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Organizations of the Dune universe

Multiple organizations of the Dune universe dominate the political and social arena of the fictional setting of Frank Herbert's Dune series of science fiction novels, derivative works. Set tens of thousands of years in the future, the saga chronicles a civilization which has banned computers but has developed advanced technology and mental and physical abilities through physical training and the use of the drug melange. Specialized groups of individuals have aligned themselves in organizations focusing on specific abilities and goals. Herbert's concepts of human evolution and technology have been analyzed and deconstructed in at least one book, The Science of Dune, his originating 1965 novel Dune is popularly considered one of the greatest science fiction novels of all time, is cited as the best-selling science fiction novel in history. Dune and its five sequels by Herbert explore the complex and multilayered interactions of politics, religion and technology, among other themes. We've a three-point civilization: the Imperial Household balanced against the Federated Great Houses of the Landsraad, between them, the Guild with its damnable monopoly on interstellar transport.

As Frank Herbert's Dune begins, the known universe is ruled by Shaddam IV, the 81st Padishah Emperor of House Corrino, whose power is secured by his control of the brutally efficient military force known as the Imperial Sardaukar. One balance to Imperial power is the assembly of noble houses called the Landsraad, which enforces the Great Convention's ban on the use of atomics against human targets. Though the power of the Corrinos is unrivaled by any individual House, they are in constant competition with each other for political power and stakes in the omnipresent CHOAM company, a directorship which controls the wealth of the entire Old Empire; the third primary power in the universe is the Spacing Guild, which monopolizes interstellar travel and banking through its proprietary use of melange-mutated Guild Navigators to "fold space."The matriarchal Bene Gesserit possess superhuman physical and deductive powers developed through years of physical and mental conditioning. While positioning themselves to "serve" mankind, the Bene Gesserit pursue their goal to better the human race by subtly and secretly guiding and manipulating human bloodlines and the affairs of others to serve their own purposes.

"Human computers" known as Mentats have been developed and perfected to replace the capacity for logical analysis lost through the prohibition of computers. The patriarchal Bene Tleilax, or Tleilaxu, are amoral merchants who traffic in biological and genetically engineered products such as artificial eyes, "twisted" Mentats and a type of clone called a ghola; the Ixians produce cutting-edge technology that complies with the prohibitions against computers, thinking machines and conscious robots put in place 10,000 years before as a result of the Butlerian Jihad. The doctors of the Suk School are the universe's most trusted; the Swordmasters of Ginaz are an elite group of master swordsmen whose fighting skills are prized and unmatched. Fierce in battle are the native Fremen of the desert planet Arrakis, known as Dune. Honed to excellence in harsh conditions rivaling the planet on which the Imperial Sardaukar are trained, the Fremen are misunderstood and underestimated by the other powers in the universe.

Arrakis is the only natural source of the all-important spice melange, by leading the Fremen to seize control of the planet in Dune, Paul Atreides is able to depose Shaddam and become ruler of the known universe. With a bloody jihad subsequently unleashed across the universe in Paul's name but out of his control, the Bene Gesserit, Spacing Guild and House Corrino plot to dethrone him in Dune Messiah. Seeing the eventual extinction of mankind through prescient vision, in Children of Dune Paul's son Leto II devises a plan to save humanity but becomes a symbiote with the sandworm of Arrakis to gain the extended lifespan needed to see this plan to its end. Thirty-five hundred years in God Emperor of Dune, Leto still rules the universe as a benevolent tyrant, with the help of his all-female army, the Fish Speakers, he denies any spiritual outlets other than his own compulsory religion, maintains a tight monopoly on melange and space travel. Through his own selective breeding program among the descendants of his twin sister Ghanima, Leto achieves Siona, whose actions are hidden from prescient vision.

He engineers his own assassination, knowing it will result in rebellion and revolt but in an explosion in travel and colonization. The resultant chaos and severe famine on many worlds cause trillions of humans to set off into the freedom of unknown space and spread out across the universe in a diaspora called the Scattering. Fifteen hundred years as Heretics of Dune begins, the balance of power in the Empire rests among the Ixians, the Bene Gesserit and the Tleilaxu; the Spacing Guild has been forever weakened by the development of Ixian machines capable of navigation in foldspace replacing Guild Navigators. Ixians are at their apex with their alliance with the Fish Speakers; the Bene Gesserit control the sandworms and their planet, now called Rakis, through their influence over the Rakian Priesthood that worships the sandworms as the Divided God, Leto II, now participate on interstel

