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Grand Duchess Anna Petrovna of Russia

Grand Duchess Anna Petrovna of Russia, Tsesarevna of Russia Russian: Анна Петровна. Her younger sister, Empress Elizabeth I, ruled between 1741 and 1762. While a potential heir in the reign of her nephew, she never acceded to the throne due to political reasons. However, her son Peter would rule as Emperor in 1762, she was the Duchess Consort of Holstein-Gottorp by marriage. Anna was born out of wedlock, although her parents were married in 1712 and she was legitimized, her earlier illegitimacy would pose great challenges for her marriage. Anna grew up in the houses of Prince Alexander Menshikov. Although born illegitimate and her younger sister Elizabeth were awarded the titles of "princess" on 6 March 1711 and "crown princess" on 23 December 1721. Peter planned to marry his daughters to foreign princes in order to gain European allies for the Russian Empire; the two girls were educated with this aim in mind, learning literature, embroidery and etiquette. Anna developed into an intelligent, well-read girl who spoke four foreign languages – French, German and Swedish.

Anna's shyness was evident at an early age. One witness describes the amusing hitch that once occurred during the traditional exchanging of Easter kisses; when the duke of Holstein-Gottorp tried to kiss the fourteen-year-old Anna, she turned bright red in embarrassment, while her younger sister "immediately stuck out her little pink mouth for a kiss." Foreign visitors to the Russian court were struck by the uncommon beauty of Anna. The dark-eyed Anna looked more like her father and was considered more level-headed and intelligent than her younger sister, the fair-haired Elizabeth. A contemporary described Anna: "She was a beautiful soul in a beautiful body... both in appearance and in manners, she was complete likeness in her character and mind... set off by her kind heart." On 17 March 1721, Karl Friedrich arrived in Imperial Russia to get acquainted with his future wife and father-in-law. He aspired to use the marriage in order to ensure Russia's support for his plans of retrieving Schleswig from Denmark.

He entertained hopes of being backed up by Russia in his claims to the Swedish throne. Under the terms of the Treaty of Nystad Russia promised not to interfere in the internal affairs of Sweden, so his hopes proved ill-founded. Another possible candidate as a husband was Prince Louis d’Orléans, Duke of Orléans, a son of Prince Philippe II d’Orléans, Duke of Orléans and his wife Madamme Françoise Marie de Bourbon; the marriage proposal was ignored due to a difference in style of address. Anna was addressed as Her Imperial Highness and Louis was as His Serene Highness; as a favorite child of Peter the Great, Anna's name day was taken to be a national holiday in 1724. On 22 November 1724, the marriage contract was signed between Karl Peter. By this contract and Karl Friedrich renounced all rights and claims to the crown of the Russian Empire on behalf of themselves and their descendants; however a secret clause allowed the Emperor to name a successor out of any issue from the marriage. As a result of this clause, the Emperor secured the right to name any of his descendants as his successor on the Russian throne.

A few months thereafter, by January 1725, Peter the Great fell mortally ill. As the story goes, on his deathbed he managed to spell the words: to give all... but could not continue further and sent for Anna to dictate his last will to her. By the time the princess arrived, the Emperor could not pronounce a single word. Based on the story, some historians speculated that Peter's wish was to leave the throne to Anna, but this is not confirmed. After the accession of her mother Catherine I, a grand wedding was held for Anna in Trinity Cathedral, Saint Petersburg on 21 May 1725; the wedding party crossed the River Neva to the Summer Garden, where Mikhail Zemtsov had designed a special banqueting hall for the occasion. The tables were set with all sorts including enormous pies; when the orchestra began to play and female dwarves jumped out of the pies and began to dance on the tables. Each toast was accompanied by cannon fire from a nearby yacht and the guards regiments positioned on Tsaritsa Meadow.

The following day, everyone was invited to Peterhof, where the banqueting and dancing continued in the Upper Palace. Carl Friedrich and Anna spent the next two years in Saint Petersburg. Catherine I made her son-in-law a lieutenant colonel of the Preobrazhensky Regiment and a member of the Supreme Privy Council, he began to play an important role in the life of the Russian Empire and foreign diplomats predicted that the empress would name Anna as her successor. The Duke was admitted into the newly established Supreme Secret Council and exerted a moderate influence on Russian politics. Catherine I's death in 1727 made his position precarious, as the power shifted to the hands of Alexander Menshikov, who aspired to marry the young emperor, Peter II, to his own daughter, Maria Menshikov. A quarrel between the Duke and Menshikov resulted in the former's withdrawing to Holstein on 25 July 1727. Before her departure for Holstein, Anna was asked to sign a receipt for all the money awarded to her as her dowry.

