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    The Walt Disney Company

    The Walt Disney Company

    The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS), commonly referred to as Disney, is an American multinational diversified mass media corporation headquartered in Walt Disney Studios, Burbank, California, United States. It is the largest media conglomerate in the world in terms of revenue. Founded on October 16, 1923, by Walt and Roy Disney as the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio, Walt Disney Productions established itself as a leader in the American animation industry before diversifying into live-action film production, television, and travel. Taking on its current name in 1986, The Walt Disney Company expanded its existing operations and also started divisions focused upon theatre, radio, music, publishing, and online media. In addition, it has created new divisions of the company in order to market more mature content than it typically associates with its flagship family-oriented brands. The company is best known for the products of its film studio, the Walt Disney Studios, and today one of the largest and best-known studios in Hollywood. Disney also owns and operates the ABC broadcast television network; cable television networks such as Disney Channel, ESPN, A+E Networks, and ABC Family;
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    Comcast

    Comcast

    Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA, CMCSK) is the largest cable operator, home Internet service provider, and third largest home telephone service provider in the United States, providing cable television, broadband Internet, telephone service and home security [in some areas] to both residential and commercial customers in 40 states and the District of Columbia. The company is headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Comcast also has significant holding in several cable networks (including E! Entertainment Television, Style Network, G4, The Golf Channel and NBC Sports Network), distribution (ThePlatform), and related businesses. Comcast acquired a majority stake in media conglomerate NBCUniversal in January 2011. Comcast has been the subject of criticism for activities including its stance on net neutrality, as well as poor results on customer satisfaction surveys. Comcast Cable was originally formed as American Cable Systems in 1963 and was founded by Ralph J. Roberts, Daniel Aaron and Julian A. Brodsky based on a recommendation from Pete Musser, who brought the deal to Ralph Roberts to buy his first cable system in Tupelo, Mississippi. The company was incorporated in
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    Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

    Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is an English manufacturer of luxury cars based at the Goodwood plant in West Sussex, England. The factory is located across from the historic Goodwood Circuit in Goodwood, West Sussex, England. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of BMW and is the current producer of Rolls-Royce branded cars, whose historical production dates back to 1904 through Rolls-Royce Limited and Rolls-Royce Motors. The history of Rolls-Royce began as Rolls-Royce Limited which started manufacturing cars in 1903. The factory at Goodwood is the fifth Rolls-Royce UK based car production facility since 1904. The previous four were located in Manchester, London, Derby, and Crewe. In 1998, owners Vickers decided to sell Rolls-Royce Motors. The most likely buyer was BMW, who already supplied engines and other components for Rolls-Royce and Bentley cars, but BMW's final offer of £340 million was beaten by Volkswagen's £430m. A stipulation in the ownership documents of Rolls-Royce dictated that Rolls-Royce plc, the aero-engine maker would retain certain essential trademarks (the Rolls-Royce name and logo) if the automotive division was sold. Rolls-Royce plc chose to license not to VW but to BMW,
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    United States Army Air Forces

    United States Army Air Forces

    The United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) was the military aviation arm of the United States of America during and immediately after World War II, and the direct predecessor of the United States Air Force. The AAF was a component of the United States Army, which in 1942 was divided functionally by executive order into three autonomous forces: the Army Ground Forces, the Services of Supply (which in 1943 became the Army Service Forces), and the AAF. Each of these forces had a commanding general who reported directly to the Chief of Staff of the United States Army. The AAF controlled all parts of military aviation formerly distributed among the Army Air Corps, General Headquarters Air Force, and ground forces corps area commanders, and thus became the first air organization of the U.S. Army to control its own installations and support personnel. The peak size of the AAF was over 2.4 million men and women in service and nearly 80,000 aircraft in 1944, and 783 domestic bases in December 1943. By VE Day it had 1.25 million men stationed overseas and operated from more than 1,600 airfields worldwide. The Air Corps became the Army Air Forces in June 1941 to provide the air arm a greater
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    Anheuser-Busch

    Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc. /ˈænhaɪzər ˈbʊʃ/ is an American brewing company and a wholly owned subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev). The company operates 13 breweries in the United States. Until December 2009, it also was one of the largest theme park operators in the United States, operating ten theme parks through the company's family entertainment division, Busch Entertainment Corporation. It is based in St. Louis, Missouri, which is also the headquarters for the AB InBev North America unit. In 1852, St. Louis brewer and saloon operator George Schneider opened the Bavarian Brewery on Carondelet Avenue (later known as South Broadway) between Dorcas and Lynch streets in south St. Louis. Schneider's brewery expanded in 1856 to a new brewhouse near Eighth and Crittenden streets; however, the following year financial problems forced the sale of the brewery to various owners during the late 1850s. In 1860, the brewery was purchased on the brink of bankruptcy by William D'Oench, a local pharmacist, and Eberhard Anheuser, a prosperous German-born soap manufacturer. D'Oench was the silent partner in the business until 1869, when he sold his half-interest in the company. From
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    Lions Gate Entertainment

    Lions Gate Entertainment

    Lions Gate Entertainment Corporation or Lionsgate , is a North American entertainment company. The company was formed in Vancouver, British Columbia on July 3, 1997, and is headquartered in Santa Monica, California. As of 2012, it is the most commercially successful independent film and television distribution company in North America and the sixth most profitable movie studio. Lionsgate was originally known as IMI Computer Corp. on May 26, 1986 and later known as Beringer Gold Corp. Beringer Gold later was incorporated as Lions Gate Films under the Business Corporation Act in British Columbia and was founded on July 3, 1997 by Frank Giustra, a Canadian investment banker hoping to capitalize on the growing film industry in his home town. The company bought a number of small production facilities and distributors, including Montreal-based Cinépix Film Properties (also known as Cinéxus-Famous Players Distribution), Trimark Pictures, Mandate Pictures and, most notably, Artisan Entertainment (which itself had formerly been LIVE Entertainment). They sold off their Canadian distribution rights to Maple Pictures, founded and co-owned by two former Lionsgate executives, Brad Pelman and
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    New York

    New York

    New York (/nuː ˈjɔrk/; locally IPA: [nɪu ˈjɔək]) is a state in the Northeastern region of the United States. New York is the 27th most extensive, the 3rd most populous, and the 7th most densely populated of the 50 United States. New York is bordered by New Jersey and Pennsylvania to the south, and by Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont to the east. The state has a maritime border with Rhode Island east of Long Island, as well as an international border with the Canadian provinces of Ontario to the west and north, and Quebec to the north. The state of New York is often referred to as New York State to distinguish it from New York City. New York City, with a population of over 8.1 million, is the most populous city in the United States. Alone, it makes up over 40 percent of the population of New York state. It is known for its status as a center for finance and culture and for its status as the largest gateway for immigration to the United States. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, New York City is also a destination of choice for many foreign visitors. Both the state and city were named for the 17th century Duke of York, James Stuart, future James II and VII of England
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    Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk

    The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk (formerly Maritime Center) is an aquarium located in the South Norwalk (or "SoNo") section of Norwalk, Connecticut. The aquarium has harbor seals, river otters, sharks, jellyfish, loggerhead turtles, and hundreds of other animals living in re-creations of their natural Long Island Sound habitats. There are two touch tanks that feature smooth stingrays, nurse sharks, crabs, sea stars and other coastal creatures. The aquarium also has an IMAX Theater with a screen six-stories tall and the equivalent of eight-stories wide. It was opened in October 2007 to show regular, feature-length movies on weekend evenings. Part of the upgrade was installation of a 10,000-watt, digital, proprietary, surround-sound system. The aquarium features educational programs, year-round study cruises on its 40-foot (12 m) trawler, Research Vessel Oceanic, special exhibits, and fun 3-D simulator/adventure rides. The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is one of Connecticut's top tourist attractions. Annual attendance averages 500,000 visitors, with about 100,000 of them from New York state. The Maritime Aquarium estimated state-wide economic impact is almost $42 million; it
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    Mexico

    Mexico

    Mexico (/ˈmɛksɨkoʊ/; Spanish: México, IPA: [ˈmexiko] ( listen)), officially the United Mexican States (Spanish:  Estados Unidos Mexicanos (help·info)), is a federal constitutional republic in North America. It is bordered on the north by the United States of America; on the south and west by the Pacific Ocean; on the southeast by Guatemala, Belize, and the Caribbean Sea; and on the east by the Gulf of Mexico. Covering almost two million square kilometres (over 760,000 sq mi), Mexico is the fifth largest country in the Americas by total area and the thirteenth largest independent nation in the world. With an estimated population of over 113 million, it is the world's eleventh most populous country and the most populous Spanish-speaking country. Mexico is a federation comprising thirty-one states and a Federal District, the capital city. In pre-Columbian Mexico many cultures matured into advanced civilizations such as the Olmec, the Toltec, the Teotihuacan, the Zapotec, the Maya and the Aztec before first contact with Europeans. In 1521, Spain conquered and colonized the territory from its base in México-Tenochtitlan, which was administered as the Viceroyalty of New Spain. This
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    Gilroy

    Gilroy

    Gilroy ( /ˈɡɪlrɔɪ/) is the southernmost city in Santa Clara County, California, United States. The population was 48,821 at the 2010 census. Gilroy is well known for its garlic crop and for the annual Gilroy Garlic Festival, featuring various garlicky foods, including garlic ice cream. Gilroy also produces mushrooms in considerable quantity. Gilroy's nickname is "Garlic Capital of the World," although Gilroy does not lead the world in garlic production. While garlic is grown in Gilroy, its nickname comes from the fact that Gilroy Foods processes more garlic than any other factory in the world; most pickled, minced, and powdered garlic come from Gilroy . Boutique wine production is a large part of Gilroy's western portion, mostly consisting of older family estates around the Mount Madonna state park mountain bases. Approximately eight miles northeast of Gilroy, via Gilroy Hot Springs Road, lies the famous Victorian resort Gilroy Yamato Hot Springs, a California Historical Landmark. Gilroy also is home to the Gilroy Premium Outlets, a large shopping center consisting entirely of factory outlet stores. Long-time local landmarks include Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park, a specialty
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    Peter Minuit

    Peter Minuit

    Peter Minuit, Pieter Minuit, Pierre Minuit or Peter Minnewit (1580 – August 5, 1638) was a Walloon from Wesel, in present-day North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, then part of the Duchy of Cleves. He was the Director of the Dutch colony of New Netherland from 1626 until 1633, and he founded the Swedish colony of New Sweden in 1638. According to tradition, Minuit purchased the island of Manhattan from Native Americans on May 24, 1626 for goods to the value of 60 Dutch guilders, which in the 19th century was estimated to be the equivalent of $1000 USD. Peter Minuit was born in 1580 in Wesel. This was during a period of religious tensions between Protestants and Catholics polities following the Protestant Reformation that culminated in the Thirty Years' War. Minuit's Walloon family, originally from the French-speaking city of Tournai in modern day Belgium, was among those Protestants who migrated away from suppression under the Roman Catholic government of the Spanish Netherlands. In 1580, Minuit's family took refuge in the city of Wesel, which had become a haven for Protestants as early as 1540. The Eighty Years' War split the Netherlands into a Catholic South and a Protestant North. The
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    United States Coast Guard

    United States Coast Guard

    The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is a branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the seven U.S. uniformed services. The Coast Guard is a maritime, military, multi-mission service unique among the U.S. military branches for having a maritime law enforcement mission (with jurisdiction in both domestic and international waters) and a federal regulatory agency mission as part of its mission set. It operates under the Department of Homeland Security during peacetime, and can be transferred to the Department of the Navy by the President at any time, or by Congress during time of war. Founded by Alexander Hamilton as the Revenue Marine first, and later as the Revenue Cutter Service on 4 August 1790, it is the United States' oldest continuous seagoing service. Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton headed the USRCS, and the branch was involved in every war from 1790 to World War 1. As of August 2009 the Coast Guard had approximately 42,000 men and women on active duty, 7,500 reservists, 30,000 auxiliarists, and 7,700 full-time civilian employees. The Coast Guard's legal authority differs from the other four armed services: it operates simultaneously under Title 10 of the United
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    Hancock Prospecting

    Hancock Prospecting is an Australian mineral exploration and extraction privately owned company that holds the rights to some of the largest land leases in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, containing the world's largest iron ore deposit. Established in 1955, the company is chaired by Gina Rinehart, estimated to be the wealthiest person in Australia, and the daughter of the company's founder, the late Lang Hancock. The Hancock Group of Companies are holders of numerous iron ore leases in the Pilbara. The leases cover an area of 500 square kilometres (190 sq mi) predominantly in the Central Pilbara region and contain mineable reserves of Brockman and Marra Mamba ore of over 850 million tonnes. Leases in the Eastern Pilbara region contain mineable reserves of Marra Mamba ore of over 2 billion tonnes, and over 500 million tonnes of ferruginous manganese in their Nicholas Downs Project, which is a joint venture with mining services company Mineral Resources Limited. In 2011, the company was estimated to be earning about A$870 million in revenue per year. This is based on a 50% share of profits generated at the Hope Downs mine which is operated by Rio Tinto. Hope Downs production
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    Rolls-Royce Motors

    Rolls-Royce Motors

    Rolls-Royce Motors was created from the de-merger of the Rolls-Royce car business from Rolls-Royce Limited in 1973. The original Rolls-Royce Limited had been nationalised in 1971 due to the financial collapse of the company, caused in part by the development of the RB211 jet engine. In 1973, the British government sold the Rolls-Royce car business to allow nationalised parent Rolls-Royce (1971) Limited to concentrate on jet engine manufacture. In 1980, Rolls-Royce Motors was acquired by Vickers. In 1998, Vickers plc decided to sell Rolls-Royce Motors. The leading contender seemed to be BMW, who already supplied internal combustion engines and other components for Rolls-Royce and Bentley cars. Their final offer of £340m was outbid by Volkswagen Group, who offered £430m. As part of the deal, Volkswagen Group acquired the historical Crewe factory, plus the rights to the "Spirit of Ecstasy" mascot and the shape of the radiator grille. However, the Rolls-Royce brand name and logo were controlled by aero-engine maker Rolls-Royce plc, and not Rolls-Royce Motors. The aero-engine maker decided to license the Rolls-Royce name and logo to BMW and not to Volkswagen, largely because the
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    DLJ Merchant Banking Partners

    DLJ Merchant Banking Partners (DLJMB) is a private equity investment firm focused on leveraged buyout transactions. The firm is currently an affiliate of Credit Suisse and traces its roots to Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, the investment bank acquired by Credit Suisse First Boston in 2000. DLJ Merchant Banking Partners operates under an affiliated model together with its investment banking business. Under the DLJ and Credit-Suisse umbrella, the private equity arm also manages a group of investment vehicles including Real Estate Private Equity, International Private Equity, Growth capital, Mezzanine debt, Infrastructure, Energy and Commodities Focused, Fund of Funds, and Secondary Investments. DLJMB has offices in New York, London, Los Angeles, and Detroit. DLJMB was founded in 1985 to invest capital in leveraged buyouts alongside private equity firms that were DLJ clients, off of the bank's balance sheet as well as capital contributed by employees. In 1992, the firm raised its first institutional private equity fund (DLJ Merchant Banking Partners, LP) with $1 billion in investor commitments. In 1997, the firm raised its second fund with $3 billion in investor commitments and three
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    James Malcolm

    James Malcolm

    James Malcolm, PC (July 14, 1880 – December 6, 1935) was a Canadian politician. Born in Kincardine, Ontario, he was elected to the Canadian House of Commons representing the Ontario riding of Bruce North in the 1921 federal election. A Liberal, he was re-elected in 1925, 1926, and 1930. From 1926 to 1930, he was the Minister of Trade and Commerce.
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    Hearst Corporation

    Hearst Corporation

    The Hearst Corporation is an American mass media group based in the Hearst Tower, Manhattan in New York City, New York, United States. Founded by William Randolph Hearst as an owner of newspapers, the company's holdings now include a wide variety of media. The Hearst family is involved in the ownership and management of the company. Hearst is one of the largest diversified communications companies in the world. Its major interests include 15 daily and 38 weekly newspapers, and more than 300 magazines around the world, including Harper's Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Esquire, Elle and O, The Oprah Magazine; 29 television stations through Hearst Television Inc. which reach a combined 18% of U.S. viewers; ownership in leading cable networks, including A+E Networks, and ESPN Inc.; as well as business publishing, Internet businesses, television production, newspaper features distribution and real estate. Under William Randolph Hearst's will, a common board of thirteen trustees (its composition fixed at five family members and eight outsiders) administers the Hearst Foundation, the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, and the trust that owns (and selects the 18-member board of) the Hearst
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    North Carolina Museum of Life and Science

    North Carolina Museum of Life and Science

    The Museum of Life and Science (formerly known as the North Carolina Museum of Life and Science and originally titled the NC Children's Museum) is a science museum located in Durham, North Carolina, USA, featuring an array of largely hands-on exhibits intended to illustrate concepts of natural science. The museum exists on some 80 acres (320,000 m) bisected by Murray Avenue. The main building is located on the north tract, along with the Butterfly House, Farmyard, Grayson's Cafe, Train, Explore the Wild nature park, Catch the Wind, and Dinosaur Trail. The museum features both indoor and outdoor learning environments. The southern tract is now largely devoted to parking and administrative buildings, although prior to the construction of the new main building in the early 1990s, these structures contained the bulk of the museum's exhibit space. The Museum has come under criticism from visitors for not mentioning evolution in its exhibits, despite having the word "Life" in its title and several significant exhibits that would merit such mention. The MLS has historically been most notable for its Aerospace exhibit, which focuses on the early NASA space program. Most of the artifacts on
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    Palace Entertainment

    Palace Entertainment is an American amusement and entertainment company owned by Parques Reunidos. The company was established in 1998 after the acquisition of four independently owned family entertainment companies with the five brands Camelot Parks, Palace Park, Boomers!, Grand Prix Race-O-Rama and Family Fun Center, by Spanish amusement company Parques Reunidos. The company currently operates 40 amusement parks, water parks, and family entertainment centers throughout the United States. On February 27, 2006, it was announced that MidOcean Partners was to acquire Palace Entertainment. The closing of this transaction occurred in the second quarter 2006. On August 24, 2007, MidOcean Partners sold Palace Entertainment to Parques Reunidos for $330 Million. This transaction closed in the third quarter of 2007. On March 2, 2012, Palace Entertainment announced the acquisition of Noah's Ark Water Park in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.
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    Merlin Entertainments

    Merlin Entertainments Group Ltd is a British operator of amusement parks and other attractions. It is the largest such company in Europe, and globally the second largest after Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. Headquartered in Poole, United Kingdom, Merlin Entertainments operates over Seventy attractions in ten European countries, as well as the USA, China, Hong Kong and Australia. Its success has been underpinned by strong partnership arrangements with both public and private sectors, with organisations as diverse as Disney and the Worldwide Fund for Nature. In 2010, the company's properties hosted an estimated 41 million guests, making it the second-most visited theme park operator in the world, behind only Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. In December 1998, Nick Varney, Andrew Carr and the senior management team of Vardon Attractions completed a management buyout of the company to form Merlin Entertainments Group Ltd. with the backing of the private equity firm Apax Partners. Apax sold the company to another financial investor, Hermes Private Equity, in 2003. When the Legoland theme parks came up for sale, Varney wanted to buy it but Hermes did not want to invest more capital and sold
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    Savings bank

    Savings bank

    In Spain, a savings bank (Spanish: caja de ahorros or informally just caja, Catalan: caixa d'estalvis, Galician: caixa de aforros, informally 'caixa', Basque: aurrezki kutxa) is a financial institution which specializes in accepting savings deposits and granting loans. Their original aim was to create the habit of thrift amongst the very poor but they have evolved to compete with and rival commercial banks. Their trade association is the Spanish Confederation of Savings Banks (Confederación Española de Cajas de Ahorro or CECA). European countries which adopted the Scottish savings bank model early on were those in which traditional Protestant values of self-help and the ideas of Jeremy Bentham and Thomas Malthus were particularly influential. Such was not the case in Portugal and Spain where savings banks started rather late (1836 and 1839, respectively) and followed the French model (established in 1818). Regulation introduced in 1835 was the first to authorise the establishment of savings banks in Spain. This piece of legislation allowed the establishment of independent non-profit-orientated institutions which had to be financed by own resources. However, it was not clear how
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    Augustine Phillips

    Augustine Phillips (died May 1605) was an Elizabethan actor who performed in troupes with Edward Alleyn and William Shakespeare. He was one of the first generation of English actors to achieve wealth and a degree of social status by means of his trade. Phillips first enters the historical record as a member of the amalgamation of Lord Strange's Men and the Admiral's Men that performed The Seven Deadly Sins (perhaps by Richard Tarlton) between 1590 and 1592. In the surviving "plot" of this performance, Phillips is assigned the role of Sardanapalus; he is one of the few actors not required to play a double role. He is named in the touring warrant issued to Strange's Men in 1592; after the death of their patron Ferdinando Stanley he joined the new Lord Chamberlain's Men, presumably as a sharer. Phillips remained with the company through its change to the King's Men and to his death in 1605. Little is known with certainty of his roles with the company, except that he was probably already mature when the company assembled. He appears in the cast lists for Ben Jonson's Every Man in His Humour (1598), Every Man Out of His Humour (1599), and Sejanus (1603). He may be the author of a jig,
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    Renny Harlin

    Renny Harlin (born Renny Lauri Mauritz Harjola, 15 March 1959) is a Finnish-American film director and producer. He is best known for A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988), Die Hard 2 (1990), Cliffhanger (1993), The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996) and Deep Blue Sea (1999). His film Cutthroat Island (1995) was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the biggest box office flop of all time. Renny Harlin was born in Riihimäki, Finland to a nurse and a physician. His mother often took him to see films at the cinema as a child, particularly those of Alfred Hitchcock, and he became enamored with the movies often citing Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch (1969) as one of his favourites. Harlin had a video camera from a very early age and made his first short at the age of 12. At the age of 14 he decided to become a film director after he saw Don Siegel and Charles Bronson in Helsinki for the filming of Telefon (1977). In 1980, Harlin was working as a commercial director for companies such as Shell Oil while he wrote and directed the 6-minute short Huostaanotto (a.k.a. Custody International) which received its belated premier on Finnish television on 4 November 1979. The
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    Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation

    Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation

    The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) is the state oil corporation through which the federal government of Nigeria regulates and participates in the country's petroleum industry. NNPC was established on April 1, 1977 as a merger of the Nigerian National Oil Corporation and the Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel. NNPC by law manages the joint venture between the Nigerian federal government and a number of foreign multinational corporations, which include Royal Dutch Shell, Agip, ExxonMobil, Chevron, and Texaco (now merged with Chevron). Through collaboration with these companies, the Nigerian government conducts petroleum exploration and production. In 2007, the head of the Nigerian wing of Transparency International said salaries for NNPC workers were too low to prevent graft. The NNPC Towers in Abuja is the headquarters of NNPC. Consisting of four identical towers, the complex is located on Herbert Macaulay Way, Central Business District Abuja. NNPC also has zonal offices in Lagos, Kaduna, Port Harcourt and Warri. It has an international office located in London, United Kingdom. The NNPC Group comprises the NNPC Board, the Group Managing Director's office, Eight
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    Vallejo

    Vallejo

    Vallejo ( /vəˈleɪ.oʊ/ or /vəˈleɪhoʊ/; Spanish: [baˈʎexo]) is the largest city in Solano County, California, United States. The population was 115,942 at the 2010 census. It is located in and is the tenth most populous city in the San Francisco Bay Area on the northeastern shore of San Pablo Bay. Vallejo is named for General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo. Vallejo is home to the Six Flags Discovery Kingdom theme park (formerly Marine World and Marine World Africa USA) ; the now-defunct Mare Island Naval Shipyard; the regional office for Region 5 of the United States Forest Service; the California Maritime Academy (part of the California State University system); the Vallejo Center campus of Solano Community College; and Touro University California, a graduate school offering programs in osteopathic medicine, education, pharmacy, physician assistant studies, and public health. Ferry service runs from a terminal on Mare Island Strait to San Francisco, through Vallejo Transit's BayLink division. Vallejo has twice served as the capital of the state of California: once in 1852 and again in 1853, both periods being brief. Some of the first Europeans drawn to the Vallejo area were attracted by
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    Linfox

