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Foreign relations of Latvia

The foreign relations of Latvia are the primary responsibility of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Today's Republic of Latvia regards itself as a continuation of the 1918–1940 republic. After the declaration on the restoration of its full independence on August 21, 1991, Latvia became a member of the United Nations on September 17, 1991, is a signatory to a number of UN organizations and other international agreements. Latvia welcomes further cooperation and integration with NATO, European Union, OECD and other Western organizations, it seeks more active participation in UN peacekeeping efforts worldwide. Council of Europe, CERCO, International Council for the Exploration of the Sea, International Civil Aviation Organization, International Atomic Energy Agency, UNESCO, UNICEF, International Criminal Court, the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, it is a member of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and of the North Atlantic Coordinating Council.

On September 20, 2003, in a nationwide referendum, the Latvians voted to join the European Union and Latvia's EU membership took effect on May 1, 2004. Latvia became a member state of NATO on March 29, 2004. Through its Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Latvia maintains embassies in Argentina, Belarus, Canada, the People's Republic of China, the Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Greece, Israel, Lithuania, Nicaragua, Poland, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, the United States, Uzbekistan, it operates missions to the United Nations in New York City and Geneva, to the European Union, the Chemical Weapons Nonproliferation Organization, the OSCE, NATO, World Trade Organization, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Latvia has a Consulate General in Russia. Ongoing talks over maritime boundary dispute with Lithuania, primary concern is oil exploration rights. Treaty delimiting the boundary with Russia has been signed and ratified in 2007, under the treaty the Abrene district passes to Russia Transshipment point for opiates and cannabis from Central and Southwest Asia to Western Europe and Scandinavia and Latin American cocaine and some synthetics from Western Europe to CIS.

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The Riddle of the Sphinx (Westworld)

"The Riddle of the Sphinx" is the fourth episode of the second season of the HBO science-fiction thriller television series Westworld. The episode aired on May 13, 2018, it was written by Gina Atwater and Jonathan Nolan, directed by Lisa Joy. This episode marks the final appearance of Jimmi Simpson. Grace is taken to a Ghost Nation camp, including Ashley Stubbs. Grace refuses Stubbs' offer to help her escape, believing the hosts are not harming the guests and desiring to explore the park further; the prisoners are taken to a Ghost Nation elder who prepares to sacrifice them. Grace panics and runs away, but Stubbs discovers that the sacrifice was a ruse to identify the hosts from humans. Clementine abandons Bernard outside a cave in an isolated corner of the park. Inside he finds Elsie, whom he abducted and left in the cave when operating under Ford's instruction. Elsie is hostile toward him until he explains that he had been under Ford's control, Ford is now dead. Bernard discovers the cave hides the entrance to a hidden bunker where they find the dead bodies of technicians and drone hosts.

Elsie stabilizes Bernard with another injection of cortical fluid and warns him that his memories are blending together. Exploring the bunker further, they discover an insane host resembling James Delos. A series of flashbacks reveal that William and James tried to implant James' consciousness in a host body to create a human-host hybrid and achieve immortality. However, in over one hundred attempts, each host reached a "cognitive plateau," where they became unstable, William terminated the program as he believed that man was meant to be mortal, the world was better off without James. Elsie destroys James' hybrid and agrees to help Bernard further on the condition that Bernard does not lie to her. Bernard accepts, but in a subsequent memory, he realizes that he ordered the drone hosts to kill the technicians and destroy themselves after retrieving a second human-host control unit. In the park and Lawrence return to Lawrence's home town, they find the Confederados have overrun it. Craddock demands to know the location of a hidden cache of weapons and proceeds to torment and kill the townspeople.

