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Lugo

Lugo is a city in northwestern Spain in the autonomous community of Galicia. It is the capital of the province of Lugo; the municipality had a population of 98,025 in 2018, making it the fourth most populous city in Galicia. Lugo is the only city in the world to be surrounded by intact Roman walls, which reach a height of 10 to 15 metres along a 2,117-metre circuit ringed with 71 towers; the walk along the top is continuous round the circuit, features ten gates. These 3rd century walls are protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site; the bridge over the Minho is of Roman date, though many repairs over the centuries have effaced its Roman character. It is along the Camino Primitivo path of the Camino de Santiago; the population of the city in 2010 was 97,635 inhabitants, growing since the first census in 1842, while the rest of the province is losing population dramatically. The population of the city in 2014 was 98,560 inhabitants. From INE In 2010 there were 5,373 foreigners living in the city, representing a 5.5% of the total population.

The main nationalities are Colombians and Brazilians. By language, according to 2008 data, 47.37% of the population speaks always or in Galician, 52.63% speaks always or in Spanish. The town lies on a hill surrounded by the rivers Minho and Chanca; the difference in altitude between the city centre and the river banks is considerable: the former being at an altitude of 465 meters above sea level, whilst the Miño River Walk is at an altitude of only 364 metres. The municipality of Lugo is the second largest in Galicia, with 329.78 square kilometres and 59 parishes. The outline of the city was declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO on 7 November 2002, this being the most important recognition at international level regarding the conservation of landscapes and habitats of this Atlantic European region; the area has been divided into more than 54 villages: Adai, Bacurín, Bazar, Bocamaos, Bóveda, O Burgo, Camoira, Coeo, Coeses, Cuíña, Gondar, Lamas, Mazoi, Meilán, Monte de Meda, Ombreiro, Orbazai, O Outeiro das Camoiras, Pedreda, Pías, Piúgos, Poutomillos, Prógalo, Ribas de Miño, Romeán, Rubiás, San Mamede dos Anxos, San Martiño de Piñeiro, San Pedro de Mera, San Román, San Salvador de Muxa, San Xoán de Pena, San Xoán do Alto, San Xoán do Campo, Santa Comba, Santa María de Alta, Santa Marta de Fixós, Santalla de Bóveda de Mera, Santo André de Castro, Soñar, Tirimol, Torible, O Veral, Vilachá de Mera.

Lugo has a humid oceanic climate with drier summers, Cfb in the Köppen climate classification although it could be classified as a mild Mediterranean climate depending on favoured summer precipitation threshold. Due to its remoteness from the Atlantic, its annual precipitation of 1,084 millimetres can be considered low compared with areas of the Rias Baixas and Santiago de Compostela; the highest temperature recorded in history, 39.6 °C, occurred in August 1961 and the lowest temperature was −13.2 °C in February 1983. The city has an average of six days of snow per year, a contrast to coastal cities of Galicia which have not received snow in modern times

Marieke Vervoort

Marieke Vervoort was a Belgian Paralympic athlete who suffered from reflex sympathetic dystrophy. She won several medals at Paralympics, she received worldwide attention in 2016 when she revealed that she was considering euthanasia. Vervoort began her career in sports playing wheelchair basketball took up swimming, competed in triathlons, she was paratriathlon world champion in 2006 and 2007, in 2007, competed in the Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii. She retired from triathlons. Instead, she started blokarting and wheelchair racing. In the 2012 London Paralympic Games, she won the gold medal in the T52 100m wheelchair race, the silver medal in the T52 200m wheelchair race. In 2013, she set a new European record of 33.65 in the T52 200m race at Belgium. She set world records in the T52 400m at Kortrijk and the T52 800m at Oordegem in 2013; the same year, while competing at the IPC Athletics World Championships at Lyon, Vervoort fell during the 800m race after a collision with Michelle Stilwell of Canada.

She injured her shoulder, requiring ten months of rehabilitation. Her next competition was in 2014, at the ParAthletics IPC Athletics Grand Prix held at Nottwil, where she won the 200m, as well as the 1,500m and 5,000m, in both of which she set new world records; that same year, she suffered another setback. While making pasta, she lost consciousness and accidentally poured hot water over her and sustained second-degree and third-degree burn wounds from the chest down to her ankles. At the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha, she won gold medals in the T52 100m, 200m and 400m races, became world champion, she covered 200 meters in 35.91, two seconds slower than her European record, prior to her accident. At the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympic Games, she won the silver medal in the T51/52 400m wheelchair race and bronze in the T51/52 100m. Vervoort was diagnosed aged about 14 with reflex sympathetic dystrophy, an incurable degenerative disease of the muscles and spine, which caused severe pain, paralysis in her legs, made it difficult for her to sleep.

Despite her sporting success, Vervoort said that she was considering euthanasia as she was preparing for the 2016 Rio Paralympics, saying that Rio was her "last wish". She clarified that this did not mean euthanasia would occur after the Games, stating that: "You have to live day-by-day and enjoy the little moments; when the day comes—when I have more bad days than good days—I have my euthanasia papers. But the time is not there yet." She signed her euthanasia papers in 2008. Vervoort suffered from epilepsy, lived with her assistance dog, able to alert her to an upcoming seizure an hour before it occurred, she died by euthanasia on 22 October 2019. Her decision was supported by other Paralympians, such as Briton Ollie Hynd. Vervoort was the author of Wielemie. Sporten voor het leven, De andere kant van de medaille, about her degenerative muscle disease and its impact on her life. 2012 – Belgian Paralympian of the Year 2013 – Grand Officer of the Order of the Crown 2014 – National Trophy Victor Boin 2015 – Belgian Paralympian of the Year 2015 – Vlaamse Reus 2016 – Decoration of the Flemish Community from Prime Minister Geert Bourgeois Official website Marieke Vervoort at the International Paralympic Committee

Gary Irvine

Gary Irvine is a Scottish professional footballer who players for Forfar Athletic. He has played for Celtic, Ross County, St Johnstone, Dundee and St Mirren. Irvine started his career at Celtic, but failed to make an appearance for the club during his time there. At the start of the 2006–07 season, he moved on loan to Ross County. During his time at County, he was involved as they won the 2006–07 Scottish Challenge Cup, beating Clyde on penalties. After leaving Celtic, Irvine signed for Scottish First Division side St Johnstone. In his first season at McDiarmid Park, he won the 2007–08 Scottish Challenge Cup, his second winners medal in that competition in successive seasons, with St Johnstone winning 3–2 against Dunfermline Athletic; the following season, he was part of the squad. At the end of the 2009–10 season he was one of eight players released by the club. Irvine scored once during his spell at the club. On 24 July 2010, Irvine signed of the Scottish First Division. In July 2012, with Dundee having been promoted to the Scottish Premier League after the demotion of Rangers, he signed a new deal with the club, despite interest from several Scottish Premier League clubs including his former team, Ross County.

After Dundee's relegation from the Scottish Premier League, Irvine agreed terms on a new contract for the 2013–14 season. On 29 January 2016 Saints signed Irvine from Dundee until the end of the season, with the option of a further year, he was released by St Mirren at the end of the 2017–18 season. Irvine joined Forfar Athletic in February 2019, until the end of the season; as of match played 13 April 2019 Totals include: Ross County: 1 Challenge Cup appearance where Soccerbase haven't recorded line-ups and 1 appearance they've wrongly given to Brian Irvine. St Johnstone: 1 Challenge Cup appearance in 2008–09 and 1 League Cup appearance in 2009–10 where Soccerbase haven't recorded line-ups. Dundee: 2 Challenge Cup games and 1 League Cup game in 2010–11, 1 Challenge Cup game and 1 Scottish Cup game in 2011–12 & 2 Challenge Cup games in 2013–14 where Soccerbase haven't recorded line-ups St Mirren: 4 Challenge Cup games in 2016–17 Irvine was capped twice for the Scotland under–21s, against Iceland and Turkey in 2006.

Ross CountyScottish Challenge Cup: 2006–07St JohnstoneScottish First Division: 2008–09 Scottish Challenge Cup: 2007–08DundeeScottish Championship: 2013–14St. MirrenScottish Championship: 2017–18 Gary Irvine profile Dundee official website Gary Irvine at Soccerbase Brian Irvine at Soccerbase 1 Ross County appearance in 2006–07