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Languedoc-Roussillon

Languedoc-Roussillon is a former administrative region of France. On 1 January 2016, it joined with the region of Midi-Pyrénées to became Occitanie, it comprises five departments, borders the other French regions of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Rhône-Alpes, Midi-Pyrénées on the one side, Spain and the Mediterranean Sea on the other side. It is the southernmost region of mainland France; the first part of the name of the province of Languedoc-Roussillon comes from the French langue d'oc. In southern France, the word for yes was the Occitan language word oc. Prior to the 16th century, the central area of France was referred to as Languedoil, there the word for yes was oil in Old French becoming oui; these old place names referred to the areas where Old French were spoken. The Edict of Villers-Cotterets made French the official national language in 1539. Roussillon was the name of the medieval County of Roussillon; the region is made up of the following historical provinces: 68.7% of Languedoc-Roussillon was part the province of Languedoc: the departments of Hérault, Aude, the extreme south and extreme east of Lozère, the extreme north of Pyrénées-Orientales.

The former province of Languedoc extends over what is now the Midi-Pyrénées region, including the old capital of Languedoc Toulouse. 17.9% of Languedoc-Roussillon was the province of Gévaudan, now the department of Lozère. A small part of the former Gévaudan lies inside the current Auvergne region. Gévaudan is considered to be a sub-province inside the province of Languedoc, in which case Languedoc would account for 86.6% of Languedoc-Roussillon. 13.4% of Languedoc-Roussillon, located in the southernmost part of the region, is a collection of five historical Catalan pays, from east to west: Roussillon, Conflent and Cerdagne, all of which are now part of the department of Pyrénées-Orientales. These pays were part of the Ancien Régime province of Roussillon, owning its name to the largest and most populous of the five pays, Roussillon. "Province of Roussillon and adjacent lands of Cerdagne" was indeed the name, used after the area became French in 1659, based on the historical division of the five pays between the county of Roussillon and the county of Cerdagne.

Llívia is a town of Cerdanya, province of Girona, Spain, that forms a Spanish exclave surrounded by French territory. At the regional elections in March 2004, the socialist mayor of Montpellier Georges Frêche, defeated its center-right president. Since Georges Frêche has embarked on a complete overhaul of the region and its institutions; the flag of the region, which displayed the cross of Languedoc as well as the Flag of Roussillon, was changed for a new flag with no reference to the old provinces, except in terms of the colors, which are the colors of both Languedoc and all the territories from the former Crown of Aragon. Georges Frêche wanted to change the name of the region, wishing to erase its duality and strengthen its unity. Thus, he wanted to rename the region "Septimanie". Septimania was the name created by the Romans at the end of the Roman Empire for the coastal area corresponding quite well to present day Languedoc-Roussillon, used in the early Middle Ages for the area; this name, has not been in use since the 9th century, it sounded quite odd to French people.

Strong opposition of the population led to Georges Frêche giving up on his idea. He declared that he could not go ahead without a mandate. Catalan nationalists in Roussillon would like the Pyrénées-Orientales department to secede from Languedoc-Roussillon and become a region in its own right, under the proposed name of "Catalunya Nord", as part of the Països Catalans, a new country; this idea has minimal popular support. On the other hand, there are some who would like to merge the Languedoc-Roussillon and Midi-Pyrénées regions, thus reunifying the old province of Languedoc, creating a large region, it seems probable that Georges Frêche, with his idea of a "Septimanie" region, would not support such plans, although political leaders in Béziers, Nîmes, would support such a merger, hostile as they are to Montpellier, chosen as the capital of Languedoc-Roussillon instead of their own city, which they accuse of hegemony. Prior to the 20th century, Occitan was the language spoken in Languedoc, Catalan was the language spoken in Roussillon.

