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Louis-Ferdinand Céline

Louis-Ferdinand Céline was the pen name of Louis Ferdinand Auguste Destouches, a French novelist and physician. He developed a new style of writing that modernized French literature, his most famous work is the 1932 novel Journey to the End of the Night. Céline used a working-class, spoken style of language in his writings, attacked what he considered to be the overly polished, "bourgeois" language of the "academy", his works influenced a broad array of literary figures, not only in France but in the English-speaking world and elsewhere in the Western World. Céline's vocal support for fascism during the Second World War and his authorship of anti-semitic and pro-fascist pamphlets have made him a controversial figure, which has complicated his legacy as cultural icon; the only child of Fernand Destouches and Marguerite-Louise-Céline Guilloux, he was born Louis Ferdinand Auguste Destouches in 1894 at Courbevoie, just outside Paris in the Seine département. The family came from Normandy on his father's side and Brittany on his mother's side.

His father was a middle manager in an insurance company and his mother owned a boutique where she sold antique lace. In 1905, he was awarded his Certificat d'études, after which he worked as an apprentice and messenger boy in various trades. Between 1908 and 1910, his parents sent him to Germany and England for a year in each country in order to acquire foreign languages for future employment. From the time he left school until the age of eighteen Céline worked in various jobs, leaving or losing them after only short periods of time, he found himself working for jewellers, first, at eleven, as an errand boy, as a salesperson for a local goldsmith. Although he was no longer being formally educated, he bought schoolbooks with the money he earned, studied by himself, it was around this time. In 1912, in what Céline described as an act of rebellion against his parents he joined the French army, two years before the start of World War I and its mandatory French conscription; this was a time in France when, following the Agadir Crisis of 1911, nationalism reached "fever pitch" – a period one historian described as "The Hegemony of Patriotism" affecting opinion in the lycées and grandes écoles of Paris.

In 1912, Céline began a three-year enlistment in the 12th Cuirassier Regiment stationed in Rambouillet. At first he was unhappy with military life, considered deserting. However, he adapted, attained the rank of Sergeant; the beginning of the First World War brought action to Céline's unit. On 25 October 1914, Céline volunteered to deliver a message, when others were reluctant to do so because of heavy German fire. Near Ypres, during his attempt to deliver the message, he was wounded in his right arm. For his bravery, Céline was awarded the médaille militaire in November, appeared one year in the weekly l'Illustré National. In March 1915, he was sent to London to work in the French passport office. While in London he married Suzanne Nebout but they divorced one year later. In September, his arm wounds were such that he was declared unfit for military duty and was discharged, he returned to France. In 1916, Céline set out for Africa as a representative of the Forestry Company of Sangha-Oubangui, he was sent to the British Cameroons and returned to France in 1917.

Little is known about this trip except. After returning to France he worked for the Rockefeller Foundation: as part of a team it was his job to travel to Brittany teaching people how to fight tuberculosis and improve hygiene. In June 1919, Céline completed the second part of his baccalauréat. Through his work with the Institute, Céline had come into contact, good standing, with Monsieur Follet, the director of the medical school in Rennes. On 11 August 1919, Céline married Follet's daughter Édith Follet. With Monsieur Follet's influence, Céline was accepted as a student at the university. On 15 June 1920, his wife gave birth to Colette Destouches. During this time, he studied intensively obtaining certificates in physics and natural sciences. By 1923, three years after he had started the medical program at Rennes, Céline had completed his medical degree, his doctoral thesis, The Life and Work of Ignaz Semmelweis, completed in 1924, is considered to be his first literary work. Ignaz Semmelweis's contribution to medicine "was immense and, according to Céline, was directly proportional to the misery of his life."

