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2009 Irish local elections

The 2009 Irish local elections were held in all the counties and towns of the Republic of Ireland on Friday, 5 June 2009, on the same day as the European Parliament election and two by-elections. The election results were significant for a number of reasons: Fine Gael gained 88 seats and became the largest party at local level for the first time ever. Fianna Fáil lost 135 seats and became the second-largest party nationally, the third-largest in Dublin; the Labour Party increased its seat total by 43 seats, became the largest party on Dublin City Council. It held the most seats on the four Dublin local authorities. Sinn Féin support remained at the same level, gaining 2 seats; the Green Party had 3 county councillors. The People Before Profit Alliance won 5 seats in its first local elections; the Socialist Party won a gain of 2 seats. The total number of the Irish electorate eligible to vote in the election was 3,259,253. A total of 1,880,589 first preference votes were cast, representing a turnout of 57.7%.

The Progressive Democrats and Independent Fianna Fáil did not compete in the elections. As they competed in the previous elections, totals for vote and seat changes may not total zero. People Before Profit Alliance figures are compared to Socialist Workers Party figures from the previous local elections. Following the June 2009 local elections Fine Gael were the largest political party on 24 councils, the Labour Party on 4 councils, Fianna Fáil on 3 councils, Independents on 2 councils and Sinn Féin on 1 council. Local government in the Republic of Ireland Category:Irish local government councils Department of the Environment and Local Government. Local Elections 2009: Results, Transfer of Votes and Statistics. Dublin: Stationery Office. ISBN 9781406425109. Volume 1: City and County Councils Volume 2: Borough and Town Councils 2009 Local elections result – ElectionsIreland.org

Berlingen, Germany

Berlingen is an Ortsgemeinde – a municipality belonging to a Verbandsgemeinde, a kind of collective municipality – in the Vulkaneifel district in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. It belongs to the Verbandsgemeinde of Gerolstein; the municipality lies in the Vulkaneifel, a part of the Eifel known for its volcanic history and geological features, ongoing activity today, including gases that sometimes well up from the earth. Berlingen's neighbours are Pelm. In 1201, Berlingen had its first documentary mention; the council is made up of 6 council members, who were elected by majority vote at the municipal election held on 7 June 2009, the honorary mayor as chairman. The German blazon reads: In Silber eine eingeschobene rote Spitze, darin über einer erniedrigten silbernen Wellenleiste ein goldener Zinnenturm, vorn ein grüner Mühlstein, belegt mit drei goldenen Ähren, hinten ein grünes Buchenblatt; the municipality’s arms might in English heraldic language be described thus: Argent a pile transposed gules surmounted in base by a fess wavy of the field, above which a tower embattled Or, in dexter chief a millstone vert surmounted by three ears of wheat radiating from the hole of the third, in sinister chief a beechleaf palewise of the fourth.

The millstone refers to an old mill, still intact as late as 1963, the leaf refers to a 300-year-old beech tree on top of the Alter Voß. The wavy fess stands for the brook; the municipality’s website, does not explain the other charge, the tower, nor does it explain the division of the field. Saint Quirinus’s Catholic Church, Mühlenstraße 10, a basalt aisleless church from 1883 In der Ramm 2 – house from 1808 One point of interest is the 300-year-old Befreiungsbuche, or “Liberation Beech” on the Alter Voss; this offers a wonderful view of the surrounding Vulkaneifel countryside. Municipality’s official webpage Brief portrait of Berlingen with film at SWR Fernsehen

Blake Farenthold

Randolph Blake Farenthold is an American politician and lobbyist. A member of the Republican Party, Farenthold co-hosted a conservative talk-radio program before beginning a career in politics. Farenthold served as the U. S. Representative for Texas's 27th congressional district from 2011 until his resignation in April 2018 in the wake of reports he used public funds to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit and had created an intensely hostile work environment for women in his congressional office. Upon resigning, Farenthold pledged to reimburse the US$84,000 in public money that he used to settle the lawsuit reneged his pledge to repay in May 2018. Farenthold was born and raised in Corpus Christi, the son of Mary Sue and George Randolph "Randy" Farenthold, his wealthy paternal grandfather, George Edward Farenthold, was a Belgian immigrant descended from an aristocratic industrialist family, worked in the oil industry in Texas. Blake is the former step-grandson of Sissy Farenthold, who married and divorced his grandfather, George Farenthold.

Farenthold attended Incarnate Word Academy and the University of Texas at Austin where he received a B. S. degree in Radio and Film. He received a J. D. degree from St. Mary's University School of Law in San Antonio, was admitted to the Texas Bar. Farenthold was a radio DJ in college. Before running for office, he was a right-wing talk radio host in Corpus Christie and spent seven years at the Kleberg Law Firm, where his stepfather, Hayden Head, Sr. was a partner. 2010 Farenthold defeated incumbent Democratic Rep. Solomon Ortiz by 799 votes on election night. Ortiz asked for a manual recount. On Monday, November 22, Ortiz conceded the race to Farenthold. Farenthold's final margin of victory over Ortiz was 47.85 to 47.1 percent. His margin of victory was 799 votes. Ortiz had represented the district since its creation in 1982. 2012 Redistricting after the 2010 census made Farenthold's district more Republican. His old district had been 70 percent Latino, but the new map shifted most of the Latino areas to the newly created 34th district.

To make up for the loss in population, his district was shifted well to the north and east, absorbing some Republican territory near Houston and Austin. He defeated Democratic nominee Rose Meza Harrison 57-39 percent. 2014 Farenthold was not challenged in the Republican primary. In the general election, he defeated Democrat Wesley Reed by a margin of 83,342 to 44,152. 2016 Farenthold won re-nomination in the March 1 Republican primary with 42,872 votes to 33,699 for his challenger, Gregg Patrick Deeb of Corpus Christi, who lived in South Carolina. In the general election held on November 8, Farenthold defeated the Democrat Raul "Roy" Barrera, who had won his party nomination on March 1 with 16,140 votes over two opponents. Farenthold polled 142,251 votes to Barrera's 88,329. Farenthold joined the Republican Study Committee, as well as the Tea Party Caucus. Since redistricting in 2011, his district ran along the middle Texas Gulf coast from Corpus Christi to Bay City and inland to Luling, includes Aransas, Jackson, Matagorda, Refugio, San Patricio, Victoria and parts of Bastrop and Gonzales counties.

Having used the Internet since the mid-1980s, Farenthold received praise from the online privacy community when he introduced bipartisan legislation that would prevent states from forcing companies to weaken encryption for law enforcement purposes. However, Farenthold voted to repeal an FCC Internet privacy rule that would have prohibited Internet service providers from selling the browsing history of their customers without customers' consent. Farenthold endorsed Trump in the 2016 presidential race. After the Donald Trump and Billy Bush recording was made public, Farenthold was asked what it would take for him to rescind his endorsement, whether Trump saying "I like raping women" would be sufficient, Farenthold said that he "would have to consider it." Farenthold apologized, saying "I do not, have not condoned rape or violence against women. That is not the kind of man I believe Donald Trump to be."He supported Donald Trump's 2017 executive order to impose a temporary ban on entry to the U.

S. to citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries, saying "we must be cautious who we allow into our country." In January 2017, Farenthold voted in favor of gutting the powers of the Office of Congressional Ethics, supporting a measure that would remove the office's independence by placing it under the jurisdiction of the Republican-led House Ethics Committee. Following a backlash, the decision was reversed. On May 4, 2017, Farenthold voted to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and pass the American Health Care Act. In a radio interview in July 2017, he said it was "absolutely repugnant" that the Affordable Care Act had not been repealed yet. In particular, he criticized "some female senators from the Northeast," and stated "if it was a guy from south Texas, I might ask him to step outside and settle this Aaron Burr-style." In a May 2017 appearance on CNN, Farenthold publicly doubted the Russian hack of Democratic Party servers and instead promoted a debunked conspiracy theory that the hack was an "inside job."

When pressed by journalist John Berman, Farenthold defended his statement by saying that there were "Things circulating on the internet." Farenthold's claim contradicted testimony from former Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan and the conclusions of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and CIA. Farenholdt's statement was criticiz

Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Italy)

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation is the foreign ministry of the government of the Republic of Italy. It is known as the Farnesina as a metonym from its headquarters, the Palazzo della Farnesina in Rome; the current Minister of Foreign Affairs is Luigi Di Maio. The first official manifestation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was called The Secretary of the State of Foreign Affairs for the now defunct Kingdom of Sardinia; the original name was derived from the Albertine Statute that founded the Ministry in 1848. The original location was the Palazzo della Consulta in Rome, where it remained until 1922; the first significant reform came under the direction of the minister Carlo Sforza who reorganized the Ministry around territorial bases. However, this system was replaced during Benito Mussolini's fascist regime. During this time the Ministry was housed at Palazzo Chigi. Since 1959 the Ministry has been at its current location in Palazzo della Farnesina, which together with the Reggia di Caserta is one of the biggest buildings in Italy.

The current role of the MAECI are laid out in the laws passed on 23 April 2003 n. 109 which states that the Ministry holds the explicit function of representing and guarding the interests of Italy concerning its political, economic and cultural relations with the world and its direct relations with other states and international organizations. The ministry represents Italy in its implementation and revisions of treaties and international conventions. Within the organization of the European Union, the ministry advocates Italy's positions on councils of foreign politics and common security such as, CFSP, The European Community and Euratom, it cooperates with international organizations on issues of development and the protection of Italians and workers abroad. Biblioteca del Ministero degli affari esteri Ministry of Foreign Affairs Official Site Ministero degli Affari Esteri. Archivio Storico Diplomatico.

Michael Deeley

Michael Deeley is an Academy Award-winning British film producer known for such motion pictures as The Italian Job, The Deer Hunter, Blade Runner. He is a founding member and Honorary President of The British Screen Advisory Council. Deeley's father was a director at McCann Erickson advertising agency, his mother was a PA to several film producers, he attended Stowe School in Buckinghamshire. After national service in Malaysia during the time of the Malayan Emergency, Deeley gained a job through his mother's connections as an assistant editor at a company run by Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. While editing the TV show The Adventures of Robin Hood, with his editing partner Harry Booth, the two men decided to branch into a producing partnership, they raised funds to produce a 26-minute short starring Peter Sellers and Spike Milligan, The Case of the Mukkinese Battle Horn. This launched Deeley's producing career, although he did not give up his day job as editor for a few years. In the early 1960s, Deeley worked for the UK sales arm of MCA Universal for three years he returned to producing with Sandy the Reluctant Nudist and One Way Pendulum.

The latter was made for Woodfall Film Productions who hired Deeley in 1964 to assist Oscar Lewenstein, a director of the company. Deeley produced Robbery, which began a partnership with Stanley Baker to make films through Oakhurst Productions. Along with Baker and Barry Spikings, Deeley established a series of companies all called "Great Western" which did a variety of activities, including music festivals, investments. Great Western Investments took over British Lion Films in 1973, Deeley was appointed managing director of that company. While at British Lion, Deeley oversaw the release of Don't Look Now and The Wicker Man, helped finance The Internecine Project, Who?, Ransom and Conduct Unbecoming. He produced The Man Who Fell to Earth. In 1976, after British Lion merged with EMI Films and Spikings took over management of that company, they oversaw a series of successful films including Convoy, The Driver, Death on the Nile, Warlords of Atlantis and The Deer Hunter. Deeley produced Blade Runner.

In 1984 Deeley was appointed CEO of Consolidated, a TV company seeking to further expand into US network television. The Last Gun - Western from Walter Hill The Chinese Bandit - based on script by David Shaber Michael Deeley, Blade Runners, Deer Hunters and Blowing the Bloody Doors Off: My Life in Cult Movies, Pegasus Books, 2009. Michael Deeley on IMDb

List of rivers of Catalonia

The rivers of Catalonia can be classified into four groups according to their source. Rivers of the Ebre basin, which can be further divided into: the lower basin of the Ebre itself, which corresponds with the comarques of Ribera d'Ebre, Terra Alta, Baix Ebre and Montsià; the basin of the Segre and its affluents, which corresponds, in Catalonia, with the province of Lleida: the basin of the Segre covers much of Aragon. Rivers of the western Pyrenees: Muga, Fluvià, Ter corresponding with the province of Girona Rivers of the Pre-Coastal Range: Tordera, Besòs, Gaià, Francolí Rivers of the Coastal Range: these are short and of only local importanceThe Llobregat deserves a special mention because of its importance: its basin covers most of the province of Barcelona, it source is in the Pyrenean Serra del Cadí in the municipality of Castellar de n'Hug and its valley is one of the main north-south communication routes in Catalonia. The Aran Valley is the upper valley of the Garonne, an Atlantic river which meets the sea near Bordeaux, France.

The boundaries of the comarca do not correspond with the watershed, both the Noguera Ribagorçana and the Noguera Pallaresa have their sources on its territory. The frontier between Catalonia and the Valencian Community is formed for much of its length by the Sénia, while the Noguera Ribagorçana forms the frontier with Aragon for much of its length. Rivers are listed according to their estuaries, from north to south along the Catalan coastline, or according to the point of confluence, from the sea to the source, for rivers which do not flow directly into the sea. Names are given in Catalan with the appropriate definite article: Spanish names are given in parentheses. Catalan names are preferred in English language works, except for the Ebre, referred to by its Spanish name Ebro. La Muga el Manol el Fluvià el Ter la Tordera el Besòs el Congost el Ripoll el Llobregat l'Anoia el Cardener la Gavarresa el Foix el Gaià el Francolí l' Ebre el Segre la Noguera Ribagorçana el Set el Corb el Sió la Noguera Pallaresa el Cinca el Rialb el Llobregós la Valira la Sénia The Catalan language has two words for "river", riu and riera.

The word riera is used for smaller rivers and for streams, indicates a seasonal river. Of the above list, only the Gavarresa is classified as a riera, all the others being qualified as rius; the grammatical gender of Anoia is feminine. The main economic importance of the Catalan rivers is the role of their valleys as communication routes through the Coastal and Prelitteral Ranges. Hence routes inland from Barcelona pass either through the valley of the Llobregat or that of the Besòs, the Francolí valley is an important route inland from Tarragona. Irrigation is important in the drier areas of Catalonia, notably in the Central Depression and in the south; the Canal de Aragó i Catalunya and the Canal d'Urgell distribute the waters of the Segre across the comarques of Noguera and Segrià where it is used for growing cereals and olives. Irrigation is important in the comarques of Baix Ebre and Montsià, where the cultivation of rice is widespread. All of the larger Catalan rivers, with the exception of the Llobregat, have been dammed for hydroelectric power.

By far the largest dams are those at Flix. Other dams include on the Noguera Pallaresa: Sallente, Molinos, Tavascan, La Pobla de Segur, Terradets on the Noguera Ribagorçana: Escales, Santa Anna, Baserca on the Segre: Oliana, Seròs on the Ter: Sau, Susqueda List of dams and reservoirs in Catalonia