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New South Wales Legislative Assembly

The New South Wales Legislative Assembly is the lower of the two houses of the Parliament of New South Wales, an Australian state. The upper house is the New South Wales Legislative Council. Both the Assembly and Council sit at Parliament House in Sydney; the Assembly is presided over by the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly. The Assembly has 93 members, elected by single-member constituency, which are known as seats. Voting is by the optional preferential system. Members of the Legislative Assembly have the post-nominals MP after their names. From the creation of the assembly up to about 1990, the post-nominals "MLA" were used; the Assembly is called the bearpit on the basis of the house's reputation for confrontational style during heated moments and the "savage political theatre and the bloodlust of its professional players" attributed in part to executive dominance. The Legislative Assembly was created in 1856 with the introduction of a bicameral parliament for the Crown Colony of New South Wales.

In the beginning, only men were eligible to be members of the Assembly, only around one half of men were able to pass the property or income qualifications required to vote. Two years the Electoral Reform Act, passed despite the opposition of the Legislative Council, saw the introduction of a far more democratic system, allowing any man, resident in the colony for six months the right to vote, removing property requirements to stand as a candidate. Following Australia's federation in 1901, the New South Wales parliament became a State legislature. Women were granted the right to vote in 1902, gained the right to be members of the Assembly in 1918, with the first successful candidate being elected in 1925; the Legislative Assembly sits in the oldest legislative chamber in Australia. Built for the Legislative Council in 1843, it has been in continuous use since 1856; the colour of the Legislative Assembly chamber is green, which follows the British tradition for lower houses. Most legislation is initiated in the Legislative Assembly.

The party or coalition with a majority of seats in the lower house is invited by the Governor to form government. The leader of that party subsequently becomes Premier of New South Wales, their senior colleagues become ministers responsible for various portfolios; as Australian political parties traditionally vote along party lines, most legislation introduced by the governing party will pass through the Legislative Assembly. As with the federal parliament and other Australian states and territories, voting in the Assembly is compulsory for all those over the age of 18. Elections are held every four years on the fourth Saturday in March, exceptional circumstances notwithstanding, as the result of a 1995 referendum to amend the New South Wales Constitution. 47 votes as a majority are required to pass legislation. The clerk of the house of the NSW Legislative Assembly is the senior administrative officer; the clerk advises the speaker of the Assembly and members of parliament on matters of parliamentary procedure and management.

The office is modelled on the clerk of the House of Commons of the United Kingdom. The following have served as clerks: Richard O’Connor 1856–59 Charles Thompson 1860–69 Oliver Kelly 1869–69 Stephen Jones 1869–87 Frederick Webb CMG 1888–1904 Richard Arnold 1904–16 William Mowle 1916–27 Sydney Boydell 1927–30 William Rupert McCourt CMG 1930–47 Frederick Langley 1947 Harry Robbins MC 1947–56 Allan Pickering CBE 1956–66 Ivor Vidler CBE 1967–74 Ronald Ward 1974–81 Douglas Wheeler 1981–84 Grahame Cooksley 1984–90 Russell Grove PSM 1990–2011 Ronda Miller 2011–2016 Helen Minnican 2016–present The ceremonial duties of the serjeant-at-arms are as the custodian of the mace, the symbol of the authority of the House and the speaker, as the messenger for formal messages from the Legislative Assembly to the Legislative Council; the serjeant has the authority to remove disorderly people, by force if necessary, from the Assembly or the public or press galleries on the instructions of the speaker. The administrative duties of the serjeant include allocation of office accommodation and fittings for members' offices, co-ordination of car transport for members and courier services for the House, security for the House and arrangements for school visits.

Once a meeting has started in an Assembly, the serjeant will stand at the door to keep authority and make sure no one else comes in or out. The following have served as serjeant-at-arms: Laurence Joseph Harnett 1873–1909 John Mackenzie Webb Harry Robbins Ivor Percy Kidd Vidler Hubert Pierre Scarlett Ronald Edward Ward Frederick Augustine Mahony William Geoffery Luton Peter John McHugh William Christie 1909 – 1918 Leslie Gönye–present 2019 New South Wales state election List of New South Wales state by-elections Parliaments of the Australian states and territories Members of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly New South Wales Legislative Assembly electoral districts Women in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly Official website Legislative Assembly on Twitter New South Wales Constitution Act

Shrine Building (Miami, Florida)

The Shrine Building known as Boulevard Shops, is an Art Deco commercial building in Miami, Florida built in 1930. It was designed by Robert Law Weed and is an "elegant, local interpretation" of the Art Deco style including Seminole Indian motifs; the second floor was occupied by the Mahi Shriners for thirteen years, from 1930 to 1943. The Shrine Building was part of a construction plan for Biscayne Boulevard as a high-end shopping district dubbed the "Fifth Avenue of the South." The Biscayne Boulevard Company designed the Boulevard as a self-sufficient shopping experience where the consumer could fulfill every need, as a forerunner to the modern shopping center. The Shrine Building and the surrounding shops were all built in the Art Deco style, it was covered in a study of Downtown Miami historic resources. The Shrine Building reflects the historical, cultural and social development trends of Miami during the 1920s and early 1930s; the Shrine Building was one of many stores built by the Biscayne Boulevard Company in an effort to establish a new shopping area for the Greater Miami area.

