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MacArthur Fellows Program

The MacArthur Fellows Program, MacArthur Fellowship but unofficially known as a "Genius Grant", is a prize awarded annually by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to between 20 and 30 individuals, working in any field, who have shown "extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction" and are citizens or residents of the United States. According to the foundation's website, "the fellowship is not a reward for past accomplishment, but rather an investment in a person's originality and potential"; the current prize is $625,000 paid over five years in quarterly installments. This figure was increased from $500,000 in 2013 with the release of a review of the MacArthur Fellows Program. Since 1981, 942 people have been named MacArthur Fellows, ranging in age from 18 to 82; the award has been called "one of the most significant awards, truly'no strings attached'". The program does not accept applications. Anonymous and confidential nominations are invited by the foundation and reviewed by an anonymous and confidential selection committee of about a dozen people.

The committee reviews all nominees and recommends recipients to the president and board of directors. Most new Fellows first learn of their nomination and award upon receiving a congratulatory phone call. MacArthur Fellow Jim Collins described this experience in an editorial column of The New York Times. Cecilia Conrad is the managing director leading the MacArthur Fellows Program. In the 2008 Charlie Kaufman film Synecdoche, New York, the main character Caden Cotard was a recipient of the Grant, used it to fund his immersive play; the Big Bang Theory: In the episode "The Bath Item Gift Hypothesis" of season 2, Michael Trucco plays the role of Dr. David Underhill, an experimental physicist and a MacArthur Grant recipient. In the episode "The Geology Elevation" of season 10, Sheldon becomes jealous of Dr. Bertram "Bert" Kibbler when he learns that he has won a MacArthur Grant for his work on endolithic organisms. A Discovery of Witches: Christopher "Chris" Roberts, best friend of main character Diana Bishop, is a human molecular biologist that has won the MacArthur Fellowship Bones: In the Season 12 episode "The Brain in the Bot", forensic artist Angela Montenegro wins the MacArthur Fellowship, confirmed to be nominated by Dr. Temperance Brennan, for her "groundbreaking" work with the "Angelatron".

In Noah Baumbach's 2019 film Marriage Story, Charlie Barber, a successful theater director, is a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship, uses the first payout to hire a divorce lawyer. Family Guy, season 4, episode 6, Peter Griffin is promoted to take a test to qualify for the MacArthur Grant after winning a game of Trivial Pursuit. Guggenheim Fellowship Thomas J. Watson Fellowship MacArthur Fellows Program website

KAI KC-100 Naraon

The KAI KC-100 Naraon is a South Korean four-seat, low-wing, single-engine light aircraft developed and manufactured by Korea Aerospace Industries. The name Naraon was chosen based on public input, it has the distinction of being the first civil-orientated aircraft to be developed in South Korea. Keen to break into the civilian market, KAI formally launched development of the KC-100 during 2008. While conventional in its basic configuration, use of composite materials and the adoption of cutting-edge technologies were intended to allow the new aircraft to be 10% more fuel efficient than existing rivals. On 15 July 2011, the prototype KC-100 performed the type's maiden flight; the flight test programme was completed on 22 March 2013, shortly after which the aircraft received type certification, permitting its use by civil operators. During the 2010s, KAI commenced development of a military trainer variant, designated KT-100, for the South Korean Air Force. Throughout the majority of its existence, South Korean aviation company Korean Aerospace Industries had been principally engaged in both Korean government and military projects, such as the KUH-1 Surion, T-50 Golden Eagle, the KT-1 Woongbi.

Several of the company's officials desired to moved beyond traditional government-directed military projects and for KAI to produce designs that appealed to the commercial and civilian aviation sectors. For decades, South Korea has been forced to import all non-military aircraft due to a lack of domestic options. However, any prospective civil aircraft would face a radically different type certification process than the company's existing military products. Thus, the company would coordinate with the Korea Office of Civil Aviation, the regulatory authority that oversaw the nation's aviation industry, while continuing to hone its ideas for civil programme. KAI identified that a four-seat civil aircraft could be reasonably certified under KAS Part 23; the proposed aircraft would be developed using a high proportion of indigenously-developed technology, refined by guidance provided by KOCA. KAI engineers believed that by making extensive use of composite materials, significant reductions in both weight and fuel consumption could be made.

It was determined that up to 90% of the aircraft's technology could be domestically sourced. A major design goal of the project was the production of an aircraft that would be 10% more fuel efficient than other contemporary aircraft in its class, along with a cabin around 1 to 2 in wider that either the Cirrus SR-22 or Cessna 400; the general configuration adopted for the aircraft was a traditional one, pairing a low-mounted wing with a conventional tail. During June 2008, development work commenced on the initiative. At this point, it had been anticipated that the project would be completed within a five-year development timeframe. By May 2010, the preliminary design phase had been completed and construction of the first prototype was set to commence, with the aim of completion around the end of that year. Commenting in 2011, the company stated that it expected deliveries to commence during mid-2013, that each aircraft would have a forecast price of US$575,000. KAI has ambitions to launch further civilian projects, including business jets, following the completion of development of the KC-100.

On 15 June 2011, the first prototype performed its maiden flight, the flight test programme commencing thereafter. KAI aim to secure type certification not only in South Korea, but from the European Aviation Safety Agency and the Federal Aviation Administration, thus allowing the KC-100 to be sold in many countries around the world. Half of all test flights were conducted to explore and validate the KC-100's aerodynamic properties, while 17% were to prove the avionics, 10% were related to the engine, 7% related to the structure. On 22 March 2013, the flight test programme, carried out in partnership with KOCA and had involved 559 sorties by two flying prototypes, was completed. One week type certification was granted to the KC-100; the Korean Aerospace Industries KC-100 is a four-seat light aircraft intended for general aviation purposes, such as small-scale commercial and commuting activities, flight training, leisure and private flights. It possesses an all-composite airframe, being constructed from carbon fibre.

The use of such materials reduces overall weight, simplifies manufacture and reduces maintenance costs. The spacious cabin has been designed to appeal to both business customers. Access to the cabin is via gull-wing doors on both sides of the fuselage. Significant attention was paid during development to the KC-100's aerodynamics; the ARI was one of several modifications implemented based upon feedback from the KC-100's flight test programme. The avionics incorporates the Avidyne Entegra II glass cockpit, which includes various subsystems, including the flight control system, dual high-resolution integrated flight displays, MLB700/MLX770 data link, FMS900w flight management system, digital VHF radio, DFC100 autopilot. A key safety feature is an airborne collision avoidance system; the KC-100 is powered by a single American-built Continental TSIOF-550-K turbocharged 315 hp piston engine, controlled via a full authority digita

Juliet Bingley

Juliet Martin Bingley MBE was an English social worker. She was chair of MIND for four years and one of the founders of the National Association for Colitis and Crohn's Disease, of which she was for a time vice-chair. Juliet Martin Bick was born in Harley Street in London, she attended King Alfred School and gained a degree in social administration at London School of Economics. She married Alec Bingley in 1948, they bought a house Hoddensbury in Hoddesdon, her home to the end of her life, he was knighted in 1959. They lived in Malta in 1958 -- 1961, they had three children. She died on 16 January 2005, in hospital after a stroke. Bingley started work in 1945 as a medical social worker at St Bartholomew's Hospital, but gave up this career in 1948 when she married, resuming it when widowed 24 years later. While living in Malta with her husband she became involved in work improving the social welfare system there, when in 1961 he was posted as Commander in Chief at Portsmouth she worked to improve the Naval Family Welfare Services.

After his retirement she became involved with the National Association for Mental Health, was its chair 1979–1983. After her husband died in 1972, Bingley resumed work as a medical social worker, taking a part-time post at St Mark's Hospital, London; the hospital specialised in intestinal disorders and she supported patients whose lives were affected by these disabling conditions. In 1979 she was one of the founders of the National Association for Colitis and Crohn's, now Crohn's and Colitis UK, she was appointed MBE in the 1991 New Year Honours, "For services to St. Mark's Hospital and Hackney Health Authority". In 2002 she published a book of poetry, What it was and what it was not, based on her years living in Malta 1958–1961, she published four children's books. Bingley, William. "Leading Lights in Social Work: Lady Juliet Bingley". Paper by her son, presented at the 10th anniversary meeting of the Kings College London Social Work History Network

February 17 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)

February 16 - Eastern Orthodox liturgical calendar - February 18 All fixed commemorations below are observed on March 2 by Eastern Orthodox Churches on the Old Calendar. For February 17th, Orthodox Churches on the Old Calendar commemorate the Saints listed on February 4. Saint Mariamne, Equal to the Apostles, sister of Apostle Philip Saint Auxibius of Soli, Bishop of Soli in Cyprus Martyrs Donatus, Secundian, 86 Companions, at Concordia, near Venice Great-martyr Theodore the Tyro Martyr Theodoulos, at Caesarea Palestina Saint Mesrop Mashtots of Armenia Holy Emperor Marcian and St. Pulcheria, his wife Venerable Martyr Theocteristus, Abbot of Pelecete Monastery near Prusa Martyrs Faustinus and Companions, a group of forty-five martyrs honoured in Rome. Saint Lommán of Trim, a nephew of St Patrick and the first Bishop of Trim in Meath in Ireland Saint Habet-Deus, Bishop of Luna in Tuscany in Italy martyred by the Arian Vandals Saint Fortchern, Bishop of Trim in Ireland, he lived as a hermit Saint Guevrock, Abbot of Loc-Kirec, he helped St Paul of Léon Saint Fintan of Clonenagh, a disciple of St Columba, he led the life of a hermit in Clonenagh in Leix in Ireland, Confessor Saint Finan of Lindisfarne, Bishop of Lindisfarne Saint Silvinus of Auchy, enlightener of the area near Thérouanne a monastic in the Benedictine abbey of Auchy-les-Moines St. Euxiphius I, Bishop and Wonderworker, listed in some synaxaria as one of the "300 Allemagne Saints" in Cyprus Venerable Theodore the Silent, of the Kiev Caves Monastery Venerable Theodosius, monastic founder at Mt. Kelifarevo, his disciple St. Romanus, of Turnovo, Bulgaria.

New Martyr Michael Mavroeidis of Adrianopolis Saint Hermogenes of Moscow and Wonderworker of Moscow and all Russia New Martyr Theodore of Byzantium, at Mytilene New Hieromartyr Theodore of Adjara, Hieromonk, at Mt. Athos Venerable Barnabas, Elder of Gethsemane Skete, of St. Sergius Lavra Saint Nicholas Planas, Priest, of Athens New Hieromartyr Joseph Zograph of Dionysiou, Hieromonk, at Mt. Athos New Hieromartyrs Michael Nikologorsky and Paul Kosminkov, Priests Martyr Anna Chetverikov Uncovering of the relics of Martyr Menas the Most Eloquent, of Alexandria Weeping "Tikhvin" Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos, at the Kozak Skete of St. Elias on Mt. Athos. Repose of Elder Agapitus of the Kiev Caves Repose of Schemamonk John of Kolitsou Skete, Mt. Athos February 17 / March 2. Orthodox Calendar. March 2 / February 17. Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church. February 17. OCA - The Lives of the Saints; the Autonomous Orthodox Metropolia of Western Europe and the Americas. St. Hilarion Calendar of Saints for the year of our Lord 2004.

St. Hilarion Press. Pp. 15-16. The Seventeenth Day of the Month of February. Orthodoxy in China. February 17. Latin Saints of the Orthodox Patriarchate of Rome; the Roman Martyrology. Transl. by the Archbishop of Baltimore. Last Edition, According to the Copy Printed at Rome in 1914. Revised Edition, with the Imprimatur of His Eminence Cardinal Gibbons. Baltimore: John Murphy Company, 1916. Pp. 50-51. Rev. Richard Stanton. A Menology of England and Wales, or, Brief Memorials of the Ancient British and English Saints Arranged According to the Calendar, Together with the Martyrs of the 16th and 17th Centuries. London: Burns & Oates, 1892. Pp. 72-74. Greek Sources Great Synaxaristes: 17 Φεβρουαρίου. Μεγασ Συναξαριστησ. Συναξαριστής. 17 Φεβρουαρίου. Russian Sources 2 марта. Православная Энциклопедия под редакцией Патриарха Московского и всея Руси Кирилла.. 17 февраля 2 марта 2014. Русская Православная Церковь Отдел внешних церковных связей

Thomas Berling

Thomas Berling is a retired Norwegian football defender. His retirement from football sparked media attention, he hails from Drevja. He played for Nardo FK, joined Lyn ahead of the 1999 season, he played four games in the second highest Norwegian league, played for the u-19 national team. In 2000, he disappeared from professional football, it surfaced that he had come out as gay, that he quit football as a result of what he described as widespread homophobia in the football community. In 2001, he came out of retirement, playing for lower league Drøbak/Frogn IF. Berling's case was cited several times in the upcoming years, as the connection between homophobia and sport was discussed in the national media now and then. Athlete Ally Homosexuality in sports Principle 6 campaign


Investec is an international specialist banking and asset management group. It provides a range of financial products and services to a client base in three principal markets: the UK and Europe, Southern Africa, Asia-Pacific. Investec is dual listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, it is a constituent of the FTSE 250 index. Investec was founded as a small leasing and financing company in 1974 in Johannesburg, South Africa, by Larry Nestadt, Errol Grolman and Ian Kantor, it has expanded through a combination of strategic acquisitions. It secured a banking licence in 1980 and was first listed on the JSE Securities Exchange in South Africa in 1986, after merging with Metboard, a trust company. In 1988, Investec Bank Limited was restructured into Investec Group Limited, giving Investec Management and staff control of the company. In 1990, Investec acquired property management company I. Kuper & Company Limited, Corporate Merchant Bank Limited and trade finance company Reichmans Limited. Investec entered the UK market in 1992, by acquiring London-based Allied Trust Bank Limited, this was the first international acquisition by the Group.

In 1998, Investec acquired Guinness Mahon, a leading London based merchant bank, Henderson Crosthwaite, its stockbroking arm, for £95m. It bought Hambros plc, another London based merchant bank the same year, it was first listed on the London Stock Exchange in 2002. In 2003 in a Black Economic Empowerment transaction empowerment partners acquired a 21.5% stake in the South Africa-listed Investec. In 2005, Investec sold its UK Private Client Stockbroking operation, Carr Sheppards Crosthwaite Limited to Rensburg plc. Investec retains a 47.7 % interest in Rensburg Sheppards plc.. In 2007, Investec plc acquired Experien Ltd.. Investec plc acquired the remaining shares in Rensburg Sheppards plc in 2010; this business has since been rebranded as Investec Wealth & Investment and incorporates other wealth activities operated through the bank. In June 2012, Investec plc completed the €32 million acquisition of Irish brokerage firm, NCB; as a result, Investec now employs more than 240 specialists in Ireland.

In December 2017, Investec acquired Amicus Commercial Finance and rebranded it as Investec Capital Solutions. In September 2018, following a strategic review, the Boards of Investec plc and Investec Limited announced that Investec Asset Management would become a separately listed entity. In November 2019 it was announced that the name would change when it lists as an independent organisation in March 2020 and that the new business will be known as NinetyOne; the new name is in recognition of the brand's heritage - it was in 1991 that the investment firm was started in South Africa. Investec employs 10,500 people worldwide and operates in South Africa, the United Kingdom and Ireland, it has banking operations in Switzerland, Guernsey, Hong Kong, India and the United States. Investec is organised as a network comprising three core areas of activity, namely: Asset Management, Wealth & Investment, Specialist Banking, its specialist banking divisions include Private Banking, for high net worth and high income individuals, Corporate & Investment Banking, providing lending, transactional banking and trading, advisory and investment services.

In July 2002, Investec became the first South African company to list on both the London and Johannesburg stock exchanges, by implementing a dual listed companies structure. The main features of the DLC structure are: Investec plc and Investec Limited are separate legal entities and listings, but are bound together by contractual agreements and mechanisms. Investec plc is the holding company for the majority of the group's non-Southern African operations and Investec Limited is the holding company for the majority of the group's Southern African operations. Investec operates. Shareholders have common economic and voting interests as if Investec plc and Investec Limited were a single company. Creditors, are ring-fenced to either Investec plc or Investec Limited as there are no cross guarantees between the companies. Investec's approach to transformation within South Africa involves: Fostering the creation of new black entrepreneurial platforms Serving as a source of empowerment financing Encouraging internal transformation by bringing about greater representivity in the workplace.

Investec focuses on creating black entrepreneurs within its organisation Investec announced a ten-year title sponsorship of Investec Test Match cricket for the England and Wales Cricket Board on 24 November 2011 at Lord's Cricket Ground. The deal covered all home test series and ran for six years until the summer of 2017, when the company exercised a break clause in its contract with the ECB. Investec became principal sponsor of the England and Great Britain Women’s Hockey teams in July 2011, from grassroots to international level, for an undisclosed sum; the agreement was for a term of five years, in March 2016 the deal was extended through to the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. Investec has been involved in a number of rugby sponsorships around the world, stating that "rugby embodies Investec's beliefs in collaborative teamwork, innovative play and determination and it’s for these reasons that we support many rugby initiatives". From 2000 to 2011 Investec sponsored; the 35 games throughout the 12-year period were known as the Investec International Series and were played at Twickenham Stadium, England.

In 2010 Investec became the official spon