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Eddy Merckx

Édouard Louis Joseph, Baron Merckx, better known as Eddy Merckx, is a Belgian former professional road and track bicycle racer, seen as the most successful rider in the history of competitive cycling. His victories include an unequalled eleven Grand Tours, all of the five Monuments, three World Championships, the hour record, every major one-day race other than Paris–Tours, extensive victories on the track. Born in Meensel-Kiezegem, Belgium, he grew up in Woluwe-Saint-Pierre where his parents ran a grocery store, he found his true passion in cycling. Merckx got his first bicycle at the age of three or four and competed in his first race in 1961, his first victory came at Petit-Enghien in October 1961. After winning eighty races as an amateur racer, he turned professional on 29 April 1965 when he signed with Solo–Superia, his first major victory came in the Milan–San Remo a year after switching to Peugeot–BP–Michelin. After the 1967 season, Merckx moved to Faema, won the Giro d'Italia, his first Grand Tour victory.

Four times between 1970 and 1974, Merckx completed. His final double coincided with winning the men's road race at the UCI Road World Championships to make him the first rider to accomplish cycling's Triple Crown. Merckx broke the hour record in October 1972, extending the record by 800 meters, he acquired the nickname "The Cannibal", suggested by the daughter of a teammate upon being told by her father of how Merckx would not let anyone else win. Merckx achieved 525 victories over his eighteen-year career, he is one of only three riders to have won all five'Monuments' and the only one to have won them all twice or more. The other two are Rik Van Looy. Merckx was successful on the road and on the track, as well as in the large stage races and one-day races, he is thought to be the greatest and most successful rider in the history of cycling. However, Merckx was caught in three separate doping incidents during his career. Since Merckx's retirement from the sport on 18 May 1978, he has remained active in the cycling world.

He began his own bicycle chain, Eddy Merckx Cycles, in 1980 and its bicycles were used by several professional teams in the 1980s and 1990s. Merckx coached the Belgian national cycling team for eleven years, stopping in 1996. In 2001, he played a large role in getting the Tour of Qatar organized to start in 2002, he co-owns the tour and the Tour of Oman, both of which he still organizes. Edouard Louis Joseph Merckx was born in Meensel-Kiezegem, Belgium on 17 June 1945 to Jules Merckx and Jenny Pittomvils. Merckx was the first-born of the family. In September 1946, the family moved to Woluwe-Saint-Pierre, in Brussels, Belgium in order to take over a grocery store, up for lease. In May 1948, Jenny gave birth to twins: a boy, a girl, Micheline; as a child Eddy was always playing outside. Eddy was a competitive child and played several sports, including basketball, boxing and table tennis, he played lawn tennis for the local junior team. However, Merckx claimed he knew he wanted to be a cyclist at the age of four and that his first memory was a crash on his bike when he was the same age.

Merckx began riding a bike at the age of three or four and would ride to school every day, beginning at age eight. Merckx would imitate his cycling idol Stan Ockers with his friends. In summer 1961, Merckx bought his first racing license and competed in his first official race a month after he turned sixteen, coming in sixth place, he rode in twelve more races before winning his first, at Petit-Enghien, on 1 October 1961. In the winter following his first victory, he trained with former racer Félicien Vervaecke at the local velodrome. Merckx won his second victory on 11 March 1962 in a kermis race. Merckx competed in 55 races during the 1962 calendar year. After winning the Belgian amateur road race title, Merckx declined an offer from his school's headmaster to have his exams postponed, dropped out of school, he finished the season with 23 victories to his name. Merckx was selected for the men's road race at the 1964 Summer Olympics, where he finished in twelfth position. In the season, he won the amateur road race at the UCI Road World Championships in Sallanches, France.

