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Villeneuve-d'Ascq is a commune in the Nord department in northern France. With more than 60,000 inhabitants and 50,000 students, it is one of the main cities of the Métropole Européenne de Lille and the largest in area after Lille. Built up owing to the merger between the former communes of Ascq and Flers-lez-Lille, Villeneuve-d'Ascq is a new town and the cradle of the first automatic metro system of the world. Villeneuve-d'Ascq is nicknamed the'green technopole' thanks to the implantation of many researchers — two campus of the University of Lille. Owing to its activity centres, its Haute Borne European scientific park and two shopping malls, Villeneuve-d'Ascq is one of the main economic spots of the Hauts-de-France region. Outside its academic and business facilities, Villeneuve-d'Ascq is known because of its sporting events – two stadiums are located there and some of its sport teams are playing in the top division, its name means "new city of Ascq" in French. Ascq is derived from the Flemish word for "ash".

The name of the city is written without the customary hyphen. The city counts 10 km2 of greenspace, lakes and arable lands, it is located between Lille and Roubaix, at the crossroads of the principal freeways towards Paris, Ghent and Brussels. Development on what is now Villeneuve-d'Ascq can be traced back to Celtic Gaul era, are anchored in two feudal mounds, a Gallo-Roman site and a Carolingian one; the area was selected in the 1960s to accommodate a new town designated the name Lille-Est, to channel the growth of the agglomeration of Lille city and development of institutions based in the area. The commune of Villeneuve-d'Ascq was created in 1970 by the amalgamation of the communes of Ascq and Flers, its name evokes at the same time the new and the old: former commune Ascq and its memory as martyr town of 1 April 1944, date on which the Nazis massacred 86 men. The city's merger with Lille failed twice. Different kinds of businesses have their headquarters in Villeneuve d'Ascq because of the availability of land, the presence of researchers and the proximity to both Benelux and Paris economic regions.

Villeneuve d'Ascq hosts notably head office of the food processing company Bonduelle, financial services providers Cofidis, sporting good chain store Decathlon, chocolate manufacture Bouquet d'Or, disposable dishes Tifany Industrie, information security company Netasq, restaurant chains Flunch, Les 3 Brasseurs, Pizza Paï. Furthermore, Villeneuve d'Ascq hosts Europe - Middle East - Africa head office of information technology consulting company SoftThinks and European head office and R&D center of Canadian frozen foods company McCain Foods, it is home to the central buying service of international retail group Auchan, a R&D center of multinational agri-processor Tate & Lyle, a data processing center of American company Xerox. Villeneuve d'Ascq hosts numerous administration and public organizations offices; the Northern headquarters of French national meteorological service Météo-France, large barracks of the National Gendarmerie, the Northern headquarters of French national information and traffic center.

Since 1998, there are large offices of the mobile network operator and Internet service provider Orange, along with the information computing center of Électricité de France for the Northern and Western France region. From 1984 to 1994 Villeneuve d'Ascq housed a Groupe Bull factory that developed and marketed desktops personal computers. There was a Rhône-Poulenc chemical factory, now housing offices of mail order company 3 Suisses. Villeneuve d'Ascq hosts the Northern head office of Textile and Clothing French Institute which assist industry for their technological and economical development. 2000 businesses are implanted in the city. Two huge shopping centers are located in the technopole; the indoor/roofed Centre commercial V2, founded in 1977, when created, was the largest shopping center north of Paris and is still the largest in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais area. A new outdoor one opened in 2009, Heron Parc, a 13,000 m2 shopping center located near V2, hosting numerous stores of Groupe Auchan and a 12 auditoriums movie theater.

