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Prince Ernst August of Hanover (born 1983)

Ernst August, Hereditary Prince of Hanover is the eldest child of Ernst August, Prince of Hanover, his former wife Chantal Hochuli. Ernst August and his younger brother Christian, were born in Hildesheim, Lower Saxony, while their half-sister, Alexandra was born in Austria and lives with her mother in Monaco. Ernst August was baptized on 15 October 1983 at Marienburg Castle, his godparents including Felipe VI of Spain and Constantine II of Greece. Ernst August is distantly in the line of succession to the British throne as a descendant of Queen Victoria. Despite the family's residing in Germany through both World Wars, his paternal grandfather obtained British citizenship for himself and his children in November 1956 under the Sophia Naturalization Act 1705, their family owned property and conducted business in the post-war United Kingdom; until his mid-teens, Ernst August and his brother lived at Hurlingham Lodge in London. He descends from Germany's last emperor, Wilhelm II, following whose abdication at the end of World War I the Hanovers lost sovereignty over the Duchy of Brunswick, while retaining much of their continental personal property.

Ernst August attended Malvern College and studied history and national economy in New York City. After moving back to London he worked in the banking business for some years. Among other jobs, he worked with an open-end fund of the Islamic Investment Bank in Bahrain and with a London investment bank specialized on financing smaller mining and technology companies in newly industrialized countries. After his marriage in 2017 he and his wife moved to Hanover. In 2004, his father had signed over to him the German property of the House of Hanover, including gothic-revival Marienburg Castle, the agricultural estates of Calenberg Castle and the Fürstenhaus at Herrenhausen Gardens in Hanover. Since 2004, the prince has taken over many representative tasks on behalf of his father; the father remained in charge of the Austrian family assets until 2013 when he was removed from the chairmanship of a family foundation based in Liechtenstein, the Duke of Cumberland Foundation, which holds the properties near Gmunden in Austria, the Hanovers' main residence in exile after 1866 when their Kingdom of Hanover was annexed by Prussia.

Instead, the younger Ernst August was put in charge for negligence on part of his father, at the initiative of the foundation's trustee Prince Michael of Liechtenstein. The foundation manages vast forests, "Cumberland Wildlife Park", the Queen's Villa, a hunting lodge and the mausoleum at Cumberland Castle. In 2017 Ernst August the Elder filed legal action to recover chairmanship. In 2014, Ernst August lent a number of paintings and objects for a Lower Saxony state exhibition, When the Royals came from Hanover - The rulers of Hanover on England's throne, which included exhibits in five museums and castles under the auspices of Charles, Prince of Wales. Thirty of more than 1000 items were contributed by Elizabeth II, including the State Crown of George I, while Ernst August provided the king's famous Augsburg silver throne and other furniture dating to 1720, he hosted a parallel exhibition, The Way to the Crown, at Marienburg Castle until through 2016, displaying - among other items - the crown jewels of the Kingdom of Hanover.

In 2005 he sold large parts of the family's art and furniture collections in an auction at Sotheby’s, with a result of 44 million Euros. He had planned to allocate the funds in a foundation for the renovation and maintenance of Marienburg Castle, however was forced to use most of it to settle his father's debt, which, at the time, had been unknown to him, as he told a newspaper in 2019. In 2011 he sold the manor house and stables at Calenberg. Stating that its proceeds wouldn't suffice to maintain Marienburg Castle, infested with dry rot and threatened by static problems, he entered into negotiations with the State of Lower Saxony regarding the future of the castle, its renovation, estimated at 27 million Euros. In November 2018 he announced that he planned to transfer the castle to a state-controlled foundation, at a symbolic sales price of 1 Euro, with the foundation undertaking renovation; the remaining art collection was planned to be kept in the castle, with parts purchased by the state, parts kept by the family and lent to the state, parts transferred to a foundation controlled by both the family and the state.

The transaction however was stopped by his father's legal action, seeking to regain ownership. In the summer of 2016 Ernst August became engaged to a Russian designer. Days before the wedding, the elder Ernst August publicly stated concerns about potential adverse impacts on family assets if the younger Ernst August were to marry his chosen fiancée. Although his father and grandfather had obtained orders-in-council as as 1999 from George VI and Elizabeth II authorizing their marriages as male-line descendants of George III as required by the British Royal Marriages Act, that law was repealed in 2015. Despite the dynastic tradition of obtaining the head of House Hanover's express, prior authorization for an heir's marriage in accordance with an 1836 Hanoverian house law (as Ernst August's father

Arid GarcĂ­a

Arid García is a mechanical engineer of Venezuelan origin. He is best known as the founder of Tracto America and the former chairman of the football club Deportivo Lara. García began his career as manager of service distributor companies of agricultural machinery. García was soon given the additional responsibility of management of spare parts and two years was assigned to commercial management; this experience gave García enough experience to found Tracto America and begin a new phase in his personal and professional life. His company began to bear fruit as his customer orientated approach set Tracto America apart from other companies in the industry. Within two years, Tracto America received awards from Massey Ferguson and was beginning to lead the market of machinery farm in Venezuela. In 2009 Tracto America were responsible for over 60% of the market share and the company became an example for others to follow in Venezuela and Latin America García established Tracto America in Barquisimeto, Lara State.

