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Hellenic Armed Forces

The Hellenic Armed Forces are the combined ground and air forces of Greece. They consist of the Hellenic National Defense General Staff, the Hellenic Army, the Hellenic Navy, the Hellenic Air Force; the civilian authority overseeing the Hellenic Armed Forces is the Ministry of National Defense. Greece has universal compulsory military service for males from and over 18 years of age. Under Greek law, all men over 18 years of age must serve in the Armed Forces for a period of 9 months. Women can not be conscripted. According to NATO sources in 2008, Greece spent 2.8% of GDP on its military, which translated to €6.9 billion. In 2008, Greece was the largest importer of conventional weapons in Europe and its military spending was the highest in the European Union relative to the country's GDP, reaching twice the European average. Data for the 2017 fiscal year showed an estimated expense of €4.3 billion in constant 2010 prices, or €4.2 billion in current prices, equivalent to 2.38% of GDP. For the 2018 fiscal year, the expenditure was estimated at €4.3 billion in constant 2010 prices or €4.1 billion in current prices, equivalent to 2.27% of GDP.

Military personnel was estimated at 106,000 for year 2017 and 105,000 for year 2018. Greece is an EU and NATO member and participates in peacekeeping operations; such operations are ISAF in Afghanistan, EUFOR in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Chad, KFOR in Kosovo. The Hellenic National Defense General Staff has the operational command of the Joint Armed Forces Headquarters and the units that operate under them, it is responsible for organising and implementing routine operations and exercises of the Joint Armed Forces and implementing operations during the management of wartime and peacetime crises and overseeing operations of the Hellenic Armed Forces outside Greek national territory. The basic components of the Hellenic Army are Corps; the former is responsible for the latter for logistical support. It is organized in Commands and Units with the main being brigade and corps, its main mission is to guarantee the territorial independence of the country. The Hellenic Navy incorporates a modern fleet consisting of strike units, such as frigates, gunboats and fast attack guided missile vessels and multiple types of support vessels, in order to be able to conduct naval operations that protect Greek national interests and guarantee the integrity of Greek territorial waters, the mainland and the islands.

The Hellenic Air Force incorporates a modern aircraft fleet and congruent structure, combined with a comprehensive air defense system that consists of a widespread network of anti-aircraft weapons. The structure, overseen by the Air Force General Staff, includes the Tactical Air Force Command, the Air Force Support Command, the Air Force Training Command and a number of other independent defense units and services, its main mission is to defend Greek airspace and to provide combat support to the Hellenic Army and the Hellenic Navy. Conscription in Greece Hellenic army Greek military ranks Hellenic Republic / Ministry of National Defense List of Greek military bases Military history of Greece Military history of Greece during World War II Athens War Museum War Museum of Thessaloniki Hellenic Ministry of Defense – official website Hellenic National Defense General Staff – official website Hellenic Army General Staff – official website Hellenic Navy General Staff – official website Hellenic Air Force General Staff – official website Defense expenditures of NATO countries

Ismael Díaz (footballer, born 1997)

Ismael Díaz de León is a Panamanian professional footballer who plays as a left winger for Tauro. Born in Panama City, Díaz made his professional debut for Tauro on 2 September 2012 against Alianza, aged just 15 years and 2 months, he had a trial with Dutch club PSV Eindhoven in summer 2014. In August 2015, he joined Portuguese club FC Porto on a loan. On 2017 the loan ended due to FC Porto order. On 31 August 2019, Díaz joined Académico Viseu, he left the club at the end of the year and returned to Tauro in January 2020. He played at the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates and the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand. Díaz made his senior debut for Panama in an August 2014 friendly match against Cuba and has, as of 10 June 2015, earned a total of 2 caps, scoring 1 goal. In May 2018 he was named in Panama’s preliminary 35 man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia; as of 28 June 2018 Scores and results list Panama's goal tally first. Porto BSegunda Liga: 2015–16 Premier League International Cup: 2016–17 CONCACAF U-17 Championship: Runner-up 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship: Runner-up 2015 Ismael Díaz at BDFutbol Ismael Díaz at Ismael Díaz at Soccerway National team profile - FEPAFUT

Simon Kacsics, Count of the Székelys

Simon from the kindred Kacsics was a Hungarian lord at the turn of the 13th and 14th centuries, who served as Count of the Székelys from 1321 to 1327. He was born into the Falkos branch of the ancient gens Kacsics, as the son of Michael Kacsics and an unidentified noblewoman from the so-called "Zólyom kinship", ancestors of the future powerful Balassa family. Simon had three siblings: his two brothers were Thomas the Fat and Peter the Bohemian, forefathers of the Tompos de Libercse and the Geréb de Vingárt families, respectively, their unidentified sister married Reynold Kökényesradnót. From his unidentified marriage, Simon had two sons and a daughter: the eldest one Simon became the provost of Dömös and court chaplain of Clementia of Hungary; the second son Rado was the ancestor of the Radó de Libercse noble family, which flourished until c. 1422. Simon's only unidentified daughter married Stephen III Losonci. Simon first appeared in contemporary sources since 1291, alongside his brothers, on the occasion of their father's trial against his brother Farkas over landholding matters, regarding the Szécsény lordship.

In addition, the brothers filed a lawsuit against their mother's family to gain her rightful heritage, the so-called "daughter's quarta". As a result, they acquired the villages of Halászi and Galábocs in 1297; as his whole kinship, Simon served as a familiaris of Matthew Csák, the powerful oligarch, who ruled de facto independently the north-western counties of the kingdom, including Nógrád and Hont counties, where the ancient estates of the Kacsics clan had laid. Only Simon's cousin Thomas supported King Charles I's efforts to defeat the oligarchs, as a result he lost all of his fortune and became penniless, he could hope the recovery of his lost family landholdings and castles only from a successful restoration of the strong royal power by Charles. On 10 November 1308, Simon was one of the signatories of the treaty of Kékes, when papal legate Gentile Portino da Montefiore persuaded Matthew Csák to accept Charles's rule. After Matthew Csák turned against the monarch in the following year, Simon launched massive attacks against the Diocese of Nyitra in order to expand their influence.

Around October 1313, he besieged and captured Nyitra Castle on behalf of Csák, causing serious damage in the walls. He handed over the fort to his lord thereafter. Following that he was appointed castellan of Nyitra, was mentioned in that capacity on 24 June 1317. Subsequently, Simon looted the surrounding episcopal estates and villages; however Simon turned on his feudal lord by the following months and joined Charles' partisans, just before the siege of Komárom, when the royal army had captured the fort on 3 November 1317. Simon recognized good sense of pace that the king would sooner or will overcome the oligarchs, thus he was able to preserve his influence and landholdings supporting his cousin Thomas Szécsényi's growing power. Soon, they were jointly sent to the Kingdom of Bohemia as representants of Charles, in addition to an interpreter Stephen Sáfár, in order to find a bride for the king. There they chose Beatrice of Luxembourg. Despite his oath of loyalty to Charles, John III, Bishop of Nyitra, earlier impaired and expelled by Matthew Csák's violent actions, excommunicated the oligarch's five former familiares, including Simon, on 3 March 1318.

The prelate recalled that after the seizure of Nyitra Castle and destroying several episcopal villages, Simon loudly abused and intended to stab John with a sword in the presence of Matthew Csák, but the powerful oligarch prevented him by his admonition. Thereafter, Simon blasphemed the bishop. According to another document from that period, Matthew Csák plundered Simon's nearby villages and lands, as a revenge for his betrayal. After Thomas Szécsényi was granted large-scale domains in Transylvania, his cousin's career also drifted to the eastern province of the kingdom. In the spring of 1319, Simon was made ispán of Krassó County and castellan of the Mezősomlyó royal household, he held both dignities until 15 September 1325. After his appointment, Simon took part in the royal campaign against the rebellious lord Mojs Ákos at the end of the year, thus he received land donations in Transylvania. Since 1320, he was mentioned as head of the Saxon districts of Mediasch and Bistritz. Thomas Szécsényi was appointed Voivode of Transylvania in July 1321, was entrusted with the task of suppression of the revolt of the late Ladislaus Kán's sons.

In the same time, Simon elevated to the position of Count of the Székelys, to strengthen his cousin's efforts to restore order in the province. Since the counts of Székelys were continuously the rulers of the Saxons of Bistritz, lasted until 1453. About three months Szécsényi seized Csicsó, the last fortress of the Kán kindred. On 20 April 1322, Voivode Thomas Szécsényi, Count Simon Kacsics and Bishop Andrew Szécsi jointly convened a general assembly to Keresztes, demonstrating the province's successful consolidation. In May, Simon inherited the estates of his brother-in-law Reynold Kökényesradnót, dead by then, his brother Peter was granted the land of Ölyves in the same time. Simon last appeared as Count of the Székelys on 4 June 1327, when he w

Richard Kohn

Richard Kohn was an Austrian football player and coach of FC Bayern Munich, FC Barcelona and Feyenoord Rotterdam. He was Jewish, his nickname was Little Dombi, meaning little eminence. He was known as John Little, Jack Domby and Ricardo Domby. Before World War I he played for Wiener AC and Wiener AF and Wiener Amateur SV. Kohn was renowned for his good technique, he scored two times. Little is known about the early years of his career. In the 1920s he managed Građanski Zagreb and Sportfreunde Stuttgart and Hertha BSC from 1924 to 1925, he went to First Vienna FC which he left for Barcelona for a first stint from February 1926 to 1927. He afterwards left TSV 1860 Munich for VfR Mannheim for a year. Upon leaving for FC Bayern Munich, convincing the gifted player Oskar Rohr to follow him there. With Rohr and Conny Heidkamp he formed a strong team in Munich and in 1932 won the German championship with Bayern in a final victory against Eintracht Frankfurt. After the Nazis rise to power, the Jewish Kohn left Germany for the Grasshopper Club in Zurich for Barcelona, went to Switzerland where he coached Basel.

From 1935 to 1939, 1951 to 1952, 1955 to 1956 he managed Feyenoord Rotterdam, winning the Dutch league in 1935–36 and 1937–38. He acted as a coach and physio, was known for magical potions, which helped to cure injured players. Andreas Wittner: "Richard Little Dombi – Kleine Eminenz, vom Himmel gesandt". In: Schulze-Marmeling, Dietrich: "Strategen des Spiels – Die legendären Fußballtrainer", Verlag Die Werkstatt, Göttingen 2005, ISBN 3-89533-475-8, S.54–63 Floor de Zeeuw – Kohn's assistant coach at Feyenoord Biography Richard Dombi

Music of the Mana series

The Mana series, known in Japan as Seiken Densetsu, is a role-playing video game series from Square Enix, created by Koichi Ishii. The series began as a handheld side story to Square's flagship franchise Final Fantasy, although most Final Fantasy-inspired elements were subsequently dropped, starting with the second installment, Secret of Mana, it has since grown to include games of various genres within the fictional world of Mana. The music of the Mana series includes soundtracks and arranged albums of music from the series, composed of Final Fantasy Adventure and its remake Sword of Mana, Secret of Mana, Trials of Mana, Legend of Mana, Dawn of Mana, Children of Mana, Friends of Mana, Heroes of Mana, Circle of Mana, Rise of Mana; each game except for Friends and Circle has produced a soundtrack album, while Adventure has sparked an arranged album as well as a combined soundtrack and arranged album, Legend of Mana has an additional promotional EP, music from Secret and Trials were combined together into an arranged album.

For the series' 20th anniversary, a 20-disc box set of previously-released albums was produced, as well as an album of arrangements by Kenji Ito, composer for several games in the series. The music of Final Fantasy Adventure was composed by Kenji Ito, while Hiroki Kikuta composed Secret of Mana and Trials of Mana and Yoko Shimomura wrote the score to Legend of Mana; the music of the World of Mana subseries, composed of Children, Dawn and Heroes of Mana, was composed by many different composers, with Ito, Shimomura, Tsuyoshi Sekito, Masayoshi Soken, Ryuichi Sakamoto composing Dawn, Masaharu Iwata, Takayuki Aihara writing Children, Shimomura composing the music of Friends and Heroes. Rise of Mana was composed by an ensemble group including Ito, Shimomura, Yasuhiro Yamanaka, Kokia. Music from the series has been performed in live concerts such as the Orchestral Game Concerts and the Symphonic Game Music Concerts, made up one fourth of the Symphonic Fantasies concert in Cologne, Germany. Music from the Mana series has been arranged for the piano and published as sheet music books.

Final Fantasy Adventure, released as Seiken Densetsu: Final Fantasy Gaiden in Japan and Mystic Quest in Europe and marketed as a Final Fantasy spin-off, was composed by Kenji Ito. The game was released in 1991 on the original Game Boy, it was remade in 2003 for the Game Boy Advance as Sword of Mana, wherein features of the original game were reworked to be brought more in line with the direction the Mana series had taken with the games. It severed the game from the Final Fantasy series. Ito was the composer for the 2003 Sword of Mana, for which he remixed some pieces from Final Fantasy Adventure as well as composing new ones. Ito's music is inspired by images from the game rather than outside influences. Final Fantasy Adventure received a soundtrack album and an arranged album, which were released again as a single album. Sword of Mana sparked a soundtrack album. Seiken Densetsu Original Sound Version is a soundtrack album of music from Final Fantasy Adventure, it was composed by Kenji Ito, with the exception of "Theme of Chocobo", composed by Nobuo Uematsu for the Final Fantasy series.

