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Ian Dury

Ian Robins Dury was an English singer-songwriter and actor who rose to fame during the late 1970s, during the punk and new wave era of rock music. He was the Blockheads and before that of Kilburn and the High Roads. Dury was born, spent his early years, at his parents' home at 43 Weald Rise, Harrow Weald, Middlesex, his father, William George Dury, was a local bus driver and a former boxer, while his mother Margaret was a health visitor, the daughter of a Cornish doctor and the granddaughter of an Irish landowner. William Dury trained with Rolls-Royce to be a chauffeur, was absent for long periods, so Peggy Dury took Ian to stay with her parents in Cornwall. After the Second World War, the family moved to Switzerland, where his father chauffeured for a millionaire and the Western European Union. In 1946 Peggy brought Ian back to England and they stayed with her sister, Mary, a doctor in Cranham, a small village in Essex. Although he saw his father on visits, they never lived together again. At the age of seven, Dury contracted polio, most he believed, from a swimming pool at Southend-on-Sea during the 1949 polio epidemic.

After six weeks in a full plaster cast in the Royal Cornwall Infirmary, Truro, he was moved to Black Notley Hospital, Essex, where he spent a year and a half before going to Chailey Heritage Craft School, East Sussex, in 1951. His illness resulted in the paralysis and withering of his left leg and arm. Chailey was a school and hospital for disabled children, believed in toughening them up, contributing to the observant and determined person Dury became. Chailey taught trades such as cobbling and printing, but Dury's mother wanted him to be more academic, so his aunt Moll arranged for him to enter the Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe, where he recounted being punished for misdemeanours by being made to learn long tracts of poetry until a housemaster found him sobbing and put a stop to it: I had to go into a box room where the suitcases were stored and learn 80 lines of Ode to Autumn by yer man Keats. If I got a word wrong I had to go back, they added that to the end of the sentence and after five nights of this my head had gone.

He left the school at the age of 16 to study painting at the Walthamstow College of Art, having gained GCE'O' Levels in English Language, English Literature and Art. From 1964 he studied art at the Royal College of Art under Peter Blake, in 1967 took part in a group exhibition, "Fantasy and Figuration", alongside Pat Douthwaite, Herbert Kitchen and Stass Paraskos at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. From 1967 he taught art at various colleges in the south of England, he painted commercial illustrations for The Sunday Times in the early 1970s. Dury formed Kilburn and the High Roads in 1971, they played their first gig at Croydon School of Art on 5 December 1971. Dury was vocalist and lyricist, co-writing with pianist Russell Hardy and enrolling into the group a number of the students he was teaching at Canterbury College of Art, including guitarist Keith Lucas and bassist Humphrey Ocean. Managed first by Charlie Gillett and Gordon Nelki and latterly by fashion entrepreneur Tommy Roberts, the Kilburns found favour on London's pub rock circuit and signed to Dawn Records in 1974 but, despite favourable press coverage and a tour opening for English rock band The Who, the group failed to rise above cult status and disbanded in 1975.

Kilburn & the High-Roads recorded two albums and Wotabunch!. Under the management of Andrew King and Peter Jenner, the original managers of Pink Floyd, Ian Dury and the Blockheads gained a reputation as one of the top live acts of new wave music. Dury's lyrics are a combination of lyrical poetry, word play, observation of British everyday life, character sketches, sexual humour: "This is what we find... Home improvement expert Harold Hill of Harold Hill, Of do-it-yourself dexterity and double-glazing skill, Came home to find another gentleman's kippers in the grill, So he sanded off his winkle with his Black & Decker drill." The song "Billericay Dickie" rhymes "I had a love affair with Nina, In the back of my Cortina" with "A seasoned-up hyena Could not have been more obscener". The Blockheads' sound drew from its members' diverse musical influences, which included jazz and roll, reggae, Dury's love of music hall; the band was formed after Dury began writing songs with guitarist Chaz Jankel.

Jankel took Dury's lyrics, fashioned a number of songs, they began recording with members of Radio Caroline's Loving Awareness Band – drummer Charley Charles, bassist Norman Watt-Roy, keyboard player Mick Gallagher, guitarist John Turnbull and former Kilburns saxophonist Davey Payne. An album was completed. Next door to Dury's manager's office was the newly formed Stiff Records, a perfect home for Dury's maverick style; the single "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll", released 26 August 1977, marked Dury's Stiff debut. Although it was banned by the BBC it was named Single of the Week by NME on its release; the single issue was soon followed, at the end of September, by the album New Boots and Pa

Air Senegal

Air Senegal, is the flag carrier of the Republic of Senegal. Created in 2016, it is state owned through investment arm Caisse des Dépots et Consignation du Sénégal, it is based at Blaise Diagne International Airport in Senegal. The airline was created in 2016 to replace bankrupt carrier Senegal Airlines under liquidation; the new national airline is part of a large, 20-year horizon investment plan referred to as Plan Sénégal Émergent initiated by President Macky Sall. Air Senegal aims to be the leader in West African air transport; the airline is headed by a former Vice President of Airbus. On 29 April 2018, the airline received its Air Operator's Certificate and commenced domestic flights on 14 May 2018 with a fleet of two brand new ATR72-600s. In the fourth quarter of 2018, it leased two Airbus A319s from Lessors Avolon and Apollo and started deploying to several regional destinations; the airline added a third A319 jet in June 2019, to serve regional destinations, including Abidjan and Conakry.

The airline ordered two long-haul wide-body Airbus A330-900neos in November 2017 at the Dubai Air Show. The airline became the first acquirer of this new type of aircraft in Africa; the first plane arrived in January 2019 after a delivery flight from Toulouse and launched the daily Dakar–Paris route. The second A330-900neo is expected in 2019 and is expected to be deployed to intercontinental destinations in North America and Brazil. Air Senegal has indicated its intent to open up its capital and raise equity money with high-profile international investors by the end of 2019, it is advised by the financial advisory conglomerate Lazard. In November 2019, at the 2019 Dubai Air Show, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed for 8 Airbus A220-300 regional jets, the airline's largest order so far. According to CEO Ibrahima Kane, “ will contribute to develop our long haul network to Europe and our regional network in Africa”, with routes to London and Lagos expected to be launched; the first A220 is expected to be delivered in 2021 and upon delivery Air Senegal will become the third African airline to operate the Airbus A220 after Air Tanzania and EgyptAir, the first airline in West Africa to operate them.

The end of 2019 saw big expansion for the carrier. In mid-November the airline strengthened its domestic links with a new route to Cap Skirring using its ATR 72-600s, its second domestic route after Ziguinchor. There was expansion in the long haul sector with the arrival of a 2nd A330-900neo, which enabled the airline to begin flights to Marseille and Barcelona, the airline's first destination in Spain; the addition of 2 Boeing 737-500s on lease from Romanian airline Blue Air allowed Air Senegal to launch new routes to multiple countries in Western Africa, including Casablanca in Morocco, Ghana's capital city Accra, as well as Abuja and Lagos in Nigeria. As of February 2020, Air Senegal operated to the following destinations: As of February 2020, Air Senegal operates the following aircraft: In September 2019, Air Senegal was admitted as a member of the African Airlines Association

Frederic Storm

Frederic Storm was a United States Representative from New York. Born in Alsace, France, he immigrated to the United States in 1846 with his parents, who settled in New York City, he engaged in the cigar manufacturing business. He was a delegate to the New York State Constitutional Convention of 1894, he was a member of the Queens County Republican committee from 1894 to 1900 and was three times its chairman. He was the founder of Flushing Hospital, was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-seventh Congress, holding office from March 4, 1901 to March 3, 1903, he was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1902 to the Fifty-eighth Congress, after leaving Congress engaged in banking in Bayside. He founded the Bayside National Bank in 1905 and was its president until his resignation in 1920, he resided in Bayside until his death in that city in 1935. United States Congress. "Frederic Storm". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Frederic Storm at Find a Grave

