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Lake Balaton

Lake Balaton is a freshwater lake in the Transdanubian region of Hungary. It is the largest lake in Central Europe, one of the region's foremost tourist destinations; the Zala River provides the largest inflow of water to the lake, the canalised Sió is the only outflow. The mountainous region of the northern shore is known both for its historic character and as a major wine region, while the flat southern shore is known for its resort towns. Balatonfüred and Hévíz developed early as resorts for the wealthy, but it was not until the late 19th century when landowners, ruined by Phylloxera attacking their grape vines, began building summer homes to rent out to the burgeoning middle classes. In distinction to all other endonyms for lakes, which universally bear the identifying suffix -tó, Lake Balaton is referred to in Hungarian with a definite article, ie. A Balaton, it was called lacus Pelso by the Romans. The name is Indo-European in origin replaced by the Slavic *bolto meaning'mud, swamp'. In January 846 Slavic prince Pribina began to build a fortress as his seat of power and several churches in the region of Lake Balaton, in a territory of modern Zalavár surrounded by forests and swamps along the river Zala.

His well fortified castle and capital of Balaton Principality that became known as Blatnohrad or Moosburg served as a bulwark both against the Bulgarians and the Moravians. The German name for the lake is Plattensee, it is unlikely that the Germans named the lake so for being shallow since the adjective platt is a Greek loanword, borrowed via French and entered the general German vocabulary in the 17th century. It is noteworthy that the average depth of Balaton is not extraordinary for the area. Lake Balaton affects the local area precipitation; the area receives 5–7 cm more precipitation than most of Hungary, resulting in more cloudy days and less extreme temperatures. The lake's surface freezes during winters; the microclimate around Lake Balaton has made the region ideal for viticulture. The Mediterranean-like climate, combined with the soil, has made the region notable for its production of wines since the Roman period two thousand years ago. While a few settlements on Lake Balaton, including Balatonfüred and Hévíz, have long been resort centres for the Hungarian aristocracy, it was only in the late 19th century that the Hungarian middle class began to visit the lake.

The construction of railways in 1861 and 1909 increased tourism but the post-war boom of the 1950s was much larger. By the turn of the 20th century, Balaton had become a center of research by Hungarian biologists, geologists and other scientists, leading to the country's first biological research institute being built on its shore in 1927; the last major German offensive of World War II, Operation Frühlingserwachen, was conducted in the region of Lake Balaton in March 1945, being referred to as "the Lake Balaton Offensive" in many British histories of the war. The battle was a German attack by Sepp Dietrich's Sixth Panzer Army and the Hungarian Third Army between 6 March and 16 March 1945, in the end, resulted in a Red Army victory. Several Ilyushin Il-2 wrecks have been pulled out of the lake after having been shot down during the months of the war. During the 1960s and 1970s, Balaton became a major tourist destination due to focused government efforts, causing the number of overnight guests in local hotels and campsites to increase from 700,000 in July 1965 to two million in July 1975.

Weekend visitors to the region, including tens of thousands from Budapest, reached more than 600,000 by 1975. It was visited by ordinary working Hungarians and for subsidised holiday excursions for labor union members, it attracted many East Germans and other residents of the Eastern Bloc. West Germans could visit, making Balaton a common meeting place for families and friends separated by the Berlin Wall until 1989; the collapse of the Soviet Union after 1991 and the dismantling of the labor unions caused the gradual but steady reduction in numbers of lower-paid Hungarian visitors. The major resorts around the lake are Siófok and Balatonfüred. Zamárdi, another resort town on the southern shore, has been the site of Balaton Sound, a notable electronic music festival since 2007. Balatonkenese has hosted numerous traditional gastronomic events. Siófok is known for attracting young people to it because of its large clubs. Keszthely is the site of the Festetics Palace and Balatonfüred is a historical bathing town which hosts the annual Anna Ball.

