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Edward Stafford (politician)

Sir Edward Stafford served as the third Premier of New Zealand on three occasions in the mid 19th century. His total time in office is the longest of any leader without a political party, he is described as pragmatic and clear-sighted. Edward William Stafford was born on 23 April 1819 in Scotland, his family was prosperous, enabling him to receive a good education, first at the Royal School Dungannon in Ireland where he excelled as a scholar, at Trinity College Dublin. In 1841–42, he undertook travel in Australia, but chose to join relatives in Nelson, New Zealand in 1843, where he soon became active in politics, criticising Governor Robert FitzRoy's "weak" response to the Wairau Affray. In 1850, he joined increasing calls for New Zealand's self-government, including universal suffrage. In 1853, Stafford became the first Superintendent of Nelson Province. Among his achievements was the establishment of an education system, used as the basis of the national system, his administration of Nelson Province was well regarded by many.

When the New Zealand Parliament was opened, Stafford did not seek election, claiming that it was inappropriate to enter national politics while still holding provincial office. Despite requests from politicians such as Henry Sewell, Stafford declined to stand for parliament until the election of 1855, when he was elected MP for Nelson 1855–68; when the position of Premier was created in 1856, Stafford refused to compete for the office. Instead, it was taken by Sewell. Sewell's term, lasted only thirteen days, after which he was replaced by William Fox. Stafford refused offers of a ministerial position from both leaders; when Fox's government fell, having lasted the same number of days as Sewell's, Stafford was deemed the only suitable candidate remaining, agreed to become Premier. Stafford to date remains the youngest New Zealand Prime Minister on gaining office at 37 years, 5 weeks of age. Among Stafford's first acts as Premier were measures to define the relationship between central and provincial government.

Notable was the unofficial establishment of Cabinet, which met independently of the official Executive Council. This meant that much government business was conducted without the presence of the Governor, straining relations between Governor Thomas Gore Browne and parliament. Stafford clashed with the Governor on the subject of the distribution of powers responsibility for dealings with Māori. Thomas Gore Browne, disdainful of the chaotic nature of the Sewell and Fox premierships, did not believe that parliament should have control over such an important matter, while Stafford pursued his old goal of democratic self-government. Stafford, on behalf of the new government, refused all responsibility for financing actions undertaken by the governor without parliament's approval. In 1858 and 1859, Stafford was out of New Zealand, attempting to negotiate on the country's behalf for various services, his trip proved problematic, however – during his absence, his colleagues and the governor agreed to force Māori into selling land at Waitara, despite Stafford's strong objections.

Stafford condemned the decision on grounds of both economics and morality and considered resignation. He chose to continue his premiership, but Stafford's views on relations with the Māori were to cause his departure regardless – attacks by William Fox on Stafford's "weakness", Stafford's lack of support for the Invasion of the Waikato, caused him to lose parliament's confidence by a single vote in July 1861. William Fox became Premier once again; when Fox's government fell one year Stafford had the opportunity to become Premier again, but declined. His stated reason for doing so was his hostility to Governor George Grey, who Stafford believed he would be unable to override on policy matters – Stafford did not wish to become Premier if the Governor would block his policies. Instead, Alfred Domett took the premiership. Domett's premiership has been described as "like a Stafford ministry without Stafford". Domett was replaced by Frederick Whitaker after little more than a year, but Whitaker himself only lasted a similar time before being replaced by Frederick Weld.

Weld, like Domett, followed policies similar to Stafford, although did not enjoy good personal relations with him. On 16 October 1865, when Weld retired due to ill health and stress, Stafford took up the premiership once again; as Premier, he continued Weld's legislative program, but reduced what he saw as Weld's excessive expenditure. His administration was marked by frugality, he was rewarded by the public in the 1866 election. Stafford's relations with the Governor, were deteriorating. In particular, there was considerable debate over responsibility for financing military activity against Maori. Stafford took the view that the conflict was an "imperial" one and promoted by the British authorities; as such, he objected to the British view that the colonial parliament should have primary responsibility for crushing the "rebel" tribes, ignored the Governor's complaints about drastically reduced military expenditure. When the British government surrendered responsibility for dealing with the Maori, it demanded Stafford give substantial compensation for the costs of its military ventures.

