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Maruf District

Maruf District is a district in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. It borders Arghistan District to the west, Zabul Province to the north and Pakistan to the east and south; the population is 200000. The district center is the town of Maruf district, located in the northern part of the district, it is a boundary mountainous district with a lot of rugged mountain passes towards Pakistan. It is located 190 km far from any provincial city; this district has 360 villages. It has agricultural land; this district has a different history from other places for pashton tribes: the old name of this and Arghistan districts was Arakozia 2300 years ago. Before the government of King Amir Abdurahman Khan, the boundary of Maruf District was pishin bazar of balochistan district; when durand signed some areas like zhob, qlalqala saifullah, entered to Pakistan country area. There are living that pashton tribes which come into the world here like Barakzai, Kakar Osean, Ishaqzai, Khog Yani, Adizai etc. Afghan emperor Ahmad Sha Baba lived in Maruf District during his last years.

This district has two famous rivers. Border length of this district of Pakistan is 155 km. On February 22nd, 2018, Taliban forces captured the center of the district

The Swan (TV series)

The Swan was a 2004 American reality television program broadcast on Fox in which women who were judged to be ugly were given "extreme makeovers" that included several forms of plastic surgery. The title of the series refers to the fairy tale The Ugly Duckling, in which a homely bird matures into a swan; each contestant was assigned a panel of specialists – a coach, trainer, cosmetic surgeons, a dentist – who together designed a program of total transformation. The contestants' work ethic and achievement was monitored over the course of three months; each week, two women were featured, at the episode's conclusion, one went home while another was selected to move to compete in the Swan pageant at the end of the season for a chance to be deemed The Swan. The first two seasons both aired in 2004. A third season was tipped to happen, but the show was cancelled in early 2005 after ratings continued to drop; the show has received universally negative reviews, for encouraging women to base their self-worth on their appearance, normalising cosmetic surgery.

The plastic surgeons on the team were chosen for their ability to perform startling transformations. Drs. Terry Dubrow and Randal Haworth, both board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, were selected by the producers of the show to perform the multiple plastic surgical operations for each of the two aired seasons; the Swan debuted on April 7, 2004. Through to the pageant Wildcard Contestant Tanya dropped out of the show after being caught with a mirror, so Merline was automatically in the swan pageant. At the show the judges would score in every category with the swan contestants competing being whittled down to three finalists; the judges at the show were: Susie CastilloMiss USA 2003 Valerie Trott – model management executive Judith Regan – publisher of several self-help books Tara Kraft – beauty director of Star magazine Mike Ruiz – Fashion photographerThe winner received a modeling contract, various premiums by corporate sponsors. After 9 episodes and 16 makeovers it was announced.

Beth placed runner-up, with Cindy second runner-up. Season two debuted on October 27, 2004. Kari and Gina. B from episode 4 were sisters. Through to the pageant Wildcard At the show the judges scored the swan contestants in several categories, whittling them down to three finalists; the judges at the show were: Ken BakerWest Coast Executive Editor of US Weekly magazine Krista Sides-Klayman – LA Models Management, Carnie WilsonWilson Phillips singer, author Larry A. Thompson – Producer, Author Dayanara TorresMiss Universe 1993The winner was awarded a contract as a spokesperson, various premiums by corporate sponsors. After 9 episodes and 16 makeovers it was announced. Gina B. placed runner-up, with Erica second runner-up. Robert Bianco of USA Today called The Swan "hurtful and repellent by reality's plummeting standards". Journalist Jennifer Pozner, in her book Reality Bites Back, calls The Swan "the most sadistic reality series of the decade". Journalist Chris Hedges criticized the show in his 2009 book Empire of Illusion, writing "The Swan's transparent message is that once these women have been surgically'corrected' to resemble mainstream celebrity beauty as as possible, their problems will be solved".

Feminist scholar Susan J. Douglas criticized the show in her book The Rise of Enlightened Sexism for its continuation of a negative female body image, claiming that "it made all too explicit the narrow physical standards to which women are expected to conform, the sad degree to which women internalize these standards, the lengths needed to get there, the impossibility for most of us to meet the bar without, taking a box cutter to our faces and bodies". Author Alice Marwick believes that this program is an example of "body culture media", which she describes as "a genre of popular culture which positions work on the body as a morally correct solution to personal problems". Marwick suggests that cosmetic reality television encourages viewers to frame their family, financial, or social problems in bodily terms, portrays surgical procedures as an everyday and normal solution; the Swan draws from cultural discourses of plastic surgery and self-improvement culture to frame cosmetic surgery as "a morally appropriate means to achieving an authentic self".

