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Thomas Stanley, 1st Earl of Derby

Thomas Stanley, 1st Earl of Derby, KG was an English nobleman and politician. He was a titular King of Mann, stepfather to King Henry VII of England, he was the eldest son of 1st Baron Stanley and Joan Goushill. A landed magnate of immense power across the northwest of England where his authority went unchallenged by the Crown, Stanley managed to remain in favour with successive kings throughout the Wars of the Roses until his death in 1504, his estates included what is now Tatton Park in Cheshire, Lathom House in Lancashire, Derby House in the City of London, now the site of the College of Arms. Although the king for the early part of his career, Henry VI, was head of the House of Lancaster, Stanley's marriage to Eleanor, daughter of Richard Neville, 5th Earl of Salisbury and sister of Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick in the late 1450s constituted a powerful alliance with the House of York; this did him no harm, however after Warwick was toppled from power, in 1472, with the House of York again occupying the English throne, he married his second wife Lady Margaret Beaufort, whose son, Henry Tudor, was the leading Lancastrian claimant.

He was the last to use the style ‘King of Mann’, his successors opting for the safer ‘Lord of Mann’. Stanley was “a man of considerable acumen, the most successful power-broker of his age”. After the death of his father in 1459, Stanley inherited his father's titles, including those of Baron Stanley and King of Mann as well as his extensive lands and offices in Cheshire and Lancashire, it was a formidable inheritance and gave him ample opportunity to gain experience in the leadership of men. At the same time, his father's prominence in the king's household had provided him with an early introduction to court where he was named among the squires of Henry VI in 1454. In the febrile and bloodthirsty circumstances of the Wars of the Roses it was a position fraught with danger as rival claimants for the throne – successively the Houses of Lancaster and York – demanded, threatened or begged for the support of Stanley and his followers; the Stanleys had been among the earliest supporters of Henry Bolingbroke’s bid to win the English throne for the House of Lancaster in 1399 and Stanley’s great-grandfather Sir John Stanley, had been richly rewarded for his assistance.

After some years of weak and ineffectual government led by the Lancastrian Henry VI, a challenge from the House of York broke out into open warfare in the 1450s in the War of the Roses. In 1459, an accord between the Lancastrian and the Yorkist lords broke down, the conflict lapped at the borders of the Stanleys’ sphere of influence. With the Earl of Salisbury mobilising on behalf of the House of York, Queen Margaret of Anjou at Lichfield ordered Stanley to raise forces to intercept him. However, when the two armies met at the Battle of Blore Heath in 1459, though only a few miles away, Stanley kept his 2,000 men out of the fight, his brother, Sir William Stanley, in the Yorkist army was subsequently attainted. Yet by 1460, Lord Stanley had begun to co-operate with the Yorkist lords who by this time had possession of the King and ruled in his name, he consolidated his association with the new regime. In the early 1460s he joined his brother-in-law, Warwick, in the campaigns against the Lancastrian forces and Stanley was confirmed in his fees and offices as the new King, Edward IV, needed him to secure the north-west.

In the late 1460s, the coalition that had brought the Yorkist Edward to the throne was fracturing and Stanley found his loyalties divided once again. “The dramatic shifts in political fortune between 1469 and 1471, their impact on the tangled networks of affinity and allegiance, are hard to unravel.” When Warwick, fleeing before Edward in 1470, made his way to Manchester in the hope of support, Stanley was not forthcoming, but on Warwick's return he lent him armed support in the restoration of the House of Lancaster and of Henry VI. Lord Stanley was soon forgiven for his disloyalty. After the restoration of Edward IV in 1471, he was appointed steward of the king's household and thereafter became a regular member of the royal council. Yet, the death of his first wife, Eleanor Neville at this period severed his connection with Warwick and the Nevilles and allowed in 1472 a marriage of still greater political significance, his new wife, Lady Margaret Beaufort, dowager Countess of Richmond, was the mother of Henry Tudor – potential heir of the House of Lancaster.

Militarily during this period, now a stalwart of the Yorkist regime, Stanley led several hundred men in the expedition to France in 1475 and in 1482 served with a large company in the campaign of the Duke of Gloucester in Scotland, playing a key role in the capture of Berwick upon Tweed. After the unexpected death of Edward IV in 1483 and the accession of his twelve-year-old son Edward V, Stanley was among those who sought to maintain a balance of power between the young king's uncle, Duke of Gloucester, now Lord Protector, his maternal family, the Woodvilles.. When Gloucester attacked this group at a council meeting in June 1483, Stanley was wounded and imprisoned but at least spared the fate of Lord Hastings – that of summary execution; that month, Parliament declared Edward V and his younger brother Richard, Duke of York illegitimate on the grounds that their father Edward IV's marriage to Elizabeth Woodville was bigamous, by way of a prior pre-contr