The Sears and Company Department Store, built in 1929, is another Art Deco standout in the area. This property was determined to be National Register-eligible as of January 3, 1989 but it was not listed on the National Register due to owner objection. Downtown Miami Multiple Resource Area

The King Murder

The King Murder is a 1932 American pre-Code mystery film directed by Richard Thorpe and starring Conway Tearle, Natalie Moorhead and Marceline Day. Conway Tearle as Detective Chief Henry Barton Natalie Moorhead as Elizabeth Hawthorn Marceline Day as Pearl Hope Dorothy Revier as Miriam King Don Alvarado as Jose Moreno Huntley Gordon as Arthur B. Bronnell Maurice Black as Philip Scott Robert Frazer as Van Kempen Rose Dione as Miss Duval, Maid Pitts, Michael R. Poverty Row Studios, 1929-1940. McFarland & Company, 2005; the King Murder on IMDb

Manny Pacquiao vs. Lucas Matthysse

Manny Pacquiao vs. Lucas Matthysse, billed as Fight of Champions, was a boxing match for the WBA welterweight championship; the event took place on July 2018 at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Pacquiao won the fight by 7th-round TKO and Matthysse announced his retirement shortly thereafter. On January 16, 2018 it was first reported that Pacquiao would return to the ring on the undercard of Terence Crawford vs. Jeff Horn for the WBO welterweight championship on April 21. Bob Arum wanted the card to take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and have the card take place on ESPN PPV. Early rumours indicated he would fight 37 year old former WBO light welterweight champion Mike Alvarado. On February 2, after winning the vacant WBA welterweight title against Tewa Kiram, Lucas Matthysse stated he was interested in fighting Pacquiao next. Freddie Roach as well as Golden Boy Promotions' Eric Gomez liked the idea of the fight happening. Arum was open to fight taking place, but stated it wouldn't happen next as he was to match Pacquiao with Alvarado.

On March 1, Pacquiao withdrew from the Crawford-Horn card. According to Aquiles Zonio, Pacquiao's media relations officer, Pacquiao felt it was insult to have him in a non-main event role and felt he was the obvious ticket seller for the card believing he beat Horn in their fight in 2017. In an interview Pacquiao told ABS-CBN television he would fight in Malaysia, where he has a group willing to put up the necessary funds, in May or June 2018, it was said that Pacquiao's MP Promotions would promote the event with a confirmed date of June 24. Arum said the fight had not been finalized. Pacquiao started training for the potential bout on March 12. Although the fight wasn't announced, the date was pushed back to July 8. Pacquiao explained the reason the date had changed was because June 24 would have fallen 10 days after the Islamic month and more than 60% of Malaysia's population are Muslim. On April 2, 2018 the fight was confirmed for July 15 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Pacquiao would go into the fight without long-time trainer Freddie Roach and instead be trained by his life-long friend Buboy Fernandez, who had served as an assistant trainer in previous fights.

It would mark the first time in 34 fights, since 2001. It was noted that Top Rank would deal with the television distribution of the fight in the United States with the fight taking place on ESPN+, at the time, ESPN's new monthly subscription streaming service. Due to the time difference, the fight was scheduled on morning local time so that the broadcast of the event would take place during the primetime hours in the United States. On April 13, it was rumored that Pacquiao had parted ways with Roach. However, on April 15, Pacquiao revealed via social media that he had not decided on who would train him for the bout against Matthysse. On May 18, according to sources in Argentina, the fight was in jeopardy and to be postponed. However, Pacquiao denied the reports a day and called the rumours "malicious and untrue." By July 1, there were still doubts around the fight taking place, notably from Bob Arum. However, Pacquiao told the preparations were in the final stages and the funds would be released to Golden Boy in the coming days.

