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Ram Mohan Roy

Raja Ram Mohan Roy was one of the founders of the Brahmo Sabha, the precursor of the Brahmo Samaj, a social-religious reform movement in the Indian subcontinent. He was given the title of Raja by the Mughal emperor, his influence was apparent in the fields of politics, public administration and religion. He was known for his efforts to abolish the practices of sati and child marriage. Raja Ram Mohan Roy is considered to be the "Father of the Indian Renaissance" by many historians. In 2004, Roy was ranked number 10 in BBC's poll of the Greatest Bengali of all time. Ram Mohan Roy was born in Hooghly District, Bengal Presidency, his great grandfather, Krishanland Bandopadhyay, a Rahiri Kulin brahmin, claimed descent from Narottama Thakur, a follower of the 15th century Bengali Vaishnava reformer Chaitnya. Among Kulin Brahmins-descendants of the six families of brahmins imported from Kanauj by Ballal Sen in the 12th century-those from the Rarhi district of West Bengal were notorious in the 19th century for living off dowries by marrying several women.

Kulinism was the dowry system, both of which Rammohan campaigned against. His father, was a Vaishnavite, while his mother, Tarini Devi, was from a Shaivite family, he was a great scholar of Sanskrit and English languages and knew Arabic and Greek. Thus one parent prepared him for the occupation of a scholar, the Shastri, while the other secured for him all the worldly advantages needed to launch a career in the laukik or worldly sphere of public administration. Torn between these two parental ideals from early childhood, Ram Mohan vacillated between the two for the rest of his life. Ram Mohan Roy was married three times, his first wife died early. He had two sons, Radhaprasad in 1800, Ramaprasad in 1812 with his second wife, who died in 1824. Roy's third wife outlived him; the nature and content of Ram Mohan Roy's early education is disputed. One view is that "Ram Mohan started his formal education in the village pathshala where he learned Bengali and some Sanskrit and Persian, he is said to have studied Persian and Arabic in a madrasa in Patna and after that he was sent to Benares to learn the intricacies of Sanskrit and Hindu scripture, including the Vedas and Upanishads.

The dates of his time in both these places are uncertain. However, it is believed that he was sent to Patna when he was nine years old and two years he went to Benares."The Persian and Arabic studies influenced his thinking about One God more than studies of European deism, which he didn't know at least while writing his first scriptures because at that stage he couldn't speak or understand English. Ram Mohan Roy's impact on modern Indian history was his revival of the pure and ethical principles of the Vedanta school of philosophy as found in the Upanishads, he preached the unity of God, made early translations of Vedic scriptures into English, co-founded the Calcutta Unitarian Society and founded the Brahma Samaj. The Brahma Samaj played a major role in modernizing the Indian society, he campaigned against sati, the practice of burning widows. He sought to integrate Western culture with the best features of his own country's traditions, he established a number of schools to popularize a modern system of education in India.

He promoted a rational, non-authoritarian, this-worldly, social-reform Hinduism. His writings sparked interest among British and American Unitarians. During early rule of the east India company, Ram Mohan Roy acted as a political agitator whilst employed by the East India Company. In 1792, the British Baptist shoemaker William Carey published his influential missionary tract, An Enquiry of the obligations of Christians to use means for the conversion of heathens. In 1793, William Carey landed in India to settle, his objective was to translate and distribute the Bible in Indian languages and propagate Christianity to the Indian peoples. He realised the "mobile" Brahmins and Pandits were most able to help him in this endeavour, he began gathering them, he learnt the Buddhist and Jain religious works to better argue the case for Christianity in a cultural context. In 1795, Carey made contact with a Sanskrit scholar, the Tantric Saihardana Vidyavagish, who introduced him to Ram Mohan Roy, who wished to learn English.

Between 1796 and 1797, the trio of Carey and Roy created a religious work known as the "Maha Nirvana Tantra" and positioned it as a religious text to "the One True God". Carey's involvement is not recorded in his detailed records and he reports only learning to read Sanskrit in 1796 and only completed a grammar in 1797, the same year he translated part of The Bible, a massive task. For the next two decades this document was augmented, its judicial sections were used in the law courts of the English Settlement in Bengal as Hindu Law for adjudicating upon property disputes of the zamindari. However, a few British magistrates and collectors began to suspect and its usage was deprecated. Vidyavagish had a brief falling out with Carey and separated from the group, but maintained ties to Ram Mohan Roy. In 1797, Raja Ram Mohan reached Calcutta and became a "bania" to lend to the Englishmen of the Company living beyond their means. Ram Mohan continued his vocation as pandit in the English courts and started to make a living for himself.

