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Steve Ballmer

Steven Anthony Ballmer is an American businessman and investor, the chief executive officer of Microsoft from January 13, 2000, to February 4, 2014, is the current owner of the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association. As of October 2019, his personal wealth is estimated at US $51.9 billion, ranking him the 16th richest person in the world. Ballmer was hired by Bill Gates at Microsoft in 1980 and subsequently left the MBA program at Stanford University, he became President in 1998, replaced Gates as CEO in 2000. On February 4, 2014, Ballmer retired as CEO and resigned from the Board of Directors on August 19, 2014 to prepare for teaching a new class. On May 29, 2014, Ballmer placed a bid of $2 billion to purchase the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers after NBA commissioner Adam Silver forced Donald Sterling to sell the team, he became the Clippers owner on August 12, 2014. His time as Microsoft CEO was controversial, with the company tripling sales and doubling of profits, but losing its market dominance and missing out on 21st-century technology trends.

During his tenure, he was criticized as the worst CEO in America. Ballmer was born in Detroit, his father was a Swiss immigrant who predicted that his son, at eight years old, would attend Harvard. His mother was Belarusian Jewish. Through his mother, Ballmer is a second cousin of comedian Gilda Radner. Ballmer grew up in the affluent community of Michigan. Ballmer lived in Brussels from 1964 to 1967, where he attended the International School of Brussels. In 1973, he attended college engineering classes at Lawrence Technological University, he graduated valedictorian from Detroit Country Day School, a private college preparatory school in Beverly Hills, with a score of 800 on the mathematical section of the SAT and was a National Merit Scholar. He now sits on the school's board of directors. In 1977, he graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with a B. A. in applied mathematics and economics. At college, Ballmer was a manager for the Harvard Crimson football team and a member of the Fox Club, worked on The Harvard Crimson newspaper as well as the Harvard Advocate, lived down the hall from fellow sophomore Bill Gates.

He scored in the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition, an exam sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America, scoring higher than Bill Gates. He worked as an assistant product manager at Procter & Gamble for two years, where he shared an office with Jeffrey R. Immelt, who became CEO of General Electric. After trying to write screenplays in Hollywood, in 1980 Ballmer dropped out of the Stanford Graduate School of Business to join Microsoft. Ballmer joined Microsoft on June 11, 1980, became Microsoft's 30th employee, the first business manager hired by Gates. Ballmer was offered a salary of $50,000 as well as 5-10% of the company; when Microsoft was incorporated in 1981, Ballmer owned 8% of the company. In 2003, Ballmer sold 39.3 million Microsoft shares equating to $955 million, thereby reducing his ownership to 4%. The same year, he replaced. In the 20 years following his hire, Ballmer headed several Microsoft divisions, including operations, operating systems development, sales and support.

From February 1992 onwards, he was Executive Vice President and Support. Ballmer led Microsoft's development of the. NET Framework. Ballmer was promoted to President of Microsoft, a title that he held from July 1998 to February 2001, making him the de facto number two in the company to the chairman and CEO, Bill Gates. On January 13, 2000, Ballmer was named the chief executive officer; as CEO, Ballmer handled company finances and daily operations, but Gates remained chairman of the board and still retained control of the "technological vision" as chief software architect. Gates relinquished day-to-day activities when he stepped down as chief software architect in 2006, while staying on as chairman, that gave Ballmer the autonomy needed to make major management changes at Microsoft; when Ballmer took over as CEO, the company was fighting an antitrust lawsuit brought on by the U. S. government and 20 states, plus class-action lawsuits and complaints from rival companies. While it was said that Gates would have continued fighting the suit, Ballmer made it his priority to settle these saying: "Being the object of a lawsuit or a complaint from your government is a awkward, uncomfortable position to be in.

It just has all downside. People assume if the government brought a complaint that there's a problem, your ability to say we're a good, moral place is tough. It's tough though you feel that way about yourselves."Upon becoming CEO, Ballmer required detailed business justification in order to approve of new products, rather than allowing hundreds of products that sounded interesting or trendy. In 2005, he recruited B. Kevin Turner from Wal-Mart, the President and CEO of Sam's Club, to become Microsoft's Chief Operating Officer. Turner was hired at Microsoft to lead the company's sales and services group and to instill more process and discipline in the company's operations and salesforce. Since Bill Gates' retirement, Ballmer oversaw a "dramatic shift away from the company's PC-first heritage", replacing most major division heads in order to break down the "talent-hoarding fiefdoms", Businessweek said that the company "arguably now has the best product lineup

Enric Madriguera

Enric R. Madriguera was a violinist of Catalan origin, playing concerts as a child before he studied at the Barcelona Conservatory. Whilst still in his twenties he was lead violinist at Boston's and Symphony orchestras before becoming the conductor of the Cuban Philharmonic. In the late 1920s Madriguera played in Ben Selvin's studio orchestra at Columbia Records in New York, served as that company's director of Latin music recording. In 1932 he began his own orchestra at the Biltmore Hotel, which recorded for Columbia until 1934, his music at this period was Anglo-American dance or foxtrot jazz-inflected, although he had a modest hit with his rhumba rendition of Carioca. By the 1930s he was recording Latin American music exclusively. On his radio appearances, the band was billed as "Enric Madriguera and His Music of the Americas," and Adios was its theme song, it was said that the ambassadors from all the South American countries declared Madriguera to be the "Ambassador of Music to all the Americas".

