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Mayor of Waimakariri

The Mayor of Waimakariri is the head of the municipal government of Waimakariri District in New Zealand's South Island. The mayor is directly elected using a first-past-the-post electoral system; the current mayor is Dan Gordon. Waimakariri District was established as part of the 1989 local government reforms, it was formed from Rangiora District, Kaiapoi Borough, Oxford County, Eyre County and part of Hurunui County – although Rangiora District and Eyre County had amalgamated earlier that year. The first mayor, Trevor Inch, had been Mayor of Rangiora since 1986, he died shortly after resigning on health grounds in 1995. He was succeeded by Janice Skurr, in office 1995–2001. Skurr died in 2008. Former Member of Parliament Jim Gerard defeated Skurr in 2001 and was re-elected unopposed in 2004. In 2007 he was defeated by Ron Keating who in turn was defeated by David Ayers three years in 2010. Dan Gordon became mayor in 2019. Waimakariri has had five mayors since its establishment in 1989

The Lancasters

The Lancasters is a residential development in London, with 77 apartments, the majority of which face south with views onto or across Hyde Park. The building was a terrace of 15 stucco-fronted Grade-II listed houses dating from the mid-nineteenth century, it was purchased by a joint venture between the investment and development company Minerva and the developer Northacre Plc. The building underwent significant redevelopment, it was demolished behind the French Renaissance style façade, retained in one of the longest façade development projects in Europe. It took 11 months and 500 tons of steel to support the entire 407 ft. long façade, the equivalent length of 15 AEC Routemaster buses end-to-end. The Lancasters is considered to be the first super prime development in W2 and commands premium prices throughout the building; the scheme which incorporates private residential accommodation was a joint venture between the investment and development company Minerva and developer Northacre Plc. It is now owned by Northacre Plc.

It was built by Capita Symonds. The building is located in Bayswater area of London, adjacent to Hyde Park, it sits between the Lancaster Gate and Queensway Underground stations on the Central line, taking up the length of block between Leinster Terrace and Lancaster Gate. The address is: The Lancasters, 75–89 Lancaster Gate, London W2 3NH. Ike Ijeh, Building magazine, 10 June 2011 Arabella Youens, Country Life, 19 February 2009 Francesca Steele, Financial Times, 4 April 2014 The Lancasters Northacre Plc Minerva

Kannur Lighthouse

The Kannur Lighthouse is located near the Payyambalam Beach, a few kilometers from Kannur town, in Kerala state, south India. It is adjacent to the Government Guest House; the lighthouse overlooks the Arabian Sea. Cannanore is the old English name for the town named Kannur; the lighthouse at Kannur is still referred to as the Cannanore lighthouse. Cannanore was an important seaport under the 15th century rulers of North Malabar, the Kolathiris and the Arakkal Kingdom; the port had maritime links with the ports of Madras, Tuticorin, Mangalore and Karachi. The Portuguese led by Vasco Da Gama first landed at Kappad beach in 1498, they built the St. Angelo Fort at Kannur in the early 16th century. Two centuries the region came under the control of the British, who established a cantonment at Cannanore in the 19th century. In 1902, the Presidency Port Officer of Madras state government sanctioned an amount of Rs. 3430/- for the construction of a lighthouse tower atop the fort. This stone tower was commissioned in the year 1903, but at a date the tower, along with a part of the fort, was taken away by the sea.

After this only, a mast was installed inside the fort to hoist a lighthouse lantern. In order to warn ships at sea of land, a system of hoisting a lantern with an oil wick lamp was introduced in 1843 by the British. A masonry pedestal was constructed in 1903 on the rampart of the fort and a double wick oil lamp inside the 4th order dioptric lens and lantern with arrangement for occultation was placed on this pedestal; the light was made available during fair seasons only, from September to May every year. In 1924, some enhancements were made; the light was shifted in 1939 on to a 16-metre steel trestle erected on the northern bastion of the Fort. The steel trestle can still be seen today at the Fort; the equipment was replaced by a flashing light with 10-second character running on DA gas in 1948. This light remained in operation till the new lighthouse tower was constructed at the present location during 1975–76. Today, the light uses modern PRB-42 equipment with 6 volt, 30 watt Type'C' sealed beam lamps, supplied by Messers J. Stone India, of Calcutta.

