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Wayne Newton

Carson Wayne Newton is an American singer and entertainer. One of the best-known entertainers in Las Vegas, Nevada, he is known by the nicknames The Midnight Idol, Mr. Las Vegas and Mr. Entertainment, his well known songs include 1972's "Daddy, Don't You Walk So Fast", "Years", his vocal version of "Red Roses for a Blue Lady". His signature song "Danke Schoen" was notably used in the score for Ferris Bueller's Day Off, he was born Carson Wayne Newton in Norfolk, Virginia, to Patrick Newton, an auto mechanic, his wife, Evelyn Marie "Smith". He is of Irish and Native American ancestry; when his father was serving in the U. S. Navy during World War II, Newton spent his early years in Roanoke, learning the piano and steel guitar at age six. While he was a child, his family moved to near Ohio, he began singing in local clubs and fairs with his older brother, Jerry. Because of Newton's severe asthma, his family moved to Phoenix in 1952, where he left North High School just before finishing his junior year.

The brothers, as the Rascals in Rhythm, appeared with the Grand Ole Opry roadshows and on ABC-TV's Ozark Jubilee. In the spring of 1958, near the end of his junior year of high school, a Las Vegas booking agent saw Newton on a local TV show, Lew King Rangers Show, on which the two Newton brothers were performing and took them back for an audition. Signed for two weeks, the brothers performed for five years, doing six shows a day. On September 29, 1962, they first performed on The Jackie Gleason Show. Wayne would perform on Gleason's show 12 times over the following two years. In the early to mid-1960s, he acted and sang as "Andy" the baby-faced Ponderosa ranch hand on the classic western TV series, Bonanza. By 1963, Newton had been signed to Capitol Records and his first album was released on the label, he had a hit with "Danke Schoen". It reached no. 13 on the Billboard Magazine Hot 100 chart. Many prominent entertainment icons such as Lucille Ball, Bobby Darin, Danny Thomas, George Burns, Jack Benny lent Newton their support.

In particular, Benny hired Newton as an opening act for his show. After his job with Benny ended, Newton was offered a job to open for another comic at the Flamingo Hotel, but Newton asked for, was given, a headline act. In 1972 his recording of "Daddy, Don't You Walk So Fast" sold over one million copies, was awarded a gold disc by the R. I. A. A. in July 1972. Influential music director Rosalie Trombley of Canadian station CKLW "The Big 8" radio in the Detroit-Windsor area decided to add the record to her radio station to embarrass her ex-husband, who wasn't faithful about seeing his children, as Trombley explained in the documentary Radio Revolution: The Rise and Fall of the Big 8; the record topped the Canadian charts. From Detroit, "Daddy Don't You Walk So Fast" broke nationwide. From 1980 through 1982, The Beach Boys and The Grass Roots performed Independence Day concerts on the National Mall in Washington, D. C. attracting large crowds. However, in April 1983, James G. Watt, President Ronald Reagan's Secretary of the Interior, banned Independence Day concerts on the Mall by such groups.

Watt said that "rock bands" that had performed on the Mall on Independence Day in 1981 and 1982 had encouraged drug use and alcoholism and had attracted "the wrong element", who would mug individuals and families attending any similar events in the future. Watt announced that Newton, a friend and supporter of President Reagan and a contributor to Republican Party political campaigns, would perform at the Mall's 1983 Independence Day celebration. Newton entered the Independence Day stage on the Mall on July 4, 1983, to cheering members of the audience, but some members booed. On May 23, 1989, Newton's live stage show was broadcast as a pay-per-view event called Wayne Newton Live in Concert. Newton did not perform his trademark songs "Danke Schoen" or "Red Roses for a Blue Lady". However, he closed the show with a special finale of "MacArthur Park", which culminated with an onstage rainfall. On December 12, 1992, Newton hit #1 on the Cashbox Pop and Country charts with an Elvis Presley-inspired song, "The Letter".

