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Brooklyn is a borough of New York City, coterminous with Kings County, located in the U. S. state of New York, the most populous county in the state, the second-most densely populated county in the United States. It is New York City's most populous borough, with an estimated 2,504,700 residents in 2010. Named after the Dutch village of Breukelen, it shares a land border with the borough of Queens at the western end of Long Island. Brooklyn has several bridge and tunnel connections to the borough of Manhattan across the East River, the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge connects it with Staten Island. With a land area of 70.82 square miles and water area of 26 square miles, Kings County is New York state's fourth-smallest county by land area and third-smallest by total area, though it is the second-largest among the city's five boroughs. If each borough were ranked as a city, Brooklyn would rank as the third-most populous in the U. S. after Los Angeles and Chicago. Brooklyn was an independent incorporated city until January 1, 1898, after a long political campaign and public relations battle during the 1890s, according to the new Municipal Charter of "Greater New York", Brooklyn was consolidated with the other cities and counties to form the modern City of New York, surrounding the Upper New York Bay with five constituent boroughs.

The borough continues, however. Many Brooklyn neighborhoods are ethnic enclaves. Brooklyn's official motto, displayed on the Borough seal and flag, is Eendraght Maeckt Maght, which translates from early modern Dutch as "Unity makes strength". In the first decades of the 21st century, Brooklyn has experienced a renaissance as an avant-garde destination for hipsters, with concomitant gentrification, dramatic house price increases and a decrease in housing affordability. Since the 2010s, Brooklyn has evolved into a thriving hub of entrepreneurship, high technology startup firms, postmodern art and design; the name Brooklyn is derived from the original Dutch colonial name Breuckelen, meaning marshland. Established in 1646, the name first appeared in print in 1663; the Dutch colonists named it after the scenic town of Netherlands. Over the past two millennia, the name of the ancient town in Holland has been Bracola, Brocckede, Brocklandia, Broikelen and Breukelen; the New Amsterdam settlement of Breuckelen went through many spelling variations, including Breucklyn, Brucklyn, Brookland, Brockland and Brookline/Brook-line.

There have been so many variations of the name. The final name of Brooklyn, however, is the most accurate to its meaning; the history of European settlement in Brooklyn spans more than 350 years. The settlement began in the 17th century as the small Dutch-founded town of "Breuckelen" on the East River shore of Long Island, grew to be a sizeable city in the 19th century, was consolidated in 1898 with New York City, the remaining rural areas of Kings County, the rural areas of Queens and Staten Island, to form the modern City of New York; the Dutch were the first Europeans to settle Long Island's western edge, largely inhabited by the Lenape, an Algonquian-speaking American Indian tribe who are referred to in colonial documents by a variation of the place name "Canarsie". Bands were associated with place names, but the colonists thought their names represented different tribes; the Breuckelen settlement was named after Breukelen in the Netherlands. The Dutch West India Company lost little time in chartering the six original parishes: Gravesend: in 1645, settled under Dutch patent by English followers of Anabaptist Deborah Moody, named for's-Gravenzande, Netherlands, or Gravesend, England Brooklyn Heights: as Breuckelen in 1646, after the town now spelled Breukelen, Netherlands.

Breuckelen was along Fulton Street between Smith Street. Brooklyn Heights, or Clover Hill, is where the village of Brooklyn was founded in 1816. Flatlands: as Nieuw Amersfoort in 1647 Flatbush: as Midwout in 1652 Nieuw Utrecht: in 1657, after the city of Utrecht, Netherlands Bushwick: as Boswijck in 1661 The colony's capital of New Amsterdam, across the East River, obtained its charter in 1653 than the village of Brooklyn; the neighborhood of Marine Park was home to North America's first tide mill. It was built by the Dutch, the foundation can be seen today, but the area was not formally settled as a town. Many incidents and documents relating to this period are in Gabriel Furman's 1824 compilation. What is now Brooklyn today left Dutch hands after the final English conquest of New Netherland in 1664, a prelude to the Second Anglo-Dutch War. New Netherland was taken in a naval action, the conquerors renamed their prize in honor of the overall English naval commander, Duke of York, brother of the monarch King Charles II of England and future king himself as King James II of England and James VII of Scotland.

