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Eric Vanderaerden

Eric Vanderaerden is a retired road cyclist from the town of Lummen, Belgium. He was a considerable talent, winning the prologue time trial of both the Vuelta a España and the Tour de France in his professional debut year 1983. In subsequent years, he won two monument races: in 1985, at 23, he won the storm ridden edition of the Tour of Flanders, in 1987 he won Paris–Roubaix. In the Tour de France, his participation in the 1985 edition was a strong one, beating the winner Bernard Hinault in a time trial stage; the following year, he won the green jersey. After 1988, his career went in decline and, despite his talent, he failed to win major races, he had considerable talent as a time trial racer, but as a climber in the mountains his talent was limited. He was a victim of the high expectations the Belgian public had to get a successor for Eddy Merckx, a cyclist, versatile in winning both classic races and big stage races. After his active career, Vanderaerden has led a few semi-professional racing teams and was assistant-manager of a professional Belgo-Italian team.

He became a directeur sportif with the DFL-Cyclingnews-Litespeed team in August 2006. His son Michael Vanderaerden signed a contract with the team in September 2007

James Dasaolu

James Dasaolu is a British sprint track and field athlete who specialises in the 100 metres, over which distance he is the 2014 European champion. In July 2013, he became the second fastest Briton of all time after running a 100 m time of 9.91 seconds in the British Championships. In 2014 he won his first major title, claiming the gold medal in the 100 metres at the 2014 European Athletics Championships. Born in south London to Nigerian parents, Dasaolu did not take up sprinting until he was 18 when he began a leisure management degree at Loughborough, he began his career in competitive athletics late, first competing in 2006. However, having begun, Croydon Harrier Dasaolu made steady and significant improvements in his first few years; the 2008 season saw Dasaolu rise up the national rankings and introduced to the UK Athletics warm weather training camp. Under the tutelage of coach Michael Khmel at Loughborough University and training with 2006 World Junior Champion Harry Aikines-Aryeetey and former European Junior Champion Leon Baptiste, Dasaolu won the 2008 England under-23 championships and reached the semi-finals at the British Olympic Trials.

The beginning of the 2009 season showed further improvement for Dasaolu. At the seventh Graziano Della Valle meet in Italy, he recorded a new personal best of 10.15 seconds and finished in second place overall behind Aikines-Aryeetey. Two weeks he finished with 10.25 seconds at the Papaflessia meet in Greece, second only to European season leader Dwain Chambers. A 100 m win at the European Athletics permit meet in Geneva in June placed him among the top European sprinters for the first time, his new personal best time of 10.09 seconds made him joint second, with Simeon Williamson, in the season's 100 m European rankings and improved his chances for a place on the British relay team at the Berlin World Championships. The 2010 season saw Dasaolu make his senior GB debut when he represented GB at the European Championships in Barcelona after finishing second only to Dwain Chambers in the UK trials with a time of 10.23. However he disappointed at the Championships where he stumbled through his heat with a time of 10.40 and crashed out in the semi-finals with at time of 10.31.

Dasaolu was selected by UK Athletics for the 100 metres at the 2012 Olympics. He set a season's best time of 10.13 in his heat, finishing third behind winner Usain Bolt to qualify for the semi-finals. He finished seventh in his semi-final with a time of 10.18. He began 2013 by winning a silver medal at the 2013 European Athletics Indoor Championships in the 60 metres, running a personal best of 6.48 seconds in the final, finishing centimetres behind champion Jimmy Vicaut. On 13 July at the British trials, Dasaolu ran a personal best of 9.91, the second fastest time by a Briton behind Linford Christie. He was selected as a member of the British squad for the 2013 World Championships in Athletics for the 100 metres and 4 x 100 metres relay. In the 100 metres Dasaolu advanced from the heats as a fastest loser before setting a time of 9.97 in the semi-final to qualify for a world-level final for the first time, where he finished in eighth with a time of 10.21. 2014 started brightly for Dasaolu as he opened with a 6.50 in the 60 m at the annual Glasgow International match to start his indoor campaign.

A time only 0.02 shy of his personal best achieved in the previous year at the European Indoor Championships in Gothenburg. He would run 6.47 at the Sainsbury's Indoor Grand Prix, improving his personal best by one hundredth of a second. In the final of the Grand Prix, Dasaolu won with a time of 6.50 but pulled up 20 m from the line after a slight tear in his thigh muscle, causing him to give up his automatic selection place for the World Indoor Championships and focus on the outdoor season instead. Dasaolu won his first major senior gold in the final of the 100 m at the 2014 European Athletics Championships with a time of 10.06 seconds, beating out two-time defending champion Christophe Lemaitre In November 2018 Dasaolu suffered an injury, rupturing his Achilles tendon. After raising money on his go fund me page. Dasaolu raised over £ 10000 for his recovery. Dasaolu is now in recovery and set to be at Tokyo 2020 for the 100 m. All information taken from IAAF profile. Great Britain at the Olympics James Dasaolu at World Athletics

Heroes' Cross on Caraiman Peak

The Commemorative Cross to the Romanian Heroes of the First World War called the Heroes' Cross on Mount Cairaman is a monument built between 1926 and 1928 on Caraiman Peak at an altitude of 2,291 m located in Romania, in the Bucegi Mountains of the Southern Carpathians. It has a height of 36 metres and the nearest town is Buşteni; the name of the monument is "The Heroes' Cross", but it is popularly known as the "Cross on Caraiman". The Heroes' Cross is located in the saddle of the Caraiman Mountains, on the slope to the Seacă Valley at an elevation of 2,291 metres; the cross itself has two arms of 7 metres each. The monument is the tallest summit cross in the world situated at such an altitude, as recognized in 2014 by Guinness World Records; the width of the vertical pole is 2 metres, the horizontal arms have a length by spindle pole of 7 metres, a square cross section with sides of 2 metres. The cross is made out of steel profiles and is mounted on a pedestal of concrete clad with stone 7.5 metres high.

Inside the pedestal there is a room that housed the electric generator that powered the 120 light bulbs of 500 W each located on the perimeter of the cross. The Heroes' Cross was built between 1926 and 1928 in the memory of the railway heroes who died on duty in World War I fighting against the armies of the Central Powers; the cross was erected at the initiative of Marie of Edinburgh and King Ferdinand of Romania in order to be seen from a large distance as possible. The overall project was developed by Romanian architects Georges Constantin Procopiu; the construction of the monument began in 1926 and was completed in August 1928. Queen Marie had followed the implementation of her instructions until the completion of the project. Inauguration and consecration of the monument took place on September 14, 1928 on the Holy Cross Day; the monument was made of metal sleepers joined by riveting in a network pattern. The actual construction was done by the Heroes' Cult Society that mobilized a large number of young people.

Tools, metal parts, the remaining components and all the necessary materials were transported by train to the Buşteni railway station. From here some metal beams and other building materials were transported by oxen on the route Buşteni - Sinaia - Păduchiosul Peak - Dichiu Peak - Bucegi Plateau - Caraiman Peak and the remaining materials were transported by the funicular owned by the Buşteni Paper Mill; the funicular transported different parts along the Jepilor Valley all the way to Schiel Canton, where they were taken on narrow trails with horses and donkeys to the top of the Caraiman Peak. At first lighting of the monument was made with the help of an electricity generator and 120 bulbs of 500 W each. In 1939 the Cross was connected to the national energy grid and thus the generator was made redundant; until the communist regime in 1948, the cross was lit on the night of the Dormition of the Theotokos but on the Ascension day when the Hero Remembrance Day was celebrated as well. The monument is administrated by the Buşteni City Council.

Nowadays, at night, the Cross on Caraiman is illuminated with 300 light bulbs of 500 W each and can be seen from dozens of miles away, on the Prahova Valley. There is a new project which aims to cover the cross with a fluorescent dye and on top of the cross to be a projected laser spot. Tourism in Romania Seven Wonders of Romania Romania during World War I Răzvan Bunea, Marius Nica, Praise to the Lord at over 2200 meters, Evenimentul Zilei, September 4, 2007, retrieved online at September 11, 2007

John Alan Coey

John Alan Coey was an American soldier who served in the Rhodesian Army as one of "the Crippled Eagles", a loosely organised group of US expatriates fighting for the unrecognised government of Rhodesia during that country's Bush War. A devout Christian and fervent anti-communist, he was the first American fatality of the war, he moved to Rhodesia to join its army in 1972, the day after graduating from college in his home town of Columbus and served until he was killed in action in 1975. He kept a journal throughout his service, posthumously published as A Martyr Speaks. Coey received United States Marine Corps officer training during his studies and was on track to receive a commission when he requested discharge and left for Rhodesia, asserting that the US government had been infiltrated by a "revolutionary conspiracy of internationalists and communists" and that fighting for Rhodesia would allow him to better defend Western interests, he joined the Rhodesian Special Air Service and passed out with the rank of trooper in November 1972, receiving recognition as one of the army's best recruits of the year.

However, his political views led to an acrimonious fall from favour within the SAS, his expulsion from its officer training programme in October 1973 and to his leaving the unit four months later. He redeployed to the Rhodesian Army Medical Corps, from which he was posted to the Rhodesian Light Infantry heliborne commando battalion in July 1974, concurrently with his promotion to corporal, he thereafter served as an instructor and commando medic in the RLI. Though not an officer, Coey exerted some influence on tactical doctrine, making numerous suggestions to his superiors and pioneering the combat medic role in the Rhodesian Army, which caused him to be nicknamed "the Fighting Doc", he was killed in action in Mashonaland in the country's north on 19 July 1975, shot through the head while running into the open to treat two fallen comrades. His remains buried in Que Que in central Rhodesia, were reinterred in Ohio in 1979, his journal and some of his letters home were compiled into A Martyr Speaks by his mother soon after he died, published in 1988.

