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Félix-Houphouët-Boigny International Airport

Félix-Houphouët-Boigny International Airport known as Port Bouët Airport, is located 16 km south east of Abidjan, Ivory Coast. It is the largest airport in the country for air traffic; the airport is the main hub of the national airline Air Côte d'Ivoire. Named after the first president of Ivory Coast, Félix Houphouët-Boigny, this international airport is directly connected to five different airports in Europe, to New York–JFK, to many destinations within the rest of Africa and the Middle East; the airport is served by over 20 airlines, covering more than 36 destinations. The airport is managed by Aeria, a private Ivorian company, who continually developed the airport over the decades and contributing to making it one of the most modern and one of the main hubs of West Africa. Disturbances that took place in Ivory Coast in the early 2000s had a negative impact on the airport, it is a strategic infrastructure for both the evacuation of foreign nationals and the delivery of military equipment. In November 2004, during the French–Ivorian clashes that occurred in Abidjan, the airport was looted and damaged.

It was taken back by French troops and returned to the Ivorian government in the second half of November. The airport was refurbished by the Ivorian government and modernized with new modern facilities. On the night of 2 to 3 April 2011, the airport was again taken by the French troops in order to evacuate French nationals and foreigners, as the final assault against the presidential palace was announced, during the battle for Abidjan. After the civil war ended in April 2011, the airport was returned to the Ivorian government and development projects, paused for a decade, were restarted. Following the gradual recovery of economic activities in Ivory Coast from 2012, investments and projects to increase the capacity of the airport, provided in March 2010, are in the works since October 2011. In February 2012, Abdoulaye Coulibaly, president of Aeria's board of directors, indicated that he wanted to make the airport suitable for the Airbus A380. Air France did not deny that it could use the A380 on the Paris-Abidjan route if there were sufficiently strong economic growth.

On 4 May 2012, PROPARCO loans 10 billion CFA francs to Aeria to fund a major expansion and modernization program for the airport. This loan is part of the renewal of Aeria's concession, effective 1 January 2010, for a period of 20 years; this concession provides investment programs in increments of five years. The first slice of 24 million dollars, includes the renovation of the international terminal, the rehabilitation of the charter terminal and development of new infrastructure. In addition, the refurbishment included an extension of the international terminal of a surface 11 000 to 26 000 m², the refurbishment of the aircraft parking area, renovation of access roads and the construction of a new parking lot; the ultimate goal is to create a commercial zone next to the airport, with a lodging area, hangars, a convention center, a free zone, office buildings, exhibition halls, a shopping center and housing for dedicated staff. On 16 June 2012, the Radisson Hotels group announced the laying of the first stone of the Radisson Blu hotel on the airport grounds.

The Radisson Blu opened in the spring of 2016 and has over 200 rooms and suites, as well as a restaurant, outdoor pool and fitness center. On the airport grounds, ONOMO Hotels operates a 118-room select-service property. Both the ONOMO and the Radisson Blu are accessible from the passenger terminal via shuttle buses. Tens of thousands were left homeless in January 2020 as homes in Adjoufou, a shanty town near the airport, were demolished for safety reasons. Residents said. Before the decade of political and military turmoil, the Felix-Houphouet-Boigny airport was among the most important in West Africa, with passenger traffic exceeding one million travelers in the late 1990s; the succession of political and military crises affected the country's image and reduced the importance of the airport in the sub-region in terms of traffic, but in recent years, as stability and strong economic growth have returned, airport traffic has been growing at a fast pace, is now at its highest ever. In 2017, the airport handled the highest number in its history.

The airport is to be served by the new Abidjan Metro, construction of which started in November 2017. The metro should enter commercial service in 2022 and reach the airport by mid-2023. 3 January 1987: a Varig Boeing 707-379C registration PP-VJK operating flight 797 from Abidjan to Rio de Janeiro-Galeão crashed due to a failure on engine 1 shortly after take-off. While attempting to return to the airport for an emergency landing, it crashed on a field 18 km away from Abidjan's airport. Of the 51 passengers and crew aboard, a single passenger survived. 30 January 2000: Kenya Airways flight 431, crashed into the sea shortly after take-off from Port Bouet. Of the 179 passengers and crew on board the Airbus A310, only ten people survived. Media related to Félix Houphouët-Boigny International Airport at Wikimedia Commons Airport information for DIAP at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006. Website Official A-Z World Airports Online: Abidjan International Airport