The Swan portrays cosmetic surgery as an feminist practice. However the tension between the empowerment, feminism of cosmetic surgery, a confining, compulsory model of what that subject should look like reveals the limitations of the ‘‘you go, girl’’ notion of consumer choice; the Swan attracted further criticism internationally as British comedian and writer Charlie Brooker launched attacks on it during his Channel 4 show You Have Been Watching, where guest Josie Long suggested the show be renamed "The bullies were right". In 2013, second-season contestant Lorrie Arias spoke publicly about problems she attributed to her participation in The Swan, including unresolved surgery complications and mental health problems she says were exacerbated by her appearance on the program; the show was ranked at #1 in Entertainment Weekly's 10 Worst Reality-TV Shows Ever. Official Website The Swan on IMDb

Mouth and foot painting

Mouth and foot painting is a technique to create drawings and other works of art by maneuvering brushes and other tools with the mouth or foot. The technique is used by artists who through illness, accident or congenital disability have no use of their hands; the Association of Mouth and Foot Painting Artists is a worldwide organization representing these artists. The brushes and tools that are used are ordinary artist's implements, but they may be modified in length or width. Mouth painters hold the brush in their mouth or between their teeth and maneuver it with their tongue and cheek muscles; the paper or canvas is mounted vertically on an easel. Mouth painting is strenuous for neck and jaw muscles since the head has to perform the same back and forth movement as a hand does when painting. Foot painting can be done sitting on the floor, at a table or at an easel, as most foot painters use their toes with the same dexterity as people with hands use their fingers. Simona Atzori Sarah Biffen Matthias Buchinger John Carter Louis Joseph César Ducornet Alison Lapper Edward Rainey Thomas Schweicker Steven L. Sles Arnulf Erich Stegmann Charles B.

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Piero Pel├╣

Piero Pelù is an Italian singer and songwriter, best known for his work with the Italian band Litfiba. He was born in Florence. In July 1999, Pelù quit Litfiba. In 2000, he released his first solo album Né buoni né cattivi. In 2002, his duet with an Indonesian popstar, entitled "L'amore immaginato" reached No.1 in the National Italian Airplay Charts for over two months. In 2009, Back in Litfiba with historical founder Ghigo Renzulli. In 2013, he appeared as one of the four judges on The Voice of Italy, he participated at the Sanremo Music Festival 2020 with the song "Gigante". Guerra Luna/La preda Eneide di Krypton Yassassin Desaparecido Transea 17 RE Live 12-5-87 Litfiba 3 Pirata El Diablo Sogno Ribelle Terremoto Colpo di coda Spirito Lacio drom Mondi Sommersi Croce e delizia Infinito Litfiba Live'99 Stato libero di Litfiba Grande Nazione Trilogia 1983-1989 live 2013 Né buoni né cattivi U. D. S. - L'uomo della strada Soggetti smarriti Presente In faccia Storytellers Fenomeni Identikit Perfetto difettoso ISBN 88-04-48691-0 Identikit di un ribelle

Sumner Dam

Sumner Dam is a dam on the Pecos River in De Baca County in eastern New Mexico. The dam was built by the United States Bureau of Reclamation between 1935 and 1939, a project governed by the Bureau in conjunction with the local Carlsbad Irrigation District. Construction was done by the Bureau with the help of workers of the Works Progress Administration and the Civilian Conservation Corps; the dam impounds the Pecos with a total capacity of about 43,800 acre-feet. The resulting reservoir, Lake Sumner, is the location of the community of Lake Sumner, New Mexico, of Sumner Lake State Park; the state park was established in 1966 on a 50-year lease from the Bureau of Reclamation, called Alamogordo Lake State Park. The lake was drained for irrigation needs in 2001, destroying fish stocks, but recreational use has since rebounded; the state park is unusual in providing public access to the riparian area below the dam

