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Fan Expo Dallas

Fan Expo Dallas is a three-day speculative fiction, fan convention now held annually in the Dallas, area. Larger in scale than the Dallas Fan Days events under the same management, Fan Expo Dallas focuses on comic book artists and publishers; these events also feature question and answer sessions, a large dealers room, a number of comics and media guests signing autographs. The event known as Dallas Comic Con, is produced by Informa Canada Inc. doing business as Fan Expo HQ. In 2002, Ben Stevens, producer of the Sci-Fi Expo, Philip Wise, owner of and, brought on consultant Mark Walters and produced the first Dallas Comic Con. The show attracted 5,000 attendees. Starting with the October 2012 show, Dallas Comic Con expanded to three days. C2 Ventures sold control of Dallas Comic Con, Sci-Fi Expo, Fan Days to Informa in early 2014. To date, the Dallas Comic Con has been held at one of four locations; the first three locations were in suburbs of Texas. Early editions were held at the Plano Centre in Plano, Texas, or the Richardson Civic Center in Richardson, Texas.

Beginning in May 2011, the event relocated to the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas in Irving, Texas. In May 2014, the Dallas Comic Con relocated to the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in downtown Dallas. Dallas Fan Days events remain at the Irving Convention Center. Dallas Fantasy Fair Official website

Mansour Rashid El-Kikhia

Mansour Rashid Kikhia was the Libyan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Libyan Ambassador to the United Nations, Permanent Libyan Representative to the United Nations, an opposition figure to Libya's leader Muammar Gaddafi, human rights activist. He was born in Benghazi, Libya in 1931; as a child, he studied in his hometown Benghazi before being sent to Egypt to attend high school and graduated from a university in 1950. Al-Kikhia received a degree in international law from Paris-Sorbonne University. In 1962, he joined the Libyan Embassy in France and in Algeria in 1963, he was made Libyan General Consul to the UN office in Geneva and a member of the Libyan Mission to the United Nations in 1968. After the 1969 Libya coup, he went on to occupy important post in the new government. During the early 1970s, he stood up for his principles and defended prisoners rights despite the risk. From 1972 to 1973, he served as foreign minister and Libyan permanent representative to the UN from 1975 to 1980, he resigned in 1980 in opposition to Gaddafi's regime in protest against the policies of summary executions practiced by the Libyan government at the time through the so-called revolutionary committees.

He applied for American citizenship. He was married to Baha Omary Khikia, where they lived in Vienna, Virginia. During exile, he founded the Libyan Human Rights Association in 1984. Two years he established the Libyan National Alliance and was elected as Secretary General. On 10 December 1993, he vanished mysteriously after participating in an Arab Organization for Human Rights Board of Trustees meeting in Cairo. Eyewitnesses at the time reported that he was seen drinking coffee with two men believed to be working for Egypt's Mukhabarat abducted by three men in a black limousine with diplomatic license plate a few yards from the Safir Hotel Cairo where he was staying. Neither the Egyptian nor the Libyan authorities have issued reports or claimed responsibility regarding this forced disappearance, ever. A four-year investigation conducted by the CIA, concluded in August 1997 produced convincing evidence that Egyptian agents staged the abduction and forcibly escorted al-Kikhia to the residence of Ibrahim Bishari, Libyan ambassador to the Arab League where he was interrogated by Abdullah Senussi to the Libyan authorities, who executed him.

His body was found in October 2012 inside a refrigerator of a villa in Tripoli belonging to the former military intelligence after former Libyan intelligence chief, Abdullah Senussi provided the information and his death still remain a mystery. Some have speculated. Khikia was provided a state funeral in Benghazi and memorial service in his honour on December 3, 2012; the similarity between Reda Helal and Kikhia cases has raised widespread suspicion about the involvement of high-ranking Egyptian officials. Kikhia's lawyer does not rule out American involvement in his disappearance; the recent arrest in London of a respected Egyptian engineer, Professor Momdouh Hamza, has implicated four top Egyptian officials with close ties to the Mubarak family and re-opened the rumor mill in Cairo. For years Egyptians have heard of forced disappearance of public figures elsewhere in the region but not their own, he was the cousin of Libyan-American academic Mansour Omar El-Kikhia, whose father, Omar Pasha Mansour El Kikhia, was the first prime minister of Cyrenaica.

