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Shavkat Mirziyoyev

Shavkat Miromonovich Mirziyoyev is an Uzbek politician who has served as President of Uzbekistan and Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Uzbekistan since 2016. He was the Prime Minister of Uzbekistan from 2003 to 2016. Following the death of President Islam Karimov, he was appointed by the Supreme Assembly as interim president of Uzbekistan on 8 September 2016, he was subsequently elected as president in the December 2016 presidential election, winning 88.6% of the vote, was sworn in on 14 December 2016. In 1981, Mirziyoyev graduated from the Tashkent Institute of Melioration, he holds a Candidate degree in Technological Sciences. He served as governor of Jizzakh Region from 1996 to September 2001 as governor of Samarqand Region from September 2001 until his appointment as prime minister in 2003, he was nominated as prime minister by President Islam Karimov on 12 December 2003, approved by the Uzbek parliament. He replaced Prime Minister Oʻtkir Sultonov, his deputy was Ergash Shoismatov.

Mirziyoyev and Han Myeong-sook, the Prime Minister of South Korea, met in Tashkent on 25 September 2006. They signed several agreements, including one deal in which Uzbekistan will send 300 tons of Uzbek uranium ore to South Korea every year from 2010 to 2014; the deal bypasses U. S. companies that acted as middlemen for South Korean imports of Uzbek uranium ore. Han met with President Islam Karimov and parliament speaker Erkin Xalilov. Han and Mirziyoyev boosted cooperation in the energy, construction and information technology sectors. Trade between South Korea and Uzbekistan increased by nearly 40% between 2005 and 2006, to $565 million. According to a 2017 report by Human Rights Watch on forced and child labour in the cotton sector of Uzbekistan, during his time as prime minister from 2003 to 2016 Mirziyoyev "oversaw the cotton production system, as the previous governor of Jizzakh and Samarkand, he was in charge of two cotton-producing regions; the 2016 harvest, when Mirziyoyev was acting president and retained control over cotton production, continued to be defined by mass involuntary mobilization of workers under threat of penalty."

The report states that during a 2015 conference call with local authorities and farmers Mirziyoyev said “Go to the homes of farmers in debt, who can’t repay their credit, take their cars, if there are none, take the slate from their roofs!” A member of the Samarkand clan, he was considered to be one of the leading potential successors to Islam Karimov as President of Uzbekistan. Mirziyoyev was reported to have friendly relations with Karimov's wife, Tatyana Karimova, National Security Council chairman Rustam Inoyatov. After the death of Karimov was announced on 2 September 2016, Mirziyoyev was appointed as head of the committee organizing the funeral of the President; that was taken as a sign. On 8 September 2016, he was appointed as interim president of Uzbekistan by a joint session of both houses of parliament. Although the chairman of the Senate, Nigmatilla Yuldashev, was constitutionally designated as Karimov's successor, Yuldashev proposed that Mirziyoyev take the post of interim president instead in light of Mirziyoyev's "many years of experience".

There were expectations that Mirziyoyev would repair Uzbek relations with Tajikistan. He started to settle a long-running border dispute with Kyrgyzstan, regular flights between the capitals of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan were set to resume in January 2017 for the first time since 1992; the electoral commission announced on 16 September that Mirziyoyev would stand in the December 2016 presidential election as the candidate of the Liberal Democratic Party. Mirziyoyev won the election, held on 4 December 2016, with 88.6% of the vote according to official results, defeating three minor candidates. The election was described by The Economist as a sham, it claimed that the three opponents were only on the ballot to keep up the appearance of pluralism. The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe said the election lacked "a genuine choice," pointing to instances of ballot box stuffing and proxy voting. On 12 December 2016, Deputy Prime Minister Abdulla Aripov was nominated to take over from Mirziyoyev as prime minister.

Mirziyoyev was sworn in as president on 14 December, vowing to "continue the work of my dear teacher, the great statesman Islam Karimov", while promising "many changes in the cabinet". Aripov was confirmed as prime minister by parliament on the same day. On 6 March 2017, he made a state visit to Turkmenistan. In the three months following the death of Islam Karimov, Mirziyoyev began to hint at reforms to longstanding policies that had held back the Uzbek economy and isolated the country internationally, so many analysts believed that Mirziyoyev would be a better president than his predecessor. However, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development noted that "The people of Uzbekistan play no part in political decision-making processes. So far, no parliamentary or presidential election held in the post-Soviet era has been considered as either free or fair by the international community... Given the sensitive political situation in Uzbekistan, development cooperation activities there are implemented as far away from government

Stephani Victor

Stephani Victor is an LW 12–2 alpine skier Paralympic multi medalist. Stephani Victor was born on August 1969 in Ames, Iowa, she finished high school in Sewickley and graduated from a film studies program at the University of Southern California in 1992. Competing at the 2010 Winter Paralympics, she won a gold medal in the women's super combined sitting event, she won silver medals in the women's sitting slalom and the women's sitting giant slalom. Victor was named the Paralympic Sportswoman of the year by the United States Olympic Committee in 2009. Stephani Victor at the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee Stephani Victor at the International Paralympic Committee