William deduces that Ford's new narrative sees himself and various factions within Westworld heading west to the "Valley Beyond," or as Craddock knows it, "Glory." He offers to lead Craddock to Glory. William overpowers Craddock and kills his men force-feeds Craddock the nitroglycerin. Lawrence shoots him. Speaking through Lawrence's daughter, Ford reminds William. William dismisses Ford. William, a group of men from the town head west until they encounter a lone rider, Grace, she greets William as "dad," revealing herself to be Emily. "The Riddle of the Sphinx" was the directorial debut of co-showrunner Lisa Joy. She had been drawn to the script, written by Gina Atwater and Jonathan Nolan, as it gave them the opportunity to explore the character of William in more depth, her goal for the episode was to mix a number of different genres into the episode. The opening shots panning through James Delos' apartment were based on trying to capture "this mysterious, futuristic environment that you feel somewhat displaced in" from the film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Some critics believed the introductory shot of this episode, which showed James starting his day in a closed room, was an homage to the first episode of the second season of Lost, "Man of Science, Man of Faith", which started with a similar montage of scenes. Joy stated. Instead, she was inspired by the idea of circles, playing on the theme of loops that the hosts act out, from the room being circular to be watched from the outside, to a retro-inspired vinyl record player and an exercise bike, she selected the Rolling Stones song "Play with Fire" for the first scene as part of a fire motif, while she allowed the actor Peter Mullan, who played James, to select Roxy Music's "Do the Strand" since he would be seen dancing to this song. Andrei Tarkovsky's films Stalker, was a point of reference for this episode. Jonathan Nolan had alluded to the film in an earlier Reddit "Ask Me Anything" as one of the references that fans of the show should watch for in the second season. For production, director Lisa Joy sent the director of photography John Grillo a number of stills from Stalker as to capture the state of James Delos' room after his fit of rage in the same manner.

Joy described wanting to achieve this approach as "I felt like the mood of horror could be relayed in the suspense, the kind of lingering on details as they crept into this place." Elements of filming directly alluded to Stalker, including James' shaking hand while trying to pour creme into coffee, the slow pan across the destruction of the room showing rotting fruit and other aspects relay a sense of time. Joy was responsible for the direction used to film the various memory flashbacks that Bernard had within the lab, using slow motion and circling cameras to make it seem these visions were playing out in detail in Bernard's mind, she selected the music used in these scenes to help viewers feel the uncanny nature of these memories. Joy wanted to continue to capture the western genre in the episode, used the scenes with older William to keep this grand scope, used camerawork to make the viewer feel the "visceral and immediate" tension of the situation during the gun battl

Nitta Yoshisada

Nitta Yoshisada was the head of the Nitta clan in the early fourteenth century, supported the Southern Court of Emperor Go-Daigo in the Nanboku-chō period. He famously marched on Kamakura and capturing it from the Hōjō clan in 1333, he fought the Takauji brothers on the Emperor's behalf in a see-saw campaign which saw the capital change hands several times. After a compromise peace was agreed, Yoshisada was entrusted with two royal princes. At the siege of Kanegasaki both were killed, along with Yoshisada's son, although Yoshisada was able to escape, he died. Pinned under it, he committed seppuku. Long an enemy of Ashikaga Takauji, Nitta Yoshisada is blamed for the split between the Northern and Southern Courts, as he fought against the Ashikaga and for the emperor, Emperor Go-Daigo; this rivalry came from the fact that the Ashikaga were ranked above the Nitta, despite their being descended from a younger ancestor. In 1331, after being ordered by the bakufu to join an army at the Chihaya fortress, Nitta was ordered by Prince Morinaga and Emperor Go-Daigo to strike at the Hōjō, so he left his post.

Returning to his home province of Kozuke, Yoshisada rallied the aid of other descendants and vassals, including his brother Yoshisuke of the Minamoto clan, began to march toward Kamakura through Musashi. On the approaches to the city, Nitta enjoyed some early victories, routing the Hōjō defenders and pursuing them towards the city. Except for its coastline, Kamakura is surrounded by steep hills, making an overland attack difficult. Nitta first tried to enter through the Gokurakuji Pass and the Kewaizaka Pass, but strong Hōjō forces stopped him. Judging it impossible to enter by land, Nitta decided to try by sea, bypassing Inamuragasaki Cape on Sagami Bay, west of Kamakura. Once there, Nitta took advantage of a low tide and moved his men in through the beaches to the south, but according to the Taiheiki, he threw his sword into the surf and prayed to Ryūjin, who parted the waters for him. In describing this event, Japanese sources say Nitta Yoshisada prayed to Ryūjin; the Taiheiki says: Dismounting from his horse, Yoshisada removed his helmet and prostrating himself across the distant seas prayed to Ryūjin.

