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Yuan Shikai

Yuan Shikai was a Chinese military and government official who rose to power during the late Qing dynasty. He tried to save the dynasty with a number of modernization projects including bureaucratic, judicial and other reforms, despite playing a key part in the failure of the Hundred Days' Reform, he established the first modern army and a more efficient provincial government in North China in the last years of the Qing dynasty before the abdication of the Xuantong Emperor, the last monarch of the Qing dynasty, in 1912. Through negotiation, he became the first official president of the Republic of China in 1912; this army and bureaucratic control were the foundation of his monarchic rule as the first formal President of the Republic of China. He was frustrated in a short-lived attempt to restore hereditary monarchy in China, with himself as the Hongxian Emperor. On September 16, 1859, Yuan was born as Yuan Shikai in the village of Zhangying, Xiangcheng County, Chenzhou Prefecture, China; the Yuan clan moved 16 kilometers southeast of Xiangcheng to a hilly area, easier to defend against bandits.

There the Yuans had built Yuanzhaicun. Yuan's family was affluent enough to provide Yuan with a traditional Confucian education; as a young man he enjoyed riding and entertainment with friends. Though hoping to pursue a career in the civil service, he failed the Imperial examinations twice, leading him to decide on an entry into politics through the Huai Army, where many of his relatives served, his career began with the purchase of a minor official title in 1880, a common method of official promotion in the late Qing. Using his father's connections, Yuan travelled to Tengzhou and sought a post in the Qing Brigade. Yuan's first marriage was in 1876 to a woman of the Yu family who bore him a first son, Keding, in 1878. Yuan Shikai married nine more concubines throughout the course of his life. In the early 1870s, Korea under the Joseon dynasty was in the midst of a struggle between isolationists under King Gojong's father Heungseon Daewongun, progressives, led by Empress Myeongseong, who wanted to open trade.

After the Meiji Restoration, Japan had adopted an aggressive foreign policy, contesting Chinese domination of the peninsula. Under the Treaty of Ganghwa, which the Koreans signed with reluctance in 1876, Japan was allowed to send diplomatic missions to Hanseong, opened trading posts in Incheon and Wonsan. Amidst an internal power struggle which resulted in the queen's exile, the Viceroy of Zhili, Li Hongzhang, sent the 3,000 strong Qing Brigade into Korea; the Korean king proposed training 500 troops in the art of modern warfare, Yuan Shikai was appointed to lead this task in Korea. Li Hongzhang recommended Yuan's promotion, with Yuan given the rank of sub-prefect. In 1885, Yuan was appointed Imperial Resident of Seoul. On the surface the position equalled that of ambassador but in practice, as head official from the suzerain, Yuan had become the supreme adviser on all Korean government policies. Perceiving China's increasing influence on the Korean government, Japan sought more influence through co-suzerainty with China.

A series of documents were released to Yuan Shikai, claiming the Korean government had changed its stance towards Chinese protection and would rather turn to Russia for protection. Yuan asked Li Hongzhang for advice. In a treaty signed between Japan and Qing, the two parties agreed only to send troops into Korea after notifying the other. Although the Korean government was stable, it was still a protectorate of Qing. Koreans emerged advocating modernization. Another more radicalised group, the Donghak Society, promoting an early nationalist doctrine based upon Confucian principles, rose in rebellion against the government. Yuan and Li Hongzhang sent troops into Korea to protect Seoul and Qing's interests, Japan did the same under the pretext of protecting Japanese trading posts. Tensions boiled over between Japan and China when Japan refused to withdraw its forces and placed a blockade at the 38th Parallel. Li Hongzhang wanted at all costs to avoid a war with Japan and attempted this by asking for international pressure for a Japanese withdrawal.

Japan refused, war broke out. Yuan, having been put in an ineffective position, was recalled to Tianjin in July 1894, before the official outbreak of the First Sino-Japanese War. Yuan Shikai had three Korean concubines, one of whom was Korean Princess Li's relative, concubine Kim. 15 of Yuan's children came from these three Korean women. Yuan's rise to fame began with his nominal participation in the First Sino-Japanese War as commander of the Chinese garrison forces in Korea. Unlike other officers, however, he avoided the humiliation of Chinese defeat by having been recalled to Beijing several days before the outbreak of conflict; as an ally of Li Hongzhang, Yuan was appointed the commander of the first New Army in 1895. Yuan's training program modernized the army, creating enormous pride, earning him the loyalty of capable senior officers. By 1901, five of China's seven divisional commanders and most other senior military officers in China were his protégés; the Qing court relied on his army due to the proximity of its garrison to the capital and their effectiveness.