John Alan Coey was born in Columbus, Ohio, on 12 November 1950 to George and Phyllis Coey, both devout Christians. While growing up, John was a keen Boy Scout and attained Eagle Scout, he attended Ohio State University's campus in his home town, studying forestry, during his studies enlisted in the United States Marine Corps' officer training program as a cadet in its Platoon Leaders Class. During this time he taught Sunday school at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Ohio where he was a member. Like his parents, Coey was a fervent Christian, held forthright views on communism, which he believed was an inherently evil system of government, geared towards the ultimate destruction of Christianity and the West. In Coey's opinion, only the retention of a society rooted in traditional Western culture and Christian faith would prevent this from happening elsewhere. Coey was on track to receive an officer's commission into the Marines as soon as he graduated from college, but he became disillusioned by the course of the Vietnam War.

Puzzled by America's failure to win the war, he developed a theory that the United States government had been infiltrated by a "revolutionary conspiracy of internationalists and communists", which he claimed was deliberately bringing about defeat in Vietnam to demoralise Americans as a precursor to bringing the United States under a totalitarian world government. His attention was caught by the situation in Rhodesia, where a war pitted the unrecognised government, made up predominantly of the country's minority whites, against communist-backed black nationalist guerrilla groups. Coey interpreted this as Rhodesia "holding the line" on the behalf of Christendom against communism, surmised that he would better serve the United States and the Western world if he fought in the Rhodesian Army rather than the US Marine Corps, he requested a discharge from the Marines just before he would have received his commission, flew to southern Africa the day after he graduated from Ohio State in late March 1972 to join the Rhodesian Army.

Foreigners like Coey who volunteered for the Rhodesian Army received the same pay and conditions of service as local regulars. Ideologically and religiously motivated, Coey viewed himself as a kind of latter-day crusader, he kept a thorough journal of his experiences throughout his army service. "I believe God intended me to come here for some purpose," he wrote soon after enlisting. "This action has cost me an Officer's Commission, and... my citizenship may be revoked, this is the most I can do for my country under the circumstances." He told the historian Gerald Horne that he believed communists had compromised top levels of the US government, that by serving in Rhodesia he was helping to unify "his people" against a foreign conspiracy. His religious views affected his views on Zionism: he believed that the State of Israel's existence prior to the Second Coming of Christ was contrary to scriptural prophecies and that it should therefore be destroyed. Though foreign soldiers in the Rhodesian Army were only required to commit to three years' service, Coey volunteered on arrival for at least five.

He joined an elite commando unit. He was one of several foreigners in his barrack room, they decorated their q

Hungarian Argentines

The presence of Hungarians in Argentina dates back to the 18th century, when a number of Hungarian Jesuit priests came to North Argentina and Paraguay and settled in Jesuit Reductions. After the fall of the Hungarian Revolution of 1848 a number of Hungarian officers fled to Argentina. Among them were János Czetz, founder of the Colegio Militar de la Nación and Alexander Asboth, who served as United States Ambassador to Argentina. Another well-known Hungarian emigrant to Argentina is László Bíró, who perfected and patented his invention, the ballpoint pen – known as biro – after his emigration to Argentina. Today, there are between 40,000 and 50,000 people of Hungarian descent living in Argentina in Buenos Aires. Most of them arrived in the three main emigration waves: during and after World War I, during and after World War II, after the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 was crushed by the Soviet Union, they maintain 19 associations and four registered religious communities throughout the country, the Hungarian community carries musical instruments such as Violin, which have long been used in Argentina.

Francisco Benkö, chess master László Bíró, inventor of the modern ballpoint pen Vladislao Cap, association football player János Czetz and first director of Argentina's national military academy Gisela Dulko, professional tennis player and former world No. 1 player in doubles Américo Hoss, cinematographer Alexandra Keresztesi, Hungarian-born Argentine sprint canoer Imre Rajczy and Olympic gold medalist Ladislao Szabo, water polo player Hungarian people Hungarian diaspora Az argentínai magyarság – Embassy of Hungary in Buenos Aires, Argentina Hungarian Argentine Chamber Hungarian Embassy in Buenos Aires: History of the Hungarians in Argentina Buenos Aires City Government: History of the Hungarian Argentine community

Park Grill

The Park Grill is the only full-service restaurant included in the multibillion-dollar Millennium Park project in Chicago, Illinois. Its outdoor seating area is the largest al fresco dining area in Chicago, it has placed among the leaders in citywide best-of competitions for best burger and is praised for its views. The exclusive location, the lucrative contract terms, the investor list, a close personal relationship between a managing partner of the restaurant and the Chicago Park District's project manager led to a formal ethics investigation, court litigation, extensive press coverage, ranked among the most prominent scandals of the administration of Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley in 2005; the more than 80 investors include some of Daley's neighbors. One of the most financially successful restaurants in Chicago, the Park Grill remains exempt from property taxes after a multi-year litigation which reached the Illinois Supreme Court; the Park Grill is located on North Michigan Avenue in Chicago in the Historic Michigan Boulevard District.

