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Lake of the Woods, California

Lake of the Woods is an unincorporated area and census-designated place in southwestern Kern County, California. As of the 2010 census the population was 917; the community is in Cuddy Canyon in the San Emigdio Mountains, along the Ventura and Kern County line. It is within the Los Padres National Forest; the name "Lake of the Woods" was bestowed by pioneer Mrs. Florence Cuddy, when the community was established in 1925; the reservoir for which it was named has been dry since 1962. The 2010 United States Census reported that Lake of the Woods had a population of 917; the population density was 260.3 people per square mile. The racial makeup of Lake of the Woods was 820 White, 3 African American, 18 Native American, 11 Asian, 0 Pacific Islander, 34 from other races, 31 from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 123 persons; the Census reported that 917 people lived in households, 0 lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, 0 were institutionalized. There were 405 households, out of which 107 had children under the age of 18 living in them, 188 were opposite-sex married couples living together, 29 had a female householder with no husband present, 24 had a male householder with no wife present.

There were 22 unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, 1 same-sex married couples or partnerships. 140 households were made up of individuals and 52 had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26. There were 241 families; the population was spread out with 182 people under the age of 18, 75 people aged 18 to 24, 192 people aged 25 to 44, 348 people aged 45 to 64, 120 people who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45.7 years. For every 100 females there were 113.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 113.7 males. There were 480 housing units at an average density of 136.3 per square mile, of which 274 were owner-occupied, 131 were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 2.8%. 594 people lived in owner-occupied housing units and 323 people lived in rental housing units. As of the census of 2000, there were 833 people, 346 households, 217 families in Lake of the Woods, 88 percent of the residents being white — higher than the population of the United States as a whole — which has a population about 75 percent white.

There were no African-Americans included in the Lake of the Woods census. The population was somewhat older than the country as a whole, the median age being 39 years in Lake of the Woods and 35 years elsewhere; the community had a higher percentage of veterans: One hundred sixteen residents had served in the armed forces, or 20 percent, compared with 13 percent in the rest of the country. Thirty-eight percent of all residents, or 305 people, were disabled. In common with some of the other Mountain Communities of the Tejon Pass, Lake of the Woods had a significant vacancy rate when the census was taken in March 2000 — 129 of the 475 housing units were unoccupied, compared with just 9 percent in the nation at large; the vacancies may be attributed on the weekends. Kern Regional Transit provides bus service to Lake of the Woods Thursdays and Saturdays during the summer to Frazier Park, Pinon Pines, Pine Mountain Club, it offers a dial-a-ride service all year. Connections can be made in Frazier Park or Lebec to a scheduled service to Grapevine and Bakersfield and further connection from the latter to Greyhound and Amtrak.

Road access from the east is provided by Frazier Mountain Park Road, which connects Lake of the Woods to Frazier Park and Interstate 5. Cuddy Valley Road heads west to Pine Mountain Club. Lake of the Woods is served by the Frazier Park post office. Cuddy Hall, owned by the local Lake of the Woods property owners association, is a community center, available to the public, it was sold to the association in 1959 by Mrs. Cuddy for just $10, it is used as a polling place and is rented out for weddings, parties and other events. The Mountain Enterprise newspaper Mountain Communities of the Tejon Pass 1857 Fort Tejon earthquake Bailey, Richard C. Kern County Place Names. US Geological Survey 7.5-minute quadrangle, "Frazier Mountain, California". The Mountain Enterprise Bakersfield Californian The Californian discontinued circulation in the Mountain Communities effective May 1, 2009. Source: Mountain Enterprise, April 3, 2009

Salima Sultan Begum

Salima Sultan Begum was the fourth wife of the Mughal Emperor Akbar, the granddaughter of Babur. Salima was the daughter of Akbar's paternal aunt Gulrukh Begum and her husband, the Viceroy of Kannauj, Nuruddin Muhammad Mirza, she was at first betrothed to Akbar's regent Bairam Khan by Humayun. The bride was a reward for the surpassing services done by Bairam for Humayun; the couple, who had a considerable age difference of forty years, were married in 1557 after Akbar had succeeded Humayun as the third Mughal emperor. However, this brief union, which did not produce any children, lasted for only three years as Bairam Khan was assassinated by a band of Afghans in 1561. After his death, Salima was subsequently married to her first-cousin Akbar. Salima was a senior-ranking wife of Akbar and had much influence over her husband and his son Jahangir, she wielded major political influence in the Mughal court during her husband's reign as well as in his successor's reign. Her name, appears in the histories as a reader, who wrote under the pseudonym of Makhfi and as pleading with Akbar for Jahangir's forgiveness.

