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Ranunculus repens

Ranunculus repens, the creeping buttercup, is a flowering plant in the buttercup family Ranunculaceae, native to Europe and northwestern Africa. It is called creeping crowfoot and sitfast, it is a herbaceous, stoloniferous perennial plant growing to 50 cm tall. It has both prostrate running stems, which produce roots and new plants at the nodes, more or less erect flowering stems; the basal leaves are compound, borne on a 4–20 cm long petiole and divided into three broad leaflets 1.5–8 cm long, shallowly to lobed, each of, stalked. The leaves may be simple and lanceolate. Both the stems and the leaves are finely hairy; the flowers are golden yellow, 2–3 cm diameter with five petals, the flower stem is finely grooved. The gloss is caused by the smooth upper surface of the petal; the fruit is a cluster of achenes 2.5–4 mm long. Creeping buttercup has three-lobed dark white-spotted leaves that grow out of the node, it prefers wet soil. It is a common weed of agricultural land and gardens, spreading by its rooting stolons and resisting removal with a anchored filamentous root ball.

In Ireland: common in damp places and flooded areas. Creeping buttercup was sold in many parts of the world as an ornamental plant, has now become an invasive species in many parts of the world. Like most buttercups, Ranunculus repens is poisonous, although when dried with hay these poisons are lost; the taste of buttercups is acrid, so cattle avoid eating them. The plants take advantage of the cropped ground around it to spread their stolons. Creeping buttercup is spread through the transportation of hay. Contact with the sap of the plant can cause skin blistering. Ranunculus is a diminutive of'rana', meaning'little frog'; this name is in reference to the amphibious habitat of many Ranunculus species. Repens means'creeping' or'stoloniferous'. Media related to Ranunculus repens at Wikimedia Commons

Graham Norton

Graham William Walker, known professionally as Graham Norton, is an Irish television and radio presenter, actor and commentator based in the United Kingdom. He is a five-time BAFTA TV Award winner for his comedy chat show The Graham Norton Show and an eight-time award winner, overall. Shown on BBC Two before moving to other slots on BBC One, it succeeded Friday Night with Jonathan Ross in BBC One's prestigious late-Friday-evening slot in 2010, he presents on BBC Radio 2 and is the BBC television commentator of the Eurovision Song Contest, which led Hot Press to describe him as "the 21st century's answer to Terry Wogan". Norton is known for flamboyant presentation style. In 2012, he sold his production company, So Television. In 2019, Norton became a judge on RuPaul's Drag Race UK. Norton was born in Clondalkin, a suburb of Dublin, grew up in Bandon, County Cork, his family are members of the Church of Ireland. His father's family were from Belfast. Norton took part in the TV programme Who Do You Think You Are? to trace his ancestry.

His father's direct ancestors originated from Yorkshire. Norton was educated at Bandon Grammar School, in West Cork, University College, where he spent two years studying English and French in the 1980s but did not complete his studies after having a breakdown during which he refused to leave his room. In June 2013, he received an honorary doctorate from University College Cork. Norton attended the Central School of Speech and Drama, he worked as a waiter during that time. Upon joining the actors' union Equity, he chose Norton as his stage name, as there was an actor called Graham Walker. In 1992, Norton's stand-up comedy drag act as a tea-towel clad Mother Teresa of Calcutta in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe made the press when Scottish Television's religious affairs department mistakenly thought he represented the real Mother Teresa, his first appearances in broadcasting were in the UK, where he had a spot as a regular comedian and panellist on the BBC Radio 4 show Loose Ends in the early 1990s, when the show ran on Saturday mornings.

His rise to fame began as one of the early successes of Channel 5, when he won an award for his performance as the stand-in host of a late-night TV talk show presented by Jack Docherty. This was followed by a comic quiz show on Channel 5 called Bring Me the Head of Light Entertainment, not well received as a programme, but did enhance Norton's reputation as a comic and host. In 1996, he co-hosted. In 1996, Norton played the part of Father Noel Furlong in three episodes of the Channel 4 series Father Ted, set on the fictional Craggy Island off the west coast of Ireland. Father Furlong was seen taking charge of the St Luke's Youth Group. After this early success, Norton moved to Channel 4 in 1998 to host his own chat shows, including the weekly So Graham Norton, followed by the daily weeknight show V Graham Norton; as a performer, not only gay, but camp and flamboyant, it was here that Norton's act was honed as a cheeky, innuendo-laden joker. In 2003, he was the subject of controversy in the United Kingdom when, on his show on Channel 4, he made a comedic reference to the recent death of Bee Gees singer Maurice Gibb.

