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BRP Sultan Kudarat

BRP Sultan Kudarat was a Miguel Malvar-class corvette of the Philippine Navy. She was built as USS PCE-881, a PCE-842-class patrol craft for the United States Navy during World War II, she was acquired by the Philippine Navy on April 1976, was commissioned on as RPS Sultan Kudarat. The ship is in active service. Along with other World War II-era ships of the Philippine Navy, Sultan Kudarat was considered as one of the oldest active fighting ships in the world, until her retirement in 05 July 2019. Commissioned in the US Navy as USS PCE-895 in 1944, she was renamed USS Crestview on 15 February 1956, named for the City of Crestview, Florida, "in accordance with a recent Navy decision to name its patrol vessels known only by the hull number, by the names of cities of the United States with populations between 2,500 and 10,000", she was transferred to the South Vietnam on 29 November 1961. She served the Republic of Vietnam Navy as RVNS Đống Đa II up until her escape to the Philippines in 1975, together with other South Vietnamese Navy ships and their respective crew.

She was formally acquired by the Philippine Navy on 5 April 1976 and was commissioned into the Philippine Navy on 27 July 1976 and was renamed RPS Sultan Kudarat. She was renamed to BRP Sultan Kudarat in June 1980 using a new localized prefix. Between 1990 and 1991 the Sultan Kudarat underwent major overhaul and radar systems refit, upgrade of communications gear, she was assigned with the Patrol Force on the Offshore Patrol Force of the Philippine Fleet. BRP Sultan Kudarat was decommissioned on July 5, 2019. There are slight differences between the BRP Sultan Kudarat as compared to some of her sister ships in the Philippine Navy, since her previous configuration was as a patrol craft escort, while the others are configured as rescue patrol craft escort and minesweepers ships; the ship was armed with one Mk.26 3"/50 caliber dual purpose gun, three single Bofors 40 mm guns, one Hedgehog depth charge projector, four depth charge projectiles and two depth charge tracks. Changes were made during its transfer to the South Vietnamese Navy, as it appears in photos show the removal of her anti-submarine weapons, addition of four Mk.10 Oerlikon 20 mm guns.

This made the ship lighter and ideal for surface patrols, but losing her limited anti-submarine warfare capability. The same configuration applies when she was transferred to the Philippine Navy up until around 1990–1991. During its overhaul and refit between 1990 and 1991, the Philippine Navy made some changes in the armament set-up; some sources claim the loss of its three Bofors 40mm cannons during the 1990–1991 overhaul and refit period, but photos as of 2009 show the Bofors guns still present. Final armaments fitted to the ship are one Mk.26 3"/50-caliber gun, three single Bofors 40 mm cannons, four Mk.10 Oerlikon 20 mm cannons, four M2 Browning.50 cal caliber machine guns. During the refit the ship's RCA CRM-NIA-75 surface search radar and RCA SPN-18 navigation radar was replaced by a Raytheon AN/SPS-6411 surface search and navigation radar system. Modifications included the installation of an additional Furuno navigation radar, long range and satellite communications system and GPS system standard to all Philippine Navy ships.

The ship is powered by two GM 12-278A diesel engines, with a combined rating of around 2,200 bhp driving two propellers. The main engines can propel the 914 tons ship to a maximum speed of around 16 knots. Recent photos show that air-conditioning was installed on the Sultan Kudarat. Philippine Defense Forum Philippine Navy @ DLSU ROTC Opus224's Unofficial Philippine Defense Page NavSource Online: Patrol Craft Escort Photo Archive

Take My Life, Please

"Take My Life, Please" is the tenth episode of the twentieth season of The Simpsons. It aired on the Fox network in the United States on February 15, 2009. In the episode, Homer finds out that the class presidential election he lost in high school was rigged, he gets the opportunity to find out what his life would have been like if he had become class president; the episode was directed by Steven Dean Moore. It was the first episode of The Simpsons to air in 16:9 720p high-definition television, it was the first episode to use the show's third opening sequence. Since airing, the episode has received mixed reviews from television critics. 6.82 million people watched the episode, coupled with an episode of King of the Hill, it won its hour in the 18-49 demographic. A man named Vance Connor is inducted into the Springfield Wall of Fame, Homer recounts how he ran against Vance for class president in high school and lost. At Moe's Tavern and Carl confess to Homer that his old high school principal had ordered them to bury the ballot box containing the votes to the election.