Reda Helal "Egyptian appeals court fines Ministry of the Interior over al-Kekhya's protection," Dr. Saad Eddin Ibrahim, "Moral Isolation of the Egyptian Ruler," Ibn khaldun center for development studies

Poker strategy

Poker is a popular card game that combines elements of chance and strategy. There are various styles of poker, all of which share an objective of presenting the least probable or highest-scoring hand. A poker hand is a configuration of five cards depending on the variant, either held by a player or drawn from a number of shared, community cards. Players bet on their hands in a number of rounds as cards are drawn, employing various mathematical and intuitive strategies in an attempt to better opponents. Given the game's many different forms and various dynamics, poker strategy becomes a complex subject; this article attempts to introduce only the basic strategy concepts. The fundamental theorem of poker, introduced by David Sklansky, states: Every time you play your hand the way you would if you could see your opponents' cards, you gain, every time your opponents play their cards differently from the way they would play them if they could see your cards, you gain; this theorem is the foundation for many poker strategy topics.

For example and slow-playing are examples of using deception to induce your opponents to play differently from how they would if they could see your cards. There are some exceptions to the fundamental theorem in certain multi-way pot situations, as described in Morton's theorem; the relationship between pot odds and odds of winning is one of the most important concepts in poker strategy. Pot odds are the ratio of the size of the pot to the size of the bet required to stay in the pot. For example, if a player must call $10 for a chance to win a $40 pot, their pot odds are 4-to-1. To have a positive expectation, a player's odds of winning must be better than their pot odds. If the player's odds of winning are 4-to-1, their expected return is to break even. Implied odds is a more complicated concept, though related to pot odds; the implied odds on a hand are based not on the money in the pot, but on the expected size of the pot at the end of the hand. When facing an money situation and holding a strong drawing hand a skilled player will consider calling a bet or opening based on their implied odds.

This is true in multi-way pots, where it is that one or more opponents will call all the way to showdown. By employing deception, a poker player hopes to induce their opponent to act differently from how they would if they could see their cards. David Sklansky has argued that winning at poker is decided by how much one player can force another to change his/her style while maintaining their own strategy. Bluffing is a form of deception where players bet on a weak hand to induce opponents to fold superior hands. Related is the semi-bluff, in which a player who does not have a strong hand, but has a chance to improve it to a strong hand in rounds, bets on the hand in the hopes of inducing other players with weaker "made" hands to fold. Slow-playing is deceptive play in poker, the opposite of bluffing: checking or betting weakly with a strong holding, attempting to induce other players with weaker hands to call or raise the bet instead of folding, to increase the payout. Position refers to the order in which players are seated around the table and the strategic consequences of this.

Players in earlier position need stronger hands to bet/raise or call than players in position. For example, if there are five opponents yet to act behind a player, there is a greater chance one of the yet to act opponents will have a better hand than if there were only one opponent yet to act. Being in late position is an advantage because a player gets to see how their opponents in earlier position act; this information, coupled with a low bet to a late player, may allow the player to "limp in" with a weaker hand when they would have folded the same hand if they'd had to act earlier. Position is one of the most vital elements to understand; as a player's position improves, so too does the range of cards with which they can profitably enter a hand. Conversely this held knowledge can be used to an intelligent poker player's advantage. If playing against observant opponents a raise with any two cards can'steal the blinds,' if executed against passive players at the right time. Unlike calling, raising has an extra way to win: opponents may fold.

An opening bet may be considered a raise from a strategy perspective. David Sklansky gives. To get more money in the pot when a player has the best hand: If a player has the best hand, raising for value enables them to win a bigger pot. To drive out opponents when a player has the best hand: If a player has a made hand, raising may protect their hand by driving out opponents with drawing hands who may otherwise improve to a better hand. To bluff A player raises with an inferior or "trash" hand attempts to deceive other players about the strength of their hand, induce a better hand to fold. To semi-bluff A player with a drawing hand may raise both to bluff and for value. While technically still a bluff, as the player may not end up with a made hand and is trying to drive out players, the player still has the opportunity to make his or her hand and win the pot if the bluff is called. To block Players on drawing hands may put out a "blocking bet" against players who are to bet when checked to, but unlikely to raise when bet into.


Pago Pago

Pago Pago is the territorial capital of American Samoa. It is in Maoputasi County on the main island of Tutuila, it is home to one of the deepest natural deepwater harbors in the South Pacific Ocean, sheltered from wind and rough seas, strategically located. The harbor is one of the best protected in the South Pacific, which gives American Samoa a natural advantage with respect to landing fish for processing. Tourism, entertainment and tuna canning are its main industries. Pago Pago was the world's fourth largest tuna processor as of 1993, it was home to two of the largest tuna companies in the world: Chicken of the Sea and StarKist, which exported an estimated $445 million in canned tuna to the U. S. mainland. It is the number one port in the U. S. in terms of value of fish landed - about $200,000,000 annually. Pago Pago is the only modern urban center in American Samoa, it is the main port of American Samoa. Pago Pago is home to the territorial government, all the industry and most of the commerce in American Samoa.