On July 2, Golden Boy and Matthysse confirmed receipt of funds and proposed to fly out to Malaysia the next day. Pacquiao scored his first knockout over 8 years by stopping Matthysse in round 7 to win the WBA welterweight title. Pacquiao dropped Matthysse; the knockdowns occurred in rounds 3, 5 and 7. Matthysse took a knee in the 5th round and was decked by a left hook in the 7th, following a combination. Referee Kenny Bayless began the count, stopping the fight at 2 minutes and 43 seconds after Matthysse spat out his mouthpiece. At the time of the stoppage, all three judges had the bout 59–53 in favor of Pacquiao. Speaking about the game plan, Pacquiao said, "Matthysse has the power, so hands up all the time and do my best. I'm surprised because Matthysse is a tough opponent and I knocked him down. I was focused and patient in the fight, I worked hard in training. We did a good job in training. We were pushing hard." Matthysse had no excuses, stating he lost to "a great fighter and a great champion."

At the post-fight press conference, Pacquiao confirmed. According to CompuBox, Pacquiao landed 95 of 344 punches thrown, this included a 44% connect rate on his power punches. Matthysse landed 57 of his 246 thrown, only landing in double figures in round 6. ^Note 1 For WBA welterweight title ^Note 2 For interim WBA featherweight title ^Note 3 For WBA junior flyweight title ^Note 4 For vacant IBF flyweight title * Delayed telecast


ToorCon is San Diego's exclusive hacker conference that traditionally takes place in late September. Started by the San Diego 2600 user group, ToorCon was founded in 1999 by Ben Greenberg and David Hulton; the first year it was held at the University of California, San Diego's Price Center and was moved to the San Diego Concourse for the 2nd and 3rd year. The 4th year was held at the Westin Gaslamp, 5th and 6th at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, the 7th to 13th conferences were held at the San Diego Convention Center, more the 14th to 20th conferences were held at the Westin Emerald Plaza in San Diego. Starting in 2007, ToorCon Seattle was held at Last Supper Club and again in 2008, Pioneer Square, Washington. ToorCamp was first held in 2009 in an Eastern Washington abandoned missile silo, on the Washington state coast in 2012 and 2014. WorldToor 2012 was held in Antarctica on a cruise ship. ToorCon attracts many of the top leaders in the computer security community and has been known for its small-conference atmosphere, bringing together around 400 attendees annually.

Talks at ToorCon range from device hacking and reverse engineering, to protocol analysis, cryptographic algorithms, all-around security issues. Each year ToorCon has a particular theme to the talks, is split into two opposing tracks. In 2006 the theme was "Bits and Bytes." in 2005 the theme was "Smoke and Mirrors."Along with two parallel tracks that run over the course of ToorCon weekend, there are vendor tables and games. Featuring at least one book publisher such as Syngress or No Starch Press, a hardware vendor, a T-shirt printer. Capture the Flag is one of the recurring games over the weekend. Hackers On Planet Earth ToorCon website

Bat Kol (organization)

Bat Kol is an Israeli organization for lesbians who are Orthodox Jews. The organization was founded to provide a home for religious women struggling to reconcile their traditional religious ways of life and their sexual orientation. In July 2008, Bat Kol held its first elections and entered a new phase in its development by becoming an official organization. Bat Kol is a growing community building new pathways for fulfilling and celebrating both religious and lesbian identities, making it possible for women to live in loving relationships and raise children within the context of traditional Judaism and the larger religious community. Working in collaboration with a diverse group of Orthodox Rabbis, community members and friends, Bat Kol aspires to promote and sponsor education for tolerance and the acceptance of difference within the religious community and society at large. Bat Kol was founded by ten women in the winter of 2004 and as of January 2010 includes about 300 women whose ages range from 19 to sixty plus.

Members of Bat Kol come from various religious backgrounds and include graduates of prominent religious schools in Israel. Bat Kol hosts a range of various programmes and meetings throughout the year. Bat is represented in both the Tel Aviv and Jerusalem Gay Pride Parades. Bat Kol is involved in many efforts to promote dialogue about homosexuality between the many factions of the Orthodox community and encourage Rabbinic engagement with the issue at the Halachic level. Bat Kol engages in outreach and supports dialogue with the non-orthodox Jewish communities in both Israel and the Diaspora. Parents group - Bat Kol established a support group for parents of religious homosexuals and lesbians in cooperation with Tehila; these meetings bring parents together to share their experiences and gain strength from the understanding that they are not alone in the struggle. Advocacy project - Bat Kol has joined forces with Havruta, the orthodox gay association, to create Shoval which educates administrators and counsellors in Israeli elementary, middle-school and high-schools about homosexuality.

LGBT youth - Women from Bat Kol have created a group for religious lesbian adolescents in cooperation with Israeli Gay Youth organization. A parallel group for religious gay male adolescents is supported by Havruta Lesbian and gay topics and Judaism Havruta Religious gay community in Israel Official website