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Melina Perez

Melina Nava Perez is an American model, professional wrestler and valet. She is signed to the National Wrestling Alliance, she is best known for her time with WWE under the ring name Melina. In 2000, Perez began training to be a professional wrestler at Jesse Hernandez's School of Hard Knocks, made her debut in 2002. In late 2002, Perez auditioned for WWE's reality show Tough Enough III, but was eliminated in first round, was inspired by Al Snow to continue pursuing her wrestling career. In March 2004, Perez signed a contract with WWE, was assigned to OVW, WWE's developmental territory, where she began managing Johnny Nitro and Joey Mercury, dubbed MNM, to three reigns as WWE Tag Team Champions, as well as Nitro to two reigns as WWE Intercontinental Champion. Perez is a three-time WWE Women's Champion, a two-time WWE Divas Champion. After winning her second WWE Divas Championship, Perez became the first woman in WWE history to become a multiple-time champion with both the Women's and Divas titles.

Famed for her flexibility, utilized during her entrance and in her in-ring maneuvers, Perez was called "one of the best wrestlers in the world" by Bret Hart, cited by WWE as having "perhaps the most impressive arsenal of offensive maneuvers in WWE history." Melina Perez was raised in Los Angeles. Perez is Mexican American. Perez began her career as a beauty pageant contestant. During her modelling career, she has won many modelling competitions such as Group USA Bridal Show, Group USA Fashion Show, Ms. California Belleza Latina. Melina was body painted by artist Mark Greenawalt for a modeling photo shoot in 2007 where she posed with her WWE Women's Championship belt. Perez began training at Jesse Hernandez's School of Hard Knocks in San Bernardino and made her in-ring debut in April 2002. Many officials stated that she had the most natural ability of any woman who came through their school. In late 2002, Perez auditioned for World Wrestling Entertainment's reality show Tough Enough III, making it through to the final twenty-one, before being eliminated in the final cut of the first episode.

After she was eliminated from the contest, trainer Al Snow encouraged her to keep trying to pursue her dream as a wrestler. Perez debuted in WWE's then-developmental territory OVW in March 2004, being placed in a storyline as John Hennigan's ex-girlfriend; the storyline had Matt Cappotelli introduce her to the ring. Melina, turned on Cappotelli and aligned herself with Hennigan, who changed his ring name to Johnny Nitro. Soon after, the duo began teaming with Joey Matthews known as Joey Mercury; the trio became known as MNM and on November 10, Melina managed Mercury and Nitro to win the OVW Southern Tag Team Championship, holding it for over two months. During her time in OVW, Melina and Steven Adkins came up with Melina's trademark split ring entrance. Melina made her first Raw appearance on November 29, 2004, when Randy Orton was the guest General Manager and hosted a Diva lingerie fashion show, she made another Raw appearance in December, participating in a limbo contest when Chris Jericho was General Manager for the night.

Melina made her official debut in WWE as a heel, resuming her role as the manager of MNM, on the April 14, 2005 episode of SmackDown!. The team interrupted the first Carlito's Cabana interview segment, where one half of the WWE Tag Team Champions, Rey Mysterio, was a guest. Melina insulted Mysterio and had Mercury and Nitro attack him, leading to MNM's in-ring debut the next week on SmackDown! in a title match. The team won the match against Mysterio and Eddie Guerrero, starting their first WWE Tag Team Title reign. While managing the Tag Team Champions, Melina's character was developed to be more egotistical, as she declared herself "the most-dominant Diva in WWE", she made her official in-ring debut on June 30 against Michelle McCool, had her first pay-per-view match against Torrie Wilson at The Great American Bash in a bra and panties match, winning both matches. In the same night, MNM dropped their championships to the Legion of Doom, prompting a new storyline where Melina hired Jillian Hall, a fixer, to assist them.

