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Yedidya Ya'ari

Vice Admiral Yedidya Ya'ari was the commander of the Israeli Navy from 2000 to 2004. He was succeeded by David Ben Ba'ashat. In July 1969, as a commando in Shayetet 13, he was badly wounded and mistakenly declared dead during Operation Bulmus 6, the assault on fortified Green Island, Egypt, in the Gulf of Suez. After retiring from active army service, Ya'ari worked as an assistant cameraman for three years at Herzliya Studios. During the Yom Kippur War he re-joined the IDF. Ya'ari is president of defense firm Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. Ya'ari is the grandson of former leader of the Mapam party, he is the father of three and lives in Merhavia

Amanda Staveley

Amanda Louise Staveley is a British businesswoman notable chiefly for her connections with Middle Eastern investors. In 2008 Staveley played a prominent role in the investment of £7.3 billion in Barclays by the ruling families of Abu Dhabi and Qatar, by the Qatari sovereign wealth fund. Staveley's firm, PCP Capital Partners, acted for Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the Abu Dhabi royal family, who invested £3.5 billion to control 16 percent of the bank. The deal was reported to have earned PCP Capital Partners a commission of £110 million, after paying advisers, represented a profit of £40 million. Staveley was involved in Mansour's high-profile purchase of Manchester City Football Club in September 2008. On 20 November 2017, Staveley submitted a failed bid in the region of £300 million to buy Newcastle United. Staveley was born in adulthood retained her Yorkshire accent, she is the daughter of Robert Staveley, a North Yorkshire landowner who founded the Lightwater Valley theme park, where Staveley waitressed as a child.

Staveley spent much of her childhood with her maternal grandparents. Her grandfather, Ralph Raper, made a fortune running a chain of betting shops, they owned Doncaster dog track and profited further from investment in land and stocks. Staveley was educated at York; as a child, she competed in showjumping and athletics. At the age of 16, Staveley left school and enrolled at a crammer, taking her A-levels in a single year and winning a place to read modern languages at St Catharine's College, Cambridge; as a student she worked as a model to supplement her income. Staveley abandoned her degree after ending up in hospital suffering from stress after the death of her grandfather. In 1996, at the age of 22 and without any training, Staveley borrowed £180,000 and bought the restaurant, Stocks, in Bottisham between Cambridge and Newmarket. Through the restaurant Staveley came to know members of Newmarket's racing community, in particular those associated with the Godolphin Racing stables owned by the Al Maktoum family of Dubai, as well as people from Cambridge's high-tech businesses.

Through the late 1990s she started dealing in shares and became an active angel investor in dot.com enterprises and biotech firms such as Futura Medical. Staveley closed Stocks and in 2000 opened Q.ton, a £10 million conference centre and facility developed in a joint venture with Trinity College, Cambridge on Cambridge Science Park. Investors in Q.ton were believed to include King Abdullah of Jordan. In 2000 Staveley sold a 49 percent share in Q.ton to the telecoms company EuroTelecom for £2 million. Staveley joined the firm as a non-executive director. A few months EuroTelecom went out of business in the collapse of the dotcom boom. At the time it was claimed that Q.ton owed EuroTelecom £835,000 and that Staveley had agreed to buy back the company's stake, only for the money not to be forthcoming. Staveley denied having agreed any payments and hired Kroll Inc. to investigate the members of the EuroTelecom board. Staveley bought EuroTelecom's stake in Q.ton from the firm's administrator PricewaterhouseCooper, a deal that led to a discontinued petition of bankruptcy against her when payment was delayed.

She began raising £35 million from private investors to roll out the Q.ton concept throughout the UK and Europe. However, the company failed. Staveley agreed an Individual Voluntary Arrangement and in 2008 was paying back her creditors, including Barclays. After the failure of Q.ton Staveley moved to Dubai, cultivating connections centred on Abu Dhabi but extending across the Middle East. In 2008 the Financial Times described her firm, PCP Capital Partners, as amounting to Staveley and her legal partner, Craig Eadie, explained that, although based in Mayfair, the company acts "via offshore private equity affiliates" as a vehicle for the investment of Middle Eastern money, with Staveley acting as an adviser on those deals; these contacts brought Staveley to a new level of prominence at the end of 2008 with the investment of Middle Eastern funds in Barclays as the bank sought to recapitalise by raising money rather than accept a bail-out from the British government following the financial crisis of that year.

