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Tarbes is a commune in the Hautes-Pyrénées department in the Occitanie region of southwestern France. It is the capital of Bigorre, it has been a commune since 1790. It was known as Tarba in Roman times. Tarbes is part of the historical region of Gascony. Of strong industrial tradition, Tarbes today tries to diversify its activities in aeronautics and high tech around the different zones of activities which are increasing; the recent development of Tarbais beans and other regional specialties shows a willingness to develop the agri-food industry thus justifying its nickname of "market town". Its 42,888 inhabitants are called the Tarbais, it is the seat of the diocese of Tarbes-et-Lourdes. The 1st Parachute Hussar Regiment and 35th Parachute Artillery Regiment are stationed in Tarbes. Tarbes is a Pre-Pyrenees town within the rich agricultural plain of the river Adour, 155 kilometres southwest of Toulouse, 144 kilometres to the east of Bayonne, 70 kilometres southwest of Auch and 20 kilometres northeast of Lourdes.

Tarbes is 1 hr 30 mins from the Atlantic Ocean, 2 hrs 50 mins from the Languedoc coast and 35 minutes from the nearest ski resorts. It is located at an average elevation of 304 metres. To the south of Tarbes, along with the pilgrimage town of Lourdes, is the border with Spain; the Pyrenees mountains, lying along the border between Spain, can be seen from the town. Tarbes is crossed to the east by the Adour river and to the west by the Échez and by the Gespe, a tributary which joins the Échez on the territory of the commune. Tarbes features an oceanic climate, with hot summers, mild winters and abundant rainfall. Tarbes benefits from its privileged location in the area of the Adour, a milder microclimate than at Lourdes, from a higher altitude, somewhat less rainy than in Pau, sunnier. Summers are warm and stormy, while spring is rainy and cool and autumn is mild and sunny. Winter, can still hold some surprises; the lowest temperature was recorded in January 1985 with a temperature under shelter of −17.9 °C.

Conversely, there was a maximum temperature of 39 °C in August 2003. The town was named for the first time in the 5th century as Civitas Turba ubi castrum Bigòrra, it was an important city of the Novempopulania. Gregory of Tours in the 6th century named Talvam vicum. In the Middle Ages it was called Tarbé, Tursa and Tarbia. Not to be confused with the Tarbelli, whose capital was Dax. Legend holds that the Queen of Ethiopia, proposed her love to Moses and that he refused. Inconsolable, she decided to hide her disappointment. After many wanderings, she arrived in Bigorre and built her home on the Adour to found the town of Tarbes, its sister, on the banks of the Gave de Pau, arose as Lourdes. In the 3rd century BC, the foundations of Tarbes began to emerge, based on the testimonies of the exhumed remains, buried. By need for salt trade, merchants who were Aquitanians travelled across the Pyrenean foothills. To continue their journey, they had to use a ford in order to cross the Adour which descended from the mountain.

It was more prudent to split the loads to cross the ford as a result. The bottom of the valley was dominated by a sandy emergence. Tarba experienced a Roman colonisation and acquired ancient villas and large agricultural estates, found in the Ormeau quarter; the existence of craft has been verified by the remains of the workshops of weavers. The urban core, assumed the administrative functions and would have had an early Christian church in the 4th century. In the 5th and 6th centuries, as a result of the barbarian invasions which swept in successive waves, the city shrank around the castrum, of which a remnant remains in the rear courtyard of the prefecture. In about 840 AD, the Vikings led a devastating raid following which the Bishop of Bigorre reported that the city Bigorre was beginning with the cathedral, named with originality, la Sède. At the end of the 12th century, the count of Bigorre settled in his castle of Tarbes, resulting with the court of justice being in his suite; the capital of Bigorre received a Royal Seneschal.