Merckx remained an amateur until April 1965, finished his amateur career with eighty wins to his credit. Merckx turned professional on 29 April 1965 when he signed with Rik Van Looy's Belgian team, Solo–Superia, he won his first race in Vilvoorde. On 1 August, Merckx finished second in the Belgian national championships, which qualified him for the men's road race at the UCI Road World Championships. Raphaël Géminiani, the manager of the Bic cycling team, approached Merckx at the event and offered him 2,500 francs a month to join the team the following season. Merckx chose to sign. After finishing the road race in 29th position, Merckx returned to Belgium and discussed his plans for the next season with his manager Jean Van Buggenhout. Van Buggenhout helped orchestrate a move that sent Merckx to the French-based Peugeot-BP-Michelin for 20,000 francs a month. Merckx elected to leave Solo–Superia due to the way he was treated by his teammates, in particular Van Looy. Van Looy and other teammates mocked Merckx for his various habits such as his eating, or called him names.

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Dora and the Lost City of Gold

Dora and the Lost City of Gold is a 2019 American adventure comedy film, a live action adaptation of Nickelodeon's television series Dora the Explorer and directed by James Bobin. The film stars Isabela Moner, Eugenio Derbez, Michael Peña, Eva Longoria, Jeff Wahlberg, Nicholas Coombe, Madeleine Madden, Temuera Morrison, Christopher Kirby, Natasa Ristic with the voices of Danny Trejo and Benicio del Toro. A live action Dora film was announced in 2017, Moner was cast in the title role in May 2018. Most of the other lead cast members were hired throughout the rest of the year, filming took place from August to December 2018 in Australia and Peru; this film is set after the events of the animated original television series. The film was theatrically released in the United States on August 2019, by Paramount Pictures, it received positive reviews from critics, who praised Moner's performance and the self-aware humor, has grossed $120 million worldwide. Deep in the Peruvian jungle, daughter of jungle explorers Cole and Elena, spends her days going on adventures with her monkey friend Boots, her cousin Diego, imaginary friends Backpack and Map while thwarting Swiper the thieving fox.

7-year-old Diego and his family leave to Los Angeles while 6-year-old Dora's remains searching for the hidden Inca city Parapata. After 10 years of exploring, defeating villains and more, Dora's parents decipher the location of Parapata but choose to send her to Diego's school in Los Angeles while they travel to the lost city. Staying with Diego's family, Dora meets fellow students Sammy and Randy, but Diego considers her an embarrassment. On a class field trip to a museum and the others are lured to its off-exhibit archives, where they are captured by mercenaries led by Powell who fly them to Peru; when they land, a man named Alejandro, who claims to be a friend of Dora's parents, helps them escape. In the process, the mercenaries steal Dora's map... aided by Swiper. Alejandro reports that Dora's parents have gone missing and that the mercenaries are searching for them in hopes of getting into Parapata and stealing its treasures. Dora resolves to find her parents first with Alejandro's help, while the other teens come along in hopes of being rescued.

The group travels through numerous obstacles, including quicksand, Inca ruin puzzles, attacks from forest guards of Parapata. After numerous hazards, Dora reaches her parents just outside the borders of Parapata, but Alejandro reveals he was the mercenaries leader all along and captures them; the other teens are caught as well. With Dora's parents still prisoners, the teens decide to find the way inside Parapata in hopes of acquiring treasure that they can use to bargain for Elena and Cole's release. Inside the hidden city and the others solve its temple's puzzles and dodge its traps, bringing them to the central shrine, it is revealed. The soldiers guarding Parapata, led by their queen, defeat the mercenaries, confront the teens. Dora speaks to them in Quechua, to learn; the Inca permit the teens and Dora's family to leave, allowing them a glimpse of their greatest treasure. Dora's parents and the teens arrive at her jungle home, her parents discuss going on another expedition as a whole family, but Dora decides to return to school in Los Angeles.

She and the other teens celebrate at the school dance. Alejandro and the mercenaries remain prisoners in Parapata. Isabela Moner as Dora Márquez: a formal jungle explorer. Madelyn Miranda as young Dora Eugenio Derbez as Professor Alejandro Gutierrez: the main antagonist of the movie, he's claiming to be an old friend of Cole and Elena when on, he's the leader of the mercenaries. Michael Peña as Cole Márquez: Dora's father and Diego's uncle. Eva Longoria as Elena Márquez: Dora's mother and Diego's aunt. Jeff Wahlberg as Diego Márquez: Dora's cousin and Sammy's love interest. Malachi Barton as young Diego Nicholas Coombe as Randy Warren: a school classmate, friends with Dora and Sammy. Madeleine Madden as Sammy Moore: a school classmate, Diego's love interest. Temuera Morrison as Powell: a mercenary working for Professor Alejandro. Christopher Kirby as Viper: a mercenary working for Professor Alejandro. Natasa Ristic as Christina X: a mercenary working for Professor Alejandro. Adriana Barraza as Abuelita Valerie: Dora and Diego's grandmother.