A leading company in the agricultural arena, Tracto America is dedicated to the import and distribution of machinery and spare parts for agriculture and construction. Today the company handles more than 60% of this market. García claims mantras such as, ‘Customer First!’, ‘The customer is right!’, ‘The client should be treated with high quality of service!’, coupled with continuous improvement actions by staff and the implementation of marketing strategies has made this achievement possible. The company has received many awards and recognitions given by companies such as Massey Ferguson and Volvo in categories such as "Efficient and exemplary organization" in years 2009, 2010, 2011. Motivated by his passion for local football, García decided to support professional football in the State of Lara. García invested substantial money in the team, rescuing it from its predicted demise. García coupled his passion for football with his extensive business experience and adapted it to Deportivo Lara. After García’s investment the team soon improved their position qualifying for the International Cup in 2011.

García’s charity work includes sponsorship of children from deprived backgrounds through education and encouraging children in poor areas to take up sports. García has done extensive work encouraging children to make a better future for themselves through education and sport, his company, Tracto America, have helped to develop local schools by raising donations. To date they have benefited. In addition, García has set up three social programs helping schools with little resources, sponsoring children to gain a decent education and raising funds for notebooks and equipment to help children achieve a better education. So far there are more than 300 children between the ages of 14 years old in these programs. García is a strong believer in the principle that there is no business growth without a relationship with its local community, his slogan that has led him through his professional career is "Organization and values are all feasible" He has achieved a substantial amount in a short time but says: “We are still on the road and hope to project these successes in different areas and put a grain of sand in the future of our country.”

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Nanna Stenersen

Inga Kristine "Nanna" Stenersen was a Norwegian actress. Stenersen was born in Oslo, the daughter of the artillery captain Fredrik Christian Krohg Stenersen and Regine née Johansen, she debuted in 1933 at the Carl Johan Theater and worked for the Central Theater and Oslo New Theater. Stenersen performed in revues and operettas, she appeared as a wise judge of human character in more serious roles, but she is best remembered for her appearances in Norwegian films. She died in Oslo in 1977; the Threepenny Opera: Polly Peachum Mam'zelle Nitouche: title role All of Finn Bø's summer comedies 1933: 5 raske piger as Irene From 1933: Jeppe på bjerget as a friend of the baron 1938: Styrman Karlssons flammor as Bessie Mathiesen 1942: Den farlige leken as Helene Blom 1951: Vi gifter oss as Babben 1957: Fjols til fjells as a maid Nanna Stenersen on IMDb Nanna Stenersen at the Swedish Film Database

Pony Pasture Rapids

Pony Pasture Rapids is a section of the James River Park System that runs alongside the City of Richmond, VA. Nestled on the south bank of the James River downstream from the Huguenot Bridge, Pony Pasture is known for its local attractions of hiking, swimming and fishing, it has become a place for the residents of Richmond to experience the outdoors without having to leave town. With the help of park volunteers and funding from recycling projects, access to the rapids was made possible; the rapids, a class II, have become an introductory-level course for many rafters and kayakers in the area. Aside from the rapids, Pony Pasture Park hosts a lot of off-water activity. In addition to the park, there is Williams Island, an uninhabited 100-acre stretch of land, nestled in the middle of the James River. Pony Pasture has the largest parking lot in the James River Park System. An abandoned stretch of parkland, Pony Pasture was part of the seizure of Chesterfield County by the City of Richmond in 1969.

Known as “The Rocks” at the time, the park had a reputation for gang-related activity and violence, due to the lack of enforcement by law officials. Because of this, when the James River Park System was created in 1970, Pony Pasture was ignored because it was seen as an area of high crime. Through the 1980s, the area was occupied by the gangs The Pagans and The Hell's Angels because law enforcement only calmed extreme gang-activity and did not attempt to prevent it. Not until years was the site claimed by park officials. Pony Pasture began a transformation from a high-crime area to a family-oriented place when the Park System took over some years later, it now has a reputation of not only being an easy access to the James River, but a place for other outdoor activities as well such as trail running and bird watching. According to park official Ralph White, “police are no longer required on a full time weekend basis as long as the traffic crowding is handled by volunteers”. Arguably the biggest attraction to Pony Pasture is the rapids.

