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Jal Fazer

Jalander "Jal" Fazer is a fictional character in the television series Skins portrayed by Larissa Wilson. Jal is described by the official Skins website as "super bright and the most talented young clarinet player in the country"; the daughter of fictional celebrity Ronny Fazer, she is the most affluent of all of her friends, of whom she is closest to Michelle Richardson and Chris Miles. As a talented and intellectual teenager, she defies various stereotypes, her school is quick to take pride in her success, despite carrying little interest in the gifted Jal. She is straightforward and self-aware, has contempt for her brothers' fake "ghetto" personas as well as Tony Stonem's poor treatment of Michelle, the way in which Sid Jenkins ignores Cassie. Despite this, she can come across as something of a goody-goody, as several characters point out her preference for her clarinet over her friends, with Chris making a pact with her, in which she has to "stop saying "no" all the time." According to her Myspace-style "about me" section on the Skins website she dislikes modern pop artists and wishes to "sue MTV Base for prolonged emotional distress".

Her favourite "musical dynamics" are Dolce, Affettuoso and Giocoso. Her other favourite things include eating chips, Maxxie Oliver's dancing, the correlation between maths and music, she is incredibly driven, finding herself knowing more than her careers advisor, having planned out her future, having to pass up a fifteen-minute interview in awkward silence. Jal is first seen in the opening episode practising her clarinet when she is interrupted by Tony's phone call, she tells him to stop calling Michelle'nips' and rejects the invite to Abigail's party, hinting at her anti-party lifestyle, explored further in her central episode. In "Jal", Jal anticipates her clarinet recital and impresses all her friends by looking great with the aid of Michelle, she spots Tony flirt with Abigail, much to Jal's disgust. Her clarinet is broken by Sid's drug dealing enemy Madison Twatter, who smashes it before being chased away by her brothers Ace and Lynton, her dad surprises her by having Madison abducted. In "Chris" it is revealed she did not win Young Musician of the Year and only received £25 to cover her traveling costs.

She grows closer to Chris as he is abandoned by both parents and left homeless, whilst beginning to become aware of his drug addiction. In "Sid" she is critical of Sid for how he treats Cassie and is there to take Cassie to hospital after an overdose, she tells the doctors that she is Cassie's sister, gets rid of Sid, with whom she is angry, hoping Cassie will recover. In "Maxxie and Anwar", she tries to inform Michelle that Tony cheated on her with Abigail but she does not listen; this blows off in Michelle's episode where they fall out due to Jal's inability to tell her about Tony's long list of infidelities. However, they reconcile towards the end of the episode. In the series finale, she dances with Kenneth at Anwar Kharral's birthday party and the two seem to grow closer; when Chris starts a brawl, she makes easy work in fighting some of the large male attackers. In episode five of the second season, "Chris", we see Jal and Chris make a deal that he will give his life a go and stop saying'fuck it' and that Jal will stop saying no to everything, as Chris had told her in "Sid" that "you don't have sex at all.

You have clarinet lessons." At a party that night, Jal shows her wilder side when Chris dares her to go and get the hat off the head of the singer at the party. She downs a can of beer and snogs the singer right on stage for his hat, she and Chris end up getting together. In a episode, Angie turns up. However, Chris pulls out of his romp in the toilet with her; when they come out of the bathroom, Jal puts two and two together. Chris attempts to get Jal back and they get back together, however he doesn't yet know that Jal is pregnant with his baby. In the following episode, "Tony", she is seen in the club with the others but doesn't appear to drink alcohol. Tony tells her she knows she has a secret, it isn't clear. During episode eight, Jal's central episode, she continues to battle with the many decisions she needs to make in the foreseeable future. Whilst Jal struggles to decide when to reveal her pregnancy to boyfriend Chris, it is hinted that Chris has a secret of his own. Half way through the episode, it is revealed.

