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2010 Delray Beach International Tennis Championships

The 2010 Delray Beach International Tennis Championships was a tennis tournament played on outdoor hard courts. It was the 18th edition of the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships, was part of the International Series of the 2010 ATP World Tour, it took place at the Delray Beach Tennis Center in Delray Beach, United States, from February 22 through February 28, 2010. Unseeded Ernests Gulbis won the singles title. Rankings as of February 15, 2010; the following players received wildcards into the main draw: Tommy Haas Sébastien Grosjean Vincent SpadeaThe following players received entry from the qualifying draw: Kevin Anderson Ryan Harrison Robert Kendrick Nick Lindahl Ernests Gulbis defeated Ivo Karlović, 6–2, 6–3. It was Gulbis' first singles title of his career. Bob Bryan / Mike Bryan defeated Philipp Marx / Igor Zelenay, 6–3, 7–6. Official website

Maō (TV series)

Maō, is a Japanese remake of the Korean suspense drama series titled The Devil which aired on KBS 2TV in 2007. The drama stars Satoshi Ohno of Arashi and Toma Ikuta, both under the talent agency Johnny & Associates. Ryo Naruse is a two-faced lawyer: on the surface, he is a kind-hearted soul, representing the poor and earning the nickname "The Angel Lawyer" from the press. Naoto Serizawa is a gung-ho detective whose overzealous methods mask a dark past which he is trying to overcome; when a family acquaintance of Serizawa's is murdered, Serizawa is thrust in the middle of a multiple-homicide case which stirs up memories of a dark event from his past. The theme song for this series is "Truth" by Arashi, a popular Japanese boy band which Satoshi Ohno is the leader of. In a preview of "Truth" promotional video on TBS morning entertainment news program 2jichaō, Ohno explains that the meaning of the song is close to the content and feel of the whole drama. Arashi displayed their dancing in the promotional video of "Truth" with Ohno as the lead.

It was revealed in Maō's official blog Ohno diligently practiced the intricate dance move in between takes because of his busy schedule. Satoshi Ohno as Ryo Naruse Toma Ikuta as Naoto Serizawa Ryoko Kobayashi as Shiori Sakita Kei Tanaka as Hitoshi Kasai Shugo Oshinari as Mitsuru Souda Tomohiro Waki as Yosuke Ishimoto Misa Uehara as Kaoru Takatsuka Mai Shinohara as Eri Nishina Yutaka Shimizu as Keita Yamano Kisuke Iida as Kanrikan Ishihara Toshihide Tonesaku as Takashi Kurata Michiko Kichise as Mari Serizawa Hitori Gekidan as Noriyoshi Serizawa Yuji Miyake as Hiromichi Nakanishi Koji Ishizaka as Eisaku Serizawa Hiroki Kouno as young Toomo Manaka Toshi Takeuchi as Hideo Manaka Haruki Kimura as young Naoto Serizawa Kayano Masuyama as young Shiori Sakita Yuto Uemura as young Hitoshi Kasai Haruo Honma as young Mitsuru Souda Ryunoshin Nakamura as young Yosuke Ishimoto Kazunari Ninomiya as Masayoshi Kumada Mayumi Asaka as Yoshimi Manaka Tetsuo Morishita as Takahiro Kumada Kitaro as Kunio Hayashi Kaoru Okunuki as Tae Shintani Momoka Oono as Sora Shintani Naomasa Musaka as Takahiro Ikehata Yūka as Makiko Naruse Outa Tanino as the real Ryo Naruse Kyusaku Shimada as Oosumi Kazuma Official website Weekly ratings

Auckland University Students' Association

The Auckland University Students' Association, founded in 1891, represents students at the University of Auckland. AUSA organises student events, publicises student issues, administers student facilities, assists affiliated student clubs and societies, it produces Craccum magazine and bFM radio station. The constitution of the AUSA centres the organisation around student advocacy and the provision of welfare services. Today AUSA has 27,000 members out of 42,000 equivalent full-time students enrolled at the University of Auckland. AUSA has over 100 affiliated clubs, the student bar Shadows, University Book Shop, Student Job Search, market days and events such as Orientation, Summer Shakespeare, End of Daze, Capping week, Cultural Mosaic, Blues Awards and Ecofest; the AUSA Executive consists of Portfolios. President Administrative Vice President Education Vice President Student Engagement Vice President Welfare Vice President Treasurer Maori Students' Officer Cultural Affairs Officer Environmental Affairs Officer Grafton Representative International Students' Officer Media Officer Political Engagement Officer Pacific Island Students' Officer Queer Rights Officer Student Engagement Officer Women's Rights Officer Craccum Editor AUSA membership is free to all current students of the University of Auckland.

As required by legislation, the University Council conducted a student referendum in 1999 on whether membership in AUSA should be voluntary or compulsory. The majority of students supported this was enacted. Referendums on the same issue were held in 2001 and 2003, in each case, the majority of students voted for voluntary association. Detractors of voluntary student membership say that AUSA suffers drastically from it, that VSM undermines AUSA's ability to advocate on behalf of students and provide welfare services, they say that in controlling the flow of money, the University dictates the terms to some extent of its operations through various agreements. Proponents of VSM, on the other hand, claim, they cite the United Nations declaration of freedom of association. They paint AUSA executives under compulsory unionism as being wasteful, believe that under voluntary AUSA executives are forced to be more accountable to members, they claim that the level of intervention is limited. Craccum is the weekly magazine produced by the AUSA.