Trivendra Singh Rawat

Trivendra Singh Rawat is an Indian politician and is the eighth and current Chief Minister of Uttarakhand. Rawat was a member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh from 1979 to 2002 and held the post of organizing secretary of the Uttarakhand region, the Uttarakhand state, after the state's formation in 2000, he was elected from Doiwala in the State's first legislative assembly elections in 2002. He served as the State's Minister of Agriculture; as a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party, he served as Jharkhand's in-charge and Uttarakhand cadre's president. Winning from Doiwala again in 2017, he was named the Chief Minister after his party won majority and formed the government. Rawat was born on 20 December 1960 in the village of Khairasain in the Kotdwar tehsil, in Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand, he was the youngest child in the family. He obtained his master's degree in journalism from Birla Campus in Srinagar affiliated to the Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University. Rawat joined the right-wing organization Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh in 1979 before becoming its pracharak for the Dehradun region in 1985.

Subsequently, he joined the political party associated with it. He was made BJP's organizing secretary for the Uttarakhand region and worked with senior leader Lalji Tandon at the time, he was actively involved in the Uttarakhand movement, during which he was arrested several times. After the region received statehood in 2000, Rawat was made the state cadre's BJP president. Rawat lost a by-election from Doiwala in 2014, when the seat was vacated by former chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal. In 2017 he won the same Assembly constituency of Doiwala. In July 2019, Trivendra Singh Rawat said that cow is the only animal that exhales oxygen and that living in close proximity to cows could cure tuberculosis; this unscientific statement sparked off a controversy. Official website of CM of Uttarakhand

List of most expensive paintings

This is a list of the highest known prices paid for paintings. The current record price is US$450 million paid for Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi in November 2017; the most famous paintings old master works done before 1803, are owned or held at museums, for viewing by patrons. Since the museums sell them they are considered priceless. Guinness World Records lists Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa as having the highest insurance value for a painting. On permanent display at the Louvre in Paris, the Mona Lisa was assessed at US$100 million on December 14, 1962. Taking inflation into account, the 1962 value would be around US$850 million in 2019; the earliest sale on the list below is from March 1987. This sale tripled the previous record, introduced a new era in top art sales. Before this, the highest absolute price paid for a painting was £8.1 million paid by the J. Paul Getty Museum for Andrea Mantegna's Adoration of the Magi at Christie's in London on April 18, 1985. In constant dollars, the highest price paid before 1987 was by the National Gallery of Art when in February 1967 they acquired Leonardo da Vinci's Ginevra de' Benci for around $5 million from the Princely Family of Liechtenstein.

The sale of Van Gogh's Sunflowers was the first time a "modern" painting became the record holder, as opposed to the old master paintings which had dominated the market. In contrast, there are only nine pre-1875 paintings among the listed top 89, none created between 1635 and 1874. An exceptional case is graffiti artist David Choe, who accepted payment in shares for painting graffiti art in the headquarters of a fledgling Facebook, his shares were of limited value when he was given them, but by the time of Facebook's IPO they were valued at around $200m. The list is incomplete with respect to sales between private parties, as these are not always reported and if they are, details like the purchase price may remain secret. For example, on 25 June 2019, the American hedge fund manager J. Tomilson Hill bought a rediscovered Judith and Holofernes attributed to Caravaggio, two days before it would have been auctioned in Toulouse. Though the Louvre Museum had turned down the opportunity to purchase it for €100 million, the painting was estimated to sell for $110 to $170 million.

The actual purchase price was not disclosed, because of a confidentiality agreement attached to the private sale. Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol are by far the best-represented artists in the list. Whereas Picasso and Warhol became wealthy men, Van Gogh is known to have sold only one painting in his lifetime, The Red Vineyard, for 400 francs in 1890, to the impressionist painter and heiress Anna Boch. Prices realised for just his nine paintings listed below, when adjusted for inflation to 2017, add up to over US$900 million. Georgia O'Keeffe holds the record for the highest price paid for a painting by a woman. On 20 November 2014 at Sotheby's, the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art bought her 1932 painting Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1 for US$44.4 million. Among the listed top 89, only 3 are paintings by non-Western artists, they are traditional Chinese paintings by Wang Meng. In particular, Qi Baishi's Twelve Landscape Screens was sold for $140.8m in 2017. Though just missing the list, the Chinese-French painter Zao Wouki's oil painting Juin-Octobre 1985 was sold for $65m in 2018.