Roger Jenkins, reputedly the highest paid banker in the City, was responsible for delivering Qatari involvement in the deal, while Staveley advised Sheikh Mansour on his £3.5 billion investment, for which he gained control of 16 percent of the bank. Staveley earned a fee of £30 million for her role in the transaction. In 2010, The Daily Telegraph reported that Mansour's disposal of his stake in Barclays had made him a profit of about £2.25 billion. The Barclays deal followed Sheikh Mansour's £210 million purchase of Manchester City F. C. in September of the same year through the Abu Dhabi United Group, a transaction worth £10 million in commission to PCP Capital Partners. At the same time Staveley was involved in extended negotiations by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum's Dubai International Capital to buy a 49 per cent stake in Liverpool Football Club, although the deal, which would have given Staveley a place on the club's board foundered. In 2008 Staveley fronted a bid by the Qatar Investment Authority to buy the Trillium facilities management business from the Land Securities property group, an offer totaling £1.1 billion.

The bid in the end came to nothing and Trillium was sold to Telereal for £750 million in January 2009. That year Staveley was involved in an attempt to help finance the $13.5 billion sale of Barclays Global Investors to the US firm BlackRock, offering $2.8 billion of funding in return for a

Dogtown and Z-Boys

Dogtown and Z-Boys is a 2001 documentary film directed by Stacy Peralta. The documentary explores the pioneering of the Zephyr skateboard team in the 1970s and the evolving sport of skateboarding. Using a mix of film of the Zephyr skateboard team shot in the 1970s by Craig Stecyk, along with contemporary interviews, the documentary tells the story of a group of teenage surfer/skateboarders and their influence on the history of skateboarding culture. Dogtown and Z-Boys, narrated by Sean Penn, begins with the history of skateboarding in Southern California and how it had been influenced by the surf culture in the surrounding areas of Santa Monica and Venice, nicknamed Dogtown. Surf shop owners Jeff Ho, Skip Engblom, Craig Stecyk established the Zephyr Skateboard Team with local teenagers from broken homes; the sport of skateboarding continued to evolve as the Z-Boys continued to bring edgy moves influenced by surfing. During one of California's record-breaking droughts, local backyard pools were emptied and became hotspots for these young skateboarders looking for places to skateboard.

The members of the Zephyr team gained notability and national attention when they competed in skateboard championships and started to receive media attention for their skills as young athletes. Testimonials and commentary provided by the members and founders of the Zephyr team combined with the rock-and-roll soundtrack and vintage footage all come together in this documentary about the history and lives of the original Z-Boys and skateboarding subculture of California; the documentary features vintage video footage and photos of the Zephyr skateboard team from the 1970s, along with contemporary interviews from the original members of the Z-Boys group. The film combines the 8-mm and 16-mm vintage footage with modern editing and a soundtrack crafted from music of the 1970s era. Dogtown and Z-Boys was directed by Stacy Peralta, an original member of the Zephyr team, written by Peralta and Craig Stecyk, a leading surf and skateboard film producer and photojournalist; the film operated on a budget of $400,000 financed by Inc..

Stecyk and photojournalist Glen E. Friedman, were the film's co-writer and co-producer Daniel Ostroff and Stephen Nemeth were co-producers, Debra MacCulloch and Christine Triano were associate producers involved with the film; the documentary includes footage and interviews from eleven of the original members of the Z-Boys team, along with the team's co-founders, skateboarding champions, other relevant skateboarding figures and musicians from the era. Sean Penn as the narrator Jay Adams as himself Tony Alva as himself Stacy Peralta as himself Jeff Ament as himself Steve Caballero as himself Skip Engblom as himself Craig Stecyk as himself Tony Hawk as himself Henry Rollins as himself Tom Sims as himself Peggy Oki as herself Jeff Ho as himself The documentary gained notability after its debut at the Sundance Film Festival where it won several awards; the film was well received by many critics, including reporter Steve McKee of The Wall Street Journal who stated that the documentary had opened with "boffo reviews" from around the country.

