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Pope Benedict XI

Pope Benedict XI, born Nicola Boccasini, was Pope from 22 October 1303 to his death on 7 July 1304. He was a member of the Order of Preachers, he was beatified with his cultus confirmed by Pope Clement XII in 1736. He is a patron of Treviso. Niccolò Boccasini was born in Treviso to a municipal notary, whose brother was a priest. Niccolò had Adelette; the family lived in a suburb called S. Bartolommeo. In 1246, a Dominican friar left a sum of money in his will to Bernarda and her children orphaned. A condition was that if Niccolò were to enter the Dominican Order he would receive half of the entire legacy. From the age of six, it seems, Niccolò was destined for the monkish life, his first teacher was the priest of S. Andrea, he entered the Order of Preachers in 1254, at the age of fourteen, taking the habit of a novice in his native Treviso. He was taken to Venice by his Prior and presented to the Provincial, who assigned him to the convent of SS. Giovanni e Paolo in Venice. For the next seven years or so, Niccolò pursued his basic education in Venice.

Toward the end of this period, he served as tutor to the young sons of Romeo Quirini of Venice, whose brother was a Canon in the Cathedral of Treviso. In 1262, Niccolò was transferred to the new studium of S. Eustorgio, he spent the next six years at S. Eustorgio. By the end of his term at S. Eustorgio he must have become a professed member of the Order of Preachers; as a professed brother he served in the responsible position as a lecturer in the studium in Venice, to say, he was in charge of the elementary education of the brothers in his convent. Each convent had its lector, he served from 1268 to 1282, according to Bernardus Guidonis. In 1276 he is attested as being lector at the Dominican convent in his native Treviso, a post he was still holding in 1280. In February 1282 he is found at Genoa, again as lector, he was not a professor, since he had never taken a university degree, being one of the last popes, not a university graduate. In 1286, at the meeting of the Provincial Chapter, which took place that year in Fr.

Niccolò was elected Provincial Prior of Lombardy. As Provincial of Lombardy, Fr. Niccolò's lifestyle changed considerably. Instead of being attached to a single convent for years, he would instead become peripatetic, moving from one convent to another on visits of inspection and correction. In Lombardy at the time there were some fifty-one convents, he had responsibility as an Inquisitor, a task for which popes considered Franciscans and Dominicans suited. He had the responsibility of convening the Provincial Chapters. In 1287, the Chapter was at Venice. Niccolò was released from the office of Provincial of Lombardy, having completed his three-year term, it is probable that, without office, he returned to a convent that of Treviso—though the evidence is scanty and based on wills and codicils. He was elected Provincial Prior of Lombardy again, however, at the Provincial Chapter held at Brescia in 1293. In 1294 it was held at Faventia, in 1295 at Verona, in 1296 at Ferrara, where Fr. Niccolò's successor was elected.

At the Capitulum Generale of the Order of Preachers, held at Strasbourg in 1296, Frater Niccolò of Treviso was elected Master of the Order of Preachers, issued ordinances that forbade public questioning of the legitimacy of Pope Boniface VIII's papal election on the part of any Dominican. Boccasini was elevated to the cardinalate on 4 December 1298 by Boniface VIII, assigned the title of Cardinal-Priest of Santa Sabina, he entered the Roman Curia on 25 March 1299 and thus began to receive his share of the profits of the Chamber of the College of Cardinals. He was promoted to the rank of Cardinal-Bishop of the See of Ostia on 2 March 1300 and received episcopal consecration. On 13 May 1301 he was appointed Apostolic Legate to Hungary, he made his official departure on 22 June 1301 and returned on 10 May 1303. He served as papal legate to France; when Pope Boniface VIII was seized at Anagni in September 1303, Boccasini was one of only two cardinals to defend the Pope in the Episcopal Palace itself.

The other was Pedro Bishop of Sabina. They were imprisoned for three days. On Monday 10 September they were liberated by forces led by Cardinal Luca Fieschi, on 14 September the Pope and his retinue returned to Rome, with an escort organized by Cardinal Matteo Rosso Orsini; the conclave to elect the successor of Boniface VIII was held in the Basilica of Saint John Lateran and the College of Cardinals desired an appropriate candidate who would not be hostile towards King Philip IV of France. After one ballot in a conclave that lasted a day, Boccasini was elected as pope, he was quick to release King Philip IV from the excommunication, put upon him by Boniface VIII. On 7 June 1304, Benedict XI excommunicated Philip IV's implacable minister Guillaume de Nogaret and all the Italians who had played a part in the seizure of his predecessor at Anagni. Benedict XI arranged an armistice between Philip IV of France and Edward I of England. After a brief pontificate that spanned a mere eight months, Benedict XI died at Perugia.

