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William B. Travis

William Barret "Buck" Travis was a 19th-century American lawyer and soldier. At the age of 26, he was a lieutenant colonel in the Texas Army, he died at the Battle of the Alamo during the Texas Revolution. Travis County and Travis Park were named after him for being the commander of the Republic of Texas at the Battle of the Alamo. Travis's grandfather, Berwick Travis, came to the British Colonies of North America at the age of 12, where he was placed in indentured servitude for more than a decade. Berwick's ancestors came to North America in the late 1600s, Berwick's grandfather was born in Perquimans, North Carolina but went back to the United Kingdom for his medical training. A descendant of the Travers of Tulketh Castle in Preston, Berwick had a life that hardly resembled his ancestor's glory and wealth. After working his period of servitude, he traveled south to the colony of South Carolina, where he received a grant of over 100 acres of land in what is now Saluda County, South Carolina.

A year he married Anne Smallwood, they lived out their lives there. They had four daughters and three sons, including Mark Travis and the Baptist missionary Alexander Travis. Mark Travis married Jemima Stallworth on June 1, 1808, she gave birth to William Barret Travis on August 1, 1809. Records differ as to whether his date of birth was the first or ninth of August, but his youngest brother James C. Travis, in possession of the Travis family Bible at the time of his statement, indicated that William was born on the first. Mark and Jemima had nine other children over the next twenty years. Travis's uncle Alexander migrated to the new territory of Alabama following the War of 1812, settling in modern-day Conecuh County, he urged his brother and family to come join him, where he said that the land was cheap and easy to acquire, so Mark took his family, including young William age 9, to Alabama. They settled in the newly forming town of Sparta, where Mark Travis purchased the first certificate from the Sparta Land company.

Young Travis grew up in Sparta, while his father tended to the farming, his uncle Alexander became prominent, organizing the Old Beulah Church, preaching in neighboring counties and nearby Evergreen and leaving a strong influence on young Travis. During that same time, Alexander founded the Sparta Academy and served as its superintendent. Travis received his first formal education at the Sparta Academy, studying subjects ranging from Greek and Latin to history and mathematics. After a few years, Travis moved to the academy of Professor William H. McCurdy in Claiborne, Alabama. After completing his education at the age of 18, Travis gained a position as an assistant teacher in Monroe County, a position he held for less than a year, he met a student, Rosanna Cato, whom he felt attracted to and with whom he began a romantic relationship. Eager to get away from farm life, Travis made his move to Claiborne permanent where he began studying law. Famed lawyer James Dellet accepted Travis as his apprentice.

At that time, Claiborne was a major city in Alabama, right next to the Alabama River, where trade and social life seemed to be miles ahead of the still-growing community of Sparta. Travis and Cato married on October 26, 1828. Cato gave birth to their first son, Charlie, a year though there is evidence to support that Charlie was born out of wedlock or even a year beforehand. While still studying law under Dellet, Travis was eager to resume his professional career and to join the high ranks of Claiborne society. Travis started a newspaper, the Claiborne Herald, like many other newspapers of the day, published stories ranging from activities in Congress to stories of adventures across the world, local notices and more. Travis operated the newspaper himself, while it provided a modest income during the first few months of operation, it was hardly enough to support himself and young Charlie; the financial stress led to carelessness at the Herald: advertisements were accidentally printed upside down, the type was not set properly in the printing press, letting words fall out of line, advertisements that had expired were still published.

He struggled to continue the paper, though he asked for help, he received none. On February 27, 1829, Travis passed his law examination and received permission to practice, so he borrowed $55.37 to open a law office, as well as $90 earlier in the year to help pay for the Herald. Now in debt and with no practical income, he took in three boarding students, to help Rosanna with the workload, he purchased two slaves. Maintaining the slaves increased his expenses, pushing Travis further into debt. In 1829, the Herald's editions declined, it went from a newspaper to a two-sided sheet. Still, no one helped Travis with his newspaper, by the end of that year, the Herald stopped being printed. With hardly any law business coming in, the debts continued to mount; the earlier loans had never been paid, more came - $192.40 in May 1829, $50.12 in June, $50.00 in July. His law practice failed to attract any significant clients because men like Dellet continued to be trusted more than Travis. By the end of his law practice in Claiborne, he had had only six cases, had received less than a total of $4.00.

