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Marcel Achard

Marcel Achard was a French playwright and screenwriter whose popular sentimental comedies maintained his position as a recognizable name in his country's theatrical and literary circles for five decades. He was elected to the Académie française in 1959. A native of the Rhône département's Urban Community of Lyon, France's second largest metropolitan area, Marcel-Auguste Ferréol was born in Sainte-Foy-lès-Lyon, one of the city's suburbs, adopted his nom de plume at the start of his writing career in the early 1920s. Able to absorb knowledge he became, in 1916, in the midst of World War I, a village schoolteacher at the age of 17. In 1919, a few months after the end of the war, the 20-year-old aspiring writer arrived in Paris and found jobs as a prompter at the Théâtre du Vieux-Colombier and as a journalist for various publications, including the major daily newspaper, Le Figaro. Marcel Achard wrote his first play in 1922 and had a major success the following year when renowned actor-director Charles Dullin staged his play Voulez-vous jouer avec moâ?, a sensitively delicate comedy about circus and its clowns, casting the playwright in a small part, as one of the clowns.

The production set a pattern for the remainder of his theatrical output, most of which can be considered as 20th century reworkings of stock characters and situations from the Italian traditional Commedia dell'arte. The personages of Pierrot and Columbine are transported into modern-day settings and inserted into an mawkish or nostalgic love plot with equal doses of laughter mingled with pain and regret; these themes were expanded upon in two of his most popular plays of the period—1929's Jean de la Lune and 1932's Domino. Jean showed how the unwavering trust of Jef, the faithful Pierrot prototype, transforms his scandalously adulterous wife into his idealized image of her, while Domino presented another unfaithful wife who pays a gigolo to make a pretense of courting her so as to distract her husband from her real lover, but the gigolo manages to act his character with such pretend sincerity that she winds up falling in love with this fictional persona; the distinctive quality of Achard's plays was their dreamlike mood of sentimental melancholy, underscored by the titles which were taken from popular bittersweet songs of the day.

1924's Marlbrough s'en va-t-en guerre, 1935's Noix de coco, 1946's Auprès de ma blonde and Savez-vous planter les choux? and 1948's Nous irons à Valparaiso are among some examples of this specific style. Achard's greatest successes and popularity were in the period between the two World Wars when contemporary critics favorably compared him to some of his renowned French predecessors such as Pierre de Marivaux and Alfred de Musset. Postwar pundits were not as kind, pointing out the rather narrow scope of human psyche that he represented and deprecatingly referring to him as a "spécialiste de l'amour" for the sickly-sweet characteristics of his poetic imagination; the critics focused, of course, on Achard's most popular plays, disregarding the fact that the reason Achard continued to write them is because they met with such unvarying success. His less-well known works, show innovative techniques and original themes. 1929's La Belle Marinière still has some of the excessively-poetic dialogue, but is overall a realistic play about a love triangle involving a bargeman, his wife and his best friend and companion.

1933's La femme en blanc uses a then-new technique of recreating for the audience events as they are being described by the play's characters. In 1938's Le corsaire, a "play-in-a-play" device, pioneered by Luigi Pirandello, depicts film actors portraying the life of a long-ago pirate, finding themselves caught in an endless loop of similarities; the same year saw the production of his most controversial play, which strove to give insight into the conflicted emotions of an unhappy homosexual. Although the subject matter caused it to be considered scandalous at the time, its brief revival three decades in the open and radicalized culture of the late 1960s, when the author was approaching his 70th birthday, found the once-ahead-of-its-time work judged as a tame and dated period piece below Achard's usual literary standard. After World War II, despite the criticism, Achard's literary output continued unabated. Among his most successful plays were 1952's Les compagnons de la Marjolaine and 1955's Le mal d'amour.

The greatest popularity, was achieved by a 1957 comedy about a testy, ill-tempered character nicknamed Patate and a 1962 comic mystery L'Idiote, best known in America as the basis for the play and film A Shot in the Dark. Four of Achard's plays had Broadway runs. Domino, adapted by actress-writer Grace George, opened at the Playhouse Theatre on 16 August 1932 and closed after seven performances; the title role went to Rod La Rocque, a top star of the silent cinema, whose career was on the wane following the advent of the talkies, the lead actress was Jessie Royce Landis. Seventeen years a much better run was enjoyed by Auprès de ma blonde, reworked by famed scenarist S. N. Behrman into I Know My Love, it opened at the Shubert Theatre on 2 November 1949 and ran for 247 performances, closing on 3 June 1950. It was directed by and starred Alfred Lunt and his leading lady was, as always, his wife, Lynn Fontanne. Nine years after that premie

William Ebeneezer Jones Jr.

