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Government of Gibraltar

Her Majesty's Government of Gibraltar is the democratically elected government of the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar. The government has Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state. Elections in Gibraltar are held every four years, with a unicameral parliament of 18 members; the terms are four years. The leader of the majority party is formally appointed by the governor as the Chief Minister; the Cabinet is formed by 10 of the 17 elected Members of Parliament, through choice made by the Chief Minister with the approval of the Governor. The seven remaining members constitute the Opposition; the last general election was held on 26 November 2015. The Cabinet and after the reshuffle, as announced by the Chief Minister on 20 October 2016: Gibraltar Parliament Her Majesty's Most Loyal Opposition Judiciary of Gibraltar Politics of Gibraltar Political development in modern Gibraltar Official website

Trafford Hall

Trafford Hall is a country house standing to the east of the village of Wimbolds Trafford, in Cheshire, England. It was built in 1756 for George Edward Gerrard. A ballroom was added in the 19th century; as of 2011 the building is used as a hotel and conference centre, since 1995 has been the home of the charity the National Communities Resource Centre. The house is constructed in brick with stone dressings and slate roofs, its architectural style is Georgian. It has five bays on the entrance front. To the left of the main block is a single-storey pavilion joined to the house by a service wing. To the right, set back, is the ballroom; the central bay of the main block projects forward, has rusticated quoins at the corners. There are similar quoins at the corner of the house. In the central bay is a porch supported by four Doric columns. All the windows on the entrance front are sashes. On the right side of the house is a Venetian window in the second story, with a diocletian window above; the interior contains a "fine staircase" with twisted balusters.

The house is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II* listed building. George Edward Gerrard built Trafford Hall in 1756, he came from a family. He was born in 1723 and in 1750 married Elizabeth Johnson, the only daughter of George Johnson Esq. of Warrington. The couple had a son who died in infancy and two daughters, his wife Elizabeth died in 1766 at the age of 37. George became a Deputy Lieutenant of Justice of the Peace, he was well respected in the county. He died in his eldest daughter Dorothy inherited Trafford Hall; as she had married the Reverend Richard Perryn twelve years earlier in 1782 he became the owner and the property passed down through their descendants until the early 20th Century. Reverend Richard Perryn was born in 1754 in Cheshire, his father was Sir Richard Perryn a Welsh Judge. Richard became a clergyman. In 1779 he was appointed Rector of Standish by his father and he remained in this position for the next 45 years; as he and Dorothy lived in the Rectory at Standish during this time and Trafford Hall was rented to various tenants.

Richard died in his son Richard Gerrard Perryn inherited the Hall. Richard Gerrard Perryn was born in 1791 in Trafford Hall. In 1822 he married Harriet Barbara Hatfield the daughter of Alex Hatfield of Twickenham. Unlike his parents who rented Trafford Hall to tenants, Richard Gerrard Perryn lived there with his family for the rest of his life, he had three sons and two daughters. When he died in 1850 his eldest son Gerrard Alexander Perryn inherited the property. Gerrard Alexander Perryn was born in 1824 in Trafford Hall, he became a clergyman. In 1857 he married Elizabeth Massey Wallis, the daughter of Sir Provo William Parry Wallis, Admiral of the Fleet; the couple had no children and when Gerrard died in 1878 he left Trafford Hall to his wife Elizabeth. She lived there with Gerrard’s unmarried sister Miss Harriet Perryn until her death in 1890. Elizabeth died intestate and Trafford Hall therefore went to her next of kin, her father Sir Provo William Wallis, he does not appear to have lived there as the 1891 Census shows that Miss Harriet Perryn was living there alone with the servants.

In his Will of 1892 he left Trafford Hall to Harriet and the property therefore reverted to the Perryn family. Miss Harriet Perryn is the only member of the Perryn family to have lived at Trafford Hall from her birth until her death, she was born in 1828. When she inherited the house in 1892 she became Lady of the Manor and chief landowner of Wimbolds Trafford; when she died in 1906 she left the property to her nephew Richard George Henry Perryn (1864-1927. Richard George Henry Perryn was born in 1864 in Lancashire, his father was Richard Henry Perryn, Harriet’s brother, his mother was Frances Agnes White. In 1907 he married Frances Cotton Ashley, the daughter of Henry Ashley of Yates Center, Kansas, USA; the couple lived at Trafford Hall with their two daughters until about 1920. The next resident was Arthur Washington Willmer, he was a cotton broker from Liverpool and he lived at Trafford hall with his wife Janet and children until about 1927 when the house was put on the market. The sale advertisement is shown.