Mahamane Ousmane

Mahamane Ousmane is a Nigerien politician. He was the first democratically elected and fourth President of Niger, serving from 16 April 1993 until his ousting in a military coup d'état on 27 January 1996, he has continued to run for president in each election since his ousting, he was president of the National Assembly from December 1999 to May 2009. He is the president of the Democratic and Social Convention-Rahama, a major political party, in opposition. Ousmane, the candidate of the CDS, ran for president in the election held on February 27, 1993, he received second place, with 26.59% of the vote, behind Tandja Mamadou of the National Movement for the Development of Society. During the first part of Ousmane's term, the AFC, which included Ousmane's party, held a parliamentary majority. In September 1994, Ousmane issued a decree that reduced the powers of the prime minister; this left the coalition without a parliamentary majority. New parliamentary elections were called for January 1995; these elections resulted in a victory for the opposition, composed of a new alliance between the MNSD and the PNDS, forced cohabitation between Ousmane and a government headed by MNSD Prime Minister Hama Amadou.

This resulted in sharp government deadlock. Amadou tried to assume the presidential role with regard to the Council of Ministers. Tensions continued to escalate, Ousmane made clear his intention to dissolve the parliament and call new elections after the passing of one year. On 27 January 1996, Ibrahim Baré Maïnassara seized power in a military coup, pointing to the disordered political situation as justification. Ousmane was held at a military barracks for five days. In February, Ousmane was put on television, along with Amadou and Issoufou, to express the view that flaws in the operation of the political system were the cause of the coup, to call for changes in the system. Ousmane received second place, with 19.75% of the vote, in the July 7–8, 1996 presidential election, won by Maïnassara. Following a pro-democracy demonstration on 11 January 1997, Ousmane was arrested along with Tandja and Issoufou and held until 23 January. Ousmane took third place, with 22.51% of the vote, in the October 1999 presidential election, which occurred after the assassination of Maïnassara.

Ousmane gave his support to Tandja, Tandja defeated Issoufou to win the second round. The November 1999 parliamentary election gave a majority to an alliance of Tandja's MNSD and Ousmane's CDS. Ousmane was elected to the National Assembly from Zinder constituency, on December 29, 1999, he was elected President of the National Assembly. Ousmane was elected as the President of the Interparliamentary Committee of the West African Economic and Monetary Union on March 9, 2003, at its 12th session, he was re-elected to that post at the 13th session in March 2004, he was elected as the President of the Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians of the Inter-Parliamentary Union on January 15, 2004. Ousmane was again chosen as the CDS presidential candidate at the party's fifth extraordinary congress, held on September 18, 2004, he took third place in the November 2004 presidential election. Following the December 2004 parliamentary election, Ousmane was re-elected President of the National Assembly on December 16.

On November 14, 2006, Ousmane was elected as Speaker of the Economic Community of West African States Parliament, defeating another Nigerien politician, Moumouni Adamou Djermakoye, by a vote of 58 to 37. He was to lead the regional parliament's second legislature through a four-year transition period, set to end in 2010. In that position, he faced the task of coordinating the processes that would facilitate the introduction of direct universal suffrage in the election of members of the Parliament. Objecting to Tandja's efforts to call a referendum on a constitutional change that could allow him to continue as President, the CDS left the government in June 2009. Ousmane stressed that the CDS wanted the constitution to be respected and that Tandja "must submit himself to the decision of the Constitutional Court", which had ruled against the referendum. In opposition, the CDS participated in an opposition boycott of the August 2009 constitutional referendum as well as the October 2009 parliamentary election.

With the hostility between the opposition and the Tandja government deepening, the authorities issued a warrant for Ousmane's arrest. Ousmane was living outside of Niger by that point. Follo

Point Barrow Refuge Station

The Point Barrow Refuge Station is a historic building in the Browerville section of Utqiagvik, Alaska. Built in 1889, it is the oldest wood-frame building in Utqiagvik, its main portion is a rectangular structure with a steeply-pitched gable roof, to which a number of additions have been made. One early addition was a shed-roof section, with the capacity to hold 20 tons of coal; the building is now finished in weatherboard, but was original sheathed in vertical planking. The building was erected to house a rescue and support station for whaling ships, but served in this role only until 1896, it was adapted for use as the Captain Smythe Whaling and Trading Company, a retail establishment, most housed Brower's Cafe. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. National Register of Historic Places listings in North Slope Borough, Alaska

Kenora Thistles (1926–40)

