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Pierre Verger

Pierre Edouard Leopold Verger, alias Fatumbi or Fátúmbí was a photographer, self-taught ethnographer, babalawo who devoted most of his life to the study of the African diaspora — the slave trade, the African-based religions of the new world, the resulting cultural and economical flows from and to Africa. At the age of 30, after losing his family, Pierre Verger took up the career of journalistic photographer. Over the next 15 years, he traveled the four continents, documenting many civilizations that would soon be effaced by progress, his destinations included Tahiti. His photographs were featured in magazines such as Paris-Soir, Daily Mirror and Paris Match, in 1955 his graphic composition of three women bearing vases of flowers on turbaned heads was selected by curator Edward Steichen for MoMA's 1955 world-touring The Family of Man exhibition, seen by 9 million visitors. In the city of Salvador, Brazil he fell in love with the place and people, decided to stay for good. Having become interested in the local history and culture, he turned from errant photographer to a researcher of the African diaspora in the Americas.

His subsequent voyages are focused on that goal: the west coast of Africa and Paramaribo and Cuba. After studying the Yoruba culture and its influences in Brazil, Verger became an initiate of the Candomblé religion, officiated at its rituals. During a visit to Benin, he was initiated into Ifá, became a babalawo of Orunmila, was renamed Fátúmbí. Veger's contributions to ethnography are embodied in dozens of conference papers, journal articles and books, were recognized by Sorbonne University, which conferred upon him a doctoral degree in 1966 — quite a feat for someone who dropped out of high school at 17. Verger continued to study and document his chosen subject right until his death in Salvador, at the age of 93. During that time he became a professor at the Federal University of Bahia in 1973, where he was responsible for the establishment of the Afro-Brazilian Museum in Salvador; the non-profit Pierre Verger Foundation in Salvador, which he established to continue his work, holds more than 63,000 photos and negatives taken until 1973, as well as his papers and correspondence.

His life has been documented in a book by a movie. Dieux D'Afrique - prefaces Pierre Verger Foundation, Salvador Pierre Fatumbi Verger and his works Pierre Fatumbi Verger by Cida Nóbrega

John Counsell (theatre director)

John William Counsell was an English actor and theatre manager, who ran the Theatre Royal and its in-house repertory company from the 1930s to the 1980s. His daughter is the actress Elizabeth Counsell, he was uncle to the actress and painter Jean Miller. Born in Beckenham, to Claud Counsell and Evelyn Fleming, the bulk of Counsell's career was spent in Windsor repertory theatre and the West End stage. In 1930 Counsell served as an apprentice at the Theatre Royal in Windsor, when it reopened as a theatre after a short time as a cinema. In 1933 he took over managing the theatre. Counsell re-opened the theatre in 1938 and was able to establish a viable company that ran without government subsidies, he and his actress wife Mary Kerridge ran the theatre until his retirement in 1986, the year before his death. John William Counsell was awarded the OBE in 1975 for services to The Theatre Royal in Windsor. Theatre website History of the Theatre Royal, Windsor Counsell, John. "So Who Needs Subsidy, Anyway?", Scottish Theatre, Scottish Theatre, Vol.2 No.3, pp. 6–8

M11 (Istanbul Metro)

Line M11 referred to as the M11 Gayrettepe–Istanbul New Airport Line, is a rapid transit line of the Istanbul Metro under construction in Istanbul, Turkey. The line is planned to open in August 2021; the purpose of this line is to provide direct and quick access from the Istanbul New Airport in Arnavutköy to Levent, Istanbul's main commercial center. Unlike other metro lines, the M11 will be a limited stop service, meaning that stations will be spaced further apart; this is most noticeable towards the line's southeastern end, where the M11 will only have only two stations within Istanbul's urban area. It will have two branches, one from Gayrettepe to Istanbul New Airport line and the second from Halkalı to Istanbul New Airport line; the first leg of the rapid transit line will be 37.2 km long with nine stations. The travel time between the end stations will be 30 minutes at a maximum speed of 120 km/h; the line will run through three districts of Istanbul, namely Eyüp and Arnavutköy. It is expected.

The M11 line will connect to other rapid transit lines at Gayrettepe station to M2 Yenikapı–Hacıosman and at the airport to the high-speed train line. The investment budget of the construction is € 999.8 million. The Turkish construction consortium Kolin-Şenbay won the tender for the building of the metro line in December 2016; the line was not scheduled to be completed before the airport's official October 29, 2018 airport opening. The M11 has a total of nine stations. Out of these nine, only two are within the Istanbul's urban area

Morse (crater)

Morse is a lunar impact crater, located on the far side of the Moon and cannot be seen directly from the Earth. It lies about one crater diameter to the southwest of the larger Fitzgerald. To the west-northwest of Morse is Dante; this is a well-defined crater with features that have not been markedly eroded by subsequent impacts. There is a small crater along the southeastern rim and the southern rim is somewhat disrupted; the rim edge is uneven in places and there are terrace features along the inner walls to the northeast and west. The interior floor, while level, has a number of low irregularities forming small hills; the crater lies at the northeast margin of the Freundlich-Sharonov Basin. By convention these features are identified on lunar maps by placing the letter on the side of the crater midpoint, closest to Morse

John Lesch

John Lesch is a Minnesota politician and member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. A member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party, he represents 66B, which includes portions of the city of Saint Paul in Ramsey County, in the Twin Cities metropolitan area, he is a prosecuting attorney for the city of Saint Paul. Lesch attended St. Louis University, graduating with degrees in philosophy and psychology, a law degree from Hamline University. Through high school and college, he spent three years at the seminary with the Redemptorists Order of Catholic Priests and Brothers. Before running for the Minnesota House of Representatives, Lesch interned for former Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party Representative Andy Dawkins in 1997 and 1998, he worked on several campaigns and chaired the Senate District 66 DFL Party from 2000 to 2002. He was a legislative aid to former St. Paul Council member and now Mayor Chris Coleman; when Representative Tom Osthoff announced his retirement in 2002, he decided to run for the House.

Lesch has been reelected every two years since. On November 16, 2010, incoming Minority Leader Paul Thissen announced that Lesch would be one of four Minority Whips during the 2011–12 legislative session. Lesch has served on several committees including: Crime Victims Sub Committee 2007-2009 Saint Paul Delegation 2007 Crime Victims and Criminal Records Division 2009-11 Chair of Civil Law 2013-15 In June 2007, Lesch proposed legislation to ban five breeds of dogs identified as aggressive by the Center for Disease Control: Rottweilers, pit bulls, Chow Chows, wolf hybrids. Mixes of these breeds were banned under the bill. A study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association in 2000 found that half of the 238 human deaths it identified as dog-related over the preceding 20-year period involved either pit bull-type dogs or Rottweilers. Opponents to Lesch's proposal argued that bite statistics are a consequence more of the popularity of certain breeds than of any predisposition to aggression.

Opponents identified owner behavior as the determining factor in canine aggression and pointed to the difficulty of identifying a dog of mixed breed without genetic testing. Lesch's proposed legislation did not make it out of committee; this was passed in 2014 and creates a system of licensing and inspection for commercial breeders through the Board of Animal Health. The bill is intended to reduce the number of kitten and puppy mills in the state and mandate the proper treatment of animals. On May 21, 2014, Minnesota became the first state to pass the "Beagle Freedom Bill". Included in the omnibus supplemental budget bill, authors Sen. Scott Dibble and Rep. John Lesch link taxpayer-funded laboratories and educational institutions that use dogs and cats for research with nonprofit animal rescues; the animals can be placed for adoption. In February 2006, Lesch made a personal trip to Iraq at his own expense with the stated intention of learning as much as possible about the conflict in as short a time as possible.

His plans to blog the trip soon leaked to the press and the trip became a several day news story. "While it is true that most folks would choose more stable settings for their vacation, I believe the Iraq war is the seminal conflict for our age," Lesch wrote in announcing his departure. "What happens there today will affect many generations of Americans and Iraqis..." Lesch received some praise, but sharp criticism in the local press for making the trip. He said he'd wanted to see firsthand what conditions were like there, that the trip was the most rewarding he'd taken. Despite the substantial criticism the trip had evoked in the press, Lesch said he had no regrets for making it. In August 2007, Lesch participated in a Legislative Exchange sponsored through the State Department to study diplomacy among emerging leaders in the Philippines. During this trip, Lesch spent time in Cebu. In September 2009 Lesch joined by state legislators from around the country went to New Zealand; this trip was sponsored through the American Council of Young Political Leaders and focused on Energy Development and Healthcare.

On August 1, 2017, the Minnesota Campaign Finance Board ruled that Lesch and his campaign committee made a series of improper money transfers between 2010 and 2013 and failed to keep adequate records. The Board fined Lesch's campaign committee $5,000 and Lesch $15,000; the amount of the fine is one of the larger — if not the largest — civil penalties levied against a lawmaker for campaign violations in the state, according to the board's executive director, Jeff Sigurdson. Although the board levies penalties against lawmakers for incorrect bookkeeping or other matters, it finds cases of officials using campaign money for their own benefit; the board concluded that Lesch transferred $11,000 in campaign contributions from his campaign account to his personal account at times when there otherwise would have been "insufficient funds". Lesch has repaid just over $2,000. Lesch denied. "The board's conclusion that funds were converted to personal use is unfounded", Lesch said. "It remains based on the absence of receipts.

I deny using any campaign funds for personal purposes." In February 2007, Lesch stated he was considering running for the United States Senate seat held by Norm Coleman. No campaign announcement was made. In March 2011, newly elected Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton appointed District 66 State Senator Ellen Anderson as chair of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. After she announced her resignation from the Senate, effective March 21, 2011, a number of individuals announced that they wou