Madriguera appeared in a number of "musical shorts" including "Enric Madriguera and his Orchestra" where he performed a number of songs including the orchestra for his vocalist-wife Patricia Gilmore. A review of one of his appearances recorded how he "reflected the warmth of our neighbors to the south", he died in retirement in Connecticut. His sister was the second wife of Andres Segovia. Enric Madriguera's discography can be searched at the National Library of Catalonia

Arthur Chesterfield-Evans

Arthur Chesterfield-Evans is an Australian medical practitioner and peace activist who served as a member of the Legislative Council of New South Wales from 1998 to 2007. Graduated MB BS Sydney, 1975. Surgical registrar, Royal North Shore Hospital, 1980–81. In 1994 he served as NSW President of the Doctors Reform Society of Australia, through which he argued for the continuation of Medicare and improvements to the public health system. Chesterfield-Evans was president of the Non-Smokers Movement from 1984 to 1997 and a member of Billboard Utilising Graffitists Against Unhealthy Promotions, which vandalised tobacco-advertising billboards with satirical graffiti, he had his sentence remitted on appeal. He hosted an anti-tobacco radio program, Puff Off, from 1980 to 1994 and in 1988 the Drug and Alcohol Unit of TAFE produced an award-winning film of his activities, Confessions of a Simple Surgeon, he has served on the Board of NADA. Chesterfield-Evans has been a leading Australian advocate for the establishment of a ministry or department of peace in Australia.

The argument for the establishment of a ministry or department of peace from Chesterfield-Evans was that such a ministry or department would advocate for the implementation of peace-active policies, both at domestic and international level, act as a counter to the institutionalised power of violence. Just as we now recognise ministries or departments of environment in the formulation of public policy, so too we need ministries or departments of peace. Chesterfield-Evans spoke as an Australian delegate at the World Peace Forum in Canada in 2006 and at Social Issues Forums with the Centre for Peace and Social Justice of Southern Cross University in the same year. Chesterfield-Evans joined the Australian Democrats in 1986 and was appointed to replace Elisabeth Kirkby in the New South Wales Legislative Council on her retirement on 25 June 1998, he was re-elected for an 8-year term in 1999 and was defeated at the 2007 election, achieving 1.8% of the primary vote, leaving the Democrats unrepresented in the NSW Parliament.

As a parliamentarian, he was well known among journalists for his fashion sense, including a liking for yellow shirts. With the eventual diminishment of the Australian Democrats, Chesterfield-Evans defected to the Greens and at the 2015 New South Wales election made an attempt to return to the NSW Parliament this time as the Greens candidate for the Legislative Assembly seat of North Shore but was unsuccessful, he was the Greens candidate for the 2015 North Sydney by-election, triggered by the resignation of Joe Hockey, however he lost to Liberal candidate Trent Zimmerman. He is married to Kate, they have a son, Mike. Arthur Chesterfield-Evans' personal website

John Nichols (writer)

John Treadwell Nichols is an American novelist. Nichols is the author of the "New Mexico trilogy", a series about the complex relationship among history and ethnicity, land and water rights in the fictional town of Chamisaville, New Mexico; the trilogy consists of The Milagro Beanfield War, The Magic Journey, The Nirvana Blues. Two of his other novels have been made into films; the Wizard of Loneliness was published in 1966, the film version with Lukas Haas was made in 1988. Another movie adaptation was of The Sterile Cuckoo, published in 1965 and adapted for a film by Alan J. Pakula in 1969, he had a hand, uncredited due to a decision in an arbitration with the Writers Guild, in the Oscar-winning Best Adapted Screenplay for Costa-Gavras' 1982 film Missing. Nichols has written non-fiction, including the trilogy If Mountains Die, The Last Beautiful Days of Autumn and On the Mesa. Nichols has lived in New Mexico for many years, he is the subject of a documentary The Milagro Man: The Absolutely Irrepressible Multicultural Life and Literary Times of John Nichols, which premiered at the 2012 Albuquerque Film Festival.

Nichols is a photographer. Many of his photographs appear in his book among others, he participated as an instructor in fine art photographic workshops, most notably with the Los Angeles photographer Ray McSavaney. He is the grandson of ichthyologist John Treadwell Nichols and a first cousin of Massachusetts politician William Weld. Nichols graduated from Hamilton College in 1962. NovelsThe Sterile Cuckoo. David McKay Company, Inc. 1965. The Wizard of Loneliness. Putnams. 1966. New Mexico Trilogy The Milagro Beanfield War. Holt and Winston. 1974. The Magic Journey. Holt and Winston. 1978. The Nirvana Blues. Holt and Winston. 1981. A Ghost in the Music. Holt and Winston. 1979. American Blood. Henry Holt & Co. 1987. An Elegy for September. Henry Holt & Co. 1992. Conjugal Bliss: A Comedy of Martial Arts. Henry Holt & Co. 1994. The Voice of the Butterfly. Chronicle Books. 2001. The Empanada Brotherhood. Chronicle Books. 2007. On Top Of Spoon Mountain. University of New Mexico Press. 2012. The Annual Big Arsenic Fishing Contest!.

