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Île d'Orléans

Île d'Orléans is located in the Saint Lawrence River about 5 kilometres east of downtown Quebec City, Canada. The island was one of the first parts of the province to be colonized by the French, a large percentage of French Canadians can trace ancestry to early residents of the island; the island has been described as the "microcosm of traditional Quebec and as the birthplace of francophones in North America."The island is accessible from the mainland via the Île d'Orléans Bridge from Beauport. Route 368 is the sole provincial route on the island, which crosses the bridge and circles the perimeter of the island. At the village of Sainte-Pétronille toward the western end of the island, a viewpoint overlooks the impressive Chute Montmorency, as well as a panorama of the St. Lawrence River and Quebec City. Île d'Orléans is twinned with Île de Ré in France. The Island of Orleans is situated between the Laurentian Plateau or Canadian Shield to the north and the Appalachian Mountains to the south.

Its north-eastern point marks the boundary between the St. Lawrence River and its estuary, where fresh water begins to mix with salt water. Of irregular form with jagged coves and capes, the Island of Orleans is 34 kilometres long and 8 kilometres wide at the widest point, it is 75 kilometres in circumference, with a total surface area of 190 square kilometres. It has a hilly relief, small valleys, gradual crests that reach a maximum height of about 150 metres at Sainte-Pétronille and Saint-Laurent in the south. Administratively, the island is within Quebec's Capitale-Nationale region, constitutes the L'Île-d'Orléans Regional County Municipality, it is further subdivided in the municipalities of: Sainte-Famille Saint-François-de-l'Île-d'Orléans Saint-Jean-de-l'Île-d'Orléans Saint-Laurent-de-l'Île-d'Orléans Sainte-Pétronille Saint-Pierre-de-l'Île-d'OrléansThe entire island is part of the Montmorency—Charlevoix—Haute-Côte-Nord federal electoral riding, the Charlevoix–Côte-de-Beaupré provincial electoral riding.

The island had long been inhabited by the indigenous tribes. The Huron called it Minigo; the French explorer Jacques Cartier first set foot on the island in 1535 near the present-day village of Saint-François. He called it Île de Bascuz because of the abundance of wild grapes growing on the island. Officials changed the name to Île d'Orléans in honour of the second son of King Francis I, Henri II, the Duke of Orléans; the island was known as Grande Île, Sainte-Marie, Saint-Laurent for certain periods in the 17th and 18th centuries. Early French settlers, immigrating from the Normandy and Poitou regions in France, were attracted to the island because of its fertile soil, they colonized it according to the seigneurial system of New France, still evident in its layout, featuring residences close together, with outlying long, narrow fields and a common. In 1661, the first parish of Sainte-Famille was founded, followed by another four parishes in 1679/1680. By 1685, there were 1205 French inhabitants and 917 livestock.

In 1744, colonists completed. Jean Mauvide, a surgeon for the King of France, built the Manoir Mauvide-Genest in 1734 as his residence. In 1759 it was occupied by British General Wolfe when his forces occupied the island shortly before the Battle of the Plains of Abraham during the Seven Years' War. Great Britain was victorious. In the 19th and early 20th century, several boat-building yards operated on the island in Saint-Laurent-de-l'Île-d'Orléans. Together with the thriving fishing industry of that era, it gave the Island of Orleans a maritime character; the Island of Orleans retained its traditional rural way of life until 1935, when construction was completed on the Pont de l'Île bridge, allowing much more traffic. The crossing connects to the Chemin Royal, set to music in 1975 by francophone singer Félix Leclerc, in his song "Le Tour de L'île." In spite of this, the island has maintained its pastoral image and historic character, with more than 600 buildings classified or recognized as heritage property.