    Linfox is a logistics and supply chain company established in Australia by Lindsay Fox in 1956. The company started with one truck operated by Fox. With the acquisition of Armaguard from Mayne Logistics in 2003 and FCL in 2006, it is now the largest privately owned supply chain solutions company in Asia Pacific. Linfox Logistics operates 3.2 million square metres of warehousing and 5,000 vehicles across 10 countries, and employs more than 18,500 people in Australia, New Zealand and Asia. Linfox specialises in complex supply chain design, IT systems integration, distribution operations, linehaul, freight forwarding, and warehouse management. Across Asia Pacific, Linfox provides logistics services to the world’s largest miner, delivers 4.5 billion litres of fuels, 15 million pallets of goods to retailers and serves nine of the Asia Pacific region's top ten Fast Moving Consumer Goods producers. Linfox operates in countries including Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, China, Hong Kong and India. Linfox is the second-largest road freight company in Australia. Linfox operates Avalon and Essendon airports, both near Melbourne. Linfox is involved with industry
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    Suncor Energy

    Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX: SU, NYSE: SU) is a Canadian integrated energy company based in Calgary, Alberta. It specializes in production of synthetic crude from oil sands. Suncor ranks number 159 in the Forbes Global 2000 list. Until 2010, Suncor marketed products and services to retail customers in Ontario through a downstream network of 280 Sunoco-branded retail sites, and 200 customer-operated retail and diesel sites. Following the acquisition of Petro-Canada (which had originated as a Crown corporation), Suncor decided to phase out the Ontario-only Sunoco brand in favour of converting their Sunoco sites to Petro-Canada sites. This was done in order to unify all of their downstream retail operations under the Petro-Canada banner throughout Canada. It also enabled the company to discontinue paying licensing fees for the Sunoco brand to Sunoco Inc. in the United States. Nationwide, Petro-Canada's upstream product supplier and parent company would be Suncor Energy. Suncor also markets through a retail network of Phillips 66-branded outlets in Colorado. Suncor was founded in 1919 in Montreal as Sun Company of Canada, a subsidiary of Sun Oil (now Sunoco). In 1979, Sun formed Suncor by
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    Caja de Ahorros del Mediterráneo

    Caja de Ahorros del Mediterráneo

    Caja de Ahorros del Mediterráneo, Caja Mediterráneo, or CAM was a savings bank in Spain. In December 2011, it was sold to Banco Sabadell for one euro. The bank failed with the burst of the property bubble on Spain's Mediterranean coast. In the first nine months of 2011 it has lost €1.7bn and the bad loans ratio has reached 20.8 per cent. CAM was the result of integration at different stages of 29 financial institutions, the oldest of which traces its origins to 1875. As of December 31, 2007, CAM was the 4th largest Spanish savings bank in terms of customer loans and deposits, and the 3rd largest in the market share and the number of offices. Originating in the provinces of Alicante and Murcia, the bank provided services across Spain through a network of over 1,100 offices and 7,100 employees serving 3,300,000 customers. CAM activities were mainly focused on retail banking for individuals and SMEs. The bank also provided such financial services as insurance and asset management. Like other Spanish savings banks, Caja Mediterráneo was a non-profit social institution. According to CAM, more than 5,100,000 people have benefited from its social commitment activities with a budget of
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    Hawaiian Falls

    Hawaiian Falls

    Hawaiian Falls Waterparks is a family-friendly waterpark chain in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex area, with four North Texas parks and one in Waco, Texas. Hawaiian Falls Adventure Park, now known as Hawaiian Falls Firewheel was the first park, opening in Garland, Texas in 2003. Hawaiian Falls Waterparks are focused on surrounding communities and their families. The Hawaiian Falls Waterpark chain is owned by Harvest Family Entertainment, a faith-based company headquartered in The Colony, Texas. The Hawaiian Falls chain began with the groundbreaking of Hawaiian Falls Adventure Park in Garland, Texas on December 18, 2002 by David Busch of Horizon Family Inc, a California based company that has worked with other waterpark properties in a few states, including Hawaiian Falls' sister park located on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. Busch wanted to start a more community based entertainment venue. The City of Garland City Council and the Parks and Recreation Board helped provide the land on which the waterpark was to be built. Construction for Hawaiian Falls began in January 2003. In 2004, Hawaiian Falls expanded by adding Hawaiian Falls The Colony in The Colony, Texas and expanding
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    Essel Group

    Essel Group is a conglomerate company headed by Subhash Chandra based in Mumbai, Maharashtra . The companies under the group are:
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    MGM Resorts International

    MGM Resorts International

    MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is a Paradise, Nevada based gaming and hospitality company. It is the second largest gaming company in the world by revenue - about $6 billion in 2009. It owns and operates 15 properties in Nevada, Mississippi and Michigan, and has 50% investments in four other properties in Nevada, Illinois and Macau, China. The company became MGM Mirage on May 31, 2000, with the merger of MGM Grand and Mirage Resorts. In the mid-2000s, growth of its non-gaming (lodging, food, retail) revenue began to outpace gaming receipts and demand for high-rise condominiums was surging, with median property prices in Las Vegas twice the national average. The company shifted its business model from fully owning and operating resorts and casinos, to being more real estate focused - launching the massive Citycenter mixed-use project. Unfortunately, the latter's development coincided with vast overbuilding on the Strip and a global financial crisis, causing large losses and writedowns in valuation. In June 2010, the company changed to its present name, to reflect its latest strategy of expanding worldwide, including licensing its brand and expertise to develop non-gaming
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    4 votes
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    Pacific National Exhibition

    Pacific National Exhibition

    The Pacific National Exhibition is a non profit organization which hosts an annual 17-day summer fair, seasonal amusement park, and arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It usually begins in mid-to-late August, and ends in early September, usually Labour Day. The exhibition has been held in Hastings Park since it first took place in 1910. It was opened by then Prime Minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier as the Industrial Exhibition. The biggest attractions of the two-week fair are its numerous shops, stalls, performances, a nightly fireworks show, and the PNE Prize Home. The highest attendance the fair has recorded was 1.1 million in 1986. The PNE was once the second largest fair after the New York State Fair. Other than the fair, Hastings Park is also the home of Playland, a horse racetrack (which also bears the name Hastings Park), the Pacific Coliseum (an ice hockey arena), the PNE Forum, and the PNE Agrodome. It was formerly the site of Empire Stadium, which has been demolished and replaced with a public soccer field. It is also the location of Hastings Skatepark, a skateboard bowl located to the south of the Pacific Coliseum. The PNE has played an important role in the history
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    Thomas Pope

    Thomas Pope (died 1603) was an Elizabethan actor, a member of the Lord Chamberlain's Men and a colleague of William Shakespeare. Pope was a "comedian and acrobat." Nothing is known of Pope's early life. He was one of the English players who toured Denmark and Saxony in 1586–87, along with George Bryan, another future Chamberlain's man. He was in the production of The Seven Deadly Sins c. 1591, which was performed by a combination of personnel from Lord Strange's Men and the Admiral's Men, and which starred Edward Alleyn and included Bryan, Richard Burbage, Augustine Phillips, Richard Cowley, and John Sinkler, all soon-to-be Lord Chamberlain's Men. Pope toured with Lord Strange's Men under Edward Alleyn in 1593, with most of the same personnel. Pope was most likely an original member of the Lord Chamberlain's Men at their re-constitution in 1594, along with Shakespeare, Burbage, and the others. He was a figure of some significance in the early phase of the company's history, in that he and Heminges were the payees for their Court performances — a responsibility that would have been given only to trusted members. Though no information has survived on his specific roles, he was cast
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    4 votes
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    Saudi Aramco

    Saudi Aramco (Arabic: أرامكو السعودية‎ ʾArāmkū s-Suʿūdiyyah), officially the Saudi Arabian Oil Company, is a Saudi Arabian national oil and natural gas company based in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. Saudi Aramco was estimated to be worth $781 billion in 2005, making it the world's most valuable company. Saudi Aramco has both the largest proven crude oil reserves, at more than 260 billion barrels (4.1×10 m), and largest daily oil production. Headquartered in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, Saudi Aramco operates the world's largest single hydrocarbon network, the Master Gas System. Its yearly production is 7.9 billion barrels (1.26×10 m), and it managed over 100 oil and gas fields in Saudi Arabia, including 279 trillion standard cubic feet (scf) of natural gas reserves. Saudi Aramco owns the Ghawar Field, the world's largest oil field, and the Shaybah Field, one of the world's largest oil fields. The origins of Saudi Aramco traces back to 29 May 1933, when the Saudi government granted a concession to Standard Oil of California (SoCal) in preference to a rival bid from the Iraq Petroleum Company. The concession allowed Socal to explore for oil in Saudi Arabia. SoCal assigned this concession to a
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    English Stage Company

    The English Stage Company (also known as The Royal Court) first formed at the beginning of 1956 under its first artistic director, George Devine. It's first stage production was "The Mulberry Bush" written by Angus Wilson and opened on April 2, 1956 at the Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, London. The English Stage Company Limited has an alternate working name of "Royal Court Theatre" which is taken from the name of the theatre venue itself where most of the company's plays have been performed at. It has also been a registered charity in the UK since November 5, 1963. Company Number 539332 and Charity Number 231242.
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    Hard Rock Park

    Hard Rock Park

    Freestyle Music Park, formerly Hard Rock Park, was a music theme park located in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina that opened on April 15, 2008, then temporarily closed on September 24, 2008, due to financial issues, reopened May 23, 2009, under the Freestyle brand, and closed yet again after its 2009 season. It was built on 55 acres (22 ha) on a 140-acre (57 ha) property between Highway 501 and the Intracoastal Waterway on a site that includes part of the former Waccamaw Factory Shoppes in Fantasy Harbour, using Mall 3 as its headquarters. The park's roller-coasters offered lockers located next to major rides, initially free short-term as Hard Rock Park, and for $.50 per single use as Freestyle Park. AVX Corporation CEO Dick Rosen and other investors including Ziel Feldman and Safe Harbor Capital Partners managing partner Amnon Bar-Tur created two companies. Myrtle Property Owners I invested in the proposed theme park. Myrtle Property Owners II bought land from Rosen, intending to build a hotel along the Intracoastal Waterway in October 2005. A feasibility study showed that developers predicted 3 million visitors a year in the park's first year, with growth of nine percent the second
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    3 votes
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    LukArco

    LukArco B.V. is a subsidiary of the Russian oil company Lukoil. It was formed in February 1997 as a joint venture between Lukoil and the former American oil company ARCO. In 2000, Arco merged with the UK oil company BP, and since BP became a shareholder of LukArco with 46% shares. In December 2009, BP sold its stake to Lukoil and thereafter Lukoil became a sole shareholder of LukArco. LukArco is a partner in the Caspian Pipeline Consortium with a shareholding of 12.5% , and is a partner in the consortium Tengizchevroil (TCO) .
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    3 votes
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    National Museum of Scotland

    National Museum of Scotland

    The National Museums of Scotland was formed by Act of Parliament in 1985 , amalgamating the former National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland and The Royal Scottish Museum. The National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland, was formed in 2006 with the merger of the Museum of Scotland, with collections relating to Scottish antiquities, culture and history, and the Royal Museum next door, with collections covering science and technology, natural history, and world cultures. The two connected buildings stand beside each other on Chambers Street, by the intersection with the George IV Bridge, in central Edinburgh. The museum is part of National Museums Scotland. Admission is free. The two buildings retain distinctive characters: the former Museum of Scotland is housed in a modern building opened in 1998, while the former Royal Museum building was begun in 1861, and partially opened in 1866, with a Victorian Romanesque Revival facade and a grand central hall of cast iron construction that rises the full height of the building. This building reopened on 29 July 2011 after a £47 million project to restore and extend the building, and redesign the exhibitions (by Ralph Appelbaum). The
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    The Tussauds Group

    The Tussauds Group is now part of Merlin Entertainments, the world's second largest leisure group, second only to Disney. It is based in Poole, Dorset from where it manages a portfolio of brands and over 50 attractions including the Madame Tussauds waxworks, Legoland Parks, Sealife Centres, Gardaland in Italy, The Dungeons and the London Eye, Alton Towers, Thorpe Park, and Chessington World of Adventures. Between 1900 and 1977, Madame Tussauds was the main asset for the Tussauds group. This changed in 1978 when the business was acquired by S. Pearson and Son, now Pearson PLC. Chessington Zoo was already owned by Pearson and became a Tussauds attraction. In the same year Warwick Castle was acquired. Rock Circus opened in the London Pavilion in 1989. Several small acquisitions were made before 1990, when Alton Towers was bought for £60 million. In 1995, PortAventura in Spain opened, in which Tussauds had a 40% stake and managed the theme park. The stake was sold in 1998 to enable the purchase of Thorpe Park, in South East England - management of PortAventura ceased with its sale. In 1999, after being part of Pearson for twenty years, Charterhouse Development Capital acquired the
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    3 votes
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    Chesapeake

    Chesapeake

    Chesapeake is an independent city located in the South Hampton Roads portion of the Hampton Roads metropolitan area of Virginia in the United States. One of the cities Hampton Roads, Chesapeake was formed in 1963 by a political consolidation of the city of South Norfolk with the former Norfolk County, which dated to 1691. Chesapeake is the second-largest city by land area in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Chesapeake is a diverse city with few urban areas as well as many square miles of protected farmland, forests, and wetlands, including a substantial portion of the Great Dismal Swamp. Extending all the way from the rural border with North Carolina to the harbor area of Hampton Roads adjacent to the cities of Norfolk and Portsmouth, Chesapeake is located on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway and has miles of waterfront industrial, commercial and residential property. It is currently the third largest city in Virginia in terms of population. According to the 2010 Census, its population is 222,209. In 2011, Chesapeake was named the 21st best city in America by Bloomberg Businessweek In 1963, the new independent city of Chesapeake was created when the former independent city of South
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    2 votes
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    Royal Dutch Shell

    Royal Dutch Shell

    Royal Dutch Shell plc (LSE: RDSA, RDSB), commonly known as Shell, is an Anglo–Dutch multinational oil and gas company headquartered in The Hague, Netherlands and with its registered office in London, United Kingdom. It is the world's second largest company by 2011 revenues and one of the six oil and gas "supermajors". Shell is also one of the world's most valuable companies. As of September 2012, its largest shareholder is BlackRock with 5% stake, while the Qatar Investment Authority has announced a plan to raise its stake from below 3% to 7%. Shell is vertically integrated and is active in every area of the oil and gas industry, including exploration and production, refining, distribution and marketing, petrochemicals, power generation and trading. It also has major renewable energy activities, including in biofuels, hydrogen, solar and wind power. It has operations in over 90 countries, produces around 3.1 million barrels of oil equivalent per day and has 44,000 service stations worldwide. Shell Oil Company, its subsidiary in the United States, is one of its largest businesses. Shell has a primary listing on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index. As
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    Chevron Corporation

    Chevron Corporation

    Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX) is an American multinational energy corporation headquartered in San Ramon, California, United States and active in more than 180 countries. It is engaged in every aspect of the oil, gas, and geothermal energy industries, including exploration and production; refining, marketing and transport; chemicals manufacturing and sales; and power generation. Chevron is one of the world's six "supermajor" oil companies. For the past five years, Chevron has been continuously ranked as one of America's five largest corporations by Fortune 500 and it is currently ranked in eight place. In 2011 it was named the 16th largest public company in the world by Forbes Global 2000. Chevron is one of the largest corporations in the world by revenue. Chevron traditionally traces its roots to an oil discovery in Pico Canyon (now the Pico Canyon Oilfield) north of Los Angeles. The discovery led to the formation, in 1879, of the Pacific Coast Oil Company (also known as "Coast Oil"), the oldest predecessor of Chevron Corporation. In 1895, Coast Oil initiated its enduring marine history when it launched California's first steel tanker, the George Loomis, which could ship 6,500
    7.25
    4 votes
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    Old Globe Theatre

    Old Globe Theatre

    The Old Globe Theatre is a professional theatre company located in Balboa Park in San Diego, California. It produces about 15 plays and musicals annually in summer and winter seasons. Plays are performed in three separate theatres in the complex, which is collectively called the Simon Edison Centre for the Performing Arts: The Old Globe Theatre was built in 1935, designed by Richard Requa as part of the California Pacific International Exposition. The theatre was based on a copy of one built for the Chicago Century of Progress, which in turn was a copy of the Globe Theatre in London, England, where many of William Shakespeare's plays were performed during his lifetime. Like the original Globe, the theatre was open in the center with a roof over the seating on the sides. During the exposition, it hosted 50-minute versions of Shakespeare plays. At the end of the exposition, the Globe had been received so well that a nonprofit organization called the San Diego Community Theatre was formed to save the temporary structure from demolition. The committee leased the structure from the city, produced full-length plays, and created a more permanent structure by roofing over the theatre and
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    4 votes
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    City of Holdfast Bay

    City of Holdfast Bay

    The City of Holdfast Bay is a Local Government Area in the south western coastal suburbs of Adelaide, South Australia. The council was formed 1 January 1997, when the former councils of Glenelg and Brighton were amalgamated by the State government. As a result there are two council offices, one in the historic Glenelg Town Hall on Moseley Square, and the other on Jetty Road Brighton. The council has only had two mayors to date: Brian Nadilo and the current mayor Ken Rollond, who was re-elected. The council is split into four ward divisions from which three councillors are elected to represent the area (excluding the mayor). They are the Glenelg Ward, Somerton Ward, Brighton Ward and Seacliff Ward. There is one Sister city to Holdfast Bay. Hayama, Kanagawa, Japan
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    3 votes
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    First Quantum Minerals

    First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (TSX: FM) is a Vancouver, British Columbia based mining and metals company whose principal activities include mineral exploration, development and mining. First Quantum's common shares are listed for trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange in Canada (symbol "FM"), and the London Stock Exchange (symbol "FQM") in the United Kingdom. At the end of September 2012, First Quantum Minerals announced that it had entered into a joint venture with a Zambian-based mining company called Mimosa Resources. The purpose of the venture is to develop the Fishtie copper project in the Central province of Zambia, in the Mkushi District near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Kolwezi tailings project was a major project to extract copper and cobalt from tailings of older mining operations around Kolwezi. It was expected to produce around 70,000 tonnes per year of copper metal and up to 14,000 tonnes per year of cobalt hydroxide. In August 2009, the DRC government revoked First Quantum's license due to a dispute over renegotiating the contract. First Quantum stopped operations in September 2009, throwing about 700 people out of work. First Quantum had spent
    8.33
    3 votes
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    Shijingshan District

    Shijingshan District

    Shijingshan District (simplified Chinese: 石景山区; traditional Chinese: 石景山區; pinyin: Shíjǐngshān Qū) is an urban district of the municipality of Beijing. It lies to the west of the urban core of Beijing, and is part of the Western Hills area. The district consists of 9 subdistricts of Beijing's city proper. Although the hills around Yunju Temple may also be called Shijingshan, they are pronounced differently in Chinese and hence are unrelated to Shijingshan district. It is 86 square kilometres in area, making it one of the smaller districts in the greater urban part of Beijing (the immense Mentougou District to the west of it dwarfs Shijingshan District), and is home to 489,439 inhabitants (2000 Census). Its postal code is 100043. The western stretch of the 5th Ring Road lies in this area. The Beijing subway serves this area (Line 1). China National Highway 109 runs through Shijingshan.
    8.33
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    8.33
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    Venezuela

    Venezuela

    Venezuela (/ˌvɛnəzˈweɪlə/ VEN-uh-ZWALE-uh, locally: [βeneˈswela]), officially called the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (Spanish: República Bolivariana de Venezuela [reˈpuβlika βoliβaˈɾjana ðe βeneˈswela]), is a country on the northern coast of South America. Venezuela's territory covers around 916,445 square kilometres (353,841 sq mi) with an estimated population of 29,105,632. Venezuela is considered a state with extremely high biodiversity, with habitats ranging from the Andes mountains in the west to the Amazon Basin rainforest in the south, via extensive llanos plains and Caribbean coast in the center and the Orinoco River Delta in the east. Venezuela was colonized by Spain in 1522 despite resistance from indigenous peoples. It became the first Spanish American colony to declare independence (in 1811), but did not securely establish independence until 1821 (as a department of the federal republic of Gran Colombia, gaining full independence in 1830). During the 19th century Venezuela suffered political turmoil and dictatorship, and it was dominated by regional caudillos (military strongmen) well into the 20th century. The country has intermittently had democratic governments
    8.33
    3 votes
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    Viacom

    Viacom

    Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), short for "Video & Audio Communications", is an American global mass media company with interests primarily in, but not limited to, cinema and cable television. As of 2010, it is the world's fourth-largest media conglomerate, behind The Walt Disney Company, Time Warner and News Corporation. Viacom is owned in majority by National Amusements, Inc., a privately owned theater company based in Dedham, Massachusetts, USA. National Amusements holds another controlling stake in CBS Corporation. The current Viacom was created on December 31, 2005 as a spinoff from CBS Corporation, which changed its name from Viacom to CBS at the same time. CBS, not Viacom, retains control of the over-the-air broadcasting, TV production, outdoor advertising, subscription pay television (Showtime) and publishing assets (Simon & Schuster) formerly owned by the larger company. However, Sumner Redstone through National Amusements, retains majority control of Viacom. Predecessor firms of Viacom include Gulf+Western, which later became Paramount Communications Inc., and Westinghouse Electric Corporation. Comprising BET Networks, MTV Networks, and Paramount Pictures, Viacom
    8.33
    3 votes
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    H.I.G. Capital

    H.I.G. Capital is an alternative investment firm that operates a family of private equity and venture capital funds as well as distressed debt and public equity hedge funds. The firm's roots trace back to middle-market leveraged buyouts, management buyouts, leveraged recapitalizations, and growth capital investments. The firm was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in Miami, Florida with offices in Atlanta, Boston, San Francisco in the U.S., and since fall 2007 London, Madrid, Paris, and Hamburg in Europe. Today the firm operates in several related sectors in private equity and alternative investments: H.I.G. was founded in 1993 by Anthony (Tony) Tamer, previously a partner at Bain & Company and Sami Mnaymneh, formerly a managing director at The Blackstone Group. In 1993, the first HIG fund was originally launched with a $73 million hybrid leveraged buyout / venture capital fund, drawing on the backgrounds of its two founding partners. Since its founding, H.I.G. had raised nine investments funds as of 2008: Today, the company claims to be "the largest and most active private equity firm in the lower-middle market."
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    2 votes
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    Pa Resources

    PA Resources focuses its business on three geographical regions - North Sea, North Africa and West Africa. The Group has exploration assets in United Kingdom, Denmark, Greenland, Netherlands, Tunisia, Equatorial Guinea and the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville). PA Resources is today one of the largest oil producers in Tunisia with six fields in production and is also partner in the producing field Azurite offshore the Republic of Congo. The next field in production will be the Aseng field in the Equatorial Guinea. The parent company is located in Stockholm, Sweden.
    9.50
    2 votes
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    Providence Equity Partners