He began learning Latin. In 1799, Carey was joined by missionary Joshua Marshman and the printer William Ward at the Danish set

Roland Peter Brown

Roland Peter Brown was an American physician who spent the majority of his career in Taiwan. Roland Peter Brown was born in Hebei, Republic of China, on 5 June 1926, where his father, a Mennonite religious leader and physician, was based. Brown was the youngest of five siblings; when his parents and Maria Brown, were taken as prisoners of war in 1941, in the midst of the Second Sino-Japanese War, Brown was sent to North Newton, Kansas, to live with relatives. Brown enrolled at Bethel College, earned his medical qualifications in 1952, graduating from the University of Chicago School of Medicine, he settled in Hualien City, Taiwan, in 1953, became a founding member of the first Mountain Tour Medical Team, which sought to reach patients in remote areas of Taiwan. In 1954, Brown established the Mennonite Christian Hospital in Hualien; the hospital began with 35 beds and charged indigenous and disadvantaged people NT$1 per visit during the first eight years of its operation. While Brown worked at the Mennonite Christian Hospital, he was never paid a salary.

He inaugurated several medical and social initiatives, among them milk stations for students, funding for the care of premature infants, people with leukemia, people who relied on dialysis. By 1968, a volunteer at the Mennonite Christian Hospital, Peter Huang, diagnosed Brown with rheumatism. Brown retired from his administrative position at Mennonite Christian Hospital in 1990, but continued the practice of medicine in Taiwan until 1994. Brown married his wife, Sophie Schmidt, in 1948, she was one of three cofounders of the Hualien Christian School. In 1991, the Taiwanese American Foundation honored Brown with its Social Science Award. In a subsequent speech, Brown observed, "Doctors in Taiwan feel America is closer than Hualien." This statement drew attention to the shortage of medical personnel in rural Taiwan. Peter Huang was inspired to lead the Mennonite Christian Hospital. President of the Republic of China Lee Teng-hui bestowed upon Brown the Order of Brilliant Star with Violet Grand Cordon, Brown received several other prizes for his work in Taiwan.

Brown spent his retirement years in North Newton, with his wife Sophie, who died in 2010. In 2011, Brown's name was proposed for commemoration on a sculpture to honor expatriates based in Taiwan; the art piece took form as a metal tree by Liu Po-chun, which featured the name of Gian Carlo Michelini, among others. Roland Brown died in Newton, Kansas, on 16 August 2019, aged 93

Antigoni Goni

Antigoni Goni is a Greek guitarist, recording artist, performer, the founder and Chair of the Pre-College Division of the Guitar Department at the Juilliard School Goni was born in Athens and studied with Evangelos Assimakopoulos at the National Conservatory of Athens, with John Mills at the Royal Academy of Music in London and extensively in master classes with Julian Bream. She continued her studies with Sharon Isbin at the Juilliard School in New York, she has performed throughout the United States, Portugal and other countries. Her career blossomed in the mid-1990s after winning the Guitar Foundation of America competition, which resulted in some 65 concerts in North America and a contract with Naxos Records for which she has recorded three successful CDs. Goni released an additional solo album, Hymn to the Muse, under Timespan Recordings in 2016. Goni is a professor at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels, artist-in-residence for San Francisco Performances, she was Chairman of the Guitar Department at Juilliard Pre-College Division between 1995 and 2004, she holds positions at Columbia University and the Royal Academy of Music in London, splitting her time between both coasts of the United States and Athens.

In 2007 Goni founded The Volterra Project, a holistic guitar workshop held in Volterra, Italy each summer. Guitar Recital: Antigoni Goni Barrios Mangore, A.: Guitar Music, Vol. 1 DUARTE: Guitar Music RODRIGO: Joaquin Rodrigo - A Portrait compilation album Hymn to the Muse Official website The Volterra Project

Jean Michel N'Lend

Jean Michel N'Lend is a Cameroonian footballer who plays for Bamboutos FC in Cameroon. Jean Michel N'Lend was the third foreign player to join Al Shorta in its history following the signings of fellow Cameroonian Innocent Awoa and Ivorian defender Suwaria Mohammed, he made an instant impression at Al Shorta, scoring in friendly matches against Al Naft and Naft Al Junoob. His first league goals came against Al Shorta's fierce rivals Al Quwa Al Jawiya at the Al Shaab Stadium, where N'Lend scored a hat-trick of headers to seal a 4–1 victory; this was when N'Lend became a fan favourite and wrote his name into the history books, becoming the first-ever non-Iraqi to score a hat-trick in the Iraqi Premier League. He went on to score again at the Al Shaab Stadium against Al Naft in a 2–2 draw, followed by the winning goal against Naft Al Junoob in a 2–1 win, he continued his impressive record of scoring in every game he had played at Al Shaab Stadium with the winning goal in a 2–1 win over huge rivals Al Zawraa, however that record ended five days in a 1–1 draw with Al Talaba, a game in which he missed an open goal.

