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Eduardo Xol

Eduardo Torres Xol is a Mexican-American actor, television personality, entertainer, social activist and businessman. He is most known to U. S. television audiences for his work as a designer on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition which aired on ABC. Xol was born on February 19, 1966, he is the oldest son of Mirna Torres. He grew up in California, his younger siblings are Ernesto Torres. Before joining the cast of designers on ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Eduardo had experienced a wide variety of accomplishments on both a national and global level. At one time, he was one of the youngest musicians to be scouted and selected to perform with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of ten. By age 13, at the request of the National Conservatory of Music of Mexico, he traveled on an exchange program to give a series of piano recitals. During his teens, Eduardo joined the Braand Theatre Company to perform at The Palm Beach Club in Cannes, France, it was during this time that Eduardo made his feature film debut in the groundbreaking "Zoot Suit" with Edward James Olmos while dancing with the Mexican Dance Theatre of Los Angeles.

His continued creative passions led him to enroll in the University of California, Los Angeles theatre program. While immersed in his studies, Eduardo began directing and producing several musical theatre comedy revues, which toured throughout the United States. Xol headed south to Latin America, where he fulfilled his desire of working in music and television in Mexico under the stage name of "Edi Xol", he starred in several worldwide-syndicated telenovelas including Acapulco, cuerpo y alma, Sentimientos Ajenos and La Jaula de Oro while producing music and videos. His production company partnered with BMG U. S. Latin to produce his first solo album, La Pasión, the first single "Somos" was nominated for a Lo Nuestro Award for Video of the Year, his representation of the United States at the International Music Festival at Viña Del Mar, Chile brought his appeal to a worldwide audience. Soon, Harper's Bazaar and Somos magazines featured the charming and down to earth Eduardo as one of Latin America's most eligible and gorgeous bachelors.

In 1998, Xol decided to make the United States his home base once again as he transferred his experience in musical composition and entertainment production into the world of lifestyle and design. He began spending important time with his father, it was this return to plants that solidified his design life philosophy. As one of the co-stars of ABC's internationally syndicated TV show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Eduardo's compositions in exterior design, have been on display for millions of people each week, he joined the cast in Season 2. He wrapped Season 8. Series reruns began airing on TV Land on Tuesday August 7, 2007; the show is in syndication on CMT. Eduardo's work extends into all forms of media. In addition to his monthly column that he authored in People en Español and AOL Latino, he has been featured and produced segments for Good Morning America, was named among the "100 Most Influential Hispanics in America" by Hispanic Business Magazine. In 2010, Hayneedle announced the launch of the Hayneedle.com Backyard Summer, a multimillion-dollar, integrated marketing campaign aimed at bringing variety to America's homes with Eduardo as its celebrity designer offering his expertise and advice for outdoor design, outdoor living and landscaping.

As part of the relationship, Eduardo executive produced and starred in a popular webisode series "Hayneedle Your Home" for the e-retailer. The relationship continued throughout the fall with a new campaign, "Countdown to Company", in which Eduardo gave decorating and entertaining tips to prepare for guests during the holidays. Xol has become a respected voice in both the Hispanic and English language markets, having partnered with companies such as the Ford Motor Company, Waterford Crystal, The Occasion Group/Taylor Corporation and DirecTV. HarperCollins published Eduardo's first book in the Spring of 2007 titled "Home Sense", awarded the Best Self-Help Book at the 2008 International Latino Book Awards, his second book, "Extreme Entertaining Made Simple", was published by the Penguin Group in the fall of 2008, focused on entertaining for the senses and is one of the few lifestyle entertainment titles to include a CD of composed and licensed music. Eduardo Xol brings his wealth of diverse artistic training and education to many charities to his role as co-founder of the ALUMI Media Group, a non-profit organization that brings alternative learning through media arts to students in underserved communities in the Los Angeles area.

His philanthropic work has made an impact on a national level. Eduardo has worked with the Lupus Foundation of America to increase public awareness as part of the Band Together for Lupus Campaign. An avid supporter of the Lupus Foundation, Eduardo has been committed to this particular cause as his sister Monica has been living with lupus for the past ten years, he created a garden oasis for his sister as part of his web-series for Hayneedle. Eduardo has been an avid supporter of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation over the years and has shot public service announcements as a part of the "Be an Ally & a Friend" public education campaign in both English and Spanish. Eduardo has recorded a public service announcement for the Michigan Humane Society and has worked in conjunction with The Trevor Project, Starkey Hearing Foundation, the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Official Site Eduardo Xol on IMDb

HMS Antelope (1893)

HMS Antelope was a Royal Navy Alarm-class torpedo gunboat. She was launched in 1893, reduced to harbour service from 1910 and was sold for scrapping in 1919; the Alarm class was designed by Sir William White in 1889. They had a beam of 27 ft and a displacement of 810 tons. Antelope was engined by Yarrows with two sets of vertical triple-expansion steam engines, two locomotive-type boilers, twin screws; this layout produced 3,500 indicated horsepower, giving her a speed of 18.7 knots with forced draught. She was manned by 91 sailors and officers; when built Antelope was fitted with two QF 4.7-inch /45-pounder guns, four 3-pounder guns and one Gardner machine gun. Her three 18-inch torpedo tubes were arranged as a pair of revolving deck mounts and a single bow-mounted tube. Antelope was laid down at Devonport Dockyard on 21 October 1889. Construction was delayed by several months by problems with the ship's propeller shafts, she was launched, by Miss Crocker, the daughter of the shipyard manager on 12 July 1893.

In 2015, her grandson displayed a commemorative wooden box, holding the mallet and chisel she used to server the rope tethering the ship, on the BBC programme Antiques Roadshow. The ship was completed in May 1894 at a cost of £61,395. In August 1894 Antelope took part in that year's Naval Manoeuvres, in July 1896 again took part in the Manoeuvres, On 26 June 1897 she was present at the Fleet Review at Spithead in celebration of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee, in July that year took part in the Reserve Fleet Manoeuvres. In April 1899, it was announced that Antelope was to be allocated to training of naval reserves, supporting the training Hulk Daedalus at Bristol. On 27 June 1900 it was announced that the date of the mobilization for naval manoeuvres had been fixed for 10 July. Antelope, together with capital ships, torpedo boats and other torpedo gunboats, was ordered to be ready for sea, took part as part of'Fleet B'. In July the next year Antelope took part in the 1901 manoeuvres. Commander Henry Arthur Phillips was appointed in command in early May 1902, in July 1902 she rejoined the Channel and Home squadrons.

She took part in the fleet review held at Spithead on 16 August 1902 for the coronation of King Edward VII. Commander William Nicholson was appointed in command on 10 September 1902. Antelope had been stricken from the effective list by 1905, being described in Parliament as being "of comparatively small fighting value", although her armament was not removed. Torpedo gunboats, re-boilered and re-engined were considered still effective and retained in service, but it was not felt worthwhile to re-engine the remaining torpedo gunboats, such as Antelope. Antelope was used as a training ship at Devonport. In July 1914 she was listed for sale at Devonport. Following the outbreak of the First World War, Antelope returned to training duties at Devonport, where she was used for training of stokers. Antelope was sold to T R Sales for breaking on 27 May 1919. Brassey, T. A. ed.. The Naval Annual 1895. Portsmouth, UK: J Griffin and Co. Brassey, T. A. ed.. The Naval Annual 1897. Portsmouth, UK: J Griffin and Co.

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