After they dig up the ballot box, Lisa counts the votes, Homer is shocked to see that the votes put him as the winner. Outraged, he meets his old principal, Dondelinger, in a retirement center, who explains why he had to hide the ballot box: two students had talked their classmates into voting for Homer so that, after he had lost, they could laugh at him all the way through high school, he revealed it worked out well for Vance. The Simpsons have dinner at Luigi's Restaurant, where Homer remains miserable. Luigi Risotto introduces him to his saucier, who he claims can tell what someone's life could have been like by stirring tomato sauce in a certain way. By using his magical tomato sauce, he helps Homer see what his life would have been like if he had won the election: Homer would have been rich, he would have had a better position at the nuclear plant, would have lived in a mansion on the site where the Flanders now live, would have been closer to Abe who would live in the house in which the Simpsons live, Homer would not be bald.

The kids would not have been born. During that time, she tries to convince Homer that it was the one thing, missing because their lives would be miserable without Bart and Maggie, he remains unconvinced and becomes more depressed after seeing that his life would have been a lot better if he had won leaping into the pot to try to "live in the sauce". The saucier bashes him for his foolishness and saying if you could live in the sauce he would have jumped in himself. Marge convinces him to take a walk with her to the Springfield Wall of Fame, he agrees and learns that his name has been put up. Marge reveals that she forced him to do the right thing. A boy has his picture taken with him. Homer, now much happier, goes to a Korean restaurant that Bart says'sells beef that spells the date of your death'. "Take My Life, Please" was written by Don Payne and directed by Steven Dean Moore. It was the first episode of The Simpsons to air in 720p high-definition television, though not the first time The Simpsons appeared in high-definition, as The Simpsons Movie was rendered in HD.

With the new broadcasting system came a new opening sequence. It was the first major permanent change to the show's introduction since the opening added in season 2; this new intro includes some 3D animation when the camera pans over Springfield. The Simpsons creator Matt Groening told the New York Post: "The clouds at the beginning of the main title were always unsatisfying to me. My original direction to the animators was to make the clouds as realistic as possible, as we go through the clouds we enter this cartoon universe of The Simpsons. After a couple of decades, they've gotten closer to what I had in my mind. Not perfect, but better." When Marge takes Homer to the wall of fame for the second time, Homer says, "Is that why you brought me here, spirits?", a reference to Charles Dickens' novel A Christmas Carol. In the class presidential election at least one vote is shown to have been cast for Fonzie, a character from the sitcom Happy Days, while Homer fails to understand that Bruce Wayne is the true identity of the superhero Batman.

Additionally, Homer's election poster claims he is endorsed by the films Star Wars and Jaws and sees him hugging Darth Vader and the shark from each. During the episode's couch gag, the Simpsons chase the couch through the streets of San Francisco, mirroring the car chase scene in the 1968 film Bullitt; the songs "Rock the Boat" by The Hues Corporation and "Jive Talkin'" by the Bee Gees are played in the episode, while he selects "Colour My World" by Chicago as the class song. 6.82 million people watched the episode. Coupled with that night's episode of King of the Hill, it won its hour in the 18-49 demographic. Since airing, the episode has received mixed reviews from television critics. Rene Rosa of UGO wrote: "When the self-referential jokes about the episode’s switch to HD were the things that made me laugh the most, they last only a few seconds, I realized something was not good; this may be'The Sharpest. Episode. Ever.' but is not the funniest. Still, there are some genuinely endearing bitter-sweet moments in the episode, but still it’s not enough to drive the show into the un-chartable funny waters that it used to live in."Steve Heisler of The A.

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Disappearance of Tammy Belanger

Tammy Lynn Belanger is an American child who vanished while walking to school in Exeter, New Hampshire, in November 1984. Police believe. On the morning of her disappearance, Belanger was seen by a neighbor crossing the street on her way to school, she did not arrive at school, has not been seen since. The one suspect in the case, convicted of sexual assault of a minor in 1979, was convicted of burglary and indecent exposure in Florida in 1992, died in 2012. On the morning of Tuesday, November 13, 1984, Belanger left her home on River Street in Exeter, New Hampshire, to walk to the elementary school on Lincoln Street where she was in the third grade. A neighbor saw her cross Court Street at 8 a.m. It was about 1 mile to the school; when Belanger had not returned home by 3:30 p.m. her mother called the school, learned that Belanger had not been in class, called police. At the time, the school did not verify students' absences by proactively calling parents. In the following days and volunteers searched 6–8 square miles on foot and via helicopter and boat.

The FBI and State Police helped to investigate leads. A nearby flooded quarry was searched by divers. Nothing of significance was discovered, by November 20, the Exeter police chief said he had little hope of finding Belanger alive. In late December, WCVB-TV in Boston identified Victor Wonyetye 41 years old, as a suspect in Belanger's disappearance. Wonyetye had been living during November in a motel in nearby Rye, New Hampshire, was jailed on a parole violation earlier in December. Wonyetye had been convicted in 1979 of felonious sexual assault of a female minor, his thirteen-year-old stepdaughter, served four years in prison before being paroled in July 1983. Wonyetye's parole was revoked by the New Hampshire Parole Board on December 28, 1984, as he had left the state without informing his parole officer and had been convicted of a misdemeanor in Florida earlier in the year. At the time Wonyetye was first named in connection with Belanger's disappearance, he was a person of interest in the disappearance of Marjorie "Christy" Luna, who had vanished from Greenacres, Florida, in May 1984.

