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William Shea

William Alfred "Bill" Shea was an American lawyer and a name partner of the prominent law firm of Shea & Gould. He is better known as the founder of the Continental League, instrumental in bringing National League baseball back to New York City with the New York Mets, for being the namesake of the stadium where that team played for 45 years. Shea began undergraduate work at New York University, where he was admitted to the Zeta Psi fraternity, graduated from Georgetown University and the Georgetown University Law Center, he was a member of the Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team. After graduating from law school, Shea worked for two state insurance bureaucracies before entering private practice in 1940, he accumulated political contacts through volunteer work on influential boards such as the Brooklyn Democratic Club and the Brooklyn Public Library. As one account put it: "Shea was neither a legal scholar. Rather, he was the sort of lawyer whom powerful men trusted with their secrets and whom they could rely upon as a go-between....

E earned a reputation as a man who could get things done." In 1958, one year after the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants left for Los Angeles and San Francisco Mayor Robert Wagner of the City of New York asked Shea to chair a committee to return the National League to New York. He first tried to bring an existing franchise to New York, but the Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates all refused his overtures; when requests for expansion were declined, Shea proposed a new league, the Continental League, travelled to a farm outside Philadelphia to talk Branch Rickey out of retirement to help him. The formation of the Continental League was announced by Rickey in 1959; the Continental League would have been a third major league and would have begun play in 1961. The threat of a third major league forced Major League Baseball to discuss expansion. Two teams would be added to the American League in 1961: the Washington Senators – and the Los Angeles Angels, two more to the National League in 1962.

With New York assured of one of the new teams, Shea abandoned the idea of the Continental League. The New York Mets played their first game on April 11, 1962. In 1964, the City of New York named the stadium in which the Mets were to play in Shea's honor — Shea Stadium. In 2008, the New York Mets retired the name "Shea" on the outfield wall of Shea Stadium alongside the other elite players and managers whom the Mets have deemed worthy of such an honor over the years; the honor was carried over to Citi Field, the new home of the Mets, with the other players' and managers' numbers. It is doubtful that in the history of organized major league sports that an individual's name, as opposed to team jersey number, not a player or manager or owner, but an executive and a pioneer of the game, has been retired by any team in any arena or stadium. There are 39 individuals who have been admitted to the Executives & Pioneers Division of the Hall of Fame. Of the 15 honored individuals admitted to the Executives & Pioneers Division of the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame post-World War II, Shea served as a friend, an advisor, a peer, as counsel to no less than two-thirds thereof.

Shea was a one time owner of the Boston Yanks, the Long Island Indians, a partial owner, with lifelong friend Jack Kent Cooke, of the Washington Redskins of the NFL. He further persuaded Harry Wismer to sell the New York Jets, Sonny Werblin to buy the New York Jets, was integral to the creation and administration of the initial annual competitions between the AFL and the NFL, now known as the Super Bowl. He, his law firm, Shea & Gould represented the Jets, Giants and the NFL. Shea was hired by Nassau County to persuade the NHL to grant a team to the new Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, resulting in the New York Islanders, who began play in 1972. Shea was integral to bringing the New Jersey Americans of the American Basketball Association to Long Island in 1968 and arranging for them to play as the Nets in the Nassau County, as well as the integration of the American Basketball Association into the National Basketball Association. Shea died from complications of a stroke he suffered two years earlier on October 2, 1991 at the age of 84.

In 1992, the Mets wore a memorial patch on the left sleeve to honor Shea. Bill was survives by 8 grandchildren. On April 8, 2008, the New York Mets retired the name "Shea" alongside other retired numbers in honor of William Shea and the closing of Shea Stadium. On November 21, 2009, the Mets announced that the pedestrian bridge located in the outfield section of Citi Field, Shea Stadium's successor, would be named "Shea Bridge" in honor of William Shea. To honor Shea's many contributions, commencing in 1987 and continuing today, on an annual basis during the Little League World Series in Williamsport, the William A. "Bill" Shea – Distinguished Little League Graduate Award is presented to a former little leaguer in Major League Baseball who best exemplifies the spirit of Little League Baseball. Consideration for selection includes both the individual's ability and accomplishments and the

