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Vancouver Canadians

The Vancouver Canadians are a Minor League Baseball team based in the Northwest League and the Class A Short Season affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays. They are located in Vancouver, British Columbia, play their home games at Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium; the Canadians were established in 1978 as members of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League. They joined the NWL in 2000; the Canadians have won the NWL championship on four occasions. They won the PCL championship three times; the 1999 team won the Triple-A World Series. They have been the only Canadian team in the affiliated minor leagues since 2008, the first season after the Ottawa Lynx moved to Allentown, Pennsylvania. Vancouver was an influential entity in the early history of the Northwest League, they were charter members of every version of the league that would form the NWL, most notably as the sole team that survived the collapse of the Western International League in 1922 when it reformed in 1937, winning four pennants in the WIL as the Vancouver Capilanos.

However though they were the final champions of the WIL, Vancouver was not part of its reformation into the Northwest League, due to the NWL's shedding of all of its Canadian teams in order to focus on the American Pacific Northwest. Vancouver was without professional baseball in 1955, but in 1956 the highest calibre of minor league play, in the form of the Open classification Pacific Coast League, came to British Columbia when Oakland Oaks transferred there as the Vancouver Mounties; the Mounties played in the PCL from 1956 through 1962, from 1965 through 1969. The Vancouver Canadians played from 1978 to 1999 as members of the Pacific Coast League at Nat Bailey Stadium. Over the course of 22 seasons, the Canadians won three PCL championships and the 1999 Triple-A World Series. Following the 1999 season, the PCL franchise was purchased by a group led by Art Savage and moved to Sacramento, for the 2000 season where they became known as the Sacramento River Cats. In a counter move, Oregon's, Southern Oregon Timberjacks relocated to Vancouver where they continued as the Canadians in the Class A Short Season Northwest League.

The NWL C's were affiliated with the Oakland Athletics from 2000 to 2010. The Canadians had players such as Nick Swisher, Jeremy Brown, Jason Windsor, Joe Blanton, Rich Harden, Travis Buck, Dallas Braden, Dan Straily on teams during this period. In 2007, local Vancouver businessmen Jake Kerr and Jeff Mooney purchased the Vancouver Canadians and secured a 25-year lease with the City of Vancouver Parks Board. Extensive work began that offseason in a full-scale stadium renovation which improved washrooms, concessions and children's play area. Point-of-purchase concessions increased substantially. In January 2008, former Washington Nationals executive Andy Dunn become the President and General Manager of the Canadians. In the spring of 2010, the Vancouver Canadians and Scotiabank announced a long-term partnership that would see Nat Bailey Stadium renamed to Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium; the Canadians became the Short Season A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays following the 2010 season.

This helped see the team's attendance rise to 162,162 for a team record. In September 2011, the Vancouver Canadians won their first Northwest League championship title, defeating the Tri-City Dust Devils, 9–2, to win the final series, 2–1; the following year, the Vancouver Canadians became back-to-back champions for the first time in franchise history, defeating the Boise Hawks, 12–9, to win the final series,2–1. In August 2013, outfielder Kevin Pillar became the first alumnus of the team to play in the major leagues for Toronto. On September 9, 2013 the Canadians became just the third Northwest League team to win three straight championships, defeating the Boise Hawks, 5–0, at Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium to win the final series, 2–1, in front of a sellout crowd; the 2013 season saw the Vancouver Canadians draw over 195,000 fans to Scotiabank Field, a fifth consecutive team record which included 23 sold-out games. On November 4, 2013, the Vancouver Canadians were named the 2013 recipient of the John H. Johnson President's Award.

The prestigious award is given to Minor League Baseball's top organization. It was the first time. In 2016, the Canadians led the Northwest League with a total attendance of 222,363, averaging 6,177 per game; this earned them the 2016 Esurance "Home Field Advantage Award" given to the organization in each affiliated minor league with the greatest attendance per percentage capacity. In 2017, the Canadians won another championship, defeating Eugene, 2–1, to win the series, 3–1, they beat their previous record in attendance with 239,527 people in total attendance for the 2017 season, averaging to 6,303 per game. On January 26, 2018, Toronto extended their player-development contract with Vancouver through the 2022 season. While the Canadians were unable to make the playoffs in 2018, coming in a close second in both the first and second half of the season, they still lead the league in attendance with an impressive 239,086 in total attendance. 2004: Lost to Boise 3–0 in finals. 2005: Lost to Spokane 3–2 in finals.

