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Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani is the current Emir of Qatar. He is the fourth son of the previous Emir, Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani. Tamim has held a variety of government posts within Qatar and has been at the forefront of efforts to promote sports and healthy living within the country; as of 2018, Tamim is the youngest reigning monarch among the GCC countries and the youngest current sovereign worldwide. Tamim bin Hamad was born on 3 June 1980 in Qatar, he is the fourth son of Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, second son of Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Hamad's second wife. Tamim was educated at Great Britain's Sherborne School in Dorset, at Harrow School, where he sat his A-Levels in 1997, he attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, graduating in 1998. Sheikh Tamim was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Qatar Armed Forces upon graduation from Sandhurst, he became the heir apparent to the Qatar throne on 5 August 2003, when his elder brother Sheikh Jassim renounced his claim to the title.

Since he was groomed to take over rule, working in top security and economics posts. In August 5th 2003, he was appointed deputy commander-in-chief of Qatar's armed forces. Sheikh Tamim promoted sport as part of Qatar's bid to raise its international profile. In 2005 he founded Oryx Qatar Sports Investments, which owns Paris Saint-Germain F. C. among other investments. In 2006, he chaired the organizing committee of the 15th Asian Games in Doha. Under his leadership, all member countries attended the event for the first time in its history; that year Egypt's Al Ahram voted Tamim "the best sport personality in the Arab world". Under his guidance, Qatar won the rights to host the 2014 FINA Swimming World Championships and the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Tamim is a member of the International Olympic Committee and the National Olympic Committee chairman, he headed Doha's bid for the 2020 Olympics. The country will host the football World Cup in 2022. Qatar is expected to spend about $100 billion on infrastructure to prepare for the event.

Sheikh Tamim heads the Qatar Investment Authority board of directors. Under his leadership, the fund has invested billions in British businesses, it owns large stakes in Barclays Bank, Sainsbury's, Harrods. The fund owns a share of Europe's fourth tallest building, the Shard. Tamim has held a number of other posts, including: Head of the Upper Council of the Environment and Natural Sanctuaries. Chairman of the Supreme Council for the Environment and Natural Reserves. Chairman of the Supreme Education Council. Chairman of the Supreme Council of Information and Communication Technology. Chairman of the board of directors of Public Works Authority and the Urban Planning and Development Authority. Chairman of the board of regents of Qatar University. Deputy chairman of the Ruling Family Council. Vice president of the Supreme Council for Economic Affairs and Investment. Deputy chairman of the High Committee for Coordination and Follow Up. Member of "Sports for All". On 25 June 2013, Tamim's father, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, revealed his own plan to step down as Emir of Qatar in a meeting with his close relatives and aides.

Tamim became the Emir of Qatar after his father handed over power in a televised speech. He was the first ruler, in a succession of three Qatari rulers from the Al Thani family, to ascend to power without resorting to a coup. According to The Economist, of his previous sibling rivals to the throne, "One played too much, the other prayed too much."The transition of power was expected to be smooth, as family members hold many of the nation's top posts. Moreover, according to a diplomatic source close to the Al Thani family, Sheikh Tamim has "a strong personality" that allowed him to "establish himself within the ruling family" despite not being the family's first choice for Emir. Diplomats quoted by the BBC argued that Jassim, who served as crown prince for eight years, had hoped to expand his political powers. According to a report by Stratfor, Jassim had no allies among the military forces or secret police at the time of the 2013 political transition, thereby few chances to overturn Hamad's decree.

Tamim is described as friendly and open by those who know him. He is described as savvy and calculating. In addition, he is considered to be a pragmatist, to have "excellent relations" with the West, including the United States and France. Political analysts expect Tamim to be more risk-averse than his father. Preserving a national identity grounded in traditional values is expected to be Tamim's first priority. In striking contrast with his father's rule, who had prioritized Qatar's international profile, a new focus on domestic affairs has characterized Tamim's government so far. One of Tamim's first moves after coming to power was to streamline the bureaucracy by disassembling a number of parallel institutions, such as the Qatar National Food Security Program, incorporated into the Ministries of Economy and Agriculture, he decreased the fiscal budget of several institutions, including Qatar Foundation and Qatar Museums Authority. Since his accession to power, the government has expanded the roads around the capital, developed a new metro system, completed the construction of a new airport.

