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Tori Amos

Tori Amos is an American singer-songwriter and pianist. She is a classically trained musician with a mezzo-soprano vocal range. Having begun composing instrumental pieces on piano, Amos won a full scholarship to the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University at the age of five, the youngest person to have been admitted, she was expelled at the age of 11 for what Rolling Stone described as "musical insubordination". Amos was the lead singer of the short-lived 1980s pop group Y Kant Tori Read before achieving her breakthrough as a solo artist in the early 1990s, her songs focus on a broad range of topics, including sexuality, feminism and religion. Her charting singles include "Crucify", "Silent All These Years", "God", "Cornflake Girl", "Caught a Lite Sneeze", "Professional Widow", "Spark", "1000 Oceans", "Flavor" and "A Sorta Fairytale", her most commercially successful single in the U. S. to date. Amos has received five MTV VMA nominations, eight Grammy Award nominations, won an Echo Klassik award for her Night of Hunters classical crossover album.

She is listed on VH1's 1999 "100 Greatest Women of Rock and Roll" at #71. Amos is the third child of Edison McKinley Amos, she was born at the Old Catawba Hospital in Newton, North Carolina, during a trip from their Georgetown home in Washington, D. C. Amos has said that her maternal grandparents each had an Eastern Cherokee grandparent of their own. Of particular importance to her as a child was her maternal grandfather, Calvin Clinton Copeland, a great source of inspiration and guidance, offering a more pantheistic spiritual alternative to her father and paternal grandmother's traditional Christianity; when she was two years old, her family moved to Baltimore, where her father had transplanted his Methodist ministry from its original base in Washington, D. C, her older brother and sister took piano lessons. From the time she could reach the piano, she taught herself to play: when she was two, she could reproduce pieces of music she had only heard once, and, by the age of three, she was composing her own songs.

She has described seeing music as structures of light since early childhood, an experience consistent with chromesthesia: The song appears as light filament once I've cracked it. As long as I've been doing this, more than thirty-five years, I've never seen the same light creature in my life. Similar chord progressions follow similar light patterns, but try to imagine the best kaleidoscope ever—after the initial excitement, you start to focus on each element's stunning original detail. For instance, the sound of the words with the sound of the chord progression combined with the rhythm manifests itself in a unique expression of the architecture of color-and-light.... I started visiting this world, it was euphoric. At five, she became the youngest student admitted to the preparatory division of the Peabody Conservatory of Music, she studied classical piano at Peabody from 1968 to 1974. In 1974, when she was eleven, her scholarship was discontinued, she was asked to leave. Amos has asserted that she lost the scholarship because of her interest in rock and popular music, coupled with her dislike for reading from sheet music.

In 1972, the Amos family moved to Silver Spring, where her father became pastor of the Good Shepherd United Methodist church. At thirteen, Amos began playing at gay bars and piano bars, chaperoned by her father. Amos won a county teen talent contest in 1977, singing a song called "More Than Just a Friend"; as a senior at Richard Montgomery High School, she co-wrote "Baltimore" with her brother, Mike Amos, for a competition involving the Baltimore Orioles. The song did not win the contest but became her first single, released as a 7-inch single pressed locally for family and friends in 1980 with another Amos-penned composition as a B-side, "Walking With You". Before this, she had performed under her middle name, but permanently adopted Tori after a friend's boyfriend told her she looked like a Torrey pine, a tree native to the West Coast. By the time she was 17, Amos had a stock of homemade demo tapes that her father sent out to record companies and producers. Producer Narada Michael Walden responded favorably: he and Amos cut some tracks together, but none were released.

Atlantic Records responded to one of the tapes, when A&R man Jason Flom flew to Baltimore to audition her in person, the label was convinced and signed her. In 1984, Amos moved to Los Angeles to pursue her music career after several years performing on the piano bar circuit in the D. C. area. In 1986, Amos formed a musical group called Y Kant Tori Read, named for her difficulty sight reading. In addition to Amos, the group was composed of Steve Caton, drummer Matt Sorum, bass player Brad Cobb and, for a short time, keyboardist Jim Tauber; the band went through several iterations of recording. In July 1988, the band's self-titled debut album, Y Kant Tori Read, was released. Although its producer, Joe Chiccarelli, stated that Amos was happy with the album at the time, Amos has since criticized it, once remarking: "The only good thing about that album is my ankle high boots."Following the album's commercial failure and the group's subsequent disbanding, Amos began working with other artists as a backup vocalist.

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Aujan Group

Aujan Group Holding Abdulla Aujan & Brothers, is a Saudi conglomerate which has interests in manufacturing and distribution, real estate, hospitality and trading. It is headquartered in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, the company operates in more than 70 countries in the Middle East and Africa. Abdulla Aujan & Brothers was founded in Bahrain in 1905 by three of his brothers; the company traded commodities such as rice. Aujan entered the beverages industry in 1928, when it secured the exclusive license to distribute Vimto in the Middle East. Abdulla Aujan's nephew, Adel Abdul Rahman Aujan, joined the company in 1968, after graduating from Fort Lewis College in Colorado, US Adel expanded the company's beverage sales and distribution networks beyond Saudi Arabia, he played a role in developing Vimto Carbonated, a fizzy version of the original drink. Adel Aujan died in January 2017. Aujan entered the beverages industry in 1928, when it secured the exclusive license to distribute Vimto in the Middle East; the company established its first beverage manufacturing plant in 1979 at Saudi Arabia.

The company introduced Rani Orange Float, its first homegrown beverage, in 1982. Aujan Industries began importing Barbican from U. K.-based Bass Beers for sale in the Middle East in 1983. Alongside the Swiss-made beverage Moussy, Barbican was the first non-alcoholic malt beverage to be sold in the region. Manufacturing changes at Bass Beers disrupted supplies of Barbican to Aujan, in 1999, Aujan purchased the Barbican brand in select markets. Aujan acquired complete control of Barbican in 2010, began manufacturing the beverage at the company's factory in Dubai. Aujan established a second beverage manufacturing plant in 2005 at Dubai, UAE. On 14 December 2011, the Coca-Cola acquired a 50% stake in Aujan's beverages business for $980 million. Coca-Cola acquired a 50% stake in Aujan's brands, a 49% stake in its bottling and distribution company. Aujan retains control of the Vimto license, its manufacturing and distribution operations in Iran; the deal was completed on 24 September 2012. Following the deal, the two companies established Aujan Coca-Cola Beverages Company and Rani Refreshments in 2012.

Rani Refreshments holds the global brand rights for Aujan's original brands such as Rani and Barbican. Both companies are headquartered in Dubai. ACCBC will serve as the manufacturer and distributor of the brands owned by Rani Refreshments and the Coca-Cola Company, as well as Vimto under license. Mirroring the system used by Coca-Cola and its global bottling partners, Rani Refreshments will supply ACCBC with proprietary concentrate and the latter will produce and distribute the beverages. Coca-Cola and Aujan held a ceremony in Dubai in March 2013 to mark the one billionth can of Rani produced by ACCBC. In July 2014, ACCBC announced that it had completed a deal to acquire an 80% stake in the National Beverage Company, the manufacturer and distributor of Coca-Cola and Pampa products in Lebanon, for an undisclosed sum; as a result, the National Beverage Company's manufacturing plant in Beirut, Lebanon became Aujan's fourth beverage manufacturing plant. In 1996, Adel Aujan established the Stanley & Livingstone private game reserve in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

The 8,000 acre reserve is home to 25 different species of large game, a rhino-breeding program and an anti-poaching academy. Aujan established the Indigo Bay Resorts on Bazaruto Island, Mozambique in 2001, the Pemba Beach Hotel & Spa in Pemba, Mozambique in 2002. In 2013, Aujan entered into a partnerships with hotel chain Minor Hotel Group; the same year, Aujan acquired the Radisson Blu in Maputo, Mozambique from the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. The company partnered with Oberoi Hotels & Resorts to operate an Oberoi hotel in Dubai; the hotel opened in June 2013. In November 2015, Aujan opened a new multi-use towers development in Maputo. Aujan Crestwood Wood Works, a manufacturer of upscale kitchen cabinets, bathroom vanities, bedroom closets and custom millwork, was established in Saudi Arabia in 1974. Aujan Group Holding established Aujan Industrial Supplies, a joint venture with Cayan Ventures, in 1981. AIS provides safety equipment and services in Saudi Arabia. AIS distributes products and services from international brands such as MSA, Honeywell, 3M, Brady

Santa Maria in Porto Altarpiece

The Santa Maria in Porto Altarpiece is a painting by the Italian Renaissance painter Ercole de' Roberti, executed in 1479-1481 and housed in the Pinacoteca di Brera, northern Italy. It was executed for the church of Santa Maria in Porto, just outside Ravenna. In the 16th century it was moved to the church St. Francis in the same city but, after the Napoleonic invasion of Italy, it was moved to Milan, being housed at Brera since 1811; the painting feature a vertical architectural setting, under which a high octagonal podium with the Virgin's throne. The base is decorated by tiles which simulated antique bas-reliefs and were inspired by the altar of the basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua by Donatello; the base supports columns with mouldings and decorations of garlands and marble rings, while in the background is a stormy sea. The latter is a reference to the legendary foundation of Santa Maria in Porto, when the Crusader Pietro degli Onesti, after escaping a shipwreck, made a vow to entitle a church to the Virgin Mary in exchange for his miraculous salvation.