Controversy swirled around this chart feat, as "The Letter" did not chart at all on Billboard Magazine's authoritative Hot 100 chart, Adult Contemporary chart or "Bubbling Under" chart. It did not make the Radio and Records magazine chart either; this marked the first and only time in history that a record hit #1 on the Cashbox Top 100 chart, yet failed to chart on Billboard's Hot 100. In 1994, Newton performed his 25,000th solo show in Las Vegas. In 1999, Newton signed a 10-year deal with the Stardust, calling for him to perform there 40 weeks out of the year for six shows a week in a showroom named after him. Orchestrated by his business partner, Jack Wishna, this "headliner-in-residence" deal was the first of its kind. In 2005, in preparation for the eventual demolition of the casino, the deal was, from all reports, amicably terminated, his last show at the Stardust was on April 20, 2005. During a break in his on stage performance, he announced to the crowd that night he wanted to spend more time with his wife and new daughter as the main reasonings for canceling the contract.

Newton said the Boyd family made him a nice offer to stay on past the demolition of the hotel and casino and to play in other Boyd venues, but Newton declined citing "another deal in the works for Vegas", but he did n

Mariam Memarsadeghi

Mariam Memarsadeghi is an activist advocating regime change in Iran. Memarsadeghi provides media commentary on issues such as democratic transition, women's rights, civil society, civic education, Middle East politics, internet freedom, social media, she has participated To the Contrary. She has appeared on Persian and Arabic language radio and television programs and is interviewed about Iranian politics in both English and Persian, her writing has been published in journals and in newspapers including Quillette, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Globe and Mail. Memarsadeghi has spoken on issues related to democracy at universities around the world and research institutions such as the Henry Jackson Society, American Enterprise Institute, Aspen Institute, Council for Community of Democracies, Council of Europe, Freedom House, Legatum Institute, Hudson Institute, Texas Lyceum, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics, Project on Middle East Democracy, Silicon Valley RightsCon, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

The Clingendael Netherlands Institute of International Relations, Foundation for Defense of Democracies, the Ditchley Foundation, the National Endowment for Democracy and the Danish Institute for Human Rights. She has delivered a talk at the UK Parliament and moderated Persian language discussions at Tavaana and delivered public talks in Persian language, such as at the Conference of the Association of Friends of Persian Culture, an annual gathering of over 3,000 organized by Iranian Baha'is in Chicago, she was one of the 77 judges in the 27th annual We the People finals judges. Profile at SourceWatch

Lisa Wickham

Lisa Wickham is a media producer-director-TV personality in Trinidad and Tobago. She is a former presenter with Trinidad and Tobago Television where she was the host of the daily morning prime-time news and talk show T&T This Morning, host of the daily mid-morning talk show Community Dateline, host of the weekly teen talent show Party Time and cast member and segment host of the weekly children's show Rikki Tikki. Wickham started her career on television at the age of six, she is the CEO of Imagine Media International Limited. Imagine Media is best known for its line of television productions under the E-Zone Entertainment brand. Wickham is the producer-director and host of the Caribbean Entertainment TV show The E-Zone, aired in 20 Caribbean countries, in Canada on Omni 1 and in the US on Centric/BET J. Wickham first started on television in Trinidad and Tobago at the age of six making appearances on the live weekly children’s TV show Rikki Tikki, aired on the national TV channel Trinidad and Tobago Television,TTT.

At the age of 13, while attending school at Holy Name Convent, she was given her own segment on the show to host known as the "Spelling Bee". As a child and teenager she was active in a number of social and community groups, including the Queen's Royal College Scout Troupe, being one of the first female Venture Scouts in Trinidad and Tobago. In 1987, Wickham was selected to host the weekly teen talent show Party Time, alongside Wendell Constantine, which she hosted for the first four seasons from 1987-1989 on the national TV channel Trinidad and Tobago Television. While on television, Wickham continued in her academic pursuits at the University of the West Indies from where she graduated with a B. Sc in Management. At the same time Wickham continued to present on TV and radio shows and to host live concerts/shows across Trinidad and Tobago. In 1999, she was invited to co-host the mid-morning live talk show Dateline on Trinidad and Tobago Television, alongside Allyson Hennessy. In 2002, she was offered the premier role as host of Trinidad and Tobago Television’s live prime-time morning talk show T&T This Morning, which she hosted and co-produced until the station closed in 2005.