The Independent Television Commission investigated after complaints about this insensitivity were received and Channel 4 had to make two apologies: one in the form of a caption slide before the show, another from Norton in person. In 2003, Norton was listed in The Observer as one of the 1,000 funniest acts in British comedy. In January 2004, he was named the most powerful person in TV comedy by Radio Times. In the summer of 2004, Norton ventured into American television; the Graham Norton Effect debuted on 24 June 2004 on Comedy Central, was broadcast in the UK on BBC Three. In the midst of controversy surrounding Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson's Super Bowl performance, Norton was wary of moving into the market. In 2005, Norton moved to the BBC and began hosting the Saturday evening reality TV series Strictly Dance Fever on BBC One, as well as a new comedy chat show, Graham Norton's Bigger Picture, he read stories some nights on the BBC children's channel CBeebies as part of Bedtime Hour.

In 2006, Norton hosted the BBC One series How Do You Solve a Problem like Maria? in which Andrew Lloyd Webber tried to find a lead actress for his West End version of The Sound of Music. Norton has subsequently presented the three follow-up series: Any Dream Will Do in 2007, in which a group of males competed to win the role of Joseph in the West End production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Norton hosted various other shows for the BBC during this time, including When Will I Be Famous?, The One and Only and Totally Saturday. Since 2007, Norton has been a regular host of The British Academy Television Awards. On 7 July 2007, Norton presented at Live Earth and undertook a trip to Ethiopia with the Born Free Foundation to highlight the plight of the Ethiopian wolf – the rarest canid in the world. In the same year, he was the subject of an episode of

Canton Township, Benton County, Iowa

Canton Township is one of twenty townships in Benton County, Iowa, USA. As of the 2000 census, its population was 847. Canton Township was founded in 1846. According to the United States Census Bureau, Canton Township covers an area of 35.4 square miles. The city of Shellsburg is within this township geographically but is a separate entity. Benton Township Shellsburg Township Fayette Township, Linn County Clinton Township, Linn County Fremont Township Eldorado Township Eden Township Taylor Township The township contains these three cemeteries: Oakwood, Parkers Grove and Shellsburg. Pleasant Creek State Park Benton Community School District Vinton-Shellsburg Community School District Iowa's 3rd congressional district State House District 39 State Senate District 20 United States Census Bureau 2007 TIGER/Line Shapefiles United States Board on Geographic Names United States National Atlas US-Counties.com City-Data.com

James M. Kelly (Maryland politician)

James M. Kelly is a Washington, DC, lobbyist and former a Maryland politician, he was first elected in 1994 to represent District 9B, which covers a portion of Baltimore County, Maryland. Kelly was first elected in 1994. There was a District 9, served by Gerry L. Brewster, John J. Bishop, Martha Scanlan Klima. Klima went on to win District 9A's election. In the 1998 Republican primary election, Kelly was unchallenged. Furthermore, he was unchallenged in the general election, as well. Kelly resigned from his position in 2001 and was replaced by his wife, Melissa J. Kelly, by Governor Parris Glendening. Kelly resigned his position as he was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve in the White House as his Special Assistant for Intergovernmental Affairs. Kelly Attended Towson High School in Towson, Maryland. After serving time in the military, Kelly went to college, receiving his B. S. in business administration and finance from the University of Maryland in 1988. While working in the White House, Kelly earned his Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies through the U.

S. Naval War College; as mentioned Kelly enlisted in U. S. Coast Guard Reserves in 1977 and attended Officer Candidate School, graduating in 1990, he has since been promoted to lieutenant. Kelly was a Maryland State Trooper for the Maryland State Police from 1984 until 1989. Kelly worked as a commercial lending and troubled-loan restructuring officer from 1989 until 1994, he was a small business owner from 1995 until 1997. In 2001, Kelly hired as senior advisor to Undersecretary for Memorial Affairs for the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs Kelly received numerous awards during his career, he is a member of the Maryland Troopers Association. He was a recipient of the Award for Duty Beyond the Call of Duty as Maryland State Trooper, which he received in 1985, he received the award for Outstanding Junior Officer from the U. S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Office in 1994, he holds a Certificate of Achievement from the Maryland Federation of College Republicans in 1995. In 1996, he was selected as Legislator of the Year by the Alliance for the Mentally Ill.

