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Prečista Krajinska

Prečista Krajinska is the name for the ruins of a church located in the region of Skadarska Krajina, southern Montenegro. It was the second burial site of Jovan Vladimir, the ruler of Duklja, after his widow Kosara renewed it and transferred his remains from Prespa; the relics drew many devotees to the church. Kosara was interred at the feet of her husband, on her request. In around 1215—when Krajina was under the rule of Serbian Grand Prince Stefan Nemanjić—the relics were removed from this church and transported to Dyrrhachium by the troops of Michael I, the despot of Epirus. At that time Despot Michael had captured from Serbia the city of Skadar, only about 20 km east of the church; the monastery was mentioned in 1417 in a Cetinje manuscript. The Balšić family reconstructed the monastery in the 15th century; the monastery became the seat of a Catholic bishopric, as part of the Catholic-Venetian expansion. The bishop, employed in an Orthodox region, saw resistance in the area from the Serbian Orthodox.

At the beginning of the 20th century, the population surrounding the Church ruins were Muslims

Jinnah Naval Base

Jinnah Naval Base is a strategic naval base of the Pakistan Navy located at Ormara, Pakistan. It is named after Mohammad Ali Jinnah, it is Pakistan's second largest naval base. Jinnah Naval Base is situated about 240 km west of Karachi at Ormara in Pakistan's Balochistan province. By land, via the Makran Coastal Highway it is 285 km from Gwadar; the Ministry of Defence approved the proposal of constructing of the naval base away from the maritime boundaries of India, awarded the contract to two European countries–Belgium and Turkey– with the ground breaking ceremony taking place on 17 March 1994. The project was aimed towards spending ₨. 4.5Bn, the contract was awarded to Turkish firms, STFA Group and STM, Belgium firm, Jan De Nul, Pakistani firms, FWO and MES. The project was timelined for a naval base to be operational by March of 1997. On 22 June 2000, the Jinnah Naval Base was inaugurated by then-Chief Executive Gen. Pervez Musharraf in a ceremony attended by Faruk Bal, the Turkish Minister of State, V-Adm.

Taj Muhammad. Gen. Musharraf had termed the opening of the base as a long-standing requirement of the Pakistan Navy and had become a reality after many years of hard work.. Work on selection of the site for the Jinnah Naval Base commenced in 1990; the contract was awarded to Turkish company STFA and Jan De Nul of Belgium for offshore and land development in December 1992. Construction of the Base began in 1994 and the Base was inaugurated on 22 January 2000 by General Pervez Musharraf; the Base was constructed at a cost of Rs. 4.5 billion. Jinnah Naval Base can provide berthing facilities to four submarines at a time; this facility can be expanded in future with the expansion of the Base. The Base is in the process of modernization to meet Pakistan's increasing defence needs. To develop future naval officers, Cadet College Ormara has been established. In April 2014, Pakistan Navy announced that it is in the process of shifting primary operations and naval assets, including its entire fleet of diesel-electric submarines, from Karachi to the Jinnah Naval Base in Ormara.

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Federica Fortuni

Federica Fortuni is an Italian former professional tennis player. Born in Rome, Fortuni played on the professional tour in the 1990s, reaching a best singles ranking of 155 in the world, she featured in the qualifying draws for all four Grand Slam tournaments during her career. Fortuni, who had a win over top 50 player Miriam Oremans at the 1994 Italian Open, had her most successful run in a WTA Tour tournament at the 1995 Delray Beach Winter Championships, where she made the round of 16 as a lucky loser. A last minute replacement in the draw for sixth seed Mary Joe Fernandez, she benefited from a first round bye beat Christina Singer, before being eliminated by Barbara Rittner. Federica Fortuni at the Women's Tennis Association Federica Fortuni at the International Tennis Federation

John George Gough

John George Gough, was one of the founders of the New South Wales Labour Party the Labour Electoral League, the first political Labour movement in Australia. He was one of Labour's five-member leadership group when the party first made its appearance in the New South Wales parliament in 1891. Representing Young, he was first elected in 1889 to the parliament's lower house as a member of the Protectionist Party, which produced Australia's first two prime ministers, Edmund Barton and Alfred Deakin. From 1891 to 1894 he represented Labour. Proud that his mother was Australian-born, he was a strong republican. John Gough’s maternal grandmother was half-aboriginal, he is the only one of Labor’s founding fathers, found to have had aboriginal ancestry. One of the pioneers of the Young-Grenfell district, he began his working life as a miner and became a successful contract builder, leaving a fine legacy of public buildings across New South Wales, he was a Methodist lay preacher – all but one of the 35 founding elected members of the New South Wales Labour Party were devout Methodists.