A new reform of the Qatari administration was launched towards increased discipline. Moreover, the post of foreign minister has passed to a non-royal; this is a significant change in the direction of meritocracy, given that during the previous administrations the prime minister, traditionally a royal, tended to double as foreign minister. Tamim took credit for some initiatives directed at countering local sensitivities arising f

2016 James Madison Dukes football team

The 2016 James Madison Dukes football team represented James Madison University during the 2016 NCAA Division I FCS football season. They were led by first year head coach Mike Houston and played their home games at Bridgeforth Stadium and Zane Showker Field, they were a member of the Colonial Athletic Association. They finished the season 14–1 overall with an 8–0 mark in CAA play to win the conference title, they received the automatic bid to the FCS playoffs, where they defeated New Hampshire, Sam Houston State, five-time defending champions North Dakota State to advance to the National Championship Game, where they defeated Youngstown State. This was their first national championship since 2004. In 2015, the Dukes finished with a record of 9–3, 6–2 in CAA play, to finish in a first-place tie with Richmond and William & Mary, they received an at-large bid to the FCS Playoffs and hosted Colgate in the second round. The Dukes lost to the Raiders, 44–38, were eliminated from the playoffs, it was this game that ended NDSU's streak of five consecutive FCS titles

Clive Merrison

Clive Merrison is a Welsh actor of film, television and radio. He trained at Rose Bruford College, he is best known for his long running BBC Radio portrayal of Sherlock Holmes, having played the part over 75 times. He has made numerous television appearances, he appeared as Boris Savinkov the White Russian commander in the series Reilly: Ace of Spies starring Sam Neill as Reilly. He has twice appeared in supporting roles in Doctor Who, in The Tomb of the Cybermen and Paradise Towers, he has appeared in Yes, Prime Minister, Kit Curran, The Labours of Erica, Drop the Dead Donkey, Time Riders, Pie in the Sky, The Tomorrow People, Mortimer's Law, The Bill, Believe Nothing, Midsomer Murders, Foyle's War and The Brief. He played Mark's father in the 2010 Peep Show Christmas special, played Clement Attlee in the 2012 TV movie Bert and Dickie, he has done voice work as a guest appearance in the children's animated series Testament: The Bible in Animation and Shakespeare: The Animated Tales. He portrayed Antonin Artaud in the Rome and London premieres of Charles Marowitz's play, Artaud at Rodez.

He portrayed the headmaster in the original National Theatre and Broadway productions of Alan Bennett's hit play, The History Boys which went on to win 6 Tony Awards and an Oliver for Best New Play. Merrison was a member of Laurence Olivier's National Theatre Company in the 1970s and the Royal Shakespeare Company, at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-on-Avon. Merrison played the onscreen father of Kate Winslet in the 1994 film Heavenly Creatures, directed by Peter Jackson, the traditionalist headmaster in Alan Bennett's The History Boys, filmed in 2006, he was the forger in the 1981 film Escape to Victory and played Thaddeus Sholto in The Sign of Four, Desmond Fairchild in An Awfully Big Adventure and the lawyer in Saving Grace. His other film credits included roles in Henry VIII and His Six Wives, Riddles of the Sphinx, Coming Out of the Ice, the Clint Eastwood film Firefox, The English Patient, True Blue, Photographing Fairies, Janice Beard and Pandaemonium. From 5 November 1989 to 5 July 1998 he played the lead role of Sherlock Holmes on radio in a series of BBC 4 dramatisations, with Michael Williams as Dr. Watson.

With Andrew Sachs as Watson, Merrison continued to play Holmes in the Bert Coules-scripted pastiche series The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, the first series of, broadcast in 2002, the second in 2004, the third in 2008-9 and the fourth in 2010. He is the first actor to have played Holmes in adaptations of every single Conan Doyle short story and novel about the character. Merrison has appeared in other BBC radio series and plays, including Groosham Grange. Henry VIII and His Six Wives - Weston Riddles of the Sphinx - Chris Escape to Victory - The Forger - The English Mark Gertler: Fragments of a Biography - Futurist Coming Out of the Ice - Bikov Firefox - Major Lanyev The Sign of Four - Bartholomew Sholto Rebecca's Daughters - Sir Henry Heavenly Creatures - Dr. Henry Hulme An Awfully Big Adventure - Desmond Fairchild The English Patient - Fenelon-Barnes True Blue - Jack Garnet Photographing Fairies - Gardner Janice Beard - Tobo Saving Grace - Quentin Up at the Villa - Archibald Grey Pandaemonium - Dr. Gillman The Discovery of Heaven - Theo Kern The History Boys - The Headmaster Bert and Dickie - Clement Attlee The Lady in the Van - Man in Confessional The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - Mr. Gilbert Clive Merrison on IMDb

2012 in animation

This is a list of events in 2012 in animation. 4 February: The 39th Annie Awards are held. 14 February: Matt Groening receives a star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 19 February: The Simpsons reach their 500th episode with At Long Last Leave in which Julian Assange is special guest voice. 26 February: 84th Academy Awards: Rango by Gore Verbinski wins the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg wins the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. 2 March: The Lorax, a film based on the book by Dr. Seuss is released. 15 April: The couch gag of The Simpsons episode Beware My Cheating Bart is animated by Bill Plympton. This is the first time. 20 May: In The Simpsons episode Lisa Goes Gaga, pop singer Lady Gaga is special guest voice. 8 June: The third Madagascar film, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, is released by DreamWorks. 22 June: Brave, produced by the Walt Disney Company and Pixar, is released. 13 July: The animated short The Longest Daycare premiers, featuring Maggie Simpson and directed by David Silverman.

24 August: Don Hertzfeldt's It's Such a Beautiful Day premiers. 25 August: Toonzai is replaced by Vortexx 20 September: Tim Burton's Frankenweenie is released. 2 November: The Walt Disney Company releases Wreck-It Ralph. 10 November: The first episode of Littlest Pet Shop is broadcast. Academy Award for Best Animated Feature: Brave Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film: Paper Man Animation Kobe Feature Film Award: K-On! Annecy International Animated Film Festival Cristal du long métrage: Crulic: The Path to Beyond Annie Award for Best Animated Feature: Wreck-It Ralph Asia Pacific Screen Award for Best Animated Feature Film: A Letter to Momo BAFTA Award for Best Animated Film: Brave César Award for Best Animated Film: Ernest & Celestine European Film Award for Best Animated Film: Alois Nebel Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film: Brave Goya Award for Best Animated Film: Tad, The Lost Explorer Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year: Wolf Children Japan Media Arts Festival Animation Grand Prize: Combustible Mainichi Film Award for Best Animation Film: Wolf Children 29 February: Sheldon Moldoff, American comics artist and animator, dies at age 91.

5 March: Joaquim Muntañola, Spanish animator and comics artist, dies at age 97. 6 March: Robert B. Sherman, American songwriter and composer, dies at age 86. 20 March: Noboru Ishiguro, Japanese animated film director and screenwriter, dies at age 73. 23 March: Jim Duffy, American animator, dies at age 74. 25 March: Edd Gould, British animator, dies at age 23 from acute lymphoblastic leukemia. 22 April: Paul Gringle, American comics artist and illustrator, dies at age 89. 24 April: Yugo Sako, Japanese film director and animator, dies at age 84. 2 May: Digby Wolfe, British actor, dies at age 82. 6 May: George Lindsey, American actor, dies at age 83. 24 May: Millie Goldsholl, American animated film director and producer, dies at age 92. 29 May: Dick Beals, American voice actor, dies at age 85. 16 June: Susan Tyrrell, American voice actress, dies at age 67. 4 July: Gerald Polley, American singer and animator. 8 July: Ernest Borgnine, American actor, dies at age 95. 13 July: Ginny Tyler, American voice actress, dies at age 86.

26 July: Tibor Hernádi, Hungarian animator, animated film director, producer and storyboard artist, passes away at age 64. 27 July: Norman Alden, American actor, dies at age 87. Geoffrey Hughes, British actor, dies at age 68. 29 July: Chris Marker, French film director and animator, dies at age 91. 21 August: Tissa David, Romanian-American animated film director, dies at age 91 from a brain tumor. 22 August: Jeffrey Stone, American model, dies at age 85. 3 September: Ottó Foky, Hungarian animator and animated film director, dies at age 75. 16 September: John Coates, British film producer, dies at age 84. 12 October: Břetislav Pojar, Czech puppeteer and animated film director, passes away at age 89. 14 October: John Clive, British actor, dies at age 79. 21 October: Run Wrake, British animator and film director, dies at age 46. October 27: Bill White, American animator and comics artist, dies at age 51. 5 November: Margaret Nichols, American animator (Warner Bros. Animation, Walt Disney Animation St

Trahaearn ap Caradog

Trahaearn ap Caradog was a King of Gwynedd. Trahaearn was a son of Caradog ap Gwyn, ruler of Arwystli, a small state, on the south-western border between Gwynedd and Powys, he was born in 1044 in Arwystli, died in 1081 in Mynydd Carn in Pembrokeshire, at the Battle of Mynydd Carn. On the death of Bleddyn ap Cynfyn in 1073, it appears that none of his sons were old enough to claim the throne, Bleddyn's cousin Trahaearn ap Caradog, seized power; the same year Gruffudd ap Cynan landed on Anglesey with an Irish force and, with the assistance of the Norman Robert of Rhuddlan, defeated Trahaearn at the Battle of Gwaed Erw in Meirionnydd, gaining control of Gwynedd. However tension between Gruffudd ap Cynan's Irish bodyguard and the local Welsh people led to a rebellion in Llyn and Trahaearn took the opportunity to counterattack, defeating Gruffudd at the Battle of Bron yr Erw at Clynnog Fawr in Caernarfonshire in 1073, forcing him to flee back to Ireland. In 1078 Caradog ap Gruffydd killed Rhys ab Owain of Deheubarth, responsible for the killing of Bleddyn ap Cynfyn, in the Battle of Gwdig or Battle of Goodwick.

Caradog ap Gruffydd wanted to take control of Deheubarth, like his grandfather had done. However Rhys ap Tewdwr, Rhys ab Owain’s second cousin, meanwhile had taken power of Deheubarth becoming its king. Rhys ap Tewdwr was forced to flee when Caradog ap Gruffydd invaded Deheubarth in 1081, he sought protection in St David's Cathedral at the far southwestern corner of his kingdom. Gruffudd ap Cynan returned on a second campaign from Ireland with an army of Danes and Irish to become King of Gwynedd, he took his fleet to St David’s and made an alliance with Rhys ap Tewdwr, ousted as prince of Deheubarth by Caradog ap Gruffydd of Morgannwg. Gruffudd ap Cynan received additional support with backers, they all agreed to remove Trahaearn ap Caradog from controlling Gwynedd and went about the task of doing this. However, meanwhile Trahaearn had learned of their plot and secretly formed an alliance with Caradog ap Gruffydd and Meilyr ap Rhiwallon. Trahaearn obtained Norman arbalest crossbowmen for additional support for his army.

The two enemy armies met at Mynydd Carn and the fierce bloody Battle of Mynydd Carn ensued north of St David's. Trahaearn and Meilyr were killed. Gruffudd became King of Gwynedd. Rhys ap Tewdwr, Gruffudd's ally, once again became King of Deheubarth. R. R. Davies; the age of conquest: Wales 1063-1415. O. U. P. ISBN 0-19-820198-2. Thomas Jones, ed. Brut y Tywysogion: Peniarth MS. 20 version

William R. Hoel

William R. Hoel was an officer in the United States Navy during the American Civil War. A native of Butler County, Hoel was a Mississippi River steamboat pilot when he entered the United States Navy 19 October 1861. Hoel's first wife was daughter of Daniel Riley, of Cincinnati, his second wife was Elizabeth Hunt, eldest daughter of Dr. Samuel Pancoast Hunt and his wife Elizabeth Thomas, of Morrow, Warren County, Ohio. Captain Hoel and Elizabeth Hoel had two children: Rion Hoel. On 6 February 1862, while serving as the First Master of Cincinnati, Hoel was wounded during the Battle of Fort Henry. Less than two months on 4 April, he volunteered to pilot gunboat Carondelet in her famous run past the Rebel batteries at Island Number 10 to reach Maj. Gen. John Pope's Army at New Madrid; the gunboat's valiant dash through a hailstorm of Confederate fire enabled Union forces to cross the river and to take this key island with quantities of cannon and stores. It thus opened the Mississippi for operations by Union gunboats bringing the Federal armies in a long stride to within sight of Memphis.

Hoel's courageous and skillful service on this occasion won the praise of Flag-Officer Andrew H. Foote, the thanks of the Navy from Secretary Gideon Welles, promotion to the rank of Acting Volunteer Lieutenant effective 29 April 1862. On 10 May 1862 Hoel assumed command of Cincinnati when serious wounds incapacitated her captain, Commander Roger N. Stembel; the new commander of the Western Flotilla, Captain Charles Henry Davis, took this opportunity to express his admiration of Hoel. "I can not praise more than they deserve his high ability. He sets the highest example to those below him, if it were possible to give him a permanent position worthy of his merits, the Navy would be the gainer..." On 29 October, Hoel took command of USS Pittsburg on which he served with distinction in the campaign to take Vicksburg. One of Lieutenant Hoel's exploits during this campaign is of special interest since it foreshadowed the heroism of the World War II destroyer which bore his name, USS Hoel. On 29 April 1863, as Acting Rear Admiral David D. Porter's flotilla was bombarding the Confederate Batteries at Grand Gulf, his flagship, USS Benton, became unmanageable and was caught under heavy fire in a position where she could neither steer nor reply to the enemy guns.

On seeing Porter's predicament, Hoel slipped the Pittsburg in between Benton and the flaming Rebel batteries to protect her by taking the fire himself. In the next 10 minutes his heroism cost the Pittsburg 6 men killed and 8 wounded, but the sacrifice allowed Benton to extricate herself from the deadly trap; the bombardment was so successful that the next day General Ulysses Grant safely moved his troops across the Mississippi to begin the operations which at long last isolated and captured Vicksburg. Hoel was promoted to Acting Volunteer Lieutenant Commander on 10 November 1864. Detached from Pittsburg, he took command of USS Vindicator 1 March 1865 on which he served until 7 July 1865, he was honorably discharged on 30 December 1865. Hoel returned to piloting, was active in the Grand Army of the Republic, served as master of the lighthouse tender Lily, he married a second time but became suspicious of his wife Elizabeth's relationship with a local doctor. He was shot and killed in the struggle.

After an inquest, the doctor was not charged with any crime. "William R. Hoel". Find a Grave. Retrieved 6 May 2009