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Harding Lawrence

Harding Luther Lawrence was the former Executive Vice President of Continental Airlines and President and Chairman of Braniff International Airways, a Dallas, Texas-based carrier. Lawrence's bold and dramatic accomplishments at both airlines earned him the reputation as not only a maverick of the transportation industry but as one of the last legendary titans of aviation. While at Braniff, Lawrence turned the conservative airline into a progressive and flamboyant carrier known for high fashion flight attendant uniforms, exemplary inflight service, brightly painted planes. Lawrence' revolutionary approach included approving the "End of the Plain Plane" campaign in 1965, which called for imaginative aircraft paint schemes and never before seen passenger service comforts. Previous airlines were patterned after less than appealing military operations, he grew up in Gladewater, Texas. His father, Muncey Luther Lawrence was a school teacher and a Christian church minister in Perkins and Gladewater.

His mother, Helen Beatrice Langley Lawrence managed the Gladwater Hotel. Lawrence was close to both of his parents and looked after them throughout their lives. With Lawrence's great success it was beyond his ability to get his mother to retire and move into a new luxurious home he had built for her in Dallas, she operated the hotel until her death in the late 1960s. Lawrence attended Gladewater High School, graduating two years early, but with a less-than-stellar academic record, he attended Kilgore Junior College, where his grades earned him membership in an academic honors group. Lawrence was hired in 1940 by Dallas Aviation School; the school was founded by Major William F. Long, who would employ Lawrence in two additional aviation positions after his wartime service. Lawrence attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1942, he served in the US Army Air Corps for two years during World War II, training with the RAAF in Dallas and Toronto, with LAAF at Sheppard Field and Bryan, Texas.

He served at the LAAF Base Unit in Lemoore, California. Lawrence married Jimmie Bland George of Greenville, Texas, in 1942, they had one daughter during their marriage. The couple divorced in 1966; the No. 1 British Flying Training School in Terrell, hired Lawrence in 1942. Major William F. Long, founder of Dallas Aviation School founded the Terrell RAF Cadet School in 1940; the US had just entered World War II and the civilian school procured a government contract to train British pilots. Lawrence's duties included that of Link Trainer instructor, his abilities were noticed, he was subsequently promoted to supervise the school's maintenance department. Mr. Lawrence was promoted to Director of the school, he remained with the school until 1944, spent two years on active duty with the US Air Force. The No. 1 British Flying Training School Museum, Inc. is dedicated to the preservation of the school's history. On July 23, 2017, a Braniff Trail Historical Plaque was dedicated at the No. 1 British Flying Training School Museum to honor Harding Lawrence's earliest aviation job.

The plaque is one of over 30 that will be placed around the world at locations that were important to the history of Braniff Airways. After his release from the military, a flight school administrator from Terrell, Texas offered him a job in 1946 with Essair Airways, a small commuter carrier based in Houston, founded by Major Long. Essair would become Pioneer Airlines and merge with Continental Airlines on April 1, 1955. While in Houston, Lawrence attended South Texas College of Law and received his LLB in 1949, he attended school at night while working at Pioneer during the day. The merger with Continental put Lawrence directly under the mentoring of Continental founder and President Robert Six; the CEO of Continental for 45 years from 1936 until 1981. Under his tutelage. Lawrence honed his airline administration skills. Six was quoted as saying "one of the biggest reasons we merged with Pioneer was to get Harding." Lawrence, at the time of the merger in 1955, was made Continental's Vice President of Traffic.

He was elevated to Executive Vice President in 1958 remaining in this position until 1965, when he became President of Braniff International. During his ten-year tenure at Continental the airline grew by 500 percent. In early 1965, Lawrence was seen throughout the Braniff International operation at Dallas Love Field, he had pen and paper in hand and appeared to be watching the bustling Braniff schedule with a keen intensity and specific interest, writing down everything that he saw. Everyone wondered what was his interest in Braniff. Braniff employees would soon find out he was their new President, hired by insurance magnate Troy V. Post, Chairman of Greatamerica Corporation, to turn Braniff into a world class global airline. Braniff co-founder Thomas Elmer Braniff was an insurance magnate and now the third major owner of Braniff was an insurance executive. Lawrence engineered a remarkable airline overhaul during his 16 years with Braniff International Airways, he retired on December 31, 1980, after a long battle to save Braniff from bankruptcy due to the competitive pressure of deregulation combined with a national economic downturn and unprecedented rises in fuel costs.

