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Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council

The Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council, a post–Cold War NATO institution, is a multilateral forum created to improve relations between NATO and non-NATO countries in Europe and those parts of Asia on the European periphery. States meet to go to the range of political and security issues, it was formed on May 29, 1997 in the ministers meeting of Sintra, Portugal, as the successor to the North Atlantic Cooperation Council, created in 1991. It works alongside the Partnership for Peace, created in 1994. There are the 29 NATO member countries and 21 partner countries; the partner countries are: 6 countries that possessed capitalistic market economies during the Cold War: Austria Finland Ireland Malta Sweden Switzerland 12 former Soviet republics: Armenia Azerbaijan Belarus Georgia Kazakhstan Kyrgyzstan Moldova Russia Tajikistan Turkmenistan Ukraine Uzbekistan 3 of the Former Yugoslav nations on neither side of the Iron Curtain during the Cold War: Bosnia and Herzegovina North Macedonia Serbia On 20 December 1991, the first meeting of the North Atlantic Cooperation Council, hosted a meeting between NATO, Eastern European nations and the USSR.

Near the end of the meeting, the Soviet Ambassador received a message that concurrently to the meeting, the Soviet Union was dissolving and would cease to exist the following day. The Soviet Ambassador noted that as of he was only representing the Russian Federation and no longer the Soviet Union. Individual Partnership Action Plan Foreign relations of NATO Partnership for Peace Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe International Security Assistance Force United Nations Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council History of NATO – the Atlantic Alliance - UK Government site EAPC Security Forum 2007 in Ohrid, Macedonia

Alfrredo Navarro Salanga

Alfredo "Freddie" Navarro Salanga was a Filipino literary critic, journalist, poet, fictionist and multi-awarded writer. He was a member of the Manila Critics Circle, he was the author of 1984 novella The Birthing of Hannibal Valdez. He was nicknamed "Daddy Giant". In 1969, Salanga obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Ateneo de Manila University in 1969, he was a former Secretary-General of the Writers Union of the Philippines, a former director of the Philippine Board on Books for Young People, a former director of the Pinaglabanan Galleries, a former trustee of the Philippine Literary Arts Council, a former Director-General of the People's Movement for Press Freedom Task Force for the People's Right to Know. He had been a member of the following associations: the International PEN, Philippine Chapter, the Philippine's National Press Club, the Association for Philippines-China Understanding, the Philippine-British Society, the Art Association of the Philippines. In 1969, Salanga became a recipient of the Mulry Award for Literary Excellence.

He was an awardee for the 1980, 1983, 1985 Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature. He was a winner during the 1984-1985 USA Annual Salute to the Arts Competition, sponsored by Triton College in Illinois. In 1984, he won the Best Opinion Column award from the Catholic Mass Media Awards. In 1986, he won the Book of the Year award, he became one of the Ten Most Outstanding Men of the Year for Literature and Journalism in 1985. Apart from The Birthing of Hannibal Valdez, Salanga's literary works included the following: The Aglipay Question: Literary and Historical Studies, Commentaries Meditations Messages A Parable Cycles and Confessions, Portraits; as an editor, Salanga edited the following literature: Rizaliana for Children: Drawings and Folk Tales by Jose Rizal, New Writing from the Philippines, Versus: Philippine Protest Poetry, 1983-86, Kamao: Panitikan ng Protesta, 1970-1986, An Anthology of Poets in Search of God, Posthumous: Turtle Voices in Uncertain Weather: Poems 1980-1988, Chronicles & Dispatches, Buenavista Ventures

Federated Women's Institutes of Ontario

The Federated Women's Institutes of Ontario is a not-for-profit charitable organization with affiliations around the world, working with and for women in rural and small town Ontario. The FWIO was organized on February 6, 1919, when it became apparent there was a need for the coordination of the work of the Branch Institutes; the FWIO was incorporated under The Agricultural Associations Act by an order-in-Council of the Government of Ontario, dated May 11, 1921. Through the provincial organization, the Women's Institutes of Ontario are able to speak with authority as one voice. In 1897, Adelaide Hoodless was invited by Erland Lee to speak at a Farmers' Institute Ladies Night in Stoney Creek, Ontario where she suggested the formation of an organization for rural women; the next week, on February 19, 1897, the first formal organization of a Women's Institute took place in Saltfleet Township. The original Branch is now known as the Stoney Creek Charter Women's Institute, by Ontario Regulation 352/78.

