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Marleen Vanderpoorten

Marleen Caroline Valère Vanderpoorten Belgian politician from Flanders and member of the Flemish Liberals and Democrats. She is a granddaughter of Arthur Vanderpoorten, she obtained a degree in history from the University of Ghent. From 1999 to 2004 she was the Minister of Education in the Flemish Government. On 12 July 2006 she succeeded Norbert De Batselier as President of the Flemish Parliament, on 13 July 2009 Jan Peumans succeeded her. Municipal Councillor in Lier Alderman in Lier Mayor of Lier Provincial Councillor in Antwerp Member of the Flemish Parliament Minister of Education in the Flemish Government President of the Flemish Parliament Marleen Vanderpoorten -

Acer diabolicum

Acer diabolicum, the horned maple or devil maple, is a species of maple, endemic to central and southern Japan. There it is known as カジカエデ, kaji kaede or オニモミジ, oni‑momiji, is planted as an ornamental, it is planted as an ornamental outside Japan. It gets its specific epithet and its common names from the two hornlike appearance of the protruding curly stigmas of its flowers, which are retained on its winged seeds. In the wild in Japan, Acer diabolicum reaches 10 to 15 m 20 m, with a wide, rounded canopy. Young branches are brown or reddish brown in their second year and changing to a light grayish brown. Older bark is grayish brown, nearly smooth or pebbled. In its bark it somewhat resembles members of the snakebark maples. Lithocarpa; the winter buds are ovate to oblong-ovate, dark brown in color, protected by 6 to 8 pairs of pubescent scales. Petioles are long and slender with some pubescence at their apices; the deciduous leaves have five lobes, are from 10 to 12 centimetres in length and breadth.

They are cordate or subcordate, basally truncate. The lobes are broadly ovate and distally dentately serrate, or one might say crenately dentate, with the teeth broadly acute or obtusish; the middle lobe is larger and itself slightly three-lobed. The two basal lobes are smaller have one or two teeth on their margins. Young leaves have long silky caducous hairs, retain some pubescence on their undersides at maturity; the trees are dioecious, with the salmon to brick red flowers appearing in early spring before the leaves unfurl. Staminate flowers are held in 8 to 10 flowered nodding fascicle-like racemes; the slender pedicels from 2 to 4 cm long. The perianth is broadly campanulate and 4 mm long, with 4 to 8 unequal lobes. There are eight 8 mm long stamens, no petals. Anthers are oval. Pistillate flowers are held in 5 to 7 flowered pendulous sessile or peduncled racemes, are 2 to 3 cm long, their pedicels are 5 to 10 mm long. The sepals are elliptic, 5 to 6 mm long; the petals are oblong, ovaries are densely pubescent, styles are short with two curled stigmas projecting past the petals.

The 3 cm long samaras hang from pendulous racemes, drop in October. Bristles sheath the area containing the seeds, supporting the retained curly stigmas which have a hornlike appearance, it is these horns which give the plant its common names. Acer diabolicum is found growing on wooded mountain slopes on Honshu and Kyushu islands of Japan, it is rare, preferring the warmer conditions of the Pacific side. Seeds from the purplish-red flowered purpurascens variety or form of Acer diabolicum were sent to botanical gardens in Britain and the United States in the late 1800s and early 1900s; as a consequence, the more common pinkish-red flowered form is still difficult to obtain from commercial nurseries. In springtime, the emerging foliage and male flowers are reddish and rather striking on the purpurascens form. In the US it makes a sturdy tree, it does best in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 6a to 8b. In Zone 5 it will need to be planted on a south slope or otherwise protected place, its wide growth form precludes it from being planted on street parkways, but the fact that it, unlike most maples, has male and female individuals it makes it useful to plant males in landscape and garden applications where seedlings are not desired.

The flowers attract pollinators. In Japan it is planted as an ornamental, its timber was used like other maples. In its large leaves and its growth form it is similar in landscape application to the sycamore; the similarity to the sycamore and its rather ordinary yellow to orange fall foliage have discouraged its widespread adoption as an ornamental outside Japan

Michael Weiss (pianist)

Michael Weiss, is a jazz pianist and composer best known for his fifteen-year association with saxophonist Johnny Griffin. Weiss was born in Texas. After completing a bachelor of music degree from Indiana University, Weiss moved to New York City in 1982, he toured that year with singer Jon Hendricks. He has worked with George Coleman, Art Farmer, Johnny Griffin, Slide Hampton, Tom Harrell, Jimmy Heath, Charles McPherson, Gerry Mulligan. In 2000 he was the grand prize winner in the BMI/Thelonious Monk Institute's Composers Competition. In 1989, he won second prize in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition, in 2002, he received a composition commission from Chamber Music America; as a soloist and bandleader, Weiss has been featured on the television and radio programs CBS News Nightwatch, Live from Lincoln Center, Piano Jazz, the Jazz Piano Christmas Special. In addition to performing and recording, Weiss has been committed to jazz education throughout his career. Weiss presented a New York tribute concert to Horace Silver, who he credits as "one of his earliest and longest lasting influences."

