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Jacques Brel

Jacques Romain Georges Brel was a Belgian singer, poet and director who composed and performed literate and theatrical songs that generated a large, devoted following—initially in Belgium and France throughout the world. He is considered a master of the modern chanson. Although he recorded most of his songs in French and in Dutch, he became an influence on English-speaking songwriters and performers, such as Scott Walker, David Bowie, Alex Harvey, Marc Almond and Rod McKuen. English translations of his songs were recorded including: Bowie. Brel was a successful actor, he directed two films, one of which, Le Far West, was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1973. Having sold over 25 million records worldwide, Brel is the third best-selling Belgian recording artist of all time. Brel married Thérèse "Miche" Michielsen in 1950, the couple had three children, he had a romantic relationship with actress and dancer Maddly Bamy from 1972 until his death in 1978. Jacques Romain Georges Brel was born on 8 April 1929 in Schaerbeek, Brussels, to Élisabeth "Lisette" and Romain Brel.

He came from a family of Flemish descent. His father worked for Cominex, an import–export firm, became co-director of a company that manufactured cardboard. Jacques and his older brother Pierre grew up in an austere household, attended a Catholic primary school, École Saint-Viateur, run by the order of Saint Viator. Remembered as a courteous and manageable pupil, Brel did well in reading and writing, but struggled through arithmetic and Dutch; the boys were members of the local Boy Scouts troop, enjoyed their time at summer camp and on family outings to the North Sea coast. In Brussels, the family lived at 138 Avenue du Diamant in Schaerbeek moved to 26 Boulevard Belgica in Sint-Jans-Molenbeek, settled at 7 Rue Jacques-Manne in Anderlecht. Brel was close to his mother, fascinated by her sense of humour, which he inherited. In September 1941, his parents enrolled Brel at the Institut Saint-Louis at rue du Marais near the Botanical Garden of Brussels. Although he did poorly in many subjects, he did well in history and French, showed a talent for writing.

He helped set up the school's drama club. He wrote short stories and essays. In 1944, at the age of 15, Brel began playing the guitar; the following year he began writing plays. In the spring of 1947, during his final year at Saint-Louis, Brel wrote a short story titled "Frédéric" for a school magazine Le Grand Feu. Published pseudonymously, the story is about a man on his death bed who encourages his grandson to run away while the rest of the family makes arrangements for his funeral. Despite his growing talent for writing, Brel was not a good student, failed many of his exams. With an academic career not in his future, the 18-year-old Brel went to work at his father's cardboard factory in August 1947, his job at Vanneste and Brel was predictable and uninspiring—a routine that involved fixing prices and meeting customers. Apart from joining the company football team, he showed little interest in the company's social activities and events. To offset the boredom of his daily office routine, he joined a local Catholic youth organisation La Franche Cordée, which had as its motto, "More is within you."

Dedicated to philanthropic work, the group organised religious retreats, fundraising events, food and clothing deliveries to orphanages and old people's homes. Brel supported these activities with great enthusiasm and believed in FC's mission, his parents were pleased with their son's dedication, provided him with the company van and family car to support his FC activities. In June 1948, Brel enlisted for military service, did his basic training in Limbourg, served as a corporal in the Belgian air force stationed at Groenveld barracks in Zellik near Brussels. Throughout his military service, Brel was still able to attend FC meetings. While working at FC, Brel met his future wife, Thérèse Michielsen, known to her friends as "Miche". On 1 June 1950, Miche were married at Laeken, a suburb of the City of Brussels. On 6 December 1951, Miche gave birth to their first daughter, Chantal. In 1952 Brel began writing songs and performing them at family gatherings and on Brussels' cabaret circuit, his family and friends were not supportive of violent, emotional performances.

That year he performed on a local radio station for the first time. In January 1953, Brel performed at the cabaret La Rose Noire in Brussels. In February he signed a contract with Philips Records and recorded his first 78 rpm record, "Il Y A", released in March; the talent scout and artistic director at the record company, Jacques Canetti, invited him to move to Paris. Despite his family's objections and the added pressure of raising a second daughter, born on 12 July, he left Brussels for Paris in the autumn of 1953. In Paris Brel worked hard to get his career off the ground, he stayed at the Hotel Stevens and gave guitar lessons to artist-dancer Francesco Frediani to pay his rent. He found work on the cabaret circuit at venues such as L'Écluse, L'Échelle de Jacob, in Jacques Canetti's cabaret Les Trois Baudets. In 1954 Brel competed in the music contest Grand Prix de la Chanson in Knokke-le-Zoute, fi

Ambassador (B&O train)

The Ambassador was a named train of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad on its route between Baltimore and Detroit, Michigan with major station stops in Washington, D. C. and Pittsburgh and Toledo, Ohio. Inaugurated in 1930, the Ambassador was discontinued in 1964; the B&O began passenger service from Detroit to Washington, D. C. in 1920. From Detroit to Toledo, it ran on the tracks of the Pere Wabash railroads. Toledo south to Deshler, it ran on B&O tracks; until 1925, the B&O offered a through Washington to Detroit Pullman sleeping car running on a Washington to Chicago train. At Deshler, Ohio the car was added to a Cincinnati to Detroit train. In June 1925, the B&O started a through direct from Washington overnight train to Detroit named the Washington-Detroit Limited; this train operated coaches, a dining car, a lounge car, sleepers. In 1930, this train was renamed The Ambassador; the train used the cutoff through North Baltimore, Ohio skipping Deshler. Up through 1946, it operated into Fort Street Union Depot in Detroit B&O moved operations to the landmark Michigan Central Station.