Two noble houses were founded in the 13th century, outside the walls, one the convent of the Cordeliers near Carrère Longue, the other being that of the Carmelites in the vicinity of the Bourg Crabé. At the end of the medieval centuries, the city was composed of six separate fortified towns and aligned on an east-west axis, where the original core was ordered around the cathedral. There were thus la Sède, Carrère, Maubourguet and Bourg Vieux flanked to the east of the Count's castle, with Bourg Neuf and Bourg Crabé each surrounded by their own walls. During the Wars of Religion, in 1569, the troops of Jeanne d'Albret burned the cathedral, the convents and other churches as well as the bishopric. Despite the strategic destruction to try to defend Bourg Vieux, the inhabitants were massacred. In the 17th century, after the plague and the problems of housing people of war, Tarbes ensured its revival with the reconstruction of the Episcopal Palace in 1652, the foundation of a third hospital in 1690 and two new convents.

Irrigation of the land and the water power used by the craftsmen were produced by the system of canals derived from the Adour. The 18th century announced a growth of the population, the development of agriculture and trade; the town expanded and new quarters appeared (such

Sammi Giancola

Samantha Giancola known as Sammi Sweetheart, is an American television personality and businesswoman. She is best known as one of the eight main cast members in the MTV reality series Jersey Shore. Raised in Hazlet, New Jersey, Giancola is of Greek descent, she attended Raritan High School, where she played softball, ran track, was a four-year varsity soccer letter winner. Giancola won art contests, she went on to major in sociology at William Paterson University, where she played as a midfielder on their Division III women's soccer team. Giancola debuted on the MTV reality show Jersey Shore in August 2009, she has since appeared with her cast mates on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Wendy Williams Show and Live with Regis and Kelly. Giancola and her Jersey Shore co-stars appeared in the 2012 film The Three Stooges, she appeared on some episodes of Snooki & Jwoww and participated in the 2017 E! special Reunion Road Trip: Return to the Jersey Shore. In 2018, Giancola announced she would not return for the Jersey Shore reboot, Jersey Shore: Family Vacation, to avoid "potentially toxic situations" and to focus on her "businesses and relationship".

In 2011, Giancola endorsed a fragrance called Dangerous, available for both men and women. She endorsed another fragrance, Dangerous Desires. In 2013, Giancola launched her online clothing and accessories line, Sweetheart Styles,In 2015, Giancola became a co-host on the podcast called Just Sayin, where she joins relationship expert Siggy Flicker and TV host Clare Galterio to discuss their respective personal lives and celebrity rumors; the podcast is made in New York City through the Loud Speakers Network. The podcast ran for 104 episodes from August 2015 to November 2017. Official website Sammi Giancola on IMDb

Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Charity exists to support medical and health research, to encourage excellence in healthcare for patients and their carers, wholly or through the services provided by University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust. It raises money above what the NHS can provide. QEHB Charity was formed in 2001, however there has been an official charity associated with the Queen Elizabeth Hospital since the creation of the NHS in 1948; the charity will become independent in April 2016. The former United Birmingham Hospitals, which were a number of teaching hospitals in Birmingham, had charitable funds managed by the Special Trustees of the Former United Birmingham Hospitals Trust Funds; when the hospitals were split into separate trusts, the charitable funds were dealt with in the same way. The Special Trustees were dissolved by a Statutory Instrument on 1 April 2001; these separate charitable funds are held within the umbrella group known as Queen Elizabeth Hospital Charity.

On 1 April 2016, QEHB Charity became an independent charity, bearing the charity number 1165716. QEHB Charity is situation on the fifth floor of Nuffield House, Mindelsohn Way, West Midlands B15 2TE. QEHB Charity is a small team working on fundraising and communications regarding events and charitable occasions, such as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. From writing newsletters. To organising skydives, the variety of day-to-day life at the charity is such that it reflects the diversity of the hospital’s activities; the research that QEHB Charity supports is far reaching, with projects exploring all areas of medical science, from brain tumours to a plethora of rare diseases. Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham prides itself on having many'Centres of Excellence', QEHB Charity's support of research has been able to help the professionals continue with their pioneering studies; as well as supporting research projects through grants, QEHB supports research posts. An example of this is at Cancer Immunology and Immunotherapy Centre at the University of Birmingham, where QEHB Charity is funding the post of a Cancer Immunotherapeutics Support Officer.

