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La Francia

La Francia is a coal mine in the Cesar-Ranchería Basin, located in the municipalities Becerril and El Paso, Colombia owned by the Goldman Sachs Group. It mines coal from the Paleocene Los Cuervos Formation, time-equivalent with the Cerrejón Formation, mined in the northeastern part of the basin in Latin America's largest coal mine, Cerrejón. In 2016, La Francia produced 11.6 Megatons of coal. The mine was owned by Coalcorp Mining until 2010, it was acquired for US$200 million in 2010. It is owned by Goldman Sachs through Colombian National Resources, it closed in January 2013 after the contractor hired by Colombian National Resources opted out, but opened again in January 2014, at a lesser capacity. By August 2014, it was in talks to be acquired by investor Mick Davis. During the strikes of 2013, miners occupied the mine and refused offers provided by the companies involved

Old Man of the Mountain

The Old Man of the Mountain known as the Great Stone Face or the Profile, was a series of five granite cliff ledges on Cannon Mountain in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, United States, that appeared to be the jagged profile of a face when viewed from the north. The rock formation was 1,200 feet above Profile Lake, measured 40 feet tall and 25 feet wide; the site is located in the town of Franconia. The first recorded mention of the Old Man was in 1805, it collapsed on May 3, 2003. Franconia Notch is a U-shaped valley, shaped by glaciers; the Old Man formation was formed from freezing and thawing of water in cracks of the granite bedrock sometime after the retreat of glaciers 12,000 years ago. The formation was first noted in the records of a Franconia surveying team around 1805. Francis Whitcomb and Luke Brooks, part of the surveying team, were the first two to record observing the Old Man; the official state history says several groups of surveyors were working in the Franconia Notch area at the time and claimed credit for the discovery.

The Old Man first became famous because of statesman Daniel Webster, a New Hampshire native, who once wrote: "Men hang out their signs indicative of their respective trades. The writer Nathaniel Hawthorne used the Old Man as inspiration for his short story "The Great Stone Face", published in 1850, in which he described the formation as "a work of Nature in her mood of majestic playfulness"; the profile has been New Hampshire's state emblem since 1945. It was put on the state's license plate, state route signs, on the back of New Hampshire's Statehood Quarter, popularly promoted as the only US coin with a profile on both sides. Before the collapse, it could be seen from special viewing areas along Interstate 93 in Franconia Notch State Park 80 miles north of the state's capital, Concord. Freezing and thawing opened fissures in the Old Man's "forehead". By the 1920s, the crack was wide enough to be mended with chains, in 1957 the state legislature passed a $25,000 appropriation for a more elaborate weatherproofing, using 20 tons of fast-drying cement, plastic covering and steel rods and turnbuckles, plus a concrete gutter to divert runoff from above.

A team from the state highway and park divisions maintained the patchwork each summer. The formation collapsed to the ground between midnight and 2 a.m. May 3, 2003. Dismay over the collapse has been so great that people have visited to pay tribute including leaving flowers. Early after the collapse, many New Hampshire citizens considered replacement with a replica; that idea was rejected by an official task force in 2003 headed by former Governor Steve Merrill. In 2004, the state legislature considered, but did not accept, a proposal to change New Hampshire's state flag to include the profile. On the first anniversary of the collapse in May 2004, the Old Man of the Mountain Legacy Fund began operating coin-operated viewfinders near the base of the cliff; when looking through them up at the cliff of Cannon Mountain one can see a "before" and "after" of how the Old Man of the Mountain used to appear. Seven years after the collapse, on June 24, 2010, the OMMLF, now the Friends of the Old Man of the Mountain, broke ground for the first phase of the state-sanctioned "Old Man of the Mountain Memorial" on a walkway along Profile Lake below Cannon Cliff.

