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Zoeterwoude

Zoeterwoude is a municipality in the western Netherlands, in the province of South Holland. The municipality covers 21.96 km2. It had a population of 8,450 in 2019; the municipality of Zoeterwoude consists of Zoeterwoude-Dorp, Zoeterwoude-Rijndijk, Weipoort and Zuidbuurt. The main brewery of Heineken International is located there. Dutch topographic map of Zoeterwoude, Sept. 2014. Click to enlarge; the name Zoeterwoude is first mentioned in a document from 1205, which references a certain "Florentius van Sotrewold". It is uncertain; the first confirmed existence is from 1276 when Dirk van Santhorst received the "Soetrewold" fiefdom from Floris V, Count of Holland. Its municipal boundaries were set circa 1300. At that time it was one of the largest municipalities in the Netherlands, but much land was annexed by surrounding cities, notably Leiden. In 1450, the first bridge between Leiderdorp and Zoeterwoude was built. In 1574, Zoeterwoude was burnt to the ground and its polders inundated by Leideners in order to increase the range of the city's cannons.

No inhabitants remained in Zoeterwoude. Around 1650, Zoeterwoude had been rebuilt and 50 years it was prospering. After 1800, Leiden started a long series of annexations. In 1960, the A4 motorway was built and since 1966 it has been the municipal boundary between Leiden and Zoeterwoude. Lucretia Wilhelmina van Merken and poet Harm Kamerlingh Onnes, portrait painter and ceramist Paul van Kempen and conductor Bram van Velde, fine-art painter Aar de Goede politicianSportFrançois Brandt rower, competed at the 1900 Summer Olympics Jeroen Straathof and speed skater Suzanne de Goede, cyclist Official website

QT8: The First Eight

QT8: The First Eight is a 2019 American documentary film co-produced and directed by Tara Wood. The documentary chronicles the life of filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, from his start at Video Archives up to the releasing of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood; the film features interviews from his frequent collaborators of his films. Samuel L. Jackson Tim Roth Jennifer Jason Leigh Diane Kruger Kurt Russell Christoph Waltz Jamie Foxx Lucy Liu Bruce Dern Robert Forster Zoë Bell Eli Roth Michael Madsen Stacey Sher Scott Spiegel Richard N. Gladstein Louis Black Quentin Tarantino In November 2015, about a month away from the release of Tarantino's The Hateful Eight, Tara Wood announced the making of a documentary on Tarantino. Titled 21 Years: Quentin Tarantino, it continues Wood's 21 Years documentary series after the release of the 2014 documentary dedicated to Richard Linklater. Early reports mentioned that it would've included interviews from John Travolta, Kerry Washington, Uma Thurman, Brad Pitt, Pam Grier.

The film features several animated fragments throughout. The animation was done at Texas-based Powerhouse Animation. In 2016, the documentary was picked up by The Weinstein Company, who had collaborated on all of Tarantino's films at the time, for an international release, with the exception on the French-speaking market; the film was picked up at that year's Cannes Film Festival. Following the Harvey Weinstein scandal breaking loose in late 2017, Wood tried to reclaim the ownership to the project in the hopes to "allow the project to be handled with the care and consideration it, Mr. Tarantino, all the participants deserve." The Weinstein Company refused, the company filed for bankruptcy in March 2018. In July of that same year, the studio's successor Lantern Entertainment was formed, relinquished the film out of the sale by September. Following the ownership return, Wood said in a statement: We are thrilled, eager to conduct our final interviews and complete the documentary, free from Harvey Weinstein and his complicit cohorts.

We look forward to finding a new distribution partner, timed with the July 2019 release of Quentin’s next film, ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.' The film was given a one night Fathom Events showing on October 21, 2019. The film was released on streaming on December 3, 2019. In the United States, the film is only available for streaming, but in the United Kingdom and in Germany, the film is available on Blu-ray and DVD. Under the Fathom Events showing, the film earned a total gross of $65,188. Playing in over 458 theaters, the film earned a domestic gross of $51,896, earned $13,292 internationally; the film has received positive reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has earned a 91% critical rating based on 23 reviews, with an average rating of 7.25/10. Tarantino himself gave a positive response to the film. At a screening of the film, he said: Tara Wood did a really good job with this film... one of the things I think is interesting about the film, as opposed to everybody else who does a movie about filmmakers, she never asked to interview me, which I liked.

