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A Ghost in Monte Carlo

A Ghost in Monte Carlo is a 1951 novel by Barbara Cartland. It was the gayest season Monte Carlo had known, Mademoiselle Fantôme was causing a sensation. Who was the exquisite “ghost,” with her shining golden hair and dreaming dark eyes? Why did her formidable aunt guard her so carefully? Mademoiselle herself did not understand the seductive role she was playing, but her troubled young heart knew that evil was drawing close to her, that she was a pawn in a mysterious plot to avenge an old wrong. Too late, she discovered that jealousy and bitterness were threatening to destroy her new-found love; the book was adapted for television in 1990 starring Lysette Anthony, Marcus Gilbert, Sarah Miles and Oliver Reed. Eighteen-year-old Mistral is an innocent abroad in the sophisticated Côte D’Azur, where princes and millionaires mingle in the casinos and sumptuous hotels. Accompanied only by her embittered and domineering Aunt Emilie and kindly servant Jeanne, Mistral appears dressed all in grey like a ghost in the salons and ballrooms of Monte Carlo and sets Society’s tongues wagging.

It’s not long before the whole of Monte Carlo are trying to find out who she is her waif-like beauty has men bewitched and falling in love – gentlemen such as Sir Robert Stanford. But on her aunt's bewildering but strict instructions, she must not converse with any but the Russian Prince Nikolai. Something about Mistral touches Sir Robert’s heart – and he cannot understand why Mistral appears afraid to be with him, yet both of them crave love. Only if Mistral’s innocent eyes are opened to the truth – that Aunt Emilie’s motives are borne not of concern for her niece but of bitterness and a hatred for men


AquaPedia is free, web-based, collaborative self-learning repository of interactive and searchable water case studies from across the planet for information and analysis of water conflicts. It was developed at Tufts University in 2008. AquaPedia has the goal of sharing water conflict case studies that integrate information from the science/engineering aspects with understanding of the societal/cultural issues that are integral to the framing and solution of the problem AquaPedia is in a beta testing phase with contributions from academics. Case studies are categorized within the framework of 6 variables from two domains; the natural domain contributes: water quantity and ecosystem constraints. The societal domain contributes the interactions between values and norms, economic considerations, governance structures Like traditional wiki-style sites, anyone can contribute water case studies or potential revisions.

11e régiment parachutiste de choc

The 11e régiment parachutiste de choc called 11e choc, was an elite parachute regiment of the French Army. It used to serve as the armed branch of the SDECE, its insignia, designed by lieutenant Dupas, features Bagheera in a golden wing. The motto is Qui ose gagne, in continuation of the tradition of the British Special Air Service; the 11e choc was meant from the start to constitute a reserve of soldiers available to the French special services. The 11e choc was composed of one single battalion, the 11e bataillon parachutiste de choc. From 1 September 1946, it was stationned in Mont-Louis. In the aftermath of the Second World War, an "action service" of the SDECE was created by Jacques Morlane, it grouped veterans of the Second World War having served in the Bataillon de Choc of 1936, in the 1er bataillon de choc, or as SOE agents, as well as veterans of Indochina. In spring of 1947, Morlane sent R. Mautaint in Mont-Louis to train the new unit. Mautaint had authored numerous reports on SOE training.

In July 1947, as the complement of the 11e choc grew, Morlane nominated Paul Aussaresses to replace Mautaint. Aussaresses described his mission as "perform what was by called'psychological warfare', wherever it was necessary, notably in Indochina I trained my men for clandestine operations, airborne or otherwise, that could range from building demolition to sabotage or elimination of enemies". From 1952, elements of the 11e choc were sent to Indochina to lead and train the Groupement de commandos mixtes aéroportés, though the 11e Choc did not take part in the conflict as a unit. Back from Indochina in 1952, Aussaresses was tasked to assassinate supporters of the FLN. Morlane "was convinced that a Soviet invasion was imminent, had been busy constituting secret weapon caches all over the territory so that, when time would come, a resistance could be organised". On 1 October 1955, a 12e bataillon parachutiste, it was stationned in Corsica. Together, the 11th and 12th Battalions were the 11e demi-brigade parachutiste de choc formed on 1 October.