The Branch is the basic building block from which the Women's Institute has grown since its inception in 1897. In Ontario, Members belong to a network that connects Branches to Districts and Areas, as well as to the provincial and international levels of the organization. British Women's Institute Women's rights in Canada Erland Lee Museum Federated Women's Institutes of Ontario Federated Women's Institutes of Canada Associated Country Women of the World

Echoes (comics)

Echoes is an American five-issue comic book limited series written by Joshua Hale Fialkov and drawn by Rahsan Ekedal. Published by Top Cow Productions, it tells the story of Brian Cohn, a man with schizophrenia who learns his father may have been a serial killer; the first issue was released in December 29, 2010. Joshua Hale Fialkov and Rahsan Ekedal first worked together in 2008 on The Cleaners, a horror comic book series for the publisher Dark Horse Comics. Fialkov brought the story to Ekedal in its early stages, Ekedal provided some concept art to accompany the pitch. After being accepted by Top Cow, Fialkov crafted the story by himself, although he did adapt the script to Ekedal's style; the art in Echoes is black and white, more affordable for the artists, but because Failkov felt grayscale was more effective. The artistic style was inspired by the Warren Publishing horror comic books Creepy and Eerie from the 1960s and 1970s, which both Fialkov and Ekedal enjoyed. Ekedal said of the artistic style: "A lot of the look developed out of my attempts to visually represent what it means to suffer from a serious mental disorder.

So I tried to put Brian's doubts and terrors into every shadow, every line."Fialkov said the idea of a suburban setting with an ordinary-seeming killer was conceived because its "so much scarier and so much more upsetting" than an urban setting. The idea of the dolls made from victims' flesh came from Fialkov's research about voodoo, as well as his own interest in cults and secret societies. Fialkov said Echoes was inspired by the 1960 horror film Psycho, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, because he felt both stories were driven by the characters and drama rather than the horror. Fialkov described the series as "achingly dark", said of writing it: "I haven't done a hard horror book in a long time, it was a lot of fun to do something that's just grotesque and upsetting."The first issue was included in the September 2010 release of Top Cow First Look, a trade paperback highlighting several of the publisher's new releases. The first issue was released on December 29, 2010. Ekedal said the book's reception far exceeded his expectations, with four Harvey Award nominations and fans asking him about it more than two years after its completion.

The series was collected into a single hardcover volume in July 2011. A signed set of all five issues was made available in January 2012. Ekedal struggled to complete his portion of the signatures due to a wrist injury. Fialkov hinted at the possibility of a sequel in the letter column of issue five. In a 2012 interview, Ekedal said it could happen if the hardcover continued to sell, but no project had been started. Brian Cohn, a medicated schizophrenic, visits his dying father in a hospital. With his final breaths, he speaks cryptically about dead girls. Brian investigates the house and discovers a large pile of human bones and a box filled with small dolls made from flesh. Unsure what to do, Brian tells no one; the stress of this discovery aggravates Brian's condition, he begins to hear voices and hallucinate dead girls. In particular, he hears his father telling him to continue his work; when a young girl Brian sees disappears, he worries. When Detective Neville visits Brian to inquire about the girl, Brian lies about seeing another man following her.

Brian receives a small package that contains a new doll made from the missing girl. Detective Neville returns and invites Brian to accompany him to arrest a handicapped man matching the description Brian had given; the man happens to have an alibi. After Neville leaves, Brian finds a girl's sneaker under his car's passenger seat. Brian learns of the Alzheimer's symptom Echolalia, returns to the hospital to research his father's roommate; the roommate used to live in the house in which Brian found the dolls, the confession Brian's father made was a repetition of the confession his roommate had made to his son, Det Neville. Brian is arrested for the girl's murder, he is ignored when he tries to implicate Neville. Neville explains that he was present when Brian found the box and had been hoping they could work together. Brian is committed to a mental institution; as he lies strapped to a bed, a vision of his father leans over him promising to help him escape. The series received positive reviews. Greg Burgas of Comic Book Resources praised the series, writing that Fialkov did an excellent job in building tension, praising Ekedal's black and white art, which he said made the already-dark story feel more morally ambiguous.