Cloud Gate, a public sculpture, is located on AT&T Plaza on the roof of the Park Grill. During the summer months, the restaurant's outdoor seating area becomes the largest al fresco dining area in Chicago. During the winter months, the restaurant's outdoor seating area becomes the McCormick Tribune Plaza & Ice Rink, diners in the 300-seat The Park Grill overlooks the ice skating rink through floor-to-ceiling windows. In late 2001, Matthew A. O'Malley and James Horan proposed Park Grill and Park Cafe to "provide both white-tablecloth meals and picnic-hamper fare for visitors in Millennium Park". In 2003, the Chicago Park District awarded a 20-year contract to run the Park Grill to a partnership, including several of Mayor Richard M. Daley's friends and neighbors; the current managing partners of the Park Grill are Horan. O'Malley, who once worked for the U. S. Representative Dan Rostenkowski, runs the re-purposed firehouse, Chicago Firehouse Restaurant, located around the corner from the home of Mayor Richard M. Daley, a steady customer.

The son of Alderman Edward Vrdolyak has been a business partner with O'Malley. Matthew O'Malley and his brother Paul were picked to run the Clock Tower Cafe at the Sydney Marovitz Golf Course in Lincoln Park on the Chicago lakefront. James Horan is caterer, he is president of Blue Plate Catering, which runs a cafe at Gallery 37, an after-school program created and fostered by Mayor Daley's wife, Maggie Daley. O'Malley obtained commitments from over 80 prospective Park Grill investors, including some of Mayor Daley's friends and neighbors; each share of the restaurant cost investors $200,000. Among the investors are Daley's friend Fred Barbara, a nephew of the late Chicago Alderman Fred Roti. Barbara has ties to the blue bag recycling controversy. Other investors include relatives of Daley's political adviser Timothy Degnan, two neighbors of the mayor, Ray Chin, an O'Hare Airport contractor, Rick Simon, a controversial figure who runs a janitorial business and sits on the board of the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau.

Among the investors was Daley's cousin Theresa E. Mintle the Chicago Transit Authority's director of governmental affairs and former congressman Morgan F. Murphy, who has had business dealings with convicted labor union official John Serpico. Among the vendors for Park Grill was an architectural metal company owned by the son of Chicago Alderman Burton Natarus. O'Malley's and two other groups submitted proposals to run the restaurant in September 2001; the Park Grill group's proposal was twice as long as the other two but, promised the Park District the lowest revenues. By the end of the year, O'Malley's team had been selected to run the restaurant and concession stands, a cafe in the new Millennium Park; the Park Grill contract was signed February 11, 2003. The contract requires that Park Grill to pay a percent of net sales and an additional fee of $275,000 per year, but the latter was not due until the Park Grill recouped half its build-out costs; as part of its deal, the Park District pays for water and garbage collection at Park Grill.

The garbage pickup costs taxpayers about $245,000 annually. The Park District team, including an outside consultant, spent 18 months negotiating a contract with O'Malley's group. During that time, Laura Foxgrover, a top official in the Park District department directly overseeing the deal, gave birth to O'Malley's child. Prior to working for the Park District, Foxgrover had been an employee of O'Malley as director of operations at the Chicago Firehouse Restaurant. Foxgrover held the title "senior project manager" at the Park District at an annual salary of $94,000. In May 2002, Foxgrover wrote a memo recusing herself from negotiations, without saying why, never told her superiors she was carrying O'Malley's child; the girl was born in September, 2002. Foxgrover remained involved in the Millennium Park restaurant after she recused herself from contract negotiations in May, 2002. In October 2003, Foxgrover spoke in favor of the restaurant getting a liquor license before a Chicago City Council committee while O'Malley owed Foxgrover at least $5,000.

On the same day, Foxgrover worked to get O'Malley's Clock Tower Cafe a liquor license. In one July 2003 e-mail, Foxgrover the acting director of park services, said that if O'Malley's contractor had any questions for the Park District, she will be the point person. In August 2003, Horan sent out an e-mail mentioning a discussion Horan had with Foxgrover, in which Horan asked Foxgrover if the Park District would waive a form of insurance on the restaurant's construction. A provision in the Park Grill contract allows the restau