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Millau is a commune in the Aveyron department in the French Occitanie region in southern France. It is 70 kilometres from the Aveyron prefecture headquarters in Rodez, it is located at the confluence of the rivers Dourbie. It is surrounded by the landscapes of Causse du Larzac and Causse Noir, it is part of the former province of Rouergue where they communicate through a form of Occitan language: the Rouergat dialect. Its inhabitants are called Millavoises; the territory of the municipality is part of the Regional Natural Park of Grands Causses. The town dates back nearly 3000 years when it was situated on the hills above the Granède, before situating on the left bank of the Tarn on the alluvial plain in the second or first century B. C; the plain gave the town its Gallic name of Condatomagus. The site of Condatomagus was identified in the 19th century by Dieudonne du Rey and was close to the major earthenware centre in the Roman Empire, La Graufesenque; this is. Despite major new development in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, the centre of the old Roman and medieval town on the opposite bank of the Tarn remains poorly excavated, the newly renovated Maison du Peuple on the site of the old Roman forum, saw no archaeology before major mechanical excavation for recent new deep foundations.

The local museum sits adjacent to this site. By the second century A. D. the trade had collapsed from competition and subsequent invasions during the fourth and fifth centuries by barbarians saw the town relocate and settle to the opposite bank, changing its name to Amiliavum to Milhau en Rouergat to the French Millhau. By the ninth century the town has grown and is the seat of a viguerie, a mediaeval administrative court, a centre for the production of lambskin gloves. At this time the town is surrounded by ramparts; the tenth and eleventh centuries saw the creation of the Viscount of Millau and subsequently passed to the Counts of Provence, the Counts of Barcelona and in 1112, to the father of the future King of Aragon, Béranger III following his marriage to the daughter of the Viscount of Millau. In 1187, the King of Aragon grants him the seal and communal freedom of Provence by Consular Charter. A consulate was thus created, was responsible for administering the city to raise taxes and to apply justice.

In 1271, Millau passed to the crown of the kings of France. In 1361, during the Hundred Years War, the city came under English rule; the return to peace in the fifteenth century gave the city a boost. It is Louis XI. In the Middle Ages the town had one of the major mediaeval bridges across the river Tarn, it had 17 spans, but after one poorly maintained span fell in the 18th century, the bridge was demolished. Just one span remains, with a mill, now an art gallery, as testament to this significant trading route from north to south across pre-Renaissance France. In 1999, José Bové, a local Larzac anti-globalisation activist demolished the Millau McDonald's as it was being built, in symbolic protest of the decision by the Court of the World Trade Organization to allow the United States to overtax the import of the local cheese called Roquefort, in retaliation for the European Union refusing the import of US hormone treated meat, it was an opportunity to protest against the spread of fast food and the spread of'Genetically Modified Organisms/crops'.

The McDonald's was soon rebuilt, Bové spent a few weeks in jail. He is now representative at the European Parliament; the Millau Viaduct was completed in 2004. The town is now a tourist centre with one of the largest touring campsites in central France, benefiting from the attraction of the landscapes all around, the architecturally acclaimed Millau viaduct, it is a major centre for outdoor sporting activity. Traditional arms of the city of Millau "Gold with four pallets gules, a chief azure three gold fleurs-de-lis. " It has always been the arms of the Crown of Aragon since 1187, but since 1271 surmounted with the leader of France indicating that this is a good town, that is, i.e. a commune reporting directly to the king. The city itself is administered through elected consuls – like Toulouse and its sheriffs – while the king was the sole and direct lord. Few cities in France, enjoyed such a regime of autonomy; the territory of this town lies across a southern portion of the Massif Central. It covers a large area of some 16,823 hectares, which makes it the 25th largest metropolitan town in France.

The municipality lies at the heart of the Grands Causses, a part of the Causse Rouge, part of Larzac as well as part of the Black Causse. The city county seat is located in the lower part of the town, in a large depression at the confluence of the Tarn and Dourbie about 340 m altitude; the territory surrounding the town of Millau is characterized by livestock production and the maintaining of natural grasslands and temporary pastures. It consists of a multitude of gorges and defiles which are the defining characteristic of this country; these predominantly agricultural rural areas like the rest of this fragile region, are protected by the Regional Natural Park of Grands Causses. The flora in the area has more than 2000 species. There is a variety of asparagus with triple leaves, Montpellier aphyllanthe, honeysuckle from the Etruria region of Italy. During the summer, the h

Alabama (band)

