The Battle of Sylhet was a major battle fought between the advancing Mitro Bahini and the Pakistani defences at Sylhet during the Bangladesh Liberation War. The battle took place 7 December and 15 December and was the Indian Army's first heliborne operation, it was a succession of the Battle of Gazipur in Kulaura. Timeline of the Bangladesh Liberation War Military plans of the Bangladesh Liberation War Mitro Bahini order of battle Pakistan Army order of battle, December 1971 Evolution of Pakistan Eastern Command plan 1971 Bangladesh genocide Operation Searchlight Indo-Pakistani wars and conflicts


Xonia is an Australian-born Romanian singer, songwriter and dancer. Xonia was born 25 June 1989 in Australia to Romanian parents, her full birth name is Loredana Sachelaru but she started promoting herself as "Xonia" since her adolescence. In 1997, Xonia began showing interest in music and was subsequently signed to a recording contract with a local label in early 2003. Throughout her adolescence she worked with several music producers such as Rob Davis, Doug Brady and Kevin Colbert in order to record her debut album. Xonia graduated the Australian Ballet School and was taken under the mentorship of Robert Sturrock, a well-known choreographer and dance coach. In early 2000s Xonia focused on acting. In 2006, Xonia was selected to represent Australia at the international Beauty Contest "Miss Diaspora", where she had the opportunity to perform in front of 20,000 live spectators. Same year she performed in the Melbourne Commonwealth Games opening and closing ceremonies and was selected to dance with a guest star, the football player Nathan Brown from Richmond team.

Throughout 2007, Xonia showcased her choreography abilities while working with pop singer Georgina Ward for her live shows. At the age of 19, Xonia enrolled in at the Hollywood Pop Academy in California, where she studied dance theory for a short time. In early 2008, Xonia started touring the United States, where she sang for the Romanian diaspora at some social events, she spent some time in New York recording music and working on her original material. Whilst living in America, Xonia received an invitation to participate as a jury member at the annual Miss Diaspora Contest. Shortly after this representation, as a reward for her musical efforts, she was given a record deal with Star Management Romania in order to launch her career. Xonia's debut single, titled "Someone to Love You", was released in late 2009 and enjoyed moderate success. Same year she was selected to represent Australia at the international music festival the Golden Stag, where she performed two songs: "Dirty Dancer" and "Trandafir de la Moldova".

Impressed by her vocal ability showcased during the contest, the Universal Romania representatives offered her a management contract. Xonia released a single in early 2010, entitled "Take the Lead", which has received favorable reactions and created a significant buzz on the internet. In early 2010 Xonia collaborated with the Romanian pop band Deepcentral on a new single called "My Beautiful One". Xonia is working on her debut album with some well-known Romanian music producers including Marius Moga, George Hora, Mihai Ogășanu and Deepcentral. In 2013 Xonia released her new single "Ping Pong" through Red Cover Media Label. Song was produced by F. Charm and written by Xonia herself. Video for song premiered on 8 July. Video consists of Xonia either dancing in empty warehouse with back-up dancers or alone, walking outside the warehouse with two little dancers. In an interview with Cosmopolitan Romania, Sachelaru revealed that "she wanted to change herself, so she started with music". Ping Pong is reggae influenced track with a little bit of urban sound, but it's still friendly to radio sound.

The song was performed on several TV shows and concerts, such as Razboieni, Romanian Top Hits, Show Pacatos and Access Direct. - Take The Lead | Universal Music Romania. "Someone to Love You" "Take the Lead" "My Beautiful One" "Hold On" "Remember" "Ping Pong" "You and I" "I Want Cha" "Vino Inapoi" Official website

Owen O'Neill

Owen O'Neill is a Northern Irish writer, actor and comedian. O'Neill was born in Northern Ireland, he has drawn on his upbringing in Cookstown for some of his more colourful characters in his standup and theatre work. Early comic influences included W. C. Fields and Hardy, Richard Pryor: "It was poignant and heartfelt and I realised that stand-up could be an art-form", he attended Queen’s University in Belfast studying English, but dropped out and worked various menial jobs in Italy and London at age 21. O'Neill cites his career as beginning in poetry. In 1981 he entered and won a poetry competition for BBC Radio 4 and his stand-up evolved out of his poetry readings, he debuted on television in 1985 on Saturday Live. As an actor, he has appeared in The General. O'Neill is a veteran of the Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, having performed stand-up or theatre gigs there for over twenty years, he was nominated for the 1994 Perrier Award with his show "It's a Bit Like This", won a Fringe First in 1999 with Sean Hughes for the theatre show "Dehydrated and Travellin' Light".

Theatre sets have included 12 Angry Men, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest and The Odd Couple. Stand-up has included "Off My Face" and "It Was Henry Fonda's Fault"; as a writer, his debut feature film Arise and Go Now was screened by BBC2 and was directed by Danny Boyle and starred Ian Bannen. He has adapted a number of his works of short fictions to be films, his short film The Basket Case won the best Irish short at the 2008 Boston Irish Film Festival, where judges described it as "a beautiful and memorable film", best International short at The 2010 Fantaspoa film festival in Brazil. O'Neill's play Absolution performed on Off Broadway in 2010 to good reviews. Charles Isherwood of The New York Times praised the effective writing and O'Neill's performance as "hold the attention fast with its understated offhand intensity.". He won best actor at the Irish Theatre Festival Awards for the role. Michael Collins "Arise and Go Now" The Basket Case Shooting to Stardom The Bill The Fitz DNA Saints and Scholars 2000-02 Much Ado About Nothing Off My Face 12 Angry Men One flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest The Odd Couple The Shawshank Redemption Absolution WB Yeats and Me The Basket Case Volcano Dancing Owen O'Neill on IMDb

John Brown Paton

John Brown Paton was a Scottish Congregationalist minister, college head and author. Born 17 December 1830 at Galston, East Ayrshire, Paton was the son of Alexander Paton by his wife Mary, daughter of Andrew Brown of Newmilns, both of the United Secession Church, his father joined the Congregationalists. From Loudoun parish school, Paton went on in 1838 to the tuition of his maternal uncle Andrew Morton Brown, D. D. Congregational minister at Poole, Dorset. In 1844 Paton was at Kilmarnock, where he met Alexander Russel, came into the orbit of James Morison. Returning in 1844 to his uncle, now at Cheltenham, Paton encountered a decisive influence in Henry Rogers. Deciding to become a congregational minister, Paton entered in January 1847 Spring Hill College, Birmingham, in which Rogers held the chair of literature and philosophy. With his fellow-student, Robert William Dale, he formed a lifelong friendship, he heard Ralph Waldo Emerson lecture on the Conduct of Life in the Birmingham town hall, attended the ministry of Robert Alfred Vaughan, another important influence.

During his college course he graduated B. A. at London University in 1849. A. London in 1854, both in philosophy. Leaving college in June 1854, Paton took charge of a mission in Wicker, a parish in the northern part of Sheffield, wherethe Wicker congregational church was built in 1855. In addition, the congregation in Garden Street chapel, was revived. In 1861 Cavendish College, Manchester was started for the training of candidates for the congregational ministry. In 1863 the institution was transferred to Nottingham as the Congregational Institute, with Paton as its first principal. Temporary premises were exchanged for a permanent building, the institute grew in reputation during the 35 years of Paton's headship. In 1882 he was made D. D. of Glasgow University. In 1898 Paton was succeeded by James Alexander Mitchell, who from 1903 until his death was general secretary of the Congregational Union. In line with the ideas of the Inner Mission, founded in 1848 by Johann Hinrich Wichern of Hamburg, Paton took part in plans for the improvement of social conditions, e.g. home colonisation with small land-holders, the co-operative banks movement, the social purity crusade.

With Canon Morse, vicar of St. Mary's, Nottingham, he promoted a series of university lectures which led the way to the establishment of Nottingham University College in 1880, it was at Paton's suggestion that Christopher Wordsworth, the bishop of Lincoln, sent a letter of sympathy in 1872 to the Old Catholics. Among societies of which Paton was a founder were: The National Home Reading Union, suggested by the account given by Joshua Girling Fitch of "The Chautauqua Reading Circle" in the Nineteenth Century, October 1888; the Bible Prayer Union. The English Land Colonisation Society, 1892; the Boys' and Girls' Life Brigades. The Young Men's and Young Women's Brigade of Service; the British Institute of Social Service was set up the same year by Paton with Shaftesbury Lectures, ran the Shaftesbury Lectures. The Boys' and Girls' League of Honour. Paton was president of the Licensing Laws Information Bureau, vice-president of the British Institute for Social Service, of the British and Foreign Bible Society.

Paton with Robert William Dale edited The Eclectic Review. With Frederick Smeeton Williams, his colleague, he edited the "Home Mission Tract Series", he was a consulting editor of the Contemporary Review, to which, at his request, Lightfoot contributed his articles on Supernatural Religion. With Percy William Bunting, Alfred Ernest Garvie, he edited a series of papers Christ and Civilisation, his last work. Paton's publications include The Two-fold Alternative, The Inner Mission of the Church, two volumes of collected essays, he was a constant contributor to literary reviews. His son, John Lewis Paton, who headed the Cambridge classical tripos in 1886, became High Master of Manchester Grammar School in 1903. Attribution This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Lee, Sidney, ed.. "Paton, John Brown". Dictionary of National Biography. 3. London: Smith, Elder & Co; this article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed.. "Paton, John Brown".

Encyclopædia Britannica. 20. Cambridge University Press. P. 930. Works by or about John Brown Paton at Internet Archive