The English reorganized the six old Dutch towns on southwestern Long Island as Kings County on November 1, 1683, one of the "original twelve counties" established in New York Province. This tract of land was recognized as a political entity for the first time, the municipal groundwork was laid for a expansive idea of Brooklyn identity. Lacking the patro

John B. Lee

John Busteed Lee is a Canadian author and poet, Poet Laureate of Brantford, Ontario. He has received more than 60 prestigious international awards for poetry. Born in Highgate, Lee was raised on a farm near the village of Highgate, he went to Ridgetown District High School, where he wrote some of his earliest poems and has been named to the RDHS Hall of Excellence along with other distinguished alumni. He attended the University of Western Ontario where he received an Honours B. A. in English, a BEd and M. A. T. in English. In 2010 he was received the UWO Alumni Award of Merit for Professional Achievement in recognition for his career as a poet/author/editor/performer/mentor. Lee is the author of thirty-seven published books and ten published chapbooks and he is the editor of nearly ten published anthologies. A popular performer of children's poems and songs, he has been a writer-in-residence at the University of Windsor, Kitchener Public Library, Hillfield Strathallen private school. Lee has been a visiting professor at University of Western Ontario, University of Windsor, Canador College, a guest speaker at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, many universities throughout Canada and the United States.

In 2005 John B. Lee was named Poet Laureate of the City of Brantford in perpetuity, he was named Member of the President's Circle of McMaster University and his personal collection of Canadian Poetry was donated to the City Library where it is available for circulation under the title "The Poet Laureate Collection". Lee is the recipient of the following awards: Twice Winner of The People's Poetry Award. Appointed Poet Laureate of the City of Brantford in perpetuity in 2005 Appointed Poet Laureate of Norfolk County, 2010–2014He is an honorary life member of the following associations: Canadian Poetry Association. Poems Only A Dog Could Love, Applegarth Follies, 1976 Love Among the Tombstones, Dogwood Press, 1980 Fossils of the Twentieth Century, Vesta Publications, 1983 Hired Hands, Brick Books, 1986 Small Worlds, Vesta Publications, 1986 Rediscovered Sheep, Brick Books, 1989 The Bad Philosophy of Good Cows, Black Moss Press, 1989 The Pig Dance Dreams, Black Moss Press, 1991 The Hockey Player Sonnets, Penumbra Press, 1991 When Shaving Seems Like Suicide, Goose Lane Editions, 1991 Variations on Herb, Brick Books, 1993 The Art of Walking Backwards, Black Moss Press, 1993 All the Cats Are Gone, Penumbra Press, 1993 These Are the Days of Dogs and Horses, Black Moss Press, 1994 The Beatles Landed Laughing in New York, Black Moss Press, 1995 Tongues of the Children, Black Moss Press, 1996 Never Hand Me Anything if I Am Walking or Standing, Black Moss Press, 1997 Soldier's Heart, Black Moss Press, 1998 Stella's Journey, Black Moss Press, 1999 Don't Be So Persnickety: The Runaway Sneezing Poems and Riddles, of John B.

Lee, Black Moss Press, 2000 The Half-Way Tree: Poems Selected and New, Black Moss Press, 2001 In the Terrible Weather of Guns, Mansfield Press, 2002 Totally Unused Heart, Black Moss Press, 2003 Poems for the Pornographer's Daughter, Black Moss Press, 2005 Godspeed, Black Moss Press, 2006 But Where Were the Horses of Evening, Serengeti Press, 2007 The Place That We Keep After Leaving, Black Moss Press, 2008 "Island on the Wind-Breathed Edge of the Sea", Hidden Brook Press, 2009 "Being Human" Sunbun Press, 2010 "Dressed in Dead Uncles", Black Moss Press, 2010 "Sweet Cuba: Cuban poetry in Spanish and English translation" Translations by John B. Lee and Manuel de Leon, Hidden Brook Press, 2010 "In the Muddy Shoes of Morning," Hidden Brook Press, 2010 "Let Us Be Silent Here," Sanbun Publishing, 2012 You Can Always Eat the Dogs: The Hockeyness of Ordinary Men, Black Moss Press, 2012"In This We Hear the Light," Hidden Brook Press, 2014 "Burning My Father," Black Moss Press, 2014 Broken Glass, League of Canadian Poets, 1983 To Kill a White Dog, Brick Books, 1982 Broadside HMS Press The Day Jane Fonda Came to Guelph, Plowman Press, 1989 In a Language with No Word for Horses, Above/Ground Press, 1997 The Echo of Your Words Has Reached Me, Mekler and Deahl, 1998 An Almost Silent Drumming: The South Africa Poems, Cranberry Tree Press, 2001 Though Their Joined Hearts Drummed Like Larks, Passion Among the Cacti Press, 2004 Thirty-Three Thousand Shades of Green, Leaf Press, fall 2004 The Bright Red Apples of the Dead, Pooka Press, 2004 "One Leaf in the Breath of the World", The Ontario Poetry Society, 2009 "Let Light Try All the Doors," Rubicon Press, 2009 What's In a Name?, Dogwood Press, 1994, 1998 Head Heart Hands Health: A History of 4-H in Ontario, Comri Productions, 1995 Building Bicycles in the Dark: A Practical Guide to Writing, Black Moss Press, 2001 The Farm on the Hill He Calls Home: A Memoir, Black Moss Press, 2004 Left Hand Horses: a meditation on Influence and the imagination, Black Moss Press, 2007 King Joe: A Matter of Treason—The Life and Times of Joseph Willcocks, Heronwood Productions, 2010 "That Sign of Perfection: From Bandy Legs to Beer Legs — Poems and Stories on the Game of Hockey", Black Moss Press, 1995 "Losers First: Poems and Stories on Game and Sport", Black Moss Press, 1999 "I Want to Be the Poet of Your Kneecaps: Poems of Quirky Romance", Black Moss Press, 1999 "Henry's Creature: Poems and Stories on the Automobile", Black Moss Press, 200

