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Military ranks and insignia of Norway

Military ranks and rank insignia of Norway were changed June 1, 2016, with the reintroduction of the Non-Commissioned Officer Corps, the abolishment of the one-tier officer system in place since 1975. The Storting adopted in 2015 the new scheme for Militærordningen. From 2016, the Norwegian Defence Forces have two career ladders for the military personnel; the rank insignia for commissioned officers for the army and air force respectively. The following are the rank insignia for enlisted for the army and air force respectively. Norway did not have a non-commissioned officer system and thus Sergeant and Petty officer are grouped with the officers under the common designation befal; the officers are divided into three groups: The befal, the staff officers, the generals. Fenrik used to be referred to as Second Lieutenant, while the rank of lieutenant went by First Lieutenant; the rank of Brigadier is not an old tradition in the Norwegian armed forces and was instated as a replacement for Oberst I.

As shown, the Cavalry have two ranks which differ from the regular Army: Dragon instead of Menig, Rittmester instead of Kaptein. The ranks of Grenader and Matros were bestowed upon soldiers who have finished the 12 months compulsory service and had signed one or more three-year contracts to continue serving; the ranks of Visekorporal/Visekonstabel/Vingsoldat were ascribed to soldiers with long and/or outstanding service, though may be bestowed on soldiers with extra responsibilities. A UB-Korporal/Kvartermesteraspirant was a soldier who has finished the UB course, a course intended to prepare conscripted soldiers for non-commissioned officer duties, but still under training in "the field". After one-year course and service these soldiers were qualified for the rank of Sersjant or Kvartermester; the rank insignia for enlisted for the army and air force respectively

Taranjit Singh (general)

Lieutenant General Taranjit Singh, AVSM, VSM*, is the current Dy Chief of Integrated Defence Staff he was General Officer Commanding I Corps of the Indian Army. He is an alumnus of National Defence Academy, he was commissioned into 65th Armoured Regiment on 19 December 1981. He has special experience in operational art, he was part of the Indian Peacekeeping Force during Operation Pawan. He has held numerous commands including an armoured brigade and a Rapid Division, part of a Strike Corps, he has held staff appointments at the Army HQ and United Nations peacekeeping missions. He was General Officer Commanding I Corps of the Indian Army from 29 December 2017 to 31 January 2019, he assumed the post from Lt General Ranbir Singh. During his career, he has been awarded the Vishisht Seva Medal twice for his service and the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal in 2019

Taneatua Express

The Taneatua Express was an express passenger train operated by the New Zealand Railways Department that ran between Auckland and Taneatua in the Bay of Plenty, serving centres such as Tauranga and Te Puke. It commenced in 1929 and operated until 1959; the immediate precursor to the Taneatua Express, a victim of its introduction, was the Thames Express, which operated from Auckland to Thames. The East Coast Main Trunk Railway, in its first incarnation, diverged from the Thames Branch in Paeroa, when it opened in 1928, Thames swiftly declined in status as a railway terminus as services began operating through to the Bay of Plenty. A direct passenger service between Auckland and the Bay of Plenty terminus in Taneatua commenced upon the East Coast Main Trunk's opening, rendering the Thames Express superfluous as the Taneatua service ran all of the Thames Express's route except the final leg between Paeroa and Thames. Accordingly, the Thames Express ceased to operate and the Taneatua train was upgraded to the Taneatua Express.

When the East Coast Main Trunk opened in 1928, track conditions were not optimal and the train took 12 hours to complete its journey from Auckland to Taneatua. Over the next year, the trackage was upgraded and the Taneatua Express commenced operating, it took 10.5 hours to run between Auckland via a circuitous route. It was nonetheless one of the quicker forms of transport for its era, although the rise of the private car began to impact upon traffic; the proposed direct Paeroa–Pokeno Line from Paeroa to Pokeno on the North Island Main Trunk Railway would have facilitated a faster service. The Taneatua Express operated daily, but the economic impacts of the Great Depression and World War II as well as post-war coal shortages meant that its services were cut back to operate just twice or thrice weekly in each direction. Motive power was first provided by steam locomotives of the AB class, but during the 1940s, J class engines took over. By the 1950s, the lack of frequent, daily operation began to prove a significant discouragement to prospective travellers.