William Ebeneezer Jones Jr known as Billy Jones was three years old when he was last seen outside of his neighbor's house in Vineland, New Jersey around 11:45 a.m on December 17, 1962. His case is considered one of the oldest missing children under five cases in New Jersey. William Jones was born in New Jersey into the Jones family, his mother was Evelyn Jones, his father's name is William Ebeneezer Jones Sr. Jones resided in Vineland, New Jersey where he would disappear. On the morning of December 17, 1962, William and his sister, Jill Jones, went out to play; some websites claim that his mother had been watching from a window and that she no sooner returned to it from checking on another child than discovered that William was gone. Other accounts claim that William went elsewhere and never came home; the facts that are known is that William was last seen near a neighbor's house around 11:45. Soon after William was last seen, his sister, Jill Jones returned home without William and had a plastic potted poinsettia in her hand.

A manhunt was initiated an hour after William disappeared but no remains have been located. In 2009, the case was reopened by a Vineland police detective by the name of Kristian Kirchner; the case has been covered by The Philadelphia Inquirer. List of people who disappeared

Kazi Kamrul Hassan

Kazi Kamrul Hassan, psc, BN is a Bangladesh Navy commodore and MD of Khulna Shipyard. Hassan was born in August 1961 in Jessore District, he joined Bangladesh Navy at the age of 18 and received a commission on 5 May 1982. He graduated from the University of Engineering and Technology in electrical and electronics engineering and obtained Masters in Defence Studies from National University, Bangladesh. Among the many courses Hassan has attended, they include Course in Weapon Engineering from Royal Naval Engineering College, Manadon, UK in 1986, Command and Staff Course from DSC &SC Mirpur, Dhaka in 1993 and National Defence Course from National Defence College, Dhaka in 2007. Throughout his long naval service, Hassan has carried out his duties in various sectors in Bangladesh Navy, his career establishments contain serving as the Director of Naval Weapons & Electrical Engineering at Naval Headquarters, Director of Naval Training, Commanding Officer of BNS Shaheed Moazzam and BN Dockyard, Head of Department on board BN Ships and in Command of Naval Base and Formation.

He served as the Commodore Superintendent Dockyard from 4 October 2011 until 8 August 2015. Hassan is a travelled person. In course of duties and pursuing naval training he visited several countries of the world, including the US, UK, Germany, China, India, Turkey, etc. Hassan has two children.

Aransas Pass, Texas

Aransas Pass is a city in Aransas and San Patricio Counties in the U. S. state of Texas. The population was 8,204 at the 2010 Census. Aransas Pass is located at 27°54′N 97°8′W,F on the shore of Redfish Bay, a tidal water body between Corpus Christi Bay to the south and Aransas Bay to the north; the city limits of Aransas Pass encompass most of Redfish Bay and its islands, most of which are in Nueces County, as well a portion of Aransas Bay in Aransas County. The land portion of the city is in San Patricio County, extending north into Aransas County; the city is on the mainland of Texas and is connected to Mustang Island via a 6-mile -long causeway, a free ferry that carries vehicles to the island. By Texas State Highway 35 and U. S. Route 181, Aransas Pass is 20 mi northeast of Corpus Christi. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city of Aransas Pass has a total area of 135.6 km2, of which 32.6 km2 is land and 103.1 km2, or 75.99%, is covered by water. As of the census of 2000, 8,138 people, 3,075 households, 3,012 families resided in the city.

The population density was 758.1 people per square mile. The 3,493 housing units averaged 325.4 per mi2. The racial makeup of the city was 80.58% White, 3.44% African American, 0.76% Native American, 0.45% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 11.28% from other races, 3.47% from two or more races. Hispanics of any race were 37.70% of the population. Of the 2,961 households, 34.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.1% were married couples living together, 13.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 27.7% were not families. About 23.1% of all households were made up of individuals, 10.0% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.70 and the average family size was 3.17. In the city, the population was distributed as 28.4% under the age of 18, 9.4% from 18 to 24, 25.4% from 25 to 44, 22.3% from 45 to 64, 14.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $27,376, for a family was $33,227. Males had a median income of $29,383 versus $17,969 for females; the per capita income for the city was $12,964. About 18.3% of families and 19.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.5% of those under age 18 and 10.9% of those age 65 or over. The primary industries are shrimping and tourism, along with oil and gas interests; the shrimp boat fleet sails from Conn Brown Harbor, a large, protected harbor chiefly dedicated to the shrimping industry. The area is popular for saltwater sports beach-going. Aransas Pass is a destination for water sports, birding and hunting; the city is home to the largest hummingbird garden in Texas. Events such as the Shrimporee, a three-day event, held in June, the Maybe Hot Maybe Not bike ride in November, the Holiday Craft Show in December, as well as bay fishing on the Gulf Coast, keep visitors coming back to Aransas Pass. Aquatic Park, a new addition to Community Park, features a competition-sized swimming pool with 1-m and a 3-m diving boards.

