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Fujiwara no Michinaga

Fujiwara no Michinaga was a Japanese statesman. The Fujiwara clan's control over Japan and its politics reached its zenith under his leadership. Michinaga was born in the son of Kaneiye. Kaneiye had become Regent in 986, holding the position until the end of his life in 990. Due to the hereditary principle of the Fujiwara Regents, Michinaga was now in line to become Regent after his brothers and Michikane. Michitaka was regent from 990 until 995. Michikane succeeded him, famously ruling as Regent for only seven days, before he too died of disease. With his two elder brothers dead, Michinaga struggled with Fujiwara no Korechika, Michitaka's eldest son and the successor he had named. Korechika was more popular at court than Michinaga, being a favourite of Empress Teishi and well-liked by the reigning Emperor Ichijō, held multiple prestigious positions - he had been made Naidaijin the previous year, Sangi three years before that. However, the mother of Ichijo, Fujiwara no Senshi, disliked aided Michinaga.

Furthermore, Korechika's position was ruined by a scandal that took place the following year arranged by Michinaga. Korechika had been seeing a mistress in one of the Fujiwara palaces. However, he was told that the retired Emperor Kazan had been visiting the same house during the night - Korechika presumed that Kazan had been seeing the same mistress, he and his brother Takaiye ambushed the Emperor, shooting at him. An arrow struck Kazan's sleeve, a grave crime - it was considered appalling to harm a monk, let alone an Emperor. Michinaga and his supporters pressed charges of lèse-majesté. Though the jurists examining the case found the servants of Kaneiye and Takaiye at fault, further charges were manufactured by Michinaga's faction: Korechika was accused of putting a curse on Senshi, for example, their punishments were a form of cordial banishments, with Korechika made Vice-Governor of Kyushu. With Korechika removed from the capital, Michinaga had won their struggle for supremacy. During their struggle, Michinaga had gained the position of Minister of the Right, or Udaijin, on the 19th day of the 6th month of 995.

In 996 Michinaga became Minister of the Left, the most senior position in government apart from that of Chancellor. During his lifetime, Michinaga was called the Mido Kampaku, a title referencing the name of his residence and the fact that he was Regent in all but name; the primary method through which the Fujiwara regents maintained their power was through controlling the sovereign through matrimonial links. Michinaga was successful in this regard, with four of his daughters marrying an emperor. Although Ichijo had an Empress, Michinaga made her Kogo empress and had his first daughter, Shoshi marry him as Chūgū empress; this was the first time. Chūgū was the more senior of the two ranks, at least unofficially; when Teishi died in childbirth in 1001, Michinaga's influence over Ichijo was absolute. Kenshi, Michinaga's second daughter, married the future Emperor Sanjō. Ichijo and Shoshi had two sons, both future emperors, it was to these that Michinaga's third and fourth daughters were married: Ichijo's eldest son, Go-Ichijō, married the third daughter, Ishi.

Michinaga further cemented his power by making alliances with the powerful warrior clans the Minamoto, as demonstrated by the fact that both of his wives were Minamoto. Minamoto no Yorimitsu and Minamoto no Yorinobu were his two principal commanders: they were loyal and effective to the extent that their enemies called them the Fujiwara's'running dogs'; the support of these powerful warriors meant that Michinaga could threaten his enemies with violence, something that they were unable to respond to - the imperial clan would've been unsafe if Michinaga wished to attack them, given the ornamental nature of their Guard. It is clear that Michinaga influenced all important imperial figures of his time, it was for this reason that Michinaga never formally took the title of Kampaku - he possessed the power that the title carried. The supremacy of Michinaga during his lifetime is demonstrated by the fact that in 1011 he was granted the exceptional privilege of travelling to and from the court by ox-drawn cart.

