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Willesden is an area in north west London which forms part of the London Borough of Brent. It is situated 5 miles northwest of Charing Cross, it was a parish in the county of Middlesex, incorporated as the Municipal Borough of Willesden in 1933, has formed part of the London Borough of Brent in Greater London since 1965. Dollis Hill is sometimes referred to as being part of Willesden. With its close proximity to affluent neighbourhoods Brondesbury Park, Queen's Park and Kensal Rise, the area surrounding Willesden Green station has seen increased gentrification in the past several years, with rising property prices; the Daily Telegraph called Willesden Green one of London's "new middle class" areas. The area has a population of 44,295 as of 2011 including the Willesden Green, Dollis Hill and Dudden Hill wards. Willesden Green has one of the city's highest Irish populations, is strongly associated with Afro-Caribbeans and Latin Americans. Willesden is in the NW10 postcode district, but part of it is in the NW2 postcode district.

The name derives from the Anglo-Saxon Willesdune, meaning the Hill of the Spring, a settlement bearing this name dates back to 939 AD. The Domesday Book of 1086 records it as Wellesdone. However, on 19th century maps of the town such as those from the'Ordnance Survey First Series', the town is shown as Wilsdon; the motto of Willesden Borough Council was Laborare est orare. From the 14th to 16th centuries, the town was a place of pilgrimage due to the presence of two ancient statues of the Virgin Mary at the Church of St Mary. One of these statues is thought to have been a Black Madonna, venerated as Our Lady of Willesden, insulted by the Lollards, taken to Thomas Cromwell's house and burnt in 1538 on a large bonfire of "notable images" including those of Our Lady of Walsingham, Our Lady of Worcester, Our Lady of Ipswich. There was a "holy well", thought to possess miraculous qualities for blindness and other eye disorders. Much of the district supplied Apples and vegetables to the city of London for many years from the early years of the industrial revolution.

The Iris was a British car brand, manufactured from 1906 by Legros & Knowles Ltd in Willesden. Lucien Alphonse Legros, son of the artist Alphonse Legros, Guy Knowles, scion of a wealthy and artistic family, founded Legros & Knowles Ltd in Cumberland Park, Willesden Junction, in 1904 to build and repair vehicles; the parish of Willesden remained predominantly rural up until 1875, when its population was 18,500. It included the villages and hamlets of Brondesbury, Dollis Hill, Dudden Hill, Kilburn, Mapesbury and Stonebridge. However, this changed with the opening of the Metropolitan Railway station of Willesden Green on 24 November 1879. By 1906 the population had grown to 140,000, a phenomenon of rapid growth, to be repeated in the 1920s in neighbouring areas such as Harrow; the Metropolitan line service was withdrawn in 1940, when the station was served by the Bakerloo line, the Jubilee line. The First World War caused Willesden to change from a predominantly middle class suburb to a working class part of London.

After the war, Willesden grew as many factories opened up with numerous flats and terraced houses. The local council encouraged building to prevent large decline. To the present day, Willesden has been shaped by the patterns of migration which marks it out as one of the most diverse areas in the United Kingdom. City of London Corporation records show that the first black person recorded in Brent was Sarah Eco, christened in St. Mary’s Church in Willesden on 15 September 1723; the 1901 United Kingdom census recorded. In 1923, the specialist coach builder Freestone and Webb established their base in Willesden, producing bespoke cars on Rolls-Royce and Bentley chassis until 1956. Willesden became a municipal borough in 1933, it is at this time that the area became predominantly working class. A small Irish community had formed in Willesden by this time, which grew during the period of the Second World War. A small Jewish community of refugees from Europe formed during the war, with 3.5% of the population in 1951 born in Germany, Russia or Austria.

During the war, Willesden suffered large bombing damage due to the heavy concentration of manufacturing industry, such as munition factories, the location of'Smiths Instruments". Mulliner-Park Ward. Power Station location and major railway locomotive overhaul facilities located in the area; the period from 1960 saw migrants settling from the Indian Subcontinent. Additionally, from 1963 it was the site of the Kuo Yuan, the first Chinese restaurant to serve Pekinese dishes in Britain. Since the 1960s, Willesden has been popular with young working holidaymakers from Canada and New Zealand, although this popularity has declined somewhat in favour of other areas since about 2003. Willesden went into a period of decline during the 1970s and 1980s as much of the housing was inadequate due to overcrowding as industry was mixed with housing; the whole of central Willesden was earmarked for redevelopment. In the late 1980s, traders were given money to revamp the High Street to prevent shops closing; the area surrounding Willesden Green station has become more middle-class and gentrified with marked property price rises in 2014 and 2015.

