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Ronald Howard (British actor)

Ronald Howard was an English actor and writer best known in the U. S. for starring in a weekly Sherlock Holmes television series in 1954. He was the son of actor Leslie Howard. Howard was born in South Norwood, the son of Ruth Evelyn and stage and screen actor Leslie Howard, he attended Tonbridge School. After graduating from Jesus College, Ronald Howard became a newspaper reporter for a while but decided to become an actor, his first film role was an uncredited bit part in Pimpernel Smith, a film directed by and starring his father in the title role, though young Howard's part ended up on the cutting room floor. In the early 1940s, Howard gained acting experience in regional theatre, the London stage and films. Howard received varying degrees of exposure in some well-known films, such as The Queen of Spades and The Browning Version. Howard played Will Scarlet in the episode of the same name of the 1950s British television classic The Adventures of Robin Hood starring Richard Greene; the character of Scarlet was portrayed by Paul Eddington.

The 1954 Sherlock Holmes television series, based on the Arthur Conan Doyle characters and produced by Sheldon Reynolds, ran for 39 episodes starring Howard as Holmes and Howard Marion-Crawford as Watson. In addition to 21st century DVD releases, in 2006 and 2014 this series was broadcast in the UK on the satellite channel Bonanza. Howard continued in British "B" films throughout the 1950s and'60s, most notably The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb, along with a few plum television guest roles in British and American television in the 1960s, including the TV series, Combat! s.2 ep.25: "What Are the Bugles Blowin' For?" - Pt.1 & 2 Wing Commander Hayes in the 1967 Cowboy in Africa TV show with Chuck Connors and Tom Nardini. Of his career in British B films the film historians Steve Chibnall and Brian McFarlane wrote, "Despite his blond good looks and his agreeable demeanour, he lacked genuine star quality."In the mid-1970s, he reluctantly put aside his acting career to run an art gallery. In the 1980s he wrote In Search of My Father: A Portrait of Leslie Howard, a biography covering the career and mysterious death of his father, whose plane was shot down over the Bay of Biscay on 1 June 1943.

His conclusion was that the Germans' goal in shooting down the plane was to kill his father, travelling through Spain and Portugal, ostensibly lecturing on film, but meeting with local propagandists and shoring up support for the Allied cause. The Germans suspected surreptitious activities since German agents were active throughout Spain and Portugal, like Switzerland, was a crossroads for persons from both sides of the conflict, but more accessible to Allied citizens; the book explores in detail written German orders to the Ju 88 Staffel based in France, assigned to intercept the aircraft, as well as communiqués on the British side that verify intelligence reports of the time indicating a deliberate attack on Howard. Howard was convinced that the order to shoot down the airliner came directly from Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi Minister of Propaganda, ridiculed in one of Howard's films, who believed Howard to be the most dangerous British propagandist. In Search of My Father: A Portrait of Leslie Howard, ISBN 0-312-41161-8 Trivial Fond Records - Leslie Howard, ISBN 0-7183-0418-7 Ronald Howard on IMDb

Riko Higashio

Riko Higashio is a Japanese professional golfer and former member of the LPGA Tour. Higashio was born in Japan; as a teenager, she won the 1994 Japan Junior Championship. Higashio first attended Nihon University in Tokyo, she accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, United States, where she played for the Florida Gators women's golf team in National Collegiate Athletic Association competition from 1996 to 1998. Higashio won four tournaments as a college golfer, she was recognized as the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year in 1996, was a first-team All-SEC selection in 1996, 1997 and 1998, an honorable mention All-American in 1996, a first-team All-American in 1998. She was honored as a member of the National Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholar Team and graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in psychology in 1998. Higashio will be inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame as a "Gator Great" in 2013.

Higashio turned professional in 1998. She joined the LPGA of Japan Tour and the Futures Tour in 1999, that year she won the SNET Women's Classic on the Futures Tour. Higashio joined the LPGA Tour in 2004, placed thirteenth overall at the Sybase Classic that year, she placed tenth in the MasterCard Classic in 2005. Higashio suffered a shoulder injury leading to surgery in 2006, last played on the LPGA Tour in 2007, her career earnings as a professional golfer totaled over $180,000. Higashio is the daughter of Osamu Higashio, a member of the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame and a former pitcher and manager of the Seibu Lions baseball team, she is married to Japanese actor Junichi Ishida. 1999 SNET Women's Classic Professional Lexus Cup: 2005 List of Florida Gators women's golfers on the LPGA Tour List of University of Florida alumni List of University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame members Riko Higashio at the Futures Tour official site Riko Higashio at the LPGA of Japan Tour official site Higashio's Official Fan Site


Uriyadi is a 2016 Indian Tamil-language political action thriller film written and produced by Vijay Kumar starring Vijay Kumar himself in the lead role, along with Mime Gopi, Citizen Sivakumar, Chandru Kumar, Henna Bella, Jeyakanth Velu, Suruli. The film was released in cinemas on 27 May 2016, to high critical acclaim, with critics providing phenomenal reviews praising its screenplay, direction and realism, it is considered as an unmissable masterpiece and was lauded as one of the best political thrillers in Tamil cinema. Since its release, Uriyadi has enjoyed a fervent and passionate fan following and Vijay Kumar is held in high regard. A spiritual sequel titled Uriyadi 2 released on 5 April 2019; the story revolves around three sets of characters: 1) Four carefree and adventurous friends who are college students in their final year of study, including Lenin Vijay, Suresh and Karthi. 2) A politician named Kumar, eager to begin his own caste-based political party. 3) Ramanathan, a part-time engineering student.

The movie opens by showcasing the daily lives of the four student friends. The students soon meet the politician, who runs a roadside dhaba visited by the students. In many subsequent scenes, the students get into trouble with the local residents. In one such instance in the dhaba, Kumar comes to their rescue, hence, they get in touch with each other; that night, one of the students is attacked by some of the local residents. The other students become furious, chase the locals, a fight ensues. Meanwhile, Vijay’s ex-girlfriend is harassed by Ramanathan; this is witnessed by Karthi, who confronts and physically assaults Ramanathan and narrates these events to Vijay. To their surprise, Ramanathan’s friends wait in the dhaba to ambush Karthi. Ramanathan, who has little luck with love, yearns for one college student who seems to be the ex-girlfriend of Lenin. One night, the four friends get drunk and accidentally annoy some of the caste fanatics. Kumar, along with his uncle, happens to see this and contemplates how to take advantage of this tense situation.

While all this is happening, Kumar drafts plans to initiate a caste-based political party about which he has been dreaming. The plot reaches a climax when all three sets of characters meet, each of them discovers their mutual interconnections. Vijay Kumar began writing the script for Uriyadi in early 2011, it was titled Vidiyum Varai VinmeengalaaVom. The script writing took well over a year, with Vijay Kumar sketching more than 2500 shots for its storyboard; as a debutante, he wanted to ensure that everything goes per plan once the film goes on floors and hence created story boards to make production easier. Once the script was ready, he felt he had a firm grip on it, he moved back to India and started his production house Souvenir Productions in April 2013; when the casting call was sent out, priority was given to those, struggling for long to enter into the film industry. So, a three-month acting workshop was conducted and they were hired. Except for a handful of technicians and actors, the entire crew and cast were debutants.

Once the pre-production was over, the film went on floors in July 2013 and the shooting was completed in October 2013. About 90% of the film was shot in the outskirts of Chennai, in and around places like Padappai and Oragadam. Talking about the challenges he faced while shooting for the film, Vijay Kumar says since the film is set in the 90's, removing objects relevant to the present time was the toughest challenge of all because it was shot on the highways; the post production work on Uriyadi was done by August 2014 and it was sent to the CBFC for censor screening. After making the suggested cuts, the film was certified'A'. Vijay Kumar started approaching distributors to release the movie. In 2015, director Nalan Kumarasamy came in as a co-producer to release the movie since he had an idea of launching his own production house; the movie was released in cinemas on 27 May 2016. After repeated requests from fans to release the uncut version of the film, Vijay Kumar revealed in an interview with Indiaglitz that the entire footage of Uriyadi was lost during the super storm that flooded his first floor office in Jafferkhanpet on December 1, 2015 and that the edited and censored version survived because it was at a DI studio at the time.

Many reviews of the film highlight the intense violence portrayed throughout. In an interview with the Business Standard, Vijay Kumar relates how actors were injured during filming: "I was supposed to hit someone in the back with a rod, somehow the blow landed on his head, much to my surprise. Although we used a fiber rod, he suffered severe injury." A reviewer writing in Indiaglitz cautions, "even after being warned the violence in the film is excessive and causes the viewers to flinch and squirm." A critic writing in The Hindu noted the level of realism in the fight scenes, "here you see the chaos, you see people scrambling, falling — not people executing perfect punches.". The Times of India wrote "High on blood and realism this film will shock and appal you; the realistic fights were more brutal than entertaining". Some critics note the film's commentary on caste-based political parties. Writing in The Hindu, Baradwaj Rangan notes that director Vijay Kumar illustrates "how these small outfits form a party whose mission is to represent that particular caste, get votes from people belonging to that caste, get elected to power, trade this power for favours from bigger parties."

A reviewer in Ananda Vikatan, called Uriyadi a whiplash against caste. Indiaglitz was all praise for the way Vijay Kumar han

Donna Huryn

Donna M. Huryn is an American medicinal and organic chemist, she received her B. A. from Cornell University, Ph. D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania. She is on the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Pharmacy, holds an adjunct appointment in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania, is the principal investigator of the University of Pittsburgh Chemical Diversity Center, was a visiting fellow in the summer of 2017 at the University of Bologna, she is a fellow of the American Chemical Society, recipient of the ACS Philadelphia Local Section Award, has held a number of elected positions within the American Chemical Society at both the local and national levels, is 2015 Chair of the Division of Organic Chemistry. She is associate editor of ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters, she in an editor of the journal Organic Reactions and co-authored the textbook Medicinal Chemistry and the article "Medicinal Chemistry: Where Are All the Women?" which appeared in the ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters Journal.

Huryn’s research focuses on the design and synthesis of small molecules probes and drugs to treat cancer, neurodegenerative and infectious diseases

Dry Drayton

Dry Drayton is a village and civil parish about 5 miles northwest of Cambridge in Cambridgeshire, listed as Draitone in the Domesday Book in 1086. It covers an area of 829 hectares; the ancient parish of Dry Drayton formed between the Roman Via Devana to the north, the Cambridge to St Neot's road to the south, covering an area of 2421 acres. In 1966 around 350 acres were removed from the north west of the parish to create the new civil parish of Bar Hill. Now cleared of ancient woodland, the village has been used for arable farming for centuries. Listed as Draitone in the Domesday Book, the village became known as Dry Drayton by the start of the 13th century to distinguish it from Fen Drayton and the fact that it was susceptible to times of drought; the name "Drayton" means "farmstead where drays or sledges are used". The parish church in the village has been dedicated to St Paul since the 15th century; the building dates from the 13th century, consists of a chancel, an aisled and clerestoried nave with north porch, a three-storey west tower.

The tower is the oldest part of the present building and dates from the 13th century, as does the majority of the chancel and nave, though the church was restored in the 19th century. The plain octagonal font dates from the 13th century. Dry Drayton has a Methodist church, a primary school and a cricket ground; the village has one remaining public house, The Black Horse, that opened around 1780. Former pubs include the Three Horseshoes, that opened in the mid-18th century and closed in the mid-20th century. Away from the village was the Five Bells, that opened in the early 19th century where the Oakington road met the Huntingdon turnpike, it became a farmhouse in the first decades of the 20th century. The village High Street once was the main focus of the village but with expansion the focus has moved towards the area closer to the field called'The Park', despite not being a play park or recreational area. Most of the village services and shops closed following the opening of the Tesco superstore in Bar Hill.

