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Leopold III of Belgium

Leopold III was King of the Belgians from 1934 until 1951, when he abdicated in favour of the heir apparent, his son Baudouin. From 1944 until 1950, Leopold's brother, served as prince regent while Leopold was declared unable to reign. Leopold's controversial actions during the Second World War resulted in a political crisis known as the Royal Question. In 1950, the debate about whether Leopold could resume his royal functions escalated. Following a referendum, Leopold was allowed to return from exile to Belgium, but the continuing political instability pressured him to abdicate in 1951. Leopold was born in Brussels and succeeded to the throne of Belgium on 23 February 1934, following the death of his father King Albert I. Prince Leopold was born in Brussels, the first child of Prince Albert, Duke of Brabant, heir to the Belgian throne, his consort, Duchess Elisabeth in Bavaria. In 1909 his father became King of the Belgians, as Albert I, Prince Leopold became Duke of Brabant. In August 1914, when Belgium was invaded by Germany, King Albert allowed Leopold aged twelve, to enlist in the Belgian Army as a private and fight in defence of the kingdom.

However, in 1915, with Belgium entirely occupied by the Germans, Leopold was sent to join Eton College, while his father fought on in France. After the war, in 1919, the Duke of Brabant visited the Old Mission and Saint Anthony Seminary in Santa Barbara, California, he married Princess Astrid of Sweden in a civil ceremony in Stockholm on 4 November 1926, followed by a religious ceremony in Brussels on 10 November. The marriage produced three children: Princess Joséphine-Charlotte of Belgium, born at the Royal Palace of Brussels on 11 October 1927, Grand Duchess consort of Luxembourg, she was married on 9 April 1953 to Prince Jean Grand Duke of Luxembourg. She died at Fischbach Castle on 10 January 2005. Prince Baudouin of Belgium, Duke of Brabant, Count of Hainaut, who became the fifth King of the Belgians as Baudouin, born at Stuyvenberg on the outskirts of Brussels on 7 September 1930, died at Motril in Andalusia, Spain, on 31 July 1993. Prince Albert of Belgium, Prince of Liège, who became the sixth King of the Belgians as Albert II, born at Stuyvenberg on 6 June 1934.

He abdicated in July 2013. On 29 August 1935, while the king and queen were driving along the winding, narrow roads near their villa at Küssnacht am Rigi, Switzerland, on the shores of Lake Lucerne, Leopold lost control of the car which plunged into the lake, killing Queen Astrid. Leopold married Lilian Baels on 11 September 1941 in a secret, religious ceremony, with no validity under Belgian law, they intended to wait until the end of the war for the civil marriage, but as the new Princess of Réthy was soon expecting their first child, the ceremony took place on 6 December 1941. They had three children in total: Prince Alexandre of Belgium, born in Brussels on 18 July 1942. In 1991, he married a marriage revealed only seven years later, he died on 29 November 2009. Princess Marie-Christine of Belgium Mrs. Drucker and Mrs. Gourges, born in Brussels on 6 February 1951, her first marriage, to Paul Drucker in 1981, lasted 40 days. Princess Marie-Esméralda of Belgium Lady Moncada, born in Brussels on 30 September 1956, a journalist, her professional name is Esmeralda de Réthy.

She married pharmacologist Salvador Moncada in 1998. They have a daughter; when World War II broke out in September 1939, the French and British governments sought to persuade Belgium to join them. Leopold and his government refused. Belgium considered itself well-prepared against a possible invasion by Axis forces, for during the 1930s the Belgian government had made extensive preparations to deter and repel an invasion of the country by Germany such as the one that had occurred in 1914. On 10 May 1940, the Wehrmacht invaded Belgium. On the first day of the offensive, the principal Belgian strong point of Fort Eben-Emael was overwhelmed by a daring paratroop operation and the defensive perimeter thus penetrated before any French or British troops could arrive. After a short running battle that involved the armies of all four belligerents, Belgium was overwhelmed by the numerically superior and better-prepared Germans; the Belgian perseverance prevented the British Expeditionary Force from being outflanked and cut off from the coast, enabling the evacuation from Dunkirk.