It consists of a viewing platform with "Steel Profilers", when aligned with the Cannon Cliff above, create what the profile looked like up on the cliff overlooking the Franconia Notch. The project was overseen by Friends of the Old Man of the Mountain/Franconia Notch, a committee that succeeded the Old Man of the Mountain Revitalization Task Force; the Legacy Fund is a private 501 corporation with representatives from various state agencies and several private nonprofits. In 2013, the board called a halt to further fundraising, they announced their intention to dissolve the board. Other proposals that were considered but rejected include: Architect Francis Treves envisioned a walk-in profile made of 250 panels of structural glass attached to tubular steel framework and concrete tower, connected by a tram, rim trail or tunnel through to the cliff wall at the original site, it won an American Institute of Architects Un-Built Project Award. In 2009, Kenneth Gidge, a state representative from Nashua, proposed building a copper replica of the Old Man on level ground above the ledge at the original site where hiking trails lead.

Details of the history of the Old Man of the Mountain include: 17th millennium BC–6th millennium BC — New England undergoes the Wisconsin glaciation, the most recent ice age. Glaciers cover New England and post-glacial erosion creates the cliff which would subsequently erode into the Old Man of the Mountain at Franconia Notch. 1805 — Francis Whitcomb and Luke Brooks, part of a Franconia surveying crew, are the first white settlers to record observing the Old Man, according to the official New Hampshire history. 1832 — Author Nathaniel Hawthorne visits the area. 1850 — Hawthorne publishes "The Great Stone Face", a short story inspired by his visit. The story's title becomes an alternative name for the formation. 1869 — President Ulysses S. Grant visits the formation. 1906 — The Reverend Guy Roberts of Massachusetts, is the first to publicize signs of deterioration of the formation. 1916 — New Hampshire Governor Rolland H. Spaulding begins a concerted state effort to preserve the formation. 1926 — The formation appears on all New Hampshire passenger, dea

Elwin Cockett

Elwin Wesley Cockett is a British Anglican priest and chaplain. Since October 2007, he has been the Archdeacon of West Ham in the Diocese of Chelmsford. Cockett grew up in India and England, he was educated at St Paul's Cathedral School and was a chorister at St Paul's Cathedral, at Akosombo International School in Ghana, at Forest School, Walthamstow. He trained for ordination at the Aston Training Scheme and studied theology at Oak Hill College, a Conservative Evangelical theological college, though Cockett himself identifies more with the Open Evangelical tradition. Having been ordained in the Church of England, Cockett served his curacy at St Chad's Church, Chadwell Heath from 1991 to 1994, he moved to St Paul's Church, Harold Hill, where he was successively an assistant curate, priest-in-charge, vicar. He was Team Rector of Billericay and Little Burstead from 2000 to 2007, Rural Dean of Basildon from 2004 to 2007. Additionally, he was Chaplain to West Ham United F. C. between 1992 and 2012, a chaplain to the athletes competing in 2012 Summer Olympics.

Cockett was born on 24 May 1959 in India. He was brought up in India, Somerset and East London. Cockett was educated at the primary department of Akosombo International School a expatriate school in Ghana, at Malmesbury Primary School in East London. Between 1968 and 1972, he was educated at St Paul's Cathedral School, an independent preparatory school in the City of London. From 1973 to 1977, he was educated at Forest School an all-boys independent school in Walthamstow, where he held a music scholarship. After completing his schooling, Cockett worked for the National Health Service, he worked at the Inland Revenue for five years, became the Practice Manager of the Bethnal Green Medical Mission, a GP surgery in London. It was during the latter job. In 1986, Cockett entered the Aston Training Scheme to prepare for ordination; this was a two-year part-time scheme, led by Laurie Green and aimed to prepare its students for theological college. He studied theology at Oak Hill College, a Conservative Evangelical theological college in London, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1991.

