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Mathew Street

Mathew Street is a street in Liverpool, notable as the location of the new Cavern Club, The Beatles having played in the original club on numerous occasions in their early career. Mathew Street is visited by thousands of tourists a year, who visit the Cavern Club and many surrounding attractions including a statue of John Lennon, a Beatles store and several pubs frequented by The Beatles. A wall in Mathew Street is adorned by a sculpture by Arthur Dooley entitled "Four Lads Who Shook the World"; the street connects Rainford Gardens to North John Street, is located in an area of the city centre known today as "The Cavern Quarter". It was the centre of Liverpool's wholesale fruit and vegetable market; the street was named Mathew Pluckington Street, after a famous Liverpool merchant. It was home to the influential music club Eric's, which played host to many famous punk bands from its opening in 1976, despite only being open for 4 years; the fame of Mathew Street led to the arrest of 3 men in 2006 when an American in Dallas, viewing the street's webcam, saw a burglary in progress and called Merseyside Police.

The psychoanalyst Carl Jung is cited as visiting Liverpool in 1927, but he only recorded a dream in which he had published in Jung's autobiography Memories, Reflections of which he wrote "Liverpool is the pool of life, it makes to live." As a result, a statue of Jung was erected in Mathew Street in 1987, but being made of plaster, was vandalised and replaced by a more durable version in 1993. Today, Mathew Street is one of Liverpool's most popular nightlife destinations; the Cavern Pub Cavern Mecca Liverpool Wall of Fame Citations Sources Media related to Mathew Street at Wikimedia Commons Mathew Street Detailed information and other information Mathew Street Virtual Tour

Siege of Blair Castle

The Siege of Blair Castle was a conflict that took place in Scotland in March 1746 and was part of the Jacobite rising of 1745. It was fought between Scottish forces loyal to the British-Hanoverian government of George II of Great Britain, which defended Blair Castle near the village of Blair Atholl in Perthshire, Scottish Jacobite forces loyal to the House of Stuart. In February 1746, Prince William, Duke of Cumberland, arrived at Perth in command of the king’s army; the Duke sent two detachments from several regiments of infantry to secure the area of Atholl. One detachment of 200 men, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Webster, was sent to occupy Castle Menzies, home of the chief of the Clan Menzies, Sir Robert Menzies of Weem; this was. A second detachment of 300 men commanded by Sir Andrew Agnew, 5th Baronet, Lieutenant Colonel of the Royal Scots Fusiliers, was sent to take up post at Blair Castle. Blair Castle was the seat of 2nd Duke of Atholl; the Duke of Atholl supported the British Government, but most of his clan supported the Jacobite House of Stuart and were under the command of his brother Lord George Murray.

On the morning of 17 March, all of the detached outposts surrounding the castle were taken by surprise and captured by the Jacobites, the government soldiers of the outposts were made prisoners. The rebel Jacobites proceeded to fire at the castle from close range; the government garrison, now reduced to about 270, was ordered to different parts of the castle with orders not to fire unless they were attacked. In the afternoon of the 17th, Lord George Murray and Ewen MacPherson of Cluny had by this time set up their headquarters at the village of Blair, about a quarter of a mile to the southeast of the castle, they sent a summons to the castle requiring Andrew Agnew to surrender the castle, military stores, provisions into the hands of Lord George Murray. The terms of surrender were refused by Agnew. On 19 March, Agnew sent out a man on horse in an attempt to reach the Earl of Crawford, the general officer commanding some British cavalry and Hessian troops at Perth or Dunkeld. However, this was assumed to have failed when a short time a Jacobite was seen on the horse that the messenger had been sent out on.

On 1 April, news reached the garrison that his men had left Blair. This is believed to have been because Murray had received an order to join the forces of the Young Pretender Charles Edward Stuart near Inverness. On 2 April, George Lindsay-Crawford, 21st Earl of Crawford, arrived with cavalry to relieve the garrison, it turned out that the man sent out by Agnew had fallen from his horse when being fired at by the Jacobites. The messenger was able to make contact with Crawford. Agnew's men had been close to starvation. Lord George Murray and his men met up with the army of Charles Edward Stuart and were defeated a few weeks at the Battle of Culloden; the Royal Scots Fusiliers fought at Culloden, but on the British Government side

1987 State of the Union Address

The 1987 State of the Union address was given by President Ronald Reagan to a joint session of the 100th United States Congress on Tuesday, January 27, 1987. The speech was the third State of the Union address of President Reagan's second term, starting out with congratulations to the historic 100th Congress. Progressing to the Afghanistan situation, he says: "The Soviet Union says it wants a peaceful settlement in Afghanistan, yet it continues a brutal war and props up a regime whose days are numbered. We are ready to support a political solution that guarantees the rapid withdrawal of all Soviet troops and genuine self-determination for the Afghan people." He ended with, "But now at length I have the happiness to know that it is a rising and not a setting Sun." Well, you can bet it's rising because, America isn't finished. Her best days have just begun." The speech contained 3847 words. The address was broadcast live on television; the Democratic Party response was delivered by Senator Robert Byrd, House Speaker Jim Wright Richard Lyng, the Secretary of Agriculture, served as the designated survivor.