For a long time, the document was not accepted by the government, because it gave the old title of Peter's daughter – Tsesarevna. Now, she was not the Crown Princess. On 25 July 1727, Anna and her husband left Saint Petersburg

Branded Man (song)

"Branded Man" is a song written and recorded by American country music artist Merle Haggard and The Strangers. It was released in July 1967 as the second single and title track from the album Branded Man; the song was The Strangers second number one on the country charts. The single spent 15 weeks on the chart; the song is about an ex-convict's fear of not being accepted by the outside world after being paroled. Merle Haggard– vocals, guitarThe Strangers: Roy Nicholsguitar Ralph Mooney – steel guitar George Frenchpiano Jerry Wardbass Eddie Burris – drums

Santiago Cabanas

Santiago Cabanas Ansorena is a Spanish diplomat, serving as Ambassador to the United States since 2018. Born on 23 March 1954 in Madrid, Cabanas earned a licentiate degree in Law from the Autonomous University of Madrid, he joined the diplomatic career in 1981. He has served in several senior posts at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including Director-General of Cultural and Scientific Relations, Director-General of Consular and Migratory Affairs, Director-General of Foreign Policy, he was destined as Ambassador to the Czech Republic and Algeria. He was designated as Consul in Miami. Appointed as Ambassador to the United States in September 2018 in replacement of Pedro Morenés, Cabanas presented his diplomatic credentials to US President Donald Trump on 17 September 2018

West Keating Township, Clinton County, Pennsylvania

West Keating Township is a township in Clinton County, United States. The population was 29 at the 2010 census, down from 42 at the 2000 census; the township is located in westernmost Clinton County and is bordered to the northwest by Cameron County, to the southwest by Clearfield County, to the southeast, across the West Branch Susquehanna River, by Centre County. East Keating Township is to the northeast. According to the United States Census Bureau, West Keating Township has a total area of 38.5 square miles, of which 38.1 square miles is land and 0.35 square miles, or 0.91%, is water. As of the census of 2000, there were 42 people, 19 households, 14 families residing in the township; the population density was 1.1 people per square mile. There were 168 housing units at an average density of 4.4/sq mi. The racial makeup of the township was 97.62% White, 2.38% from two or more races. There were 19 households, out of which 10.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.9% were married couples living together, 21.1% were non-families.

15.8% of all households were made up of individuals, 15.8% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.33. In the township the population was spread out, with 9.5% under the age of 18, 19.0% from 25 to 44, 45.2% from 45 to 64, 26.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 59 years. For every 100 females, there were 133.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 123.5 males. The median income for a household in the township was $23,750, the median income for a family was $37,500. Males had a median income of $52,500 versus $16,875 for females; the per capita income for the township was $17,224. There were 14.3% of families and 17.1% of the population living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and 16.7% of those over 64

Kek Look Seah Temple

Kek Look Seah Temple is a Chinese temple located in Taman Happy of Ipoh, Malaysia. The temple is known for its planchette divination and has a medical room where Chinese medicine is given, not common for many Buddhist temple; this persistently making it being mistakenly referred to many people as a Dejiao establishment despite it is a Buddhist temple of Mahāyāna branch. The temple was established in 1964 by Chung Thim Lam in a small terrace house with treatment service of traditional Chinese medicine to those who are in need to poor people; the temple is one of the main Buddhist centre in local community. During Buddha's birthday, the centre with the local supports who stay in the community will organise a great vegetarian feast in front of the altar for prayers before eaten by the attendees; the foods served are all in vegetarian as Buddhist teachings always encourage people to consume more vegetables. The temple has crematorium services located far from the temple area in Bercham. Media related to Kek Look Seah Temple at Wikimedia Commons

Electoral reform in New York

Electoral reform in New York refers to efforts to change the voting and election laws in New York State. In 1936, voters in New York City adopted the single transferable vote method of proportional representation. In the election preceding STV's adoption, the Democrats won 95.3% of the seats on the Board of Aldermen with only 66.5% of the vote. In 1941, proportional representation gave the Democrats 65.5% of the seats on 64% of the vote, with the Republicans and three smaller parties gaining seats in proportion to their voting strength. The system has since been repealed. However, the Conservative Party and Liberal Party continue to participate in the electoral system through electoral fusion. New York disenfranchises felons both while they are on parole; the Sentencing Project favors restoring these rights. New York allows absentee ballots for "registered voters who cannot make it to the polls on Election Day because of occupation, studies, imprisonment, illness and hospitalization or resident in a long term care facility".

In both 2006 and 2007, bills were introduced in the New York Legislature to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact and award the state's 31 electoral votes to the winner of the nationwide popular vote. Both proposals failed; the legislation succeeded in 2014 when New York joined the compact. A new party or independent candidate may gain ballot access for one election by collecting a set number of petition signatures for each office. A new party that wins 50,000 votes for governor is recognized statewide as a political party and qualifies to participate in primary elections for four years; this total can be and is obtained through electoral fusion. Candidates may gain access to primary election ballots by being "designated" by a relevant committee of the party or collecting signatures equal to 5 percent of the party's enrollment in the jurisdiction, up to a set number for each office. A candidate seeking the nomination of a party to which she or he does not belong – e.g. for purposes of fusion – must be authorized by a relevant committee of the party.

Reformers would like to see the ballot access laws loosened. Electoral reform in the United States Fairvote New York