Of the new armies that formed part of the Self-Strengthening Movement, Yuan's was the best trained and most effective. His success opened the way for his rise to the top in both political sectors; the Qing Court at the time was divided between progressives under the leadership of the G

Alankrita Sahai

Alankrita Sahai is an Indian model-turned-actor and beauty pageant titleholder, crowned as Miss India Earth 2014. She is the first Indian to win 7 titles at the Miss Earth pageant held in the Philippines. In 2018, she made her acting debut with the Netflix romantic comedy film called Love per Square Foot; the same year, she played the role of Alisha in the film Namaste England. She is a Tedx Speaker. Sahai was born in India, she did her schooling from the American Embassy school in Delhi and from Khaitan Public School Noida. For her higher studies she got enrolled in the University of Delhi. Sahai joined the second Miss Diva contest, she was proclaimed as the first runner up, gaining the title of Miss India Earth 2014. She succeeded Gurleen Grewal as the first runner from Miss Diva and Sobhita Dhulipala as Miss India Earth. Grewal was sent to Miss International 2013. During the entire course of the competition, Sahai won in various categories including Miss Style Icon, Miss Perfect Body and Miss Talent.

In Miss Talent award and Shruti Iyer were the winners. By gaining Miss India Earth title, Sahai flew to the Philippines to compete with 100 other candidates to be Alyz Henrich's successor as Miss Earth. During the entire run of the competition, she was able to bag some awards such as best in evening gown, second place for Miss Photogenic award, third place both for swimsuit and national costume rounds. Sahai was awarded as one of the ten winners for the "Eco Beauty Video" category. However, she won 6 titles internationally and was the first Indian to win so many titles at a beauty pageant and won the crown as Miss Pagudpud at the same competition. Miss Earth official website

Oceans of Slumber

Oceans of Slumber is an American progressive metal band from Houston, Texas formed in 2011. Their self-released debut album Aetherial was released in February 2013. Lead vocalist Cammie Gilbert joined the band in 2014. Gilbert became the primary songwriter for the group after joining. In 2015, the band signed with Century Media Records. In 2016, they toured with Ne Enslaved on a 34 date European tour. In March 2016, they released their second album, which received positive reviews from The Houston Press and Metal Injection. On December 17, 2017, they released the lead single "The Decay of Disregard" off of their upcoming album The Banished Heart; the second single was "The Banished Heart". The third single "No Color, No Light" in February 2018; the album was released on March 3, 2018. The album was included on the list of "50 Best albums of 2018 So Far" by Metal Hammer; the band has been called a "female fronted Opeth" by Noisey. In 2018, the band toured with Insomnium. In 2019, they joined Swallow the Sun as support for their European tour.

Aetherial Blue Winter The Banished Heart Current members Dobber Beverly – drums, piano Cammie Gilbert – lead vocals Mat V. Aleman – keyboards Semir Ozerkan – bass, backing vocals Jessie Santos – guitars Alexander Lucian – guitars, backing vocals Previous members Ronnie Allen – lead vocals Uaeb Yelsaeb – keyboards Sean Gary – guitars, harsh vocals Anthony Contreras – guitars, backing vocals Keegan Kelly – bass, backing vocals Official website

Henry County High School

Henry County High School is a public high school hosting grades 9–12, located in McDonough, United States, operated by the Henry County School District. The school is located in the Atlanta metropolitan area. Enrollment is around 1,100; the high school's campus includes the Henry County Performing Arts Center and the Henry County Academy for Advanced Studies. It has seen major renovations and additions to its facilities, as a result is the largest public high school in Henry County. Henry County High School students will be relocated to the newly built McDonough High School following the conclusion of the 2018-2019 school year. Henry County High School is the oldest public high school in the county. Henry County High School offers a wide variety of CTAE classes, more than any other school in the county, including the following: Video Broadcasting Culinary Arts Business and Computer Science Marketing Engineering and Drafting Electronics AC/DC Circuits Healthcare Science Agri-Science Human Growth & Development Salon Services Law and Justice Government & Public safety Naval Science The campus of Henry County High School serves as a community host for college and adult education programs offered to the local community, dual enrollment programs offered to high school students.