In addition, Chinese painter Wang Shaofei's The High Sun was appraised for $74 million in 2017. This list is ordered by consumer price index inflation-adjusted value in millions of United States dollars in 2019. Where necessary, the price is first converted to dollars using the exchange rate at the time the painting was sold; the inflation adjustment may change as recent inflation rates are revised. A list in another currency may be in a different order due to exchange-rate fluctuations. Paintings are listed i.e. for the highest price sold. Market for artworks List of most expensive artworks by living artists List of most expensive photographs List of most expensive sculptures List of most expensive books and manuscripts The Price of Everything, 2018 documentary The Most Expensive Paintings sold list by theartwolf

Niederschönhausen

Niederschönhausen is a locality within the borough of Pankow in Berlin, Germany. It is known as "Pankow-Schönhausen" to differ it from Hohenschönhausen in Berlin-Lichtenberg. From 1949 until 1960 Schönhausen Palace and the adjacent Majakowskiring quarter were the residence of several members of the East German government referred to as Pankow by the West German media. Located north of the Berlin city centre, Niederschönhausen borders with the localities of Wilhelmsruh, Rosenthal in the north, Französisch Buchholz in the east, Pankow in the south and the Reinickendorf locality along the Berlin Northern Railway line in the west; the locality comprises several green areas, as the Schönholzer Heide, the Brosepark, the Schlosspark Pankow, the Bürgerpark and the cemetery Friedhof Pankow III. Niederschönhausen is divided into 3 zones: Majakowskiring Nordend Schönholz The locality is served by the tramway line M1 and by the bus lines 107, 150, 155 and 250; the S-Bahn crosses Niederschönhausen at the borders between Schönholz and Reinickendorf and serves it at Schönholz station.

A settlement called Schonenhusen inferior or Nydderen Schonhusen was, like many others in the Margraviate of Brandenburg, first mentioned in the 1375 doomsday book of Emperor Charles IV. The linear village was founded about 1230 by German colonists in the course of the medieval Ostsiedlung migration; the estates were purchased by the Elector Frederick III, who had the local manor house rebuilt in a Baroque style as a Hohenzollern residence. In 1740 the new king Frederick the Great left Schönhausen Castle to his consort Elisabeth Christine who lived here until her death in 1797; the residential area that arose after nearby Berlin had become the German capital is characterised by mansions and dwelling houses, developed around the year 1910 on the former estates of Schönhausen Palace. This short-lived municipality of the former Niederbarnim district merged into Berlin with the "Greater Berlin Act" in 1920. Part of East Berlin during the "Cold War", Schönhausen Palace from 1949 served as the seat of East German President Wilhelm Pieck and as a guest house of the East German government.

Johannes R. Becher and several East German government officials resided in the secluded Majakowskiring quarter, until they moved to Wandlitz in 1960. From 1961 to 1989 the western boundary of Niederschönhausen with Reinickendorf was part of the Berlin Wall. In June 1990 Schönhausen Palace was a site of the Two Plus Four talks that paved the way for German reunification. Today the adjacent premises house the German Federal Academy for Security Policy; the palace has been restored in its original Baroque condition and since 2009 is open to the public. Media related to Niederschönhausen at Wikimedia Commons

HMS Fareham (J89)

HMS Fareham was a Hunt-class minesweeper of the Aberdare sub-class built for the Royal Navy during World War I. She was not finished in time to participate in the First World War and survived the Second World War to be sold for scrap in 1948; the Aberdare sub-class were enlarged versions of the original Hunt-class ships with a more powerful armament. The ships displaced 800 long tons at normal load, they measured 231 feet long overall. The Aberdares had a beam of a draught of 7 feet 6 inches; the ships' complement consisted of ratings. The ships had two vertical triple-expansion steam engines, each driving one shaft, using steam provided by two Yarrow boilers; the engines gave a maximum speed of 16 knots. They carried a maximum of 185 long tons of coal which gave them a range of 1,500 nautical miles at 15 knots; the Aberdare sub-class was armed with a quick-firing four-inch gun forward of the bridge and a QF twelve-pounder anti-aircraft gun aft. Some ships were fitted with six- or three-pounder guns in lieu of the twelve-pounder.

Ships that served in the Second World War had two machine guns installed in the bridge wings. The four-inch gun was replaced by another twelve-pounder and the machine guns were replaced by Oerlikon 20 mm cannon. Still another pair of Oerlikons was mounted in the stern. In 1944 -- 45 she was named acting as a minesweeping base ship. Fareham Cocker, M. P.. Mine Warfare Vessels of the Royal Navy: 1908 to Date. Shrewsbury, England: Airlife Publishing. ISBN 1-85310-328-4. Colledge, J. J.. Ships of the Royal Navy: The Complete Record of all Fighting Ships of the Royal Navy. London: Chatham Publishing. ISBN 978-1-86176-281-8. Gardiner, Robert & Gray, eds.. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships: 1906–1921. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 0-85177-245-5. Lenton, H. T.. British & Commonwealth Warships of the Second World War. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 1-55750-048-7