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Marie de' Medici

Marie de' Medici was Queen of France as the second wife of King Henry IV of France, of the House of Bourbon. She was a member of the powerful House of Medici. Following the assassination of her husband in 1610, which occurred the day after her coronation, she acted as regent for her son, King Louis XIII of France, until 1617, when he came of age, she was noted for her ceaseless political intrigues at the French court and extensive artistic patronage. She was born as Maria at the Palazzo Pitti of Florence, the sixth daughter of Francesco I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, Archduchess Joanna of Austria. Marie was not a male-line descendant of Lorenzo the Magnificent but from Lorenzo the Elder, a branch of the Medici family sometimes referred to as the'cadet' branch, she did descend from Lorenzo in the female line however, through his daughter Lucrezia de' Medici. She was a Habsburg through her mother, a direct descendant of Joanna of Castile and Philip I of Castile. Marie was one of seven children.

A portrait of Marie as a young girl shows her with a high forehead. Her wavy hair was light brown in colour, she had honey-brown eyes and fair skin; the painter was from the school of Santi di Tito. She married Henry IV of France in October 1600 following the annulment of his marriage to Margaret of Valois; the wedding ceremony was held in Florence, was celebrated by four thousand guests with lavish entertainment, including examples of the newly invented musical genre of opera, such as Jacopo Peri's Euridice. Henry did not attend the ceremony, the two were therefore married by proxy. Marie brought as part of her dowry 600,000 crowns, her eldest son, the future King Louis XIII, was born at Fontainebleau the following year. Her husband was 47 at the marriage and had a long succession of mistresses. Dynastic considerations required him to take a second wife, his first spouse Margaret of Valois never having produced children by Henry or by her lovers. Henry chose Marie de' Medici because Henry "owed the bride's father, Francesco de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, who had helped support his war effort, a whopping 1,174,000 écus and this was the only means Henry could find to pay back the debt...."The marriage was successful in producing children, but it was not a happy one.

The queen feuded with Henry's mistresses in language. She quarreled with her husband's leading mistress, Catherine Henriette de Balzac d'Entragues, whom he had promised he would marry following the death of his former "official mistress", Gabrielle d'Estrées; when he failed to do so, instead married Marie, the result was constant bickering and political intrigues behind the scenes. Catherine referred to Maria as "the fat banker's daughter". Although the king could have banished his mistress, supporting his queen, he never did so. She, in turn, showed great sympathy and support to her husband's banished ex-wife Marguerite de Valois, prompting Henry to allow her back into the realm. Marie was crowned Queen of France on 13 May 1610, a day before her husband's death. Hours after Henry's assassination, she was confirmed as regent by the Parliament of Paris, she banished his mistress, Catherine Henriette de Balzac, from the court. Marie was under suspicion at court because she was perceived as a foreigner and never mastered French.

She was influenced by Italian friends and confidants, including her foster sister Leonora "Galigai" Dori. Dori's Italian husband, Concino Concini, was created Marquis d'Ancre and a Marshal of France though he had never fought a battle; the Concinis had Henry IV's able minister, the Duke of Sully and Italian representatives of the Roman Catholic Church hoped to force the suppression of Protestantism in France by means of their influence. However, Marie maintained her late husband's policy of religious tolerance; as one of her first acts, Marie reconfirmed Henri IV's Edict of Nantes, which ordered religious tolerance for Protestants in France while asserting the supremacy of the Roman Catholic Church. Daughter of a Habsburg princess, Marie abandoned the traditional anti-Habsburg French foreign policy, she lent support to Habsburg Spain by arranging the marriage of her daughter Elisabeth to the future Philip IV of Spain. Marie overturned the Treaty of Bruzolo, an alliance signed between Henry's representatives and Charles Emmanuel I, Duke of Savoy.