As original reports had it, suspicion fell on Nogaret with the suspicion that his sudden death was caused by poisoning. There is no direct evidence, however, to either su

Tabish Hussain

Tabish Hussain is a footballer who plays for Guiseley, as a winger. Born in England, he represents Pakistan at international level. Born in Bradford, Hussain spent time with the youth teams of both Eccleshill United and Guiseley, before making his senior debut for Guiseley in the 2018–19 season. On 21 September 2019 the club confirmed, that Hussain had joined Yorkshire Amateur on loan until 9 October 2019. Five days after returning to Guiseley, Hussain was loaned out to his former youth club, Eccleshill United. In May 2019 he was called up by the Pakistan national team for a training camp, he made his national team debut on 6 June 2019 in a 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Cambodia, as an 84th-minute substitute for Muhammad Ali

Wishmaster (film)

Wishmaster is a 1997 American fantasy slasher film directed by Robert Kurtzman. The film was executive produced by Wes Craven, is the only film of the Wishmaster series with his name attached, its plot concerns a djinn, a wish-granting, evil genie, released from a jewel and seeks to capture the soul of the woman who discovered him, thereby opening a portal and freeing his fellow djinn to inhabit and enslave the Earth. The film stars Andrew Divoff as The Tammy Lauren; the film was followed by three sequels, Wishmaster 2: Evil Never Dies, Wishmaster 3: Beyond the Gates of Hell and Wishmaster: The Prophecy Fulfilled. A narrator explains that when "God breathed life into the universe…the light gave birth to Angels…the earth gave birth to man...the fire gave birth to the djinn, creatures condemned to dwell in the void between the worlds." If a person wakes a djinn they will receive three wishes, but the third wish will free legions of djinn on Earth. In 1127, the djinn asks a Persian emperor to make his second wish.

When the emperor wishes to see wonders, the djinn uses his powers to torture and mutilate people in the palace. The emperor is horrified. Before the emperor can make his third wish, Zoroaster, a sorcerer, explains the consequences of the third wish and reveals a fire opal, which pulls the djinn inside and traps him. In present-day America, Raymond Beaumont supervises workers lowering a box containing an antique statue of Ahura Mazda onto a ship; the crane operator Mickey Torelli is drunk and drops the box, killing Beaumont's assistant Ed Finley and destroying the statue. A dockworker pawns it; the jewel reaches Regal Auctioneers, where Nick Merritt instructs appraiser Alexandra "Alex" Amberson to examine it, which wakes the djinn. Alex sees something inside the jewel and leaves it with her close friend and colleague, Josh Aickman, to analyze; as he is collecting data, the gem explodes, releasing the djinn. Josh is killed, upon his wish for relief from his physical pain. Alex, having been informed of Josh’s death by Lieutenant Nathanson, tracks the gem to the statue which she tracks to Beaumont, who sends Alex to visit Wendy Derleth, a folklore professor, who explains the history of the gem and the nature of the djinn: The djinn grants wishes in exchange for souls, but the wishes are granted in a way that makes them have undesirable results upon the wisher.

Alex learns that the djinn needs to power the gem with human souls and grant her three wishes before he can open the gateway to release his fellow djinn on Earth. He kills a pharmacist with the wish of a vengeful vagrant and grants clerk Ariella’s wish for eternal beauty by turning her into a mannequin. Searching for Alex, he goes to Nathanson to gain her file, he next visits Nick, killing a security guard along the way, acquiring Nick’s cooperation by offering him a million dollars. Nick is given the money. Alex sees troubling visions of every time, she consults Derleth, but realizes that she is talking to the djinn, who has killed Derleth and taken her form. The djinn confronts Alex and offers her three wishes, as well an extra "test" wish, which she uses by ordering the djinn to kill itself, he shoots himself in the head with a gun but his wound heals revealing the djinn is an immortal. Using the first of the official three wishes, Alex wishes to know; the Djinn teleports her to his hellish world within the gem which terrifies her as he boasts his evil to her.

She wishes herself back to her apartment, alone. The Djinn had been threatening Alex's sister, Shannon, so Alex hurries to a party Beaumont invited them to earlier; the djinn follows, again disguised as Nathaniel Demerest. Alex tells doorman Johnny Valentine to hold the djinn, as he is trying to kill her, Valentine holds the djinn back; the djinn charms Beaumont, who wishes his party would be unforgettable, thus the djinn causes artwork to kill Beaumont, the guests, the security guards called in to help. The djinn corners the sisters and attempts to scare Alex into making her third wish by trapping Shannon in a burning painting. Alex wishes that Torelli had not been drunk at work, undoing the events that followed and trapping the djinn in the fire opal again; the now sober Torelli lowers the crate with no problems. Alex visits Josh—now alive again—who notices that Alex seems pleased with herself, though she does not explain why. Inside the jewel on the statue of Ahura Mazda—now in Beaumont's private collection—the djinn sits on a throne, waiting to be released.

