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Plaza Athénée

The Hotel Plaza Athénée is a Brunei-owned historic luxury hotel in Paris, France. It is located at 25 Avenue Montaigne in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, near the Champs-Élysées and the Palais de Tokyo; the hotel is part of the Dorchester Collection group of international luxury hotels. The hotel has five restaurants and a bar, it has room rates ranging from US$1,150 to US$20,000 per night for the hotel's premier suite; the Hotel Plaza Athénée opened on Avenue Montaigne on 20 April 1913. The hotel's first manager Emile Armbruster named it. Composers and artists dined at Plaza Athénée after performances. At the time, Jacques-Léon Colombier, winner of the London Gourmet Prize, was the head chef of the hotel's restaurant; the Hotel Plaza Athénée remained open during World War I. In the 1920s, Jules Lefebvre expanded the hotel's size with the addition of apartment hotels, the restaurant La Cour Jardin and two salons; the Le Relais restaurant became a cafeteria for American soldiers during the Liberation of Paris.

In 1947, Christian Dior established his couture house next to the hotel. Georges Marin became the new hotel director in 1963. In 1968, the Forte Group purchased the Hotel Plaza Athénée. From 1998 to 2000, the hotel was renovated under the management of François Delahaye, he chose Alain Ducasse to supervise the hotel's catering services and create a menu for the hotel's new restaurant Alain Ducasse. Ducasse obtained three Michelin stars at his Plaza Athénée restaurant in 2001. Additionally, Delahaye appointed pastry chef Christophe Michalak at La Galerie des Gobelins and Philippe Marc as chef of Le Relais Plaza. In 2001, the Dorchester Collection acquired the Hotel Plaza Athénée on behalf of the Brunei Investment Agency; the Brunei Investment Agency purchased the hotel buildings in 2003. That year, Laurence Bloch was appointed hotel manager. Bloch commissioned the interior decorators Bettina Mortemard and Marie-José Pommereau to update 194 rooms and suites. In 2008, the Dior Institut was opened at the hotel.

In 2012, the Hotel Plaza Athénée was awarded the "Palace" distinction, the highest achievement for luxury hotels in France. In August 2014, it re-opened after a 200 million euro renovation; the renovation integrated additional buildings, created six new guest rooms, eight suites, a ballroom and two event spaces. The majority of the hotel is classically French, except for the seventh and eighth floor that are done in Art Deco; the Hotel Plaza Athénée flies red canvas awning over every window and displays window boxes with geraniums. There are several restaurants in the building. In 2000, Alain Ducasse chose the Athénée for his haute cuisine restaurant, it serves dinner on weeknights and lunch on Fridays. Other eateries include the Relais Plaza, La Cour Jardin, La Galerie des Gobelins and Le Bar du Plaza, a popular night spot. Famous chefs to have worked there before Ducasse include Jacques Pépin. Other amenities include a steam room. In 2008, the Dior Institut is run by Dior staff; the hotel was featured in the final season of HBO's Sex and the City, Something’s Gotta Give and The Smurfs 2.

It was the setting for the British-French film Le Week-End. Official website

Elko Tract

Elko Tract is a 2,220 acre tract of land in Henrico County, Virginia. It is considered one of Virginia's ghost towns due to its history as a decoy airfield during World War II partially developed as an African-American mental hospital, before that project was abandoned; the history of the Tract prior to World War II is unremarkable. During the war, the area was converted into a false city, its structure resembling that of Richmond. Richmond sat nearby to the west of the tract, it is accepted that the premise behind the work was to serve as a decoy for German or Japanese bombers on night raids. In theory, when reports would come from the eastern Virginia cities that enemy bombers were flying overhead, the city would cut power to its residents and businesses. At the same time, the lights would come up on Elko Tract - roads built in the same pattern as the city, a false landing strip arranged identically to the nearby airport, would convince the bombers that they had reached their target; the bombs would harmlessly fall on an uninhabited stretch of land, the bombers would return, thinking they had attacked Richmond.

