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Jamie Gold

Jamie M. Gold is an American television producer, a talent agent, poker player, younger brother of Doug Gold, and, based in Malibu, California, he is known for winning the 2006 World Series of Poker Main Event and divides his time between his activities as president of production for the entertainment company and poker competition major tournaments. His 2006 WSOP victory is the fourth largest single payout in poker tournament history. Gold was born in Kansas City, Missouri, as Jamie M. Usher and moved to Manhattan as a young child with his mother, his name was changed by court order to Jamie M. Gold following his mother's divorce and remarriage to Dr. Robert Gold; the family moved to New Jersey, where Gold was raised by his mother and her second husband. He graduated from Paramus High School in 1987, he earned a bachelor's degree from the State University of New York at Albany in 1991, studied entertainment law at UCLA. At the age of 16, Gold began his career in the entertainment business as an intern at the J. Michael Bloom & Associates Talent Agency.

He soon moved into management/production. Gold's clients have included others. In 2014, Jamie Gold was part of the launch of the "Island Breeze", a refurbished ship turned into a casino off the coast of Palm Beach, USA, he lent his name to the poker table. However, the company shut down after 2 years. For 10 years, Jamie Gold focused on philanthropy, raised over half a billion dollars, he has hosted or worked on close to 300 celebrity charity events. Gold has participated in numerous poker tournaments that have been designed to benefit charitable causes. Allowing himself to be auctioned off, making special appearances, or by purchasing buy-ins, Gold has been involved with a wide variety of causes, including WSOP “Ante Up For Africa”, Annie Duke's charity poker tournament, a few others, he has mentioned in several recent interviews his plans to create a charity poker tournament to benefit people affected with Lou Gehrig’s disease. Gold's interest in poker began as a youngster, his mother, was a keen poker player, his grandfather was a champion gin rummy player.

Gold's most serious efforts to improve his recreational poker exploits came about when he began working with former WSOP main event winners Johnny Chan and Chris Moneymaker on an upcoming television show, Chan began to mentor Gold in poker. In 2005, Gold began playing in poker tournaments. In April 2005 at the Bicycle Casino, he won his first major no limit Texas hold'em tournament, earning $54,225. Over the next 12 months, Gold had seven more in the money finishes in California tournaments. A neighbor of 2000 WSOP main event winner Chris Ferguson, Gold has said in numerous interviews that Ferguson was one of the few professionals to endorse his poker style during the 2006 main event tournament, which he won. While many pros criticized Gold's play in the stages of the tournament, Ferguson urged him to stick with his own perfected style as he progressed deep into the money. Gold favored pressuring all of the players at the table when playing in position. Bluff magazine, a major poker trade publication has analyzed Gold’s winning poker strategies as follows: “He forced his tablemates to risk their entire stack time after time.

If they reraised him, he either knew they were holding the nuts and folded, or he sniffed out a bluff and forced them all in,” thus "he transformed this strategy into an art form." At the 2006 WSOP, Gold maintained a significant chip lead from Day 4 onwards to win the World Series of Poker Main Event, outlasting 8,772 other players. Excluding 4th-place finisher Allen Cunningham, Gold had more casino tournament final table finishes than the rest of his final table opponents combined. Gold eliminated 7 of his 8 opponents at the final table. Gold defeated Paul Wasicka heads-up, earning a record $12,000,000 when in the final hand his Q♠ 9♣ made a pair with the board of Q♣ 8♥ 5♥. Wasicka did not improve with the A ♦ on the turn and 4 ♣ on the river. Gold won the event despite earlier saying that he would prefer to finish second as he felt uncomfortable with the idea of being famous. Gold ate blueberries during the play of the 2006 WSOP main event final table and joked in a post-tournament interview that the blueberries were "brain food" and the reason he won.

Gold's WSOP win was marked by an uncanny ability to goad his opponents into either calling his bets when he had an unbeatable hand or folding to him when he was weak. He told his opponents that he was weak or strong, telling the truth sometimes, sometimes lying, with the net result of deceiving his opponents most of the time. Prior to the 2006 WSOP Main Event win, Gold had compiled a solid record in tournament competition, using lessons learned from poker legend and previous two-time WSOP main event winner and owner of 10 WSOP bracelets, Johnny Chan. Gold's "table talk", though both an asset and a source of criticism for his tendency to tell opponents his actual hand during play, was contrary to WSOP rules. In one case at the final table, Gold flashed one of his hole cards to an opponent, creating enough uncertainty that his opponent folded the better hand. However, Gold was never penalized for any rules infraction. Prior to his elimination in the 2007 WSOP, Gold was issued a warning for his tactics.

As of the end of 2008, with just 13 in-the-money tournament finishes and only two wins, Gold's total live tournament winnings exceed a record $12,100,000, he was the

China National Center for the Performing Arts Orchestra

The China National Center for the Performing Arts Orchestra is a Chinese orchestra based in Beijing. It is the resident orchestra of the National Center for the Performing Arts located in the Xicheng District of Beijing; the NCPA Orchestra and its related organization, the China NCPA Chorus, serve as the resident musical ensembles of the NCPA, supporting opera and ballet productions at the theater. The China NCPA Orchestra was founded in March 2010, with full funding from the Chinese government, three months after the China NCPA Chorus was founded. About 60 musicians were selected from a global pool of candidates with an average age of 27. For the six years since its establishment, the average age of the musicians has increased from 27 to 31, the total number of musicians has been doubled; the NCPA Orchestra undertook its first North American tour in late 2014. Chen Zuohuang was the founding music director of the orchestra, now holds the title of conductor laureate. Since 2012, the orchestra's chief conductor has been Lü Jia.

