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Russell L. Smith

Russell L. Smith is a noncommissioned officer who serves as the 15th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy, he served as the acting MCPON, from June 22, 2018, when MCPON Steven S. Giordano resigned, to August 29, 2018, when he assumed the role as the 15th MCPON. Smith is a graduate of the U. S. Navy Senior Enlisted Academy and the Command Master Chief/Chief of the Boat Course at the Naval War College. Smith reported to Recruit Training Center San Diego, California, in September 1988, began his career as a seaman, he became a weapons technician in 1990 converted to the intelligence specialist rating in 1993. He was selected for the command master chief program in 2007, his sea duty assignments include USS Enterprise, SEAL Team Four, USS Carl Vinson, two tours on USS Abraham Lincoln, as the command master chief on USS Momsen. He had six shipboard deployments to the western Pacific and Central Command AORs in support of operations Desert Storm and Desert Fox, a 292-day combat deployment during operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, disaster relief operations in Indonesia and counter-piracy operations in the Horn of Africa.

He served on numerous deployments and detachments while attached to Naval Special Warfare and Defense Intelligence Agency elements. His shore tours include service as the operations NCO at the United States Defense Attaché Office in Moscow, Russia. 7 gold service stripes. Smith received the Edwin T. Layton Leadership Award in fall of 2002 for leadership in the Intelligence Community. Official biodata, navy.mil.

Swanti (festival)

Swanti is a five-day festival of Nepal, one of the year's greatest celebrations for the Newar people. It is the Newar version of Diwali; the festival highlights the central role of women in the household, the rituals are related to wishing for good fortune of the family members by presenting them auspicious items and praying for longevity by placating the god of death. During the festival and doorways are decorated with flower garlands and lamps. Deities and people are honored as part of the celebrations; the festival is marked by both Buddhists. It is held according to the lunar calendar. In 2017, the festival is 17–21 October; the first two days are Kwah Pujā and Khichā Pujā dedicated to crows and dogs, both known as messengers of death. Goodies are left on the roof for the crows to feast upon. People honour dogs by offering them delicacies; the third day is the day dedicated to cows. They are believed to lead the spirits of the deceased to the land of the dead. On the third day, householders observe Lakshmi Puja by worshipping Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth.

They paste a new painting of the Goddess at the shrine installed in an inner room and worship her by making a sand painting of a mandala. All the members of the family offer coins and venerate her; the next day on Mha Puja, a feast known as Thāybhu, which consists of an immense plate piled high with various food items, is offered to the Goddess. The painting of Goddess Lakshmi in Newar tradition is distinguished by her accessories and attendants, she is shown holding a Sinhamu in the left hand. These two ritual objects stand for prosperity and good fortune and are necessary for many ceremonies in Newar society; the figure of a man holding a sack of money is said to be the lord of wealth Kubera or a rich trader. The hairy creatures are known. In antiquity, merchants travelling to Tibet are said to have encountered them on the snowy passes, they may be the same as the Yeti; the next day is Mha Puja which means "worship of the self". The ceremony empower the soul. Mha Puja signifies an auspicious beginning of the New Year of Nepal Sambat, invokes prosperity and longevity for the participant.

The ceremony consists of worshipping one's mandala and presentation of the Sagan, a set of auspicious food items which represent Tantric concepts. The fifth day of Swanti is dedicated to brothers. Sisters honor their younger brothers with a ceremony where a mandala similar to the one used for Mha Puja is worshipped, they present them long-burning wicks which are placed next to the mandala, sacred threads and a basket of fruits symbolizing long life and good fortune. The sisters offer Sagan to their brothers which consists of auspicious food items; the five items wine, fish, lentil cake and egg symbolize the five Tantric concepts of light, water and sky respectively. The brothers give gifts of cash and clothes in return, they are treated to a lavish feast. The ceremony may be held at the brother's home as per family tradition; the day after the end of Swanti, parents invite their married daughters to eat their share of the feast presented to Goddess Laxmi during Mha Puja. Each dish on the large plate is divided into small portions so that all the family members get a share.

This party concludes the sequence of events. Nepal Sambat Sagan Tihar Diwali

1975–76 Northern Rugby Football League season

The 1975–76 Rugby Football League season was the 81st season of rugby league football. The Championship was won by Salford and the Challenge Cup winners were St. Helens who beat Widnes 20-5 in the final; the Rugby League Premiership Trophy winners were St. Helens who beat Salford 15-2 in the final; the 1975–76 Players No.6 Trophy Winners were Widnes who beat Hull F. C. 19-13 in the final. The BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Winners were St. Helens. Widnes beat Salford 16–7 to win the Lancashire County Cup, Leeds beat Hull Kingston Rovers 15–11 to win the Yorkshire County Cup. Salford won their sixth, to date last, Championship. Dewsbury, Keighley and Swinton were demoted to the Second Division. In the Challenge Cup final played at Wembley in front of a crowd of 89,982 St. Helens defeated Widnes 20-5; this was St Helens’ fifth Cup Final win in eight Final appearances. Referee: Ron Moore The winner of the Lance Todd Trophy was St. Helens fullback, Geoff Pimblett. In 1975–76 season the RFL introduced the Premiership Trophy competition.

It was played at the end of the season with the top 8 in the league qualifying to play each other in a simple 1st versus 8th, 2nd versus 7th, 3rd versus 6th, 4th versus 5th system. The final was played on a neutral venue; the competition was played until 1997. This was the second end of season Premiership Play-off Final and was played in front of a crowd of 18,082 at Station Road, Swinton between the number four seeds, St Helens, the number one seeds, Salford. Referee: M. J. Naughton St Helens second-row forward, George Nicholls, was the winner of the Harry Sunderland Trophy as Man of the Match. 2nd Division Champions were Barrow, they, Rochdale Hornets, Workington Town and Leigh were promoted to the First Division. 1975–76 Rugby Football League season at wigan.rlfans.com The Challenge Cup at The Rugby Football League website

Jordan Mintah

Jordan Owusu Mintah is a Ghanaian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Terengganu II in the Malaysia Premier League. In his native Ghana, Mintah has played for Wassaman United, he moved to the Philippines to play for Stallion F. C., playing in the United Football League. Mintah has scored over 17 goals for Kaya F. C. in the 2017 Philippines Football League, including three in a 5–2 victory over Ilocos United and a 7th-minute opener in a 2–0 win over Global. Best Striker in Philippines 2 years in a row Commenting on a loss to Ceres-Negros in the part of the season, the Ghanaian forward remained nonplussed, stating that his team tried their best and needed to accept the outcome

Benevolent dictator for life

Benevolent dictator for life is a title given to a small number of open-source software development leaders project founders who retain the final say in disputes or arguments within the community. The phrase originated in 1995 with reference to Guido van Rossum, creator of the Python programming language. Shortly after Van Rossum joined the Corporation for National Research Initiatives, the term appeared in a follow-up mail by Ken Manheimer to a meeting trying to create a semi-formal group that would oversee Python development and workshops. Van Rossum announced on July 2018, that he would be stepping down as BDFL of Python. BDFL should not be confused with the more common term for open-source leaders, "benevolent dictator", popularized by Eric S. Raymond's essay "Homesteading the Noosphere". Among other topics related to hacker culture, Raymond elaborates on how the nature of open source forces the "dictatorship" to keep itself benevolent, since a strong disagreement can lead to the forking of the project under the rule of new leaders