University of Western Brittany

The University of Western Brittany is a French university, located in Brest, in the Academy of Rennes. On a national scale, in terms of graduate employability, the university oscillates between 18th and 53rd out of 69 universities depending on fields of study. Overall, the University is ranked 12th out of 76 universities in France; the University of Western Brittany is on the north-western coast of France. It is a multicampus university, with the main site in Brest and satellite campuses in Quimper and Morlaix. Brest is four hours by train. Brest is one of the world's marine science capitals and is home to 60% of French marine researchers, as well as several major organizations such as IFREMER and IPEV; the city is famous for its sailing activities. Brittany’s economic development is driven by the agri-food and telecommunications sectors. French universities function via a system of collegiate administration; each institution is led by a team of lecturer-researchers and overseen by a president, bringing together representatives from all affiliated faculties and institutes, as well as student-elected delegates.

Universities are chiefly financed by the French government. 6 faculties Humanities and Social Sciences Science and Technology Law and Management Education and Sports Sciences Medicine and Health Sciences Dentistry7 specialized institutes Institut Universitaire de Technologie de Brest, Institut Universitaire de Technologie de Quimper, Institut d’Administration des Entreprises in Morlaix, Institut Universitaire Européen de la Mer, École supérieure du professorat et de l'éducation, Euro Institut d’Actuariat, Institut de Formation en Masso-Kinésithérapie, in partnership with the University Hospital of Brest.1 engineering school École Supérieure d’Ingénieurs en Agroalimentaire de Bretagne atlantique 1 midwifery school École de sage-femme, in partnership with the University Hospital of Brest. French research is academic in nature, encompassing the work of university laboratories and their partner organisations. UBO is home to 37 laboratories, some of which are supported by prestigious French research bodies, such as CNRS, INSERM, IRD.

There are four principal areas of research at UBO: Marine Sciences Health and Materials Maths-ICT Humanities and Social Sciences Philippe Collin, anchor for France Inter radio Benoît Hamon and former minister of National Education François Cuillandre and current mayor of the city of Brest Didier Le Gac and member of the National Assembly of France for the city of Brest Joëlle Bergeron and current member of the Europarliament Christophe Miossec and singer Tristan Nihouarn and singer Christian Gourcuff, former football player and manager Paul Le Guen, former football player and manager Chantal Conand, marine biologist Kofi Yamgnane and engineer List of public universities in France by academy

Brent Syme

Brent A. Syme is a Canadian curler, he is a 1986 Labatt Brier champion. He played at the 1988 Winter Olympics when curling was a demonstration sport, Canadian men's team won bronze medal. Outside of curling, Syme is a businessman and was the general manager of the Southern Alberta Curling Association. Syme coached the men's 2013 Canadian Masters Curling Championships winning team. Canadian Curling Hall of Fame: inducted in 1992 with all Ed Lukowich 1986 team. Brent Syme on the World Curling Federation database Brent Syme on the World Curling Tour database Brent Syme on the CurlingZone database Brent Syme | Team Canada - Official Olympic Team Website Brent Syme – Curling Canada Stats Archive Video: 2016 Canadian Masters Curling Men's Gold Medal Game: Ontario vs Alberta on YouTube

David Sedaris

David Raymond Sedaris is an American humorist, comedian and radio contributor. He was publicly recognized in 1992 when National Public Radio broadcast his essay "Santaland Diaries", he published his first collection of essays and short stories, Barrel Fever, in 1994. He is the writing collaborator of actor Amy Sedaris. Much of Sedaris's humor is ostensibly autobiographical and self-deprecating and concerns his family life, his middle-class upbringing in the suburbs of Raleigh, North Carolina, his Greek heritage, jobs, drug use, obsessive behaviors, his life in France and the English South Downs. Sedaris was born in Johnson City, New York, to Sharon Elizabeth and Louis Harry "Lou" Sedaris, an IBM engineer, his father is of Greek descent. His mother was Protestant and his father is Greek Orthodox, the faith in which he was raised; the Sedaris family moved when David was young, he grew up in a suburban area of Raleigh, North Carolina as the second child of six. His siblings, from oldest to youngest, are Lisa, Amy and Paul.

After graduating from Jesse O. Sanderson High School in Raleigh, Sedaris attended Western Carolina University before transferring to and dropping out of Kent State University in 1977. In his teens and twenties, David dabbled in performance art, he describes his lack of success in several of his essays. He moved to Chicago in 1983 and graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1987. While working odd jobs across Raleigh and New York City, Sedaris was discovered in a Chicago club by radio host Ira Glass. Glass asked him to appear on The Wild Room. Sedaris said, "I owe everything to Ira... My life just changed like someone waved a magic wand." Sedaris's success on The Wild Room led to his National Public Radio debut on December 23, 1992, when he read a radio essay on Morning Edition titled "Santaland Diaries," which described his purported experiences as an elf at Macy's department store during Christmas in New York. "Santaland Diaries" was a success with listeners, made Sedaris what The New York Times called "a minor phenomenon."

He began recording a monthly segment for NPR based on his diary entries and produced by Glass, signed a two-book deal with Little and Company. In 1993, Sedaris told The New York Times he was publishing his first book, a collection of stories and essays, had 70 pages written of his second book, a novel "about a man who keeps a diary and whom Mr. Sedaris described as'not me, but a lot like me'." In 1994, Sedaris published a collection of stories and essays. He became a frequent contributor when Ira Glass began a weekly hour-long PRI/Chicago Public Radio show, This American Life, in 1995. Sedaris began writing essays for The New Yorker. In 1997, he published another collection of essays, which won the Randy Shilts Award for Gay Non-Fiction from Publishing Triangle in 1998, his next five essay collections, Holidays on Ice, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, became New York Times Best Sellers. Me Talk Pretty One Day was written in France over seven months and published in 2000 to "practically unanimous rave reviews."

For that book, Sedaris won the 2001 Thurber Prize for American Humor. In April 2001, Variety reported Sedaris had sold the Me Talk Pretty One Day film rights to director Wayne Wang, adapting four stories from the book for Columbia Pictures. Wang had completed the script and begun casting when Sedaris asked to "get out of it", after he and his sister worried how their family might be portrayed, he wrote about the conversation and its aftermath in the essay "Repeat After Me." Sedaris recounted that Wang was "a real prince... I didn't want him to be mad at me. I never saw how it could be turned into a movie anyway."In 2004, Sedaris published Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, which reached number 1 on The New York Times Nonfiction Best Seller List in June of that year. The audiobook of Dress Your Family, read by Sedaris, was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album. In March 2006, Ira Glass said. In September 2007, a new Sedaris collection was announced for publication the following year.

The collection's working title was All the Beauty You Will Ever Need, but Sedaris retitled it Indefinite Leave to Remain and settled on the title When You Are Engulfed in Flames. Although at least one news source assumed the book would be fables, Sedaris said in October 2007 that the collection might include a "surprisingly brief story about decision to quit smoking" along with other stories including about chimpanzees at a typing school, people visiting in France. In December 2008, Sedaris received an honorary doctorate from Binghamton University. In April 2010, BBC Radio 4 aired Meet David Sedaris, a four-part series of essays, which Sedaris read before a live audience. A second series of six programmes began airing on BBC Radio 4 Extra in June 2011, with third series beginning in September 2012; as of 2016 five

2012 U.S. Figure Skating Championships

The 2012 United States Figure Skating Championships was a figure skating national championship during the 2011–12 season. Medals were awarded in the disciplines of men's singles, ladies' singles, pair skating and ice dancing on the senior and novice levels; the competition was part of the selection process for several international events, including the 2012 World Championships. The event was held at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California on January 22–29, 2012; the U. S. team to the 2012 Four Continents Championships: After Abbott withdrew from the Four Continents due to injury, the assignment was given to Richard Dornbush, who finished 13th at the U. S. Championships; the U. S. team to the 2012 World Junior Championships: The U. S. team to the 2012 World Championships: Official site 2012 United States Figure Skating Championships results Men SP results Ladies SP results Pairs SP results Dance SD results