Writing about Weiss's album Soul Journey in All About Jazz, Dan McClenaghan said, "It's the songs, that star on Soul Journey. And though Weiss doesn't call attention to himself as an instrumentalist, additional listens reveal a richness to his own solos, a smooth and understated eloquence."Reviewing Soul Journey for All About Jazz, Chris Hovan said, "What will come as a revelation is the transformation that the pieces have made now that they’ve been fleshed out further by Weiss for this larger ensemble."Writing for Jazz Review of a performance by Johnny Griffin, in which Weiss played panio, Ben Ratliff said, "With the band playing beautifully behind him, he played a set like many he has played before... The set had tentative moments, but he ended on his feet, it was as good a demonstration of blues phrasing as can be heard in jazz."Writing a review of the album Power Station for Jazz Times, Sid Gribetz said, "Weiss is an excellent pianist who plays bebop and hard-bop lines with elegance and precision.

He has a deft touch and swinging rhythmic sense, with the right dollop of funk and soul." Gribetz went on to mention Weiss's long association with Johnny Griffin. Presenting Michael Weiss Power Station Milestones Soul Journey With Johnny Griffin Take My Hand The Cat Dance of Passion Johnny Griffin & Steve Grossman Quintet With Frank Wess Body and Soul Once Is Not Enough With Vanguard Jazz Orchestra Monday Night Live at the Village Vanguard Forever Lasting – Live in Tokyo With others Georgie Fame, Cool Cat Blues Nathen Page, The Other Page Charles McPherson, First Flight Out Ronnie Cuber, N. Y. C.ats Doug Raney, Back in New York Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, Big Band Treasures Live Louis Smith, The Bopsmith Eszter Balint, Mud Dick Oatts, Two Hearts MichaelWeiss.info - Official website

Thomas E. Ricks (Mormon)

Thomas Edwin Ricks was a prominent Mormon pioneer, a community leader, a settler of the western United States. Ricks was born on July 1828, in Western Kentucky, the son of Joel Ricks and Eleanor Martin. In 1830, he moved with his family to Silver Creek, Illinois where his family started a branch of the Campbellite Church. In 1840, his family was introduced to missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and in 1841, Ricks' parents and siblings were all baptized into the church. A month the family moved to Nauvoo, where Ricks helped in the construction of the Nauvoo Temple. In 1844, Ricks had an accident while breaking a horse; the horse landed on his left leg. As a result of this accident Ricks' left leg did not grow as long as his right leg; as a result, wearing a platform shoe, he walked with a limp, used a cane. At age twenty, Ricks crossed the plains to the Salt Lake Valley with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he crossed the Mississippi River heading west with the Charles C.

Rich family. Ricks left the Rich family at Garden Grove, Iowa to meet up with the rest of his family in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Ricks stayed with his family for two years in Council Bluffs while Brigham Young took the first group of Mormon Pioneers to the Salt Lake Valley. One of the teams used by this first pioneer group was donated by the Ricks family. On May 29, 1848 Ricks left Winter Quarters, Nebraska headed for the Salt Lake Valley in Heber C. Kimball's company. On June 6, 1848, a group of Native Americans raided Ricks' pioneer company, stealing some of their cattle. Ricks and some other youth in the camp went to pursue them; the youth were ambushed and Ricks was shot three times, twice in the kidneys and once in his backbone. His companions, returned to the company. Learning of his son's demise, Joel Ricks set out to retrieve the body. Joel was ambushed by Native Americans and forced to return to camp where he was relieved to find that other men had located Thomas, floated him across the river on a buffalo hide, conveyed him the rest of the way to the camp by wagon.

As a result of the injury, Thomas traveled most of the way to the Salt Lake Valley in his family's wagon. Ricks would assist five additional groups of pioneers to make the same trek. In 1856, returning from a colonizing mission in Las Vegas, Nevada, he left to be part of the rescue party sent from Salt Lake to assist the stranded Martin Handcart Company near the Sweetwater River. A colonel in the Utah Militia, Ricks was commissioned to locate a better route from the Cache Valley to the Bear Lake Valley, in Northern Utah. While thus engaged, he discovered a natural spring flowing from the cavity of a large rock. To this day, Ricks' Spring bears his name, it can be found on U. S.-89, between Logan and Bear Lake, on the Utah-Idaho border. Ricks was an influential community leader in both Utah and Idaho, he is known as the founder of Rexburg and participated in the founding of the Bannock Stake Academy, which would evolve into Brigham Young University–Idaho. The school was named in his honor for a period of 99 years first as Ricks Academy and as Ricks College.