He left the club in May 2013 after a dip in form. Al-ShortaIraqi Premier League: 2012–13 Jean Michel N'Lend at Iraqsport

Mel Mazzera

Melvin Leonard "Mike" Mazzera is a former professional baseball player. In an 11-year career, Mazzera participated in five Major League seasons: four with the St. Louis Browns and one with the Philadelphia Phillies, he was listed as standing 5 feet 11 inches and weighing 180 pounds. Mazzera was born "Melvin Leonard Mazzera" on January 31, 1914, in Stockton, California. In 1933, Mazzera began his professional baseball career playing for the C-level San Antonio Missions; that year, Mazzera played for the Baton Rouge Solons of the Dixie League, recording a combined batting average of.320 in 124 games played. Mazzera continued his minor-league career in 1934, playing for both the Palestine Pals of Palestine and the San Antonio Missions. In 1935, Mazzera participated in 154 games for the San Antonio Missions while making his Major League debut for the St. Louis Browns on September 9, 1935. For his debut, Mazzera replaced Ed Coleman as a pinch runner. Mazzera spent the entire 1936 season and the majority of the 1937 season with the San Antonio Missions, recording 96 hits, 13 doubles, four home runs for the Missions in 1936 while recording 134 hits and nine home runs for them in 1937.

Mazzera's 1938 season was spent with the St. Louis Browns. In 86 games played, Mazzera batted for a.279 average with six home runs and twenty-five strikeouts, helping the Browns to finish seventh in the American League with a 55-97 record. Mazzera played in 33 games for the Browns, but played for the Philadelphia Phillies double-A affiliate, the Toronto Maple Leafs that season. Mazzera made his Philies debut in 1940, playing in 69 games for the Phillies. In his only season as a Phillie, Mazzera recorded a.237 batting average with fifteen strikeouts, nineteen walks, thirteen runs batted in. In 1940, Mazzera was signed by the San Diego Padres of the Pacific Coast League. Mazzera played for the Padres in the 1941, 1942, 1944 seasons. In 1942, Mazzera led the Padres in home runs, runs batted in, triples, leading to the observance of a "Mel Mazzera Day" on August 30, 1942. Mazzera died on December 17, 1997, in Stockton and was buried in San Joaquin Cemetery in Stockton. Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or Baseball-Reference

Jimmy Jump

Jaume Marquet i Cot, more popularly known as Jimmy Jump, born on 14 March 1976, is a streaker from Sabadell, Spain, known for interfering in several major entertainment and sporting events. On 4 July 2004, during the UEFA Euro 2004 final between Greece and Portugal, he threw an FC Barcelona flag at the Portuguese captain – Luís Figo – who left that team to join their archrivals, Real Madrid, in 2000. In the semi-final of 2005-06 UEFA Champions League between Villarreal and the Arsenal FC, ran on the track just before the start of the second half. On the pitch, he threw a shirt from FC Barcelona ahead of Arsenal Thierry Henry, with the name Henry and number 14. On 25 June 2007 Henry signed up for Barça. At the end of the Champions League of 2007 between Milan and Liverpool, Jimmy Jump ran down the field with a Greek flag, but this was not shown by the television cameras. In August of the same year, after Messi scored a goal in Bayern, Jimmy Jump put a hat on his head, he appeared in 2008, in the semi-final of the Eurocopa between and Turkey.

This time carrying a flag of Tibet and a shirt with the inscription " Tibet is not China." Jimmy Jump jumped into the field during a game of the Spanish league between Barcelona and Racing de Santander. It was joined by Samuel Eto'o. On 11 July 2010, moments before the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final between Spain and the Netherlands played in Johannesburg, South Africa, Marquet rushed onto the field and attempted to place a Barretina on the World Cup trophy before being apprehended by several security guards, he was ordered to pay a ZAR2,000 fine for the incident. On 11 September 2010, Marquet ran onto the field before the second half of the Hungarian Derby between Újpest and Ferencváros, he held a Catalan flag with the message "Kubala forever", in honour of former Barcelona and Ferencváros player László Kubala. Before the security guards caught him, he kicked the ball into the Ferencváros goal. Security handed him over to the police and he was taken into custody for four hours, before being released and fined EUR€350.

In the 2004 Spanish Grand Prix, Jimmy ran through the starting grid during the parade lap, only to be apprehended by the race marshals shortly after. While he claimed to have many fans, he was criticized for risking the lives of the drivers though the cars were still travelling at low speed at this point. During the 2009 Men's Singles Finals of the French Open, he accosted eventual winner Roger Federer, attempting to place a red barretina on his head. Marquet was tackled by a security guard while stumbling, he faced up to 12 months in prison for the incident. During the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest in Norway, Marquet invaded the stage during the Spanish performance of Daniel Diges and took part in the choreography, he subsequently left the stage at the venue and was escorted away from the concert area and taken to Sandvika police station, where he was arrested and fined NOK15,000. Due to the incident, Svante Stockselius, the executive supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest at that time, allowed Spain to perform for a second time after the last regular performance.

On 13 February 2011, during the 25th Goya Awards ceremony, Marquet invaded the stage just before the best actor award was handed over to Javier Bardem. Before being whisked away, Marquet could say only a few words on the microphone and cover the Best Actor Goya statuette with a barretina. On 14 September 2010, after the Champions League match between Barcelona and Panathinaikos, Marquet appeared in a weather forecast on Hungarian channel TV2, he waved, shouting "Barcelona, Barcelona!". Marquet had a microphone attached to this t-shirt. Mark Roberts – a UK serial streaker Official website