    Providence Equity Partners is a global private equity investment firm focused on media, communications, education and information investments. The firm specializes in leveraged buyout transactions as well as growth capital investments and has invested in more than 130 companies globally since its inception in 1989. The firm manages funds with over $27 billion in commitments, making it a large global player in the private equity industry. Providence was one of the principal pioneers of a sector-based approach to private equity investing. The firm’s sixth fund, Providence Equity Partners VI, closed on $12 billion in 2007, making it the largest sector-focused private equity fund ever raised. Providence is headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island with five additional offices in New York, London, Hong Kong, Beijing and New Delhi. Providence is led by Founder and CEO Jonathan M. Nelson. The firm raises investment funds from a broad array of institutional investors, including pension funds, endowments, sovereign wealth funds, financial institutions, insurance companies, fund of funds, and high net worth individuals. Providence partners with companies across different stages in their
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    2 votes
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    Sir Christopher Hawkins

    Sir Christopher Hawkins, 1st Baronet (29 May 1758 – 6 April 1829) was a Cornish landowner, mine-owner, Tory Member of Parliament, and patron of steam power. He was Recorder of Grampound, of Tregony, and of St Ives, Cornwall. Christopher Hawkins was the second son of Thomas Hawkins of Trewithen, a considerable landowner and former MP for Grampound. Thomas Hawkins had a lifelong fear of smallpox and died following an inoculation to prevent it. Christopher's elder brother John was drowned in the Thames whilst at Eton, whilst a younger brother Thomas died "of a fever in consequence of eating an ice-cream after dancing." His youngest brother, John Hawkins, survived and became a noted geologist. On his father's death in 1766, Christopher inherited his estates. Hawkins was appointed High Sheriff of Cornwall for 1783. He then followed in his father's footsteps by becoming a member of parliament at the age of 26. He subsequently earned notoriety as the leading commoner engaged in 'boroughmongering', the purchase and sale of rotten boroughs, parliamentary constituencies that had very few electors and as a result could be bought and sold through patronage, influence, and straightforward
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    2 votes
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    CNL Income Properties

    CNL Lifestyle Properties is a real estate investment trust (REIT) that invests in income-producing properties with a focus on lifestyle-related industries. The company acquires properties and leases them on a long-term, triple-net lease basis or engages qualified third-party managers to operate properties on its behalf. The company is closed to new investors as of April 9, 2012; however, it continues to make select acquisitions and focus on the management and oversight of its existing portfolio. As of August 15, 2012, the company owned a portfolio of 177 properties: The company's portfolio is diversified across six lifestyle asset classes. As of the end of the second quarter 2012 and based on initial purchase price, the portfolio comprises: Recent acquisitions include:
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    4 votes
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    GEPetrol

    GEPetrol is the national oil company of the Equatorial Guinea. The company was founded in 2002 after the writing of a presidential decree. The company reports to the Ministry of Mines, Industry and Energy. GEPetrol's director is Cándido Nsue Okomo. The company maintains offices in Malabo and in London.
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    4 votes
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    Taft Broadcasting

    Taft Broadcasting

    The Taft Broadcasting Company, also known as Taft Television and Radio Company, Incorporated, was an American media conglomerate based in Cincinnati, Ohio. The company is rooted in the family of William Howard Taft, the 27th President of the United States. William Howard's half-brother, Charles Phelps Taft, purchased the Cincinnati Times-Star newspaper in 1879; its later publishers included Charles' son Hulbert Taft Sr., and grandson Hulbert Taft Jr. The company is notable for having been the owner of such major media and entertainment properties as Hanna-Barbera Productions, DePatie-Freleng Enterprises, Worldvision Enterprises, Ruby-Spears Productions, KECO Entertainment and many television and radio stations. It also owned 50% of CIC Video's Australian operations, CIC-Taft Home Video. In a bit of an ironic twist, the company's last headquarters building in the Mount Auburn neighborhood, today houses studios for Cincinnati's NBC affiliate, WLWT. The Taft family's involvement in broadcasting began in 1939 as Radio Cincinnati, Inc., when the Cincinnati Times-Star purchased WKRC radio from founding owner Kodel Radio Company. In 1949, Taft's first TV station, WKRC-TV in Cincinnati
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    5 votes
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    Eni

    Eni

    Eni S.p.A. (BIT: ENI, NYSE: E) is an Italian multinational oil and gas company, present in 79 countries, and currently Italy's largest industrial company with a market capitalization of 87,7 billion euros (US$138 billion), as of July 24, 2008. The Italian government owns a 30.3% golden share in the company, 3.93% held through the state Treasury and 26.37% held through the Cassa depositi e prestiti. Another 2.29% of the shares are held by BNP Paribas group. Eni is classified by sales as "supermajor" together with BP, Chevron, ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips, Shell and Total S.A. Despite initial postwar plans to break up Agip, administrator Enrico Mattei converted it to a state monopoly, renamed Eni. The name derives from the initials of the company's original full title Ente Nazionale Idrocarburi, but is no longer used as an acronym. It was also known as United Refineries at around this time on the odd occasion. The Italian Government authorized its establishment on February 10, 1953 in order to implement a national energy strategy based on the concentration of all the activities in the energy sector into one group. Eni was to supply energy to Italy and contribute to the country's
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    3 votes
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    Fidelity Investments

    FMR LLC (Fidelity Management and Research) or Fidelity Investments is an American multinational financial services corporation. It is one of the largest mutual fund and financial services groups in the world. It was founded in 1946 and serves North American investors. Fidelity Ventures is its venture capital arm. Fidelity International Limited (FIL), was an international affiliate founded in 1969, serving most countries in the rest of the world. In September 2011, FIL was rebranded as 'Fidelity Worldwide Investment'. Fidelity Investments manages a large family of mutual funds, provides fund distribution and investment advice services, as well as providing discount brokerage services, retirement services, wealth management, securities execution and clearance, life insurance and a number of other services. Fidelity is a privately held company founded by Edward C. Johnson II in 1946, which is owned by employees and the Johnson family. Fidelity Management & Research Company, the US investment management division of Fidelity Investments, acts as the investment adviser to Fidelity's family of mutual funds. FMR Co has three fund divisions: Equity (headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts),
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    3 votes
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    Vivendi

    Vivendi

    Vivendi SA (formerly known as Vivendi Universal) is a French multinational mass media and telecommunication company headquartered in Paris, France. The company has activities in music, television and film, publishing, telecommunications, the Internet, and video games. On December 14, 1853, a water company named Compagnie Générale des Eaux (CGE) was created by an Imperial decree of Napoleon III. In 1854, CGE obtained a concession in order to supply water to the public in Lyon, serving in this capacity for over a hundred years. In 1861, it obtained a 50-year concession with the City of Paris. For more than a century, Compagnie Générale des Eaux remained largely focused on the water sector. However, following the appointment of Guy Dejouany as CEO in 1976, CGE extended its activities into other sectors with a series of takeovers. Beginning in 1980, CGE began diversifying its operations from water into waste management, energy, transport services, and construction and property. It acquired the Compagnie Générale d'Entreprises Automobiles (CGEA), specialized in industrial vehicles, which was later divided into two branches: Connex and Onyx Environnement. CGE then acquired the Compagnie
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    Furukawa Ichibei

    Furukawa Ichibei (古河 市兵衛, April 16, 1832 - April 5, 1903) was a Japanese businessman who founded one of the fifteen largest industrial conglomerates in Japan, specializing in electrical goods, chemicals and metals. He bought the Ashio copper mine from the Japanese government in 1877, which he later organized, with his other holdings, into an industrial conglomerate called the Furukawa zaibatsu, one of the most important in Japan. Japanese companies today with the names "Furukawa" and "Fuji", often belong to this group. Furukawa's school education began and ended before Commodore Perry's ships entered Japanese waters. His parents were lower middle-class and could not afford to give him a higher education. It was about the time of the treaty that opened Japan to commerce with the United States and other civilized nations, that the strong traits manifested by the boy attracted the attention of a business man in his native town. He was adopted by an eccentric man named Furukawa Tarozaemon, who gave his adopted son some schooling in business. The stepfather and son had frequent but respectful differences of opinion, but in time the father realized that Furukawa was usually right and in
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    JTC Corporation

    JTC Corporation

    JTC Corporation (Abbreviation: JTC; Chinese: 裕廊集团; pinyin: Yùláng Jítuán), formerly the Jurong Town Corporation, is Singapore's principal developer and manager of industrial estates and their related facilities. JTC was established on 1 June 1968 to develop industrial estates. Within three years, it managed to change from existing mangrove swamplands into the Jurong Industrial Estate, consisting of industrial sites, residential areas and parks. For more than 40 years, JTC has played a key role in the growth of the economy by providing cutting-edge industrial real estate solutions. Some of its landmark projects include wafer fabrication parks, business parks, Biopolis and Fusionopolis at one-north, a chemicals hub on Jurong Island, biomedical parks as well as logistics hubs for various industries. Today, JTC continues to break new ground with pioneering projects that anticipate and address the needs of industry. For a comprehensive list of JTC's projects, please visit the JTC corporate website at www.jtc.gov.sg.
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    London and South Western Railway

    London and South Western Railway

    The London and South Western Railway (L&SWR) was a railway company in England from 1838 to 1922. Its network extended from London to Plymouth via Salisbury and Exeter, with branches to Ilfracombe and Padstow and via Southampton to Bournemouth and Weymouth. It also had many routes connecting towns in Hampshire and Berkshire, including Portsmouth and Reading. In the grouping of railways in 1923 the L&SWR became part of the Southern Railway. Among significant achievements of the L&SWR were the electrification of suburban lines, the introduction of power signalling, the development of Southampton Docks, the rebuilding of Waterloo Station as one of the great stations of the world, and the handling of the massive traffic involved in the First World War. After the Napoleonic Wars there was great concern about the security of coastal shipping routes between Southampton and London, and a number of canal schemes were put forward. After main line railways were seen to be feasible, the idea of connecting places in the South West of England to London was much discussed. An early proposal for a railway came from Robert Johnson and Abel Ros Dottin, member of parliament for Southampton. A
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    Sony Corporation of America

    Sony Corporation of America

    Sony Corporation of America (SCA), based in New York, is the United States subsidiary of Japan's Sony corporation, headquartered in Tokyo. It is the umbrella company under which all Sony companies operate in the United States. Sony is a leading manufacturer of audio, video, communications, and information technology products for the consumer and professional markets. Its motion picture, television, computer entertainment, music and online businesses make Sony one of the most comprehensive entertainment companies in the world. Sony's principal U.S. businesses include Sony Electronics Inc., Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. (one of the largest film & television companies in the world), Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.,Sony Music Entertainment Inc.(one of the largest recorded music companies in the world), Sony/ATV Music Publishing (the music publishing company the world's largest with more than 34% of the world). Sony recorded consolidated annual sales of approximately $88.7 billion for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2008, and it employs 180,500 people worldwide. Sony’s consolidated sales in the U.S. for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2008 were $29 billion.
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    Star Cruises

    Star Cruises

    Star Cruises (SEHK: 678) (SGX: S21), a member of Genting Hong Kong, is the third largest cruise line in the world behind companies such as Carnival Corporation and Royal Caribbean Cruises. Star Cruises dominates the Asia-Pacific market and is owned by Genting Hong Kong who also owns 50% of the Norwegian Cruise Line, and NCL America with a total combined fleet of 18 ships and over 35,000 berths. The company is listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and the Singapore Exchange. Star Cruises is credited with almost single handedly developing the cruise industry in the Asia-Pacific region. Its foray into the global shipping market has allowed it to tap into lucrative and more mature markets in North America and Europe. Its services cater to Asian passengers as well as to North Americans, Europeans and Australians interested in Asian destinations. The chairman of Star Cruises is Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, the son of the late Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong, the founder of Malaysia's Genting Highlands. Star Cruises was founded as an associate of the Genting Group of Malaysia, incorporated in Bermuda on 10 November 1993 with its corporate headquarters in Hong Kong. The company's first ships were two
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    71

    City and County of Swansea Council

    The City and County of Swansea Council (Welsh: Cyngor Dinas a Sir Abertawe) is the governing body for one of the Principal Areas of Wales covering Swansea, Gower and the surrounding area. The council consists of 72 councillors representing 36 electoral wards. The council is controlled by the Labour Party. Elections take place every five years. The last election was 3 May 2012. source: Between 1996 and 2004, the council was under Labour control. Since 2004 there has been no overall control and the council has been led by a Liberal Democrats coalition with an alliance with the Independents and the Conservatives, termed the Swansea Administration. However these figures changed during the 2004-2008 period with the defection of Cllr. Keith Morgan from Plaid Cymru to the Welsh Liberal Democrats in 2005 and Cllr. Rene Kinzett from the Welsh Liberal Democrats to the Conservatives in 2006. Following the 2008 elections, the Liberal Democrats agreed with the Independents to form another coalition for the next four years. Swansea's first charter was granted sometime between 1158-1184 by William de Newburgh, 3rd Earl of Warwick. The charter gave Swansea the status of a borough, granting the
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    72
    National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty

    National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty

    The National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty, usually known as the National Trust, is a conservation organisation in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Trust does not operate in Scotland, where there is an independent National Trust for Scotland. According to its website: The trust owns many heritage properties, including historic houses and gardens, industrial monuments and social history sites. It is one of the largest landowners in the United Kingdom, owning many beauty spots, most of which are open to the public free of charge. It is the largest membership organisation in the United Kingdom, and one of the largest UK charities by both income and assets. The National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty was incorporated in 1894 as an "association not for profit" under the Companies Acts 1862 to 1890, in which the liability of its members was limited by guarantee; it was later incorporated by six separate Acts of Parliament (The National Trust Acts 1907-1971 – as varied by a parliamentary scheme implemented by The Charities (National Trust) Order 2005), it is also a charitable organisation registered under the Charities Act
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    3 votes
    73

    ConocoPhillips

    ConocoPhillips Company (NYSE: COP) is an American multinational energy corporation with its headquarters located in the Energy Corridor district of Houston, Texas in the United States. It is also one of the Fortune 500 companies and 22nd on Forbes Global 2000. ConocoPhillips is the fifth largest private sector energy corporation in the world and is one of the six "supermajor" vertically integrated oil companies. It sells fuel under the Conoco, Phillips 66 and Union 76 brands in North America, and Jet in Europe. ConocoPhillips was created through the merger of Conoco Inc. and the Phillips Petroleum Company on August 30, 2002. Conoco Inc. was an American oil company founded in 1875 as the Continental Oil and Transportation Company. Based in Ogden, Utah, the company was a coal, oil, kerosene, grease and candles distributor in the West. Marland Oil Company (founded by exploration pioneer E. W. Marland) later acquired the assets (subject to liabilities) of Continental Oil Company, for a consideration of 2,317,266 shares of stock. On June 26, 1929, Marland Oil changed its name to Continental Oil Company and moved its headquarters to Ponca City, Oklahoma. The acquisition gave Conoco the
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    1 votes
    74
    Freeport-McMoRan

    Freeport-McMoRan

    Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc., (FMCG, NYSE: FCX) often called simply Freeport, is the world's lowest-cost copper producer and one of the world's largest producers of gold. It was formerly based in New Orleans, Louisiana but moved its headquarters to Phoenix, Arizona, after acquiring copper producer Phelps Dodge in 2007; its headquarters are located in the Freeport-McMoRan Center in downtown Phoenix. In addition to Phelps Dodge, its subsidiaries include PT Freeport Indonesia, PT Irja Eastern Minerals and Atlantic Copper, S.A. Freeport is the largest publicly traded copper and molybdenum producer in the world. Best known for its Grasberg mine in Papua province, Indonesia, the company is the largest taxpayer to the Indonesian government. It mines and mills ores containing copper, gold, molybdenum and silver for the world market. Richard C. Adkerson is President and Chief Executive Officer of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold and James R. Moffett is the company's Chairman. McMoRan Exploration Company (NYSE: MMR) is a separately traded firm with some shared management with Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. Richard C. Adkerson and James R. Moffett are co-chairmen of McMoRan
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    Isthmian Canal Commission

    The Isthmian Canal Commission (often known as the ICC) was an American administration commission set up to oversee the construction of the Panama Canal in the early years of American involvement. Established in 1904, it was given control of the Panama Canal Zone over which the United States exercised sovereignty. The commission reported directly to Secretary of War William Taft. It was initially composed of seven members, appointed by President Theodore Roosevelt but this was later reduced to three on the recommendation of John Findlay Wallace, the Chief Engineer. It was widely criticized for its perceived bureaucracy, and failure to produce any significant improvements in the early years of construction. In 1906 when a new Chief Engineer John Stevens was appointed, he wasn't a member of the Commission. He increasingly ended up bypassing the Commission and sending requests and demands straight to the Roosevelt Administration in Washington.
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    1 votes
    76
    K'NEX

    K'NEX

    K'Nex is a brand name of a construction toy system invented by Joel Glickman, designed and produced by Industries of Hatfield, Pennsylvania, USA. Currently Michael Araten is the president of the organization. The name is, presumably, a phonetic variation of connects, and is pronounced the same way. The toy's building system consists of interconnecting plastic rods and connectors, which can connect to form all kinds of contraptions. K’Nex is a construction toy, and therefore in the same genre as LEGO, Fischertechnik and Meccano. It is similar to Tinkertoy. The concept behind K’Nex was originally conceived by Joel Glickman. While he was at a wedding, he started thinking of what he could do with his straw if he could connect it with other straws. He and his brother Bob Glickman discussed the idea and started the K’Nex company. The original building system kept very closely to the idea that Joel Glickman had: The K’Nex building system was simply Rods and Connectors which could be easily attached together to make different things. Other parts such as wheels and pulleys were also included to allow more flexibility in construction. The first K’Nex Box was launched in the U.S. market in
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    1 votes
    77
    Raging Waters

    Raging Waters

    Raging Waters is the name of three water theme parks located in Sacramento, San Dimas, and San Jose, California. They are the largest water parks in the state of California. The three parks are owned by Palace Entertainment but each contains different attractions. The three parks are generally closed during the winter months. There are also parks named Raging Waters in Wildwood, New Jersey (at Morey's Piers) and Salt Lake City, Utah, but only the three California Raging Waters parks are owned by Palace Entertainment. The Raging Waters San Jose amusement park is located in Lake Cunningham Park in East San Jose, adjacent to Capitol Expressway, Eastridge Mall, Eastridge Transit Center and Reid-Hillview Airport. Raging Waters Sacramento water park is located at Cal Expo and was formerly known as Six Flags Waterworld. The Raging Waters San Dimas is located off the 57 freeway between the Interstate 10 and Interstate 210 freeways. It is Southern California's largest water park. Wild Rivers in Irvine, Soak City in Buena Park, and Hurricane Harbor in Valencia all feature fewer attractions. The Raging Waters San Dimas ranked #3 nationally by the Travel Channel in its Top 10 ranking of US
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    1 votes
    78
    Rolls-Royce Limited

    Rolls-Royce Limited

    Rolls-Royce Limited was a renowned British car manufacturing company and, from 1914 on, aero-engine manufacturing company founded by Charles Stewart Rolls and Sir Frederick Henry Royce on 15 March 1906 as the result of a partnership formed in 1904. In 1971, Rolls-Royce was crippled by the costs of developing the advanced RB211 jet engine, resulting in the nationalization of the company as Rolls-Royce (1971) Limited. In 1973, the car division was separated from the parent company as Rolls-Royce Motors. Rolls-Royce (1971) Limited continued as a nationalized company until it was privatised in 1987 as Rolls-Royce plc. In 1884, Henry Royce started an electrical and mechanical business. He made his first car, a two-cylinder Royce 10, in his Manchester factory in 1904, and was introduced to Charles Rolls at the Midland Hotel in Manchester on 4 May of that year. Rolls was proprietor of an early motor car dealership, C.S.Rolls & Co. in Fulham. In spite of his preference for three or four cylinder cars, Rolls was impressed with the Royce 10, and in a subsequent agreement of 23 December 1904 agreed to take all the cars Royce could make. There would be four models: All would be badged as
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    79
    Sonangol Group

    Sonangol Group

    Group Sonangol (Portuguese: Grupo Sonangol) is a parastatal that oversees petroleum and natural gas production in Angola. The group consists of Sonangol EP (Portuguese: Sociedade Nacional de Combustíveis de Angola, E.P.) and its many subsidiaries. The subsidiaries generally have Sonangol EP as a primary client, along with other corporate, commercial and individual clients. Angola is estimated to have over 5 billion barrels (790,000,000 m) of offshore and coastal petroleum reserves, and new discoveries are outpacing consumption by a 5 to 1 ratio. On the eve of Portuguese Angola's independence from Portugal following the election of a modern democratic government in Portugal in 1976, the company ANGOL (ANGOL Sociedade de Lubrificantes e Combustivels Sarl), founded in 1953 as a subsidiary of Portuguese company SACOR) was nationalized and split in two, forming Sonangol U.E.E. and Direcção Nacional de Petróleos. Directive 52/76 instituted Sonangol as a state-owned company with a mandate to manage the country's substantial petroleum and natural gas. Using the extant remains of Texaco, Total, Shell and Mobil's oil works, Sonangol obtained the assistance of Algerian Sonatrach and of
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    1 votes
    80

    Christophe Marie

    Jean-Christophe Marie was a contractor who built bridges on the Seine to the Ile St.-Louis and laid out lots on straight streets for sale.
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    81

    The Oriental Land Company

    The Oriental Land Company, Limited (株式会社オリエンタルランド, Kabushikigaisha Orientaru Rando) TYO: 4661 is a Japanese leisure and tourism corporation headquartered in Urayasu, Chiba, Japan. The company owns the Tokyo Disney Resort in Urayasu. The main shareholders of the company are Keisei Electric Railway and Mitsui Fudosan. The company also owned and operated all Disney Stores in Japan until April 2010 when the company sold the stores back to Disney. The company was originally focused on improving leisure opportunities in Japan, such as building swimming pools and gyms. It approached The Walt Disney Company in 1980 to finance the first international Disney park. After Tokyo Disneyland opened in 1983, Oriental Land Company decided not to sell the park back to Disney. Walt Disney Attractions Japan pays Disney for character and likeness licenses, and Disney leased their Imagineers to the company to design and build Tokyo Disneyland Park as well as a second theme park, Tokyo DisneySea, which opened in September 2001. In October 2008, Oriental Land Company announced that it had shelved plans for a new Disney complex in Fukuoka, Japan. The company and Disney had spent more than a year studying
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    82

    Columbus Zoo

    The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is a non-profit zoo located in Powell, Ohio (Liberty Township/Delaware County), just north of Columbus. The land lies along the eastern banks of the O'Shaughnessy Reservoir on the Scioto River, at the intersection of Riverside Drive and Powell Road. It has a worldwide reputation, largely attributable to the efforts and promotion of director emeritus Jack Hanna. In 2009, it was named by the USA Travel Guide as the number one zoo in the United States. It was also ranked number one best zoo in 2012 by Besties Readers Choice. The Columbus Zoo is home to over 9,000 animals representing over 700 species and sees over 2.3 million visitors annually. The animal exhibits are divided into regions of the world, with the zoo currently operating eight such regions. In addition the zoo owns an 18-hole golf course, known as the Safari Golf Club. The zoo also owns Zoombezi Bay and Jungle Jack's Landing. In total, the zoo owns 234 hectares (580 acres) of land, with just under half dedicated to the zoo itself. The zoo operates its own conservation program, donating money to outside programs as well as participating in their own conservation efforts. Over the past five
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    83

    Dubai Holding

    Dubai Holding (Arabic: دبي القابضة‎) is a global investment holding company that develops and manages an extensive portfolio of companies focused on investments, financial services, real estate, specialised business parks, telecommunications and hospitality. It is majority owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum the Ruler of Dubai ). Current CEO is Ahmad Bin Byat.It is well known for sponsoring the Kochi,Smart City. Major subsidiaries of Dubai Holding: Dubai Holding has major investments in many international firms, such as:-
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    85

