Marked for Death is a 1990 American action film directed by Dwight H. Little; the film stars Steven Seagal as John Hatcher, a former DEA troubleshooter who returns to his Illinois hometown only to find it taken over by a gang of vicious Jamaican drug dealers led by Screwface using a combination of fear and Obeah, a Jamaican syncretic religion of West African and Caribbean origin similar to Haitian vodou and Santería as practiced in Jamaica. Chicago DEA agent John Hatcher returns from Colombia; as a result of Chico's death and years of dead end work, John retires and heads to his family's home town of Lincoln Heights in suburban Chicago. He visits the local school to meet his old friend and former U. S. Army buddy Max Keller who works there as physical education teacher; as John and Max celebrate their reunion at a club, a gunfight breaks out between local drug dealers and a Jamaican gang at the venue. The gang, known as the Jamaican Posse, is led by a notorious psychotic drug kingpin named Screwface full of West African Vodun and sadism.
John arrests one of Screwface's henchmen as the gunfight ends. News of Posse crimes occurring in Chicago and across the United States spread as the Posse expands its operations and recruits more members; the next day and his henchmen do a drive-by shooting on the house where John, his sister Melissa, Melissa's 12-year-old daughter Tracey live. Tracey is hospitalized in critical condition. John encounters a gangster named Jimmy. A Jamaican gangster named Nesta is subdued by John, who asks about Screwface. Nesta gives information but tells him to go after Screwface alone and jumps out the window to his death; the next day, John discovers a strange symbol engraved on a carpet, with the help of Jamaican voodoo and gang expert Leslie Davalos, a detective for the Chicago Police Department, he learns that it is an African blood symbol used to mark their crimes. John decides to come out of retirement to join Max in a battle against Screwface. At the same night of their rendezvous, John gets a phone call from Melissa, cut short when Screwface and his men invade the Hatcher household, but they leave upon his arrival and Melissa is unharmed.
The next day and Max encounter another batch of Screwface's henchmen which results in a car chase. The chase ends in a jewelry store wherein two henchmen are wounded and one henchman is killed by Hatcher, amidst the chaos of shoppers fleeing the scene. During a meeting with Leslie, she informs John that the only way to stop the Jamaican Posse is to bring down Screwface; that evening, Screwface ambushes John under the guise of a construction crew. The two team up with Charles, a Jamaican-American detective of the Chicago police, trailing Screwface for five years, trying to get to the root of the drug problem in the city, they acquire weaponry from a local weapons dealer, after testing the arsenal, they head for Kingston, Jamaica to find Screwface. Upon arrival and Charles ask people in the streets for information about Screwface. A Jamaican local presents them a photo of a woman, acquainted with Screwface. John meets her in a nightclub, she provides him details of Screwface such as her frequent hangouts with him, his drug business, the address of his mansion, as well as the death of her sister in Screwface's hands.
The woman informs John of a cryptic clue: the secret of Screwface's power is that he has two heads and four eyes. By nightfall, John and Charles head for Screwface's mansion, where a party is being held. Secretly infiltrating the premises through a nearby plantation, John assassinates three roving henchmen on the estate's balcony with his silenced sniper rifle, plants a bomb at a nearby power station and infiltrates the inner grounds by climbing across roofs. While Max and Charles keep a lookout, John detonates the bomb, causing the party to erupt into violence and gunfire. With Max and Charles opening fire on the Posse gang, John enters the building and disposes of many henchmen, he is captured by Screwface and his remaining henchmen. John manages to break free and kill or wound every henchman before decapitating Screwface in a sword fight. Upon returning to Chicago, the trio displays Screwface's severed head to the Chicago Posse to try blackmailing them into ending their crimes and leaving town.