She was known as the "Khadija of the era" for her wisdom. Salima Sultan Begum was the daughter of Mughal princess Gulrukh Begum and her husband, the Viceroy of Kannauj, Nuruddin Muhammad Mirza, her father was the grandson of Khwaja Hasan Naqshbandi and was a scion of the illustrious Naqshbandi Khwajas, who were held in great esteem and were related to Sultan Abu Sa'id Mirza of the Timurid Empire through his son, Sultan Mahmud Mirza. Salima's mother, Gulrukh Begum, was a daughter of the first Mughal emperor Babur; the identity of the mother of Gulrukh Begum is disputed. In some sources her mother's name is mentioned as Saliha Sultan Begum, however this name is not mentioned in the Baburnama written by Babur himself or the Humayun-nama written by Gulbadan Begum, therefore the existence of such a woman is questionable, she may have been the daughter of Dildar Begum, who may have been the same woman as Saliha Sultan Begum. Gulrukh was thus, a half-sister of the second Mughal emperor Humayun and if she was Dildar's daughter a full-sister of Humayun's youngest brother, Hindal Mirza.

Salima was, therefore, a half-cousin of Emperor Akbar and a first cousin of Empress Ruqaiya Sultan Begum, the daughter of Mirza Hindal and Akbar's first wife and chief consort. Gulrukh Begum, known for her beauty and accomplishments in the imperial household, died four months after giving birth to her daughter. Salima was a educated and accomplished woman described as being talented, was both intellectual and tactful. Proficient in Persian, she was a gifted writer and a renowned poet of her time under the pseudonym of Makhfi, a pseudonym adopted by her talented great-great-granddaughter, the gifted poetess, Princess Zeb-un-Nissa. Salima was a passionate lover of books and was fond of reading, she not only maintained a great library of her own, but freely used Akbar's library as well. Abdus Hayy, author of Ma'asir al-umara, quotes one of her famous couplets: In my passion I called thy lock the'thread of life'I was wild and so uttered such an expression Akbar's court historian, Bada'uni, in his book Muntakhab-ut-Tawarikh, gives one passage which throws light on Salima's love for books.

The passage runs thus: "On account of the book Khirad-afza, which had disappeared from the library and concerning Salima Sultan Begum's study of which the Emperor reminded me, an order was issued that my allowance should be stopped, that they should demand the book of me." He adds that Abu'l Fazl did not lay his refutation before the Emperor, he does not clear up the awkward doubt as to what he had done with Salima's desired book. At the age of 18, Salima Begum was married to the older Bairam Khan on 7 December 1557 in Jalandhar, Punjab. Bairam was the commander-in-chief of the Mughal army and a powerful statesman at the Mughal court, acting as Akbar's regent at the time. Salima's maternal uncle, had promised Bairam that he would give his niece in marriage to him as soon as India was conquered; the bride was a reward for the surpassing services done by Bairam for Humayun. The marriage enhanced his prestige among the Mughal nobles as it made him a member of the imperial family, it is said. It united two streams of descent from Ali Shukr Beg, that is, the Blacksheep Turkomans from Bairam Khan's side and Timur from Salima's side as Salima was a Timurid through her maternal grandfather, Emperor Babur, through Mahmud, one of her great-grandfathers.

