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Joseph Colaco

Dr. Joseph Philip Colaco, is an Indian structural engineer and author. Dr. Colaco, known as Joe, is noted for his contributions to the supertall skyscrapers in the United States and in Middle East, he received his PhD. in civil structural engineering from the University of Illinois in 1965. In 1965, employed by Skidmore and Merrill, he began working in Chicago, Illinois. In 1969 he joined Ellisor Engineers Inc. Houston, Texas. Dr. Colaco established his own company, CBM Engineers Inc. in 1975 and has been serving as the President of the company. Dr. Colaco's design innovations improved the construction of high-rise buildings, enabling them to withstand enormous forces generated on these super structures; these new designs opened an economic door for contractors, engineers and investors, providing vast amounts of real estate space on minimal plots of land. Dr. Colaco has seven grandchildren, his eldest grandchild is 17 and he adores all of his children and his grandchildren. He is noted for his contributions to the designs for some of the multi-billion dollar projects in the United States, Middle East and India including Chicago's 100-story John Hancock Center, 75-story JPMorgan Chase Tower in Houston, 160-story Burj Khalifa Tower in Dubai and The Imperial Twin Towers, Mumbai, India.

He has been consulted on the design of a bonfire at Texas A & M University. National Academy of Engineering, American Concrete Institute, American Society of Civil Engineers, American Institute of Steel Construction, he received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2002 from the College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a registered professional engineer in Illinois, Texas, Colorado, California California, Michigan, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Minnesota, Washington, D. C. United Kingdom and Singapore, Tennessee. Video Interview with Joe Calaco 2014 William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library, University of Houston Digital Library

Silvio Conrado

Silvio Enrique Conrado Gómez was the Nicaraguan director of the Central American Bank for Economic Integration serving from 2002 until his death. He was an economist. In 2007, he was a member of the Special Commission for the Promotion of Investments, he was regarded as the key individual in the management of the financial resources and the macroeconomic stability of Nicaragua. Since 2002, he was a director of the Central Bank of Nicaragua, served a term as its president from 2006 to 2010. Conrado held a doctorate in economics, was a member of the Sandinista National Liberation Front, he was the primary economic advisor to Daniel Ortega. Among the many projects that Conrado helped facilitate for Nicaragua was the recent US$76 million Hospital Fernando Vélez Paiz in Managua, which just opened in January 2018, a US$238 million project to renovate the roads in Nicaragua. Earlier projects included building infrastruce for electricity generation, water supply, sewage management, waste management and decontamination, as well as financial and insurance measures, various developments in farming, livestock and fishing.

In June 2003, Conrado was indicted on the charges of statutory rape, corruption of minors and procuring. The judge dismissed the charges in November 2003. In 2008 in the Cenis case, Conrado was among those in the government charged with economic crimes including fraud and influence peddling. In 2011 the charges were dropped. Conrado was born on 18 February 1945 to Eduardo Conrado Vado and Maria Gomez, the youngest of three brothers, he was married to Miriam Karim de Conrado and they had three children. Conrado died of cardiac arrest on a Saturday morning, 17 February 2018. On 18 February the government held a memorial service for Conrado, chaired by Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega. At the service Ortega posthumously awarded Conrado the Orden de la Independencia Cultural Rubén Darío

Jonathan Adams (British actor)

Jonathan Adams was an English actor of television and film, but he appeared in theatre roles. He was an artist who continued exhibiting works throughout his life. Born John Adams in Northampton, he trained as an artist at Northampton Art College and Chelsea College of Art, he continued his work as an artist. His final exhibition, "Jonathan Adams in Wonderland", opened at the Riverside Studios in London, the April before his death, he was known for his surrealist cartoons and collages. As an actor, he is best known for his role as the Narrator in the original 1973 London production of The Rocky Horror Show, is featured on the original cast soundtrack, he played a number of roles in British theatre, TV and film, including work with The Actor's Company and at the Old Vic. On television, he played the part of Adam the shepherd in the TV mini-series Jesus of Nazareth, the part of the Reverend Quiverful in the BBC serial The Barchester Chronicles, in the TV serial The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes he played Jonas Oldacre in "The Norwood Builder", the part of Carter in the Miss Marple episode "Nemesis", the part of Professor Marriott in Yes, Prime Minister.