Alabama is an American country and Southern rock band formed in Fort Payne, Alabama, in 1969. The band was founded by his cousin Teddy Gentry, they were soon joined by Jeff Cook. First operating under the name Wildcountry, the group toured the Southeast bar circuit in the early 1970s, began writing original songs, they changed their name to Alabama in 1977 and following the chart success of two singles, were approached by RCA Records for a record deal. Alabama's biggest success came in the 1980s, where the band had over 27 number one hits, seven multi-platinum albums and received numerous awards. Alabama's first single on RCA Records, "Tennessee River", began a streak of 21 number one singles, including "Love in the First Degree", "Mountain Music", "Dixieland Delight", "If You're Gonna Play in Texas" and "Song of the South"; the band's popularity waned in the 1990s although they continued to produce hit singles and multi-platinum album sales. Alabama disbanded in 2004 following a farewell tour and two albums of inspirational music but reunited in 2010 and have continued to record and tour worldwide.

The band's blend of traditional country music and Southern rock combined with elements of bluegrass, folk and pop music gave it a crossover appeal that helped lead to their success. They toured extensively and incorporated production elements such as lighting and "sets" inspired by rock concerts into their shows; the band has over 41 number one country records on the Billboard charts to their credit and have sold over 75 million records, making them the most successful band in country music history. AllMusic credited the band with popularizing the idea of a country band and wrote that "It's unlikely that any other country group will be able to surpass the success of Alabama."Alabama was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in 2019 and were awarded with the first Life Time Achievement Award from this institution. Alabama was formed by guitarists Randy Owen and Jeff Cook, bassist Teddy Gentry, three cousins born and raised near Fort Payne, Alabama, an area with strong country music roots.

Owen and Gentry grew up on separate cotton farms on Lookout Mountain, learning guitar together and singing in church before the age of six. Gentry and Owen played in numerous groups during the 1960s. Cook joined the band in 1969 forming the group Young Country, which first jammed together around Christmas. Cook played in numerous bands and was a rock and roll disk jockey; the three cousins all shared vocal duties, with another cousin, drummer Jackie Owen, completing the group's first lineup. The band's first performance was at a high school talent contest, for which they won first prize and tickets to the Grand Ole Opry. Despite this, all were busy with prior commitments to pursue music: Owen still in high school, Cook working for Western Electric, Gentry laying carpets full-time; the band grew further inactive when Cook went to Owen into the military. The group became a professional band in 1972, adding drummer Bennett Vartanian and changing their name to Wildcountry. During this time, the group accepted a position playing at the nearby Canyonland theme park.

The park would bring in established stars, such as Jerry Wallace, Bobby Bare, Narvel Felts, the band would back them, afterwards performing a one-hour dance set. After a while, with opportunities for the band slimmed, a discouraged Cook took a government job in Anniston, Alabama. Owen was studying English at Jacksonville State University, Cook had an electronics job; the trio shared at $56-a-month apartment in Anniston, working to keep the band afloat with night and weekend gigs. The group decided to become professional musicians in 1973, began performing at bars throughout the Southeast. In March, the band relocated to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, performing six nights a week at a club named The Bowery for tips, they made their best money performing cover songs of Merle Haggard. The group began to self-finance recordings; the group borrowed $4,000 from a Fort Payne bank to record and release their own albums to sell at shows. Vartanian dropped out of the group, following a rotation of four more drummers, they settled on Rick Scott in 1974.

The group sent out demo tapes to record companies but received few responses until executives at GRT Records signed the band to a one-record contract, issuing their debut single, "I Want to Be with You Tonight", in 1977. GRT was more interested in the band as songwriters, convinced the group to change their name to the Alabama Band shortened to Alabama; the song only reached number 78 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, GRT declared bankruptcy the following year. Due to a hidden clause in their contract, Alabama was forbidden from recording with another label. For the next two years, the band raised money to buy out their contract and they began recording again in 1979. Following self-recorded efforts Wildcountry and Deuces Wild, Alabama Band No. 3 became the band's third album, the band performed over 300 shows on the road that year. The group hired independent radio promoters to receive radio play for the single "I Wanna Come Over", they sent hand-written letters to program directors and DJs nationwide.

