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Tour Montparnasse

Tour Maine-Montparnasse commonly named Tour Montparnasse, is a 210-metre office skyscraper located in the Montparnasse area of Paris, France. Constructed from 1969 to 1973, it was the tallest skyscraper in France until 2011, when it was surpassed by the 231-metre Tour First; as of April 2019, it is the 19th tallest building in the European Union. The tower was designed by architects Eugène Beaudouin, Urbain Cassan, Louis Hoym de Marien and built by Campenon Bernard. On September 21, 2017, Nouvelle AOM won a competition to redesign the building's facade. Built on top of the Montparnasse – Bienvenüe Paris Métro station, the 59 floors of the tower are occupied by offices; the 56th floor, 200 metres from the ground, houses a restaurant called le Ciel de Paris, the terrace on the top floor, are open to the public for viewing the city. The view covers a radius of 40 km; the guard rail, to which various antennae are attached, can be pneumatically lowered. Various companies and organizations have settled in the tower: The National Architects Council, Axa and MMA insurers, the mining and metallurgy company Eramet, Al Jazeera Political parties have used campaign offices, such as François Mitterrand in 1974, the RPR in the late 70s, Emmanuel Macron's La République En Marche! in 2016, Benoît Hamon since 2018The 56th floor, with its terrace and restaurant, has been used for private or public events.

During the 80s and 90s, the live National Lottery was cast on TF1 from the 56th floor. In 1995, French urban climber Alain "Spiderman" Robert, using only his bare hands and feet and with no safety devices of any kind, scaled the building's exterior glass and steel wall to the top falling in the process; the tower's simple architecture, large proportions and monolithic appearance have been criticised for being out of place in Paris's urban landscape. As a result, two years after its completion the construction of buildings over seven storeys high in the city centre was banned; the design of the tower predates architectural trends of more modern skyscrapers today that are designed to provide a window for every office. Only the offices around the perimeter of each floor of Tour Montparnasse have windows, it is said that the tower's observation deck enjoys the most beautiful view in all of Paris because it is the only place from which the tower cannot be seen. A 2008 poll of editors on Virtualtourist voted the building the second-ugliest building in the world, behind Boston City Hall in the United States.

In 2005, studies showed. When inhaled, for instance during repairs, asbestos is a carcinogen; as with the Jussieu Campus, the problem of removing the asbestos material from a large building used by thousands of people is acute. Projected completion times for removal are three years if the building is emptied for the duration of the work and ten years if the building is not emptied; the removal of asbestos began in July 2007. Tour Maine-Montparnasse housed the executive management of Accor. List of tallest buildings and structures in the Paris region Official website Photos of Tour Montparnasse Tour Montparnasse Pictures and info

Carlo Bronne

Baron Carlo Bronne was a Belgian historian and writer. He was died on July 25 1987 in Villance. Born in Liège, Carlo Bronne was a writer made Baron of Belgium, he wrote about the history of his home country, he was a member of the Institut de France and the Académie royale de langue et de littérature françaises de Belgique, occupied the seat of Georges Virrès in the latter, he signed the petition La Wallonie en alerte in 1947, a petition demanding that Wallonia's number of seats in the national assembly would not be revised after the census showed that it was now a minority compared to Flanders in Belgium until a settlement could be found. In 1975, he becomes the recipient of the Prix quinquennal de litterature for all of his works. Bronne, Albert Ier le roi sans terre, Paul Legrain, 1983. Bronne, Belles étrangères en Belgique, Didier Hatier, 1986. Bronne, Bleu d'Ardenne, André De Rache, 1969. Bronne, Compère qu'as-tu vu? Mémoires, Louis Musin, 1975. Bronne, Des Andes au Kremlin, Goemaere, 1956.

Bronne, Esquisses au crayon tendre, Bruxelles, éditions Charles Dessart, 1942. Bronne, Esquisses au crayon tendre, suivi de la Porte d'exil, Biblis, 1954. Bronne, Financiers et comédiens au XVIII siècle, Goemaere, 1969. Bronne, Hommes de cœur et femmes de tête, Goemaere, 1958. Bronne, Hôtel de l'Aigle Noire, Bruxelles, éditions 1954, 464/3000 copy. Bronne, Joseph Lebeau, Bruxelles, La Renaissance du livre, 1944. Bronne, Jules Van Praet, conseiller et confident de Léopold Ier, Bruxelles, la belgothèque/Paul Legrain, 1983. Bronne, L'Amalgame ou la Belgique de 1814 à 1830, Paul Legrain, new edition of the original of 1948. Bronne, La Comtesse Le Hon, Bruxelles, La Renaissance du Livre, 1951. Bronne, La Galerie des ancêtres, Bruxelles, La Renaissance du livre, 1950. Bronne, La Marquise Arconati dernière châtelaine de Gaasbeek, Les cahiers historiques, 1970 Bronne, La Tapisserie royale, Durendal, 1952. Bronne, Le Promenoir des amis, André De Rache, 1967. Bronne, Le Temps des vendanges, Mémoires, Louis Musin éditeur, 1976.

Bronne, Léopold Ier et son temps, Bruxelles, 1980. Bronne, Les Abeilles du manteau, Bruxelles, La Renaissance du livre, 1939 Bronne, Les Roses de cire, André De Rache éditeur, 1972. Bronne, Un Américain en Ardenne, André De Rache, 1974. Bronne, La Conspiration des paniers percés, Ed. B. Goemare, 1959 Encyclopédie du Mouvement wallon. P. 202-203. Bourdet, Denise. Carlo Bronne. Paris: Grasset. D'Ydewalle, Charles. Carlo Bronne. De Méyére. Warmoes, Jean. Carlo Bronne, un demi-siècle de chroniques 1929-1979. Bibliothèque royale Albert Ier

Irasburg Town Hall

Irasburg Town Hall is the center of the town government of Irasburg, Vermont. Built in 1911, it is located facing Irasburg Square on the site of original county courthouse of Orleans County, which Irasburg was the shire town of until 1884; the town hall is a prominent local civic and social venue, its auditorium featuring fine painted backdrops. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994. Irasburg Town Hall occupies a prominent position in the center of Irasburg village, on the east side of Irasburg Square, between the public library and the general store, it is a 2-1/2 story wood frame structure, with clapboarded exterior. Its front facade is three bays wide, with a single-story porch extending across the front, with tapered round columns supporting a hip roof; the main entrance opens into a foyer that has stairs leading up at the sides, provides access to a dining hall and kitchen on the ground floor. The upper level houses an auditorium with stage at the far end, a vaulted ceiling created by arched panels.

Among the theatrical fixtures are five painted backdrops, created by local artists and depicting scenes of northern Vermont. The hall was built in 1911, is stylistically similar to a typical American Foursquare house, except on a larger scale, it was built on the site of the former county courthouse, destroyed by fire in 1910. In addition to housing civic functions, the hall has been home to traveling and local theatrical productions, social events such as weddings and dinners, its use for such functions has since been revived. National Register of Historic Places listings in Orleans County, Vermont

Happy Endings (film)

Happy Endings is a 2005 American dramedy film written and directed by Don Roos and starring Tom Arnold, Jesse Bradford, Bobby Cannavale, Steve Coogan, Laura Dern, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Lisa Kudrow and Jason Ritter. The expression "happy ending" is a colloquial term for offering sexual release to a client at the end of a massage; the film follows a diverse group of middle-class Los Angelenos through the emotional ups and downs in their flawed yet human lives, each loosely connected to each other through a restaurant. In the first story, Mamie reluctantly agrees to work with a would-be young filmmaker in order to locate the now grown son she secretly gave up for adoption after becoming pregnant from her stepbrother Charley –, revealed to be gay – 19 years earlier. In the second story arc, her stepbrother, his domestic partner, are deciding whether or not to confront their friends, a lesbian couple, regarding the paternity of their son, and in the third, a young man, Otis, is involved with a band and trying to keep his father, from learning that he is gay, while dealing with the gold-digging woman, who inserts herself into their lives.