Michelle and Jal's dysfunctional family discover her secret shortly after. The next day, Jal heads for a musical audition at a prestigious college of arts, performs well. However, when she returns home, she discovers Cassie looking anxious sitting on the table in the apartment, they both head to the hospital where it is revealed that Chris is suffering from the same illness that killed his brother. In episode nine, Jal appears at Sid's dinner party, reveals that she is pregnant, plans to have an abortion. Jal a C in her A-levels. In the series 2 finale, Jal reveals, she can face getting out of bed on the day of Chris' funeral. However, Chris' dad banned all of his friends from attending the funeral, worried about embarrassment to the family. Chris' friends decide to watch the funeral from afar, whilst Jal makes this touching speech: Her story ends with Jal sitting by Chris' grave crying as Chris' dad offers his condolences. Jal Fazer on the official E4 Skins site Jal Fazer on Myspace

Karen Pritzker

Karen L. Pritzker is a filmmaker and philanthropist, she is a member of the Pritzker family, the granddaughter of A. N. Pritzker and daughter of Robert Pritzker. Pritzker was born in Oberlin, the daughter of Audrey and Robert Pritzker, she has two siblings: Jennifer N. Pritzker, a retired Lt Colonel in the U. S. Army and founder of the Pritzker Military Library, Linda Pritzker, an American lama in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, her parents divorced in 1979. In 1981, her mother remarried Albert B. Ratner, the co-chairman of Cleveland-based real estate developer Forest City Enterprises. In 1980, her father remarried to Irene Dryburgh with whom he had two children: Matthew Pritzker and Liesel Pritzker Simmons, her father diversified the Chicago-based family business, the Marmon Group - along with his brothers Jay Pritzker and Donald Pritzker - building it into a portfolio of over 60 diversified industrial corporations. They created the Hyatt Hotel chain in 1957 and owned Braniff Airlines from 1983–1988.

The family has been divesting its assets: in 2006, the family sold Conwood, a smokeless tobacco company, for $3.5 billion to cigarette company Reynolds American Inc. Pritzker graduated with a B. A. from Northwestern University. Pritzker worked as an editor at Working Mother before the family sold it in 1986 and has written for various publications including SUCCESS, Kirkus Reviews and Newsday. Pritzker invests her wealth through an investment portfolio, the Pritzker/Vlock family office which manages a diverse asset base of emerging biotechnology, medical device companies, consumer technology products, real estate. Pritzker operates a venture fund, LaunchCapital LLC with a core focus in the technology and medical businesses. In 2012, Karen co-founded KPJR Films with James Redford to confront society’s hidden challenges and honor those that fight them one story at time, she has since executive-produced three documentary film features: The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia, Paper Tigers, Resilience: The Biology of Stress and The Science of Hope.

Since its founding in 2002, the Seedlings Foundation has awarded millions of dollars in grants, catalyzing advancements in medical research, social services, job retraining for adults, affordable housing, online news sites dedicated to local, factual, ad-free reporting. Pritzker and her husband donated $20 million to the Yale University School of Medicine.. In 2007, Pritzker donated $1 million to build a new visitor center at the Treblinka concentration camp. Karen funded a new website named Truth in Advertising,, that provides information about incidents of false advertising. She serves on the board of directors of Grameen America, a nonprofit that offers low-cost microloans to women below the poverty line, as well as Grameen PrimaCare, which provides affordable health care for immigrant women. Pritzker co-founded The My Hero Project with Rita Stern Milch and Jeanne Meyers in 1995; the purpose of the effort is to offset the lack of positive role models in the media and "celebrate the best of humanity and empowers young people to realize their own potential to effect positive change in the world".

She was married to Michael Vlock. Her husband died in September 2017, she lives in Branford, Connecticut

Najwa Qassem

Najwa Qassem was a Lebanese journalist and television presenter for Al Jadeed, Future TV and Al Arabiya. Qassem has received many professional awards, she was named by Arabian Business Magazine as one of the 100 most powerful women in the Arab world. Najwa Qassem was born on 7 July 1967 in a few years before the Lebanese Civil War. Qassem aspired to study architecture but soon fell in love with media and televised broadcasting, she first appeared on television in 1991 on Al Jadeed as a program presenter in 1993 moved to Future TV of Beirut. In 2003 she became a part of the team for Al Arabiya. Since 2003 Qassem has been a senior correspondent of the Al Arabiya news channel, she has covered numerous wars and assassinations during her career including the assassination of Rafic Hariri in 2005, is considered a veteran news reporter. Throughout her years of experience she has put herself in the front lines of danger, has covered some of the dangerous events going on in the world: The War on Afghanistan, Israel Occupations and Subsequent Withdrawals in South Lebanon.