Pia Miller as Sabrina: Dora's aunt and Diego's mother. Q'orianka Kilcher as Princess Kawillaka: the ruler of Parapata. Isela Vega as Old Woman Danny Trejo as Boots: Dora and Diego's best monkey friend. Benicio del Toro as Swiper: a fox who conspires to swipe things from Dora. Marc Weiner as Map Sasha Toro as Backpack Dee Bradley Baker as Animal Vocal Effects On October 24, 2017, a deal was struck for a live action version of the television series to be made, with James Bobin directing. Nicholas Stoller and Danielle Sanchez-Witzel were hired to pen a script. Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes was announced as producer, though Bay and the company were not involved; the film depicts a teenage version of Dora. It was issued an initial release date of August 2, 2019. In May 2018, Isabela Moner was cast to play Dora. Eugenio Derbez began negotiations to join in June, was confirmed to appear in July. Micke Moreno was cast to play Diego, though was replaced by Jeff Wahlberg. Eva Longoria and Michael Peña were cast as Dora's parents that A

Memphis Cotton Exchange

The Memphis Cotton Exchange is located in downtown Memphis, United States, on the corner of Front Street and Union Avenue. It was founded in 1874 as a result of the growing cotton market in Memphis, where trade was strong after the American Civil War; the first Cotton Exchange building was constructed in 1885. It was replaced by the Exchange Building in 1910, which housed it until a newer Cotton Exchange Building was completed in 1925. Cotton merchants needed a trade organization to regulate cotton marketing in the city, they were aware of the many benefits reaped by the New York Cotton Exchange and the New Orleans Cotton Exchange. Once established, the exchange produced rules and regulation on cotton trading and set standards for buying and pricing cotton in Memphis and the mid-South; the exchanged developed a method for grading cotton. It operated as a "spot market" and never developed futures trading except for two short-lived experiments; the exchange developed as a source of information about world markets, cotton merchants found they had to join as members in order to compete.

The exchange promoted "Memphis cotton" in major markets such as New York and London. For a time the Cotton Exchange was housed in what is now called the Exchange Building, built in 1910 on 9 North Second Street in Memphis; the tall, 20-story building credited to N. M. Woods housed both the Cotton and Merchant exchanges for a period. Since the decline of the exchanges in the late 20th century with diversification of the economy, it has been renovated for use as an apartment building; when the exchanges decided to have separate locations, the Memphis Cotton Exchange had a multi-story building constructed on Union Avenue. Cotton trading was done on the first floor, only members of the exchange were allowed to trade there. In 1978, the trading floor was closed in favor of computer trading; the historic floor is now home to The Cotton Museum. Official website

Thomas Morrison (actor)

Thomas Morrison is an English actor who has performed in theatre, TV and film. He is best known for his appearances in On the Shore of the Wide World and as Scripps in Cast B and C of Alan Bennett's The History Boys. Working alongside Steven Webb and Matt Smith. Morrison was born in Burnley and attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London for three years. After graduation Thomas landed the part of Danny Holden in the BBC Television drama Blackpool, In 2011 - 2012 Thomas Morrison appeared in the ITV television drama Monroe as Lee Bradley the bed porter, he had a role in the BBC drama The 7.39 and had a part in the 2015 BBC drama Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell in the role of Winespill in Series 1, Episode 3. Morrison gained his first television role in BBC One's Blackpool before stepping into theatre, his first appearances include Kes and On the Shore of the Wide World at the Royal Exchange, Manchester before moving with the latter to the National Theatre and featuring as Scripps in Alan Bennett's The History Boys in Casts B and C.