Stafford refused, presented his own counter-claim for settler losses. In 1868, an agreement was reached. Stafford's government maintained good relations with Māori for some time; this exemplified by the establishment of Māori seats in parliame

Paul McGee (footballer, born 1968)

Paul McGee is an Irish former professional football midfielder. McGee scored twice as Emfa clinched the 1987 League of Ireland First Division Shield by virtue of a 4–2 win over Finn Harps at Oriel Park, it was the club's first season in senior football. He was the PFAI Young Player of the Year for the 1987–88 season. Early in 1989, he moved to England when Jock Wallace signed him for Colchester United in the Fourth Division, but after just three games for the Essex side he made the big step up to the First Division when Bobby Gould signed him for FA Cup holders Wimbledon. McGee scored the equaliser at Highbury on his debut for Wimbledon on his 21st birthday in May 1989, but had played only 60 league games for the Dons by the time he left them in 1995 to sign for Linfield in Northern Ireland, his best season at Wimbledon was the 1990–91 season, when he was Wimbledon's second highest scorer in the league with six goals. Three years however, he was selected for the first team. In more recent years, McGee has played for the Republic of Ireland PFAI Over 40s team, scored a goal in the International Social Soccer Veteran's Tournament in Dublin in May 2014, at the age of 46.

Kilkenny City League of Ireland First Division Shield: 1987 PFAI Young Player of the Year: 1989 Paul McGee at Soccerbase Since 1888... The Searchable Premiership and Football League Player Database Paul McGee, Post War English & Scottish Football League A - Z Player's Transfer Database

Andy Chiodo

Andy Chiodo is a Canadian former professional ice hockey goaltender. Chiodo played eight games in the National Hockey League with the Pittsburgh Penguins during the 2003–04 NHL season, for whom he is presently a Goaltending Development Coach. Chiodo was selected by the New York Islanders in the sixth round of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft; the Islanders were unable to sign him, he was made draft-eligible again after the 2002–03 NHL season. The Pittsburgh Penguins chose him in 2003 NHL Entry Draft in the seventh round with the 199th overall pick. Prior to playing in the Ontario Hockey League, Chiodo played with the Wexford Raiders of the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League. After playing three seasons in the Ontario Hockey League with the Toronto St. Michael's Majors, Chiodo made his professional debut with Pittsburgh's AHL affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, in the 2003–04 season, he appeared in eight NHL games with Pittsburgh that season. Chiodo has spent most of his professional career with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and with Pittsburgh's ECHL affiliate, the Wheeling Nailers.

He signed with Kärpät in the Finnish SM-liiga for the 2006–07 season, but was sidelined with an injury for most of the autumn. Kärpät released Chiodo from his contract in November, he signed with Jokerit for a one-month tryout, making his SM-liiga debut on November 16 against HIFK. After only two games, he was injured again. At the SM-liiga trade deadline in January, he signed with HPK. On August 20, 2009, he was signed by the Ottawa Senators to a two-way contract, he split time between Ottawa's AHL affiliate in their ECHL affiliate in Elmira. After the completion of the 2009–10 NHL season, Chiodo was not offered a new contract and became an unrestricted free agent. Chiodo returned to Europe in signing with EC KAC for the 2010–11 EBEL season, he played in 30 games with the team and had a league-best 2.60 GAA. Chiodo led EC KAC to the 2010–11 EBHL Finals before losing to Red Bull Salzburg four games to three. On April 14, 2011 Chiodo re-signed on a two-year contract extension with Klagenfurt. On November 7, 2013, the Bakersfield Condors of the ECHL signed Chiodo for the 2013–14 season.