The peak tourist season extends from June until the end of August. The average water temperature during the summer is 25 °C, which makes bathing and swimming popular on the lake. Most of the beaches consist of either grass, rocks, or the silty sand that makes up most of the bottom of the lake. Many resorts have artificial sandy beaches and all beaches have step access to the water. Other tourist attractions include sailing and other water sports, as well as visiting the countryside and hills, wineries on the north coast, nightlife on the south shore; the Tihany Peninsula is a historical district. Badacsony is wine-growing region as well as a lakeside resort; the lake is completely surrounded by separated bike lanes to facilitate bicycle

Preethi Srinivasan

Preethi Srinivasan was the captain of the under-19 Tamil Nadu women's cricket team, lead the state team to the national championships in 1997 at the age of 17. After surviving an accident that left her quadriplegic, she co-founded Soulfree, a foundation that champions the causes of restoring, re-integrating those suffering lethal spinal cord injuries and spreads awareness on its prevention among Indian youth, she was a title-holder swimmer, having won a state gold in 50 m breaststroke and silver in other events. She delivers talks on disability issues. Preethi graduated from Upper Merion Area High School, Pennsylvania, USA in 1997 and was awarded the academic honours for outstanding accomplishment and excellence in academics for year 1996/97 along with other recognitions. In class 12, she was among United States of America's top 2 percent merit students and was awarded representation with Who's Who Among American high school students. Due to her father's transferable job, Preethi got the opportunity to extensively travel and learn about different cultures/traditions.

After her accident, she took up a Bachelor correspondence course in Medical Sociology from the University of Madras. She holds interest in music, art and literature, she considers her mother, Mrs. Vijayalakshmi Srinivasan, a constant source of encouragement and backing. Vijay TV's “Sigaram Thotta Pengal – Ray of Hope” award Raindropss’ “Woman Achiever of the Year 2014” award Femina “Penn Sakthi” award bestowed upon the top 10 most influential women in Tamil Nadu for the year 2014 Envisage ability award 2014... Sudesi magazine's “Dhruva award” for excellence in social work The Rotary's highest award “For the Sake of Honour” Agent of change” Award from district Rotaract Council for the year 2014–15 Kalpana Chawla award from Tamil Nadu CM Preethi's organization Soulfree is a charitable organization, founded with the aim of "transforming the lives of people with disablities". SoulFree

John Buckner

John Buckner, LL. D. was an Anglican clergyman who served in the Church of England as the Bishop of Chichester from 1797 to 1824. John Buckner's parents were Mary, née Saunders. John was born in 1734 and died in 1824, he married Elizabeth Heron in 1768. They did not have any children, his younger brother Charles was an Admiral. John went to Charterhouse School. On leaving he received an exhibition to go to university. From 1751-55 he studied at Cambridge. BA 1755, he became a Deacon in 1756 and a priest in 1758. MA 1765. LLD 1787. Bishop Buckner's 1824 obituary in the London Magazine noted that he and his brother Charles had "owed their advancement in life" to a close relationship with the Dukes of Richmond. Indeed, it was speculated in a 2011 article that their father Richard might have been an illegitimate son of the first Duke, Charles Lennox, himself an illegitimate son of King Charles II. Traditional sources though hold. Tutor to the Duke of Richmond. 1762 Domestic present at the taking of Havana. 1761-1772 Vicar of Lyminster, Sussex.

1764-1766 Rector of West Stoke, Sussex. 1766-1774 Rector of Southwick. 1768 Prebendary of Chichester and Vicar of Westhampnett. 1771-1788 Vicar of Eartham. 1772-1788 Vicar of Boxgrove. 1785 Resident Canon of Chichester. 1788-1824 Rector of St Giles in the Fields and Rector of Newdigate, Surrey. Prebendary of Eartham. 1792 Archdeacon of Chichester. 1797-1824 Bishop of Chichester and was still active. He had a house in Wigmore Street in London. Granted Arms jointly with his brother in 1804; the family vault is in the south transept of the cathedral, however this is believed to have been damaged and/or obscured when the cathedral tower fell down early in the 19th century. There are portraits of the bishop at Goodwood, in the Rector's Vestry of St Giles in the Fields and in the Bishop's Palace, Chichester, it is recorded that Bishop Buckner, with the aid of a considerable sum of money from his predecessor's estate, "applied a liberal addition of his own monies to render the house fit for episcopal residence.

He was nominated Bishop of the Diocese of Chichester by King George III on 2 October, received Congé d'élire and letter missive on 11 October, elected on 27 October, Royal assent on 10 November 1797. He was consecrated on 4 March and enthroned at Chichester Cathedral on 28 March 1798, he died in office on 1 May 1824