The name originated from the scrambled acronym of "Auckland University College Men's Common Room Circular". The publication has found itself in legal difficulties due to its deliberate attempts to be controversial; these attempts have included an issue containing methods to create a bomb, an issue discussing ways to commit suicide. A publicity stunt in 2005 saw Craccum sell its cover -, bought by Salient, the student magazine of Victoria University of Wellington Students' Association, with the funds from Victoria University of Wellington's marketing fund; the joke turned out to be on them. Craccum made the point. 95bFM is a typical student radio station. Like other student broadcasters, it supports local artists well. Started as Radio Bosom, a capping stunt, bFM has gone a long way. Today, with voluntary student union membership, bFM is pushed to make a profit for the Association, exists more as a corporate entity than a student radio station. AUSA List of AUSA clubs

Abdel Falah al-Sudani

Abdel Falah Hassan Hamadi al-Sudani is an Iraqi politician, the Minister of Trade from May 2006 to May 2009 in the government of Nouri al-Maliki. He served as Education Minister in the Iraqi Transitional Government from May 2005 to May 2006. Sudani went into exile in Britain in the late 1970s. In 1981 received a doctorate in Biochemistry from the University of Wales, he is a member of the Islamic Dawa Party - Iraq Organisation. Sudani was appointed as Education Minister in the Iraqi Transitional Government in May 2005; the following year, following the election of Nouri al-Maliki as Prime Minister, he was moved to Minister of Trade. In June 2006 Australian troops mistakenly shot dead one of his bodyguards, provoking a diplomatic crisis. On 3 May 2009, arrest warrants were issued by the anti-corruption Integrity Commission on eight trade ministry officials, including two of al-Sudani's brothers and the head of the Iraqi Grain Board; the head of the Council of Representatives of Iraq's Integrity Committee, Sabah al-Saedi from the Islamic Virtue Party, called on al-Sudani to resign.

Al-Saedi said the ministry had become "a remarkable source of corruption and squandering of public funds" When the official arrived to arrest the accused, there was a fifteen-minute gunbattle between Iraqi troops and ministry bodyguards. One suspect was arrested but the other eight managed to escape, he resigned as Trade Minister on 14 May. At first, the Prime Minister delayed accepting this whilst the parliamentary investigation was on-going, he appeared before the parliamentary committee on 16–17 May, admitting that corruption had taken place and the system had to be changed. The Prime Minister accepted his resignation on 26 May. Al-Sudany faced a vote of no confidence on May 27 from the parliament to determine whether he should face criminal charges. Three days he was arrested at Baghdad airport as he was trying to fly to Dubai, he was interrogated in prison by anti-corruption officials for eight days and released on bail of 50 million dinars. In June 2012 he was convicted in absentia and sentenced to seven years in jail for corruption relating to a food import programme.

In January 2018 he was extradited from Lebanon and handed over to Iraqi authorities after the Interpol assisted in his arrest. In February 2018, al-Sudani was found guilty by an Iraqi court and sentenced to 21 years in jail on corruption charges

Dvaravati art

Dvaravati art is a form of artistic work originating from Mon. Dvaravati flourished from the Dvaravati Mon ancient artifacts are in present-day Thailand and Burma, Mon states to the west in southern Myanmar and with the Mon state in northern Thailand. Dvaravati experienced political domination by neighbouring peoples on three separate occasions: in the 10th century, when the Burmese conquered the Mon state of Thaton west of the Tenasserim Yoma. Dvaravati art came into form around the 6th century by the Mon communities as part of numerous minor kingdoms that existed in Thailand. Surrounding geography proved treacherous for travel and thus provided a fair amount of isolation for the individual kingdoms. Isolation enabled development of a sophisticated and distinct Mon-Dvaravati style. Dvaravati itself was influenced by Indian culture though the process of cultural diffusion over several centuries starting from the Christian 5th century, played an important role in introducing Mahayana Buddhism and Buddhist art to the region.

Archaeological research and restoration have indicated that Buddhist monuments of the Dvaravati style exhibited contemporary art of Gupta temple-architecture with many constructed with open-air structures. Chief among the architecture is the stupa style architecture. There are four major categories: chedi with terrace in each story stupa with a square baseThe central part of this is pointed in a finial way.stupa with a square base and a central partThis form is shaped in an inverted alms-bowl. This form has numerous superimposed flat rings with a bulb terminal. Inspired by Mahayana Buddhism.stupa with a square base and 5 terraces. The lowest is the biggest terrace; each terrace has 3 niches in each of the four direction. Inside these 3 niches stand Buddha images; the temple complex at Wat Phra That Hariphunchai, dating to the 9th and 11th centuries, is a pristine example of Dvaravati architecture. Phra Pathommachedi is a wat dating to the 12th century. Various pottery excavated from former Dvaravati sites in central Thailand exhibit the sophistication and complexity of Dvaravati art.

Many Buddha statues were created with Dvaravati style. Some Buddha statues have mudras and others have katakahasta mudra, both of which have evolved before 800 CE. Buddha statues are common artefacts. There are various kinds of Dvaravati pottery. Dish on stand. Carinated potthese pots come in a variety of colours such as red, orange and black, although the top part of these vessels are plain. Shallow cupThese cups are used as lamps, they are made with a medium texture to a gray finish. Most are handmade. Spouted bowlThese bowls are used as candles and are coarse in texture with a black brown or shiny black in colour. Globular pot Jar with spoutThere are two variations. Many pristine examples of artifacts can be found in Thai museums such as the Phra Pathommachedi National Museum in Nakhon Pathom city and the Prachinburi National Museum in Prachinburi, Thailand. Brown, Robert; the Dvaravati Wheels of the Law and the Indianization of South East Asia. Leiden: Brill, 1996. Gosling, Betty. Origins of Thai Art.

Trumbull, Conn.: Weatherhill, 2004. Indrawooth, Phasook. Index Pottery of Dvaravati Period Department of Archaeology, Silpakorn University, Bangkok, 1985