University of Hawaii Press

The University of Hawaiʻi Press is a university press, part of the University of Hawaiʻi. The University of Hawaiʻi Press was founded in 1947, with the mission of advancing and disseminating scholarship by publishing current research in all disciplines of the humanities and natural and social sciences in the regions of Asia and the Pacific. In addition to scholarly monographs, the Press publishes educational materials and reference works such as dictionaries, language texts, classroom readers and encyclopedias. During the 2006–2007 fiscal year, the Press published 94 projects: 80 books and monographs and 14 scholarly journals. At 30 June 2007, the Press had published 2,323 books and other media, 1,289 of which are in print. With sales of over $3.7 million, the Press is ranked as a mid-sized university publisher by the Association of American University Presses and is considered by scholars to be a leader in the fields in which it publishes. In 2005, UH Press published more academic monographs on East Asia in English than any other university press, was second only to RoutledgeCurzon among all English-language publishers.

The Press was established in 1947 at the initiative of University of Hawaiʻi President Gregg M. Sinclair, its first publications included a reprint of The Hawaiian Kingdom by Ralph Kuykendall and Insects of Hawaii, by Elwood C. Zimmerman, both of which have become classics. Other enduring classics from its early years include the Hawaiian-English Dictionary, by Mary Kawena Pukui and Samuel Elbert, first published in 1957, last revised and enlarged in 1986 reprinted 16 times. In 1971, the University of Hawaiʻi Press combined operations with the East-West Center Press and renamed itself the University Press of Hawaiʻi, thus adding greater coverage of Asia to its previous strength in Hawaiʻi and the Pacific. In 1981, the East-West Center withdrew its subsidy, the name reverted to University of Hawaiʻi Press, but the focus on Asia continued to grow, so that at least half its titles now focus on Asia, with the other half devoted to Hawaiʻi and the Pacific. UH Press output included journals from the beginning.

Most of the Press's inaugural budget appropriation was allocated to the journal Pacific Science, whose first issue appeared in 1947. However, Pacific Science did not bear the UH Press imprint until 1953, two years after Philosophy East and West made its debut from UH Press; the number of journals expanded over the next few decades, with the acquisition of Oceanic Linguistics in 1966 and Asian Perspectives in 1969, the founding of Korean Studies in 1977, Biography in 1978, Buddhist-Christian Studies in 1981, Asian Theatre Journal in 1984, all initiated at the University of Hawaiʻi. Flush State budgets in the late 1980s and early 1990s permitted several further initiatives by other campus departments; the literary journal Mānoa and the "island affairs" journal The Contemporary Pacific made their debut in 1989, followed by the Journal of World History in 1990, China Review International in 1994, just before severe budget cutbacks eliminated all university subsidies to the Journals Department.

Journals production struggled along, with some editorial offices assuming more of the burden, until Press subsidies were restored in 1998 and the department was restaffed. All 12 journals made their debut in the Project MUSE database of journals in the humanities and social sciences in 2000-2001, but Pacific Science switched to the BioOne collection of natural science journals in 2008; the Yearbook of the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers began publishing with UH Press in 2000 and made its debut in Project MUSE in 2004. The Asia Society's Archives of Asian Art began publishing with UH Press in 2007. During the 2007 fiscal year, the Press considered 1,300 manuscripts and proposals, of which 60 were accepted for publication by the Editorial Board; as of 30 June 2007, 122 books were in press. Each book undergoes rigorous review, including preliminary evaluation by an in-house editor. Manuscripts that show promise are evaluated by two external readers who are specialists in the subject matter.

Those that receive two positive peer reviews are presented to the Press's academic editorial board, which makes the final determination about whether to publish. East Asia is an important regional focus. During 2000-2005, the Press published 184 academic monographs on the region, 82 on China, 81 on Japan, 21 on Korea; the three principal subject areas were literature. The monograph series published by the Press indicate some principal areas of concentration. ABC Chinese Dictionary Series Critical Interventions Dimensions of Asian Spirituality Hawai‘i Studies on Korea Intersections KLEAR Textbooks in Korean Language Kuroda Classics in East Asian Buddhism and Studies in East Asian Buddhism Modern Korean Fiction Monographs of the Biographical Research Center Monographs of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (with the Kyoto University Center for Southeast Asian St

