WonderCon is an annual comic book, science fiction, film convention held in the San Francisco Bay Area, then—under the name WonderCon Anaheim—in Anaheim and WonderCon Los Angeles in 2016. The convention returned to the Anaheim Convention Center in 2017 after a one-year stint in Los Angeles; the convention was conceived by retailer John Barrett and held in the Oakland Convention Center. In 2003, it moved to San Francisco's Moscone Center; the show's original name was the Wonderful World of Comics Convention. Retailer Joe Field and his partner Mike Friedrich owned and operated the convention for fifteen years. In 2001, they brokered a deal with the management team that runs the San Diego Comic-Con International to make it part of the Comic-Con International convention family; this gave the San Francisco show a wider audience and has made it a venue for previews and early screenings of major motion pictures, in particular ones based on comic books. These have included Spider-Man 2 in 2004, Batman Begins and Fantastic Four in 2005, Superman Returns in 2006, 300 in 2007, Watchmen in 2009, Kick-Ass in 2010.
All of these events featured the stars of the films fielding questions from the audience. WonderCon had 34,000 attendees in 2009, 39,000 in 2010, 49,500 in 2011; the show left the Bay Area after the 2011 con, because San Francisco's Moscone Center was being remodeled. The convention moved to Anaheim in 2012, was rebranded WonderCon Anaheim; when the move to Anaheim was first announced, Comic-Con International said they would be returning to San Francisco after the Moscone Center renovations were complete. In 2016, a new convention started in the Bay Area, called the Silicon Valley Comic Con. WonderCon relocated from Anaheim to Los Angeles in 2016, is now called WonderCon Los Angeles and was held March 25-27, 2016 at the Los Angeles Convention Center; the 2017 edition of the convention returned to Anaheim and was held March 31-April 2, 2017. The WonderCon logo was designed by Tim Zach. While the main attraction of WonderCon has always been various retailers selling back issues of comic books and action figures, the exhibitor list has grown to include retailers of specialty DVDs.
There is an "Artists Alley" featuring comic book artists selling artwork, signing books, doing sketches. WonderCon hosted the Harvey Award ceremonies from 1997–1999. Since 2007, academicians and comic industry professionals have held the Comics Arts Conference in conjunction with WonderCon. In addition, WonderCon features an event called "Trailer Park," where trailers for upcoming films are shown; the WonderCon masquerade competition takes place on Saturday after the convention closes. Awards are given to those with the most creative performances. Official website WonderCon feature on Sidewalks Entertainment WonderCon founder's website
John P. Ginty is a Republican politician, a candidate in 2006 for the nomination for U. S. Senate and a financial data analyst from Ridgewood, New Jersey, United States. Ginty was a Navy submarine officer from 1988 to 1993, he is an alumnus of University of Notre Dame, University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, Rutgers School of Law—Newark. He is the Associate Director for Index Analysis with Standard & Poor's. Ginty was a candidate in two unsuccessful races for a seat in the 40th District of the New Jersey General Assembly, in 2003 and 2005. Ginty was a candidate for the Republican nomination for U. S. Senator from New Jersey in the 2006 elections, he ran in the primary against State Senator Thomas Kean Jr., held on June 6, 2006. Kean, the winner of the primary lost to appointed Democratic Senator Bob Menendez in the November general election. Ginty, a conservative, focused on his opposition to abortion and his support for reduced government spending and taxes, painting Kean as out-of-line with the more conservative voters who participate in the Republican primary.