In 1924 Céline took up the post of intern at a Paris maternity hospital. In 1925, Céline left his family. Working for the newly founded League of Nations, he travelled to Switzerland, the Cameroons, the United States, Cuba. At this time he wrote the play L'Eglise. In 1926, he visited America, was sent to Detroit to study the conditions of the workers at the Ford Automotive Company. Seeing the effects of the "assembly line" disgusted him, his article described the plant as a sensory attack on the worker, how this attack had made the worker part of the machine. In 1928, Céline returned to medicine to establish a private practice in Montmartre, in the north of Paris, specializing in obstetrics, he ended his private practice in 1931 to work in a public dispensary. Céline's best-known work is cons

Lira, Uganda

Lira is a city in the Northern Region of Uganda. It is the main municipal and commercial centre of Lira District. Lira was one of the last towns in Uganda held by loyalists of Idi Amin during the Uganda–Tanzania War. A force consisting of the Tanzania People's Defence Force's 201st Brigade and the Uganda National Liberation Front's Kikosi Maalum attacked Lira on 15 May 1979, ousting the Amin loyalists after a short battle; the clash at Lira was the last important battle of the Uganda–Tanzania War, as the remnants of Amin's army disintegrated thereafter. Lira is 101 kilometres, by road, southeast of Gulu, the largest city in the Northern Region of Uganda, along the highway between Gulu and Mbale; this is 342 kilometres, by road, north of the city of Kampala, the capital and largest city in that country. Lira is 125 kilometres northwest of Soroti, the nearest large town to the south; the coordinates of Lira are 2°14'50.0"N 32°54'00.0"E. The city lies above sea level; the 2002 national census estimated the population of Lira at 80,900.

In 2010, the Uganda Bureau of Statistics estimated the population at 105,100. In 2011, UBOS estimated the mid-year population at 108,600. In August 2014, the national population census put the population at 99,059. Lira is served by a railway station of the Uganda Railways network; the city is served by a public civilian airport, Lira Airport, administered by the Civil Aviation Authority of Uganda. An 80 kilometres 132 kilovolt electricity line from the Karuma Power Station is under construction to a substation in Lira, under the supervision of Intec Gopa International Energy Consultants GmbH of Germany; the following additional points of interest lie within the town limits or close to the edges of the city: Offices of Lira City Council Lira Central Market Lira University, a public university in Uganda Lira Campus of Uganda Martyrs University, a private university, whose main campus is located in Nkozi, Mpigi District All Saints University, a private university affiliated with the Church of Uganda A branch of the National Social Security Fund Ministry of Water and Environment Upper Nile region branch Lira Integrated School, a mixed, nursery and secondary school.

Secondary Schools include he following public schools: Lango College, Comboni College, Dr. Obote College, St. Katherine Girls School, Lira Secondary School. Lira Town College, a secondary school. Sam Engola and businessman Lango people Lira University Cooper, Tom. Wars and Insurgencies of Uganda 1971–1994. Solihull: Helion & Company Limited. ISBN 978-1-910294-55-0. Quick Facts On Lira Town And Uganda

Josh Roenicke

Joshua James Roenicke is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Uni-President Lions of the Chinese Professional Baseball League. He has played in Major League Baseball for the Cincinnati Reds, Toronto Blue Jays, Colorado Rockies, Minnesota Twins. Roenicke was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 10th round of the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft out of UCLA where he was both an outfielder and a relief pitcher, as well as a defensive back and kick returner on the UCLA football team. Beginning his professional career with the Gulf Coast Reds, Roenicke pitched 8 innings and gave up only one run, he was promoted to the Rookie level Billings Mustangs where he finished 2006. He began 2007 with the High-A Sarasota Reds before being promoted to Double-A Chattanooga. Combined, he had a 3–2 record with a 2.31 ERA, 56 strikeouts, 24 saves. Roenicke remained in Chattanooga to begin 2008, but was promoted to Triple-A Louisville after 22 appearances. In 35 games for Louisville, he had a 2.54 ERA and was promoted to the majors on September 9.

Roenicke made his major league debut on September 13, striking out, hitting 1 batter each. On July 31, 2009, he was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays along with Edwin Encarnación and Zach Stewart, in exchange for Scott Rolen and cash considerations In 2 seasons with the Blue Jays, Roenicke went 1-0 with a 6.38 ERA in 29 games On June 2, 2011, Roenicke was claimed off waivers by the Colorado Rockies and was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs. In 2 seasons with the Rockies, Roenicke went 4-2 with a 3.33 ERA in 82 games, most of them coming in 2012. The Minnesota Twins claimed him off waivers on November 2, 2012, he was outrighted to the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings on October 2, 2013. Roenicke signed a minor league contract with the Washington Nationals on February 14, 2014. After pitching in 23 games for the team's Triple-A affiliate Syracuse Chiefs, he was released on August 4, 2014. Roenicke signed a minor league deal with the Colorado Rockies on August 12, 2014, he pitched in 6 games for their Triple-A affiliate.

Roenicke signed a minor league with the Brewers on February 12. He was 7-12 with a 6.15 ERA for their Triple-A affiliate. Roenicke signed a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on March 7, 2016, he spent 2016 split between the Angels' Advanced-A, Double-A, Triple-A teams. On February 21, 2017, Roenicke signed with the Pericos de Puebla of the Mexican League, he finished the season with a 7-5 record and a 2.70 ERA in 20 starts for the Pericos, getting selected to the Mexican League All-Star Game and carrying the club to its second consecutive championship appearance. On February 9, 2018, Roenicke signed with the Uni-President Lions of the Chinese Professional Baseball League. In 26 starts, Roenicke posted a league-leading 3.17 ERA across 156 innings pitched. He re-signed with the Uni-Lions for the 2019 season. Roenicke recorded a 3.50 1.17 WHIP over 105.1 innings. He re-signed with the team for the 2020 season. Roenicke throws five pitches, he has a four-seam fastball thrown at 91–95 mph, a two-seam fastball at 91–94, a slider, a curveball, an occasional changeup.

He does not use his changeup against right-handed hitters. His primary fastball against righties is the four-seamer, while he leans toward the two-seamer against lefties. Despite average to above-average whiff rates on his pitches, he strikes hitters out at a rate well below one per inning. Roenicke, who grew up in Nevada City, comes from a baseball family as his brother Jason plays in Toronto's minor league system, his father Gary played 12 major league seasons from 1976 to 1988 and is a scout in the Baltimore Orioles organization, his uncle Ron played 8 seasons from 1981 to 1988 and was the manager of the Milwaukee Brewers from 2011 to 2015. Roenicke is the brother-in-law of Colorado Rockies outfielder Ian Desmond, having married Desmond's sister Nikki in 2010. List of second-generation Major League Baseball players Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or Baseball-Reference, or Retrosheet Josh Roenicke at CPBL

Rock Island Rockets

The Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad Rockets were lightweight, streamlined diesel-electric passenger trains built by the Budd Company. These six trains were the first streamlined equipment purchased by the Rock Island, as well as being its first diesel-powered passenger trains. Four of the trains consisted of three cars each, the other two each had four cars; the stainless steel trains were each powered by an Electro-Motive Corporation model TA locomotive. Unlike many other early streamlined trains, the locomotives were not permanently attached to the trains; the trains were articulated except for the observation cars. As the railroad streamlined more trains on more routes, the list of "Rocket" trains grew; the six trains as assigned were: The Peoria Rocket, Illinois to Peoria, Illinois Articulated 3 car set: 32 seat Baggage-dinette-coach #400 Joliet 60 seat coach #306 Ottawa 76 seat coach #300 La Salle 32 seat, 1 drawing room, buffet, observation car #450 Peoria The Des Moines Rocket, Illinois to Des Moines, Iowa Articulated 3 car set: 32 seat Baggage-dinette-coach #401 Norman Judd 60 seat coach #307 Grenville Dodge 76 seat coach #301 Henry Farnum 32 seat, 1 drawing room, buffet, observation car #451 L M Allen The Texas Rocket, Fort Worth, Texas to Houston, offering an alternate schedule on the route of the Sam Houston Zephyr Articulated 2 car set: 32 seat Baggage-dinette-coach #402 Dream Lake 76 seat coach #302 Mesa Verde 28 seat coach, observation car #452 Centennial The Denver Rocket, Kansas City, Missouri to Denver, Colorado for less than a year The Rocket from Kansas City to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma from March, 1938Articulated 2 car set: 32 seat Baggage-dinette-coach #403 Bear Lake 76 seat coach #303 Mount Evans 28 seat coach, observation car #453 Pikes Peak The Kansas City Rocket, Minnesota to Kansas City, Missouri Articulated 2 car set: 18 seat Baggage-dinette-coach #404 Arrow Head 76 seat coach #304 Chippewa 28 seat coach, observation car #454 Minnesota Articulated 2 car set: 18 seat Baggage-dinette-coach #405 Mesabi 76 seat coach #305 Ioway 28 seat coach, observation car #455 Missouri Hansen, Peter A..

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Gertrude T. Widener

Gertrude T. Widener was an American socialite and a successful Thoroughbred racehorse owner and breeder. Born in Albany, New York, she was the daughter of Curtis N. Douglas, a businessman and New York State Senator. Known to her friends as "Gertie," she was married firstly to Frederick G. Peabody, a successful men's clothing manufacturer. Together, they adopted a girl named Joan, the natural daughter of Edward C. Johnson and Alice Brandt; the couple divorced in 1924, in November of that year, she remarried to Peter Arrell Browne Widener II, a prominent Philadelphian. He was the elder child and only son of Joseph E. Widener, from a family involved in the sport of Thoroughbred horse racing. In 1925, Joseph Widener had the stables at his Lynnewood Hall estate converted into a home for his son and daughter-in-law, she and her husband both owned Thoroughbred racehorses, after his death in 1948, she continued to own and race Thoroughbreds with considerable success both in the United States and in France, where Joseph Widener had maintained a second home and operated a racing stable.

By the mid-1950s, she was living full-time in Paris. She remained there until 1968, when her failing health led to her returning home to New York City in 1968, where she died from cancer on February 3, 1970, her remains were returned to Philadelphia for burial next to her second husband at West Laurel Hill Cemetery. Gertrude Widener owned Ampola; the principal trainer of her racing stable based in France was Etienne Pollet, who remained with her until she dispersed her stable in 1968. Her filly Hula Dancer won the British Classic 1,000 Guineas Stakes in 1966, that same year, her filly Right Away won the French equivalent, the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches, her horses twice won the Prix Maurice de Gheest, Critérium International, Prix Robert Papin and Prix Daphnis. She won the Prix Morny three times; as of 2009, she still holds the record for most wins in the Prix de Fontainebleau with four, plus the record for most wins in the Prix du Bois with five. During her thirty-plus years in racing, she bred or raced four champions: Polynesian - multiple stakes winner, including the 1945 Preakness Stakes.

Voted 1947 American Champion Sprint Horse. Sire of U. S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee, Native Dancer. Prudent - wins included the 1961 Prix de la Salamandre, Prix Yacowlef, Prix Morny. French Champion Two-Year-Old Colt. Hula Dancer - won multiple top races in Europe, including a British Classic in 1963, the 1,000 Guineas Stakes. Sold in 1968 for a European auction record price of 1.02 million French francs. Grey Dawn - wins in France included the most important race for juveniles, the Grand Critérium. Voted French Champion Two-Year-Old Colt, he won in the United States before being retired to stud duty, where he was the leading broodmare sire in North America in 1990, she notably bred and raced Dan Cupid, sire of Sea Bird, whose 145 Timeform rating is the highest in flat racing history. Her daughter Ella owned Happy Hill Farm in Newtown Township, Delaware County and bred Thoroughbreds, including the important sire, Raise a Native

Yasmina Baddou

Yasmina Baddou is a Moroccan politician of the Istiqlal party. Between 2007 and 2012, she held the position of Minister of Health in the cabinet of Abbas El Fassi, she was Secretary of State for Family Affairs in the cabinet Driss Jettou. Yasmina Baddou studied at the "Mission laïque française" and has a master's degree in law from the Mohammed V University of Rabat, she worked as a lawyer before becoming active in politics, she is the daughter of Aicha Bennani and Abderrahmane Baddou, a Moroccan diplomat, politician and ex-ambassador and is married to Ali Fassi Fihri, brother of Taieb Fassi Fihri the former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Morocco. Her maternal aunt Aziza Bennani was Secretary of State for Culture in the cabinet of Abdellatif Filali and is the current representative of Morocco at the UNESCO, her cousin Ali Baddou, is co-host of Le Grand Journal, a daily talk show of French television channel Canal+. Cabinet of Morocco