However, Charles is impaled by a man revealed as Screwface's twin brother. The gang believes. A gunfight breaks wherein Max holds off the henchmen despite being shot in the leg while John disposes more gang members before he engages Screwface's twin brother in a sword fight; the fight moves to a nightclub owned by the twin wherein Hatcher gives him more fatal injuries by gouging his eyes and breaking his spine before dropping him down an elevator shaft, impaling him in the process. As the surviving Posse members look at their dead boss, their fates remain ambiguous although the death of the Screwface twins implies their arrest by law enforcement. John carries Charles' body with Max limping next to him. Steven Seagal as John Hatcher Keith David as Max Keller Joanna Pacuła as Det. Leslie Davalos Basil Wallace as Screwface Tom Wright as Charles Marks Kevin Dunn as Lt. Sal Roselli Elizabeth Gracen as Melissa Hatcher Bette Ford as Kate Hatcher Danielle Harris as Tracey Hatcher Al Israel as Tito Barco Arlen Dean Snyder as Duvall Victor Romero Evans as Nesta Michael Ralph as Monkey Danny Trejo as Hector Jeffrey Anderson-Gunter as Nago Peter Jason as Pete Stone Jimmy Cliff as himself R
Mayavi is a Malayalam comics strip appearing in the Indian comic magazine Balarama owned by MM Publications. The series, was first published in the August 1984 issue of Balarama. Artist M. Mohandas took over the drawing of the series after Balarama became a fortnightly. Mayavi, the protagonist in the series, is a little devil, who helps to keep the forest safe from villains and dark wizards. Most of the stories revolve around how a dark wizard Kuttusan and his cadre of wizards aim at capturing Mayavi, but fail with drastic consequences. Mayavi takes place in a secluded forest in Kerala, it is not known when the story takes place. In the local language Malayalam Mayavi translates as illusionist; as the target audience is young, the story takes the liberty to draw a fantasy world, in which wizards and other strange creatures exist. However, despite the simplicity and slapstick comedy, Mayavi became one of the most read children's comics in Malayalam language. Mayavi, a good imp, is the main character of the story.
Mayavi was a slave of the witch Dagini, she was cruel to him. Two kids and Radha helps the imp escape from the bottle in which he was kept. Thankful to the children, Mayavi decided to help them forever from the clutches of evil forces. Dagini pledged to take revenge on re-capture Mayavi; the comics pictures him staying alone in a forest without any notable family. Mayavi is loathed by the evil villains of the forest. Robbers who take refuge in the forest to hide are brought to light by Mayavi. Apart from the power of invisibility, Mayavi is not known to possess any magical powers, but derives them from his red wand; this handicap has been one of the prominent vulnerabilities that are exploited by the dark wizards who try to capture him. Once his wand is lost, his imp characteristics command him to be enslaved in a glass bottle by the one who holds his wand. Mayavi has a hobby of sleeping under trees. Raju and Radha are siblings with benefits of Mayavi; the children are depicted as roaming about in the forest.
They befriend Mayavi after helping him to escape from the witch Dagini, who had enslaved him in a bottle. The children are imprisoned by Kuttusan and Dagini in a bid to lure Mayavi and thereby trap him. Another common storyline is one in which the children overhear the planning or execution of some dastardly crime. In such situations the children summon Mayavi using the spell "Om hreem kutichathaa". Dakinies husband A dark wizard who lives in a hollow tree trunk in the same forest, Kuttusan is one of the main villains in the comic; the storyline depicts capturing Mayavi as the sole purpose of Kuttusan's life. He goes out of the way, befriending beasts and other dangerous dark creatures in order to satisfy his aim. However, his clumsiness in handling matters related to magic leads him into trouble, his stupidity and stubbornness is a frequent source of humor in the comic. Dakini, a witch, appeared in the series well before Kuttusan, is one of the close aides of Kuttusan. However, despite being a witch, she is depicted as taking a rather repulsive approach to Kuttusan's wizardry.