The Greater Pago Pago Metropolitan Area encompasses several villages strung together along Pago Pago Harbor. One of the villages is itself named Pago Pago, in 2010 had a population of 3,656; the constituent villages are, in order: Utulei, Malaloa, Pago Pago and Atu'u. Fagatogo is the downtown area referred to as town and is home to the legislature, while the executive is located in Utulei. In Fagatogo is the Fono, Police Department, Port of Pago Pago, many shops and hotels; the Greater Pago Pago Area was home to 8,000 residents in 2000, 15,000 in 2010. Rainmaker Mountain is located in Pago Pago, gives the city the highest annual rainfall of any harbor in the world, it stands protectively over the eastern side of Pago Pago, making it one of the most sheltered deepwater anchorages in the Pacific Ocean. The strategic location of Pago Pago Bay played a direct role in the political separation of Western and Eastern Samoa; the initial reason for the U. S.’ interest in Tutuila was the desire to use Pago Pago Harbor as a coaling station.

The town is the southernmost U. S. capital, the only one located in the Southern Hemisphere. The letter “g” in Samoan sounds like "ng", it was called O le Maputasi in compliment to the Mauga, who lived at Gagamoe in Pago Pago and was the senior to all the other chiefs in the area. Pago Pago was first settled 4,000 years ago. Two missionaries were assigned to Tutuila Island in the 1830s: Reverend Murray and his wife to Pago Pago and Reverend Barnden to Leone, they hiked over the hill to the High Chief Mauga in Pago Pago. Mauga gave them support. Dunottar Castle moved to Pago Pago, becoming the second ship to enter Pago Pago Harbor; the missionaries chose to establish their headquarters at Leone. As early as 1839, American interest was generated for the Pago Pago area when Commander Charles Wilkes, head of the United States Exploring Expedition, surveyed Pago Pago Harbor and the island. Rumors of possible annexation by Britain or Germany were taken by the U. S. and the U. S. Secretary of State Hamilton Fish sent Colonel Albert Steinberger to negotiate with Samoan chiefs on behalf of American interests.

American interest in Pago Pago was a result of Tutuila's central position in one of the world's richest whaling grounds. In 1871, the local steamer business of W. H. Webb required coal and he sent Captain E. Wakeman to Samoa in order to evaluate the suitability of Pago Pago as a coaling station. Wakeman approved the harbor and alerted the U. S. Navy about Germany's intent to take over the area; the U. S. Navy responded a few months by dispatching Commander Richard Meade from Honolulu, Hawaii to assess Pago Pago's suitability as a naval station. Meade arrived in Pago Pago on USS Narragansett and made a treaty with the Mauga for the exclusive use of the harbor and a set of commercial regulations to govern the trading and shipping in Pago Pago, he purchased land for a new naval station. The chief of Pago Pago signed a treaty with the U. S. in 1872, giving the American government considerable influence on the island. It was acquired by the United States through a treaty in 1877. One year after the naval base was built at Pearl Harbor in 1887, the U.

S. government established a naval station in Pago Pago. It was used as a fueling station for both naval- and commercial ships; the U. S. Navy first established a coaling station in 1878, right outside Fagatogo; the United States Navy bought land east of Fagatogo and on Goat Island, an adjacent peninsula. Sufficient land was obtained in 1898 and the construction of United States Naval Station Tutuila was completed in 1902; the station commander doubled as American Samoa's Governor from 1899 to 1905, when the station commandant was designated Naval Governor of American Samoa. The Fono served as an advisory council to the governor. Despite being a part of the United States, Great Britain and Germany maintained a strong naval presence in the Samoan Islands. Twice between 1880–1900, the U. S. Navy came close to taking part in a shooting war while its only true interest was the establishment of a coaling station in Pago Pago; the U. S. purchased land around the harbor for the construction of the naval station.

It rented land on Fagatogo Beach for $10/month. Admiral Kimberly was ordered to Pago Pago while in Apia waiting for transportation home after the hurricane of 1889. In Pago Pago, he selected a site for the new coa

Joe Daher

Joseph G. Daher was an American college basketball and football coach. A graduate of Juniata College, Daher coached the Manhattan Jaspers from 1942 to 1943 as well as the VMI Keydets basketball program from 1943 to 1945, he coached three sports at Morris Harvey College in Charleston, West Virginia for three years. In 1940, Daher coauthored a book entitled "Fundamentals of Basketball" with the great Clair Bee. Additionally, Daher spent two seasons as a pitcher with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1933 and 1934. Daher began coaching at Morris Harvey College, which has now been known as the University of Charleston since 1978. From 1939 to 1942, Daher coached the Golden Eagles in basketball and baseball, assisted the football team as well, he left for Manhattan College, where, in his first and only season, led the Jaspers basketball squad to an 18–3 record. This ranks him 15th all-time at Manhattan in terms of wins, first in winning percentage. Following a year in Manhattan, Daher joined the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia as the tight ends football coach, as well as head basketball coach.