Speeches and debates of Ronald Reagan, The American Presidency Project, UC Santa Barbara. 1987 State of the Union Address at C-SPAN Full video and audio, Miller Center of Public Affairs, University of Virginia

Mosaic Place

Mosaic Place is a multi-purpose arena in Moose Jaw, Canada. It hosts ice hockey and curling events and is home to the Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey League, it seats 4,500 spectators. It replaced the Moose Jaw Civic Centre. By the early 2000s, the Moose Jaw Civic Centre faced criticism that it was too small and not up to standards for the Warriors hockey team. A civic referendum in 2006 approved construction of a new $36.3 million arena, with the city contributing $15 million. Soon after, plans emerged for a more ambitious $61.2 million facility, with $36.5 million coming from the city. A group of citizens sued the city, claiming that the referendum vote in 2006 did not allow the city to spend more than the original amount; the case was dismissed, civic voters approved the project again in 2009 with a second referendum. The entire project cost about $61 million, with the city of Moose Jaw paying $34.5 million. Provincial and federal governments paid $8 million and community fundraising committed to $10 million.

Groundbreaking for the new facility took place on July 9, 2009. Ten-year naming rights to the facility were sold to The Mosaic Company for $150,000 per year, beginning in 2011. Mosaic Place's operational costs are subsidized by the municipality. Major events hosted by Mosaic Place2011—Holiday Festival On Ice featuring Kurt Browning, Western Canadian Under-16 Challenge Cup, Subway Series WHL All Stars vs Russian U-20 team.2012—Paul Brandt, John Mellencamp, Simple Plan, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Alice Cooper, Cesar Millan, Moscow Ballet, Capital One Canada Cup of Curling.2013—Marilyn Manson, FMX Free Style Canadian Championship, Terri Clark, Billy Talent with Sum 41, Marianas Trench with Down With Webster, JUNO Cup, Mötley Crüe with Big Wreck, Carrie Underwood, Tragically Hip, Great Big Sea, Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker.2014—Larry the Cable Guy, Telus Cup – Midget AAA national hockey championship, Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Blue Rodeo, Dean Brody with Cassadee Pope, ZZ Top, Back Street Boys with Victoria Duffield, Doobie Brothers, John Fogerty, Avenged Sevenfold, ABBA the tribute, Holiday Festival on Ice, starring Kurt Browning.2015—Scotties Tournament of Hearts, Counting Crows, Toby Keith, Wiz Khalifa, Bret Michaels, Three Days Grace & STYX.2016—Disturbed, Jeff Dunham, Lord of the Dance, The Price is Right, PBR and Meat Loaf.2020—Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

Announced future events — Dolly Parton, Billy Currington & Celtic Thunder. Official website

1932 Fijian general election

General elections were held in Fiji on 31 August 1932, although only one of the nine elected seats was contested. The Legislative Council consisted of thirteen appointed Civil Servants, nine elected members and three Fijians appointed from a list of between four and six potential candidates presented to the Governor by the Great Council of Chiefs; the Governor sat in the Council as its President. Voting for Europeans was restricted to men aged 21 or over, born to European parents, who were British subjects and had been continuously resident in Fiji for 12 months, who either owned at least £20 of freehold or leasehold property or had an annual income of at least £120. A total of 1,533 Europeans were registered to vote. For Indo-Fijians, eligibility was restricted to men aged 21 or over, they had to be a British subject or from British India, have lived continuously in the Fiji for at least two years, be able to read or write in English, Gurmukhi, Tamil, Telegu or Urdu, for the previous six months, have either owned property with an annual value of five years, had a net annual cash income of at least £75, or held a Government or municipal licence worth at least £5 annually.

