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Michael Bloomberg

Michael Rubens Bloomberg is an American businessman, politician and author. He is the majority owner and co-founder of Bloomberg L. P. was the mayor of New York City from 2002 to 2013, is a candidate in the 2020 Democratic presidential primaries. Bloomberg grew up in Medford and graduated from Johns Hopkins University and Harvard Business School, he began his career at the securities brokerage Salomon Brothers before forming his own company in 1981. That company, Bloomberg L. P. is a financial information and media firm, known for its Bloomberg Terminal. Bloomberg spent the next twenty years as its chairman and CEO. In 2019, Forbes ranked him as the ninth-richest person in the world, with a net worth estimated at $55.5 billion. Since signing The Giving Pledge, he has given away $8.2 billion. Bloomberg was elected the 108th mayor of New York City. First elected in 2001, he held office for three consecutive terms, winning re-election in 2005 and in 2009. Pursuing progressive but fiscally conservative policies, Bloomberg pioneered a technocratic managerial style.

After a brief stint as a full-time philanthropist, he re-assumed the position of CEO at Bloomberg L. P. by the end of 2014. As mayor of New York, Bloomberg established public charter schools, rebuilt urban infrastructure, supported gun control, he led a rezoning of large areas of New York City, which facilitated massive and widespread new commercial and residential construction after the September 11 attacks. Bloomberg is considered to have had far-reaching influence on the politics, business sector, culture of New York City during his three terms as mayor, he has faced significant criticism for his expansion of the city's stop and frisk program. Following weeks of speculation that he would join the race as a late entry, Bloomberg launched his campaign for the Democratic nomination in the 2020 presidential election on November 24, 2019. Bloomberg's total spending in the primary has exceeded $500 million, making it the most money spent on a presidential primary campaign in American history. Bloomberg was born at St. Elizabeth's Hospital, in Brighton, a neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, on February 14, 1942, to William Henry Bloomberg, a bookkeeper for a dairy company, Charlotte Bloomberg.

The Bloomberg Center at the Harvard Business School was named in William Henry's honor. His family is Jewish, he is a member of the Emanu-El Temple in Manhattan. Bloomberg's paternal grandfather, Alexander "Elick" Bloomberg, was a Polish Jew. Bloomberg's maternal grandfather, Max Rubens, was a Lithuanian Jewish immigrant from present-day Belarus, his maternal grandmother was born in New York to Lithuanian Jewish parents. The family lived in Allston until Bloomberg was two years old, when they moved to Brookline, for the next two years settling in the Boston suburb of Medford, where he lived until after he graduated from college. Bloomberg is an Eagle Scout, he graduated from Medford High School in 1960, attended Johns Hopkins University, where he joined the fraternity Phi Kappa Psi. In 1962, as a sophomore, he constructed the school mascot's costume, he graduated in 1964 with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering. In 1966, he graduated from Harvard Business School with a Master of Business Administration.

In 1973, Bloomberg became a general partner at Salomon Brothers, a large Wall Street investment bank, where he headed equity trading and systems development. In 1981, Salomon Brothers was bought by Phibro Corporation, Bloomberg was laid off from the investment bank with a $10 million cash buyout of his partnership stake in the firm. Using this money, having designed in-house computerized financial systems for Salomon, set up a data services company named Innovative Market Systems based on his belief that Wall Street would pay a premium for high-quality business information, delivered instantaneously on computer terminals in a variety of usable formats; the company sold customized computer terminals that delivered real-time market data, financial calculations and other analytics to Wall Street firms. The terminal, first called the Market Master terminal, was released to market in December 1982. In 1986, the company renamed itself Bloomberg L. P. Over the years, ancillary products including Bloomberg News, Bloomberg Radio, Bloomberg Message, Bloomberg Tradebook were launched.

