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Republic of China Armed Forces

The Republic of China Armed Forces known as the Taiwanese Armed Forces, are the armed forces of the Republic of China now on Taiwan, encompassing the Army, Air Force and Military Police Force. It is a military establishment, which accounted for 16.8% of the central budget in the fiscal year of 2003. Since 2002, the military comes under the full civilian control of the Ministry of National Defense and oversight by the Legislative Yuan, it was the National Revolutionary Army before being renamed as the Republic of China Armed Forces in 1947 due to the implementation of the newly promulgated Constitution of the Republic of China. It was historically known as Chinese National Armed Forces; until the 1970s, the military's primary mission was to retake mainland China from the communist People's Republic of China through the Project National Glory. The military's current foremost mission is the defense of the islands of Taiwan, Kinmen and other ROC's islands against a possible military invasion by the People's Liberation Army of the People's Republic of China, seen as the predominant threat to the Republic of China in the ongoing dispute over the political status of Taiwan.

The Republic of China Armed Forces is the national military of the ROC. It is known as "Guojun 國軍", which means "National Army"; when the ROC was in power in mainland China, its army was the National Revolutionary Army until 1928. Other names during the period included the "Chinese Nationalist Army" or the "KMT Army"; the nationalization of the armed forces in 1947 detached the Kuomintang's direct control of the armed forces, it became a national defense force. Due to the institution of civilian control of the military and the 1947 constitution, it was renamed the Republic of China Armed Forces. Two years in 1949, The ROC government was forced into exile on the island of Taiwan, the Republic of China Armed Forces continues to be called the Chinese National Armed Forces in connection with the continuing state of unresolved exile, it is important to note that the implementation of military conscription policies in occupied territory is a war crime under the Hague and Geneva Conventions, see HR, art.

45. See GC, art. 51.. The fact that Taiwan was occupied territory was confirmed by an official CIA Report issued in March 1949; the earliest use of the name "Republic of China Armed Forces" can be found in the first Constitution of the Republic of China in the Beiyang Government in 1923. The Republic of China's army was known as the National Revolutionary Army, founded on mainland China in 1925; the National Revolutionary Army was the military arm of Kuomintang from 1925 until 1947 in the Republic of China. It become the regular army of the ROC during the KMT's period of party rule beginning in 1928. However, with the promulgation of the second Constitution of the Republic of China in 1947 and the formal end of the KMT party-state, the National Revolutionary Army was renamed the Republic of China Armed Forces, while the bulk of its forces formed the Republic of China Army; the army was nationalized and thus no longer belonged to the KMT. The ROC Armed Force relocated to the island of Taiwan after the end of the second phase of the Chinese Civil War in 1949.

The Land force was established in 1924. It can be traced back to the establishment of the Whampoa Military Academy in Canton by 1911 revolutionary leader Sun Yat-sen and built as the National Revolutionary Army, the military arm of KMT. Whampoa Military Academy was relocated to Fengshan District, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan after 1949, it was re-established as the Republic of China Military Academy, modeled after the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. The Navy of the Qing dynasty was first exposed to Western influence. With the establishment of the Republic of China in 1912, many former Qing-naval officer agreed with the revolutionary ideal of Xinhai and joined the ROC Navy. However, with warlordism continuing to plague the territory of the Republic of China, the development of the Republican navy was somewhat slow. Furthermore, there were internal conflicts during its development. During the 2nd Sino-Japanese war, most of the ROC Navy was destroyed by the Imperial Japanese Navy.

