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Karen Hughes

Karen Parfitt Hughes is the global vice chair of the public relations firm Burson-Marsteller. She served as the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs in the U. S. Department of State and as a counsellor to President George W. Bush. Born in Paris, Hughes is the daughter of American parents Patricia Rose and Harold Parfitt, the last U. S. Governor of the Panama Canal Zone. After graduating from W. T. White High School in Dallas, Hughes earned a bachelor's degree at Southern Methodist University in 1977 where she was a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority. Hughes worked as a television news reporter from 1977 to 1984; as a reporter, Hughes followed the 1980 presidential campaign. In 1984, she went to work as the Texas press coordinator for the Reagan-Bush campaign in the 1984 United States presidential election, she became executive director of the Republican Party of Texas. Since 1994, Hughes has worked with George W. Bush, first as director of his campaign for the office of governor of Texas, as a counselor from 2001 to 2002, while he was President of the United States.

Hughes left the Bush administration in July 2002 to return to Texas, but remained in daily contact with the Bush reelection campaign by telephone and e-mail, spoke with Bush several times a week. In August 2004, Hughes returned to full-time service with the Bush campaign, setting up office on Air Force One, from where she planned the 2004 Republican National Convention and the late stages of the 2004 election, she has been praised by The Dallas Morning News as "the most powerful woman to serve in the White House", by ABC News as Bush's "most essential advisor." In March 2004, Hughes published Ten Minutes from Normal, which includes an account of her decision to leave the White House. While promoting her book, she appeared on CNN on April 25, 2004 - the same day as the March for Women's Lives - and said "I think after September 11th the American people are valuing life more and realizing that we need policies to value the dignity and worth of every life, and President Bush has worked to say, let's be reasonable, let's work to value life, let's try to reduce the number of abortions, let's increase adoptions.

And I think those are the kind of policies that the American people can support at a time when we're facing an enemy, the fundamental difference between us and the terror network we fight is that we value every life. It's the founding conviction of our country, that we're endowed by our creator with certain unalienable rights, the right to life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness." On March 14, 2005, Bush announced his intention to nominate Hughes for the undersecretary of state for public diplomacy with the rank of ambassador — a job focused on changing foreigners' perceptions about America. The Senate confirmed her nomination in July 2005. In her new capacity, Hughes spoke of improving the world's perception of the United States via creation of a "rapid-response unit" and a plan to "forward-deploy regional SWAT teams". During a town hall meeting on September 8, 2005, a State Department employee complained that "recently, we've had tremendous amount of difficulty in some cases getting clearance for our ambassadors to speak."

Hughes replied, "If they make statements based on something I sent them, they're not going to be called on the carpet."At the end of her tenure in the State Department, Hughes said that one of her greatest accomplishments had been "transforming public diplomacy and making it a national security priority central to everything we do in government". Hughes was the keynote speaker at the October 22, 2007, Public Relations Society of America's International Conference and discussed, "Waging Peace -- The New Paradigm for Public Diplomacy." Starting with a September 26, 2005, stop in Egypt, Hughes went on a "listening tour" of the Middle East to speak with leaders and people from the region. This was a response to growing fears in America about rampant anti-Americanism in the Middle East. Hughes was the third person chosen for this task by President Bush, following unsuccessful attempts by Charlotte Beers and Margaret Tutwiler. For her tour, Hughes asked two Citizen Ambassadors to accompany her: a college student, Tina Karima Daoud, William O'Brien, a retired high school geography teacher.

On her September 27 stop in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, during a talk with female students, she expressed her wish that women could "fully participate in society" as they do in the United States. In response one of the women said, "The general image of the Arab woman is that she isn't happy Well, we're all pretty happy."In a press conference in Jakarta, Hughes incorrectly stated that Saddam Hussein "had murdered hundreds of thousands of his own people using poison gas." Conventional sources attest that Saddam did order the deaths of several hundred thousand Iraqis during the al-Anfal Campaign and other violent suppressions, but casualties from his infamous gas attack on Halabja numbered in the thousands. Hughes met business representatives from the United Arab Emirates to create the U. S.-U. A. E. Partnership for Breast Cancer Awareness and Research, it will develop breast cancer awareness campaigns and expand research in the Middle East by linking U. S. medical experts, health research activists, businesses with their U.