A year after joining the Al Arabiya team, she experienced and survived a bombing attack on the Al Arabiya's Baghdad news station. Eight people died in the bombing. Najwa Qassem reported updates on the Iraqi war from the front lines in Baghdad. During her last week in Baghdad, the capital of Iraq, restrictions were placed on journalists making it dangerous to move around. Najwa Qassem received extensive coverage during the Israeli war on Lebanon as she was one of a number of female Arab reporters who were reporting from the front lines. Qassem and her colleague Rima Maktabi observed the bombing of a populated region of south Lebanon being attacked from the air as well as the sea. Najwa Qassem was awarded Best Female Presenter in 2006 at the Fourth Arab Media Festival. On 2 January 2020, Qassem died in her sleep from a heart attack, although having had no prior health problems. Atwar Bahjat Rima Maktabi "Arab women war reporters: Who cares about them?". 2010-05-07. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04.

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Wu Shuqing (revolutionary)

Wu Shuqing was a Chinese feminist and revolutionary who formed and led one of the first all-female rebel militias of the Xinhai Revolution in 1911. A 19-year-old student at the time, Wu managed to convince Li Yuanhong, the revolutionaries' commander-in-chief, to allow her to raise the "Women's Revolutionary Army" which counted between 100 and several hundred members. Despite having no military experience, Wu proved to be a capable commander and led her unit into combat during the Battles of Hankou and Nanjing, achieving some fame among the Chinese rebels in the process, her unit was disbanded after the revolution and Wu's life is unknown. Wu was born to Han Chinese parents at Hanyang, Hubei, in 1892. Noted for her physical strength and intelligence by contemporaries, Wu was convinced of gender equality and believed that every citizen, regardless of gender, should support and defend their nation. In her case, that meant fighting for the "Great Han nation" against foreign powers and the ruling Qing dynasty.

She regarded the latter as "Manchu bastards". When the Wuchang Uprising against the Qing government broke out in October 1911, Wu was 19 and attended Hanyang's Fengtian Normal College. Soon after the uprising's start, she sent a letter to the revolutionaries' commander-in-chief, Li Yuanhong, proposing the formation of an armed female brigade to aid the rebels. Though other women would take up arms as the revolution spread, Wu was believed to have been the first to suggest the formation of a women's army. Li rejected this proposal, believing that it would be difficult to incorporate women into the all-male rebel army. Wu refused to accept this, sent the general a second letter on 31 October while publishing her views in the Minli Newspaper, she stated that her desire to join battle did not stem from desire for "momentary glory". Instead, she considered it her duty to fight for the revolution and, die in battle, she reasoned that since men of every societal class and region were joining the rebels, it was not justifiable to exclude women since many of the latter had trained in the gymnasia to prepare themselves for the physical demands of war.

Following this second letter and requests by other militant women who wanted to fight for the revolution, Li relented and gave Wu the permission to raise an all-female unit. Wu posted notices for her unit in Hanyang, while like-minded women produced propaganda for her militia. For example, Liu Wangli likened Wu to the legendary woman warrior Hua Mulan in order to inspire other women to enlist; the recruitment drive was a success, hundreds women tried to join Wu's unit. Most of these potential recruits were students with a middle-class background, some of them with bound feet. Historians differ on how many Wu's unit, the so-called "Women's Revolutionary Army" numbered. Wu organized and trained the Women's Revolutionary Army in just ten days, led them into combat during the Battle of Hankou. Historian Su Xiao comments that Wu proved to be a capable commander, using her trained but motivated troops to bypass Qing forces near Hankou and attack them from behind, she and her unit gained some renown for their good combat performance.

The Women's Revolutionary Army relocated to the east, taking part in the Battle for Nanjing alongside several other female rebel militias. At Nanjing, Wu carried out the attack on the strategically important Shizishen fort. Following the revolution's end, the Provisional Government of the Republic of China ordered the disbandment of all Chinese women military units on 26 February 1912, it is not known what happened to Wu after her military career

Martha Holmes (photographer)

Martha Holmes Waxman was an American photographer and photojournalist. Holmes was studying art at the University of Louisville and at the Speed Art Museum when someone suggested working at the Louisville Courier-Journal and The Louisville Times newspapers, she was hired and began as assistant to a color photographer, but soon became a full-time black-and-white photographer when many of the paper's male photographers were called to service in World War II. In September 1944, Holmes left for Life magazine, she moved to Washington, D. C. in 1947, to be one of Life's three staff photographers there. She covered the House Un-American Activities Committee hearings during the height of the committee's investigations into the entertainment industry and alleged communist propaganda. After two years in Washington, she lived there for the rest of her life, she continued working for Life, for which she photographed two covers, on a freelance basis and by 1950 was named one of the top 10 female photographers in the nation.

