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École centrale de Nantes

École Centrale de Nantes, or Centrale Nantes, is a Grande École d'Ingénieurs - a French elite engineering school - established in 1919 under the name of Institut Polytechnique de l'Ouest. It aims to deliver Graduate, PhD Programs based on the latest scientific and technological developments and the best management practices. Centrale Nantes is a member of the Ecoles Centrale Group, alongside its partner institutions CentraleSupélec, Centrale Lille, Centrale Lyon, Centrale Marseille, Centrale Beijing, it is a member of the TIME network, that enables student exchanges among the leading engineering institutions in Europe. The Centrale Nantes campus is situated in the heart of Nantes, France in the Pays de la Loire region. Nantes is two hours by train from Paris. Nantes is the sixth largest city in France, located along the banks of the Loire 50 km away from the Atlantic coast. Centrale Nantes was founded in 1919. First known under the name Institut Polytechnique de l'Ouest, it was renamed Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Mécanique in 1948 when it became an Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Ingénieurs.

Thirty years the school relocated to new premises - the current site on the banks of the River Erdre. In 1991, it became, by decree published in the Official Journal, the Ecole Centrale de Nantes, joining the newly created Ecoles Centrale Group; as a member of this group, it offers a Centralien multi-disciplinary engineering programme. In 1993 the school became an'EPCSCP', a public institution with a scientific and professional vocation. Centrale Nantes joined forces with Centrale Lille in 2006 within the Fondation Centrale Initiatives, with Centrale Lyon in 2009 creating a joint subsidiary for the development of research: Centrale Innovation. In 2011, the school became a member of France AEROTECH. Centrale Nantes formed a structuring alliance with Audencia Business School in 2013 and ensa Nantes in 2014. Centrale Nantes is mentioned among the top engineering schools in France in several national and international rankings. According to the 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject, out of only 903 establishments ranked worldwide for Engineering & Technology, Centrale Nantes is in the top 200 for 2019.

This ranking places the school at the 60th position in Europe, the top 5 in France and number one outside the capital. In the 2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject Centrale Nantes was ranked between 251st and 300th in the world for mechanical engineering and between 401st and 450th for the broader category of engineering and technology. Nationally, Centrale Nantes is ranked joint 4th out of the 174 French engineering schools by L'Etudiant and 5th out of 130 French engineering schools by L'Usine Nouvelle in 2019. Centrale Nantes trains 360 students per year within its general engineering programme leading to the'diplôme d'ingénieur' equivalent to a Master of Science and Engineering; this qualification is awarded to students after a total of five years of higher education. The admissions process is selective. French students with excellent high school results spend two years in the intensive'classes préparatoires aux grandes écoles' preparing for the'concours' - competitive entrance examinations to French engineering schools.

Successful candidates undertake three years of study at Centrale Nantes - corresponding to the senior undergraduate year and two graduate years. The "Propulsion and Transport" specialization is the most known specialization in Ecole Centrale de Nantes: Propulsion students are specialists in topics like engine acoustics and spatial turbopumps. Centrale Nantes has a diverse body welcoming over 43% international students at undergraduate and post-graduate level through academic partnerships, exchange or double degree programs, or research internships. At undergraduate-level a four-year Bachelor of Science in Engineering at Centrale Nantes Mauritius Campus opened in Autumn 2016 to respond to the increasing demand for engineering education in Africa and the Indian Ocean. Centrale Nantes offers 6 Masters of Science and Health - in marine technology, mechanical engineering and robotics, civil engineering and urban environment, industrial engineering. A number of specialisms are proposed within each Master programme, taught entirely in English: Marine Technology: Hydrodynamics for Ocean Engineering.

Centrale Nantes is involved in four EMJMDs: Master of Science in Computational Mechanics European Master on Advanced Robotics - co-ordinated by Centrale Nantes EMship Advanced Design Master Master in Renewable Energy in the Marine Environment Aeronautics.

Irvine Sellar

Irvine Gerald Sellar was an English fashion retailer, turned property developer. He was the founder of the Sellar Property Group, the developer of The Shard. Sellar was born on 9 September 1934 in England, his father was a glove shopkeeper in the East End of London. His family was Jewish, he grew up in Southgate, London. Sellar decided to start working instead. Sellar started his career as a market trader in Chelmsford, he opened a shop in St Albans, where he sold suits. He opened a shop on Wardour Street in Soho in 1964. A year he opened another shop in Soho, on Carnaby Street. Meanwhile, he founded the first unisex fashion company in the United Kingdom, Mates by Irvine Sellars; the company became "Britain’s second-biggest fashion chain," with 90 shops in 1981. That year, he sold it to a South African investor. Sellar founded a property company listed on the London Stock Exchange; the company invested in shopping centres for example in Stockton. Sellar borrowed £111m in 1989 and, because of a property downturn in 1991, the company went bankrupt in 1991-92, when Sellar lost £30 million.