A total of 1,585 Indo-Fijians were enrolled. In both ethnic categories, civil servants were barred from voting. Between the 1929 elections and the 1932 elections, the leader of the Indo-Fijian community Vishnu Deo had been convicted of an offence and was barred from running for election; the community decided to nominate only two candidates for the three seats, with no-one running in the Eastern Division. In the European seats, the only candidates were the sitting Council members, resulting in all six being returned unopposed. After the Legislative Council was opened, the Indo-Fijian members put forward another proposal for a common roll, it had been planned that both elected members would resign after the proposal was rejected, but Northern and Western member Muniswamy Mudaliar refused to give up his seat. Southern Division member K. B. Singh was re-elected in a by-election the following year, winning by a larger margin; the by-election was boycotted by the Muslim community, who were demanding their own reserved seat

SSPH Primus

The Singapore Self-Propelled Howitzer 1 Primus is a self-propelled howitzer armed with a 155 mm howitzer. Developed jointly by the Singapore Armed Forces, Defence Science and Technology Agency and Singapore Technologies Kinetics, it was introduced to the Singapore Artillery in 2004. Primus is derived from the Artillery motto In Oriente Primus; the idea for a self-propelled howitzer within the SAF was developed in the early 1990s, with the aim of providing better fire support to the armour brigades in the Combined Arms Divisions. This new weapon system would require the ability to keep pace with the high tempo of armoured operations, while providing the range and accuracy that the artillery is renowned for; the 155mm self-propelled howitzer was seen as the obvious choice. The decision to develop the Primus was made after a market survey in 1995 and 1996 of some of the world's best self-propelled guns from the United States, United Kingdom and Russia found them either too heavy or too wide for local terrain.

Leveraging its experience with designing and producing various towed artillery systems for the SAF, ST Kinetics, together with DSTA began the development of the Primus in earnest in 1996. By April 2000, the first working prototype was rolled out, using a vehicle chassis adapted from a United Defense armoured chassis which includes components from the US M109 Paladin howitzer, M2 Bradley IFV & M8-AGS; the next 2 years saw the system undergoing a series of comprehensive tests to ensure that the Primus was able to withstand the rigors required of it. As land in Singapore is scarce, firing tests were first done at the Waiouru Army Camp live-firing range in New Zealand as part of Exercise Thunder Warrior in February 2004; the guns have participated in Exercise Wallaby at the Shoalwater Bay Training Area in Queensland, Australia. In September 2002, the Primus was certified to have met the SAF’s criteria, was formally adopted in the SAF. Since this Artillery platform is utilised by the 21st Battalion Singapore Artillery as their primary weapon system for training and operation purposes.

The chassis is based on the proven United Defense M109 155 mm self-propelled howitzer. This has been upgraded in a number of key areas and has a new power pack similar to that fitted to ST Kinetics Bionix infantry fighting vehicle, in SAF service; the use of common subsystems for the Primus and Bionix IFV offers several advantages, including easier training and reduced logistics. The Primus power pack consists of a Detroit Diesel Corporation 6V 92TIA diesel engine developing 550 hp coupled to a General Dynamics Land Systems HMPT-500-3EC automatic transmission; the maximum road speed of the Primus is 50 km/h, with an operating range of 350 km. Its combat weight of 28.3 tons allows it to use the SAF's military bridging systems. The Primus could be deployed by the future Airbus A400M Transport aircraft; the turret is fitted with a locally developed 155 mm/39-cal barrel with a muzzle brake and fume extractor. This meets the NATO Joint Ballistics Memorandum of Understanding; the range of the Primus' gun depends on the type of projectile and charge combination used, is about 19 km with the old M107 high explosive projectile and 30 km with an extended range full bore base bleed projectile.

In addition to smoke, HE and illumination projectiles, the locally developed 155 mm cargo round can be fired. A semi-automatic loading system is provided to reduce crew fatigue; the fused projectiles rammed automatically. The Primus has a burst rate of fire of three rounds in 20 seconds and a maximum rate of fire of 6 rounds per min; the bustle mounted. The digital fire control system automates the complete projectile loading process and gun laying operation. An ammunition inventory management system keeps track of all onboard ammunition as well as ammunition expenditure during firing; the weapon is laid to the target using an automatic fire control system, which includes an onboard positioning and navigation system. This can receive target information from the battery or regimental command post, it takes less than 60 seconds to come into action and open fire and 40 seconds to re-deploy. On 19 January 2019, Corporal First Class Aloysius Pang of the Singapore Armed Forces was crushed by the gun barrel while performing maintenance inside the vehicle during his reservist training.

On the 23 January 2019, Pang was declared dead at Waikato Hospital. Automatic loading system, enables operation with 4 men crew Automated targeting based on GPS and Datalink Datalink system for shared targeting within battalion and information feeding from forward observers. Number of road wheel: 7 per side Climbing side slope: 31° The Primus has been mistaken as artillery being mounted on a Bionix chassis, in the earlier days of development as a Bionix MBT variant; this was brought about by the fact that the UCVP bears a superficial resemblance to that of the Bionix and the fact that ST Engineering had indeed at the time been experimenting on a light tank variant of the Bionix. FH-88 FH-2000 SLWH Pegasus Notes Bibliography SSPH Primus page @ ST Engineering Official fact sheet MINDEF Factsheet: SSPH Primus SSPH Primus specifications at Projectile, 155 mm: AD/EXJAM, XM867E2, FIELD ARTILLERY