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Politics of Montserrat

Politics of Montserrat takes place in a framework of a parliamentary representative democratic dependency, whereby the Premier is the head of government, of a multi-party system. Montserrat is an internally self-governing overseas territory of the United Kingdom; the United Nations Committee on Decolonization includes Montserrat on the United Nations list of Non-Self-Governing Territories. Executive power is exercised by the government. Legislative power is vested in the Legislative Assembly; the Judiciary is independent of the legislature. Military defence is the responsibility of the United Kingdom; the Governor is appointed by the Monarch. The Premier is appointed by the Governor from among the members of the Legislative Assembly, his cabinet is appointed by the Governor from among the elected members of the Legislative Assembly and consists of the Attorney General, the Finance Secretary. The current Premier of the island is Easton Taylor-Farrell, of the Movement for Change and Prosperity, replacing the outgoing Premier, Donaldson Romeo of the People's Democratic Movement, the second Premier of Montserrat.

Montserrat elects on territorial level a legislature. The Legislative Assembly has 9 members, elected for a five-year term in one constituency. Political parties do not adhere to a single defined ideology and are difficult to distinguish from each other. Instead, policy emphasis shifts depending on the popular approval of the party leader and their policies; the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, consists of the Court of Appeal. Montserrat is divided in 3 parishes. CARICOM, Caribbean Development Bank, ECLAC, ICFTU, Organization of Eastern Caribbean States, WCL

HMS Dittany

HMS Dittany was a Flower-class corvette of the Royal Navy during the Second World War. On 14 August 1942, the name Beacon was approved for PG 88, a modified Flower-class corvette being built at Collingwood, Canada. Records indicate that Beacon was to have been accepted under "reverse lend lease", commissioned in Canada, taken to the Boston Navy Yard for outfitting. Assigned, first, to the United Kingdom on 30 January 1943, but reassigned to the US Navy on 7 March 1943, she was reassigned again to the Royal Navy on 31 May 1943, commissioned as HMS Dittany, her original British name, she served under that name for the rest of the war. List of United States Navy ships This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships; the entry can be found here. NavSource Online: Gunboat Photo Archive - HMS Dittany ex-USS Beacon ex-HMS Dittany HMS Dittany at

List of universities in the Netherlands

A listing of universities in the Kingdom of the Netherlands: Research universities in the Netherlands are institutions of tertiary education that in Dutch are called universiteit. Their focus is towards academic education and scientific research, they are accredited to confer master's and doctoral degrees. Prior to the Bologna Process, the universities granted drs. mr. and ir. degrees, which are equivalent to current MBA, MA, LLM or MSc degrees. The term universiteit is reserved to doctorate granting institutes in the Dutch context, the additional qualifier "research" is hardly used in practice. † 2003-2004. All figures without signs are estimates or from undated sources. According to Dutch law, it is illegal to use protected titles which can only be given by universities that are accredited. Protected titles are ing. bc. mr. ir. drs. and dr. English variants are not protected by Dutch law. One may bear in the Netherlands foreign titles according to the laws of the country wherein they were granted, but without translating them in Dutch.