During his first month at Braniff, Lawrence executed an order for 12 new Boeing 727 aircraft, The aircraft had been selected before his arrival but not y

Horst Seehofer

Horst Lorenz Seehofer is a German politician serving as Leader of the Christian Social Union from 2008 to 2019 and Minister of the Interior and Community since 2018 under Chancellor Angela Merkel. From 2008 to 2018, he was Minister President of Bavaria. First elected to the Bundestag in 1980, he served as Federal Minister for Health and Social Security from 1992 to 1998 and as Federal Minister of Food and Consumer Protection in the cabinet of Angela Merkel from 2005 to 2008. In October 2008 he became the 18th Minister President of Bavaria. From 1 November 2011 until 31 October 2012 he served as President of the Bundesrat and ex officio deputy to the President of Germany; because of that he was Acting President of Germany after the resignation of President Christian Wulff on 17 February 2012 and before the election of Joachim Gauck as Wulff's successor on 18 March 2012. A staunch opponent of Chancellor Angela Merkel's refugee policy, Seehofer has threatened to file a formal complaint against the Merkel government's refugee policy with Germany's Constitutional Court and is a proponent of a federal cap on the number of refugees the German government is to take in.

After secondary school, Seehofer started working as civil servant in the local administration in Ingolstadt. Seehofer served as member of the German federal parliament from 1980 until 2008. Seehofer was Federal Minister for Health and Social Security from 1992 to 1998 in the cabinet of Chancellor Helmut Kohl. In 1993, Seehofer ordered that Germany's 117-year-old Federal Health Agency be dissolved following a review of how the government in the 1980s handled the cases of thousands of hemophiliacs who were infected through blood contaminated with HIV; the Health Ministry took over the agency's responsibilities. Seehofer announced that Germany would contribute to an emergency fund for victims of the scandal. In the context of the crisis, he came under considerable pressure to resign. Seehofer became deputy chairman of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group of the Bundestag in October 1998, led at the time by Wolfgang Schäuble, he served as Health Minister Ulla Schmidt's counterpart in negotiating the cross-party healthcare bill of 2003.

Because of his disagreement with CDU leader Angela Merkel on flat-rate contributions to the federal health insurance he resigned from his post on 22 November 2004 but remained the deputy chairman of the CSU and kept his mandate. After joining the Bundestag Seehofer kept his mandate as a directly elected delegate from his Constituency Ingolstadt. At the 2005 federal election he received 65.9 percent of the votes in his district. Seehofer was appointed Federal Minister of Food and Consumer Protection in the cabinet of Angela Merkel and stayed in office from 2005 to 2008. After his party lost more than 17% of the popular vote in the Bavarian state elections of 2008, incumbent Minister-President Günther Beckstein and Chairman of the CSU, Erwin Huber, announced their resignations. Seehofer was proposed as their successor. At a party convention on 25 October he was affirmed as the new Chairman of the CSU with 90% of the votes, on 27 October he was elected Minister-President by the Landtag with votes from the Free Democratic Party, forming the first coalition government in Bavaria since 1962.

During the term 2011–2012, Seehofer served as President of the German Bundesrat. As such, he acted as Acting President of Germany between Christian Wulff's resignation on 17 February 2012 and the election of Joachim Gauck on 18 March 2012. Under Seehofer's leadership, the State of Bavaria took to the Federal Constitutional Court in 2012 in order to dispute the legality of Germany's post-World War II system of financial redistribution among the country's 16 states. Bavaria, a beneficiary of the system until 1988, had paid more in 2011 than it got out in the 40 years it was a net recipient; the State of Hesse, another per-capita contributor, joined the lawsuit. Under Seehofer's leadership, the CSU won an absolute majority in the 2013 state elections, heralding strong momentum for the conservative parties in the federal elections the following week. Together with Angela Merkel and Sigmar Gabriel, he led the negotiations to form a coalition government on the national level. In late 2013, Seehofer won a record 95.3 percent of the party's votes to continue as chairman.

In early 2015, under pressure from younger rivals, Seehofer announced he would retire at the next state elections in 2018. That year, when was chosen the fifth time as leader of the CSU, he received 87.2 percent of the vote, some 8 percent down on the result he achieved in 2013. In August 2016, Seehofer said he may break with party unity and run a separate campaign in the 2017 national elections, a move seen as an effort to keep pressure on Merkel to shift to a more restrictive refugee policy in the European migrant crisis, he announced to stay on as CSU leader beyond 2018. When the CSU's share of the vote in Bavaria fell 10 percentage points compared with 2013, to below 39 per cent, Seehofer faced demands to resign. On 4 December 2017, he announced to step down as Minister President and not running as leading candidate in the 2018 state elections. On 1 March 2018, Seehofer confirmed that he will be in Merkel's cabinet if the SPD party members vote in favour of the coalition, he took over the role of Interior Minister.

A policy Seehofer announced is that he has a "master plan for faster asylum procedures, more consistent deportations." He wants a "zero tolerance" policy toward criminals. On 15 March 2018, Seehoher stated th

David Rundblad

David Rundblad is a Swedish professional ice hockey player, playing with HC Sochi in the Kontinental Hockey League. Rundblad was drafted 17th overall by the St. Louis Blues in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, he began his NHL career with the Ottawa Senators before being traded to the Phoenix Coyotes. On March 4, 2014, he was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks, he won the Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks in 2015. Rundblad scored his first Elitserien goal on March 14, 2009, in a playoff game against Linköpings HC. NHL Central Scouting ranked Rundblad sixth among European skaters for the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, one spot behind Skellefteå AIK teammate Tim Erixon; the following season, Rundblad remained with Skellefteå and scored his first regular season goal on January 30, 2010 against Mattias Modig of Luleå HF, a goal that ended up being the game-winner. On June 10, 2010, it was announced. On June 25, 2010, he was acquired by the Ottawa Senators in exchange for the 16th overall pick in 2010, which the Blues used to select Vladimir Tarasenko.