The Kenora Thistles were a Manitoba Junior Hockey League team playing in the Canadian town of Kenora, Ontario. The Kenora Thistles junior hockey club was founded in 1925 in a local Northern league with Keewatin and Norman; the Thistles participated in the Thunder Bay regional playoffs as an independent team. In 1927, they moved to the Memorial Cup-eligible Thunder Bay Junior A Hockey League; the 1926 regional playoffs put them up against Fort Frances in the semi-final. Kenora won the games 6-1 to earn a berth into the region finals. In the final, the Thistles 4-0 to end their season. In 1927, the Thistles squared off with the Port Arthur West End Juniors in a two-game series for the region. Port Arthur won 5-1 to take the series; the Thistles first season of league play had them win the regular season crown of the TBJHL. In the playoffs, with a direct berth to the league final, the Thistles played the Fort William Juniors, they won the second game 5-3 to take the series. In the Memorial Cup Eastern semi-final, the Thistles had to play the Manitoba Junior Hockey League's Elmwood Millionaires.

Kenora won both games 3-2 to play in the Eastern final. Up against the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League's Regina Pats, the Thistles fell 8-0 in game one but only managed to win game two by a score of 4-3, thus eliminating them from a chance at the Memorial Cup. In their second TBJHL season, the Thistles came in first again, they ended up against the Fort William Juniors in the finals, beating them 1-0 and tying them 2-2 to win the regional playoffs. In the Eastern Memorial Cup semi-final, the Thistles again met up with the MJHL's Elmwood Millionaires, they won game one 4-3, but were eliminated. Their third and final TBJHL season had them finish in second place behind the Fort William Legion. In the semi-final, the Thistles were up against the Port Arthur Juniors, they won game one 3-2, but objected to the second game's refereeing and were ejected from the playoffs by the league. This would be their last game in the TBJHL. In 1930, the Thistles were accepted into the South Division of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League which would cut back on their travel as all the teams in the South Division were from Winnipeg, Manitoba.

After winning the division in just their third season, the Thistles were forcefully moved to the more distant North Division. Despite the travel, the Thistles took their first league title in 1934; the Thistles would end up losing the Abbott Cup semi-final to the Port Arthur West Ends 9-goals-to-8 in two games. From 1936 until 1939 the Thistles suffered, three consecutive losing seasons left them financially in trouble; the 1939-40 season was a great season for the Thistles. They won the league by defeating the Elmwood Maple Leafs 3-games-to-none in the league final won the Abbott Cup as Western Canadian champions. In the Abbott Cup semi-final, the Thistles defeated the Port Arthur Juniors 2-games-to-1. In the final, they defeated the Edmonton Athletic Club Roamers with 2 wins, 1 loss, 2 ties. In their first and only Memorial Cup appearance, the Thistles and Oshawa Generals marked the second time two teams from Ontario would square off for the Memorial Cup; the Generals won game one 1-0, game two 4-1.

The Thistles rebounded and won game three 4-3, but lost game four 4-2 and the series 3-games-to-1 to the Generals. In the summer of 1940, it became apparent that they would not have the numbers or the money to continue competing during World War II and folded. Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime Losses, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against John Gallagher Bill Juzda Doug Lewis Jake Milford Babe Pratt Chuck Rayner Stu Smith Bill Thomson Jimmy Ward Aubrey Webster List of ice hockey teams in Ontario Kenora Thistles Official Website

Harry Harris (director)

Harry Harris was an American television and film director. Harris got a mailroom job at Columbia Studios. After attending UCLA, he became an apprentice sound cutter, assistant sound effects editor, an assistant film editor at Columbia Pictures, he enlisted in the Army Air Forces at the start of World War II, as part of the First Motion Picture Unit, reported to Hal Roach Studios in Culver City. His supervisor there was Ronald Reagan, who hired him as sound effects editor for training and combat films. At the end of World War II, Harris became an assistant film editor and an editor for Desilu, the studio of Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball. Over the next five decades, he directed hundreds of TV episodes, with significant contributions to Gunsmoke, Eight is Enough, The Waltons, Falcon Crest, he won an Emmy Award for directing a 1982 episode of Fame, was nominated for two other Emmy Awards and a Directors Guild of America Award. Harry Harris on IMDb

