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Alex MacIntyre

Alex MacIntyre was a British mountaineer in the 1970s. He is known for developing new climbing techniques that enabled ascents not accomplished. MacIntyre was born in East Riding of Yorkshire, to Scottish Catholic parents, his first experience of climbing came after his parents moved to Letchmore Heath while Alex studied for his A-levels at Watford Grammar School. As soon as he entered the school, MacIntyre joined the London Mountaineering Club and went on weekend climbing trips to north Wales. In 1972, he was awarded four grade As at A-level, he attended Leeds University to study Geography and Economics switching to Law. As a member of the Leeds University Mountaineering Club, he developed his climbing skills, along with fellow students John Syrett, Brian Hall and John Powell. After climbing Yorkshire's gritstone, MacIntyre travelled to Scotland to develop his ice climbing technique and understanding of winter climbing conditions. On 14 March 1975, he made a solo ascent of two of the test pieces on Ben Nevis – Zero Gully and Point Five.

Alex was one of several British climbers who were proficient in'front point" climbing, a style of climbing accomplished through the use of crampons with two front-slanting points or spikes which allow traction to be concentrated at the toe of a climber's boots. This allowed the British group to make a light and fast ascent unencumbered by gear and supplies and descending in a shorter time than traditional climbing methods allowed. During this period, MacIntyre and his climbing partners ascended the Grandes Jorasses giant ice sheet The Shroud in a single day, accomplished the first non-sieged ascent of the Harlin Direct on the Eiger North Face. MacIntyre climbed in the Himalaya where he was a proponent of'Alpine Style' ethics. Along with a number of other climbers, including Voytek Kurtyka, he climbed with a number of international groups, whose ascents included attempts on major objectives such as Dhaulagiri, Changabang and Makalu. In the autumn of 1982, at the age of 28, MacIntyre was killed by a single stone while setting up a new route on Annapurna's South Face.

In light of his contribution to British climbing advances in the'light and fast' style of alpinism, the'Alex MacIntyre Memorial Hut' was set up in the West Highlands where it is managed by the British Mountaineering Council and the Mountaineering Council of Scotland. A book written by MacIntyre and Doug Scott, entitled The Shishapangma Expedition, was published in 1984, re-released in 2014. In 2014, MacIntyre's climbing partner John Porter published a biography of his life; the book won the grand prize at the annual Banff Mountain Book Festival. John Porter. One Day as a Tiger: Alex MacIntyre and the birth of light and fast alpinism. Vertebrate Graphics Limited. ISBN 978-1-910240-09-0. Doug Scott. Shishapangma: The alpine-style first ascent of the South-West Face. Vertebrate Graphics Limited. ISBN 978-1-910240-06-9


Year 752 was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Julian calendar. The denomination 752 for this year has been used since the early medieval period, when the Anno Domini calendar era became the prevalent method in Europe for naming years. King Pepin III begins a Frankish military expedition down the Rhône Valley, receives the submission of eastern Septimania, after securing Count Ansemund's allegiance. Siege of Narbonne: Pepin III lays siege to the fortress city of Narbonne, occupied by Gothic-Muslim forces; the garrison and residents are able to withstand the attacks, thanks to the supplies provided by sea by the Arab fleet. Battle of Burford: King Cuthred of Wessex clashes with King Æthelbald of Mercia, takes the standard, he manages to throw off his claim to Mercian overlordship. King Teudebur of Alt Clut dies, his son, Dumnagual III, succeeds to the throne and loses Kyle to a joint invasion, by kings Óengus I of the Picts and Eadberht of Northumbria. Abd al-Rahman ibn Habib al-Fihri, ruler of Ifriqiya, dispatches a Muslim army and reconquers Tripolitania from the Ibadites, driving their remnants south into the Nafusa Mountains.

First Muslim assault on Sardinia under Abd al-Rahman ibn Habib al-Fihri the beginning of the occupation of the island by the Muslim Arabs that lasts until 1005. He attempts to invade Sicily, but finds the defenses too strong. Yaxun B'alam IV becomes king of the Maya city of Yaxchilan, after a 10-year struggle for the throne. March 22 – Pope Zachary dies at Rome after an 11-year reign, he is succeeded by Stephen, but he dies four days after, is not considered legitimate because he is not consecrated. March 26 – Pope Stephen II succeeds Zachary as the 92nd pope of the Catholic Church, he marks the end of the Byzantine Papacy. June – Stephen II recognizes the Carolingian Dynasty as legitimate rulers of the Frankish Kingdom, he travels to appeals for Frankish support against the Lombards. Emperor Shōmu takes part in the dedication ceremony of the Great Buddha, at Tōdai-ji in Nara, declares himself a Buddhist. Al-Mada'ini, Muslim scholar and historian Irene of Athens, Byzantine empress Joannicius the Great, Byzantine theologian Zheng Yin, chancellor of the Tang Dynasty March 15 – Zachary, pope of the Catholic Church March 26 – Stephen, pope of the Catholic Church Lupus, duke of Spoleto Teudebur, king of Alt Clut

