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Louis, Grand Condé

Louis II de Bourbon, Prince of Condé was a French general and the most famous representative of the Condé branch of the House of Bourbon. Prior to his father's death in 1646, he was styled the Duc d'Enghien. For his military prowess he was known as le Grand Condé. Louis was born in Paris, the son of Henri II de Bourbon, Prince of Condé and Charlotte Marguerite de Montmorency, his father was a first cousin-once-removed of Henry IV, the King of France, his mother was an heiress of one of France's leading ducal families. Condé's father saw to it that his son received a thorough education – Louis studied history and mathematics during six years at the Jesuits' school at Bourges. After that he entered the Royal Academy at Paris. At seventeen, in the absence of his father, he governed Burgundy, his father betrothed him to Claire-Clémence de Maillé-Brézé, niece of Cardinal Richelieu, before he joined the army in 1640. Despite being in love with Mlle du Vigean, daughter of the king's gentleman of the bedchamber François Poussard, he was compelled by his father to marry his fiancée, thirteen.

Although she bore her husband three children, Enghien claimed she committed adultery with different men in order to justify locking her away at Châteauroux, but the charge was disbelieved: Saint-Simon, while admitting that she was homely and dull, praised her virtue and gentleness in the face of relentless abuse. Enghien took part with distinction in the siege of Arras, he won Richelieu's favor when he was present with the Cardinal during the plot of Cinq Mars, afterwards fought in the Siege of Perpignan. In 1643 Enghien was appointed to command against the Spanish in northern France, he was opposed by Francisco de Melo, the tercios of the Spanish army were held to be the toughest soldiers in Europe. At the Battle of Rocroi Enghien himself directed the decisive victory. After a campaign of uninterrupted success, Enghien returned to Paris in triumph, tried to forget his enforced and hateful marriage with a series of affairs. In 1644 he was sent with reinforcements into Germany to the assistance of Turenne, hard pressed, took command of the whole army.

The Battle of Freiburg was contested, but in the end the French army won a hard fought and inconclusive victory over the Bavarians and Imperialists, commanded by Franz Baron von Mercy. As after Rocroi, numerous fortresses opened their gates to the duke. Enghien spent the next winter, amid the gaieties of Paris; the summer campaign of 1645 opened with the defeat of Turenne by Mercy at Mergentheim, but this was retrieved in the victory of Nördlingen, in which Mercy was killed, Enghien himself received several serious wounds. The capture of Philippsburg was the most important of his other achievements during this campaign. In 1646 Enghien served under Gaston, Duke of Orléans in Flanders, when, after the capture of Mardyck, Orléans returned to Paris, left in command, captured Dunkirk; when he succeeded in 1646 as'Prince of Condé,' his combination of military ability and enormous wealth meant he was viewed with considerable suspicion by Anne of Austria and Mazarin. His own lands included Burgundy and Berry, while the Prince de Conti, his brother, held Champagne and his brother-in-law, controlled Normandy.

In 1641, Louis XIII granted him Clermont-en-Argonne, ceded to France by the Duchy of Lorraine. To remove him from Paris, Mazarin arranged for him to lead anti-Habsburg forces in the 1640-1659 Catalan revolt known as the Reapers' War. By 1648, this had become an bitter, multi-sided conflict between the Spanish, the Catalan nobility, supported by France, the Catalan peasantry; as Mazarin had intended, Condé could achieve little. When the 1648-1653 Fronde broke out, Condé was recalled to Court by Anne of Austria to subdue the Parlement of Paris, which he accomplished; the Parliamentary Fronde ended with the March 1649 Peace of Rueil but was followed by the far more serious Fronde des nobles, led by Condé. In January 1650, he was arrested, along with Longueville. Turenne and his brother the Duke of Bouillon were among those. While this resulted in their release in February 1651, the diverging interests of the two parties led to a realignment of alliances, with Condé's party now faced by the Court, supported by the parliamentary Frondeurs.

In addition, Turenne changed sides and his victory at the Battle of the Faubourg St Antoine in July 1652 ended the Fronde as a serious military threat. Condé only escaped. Despite victory over Turenne at Valenciennes in 1656, defeat at the Battle of the Dunes in June 1658 led to the Treaty of the Pyrenees in 1659; this included a pardon for Condé and restoration to his previous titles but his power was broken and he did not hold another military command until 1667. Condé became a loyal supporter of L


Hendecourt-lès-Ransart is a commune in the Pas-de-Calais department in the Hauts-de-France region of France. A small farming village situated on the D4 road; the etymology of the name begins as ‘’’Hetnanicurtis’’, the small area belonging to someone by the name of Hetna, in the Merovingian time. The name has changed over the years: Hendecourdelle; the first chateau was built around 1703 by Louis-Joseph Le Sergeant of Hendecourt on the site of an earlier manor house. The chateau and its farm were sold in 1878 to the Diesbach de Belleroche family from Fribourg Switzerland, who still own it today; the entire village and chateau were destroyed between 1914-1918 rebuilt. The old flour mill was dismantled in 1912; the church of Notre-Dame, rebuilt along with the rest of the village, after World War I. The chateau. Communes of the Pas-de-Calais department INSEE commune file Hendecourt-lès-Ransart on the Quid website

Chateau Pacheteau

Chateau Pacheteau, in Calistoga, California in Napa Valley, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2015. The "chateau" is a four-story residence built in 1906; the National Register nominator termed it an example of "stone church architecture", asserted it resembles Richardsonian Romanesque architecture. It is north-facing, is 35 by 80 feet in plan, its "most unusual feature is the defensive stepped false front façade including a crenellated parapet composed of crenels and merlons, which appear again above the stone portico below. The parapet obscures the wood shake covered gable roof behind it."It was commissioned by Jacques Pacheteau. In its construction W. A. Harrison of St. Helena was in charge of carpentry, the masonry work was done by Bennasini & Maggetta; the listing included a second contributing building--a detached carriage house--and five non-contributing buildings. The carriage house built in 1906, is built of stone, is two-storied with a central cupola above, it was designed by architect William Corlett.

Chateau Chevalier, in St. Helena

2019 Indonesia Masters (badminton)

The 2019 Indonesia Masters was a badminton tournament that took place at the Istora Gelora Bung Karno in Indonesia from 22 to 27 January 2019 and had a total purse of $350,000. The 2019 Indonesia Masters was the third tournament of the 2019 BWF World Tour and part of the Indonesian Masters championships, held since 2010; this tournament was organized by the Badminton Association of Indonesia with sanction from the BWF. This international tournament was held at the Istora Gelora Bung Karno in Indonesia. Below is the point distribution table for each phase of the tournament based on the BWF points system for the BWF World Tour Super 500 event; the total prize money for this tournament was US$350,000. Distribution of prize money was in accordance with BWF regulations. Tournament Link

Liu Wei (pianist)

Liu Wei is a Chinese disabled pianist from Beijing who won the first series of China's Got Talent at the age of 23 by playing the piano with his toes. Liu Wei lost his arms at the age of 10 after touching a high-voltage wire during a game of hide-and-seek, he regained consciousness after 45 days of critical condition. His parents told him he should learn how to eat by himself, otherwise no one could take care of him when they become old, his mother kept telling him. In the hospital, he met an armless painter, which inspired him to learn to use his feet to write, brush his teeth and eat. At the time, he dreamed of becoming a soccer player, he was encouraged by Liu Jingshen, vice-chairman of the Beijing Disabled Persons' Federation, to do daily chores with his feet and started swimming two years later. He won two gold medals and one silver at the National Swimming Championship for the Disabled in 2002, he learned how to do other daily activities such as navigating online, eating and brushing his teeth.

He considers himself more fortunate than those without enough to eat, debunking ideas of those who believe him unhappy. He started playing the piano at age of 19 to pursue his childhood dream of being a musician, his first teacher quit. However, studying music theory and taught himself in secret how to play, despite cramps and abrasion practicing seven hours a day; as he said, the melodies he can play are limited due to the length of his toes and he cannot play certain pieces he loves because he cannot reach across octaves. He aims to become such a good pianist that people won't notice that his arms are missing. In his first appearance, Liu received a standing ovation from the audience, many of whom were moved to tears, for a performance of "Mariage D'amour" by Richard Clayderman on August 8, 2010; the semifinal took place on September 12, he played "You're Beautiful" in Shanghai Stadium at the final on October 10, accompanied by his singing. The jury panel of China's Got Talent, Shanghai stand-up comedian Zhou Libo, Taiwan singer-actress Annie Yi and mainland pop composer Gao Xiaosong, all praised Liu's performance.

As a prize for his achievement, Liu was invited by Taiwanese singer Jolin Tsai to be a guest act on her Myself World Tour in Shanghai, which would give him the chance to perform in Las Vegas for three months. In addition, he was to get a contract with Fremantle Media and Sony Music Entertainment, his itinerary was to include Hong Kong, Paris and Taipei. In 2010, he won the Guinness World Record of typing the most letters alphabetically in 1 minute, using the feet: 251 letters. "To me, there are three things can not be missed in life – air and music." "There are only two paths in my life for me – either to die as fast as possible, or to live as brilliant a life as I could." "I don't feel. Everyone is used to do everything with one's hands so your hands are more flexible. There is no rule saying that you can't do things with your feet." "A man should be responsible to his dreams. My dream is to become a great musician." "I know if I want to do it better than other people, I have to put in more efforts."

On the note he wrote on the paper in this clip, it says: "Walk on, at least I have a pair of perfect legs." The video of Liu Wei on China's Got Talent final Video of his first performance A close-up of his playing the piano Other selected news and videos

2017 Argyll and Bute Council election

The 2017 Argyll and Bute Council elections took place on 4 May 2017 alongside local elections across Scotland. This was the third local election to take place using the Single Transferable Vote electoral system. At the previous election in 2012, Independent councillors were the largest grouping on the council, with a total of 15 councillors, while the Scottish National Party had 13 councillors. Following that election, an administration was formed between the SNP and the Argyll First group of independent councillors. However, this coalition broke down in 2013, after the SNP National Executive prevented the SNP group forming a coalition with the Scottish Conservatives and the Scottish Liberal Democrats. Four members of the SNP group left the SNP in 2013, following the collapse of the SNP-independent administration, sat as independents for the remainder of their terms as councillors. A coalition of Independents, Scottish Conservatives, Liberal Democrats was formed in October 2013, led by an independent councillor, Dick Walsh.

The collapse of the SNP-independent administration led to an investigation by Audit Scotland. A number of councillors, elected in 2012 did not serve a full term and resigned prior to the 2017 elections: SNP councillor Fred Hall left the SNP group in 2013 and sat as an independent, he resigned in 2014, which led to a by-election in the Oban South and the Isles ward in May 2014, won by Neil MacIntyre for Scottish Labour. Louise Lee, elected for the SNP for Oban North and Lorn in 2012 resigned in 2014, resulting in a by-election in July 2014, won by the independent candidate John McGregor, who died shortly afterwards; the death of John MacGregor led to another by-election in Oban North and Lorn, won by Iain MacLean for the SNP in October 2014. Iain MacLean sat for the remainder of his term as an independent. John Semple, SNP councillor for South Kintyre resigned after the Scottish Independence referendum, leading to a by-election in December 2014, won by John Armour for the SNP. Duncan MacIntyre resigned for health reasons in December 2015.

His seat was won by Julie MacKenzie for the SNP in February 2016. Iain Angus MacDonald, elected as an Independent councillor for Oban North and Lorn in 2012, joined the SNP in September 2014, but resigned in March 2016; the resulting by-election in June 2016 was won by an independent, Kieron Green. Eight of the sitting councillors did not seek re-election, including the outgoing council leader Dick Walsh, Michael Breslin, Iain MacLean ), Vivien Dance, Bruce Marshall, Isobel Strong, Neil MacIntyre, Maurice Corry; the SNP became the largest party on the council for the first time, as the Independent group lost a third of its seats compared to the previous election. The Conservatives gained five seats and the Liberal Democrats gained two, but both remained in their respective places as the two smaller parties. Despite the SNP's position, a coalition was formed of Conservatives, Liberal Democrats and Independents, referred to as The Argyll Lomond and the Isles Group. Aileen Morton, leader of the group, was elected as council leader.

There was no election for the ward of South Kintyre, a three-member ward, as there were only three candidates nominated: Donald Kelly, John Armour, Rory Colville, all of whom were the incumbent councillors for the ward. 2012: 1xSNP.