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Mat Zan Mat Aris

Mat Zan Mat Aris is a Malaysian football manager and former national footballer. He spent most of his football career playing for Kuala Lumpur FA during early 1990s. Mat Zan began his career as a player for Kuala Lumpur in the early 1980s, he played with Kuala Lumpur FA for whom he played 13 years and won treble Malaysia Cup 1987, 1988 & 1989. Mat Zan made his full international debut in 1985 and in 1989 he won Gold Medal in SEA Games XV at Kuala Lumpur. Mat Zan start out his managerial and coaching stint as head coach for his employee while working with DBKL FC before pursuing his career as a full-time football coach. Mat Zan coached Kuala Lumpur FA in 1999 and won Malaysia FA Cup in 1999 and Charity Cup in 2000. In 2001, Mat Zan move as head coach of Terengganu FA and He won the 2001 Malaysia Cup, 2001 Malaysia Charity Cup and second place in Malaysia League. With PLUS F. C. in 2008 he automatically promoted to Malaysia Super League. In 2012, he comeback with Terengganu FA and go through to FA Cup Semi-finals and round two in AFC Cup.

In 2015 Mat Zan move to Melaka United and won 2015 Malaysia FAM League and won 2016 Malaysia Premier League. After his contract was not renewed with Melaka at the end of 2016, he was appointed as new head coach of AirAsia Allstars FC, renamed as Petaling Jaya Rangers F. C. for the 2017 season. He signed. Mat Zan coached the club side of Malaysia U-21 squad, Harimau Muda B, who won plate winner Singapore Starhub League Cup, Thanj Nien Newspaper Cup, Vietnam 3rd place and Hassanal Bolkiah Cup, Brunei 3rd place Kuala Lumpur FA1999 Malaysia FA Cup: 2000 Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Cup Terengganu FA2001 Malaysia Cup: 2001 Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Cup Melaka United2015 Malaysia FAM League: 2016 Malaysia Premier League

Steve Chia

Steve Chia Kiah Hong is a politician from Singapore. He is the Secretary-General of the Singapore People's Party since 5 November 2019 and was former Secretary-General of the National Solidarity Party from 2001 to 2005, he served as a Non-Constituency Member of Parliament from 2001 to 2006, during which time the NSP was part of the Singapore Democratic Alliance. In 1985, at the age of 15, Chia was sentenced to two years' probation by a juvenile court following an incident where he and group of other boys broke into a school and committed vandalism. In his book Called to Serve, Chia notes that the incident left him determined to turn his life around, he went on to graduate from Nanyang Junior College in 1988. During his national service, Chia became an officer in the Singapore Armed Forces despite the discovery of an inborn heart defect late in his officer cadet training which resulted in him being put on light duties for the final two months of the course, his commanders were impressed by his performance and wrote in to appeal for him to be commissioned as an officer.

The appeal was approved, he became the only person to have graduated from the Officer Cadet Course without taking the senior term Individual Physical Proficiency Test and Standard Obstacle Course. Chia became a student at the National University of Singapore, where he read Psychology and Philosophy, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1994. He was active in student politics during his time at NUS, was elected the President of the National University of Singapore Students' Union in 1993. Chia first took an interest in national politics during a by-election in the Marine Parade Group Representation Constituency in 1992, when he attended one of the National Solidarity Party's campaign rallies. After graduating from NUS in 1995, Chia joined the NSP. At the 1997 general election, he was a member of the party's teams in the Hong Kah Group Representation Constituency, was defeated by the team from the governing People's Action Party by 36,920 votes to 82,182. Prior to the 2001 general election, the National Solidarity Party joined the Singapore Democratic Alliance.