In all three of his first theatre productions he appeared alongside co-star Steven Webb. His ventures included appearances in a small role in Sky One's adaptation of Terry Pratchett's The Colour of Magic in the same scene as Pratchett himself, he played Hooper in the 2008 film adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited. 2006 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play: Cast member of On the Shore of the Wide World 2004 Royal Television Society Network Newcomer – On Screen, nominee Thomas Morrison on IMDb Talented British Actors Profile

Bushy-crested jay

The bushy-crested jay is a species of bird in the family Corvidae. It is found in Central America, where its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist montane forests and degraded former forest. There are two subspecies, C. m. melanocyaneus, found in Guatemala and southern El Salvador, C. m. chavezi from Honduras and northeastern Nicaragua. The adult bushy-crested jay has a length of 28 to 30 cm; the tail is long and the central feathers are graduated. The sexes look alike; the underparts are plain greenish-blue, the undersides of the wings are grey and the underside of the tail is blackish. The head bears a stubble-like erectile crown of feathers, the beak is black and small, the irises are yellow and the legs black; this jay is native to Central America where it is found in Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua at altitudes between about 600 and 2,450 m. Its habitat is humid forests those with pine and oak, forest verges and areas of scrub, it adapts well to degradation of its habitat and has become common in coffee plantations and around agricultural land.

The species lives in small groups. These forage in the lower storey of trees and in the undergrowth descending to the ground to search through the leaf litter; the diet consists of invertebrates, seeds and fruits. The nest is lined with plant fibres. One female lays four eggs in late April or early May. Another female shares the incubation of the eggs with her, many birds assist with the feeding of the young. In one nest, eleven different adults helped feed the brood, as well as some juveniles that had hatched earlier. C. melanocyaneus seems to be adaptable and is coping with the degradation of its natural environment by moving to manmade habitats such as coffee plantations and cropland. It has a wide range and the population is thought to be increasing, so the International Union for Conservation of Nature has rated it as a species of least concern

Little Heroes Foundation

The Little Heroes Foundation the McGuinness McDermott Foundation, was launched in May 1996 in memory of five-year-old Nicholas Berry, seven-year-old Nathan Maclean who died of cancer. The Foundation raises funds to improve oncology treatment for South Australian children; the Foundation was established by former Adelaide Football Club players Tony McGuinness and Chris McDermott. Oncology treatment for children in South Australia is chiefly undertaken at the Women's and Children's Hospital, North Adelaide; the majority of the Foundation's activities aim to support the hospital in its treatment of cancer. The Foundation has undertaken or provided support to a number of projects including: Extensions to the Ronald McDonald Children's Clinic Establishment of the Brookman Cancer Ward Extensions to the Dialysis Unit Improvements to the Adolescent Ward Purchase of an x-ray machine and refurbishment of the Medical Imaging rooms Upgrading of the holding bay in Paediatric Theatres Upgrading the Endocrinology and Diabetes Centre The purchase of a HPLC machine for the Gastroenterology Unit The purchase of the MRI scanner Endoscopic Theatre Suite Redevelopment The Foundation raises funds through a variety of means ranging from direct donations, sale of specialised merchandise, to special events - with a sporting theme.

The most publicised event is the "Slow Down". Slow Down is an annual Australian rules football match held at the end of the regular season, with teams drawn from ex-AFL and SANFL players; the players competing are loosely aligned to the two Adelaide-based AFL sides: Adelaide Crows and Port Adelaide Power. The name "Slow Down" is a play on words to the local football derby between Adelaide and Port Adelaide, promoted as a "Showdown". For a gold coin entrance fee spectators enjoy a lighthearted game where entertainment is more the aim than the actual outcome on the scoreboard. Attendance in 2005 was over 30,000. Other fund-raising activities include charity golf events, special event Luncheons, sales from specialist items such as modified versions of the popular board games and Trivial Pursuit. Financial reports for the McGuinness McDermott Foundation in 2007-08, obtained by The Advertiser from the Office of Consumer and Business Affairs, shows that part of the funds raised for the McGuinness McDermott Foundation were being used to lease a BMW X5 and Mercedes CLK 280.

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