Villeneuve d'Ascq is the first academic pole of the metropolitan area. Numerous academic and scientific facilities are located there; the city hosts two main campuses of the University of Lille: "Cité Scientifique". Those two campuses count a half of the Community of Universities and Institutions Lille Nord de France students. Villeneuve d'Ascq hosts a University Institute for Technology, the school in architecture École nationale supérieure d'architecture et de paysage de Lille, along with five graduate schools: École centrale de Lille, École nationale supérieure de chimie de Lille, Polytech'Lille

The Crown (mountain)

The Crown known as Huang Guan Shan and sometimes Crown Peak, is a mountain in the Karakoram mountain range in China. It is located in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China, its summit has an elevation of 7,295 metres and it is the highest peak in the Yengisogat subrange of the Karakoram. A detailed account of the unsuccessful British military summit attempt, was written by Hugh McManners entitled "Crowning the Dragon", published by HarperCollins in 1989 ISBN 0586204253; the summit was first climbed in 1993 by a Japanese party of the Tōkai branch of the Japanese Alpine Club. List of highest mountains List of Ultras of the Western Himalayas

James Morgan (Queensland politician)

James Morgan was a politician in Queensland, Australia. He was a Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly. James Morgan was born on 29 September 1816 in Ireland to Michael, a local farmer, he attended the private school of author Maria Edgeworth in Edgeworthtown. He was a member of the Church of England. At 19 years of age, he became interested in surveying and spent 3 years attached to a party of surveyors around Snowdon in Caernarvonshire, Wales. In late 1840, he immigrated on the Palestine, arriving in Sydney on 14 March 1841, he spent a few years in the Brisbane Water district in New South Wales before managing the property of W. C. Wentworth on the Namoi River until the end of 1847. In early 1848 he married, he continued to manage pastoral properties until 1868. In 1868 Morgan purchased the Warwick Argus newspaper, he worked fervently on thenewspaper writing columns against the 1868 Land Act. Morgan was elected the member for Warwick from 10 August 1870 until 21 July 1871, when he was defeated by Charles Clark in the 1871 Queensland colonial election.

Morgan was again elected in Warwick unopposed on 4 November 1873, holding the seat until his death on 19 November 1878. He held conservative pursuits on property and agricultural rights. In July 1878, Morgan participated in a parliamentary excursion on the steamer Norseman. Due to rough weather, Morgan sustained a severe blow to his head; as the vessel berthed at Brisbane, he fell from the gangway to the wharf, causing a compound fracture of the right leg above the ankle. Although early reports suggested Morgan was recovering well, he remained ill for some months. Despite his illness, he tried to contest the 1878 Queensland colonial election held on 19 November, but was defeated by Jacob Horwitz. Morgan died 10 days on 29 November 1878 at his home in Victoria Street, Warwick. All business ceased in the town in the afternoon of his funeral on Saturday 31 November 1878. A special train was arranged so his son The funeral cortege was nearly a mile long, comprising over 110 vehicles and estimated to contain at least 1200 people, including Queensland Premier John Douglas and other parliamentarians.

In accordance with Morgan's deathbed wish, he was buried beside his son in the Warwick General Cemetery in a funeral ceremony conducted according to Anglican rites by the priest of St Mark's Anglican Church, Masonic rites and Oddfellow rites. His son, Sir Arthur Morgan, became Premier of Queensland from 1903-1906, his grandson Arthur Morgan was a Member of the Australian House of Representatives

Yuan Jai

Yuan Jai 袁旃 is a visual artist based in Taiwan. She is known for her experimentation with representation in Chinese ink painting; the artist studied Chinese painting and received her doctorate in Belgium, focusing on the preservation of cultural artifacts. After she returned to Taiwan, she worked as a conservator in the Department of Antiquities at the National Palace Museum in Taipei for more than thirty years, her artistic career started to flourish as she was surrounded by Chinese old masters' paintings, jades and ceramics at the museum. Her work draws from antique prototypes and masters' paintings, interprets visual traditions by incorporating geometric patterns, vibrant colors, daily experiences. Yuan Jai was born in Sichuan, she studied with Chinese Painting maters Pu Xinyu and Huang Yun-bi at the Department of Art, Taiwan Provincial Normal University, moved to Belgium where she received her master degree in Archeologie et Histoire D'art from Université Catholique de Louvain in 1966. In 1968, she received her doctorate from the Institut Royal du Patrimoine Artistique for the Preservation of Cultural Artifacts.