Under the regent's rule, the princes of the blood and the great nobles of the kingdom revolted. The queen consented to buy them off on 15 May 1614; the opposition to the regency was led by Henri de Bourbon, Duke of Enghien, who pressured Marie into convoking the Estates General in 1614 and 1615. In 1616 Marie's rule was strengthened by the addition to her councils of Armand Jean du Plessis, who had come to prominence at the meetings of the Estates General. However, her son Louis XIII several years into his legal majority, asserted his authority the next year; the king overturned the pro-Habsburg, pro-Spanish foreign policy pursued by his mother, ordered the assassination of Concini, exiled the queen to the Château de Blois and appointed Richelieu to his bishopric. After two years of virtual imprisonment "in the wilderness", as she put it, Marie escaped from Blois in the night of 21/22 February 1619 and became the figurehead of a new aristocratic revolt headed by Louis's brother Gaston, Duke of Orléans, whose forces Louis dispersed

Rick Kosick

Rick Kosick is an American photographer and cinematographer. He is a crew member, supporting cast member of the Jackass TV series and the three Jackass movies. Kosick started out as a freelance photographer for Poweredge and Slap skateboarding magazines and built up fame as a skateboard photographer, his photography caught the attention of the rock band Deftones who contracted Kosick to shoot the cover art to their album Around the Fur. This cover was voted by Revolver magazine. Kosick was approached by the editor of Big Brother to become a photographer and head photo editor, his work at Big Brother inspired other skate photographers. He had involvement in the creation of the Big Brother video series. Kosick's likenesses was featured on a skateboard for Birdhouse Skateboards on an Andrew Reynolds board. Following the end of Big Brother, Kosick worked as a freelance photographer until former Big Brother editor Jeff Tremaine approached him for a role in Tremaine's upcoming TV series Jackass. Kosick is filmed being picked on by other Jackass crew members under the auspices of a legitimate stunt only a ruse set up to tease Kosick.

He didn't tolerate many of the pranks played against him. Kosick works as a freelance photographer and camera operator, he worked on Wildboyz, Nitro Circus and Rob and Big on MTV and MTV2. Kosick directed Manny Puig's straight-to-DVD title, Ultimate Predator. Kosick directed an electronic presskit video for the Los Angeles Band HDR and other music videos for Roger Alan Wade, Smutt peddlers, Lil Wyte with Three Six Mafia, House Of Broken Promises and Scream For Me. Rick is a prominent member of the staff at as a content producer and has his own online show'jackass world live' which commonly features other staff members including Sean Cliver and Greg Wolf amongst others. The show is supposed to go live on Wednesdays at 4:20 pm PST, but is known for being late and, amongst other reasons, was why the show was renamed. Rick works behind the camera on Raab Himself’s Bathroom Break Podcast on YouTube, he is working out for Jackass 4 Jackass: The Movie Jackass: Number Two Jackass 2.5 Jackass 3D Jackass 3.5 Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa Jackass 4 Rick Kosick on IMDb Official website of Rick Kosick

Sargodha Tehsil

Sargodha Tehsil, is an administrative subdivision of the Sargodha District in the Punjab province of Pakistan. The tehsil is subdivided into 62 Union Councils -. Bhagtanwala City is 20 Km from the Sargodha District, it is surrounded by orange orchards and situated between two canals and near four motorway interchanges. The city of Bhagtanwala is known for its quaint bazaars and shopping centers. 60 villages are in Bhagtanwala, which are connected through one-way concrete roads. 14 CNG commercial filling stations and 17 petrol pumps are available in Bhagtanwala. Natural gas, telephone and sewage systems are available. Villages are labeled "Chak" followed by a local name. A small airport operates in Bhagtanwala. 7 large hospitals 30 medical stores and 4 marriage halls are there. Bhagtanwala city is the economic hub for the 60 Villages. Government High Schools and two Colleges: a women's and a men's are there. Wapda Town Sargodha is situated near Bhagtanwala with access to local institutions; the demographics of Bhagtnawala include the castes Manda, Rajpoot and Pathan.