MNM regained the titles on October 28 in a fatal four-Way tag team match. On the Eddie Guerrero Tribute Show, Melina won a Divas battle royal by eliminating the Women's Champion Trish Stratus; the next week, as a part of a new storyline, MNM kidnapped Stratus, tied her up and gagged her for Melina, who challenged her to a match for the Women's Championship. The two fought with Melina losing to Stratus with the help of Mickie James. During this time, MNM defended their titles against Rey Mysterio and the World Heavyweight Champion Batista. Melina was placed in a storyline where she tried to make Batista call off the match by visiting him in his locker room and attempting to seduce him; the storyline had the two engage in sexual intercourse, after which he thanked her for the "warm-up" before leaving to take part in the match, where he and Mysterio defeated MNM for the titles. The storyline played over to the next episode of SmackDown! when, before MNM invoked their rematch clause, Melina held a press conference in the ring where she claimed that Batista had sexually harassed her.

During the tag team match, Mark Henry aided MNM in winning back the WWE Tag Team Championship. The storyline with Henry continued into the next year. On the first SmackDown! of 2006, Melina announced that Henry was her personal protection against Batista. He aided the other members of MNM in matches against Batista and Mysterio. At Judgment Day on May 21, 2006, MNM lost their titles to Brian Kendrick. After th

All-America Selections

All-America Selections is an American organization which tests new varieties of seed for use in gardening, promotes those judged to perform best through an awards scheme. The testing program involves horticulture professionals. AAS was founded by Ray Hastings in 1932, making it the oldest international seed and plant testing organization in North America, it is governed by a Board consisting of six directors. Plant breeders and developers submit new plants to AAS for evaluation; the plants are tested at more than 40 independent sites located in 24 US states and 5 Canadian provinces. A test site is called a trial trial ground; each trial ground has at least one official AAS judge. The judge evaluates entries for AAS at no charge. None of the judges are paid for their AAS activities. AAS Trials have been conducted every year since 1932; the number of judges and sites may vary. Judges are horticultural professionals, the sites, in different parts of North America, are part of a seed company trial ground, university, or other horticultural institution.

All judges and trial sites are approved by the AAS Board of Directors with the objective of having well managed sites. The site judge is responsible for conducting the trial of entries and the closest comparisons on the market; the judge evaluates entries looking for desirable qualities such as novel flower forms, flower colors, flower show above foliage, length of flowering season, disease or pest tolerances or resistance. Vegetables are judged looking for such traits as speed to harvest, total yield, fruit taste, fruit quality, ease of harvest, plant habit and pest resistance. In the last ten years, an entry needs to have at least two improved qualities to be considered by judges for an AAS Award; the judges evaluate AAS trials all season. The judges score each entry from 0 with 5 being the highest. AAS uses an independent accounting firm to calculate the average score of each entry. Only the entry with the highest average score is considered for a possible AAS Award; the AAS judges determine which, if any, new unsold entries have proven superior qualities to be introduced as AAS Winners.

In 1984 the AAS Board of Directors decided to simplify the award award only two types. There is an AAS Gold Medal award reserved for a breeding breakthrough. Gold Medal Awards have been rare, only given twice a decade; the other AAS Award recognizes a flower or vegetable for significant achievements, proven to be superior to all others on the market. Award winners in past years have included the pansy variety Viola wittrockiana ‘Dwarf-Swiss Giants’, Coreopsis ‘Early Sunrise’, ‘Sugar Snap’ peas, ZinniaThumbelina’. AAS does not advertise the AAS Award Winners. AAS relies upon a public relations program to inform gardeners about AAS Winners that are announced each September. Consumer magazines, garden club bulletins and cooperative extension agents are depended upon to introduce AAS Winners to home gardeners. All-America Selections homepage AAS page in National Garden Bureau website

Sri Lankan leopard

The Sri Lankan leopard is a leopard subspecies native to Sri Lanka, first described in 1956 by the Sri Lankan zoologist Deraniyagala. Since 2008, the Sri Lankan leopard has been listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List; the wild population is estimated at 700–950 individuals as of 2015. The Sri Lankan leopard has a tawny or rusty yellow coat with dark spots and close-set rosettes, which are smaller than in Indian leopards. Seven females measured in the early 20th century averaged a weight of 64 lb and had a mean head-to-body-length of 3 ft 5 in with a 2 ft 6.5 in long tail, the largest being 3 ft 9 in with a 2 ft 9 in long tail. According to a BBC article, the Sri Lankan leopard has evolved to become a rather large leopard subspecies with large males reaching 220 lb, due to the fact that it is an apex predator without competition by other large wild cat species in the country; the Sri Lankan leopard used to occur in all habitats throughout the island. These habitat types can be broadly categorized into: arid zone with <1,000 mm rainfall.

