Bertrand Delanoë

Bertrand Delanoë is a retired French politician, Mayor of Paris from 25 March 2001 to 5 April 2014. He is a member of the Socialist Party. Bertrand Delanoë was born 30 May 1950 in Tunis, at that time a protectorate of the French colonial empire, to a French mother and a French-Tunisian father, his father, a land surveyor, was atheist while a nurse, was Roman Catholic. At 6 years old, Delanoë became a member of the "Petits Chanteurs des Sables", a Christian choral group associated with the Petits Chanteurs à la Croix de Bois. At the age of 11, Delanoë witnessed the Crisis of Bizerte between France and newly independent Tunisia. Bertrand Delanoë moved back to France with his family at the beginning of the Tunisian independence. After the military base was closed in 1963, Delanoë's family broke up, his mother came to live in Rodez with her son. After leaving school, Delanoë is said to have started studies in law at the University of Toulouse. According to Who's Who in France he possesses a diploma in economics.

Delanoë has been involved in politics since the age of twenty-three as the secretary of the Socialist federation in Aveyron. He was first elected to the Paris city council in 1977. In 1993, he became the head of the city's Socialist Party. In 1995, he was elected to the French Senate, where he was secretary of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defense. Delanoë became mayor of Paris on 18 March 2001, when control of the city council was won by a left-wing alliance for the first time since 1977, his predecessors were Jean Tiberi, Jacques Chirac, who resigned after 18 years as mayor when he was elected president of the French Republic. Delanoë won the mayorship of Paris, at the head of a coalition of Socialists and Communists, over the conservative candidates Jean Tiberi and Philippe Séguin, who were unable to resolve their differences and thereby split the conservative vote; this success in a city which has traditionally been a stronghold of the right was made all the more striking by setbacks to the Left in the 2001 elections that occurred more – has been attributed with the weariness of the Parisian public with respect to various scandals of corruption and graft in the preceding administrations.

Delanoë was unknown before the election of 2001, but soon gained fame for organising new and unusual events in Paris, such as the "Paris Beach" on the banks of the Seine every summer in order to give Parisians who could not take a regular vacation a chance to relax and build sandcastles in the center of Paris. The program popular with families with children, has been in place since 2002, has since been copied by many other international cities; as mayor, Delanoë's goals were to improve the quality of life, reduce pollution, cut down on vehicle traffic within the city and pedestrian malls. He helped introduce a program called Vélib' which gave Parisians access to inexpensive rental bicycles available in stations all around Paris; the program has been enormously successful despite the fact that it still has a few logistical problems to be worked out. He has outlined a plan for an autolib, he was reelected in 2008 for a new six-year-term. In 2009, he criticized statements by Pope Benedict XVI, which were of the effect that condom use was unhelpful or counter-productive in the fight against AIDS.

Delanoë was stabbed on 5 October 2002 during the Nuit Blanche, a night of festivities in Paris, while mingling with the public. His assailant was a Muslim immigrant, Azedine Berkane, who told police that "he hated politicians, the Socialist Party, homosexuals." Speaking to Le Monde, one of his neighbors said, "He was a bit like us. We're all homophobic here because it's not natural." Before being taken to hospital, Delanoë ordered. Delanoë's wound was not life-threatening and he left the hospital after about two weeks. Azedine Berkane was permitted to leave the psychiatric hospital where he had been a patient after his doctors no longer considered him a threat. However, in early April, 2007, he failed to keep a scheduled appointment with his doctors, has not been seen since; the failure to secure the 2012 Summer Olympics for Paris on 6 July 2005 was Delanoë's first major setback as mayor. In the aftermath of the defeat in his Olympic bid, he accused British prime minister Tony Blair of unduly influencing the result in order to secure the games in London.

