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Latin American and Caribbean Group

The Group of Latin America and Caribbean Countries, or GRULAC, is one of the five United Nations Regional Groups composed of 33 Member States from Central and South America, as well as some islands in the West Indies. Its members compose 17% of all United Nations members; the Group, as with all the regional groups, is a non-binding dialogue group where subjects concerning regional and international matters are discussed. Additionally, the Group works to help allocates seats on United Nations bodies by nominating candidates from the region; the following are the Member States of the Latin American and Caribbean Group: The Latin American and Caribbean Group holds two seats on the Security Council, both non-permanent. The current members of the Security Council from the Group are: The Latin American and Caribbean Group holds 10 seats on the United Nations Economic and Social Council; the current members of the Economic and Social Council from the Group are: The Latin American and Caribbean Group holds eight seats on the United Nations Human Rights Council.

The current members of the Economic and Social Council from the Group are: Every five years in the years ending in 3 and 8, the Latin American and Caribbean Group is eligible to elect a president to the General Assembly. The following is a list of presidents from the Group since its official creation in 1963: The Group plays a major role in promoting the region's interests, it provides a forum for Member States to exchange opinions on international issues, carry out follow-up on the topics that are being discussed in international organisations, build common positions on complex issues and prepare statements reflecting the joint position of the Group. However, most the Group allows for the discussion and coordination of support for candidates for different United nations organisations from the region. Regular meetings of the Group take place in Geneva; the most common topics discussed at these meetings are human rights, intellectual property, labour rights and development and telecommunications.

The Group maintains various offices across the globe: Rome The two offices in Rome focus on bilateral and multilateral issues, particular those of the United Nations agencies based in Rome. Vienna The office in Vienna focuses candidate memberships to the Group, it deals with issues relating to: the United Nations Office at Vienna, the International Atomic Energy Agency, the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization, the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization. The office acts as the Group's liaison to the Group of 77 and China and the Non-Aligned Movement New York The office in New York deals with candidacy issues and other general topics

1908 U.S. National Championships (tennis)

List of champions of the 1908 U. S. National Championships tennis tournament; the men's tournament was held from 18 August to 29 August on the outdoor grass courts at the Newport Casino in Newport, Rhode Island. The women's tournament was held from 22 June to 27 June on the outdoor grass courts at the Philadelphia Cricket Club in Philadelphia, PA, it was the 28th U. S. National Championships and the second Grand Slam tournament of the three played that year. William Larned defeated Beals Wright 6–1, 6–2, 8–6 Maud Barger-Wallach defeated Evelyn Sears 6–3, 1–6, 6–3 Fred Alexander / Harold Hackett defeated Raymond Little / Beals Wright 6–1, 7–5, 6–2 Evelyn Sears / Margaret Curtis defeated Carrie Neely / Miriam Steever 6–3, 5–7, 9–7 Edith Rotch / Nathaniel Niles defeated Louise Hammond Raymond / Raymond Little 6–4, 4–6, 6–4 Official US Open website

James Norwood (baseball)

James K. Norwood is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball. Norwood attended All Hallows High School in the South Bronx neighborhood of New York City. In 2011, the New York Post chose Norwood as their All-Bronx Baseball Player of the Year, he played college baseball for the Saint Louis Billikens. In 2014, he pitched to an 8–2 win–loss record and a 2.68 earned run average. He was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the seventh round of the 2014 MLB draft. Norwood signed with the Cubs and spent his first professional season with both the Arizona League Cubs and Boise Hawks, going a combined 0–2 with a 7.65 ERA in 20 innings pitched. In 2015, he played in the Arizona League and with the South Bend Cubs, pitching to a combined 2–6 record and 4.68 ERA in 17 total games, in 2016 he pitched with both South Bend and the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, compiling a combined 4–1 record and 3.25 ERA in 30 total relief appearances pitched between both clubs. He spent 2017 with both Myrtle Beach and the Tennessee Smokies, pitching to a combined 4-3 record and 3.28 ERA in 57.2 innings pitched in relief.

He was promoted to the Iowa Cubs in June. The Cubs promoted Norwood to the major leagues on July 8, 2018, he made his major league debut on July 11, giving up one run on three hits and one walk while striking out two in ​1 2⁄3 innings, receiving the loss. Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or Baseball-Reference

Crusader attack on Blachernae (1101)

As in the First Crusade, the pilgrims and soldiers did not leave as a part of one large army, but rather in several groups from various different regions from across Western Europe. In September 1100, a large group of Lombards left from Milan; these were untrained peasants, led by Anselm IV, Archbishop of Milan. When they reached the territory of the Byzantine Empire, they recklessly pillaged the countryside in want of food and provisions until the Byzantine emperor Alexios I under force of arms, escorted them to a camp outside Constantinople; this did not satisfy them for long, as they forced their way inside the city where they pillaged the Blachernae palace killing Alexios' pet lion. In order to limit any further damage, the Lombards were ferried across the Bosporus and made their camp at Nicomedia, to wait for additional Crusading reinforcements; the Norman historian Ordericus Vitalis reported that Emperor Alexios I Komnenos at first dismissed the crowd outside the Theodosian Walls as just a rowdy and obstreperous group, clamoring for provisions, either refusing to or unable to move on to Anatolia.

But when the group started to break down the outer gates of the Theodosian Walls, he ordered that three fierce lions and seven leopards from his private zoo be driven between the middle and outer walls and posted guards on the inner third wall, against which the Blachernae palace was built and commanded that the gates be shut. He planned to frighten away the Crusaders with wild beasts and defend the city without human force, thus avoiding direct conflict with the Crusaders; when the Lombards broke through the outer gate, the lions sprang on the first men to enter and injured many others whom they savaged with teeth and claws, tearing at the men who were caught unawares and had no experience of fighting wild animals. The Crusaders withdrew and once they recovered from their ordeal, returned to throw spears and javelins at the animals, striking down and killing the lions, while driving away the leopards, chasing them as they fled up to the middle wall before leaping over the wall; the Lombards attempted to take the third by assault.

Breaking down the final gates, they ransacked the Blachernae palace and withdrew back to the camp, either voluntarily or by force of arms. Over the course of the raid on the palace the Lombards killed the emperor’s pet lion, kept as a companion within the palace. While the ransacking was limited to just the Blachernae palace, the emperor arranged for the Lombards to be ferried across the Bosporus and made their camp at Nicomedia to wait for additional Crusading reinforcements. Over the next few weeks the majority of the Lombards, along with most of the remaining Crusading army that joined them, was defeated during the Battle of Mersivan; the Siege of Constantinople of 1101 was a forerunner of the Fourth Crusade in 1204, which proved to be far more destructive for the Byzantine Empire in the coming centuries. Siege of Constantinople Sack of Constantinople

Cyclostrema pompholyx

Cyclostrema pompholyx is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Liotiidae. The maximum diameter of the base is 4.2 mm. The height of the shell attains 3.0 mm. The white and polished shell contains three rounded enlarging whorls; the sculpture consists of incremental striae. The suture is deep but not channelled; the whorls are round, but the spire is hardly rising above the body whorl. The base of the shell is rounded, with a narrow umbilicus, into which the whorl descends without any angle or other change of curve; the large aperture is the upper part a little angulated at the suture. The simple margin is somewhat expanded but hardly reflected; this species occurs in the Gulf of Mexico. Rosenberg, G. F. Moretzsohn, E. F. García. 2009. Gastropoda of the Gulf of Mexico, Pp. 579–699 in Felder, D. L. and D. K. Camp, Gulf of Mexico–Origins and Biota. Biodiversity. Texas A&M Press, College Station, Texas