Chia stood as the SDA's candidate in the single-member constituency of Chua Chu Kang at the 2001 general election. During the election campaign, Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong unexpectedly praised Chia, noting that he appeared to be more professional than many of the other opposition candidates. Chia was defeated by the PAP's Low Seow Chay by 8,143 votes to 14,489; as this was the highest percentage of the vote garnered by any opposition losing candidate at the election, Chia therefore became a Non-constituency MP. At the 2006 general election, Chia improved his percentage of the vote in Chua Chu Kang, but still lost to the PAP's Gan Kim Yong by 9,292 votes to 14,156; this was not enough to enable him to hold on to his NCMP seat as the team from the Workers' Party in the Aljunied Group Representation Constituency surpassed him with 43.91% of the votes. Chia contested a fourth time in the 2011 general election in the newly carved out single-member constituency of Pioneer against the PAP's Cedric Foo, the MP for the district when it was part of the West Coast Group Representation Constituency.

However Chia fell short again. Ahead of the 2015 general election, the NSP announced that it planned field Chia as a candidate in the single-member constituency of MacPherson; this was a controversial decision as the Workers' Party had announced that it planned to field a candidate against the PAP in the constituency. The NSP's Acting Secretary-General, Hazel Poa, resigned from the party following the announcement stating that she disagreed with the decision of the party's Central Executive Committee to contest the constituency. On 22 August 2015, Chia released a statement on Facebook announcing that he had decided not to be the NSP's candidate in MacPherson and would not be standing in the general election, he stated that "the Trolls have won" because negative online posts had been a key factor in his decision to withdraw. Chia subsequently resigned from the NSP and joined the Singapore People's Party in 2018, becoming its Organising Secretary. On 16 October 2019, Chia was re-elected into the SPP CEC and on 5 November 2019, was made Secretary-General of the SPP.

The difference with his stint as Secretary-General in NSP was that the NSP President was the top post, whereas for SPP, he succeeded Chiam See Tong as the leader of the party. In 2003, while Chia was an NCMP, he was involved in a scandal when topless photos of a maid who worked in his home were discovered by his wife Doreen Chee in his computer's "recycle bin", his wife lodged a police report. Chia insisted that his maid had agreed to pose for the photos and that he did not force her to do so, he noted that he had an interest in nude photography, showed the press nude photos that he had taken of himself to prove t

Hannah Nielsen

Hannah Nielsen is the current head coach of the University of Michigan women’s lacrosse team. She was the first women's lacrosse assistant coach at the University of Colorado. From the Brighton Lacrosse Club in Adelaide, Nielsen played for the Northwestern University Wildcats, won four national championships as a player, she was a three-time All-American, is a winner of both the Tewaaraton Trophy and Honda Sports Award in her junior and senior seasons. She holds NCAA records for career assists, assists in a season, assists in single game. A member of the Australia women's national lacrosse team, Nielsen was a member of the Australian U19 team as well as the 2005 World Cup-winning senior team, was selected as an All-Star player in both the 2009 and 2013 World Cups

Old State Library Building, Brisbane

Old State Library Building is a heritage-listed former library building at 159 William Street, Brisbane City, City of Brisbane, Australia. It is known as the former Queensland Museum, it was added to the Queensland Heritage Register on 21 October 1992. Constructed for the Queensland Museum opposite Queens Gardens, the building contained the State Library of Queensland from 1902 to 1988, when the State Library was relocated to the Queensland Cultural Centre at South Bank; this building was constructed in two stages. The three-storeyed William Street section was erected by the Queensland Colonial Government between 1876 and 1879, as the first purpose-built home for the Queensland Museum, established in 1855; the four-storeyed extension was erected in 1958–59 as the Queensland Government's major centennial project. In 1876 the design for the first section was completed under the supervision of Queensland Colonial Architect FDG Stanley, a construction contract for £10,701 was let to W Macfarlane.

