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Saratoga County, New York

Saratoga County is a county in the U. S. state of New York. As of the 2018 U. S. Census estimate, the county's population was 230,163, representing a 4.8% increase from the 2010 population of 219,607, representing one of the fastest growth rates in the northeastern United States and the fastest-growing county in Upstate New York. The county seat is Ballston Spa. Saratoga County is included in the Capital District, encompassing the Albany-Schenectady-Troy, New York Metropolitan Statistical Area. Saratoga County's name was derived from the Native American word "sah-rah-ka", or "Sarach-togue", meaning "the hill beside the river", referring to the Hudson River bordering the county on its eastern flank and the Mohawk River delineating its southern border. Saratoga County, bisected by the toll-free, six-lane Adirondack Northway, serves as an outdoor recreational haven and as the gateway to the Adirondack Mountains and State Park for the populations of the Albany and New York City metropolitan areas.

The county is home to the internationally renowned Saratoga Race Course, one of the oldest venues in horse racing. Saratoga County lies at the heart of eastern New York State's recognized Tech Valley, a growing center for the computer hardware side of the high-technology industry and its concomitant venture capital investment, with great strides in the nanotechnology sector, digital electronics design, water- and electricity-dependent integrated microchip circuit manufacturing, involving companies including IBM, GlobalFoundries and Taiwan Semiconductor, among others; the "Fab 8" campus of GlobalFoundries, a company specializing in the semiconductor industry, is a multibillion-dollar venture being developed in Saratoga County near a section of the Adirondack Northway. When counties were established in the Province of New York in 1683, the present Saratoga County was part of Albany County; this was an enormous county, including the northern part of New York State as well as all of the present State of Vermont and, in theory, extending westward to the Pacific Ocean.

This large county was progressively reduced in size by the separation of several counties until 1791, when Saratoga County as well as Rensselaer County were split off from Albany County. The Battles of Saratoga marked the climax of the Saratoga campaign, giving a decisive victory to the Americans over the British in the American Revolutionary War; that convinced France. The government of Louis XVI began lending financial aid to the American Patriot cause. During the nineteenth century, Saratoga County was an important industrial center, its location 30 miles north of Albany on the Delaware and Hudson Railway, as well as its proximity to water power from the Hudson River and the Kayaderosseras Creek, led to rapid industrial development beginning in the early nineteenth century. Some of the most important industrial employers were paper mills, tanneries and textile mills. Since the construction of the Adirondack Northway in the 1960s, Saratoga County has been the fastest-growing county in the Capital District and indeed, in Upstate New York, one of the fastest-growing in the U.

S. Northeast; the county has maintained a low county tax rate. Saratoga County is situated in the eastern portion of New York State, north of Albany, northwest of Troy, east of Utica. According to the U. S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 844 square miles, of which 810 square miles is land and 34 square miles is water; the Hudson River forms the eastern border of the county, while the Mohawk River demarcates its southern border. The highest elevation in Saratoga County is at the peak of Hadley Mountain in the Adirondack Mountains, at 2,675 feet, while the lowest elevation is 69 feet, at the waterfront of the Village of Waterford, at the confluence of the Mohawk and Hudson rivers. In 1960, Saratoga County had a population of only 89,000, less than half of its population in 2018, estimated at 230,163; as of the 2010 United States Census, there were 219,607 people, 88,296 households, 58,814 families residing in Saratoga County. The population density was 271 people per square mile. There were 98,656 housing units at an average density of 122 per square mile.

The racial makeup of the county was 94.3% White, 1.8% Asian, 1.5% Black or African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.0% Pacific Islander, 0.5% from other races, 1.7% from two or more races. 2.4% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. There were 88,296 households out of which 29.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.3% were married couples living together, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 33.4% were non-families. 26.1% of all households were made up of individuals, 31.5% of households had individuals under 18 years, 9.5% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.96. Of Saratoga County's population in 2010, 6.3% were between ages of 5 and 9 years, 6.7% between 10 and 14 years, 6.5% between 15 and 19 years, 5.5% between 20 and 24 years, 5.5% between 25 and 29 years, 5.8% between 30 and 34 years, 6.6% between 35 and 39 years, 7.9% between 40 and 44 years, 8.5% between 45 and 49 years, 8.0% between 50 and 54 years, 7.0% between 55 and 59 years, 6.4% between 60 and 64 years, 13.7% of age 65 years and over.

22.7% of the county's population was under age 18. The median age was 40.9 years. According to the 2009-2013 American Community Survey, the median income for a household in Saratog

Lloyd Wade

Lloyd Wade is an English gospel and Soul singer and pop vocal coach from South London. He achieved some fame in the UK Christian music scene performing with his brothers Denis and David in the group The Wades in the 1990s, including a set at Champion of the World in Wembley Stadium in 1997, he was working as a vocal coach and teacher of social behaviour in an inclusion department when he appeared as a contestant in the 2004 series of The X Factor, made the final 5 of the "over 25" category, mentored by Simon Cowell. Wade learned his trade in gospel music singing with his brothers in the MOBO nominated group The Wades for 18 years; the Wades toured extensively across Europe and Australia during the nineties, playing at many notable venues such as The Royal Festival Hall, Wembley Arena, Wembley Stadium and the Sydney,Melbourne and Brisbane Entertainment Centres. Their largest single festival audience was at the Chicago Gospel Festival in Grant Park where they performed live to some 100,000 festival goers, as well as many radio and television appearances throughout their career.

Wade attended regular vocal classes throughout his early development as a singer and in 1991 he became a vocal coach. Wade has worked with the BBC Fame Academy judges David and Carrie Grant for their vocal session company both as a session singer and as an associate vocal coach. Wade has been instrumental in helping to shape the vocal prowess of many people over the last 18 years such as Daniel Bedingfield and Natasha Bedingfield in their formative years leading up to their career and subsequent chart success. 2010 - Wade sings the main hook on singer Eliza Doolittle's top ten single "Pack Up" which peaked at #5 in the British pop chart behind entries from Kylie Minogue and Eminem. In 2007 Wade was guest vocalist with Take That on their Beautiful World Tour 2007, dueting with them on "Relight My Fire", singing a mixture of the Gnarls Barkley song "Crazy" and the part sung on the single version of "Relight My Fire" by Lulu, he was a support vocalist Simon Webbe's song "Coming Around Again". He was a vocalist for the BBC Tsunami appeal song.

Wade worked with Robert Palmer as a backing singer on his TV appearances, which included an appearance on Later... with Jools Holland and Palmer's 35 state tour of America in the fall of 1999. Wade coached Howard Donald of Take That in 2008. In 2009 Wade coached. In 2010 he was a joint vocalist on the One Voice appeal song for the 2010 Haiti earthquake, "Somebody Please". Wade enjoyed top 5 chart success dueting with Eliza Doolittle on her hit single Pack Up and has appeared with her on TV and radio shows across Europe throughout 2010 and 2011. Wade Provided singers for the background vocal choirs for X factor in Series 4 and 5, on series 8 he joined the X factor vocal coaching team as an associate vocal coach working with the judges, Gary Barlow, Louis Walsh, Kelly Rowland, Tulisa Contostavlos. Series finalists he worked with were little mix, Marcus Collins, Amelia Lilly, Frankie Cocozza, Craig Colton, James Michael, Misha B, Janet Devlin, Sophie Habibis, Jonny Robinson, Sami Brookes, Kitty Brucknell, Jonjo Kerr, Jo Robinson, 2 shoes, Nu vibe, The Risk.

In 2013, along with a band named Band of Voices, auditioned for the 7th series of Cowell's other talent show Britain's Got Talent, Cowell recognised him. Band of Voices were put through to the semi-finals and performed on the first live show, despite gaining a large fanbase from the audition, the group were eliminated that night through the public vote. In February 2017 it was announced that Wade would star in Soul Town at Butlins Holiday Resorts, the show will last from February till December 2017. In 2004, Wade auditioned for the first series of The X Factor, he made it through to the judges houses stage of the competition, was placed in the over 25s category, his potential mentor Simon Cowell did not send him through to the live shows and he was therefore eliminated. Simon lamented to Lloyd's manager that he regretted not sending Lloyd through. In 2013, along with a band named Band of Voices, auditioned for the seventh series of Cowell's other talent show Britain's Got Talent, Cowell recognised him.

Band of Voices were put through to the semi-finals and performed on the first live show, despite gaining a large fanbase from the audition, the group were eliminated that night through the public vote

Xiaojiawan coal mine disaster

The Xiaojiawan coal mine disaster was a mining accident which happened on 29 August 2012 at the Xiaojiawan coal mine, located in Panzhihua in Sichuan Province, China. It was the deadliest mine accident since the 2009 Heilongjiang mine explosion; as a result of a gas explosion in the Xiaojiawan coal mine, at least 45 miners were killed and 1 was still missing as of September 2. 51 were sent to hospital with seven in critical condition. It was reported that 16 miners died from carbon monoxide poisoning, while three others died in hospital. At the moment of explosion there were 154 miners working at the mine; the shaft of the mine has been destroyed. As of 30 August 2012, more than 300 rescuers have taken part in the rescue operation. Rescue operations are complicated due to high temperatures reaching 90 °C; the Xiaojiawan coal mine is an integrated coal mine with an annual output of 90,000 metric tons of coal. Its trial run started in March 2011. In December 2011, it gained a safety license; the mine is owned by Trade Co. Ltd..

Three owners of the mine were detained for investigation. List of coal mining accidents in China

Angélica Dass

Angélica Dass is a Brazilian photographer based in Madrid and the creator of the project Humanæ. She gave a TED talk in March 2016 called "The beauty of human skin in every color" about how skin colors "make us see each other as different though we are equal." Angélica Dass was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1979. She created her portrait project Humanæ in 2012 while studying at Spain's ETI, she began with photographs of her Spanish husband and their families. She matched a strip of pixels from the noses to color cards from Pantone, it is a catalogue of human skin colors. The display is intended to create a dialogue about how we see each other and how we view race and identity and has included over 4,000 pictures of people in 17 countries and 27 cities around the world. Humanæ is a traveling exhibit and has been in such places as the Daelim Museum in Seoul, South Korea. Official website


HPI, LLC called HPI, is a limited liability corporation based in Houston, TX specializing in the design and development, manufacturing, testing and commissioning of control and monitoring systems for industrial turbo-machinery applications. HPI was named one of the top private companies in Houston by the Houston Chronicle in 2012 and 2013. HPI, LLC was founded in 2002 by Hal Pontez when its former parent company, U. K.-based defense and power contractor Vosper Thornycroft, ceased operations. In 2012, HPI, LLC joined the US - Ukraine Business Council. In 2008, the Kuwaiti Ministry of Energy signed a $270 Million dollar contract to build a 200 MW power plant in Shuwaikh Port, making it the largest aeroderivative engine power plant of its kind in the Middle East; the Engineering and construction efforts were contracted to HPI, LLC, S&W Energy Solutions Inc. an engineering firm, Alghanim International, a large Kuwaiti civil and electromechanical contractor. The power plant was built to assure a supply of electrical power to Kuwait City during the peak power usage months.

HPI along with S&W Solutions carried out the Engineering and construction for the third plant in the Takoradi Power Station in Ghana. It is a 132 MW combined cycle power plant consisting of four gas turbines from Zorya-Mashproekt, the Ukrainian state gas turbine manufacturer, powered by a dual fuel source of light crude or natural gas, heat recovery steam generators and one steam turbine; the plant cost $185 million. Official Website


Querença is a former civil parish in the municipality of Loulé, eastern Algarve, Portugal. In 2013, the parish merged into Tôr e Benafim. Located north of Loulé proper, Querença is an area of 37.18 square kilometres with a population of 759 inhabitants. Due to the creation of the parish of Tôr, in 1997, Querença was reduced in its geographic extent. Situated on a hilltop, that provides the parish with its name, the parish is in the transitional area between the Barrocal and the mountains. Many of the parishes' homes descend these slopes, in many directions; the caverns of Salustreira, with a length of 80 metres and 8 metres height, are located alongside the Fonte da Benémola, a protected area, an important point of visit to the parish. Fonte da Benémola covers an area of 392 hectares, intersected by the Ribeira de Menalva, an affluent that maintains 60% of its flow throughout the year. Fountain of Benemola Lime Kilns of Fonte Benémola Roman Bridge of Tôr Water Mill of Fonte Benémola Church of Nossa Senhora da Assunção The parish is famous for its arbutus, producing an appreciated sausage, along with other varieties.

The Festa das Chouriças is, among others, one of the high points of the parish's annual festivities, in Querença. Local gastronomy is preserved by many of the restaurants, including: Galinha Cerejada, Galo de Cabidela and Xerém