By the spring of 1831, his debt was $834. Dellet, along with others to whom Travis owed money, had no choice but to file suit for Travis's debts to be repaid. At one point during the suit, Travis filed a plea that the case be dismissed on the grounds of infancy

Banksia littoralis

Banksia littoralis known as the swamp banksia, swamp oak and the western swamp banksia, is a tree in the plant genus Banksia. It is found in south west Western Australia from the south eastern metropolitan area of Perth to the Stirling Range and Albany, it is mistaken for the River Banksia, as they share many similar characteristics. It grows up to 20 metres tall with a gnarled trunk covered with a crumbly grey rough bark. Flowering occurs between late winter. Hidden by foliage, the yellow flower spikes grow up to 200 mm long by 70 mm wide and contain in excess of 1000 individual flowers; the fruiting cones can remain on the trees for many years after shedding the flowers early. Leaves are between 100 200 mm with increasing teeth tips towards the end, it grows in high moisture peat like sand of depressions and swamps, common in coastal woodlands and heath. Banksia littoralis appears most related to the other species of the series Spicigerae such as B. seminuda and B. occidentalis. Banksia littoralis has proven easy to grow in cultivation.

It is not as sensitive to dieback as other western banksias. Seeds do not require any treatment, take 20 to 36 days to germinate. Wheeler, Judy. Common Trees of the South-West Forests. Department of Conservation and Land Management. ISBN 0-7309-6961-4. George, Alex S.. "The Genus Banksia L.f.". Nuytsia. 3: 239–473. George, Alex. "Banksia". In Wilson, Annette. Flora of Australia. Volume 17B: Proteaceae 3: Hakea to Dryandra. CSIRO Publishing / Australian Biological Resources Study. Pp. 175–251. ISBN 0-643-06454-0. Taylor, Anne; the Banksia Atlas. Canberra: Australian Government Publishing Service. ISBN 0-644-07124-9. "Banksia littoralis R. Br". Flora of Australia Online. Department of the Environment and Heritage, Australian Government. "Banksia littoralis R. Br". FloraBase. Western Australian Government Department of Parks and Wildlife. "Banksia littoralis R. Br". Australian Plant Name Index, IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government

1998 World Badminton Grand Prix

The 1998 World Badminton Grand Prix was the 16th edition of the World Badminton Grand Prix finals. It was held in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei from February 24 to February 28, 1999, it did not take place in December as in the years before due to the collision with the 1998 Asian Games in Bangkok, Thailand. The players were qualified according to the ranking on 1 December 1998. In men's singles the first 16 players were qualified, in women's singles the first 12 and in the doubles the first eight. Margit Borg, the number 13 in the women's singles rank, could participate because the Susi Susanti was pregnant; the prize money was USD300,000. Smash: World Grand Prix Finals, Bandar Seri Begawan 1998


The EQUATOR Network is an international initiative aimed at promoting transparent and accurate reporting of health research studies to enhance the value and reliability of medical research literature. The EQUATOR Network was established with the goals of raising awareness of the importance of good reporting of research, assisting in the development and implementation of reporting guidelines for different types of study designs, monitoring the status of the quality of reporting of research studies in the health sciences literature, conducting research relating to issues that impact the quality of reporting of health research studies; the Network acts as an "umbrella" organisation, bringing together developers of reporting guidelines, medical journal editors and peer reviewers, research funding bodies, other key stakeholders with a mutual interest in improving the quality of research publications and research itself. The EQUATOR Network comprises four centres at the University of Oxford, Bond University, Paris Descartes University, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute.

The EQUATOR Network grew out as part of spin-off projects generated after the work initiated by the Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials group and other guideline development groups to alleviate the problems arising from inadequate reporting of randomized controlled trials and other types of health research studies. The EQUATOR project began in March 2006 as part of a one-year project funded by the UK National Knowledge Science, from the National Health Service; the group founded by Douglas Altman planned a program that would develop online resources and training to encourage the use of reporting guidelines in scientific publishing in the health area to improve the quality of reporting of health research studies, identifying key stakeholders engaged in these activities and networking with them. The first international working meeting of the EQUATOR Network took place in Oxford in 2006 and was attended by 27 participants from 10 countries. Participants at this meeting were reporting guidelines developers, journal editors, peer reviewers, medical writers and research funders.

The meeting served as a venue to exchange experiences among participants in developing and implementing reporting guidelines and prioritize the main activities that were necessary for the successful start of the EQUATOR Network's efforts. The EQUATOR Network was formally launched on 26 June 2008 at the Royal Society of Medicine in London, UK; the event hosted the 1st EQUATOR Annual Lecture presented by Sir Iain Chalmers. In that meeting, the results of a study by Iveta Simera, Douglas Altman, David Moher, Kenneth Schulz and John Hoey, were presented, published two years later; the study identified the need for a coordinated work between publishers and funders to improve the quality of the research output. Since the EQUATOR Network has held annual lectures that have been held in Vancouver in 2009, Oxford in 2010, Bristol in 2011, Freiburg in 2012; the EQUATOR Network developed and maintains a comprehensive library that provides a collection of publications related to reporting guidelines on scientific writing, empirical evidence supporting or refuting the inclusion of crucial items in reporting guidelines, evaluations of the quality of reporting, publication ethics and educational materials and tools for editors, peer reviewers and researchers.

Comprehensive lists of reporting guidelines for the following study types are available in the EQUATOR Network library: Experimental studies Observational studies Case Reports Diagnostic accuracy studies Prediction model studies Biospecimen reporting Reliability and agreement studies Systematic reviews Qualitative research Mixed methods studies Economic evaluations Quality improvement studies Genetic association studiesAdditional guidelines are available for practical issues relevant to the reporting of health research: Reporting data Statistical methods and analyses Guidance on scientific writing Industry sponsored research Research ethics, publication ethics and good practice guidelines CONSORT Metascience Science policy Science of science policy 5. Gagnier J, Kienle G, Altman DG, Moher D, Sox H, Riley DS, the Care Group; the CARE Guidelines: Consensus-based Clinical Case Reporting Guideline Development. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. 6. Riley DS, Barber MS, Kienle GS, Aronson JK, von Schoen-Angerer T, et al.

CARE 2013 Explanation and Elaborations: Reporting Guidelines for Case Reports. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology 2017 Sep. Doi: 10.1016/jclinepi.2017.04.026. Epub 2017 May 18. PMID 2859185. EQUATOR Network website

Manoj Rajoria

Dr. Manoj Rajoria is an Indian politician and a member of parliament to the 16th Lok Sabha from Karauli-Dholpur, Rajasthan, he won the 2014 Indian general election as a Bharatiya Janata Party candidate. He was born in Jaipur and did his schooling at Maheshwari Higher Secondary School, Jaipur in 1987, he took his B. H. M. S M. D. at Dr. M. P. K. Homeopathic Medical college, Jaipur in 2006, he is married to Sunita Rajoria. He is giving services as a homeopath to peoples from last 11 years, he established a clinic named "SHANTI HOMEOS", located at Vaishali Nagar, Jaipur. The name of the clinic was kept on the name of his mother, "Shanti", he is working as a "Karyakarta" of Bhartiya Janata Party from last 10 years. He is working as member of Rashtriya Swaymsevak Sangh from young age, he won the Indian General Election, 2014 as a Bhartiya Janta Party candidate and became Member of Parliament of the 16th Lok Sabha from Karuali - Dholpur (Lok Sabha Constituency, Rajasthan Member of Parliament since 2014. Rajbhasha Committee of Ministry of Home Affairs since 2019

1970 Oakland Raiders season

The 1970 Oakland Raiders season was the team's 11th season in Oakland. It was their first season as members of the NFL; the Raiders would win their fourth consecutive division title. They advanced to the AFC Championship Game; the Raiders' 1970 season is best remembered for a series of clutch performances by veteran placekicker/quarterback George Blanda. Blanda, despite being cut during the 1970 preseason re-joined the Raiders' roster, his ensuing season would rank as one of the more dramatic comebacks in sports history. Over a span of five consecutive games, Blanda would come off the bench to spark a series of dramatic rallies; the Raiders went an impressive 4–0–1 over this span. Blanda's five-game "streak" began on October 25, 1970. In a home game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Blanda threw for two touchdowns in relief of an injured Daryle Lamonica. One week his 48-yard field goal salvaged a 17–17 tie with the defending Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs. One week on November 8, Blanda would come off the bench against the Cleveland Browns.

His late touchdown pass tied the game at 20–20. He would kick a 53-yard field goal, as time expired, to give the Raiders a stunning 23–20 victory; the following week, against the Denver Broncos, Blanda again replaced Lamonica in the fourth quarter. His touchdown pass to Fred Biletnikoff, with 2:28 left in the game, gave the Raiders an unlikely 24–19 win; the incredible streak concluded one week against the San Diego Chargers. The Raiders managed to drive deep into Chargers territory in the game's final seconds. Blanda's last-minute 16-yard field goal would seal a dramatic 20–17 triumph. Blanda's streak played a huge role in the Raiders' 1970 division title, as the team went a mediocre 4–4–1 in "non-streak" games. Indeed, their final record of 8–4–2 placed them only one game ahead of the Chiefs at season's end; the Raiders would advance to the 1970 AFC Championship Game, where they met the favored 11–2–1 Baltimore Colts. During this game, Blanda again came off the bench in relief of an injured Lamonica.

Blanda's solid play kept the Raiders in the game until the final quarter, when he was intercepted twice. At age 43, Blanda became the oldest quarterback to play in a championship game. Blanda's eye-opening achievements resulted in his winning the Bert Bell Award. Chiefs' owner Lamar Hunt quipped that "...this George Blanda is as good as his father, who used to play for Houston." While he never again played a major role at quarterback, Blanda would serve as the Raiders' kicker for five more seasons. OAK: Daryle Lamonica 20/37, 364 Yds, 4 TD, INT OAK: Warren Wells 7 Rec, 198 Yds, 3 TD Note: Tie games were not counted in the standings until 1972. George Blanda, Associated Press Athlete of the Year George Blanda, Bert Bell Award Raiders on Pro Football Reference Raiders on Database Football