Sellar founded the Sellar Property Group. He acquired the headquarters of PwC in London Bridge in 1998; that year, he acquired the site of what would become The Shard. With 80% from Qatari investors, Sellar completed the construction of The Shard in 2012, he subsequently developed buildings near Paddington Station. In December 2016, his plan to develop the 19-storey Paddington Cube for £775 million was approved by the Westminster City Council. With his wife Elizabeth, Sellar had two sons, who went on to serve as chairman of the family businessman, Paul, a playwright, as well as a daughter, Caroline. In 2015, Irvine and James Sellar had an estimated joint wealth of GBP£220 million. Sellar was a black belt in judo, drove a Rolls-Royce and smoked cigars. Irvine Sellar died on 26 February 2017, aged 82

Jessie Holdom

Jessie Holdom was a prominent Chicago lawyer and judge. Jessie Holdom was born in London on the son of William and Eliza Holdom, his Holdom ancestors had lived in the Spitalfields neighbourhood of London for nearly three hundred years, after fleeing France during the St. Bartholomew's Day massacre. Holdom immigrated to the United States at the age of seventeen, settling in Chicago in July 1868. Beginning in 1870, he read law with lawyer Joshua C. Knickerbocker, he was admitted to the bar of Illinois on September 13, 1873. Holdom practiced law with Knickerbocker. In 1878, Knickerbocker invited Holdom to become a partner of his firm, known as Knickerbocker & Holdom. Knickerbocker retired in 1889, Holdom continued as a solo practitioner, he was a successful lawyer in cases involving wills and title to real estate. Governor of Illinois Joseph W. Fifer appointed Holdom as Public Guardian. In November 1898, Holdom was elected as a judge of the superior court of Illinois. Holdom was active in the Chicago Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association, serving as ISBA president 1900-1901.

He was involved in Trinity Episcopal Church, the Republican Party, the Union League Club of Chicago. Holdom married Edith I. Foster in 1877, his first wife died in 1891. Holdom remarried to Mabel Brady. Holdom had four children: Edith, Jessie and Courtland. Holdom died in Chicago on July 14, 1930. Josiah Seymour Currey, Chicago: Its History and Its Builders, A Century of Marvelous Growth, Volume 5 pp. 314-315 The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography, Volume 11, p. 558 A. N. Waterman, Historical review of Chicago and Cook county and selected biography, pp. 581-583 Works by or about Jessie Holdom at Internet Archive

Eddie the Eagle

Michael Edwards, known as "Eddie the Eagle", is an English ski-jumper who in 1988 became the first competitor since 1928 to represent Great Britain in Olympic ski jumping, finishing last in the 70 m and 90 m events. He became the British ski jumping record holder, ninth in amateur speed skiing, running at 106.8 km/h, a stunt jumping world record holder for jumping over 6 buses. In 2016, he was portrayed by Taron Egerton in the biographical film Eddie the Eagle. Edwards was born in Gloucestershire, his family calls him by Michael. "Eddie" is a nickname derived by schoolfriends from his surname. Having not made the grade as a downhill skier, he switched to ski jumping as there were no other British ski jumpers with whom to compete for a place. Edwards began jumping under the eye of John Viscome and Chuck Berghorn in Lake Placid, New York, using Berghorn's equipment, although he had to wear six pairs of socks to make the boots fit, he was disadvantaged by his weight—at about 82 kg, more than 9 kg heavier than the next heaviest competitor—and by his lack of financial support for training, being self-funded.

Another problem was that he was farsighted, wearing thick glasses under his goggles, which would mist up at altitude. Edwards was informed of his qualification for the games while working as a plasterer and residing temporarily in a Finnish mental hospital due to lack of funds for alternative accommodation, he first represented Great Britain at the 1987 World Championships in Oberstdorf in Bavaria, West Germany and was ranked 55th in the world. This performance qualified him as the sole British applicant for the 1988 Winter Olympics ski jumping competition. Edwards was one of the best ski jumpers in the United Kingdom, holding the British record of 73.5 m in one of his Calgary jumps in 1988. In 1994 his record was surpassed by James Lambert. During the 1988 Winter Olympics, Edwards competed in and finished last in both the 70 m and 90 m events. In the 70 m, he scored 69.2 points from two jumps of 61.0 m. In the 90 m, Edwards scored 57.5 points from 67 m jumps. From the beginning, the press version of his story was "embroidered with falsehoods".