Rundblad finished the 2010–11 season with 50 points in 55 games, the second highest point total of any defenceman in Elitserien history, after David Petrasek, who had 53 points in 2009–10. Rundblad attended his first Senators camp in 2011, remained on the roster into the season. Rundblad made his NHL debut on October 2011, against the Minnesota Wild. Rundblad's first NHL point was an assist on a goal by Peter Regin on October 15 in a game against the Washington Capitals, his first NHL goal came on November 2011, against Cam Ward of the Carolina Hurricanes. On December 17, 2011, Rundblad was traded to the Phoenix Coyotes for forward Kyle Turris. Rundblad participated in the AHL All-Star Classic in Providence, Rhode Island, on January 28, 2013, he had 17 assists for 23 points in 32 games before the break. On March 4, 2014, Rundblad was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a second-round pick in 2014. In the 2015–16 season, Rundblad made the Blackhawks opening night roster as the team's reserve defenseman.

He provided two assists in 9 games before he was placed on waivers and reassigned to the Rockford IceHogs. Before playing with Rockford, on January 3, 2016, it was announced that Rundblad was loaned to the ZSC Lions of Switzerland's National League A for the remainder of the season, he returned to the Blackhawks for their post-season run, appearing in 3 games. On July 1, 2016, Rundblad became a free agent after he was placed on waivers and bought-out from the remaining year of his contract with the Blackhawks, he signed to return to the ZSC Lions of the Swiss top-flight National League A on September 2, 2016. After finishing his ZSC stint, he made the jump to the KHL, signing with SKA Saint Petersburg on May 10, 2017. Rundblad represented Sweden at the 2009 World Junior Championships and 2010 World Junior Championships. During the 2010 tournament, Rundblad was an alternate captain for the Swedish team. Biographical information and career statistics from, or, or, or, or The Internet Hockey Database

The Etherington Brothers

Robin and Lorenzo Etherington are British comic and film creators who work together as The Etherington Brothers. They are the creators of world's most successful art book of all time on Kickstarter, the UK's most successful book of any kind in the history of Kickstarter, How to Think when you draw Volume 2, published in March 2019, they created the free online series of tutorials How to Think when you Draw and How to Think When You Write. Their early works include Monkey Nuts, published as a collected edition by Random House in 2010, the "Baggage" graphic novel for Random House in 2011, "Yore!" in The Dandy. They created 5 book-length Long Gone Don adventures and eight book-length Von Doogan puzzle adventures for The Phoenix between 2012 - 2019, their clients include studios such as Disney, DreamWorks and the BBC. They have worked on properties such as Star Wars, Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon; the Etherington Brothers' blog

Wim Robberecht

Wim Robberecht is a Belgian naval officer who holds the rank of divisional admiral and since 2016 has served as the commander of the Belgian Navy. Robberecht was born in 1962 in the city of Kortrijk, joining the Royal Military Academy in 1980. During his time there, he was awarded the Sword of His Majesty the King, a decoration for outstanding students, he finished in 1985 and served on minesweeping/hunting vessels before assuming command of the M484 Dinant. He attended the Dutch-Belgian joint Operational School in Den Helder from 1988 to 1990, when he was appointed flag lieutenant to the chief of naval staff. Robberecht served as the head of the operational section aboard the F912 Wandelaar frigate, taking part in the NATO blockade of Yugoslavia. In 1996 he commanded the minehunter Aster and the Narcis. Following a course at a NATO school in Oberammergau, Germany, he held various staff positions in the Belgian armed forces. Robberecht completed the Maritime Warfare Course in the United Kingdom and went on to command the frigates Westdiep and Wielingen, before attending the Royal Defense College in Brussels in 2002.

After his graduation from there, he served on the human resources department of the Joint Staff and as director of naval education, becoming chief of staff to the Chief of Defence in 2005. He served as the first commander of the frigate Leopold I, which Belgium acquired from the Royal Netherlands Navy in 2007, commanded it during a UN mission near Lebanon. In 2010 he completed additional studies at the Royal Defense College and the Management Training Center in Paris of the French Ministry of Defense. Robberecht was appointed Director Maritime Operations within the Marine Component in 2011 and served on the operations staff of Admiral Benelux. In September 2016, Divisional Admiral Robberecht was appointed as the Commander of the Marine Component, succeeding Georges Heeren. Robberecht has three children. Robberecht is the recipient of the following awards