In the same year, Ichijo's second son, was proclaimed Crown Prince. Sanjō's eldest son, had been the previous heir, but Michinaga leveraged his powerful position to make the Crown Prince resign. In order to prevent Atsuakira from being an enemy to him, Michinaga married his fifth daughter, Kanshi, to him. During Sanjō's reign as Emperor, he and Michinaga came into conflict. Resultantly, Michinaga attempted to pressure Sanjō into retirement. In 1016 he was successful; the youth of Go-Ichijō meant that Michinaga ruled as Sesshō, the Regency assumed when the emperor is yet to come of age. He became Chancellor in the final month of 1017, before resigning in the second month of the following year. A month after his resignation, he resigned from the position of Sesshō in favour of Yorimichi, his eldest son. In 1019 he took the tonsure, which he had built, he took the Dharma name Gyōkan, changed to Gyōkaku. On January 3rd 1028, Michinaga died at the age of sixty-two, he is said to have called out to Amida on his deathbed, asking for entry to Paradise

Rand West City Local Municipality

Rand West City Local Municipality is a local municipality of South Africa. It was established after the August 2016 local elections by the merging of Randfontein and Westonaria local municipalities; the municipal council consists of 69 members elected by mixed-member proportional representation. 35 councillors are elected by first-past-the-post voting in 35 wards, while the remaining 34 are chosen from party lists so that the total number of party representatives is proportional to the number of votes received. In the election of 3 August 2016 the African National Congress won a majority of seats on the council; the following table shows the results of the election


Mobli was a social mobile photo and video-sharing website founded by Israeli entrepreneurs and brothers Moshe and Oded Hogeg. As of 2016 the service was shut down and the company placed into bankruptcy; the Israel-based company had high expectations to compete with similarly-purposed rivals Vine and Instagram. But never managed to attain a reliable user base and was shut down in mid-2016. CEO and founder Moshe Hogeg said Mobli's goal is to “make it possible to see what is happening in the world through other people’s eyes.”Mobli's mobile app allows mobile sharing of photos and video recorded on mobile devices to its website where other users can view the content. Users can browse the websites content feeds in real time by subject, or uploader. Hogeg compared the service to Instagram saying, “If the substance of Instagram is effects of pictures and shares, we want to offer the option of seeing what is happening at the Eiffel Tower or at Barcelona’s Camp Nou Stadium.”Mobli apps were built in HTML5 but this approach was abandoned due to poor performance.

The apps were re-built in native code on iOS and Android while dropping support for BlackBerry in favor of Windows Phone. The new apps with a re-designed user experience, were slated to roll out in late 2012 starting with its Windows Phone app. A stand-alone search product that emphasizes location and relevance is slated to launch in early 2013; the product has an "autotagging" feature that can recognize and identify certain objects from images. Mobli's main revenue stream was on-site advertising. Mobli was founded in 2010 by Moshe Hogeg, Oded Hogeg, Emmanuel Merali. Moshe Hogeg was the chief executive officer, Yossi Shemesh was Vice President - Production and Emmanuel Merali was the chief technology officer. Francis Bea of Digital Trends said Mobli, which he called “ the YouTube of short-form video,” could succeed in debuting the next generation of Internet personalities with YouTube “beginning to sway under the weight of its own hosted talent.”Mobli found early success in celebrity investors including American actor Leonardo DiCaprio who invested $4 million in 2011.

It was revealed that DiCaprio's investment was less than $10. DiCaprio's social involvement on the site attracted other celebrities. In May 2012, CEO Hogeg said the company was prioritizing increasing Mobli's installed base on mobile devices from three million to 10 million before focusing on turning a profit. Hogeg planned to experiment with money-making strategies such as selling virtual goods, promoting sponsored posts and displaying targeted advertising. Mobli partnered with Tropfest to host the festival's first Micro Film Festival contest, run by Mobli investor, actor Tobey Maguire, on Mobli's TropfestMicro channel, a channel Mobli calls “a film festival in your pocket.” The contest, announced by Maguire in June at Tropfest Las Vegas, uses the designated Mobli channel as the hub for submitting and viewing short-form videos until deadline in January 2013. The best video, selected by panel, receives $10,000 in winnings and will debut at Tropfest Australia 2013; the Canyons used Mobli in July 2012 to cast the role of Caitlin, a role that went to Lauren Schacher, one of 125 who submitted auditions using the platform.

In July 2012, Mobli announced tennis player Serena Williams had invested an undisclosed amount in Mobli. In September 2012, Mobli was worth an estimated $100–300 million and Mobli said shared content had tripled over the previous two months. A series B venture round of funding to develop its platform and user base brought in $22 million including $20 million from Kazakhstani businessman Kenges Rakishev. Rakishev's funding earned him a spot on Mobli's board. In November 2012, a photo of cyclist and Mobli investor Lance Armstrong relaxing in his trophy room and posted to Mobli by Armstrong accumulated more than 320,000 views in two days making it the most trafficked Mobli post for a 48-hour period. By November 2012, Mobli had received two different acquisition offers. On November 6, 2013, Mobli announced that they raised 60 million dollars from América Móvil the Latin American telco giant led by billionaire Carlos Slim. In June 2015, Mobli launched an image search engine named EyeIn; the feature was discontinued after Instagram blocked Mobli from their API.

In May 2016 Mobli laid off its remaining Israel staff, retaining only its staff at its Europe operation. Official website

Chansons pour les pieds

Chansons pour les pieds was a 2001 album by Jean-Jacques Goldman sung in French. The album was recorded at the Théâtre du Cratère d'Alès by Eric Van de Hel and Gildas Lointier, assisted by Renaud Van Welden. All songs were written by the singer himself. Released by JRG, the album met smash success on the charts: it topped the French and Belgian Albums Charts and remained charted for two years, was #2 in Switzerland; as the title suggests, all the tracks are devoted to represent music styles. There was a sole single from this album: "Et l'on y peut rien", which peaked at #7 in France, 37 in Belgium and #61 in Switzerland. "Ensemble" – 3:59 "Et l'on n'y peut rien" – 3:38 "Une poussière" – 5:33 "La pluie" – 8:25 "Tournent les violons" – 4:38 "Un goût sur tes lèvres" – 4:29 "Si je t'avais pas" – 4:50 "C'est pas vrai" – 4:56 "The Quo's in town tonite" – 5:14 "Je voudrais vous revoir" – 5:12 "Les p'tits chapeaux" – 3:54 "Les choses" – 8:38 "La vie c'est mieux quand on est amoureux" 11 Hidden track Source: Allmusic.

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Eastham Public Library

Eastham Public Library is the public library of Eastham, Massachusetts, serving the community for over 130 years. It provides a collection of print, non-print, electronic resources for the community; the Eastham Public Library is a part of the Cape Libraries Automated Materials Sharing library network on Cape Cod and the Islands. In 1644, Massachusetts was settled by Pilgrims who were no longer satisfied in the Plymouth Colony; the town's name was changed from Nauset to Eastham when the town was incorporated. The official "creation" of Eastham's first library was not until February 11, 1878 when town meeting approved allotting $175 for a library; the Eastham library was first housed in a building on Samoset Road that contained a general store and the Post Office. William H. Nickerson gave the land that the library still resides on to the Village Improvement Society in 1887, it took several years to build the library, but the trustees opened the building to the public on January 8, 1898. The V. I.

S. Sold the library to the town in 1903 for one dollar; that same year, the library received $15,000 from the will of Robert C. Billings. In 1927, electricity was brought to the building and a toilet was installed in 1934. In 1961, the building was expanded to double its size in order to match the growing town. Between 1961 and 1985, the year-round population of Eastham tripled and this meant that the library needed to expand as well; the library tripled in size and was opened to the public in July 1988. In 1999, the part of the library, the original library was added to the National Register of Historic Places as a part of the Eastham Center Historic District; the original library is the front room of the current library that now holds the Reference and Local History collections. As of the 1988 addition, the library now has two floors; the lower level is divided into a children's room, a hall for young adults, a small multipurpose room, a staffroom, a restroom, storage, a conference room, the Eastham Historical Society's archives.

The top level holds the adult collection, composed of nonfiction, large print, audiovisual materials, a magazine collection. There is a small reading room, public computers, two restrooms, a reference/local history room as well; the local history section contains 1750 titles that reflect the town's long history and its position in history as one of the early settlements of the Mayflower pilgrims. Throughout the year, the library offers programs for adults and teens. While the library is one of the lowest staffed libraries on Cape Cod, it stays open 5 days a week for a total of 38 hours; the Board of Library Trustees is composed of three elected members who govern the library along with the library's director For over 30 years, the library has received enormous support from the Friends of the Eastham Library. They provide the library with a volunteer corps of over 30 volunteers that the library relies on in order to keep functioning. Most of the income of the Friends of the Eastham Library comes from membership dues and from book sales.

The library received $32,000 from them in FY 2005 in order to purchase materials, furniture and equipment. The money is used to support programs for adults and children. Address: 190 Samoset Road, Eastham, MA Wireless: Available 24/7 because it is accessible from outside the library Archives: The Eastham Historical Society's archives are housed in the Vivian Andrist Room on the lower level and the public can access it by appointment. Layout: Two floors- the lower level is underground Square Footage: 8,632 square feet Hours Monday- Closed Tuesday- 10am to 8pm Wednesday- 10am to 4pm Thursday-10am to 8pm Friday- 10am to 4pm Saturday- 10am to 4pm Sunday- ClosedCirculation In 1898, the library contained 1,351 volumes and the circulation was 1,305 In 1948, the library owned 7,125 volumes and circulated 4,264 items In 1988, the collection was 17,534 volumes because it was weeded in preparation for the new addition; the circulation was still 61,658. In 1998, the library had 36,979 items in its collection and circulation was at 94,389.

In 2008, the library circulated 107,897 items and it had 48,860 items in its collection. The library building is now over 20 years old and is not compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. In 2005, the Board of Trustees and library staff began to look into expanding the library to meet the new needs of the ever-increasing Eastham community, they hope to demolish everything but the historic portion of the current library and build a 16,800-square-foot building. The new building would be ADA compliant and energy efficient, with flexible spaces to provide a cultural center for the town to use as needed; the new library would provide much needed space for new technologies and formats. The Eastham Public Library's Official Website The Town of Eastham's Official Website

ShintarĊ Hashimoto

Shintarō Hashimoto, was an admiral in the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II. Hashimoto was born in Wakayama prefecture, he graduated from the 41st class of the Imperial Japanese Naval Academy in 1913. He was ranked 43rd in a class of 118 cadets; as a midshipman, he was assigned to the cruisers Chikuma. On receiving his commission as ensign, he was assigned back to Chikuma to Yahagi. After attending torpedo school and naval artillery school, Hashimoto served on the destroyer Kamikaze, he was promoted to lieutenant in 1919, served on the destroyer Kaede, as executive officer on destroyer Hasu, chief torpedo officer on destroyer Okikaze and, captain of the destroyer Nashi. After graduating from the 24th class of Naval Staff College in 1924 and his promotion to lieutenant commander, Hashimoto was assigned to the staff of the Kure Naval District, he was promoted to commander in 1930. Hashimoto served as commander of various destroyer task forces through the 1930s, winning promotion to captain in 1935.

He was Chief of Staff of the Ryojun Guard District from 1937–1939, assumed command of the cruiser Chikuma from 1939–1940 and battleship Hyūga from 1940–1941. He was promoted to rear admiral on 15 October 1941. At the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hashimoto was in command of the 3rd Destroyer Flotilla, covering landings of Japanese forces in Malaya. From August until late-November, 1942, he commanded Tokyo Express missions during the Guadalcanal Campaign. In January 1943, Hashimoto's destroyers participated in “Operation Ke”, evacuated 11,700 surviving Japanese troops from Guadalcanal. From March to October 1943, Hashimoto received a shore assignment and became Commandant of the Torpedo School. Assigned to command the 5th Cruiser Division in November 1943, he was promoted to vice admiral on 15 October 1944. From his flagship, the cruiser Haguro, he commanded the 5th Cruiser Division, defeated by Royal Navy warships during the Battle of the Malacca Strait on 16 May 1945. Haguro and the destroyer Kamikaze were in the Bay of Bengal off the northern tip of Sumatra attempting to transport food and supplies to the Japanese garrison in the Andaman Islands when they were ambushed by five British destroyers.

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