Both have been under pressure from French. In 2004, research conducted by the Government of Catalonia showed that 65% of adults over the age of 15 in Roussilon could understand Catalan whereas 37% stated they were able to speak it. In recent years there have been attempts at reviving of both languages, including Catalan-medium schooling through the La Bressola schools. Occitan literature – still sometimes called Provençal literature – is a body of texts written in Occitan in what is nowadays the South of France, it originated in the poetry of the eleventh- and twelfth- century troubadours, inspired the rise of vernacular literature throughout medieval Europe. Aimeric de Peguilhan, Giraut de Bornelh and Bertran de Born were major influences in troubadour composition, in the High Middle Ages; the troubadour tradition is considered to have originated in the region. The Romantic music composer Déodat de Séverac was born in the region, following his schooling in Pari

E. M. Tucker

E. M. Tucker was an American architect of St. Louis, who worked for the Missouri Pacific Railroad. Tucker worked for the Illinois Central Railroad beginning in 1901. Tucker was a member of American Railway Engineering Association, served in the Association's Committee XXIII Shops and Locomotive Terminals in 1920. At least six structures designed by Tucker are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Three stations, in Little Rock and Texarkana and Washington, are still in use by Amtrak as passenger stations. Missouri Pacific depot, Arkansas, 1912 St. Louis, Iron Mountain & Southern Depot, Missouri, 1916, NRHP 0001549 Missouri Pacific Freight Station, Kansas, 1916 Missouri Pacific Roundhouse, Missouri, c1917 Missouri Pacific Depot, Missouri, 1917, NRHP 72000722 Missouri Pacific Passenger Station, Mineral Point, Missouri, 1918 Missouri Pacific Depot, El Dorado, Kansas, 1918, NRHP 94000429 Union Station, Little Rock, Arkansas, 1921, NRHP 77000270 Missouri Pacific Station, Lake Village, Arkansas, 1922 Missouri Pacific Station, Missouri, 1923 Missouri Pacific Station, Arkansas, c1923 Missouri Pacific Railroad Hospital, Little Rock, Arkansas, 1925 St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railway Station, Arkansas, 1925 Missouri Pacific Building, St. Louis, Missouri, 1928, NRHP 02001441, Russell & Crowell with E. M. Tucker Union Station, Arkansas, 1930, NRHP 78000611

Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center

The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center is a theater in Old Saybrook, Connecticut that opened in 2009. It is the only theater in the world, named for Katharine Hepburn, the 4-time Academy Award winning actress; the building in which the venue is housed dates from circa 1910 and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2007 as Old Saybrook Town Hall and Theater. The property is known as The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center and Theatre; the 250 seat theater has the actress's family. Cynthia McFadden of ABC News, an executor of the Hepburn Estate, is an honorary capital campaign committee member. Hepburn's brother-in-law, Ellsworth Grant, is instrumental in helping the Board of Trustees honor the actress with his knowledge of Hepburn and her family. Grant is former Mayor of West Hartford, Connecticut; the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center is a non-profit performing arts organization located in a historic theater/town hall on Main Street in Old Saybrook. Opened in 1911 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Center has been renovated with public funds from the Town of Old Saybrook and donations raised by the Trustees of the Center.

It includes a 250-seat theater and a small museum honoring Katharine Hepburn, Old Saybrook's most celebrated resident. As befits an organization born of such a public/private partnership, programming is eclectic, offering something for all ages and income levels on the Connecticut shore and in the lower river valley. Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell has said the following about the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center: "It is my pleasure to recognize that one of Connecticut's own is being honored in the naming of an historic building that will perpetuate her legacy. Katharine Hepburn contributed much in her long career in film and theater, not only to Connecticut, but throughout the world. To remember her in this manner is most fitting and I salute the efforts of all those involved." Connecticut U. S. Senator Christopher Dodd has recognized the theater in saying: "I commend everyone participating in this grand effort to restore the old Town Hall building in Old Saybrook to create in its place the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, I'm honored that I can lend my name in support of what will be a meaningful and inspiring tribute to our Connecticut treasure, Katharine Hepburn."

The building was designed by New London architect James Sweeney, "is a fine example of the Colonial Revival Style." The general contractor was William L. Jr. of New London. National Register of Historic Places listings in Middlesex County, Connecticut Official web site & blog

Geumsan County

Geumsan County is a county in South Chungcheong Province, South Korea. Administrative district name, Geumsan-gun, have nowadays was originate from the union of old Geumsan-gun and Jinsan-gun on March 1, 1914; the old Geumsan-gun was in Baekje Age called Jinnae-gun or Jinnaeeul-gun, after Silla unified Three Kingdoms of Korea, its name was changed to Jinye-gun during the reign of King Gyeongdeok. In 1305 it was promoted to Geumju-gun, including 5 hyeons, Buri-hyeon, Cheonggeo-hyeon, Mupung-hyeon, Jindong-hyeon, with Geumju governor to govern it. In 1413, had its name changed to Geumsan-gun until the end of Joseon Age; the old Jinsan-gun was in Baekjae Age called Jindong-hyeon. When Silla unified 3 nations, it became a subject hyeon of Hwangsan-gun, it was changed to Okgyeo-bu in early Goryeo Age, became a part of Geumju-gun in 1305. In 1390 it had become a subject hyeon of Gosan-hyeon. During the Joseon dynasty, in 1393, after burying the umbilical cord of Taejo in Maninsan Mountain, it was promoted to Jinju-gun and was governed by Jinju governor.

In 1413 its name was again changed to Jinsan-gun. On August 4, 1896, as 13 dos were executed according to Royal Order 36th, Geumsan-gun and Jinsan-gun, which were a part of Gongju-bu, Chungcheongnam-do, were incorporated into Jeollabuk-do; as mentioned above, on March 1 of 1914, Jinsan-gun was united into the current Geumsan-gun. It first consisted of 10 myeons: Geumsanmyeon, Geumseong-myeon, Jewon-myeon, Buri-myeon, Gunbuk-myeon, Namil-myeon, Nami-myeon, Jinsan-myeon, Boksu-myeon, Chubu-myeon. However, on November 1 of 1940, according to Ordinance 221st, Geumsan-myeon was promoted to Geumsan-eub, thus making one eub and nine myeons. On January 1 of 1963, following the administrative district reorganization according to the law about the change of district boundaries of Seoul-si, do, gun, gu, Geumsan-gun was incorporated into Chungcheongnam-do from Jeollabuk-do. Geumsan-gun is famous for ginseng since late Goryeo Dynasty and nowaday it has one of the biggest market of ginseng and medicinal herbs in Korea.

Though it doesn't produce as much ginseng as it did in the old days, it still produces more than 80% of ginseng distributed across South Korea. Geumsam is home to one of Hankook Tire's production facilities. Official government website

North Metro TV

North Metro TV known as "NMTV", is a community and Public and government access television station servicing the cities of Blaine, Circle Pines, Ham Lake, Lino Lakes, Spring Lake Park in the Twin Cities Northern Metro area in Minnesota. NMTV broadcasts on Comcast cable stations 14 and 15, it broadcast Government-access television channels for the local city governments and Educational-access television for the school boards. NMTV's two channels are available worldwide online at Most of NMTV's programming is available on-demand 24 hours a day via its website. North Metro TV broadcasts several types of events including sports with their live production truck. Most of the productions done with their production truck are high school sports; the 3 high schools that NMTV covers are Blaine High School, the Centennial High School and Spring Lake Park High School. Sports Den is a live, weekly highlight show that features the sports teams of Blaine and Spring Lake Park; the show highlights numerous sports including football, volleyball, swimming & diving, basketball, adapted floor hockey and more.

Interviews with athletes and coaches, stats and schedules are a part of the show. They broadcast a live season finale with athlete guests, a hit feature that highlights the plays of the years and awards to the athletes of the season. Sports Den is in its 10th Season known as Locker Room Live, which ran for 12 seasons prior. Sports Den is hosted by Kenton Jeff Dinsmore, who have been the hosts for over 14 years. Sports Den airs daily from August through March. North Metro TV Broadcasts the USA Cup every summer at the National Sports Center with the production truck, including the Opening Ceremonies. It's one of the biggest and most well known events in the 7 city area and it can be viewed online. North Metro TV hosts an exciting public-access television community. Any citizen of the seven cities NMTV services is welcome to use North Metro TV's professional grade HD or SD cameras and editing equipment free of charge. Free classes in the use of these facilities and equipment are available; some of the programs broadcast on North Metro Channel 14 include "The NMTV Basement", "How Old?!?: Celebrity Edition", "In Focus", "Wednesdays with Barbie", a Christmas and Halloween special.

