click links in text for more info

The Wildlife Trusts

The Wildlife Trusts, the trading name of the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts, is an organisation made up of 46 local Wildlife Trusts in the United Kingdom, the Isle of Man and Alderney. The Wildlife Trusts, between them, look after around 2,300 nature reserves covering more than 98,000 hectares; as of 2017 they have a combined membership of over 800,000 members. The Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts is an independent charity, with a membership formed of the 46 individual charitable Trusts, it acts as an umbrella group for the individual Wildlife Trusts, as well as operating a separate Grants Unit which administers a number of funds. Charles, Prince of Wales serves as the patron of the Wildlife Trusts. David Bellamy was president of The Wildlife Trusts for ten years between 1995 and 2005, was succeeded by Aubrey Manning. Tony Juniper became president in 2015. Stephanie Hilborne OBE was chief executive for 15 years, resigned in 2019. Craig Bennett was announced to take over as CEO from April 2020.

Wildlife Trusts are local organisations of differing size and origins, can vary in their constitution and membership. However, all Wildlife Trusts share a common interest in wildlife and biodiversity, rooted in a practical tradition of land management and conservation. All Wildlife Trusts are significant landowners, with many nature reserves. Collectively they are the third largest voluntary sector landowners in the UK, they have extensive educational activities, programmes of public events and education. The Wildlife Trusts centrally and locally lobby for better protection of the UK's natural heritage, by becoming involved in planning matters and by national campaigning through the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts; the Trusts rely upon volunteer labour for many of their activities, but employ significant numbers of staff in countryside management and education. Thanks to their work promoting the personal and social development of young people, The Wildlife Trusts is a member of The National Council for Voluntary Youth Services.

The Wildlife Trusts offer a Biodiversity Benchmark scheme through which companies can be assessed and recognised for their contribution to biodiversity. The assessment covers the organisation's performance under the headings of "Commitment, Planning and Monitoring and Review"; the Wildlife Trusts are one of the steering group partners of Neighbourhoods Green a partnership initiative which works with social landlords and housing associations to highlight the importance of, raise the overall quality of design and management for and green space in social housing. Today's Wildlife Trust movement began life as The Society for the Promotion of Nature Reserves, formed by Charles Rothschild in 1912, it aimed to draw up a list of the country's best wildlife sites with a view to purchase for protection as nature reserves, by 1915 it had drawn up a list of 284, known as Rothschild Reserves. During the early years, membership tended to be made up of specialist naturalists and its growth was comparatively slow.

The first independent Trust was formed in Norfolk in 1926 as the Norfolk Naturalists Trust, followed in 1938 by the Pembrokeshire Bird Protection Society which after several subsequent changes of name is now the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales and it was not until the 1940s and 1950s that more Naturalists' Trusts were formed in Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire. These early Trusts tended to focus on purchasing land to establish nature reserves in the geographical areas they served. Encouraged by the growing number of Trusts, the Society for the Promotion of Nature Reserves began in 1957 to discuss the possibility of forming a national federation of Naturalists' Trusts. Kent Naturalists Trust was established in 1958 with SPNR being active in encouraging its formation. In the following year the SPNR established the County Naturalists' Committee, which organised the first national conference for Naturalists' Trusts at Skegness in 1960. By 1964, the number of Trusts had increased to 36 and the Society for the Promotion of Nature Reserves had changed its name to The Society for the Promotion of Nature Conservation.

In recognition of the movement's growing importance, its name was changed to The Royal Society for Nature Conservation in 1981. The organisation is now known as the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts; the movement continued to develop throughout the 1970s, and, by the early 1980s, most of today's Trusts had been established. In 1980 the first urban Wildlife Trust was established in the West Midlands followed by others in London and Sheffield; this was a watershed for the movement. It was during this period that some Trusts changed their names from Naturalist Societies to Trusts for Nature Conservation, to Wildlife Trusts; the badger logo was adopted by the movement to establish its common identity. As the number of Trusts grew, so did their combined membership, from 3,000 in 1960 to 21,000 in 1965. Membership topped 100,000 in 1975, in that year Wildlife Watch was launched as a children's naturalist club. By the late 1980s membership had reached 200,000, increasing to 260,000 in 1995, over 500,000 by 2004.