Descended from transported convicts on both sides, orphaned at the age of 13, he was a self-made man. Gough was of English ancestry on his father's side, his mother, Sarah Bruce, was the daughter of an Irish Presbyterian father and a half-aboriginal mother. While according to Gough's death certificate he was born at Mount Egerton, Victoria, he referred in a parliamentary speech to having been born in Melbourne, his baptismal record describes his father John George Gough, as a stock-keeper of Darebin Creek, today Heidelberg in north-east Melbourne. John George Gough senior was christened in 1807 at West Lavington, Wiltshire and English census returns of his twin brother William show that he was born at the nearby hamlet of Littleton-Pannell. In 1824 he was sentenced to death for stealing a horse, but King George IV commuted the sentence to seven years’ transportation, he arrived in Sydney in 1825. John George Gough senior married Sarah Jane Bruce at Melbourne's St James's Church in 1845, she was born around 1826 in New South Wales in the Sydney area, the daughter of John Bruce, a transported Irish convict.

John Bruce, a millwright born in Newry, County Down, in about 1792, to a Presbyterian family, was sentenced in Dublin in 1814 to seven years’ transportation for stealing a watch, arrived in Sydney the following year. In 1822, in Parramatta, he married Catherine Kelly, a Catholic born around 1798 in Dublin, sentenced there in 1815 to fourteen years’ transportation for attempting to pass a forged banknote. Sarah was the only one of John Bruce's four children that we know of not to have been connected to his wife Catherine either through a christening entry or through the evidence of the 1822 muster. According to two different branches of fellow descendants, the story came down from previous generations that John Gough’s mother Sarah had Aboriginal blood. According to one, traced back to his eldest son Albert, Sarah’s mother was Ann, a "half-caste native". Corroboration of Albert Gough’s story is found in the details of John Bruce’s family on the 1823–1825 NSW musters. Catherine Kelly, the mother of his other three children, is listed as his wife in 1823 but by 1825 Bruce’s wife is Ann, ‘born in the colony’.

This Ann was the daughter of a European father and a woman of one of the Aboriginal clans in the Sydney area. Such births were recorded. According to a published biographical sketch of Gough when he entered the New South Wales parliament, his mother Sarah died when he was an infant; when his father died at Lambing Flat in September 1862, he was a butcher. He may have been a gold-rush digger—a John Gough was one of the 3,394 signatories of the February 1861 miners' petition at Lambing Flat seeking government assistance to prevent Chinese gold-diggers competing with the Europeans. John Gough senior died by "taking an overdose of strichnine"; the coroner's report which might explain the reason has not survived. The day after his death, the local Burrangong Courier had no explanation for the event: `A man of the name of John George Gough, an old colonist, who occupied a butcher's shop adjoining Myers' cordial manufactory in Main Street, committed suicide yesterday morning by swallowing strychnine.

He was in the Diggers' Theatre in excellent spirits, on the previous night, no one now can tell what led to the sad act. Gough was a widower, leaves a young son, now unprotected, for whom we now appeal to the sympathies of the generous in order that he may be enabled to earn an honest living.' John George junior's life following his father's death was described as follows in the Town and Country Journal when he entered parliament: ‘The lad determined to find employment. A year he decided to try his luck as a miner, began work on the old ‘Three Mile’, known so well in the Young district; this occupation. He was one of the first to try his luck at other gold rushes. Five years finding gold-mining a precarious occupation, he abandoned it and turned his attention to the building trade, first as a journeyman and for years as a contractor on his own account; this proved remunerative, Mr Gough has pursued it with the greatest success in Young and its neighbourhood. Among the large contracts carried out by him may be mentioned: the new courthouse Young.

Mark E. Recktenwald

Mark E. Recktenwald is the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Hawaii. Recktenwald graduated from Deerfield Academy in Deerfield and Harvard University in 1978, he wrote a thesis for his degree in anthropology titled "State and economy in Moche III-IV society". He came to Hawaii in 1980, they had a son Andrew born daughter Sarah born c. 1992. He worked as a reporter in the United Press International’s Honolulu Bureau, he graduated from the University of Chicago Law School in 1986. He published a paper on employment discrimination cases. After law school, Recktenwald became a clerk for judge Harold Michael Fong of the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii until 1987, he became an associate with Goodsill Anderson Quinn and Stifel in 1988. In 1991 he became assistant United States Attorney, litigating both criminal cases, he served as the health care fraud coordinator and environmental law enforcement coordinator for the U. S. Attorney’s Office, was a prosecutor in other types of cases.

In 1997 he became partner with the law firm of Marr Hipp Jones and Pepper specializing in employment litigation. In 1999 he returned to the U. S. Attorney’s Office, he became director of the Hawaii state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs in 2003. In May 2007 he was appointed chief judge of the Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals, he participated in authored 10 published opinions. In February 2009 he replaced retired Associate Justice Steven H. Levinson on the Supreme Court of Hawaii. On August 13, 2010, Recktenwald was nominated for chief justice by Governor Linda Lingle