The GI lantern house installed at the station is 2.4 meters in diameter and was fabricated at Cochin. The new lighthouse was commissioned into service on 25 July 1976. On 31 May 2003, the'C' type sealed. Today the lighthouse lights up the skies every night, offers a solitary light that can be seen from the Baby beach and as far as Payyambalam. List of lighthouses in India Alappuzha Lighthouse St. Angelo Fort Cannanore Cantonment Kannur Kannur Lighthouse in Lighthouse Digest's Lighthouse Explorer Database Photo of the current lighthouse on Flickr Directorate General of Lighthouses and Lightships

Operation Freakout

Operation Freakout known as Operation PC Freakout, was a Church of Scientology covert plan intended to have the U. S. author and journalist Paulette Cooper committed to a psychiatric hospital. The plan, undertaken in 1976 following years of church-initiated lawsuits and covert harassment, was meant to eliminate the perceived threat that Cooper posed to the church and obtain revenge for her publication in 1971 of a critical book, The Scandal of Scientology; the Federal Bureau of Investigation discovered documentary evidence of the plot and the preceding campaign of harassment during an investigation into the Church of Scientology in 1977 leading to the church compensating Cooper in an out-of-court settlement. Cooper, a freelance journalist and author, had begun researching Scientology in 1968 and wrote a critical article on the church for the British magazine Queen in 1969; the church promptly sued for libel, adding Queen to the dozens of British publications that it had sued. Undeterred, Cooper expanded her article into The Scandal of Scientology.

It was published by Tower Publications, Inc. of New York in the summer of 1971. The church responded by suing her in December 1971, demanding $300,000 for "untrue and defamatory statements about the Church." Cooper was seen as a high-priority target by the church's Guardian's Office, which acted as a combination of intelligence agency, legal office and public relations bureau for the church. As early as February 29, 1972, the church's third most senior official, Jane Kember, sent a directive to Terry Milner, the Deputy Guardian for Intelligence United States, instructing him to collect information about Paulette Cooper so that she could be "handled." In response, Milner ordered his subordinates to "attack her in as many ways as possible" and undertake "wide-scale exposure of PC's sex life", a plan, named Operation Daniel. Cooper counter-sued on March 30, 1972, demanding $15.4 million in damages for the ongoing harassment. However, the church stepped up the harassment, for instance painting her name and phone number on street walls so that she would receive obscene phone calls, subscribing her to pornographic mailing lists.

She received anonymous death threats and her neighbors received letters claiming that she had a venereal disease. In December 1972, the church launched; that month, a woman ostensibly soliciting funds for United Farm Workers stole a quantity of stationery from Cooper's apartment. A few days the New York Church of Scientology "received" two anonymous bomb threats; the following May, Cooper was indicted for making the bomb threats and arraigned for a federal grand jury. The threats had been written on her stationery, marked with her fingerprints; the charges were dropped in 1975 with the filing of a nolle prosequi order by the local US Attorney's office, but it was not until the fall of 1977 that the FBI discovered that the bomb threats had been staged by the Guardian's Office. A contemporary memorandum sent between two Guardian's Office staff noted on a list of jobs accomplished: "Conspired to entrap Mrs. Lovely into being arrested for a felony which she did not commit, she was arraigned for the crime."The church sued Cooper again in 1975 in the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia in 1976.

The church itself imported Cooper's books into foreign countries for the express purpose of suing her in jurisdictions where the libel laws were stricter than in the United States. In the spring of 1976, the Guardian Office leadership decided to initiate an operation with the aim "To get P. C. incarcerated in a mental institution or jail, or at least to hit her so hard that she drops her attacks." The planning document, dated April 1, 1976, declared the aim to be "o remove PC from her position of power so that she cannot attack the C of S."In its initial form Operation Freakout consisted of three different plans, tailored to implicate her by her Jewish descent: First, a woman was to imitate Paulette Cooper's voice and make telephone threats to Arab consulates in New York City. Second, a threatening letter was to be mailed to an Arab consulate in such a fashion that it would appear to have been done by Paulette Cooper. Third, a Scientologist volunteer was to impersonate Paulette Cooper at a laundromat and threaten the current president Gerald Ford and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

A second Scientologist would thereafter inform the FBI of the threat. Two additional plans were added to Operation Freakout on April 13, 1976; the fourth plan called for Scientologist agents to gather information from Cooper so that the success of the first three plans could be assessed. The fifth plan was for a Scientologist to warn an Arab consulate by telephone that Paulette Cooper had been talking about bombing it. A sixth and final plan was added subsequently, it was a re-run of the 1972 plot, requiring Scientologists to obtain Paulette Cooper's fingerprints on a blank piece of paper, type a threatening letter to Kissinger on that paper, mail it. Guardian's Office staff member Bruce Raymond noted in an internal memo: "This additional channel should have put her away. Worked with all the other channels; the F. B. I. think she did the bomb threats on the C of S."On March 31, 1976, Jane Kember telexed Henning Heldt, the Deputy Guardian U. S. to update him on the situation: PC is still resisting paying the money but the judgement stands in PT...