The disappearances have similarities, as both Luna and Belanger were eight years old when they vanished, Luna had been walking alone on a street near her home when she disappeared, Wonyetye had been living nearby at the time. The discovery of human remains in Allenstown, New Hampshire, in early November 1985 led to speculation of a connection with Belanger's disappearance; the victims of the Bear Brook murders, as they came to be known, were identified years and confirmed to have no connection with Belanger. On November 12, 1985, the day before the one-year anniversary of Belanger's disappearance, Exeter police announced that the investigation had come to a halt. In January 1992, Wonyetye was convicted of indecent exposure in Florida. During surveillance of Wonyetye, police saw him peeking in the bedroom window of three young girls in West Palm Beach, Florida, a total of 14 times in less than three weeks, he received a 75-year sentence as a habitual offender. In June 1994, police in Exeter opened the grave of a woman, buried in November 1984 based on a tip they had received.

Wonyetye was released from prison in Florida in April 2012, died in December 2012 in Florida at age 69. In 2013, police involved in the initial investigation of Belanger's disappearance said that Wonyetye was the prime suspect within three days, his car, blue with Florida license plates and a broken tail light, had been seen in the area when Belanger disappeared. Wonyetye called in sick to work that morning. While police believe he killed both Belanger and Luna, there was no supporting physical evidence and Wonyetye was never charged in connection with either disappearance. Belanger's parents divorced, her father, died in September 2017. List of people who disappeared Official case entry at New Hampshire Department of Justice Tammy Belanger at The Doe Network Tammy Belanger at NamUs Tammy Belanger at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children "Girl disappears 30 years ago in Exeter". WMUR-TV. May 7, 2013. Retrieved June 11, 2019

Tasya van Ree

Tasya van Ree is an American artist and photographer. She is noted for her work in photography and for her multifaceted interests in mixed media and visual presentation in fashion and its relation to identity and for dating Amber Heard. Van Ree is of Japanese-Dutch ethnicity, she was raised in Mililani and was a surfer. She became serious about the craft in her senior year. In 1994, van Ree moved to Los Angeles to attend college, but she dropped out. Van Ree is known for her black-and-white photographs of celebrities, including Michelle Rodriguez, Katherine Moennig and Matt Dallas, she has said that white photography "contains a certain presence. Van Ree's use of the medium is concerned with the way that the black and white image conveys a sense of time and timelessness, that the contrast of her modern subjects with the temporal associations of the medium is a source of the intriguing qualities of her photographs. In several interviews, she refers to actress Amber Heard as her main muse: "Gala is to Salvador Dali, Kiki de Montparnasse is to Man Ray, Beatrice is to Dante Alighieri."In the 2014 exhibit A State of Mind & Affairs of its Games, van Ree displayed a contrast in both subject matter and medium for her photography.

The photos exhibited portrayed toys and popular objects, were printed in full color. Her work has been exhibited in several magazines, she has been exhibited both as a solo photographer and with other notable artists, including Gus Van Sant, Amy Arbus, David Lynch, Jessica Lange. Her work is featured in private collections. In addition to photography, van Ree makes short films and works in other visual media, including painting and pencil drawings. In her drawings, she finds inspiration in her dreams, has undertaken drawing as an attempt to give the images of her dreams tangibility; this dream-drawing, according to Van Ree creates a sense of familiarity with her waking life. She has designed text-based T-shirts, which she calls "DieWilder" and wears herself in public appearances. In August 2015, Van Ree contributed a poem to the "A Letter to My Younger Self" series on the blog for the fashion and home decor online store, The Dreslyn. August 2010 – Untitled Project. L. A.'s Celebrity Vault June 2011 – Distorted Delicacies.

New York September 17, 2011 to October 22, 2011 – A Solo Photography Exhibition – Edgar Varela Fine Arts, Los Angeles October 2014 – A State of Mind & Affairs of its Games – Chateau Marmont, Los Angeles. Van Ree is noted for her signature hat both by interviewers and in self-reflection on how her fashion choices relate to her identity. Van Ree views accessories in fashion as "details of the outfit," and expresses an interest in the concept of details in general. In a spoken-word interview video for the "Be You" Project with Genetic, Van Ree says her hat expresses that she is "a cowboy at heart... part alien, part cowboy, part male, part female... I think you become what you wear, your personality kind of aligns with what you look like from the outside."She was in a relationship with actress Amber Heard until 2012. She still has a tattoo of Heard's name on her arm, a detail revealed during an interview with StyleLikeU in 2013. In 2016, Van Ree was in a relationship with model Caroline Vreeland, great-granddaughter of Diana Vreeland.

