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Godfrey A. Rockefeller

Godfrey Anderson Rockefeller, Sr. was an American aviator. He was the eldest son of Godfrey Stillman Helen Gratz, he is best known for his environmental interests and role in the World Wildlife Fund. Godfrey Anderson Rockefeller was born on May 22, 1924, in New York City to Godfrey Stillman Rockefeller and Helen Gratz, he attended Phillips Academy Andover and Yale University, at the same time as family friend George H. W. Bush, He joined the United States Marine Corps and served in both World War II and the Korean War, achieving the rank of Major Aviator Pilot. Godfrey spent 25 years in the commercial helicopter industry, working for Bell Helicopters as Chief Pilot, he was president and chairman of the Helicopter Association of America, now known as the Helicopter Association International, in 1968, belonged to the American Helicopter Society, being a member since 1952 and belonging to its Gold Circle Club. Rockefeller "played an important role in the founding and creation" of the World Wildlife Fund, which included "hiring the first staff and chief scientist", served as its executive director from 1972 to 1978.

From 1977 to 2006 he served on the board of directors and the National Council of the WWF. From 1981 to 1990, he was chairman of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, after that chairman emeritus. Rockefeller owned a home on Gibson Island in Maryland and was keenly interested in the preservation of the failing Chesapeake Bay. Following his unexpected death on January 22, 2010, at the St. Andrew's Club in Delray Beach, where he owned a home, the Gibson Island community honored him by flying their flag at half-mast. Godfrey's first marriage to Constance Hamilton Wallace ended in divorce, he was married to Margaret "Margo" Kuhn Rockefeller for fifty three years. He is survived by several grandchildren. Rockefeller family


Burnham-on-Crouch is a town and civil parish in the Maldon District of Essex in the East of England. It lies on the north bank of the River Crouch, it is one of Britain's leading places for yachting. The civil parish extends 5 miles east of the town to the mouth of the River Crouch, it includes the hamlets of Creeksea and Ostend west of the town, Stoneyhills to the north and Dammer Wick, West Wick and East Wick east of the town. According to the Domesday Survey of 1086, Burnham was held in 1066 by a thegn called Alward and 10 free men. After 1066 it was acquired by a Norman called Tedric Pointel of Coggeshall whose overlord was Ralph Baynard, it has benefited from its location on the coast – first as a ferry port as a fishing port known for its oyster beds, most as a centre for yachting. There are many listed buildings in the town, including the Grade II* listed Royal Corinthian Yacht Club designed in 1931 by the modernist architect Joseph Emberton; the Mangapps Railway Museum is located nearby.

Although the town has a population of little over 7,500, it is the principal settlement in the wider Dengie peninsula area, meaning it has facilities that are uncommon in small towns, such as a cinema, a laundrette, a post office, 22 licensed drinking establishments and three pharmacies. Burnham played a significant role in both world wars. A First World War airfield was established in 1915 on agricultural land next to present day Wick Farm, it was used until early 1919. It was established for use by Home Defence aircraft in order to defend against Zeppelin attack and as a night flight station; the small grass landing field covered an area of about 150 acres. There were no permanent buildings, the personnel were billeted in tented accommodation; the base was established by the Royal Navy Air Service and two Bristol T. B.8s operated from there. The Royal Flying Corps took over responsibilities for Home Defence in 1916 and the airfield became a RFC base operating BE type aircraft of 37 Squadron; the airfield was closed in 1919.

During the Second World War, Burnham was the training base for one of the first Commando battalions, led by Lt-Col Dunford-Slater. From 1943 to 1945 it was HMS St Matthew, base for up to 1400 sailors training on minor landing craft; the navy occupied a site at Creeksea. Unconnected with these activities, the area witnessed Luftwaffe crashes and bomb, mine and V-weapon explosions--German parachute mines caused fatalities in the town and at nearby Southminster. Since 1966 Burnham-on-Crouch has had an RNLI lifeboat presence, it operated only during the sailing season, but from 1987 it has done so all year. The on-shore facilities are in the marina with two floating boathouses in Burnham yacht harbour. Burnham-on-Crouch holds a bi-annual charity fund-raising pub crawl, an event which first took place in June 2007. More than 100 local people walk through the town in themed fancy dress raising money for the Samaritans. There is both a winter edition of the crawl; the town has two community-based magazines, the larger of the two is The Burnham on Crouch and Dengie Focus, delivered to every house and business in Burnham and Southminster and can be picked up from collection points throughout Dengie.