Institutions of higher learning with a presence on campus include Clayton State University, Gordon State College, Southern Crescent Technical College. Henry county participates in baseball, men's and women's basketball, core course, men's cross country, women's cross country, golf, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's tennis, volleyball, three-position air rifle, the 2014-2015-2016 National High School NJROTC Orienteering team. Kevin Gillespie, chef Jason Heyward, Major League Baseball player Dalvin Tomlinson, National Football League player Reginald Clayton,Canadian Basketball League player Henry County High School website

Lord of the Isles (David Drake)

A series of books by author David Drake. In 1997, Drake began his largest fantasy series, Lord of the Isles, using elements of Sumerian religion and medieval era technology; the series consists of nine books broken into two distinct parts, the Lord of the Isles consisting of the first six books, a final trilogy dubbed the Crown of the Isles. Lord of the IslesLord of the Isles Queen of Demons Servant of the Dragon Mistress of the Catacombs Goddess of the Ice Realm Master of the Cauldron Crown of the Isles trilogyThe Fortress of Glass The Mirror of Worlds The Gods Return Short StoriesThe Elf House Garric or-Reise Sharina os-Reise Cashel or-Kenset Ilna os-Kenset Tenoctris the Wizard Liane bos-Benliman Recurring charactersReise or-Laver Lara Katchin or-Keldan Kenset or-Keldan Nonnus or-Bran King Carus Lord Waldron bor-Warriman Lord Tadai bor-Tithain Lord Royhas bor-Bolliman Lord Attaper Admiral Zettin Captain Chalcus Lady Merota Rasile Featured charactersAsera bos-Gezaman Meder bor-Mederman The Dragon Goddess of the Ice Realm The Hooded One Other charactersCount of Blaise Duke of Sandrakkan Count of Haft Count Lascarg Duke of Yole Valence III, King of the Isles The Shepherd The Lady The Sister Duzi The books center on the lives of four youths from a small village on one of the islands that make up the archipelago of the book's world, known as the Isles.

In the first novel, the character Garric or-Reise discovers that he is, in fact, the direct descendant of the last king to rule the Isles a millennium ago. As now, the power that fueled all magic in the world rose precipitously, allowing the use of spells so powerful that they shattered the cohesion of nations, driving them apart and in the process killing Garric's ancestor and sinking the island of Yole; the novels deal with Garric's claim to the throne of the Isles, his attempts to unite them once again. In the process, he and his companions are challenged by foes both physical and supernatural, which they must overcome; the basic outline of many of the novels deals with the characters being split apart taken to parallel universes or distant periods in time, by some hostile entity or group, which they must defeat before, or in the process of, re-uniting. Magic in the series is based on the Old Script, its characters are drawn using an athame and the words spoken aloud. The introduction states.

Atara First Atara Second Atara Third Atara Bight—Home isle of the Hairy Men Blaise—Powerful isle opposed to Garric's rule. Bowwkan Cordin Dalopo Gharax Haft—Home isle of the four main characters from Barca's Hamlet. Kanbesa Kepulakecil Laut Ornifal—Current location of the nominal official government of the Isle's and Liane's home. Pandah—Central isle Pare Pewle—Located outside the Isles proper Sandrakkan—Powerful isle opposed to Garric's rule. Seres Shengy—Grows bananas Sirimat—Home to man-eating trees Tegma—Sunken isle, once home to the Archai, a prehuman insectoid race. Now a breeding ground for seawolves. Telut Tisamur—Grows pineapples Volita Yole—Now sunk Western continent—Possibly mythical The Lord of the Isles series page at Tor Books

Beinn Fhionnlaidh (Mullardoch)

Beinn Fhionnlaidh is a mountain in the Highlands of Scotland. It is situated on the south side of Loch Mullardoch, at the end of Glen Cannich, about 60 km west of Inverness. Beinn Fhionnlaidh is a inaccessible mountain, some distance from the nearest road, so involves a long walk in. One route is to start from the end of Loch Beinn a' Mheadhoin in Glen Affric follow a path up Gleann nam Fiadh. From there, it is necessary to climb up and over the east ridge of Càrn Eige, before following its north ridge to Beinn Fhionnlaidh, via Bealach Beag. Another approach is starting from the end of the road at Killilan. From there follow a track along Glen Elchaig to Iron Lodge a path to the western end of Loch Mullardoch, at the foot of Beinn Fhionnlaidh. An easier alternative is to travel by boat along Loch Mullardoch to the foot of Beinn Fhionnlaidh climb straight up