Many sub-castes of Pathan families such as Niazi, Tareen, Nohani and Agha Khwani migrated from India and different cities of Pakistan. Arain is a big caste of Bhagtnawala city and connected area 70% teachers and student of colleges and schools belong to arain caste 80% business community is belong to arain caste press Generalsekretari is arain up to 50% employ of other occupation are arain


Zekreet is a village in north-western Qatar near Dukhan and about 80 km north-west west of Doha. A sparsely populated area, Zekreet was built up in the 1940s after oil operations commenced in Qatar; this included the construction of a harbor for oil equipment and a number of small houses which developed into a village. There are a number of visitor attractions and old ruins at the site, one of the most notable being Zekreet Fort, housed to the immediate north of the village; the village's name is derived from the Arabic word "zikra", which in English translates to "memories". The name applied to a nearby rawda which had sentimental value for its inhabitants, but the name was given to the village itself. Zekreet is spelled as Zikrit and Zekrit. An area known by a similar name called. Zekreet is situated near the bottom small stretch of land known as the Zekreet Peninsula which protrudes into the Persian Gulf and of which Ras Abrouq occupies the northern extremity. Dukhan is the closest sizable settlement.

To the west of the village is the Bay of Zekreet, a half-moon shaped bay which in the past was an extension of the 20 km-long Dukhan Sabkha. There is a cape protruding into the bay known as Ras Zekreet. Much of the area is associated with erosional landforms such as mesas. Zekreet was inhabited during the late 18th and early 19th centuries, the same era that saw the rise of the nearby northern settlements of Zubarah and Al Huwaila. Historic references to the area in the English language are scarce, but a local fort was mentioned by J. G. Lorimer, who claimed that it was built by the pirate ruler of Qatar Rahmah ibn Jabir al-Jalahimah in c. 1800. The village may have been abandoned around the same period that Zubarah was sacked. Oil was discovered for the first time in Qatar in 1936 in the nearby mountain range of Jebel Dukhan to the south; the western side of the Bay of Zekreet, across the bay from the village, accommodated the first shallow-water harbor in Qatar to be used by oil companies to unload their equipment during the 1940s.

Food supplies and fresh water from Bahrain were imported here. The growth and formation of the modern village of Zekreet was dependent on this harbor, however it was subsequently made obsolete by Mesaieed Harbor in 1952, by the 1960s was decommissioned altogether. Like most settlements in Qatar, seawater intrusion contaminated the coastal aquifers, therefore the contemporary village was established inland on the other side of the bay near existing water wells on the Zekreet Peninsula. Many inhabitants from eastern Qatar migrated to the Dukhan region in the 1950s to find work in the oil industry. Population estimates in 1950 put the number of women at 250 in the fledgling village. Zekreet opened its first primary school for boys in 1957 with a capacity of 45 students, making it the first settlement in the region to establish a formal school. A few years in 1960, the village's first primary school for girls was founded with 26 seats. Throughout the late 1950s and 1960s, all inhabitants of the western industrial settlements sent their children to these two schools.

Subsequently, the government decided to centralize all of the western region's infrastructure in the city of Dukhan, so in the 1970s Zekreet's two schools were closed and its students shifted to the schools' replacements in Dukhan. The population of Zekreet fell in the following years. A majority of its residents were still employed in the energy sector. In January 2019, it was estimated that Zekreet had about 7,000 people living in the village expat workers; as of 2017, Qatargas is in the process of implementing the $600 million Zekreet Gasoline Project. It will produce up to 75,000 barrels per day; the first archaeological excavations at Zekreet took place in 1973–1974 by a team led by Beatrice de Cardi. Zekreet Fort was discovered during this period; the area was again excavated by a French team from 2002 and 2005 and the contents of this excavation were analyzed in 2006. The total area of the excavated site was 18,000 m². Nineteenth-century ceramics have been discovered in situ; some of the pottery has been traced back to China.