Burgas wrote in a December 2010 review: "I can't recommend Echoes enough.... It's an early contender for best mini-series of 2011."After being nominated for 3 Harvey Awards in 2011, Echoes was nominated for another four in 2012: Best graphic album published, Best continuing or limited series, Best Writer, Best single issue or story. The series was collected into a hardcover edition. Echoes Vol 1 Elk's Run I, Vampire The Last of the Greats Official website

Hichem Chaabane

Hichem Chaabane is an Algerian professional road cyclist. He represented his nation Algeria at the 2008 Summer Olympics, has competed for Vélo Club Sovac pro cycling team since 2012. Riding for Team Konica Minolta–Bizhub, Chaabane qualified for the Algerian squad, as a 19-year-old teen, in the men's road race at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing by receiving a berth and finishing fourth from stage four of Giro del Capo in Cape Town, South Africa. Passing through the 161.2-km mark, Chabane could not achieve a best possible result with a severe fatigue under Beijing's intense heat and a lapped violation, as he failed to complete a grueling race against a vast field of nearly a hundred cyclists. Chaabane signed an annual contract with MTN Cycling pro cycling team in 2009. On that same year, he and four other international cyclists were stabbed and injured on a house robbery in Potchefstroom, losing some cash and five cellphones from their respective belongings; when MTN Cycling folded after the 2009 season, Chaabane was left with no contract, decided to return to Algeria as a freelance agent.

In 2010, Chaabane earned his first career title in road cycling for the under-23 division at the African Championships in Tunis, Tunisia. When he joined with Vélo Club Sovac in 2012 under a bi-annual contract, Chaabane added two more titles for an elite level at the Tour de Blida and at the Algerian Road Championships in Mostaganem. In April 2015, it was announced that Chaabane had tested positive for two undisclosed prohibited substances and was provisionally suspended from racing. NBC Olympics Profile Hichem Chaabane at Cycling Archives

1797 in Wales

This article is about the particular significance of the year 1797 to Wales and its people. Prince of Wales - George Princess of Wales - Caroline of Brunswick 22 February - Last invasion of Britain begins: a joint French-American force of 1,400 troops, transported on four French warships, lands near Fishguard. 23 February - Last invasion of Britain: The invasion force clashes with a hastily assembled group of around 500 British reservists and sailors, under the command of John Campbell, 1st Baron Cawdor. 24 February - Last invasion of Britain: Colonel William Tate is forced into an unconditional surrender. The French warships escape return to France; the prisoners are marched through Fishguard on their way to temporary imprisonment at Haverfordwest. 9 March - Last invasion of Britain: HMS St Fiorenzo, under the command of Sir Harry Neale and Captain John Cooke's HMS Nymphe, capture La Resistance and La Constance in the Irish Sea. Richard Fothergill and the Rev. Matthew Monkhouse take over Tredegar ironworks and construct a new furnace.

Arthur Aikin - Journal of a Tour through North Wales and Part of Shropshire with Observations in Mineralogy and Other Branches of Natural History Edward Charles - Epistolau Cymraeg at y Cymry John Jones - Toriad y Dydd Nathaniel Williams - Pregeth a Bregethwyd yn Llangloffan ar Neilltuad … Joseph James a James Davies 11 January – Connop Thirlwall, Bishop of St David's 30 July – Harriet Windsor-Clive, 13th Baroness Windsor, philanthropist 21 August – John Iltyd Nicholl, MP and judge date unknown – John Blackwell, poet 1 June – John Walters, lexicographer, 75 24 May – Paul Panton and antiquary, 70 25 August – Joshua Thomas, minister, 78 26 October – John Parry and politician, 73 6 November – John Lewis, MP for Radnor, 59