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Miss Marple

Miss Marple is a fictional character in Agatha Christie's crime novels and short stories. Jane Marple is an elderly spinster who lives in the village of St. Mary Mead and acts as an amateur consulting detective, she is one of the best known of Christie's characters and has been portrayed numerous times on screen. Her first appearance was in a short story published in The Royal Magazine in December 1927, "The Tuesday Night Club", which became the first chapter of The Thirteen Problems, her first appearance in a full-length novel was in The Murder at the Vicarage in 1930 and her last appearance was in Sleeping Murder in 1976. The character of Miss Marple is based on friends of Christie's step grandmother/aunt. Christie attributed the inspiration for the character of Miss Marple to a number of sources, stating that Miss Marple was "the sort of old lady who would have been rather like some of my step grandmother's Ealing cronies – old ladies whom I have met in so many villages where I have gone to stay as a girl".

Christie used material from her fictional creation, spinster Caroline Sheppard, who appeared in The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. When Michael Morton adapted the novel for the stage, he replaced the character of Caroline with a young girl; this change saddened Christie and she determined to give old maids a voice: Miss Marple was born. Christie may have taken the name from Marple railway station, through which she passed, or from Marple Hall, near her sister Madge's home at Abney Hall; the character of Jane Marple in the first Miss Marple book, The Murder at the Vicarage, is markedly different from how she appears in books. This early version of Miss Marple is a gleeful gossip and not an nice woman; the citizens of St. Mary Mead like her but are tired by her nosy nature and how she seems to expect the worst of everyone. In books, she becomes more modern and a kinder person. Miss Marple solves difficult crimes because of her shrewd intelligence, St. Mary Mead, over her lifetime, has given her infinite examples of the negative side of human nature.

Crimes always remind her of a parallel incident, although acquaintances may be bored by analogies that lead her to a deeper realization about the true nature of a crime. She has a remarkable ability to latch onto a casual comment and connect it to the case at hand. In several stories, she is able to rely on her acquaintance with Sir Henry Clithering, a retired commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, for official information when required. Miss Marple never has no close living relatives, her nephew, the "well-known author" Raymond West, appears in some stories, including The Thirteen Problems, Sleeping Murder and Ingots of Gold. Raymond underestimates his aunt's mental acuity. Miss Marple employs young women from a nearby orphanage, whom she trains for service as general housemaids after the retirement of her long-time maid-housekeeper, faithful Florence, she was looked after by her irritating companion, Miss Knight. In her years, companion Cherry Baker, first introduced in The Mirror Crack'd From Side to Side, lives in.

Miss Marple has never worked for her living and is of independent means, although she benefits in her old age from the financial support of Raymond West, her nephew. She is not herself from the aristocracy or landed gentry, but is quite at home among them and would have been happy to describe herself as "genteel". Miss Marple may thus be considered a female version of that staple of British detective fiction, the gentleman detective, she demonstrates a remarkably thorough education, including some art courses that involved study of human anatomy through the study of human cadavers. In They Do It with Mirrors, it is revealed that Miss Marple grew up in a cathedral close, that she studied at an Italian finishing school with Americans Ruth Van Rydock and Caroline "Carrie" Louise Serrocold. While Miss Marple is described as "an old lady" in many of the stories, her age is mentioned in "At Bertram's Hotel", where it is said she visited the hotel when she was fourteen and sixty years have passed since then.

Excluding Sleeping Murder, forty-one years passed between the first and last-written novels, many characters grow and age. An example would be the Vicar's nephew: in The Murder at the Vicarage, the Reverend Clement's nephew Dennis is a teenager; the effects of ageing are seen on Miss Marple, such as needing a holiday after illness in A Caribbean Mystery but she is if anything more agile in Nemesis, set only sixteen months later. Miss Marple's background is described in some detail, albeit in glimpses across the novels and short stories in which she appears, she has a large family, including a sister, the mother of Raymond and Mabel Denham, a young woman, accused of poisoning her husband Geoffrey. The Murder at the Vicarage The Thirteen Problems The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories The Body in the Library The Moving Finger A Murder Is Announced Three Blind Mice and Other Stories They Do It with Mirrors A Pocket Full of Rye 4.50 from Paddington The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding Double Sin and Other Stories The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side A Caribbean Mystery At Bertram's Hotel Nemesis Sleep

Purwanchal Campus

Purwanchal Campus is a constituent engineering campus of the Institute of Engineering in Dharan, Nepal. Purwanchal Campus known as Eastern Region Campus is one of constituent campuses of Tribhuwan University and one of the associate engineering campuses of Institute of Engineering, a comprehensive, non-profit making, autonomous institution and pioneering institution of higher education level in Nepal funded by government of Nepal, it is situated at Gangalal Marg, Dharan-8, Sunsari district in the eastern region of Nepal. It occupies an area of 443 ropani in convenient unit, equivalent to about 0.23 square kilometers 22.54 hectares. It is adjacent to Charkose Jhadi in north and located at entrance gate by bus of Dharan Sub-metropolitan city, it was established in Poush of 2034 BS under the loan agreement with Asian Development Bank with name purwanchal technical school under Nepal government. In another agreement with government of United Kingdom held in Shrawn, 2035 BS, the technical assistance was provided by the government of United Kingdom.