On April 27, 2006, the New Jersey Right To Life Political Action Committee endorsed Ginty. Ginty called on Kean to stop soliciting the endorsement of the Sierra Club. Ginty said Kean should not seek their endorsement because the Sierra Club is an "environmental extremist group with a deep history of involvement in left-wing causes."In May 2006, Ginty announced his support for oil exploration in ANWR as part of his overall plan to alleviate high gasoline prices. Both Kean and Menendez oppose ANWR oil exploration. Ginty's plan contained several points, including: energy deregulation, more overall domestic oil exploration and eliminating the ethanol tariff. Kean defeated Ginty by a 3-1 margin in the primary election held on June 6, 2006. Campaign website
According to the Book of Mormon, the Ammonites were a group of Lamanites, converted to the religion of the Nephites by the missionary efforts of Ammon and his brothers. They embraced the traditions of the Nephites. To distinguish themselves from the Lamanites, they took upon themselves the name Anti-Nephi-Lehies. Prior to their conversion, the Ammonites were Lamanites, traditional enemies of the Nephites, they had taken part in wars and battles against the Nephites. Following their conversion, they felt that their past sins were so great that they took a vow to never shed blood again and to avoid all forms of warfare in their own defense. To indicate the serious covenant they were making to this end, they buried all their weapons deep in the ground. Forced from their homeland by their former Lamanite brethren, the Ammonites were re-located to the Nephite land of Jershon and the Nephites took up their defense in their behalf; the Ammonites, in return, provided provisions and material to help support the Nephite armies.
When the Nephite and Lamanite nations entered into escalated warfare, the Anti-Nephi-Lehies volunteered to help the Nephites fight. Helaman, the leader of the church at that time, forbade them from doing so for fear that God would punish them for breaking their oath. Instead, they sent their sons; this group was called the two thousand stripling warriors. The name that the converted Lamanites chose to discern themselves from the Lamanites was Anti-Nephi-Lehi. Nephi and his father Lehi were the original leaders that lead their family out of Jerusalem and, guided by God, travelled to the Americas. "Anti" here does not appear to be the modern prefix meaning "opposed to", unless used in an unusual sense, but might refer to acceptance or joining together. Following their relocation to the land of Jershon they were known by the Nephites as the people of Ammon, first shortened to Ammonites in Alma 56:57
Mustapha Ben Jafar is a Tunisian politician and medical doctor, Speaker of the Constituent Assembly of Tunisia from November 2011 to December 2014. He founded and has led the Democratic Forum for Labour and Liberties, a political party, since 1994. Ben Jafar was born in 1940 in Tunis, he attended Sadiki College from 1950–1956 studied medicine in France to become a radiologist. In 1970 he returned to Tunisia, joined the University of Tunis's medical faculty and worked at the university hospital. In 1976 he was one of the founders of a weekly opinion magazine and an organization that evolved into the Tunisian Human Rights League. In 1978 he joined others to start the Movement of Socialist Democrats; the MDS was the largest opposition party as of 1991 and the ruling party made an apparent attempt to work with the MDS as a "participatory opposition." Ben Jafar was the secretary-general of the MDS in 1992, ran for the top MDS office, but lost to Mohamed Moadda, resigned from the party because it seemed to have cooperated with the ruling party so much and achieved so little.
In 1994 Ben Jafar founded the Democratic Forum for Liberties party. It was not recognized until 2002, he attempted to run for the presidency in 2009 as the FDTL candidate but was disqualified and was in any case understood to have no chance to win against the established authoritarian incumbent president Ben Ali. Turbulent protests in January 2011 drove President Ben Ali from the country, Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi included Ben Jafar as Minister of Health in an interim government beginning 17 January 2011. Along with other minority party members, Ben Jafar resigned within days as public protests continued against the continued dominance of the RCD party in government. Ben Jafar was succeeded as health minister by Habiba Zehi Ben Romdhane. In the October 2011 elections to the Constituent Assembly Ben Jafar's party placed fourth and he was elected to a seat in the Constituent Assembly. Supported by his own party, Ben Jafar was considered a possible candidate for President in the wake of the election, receiving open consideration from Ennahda, which had received a plurality of seats.