Nonetheless, the Taneatua Express survived to be the second-last steam-hauled provincial express in New Zealand. The final service operated from Taneatua to Auckland on 7 February 1959 and consisted of three passenger carriages and a guard's van hauled by J 1217. A wreath was placed on the front of the locomotive to signify the occasion; the next day, New Zealand's final steam-hauled provincial express, the Rotorua Express, ceased operating. Both expresses were replaced by railcar services operated by RM class 88 seaters, but the Taneatua Express's replacement terminated in Te Puke, permanently ending regular passenger service to destinations beyond that town; the railcar itself did not last long. Passenger services to the Bay of Plenty were not reinstated until the 1991 introduction of the Kaimai Express from Auckland to Tauranga which used Silver Fern railcars until the service was discontinued in 2001

Natasha Esch

Natasha Esch was the president of Wilhelmina Modeling Agency for five years from 1993. She is now an interior designer and the co-founder owner of a shop in Sag Harbor, NY. Since 2010 she has lived in the Hamptons and Park City, Utah with her husband, Matt Coffin and their daughter and son. Esch was born in Canada, grew up in Germany, attended a boarding school in Switzerland and studied business at Babson College in the USA. After graduating, at age 21, her father, Horst-Dieter Esch, a German businessman with interests in the construction industry made her president of the modeling agency Wilhelmina Models that he had purchased in 1989 for around 4 million dollars. Over a five-year period, Esch oversaw management of this worldwide $20 million operation with subsidiaries in Los Angeles, Paris and Hamburg. Esch authored the "Wilhelmina Guide to Modeling", "Wilhelmina's Modeling & Acting Dictionary", "Wilhelmina's World of Child Modeling". In 1997, Esch moved to the West Coast where she started her own Los Angeles-based interior design firm, Natasha Esch Design Interiors, in 1999.

She has bought and sold six high-end residential homes located in the Hamptons, West Hollywood, Bel Air and Malibu, California. Her designs were featured in Elle Décor, House Beautiful, House & Garden and Los Angeles Times Magazine, she was featured in the book "Style and Substance: The Best of Elle Decor." In 2010 Esch and her family moved to The Hamptons, where in 2012 she opened MONC XIII, a retail store in Sag Harbor, NY that sells goods for the home sourced from around the world. MONC XIII has been featured in Goop, Martha Stewart Living, Elle Décor, Architectural Digest, Hamptons Cottages & Gardens, Dan's Hamptons, Hamptons Magazine and Dujour

Rafik Abdessalem

Rafik Ben Abdessalem Bouchlaka is a Tunisian politician. He served as the minister of foreign affairs under Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali. Abdessalem received a B. A. in philosophy from Mohammed V University in Rabat, Morocco and a PhD in Politics and International Relations from the University of Westminster in 2003. From 1987 to 1990, Abdessalem was a member of the executive office of the Union Générale des Etudiants de Tunisie. In London, he founded the Maghreb Center for Research and Translation, chaired the London Platform for Dialogue, he was a visiting scholar at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies. He worked as senior researcher and head of the Research and Studies Office at the Al Jazeera Center for Studies, he is a member of the Centre Union Process. He has published many articles in Asharq Al-Awsat, he is a member of the Ennahda Movement, the party leader Rached Ghannouchi's son-in-law. On 20 December 2011, after former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was deposed, he joined the Jebali Cabinet as minister of foreign affairs from 2011 to 2013 serving the first democratic government of Tunisia.

Similar to Rached Ghannouchi he was forced into exile during the Ben Ali regime where he became one of the leaders of the party’s exiled bureau. Abdessalem was only able to return to his homeland after 21 years following the Tunisian revolution, he is an Executive Bureau member of the Ennahdha Party, in charge of External Relations and a member of its Political Bureau, has been serving since 2007 in its Consultative Council, the higher decisional instance of the party. He is the founder and Director of the Centre for Strategic and Diplomatic Studies established in 2014. In Religion: Secularism and Democracy United States of America: Between Hard Power and Soft Power

ShinjŨ Station

Shinjō Station is a railway station in Shinjō, Japan, operated by East Japan Railway Company. It is the terminus for Rikuu West Line and Rikuu East Line. Shinjō Station is served by the following lines. Ōu Main Line Yamagata Shinkansen Rikuu East Line Rikuu West Line The station has a "Midori no Madoguchi" staffed ticket office and a View Plaza travel agency. Platforms 1 and 2 serve 1,435 mm standard gauge tracks, while platforms 3 to 5 serve narrow gauge tracks. Shinjō Station opened on 11 June 1903; the station was absorbed into the JR East network upon the privatization of JNR on 1 April 1987. A new station building was completed in October 1998. From 4 December 1999, the station became the terminus of the Yamagata Shinkansen, following its extension from Yamagata. In fiscal 2012, the station was used by an average of 1,582 passengers daily; the passenger figures for previous years are as shown below. Shinjō City Hall Shinjō Post Office National Route 13 National Route 47 JR East Station information