By this time Wickham had launched her own television production entity making the transition to producer-director, producing Caribbean-syndicated shows such as The E-Zone and Bon Mange as well as music videos for some of the top soca artistes in the Caribbean, including Shurwayne Winchester and Patrice Roberts. Wickham had begun to make guest host appearances on the prime-time morning show of Barbados, Mornin' Barbados, on the national TV channel CBC, Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation. By 2006 The E-Zone TV Show had been picked up by Omni 1, BET J, in the US having aired in 20 Caribbean territories; the E-Zone TV Show features the people and faces of the West Indian diaspora. It has been to carnivals in London, Canada, New York and most of the Caribbean Islands, St. Kitts Music Festival, Dominica's World Creole Music Festival, Antigua Sailing Week, St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, among others, it has featured personalities including regional prime ministers, international recording stars and Caribbean artistes.

By 2008, Wickham had produced and directed shows for Black Entertainment Television, such as the St. Lucia Jazz Festival Post Show, the Turks and Caicos Music Festival and the 2007 Trinidad Carnival Special, she continues to direct with selected on-air appearances. Wickham produced and directed the stage production of the 2007 and 2008 COTT Music Awards and produced and co-directed the edited TV version of the show, aired across the Caribbean. Lisa Wickham is an alumna of the Warwick Business School, UK, University of the West Indies, Wirschaft Universität, Austria, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and the London Film Academy. During and after her school years she has published in a number of business journals and newspapers and has conducted a number of motivational sessions and workshops throughout the Caribbean, for schools, government community projects and the Trinidad & Tobago Defence Force, her extensive experience spans from General Manager of the University of the West Indies, Institute of Business to being Head of the Global Quality Exchange, a World Bank Project for Business Expansion and Industrial Restructuring for Trinidad & Tobago and CEO of Vision Marketing Caribbean Co. Ltd.

She is the CEO of E-Zone Entertainment, a Division of Imagine Media International Limited. Appearing on television since the age of six, she made the transition from children’s TV to adult contemporary TV, hosting a series of successful TV productions including a daily morning prime-time TV Show on national TV in Trinidad and Tobago and the popular E-Zone entertainment TV magazine show, syndicated throughout the Caribbean and in the US on BET J, she has been a contributor to BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC 1 XTRA and has produced TV programmes for BET/BET J as well as the Government of Trinidad and Tobago. In 2006 she founded E-Zone the Mag! magazine, which features articles on Caribbean entertainment personalities. E-Zone the Mag! and E-Zone TV Show have been used as teaching tools for the Caribbean Studies CAPE exam course in some high schools in Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean. In 2007 and 2008, she was the artistic director and producer of the acclaimed Annual COTT Music Awards, including the COTT Foundation Awards Dinner.

In 2009, Wickham was Producer-Trinidad for the UNICEF-MTV HIV/AIDS awareness

Japoy Lizardo

John Paul Lizardo known as Japoy Lizardo, is a Filipino taekwondo practitioner and commercial model. Lizardo attended Diliman Preparatory School and studied college at De La Salle University - College of Saint Benilde. At 11 years old, Lizardo took up taekwondo, the year he earned black belt, he joined the Philippine Black Belt contingent, the national team for students pursuing their elementary and high school studies, at age 12. When he was two years older, he joined the Philippine junior national team and began to compete in international tournaments such as the Korean Open and the Asian Junior Championship. By age 18, Lizardo was a member of the senior national team. Lizardo first garnered attention at the 2001 Asian Junior Taekwondo Championships where he captured the silver medal in the men's finweight, he has won three medals at the senior stage of the Asian Taekwondo Championships and competed in the World Taekwondo Championships in 2007 and 2009. He ended his competitive career when he quit as a member of the Philippine men's taekwondo team in November 2015 due to his leg injury.