Tammy Lauren as Alexandra Amberson Andrew Divoff as The Djinn / Nathaniel Demerest Robert Englund as Raymond Beaumont Chris Lemmon as Nick Merritt Wendy Benson as Shannon Amberson Tony Crane as Josh Aickman Jenny O'Hara as Wendy Derleth Ricco Ross as Lt. Nathanson Gretchen Palmer as Ariella Angus Scrimm as narrator George'Buck' Flower as Homeless Man Ted Raimi as Ed Finney Kane Hodder as Merritt's Guard Tony To


A tai-pan is a senior business executive or entrepreneur operating in China or Hong Kong. In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, tai-pans were foreign-born businessmen who headed large Hong trading houses such as Jardine, Matheson & Co. Swire and Dent & Co. amongst others. The first recorded use of the term in English is in the Canton Register of 28 October 1834. Historical variant spellings include taepan and taipan; the term gained wide currency outside China after the publication of Somerset Maugham's 1922 short story "The Taipan" and James Clavell's 1966 novel Tai-Pan. The term was used to describe the protagonist's family in Empire of the Sun. William Jardine, Jardine Matheson, Hong Kong James Matheson, Jardine Matheson, Hong Kong Lawrence Kadoorie, China Light and Power, Hong Kong Nigel Rich, Jardine Matheson, Hong Kong Alasdair Morrison, Jardine Matheson, Hong Kong Simon Murray, Hutchison Whampoa, Hong Kong Percy Weatherall, Jardine Matheson, Hong Kong William Keswick, Scotland Merlin Bingham Swire, England Douglas Lapraik, England John Johnstone Paterson, Jardine Matheson, Hong Kong Canton System, the single-port trading monopoly operative in China prior to the First Opium War

Orange Morocco

Orange Morocco is one of three licensed telecommunications operators in Morocco. Its headquarters is in Casablanca; the first contract of getting a license was in 1999, the commercial launching of the operations started on March 29, 2000. The company's name was changed from Méditel to Orange Morocco on 8 December 2016. Orange is a multi-service operator offering consumer and business solutions using various technologies including GSM, WIMAX, GPRS and was one of the first operators in the world to offer HSDPA mobile 3G+ internet solutions; the company has been ranked the 12th largest company in Morocco and employs close to 1000 people directly and more than 12 000 indirectly. The initial ownership structure was composed of five shareholders: Portugal Telecom, Telefónica, FinanceCom, the first Moroccan financial group, the Moroccan industrial group HoldCo (CDG and Akwa Group; the telecommunication provider sustained large parts of markets being a critical rival to the previous Monopole Maroc Telecom as it gained a competitive advantage in term of prices and customers loyalty, the signal cover however was still in poor progress compared to their rival, by the end of 2008, Méditel counted 7.8 million users with revenues over 5 Billion MAD and EBITDA of more than 2.3 Billion MAD.

It is the second Moroccan mobile operator, following Maroc Telecom, the leader in the Moroccan market. However, in September 2009, Portugal Telecom and Telefónica sold their stakes to local investors. FinanceCom and CDG own equal parts. In 2010, France Télécom bought 40 percent of Moroccan telecoms operator Meditel for €640 million. In 2015, Orange Group increased its stake in Meditel in order to boost the brand's presence in the Middle East and in Africa. In 2016, Orange Morocco established a MAD5.3 billion revenues

William Keys

Sir Alexander George William "Bill" Keys, was an Australian Army officer and a long-serving president of the Returned and Services League. Keys grew up on his family's farm at Bombala, he enlisted in the military in 1940 and served with the Second Australian Imperial Force in New Guinea. He was injured at the Battle of Tarakan, was invalided home for the rest of the war, he served in the Korean War with the 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, although he was wounded in that conflict. He received the Military Cross in 1952. Before the Korean War, Keys had been elected to the New South Wales council of the RSL, he became national secretary of the RSL in 1961, rising to the presidency and retaining it until 1986. Keys, who served as international president of the Federation of Korean War Veterans Associations, was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1970 and Companion of the Order of Australia in 1988, he was knighted in 1979. Keys married Dulcie Beryl Stinton at St Phillip's Church of England, Auburn on 12 September 1950.

The couple had met on the Orion, on a voyage to England in June the previous year. Keys died at home in Queanbeyan of cancer in 2000, his widow, Lady Keys, died aged 94 on 7 April 2018, survived by their three daughters