World War II ended without any attempt by the Axis Powers to attack Richmond. Control of the land passed to the Commonwealth of Virginia. A 1994 article on Elko Tract - possible theories on the 1960s and 1970s use A 2002 followup with extensive exploration information and photos from inside the Tract Satellite picture from Google Maps - the white dot in the center is believed to be the 1953 water tower Live Local satellite view - older imagery without the technology parks More info about the decoy airfield, including a picture of the 1955 "Bombing Practice" landing plate

Pushpa Lal Shrestha

Pushpa Lal Shrestha was a Nepali politician, considered to be the father of Nepali communism. He was the founding general secretary of the Communist Party of Nepal as well as leader; the communist movement in Nepal traces its history back to Pushpa Lal Shrestha, the father of Nepali communism and the founder and general secretary of the first Nepali communist party, the Communist Party of Nepal. Younger brother to Gangalal Shrestha, one of the four great martyrs of the Nepali democratic revolution, Pushpa Lal joined the political fight against the autocratic Rana Regime at a young age, some time after Gangalal's martyrdom in early 1941, he was known for his defiance of the Ranas by 1946. He began his political career at the party of the four martyrs, he went on to become a prominent member of the Nepal Rastriya Congress, the sister party of Indian National Congress, which would become Nepal Congress. Disillusioned by the political infighting within the party, the party's willingness to cooperate with some Ranas, Pushpa Lal left the party he was the office secretary of, sought to birth an uncompromising political struggle against the Rana regime.

After his meeting with the noted Indian communist leader Nripendra Chakrawarti, he settled upon founding a communist party, deeming the support of the international socialist movement an indispensable asset in the struggle for democracy. On 22 April 1949, he founded the Communist Party of Nepal along with four other colleagues, in Calcutta, he translated the Communist manifesto and other writings of Lenin and Mao, in addition to his own original writings on Nepali struggle for democracy and Nepal's future path. Lal played a large role in the early years of the Communist Party; the party split in 1962. He followed the radical sector led by Tulsi Lal Amatya in forming a separate Communist Party, its 3rd congress in 1962 declared that Tulsi Lal and Pushpa Lal would share the central leadership responsibilities. In 1968, as the Sino-Soviet split intensified, the power-sharing agreement with Tulsi Lal Amatya was failing. Pushpa left with a Maoist contingent to form the Communist Party of Nepal, he remained its leader until his death in 1978.

He became an inspiration such as Prachanda. Pushpa Lal was married to Sahana Pradhan, who became leader of the party from 1986. Pushpalal memorial college is a private college in Kathmandu valley, it was founded by the late Pushpalal Shrestha. Beginning with academic year 1973 – 1974, it hosted a science faculty along with programs on humanities and management

Egypt national football team

The Egypt national football team, known colloquially as The Pharaohs, represents Egypt in men's international football, is governed by the Egyptian Football Association, the governing body of football in Egypt. The team's historical stadium is Cairo International Stadium, although they have played at Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria during the recent years. In 2019, during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, the Pharaohs returned to their historical stadium once again after renovations; the Egyptian national team is the most successful national team in Africa, having won the Africa Cup of Nations a record seven times: the inaugural edition in 1957 and on home soil in 1959, as well as the 1986 edition, 1998, 2006 in Egypt, 2008 and 2010. Egypt has been as high as ninth in the FIFA World Rankings, making the team one of only three African national teams to enter the world's top ten. Despite their respectable continental record, Egypt has so far made only three appearances in the World Cup; the Egyptian team was the first American team to qualify for the World Cup.

Egypt is notorious for holding a spectacular continental record yet failing to deliver in the world stage. Their first and second participation was separated by a record high 56 years and 13 days, spanned between 1934 and 1990. Another record Egypt holds is the oldest player to have played at the World Cup. Egypt has yet to win a game in the World Cup; the first Egyptian national football team was constituted in 1920, the first African football team created to compete in the Summer Olympics in Belgium. The opening match of their campaign was a loss against the Italians. Between 1958 and 1961, the country had a political unity with Syria and went under the name of United Arab Republic, though the Egyptian team's records are attributed to Egypt only by FIFA as it was represented by Egyptian footballers and the team played in the Africa Cup of Nations; the Pharaohs had appeared in three FIFA World Cups and they are the most successful team in the Africa Cup of Nations, winning the competition seven times, with the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations being the most recent one.