Holmes's photographs were published in People, Redbook and Collier's magazines and exhibited worldwide, including at the International Center of Photography, the National Portrait Gallery, the Louvre in Paris. Her most famous photographs were of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. Holmes said about her time at Life, "One thing Life always taught us: They'd say,'Film is cheap. Use it. Shoot, shoot.'" She was married for 46 years to Arthur Waxman, a theatrical executive and early general manager of the Actors Studio, who died in 1998. Another Photograph by Martha Holmes

Arkadi Kuhlmann

Arkadi Kuhlmann is a dual U. S.-Canadian citizen, speaker and artist. He is best known as a banking entrepreneur, having served as CEO of both ING Direct Canada and ING Direct USA. In July 2012, Arkadi founded his sixth banking startup, ZenBanx, was serving as its CEO before selling the business to SoFi in February 2017. Kuhlmann received an Honors B. A. in business administration along with an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business. In 2010, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Western Ontario for his contributions to the world of business strategy. Kuhlmann began his career as a business professor shortly after graduating from the University of Western Ontario, he soon gravitated to banking as an assistant director of the Institute of Canadian Bankers, as a consultant for the banking industry. Between 1977-1984, Kuhlmann served as manager, assistant general manager, Vice President of Royal Bank of Canada in its corporate cash management and commercial banking marketing divisions.

Kuhlmann served as president and CEO at Deak & Co. and Deak International from 1985-1993. Deak & Co. provided investment banking services. Deak International provided foreign exchange and precious metals refining services. Kuhlmann reorganized Deak International's operations, re-launching the company in April 1986, expanding the company from 52 to 192 branches worldwide, from 350 to 1,500 employees. Kuhlmann oversaw the successful divestiture of Deak International in 1990. Following the divestiture of Deak International to North American Life, Kuhlmann served as president of North American Trust until 1996. Kuhlmann founded ING Direct Canada in 1996, he created the brand strategy, recruited the senior leadership team, grew the bank from 1996 to 2000 serving as the bank's president and CEO. He repeated this process in 2000, when he founded ING Direct USA and led its growth to become the largest savings bank and number one direct bank in the United States, with more than $90B in deposits and 7.8M customers.

He instituted an annual vote where he asked his staff to "re-elect" him as CEO. He went on to write his book titled, Rock Then Roll: The Secrets of Culture Driven Leadership, to better understand how culture plays a driving force in modern corporations. In late 2009, as a condition of its government bailout during the financial crisis, ING Groep, the parent company of ING Direct Canada and USA, the largest Dutch financial-services firm, agreed on a restructuring plan with the European Commission; the restructuring plan mandated that ING Groep sell its North American online banking operations, which included ING Direct USA and Canada. On June 17, 2011, ING Groep agreed to sell ING Direct USA, its seven million customers, to Capital One Financial for $9.2B. The Federal Reserve approved the sale on February 14, 2012 and Capital One completed its acquisition of ING Direct USA on February 17, 2012. ING Direct Canada, founded by Kuhlmann in 1996, was purchased from ING Groep by Scotiabank for $3.13 billion in an acquisition announced on August 29, 2012.

Following the ING Direct USA acquisition, Kuhlmann stepped down as chairman and CEO. Kuhlmann has authored two books on business; the first, The Orange Code: How ING Direct Succeeded by Being a Rebel With a Cause, he co-authored with long-time collaborator, Bruce Philp. The book was published in 2009 by John Sons, his second book, Rock Then Roll: The Secrets of Culture-Driven Leadership, was written as a solo effort. In an interview with Forbes, he stated it was a book for all his ING Direct associates, a blueprint for how the "protest generation" should think about corporate culture. Deak & Company published Rock Then Roll in 2011, he has written several other books on finance, including Prime Cash: First Steps in Treasury Management, authored with F. John Mathis and James Mills, First Edition: April, 1983, his thoughts on banking and innovation have appeared in major newspapers, including the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the New York Times. Kuhlmann was honorary chair for the 2005 "More Than Houses Campaign" for Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County, Delaware.

During his tenure as CEO of ING Direct, Kuhlmann formed the ING Direct Kids Foundation with a mandate to help children improve their financial literacy. Kuhlmann serves as a director at Christiana Care Health System, Inc. and on the board of directors of the Council for Economic Education. In his personal time, Kuhlmann goes to his island in Georgian Bay. Kuhlmann is known for his love of riding motorbikes, he has two Harleys. In recent years, he's been devoting more time to painting and poetry