The Willesden Green ward is represented on Brent Council by three Labour councill

Lake Sonfon

Lake Sonfon known as Lake Confon, is a fresh water mountain lake in Diang, Sierra Leone of religious and cultural significance. The nearest towns are Kabala, 60 km to the north and Benugu, 40 km to the south, it is located in the hills of the Sula Mountains at an altitude of 549 m above sea level. Sonfon drains from its southern end, which forms the start of the Pampana River, is fed by seven small streams with its water level varying during the year; the Lake has a maximum depth of 8 m and with an area of 8.2 km2 is Sierra Leone's largest inland lake. Gold deposits are found in alluvial deposits in the area. Only the alluvial deposits are being worked employing 15,000 miners around the Lake; this mining is causing the level of water in the lake to decrease. Although the Sonfon is not well surveyed 105 species of birds have been identified at the lake including the iris glossy-starling, the Dybowski's twinspot, the splendid sunbird, the red-faced pytilia and the pied-winged swallow. Animals that live at the lake include endangered pygmy hippopotamus, black duikers and Maxwell's duikers.

In the dry season the lake is covered with vegetation. The hill environment around the lake consist of forests, wooded savanah and farmbush; the Lake is a key conservation area and a proposed protected area but as of 2011 there is no protection in place. Lake Sonfon is considered sacred in traditional belief with local people carrying out cultural ceremonies along its shore. Offerings, including rice and food, are floated into the lake on calabashes. In traditional belief the lake is symbolically intermittent, as well as being intermittent in terms of the amount of water in the dry season and a powerful Djinn lives in the lake. Protected areas of Sierra Leone Wildlife of Sierra Leone

Na Jom Bwajwo (One More Chance)

"나 좀 봐줘" is the debut digital single of The Grace subunit Dana & Sunday. It was released on various music portal charts including iTunes on July 11, 2011. Various media outlets reported that The Grace would return in some time in April or July 2011, but due to the individual activities of Lina and Stephanie, only Dana and Sunday were scheduled for a comeback as a duo; the song garnered interested due to its use of lyrics like "Take out the rib bone of Adam, when it’s me that should have it taken out", "Bridget Jones met her match, but what have I to lose against her?". These were considered "unique" topics, were mentioned in various news outlets. CSJH's official website posted a statement saying "the lyrics plainly tells the story of single girls in our times, revealing new charms of The Grace through the fresh tune and the secrets of girls in the lyrics that anyone would empathize with"; some of the lyrics were deemed unsuitable for broadcast on MBC, but it passed SBS and KBS' regulations without any issues.

The duo agreed to change the lyrics from soju to'espresso' and makgeolli to'latte' for their continued performances on MBC from on. They first performed on KBS Music Bank as their debut/comeback stage on July 8, 2012, followed by performances on MBC Show! Music Core, SBS Inkigayo and on M! Countdown respectively. Dana & Sunday concluded their promotions on August 25, 2012 at MBC Show! Music Core; the music video for their single "One More Chance" was released through SMTown Official YouTube page on July 8, 2011. It depicted scenes of Dana and Sunday walking through an airport, giving an interview while dressed in formal gowns dancing in front of a car. "나 좀 봐줘'" is an electro-pop song combining with grungy synths, catchy beats, quirky bells and whistles. "One More Chance" is the work of composer Kenzie, who composed the song "One More Time, OK?" from their 2007 first album One More Time, OK?. The GRACE - Dana&Sunday official website "One More Chance" music video teaser on YouTube "One More Chance" music video on YouTube

I've Got My Captain Working for Me Now

"I've Got My Captain Working for Me Now" is a popular song written in 1919 by Irving Berlin. It was published by Music Publishers Inc. in New York. The song tells of a young man who returns to work as a manager in his father's factory following his tour of duty as a Private First Class in World War I, his now-unemployed former Captain is hired as a clerk by the delighted former PFC. Sample lyric: When I come into the office he gets up on his feet Stands at attention and gives me his seat Who was it said "revenge is sweet"? I've got my Captain working for me nowThis song was in the top 20 from October 1919 to January 1920 and reached number 6 in November and December 1919. Al Jolson and Billy Murray had successful recordings of the song in 1919-20, it was recorded in 1919, by Eddie Cantor, for Pathe. The song was revived by Bing Crosby in the 1946 film, Blue Skies and he made a commercial recording for Decca Records on July 24, 1946, included in his album Blue Skies. Berlin, Robert Kimball, Linda Emmet.