Egypt first participated in the first Africa Cup of Nations tournament in 1957. In their first game, a semi-final, they faced Sudan, winning 2–1 with goals from Raafat Attia and Ad-Diba, enabling Egypt to play in their first final. In the final, they faced Ethiopia, in which Egypt won 4–0, with these goals being scored by Ad-Diba, thus making them champions for the first time in the Africa Cup of Nations; the top scorer of this tournament was Ad-Diba from Egypt with five goals. In their second participation in the Africa Cup of Nations in 1959, Egypt became champions again. There were only three teams in that tournament, being Ethiopia and Egypt itself. Egypt again was undefeated in this tournament, like in the previous tournament in 1957, defeating both Ethiopia and Sudan, their third appearance, in the 1962 African Cup of Nations, hosted in Ethiopia, in which Egypt faced Uganda in the semi-finals, there were only four teams in this tournament, by a score of 2–1. Egypt advanced to the finals, where they faced the hosts Ethiopia, but they lost 4–2 during extra time, thus losing their first final in the Africa Cup of Nations, along with Ethiopia becoming champions for the first time and being the first nation to win it other than Egypt, who were champions twice.

Their fourth appearance came in 1963 in Ghana. Egypt was placed in Group B with Sudan and Nigeria, winning Nigeria with a score of 6–3, but drawing 2–2 against Sudan. Despite being undefeated in the group stage, they were ranked second, behind Sudan by goal difference. Egypt, as runners-up in Group B, participated in the 3rd place match, playing against Ethiopia, winning Ethiopia 3–0. For the 1965 Africa Cup of Nations, Egypt did qualify for the tournament, but they withdrew because of their diplomatic relationship with Tunisia, who were hosts of the tournament. Again, Egypt withdrew against hosted in Ethiopia. In the 1970 Africa Cup of Nations, hosted again in Sudan, Egypt were in Group B along with Ghana and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, known as Congo-Kinshasa back then. In their opening match, Egypt defeated Guinea by a score of 4–1, in which Ali Abo Greisha scored twice, Hassan El Shazly scored once, Taha Basry scored once during that game. Egypt's next game was against Ghana, which ended as a 1–1 draw, with Ibrahim Sunday scoring for Ghana and Bazooka scoring for Egypt.

In their third game in this tournament, they faced Congo-Kinshasa, in which Egypt won 1–0 by a goal from Abo Greisha. Egypt ended being in first place, thus advancing to the next round. In the game against Sudan, Egypt lost their first game in the Africa Cup of Nations by a scored of 2–1, with El Shazly scoring the equalizer that put Egypt to extra time, before being scored again by Sudan, thus eliminating them from playing the final. However, in the third place match, they won Ivory Coast by a score of 3–1, making Egypt become third place again in this tournament. For the 1972 Africa Cup of Nations, Egypt failed to qualify for the first time in this tournament after being eliminated by Morocco by an aggregate score of 5–3. However, Egypt returned for the 1974 African Cup of Nations, in which they were hosts for the first time. In the group stage, Egypt were in Group A with Zambia and the Ivory Coast. Egypt was successful, defeating Uganda 2–1, Zambia with a score of 3–1, the Ivory Coast by a score of 2–0.

They progressed to the semi-finals to play against Zaire. Egypt lost 2–3 against Z

Mount Vista, Washington

Mount Vista is a census-designated place in Clark County, United States. It includes the Vancouver campus of Washington State University; the population of Mount Vista was 7,850 at the 2010 census, up from 5,770 at the 2000 census. Based on per capita income, one of the more reliable measures of affluence, Mount Vista ranks 66th of 614 areas in the state of Washington to be ranked. Mount Vista is located in southwestern Clark County at 45°44′1″N 122°38′30″W, it is bordered to the west by Interstate 5, to the southwest by the community of Salmon Creek, to the southeast by Barberton. It is 9 miles north of downtown Vancouver. According to the United States Census Bureau, the Mount Vista CDP has a total area of 5.3 square miles, all of it land. As of the census of 2000, there were 5,770 people, 2,215 households, 1,705 families residing in the CDP; the population density was 1,103.8 people per square mile. There were 2,347 housing units at an average density of 449.0/sq mi. The racial makeup of the CDP was 93.08% White, 0.99% African American, 0.43% Native American, 2.82% Asian, 0.14% Pacific Islander, 0.47% from other races, 2.06% from two or more races.

Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.46% of the population. 21.9% were of German, 11.7% English, 9.4% American, 7.0% Norwegian and 5.5% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000. There were 2,215 households out of which 33.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.1% were married couples living together, 7.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 23.0% were non-families. 17.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.2% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 2.95. In the CDP, the age distribution of the population shows 24.8% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 26.9% from 25 to 44, 30.3% from 45 to 64, 10.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.5 males. The median income for a household in the CDP was $66,406, the median income for a family was $68,539.

Males had a median income of $48,264 versus $34,972 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $29,594. About 2.8% of families and 3.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.2% of those under age 18 and 4.8% of those age 65 or over