Director Don Roos wrote the part of Mamie expressly for Lisa Kudrow after directing her in his earlier film, The Opposite of Sex, which he wrote. The story concerned three sisters. Maggie Gyllenhaal was not the first choice to play Jude. Gwyneth Paltrow was slated to play the part. Gyllenhaal does her own singing in the film. Ray Liotta turned down the role of Frank McKee, it took 18 months to find financial backing for the production. Happy Endings received mixed reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a 54% rating from 107 critics. On Metacritic, it score 57 out of 100 from 31 critics. Roger Ebert noted that "Maggie Gyllenhaal steals the show", other "characters not so engaging" and "the film's problem is that we don't much like most of the characters, or care about them", but he still gave the film 2.5 out 4 stars. Amber Wilkinson from eyeforfilm.co.uk notes on 22 January 2005 that "short and snappy seem to be words long forgotten by filmmakers" and "the cast is strong and some of the lines - the title cards, which pop up to offer back stories - are fun, but there is a lack of heart to the movie".

Dustin Putman from filmfile.com on 16 July 2005 noted "it isn't adding up to a whole lot" and "the force of the splendid performances take hold and, along with Roos' easeful, non-showy cinematic handle, buoy the film above its more wobbly moments of indifference". Director Don Roos has been noted for his depiction of sexual fluidity, which features in Happy Endings as well as other Roos films such as The Opposite of Sex; the 2005 Sundance Film Festival opened with this film. Happy Endings received nominations for: 2006 Independent Spirit Award for "Best Supporting Female" – Maggie Gyllenhaal 2005 Satellite Awards for "Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Role, Comedy or Musical" – Tom Arnold for "Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Role, Comedy or Musical" – Steve Coogan for "Outstanding Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical" for "Outstanding Screenplay, Original" – Don Roos Hyperlink cinema – the film style of using multiple inter-connected story lines Official website Happy Endings on IMDb Happy Endings at AllMovie Happy Endings at the TCM Movie Database

Complex of Sultan Bayezid II Health Museum

The Complex of Sultan Bayezid II Health Museum is a hospital museum of Trakya University within the Complex of Sultan Bayezid II located in Edirne, Turkey. A külliye is an Ottoman architectural term for a complex of buildings centered on a mosque; the Complex of Bayezid II Külliye was built in 1488 by the Ottoman architect Mimar Hayruddin for the Sultan Bayezid II. The complex contains a Dar al-Shifa, it remained in operation for four centuries from 1488 until the Russo-Turkish War; the hospital was notable for its treatment methods for mental disorders, which included the use of music, water sound and scents. The historic darüşşifa was incorporated into the structure of Edirne-based Trakya University in 1993, converted into a "Health Museum" in 1997, a museum dedicated to the history of medicine and health matters in general, it has been developing ever since. It remains Turkey's only museum in its field and provides varied and valuable information to visitors on the development of medicine and of medical services throughout history Ottoman history.

The museum is the second most. The museum was awarded the European Council's "European Council Museum Award" in 2004 and in 2016 the complex was inscribed in the Tentative list of World Heritage Sites in Turkey; the health institution was a medical school. It ranked among the best 60 schools in the Ottoman Empire due to its high-paid scholar; the medical school consisted of 18 student rooms and a classroom surrounding three sides of a courtyard with a shadirvan in the middle. Famous Ottoman travel writer Evliya Çelebi mentions in his book that the students of the medical school were mature physicians, who studied and discussed works of Ancient Greek philosophers and physicians such as Plato, Philip of Opus, Aristotle and Pythagoras; the physicians, each being a specialist in a different field, tried to find out the best treatment by studying valuable scientific literature on medicine. The books of the medical school are archived in the hand-written books library of Selimiye Mosque today. According to Evliya Çelebi, following daily wages were paid to the staff and students: Scholar: 60 akçe including holidays, Assistant: 7 akçe Library clerk: 2 akçe Servants: 2 akçe Students: 2 akçe. in addition to meeting of all their needs.

