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Thomas Middleton

Thomas Middleton was an English Jacobean playwright and poet. Middleton stands with John Fletcher and Ben Jonson among the most successful and prolific of the playwrights at work during the Jacobean period, he was among the few to achieve equal success in comedy and tragedy, a prolific writer of masques and pageants. Middleton was born in London and baptised on 18 April 1580, he was the son of a bricklayer who had raised himself to the status of a gentleman and who owned property adjoining the Curtain Theatre in Shoreditch. Middleton was just five when his father died and his mother's subsequent remarriage dissolved into a 15-year battle over the inheritance of Thomas and his younger sister – an experience which must have informed and incited his repeated satire at the expense of the legal profession. Middleton attended Queen’s College, matriculating in 1598, but he did not graduate. Before he left Oxford, he published three long poems in popular Elizabethan styles. None appears to have been successful, one, his book of satires, ran foul of an Anglican Church ban on verse satire and was burned.

His literary career was launched. In the early 17th century, Middleton made a living writing topical pamphlets, including one – Penniless Parliament of Threadbare Poets –, reprinted several times and became the subject of a parliamentary inquiry. At the same time, records in the diary of Philip Henslowe show that Middleton was writing for the Admiral's Men. Unlike Shakespeare, Middleton remained a free agent, able to write for, his early dramatic career was marked by controversy. His friendship with Thomas Dekker brought him into conflict with Ben Jonson and George Chapman in the War of the Theatres; the grudge against Jonson continued as late as 1626, when Jonson's play The Staple of News indulges in a slur on Middleton's great success, A Game at Chess. It has been argued that Middleton's Inner Temple Masque sneers at Jonson as a "silenced bricklayer."In 1603, Middleton married. In the same year an outbreak of the plague forced the theatres in London to close, while James I came to the English throne.

These events marked the beginning of Middleton's greatest period as a playwright. Having passed the time during the plague composing prose pamphlets, he returned to drama with great energy, producing a score of plays for several companies and in several genres, most notably city comedy and revenge tragedy, he continued his collaborations with Dekker, the two produced The Roaring Girl, a biography of the contemporary thief Mary Frith. In the 1610s, Middleton began a fruitful collaboration with the actor William Rowley, producing Wit at Several Weapons and A Fair Quarrel. Working alone he produced his comic masterpiece, A Chaste Maid in Cheapside, in 1613. Middleton was, at the same time involved with civic pageants; this last connection was made official in 1620, when he was appointed chronologist of the City of London. He held this post until his death in 1627. Middleton's official duties did not interrupt his dramatic writing. In 1624, he reached a peak of notoriety when his dramatic allegory A Game at Chess was staged by the King's Men.

The play used the conceit of a chess game to present and satirise the recent intrigues surrounding the Spanish Match. Though Middleton's approach was patriotic, the Privy Council silenced the play after nine performances, having received a complaint from the Spanish ambassador. Middleton faced an unknown frightening degree of punishment. Since no play than A Game at Chess is recorded, it has been suggested that this included a ban on writing for the stage. Middleton died at his home at Newington Butts in Southwark in 1627, was buried on 4 July in St Mary's churchyard; the old church of St Mary's was demolished in 1876 to facilitate road-widening, its replacement elsewhere in Kennington Park Road was destroyed in the Second World War but rebuilt in 1958. The old churchyard where Middleton was buried survives as a public park in Castle. Middleton wrote in many genres, including tragedy and city comedy, his best-known plays are the tragedies The Changeling and Women Beware Women, the cynically satirical city comedy A Chaste Maid in Cheapside.

Earlier editions of The Revenger's Tragedy attributed the play to Cyril Tourneur, or refused to arbitrate between Middleton and Tourneur. Since the statistical studies by David Lake and MacDonald P. Jackson, Middleton's authorship has not been contested, no further scholar has defended the Tourneur attribution; the Oxford Middleton and its companion piece, Thomas Middleton and Early Modern Textual Culture, offer extensive evidence both for Middleton's authorship of The Revenger's Tragedy, for his collaboration with Shakespeare on Timon of Athens, for his adaptation and revision of Shakespeare's Macbeth and Measure for Measure. It has been argued that Middleton collaborated with Shakespeare on All's Well That Ends Well. Middleton's work is diverse by the standards of his age, he did not have the kind of official relationship with a particular company that Shakespeare or Fletcher had. Instead he appears to have written on a freelance basis for any number of companies, his output ranges from the "snarling" satire of Michaelmas Term to the bleak intrigues of The Revenger's Tragedy.