It received the attention of Dallas-based MDJ Records. Scott left the group at this time, was replaced by Mark Herndon, a rock drummer credite

Maria Thompson Daviess

Maria Thompson Daviess was an American novelist and artist, best known for her popular novels written with a "Pollyanna" outlook. Daviess was born in Harrodsburg, Kentucky in 1872. After her father died when she was eight, her family relocated to Tennessee, she studied one year at Wellesley College, went to Paris to study art. Returning to Nashville, she continued to paint and took up writing, her first novel, Miss Selina Lue and the Soap-box Babies was published in 1909. The Melting of Molly, published in 1912, was one of the top best-selling books for the year, she published sixteen novels between 1909 and 1920. In 1921, she moved to New York City, where she died in September 1924, she had no children. Works by Maria Thompson Daviess include: Miss Selina Lue and the Soap-box Babies The Road To Providence Rose of Old Harpeth The Treasure Babies The Melting of Molly The Elected Mother, A Story of Woman's Equal Rights Andrew the Glad The Tinder Box Sue Jane Phyllis Over Paradise Ridge The Daredevil The Heart's Kingdom Out of a Clear Sky – filmed in 1918 as Out of a Clear Sky with Marguerite Clark The Golden Bird Bluegrass and Broadway The Matrix Seven Times Seven History of Mercer and Boyle Counties Works by Maria Thompson Daviess at Project Gutenberg Works by or about Maria Thompson Daviess at Internet Archive Works by Maria Thompson Daviess at LibriVox Maria Thompson Daviess on IMDb Maria Thompson Daviess at the Internet Broadway Database

Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration

The Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration under the President of the Russian Federation or RANEPA, is the largest federal state-funded institution of higher professional education located in Moscow, Russia. With the merger of ANE, RAPA, 12 other regional civil service academies in 2010, the newly formed Russian Presidential Academy became the largest socioeconomic and humanities university in Russia and Europe; the Academy consists of 22 faculties, includes the Graduate School of Corporate Management. It is a Consultative body under the Government of Russian Federation; the Academy of National Economy under the Government of the Russian Federation was established in 1977. It provided business and educational programs and trained civil servants, entrepreneurs and lawyers. By 2010 it produced over 100,000 graduates, among them presidents of post-soviet countries, prime ministers and famous businessmen. Today the Academy constitutes a research and educational complex that realizes a continuous education model of higher education and postgraduate training, as well as tailored professional training.

In 1995 with its Resolution, the Russian Government granted the Academy with the official status of the leading educational and research center in the system of training and qualification upgrading of the federal and regional civil servants, as well as the leading educational institution that carries out training of specialists in the area of the higher professional and complementary training. In 2010 by the decree of the Russian President, the Russian Academy of Public Administration as well as some regional universities joined ANE to form the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration. Academy holds membership with international education associations, including IAU, AACSB, CEEMAN. MBA and DBA programs of some of its divisions are accredited by the Association of MBAs. Abel Aganbegyan German Gref Santiago Iñiguez de Onzoño Paul Judge Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries Andrey Korotkov Laurence Kotlikoff Vladimir Lisin Dmitry Shumkov Yekaterina Shulman Tatyana Zaslavskaya List of Business Schools in Europe Official Site of the Academy

Pavel Curtis

Pavel Curtis is an American software architect at Microsoft, best known for having founded and managed LambdaMOO, an online community. In the mid- to late 1980s Curtis developed and taught parts of the computer science course at the Center for Talented Youth summer program. Curtis was a member of the research staff at Xerox PARC from 1983 to 1996, where he worked in the areas of programming language design and implementation, programming environments, online collaboration systems, he developed LambdaMOO during this period. Curtis left Xerox in 1997 to become a principal architect and co-founder of PlaceWare, a web-conferencing company, acquired by Microsoft in 2003. Outside work Curtis is now the sole proprietor of Pavel's Puzzles, a website selling mechanical puzzles designed by him. Pavel's Puzzles

Frank Presbrey

Frank Presbrey was a 20th century advertising pioneer. He was a member of the Gridiron Club of Washington, Vice President of the National American Advertising Agents Association, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the New York Association, an editor of the Eureka Herald and manager of the national newspaper correspondence bureau at Washington. Presbrey was the author of ‘The History and Development of Advertising.’ In 1902 he was hired by Pinehurst developer Leonard Tufts to promote Pinehurst as a top tourist destination. He was an advocate of life insurance advertising, developing PR and procedures for the three largest life insurance firms in 1913 including the New York Life Insurance Company. Presbrey was credited with conceptualizing the Advertising Agents Association, which became the American Association of Advertising Agencies, his was the Honorary Vice President of the Boy Scouts America and Chairman of the Boys’ Life Committee. Presbrey was active and influential in the movement that increased the agency commission from 10 to 15 percent and he was active in forming the Advertising Club of New York.

In 1911 he co-established the Association of New York Advertising Agents together with William H. Johns, he established ‘Public Opinion’ and was business manager of the ‘Forum.’