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The Beverly Hilton

The Beverly Hilton is a hotel located on an 8.9-acre property at the intersection of Wilshire and Santa Monica boulevards in Beverly Hills, California. The Beverly Hilton has hosted many awards shows, charity benefits, entertainment and motion picture industry events, is known as the venue of the annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony. Conrad Hilton opened the Beverly Hilton in 1955. Architect Welton Becket designed the hotel as a showpiece with 582 rooms. Since 1961, the hotel's International Ballroom has hosted the Golden Globe Awards ceremony, presented annually by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. In 1975, 50% of the property was sold to Prudential Insurance Company forming a partnership with the Hilton Hotels Corporation; the partnership sold the hotel to entertainer and businessman Merv Griffin for $100.2 million in December 1987. The Beverly Hilton had completed a $35 million renovation prior to Griffin's purchase; the hotel was Griffin's second choice, as he had expressed an interest in buying the 260-room Beverly Hills Hotel, sold to Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei for $200 million by a group headed by Denver oilman Marvin Davis.

Griffin owned the hotel from 1987 to 2003, during which time its reputation faded as maintenance was deferred and competition increased. In 2003, Griffin sold the Beverly Hilton for $130 million to Beny Alagem, co-founder of Packard Bell Electronics, through his company Oasis West Realty. Commemorating its 50th anniversary, an ambitious $80 million renovation by architecture firm Gensler began in conjunction with Hilton Hotels, which has managed the property since it opened; the renovation reduced the number of rooms to 570, which feature 42-inch plasma high-definition televisions and Bose Wave radios. The rooms have ample work spaces, reflecting a change at the hotel, which long catered to leisure travelers, into a property where business travelers constitute 80 percent of the clientele; the meeting spaces and the International Ballroom—where the Golden Globes ceremony is held—were renovated. On February 11, 2012, singer Whitney Houston died in her bathtub in Suite 434; the room number was retired and the room repurposed.

In April 2006, owners unveiled plans for a $500-million expansion to the Beverly Hilton property. The plans require an amendment to the Beverly Hills general plan's three-story height limit in order to build two 13-story condominium towers and a 15-story condo hotel, where rooms would be rented to guests when their owners are away. One intent of the owner's plan was "to position the upgraded hotel as a less-expensive 4½-star alternative to nearby five-star rivals such as the Peninsula."Two new three-story buildings on Wilshire Boulevard would house 96 guest rooms and shops. The Beverly Hilton will be renovated into a smaller, 402-room hotel, renamed the Beverly Hilton Oasis. A 120-room Waldorf-Astoria Beverly Hills hotel, designed by Gensler with interiors by Pierre-Yves Rochon, will be included in the project; the Waldorf-Astoria Beverly Hills will be the first new hotel for the brand on the West Coast. The Beverly Hilton and the Waldorf-Astoria would be separate premises, with both operated and managed by Hilton Hotels Corporation.

The Beverly Hills City Council approved the $500 million project by a 3-2 vote. Local resident opponents led by a group called Citizens Right to Decide Committee gathered enough signatures to place the referendum on November 4, 2008, ballot with the argument that "It's Just Too Big." Measure H authorized the Beverly Hills City Council to amend the city's general plan to allow a "luxury hotel and open space" to be built on the site of the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Resolution No. 08-R-12601, “Resolution of the Council of the City of Beverly Hills amending the General Plan to enable the revitalization of the Beverly Hilton Hotel site with a new Luxury Hotel and Open Space,” Los Angeles County election officials reported a week after the vote that local Measure H was losing by 68 votes, with provisional ballots yet to be counted. On December 2, 2008, Proposal H passed by 129 votes with over 15,000 cast. In April 2014, Oasis West Realty, owner of The Beverly Hilton and Hilton Worldwide announced that Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills will be built at the intersection of Santa Monica and Wilshire Boulevards, adjacent to the hotel.

The 12-story, 170-room Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills was designed by architecture firm Gensler with interior designer by Pierre-Yves Rochon. The hotel features a monumental stainless steel sculpture titled'SWAY', designed and fabricated by sculptor Nick Petronzio. Additionally, The Waldorf Astoria will have an upscale restaurant open to the public and stores including: jeweler Graff Diamonds, a Waldorf Astoria Spa meeting space and a ballroom that will hold up to 200 people. Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills is slated to open in 2017. Measure HH was a November 2016 ballot initiative to allow Oasis West Realty to build a 37-story condominium tower on the Beverly Hilton site; the initiative was rejected with nearly 56 % voting no. Golden Globe Awards since 1961 Gracie Awards presented by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation, since 1975 Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Party Richard Nixon's "last press conference", in which he lashed out at the media following his defeat in the 1962 California governor's race.

U. S. Presidential candidate and Senator John Edwards was videotaped visiting Rielle Hunter, during his extramarital affair scandal. Singer Whitney Houston died at the hotel on February 11, 2012, after accidentally drowning while in the bathtub of her suite. Hilton Worldwide The Beverly Hilton website

Harburg, Hamburg

For the quarter in Hamburg, the district in Lower Saxony and the train station, see Harburg and Hamburg-Harburg station. Harburg is a borough of the city of Germany, it is the name of a quarter in this borough, which used to be the capital of the district in Lower Saxony. The borough of Harburg lies on the southern banks of the river Elbe and covers parts of the port of Hamburg as well as residential and rural areas, it had a population of 163,771 as of 2016. Main article: History of Harburg upon Elbe Until 1937 Harburg belonged to the Prussian Province of Hanover, where it served as the capital of the Harburg district. In 1927 it was merged with the nearby city of Wilhelmsburg to form the city of Harburg-Wilhelmsburg. Following the Greater Hamburg Act, Harburg was incorporated into the city of Hamburg along with several other independent cities such as Altona. Despite its incorporation into Hamburg, Harburg continued to be the capital of the Hanoverian district of Harburg. In 1944, the district capital was moved to Winsen upon Luhe.

On 1 January 2007 the Ortsämter were dissolved and the organisation of all boroughs of Hamburg was restructured. The quarters of Eißendorf, Gut Moor, Heimfeld, Marmstorf, Neuland, Rönneburg and Wilstorf had belonged to the Kerngebiet Harburg, while the quarters of Altenwerder, Francop, Moorburg and Neugraben-Fischbek had belonged to the precinct Süderelbe. On 1 March 2008 Harburg's quarter Wilhelmsburg was transferred to the borough Hamburg-Mitte in keeping with civic law; as of 2006, according to the statistical office of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein, the borough of Harburg has a total area of 160.6 km², while the Harburg quarter has an area of 3.9 km². Along with the other boroughs of Hamburg, Harburg is divided into quarters: Altenwerder Cranz Eißendorf Francop Gut Moor Harburg Hausbruch Heimfeld Langenbek Marmstorf Moorburg Neuenfelde Neugraben-Fischbek Neuland Rönneburg Sinstorf Wilstorf In 2006 there were 201,119 inhabitants in the borough; the population density was 1,253 people per km². 18.9% were children under the age of 18, 18.7% were 65 years of age or older.

20.1% were resident aliens. 12,785 people were registered as unemployed. In 1999 there were 94,273 households, of which 23.9% had children under the age of 18 living in them and 40% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.11. Population by year In 2006 there were 24,900 criminal offences in the borough; these numbers include the Harburg quarter. With elections to the state parliament, the 51-member Bezirksversammlung is elected to represent the citizens. See also: Boroughs of Hamburg Elections were held in Hamburg on 24 February 2008; the five parties having more than 5 percent in recent polls are the conservative CDU, the social-democratic SPD, the ecologist Green Party, the left-wing Die Linke and liberal Free Democratic Party. The voter participation was 54.6%. The borough has 26 secondary schools; the Hamburg University of Technology is internationally renowned for its engineering faculties. There were 316 physicians in private practice and 48 pharmacies in 2006.

