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The Merchant of Venice

The Merchant of Venice is a 16th-century play written by William Shakespeare in which a merchant in Venice named Antonio defaults on a large loan provided by a Jewish moneylender, Shylock. It is believed to have been written between 1596 and 1599. Although classified as a comedy in the First Folio and sharing certain aspects with Shakespeare's other romantic comedies, the play is most remembered for its dramatic scenes, it is best known for Shylock and his famous "Hath not a Jew eyes?" Speech on humanity. Notable is Portia's speech about "the quality of mercy". Bassanio, a young Venetian of noble rank, wishes to woo the beautiful and wealthy heiress Portia of Belmont. Having squandered his estate, he needs 3,000 ducats to subsidise his expenditures as a suitor. Bassanio approaches his friend Antonio, a wealthy merchant of Venice who has and bailed him out. Antonio agrees, but since he is cash-poor – his ships and merchandise are busy at sea to Tripolis, the Indies and England – he promises to cover a bond if Bassanio can find a lender, so Bassanio turns to the Jewish moneylender Shylock and names Antonio as the loan's guarantor.

Antonio has antagonized Shylock through his outspoken antisemitism and because Antonio's habit of lending money without interest forces Shylock to charge lower rates. Shylock is at first reluctant to grant the loan, he agrees to lend the sum to Bassanio without interest upon one condition: if Antonio is unable to repay it at the specified date, Shylock may take a pound of Antonio's flesh. Bassanio does not want Antonio to accept such a risky condition. With money in hand, Bassanio leaves for Belmont with his friend Gratiano, who has asked to accompany him. Gratiano is a likeable young man, but he is flippant, overly talkative, tactless. Bassanio warns his companion to exercise self-control, the two leave for Belmont. Meanwhile, in Belmont, Portia is awash with suitors, her father left a will stipulating that each of her suitors must choose from one of three caskets, made of gold and lead respectively. Whoever picks the right casket wins Portia's hand; the first suitor, the Prince of Morocco, chooses the gold casket, interpreting its slogan, "Who chooseth me shall gain what many men desire", as referring to Portia.

The second suitor, the conceited Prince of Aragon, chooses the silver casket, which proclaims, "Who chooseth me shall get as much as he deserves", as he believes he is full of merit. Both suitors leave empty-handed, having rejected the lead casket because of the baseness of its material and the uninviting nature of its slogan, "Who chooseth me must give and hazard all he hath"; the last suitor is Bassanio, whom Portia wishes having met him before. As Bassanio ponders his choice, members of Portia's household sing a song that says that "fancy" is "engend'red in the eyes, / With gazing fed". At Venice, Antonio's ships are reported lost at sea, so the merchant cannot repay the bond. Shylock has become more determined to exact revenge from Christians because his daughter Jessica eloped with the Christian Lorenzo and converted, she took a substantial amount of Shylock's wealth with her, as well as a turquoise ring which Shylock had been given by his late wife, Leah. Shylock has Antonio brought before court.

At Belmont, Bassanio receives a letter telling him that Antonio has been unable to repay the loan from Shylock. Portia and Bassanio marry, as do Portia's handmaid Nerissa. Bassanio and Gratiano leave for Venice, with money from Portia, to save Antonio's life by offering the money to Shylock. Unknown to Bassanio and Gratiano, Portia sent her servant, Balthazar, to seek the counsel of Portia's cousin, Bellario, a lawyer, at Padua; the climax of the play is set in the court of the Duke of Venice. Shylock refuses Bassanio's offer of 6,000 ducats, twice the amount of the loan, he demands his pound of flesh from Antonio. The Duke, wishing to save Antonio but unable to nullify a contract, refers the case to a visitor, he identifies himself as Balthazar, a young male "doctor of the law", bearing a letter of recommendation to the Duke from the learned lawyer Bellario. The doctor is Portia in disguise, the law clerk who accompanies her is Nerissa disguised as a man; as Balthazar, Portia asks Shylock to show mercy in a famous speech, advising him that mercy "is twice blest: It blesseth him that gives and him that takes".