In 1990, the entire island was designated a National Historic Site of Canada. Today the island is a mix of suburban farms, it is a popular destination for bicyclists. Since the days of the first French settlers, agriculture has been the main economic activity; the island, known as the "Garden of Quebec", is still an rural place famous locally for its produce strawberries, apples and wineries. Sugar maple stands produce other products. While the old trades of fishing and boat building have been abandoned, the island's rich cultural heritage and pastoral scenery has led to a flourishing tourism industry, it attracts more than 600,000 visitors each year. Numerous bed-and-breakfast inns, regional cuisine restaurants, roadside fruit stands, art galleries and craft shops attract visitors. Geography of Quebec Pictures of Island of Orleans - "Tour de l'Île"

Moodiesburn

Moodiesburn is a small town in Scotland, located 8 miles north-east of Glasgow city centre, in the North Lanarkshire council area. It is situated between Stepps and Cumbernauld; the etymology of the name is from the common Scottish surname Moody. Several old documents show Moodiesburn with various spellings including maps by Richardson and William Roy. Moodiesburn was part of the parish of Cadder; the New Statistical Accounts recorded 30 families and 143 people in 1836. In 1846 there were reported to be 35 houses with 220 people living in them. Towards the end of the 19th century the population fell to as low as 150; the town was developed in the 20th century with employment in coal mining and around psychiatric institution Stoneyetts Hospital. In the 1930s, wooden houses were constructed on the estate of Gartferry House. In September 1959, 47 men lost their lives in a coal mine near the village of Moodiesburn when a faulty fan purifying the air in the colliery went on fire due to an electrical fault.

The men were in bogies travelling to the coal face to start work, due to the intense smoke they were abandoned just a few hundred yards from safety. The mine was flooded to put out the fire; the mining accident was one of the worst within the UK in the 20th century, widowing 41 women and leaving 76 children without a father. The First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond unveiled a memorial on 18 September 2009 at Moodiesburn. Norman Buchan wrote a song, "Auchengeich", about the disaster, recorded by Dick Gaughan and The Easy Club. Mining was shuttered following the disaster. Stoneyetts ceased operation in 1992, followed by Scottish Power and Reekie Plant Hire sites closing in 1996. A 1999 article in The Observer lamented Moodiesburn's lack of local employment, as well as the increasing disaffection of its younger residents: "A good number of young families are blatantly poorer than our grandparents, they have less purchasing power because they live on benefit Moodiesburn is a quiet island whose ageing inhabitants pass the time by looking after one another, retelling the past.

The current that made people get up in the morning has been switched off. The young are null, they use drugs, spray graffiti. But they are quiet islanders, living invisibly at home with their disks and keyboards." Auchengeich sewage works and the Moodiesburn House Hotel – the Bedlay Dowager House – were closed in 2003 and 2008, respectively. Two career options remain in the area: landscaping product supplier Charcon Scotland, food processing company Devro. Bedlay Cemetery is the local cemetery for Moodiesburn; the nearby Bedlay Castle has stood since the late 16th century. The suburb includes a community centre and library, a miners' welfare club, a multi-denominational school, a denominational school, a Church of Scotland parish church, a Roman Catholic church, an independent evangelical church called New Beginnings. There is the Silver Larch public house, a Knights of Saint Columba social club and a coffee shop called The Coffee House; the community's original 1950s council house builds comprise an area known as "Old Moodiesburn".

A batch of houses with updated resources were constructed in the 1960s, dubbed the "electric scheme" by locals. Modern homes have since been developed in this area of Moodiesburn, including by Taylor Woodrow and Lovell; the opposite end, by Devro headquarters, is composed of private residences by Christian Salvesen, Tay/Wimpey and Persimmon. Miller Homes are set to build on the former Stoneyetts Hospital site as of 2019. A small estate of new council builds was erected in the midst of the Salvesen area in 2013

