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Viktor Kalashnikov

Viktor Kalashnikov is a Russian freelance journalist and a former KGB colonel. In the autumn of 2010, he and his wife were treated in hospital in Germany for mercury poisoning in what they said had been an attempt on their lives by Russia's FSB, the successor to the KGB, he is a distant relative of Mikhail Kalashnikov, the inventor of the AK-47. He is married to a former historian and journalist. Kalashnikov and his wife have been publishing articles critical of the Kremlin since the 1990s, they left Russia and have lived in various countries, such as Ukraine, Poland and now Germany. They claim to have been warned to cease their activities at various points in the 1990s and 2000s by KGB agents. In November 2010, it was reported that the doctors at Berlin's Charité hospital had discovered that Kalashnikov, losing weight had 53.7 microgrammes of mercury per litre of blood, while his wife had more - 56 microgrammes. Kalashnikov told the press that "Moscow poisoned us"; the case was compared with that of another former Russian security officer, Alexander Litvinenko, murdered in London in 2006.

The Kalashnikovs claimed that they were poisoned in hotels and private residences in Estonia, Poland and Germany. On December 28, 2010, The Times reported that its journalistic investigation had led to a preliminary criminal inquiry being opened in Berlin, announced on December 27, 2010. German prosecutors have dropped an investigation. Spokesman for the state prosecutor's office in Berlin told the AFP news agency: "There is no evidence that they were poisoned, at least in Germany." Karinna Moskalenko - lawyer who claims to have been poisoned with mercury by the Russian authorities

Guilherme Romão

Guilerme Kennedy Romão is a Brazilian footballer who plays for Botafogo on loan from Corinthians as a left back. Born in Marília, São Paulo, Romão joined Corinthians' youth setup in 2015, from hometown club Marília. On 28 April 2017, he renewed his contract until 2020. On 22 May 2017, Romão was loaned to Série B club Oeste until the end of the season, he made his professional debut four days coming on as a half-time substitute for Daniel Borges in a 1–1 away draw against Boa Esporte. Romão finished the campaign as his side narrowly missed out promotion; as of 23 March 2017 CorinthiansCampeonato Paulista: 2018 Guilherme Romão at Soccerway

Black Waters

Black Waters is a 1929 British/ American horror sound film produced by Herbert Wilcox and directed by Marshall Neilan. It was the first British-produced talking picture shown in England, but it was made in Hollywood since, where the needed sound equipment was at that time. Wilcox sent Neilan to the U. S. to film the picture there, using a American cast and crew. Wilcox went on to star American actors in many of his British films as well, to make them more appealing to British filmgoers, a practice that Hammer Films did away with after 1957. Black Waters was written based on his play Fog. Willard was the writer of the successful play The Cat and the Canary, filmed several times and ripped off by a number of other filmmakers, he was trying to repeat his success with this film, only replacing the "old dark house" setting with that of an "old dark houseboat"; the cast featured Hollywood actor Noble Johnson. Black Waters is today considered a lost film. A weird night watchman lures a group of people onto a rundown old yacht at a San Francisco pier at midnight.

Once the boat sets sail, the passengers are murdered off one by one, until only two of them remain, along with a kindly old reverend who turns out to be the murderer, a crazy ship's captain named Tiger Larabee who disguises himself as a reverend to pull off a succession of murders. John Loder as Charles, the hero Mary Brian as Eunice, the heroine James Kirkwood as the reverend Eph Kelly Frank Reicher as Randall Robert Ames as Darcy Noble Johnson as Jeelo Hallam Cooley as Chester Lloyd Hamilton as Temple Ben Hendricks Sr. as Olaf Herbert Wilcox produced the film after visiting Hollywood to see the development of sound. He rented a soundproofed studio from Charles and Al Christie in Hollywood for five days at £1,000 a day. Wilcox claimed it was the fifth talking picture made, he obtained a license from Western Electric to equip the first sound studio in Europe. Wilcox struggled to get the film exhibited in England, as only a few British cinemas were equipped to handle sound pictures. Historian Chris Howarth stated "The film was long thought to have received scant attention upon its initial release, though some modern film critics who have studied the original reviews suggest that it might have been more inventive than assumed....".

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István Sofron

István Sofron is a Hungarian professional ice hockey player who plays for MAC Budapest in the Slovak Extraliga. He played with Alba Volán Székesfehérvár in the Austrian Hockey League. Sofron signed a contract extension with the Transdanubian team in July 2011 and set to play for Alba Volán until 2013. After six seasons with Székesfehérvár, Sofron left to join German club, Krefeld Pinguine of the DEL, on a two-year contract on 17 May 2013. During the 2015-16 season, his final year with the Pinguine, Sofron left mid-season to rejoin the EBEL, agreeing with EC KAC for the remainder of the campaign. On 13 June 2016, Sofron made his expected return to Székesfehérvár of the EBEL, signing an optional two-year deal. After just one season with Alba Volan, Sofron opted to accept a North American contract, in agreeing to a one-year deal with the Wichita Thunder of the ECHL on 19 July 2017. Hungarian Championship: Winner: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 Austrian Hockey League Top Scorer: 2012 Gábor Ocskay Jr. Award: 2012 IIHF World Championship Division I Top Scorer: 2011 Biographical information and career statistics from, or, or The Internet Hockey Database

1998 Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council election

Elections to Wigan Council were held on 7 May 1998. One third of the council was up for election. Following the previous election there had been three by-elections held—in Aspull-Standish and Hope Carr—with all three defended by Labour. Candidate numbers improved from the preceding election, thanks to the first concerted effort by the Greens, having only tested the waters previously; the Liberal Democrats fielded were, on the other hand, the sparsest from them since 1978, following a poor effort the previous year—perhaps reflecting the party giving up on its previous ambitions. There were an Independent and the first UKIP candidate fighting Ashton-Golborne. In total all wards but Tydlesday East were contested. Far from recovering, turnout plummeted to new depths at 17.4%. There was a general apathy emerging across the country during this period, as well as a disillusionment among Conservative voters, but with Labour's complete dominance and the only competitive party standing in less than a quarter of seats, there were evidently other factors for the lack of enthusiasm.

The dire turnout understandably had implications for the party votes, with Labour recording their second-lowest vote, the Conservatives sinking below their rock-bottom set in 1995, the Lib Dems gaining their worst vote since the aforementioned 1978 election—falling to fourth behind the Greens, who comfortably achieved their best vote. Voter shares were less dramatic for Labour and the Conservatives. Labour survived substantial challenges against from the Independent in Ashton-Golborne and the Greens in Hope Carr, making the only gain of the night from the Lib Dems in Beech Hill; this reduced the Lib Dems to a sole councillor, losing their status as main opposition for the first time in near twenty years. With only a Liberal Democrat in another Beech Hill seat and an Independent Labour in Hindley remaining as opposition, Labour commanded a record majority of 68; this result had the following consequences for the total number of seats on the Council after the elections: "Council poll results", The Guardian 9 May 1998 page 16