She is noted as much for her cowardice as for her noodle hair. Well into her old age, she teams up with Kuttusan with the aim of capturing Mayavi, she and Kuttusan never leave out a chance to catch Raju and Radha, who they know to be friends of Mayavi. However, Dakini is a tantric deity described as a female embodiment of enlightened energy. In the Tibetan language, dakini is rendered khandroma which means'she who traverses the sky' or'she who moves in space'. Sometimes the term is translated poetically as'sky dancer' or'sky walker'. An owl is sometimes seen with Dakini. Luttappi, is a cute, innocent devil bearing an uncanny resemblance to Hot Stuff the Little Devil, who works as an aide of Kuttusan. One of the primary sources of humor in the comic, Luttappi is noted for his cheekiness and cowardice, his stupidity and over excitedness lands everyone in trouble. Luttappi owns a magical spear that can be propelled in flight. Manned by Luttappi, the kuntam serves as a convenient mode of transport for Luttappi's comrades – Dakini and Kuttusan.
Luttappi stays with Kuttusan at his home in the tree trunk. Despite being a resourceful aide, Luttappi isn't always at good terms with Kuttusan and Dakini, who, on their part, take little effort in hiding their dislike. Luttappi is portrayed as doing all the housework for Kuttusan, he is often shown as grumbling and cursing under his breath. Vikraman and Muttu wanted by the local police; the comics pictures them as using the forest as a hideout after breaking out of jail. Vikraman and Muthu are friends of Kuttusan. However, their friendship is limited to the mutual benefits they gain out of it. Vikraman and Muttu are never portrayed as having a grudge against Mayavi. However, they assist Kuttusan and Dakini in order to capture him. Vikraman and Muttu's primary aim is to procure as much power as they can. However, all their plans are foiled by Mayavi, alerted by Raju and Radha. Lottulodukku and Gulgulumal are two evil scientists who invent new gadgets and ideas to destroy the world, they are afraid of Vikraman and Muttu, who steal their inventions and use these tools for their purposes such as robbing the bank and breaking into people's houses.
But Vikraman and Mutthu always get into trouble using those gadgets. Their enemies are Raju and Radha, they are always looking for a chance to kill them. Uncle of Luttappi, unlike Luttappi, he is dark grey in colour, he is much bigger in size than Luttappi. Kuttusan and Dakini go to Puttalu's den to steal many charms an
Karl Lovell is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer who played for the Parramatta Eels, Northern Eagles and the Cronulla Sharks in the NRL between 1997 and 2002. Throughout this he played for the Sheffield Eagles and the joint Sheffield and Huddersfield merger side in the Super League between 1999 and 2000, his preferred position was either or second-row, however he at times played at or on the wing. Lovell made his first grade debut for Parramatta in Round 1 1997 against North Sydney. Lovell played in both finals games for the club in the same year against Newcastle and Norths which ended in defeat; this was the first time since 1986. In 1998, Parramatta finished Lovell was a regular starter in the team. Lovell played in all 3 finals games for the club including wins against Norths and eventual premiers Brisbane and the heartbreaking preliminary final loss to arch rivals Canterbury. With Parramatta leading 18-2 with less than 10 minutes to play, Canterbury staged a comeback scoring 3 tries in 8 minutes with Canterbury player Daryl Halligan kicking 2 goals from the sideline to tie the game at 18-18.
Parramatta player Paul Carige made a series of personal errors which cost Parramatta dearly in extra time with Canterbury going on to win 32-20. The game is referred to as one of the biggest preliminary final chokes of all time and this would be Lovell's last match for the club. Lovell moved to England and played with Huddersfield-Sheffield before returning to Australia in 2001 to play with the now defunct Northern Eagles. Lovell finished his career with Cronulla-Sutherland and his last game in first grade was the 2002 preliminary final loss against the New Zealand Warriors
SMEP Microfinance Bank Limited is a public limited company incorporate under the companies Act and licensed under the Microfinance Act regulated by the Central Bank of Kenya to offer banking services focusing on Group banking, SME & Church banking. SMEP has a subsidiary company, SMEP Insurance Agency, which provides insurance services to diverse customer insurance needs SMEP offers retail banking and asset finance to individuals, groups and churches; the term SMEP is derived from "Small and Micro Enterprise Programme". As of May 2019 SMEP had 19 banking branches, supported by 11 marketing units and over 40 SMEP Agents around Kenya. SMEP Mircofinance Bank started out in 1975 as a relief arm of the National Council of Churches of Kenya; this program's objective was to feed the poor people in Nairobi's Mathare slum. On, NCCK realized that the poor needed to be self-reliant and economically empower and thus converted the feeding program into a micro-credit scheme known as Small Scale Business Enterprise.