Universities of applied sciences in the Netherlands are focused on professional education rather than scientific research. While the literal translation of hogeschool is "high school", these are second tier institutes of higher education, can be compared with colleges and vocational universities in other countries, they are accredited to confer master's degrees. Prior to the Bologna Process, they conferred professional engineer's degrees. Dutch universities of applied sciences are not accredited to confer doctoral degrees. In international contexts, the phrase University of Applied Sciences is used for the majority of these schools, as suggested by the Dutch Minister of Education; some specific exceptions have been made. For example, tertiary art schools and schools of education use an internationally recognisable name of choice; the Dutch Universities of Applied Sciences include the following: Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, Amsterdam Artez Institute of Arts, Arnhem/Enschede/Zwolle Avans Hogeschool,'s-Hertogenbosch/Tilburg/Breda/Etten-Leur Christelijke Agrarische Hogeschool Dronten, Dronten Christelijke Hogeschool Ede, Ede Christelijke Hogeschool Nederland, Leeuwarden Design Academy Eindhoven, Eindhoven Fontys Hogescholen, Eindhoven/'s-Hertogenbosch/Sittard/Tilburg/Venlo Fontys Hogeschool Journalistiek Gereformeerde Hogeschool, Zwolle Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam The Hague University of Applied Science Hanzehogeschool Groningen, Groningen HAS University of Applied Sciences,'s-Hertogenbosch Hogeschool De Horst, Driebergen Hogeschool Domstad, Utrecht Hogeschool Drenthe, Emmen Hogeschool Driestar educatief, Gouda Hogeschool Edith Stein / Onderwijscentrum Twente, Hengelo Hogeschool Helicon, Zeist Hogeschool IPABO, Alkmaar/Amsterdam Hogeschool Leiden, Leiden Hogeschool Rotterdam, Rotterdam Hogeschool van Amsterdam, Amsterdam Hogeschool van Arnhem en Nijmegen, Arnhem/Nijmegen Hogeschool van beeldende kunsten, muziek en dans, The Hague Hogeschool Van Hall Larenstein, Wageningen, Velp Hogeschool Utrecht, Utrecht Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, Utrecht Hogeschool voor Economische Studies, Amsterdam/Rotterdam Hogeschool voor Muziek en Dans, Rotterdam Hogeschool Zeeland, Vlissingen Hotelschool The Hague Inholland University of Applied Sciences, Alkmaar/Delft/Den Haag/Diemen/Dordrecht/Haarlem/Rotterdam/Utrecht/Zaanstad Iselinge Educatieve Faculteit, Doetinchem Islamic University of Rotterdam, Rotterdam Katholieke PABO Zwolle, Zwolle NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences, Breda Noordelijke Hogeschool Leeuwarden, Leeuwarden PC Hogeschool Marnix Academie, Lerarenopleiding Basisonderwijs, Utrecht Pedagogische Hogeschool De Kempel, Helmond Saxion University of Applied Sciences, Enschede/Deventer/Apeldoorn/Hengelo NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences, Assen/Emmen/Leeuwarden/Meppel Stoas Hogeschool, Dronten/'s-Hertogenbosch/Wageningen Windesheim University of Applied Sciences, Zwolle Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences, Apeldoorn Zuid Nederlandse Hogeschool voor Muziek Zuyd University of Applied Sciences, Heerlen/Sittard/Maastricht Maastricht Academy of Dramatic Arts Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts Maastricht Academy of Music Maastricht School of Translation and Interpreting Although there are none of these schools in the mainland, many exist in the Dutch Caribbean either in the special municipalities of the Netherlands or constituents countries of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Only one in particular has direct accreditation from Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders which accredits universities in the Netherlands and Flanders. Aureus University School of Medicine Xavier University School of Medicine Avalon University School of Medicine St. Martinus University Faculty of Medicine Saba University School of Medicine American University of Integrative Sciences American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine A number of private universities of applied sciences are active in the Netherlands; some of these are distance learning medium learning providers. EuroPort Business College HBO Nederland Leidse Onderwij

Battle of Picacho Pass

The Battle of Picacho Pass or the Battle of Picacho Peak was an engagement of the American Civil War on April 15, 1862. The action occurred around Picacho Peak, 50 miles northwest of Arizona, it was fought between a Union cavalry patrol from California and a party of Confederate pickets from Tucson, marks the westernmost battle of the American Civil War. After a Confederate force of about 120 cavalrymen arrived at Tucson from Texas on February 28, 1862, they proclaimed Tucson the capital of the western district of the Confederate Arizona Territory, which comprised what is now southern Arizona and southern New Mexico. Mesilla, near Las Cruces, was declared the territorial capital and seat of the eastern district of the territory; the property of Tucson Unionists was confiscated and they were jailed or driven out of town. Confederates hoped a flood of sympathizers in southern California would join them and give the Confederacy an outlet on the Pacific Ocean, but this never happened. California Unionists were eager to prevent this, 2,000 Union volunteers from California, known as the California Column and led by Colonel James Henry Carleton, moved east to Fort Yuma, by May 1862 had driven the small Confederate force back into Texas.

Like most of the Civil War era engagements in Arizona Picacho Pass occurred near remount stations along the former Butterfield Overland Stagecoach route, which opened in 1859 and ceased operations when the war began. This skirmish occurred about a mile northwest of Picacho Pass Station. Twelve Union cavalry troopers and one scout, commanded by Lieutenant James Barrett of the 1st California Cavalry, were conducting a sweep of the Picacho Peak area, looking for Confederates reported to be nearby; the Arizona Confederates were commanded by Sergeant Henry Holmes. Barrett was under orders not to wait for the main column to come up. However, "Lt. Barrett acting alone rather than in concert, surprised the Rebels and should have captured them without firing a shot, if the thing had been conducted properly." Instead, in midafternoon the lieutenant "led his men into the thicket single file without dismounting them. The first fire from the enemy emptied four saddles, when the enemy retired farther into the dense thicket and had time to reload....

Barrett followed them, calling on his men to follow him." Three of the Confederates surrendered. Barrett secured one of the prisoners and had just remounted his horse when a bullet struck him in the neck, killing him. Fierce and confused fighting continued among the mesquite and arroyos for 90 minutes, with two more Union fatalities and three troopers wounded. Exhausted and leaderless, the Californians broke off the fight and the Arizona Rangers, minus three who surrendered and carried warning of the approaching Union army to Tucson. Barrett's disobedience of orders had cost him his life and lost any chance of a Union surprise attack on Tucson; the Union troops retreated to the Pima Indian Villages and hastily built Fort Barrett at White's Mill, waiting to gather resources to continue the advance. However, with no Confederate reinforcements available, Captain Sherod Hunter and his men withdrew as soon as the column again advanced; the Union troops entered Tucson without any opposition. The bodies of the two Union enlisted men killed at Picacho were removed to the National Cemetery at the Presidio of San Francisco in San Francisco, California.

However, Lieutenant Barrett's grave, near the present railroad tracks, remains undisturbed and unmarked. Union reports claimed that two Confederates were wounded in the fight, but Captain Hunter in his official report mentioned no Confederate casualties other than the three men captured. Before this engagement a Confederate cavalry patrol had advanced as far west as Stanwix Station, where it was burning the hay stored there when it was attacked by a patrol of the California Column; the Confederates had been burning hay stored at the stage stations in order to delay the Union advance from California. About the same time as the skirmish at Picacho Peak, a larger force of Confederates was thwarted in its attempt to advance northward from Santa Fe, New Mexico, in the Battle of Glorieta Pass. By July the Confederates had retreated to Texas, though pro-Confederate militia units operated in some areas until mid-1863; the following year, the Union organized its own territory of Arizona, dividing New Mexico along the state's current north-south border, extending control southward from the provisional capital of Prescott.

Although the encounter at Picacho Pass was only a minor event in the Civil War, it can be considered the high-water mark of the Confederate West. Every March, Picacho Peak State Park hosts a re-enactment of the Civil War battles of Arizona and New Mexico, including the battle of Picacho Pass; the re-enactments now have grown so large that many more participants tend to be involved than took part in the actual engagements, include infantry units and artillery as well as cavalry. The 2015 re-enactment, held March 22 and 23 included re-enactments of the Battle of Valverde and the Battle of Glorieta Pass, both of which took place in nearby New Mexico. "The Battle of Picacho Pass: Visiting the Battlefield and Historic Site". The War Times Journal. Retrieved October 19, 2010. Masich, Andrew E; the Civil War in Arizona. Apache Wars New Mexico Campaign St. Albans Raid

Icon case

An icon case or kiot is a decorated case or glass shelf for keeping and displaying religious icons. The East Slavic form kiot, sometimes used in English, derives from the Greek κῑβωτός, "box, ark"; the usual word in Greek, however, is προσκυνητάρι, from προσκυνητής, "pilgrim", referring to the carrying of icons in cases or stands by pilgrims. Icon cases range in design. Common Greek kiots are tall and carved wood, they can be simple. They resemble windows with a roof or dome on top, therefore support the Orthodox Christian theology of icons as "windows into heaven"; the icon is placed vertically rather than at an angle as on analogion. Sometimes, there may be a secondary icon on a slanted shelf below the main icon; some Greek kiot have a step or platform so that veneration of the icon is easier. Parishes with kiot will place their patron saint, or the patron saint of the city in a kiot. In larger cathedrals, there may be many kiot set up around the nave. In some large Greek cathedrals, there are kiot resembling iconostasis placed against the wall with multiple saints on them.

Additionally, some kiot may contain a special place in front of the icon for the faithful to place beeswax candles. They may have a votive hanging in front of the icon itself. Analogion Iconostasis Icon corner

Shape I'm In (Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons song)

"Shape I'm In" is a pop song written by Joe Camilleri, Jeff Burstin and Tony Faehse and recorded by Australian blues, rock and R&B band Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons. The song was released in October 1979 as the second single from the band's fourth studio album Screaming Targets; the song peaked at number 22 on the Kent Music Report in Australia. 7" Side A1 "Shape I'm In" - 3:32 Side B1 "So Young" - 3:31 Side B2 "Shape I'm In" - 3:017" Side A1 "Shape I'm In" - 3:32 Side B1 "Only The Lonely Heart" Side B1 "Nosey Parker" Elekrik Force covered the song on the album, Craig Obey The Resignators covered the song on the album See You in Hell