Emergency Response Team (RCMP)

The Emergency Response Team is the police tactical unit of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. According to the RCMP, the ERT "is a group of highly-trained RCMP members capable of employing specialized weapons and tactics to resolve high-risk situations." The ERT is mandated to assess the situation and determine whether extreme danger or the presence of small arms cannot be resolved by RCMP officers on general duties or by other police forces throughout Canada. The ERT offers consulting services to its fellow officers such as firearms files and shootings that involve police officers. ERTs operate as a floating work-site team, which allows them to be called up for duty from their residences and not in an RCMP office, they operate under a threat-based priority system if multiple emergency calls require ERT presence. ERT teams are bound to operate in Canada and overseas when required; the RCMP established the ERT in 1977 in 31 centres throughout Canada, which operates under a geographical basis. The creation of the ERT was modeled after the RCMP's Hostage Assault and Rescue Program.

Because of the problem in geography, which prevents the RCMP from pooling their resources to respond to a Canada-wide incident, the Canadian government mandated the creation of the Special Emergency Response Team or SERT on January 22, 1986 with 51 officers being trained for SERT duties as the unit would operate in circumstances where local police forces do not have enough resources to resolve the incident. The SERT was disbanded in 1993 since they were not suited for quasi-military operations with problems on whether lethal force is necessary or not, given its RCMP status; the Marine Security Emergency Response Teams were created as a part of the ERT in 2006 with initial training in the waters of British Columbia as a key component of the Critical Incident Program to ensure ERT operators are prepared to respond to calls when a situation develops in the marine environment. MSERT teams were involved in protecting participants and the public during the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, BC; the ERT received armoured vehicles from the RCMP as a means of bolstering their effectiveness in the field.

Surplus AVGP Cougars were handed to the ERTs in 2010 as a means of transporting ERT operators in situation where firearms are known to be involved. These vehicles are used without any turrets or other offensive weapons as they were removed prior to ERT adoption since they are used for transportation purposes only, they were first used by RCMP ERT teams to bust a drug grow op in Chilliwack, BC. In 2012, the RCMP and Navistar Defense Canada Inc. worked together to create their own armoured vehicles for the ERTs when RCMP Assistant Commissioner Russ Mirasty, commanding officer of the RCMP’s for F division in Saskatchewan, unveiled them to the public. Known as the Tactical Armored Vehicle, these were made at the cost of $USD14,019,826.74 with a working lifespan of 15 years. 18 TAVs were delivered to various ERTs throughout Canada as their main support vehicle. Prospective male and female ERT operator candidates are required to have two years of operational experience in the RCMP, as well as to score a total of 225 or more at their PPC qualifications.

ERT operator candidates are required to attend to psychological evaluations to weed out candidates who have problems working in environments that involve confined spaces, height or water. Candidates are allowed into ERT operational service once he or she completes a nine-week ERT course in Ottawa, which consists of theoretical and tactical training. ERT operators are required to do training when not on duty, which consist of daily training for full-time ERT operators and a minimum of two days for part-time ERT operators. Before the timed obstacle was implemented on April 1, 2009, ERT operator candidates are required to pass a physical training exam that consists of a 1.5 mile run in 10 minutes, 60 consecutive and uninterrupted pushups, 60 sit-ups in one minute, 5 wide-grip pull-ups and bench press with a weight of 175 pounds. ERT training consists of three blocks, they consist of the following: Block 1: Firearms / Rappelling Block 2: Rural patrol tactics Block 3: Interior combat / CQBAdditional training courses, such as the Sniper / Observer course, the Aircraft assault course and the basic and advanced Marine Operations courses, are open to ERT operators once they are admitted.