Ricks served in the LDS Church as a stake president in the Rexburg area. Ricks died September 28, 1901 at age 73. Joseph F. Smith, LDS Church president, said of him at his funeral, "It may be a long time before we find another man his equal in honor and unswerving loyalty to the cause of God and his people." Jenson, Andrew. Latter-day Saint biographical encyclopedia: A compilation of biographical sketches of prominent men and women in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. 1. Salt Lake City, Utah: The Andrew Jenson History Company. Pp. 455–457. Retrieved March 20, 2014. Jenson, Andrew. Latter-day Saint biographical encyclopedia: A compilation of biographical sketches of prominent men and women in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. 4. Salt Lake City, Utah: The Andrew Jenson History Company. P. 349. Retrieved March 20, 2014. Thomas E. Ricks at Find a Grave Media related to Thomas E. Ricks at Wikimedia Commons

Lascelles Abercrombie

Lascelles Abercrombie, was a British poet and literary critic, one of the "Dymock poets". He served as an English language professor. Abercrombie was born in Ashton upon Mersey, Cheshire, he was educated at Malvern College, at Owens College, Manchester. Before the First World War, he lived for a time at Dymock in Gloucestershire, part of a community that included Rupert Brooke, Robert Frost and Edward Thomas; these were known as the Georgian Poets, Abercrombie sometimes called the Georgian Laureate. During these early years, he worked as a journalist, he started his poetry writing, his first book and Poems, was followed by Mary and the Bramble and the poem Deborah, by Emblems of Love and Speculative Dialogues. His critical works include An Essay Towards a Theory of Art, Poetry, Its Music and Meaning. Collected Poems was followed by The Sale of a poetic drama. During World War I, he served as a munitions examiner, after which, he was appointed to the first lectureship in poetry at the University of Liverpool.

In 1922 he was appointed Professor of English at the University of Leeds in preference to J. R. R. Tolkien, with whom he shared, as author of The Epic, a professional interest in heroic poetry. In 1929 he moved on to the University of London, in 1935 to the prestigious Goldsmiths' Readership at Oxford University, where he was elected as a Fellow of Merton College, he wrote a series of works on the nature of poetry, including The Idea of Great Poetry and Romanticism. He published several volumes of original verse metaphysical poems in dramatic form, a number of verse plays. Abercrombie contributed to Georgian Poetry and several of his verse plays appeared in New Numbers, his poems and plays were collected in'Poems'. Lascelles Abercrombie died in London in 1938. At the end of the Second World War, it was discovered that despite his death Abercrombie's name had been mistakenly included in "The Black Book" or Sonderfahndungsliste G. B. list of Britons. Abercrombie noted town planner Patrick Abercrombie.

In 1909 he married Catherine Gwatkin of Grange-over-Sands. They had a daughter and three sons. Two of the sons achieved prominence, David Abercrombie as a phonetician and Michael Abercrombie as a cell biologist. A grandson, Jeffrey Cooper, produced an admirable bibliography of his grandfather, with brief but important notes, while a great-grandson is author Joe Abercrombie. A collection of literary and other manuscripts relating to Abercrombie is held by Special Collections in the Brotherton Library at the University of Leeds; the collection contains drafts of many of Abercrombie's own publications and literary material. Special Collections in the Brotherton Library holds correspondence relating to Lascelles Abercrombie and his family. Comprising 105 letters, the collection contains letters of condolence to Catherine and Ralph Abercrombie on the death of Lascelles, as well as Abercrombie family letters from various correspondents, chiefly to Ralph Abercrombie. Quotations related to Lascelles Abercrombie at Wikiquote Elizabeth Whitcomb Houghton Collection, containing letters by Abercrombie Works of Lascelles Abercrombie in the Special Collections of the Bodleian Library at Oxford University Portraits of Lascelles Abercrombie at the National Portrait Gallery, London Works by Lascelles Abercrombie at Project Gutenberg Works by or about Lascelles Abercrombie at Internet Archive Works by Lascelles Abercrombie at LibriVox Lascelles Abercrombie poems, poemhunter.com.

Archival collection at Profile of Lascelles Abercrombie, dymockpoets.org.uk.