Salima became Bairam's second wife, after the daughter of Jamal Khan of Mewat, his first wife and the mother of his son, Abdul Rahim. Salima and Bairam Khan's short-lived marriage did not produce any children. Shortly before his death in 1561, Bairam Khan lost his prestigious position in the Empire as he was provoked into rebelling against Akbar by those conspirators who wanted to ruin him. Khan's rebellion was twice put down by Akbar and he submitted to him; as punishment for his rebellions, Bairam was stripped of all his privileges and Akbar gave him three options: of a handsome jagir in the sarkar of Kalpi and Chanderi, the post of the emperor's confidential advisor, a journey to Mecca. Bairam Khan chose the last option. While on his way to Mecca, Bairam Khan was attacked in Patan, Gujarat on 31 January 1561 by a band of Afghans, led by a man named Mubarak Khan, whose father had been killed fightin

Aleix Alcaraz

Aleix Alcaraz Roig is a professional racing driver from Spain. Prior to the start of his racing career, Alcaraz enjoyed a long and illustrious karting career which began in the year 2000, when he won the Spanish District Championship Catalonia title, he followed that up a year with victory in the Copa Campeones Trophy Cadet class. He raced in his homeland until 2004, when he began to take part in various European karting championships such as the European Championship ICA Junior, Andrea Margutti Trophy ICA Junior and Italian Open Masters ICA Junior categories. 2005 saw Alcaraz claim the Spanish Championship ICA Junior title, beating countryman Roberto Merhi by four points, finish third in the Andrea Margutti Trophy ICA Junior class, behind Merhi and Charles Pic. His final year of karting in 2006 saw. In October 2006, Alcaraz stepped up to single-seaters, racing in the penultimate round of the Spanish Formula Three Championship season in Jerez, where he finished the two races in 16th and 15th places respectively.

The same month, Alcaraz made his Formula Renault début at the final round of the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 season in Barcelona, finishing the two events in 24th and 23rd place respectively. In November 2006, he took part in the Italian Formula Renault 2.0 Winter Series for Cram Competition, finishing in 7th place with teammate and current Formula One driver Jaime Alguersuari winning all four races and the title. In 2007, Alcaraz contested both the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 and Italian Formula Renault 2.0 series with the Petrom District Racing AP team, alongside Mihai Marinescu. In the Eurocup he finished in 19th place after two points finishes, whilst in the Italian championship he finished in the points on eight occasions to be classified in 17th place, despite missing the final round of the series at Monza. In November 2007, Alcaraz sampled a Formula Renault 3.5 Series car for the first time, driving for Pons Racing at the opening winter test at Paul Ricard. Although he conducted the majority of his winter testing with the team, he was signed by Italian team RC Motorsport to contest the 2008 season.

Despite an encouraging start to the season, when he finished in the points in only his second race, he left the team after the fourth round of the year at Silverstone and was subsequently replaced by Brazilian Claudio Cantelli. Alcaraz did, return to the series at the following round of the season in Hungary, taking the seat of Máximo Cortés at Pons Racing, who had run into sponsorship problems. In his ten races for the team, he took a single points finish in the sprint race at Le Mans to be classified 27th in the final standings. † - As Alcaraz was a guest driver, he was ineligible to score points. Career details from Driver Database

William Goodfellow (executive)

William Chester Goodfellow is the director of the Afghanistan Peace Campaign, which builds public support for an enduring peace settlement that will end the war, bring U. S. troops home and promote national reconciliation in Afghanistan. Goodfellow was one of the founders of the Center for International Policy in 1975 and served as executive director from 1985 to 2017. Goodfellow testified before congressional committees and published op-ed articles in major U. S. newspapers. During the late 1970s, Goodfellow and his colleagues at CIP lobbied for legislation that requires the executive branch to consider a country’s human rights record before providing economic and military aid. In the 1980s, Goodfellow promoted negotiations to end the civil wars in El Salvador, he worked with Costa Rican President Oscar Arias and championed the Esquipulas Peace Agreement in the United States. He attended every Central American summit meeting and spoke and published articles about the peace process, which silenced the guns in Central America.

Goodfellow directed CIP’s Common Defense Campaign to reduce U. S. military spending and change the way America relates to the rest of the world. He was co-chair of the Afghanistan Study Group, which brought together former senior government officials and area specialists. In August 2010, the Afghanistan Study Group issued a report that urged the Obama administration to seek a negotiated political settlement in Afghanistan. From 1973 to 1975, Goodfellow was an associate at the Indochina Resource Center, a non-profit think tank staffed by academics and activists who produced scholarly research for the anti-Vietnam War movement. Ambassador Graham Martin, in testimony before the House International Relations Committee’s Special Subcommittee on Investigations, called the Indochina Resource Center “an enormously effective organization” and credited the Indochina Resource Center with helping turn the American people against the Vietnam war. Goodfellow spent the last six months of the war in Indochina and was evacuated from both Cambodia and Vietnam in February 1975.

