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Rik Van Looy

Henri "Rik" Van Looy is a Belgian former professional cyclist of the post-war period, nicknamed the King of the Classics or Emperor of Herentals. He was twice world professional road race champion, was the first cyclist to win all five'Monuments': the most prestigious one-day classics – a feat since achieved by just two others. With 379 road victories he's second to Merckx only, he is ninth on the all-time list of Grand Tour stage winners with thirty-seven victories. Van Looy rose to prominence when he won the Belgian amateur road championship in 1952, he repeated the victory the following year, adding third place in the world title race the same year, before turning professional. At the 1952 Summer Olympics, he won a gold medal in the team road race event. A powerful sprinter, Van Looy won two races in what was left of his first professional season, 20 more over the next couple of seasons. In 1956, his victories included Gent–Wevelgem and Paris–Brussels, plus two stages and overall victory in the Tour of the Netherlands.

He won a silver medal in the world road race championship, behind his countryman Rik Van Steenbergen. He repeated his Gent–Wevelgem and Tour of the Netherlands victories in 1957, in 1958 won the season's opening classic, Milan–San Remo. 1959 saw Van Looy take the early-season Tour of Flanders and the autumn classic, the Giro di Lombardia. In between, he scored another 38 victories, including three stages of the Vuelta a España and four stages of the Giro d'Italia. In 1960, he scored the first of two consecutive victories in the world road race championship, but Classic victories eluded him. However, he made up for this in 1961, winning both Paris–Roubaix and Liège–Bastogne–Liège – making him the first rider to take all five'Monuments' – as well as retaining his rainbow world title jersey, taking three stages, plus the mountains competition, in the Giro. Van Looy scored two more Classic wins in 1962, took another Gent–Wevelgem, two more Giro stages. In 1963 Van Looy rode the Tour de France, taking four stages en route to victory in the points competition and a 10th place on general classification.

In the latter race, held in Ronse in his native Belgium, he was beaten in the sprint by his countryman Benoni Beheyt. Van Looy, starting the sprint too early, did not take this defeat lightly; this race has remained memorable in the history of Belgian cycling. In 1965, he scored 42 victories including Paris–Roubaix, eight stages of the Vuelta on his way to his second third place overall. For good measure, he took two stages in the Tour de France. During the final years of his career, Van Looy's road performances began to fade, as the new Belgian star Eddy Merckx rose to prominence, but he still grabbed second in the 1967 Paris–Roubaix, won La Flèche Wallonne in 1968, took a stage of the 1969 Tour de France, his rivalry with Eddy Merckx reached the height of sabotage of Merckx in the world championships in 1969. Van Looy was a star on the track, winning 11 Six-day races, his first came in Brussels in 1957, his last in Antwerp in 1968. For nine of these victories, he was paired with Dutchman Peter Post.

Armstrong, David. The Emperor: The Rik Van Looy Story. Silsden, UK: Kennedy Brothers. ASIN B0006C6X94. Rik Van Looy at Cycling Archives

Norbert Barthle

Norbert Barthle is a German politician and member of the CDU. Barthle has been a member of the Bundestag since 1998. Between 1992 and 1998, Barthle worked as press spokesperson at the State Ministry for Education and Sports of Baden-Württemberg, under the leadership of successive ministers Marianne Schultz-Hector and Annette Schavan. Barthle has been a member of the German Bundestag since the 1998 national elections, he served on the Budget Committee and its Sub-Committee on the European Union from 2002 until 2015. In addition, he was a member of the Audit Committee from 2002 until 2005. Between 2013 and 2015, he was a member of the so-called Confidential Committee of the Budget Committee, which provides budgetary supervision for Germany’s three intelligence services, BND, BfV and MAD. Within his CDU/CSU parliamentary group, Barthle served as spokesperson on budgetary affairs between 2009 and 2015, he is the deputy chairman of the Bundestag group of CDU parliamentarians from Baden-Württemberg, one of the largest delegations within the CDU/CSU parliamentary group.

In the negotiations to form a Grand Coalition of the Christian Democrats and the Social Democrats following the 2013 federal elections, Barthle was part of the CDU/CSU delegation in the working group on financial policies and the national budget, led by Wolfgang Schäuble and Olaf Scholz. In July 2014, Barthle was part of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s delegation on a state visit to China. From late 2015 until 2018, Barthle served as Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure under minister Alexander Dobrindt, in the third cabinet of Chancellor Angela Merkel, he succeeded Katherina Reiche. As Parliamentary Secretary, he oversaw its activities on aviation policy. With the formation of the fourth Grand Coalition under Merkel in 2018, it was announced that Barthle would move to the position of Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development under Minister Gerd Müller. In this capacity, he serves as Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Personal Envoy to the German-Greek Assembly.