The other is The Burnham and Dengie Hundred Review, a smaller A5 size and is delivered free across the Dengie. On the last Saturday of September, the town holds its Illuminated Carnival, held for the 100th year in 2008; the carnival takes place on the High Street and Quay with stalls and displays, culminates with a grand illuminated procession in the evening, which leaves from the clock tower and proceeds around the town. There is a fancy-dress competition for children; the carnival is sponsored by local businesses. The Essex town was mentioned by Ian Dury; this song alludes to Burnham's somewhat upmarket status in the county. In view of the town's comparatively isolated position – 20 miles from Chelmsford; the nearest large town – Burnham-on-Crouch railway station represents a vital transport link. The station is situated on a single-line branch from Wickford, which escaped closure in the 1960s by Beeching, as it was used to supply the nearby Bradwell nuclear power station; the branch line was electrified in the 1980s, provides off-peak services to Wickford with direct services to and from London Liverpool Street during rush hour, thus allowing the town's inclusion in the London commuter belt.

The town has bus links to Chelmsford. First Essex, services include the 31X/31B linking Burnham On Crouch - Latchingdon - Maldon - Danbury - Chelmsford, the 31C/31 buses which sometimes travel through Maldon to Chelmsford. Fords Coaches, Arrow Taxi and Stephensons of Essex offer bus services. Burnham-on-Crouch hosts an annual sailing event known as Burnham Week, which takes place in the last week of August; the week includes competitive dinghy racing on the River Crouch. The event is shared among the four established sailing clubs in Burnham: The Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, The Royal Burnham Yacht Club, The Crouch Yacht Club, The Burnham Sailing Club; this annual yacht regatta dates back to 1893. In the early years, Burnham Week was regarded as the last event in the sailing calendar. In the days before marinas afforded year-round access, many yachts were laid up for the winter in mud-berths on the east coast rivers; the racing fleets worked their way along the south coast, enjoying various events and regattas, having a final fling at Burnham before laying up.

Today, the event is still growing and the various sailing clubs produce many reg


The seguidilla is an old Castilian folksong and dance form in quick triple time for two people with many regional variations. The music is in a major key and begins on an offbeat; the term is used for a Spanish stanza form with four to seven short assonant lines in a characteristic rhythm. The earliest and most influential of the types of seguidilla are thought to originate in either La Mancha or Andalusia, having become typical of large parts of central Spain. Variants include the seguidilla manchega as well as the murciana from Murcia and the faster sevillana of Seville. One of the most complex styles of seguidilla is the seguidilla flamenca or seguiriya), used in flamenco music. Act I of Jacques Offenbach's opera La Périchole includes a number entitled "Séguedille"; the dance is performed in pairs with animated footwork reflecting the rhythm of the guitar and percussion, yet restrained upper body movement. One technique characteristic of the dance is known as bien parado, wherein the dancers stop motion at the end of a section of the music or stanza of text while the instruments continue playing into the next section.

The woman dancer holds castanets. Act I of ballet Don Quixote includes a Seguidilla dance performed by corps de ballet. In general, seguidilla folksongs begin with a brief instrumental introduction played on guitar, followed by a salida, a small portion of the song text acting as a false start; the remaining sections are free and varied, consisting of instrumental interludios and the vocal sections called coplas. An original song entitled Seguidilla occurs in Act I of the opera Carmen by Georges Bizet, where it is sung by the gypsy heroine in a attempt to seduce her captor, the soldier Don José, into setting her free and meeting her at the inn of her friend Lillas Pastia. Although this number uses flamenco-style material, it has a slower tempo than the classic Spanish dance form and a more complex structure, it is possible that the "Veil Song" by Giuseppe Verdi is meant to evoke the style of a seguidilla, though stylistically it is closer to a bolero with added flamenco-style melodic colouration.