Arthur Barrington Hines was a resident from about 1930. He was a civil engineer and he lived here with his wife Martha until about 1938. After this Sir William Nicholas Cayzer and his family moved into Trafford Hall. Sir William Nicholas Cayzer came from a wealthy family of shipowners, their firm Cayzer, Irvine & Co is now called Clan Line. In 1935 he married Elizabeth Catherine Williams. Shortly after their marriage he moved to Trafford Hall and worked in the family’s shipping company offices in Liverpool. After the death of his uncle in 1958 he became Chairman of the Company. In 1957 the hall was sold to his wife Stella. A few years before they bought the Hall they were famous as they attempted a hydrofoil speed record in their boat called “White Hawk”, their full story is told here. After this they decided to make fibre glass boats and they formed a company called Fibrelite Industries. Trafford Hall was used as the site of their manufacturing business, they remained there until 1987. The Hall was sold in 1991 to the present occupants the National Communities Resource Centre who aims to provide training and support to all those living and working in low-income commu

Elaine Bartlett

Elaine Bartlett is an African American activist from Harlem, charged with a first offense felony for selling cocaine in 1983. Bartlett, a mother of four children, spent sixteen years in the Bedford Hills prison in New York. During the time of Bartlett's arrest, New York had just undergone major changes with their drug laws; the controversial Rockefeller drug laws caused an upset and caused many to second-guess the motives of the criminal justice system. While Bartlett was in prison, she became involved with multiple activities to keep busy. In 1999, while still in prison, Bartlett obtained her associate degree from Mercy College. After her release in 2000, Bartlett found that her family did not have the resources necessary to be successful, but states that she was determined to be successful, she became an activist to repeal the Rockefeller drug laws. Bartlett helped found the Mothers of the Disappeared, an advocacy group aiming for repeal of the drug laws, she has advocated to New York state legislators, delivered speeches at rallies, attended anti-drug law events in Washington D.

C. Philadelphia, Texas. A 2004 book by Jennifer Gonnerman, Life on the Outside, tells the story of Bartlett's crime, her time in prison, the effect of incarceration on family members, her re-entry into society. "Women to Women: Elaine Bartlett, "Life on the Outside: The Prison Odyssey of Elaine Bartlett"". YouTube. City University of New York Television. 2004-05-18

Boris Rodos

Boris Veniaminovich Rodos was an officer of the OGPU, colonel of the NKVD and Ministry of State Security, deputy head of the Investigative Department of the Main Board of State Security and People's Commissariat of State Security, notorious for torturing prisoners during interrogations. His victims came from a variety of high-ranking communists and military officials who fell victim to purges, including Yakov Smushkevich, Grigory Shtern, Aleksandr Loktionov. Rodos was the son of a Jewish tailor from Melitopol in Ukraine. Reputedly, he left school at the age of 11 because his education was disrupted by the February Revolution; as an office worker in Melitopol, he was expelled in 1930, for attempted rape. He joined the Communist Party of the Soviet Union in 1931, around the same time, became an officer of the OGPU in Ukraine, he was transferred to a minor post NKVD headquarters in Moscow in May 1937, after the mass arrests of NKVD officers ordered by Nikolai Yezhov, in December 1938, after Yezhov had been dismissed and replaced by Lavrenty Beria, Rodos was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and appointed Deputy Head of the NKVD Investigation Department.

One of the first prisoners interrogated by Rodos was a fellow officer, Pyotr Zubov, arrested for bungling an attempted coup against the King of Yugoslavia. Rodos smashed his knees with a hammer in a failed attempt to force a confession out of him. Zubov was cleared and returned to work as a foreign agent, but needed a walking stick because of his injuries. In the spring and summer of 1939, he was in charge of interrogating his former superior, who did not need to be tortured because he was so terrified that he signed everything he was told to sign. Rodos interrogated and tortured the heads of the Ukrainian communist party and government, Vlas Chubar and Stanislav Kosior, the former head of the Komsomol, Alexander Kosarev, he was part of the team who took over the interrogation and torture of Isaac Babel in September 1939. In February 1940, he was assigned to beat a confession out of Robert Eikhe, convicted and sentenced to death, but was protesting his innocence. Rodos gave him a prolonged beating, gouged out one of his eyes, but could not break him.