University of New Mexico Press. 2016. Non-fictionNon-fiction trilogy If Mountains Die: A New Mexico Memoir. With William Davis. Knopf. 1979. CS1 maint: others The Last Beautiful Days of Autumn. Henry Holt & Co. 1982. On the Mesa. Gibbs Smith. 1986. A Fragile Beauty: John Nichols' Milagro Country. Gibbs Smith. 1987. Keep It Simple: A Defense of the Earth. Norton. 1992. Dancing on the Stones:Selected Essays. University of New Mexico Press. 2000. An American Child Supreme: The Education of a Liberation Ecologist. Credo Series. Milkweed Editions. 2001. Official website Inventory of the John Nichols Papers, 1957–2008, University of New Mexico, University Libraries, Center for Southwest Research John Nichols, Writing the Southwest, University of New Mexico Works by or about John Nichols in libraries

Marilyn Okoro

Marilyn Chinwenwa Okoro is a British track and field athlete. She finished third in the 800 metres at both 2008 IAAF World Athletics Final, she was on the bronze winning 4 × 400 m relay at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics. She represented Great Britain at the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008 and finished sixth in the semi-finals, she was part of the 4 × 400 m relay team which finished fifth in the final of the 2008 Summer Olympics although the team was upgraded to bronze medal position following disqualification for doping offences of the teams finishing in third and fourth place. She attended Stowe School, on 26 June 2007 graduated from the University of Bath with a B. A. degree in Politics and French starting her first season as a full-time athlete. She sings in the jazz band The Felonius Monks. Marilyn suffered an injury plagued 2009 outdoor season, though she battled through the pain barrier to finish a credible 8th in the World Championships 800 m final in Berlin. Okoro was included in the squad for the 4 × 400 m, but was not selected in the line-up to run in the final.

Marilyn had a limited race schedule in 2010, but returned to a degree of form when taking bronze at the UK championships. Subsequently, Okoro was selected to challenge for a medal in the 800 m alongside Jenny Meadows and Jemma Simpson at the 2010 European Championships in Barcelona, she finished 4th in her semi-final, therefore did not progress to the final. Okoro recovered from that disappointment to run the second leg in the 4 × 400 bronze medal winning quartet alongside Nicola Sanders, Lee McConnell and Perri Shakes-Drayton, clocking 52.0 seconds for her leg. She ran in the heat running 51.8 seconds. Vicki Barr replaced Shakes-Drayton in the heats. Okoro has been criticised for her front running tactics, most notably by UK Athletics head coach Charles Van Commenee, who described Okoro's performance in the 800 m at the 2009 European Athletics Indoor Championships as "naive and unprofessional". Following her non-selection for the 800 m event at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Okoro accused Van Commenee of being "a bit of a bully."Marilyn changed coaches during 2013, made the decision to move to the USA.

She represented Team England at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Marilyn Okoro at World Athletics Marilyn's Rising Star profile on at the Wayback Machine June 2014 interview with Marilyn from her USA training base Marilyn Okoro at the International Olympic Committee Marilyn Okoro at Olympics at

List of Royal Canadian Navy ships of the Second World War

The Royal Canadian Navy expanded and during the Second World War, with vessels transferred or purchased from the Royal Navy and US Navy, the construction of many vessels in Canada, such as corvettes and frigates. The RCN ended the war with the third-largest naval fleet in the world, an operational reach extending into the Atlantic, Pacific and Mediterranean; the List of Royal Canadian Navy ships of the Second World War lists over 1,140 surface warships and auxiliary vessels in service during the war. It includes all commissioned, non-commissioned, loaned or hired ships, all ships crewed by RCN personnel, including 30 depot ships, under the command of the RCN. HMS Nabob HMS Puncher HMCS Uganda HMCS Ontario HMCS Prince David HMCS Prince Henry HMCS Prince Robert * * HMCS U 190 HMCS U 889 HMCS Avalon II HMCS Givenchy II HMCS Venture II How many total? HMCS Cyrus Field Diving Tender No 2 Diving Tender No 3 Diving Tender No 4 Diving Tender No 5 Diving Tender No 6 HMCS Letitia HMCS Sankaty HMCS Whitethroat HMCS Gryme HMCS Ross Norman HMCS Cedarwood HMCS Aristocrat HMCS Seretha II Depot ships known as stone frigates or accommodation ships, are those navy shore establishments that are by tradition allocated ship names.

In some instances the name for an establishment located at a harbour is derived from an actual ship stationed permanently in that harbour. Royal Canadian Navy Origins of the Royal Canadian Navy History of the Royal Canadian Navy List of ships of the Royal Canadian Navy Hull classification symbol Her Majesty's Canadian Ship List of aircraft of the Royal Canadian Navy List of Royal Canadian Navy ships of the First World War List of Royal Canadian Navy ships of the Cold War