I thought, cool. That's the hook that everyone hangs their hat on. Official website QT8: The First Eight on Internet Movie DataBase QT8: The First Eight on Rotten Tomatoes

2014 Fijian general election

General elections were held in Fiji on 17 September 2014, to select the 50 members of the Fijian parliament. The incumbent Prime Minister, Frank Bainimarama, was re-elected. Prior to the election Bainimarama was an Independent but stood for the FijiFirst Party in 2014; the Social Democratic Liberal Party and the National Federation Party both got over 5%, the threshold for a party or independent to have seats in the parliament. The elections were scheduled for March 2009, but were not held because politicians did not agree to the People's Charter for Change and Progress. Between 2009 and 2014 many public announcements and requests were made and on 23 March 2014 the interim government announced the election would be held on 17 September 2014; the elections were to be held under the new constitution which lowered the voting age to 18 and gave the right of multiple citizenship to Fijians for the first time. After the Fijian military coup of 5 December 2006, the new interim prime minister Jona Senilagakali announced that elections would take place held "hopefully in 12 months, two years".

It was made clear that none of the ministers in the interim government would be allowed to contest the elections. On 6 January 2007 Commodore Frank Bainimarama, the leader of the coup, succeeded Senilagakali as interim Prime Minister. On 29 January 2007, Bainimarama announced, he informed a visiting regional delegation on 30–31 January that elections would have to wait until a census had been completed, a new voters' roll compiled, boundaries of electoral districts defined. Meanwhile, interim Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum suggested using electronic voting to shorten the period of time for counting votes, thereby reduce the potential for election rigging. Bainimarama announced changes to the electoral system that would abolish the race-based constituencies and that elections would take place in 2010, it was clarified that the interim administration has no mandate for electoral and constitutional reform, as such changes have to go through the parliamentary process. In mid-June 2007, Bainimarama gave in to demands from the European Union and New Zealand to hold polls by 28 February 2009.

The deposed Prime Minister, Laisenia Qarase, stated. By contrast, Bainimarama said. In March 2008, responding to regional pressure for concrete evidence of his commitment to hold elections in 2009, Bainimarama argued: "Elections are central to democracy but they are not always, on their own, a magic or quick-fix solution. How can an election, on its own, make a difference when it is based on divisive and race based communal electoral arrangements? How can an election, on its own, solve the deep differences that our constitution has perpetuated between the different races in our country? Unless there are fundamental reforms, how can an election succeed where it will take us straight back to the grimy old politics of self interest and scam mongering?"In April 2008, Finance Minister Mahendra Chaudhry stated that it was necessary to complete and implement the People's Charter for Change and Progress before holding any elections. In May, Commodore Bainimarama said that elections would not take place in March 2009 unless politicians agreed to the Charter.

Ousted Vice-President Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi remarked that the next election would be won by "a Fijian-dominated political party", asked what the military would do in such a case. Bainimarama stated that Qarase's Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua party would be authorised to take part in the election, but that, if elected, Qarase would have to abide by the People's Charter, he would not be authorised to introduce or re-introduce policies – such as the Reconciliation and Unity Bill- which Bainimarama perceived to be racist. Bainimarama warned Qarase publicly that doing so would result in a new coup: "If you do it, I'll remove you." In March 2010, Bainimarama stated that "any politician who has played a role in the country's politics, since 1987" would be prevented from standing for election. The rationale was that "Fiji needs new politicians"; the Charter would serve as a guideline in this respect. Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum stated that "the People's Charter sets a trend or course for which the people of Fiji should assess political parties on and political parties that are try to contest elections purely based on ethnic politics would not be entertained by the people of Fiji".

Despite his earlier commitment not to run, Bainimarama founded and led the Fiji First party into the election. Mahendra Chaudhry was ruled to be ineligible to stand for election. A media blackout on campaign activities ran from Monday to the election day; the ban included newspapers, television, campaign poster and social media posts by any Fijian. In April 2009 the Fijian government announced that elections would take place "by September 2014". Bainimarama reiterated this in July, specifying that the elections would be held under the provisions of a new Constitution, which would eliminate institutionalised ethnic-based voting; the new Constitution might amend the number of seats in Parliament, abolish the Senate. In February 2010 a petition supported by 600,000 signatories, requested elections by the end of the year. Commodore Bainimarama responded that an early election would not be "practical and realistic