Lizardo was among the 14 scholar-athletes who have scholarships from the Olympic Solidarity Movement under the Philippine Olympic Committee. By 2016, Lizardo now serves as head coach of the Philippine national taekwondo team, he is married with co-taekwondo artist Janice Lagman since May 8, 2016. On August 11, 2016, the couple announced on Instagram, they announced the birth of their first child on February 25, 2017. Interview on Japoy Lizardo from World Taekwondo Federation

Robby Langers

Robert'Robby' Langers is a retired footballer from Luxembourg. He was voted Luxembourgish Sportsman of the Year in 1987, he started his career at local side Union Luxembourg but was loaned to German Bundesliga outfit Borussia Mönchengladbach aged 20. After two seasons on the sub's bench and in the reserves he moved to France to play for seven different teams in ten seasons, both in Ligue 1 and Ligue 2. While at US Orléans he became top goalscorer of Ligue 2. At Cannes he played alongside a youngster named Zinedine Zidane. In 1992. Langers moved east to Swiss sides Yverdon-Sport and Etoile Carouge played with Eintracht Trier in Germany before returning home to play for F91 Dudelange and end his career in fashion by scoring 14 goals for his first club Union Luxembourg. Langers made his debut for Luxembourg in a September 1980 World Cup qualification match against Yugoslavia and won 73 caps for Luxembourg over a period of eighteen years, scored eight goals in the process, he played. His international career coincided with two more of Luxembourg's most successful players: Guy Hellers and Carlo Weis.

He played his final international game in May 1998, against Cameroon in which he came on as a second-half substitute and was himself substituted a few minutes in his honour. Scores and results list Luxembourg's goal tally first. Metz Coupe de France: 1983–84 Luxembourgish Sportsman of the Year: 1987 Robby Langers at National-Football-Teams.com Robby Langers at fussballdaten.de

Calliostoma zizyphinum

Calliostoma zizyphinum, common name the European painted top shell, is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Calliostomatidae. The solid conical shell is straight-sided and imperforate; the shell contains up to 12-13 whorls. It is sculptured with regular spiral ridges, traversed by fine prosocline growth lines; the apex is minute, composed of a single smooth rounded whorl, Several whorls follow, each with 4 granose spiral ridges. These become smooth and either obsolete or narrow on the whorls; the body whorl has a prominent peripheral keel bearing two broad ridges. Base of shell rather flat, inner lips reflected over shallow umbilical groove; the periphery is angular, encircled by a smooth rounded rib that becomes a supra-sutural band or fasciole on the spire. The base of the shell is nearly flat; the aperture is quadrate. The cylindrical columella is nearly straight; the color of the shell is variable. The ground color is yellowish brown, pale pink, or violet with streaks and blotches of brown, red or purple on the periphery.

Blotches on the keel are darker, more frequent and more regular than on other parts of shell. It is radiately clouded with brown on the upper surface; the base of the shell is obscurely radiately streaked. Pure white or violet specimens are found; this species is host to the following parasites: Trochicola entericus Dollfus, 1914 Endocheres obscurus Bocquet & Stock, 1956 Trochicola enterica Dollfus, 1914 The starfish Asterias rubens is a known predator of Calliostoma zizyphinus This marine species occurs in European waters from Northern Norway to the Azores. Backeljau, T.. Lijst van de recente mariene mollusken van België. Koninklijk Belgisch Instituut voor Natuurwetenschappen: Brussels, Belgium. 106 pp. Harms, J. 1993. Checklist of species found in the vicinity of the island of Helgoland - a review of recent records. Helgoländer Meeresuntersuch. 47 1: 1-34. Gofas, S.. Mollusca, in: Costello, M. J. et al.. European register of marine species: a check-list of the marine species in Europe and a bibliography of guides to their identification.

Collection Patrimoines Naturels, 50: pp. 180–213 Muller, Y.. Faune et flore du littoral du Nord, du Pas-de-Calais et de la Belgique: inventaire.. Commission Régionale de Biologie Région Nord Pas-de-Calais: France. 307 pp. Natural History Museum, London: Collections Management Database System "Calliostoma zizyphinum zizyphinum". Gastropods.com. Retrieved 15 January 2019