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Bloc Québécois

The Bloc Québécois, is a federal political party in Canada devoted to Quebec nationalism and the promotion of Quebec sovereignty. The Bloc was formed by Members of Parliament who defected from the federal Progressive Conservative Party and Liberal Party during the collapse of the Meech Lake Accord. Founder Lucien Bouchard was a cabinet minister in the federal Progressive Conservative government of Brian Mulroney; the party seeks to create the conditions necessary for the political secession of Quebec from Canada and campaigns only within the province during federal elections. The party has been described as social separatist; the Bloc was the largest party in Quebec after Canadian federal elections, either the second- or third-largest party in the House of Commons, for seven straight federal elections from the 1993 election until 2011. The 2011 election saw the party win just four seats and lose official party status after a wave of support for the New Democratic Party. By 2014, the party had been reduced to two seats because of expulsions.

In the 2015 federal election, the Bloc won 10 seats in the House of Commons though the party's leader Gilles Duceppe failed to win a seat. In the 2019 federal election, the party won 32 seats; the Bloc has strong informal ties to the Parti Québécois, a provincial party that advocates for the secession of Quebec from Canada and its independence, but the two are not linked organizationally. As with its provincial counterpart, the Bloc Québécois has been supported by a wide range of voters in Quebec, from sections of organized labour to more conservative rural voters. Members and supporters are known in French as Bloquistes. An incomplete list of Bloc Québécois political positions. Among other things the Bloc Québécois has advocated: Quebec sovereignty, up to independence repeal of the Clarity Act and opposition to the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project. Environmentalism supporting the Kyoto Accord. Abortion rights. LGBT rights. Legalization of assisted suicide. Abolition of the Canadian Senate. Withdrawal of Canadian troops from Afghanistan.

Opposition to Canadian participation in the Iraq War in 2003. Abolition of the monarchy. Support for the Quebec Secularism law, which bans government workers in positions of authority from wearing religious symbols. See Quebec ban on religious symbols; the Bloc Québécois was formed in 1991 as an informal coalition of Progressive Conservative and Liberal Members of Parliament from Quebec, who left their original parties around the time of the defeat of the Meech Lake Accord. The party was intended to be temporary and was given the goal of the promotion of sovereignty at the federal level; the party aimed to disband following a successful referendum on secession from Canada. As with most parties, it has lost prominent supporters over the years; the initial coalition that led to the Bloc was headed by Lucien Bouchard, federal Minister of the Environment in the Progressive Conservative government of Brian Mulroney. Bouchard abandoned the government in May 1990 in response to the report of a commission headed by Jean Charest that suggested changes to the Meech Lake Accord.

Bouchard felt the recommendations for change undermined the objectives and spirit of the accord. According to The Secret Mulroney Tapes he was fired by Prime Minister Mulroney. Bouchard was joined by five of his fellow Tories, along with two Liberals; the first Bloquiste candidate to be elected was Gilles Duceppe a union organizer, in a by-election for the Montreal riding of Laurier—Sainte-Marie on 13 August 1990. He ran as an independent. Jean Lapierre rejoined the Liberals during the leadership of Paul Martin. In the 1993 federal election, the Bloc won 54 seats in Quebec, sweeping nearly all of the francophone ridings; because the opposition vote in the rest of Canada was split between the Reform Party, the Progressive Conservative Party, the New Democratic Party, the Bloc narrowly won the second largest number of seats in the House of Commons, therefore became the official opposition. While Reform finished second in the national popular vote, the Bloc's heavy concentration of support in Quebec was larger than Reform's concentration in the West.

Soon after the new Parliament was sworn in, Bouchard announced that Bloquiste MPs would only speak French on the floor of the House of Commons, a policy that remains in force to this day. This was out of necessity; the election of such a large number of Bloquistes was the first of The Three Periods, a plan intended to lay out the way to sovereignty created by PQ leader Jacques Parizeau. Parizeau became Premier of Quebec in the Quebec election of 1994; because the Bloc was the official opposition, it had considerable privileges over the other parties although all of its MPs had been elected in one province. For instance, Question Periods during the 35th Parliament were dominated by issues of national unity. However, the governing Liberals regarded Reform as their main opposition on non-Quebec matters. In 1995, when Bouchard garnered an invitation to meet visiting US President Bill Clinton by virtue of bei

Beirut Nights

The Beirut Nights are numbers of events that take place from time to time in Beirut, Lebanon. It's active in the summer. Beirut Central District has been chosen for many times to hold such occasions whereas others preferred to have their "nights" in exquisite bars and nightclubs; the city is known of its huge crowd from different nationalities participating in these events. Over the years, Beirut witness many concerts or performances that include classical music, theatre, opera and modern world music. Many theatre plays have been part of such events by the passage of time like La Comédie Française. On the other hand, highlights of downtown Beirut are considered to be related to youth culture while the Byblos International Festival, the Baalbeck International Festival and the Beiteddine Festival are the base of classical highlights in Lebanon; the 2000 AFC Asian Cup was held in Beirut and in Camille Chamoun Sports City Stadium, the most famous in the capital. The National Museum of Beirut is the principal archaeology museum in the country where artistic paintings and Literature are found.