"It is said that the lord of Japan from the beginning, Amaterasu Ōmikami, enshrined at Ise Jingū, hid herself within a Vairocana and appeared as Ryūjin of the vast blue seas. My lord is her descendant, drifts upon waves of the western sea due to rebels. I Yoshisada, in an attempt to serve as a worthy subject, will pick up my axes and face the enemy line; that desire is to bring welfare to the masses. Ryūjin of the Eight Protectorate Gods of the Inner Seas and the Outer Sea, witness this subject’s loyalty and withdraw the waters afar, open a path to the lines of the three armies, he therefore speaks to Ryūjin. The stele at Sode no Ura, the tiny bay west of Inamuragaki, says: 666 years ago on May 21, 1333 Nitta Yoshisada, judging an invasion on land to be difficult, decided to try to bypass this cape; this is the place where, according to tradition, he threw his golden sword into the waves, praying the sea-god to withdraw them and let him pass. The city was taken, the Hōjō clan's influence destroyed.

Following the fall of Kamakura, Yoshisada was appointed governor of Echigo and vice-governor of Harima and Kōzuke Provinces, as Emperor Go-Daigo redistributed the Hōjō lands. Yoshisada courted a daughter of a court noble, Kōtō-Naishi, married her through the emperor's mediation. During the following few years, Nitta Yoshisada's rivalry with Ashikaga Takauji and his brother Ashikaga Tadayoshi came to a head, with an imperial commission to destroy the two brothers issued in 1335; the two armies fought a number of battles, starting at the Yahagi River on 10 December and ending at Mishima that month. Yoshisada's forces were defeated and the brothers advanced upon Kyoto; the Takaujis were able to capture Kyoto for a few days in February 1336, before help arrived for Yoshisada and Kusunoki from Prince Norinaga and Prince Takanaga. In April 1336 Nitta attacked Akamatsu Norimura in Harima Province, he kept up the investment of Akamatsu's strongholds at Shirohata and Mitsuishi until June, when he retreated in the face of advances by Tadayoshi's army.

Yoshisada was defeated in the Battle of Minatogawa allowing Takauji to occupy Kyoto once again. Nitta retreated with the emperor to Hieizan. On 13 November 1336, the emperor agreed with Takauji's offers to return to Kyoto. Before he did so, he entrusted Nitta with escorting Prince Takanaga and Prince Tsunenaga to Echizen Province, they made it as far as a loyalist stronghold, where they had to endure the Siege of Kanegasaki Nitta escaped to Somayama, but his son Nitta Yoshiaki and the princes were killed. Nitta's death was as remarkable as his life. While Nitta was fighting in the Siege of Kuromaru against Hosokawa Akiuji, an ally of Takauji, his horse was felled by arrow fire. Nitta, unable to move, was an easy target for archers; as a final act, Nitta is supposed to cut off his own head. Record has it that a number of his fellow samurai committed junshi seppuku nearby, in a show of allegiance. Senior First Rank Fujishima Shrine Turnbull, Stephen. Samurai: The World of the Warrior. Osp

Kiana, Alaska

Kiana is a city in Northwest Arctic Borough, United States. At the 2010 census the population was 361, down from 388 in 2000. Kiana, was founded several centuries ago. Before Kiana became a village, the Inupiat Eskimos tended to travel with certain animal herds. In the 1800s, the Inupiaqs of Kiana used to live along the Kobuk River. Throughout the year the villagers would hunt and fish near their houses, they moved to. The Inupiaqs lived in sod houses, did not live in them twice, because they would move to where the animals were; when someone died inside the house they abandoned it, believing they would catch a contagious disease. Instead of building coffins or digging graves, the villagers wrapped the bodies of the deceased in cloths and put poles in them to make a teepee shape. Archaeological study has been done on the local site'Igliqtiqsiugvigruaq', inhabited by the ancestors of the present day residents of Kiana from 1790 to 1810; the town consisted of burrowed homes connected by tunnels. The first white men changed the way of life.