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Jane Pickens

Jane Pickens Hoving was an American singer on Broadway and television for 20 years and an organizer in numerous philanthropic and society events. She was the musical leader of the Pickens Sisters, a trio born on a Georgia plantation that reached national stardom in the 1930s with its own radio show, concert tours and records; the daughters of Mr. and Mrs. P. M. Pickens, the Pickens sisters, Jane and Patti, were born in Macon and grew up there and in Atlanta. Beginning when the girls were ages 4, 6 and 8, their parents taught them to harmonize, their father, a cotton broker, played their mother sang. At first the sisters sang for friends at churches and schools; the family moved to Park Avenue in Manhattan in 1932, a test recording for Victor made such an impression with radio executives that they hired the sisters unseen. Promoted as "Three Little Maids From Dixie", they appeared in Thumbs Up on Broadway and in a movie, Sitting Pretty. Signed to Victor as Victor's answer to the popular Brunswick recording artists, Boswell Sisters, they recorded 25 sides for Victor from early 1932 until late 1934.

Their records had a much more novel quality than the harder jazz-styled Boswell Sisters' records. As 1932 Victor records had two- and three-part harmonizers, the Three X Sisters, with experimental sweet/swingy tunes; these three groups were the most noted harmonizers of their day. The Pickens group earned $1 million in five years but dissolved when two sisters left to get married and a fourth, the group's manager departed. Grace, married U. S. District Attorney John T. Cahill. Patti married radio actor Bob Simmons. Of the sisters Jane Pickens, who arranged the group's numbers, was the most serious about music, she studied at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia and the Fontainebleau in France and won fellowships at the Juilliard School where she studied with Anna E. Schoen-René. Several times she dropped out of public appearances to resume formal training, she studied for two years with a Polish coloratura soprano. She sang in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1936 in a cast that included Gypsy Rose Lee. In 1940 she played opposite Ed Wynn in Girls Together on Broadway.

Brooks Atkinson's review said she had "a most attractive voice."A turning point came in the 1940s when, unsatisfied with her career, she consulted Robert Alton, a music arranger. He told her, his analysis was a revelation. "I woke up the next morning healed," she said. "That wall was just gone."In 1949 she won acclaim for starring in the lead of Regina, the musical version of The Little Foxes. One review said her performance was "in every way admirable." Jack Gould wrote that she "sings and acts with the ferocity of a poisonous snake." Pickens' other Broadway credits included Music in the Air. Pickens pursued her music career alone and had wide-ranging success, from musical comedy to opera and nightclub engagements, she had the American Melody Hour on CBS radio and the Jane Pickens Show on NBC radio, as well as a program on ABC television. The World-Telegram said in 1940: "She's the most beautiful woman on Broadway with a voice."In 1954, Pickens appeared in a 15-minute ABC television musical series, The Jane Pickens Show, replaced in the spring by The Martha Wright Show.

She performed benefits for charitable causes, including events for orphans, youths and the disabled. When her career tapered off in the late 1950s, she turned to running hundreds of fund-raising affairs. Among her favorite causes were the Salvation Army and research into heart disease and cerebral palsy, a condition that afflicted her daughter. On June 6, 1928, Pickens married Russell A. Clark, she became a noted figure at balls and other society events in New York City, Long Island and Newport. After her career peaked she was married twice to prominent businessmen. First was William C. Langley, a Wall Street broker. After he died, she married Walter Hoving, who had owned Bonwit Teller. In 1972 she ran as the Republican-Conservative challenger to United States Representative Edward I. Koch in the Silk Stocking district on the East Side of Manhattan. Pickens painted. Flowers were roses in particular, she sold dozens of paintings for charity. She was 84 years old when she died of heart failure in Newport, Rhode Island, on February 21, 1992.

She had a home on Park Avenue in Manhattan. An early marriage to Russell Clark ended in divorce, she was survived by her daughter, Marcella Clark McCormack of Newport and Manhattan, a sister, Patti Shreve of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The Jane Pickens Theater, a one-screen arthouse cinema, the only remaining movie theater in Newport, was renamed after her in 1974. Pickens and her sister Patti performed at the dedication ceremony