Sooke

Sooke is a district municipality on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, Canada, 38 kilometres by road from Victoria, the capital of British Columbia. Sooke, the westernmost of Greater Victoria's Western Communities, is to the north and west of the Sooke Basin. Sooke is in the coldest zone of the Mediterranean climate, with warm summers and mild winters, defined by Köppen system as Csb. Although its precipitation takes you to dry summer climates its temperatures resemble oceanic climates as found in Ireland, for example. Sooke is a part of the School District 62 Sooke. There is one high school, Edward Milne Community School, one junior high school, Journey Middle School; the four elementary schools in the area are John Muir, Sooke Elementary, the French immersion Ecole Poirier, Saseenos Elementary. In 2018, SD62 announced it would be building Sooke River Elementary in the Sunriver neighbourhood. Continuing adult education programs are offered by the Edward Milne Community School Society, which operates with day and weekend programs.

The closest post-secondary institutions are Royal Roads University and Camosun College's Interurban campus. Sooke's popularity as a scenic tourist destination has existed for generations. Well-known destinations in Sooke, such as Whiffin Spit Park, the Sooke Potholes Regional Park and adjacent Sooke Potholes Provincial Park attract visitors both locally and from around the world. Sooke is home to the Sooke Region Museum and Visitor Centre; the area's popularity has increased as a base for visiting the wilderness parks of Vancouver Island's southwest coast — the West Coast Trail and the Juan de Fuca Provincial Park which includes the now popular Juan de Fuca Marine Trail. Sooke, BC is famous for its beaches just on the outskirts of its neighbouring communities such as Shirley and Jordan River; these beaches include Sandcut, French beach, Fishboat bay, China beach, Mystic beach and more. Back country recreation, or off-road recreation brings a constant stream of 4X4s, quads, ATVs, dirt bikes and home built off-highway vehicles through Sooke as people search out back country access.

Hundreds of kilometres of logging roads thread through the hills north of Sooke in the Rural Resource Lands of the Juan de Fuca electoral area, enabling access to several community lakes and small reservoirs. Two large reservoirs, Bear Creek and Diversion, are popular destinations north and west of Sooke. Mountain biking is growing in popularity in British Columbia, Sooke is establishing itself as a destination for the sport. Local advocacy groups such as the Sooke Bike Club are working to have areas such as Broom Hill set aside as parkland; the Galloping Goose Regional Trail, part of the Trans-Canada Trail, runs through Sooke and is a popular cycling route to Victoria. The vibrant arts community of Sooke enjoys the annual Sooke Fine Arts Festival which brings hundreds of tourists to Sooke each summer by featuring the adjudicated art of local and regional artists. Sooke is known for its wealth of painters, sculptors, fabric artists, jewellery crafters and more; the Sooke Community Arts Council plays a large role in fostering art in the region.

The Sooke Harbour House art gallery is a main display opportunity for many local artisans. In Sooke, prices rose fell in 2011—from January to March prices climbed from $428,383 to the $447,000 range, but reached a low of $368,480 in May and settled at $395,120 by December; as per "The Sooke News" “Last year, 199 single-family homes sold in Sooke, including East Sooke, Jordan River and Port Renfrew. The average sale price was $423,642; this is lower than 2010, which saw 230 single-family homes sell, with an average price of $454,695. North Sooke Saseenos Milne's Landing Sunriver Estates Sooke Town Centre or "Upsooke" Broom Hill Whiffin Spit Otter Point Kemp Lake Metchosin - East of Sooke East Sooke - South of Sooke Otter Point - West of Sooke The long-established weekly newspaper is the Sooke News Mirror, edited by Kevin Laird and one of more than 70 Black Press Media community papers in B. C; the weekly Sooke Voice News began publication in January 2011 under the direction of publisher/editor Mary P. Brooke, published by Brookeline Publishing House Inc.

In 2014, the header name was changed to West Shore Voice News. This puts Sooke news into a regional context; the print-PDF weekend edition is available by subscription and online. Local Sooke news is provided by Sooke. PocketNews.ca, owned and operated by Britt Santowski, since January 2015. Canadian poet and playwright Marilyn Bowering lives in the Sooke area. Carl Heinrich, winner of Top Chef Canada, grew up in Sooke and attended Edward Milne Community School. Bryce Soderberg and vocalist for American rock band Lifehouse. J. Lee Thompson, British filmdirector, died in Sooke; the District of Sooke municipal government website

Michael Lloyd (priest)

Michael Lloyd is a British Church of England priest and academic. He has been Principal of Wycliffe Hall, University of Oxford, since his appointment in 2013. Lloyd was the chaplain at The Queens College, Oxford and is the Director of Studies in Theology at Christs College, Cambridge. Lloyd has taught theology and doctrine at the University of Oxford, Cambridge University and St Paul's Theological Centre, London, he has published the popular introduction Café Theology and has a particular interest in the doctrine of evil and the problem of pain. He holds a BA in Theology from Durham University, graduating in 1983 with first-class honours as a member of St John's College, he holds an MA from Cambridge University and a DPhil from the University of Oxford. Biography at Wycliffe Hall

Contributions to Zoology

Contributions to Zoology is a scientific journal that started in 1848 as a publication of the Committee in charge of the library of the Dutch Royal Zoological Society "Natura Artis Magistra" and became integrated in the library of the University of Amsterdam in 1939. Since 2019 the journal is published by Leiden; the journal has been available online since 1997. The current editor-in-chief is Ronald Vonk from Leiden. Contributions to Zoology solicits high-quality papers in all systematics-related branches of comparative zoology. Preference is given to manuscripts dealing to integrative papers. Reviews and alpha-taxonomic contributions are considered for publication, but acceptance will depend on their high quality and exceptional nature; the journal is indexed in PubMed, Web of Science: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus. The journal has a 2018 impact factor of 2.139. Https://brill.com/view/journals/ctoz/ctoz-overview.xml Journal homepage]

2014 Barking and Dagenham London Borough Council election

The 2014 Barking and Dagenham Council election took place on 23 May 2014 to elect members of Barking and Dagenham Council in England. This was on the same day as other United Kingdom local elections. Labour won all 51 seats on the council in 2010, but by the time of this election had only 44 councillors due to defections with Robert Douglas, Dorothy Hunt, Graham Letchford and Tariq Saeed defecting to the UK Independence Party, James McDermott, Barry Poulton and Gerald Vincent defecting to the Socialist Labour Party. All of these councillors stood for re-election in the borough representing their new parties, but none retained their seats, with Labour candidates winning all 51 seats for the second consecutive election; the only ward where Labour faced any real challenge was Mayesbrook, where the borough's former Labour mayor Dorothy Hunt, now representing UKIP, failed to win a seat by 12 votes. UKIP stood candidates in every ward for the first time, finished as runners-up to Labour in every ward except Longbridge.

The Conservatives and Liberal Democrats remained on the fringes in the borough. The British National Party, who won 12 seats on the council in 2006, all of which they lost in 2010, declined further at this election, only standing candidates in three wards and picking up a total of 1,137 votes, placing them sixth overall. Other parties to field candidates in the borough were the Greens, Socialist Labour Party and TUSC; the Europeans Party, a pro-EU party who support the rights of EU citizens in the UK stood a candidate. There were two independent candidates; the by-election was called following the voiding of the election of Cllr. Louise Couling as she was ruled ineligible; the by-election was called following the resignation of Cllr. Louise Couling; the by-election was called following the death of Cllr. Nirmal Gill

330th Aircraft Sustainment Group

The 330th Aircraft Sustainment Group was a group of the United States Air Force stationed at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia. It was last active in June 2010 The 330th Bombardment Group was constituted on 1 July 1942 at Salt Lake City Army Air Base, Utah, it was assigned to Second Air Force as a Consolidated B-24 Liberator Operational Training Unit and as a Replacement Training Unit. The group performed this training at Alamogordo Army Airfield in New Mexico later at Biggs Field near El Paso, Texas. With the drawdown of heavy bomber training in 1944, the group was redesignated as the 330th Bombardment Group, Very Heavy and became a Boeing B-29 Superfortress operational bomb group being assigned to the 314th Bombardment Wing, to be sent to the Pacific Theater as part of the war against the Japanese Empire; the group was assigned to Kansas for equipping and training. The group deployed to Guam in late 1944, was assigned to XXI Bomber Command of the Twentieth Air Force, it entered combat on 12 April 1945 with an attack on the Hodogaya chemical plant at Japan.

From April to May 1945, it struck airfields from which the Japanese were launching suicide planes against the invasion force at Okinawa. After that, operations were principally concerned with incendiary attacks against urban-industrial areas of Japan, it received a Distinguished Unit Citation for incendiary raids on the industrial sections of Tokushima and Gifu and for a strike against the hydroelectric power center at Kofu, Japan, in July 1945. Another DUC was received for attacking the Nakajima-Musashino aircraft engine plant near Tokyo in August 1945; the unit dropped food and supplies to Allied prisoners and participated in several show-of-force missions over Japan after the war. The Group remained in Western Pacific, although demobilized in the fall of 1945; some aircraft were scrapped on Tinian. The group was inactivated in December 1945. With the end of World War II, the 330th was allotted to the Air Force Reserve, it was redesignated as the 330th Bombardment Group, stationed at March Air Force Base, California for training with Boeing B-29 Superfortresses as a corollary unit of the active-duty Strategic Air Command 22d Bombardment Group.

The group was activated on 27 June 1949 and assigned to the 330th Bombardment Wing under the wing base organization system. As a result of the Korean War its personnel were activated into Federal Service on 1 May 1951; the group was inactivated on 15 June, while many of its personnel deployed to Kadena Air Base, Okinawa for combat duty. The 330th was again redesignated as the 330th Troop Carrier Group and assigned to the 1st Air Reserve District at Greater Pittsburgh Airport, Pennsylvania on 14 June 1952, when its parent wing replaced the 917th Reserve Training Wing there. One month the group was inactivated and replaced by the 375th Troop Carrier Group, released from active duty on 14 July 1952. Reactivated in 2005 as a depot support unit at Robins Air Force Base; the group managed sustainment activities for the Lockheed C-130 Hercules aircraft to ensure availability was adequate for the weapon system to fulfill its assigned missions. The 330th was inactivated on 30 July 2010. Constituted as the 330th Bombardment Group on 1 July 1942Activated on 6 July 1942 Inactivated on 1 April 1944Redesignated 330th Bombardment Group, Very Heavy and activated on 1 April 1944Inactivated on 3 January 1946Redesignated 330th Bombardment Group, Medium on 16 May 1949Activated in the reserve on 27 June 1949 Ordered to active duty on 1 May 1951 Inactivated on 16 June 1951Redesignated 330th Troop Carrier Group, Medium on 26 May 1952Activated in the reserve on 14 June 1952 Inactivated on 14 July 1952Redesignated 330th Military Airlift Group on 31 July 1985 Redesignated 330th Tactical Airlift Sustainment Group on 31 January 2005Activated on 4 March 2005Redesignated 330th Airlift Sustainment Group on 17 April 2006Inactivated on 30 July 2010 II Bomber Command, 6 July 1942 – 1 April 1944 Second Air Force, 1 April 1944 314th Bombardment Wing, 6 June 1944 Twentieth Air Force, 16 July 1945 Army Service Forces, 15 November 1945 – 3 January 1946 330th Bombardment Wing, 27 June 1949 – 26 June 1951 330th Bombardment Wing, 14 Jun 1952 – 14 Jul 1952 330th Aircraft Sustainment Wing, 4 March 2005 – 30 July 2010 330th Aircraft Sustainment Support Squadron, 17 April 2006 – 25 July 2007 457th Bombardment Squadron, 6 July 1942 – 1 April 1944, 1 April 1944 – 3 January 1946, 27 June 1949 – 16 June 1951.

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