The combined membership for 2007 stood at 670,000 members, 108,000 belonging to the junior branch Wildlife Watch. By 2012, membership was over 800,000, with over 150,000 Wildlife Watch members. List of Conservation topics Conservation in the United Kingdom The Wildlife Trusts Charity Commission. Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts, registered charity no. 207238. The National Council for Voluntary Youth Services

Feltham (UK Parliament constituency)

Feltham was a constituency, between 1955 and 1974, of the House of Commons of the UK Parliament. It was used for five general elections and no by-elections and at each election returned the candidate of the Labour Party. Components 1955—1974: The Urban District of Feltham, the Borough of Heston and Isleworth wards of Cranford and Hounslow Heath. In local government terms the area became the western parts of the London Borough of Hounslow due to the creation of Greater London on 1 April 1965 and formally recited as such ward-by-ward in legislation of 1970. Geographic contextThe constituency was named after Feltham, a late-19th century small town in the west of the administrative county of Middlesex — a county abolished on the further growth of London in 1965, its areas spread up to 2.5 miles south and south-east of Heathrow Airport, on a terrain, near-flat and before the seat's creation rich in market gardening however stony, gravel-rich soil of low agricultural value covered the north and east towards Hounslow Heath.

During the seat's existence major industries included gravel works, railway works, aircraft maintenance and airport ancillary industries, motor sales and repairs, haulage and small-to-medium scale parts assembly and manufacture. Predecessor seatsBefore 1955 the Urban District of Feltham, in its latter years taking in Feltham and Bedfont, were in the Spelthorne constituency created in 1918. Successor seatIn the 1974 redistribution the seat was abolished to become the core of the new Feltham and Heston constituency, which added Heston to the north-east and most of the centre of the larger town of Hounslow to the east; the area elected one MP as it post-dated the abolition of the last multi-member constituencies in 1950. List of former United Kingdom Parliamentary constituencies Boundaries of Parliamentary Constituencies 1885-1972, compiled and edited by F. W. S. Craig British Parliamentary Election Results 1950-1973, compiled and edited by F. W. S. Craig Who's Who of British Members of Parliament, Volume IV 1945-1979, edited by M. Stenton and S. Lees Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "F" Specific

Horseheads (village), New York

Horseheads is a village in Chemung County, New York, United States. The population was 6,461 at the 2010 census; the name is derived from the number of bleached skulls of pack horses left behind by the Sullivan Expedition. The village of Horseheads is located within the town of Horseheads, it is part of the Elmira Metropolitan Statistical Area. In September 1779, forces under General John Sullivan marched north 450 miles from Easton, over to Wyoming, on up the Susquehanna River to Newtown continued north through what is now known as Horseheads to the Finger Lakes region and west to Genesee, on a mission against Loyalists and their Iroquois allies, they returned about three weeks largely on the same route. The journey had been severe and wearing upon the animals, their food supply was found insufficient. Arriving about 6 miles north of Fort Reid on September 24, 1779, they were obliged to dispose of a large number of sick and disabled horses; the number of horses was so great that they were quite noticeable, the native Iroquois collected the skulls and arranged them in a line along the trail.

From that time forward, that spot was referred to as the "Valley of the Horses' Heads" and is still known by the name given to it by the Iroquois. The settlement of the village area began around 1830; the village was incorporated in 1839 as the "Village of Fairport," due to its location on the Chemung Canal, but changed its name back to "Horseheads" in 1845. In 1885, it was renamed "North Elmira" but the village resumed the original name, "Horseheads" in 1886; the village was once a port on the Chemung Canal. The Chemung Railway Depot-Horseheads, Hanover Square Historic District, Horseheads 1855 Extension Historic District, Teal Park, Zimmerman House are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Horseheads village is in the Southern Tier Region of New York, 5 miles north of downtown Elmira, it is located at a low point on the St. Lawrence Continental Divide separating the Susquehanna River watershed to the south and the Lake Ontario watershed to the north. Newtown Creek on the east side of the village flows south toward the Chemung River, a tributary of the Susquehanna, while the northernmost part of the village drains north to Catharine Creek, the main tributary of Seneca Lake, one of the Finger Lakes.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 3.9 square miles, of which 0.02 square miles, or 0.38%, is water. New York State Route 17 and Interstate 86 pass through the village, with access from exits 52 and 53. New York State Route 14, a north-south highway, intersects NY-17 in the village. New York State Route 13 intersects NY-17 east of the village; as of the census of 2000, there were 6,452 people, 2,862 households, 1,800 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,666.4 people per square mile. There were 3,007 housing units at an average density of 776.6 per square mile. The racial makeup of the village was 95.57% White, 1.30% Black or African American, 0.12% Native American, 1.92% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.20% from other races, 0.87% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.91% of the population. There were 2,862 households out of which 26.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.9% were married couples living together, 11.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 37.1% were non-families.

32.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.4% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 2.82. In the village, the population was spread out with 22.6% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 26.3% from 25 to 44, 23.1% from 45 to 64, 21.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 86.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.1 males. The median income for a household in the village was $35,915, the median income for a family was $44,971. Males had a median income of $36,774 versus $22,776 for females; the per capita income for the village was $20,779. About 4.6% of families and 8.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.9% of those under age 18 and 5.6% of those age 65 or over. Village of Horseheads official website Tri-Counties Genealogy & History: Town & Village of Horseheads, Chemung County NY - A timeline of Horseheads from 1776-1963

Spooky Hooky

Spooky Hooky is a 1936 Our Gang short comedy film directed by Gordon Douglas. It was the 149th Our Gang short, released; when Alfalfa, Spanky and Porky become bored with school, they decide to fake an illness for the next day and leave a note on their teacher Miss Lawrence's desk so that they can go to the circus, which they had just seen arrive in town. However, when Miss Lawrence reveals that she plans on taking the class to the circus the next day, Spanky tries to hurry back to the school to retrieve the note, but Porky and Buckwheat return and lock the door behind them before Spanky is able to make it to the door. Now with no way to get back in the school, the boys decide to sneak into the school that night to recover the note. What follows is a series of scared chaos that the boys and the school's janitor encounter; the boys do succeed in recovering the note. George McFarland – Spanky Carl Switzer – Alfalfa Billie Thomas – Buckwheat Eugene Lee – Porky Dudley Dickerson – Sam, the janitor Rosina Lawrence – Miss Lawrence Laughing Gravy – Himself Patsy Barry, John Collum, Paul Hilton, Sidney Kibrick, Jackie Lindquist, Dickie De Nuet, Donald Proffitt, Harold Switzer, Robert Winckler Our Gang filmography Spooky Hooky on IMDb

Medical Arts Building (Oak Park, Illinois)

The Medical Arts Building is an Art Deco office building at 715 Lake Street, Oak Park, Illinois. It is a contributing property to the Ridgeland–Oak Park Historic District. At 122 feet, it was the tallest building in Oak Park for several decades; the Medical Arts Building was designed by Oak Park architect Roy J. Hotchkiss and was built by Harper & Stelzer at an approximate cost of $250,000. Hotchkiss had worked as head draftsman for Eben Ezra Roberts; the Medical Arts Building was Hotchkiss's principal contribution to Oak Park's architectural landscape. Ground was broken on December 5, 1928, the first tenants moved in November 15, 1929. By January 1930, the building was fully occupied, it was owned by Charles B. Scoville and was owned by the Scoville Trust. Original plans called for four story east and west wings. During World War II, the Oak Park unit of the Association of Army and Navy Wives was located in the Medical Arts Building. In 1976, the building was sold to Company, it was acquired by Jack and Tim Sheehan.

The building's terra cotta facade was restored in 2007. Peterson's Pharmacy was a tenant from 1929, when the building opened, until 2014

Joy Giovanni

Joy Giovanni is an American actress, glamour model, retired professional wrestler, former professional wrestling valet. She is best known for her time with World Wrestling Entertainment, where she worked on its SmackDown! brand. She was the only winner of the promotion's Rookie Diva of the Year award. Giovanni participated in World Wrestling Entertainment's 2004 Diva Search and although she finished in third place in the competition, WWE signed her to a contract just a few days after her elimination, her elimination was aired on the September 13 episode of RAW. Giovanni debuted for SmackDown! on November 18 as a massage therapist, as Joy Giovanni and acted as special guest bell ringer. On November 14, she and The Big Show hosted a'Thanksgiving' party, only to be confronted by Luther Reigns, she was confronted by Luther Reigns again, who tried to force Joy to go on a date with him, causing Big Show to come down and make the save. Joy got into a catfight with Amy Weber on December 16, after Joy gave John Bradshaw Layfield a candy cane.

On January 6, 2005 edition of Smackdown! Joy refused resulting in him spitting an apple at her face. On the same episode, Kurt Angle was tricked into walking into Joy's locker room by Amy Weber, only to scare her during her shower which caused her to run out in a towel and into Big Show's arms, he attacked him. It was revealed to be a ploy by The Cabinet to get Big Angle angry at each other. Following this, Joy began another feud with the villainous Amy Weber; the two became involved in Big Show's feud with John "Bradshaw" Layfield, with Giovanni serving as a friend and the on-screen girlfriend of Big Show. The feud included a part on January 13, where Joy was kidnapped and discovered and gagged in JBL's limo trunk by Kurt Angle. During this time Joy and Amy were scheduled for a wrestling match at the order of Theodore Long, which started from a backstage catfight between Amy and herself; as Big Show attacked the entire group, Kurt Angle bragged about the whole thing and being the mastermind behind it as well.

On January 20, Kurt Angle was forced to issue an open apology to Joy, but when the Big Show came out, Angle tried to leave the ring only to be get ushered back by The Cabinet. It turned out to be another ploy, as The Cabinet all attacked Big Show. After Weber's departure from WWE in February 2005, their feud was dropped and Joy would go on to win the 2005 Rookie Diva of the Year contest at No Way Out after beating out Michelle McCool, Rochelle Loewen, Lauren Jones. On February 21 at a live event, Joy competed in a bikini contest, won by Torrie Wilson. After winning the contest and her fellow Smackdown wrestlers would become involved in brief feuds with Dawn Marie and Melina. Following these feuds, she appeared on SmackDown! during backstage segments with other wrestlers or occasional bikini and lingerie contests, including one on April 7, where she and other wrestlers competed in a Vivas Las Vegas bikini match, which Torrie won. She was released from her contract due to budget cuts on July 6, 2005.

Giovanni returned at WWE's WrestleMania XXV making her official in-ring debut in a 25-Diva Battle Royal to determine the first Miss WrestleMania alongside various other past and present WWE Divas but was eliminated second by the Bella Twins. Giovanni won the 2001 L. A. Model Expo, she competed in the 2005 Lingerie Bowl events. She was a panelist for the G4 show Video Game Vixens. In 2004 and 2005 she appeared in the films Instinct vs. Reason and When All Else Fails. Giovanni had a role in Avenged Sevenfold's music video and the Harlot in 2006. In 2007, Giovanni starred in the film Pretty Cool Too as June. In preparation for Wrestlemania 21, Giovanni took part in numerous promo videos, including a Taxi Driver parody. Giovanni appears as a playable character in WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw 2006. Giovanni is of Italian descent. Since January 2010, she is now working an internship for a chiropractor in California, she recently got recertified in massage therapy for a new business venture she is working on. In 2014 she started a massage therapy business in California.

Giovanni has a son, born on October 20, 1998. Media related to Joy Giovanni at Wikimedia Commons Joy Giovanni on Twitter Joy Giovanni on IMDb Online World of Wrestling Profile Joy Giovanni Superstar page Joy Giovanni on Internet Wrestling Database Joy Giovanni's Instagram Page Joy Giovanni's Official Website