In Sri Lanka's central hills, leopards have been recorded in forest patches, tea estates, home gardens and eucalyptus plantations. A study in Yala National Park indicates that Sri Lankan leopards are not any more social than other leopard subspecies, they are solitary hunters, with the exception of females with young. Both sexes live in overlapping territories with the ranges of males overlapping the smaller ranges of several females, as well as overlapping the ranges of neighbouring males, they prefer hunting at night, but are active during dawn and dusk, daytime hours. They haul their kills into trees, due to the lack of competition and the relative abundance of prey. Since the leopard is the apex predator in Sri Lanka, it does not need to protect its prey. In 2001 to 2002, adult resident leopard density was estimated at 17.9 individuals per 100 km2 in Block I of Yala National Park in Sri Lanka's southeastern coastal arid zone. This block encompasses 140 km2, contains coastal plains and permanent human-made and natural waterholes, which combined allow for a high density of prey species.

The Sri Lankan leopard hunts by silently stalking its prey, until it is within striking distance where it unleashes a burst of speed to pursue and pounce on its victim. The prey is dispatched with a single bite to the throat. Like most cats, it is pragmatic in its choice of diet which can include small mammals, reptiles as well as larger animals. Axis or spotted deer make up the majority of its diet in the dry zone; the animal preys on sambar, barking deer, wild boar and monkeys. There appears to be peak, with births scattered across months. A litter consists of two to four cubs; the leopard is sympatric with the Sri Lankan sloth bear. The survival of the Sri Lankan leopard is threatened due to habitat loss and fragmentation with some levels of direct poaching and direct and indirect human-leopard related leopard deaths. Further research into the Sri Lankan leopard is needed for any conservation measure to be effective; the Leopard Project under the Wilderness and Wildlife Conservation Trust is working with the Government of Sri Lanka to ensure this occurs.

The Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society will undertake some studies. The WWCT is engaged throughout the island with targeted work ongoing in the central hills region where fragmentation of the leopard's habitat is occurring; as of December 2011, there are 75 captive Sri Lankan leopards in zoos worldwide. Within the European Endangered Species Programme 27 male, 29 female and 8 unsexed individuals are kept; the EEP breeding program is managed by France. The leopard is colloquially known as chiruthai. Panthera pardus kotiya is the kotiyā proper. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the word'kotiya' was being incorrectly translated into English as "tiger" in Sri Lankan media due to incorrect information, received from the head of the Wildlife Department in Sri Lanka, he said that "there are no kotiyas in Sri Lanka but diviyās", misinterpreting P. p. kotiya as "diviyā". The word "diviyā" refers to small wild cats such as "Handun Diviyā" or "Kola Diviyā". Both names are used interchangeably for the rusty-spotted cat.

Traditional Sinhala idioms such as'a change in the jungle will not change the spots of a "kotiyā"', confirms the traditional use of'kotiyā' to refer to the leopard and not to the tiger. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam were colloquially known to the Sinhala-speaking community as'Koti', the plural form of'Kotiyā'; the Tamil Tigers have chosen the Sri Lankan leopard as the national animal of the aspired state of Tamil Eelam, the Chola Tiger as its flag. A soccer team, called the Tamil Eelam national football team which plays on ConIFA has the Sri Lankan leopard on their emblem. Leopard subspecies: African leopard · Arabian leopard · Anatolian leopard · Persian leopard · Indian leopard · Indochinese leopard · Javan leopard · Amur leopard · Panthera pardus spelaea Species portrait Panthera pardus in Asia and short portrait P. pardus kotiya.