Elsewhere, in La forza del destino, the same composer inserts a folk dance at the beginning of Act II. A seguidilla features in Paisiello's opera Il barbiere di Siviglia

The Alliance (France)

The Alliance or Republican and Social Alliance referred as "Confederation of the Centres", was a centrist, liberal and social-liberal coalition of political parties in France. In a government reshuffle in November 2010, Jean-Louis Borloo, minister of Ecology and Sustainable Development and leader of the Radical Party, Hervé Morin, minister of Defence and leader of New Centre, were excluded by Prime Minister François Fillon; this led many centrists to distance from President Nicolas Sarkozy. On 7 April 2011 Borloo announced the creation of a centrist coalition. On 14–15 May, during a party congress, the Radicals decided to cut their ties with Sarkozy's Union for a Popular Movement, of which they had been an associate party since 2002; the coalition was launched during a convention on 26 June 2011. The loose coalition was supplanted in September 2012 by the Union of Independents. New Centre Radical Party Modern Left Democratic Convention

Yvon Joseph

Yvon Joseph is a retired Haitian basketball player. He played collegiately at Georgia Tech and appeared in one game in the National Basketball Association. Joseph was the first native Haitian to play NCAA Division I college basketball in the United States. Joseph, a 6'11" center from Cap-Haïtien, had never played organized basketball in 1980 when he was discovered by a coach from Miami Dade College and was offered a scholarship to the school. A former volleyball player, Joseph picked up the game leading the team to an undefeated regular season in his sophomore campaign and reaching the NJCAA Tournament final, falling to Spud Webb and Midland College in overtime; as an assistant coach at Miami Dad's, Bruce Comer passed him many many balls in the post to help him develop into a baseketball player. He moved to Georgia Tech to play for coach Bobby Cremins, where he played from 1982 to 1985, he teamed with future NBA players Mark Price and John Salley to lead the Yellow Jackets to their first Atlantic Coast Conference title and the regional finals of the 1985 NCAA Tournament.

For his Georgia Tech career, Joseph scored 446 rebounds. After the close of his college career, Joseph was selected by the New Jersey Nets in the second round of the 1985 NBA draft, he played only one game in the NBA, scoring 2 points and committing a personal foul in 5 minutes of action against the Indiana Pacers on October 26, 1985. After basketball, Joseph became a businessman who provides water-purification systems to developing countries. Career statistics and player information from


Sigenot is an anonymous Middle High German poem about the legendary hero Dietrich von Bern, the legendary counterpart of the historical Ostrogothic king Theodoric the Great. It is one of the so-called fantastical Dietrich poems, so called because it more resembles a courtly romance than a heroic epic, it was written in the Alemannic dialect area, no than 1300. The poem concerns Dietrich's fight with the eponymous giant Sigenot, who defeats Dietrich and takes him prisoner. Dietrich must be rescued by his mentor Hildebrand, who himself is defeated by the giant but manages to escape with the help of the dwarf Eggerich and kill the giant; the Sigenot exists in two principle versions. It was by far the most popular of all Dietrich poems, being transmitted in eight extant manuscripts and twenty-one printings until 1661, it inspired various artistic depictions as well. It is not regarded highly as a work of art and has received little scholarly attention; the poem exists in two principle versions: the so-called elder Sigenot, the younger Sigenot.