Sergey Lunov

Sergey Lunov was a Ukrainian painter, graphic artist and Watercolorist. Sergey Lunov was born November 4, 1909 in a small village Kekino of Sumy Region in Ukraine in a family of a teacher. In Sumy Luniov attended the art studio of the Ukrainian artist and teacher N. H. Onatsky during the 1920s. S. Lunov completed his formal education in painting at Kharkiv Arts College, where he studied art under A. A. Kokel and V. A Riftin. Member of the Union of Artists of the USSR since 1958; the artist presented his works in many mixed and private exhibits within the USSR and abroad: Czechoslovak Socialist Republic. Personal exhibitions in Kharkiv: 1960,1963,1965,1975,1990,1999,2009. Kiev: 1965, 1996. Moscow: 1973. Middletown, Ohio, USA: 1993. Cincinnati, Ohio,USA: 1994. Berlin, Germany: 1995 The private exhibit of Sergey Lunov's works dedicated to the 100 year Anniversary of the artist took place in the Kharkiv Art Museum in November–December 2009Two volume book album about S. Lunov's life and art work was published in 2009–2011.

Http://kharkov.vbelous.net/english/artists/lunyov.htm http://timeua.info/240311/37197.html "Vremia" newspaper https://web.archive.org/web/20111005175815/http://enc.permkultura.ru/showObject.do?object=1804085905&viewMode=B_1803425658&link=1 http://painters.artunion.ru/index.htm http://www.pggallery.com/guest.php https://web.archive.org/web/20090330082822/http://www.korners.com.ua/russian/painters/755 Contemporary Ukrainian Watercolors "Mystetstvo" publishers, 1978, Kyiv Contemporary Soviet Watercolors "Sovetsky Khudozhnik" publishers, 1983, Moscow Sergey Lunov, Volume 1, 2009, Kharkov ISBN 978-966-8603-96-9 Sergey Lunov, Volume 2, 2011, Kharkov ISBN 978-617-578-040-4

South Union Street–Boardman River Bridge

The South Union Street–Boardman River Bridge is a bridge located on South Union Street over the Boardman River in Traverse City, Michigan. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2000; the South Union Street–Boardman River Bridge is 75 feet and 40 feet wide with a 73-foot span over the Boardman River. A park with footpath runs underneath the bridge, a dam and the attractive American Legion Memorial Bridge can be seen on each side of the bridge. Stairs lead down along the bridge to the river park beneath; the bridge is lined with a concrete balustrade railing with square spindles, concrete parapets are at each end. In 1929, Traverse City undertook planning to replace the dangerous bridges crossing the Boardman River at Cass and Union Streets. However, the state of Michigan took responsibility for the Union Street Bridge, which carried US 31; the state surveyed the existing bridge in late 1929, sent plans for a new structure to the city in July 1930. Bids for the bridge were solicited, in early 1931 Jackson contractor L. W. Lamb won the contract for $66,482.

Additional expenditures brought the total price to $78,000. The bridge was completed in 1931, was praised as an aesthetic success, fitting into its park surroundings and making an attractive gateway for the region's tourists. Michigan portal National Register of Historic Places portal South Union Street Bridge from HistoricBridges.org

State University of New York at Delhi

The State University of New York at Delhi is a public college in the Town of Delhi, New York. It is part of the State University of New York system. 3,291 students attend the institution. Delhi’s intercollegiate athletic teams are called the Broncos. Delhi offers over 60 programs, which can lead to certificates, associate degrees, or bachelor's degrees in select program areas. There are three academic divisions at Delhi: Technology. SUNY Delhi was incorporated into the SUNY State School System in 1913 and was a small farming school, it was not until the late 1920s. The addition of dorms in the late 1920s allowed students to stay on campus, it was not until the 60s that the institution came into shape offering more major studies from business and refrigeration to construction and veterinary studies, etc. It was at this time when Delhi began to take shape; as for future engagements, developers are planning a new dorm building, a gymnasium, renovation of existing facilities and new site development on school grounds until the year 2028+.