The orchestra's current assistant conductor is Yuan Ding. In addition to performing core repertoire operas by European composers, including Turandot, The Barber of Seville, Aida, Nabucco, the NCPA Orchestra has accompanied most of its own productions of Chinese operas including The Chinese Orphan, Rickshaw Boy and Visitors on the Snow Mountain, The Long March, A Village Teacher, The Red Guards on Honghu Lake, The Dawns Here are Quiet, Xi Shi. Apart from performing the operatic and symphonic repertoire, the NCPA Orchestra together with the NCPA Chorus and other musical groups has been performing series of educational Weekend Matinee Concerts and salons at its home venue as well as in schools, hospitals and other communities. Chinese-language page on the members of the NCPA Orchestra English-language page on the NCPA Orchestra conductors and musicians National Center for the Performing Arts The NCPA Orchestra's Facebook page The NCPA Orchestra's Weibo ConcertoNet website review of 9 November 2014 concert, Ontario, Canada

Adesoji Aderemi

Oba Sir Titus Martins Adesoji Tadeniawo Aderemi, alias Adesoji Aderemi, KCMG, was a Nigerian political figure and Yoruba traditional ruler as the Ooni of Ife from 1930 until 1980. He served as the governor of Western Region, Nigeria between 1960 and 1962. Adesoji Aderemi was known as a wealthy man and had a large family of many wives and children. One of his children was the civil servant Tejumade Alakija. During the colonial era, the Oba Ooni gained a considerable amount of power due to the colonial policy of indirect rule and being labelled a first class Oba among traditional rulers in Yorubaland; the policy of indirect rule was used to ensure native awareness and consultations about colonial policies affecting the regions. The British leaned on existing native political structures and hierarchy the Nigerian traditional rulers, for political consultation and tax collection. On, the Ooni with the consent of the leading Yoruba political leaders used his position to close the gaps of exploitation of divisional differences among Yorubas and tried fervently to rally the Yoruba towards a common goal.

In 1962, the king acting as governor, used his power to remove the premier of the region, sensing the premier did not have the support of the majority members of the House of Assembly. The event escalated the political rivalries in the region, he was born on the 15th of November 1889, during the turbulence of the Yoruba civil war to Prince Gbadebo of the Osinkola ruling house of Ile Ife and madam Adekunbi of Ipetumodu, Ife north local govt, in the absence of his warrior father, on a war expedition. On Prince Gbadebo's return, Adesoji's older sister Ibiyemi, unable to contain her excitement of the news had to be held back from initial physical contact with her war-weary and juju laden father; until he had rid himself of his protective war attire by appeasing his gods was it safe to embrace his family. Prince Gbadebo being an Ifa priest, presented his newborn to his Ifa Oracle demanding to know what the future holds for the new baby Aderemi; the father was told to bow to his son. The Ifa predicted that baby Aderemi, was going to wear the crown of his ancestors, that his reign will be known far and wide, he will come in contact with strangers in far away places.

Prince Gbadebo told his wife to get coral beads to dress his son. In the belief of the oracle, mother-Adekunbi went into protective mode, always washing Aderemi in herbs, until he outgrew her methods. Having lost his father at eight years of age, he was subsequently raised by his mother; the emergence of Christianity dissuaded his mother from the traditional family worship of Ifa, hence his enrollment at the new local Christian primary school of St Phillips, Ife, as one of the first students in Ife to attend a local school in 1901. The young Prince Aderemi had a vision, his objection to farming with his much older and beloved brother, Papa Prince Adeyemo, led to his enrollment at the Anglican primary school at Aiyetoro, Ile-Ife. Under the tutelage and mentorship of Revd Canon J Adejumo, aka Baba Aiyetoro, who became his father in law, he had an affinity for the law profession and could have travelled to the United Kingdom for the law programme, with his contemporaries of the day - Bashiru August.

Not Aderemi, he had a date with destiny - the Ife Crown. Despite losing his father Prince Gbadebo so early, he kept his ambition on track, thanks to the beady eye of his mother. Prince Aderemi’s wealth and exposure made him the clear candidate to rise to the throne of Ile-Ife. Upon the death of Oba Ademiluyi, his predecessor, he became the outstanding contestant for the throne. On the 2nd of September, he became the 49th Ooni of Ife, he was dubbed the first literate Ooni. Oba Aderemi acclimatised himself to his new environment, at 40, he was the youngest of the Yoruba Obas at the time. Oba Aderemi with the aid of the traditional Ife elders, formed the administrative set up that transformed the ancient town in the next decade. Oba Aderemi championed Education during his reign as Ooni, the sentiment behind the foundation of Oduduwa College in January 1932. Oba Aderemi funded the construction of the Secondary School, a model institution at the time. A great landmark of his reign pertaining education was the foundation of the University of Ife, which many attributed to Oba Aderemi’s influence in the ruling Government, with the Ooni tenaciously proposing Ife as the ideal location for the foremost institution to be situated.

Oba Aderemi constructed the main building of his palace, which remains a mainstay of the Ife palace to date - with its unique colonial-style. Ooni Aderemi served as the permanent chairman of the council of Obas from 1966-1980, his reign as Ooni was remarkably peaceful, with his innovative ideas in business creating a pathway to wealth for a lot of indigenes in the agriculture industry, where he was a business leader himself. Website of Oba Adesoji AderemiOnigegewura A. I. Asiwaju, Political Motivation and Oral Historical Traditions in Africa: The Case of Yoruba Crowns, Journal of the International African Institute > Vol. 46, No. 2