In 1998 the Small Scale Business Enterprise was renamed Small and Micro Enterprise Programme and in 1999 it was incorporated as a company limited by guarantee. In 2008, Small and Micro Enterprise Programme adopted its acronym "SMEP" as its official name and was registered as a company limited by shares. SMEP partnered with Kiva in 2009 and has seen them been able to extend credit on behalf of other Kiva lenders. On December 14, 2010, SMEP was awarded a deposit taking licence by the Central Bank of Kenya. Making it the third deposit taking microfinance institution in Kenya; the firm's name was changed to SMEP DTM i.e. SMEP Deposit Taking Microfinance. SMEP DTM sought to raise capital through private placement in the last quarter of 2012; the share offer was valued at KSH 1.6 billion. This share offer only manage to receive 16.7 per cent subscription making it an unsuccessful offer. The firm adopted the name SMEP Microfinance Bank in 2013 in line with the Microfinance Amendment Act of 2013; the firm entered the insurance business in 2015 with the launch of its subsidiary, the SMEP Insurance Agency company.
The shareholding in SMEP Mircofinance Bank is summarized in the table below: Note: Small and Micro Enterprise Programme is a company limited by guarantee and wholly owed by the NCCK. SMEP Mircofinance Bank is governed by a six-person board of directors. Nelson Kuria is the chairman of the board, Symon Kamore serves as the chief executive officer, although he is not a member of the board of directors. Microfinance in Kenya Central Bank of Kenya NCCK Official website National Council of Churches of Kenya Central Bank of Kenya - List of licensed Microfinance Banks
The Auberge de Bavière is a palace in Valletta, Malta. It was built as Palazzo Carneiro in 1696, it was the residence of Grand Master Marc'Antonio Zondadari in the early 18th century. In 1784, it was converted into the auberge for the Anglo-Bavarian langue of the Order of Saint John, it remained so until the French occupation of Malta in 1798, it was used by the British military in the 19th and early 20th centuries housing a military hospital in World War I. It was subsequently used as a school, a hostel for bombed-out people in World War II, it was used by a number of government agencies. Since 1997, it has been the main offices of the Lands Authority; the palace is located in the northern part of Valletta, near the English Curtain and the Jews' Sally Port. It overlooks the entrance of Marsamxett Harbour; the surrounding neighbourhood is popularly known as il-Baviera after the auberge. The Portuguese Balì Fra Gaspare Carneiro had bought the site in 1693 against a payment to the Treasury of the Order.
Palazzo Carneiro was built by Fra Carneiro, on a site where a lime kiln had stood. The building was designed by the Maltese architect Carlo Gimach, a personal friend of Carneiro; the building was one of the last examples of austere and staid architecture in the 17th century, before the much more ornate Baroque style became more popular. The site was rented for 31 scudi per year for the term of his life and that of one other person nominated by him, thereafter reverted to the common treasury. Carneiro owned the country residence Palazzo or Villa Blacas, now found in Hamrun. After the death of Carneiro, the building in Valletta remained known for himself as Palazzo Carneiro, he left the building to the Order after his death. The palace was the residence of Grand Master Marc'Antonio Zondadari from 1702 until his death in 1722, it was for sometime rented out to different distinguished people. In 1725 Grand Master de Vilhena was symbolically given a sword and a hat, known as'stoc' and'piliet', similar to other heads of European powers by Pope Benedict XII.
For this occasion on 19 April 1725 the papacy sent its Papal Legate, Monsignior Giovanni Francesco Abbate Olivieri. The Grand Master made large ceremonies for this occasion, embellished Palazzo Carneiro with the finest settings to receive the Papal Legate. With mutual understanding, the King of Bavaria persuaded George III, of the House of Hanover, to set up a joint Langue of the Order of St John. In December 1782 the Elector of Bavaria, through Gaetano Bruno, bought the palazzo for 20000 scudi and it began to be used by the newly formed Anglo-Bavarian Langue, instituted by Grand Master Emmanuel de Rohan-Polduc two years in 1784, it was officially known as Albergo de Bavari or the variants. Richard Colt Hoare visited the island in the period, he names the building as Carnera Palace and has called the union of Bavaria and England as an illusion. Most knights of the Langue were Bavarians who did not want to form part of the continuous existing German Langue. Though an agreement was reached to form a Langue with England few interested Englishmen were found to join the Order.