However, Shylock insists on the pound of flesh. As the court grants Shylock his bond and Antonio prepares for Shylock's knife, Portia deftly appropriates Shylock's argument for "specific performance", she says that the contract allows Shylock to remove not the blood, of Antonio. Thus, if Shylock were to shed any drop of Antonio's blood, his "lands and goods" would be forfeited under Venetian laws, she tells him that he must cut one pound of flesh, no more, no less. Defeated, Shylock consents to accept Bassanio's offer of money for the defaulted bond: first his offer to pay "the bond thrice", which Portia rebuffs, telling him to take his bond, merely the principal, she cites a law under which Shylock, as a Jew and therefore an "alien", having attempted to take the life of a citizen, has forfeited his property, half to the g

Oswaldo (TV series)

Oswaldo is an Brazilian animated television series Co-produced by Birdo Studio and Symbiosys Entertainment. The series was created by Pedro Eboli, which first premiered on Cartoon Network in Brazil on October 11, 2017 and on TV Cultura on October 29, 2017; the company Birdo Studio is responsible for being in charge of the Vinicius and Tom shorts aired on the same channel during the time of the Rio 2016 Olympics, which are based on the Olympics' official mascots. The show was the first co-production in Animation between a Brazilian and an Indian studio; the show was a runner-up for an idea pitching project in Brazil, back in 2014, with'Cartoon. Job' being the overall winner, however it was picked up for a full series. On September 23, 2017, the series was distributed by Kid Glove. On February 7, 2018, it was announced the show had been renewed for a 39-episode second season starting June 3, 2019. Oswaldo shows the daily life of a 12 year old penguin, in the 6th year. Together with friends, he faces the challenge of surviving school.

With agile humor and full of jokes from pop culture, the series follows the title character and his immense ability to transform the simplest situations in life into epic journeys. Oswaldo's oddities are part of the daily life of his family and friends who understand that it is our eccentricities that make each of us special. Oswaldo was found on the beach when he was an adorable puppy and grew up in a human family enjoying video games, pizza, RPG and internet jokes, his parents, a somewhat controlling medical mother and an athletic and easygoing father with a difficult job to understand, do not give much thought to the crazyness of his son, raised like any other child. His clumsy and super excited manner brought him closer to Leia and Tobias, two children as peculiar as Oswaldo himself. Leia, 12 years old, loves RPG, miniatures and board games and this animation leaves her with high expectations in relation to her grades; the fact that she is the daughter of the principal does not make things easier either.

A little flustered, Tobias can be a little clueless and his agitation triples any madness invented by Oswaldo. Official Facebook page for the show Official Facebook page for the company

Farooq Hamid

Farooq Hamid is a former Pakistani cricketer who played in one Test in 1964. A right-arm opening bowler, Farooq Hamid made his first-class debut in 1961-62, toured England with the Pakistan Eaglets in 1963, he toured Australia and New Zealand with the Pakistan team in 1964-65, playing his only Test against Australia in Melbourne. His only Test wicket was that of Ian Chappell, playing his first Test match, he continued playing first-class cricket in Pakistan until the 1969-70 season. His best first-class bowling figures came in the match against Wellington in 1964-65, when he bowled unchanged through the innings to take 7 for 16 and dismiss Wellington for 53. Playing for PIA against Peshawar in 1967-68 he took 5 for 30 and 5 for 20, his cousin Khalid Aziz played first-class cricket in Pakistan. Farooq's sister Tahira Hamid helped to set up the Pakistan Women's Cricket Association in 1978, she was the inaugural secretary. Farooq Hameed at Cricket Archive Farooq Hamid at Cricinfo


Villaguay is a city in the province of Entre Ríos in the Argentine Mesopotamia. It has about 49,000 inhabitants as of the census 2010 and is the head town of the department of the same name; the city lies near the geographic center of the province, east of the Gualeguay River, on National Route 18. The area is served by Villaguay Aerodrome at 31°51′S 59°5′W; the earliest records of European settlement date to 1790. In the nineteenth century, Jewish, Italian, Volga German, Belgian communities were established in the area. In 1873, Villaguay administered by military commanders, became a municipality. OpenStreetMap - Villaguay Municipal information: Municipal Affairs Federal Institute, Municipal Affairs Secretariat, Ministry of Interior, Argentina. - Portal of the city. - Portal of the city. - Tourism portal of the province of Entre Ríos

Water Quality Association

The Water Quality Association is an Illinois-based trade association representing the residential, commercial and small community water treatment industry in the United States. It has more than 2,500 members consisting of both manufacturers as well as dealers/distributors of equipment; the Water Quality Association was founded in 1974 from the merger of two trade associations, the Water Conditioning Association International which represented water treatment dealers and the Water Conditioning Foundation which comprised water treatment equipment manufactures. WQA represents the water treatment industry as a whole devoted to treating water for both residential and commercial/industrial use. Water Quality Research Foundation The Water Quality Research Foundation – the Water Quality Research Council, was formed in 1949 as a division of WQA to serve on behalf of the Water Quality Association as a universally recognized and independent research organization; the primary goal of the WQRF is to conduct and fund scientific research and education for the water quality improvement industry.

The WQRF sponsors numerous research studies which positively impact legislative change. Gold Seal Program The Water Quality Association’s Gold Seal Product Certification Program is accredited by the American National Standards Institute and Standards Council of Canada to test and certify products for conformance with industry standards, including those published by NSF International. WQA Education WQA provides education through the Professional Certification Program, accepted as a standard for water treatment professionals. Which include the Certified Water-treatment Representative and Certified Water Specialist, with an Advanced Level certification. Sustainability Program WQA’s Sustainability Certification Program is the only ANSI accredited environmental certification program in the drinking water industry; the Sustainability Certification Mark helps retailers and consumers recognize products that have been manufactured according to industry standards for recognized best practices in environmental sustainability and corporate social responsibility.

It helps show that the product is safe for Earth. Water Quality Association Canadian Water Quality Association Pacific Water Quality Association Texas Water Quality Association Eastern Water Quality Association Water Quality Products Magazine

2012 Washington State Senate election

The 2012 Washington State Senate elections took place on November 6, 2012. Twenty-five of Washington's forty-nine state senators were elected; each state legislative district has one senator elected to a four-year term, but state senate elections alternate so that about half of the senators are elected in presidential election years and the other half are elected in non-presidential numbered election years. A top two primary election on August 7, 2012 determined which candidates appear on the November ballot; each candidate was allowed to write in whatever party preference she desired. 25 seats were scheduled to be up this cycle, along with 1 additional seat holding a special election to fill an unexpired term: the 46th district, held by appointed Senator David Frockt, whose former incumbent Scott White vacated the seat. Democrats gained the 5th district seat and Republicans gained the 10th and 25th district seats for a net gain of one seat for the Republicans. While the Democratic Party won a majority of the seats in the election, two Democratic senators joined the Republicans to form the Majority Coalition Caucus on December 10, 2012, giving Republicans an effective majority of seats.

On December 10, 2012, two Democratic Senators joined in a coalition with the Republican Caucus to form a conservative majority, called the "Majority Coalition Caucus". Results as reported by the Secretary of State: Incumbent Lisa Brown did not seek another term. On November 30, 2012, Brown was selected for Governor-Elect Jay Inslee's transition team. Original incumbent Cheryl Pflug resigned in June 2012 to take a seat on the Washington Growth Management Hearings Board. Former state senator and recurring statewide-office candidate Dino Rossi was appointed to complete her term, but redistricting moved him out of the 5th LD, making him ineligible to run for the seat in 2012. Incumbent Margarita Prentice was redistricted out of the 11th LD, declined to run for election in the new district. Incumbent Jim Kastama ran for Washington Secretary of State, making him ineligible to run for reelection, he did not win the state position. Incumbent Debbie Regala retired at the end of her term. Incumbent Val Stevens retired at the end of her term.

Incumbent Craig Pridemore ran for Washington State Auditor, making him ineligible to run for reelection. He did not win the state position