The building was erected as stage one of a complex, to incorporate two flanking wings housing the main staircases, an arcade and colonnade fronting the river. The choice of a classical style of architecture, modelled on 16th century Italian buildings and its central location close to the city's southern entrance, reflected the museum's importance in the scientific and cultural life of Brisbane; the building occupied early in 1879, but proved inadequate for museum purposes. In 1881 the area below was levelled and the basement was extended. By 1884 the government was setting aside funds for a new museum building, but economic depression necessitated the museum remaining in the cramped William Street premises until removed to the former Exhibition Building at Gregory Terrace in 1899. A £1,900 contract was let in September 1900 for conversion of the former museum building into premises for the free Public Library of Queensland, established in 1896; the library opened in the refurbished building in April 1902.

The name was changed to the State Library of Queensland in 1971. The John Oxley Library, established in 1926 as the principal centre for research material on Queensland history, was housed in the State Library building from 1931; as a major centennial project, the library building was extended in 1958–1959, at a cost of over £265,000. The additions, designed by government architects WG Thain, P Prystupa, U Stukoff, AJ Wheeler, D Davies and H de Jong, included an exhibition hall on the western side and reading rooms on the river elevation. In 1958 national competitions were held for designs for a wall mural and sculpture to embellish the exterior of the new Centennial Hall; these were won by Victorian artist Lindsay Edward and Brisbane sculptor Leonard George Shillam. Shillam's aluminium sculpture'Enlightenment' showed three symbolic figures reaching towards the rays of the sun, representing'the dissemination of enlightenment to mankind', it was cast by the Non-Ferrous Foundry of Brisbane. The extensions were opened in August 1959 by Princess Alexandra.

From 1964 to 1965 the original building underwent a major renovation, including the addition of a concrete frame structure, new floors, a mezzanine and air conditioning and the removal of the skylight, at a cost of over £227,000. The exterior brickwork may have been rendered at this time; the William Street frontage remained intact, as one of the city's few surviving 1870s facades. The State Library of Queensland moved to new premises in the Queensland Cultural Centre in 1988, the building has since been used as library storage; the Old State Library Building is situated between William Street and the Brisbane River, overlooking Queens Gardens. It was the first of a major series of government buildings: the Treasury Building, the Lands Administration Building, the Family Services Building, which surround Queens Gardens, it is adjacent to the North Quay porphyry wall. The Old State Library Building consists of two main parts; the original building was a three storeyed masonry structure with a sandstone facade.

The facade is designed using classical elements, with a rusticated base and double-height columns rising from the piano nobile to support an entablature. The centre of the facade is marked by an aedicular containing an arched doorway, at ground level and a small pediment above in the entablature; the large unfluted columns with lotus leaf capitals form a colonnade in front of the second and third storeys. Corbels rise through the entablature above each column; the top pediment is marked by stretches of balustrade. All the windows in this front facade are arched; the interior of the first section was remodelled in 1964–1965, with the addition of a concrete frame structure, new floors, a mezzanine and air-conditioning. The 1958–59 modernist extension, to the west and south, is of four storeys, only one of which appears above William Street; the William Street frontage features a random patterned wall at the main entrance under a low-pitched copper-sheathed roof. The western wall is decorated with Lindsay Edward's large glass mosaic mural, 20.7 by 4.4 metres, the design suggesting "primitive organic forms indicative of growth and development".

On the river side is Leonard Shillam's aluminium sculpture 6 metres high. Entitled "Enlightenment", it depicts three figures reaching towards the sun, symbolising the dissemination of enlightenment to mankind. To the south the extension was designed as a series of concrete fin walls providing views of the river, private work areas and shade from the sun; the Old State Library Building was listed on the Queensland Herita

The Domination

The Domination of the Draka is an alternate history series regarded as dystopian, by American author S. M. Stirling, it comprises a main trilogy of novels as well as one crossover novel set after the original and a book of short stories. The series focuses on Draka, a totalitarian, expansionist nation founded in South Africa by British settlers in the 18th century where cruel slavery plays an central role; the world of the Domination diverges from our world at the time of the American Revolutionary War, when the Netherlands declares war on Great Britain, resulting in the loss of its Cape Colony to the British. After defeat in the Revolutionary War, the Loyalists who went to Canada are instead resettled in the new Crown Colony of Drakia in South Africa, taking their slaves with them. Thousands of Hessian German mercenaries who fought on the Loyalist side are paid off with land grants in the new colony; the Crown Colony of Drakia is an aggressive militaristic slave-owning society, massively influenced by the attitudes of these American slave owner settlers that are allowed to run unchecked, reinforced over the course of the late 18th and 19th century by 25,000 Icelanders fleeing their island after the 1783-84 volcanic devastation.

French royalists, 150,000 defeated American Confederates and other reactionary refugees emigrate to the colony. The much earlier Dutch Boer settlers are assimilated by these subsequent immigrants; the genealogical lineage of both the original Boer and Southern Loyalist settlers from the late 17th century and 1780s is overwhelmingly made up of Anglo-Saxons, Nordic and Celtics, although these immigrant groups include the scattered descendants of French Protestant Huguenots fleeing persecution in Roman Catholic France, the aforementioned French aristocrats seeking sanctuary from the French Revolution. Although most Draka remain at least nominally Christian for several generations, by the 1960s, the practice of Christianity among them has declined to the point that the few remaining Christian Citizens are subject to scrutiny by the Security Directorate and unofficially prevented from attaining officer ranks in the military; the Draka capital city is Archona, on the site of our own world's Pretoria.

The uppermost strata of Draka society by the mid-20th century was composed of the hereditary plantation families - the "old Domination" aristocracy descended from Loyalists that fled America, who monopolized landholding early on. Over time a new prosperous technocratic subclass emerged below this one, as the Domination industrialized; the Dutch Boer population did manage to survive as a distinct Draka subclass after a fashion: discontent with being edged out of landholding by the vastly more numerous Loyalist immigrants, Dutch Boer families came to dominate the officer pool of the Draka Navy. By the Eurasian War, of course, the Draka Navy was still disproportionately small due to their heavy reliance upon land warfare - which made it both easier for the entire institution to be dominated by a handful of Dutch Boer families, at the same time guaranteed that it would always be a minority power in wider Draka politics; the Confederates who immigrated after defeat in the American Civil War arrived too late to join the landholding class or the industrialist class, the Dutch Boers had a firm control on the Navy.

Instead, as this coincided with a great outburst of Draka expansion, the Confederate immigrant families filled the expanding Security Directorate. Paralleling how the Navy was dominated by Dutch Boers, by the Eurasian War the Security Directorate was dominated by Confederate-descended hereditary families - who wielded considerable influence in militarized Draka society. Citizens, who are free and can vote, comprise only a small fraction of the Domination's population. Over 90% of the population are slaves; when the United Kingdom and most of the British Empire abolish slavery during the 1830s, the Draka avoided emancipation by labeling their slaves "serfs". At first, serfs are debt laborers who can earn their freedom, but this is a feeble legal fiction; this pretense is dropped when the Draka withdraw from the Empire, but the word "serf" remains the standard term. Serfs have no rights, are not allowed to handle money, their testimony is inadmissible in any court. Any child born to a serf mother is a serf.

At first serfs are all African blacks, Draka citizenship is open to all whites although Nordic, Anglo Saxon and Celtic types are welcomed. Because Draka expansion is based on enslaving conquered peoples, they soon have serfs from other races, including whites; as Draka social mores diverge more and more from those of free societies, they evolve an ideology in which they are "The Race" — the natural overlords of all humanity. Those non-Draka not enslaved are "feral serfs" who represent a permanent threat to the survival of the Draka, thus the Draka are dedicated to enslaving all humanity, since the only alternative is the extinction of The Race. All Draka citizens own at least a few slaves; the Draka are outnumbered, meaning that a slave rebellion is a constant threat. In response, the Draka are utterly ruthless in their discipline of serfs. Impalement is the favored Draka method of executing rebellious serfs. Nonetheless, many Draka