After just four games with the Condors, Chiodo opted to terminate his contract and returned to the Finnish Liiga with Tappara. On August 14, 2014, Chiodo returned to the Austrian EBEL, in signing a one-year contract with Slovenian club, HDD Olimpija Ljubljana. In the 2014 -- 15 season, Chiodo appeared in 39 games for 14 wins. With the club out of playoff contention, on January 28, 2015, Chiodo left to play for the remainder of the season in the Finnish Liiga with KalPa. On April 5, 2015, Chiodo as a free agent, signed with his third EBEL club, on a one-year deal with HC TWK Innsbruck. Chiodo began a post-playing career as a goaltending coach by joining the Ottawa 67's of the Ontario Hockey League in 2017, he made a return to the Pittsburgh Penguins organization when he was hired to serve as Goaltending Development Coach on June 20, 2018. Biographical information and career statistics from Eliteprospects.com, or The Internet Hockey Database

These Days: Live in Concert

These Days: Live in Concert is a live album by Australian alternative rock band Powderfinger, released as a CD on 6 September 2004, as a two disc DVD on 4 October 2004. The album consists of songs performed by Powderfinger in concerts at Sydney Entertainment Centre, Fox Studios in Sydney. Most of the songs performed are from Powderfinger's prior studio album; these Days: Live in Concert earned a mixed response from reviewers. These Days: Live in Concert disc one was directed by Gregor Jordan, who the band had first encountered when he requested they write "These Days" for his film Two Hands. Bernard Fanning worked with Jordan on the film Ned Kelly in 2003; the band chose Jordan because they did not want to present These Days: Live in Concert as "just straight-up live concert footage", but instead wanted to present it from a different angle. Jordan agreed, believed that the band being a successful rock group from Brisbane was an interesting angle to work from. Disc one of These Days: Live in Concert was recorded by Powderfinger during sellout performances at Sydney Entertainment Centre, featured live performances of 14 songs, including nine singles.

The footage on the disc was shot over two nights. Disc two "low key" was directed by Bernie Zelvis of Channel V, was recorded at Sydney's Fox Studios; the disc contained acoustic performances by the band, included a cover of "Inner City Blues" by Rodriguez. The band's live performances at large venues such as the Sydney Entertainment Centre was criticised by some fans, as the band had stated they disliked playing to large crowds. Drummer Jon Coghill said he was not bothered by the comments, as the band did not take much note of such critique; these Days: Live in Concert was released as a CD on 6 September 2004, through the record label Universal Music Australia. Only 40,000 copies of the CD were created. Meanwhile, the DVD version was released on 4 October 2004. "Stumblin'", the first and only single from the album, was released on 6 June 2004, but failed to chart. These Days: Live in Concert entered the ARIA charts at #2 19 September 2004, spent a total of 8 weeks in the chart, exiting on 7 November 2004.

The CD version was certified "Gold" by ARIA, while the DVD version was certified "Double Platinum" in the same year. These Days: Live in Concert received a mixed response from reviewers. Sputnikmusic reviewer James Bishop approved of the album, giving it a score of 4/5, summarising "Powderfinger deliver a live show that's as entertaining as it is surprising". Bishop praised numerous performances on disc one, calling "Rockin' Rocks" "a great introduction to their arena spectacular", describing the instrument-free performance of "These Days" as "one of the most heart-wrenching moments they’ve recorded", calling "Thrilloilogy" "the quintessential live Powderfinger track". Bishop enjoyed disc two, lauding the acoustic performances of "Sunsets" and "Love Your Way", describing b-side "Rita" as "an absolute hit as usual". Jeff Crawford, of Adelaide newspaper The Messenger disagreed with Bishop, giving the album three stars, stating "Gregor Jordan's concert film makes the most of Powderfinger's strengths but can't disguise their lack of dynamism, while the interviews are hardly insightful".