Frank Herbert's Children of Dune

Frank Herbert's Children of Dune is a three-part science fiction miniseries written by John Harrison and directed by Greg Yaitanes, based on Frank Herbert's novels Dune Messiah and Children of Dune. First broadcast in the United States on March 16, 2003, Children of Dune is the sequel to the 2000 miniseries Frank Herbert's Dune, was produced by the Sci Fi Channel. Children of Dune and its predecessor are two of the three highest-rated programs to be broadcast on the Sci-Fi Channel. In 2003, Children of Dune won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Visual Effects, was nominated for three additional Emmys. Twelve years have passed since Paul Atreides had become Emperor at the end of Frank Herbert's Dune by seizing control of the planet Arrakis and forcing a union with the former Emperor's daughter, the Princess Irulan. Paul's Fremen armies have since launched several bloody jihads to solidify his position. Deposed Emperor Shaddam IV and the rest of his family are exiled to Salusa Secundus, where his other daughter Princess Wensicia plots to restore House Corrino to power.

The Bene Gesserit, the Spacing Guild, the Tleilaxu plot to overthrow Paul's reign, aided by rebel Fremen, who hate how Paul's terraforming project is changing Arrakis and the traditional Fremen way of life. The Tleilaxu present Paul with a ghola in the likeness of his friend Duncan Idaho, killed during the events of Dune, but secretly conditioned to assassinate Paul when triggered by certain words. Though his prescient abilities reveal the dangers ahead, Paul allows the conspiracies to succeed to avoid worse consequences, he is attacked with a type of nuclear weapon called a stone burner and blinded, but still manages to "see" by following his prescient visions. Paul's concubine Chani gives birth to twins at a Fremen sietch but dies soon afterward. In Paul's absence, his sister Alia purges the imperial city of the enemies of House Atreides. Meanwhile, the Tleilaxu Face, his plan foiled, Scytale threatens the lives of Paul's children. Following the Fremen tradition of abandoning the blind to the sandworms, Paul walks alone into the desert.

His legacy secured, the twins and their future empire are now left in the care of Alia. Paul's and Chani's children Leto Ghanima are now young adults. Now married to Duncan, Alia is still regent of Paul's official guardian of the children. Irulan's sister Wensicia yearns for a return to power through Farad ` n. After a long absence and Alia's mother Lady Jessica arrives on Arrakis to visit her family, but Alia fears that Jessica has resumed her allegiance to the Bene Gesserit and may be plotting against her. An individual known as "The Preacher" has surfaced in the capital, speaking against the decline of Muad'Dib's religion into fear and ritualism. Alia possesses the memories and personalities of her ancestors due to being pre-born, but has trouble controlling them; the persona of the evil Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, Alia's maternal grandfather whom she had herself killed, begins to influence her, threatens to overtake Alia's consciousness altogether. Jessica senses that Alia has become dangerous, advises Irulan to spirit Leto and Ghanima away to safety.

After an assassination attempt on her, Jessica seeks sanctuary with Fremen dissidents. Wearing clothes presented to them by Wensicia, the twins escape into the deep desert but are soon cornered in a deadly trap of her devising. Wensicia's plot to assassinate the Atreides heirs fails, but provides Leto an opportunity to fake his own death and buy time to overcome Alia. Alia's madness reaches its peak as Baron Harkonnen's grip on her consciousness strengthens and a civil war brews with the rebel Fremen. Leto returns from the deep desert, where he bonds himself with sandtrout — the larval form of Arrakis' sandworms — to acquire a partial carapace granting the superhuman speed and invulnerability of the sandworms themselves; as a means of forcing as-yet-neutral Fremen leader Stilgar to lead the rebels, Duncan murders Alia's lover Javid in Stilgar's sietch. As he predicts, Stilgar comes out in active opposition to Alia. Leto encounters the Preacher. Leto's prescient visions have convinced him that he must lead mankind along "the Golden Path" to ensure humanity's ultimate survival.

While the Preacher is dismayed at his son's choice, Leto is vindicated by pointing out how Muad'dib's prescience saw the steps needed to ensure humanity's future. With a political marriage arranged by Jessica between Ghanima and Wensicia's son Farad'n, the Corrino heir identifies his mother as the mastermind behind Leto's apparent death. Alia has Wensicia imprisoned. With Stilgar's forces moving in, father and son return to the capital city of Arrakeen, where the Preacher makes a final speech denouncing Alia and his own religion, is fatally stabbed by a rebel Fremen. Leto defeats her. Alia commits suicide rather than be controlled by the Baron and dies in her mother's arms. After handing Alia's water and his father's ring to Stilgar, Leto disappears into the