    Hershey Entertainment and Resorts Company

    Hershey Entertainment and Resorts ('HE&R'), also known as "HERCO", is a privately owned company of the Hershey Trust Company. The company was originally founded by Milton S. Hershey as part of his chocolate company: what is now Hersheypark was initially promoted by including a picture postcard in each box of chocolate bars. In 1927, Hershey split his enterprises into three companies, Hershey Chocolate Corporation which he took public, Hershey Corporation, which acquired the sugar estates in Cuba, and Hershey Estates. The childless Hershey had previously founded a trust in 1909 to establish the Hershey Industrial School for orphan boys, later renamed the Milton Hershey School. The Hershey Trust inherited Hershey Estates, Hershey Corporation, and a majority of the voting stock in Hershey Chocolate Corporation. The sugar operations in Cuba were sold in 1947 to the Cuban Atlantic Sugar Corporation. Hershey Chocolate changed its name to Hershey Foods Corp in 1968, and in 2005, to the The Hershey Company. The "Hershey Dairy" in that listing should not be confused with Hershey's Creamery, the manufacturers of Hershey Ice Cream. The creamery was founded in 1894 by Jacob N. Hershey, whose
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    86
    Michael Jackson

    Michael Jackson

    Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was an American recording artist, entertainer and businessman. Often referred to as the King of Pop, or by his initials MJ, Jackson is recognized as the most successful entertainer of all time by Guinness World Records. His unparalleled contributions to music, dance, and fashion, along with a much-publicized personal life, made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades. The seventh child of the Jackson family, he debuted on the professional music scene along with his brothers as a member of The Jackson 5 in 1964, and began his solo career in 1971. In the early 1980s, Jackson became a dominant figure in popular music. The music videos for his songs, including those of "Beat It", "Billie Jean", and "Thriller", were credited with breaking down racial barriers and transforming the medium into an art form and promotional tool. The popularity of these videos helped to bring the then relatively new television channel MTV to fame. With videos such as "Black or White" and "Scream" he continued to innovate the medium throughout the 1990s, as well as forging a reputation as a touring solo artist. Through stage and
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    87
    MTV Networks

    MTV Networks

    Viacom Media Networks (known as MTV Networks until 2011), is a division of media conglomerate Viacom that oversees the operations of many television channels and Internet brands, including the original MTV (Music Television) channel in the United States. Sibling to Viacom Media Networks is Viacom International Media Networks. The company was established in 1984 after Warner Communications and American Express decided to divest the basic cable assets of Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment, renaming it MTV Networks, Inc. Warner-Amex originally created and owned Nickelodeon, MTV, VH1 and The Movie Channel (TMC). Viacom acquired 66% of the company in 1985, and then acquired the remaining interest in 1986. It was then folded into Viacom International Inc., a subsidiary of Viacom Inc., and is no longer a distinct legal entity. Year in parentheses denotes when channel was brought into the MTV Networks fold. MTV Networks' family of brands is divided into three sections, based on the type of television programming and audiences they serve. Channel created by Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment prior to 1984. Channel originally owned by CBS, became part of MTV Networks when CBS merged with
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    Parks & Resorts Scandinavia

    Parks & Resorts Scandinavia AB is a Swedish company operating in the recreation industry. Parks & Resorts Scandinavia runs resorts such as Gröna Lunds Tivoli, Destination Kolmården, Skara Sommarland and Aquaria Vattenmuseum.
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    89
    United States Department of Energy

    United States Department of Energy

    The United States Department of Energy (DOE) is a Cabinet-level department of the United States government concerned with the United States' policies regarding energy and safety in handling nuclear material. Its responsibilities include the nation's nuclear weapons program, nuclear reactor production for the United States Navy, energy conservation, energy-related research, radioactive waste disposal, and domestic energy production. DOE also sponsors more research in the physical sciences than any other US federal agency; the majority of this research is conducted through its system of United States Department of Energy National Laboratories. The agency is administered by the United States Secretary of Energy, and its headquarters are located in southwest Washington, D.C., on Independence Avenue in the James V. Forrestal Building, named for James Forrestal, as well as in Germantown, Maryland. In 1942, during World War II, the United States started the Manhattan Project, a project to develop the atomic bomb, under the eye of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. After the war, the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) was created to control the future of the project. The AEC was reinstated and
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    2 votes
    90

    Walt Disney Parks and Resorts

    Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, originally Walt Disney Attractions, is one of four major business segments of The Walt Disney Company. It is responsible for the conception, building, and managing of the company's theme parks and vacation resorts, as well as a variety of additional family-oriented leisure enterprises. It was founded in 1971 after the opening of Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Florida, joining the original Disneyland in California. In 2009, the company's theme parks hosted approximately 119.1 million guests, making Disney Parks the world's most visited theme park company, ahead of the second-most visited, British rival Merlin Entertainments. The chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts is Thomas O. Staggs, formerly the senior executive vice president and CFO. Staggs reports to Disney CEO Robert Iger. Disneyland was founded as a single park by Walt Disney on July 17, 1955. Disneyland Hotel opened to the public on October 5, 1955. In 2001, the site expanded significantly and was renamed the Disneyland Resort with the opening of Disney California Adventure Park on February 8, 2001, Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa on January 2, 2001, Disney's Paradise Pier
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    91

    Royal Bath and West of England Society

    The Royal Bath and West of England Society is a charitable society founded in 1777 to promote and improve agriculture and related activities around the West Country of England. Based at the Royal Bath and West of England Society Showground near Shepton Mallet in Somerset, the society is a registered charity in England and Wales (no. 1039397). Nowadays the society offers a variety of services relating to agriculture and veterinary science including public and professional events, seminars and advice, scholarships, and a marketplace for countryside products. In 1775 Edmund Rack, a draper and the son of a labouring weaver, moved from his native Norfolk to the city of Bath. Despite his modest upbringing Rack had developed interests both in literature and agriculture, and especially the application of modern methods to farming. He was struck on his arrival by the poor standard of agricultural practise in the West Country, and in a series of letters to the Farming Magazine and the Bath Chronicle argued that it was in the interest of all involved to make a concerted effort to improve productivity. Thus on the 28 August 1777 the Bath Chronicle printed a notice addressed to "The Nobility
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    3 votes
    92
    Sony

    Sony

    Sony Corporation (ソニー株式会社, Sonī Kabushiki Gaisha) (TYO: 6758, NYSE: SNE), commonly referred to as Sony, is a Japanese multinational conglomerate corporation headquartered in Kōnan Minato, Tokyo, Japan. It ranked 87th on the 2012 list of Fortune Global 500. Sony is one of the leading manufacturers of electronics products for the consumer and professional markets. Sony Corporation is the electronics business unit and the parent company of the Sony Group, which is engaged in business through its four operating segments – Electronics (including video games, network services and medical business), Motion pictures, Music and Financial Services. These make Sony one of the most comprehensive entertainment companies in the world. Sony's principal business operations include Sony Corporation (Sony Electronics in the U.S.), Sony Pictures Entertainment, Sony Computer Entertainment, Sony Music Entertainment, Sony Mobile Communications (formerly Sony Ericsson), and Sony Financial. Sony is among the Worldwide Top 20 Semiconductor Sales Leaders and third-largest television manufacturer in the world, after Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics. The Sony Group (ソニー・グループ, Sonī Gurūpu) is a
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    93
    United States Air Force

    United States Air Force

    The Department of the Air Force (DAF) is one of the three Military Departments within the Department of Defense of the United States of America. The Department of the Air Force was formed on September 18, 1947, per the National Security Act of 1947 and it includes all elements and units of the United States Air Force (USAF). The Department of the Air Force is headed by the Secretary of the Air Force (SAF/OS), a civilian, who has the authority to conduct all of its affairs, subject to the authority, direction and control of the Secretary of Defense. The Secretary of the Air Force's principal deputy is the Under Secretary of the Air Force (SAF/US). Their senior staff assistants in the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force are four Assistant Secretaries for Acquisition, Financial Management & Comptroller, Installations, Environment & Logistics, Manpower & Reserve Affairs and a General Counsel. The highest ranking military officer in the department is the Chief of Staff of the Air Force who is the senior uniformed adviser to the Secretary, represents the Air Force on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, heads the Air Staff and is assisted in the latter capacity by the Vice Chief of Staff of
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    94

    Warner Village Theme Parks

    Village Roadshow Theme Parks is a division of Village Roadshow Limited which operates theme parks and attractions in Australia and the United States of America. The Sydney Attractions Group Pty Ltd was formerly part of Village Roadshow Theme Parks, however, it was sold in 2011 to Merlin Entertainments. The theme park division of Village Roadshow was originally a joint venture between Time Warner and Village Roadshow until Village took full ownership of the group in 2006. Time Warner continues to provide a licence to the Warner Bros. brand. The group also owns the Sea World Resort, located next to the Sea World theme park. Previously known as Sea World Nara Resort (opened in 1988 as a joint venture between the then-owners of Sea World and the Japan-based Nara Group, Village also moved to take full ownership of the resort in 2006, resulting in the name change. In April 2008, Village Roadshow Theme Parks proposed African Safari World, an amusement park and zoo to replace the Werribee Open Range Zoo, 32 kilometres (20 mi) southwest of Melbourne, Australia. This was followed by the proposal to acquire and redevelop Aussie World into Wet'n'Wild Aussie World. In June 2008, the proposal
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    3 votes
    95
    Statoil ASA

    Statoil ASA

    Statoil ASA is a Norwegian petroleum company established in 1972. It merged with the oil and gas division of Norsk Hydro in 2007 and was known as StatoilHydro until 2009, when the name was changed back to Statoil ASA. The brand Statoil was retained as a chain of fuel stations owned by StatoilHydro. Statoil is the largest petroleum company in the Nordic countries and Norway's largest company, employing over 25,000 people. While Statoil is listed on both the Oslo Stock Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange, the Norwegian state still holds majority ownership, with 64%. The company's headquarters are located in Norway's oil capital Stavanger. The name Statoil is a truncated form of the State's oil (company). Statoil is one of the largest net sellers of crude oil in the world, and a major supplier of natural gas to the European continent, Statoil also operates around 2000 service stations in 9 countries. The company's CEO from mid-2004 onwards is Helge Lund, formerly CEO of Aker Kværner. Den Norske Stats Oljeselskap A/S (Norwegian State Oil Company) was founded as a private limited company owned by the Government of Norway on 14 July 1972 by a unanimous act passed by the Norwegian
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    5 votes
    96

    Cuthbert Burbage

    Cuthbert Burbage (1566–1636) was an English theatrical figure, son of impresario James Burbage and elder brother of famous actor Richard Burbage. Most famous for his central role in the construction of the Globe Theatre, he was for four decades a significant agent in the success and endurance of Shakespeare's company, the King's Men. Burbage was born in Coleman Street near Guildhall, London. His father bound him as servant to Walter Cope, gentleman usher to Burghley. As an adult, he joined the family business, then centered at The Theatre in Shoreditch. In 1586, his father's erstwhile partner John Brayne died, leading to a complex legal battle over Brayne's share in the Theatre. Brayne's widow wanted her share, as did John Hyde, a wealthy grocer who owned the mortgage on the theater. In 1589, Cuthbert settled this issue by paying Hyde for the mortgage (with it he offered a letter from Cope promising that Cope would help Hyde if need arose.) This move, an attempt to cut Brayne's widow out of her legacy, led first to a chancery suit and then to physical confrontation. Margaret Brayne and an associate, Robert Myles, visited Burbage's house, only to be threatened and driven away. They
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    3 votes
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    Devonport Management Limited

    DML was the company which owns and manages Devonport Royal Dockyard, the largest dockyard in Western Europe. DML was owned by Babcock International Group who purchased it from previous owners; KBR (51%), Balfour Beatty (24.5%) and The Weir Group (24.5%). DML, then owned by Brown and Root and Vickers Design and Projects, was one of three companies bidding for the Devonport contract in 1986. The others were Devonport Dockyard, formed by the then management of the dockyard, and a consortium of Foster Wheeler, A & P Appledore, and Wharton Williams. The DML consortium changed in 1987, with B&R taking 29.9%, Balfour Beaty joining with 29.9%, the Weir Group joining with 29.9% and Barclays de Zoete Wedd taking 10.3%. Vickers had formed a joint venture with B&R which included its contracting arm. The management contract was awarded to DML on 1987-02-24, with management officially transferred on 1987-04-06. The dockyards remained property of the Ministry of Defence at this stage. In June 1993 DML was awarded the contract for refitting of Royal Navy nuclear submarines. This was the result of a two year "highly politicised battle" between DML and the management of Rosyth Dockyard in Scotland.
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    Grupo CIE

    Grupo CIE (Corporacion Interamericana de Entretenimiento. Spanish for: Interamerican Entertainment Corporation) is a Mexican entertainment company. It is leader of Latin American entertainment sector, focusing especially on the markets of Hispanic and Portuguese language, including the Latin market of the United States. Grupo CIE operates various main venues, auditoriums and theme parks in all Latin countries; also it is in charge of promote a great variety of live events, commercial fairs and exhibitions, access the advertising ticket commercialization (including Ticketmaster Mexico and Ticketmaster Brazil), sponsorships, foods, promotional drinks and articles for events and entertainment. Also, the Group participates in the film industry, through the production and distribution of films. Grupo CIE is divided into five divisions which controls different sectors of the market: Grupo CIE operates some of the main venues in Mexico like:
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    Marriott International

    Marriott International

    Marriott International, Inc. is an American diversified hospitality company that has franchisor of a broad portfolio of hotels and related lodging facilities. Founded by J. Willard Marriott, the company is now led by Arne Sorenson. Today, Marriott International has more than 3,700 properties in over 73 countries and territories around the world. Marriott was founded by J. Willard Marriott in 1927 when he and his wife opened a root beer stand in Washington D.C.. As a Mormon missionary in the sweltering, humid summers in Washington D.C, Marriott was convinced that what the city needed was a such a place to get a cool drink. They later expanded their enterprises into a chain of restaurants and hotels. The Key Bridge Marriott in Arlington, Virginia is Marriott International’s longest operating hotel, and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2009. Their son and current Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, J.W. (Bill) Marriott, Jr. has led the company to spectacular worldwide growth. Today, Marriott International has about 3,400 lodging properties located in the United States and 67 other countries and territories. Edwin D. Fuller is the current President and Managing Director of
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    KECO Entertainment

    Kings Entertainment Company (KECO) owned and/or operated six theme parks around the world. The company was originally owned by Taft Broadcasting and in 1984 was purchased for $167.5 million by senior executives and general managers of Taft's Amusement Park Group. In 1992, the company was sold to Paramount Communications (formerly Gulf+Western, and later acquired by Viacom), then the parent of Paramount Pictures, which changed the name of the parks by adding "Paramount's" in front of their names. The park in Australia was not purchased by Paramount and was sold to a local company. The company was renamed Paramount Parks in 1994, around the time of the Viacom purchase, and remained in existence until 2006. As part of the 2005 Viacom split, ownership of Paramount Parks was transferred to the CBS Corporation. CBS, in turn, sold the parks to the Sandusky, Ohio-based amusement park management company Cedar Fair Entertainment Company on June 30, 2006 (CBS decided that the parks would not fit a new corporate strategy that they were implementing). As of January 2007, Cedar Fair has begun dropping the Paramount name from the individual parks and restoring their original KECO names with new
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    Triple Five Group

    Triple Five Group is a shopping mall owner and operator, hotel operator and real estate company based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. They are well known for their ownership of the Mall of America and West Edmonton Mall. The company is also developing American Dream Meadowlands in New Jersey in association with a local developer. The company is closely held, owned and operated by the Ghermezian family of Canada. It maintains executive offices in Alberta and Las Vegas, Nevada.
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    Blackstone Group

    Blackstone Group

    The Blackstone Group L.P. is an American-based alternative asset management and financial services company that specializes in private equity, real estate, and credit and marketable alternative investment strategies, as well as financial advisory services, such as mergers and acquisitions (M&A), restructurings and reorganizations, and private placements. Blackstone's private equity business has been one of the largest investors in leveraged buyout transactions over the last decade, while its real estate business has actively acquired commercial real estate. Since its inception, Blackstone has completed investments in such notable companies as Hilton Worldwide, Equity Office Properties, Republic Services, AlliedBarton, United Biscuits, Freescale Semiconductor and Travelport. Blackstone was founded in 1985 as a mergers and acquisitions boutique by Peter G. Peterson and Stephen A. Schwarzman, who had previously worked together at Lehman Brothers, Kuhn, Loeb Inc. Over the course of two decades, Blackstone has evolved into one of the world's largest private equity investment firms. In 2007, Blackstone completed a $4 billion initial public offering to become one of the first major
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    Boeing

    Boeing

    The Boeing Company (pronounced /ˈboʊ.ɪŋ/ BOH-ing) is an American multinational aerospace and defense corporation. Founded in 1916 by William E. Boeing in Seattle, Washington, the company has expanded over the years, and merged with McDonnell Douglas in 1997. Boeing moved its corporate headquarters from Seattle to Chicago, Illinois, in 2001. Boeing is made up of multiple business units, which are Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA); Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS); Engineering, Operations & Technology; Boeing Capital; and Boeing Shared Services Group. Boeing is among the largest global aircraft manufacturers, and the third largest aerospace and defense contractor in the world based on defense-related revenue. The company is the largest exporter by value in the US, and its stock is a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. In March 1910, William E. Boeing bought Heath's shipyard in Seattle on the Duwamish River, which later became his first airplane factory. Boeing was incorporated in Seattle by William Boeing, on July 15, 1916, as "Pacific Aero Products Co.". Boeing, who studied at Yale University, worked initially in the timber industry, where he became wealthy and
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    British Waterways

    British Waterways

    British Waterways, often shortened to BW, was a statutory corporation wholly owned by the government of the United Kingdom. It served as the navigation authority for the majority of canals and a number of rivers and docks in England, Scotland and Wales. On 2 July 2012 all of British Waterways' assets and responsibilities in England and Wales were transferred to the newly founded charity the Canal & River Trust. In Scotland British Waterways continues to operate as a standalone public corporation under the trading name Scottish Canals. The British Waterways Board was initially established as a result of the Transport Act 1962 and took control of the inland waterways assets of the British Transport Commission in 1963. British Waterways was sponsored by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) in England and Wales, and by the Scottish Government in Scotland. British Waterways managed and maintained 2,200 miles (3,541 km) of canals, rivers and docks within the United Kingdom including the buildings, structures and landscapes alongside these waterways. Due to the size of the canal network controlled, half of the United Kingdom population lives within five miles of
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    CITIC

    The CITIC Group (Chinese: 中国中信集团公司, Zhōngguó Zhōngxìn Jítuán Gōngsī), formerly the China International Trust and Investment Corporation, is a state-owned investment company of the People's Republic of China, established by Rong Yiren (榮毅仁) in 1979 with the approval of Deng Xiaoping. Its headquarters are in Chaoyang District, Beijing. Its initial aim was to "attract and utilize foreign capital, introduce advanced technologies, and adopt advanced and scientific international practice in operation and management." It now owns 44 subsidiaries including China CITIC Bank, CITIC Holdings, CITIC Trust Co. and CITIC Merchant Co., Ltd (mainly banks) in China, Hong Kong, the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. CITIC Group is considering a $12 billion listing in Hong Kong. The founder of CITIC, Rong Yiren, is the son of one of the richest businessmen in China in the 1930s, Rong Desheng (榮德生). He was also one of the few capitalists who stayed in mainland China after 1949. Rong Yiren later became the vice-president of the People's Republic of China in 1993, and stepped down in 1997. CITIC Group is 中国中信集团公司 in Chinese, while CITIC Pacific is 中信泰富 in Chinese. CITIC Pacific is a
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    Pakistan Mineral Development Corporation

    The Pakistan Mineral Development Corporation (PMDC) is an autonomous corporation attached to the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources, of the Government of Pakistan. It was created in 1974 with an authorized capital of Rs.1,000 million to expand and help mineral development activities in the country. The Pakistan Mineral Development Corporation was previously known as Resource Development Corporation. It operates four coal mines, four salt mines/ quarries and a silica sand quarry. PMDC produces 10% of the coal and 45% of the total salt production in the country. Its annual turn over during the year 2003-2004 was Rs.584.864 million. A board of Directors consisting of several Directors and a Managing Director supervises the activities of the corppration. The board is headed by the Chairman who is the highest authority and is appointed directly by the Prime Minister of Pakistan. Amjad Warriach was the last Chairman PMDC. Amjad Warraich was preceded by Mirza Muhammad Nasir Baig who is the current Chairman of PMDC and was appointed in 2010 by Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani. He is a member of Pakistan People's Party and was a federal minister in Benazir Bhutto's tenures. PMDC
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    Petoro

    Petoro, a company wholly owned by the state of Norway, manages Norway's portfolio of exploration and production licenses for petroleum and natural gas on the Norwegian continental shelf. This portfolio is collectively called State's Direct Financial Interest (SDFI). The company also has a control function surveying Statoil's production on behalf of the government. Petoro is not an operator of any fields and does not directly own the licenses. Petoro was established in 2001 to manage SDFI, which was previously managed by Statoil. As of 1 January 2006 the value of the portfolio was NOK 875 billion. In 2005, the company produced 1.2 million barrels (190,000 m) of oil equivalents per day and had an operating income of NOK 113 billion. In 2008, the average number of barrels of oil equivalents produced was 1.199 million.
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    River Music Experience

    River Music Experience

    The River Music Experience is a multi-use music facility and 501(c)3 non-profit organization located on the first two floors of the historic Redstone Building in downtown Davenport, Iowa. The stated purpose of the River Music Experience is to give Quad City residents and visitors opportunities to experience America's music, especially the music of the Mississippi River, through live musical performances, and programs which nurture, educate and inspire musicians and music appreciators. The River Music Experience is the home of the RME Cafe, a coffee shop (1st floor) and live music venue, Redstone Room (2nd floor). RME Cafe and its community stage plays host to over 150 performances per year. These range from a weekly open-mic night to the top local bands, and are typically open to the public and free of charge. The Redstone Room is a state-of-the-art music venue hosting national and regional acts that play original music. The River Music Experience offers a broad array of educational programming including Rock Camp USA (a branch of the highly successful school launched by the Austin School of Music), the Sound Lab educational recording studio (offering a 24-week, 96-hour
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    Shell Nigeria

    Shell Nigeria is the colloquial name for Royal Dutch Shell's Nigerian operations carried out through four subsidiaries—primarily through Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC). Royal Dutch Shell accounts for more than 90% of Nigeria's total petroleum production (899,000 barrels per day (142,900 m/d) (bpd) in 1997) from more than eighty fields. Shell started business in Nigeria in 1937 as Shell D’Arcy. In 1938, the company was granted an exploration license. In 1956, Shell Nigeria discovered the first commercial oil field at Oloibiri in the Niger Delta and started oil exports in 1958. Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) is the largest fossil fuel company in Nigeria, which operates over 6,000 kilometres (3,700 mi) of pipelines and flowlines, 87 flowstations, 8 natural gas plants and more than 1,000 producing wells. SPDC's role in the Shell Nigeria family is typically confined to the physical production and extraction of petroleum. It is an operator of the joint venture, which composed of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (55%), Shell (30%), Total S.A. (10%) and Eni (5%). Until relatively recently. it operated largely onshore on dry land or in the
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    Studio 100

    Studio 100 is a Flemish company (Belgium) that produces popular children's television series and owns five amusement parks and four musical ensembles. Studio 100 was founded in 1996 by Gert Verhulst, Danny Verbiest, and Hans Bourlon. They first came together in 1989, when the programme "Samson en Gert" (translated "Samson and Gert") was first produced. When Studio 100 started in 1996, they only had one programme, Samson en Gert. They immediately decided to create a new programme to be able to advertise themselves more. They chose for Kabouter Plop (translated Gnome Plop), broadcast on VTM since 1997. In 1999, Studio 100 expanded significantly. Four new projects were launched in Flanders: a musical, a film, and two new television programmes. For both the musical and the film, VTM was asked to provide financial support. In October that year, Studio 100 and the VMMa (Vlaamse Media Maatschappij) announced that they would incorporate Meli-Park. In 2000, Studio 100 took over the popular girl group K3 from Niels William. Prior to that, they were already cooperating for merchandising sales. Danny Verbiest announced in 2005 that he would no longer play the role of Samson in Samson en Gert,
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    Sunway Group

