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List of ambassadors of France to the Ottoman Empire

France has had a permanent embassy to the Ottoman Empire since 1535, during the time of King Francis I and Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent. It is considered the direct predecessor of the modern-day embassy to the Republic of Turkey. Ambassadors of Ancien Régime France. Embassy established in Constantinople; the first ambassador was preceded by an envoy: Jean Frangipani. Jean de la Forét 1535–1538 Antoine de Rincon 1538–1541 Antoine Escalin des Eymars 1541–1547 Gabriel de Luetz d'Aramont 1547–1553 Michel de Codignac 1553–1556 Jean Cavenac de la Vigne 1556–1566 Guillaume de Grandchamp de Grantrie 1566–1571 François de Noailles 1571–1575 Gilles de Noailles 1575–1579 Jacques de Germigny 1579–1585 Jacques Savary de Lancosme 1585–1589 François Savary de Brèves 1589–1607 Jean-François de Gontaut-Biron 1607–1611 Achille de Harlay 1611–1620 Philippe de Harlay 1620–1631 Henry de Gournay 1631–1639 Jean de La Hay 1639–1665 Denis de La Haye 1665–1670 Charles Marie François Olier, marquis de Nointel 1670–1679 Gabriel de Guilleragues 1679–1686 Pierre de Girardin 1686–1689 Pierre Antoine Castagneres 1689–1692 Charles de Ferriol 1692–1711 Pierre Puchot 1711–1716 Jean-Louis d'Usson 1716 Jean-Baptiste Louis Picon 1724–1728 Louis Sauveur Villeneuve 1728–1741 Michel-Ange Castellane 1741–1747 Roland Puchot 1747–1755 Charles Gravier de Vergennes 1755–1768 François Emmanuel Guignard 1768–1784 Marie-Gabriel-Florent-Auguste de Choiseul-Gouffier 1784–1792 Ambassadors under the French Revolution and First French Empire.

Charles Louis Huguet 1792–1796 – in name only Raymond de Verninac Saint-Maur Jean-Baptiste Annibal Aubert du Bayet 1796–1802 Guillaume Marie-Anne Brune 1802–1806 Horace François Sébastiani 1806–1812 Antoine François Andréossy 1812–1815 Ambassadors under the Bourbon Restoration, July Monarchy, Second Republic, Second Empire and Third Republic. Charles François de Riffardeau, marquis de Rivière 1815–1821 Florimond de Faÿ de La Tour-Maubourg 1821–1823 Armand Charles Guilleminot 1823–1832 Albin Reine Roussin 1832–1839 Edouard Pontois 1839–1841 François-Adolphe de Bourqueney 1844–1851 Charles La Valette 1851–1853 Edmond de Lacour 1853-1853 Achille Baraguey d'Hilliers 1853–1855 Edouard Antoine de Thouvenel 1855–1860 Charles La Valette 1860–1861 Lionel Désiré Marie François René Moustiers 1861–1866 Nicolas Prosper Bourée 1866–1870 Louis Dubreuil-Héliou La Gueronnière 1870–1871 Eugène-Melchior de Vogüé 1871–1875 Jean-François Guillaume Bourgoing 1875–1877 Hugues Fournier 1877–1880 Charles-Joseph Tissot 1880–1882 Emmanuel Henri Victurnien de Noailles 1882–1886 Gustave Lannes de Montebello 1886–1891 Paul Cambon 1891–1898 Jean Antoine Ernest Constans 1898–1909 Maurice Bompard 1909–1914 Franco-Ottoman alliance French Ambassador to Turkey French Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Gustav Kobbé

Gustav Kobbé was an American music critic and author, best known for his guide to the operas, The Complete Opera Book, first published in the United States in 1919 and the United Kingdom in 1922. Kobbé was born in March 1857 in New York City, to William August Kobbé and Sarah Lord Sistare Kobbé, his father was born in Idstein, near Wiesbaden, in the Duchy of Nassau, represented that country in New York as consul general until it was absorbed by the Kingdom of Prussia in 1866. His mother was born in Connecticut, to a prominent New England family; when Gustav Kobbé was ten years old, he was sent to Wiesbaden to study composition and the piano with Adolf Hagen. Following five years of study in Germany, he returned to New York City for additional study under Joseph Mosenthal. Afterward, he graduated from Columbia College in 1877 and two years from Columbia Law School, he received his M. A. from Columbia in 1880. In 1882, he married Carolyn Wheeler, he made his career in literary and newspaper work, contributed articles on musical and dramatic subjects to the leading magazines and periodicals.

His hobby was sailing, it was while he was out in the Great South Bay off Bay Shore, New York, in July 1918, that a seaplane, coming down for a landing, struck his boat and killed him instantly. Kobbé began his literary career as co-editor of the Musical Review, he was on the staff of the New York Sun in 1881, in 1882 was sent as correspondent to Bayreuth in Bavaria, Germany by the New York World for the first performance of Parsifal. He contributed many articles - on music and travel - to the leading American magazines of his day - The Century Magazine, Scribner's Magazine, The Forum, North American Review, Ladies' Home Journal, The Delineator, etc, he became music critic of the New York Herald when that newspaper was owned by James Gordon Bennett, remaining with it for eighteen years. He was on the point of completing the book, afterwards published as The Complete Opera Book when he died. Various additions were made to it before publication, the work in its original form was edited by Katharine Wright, who at the same time included some additional operas in sections that bear her initials.