The insignia of the 12e BPC featured a star on a parachute background. In late October 1956, elements of both battalions took part in the Suez Crisis; the 12e BPC was disbanded on 30 April 1957 and re-created as the 1er bataillon parachutiste de choc. Its insignia featured a dagger with a map of France as background, its motto was En pointe toujours. From 1 May 1957, the 11e DBPC was thus constituted of the 11th BPC, the 1st BPC and the bataillon d'instruction spécialisé, based in Calvi, Corté, Mont-Louis. During the Algerian War, the 11e Choc at first deployed a groupement léger d'intervention, a groupement de marche, as well as local antennas of the "action service", a specialised detachment called DS 111; the 11e Choc did not take part in the Algiers putsch of 1961, but some officers did sympathise towards the putschists. The unit was disbanded on 31 December 1963 and its standard handed over to the National Commando Training Centre at Mont-Louis. In 1985, general René Imbot, director of the DGSE, re-created the 11e Choc as the 11e régiment parachutiste de choc.

In 1988, elements took part in the Ouvéa cave assault. The restructuring of the French Intelligence and Special Operations organs following the Gulf War entailed the disbanding of the 11e RPC on 31 December 1993. 1946-1947: CNE Mautaint 1947: CNE Rivière 1947-1948: CNE Paul Aussaresses 1948-1953: CBN Yves Godard 1953-1955: CES Pierre Decorse 1955-1957: CNE Bauer 1958-1960: CNE Erouart 1960-1961: CBN Crousillac 1961-1962: CBN Mouton 1962-1963: CBN Dabezies 1963: CBN Barthes 1955-1961: COL Pierre Decorse 1961-1963: LCL Albert Merglen Erwan Bergot, 11e Choc, Presses de la cité, 1986

Violeta (Iz*One song)

"Violeta" is a song recorded by South Korean–Japanese girl group Iz*One, released on April 1, 2019 by Off the Record Entertainment as the lead single from their second extended play Heart*Iz. "Violeta" is a pop track with tropical house beats and a future bass intro, inspired by the story "The Happy Prince" lyrically. It is described by Jeff Benjamin of Billboard as having "a color and floral theme as the ladies try to conjure and coax a lover into opening up to them like a flower on the verge of blooming", it offers a more uptempo and choreography-focused than the previous Korean song “La Vie en Rose". Jack Wannan of LWOS Life praised the song as " amazing production"; the music video for "Violeta" was released on April 1, 2019. Directed by Digipedi, the video gives a "vibrant and nature-themed imagery featuring meadow flowers, glowing prisms, splashing water and more aesthetically pleasing designs"; as at July 11, 2019, the music video achieves more than 40 million views. Off the Record released a special video in commemoration of achieving 40 million views.

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Heart*Iz

Guji Zone

Guji is one of the zones of the Oromia Region of Ethiopia. Guji is named after a tribe of the Oromo people. Guji is bordered on the south by Borena, on the west by the Southern Nations and Peoples Region, on the north by the Ganale Dorya River which separates it from Bale and on the east by the Somali Region; the highest point in this zone is Mount Dara Tiniro. Cities and major towns in this Zone include Nagele Borana; the Guji Zone was created in September 2002, when the upland woredas of the Borena Zone were split apart to create it. Based on the 2007 Census conducted by the Central Statistical Agency of Ethiopia, this Zone has a total population of 1,389,800, of whom 702,580 are men and 687,220 women. While 129,852 or 14.31% are urban inhabitants, a further 5,315 or 0.38% are pastoralists. A total of 269,440 households were counted in this Zone, which results in an average of 5.16 persons to a household, 258,540 housing units. The four largest ethnic groups reported in Guji were the Oromo, the Gedeo, the Amhara and the Somali.

Oromiffa was spoken as a first language by 77.91%, 14.16% spoke Gedeogna, 4.31% spoke Amharic and 1.61% spoke Somali. The majority of the inhabitants professed Protestantism, with 56.14% of the population having reported they practiced that belief, while 14,8% of the population were Muslim, 11.32% of the population said they held traditional beliefs, 7.49% professed Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity and 2.12% were Catholic