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Alexander Van der Bellen

Alexander Van der Bellen OMRI GCollSE is an Austrian politician serving as President of Austria since 2017. Before entering politics and becoming spokesperson of the Green Party, he was a Professor of Economics at the University of Vienna. Van der Bellen is a descendant of the Russian aristocratic Van der Bellen family of patrilineal Dutch ancestry, he was born in Austria to Estonian parents who were refugees from Stalinism. In 1958, he became a naturalised citizen of Austria, together with his parents. From 1994 to 2012 he was a member of the National Council representing the Green Party. Van der Bellen ran as a nominally independent candidate supported by the Greens in the 2016 presidential election, finishing second out of a field of six in the first round, before beating Norbert Hofer, a member of the Freedom Party, in the second round. On 1 July, before Van der Bellen was due to be sworn into office, the results of the second round of voting were annulled by Austria's Constitutional Court on the ground that the absentee ballots had been counted improperly too early, requiring the run-off election to be repeated.

On 4 December 2016, he won the repeat election, taking 54% of the vote. He assumed office in January 2017. Van der Bellen has described himself as a centrist liberal and supports green and social liberal policies; as discussed in his 2015 book, he supports the European Union and is an advocate for European federalism. During the presidential election campaign, he appealed to the political centre and was endorsed by the leaders of both the Social Democratic Party and the conservative People's Party, the two mainstream parties that had dominated the politics of the Second Republic over course of several decades following the end of Allied occupation in 1955. Van der Bellen is the second green president of a European Union country and the first one to be elected directly by popular vote. In the 1700s Van der Bellen's patrilineal ancestors emigrated from the Netherlands into the Russian Empire. During the Russian Civil War part of his family escaped from the Bolsheviks and migrated to the newly independent Republic of Estonia.

Before this Van der Bellen's grandfather Aleksander von der Bellen served as the head of the civilian regional government of Pskov. Claiming Dutch origins the family changed its name from „von der Bellen“ to „Van der Bellen“. In 1931 Van der Bellen's father, called Alexander, married his Estonian mother Alma in Kihelkonna in Saaremaa, on the elder Van der Bellen obtained citizenship of Estonia. In June 1940, as a result of the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact Estonia was invaded by the Red Army and annexed by the USSR. Subsequently, in February or March 1941 Van der Bellen's father and older sister Vivian-Diana moved to the national socialist German Reich. Via Laugszargen and a German resettlement camp in Werneck at Würzburg, Van der Bellen's parents moved to Vienna, where their son Alexander was born in 1944 and baptized into the Lutheran Church; as the Red Army approached Vienna, the family escaped to the Kaunertal in Tyrol, where his father became active as a businessman again. In 1954, after completing primary school in Innsbruck, Van der Bellen started attending the Akademisches Gymnasium Innsbruck where he graduated in 1962 with his Matura.

Until this time Van der Bellen had Estonian citizenship like his parents, obtaining Austrian citizenship around 1958. According to Van der Bellen himself, he did not complete the mandatory service in the Bundesheer, he underwent a Musterung twice, the first one resulting in his being rated as unfit. However, he passed the second one, he received several respites during his studies and after his marriage. After that, Van der Bellen was no long summoned for service, due to his subsequent professorship. After receiving his Matura Van der Bellen started studying economics at the University of Innsbruck, he completed his studies in 1966 as Diplom-Volkswirt. With his dissertation Kollektive Haushalte und gemeinwirtschaftliche Unternehmungen: Probleme ihrer Koordination he was awarded the title of Dr. rer. oec in December 1966. From 1968 to 1971 he served as a scientific assistant of Clemens August Andreae at the public finance institution of the University of Innsbruck, from 1972 to 1974 as research fellow at the international institution for management and administration of the WZB Berlin Social Science Center.

He established a friendship with Turkish economist Murat R. Sertel, with whom he worked on decision and preference theories and wrote several articles and discussion papers. In 1976 Van der Bellen was appointed extraordinary university professor at the Innsbruck University, where he remained until 1980. During this time he moved to Vienna to study and research from 1977 to 1980 at the Verwaltungsakademie des Bundes. From 1980 to 1999 he was extraordinary university professor for economics at the University of Vienna. Between 1990 and 1994 he became dean of the faculty for economics at University of Vienna. In October 1999 he became parliamentary leader of the Greens in the National Council and resigned as university professor in January 2009. Van der Bellen retired in February 2009. Van der Bellen's research focused on planning and financing procedures in the public sector, infrastructure financing, fiscal policy, public expenditure, government regulation po