Ellen Kooi

Ellen Kooi, is a Dutch artist and photographer, who lives and works in Haarlem, the Netherlands. She is best known for her scenographic, theatrical imagery merging landscapes and figures–in the tradition of the city's landscape painters from the Dutch Golden Age. Kooi graduated from the Academie Minerva, in Groningen, in 1987. Within her body of work, themes of humans' intimate interactions with their surrounding natural world are explored. From unsettling landscapes populated only by young adults, her work has been acquired by the Frans Hals Museum, the Fries Museum, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, all in the Netherlands, as well as the Collection Hermès, in Luxembourg, the Borusan Contemporary, in Turkey, among others. Her work is additionally housed in numerous private collections, she is represented in Amsterdam. 2015 Undertones, at Musée de La Roche-sur-Yon, la Roche-sur-Yon, France Docks Art Fair Lyon, Gallerie Les Filles Du Calvaire2014 Undertones, solo show at Centro de Arte Alcobendas, Spain AIPAD Photography Show, New York As it Happens, Galerie Les Filles Du Calvaire, France2013 Sables Mouvants, Lambertart, Le Fort de Mons-en-Baroeul, France2012 Transparent Days, Camara Oscura, Spain Next to Me, Torch Gallery, the Netherlands Recent Photography, Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, USA Luz Holandesa, Espacio Liquido, Spain2011 Out of Sight, PPOW Gallery, New York City Ellen Kooi: Out of Sight, Le Château d’Eau, France On the Other Side of Twilight, duo-show with Astrid Kruse Jensen, Stedelijk Museum Den Bosch, the Netherlands2010 Out of Sight/Hors de Vue, Institut Néerlandais, France Ellen Kooi, Photographies, Le centre Image/ Imatge, France2009 "Borrowed Landscapes", part of Festival Off PhotoEspaña, Gallery Camara Oscura, Spain Fotowerken, de Willem III, the Netherlands Recent Work, Torch Gallery, the Netherlands2008 "Dentro por Fuera, Within from Without", soloshow, La Casa Encendida, Spain Recent Photography, Espacio Liquido, Spain2006 Travaux Recents, duo show with Hans Op De Beeck, Les Filles du Calvaire, France2005 Hold Still, Keep Moving IV, Gallery Beaumontpublic, Luxemburg 2015 Common Ground: Air, collections from the Borusan contemporary Art Collection, Borusan Contemporary, Turkey Femina ou la reappropriation des models, Pavillon Vendôme, France 2014 Absurd–Did You Say Absurd?, Galerie Les Filles Du Calvaire, France Aux frontières de l'intime: les photographes et leurs enfants, Musée français de la Photographie, Bièvres, France 2013 La metamorfosis del paisaje en el arte, group show, Caja Vital Foundation.

Vitoria, Spain2011 Opening Exhibition Borusan Contemporary, Perili Köşk, Turkey Photo Event, De Garage, Belgium Foto = Kunst, Museum het Valkhof, the Netherlands The International Festival of Photography of Lodz, main program: OUT OF LIFE, Poland2008 Times Square, Luxemburg, Luxembourg De kleur van Friesland, beeldende kunst na 1945, Fries Museum, the Netherlands2006 Trial Balloons, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla Y Leon, Spain Photography Biennale MOSCOW, Ruarts Gallery, Moscow house of photography, Russia Untouchable Things, Museum Centre Vaprikki, Finland2005 Out There: Landscape in the New Millennium, Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, USA Constructed Moment, KW14, Den Bosch, the Netherlands Dutch Eyes/Chrysalis, Castello Svevo, Italy HxBxD, Exhibition Collection Rabobank, GEM & Fotomuseum, The Hague, the Netherlands Going Dutch, new photography from the Netherlands, Museum of New Art, Michigan, USA HistoireParallèle, création-confrontation, France/Pays-Bas, by E. Kessels and G.