They settled in. More white men came in 1901 and 1902, started building houses. Inupiaq women married them. Archaeologists have discovered a pre-contact Inupaiq village near Kiana. From carbon dating, the archaeologists discovered the village was from the late 1700s to the early 1800s; when more digging was done, they found that some of the houses they excavated were connected with tunnels and passageways. The average house size in the village was about the size of typical one-roomed cabins; some of the artifacts that were found include metal shards, as well as glass beads. Kiana is the central village of the Kobuk river, for Kowagmiut Inupaiq Eskimos. Kiana became known to the Federal Government after a population increase making the town in to a city, in the year 1915. A United States Post Office was founded in the year 1964. Before the post office was built, mail came only once a month; the mail transportation method was by dogsled or by walking from one village to another. During this time, Kiana became a key supply city for coal and gold miners who were posted along the Squirrel River.

The Blankenship Trading Post was managed by Walter Blankenship, by Robinson Blankenship and Ruth Blankenship Sandvik. This trading post was the only store with goods such as flour, soda pop, tea and fruit, both dried and canned; the first villages in the region to start teaching the Inupiaq language in public school were Ambler and Kobuk. Noorvik and the other villages around the region began teaching it as well. Viola Barr and Rosaline Jackson were the first people in Kiana to teach Inupiaq language as a class in 1971. Before white people came to the region, the children of Kiana grew up speaking the Inupiaq language. Most Kiana students and adults nowadays do not know how to write, or speak the language; the region is trying to get the language back so all can speak Inupiaq and make the Elders of Kiana proud. Rosetta Stone and the Inupiaq Language Commission are helping this effort. Kiana is located at 66°58′18″N 160°25′49″W. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.2 square miles, all of it land.

The village of Kiana is located where three rivers meet: the Squirrel River, Kobuk River, big/small channel rivers. Kiana is in the Northwestern Alaska, 30 miles North of the Arctic Circle, 57 air miles East of Kotzebue. In Kiana, there are of extreme temperature swings. There is evidence of climate change occurring in the past 50 years. Evidence of rising temperatures each month, increased precipitation has been recorded; the snowfall is significant, at about 60 inches per year, the rainfall is 16 inches on average. The Kobuk River is navigable by boat from May to October, frozen for the remainder of the year. Kiana first appeared on the 1920 U. S. Census as an unincorporated native village, it formally incorporated in 1964. As of 2013, the total population in Kiana was 361, 101 occupied households, 77 families. Average people per household: 3; the median income for a household in 2011, was $39,688, the median income for a family was $41,667. Males had a median income of $31,250 versus $35,938 for females.

The per capita income for the city was $11,534. About 5.6% of families and 11.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.1% of those under age 18 and 12.5% of those age 65 or over. Kiana has a city administrator, responsible for the day-to-day operations of the facilities and to carry out the vision and the mission, set forth by the City Council and the Mayor who are both elected by the people; the mayor's responsibility is to help set the focus of the Council. Tom Cyrus was mayor of Kiana for 7 years, from 2003 to 2010. During that time, the city and traditional council worked closely, they decided to merge the two governments and formed a joint council since they were working with similar visions. The merged organization held joint council meetings and planning sessions, they had one executive director, one accountant, a city clerk. All administrative positions were moved into one building and they streamlined costs by not duplicating services. At that time, there was limited funding available to municipal governments and there were more opportunities for money through BIA funds and tribal government.