The current exhibition numbers 1300 artifacts dating from prehistoric times to the Arab conquest. On 21 May 2008, the opposition ended its sit-in in downtown Beirut. After participating in thousands of festivals, Lebanon's Fairuz appeared in 1994 at the Martyrs' Square, Beirut in front of hundreds of crowds, she returned to be a part of a three-day performance. In 1999, Luciano Pavarotti performed a charity benefit concert in Beirut, to mark Lebanon's reemergence on the world stage after the civil war; the concert held in Beirut was the largest since the end of the war, it was attended by 20,000 people who traveled from countries as distant. It was the tenor's only concert in the Middle East. In 2004, Mariah Carey made her debut in the Arab world with a concert before thousands of cheering fans in Beirut; the Grammy-winning artist was met with loud cheers and warm applause that night when she appeared on stage at an exhibition and leisure center on the Mediterranean seafront in downtown Beirut.

The president's and prime minister's wives were among those who attended Carey's 90-minute concert, first in the Middle East, organized by the Beiteddine Festival Committee. Phil Collins was another worldwide celebrity to visit Lebanon at the 5 November 2005. Collins was a part of a charity concert for children cancer at BIEL; this concert was a part of Phil Collins's First Final Farewell Tour. By the summer of 2005, Tiësto made his first appearance in Lebanon. Three hours into his set he grabbed a Lebanese flag proceeded to jump around the stage waving it around, sending the crowd into a frenzy. Lebanon waited a long time for Tiësto to perform in Beirut, the anticipation exploded into joy as he played crowd favorites that included Adiago for Strings and Forever Today. Tiësto reappeared at the summer of 2007 in Beirut and Byblos. On 10 June 2006 rapper 50 Cent and the G-UNIT performed their first concert in the Arab world at the BIEL in the Beirut Central District, it was the biggest concert in the history of Lebanon at that time.

The concert was sold out with the cheapest ticket priced 40 and 50 U. S dollars. G-UNIT performed hits such as In Da Club, Candy shop, Just A Lil Bit, many more; the concert was a great success with thousands of people attending. The after party was held in the Crystal night club in Beirut with Young Buck and DJ Whookid performing. On 12 April 2008, David Guetta made his way to Beirut at BIEL. Guetta appeared along with his wife Cathy and performed many hits such as "Love Is Gone" and "The World Is Mine"; that same year, the Lebanese joint-stock company, has made special free concerts for local artists such as Nawal Al Zoghbi, Nancy Ajram, Ragheb Alama and other upcoming singers from SuperStar and Star Academy Lebanon. The Martyrs' Square is the place where this event happens, more known as "The Center of the Stars". Akon was added to the list on 12 December of the same year, performing at BIEL. Beirut Central District Byblos List of Lebanon-related topics Beirut International Exhibition & Leisure Center Wikimedia Atlas of Lebanon Beirut travel guide from Wikivoyage Beirut Nights at Curlie Fairuz – Lebanon – Al Mashriq Beirut Nights Radio: Eurodance Trance and Mediterranean Music.

A Radio that launched the Beirut Nights in the late 90s after the 2 decades "civil war" was over

Ralph Macchio (editor)

Ralph Macchio is an American comic book editor and writer who has held many positions at Marvel Comics, including executive editor. Macchio is associated with Daredevil, the Spider-Man line of comics, the Ultimate Marvel line. Macchio is not related to the actor Ralph Macchio, but is nicknamed "Karate Kid" after that actor's famous role; as a young man, Macchio was a comics fan and "letterhack," and had many letters printed in Marvel comic books. His background, was in English literature, he considered teaching as a career. In no hurry to get such a job, Macchio happened to meet Killraven writer Don McGregor at a comic book convention. Knowing Macchio from his many letters, McGregor asked Macchio if he wanted a tour of the Marvel offices. During the tour, Macchio was asked by writer Chris Claremont to interview editor-in-chief Roy Thomas for FOOM. During the course of doing the interview, Macchio met many more Marvel employees, was asked by writer/editor John Warner to join the staff and assist Warner with Marvel's black-and-white magazine line.

