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USBC Masters

The USBC Masters is a championship ten-pin bowling event conducted by the United States Bowling Congress. The Professional Bowlers Association began recognizing it as a title event in 1998, it was designated one of the four majors in 2000. A PBA rule change in 2008 retroactively awarded a PBA title to any Masters winners prior to 1998 who were PBA members at the time of the victory; the tournament began in 1951 as the ABC Masters, conducted by the American Bowling Congress. The ABC merged with the WIBC and YABA to become the USBC in 2005, after which the tournament was renamed USBC Masters; the Masters began as an invitational event showcasing national and local bowling stars and has grown to become one of bowling's most prestigious events. While the event has evolved over the years, its trademark qualifying and double-elimination match play format has remained unchanged. All bowlers compete in 15 games of qualifying, with the top 63 qualifiers joining the previous year's champion in the double elimination match play bracket.

All head-to-head matches consist of 3 games, highest total pinfall wins. Hundreds of competitors turn out for the Masters each year with their sights set on a prize fund, as high as $350,000, including a $50,000 top prize; the field, which now includes women features representatives from all 50 states and a handful of foreign countries. The Masters is open to PBA members and any USBC member that meets average requirements, is a part of the World Bowling Tour. After the Masters in January 2004, the tournament was moved to the fall, resulting in two Masters events during calendar year 2004. In 2008, the tournament was moved back to the spring, why there was no Masters during 2008. Mike Aulby is the first player to have won the USBC Masters three times, but was passed by Jason Belmonte. Belmonte is the only player to win three Masters in a row, he won again in 2017 to become the only player to win four Masters titles. Walter Ray Williams Jr. is the oldest person to win the USBC Masters, capturing the 2010 event at age 50.

In 2016, Anthony Simonsen, aged 19 years and 39 days, became the tournament's youngest winner, as well as the youngest to win a PBA major of any kind. The 2019 USBC Masters was held at the Gold Coast Bowling Center in Las Vegas, Nevada from March 27 to April 1; the tournament had a starting field of 450 bowlers, used a five-player stepladder finals format. On April 1, Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Arizona won from the #1 seed position, defeating Mykel Holliman in his lone match, 228–196; this was first major championship. A five-player stepladder final round was used. Prize Pool:1. Jakob Butturff – $30,000 2. Mykel Holliman – $25,000 3. Jake Peters – $15,000 4. Chris Sloan – $10,000 5. Mitch Hupé – $8,000 2019 Jakob Butturff 2018 Andrew Anderson 2017 Jason Belmonte 2016 Anthony Simonsen 2015 Jason Belmonte 2014 Jason Belmonte 2013 Jason Belmonte 2012 Mike Fagan 2011 Tom Hess 2010 Walter Ray Williams, Jr. 2009 John Nolen 2008 not contested due to PBA schedule change 2007 Sean Rash 2006 Doug Kent 2005 Mike Scroggins Oct. 2004 Danny Wiseman Jan. 2004 Walter Ray Williams, Jr. 2003 Bryon Smith 2002 Brett Wolfe 2001 Parker Bohn III 2000 Mika Koivuniemi 1999 Brian Boghosian 1998 Mike Aulby 1997 Jason Queen 1996 Ernie Schlegel 1995 Mike Aulby 1994 Steve Fehr 1993 Norm Duke 1992 Ken Johnson 1991 Doug Kent 1990 Chris Warren 1989 Mike Aulby 1988 Del Ballard, Jr. 1987 Rick Steelsmith 1986 Mark Fahy 1985 Steve Wunderlich 1984 Earl Anthony 1983 Mike Lastowski 1982 Joe Berardi 1981 Randy Lightfoot 1980 Neil Burton 1979 Doug Myers 1978 Frank Ellenburg 1977 Earl Anthony 1976 Nelson Burton, Jr. 1975 Ed Ressler, Jr. 1974 Paul Colwell 1973 Dave Soutar 1972 Bill Beach 1971 Jim Godman 1970 Don Glover 1969 Jim Chestney 1968 Pete Tountas 1967 Lou Scalia 1966 Bob Strampe 1965 Billy Welu 1964 Billy Welu 1963 Harry Smith 1962 Billy Golembiewski 1961 Don Carter 1960 Billy Golembiewski 1959 Ray Bluth 1958 Tom Hennessey 1957 Dick Hoover 1956 Dick Hoover 1955 Buzz Fazio 1954 Eugene Elkins 1953 Rudy Habetler 1952 Willard Taylor 1951 Lee JouglardNote: In May 2008, the PBA announced it was revising its all-time records to include ABC Masters championships prior to 1998 as PBA titles, if the champion was a PBA member at the time.

Official USBC Masters "Information" web page PBA.com site

Camera Press

Camera Press is a photographic picture agency founded in London in 1947 by Jewish Hungarian Tom Blau, a portrait photographer of major contemporary political figures and film stars, who had migrated from Berlin where he had grown up, in 1935, becoming a naturalised British citizen. The Camera Press archive is of historic importance, the agency having represented among others Antony Armstrong-Jones, Patrick Lichfield, Cecil Beaton, Norman Parkinson, Thurston Hopkins and Yousuf Karsh, whom Blau had signed on as the agency's first photographer. Beaton's first assignment for the agency was the wedding of Queen Elizabeth II, it counted among its members lesser known photographers, such as Hedda Morrison in Sarawak, mountaineer Alfred Gregory, whose work in distant parts of the British Commonwealth were of interest to the picture magazines thriving in the 1950s. In the 1960s, as well as its extensive collection of Royal subjects, the agency responded to the demands of the'celebrity gossip' press by signing photographers such as Elio Sorci — among the first paparazzo — who had more invasive approach.

Each decade is represented in the collection with some of the best known celebrities: Steve Emberton's picture of Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen at Vicious’ Maida Vale home in 1978. In 2007 Daryl Bradford took over management of the agency from Roger Eldridge, former managing director who had joined the agency in 1969 and who died at 63 years old, on the way to a radio interview about the 60th anniversary of Camera Press. Emma's shot of the Spice Girls appeared in a survey exhibition she curated of Camera Press imagery Camera Press at 70 – A Lifetime in Pictures, held May 17–June 10, 2017 at the Bermondsey Project Space, 183-185 Bermondsey Street, London; when Camera Press moved to Butlers Wharf near Tower Bridge in March 1993 the agency opened and ran Tom Blau Gallery at 21 Queen Elizabeth Street, London SE1 to exhibit photographers including Roger Bamber, Robert Whittaker, Gemma Levine and Marcus Lyon. In 1996 it appointed a new director Keith Cavanagh. From 2004 it changed focus to concentrate on showcasing its own photographers’ work.

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Samuel Haugh

Samuel Haugh was an early American silversmith, active in Boston. Only three of his works are known to survive: two cups and a spoon. Haugh was born in Boston to Rev. Samuel Ann Raynsford. Upon his father's untimely death in June, 1679, the diarist Samuel Sewall became his guardian. In 1690, he became apprentice to silversmith Thomas Savage, as recorded in an entry in Sewall's diary: "Thorsday, November the Sixth 1690, at my House in Boston Samuel Haugh and Mr. Thomas Savage mutually sign'd, seal'd and delivered Indentures to each other. Witnesses, S. S. Joseph Wheeler, Jn. Cole, Thomas Banister."After his apprenticeship, he married Margaret Johnson on September 30, 1697, in Boston, there worked from 1697-1717 as a silversmith. In 1713 he served as second sargeant in the Artillery Company. An entry in the Sewall Papers records his burial: " 9. Mr. Sam. Hough buried. I had a scarf. Mr Eliakim Hutchinson & I follow'd next after the Mourners, 42 upon the Coffin." Diary of Samuel Sewall, Diary of Samuel Sewall: 1674-1729, Volume 1.

Sewall Papers, Vol. III, page 132. New England Marriages Prior to 1700, Clarence Almon Torrey, Clarence Almon Torrey, Genealogical Publishing Com, 1985, page 391. "Samuel Haugh", Western Michigan Genealogical Society. "Samuel Haugh", American Silversmiths. American Silversmiths and Their Marks: The Definitive Edition, Stephen G. C. Ensko, Courier Corporation, 2012, page 68. Colonial Silversmiths: Masters & Apprentices, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1956. History of the Military Company of the Massachusetts, Now Called, the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts: 1637-1888, Volume 1, Oliver Ayer Roberts, A. Mudge & Son, 1895, page 376. American Church Silver of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries: With a Few Pieces of Domestic Plate, Exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts, July to December, 1911, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1911, page 143. "Lot 345: A RARE SILVER CUP", Invaluable, LLC

Iceland–Japan relations

Iceland–Japan relations refers to the diplomatic relations between Iceland and Japan. Both nations are members of the Organisation for Economic Development. In 1814, Iceland became a part of the Kingdom of Denmark. In 1867, the Kingdom of Denmark and Japan signed a "Treaty of Friendship and Navigation". Any and all trade relations between Iceland and Japan was carried out by Denmark. In 1944, Iceland became an independent nation. On 8 December 1956 Iceland and Japan established diplomatic relations. In June 1999, Japanese Prime Minister Keizō Obuchi paid an official visit to Iceland. During his visit, Prime Minister Obuchi announced the opening of a Japanese embassy in Reykjavík. In 2002, both nations opened embassies in their respective capitals. In 2003, the University of Iceland began teaching Japanese as the first university course in Iceland to teach an Asian language and to specialize in Asian culture. In 2005, Iceland approached Japan on a free-trade accord; each year, both nations obtain negative attention in the fact.

In 2016, both nations celebrated 60 years of diplomatic relations. Prime Ministerial visits from Iceland to Japan Prime Minister Davíð Oddsson Prime Minister Halldór Ásgrímsson Prime Ministerial visits from Japan to Iceland Prime Minister Keizō Obuchi Both nations have signed bilateral agreements such as an Agreement on the Elimination of Double Taxation with respect to Taxes on Income and the Prevention of Tax Evasion and Avoidance and an Agreement of a Working holiday visa. In 2015, trade between Iceland and Japan totaled $222 million USD. Icelandic exports to Japan include: steel. Japanese exports to Iceland include: electronic equipment. Several well known multinational Japanese companies such as Honda, Sony and Toyota operate in Iceland. Iceland has an embassy in Tokyo. Japan has an embassy in Reykjavík. Cold Fever

Jay Arcilla

Ruel Julian Peter Arcilla known as Jay Arcilla is a YouTube sensation, actor and dancer. He is best known for his viral Dubsmash video Twerk It Like Miley by Brandon Beal, bagged his role as Reggie in the Primetime series broadcast by GMA Network, Little Nanay. Arcilla was raised in San Pablo, Laguna. In 2015, he joined Eat Bulaga!'s segment, That's My Bae: "Twerk It" Dance Contest. The same year, he joined the comeback StarStruck with its 6th season, he is the nephew of the lead actor of John Arcilla. In 2015, he auditioned in an Eat Bulaga! segment, That's My Bae: "Twerk It" Dance Contest. He is one of the first Baes to enter the Eat Bulaga! Stage together with Miggy Tolentino and Tommy Peñaflor. Arcilla did not pass through the Semi-finals because of joining the reality show slated to air in an early September day, StarStruck, he auditioned in the comeback of the hit reality show, StarStruck on its 6th season. He has finished his journey as the last contestant eliminated together with Arra San Agustin.

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Nicolae Crețulescu

Nicolae Crețulescu was a Wallachian Romanian politician and physician. He served two terms as Prime Minister of Romania: from 1862 to 1863, from 1865 to 1866, he was elected to the Romanian Academy. He was the 3rd president of the Romanian Academy from 1872 to 1873. Born in Bucharest, he studied medicine in Paris; as a physician, his notable work was the translation of Jean Cruveilhier's manual of anatomy. A member of the Liberal faction, Creţulescu first became prime minister after the assassination of Barbu Catargiu, under ruler Alexandru Ioan Cuza, he avoided debating the issue of land reform, at that time the most contentious subject in Romanian politics. Additionally, he laid the groundwork for further laws secularizing the property of monasteries