Goodfellow earned his undergraduate degree in political science from Boston University in 1970 and received his Masters from the Cambridge-Goddard Graduate School for Social Change in 1972. He has been married to Pulitzer Prize winning Washington Post journalist Dana Priest since 1989. 1. William Goodfellow and James Morrell, testimony before the Subcommittee on International Development Institutions and Finance of the Committee on Banking and Urban Affairs, House of Representatives, March 24th, 1977, pp. 200-218. 2. Thomas W. Walker, ed. Revolution and Counterrevolution in Nicaragua, Westview Press, 1991, pp. 369-393. 3. Ambassador Graham A. Martin, testimony on the Vietnam-Cambodia Emergency, before the Special Subcommittee on Investigations of the Committee on International Relations, House of Representatives, January 27, 1976, pp. 556-557. Center for International Policy Biography Foreign Policy In Focus Advisory Board Latin American Working Group Education Fund Board of Directors Afghanistan Study Group

2014 U.S. Open Cup qualification

The 2014 Lamar Hunt U. S. Open Cup tournament proper features teams from all five tiers of men's soccer of the American Soccer Pyramid; the 2014 tournament added another round to include the largest field of teams in tournament history. All American-based teams from the top three tiers, Major League Soccer, the North American Soccer League, USL Pro earned berths into the fourth and second rounds of the tournament, respectively. For the fourth and fifth tiers of the pyramid, a series of qualification and state tournaments are held to determine the berths into the tournament; these teams will complete the 80-team field in the U. S. Open Cup. In addition to the two teams from the West Region, the other regions qualifiers are Brooklyn Italians, Greater Binghamton Thunder, RVA FC, Jacksonville United, Chattanooga FC, FC Lehigh Valley United Sonic, Tulsa Athletics, Detroit City FC, New York Red Bulls U-23s All six teams of the 2014 Southwest Conference competed in the qualifying tournament with FC Hasental and the San Diego Flash receiving first round byes.

All five teams of the 2014 Golden Gate Conference will compete in the qualifying tournament with Sonoma County Sol and Sacramento Gold starting off with a play-in game. All four teams of the new 2014 Northwest Conference will compete in the qualifying tournament; the champions of the Golden Gate and Northwest Conference Qualifying Tournaments will play each other to determine the qualifier for the US Open Cup. Based on the USASA retaining their eight qualification spots, although this has yet to be confirmed by US Soccer; the USASA adopted new qualification standards for the 2014 tournament citing earlier qualifying deadlines by USSF. They will now use the results from the previous calendar years tournaments to determine regional qualifiers. Region I has adopted that their qualifiers will be the regional champion of both the USASA National Cup and the USASA US Amateur Cup; some regions have adopted different methods in this transition year. NorCal Premier League will host a tournament, open to any team, a registered US soccer team.

Chivas USA U23s & Corinthians USA from the SoCal Premier League have signed up. The winner of this tournament will play a Play-In match against No. 6 seed Juventus SC Black 93. Based on keeping one qualifying spot from the 2013 tournament, the winner will be the qualifier. Due to field conditions and rescheduling issues, all games except the final will be shortened 50-minute games; the final will still be the standard 90 minutes. Open Cup qualification IPL 2017 Prediction U. S. Soccer Federation TheCup.us - Unofficial U. S. Open Cup News

Yad Sarah

Yad Sarah is the largest national volunteer organization in Israel. Employing over 6,000 volunteers, with a salaried staff of 150, Yad Sarah serves over 350,000 clients each year, it is best known for its free loans of over 244,000 pieces of medical and rehabilitative home-care equipment annually, enabling sick, disabled and recuperating patients to live at home. This saves the country's economy an estimated $320 million in hospital fees and long-term care costs each year. According to an independent survey, one out of every two Israeli families has been helped by Yad Sarah; the organization serves Jews, Christians and Druze, as well as tourists with disabilities. Its menu of free or nominal-fee services include lending of medical and rehabilitative equipment, oxygen service, wheelchair transportation, national emergency alarm system, services for the homebound, legal aid for the elderly, geriatric dentistry, day rehabilitation centers, a play center for special needs children, an education and recreation club for retirees.