Have her lawyer contacted and arra

Khufu ship

The Khufu ship is an intact full-size vessel from Ancient Egypt, sealed into a pit in the Giza pyramid complex at the foot of the Great Pyramid of Giza around 2500 BC. The ship is now preserved in the Giza Solar boat museum; the ship was certainly built for Khufu, the second pharaoh of the Fourth Dynasty of the Old Kingdom of Egypt. Like other buried Ancient Egyptian ships, it was part of the extensive grave goods intended for use in the afterlife, contained no bodies, unlike northern European ship burials. Khufu's ship is one of the oldest and best-preserved vessels from antiquity, it measures 5.9 m wide. It was thus identified as the world's oldest intact ship and has been described as "a masterpiece of woodcraft" that could sail today if put into water and river. However, the vessel may not have been designed for sailing, as there is no rigging, or for paddling, as there is no room; the ship was one of two rediscovered in 1954 by Kamal el-Mallakh – undisturbed since it was sealed into a pit carved out of the Giza bedrock.

It was built of Lebanon cedar planking in the "shell-first" construction technique, using unpegged tenons of Christ's thorn. The ship was built with a flat bottom composed of several planks, but no actual keel, with the planks and frames lashed together with Halfah grass, has been reconstructed from 1,224 pieces, laid in a logical, disassembled order in the pit beside the pyramid, it took years for the boat to be reassembled by the Egyptian Department of Antiquities' chief restorer, Ahmed Youssef Moustafa. Before reconstructing the boat, Moustafa had to gain enough experience on Ancient Egyptian boat-building, he studied the reliefs carved on walls and tombs as well as many of the little wooden models of ships and boats found in tombs. Hag Ahmed visited the Nile boatyards of Old Cairo and Maadi and went to Alexandria, where wooden river boats were still being made, he hoped that modern Egyptian shipwrights had retained ship-building methods that would suggest how Ancient Egyptians built their ships.

He investigated the work of shipwrights who built in a different tradition. The history and function of the ship are not known, it is of the type known as a "solar barge", a ritual vessel to carry the resurrected king with the sun god Ra across the heavens. However, it bears some signs of having been used in water, it is possible that the ship was either a funerary "barge" used to carry the king's embalmed body from Memphis to Giza, or that Khufu himself used it as a "pilgrimage ship" to visit holy places and that it was buried for him to use in the afterlife; the Khufu ship has been on display to the public in a specially built museum at the Giza pyramid complex since 1982. Its discovery was described as one of the greatest Ancient Egyptian discoveries in Zahi Hawass's documentary Egypt's Ten Greatest Discoveries; the ship is housed in The Khufu Boat Museum, a small modern facility resting alongside the Great Pyramid. The first floor of the museum takes the visitor through visuals and writings on the process of excavating and restoring the boat.

The ditch where the main boat was found is incorporated into the museum ground floor design. To see the restored boat, the visitor must climb a staircase leading to the second floor. Floor to ceiling windows allow for much sunlight and the wooden walkway takes the visitor around the boat where the visitor can get a close view of its impressive size- 143 feet long and 19.5 feet wide. On 26 May 2019, a Google Doodle was made to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the Khufu ship discovery. Atet Giza Solar boat museum Ancient Egyptian solar ships Abydos boats Solar barge Ancient Egyptian technology Ships preserved in museums Nancy Jenkins; the boat beneath the pyramid: King Cheops' royal ship ISBN 0-03-057061-1 Paul Lipke. The royal ship of Cheops: a retrospective account of the discovery and reconstruction. Based on interviews with Hag Ahmed Youssef Moustafa. Oxford: B. A. R. ISBN 0-86054-293-9 Björn Landström. Ships of the Pharaohs: 4000 Years of Egyptian Shipbuilding. Doubleday & Company, Inc. LCCN 73-133207 The Smell of Time The Solar Barque, Nova Online Web archive backup: Ships of the World: An Historical Encyclopedia – "Cheops ship" The Giza Mapping Project A Visitors Perspective of the Khufu Boat Museum Khufu ship free high resolution images