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Mansi people

The Mansi are a Ugrian indigenous people living in Khanty–Mansia, an autonomous okrug within Tyumen Oblast in Russia. In Khanty–Mansia, the Khanty and Mansi languages have co-official status with Russian; the Mansi language is one of the postulated Ugric languages of the Uralic family. The Mansi people were known as the Voguls. Together with the Khanty people, the Mansi are politically represented by the Association to Save Yugra, an organisation founded during Perestroika of the late 1980s; this organisation was among the first regional indigenous associations in Russia. According to the 2010 census, there were 12,269 Mansi in Russia; the ancestors of Mansi people populated the areas west of the Urals. Mansi findings have been unearthed in the vicinity of Perm. In the first millennium BC, they migrated to Western Siberia where they assimilated with the native inhabitants. According to others they are originated from the south Ural steppe and moved into their current location about 500 AD; the Mansi have been in contact with the Russian state at least since the 16th century when most of western Siberia was brought under Russian control by Yermak Timofeyevich.

Due to their higher exposure to Russian and Soviet control, they are more assimilated than their northern neighbours, the Khanty. The Mansi are said in legends to have ridden moose into battle, though there is no historical evidence of this. Matrena Vakhrusheva, philologist, writer.

Xia Lin

Xia Lin, is a Chinese lawyer known for taking on human rights cases. Among his more prominent clients was the artist and activist Ai Weiwei. In late 2016 he was sentenced to 12 years in prison for fraud. Xia represented Pu Zhiqiang, a lawyer, detained for discussing the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre. In 2009 he won a case on behalf of a hotel worker who killed a government official who had tried to rape her, he represented the prominent contemporary artist Ai Weiwei. The two met in 2010. Xia was detained in 2014 after he agreed to defend a Beijing activist. Chinese authorities have cracked down on lawyers and rights activists in recent years, jailing some on charges of subversion against the ruling Chinese Communist Party. Xia was charged defrauding four people of 4.8 million RMB. Xia said that the charge was revenge against his legal work, he pleaded not guilty. Xia was sentenced to 12 years in prison, he was fined 120,000 RMB and ordered to pay 4.8 million RMB to fraud victims. Xia's supporters, various human rights groups, stated that the harsh sentence is intended to intimidate other would-be human rights activists.

A spokesman for Amnesty International said that the arrest was "certainly not about fraud". He continued: "That's a smokescreen to cover the government's real intent to go after any lawyer ready to take on high-profile human rights cases. Xia had been involved in many cases and that's why he was given a horrendously high sentence."Chinese state media did not report on Xia's sentencing. Ai Weiwei called the sentence "absurd", wrote that the public security bureau's pursual of the case "violated protocol and was illegal" as "the party that offered him the loan should be the litigant in this kind of civil dispute", he related the case to his 2011 arrest, which he alleged was illegal under Chinese law. He criticized the lack of an independent judiciary in China, calling the justice system "a tool that operates under the Communist Party's directives". Xia is married to Lin Ru. After Xia's sentencing, she wept outside the court and asserted her husband's innocence


Tepeji is one of the 84 municipalities of Hidalgo, in central-eastern Mexico. The municipality covers an area of 393.4 km². The town is known for its beautiful, Lake Requena, a vast lake used for boating and fishing, it is the birthplace of Mexican footballer Raul Jiménez. Tepeji del Rio has many industrial complexes with companies such as Procter and Gamble, Arteche, Zaga, PPG, Pilgrims Pride etc. Amanali Country Club & Nautica has a golf course situated in the northern part of the town overlooking Lake Requena, along with associated residential areas. Plaza del Rio, Tepeji's main plaza, has most of the town's commercial outlets, including a Comercial Mexicana, a Pemex gas station, a Cinepolis movie theater, a Domino's Pizza, a few other outlets; the 2010 census reported that the municipality had a total population of 80,612, though the welcome road sign at the south entrance of Tepeji states a population of 100,000. Though central Mexico has experienced rapid urbanization, Tepeji sits just outside of the Mexico City Metropolitan area.

As of September 8th 2016, Tepeji is governed by Moisés Ramírez Tapia, member of the New Alliance Party

Subsonic (EP)

Subsonic is the third extended play by South Korean singer Younha. The album was released on December 6, 2013, is her eleventh non-compilation release; the mini album was part of a series of albums Younha released following a self-imposed hiatus due to panic disorder. It was the third release following the annulment of Younha's contract with Lion Media after well-documented litigation; the tracks were all recorded and released during Younha's stint as host for MBC radio program Starry Night. It has been stated by the artist as a departure from her early career as a mainstream radio mainstay, thematically reflects a relief from the pressure of maintaining popularity while pursuing other genres; the album's title and subsequent songs make references to subsonic phenomena, thematically alluding to concepts of speed and time in contrast to Younha's previous album Supersonic, which contains more guitar-driven, faster tempo music than Subsonic. Three tracks were previewed ahead of the album's release, including a down-tempo version of Run from the Supersonic album and It's Okay.