A. E. Counterparts. In late October 2007, Hughes made it known that she would be resigning from her position in the Bush White House. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was quoted as saying she accepted the resignation "with a great deal of sadness but a great deal of happiness for what she has achieved." Hughes is the global vice chair of Burson-Marsteller, a public relations company. Record on

David Masters

David Daniel Masters is a former English cricketer who played for Kent and Essex County Cricket Clubs between 2000 and 2016. Masters was born at Chatham in Kent in 1978 and educated at Fort Luton High School and Mid-Kent College, he made his senior cricket debut for Kent in 2000 as a seam bowler. He left Kent to join Leicestershire ahead of the 2003 season and was named the county's player of the year in 2005 after taking 45 wickets in all competitions. In August 2007 he agreed to join Essex on a three-year contract, remaining with the county from the start of the 2008 season until he retired at the end of the 2016 season. Masters took 672 first-class wickets in his 16 year career, he was described as a "nagging medium-paced journeyman" and a "dependable performer" who led the Essex bowling attack in the years of his career as a "metronomically reliable leader". He moved the ball reliably, he was praised on his retirement for his "skill and longevity". Masters' best bowling performance was figures of 8/10 taken against Leicestershire at Southend in 2011.

During the off-season he worked in the family building firm as a labourer, preferring to keep fit by working rather than in the gym, in his career as a contract manager. Masters' father Kevin played for Kent in the 1980s, his brother Daniel played for Leicestershire between 2009 and 2010. David Masters at ESPNcricinfo

Bernard Bartzen

Bernard "Tut" Bartzen is an American former tennis player in the mid-20th century, who became a winning college tennis coach. Born in 1927 in Austin, Bartzen won three Texas state high school titles — two in singles and one in doubles — and the National Interscholastic singles championship. Bartzen attended the College of William & Mary, where the left-hander posted a 50–0 singles record, he won the NCAA doubles title with Fred Kovaleski in 1948. Bartzen went on the American tennis circuit and was ranked in the top 10 nine straight years, two of them at No. 2. Lance Tingay of The Daily Telegraph ranked him World No. 8 for 1959. During his career, he had wins over such future Hall of Famers as Vic Seixas and Tony Trabert. One of those wins over Trabert came in 1955 in the final at the event in Cincinnati, where Bartzen won three titles: 1955, 1957 and 1958. Bartzen reached the semifinals of the U. S. National Championships in 1959 and the quarterfinals in 1955, he won four U. S. Clay Court Championships and won the Canadian National title in 1954.

He served as co-captain of the U. S. Davis Cup team and won 15 singles matches. After his playing career, Bartzen served 12 years as head tennis pro at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, where he hosted the Colonial National Invitational Tournament, before taking over the Texas Christian University program in 1974, his tennis teams were ranked nationally every year but one in a 20-year stretch. Bartzen was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1995. Bernard James "Tut" Bartzen died peacefully on Wednesday, July 10, 2019, 19 years to the day after his beloved wife, Sara Jane Ledbetter. Bernard Bartzen at the Association of Tennis Professionals Bernard Bartzen at the International Tennis Federation Bernard Bartzen at the Davis Cup "Tut" Bartzen profile in College Tennis Online. Division I Men's Tennis All-Time Doubles Champions: 1940s


Platyctenida is an order of comb jellies. Platyctenida is the only benthic group of organisms in the phylum Ctenophora. Platyctenida are considered to be a phylogenetically young group along with the orders Lobata and Beroida and are believed to have stemmed from an ancestral version of the order Cydippida, after some kind of bottleneck effect in the phylum; this has been supported by strong morphological and developmental data the sharing of what has been termed a "Cydippida-like" larva form in all 4 orders. Platyctenida is thought to be a polyphyletic group. Ranging in size 15 cm and below, they have dorsalventrally flattened, oval bodies and secondarily bilaterally symmetrical, platyctenids look much like nudibranchs or flatworms and are confused for them. All but 1 species of platyctenids do not possess the iconic ctene rows that distinguishes the Ctenophores but they still possess the pair of tentilla-bearing tentacles and adhesive collocytes that characterize the phylum in pores along the dorsal surface.