The borough and the quarter are served by the Hamburg S-Bahn rapid transit network which serves several stations. The Hamburg-Harburg railway station is a significant rall hub in the city at which long-distance trains stop. According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, there were 69,262 private cars registered in the borough as of 2006. Harburg on hamburg.de Pictures of Hamburg-Harburg

Kernel (digital media company)

Kernel is a corporation in the United States that sells goods and services relating to feature films, television programs, e-sports, video games, related content including digital home entertainment, VIP experiences over the Internet. Kernel's e-commerce platform sells movie-related packages that include related content, digital home entertainment, VIP experiences. Kernel was named one of "10 Technologies to Watch in 2015" by Video Ink. On October 26, 2015, it was announced that Kernel will begin selling theater tickets to all movies on Kernel.com and its mobile app in the first quarter of 2016 through its ticketing partner MovieTickets.com on 28,000 screens in 22 countries. Kernel operates a highly-scalable, massively-distributed, fault-tolerant hadoop cluster to track and analyze big data. In December 2014, Kernel was tapped by Sony Pictures Entertainment to distribute the film The Interview. Whole Foods Market co-founder and co-CEO John Mackey is an investor in Kernel. Flixster IMDb Movietickets.com Kernel homepage

Robert Henry Meade

Sir Robert Henry Meade was a British civil servant and the Head of the Colonial Office between 1892 and 1897. Meade was the second son of the 3rd Earl of Lady Elizabeth Herbert. Clanwilliam, an Irish peer, had served as Private Secretary to Lord Castlereagh and subsequently as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs. Meade was educated at Exeter College, Oxford, he formed a affectionate relationship with his mother's brother, Sidney Herbert. In 1859, he sat the examination for the Foreign Office; the work of a junior clerk in the Foreign Office at the time was tedious, consisting of the copying of confidential documents, but the hours were short and the holidays long. Meade escaped this routine in 1860, when he was chosen to accompany Lord Dufferin on his mission to Syria as Commissioner, again in 1861-1862, when he accompanied the Prince of Wales on an Eastern tour. Following his return, he was in attendance on the Queen during her visit to Coburg in 1862. In June 1864, Meade was appointed as Private Secretary to Lord Granville.

In 1868, Meade followed Lord Granville to the Colonial Office briefly to the Foreign Office when Granville became Foreign Secretary in 1870. In December 1896, he fell and broke his leg, an injury from which he never recovered: it forced his retirement in March 1897 and he died soon after, in January 1898. Lord Ripon, the Liberal Colonial Secretary between 1892 and 1895, wrote to him in 1895: Experience of forty years of public service in many departments under varying circumstances enables me to say with some claim to authority that I have never known a public servant so loyal, so trusty, so indefatigable in work, so prudent in counsel as you have proved yourself to be. Edward Hamilton wrote in his diary on the occasion of Meade’s death: “He had great personal charm and throughout his extraordinary fateful life his pluck never failed him.” Meade married, Lady Mary Elizabeth Lascelles, who died in 1866. Their daughter, died in 1897, he married, Caroline Georgiana Grenfell, who died in 1881. They had Charles Francis Meade.

Attribution This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Harris, Charles Alexander. "Meade, Robert Henry". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. Unknown author, Robert Meade 1835-64: The Early Years of a Victorian Civil Servant http://www.proni.gov.uk/records/private/clanwm.htm "Death Of Sir Robert Meade", The Times, London, 10 January 1898, page 9 Portraits of Sir Robert Henry Meade at the National Portrait Gallery, London

Bryce Petty

Bryce William Petty is an American football quarterback, a free agent. He played college football at Baylor University, was drafted by the New York Jets in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Petty is a member of the Chickasaw Nation, he attended Midlothian High School in Texas. He played football for Midlothian and was named District 15-4A Offensive Sophomore of the Year after throwing for 979 yards and four touchdowns in 2006; as a junior in 2007, Petty threw for 2,042 yards and 16 touchdowns while rushing for 101 yards and five touchdowns, for which he was named first-team All-District 15-4A. As a senior in 2008, Petty earned second-team All-District 16-4A honors after throwing for 1,507 yards and four touchdowns and rushing for 166 yards and five more scores though he missed some action due to injury. In the national position ranking among quarterbacks, Petty was listed 25th by Rivals.com, 35th by Scout.com, 54th by ESPN.com. In addition to football, Petty participated in track and field at Midlothian, competing in the throwing events and placing second at the 2008 District 16-4A Meet in the discus with a throw of 45.08 meters.

Petty attended Baylor University and played college football for the Baylor Bears football team from 2010 to 2014. He spent his first three years with the team as a backup. After redshirting in the 2010 season, Petty appeared in five games as a backup to Robert Griffin III as a redshirt freshman in the 2011 season. On the season, he passed for 43 yards; as a sophomore in the 2012 season, he backed up Nick Florence, throwing for 97 yards and a touchdown in six games. Petty took over as the starting quarterback in his junior year. In his first full season, he passed for 4,200 yards and 32 touchdowns with only three interceptions while rushing for 14 touchdowns; the Bears won their first Big 12 conference title that season and appeared in the Bowl Championship Series game, the 2014 Fiesta Bowl, a 52–42 loss to Central Florida and future NFL quarterback Blake Bortles. In the 2013 season, Petty finished in seventh place in the Heisman Trophy voting; as a senior in the 2014 season, Petty passed for 3,855 yards and 29 touchdowns along with six rushing touchdowns.

He led the Bears to a share of their second straight Big 12 title as they appeared in the 2015 Cotton Bowl Classic, losing to Michigan State. He threw for a Cotton Bowl-record 550 yards and was named the game's offensive MVP. Petty finished tenth in the 2014 Heisman Trophy voting. Source: The New York Jets selected Petty in the fourth round, with the 103rd overall selection, of the 2015 NFL Draft after the Jets traded up from the fifth spot in the round to the fourth spot with the Jacksonville Jaguars. On May 7, Petty and the Jets agreed on a four-year, $2.8 million contract. Petty made his professional debut on August 13, during the first preseason game against the Detroit Lions where he completed 10-of-18 passes for 50 yards. In the second preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons on August 21, Petty threw for 168 passing yards with a touchdown. Throughout the season, Petty served as a third string backup behind veterans Ryan Fitzpatrick and Geno Smith and did not appear in any games. On November 6, in a Week 9 game against the Jets' AFC East divisional rival Miami Dolphins, Petty saw his first regular season action in relief of Jets starter Ryan Fitzpatrick, injured in the third quarter of the game.

Petty completed two passes for 19 yards in his one drive. The Jets lost the game by a score of 27–23. Due to Fitzpatrick's injury in the previous game, Petty started for the Jets just a week against the Los Angeles Rams, where he completed 21-of-34 passes for 163 yards, a touchdown, an interception; the interception came on the last drive. In a Monday Night Football game on December 5 against the Indianapolis Colts, Petty replaced the benched Fitzpatrick for the second half of the game with the Jets down 24–3 to the Colts. Petty went 11-for-25 in passing, totaling 135 yards, which included one touchdown pass and two interceptions in a 41–10 loss. On December 6, he was named the starter for the final four games of the season. After the game, Jets head coach Todd Bowles said, "The plan was for us to start him the last four games anyway, so we just started a half early." In Week 14 of the 2016 season, Petty notched his first career win as a starter, throwing for a career-high 257 yards as he helped lead the Jets to a 23–17 overtime victory after trailing the San Francisco 49ers 17–3 at halftime.

In his third game as a starter, he helped the Jets keep the game close against the Miami Dolphins in the first half with the Dolphins only having a 13–10 lead. However, in the second half, a lousy effort by the Jets defense led to three touchdowns in four minutes by the Dolphins spoiled Petty's contributions leading to a 34–13 loss. On Christmas Eve against the New England Patriots, he injured his left shoulder in the second quarter after tackling cornerback Malcolm Butler after he recovered a fumble by running back Khiry Robinson in a 41–3 blowout loss. Two days on December 26, he was placed on injured reserve, ending his season. During the Jets' third preseason game against the New York Giants on August 26, Petty passed for 250 yards until leaving the game with an apparent left knee injury. On August 27, it was revealed. During Week 14 against the Denver Broncos, Petty entered the game for two plays after Josh McCown suffered an apparent back injury. However, McCown returned to the game before breaking his left hand and being relieved by Petty for the remainder of the contest.

Petty completed 2 of 9 passes for 14 yards as the Jets

Gua bao

Gua bao known as pork belly buns, bao, or erroneously as the bao bun is a type of lotus leaf bun from Fuzhou, the capital of Fujian province, with similar variants found elsewhere with sizeable Fuzhounese communities. It is a popular street food in Taiwan which has led to the popular misconception that the gua bao is Taiwanese in origin, it consists of a slice of stewed meat and other condiments sandwiched between flat steamed bread known as lotus leaf bread. The lotus leaf bun is 6–8 centimetres in size, semi-circular and flat in form, with a horizontal fold that, when opened, gives the appearance that it has been sliced; the traditional filling for gua bao is a slice of red-cooked porkbelly dressed with stir-fried suan cai and ground peanuts. Lotus leaf bread is a traditional Chinese accompaniment to rich dishes such as bowl-steamed pork in rice meal or roast duck and thus the buns support a wide array of fillings with gua bao being just one style which utilises pork belly. A lotus leaf bun by itself is called a "he ye bing" but with filings is called a "he ye bao".

They are found all across China, being common in North China. In Taiwan, gua bao were introduced to the island by Fuzhounese immigrants where the flavors were modified to suit local tastes which favoured Southern Fujianese flavours over Eastern Fujianese ones. In Taiwan they are sometimes referred to as Chinese hamburgers although Westerners refer to Roujiamo as "Chinese hamburgers"; the food is known colloquially in parts of Taiwan as hó͘-kā-ti in Taiwanese Hokkien due to the mouth-like form of the bun and the contents of the filling. In Hong Kong, they are known as cha bao which means "fork buns" as the sandwiches are pierced by a toothpick or wooden skewer to keep the fillings in place. In Japan they are sold as a Chinese snack food, they are a specialty of Nagasaki Chinatown, having been sold in Japan for centuries due to the large number of Fuzhounese immigrants and historic relations between Fuzhou and Nagasaki represented by the construction of Sofukuji Temple. Recognizing the Fuzhounese community and historical connection and Fuzhou established ties as sister cities in 1980.

Another iconic Nagasaki dish of Fujianese origin is champon. Gua bao became popular in the West through chef David Chang's Momofuku restaurants although he says that he was unaware that the gua bao dish existed because his Momofuku recipe was inspired by his dining experiences in Beijing and Manhattan Chinatown's Oriental Garden where the Peking duck was served on lotus leaf bread rather than the traditional spring pancake and he called them pork belly buns; the name "gua bao" was used and popularised by chef Eddie Huang when he opened his BaoHaus restaurant. In the United States, New York City has a significant population of Fuzhounese Americans and gua bao is a popular dish sold at restaurants along with other iconic Fuzhounese dishes such as Fuzhou fish balls and lychee pork. In the United Kingdom, they are called hirata buns, named after Masashi Hirata, the executive chef of Ippudo in New York as many ramen restaurants began to adopt the practise of selling gua bao alongside their ramen dishes due to the influence of Momofuku and to meet high demand from customers who mistakenly believed they were a staple of ramen restaurants.

There have been many new trendy "gua bao" which incorporate pan-Asian fusion or non-Chinese stuffings between the lotus leaf buns, such as kimchi or karaage. Although these are technically not gua bao at all as they do not include pork belly, in China would only be considered different lotus leaf bun sandwiches. List of sandwiches List of snack foods