Macchio, having "nothing else to do after graduate school," agreed. Macchio's most consistent early credits were as writer of Marvel Two-in-One, which he co-scripted with Mark Gruenwald from 1978 to 1981, Thor, which he wrote from 1980 to 1981. Macchio shifted to editing in 1982, though he wrote the scripts for the 1985–1986 The Sword of Solomon Kane miniseries, based on Robert E. Howard's Puritan swordsman, wrote The Avengers from 1987 to 1988 and part of 1989, he has written for Marvel Fanfare, X-Men Adventures, the premiere issue of Transformers, among others. After working as an assistant editor for Warner on Marvel's black-and-white magazine line, Macchio became Dennis O'Neil's assistant editor. Promoted to full editor in 1981, Macchio's first major editing work was Master of Kung Fu, which he helmed from 1982 to 1983, his first line of books included The Saga of Crystar, Dazzler, ROM, U. S. 1, Micronauts. During this early period, Macchio's assistant editor was Bob Harras to become Marvel editor-in-chief.

From 1984 through 1995, Macchio was Daredevil editor. He spent nearly decade-long editing stints on Thor and Captain America with shorter periods on Avengers and Fantastic Four, he edited movie adaptations, Star-Lord, Kull the Conqueror. In 1996, Macchio became editor of the Spider-Man line. Starting in 2000, he edited the Marvel Ultimates line. In 2007, Macchio oversaw the adaptation of Stephen King's Dark Tower novels into a comic-book series. Macchio retired from Marvel in 2011. Ralph Macchio at the Comic Book DB Marvel Videos: Spider-Man Week in NYC: Ralph Macchio, Marvel.com Sampling of Macchio's 1970s fan letters to comic books

Viv Michie

Vivian "Viv" Michie is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played for the Fremantle Football Club and Melbourne Football Club in the Australian Football League. Michie played junior football for the Fitzroy Juniors and Oakleigh Chargers in the TAC Cup, he showed his agility at the AFL pre-draft testing. He represented Victoria Metro at the 2010 AFL Under 18 Championships, he was drafted by Fremantle with 44th overall, in the 2010 AFL Draft. Michie struggled to play any football in his first two seasons at the club due to stress fractures in his right foot, he played his first AFL game for Fremantle as a late replacement for Lee Spurr in Round 14 of the 2013 AFL season, against the Geelong Football Club, after performing well in the West Australian Football League for Peel Thunder, for whom he won the best and fairest award for 2013. Michie was traded to the Melbourne Football Club during the 2013 Trade Period for pick 54, he was re-drafted in the 2016 rookie draft. At the conclusion of the 2016 season, he was delisted again by Melbourne.

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Clara Nunes

Clara Nunes was a Brazilian samba and MPB singer, considered one of the greatest of her generation. She was the first female singer in Brazil to sell over 100,000 copies of a record, with "Tristeza Pé No Chão" and her achievements in the samba genre earned her the title of "Queen of Samba", she had an enormous success with samba songs written by composers such as Nelson Cavaquinho, Paulinho da Viola and Chico Buarque, in addition to songs devoted to orishas and Portela, her favorite samba school. Among her hits, recorded in 16 solo albums, are "Você passa, eu acho graça", "Ê baiana", "Conto de areia", "O mar serenou", "Coração leviano", "Na linha do mar", "Morena de Angola", "Nação". At the peak of her career, Nunes would sell more than a million copies of each album. Nunes was a researcher of the rhythms and folklore of Brazilian popular music, traveled several times to Africa to search for the roots of black music. Familiar to Afro-Brazilian dances and traditions, she converted to Candomblé in her life.

On April 2, 1983, she died at age 40 after suffering from anaphylaxis during a surgery to treat varicose veins. Today she remains one of the most popular singers in Brazil. Clara Francisca Gonçalves was born on August 12, 1942, in Cedro, Minas Gerais,1 where she lived until the age of 16, she was the youngest child of Manuel Pereira de Araújo, Amélia Gonçalves Nunes. Her father was a joiner in the Cedro & Cachoeira textile mill, was known in the town as Mané Serrador.2 He was a violeiro and a participant in the local Festival of the Three Kings. Manuel died on 1944, soon after, the young Clara would lose her mother. Orphaned, she would be raised by her older sister Dindinha and brother José. At that time, Clara attended catechism classes in the Church of the Eucharistic Crusade. There, she sang litanies in Latin in the church choir. According to her own words, she grew up listening to Carmen Costa, Ângela Maria, Elizeth Cardoso and Dalva de Oliveira, the latter which had always been a big influence on her music though she kept a unique style.