The Complete Lyrics of Irving Berlin. New York: Knopf, 2000. ISBN 0-679-41943-8 OCLC 44750842 Hoffmann, Frank W. Dick Carty, Quentin Riggs. Billy Murray: The Phonograph Industry's First Great Recording Artist. Lanham, Md: Scarecrow Press, 1997. ISBN 0-8108-3105-8 OCLC 33404458 Vogel, Frederick G. World War I Songs: A History and Dictionary of American Popular Tunes, with Over 300 Complete Lyrics. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co. 1995. ISBN 0-89950-952-5 OCLC 32241433 Wilder and James T. Maher. American Popular Song: The Great Innovators, 1900–1950. New York: Oxford University Press, 1972. ISBN 0-19-501445-6 OCLC 308524 Complete lyrics Recording by Billy Murray

2009 New York City Comptroller election

The 2009 election for New York City Comptroller was held on November 3, 2009 to coincide with the 2009 mayoral election to determine who would serve as New York City Comptroller. The Democratic and Republican primaries were held on September 15, 2009. There was a run-off election for the Democratic Party nomination on September 29, 2009. Joe Mendola was nominated as the Republican candidate. John Liu was nominated the candidate of the Democratic Party. Liu won the race and was elected Comptroller, becoming the first Asian American to be elected to a citywide office. Four candidates sought the Democratic Party nomination, they were: Melinda Katz, City Council member and former State Assemblywoman John Liu, City Council member David Weprin, City Council member and former Deputy Superintendent of the New York State Banking Commission David Yassky, City Council memberIn March 2009, Liu announced that he was running for the post of New York City Comptroller. As part of this bid, Liu donated $10,000 to the Working Families Party.

Liu raised $3 million for his political run, more than his competitors. Beginning in May, Liu picked up several endorsements; the Village Independent Democrats, The Queens County Democratic organization, the local Americans for Democratic Action chapter and the Working Families Party, 1199 SEIU union local and the Uniformed Firefighters Association endorsed him. On September 1, the United Federation of Teachers endorsed Liu. In the September 15 Democratic primary, Liu was the front-runner, ending up with 133,986 votes, or 38 percent of the vote; because he did not manage to reach 40 percent of the vote, a run-off election was required between Liu and runner-up Yassky, who received 30 percent of the vote in the primary. The Daily News wrote that Yassky and Liu slung mud in a spirited debate on September 24, 2009. On September 29, Liu won the run-off by taking 55.6% of the vote against Yassky. One candidate sought the Republican Party nomination. Joe Mendola First round, September 15, 2009 Most of the 108 write-in votes were for Salim Ejaz, over 40 of which were cast in Brooklyn.

As no candidate had received 40% of the Democratic vote for this office in the September 15 primary, a run-off election between the two most-popular candidates was held on Tuesday, September 29, 2009. John Liu won the general election held on Tuesday, November 3, 2009. Source: Board of Elections in the City of New York New York City Comptroller Government of New York City New York City mayoral election, 2009 New York City Public Advocate election, 2009

Caroline Kaufer

Caroline Kaufer was an executive of a software development company and a philanthropist for research into neuroendocrine cancer, the disease from which she died. Before her death, Mrs. Kaufer and her husband Stephen Kaufer gave $1.05 million to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to fund research of this rare disease. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 27, 2007. Retrieved September 28, 2013. CS1 maint: archived copy as title CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown They donated $250,000 to the Massachusetts General Hospital for similar research; the Stephen and Caroline Kaufer Fund for Neuroendocrine Research continues to support medical research around the world. Kaufer was a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School, she was head of Centerline Development Systems, based in Newton. Her husband was co-founder of TripAdvisor; the money that they donated has been used for research at, among other places, Dana–Farber Cancer Institute, Massachusetts General Hospital and Stanford University.

News release on TripAdvisor website Stanford Medical School Dana-Farber Cancer Institute "Caroline Lipson Kaufer died March 22 after a battle with neuroendocrine cancer. She was 42. " The Jewish Advocate April 7, 2005. American Society of Clinical Oncology Ruder, Debra. "Curiosity, a mother’s anguish help inspire neuroendocrine cancer research, Paths of Progress, Fall/Winter 2006, pp. 18-22. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 27, 2007. Retrieved September 28, 2013. CS1 maint: archived copy as title CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Paresky, Susan S. "Kaufers’ generosity transforms into treatments for rare cancer", Impact Winter 2005 "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 13, 2006. Retrieved August 17, 2013. CS1 maint: archived copy as title CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown