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Standby High-Readiness Brigade

The Standby High-Readiness Brigade was a Danish-led initiative associated with the United Nations that aimed to create a standby force ready for peacekeeping. It was formed as a result of the genocide in Rwanda and other atrocities, its permanent headquarters were in Garderkasernen, Høvelte 30 kilometres north of Copenhagen in Denmark. It was declared ready for operations on January 1, 2000, deployed to the Horn of Africa in November 2000 to form the core of the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea under the command of Royal Netherlands Marine Corps Major General Patrick Cammaert; the Brigade returned from that mission six months and began a training cycle. It announced that it would again be ready for action as of January 1, 2002. Cammaert's appointment was extended at least once. Commanders included Brig. Gen. Sten Edholm, Brig Gen Greg Mitchell; the Brigade comprised a number of troops varying between four and five thousand, drawn from units pledged by eleven countries: Argentina, Canada, Finland, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania and Sweden.

The nations that contributed to SHIRBRIG had the right to opt out of any operation. For example, when the UNMEE was formed and Romania opted out for financial reasons; the Brigade expected to operate independently at a considerable distance from support for up to 60 days. It stood ready for deployment from point of embarkation at 15 to 30 days' notice, its deployment will be limited to six months duration, after which the mission will either be terminated or other forces will replace the Brigade. Other operations the Brigade took part in were planning ECOWAS's operation in Cote d'Ivoire, forming the Interim Headquarters of the United Nations Mission in Liberia; the Brigade closed down the organization. Official website Ten Years of SHIRBRIG-Research Paper SHIRBRIG: The Future of Canada's Contribution to UN Peace Operations?, Canadian Forces Journal, 8, 2. UN website - SHIRBRIG: Ready to deploy

Elizabeth Margaretta Maria Gilbert

Elizabeth Margaretta Maria Gilbert was an English philanthropist. Elizabeth Gilbert was born in Oxford, the daughter of Ashurst Gilbert, principal of Brasenose College and the Bishop of Chichester and his wife, Mary Ann Wintle Gilbert. Elizabeth caught scarlet fever at the age of two, her parents chose to educate her alongside her sisters, she learned languages and music, after 1851 used a "Foucault frame" writing device to write. She enjoyed tactile astronomy lessons with an orrery, according to her biographer. "The little fingers fluttered over the planets and followed their movements with great delight." In 1842 Gilbert came into a sizeable inheritance from a godmother, allowing her financial independence in adulthood. In 1854 she and William Hanks Levy established a vocational training program only for men, called "The Association for Promoting the General Welfare of the Blind". Soon, as Gilbert's fundraising efforts succeeded, a library and more classes were added, blind women were included by 1857.

Elizabeth Gilbert, never in robust health, became more ill in 1875, died in 1884, aged 58 years. The organization Gilbert founded continues today as CLARITY - Employment for Blind People; the National Portrait Gallery has two 1860s portraits of Elizabeth Margaretta Maria Gilbert in its collection

Chagatai language

Chagatai is an extinct Turkic language, once spoken in Central Asia and remained the shared literary language there until the early 20th century. Literary Chagatai is the predecessor of the modern Karluk branch of Turkic languages, which includes Uzbek and Uyghur. Ali-Shir Nava'i was the greatest representative of Chagatai literature. Chagatai literature is still regarded as part of the Turkic heritage; the word Chagatai relates to the Chagatai Khanate, a descendant empire of the Mongol Empire left to Genghis Khan's second son, Chagatai Khan. Many of the Chagatai Turks and Tatars, who were the speakers of this language, claimed descent from Chagatai Khan; as part of the preparation for the 1924 establishment of the Soviet Republic of Uzbekistan, Chagatai was renamed "Old Uzbek", which Edward A. Allworth argued "badly distorted the literary history of the region" and was used to give authors such as Ali-Shir Nava'i an Uzbek identity, it was referred to as "Turki" or "Sart". In China, it is sometimes called "ancient Uyghur".

Chagatai belongs to the Karluk branch of the Turkic language family. It is descended from Middle Turkic, which served as a lingua franca in Central Asia, with a strong infusion of Arabic and Persian words and turns of phrase, its literary form was based on two earlier literary Middle Turkic languages and Khorezmian. It can be divided into three periods: Pre-classical Chagatai. Classical Chagatai. Post-classical Chagatai; the first period is a transitional phase characterized by the retention of archaic forms. One is the preservation of the classical Chagatai language of Nava'i, the other trend is the increasing influence of the dialects of the local spoken languages. Uzbek and Uyghur are the two modern languages most related to Chagatai. Uzbeks regard Chagatai as the origin of their own language and claim Chagatai literature as their own. In 1921 in Uzbekistan a part of the Soviet Union, Chagatai was replaced by a literary language based on a local Uzbek dialect; the Berendei, a 12th-century nomadic Turkic people related to the Cumans, seem to have spoken Chagatai.

Ethnologue records the use of the word "Chagatai" in Afghanistan to describe the "Tekke" dialect of Turkmen. Up to and including the eighteenth century, Chagatai was the main literary language in Turkmenistan as well as most of Central Asia. While it had some influence on Turkmen, the two languages belong to different branches of the Turkic language family; the most famous of the Chagatai poets is Ali-Shir Nava'i, who – among his other works – wrote Muhakamat al-Lughatayn, a detailed comparison of the Chagatai and Persian languages, in which he argued for the superiority of the former for literary purposes. His fame is attested by the fact that Chagatai is sometimes called "Nava'i's language". Among prose works, Timur's biography is written in Chagatai, as is the famous Baburnama of Babur, the Timurid founder of the Mughal Empire. A Divan attributed to Kamran Mirza is written in Persian and Chagatai, one of Bairam Khan's Divans was written in the Chagatai language. Important writings in Chagatai from the period between the 17th and 18th centuries include those of Abu al-Ghazi Bahadur: Shajarayi Tarakima and Shajarayi Türk.

Prominent 19th century Khivan writers include his nephew Muhammad Riza Agahi. Muhammad Rahim Khan II of Khiva wrote ghazals. Musa Sayrami's Tārīkh-i amniyya, completed 1903, its revised version Tārīkh-i ḥamīdi, completed 1908, represent the best sources on the Dungan Revolt in Xinjiang; the following are books written on the Chagatai language by natives and westerners: Muḥammad Mahdī Khān, Sanglakh. Abel Pavet de Courteille, Dictionnaire turk-oriental. Ármin Vámbéry 1832–1913, Ćagataische Sprachstudien, enthaltend grammatikalischen Umriss, und Wörterbuch der ćagataischen Sprache. Sheykh Suleyman Efendi, Čagataj-Osmanisches Wörterbuch: Verkürzte und mit deutscher Übersetzung versehene Ausgabe. Sheykh Süleymān Efendi, Lughat-ï chaghatay ve turkī-yi'othmānī. Mirza Muhammad Mehdi Khan Astarabadi, Mabaniul Lughat: Yani Sarf o Nahv e Lughat e Chughatai. Abel Pavet de Courteille, Mirâdj-nâmeh: récit de l'ascension de Mahomet au ciel, composé a.h. 840, texte turk-oriental, publié pour la première fois d'après le manuscript ouïgour de la Bibliothèque nationale et traduit en français, avec une préf. analytique et historique, des notes, et des extraits du Makhzeni Mir Haïder.

The Qing dynasty commissioned dictionaries on the major languages of China which included Chagatai Turki, such as the Pentaglot Dictionary. The Chagatai alphabet is known as Kona Yëziq. Eckmann, János, Chagatay Manual.. Bloomington, Ind.: Indiana University, 1966. Reprinted edition, Richmond: Curzon Press, 1997, ISBN 0-7007-0860-X, or ISBN 978-0-7007-0860-4. Bodrogligeti, András J. E. A Grammar of Chagatay.. München: LINCOM Europa, 2001. ISBN 3-89586-563-X. Pavet de Courteille, Dictionnaire Turk-Oriental: Destinée principalement à faciliter la lecture des ouvrages de Bâber, d'Aboul-Gâzi, de Mir Ali-Chir Nevâï, et d'autres ouvrages en langues touraniennes (Eastern Turkish Dictionary: Intended Primarily to Facilitate the Reading of the Works of Babur, Abu'l Ghazi, Mir ʿAli Shir Navaʾi, Other Works in Turanian

A Bucket of Blood (1995 film)