Santa Clara cannery strike

The Santa Clara cannery strike occurred during the summer of 1931. Workers spontaneously walked out of canneries; these workers were met with violence from local authorities, strikebreakers were brought in to replace the workers. While this strike was unsuccessful, it marked the beginning of organizing cannery workers; the California Santa Clara Valley, south of San Francisco, was the largest fruit growing and processing center in the world during the 1920s. Moreover, during this time, food processing was the largest United States industry in both labor size and product value. To illustrate the enormity of this industry, in 1929, canned and preserved foods accounted for two-thirds of the total quantity of United States manufactured goods. California was producing all of the nation's lemons and apricots as well as seventy percent of its oranges, grapes and nuts. In the 1920s prosperity led white workers to better paying jobs, leaving cannery positions to be filled by immigrants and people of color in the Santa Clara Valley.

The labor force in this region's canneries included White, Portuguese and Mexican workers. Cannery owners preferred women workers believing they were more adept at the preparation of the fruits and vegetables for canning; this included the ability to sort and cut the produce. These demographics determined the unionization of cannery workers. Additionally, the prevalence of women workers formed multiple demands during the strike. Cannery workers in Santa Clara fell prey to the seasonal nature of cannery work. In the 1930s a cannery would employ only 4,731 workers in February and up to 17,333 workers in August. Seasonal work led to low annual income for cannery workers. In 1939, the average annual salary was under three hundred dollars; the seasonal nature of cannery work in Santa Clara required a adaptive labor force. These workers were migrant workers. Employees were paid on a piece rate system, meaning that their wages were set by how much work they completed. Many workers appreciated this system because the more work they completed, the higher they were paid.

Ten- to twelve-hour workdays were standard in this industry. Cannery workers suffered from infections; the acidity of the fruit resulted in infections including blood poisoning. Canneries epitomized industrialized California agriculture, it involved unskilled piecework. The set-up of cannery work subordinated people to machines. Migrant workers and seasonal work provided unstable working conditions for employees. Employers were harsh with workers. In the 1930s canned fruit was a luxury item and with the Great Depression, there was a reduction in canned goods. Therefore, there was a reduction in the production of canned goods and for employee wages; the Great Depression brought an onslaught on workers from the Great Plains. This increase in the labor force kept cannery workers from protesting against working conditions prior to 1931. Any dissident employee was replaceable, but was not guaranteed different job opportunities; the immigrant demographics of the cannery workers made the industry difficult to organize under unions.

The American Federation of Labor would not organize canneries because of their diverse work force and the use of immigrant labor. The Agricultural Workers Industrial Union, an organization, founded under the Trade Union Unity League established by the Communist Party of the U. S. A, it was organized with the goal to organize semi-skilled and unskilled workers that were being ignored by the AFL. However, The AWIU took on a passive method for forming unions. In July 1931 cannery employers in the Santa Clara Valley called for a 20% cut in worker's wages; as a result, 2,000 workers spontaneously walked off the job. The American Labor Union, a small independent union formed in early 1931 and comprised on Italian cannery workers began to organize the strike; the AUWIL took leadership, spread the strike to over 16,000 Santa Clara cannery workers. The AWIU was not getting support from these strikers so they attempted to gain support by changing their name to the Cannery and Agricultural Workers' Industrial Union.

The CAWIU solidified a set of demands for these workers including 1. An increase in wages by ten cents an hour 2. Time and a half for overtime 3. Free transportation for female employees 4. No employer discrimination against Union workers 5. Equal pay for equal work 6. Formal recognition of the union On July 31, the strikers organized a rally in St. James Park in downtown San Jose. A platform was set up in the park and as each speaker came up, they were arrested. An unarmed woman reached the platform calling for a march to City Hall. There, they would demand the release of these protesters; this woman led the protesters on a march to city hall, but was struck in the face by a tear gas bomb and was knocked unconscious. Twenty strikers were taken into custody as protesters came head to head with Santa Clara Valley authorities unleashed night sticks and batons on these workers. American legion members were recruited to meet these protesters at the San Jose jail. There was a two-hour confrontation and the protesters were dispersed by the San Jose Fire Department.

On August 1, communists organized another rally in St. James Park. There, they protested wars in general, wars on protesters. There was no violence against the protesters this day. Newspapers reacted to the protests predicting a major revolution afoot. At the Richmond Case Cannery, where over 15,000 workers stepped out alone displayed machine guns at their entrances, warning protesters to stay away. Other cannery owners brought in scabs to replace stri