In the älterer Sigenot, Dietrich awakens the giant Sigenot in the forest by kicking him. The giant recognizes Dietrich by the coat of arms on his shield as the slayer of Hilde and Grim, two giant relatives of his, forces Dietrich to fight him, despite a sudden reluctance on Dietrich's part. Dietrich is thrown into a dungeon. Sigenot now heads to Bern to defeat Hildebrand, encountering him in the forest, takes him prisoner as well. However, once Hildebrand has been dragged to Dietrich's prison, he is able to free himself, slays the giant and frees Dietrich with the help of the dwarf Duke Eggerich; the two heroes return to Bern. In the jüngerer Sigenot, the poem begins with Hildebrand telling Dietrich about Sigenot, he warns him not to go into the forest to fight the giant. Dietrich sets out to find Sigenot. Before encountering the giant, Dietrich fights a wild man, keeping the dwarf Baldung captive; as a reward, the dwarf directs him to Sigenot. Dietrich is taken prisoner. Sigenot throws Dietrich into a snake pit.

Sigenot decides to head for Bern. Hildebrand, now worried by Dietrich's long absence, sets out to find him: on the way he encounters Sigenot and is taken prisoner. Left alone in Sigenot's cave, Hildebrand frees dresses in Dietrich's armor, he slays Sigenot and frees Dietrich with Eggerich's help. The Sigenot exists in two overarching versions, the so-called "older Sigenot" and the "younger Sigenot"; because of the heavy variability between manuscripts in the fantastical Dietrich poems, each individual manuscript can be considered to be a "version" of these two overarching versions. It was believed that the "younger Sigenot" represented an expansion of the shorter version found in the "older Sigenot". Now the "younger Sigenot is believed to be the older version of the two. Given the age of the first manuscript, the poem must have existed before 1300, most in the Swabian-Alemannic dialect area. Like all German heroic poems, it is anonymous; the "older Sigenot is attested in one manuscript: S1: Badische Landesbibliothek Karlsruhe, Cod.

Donaueschingen 74. Parchment, c. 1300, East Alemannic dialect. Contains various literary texts, including the Sigenot followed by the Eckenlied, it is that this version of 44 stanzas has been deliberately shortened to serve as an introduction or prologue to the Eckenlied, which follows it in the manuscript. The final stanza of the poem includes an explicit mention; the "younger Sigenot has around 2000 stanzas, varying by attestation, is attested in all the remaining manuscripts and printings: S2: Heldenbuch written by Diebolt von Hanowe. Strasbourg City/Seminary Library, destroyed 1870. S3: Universitätsbibliothek Heidelberg, Cpg 67. Paper, around 1470, Swabian dialect. S4: Württembergische Landesbibliothek Stuttgart, Cod. theol. Et phil. 8° 5. Contains various theological texts, several stanzas of the Sigenot are on the spill pages. S5: Staatsbibliothek Berlin, Ms. germ 4° 1107. Paper, 1459, from Ulm. Contains various songs, short narrative texts, including the Sigenot with lacunae and the Jüngeres Hildebrandslied.

S6: The Dresdner Heldenbuch. Sächsische Landesbibliothek Dresden, Msc. M 201. Paper, 1472, from Nuremberg. S7: Národní knihovna České republiky Prague LXIX D 5 Nr. 48. Lost. Fragment of a paper manuscript, fifteenth century, East Franconian dialect. S8: Stadtarchiv Dinkelsbühl, B 259 - accounting book, a stanza of the Sigenot is written between two entries for the year 1482. There are more than 21 printings, with the last being printed in Nuremberg in 1661. Although the Sigenot was one of the most popular poems about Dietrich von Bern, it has not been treated kindly by scholars, with both Joachim Heinzle and Victor Millet dismissing it as uninteresting; the poem shows little self-reflexively: Hildebrand stylizes the fight against giants as the chief task of any hero. The text includes some comical elements, as when Sigenot is able to carry Dietrich under his arm, or when Dietrich's fiery breath, with which he defeated Siegfried in the Rosengarten zu Worms, proves useless against the giant; that Dietrich and Hildebrand together defeat the giant shows the solidarity of the noble warriors rather than any suggestion of Dietrich's inadequacy.

Like the majority of German heroic epics, the Sigenot is written in stanzas. The poem is composed in a stranzaic form known as the "Berner Ton," which consists of