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Grafton

Grafton may refer to: Grafton, New South Wales Grafton, New Brunswick Grafton, Nova Scotia Grafton, Ontario Grafton, Cheshire Grafton, Herefordshire Grafton, Oxfordshire Grafton, Shropshire Grafton, Wiltshire Grafton, Worcestershire Grafton Manor, Worcestershire Grafton Flyford, Worcestershire Grafton Regis, Northamptonshire Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire Ardens Grafton, Warwickshire Temple Grafton, Warwickshire The Honour of Grafton, a collection of manors in Northamptonshire Grafton Street, Dublin Grafton, New Zealand, an inner city suburb of the city of Auckland Grafton, Sierra Leone Knights Landing, California Grafton Grafton, Illinois Grafton, Indiana Grafton, Iowa Grafton, Kansas Grafton, Massachusetts Grafton Grafton, Nebraska Grafton, New Hampshire Grafton, New York Grafton, North Dakota Grafton, Ohio Grafton, Utah, a ghost town Grafton, Vermont Grafton, Virginia Grafton, West Virginia Grafton, Wisconsin, a village Grafton, adjacent to the village Grafton County, New Hampshire Grafton Township, McHenry County, Illinois Grafton Township, Sibley County, Minnesota Grafton Township, Fillmore County, Nebraska Grafton Township, Walsh County, North Dakota Grafton Township, Lorain County, Ohio Grafton, a British paperback book imprint, active 1981–1993 Grafton Architects, comprising architects Shelley McNamara and Yvonne Farrell Grafton Cinema, 1911–1973 Grafton Entertainment, a record label Grafton Group, an Ireland-based builders merchants business.

HMS Grafton, a 70-gun third-rate ship of the line launched in 1679, rebuilt in 1700, captured by the French in 1707 HMS Grafton, a 70-gun third-rate launched in 1709, rebuilt in 1725 and broken up in 1744 HMS Grafton, a 70-gun third-rate launched in 1750 and sold in 1767 HMS Grafton, a 74-gun third-rate launched in 1771 HMS Grafton, an Edgar-class cruiser launched in 1892 and broken up in 1920 HMS Grafton, a G-class destroyer launched in 1935 and torpedoed in 1940 HMS Grafton, a Blackwood-class frigate launched in 1957 and broken up in 1971 HMS Grafton, a Type 23 frigate USS Grafton, a Bayfield-class attack transport launched in 1944 and scrapped in 1974 Grafton, a schooner wrecked on the Auckland Islands in 1864 SS John Grafton, used by Finnish exiles to smuggle arms into Russian-ruled Finland in 1905 Grafton Duke of Grafton Grafton saxophone, a unique 1950s alto saxophone constructed from plastic Grafton High School New Grafton, Nova Scotia

Phil Hennigan

Phillip Winston "Phil" Hennigan was a right-handed Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1969 to 1973 with the Cleveland Indians and New York Mets. Hennigan was born in Texas, he attended Jasper High School in Jasper, Sam Houston State University. Hennigan served in the United States Army and deployed as an artilleryman in the Vietnam War, where he received a medal for bravery, he returned in January 1968. Drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the fourth round of the 1966 draft, Hennigan began his professional career that same year. Pitching for the Reno Silver Sox, Hennigan went 3-8 with a 4.03 ERA and 82 strikeouts in 96 innings of work. He missed all of the 1967 campaign due to military service. In 1968, he pitched for Reno again, going 5-7 with a 3.26 ERA in 80 innings, striking out 76 batters and walking 32. In 1969, he pitched for the Waterbury Indians although he saw a few games in the majors. With the Waterbury Indians, he went 10-10 with 114 strikeouts in 154 innings of work, he made his Major League Baseball debut on September 2 of that year, pitching a third of an inning against the Minnesota Twins.