The leading parties agreed instead on a power-sharing arrangement according to which Ben Jafar would be named Speaker of the Constituent Assembly. He was elected to that post by the Assembly when it met on 22 November 2011, receiving 145 votes against 68 for opposition candidate Maya Jribi. Un si long chemin vers la démocratie, ed. Nirvana, Tunis, 2014 Personal profile of Mustapha Ben Jafar on the website of the Tunisian Assembly of the Representatives of the People
The Rofft was a site situated at Marford in the Wrexham County Borough, a pre-historic camp, a motte and bailey castle. Today, due to its history, there is no visible evidence of the site; the Rofft had been the site of an Iron Age fort encompassing about 30 acres. Suggested was the continued use of the site was due to its strategic position on a flat-top promontory providing views towards Pulford. Seventh-century Welsh sources stated; the Rofft fort, in addition to the other nearby small forts of Caer Alyn and Y Gaer, guarded the approach to the River Alyn valley. The Rofft fort had local judicial functions for the commote of Marford. In 1071, William I gave the Earldom of Chester to Hugh d'Avranches. Recorded in the Domesday Book is that the Norman Lord Osbern Fitz Tesso controlled the commote of Marford and Hoseley; the reason suggested for building the motte and bailey Rofft castle was a desire to widen Norman influences into the area. The bailey was calculated to be 18 feet higher than the natural ground level and protected by a dry moat.
Documentary evidence about the castle is vague and disputed. Stated is that in March 1140 the castle was damaged, rebuilt by Madog ap Maredudd, along with the castles at Doddington and Wrexham. Uncertainty exists if Rofft Castle was damaged and suggested is that record may instead refer to Wrexham castle, if so, making the first confirmed written reference to the Rofft in 1161–62. An administrative task related to the castle was the collection of Tolls at the nearby Pant Olwen; the presence of the Rofft influenced the local environment. It controlled the medieval Mersley Park, in a subdivision known as Horsley. Religion was focused at St. Leonards chapel, the only nearby place of worship, under the jurisdiction of the castle. Pratt wrote; the completion of the stone castles, such as Dinas Bran, Llangollen by Gruffydd Maelor II, affected the significance of the areas motte and bailey castles. Wrexham had become the centre of local trade. Changes in the local politics diluted the importance of the Rofft.
In 1282, the commotes of Marford and Yale were combined to create the Marcher Lordship of Bromfield and Yale. The Royal Bailiffs moved from the Rofft to reside at Wrexham. In 1284, when William de Warenne received the Bromfield seisin, he chose to do so at Wrexham rather than at the Rofft. In the mid-thirteenth century, the importance of the Chapel of St. Leonard lessened due to the foundation of the All Saints' Church, Gresford. A 1315 survey recorded a manor house on the Rofft bailey, by 1575, Rofft Hall covered the site of the former Iron age hill fort. In the 1840s the construction of the railway destroyed the Rofft earthworks. Between 1927 and 1958, gravel quarrying obliterated the Rofft site; the Rofft survives only in name. The name of the Rofft Primary School, Marford acknowledges the site. Mersley Park became associated with Holt, latterly known as Holt Park, in the seventeenth century disparked; the remaining traces of the park are within the local names of places such as Parkside and Lower Park.
The Chapel of St. Leonard stood until the fifteenth century; the site of the chapel is unknown but remembered through the road name Pont-Y-Capel. Alfred Neobard Palmer a notable local historian for the area of Wrexham
St. Paraskevi Church in Kwiatoń - a Gothic, wooden church located in the village of Kwiatoń from the nineteenth-century, which together with different tserkvas is designated as part of the UNESCO Wooden tserkvas of the Carpathian region in Poland and Ukraine; the tserkov was built in the second half of the seventeenth-century. The date of the completion of the tserkov was dated at 1700; the tower was built in 1743. The date for the completion of the tserkov was found on one of its wooden framework columns. However, this date could relate to the renovation of the old tower; the tserkov's tower is considered to be the oldest tower built in the Lemko church architectural style. After Operation Vistula, the tserkov was transformed into a Roman Catholic church, belonging to the Uście Gorlickie parish