They cling to and creep on surfaces by everting the pharynx and using it as a muscular "foot". They are cryptically-colored, live on rocks, soft coral, or the body surfaces of other invertebrates, they are revealed by their long tentacles with many sidebranches, seen streaming off the back of the animal into the current. They tend to be ectosymbiotic with the organisms. Where as most Ctenophores are hermaphroditic, certain platyctenids have been found to be asexual, furthermore, where other Ctenophores have been found to reproduce using external fertilization, certain species of platyctenids have been found to use brood pouches. Barnes, Robert D.. Invertebrate Zoology. Philadelphia, PA: Holt-Saunders International. P. 176. ISBN 978-0-03-056747-6.1)Rudman, W. B. 1999. Benthic ctenophores. Sea Slug Forum, Australian Museum, Sydney 2)Eeckhaut, I. Flammang, P. Lo Bue, C. & Jangoux, M. 1997. Functional morphology of the tentacles and tentilla of Coeloplana bannworthi, an ectosymbiont of Diadema setosum. Zoomorphology, 117:165-174.

3)Harbison, G. R. 2001. Ctenophora. Encyclopaedia of Life Sciences 4)Podar, M. Haddock, S. Sogin, M. & Harbison, R. 2001. A Molecular Phylogenetic Framework for the Phylum Ctenophora using 18S rRNA Genes. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. Vol: 21, 218-230

Charles F. Shoemaker

Charles Frederick Shoemaker was a captain in the United States Revenue Cutter Service and was appointed in 1895 by Secretary of the Treasury John G. Carlisle to be Chief of the Revenue Marine Division of the Department of the Treasury. Shoemaker was noted for his leadership in gaining improvements in the retirement system for officers in the Revenue Cutter Service and for leading the service at a time when there were many engineering improvements made in the construction of vessels used by the service. During his tenure he worked with three different Secretaries of the Treasury as an appointee to improve the personnel standards and the vessels used by the service. Although he was never formally known as Commandant, he is recognized today as the second Commandant of the Coast Guard. Shoemaker was born in Iowa Territory on 27 March 1841, his father, William R. Shoemaker was an officer in the ordnance department of the U. S. Army and moved his family from one post to another many times during his army career.

As a child, Charles Shoemaker was educated at home by members of his family and he became adept at mathematics. At 17, Shoemaker received an appointment to the U. S. Naval Academy from Miguel Otero, the congressional delegate from New Mexico Territory. At the end of three years, he resigned from the academy and was commissioned as a third lieutenant in the Revenue Cutter Service on 20 November 1860, his first assignment was aboard the USRC Lewis Cass stationed at Alabama. In the days leading up to the Civil War his commanding officer, Captain James J. Morrison, resigned his commission, turned the cutter over to Alabama state authorities and left Shoemaker to lead his officers and men back to Union territory, he served on several revenue cutters guarding the Port Of New York until 4 April 1864 when he resigned his commission to go into private business. Shoemaker was re-commissioned a third lieutenant on 25 June 1868 and promoted to a second lieutenant on 12 March 1872 serving at various stations on the Atlantic coast.

In 1875, he was serving on USRC Active, homeported at New Bedford, Massachusetts until he was assigned the duties of assistant inspector of the U. S. Life-Saving Service at New York City. In 1876 he was appointed assistant inspector of the Third Life Saving District of the U. S. Life-Saving Service and while serving in that billet was promoted to first lieutenant on 25 March 1878. In 1878, Shoemaker was transferred to the office of Sumner I. Kimball the Chief of the Revenue Marine Bureau and was assigned investigating duties and heard complaints against keepers at all Life-Saving Service stations. In 1880, he was assigned to investigate the sinking of the British barque M & S Henderson near the Pea Island Life-Saving Station. After taking statements from the station crew and survivors of the shipwreck, Shoemaker concluded that the surfman on watch had been negligent as a lookout and that the station's keeper had lied under oath. Both were dismissed and Shoemaker appointed Richard Etheridge, a black surfman as the new keeper.