Wallenquist Organization

The Wallenquist Organization is a criminal organization in the fictional universe of Frank Miller's Sin City. It is led by Herr Wallenquist, a German-American mobster shrouded in mystery; the organization has a broad base of criminal enterprise to its name, including drug smuggling, contract killing, organ harvesting and human trafficking for the purpose of illegal adoption and slavery, as well as having many city officials on their payroll at one time or the other. Herr Alarich Wallenquist aka the Kraut, is the powerful leader of the organization, his goal is to achieve power and profit, regardless of what underhanded methods can lead him to that goal. His stature is consistent with his power, as he is portrayed as being an enormous and imposing man, of greater size and physical bulk than Marv. Unlike the other antagonists, he acts measured and thoughtful, as he sees revenge as an unnecessary extravagance and will take losses with a fair amount of dignity when hostile action will serve no practical purpose.

In Hell and Back he is more than willing to allow Wallace to leave in his own words "And hope to never see them again." In the same book he shows confidence that his organization will be able to bribe Liebowitz to work for them again. He proves to be one of the few men able to resist Ava Lord's wiles, is directly involved with the perpetration of his organization's crimes. In one of his rare appearances, it can be seen that his face and neck is marked with scars or burns, it is rumoured that he may be the mysterious man known only as'The Janitor' seen executing an escaped Nazi in'Rats', but this has not been confirmed in-universe. The Colonel is an captain for Wallenquist, he trains and coordinates assassins in the organisation's employ, as well as being one himself at some point. He runs human trafficking ring as well as other ventures, his operations are shut down by the Basin City Police in a sting operation at the conclusion of the Hell and Back arc. In the movie continuity, it is believed that he was "The Salesman" from the Sin City short story The Customer is Always Right.

This was confirmed in the one-shot Sex & Violence when a fan noticed that The Colonel and The Salesman have the same haircut and inquired about it to Frank Miller in the letter section "BLAM!". Manute, a huge enforcer who dresses like a valet, acts gentlemanly in all situations while committing homicide, he served Ava Lord and, following her death at the hands of Dwight McCarthy, was recruited by the Colonel and Wallenquist. He is nigh indestructible, having been crucified and savagely beaten numerous times; the only lasting injury he received was from Marv. It was replaced by a fake golden one. Manute was put in charge of securing the corpse of Jackie-Boy to instigate a war between the police and the girls of Old Town, allowing Wallenquist to make a power grab for Old Town in the meantime. In the deleted scenes of the movie adaptation, he was shown to have momentarily escaped from the assault with Schutz and another thug, only to be sliced down the middle by Miho in an alleyway moments later.

Delia aka a trained assassin hired by The Colonel. She uses the powers of seduction to lead unsuspecting men to their deaths, she has sex with her victims before killing them. She was unable to seduce Wallace and calls him a Monk before Maxine drugs him and Gordo pushes the car down a cliff, she herself is killed despite begging for her life. Mariah, a trained assassin in league with Delia, although less skilled. She, uses the powers of seduction, but can fight with a bo, she does manage to injure Liebowitz's son Josh by breaking his arms. Despite her combat training Wallace beats her, breaking her nose in the process, she works for Wallenquist and she managed to escape from Liebowitz's assault on the factory. She was seen asking to go after Wallace, which she is denied with Wallenquist saying there is no profit in revenge. Has a penchant for leopard print clothing. Gordo, The Colonel's muscle. Works alongside Delia to try and set-up Wallace's death, he serves as the muscle and can push a car and shoot a gun but seemed to be able to carry Wallace.

He speaks in the third person. On a humorous note he once commented. Was killed by Wallace. Bruno, a former hitman and politician on Wallenquist's payroll, his murder at the hands of the Mafia, the collateral damage that ensued, set Dwight on a mission to find his murderer. Becky, a young Old Town prostitute, instrumental in getting Jackie Boy killed by Miho, she works for the Colonel as a spy because she didn't want her mother to discover that she was a prostitute because he offered her a considerable sum of money and a new life. Killed during'The Big Fat Kill'. In the epilogue of the movie adaptation, it is implied she is killed by the Salesman while leaving the hospital. Maxine, a psychopharmacologist who works alongside Delia, she administers a strong hallucinogen into Wallace's system, gives him the antidote at gunpoint, but she is killed when Wallace accidentall

Ana Maria Popescu

Ana Maria Popescu known as Ana Maria Brânză, is a Romanian épée fencer, ranked world no.1 according to FIE. She earned the silver medal in the individual épée event at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games and the gold medal in the 2013 European Fencing Championships, she won the women's épée World Cup series a record-equalling three times, with thirteen World Cup titles to her name. With the Romanian team she was twice six-times European champion. In 2020 she won the Fancing World Cup at Doha, she was chosen by Dreamworks in 2012 to provide the Romanian dubbed voice of Mother from the animated movie Rise of the Guardians, being the first sportperson in Romania chosen to dub an animation film. Brânză was born in 1984 in the Rahova district of the second of two children. A energetic child, she was pushed by her parents towards sport, she first tried tennis because the courts were not far from home, but she left after one year because she was the only left-handed player and because of the lack of competitive events.

When she was ten, her elder brother Marius, who played football for a school team of CSA Steaua București, took her to his club's fencing hall in Ghencea. She did not care much for the idea at first, as she was not a fan of The Three Musketeers, but she was attracted to the sport as soon as she set foot in the fencing hall, she turned to épée because there was no other left-handed weapon available in the club when she began training. Brânză became champion of Romania for her age group after only six months of training, she was noticed by national coach Dan Podeanu, who after a trial selected her for centralized training. At 13 years old, at the beginning of class VIII, she left her family and moved to Craiova to train at the Junior Olympic Centre for épée with other athletes, much of which were older than her, she pursued her studies at the Petrache-Trișcu Sports High School, which gave her name to one of its alleys. The high school offers a specific curriculum for young athletes with three or four class hours a day, the rest being devoted to sport, but the sports facilities were in a rather run-down state in post-Ceaușescu Romania.

For lack of a dedicated building, they first held their training sessions in the community hall of the high school. As there was no locker room, they had to change behind curtains. After her bacalaureat she was offered an athletic scholarship from an American university, but she chose to stay in Romania, she first hoped to study psychology at university, before setting for the Faculty of sports and physical education of the University of Craiova, where she obtained a master in 2007. The same year she was awarded the title of master emeritus in sports, she joined in 2001 one of the main Romanian sport clubs, CSA Steaua, run by the Ministry of National Defence of Romania, received the grade of sergeant. She is seconded full-time to her sport. Being from a military family–her grandfather and brother served in the army–, she appears in uniform in the media, she was promoted to lieutenant after her studies, as of 2015 holds the grade of major. Brânză is committed to promoting student sport, she supports AITA, an association for autistic children in Bucharest.

From September 2013 to November 2014 she ran the campaign Aleargă de ziua ta! which encouraged people to celebrate their birthday by engaging in physical activity and gathering funds for a charitable cause. In August 2015 she married Pavel Popescu, who plays water polo for CSA Steaua, announced his intention to change her name for competition. Brânză won her first senior national championship at the age of fifteen, she attended her first international competitions as a member of CSM–LPS Craiova. She took part in the 1999 Cadet World Championships in Keszthely, finishing only 28th, but the confrontation with fencers from countries with better training conditions spurred her to train harder: “I saw kids from France wearing immaculate white outfits, while I had a yellowed kit and sneakers ripped up at the toe, but I went after them to defeat them.”She joined in 2001 the fencing section of CSA Steaua under coach Cornel Milan. The same year she posted her first significant result with a gold medal at the Cadet World Championships and a team silver medal at the Junior World Championships, both in Gdańsk.

These achievements prompted the Romanian media to compare her to Olympic foil champion Laura Badea-Cârlescu, but she took exception to the comparison, claiming she wanted to do better than Badea. In 2002 Brânză won the gold medal at the Junior World Championships in Antalya after prevailing over China's Tan Li, she was praised for “a remarkable tactical mastery for a seventeen and a half year old girl”. The same year she took part in her first senior major competitions. At the European Championships in Moscow she reached the quarter-finals before being eliminated 9–15 by Lyubov Shutova. At the World Championships in Lisbon she made it to the semi-finals, where she was defeated 6–15 by Germany's Imke Duplitzer and came away with a bronze medal, she would call it her fondest victory, because she was young at the time and was there without her coach, with only her sabre colleagues as companions. Having reached the top she lost her previous fearlessness and began to feel apprehensive before her bouts: “When you get on the piste, it looks to you like your opponent is out to steal your dreams.”

She struggled throughout the 2002 -- 03 season. A double gold medal haul at the Junior European Fencing i