In 1946 the Republic of China Naval Academy was established in Shanghai. The ROC Marine Corps was formed from the former Navy Sentry Corps in December 1914, it used to have two divisions, 66th and 99th divisions, in size, when its doctrine focused on retaking mainland China. Since its transition to a defensive posture, the ROCMC has been downsized from about 38,000 active personnel to only 9,000. In 2004, the ROCMC redeployed a brigade near the Taipei area to defend against a possible PLA decapitation strike; the ROC Marine Corps' official motto is "永遠忠誠", modeled after the US Marine Corps's "Semper Fidelis". In 1920 Sun Yat-sen established the Aviation Ministry in Canton, but due to the division of the Southern Warlords, it was dismantled. In 1929, Chiang Kai-shek established the Aviation Class in the ROC Military Academy, it was relocated to Hangzhou in 1931. Following the outbreak of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War, the ROC Air Force was responsible for shooting down many Japanese Air force fighters.

After 1949 the ROC Air Force Academy was relocated to Taiwan island. The ROC Military Police was established in 1914, it was established as a police guard. In 1932 the nationalist government established the "Command Work of Military Police" and the Service Procedure for the Military Police (憲兵

Alexis Palisson

Alexis Palisson is a French rugby union footballer. He plays as a wing, he weighs 83 kg. He plays for Toulon in the French Top 14 after signing from Brive in 2011, he made his international debut for France on 28 June 2008 against the Wallabies. He represented France in an U19 competition in Dubai. In July 2011, Palisson featured in a topless pose in Têtu holding a taiaha; this caused controversy in New Zealand, with some Maori saying that Palisson was being disrespectful to their culture and that permission should have been sought from a particular iwi as the moko represents iwi affiliation. Palisson was forced to apologise for any offence caused and stressed that he respects tattoo traditions, he played. In May 2013 he started. Profile at ESPNscrum Fiche d'Alexis Palisson, sur "rugbyrama profile". Archived from the original on 2008-10-29. Retrieved 2008-10-10. Alexis Palisson at the World Rugby Men's Sevens Series

Thaaiku Oru Thaalaattu

Thaaiku Oru Thaalaattu is a 1986 Indian Tamil film, directed by Balachandra Menon and produced by K. R. Gangadharan; the film stars Sivaji Ganesan, Padmini and Pandiarajan in lead roles. The film had musical score by Ilaiyaraaja; the film was a remake of the director's own Malayalam film Oru Painkilikatha. Sivaji Ganesan Padmini Visu Pandiyan Pandiarajan Sujatha Ilavarasi Rajyalakshmi Rohini The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja. Thaaiku Oru Thaalaattu on IMDb

The Many Moods of Bobby Vinton

The Many Moods of Bobby Vinton is a 2-LP collection of recorded songs by Bobby Vinton. Each LP consists of ten songs; the first LP consists of songs that refer to colors, while the second LP consists of those that refer to loneliness. The track "Oh, Lonesome Me" features Vinton not on saxophone. Petticoat White Blue on Blue Roses Are Red Am I Blue Lavender Blue Bouquet of Roses Blue Velvet Ramblin' Rose Misty Blue Two Purple Shadows Have You Ever Been Lonely L-O-N-E-L-Y I'll Walk Alone Mr. Lonely Hello Loneliness Lonely Street Oh, Lonesome Me Long Lonely Nights So Many Lonely Girls All Alone Am I

Hobby Lobby smuggling scandal

The Hobby Lobby smuggling scandal is a series of events starting in 2009 when representatives of Hobby Lobby received a large number of clay bulla and tablets. The artifacts were intended for the Museum of the Bible, funded by the Evangelical Christian Green family, which owns the Oklahoma-based chain of craft stores. Internal staff had warned superiors that the items had dubious provenance and were stolen. In 2017 the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York directed Hobby Lobby to return the artifacts and pay a fine of US$3,000,000. U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement returned 3800 items seized from Hobby Lobby to Iraq in May 2018. In December 2010, Hobby Lobby purchased $1.6 million worth of Iraqi artifacts from dealers in the United Arab Emirates. The company went on with the purchase despite concerns from lawyers over the uncertain origin of the artifacts, the possibility that they could have been looted; the shipments included tablets inscribed with cuneiform writing, which were misrepresented on declarations as being ceramic and clay tile samples, contained false designations of origin stating that the objects were from Turkey and Israel.