SUNY Delhi’s culinary team won the American Culinary Federation’s New York State Student Team Championship in 2000, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 2010, 2012 the eighth year for Delhi to earn this title in the last 10 years. They have won the ACF’s Northeast Region Student Team Championship in 2001, 03, 07, 08, 2010 and 2012. In 2010 SUNY Delhi's culinary team was the first team from New York State to win the ACF's National Student Team Championship; the school won the National Championship again in 2012. There are many options for living on the SUNY Delhi campus, as well as within the town itself. Russell Hall is the largest dorm on the main campus, it has single, a few co-ed housing occupancy rooms, holding nearly 500 students. Gerry Hall and Dubois Hall on the main campus, consist only of double occupancy size rooms, while Murphy Hall and O'Connor Hall are made up of triple occupancy rooms. Catskill Hall, on the main campus, consists of suites containing two double rooms and two single rooms, a shower room and bathroom, a living room area.

Off the main campus, Riverview Town Houses, intended for upperclassmen, consist of separate two-story houses with four double rooms, a kitchen, a living-room, three bathrooms. Laundry facilities are available regardless of the students' campus housing. Student positions are available for Night Hosts. There are over forty clubs and organizations on campus, as well as seventeen recognized and several unrecognized Greek organizations; the student activities office is located in the upper level of the Farrell Student and Community Center. The student senate meets every Wednesday at 5:15 sharp in the Farrell Student and Community Center room 211/212. Although each club or organization on campus is represented with an elected senator, any student is welcome to come to the senate meetings and voice their interest; the student senate office is located in the bottom, club office portion of Farrell, in room 32. If the officers are out of the office, further interest can be addressed in the student activities office located in the Farrell Student and Community Center.

The SUNY Delhi Broncos were accepted to NCAA Division III, compete in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association. Men's sports include basketball, cross country, lacrosse, swimming & diving and track & field. Women's sports include basketball, cross country, soccer, swimming & diving, track & field and volleyball; the men's cross country earned the school's first four-year national title when they won the 2016 USCAA Championship, repeated as champions in 2017. That same year, the men's golf team won the college's first national team title outside of cross country and track & field at the USCAA Championships. Prior to 2015, the Broncos were members of the National Junior College Athletic Association, where they collected 21 national titles in men's and women's cross country and track & field. Kunsela Hall Aquatics Center, located in the agora on the main campus, houses the pool; this building has since re-opened. Clark Field house, located at the highest point on the main campus, has several features which contribute to Delhi's athletic success.

Attached to this building, the "Bubble," is a dome which allows the space for indoor track and soccer practices, as well as mobile tennis nets and basketball hoops. In Clark Field house is the CADI Fitness Center, including traditional weight lifting options, recumbent bicycles and treadmills, as well as equipment available for rent; the athletic offices are located in this building, as well as the Floyd L. Maines Arena – used for games and other school functions. There are a variety of outdoor spaces available as well, including a track, soccer field, racquetball courts, tennis courts, basketball courts; the Delhi College Golf Course is located in the valley portion of the campus. Farrell Student and Community Center has a dance and aerobics room on its main floor, where free yoga and dance classes are held. Notable alumni include actor Bill Pullman. Official website

Safa Khulusi

Safa Abdul-Aziz Khulusi was an Iraqi historian, poet and broadcaster. He is known for mediating between Arabic- and English-language cultures, for his scholarship of modern Iraqi literature, he is remembered for his theories on Arabic grammar, on Shakespeare, as well as his role in Islamic education and his work on the poetry of al-Mutanabbi. Khulusi was born in the son of a lawyer, his mother died. His family originates from Khanaqin, his grandfather resettled the family in Baghdad where he served as an officer in the Ottoman army, but was killed during the military withdrawal from Mesopotamia at the end of World War I. Khulusi was inspired to pursue a literary career from an early age by his uncle, the novelist and poet Abdul-Majid Lutfi. Khulusi travelled to London in 1935 on an academic scholarship, living there until the latter stages of World War II and insisting on staying in the city during The Blitz, he returned to Iraq late in the war. An Arab nationalist, Khulusi refused a ministerial position in the post-war British administration of Iraq.