Yad Sarah receives no government funding, but relies on donations to meet its $23 million operating budget. It exports its expertise to developing countries and has established similar models in various countries. Yad Sarah is a recipient of the Israel Prize and has been awarded advisory status to the United Nations Economic and Social Council. Yad Sarah started in the 1970s as a gemach in the home of Rabbi Uri Lupolianski, who served as mayor of Jerusalem from 2003 to 2008. At that time, Lupolianski was a high school teacher with a young family and one of his children needed a vaporizer during the winter, so his wife borrowed one from a neighbor. Upon hearing that such short-term-use items were hard to obtain, Lupolianski decided to start his own gemach by buying a few vaporizers to lend to others. People who heard about his gemach began dropping off other items which are used for a short time, such as crutches and wheelchairs. With seed money from his father, Yaakov Lupolianski, guidance from Kalman Mann, director general of Hadassah Medical Center, Lupolianski incorporated his gemach into a nationwide non-profit in 1976.

Lupolianski named the organization Yad Sarah in memory of his grandmother, who had died in the Holocaust. Yad Sarah raises 92% of its operating budget from donations; the organization does not receive any government assistance. Yad Sarah has helped establish equipment-lending centers and repair workshops in Angola, Cameroon, El Salvador, South Africa, Jordan; as of 2011, Yad Sarah operates 103 equipment-lending branches throughout Israel. These are located in cities, development towns, Arab villages and private homes. Altogether, the branches stock 300,000 items and 300 types of medical and rehabilitative equipment, including wheelchairs, crutches and oxygen tanks. Yad Sarah's six-story Jerusalem headquarters and central warehouse on Herzl Blvd. Occupies a full city block. Yad Sarah lends out wheelchairs, oxygen concentrators, apnea monitors, infant scales, hospital beds, shower chairs and commodes, high-tech and assistive devices, many other home-care items. At any given time, 18,000 wheelchairs are in circulation.

Equipment loans are free of charge. Worn or damaged items are repaired and refurbished at four regional warehouses staffed by volunteers. Yad Sarah receives donations of new and used equipment from local and foreign donors, some communities have organized used equipment drives on the organization's behalf. In recent years, Yad Sarah began importing components and assembling its own orthopedic and high-tech equipment, it offers a six-month training course in parts assembly to unemployed new immigrants over the age of 50 from the Former Soviet Union and Ethiopia, with certification recognized by the Ministry of Labor. In conjunction with its equipment-lending operation, Yad Sarah has established five resource and exhibition centers where clients can see and try out home-care equipment, receive guidance on their use. Yad Sarah lends oxygen purifying machines and oxygen cylinders for home use; the organization is reimbursed for this service by Israel's National Insurance Institute and the patient's health insurer.

Specially equipped vans are available to transport persons in wheelchairs to doctor's appointments, Yad Sarah center activities, social occasions, or errands. These vans bring disabled individuals to and from polling places on election day. Yad Sarah provides airport return for disabled tourists as well. Yad Sarah introduced the first social alarm service in Israel. Thousands of Israelis have been supplied with alarm transmitters which they can mount on their wall or wear on their wrist, connecting them with Yad Sarah's 24-hour emergency response center. Following payment of a token fee, the transmitters are lent for an unlimited period of time and are installed and serviced by volunteers free of charge. Yad Sarah has installed its alarm transmitters in kindergartens and nursery schools free of charge, to provide contact in the event of a terrorist attack. Meals on wheels: Yad Sarah provides cooked, frozen meals through a catering company and delivers them to the home for a nominal fee. Laundry service: Volunteers pick up soiled linens and bedclothes from the homes of incontinent individuals and iron them, return them.

This service is available in Israel's three major cities for a nominal fee. Home repairs: Volunteers with mobile workshops perform home repairs for the elderly and housebound, collecting a token fee for parts. Home visits: Yad Sarah volunteers visit elderly and homebound individuals on