Etheridge was the first black keeper of a life saving station and was permitted to have an all black crew on the recommendation of Shoemaker. Shoemaker was assigned as executive officer on the USRC Seward in 1882 which at the time patrolled the Gulf Coast and was homeported at Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi. In 1885 he was once again detailed to the USLSS, first as an assistant inspector of the Third District and as inspector of all districts except the Twelfth district on the Pacific coast. During this assignment, he located and obtained sites for stations, conducted 300 investigations and brought serious charges against four assistant superintendents of the service. In April 1891 he was assigned as commanding officer of USRC Washington at the Port of New York. After shifting Washington to Philadelphia in 1893, he assumed command of the newly commissioned USRC Hudson in Philadelphia and returned to New York for harbor patrol duty. On 19 March 1895, Secretary of the Treasury, John Griffin Carlisle appointed Shoemaker to replace Leonard G. Shepard as Chief of the Revenue Cutter Division and promoted him to senior captain.

As a result of Secretary Carlisle's and predecessor Shepard's efforts, legislation passed during March 1895 allowed Shoemaker to place 39 disabled officers, on active duty since the Civil War on a retired list, thus giving younger officers a chance at promotion. Since retirement practices of the period were non-existent, so many long serving officers were kept on active duty status well beyond their ability to serve because of age and health related issues; because the number of officers in the RCS was limited by Congressional legislation, this caused senior officers to serve in multiple billets and junior officers oftentimes had to serve in billets that required a senior officer, but they couldn't be promoted or paid the senior officer's pay. The legislation of March 1895 allowed the Chief of the Revenue Cutter Division to take steps to retire the disabled officers at half pay; this helped officer morale of the Revenue Cutter Service. It only affected those officers that were on active duty and incapacitated at the time the legislation was enacted so it was not a permanent solution.

Both Shoemaker and Carlisle continued to push for retirement reforms for officer corps, asking Congress to approve retirement at three-quarters pay any officer that had reached the age of 64 or had served for thirty years and declared physically or mentally disqualified for duty by a medical officer. Lyman Gage, who succeeded Carlisle as Secretary of the Treasury, called for enlisted men injured in the line of duty to be inclu

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance is an air ambulance service serving the counties of Hampshire and Isle of Wight in Southern England. It is one of a number of air ambulance services in the United Kingdom; the service began operating on 1 July 2007, has flown over 7,000 missions. The charity's head office is located in Southampton and the helicopter is based at Thruxton Aerodrome near Andover; the service covers the counties of Hampshire and Isle of Wight and responds where required to major trauma injuries and other incidents in need of a fast response/transfer to hospital. Since early 2016, it has operated a Eurocopter EC135 helicopter, capable of night missions; this helicopter now allows the service to operate helicopter emergency medical service during both daylight and darkness hours from 7 am to 2 am, 365 days a year. In addition to the helicopter, a Critical Care Car is operational during the same hours, carrying both a doctor and paramedic - allowing the charity to double the number of patients it attends to.

The CCC is a Volvo XC90, with a personalised numberplate, HA10 WAA, an acronym for the charity's name, donated anonymously. Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance has a partnership with Thames Valley Air Ambulance, both of which cover the area that South Central Ambulance Service covers, allowing each service to cover 19 hours for 16 consecutive nights; this means Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire all have HEMS cover 19 hours a day. The air ambulance costs around £450,000 per month to operate efficiently and roughly £15,000 a day; the current helicopter is a twin-engined Eurocopter EC135, a type utilised as an air ambulance. It is airborne within four minutes and flies at 140 mph, allowing it to reach most locations in Hampshire within fifteen minutes, though flights to the Isle of Wight may take longer; the EC135 replaced its predecessor, a 33-year-old MBB Bo 105, in September 2010. The EC135 can carry a crew of up to four, but carries two paramedics and one pilot. An additional doctor or family member of the patient may occupy the fourth seat.

In October 2015, a new EC135 replaced the previous one. It is powered by two Turbomeca Arrius 2BPLUS engines, has a range of 432 nautical miles and an endurance of 4.5 hours. The helicopter is fitted with two Garmin GPS systems, moving map displays, two iPad minis, a power line detection system, night vision goggles and a Trakka Systems A800 high intensity searchlight, it is capable of night flying. The air ambulance is always crewed by a pilot, a doctor and critical care paramedic, sometimes an additional paramedic. Official website