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FĂ©lix Kir

Canon Félix Kir was a French Catholic priest, resistance fighter and politician. He was born at Alise-Sainte-Reine on the Côte-d'Or, he entered a small seminary at Plombières-lès-Dijon in 1891 and was ordained 1901. He worked as a parish priest. During the occupation of France during World War II, he took an active part in the French Resistance, helping with the escape of 5,000 prisoners of war from a camp at Longvic, he was arrested and condemned to death. He continued organising operations, was wounded, but escaped interrogation by the Gestapo. In 1945, he was made a knight of the Légion d'honneur and was elected to the position of mayor of Dijon and to the French National Assembly, he remained the mayor of Dijon up to his death in 1968. A local drink locally known as blanc-cassis, consists of white burgundy wine, traditionally Aligoté, mixed with crème de cassis, a sweet, blackcurrant-flavored liqueur. Kir habitually served this local drink to delegations, so the drink itself is now known internationally as a Kir.

Alternately, some contend that German soldiers confiscated most of the region's red wine, so Kir converted a local brew of red wine and crème de cassis into a combination of white wine and crème de cassis, thus creating the drink. An artificial lake built to the west of Dijon was named Lac Kir in his honour. Media related to Félix Kir at Wikimedia Commons

Sisyrinchium dichotomum

Sisyrinchium dichotomum is a rare species of flowering plant in the iris family known by the common names wishbone blue-eyed grass, white irisette, reflexed blue-eyed grass. It is native to North Carolina and South Carolina in the United States, where fewer than ten populations remain in four counties, it is threatened by the loss and degradation of its habitat and is a federally listed endangered species of the United States. This plant is a perennial herb producing a clump of branching stems up to 40 centimeters tall with grasslike leaves; the solitary flower has six white tepals with yellow bases, each measuring up to 0.75 centimeters. The fruit is a spherical capsule 0.2 to 0.3 centimeters long. This species occurs in the Piedmont of North Carolina in Henderson and Rutherford Counties, its distribution extending into Greenville County, South Carolina. There are about 30 occurrences making up 5 to 7 populations, the largest of which contains about 1000 individuals; the plant is limited to basic soils in clearings or the edges of wooded areas where there is little canopy cover.

It grows in spots. Many of the populations are threatened, they occur in areas that suffer disturbance, such as roadsides and cleared areas around power lines, one is on private land slated to be cleared for construction. Two of the 30 occurrences are protected within Chimney Rock State Park. Besides the threat of outright destruction through human activity, the plant faces other problems, including its habitat being seized by the invasion of introduced species of plants such as kudzu "the vine that ate the south", Japanese honeysuckle, Nepalese browntop. Though the plant can be damaged during disturbance in its habitat, it is adapted to some natural forms of disturbance, such as wildfire. A natural fire regime maintains the open thin litter layer that the plant requires. Other threats include herbicide erosion. Although the plant was considered "fairly common" as as 1942, human activity has since made its habitat unsuitable throughout most of its range

Carlos Jarque

Carlos M. Jarque Uribe He is a Mexican economist Executive Director of America Movil and Board Member of the Leading Global Group in Citizen Services FCC, he has had a distinguished career in the private sector, in public service and in the academic world. His son Santiago Jarque Lira is looking forward to work with him. Carlos M. Jarque has a degree in Actuarial Sciences from Anahuac University in México City, he has a Postgraduate Diploma in Statistics and a Masters in Econometrics M. Sc. from The London School of Economics and Political Science. In all the academic degrees he graduated with Distinction / Honors, obtaining the highest grades of his class. According to a CIDE study, he is the Mexican economist most cited in international specialized journals, he has a broad academic career with a scientific production of more than 100 published articles and 44 books prefaced by him. He has made innovative theoretical and practical contributions using pioneering methods, his ideas have contributed in many scientific fields in socioeconomic studies, in the definition and implementation of economic policies and programs to improve the standard of living.

He is well known for his work in model specification tests, for his methods on optimum stratification. His research on Consumption and Saving Patterns using Limited Dependent Variable Models, have been pioneering... his Quarterly Econometric Model with Rational Expectations allowed to efficiently forecast economic cycles... and his work on Cluster Analysis has ample use in the elaboration of Atlases of Wellbeing and Development. His econometric tests for Normality, Serial Independence and Specification of Models are in textbooks, they are taught in multiple university careers and they are incorporated in many computer programs; this allows in the social sciences. Many generations of researchers around the world have been trained on the use of these econometric procedures, he has written about economic and social policies and strategies, about the Diplomacy of the Summits of Heads of State. He has taught at the Faculty of Economics of the Australian National University, has been a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University teaching in its Doctorate program in Economics.

He has received the Honoris Causa Doctorate from Anahuac University. In addition to his academic and scientific contributions, he has had a successful career in the private sector, in the public sector and in international organizations. Carlos M. Jarque began his career in Business Administration as Manager of Economic Studies of the Mexican Telephone Corporation in 1982, in charge of planning and economic and financial scenarios, he was Chief Statistician of Mexico responsible for the direction of the economic and social statistical information systems of the country. He was President of the Inter-Ministerial Committee of Information for Monitoring Public Finances, established with Vice-Ministers of the Treasury and Budget, Comptroller's Office and the Central Bank, to lower the Public Sector Deficit, which had a level high in relation to GDP. To this end, quarterly deficit / surplus agreements were made with each of the main public companies and the country's development banks. Adjustment Programs were defined for each institution and financial statements were monitored for results.