2009 Midwest Blizzard

The December 2009 Midwest blizzard was a powerful extratropical cyclone, of a category which meteorologists refer to as a cyclogenic bomb, a system which shows a drop in central pressure similar to the rapid intensification cycle of a tropical cyclone, more than 1 mbar per hour for 12 to 24 hours or more. A sustained drop averaging more than 2.5 mbar/h is termed explosive deepening/intensification, this was the case with this deepening and intensifying storm as it traversed the Midwest and Ontario and on to Québec and vicinity. In many locations wind and precipitation moisture content records dating back to the December 2, 1990 storm, the 1976-1978 period, the 1949 blizzard, or further back were broken, with barometric pressure records falling as well. Both the central pressure and rate of change and differential over a given distance were remarkable, both caused hurricane-force winds in places; the storm originated over the south-western United States west of the Rocky Mountains on December 6, 2009 and took a common winter storms track known as the Panhandle Track.

Rapid to explosive intensification took place over a period of more than 36 hours as the system regrouped over the southern Great Plains, with the central pressure bottoming out at 976 mbar on the morning of December 9 over northern lower Michigan although readings as low as 969 mbar were reported in the region by co-operative observers and others. This central pressure was lower than the storm which sank the Edmund Fitzgerald on November 10, 1975 and equivalent to a Category 2 hurricane, it appears to be the fourth-lowest central pressure measured in the Midwest, behind 953 mbar in the October 26, 2010 windstorm, 962 mbar reading in southern Minnesota during the November 10, 1998 windstorm and readings down to 955 mbar with the Midwest and North-East blizzard of late January 1978. In advance of the storm, the barometric pressure at many weather stations fell by 3 or more millibars per hour for 18 hours or more. Several locations along the path of the storm reported winds in excess of 100 mph with a 115 mph gust in north-eastern New Mexico.

The belated arrival of cold air in the system appears to have prevented faster intensification and deepening and meant that many locations received 10 to 25 inches of wet, heavy snow, which would have fluffed out to 40 to 55 or more inches of fluffy snow at 10 °F. In spite of this, the largest snow drifts created by the storm in the Midwest were some in Iowa which approached 30 feet in height. In some localities, the moisture content of the precipitation from the storm exceeded 3 inches This was part of the reason that the section of the snowpack generated by this storm persisted into late April 2010 in some locations. Lightning, rain, granular snow, ice pellets, hail, blowing dust, freezing rain were elements of this storm in different locations, which the National Weather Service in Des Moines, Iowa called an "epic" blizzard in its December 7, 2009 issuance of a Blizzard Warning for its entire County Warning Area. Thunderstorms and lake-effect snow bands increased the totals in some places, including locations where the lake effect was able to be discerned more than 100 miles inland.

Fog of the advection and evaporation species—often occurring in combination—accompanied the snow in many localities, in some cases turning to freezing fog before lifting. The storm picked up forward speed as it entered South Central Canada, the clouds and precipitation appearing to travel in excess of 100 mph over central and north-east Canada and the North Atlantic Ocean; as in a case in December 1986 when the precipitation shield of a snow storm was confirmed to be traveling at 125 mph over Missouri and Iowa and with some species of synoptic scale dust storms and some cold fronts which can attain forward speeds of up to 110 mph or more, the system hooked into an area of fast-moving upper-level winds and/or a strong jet stream. This setup allowed a great deal of convection not seen at the ambient temperatures during this storm's cyclogenesis and movement to the north-east to take place during most of the lifetime of the system; the storm was the largest wind producer for the region since Hurricane Ike reintensified and regained partial tropical characteristics over Indiana and Michigan

Cross-industry standard process for data mining

Cross-industry standard process for data mining, known as CRISP-DM, is an open standard process model that describes common approaches used by data mining experts. It is the most widely-used analytics model. In 2015, IBM released a new methodology called Analytics Solutions Unified Method for Data Mining/Predictive Analytics which refines and extends CRISP-DM. CRISP-DM was conceived in 1996 and became a European Union project under the ESPRIT funding initiative in 1997; the project was led by five companies: Integral Solutions Ltd, Daimler AG, NCR Corporation and OHRA, an insurance company. This core consortium brought different experiences to the project: ISL acquired and merged into SPSS; the computer giant NCR Corporation produced the Teradata data warehouse and its own data mining software. Daimler-Benz had a significant data mining team. OHRA was just starting to explore the potential use of data mining; the first version of the methodology was presented at the 4th CRISP-DM SIG Workshop in Brussels in March 1999, published as a step-by-step data mining guide that year.