The single batter he faced in that game was Hall of Famer Rod Carew. Overall, he went 2-1 with a 3.31 ERA in nine relief appearances in his rookie season. Hennigan made 41 relief appearances and one start for the Indians in 1970, going 6-3 with a 4.02 ERA, 43 strikeouts and 44 walks in 71​2⁄3 innings of work. He spent seven games with the Wichita Aeros that year as well, going 2-2 with an 8.00 ERA in 27 innings of work. In 1971, Hennigan went 4-3 with a 4.94 ERA in 57 relief appearances. His 57 appearances led the team, were fifth overall in the league, he was eighth in the league with 14 saves and fourth with 38 games finished. He appeared in seven games for Wichita that year, going 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA in 15 innings. Although 1972 was arguably Hennigan’s best season, it would be his last with the Indians. In 38 games, he went 5-3 with a 2.67 ERA. In 67​1⁄3 innings of work, he struck out 44 batters, walking only 18, saved five games. Following the 1972 season, he was traded to the Mets for pitchers Bob Brent Strom.

He appeared in 30 games with the Mets in 1973, going 0-4 with a 6.23 ERA and pitched in his final big league game on July 7, 1973. Overall, Hennigan went 17-14 with a 4.26 ERA through five big league seasons. In 176 games, he pitched 280​2⁄3 innings, walking 133 batters and striking out 188, he saved 25 games and finished 100. As a batter, he collected three hits in 30 at-bats for a.100 average. His first hit was the only extra base hit of his career, a double off Bob Locker, he committed only one error for a.980 fielding percentage. In the minors, he went 21-27 with a 3.80 ERA. Hennigan died on June 2016 after a 1-year battle with lung cancer. MLB.com Baseball-Reference.com The Baseball Cube.com Baseball-Almanac.com Retrosheet

Green Fairy (novel)

Green Fairy, published in March 2012, is a novel written by furry author Kyell Gold. It is the first non adult book from the first in the Dangerous Spirits series; the novel tells the story of teenager Sol struggling to survive his last months in high-school, while living with his oppressive father. He hopes of moving to his boyfriend in the summer, while dreams of a dancer who died 100 years before begin to haunt him; the sequel novel, Red Devil, was published in January 2014 and an ulterior book, Black Angel, is to be released at an unannounced date. The cover and illustrations were drawn by furry artist Rukis with which she won the Ursa Major Award 2012 for Best Anthropomorphic Published Illustration. Green Fairy at Kyell Gold's site Green Fairy at Sofawolf Press

Citizens' Action Party (Costa Rica)

The Citizens' Action Party is a center-left political party in Costa Rica. Its platform is based on encouraging citizen involvement in politics. One of its guiding ideals is to fight against corruption, arguing that it is one of the main causes of underdevelopment and voter apathy; the party took a leading role in the failed campaign against Costa Rica's membership of the Central American Free Trade Agreement. PAC was founded in December 2000 by several dissidents from Costa Rica's two traditional parties, the National Liberation Party and the Social Christian Unity Party. An anti-corruption party, it startled the Costa Rican political arena with a strong showing in the 2002 general elections. In the presidential vote, party founder and candidate Ottón Solís was able to secure 26% of the votes – an unprecedented amount for a third party in Costa Rica – and force a runoff between the PLN and PUSC; the party won 21.9% of the popular vote and 14 out of 57 seats in the Legislative Assembly, making it the third strongest political force in the legislature.

A few months however, after a series of internal disputes, six of the party's 14 deputies resigned from the party, leaving PAC with only eight seats. In the February 5, 2006 parliamentary election, the party won 17 out of 57 seats. Ottón Solís ran for president again, losing to the PLN's Oscar Arias Sanchez by less than.2% of the votes. Arias only won by a few thousand votes over the 40 percent threshold required to avoid a runoff; the number of spoiled ballots was larger than the margin between Arias. After the 2006 election, Ótton Solís took a year away from politics to teach in the United States. Former PLN Secretary General Luis Guillermo Solís' name began being circulated at meetings of the "ungroup," an informal gathering of PAC officials, led by former deputy Alberto Salom. Several PAC officials wanted Luis Guillermo Solís to run as a deputy in San José and as a vice presidential candidate in 2010. Future President Luis Guillermo Solís joined the party in 2009. and attended meetings of the "ungroup" shortly thereafter in anticipation of the 2014 election.