However, Delanoë's popularity in fact rose during July 2005. The French public appeared to have laid more of the blame on President Jacques Chirac, who said that "the only worse food than British food is Finnish", believed to have offended two Finnish members of the International Olympic Committee. Delanoë was said to be considering challenging then-current president Sarkozy in the Presidential election in 2012. However, this plan suffered a setback in November 2008 when he lost the race for the party leadership to Lille mayor Martine Aubry. On 22 December 2008, The New York Times published a letter attributed to Delanoë criticizing Caroline Kennedy's candidacy for the United States Senate seat vacated by Hillary Clinton; the newspaper admitted that the letter, sent by email, had not been properly verified, was a fake. Delanoë was one of the first major French politicians to announce that he was gay, during a 1998 television interview

Vaughan Flames

The Vaughan Flames was a professional women's ice hockey team in the Canadian Women's Hockey League. The team played its home games at Vaughan Sports Village in Vaughan, Canada. In 1995 the Vaughan Flames joined the Ontario Women's Hockey Association. Since 1995, the Vaughan Flames have grown to accommodate teams in all levels of play, including Senior; the club joined the National Women's Hockey League in 1999. The Team adopted different names: Clearnet Lightning, Telus Lightning, Durham Lightning and Etobicoke Dolphins in 2006-07. In 2007 the Vaughan Flames joined the Canadian Women's Hockey League. In 2010 it was announced; the Vaughan Flames team will no longer be playing in the CWHL, while the intermediates and other young level programs continue. In National Women's Hockey League: in Canadian Women's Hockey League: Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, Pts = Points. General Manager: Barb Fisher and Brandon Smith, Head Coach: Bart Blair Assistant Coach: Gord Holdgate, Assistant Coach: Eric Love, Assistant Coach: Amanda Reid, Equipment Manager: Lester Tiu, Head Therapist: Sharlton Hercules Trainer: Jackie Raposo, Kerry Weiland USA National TeamShe played with Vaughan Flames in season 2007-08.

Chloe MilanoYork University Rookie All Star Team - 2008/09 Jenn Wakefield Canada National TeamShe played with Vaughan Flames in season 2009-10. Canadian Women's Hockey League National Women's Hockey League was in service between 1998 and 2007. Vaughan Flames Webpage Vaughan Flames CWHL web site

Department of the Environment (Northern Ireland)

The Department of the Environment was a devolved Northern Irish government department in the Northern Ireland Executive. The minister with overall responsibility for the department was the Minister for the Environment; the DOE's overall aim was to "work in partnership" with the public and voluntary sectors to promote the "economic and social welfare of the community" through "promoting sustainable development and seeking to secure a better and safer environment for everyone". The last Minister was Mark H. Durkan; the main policy responsibilities of the department were: the natural environment the built environment land use planning road safety regulation of drivers and vehicle operators local governmentThe DOE's main counterparts in the United Kingdom Government were: the Department for Environment and Rural Affairs. In the Irish Government, its main counterparts were: the Department of the Environment and Local Government; the Ministry of Home Affairs was established on the formation of Northern Ireland in June 1921 and was responsible for a range of non-economic domestic matters, including local government.

A separate Ministry of Health and Local Government was formed in 1944 and was subsequently split in 1965, to create the Ministry of Development. An environment ministry existed in the 1974 Northern Ireland Executive and the ministry was known as the Department of the Environment under direct rule; the DoE is still a phrase used in everyday language in Northern Ireland to describe the Roads Service, once run by the department but is an agency of the separate Department for Regional Development. Following a referendum on the Belfast Agreement on 23 May 1998 and the granting of royal assent to the Northern Ireland Act 1998 on 19 November 1998, a Northern Ireland Assembly and Northern Ireland Executive were established by the United Kingdom Government under Prime Minister Tony Blair; the process was known as devolution and was set up to return devolved legislative powers to Northern Ireland. DoE was therefore one of the six direct rule Northern Ireland departments that continued in existence after devolution in December 1999 by the Northern Ireland Act 1998 and The Departments Order 1999.

A devolved minister first took office on 2 December 1999. Devolution was suspended for four periods, during which the department came under the responsibility of direct rule ministers from the Northern Ireland Office: between 12 February 2000 and 30 May 2000. Since 8 May 2007, devolution has operated without interruption. During the periods of suspension, the following ministers of the Northern Ireland Office were responsible for the department: George Howarth Angela Smith Lord Rooker David Cairns Committee for the Environment Department of Environment web site "The Departments Order 1999"