His film career included appearances in British comedies such as Eskimo Nell, Three for All, It Could Happen to You, Adventures of a Private Eye and Adventures of a Plumber's Mate. In 1993 he played the part of Inspector Lejeune in The Pale Horse, a BBC Radio 4 adaptation of the novel by Agatha Christie, it was adapted specially to mark the 50th anniversary of the Saturday Night Theatre strand. He was a member of the London cast of Tom Foolery, he died in London, England, of a stroke at the age of 74. A portrait of Jonathan Adams by British artist David Gommon is displayed on the BBC Paintings on-line gallery; the Assassination Bureau - French President Eskimo Nell - Lord Coltwind Three for All - Dr. Sparks The Rocky Horror Picture Show - Dr. Everett V. Scott - A Rival Scientist It Could Happen to You - Henry VIII Adventures of a Private Eye - Inspector Hogg Jesus of Nazareth - Adam Adventures of a Plumber's Mate - Rent Collector Revolution - Chaplain Two Evil Eyes - Hammer Jonathan Adams on IMDb Jonathan Adams obituary The Independent

David Payne (artist)

David Payne was a Scottish landscape painter. Payne was born in Annan in the old county of the son of a Mason, he was educated at Annan Academy. He made his living as a house painter before becoming an artist. Payne moved to Derby in 1869 and was recorded as living at several places in the county of Derbyshire in the 1880s including Duffield and Barrow upon Trent. Payne was a student of George Turner "Derbyshire's John Constable") who lived in Barrow upon Trent. Payne's carving of two anglers won the 1882 Derby Art Gallery medal for industrial art and the sculpture and medal have now been repurchased by the gallery. Payne became a rural trompe l'oeil artist, he exhibited at the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, the Nottingham Museum and Art Gallery, was a member of the Royal Scottish Academy. He is regarded as one of the best of the 19th-century Birmingham artists. In 1891, Queen Victoria visited Derby to lay the foundation stone of the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary and to knight Sir Alfred Haslam.

The scene in the market place where hundreds of people, soldiers and bunting turned out to meet Queen Victoria was captured by Payne. This painting is now in Derby Museum and Art Gallery, but he has work in his home town. Payne had 14 children, he died in Sheffield in 1894. Today Payne has paintings in several British institutions including Derby Museum, the Defence Academy and Southampton City Art Gallery. David Payne David Payne David Payne David Payne

Samuel van Houten

Samuel van Houten was a Dutch liberal politician, who served as Minister of the Interior from 1894 to 1897. Van Houten was born in Groningen into a wealthy Mennonite family, his parents were Derk van Houten, a timber merchant and local politician, his wife Barbara Elizabeth Meihuizen. After attending a Latin school from 1849 to 1854, he studied Law at the University of Groningen, obtaining a degree in 1859, he worked as a lawyer. He became involved in the city's politics, getting elected to the municipal council in 1864 and becoming one of the city's aldermen in 1867. About this time Van Houten became an agnostic. In 1869, van Houten was first elected to the House of Representatives for the electoral district Groningen. In the House of Representatives, Van Houten established himself as an independent liberal, not reluctant to criticise the Thorbeckian liberal establishment, he denounced what he saw as a centralist tendency in the ideology of their leader, Johan Rudolph Thorbecke, jokingly referring to the latter's views as Bonapartism in 1872.