ERC was formally organized under Institute of Engineering, Tribhuvan University and all the construction works were completed in 2043 BS. The area having 34-13-11.75 bighas of land in which different classrooms, laboratories and other physical facilities are available at IOE/Purwanchal Campus, Dharan. This area is protected by boundary wall and the sole property of Tribhuvan University. 1/3 of land is still unused and the campus has planned on running more advanced engineering programs so that the whole land is utilized in the future. The existing building and facilities here are: 1. Administrative Building. 2. General Class Room. 3. Special Class Room. 4. Library 4. Boys Hostel. 5. Girls Hostel. 6. Canteen. 7. Staff quarter. Class rooms/ Laboratories/ Workshops of different departments Library Building Boys and girl hostel building Canteen Campus chief residence Teachers and staffs residence Guard room Internet facility of 22 MBPS Drinking water facility Seminar hall and others Besides this, there is a playground for football, volleyball, table tennis and badminton courts, etc. where students and employees of the campus can play the games in their spare time.

The agricultural engineering department is further extended with new building having 3 classrooms and the same as up to plinth level. The girl's hostel building is upgraded to two floors, a single ground floor, it is in planning to construct and renovate energy building for architecture department in two floor level. The school offers seven bachelor's degree programs, in Agriculture engineering, Civil engineering and Communication engineering, Mechanical engineering, Computer engineering, Electrical engineering and Architecture; the campus is an funded by the Government of Nepal. Potential students must pass an IOE entrance exam before applying for admission. Quotas aid disadvantaged groups. After 2015 The total number of students admitted in this college is 384. By Bus: 12 hour from Kathmandu. Being an Eastern wing of IOE, campus is famed by the name of Eastern Regional Campus; this was established in 1978 A. D. Initially, this campus offered diploma courses; the campus firstly started trade level courses in Mechanical and Civil engineering streams as specified in the loan and the project agreements.

The programs in Diploma in Mechanical, Civil Engineering was started since 2043 BS and Refrigeration & Air-conditioning Engineering program in 2052 BS, Computer and electronics engineering program in 2059 BS. In the attempt to further up gradation, IOE/ Purwanchal Campus introduced Bachelor level course, Bachelor of Engineering in Agricultural Engineering in 2057 BS, first and pioneer in the country. Another BE program in Civil Engineering was commenced from 2061 BS; the campus was conducted under Council for Technical Education & Vocational Training since 2045/11/12 by the mandate of Government of Nepal and again came back and run under IOE/ TU since 2047/2/15 BS. The programs running in the Campus are: Agricultural Engineering Architecture Computer Engineering Civil Engineering Electrical Engineering Electronics & communication Engineering Mechanical Engineering Intake Capacity Seats 1. Civil Engineering-96 2. Architecture-48 3. Electrical Engineering-48 4. Electronics and Information Engineering-48 5.

Mechanical Engineering- 96 6. Computer Engineering- 96 7. Agriculture Engineering-48 Total- 480 seats There is mandatory project work for final year students. Students and faculties are conducting useful research activities: Department of agricultural engineering students has conducted soil less agriculture experiments: hydroponics and aero phonics; the department in coordination with Purwanchal Campus and Center for Applied Research and Development has organized Summer School in Kathmandu in June, 2017. Three professors from Washington State University, USA, have presented their research activities among agricultural and other department students. Computer engineering and electronics engineering department are working to develop smart advance software t

Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve

The Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve is a large contiguous complex of wetland and marine environments on the Texas Coastal Bend in the United States. Named for the two major rivers that flow into the area, the reserve contains public and private lands and waters; the land is coastal prairie with unique oak motte habitats. The wetlands include riparian habitat, freshwater marshes, saltwater marshes. Within the water areas, the bays are large and include extensive tidal flats, seagrass meadows and oyster reefs; these unique and diverse estuarine habitats in the western Gulf of Mexico support a host of endangered and threatened species including the endangered whooping crane. Traditional activities within the proposed reserve include boating, hunting and gas extraction, shellfish harvesting and recreational activities. Despite a long history of human uses and its close proximity to the city of Corpus Christi, the reserve is rural and pristine. Jace Tunnell serves as director of the reserve.

More can be learned about the Reserve at www.missionaransas.org The University of Texas Marine Science Institute operates locations for visitors to learn about and explore the reserve. University of Texas Marine Science Institute Visitor Center - located in Port Aransas, features seven aquaria representing typical Texas coastal habitats, self guided tours and educational movies; the facility includes a gift shop. Wetlands Education Center- located in Port Aransas, an artificial wetlands seagrass pond that occupies 3.5 acres between the MSI Visitors Center and the South Jetty. Visitors can tour a boardwalk around the pond to view the vegetation and the wildlife, view educational signage. Bay Education Center - located in Rockport, features exhibits about the estuary's ecosystem and Science On a Sphere, a spherical display system created by NOAA to illustrate Earth science concepts. Amos Rehabilitation Keep - located in Port Aransas, Texas - The primary mission of the Amos Rehabilitation Keep is to rescue and rehabilitate sick and injured birds, sea turtles, terrestrial turtles, tortoises found along the South Texas coast and to return them to their native habitat.

