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Fountain Valley, California

Fountain Valley is a suburban city in Orange County, California. The population was 55,313 at the 2010 census. A classic commuter town, Fountain Valley is an upper middle-class residential area; the area encompassing Fountain Valley was inhabited by the Tongva people. European settlement of the area began when Manuel Nieto was granted the land for Rancho Los Nietos, which encompassed over 300,000 acres, including present-day Fountain Valley. Control of the land was subsequently transferred to Mexico upon independence from Spain, to the United States as part of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo; the city was incorporated before which it was known as Talbert. The name of Fountain Valley refers to the high water table in the area at the time the name was chosen, the many corresponding artesian wells in the area. Early settlers constructed drainage canals to make the land usable for agriculture, which remained the dominant use of land until the 1960s, when construction of large housing tracts accelerated.

The first mayor of Fountain Valley was James Kanno, who with this appointment became one of the first Japanese-American mayors of a mainland United States city. After the Fall of Saigon in 1975, there was a large influx of Vietnamese refugees settling in Fountain Valley in the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s, forming a large percentage of Asian Americans in the city; the city is located southwest and northeast of the San Diego Freeway, which diagonally bisects the city, is surrounded by Huntington Beach on the south and west and Garden Grove on the north, Santa Ana on the northeast, Costa Mesa on the southeast. Its eastern border is the Santa Ana River. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 23.4 km2 0.14% of, water. Fountain Valley is home to Mile Square Regional Park, a 640 acres park containing two lakes, three 18-hole golf courses, playing fields, picnic shelters, a 20-acre urban-nature area planted with California native plants, a 55-acre recreation center with tennis courts, basketball courts, racquetball courts, a gymnasium, the Kingston Boys & Girls Club.

A major redevelopment of the recreation center and city-administered sports fields was completed in early 2009. Fire protection and emergency medical services are provided by two stations of the Fountain Valley Fire Department. Law enforcement is provided by the Fountain Valley Police Department. Ambulance service is provided by Care Ambulance Service; the Orange County Sanitation District's administrative offices and primary plant is located in Fountain Valley next to the Santa Ana River. The agency is the third-largest sanitation district in the western United States. Fountain Valley is home to the offices of the Municipal Water District of Orange County, a member of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and of the Orange County Water District; the Orange County Water District manages the groundwater basin in central and northern Orange County and operates the Groundwater Replenishment System, the world's largest water purification plant for groundwater recharge. Fountain Valley has two accredited major medical centers: the Fountain Valley Regional Hospital with 400 beds available, Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center with 230 beds, a medical clinic, an outpatient medical building.

The city has 18 churches, one Reform synagogue, a mosque and a public library. Fountain Valley has its own newspaper, the Fountain Valley View, operated by the Orange County Register; as a suburban city, most of Fountain Valley's residents commute to work in other urban centers. However, in recent years, the city has seen an increase in commercial jobs in the city, with the growth of a commercial center near the Santa Ana River known as the "Southpark" district. Although the economy of the area was once based on agriculture, the remaining production consists of several fields of strawberries or other small crops, which are being replaced by new office development. Efforts to bolster economic activity are evidenced by the city enacting policies to benefit small businesses, going so far as to paint a mural on the facade of a large water treatment building facing the freeway that depicts two shopping bags headlined by the words, "Shop in Fountain Valley."Fountain Valley is home to the national headquarters of Hyundai Motor America and D-Link Corporation, the global headquarters of memory chip manufacturer Kingston Technology, the corporate headquarters of Surefire, LLC, maker of military and commercial flashlights.

The Southpark commercial area is home to offices for companies such as D-Link, Starbucks and the Orange County Register. There are a limited number of light industrial companies in this area. In addition, Fountain Valley is the location for Noritz, a tankless water heater manufacturer, the main west coast offices of Ceridian, a professional employer organization; the increasing commercial growth can be evidenced by the frequent rush-hour traffic bottlenecks on the San Diego Freeway through Fountain Valley. According to the City's 2009 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are: Fountain Valley holds an annual Summerfest in June in Mile Square Regional Park; this event has a car show, rides and booths. There are three high schools, three middle schools, nine elementary schools, one K-12 school, two K-8 schools. However, some students who live in the city of Fountain Valley attend schools in other cities. Fountain Valley is home to Coastline Community College

Sherin Guirguis

Sherin Guirguis is a visual artist based in Los Angeles, California. Guirguis has had solo exhibitions of her work at 18th Street Art Center, The Third Line Gallery, Shulamit Nazarian Gallery, LAXART. In 2012, Guirguis received the California Community Foundation Fellowship for Visual Artists and the 2014–15 City of Los Angeles Individual Artist Fellowship, her work is acquired or held in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Orange County Museum of Art, Las Vegas Art Museum, U. S. Department of State, Metropolitan Authority Los Angeles. Guirguis is an associate professor in the Practice of Fine Art at the Roski School of Art and Design at the University of Southern California. Guirguis draws from Western and Middle Eastern influences as is seen in her Mashrabiya patterns punctuated by a bold neon palette, her work was showcased at the Desert X exhibit in the Coachella Valley from February 25 – April 30, 2017. The Aviation/Century station for the Los Angeles County Metro Rail system incorporates her artwork.