The company became subject to investigation by the U. S. government for these actions. According to a Justice Department press release, "In October 2010, an expert on cultural property law retained by Hobby Lobby warned the company that the acquisition of cultural property from Iraq, including cuneiform tablets and cylinder seals, carries a risk that such objects may have been looted from archaeological sites in Iraq; the expert advised Hobby Lobby to review its collection of antiquities for any objects of Iraqi origin and to verify that their country of origin was properly declared at the time of importation into the United States. The expert warned Hobby Lobby that an improper declaration of country of origin for cultural property could lead to seizure and forfeiture of the artifacts by CBP."On July 5, 2017, Hobby Lobby consented to a settlement requiring forfeiture of the artifacts and payment of a fine of $3 million and the return of over 5500 artifacts. Israeli police have arrested five antiquities dealers, in connection with the illegal importation of ancient artifacts by Hobby Lobby.

A new book which describes over one thousand cuneiform tablets stolen from Irisagrig, a 4,000-year-old lost city in Iraq, has been published. The tablets, purchased by Hobby Lobby, were studied over a four year period while in the company's Oklahoma storerooms. "The new find shows that the company Hobby Lobby — whose co-owner, Steve Green, helped found the Museum of the Bible in November 2017 in Washington, D. C. — had far more cuneiform tablets obtained from this city, other sites in Iraq, than believed." As many as 1400 artifacts to be returned to Iraq appear to be missing from the Hobby Lobby collection. In October 2018, the museum revealed. Kipp Davis of Trinity Western University, who examined the fragments for authenticity, confirmed "the high probability that at least seven fragments in the museum's Dead Sea Scrolls collection were forgeries, but conclusions on the status of the remaining fragments are still forthcoming". In October 2019, officials from the British Egypt Exploration Society, a nonprofit that manages the Papyri Project, alleged that Oxford academic, Dirk Obbink, engaged in the theft and sale of "at least 11 ancient Bible fragments to the Green family, the Hobby Lobby owners who operate a Bible museum and charitable organization in Washington."

The Museum of the Bible said it will return the fragment to the Egypt Exploration Society and Oxford University. The museum replaced the display of a miniature bible that a NASA astronaut purportedly carried to the moon after its authenticity was questioned. Bible museum replaces chief executive after one year, Washington Post United States Files Civil Action To Forfeit Thousands Of Ancient Iraqi Artifacts Imported By Hobby Lobby, the July 2017 United States government complaint Hobby Lobby to pay $3 million fine, forfeit ancient artifacts, CNN Iraqi Artifacts Once Bought by Hobby Lobby Will Return Home, The New York Times Hobby Lobby's Smuggled Artifacts Will Be Returned To Iraq, NPR Some of Hobby Lobby’s Smuggled Artifacts May Come From Lost Sumerian City, Smithsonian

Robbie Tarrant

Robbie Tarrant is a professional Australian rules footballer playing for the North Melbourne Football Club in the Australian Football League. He is Fremantle player, Chris Tarrant. Tarrant was born in Mildura, Victoria and is the younger brother of former Collingwood defender Chris Tarrant. Tarrant played for South Mildura in the Sunraysia Football League and moved to Melbourne in 2005. After graduating from Xavier College in 2006, in 2007 he worked as a teller at Bendigo Bank in Bendigo as well as playing for the Bendigo Pioneers. Tarrant was drafted by the Kangaroos Football Club with their first selection and fifteenth overall in the 2007 national draft, he did not play any senior football in his first two years and he made his AFL debut in the thirty point loss against Sydney at the Sydney Cricket Ground in round 15, 2010. Tarrant's 2016 season was rewarded with the Syd Barker Medal as the club best and fairest. Statistics are correct to the end of round 9, 2016 Robbie Tarrant's profile on the official website of the North Melbourne Football Club Robbie Tarrant's playing statistics from AFL Tables