The throne is enclosed in a niche with reliefs, stands on a carpet. At the sides are red curtains; the four saints are the blessed Pietro, St. Elizabeth and St. Anne; the whole composition is an example of the pyramidal structure introduced by Antonello da Messina in the Holy Conversation scheme after 1475. __. Brera, guida alla Pinacoteca. Milan: Electa, publisher

The Great Adventure of Zorro

The Great Adventure of Zorro is a 1976 film starring Rodolfo de Anda in a Mexican version of Zorro, directed by Raúl de Anda and featuring such actors as Helena Rojo and Pedro Armendáriz, Jr. The De La Vega's are a prestigious family known throughout the territory; when the youngest son of Don Alejandro de La Vega, returns from his 4 year stay in Spain, he finds his hometown oppressed by the corrupt military forces. The farmers are being run out of their homes and their land is being used as military camps and/or sold off to pay for military supplies and wages, along with taking the poor villagers and using them as slaves; the Film starts off with the Zorro character in place and does not show a transformation or origin story other than a brief prelude where Don Diego de la Vega tells his handy sidekick, Kino why he dawns the Zorro persona, the households butler, most think is deaf and mute, but shares his secret with Don Diego/Zorro. Zorro has multiple face offs with the local military and swears to restore order and freedom to the oppressed.

However to most, Zorro is nothing but a myth. When the eldest son of Don Alejandro plans to wed the daughter of a fellow wealthy caballero, her father plans to sell his mansion and retire. A buyer befriends both families. Upon sealing the deal, he kills the caballero and mortally wounds the elder De la Vega, leaving with the money, he marks the carriage and surrounding area with the infamous "Z" that Zorro has adapted and is known for. A series of crimes using his own version of the Zorro outfit/mask and impersonating him cause the local towns people to turn on the Zorro; the military starts linking clues together and leads their search right back to the De La Vega's Mansion. This begins a massive manhunt for the man named "Zorro" which sets out the "real" Zorro to avenge his brothers potential death, the caballeros death, clear his name, find out, sabotaging him. Rodolfo de Anda as Diego De La Vega / El Zorro Helena Rojo as Helena Pedro Armendáriz Jr. as Emilio Walter Ricardo Carrión as Pedro de Vega Jorge Arvizu as Kimo Carlos López Moctezuma as Don Francisco Jorge Russek as Capitán The movie was a massive hit in Mexican Cinema.

During the time of its release, Rodolfo de Anda, who portrays The Zorro/Diego de La Vega character, was in the prime of his career and was known for Mexico's version of'Spaghetti Westerns'. The Movie is Western and the first to portray the Zorro character in such fashion, deviating from the clumsy, lazy or uninterested Diego de La Vega that other films portray. In this version, Diego de la Viego is a'fiery' and educated character with a short fuse who at one point calls out the local military leader to a duel, he suggests to his father that the people should revolt against military rule but holds back just enough so people would not imagine him and Zorro being the same person. Because of this, the reception was greater than expected. At the time, Clark Kent, Bruce Wayne, were big hits in Latin America but portrayed their alter ego's as weak and push overs, hence separating itself from other films of its Genre at the time; the Great Adventure of Zorro on IMDb

Dave Callaghan

David John Callaghan is a former South African international cricketer. Despite there being a distance of eight years between his first and last One Day International, Callaghan only played 29 times for South Africa, he was born at Eastern Cape. His first-class career lasted 19 years, with time being spent in England with Suffolk and Nottinghamshire. A right-handed batsman, he was a handy pace bowler. Callaghan's cousin, Justin Kemp, played ODI cricket for South Africa. Callaghan was a member of a South African Schools side in 1983 side which toured England under the name Albatrosses; that side contained Mark Rushmere, Dave Rundle, Daryll Cullinan, Meyrick Pringle and Salieg Nackerdien, among others. In Provincial cricket, he played much of his career in an Eastern Province side which contained the strongest batting lineup at the time in the country, Kepler Wessels, Phil Amm, Mark Rushmere and Kenny McEwan The defining moment of his international career was an innings of 169 not out, made against New Zealand at Centurion during the Mandela Trophy in 1994.

Opening the batting, Callaghan hit 4 sixes. This happens to be the highest score in ODIs by a batsman, who have scored only one 50-plus knock in their career, he took his career best figures of 3 for 32 and was the obvious choice for man of the match. Callaghan's innings was his first after recovering from testicular cancer. Dave Callaghan at ESPNcricinfo St George's Park profile

Persona Stalker Club

Persona Stalker Club is a Japanese monthly online variety show produced by Atlus. The show is a monthly digest for Atlus' Persona game series and other Atlus titles meant as a way to "deepen the connection with fans." Persona Stalker Club is hosted by writer Mafia Kajita. Episodes are broadcast monthly on Niconico at midnight. To celebrate the Japanese release of Persona 5, in 2016, the show was rebranded under the title Persona Stalker Club V. Several sticker sets for Line featuring Persona characters and Kajita were released; the "Persora-mimi Theater" segment of the show has led to the release of multiple CDs and a yearly awards ceremony honoring the best fan-submitted misheard lyrics. The final episode aired on March 30, 2017. Persona Stalker Club had a regular segment called "Persora-mimi Theater", where the hosts would read mondegreen lyrics submitted by fans; the segment's popularity led to a yearly awards ceremony released on DVD honoring their favorite misheard lyrics. Multiple CDs were released during the show's run with a lyrics booklet listing the misheard lyrics.

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