In the 2010 election, Ottón Solís ran for his final time as president. Laura Chinchilla of the PLN won. PAC won the second fraction in the Legislative Assembly with 11 deputies elected. Six candidates won municipal elections in the rural communities of Aserrí, Hojancha, Cañas, Los Chiles y Guatuso. In 2013, PAC held its second national convention, it was an open convention, despite party affiliation. Four candidates vied for the primary to represent PAC in the 2014 national elections: Epsy Campbell Barr, Juan Carlos Mendoza, Luis Guillermo Solís, Ronald Solís Bolaños, with Luis Guillermo Solís winning 35% of the votes. On 6 April 2014, Luis Guillermo Solís became. PAC candidates won 13 seats in the Legislative Assembly; the third national convention was held between only two candidates, both former ministers on PAC's first cabinet. Ramos was an economist, more conservative and close to the "ottonista" faction, whilst Alvarado was writer and political scientist, much more liberal and younger, close to the "progresista" faction.

Alvarado won the primary election becoming PAC's first time candidate during government. Despite suffering from a diminished popularity due to the Cementazo scandal affecting the image of Luis Guillermo Solis' government, Alvarado's progressive positions boost him into the second round as a counter-reaction after the growth of Evangelical Christian singer and ultra-conservative candidate Fabricio Alvarado after the backlash against the IACHR's ruling ordering the country to legalize same-sex marriage, winning by a wide margin in the second round with 60% of the votes and more than 1,300,000 votes over the 39% and around 800,000 votes of his rival, becoming the second time that the party achieved more than a million votes in second round. While cleaning up corruption has been one of PAC's main goals since its creation, Solís has added to the party's platform, he wants to build infrastructure, bolster Costa Rica's universal health care and social security systems and push for environmentally friendly policies.

PAC has opposed free trade agreements such as CAFTA, which Solís claims is improperly implemented. In addition, PAC claims that the country's tax system is inadequate, saying that more "progressive" system is needed. PAC is a member of the Progressive Alliance, it maintains informal relations with other social democratic parties. Ottón Solís has independently met with Ricardo Lagos of the Socialist Party of Chile during a visit to Costa Rica, Cristina Fernández, members of the Democratic Party of the United States. Official website

Ahmad Dede

Ahmed Dede is a Islamic sheikh, a follower of the Sufi order of Islam, who helps spread Sufism and the art of Sufi Whirling in the United Kingdom. He has appeared on British television several times, his parents, the Pattisahusiwas, came from the Maluku island of Saparua in Indonesia. In the 1950s they emigrated to The Netherlands. On 2 July 1960, Ahmad was born in the village of Balk, he was the seventh of nine children. In 1966, they moved to Ridderkerk. In 1976 his father died. Shortly afterward, Ahmad announced'on my 22nd birthday, I shall die', he never knew why he said this. In 1981, leading up to his 22nd birthday he began to talk about his strange statement. Others suggested it symbolised the death of the old Ahmad, he would have a spiritual'rebirth'. Shortly after this, he dedicated his life to Allah, he claimed to have had strange dreams, went on a retreat to an old mosque for two months. When he turned 22, during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, he read his first book about Sufism called'Whirling to Allah'.

In 1985 he met the Sufi saint Grandsheikh Sultan Muhammad Nazim al Haqqani an-Naqshbandi. He swore an oath to follow the Sufi Mevlevi Order. While both of them were together in England, in 1986, the Grand Sheikh gave Ahmed his personal blessings, he worked at Sufi camps and classes and in 1994 began to believe that the Holy Opening, the first surah of the Qur'an could be used as a gateway to spread Sufism. In 1995, his brother, Djailani died, this saddened him significantly, he claimed to receive visions of his Grand Sheikh helping him through this difficult time, teaching him to spread the message. Since he has travelled around Europe teaching Sufi Whirling through classes and his music, he has released an album with songs on it called Forever Haqqani. Despite the fact that many Muslims regard music as a diversion from Allah, Dede has said that if a song is about Allah it cannot be a diversion but a tool to get to feel Allah. Ahmad has appeared on the popular BBC Sunday morning religion and spirituality based program, The Heaven and Earth Show.

