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Saronic Islands

The Saronic Islands or Argo-Saronic Islands is an archipelago in Greece, named after the Saronic Gulf in which they are located, just off the Greek mainland. The main inhabited islands of this group are Salamis, Aegina and Poros; the islands of Hydra and Dokos, which lie off the northeast tip of the Peloponnese, are sometimes included as part of the Saronic Islands. Many mainland Greeks have vacation homes in the Saronic Islands, which are served by ferries from Piraeus and the Peloponnese. Salamis, the largest island of the group, is where the ancient Greek navy defeated the Persians in the Battle of Salamis

The Dominion Bank

The Dominion Bank was a Canadian bank, chartered in 1869 and based in Toronto, Ontario. On February 1, 1955, it merged with the Bank of Toronto to form the Toronto-Dominion Bank. In 1871, the Dominion Bank was launched by entrepreneurs and professionals under the leadership of James Austin with the opening of its first branch on King Street in Toronto, Ontario, they were dedicated to creating a new institution “conducive to the general prosperity of that section of the country.” The Dominion Bank was a cautious institution, “selecting its customers serving them well, duly prospering with them”. It too created a network of branches, in 1872 became the first Canadian bank to have two branches in one city – Toronto. With the maturing of the Canadian economy and the opening of northern Ontario and the West in 1880s and 1890s, the banks became more aggressive in loans to resource industries and manufacturing. In 1897, the Dominion Bank opened its first western branch in Winnipeg. In the first decade of the twentieth century, the bank expanded their branch networks in central Canada and across the west.

To mark its rise as a significant national institution, the Dominion Bank moved to a landmark head office at King and Yonge Street in 1879. The First World War brought new challenges for the bank when they were called upon to finance war expenditures and to support the innovation of war bonds marketed to the general public. Half the staff of the bank served in the armed forces. Except for some contraction in the western provinces due to drought, the decade following the war was one of expansion and increasing profitability due to resource development and industrial expansion. Both banks weathered the storm of Great Depression in the 1930s without great difficulty, despite a decline in earnings. Like all Canadian banks, they endured criticism of its credit policies and resisted the introduction of a central bank to control the money supply and advise on fiscal policy; the Bank of Canada was established and the banks relinquished their right to issue their own currency. The coming of the Second World War involved the banks, once again, in the marketing of war bonds and in participation in the control of foreign exchange and other financial war measures.

500 staff, or half the total, entered the armed forces. The Dominion Bank emerged from the war in 1945 stronger than with assets more than doubled since 1939. With the post-war boom, they became more active in business lending and in the penetration of new markets. However, they realized that the costs of expansion and competition with much larger rivals made their objectives difficult to realize; the bank had engaged in acquisitions or mergers in order to grow, but determined that a union with a bank of equal size would place it in a much stronger position to take advantage of the opportunities of the post-war economy. In 1954, negotiations began between the Bank of Toronto and the Dominion Bank, by the end of the year, an amalgamation agreement was reached. In their brief to the Minister of Finance, the banks stated: “It is more burdensome for a small bank to keep pace with the development of our country than for a large bank, with the result that the effective growth and comparative influence of smaller banks will in the future decline in comparison with that of the larger banks.”

On November 1, 1954, Canada's minister of finance announced that the amalgamation was accepted, shareholders were asked for their approval. This was forthcoming in December, on February 1, 1955, the Bank of Toronto and the Dominion Bank became the Toronto-Dominion Bank. James Austin, 1871-1897 Sir Frank Smith, 1897-1901 Sir Edmund Osler, 1901-1924 Sir Augustus Nanton, 1924-1925 Albert W. Austin, 1925-1933 Clarence A. Bogert, 1933-1948 C. H. Carlisle, 1934-1948 Robert Rae - 1948 The Dominion Bank building in Calgary, built in 1911, is on the Registry of Historical Places of Canada; the Dominion Bank Building in Winnipeg, built in 1907, is on the Registry of Historical Places of Canada. John M. Lyle was the architect for the Dominion Bank for many branches in Toronto and throughout Ontario from 1911 to 1939. List of Canadian banks One King Street West Robert Henry Bethune Quebec History - Dominion Bank TD Bank Financial Group: Celebrating a rich history

Alessio Da Cruz

Alessio Da Cruz is a Dutch professional footballer who plays as a forward or winger for English Championship side Sheffield Wednesday, on loan from Parma. Da Cruz was scouted aged 10 by Ajax at local side BAS in Biddinghuizen and played in the youth teams of Almere City and FC Twente, he made his Eredivisie debut on 15 August 2015 against ADO Den Haag. He replaced Bruno Uvini at half-time in a 1–4 home defeat, he was sent out on loan to FC Dordrecht in 2016. Da Cruz left Twente in July 2017 to join up with Italian side Novara. During his time at Novara he went on to put in some impressive displays. Altogether Da Cruz was capped for a sum of 19 matches and scored 5 goals during his six months at the club. In January 2018, despite mounting interest from English club Arsenal, he signed up with Serie B side Parma for €3 million. On 11 January 2019, Da Cruz joined on loan to Italian Serie B side Spezia until 30 June 2019. On 1 August 2019, Da Cruz joined Ascoli on loan with an option to buy. On 29 January 2020, Da Cruz joined English Championship side Sheffield Wednesday on loan until the end of the season.

Alessio-da-cruz at Soccerway. Retrieved 9 January 2018

Andrew Halcro

Andrew Halcro is an American politician from Anchorage, Alaska. A Republican member of the Alaska House of Representatives, he ran for Governor of Alaska as an independent candidate in the 2006 election, placing third with 9.46 percent of the vote. Halcro was born in San Francisco, California on September 20, 1964, he attended East Anchorage High School and received degrees from Willamette University and the University of Alaska Anchorage. Halcro was director of sales and marketing for Avis Rent a Car of Alaska and a board member of the Avis Licensee Association from 1990. From 2002 he was president of Avis Alaska, he stepped down as president and chief executive officer when he launched his 2006 gubernatorial campaign, but returned to the company following the election. In 1998, he ran for the Alaska House of Representatives as a Republican, winning both the primary and the general election. In 2000, he was unopposed in the general election, he did not seek re-election in 2002. Halcro ran for Governor of Alaska in 2006 as an independent candidate.

His gubernatorial campaign emphasised community health, economic wellbeing, the state's marketing efforts and small business. On election day, Halcro finished third, receiving 9.46 percent of the total. Republican nominee Sarah Palin won the election with 114,697 votes, 48.33 percent and former Governor Tony Knowles finished second, with 40.97 percent. After losing his gubernatorial bid, Halcro began a political blog, through which he became a prominent critic of Palin's administration and publicized the scandal surrounding Palin's July 2008 dismissal of a Public Safety Commissioner. Palin criticized Halcro in her memoir Going Rogue. Halcro said in September 2009 that he would run for the United States House of Representatives in Alaska's At-large congressional district in 2010, but in February 2010 said he was reconsidering his decision, he became president of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce in 2012. In January 2015 Halcro filed a letter of intent to run for Mayor of Anchorage, he declared his intention to run that month, said he was running because "We need a healthy economy, a healthy community, we need trust."

He did not advance to the runoff election. Official website

The Draco Tavern

The Draco Tavern is a 2006 collection of science fiction short stories by American writer Larry Niven concerning the activities of Rick Schumann, the bartender of the Draco Tavern. The Draco tavern is located near the Mount Forel spaceport; the tavern was created. The Chirpsithra stand 11 feet tall with salmon pink exoskeletons. All of them appear to be female, they enjoy mild electric currents. They originated on tidally locked planets around red dwarf suns, they had control over every single red dwarf sun in the galaxy, or so they claim. They enjoy the company of other sentient beings, are intelligent. Units of currency used for Chirp-Human commerce are the "svith" and trade markers, mentioned in the story "Cruel and Unusual"; when they first put their mile-wide bubbleships into orbit around the Moon and landed in Siberia, they brought a host of aliens with a desire to eat and socialize, thus the Draco Tavern was designed to cater to their individual diverse, conflicting interests. Notable stories include "Limits", in which Schumann overhears some traders talking about humans' limited lifespan giving them a unique approach to mathematics, thus justifying withholding the secret of immortality, "The Green Marauder", in which a new "alien" species turns out to be from the early development of Earth's ecosystem before photosynthesis poisoned the atmosphere with oxygen.

Several of the Rick Schumann/Draco Tavern short stories which have appeared in other short story collections by Larry Niven were not reprinted in this book, thus it is not a Draco Tavern omnibus. The stories included in this anthology are printed in the chronological order in which they were published. "The Subject is Closed" "Grammar Lesson" "Assimilating Our Culture, That's What They're Doing!" "The Schumann Computer" "The Green Marauder" "The Real Thing" "War Movie" "Limits" "Table Manners" "One Night at the Draco Tavern" "The Heights" "The Wisdom of Demons" "Smut Talk" "Ssoroghod's People" "The Missing Mass" "The Convergence of the Old Mind" "Chrysalis" "The Death Addict" "Storm Front" "The Slow Ones" "Cruel and Unusual" "The Ones Who Stay Home" "Breeding Maze" "Playhouse" "Lost" "Losing Mars" "Playground Earth" The Draco Tavern title listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database The Draco Tavern series listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database Review at SFReviews. Net

Just Say Roe

Released in 1994, Just Say Roe was the seventh and final in the Just Say Yes series from Sire Records. It contained non-album tracks of artists on the label, most of which were alternative rock, but included some pop and dance, it was conceived as a pro-choice album, put together by Sire after a letter from a listener named Todd VerBeek suggested the title and praised Sire for their willingness to address other politically sensitive issues. David Byrne - "Lilies of the Valley" Madonna - "Goodbye to Innocence" Doubleplusgood - "The Winding Song" Waterlillies - "I Am Woman" Belly - "It's Not Unusual" The Farm - "Comfort" John Wesley Harding - "Right to Choose" Kristin Hersh - "Hysterical Bending" Scorpio Rising - "It's Obvious" Poster Children - "Roe v. Wade" Danielle Dax - "Defiled" Tripmaster Monkey - "Blatant Affair" Bigod 20 - "It's Up to You" Judybats - "What We Lose" Ride - "I Don't Want to Be a Soldier" Greenberry Woods - "Adieu"Adapted from Amazon listing