Cockett was ordained in the Church of England as a deacon on 30 June 1991 by John Waine, the Bishop of Chelmsford, as a priest in 1992. From 1991 to 1994, he served his curacy at St Chad's Church, Chadwell Heath, an Evangelical church in the Diocese of Chelmsford. In 1994, he joined Harold Hill, he served as an assistant curate from 1994 to 1995, as priest-in-charge from 1995 to 1997, vicar. In 2000, he became Team Rector of Little Burstead. From June 2004, he was the Rural Dean of Basildon. In addition to his parish ministry, Cockett worked as a chaplain. For 20 years, from 1992 to 2012, he was Chaplain to West Ham United F. C. During the 2012 Summer Olympics held in London, he was chosen as one of the 193 multi-faith chaplains, he ministered to the athletes and officials of the games. In June 2007, it was announced, he took up the appointment in October 2007 in succession to Michael Fox. His archdeaconry covered the London boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Newham and Waltham Forest. In September 2014, he additionally became the Chair of the Chelmsford Diocesan Board of Education which oversees 140 church schools.

Though he attended a Conservative Evangelical theological college, Cockett has identified himself within the Open Evangelical tradition of the Church of England. Outside of his ordained ministry, Cockett is a school governor. Since January 2008, he has been a trustee of Aston Mansfield, a charity centred on the London Borough of Newham, he is a trustee of The Reverend Doctor George Richards' Charity For Poor Clergymen, a charity that assists Church of England clergy who have retired early due to ill health and their families. Since 2011, he has been a governor of Walthamstow. Cockett is married to Sue. Together, they have three children. Cockett is a fan of West Ham United F. C, he is a keen musician, having held a music scholarship at Forest School and having been a boy chorister at St Paul's Cathedral. He is a member of the Dry Bones Band that plays "at events in Chelmsford Cathedral", he is interested in motorcycling. Half Barking – Cockett's blog Twitter account


Manikhira is a village in Gaighata CD Block in Bangaon subdivision of the North Twenty Four Parganas district in the West Bengal state of India. It is situated 9.1 km away from CD Block/ sub-district headquarters Gaighata and 42.8 km away from district headquarters Barasat. As per the 2011 Census of India, Manikhira had a total population of 2,898, of which 1,474 were males and 1,424 were females. Population below 6 years was 238; the total number of literates in Manikhara was 2,111. It is on the Thakurnagar-Ramchandrapur Road, which links Manikhira to NH 112; the nearest railway station is at Thakurnagar. Chandpara Rural Hospital, the main medical facility in Gaighata CD Block, is located at Thakurnagar; the Bhaduria primary health centre at Ramchandrapur is located nearby

O'Neill House Office Building (2014)

The O'Neill House Office Building is an office building in Washington, D. C. that houses offices of both the House of Representatives and the Department of Health and Human Services. It is named after former United States Congressman from Massachusetts and Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill Jr. and located at 200 C Street Southwest in the Southwest Federal Center district, at the foot of Capitol Hill. The O'Neill building is in the Southwest Federal Center area, which began to take shape in the 1950s as part of an urban renewal project that included destruction of multiple square miles of residences and buildings that were deemed to be run-down, it is flanked by the Hubert H. Humphrey Building, the headquarters of the Department of Health and Human Services, it is adjacent to the Center Leg Freeway of Interstate 395, which separates it from the Rayburn House Office Building. The building was constructed in 1963 as Federal Office Building No. 8 to house laboratories for the Food and Drug Administration, an agency of the neighboring Health and Human Services, located across the street in the Hubert H. Humphrey Building.

Starting in 2008, the office building underwent $130 million renovation. The building received new green spaces and air conditioning, electrical systems, more glass and numerous energy- and water-saving features, earning it a "gold" rating under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design system; the House of Representatives voted in 2012 to name the building after O'Neill, after a suggestion by minority leader Nancy Pelosi. The O'Neill building opened for occupancy in 2014. A 2017 law transferred ownership of the building to the Architect of the Capitol, the agency that owns and maintains congressional buildings, it was given its current name and opened to public access, like the other House and Senate office buildings. The O'Neill building is shared by the House of Representatives and the Department of Health and Human Services, it houses about 2,000 staffers. The House of Representatives is using the building, in part, to temporarily house committee staff who are being displaced by a Cannon House Office Building renovation project due to last until 2025.

Health and Human Services uses the structure for its Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, which exists to prepare for and respond to public health emergencies and disasters. It is secure and not open to the public, except by appointment and when escorted