These are all produced by Eric Houston along with Volunteers. Series of programs produced by volunteer producers include Lovepower, Local Edition, MN Hot Rod TV, Positive Investigations, A Fresh New Day, Exploring Aviation and much more. NMTV is home to North Metro TV News, a news show that began in 1998. Anchored by news director Danika Peterson and producer Ben Hayle, North Metro TV News provides weekly coverage of news and events from across the northern metro area. North Metro TV News airs daily at 10:30, 2:30, 6:30 AM and PM on North Metro Channel 15. Northmetrotv.com Facebook Twitter

Micah Johnson (gridiron football)

Micah Johnson is a professional Canadian football defensive tackle for the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League. He was signed by the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent in 2010, he played college football for the Kentucky Wildcats. He has spent time with the Miami Dolphins, Kansas City Chiefs, Cincinnati Bengals, Green Bay Packers, Calgary Stampeders, Saskatchewan Roughriders. While playing linebacker and running back for Fort Campbell High School, Johnson was selected as the 2005 Kentucky Mr. Football. Having played only two years at Ft. Campbell, his career totals there included 2,543 rushing yards, 46 touchdowns, 293 tackles. Johnson played his freshman and sophomore years at West Potomac High School in Alexandria, where he starred in basketball. A regarded recruit, Johnson chose the University of Kentucky over Georgia and Notre Dame. Following his high school career, Johnson was invited to play in the 2006 U. S. Army All-American Bowl. Rated the nation's top inside linebacker by ESPN, he was selected as a high school All-American by Parade, EA Sports, PrepStar and SuperPrep.

Considered a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Johnson was listed as the No. 2 strongside defensive end prospect in the nation in 2006. Johnson recorded 29 tackles at linebacker in his freshman season for the Kentucky Wildcats, he was voted to the All-SEC Freshman Team by the coaches of the conference. In the Wildcats' 2006 Music City Bowl victory against Clemson University, Johnson entered the game as a running back and scored a touchdown; as a sophomore, he recorded 58 tackles, 2 interceptions, 5 pass breakups. As a junior, he recorded 57 solo tackles, 30 assisted, 11.5 for loss, 2.5 sacks. Johnson earned first-team All-SEC honors, he considered early entry into the 2009 NFL Draft. However, Johnson opted to stay for his senior year. Johnson was signed by the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent following the 2010 NFL Draft, he was waived on June 21, 2010. On August 3, 2010, Johnson was signed by the Miami Dolphins, he was waived on September 15, 2010. On December 8, 2010, Johnson was signed to the practice squad by the Kansas City Chiefs.

He was waived on September 3, 2011. On December 13, 2011, Johnson was signed by the Cincinnati Bengals to the practice squad. On May 27, Johnson was signed by the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League. Johnson worked his way up the ranks with Calgary over the years, winning the Grey Cup in 2014 as a backup. Subsequent years saw Johnson working his way into a starting role, while returning to the championship game for the 2016 and 2017 seasons, where Calgary suffered a pair of heartbreaking losses to Ottawa and Toronto. In 2018, Johnson and the Stamps won the 106th Grey Cup, Johnson's efforts resulted in his recognition as one of the most dominant interior rushers in the game, with 14 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, an interception, he was named to his 3rd consecutive CFL-West All Star team. In 81 career games during his 6 seasons in Calgary, Johnson has amassed 158 tackles, 2 tackles on special teams, 41 sacks, 2 interceptions, 6 forced fumbles. On February 12, 2019, Johnson signed a one-year contract with the Saskatchewan Roughriders for $250,000 CAD, making him one of the highest paid defensive players in the CFL.

Johnson missed a few games with injury, had a slow start to the year while adjusting to the new team and defensive scheme. However, it was the beginning of a critical stretch of games for the Riders in which Johnson had three consecutive games with a sack, with four in five games. Johnson's 26 tackles and four sacks on the year helped the Riders finish with the best record in the West Division. Upon entering free agency, Johnson signed a one-year contract with the BC Lions on February 11, 2020. BC Lions profile