In interviews, she has discussed her interest in the food and arts culture of Los Angeles, has expressed those aesthetics in her art. Official website

Andrew Ure

Andrew Ure FRS was a Scottish physician, founder of Andersonian Institution, which became University of Strathclyde, foremost consulting chemist, Scriptural geologist and early business theorist. Andrew Ure was born on 18 May 1778 in the son of Anne and Alexander Ure, a cheesemonger. In 1801 he received an MD from the University of Glasgow, served as an army surgeon before settling in Glasgow, where he became a member of the Faculty of Physicians and Surgeons in 1803, he replaced Dr George Birkbeck as Professor of Natural Philosophy in 1804 at the recently formed Andersonian Institution. His evening lectures on chemistry and mechanics enjoyed considerable success and inspired the foundation of a number of mechanical institutions in Britain and the École des Arts et Métiers in Paris, he married Catherine Monteath in 1807. Ure founded the Garnet Hill observatory in 1808, he was put in charge and resided in it for several years, leaving it second only to Greenwich in reputation at that time. While in residence he was visited by Sir William Herschel, who gave some lectures to the local Astronomical Society and helped him to install a 14 feet reflecting telescope of Ure's design and manufacture.

He was elected Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society in 1811. Herschel's second son, many years came to occupy Dr Ure's chair in natural philosophy. In 1814, while giving guest lectures in Belfast, he did consulting work for the Irish linen board, devising an'alkalimeter' which gave volumetric estimates of the alkali contents of industrial substances; this in turn led him to the concept of normality in volumetric analysis. He achieved considerable reputation for his practical chemistry. In 1818 Ure revealed experiments he had been carrying out on a murderer/thief named Matthew Clydesdale, after the man's execution by hanging, he claimed that, by stimulating the phrenic nerve, life could be restored in cases of suffocation, drowning or hanging. Every muscle of the body was agitated with convulsive movements resembling a violent shuddering from cold.... On moving the second rod from hip to heel, the knee being bent, the leg was thrown out with such violence as nearly to overturn one of the assistants, who in vain tried to prevent its extension.

The body was made to perform the movements of breathing by stimulating the phrenic nerve and the diaphragm. When the supraorbital nerve was excited'every muscle in his countenance was thrown into fearful action. At this period several of the spectators were forced to leave the apartment from terror or sickness, one gentleman fainted.' In 1819 he divorced his wife. In 1821 he published his first major book, Dictionary of Chemistry, a replacement for William Nicholson's outdated Dictionary, it came out two years after William Brande's Manual of Chemistry, Ure was accused of plagiarism. Subsequently, Ure accused Dr William Thomas Thomson of plagiarism of his own works. In 1822 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society. By 1830, Ure's outside interests led him to resign first from his chair and from the institution, he set himself up as a consulting chemist. His work included acting as an expert witness, government commissions and industrial tours of England and France, his visits to English textile mills led to his publication of The Philosophy of Manufactures and Account of the Cotton Industry, dealing with the textile industry.

In 1840 he helped. His exposure to factory conditions led him to consider methods of heating and ventilation, he is credited with being the first to describe a bi-metallic thermostat; the great Dictionary of Arts and Mines, Ure's chief and most encyclopaedic work, was published in 1837 for which he received 1,000 guineas. Further enlarged editions were called for in 1840, 1843 and 1853. After his death four further editions appeared, the last in 1878; this work was translated into every European language, including Russian and Spanish. The Times review said: "This is a book of vast research, the variety of subjects embraced in it may be estimated by the fact that on the French translation it was thought advisable to employ nineteen collaborators, all regarded as experts in their special subjects." Historical accounts of the advancement of geology make mention of Andrew Ure. Ure died in 1857 in London. Throughout his life he had a wide circle of friends and he communicated with many principal scientists around the world.

These all lamented his death. Michael Faraday's posthumous description of him was: …his skill and accuracy were well known as well as the ingenuity of the methods employed in his researches … and it has been stated that no one of his results has been impugned, his extensive knowledge enabled him to arrive at conclusions, to demonstrate facts considered impossible by his compeers in science He is buried in Highgate Cemetery. A secondary memorial was erected in Glasgow Cathedral by Katherine MacKinlay. Ure was a scriptural geologist and in 1829 published A New System of Geology, for which "he received 500 guineas and was elected an original member of the Geological Society." Ure promoted the study of geology, that "magnificent field of knowledge." However some criticised the book and "The New System of G