As of October 2015, the company had more than 325,000 terminal subscribers worldwide. Subscriptions cost $24,000 per year, discounted to $20,000 for two or more; as of 2019, Bloomberg employs 20,000 people in dozens of locations. The company earned $10 billion in 2018, loosely $3 billion more than Thomson Reuters, now Refinitiv, its nearest competitor; the culture of the company in the 1980s and 1990s has been compared to a fraternity, with employees bragging in the company's office about their sexual exploits. The company was sued four times by female employees for sexual harassment, including one incident in which a victim claimed to have been raped. To celebrate Bloomberg's 48th birthday, colleagues published a pamphlet entitled Portable Bloomberg: The Wit and Wisdom of Michael Bloomberg. Among various sayings that were attributed to him, several have subsequently been criticized as sexist or misogynistic; when he left the position of CEO to pursue a political career as the mayor of New York City, Bloomberg was replaced by Lex Fenwick and by Daniel L. Doctoroff, after his initial service as deputy mayor under Bloomberg.

After completing his final term as the mayor of New York City, Bloomberg spent his first eight months out of office as a full-time philanthropist. In fall 2014, h

The Continuity of Life Forms

The Continuity of Life Forms is a mosaic by Willard Martin, installed at the Oregon Zoo in Portland, Oregon. The Continuity of Life Forms is a large mid-century modern mosaic and one of the earliest remaining works by local architect and artist Willard "Will" Martin, who designed Pioneer Courthouse Square, it is made of 20 panels and measures 15 feet tall and 60 feet wide. The work has been installed in two locations at the Oregon Zoo. According to the organization, The Continuity of Life Forms " a panoramic sense of history and being — the forces of life — out of footprints, leaves, shells and primitive life forms that might be found in the Earth's strata"; the mosaic was installed at the zoo's entrance in 1959, when the zoo moved to its current location. In 1997, the zoo's entrance was relocated, the mosaic became less visible, obstructed by a fence and out of the way for visitor access. In 2014, during construction of the zoo's conservation education center, the mosaic was removed and placed into storage.

During its 2014–2015 fiscal year, the Oregon Cultural Trust granted $20,000 to the Oregon Zoo Foundation for the mosaic's conservation and restoration. The funds allowed the Oregon Zoo Foundation to hire an art conservator and restoration artist to "ensure the accurate restoration and conservation of this splendid artwork for future generations". Additional funding was provided by the Oregon Zoo Foundation's Education Campaign, which raised more than $1.5 million for the center and educational programming. The Continuity of Life Forms was re-installed at the conservation education center's entrance, near the zoo's former main entrance, in July 2016. One of the zoo's project managers said of the mosaic's current location, "We want the zoo to serve as a gateway experience to what may become a deeper relationship with the natural world. So bringing'The Continuity of Life Forms' back at this same location is ideal." The organization hopes the re-installation will introduce another generation to the artwork and Martin, who died in a plane crash in 1985.

1959 in art Charles Frederic Swigert Jr. Memorial Fountain installed at the Oregon Zoo Willard Martin's "The Continuity of Life Forms" on YouTube


Riverford is an organic farm and UK-wide organic vegetable box delivery company founded by Guy Singh-Watson in Buckfastleigh, England, but with sister farms in three locations around the country. Riverford Farm was taken over by the Watson family in the 1950s and followed the normal pattern for British farms until the mid-1980s, when Guy Singh-Watson decided to convert to organic farming. By the late 1980s this had been achieved. Singh-Watson aimed to find an effective way of distributing his produce, his idea was the weekly vegetable box scheme, the box being delivered direct to customers' doors with locally grown produce. Riverford chooses varieties for flavour rather than appearance and delivers earthy vegetables, which improves storage and taste. Starting from a weekly delivery of around 30 boxes to family and friends, in 2018 Riverford delivers around 45,000 boxes per week to households nationwide, sending its own meat and vegetables as well as organic fruit, wine, store cupboard staples and more.