Her studies of Art Deco, Art Nouveau and Surrealism have a fundamental influence on her work. In her work, Yuan uses bright mineral pigments to depict blue-and-green landscapes, her visual language integrates forms from China's artistic heritage, European paintings she studied for her doctorate, as well as her personal, daily experiences. She uses elements of classical Chinese arts but does not follow the prescribed rules of this tradition, she interprets Chinese art in a transnational fashion and therefore challenges art historical canons that depend on Euro-American centers. Yuan Jai did not resume her painting practice until her forties. Since picking up her painting brush again in 1987, Yuan Jai has attempted to find innovative methods of Chinese painting by using the tradition as the foundation, incorporating the skills and concepts she has encountered and absorbed in the course of her multiple life experiences. Yuan Jai’s recent solo exhibitions include Yuan Jai, Center Pompidou, Paris, 2020.

She recently participated in the exhibitions The Weight of Lightness: Ink Art at M+, M+ Pavilion, West Kowloon Cultural District, Hong Kong, 2017.

Asmund Bjørken

Asmund Bjørken was a Norwegian musician who played the accordion and saxophone in the genres of jazz and folk. He was self-taught. Bjørken was part of Harry Waagens Orchestra, a cental band on the Trondheim Jazz scene in 1949–53, he had his own orchestras in Steinkjer and Trondheim. In the lineups was among others Karl Holst, Kjell Johansen and Bjørn Alterhaug. I. 1990 the orchestra consisted of Ove Bjørken, Per Olaf Green and Rolf Skogstad. Av utenlandske samarbeid kan nevnes Bengt Hallberg, Benny Bailey, Mads Vinding. In the 1980s he played in Egil Kapstad/Rowland Greenberg Quartet, since 1990 he has led own Asmund Bjørken Swing Sextet, which inter alia Ove Bjørken, Bjørn Alterhaug and Bjørn Krokfoss are included, as well as Erling Aksdal, he released the autobiography Spellemann, på gammel rutine og støgg mistanke in 2003, a portrait of him vas put up at the Norwegian television channel NRK in 2003, called Asmund i Himmelriket, by Andreas Lunnan. 1972: Buddyprisen 1998: Nord-Trøndelag fylkes kulturpris 2002: Vågåfatet 2003: Verdal kommunes kulturpris 2004: Trondheim Jazz Festival honorary Award 1976: Accordeon to my heart 1990: Gammeldansens Perler, within'Asmund Bjørkens Orchestra 1992: Pot's on, within Asmund Bjørkens Sextet 1997: Jazz Accordion – My way, 1979: Frösöminner, 1981: Old news, within Bjørn Krokfoss Oktet 1982: All the things you are, with Arvid Genius Asmund Bjørken Biography on

Pedro Urbina Montoya

Pedro Urbina Montoya, O. F. M. or Pedro de Urbina y Montoya was a Roman Catholic prelate who served as Archbishop of Seville, Archbishop of Valencia, Bishop of Coria. Pedro Urbina Montoya was born in Berantevilla, Spain on 12 August 1585 and ordained a priest in the Order of Friars Minor on 22 February 1609. On 2 May 1644, he was appointed during the papacy of Pope Urban VIII as Bishop of Coria. On 11 September 1644, he was consecrated bishop by Diego Arce Reinoso, Bishop of Plasencia, with Miguel Avellán, Titular Bishop of Siriensis, Timoteo Pérez Vargas, Titular Bishop of Lystra, serving as co-consecrators. On 30 December 1648, he was selected by the King of Spain and confirmed by Pope Innocent X on 28 June 1649 as Archbishop of Valencia, he was installed on 18 December 1649. On 1 April 1658, he was appointed during the papacy of Pope Alexander VII as Archbishop of Seville, he served as Archbishop of Seville until his death on 6 February 1663. While bishop, he was the principal consecrator of: Bishop of Orihuela.

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