In March 1940, after the Soviet invasion of Poland, Rodos was sent to direct the deportation of Poles from Lviv, for which he was promoted in 1941 to the rank of major. In 1943, he was promoted again, to the rank of Colonel. Rodos was dismissed from the MGB in 1952 because Beria had temporarily lost control of the organisation, he was head of anti-aircraft defence staff in Simferopol until his arrest on October 5, 1953. During his closed trial, at which he was convicted of extracting fake confessions under torture, he was asked whether he knew what Isaac Babel did for a living, he replied. Asked whether he had read any of Babel's stories, he replied: "What for?". In February 1956, the Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev delivered the famous Secret Speech to the 20th communist party congress, denouncing crimes committed by the soviet authorities during the 1930s, which included a denunciation of Rodos: Rodos was sentenced to death on February 26, one day after the Secret Speech, executed on 20 April 1956.

Rodos had a son, Valery, arrested in the 1960s as a political dissident, but after his release was able to study philosophy in Moscow University, to become a philosophy lecturer at Tomsk University, in Siberia. After the collapse of communism, he emigrated with his wife and two sons to the USA, where he published a memoir in 2008 entitled I Am An Executioner's Son

India at the 2010 Winter Olympics

Three athletes represented India at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. They did not win any medals. For the Summer Olympics, Indian Olympic athletes are supported indirectly, augmented by private support from various sources, including support and uniforms provided by Indo-Canadians. At the 2010 Winter Olympics, two skiers, both Ladakh Scouts and graduates of the High Altitude Warfare School, are supported indirectly by the Indian Army, while the third athlete has cobbled together late-arriving Ministry of Sports support, augmented by contributions from two corporations and Limca. Shiva Keshavan received 450,000 rupees from five Indian lawyers to purchase a new luge for competition after his previous luge - held together by duct tape and screws - broke during training in November; this was in addition to the funding equivalent to $US20,000 he received from the Ministry of Sports in 2009, money he got after being awarded a bronze medal at the Asian Championships.

Although Keshavan had represented his country thrice before, in the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Salt Lake City in 2002 and again in Torino in 2006, 2009 was the first time he received any government support


Priolepis is a genus of fish in the family Gobiidae with a cosmopolitan distribution. There are 35 recognized species in this genus: Priolepis agrena R. Winterbottom & M. E. Burridge, 1993 Priolepis ailina R. Winterbottom & M. E. Burridge, 1993 Priolepis aithiops R. Winterbottom & M. E. Burridge, 1992 Priolepis akihitoi Hoese & Larson, 2010 Priolepis anthioides Priolepis ascensionis Priolepis aureoviridis Priolepis borea Priolepis cincta Priolepis compita R. Winterbottom, 1985 Priolepis cyanocephala Hoese & Larson, 2010 Priolepis dawsoni D. W. Greenfield, 1989 Priolepis eugenia Priolepis fallacincta R. Winterbottom & M. E. Burridge, 1992 Priolepis farcimen Priolepis goldshmidtae Goren & Baranes, 1995 Priolepis hipoliti Priolepis inhaca Priolepis kappa R. Winterbottom & M. E. Burridge, 1993 Priolepis latifascima R. Winterbottom & M. E. Burridge, 1993 Priolepis limbatosquamis Priolepis melanops Bogorodsky, T. Suzuki & A. O. Mal, 2016 Priolepis nocturna Priolepis nuchifasciata Priolepis pallidicincta R. Winterbottom & M. E. Burridge, 1993 Priolepis profunda Priolepis psygmophilia R. Winterbottom & M. E. Burridge, 1993 Priolepis randalli R. Winterbottom & M. E. Burridge, 1992 Priolepis robinsi Garzón-Ferreira & Acero P, 1991 Priolepis semidoliata Priolepis squamogena R. Winterbottom & M. E. Burridge, 1989 Priolepis sticta R. Winterbottom & M. E. Burridge, 1992 Priolepis triops R. Winterbottom & M. E. Burridge, 1993 Priolepis vexilla R. Winterbottom & M. E. Burridge, 1993 Priolepis winterbottomi Nogawa & Endo, 2007