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Pan-Blue Coalition

The pan-Blue coalition, pan-Blue force or pan-Blue groups is a loose political coalition in Taiwan, consisting of the Kuomintang, the People First Party, New Party and Non-Partisan Solidarity Union. The name comes from the party colours of the Kuomintang; this coalition tends to favor a Chinese nationalist identity over a separate Taiwanese one and favors a softer policy and greater economic linkage with the People's Republic of China, as opposed to the Pan-Green Coalition. The Pan-Blue Coalition was associated with Chinese unification, but has moved towards a more conservative position supporting the present status quo, while rejecting immediate unification with mainland China, it now argues that reunification is possible only after the communist regime in China collapses and/or transitions to a democracy either as a new democratic government or with the re-establishment of Sun Yat-sen's Kuomintang government which fled to Taiwan after the Chinese Civil War. This would allow the body of Chiang Kai-shek to be returned to his ancestral home.

Throughout the 1990s, the Kuomintang consisted of an uneasy relationship between those party members who had mainland China backgrounds and Taiwanese political elites, Taiwanese factions led by President Lee Teng-hui, who supported a stronger Taiwanese identity and distinction from Chinese nationalism. Lee won the party control after the indirect election in 1990; this led to a split in the early 1990s, when the New Party was formed by the anti-Lee dissidents in the KMT. After the dissidents of KMT members left, the KMT remained loyal and control by President Lee Teng-hui throughout his presidency. During the 2000 presidential election, Lee Teng-hui arranged for Lien Chan to be nominated as Kuomintang candidate for president rather than the more popular James Soong, who left the party and formed his own People First Party after both he and Lien were defeated by Chen Shui-bian in the presidential elections. Despite Chen and the DPP won the presidency, they did not have majority in the Legislative Yuan while pro-KMT legislators in the Yuan had 140 out of 225 seats at that time.

Soong and Lien formed the coalition in opposition to the DPP minority government. In the 2000 presidential election itself, the split in Kuomintang votes between Soong and Lien led in part to the election of Chen Shui-bian. After the election, there was widespread anger within the Kuomintang against Lee Teng-hui, expelled and formed his own pro-Taiwan independence party, the Taiwan Solidarity Union. After Lee's expulsion, the Kuomintang moved its policies back to a more conservative one and began informal but close cooperation with the People First Party and the New Party; this coalition became informally known as the Pan-Blue Coalition. Although the members of the Pan-Blue Coalition maintain separate party structures, they cooperate in large part to ensure that electoral strategies are coordinated, so that votes are not split among them leading to a victory by the Pan-Green Coalition; the KMT and PFP ran a combined ticket in the 2004 presidential elections with Lien Chan running for president and James Soong running for vice president.

The campaign emblem for the Lien-Soong campaign was a two-seat bicycle with a blue figure in the first seat and an orange figure in the second. There were talks in late 2004 that the KMT and the PFP would merge into one party in 2005, but these talks have been put on hold. In the 2004 legislative election the three parties from the pan-blue coalition organized themselves to properly divide up the votes to prevent splitting the vote; the New Party ran all but one of its candidates under the KMT banner. The result was that the KMT gained the PFP lost 12 seats. Right after the election, PFP chairman James Soong began criticizing the KMT for sacrificing the PFP for its own gains and stated that he would not participate in any negotiations regarding to the two parties' merge. Soong's remarks have been criticized by the KMT, a majority of PFP members, the New Party, whose rank and file were absorbed by the PFP following the 2001 elections. Nonetheless, shortly after the legislative election, the PFP legislative caucus agreed to cooperate with the DPP over the investigation into the KMT's finances.

On 24 February 2005, James Soong met with President Chen for the first time in four years and issued a 10 point declaration supporting the name "Republic of China", the status quo in cross-Strait relations, the opening of the Three Links. Unlike Soong, Lien did not respond to the offer from Chen to meet. However, after the 2005 Pan-Blue visits to mainland China and Chen stopped their partnership; the popular Taipei mayor Ma Ying-jeou was elected the new head of the Kuomintang, was considered the leading contender for the KMT nomination in the 2008 presidential election. However, it was uncertain whether the PFP could agree to field a common ticket. On the 2005 chairmanship election, Soong had made a televised endorsement of Ma's opponent Wang Jin-pyng. In the December 2005 3-in-1 local elections, the KMT made large gains and held 14 seats, the DPP suffered defeat and held only six, the PFP retained only one, the TSU was shut out. Ma Ying-jeou was now assured of leading the KMT and pan-blues for the 2008 presidential election.

