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The Scarlet Pimpernel

The Scarlet Pimpernel is the first novel in a series of historical fiction by Baroness Orczy, published in 1905. It was written after her stage play of the same title enjoyed a long run in London, having opened in Nottingham in 1903; the novel is set during the Reign of Terror following the start of the French Revolution. The title is the nom de guerre of its hero and protagonist, a chivalrous Englishman who rescues aristocrats before they are sent to the guillotine. Sir Percy Blakeney leads a double life: nothing more than a wealthy fop, but in reality a formidable swordsman and a quick-thinking escape artist; the band of gentlemen who assist him are the only ones. He is known by a simple flower, the scarlet pimpernel. Marguerite Blakeney, his French wife, does not share his secret, she is approached by the new French envoy to England, with a threat to her brother's life if she does not aid in the search for the Pimpernel. She aids him, discovers that the Pimpernel is very dear to her, she sails to France to stop the envoy.

Opening at the New Theatre in London's West End on January 5, 1905, the play became a favourite of British audiences playing more than 2,000 performances and becoming one of the most popular shows staged in Britain. Orczy's premise of a daring hero who cultivates a secret identity disguised by a meek or ineffectual manner proved enduring. Zorro, the Shadow, the Spider, the Phantom and Batman followed within a few decades, the trope remains a popular one in serial fiction today; the Scarlet Pimpernel is set during the early stages of the French Revolution. Marguerite St. Just, a beautiful French actress, is the wife of wealthy English fop Sir Percy Blakeney, a baronet. Before their marriage, Marguerite took revenge upon the Marquis de St. Cyr, who had ordered her brother to be beaten for his romantic interest in the Marquis' daughter, with the unintended consequence of the Marquis and his sons being sent to the guillotine; when Percy found out, he became estranged from his wife. Marguerite, for her part, became disillusioned with Percy's dandyish lifestyle.

Meanwhile, the "League of the Scarlet Pimpernel", a secret society of twenty English aristocrats, "one to command, nineteen to obey", is engaged in rescuing their French counterparts from the daily executions of the Reign of Terror. Their leader, the mysterious Scarlet Pimpernel, takes his nickname from the small red flower he draws on his messages. Despite being the talk of London society, only his followers and the Prince of Wales know the Pimpernel's true identity. Like many others, Marguerite is entranced by the Pimpernel's daring exploits. At a ball attended by the Blakeneys, a verse by Percy about the "elusive Pimpernel" makes the rounds and amuses the other guests. Meanwhile, Marguerite is blackmailed by the wily new French envoy to England. Chauvelin's agents have stolen a letter proving her beloved brother Armand is in league with the Pimpernel. Chauvelin offers to trade Armand's life for her help against the Pimpernel. Contemptuous of her witless and unloving husband, Marguerite does not go to him for help or advice.

Instead, she passes along information which enables Chauvelin to learn the Pimpernel's true identity. That night, Marguerite tells her husband of the terrible danger threatening her brother and pleads for his assistance. Percy promises to save him. After Percy unexpectedly leaves for France, Marguerite discovers to her horror that he is the Pimpernel, he had hidden behind the persona of a slow-witted fop to deceive the world. He had not told Marguerite because of his worry that she might betray him, as she had the Marquis de St. Cyr. Desperate to save her husband, she decides to pursue Percy to France to warn him that Chauvelin knows his identity and his purpose, she persuades Sir Andrew Ffoulkes to accompany her, but because of the tide and the weather, neither they nor Chauvelin can leave immediately. At Calais, Percy approaches Chauvelin in the Chat gris, a decrepit inn whose owner is in Percy's pay. Despite Chauvelin's best efforts, the Englishman manages to escape by offering Chauvelin a pinch of snuff, which turns out to be pure pepper.

Through a bold plan executed right under Chauvelin's nose, Percy rescues Marguerite's brother Armand and the Comte de Tournay, the father of a schoolfriend of Marguerite's. Marguerite pursues Percy right to the end, resolute that she must either warn him or share his fate. Percy disguised, is captured by Chauvelin, who does not recognise him so he is able to escape. With Marguerite's love and courage amply proven, Percy's ardour is rekindled. Safely back on board their schooner, the Day Dream, the reconciled couple returns to England. Sir Andrew marries Suzanne. Sir Percy Blakeney: He is a wealthy English baronet who rescues individuals sentenced to death by the guillotine, he soon reveals himself to be a master of disguise, an imaginative planner, a formidable swordsman and a quick-thinking escape artist. With each rescue he taunts his enemies by leaving behind a card showing a small flower—a scarlet pimpernel; the identity of the Scarlet Pimpernel thus becomes a topic of widespread popular interest and the hero himself becomes the subject of an international manhunt by the French revolutionary authorities.