"They said. But I was doing sixty jumps a day, hardly something someone, afraid of heights would do."His lack of success endeared him to people around the globe. He subsequently became a media celebrity and appeared on talk shows around the world, appearing on The Tonight Show during the Games; the press nicknamed him "Mr. Magoo", one Italian journalist called him a "ski dropper". At the closing ceremony, the president of the Organizing Committee, Frank King, singled out Edwards for his contribution. King said, looking at the competitors, "You have broken world records and you have established personal bests; some of you have soared like an eagle." The widespread attention that Edwards received in Calgary shortly after the Olympics finished, the entry requirements were strengthened in order to make it nearly impossible for anyone to follow his example: the International Olympic Committee instituted what became known as the Eddie the Eagle Rule, which requires Olympic hopefuls to compete in international events and be placed in the top 30% or the top 50 competitors, whichever is fewer.

Edwards failed to qualify for the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville and the 1994 Games in Lillehammer, Norway. He got a five-year sponsorship from Eagle Airlines, a small British charter company, to support his attempt to reach the 1998 Games in Nagano, but failed to qualify for those as well. On 13 February 2008, Edwards made a return visit to Calgary to take part in festivities marking the twentieth anniversary of the Games. During his visit, he rode the zip-line at Canada Olympic Park with a member of the Jamaican bobsled team and led a procession of skiers down the slopes of the park while carrying an Olympic torch. Edwards was chosen as a torchbearer in the relay for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, he ran with the torch on 7 January 2010 in Winnipeg. Edwards released a book called On the Piste. In 1991 he recorded a single in Finnish entitled "Mun nimeni on Eetu", B-sided with "Eddien Siivellä" though he does not speak Finnish. Edwards learned the song reached no. 2 in the Finnish charts. The songs were written by Finnish singer Irwin Goodman.

In the same year Edwards completed a charity ski jump at a ski slope in Dorset. He raised £23000.00 for BBC Children in Need by jumping over 10 cars using a ski jump made of scaffolding. Edwards appeared in a number of advertising campaigns, e.g. on television, promoting cars, commanded fees of £10,000 an hour. He declared bankruptcy in 1992, claiming that a trust fund for his earnings was not set up properly. In 2003, he graduated from De Montfort University in Leicester with a degree in law. "I've been interested in law since taking out a civil action against my trustees 10 years ago," he said in a 2001 interview. On 25 February 2012, he appeared as a competitor on episode 2 of BBC1's Let's Dance for Sport Relief, 2012 and got through to the final on most public votes, his performances were accompanied by the Royal British Legion Corps Of Drums Romford. In 2013, he won the first series of the British celebrity diving programme Splash!, mentored by Tom Daley. In Jan

Jollity

Jollity is the third studio album by Irish pop band Pugwash. It was released in Ireland by 1969 Records on 23 September 2005 and in Australia by Karmic Hit the same year, it was released in the UK on 31 October 2006. Two singles were released from the album: "It's Nice to Be Nice" and "This Could Be Good". Thomas Walsh: vocals, backing vocals, acoustic guitar, rhythm guitar, electric guitar, lead guitar, pianet, tremolo guitar, Yamaha SY-2 synth, Novatron, saxophone, samples, shakers, sleighbells Keith Farrell: bass guitar, lead guitar, rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar, samples, backing vocals Duncan Maitland: Piano, synths, Wurlitzer, acoustic guitar, Vox organ, grand piano, tack piano, vibes, harpsichord, 12-string acoustic guitar, backing vocals Aidan O'Grady: drums Dave Gregory: grand piano, acoustic guitar, lead guitar, EBow guitar, sitar, tremolo guitar, slide guitar, 12-string Rickenbacker, pipe organ Ger Eaton: Hammond organ Shaun McGee: bass, backing vocals Tosh Flood: banjo, organ, rhythm guitar, lead guitar, backing vocals Graham Hopkins: drums, guitar noise sample John Boyle: drums Eric Matthews: trumpet, backing vocals Daragh Bohan: guitar sample, fuzz chorus guitar Richard Dodd: cello Q: EBow guitar Stephen Farrell: slide guitar Fran King: backing vocals Derren Dempsey: drum, guitar noise sample Section Quartet: strings

Sam Fatu

Samuel Larry Anoa'i Fatu is an American retired professional wrestler. He is best known for his appearances with the World Wrestling Federation under the ring names The Tonga Kid and Tama and with World Championship Wrestling as The Samoan Savage. Fatu debuted as a professional wrestler after being trained by the Wild Samoans. Shortly after debuting he joined the World Wrestling Federation as "Samoan No. 4," wrestling at untelevised house shows before making his television debut in the fall of 1983 as the Tonga Kid. Billed as the cousin of Superfly Jimmy Snuka, he entered into his first major feud with Snuka's rival Roddy Piper. In late 1986, he teamed with Tonga Fifita, wrestling under the name King Tonga. Fatu was renamed to Tama. Together, they were christened The Islanders; the Islanders gained several key victories, including a tag team battle royal victory over Big John Studd and King Kong Bundy, but failed to gain the interest of fans. The two were repackaged as villains in April 1987 after attacking The Can-Am Connection during a match.