The charity helps to fund, either wholly or equipment, over and above that of which the NHS provides. A recent example of this is the introduction of CyberKnife, a revolutionary radiotherapy machine, brought to the QE in 2013, funded in totality by the charity. Much like research the charity helps to fund, the way in which the money is raised at QEHB Charity is varied. Organisations such as Warwickshire Country Cricket Club have supported the charity for many years. Events such as abseils and sky dives have been participated on a team or individual basis in the past. QEHB Charity has a strong community-based ethos of people from all walks of life coming together for good causes. Queen Elizabeth Hospital Charity's work is funded by donations from the generous general public, along with members of staff and patients of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, it raises money through a variety of methods Donations Community fundraising and donations, events Outward-bound sponsored events, Legacies and retail partnerships

National Off-Road Racing Association

The National Off-Road Racing Association is a desert off-road racing association. It was founded in 1966 by Don Francisco. At the time it was the first racing sanctioning body devoted to off-road racing; the first event, the Mexican 1000, began in Tijuana, went through Ensenada, finished in La Paz. NORRA ran this race for nearly a decade; this first event laid the groundwork of vehicle classes and rules that shaped off-road racing in Baja for the next 40 years. The involvement of the Mexican government and other issues transitioned the event to become became the Baja 1000 race and NORRA was dormant for several decades. In 2010, NORRA was returned to the Baja peninsula; the race again was called the Mexican 1000, although with structure. The race was now run in a rally style, with special stages and transit sections, is focused on historic racing vehicles. Racing vehicles must be motorcycles and automobiles from prior to 1998. In 2011, NORRA added an "alternative fuel" racing class including diesel, ethanol, etc. which allowed modern racing vehicles to participate.

The door to modern vehicles was opened all the way in 2012 with the introduction of the "Evolution" category. Clyde Stacy and Robby Gordon were the first winner of this new category. A small section of the Mexican 1000 was featured in the seminal motorcycling film On Any Sunday. There, famous rider Malcolm Smith is shown racing through Baja desert. An early NORRA sticker can be seen on Smith's helmet at 1:29 into the film. Official website

Dubai International City

Dubai International city is a country-themed architecture of residences and tourist attractions. Spreading over an area of 800 hectares, the arrangement of the city is inspired by the traditional carpets of Middle East. Once completed, the project will contain studio and one bedroom apartments and accommodate over 60,000 residents. Dubai International City is located in the Al Warsan region of Dubai, opposite to the Dubai Central Fruit and Vegetable Market, it is composed of 485 buildings embraces the residential districts of Central Business District, Greece, Morocco, France, Russia and Emirates. Apart from these districts that were planned for Dubai International City namely Lake District and Forbidden City are now on put on hold due to the effects of the Global Financial Recession. Attractions in the city include the Dragon Mart, the world's biggest machinery and equipment market; the Residential District of Dubai international city is expected to have numerous country-specific and themed residential developments and retail outlets.

The plans include ten country-specific districts: China District at one end of the residential district. England Precinct, mirroring traditional London architecture. France District featuring two-, three- and four-storey residential blocks characterized by long French windows and gray bricks, pilasters or half-columns. Persia District, situated in the heart of the residential district. Greece District, at the edge of the residential district. Russia District Spain District, its three-and four-storey buildings are designed according to traditional stucco exterior finish. Morocco District; the precinct's three- and four-storey residential buildings are decorated with green tiles, natural terra-cottas, stucco walls and wide-arched windows. Italy District. Two- to four-storey residential blocks. Emirates District; the 10th precinct in the Residential District lies at the northeast end. This is the most stylish residences in Dubai International city. With building security, private parking and park it is a family paradise.