In late 1961, as railroad passenger traffic was declining, The Ambassador became just a section of the combined Capitol Limited - Columbian. It had one coach, a sleeping car, a combination sleeper-lounge; the train operated separately from Ohio to Detroit with a dining car added. In 1964, The Ambassador name disappeared and the train was renamed the Capitol-Detroit. Now that the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad had acquired control of the B&O, the train was rerouted over the C&O from Toledo to Fort Street Union Depot. On September 24, 1942 The Ambassador ran into the back of the Cleveland Express near Dickerson, Maryland northwest of Washington, DC. Twelve passengers and two crewmen were killed in the worst accident that the B&O had suffered since 1907. On the night of March 9, 1949, as the Ambassador was leaving Martinsburg, West Virginia, two young men riding on the train as passengers began robbing other passengers walked through the train and its diesel locomotives to the head end and forced the engineer to back the train back to a grade crossing, where they got off.

The robbers held up a nearby tavern, stole a car, caught a bus, winding up in Washington, DC, the next day. Police, acting on a tip, arrested the two at a pawn shop, wounding one bandit who officers thought was drawing a gun; the story made national headlines, the pair were subsequently sentenced to twenty years in federal prison. Firsthand account from the head bandit, Luman Ramsdell, in book by author Wilson Casey, "Bedlam on the West Virginia Rails", 2015 History Press

Ireland national schoolboy rugby union team

The Irish Schoolboys rugby union team is the national team for secondary school students and under-18 school players in Ireland. There is an equivalent Ireland under 18 clubs side; the Irish Schoolboys side represents the nation against youths of other nations. They provide a starting point for Ireland qualified players that has led to players representing the National Team, Ireland A, Provincial, Irish U-20 and AIL teams. In both the Republic and Northern Ireland there are 246 Schools playing rugby; each of the four Provinces holds a Schools Cup competition every season culminating in a Provincial Cup Final held on or around St Patricks Day. Despite the age group the qualifying games and finals are very well attended with crowds better than those attending most adult club games, for Leinster Schools Cup Finals crowds of 15-20,000 are not unusual; this has brought onboard sponsors of the various competitions such as the Northern Bank Schools' Cup, Supermacs Schools Cup and the Powerade Schools' Cup.

They play against other 6 Nations countries' schoolboys sides during the year, other test playing nations schools teams on a more infrequent basis. Recent matches include a narrow loss to France in a schoolboy Under-18 match on 20 December 2007. Since 2011, the team has taken part in the annual European Under-18 Rugby Union Championship, winning the title in this competition in 2011, it was Ireland's fourth appearance in the final, having lost to France in 2007, 2008 and 2010. 2011 marked the first time that Ireland was represented by a schools team rather than a Clubs XV. The following players have been called by the Ireland senior national team: Gordon D'Arcy Luke Fitzgerald Cian Healy Jamie Heaslip Shane Jennings Rob Kearney Brian O'Driscoll Jonathan Sexton Gavin Duffy Andrew Dunne European Under-18 Rugby Union Championship Champions: 2011 Runners-up: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2014 The team's final positions in the European championship: Irish Colleges Rugby Union Under 18 Six Nations Festival IRB Junior World Championship FIRA AER U18 Euro Championship

2012 Maine Question 1

Maine Question 1 was a voter referendum on an initiated state statute that occurred November 6, 2012. The title of the citizen initiative is "An Act to Allow Marriage Licenses for Same-Sex Couples and Protect Religious Freedom"; the question that appeared on the ballot was: "Do you want to allow the State of Maine to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples?" The law took effect on December 29, 2012. In 2009, same-sex marriage legalization, "An Act To End Discrimination in Civil Marriage and Affirm Religious Freedom", was passed by the legislature and signed into law by Governor John Baldacci. A 2009 people's veto referendum to reject the law passed 53 to 47 percent, invalidating the law before it took effect. On June 30, 2011, EqualityMaine and Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders announced plans to place a voter initiative in support of same-sex marriage on Maine's November 2012 ballot. Supporters delivered more than 105,000 petition signatures for the initiative to the Secretary of State's office on January 26, 2012, exceeding the minimum of 57,277 signatures requirement.