These advanced courses are overseen by the National Tactical Training Section. ERT operators have access to the following small arms, which are standardized by the National Policy Centre for all ERT teams for operational purposes: SIG Sauer P226, being used as the main sidearm to replace the Smith & Wesson 5946. Heckler & Koch MP5A3 SMG Remington Model 700P Sniper rifle Remington Model 870 Shotgun Colt Canada C8 Carbine The duties of the ERT include the following: Resolving incidents involving armed & barricaded persons Aircraft interventions Marine interventions High-risk searches & arrests High-risk prisoner transport VIP & witness protection duties Covert surveillance and intelligence gathering Rural tracking operations Train and test new weapons and equipment prior to adoption From August 1995 to September 1995 RCMP ERT was involved in the Gustafsen Lake Standoff. In September, 2007 the RCMP ERT rescued a three-year-old child from a man who had fired numerous shots in a house in Chilliwack, British Columbia.

In June 2010, RCMP ERT officers assisted with the G20 Summit in Toronto, ON. In March, 2011 the RCMP ERT responded to a residence in Surrey, BC where a 13-year-old girl had been shot in the back and the house set on fire; the girl ran from the house to a nearby school. Believing the shooter and additional young victims were in th

2018 Irish Greyhound Derby

The 2018 Boylesports Irish Greyhound Derby took place during August and September, with the final being held on 22 September at Shelbourne Park. The winner Ballyanne Sim was owned by Eamon Cleary; the competition was sponsored by Boylesports and the prize money was €300,000, of which €140,000 went to the winner. The winning breeder was Kathleen Pomfret. At Shelbourne Park: 1½, 2, shd, hd, hd 0.07 sec = one length The 12-1 ante-post favourite was from the UK and was the 2018 English Greyhound Derby runner-up Droopys Verve, trained by Angela Harrison. The bookmakers quoted Borna Gin at 14-1, Puppy Derby champion Magical Bale 16-1, Shelbourne track specialist Lenson Blinder 20-1 and Kirby Memorial Stakes champion Droopys Davy 20-1; the first ten heats took place on 17 August which resulted in an impressive 10 length win for Droopys Verve in 29.49, a time matched by heat 3 winner Slippy Cian. English Derby finalist Whoops Jack went well after winning in 29.56. The remaining thirteen heats were completed the following evening and the campaigner Clonbrien Hero won his heat as did the Produce champion Cash Is King, in a fast 29.54.

Magical Bale was another winner but it was Lenson Blinder who went fastest in 29.40. The second round consisted of 16 heats and the first 8 provided many shocks, with the elimination of the two leading contenders Droopys Verve and Borna Gin and the defeat of Lenson Blinder, although the latter did qualify for the next round; the fastest winner was Totos Park in 29.34, with Clona Blaze, Slippy Cian and Jaytee Taylor all recording their second competition wins. The second night of heats provided further wins for Clonbrien Hero, Whoops Jack, Magical Bale and Stonepark Noel but Droopys Davy and Droopys Expert both went out; the third round provided better luck for the favourites, with Lenson Blinder and Jaytee Taylor justifying short odds and both winning in the equal fastest times of the round, the former defeated a field including Magical Bale. Totos Park beat Slippy Cian to remain unbeaten, a feat matched by Clona Blaze who won again, pushing Clobnrein Hero into second place; the fast starting Cabra Hurricane won the first quarter final, inflicting a first defeat on Jaytee Taylor.

Kilgraney Master took the third spot but Whoops Jack was eliminated. The second heat was the strongest and saw all three favourites qualify for the semi finals, Slippy Cian gained revenge on Totos Park in the fastest time of the Derby so far, with Magical Bale taking third but unable to challenge the front two. Newhall Missile claimed heat three from the popular campaigner Clonbrien Hero and Drive on Tipp but the favourite, Lenson Blinder went out because he could not overcome his terrible trap draw from 5; the final heat went to Clona Blaze from Crossfield Will and Ballyanne Sim, leaving Clona Blaze as the only undefeated runner left in the competition. The two semi-finals were both strong in terms of line-ups and both were competitive as expected; the second heat ended with Slippy Cian catching Ballyanne Sim on the line and Clonbrien Hero ran on well to take the remaining final place. In the final both Ballyanne Sim and Clona Blaze were both fast out of the traps, Magical Bale broke well but Jaytee Taylor missed the break.

Ballyanne Sim forged out a lead but Magical Bale looked set to challenge at the third bend but could not find a way past the leader who held on in the fastest time of the competition and the fastest 550 Derby final to date. All of the other greyhounds recorded good times and made up ground but could not challenge the deserved winner. 2018 UK & Ireland Greyhound Racing Year

Winterthur Group

Axa Winterthur is a multinational insurance company. The original company named Winterthur was founded in Winterthur, Switzerland, in 1875. From 1997 to June 2006, Winterthur was a Credit Suisse subsidiary. Now, Paris-based Axa Insurance has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase Winterthur group from CS for CHF 12 billion. From 2007 onward, Axa will be merging the companies. Due to the takeover, Axa Insurance will take over the brand name and general supervision of the company. Logo changes started to appear in Barcelona during January 2007. Winterthur has subsidiaries in Germany, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Poland, the Czech Republic, the United States, Japan, Hong Kong, Luxembourg. In addition, it has subsidiaries in Spain, although Axa are based in Madrid and Winterthur are based in Barcelona. Axa Winterthur XING Linkedin YouTube Slideshare Flickr Axa Group

Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary

The Illinois Eye & Ear Infirmary is a center of ophthalmology and otolaryngology research and clinical practice. The National Institutes of Health ranks the department 4th nationally in ophthalmology research funding and 1st in the Midwestern United States and Chicago metropolitan area. Located in the heart of the Illinois Medical District, the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary is the major referral center in the Chicago metropolitan area for eye emergencies as the only Level 1 eye trauma center in the region; the General Eye Clinic serves as the only emergency eye clinic in all of Chicago. The Chicago Curriculum in Ophthalmology meets at the Infirmary where all Chicago area ophthalmology residents are invited. Furthermore, the Illinois Eye Review is held at the Infirmary; the Infirmary is one of the oldest hospitals of its kind in treatment of disorders of the eye, nose and head/neck. The Infirmary houses the departments of ophthalmology and otolaryngology of the University of Illinois College of Medicine.

LASIK surgery was invented by Gholam A. Peyman, while he served as Professor of Ophthalmology at the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary; the Department of Ophthalmology has a NIH-funded K12 research program, one of only 7 in the United States. There are strong partnerships with global programs through Dr. Marilyn Miller, including exchange programs with Keio University in Tokyo and the Federal University of São Paulo. Other programs exist with Nigeria, Brazil, Iran, Philippines and Nepal; the Millennium Park Eye Center is staffed by faculty affiliated with the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary. Over the past three decades, the ophthalmology department has been a leading recipient of funding from the National Eye Institute, part of the NIH; the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences is one of the most competitive residency programs in the United States. The ophthalmology residency program is one of the most selective programs in the country with well over 600 applicants annually, of whom only 84 are granted interviews for 6 positions.

The majority of exposure to refractive surgery during residency, including LASIK and PRK, occurs at the Millennium Park Eye Center. They spend a rotation at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, located a few blocks away. Lastly, residents perform as primary or assisting surgeon in all subspecialties including cornea and pediatric ophthalmology throughout their training and are involved with on call duties; the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the Illinois Eye and Infirmary is the oldest department of its kind in the U. S. and among the most competitive residency/fellowship programs in the country. The Department is nationally recognized for its outstanding care and leading-edge residency training program, it offers comprehensive care in seven specialty areas: Otology/Neurotology, Cochlear Implants, Skull Base Surgery. It maintains clinical facilities in the Eye and Ear Institute, as well as in the Michigan Avenue corridor in downtown Chicago; the nationally recognized UI Otolaryngology residency program has trained hundreds of outstanding clinicians and researchers.

Resident physicians in the program rotate across multiple facilities during their time in the program: UI Hospital and Health Sciences System. Michigan Avenue Surgical Center; the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary was founded in May 1858 by a 30-year-old physician named Edward Lorenzo Holmes as the Chicago Charitable Eye and Ear Infirmary, the department predates the UIC College of Medicine. The Infirmary took up just a single room in a frame building at 60 North Clark Street in Chicago, the first patient arrived before the room was ready; that initial year of operation, the Infirmary had 95 eye patient visits. Most of the patients were afflicted with eye infections; the private organization was registered as an infirmary association, with a slate of officers and 12 trustees. An influential group of physicians and philanthropists guided the association until the state of Illinois took over the Infirmary's operations in 1871; the name changed to the Illinois Charitable Eye and Ear Infirmary. The Infirmary was destroyed by the Chicago Fire of October 9, 1871.

Temporary quarters were set up at 137 N. Morgan Street; when the University of Illinois College of Medicine's predecessor, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Chicago, opened in 1882, the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary began its long academic affiliation with the University. However, several government officials thwarted efforts for years to bring the Infirmary into the University Hospitals system. In 1943, the IEEI and the University formally agreed to joint operations. In 1939, the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary began one of the nation's first glaucoma specialty clinics. In 1965, the Infirmary moved to the University's West Side Medical Campus, to its current location on Taylor Street; the University's Research and Education Hospital