    Sunway Group

    Sunway Group (MYX: 4308) also known as Sunway Holdings Incorporated Berhad commenced operations in 1986, mainly to develop the Bandar Sunway township in Petaling Jaya. Following the success of the township, the Group has since grown and diversified into property investment, leisure and entertainment, hospitality and healthcare although always with property development as its core business and key contributor to profitability. Sunway Group is led by its founder, Dr. Jeffrey Cheah. He is the current Chairman and sits on the board of the Federation of Public Listed Companies, The National Kidney Foundation, The Board of Trustees of the Malaysian Liver Foundation and the Malaysian Business Council. The managing director of Sunway Group is Mr Yau Kok Seng who assumes day-to-day management of the conglomerate's activities. The parent company of Sunway Group is Sunway Holdings Incorporated Berhad. It is listed on Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad since 16 February 1984. It changed its name from Sunway Holdings Sdn Bhd (SWH) to Sungei Way Holdings Berhad on 13 February 1983 and assumed its present name on 23 December 1999. The other publicly listed subsidiary includes Sunway Infrastructure
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    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the LDS Church or, colloquially, the Mormon Church) is a Christian primitivist church that considers itself to be a restoration of the church founded by Jesus Christ. The church is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, and has established congregations (called wards or branches) and built temples worldwide. With over 55,000 missionaries worldwide, the church currently has a membership of over 14.4 million and is ranked by the National Council of Churches as the fourth largest Christian denomination in the United States. It is the largest church originating on American soil, and it is the largest denomination in the Latter Day Saint movement started by Joseph Smith during the period of religious revival known as the Second Great Awakening. Adherents, referred to as Latter-day Saints or, more informally, Mormons, view faith in Jesus Christ and his atonement as the central tenet of their religion. LDS theology includes the Christian doctrine of salvation only through Jesus Christ, though LDS doctrines regarding the nature of God and the potential of mankind differ significantly from mainstream Christianity. The church has an open canon
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    Africa-Israel Investments Limited

    Africa Israel Investments Ltd. (TASE: AFIL) - AFI GROUP - is an international holding and investment company based in Yehud, Israel. AFI Group consists of several private and public companies active in areas such as real estate, construction, infrastructure, manufacturing, tourism and leisure. The company’s share are traded on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, and are a constitute of the TA-25 Index. Africa Israel Investments was founded in 1934, during the British Mandate, by Jewish investors from South Africa who wanted to support the development of the local economy of the Yishuv. After the establishment of the state of Israel the company expanded its commercial and financial activities and was one of the first companies in the country whose shares were traded on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. In the early 1970s control of the company was acquired by Bank Leumi. From 1978 to 1996 Shlomo Grofman served as President and CEO of the company. In early 1997, Lev Leviev acquired control of the company and Groopman left. In November 1996, the Diamond Cutter and diamond merchant Lev Leviev acquired control from Bank Leumi; he soon expanded the group’s activities into new markets and
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    Federal government of Brazil

    The federal government of Brazil is the national central government of the Federative Republic of Brazil established by the Federal Constitution to share sovereignty over the national territory with the other federating units – the States, the Federal District and the Municipalities. Brazil is a federal presidential constitutional republic, based on representative democracy. The federal government has three independent branches: executive, legislative, and judicial. Executive power is exercised by the executive branch, headed by the President, advised by a Cabinet. The President is both the head of state and the head of government. Legislative power is vested upon the National Congress, a two-chamber legislature comprising the Federal Senate and the Chamber of Deputies. Judicial power is exercised by the judiciary, consisting of the Supreme Federal Court, the Superior Court of Justice and other Superior Courts, the National Justice Council and the regional federal courts. The Federal Constitution is the supreme law of Brazil. It is the foundation and source of the legal authority underlying the existence of Brazil and the federal government. It provides the framework for the
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    Jack Wills

    Jack Wills

    Jack Wills is a middle-range British clothing brand aimed at university students. The fashion label uses the brand and registered trademark "Jack Wills – University Outfitters" to reflect the inspiration behind the brand. UTC)The original Jack Wills store opened in Salcombe, Devon in 1999, before expanding to include a current chain of forty nine stores throughout the UK and Ireland, three of which are outlet stores. Nine stores are located in London, with the remainder typically found in university towns and seaside resorts. Four stores can also be found in Scotland and two in Ireland. Jack Wills' first stores in the US opened in Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard and Boston in July 2010. The Jack Wills brand is partly owned by Jack Wills Ltd, a private limited company registered in the UK, whilst a minority stake is held by the private equity firm Inflexion after an investment deal in 2007. Jack Wills was founded in 1999 by Peter Williams and Robert Shaw, the former who named the company after his grandfather, Jack Williams. The original store was in Salcombe, Devon located at 22 Fore Street. This original address is often written into the Jack Wills handbook, clothing labels and
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    Sociedade das Minas do Gerês, Lda

    The 'Sociedade das Minas do Gerêz, Lda.' was the third company to operate the Minas dos Carris after Domingos da Silva, Lda. and the Sociedade Mineira dos Castelos, Lda. The company was constituted on 8 July 1950, and was initially financed within Portugal. The nearby Salto de Lobo Mine concession, owned by the Sociedade Mineira dos Castelos, Lda, (by then in receivership), was transferred to company on 25 July 1950.
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    TPG Capital

    TPG Capital (formerly Texas Pacific Group) is one of the largest private equity investment firms globally, focused on leveraged buyout, growth capital and leveraged recapitalization investments in distressed companies and turnaround situations. TPG also manages investment funds specializing in growth capital, venture capital, public equity, and debt investments. The firm invests in a broad range of industries including consumer/retail, media and telecommunications, industrials, technology, travel/leisure and health care. The firm was founded in 1992 by David Bonderman, James Coulter and William S. Price III. Since inception, the firm has raised more than $50 billion of investor commitments across more than 18 private equity funds. TPG is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas and San Francisco, California,. The company has additional offices in Europe, Asia, Australia and North America. TPG has historically relied primarily on private equity funds, pools of committed capital from pension funds, insurance companies, endowments, fund of funds, high net worth individuals, sovereign wealth funds and other institutional investors. As of the end of 2008, TPG had completed fundraising for
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    Kennywood Entertainment Company

    The Kennywood Entertainment Company was the operator of five United States amusement parks in Western Pennsylvania, Connecticut and New Hampshire. Kennywood Entertainment Co. was effectively created when F. W. Henninger and Andrew McSwigan purchased Kennywood Park from the Mellon family's Monongahela Railway Company in 1906. The company has since been controlled by their two families. In 1983, they acquired Idlewild Park from the MacDonald family who had owned it since 1952. Before the MacDonalds took over Idlewild, it had also been owned by the Mellon family. Sandcastle Waterpark opened just a few miles from Kennywood in 1989. They later acquired Lake Compounce in Bristol, Connecticut in 1996, and Story Land in Glen, New Hampshire in 2007. On December 11, 2007, Kennywood Entertainment announced that it would be selling all five of its amusement parks to Parques Reunidos, a Madrid, Spain-based company. Since 2009, Palace Entertainment, the American subsidiary of Parques Reunidos, has taken over the role formerly filled by Kennywood Entertainment.
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    Center Parcs UK

    Center Parcs UK

    Center Parcs UK is a holiday and recreation company which operates four holiday villages in the United Kingdom, with each covering about 400 acres (1.6 km) of woodland. The company's first park opened in 1987 and its fifth is under construction. A similar enterprise operates in continental Europe also under the name Center Parcs, however the two companies are separately owned. They are celebrating 25 years in 2012. The first Center Parcs holiday village in the United Kingdom was opened in July 1987 and named Sherwood Forest. It is located near Ollerton and Boughton in Nottinghamshire. Two years later a second village was added, at Elveden Forest, near Brandon, Suffolk. In 1994, Center Parcs opened its third UK village, called Longleat Forest near Warminster in Wiltshire. The village has fewer villas than Elveden and Sherwood due to the steep topography of the site. In 2001, Center Parcs took over a holiday park with a similar set-up near Penrith in Cumbria which had originally opened in 1997 under the name Oasis Lakeland Holiday Village. It was rebranded as Center Parcs Oasis Whinfell Forest but in 2006 the 'Oasis' was dropped from the name and it is now called Whinfell Forest. The
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    Compagnie Universelle du Canal Inter-océanique de Panama

    The public company set up by de Lessops (following his success at Suez) to build the Panama Canal. Work halted in 1888 when the company went into liquidation and by which time some 30,000 French and local workers had died of yellow fever. De Lesseps original idea was to build a canal without locks as he had done at Suez. Cuts in the Culebra mountain range of over 150m did not dissuade him. However as time went by he opted for a lock solution which would lessen excavation, but by this time the company was in serious financial trouble and went into liquidation. It is estimated that the 8 years work at Panama cost 30,000 French and local lives from Malaria and other tropical deseases The company was reactivated in 1894 as the” Compagnie Nouvelle du Canal de Panamás” which then handed control to the USA in 1904..
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    Noble Energy Inc.

    Noble Energy, Inc. of Houston, Texas, United States is the modern name of Noble Affiliates Inc., by which it was known through the 1990s, and it is now an oil and natural gas exploration and production company with almost US$3 billion in revenue at #660 on the 2007 Fortune 1000 list of the largest American companies. In 1985, Noble Affiliates spun off its subsidiary Noble Drilling Corporation to shareholders, and that company in turn went public by the early 1990s, and then became Noble Corporation, an S&P 500 company. In South America, the company operates in Argentina and Ecuador. In Africa, Noble Energy operates in Equatorial Guinea. And in Eurasia, it operates in the Mediterranean Sea, the North Sea and China. Noble is headquartered in the Greenspoint district and in Houston. In 1932 Noble Energy, Inc. began as Samedan Oil Corporation in southern Oklahoma, an explorer of crude oil and natural gas founded by Lloyd Noble, in Ardmore, Oklahoma. By the 1970s, the company became a parent holding company named Noble Affiliates Inc., with three subsidiary business lines, the original oil and gas explorer Samedan Oil Corporation, a drilling company Noble Drilling Corporation, and a
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    Seneca nation

    Seneca nation

    The Seneca are a group of indigenous people native to North America. They were the nation located farthest to the west within the Six Nations or Iroquois League in New York before the American Revolution. While exact population figures are unknown, approximately 15,000 to 25,000 Seneca live in Canada, near Brantford, Ontario, at the Six Nations of the Grand River First Nation. They are descendants of Seneca who resettled there, as they had been allies of the British during the American Revolution. Nearly 30,000 Seneca live in the United States, on and off reservations around Buffalo, New York and in Oklahoma. The Seneca nation's own name (autonym) is Onöndowága, meaning "People of the Great Hill." It is identical to the endonym used by the Onondaga people. With the formation of the Haudenosaunee, they settled and lived as the farthest west of all the nations within the league. Other nations called them Seneca after their principal village of Osininka. Since "Osininka" sounds like the Anishinaabe word Asinikaa(n), meaning "Those at the Place Full of Stones", this gave rise to further confusion. Non-Haudenosaunee nations confused the Seneca nation's name with that of the Oneida
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    Spectra Energy

    Spectra Energy Corp is a S&P 500 company headquartered in Houston, Texas, that operates in three key areas of the natural gas industry: transmission and storage, distribution, and gathering and processing. Spectra was formed in late 2006 from the spin-off from Duke Energy. Spectra owns the Texas Eastern Pipeline (TETCo), a major natural gas pipeline which brings gas from the Gulf of Mexico coast in Texas to the New York City area. It is one of the largest pipeline systems in the United States. In 2002, Duke Energy acquired Westcoast Energy, a Canadian corporation, which owned Chatham, Ontario-based Union Gas, regulated under the 1998 Ontario Energy Board Act. On December 29, 2006 Standard & Poor's added Spectra Energy Corp. to its S&P 500 Index, replacing Parametric Technology Corp. (NASDAQ: PMTC), a software company, which then moved to the S&P MidCap 400 list instead. Spectra began trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol SE. On January 3, 2007, Duke Energy completed the spin-off of its natural gas business, including Westcoast Energy and Union Gas, to form Spectra Energy. Duke Energy shareholders received 1 share of Spectra Energy for every 2 shares of Duke
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    Tampere

    Tampere

    Tampere (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈtɑmpere] ( listen); Swedish: Tammerfors [tamərˈfɔrs] or [tamərˈfɔʂ]) is a city in southern Finland. It is the most populous inland city in any of the Nordic countries. The city has a population of 215,315, growing to approximately 300,000 people in the conurbation and over 340,000 in the metropolitan area. Tampere is second-largest urban area and third most-populous municipality in Finland, after the Greater Helsinki municipalities of Helsinki and Espoo. In 2007, the entire Pirkanmaa region had around 470,000 residents, of which 230,000 were employed, and a turnover of 25 billion euros. Tampere is located between two lakes, Näsijärvi and Pyhäjärvi. Since the two lakes differ in level by 18 metres (59 ft), the rapids linking them, Tammerkoski, have been an important power source throughout history, most recently for generating electricity. Tampere is dubbed the "Manchester of Finland" for its industrial past as the former center of Finnish industry, and this has given rise to its Finnish nickname "Manse" and terms such as "Manserock". Helsinki can be reached in 1.5 hours by train and 2 hours by car. The distance to Turku is approximately the same.
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    Brazil

    Brazil

    Brazil /brəˈzɪl/ (Portuguese: Brasil, IPA: [bɾaˈziw]), officially the Federative Republic of Brazil (Portuguese: República Federativa do Brasil,  listen (help·info)), is the largest country in South America and in the Latin America region. It is the world's fifth largest country, both by geographical area and by population with over 193 million people. It is the largest Lusophone country in the world, and the only one in the Americas. Bounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the east, Brazil has a coastline of 7,491 km (4,655 mi). It is bordered on the north by Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname and the French overseas region of French Guiana; on the northwest by Colombia; on the west by Bolivia and Peru; on the southwest by Argentina and Paraguay and on the south by Uruguay. Numerous archipelagos form part of Brazilian territory, such as Fernando de Noronha, Rocas Atoll, Saint Peter and Paul Rocks, and Trindade and Martim Vaz. It borders all other South American countries except Ecuador and Chile. Brazil was a colony of Portugal from the landing of Pedro Álvares Cabral in 1500 until 1815, when it was elevated to the rank of kingdom and the United Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil and the Algarves was
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    Forest Lawn Memorial-Parks & Mortuaries

    Forest Lawn Memorial-Parks & Mortuaries is an American corporation that owns and operates a chain of cemeteries and mortuaries in Los Angeles, Orange, and Riverside counties in Southern California. The company was founded by a group of San Francisco businessmen in 1906. Dr. Hubert Eaton assumed management control in 1917 and is credited with being Forest Lawn's "founder" because of his origination of the "memorial-park" plan. The first location was in Tropico which later became part of Glendale, California. Its facilities are officially known as memorial parks. The parks are best known for the large number of celebrity burials, especially in the Glendale and Hollywood Hills locations. Eaton opened the first mortuary (funeral home) on dedicated cemetery grounds after a long battle with established funeral directors who saw the "combination" operation as a threat. He remained as general manager until his death in 1966 when he was succeeded by his nephew, Frederick Llewellyn.
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    Garfield Wood

    Garfield Wood

    Garfield ‘Gar’ Arthur Wood (December 4, 1880 – June 19, 1971) was an American inventor, entrepreneur, motorboat builder and racer who held the world water speed record on several occasions. He was the first man to travel over 100 miles per hour on water. Gar Wood was born on 4 December 1880 in Mapleton, Iowa to a family of 13 children. His father was a ferryboat operator on Lake Osakis, Minnesota, and Gar worked on boats from an early age. In 1911 at 31, he invented a hydraulic lift for unloading coal from rail trucks. He established the Wood Hoist Co. in Detroit and soon became a successful businessman. Later he changed the company name to Garwood Industries, which built racing boats, but also capitalized on experience with coal unloaders to successfully produce and market GarWood truck bodies. In 1916, Wood purchased a motorboat for racing called Miss Detroit. Wood set a new world record speed for a boat, (74.870 mph) in 1920 on the Detroit River, using a new boat called Miss America. In the following twelve years, Wood built nine more Miss Americas and broke the record five times, raising it to 124.860 mph (200.9 kmp) in 1932 on the St. Clair River. In 1921, Wood raced one of
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    Pemex

    Petróleos Mexicanos or Pemex (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈpemeks], Mexican Petroleum) is a Mexican state-owned petroleum company. Pemex has a total asset worth of $415.75 billion, and is the world's second largest non-publicly listed company by total market value, and Latin America's second largest enterprise by annual revenue as of 2009. However, the majority of its shares are non-publicly listed and under control of the Mexican government. The value of its publicly listed shares totalled $102 billion in 2010, representing approximately one quarter of the company's total worth. Asphalt and pitch had been worked in Mexico since the time of the Aztecs. Small quantities of oil were first refined into kerosene around 1876 near Tampico. By 1917 commercial quantities of oil were being extracted and refined by subsidiaries of the British Pearson and American Doheny companies, and had attracted the attention of the Mexican government who then claimed all mineral rights for the state as part of its Constitution. In 1938, President Lázaro Cárdenas sided with oil workers striking against foreign-owned oil companies for an increase in pay and social services. On March 18, 1938, citing the 27th
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    San Diego

    San Diego

    San Diego /ˌsæn diːˈeɪɡoʊ/ is the eighth-largest city in the United States of America and second-largest city in California. The city is located on the coast of the Pacific Ocean in Southern California, immediately adjacent to the Mexican border. The birthplace of California, San Diego is known for its mild year-round climate, natural deep-water harbor, extensive beaches, long association with the U.S. Navy, and recent emergence as a healthcare and biotechnology enclave. The population was 1,301,617 at the 2010 census. Historically home to the Kumeyaay people, San Diego was the first site visited by Europeans on what is now the West Coast of the United States. Upon landing in San Diego Bay in 1542, Juan Cabrillo claimed the entire area for Spain, forming the basis for the settlement of Alta California 200 years later. The Presidio and Mission of San Diego, founded in 1769, were the first European settlement in what is now California. In 1821, San Diego became part of newly independent Mexico, and in 1850, became part of the United States following the Mexican-American War and the admission of California to the union. The city is the county seat of San Diego County and is the
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    Skip Barber

    John "Skip" Barber III (born November 16, 1936 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a retired racecar driver who is most famous for his Skip Barber Racing Schools. Barber started racing in 1958 while studying at Harvard University, where he earned a degree in English. In the mid-1960s, he won three SCCA national championships in a row and finished third in the 1967 United States Road Racing Championship. Later, Barber went on to win consecutive Formula Ford National Championships (1969 and 1970), a record tied only recently. At the start of the 1971 season he purchased a March 711, which he planned to take back to the United States and race in the U.S. Formula 5000 series. Before he did so, he took part in the Monaco Grand Prix, Dutch Grand Prix, United States Grand Prix, and Canadian Grand Prix in a privately funded March. He returned to the U.S. and Canadian races again in 1972. After that he raced GT cars. When his racing career ended, Barber's belief that auto racing was "coachable" in the same manner as any other sport—at the time, a distinctly minority position—led him to create the eponymously named Racing School, and a year later, the equal-car Race Series. In 1975, with two
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    Sprat and Winkle Line

    Sprat and Winkle Line

    The Sprat and Winkle Line was the familiar name of a railway line which ran between Andover and Redbridge in Hampshire, UK. It was also known as the Andover to Redbridge Line. Passenger services were withdrawn on 7 September 1964. The line was then used for freight until 18 September 1967 and the line then closed between north of Romsey and Andover. The track remained for four years after the line was closed, but much of the route between Kimbridge and Chilbolton is now used by the Test Way long-distance footpath. The name of the line has three main possible origins. The first is that the southern part of the line ran close to the mud flats of the River Test where the winkle may be found but it is unlikely that the sprat is found there. The second possible origin of the name may be after the seafood that was carried from Southampton to Andover. The third possible origin may be that the line is simply named after a type of railway coupling. The Andover and Redbridge Canal defined the original route of the railway line. The canal was fully completed in 1794 and it provided the adequate transport of goods from Southampton to Andover for 63 years. With the fast expansion of railways
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    Subhash Chandra

    Subhash Chandra (born 30 November 1950) is a onetime rice exporter-turned media baron and Chairman of Essel Group, that launched India's satellite television revolution. Chandra dropped out after standard 12. His pioneering channel Zee TV competes with, among others, Sony Entertainment Television and STAR Plus. Other interests include packaging, theme parks, lotteries and cinema multiplexes. He started the failed Indian Cricket League, a domestic Twenty20 cricket league intended as a challenge to the Board of Control for Cricket in India, the nation's governing body in the sport. In November 2009, he took over management responsibility of Daily News & Analysis (DNA), which features among the top 8 English dailies in India and is one of fastest growing English newspapers in the country. Chandra is the founder-Chairman of the Global Foundation for Civilizational Harmony, an interfaith group. He was also given Emmy award in 2011.
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    Tesco

    Tesco

    Tesco plc (LSE: TSCO) is a British multinational grocery and general merchandise retailer headquartered in Cheshunt, United Kingdom. It is the third-largest retailer in the world measured by revenues (after Wal-Mart and Carrefour) and the second-largest measured by profits (after Wal-Mart). It has stores in 14 countries across Asia, Europe and North America and is the grocery market leader in the UK (where it has a market share of around 30%), Malaysia, the Republic of Ireland and Thailand. The company was founded in 1919 by Jack Cohen as a group of market stalls. The Tesco name first appeared in 1924, after Cohen purchased a shipment of tea from T. E. Stockwell and combined those initials with the first two letters of his surname, and the first Tesco store opened in 1929 in Burnt Oak, Middlesex. His business expanded rapidly, and by 1939 he had over 100 Tesco stores across the country. Originally a UK-focused grocery retailer, since the early 1990s Tesco has increasingly diversified geographically and into areas such as the retailing of books, clothing, electronics, furniture, petrol and software; financial services; telecoms and internet services; DVD rental; and music downloads.
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    Universal Studios

    Universal Studios

    Universal Studios (also known as Universal Pictures), a division of NBCUniversal, is one of the six major movie studios and is one of the longest-lived motion picture studios to be located outside of Hollywood. Founded in 1912 by Carl Laemmle, it is the oldest movie studio in the United States of America. It is also the third oldest in the world that is still in continuous production; the first being Gaumont Pictures, the second oldest is Paramount Pictures. On May 11, 2004, the controlling stake in the company was sold by Vivendi Universal to General Electric, parent of NBC. The resulting media super-conglomerate was renamed NBC Universal, while Universal Studios Inc. remained the name of the production subsidiary. In addition to owning a sizable film library spanning the earliest decades of cinema to more contemporary works, it also owns a sizable collection of TV shows through its subsidiary NBCUniversal Television Distribution. It also acquired rights to several prominent filmmakers' works originally released by other studios through its subsidiaries over the years. Selected clips and footage shot by Universal Studios are available for purchase from the NBCUniversal
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    Tarrant Regional Water District

    The Tarrant Regional Water District is a water district in Texas. A devastating flood occurred in Fort Worth on April 12, 1922. The damage and loss of life was catastrophic. As a result, the Tarrant County Commissioner's Court on October 7, 1924, created the Tarrant County Water Improvement District Number One. The District's primary role was to provide flood control within Tarrant County. Two years later, however, the responsibility of the District was expanded to include water supply. On January 12, 1926, the District became the Tarrant County Water Control and Improvement District Number One. The primary roles of the District continues to be flood control and water supply under Article 16, Section 59 in the Texas Constitution. The District is considered a General Law District and operates under Vernon's Texas Civil Statues Article 8280-207. On October 1, 1996, with State approval, the name is changed to Tarrant Regional Water District to reflect that the District services more than just Tarrant County.. Tarrant Regional Water District is classified as a regional district under Texas law. The district is managed by five directors. Directors must reside inside the Tarrant Regional
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    Aldar Properties