The film received a rating of 92 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and a favorable rating of 76 on Metacritic. Stephen Holden of The New York Times said the film was a "giddy, rock'n' roll-saturated history of skateboarding in Southern California."On the opening weekend of April 2002, Dogtown and Z-Boys made $103,355. By August 2002, the film had grossed $1,293,295 in the United States. According to Peralta in a 2004 interview, "Dogtown has sold over a million DVDs and more than 700,000 VHS." Dogtown and Z-Boys was entered in the 2001 Sundance Film Festival and won two awards: the Audience Award and Directing Award. The film won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary in 2001. Lords of Dogtown Dogtown and Z-Boys on IMDb Dogtown – The Legend of the Z-Boys - The book that inspired the film

Denise Burse

Denise Burse-Mickelbury is an American actress, best known for her role as Claretha Jenkins in the television series Tyler Perry's House of Payne. An African-American native of Atlanta, Burse received professional training at the Just Us Theatre, The Alliance Theatre and The Atlanta Children's Theater, she has numerous television credits such as Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Burse has appeared in various stage productions such as An American Daughter, Harriet’s Return, Ground People, Pearl Cleage's Flyin' West, Radio Golf. In 2016, she appeared in "San Junipero", an episode of the anthology series Black Mirror. Denise Burse on IMDb Denise Burse at the Internet Broadway Database

Ashraf Hussain

Munshi Muhammad Ashraf Hussain, was a Bengali poet, researcher and a collector of puthis and folk literature. He was known for his contribution in the study of the Sylheti Nagari script. Ashraf Hussain was born in 1892 in the village of Rahimpur in Kamalganj Thana, Sylhet District, Assam Province, British India, he started his education in a local maktab. After studying in a Qawmi Madrasah for 5 years, he earnt the title of munshi, he studied in Kaliprasad Middle English School, finishing in the third grade at 1915. In 1918, he established a primary school. In 1922, he became the headmaster of the school, he passed his teacher training examination in Silchar Normal School. From 1918, Hussain started writing for many magazines and newspapers about local issues. During this time, he grew an enthusiasm of folk literature. Dinesh Chandra Sen decided to include Hussain's Manipurer Ladai to his prominent work, the Eastern Bengal Ballads. Hussain wrote 12 books; these include Bhumikomper Kobita and Adam Khan Dewaner Geet.

He has 30 works relating to folk literature and some include Dilkush Koinnar Baromashi, Shantikoinnar Baromashi, Lilair Baromashi and Madhumalar Geet. He has composed 17 textbooks such as Maktabi Balyashikkha, Shahitya Shudha and Nobobidhan Dharapat; the Monthly Islah featured his Sylheter Itihas work. In recognition of his contribution to Bengali literature, the Murshidabad Banga Sahitya Mandal awarded him in 1935 as a Puratattvavid. In 1943, the Assamese government funded his works; the All-Bengal Literary Club awarded him with the titles of Sahityaratna and Kavyavinod in 1952. In 1965, the Pakistani government awarded him the Tamgha-e-Quaid-e-Azam; the Bangla Academy granted economic support to him. Hussain died in Rahimpur on 24 January 1965

Gaillardia pinnatifida

Gaillardia pinnatifida, the Hopi blanketflower or red dome blanketflower, is a perennial plant in the sunflower family found in northern Mexico and in the south-central and southwestern United States. Gaillardia pinnatifida is a perennial growing to 22 inches with hairy, wavy to lobed leaves up to 3 inches long, growing to halfway up the stem, with a solitary flower head on top having 7-12 yellow ray flowers and numerous densely packed orange-brown to purple disk flowers; the 3-tipped ray flowers may have tips so deep as to be considered lobed. Gaillardia pinnatifida displays considerable variation in parts of its range, so much so that some authors have divided G. pinnatifida into varieties or distinct species. These taxa do intergrade with each other, so Flora of North America and the Kew Garden Plant List does not recognise any of these as separate taxa. Many populations in Arizona have unlobed leaves, unlike the divided leaves farther to the east, populations in Utah have yellow rather than brown or purple disc flowers, as well as gland-dots embedded in the leaves.

Gaillardia pinnatifida can be found in blackbrush scrub, mixed shrub-grasslands, pinyon juniper woodland communities. Southwest Colorado Wildflowers Plants for a Future U. S. National Park Service, Arches National Park: Hopi Blanketflower—Red dome Blanketflower