He appeared on Channel 4's program, Spirituality Shopper. He appeared on Japanese NTC TV's Cooking with Pete, giving Pete a lesson on how to properly cook an omelette; the Official site of the Naqshbandi-Haqqani-Mevlevi Tariqat in English and Dutch Official site of Naqshbandi-Haqqani Tariqat in Spain

Frank Houston

William Francis "Frank" Houston', was a Pentecostal Christian pastor in the Assemblies of God in New Zealand and Australia. Frank Houston founded Sydney Christian Life Centre, which would come under the leadership of his son Pastor Brian Houston before merging into Hillsong Church. In the last years of his life, Frank Houston faced multiple allegations of child sexual abuse.. Houston commenced ministry training as a Salvation Army officer shortly after turning 18, he married. The couple transferred their allegiance to the Baptist church, to the Assemblies of God in New Zealand. Houston attended the Ellerslie Assembly in 1960, but transferred to the Lower Hutt Assemblies of God, served as the superintendent of the Assemblies of God in New Zealand from 1965 to 1971. In 1977 Houston moved to Sydney, founded the Sydney Christian Life Centre in "Sherbrooke Hall" in Double Bay, not affiliated with any denomination in its first decade, but became an Assemblies of God church. With further growth it moved to Darlinghurst, warehouse premises in the inner Sydney suburb of Waterloo, which housed a 600-seat auditorium, a Bible and Creative Arts College, many other ministry arms.

Houston was known by those close to him in the church as "the Bishop", not as an official title but as a humorous reference to mainstream churches. He was involved in over twenty Christian Life Centres being opened throughout New South Wales and overseas. Houston served as pastor at his church for more than two decades, in senior positions within the Assemblies of God in Australia. In 1999, after consultation amongst senior pastoral staff of the church, the staff of Hills Christian Life Centre, a daughter church pastored by his son Brian, the churches were merged to become the Hillsong Church. During Houston's tenure as lead of Assemblies of God in New Zealand from 1965 to 1977, he abused many young boys in New Zealand and Australia. One victim in Sydney was subjected to sexual abuse from the age of seven to 12. In 1999, his mother reported the abuse to the church. At the time, Frank's son Brian Houston was the National President of the denomination Assemblies of God in Australia. Upon hearing the report of the sexual abuse, Brian Houston dismissed his father, forcing Frank Houston to resign from the Sydney Christian Life Centre with a pension.

By November 2000, internal church investigations had discovered several additional cases of child abuse. Although Brian Houston and the Assemblies of God executive council were obligated to report the crimes, they did not do so. Frank Houston made a payment of AU$10,000 to his victim. In August 2007, further allegations emerged that Houston had sexually abused a trainee pastor during counselling sessions in the early 1980s. On 8 October 2014 Brian Houston admitted to a Sydney hearing of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse that his father was guilty of other cases of sexual abuse against children. Brian Houston further expressed regret at not having reported his father to the police when he learned of the abuse in 1999, but noted that other senior members of the church had known and did nothing. One of the reasons why they chose not to go to the police was because one of the victims requested they not report it; the Royal Commission censured Brian Houston for his failure to report the sexual abuse allegations against his father and for his failure to avoid a clear conflict of interest investigating his own father while serving as National President of the Assemblies of God in Australia.

Houston is the subject of the biography Being Frank, authored by his wife Hazel. Houston died at the aged 82 on 8 November 2004. Mourners at his funeral included the federal MP for Greenway, Louise Markus, a member of Hillsong church, the federal MP for Mitchell, Alan Cadman and the Deputy Police Commissioner, Andrew Scipione. Houston's wife, had died 6 months earlier