In the fall of 1987, they began a feud with Strike Force, while the two teams traded victories during the early part of the feud, once Strike Force won the WWF Tag Team Championship, the Islanders began finding themselves on the losing end, despite having several attempts. In early December 1987, the Islanders were disqualified from a match with the British Bulldogs when they kidnapped the Bulldogs' dog, Matilda; the Islanders were indefinitely suspended in the storyline. From late January 1988 until early February, the Islanders were beaten by the British Bulldogs. At a Saturday Night's Main Event XV on March 7, they beat the Killer Bees, a tag team consisting of Brian Blair and Jim Brunzell. At Wrestlemania 4, the Islanders, with Bobby Heenan, defeated the Bulldogs and Koko B. Ware, with Matilda. On April 21, Heenan introduced Siva Afi as the newest member of the group, but Afi never made another appearance with the Islanders. Fatu left the WWF. After leaving the WWF, Fatu began performing for the World Wrestling Council in Puerto Rico as "Tama".

On January 6, 1989, he and Dan Kroffat defeated The Batten Twins to win the WWC World Tag Team Championship. The Batten Twins regained the championship on March 4, 1989. In 1989, Fatu joined World Championship Wrestling, where he adopted the ring name "The Samoan Savage" and began teaming with his brother Fatu and his cousin Samu as The Samoan SWAT Team; the trio were managed by "The Big Kahuna" Oliver Humperdink. In late 1989, Samu withdrew from in-ring competition and The Samoan SWAT Team was renamed "The New Wild Samoans". At Starrcade in December 1989, The New Wild Samoans competed in the Iron Team round-robin tournament, placing third; the New Wild Samoans left WCW in the summer of 1990. After leaving WCW, Fatu journeyed to Mexico to perform for the Universal Wrestling Association along with his brother Fatu and his cousin, The Great Kokina. Billed as "The Hawaiian Beasts", the trio won the UWA World Trios Championship from Los Villanos on April 7, 1991. Los Villanos regained the championship on May 31, 1991.

Fatu competed on the independent circuit until retiring in 2011. In 2005 and 2006, he wrestled in Italy with the Nu Wrestling Evolution promotion. Fatu appeared as "The Tonga Kid" in the opening scene of the 1986 film Highlander, where he was involved in a six-man tag team match with Greg Gagne and Jim Brunzell against The Fabulous Freebirds at the Meadowlands Arena, he starred as "Tonga Tom" in the 1987 wrestling film Body Slam, along with Dirk Benedict and Roddy Piper. Fatu is a member of the famous Anoaʻi family, he is the nephew of Afa Anoaʻi, known as the Wild Samoans. He is the twin brother of Solofa Fatu Jr.. Samuel is the father of Jacob Fatu, who wrestles for Major League Wrestling. In November 2008, Fatu's wife, Theresa Fuavai-Fatu, went into cardiac arrest, her heart stopped before the twins and Myracle, could be delivered by Caesarean section, but she was spontaneously revived and recovered. This type of incident is rare, with one of the cardiac surgeons, working on Theresa saying that he had never seen surviving mothers or babies.

Sam is the older brother of Eddie Fatu, who died of a heart attack on December 4, 2009. Other members of the family in professional wrestling include Solafa's twin sons and Joshua Samuel, who wrestle in WWE as Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso, his cousins in wrestling are Rodney Anoaʻi, Samula Anoaʻi, Matt Anoaʻi, Leati Anoaʻi, Reno Anoaʻi, Afa Anoaʻi Jr. and Lloyd Anoaʻi. Universal Wrestling Association UWA World Trios Championship – with Fatu and The Great Kokina World Wrestling Council WWC World Tag Team Championship – with Dan Kroffat World Wrestling Federation Slammy Award Bobby "The Brain" Heenan Scholarship Award with Haku, André the Giant, King Kong Bundy, Harley Race Anoaʻi family The Islanders The Samoan SWAT Team Sam Fatu on IMDb