A music video was released for Home. A clip featuring behind-the-scenes footage of the filming of the music videos were released as a preview. Following the release of the digital album, a music video debuted for the third track, Not There. Physical copies were made available on December 12, 2014 Younha held a piano-focused concerts, titled "26 and", at Olympic Hall on December 27–28, 2014, she performed select songs from the album for You Hee-yeol's Sketchbook. The album reached #5 in physical albums sales during the week following its release. Singles It's Okay peaked at # 9.

R. M. Lala

Russi M. Lala was a Parsi author known for his chronicles of the Tatas and publisher; when he was 19, he entered the profession of book publishing in 1951. From 1959 to 1963, he established the first publishing house from India in London, 1959. Russi M. Lala, graduated with History Honours from Bombay University. Journalism was his passion from his childhood. In his ‘early years’, he was fond of his father, Maneckshaw P. Lala, from whom he acquired an abiding love for literature. "The urge for expression marks the beginning of writing" says Mr Lala in his autobiography. It was this urge that made him write letters to newspapers during his teens – about topics ranging from cruelty to animals, to Gandhi, Roosevelt. Russi M. Lala joined the Tata group in 1974, he retired in 2003 as director of the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust. During his association with the Tata group he authored a number of books celebrating the Tata heritage. R. M. Lala's books have been translated including Japanese. Heading the first Indian book publishing house in London was a turning point for Mr. Lala.

It was here that he got a deeper understanding of Moral Re-Armament, subsequently renamed as Initiatives of Change, besides life and human nature. The discipline of an early morning ‘quiet time’ that the author calls ‘the secret of life’ was shaped during this period. Editor of the journal'Himmat Weekly', was co founded with Rajmohan Gandhi by Russi in 1964, managed it for the next decade. Russi Lala was the Director of Tata’s premier Foundation, The Sir Dorabji Tata Trust for 18 years. Co-founder of the Centre for Advancement of Philanthropy. Since 1993, he has been its Chairman. CAP, was founded to enable people to build trusts for any specific purpose of their choice, it gives free consultancy services to NGOs regarding registration, taxexemptions and management. It makes periodic representations to government on behalf of the philanthropic sector. CAP has played a facilitative role in introducing, for the first time in India, a'Certificate Programm in Resource Mobilization & Management' at the S.

P. Jain Institute of Management Studies. Technical input for this one-year course is being provided by the U. K.-based'Resource Alliance', of which the Chief Executive of CAP, Mr. Dadrawala was earlier a Board Member; the author’s faith and purpose have seen him weather severe challenges to health. Cancer of the lymph nodes was first detected in 1989, he had to undergo chemotherapy. "It is essential to recognize that life is larger than cancer" Lala states in his autobiography, adding that to confront any crisis, "we have to marshal our inner resources of strength." Some of his most creative works have come after his epic battle with cancer. The updated version of "The Creation of Wealth" was followed by Jamsetji Tata’s biography "For the Love of India". Within six weeks of bypass surgery "In Search of Ethical Leadership" was launched. "Celebration of the Cells" is a detailed account by R. M. Lala written in the form of letters to prepare a friend, diagnosed with cancer. A free copy of e-book of "Celebration of the Cells" is available on Mr Lala's own website.

The Creation of Wealth - The Tatas from the 19th to 21st century. R. D. Tata. R. D. Tata. R. D. Tata. M. Lala has been involved in giving talks on the role of purpose in life and cancer, he has been associated with an organisation based in Panchgani. He is on the board for Bombay Community Public Trust and MS Swaminathan Research Foundation.'About Russi M. Lala's official website' Penguin books-Author Profile of R. M. Lala

Phiale (building)

Phiale is a term in Ancient Greek architecture for a building or columned arcade around a fountain, the equivalent of the Roman nymphaeum. The falling water from the fountain was and still is collected in a flattish bowl-shaped bowl, the usual meaning of phiale, as a shape for a vessel in Ancient Greek pottery or silverware. In Byzantine architecture the phiale was built in the atrium of, or just outside, a church or the katholikon of a monastery. There is an open arcade of columns supporting a small dome octagonal, as a symbol of the mystery of baptism or new life. In addition to allowing visitors to wash and refresh themselves before entering the church, the phiale is used for taking water for benedictions and in the ceremony of the Great Blessing of Waters at Epiphany. Glossary of architecture Baptistery Emil Ivanov: Das Bildprogramm des Narthex im Rila-Kloster in Bulgarien unter besonderer Berücksichtigung der Wasserweihezyklen, Diss. Erlangen, 2002; the Church of Sancta Sophia, Constantinople: a Study of Byzantine Building, William Richard Lethaby, Harold Swainson, Adamant Media Corporation, orig.

1894, ISBN 1-4021-8345-3, ISBN 978-1-4021-8345-4. Google books