2010: Lost to Everett 2–0 in semifinals. 2011: Defeated Eugene 2–1 in semifinals. 2012: Defeated Everett 2–0 in semifinals. 2013: Defeated Everett 2–0 in semifinals. 2014: Defeated Spokane 2–0 in semifinals. 2017: Defeated Spokane 2–0 in semifinals. In

Mike Harmon (politician)

Mike Harmon is an American politician serving as the Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts. Harmon was a Republican member of the Kentucky House of Representatives representing District 54. Harmon was a 2011 candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky. In 2015, Harmon was elected state Auditor, he was the only Republican statewide candidate run unopposed in the primary. Harmon was elected to a second term as Auditor in 2019, defeating Democratic candidate Sheri Donahue, Libertarian Kyle Hugenberg. Harmon earned his BS from Eastern Kentucky University. 1998 When the District 54 seat was left open, Harmon was unopposed for the 1998 Republican Primary, but lost the November 3, 1998 General election to Democratic nominee John Bowling. 2000 Harmon and Representative Bowling were both unopposed for their 2000 primaries, setting up a rematch. 2002 When Representative Bowling left the Legislature and left the seat open, Harmon was unopposed for the 2002 Republican Primary and won the November 5, 2002 General election with 7,035 votes against Democratic nominee William Erwin.

2004 Harmon was unopposed for the 2004 Republican Primary and won the November 2, 2004 General election with 9,459 votes against Democratic nominee David Sparrow. 2006 Harmon and returning 2004 Democratic challenged David Sparrow were both unopposed for their 2006 primaries, setting up a rematch. 2008 Harmon and returning 2004 and 2006 Democratic challenger David Sparrow were both unopposed for their 2008 primaries, setting up their third contest. 2010 Harmon was unopposed for both the May 18, 2010 Republican Primary and the November 2, 2010 General election, winning with 9,789 votes. 2011 To challenge incumbent Governor Steve Beshear and with Lieutenant Governor Daniel Mongiardo leaving the ticket, Harmon joined gubernatorial candidate Phil Moffett as his running mate for the May 17, 2011 Republican Primary but lost to President of the Kentucky Senate David L. Williams and Agricultural Commissioner Richie Farmer, who lost the November 8, 2011 General election to Governor Beshear and Democratic Lieutenant Governor nominee Jerry Abramson.

2012 Harmon was unopposed for the May 22, 2012 Republican Primary and won the November 6, 2012 General election with 9,482 votes against Democratic nominee Barry Harmon. 2015 Harmon was unopposed for the Republican nomination for the statewide office of State Auditor against incumbent Democrat Adam Edelen. Harmon won with 51.9% of the vote, was sworn in as Kentucky's 47th State Auditor in January 2016. 2019 Harmon was unopposed in the Republican primary election, was re-elected to a second term in the General Election. Harmon garnered 55.65 percent of the vote compared to his opponents, Democrat Sheri Donahue, Libertarian Kyle Hugenberg. Official page at the Kentucky General Assembly Campaign site Profile at Vote Smart Mike Harmon at Ballotpedia Mike Harmon at the National Institute on Money in State Politics

Thomas Morgan (of Llantarnam)

Thomas Morgan of Llantarnam, of the Welsh Morgan of Monmouthshire, was a confidant and spy for Mary, Queen of Scots, was involved in the Babington plot to kill Queen Elizabeth I of England. In his youth, Thomas, a staunch Catholic, worked as Secretary of the Archbishop of York until 1568, for Lord Shrewsbury who had Mary under his care at this time. Morgan's Catholic leanings soon brought him into the confidence of the Scottish queen and Mary enlisted Morgan as her secretary and go-between for the period extending between 1569 -1572 which coincided with a series of important conspiracies against Elizabeth. Morgan was imprisoned for 3 years in the Tower of London before exiling himself to France. In 1584 Morgan was dispatched to Paris with letters from Mary to her supporters at the French court, he met up with the pair hatched a plan to kill the queen. Parry was arrested in England and charged with High Treason but he pleaded that he was a secret agent trying to discover the Catholic's treasons.

One of the charges brought against Mary in 1586 involved her involvement with Morgan, charge no. 8 read'Her Servant Morgan practising with Parry for the killing of her Majesty and the favouring and maintaining of him, since the said Queen did know that he was the principal persuader of Parry to attempt that most wicked act'. Morgan strenuously denied his involvement in his secret letters to Mary. Thomas Morgan had a secret correspondence with Mary, imprisoned in England, was plotting the assassination of Queen Elizabeth. In 1584 he may have been involved in the production of Leicester's Commonwealth, a scurrilous tract attacking Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester, Elizabeth's powerful favourite; the book was circulated in England. It contained a detailed argument. Francis Walsingham, the chief of Elizabeth's intelligence service, believed him to be the author. Morgan and Charles Paget recruited Anthony Babington, a young English nobleman ready to give his life for Mary, to murder Queen Elizabeth I in the famous Babington plot.

Lewes Lewkenor described Morgan as'a man not inferior to any of them all in drifts of policy'. In 1585 Gilbert Gifford arrived in Paris for a meeting with Morgan and Charles Paget who sent him to England. Francis Walsingham's agents arrested him at the port of Rye, East Sussex and he was taken to London for questioning, it appears that Walsingham's persuasive techniques were enough to convince Gifford to spy for him and intercept the letters from Mary, Queen of Scots which brought about her downfall and subsequent execution. Gifford told how Walsingham's chief decipherer, Phelippes'could take off Morgan to the life'. However, there was a mole spying for Elizabeth in the embassy, Gilbert Gifford, copying all the letters exchanged between Thomas and Mary and passing them to Walsingham. Elizabeth's top codebreaker, Thomas Phelippes, was able to decipher the code used by Thomas Morgan; the plot was discovered, Babington was arrested, he and his co-conspirators were hung and quartered. The Jesuits accused Morgan of being the'setter on' of Gilbert Gifford and had him'clapt close prisoner in a miserable dungeon called the Truerenborche' where he remained until the death of Alexander Farnese, Duke of Parma in December 1593.

Thomas Morgan, escaping extradition and a dreadful fate, was thrown into the Bastille and in another prison in Flanders before being set free in 1593. Morgan was accused of being an intelligencer for Walsingham by his fellow conspirators, Charles Paget, Thomas Throgmorton and Ralph Liggons, he was incarcerated in the Bastille, but his friends sought aid from the Pope who commanded his release. Morgan retired to live with the Bishop of Cusano Milanino in Amiens until his death in 1606. Data-Wales, website on Welsh history and culture William Camden, Year 1586 Simon Singh, The Code Book, New York, 1999


Fortuna was the goddess of fortune and the personification of luck in Roman religion who thanks to the Late Antique author Boethius, remained popular through the Middle Ages until at least the Renaissance. Fortuna is depicted with a gubernaculum, a ball or Rota Fortunae and a cornucopia, she might bring good or bad luck: she could be represented as veiled and blind, as in modern depictions of Lady Justice, except that Fortuna does not hold a balance. Fortuna came to represent life's capriciousness, she was a goddess of fate: as Atrox Fortuna, she claimed the young lives of the princeps Augustus' grandsons Gaius and Lucius, prospective heirs to the Empire. Fortuna's father was said to be Jupiter and like him, she could be bountiful; as Annonaria she protected grain supplies. June 11 was consecrated to her: on June 24 she was given cult at the festival of Fors Fortuna. Fortuna's name seems to derive from Vortumna. Roman writers disagreed whether her cult was introduced to Rome by Ancus Marcius; the two earliest temples mentioned in Roman Calendars were outside the city, on the right bank of the Tiber.

The first temple dedicated to Fortuna was attributed to the Etruscan Servius Tullius, while the second is known to have been built in 293 BC as the fulfilment of a Roman promise made during Etruscan wars. The date of dedication of her temples was 24 June, or Midsummer's Day, when celebrants from Rome annually floated to the temples downstream from the city. After undisclosed rituals they rowed back and inebriated. Fortuna had a temple at the Forum Boarium. Here Fortuna was twinned with the cult of Mater Matuta, the paired temples have been revealed in the excavation beside the church of Sant'Omobono: the cults are indeed archaic in date. Fortuna Primigenia of Praeneste was adopted by Romans at the end of 3rd century BC in an important cult of Fortuna Publica Populi Romani on the Quirinalis outside the Porta Collina. No temple at Rome, rivalled the magnificence of the Praenestine sanctuary. Fortuna's identity as personification of chance events was tied to virtus. Public officials who lacked virtues invited ill-fortune on themselves and Rome: Sallust uses the infamous Catiline as illustration – "Truly, when in the place of work, idleness, in place of the spirit of measure and equity and pride invade, fortune is changed just as with morality".

An oracle at the Temple of Fortuna Primigena in Praeneste used a form of divination in which a small boy picked out one of various futures that were written on oak rods. Cults to Fortuna in her many forms are attested throughout the Roman world. Dedications have been found to Fortuna Brevis and Fortuna Mala. Fortuna is found in a variety of personal contexts. During the early Empire, an amulet from the House of Menander in Pompeii links her to the Egyptian goddess Isis, as Isis-Fortuna, she is functionally related to the god Bonus Eventus, represented as her counterpart: both appear on amulets and intaglio engraved gems across the Roman world. In the context of the early republican period account of Coriolanus, in around 488 BC the Roman senate dedicated a temple to Fortuna on account of the services of the matrons of Rome in saving the city from destruction. Evidence of Fortuna worship has been found as far north as Castlecary, Scotland and an altar and statue can now be viewed at the Hunterian Museum in Glasgow.

The earliest reference to the Wheel of Fortune, emblematic of the endless changes in life between prosperity and disaster, is from 55 BC. In Seneca's tragedy Agamemnon, a chorus addresses Fortuna in terms that would remain proverbial, in a high heroic ranting mode that Renaissance writers would emulate: O Fortune, who dost bestow the throne's high boon with mocking hand, in dangerous and doubtful state thou settest the too exalted. Never have sceptres obtained calm peace or certain tenure. Great kingdoms sink of their own weight, Fortune gives way ‘neath the burden of herself. Sails swollen with favouring breezes fear blasts too theirs. Whatever Fortune has raised on high, she lifts but to bring low. Modest estate has longer life. Ovid's description is typical of Roman representations: in a letter from exile he reflects ruefully on the “goddess who admits by her unsteady wheel her own fickleness. Fortuna did not disappear from the popular imagination with the ascendancy of Christianity. Saint Augustine took a stand against her continuing presence, in the City of God: "How, therefore, is she good, who without discernment comes to both the good and to the bad?...

It profits one nothing to worship her if she is fortune... let the bad worship her...this supposed deity". In the 6th century, the Consolation of Philosophy, by statesman and philosopher Boethius, written while he faced execution, reflected the Christian theology of casus, that the random and ruinous turns of Fortune's Wheel are in fact both inevitable and providential, that the most coincidental events are pa

Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao Yojana

Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao is a campaign of the Government of India that aims to generate awareness and improve the efficiency of welfare services intended for girls in India. The scheme was launched with an initial funding of ₹100 crore, it targets the clusters in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab and Delhi. According to census data in India, the child sex ratio in India was 927 girls per 1,000 boys in 2001, which dropped to 918 girls for every 1,000 boys in 2011. A 2012 UNICEF report ranked India 41st among 195 countries. In the Population Census of 2011 it was revealed that the population ratio of India 2011 is 919 females per 1000 of males; the Sex Ratio 2011 shows a downward trend from the census 2001 data. Speaking on the occasion of International Day of the Girl Child in 2014, the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi had called for the eradication of female foeticide and invited suggestions from the citizens of India via the portal. The Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao scheme was launched on 22 January 2015 by PM Narendra Modi.

It aims to address the issue of the declining child sex ratio image and is a national initiative jointly run by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the Ministry of Human Resource Development. It focused multi-sector action in 100 districts throughout the country where there was a low CSR. On 26 August 2016, Olympics 2016 bronze medallist Sakshi Malik was made brand ambassador for BBBP; the hashtag #SelfieWithDaughter was promoted on social media in June 2015, which started when Sunil Jaglan the sarpanch of the village Bibipur, Jind in Haryana took a selfie with his daughter Nandini and posted on Facebook on 9 June 2015. The hashtag garnered worldwide fame. Sex-selective abortion or female foeticide has led to a sharp drop in the ratio of girls born in contrast to boy infants in some states in India. Ultrasound technology has made it possible for pregnant women and their families to learn the sex of a foetus early in a pregnancy. Discrimination against girl infants, for several reasons, has combined with the technology to result in a rise in abortions of foetuses identified as female during ultrasonic testing.

