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National War College

The National War College of the United States is a school in the National Defense University. It is housed in Roosevelt Hall on Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D. C. the third-oldest Army post still active. The National War College was established on July 1, 1946, as an upgraded replacement for the Army-Navy Staff College, which operated from June 1943 to July 1946; the college was one of James Forrestal's favorite causes. According to Lt. Gen. Leonard T. Gerow, President of the Board which recommended its formation:The College is concerned with grand strategy and the utilization of the national resources necessary to implement that strategy.... Its graduates will exercise a great influence on the formulation of national and foreign policy in both peace and war.... Mid-level and senior military officers who are to be promoted to the most senior ranks are selected to study at the War College in preparation for higher staff and command positions. About 75 percent of the student body is composed of equal representation from the land and sea services.

The remaining 25 percent are drawn from the Department of State and other federal departments and agencies. In addition, international fellows from a number of countries join the student body; the curriculum is based upon critical analysis of strategic problem solving with emphasis on strategic leadership. Starting with the 2014–2015 academic year, the curriculum will be based upon a core standard throughout National Defense University; because of NWC's privileged location close to the White House, the Supreme Court, Capitol Hill, it has been able throughout its history to call upon an extraordinarily well-connected array of speakers to animate its discussions. All lectures at the National War College are conducted under a strict "no quotation nor attribution" policy which has facilitated discussion on some of the most difficult issues of the day. Graduates of the National War College include numerous current and former flag officers, general officers, U. S. ambassadors. Notable graduates include: Colin Powell, former U.

S. Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff James Mattis, former Secretary of Defense John McCain, former U. S. Senator Wesley Clark, former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe Peter Pace, former Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Hugh Shelton, former Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey, former Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff James L. Jones, former National Security Advisor and NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe Eric Shinseki, former U. S Army Chief of Staff and Secretary of Veterans Affairs Elmo Zumwalt, former U. S. Chief of Naval Operations Robert H. Barrow, Commandant of the Marine Corps Merrill A. McPeak, former U. S. A. F Chief of Staff Arnold W. Braswell, retired Air Force General John Beyrle, U. S. Ambassador to Russia Edward L. Beach Jr. World War II submarine officer and best-selling novelist Godfrey McHugh, former military aide to President John F. Kennedy J. Christopher Stevens, the late U. S. Ambassador to Libya John Ray Budner, the late Brigadier General in command of the North American Air Defense Command Combat Operations Center Norton A. Schwartz, former U.

S. Air Force Chief of Staff Bernard Brodie, one of the initial nuclear theorists Donald Parsons former US Military Attache to Canada Roosevelt Hall is a Beaux Arts–style building housing the NWC since its inception in 1946. Designed by the New York architectural firm McKim and White, it is now designated a National Historical Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Air War College Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy List of National Historic Landmarks in the District of Columbia Marine Corps War College National Register of Historic Places listings in the District of Columbia Naval War College United States Army War College National War College homepage

Vest-Telemark

The Vest-Telemark traditional district of Norway comprises the upper and western areas of the larger region of Upper Telemark in the former county of Telemark. The region consists of six municipalities: Fyresdal, Vinje, Nissedal and Seljord. Vest-Telemark belongs to the traditional region Upper Telemark; the region is known for its folk traditions within music, handcrafts and architecture. The region is distinctly marked by its dialects of Norwegian; this form of Norwegian is among those containing the most traces of Old Norse grammar. Vest-Telemark had 14,252 inhabitants on 1st April 2009; the area is 7 700 km². Vest-Telemark is the home of slalom, Telemark skiing and ski jumping. "The Cradle of Modern Skiing" is found in Morgedal. Aslaug Vaa, author from Rauland in Vinje Vidkun Quisling, politician from Fyresdal Aasmund Olavsson Vinje, author from Vinje Tarjei Vesaas, author from Vinje Odd Nordstoga, musician from Vinje Sondre Norheim, father of modern skiing. Ivar Peterson Tveiten, politician from Fyresdal Anne Grimdalen, sculptor from Skafså in Tokke Eivind Groven, composer from Lårdal in Tokke Eivind Hovden, guitarist from Dalen in Tokke Dyre Vaa, sculptor from Rauland in Vinje Halldis Moren Vesaas, author from Vinje Terje Haakonsen, master snowboarder Vinje Sven Erik Kristiansen, internationally acclaimed musician Rauland in Vinje