Of Thorns and Love and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA My Place is the Placeless, 18th Street Arts Center, Los Angeles, CA El Beit El Kabir, Third Line Gallery, Dubai, UAE


HuMo-gen is a free and cross-platform web application for displaying and editing genealogical data on the Internet. HuMo-gen is GNU-GPL licensed open-source software. HuMo-gen is bi-directional; the project was founded in 1999 by Huub Mons in the Netherlands. It is now developed by Yossi Beck with contributions of other users. Since March 2010 HuMo-gen is hosted on Sourceforge. HuMo-gen uses a MySQL database to store the genealogical data; the webmaster can build entire family trees on-line with HuMo-gen's editing menu or choose to upload GEDCOM files that were created with an external genealogy program. Either way, data can be edited and altered on-line and the data can be exported as a GEDCOM file for use with other programs. With the editing menu a range of genealogical data can be recorded, such as names, places, witnesses and notes. One can attach photos and video clips; the webmaster can allow other users to edit data and upload GEDCOM files as well, by allocating a username and password with the proper privileges.

As HuMo-gen is a web-based application, it may be installed on a PC on top of an Apache/PHP stack such as XAMPP The webmaster can control the data that will be visible to the end-user, by creating several user groups. The default group is "guest" which requires no login and will have the most stringent privacy settings. Other groups can have different privacy settings that may allow for more details to be shown, will require log in with a username and password supplied by the webmaster. Privacy settings may hide entire trees. End-users may search the database and create several types of textual and graphical genealogical reports. Textual reports include ancestor and outline reports; some of the reports may be exported as PDF. Among the graphical reports are the ancestor and descendant charts, hourglass chart, fan-chart and timeline chart; the program includes a relationship calculator and Google maps integration. As of October 2011, end-users can choose from among 16 display languages; the program allows the end-users to choose from among several skins.

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Hahn's Shoes

Hahn's Shoes was a Washington, DC area shoe store. It was founded in 1876 by William Hahn, who had arrived in the United States from Germany in 1868 at age 15. By 1890, there were three locations: 816 7th St, NW. At its peak, it had 66 stores in 13 states and DC. Three generations of the Hahn family, including the father of DC City Council Chair Gilbert Hahn Jr. managed the business until 1984. Like Rich's and other locally owned shoe stores, Hahn's was unable to keep up with the prices of discount chains and department stores. After 119 years, the business filed for bankruptcy and liquidated in 1995. Hahn Shoes Chain for Sale after 119 Years in District: Washington Post Black Friday Then and Now: Greater Greater Washington

Ida Standley

Ida Standley was the first school teacher in Alice Springs, Australia. For 15 years, from 1914 to 1929, she worked at The Bungalow. Standley was appointed MBE for her services to children's welfare. Ida Standley was born Ida Woodcock on 19 January 1869 in Adelaide, she was one of the six children of Hanson Woodcock, a butcher, his wife Bertha. She was educated at Misses Lucy and Florence Tilley's Hardwicke House Ladies' College and became a governess to the Standley family at Mount Wudinna Station on the Eyre Peninsula. Here she met her 35 year old farmer husband, George Standley, who she married on the 12th of August 1887 when she was 18; the couple had four children together before their marriage ended. During their marriage Ida worked in a handful of one-teacher schools. In 1914 in South Australian Education Department advertised for a female teacher in Alice Springs Stuart, no one applied until parents in the area agreed to provide additional support to the teacher to cover the cost of board and washing.

With that promise, in May 1914, she made the difficult journey to Alice Springs by catching the train to Oodnadatta and being escorted by police constable, Harry Kunoth, linesman, Will Fox, on a 14 day buggy journey the final 800kms. Upon arrival in Alice Springs, for lack of other options Ida first stayed in the police house with Robert Stott and his family; the school was established in a stone hut at the side of the Stuart Town Gaol. From the beginning the European children were taught from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm and the'half-caste' Aboriginal children, who lived at The Bungalow, from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm; the Bungalow was established in 1914 and the children were under the care of Topsy Smith until, by early 1915, Ida was asked to provide additional supervision outside of the hours of tuition for a small additional sum. Soon the additional funding promised by the parents started to break down with some parents being unable to pay and others leaving the district. There was, however, an element of racism involved with many parents and other community members that the'Europeans' were contributing to her upkeep when the majority of her students were Aboriginal.