The Secretary of State announced on February 23 that the office verified 85,216 signatures, qualifying the initiative for the November 2012 ballot. Under Maine's constitution a valid initiative must be sent to the voters unless enacted in the proposed form by the Legislature at the same session during which it was presented. In March 2012, the Maine Legislature voted to indefinitely postpone the initiative without debate putting it on the November ballot. On June 14, 2012, Maine Secretary of State Charlie Summers, who opposed same-sex marriage, released the draft wording of the question as it would appear on the ballot, beginning a 30-day public comment period, at the end of which he had ten days to determine the wording of the question, he proposed the following wording: Do you want to allow same-sex couples to marry? The petitions that supporters circulated was as follows: Do you favor a law allowing marriage licenses for same-sex couples, that protects religious freedom by ensuring that no religion or clergy be required to perform such a marriage in violation of their religious beliefs?

Opponents of the initiative claimed that latter part of the circulated question is unnecessary, as the religious freedom to refuse to perform same-sex marriages is guaranteed by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. They criticized the wording for failing to mention redefining marriage. Supporters of the initiative said the Secretary of State's proposed wording "fails to address important parts of the initiative that will be on the ballot in November". Though they concede the First Amendment point made by the measure's opponents, they asked Summers, whose good faith they did not question, to restore the reference to protecting religious freedom because they claim opponents "distort the facts around what the approval of same-sex marriage will do, including the possibility that churches would lose their tax-exempt status by refusing to perform same-sex marriages."The final wording Summers chose is "Do you want to allow the State of Maine to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples?"

Representatives of both sides of the issue stated. EqualityMaine and Mainers United for Marriage began the campaign for the initiative on May 15, 2012. By June 28, Mainers United for Marriage had raised over $1 million, 64 percent of those contributions had come from within Maine. On July 23, the Maine ACLU and Mainers United for Marriage held a press conference to announce the formation of the group Republicans United for Marriage as part of an effort to attract more Republican support of the initiative. Fifteen Republicans appeared including three current state legislators. One of those, Rep. Stacey Fitts of Pittsfield, had voted against the 2009 same-sex marriage law passed by the previous Legislature but stated that he has now changed his mind after discussions with gay persons that he knows and his family. Fitts said he felt his new views were a "perfect match" with his Republican philosophy of small government. Pastor Bob Emerich, a spokesman for initiative opponents, dismissed the announcement as "insignificant" and questioned "why these people call themselves Republicans."President Barack Obama, through a spokesperson, endorsed the initiative on October 24.

Richard Malone, former Catholic Bishop of Portland, stated on October 25 that supporting the initiative was "unfaithful to Catholic doctrine" and that Catholics whose conscience was formed through scripture could not justify voting for any candidate or referendum that opposes the teachings of the Church. He said. Democratic U. S. Representatives Chellie Pingree and Mike Michaud both stated they intended to vote in favor of the referendum, while Republican U. S. Senators Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe both stated that their policy was to not comment on state level issues. Governor Paul LePage, through his spokeswoman declined to offer his views on the referendum. Collins and Snowe would both state their support for same-sex marriage after the referendum; the referendum was declared passed on November 6, 2012 by the Associated Press, opposition group Protect Marriage Maine conceded at 1:30 am on November 7, 2012. 53% of Maine voted in favor. Same-sex marriage in Maine LGBT rights in Maine Minnesota Amendment 1 Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey, 2017 2016 Bermudian same-sex union and marriage referendum 2013 Croatian constitutional referendum Irish same-sex marriage referendum, 2015 2015 Slovak same-sex marriage referendum 2015 Slovenian same-sex marriage referendum United States: Maine: 2009 Maine same-sex marriage referendum 2012 Maryland same-sex marriage referendum 2012 Washington

Chris Sainty

Christopher James Sainty is a British diplomat and civil servant. He is the current British Ambassador to Portugal. Sainty was born on 29 March 1967 in England, as the first son of Sir John Sainty, he was educated at an all-boys public school attached to Westminster Abbey. He studied mathematics and philosophy at New College, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Sainty entered the Commonwealth Office in 1989, beginning his career as a diplomat, he was Deputy Head of Mission in The Hague from 2006 to 2008, in Rome from August 2011 to August 2015. Since 1 October 2018, he has served as the British Ambassador to Portugal. Sainty is married to Sarah. Together they have three children: two daughters and a son

Nebojša Ivančević

Nebojša Ivančević is a Serbian/Croatian footballer who plays as a forward for Radnički 1923. Born in Vojnić, Republic of Serbian Krajina, nowadays Croatia, he played with Serbian lower-league side Radnički Nova Pazova. In January 2017, Ivančević signed a 3-year contract with Bulgarian First League side Montana. On 12 February 2017, he made his professional debut in a 0–4 home loss against Ludogorets Razgrad, coming on as substitute for Steven Petkov. On 7 September 2017, his contract was terminated by mutual consent. During the winter-break of 2017–18 he joined Serbian First League side Inđija. Nebojša Ivančević at Soccerway Nebojša Ivančević at