In two seasons, the Keydets were 2 -- 24 under an.077 winning percentage. This ranks Daher 26th at VMI in total 27th in terms of winning percentage. Daher was born in 1913 to Selma Daher, he had a sister and three brothers, Vincent and Mitchell. He graduated from Juniata College in Pennsylvania. At Juniata, Daher lettered in three sports. Daher earned his master's degree at Bucknell University, where he was a pitcher on the Bison's baseball team. In the latter stages of World War II, Daher took a hiatus from coaching and enlisted in the Army in 1945. At the time he was residing in Virginia. Daher spent the part of his life living in Dayton, Ohio, he was married for 49 years to his wife Marguerite Alouf, who died in June 2015. They are survived by their four children: Richard, Selma and John. Daher was made an honorary member of the VMI Class of 1947

David Wenham

David Wenham is an Australian actor who has appeared in movies, television series and theatre productions. He is known in Hollywood for his roles as Faramir in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, Carl in Van Helsing, Dilios in 300 and its sequel 300: Rise of an Empire, Al Parker in Top of the Lake, Lieutenant John Scarfield in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, he is known in his native Australia for his role as Diver Dan in SeaChange. Wenham was born in the son of Kath and Bill Wenham, he has five older sisters. He attended Christian Brothers' High School, Lewisham. Wenham started his career as an actor after graduating from Theatre Nepean at the University of Western Sydney with a Bachelor of Arts in 1987. Wenham's television credits include several telemovies, such as his AFI award-winning role in the 1996 telemovie Simone de Beauvoir's Babies, his role as "Diver Dan" has made the actor something of a sex symbol, although he dislikes thinking of himself as such, he has been voted Australia's "sexiest man alive".

A portrait of Wenham by artist Adam Cullen won the Archibald Prize in 2000. Australian films Wenham has starred in include the critically acclaimed The Boys based on the play of the same name premiered at Griffin Theatre Company and in turn based on the murder of Anita Cobby. Wenham has periodically appeared in Hollywood films, he was seen in Van Helsing playing Friar Carl. His character, Dilios and appeared in the movie 300. Minor roles of Wenham's in overseas films include in The Crocodile Hunter as a park ranger, in Moulin Rouge! as Audrey. Wenham stars in the music video for Alex Lloyd's single "Brand New Day". In 2008's Australia, he reunited with Hugh Jackman playing antagonist Neil Fletcher. In both Lord of the Rings: Return of the King and 300, Wenham's character is the sole survivor returned from an ill-fated battle, he reprises his role of Dilios in the videogame 300: March to Glory for Sony PlayStation Portable, which contains a substantial amount of new dialogue. In 2009, he again took to the stage, this time as the lead actor, Jerry Springer, in the British musical Jerry Springer: The Opera.

During its 6-day run at the Sydney Opera House he played in sold-out performances alongside ARIA award-winning singer Kate Miller-Heidke. In 2010 he played the character ` Len' in Sunshine. In 2010, Wenham starred as the disgraced Melbourne lawyer Andrew Fraser in the Australian TV series Killing Time; this ten-part series shows Fraser's fall from grace as he defends many Melbourne criminals during the 1980s and 1990s. It was shown on TV1 in late 2011. Wenham plays New Zealand detective Al Parker alongside Elisabeth Moss in the 2013 BBC series Top of the Lake. In 2013, Wenham returned to the stage to play the lead role of John Proctor, in the Melbourne Theatre Company's mid-year production of Arthur Miller's The Crucible. In 2014, Wenham starred as Patrick Jones in Paper Planes, released on 15 January 2015; that same year, Wenham voiced. Wenham played the role of the villain Harold Meachum in the Netflix original TV series Iron Fist, which premiered in March 2017. In 2018, Wenham roles the voice of Johnny Town-Mouse in Peter Rabbit.

Wenham has two daughters with Kate Agnew. He read a poem by Rupert McCall at the memorial service for Steve Irwin; the poem was entitled "The Crocodiles are Crying". Wenham is a Sydney Swans supporter. Australian Film Institute Award for Best Lead Actor in Television Drama for Simone de Beauvoir's Babies – winner Australian Film Institute Award for Best Lead Actor in Television Drama for Answered by Fire – winner Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor for 300 - nominated David Wenham on IMDb Urban Cinefile