Bauret FOAM, the Netherlands2003 Potential Images of the World, the Speed Art Museum, Kentucky, USA Retrospective View, Photos from the collection, Frans Hals Museum, the Netherlands2002 Faces and Society, Frans Hals Museum, the Netherlands Ellen Kooi Torch Gallery


FacilitySource, is a technology-based, facility management firm headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, US. The company provides facility management and management solutions to businesses in retail, banking and healthcare industries based in North America. FacilitySource has locations in Phoenix, Charlotte, North Carolina, Columbus, Ohio, US, it was founded and incorporated in 2005. FacilitySource was founded as a Software as a service solution for retail operations with multiple locations, it had a large repository of data that could be analyzed for operational purposes. By 2012, the company built a network of subcontractors across North America. FacilitySource started offering facility management services, performed by what it refers to as its ‘Elite Network’; these third-partyservice providers are located across the country. It serves clients across popular brands in healthcare, retail and other sectors, like The Home Depot, Walmart, Dollar General, LBrands, FedEx Office, T-Mobile and other entities such as retailers, restaurants, e-commerce retailers, etc.

The services provided by them are operational and financial reports based on their data repository, gathered for over 13 years and from over 120,000 client locations.fmPilot It is a web-based Computerized maintenance management system, that coordinates facility management activities by controlling work orders and service provider management and collects the data necessary to optimize maintenance processes. This eliminates wasteful expenditure and provides sophisticated budgeting and reporting functionality.fmSurvey fmSurvey is an asset inventory which acts as an information collection tool and data repository. It provides location information in a web-based platform, making it possible to track equipment conditions and maintenance activities across multiple locations across the network. Energy management services It is a service involving around the year monitoring, issue resolution and overall reporting of the energy investments, it helps in reduction of unnecessary service calls, optimization of energy use and increase in energy savings.

In October 2011, FacilitySource received $10 million of development capital from BMO Capital Markets' Mezzanine fund for growth plans which included continued investment in its software applications to support management solutions, expansion of its offices at new locations and strategic acquisitions. In July, 2017, FacilitySource got a $400,000 grant from the State of Ohio, US, to add 272 jobs and $13.5 million in payroll, to its existing 323 jobs at its Columbus headquarters. In 2012, Warburg Pincus acquired a majority stake in the company; the terms of the deal were undisclosed. In June, 2018, the CBRE Group acquired FacilitySource from Warburg Pincus for $290 million. Through this deal, CBRE acquired Facility Source’s software technology platform, vendor development program, 24/7 operation centers and a supply chain of thousands of third-party service providers to fix operational problems and address requests at all office and retail buildings that CBRE manages in the US

Paul, Cornwall

Paul is a village in Cornwall, United Kingdom. It is in the civil parish of Penzance; the village is one mile south of Newlyn. The village of Paul should not be confused with the civil parish of Paul, which lies west of the village and does not include the village of Paul. Like many Cornish communities Paul has its own community celebration. Paul Feast is held on the Sunday nearest 10 October every year when the village is decorated and a civic service takes place on the Sunday of the feast itself led by the Mayor of Penzance. Much of the history of Paul is connected with its parish church; the church itself is said to have been founded in 490, a uncertain date and not documented, by Paul Aurelian, a Welsh saint known in Brittany as Paol Aurelian in Breton. There is no historical evidence to support his coming to West Penwith, he was founder of the cathedral at the city named after him. However this church could have been dedicated to Paul the Apostle, or Paulinus of York, there is no documentary evidence to prove any of these three Saint Pauls was the original dedicatee of the church.

It was only named'St. Pol-de-Leon' in 1907 and is connected with Henry Jenner who opposed alleged'Englishness' and stamp consistent spelling of Cornish place names on OS maps; the first documented name for Paul Church comes from the registers of Bishop Bronescombe, when on 2 May 1259 the first recorded priest was installed, as Rector in his own right, in the'Ecclesie Sancti Paulini'--Church of Saint Paulinus. Paul village, original name'Brewinney' and its church have a long association with Mousehole and the church has served as this community's parish church since its inception. Paul was one of the communities along with Mousehole and Penzance to be destroyed in the Spanish raid of 1595 carried out by Carlos de Amésquita. Captain Stephen Hutchens bequeathed £500 to the building of almshouses and the maintenance of six poor men and six poor women born in the parish. At the beginning of the 19th-century it was found that the almshouses, instead of being administered as bequeathed, were being used as a workhouse for all the poor of the parish.