    Aldar Properties PJSC (شركة الدار العقارية) is a real estate development, management and investment company with headquarters in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. It releases and builds projects such as Al Raha Beach, Al Jimi Shopping Centre, Al Raha Gardens, Yas Island (which includes the Yas Marina Circuit, Ferrari World and Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi Hotel), Al Gurm Resort and the Abu Dhabi Central Market (Souq). ALDAR was established in 2000 through the UAE Offsets Programme. Its first employee was Christopher Sims MRICS, MHKIS, ACIArb, who built the company from ground zero to create real estate developments for Abu Dhabi, while providing stable and profitable investment portfolio for its investors and stakeholders. Its first development was the Al Jimi Shopping Centre in Al Ain, which won an ICSC award; which to date is the only UAE retail property to win such a coveted international award, ALDAR Properties PJSC believes in maintaining the strong heritage of Abu Dhabi through the spirit of Hoyamal, which gives meaning and purpose to the promise of "Building the Nation". ALDAR Properties PJSC is spearheading the development of Abu Dhabi; entrusted to create multi-billion Dirham
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    Burlington

    Burlington

    Burlington is the largest city in the U.S. state of Vermont and the shire town (county seat) of Chittenden County. Burlington lies 45 miles (72 km) south of the U.S.-Canadian (Vermont-Quebec) border and some 94 miles (151 km) south of Montreal. Burlington had a population of 42,417 at the 2010 census. The city is the hub of the Burlington-South Burlington metropolitan area, consisting of the three northwestern Vermont counties of Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle and encompassing the cities of Burlington, South Burlington, and Winooski; the towns of Colchester, Essex, and Williston; and the village of Essex Junction. According to 2009 U.S. Census estimates, the metro area had an estimated population of 208,055, approximately one third of Vermont's total population. Some believe Burlington was named after Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington. Others assert that the name honors the politically prominent and wealthy Burling family of New York. While no family members are listed as grantees of this town, the family held large tracts of land in other nearby towns, some of which were granted on the same day as Burlington. One of the New Hampshire grants, it was awarded by Governor
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    Royal Bank of Scotland Group

    The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc (also known as RBS Group) is a British banking and insurance holding company in which the UK Government (HM Treasury) holds an 82% stake. This stake is held and managed through UK Financial Investments Limited, whose voting rights are limited to 75% in order for the bank to retain its listing on the London Stock Exchange. In addition to its primary share listing on the LSE, the company is also listed on the New York Stock Exchange. The group is based in Edinburgh, Scotland. In 2009, after the financial collapse, it was briefly the world's largest company by both assets (£1.9 trillion) and liabilities (£1.8 trillion). The group controls The Royal Bank of Scotland plc, founded in 1727 by a Royal Charter of King George I, the National Westminster Bank, which can trace its lineage back to 1650, and Ulster Bank in Ireland. The registered offices of the group and of the UK clearing bank are located at St Andrew Square, Edinburgh. In 2005, Queen Elizabeth II opened the bank's new head office building in the outskirts of Edinburgh at Gogarburn. The group issues banknotes in Scotland and Northern Ireland and, as of 2012, The Royal Bank of Scotland is the
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    Santa Clara

    Santa Clara

    Santa Clara ( /ˌsæntəˈklærə/), founded in 1777 and incorporated in 1852, is a city in Santa Clara County, in the U.S. state of California. The city is the site of the eighth of 21 California missions, Mission Santa Clara de Asís, and was named after the mission. The Mission and Mission Gardens are located on the grounds of Santa Clara University. Saint Clare is the patron saint of Santa Clara. The population was 116,468 at the 2010 census. It is the ninth most populous city in the San Francisco Bay Area. Santa Clara is located in the center of Silicon Valley, and is home to the headquarters of Intel, Applied Materials, NVIDIA, Agilent Technologies, and many other high-tech companies. It is home to both Mission College and Santa Clara University, the latter being the oldest institution of higher learning in the state of California. It is bordered by San Jose, Sunnyvale and Cupertino. Santa Clara is also home to California's Great America, an amusement park operated by Cedar Fair, L.P. The San Francisco 49ers NFL football team has its headquarters and practice facilities in Santa Clara. On Wednesday, November 8, 2006, the 49ers announced their intention to move the team to Santa
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    Government and politics of Seattle

    Government and politics of Seattle

    The Government and politics of Seattle, Washington is a charter city, with a Mayor-Council form of government, unlike many of its neighbors that use the Council-Manager form. Seattle's mayor and nine city council members are elected at large, rather than by geographic subdivisions. The only other elected offices are the City Attorney and Municipal Court Judges. All offices are non-partisan. Seattle is a predominantly liberal city and tends to elect left-leaning politicians to office. The city government provides more utilities than many cities; either running the whole operation, such as the water and electricity services, or handling the billing and administration, but contracting out the rest of the operations,like trash and recycling collections. Seattle's politics lean famously to the left compared to the U.S. as a whole. In this regard, it sits with a small set of similar U.S. cities (such as Madison, Wisconsin, Berkeley, California, and Cambridge and Boston in Massachusetts) where the dominant politics tend to range from center-left to social democratic. Seattle politics are generally dominated by the liberal wing (in the U.S. sense of the word "liberal") of the Democratic
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    Government of Canada

    The Government of Canada (French: Gouvernement du Canada), formally Her Majesty's Government (French: Gouvernement de Sa Majesté), is the administration of Canada by a common authority; in Canadian English, the term can mean either the colurful set of institutions or specifically the Queen-in-Council. In both senses, the construct was established at Confederation, through the Constitution Act, 1867, as a federal constitutional monarchy, wherein the Canadian Crown acts as the core, or "the most basic building block," of its Westminster-style parliamentary democracy. The Crown is thus the foundation of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of the Canadian government. Further elements of governance are outlined in the rest of the Canadian constitution, which includes written statutes, court rulings, and unwritten conventions developed over centuries. In Canadian English, the word government is used to refer both to the institutions that collectively govern the country and to the reigning monarch, or her viceroy, in her current council; when used in the latter context, the word is usually capitalized to make the distinction. Thus, Canadians would say the 28th Ministry is
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    Green Bay

    Green Bay

    Green Bay is a town in Brown County in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. The population was 1,772 at the 2000 census. The town is located several miles northeast of the City of Green Bay. The unincorporated community of Champion is located in the town. The unincorporated community of Dyckesville is also located partially in the town. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 30.7 square miles (79.4 km²), of which, 22.1 square miles (57.3 km²) of it is land and 8.5 square miles (22.1 km²) of it (27.84%) is water. As of the census of 2000, there were 1,772 people, 600 households, and 493 families residing in the town. The population density was 80.1 people per square mile (30.9/km²). There were 685 housing units at an average density of 31.0 per square mile (12.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.36% White, 0.06% Black or African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.62% Asian, 0.11% from other races, and 0.62% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.06% of the population. There were 600 households out of which 37.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 76.3% were married couples living together, 3.3% had a female
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    Hindustan Copper Limited

    Hindustan Copper Ltd. (BSE: 513599, NSE: HINDCOPPER) is a Government-owned corporation in the Central Public Sector Enterprise under the Ministry of Mines (India), Government of India. HCL is the only vertically integrated copper producer in India engaged in a wide spectrum of activities ranging from Mining, Beneficiation, Smelting, Refining and Continuous Cast Rod manufacturer. HCL shares are listed at Mumbai, Delhi, Calcutta, Chennai, Ahmedabad exchanges. Hindustan Copper Ltd. (HCL) was incorporated on 9 November 1967 to take over the plants and mines at Khetri, Kolihan in Rajasthan and Rakha Copper Project in Jharkhand from National Mineral Development Corporation. The central office is located at Kolkata in West Bengal state in India In 1972 Indian Copper Corporation Limited, Private Sector Company, located at Ghatsila, Jharkhand with Smelter and Refinery was Nationalized and made part of HCL. Hindustan Copper Limited developed Malanjkhand Copper Project in Madhya Pradesh, the largest hard rock Open pit mine in the country which was dedicated to the nation on 12 November 1982. Further in 1990 a Continuous Cast Wire Rod plant of South Wire Technology was commissioned at Taloja
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    Lego Group

    The Lego Group is a family-owned company based in Billund, Denmark, and best known for the manufacture of Lego brand toys. The company was founded in 1932 by Ole Kirk Christiansen. The word Lego is derived from the Danish words "leg godt", meaning "play well." The word "lego" can also be interpreted to mean "I gather together" in Latin, and "I connect" in Italian. Since the expiration of the last standing Lego patent in 1988, a number of companies have produced interlocking bricks that are similar to Lego bricks. The toy company Tyco Toys produced such bricks for a time; other competitors include Mega Bloks and Coko. These competitor products are typically compatible with Lego bricks, and are marketed at a lower cost than Lego sets. One such competitor is Coko, manufactured by Chinese company Tianjin Coko Toy Co., Ltd. In 2002, Lego Group Swiss subsidiary Interlego AG sued the company for copyright infringement. A trial court found many Coko bricks to be infringing; Coko was ordered to cease manufacture of the infringing bricks, publish a formal apology in the Beijing Daily, and pay a small fee in damages to Interlego. On appeal, the Beijing High People's Court upheld the trial
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    Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

    Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

    Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (commonly known as MGM and also known as Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures or Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.), is a media company In United States, involved primarily in the production and distribution of films and television programs. Once the largest and most glamorous of film studios, MGM was founded in 1924 when the entertainment entrepreneur Marcus Loew gained control of Metro Pictures, Goldwyn Pictures Corporation and Louis B. Mayer Pictures. Its headquarters is in Beverly Hills, California. On November 3, 2010, MGM filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. MGM emerged from bankruptcy on December 20, 2010, at which time the executives of Spyglass Entertainment, Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum, became co-Chairs and co-CEOs of the holding company of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The studio's official motto, "Ars Gratia Artis", is a Latin phrase meaning "Art for art's sake"; it was chosen by Howard Dietz, the studio's chief publicist. The studio's logo is a roaring lion surrounded by a ring of film inscribed with the studio's motto. The logo, which features Leo the Lion, was created by Dietz in 1916 for Goldwyn Pictures and updated in 1924 for MGM's use. Dietz based the logo on
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    St. Patrick's, Carlow College

    St Patrick's, Carlow College, founded in 1782 by Dr James Keefe, then Roman Catholic Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin, and his co-adjutor Bishop Daniel Delany, and opened in 1793, is a college in Carlow, Ireland. Initially he attempted to open a seminary in Tullow, but instead took out a 999 year lease on the present site. It is notable for educating many Catholic priests, but also provides courses in Humanities and Social Studies to the laity. Carlow College, or St Patrick's as it is known locally, is one of Ireland's oldest educational institutions. During the nineteenth century, students studied Philosophy, Theology, Mathematics, Languages and Law at Carlow College. From 1793 to 1892, it educated both lay people and those studying for the priesthood. In 1832 college president Fr. Andrew Fitzgerald O.P. was imprisoned as part of the Tithe War for his refusal to pay tithes. In 1840, Carlow College was accredited by the University of London and over the succeeding decades students of the college sat the examinations for primary degrees in Arts (B.A.) and Law (LL.B.) from London. In May 1847, Carlow College president Dr. James Taylor purchased a house and farm of 127 acres at Knockbeg
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    Magic Theater

    The Magic Theatre is a theatre company founded in 1967, presently based at the historic Fort Mason Center on San Francisco's northern waterfront. For forty years, The Magic Theatre has been one of the most prominent theatre companies in the United States solely dedicated to development and production of new plays. The Magic Theatre originated in 1967 when John Lion, a student of Jan Kott at the University of California, directed a production of Eugène Ionesco's The Lesson at the Steppenwolf Bar in Berkeley. The theatre's name came from a crucial location in Herman Hesse's novel Steppenwolf: "Anarchist Evening at the Magic Theatre, For Madmen Only, Price of Admission Your Mind". The Magic's first real success came with plays written by renowned Beat poet Michael McClure, who sustained an eleven-year residency. The theatre reached a turning point when company members wanted to restructure it as a collective. Lion responded by moving the theatre across the bay to San Francisco, where it resided in a series of low-rent venues including another bar, the Rose and Thistle. In 1976 Lion learned of plans to convert a historic military base into an arts center with a view of Alcatraz and the
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    Busch Entertainment Corporation

    Busch Entertainment Corporation

    SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment (abbreviated SeaWorld and formerly Busch Entertainment) is a family entertainment company owned by The Blackstone Group. SeaWorld is responsible for the operation and maintenance of eleven theme parks located throughout the United States. Formerly a subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch since 1959, under which it was known as Busch Entertainment Corporation, SeaWorld Parks is headquartered in Orlando, Florida. In 2009, SeaWorld's properties hosted a combined total of approximately 23.5 million guests, making it the fifth-largest amusement park operator in the world. However, company officials have disputed this estimate in the past, as internal attendance figures, which they choose not to make public, reflect higher attendance than does the cited estimate. For the 2008 study, SeaWorld officials singled out the company's most-visited park, SeaWorld Orlando. The 2008 report estimated that 5.9 million people visited the park, a decrease of almost three percent year-over-year. However, if the 2007 report's original estimates are used, attendance actually rose by 100,000 visitors. After the release of the 2008 study, a spokesperson for SeaWorld voiced the company's
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    Christian and Nick Candy

    Christian Candy (Monaco-based) and Nick Candy (London-based) are British, luxury property developers. The brothers are of partial Greek descent and were educated first at Priory Preparatory School in Banstead before continuing to senior school at Epsom College in Surrey. The brothers were estimated to share a joint net worth of £330 million in the Estates Gazette rich list 2010, placing them at position 52 in the list of the richest property developers in the United Kingdom. The Brothers were educated at Priory Preparatory School in Banstead before being accepted by Epsom College in Surrey. While Christian was later studying for a business management degree at King's College, London, Nick, the older of the two, graduated from Reading University with a degree in Human Geography. In 1995, they bought their first property, a one-bedroom flat in Redcliffe Square, Earls Court, London. Using a £6,000 loan from their grandmother, the brothers renovated the £122,000 apartment while living in it. Eighteen months later they sold it for £172,000, making a £50,000 profit. In their spare time, between 1995 and 1999, the brothers began doing up flats, working their way up the property ladder.
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    Cornelius Vanderbilt Wood

    Cornelius Vanderbilt Wood (December 17, 1920 - March 14, 1992), usually written as "C.V. Wood" and called "Woody", was an American developer of amusement parks and planned communities. He is most noted as the chief developer of Disneyland. Wood, who had earlier been Director of Industrial Engineering for an aircraft manufacturer in his native Texas, was hired away from his position at the Stanford Research Institute by Walt Disney to become Vice President and General Manager of Disney's nascent project, Disneyland. He was a key player in the design and creation of the amusement park, and the person most responsible for choosing its site. Wood and Walt Disney later had a falling out and Disney fired Wood Wood's role in the creation of Disneyland has been omitted from all official histories of the park. Bob Gurr when asked to describe Wood stated "He was clearly a con man and certainly behaved that way." Wood went on to design more amusement parks; he billed himself as "The Master Planner of Disneyland" before a Disney lawsuit stopped him from using that title. Wood, leading his firm known as Marco Engineering, Inc., helped create Magic Mountain (now Heritage Square at Golden,
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    Crown Estate

    In the United Kingdom, the Crown Estate is a property portfolio owned by the Crown. Although still belonging to the monarch and inherent with the accession of the throne, it is no longer the private property of the reigning monarch and cannot be sold by him/her, nor do the revenues from it belong to the monarch personally (as each monarch, upon accession, surrenders the surplus revenues in return for an annual grant known as the Civil List). It is managed by an independent organisation headed by the Crown Estate Commissioners. The surplus revenue from the Estate is paid each year to HM Treasury. The Crown Estate is formally accountable to Parliament, to which it makes an annual report. The Crown Estate is one of the largest property owners in the United Kingdom with a portfolio worth £7.0 billion, with urban properties valued at £5.179 billion, and rural holdings valued at £1.049 billion; and an annual profit of £240.2 million, as at 31 March 2012. The majority of the estate by value is urban, including a large number of properties in central London, but the estate also owns 144,000 ha (356,000 ac) of agricultural land and forest, more than half of the UK's foreshore, and retains
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    Kenneth Wang

    Kenneth Wang

    Kenneth Xiaoxuan Wang (Chinese 王小选)(born 1955) was a New Zealand politician and businessman, and a member of the ACT New Zealand party. He entered Parliament to replace Donna Awatere Huata, who was expelled from Parliament on 19 November 2004. Wang was sworn in on 30 November 2004. Wang was born in China, and has three siblings. He arrived in New Zealand in 1984 and is married with two children. Wang worked in the marketing and advertising sector in Auckland. He was New Zealand's second Chinese MP (with the first being Pansy Wong). At the 2005 elections Wang contested the seat of Mt Roskill, and was seventh on ACT's party list. However, he was not returned to Parliament. In the 2008 general election he stood unsuccessfully in the Electorate of Botany for the ACT New Zealand Party. National candidate Pansy Wong filed a complaint to the electoral commission about Wang's billboards which exhorted "Vote for Wang, get Wang and Wong" (because Pansy Wong's high rank on the National Party List assured her of a seat in parliament).
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    Lundin Mining

    Lundin Mining

    Lundin Mining (TSX: LUN, OMX: LUMI) is a multinational minerals company with operations in Sweden, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Russia. Lundin Mining is headquartered in Toronto, Ontario and trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange as part of the S&P/TSX 60 index. The company also trades on the Swedish Nordic Exchange with an overall market capitalization of around 1.7 billion CAD as at July 14, 2009. The company is currently developing the Tenke Fungurume Copper and Cobalt deposit in the Democratic Republic of Congo in which it owns at 24.75 percent stake (as Tenke Mining Corp.). Lundin Mining was founded in 1994. On July 4, 2007, Lundin acquired Tenke Mining. In November 2008, HudBay Minerals attempted to take over Lundin Mining. In January 2011, Lundin and Inmet Mining proposed a merger to form Symterra.. The deal fell through on March 29, 2011. The chairman of Lundin Mining is Lukas Lundin, the son of Adolf H Lundin, the company founder. The current CEO is Paul Conibear. Adolf Lundin is also founder of Lundin Petroleum (2001).
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    Nick Leslau

    Nick Leslau (born 18 August 1959) is an English commercial property millionaire, with an estimated fortune in the Sunday Times Rich List of £200 million. He owns Thorpe Park and other UK properties such as Alton Towers which he leases to Merlin Entertainment. The son of a father who was a jeweller and skilled part-time art historian, his parents divorced when he was nine. His mother subsequently worked full time so that Leslau could be educated at a preparatory school in Hampstead, and at Mill Hill School. Due to his then poverty and the fact his mother converted to Catholicism, Leslau didn't have his barmitzvah until the age of 28 – which he describes as a $250 quickie at the Wailing Wall – in order to marry his wife Maxine. He was born into a poverty stricken family which led to his parents divorcing. As a teenager, Leslau took a job helping the local milkman for 50p a round, and later buying umbrellas in bulk to resell at a market stall. Aged 17, Leslau became manager of the Late Late Store, a grocery shop in Belsize Park — one of his pizza buying customers was ex-Mill Hill old boy and City financier Nigel Wray. Leslau left a degree studying German at the University of Warwick,
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    News Corporation

    News Corporation (NASDAQ: NWS) or News Corp. is an American multinational diversified mass media corporation headquartered in New York City, United States. It is the world's second-largest media group as of 2011 in terms of revenue, and the world's third largest in entertainment as of 2009. The company is controlled by Rupert Murdoch and his family members. News Corporation is a publicly traded company listed on the NASDAQ, with secondary listings on the Australian Securities Exchange. Formerly incorporated in South Australia, the company was re-incorporated under Delaware General Corporation Law after a majority of shareholders approved the move on 12 November 2004. At present, News Corporation is headquartered at 1211 Avenue of the Americas, in New York City, in the newer 1960s–1970s corridor of the Rockefeller Center complex. News Corp's U.S. holdings include Fox News, The Wall Street Journal and Twentieth Century Fox. News Corp was created in 1979 by Rupert Murdoch as a holding company for News Limited. News Limited was created in 1923 in Adelaide, subsequently the controlling interest was bought by the Herald and Weekly Times. In 1949, Sir Keith Murdoch took control of The
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    António Augusto Carvalho Monteiro

    António Augusto Carvalho Monteiro

    António Augusto Carvalho Monteiro (1848 – 1920), also known as Monteiro dos Milhões (Monteiro the Millionaire), was born to Portuguese parents in Rio de Janeiro. He inherited a huge family fortune, which he enlarged in Brazil by selling coffee and precious stones, which soon made it possible for him to leave for Portugal. He received a degree in Law from the University of Coimbra, and was a well-known collector and bibliophile, with a superb collection of the works of Camões. His cultural interests certainly influenced and guided the mysterious symbols and iconography of the palace that he had built on his estate nestled in the mountains of Sintra, the Palácio da Regaleira. Carvalho Monteiro was represented in the press of his time as both an altruist and an eccentric, exemplified by his famous Leroy 01, "the most complicated clock in the world." Carvalho Monteiro had the same architect who built the Palácio da Regaleira, Luigi Manini, build his tomb in the Cemitério dos Prazeres. The door of the tomb, also encrusted with symbolism, was opened with the same key that opened the Palácio da Regaleira and his palace in Lisbon, on the Rua do Alecrim. As visitors enter the cemetery
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    Verve Energy

    Verve Energy is a Western Australian Government owned corporation responsible for operating the state's electricity generators on the State's South West Interconnected System. It was split from the then vertically integrated Western Power, in 2006 during reforms to the state's electricity sector .. Verve Energy owns five major power stations, supplying electricity to the South-West Interconnected System: In addition it has various other generation plants, including the Albany Wind Farm, wind diesel, and biomass facilities.
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    Disney-ABC Television Group

    Disney-ABC Television Group

    Disney–ABC Television Group (also known as Disney Television Group) manages all of The Walt Disney Company's television properties. The group includes the ABC Television Network (including ABC Daytime, ABC Entertainment and ABC News divisions), ABC Entertainment. In September 11, 1995, Buena Vista Television Communications was launched. In 1996, Disney/Buena Vista acquired Capital Cities Communications. In 1998, the name was changed to Buena Vista Television Group. In 2001, Saban purchased Buena Vista, renaming to "BVS Entertainment". In 2002, the name changed to Disney–ABC Television Group. In a collaborative initiative with Apple, The Walt Disney Company and the Disney–ABC Television Group were first to debut episodes of hit TV series via iTunes. At present, the Group current and past season episodes of ABC Studios (formerly Touchstone Television) and Disney Channel television shows for download on Apple’s iTunes Music Store. The entire first and second seasons of ABC hit dramas Desperate Housewives and Lost, the fifth season of the ABC Studios comedy Scrubs; select episodes of popular Disney Channel and Playhouse Disney series including Wizards of Waverly Place, That’s So Raven,
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    Dolly Parton