Alan Brooke who commanded II Corps of the BEF thought that the 10th Belgian Division was in the wrong place and wanted to deploy north of Brussels to avoid "double-banking". He was advised by Roger Keyes to see the King, on 12 May was "making progress in getting matters put right" in discussion with the king in English, but was interrupted by the King's advisor who spoke to the King in French; the advisor was insistent that the Belgian division could not be moved and the BEF should be stopped further south and clear of Brussels. The King's advisor Van Overstraeten was not the Chief of Staff, as Brooke had assumed, but the king's aide-de-camp, with the rank of Major-General, would not give up the Louvain front; the French liaison officer, General Champon, told Brooke that Van Overstraeten had ascendancy over the King and had taken control, so it was useless to see the Chief of Staff. Brooke found that the BEF was to "have both flanks turned" with French defeats, started withdrawal

2010 Spa-Francorchamps GP2 and GP3 Series rounds

The 2010 Belgian GP2 round was a GP2 Series motor race held on August 28 and 29, 2010 at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Spa in Belgium. It was the seventh round of the 2010 GP3 Series; the race was run in support of the 2010 Belgian Grand Prix. In GP3, Robert Wickens cut championship leader Esteban Gutiérrez's lead by winning race 1 in torrential conditions, following a tyre gamble. Another clever tyre gamble earned Adrien Tambay a first victory in race 2. Michael Herck scored pole, but the former Belgian was one of a dozen drivers to be penalised after qualifying for going too fast under yellows. Home driver Jérôme d'Ambrosio got pole instead, ahead of championship leader Pastor Maldonado. Pastor Maldonado took another feature race victory at Spa-Francorchamps to increase his winning record in the series, although he only just managed to hang on under heavy pressure from Alvaro Parente at the end of the race; the Rapax driver was struggling with his car and certainly would not have held off Coloni stand-in Parente for another lap.

Parente, who led most of the race before making a late stop, closed on the series leader during the final lap, but was just too far back to make a move at the Bus Stop. Another stand-in driver, Romain Grosjean, took third place after fellow podium contenders Jérôme d'Ambrosio and Sergio Pérez ran into trouble. D'Ambrosio, who started on pole but lost the lead to Maldonado when both pitted together retired. Pérez took third on the first lap and kept the spot after the stops, but lost that when he had to serve a drive-through for pitlane speeding. A first-lap accident involving Sam Bird and Dani Clos caused a safety car interruption, but the race ran green from the restart on lap four. Dani Clos was diagnosed with a back injury after the race, so missed the Sprint Race. Rodolfo González got 8th, so took sprint race pole, ahead of Giedo van der Garde, who did well in getting 9th after starting 23rd. Mexico's Sergio Pérez made up for the disappointment in the feature race by taking victory in the reverse-grid GP2 race at Spa-Francorchamps.

After starting second, the Addax driver made light work of pole man Rodolfo González, running much quicker through Eau Rouge and passing him at Les Combes on the first lap. Pérez never relinquished the lead thereafter; the race was punctuated by three safety cars for accidents – including crashes by Christian Vietoris, Charles Pic and Jules Bianchi – and debris on the track. González dropped behind Pérez's team-mate Giedo van der Garde and feature race runner up Alvaro Parente. Championship leader Pastor Maldonado retired at Les Combes on the first lap, so Pérez's win keeps his mathematical chance of closing up the Venezuelan's big points lead alive. Https://

Wood wool

Wood wool, known as excelsior in North America, is a product made of wood slivers cut from logs. It is used in packaging, for cooling pads in home evaporative cooling systems known as swamp coolers, for erosion control mats, as a raw material for the production of other products such as bonded wood wool boards. In the past it was used to fill stuffed toys, it is sometimes used by taxidermists to construct the armatures of taxidermy mounts. In the United States the term wood wool is reserved for finer grades of excelsior; the US Forest Service stated in 1948 and 1961 that, "In this country the product has no other general name, but in most other countries all grades of excelsior are known as wood wool. In the United States the name wood wool is reserved for only a small proportion of the output consisting of certain special grades of extra thin and narrow stock."The US Standard Industrial Classification Index SIC is 2429 for the product "Wood wool". The same term is used by the United States for the external trade number under which wood wool is monitored: HTS Number: 4405.00.00 Description: Wood wool.

The number 4405.00 is applied to wood wool by the World Customs Organization in the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System. The 1973 US Federal Government procurement specification PPP-E-911, cancelled in 1991, categorized "wood excelsior" products according to the following table of terms and dimensions: Excelsior has many applications, examples include: a packaging material for cushioning. A stuffing for plush toys or for real animals in taxidermy, it was traditionally used in stuffing Teddy bears and still is for the muzzles of some collectible bears. Cooling pads in home evaporative cooler systems known as "swamp coolers." Bedding for animals and their cages. Wood wool serves to cushion the animals while absorbing waste. For example, it is found in dairies, in hutches and in cardboard boxes when shipping day-old poultry within the United States; when dyed green, the material can be used as an artificial grass in Easter egg baskets. This was popular before the prevalence of plastics.