Van Houten, in contrast, adhered to the belief that the historical development of different sectors of society should be respected, in this sense sharing semblance to Abraham Kuyper's theory of sphere sovereignty. This belief led him to take a different position on the issue of the school struggle than most of his fellow liberals. In 1887, he was one of only seven liberals to vote to allow for the equal funding of confessional schools. Van Houten adhered to the principle of autonomy regarding the individual as well. On the issue of social policy, he believed government intervention was necessary to eliminate barriers to development of the individual so as to create equality of opportunity and thus to promote individual liberty. In this spirit, Van Houten introduced a bill that forbade child labour for children younger than 12 years; this bill, nicknamed the Kinderwetje van Van Houten, became the first social law of the Netherlands in 1874. Nonetheless, van Houten who started out as progressive became more conservative and opposed further social laws and any egalitarianism by the state.

On individual issues, he continued to sponsor progressive causes, writing about feminism and birth control. He was president of a Neo-Malthusian society in 1888. While supportive of expansion of suffrage, Van Houten became more conservative on the issue over time, fearing that an enfranchised proletariat would threaten the social balance, his opposition to Johannes Tak van Poortvliet's proposal to extend suffrage to all men except beggars and servants led him to lose re-election in the progressive district of Groningen in the general election of 1894. He was defeated by the Takkian liberal Hendrik Lodewijk Drucker. While Van Houten lost his seat in 1894, the anti-Takkians won the general election, after which Joan Röell was asked to form a government. In this conservative liberal government, installed on 9 May 1894, Van Houten succeeded Tak van Poortvliet as Minister of the Interior; as such, he was responsible for preparing a new Election Act. While more modest than Tak van Poortvliet's previous proposal, Van Houten's bill still doubled the electorate to half the male adult population, a figure that would rise to 68% in 1913.

Aside from the suffrage issue, Van Houten introduced a bill that gave municipalities more financial support. He allowed for the territorial expansion or large municipalities, such as Rotterdam in 1894 and Amsterdam and Leiden in 1896, necessitated by urbanisation. Van Houten's ministership lasted until 27 July 1897, when he was succeeded by Hendrik Goeman Borgesius. Although he was not re-elected to the House of Representatives, he sat in the Senate for Friesland between 1904 and 1907, he opposed the government of Abraham Kuyper, but criticised liberal policy. Critical of the new electoral system and the expansion of government, the 85-year old Van Houten founded the short-lived Liberal Party in 1922 and became its lijsttrekker in the general election in that year; the party won one seat, but Van Houten chose not to accept it, allowing instead Lizzy van Dorp to take the seat. Van Houten married Elisabeth van Konijnenburg on 29 June 1861, the couple had five daughters and two sons, she died on 16 June 1872, after which Van Houten remarried Hermine Leendertz on 3 June 1873.

With her, Van Houten had two sons. His grandson, Hans van Houten, was State Secretary for Foreign Affairs between 1959 and 1963. Media related to Samuel van Houten at Wikimedia Commons

The Monroe Doctrine (1896 film)

The Monroe Doctrine known as The Venezuela Case,:52 is an 1896 American propaganda film. It features an allegorical fight over national determinism between the British Empire, the United States and Venezuela. John Bull arrives at a shoreline, representing Venezuela, starts attacking it with guns, overwhelming the country.:27 Uncle Sam arrives from the back of the image and grabs Bull by the neck. Showing him up, Sam forces Bull to his knees and has him remove his hat for Venezuela.:viii Sam has stood up for the principles of the Monroe Doctrine. Charles F. Walton, known for performing in boxing movies and for his lanky physique, as Uncle Sam:27 John Mayon, a replacement of Walton's rival John Slavin known for being stout, as John Bull:27 The film was made by the Edison company as a release film for their Vitascope in 1896.:viii It depicted a then-recent political dispute that stemmed from a longstanding disagreement over land sovereignty between British Guiana and Venezuela. Venezuelan miners had begun exploiting the disputed land, the British warned them off with threats of armed intervention.

The United States, in its assumed role as the protector of Latin America from European political forces, mediated to prevent a conflict.:52The film was "doubtlessly inspired by a political cartoon" depicting the same conflict published earlier in the year,:52 and was made in April 1896.:26 It was premiered at the release of the Vitascope at Koster and Bial's Music Hall in New York City on April 23, 1896.