The Langue was given responsibility to safeguard the Bastian of St Lazarus, close to the English Curtain. Other than an auberge for German knights, the building became used for a secret society of the Freemasons composed of multiple European nationalities, including French knights, known as the St John of Secrecy and Harmony Lodge. A notable visit to the building took place in 1785 by Count Leopold Reichsgraf von Kollowrat-Krakowsky, the German Grand Prior of Bohemia, a well known Freemason, he had took a prominent role in establishing the auberge. The building is rich in history related to Freemasonry. Knight from Poland joined the order in June 1985, hosted at the auberge; the coat-of-arms on the façade remained the one of England and Bavaria but a flag representing the Poles was hosted on the façade. Russian knights joined in January 1797. At this point the coat-of-arms had some additions with an eagle supporting it from below and a crown above it, both symbolic for the Russian knights; the building remained an auberge until the Order was expelled from the island with the French occupation of Malta.
The lodge was ordered to shut down at the auberge by an inquisition order in 1792. However, the lodge itself was discontinued around the same time of the French revolution; the secretary of Grand Masters Pinto and de Rohan, Knight Pierre Jean Doublet, a freemason, during the French period continued to serve in Malta as a Commissioner. When Malta became part of the French Republic, the building was converted into a military hospital for French soldiers suffering from different forms of venereal disease; this was a consequence of a rise of prostitution in Malta. Sometimes after Malta became a British Protectorate, the building stopped operating as a hospital for sexual transmitted disease; the building was taken over by the British military authorities in 1824, it was used as an officers' mess and the Command Paymaster's headquarters. On 15 June 1915 it opened as the Bavière Hospital, treating British military personnel injured in World War I, specializing in severe cases in need of surgery, including head and spine injuries.
The hospital had 100 beds, but these were increased to 155. The hospital closed on 14 August 1917; the building was handed over to the civilian authorities in 1921 when Malta was given self-government. In World War II, the palace was converted into a hostel for people whose homes were destroyed by aerial bombardment; the building suffered minor damag
Paleogeosciences are those associated with the past states or processes associated with Earth science or geoscience. Earth science or geoscience is an all-embracing term referring to the fields of science dealing with planet Earth; these studies of earth's history encompass the Biosphere, Hydrosphere and Lithosphere. One of the most prominent facets of the paleogeosciences would be their applications to our changing climate system; the term "Paleogeoscience" was coined by the Collaboration and Cyberinfrastructure for Paleogeosciences research coordination network, a National Science Foundation EarthCube funded project intending to foster collaboration among paleogeoscientists, bioinformaticists, geochronologists, data scientists, computer scientists with an aim to improve the application of modern data management approaches, data mining technologies, computational methods to better analyze data within the paleogeosciences and other domains and disciplines. "Paleogeoscience" is the collective term for geologic studies that pertain to past geological processes.
It combines paleoenvironmental and paleobiologial perspectives towards the goal of furthering our understanding of the interactions between life and the earth through time. It encompasses subjects such as Paleobiology, Geochemistry, Stratigraphy, Paleobotany and more. Goals of paleogeosciences include understanding and recreating the Earth System over time for use in understanding the future of our Earth, it uses proxy data. See Resources section for links to catalogs of hundreds of resources for data and sample collections pertaining to many realms of paleogeoscience. NSF EarthCube Paleogeoscience RCN Catalog of Software Resources NSF EarthCube Paleogeoscience RCN Catalog of Physical Sample Repository Resources NSF EarthCube Paleogeoscience RCN Catalog of Database Resources OGC Catalog Service web service primer and instructions for accessing NSF EarthCube Paleogeoscience RCN Catalogs