Additionally, he was selected as Outstanding Junior Officer in entire Fifth District from the U. S. Coast Guard in 1997. In 1997, Kelly received the Certificate of Achievement from the Maryland Association of Psychiatric Support Services. In 2001, as mentioned Kelly was tapped by President Bush to work for the White House. Kelly was responsible for briefing the President on state and tribal issues throughout the United States. In 2005, together with Ken Meyer, Duane Parde and Daniel J. Ostergaard, he opened a lobbying firm in DC. 1998 Race for Maryland House of Delegates – District 9BVoters to choose one:1994 Race for Maryland House of Delegates – District 9BVoters to choose one: http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/mdmanual/06hse/former/html/msa12252.html

People's Redemption Council

The People's Redemption Council was a governmental body that ruled Liberia during the early 1980s. It was established after the 1980 Liberian coup d'état wherein Samuel Doe seized power on 12 April 1980; the Council, with Doe as its chairman, promised a complete overhaul of Liberia's society and political system and the replacement of the corruption of previous regimes with respect for the rights of the Liberian people. The PRC had 17 founding members and was expanded to 28; the PRC functioned as the executive and legislative body in Doe's government. However, over time Doe consolidated power as a central executive. In 1984, the PRC was replaced by the Interim National Assembly. Since 1847, Liberia operated as an independent state with a constitutional system modeled on that of the United States. For a long portion of its history, its government was dominated by Americo-Liberians, a group of freed slaves and their descendants from the United States that first arrived in Liberia in 1822 in a colony founded by the American Colonization Society.

After the death of the long-serving president, William Tubman, in 1971, William Tolbert, Jr. became president. Tolbert's administration, like his predecessor's, was characterized by political suppression and a government dominated by the executive. In 1979, civil discord rose to an all-time high due to a 50% increase in rice prices that resulted in the deaths of dozens of Liberians. In addition to an overall lack of development and a stagnant economy, this unrest precipitated the 1980 Liberian coup d'état that would lead to the creation of the PRC. On 12 April 1980, Samuel K. Doe led a group of 17 soldiers in a coup d'état that overthrew and killed then-president William Tolbert. By 16 April 1980, Doe's forces were able to begin consolidating power; the group formed the People's Redemption Council as the supreme legislative and executive power with Doe as its chairman. In the wake of the coup, the PRC emphasized a goal of creating a new system of governance and societal organization rooted in support for the country's commoners.

Doe, as a native Liberian, claimed to be seeking equality of rights and of status among all Liberians. Shortly after its formation, the PRC authorized the arrest of over 100 former government officials from the Tolbert administration. Several of them were executed in the weeks following the coup. In its first fiscal year, the PRC increased military spending by 150%, which critics used to question body's commitment to a transition towards democracy. By early 1981, Liberian debt had nearly reached $800 million. Under the PRC, Liberia's economy remained dependent on income from abroad. In mid-1981, the PRC created the National Constitutional Commission, the Constitutional Advisory Assembly, Special Elections Commission to write a new constitution, revise the newly drafted constitution, run democratic elections. Shortly after its founding and the PRC increased the size of the body. Three of these new members were former officials from the Tolbert administration. Over time, conflict between military and civilian members led to division between progressives and conservatives along ethnic lines.

Some PRC members criticized their fellow councilmen for engaging in the corruption that they publicly disavowed. In 1982, Doe and military PRC members executed several civilian PRC members who opposed them, which ended the intra-council conflict. After the coup, the United States, the Organisation of African Unity, the West African Economic Community criticized Doe and the PRC. Additionally, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank restricted loan terms offered to Liberia under the PRC. By December 1982, the NCC had completed its task of drafting a constitution. Despite disagreements between the PRC and the NCC concerning the timeline of a transition, the NCC's draft was submitted to the CAA for revision. After their revisions were completed in late 1983, a referendum took place on 3 July 1984, that ratified the constitution. With the ratification of the new constitution in 1984, the PRC was dissolved and replaced with the Interim National Assembly on 22 July 1984. At its inception, the PRC consisted of 17 soldiers.

The PRC grew to include a handful of civilians and several high-ranking members of the previous administration, bringing the PRC's total membership to 28. The PRC was made up of native Liberians and the majority of PRC members were Krahn to Doe, with a large number of members hailing from the same county as Doe. After the coup, the PRC prohibited organized opposition, dissolved the Legislature of Liberia, suspended the Constitution, leaving the PRC as the sole executive and legislative body in the national government. However, despite this consolidation of authority, Doe consolidated executive and legislative power making the PRC a de facto cabinet rather than a body with powers of its own. Doe preserved his power through clientelism involving the army and by threat/use of force towards his opposition, including within the PRC itself. After the PRC was disbanded, many of its members pursued positions of authority in the new government. Doe would win election as president in a contested and controversial election as the nominee of the National Democratic Party of Liberia.