Mats and blankets for erosion control. A material used in the production of cement-bonded wood wool boards; when banded into a bale form, it is used as an archery backstop, comparable to how a straw bale would be used for the same purpose. If protected from the elements, an excelsior archery backstop can last for many years. If sections of it wear down because of repeated targeting, the bale can be soaked liberally since it expands and holds water, just like a dry sponge. Garden as a growing medium for hydroponic gardens. Wood wool fibers can be compressed and when the pressure is removed they resume their initial volume; this is a useful property for minimizing their volume. Due to its high volume and large surface area, wood wool can be used for applications where water or moisture retention is necessary; the width of wood wool fibers varies from 1.5 to 20 mm, while their length is around 500 mm. In the UK there are specifications for dimensions, pH, moisture content and freedom from dust and small pieces, set by British Standard BS 2548 for wood wool for general packaging purposes.

This standard was issued in 1954 and subsequently re-issued in 1986. When these fibers are bonded with cement or magnesite, bonded wood wool boards are produced. Slabs of bonded wood wool are considered environmentally friendly construction and insulation materials because they do not contain organic binders. Excelsior is cut from "bolts" of poplar, spruce or eucalyptus. For evaporative cooler pads, the dominant source is the aspen. Wood wool can be produced in either vertical shredding machines. A possible further processing option is washing. Wood-wool processing may involve drying to reduce moisture in compliance with local requirements, as in the UK. Wood wool can be dyed to produce a variety of colored products. A different product was once known as "wood wool," as well as "pine needle-wool," or "pine wood-wool." According to E. Littell, it was produced in Breslau, Silesia by von Pannewich, who mentioned that in 1842 five hundred counterpanes made of it were purchased for a hospital in Vienna.

The process made use of the leaves of Scots Pine. In England, yet another product known as wood wool was produced by the chemical breakdown of wood strips by means of sulphurous acid, for use in such applications as absorbent material in surgical dressings. Another application of this product was use in sanitary towels, as shown in advertisements from 1885–1892 in Britain for "wood wool diapers" or "sanitary wood wool sheets". European "wood wool" was known in America in the late nineteenth century as being distinctly different from excelsior; the wood wool, the topic of this article is what has traditionally been known as excelsior in the United States. Fifteen US patents related to "slivering machines" for producing the small wood shreds "known as excelsior" were listed in 1876; the earliest, a machine for "Manufacturing wood to be used as a substitute for curled hair in stuffing beds" was patented in the US in 1842. The 1868 patent, "Improved capillary material for filling gas and air carburettors," was for a new use for "fibres torn from the wood by suitable machinery" to be "sold and used as filling for mattresses, its commercial name being'excelsior'."

This is the earliest description of the material by this name cited by the Oxford English Dictionary, though the term "excelsior matt

Adam Coakley

Adam Thomas Coakley is a Scottish footballer who plays as a striker. He is the son of property tycoon Tom Coakley, who in 2007 expressed an interest in buying Motherwell where his son was a player. Coakley quit football at the age of 22, but has since has returned to play junior football with Glenafton Athletic and Kirkintilloch Rob Roy. Coakley started his career at Motherwell, becoming a regular scorer for the reserves and made his debut as a late substitute for Jim Hamilton in the 2005 Boxing Day 3–1 victory against Aberdeen; this was not to lead to an immediate breakthrough into the first team and he did not feature again for Motherwell until the following season when he appeared as a substitute in home games against Inverness Caledonian Thistle and St Mirren. In January 2007 he joined Scottish Third Division side Stenhousemuir for a month on loan, making a single appearance. Toward the end of the 2006/07 season there was speculation that Coakley's father was interested in buying the club, however this came to nothing and Coakley was released at the end of the season when his contract expired.

In total he played around 40 minutes during his 3 substitute appearances. After being released he had a trial with Partick Thistle of the Scottish First Division; however the trial with Partick was unsuccessful and a trial with Scottish First Division side Greenock Morton followed. Failed attempts to sign Paul McGowan from Celtic and Jani Šturm. left them short upfront and Coakley was offered a six-month contract following him scoring in a friendly victory at Raydale Park over Gretna. Having only made a handful of appearances for Morton, in September 2007 Coakley stepped down a division, going on loan to Alloa Athletic, scoring his first goal for the team in a win against Peterhead. Coakley went on loan to Stranraer in the Scottish Third Division, made his debut against Montrose, his loan spell finished with no goals. He was released by Morton in January 2008 and played 3 games for Alloa as a trialist before signing a permanent deal with the club until May 2008, he was released at the end of his contract and in June 2008 was signed by Queen's Park manager Gardner Speirs.