Skipp Sudduth

Robert Lee "Skipp" Sudduth IV is an American theater and television actor. He is best known for his role in the 1998 film Ronin and his lead in the TV drama Third Watch. Born in Wareham, the son of an engineer and a nurse, Sudduth attended George Washington High School in Danville, Virginia. Sudduth earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Hampden-Sydney College, he is the older brother of actor Kohl Sudduth. He worked for a year as Director of Alumni Relations at his alma mater in the administration of the college's then-new president Josiah Bunting III, author of The Lionheads and future commandant of Virginia Military Institute in Lexington. Sudduth worked for a year as apprentice to the winemaker with poet and vintner Tom O'Grady at Rose Bower Vineyard and Winery. At that time, Rose Bower was only the seventh Estate Vineyard to be licensed in Virginia since the time of Thomas Jefferson. During this period, Sudduth was acting in community and campus theater and writing original comedy and directing and producing the annual comedy review, Parting Shots, at H-SC.

The following year, he returned to school entering the acting program in the Department of Drama at the University of Virginia. At UVA he met and worked with his first and most dynamic acting teacher, Spencer Golub, who would go on to head the Drama Department at Brown University. Golub's emphasis on physically liberating the imagination through extensive guided improvisation became the foundation for Sudduth's approach to acting. Sudduth acted extensively during his time at UVA playing leading roles in Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard, Sam Shepard's Curse of the Starving Class, Peter Shaffer's Equus, which featured the first full male and female nudity allowed on stage in a production at UVA. Sudduth received his Masters of Fine Arts degree in acting from UVA in 1985. Sudduth moved to Chicago in December 1985 aspiring to work with the acclaimed Steppenwolf Theater Company. During his four and a half years in Chicago, Sudduth played in many stage productions including Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot, Emily Mann's Execution of Justice, Nebraska.

He has appeared in stage adaptations of The Grapes of Wrath, On the Waterfront and A Clockwork Orange, acted in the 1999 Broadway production of The Iceman Cometh and the 2003 debut performance of Woody Allen's play Riverside Drive. He appeared in Twelfth Night at Lincoln Center. Sudduth's movie career has seen him play numerous small parts in 54, A Cool, Dry Place, Spike Lee's Clockers, as well larger roles with Robert De Niro in Ronin and Flawless. Sudduth, a keen amateur racing/stunt driver, performed nearly all of the driving his character does in Ronin. Skipp Sudduth had a recurring role in the TV soap opera One Life to Live, but is better known for his portrayal of NYPD officer John "Sully" Sullivan in the NBC drama Third Watch. Sudduth appeared in all six seasons of the show and his character is one of the leading ensemble of eight around whom the underlying story arc revolves, he earned his Directors Guild of America card directing the episode "Collateral Damage, Part II" in season 4.

Sudduth has made guest appearances in Homicide: Life on the Street, Law & Order, Oz, Trinity and Mad About You. The multi-talented Sudduth is a singer-songwriter; the last two are available on iTunes. He was a member of New York's Rumble in the Redroom comedy troupe and has recorded several notable audio books including one short story in the acclaimed Stephen King collection, Just After Sunset and Peter Canellos's biography of Ted Kennedy, Last Lion: The Fall and Rise of Ted Kennedy, both for Simon & Schuster. In 2008, Sudduth created the role of Captain George Brackett in the Tony-Award-winning revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific at Lincoln Center. Sudduth finished the year appearing in the New York premiere of Prayer for My Enemy, a play by Craig Lucas; the play was the second time Sudduth worked with director Bartlett Sher who had directed South Pacific. The production ran at the off-Broadway theater Playwright's Horizons from November 14 to December 21 and featured Victoria Clark, Michele Pawk, Jonathan Groff.