Zekreet Fort has been dated to early 19th century. The fort's shape is quadrangular with four circular watchtowers. At the initial time of construction, the fort did not have any towers; the towers were instead added to each side in a reconstruction phase. Facilities for "debis" production are believed to have been at the site. A replica city was built to the north of Zekreet for use in film production, it includes a large fort surrounded by palm trees. The Qatar Museums Authority has embarked on a project to repackage a house belonging to the former imam of Zekreet during the 1950s as a cultural venue where educational workshops are held. A passage will be constructed from the building to Richard Serra's sculptures in Ras Abrouq

Tristan & Isolde (film)

Tristan & Isolde is a 2006 epic romantic drama film directed by Kevin Reynolds and written by Dean Georgaris based on the medieval romantic legend of Tristan and Isolde. Produced by Ridley Scott and Tony Scott, the film stars James Franco and Sophia Myles, alongside a supporting cast featuring Rufus Sewell, Mark Strong, Henry Cavill; this was Franchise Pictures' last film before bankruptcy. The film is set in Britain and Ireland after the fall of the Roman Empire. Lord Marke of Cornwall plans to unify the people of Britain – Celts, Angles and Jutes – under himself as high king to resist Irish domination; the Irish king, discovers this and sends troops to attack Tantallon Castle where a treaty between the British tribes is being discussed. The raid claims the lives of the castle's lord and his wife, but Marke manages to save their young son, Tristan, at the cost of losing a hand. Feeling compassion for the boy, whose father loyally supported him, Marke welcomes Tristan into his home and regards him as a son.

Nine years Tristan has grown into a fierce, courageous warrior whose loyalty to Marke is that of a son to his father. Tristan and other Cornish warriors launch an attack on an Irish slave caravan. Tristan fights Morholt, the leader of the army, his father's killer and the man Donachadh's daughter, Princess Isolde, has been promised in marriage to. Though Tristan kills Morholt and Donachadh's forces are overrun, he is wounded in the fight and believed dead, though he is in fact only suffering the effects of Morholt's poisoned sword. Tristan's body is put out to sea on a funeral boat which washes up along the shores of Ireland, he is discovered by Isolde and her maid, who administer an antidote that revives him. Bragnae insists that Isolde conceal her identity so Isolde tells Tristan her name is Bragnae and that she is a lady-in-waiting. Tristan and Isolde fall in love; the two lovers must separate. Tristan receives a hero's welcome. An overjoyed Marke welcomes him back with open arms. Plotting to defeat Britain, Donachadh proposes a peace treaty, promising Isolde in marriage to the winner of a tournament.

Tristan wins the tournament on behalf of Marke, unaware that "the prize" is the woman he fell in love with in Ireland. When he discovers the truth about Isolde, he is heartbroken to see her betrothed to Marke, but accepts it since the marriage will end the bloodshed between their two peoples. Marke is genuinely falls in love with her. Isolde grows fond of him. Tristan is cold and distant towards Marke, confused over what is tormenting Tristan. Isolde tells Tristan. Tristan is torn between his loyalty to Marke. Tristan gives in to Isolde; the affair is discovered by Lord Wictred, a Saxon chieftain and a longstanding dissenter to Marke's leadership. He informs Donachadh and they conspire to use the affair to overthrow Marke, with Wictred getting Marke's throne in exchange. Marke confides in Tristan. Tristan burns down the bridge where he would meet Isolde. After Marke and Isolde's coronation, Tristan attempts to end their relationship, but Isolde begs him not to leave her, they are caught in an embrace by Marke and the other British kings.