Between 2006 and 2008 a CRISP-DM 2.0 SIG was formed and there were discussions about updating the CRISP-DM process model. The current status of these efforts is not known. However, the original website cited in the reviews, the CRISP-DM 2.0 SIG website are both no longer active. While many non-IBM data mining practitioners use CRISP-DM, IBM is the primary corporation that uses the CRISP-DM process model, it makes some of the old CRISP-DM documents available for download and it has incorporated it into its SPSS Modeler product. Based on current research CRISP-DM is the most used form of data-mining model because of its various advantages which solved the existing problems in the data mining industries; some of the drawbacks of this model is. The fact behind the success of CRISP-DM is that it is industry and application neutral. CRISP-DM breaks the process of data mining into six major phases: Business Understanding Data Understanding Data Preparation Modeling Evaluation DeploymentThe sequence of the phases is not strict and moving back and forth between different phases as it is always required.

The arrows in the process diagram indicate the most important and frequent dependencies between phases. The outer circle in the diagram symbolizes the cyclic nature of data mining itself. A data mining process continues; the lessons learned during the process can trigger new more focused business questions, subsequent data mining processes will benefit from the experiences of previous ones. Polls conducted at the same website in 2002, 2004, 2007 and 2014 show that it was the leading methodology used by industry data miners who decided to respond to the survey; the only other data mining approach named in these polls was SEMMA. However, SAS Institute states that SEMMA is not a data mining methodology, but rather a "logical organization of the functional toolset of SAS Enterprise Miner." A review and critique of data mining process models in 2009 called the CRISP-DM the "de facto standard for developing data mining and knowledge discovery projects." Other reviews of CRISP-DM and data mining process models include Kurgan and Musilek's 2006 review, Azevedo and Santos' 2008 comparison of CRISP-DM and SEMMA.

Efforts to update the methodology started in 2006, but have As of 30 June 2015 not led to a new version, the "Special Interest Group" responsible along with the website has long disappeared

Ryan O'Hearn

Ryan Patrick O'Hearn is an American professional baseball first baseman for the Kansas City Royals of Major League Baseball. O'Hearn graduated from Wakeland High School in Texas; as a senior, he hit.505 with 15 home runs and 55 RBIs, earning a spot on Baseball America's second team High School All-American team. He was not drafted out of high school in the 2011 MLB draft and he enrolled and played college baseball at Sam Houston State University. In 2014, his junior season, he batted.292 with 44 RBIs in 62 games. After the season, he was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the eighth round of the 2014 Major League Baseball draft. O'Hearn signed and spent 2014 with the Idaho Falls Chukars, posting a.361 batting average with 13 home runs and 54 RBIs in 64 games. O'Hearn started 2015 with the Lexington Legends, after batting.277 with 19 home runs and 56 RBIs, was promoted to the Wilmington Blue Rocks where he finished the season, posting a.236 batting average with eight home runs and 21 RBIs. He spent 2016 with both Wilmington and the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, slashing a combined.275/.351/.478 with 22 home runs and 78 RBIs in 134 total games between both teams, 2017 with the Omaha Storm Chasers and Northwest Arkansas, batting a combined.253 with 22 home runs and 64 RBIs in 133 total games.

O'Hearn hit a home run in his first game. He ended the season with 30 RBIs in 44 games, he struggled offensively in 2019, hitting only.195 with 14 home runs and 38 RBI. Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or Baseball-Reference Sam Houston State Bearcats bio

History and Culture of Neyyattinkara

Cave pictures by Neolithic people, are found in Pandavanpara, located in the North east side of Neyyattinkara towards Karakonam route. This famous cave will come under Perumkadavila panchayath; the name of this portion of land, before Marthanda Varma became the ruler of Travancore, was'Thenganad'. The megaliths unearthed at Vizhinjam shows a splendorous display of craftsmanship, prevalent in the region from the Middle Eras. Studies are going on to ascertain the ancient history of this region; some of the historic relics of NTA are: Pandavan Para Vizhinjam Cave Temple Anantha Victoria Marthandan Canal Neyyattinkara's first library Njanapradayini Sree Krishna Swami Temple in the town-centre stands as a rare example of merger between legend and reality. According to the legend it was here the Travancore king Marthanda Varma once hid inside the hollow trunk of a Jackfruit tree to escape from his enemies during his war against the'ettuveetil pillamar'; the King prayed to Lord Krishna for helping him.

At that time, a mysterious child asked the King to hide himself inside the hollow trunk of a large jack tree standing there. The jack tree popularly known as'Ammachiplavu' since could still be seen preserved in the Shri Krishna Swamy Temple located in the heart of the town; this temple was built by Marthanda Varma in the year 1755, as a thanksgiving to the Lord Krishna, who helped him to win the ordeal. Neyyattinkara is the birthplace of renowned revolutionaries like Swadeshabhimani Ramakrishna Pillai, Athazhamangalam VeeraRaghavan who fought for Indian independence and against the dictatorial rule of Travancore Diwans. Neyyattinkara is the land of many uprisings against British rule in India; the brutal crackdown by British military resulted in death of many freedom fighters including Veeraraghavan. A monument reminding the new generations of these struggles could be seen in the heart of the town, in front of the Town Police Station; the Father of Nation of India, Mahatma Gandhi, had spent a day at Madhavi Mandiram in Neyyattinkara.