Lots of shops and restaurants are based in this area. It will encompass an area of 240,000 square metres with parking facilities for 2,000 cars, the city is the replica of Forbidden City of Beijing, China; the Lake District surrounds the Al Warsan Lake. The lake is off-limits to public. DragonMart, developed by Nakheel, is a large mall for wholesale purchase of Chinese products; the large size of this mall makes it a gateway for customers making purchase runs throughout the Middle Eastern and North African Markets, is a platform for Chinese traders and manufacturers seeking regional market entry. The mall has been a commercial success and construction has started on a second mall adjacent to Dragon Mart that will have 175,000 square metres of space and 4,500 parking spaces; the project was completed in December 2015. Launched in 2013, Warsan Village is located at the periphery of International City; this enclave within International City features 250 apartments. Construction was finished in Q3 2019.

There was an issue in 2008: Nakheel's International City Development has been questioned by news articles with controversies and issues. These articles claim International City has struggled with a poor reputation and negative press reports stemming from various issues including problems with its own sewage systems and the nearby sewage facility, access to the site, a perceived lack of amenities. A follow-up poll from Emirates 24-7 revealed that a huge percentage – 91 percent – of readers showed “a marked aversion to investing in International City units.” A considerable 67 percent said they “would not touch the place.” This issue has been solved by 2012 Due to its proximity to the Sewage Treatment Plant, constant overflow, certain clusters like Morocco, Emirates & China are subjected to the odor of sewage when the wind direction changes at night. Entering has been quite easy with multiple entry and exit from E611 to and from the city. During rush hour can require you to spend 10–20 minutes gridlocked only in 1 exit, serving 311, but Al Awir and academic city exits are quite free.

RTA has proposed a huge road development for Dragon mart 2 and International city to further easy the traffic. While Nakheel's noble intentions were to make low and medium-cost housing available to the masses by providing medium and low-income earners with legal and decent housing instead of resorting to illegitimate Villa Sharing, Dubai was badly hit by the Global Financial Crisis; this led to an instant devaluation or rentals by 75% – 80% of its value in 2008. Due to this sudden drop in prices the lowest income group identified this area as a potential upgrade to their existing Labor camps. Coupled with Nakheel's financial downfall and checks over the city's security, compliance to regulations and maintenance of infrastructure were dropped beginning in January 2009 by the developer who used to control and maintain this earlier; the community is serviced by the RTA bus service. Bus routes: X23 Dubai Gold Souk Bus: Dubai International City --> Ras Al Khor --> Oud Metha --> Dubai Gold Souk. Operates in a 10 to 15 minute frequency.

365 Rashidiya Metro Station Bus: Dubai International City --> Silicon Oasis --> Dubai Academic City --> Rashidiya Metro Station. Operates in a 25 to 30 minute frequency. 53 Dubai Gold Souk Bus: Dubai International City --> Al Badia --> Dubai Festival City --> Deira City Centre --> Dubai Gold Souk. Operates in a 25 to 30 minute frequency. 366 Silicon Oasis Bus: Rashidiya Metro Station--> Dubai International City-->

Acoustic (Bayside EP)

Acoustic is an EP by American rock band Bayside, released on February 28, 2006. The release was in memory of John "Beatz" Holohan, the band's drummer, killed when the band's tour bus crashed on October 31, 2005. By April 2006, the EP had sold over 13,000 copies. By August 2008, the EP sold 37,000 copies; the CD includes seven studio-recorded acoustic songs, two unreleased non-acoustic songs, one live acoustic song. The song "Winter", one of the new acoustic songs, was dedicated to Holohan, the song "Megan", the other new acoustic song, is a cover of a Smoking Popes song and features guest vocals from the Smoking Popes' lead singer, Josh Caterer; the DVD includes an acoustic set of the band's performance at the House of Blues, Chicago, on the Never Sleep Again Tour in 2005, a "making of the album" video, a montage segment in memory of Holohan. The songs from the live performance that are found on the DVD include six of the seven studio-recorded acoustic songs found on the CD, with the exception of "Winter".

Instead, the song "Don't Call Me Peanut" appears, which coincidentally is the live track found on the CD. "Masterpiece" "They Looked Like Strong Hands" "Megan" "Blame It On Bad Luck" "Montauk" "Don't Call Me Peanut" "Devotion and Desire" Acoustic at YouTube