Its full title was The Complete Opera Book: the Stories of the Operas, Together with 400 of the Leading Airs and Motives in Musical Notation. The Ring of the Nibelung reprinted in Wagner's Life and works Wagner's Life and works New York and its Environs The New Jersey Coast and Pines: An Illustrated Guide-book Plays for Amateurs My Rosary, Other Poems Miriam Signora, a Child of the Opera House, a novel Famous Actors & Actresses And Their Homes Wagner's Music-Dramas Analyzed, with which were combined his other Wagner works The Loves of Great Composers Wagner and His Isolde Opera Singers Famous American Songs How to Appreciate Music The Pianolist Portrait Gallery of Great Composers A Tribute to the Dog-Including the Famous Tribute by Senator Vest Modern Women The Complete Opera Book, continued for several editions by the Earl of HarewoodHe was editor of the Lotus Magazine from 1909 to 1918. Gustav's brother, Major General William August Kobbé, served with the United States Army and became famous during the war on the Philippines.

His grandson, Francis Thorne, is a well known composer. Through his daughter, Kobbé is the great-great-grandfather of actor Justin Theroux. G. Kobbé, The Complete Opera Book; the Earl of Harewood, Kobbé's Complete Opera Book. Wilson, J. G.. "Kobbé, William August". Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography. New York: D. Appleton. Works by Gustav Kobbé at Project Gutenberg Works by or about Gustav Kobbé at Internet Archive Works by Gustav Kobbé at LibriVox The Complete Opera Book text at Bob’s Opera World The Loves of Great Composers by Gustav Kobbé at Project Gutenberg text at Project Gutenberg

2017–18 Calgary Flames season

The 2017–18 Calgary Flames season was their 38th season in Calgary, the 46th season for the National Hockey League franchise, established on June 6, 1972. The Flames missed the playoffs for the seventh time in their last nine seasons; the pre-season schedule was released on June 15, 2017. Before the start of pre-season games, the Flames' rookies and prospects participated in the annual Young Stars Classic tournament; the regular season schedule was published on June 22, 2017. Final Stats †Denotes player spent time with another team before joining the Flames. Stats reflect time with the Flames only. ‡Traded mid-season Bold/italics denotes franchise record Below are the Calgary Flames' selections at the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, held on June 23 and 24, 2017 at the United Center in Chicago


TaskRabbit is an American online and mobile marketplace that matches freelance labor with local demand, allowing consumers to find immediate help with everyday tasks, including cleaning, moving and handyman work. Founded in 2008 by Leah Busque, the company has received $37.7 million in funding to date and has tens of thousands of vetted, background-checked "Taskers" available to help consumers across a wide variety of categories. Busque founded TaskRabbit when she had no time to buy dog food, basing it on the idea of "neighbors helping neighbors"; the precursor of TaskRabbit was RunMyErrand, launched in 2008 in Boston, Massachusetts with the first 100 "runners". In 2009, Tim Ferriss became an advisor to the firm after meeting Busque at Facebook's startup incubator, fbFund; the firm accumulated $1.8 million in seed funding from venture capital firms, hired the company's first full-time employee, Brian Leonard, a software engineer with whom she had worked at IBM. In April 2010, Busque changed the name of the company from RunMyErrand to TaskRabbit.

By June 2010, Busque and team moved across the country and opened operations in the San Francisco Bay Area. One year in May 2011, TaskRabbit closed a $5 million Series A financing round from Shasta Ventures, First Round Capital, Baseline Ventures, Floodgate Fund, Collaborative Fund, 500 Startups, The Mesh author Lisa Gansky. At that time, the firm had 13 employees and 2,000 participating "TaskRabbits". Within the next year, the firm expanded from Boston and the San Francisco Bay Area to New York City, New York. In July 2011, TaskRabbit launched an app. In October 2011, Busque hired Eric Grosse, the co-founder and former president of, as the firm's new CEO so she could focus on product development. In December 2011, TaskRabbit received an additional $17.8 million in a Series B round of funding. At the time, the firm generated $4 million in business each month. In 2012, Busque reassumed the role of CEO, with Gross staying on with the company’s board of directors, advising on strategy and operations.

In January 2013, the company hired Stacy Brown-Philpot, former Google Ventures Entrepreneur-in-Residence and a veteran leader of global operations at Google, as the company’s first COO. In March 2013, a new tool for “TaskRabbit Business" was introduced which allowed businesses to hire temporary workers from the TaskRabbit users, with a 26 percent commission; the company launched in London, its first international market, in November 2013. Because of declines both in bids and in completed and accepted tasks in the U. S. the company chose to test a new system in London. The first to respond got the job. In London the results were overwhelmingly positive: all the company's metrics markedly improved, the average amount of money that individual Taskers on the platform were taking home rose considerably. On June 17, 2014, TaskRabbit began implementing this change in all markets; the new version was released on July 10, 2014, was met with significant backlash from the Tasker community. Amidst the backlash, the company kept faith in the metrics that inspired the change amidst the worst criticism.

TaskRabbit incorporated some of the most prominent feedback into an updated version of its app that launched on January 1, 2015, has since experienced considerable growth. In 2014, TaskRabbit received 4,000 applications to be a Tasker. In 2015, that number grew to 15,000. In April 2016, Stacy Brown-Philpot was promoted to CEO. In September 2017, the IKEA Group announced it would acquire TaskRabbit, which would continue to operate independently. IKEA launched a furniture assembly service from TaskRabbit in March 2018. In April 2018, the company was affected by a data breach. In September 2018, IKEA announced to launch TaskRabbit in Toronto and Montreal in late 2018. At present, TaskRabbit is available in around 45 cities across the United States and Britain; as of October 2018, the service had launched in Toronto and its Vancouver launch was planned for the following month. Over 60,000 independent workers use the TaskRabbit platform; the education level of contractors varies. Out of all the contractors, 70 percent hold bachelor's degrees, 20 percent hold master's degrees, 5 percent hold a PhD.

Some people have turned their TaskRabbit work into a full-time job. TaskRabbit was the basis for an episode of season three of Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Official website

That's Me in the Bar

That's Me in the Bar is the second studio album by American singer-songwriter A. J. Croce, released in 1995. All songs written by A. J. Croce, except where noted "That's Me in the Bar" – 3:54 "Sign on the Line" – 2:53 "She's Waiting for Me" – 2:47 "Checkin' In" – 2:34 "Music Box" – 2:49 "Callin' Home" – 2:10 "Night Out on the Town" – 3:17 "Pass Me By" – 2:38 "I Meant What I Said" – 3:50 "Maybe I'm to Blame" – 2:14 "I Confess" – 3:14 "Some People Call It Love" – 4:15 A. J. Croce - piano, vocals Sweet Pea Atkinson - vocals Robert Becker - viola Sir Harry Bowens - vocals Stephen Bruton - guitar Ry Cooder - bass, slide guitar Rudy Copeland - organ Bruce Dukov - violin Robben Ford - guitar Bob Glaub - bass John Goux - guitar, slide guitar David Hidalgo - accordion Dan Higgins - clarinet Suzie Katayama - cello Jim Keltner - bass, drums John Leftwich - bass, acoustic bass Mitch Manker & his Brass Section - trumpet Jonell Mosser - vocals Sid Page - violin Dean Parks - guitar Billy Payne - piano Bill Reichenbach Jr. - trombone Waddy Wachtel - guitar Producer: Jim Keltner Arranger: David Hidalgo, John Leftwich

Barbara Sternberg

Barbara Sternberg is a Canadian film director known for her experimental films. Sternberg directed films such as Opus 40, Transitions, At Present and Through, Midst. Sternberg was born in Toronto, Ontario on April 24, 1945. In her youth, she had an inclination to create art by writing books for her family members. Sternberg stated that her use of photos and text in these books are "similar to the way I work now." She created her first film using her father's 16 mm camera. Sternberg stated, "My husband at the time didn't have any home movies and any photographs from his growing-up. Although she did not consider her films as works of art, she began to take them seriously. Although Sternberg attended Ryerson Polytechnic University to learn how to make films, she ignored the teachings in order to make experimental films. "I didn't think at all about industrial film" stated Sternberg, "I just started making stuff in a way I would learn to call'experimental'." Sternberg began her career in filmmaking during the mid-1970s and was one of the only female directors in Canada working in the avant-garde genre at the time.

Since the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, Queen's University and York University have all acquired her films for their collections, Sternberg has received significant national attention in Canada. Aside from her national recognition, Sternberg's films have been featured in various international institutions, such as Museum of Modern Art in New York City and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris; when she began her career, Sternberg transferred Super 8 images onto 16 mm in order to modify the original image to give her films an imperfect finish. This distinguishing filming technique was used to give authenticity to her films. By making her films look like moving photographs, she was able to "turn reality into image". Due to her interest in "images that bear the traces of life and the materiality of film", Sternberg's films blurred the line between reality and fiction. Although Sternberg's films were characterized for her unique filming technique, she began to utilize modern technology and incorporate them into her directing.

By switching from "single channel video, to installation, to hand processed 16mm, to digital media and performance", Sternberg is "engaged in finding the links between technological process and aesthetic production." Through her contribution to the Canadian experimental film scene, Sternberg helped pave the way for other experimental female directors in Canada. As William Wees notes, "Women were, at best, marginally represented in the world of Canadian experimental film when Sternberg started making films; the recognition they received was instrumental in opening a predominantly male preserve to the work of female film and video-makers, many of whom have profited from her trail-blazing efforts without, I suspect, realizing who helped to open the way for them". In addition, Sternberg contributed to the Canadian experimental film scene by incorporating "a female aesthetic sensibility" into her films; as a result, Sternberg was able to bring a female perspective to Canadian experimental cinema, not present before.

Barbara Sternberg archives are held at the Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections, York University Libraries, Ontario