Instead, he divided his time between Britain and Iraq, establishing an academic career in both countries. His first novel Nifous Maridha was published in 1941, his first academic post was as a lecturer in Arabic Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University. During his tenure he completed a PhD in Arabic literature in 1947. In 1951 he was appointed as Professor of Arabic at the University of Baghdad, he served as head of the Arabic Department at Al-Mustansiriya University. In 1959, Khulusi married Sabiha Al-Dabbagh, one of the first women to graduate as a medical doctor in Iraq. Following postgraduate training in the United States she returned to practice in Baghdad, where she was introduced to Khulusi, she became a regular contributor to health programmes on the Arabic section of the BBC World Service and a campaigner for women's health in the Middle East. The couple had a son and a daughter. Khulusi's work mediated modern American developments in scholarship, he extended the academic tradition of comparative literature, publishing Dirasat fi al-Adab al-Muqarin wa al-Mathahib al-Adabia in 1957, al-Tarjama al-Tahlilia in the same year.

Although concentrating on literary and historical scholarship, Khulusi published novels, short stories and poetry during this period. In addition, he translated modern Iraqi literature into English, publishing a number of translations of the work of Atika Wahbi Al-Khazraji. In Oxford in 1972, he became one of the editors of the Concise Oxford English-Arabic Dictionary of Current Usage which sought to match new developments in both languages, he published A Dictionary of Contemporary Idiomatic Usage. His books Fann al-Tarjama and Fann al-Taqti' al-Shi'ri wa al-Qafia were read and went through many editions, he was a regular broadcaster on the BBC's Arabic service and a presenter of cultural programmes on Iraqi television. While participating in the Arabic literary revival Khulusi attempted to remain ‘neutral’ in the unstable politics of the era. In 1958 the king Faisal II of Iraq and his family were overthrown in a violent revolution. One of their executioners was an army officer, one of Khulusi's students.

Many years when Khulusi met the man again and questioned him on his role in the king's death, the former student answered "all I did was remember Palestine, the trigger on the machine-gun just set itself off". During Saddam Hussein's regime Khulusi spent most of his time in England where he enjoyed a greater freedom of expression in his writing, returning to Iraq for a couple of months a year to avoid the English winter. On one such visit, he explained to a friend who asked why he didn't remain in Baghdad permanently, "Our roots are here, but it's there that we flower best."Khulusi was a devout Muslim. He was one of a group of scholars who assisted in the academic and religious reformation of the madrasas in Najaf. Khulusi was elected Chairman of the National Muslim Education Council of the UK, he sought to improve Islamic education, while supporting co-operation between faiths. He defended traditions of tolerance within Islam, he wrote for Muslim publications. In his book Islam Our Choice, first published in 1961, Khulusi set out a collection of personal accounts from individuals who converted to Islam from other religions.

The extracts, many sourced from The Islamic Review, were collected over a number of years and provide an insight into the spiritual and cultural factors that led influential individuals to embrace Islam in the first half of the 20th Century. Two of the more famous converts included by Khulusi were the Irish peer Rowland Allanson-Winn, 5th Baron Headley and the English baronet Sir'Abdullah' Archibald Hamilton 5th and 3rd Baronet; the former became known by the adopted Muslim name Shaikh Rahmatullah al-Farooq. He converted to Islam in 1913 and went on to write several books on Islam, including A Western Awakening to Islam and Three Great Prophets of the World; the latter, like many others in the book, was attracted to the'simple purity' of Islam. Other common themes amongst Western converts to Islam are summarised by the American Donald Rockwell, who became a Muslim in 1935, he was inspired by the religion's teachings on temperance and moderation, by its broadminded tolerance of other faiths and by its freedom from idolatry.

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