Asian Development Bank, Ex-Officio Member of the Board of Governors Inter-American Investment Corporation, Ex-Officio Member of the Board of Governors Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation, Co-Chair German Investment Corporation, Ex-Officio Chairman of the Supervisory Board Kreissparkasse Ostalb, Member of the Supervisory Board Deutsche Flugsicherung, Ex-Officio Chairman of the Advisory Board KfW, Member of the Board of Supervisory Directors Aviation Initiative for Renewable Energy in Germany, Member of the Advisory Board International Federation of Snowsport Instructors, President SG Sonnenhof Großaspach, Member of the Supervisory Board Kuratorium Sport & Natur, Deputy Chairman of the Board Freiburger Kreis, Member of the Advisory Board During his time on the Budget Committee, Barthle was a proponent of the Merkel government’s policy to refrain from any net new borrowing and instead focus all efforts on achieving a structurally balanced national budget. In June 2017, Barthle voted against Germany’s introduction of same-sex marriage.

Barthle has two sons. The family lives in Schwäbisch Gmünd’s Lindach district. List of German Christian Democratic Union politicians Norbert Barthle's website Biography at

John Edwards (painter)

John Edwards was an English botanist, painter and illustrator, noted for his serial publication, The British Herbal. After living in London until about 1778, he moved to Surrey, exhibited with the Royal Academy and the Society of Artists, of which he was a member. Edward produced textile designs for calico, he published The British Herbal Containing One Hundred Plates of The most beautiful and scarce Flowers and Useful Medicinal Plants in monthly parts between 1769 and 1770, covering exotic and British flowers, using text gathered from various sources, his own hand-coloured engraved plates. A Collection of Flowers Drawn after Nature & Disposed in an Ornamental & Picturesque Manner, was his next publishing venture; the imprint dates of the plates show that he had started the project in 1783, completing 79 plates through the 1780s and 1790s. Edwards designed and coloured all the plates himself, thus having complete control of the operation. Edwards died in Hampstead

Ellicott's Stone

Ellicott's Stone known as the Ellicott Stone, is a boundary marker in northern Mobile County, Alabama. It was placed on April 10, 1799 by a joint U. S.-Spanish survey party headed by Andrew Ellicott. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on April 11, 1973, it is the only known stone monument set by Ellicott when he surveyed the 31st parallel north latitude, which served as the boundary line between the Mississippi Territory in the United States and Spanish West Florida. The boundary line extended along the 31st parallel from the Mississippi River east to the Chattahoochee River, as set forth in the 1795 Pinckney Treaty, formally known as the Treaty of San Lorenzo. Ellicott's Stone is the initial point for all United States Public Land surveys in the southern region of Alabama and Mississippi, it is the point of intersection of what is known today as the St. Stephens meridian and the St. Stephens baseline. All townships in the area are numbered from the stone; the marker stone is located east of U.

S. Route 43 in Ellicott Stone Historical Park, about 1 mile south of Alabama; the park was established in 1917. It is now near the James M. Barry Electric Generating Plant, west of the Mobile River; the stone marker, a ferruginous sandstone block about two feet high and eight inches thick, is near the west bank of the Mobile River. On the northern side of the stone is an inscription stating "U. S. Lat. 31, 1799." The inscription on the southern side reads "Dominio De S. M. Carlos IV, Lat. 31, 1799." Media related to Ellicott's Stone at Wikimedia Commons "St. Stephens Meridian"; the Center for Land Use Interpretation. Retrieved 2012-10-06. "Surveyor finds old mounds marking 1799 creation of Alabama-Florida border". February 1, 2010. Retrieved 2012-10-06

Châu Thành District, Đồng Tháp Province

Châu Thành is a rural district of Đồng Tháp Province in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam. As of 2003 the district had a population of 161,413; the district covers an area of 234 km². The district capital lies at Cái Tàu Hạ; the district is divided into the following communes: Cái Tàu Hạ An Hiệp An Khánh An Nhơn An Phú Thuận Hòa Tân Phú Hựu Phú Long Tân Bình Tân Nhuận Đông Tân Phú Tân Phú Trung

Zappa (film)

Zappa is a 1983 Danish coming of age drama film directed by Bille August. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1983 Cannes Film Festival and was entered into the 13th Moscow International Film Festival; the film was selected as the Danish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 56th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee. Zappa was adapted for the screen from the novel by the same name by Bjarne Reuter, it is the first of a trilogy, followed by "Når snerlen blomstrer" and "Vi der valgte mælkevejen". The sequel "Når snerlen blomstrer" was filmed by Bille August in 1984 and is known as Twist and Shout in English. Adam Tønsberg as Bjørn Morten Hoff as Mulle Peter Reichhardt as Steen Lone Lindorff as Bjørn's mother Arne Hansen as Bjørn's father Thomas Nielsen as Henning Solbjørg Højfeldt as Steen's mother Bent Raahauge Jørgensen as Steen's father Inga Bjerre Bloch as Mulle's mother Jens Okking as Mulle's father Elga Olga Svendsen as Bjørn's grandmother Willy Jacobsen as Bjørn's Grandfather Ulrikke Bondo as Kirsten Søren Frølund as Teacher'Kaalormen' Michael Shomacker as Asger List of Danish submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film List of submissions to the 56th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film Zappa on IMDb Zappa in the Danish Film Database