Transposition (law)

In European Union law, transposition is a process by which the European Union's member states give force to a directive by passing appropriate implementation measures. Transposition is done by either primary legislation or secondary legislation; the European Commission monitors that transposition is timely done and implemented, so as to attain the results intended. Incorrect transposition may be the result of non acting, diverging, "gold-plating", "double-banking", or "regulatory creep"; the European Commission may bring a case in the European Court of Justice against states which have not transposed directives adequately. Additionally, any individual or business in a Member State may lodge a complaint with the Commission about the incorrect or delayed transposition of an EU directive or "for any measure or practice attributable to a Member State which they consider incompatible with a provision or a principle of EU law"; the Commission publishes an annual report summarising how EU law has been transposed, with statistics on the numbers and types of infringements, per country and sector

(15502) 1999 NV27

1999 NV27, provisional designation 1999 NV27, is a Jupiter trojan from the Trojan camp 53 kilometers in diameter. It was discovered on 14 July 1999, by astronomers with the Lincoln Near-Earth Asteroid Research at the Lincoln Lab's ETS near Socorro, New Mexico, in the United States; the dark Jovian asteroid has a rotation period of 15.1 hours and belongs to the 90 largest Jupiter trojans. It has not been named since its numbering in June 2000. 1999 NV27 is a dark Jovian asteroid in a 1:1 orbital resonance with Jupiter. It is located in the trailering Trojan camp at the Gas Giant's L5 Lagrangian point, 60° behind its orbit, it is a non-family asteroid of the Jovian background population. It orbits the Sun at a distance of 5.0 -- 5.2 AU once 7 months. Its orbit has an inclination of 17 ° with respect to the ecliptic; the body's observation arc begins with its first observation as 1982 BX14 at Palomar Observatory in January 1982, more than 16 years prior to its official discovery observation at Socorro.

1999 NV27 is an carbonaceous C-type asteroid. It has a V–I color index of 0.875. In September 2009, a first rotational lightcurve of 1999 NV27 was obtained from photometric observations by Linda French at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile. Lightcurve analysis gave a rotation period of 15.03±0.03 hours with a brightness variation of 0.10 magnitude. Since follow-up observations by Daniel Coley and Robert Stephens at the Center for Solar System Studies during 2013–2017 gave four more refined lightcurves, with the best-rated one from January 2017 showing a rotation period of 15.129±0.002 hours and an amplitude of 0.26 magnitude. According to the surveys carried out by the Japanese Akari satellite and the NEOWISE mission of NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, 1999 NV27 measures 50.86 and 53.10 kilometers in diameter and its surface has an albedo of 0.067 and 0.069, respectively. The Collaborative Asteroid Lightcurve Link assumes a standard albedo for a carbonaceous asteroid of 0.057 and calculates a diameter of 55.67 kilometers based on an absolute magnitude of 10.0.

This minor planet was numbered by the Minor Planet Center on 21 June 2000. As of 2018, it has not been named. Asteroid Lightcurve Database, query form Discovery Circumstances: Numbered Minor Planets - – Minor Planet Center Asteroid 1999 NV27 at the Small Bodies Data Ferret 1999 NV27 at AstDyS-2, Asteroids—Dynamic Site Ephemeris · Observation prediction · Orbital info · Proper elements · Observational info 1999 NV27 at the JPL Small-Body Database Close approach · Discovery · Ephemeris · Orbit diagram · Orbital elements · Physical parameters

Ravi Subramanian

Ravi Subramanian is an Indian author. A banker by profession, he has written popular thrillers about banking and bankers, including award winning trilogy The Incredible Banker, The Bankster and Bankerupt. An alumnus of IIM Bangalore, batch of 1993, Subramanian spent close to two decades in the financial services industry. After having worked with companies such as Citibank, HSBC and ANZ Grindlays, he is now the CEO of a listed Non-banking financial company. Subramanian writes popular columns for well-known magazines and has his own personal weekly column in the career and business life page of The Economic Times, he says "I will be satisfied if people remember me as the Grisham of banking," referring to the American author best known for his legal thrillers. His daughter is Anusha Subramanian, a published author since the age of 12. If God Was a Banker I Bought the Monk’s Ferrari Devil in Pinstripes The Incredible Banker The Bankster Bankerupt God is a Gamer The Bestseller She Wrote In the Name of God Don't tell the Governor Indiaplaza Golden Quill Book Award, If God Was a Banker Crossword Best of 2010, Devil in Pinstripes Crossword Book Award, The Incredible Banker Crossword Book Award, The Bankster Best of Leadership Writing from The Economic Times Crossword Book Award, Bankerupt