Many former PRC members became members of Doe's presidential cabinet. While the PRC ruled formally by decree, its decisions and amendments to Liberian law would continue in effect unless and until a successor body rescinded them. Under the new constitution, Article 97, referred to by some as "transitional provisions", provided no action taken by the PRC "shall be questioned in any proceedings whatsoever" and prevented any court or tribunal

Gerald Alphin

Gerald Alan Alphin is a former professional gridiron football wide receiver and slotback who played eight seasons in the Canadian Football League from 1986 to 1996 for the Ottawa Rough Riders and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Alphin played college football at Kansas State University. Alphin recorded four 1,000-yard receiving seasons, including a period of three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons with the Rough Riders during which he was considered one of the best receivers playing in the CFL, he was named an East all-star in 1988. Alphin played in the National Football League for the New Orleans Saints from 1991 to 1992, he signed with the Los Angeles Raiders and Dallas Cowboys of the NFL during his career, although he did not play any games for them. In his final season in the CFL, Alphin became a Grey Cup champion with the Baltimore Stallions before being cut from the team and retiring when the Stallions moved to Montreal to become the Montreal Alouettes. Alphin ended his CFL career with 414 catches for 7,315 yards and 52 touchdowns in regular season games.

Alphin was born in Portland, Oregon on May 21, 1964. He played high school football at University City High School in University City, where he played both tight end and safety. In February 1982, Alphin signed to play for the Kansas State Wildcats in college. In his first year with the Wildcats, Alphin was converted to a wide receiver; as a junior in 1984, Alphin caught 14 passes for 256 yards, including three catches for 130 yards in a game against the Missouri Tigers in October. Receivers coach Jim Otto cited Alphin as a "leader" going into his senior season, but Alphin missed a month of play to start the season due to a sprained shoulder suffered in the preseason. In October, Alphin caught. Alphin was named an honorable mention for the AP All-America team in his final season with the Wildcats. Alphin went undrafted in the 1986 NFL Draft; the Los Angeles Raiders of the National Football League signed Alphin before the 1986 season as an unrestricted free agent but cut him in early August before the start of the regular season.

Alphin signed with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League and played in the latter half of their 1986 season. In Montreal, Alphin was played at the position of slotback, he recorded 20 catches for 409 yards over six regular season games, including two touchdowns in a November loss to the Toronto Argonauts. Alphin remained with the Alouettes through training camp in 1987, but the Alouettes folded before the start of the regular season; the Ottawa Rough Riders signed Alphin shortly after. In a July win over the Argonauts, Alphin caught seven passes for two touchdowns. By mid-August, the media regarded Alphin as " of Ottawa's finest players" as he continued to perform well, his season was halted by a hand injury in late August, which caused him to miss playing time. By late September, Alphin was the top receiver for the Rough Riders, with head coach Fred Glick describing his game plan as "run the ball a lot and pass to Gerald Alphin", he finished the season with 1,029 yards off 67 catches with eight touchdowns.

Alphin was used sporadically as a kick returner in 1987. Playing in 15 regular season games in 1988, Alphin recorded his second 1,000-yard season with 1,307 receiving yards on 64 catches for five touchdowns. Described as a "legitimate deep-threat receiver" by the Toronto Star, Alphin gave several noteworthy performances throughout the season. In a mid-August win over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Alphin caught three touchdowns, although two were invalidated by offensive penalties, he caught six passes for 163 yards in an early September loss to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats before recording 161 receiving yards and two touchdowns against the Tiger-Cats that same month. Alphin finished the season as one of the CFL's leading receivers and was named an East Division all-star. Alphin continued in his role as Ottawa's leading receiver in 1989; the Rough Riders played Alphin at wide receiver during the season, but he returned to the slotback position by early October, where "coaches he most effective". He caught two touchdown passes among eight catches for 174 yards in an August 31 win against the BC Lions.

By late September, Alphin led the CFL in receiving yards. In the penultimate game of the season, Alphin passed for a touchdown on an option, but he broke his hand during the play; this forced him to miss the final game of the season. He finished with 10 touchdowns, all career highs, his yardage total was the second highest in the CFL for 1989. He recorded an average of 21.6 yards per reception, another career high. He was named the best Ottawa Rough Riders player of the season. While Alphin was named on every all-star ballot, he failed to make the all-star team because the votes he received were split between the wide receiver and slotback positions. Prior to the 1990 season, Alphin's contract with Ottawa was due to expire; the Rough Riders offered Alphin a contract, but he declined in order to pursue a career in the National Football League. In March 1990, the New Orleans Saints signed Alphin to a two-year contract. Alphin played a limited amount of time in the preseason; the Saints kept Alphin on the roster going into the regular season as a backup wide receiver.

During the regular season, Alphin was active in eleven games, recording four catches for 57 yards. The Saints released Alphin in February 1991 but signed him back to the team just months in July, he played in five regular season games for the Saints in 1991 before being released from the team in October. In early 1992, the Dallas Cowboys signed Alphin to a two-year contract, he was release