To hide his true identity, Sir Percy presents himself in everyday life as a dim-witted, foppish playboy. His secret is kept by a band of friends known as the League of the Scarlet Pimpernel; the league operates as an undercover team in enacting Sir Percy's rescue plans. Marguerite Blakeney, née St Just: She is the wife of Sir Percy, she leads London society with her bea

Entre Lagos

Entre Lagos is the main town of Puyehue commune in Osorno Province of Los Lagos Region, Chile. It is 46 km east of Osorno, next to the entrance of the Pilmaiquén River at the western end of Puyehue Lake, it is the only town of any size on the lake. Due to Entre Lagos's location between Puyehue Lake to the north and Rupanco Lake to the south, the town takes its name from its geographical position between the lakes, it was known as "El Desague" and had a ferry that ran the length of the lake to the Termas de Puyehue resort area. Interlaken Interlagos List of towns in Chile Entre Lagos - OpenStreetMap Entre Lagos - Google Maps

D. J. Stephens

Dalenta Jameral Stephens is an American professional basketball player for the Le Mans of the LNB Pro A. He played college basketball for the University of Memphis, where he played four years for the Tigers basketball team. Stephens was not a regarded recruit out of Harker Heights High School when he was offered a scholarship by Memphis coach Josh Pastner. By his senior year at Memphis, however, he had become a crowd favorite for his spectacular dunking and blocking abilities. In 2011–12, he won the Intersport's Dunks of the Year title for a dunk against Xavier on February 4, 2012. In his senior year at Memphis, Stephens became a starter and earned the Conference USA defensive player of the year award. Stephens earned national attention in the 2013 NCAA tournament after demonstrating his leaping ability against St. Mary's and Michigan State. In a four-year career at Memphis, Stephens played a total of 129 games while averaging 4.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 13.2 minutes per game. During the 2013 pre-draft workouts at the NBA Draft Combine, Stephens recorded the highest standing vertical leap and the highest running vertical leap recorded by the NBA.

He had the fastest time at the 2013 Combine in the three-quarter court sprint. After going undrafted in the 2013 NBA draft, Stephens joined the Miami Heat for the Orlando Summer League and the Dallas Mavericks for the Las Vegas Summer League. On August 13, 2013, he signed with Ilysiakos B. C. of Greece for the 2013–14 season. In early March 2014, he returned to the United States. On March 26, 2014, Stephens signed a 10-day contract with the Milwaukee Bucks. On March 29, 2014, he made his NBA debut. In just under 12 minutes of action, he recorded five points and four rebounds in a loss to the Miami Heat. On April 5, 2014, the Bucks did not offer him a second 10-day contract after his first 10-day contract expired. On April 10, 2014, he signed with Anadolu Efes of Turkey for the rest of the 2013–14 season. On October 1, 2014, Stephens signed with the New Orleans Pelicans. However, he was waived by the Pelicans on October 24, 2014. On December 2, 2014, he signed with Zenit Saint Petersburg of Russia for the rest of the season.

In 21 league games for Zenit in 2014 -- 15, Stephens averaged 5.3 rebounds per game. On September 28, 2015, Stephens signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers. However, he was waived by the Cavaliers on October 23 after appearing in four preseason games. On October 30, 2015, Stephens 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 Canton in a 106–99 loss to the Maine Red Claws, recording 10 points, six rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks in 25 minutes. In 27 games for the Charge, he averaged 8.2 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 19.8 minutes per game. On March 5, 2016, Stephens was traded to the Iowa Energy in exchange for a 2016 fifth-round draft pick; the next day, he made his debut for Iowa in a 109–104 loss to the Delaware 87ers, recording three points and four rebounds in 17 minutes off the bench. On March 28, he was named NBA Development League Performer of the Week after averaging 24.7 points on 61.4 percent shooting to go with 8.0 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, 1.3 assists and 1.3 steals while connecting 11-of-18 three-point attempts in three games from March 21 through March 27.

In July 2016, Stephens joined the Memphis Grizzlies for the 2016 NBA Summer League and on August 8, 2016, he signed with them. However, he was waived on October 22 after appearing in five preseason games. On November 21, 2016, he signed with Ukrainian club Budivelnyk for the rest of the season. With Budivelnyk he won the Ukrainian SuperLeague championship. On May 19, 2017, Stephens signed with Vaqueros de Bayamón of the Baloncesto Superior Nacional. On July 17, 2017, Stephens signed with French club Le Mans Sarthe Basket for the 2017–18 season. On May 15, 2018, Stephens was named the LNB Pro A Best Sixth Man of the 2017–18 season, he averaged 3.7 rebounds per game. Stephens re-signed with the team on July 5, 2018. On October 8, 2018, Stephens signed a two-way contract with the Memphis Grizzlies, but was waived by the Memphis Grizzlies on December 30, 2018 after appearing in one game. On February 19th, 2019, Stephens signed a contract for the rest of the season with reigning Bahraini Basketball League champions.

He posted averages of 18 ppg, 10 rpg, 2.7 assist a game. He announced his departure April 2019 via Instagram. On July 12, 2019, he has signed with Le Mans of the LNB Pro A.. On December 29, 2019, he has won the dunk contest of the French All-Star Game LNB 2019. Stephens is the son of Dorothea Love, he now has two daughters, Dallas Noelle Stephens, Lordis Reign Stephens. Career statistics and player information from D. J. Stephens at D. J. Stephens at D. J. Stephens on Twitter

Knoxville riot of 1919

The Knoxville riot of 1919 was a race riot that took place in the American city of Knoxville, Tennessee, on August 30–31, 1919. The riot began when a lynch mob stormed the county jail in search of Maurice Mays, a biracial man, accused of murdering a white woman. Unable to find Mays, the rioters looted the jail and fought a pitched gun battle with the residents of a predominantly black neighborhood; the Tennessee National Guard, which at one point fired two machine guns indiscriminately into this neighborhood dispersed the rioters. At the end of August 1919 the Great Falls Daily Tribune reported four killed in a "race war riot" while the Washington Times reported "Scores dead." Other newspapers placed the death toll at just two, though eyewitness accounts suggest it was much higher. The Riot of 1919 was one of several violent racial incidents that occurred during the so-called Red Summer when race riots plagued cities across the United States; the riot was one of the worst racial episodes in Knoxville's history and shattered the city's vision of itself as a racially tolerant Southern town.

After the riot, many black residents left Knoxville, racial violence continued to flare up sporadically in subsequent years. In the decades following the Civil War, Knoxville was considered by both black and white residents to be one of the few racially tolerant cities in the South, it was one of the few where black citizens could vote, hold public office, serve as police officers. In 1918, Charles W. Cansler, one of the city's leading African-American citizens, wrote to the governor of Tennessee, "In no place in the world can there be found better relations existing between the races than here in our own county of Knox. No race riots have disgraced our city and no mob has vented its fury here upon any Negro victim."During the recession that followed World War I, migrants poured into Knoxville, overcrowding the city's slums. This increased competition for an diminished number of jobs, heightened tensions between black residents and working class whites. Both the Ku Klux Klan and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People set up chapters in Knoxville in 1918.

Furthermore, in the summer of 1919, a prowler known as "Pants," described by victims as a light-skinned Negro, had been burglarizing homes and attacking white women, though he had attracted little attention from Knoxville police. Around 2:30 AM on August 30, 1919, an intruder broke into the home of Mrs. Bertie Lindsey on Eighth Street, where she had been staying with her cousin, Ora Smyth; the intruder shot and killed Lindsey, but Smyth managed to escape to the home of a neighbor who summoned police. Two patrolmen, Jim Smith and Andy White, arrived on the scene. Smyth described the intruder as a light-skinned Negro. Patrolman White suggested they question Maurice Mays, a prominent mulatto who operated the Stroller's Cafe on East Jackson. While raised by foster parents, Mays is believed to have been the illegitimate son of Knoxville's mayor, John E. McMillan, had been canvassing for McMillan on the day of the murder. Mays had a reputation for associating with both black and white women, making him unpopular with many of the city's white residents.

Patrolman Smith testified that Officer White singled out Mays because of a personal grudge. At around 3:30 AM, Knoxville police arrived at the Mays home on Humes Street; the only evidence they found was a.38 revolver, which the officers decided must have been fired recently. They arrested Mays and took him back to Eighth Street, where the distraught Ora Smyth identified him as the intruder. Sensing trouble, Knoxville police transferred Mays from the small city jail on Market Square to the larger Knox County Jail on Hill Avenue. Knox County's sheriff, W. T. Cate had Mays transferred to Chattanooga. By noon, news of the murder had spread, a crowd of curious onlookers had gathered at the county jail, thinking Mays was being held there. A larger, angrier crowd had gathered on Market Square. By late afternoon, the crowd at Market Square had grown to about 5,000. At 5:00 PM, the crowd at the jail became hostile. Deputy sheriff Carroll Cate and jailer Earl Hall assured them Mays was not there and allowed several members of the crowd to inspect the jail.

Jim Claiborne, an intoxicated member of this crowd, walked to Market Square and told the crowd there that Mays was at the county jail, that Cate and Hall were hiding him. Jim Dalton, a 72-year-old ironworker, called for Mays to be lynched, the 5,000-strong mob roared towards the jail. Unable to convince the mob that Mays was not in their custody and Hall locked the jail's riot doors. At about 8:30, the rioters dynamited their way into the jail, ransacking it floor by floor in search of Mays, they discovered and consumed a large portion of the jail's confiscated whiskey, stole as many firearms as they could find. They freed 16 white prisoners. Two platoons of the Tennessee National Guard's 4th Infantry, led by Adjutant General Edward Sweeney, but they were unable to halt the chaos. After looting the jail and Sheriff Cate's house, the mob returned to Market Square, where they dispatched five truckloads of rioters to Chattanooga to find Mays. General Sweeney, awaiting the arrival of reinforcements, pleaded with the rioters to disperse.

Meanwhile, many of the city's black residents, aware of the race riots that had occurred across the country that summer, had armed themselves, had barricaded the intersection of Vine and Central to defend their businesses. As the trucks began to depart, shots rang out on Central, it was falsely reported that two so

Daisy Osakue

Daisy Osakue is an Italian female discus thrower, 5th at the 2018 European Athletics Championships. In 2018 her personal best of 59.72 m is the 39th best measure in the seasonal world lists. Osakue was born in Turin to Nigerian parents, she became a naturalized Italian citizen at the age of 18. In 2018, after having established the 4th all-time Italian performance in the discus throw, she obtained the standard FIDAL and EAA and was called by DT Elio Locatelli to represent Italy at the European Championships in Berlin. On July 30, 2018, in her home town of Moncalieri, an egg was thrown at her from a passing car, her eye needed to be surgically operated on to remove a shard of the egg's shell. At first the egging was thought to be a case of racism, the Italian police stated that this was the last of three eggings within a few days, each with different targets. A pensioner reported the egging of his house at night, between July 14 and 15. On July 25, before midnight, three women were hit on the arm by eggs from a passing car while leaving a restaurant in the same area of Turin.

Under 23Discus throw: 59.72 m - current holder Discus throw: 61.69 m Italian all-time lists - discus throw Naturalized athletes of Italy Italy at the 2018 European Athletics Championships Daisy Osakue at World Athletics Daisy Osakue at FIDAL


Rallet, founded 1843 in Moscow by Alphonse Rallet, had become, by 1900, Russia's preeminent manufacturer of fine perfume and cosmetics and was an official supplier to the royal courts of Russia and Montenegro. In 1896 Rallet was purchased by Chiris of France; when Rallet's Russian assets were nationalized in 1917, the company was reestablished in France. In 1920, Rallet's technical director, Ernest Beaux, created a series of perfumes for Gabrielle Chanel, one of, No.5. In 1926 Rallet was sold to François Coty. Born in Castle-Thierry, Alphonse Rallet, was the youngest of seven children born to Antoine and Marie-Louise Rallet. In 1842 Rallet traveled to Moscow and in the spring of 1843 established a soap and perfume works at 47 Vyatskaya Street employing about 40 workers. Rallet was joined in Moscow by his older brother, Eugene, a professor of French literature who sought to pursue a teaching career but joined his younger brother in the soap and perfume enterprise. In Moscow the brothers meet Emile Baudrand, a trader from France.

Baudrand was married to a woman from the Dauphine region of France near Grenoble and through Baudrand Alphonse Rallet made the acquaintance of Mathilde Farconet, daughter of Frederic and Mathilde Farconet, whom he married in 1854. Farconet, a republican lawyer, had become provisional mayor of Grenoble in 1848 and served for several years before political changes caused him to retire from office. In 1855, Rallet's only child, was born in Moscow. In 1856, having secured his fortune in Russia but suffering from lung problems, Rallet returned to France with his wife and daughter and began work on the restoration of the Château Servien at Biviers which he had purchased at the time of his marriage. From 1865 to 1888 Rallet served as mayor of Biviers. Eugene Rallet married Lėonie Farconet, sister of Mathilde. In time, Olga Rallet, married Augustin Blanchet of the family of bank paper makers, she died in 1888 giving birth to her eighth child. In 1857, Alphonse Rallet, Emile Baudrand, Napoleon Nayral join Joseph Vicat to capitalize cements Vicat, Rallet supplying 25 percent of the capital.

Blind for the last ten years of his life, Alphonse Rallet is buried in Biviers. In the early summer of 1843, Alphonse Rallet established a business at 47 Vyatskaya Street in Moscow to manufacture stearin candles; the factory was employed 40 workers. He was joined by Eugene. In 1818 stearin produced from palm oil, had been discovered to be a suitable wax for candles as it produced minimal soot and retained its shape at higher temperatures. In Moscow the brothers met Emile Baudrand, a trader from France, who would become a Rallet business associate. By 1855 manufacturing was being carried out in 22 wooden buildings on "warm lane" in the Zamoskvoretsky district. Perfumers had been hired from France and raw materials were being sourced from France and Italy. In addition to candles, Rallet was now producing perfumes, soaps and lipsticks. In 1855 Rallet achieved the prestigious title of Supplier of the Imperial Russian Household. In this same year The Trading House of Rallet became owner of the Crystal Factory of Frederick Dyutfua, giving Rallet, for the first time, the capability of manufacturing their own original bottles decanters.

Dyutfua, in turn, became a joint Rallet shareholder. In 1856, having lung problems, Alphonse Rallet sold the business and returned to France with his wife and infant daughter; the buyers were a group of investors that included Bodranu Byuzhonu and the purchase was made with the condition that the company would continue to bear the Rallet name. The company was now reorganized as "A. Rallet & Co." the name which would appear on all Rallet bottles and advertising. In 1898, the company was acquired by Chiris, the large Grassois fragrance house founded by Antoine Chiris in 1768. During the last half of the 19th century, Rallet continued to expand. Dependence on foreign suppliers was reduced through the acquisition of plantations in southern Russia for the cultivation of aromatic crops. A new factory was planned at Butyrskaya under the direction of the celebrated architect Oscar-Jean DiDio. Completed in 1899, this factory featured the latest technology including steam engines, electricity, an elevator, telephone service.

During the last 20 years of the 19th century, Rallet made huge profits from the sale of fashionable colognes. At some time during this period, Edward Beaux, a member of the board of directors, became Deputy Administrator of the company. Edward Beaux had served as a clerk for the trading company of Muir and Merrilees. In 1898 his younger brother, joined the company as a lab assistant. In the late 19th century, A. Lemercier, a original perfumer with an interest in all things modern including the new products of aroma chemistry, became Rallet's technical director. Yet, of perfumery technology in 1898, Ernest Beaux would say, "perfumery consisted above all of preparing and mixing a small number of materials."In December 1896 the company was reorganized with a basic capital of 1 million rubles. By 1903 capital had risen to 1.5 million rubles with net profit of around 75,000 rubles. By 1913 capital had reached revenue estimated at 180,022 rubles. By the early 20th century, Rallet was offering around 1,500 products and had three retail shops in Moscow and a wholesale business in St. Petersburgh.

Shipments were made by rail throughout Russia and to China and the Balkans. Starting around 1855, when Rallet became an official supplier