The album covers 27 tracks and has a duration of 34:40. It was published by NTT Publishing/Square on July 15, 1991 with the catalog number N23D-003; the album was well received by critics such as Ryan Mattich of RPGFan, who termed it full of "quality compositions and timeless melodies" that created a "nostalgic listening experience". Another reviewer, in their review of the combined album, claimed that the sound hardware limitations of the Game Boy "forces composers to create strong melodies" and that the Final Fantasy Adventure soundtrack was "a perfect example of what quality Gameboy music should sound like". Seiken Densetsu: Let Thoughts Ride on Knowledge is a soundtrack album of music arranged from the Final Fantasy Adventure soundtrack; the original music was composed by Kenji Ito, while the versions on the album were arranged by Takayuki Hattori. The album covers 7 tracks and has a duration of 35:11; each track covers several different songs from the original soundtrack. The pieces are arranged in an orchestral style, with moods ranging from "soft" to "powerful".

It was published by NTT Publishing/Square on September 30, 1991 with the catalog number N30D-005. The album was well received by critics such as Ryan Mattich of RPGFan, who called it "an album of epic ambition" and said that it let "these timeless melodies live on," "freed from the shackles of sound hardware limitations". Kero Hazel of Square Enix Music Online agreed, saying that "those 35 minutes of arranged music are worth every penny" in their review of the combined album. Another reviewer of the combined album called the tracks a "combination of great compositions and excellent arranging" and said that the tracks "flow smoothly between each other" creating "a superb thirty-five minutes of music". Final Fantasy Gaiden: Seiken Densetsu Sound Collections is a soundtrack album of music from Final Fantasy Adventure combining its soundtrack album and arranged album; the music was composed by Kenji Ito, while the arranged tracks, which comprise the first seven tracks of this album, were arranged by Takayuki Hattori.

The album covers 34 tracks and has a duration of 69:51. It was published by NTT Publishing on August 25, 1995 with the catalog number PSCN-5029, republished on October 1, 2004 with the catalog number NTCP-5029; the combined album was as well received as the individual albums that make it up, with RPGFan calling it "one fantastic CD" that combined the

Richard Picker

Richard Picker was an American numismatist. Based in New York City, Picker was a specialist and dealer of coins from early and colonial American history and was considered one of the foremost authorities in that area of numismatics. Picker was best known for his active collaboration within the numismatic community. Richard Picker was born on June 22, 1915 in New York to his parents Ida Reiger. Picker developed an interest in collecting coins as a child, but was never able to explore this hobby in his youth as he spent most of his time working in his family's confection business, selling candy and popcorn at movie theaters, he went on to earn a bachelor's degree from New York University, graduating in 1938. In 1943, Picker served in the United States Army in a deployment which lasted until the end of the Second World War. By 1954 Picker was a member of the American Numismatic Association with active connections and coin trading deals with other prominent numismatists of the time, such as Walter Breen and Eric Newman.

Picker, in 1975, would state that he had been a member "in good standing" of the ANA for "over 25 years", implying that he began his membership in 1950. Picker was interested in the research and historical aspects of numismatics treating his coin dealing as a means by which he could further his research, his specific interest in early American and colonial coinage began a long-running and close relationship with fellow numismatist and ANA member Eric Newman, who had similar interests. Picker soon developed a reputation for reliability and expertise, was consulted by collectors, other coin dealers, research institutions due to his industrious and thorough manner of research. Picker founded the Long Island Coin Club. Picker became notable for not publishing a vast number of research articles himself, but instead being a vital source of research and data for other numismatists. Making his data and library available to those who sought his assistance, Picker was instrumental in the writing of Newman's Early Paper Money of America reference catalog.

He did publish several articles in the American Numismatic Society-published Colonial Newsletter, penned a chapter in the American Numismatic Society's bicentennial work, Studies on Money in Early America, where he explored the varieties of early Massachusetts coinage. In 1968, Picker was nominated to be a fellow of the American Numismatic Society. Picker encountered controversy in 1975 when he was denied a bourse table for an ANA convention after refusing to pay "voluntary contributions"; this compounded earlier issues he had encountered win 1971 when his convention stock and reference material was stolen from an ANA convention security room and never recovered. The controversy was not resolved, although an active conversation developed about the growing influence of money and financial contributions outweighing numismatic expertise and experience within the organization. Picker served as a government expert witness in a Chicago trial, cooperating with the FBI in an investigation where coins were stolen in a robbery from Yale University.

Picker died on February 1983, in New York City. Richard Picker was married to his wife, Anne Picker, had two children. Newman Numismatic Portal The Colonial Newsletter