His early work was informed by the flour

Ashton Calvert

Dr Ashton Trevor Calvert was a senior Australian public servant. He was Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade between April 1998 and January 2005. Ashton Calvert was born on 9 November 1945 in Tasmania, he was the great-grandchild of free settler to Tasmania William Calvert, who had arrived on the island in 1832. Ashton Calvert attended Hobart High School and the University of Tasmania; as a Rhodes Scholar, he went on attaining a doctorate in mathematics. During his time at Oxford, Calvert was the president-cox of the Oxford rowing team. Calvert joined the Australian Public Service in 1970 in the Department of External Affairs, his first overseas post was to Japan in 1971. In October 1993, after nearly two years as a staffer in Prime Minister Paul Keating's office, Calvert was appointed Australian Ambassador to Japan. Calvert was appointed Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in April 1998. During his time as Secretary of the department, Calvert made significant contributions to the Doha Development Round trade negotiations and helped to secure a deal to launch negotiations for a free trade agreement between Australia, New Zealand and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

Calvert retired from his Secretary role in January 2005. Calvert joined the Rio Tinto Board with effect from 1 February 2005. In August 2005 he was appointed to the Woodside Petroleum Board, he resigned from both boards in November 2007 due to illness, after a medical diagnosis of aggressive cancer. Ashton Calvert was made a Companion of the Order of Australia in January 2003 for service to the development of Australian foreign policy, including advancement of business relations between Australia and Japan, for leadership and distinguished contributions to Australia's overall economic and security interests at critical times in the international environment. In 2009, a street in the Canberra suburb of Casey was named Ashton Calvert Street to honour Calvert. On 16 November 2007, in Canberra, Calvert died from cancer at age 62

Concordia Language Villages

Concordia Language Villages the International Language Villages, is a world-language and culture education program whose mission is to inspire courageous global citizens. Since beginning in 1961, it has grown to offer summer camp in 15 modern languages and school-year weekend programs for Spanish and German. Summer and winter programs are taught through a language and cultural immersion philosophy, which allows for experience-based learning; the Villages annually serves over 13,000 young people, aged 7–18, from every state of the US, as well as Canada and 31 other countries, are sponsored by Concordia College of Moorhead, Minnesota, a private four-year liberal arts college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Each village focuses on the culture of its target. Counselors speak the target language from waking up to going to sleep, with the help of many communicative techniques designed to reduce frustration on the part of the villagers. By the end of the summer villagers with no previous encounters with the language remark on how much they are able to understand.

CLV aims to develop cultural awareness. Everything from the meals to the crafts to the games is tailored to the target culture. Village programs are designed to cast light on the cultures in question, as well as the diversity of cultures around the world, can take on inter-village meaning in everything from "World Cup" soccer matches between nearby villages to simulating the European Union deliberating on an issue. Additionally, at CLV villagers are able to live with, play with, work with, get to know foreign native speakers. CLV sponsors an "International Day" twice yearly. Strong environmental goals encompass all aspects of the program, from recycling, waste reduction, water management, encouragement for campers to bring biodegradable toiletries, alternative energy sources like solar and geothermal power are implemented on the permanent site; the new Waldsee "BioHaus", the first certified passive house in North America, is a testament to these goals. The villages have a high vegetarian and vegan ratio, to which they cater.

There are architecturally and culturally authentic village sites located near Bemidji, Minnesota on Turtle River Lake. There are leased sites throughout Minnesota, as well as abroad in Switzerland and China; the road connecting the permanent villages at Turtle River Lake to the county road was purposefully constructed to be winding, to simulate the long trip to the target cultures represented at the villages. The original plans for these villages included a train to link all of the villages. Although this idea was scrapped, aspects of it still remain in several buildings; the German village's four-story administration building resembles a German train station and is called the Bahnhof. The dining hall at Salolampi, the Finnish language village, is modeled after a famous Finnish train station. Additionally, the Turtle River Lake site has a World Inc. Peace Site with peace poles in the village languages at its heart, near the Norwegian village and the Bemidji and Turtle River Lake sites have European road signs in kilometers per hour.

Several immigrant buildings have been moved to the permanent sites to show villagers what life was like for early European immigrants. The immigrant cabins at the Norwegian village are original to the site; the German "Haus Sonnenaufgang" was first moved from New Ulm, Minnesota to sit next to the Norwegian ones, but was moved sometime in the early 1990s to the German village near Bemidji, Minnesota. CLV consists of 15 villages: German: Waldsee French: Lac du Bois or Les Voyageurs Spanish: El Lago Del Bosque Norwegian: Skogfjorden Russian: Lesnoe Ozero Swedish: Sjölunden Finnish: Salolampi Danish: Skovsøen Chinese: Sen Lin Hu Japanese: Mori no Ike English: Hometown, USA or Hometown, Europe Korean: Sup sogǔi Hosu Italian: Lago del Bosco Arabic: Al-Wāḥa Portuguese: Mar e Floresta; each village is named "Lake of the Woods" in its language, with the exception of the English villages Hometown, USA and Hometown, the Portuguese village Mar e Floresta, the Arabic village al-Wāḥa. The Japanese village, Mori no Ike translates as "Pond of the Forest," but was chosen in lieu of the literal translation for the ease of pronunciation.

Villagers use CLV-issued passports to manage their camp bank account and familiarize them with the use of a passport. Villagers go through customs upon arrival, meaning no phones or other devices with internet connection, no literature in any language except the target language, no food; each language village site has numerous traditions, many of which are related to songs. Meal presentations, in which each food and its name are presented in a short skit before each meal, are a language tool implemented by all programs. Many villages put on a restaurant night for villagers to practice going out using their target language. Restaurants will be fancy affairs that tend to represent international cuisine and languages that are not represented by the villages, such as Vietnamese, Thai, or Tibetan; the cuisine in most villages reflect th

Rhys Williams (soccer)

Rhys Williams is an Australian professional footballer who plays for Saudi Arabian club Al-Qadsiah and the Australia national team. A versatile player, Williams is adept at playing as a centre back, defensive midfielder and right back but has played in every out-field position at some point for Middlesbrough including more attacking roles. In August 2012, Williams was made club captain of Middlesbrough, his mother originates from India while his father was born in Kent, England. His younger brothers, twins. C. and Aryn who plays for Persebaya in the Indonesian liga 1. Williams is married, he began his football career as a school boy at Woodvale Secondary College by scholarship Rhys was a promising junior with Perth-based club ECU Joondalup. As a youth player, 2004 would prove his breakthrough year with his club performances leading to selection in the Western Australian under-16 state representative squad for the 2004 National Talent Identification Championships, he impressed with three goals in the tournament.

At the conclusion of the event, he travelled to England where he trialled with several clubs including Aston Villa, Leicester City, Middlesbrough. Williams nearly joined semi-pro side Alvechurch, but the move collapsed over international clearance, he signed a three-year deal with Premier League club Middlesbrough, playing academy football. In July 2007, he signed his first professional contract with the club, despite a number of injury setbacks which curtailed his football development. In the 2008–09 season, Williams was promoted to the first team after he was impressed in the pre-season. In addition, Williams was given thirty-nine shirt. Williams appeared in the first team for the first team when he appeared as an unused substitute bench. However, Williams suffered injury while on duty with Wales U21 after damaging lateral ligament that required a surgery to repair and was sidelined by the end of 2008. On 30 January 2009, he signed a new two-year contract at Middlesbrough and signed on loan for Championship side Burnley on the same day.

Williams made his Burnley debut the next day, playing 90 minutes, in a 2–1 win over Charlton Athletic. Williams provided an assist for Martin Paterson to score the only goal in the game, in a 1–0 win over Sheffield United on 20 April 2009, he returned to Middlesbrough in early May after it was determined that he could not play in the Football League Championship play-offs for Burnley. After fantastic preseason form for Middlesbrough before the 2009–10 season where he scored 4 goals in 5 games, manager Gareth Southgate showed faith in Williams by playing him in central midfield in their opening Championship match against Sheffield United where he put in a stellar performance and went on to keep his place in the first XI for that season. On 26 September 2009, Williams scored his first goal for Middlesbrough in a 2–2 draw against Coventry City. On 26 December 2009, Williams scored his second goal for Middlesbrough in a 3–0 win over Scunthorpe United. However, Williams suffered a pelvic problem.

While on the sidelined, it was announced on 11 February 2010 that Williams signed a three-and-a-half-year contract extension with Middlesbrough. Williams made his first team return on 6 March 2010, where he came on as a substitute for Willo Flood in the 52nd minutes, in a 1–0 loss against Cardiff City. Two weeks on 16 March 2010, Williams received a red card after a second bookable offence, in a 2–2 draw against Derby County. Williams finished the 2009–10 season, scoring two times in thirty–two appearances and was awarded Young Player of the Year. Williams missed most of the 2010–11 Middlesbrough season, the 2010 World Cup with a persistent pelvic problem which saw him on an extensive rehabilitation period in Australia. After returning to training and playing in the reserve twice, Williams made his first Middlesbrough appearance of the season on 5 March 2011, where he played 30 minutes after coming on as a substitute, in a 5–2 loss against Reading. Four weeks on 2 April 2011, Williams scored his first goal of the season, in a 3–3 draw against Leicester City.

He made his eventual comeback to Middlesbrough towards the end of the 2010–11 League Championship season in which he earnt an impressive six man of the match awards in only twelve games aiding Middlesbrough in their best run of the season. In the 2011–12 season, Williams started the season well when he scored in the opening game of the season, in a 2–2 draw against Portsmouth and during the match, Williams played against his younger brother, Ryan. After returning from an injury, Williams scored on his return, in a 2–2 draw against Derby County on 21 October 2011. For his performance, Williams was named Team of the Week. Due to strong performances since his return from injury, he was linked to several Premier League clubs in the lead up to the January 2012 transfer window including Bolton Wanderers, Newcastle United, West Bromwich Albion and Liverpool. Despite speculation of a summer move, Williams penned a new four-year contract with the club, keeping him at the Riverside until 2016. Despite injury towards the end of the season, Williams went on to make thirty–five appearances for the club.

In the 2012–13 season, Rhys has become a firm fan favourite at the Riverside Stadium under Tony Mowbray, which along with his eye-catching performances has earned him the Captain's armband on 9 August 2012. Williams captained his first league match at Middlesbrough in the opening game of the season, in a 1–1 draw against Barnsley. In August Rhys suffered another injury blow. Unrelated to previous injuries, this time he suffered damage to his ankle ligaments which

Field hockey at the 2008 Summer Olympics

Field hockey at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing was held over a fourteen-day period beginning on 10 August, culminating with the medal finals on 22 and 23 August. All games were played at the hockey field constructed on the Olympic Green. Twelve teams competed in both the men's and women's Olympic hockey tournaments with the competition consisting of two rounds. In the first round, teams were divided into two pools of six teams, play followed round robin format with each of the teams playing all other teams in the pool once. Teams were awarded one point for a draw and zero points for a loss. At the end of the pool matches, teams were ranked in their pool according to the following criteria in order: Total points accumulated Number of matches won Goal difference Goals for The result of the match played between the teams in questionFollowing the completion of the pool games, teams placing first and second in each pool advanced to a single elimination round consisting of two semifinal games, the bronze and gold medal games.

Remaining teams competed. During these matches, extra time of 7½ minutes per half was played if teams were tied at the end of regulation time. During extra time, play followed. If no goals were scored during extra time, a penalty stroke competition took place; the competition schedule was released on 29 May 2008 by the FIH and BOCOG. Germany Spain Australia Netherlands Great Britain South Korea New Zealand Pakistan Belgium Canada China South Africa Advanced to semifinals Advanced to semifinals Netherlands China Argentina Germany Australia Great Britain Spain United States South Korea Japan South Africa New Zealand * Host nation Official FIH website

Chase Clement (tight end)

Chase Michael Clement is an American football tight end, a free agent. He was signed by the Giants as an undrafted free agent in 2013, he played college football at Louisiana State University. Chase Clement was born in Louisiana, he is the son of Renee Jennings and Keith Clement, nephew of former Detroit Lions offensive lineman, Eric Andolsek. Clement attended E. D. White High School, where he played tight end. During his senior year, he was one of the top rated players in 2007. Clement was named to the 250 with a four-star rating. He was listed as PrepStar All American and played in the inaugural Offense-Defense All-American Bowl. Clement attended Louisiana State University, where he played 53 games, making 22 starts during his career, he caught 14 passes for 1 touchdown. Clement played as a backup defensive end during his redshirt freshman season in 2009. At the arrival of his sophomore year, Clement made a switch to tight end, starting in 8 games, making two catches for 42 yards, he majored in general studies with concentrations in communication studies and business administration.

Clement was signed that day by the New York Giants. On August 25, 2013, he was cut by the Giants. List of New York Giants players LSU Tigers bio ESPN Profile NFL Draft Scout Profile