In the 2008 legislative election, the coalition won 86 of 113 seats in the Legislative Yuan, giving it the supermajority needed to recall the president and pass constitutional amendments for a referendum. The KMT, PFP, NP coordinated their candidate lists in the new single-member constituency system. Candidates of the Non-Partisan Solidarity Union, who despite their party

Yola Letellier

Yola Letellier was a French socialite and the wife of a newspaper owner. Yola is credited as the model for the main character in Colette's 1944 novella, Gigi; as such, she became the basis of a 1949 French film. In the novella Gigi is a teenager educated to be a French courtesan, to provide companionship and intellectual stimulation as well as sex, who marries an older wealthy man. In real life, Yola married Henri Letellier, 40 years her senior, a wealthy investor, owner of Le Journal, a stylish Parisian newspaper, mayor of Deauville from 1925 to 1928. Letellier's family owned hotels and casinos in Normandy. Yola had affairs with other men, including one with Lord Louis Mountbatten from 1932 until his death in 1979. Henri Letellier was honored in 1904 as a Knight of the French Legion of Honor for his services as an entrepreneur in French Indochina. In 1913 he was further honored as an Officer of the Legion of Honor. Yola was Letellier's third wife. Colette observed the newlyweds Yola and Henri in 1926 at a hotel on the French Riviera, where they all were guests.

The two owners of the hotel were the elder courtesans. After the wedding Yola was reported to have been a ballerina at the Paris Opera from an early age. Described as an "extremely attractive, boyish-looking girl with cropped hair and a little snub nose", Yola was among those photographed by the pioneering French street fashion photographers Frères Séeberger, wearing clothes from fashion houses such as Chanel; the Letelliers maintained a normal family life in the French upper-class tradition, albeit one where extra-marital affairs were accepted. When Henri died in 1960, Yola became wealthy in her own right. Yola maintained three relationships: with her husband, with her "official lover" Etienne de Horthy, son of Hungarian dictator Miklos Horthy, with Lord Louis Mountbatten. Mary Jayne Gold, a close friend Yola met skiing in Davos, introduced her to de Horthy. Yola and Mountbatten met at a dance in Deauville in 1932, where they danced a Viennese waltz and the other dancers stopped to applaud them.

Mountbatten claimed. Yola was to be his principal mistress until his death in 1979. Mountbatten, according to one story, installed a pull-out double bed in his 1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom II to entertain Yola. Louis Mountbatten and his wife, maintained an unusual family relationship. Soon after Mountbatten's affair with Yola began, Edwina confronted Yola in Paris with a surprising result. "Your girl is sweet," Edwina wrote to her husband "and I like her and we got on beautifully and are now gummed and I am lunching with her at her house on Tuesday!!!" Yola became a close friend of both Mountbattens, as well as their two children. "Yola did not live with us but would visit bringing us charming gifts," according to the younger daughter, Pamela. The gifts included a short-hair dachshund. Edwina and the children visited Yola and Henri Letellier at their home in France. Hicks, Pamela. Daughter of Empire: My Life as a Mountbatten. Simon and Schuster. P. 240. ISBN 9781476733821

Ice hockey at the 1998 Winter Olympics – Men's qualification

Fourteen nations would qualify for the Olympic tournament, eight to the preliminary round, six to the first round. The IIHF used the standings of the 1995 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships to determine qualification. First, the top six nations from Pool A would go directly to the first round; the preliminary round was made up of the nations ranked seventh and eighth, along with the host Japan, five others from a series of qualification tournaments. The nations ranked. Group AFive nations played each other twice, both home and away, from October 25, 1995, until December 12, 1996. Group BThis tournament was played in Tychy, from December 17 to 22, 1996. Note: In January 1996 Greece beat Israel 10–2, but forfeited the result because of an ineligible player. Following that, in March of the same year Israel played Yugoslavia, in Lithuania, losing 5–3. Israel's loss is a 5–0 loss, the match was declared forfeit because they used ineligible players from Russia. Group CThis tournament was played in Riga, from August 27 to September 1, 1996.