Dry Drayton is connected to Bar Hill by a cycle path and pedestrian path known as "The Drift". There is a campaign to improve the cycling facilities between Bar Hill, Dry Drayton and Cambridge by providing an off-road cycle track Oakington to the northeast Hardwick to the south Madingley to the southeast Bar Hill to the north Media related to Dry Drayton at Wikimedia Commons Village website Dry Drayton Village Hall website

Albert Zafy

Albert Zafy was a Malagasy politician and educator who served as President of Madagascar from 27 March 1993 to 5 September 1996. In 1988, he founded the National Union for Democracy and Development. In 1992, Zafy stood as a presidential candidate against President Didier Ratsiraka; the election soon became a run-off between the two candidates. In 1993, Zafy won the run-off election in a landslide. During his presidency, Zafy received poor polling numbers due to an economic decline with accusations of corruption in his office, he was impeached in 1996 and defeated by Ratsiraka in the 1996 presidential election. After leaving office, Zafy remained active in politics as an opposition leader under successive administrations. Zafy was born in Ambilobe, Diana Region on 1 May 1927, he studied at the University of Montpellier in France. After his return to Madagascar he became Minister of Public Health and Social Affairs under Gabriel Ramanantsoa. After Didier Ratsiraka took power in 1975, Zafy resigned from the government and joined the University of Madagascar.

In 1988 he founded the National Union for Development. At a national conference of the opposition in 1990, Zafy was elected as President of the Committee of Active Forces, a cooperation group of several opposition parties, including Zafy's UNDD. On 16 July 1991, the CFV declared the creation of an alternative government, with Zafy as its Prime Minister. Zafy was detained for a week in late July 1991 and was met with a crowd of about 100,000 supporters upon his release, he was subsequently wounded during a protest. The opposition was successful in forcing Ratsiraka to agree to the Panorama Convention, which established a transitional government and stripped Ratsiraka of most of his powers, on 31 October 1991. Zafy oversaw the transition as head of the High State Authority, along with the Social and Economic Recovery Council, replaced the Supreme Revolutionary Council and the National Assembly during the 1991–1993 transitional period. In the multiparty presidential election held in November 1992, Zafy placed first in the first round with about 45% of the vote.

In the second round, held on 10 February 1993, Zafy won the presidency with 66.74% of the vote. He took office in late March–the first time since Madagascar's independence in 1960 that an incumbent president peacefully transferred power to an elected member of the opposition. In June 1993, Zafy's supporters won a majority in parliamentary elections. In office, Zafy's rivalry with Prime Minister Francisque Ravony led him to seek increased powers, in September 1995 a successful referendum was held that increased the powers of the president; this gave him authority over the selection of the prime minister, a decision, in the hands of the National Assembly. The president gained the ability to dismiss the prime minister without requiring new elections. Ravony resigned in October 1995, Zafy appointed Emmanuel Rakotovahiny, the head of the UNDD and had been Minister of State for Rural Development and Land Reform, in his place. Zafy's time in office was seen as being marked by economic decline, which negatively impacted his popularity, amid accusations of corruption and abuse of power, he was impeached by the National Assembly on 26 July 1996.

The impeachment was backed by more than the necessary two-thirds majority. On 4 September, the High Constitutional Court upheld the impeachment. On 5 September, Zafy announced that he would leave office on 10 October, he described his impeachment as a "constitutional coup d'état" that occurred as a result of his criticism of the National Assembly. Although he could not delay his departure from office, he was able to stand as a candidate in the late 1996 presidential election called as a result of his impeachment. In his 1996 campaign, Zafy blamed the problems faced by Madagascar during his presidency on his opponents and the International Monetary Fund, he downplayed the charges against him that had led to his impeachment. Although he had lost much of his support, in the first round of the election, held on 3 November, he was able to take second place with 23.39% of the vote, behind Ratsiraka's 36.61%. Zafy received some support in the second round from those who, despite their criticisms of Zafy, felt he was preferable to Ratsiraka, such as Interim President Norbert Ratsirahonana, who had unsuccessfully stood as a candidate in the first round.

In the second round, held on 29 December, Zafy narrowly lost to Ratsiraka, taking 49.29% of the vote and losing by about 45,000 votes. He alleged that the High Constitutional Court had switched the numbers for himself and Ratsiraka and said that he had not spoken of that at the time for the sake of peace. Zafy led an attempt to impeach Ratsiraka in early 1998, accusing him of various charges, including perjury and nepotism; the impeachment motion failed in the National Assembly on 4 February 1998 when only 60 deputies voted in favor of it, well short of the necessary 92. Zafy subsequently won a seat in the May 1998 parliamentary election, becoming the oldest deputy in the National Assembly, he unsuccessfully sought the secession of Antsiranana Province from Madagascar at around the same time. On 31 August 2001, Zafy announced that he would again run in the