A class II, the rapids are part of the James River's main channel. With the aid of park volunteers and funding from area recycling projects, easy access was made to the rapids; the Park System helped to create the access to the rapids in order to ensure an easy place to raft and canoe. The stairs that lead directly into the river are fully equipped with a canoe launch, suitable for kayaks and rafts alike. Rafters will start at Pony Pasture or further up the James and venture until Belle Isle, one of Richmond's main river entrances. Access to the rapids is free. Aside from Belle Isle, the majority of kayak and raft trips that start at Pony Pasture end at Pipeline Rapids or Reedy Creek; the rapids are a popular part of Pony Pasture and helped to establish the name “Pony Pasture Rapids”. Besides the rapids, Pony Pasture has become a breeding ground for outdoor activity in the Greater Richmond Region. During the Spring and Summer, it is not unlikely to see groups of people swimming in the James, due to the water's shallow level and warm temperature.

Pony Pasture is a popular fishing hole because it has bass and sunfish year around. Both running and walking the trails that follow the river's edge has become one of the more popular activities amongst residents in the area. Biking is allowed on the trails. An area connected to Pony Pasture via the river trails called “The Wetlands” offers a less populated area to explore; the Wetlands has sandy beaches. Pony Pasture's most frequently-spotted animals are ducks, herons and beavers. Pets are permitted throughout all of Pony Pasture, why it is not uncommon to see residents with their dogs on most days. Other activities include rock-climbing, nature study and picnicking; the stretch of 100-acre land across from Pony Pasture in the middle of the James River is Williams Island. The property is a part of the James River Park System, the JRPS oversees and cares for the land, which gives people access to the island. Williams Island can be reached from Pony Pasture by way of swimming, canoeing, or rock-hopping.

The island has become a popular destination amongst people due to the fact, undeveloped and perceived as a peaceful, quiet area. Like Pony Pasture, Williams Island is a suitable place for fishing and animal-watching. According to James River Park manager Ralph White, the island has been home to many creatures such as albino deer, black bears, skunk and wild turkey; the large dam, known as the “Z-dam” can be seen from the island's south side. The Z-dam was built in 1905 and reconstructed in 1932. In 1993, a 30-foot indentation was created to allow migrating fish the ability to swim through the dam; the Z-dam causes the river to divide into two different channels from both sides of the island. Williams Island was under the ownership of the City of Richmond Public Utilities Department, until the James River Park System was allowed to use it as a wildlife management refuge in 2012. In addition to Williams Island, the JRPS was given the rights to Lord Delaware's Island

Mordru the Merciless

"Mordru the Merciless" is a story arc, published by DC Comics, was presented in Adventure Comics #369-370. It was pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by Jack Abel; the story arc features the first appearance of Mordru, arguably the most powerful enemy of the Legion of Super-Heroes. At the Legion of Super-Heroes' headquarters in the 30th century, Duo Damsel, Mon-El and Shadow Lass race toward the Time Chamber, in an effort to escape the sorcerer Mordru, the Dark Lord. A being of near-limitless mystical power, Mordru conquered much of the galaxy until he was imprisoned in an airless steel block by Superboy and Mon-El, he remained locked away at Legion HQ until he was accidentally freed by Shadow Lass, a new member of the team. With his mastery of magic and with all the other Legionnaires destroyed, the team is forced to retreat, they seek refuge in Superboy's hometown, Smallville. Duo Damsel and Shadow Lass adopt secret identities which allow them to hide at the homes of Police Chief Douglas Parker and Lana Lang, while Mon-El stays with the Kents in his old guise as Clark's cousin Bob Cobb.

Soon thereafter Mordru blankets Smallville in a mystical shadow in an effort to locate the Legionnaires. When the shadow touches the town's residents, their minds are possessed by Mordru. Meanwhile, Duo Damsel cries herself to sleep when Superboy fails to notice her romantic feelings for him. Mordru attempts to flush the Legionnaires out of hiding by creating a myriad of disasters throughout the town, but the teens recognize that the calamities are illusions and ignore them. After a week passes without Superboy being seen, a group of gangsters tries to seize control of Smallville — but the Legionnaires defeat them in their civilian identities. Lana spies the Legionnaires in costume, which allows Mordru to find them; the teens manage to escape a second time. Since the wizard is capable of probing their minds, the Legionnaires resume their civilian guises and use a hypnotic device to erase their own memories of their true identities. After several weeks have passed, Mordru encases Smallville in an impenetrable shield and lifts the town into orbit above Earth.

