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Nuevo León

Nuevo León the Free and Sovereign State of Nuevo León, is one of the 32 states which comprise the Federal Entities of Mexico. It is divided into 51 municipalities and its capital city is Monterrey, it is located in Northeastern Mexico. It is bordered by the states of Tamaulipas to the north and east, San Luis Potosí to the south, Coahuila to the west. To the north, Nuevo León has a 15 kilometer stretch of the U. S.–Mexico border adjacent to the U. S. state of Texas. The state was named after the New Kingdom of León, an administrative territory of the Viceroyalty of New Spain, itself named after the historic Spanish Kingdom of León. Besides its capital, other important cities are Guadalupe, Santa Catarina, San Nicolás de los Garza, San Pedro Garza García, all of which are part of the Monterrey Metropolitan area. Nuevo León was founded by conquistador Alberto del Canto, although frequent raids by Chichimecas, the natives of the north, prevented the establishment of any permanent settlements. Subsequent to the failure of del Canto to populate the area, Luis Carvajal y de la Cueva, at the head of a group of Portuguese and Spanish settlers who were of Jewish descent, requested permission from the Spanish King to attempt to settle the area which would be called the New Kingdom of León and would fail as well.

It wasn't until 1596 under the leadership of Diego de Montemayor. Nuevo Leon became one of the Eastern Internal Provinces in Northern New Spain; the capital of Nuevo León is Monterrey, the third largest city in Mexico with over four million residents. Monterrey is a modern and affluent city, Nuevo León has long been one of Mexico's most industrialized states. Nuevo León has an extreme climate, there is little rainfall throughout the year; the territory covers 64,220 square kilometres, can be divided into three regions: a hot, dry region in the north, a temperate region in the mountains, a semi-arid region in the south. The Sierra Madre Oriental mountain range affects in an important way the lay of the land forming the Galeana and Doctor Arroyo plateaus, the Iguana, Picachos and Santa Clara mountain ranges, the Pilón, Ascensión, Río Blanco valleys; as for hydrography, the San Juan River supplies the El Cuchillo dam, which provides water for Monterrey and the metropolitan area. There are the Cerro Prieto, La Boca, Vaquerías, Agualeguas dams.

Laguna de Labradores is a major lake in Nuevo León, Pozo del Gavilán is a natural well. Both are located in the Galeana municipality; the flora of the region includes brush and pastures in the low regions, pine and oak trees in the mountains. The fauna includes black bears, mountain lions, prairie dogs, foxes and white-tailed deer, along with smaller species; as of 2015, Nuevo León's population was about 5.119 million. Of these over 90%, or about 4.7 million, of the state's population resides within the Monterrey Metropolitan area, making it the third largest metropolitan area in the country. Life expectancy in the state is high, being 79 years for women. Ninety-four percent of the total population occupy urban areas, one million of which are home-owners, 98% have all utilities; the remaining 2% is the small indigenous population, isolated and lives in the mountain regions. Following the nation's tendency, a majority of the population identifies as being Roman Catholic; the high quality of life that prevails across the state is reflected on statistical rates such as education, as the entity reports an perfect record for finished secondary education, 13 in 100 inhabitants earn a professional degree.

In the same line, illiteracy rates for the state are within the lowest in the nation at 2.8%, just behind the Distrito Federal which still leads the country in this regard. Institutions of higher education include: Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León Tecnológico Nacional de México Centro de Estudios Universitarios Universidad Regiomontana Universidad Metropolitana de Monterrey Universidad de Monterrey Centro de Estudios Superiores de Diseño de Monterrey Facultad Libre de Derecho de Monterrey Highly industrialized, Nuevo León possesses a standard of living similar to that of countries such as Croatia, Slovakia or Poland. In 2007, the per capita GDP of the state was similar to that of the Asian Tiger of South Korea and higher than that of some European Union states such as Slovakia and Hungary. At about $27,000, it was the highest GDP per capita of any Mexican state, was therefore higher than the Mexican national average. One of its municipalities, San Pedro Garza García, is among the richest in the country in terms of per capita income.

It is home of powerful conglomerates, such as Cemex, Maseca, Banorte, ALFA (Sigma, Nemak and Hylsa, i-service, Vitro SA, FEMSA, Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma. Nuevo León boasts a rich agricultural core, called the "orange belt", which comprises the municipalities of Allende, Hua

Mike Parry (politician)

Michael J. "Mike" Parry is a Minnesota politician and former member of the Minnesota Senate representing District 26, which included portions of Dodge, Goodhue, Olmsted, Rice and Waseca counties in the southeastern part of the state. Perry was raised in Albert Lea. Parry served in the Minnesota Army National Guard, receiving an honorable discharge as a staff sergeant, attended Brown Institute of Broadcasting in Minneapolis. Parry owns and manages a marketing and motivation company and his family owns the Godfather's Pizza franchise in Waseca, he has managed numerous radio stations in Minnesota and Michigan, owned radio station KQAQ in Austin. He was vice president of Custom Publishing of Fort Dodge, co-owned a motocross company. Parry was a member of the Waseca City Council from 2004 to 2008. A Republican, he won a special election on January 26, 2010, succeeding Senator Dick Day, who resigned on January 8, 2010, to head Racino Now, an organization dedicating to lobbying for slots at the state's two horse-racing tracks.

He was subsequently elected to a full term in the 2010 general election. Parry was sworn in as a senator on February 4, 2010, he is chair of the Senate State Government Innovation and Veterans Committee. He is a member of the Senate's Finance and Transportation committeesIn October 2011, Parry announced he would run in against incumbent Democrat U. S. Representative Tim Walz in Minnesota's 1st congressional district, he was defeated in the August 2012 Republican primary by Allen Quist, 45.9% to 54.1%. In August 2012, Parry accused Governor Mark Dayton of popping pills at meetings, saying "When you sit across from him and you watch him pop 15 to 16 pills when you're having a meeting, it's scary." The claim was refuted by Republican legislators. He received law enforcement training and served as a police officer with the Morristown and Jackson police departments, as a deputy sheriff with the Freeborn County Sheriff's Department, he was president of the Waseca Rotary, was a member of the Waseca Economic Development Authority and Waseca Development Corporation.

He was president of the Albert Lea Jaycees. He is a licensed general aviation pilot. Mike Parry at Minnesota Legislators Past & Present Senator Parry Web Page Star Tribune January 27, 2010: "Republican wins Day's state Senate seat" Smart Politics: "Mike Parry Fends Off Critics and Srp to Hold 26th Senate District for GOP" Mike Parry Campaign Web Site

Bernard Neal

Bernard George Neal was a professor of structural engineering at Imperial College London and the winner of the All England croquet championship on 38 occasions. Bernard Neal won the Open Championship twice and the Men's Championship in 1967. Neal represented England and latterly Great Britain in three MacRobertson Shield tournaments, winning on two occasions; as an administrator, Neal served on the Council of the Croquet Association from 1966 to 2009, serving as Chairman, Vice President and President. In 2010, Neal was inducted into the World Croquet Federation Hall of Fame. Structures and the applied scientist. University College of Swansea, Swansea, 1955; the plastic methods of structural analysis. Chapman & Hall, 1956. Structural theorems and their applications. Pergamon Press, Oxford, 1964. YouTube