He called Fanning's solo on "These Days" the highlight of the album. Powderfinger albums Full discography These Days: Powderfinger Live in Concert on IMDb These Days: Powderfinger Live in Concert -Acoustic Low Key on IMDb

Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs

The FPS Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, more known as the FPS Foreign Affairs, is a Federal Public Service of Belgium. The FPS Foreign Affairs is responsible for foreign policy and diplomacy and is occupied with the external relations of Belgium, including European cooperation and development cooperation, it maintains 117 embassies and other diplomatic missions. The Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation is in charge of implementing Belgium's foreign policy, its mission is to "serve and promote the interests of Belgium and Belgians abroad, to stimulate the coherence of the country's actions on the international scene and to coordinate Belgium's European policy as a federal country. The FPS works towards a secure and prosperous world'; the FPS' work is set out in a contract between the central administration and the political authorities, represented by the Minister of Foreign Affairs. This "administrative contract" identifies the mission, the vision and the objectives carried out by the administration.

The main priorities outlined in this contract are as follows: "defending of our fundamental values, such as democracy, human dignity, human rights and gender equality. Minister of Foreign Affairs: Didier Reynders Minister of Development Cooperation: Alexander De Croo Secrétaire d'État au Commerce extérieur: Pieter De Crem Consular services are a major element of the FPS' action abroad. A large part of the budget, the personnel and the public attention is devoted to such questions. In this regard, the central administration and the diplomatic missions are the first to be concerned in case of a crisis or an accident involving Belgians abroad. To help organize an effective assistance to citizens in need of it, the FPS produces updated travel advisories about every country in the world. Further, the Ministry has developed an online tool called Travellers Online for citizens to register their trips, so they can be more reached in case of a problem in the country they are visiting; this allows the FPS to provide support in case of an emergency.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Belgium was established by the first government of the independent country, on 26 February 1831. At the time, the Foreign Affairs administration existed next to the ministries of War, Finances and Justice. Over the years, the competences of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will evolve in keeping with the constitutional changes that Belgium underwent. Alongside the development of the central administration, Belgium's first diplomatic missions are opened in London and Paris, in 1831; the Palace of Egmont was the main residence of the Egmont family of the Arenberg family. In October 1918, the Palace became the property of the City of Brussels, before being purchased by the Belgian state in 1964. Since the early 1970s it is used by the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to host a part of its diplomatic activities and receptions; the FPS Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation is organised into six Directorates-General, supported by five Support-Directorates: The Directorate-General for Bilateral Affairs The Directorate-General for Consular Affairs The Directorate-General for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid The Directorate-General for European Affairs and Coordination The Directorate-General for Legal Affairs The Directorate-General for Multilateral Affairs and GlobalizationIn December 2016, the Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation had 2538 employees: 758 employees of the central administration 651 members of the diplomatic missions abroad, expatriated from Belgium 1129 members of the diplomatic missions abroad, recruited locally The central administration of the FPS Foreign Affairs works by relying on the activity of a large network of diplomatic missions located around the world.

In 2018, Belgium had 117 diplomatic missions: 82 embassies 17 consulates-general 5 consulates 4 diplomatic offices 1 representative office 8 permanent missions to international organizationsIn addition to these missions, Belgium maintains 338 honorary consulates around the world. The Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation is active on social media: Facebook: Diplomatie. Belgium Flickr: Belgium Foreign Affairs Instagram: BelgiumMFA LinkedIn: Ministry of Foreign Affairs Belgium Twitter: BelgiumMFAIn 2016, a new website was launched: Focus on Belgium, it serves to highlight achievements. It is a part of push towards better and more diverse public diplomacy in order to promote Belgium in all its facets. Foreign relations of Belgium Belgian diplomatic mission

Delias itamputi

Delias itamputi is a butterfly in the family Pieridae. It was described by Carl Ribbe in 1900, it is endemic to Papua New Guinea. The wingspan is about 45 mm. Males without the paler distal scent-area; the forewings have a black distal area, less broad than in hypomelas, on the hindwings the black edging is more of a line. Females are black with yellow markings; the forewings have a greenish-yellow proximal area extended to vein 3, its edge not defined and there is a subapical row of four chrome-yellow patches also a subcostal streak and a fifth spot in 2. The patches in 4 and 5 are larger than the others; the hindwings have the proximal three-fourths of the costa white, there is a proximal greenish-yellow area extending to the end of the cell, its edge diffuse. There are two yellow submarginal dots in 5 and 6; the species name itamputi is Malay, meaning white one. Delias at Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms