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Government Accountability Office

The Government Accountability Office is a legislative branch government agency that provides auditing and investigative services for the United States Congress. It is the supreme audit institution of the federal government of the United States, it identifies its core "mission values" as: accountability and reliability. Work of GAO is done at the request of congressional committees or subcommittees or is mandated by public laws or committee reports, it undertakes research under the authority of the Comptroller General. It supports congressional oversight by: auditing agency operations to determine whether federal funds are being spent efficiently and effectively. Products of GAO include the following: written correspondence. GAO produce special publications on specific issues of general interest to many Americans, such as its report on the fiscal future of the United States, GAO's role in the federal bid protest process, critical issues for congressional consideration related to improving the nation's image abroad.

The GAO was established as the General Accounting Office by the Budget and Accounting Act of 1921. The act required the head of the GAO to "investigate, at the seat of government or elsewhere, all matters relating to the receipt and application of public funds, shall make to the President … and to Congress … reports recommendations looking to greater economy or efficiency in public expenditures". According to the GAO's current mission statement, the agency exists to support the Congress in meeting its constitutional responsibilities and to help improve the performance and ensure the accountability of the federal government for the benefit of the American people; the name was changed in 2004 to Government Accountability Office by the GAO Human Capital Reform Act to better reflect the mission of the office. The GAO's auditors conduct not only financial audits, but engage in a wide assortment of performance audits. Over the years, the GAO has been referred to as "The Congressional Watchdog" and "The Taxpayers' Best Friend" for its frequent audits and investigative reports that have uncovered waste and inefficiency in government.

News media draw attention to the GAO's work by publishing stories on the findings and recommendations of its reports. Members of Congress frequently cite the GAO's work in statements to the press, congressional hearings, floor debates on proposed legislation. In 2007 the Partnership for Public Service ranked the GAO second on its list of the best places to work in the federal government and Washingtonian magazine included the GAO on its 2007 list of great places to work in Washington, a list that encompasses the public and non-profit sectors; the GAO is headed by the Comptroller General of the U. S. a professional and non-partisan position in the U. S. government. The comptroller general is appointed by the president, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, for a 15-year, non-renewable term; the president selects a nominee from a list of at least three individuals recommended by an eight-member bipartisan, bicameral commission of congressional leaders. During such term, the comptroller general has standing to pursue litigation to compel access to federal agency information.

The comptroller general may not be removed by the president, but only by Congress through impeachment or joint resolution for specific reasons. Since 1921, there have been only seven comptrollers general, no formal attempt has been made to remove a comptroller general. Labor-management relations became fractious during the nine-year tenure of the seventh comptroller general, David M. Walker. On September 19, 2007, GAO analysts voted by a margin of two to one, in a 75% turnout, to establish the first union in the GAO's 86-year history; the analysts voted to affiliate with the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, a member union of the AFL-CIO. There are more than 1,800 analysts in the GAO analysts bargaining unit. On February 14, 2008, the GAO analysts' union approved its first-ever negotiated pay contract with management; the GAO establishes standards for audits of government organizations, programs and functions, of government assistance received by contractors, nonprofit organizations, other nongovernmental organizations.

These standards referred to as Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards, are to be followed by auditors and audit organizations when required by law, agreement, contract, or policy. These standards pertain to auditors' professional qualifications, the quality of audit effort, the characteristics of professional and meaningful audit reports. In 1992 the GAO hosted XIV INCOSAI, the fourteenth triennial convention of t

Keke Mortson

Cleland Lindsay "Keke" Mortson was a Canadian professional ice hockey player who played 73 games in the World Hockey Association for the Houston Aeros. Mortson's hockey career spanned 27 years, which included playing over 1,000 games in minor league hockey, 576 games in the American Hockey League. Mortson was posthumously inducted into the North Bay Sports Hall of Fame in 1996. Mortson played his first semi-professional season in 1952–53, with the New Haven Nutmegs. After returning to junior hockey, he finished the 1953–54 season playing his first three professional games with the Cleveland Barons, his first complete professional season was in 1954–55, with the Troy Bruins in the International Hockey League, scoring 25 goals. The Bruins played in the Turner Cup finals, he returned to Canada, playing four seasons of senior hockey before getting another chance to play professionally. The National Hockey League established the Eastern Professional Hockey League in 1959, Mortson joined the Sudbury Wolves team.

Sudbury finished first place in 1960, were runners up for the Tom Foley Memorial Trophy in the playoffs. Mortson played two and a half seasons in the EPHL with Sudbury, still had the fourth most assists, eighth most points in the history of the four-year league. Mortson moved up to the Hershey Bears partway through the 1961–62 season, he scored 32 goals in the 1962–63 season, as Hershey reached the Calder Cup finals, but lost in game seven. Mortson moved closer to home, played four full seasons with the Quebec Aces, he scored a personal best 33 goals in the 1965–66 season, finished second in the league with 95 points, was named an AHL second team all-star. Mortson was recruited by Murray Costello to move west in 1967, join the Seattle Totems. At age 34, he played in all 72 games that regular season, in the playoffs won his first team championship as a player, winning the Lester Patrick Cup, as champions of the Western Hockey League. Mortson returned to the AHL for the 1968–69 season with the Baltimore Clippers, but partway through the next season, he went back to the WHL with the Vancouver Canucks.

In the 1970 playoffs, the Canucks won the Lester Patrick Cup, giving Mortson his second championship. Mortson would end up playing with a different team each season, for the remainder of his career, he played with the Rochester Americans in the 1970–71 season the Dallas Black Hawks in the 1970–71 season. Playing with Dallas, his team reached the Adams Cup finals in the Central Hockey League, but lost in six games. Mortson, now 37 years old, returned to the AHL in the 1971–72 season, was named captain of the Cincinnati Swords, his team placed third in the regular season, only one point out of first place, reach the second round of the playoffs. The World Hockey Association was founded in 1972, Mortson at age 38, made his major league debut with the Houston Aeros in the 1972–73 season, he played 67 games in the season, scoring 13 goals, as the oldest player on the team. The Southern Hockey League was founded in 1973, Mortson played for the Macon Whoopees. While playing, he was hired to be the team's head coach, general manager.

Mortson was hired because he was the favourite player of team owner Jerry Pinkerton, when Mortson played in Hershey. Mortson used his WHA connections to establish affiliation agreements with both the Houston Aeros and Cleveland Crusaders. Mortson was the team's leading scorer, with 24 goals, 51 assists in 59 games, was the first hockey player to wear the number 99; when the Whoopees folded in February due to financial issues, Mortson had led the team to 22 wins in 62 games. Mortson finished the remainder of the 1973–74 season with the Jacksonville Barons, was named team captain. After taking a year off, at age 42 Mortson played 16 games including playoffs, for the Buffalo Norsemen of the North American Hockey League. Mortson returned two years with the Houston Aeros as a late season replacement, playing six games during the season, two more in the WHA playoffs at age 44. Mortson was born in Arntfield, now part of Quebec. After his professional career, he retired to North Bay and playing oldtimers hockey, baseball.

He was a baseball umpire, in 1985 coached a North Bay team to an Ontario Baseball Association midget championship. He died in 1995, was posthumously inducted into the North Bay Sports Hall of Fame in 1996. Regular season and playoffs statistics. Biographical information and career statistics from, or The Internet Hockey Database

M. Golam Shahi Alam

M. Golam Shahi Alam is a Bangladeshi academic working as one of the members of Bangladesh Accreditation Council, he is the former vice-chancellor of Sylhet Agricultural University. Prior to this, Shahi Alam was a professor of Surgery and Obstetrics department under Veterinary faculty of Bangladesh Agriculture University, Mymensingh. Shahi Alam was born on 2 February 1952 at Sondah village of Shailakupa Police Station from Jhenaidah District in Khulna division, Bangladesh, his father's name is Md. Golam Kibria, was a Retired Deputy Superintendent of Police, mother's name is Anowara Begum, his grandfather name is late Md. Golam Rahman was the Deputy Director of Dhaka. Shahi Alam's spouse's name is Satara Alam, they have a son. Shahi Alam received a first class Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh, in 1974, and under the supervision of Professor Abdur Rahman he gained M. Sc. degree in Veterinary Medicine from the same university in 1975. In 1981 he attended the 14 FAO/SIDA International Postgraduate Course in Animal Reproduction in Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden.

Because of his outstanding achievement, he becomes the Fellow Royal Veterinary College, Sweden from there. Under the supervision of Emeritus Professor Hilary Dobson, he was awarded PhD degree from University of Liverpool, England, UK in 1985 after the successful completion of his work on Stress and Fertility in Cows, he obtained a post-doctoral degree from the Department of Large Animal Medicine & Surgery, Royal Veterinary College, University of London, England, UK. Shahi Alam worked as an academic staff of the Bangladesh Agriculture University, Mymensingh since 1977 in the Department of Surgery & Obstetrics, Faculty of Veterinary Science, he became a professor of the Department of Surgery & Obstetrics, Faculty of Veterinary Science. He served as a head of the Department for dean for 2 years, he is a Syndicate member of BAU and Jatiya Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam University, Mymensingh. He has been an authority of the Jessore University of Science & Technology since 2013. Shahi Alam has been appointed as the vice chancellor of Sylhet Agricultural University since September 2014.

He is acted a visiting research fellow at the National Institute of Animal Industry, Tsukuba and Iwate Universities, Japan in 1998, 2002 and 2011, respectively. NST Fellowship from Bangladesh National Science & Technology division, Ministry of Education, Bangladesh, FAO/SIDA Fellowship, FAO Rome, Postgraduate Research Studentship from the University of Liverpool, UK. Overseas Research Students Award by the Committee of the Vice-Chancellors and Principals of the Universities and Colleges of the United Kingdom, European Commission Postdoctoral Fellowship from Brussels, Science & Technology Agency Fellowship from Japan, Japan Society for Promotion of Science Fellowship. Shahi Alam visited many countries of Asia and Europe including United Kingdom, Sweden, Denmark, Indonesia, Singapore, Japan and Liberia. Shahi Alam is experienced in research of 32 years broadly in the field of dairy cattle reproduction and health. In his long professional career, he has been co-authored of more than 70 scientific papers.

Around hundred of his scientific papers have been published in different peer reviewed journals. He is an author of two books

List of Shuttle Carrier Aircraft flights

Shuttle Carrier Aircraft ferry flights originated at Edwards Air Force Base in California or on one occasion White Sands Space Harbor in New Mexico following missions which land there in the early days of the Space Shuttle program or when weather at the Shuttle Landing Facility at Kennedy Space Center prevents ending missions there. Flights ended at the SLF. A number of flights began at Armstrong Flight Research Center following delivery of the orbiter from Rockwell International to NASA from the nearby facilities in Palmdale, California. November 15, 1977 Enterprise, ferry flight test started and ended at the Armstrong Flight Research Center, lasted 3 hours, 21 minutes November 16, 1977 Enterprise, ferry flight test started and ended at the Armstrong Flight Research Center, lasted 4 hours, 17 minutes November 17, 1977 Enterprise, ferry flight test started and ended at the Armstrong Flight Research Center, lasted 4 hours, 13 minutes November 18, 1977 Enterprise, ferry flight test started and ended at the Armstrong Flight Research Center, lasted 3 hours, 37 minutes December 9, 1977 Enterprise and landing flight tests Armstrong Flight Research Center, lasted 3 hours, 37 minutes March 10–13, 1978 Enterprise, ferry flight from Armstrong Flight Research Center to Marshall Space Flight Center for vertical ground vibration tests at MSFC.

March 20–24, 1979 Columbia, ferry flight from Armstrong Flight Research Center to Kennedy Space Center April 10, 1979 Enterprise, ferry flight from Marshall Space Flight Center to Kennedy Space Center following vertical ground vibration tests at MSFC. August 10-16, 1979 Enterprise transported from Kennedy Space Center in Florida to Armstrong Flight Research Center in California following static tests at KSC April 27–28, 1981 Columbia, ferry flight from Edwards Air Force Base to Kennedy Space Center following landing of STS-1 November 24–25, 1981 Columbia, ferry flight from Edwards Air Force Base to Kennedy Space Center following landing of STS-2 April 6, 1982 Columbia, ferry flight from White Sands Space Harbor to Kennedy Space Center following landing of STS-3 July 4–5, 1982 Challenger, ferry flight from Armstrong Flight Research Center to Kennedy Space Center <> July 14–15, 1982 Columbia, ferry flight from Edwards Air Force Base to Kennedy Space Center following landing of STS-4 July 4–5, 1982 Columbia, ferry flight from Edwards Air Force Base to Kennedy Space Center following STS-5 April 14–16, 1983 Challenger, ferry flight from Edwards Air Force Base to Kennedy Space Center (via Kelly Air Force Base following STS-6 May 16-June 12, 1983 Enterprise, tour of the United States and Europe.

From Edwards Air Force Base to Peterson Air Force Base, McConnell Air Force Base, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, CFB Goose Bay, Keflavik Naval Air Station, RAF Fairford, Cologne Bonn Airport, Paris Air Show, Ciampino Airport, Stansted Airport, Ottawa International Airport, Scott Air Force Base and Sheppard Air Force Base. June 28–29, 1983 Challenger, ferry flight from Edwards Air Force Base to Kennedy Space Center following STS-7 September 9, 1983 Challenger, ferry flight from Edwards Air Force Base to Kennedy Space Center following STS-8 November 6–9, 1983 Discovery, ferry flight from Edwards Air Force Base to Kennedy Space Center December 14–15, 1983 Columbia, ferry flight from Edwards Air Force Base to Kennedy Space Center following STS-9 January 26–27, 1984 Columbia, ferry flight from Kennedy Space Center to Edwards Air Force Base for STS-17 modifications at Palmdale. March 22–29, 1984 Enterprise, ferry flight from Edwards Air Force Base to Brookley Air Force Base for overland and barge transport to the 1984 Louisiana World Exposition.

April 17–18, 1984 Challenger, ferry flight from Edwards Air Force Base to Kennedy Space Center following STS-41-C September 9–10, 1984 Discovery, ferry flight from Edwards Air Force Base to Kennedy Space Center, via Altus Air Force Base Oklahoma November 10–13, 1984 Enterprise, ferry flight from Brookley Air Force Base to Edwards Air Force Base to following the 1984 Louisiana World Exposition. November 10–13, 1984 Enterprise, ferry flight from Edwards Air Force Base to Vandenberg Air Force Base April 11-12, 1996 Atlantis, ferry flight from Edwards Air Force Base to Kennedy Space Center Space shuttle orbiters were constructed in Palmdale and transported overland to the Armstrong Flight Research Center, a distance of 36 miles; the shuttle carrier aircraft was not used for this initial leg of the journey but was used to transport the orbiters for launch at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Additionally the orbiters are transported from the Shuttle Landing Facility to the Orbiter Processing Facility after landing at the Kennedy Space Center either after missions or after removal from the SCA.

Enterprise January 31, 1977 for ferry flight to KSC Columbia M

Zhong Ke

Zhong Ke is a Chinese footballer who plays for China League One side Guangdong South China Tiger. Zhong Ke started his professional football career in August 2016 when he joined Hong Kong Premier League side R&F, the satellite team of Chinese Super League side Guangzhou R&F, he made his senior debut on 8 January 2017 in a 5–0 away win against Kitchee. On 12 February 2017, he scored his first goal in the 2016–17 Hong Kong Sapling Cup which R&F lost to Eastern 7–1, he played seven league matches for R&F in the 2016–17 season and stayed at the club for another season. As of 13 May 20181League Cups include Hong Kong Senior Challenge Shield, Hong Kong League Cup and Hong Kong Sapling Cup


Sezze is a town and comune in the Province of Latina, central Italy, about 65 kilometres south of Rome and 10 kilometres from the Mediterranean coast. The historical center of Sezze is located on a high hill commanding the Pontine plain; the area has been known for its fine climate since Roman times: warm and dry in summer, cool in winter. According to a legend, the city was founded by the mythical hero Hercules, after his victory over the Lestrigones, a population of giant cannibals living in southern Lazio; the town coat of arms features the white Nemean lion. The historical Setia appeared around the 5th century BC as the Volscan settlement member of the Latin League, it became a Roman colony in 382 BC, flourished because of its strategic and commercial position near the "pedemontana" way and the Appian Way, the road that connected Rome to southern Italy. During the Civil War between Gaius Marius and Sulla, Setia supported the former and was punished by the victorious Sulla. In the Imperial period Setia was famous for its villas, its wines were praised by Martial and Cicero.

In the early Middle Ages the city had a troubled life due to its location near the main road of communication. But in 956 it was freed from the Papal authority and organized itself as a commune with laws of its own. Several popes sojourned in Sezze, including Gregory VII, Paschal II and Lucius III; the semi-autonomous status lasted until the city, after decades of skirmishes and wars with neighboring Sermoneta and Priverno, was conquered by the troops of the Caetani family in 1381. After 12 years the Setini revolted and exterminated the occupiers and, once free, they returned under the protection of the Pope. In 1656, after suffering the ravages of plague, raids from Spanish and Austrian troops, the population was reduced by half. In 1690 one of the first academies in Italy, the scientific-literary Academy of the "Abbozzati", was founded in Sezze. In 1798 all of Lazio was occupied by French troops; the Setini rebelled, exterminating the garrison: they avoided a bitter revenge only by paying a large sum of money.

In the late 19th century the city was annexed to the newly formed Kingdom of Italy. During World War II some churches and buildings in the historical center were destroyed by the American bombardments. Many of the original city walls still exist, built of large blocks of limestone in the polygonal style; this style is seen in several terrace walls belonging to a date, indicated by the careful jointing and bossing of the blocks of which they are composed. Such intentional archaism is by no means uncommon in the neighborhood of Rome; the modern town, occupying the ancient site, is an episcopal see, with a much-restored 13th-century Gothic cathedral. There are remains of Roman villas at the foot of the hill; the two terraces date to the end of the 2nd Century BC. Sezze is connected to the railway line Rome–Naples; the main road connection is the modern SS7. Kozármisleny, since 2004 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed.. "Setia". Encyclopædia Britannica.

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