For eleven years, Carlos M. Jarque was President of the National Institute of Statistics and Informatics of Mexico, the autonomous government entity charged with integration of the information system of Mexico. During his tenure, he directed the design and implementation of a vast program that modernized the National Geographic and Statistical Information System, making it one of the most advanced in the world, to support, among other tasks, the fight against poverty and social development and regional planning, the infrastructure programs of the country, he coordinated eight national censuses hiring more than one million people for the task. Carlos M. Jarque directed short term statistics and information on the environment, a pioneering project worldwide, the ecological GDP of Mexico, he directed a Land Titling Program, elaborating a detailed cadaster at parcel level, in order to assign in ownership half of the territory of Mexico to poor people. In this same program, one third of the total housing units of the country were titled in property.

He was the Y2K coordinator for the computer conversion of Mexico and responsible for the First Informatics Development Program in Mexico. Carlos M. Jarque has been the only non-European to hold the position of Director of the International Statistical Inst

Donald Brittain

Donald Brittain, was a film director and producer with the National Film Board of Canada. Fields of Sacrifice is considered Brittain's first major film as director, his other notable directorial credits include the 1964 feature documentary Bethune, 1965 documentaries Ladies and Gentlemen... Mr. Leonard Cohen and Memorandum and the Genie Award-winning 1979 documentary Paperland: The Bureaucrat Observed, he directed the first-ever IMAX film, Tiger Child for Expo'70, Earthwatch, a 70mm film for Expo 86. He wrote the 1975 Oscar-nominated short documentary Whistling Smith, he co-directed the 1976 feature documentary Volcano: An Inquiry Into the Life and Death of Malcolm Lowry which garnered 6 Canadian Film Awards and an Academy Award nomination. Brittain directed the three-part CBC-coproduced series The Champions, chronicling the lives and battles of Canadian political titans René Lévesque and Pierre Elliott Trudeau, his most ambitious project was The King Chronicle, a three-part 1987-88 television series about the remarkable career of Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King.

He won the Gemini Award for best screenplay and direction for the 1985 drama Canada's Sweetheart: The Saga of Hal C. Banks; as NFB producer, Brittain's credits included. A narrator of his own documentaries, Brittain lent his voice to the animated mockumentary What on Earth! In 1989, Brittain was the recipient of a Margaret Collier Award. In 1990, he was posthumously appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in recognition of "his masterful visual records of our social and cultural past; the Donald Brittain Award for the best political or social documentary presented by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television at the Gemini Awards and more the Canadian Screen Awards, are named in his honour. Brittain is interred in Ontario's Beechwood Cemetery. Terry Kolomeychuk, ed.. Donald Brittain:Never the Ordinary Way. Winnipeg: National Film Board of Canada. ISBN 0-7722-0188-9. Donald Brittain on IMDb Donald Brittain playlist at the National Film Board of Canada Donald Brittain at The Canadian Encyclopedia Donald Brittain at the Canadian Film Encyclopedia Donald Brittain at the Museum of Broadcast Communications

Christopher McNaughton

Christopher George McNaughton is a German professional basketball player who last played for MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg of the Basketball Bundesliga. He competed with the German national basketball team at the 2010 FIBA World Championship. McNaughton played NCAA college basketball at Bucknell University. McNaughton was a four-year starter at center for the Bison and averaged over 12 points and five rebounds per game for his career. McNaughton was a three-time All-Patriot League selection and was named the Patriot League Men's Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the year three times.<>Profile Archived 2010-12-29 at the Wayback Machine at</ref> While with the Bison, McNaughton helped lead the team to two consecutive first round victories in the 2005 and 2006 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. McNaughton was the hero of the 2005 upset victory over #3 seeded Kansas Jayhawks when he banked in a hook shot with ten seconds left for the 64-63 victory.

Despite his successful college career, McNaughton received little interest from professional teams in his native Germany. Instead, McNaughton spent three years for three teams in the third tier of Spanish basketball, he was picked up by Bundesliga side BG Göttingen for the 2009–10 season. With the team, he was a surprise star, averaging 7.4 points per game while helping the team to a third place regular season finish in the Bundesliga. McNaughton scored a game high 22 points while coming off the bench in BG Göttingen's victory in the final of the EuroChallenge 2009–10. Following his successful 2009-10 campaign, McNaughton was signed to a two-year deal by fellow Bundesliga side EWE Baskets Oldenburg, but was released at the end of the 2010-11 season, he played the 2011-12 season with the Bremerhaven Eisbaren where he averaged 12 points and 5 rebounds and was selected to the National All Star Team. He spent the next two seasons in Wurzburg, where he was named team captain for the second season.

In June 2014, he signed a two-year deal with MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg. McNaughton first played with the German national basketball team as a junior for the Under-20 national team. McNaughton was named to the German senior national team for the first time right before the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey following his strong 2009-10 season. Bucknell Bison profile