Neyyattinkara Municipal Area is divided into 44 wards. The respective ward numbers assigned by the Municipality are given in brackets. For official matters ward numbers are mentioned in Roman numerals; the wards are:. Aralummoodu, Moonnukallinmoodu, Pallivilakam, Kalathuvila, Muttakkadu, Mampazhakkara, Perumpazhuthoor, Plavila, Vazhuthoor, Thavaravila, Chaikottukonam, Irumbil, Vlangamuri, Rameswaram, Amaravila, Pirayummoodu, Chundavila, Kavalakulam, Nilamel, Ooruttukala, Town, Athiyannoor, Vazhimukku These 44 wards are under the surveillance of Neyyattinkara Municipality. In each ward there is a Ward Councillor democratically elected for a period of 5 years; these Councillors represent the people in the ward concerned. In most of the wards there are Kudumbasree units of Kudumbashree Mission initiated for the development of womenfolk unemployed housewives. In most of the wards in Neyyattinkara Municipal Area there are Residents' associations registered under "The Travancore-Cochin Literary and Charitable Societies Registration Act, 1955" working for the welfare of the public.

A few residents' associations in the Municipal Area were joined together and formed Federation of Residents' Associations, Neyyattinkara to move as a social unit so as to get all the welfare measures from the Local Self Government and the State Government. Major Residents’ Associations in Municipal Area are: Christ Nagar Residents’ Association, Christ Nagar The Christ Nagar Residents’ Association is a non-profit society in the Christ Nagar Residential Area of Neyyattinkara town; the association was founded in 2000 by the residents of Christ Nagar and membership is restricted to those who live within the neighbourhood. The association's original aims are outlined in its memorandum of association; the association has close ties with the Indian National Congress party, with many CNRA members having worked for the party. Christ Nagar Residential Area contains major landmarks such as Town Church -NTA, CSI Town Church-NTA, Arakkunnu Checkpost and Prayer Gardens -NTA in Vazhuthoor Ward. Christ Nagar is the largest commuter bedroom suburb of Neyyattinkara town.

In God we trust is the tagline of CNRA. Mythry Nagar Residents’ Association, Mythry Nagar Vazhuthoor Residents’ Association, Vazhuthoor Koottapana Residents’ Association, Koottapana Swaruma Residents’ Association, Pallivilakom/Vadakodu Kanichankode Residents’ Association, Kanichankodu Swadeshi Residents’ Association, Kanichankodu Vadakkey Kotta Residents’ Association, Vadakkey Kotta Convent Road Residents’ Association, Convent Road Nilamel

Spanish Eclecticism

Spanish Eclecticism was a movement among Spanish painters from 1845 to 1890. It was named after the tendency by artists to select from among multiple established styles of that era. A sensibility of relative renewal dominated the rest of Europe, while in Spain and Impressionism were slow to take hold; the movement is said to be associated with the idea that models and innovations had run their course. Detractors consider it to be among the least brilliant periods in Spanish painting, in which there was a respectable level of skill, but no significant advancement of the form; this extends as far as the claim that practitioners used enormous canvases, of many meters in surface area, to give importance to something which didn't have any. Spanish history was a predominant theme from the Middle Ages and the reign of the Catholic Monarchs. Anecdotal and sentimental scenes were the most popular, depicting highpoints of Spanish history with a human perspective, though not venturing beyond the earthly specifics of the subject.

The style was boosted by official establishments such as the Salones de Otoño and the Spanish Academy itself, chiefly interested in rigorous drawing and historical documentation. The subject of landscapes gained prominence with Spanish Romanticism until it became exclusive around the time of the Belgian painter Carlos de Haes, the first professor of landscape painting at the Spanish Academy. At the same time, a Catalan tendency toward urban and bourgeois scenes was developing, it culminated in Catalan Pre-impressionism, which arrived with Marià Fortuny and Eduardo Rosales. Fortuny was credited with creating the tableautin, a diminutive format depicting a comic or pleasant theme intended to adorn the interior of a home; the movement was exemplified by Cano de la Peña. Two others, Antonio Gisbert and José Casado del Alisal, were exponents of the bipartisan front for the imperial political regime of the time. Spanish Eclecticism article Entry for Marià Fortuny i Marsal in Gran Enciclopèdia Catalana biography of Mariano Fortuny biography of Eduardo Rosales article on Spanish Romanticism article on Carlos de Haes article on Jose Casado del Alisal article on Antonio Gisbert