Lantern Hill

Lantern Hill, elevation 491 feet, is located in North Stonington, Connecticut. Lantern Hill The hill's white quartz cliffs are said to shine in sunlight when viewed from the Atlantic Ocean; some consider the hill to be "Tar Barrel Hill," where barrels of tar were burned on August 11, 1814 to warn residents of the approach of the British during the War of 1812. The hill is composed of high-purity milky quartz and it occupies the inactive Lantern Hill Fault, which runs south into the Atlantic Ocean. Analysis of the quartz reveals that it is 238 million years old—the mid-Triassic Period of the Mesozoic Era in geologic time, according to current theories; the formation of the fault and the quartz are associated with the early formation of the Atlantic Ocean. David D. Mallory began commercial mining of the hill's silica in 1870. Lantern Hill is the southwestern terminus of the Narragansett Trail, a hiking path maintained in Connecticut by the Connecticut Forest and Park Association; the hilltop offers views of the Atlantic Ocean and the surrounding countryside, including the Mashantucket Pequots' Lantern Hill Reservation, the Mashantucket Museum and Research Center, the Foxwoods Resort and Casino.

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Sherburne (village), New York

Sherburne is a village in Chenango County, New York, United States. The population was 1,367 at the 2010 census, it is in the town of Sherburne, north of Norwich. The first settlement of the town of Sherburne took place near the present-day village around 1792; the village of Sherburne was incorporated in 1830. Sherburne is located southwest of the geographic center of the town of Sherburne, at 42°40′45″N 75°29′51″W. According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.5 square miles. None of the area is covered with water; the Chenango River, a south-flowing tributary of the Susquehanna River, forms the western boundary of the village. The intersection of Route 12 and NY-80 is in the village. NY 12 leads south 11 miles to Norwich, the county seat, north 36 miles to Utica. NY 80 leads west 13 miles to Otselic; as of the census of 2000, there were 1,455 people, 648 households, 351 families residing in the village. The population density was 956.9 people per square mile. There were 700 housing units at an average density of 460.4 per square mile.

The racial makeup of the village was 98.76% White, 0.48% Black or African American, 0.07% Native American, 0.07% Asian, 0.14% from other races, 0.48% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.03% of the population. There were 648 households out of which 28.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.4% were married couples living together, 11.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 45.7% were non-families. 40.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.7% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.99. In the village, the population was spread out with 25.6% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 27.4% from 25 to 44, 21.6% from 45 to 64, 18.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 85.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.8 males. The median income for a household in the village was $28,676, the median income for a family was $39,844.

Males had a median income of $31,080 versus $20,833 for females. The per capita income for the village was $18,248. About 13.3% of families and 18.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.3% of those under age 18 and 6.0% of those age 65 or over. Town and Village of Sherburne official website Sherburne information

Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 104

The 104th Pennsylvania House of Representatives District is located in SouthCentral Pennsylvania and has been represented since 2006 by Sue Helm. The 104th Pennsylvania House of Representatives District is located in Dauphin County and Lebanon County, it includes Clemson Island Prehistoric District. It is made up of the following areas: Harold. "Legislatures – 1776–2004". Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University. District map from the United States Census Bureau Pennsylvania House Legislative District Maps from the Pennsylvania Redistricting Commission. Population Data for District 104 from the Pennsylvania Redistricting Commission

Sebonack Golf Club

Sebonack Golf Club is a private golf course in Southampton, New York, located on the Great Peconic Bay on Long Island. Opened in 2006, the course was designed by Jack Nicklaus and Tom Doak and is adjacent to the National Golf Links of America and Shinnecock Hills Golf Club; the Clubhouse and guest cottages were designed by Hart Howerton. When it opened, Sebonack was noted as one of the priciest private clubs, with membership starting at half a million dollars, it is owned by Michael Pascucci. Sebonack is the host of the 2013 U. S. Women's Open, the first time the championship has been played on Long Island and the first in the greater New York City area since 1987. Official website Sebonack Golf Club 2013 U. S. Women's Open at USGA official site 2013 U. S. Women's Open at LPGA official site

Soyuz TMA-15

Soyuz TMA-15 was a crewed spaceflight to the International Space Station. Part of the Soyuz programme, it transported three members of the Expedition 20 crew to the space station. TMA-15 was the 102nd crewed flight of a Soyuz spacecraft, since Soyuz 1 in 1967; the Soyuz spacecraft remain docked to the space station during Expedition 20 and Expedition 21 as an emergency escape vehicle. The mission marked the start of six-person crew operations on the ISS. Soyuz TMA-15 was launched by a Soyuz-FG carrier rocket from Site 1/5 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, at 10:34 UTC on 27 May 2009, it docked with the ISS at 12:34 UTC on 29 May 2009. Roman Romanenko was the third second-generation space traveller, he was reported to have chosen Taymyr as the mission callsign because it was the callsign on his father's first flight, Soyuz 26. Robert Thirsk became the first Canadian to fly on a Soyuz. Frank De Winne became the first European to be in command of the ISS; the craft and crew returned to earth 1 December 2009.

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