To achieve this they have formed a mutual cooperative of British farmers - not all in Devon. The weekly boxes come with a newsletter explaining the content of the box, giving farm news from Riverford and providing appropriate recipes. In March 2005, before celebrity chef Jamie Oliver's school dinner project, Riverford obtained the catering contract for lunches at a local primary school. On 2 December 2007 Riverford appeared at number 92 in the Sunday Times Fast Track 100, a list of the 100 fastest growing companies in the UK. In 2009 Riverford won the award for best ethical business at the Observer ethical awards and in 2015 Riverford won the award for the Ethical Product of the Decade Award from the Observer. In 2018 Singh-Watson gave 76% of ownership to an employee owned trust. Official website

Myƛlenice County

Myślenice County is a unit of territorial administration and local government in Lesser Poland Voivodeship, southern Poland. It came into being on January 1, 1999, as a result of the Polish local government reforms passed in 1998, its administrative seat and largest town is Myślenice, which lies 26 kilometres south of the regional capital Kraków. The county contains the towns of Sułkowice, lying 10 km west of Myślenice, Dobczyce, 15 km north-east of Myślenice; the county covers an area of 673.3 square kilometres. As of 2006 its total population is 116,793, out of which the population of Myślenice is 18,070, that of Sułkowice is 6,305, that of Dobczyce is 6,028, the rural population is 86,390. Myślenice County is bordered by Kraków County and Wieliczka County to the north, Bochnia County and Limanowa County to the east, Nowy Targ County to the south, Sucha County and Wadowice County to the west; the county is subdivided into nine gminas. These are listed in descending order of population. Polish official population figures 2006

Lauridromia dehaani

Lauridromia dehaani is a species of crab in the family Dromiidae. It is native to the western Indo-Pacific, it carries a piece of sponge on its carapace by way of camouflage, if unable to find a suitable piece of sponge, carries an empty bivalve shell, a sprig of seaweed or a piece of debris instead. Lauridromia dehaani is a plump crab and has a carapace, wider than it is long, with three sharply-pointed teeth on the rostrum and four antero-lateral teeth at the side of the shell; the first three antero-lateral teeth are close together and the fourth more separated. The carapace has some shaggy bristles near the margins; the pereiopods are smooth and the inner margin of the dactylus of the second and third pair bear 16 to 20 minute spines. The outer margins of the propodus of the third and fourth legs have no spines, nor does the inner margin of the dactylus of the fifth leg; these factors help to distinguish this species from the related Lauridromia intermedia. Lauridromia dehaani is native to the western Indo-Pacific region.

Its range extends from the Red Sea and South Africa to India, Japan and Taiwan. Lauridromia dehaani can be found subtidally and on mudflats uncovered at low tide, it feeds on fragments of algae and other vegetation. It searches out a sponge a species of Suberites, uses its chelae to fashion a piece to the approximate size of its carapace, moulds this in place, it will cut a piece of sponge growing on a rock or remove some from the surface of a shell. If it is unable to find a suitable sponge, it may steal some from another crab, or use a substitute material. If it finds some sponge or a more desirable camouflage than it is wearing, it will discard the unwanted material and select the preferred one, it has been shown that the crab has a spatial memory and is able to find its way back to where a sponge removed from it has been cached. In another experiment, an octopus detected an unadorned crab but failed to locate a camouflaged one. In the crab's symbiotic arrangement with the sponge, it is unclear what benefit, if any, is obtained by the sponge

HSC Tarifa Jet

The HSC Tarifa Jet is an 86 m fast catamaran ferry operated by Förde Reederei Seetouristik Iberia S. L. HSC Tarifa Jet was built in 1997 by Incat Australia Pty. Ltd. at their yards in Tasmania and was delivered in May 1997. Her operator, FRS's service between Continental Europe and Morocco was initiated in 2000 on a year-round basis; the catamaran has an overall length of 86.62 meters, a beam of 26.00 m and a draft of 3.62 m. Her gross tonnage amounts 4.995 GT. The machinery consists of four Ruston 20RK270 engines with a total output of 28320 kW allowing a maximum service speed of 42 knots. 800 passengers and 185 cars can be accommodated on board. Tarifa - Tangier Algeciras-Tangier Gibraltar-Tangier She has most operated as Pescara Jet for the Italian operator SNAV on a seasonal route between Pescara and Split in the Adriatic Sea. Condor Express Condor Vitesse Condor Rapide / Jervis Bay FRS Iberia official site Shipbuilder info