He made his first appearance for Queen's Park as they lost 2–1 to Partick Thistle in the Challenge Cup. He scored his first goal in a 2–1 win over East Fife on 16 August. Coakley scored a famous goal against Celtic in Queen's Park's 2–1 Scottish Cup loss in February 2009, but failed to build on the goal at Celtic Park and only made two more appearances for the Queen's Park first team before being released in May 2009. Coakley undertook pre-season training with former team Alloa, however they were unable to meet his wage demands, in August 2009 he signed a one-year contract with Clyde in the Scottish Second Division. Coakley left the club by mutual consent in October 2009, after only making 5 appearances, deciding to end his football career in the process, he returned to football in September 2010 when he signed for Ayrshire junior club Glenafton Athletic. Coakley has been capped at least three times for Scotland under 18s, against Belgium, Northern Ireland and Malta. Adam Coakley at Soccerbase

Rahat Indori

Rahat Indori is an Indian Bollywood lyricist and Urdu language poet. He is a former professor of Urdu language and a painter. Prior to this he was a pedagogist of Urdu literature at Indore University. Rahat Qureshi known as Rahat Indori, was born on 1 January 1950 in Indore to Rafatullah Qureshi, a cloth mill worker, his wife Maqbool Un Nisa Begum, he was their fourth child. He did his schooling from Nutan School Indore from, he completed his graduation from Islamia Karimia College, Indore in 1973 and has passed his MA in Urdu literature from Barkatullah University Bhopal in 1975. Rahat was awarded a PhD in Urdu literature from the Bhoj University of Madhya Pradesh in 1985 for his thesis titled Urdu Main Mushaira. Indori has performed in Kavi Sammelan from last 40 - 45 Years, he has traveled internationally to recite poetry. He has attended poetic symposiums in all the Districts of India and have traveled hundred of times to USA, UK, UAE, Canada, Mauritius, KSA, Qatar, Oman, Bangladesh, Nepal etc.

Indori was invited as a guest in The Kapil Sharma Show twice. First, in 1 July 2017 episode of Season 1 along with Kumar Shabinaji. Indori was invited in the show Wah! Wah! Kya Baat Hai! on SAB TV. A poem named Bulati Hai Magar Jaane Ka Nahi got viral in TikTok and started trending in Facebook and Instagram during 2020 Valentines week. People started using this phrase as a meme; some of his Famous Books are below, Official website of Rahat Indori Rahat Indori on IMDb

Dawn Adams

Dawn Marie Adams is a Delegate in the Virginia House of Delegates. She was a nurse practitioner, small business owner, former Director for the Office of Integrated Health at the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, former Health Policy adjunct faculty at Old Dominion University. Adams is Virginia's first lesbian member of the Virginia General Assembly. Adams was elected in November 2017 to represent Virginia's 68th House of Delegates district representing parts of northern Chesterfield County, Richmond city, Henrico County. In 2017, Adams challenged Republican incumbent Manoli Loupassi for the 68th district seat in the House of Delegates winning by 336 votes of the 40,000 cast in the district. Adams is Virginia's first lesbian member of the Virginia General Assembly, became part of a record high with 25 women elected to the House of Delegates that year. Adams passed 57 percent of her introduced legislation in 2019, is the chief co-patron of 20 bills that became law in her first two years in office.

Her committee assignments include the House Militia and Public Safety, The House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committees. Adams was sued in July 2019 for $550,000 in damages by her former campaign manager, Maureen Hains, for breaking federal and state computer fraud and privacy laws by hacking into Hains' personal computer and stealing campaign and personal documents relevant to Hains. Adams denies any wrongdoing and is challenging the suit Adams has stated that her legislative priorities are healthcare around issues affecting elderly and vulnerable populations and preserving the environment, providing children with a quality, affordable education, creating infrastructure that builds healthier communities through better policy. Adams has more than 30 years of healthcare experience, which she says has made her aware of the struggles that many seniors experience, from chronic health issues to aging-at-home to financial stability, she believes that legislators have a responsibility to address this problem by decreasing barriers and providing pathways to the needed wraparound supports.

She co-sponsored HB2491 along with Delegate Kathy Tran, which would have reduced limits on access to third-term abortion in Virginia. Following controversy about the bill's provisions, she apologized to constituents, saying: "I did not read a bill I agreed to co-patron and that wasn’t smart or typical. I will work harder and be better for it." The Virginia Education Association Fund for Children and Public Education has endorsed her because she has voted for legislation supporting public education. Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2017 Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2019