On 1952, as a young girl, Clara won her first singing contest, held in her hometown, performing "Recuerdos de Ypacaraí". As a prize, she won a blue dress. At age 14, Clara became a weaver in the Cedro & Cachoeira factory, the same in which her father had been an employee. At age 16, she moved to Belo Horizonte after her brother Zé Chilau killed her boyfriend in 1957. In the state capital, Clara lived with her brother Joaquim. There, she attended school by night. On weekends, Clara participated in the rehearsals of the Renaissance Choir, at the church in the neighborhood where she lived. At that time, she met guitar player Jadir Ambrósio, known for having composed the anthem of Cruzeiro. Admired by her voice, he took Clara to sing in several local radio programs, such as Degraus da Fama, in which she performed under the name of Clara Francisca. In the early 1960s, Clara met Aurino Araújo, who introduced her to many artists. Aurino would be her boyfriend for ten years; the record producer Cid Carvalho persuaded her to change her stage name to Clara Nunes, using her mother's maiden name.

She would change her name once again, becoming Clara Francisca Gonçalves Pinheiro after her marriage. In 1960, still working as a weaver, she won the Minas Gerais stage of a contest named "The Golden Voice of ABC", performing "Serenata do Adeus", composed by Vinícius de Moraes and recorded by Elizeth Cardoso. In the national stage of the competition, held in São Paulo, she won the third place with the song "Só Adeus". Thereafter, Clara Nunes began singing at Rádio Inconfidência in Belo Horizonte. For three consecutive years she was named the best radio singer of Minas Gerais, she began to perform as a crooner in nightclubs and bars in the state capital working with bassist Milton Nascimento known as Bituca. At that time, she made her first appearance on television, performing on Hebe Camargo's show in Belo Horizonte. In 1963, Clara Nunes got her own TV show on Belo Horizonte's Itacolomi channel, titled Clara Nunes Presents. In the program, which aired for a year and a half, she received famous artists such as Altemar Dutra and Ângela Maria as guests.

Following the end of her TV show, in 1965, Clara moved to the Copacabana neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro to pursue a national career as singer. After a few LPs featuring assorted styles, she became a samba vocalist in the 1970s and became well known. In 1974, Clara had a hit with the samba "Conto de Areia" and her album sold 300,000 copies, it was a remarkable achievement which helped to overturn the idea that women were unable to become big record sellers and thereby stimulated other companies to invest in other female samba musicians, such as Alcione and Beth Carvalho. In 1975, she toured Europe; the following albums transformed her into one of the "three samba queens" of her time, along with the two above-mentioned musicians. In the second half of the decade, she released one album every year, all of them selling well and featuring historic tracks such as "Juízo Final", "Coração Leviano" and "Morena de Angola". Other hits were "Você Passa e Eu Acho Graça", "Ê Baiana", "Ilu Ayê - Terra da Vida", "Tristeza, Pé no Chão", "A Deusa dos Orixás", "Macunaíma", "O Mar Serenou", "As Forças da Natureza", "Guerreira", "Feira de Mangaio", "Portela na Avenida" and "Nação".

Clara was famous for songs crafted from the rhythms of Umbanda, her Afro-Brazilian religion, and

Henderson H. Carson

Henderson Haverfield Carson was a U. S. Representative from Ohio. Born on a farm near Cadiz, Carson attended the public and high schools. Cleveland Law School and Baldwin-Wallace College at Berea, Ohio, LL. B. 1919. He became affiliated with the legal department of the Pennsylvania Railroad Co. in 1915. Enlisted in the Field Artillery in 1918, he was transferred to Base Hospital, One Hundred and Nineteenth Unit, Camp Zachary Taylor and served there until honorably discharged in 1919 as a corporal. He was admitted to the bar in 1919 and commenced practice in Canton, Ohio, in 1922, he served as member of the faculty of McKinley Law School 1926-1942, where he received his J. D. degree. Carson was elected as a Republican to the Seventy-eighth Congress, he was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1944 to the Seventy-ninth Congress. Carson was elected to the Eightieth Congress, he was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1948 to the Eighty-first Congress. He resumed the practice of law in Canton and Washington, D.

C.. Resided in Canton, where he died October 5, 1971, he was interred in West Lawn Cemetery. United States Congress. "Henderson H. Carson". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress; this article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov