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Starwood Hotels was one of the largest companies that owned, operated and managed hotels, spas and vacation ownership properties. It had 11 brands and owned, managed, or franchised 1,297 properties comprising 370,000 hotel rooms in 100 countries. In September 2016, the company was acquired by Marriott International; the Starwood Preferred Guest program was merged with Marriott's loyalty program on August 18, 2018. The company was founded in 1969 and reorganized in 1995 by Barry Sternlicht, its chairman until 2005. Sternlicht founded Starwood Capital Group. On November 30, 2018, Marriott International disclosed that its Starwood brand had been subject to a security breach. After the disclosure, New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood announced an investigation into the data breach. Westin Hotels & Resorts was Starwood's largest upscale hotel and resorts brand, it was the oldest brand within Starwood, founded as Western Hotels in 1930, renamed Western International Hotels in 1963, Westin Hotels in 1981.

The chain was acquired by Starwood in 1997. Sheraton Hotels and Resorts was Starwood's flagship brand, providing luxury hotel and resort accommodation, it began operating in 1937 and was sold to Starwood in 1998 by ITT Inc.. Under the Sheraton brand are seven vacation ownership properties; the Luxury Collection brand began on January 13, 1992, when ITC Sheraton designated 28 of its premier hotels and 33 of the Sheraton Towers, the luxury "hotel-within-a-hotel" facilities located within Sheraton's largest and most exclusive hotels, as the ITT Sheraton Luxury Collection. The flagship of the division was The St Regis in New York City; the division expanded enormously two years in February 1994, when ITT Sheraton purchased a controlling interest in CIGA, an Italian international hotel chain which owned a number of luxury properties across Europe. The majority of the CIGA hotels were folded into the ITT Sheraton Luxury Collection. Both ITT Sheraton and Starwood kept CIGA's original logo for The Luxury Collection brand logo until 2010.

After Starwood bought Sheraton, it established a separate brand identity for The Luxury Collection. Many hotels in The Luxury Collection are smaller establishments in converted palaces or other historically/culturally significant buildings; some hotels in The Luxury Collection, which were part of the ITT Sheraton Luxury Collection, kept their Sheraton name when the Luxury division was spun off as a separate brand under Starwood. Most have been renamed over the last few years, there are only three such hotels remaining today, operating with the name Sheraton, but not technically part of Sheraton - Sheraton Addis, Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, Sheraton Kuwait Hotel. A part of the Collection, the Royal Penthouse Suite, at Hotel President Wilson in Geneva, billed at US$65,000 per night, is listed at number 1 on the World's 15 Most Expensive Hotel Suites list compiled by CNN in 2012. Four Points by Sheraton was launched in April 1995 under the Sheraton Group's brand as a set of mid-range hotels that replaced the Sheraton Inn sub-brand of Sheraton.

W Hotels was Starwood's luxury lifestyle brand marketed towards a younger crowd. It was launched in 1998 with the W New York, a conversion of the old Doral Inn hotel at 541 Lexington Avenue in Manhattan and the brand has since expanded with over 50 hotels and resorts. Though the hotels vary from newly built flagship properties to more modest conversions of previous hotels, they have a common theme of spare, minimalist modern decor and hip, informal names for categories of rooms and public areas. For example, the lobbies of all the hotels are known as the "Living Room". W Hotels attempt to include the letter "W" wherever possible - the swimming pool is known as "Wet" and the laundry bag in every room is known as “Wash”. W Hotels are known for the trademarked “Whatever/Whenever” service philosophy and pioneered the now popular “lifestyle” hotels. St. Regis Hotels & Resorts was Starwood's main luxury brand, launched in 1999, it is named for St. Regis New York, built in 1904 in Manhattan at 5th Avenue and 55th Street by John Jacob Astor IV, who founded the Astoria Hotel and who died in 1912 on the RMS Titanic.

In the 1930s, head bartender Fernand Petiot introduced the Bloody Mary cocktail. The St. Regis was a Sheraton from 1966 on, following a lavish restoration from 1985 to 1991, it was part of the ITT Sheraton Luxury division before it became the cornerstone and flagship of Starwood's new brand; the brand is represented on four continents, with a total pipeline of 57 operating and signed hotels as of April 2016. Le Méridien was founded by Air France in 1972 and was acquired by Starwood in November 2005, by which point it was based in the UK, it has a total of 137 properties operating or in the pipeline worldwide, with its first property being Le Méridien Etoile in Paris, France. Le Méridien is positioned as an upper-upscale brand in the Starwood hierarchy and offers properties with an edge towards art and local destination, with each hotel customized to its respective location with the intent of "unlocking destinations" for guests. Certain locations offer guests complimentary access to art galleries and museums through collaborations and partnerships.

Le Méridien has a partnership with the Italian coffee roasting company Illy and promoting Illy-branded coffee and products throughout its hotels around the world. Aloft Hotels was launched in 2005 as Aloft, a Vision of W

Ewa Kurek

Ewa Kurek is a Polish historian specializing in World War II Polish-Jewish history. In her career, she has become known for controversial views regarding the Holocaust in Poland. In the period 1971-77, Ewa Kurek studied history at the Catholic University of Lublin, gaining a master's degree in 1979 and a Ph. D. from the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin for her research on the rescue of Jews by Polish nuns. She edited the underground NSZZ Solidarność FSC Information Bulletin in Lublin and collaborated with the underground Spotkania and with Polish and American scholars and press, she has been a lecturer at the Humanities-Economy Academy in Łódź and at the Higher School of Learning in Kielce. Her 1995 book Zaporczycy, 1943-1949 about the "cursed soldiers" led to a suit by family of one of the subjects, objecting to discussion of his alleged links with the communist security apparatus; the book's second edition dropped pertinent fragments. In 2016, Kurek circulated a petition calling for exhumation of the victims of the Jedwabne pogrom.

In 2018, she received an award from a private U. S.-based Polish organization, to have been presented to her at a Polish consulate in New York. Following media criticism, the presentation ceremony was cancelled. Barbara Tepa Lupack, who reviewed the English version of her early work based on Kurek's dissertation thesis, commented that "Kurek's account of the Polish nuns' rescue efforts is both compelling and significant" but "while Kurek's narrative is absorbing, her analysis of key issues is sometimes weak" as "she oversimplifies both the nuns' attitudes towards their Jewish charges and the Polish Jews' attitudes towards their own impending doom." She concludes that "Nevertheless, Your Life Is Worth Mine is an interesting volume is a welcome addition to literature about the fate of children during the Holocaust."Kurek's 2001 work Dzieci żydowskie w klasztorach. Udział żenskich zgromadzeń zakonnych w akcji ratowania dzieci żydowskich w Polsce w latach 1939–1945 was described as a pioneering work by Joanna Michlic.

However, Michlic describes Kurek's chapter on the postwar recovery of the children as a "rather biased perspective colored by anti-Jewish prejudices", saying Kurek's assumptions are questionable from historical and moral points of view. In the chapter, Kurek implies that Jewish children would have been "better off" had they been left in the hands of Polish convents and families, blaming Jewish organizations and individuals for traumtic changes in the children's lives, rather than the war and the genocidal destruction of Jewish families. In 2006, her habilitation dissertation titled Poza granicą solidarności: Stosunki polsko-żydowskie, 1939–1945 was rejected by John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, it had nonetheless been published as a book, attracted some notoriety and criticism in media, as Kurek wrote that in the first years of the war Jews "had fun in the ghettos", in which they enjoyed autonomy negotiated from the Germans. Her work was described by Michlic as presenting Jewish-Polish relations as a conflict between incompatible civilizations.

Kurek's interpretation of ghetto development in German-occupied Poland was described as "outlandish" by Laurence Weinbaum. Weinbaum criticized Kurek, saying she suggested that ghettos "were autonomous Jewish provinces built in the years 1939-42 by Polish Jews with the approval of the German occupation authorities", the Jews "for the first time in over 2,000 years built their own framework of Jewish sovereignty". Weinbaum was troubled that Kurek claimed that the situation of ethnic Poles in the years 1939-42, outside the ghetto, was far worse than the situation of the Jews who were held in confinement in the ghettos. Marek Jan Chodakiewicz, in his review of the work, praised Kurek for tackling controversial issues without worrying about stereotypes and political correctness, but noted that her work has a number of methodological issues, such as insufficient sourcing and attribution, that need revision, she has attracted criticism in media in 2018. According to David Silberklang, editor-in-chief of Yad Vashem Studies, Kurek "is maybe the only legitimate Holocaust scholar to have become an alleged Holocaust revisionist or distorter during a phase of her career", with David Irving being a possible precedent, however Irving lacked Kurek's credentials.

According to the philosopher Berel Lang, Kurek is more subtle than Irving. She doesn't deny the genocide but argues rather that the Jews were complicit with the Nazis in organizing the wartime ghetto system. Ewa Kurek, The Role of Polish Nuns in the Rescue of Jews, 1939-1945, New York University Press, ISBN 9780814762295. Ewa Kurek. Your Life is Worth Mine: How Polish Nuns Saved Hundreds of Jewish Children in German-occupied Poland, 1939-1945. Hippocrene Books. ISBN 978-0-7818-0409-7. Introduction by Jan Karski Ewa Kurek. Polish-Jewish Relations, 1939-1945: Beyond the Limits of Solidarity. IUniverse. ISBN 978-1-4759-3832-6. Official website Ewa Kurek-Lesik in database

Julia Serda

Julia Serda was an Austrian stage and film actress. She was married to the actor Hans Junkermann. Whitechapel The Secret of the Mummy Lady Hamilton Lola Montez, the King's Dancer Tabitha, Stand Up The Golden Net The Mistress of the King The Girl from Capri The Mistress of Monbijou Nanon Darling of the King Anne-Liese of Dessau Old Mamsell's Secret Princess Trulala Sword and Shield The Prince and the Dancer People to Each Other Marie's Soldier The Imaginary Baron The Bordello in Rio A Modern Dubarry A Girl of the People Fabulous Lola The Duty to Remain Silent The Old Fritz It Attracted Three Fellows The Man with the Frog The Living Corpse Atlantik Waltz of Love Retreat on the Rhine A Waltz by Strauss The Office Manager The Spanish Fly Mamsell Nitouche Heinz in the Moon All Because of the Dog Make Me Happy Regine Last Stop A Woman of No Importance Tomfoolery The Postman from Longjumeau Three Girls for Schubert Monika A Hopeless Case Who's Kissing Madeleine? Roses in Tyrol Counterfeiters Clarissa With the Eyes of a Woman The Great Love Music in Salzburg Grange, William.

Hitler Laughing: Comedy in the Third Reich. University Press of America, 2006. Julia Serda on IMDb

Leinster Schools Rugby Senior Development Cup

The Leinster School's Senior Development Cup is the entry level rugby union competition for secondary schools newly affiliated to the Leinster Branch of the IRFU. Senior Schools Cup Rugby is divided into 4 tiers in two sections and each cup competition bears a name as follows: Section A Leinster Schools Rugby Senior Development Cup, Section A Leinster Schools Rugby McMullen Cup, Section B Leinster Schools Vinnie Murray Cup, Section B Leinster Schools Senior Cup Challenge Cup. 2003/04 Moyne Community School 2004/05 St. Mel's College 2005/06 Tullamore College 2006/07 St. Mary's Diocesan School, Drogheda 2007/08 St. Fintan's High School beat Tullow Community School 2008/09 Maynooth Post Primary 2009/10 St. Fintan's High School beat Tullow Community School 13-12 2010/11 Dundalk Grammar beat Gorey Community School 7-3 2011/12 Maynooth Post Primary beat Colaiste Chill Mhantain 16-0 2012/13 CBS Wexford beat Ratoath College 51-20 2017/18 St. Mel's College Longford beat Patrician College Newbridge 20-12 Leinster Schools Senior Cup Leinster Schools Vinnie Murray Cup Leinster Schools Rugby McMullen Cup Leinster Schools Junior Cup Leinster Rugby Connacht Schools Senior Cup Munster Schools Senior Cup Ulster Schools Senior Cup Ireland national schoolboy rugby union team

Lina Annab

Lina Mazhar Annab is a businessperson and the previous Minister of Tourism and Antiquities in Jordan. She has been the ambassador to Japan since May 29, 2019. Lina Annab graduated from Georgetown University in the United States, she has been a General Manager in Zara Investment Company since 2008. She was made the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities in the cabinet of Hani Mulki on June 2016, she was elected to the board of American Center of Oriental Research, she resigned her position after she was appointed government minister. She patronized the Arab Aviation summit in Jordan on 3 December 2016, she headed the Jordanian delegation to the 41st session of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee. She helped organize an Opera Festival in Jordan in 2017. In the end of her term as the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, on October 25, 2018, a school bus was raided by fatal heavy floods in Dead Sea region and 21 lives were killed. On November 1 of that year, the Minister of Education and Lina Annab submitted their resignation to take responsibility of the incident a week ago.

Lina Annab was appointed as the next ambassador to Japan, but a doctor who lost his daughter in the Dead Sea incident and some lawmakers tried to disturb this nomination in March 2019, on May 29, after twists and turns, she was formally sworn before King Abdullah II as the ambassador to Japan. Ambassador Annab presented her letter of credence to Japanese Emperor Naruhito at the Tokyo Imperial Palace on June 19, 2019. Lina Annab on Twitter

San Antonio Oeste

San Antonio Oeste is a port city in the Argentine province of Río Negro, head of the department of San Antonio. The town is bordered by its sister communities of San Antonio Este, to the east, Las Grutas, to the southwest. Discovered by an expedition of the Spanish Empire in 1779, San Matías Gulf became the site of an outpost, San Antonio. Water scarcity led the original settlement to fail in 1905, leading the community to settle west of the gulf, in what today is San Antonio Oeste; the arrival of the Buenos Aires Great Southern Railway in its expansion towards Bariloche in 1910 led to the hamlet's growth. It became the site of Punta Verde, the leading port for the large wool export industry of Patagonia, though the collapse in the wool market during the 1930s and 1940s led to the port's closure in 1944. San Antonio Oeste benefited afterwards from a growth in tourism in nearby Las Grutas, a scenic cove known for its grottoes. Since 2000, it has been home to a growing fishing industry, resulting from the opening of a deep-water port in San Antonio Este.

San Antonio Oeste has a semi-arid climate with hot summers. Winters are characterized with cool temperatures during the day and cold nights. In the coldest month and July, the mean temperature is 8.3 °C. Temperatures can fall below freezing during the winter months although snowfalls occur, averaging 0.2 days with snow per year. During this time of the year, the weather is characterized by cloudy weather in which an average of 9–11 overcast days are recorded per month. Spring and fall are transition seasons featuring mild daytime temperatures and cool nighttime temperatures. Spring starts out cool, with frosts that occur in September with the last date of frost occurring on October 2. However, frosts can occur as late as November 4 It is a windy season, which can make the temperature feel cooler than it should be. Autumn starts out warm but becomes cooler in April and May with the frosts that can occur as early as March 26; the first date of frost occurs on April 28. Summers are hot during the day.

It tends to be sunnier than the other seasons with only 4–6 overcast days per month and having 7–11 clear days per month. In the hottest month, the average high is 30.2 °C while the average low is 16.6 °C. During the most extreme heat waves, the temperature can reach above 40 °C from November to March; the average relative humidity is 57%, with the winter months being more humid than the winter months. San Antonio Oeste is windy throughout the year with mean wind speeds ranging from a low of 13.8 km/h in April to a high of 23.1 km/h in December. Precipitation is low throughout the year with San Antonio Oeste receiving 248.0 millimetres of precipitation per year with 63 days with measureable precipitation, evenly distributed throughout the year. There are 2,633.5 hours of bright sunshine per year or 58.3% of possible sunshine per year, ranging from a low of 45.7% in June to a high of 72.0% in February. The highest recorded temperature was 44.6 °C while the lowest recorded temperature was −11.5 °C on June 22, 2002.

Situated in the east coast of northern Patagonia, the annual daily mean in San Antonio Oeste is of 15.3 °C, this is higher than the 11.7 °C average temperature of Valdivia, located at a similar latitude and altitude but in the west coast of Patagonia. City of San Antonio Oeste