Standley and Smith worked together at the Bungalow, behind the Stuart Arms Hotel, for many years until, in November 1928, the school were moved out of town to what is now the Jay Creek Settlement. By the time of this move Standley was in poor health and had wanted to retire in January of 1929, her 60th birthday, but was convinced to remain until a suitable replacement could be found. In the new poor living conditions at Jay Creek, her health deteriorated and she was experiencing serious heart problems and she was able to retire. Ida was made a member of the Order of the British Empire in November 1929 for her services Ida Standley died on the 29th of May 1948 at Manly in Sydney and was buried, with catholic rites, at Frenchs Forest. Ida is remembered for her hard work, efficiency and the affection she conveyed for the children in her care; the following places in Alice Springs and surrounds are named after her: Standley Chasm Ida Standley Preschool Standley Crescent Ida Street

Diplomatic Protection Service

The Diplomatic Protection Service, sometimes referred to as the Diplomatic Protection Squad, is a branch of the New Zealand Police that provides personal security for both national and visiting diplomats and VIPs. National VIPs that receive constant protection are the prime minister and the governor-general, while ministers, members of Parliament, the judiciary and the leader of the Opposition receive protection as needed. Protection is provided both in abroad. Previous visiting VIPs afforded DPS protection have included Tiger Woods during the 2002 New Zealand Open, FBI Director Robert Mueller; the DPS patrols foreign embassies and high commissions. The squad is based in the capital Wellington. Officers are experienced members of the New Zealand Police, who pass the DPS course at the Royal New Zealand Police College; the course has training on topics such as unarmed combat. Squad members operate in plain clothes, both genders can be squad members; the New Zealand Police established the DPS in the mid-1970s, to meet New Zealand's obligations under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and Consular Relations.

In the 2011-12 financial year the squad spent $5.2 million - $1.1 million over budget. The DPS carry firearms, in contrast to the regular police which do not. A 1993 report for the U. S. World Factbook of Criminal Justice Systems stated DPS officers have access to semi-automatic pistols. In May 2008, the DPS were testing a Holden Captiva SUV, to replace the unmarked Holden sedans in use at the time. 30 June 2000 - Squad members stand guard inside the Turkish consulate in Auckland, following Kurdish protests at the arrest of Abdullah Öcalan. September 2001 - Following the September 11 attacks, members of the DPS, Armed Offenders Squad and the Special Tactics Group were involved in operations for two months at the Embassy of the United States in Wellington, it was the first time armed New Zealand police have been on U. S. Embassy soil. 2002 - Operation Links, 400 police, including members of the DPS, protected players including Tiger Woods during the New Zealand Open. When the Prime Minister travels by road the DPS have a vehicle following behind, closer than is safe, to prevent other vehicles getting in between.

The close proximity of the escort vehicle has caused a few minor nose-to-tail accidents, such as twice in six weeks during 2000, on Ponsonby Road on 9 December 2005. C. 1993 – A DPS officer accidentally discharged his pistol into a briefcase aboard an foreign VIP aircraft, on the ground in Christchurch. Police stated, "The bullet lodged in the battery pack of a police radio in the briefcase." 2000 – Prime Minister Helen Clark criticised the DPS handling of a state visit by Chinese President Jiang Zemin the previous year – the DPS sought to minimise the president's exposure to protesters and save the government any embarrassment, which Clark rebuked by saying it was not in the spirit of democracy. 17 July 2004 – Helen Clark's motorcade travels at speeds of up to 172 km/h, to catch a flight at Christchurch after a flight from Timaru was cancelled. The Timaru District Court acquitted a DPS officer of all six charges relating to dangerous driving, the Police Complaints Authority praised a subsequent review of the Diplomatic Protection Squad standard operating procedures and urgent duty driving.

13 April 2005 – A door blew open on a six-seater charter airplane carrying Prime Minister Helen Clark. DPS officers Constable John Burridge and Senior Constable Dave Reid spent fifteen minutes holding the door closed with the aid of a baton, until the plane landed safely. Both officers received Police silver merit awards for their actions. August 2007 – The DPS are involved in shutting down a boy racer website that contained death threats against MP Clayton Cosgrove. 2007 – Two breaches lead to a review of security at Helen Clark's Mount Eden home, after taggers were able to put graffiti on the house, a man who had robbed a dairy was able to hide in the garden while changing his clothes. November 2008 – New Prime Minister John Key's property in Parnell, Auckland caused some security problems for the DPS due to the large size, the pricing and availability of accommodation for officers. February 2009 – On Waitangi Day, Prime Minister John Key is manhandled by a protester as he walks towards a marae after getting out of his car.

The incident caused speculation about the efficiency of the DPS. December 2017 – Newly-appointed Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's Auckland property caused some security issues due to the small size of the property and because no close proximity accommodation has been sought yet, so the DPS rotate sittings in un-marked vehicles. Diplomatic Protection Service at the New Zealand Police website