A new poor house was built on Trungle Moor. Within the village churchyard there is a memorial to Dolly Pentreath and disputedly the last native speaker of Cornish; this memorial was placed there by Louis Lucien Bonaparte, a relative of Napoleon Bonaparte, the Vicar of Paul in the 19th century. The Cornish language writers Nicholas Boson, Thomas Boson and John Boson are all buried in Paul Churchyard, a monument in the church by John Boson is the only surviving lapidary inscription in traditional Cornish; the ancient parish of Paul included Newlyn and Mousehole as well as the village of Paul. In 1851 Newlyn was separated to form the new ecclesiastical parish of Newlyn St Peter; the ancient parish became a civil parish in 1866, in 1894 became the Paul Urban District. The urban district was abolished in 1934. Newlyn and the villages of Paul and Mousehole were transferred from the civil parish and urban district of Paul to the municipal borough of Penzance, now the civil parish of Penzance; the western part of the civil parish of Paul remained a separate, smaller parish, from 1934 to 1974 in West Penwith Rural District.

The civil parish of Paul now consists of a number of scattered settlements west of the village at 50.09°N 5.58°W / 50.09. The population of the civil parish was 269 in 2011. Arthur Langdon recorded. One is at one at Halwyn and one at St Paul Down. There are crosses in the vicarage hedge and on the churchyard wall. In the north of the civil parish is Chyenhal Moor, a Site of Special Scientific Interest noted for its biological interest; the village of Paul is represented on Penzance Town Council. For elections to Cornwall Council Paul is within the three-member Penzance Electoral division. Paul Cricket Club home is at Hutchens Park Playing Field, Trungle Moor and they play in Division Two West. In 2007 the club came second in the Cornwall Cricket League and won the competition in 2010, to become Cornish champions for the only time. Adjacent to the cricket club is Mousehole AFC; the first team have played in Division One West of the South West Peninsula League since its inauguration in 2007. Their best season was 2013 -- 14.

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Alex Quaison-Sackey

Dr. Alex Quaison-Sackey was a Ghanaian diplomat who served during the first and third republics, he was the first black African to serve as president of the United Nations General Assembly. Quaison-Sackey was born at Winneba in the Central Region of Ghana, he received his secondary education in Ghana at Mfantsipim School at Cape Coast in the Central Region and studied at the Intermediate Department at Achimota College near Accra. He proceeded to the United Kingdom, where he studied Philosophy and Economics at Exeter College, Oxford University, graduating with an honours degree, he studied international relations and international law at the London School of Economics after being appointed one of Ghana's first Foreign Service officers. He served as Ghana's second ambassador and permanent representative to the United Nations from 30 June 1959 to 1965, he served as President of the United Nations General Assembly from 1964 to 1965, becoming the first black African to hold that position. During that time, Quaison-Sackey was Ghana's ambassador to Cuba from 1961 to 1965 and ambassador to Mexico from 1962 to 1964.

In 1965, he became foreign minister of Ghana, but served in that position for only a few months, as he was dismissed when President Nkrumah was overthrown in February 1966. He was again appointed as Ambassador to the United States in 1978 by the Supreme Military Council led by Lt. General Fred Akuffo Quaison-Sackey was appointed as Minister for Foreign Affairs in Kwame Nkrumah's Convention People's Party government, he was on a trip to North Vietnam with Nkrumah when the government was overthrown by a military coup d'état leading to the formation of the National Liberation Council on 24 February 1966 led by Lt. General Joseph Arthur Ankrah. Quaison-Sackey died aged 68 at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, following a pulmonary embolism on 21 December 1992. Quaison-Sackey's parents were Alberta Quaison, he married Elsie Annie Blankson. Together, they had six children – the late Egya, the late Nana, Kweku Bondzie and Yaaba, their grandchildren are Kwesi Awenate, Nana, Egya and Sena Quaison-Sackey wrote about his experiences of diplomatic issues in Ghana's early days in a book called Africa Unbound: Reflections of an African Statesman, published by Praeger in May 1963.

In it he describes his concept of "Negritude" - "Acceptance and affirmation of the quality of blackness. It is a psychological gathering together of all black peoples in the spiritual bonds of brotherhood."

Clintonia andrewsiana

Clintonia andrewsiana is a species of flowering plant in the lily family known by the common names Andrews clintonia and red clintonia. It is native to Oregon and northern California, where it grows in shady, moist areas of the coastal redwood forests from Curry County to Monterey County, it is a rhizomatous perennial herb growing 30 to 80 centimeters tall. Around the base of the plant are 5 or 6 wide, oval-shaped green leaves up to 30 centimeters long and 12 broad; the tall, erect inflorescence produces one or more umbels of hairy flowers. Each flower has six pink to reddish-purple tepals between 2 centimeters long; the fruit is a bright blue berry about a centimeter long. Calphotos Photo gallery