2015 La Tropicale Amissa Bongo

The 2015 La Tropicale Amissa Bongo was the tenth edition of the La Tropicale Amissa Bongo road cycling stage race held in Gabon. It was held between 16 and 22 February 2015, it was part of the UCI Africa Tour. The race is therefore the highest ranked stage race in Africa; the race is known for bringing amateur African cycling teams together with professional teams from Europe. Team Europcar had dominated the recent editions of the race, having won every edition between 2010 and 2014; the 2014 champion was Natnael Berhane, the first African to win the event, but he was not selected to defend his title. His teammate Yohann Gène was chosen to lead Team Europcar instead; the 2015 race consisted of eight stages. These began with difficult, hilly stages in eastern Gabon, before coming to the western coast for several stages suitable for sprinters. There was a team time trial that took place at night, although the times for this did not play a part in the general classification following because of a delay to the start of the stage.

The key stage in the general classification of the 2015 race was stage 1, when a breakaway of three riders escaped and was able to stay away throughout the stage. Rafaâ Chtioui took the yellow jersey for the overall victory; these were the first professional wins of his career. Chtioui was the first Tunisian to win the overall victory in the race, the second African. Following his victory, he became the leader of the 2015 UCI Africa Tour rankings; the other riders to break away on stage 1, Giovanni Bernaudeau and Abdelkader Belmokhtar, finished second and third in the general classification. Bernaudeau won the green and white jersey of the mountains classification. Four of the stages in the race were won by the Bretagne–Séché Environnement team. Three of these were won by Yauheni Hutarovich; the rose jersey of the points classification, was won by Yohann Gène, who finished in the top 10 in six stages. The white jersey of the best young rider was won by Bonaventure Uwizeyimana. Fifteen teams were selected to take part in the 2015 edition of the race.

Four of these were Professional Continental teams. The race was scheduled to be made up of eight stages. Seven of these were road stages; this was the first time a team time trial was included in the race, which included the hilly eastern portion of Gabon for the first time. The race was therefore expected to be more selective. Stage 1 was a 100 km route from Bongoville to Moanda. On a hot and sunny day, Rafaâ Chtioui, Abdelkader Belmokhtar, Giovanni Bernaudeau formed a breakaway in the twenty-ninth kilometre. Chtioui dropped his companions on a difficult and hilly course, coming home nearly two minutes ahead of the other breakaway riders and three minutes ahead of the peloton, giving him a large advantage in the general classification; this was the first time. Stage 2 was a 170 km route from Okandja to Franceville; the course was flat, with no significant climbs. The break of the day was formed by Clint Hendricks and Herman Yemeli. Hendricks and Yemeli were caught with 20 km remaining, but Hadi had attacked and was able to remain in front alone.

In the final kilometres, he was caught by Azzedine Lagab. Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team–Al Ahli Club, controlled the peloton and were able to bring the pair back with 3 km remaining and set up race leader Rafaâ Chtioui for the sprint. Despite a strong sprint from Yohann Gène, Chtioui won the group sprint to take his second stage victory and extend his lead in the overall classification. Abdelkader Belmokhtar, in second place after the first stage, finished in a group 41 seconds behind the leader, he therefore dropped into third place behind Giovanni Bernaudeau. Stage 3 was a flat 157 km route from Mounana to Koulamoutou; the race once again took place in hot conditions. The break of the day was formed by Salah Eddine Mraouni, Tesfom Okubariam and Jean-Bosco Uwizeyimana; the three riders escaped at the beginning of the stage. The chase was controlled by Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team–Al Ahli Club on behalf of Chtioui, the race leader, with Bretagne–Séché Environnement and Team Europcar participating.

In the final kilometres, with the breakaway caught, Bretagne–Séché Environnement took control of the peloton. The plan was for Daniel McLay to lead out his teammate Yauheni Hutarovich, with 300 m remaining, Hutarovich was not in McLay's wheel, so he decided to sprint for himself. McLay and Hutarovich both contested the sprint, with a video replay necessary to determine which rider had won. McLay's victory was the first by a British rider in La Tropicale Amissa Bongo, the first professional win of his career; the fourth stage was a 133 km route from Ndjole to Lambaréné. It was flat, with one hill coming about 20 km from the end; the breakaway of the day was made by Bryan Nauleau, Benoît Jarrier, Essaid Abelouache and Adil Barbari. They were never able to earn a significant lead. There was another attack with 30 km remaining by Mohamed Amine Er Rafai, he was able to hold the chasing

Rekha Sharma

Rekha Shanti Sharma is a Canadian actress, best known for her role as Tory Foster on Battlestar Galactica, Ellen Landry on Star Trek: Discovery. Sharma was born to parents of North Indian descent. Both her father, a Hindu priest, her mother were from the state of Uttar Pradesh in India before they relocated during the British period; the family resettled in the Fiji Islands before moving to Canada. She has a brother, nine years older. Sharma started pursuing acting as a career in her 20s, she has stage experience but appeared in television series such as Da Vinci's City Hall, House M. D; the Lone Gunmen, Supernatural, John Doe, Dark Angel, The Twilight Zone, Hellcats, The Listener, Star Trek: Discovery, Battlestar Galactica, the 2009 re-imagined television series of V. She appeared in the movies The Core, Tasmanian Devils, Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem. Sharma's hobbies include painting as well as playing a stringed musical instrument. In 2018, Sharma started raising money in the fight against veteran suicide through "Team Donut by Rekha Sharma".

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Baillie & the Boys (album)

Baillie & the Boys is the eponymous debut album of American country music act Baillie & the Boys. Three singles charted on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart - "Oh Heart" at number 9, "He's Letting Go" at number 18, "Wilder Days" at number 9; the album rose to the number 27 position in the Country Albums chart. "Fire in the Wire" – 4:01 "Oh Heart" – 3:27 "Waitin' Out the Storm" – 3:54 "You Fool" – 3:31 "Heartless Night" – 3:51 "He's Letting Go" – 3:49 "Slow All Night" – 4:15 "Wilder Days" – 3:48 "This Is Where I Came In" – 4:20 Compiled from liner notes. Baillie & the BoysKathie Baillie – lead vocals Michael Bonagura – vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar Alan LeBoeuf – vocals, bass guitarAdditional musiciansMike Brignardello – bass guitar Dennis Burnside – keyboards Mark Casstevens – acoustic guitar Paul DavisSynclavier.

Wolverhampton Art Gallery

Wolverhampton Art Gallery is located in the City of Wolverhampton, in the West Midlands, United Kingdom. The building was funded and constructed by local contractor Philip Horsman, built on land provided by the Council, it opened in May 1884. The two-storey building of Wolverhampton Art Gallery was designed by prominent Birmingham architect Julius Chatwin, it was built of Bath stone, an Oolitic Limestone from Bath, with six red granite columns indicating the main entrance. The decorative sculptural frieze on the facade is composed of sixteen characters representing the Arts and Crafts, including sculpture, architecture, pottery and wrought-iron work, it is a Grade II* listed building. In 2006–07 the building was refurbished by Purcell modernized and extended to create additional exhibition spaces; the most outstanding artwork of international importance in the collection is the large-scale painting Peace and Plenty Binding the Arrows of War by the Flemish Baroque painter Abraham Janssens van Nuyssen.

Commissioned and paid for by the Antwerp Guild of Old Crossbowmen, it was a pendant to the Rubens’s Crowning of the Victor. In the 1800s, the city’s guilds were broken up and their treasures dispersed. Janssen’s picture found its way to a Mrs Thornley of Birmingham. In 1885, she sold it to Wolverhampton Art Gallery; this is the only painting by Janssens in British public collections and a splendid example of Flemish Baroque art. Apart from the Janssens' painting, the collection of Old Masters is small, it includes a version of "A Spinner's Grace" by Gerard Dou, "Bouquet of Flowers" by Jan van Huysum. There is a collection of Old Master drawings, which includes graphic work by Wenceslas Hollar and Alessandro Allori. A significant part of the gallery's collection was formed from bequests and gifts given by local benefactors and patrons of art; these include those from the tin-toy manufacturer Sidney Cartwright, Philip Horsman and hardware manufacturer Paul Lutz. They collected contemporary and early 19th-century British art and today the holdings of the Gallery are still strong in artworks from the Victorian period.

In the 1920s-1950s, a large number of artworks by Frank Brangwyn were given to the gallery by the artist himself, by his friend and member of Wolverhampton Art Committee Matthew Biggar Walker. In 1924, a significant collection of Eastern weapons was secured. During the first decades of the 20th century many specimens of Eastern applied art and British and Eastern ceramics and glass were given to the gallery by the members of the prominent local Bantock family and several other collectors; the Gallery has substantial collection of japanned Bilston enamels. These collections represent trades and manufactures for which Wolverhampton was famous in the 18th and 19th centuries; the purposeful collecting policy of the 1970s brought to the Gallery a number of high quality artworks by leading British artists of the 18th-century Georgian period. The gallery has strong holdings of artworks by local artists, such as John Fullwood, Joseph Vickers de Ville, George Phoenix, Alfred Egerton Cooper. In 1990s, following the re-structure of museum services across the area, the art and local history collections of the Bilston Museum and Art Gallery were transferred to Wolverhampton.

They brought to the Gallery artworks by Edwin Butler Bayliss, another local painter of the industrial landscape of the Black Country. Since the late 1960s, Wolverhampton Art Gallery has been amassing a substantial collection of pop art. A special feature of the gallery is the collection of artworks which document and analyse the time of Troubles in Northern Ireland. At present, the gallery's collection consists of about 12,000 artefacts: oil paintings and works on paper from 17th-20th centuries. Dr John Fraser's collection of geological specimens has been preserved at the gallery. A selection of objects from the collection are on permanent show in several display rooms. Selected paintings by the 18th-century artists from the gallery's collection include the'Portrait of the Lee Family' by Joseph Highmore,'David Garrick in'The Provoked Wife' by Johann Zoffany,'Portrait of Erasmus Darwin' by Joseph Wright of Derby,'Apotheosis of Penelope Boothby' by Henry Fuseli,'Arrival of Louis XVIII at Calais' by Wolverhampton-born Edward Bird.

In addition, portrait miniatures, Bilston enamels depicting famous actors of the era, some examples of the 18th-century Eastern and British ceramics are on display. The display in the two Victorian rooms present British 19th-century art in its relation with wider world, it includes landscapes by Henry Mark Anthony, David Cox, James Baker Pyne, David Roberts, narrative paintings by the Cranbrook Colony artists, religious paintings by Pre-Raphaelite artist Frederic Shields, japanned ware by local manufacturers which were shown at The Great Exhibition, examples of local Myatt pottery, Eastern objects - Chinese ceramics and mirror paintings, Japanese woodblock prints, Indian pottery and weapons, Persian metalware - collected by local people. The pop art gallery is a retro-themed, interactive space which allows visitors to explore the world of pop art with its vibrant mix of popular culture, social commentary, nostalgia and celebrity; the contents of the Gallery changes every six months to reflect a different theme found within the pop art movement.

The display has contained works by influential pop artists Andy Warhol, Peter Blake, Roy Lichtenstein and David Ho