A Bucket of Blood is a 1995 American black comedy horror film directed by Michael James McDonald. The film features Will Ferrell in his film debut, Jennifer Coolidge in only her second film role, it is a remake of A Bucket of Blood, the 1959 cult film directed by Roger Corman, who produced the remake. Both films tell the story of a nerdy busboy who turns to murder in order to create his unique sculptures; the remake, made for Showtime, was released on home video under the title The Death Artist. It has never been made available on DVD; the 1995 remake follows the original with some changes, including a contemporary setting. It was part of Roger Corman Presents on Showtime. Walter Paisley works at a cappuccino bar called the Jabberjaw. Several characters are added to the story, including an older rich couple looking for art by new talent; the screenplay by Brendan Broderick portrays the characters in a different way from Charles B. Griffith's original version. Walter is played more darkly, with a bitterness and rage that becomes apparent from the first moments on screen.

Carla is played as a thick-accented Eurotrash type with too much makeup. Maxwell Brock is more pretentious. Leonard the owner is more craven; the stoner types are played by then-unknown Will David Cross. In the scene where the fateful death of the landlady's cat occurs, Walter sees a leftover supply of plaster and a mortar kit within the partition where the cat was trapped prior to his accidentally skewering the animal, he uses that to encase the cat and his victims. The impetuous undercover cop who follows Walter and tries to bully him into a confession of being a drug mule is played to be more obnoxious than the same character played in the original by Burt Convy. So, too, is the character of Alice made to be so nasty that she begs Walter's wrath; when he convinces her to model for him, there is frontal nudity. The implied sexual tension is made more candid as Alice taunts Walter about his virginity; this enrages Walter so much that when he springs his trap on her, he doesn't strangle her so much as breaks her neck.

The sculptures he creates are less abstract than in the original film." Absent is the element of magical realism where, once the jig is up, the "ghostly" voices of Walter's victims sting his conscience and drive him to render justice unto himself by hanging. The remake ends with a "where are they now?" Photo sequence that explains that Carla was so traumatized by Walter's death that she became a mute, Maxwell attempted to imitate Walter's "final work of genius" by committing suicide—and failed, Leonard burned down his business and collected on the insurance money, Cuff and Link found success with their work and now live together as roommates. Anthony Michael Hall as Walter Justine Bateman as Carla Shadoe Stevens as Maxwell Sam Lloyd as Leonard Jesse D. Goins as Art Kin Shriner as Lou Sheila Travis as Mayolia David Cross as Charlie Victor Wilson as Cuff Patrick Bristow as Link Paul Bartel as Older Man Mink Stole as Older Woman Julianna McCarthy as Mrs. Swicker Will Ferrell as Young Man Alan Sues as Art Buyer Darcy DeMoss as Alice Jennifer Coolidge as Stupid Girl Stephen Burrows as Carpenter Jim Jackson as Art Critic Jennifer Joyce as Woman at Show Michael James McDonald as Dancer Jim Wise as Guitar Player/Singer Tracy Grundland as Art Dealer Scott P. Levy as Slezy Agent #1 Brendan Broderick as Slezy Agent #2 Matthew Rever as Slezy Agent #3 Deena Casiano as Violinist Markus Reinhardt as Cellist Anthony Michael Hall was cast because of his roles in the Brat Pack movies of the 1980s.

”That’s what people identify him with, for better or worse,” said associate producer Darin Spillman. ”We were remaking a 1950s film and wanted someone identified with a new generation.”"It is what it is," said Hall of the film. A Bucket of Blood on IMDb A Bucket of Blood on YouTube A Bucket Of Blood at AllMovie Joe Bob Briggs. "The Death Artist review". Archived from the original on 2006-11-01. A Bucket of Blood at Letterbox DVD

Aladdin (Disney character)

Aladdin is a fictional character and the titular protagonist of Walt Disney Pictures' 31st animated feature film Aladdin based on Aladdin, a folk tale of Middle Eastern origin. He is voiced by American actor Scott Weinger, he stars in the two direct-to-video sequels The Return of Jafar and Aladdin and the King of Thieves, as well as the animated television series based on the film. Mena Massoud played a live-action version of the character in a live action adaptation of the 1992 film; when Aladdin is introduced, he is eighteen years old. He never received a formal education, has only learned by living on the streets of Agrabah, he has to steal food in the local market in order to survive. He was born to his wife; when Aladdin was only an infant, his father left him and his mother in order to find a better life for his family. One of the first issues that the animators faced during the production of Aladdin was the depiction of Aladdin himself. Director and producer John Musker explains: "In early screenings, we played with him being a little bit younger, he had a mother in the story.

In design he became more athletic-looking, more filled out, more of a young leading man, more of a teen-hunk version than before." He was going to be as young as 13, but that changed to 18. Supervising Animator Glen Keane used parts of teen idols and movie actors to build Aladdin's physique; the main inspiration for his appearance was Michael J. Fox in Back to the Future, but changed to Tom Cruise. Keane based the movement of Aladdin's loose pants on rapper MC Hammer; some have said this conception of the character makes him too contemporary for the setting of the film. Aladdin was drawn like those of other Disney heroes, to indicate innocence; the lineaments of his body are more rounded than is usual for Disney heroes. He looks except for his wardrobe. In the movie, they describe him as a street rat. Aladdin is portrayed as quick-witted, a caring person. Like most Disney male protagonists, he is a heroic young man who seeks to win the affection of many other characters, which demonstrates his insecurity.

He is not stealing, though never with malicious intentions, but in order to survive. The biggest difference from the norm is that, unlike most youthful Disney heroes, he is a doer rather than a passive character. In the first film, street rat Aladdin meets a girl in the marketplace, he falls in love with her at first sight, but he gets into trouble when their meeting is interrupted by guards who arrest him. She reveals that she is Princess Jasmine. Despite Jasmine's efforts to demand the guards to release Aladdin they tell her that she must first deal with Jafar in order to free him. In prison, Aladdin meets an old man who mentions a cave filled with treasure and that he needs Aladdin to enter it; the old man reveals a secret exit, Aladdin escapes with him and follows him into the desert. He enters the Cave of Wonders, where he meets a sentient magic carpet and is commanded to only get a magic lamp, he gets it. Aladdin and the carpet are left in the cave. Abu delivers the lamp to Aladdin, when he rubs it, a giant blue Genie appears, telling Aladdin he will fulfill three wishes.

After leaving the collapsed cave with the Genie's help, he decides to become a prince in order to win Jasmine's heart. In the first direct-to-video sequel, The Return of Jafar, Jasmine begins to question her love for Aladdin, wondering if he is a duplicitous liar after he saves Iago, Jafar's former pet parrot who had tortured her father. Meanwhile, Jafar is freed from his lamp by a awkward bandit named Abis Mal, plots his retribution against Aladdin. An animated series was created for Disney Channel and Toon Disney which aired from 1994 to 1996, based on the original 1992 feature; the series picked up where The Return of Jafar left off, with Aladdin still living on the streets of Agrabah, engaged to Jasmine. In the Aladdin television episode The Lost Ones it is shown that he had a childhood friend named Amal; the episode Seems Like Old Crimes shows that when Aladdin was sixteen, he fell in with a group of circus performers where he met his pet monkey Abu. Abu is a brown little monkey. In the second direct-to-video/DVD movie and third film in the series and the King of Thieves, Aladdin discovers that his long-lost father, Cassim, is still alive, sets out to find him.

Cassim had left the family shortly after his son's birth. Aladdin's mother died. At the climax of the film and Aladdin are wed, Aladdin reconciles with his father; the Return of Jafar and Aladdin and the King of Thieves together serve as bookends to the Aladdin as its prologue and epilogue, respectively. In the live action movie-adaptation of the first Aladdin movie of the same name, Aladdin is portrayed by Mena Massoud; the plot follows the story of human form Genie, as he tells a story to his two children about a street urchin named Aladdin, who falls in love with Princess Jasmine, befriends a wish-granting Genie, battles the conspiring Jafar. Aladdin was a member of the Disney Adventurers franchise targeted at young boys sold by the Disney Store from 1999-2004, which sold various merchandise including toys. Hercules and the Arabian Night is set after the end of King of Thieves as Jasmine refers to herself as married, he is featured as a guest in Disney's House of Mouse, Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse and Mickey's House of Vil

Nick Minnerath

Nicolas Lake Scott Minnerath is an American professional basketball player for the Seoul Samsung Thunders of the Korean Basketball League. He played college basketball for the University of Detroit Mercy. Minnerath attended Nauset Regional High School in Massachusetts. After playing sparingly as a junior, just two games into his senior year, he broke his leg and missed the rest of the season. In his freshman season at Jackson Community College, Minnerath finished runner-up in the Western Conference’s Player of the Year award after averaging 22.8 points and 9.1 rebounds, including setting the school record with 42 points in a game against Kirkland C. C. Minnerath made 4 3-pointers in the victory. In his sophomore season, he finished 19th in the nation in points per game, 16th in free throw percentage and 15th in blocks per game. A 1,000-point scorer at the JUCO level, he earned back-to-back Michigan Community College Athletic Association All-Region honors as well as first team All-Western Conference accolades.

He capped off an impressive two-year career at Jackson by being named a NJCAA Division II third team All-American. In 2010, he transferred to Detroit where he started every game in his first year, finishing the 2010–11 season with a hot stretch, as he had six 20-point games starting on January 1, 2011. In 33 games, he averaged 4.8 rebounds in 27.6 minutes per game. Minnerath redshirted his senior year after playing just five games before a knee injury ended his season. In those five games, he averaged 4.0 rebounds in 23.2 minutes per game. In his redshirted senior season, he was named to the 2013 All-Horizon League first team, he was named to the NABC District 12 second team and was one of 64 outgoing seniors to be invited to the 2013 Portsmouth Invitational Tournament. In 33 games, he averaged 5.9 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 29.6 minutes per game. After going undrafted in the 2013 NBA draft, Minnerath joined the Sacramento Kings for the 2013 NBA Summer League. On August 30, 2013, he signed with Obradoiro CAB of Spain for the 2013–14 season.

On January 13, 2014, he parted ways with Obradoiro. In 15 games, he averaged 6.0 points, 2.2 rebounds and 0.2 assists per game. On January 14, 2014, Minnerath signed with STB Le Havre of France for the rest of the season. In 15 games, he averaged 11.9 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game. In July 2014, Minnerath joined the Brooklyn Nets for the 2014 NBA Summer League. On July 25, 2014, he signed with Cholet Basket for the 2014–15 season. In 34 games, he averaged 0.6 assists per game. On September 28, 2015, Minnerath signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers. However, he was waived by the Cavaliers on October 22 after appearing in three preseason games. On October 30, he was acquired by the Canton Charge of the NBA Development League as an affiliate player of the Cavaliers. On November 14, he made his debut for the Charge in a 106–99 loss to the Maine Red Claws, recording 17 points, 10 rebounds and one block in 38 minutes. At the season's end, he was named to the All-NBA D-League Second Team after playing in 49 games and averaging 18.5 points on.508 shooting and 6.9 rebounds in 29.9 minutes per game, helping the Charge tie a franchise record 31 wins.

On July 15, 2016, Minnerath signed with the Russian team Avtodor Saratov. Minnerath had an outstanding scoring season, as he was crowned the VTB United League Scoring Champion, after averaging 23.3 points per game during the 2016–17 season. To go along with this accomplishment, he was the scoring leader of the European-wide 3rd-tier level Basketball Champions League's 2016–17 season, with an average of 20.3 points per game. On July 18, 2017, Minnerath signed with the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association. Minnerath with Jimmer Fredette led the Sharks to the playoffs, they were defeated by the Beijing Ducks in the first round. Minnerath was one of top two players in points scored per minute, he averaged 27.9 points in 29 minutes of play. He shot.490 from an eye popping 46 % from three, and.873 from the line. Minnerath led team in rebounds with 8.5 per game. Successful first year in China for Minnerath. On November 15, 2018, Minnerath was reported to have signed with Xinjiang Flying Tigers.

Minnerath left Xinjiang-Flying-Tigers of the CBA in December of his own choice to play in BSN in Puerto Rico. This allowed him to be closer to his new child in Florida. On January 12, 2019, Minnerath was reported to have signed with Leones de Ponce. Minnerath was a first team All-Star for the BSN, he was the leagues leading scorer with an average of 21.9 points per game. On July 16, 2019 he signed with the Seoul Samsung Thunders of the KBL. Minnerath is the son of Marie Scott and Michael Minnerath, the latter a Cape Cod National Seashore Ranger, has a twin sister named Jessica. Eurobasket.com profile Detroit Mercy Titans bio