For coastal wildlife emergencies, please contact the Amos Rehabilitation Keep at 361-749-6793. The ARK has a Facebook page, Animal Rehabilitation Keep at UT Marine Science Institute; the ARK performs turtle releases throughout the year. These events are open to the public, free of charge, popular within the community; the ARK was founded by Tony Amos and is one of the original and largest wildlife rehabilitation facilities in the area, relying on a small staff and a large team of volunteers. Volunteering - the Reserve relies on a large number of volunteers. Visit the website for more information. University of Texas Marine Science Institute - Visitor information This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the NOAA

Connie Glaser

Connie Glaser is an American writer and columnist. She is best known for her books on women’s leadership and communications, speaks on these topics globally. Glaser is the author of several books including Swim with the Dolphins and writes a syndicated column, “Winning at Work,” that appears in the Atlanta Business Chronicle and other business journals around the country, her books have been translated into over a dozen languages and she has been the subject of feature articles in Germany's Handelsblatt, South Africa's DestinyConnect, Abu Dhabi's The National, Times of India, Viva Internationale. In 2011, Glaser represented the U. S. State Department on a lecture tour of India addressing media and the business community on the changing role of women in the workplace; as a keynote speaker, Glaser's clients include FedEx, ESPN, Deloitte, AT&T, Brookings Institution, Kimberly-Clark, Bristol-Myers Squibb, KPMG, GE, Johnson & Johnson, Coca-Cola, the U. S. Navy, she has been interviewed or quoted in The Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, The Hindu, Huffington Post, US News and World Report.

Glaser has served on the Women’s Advisory Board for Office Depot and the Advisory Board for Emory University Graduate Women in Business. She has been honored as Diversity Champion of the Year by DiversityBusiness.com. Glaser, Connie. More Power To You!. New York, NY: Warner Books. Pp. 192 pages. ISBN 978-0446670708. Glaser, Connie. Swim with the Dolphins: How Women Can Succeed in Corporate America on Their Own Terms. New York, NY: Grand Central Publishing. Pp. 336 pages. ISBN 978-0446671842. Glaser, Connie; when Money Isn't Enough: How Women Are Finding the Soul of Success. New York, NY: Grand Central Publishing. Pp. 224 pages. ISBN 978-0446523035. Glaser, Connie. What Queen Esther Knew: Business Strategies from a Biblical Sage. Emmaus, PA: Rodale Books. Pp. 224 pages. ISBN 978-1579546908. Glaser, Connie. GenderTalk Works: 7 Steps for Cracking the Gender Code at Work. Atlanta, GA: Windsor Hall Press. Pp. 154 pages. ISBN 978-0961492786. Connie Glaser Official site

2018–19 Toledo Rockets men's basketball team

The 2018–19 Toledo Rockets men's basketball team represented the University of Toledo during the 2018–19 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Rockets were led by eighth-year head coach Tod Kowalczyk, played their home games at Savage Arena, as members of the West Division of the Mid-American Conference, they finished the season 13 -- 5 in MAC play to be champions of the West Division. They lost in the quarterfinals of the MAC Tournament to Northern Illinois, they received an at-large bid to the National Invitation Tournament where they lost in the first round to Xavier. The Rockets finished the 2017–18 season 23–11, 13–5 in MAC play to win the MAC West division championship; as the No. 2 seed in the MAC Tournament, they defeated Miami and Eastern Michigan before losing to Buffalo in the tournament championship. Despite winning 23 games, they did not participate in a postseason tournament. Source

Ira A. Hunt Jr.

Ira Augustus Hunt Jr. is a retired United States Army Major General. He attended the United States Military Academy graduating in the class of 1945, he was assigned to the Corps of Engineers upon graduation. He served as a commander of the 12th Engineer Battalion, 8th Infantry Division in West Germany from 1964 to 1966, he served as a Military Assistant in the Office of Organization and Management Planning, Office of the Secretary of Defense. During the Vietnam War he served as Chief of Staff of the 9th Infantry Division under Major General Julian Ewell, he subsequently served as commander of 9th Infantry Division. He served as deputy commander of United States Support Activities Group from 1973-4 and served temporarily as Defense Attaché at the Defense Attaché Office, Saigon during a change of command in August 1974, he served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Training and Schools, United States Army Training and Doctrine Command, Fort Monroe, Virginia. He retired from the Army in 1978, he is the author of several books on the Vietnam War: Sharpening the combat edge: The use of analysis to reinforce military judgment with LTG Julian Ewell The 9th Infantry Division in Vietnam: Unparalleled and Unequaled ISBN 9780813126470 Losing Vietnam: How America Abandoned Southeast Asia ISBN 9780813142081 My Lai Cover-Up Deceit and Incompetence ISBN 9780998685144 His decorations include the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Distinguished Service Medal