Note: In January 1996 Hungary played a challenge series against Croatia winning 7–0 and 6–0. Group DThe Asian Winter Games were used as a qualifying tournament, were played in Harbin, from February 5 to 8, 1996. Japan participated though qualified for the Olympics; the top two from each group qualify, the two third placed nations play for the final spot. Group 1Played in Oberhausen, from February 6 to 9, 1997. Group 2Played in Innsbruck, from February 6 to 9, 1997. Play-off Austria secures the final spot in the Preliminary Round. Olympic Qualifiers 1995–98 Hokej SFRP – Olympic Games 1998 Qualifikation – Kvalifikace Zimních olympijských her 1998 Hockeyarchives – Qualifications pour les Jeux Olympiques 1998

2014 British GT Championship

The 2014 Avon Tyres British GT season was the 22nd season of the British GT Championship. The season began on 19 April at Oulton Park and finished on 14 September at Donington Park, after ten rounds held over seven meetings. Ecurie Ecosse driver Marco Attard won the GT3 championship, while Ross Wylie and Jake Giddings took the GT4 championship for Beechdean Motorsport; the provisional 2014 calendar was announced on 5 October 2013. Spa-Francorchamps replaced Zandvoort as the overseas round. All races except Belgian round at Spa, were held in the United Kingdom. Points systemPoints are awarded as follows: British GT website

Greater hedgehog tenrec

The greater hedgehog tenrec known as the large Madagascar hedgehog or sokina, is a species of mammal in the family Tenrecidae. It is endemic to Madagascar, its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forest, subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest, subtropical or tropical moist montane forest, dry savanna, moist savanna, subtropical or tropical dry shrubland, subtropical or tropical moist shrubland, subtropical or tropical high-altitude shrubland, subtropical or tropical dry lowland grassland, subtropical or tropical high-altitude grassland, rural gardens, urban areas and zoos. It is the only species in the genus Setifer. Despite the close resemblance, it is not related to hedgehogs

Bruce Tolentino

V. Bruce "Bruce" Jularbal Tolentino, is a Filipino economist, author and economic policy-maker. Born on June 2, 1953, in Baguio City, to father, Toots, a salesman, mother Florence, who managed the family's photo studio. Bruce proceeded to the institution's university. There he was editor-in-chief of the SLU'White and Blue University Xavier University, B. A. Economics Mindanao State University, A. B. English Program Saint Louis University, A. B. Mass Communications Program Graduate Xavier University, M. S. Economics University of the Philippines, Ph. D. Economics Program University of Hawaii, Ph. D. Economics Bruce left his boyhood home after the declaration of Martial Law in 1972. Pursued by the martial law military, he escaped to Marawi in Mindanao where he found his interests shifting from communications to economics as he became more and more involved in rural development. After graduate school at Xavier University in Cagayan de Oro and University of Hawaii in Honolulu, Bruce returned to the Philippines and began work in the government with a focus on policy-reform processes.

He was part of the group that put together the Philippines' membership in the World Trade Organization. He was on the team that developed the initial draft of the Agri-Agra Reform Law as well as that of the Local Government Code of 1992. In the 1980s, Bruce was appointed first executive director of the Agricultural Credit Policy Council jointly appointed by former Central Bank Governor Jobo Fernandez and former Agriculture Secretary Ramon Mitra Jr, his function was as lead technical adviser for a rehabilitation program for all of the rural banks, organized, subsequently failed, during the Masagana 99 era of subsidized loans for rice and corn production. He served as Assistant Secretary Undersecretary of Agriculture of the Department of Agriculture of the Philippines from 1986 to 1993. From 2007 to 2012, he served in various positions within The Asia Foundation, including Chief Economist and Country Representative for Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. From 2012 to 2018 he served as Deputy Director-General of the International Rice Research Institute, based in Los Baños, Laguna and elected Secretary IRRI Board of Trustees.

As of 2018, Bruce is the newest member of the Monetary Board, the central bank's highest policy-making body. With more than 35 years of progressive experience in governance, management and planning socio-economic development reforms and initiatives, Bruce has been the go-to guy for many agri and food security related projects. According to Bruce, food security is a regional international effort. "Agriculture—which produces food—cannot be confined to the artificial borders of countries. Food is a product of human ingenuity applied to natural resources—land, sunlight, rainfall—that spill across borders; some countries the large countries like the US, India, have more than enough food. Many other, smaller countries—such as Singapore, Korea—are dependent on food produced by others. With worsening climate change and resource degradation, as populations continue to grow, open international trade and global cooperation is becoming more imperative to ensure that all populations of all nations share in the bounty of the earth as a whole."

Bruce is married to Rory Francisco-Tolentino, former Director of Philippine Business for Social Progress and Ayala Foundation and current consultant for various nonprofit management projects. He has Josh Tolentino and Ma. Amanda Tolentino-Santos. Bruce Tolentino on LinkedIn Economics alumnus helps guide monetary policies for the Philippines