In 2009, the goals began to change and it was decided to separate the two governments, with the goal of making the city and tr

Roth Racing

Roth Racing was a race team owned by Canadian real estate magnate and racecar driver Marty Roth. It competed in the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series; the team was founded in 2004 when Marty Roth purchased the Indy Pro Series equipment of Panther Racing and a new Dallara IndyCar chassis and competed in three Pro Series events and the Indianapolis 500 with himself doing the driving. The team ran a full Pro Series schedule with Roth finishing 8th in points in 2005 as well as the Indy 500 in conjunction with PDM Racing where Roth provided his chassis and funding and PDM provided their Chevrolet engine lease and technical expertise. Roth sold his Pro Series equipment following the St. Petersburg race in April 2006 to focus on IndyCars and his attempt to qualify for the 2006 Indianapolis 500. However, the team never managed to hit on a comfortable set-up for the race car and Roth crashed on bump day trying to find the speed necessary to bump PDM Racing rookie Thiago Medeiros from the field; the team regrouped and participated in several tests on intermediate and large ovals and returned to the series at Michigan International Speedway in July and ran at Kentucky and Chicagoland to close out the season.

Sponsored by Barabco, Roth managed to finish all three of the races he competed in though his best finish was eighteenth. Roth ended up twenty second in points just behind P. J. Chesson; the team returned in 2007 to race on specific ovals and ran at Homestead and Kansas sponsored by Fountain Powerboats. Handling problems forced him to withdraw early from both races. Roth Racing wrecked the car on the 148th lap. Shortly after Indy, the team decided to participate in the IRL's new TEAM program to race full-time. Roth decided to purchase Sam Schmidt Motorsports' IndyCar equipment and move into a larger shop in Indianapolis with the goal of expanding to a two-car operation; the team returned to the series in the 2007 finale at Chicagoland Speedway with the second car driven by P. J. Chesson and both cars finished the race, although several laps down; the team was sponsored by Dussault Apparel's Gene Simmons "Moneybag" clothing line. The team announced on November 26, 2007 that they had signed Jay Howard to drive their second car for the 2008 IndyCar Series season and that Marty Roth would compete full-time in 2008 Sponsored by Cirrus Aircraft.

Roth qualified well at Homestead starting eighth but Howard crashed while qualifying. The team began to struggle with finding sponsors after a three race deal with Cirrus Aircraft ran out. Lids and 1-800-Las Vegas sponsored the 25 and 24 cars at Indy but the team was without sponsors until Men's Wearhouse came aboard at Infineon; the team engineer David Cripps left after the Kansas race and was replaced by Vision Racing's Larry Curry who left the team after Watkins Glen. On the morning of Pole Day Roth hired veteran John Andretti to drive the team's #24 car replacing Jay Howard and he posted the team's highest speeds of the month. Team president Margaret Roth confirmed that Howard will return after the Indy 500. However, on May 30 it was announced that Andretti would continue in the #24 car in the Milwaukee Mile and Texas Motor Speedway races. Andretti stayed to drive at Iowa and Richmond. Due to lack of sponsorship the team ran one car and the team only fielded Jay Howard in the 24 car at Watkins Glen.

In Nashville Roth drove the # 25 car did not make an appearance. Roth drove the #25 car in the majority of the season's remaining races. Following being informed that his league license would not be renewed in 2009, Roth placed the team up for sale in October 2008, it was rumored that former Champ Car World Series driver Nelson Philippe, brother Richard Philippe and their family had bought the team's equipment and race shop and would continue the team as Team France. But this did not come to fruition. Roth Racing entered two cars in the 2009 Indianapolis 500, number 25 and 52. Neither car appeared at the track, although Roth Racing banners had been placed above the garages. In August 2009, the teams' race equipment was sold to the new FAZZT Race Team. Marty Roth P. J. Chesson Jay Howard John Andretti Official Website

Joshua Fisher (musician)

Joshua Fisher is a singer-songwriter from Lewisham in South London living in Norwich, England. His debut EP, "Atlas" was scheduled to be released on 25 October 2010 by independent London based label Polymorph Records. "Atlas" features four songs, which have been co-produced by Roger Pusey – former Producer of iconic recordings on The Smiths albums Hatful of Hollow and "Louder Than Bombs". Joshua cites Bright Eyes and The Waterboys among his influences. Joshua Fisher on FaceBook Joshua Fisher's Website Polymorph Records Joshua Fisher's BBC Music page