He unleashes his 30th century soldiers upon the people of Smallville. The Legionnaires, robbed of their memories, provide no protection. Clark Kent's best friend Pete Ross, aware that Clark is Superboy, realizes that the Boy of Steel has forgotten his super-identity. Since both Pete and Lana have auxiliary Legionnaire status, he enlists her aid, but is forced to reveal that Clark is Superboy; the two manage to jog Clark's memory by showing him. He retrieves the hypnotic device and restores the memories of his teammates; the Legionnaires -- including Pete and Lana -- launch an attack on Mordru. The wizard conjures several of the 30th century's most notorious criminals and places the Legionnaires on trial in a mock courtroom. Acting as defense attorney, Pete tries to convince the jurors that Mordru will be a threat to them if he is not stopped. One of the jurors — the sorcerer Wraithor — tries to help the Legionnaires escape through a cavern, but is discovered by Mordru and killed. Mordru summons a massive fireball of force in an effort to destroy the Legionnaires once and for all, but the energies cause the cavern to collapse.

Mordru is entombed. With all of the Legionnaires having survived, Superboy uses the hypnosis ray to erase Lana's knowledge of his secret identity, but before he can do the same to Pete, Mon-El turns the ray on Superboy, causing the Boy of Steel to forget that Pete is aware of his identity. Mon-El notes to himself that Pete must maintain his knowledge of Superboy's identity, as he is destined to save the hero's life years in the future because of that knowledge. Upon returning to the 30th century, the Legionnaires discover that their teammates were not killed by Mordru after all. Dream Girl had been forewarned of Mordru's attack through one of her precognitive visions, she contacted her sister, the White Witch, who cast a counter-spell which deflected Mordru's attack upon the Legion and their headquarters. Princess Projectra created an illusion which fooled the sorcerer into believing that he had succeeded. "Mordru the Merciless" is reprinted in the oversized publication Limited Collectors' Edition #C-49.

The tale is reprinted in Legion of Super-Heroes Archives, Volume 8, published in 1999 as part of the DC Archive Editions collection

Eremophila racemosa

Eremophila racemosa known as showy eremophila, is a flowering plant in the figwort family, Scrophulariaceae and is endemic to Western Australia. It is an erect shrub with glabrous leaves, green sepals and flowers which have many colour variations and which change as they age. Eremophila racemosa is an erect shrub which grows to a height of between 0.3 and 1.6 m with glabrous branches and leaves. The leaves are arranged alternately along the branches, narrow lance-shaped tapering at the lower end 18–43 mm long and 2–6 mm wide. There are sometimes a few simple hairs pressed against the base of the leaf; the flowers are borne singly in leaf axils on glabrous stalks, sometimes 15 -- 20 mm long. There are 5 green, egg-shaped, tapering sepals which are 5–7 mm long and glabrous on the outside but hairy on the inside surface; the petals are joined at their lower end to form a tube. The flower buds are orange on top, yellowish below and turn red as the flower opens with the petal tube having a lighter colour inside.

Alternately, the buds may be pinkish to pale yellow turning light cream. The flowers are sometimes spotted and pure white forms are known; the petal tube and lobes are glabrous apart from long white hairs on the base of the petal lobes and inside the tube. The 4 stamens shorten as the flower ages. Flowering occurs from March to December and the fruits which follow are fleshy at first dry spherical, 9–13 mm long and have a whitish-grey, papery covering; the species was first formally described in Stirpium Australasicarum Herbarii Hugeliani Decades Tres by botanist Stephan Endlicher in 1838 and given the name Stenochilus racemosus. The type specimen was collected by John Septimus Roe in the interior of Western Australia in December 1836; the species was transferred into the genus Eremophila by Ferdinand von Mueller in 1859, with the change published in Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Van Diemen's Land. No further collections of the species were made until 1978. Robert Chinnock named the new collection Eremophila bicolor, unaware that it had been described more than 100 years earlier.

The specific epithet is a Latin word meaning "full of clusters". Showy eremophila grows in loamy soils on undulating plains in the semi-arid zone north of Ravensthorpe, between Hyden and Norseman in the Avon Wheatbelt and Mallee biogeographic regions; until the species was only known from small populations in disturbed areas such as roadsides but following widespread bushfires in 1992, populations of thousands were discovered. This species is classified as "Priority Four" by the Western Australian Government Department of Parks and Wildlife, meaning, rare or near threatened. Showy eremophila is reasonably well known in horticulture, including in the United States and in California, it is fast-growing, with massed displays of bird-attracting flowers in spring but may only live for 8 to 10 years. It is propagated from cuttings and only takes a few weeks to develop roots. Well-drained soil in a sunny position is preferred but mature plants only need an occasional watering during a long drought, it is more tolerant of high humidity than most other eremophilas and can tolerate severe frosts, although temperatures below −6 °C may cause some damage to new foliage.

It can suffer wind damage and may need support