In the play, Sudduth played a recovering alcoholic coping with his son's return from the Iraq War. Sudduth began his career as a director during his years in the cast of Third Watch by directing one episode in each of the last three years of the series. Since Sudduth has directed episodes of ER, Criminal Minds, Women's Murder Club, CSI: Cyber, multiple episodes of CSI: NY, he is at work developing projects for film and theater. He has starred on the short lived police drama NYC 22 as NYPD Detective Tommy Luster. Skipp Sudduth on IMDb Biography Club biography of Skipp Sudduth Third Watch cast biography Playwrights Horizons

Elizabeth Grech

Elizabeth Grech is a Maltese writer and translator. Grech studied Contemporary Mediterranean Studies and French at the University of Malta and the University of Provence, from where she obtained a BA and Masters in Ethnology, she lives in Paris and works as a professional translator, translating from Italian and French into English. Her literary translation work, focuses on work from Maltese to French. Grech has been professionally involved with various voluntary and civil organisations including Inizjamed and the former René Seydoux Foundation where she served as cultural manager for over 10 years, she has worked as editor for the English version of curating articles on Mediterranean cultures and societies. Grech is a consultant with the CIHEAM, she is engaged with Mana Chuma Teatro, where she is in charge of translation, communications and international relations. Grech is a founding and board member of HELA. Grech has read her works at a number of international poetry events, including as part of a UNESCO International Poetry Day event organised by EUNIC and at the International Festival of Poetry in Sidi Bou Said in Tunisia.

She was a guest author at the Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival 2019. A number of Grech's poems have been translated to Romanian by translator Valeriu Butulescu, her poetry has been published in various international literary journals. Her first collection of poems, bejn baħar u baħar was published in Malta by Merlin publishers in 2019. Fellow Maltese writer Clare Azzopardi, said that Grech's poems are "calm, teasing, just like the sea"; the poems attest to Grech's love for the Mediterranean sea and present a strong personal narrative of longing and love which keeps recurring throughout the book. Grech has translated the works of key figures in Maltese literature including poets and writers like Maria Grech Ganado, Antoine Cassar, Norbert Bugeja, John Aquilina, Clare Azzopardi, Adrian Grima and John Portelli. Official Website Maħżen Poeżija Radio Interview

Exponential utility

In economics and finance, exponential utility is a specific form of the utility function, used in some contexts because of its convenience when risk is present, in which case expected utility is maximized. Formally, exponential utility is given by: u = { / a a ≠ 0 c a = 0 c is a variable that the economic decision-maker prefers more of, such as consumption, a is a constant that represents the degree of risk preference. In situations where only risk aversion is allowed, the formula is simplified to u = 1 − e − a c. Note that the additive term 1 in the above function is mathematically irrelevant and is included only for the aesthetic feature that it keeps the range of the function between zero and one over the domain of non-negative values for c; the reason for its irrelevance is that maximizing the expected value of utility u = / a gives the same result for the choice variable as does maximizing the expected value of u = − e − a c / a. The exponential utility function is a special case of the hyperbolic absolute risk aversion utility functions.

Exponential utility implies constant absolute risk aversion, with coefficient of absolute risk aversion equal to a constant: − u ″ u ′ = a. In the standard model of one risky asset and one risk-free asset, for example, this feature implies that the optimal holding of the risky asset is independent of the level of initial wealth; this feature explains. Though isoelastic utility, exhibiting constant relative risk aversion, is considered more plausible, exponential utility is convenient for many calculations. For example, suppose that consumption c is a function of labor supply x and a random term ϵ: c = c + ϵ. Under exponential utility, expected utility is given by: E = E, where E is the expectation operator. With distributed noise, i.e. ε ∼ N, E can be calculated using the fact that E = e − a μ + a 2 2 σ 2. Thus E = E = E = 1 − e − a c E = 1 − e − a c e − a μ + a 2 2 σ 2. {\displaystyle ={\text