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Ninth European Parliament

The 9th European Parliament was elected in the 2019 elections and is to last until the 2024 elections. 23–26 May 2019Elections to the 9th European Parliament EPP, S&D, RE, Greens/EFA, ID, ECR, GUE/NGL, others 2 July 2019First Session of the 9th Parliament. Presiding officer: Antonio Tajani of Italy, President of the Eighth Parliament 3 July 2019 Election of the President and Vice Presidents of ParliamentDavid Sassoli of Italy is elected President, Mairead McGuinness of Ireland is elected First Vice President 16 July 2019Vote on 3 July 2019 EUCO proposal for President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen of Germany is elected President of the European Commission 30 September-8 October 2019Hearings of candidates for European Commissioners Additional hearings, if needed, would take place on 14 and 15 October 2019 23 October 2019Confirmation vote on the Von der Leyen Commission 31 October 2019 Original scheduled date for the United Kingdom to withdraw from the European Union, but has been agreed to be postponed for 3 months As Brexit is further postponed, the UK will have to nominate a candidate for a European Commissioner.

1 November 2019 New European Commission takes office 31 January 2020 The United Kingdom withdrew from the European Union, subsequently resulting in a reduction in the number of seats in the European Parliament from 751 to 705. The President was due to be elected at the first meeting of Parliament on 2 July but the vote was delayed until 3 July because of the European Council's ongoing negotiations to fill other major EU roles. Nominations for candidates remained open until late in the evening on 2 July; the President is elected with the majority of valid votes. The 14 Vice Presidents are elected in a single ballot by an absolute majority of votes cast. If the number of successful candidates is less than 14, a second vote is held to assign the remaining seats under the same conditions. If a third vote is necessary, a simple majority is sufficient to fill the remaining seats. Vice Presidents take precedence in the order in which they are elected and, in the event of a tie, by age. At each round, MEPs may vote for as many candidates as the number of seats available at that round, but they have to vote for more than half of the positions to be filled.

The five Quaestors were chosen by acclamation. There are 7 political groups in the parliament, one less than the previous parliament; each MEP can belong to only one group. Political groups can be founded by at least 25 MEPs which come from at least one quarter of all EU member states. MEPs that served as President or Prime Minister: Andrus Ansip of Estonia: Prime Minister Traian Băsescu of Romania: President Marek Belka of Poland: Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi: Prime Minister Jerzy Buzek of Poland: Prime Minister Włodzimierz Cimoszewicz of Poland: Prime Minister Dacian Cioloș of Romania: Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz of Poland: Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius of Lithuania: Prime Minister Leszek Miller of Poland: Prime Minister Alfred Sant of Malta: Prime Minister Sergei Stanishev of Bulgaria: Prime Minister Beata Szydło of Poland: Prime Minister Mihai Tudose of Romania: Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt of Belgium: Prime Minister MEPs that served as European Commissioner: Andrus Ansip of Estonia: Vice President, Digital Single Market Dacian Cioloș of Romania: Agriculture and Rural Development Corina Crețu of Romania: Regional Policy Danuta Hübner of Poland: Trade, Regional Policy Sandra Kalniete of Latvia: Agriculture and Fisheries Janusz Lewandowski of Poland: Financial Programming and the Budget Antonio Tajani of Italy: Transport and Entrepreneurship MEPs that served as presiding officer of a national parliament: Vasile Blaga of Romania: President of the Senate Milan Brglez of Slovenia: Speaker of the National Assembly Włodzimierz Cimoszewicz of Poland: Marshal of the Sejm Eero Heinäluoma of Finland: Speaker of Parliament Vangelis Meimarakis of Greece: Speaker of Parliament Radosław Sikorski of Poland: Marshal of the Sejm MEPs that served as President of the European Parliament: Jerzy Buzek of Poland: President Antonio Tajani of Italy: President MEPs that served as foreign minister: Włodzimierz Cimoszewicz of Poland: Minister of Foreign Affairs Anna Fotyga of Poland: Minister of Foreign Affairs José Manuel García-Margallo of Spain: Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Marina Kaljurand of Estonia: Minister of Foreign Affairs Sandra Kalniete of Latvia: Minister of Foreign Affairs Sven Mikser of Estonia: Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Paet of Estonia: Minister of Foreign Affairs Tonino Picula of Croatia: Minister of Foreign Affairs Radosław Sikorski of Poland: Minister of Foreign Affairs Witold Waszczykowski of Poland: Minister of Foreign Affairs When the United Kingdom left the EU, 27 seats were reallocated to the other member states and the other 46 seats were abolished, for a total of 705 MEPs.

MEPs are divided up among 20 standing committees. Each MEP is member of one committee and a substitute member of another. Committees discuss legislative proposals from the Commission before the European Parliament decides on them in

Lucero volcanic field

Lucero volcanic field. Is a monogenetic volcanic field located New Mexico, US. List of volcanoes in the United States Wells, Stephen G.. "A Synthesis and Review of Geomorphic Surfaces of the Boundary Zone Mt. Taylor to Lucero Uplift Area West Central New Mexico". Los Alamos National Laboratory. Retrieved 2008-12-18. Crumpler, L. S.. Aubele. "Volcanoes of New Mexico: An Abbreviated Guide for Non-Specialists". Volcanology in New Mexico. New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Bulletin. New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science: 5–16. Archived from the original on 2007-03-21. Retrieved 2008-12-18

Sarah Jory

Sarah Jory is an English musician and vocalist. Sarah Jory began to learn to play musical instruments at the age of five, when she obtained her first steel guitar. In 1978, she was backed by the group Poacher when she was featured on the BBC Radio 2's Live from Golder's. At the age of nine, she joined the band Colorado Country after her father, Arthur Jory, secured her an audition. Jory played with the band for four years. During this time, the band changed their name to the Colorado Country. Jory's first album, Sarah's Steel Line, which she recorded with the band Poacher, was released by Crow Records in 1980, when she was eleven years old. After the album's release, she was asked to play at the Peterborough Festival of Music, having appeared earlier at Neil Coppendale's British Country Music Festival at the Brighton Centre. At thirteen, Jory first visited the United States of America where she played at the Steel Guitar Convention in St. Louis with Buddy Emmons. From 1984 to 1992, Jory played thirteen steel guitar conventions in the US, appearing with Buddy Emmons, Lloyd Green and Paul Franklin and worked with Ricky Scaggs, Porter Wagoner and Gene Watson.

In 1985, the British Country Music Association voted Jory "The Most Promising New Act", followed by being voted the "Female Vocalist of the Year" for nine consecutive years by the BCMA. She was voted "European Country Rock Entertainer of the Year". In 1995, 1996 and 1997, BCMA voted her "British Female Vocalist of the Year". In 1988, Jory worked in Bristol and formed her own professional band, opening for Eric Clapton in Dublin, among others and toured with Glen Campbell. Jory played with the Van Morrison band during 2006 and 2009 and performed on his albums Keep It Simple and Astral Weeks Live at the Hollywood Bowl and on the DVD Astral Weeks Live at the Hollywood Bowl: The Concert Film. In 2009, she performed with the group Essence of Ireland. Sarah's Steel Line Sarah on Steel Cross Country The Way To Survive Deep in the Heart of Texas Wind Beneath My Wings No Time at All Dallas City Lights Sarah's Dream Especially For You New Rising Star New Horizons Never Had It So Good The Early Years 20 Steel Guitar Favourites The Early Years 20 Classic Songs Daniel O'Donnel & Friends Live An Evening With Sarah Web of Love The Best of Country And Irish Web of Love Web of Love When You Walk in the Room Love With Attitude The Winners Love With Attitude If I Love You If I Had Any Pride Left at All When Promises Made Are Promises Kept Kiss My Innocence Country Love Vol. 1 The Best of Country And Irish Live Rhythm in the Rain Always The Same in Love Always The Same in Love The Sarah Jory Band Live!

What I Really Meant To Say Steelin' From The Blue Room Appearances with other artists: The Dean Brothers – Same Train Different Track Claire Gaynor – Devotion Elkie BrooksLive with Friends Riem de Wolff – Back On Track Bob The Builder – Built To Be Wild Elkie Brooks & Friends – Pearls Lucie Diamond – Kilimanjaro Alan West – Songs From A Neophyte Chris Farlow – Hotel Eingang Van Morrison – Keep It Simple Nathan Carter – On The Road Van Morrison – Astral Weeks: Live At The Hollywood Bowl Van Morrison – Astral Weeks: Live At The Hollywood Bowl Mark Travis – Mother Sarah Jory Official Website Sarah Jory at Last.fm Sarah Jory article allmusic: Sarah Jory – Discography

John Charles Molteno Jr.

John Charles Molteno Jr. M. L. A. was Member of Parliament. He was a prominent anti-imperialist of the Cape Colony, a denouncer of British policies which led to the Boer War, chairing the South Africa Conciliation Committee in Cape Town, he was a supporter of expanded civil rights for Black Africans, recognised early on, the need for them to play a leading role in South Africa's political future. Molteno was the son of Sir John Charles Molteno. From a young age he served as his father’s private secretary, helping to manage his family's diverse political and business interests, did not join his brothers in studying in Cambridge. After his father’s death he took over much of the family’s businesses, managed their enormous Karoo farms, he formed and ran an export syndicate with his brothers William and Percy, which undertook Southern Africa's first successful fruit export to Europe and dominated the industry for many years. However he handed his remaining operations over to his brother William, retired from business.

For the duration of his career, he served as the confidential agent of his brother, the shipping magnate Percy Molteno. He was elected to the Cape Parliament in 1889 by a predominantly Black African constituency on account of his history of blunt and outspoken support for greater Black political empowerment, he was most famous at the time for supporting a republican form of government for the Cape. His other principle political concern was the welfare of agricultural communities and he was considered the parliamentary expert on rural development. For over 20 years he served as representative for Jansenville, he was a friend and business associate of Cecil Rhodes, but he publicly broke off ties, blaming Rhodes's discriminatory legislation against the Cape's Black African population and his policies regarding the Boer Republics. Molteno went on to become one of the most outspoken denouncers of Rhodes and other statesmen perceived at the time as pro-imperialist, such as Chamberlain and Milner, he was a prominent critic of the policies that led up to the Boer War, co-founded the newspaper South African News with JW Sauer, to counter what he perceived to be a pro-imperialist bias in the mainstream newspapers which were controlled by De Beers and political allies of Rhodes.

The British Colonial Office had the Cape under martial law at the time, so predictably the paper fought a long-running battle against censorship. Its editor was jailed at one point. Molteno was the elected chairman of the South Africa Conciliation Committee, when it was founded in Cape Town in early 1900 to oppose the Boer War. Molteno was active in the years after the Boer war, he was on nearly all the major parliamentary committees and was chairman of the Government Land Commission. Like his younger brother and fellow parliamentarian James Molteno, he was a supporter of John X. Merriman's party, for the extension, across southern Africa, of equal political rights for Black Africans. However, he could count on the support of only a small minority of the electorate to support Black African suffrage, this possibility was abrogated in London. Although he was required to represent the Karroo constituency of Jansenville for several years, it was Thembuland, his closest concern in life. Contemporary accounts tell of the immense amounts of time he spent working to politically mobilise the Thembu people, a nation of "natural politicians" who comfortably engaged Molteno in political discussions lasting many hours.

In spite of his different race, his understanding of the Thembu language and culture supplemented his forceful and charismatic leadership style and went some way towards making him acceptable to this black constituency. Having early on recognised and declared the leading role that Black Africans needed to play in the South Africa's future, Molteno worked for much of his life attempting to lay the foundation for such a transition, he was a close friend and political ally of the controversial activist John Tengo Jabavu, whom he had attempted to persuade to stand for election to the Cape Parliament. Jabavu once remarked how they had worked together so long that, in some quarters, their names were regarded as interchangeable. An unusually tall, athletic man, fond of hunting and the outdoor life, Molteno was described as having a strong voice and commanding presence, he died in 1924, at the age of 64, survived by his American-born wife Lucy Mitchell and his five children. In 1938 his daughter Lucy Mitchell Molteno married the British physician Bernard Armitage.

Molteno was remembered by colleagues for his irreverent, but good-natured sense of humour, as well as for his sense of public-spirit. Ons Land, in its public tribute, hailed his "firm principles" and described him as "a man of character and a strong personality"

Aasman Se Aage

Aasman Se Aage is an Indian Hindi language television drama that first aired on Life OK. It premiered on 23 April 2012 and was telecast from Monday to Friday evenings through 13 July 2012; the show tells the story of Meenakshi, a talented but poor slum girl who gets the opportunity of a lifetime to be on a dance reality show on television called Aasman Se Aage. The show was both a drama about dancing as well as a critical examination of reality shows, laying bare behind-the-scene exploitation and manipulations of the medium, it was promoted with the tagline'the reality behind reality shows." Talented dancer Meenakshi hails from a poor slum in Mumbai. She gets the chance to take part in a TV Dance Reality Show Aasman Se Aage when the charismatic and unscrupulous producer of the show, DC, sees in her an opportunity get higher TRPs by exploiting her poverty, her mother, Malti, is opposed to the idea but gives in to Meenakshi's pleas. From here the show starts following the journey of Meenakshi and some other participants - Karishma, the brothers Angad and Akshat, Sameer.

Meenakshi is invited to live in the ASA Academy, wired with cameras. As soon as Meenakshi enters the academy, DC cleverly leaks a video which suggests that he has a sexual relationship with her; this makes. Karishma leads a hazing campaign against Meenakshi where she is mercilessly taunted for being a naukrani's daughter. Meenakshi's choreographer, inspires her to give her best and dance for the sake of expressing herself and not for the contest. However, when Karishma connives with Akshat to steal a song on which Meenakshi is supposed to perform, Meenakshi breaks down and runs back home. DC manipulates Alan, making him believe Meenakshi likes him romantically, sends him to convince her to return. Meenakshi returns with renewed strength. Soon after, DC announces the final shortlist of 12 candidates. Sameer, Meenakshi's closest confidante, is thrown out of the show. Wanting a love story on the show, DC throws the fighting duo of Akshat and Meenakshi together. Sameer feels dejected, he is saved by Akshat and Meenakshi.

This leads to Meenakshi becoming friends. On the final day, they lose. Ojaswi Oberoi as Meenakshi Kumar Apurva Agnihotri as Dev Chopra / DC, producer of the show Siddhant Karnick as Akshat, a contestant on the show, partnered with Meenakshi Aham Sharma as Angad, Akshat's brother, a contestant on the show Monica Khanna as Karishma, a competitive contestant on the show Kushal Punjabi as Alan, Meenakshi's supportive choreographer on the show Mauli Ganguly as Roshni Rajesh Khera as Sanam Manini De as Mahua Malini Sengupta as Malti, Meenakshi's mother Pooja Singh as Poonam, Meenakshi's sister Sheela Sharma as Vinita Mansi Sharma as Sandhya Pulkit Sandhu as Bobby Vrushika Mehta as Vrushika Akash Shetty as Akash On 11 June 2012, it was confirmed that Life OK was going to change the program line-up, on doing this they decided to end Aasman Se Aage due to it getting low ratings; the decision led to protests from fans of the show and the channel was criticized for cancelling the show within 2 months of its airing, leading to speculation that the decision may have been politically motivated.

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Isophysis

Isophysis is a genus of herbaceous and rhizomatous plants in the Iris family. A monotypic genus known as Hewardia, it contains a single species, Isophysis tasmanica, endemic to the mountains of Western Tasmania growing in heathland on sandy soils, it has grass-like foliage and star-like dark red-purple or yellow flowers with reflexed tepals. A characteristic feature of this species is its superior ovary, which distinguishes it from any other member of Iridaceae; the genus name is derived from the Greek words iso, meaning "equal", physis, meaning "bladder". The former genus name Hewardia is used as a landmark name in Tasmania's southwest wilderness such as Hewardia Ridge on Mt Picton located near Pineapple flats, named after the Pineapple Grass. Image of Isophysis tasmanica Image of Isophysis tasmanica from Australian Plant Image Index Data related to Isophysis at Wikispecies