The lap pool is heated, with a body slide attached to it. A kiddie pool, with depths from 1 -- 3 ft, features a cannon slide. Community Park is located on Johnson Avenue at S. Arch Street. Included at the park are lighted baseball fields, with dugouts, electronic score boards, a concession stand, public rest rooms. In the picnic area, 10 handicapped-accessible covered picnic tables are available; each table is equipped with a small grill. One larger covered area on a concrete foundation is available for big groups; the playground features a merry-go-round, monkey bars, rocking riding toys, a two-story wooden play structure, digging toys. It is handicapped-accessible. A paved walkway extends from the baseball field to an elevated gazebo overlooking the wetlands of the Aransas Pass Nature Trail. From there, handicapped-accessible walkways extend in two directions, ending around areas for bird and wildlife watching. Conn Brown Harbor Park, spanning 5 acres, has a boat ramp, it has two concrete boat ramps with docks, park benches, barbecue grills, shade structures with picnic tables, an open air picnic table, two T-head fishing piers with lighting, a public rest room, three cleaning tables.

San Patricio County Navigation District Marina, a 10-acre park, is located on Ransom Road. It is equipped with two double boat ramps and two covered boat shelters, an uncovered boat slip, two boat trailer parking lots; this facility has a recreational vehicle park with 36 spaces and hookups. It has two shelters with tables, running water, lights. Wildlife viewing is available from three covered areas, with tables and barbecue grills, a bait shop. Visitors can fish from a lighted fishing pier; the park has a separate children's playground with rock-riding toys and a jungle gym structure with a slide and climbing areas. McCampbell Park, a city park, has a hard court surface with two basketball backboards and four picnic tables. No restroom facilities are available. Newbury Park, at 1.2 acres, is located on Harrison Boulevard at Wheeler Avenue. A hummingbird landscape is there to attract hummingbirds. Emory Bellard, former University of Texas offensive coordinator and head coach at Texas A&M, inventor of the Wishbone formation Tommy Blake, fo

Scott Dickens

Andrew Scott Dickens is a former competitive swimmer from Canada, who competes in the breaststroke events. He claimed two medals at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Brazil. Dickens won his first national title at the 2004 Canadian Olympic Trials, earning his first trip to the Olympic Games where he finished 19th in the 100-metre breaststroke. Dickens finished 8th in the semifinal heat and 16th overall in the 100-metre breaststroke at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Dickens was feeling sick with a running nose the morning of the race, he finished in 16th in the 200-metre breaststroke, was part of the Canadian team that finishing in 8th place in the men's 4 x 100 medley relay. On October 23, 2013, Dickens announced he was retiring from swimming after ten years with the national team. Profile Canadian Olympic Committee Dickens Retirement

Ruby chocolate

Ruby chocolate is a variety of chocolate introduced in 2017 by Barry Callebaut, a Belgian–Swiss cocoa company. The variety has been in development since 2004, it was unveiled at a private event in Shanghai on 5 September 2017. It is marketed as the "fourth" type of chocolate alongside dark and white chocolate varieties; the chocolate is made from "ruby cocoa beans". These are existing botanical cocoa bean varieties that have been identified as having the right attributes to be processed into ruby chocolate; the chocolate's taste is described as "sweet yet sour", with "little to none" of the cocoa flavour traditionally associated with other varieties of chocolate. Kennedy's Confection magazine editor Angus Kennedy disputes that ruby chocolate is a new fourth variety and stated that it is possible to recreate its taste by combining white chocolate and milk chocolate in the mouth. With the production methods being kept a trade secret, publications note industry speculation that ruby chocolate is made with unfermented cocoa beans of Brazil Lavados, which can have a natural red-pinkish colour.

The company registered a patent in 2009 for "cocoa-derived material" from unfermented cocoa beans that become red or purple after treating them with an acid and defatting with petroleum ether. The cocoa content in the product is lower than milk chocolate and the citric acid addition gives the slight sour taste to the product; the variety was not available for sale to consumers until 19 January 2018, when it was introduced in a new flavor of Kit Kat bar, in Japan and South Korea, as well as online. One stick was to cost 400 yen. In April 2018, Kit Kat announced the release of the ruby chocolate in the UK, Germany, where Nestlé produces the chocolate for the European market. Just before Mother's Day 2019, Kit Kat Canada announced the release of the ruby chocolate in Canada in a tweet. In January 2020, Costa Coffee, a UK coffee shop, launched a Ruby Hot Chocolate, made from ruby cocoa. Häagen Dazs unveiled ruby cacao ice creams. "Ruby cacao will be available in ice cream bars and ice cream and adds a semi-fruity taste with a hint of berries and cacao.

The ice cream bars will be vanilla ice cream dipped into a ruby cacao shell and the pints will be a layered vanilla ice cream, pistachio ice cream, ruby cacao pieces."Magnum ice cream created a bar featuring vanilla ice cream dipped in a ruby cacao shell also. Harry & David based out of Medford, Oregon sells ruby cacao Truffles and a ruby cacao bar