Donachadh ends the alliance. Seeing this as weakness on Marke's part, the other kings decide to part ways with him. Marke is furious over Tristan and Isolde's betrayal. However, after Isolde explains their history, Marke relents. Tristan is taken to the river and Isolde tells him that Marke is letting the two of them and Bragnae leave together. Tristan puts Isolde in the boat meant for their escape and tells her that if they leave they will be remembered for all time as those "whose love brought down a kingdom." Tristan runs off to the ensuing battle. At the same time, Marke's nephew and Tristan's close friend, resentful of his uncle's long favoring of Tristan, shows Wictred an old passage into the Roman foundations of Marke's castle. Wictred had made. Once they are in the passage, Wictred sneaks his army into the castle. Marke and his forces swiftly become pinned down by Donachadh's army outside the castle and Wictred's men within. Tristan sneaks back into the castle via the secret tunnel, which he and Isolde used to carry out their affair.

On the way, he finds a dying Melot. Tristan attacks Wictred's men. Tristan is mortally wounded in combat by Wictred. Now outnumbered, Tristan and the soldiers loyal to him emerge from the castle and present Wictred's severed head to Donachadh. Marke urges the British kings standing with the Irish to aid them in making Britain a single, free nation. Inspired by his words, the British kings and their men attack his army; as a fierce battle between the British and Irish erupts, Marke carries a dying Tristan to the river, where they are met by Isolde. Marke has to leave to lead the British to victory, leaving Tristan and Isolde to say their final goodbye. Before he takes his last breath, he tells her: "You were right. I don't know, but love was more than either." Isolde sees to Tristan's burial beneath the ashes of the Roman villa wh

Yasmany Tomás

Yasmany Tomás Bacallao is a Cuban professional baseball outfielder in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization. He played for the Cuba national baseball team at the 2013 World Baseball Classic, he played for the Industriales in the Cuban National Series League from 2008 through 2013. He has played in Major League Baseball for Arizona. Tomás began his professional career in his home country, where he played for the Industriales de La Habana in the Cuban National Series League, his first professional year of baseball was in 2008 where he played 35 games batting.297 with a home run, four stolen bases, 11 RBI. In 2009, Tomás played 22 games batting.192 with three RBIs. After no participation in 2010, Tomás gained playing time in 2011 where he played 69 games batting.301 with 16 home runs, four stolen bases, 42 RBI. In 2012, Tomás played 81 games batting.289 with 18 home runs, three triples, 60 RBI. In 2013, he played 65 games batting.290 with six home runs, six stolen bases, 35 RBI. In 2014, Tomás left Cuba in an effort to play in Major League Baseball.

On November 26, 2014, Tomás agreed to a six-year, $68.5 million contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The deal became official on December 8. On April 4, 2015, Tomás was optioned to the Triple-A Reno Aces to begin the year, he was called up to the majors on April 15 and made his MLB debut that day, grounding out in his lone at-bat. Tomás made his first start at third base on April 22 when Jake Lamb was placed on the 15-day DL, he recorded his first RBI on April 28. On May 17, 2015, Tomás hit his first career home run off of Phillies reliever Ken Giles. Tomás finished 2015 by playing in 118 games with a.273 average, 9 home runs, 48 RBIs. In 2016, Tomás played in 140 games, having a.272 batting average, 30 doubles, 31 home runs, 83 RBIs. On August 21, 2017, it was announced that Tomás would undergo core surgery. On March 25, 2018, Tomás was optioned to Triple-A Reno. On April 2, 2019, Tomás cleared waivers and was outrighted from the Diamondbacks 40-man roster, remaining with the Triple-A Reno Aces.

On May 20, 2019, while in Triple-A, Tomás hit four home runs in a single game as the Aces beat the Tacoma Rainers 25-8. On July 26, the Diamondbacks selected Tomás' contract. On August 4, Tomás was outrighted to Reno. In January 2018, Tomás was arrested for criminal speeding when he was driving 105 miles per hour on Arizona State Route 101. List of baseball players who defected from Cuba Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or Baseball-Reference Cuban Baseball Career statistics