The trend was first noticed when results of the 1991 national census were released, it was confirmed to be a worsening problem when results of the 2001 national census were released. The reduction in the female population of certain Indian states continues to worsen, as results of the 2011 national census have shown, it has been observed that the trend is most pronounced in prosperous regions of India. The dowry system in India is blamed. Pressure for parents to provide large dowries for their daughters is most intense in prosperous states where high standards of living, modern consumerism, are more prevalent in Indian society. Rates of female foeticide in Madhya Pradesh are increasing, it is expected that if this trend continues, by 2021 the number of girls will drop below 900 per 1000 boys. Strategies employed to carry out the scheme are: Implement a sustained social mobilization and communication campaign to create equal value for the girl child and promote her education. Place the issue of decline in child sex ratio/sex ratio at birth in public discourse, improvement of which would be an indicator for good governance.

Focus on gender critical districts and cities. The Bharatiya Janata Party has formed a National Executive Committee to promote Beti Bachao Beti Padhao across the country; the committee is organising a number of programs to promote "Save Girl Child" and "to Educate Girl Child" since January 2015. Dr. Rajendra Phadke is the National Convener of BBBP Abhiyan; the Beti Bachao campaign is supported by the Indian Medical Association

Batman: Turning Points

Batman: Turning Points is a five-issue Batman limited series, exploring the turning points of the relationship between Batman and Commissioner James Gordon, serving as a prologue to "Officer Down", a storyline leading to Gordon's initial retirement from the police force. Written by Greg Rucka, Ed Brubaker, Chuck Dixon, with art by Steve Lieber, Joe Giella, Dick Giordano, Brent Anderson, Paul Pope, Claude St. Aubin, it was published in 2001 and collected into a trade paperback in 2007. After the events of Batman: Year One, Captain James Gordon misses a session with a marriage counselor again; when he returns home, he finds divorce papers filed by his wife, Barbara Kean Gordon. In addition to filing for divorce, she takes their newborn son back to Chicago. Elsewhere, Dr. Hale Corbett from Gotham State University is holding hostages in Gotham's Saint Frances Cathedral, he has been driven mad by the deaths of his wife and son, who were killed in an automobile accident earlier that morning. Gordon tries to negotiate with the professor, by relating to him as he just lost his own family.

Batman overhears them from the shadows. Batman and Gordon, working together, manage to save the hostages. Gordon returns to his empty apartment, finds Batman reading the divorce papers. Batman visits to see. Gordon is upset by Batman's sympathy, because he thinks that the Dark Knight could not understand what it is like to lose a family. Batman not before replying that he knows what it is like more than the detective thinks. After the events of Batman: Dark Victory and before Robin: Year One, Captain Gordon meets Robin for the first time after apprehending Mr. Freeze. Set after the events of Batman: The Killing Joke and Batman: A Death in the Family and Gordon struggle to find peace after what happened to their loved ones, Barbara Gordon and Jason Todd, to the point where Batman contemplates cutting off contact with Gordon to focus on the mission until Barbara helps him see that doing that would only cause further harm to his friend. Set during the events of the Knightfall saga, as the Commissioner is beginning to realize that the man beneath the cape and cowl is not the original Batman, this suspicion is confirmed after a conversation with Bane.

This leads Gordon to begin losing his trust in the Dark Knight. Set after the events of No Man's Land, at Gotham's Archie Goodwin International Airport. Dr. Hale Corbett returns on vacation to Gotham City with his new family after years moving to California. Batman and Gordon suspect the professor's return is to seek revenge on both of them after what had happened at Saint Frances Cathedral ten years previously, it turned out he only come to show his gratitude to the two of them, giving him the chance to start a new life after the deaths of his first wife and son, to fulfill the promise he made to his daughter of meeting a superhero. After Dr. Corbett and his family leave, both men are proud that they made at least one difference to the people that they swore to serve and protect