    Dolly Parton

    Dolly Rebecca Parton (born January 19, 1946) is an American singer-songwriter, author, multi-instrumentalist, actress, and philanthropist, best known for her work in country music. She has composed over 3,000 songs, the best known of which include "I Will Always Love You" (a two-time U.S. country chart-topper for Parton, as well as an international pop hit for Whitney Houston), "Jolene", "Coat of Many Colors", "9 to 5", and "My Tennessee Mountain Home". As an actress, she starred in the movies 9 to 5, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Steel Magnolias, Gnomeo & Juliet, Straight Talk, Unlikely Angel, and Joyful Noise. She is one of the most successful female country artists of all time; with an estimated 100 million in album sales, Dolly Parton is also one of the best selling artists of all time. She is known as "The Queen of Country Music". She was born in Sevierville, Tennessee, the fourth of twelve children of Robert Lee Parton, a tobacco farmer, and his wife Avie Lee (Owens). She has described her family as "dirt poor". She outlined her family's poverty in her early songs "Coat of Many Colors" and "In the Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad)". They lived in a rustic, one-room
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    Gaylord Entertainment Company

    Gaylord Entertainment Company

    Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc. (NYSE: RHP) is a hotel, resort, entertainment, and media company that was accumulated by Edward Gaylord. It was previously a subsidiary of the Oklahoma City-based Oklahoma Publishing Company, which is owned by the Gaylord family and publishes the Daily Oklahoman newspaper. Until 2012, the company was known as Gaylord Entertainment Company, and earlier Gaylord Broadcasting Company. The company is undergoing a reclassification into a real estate investment trust, to be effective January 1, 2013. Gaylord Entertainment came into existence after Edward Gaylord was persuaded by his wife, Thelma, to purchase the Opryland USA properties that had been put up for sale by American General Insurance. The Gaylords took the Opryland businesses and merged them with their television stations and syndicated programs to form Gaylord Broadcasting. Gaylord Broadcasting became the Gaylord Entertainment Company when the company went public on the New York Stock Exchange in the early 1990s. The company flourished as the leader in the "country lifestyle" business under the leadership of E.W. "Bud" Wendell until he retired in 1997. The Opryland Lodging Group was formed
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    Generalitat Valenciana

    The Generalitat Valenciana (Valencian pronunciation: [dʒeneɾaliˈtad valensiˈana]) is the generic name covering the different self government institutions under which the Spanish autonomous community of Valencia is politically organised. It consists of the Corts Valencianes (or autonomous Parliament), the President of the Generalitat, and the autonomous government itself (or Consell). Its functions are regulated by the Valencian Statute of Autonomy. Despite being also present in various cities of the Valencian Community, the main see of the autonomous Parliament, presidency of the Generalitat and the Consell are all in the city of Valencia. There is also an office in Brussels appointed by the Generalitat Valenciana lobbying before the European Union. The Generalitat Valenciana was created in 1418. It acted, along with the Monarch shared with the other territories of the Crown of Aragon, as the ruling body of the Kingdom of Valencia. Originally its posts were designated for three years terms. In 1510 there was a reorganization on how posts were designated, in a more automatic and less elective way. This organization kept this structure until 1709, when it was abolished as a
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    Harman Center for the Arts

    The Harman Center for the Arts is a complex consisting of the Lansburgh Theatre at 450 7th Street NW in Washington, D.C. and Sidney Harman Hall at Sixth and F Streets NW. Harman Hall is the latest addition to the existing Lansburgh Theatre to create the new "Center For the Arts". Construction began in November 2004 and it opened on September 15, 2007. Jack Diamond designed the theatre and Paul Beckmann of the DC firm Smithgroup designed the building that houses the theatre at a cost of $89 million. Both theatres are the home of Washington, D.C.’s Shakespeare Theatre Company, but the new theatre will extend its performance spaces to other local arts groups in the hope of broadening Washington’s appeal as an arts scene. The completion of the Harman Center allows the Shakespeare Theatre Company to expand its season to seven plays, four at Sidney Harman Hall (which seats 755) and three at its current location, the Lansburgh Theatre (which seats 451), in addition to the Company’s annual Free For All, formerly held outdoors at Rock Creek Park’s Carter Barron Amphitheatre, but from 2009's production of "The Taming of the Shrew", has been on the main stage at the Company's Sidney Harmon
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    Iskandar Investment Berhad

    Iskandar Investment Berhad (Malay: Syarikat Permodalan Iskandar), formerly known as South Johor Investment Corporation Berhad was formed on 2 November 2006. Heads of Agreement was signed to form a new company to drive the development of catalyst projects (previously referred to as "super developer"), the Iskandar Investment with an eventual shareholding structure of Khazanah Nasional (60%), EPF (20%) and Kumpulan Prasarana Rakyat Johor Berhad (KPRJ) (20%), a company wholly owned by the Johor State Government. The definitive agreements were signed on 19 December 2006 and is expected to be completed in May 2007. Iskandar Investment Berhad (IIB) will be set up with total assets of approximately RM3.4bn of land and cash at the outset. It will also own a significant land bank in South Johor through various subsidiaries and Joint Venture companies which will be created in the future. As a company wholly owned by Federal and State government investment agencies, IIB will lead the implementation of various strategic and catalyst Iskandar Malaysia initiatives including implementing of some of the major Ninth Malaysia Plan projects within the Iskandar Malaysia through various Special Purpose
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    Murphy Oil

    Murphy Oil Corporation is an international oil and gas company, incorporated in 1950 as Murphy Corporation, that conducts business through various operating subsidiaries. Murphy Oil produces oil and natural gas in the United States, Canada, Malaysia, the United Kingdom and Republic of the Congo and conducts exploration activities worldwide. Murphy also has an interest in a Canadian synthetic oil operation, two ethanol production facilities in the United States and one petroleum refinery in the United Kingdom. The Company operates a growing retail marketing gasoline station chain, Murphy USA in the parking lots of Walmart Supercenters and at stand-alone locations in the United States, and also markets petroleum products under various brand names and to unbranded wholesale customers in the United States and the United Kingdom. The Company has announced its intention to sell its U.K. marketing assets. Murphy Oil Corporation is headquartered in El Dorado, Arkansas, and has over 8,600 employees worldwide. The Company's common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol "MUR." Murphy Exploration & Production Company, through various operating subsidiaries and
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    Six Flags

    Six Flags

    Six Flags Entertainment Corp. is the world's largest amusement park corporation based on quantity of properties, and the fifth most popular in terms of attendance. The company maintains 14 properties throughout North America consisting of theme parks, thrill parks, water parks, and family entertainment centers. In 2009, Six Flags properties hosted 23.9 million guests. The company was founded in Texas and took its name from its first property, Six Flags Over Texas. The company maintains a corporate office in Midtown Manhattan, New York City and its headquarters are in Grand Prairie, Texas. On June 13, 2009, the corporation filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and successfully exited the restructuring on May 3, 2010. The name refers to the flags of the six different nations that have governed Texas: Spain, France, Mexico, the Republic of Texas, the United States of America, and the Confederate States of America. The original park was (and still is) split into separate regions, such as the Spain and Mexico section which featured Spanish-themed rides, attractions, and buildings. The Six Flags chain originated in 1959 with the creation of The Great Southwest Corporation by Angus
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    La Caixa

    La Caixa (Catalan pronunciation: [ɫə ˈkaʃə]), formally Caixa d'Estalvis i Pensions de Barcelona (Spanish: Caja de Ahorros y Pensiones de Barcelona), is currently Europe’s leading savings bank and Spain's third largest financial institution, with a network of over 6,500 branches, more than 10,000 ATMs, a workforce in excess of 27,000 and more than 13 million customers. Today's La Caixa is the result of the July 27, 1990 merger between the Caja de Pensiones para la Vejez y de Ahorros de Cataluña y Baleares, founded in 1904, and the Caja de Ahorros y Monte de Piedad de Barcelona, founded in 1844. From the beginning, La Caixa focused on savings for families and offering its customers security in their old age, when this type of social provision did not yet exist in Spain. Owing to its origins, it is a financial institution, albeit not for profit and charitable and social in nature, with a private board of trustees, independent of any other company or institution. The La Caixa Group manages a total bank turnover of over 411,522 million Euros (September 2008), with total customer resources in excess of 238,404 million Euros. Similarly, the Group has a portfolio of industrial interests in
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    Adrenaline Family Entertainment

    Adrenaline Family Entertainment, Inc. was an amusement park operator headquartered in Edmond, Oklahoma. It was created in 2007 by private equity firm Angelo, Gordon & Co. when it acquired Clementon Park in Clementon, New Jersey. The company originally had plans to expand by building a portfolio of regional amusement and water parks across the United States. Plans also included upgrades to existing facilities and addition of new rides and attractions. Larry Cochran was the CEO until 2011 and Russell Kuteman was the CFO until the company closed. Both previously worked for Six Flags, Inc., one of the world's largest regional theme park operators.
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    Baylor University

    Baylor University

    Baylor University is a private, Christian university in Waco, Texas. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas, Baylor is the oldest university in Texas and was one of the first educational institutions west of the Mississippi River. The university is located in the central part of the state of Texas, an hour south of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and an hour north of Austin, the state capital. Its main 800 plus acre campus is located to the east of the historic area of downtown Waco and the major freeway I-35 on the banks of the Brazos river. Baylor University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Baylor is also the most selective school in the Big 12 Conference for undergraduates with a 39.7% acceptance rate. In 1841, 35 delegates to the Union Baptist Association meeting voted to adopt the suggestion of Reverend William Milton Tryon and R.E.B. Baylor to establish a Baptist university in Texas, then a self-declared republic still claimed by Mexico. Baylor, a Texas district judge and onetime U.S. Congressman and soldier from Alabama, became the school's namesake. In the fall of 1844, the Texas Baptist Education Society petitioned the Congress of the
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    China International Fund

    China International Fund (CIF) is a Chinese-owned officially private company based in Hong Kong that describes its major businesses as including "large-scale national reconstruction projects and infrastructure construction in developing countries". The CIF and its associated companies in Hong Kong and Singapore invested upwards of $US 20 billion mainly in unstable African dictatorships. They have made agreements with the Angolan and Guinean governments to explore for various resources in those countries. These agreements will result in billions of dollars of money being invested in the two countries. The Company is under the suspicion of being a state-owned company, because “key personnel have ties to Chinese state-owned enterprises and government agencies.” The U.S. China Economic & Security Review Commission issued a report in July 2009 on investments of Dayuan, CIF and its subsidiaries in Africa, Latin America and the U.S.A.. China International Fund is owned to 99% by Dayuan International Development, which has about 30 subsidiaries. The report called these companies the "88 Queensway Group", after the Hong Kong address for headquarters of most subsidiaries. Files about the CIF
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    International Finance Corporation

    International Finance Corporation

    The International Finance Corporation (IFC) is an international financial institution which offers investment, advisory, and asset management services to encourage private sector development in developing countries. The IFC is a member of the World Bank Group and is headquartered in Washington, D.C., United States. It was established in 1956 as the private sector arm of the World Bank Group to advance economic development by investing in strictly for-profit and commercial projects which reduce poverty and promote development. The IFC's stated aim is to create opportunities for people to escape poverty and achieve better living standards by mobilizing financial resources for private enterprise, promoting accessible and competitive markets, supporting businesses and other private sector entities, and creating jobs and delivering necessary services to those who are poverty-stricken or otherwise vulnerable. Since 2009, the IFC has focused on a set of development goals which its projects are expected to target. Its goals are to increase sustainable agriculture opportunities, improve health and education, increase access to financing for microfinance and business clients, advance
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    Lafarge

    Lafarge is a French industrial company specialising in four major products: cement, construction aggregates, concrete and gypsum wallboard. To date, the company is the world's largest cement manufacturer by mass shipped over holcim. Lafarge was founded in 1833 by Joseph-Auguste Pavin de Lafarge in Le Teil (Ardèche), to exploit the limestone quarry in Mont Saint-Victor between Le Teil and Viviers. The limestone is white and argillaceous, and yielded an eminently hydraulic lime. In 1864 Lafarge signed its first international contract for the delivery of 110,000 tonnes of lime to the Suez Canal construction project. It developed calcium aluminate cements. It was also an early pioneer in the production of white Portland cement, still made at the company's original Le Teil plant. In 1919, a public company was formed, named "Société anonyme des chaux et ciments de Lafarge et du Teil." In 1980, it joined with the Belgian coal, coke and fertilizer company Coppée to become SA Lafarge Coppée. Lafarge purchased a plant from the National Gypsum Company in early-1987. Ten years later, it bought Redland plc, a leading British quarry operator. In 1999, Lafarge acquired 100% shareholding in Hima
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    Musk Foundation

    A non-profit organization founded by Elon Musk to address issues on space exploration and clean energy.
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    Paramount Parks

    Paramount Parks was an operator of theme parks and attractions, which annually attracted about 13 million patrons. Viacom had assumed control of the company as part of its acquisition of Paramount Pictures in 1994. The company once owned and operated five theme parks in North America and managed Bonfante Gardens in Gilroy, California. From late 2001 until late 2004, Paramount Parks also managed Terra Mítica, an amusement park in Benidorm, Valencia, Spain. The company's flagship park was Paramount's Kings Island. Paramount Communications, previously known as Gulf and Western, in turn had acquired the parks from Nelson Schwab and his management group. Schwab and his KECO Entertainment acquired the group in a management-led LBO from the Taft Broadcasting Company, which had built Kings Island in Cincinnati using cast off rides from Cincinnati's Coney Island and to this day there is a small area in the Cincinnati park called "Coney Island" (Named "Coney Mall" in later years) still featuring some of those original rides. Taft was the original owner of WKRC-TV, until 1996. The parks were part of Viacom's Blockbuster Entertainment division until 2002 when they were moved back to Paramount
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    Parques Reunidos

    Parques Reunidos is an international entertainment operator based in Madrid, Spain. The group operates over 50 parks in almost a dozen countries. Parques Reunidos operates theme and amusement parks, zoos, water parks, family entertainment centers, and cable cars. These facilities are located in Spain, Belgium, Norway, Denmark, France, Italy, the United Kingdom, Argentina, and the United States. Through acquisitions of established names such as Kennywood Entertainment Company, Dutch Wonderland and Palace Entertainment, Parques Reunidos greatly expanded its presence in American amusement operations beginning in 2007 through today. Annual visitors to the Groups attractions exceed 22 million, with revenue exceeding $570 million (USD). In January 2007, Parques Reunidos was acquired by the private equity firm, Candover Investments. In 2008 it had the fifth-highest attendance figures for worldwide chains with 24.9 million, ahead of Busch Entertainment Corporation and Cedar Fair. The company operates two cable cars in Spain.
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    Televisa

    Grupo Televisa, S.A.B. is a Mexican multimedia mass media company, the largest in Latin America and in the Spanish-speaking world. It is a major international entertainment business, with much of its programming airing in the United States on Univision, with which it has an exclusive contract. Grupo Televisa was founded in 1955 as Telesistema Mexicano, linking Mexico's first three television stations: XHTV-TV (founded in 1950), XEW-TV (1951) and XHGC-TV (1952). It was (and currently still is) owned by the Azcárraga family from the Venezuelan Family Cisneros, who had signed on Mexico's first radio station, XEW-AM, in 1930. Its headquarters, known as Televicentro, were originally located on Avenida Chapultepec in downtown Mexico City. The building opened on February 10, 1952. In 1968, Telesistema's main competitor, Televisión Independiente de México (TIM), started operating with XHTIM-TV and Canal 8. At the time, both Telesistema and TIM competed with XHAW-TV, local Canal 12, which also started transmissions in 1968. Over the next four years, both networks competed in content and image until September 17, 1972, when they merged, taking on the name Televisa, an acronym for Television
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    Total S.A.

    Total S.A.

    Total S.A. (French pronunciation: [tɔ'tal]) is a French multinational oil and gas company and one of the six "Supermajor" oil companies in the world. Its businesses cover the entire oil and gas chain, from crude oil and natural gas exploration and production to power generation, transportation, refining, petroleum product marketing, and international crude oil and product trading. Total is also a large-scale chemicals manufacturer. The company has its head office in the Tour Total in the La Défense district in Courbevoie, West of Paris. The company was founded after World War I, when the then French Prime Minister Raymond Poincaré rejected the idea of forming a partnership with Royal Dutch Shell in favour of creating an entirely French oil company. At Poincaré's behest, Col. Ernest Mercier with the support of ninety banks and companies founded Total on 28 March 1924, as the Compagnie française des pétroles (CFP), literally the "French Petroleum Company". Petroleum was seen as vital in the case of a new war with Germany. As per the agreement reached during the San Remo conference of 1920, the French state received the 25% share held by Deutsche Bank in the Turkish Petroleum Company
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    United States of America

    United States of America

    The United States of America (commonly called the United States, the U.S., the USA, America, and the States) is a federal constitutional republic consisting of fifty states and a federal district. The country is situated mostly in central North America, where its forty-eight contiguous states and Washington, D.C., the capital district, lie between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, bordered by Canada to the north and Mexico to the south. The state of Alaska is in the northwest of the continent, with Canada to the east and Russia to the west across the Bering Strait. The state of Hawaii is an archipelago in the mid-Pacific. The country also possesses several territories in the Pacific and Caribbean. At 3.79 million square miles (9.83 million km) and with over 314 million people, the United States is the third- or fourth-largest country by total area, and the third-largest by both land area and population. It is one of the world's most ethnically diverse and multicultural nations, the product of large-scale immigration from many countries. Paleoindians migrated from Asia to what is now the United States mainland around 15,000 years ago. The Native American population descendent from
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    Univision Communications, Inc.

    Univision Communications is an American Spanish language media company in the United States. Its headquarters is in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. Prior to 2007, the headquarters was in Century City, Los Angeles, California, USA. Univision Communications, Inc. was founded in 1992 by businessman A. Jerrold Perenchio, Televisa and Venevision when the Univision Network was acquired from Hallmark Cards. From September 1996 to April 2007, Univision Communications, Inc. traded in the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol UVN. In 2001, Univision Communications, Inc. acquired USA Broadcasting, the station group of USA Networks, which included 13 full-power television stations. Most of these stations became part of a new network called TeleFutura. Others joined Univision. In March 2007, Univision Communications, Inc. was sold to Broadcasting Media Partners, Inc. which includes Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC, Providence Equity Partners Inc., TPG Capital, L.P., Thomas H. Lee Partners, L.P., and Saban Capital Group Inc. In May 2008, Univision Music Group was sold to Universal Music Group and combined with its Latin label to become Universal Music Latin Entertainment. Notes: 1) ** --
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    Netscape

    Netscape

    Netscape Communications (formerly known as Netscape Communications Corporation and commonly known as Netscape) is a US computer services company, best known for Netscape Navigator, its web browser. When it was an independent company, its headquarters were in Mountain View, California. Netscape's web browser was once dominant in terms of usage share, but lost most of that share to Internet Explorer during the first browser war. The usage share of Netscape had fallen from over 90-percent in the mid 1990s to less than one-percent by the end of 2006. Netscape is credited with developing the Secure Sockets Layer Protocol (SSL) for securing online communication, which is still widely used, as well as JavaScript, the most widely used language for client-side scripting of web pages. Netscape stock traded from 1995 until 1999 when it was acquired by AOL in a pooling-of-interests transaction ultimately worth US$10 billion. Shortly before its acquisition by AOL, Netscape released the source code for its browser and created the Mozilla Organization to coordinate future development of its product. The Mozilla Organization rewrote the entire browser's source code based on the Gecko rendering
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    Big Cat Rescue

    Big Cat Rescue is an animal sanctuary in Tampa, Florida devoted to rescuing wild cats, as well as sheltering animals unfit to return to the wild. It is home to more than 100 wild cats. The sanctuary is located on 55 acres (22 ha) in Citrus Park, Florida. It receives approximately 25,000 visitors per year. Big Cat Rescue began operating in 1992, and bills itself as "the largest accredited sanctuary in the world dedicated entirely to abused and abandoned big cats." It is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit, accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries and a member of the World Society for Protection of Animals. The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries is supported by The Humane Society of the United States, and PETA. The center is part of the International Tiger Coalition along with 21st Century Tiger and Harrison Ford. The organization maintains a large online presence, especially on YouTube. Southwest Airlines has donated flights for rescues, such as three cougar kittens from Idaho. Remarkable rescues include five Servals kept in a Albany, New York basement, and a bobcat named Skip, brought in with a crushed pelvis. Fans of Skip gathered on Facebook, dubbing themselves
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    Cadillac Fairview

    Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited is a North American investor, owner, and manager of commercial real estate. The name "Cadillac Fairview" came into existence in 1974 as a result of the merger between Cadillac Development Corporation Ltd and Fairview Corporation. Cadillac Development Corporation was founded by partners (Eph Diamond, Joseph Berman and Jack Kamin) in Toronto in 1953 as a developer of high-rise apartment buildings. Fairview Corporation was established in 1958 as the real estate division of CEMP Investments, the holding company of the Bronfman family. Before merging, Cadillac and Fairview already had strong ties since 1968. Cadillac Fairview owns, develops and manages property, malls and large office and retail spaces, mostly in Canada and the United States. Cadillac Fairview has also developed suburban housing, such as the Erin Mills "New Town". The company was purchased by the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan in March 2000. In 2006 it expanded its operations to Brazil. The company states that its portfolio is worth over $16 billion. Among its Canadian assets are: 3 New Brunswick properties, 4 Quebec properties, 25 Ontario properties, 2 Manitoba properties, 8
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    Criteria CaixaCorp

    Caixabank, S.A. (Catalan pronunciation: [ˌkaʃəˈbaŋ]), formerly Criteria CaixaCorp, is a financial services company, owned by the savings bank La Caixa with a 61% stake. The company consists of the universal banking and insurance activities of the La Caixa group, along with the group's stakes in the oil and gas firm Repsol YPF, the telecommunications company Telefónica and its holdings in several other financial institutions. Isidre Fainé is the Chairman of the company, having replaced Ricard Fornesa Ribó in May 2009, and its CEO is Juan María Nin. The firm was formed in 2007 as Criteria CaixaCorp, a publicly-traded vehicle for La Caixa's shareholdings and investments in both industrial and financial services companies. At the time of its 2007 debut, the Criteria CaixaCorp initial public offering was the largest-ever in Spain. The company was promoted to the IBEX 35 index in January 2008. A 2011 restructuring of the companies of the group saw Criteria renamed Caixabank as La Caixa's banking and insurance activities were merged into it. At the same time most of the industrial stakes held by Criteria (including Grupo Port Aventura, Grupo Agbar, Gas Natural and Abertis) were
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    Crown Media Holdings, Inc.

    Crown Media Holdings, Inc.

    Crown Media Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CRWN) is a United States media production company with corporate headquarters located in Studio City, California, and is controlled by Hallmark Cards. Crown Media operates the Hallmark Channel and its spin-off Hallmark Movie Channel in the United States, while it licenses the brand to Universal Networks International for the British channel of the same name. In 2003, Crown Media acquired The Jim Henson Company's half of Hallmark Channel in the UK, discontinuing all syndicated programming from Jim Henson Television. Crown Media Holdings has no connection with the UK company Crown Media LLP.
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    Duke Energy

    Duke Energy

    Duke Energy, headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, is the largest electric power holding company in the United States; with assets also in Canada and Latin America. Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, Duke Energy owns 58,200 megawatts of base-load and peak generation in the United States, which it distributes to its 7.1 million customers. Duke Energy's service territory covers 104,000 square miles (270,000 km) with 250,200 miles (402,700 km) of distribution lines. In addition, Duke Energy has more than 4,300 megawatts of electric generation in Latin America. It operates eight hydroelectric power plants in Brazil with an installed capacity of 2,307 megawatts. Almost all of Duke Energy's Midwest generation comes from coal, natural gas, or oil, while half of its Carolinas generation comes from its nuclear power plants. During 2006, Duke Energy generated 148,798,332 megawatt-hours of electrical energy. Duke Energy Generation Services (DEGS), a subsidiary of Duke Energy, specializes in the development, ownership, and operation of various generation facilities throughout the United States. This segment of the company operates 6,600 megawatts of generation. 240 megawatts of wind
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    Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation

    Herschend Family Entertainment (abbreviated HFE) is a privately owned themed-entertainment company that operates several theme parks and tourist attractions within the United States. Founded by Jack and Pete Herschend of Branson, Missouri, in its early years HFE was simply known as Herschend Enterprises. In the 1980s the name was changed to Silver Dollar City Inc., and in 2003 the company gained the current name. HFE is currently headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. The company's mission is to "Create Memories Worth Repeating." Company CEO Joel Manby was featured in the March 28, 2010, episode of the CBS reality series Undercover Boss. HFE traces roots back to Hugo and Mary Herschend from Chicago, Illinois along with sons Jack and Pete. The family vacationed in Missouri’s Ozark Mountains region and fell in love with the nature the area offered. In 1951 Hugo obtained a 99 year lease on a Branson, Missouri area attraction called Marvel Cave. Hugo suffered a heart attack and later died in 1955, however Mary along with her two sons continued to improve the cave attraction by installing electric lighting and building cement walkways. A cable train was installed in 1958 to ferry guests out
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    Jumeirah International Group

    Jumeirah International Group

    Jumeirah (fullname: Jumeirah Group, formerly Jumeirah International Group) is a Dubai-based international luxury hotel chain and part of Dubai Holding, which is owned by the Dubai government and a leading Business man, the company is led by Mohammed Nourawale the Chairman and Ibrahim.M Nourawale new Vice Chairman.The company is named after Jumeirah (an area in Dubai). Jumeirah's portfolio have won numerous travel and tourism awards and includes the Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Madinat Jumeirah, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray in Dubai and Jumeirah at Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi. Global Hotels include Jumeirah Dhevanafushi and Jumeirah Vittaveli in Maldives, Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel in Shanghai, Jumeirah Frankfurt in Germany, Jumeirah Grand Hotel Via Veneto in Rome, Pera Palace Hotel, Jumeirah in Istanbul, Jumeirah Carlton Tower and Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel in London and Jumeirah Essex House in New York. It also includes two five -star luxury serviced residences: Jumeirah Living World Trade Centre in Dubai and Grosvenor House Apartments by Jumeirah Living London. Jumeirah Group's activities include management of Wild Wadi Waterpark, spa brand Talise, Jumeirah
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    Shelburne Museum

    Shelburne Museum

    Shelburne Museum is a museum of art and Americana located in Shelburne, Vermont, United States. Over 150,000 works are exhibited in 39 exhibition buildings, 25 of which are historic and were relocated to the Museum grounds. It is located on 45 acres (18 ha) near Lake Champlain. Impressionist paintings, folk art, quilts and textiles, decorative arts, furniture, American paintings, and an array of 17th- to 20th-century artifacts are on view. Shelburne is home to collections of 19th-century American folk art, quilts, 19th- and 20th-century decoys (see Waterfowl decoy collecting), and carriages. Electra Havemeyer Webb was a pioneering collector of American folk art and founded Shelburne Museum in 1947. The daughter of Henry Osborne Havemeyer and Louisine Elder Havemeyer, important collectors of Impressionism, European and Asian art, she exercised an independent eye and passion for art, artifacts, and architecture celebrating a distinctly American aesthetic. When creating the Museum she took the step of collecting 18th and 19th century buildings from New England and New York in which to display the Museum's holdings, relocating 20 historic structures to Shelburne. These include houses,
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    WIN Corporation

    The WIN Corporation is a Wollongong based media company, that owns the WIN Television network, NWS, and STW in Australia. It began broadcasting in Wollongong with one station in 1963. Bruce Gordon acquired control of the company in 1979 and initiated a period of growth which has seen the Network spread to Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania and Western Australia. It is now the largest regional television broadcaster in Australia and is the fourth largest television broadcaster in Australia behind Networks Nine, Seven, and Ten. The WIN Network covers an area greater in size than Europe. WIN’s expansion into South and Western Australia increased the total potential audience to 4.842 million people across Australia. WIN holds shares in PBL and Channel Ten, plus owns a stake in SP Telemedia, which sold fellow Nine affiliate NBN to PBL. On 21 April 2007, the board of Sunraysia Television endorsed WIN's revised offer of $163 million for STW-9. On 30 May 2007, Southern Cross Broadcasting announced its sale of NWS-9 to the WIN Corporation for $105 million. On 8 June 2007, Sunraysia Television announced its sale of STW-9 to WIN Corporation for $163.1 million. WIN also as of 4 June 2009 owns
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    NBCUniversal

    NBCUniversal

    NBCUniversal Media, LLC (formerly known as NBC Universal, Inc.) is an American media and entertainment company engaged in the production and marketing of entertainment, news, and information products and services to a global customer base. The company owns and operates American television networks, numerous cable channels, and a group of local stations in the United States, as well as motion picture companies, several television production companies, and branded theme parks. NBC Universal was formed in May 2004 by the merger of General Electric's NBC with Vivendi's Vivendi Universal Entertainment. GE and US cable TV operator Comcast announced a buyout agreement for the company on December 3, 2009. Following regulatory approvals, the transaction completed on January 28, 2011. Comcast now owns 51% of NBC Universal while GE owns 49%. Originally, the NBC Universal logo was a combination of the NBC peacock logo and the Universal Studios globe and text. The logo was redesigned by Wolff Olins in January 2011 to reflect the new Comcast ownership. NBC Universal is headquartered in the Rockefeller Plaza in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. The company is one of two successor companies to MCA
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    Dubai International Capital

    Dubai International Capital (DIC) is the international investment arm of Dubai Holding, a global conglomerate and sovereign wealth fund of the government of Dubai and its ruling family and has been over-leveraged to the point whereby the company is not able to service its interest payments in a normal fashion. DIC invests private funds on behalf of Dubai Holding and several large third-party investors around the world with a mandate to build a portfolio of internationally diversified assets. DIC, which was founded in 2004, invests in public and private equity through three divisions: DIC's investments across its divisions include: Private Equity: Emerging Markets: Public Equities: On a number of occasions, DIC tried to buy into Liverpool F.C., in part because DIC chief Sameer al-Ansari is an LFC fan and season ticket holder:
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    Sinopec

    China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (中国石油化工股份有限公司), or Sinopec Limited (simplified Chinese: 中国石化; traditional Chinese: 中國石化; pinyin: Zhōngguó Shíhuà), is a Chinese oil and gas company based in Beijing, China. It is listed in Hong Kong (SEHK: 0386) and also trades in Shanghai (SSE: 600028) and New York (NYSE: SNP). Sinopec is the worlds sixth biggest company by revenue. Sinopec Limited's parent, Sinopec Group, is one of the major petroleum companies in China, headquartered in Chaoyang District, Beijing. Sinopec's business includes oil and gas exploration, refining, and marketing; production and sales of petrochemicals, chemical fibers, chemical fertilizers, and other chemical products; storage and pipeline transportation of crude oil and natural gas; import, export and import/export agency business of crude oil, natural gas, refined oil products, petrochemicals, and other chemicals. In 2011 it ranked as the 5th largest company in sales in Forbes Global 2000.In 2009, it was ranked 9th by Fortune Global 500 becoming the first Chinese corporation to make the top ten and in 2010 it was ranked 7th. In 2007, it ranked first in the Top 500 Enterprises of China ranking. Sinopec Limited
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    Village Roadshow Limited

    Village Roadshow Limited is an Australian media company with interests in cinema, theme parks, film production and distribution. The company is a publicly listed entity on the Australian Securities Exchange. It is majority owned by Village Roadshow Corporation, run by John and Robert Kirby and Graham Burke. Village Roadshow commenced operations in 1954, when founder Roc Kirby began running one of Australia's first drive-in cinemas in the Melbourne suburb of Croydon. The drive-in was adjacent to a shopping strip called "Croydon Village"; hence the company adopted the "Village" name. The company later expanded into traditional cinemas in major areas, though it still operates the Coburg Drive-In in Coburg. In the 1960s the company started its film distribution business (once a 50-50 joint venture with Greater Union) and moved into film production in the 1970s. In the 1980s, Village Roadshow was one of the leading forces in creating state of the art multiplex cinema complexes. Innovations brought in during this period included using stadium-style seating, sophisticated sound systems and the latest in projection technologies. The cinemas of that era were the forerunners to the
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    Richard Burbage

    Richard Burbage

    Richard Burbage (6 January 1568 – 13 March 1619) was an English actor and theatre owner. He was the younger brother of Cuthbert Burbage. They were both actors in drama. The son of James Burbage, a joiner who became a theatrical impresario, Burbage was a popular actor by his early 20s. His early acting career is poorly documented. It has been suggested that it included a stint in the Earl of Leicester's company, but there is no good evidence for this. He probably was acting with the Admiral's Men in 1590, with Lord Strange's Men in 1592, and with the Earl of Pembroke's Men in 1593; but most famously he was the star of William Shakespeare's theatre company, the Lord Chamberlain's Men which became the King's Men on the ascension of James I in 1603. He played the title role in the first performances of many of Shakespeare's plays, including Hamlet, Othello, Richard III, and King Lear. But he was in great demand and also appeared in the plays of many of the great contemporary writers, such as Ben Jonson (the title role in Volpone, and Subtle in The Alchemist), John Marston (The Malcontent), John Webster (The Duchess of Malfi) and Beaumont and Fletcher (The Maid's Tragedy). Burbage's
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    Beto Carrero

    Beto Carrero

    João Batista Sergio Murad (September 9, 1937 – February 1, 2008) was a Brazilian theme park owner and entertainer. Carrero was born into a poor family of Lebanese immigrants in São José do Rio Preto and worked as a country musician, radio announcer and ad salesman before starting an advertising agency and, later, a theme park. He owned what has been called the largest theme park in Latin America, Beto Carrero World in Penha, which he owned from its opening in 1991 until his death. He also appeared in several acting roles under his stage persona, a cowboy. On January 30, 2008 he was admitted to Sírio Libanês Hospital, in São Paulo, with a cardiac problem and died two days later. The official cause of death was endocarditis. He is survived by three sons. In June 2008, journalist Alex Solnik released a biography of Beto Carrero. It was titled Domador de Sonhos - A Vida Mágica de Beto Carrero (which means, in Portuguese, Tamer of Dreams - The Magical Life of Beto Carrero). In 1985, the As Aventuras de Beto Carrero comic book was published by Cluq Editorial, written by Gedeone Malagola and with art Eugenio Colonnese. Although based on Westerns, in the comics Beto did not use firearms,
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    Hall Caine

    Hall Caine

    Sir Thomas Henry Hall Caine CH, KBE (14 May 1853 – 31 August 1931), usually known as Hall Caine, was a Manx author. He is best known as a novelist and playwright of the late Victorian and the Edwardian eras. In his time, he was exceedingly popular, and, at the peak of his success, his novels outsold those of his contemporaries. Many of his novels were also made into films. His novels were primarily romances, involving love triangles, but also addressed some of the more serious political and social issues of the day. Caine acted as secretary to Dante Gabriel Rossetti and at one time he aspired to become a man of letters. To this end he published a number of serious works, but these had little success. He was a lover of the Isle of Man and Manx culture, and purchased a large house, Greeba Castle, on the Island. For a time he was a Member of the House of Keys, but he declined to become more deeply involved in Manx politics. A man of striking appearance, he travelled widely and used his travels to provide the settings for some of his novels to good effect. He came into contact with, and was influenced by, many of the leading personalities of the day, particularly those of a socialist
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    Shaya Boymelgreen

    Shaya Boymelgreen is a New York City real estate developer. He emigrated from Israel to New York City in 1969 and worked in asbestos abatement. He was involved in small development projects, then in 2001 he became business partners with Lev Leviev. Early in 2010, Boymelgreen became the target of a media campaign by owners of his first large project, Newswalk, in Brooklyn, NY, completed in 2002. In 2007, the owners had filed a $10 million lawsuit against Boymelgreen and related parties for a wide variety of construction defects. In 2010, they developed a website called ShameOnShaya.org, in English, Hebrew and Russian, which received media attention in the US and Israel. As a result of the media campaign, New York Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo was forced to return an $8000 contribution to Boymelgreen. Cuomo received the contribution at the same time the New York State Attorney General’s office failed to respond to Newswalk’s requests for help against the developer.
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    Union Properties

    Union Properties is a real estate developer in the Middle East, based in Abu Dhabi, that was established in 1987.
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    Carl G. Fisher

    Carl G. Fisher

    Carl Graham Fisher (January 12, 1874 – July 15, 1939) was an American entrepreneur. Despite having severe astigmatism, he became a seemingly tireless pioneer and promoter of the automotive, auto racing, and real estate development industries. He is widely regarded as a promotional genius. Despite family financial strains and a disability, in the late 19th century he became a bicycle enthusiast and opened a modest bicycle shop with a brother. An Indiana native, he also became involved in bicycle racing and later many activities related to the emerging U.S. auto industry in the early 20th century. In 1904, Carl Fisher and his friend James A. Allison bought an interest in the U.S. patent to manufacture acetylene headlights, a precursor to electric models which became common about 10 years later. Soon Fisher's firm supplied nearly every headlamp used on automobiles in the United States as manufacturing plants were built all over the country to supply the demand. The headlight patent made him rich as an automotive parts supplier and he and Allison cashed out when they sold their company, Prest-O-Lite, to Union Carbide in 1913 for $9,000,000. Fisher operated what is believed to be the
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    KazMunayGas

    KazMunayGas

    KazMunayGas is the state-owned oil and gas company of Kazakhstan. It was founded in 2002 by merging Kazakhoil and Oil and Gas Transportation. Main subsidiaries of KazMunayGas are: KazMunaiGas Exploration Production (AO) has its equity listed in form of common shares and global depositary receipts on the Kazakhstan Stock Exchange and the London Stock Exchange, respectively. The company has stakes in LLP Kazgermunai JV, JSC Karazhanbasmunai and PetroKazakhstan Inc. Its two noted producing fields are Uzenmunaigas and Embamunaigas. KazMunayGas operates 2 oil refineries in Kazakhstan: KazMunayGas has a US $1.7 billion plan for the modernization of the Atyrau refinery. In August 2012, it obtained a US $297.5 million loan from the Japan Bank for International Cooperation and the Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi a deep oil refining complex at the Atyrau Oil Refinery. This loan followed a contract awarded to Marubeni to reinforce the production of oil products to suit European environmental standards. In August, 2011, the company was four months into a wildcat strike at Uzenmunaigas. On August 2, Zhaksylyk Turbaev, a trade union member working for an oilfield service company in Zhanaozen, was
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    Roberto Burle Marx

    Roberto Burle Marx

    Roberto Burle Marx (August 4, 1909, São Paulo – June 4, 1994, Rio de Janeiro) was a Brazilian landscape architect (as well as a painter, print maker, ecologist, naturalist, artist and musician) whose designs of parks and gardens made him world famous. He is accredited with having introduced modernist landscape architecture to Brazil. He was known as a modern nature artist and a public urban space designer. Roberto Burle Marx was the fourth son of Cecilia Burle, an upper class Brazilian woman whose family came from Pernambuco and France and Wilhelm Marx, a Jewish German, born in Stuttgart and raised in Trier, also the birthplace of Karl Marx, a cousin of his grandfather's. Burle Marx's first landscaping inspirations came while studying painting in Germany, where he often visited the Botanical Garden in Berlin and first learned about Brazil's native flora. Upon returning to Brazil in 1930, he began collecting plants in and around his home. He went to school at the National School of Fine Arts in Rio in 1930 where he focused on visual arts under Leo Putz and Candido Portinari. While in school he associated with several of Brazil’s future leaders in architecture and botanists who
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    Trago Mills

    Trago Mills, often known simply as Trago, is a chain of three department stores in Cornwall and Devon, England. Two of the stores are on the outskirts of towns: Liskeard in Cornwall and Newton Abbot in Devon. The third is in the town of Falmouth, Cornwall. Large department stores were formerly sparse in the rural west country and Trago Mills endeavoured to fill this gap. The stores' approach to business is to provide a wide variety of stock at low prices. The first Trago Mills store was at Liskeard and started life as a small shed, selling items founder Mike Robertson had bought on trips up-country. The current Liskeard store, five miles west of the town just off the A38, has several acres of parkland and lakes. It also accommodates several independent businesses, including a newsagent, a butcher and a bakery. The Liskeard store attracts shoppers from all over Cornwall, as well as Plymouth. The Newton Abbot site is the largest of the three and covers over 100 acres (0.40 km) of land. It includes the Trago Mills Leisure Park, which is home to The Bickington Steam Railway and a model railway, said to be one of the largest OO gauge layouts in England. The Newton Abbot site also has
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    William Kissam Vanderbilt II

    William Kissam Vanderbilt II

    William Kissam Vanderbilt II (2 March 1878 – 8 January 1944) was a motor racing enthusiast and yachtsman and a member of the prominent United States Vanderbilt family. He was born on March 2, 1878 in New York City, the second child and first son of William Kissam Vanderbilt and Alva Erksine Smith. He was a brother to Harold Stirling Vanderbilt and Consuelo Vanderbilt. Born to a life of luxury, he was raised in Vanderbilt mansions, traveled to Europe frequently, and sailed the globe on yachts owned by his father. Vanderbilt was educated by tutors and at private schools and sent to study at Harvard University but dropped out after the first year. Although he developed an interest in horse racing and yachting, he was totally fascinated with automobiles. At age 10, during a stay in the south of France he had ridden in a steam-powered tricycle from Beaulieu-sur-Mer the 7 kilometers to Monte Carlo and as a twenty-year-old, in 1898 he ordered a French De Dion-Bouton motor tricycle and had it shipped to New York. Soon, he acquired other motorized vehicles and before long began to infuriate citizens and officials alike as he sped furiously through the towns and villages of Long Island, New
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    Bega Group

    Bega Group is one of the largest Romanian holding companies located in Timişoara, Timiş County. The holding si formed by 35 different companies. The company ownes the largest industrial park in Bucharest, Faur, an industrial platform occupied by over 200 companies. The company also ownes the largest Romanian outdoor amusement park Arsenal Park Transilvania.
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    Exxon Mobil

    Exxon Mobil

    Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE: XOM) or ExxonMobil, is an American multinational oil and gas corporation. It is a direct descendant of John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil company, and was formed on November 30, 1999, by the merger of Exxon and Mobil. Its headquarters are in Irving, Texas. It is affiliated with Imperial Oil which operates in Canada. ExxonMobil is the world's largest company by revenue and one of the largest publicly traded companies by market capitalization in the world. The company is ranked #1 globally in Forbes Global 2000 list in 2012. Exxon Mobil's reserves were 72 billion oil-equivalent barrels at the end of 2007 and, at then (2007) rates of production, are expected to last over 14 years. With 37 oil refineries in 21 countries constituting a combined daily refining capacity of 6.3 million barrels (1,000,000 m), Exxon Mobil is the largest refiner in the world, a title that was also associated with Standard Oil since its incorporation in 1870. ExxonMobil is the largest of the six oil supermajors with daily production of 3.921 million BOE (barrels of oil equivalent). In 2008, this was approximately 3% of world production, which is less than several of the largest
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    Fox Entertainment Group

    The Fox Entertainment Group is an American entertainment industry company that owns film studios and terrestrial, cable, and direct broadcast satellite television properties. Fox Entertainment Group is wholly owned and controlled by the Australian/American media conglomerate News Corporation, which is chaired and part owned by the Australian/American Rupert Murdoch, since the company acquired all the stock of Fox. The transaction was completed on March 12, 2005. It is named after William Fox, born Wilhelm Fried, who created the original Fox Film Corporation. Jim Gianopulos is currently the chairman of Fox Entertainment Group, as was Tom Rothman until 2012. The Fox Entertainment Group was formed in the 1990s after the purchase of the Metromedia-owned independent stations by the 20th Century Fox film studio, at the time jointly owned by Australian media mogul Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation, and Denver billionaire Marvin Davis. These stations would later become the foundation of the Fox television network, which launched in October 1986, and the group itself. Not long after the Metromedia deal was made, Murdoch purchased Davis's shares and News Corp assumed complete control of 20th
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    Ardent Leisure

    Ardent Leisure (ASX: AAD, formerly Macquarie Leisure Trust) is an Australian-based leisure company which owns and operates a leisure portfolio of over 100 assets across Australia, New Zealand and the United States. It is most known for its operation of the Dreamworld theme park and the WhiteWater World water park on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. Ardent Leisure was originally known as Macquarie Leisure Trust until it split from Macquarie in 2009. The company began by acquiring the existing Dreamworld theme park in 1998. In 2006, Ardent Leisure constructed a world-class water park, WhiteWater World. In 2009, Ardent Leisure acquired QDeck. Ardent Leisure owns and operates over 100 leisure assets including theme parks, tourist attractions, marinas, bowling centres, laser skirmish centres and health clubs across Australia, New Zealand and the United States. Ardent Leisure began as the company which owned and operated the Dreamworld theme park on the Gold Coast. Dreamworld was acquired in July 1998 - within a month of its establishment. The theme park has over 30 rides, shows and attractions across a 30-hectare (74-acre) park. In December 2006, an adjacent water park to
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    James Squire

    James Squire (1754 – 16 May 1822), a convict transported to Australia, is credited with the first successful cultivation of hops in Australia at the turn of the 19th century, and is also considered to have founded Australia's first commercial brewery in 1798, though John Boston appears to have opened a brewery making a form of corn beer two years earlier. Squire was convicted of stealing in 1785 and was transported to Australia as a convict on the First Fleet in 1788. Squire ran a number of successful ventures during his life, including a farm, a popular tavern called The Malting Shovel, a bakery, a butcher shop and a credit union. He also became a town constable in the Eastern Farms district of Sydney. As a testament to the rise of position in society (from shame to fame), his death in 1822 was marked with the biggest funeral ever held in the colony. James Squire was baptised on 18 December 1754 in Kingston upon Thames. Squire's parents were Romanies, Timothy Squires and Mary Wells, who were married on 8 December 1752 in West Molesey, Surrey. Their families had been embroiled in a dramatic incident (The Canning Affair) which polarized England in 1754, the year of Squire's
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    Trinity House

    Trinity House

    The Corporation of Trinity House of Deptford Strond, known as Trinity House, is the official General Lighthouse Authority for England, Wales, and other British territorial waters, with the exception of Scotland, the Isle of Man, and Northern Ireland. It is responsible for the provision and maintenance of navigational aids, such as lighthouses, lightvessels, buoys, and maritime radio/satellite communication systems. Trinity House is also the official deep sea pilotage authority, providing expert navigators for ships trading in Northern European waters. It is a non-departmental public body. The Master of the Corporation (now an honorary title) is the Princess Royal. Previous Masters of Trinity House have included the diarist Samuel Pepys and the Duke of Wellington, and Admiral William Penn (father of William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania). Other prominent individuals in Britain, often connected with commercial shipping or the Admiralty, have been associated with Trinity House, including Winston Churchill, who gained his status as an Elder Brother of Trinity House as a result of his position as First Lord of the Admiralty before and during World War I. Often, especially on
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    National Petroleum Company of the Congo

    Société nationale des pétroles du Congo (the National Petroleum Company of the Congo, SNPC) is a national oil company of the Republic of the Congo. The company was established in 1998 after the dissolution of the public company Hydro-Congo. The company manages government-owned shares of production on oil field in the country. The company has stakes in Moho-Bilondo (15%), Nkossa (15%), M'Boundi (8.8%), Kitina (35%), Sendji (15%), Yanga (15%), Djambala (35%), Foukanda (35%), Mwafi (35%), Emeraude (49%), Yombo (49%), Tilapia (35%), Azurite (15%), and Turquoise Marine-1 (15%) fields. It owns refinery company Congolaise de Raffinage (CORAF).
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    Quadrangle Group

    Quadrangle Group is a private investment firm focused on private equity. The firm invests in middle-market companies within the media, communications and information-based sectors. The firm, which is based in New York City, was founded in 2000, has raised approximately $3 billion of private equity capital since inception and employs approximately 40 investment professionals in offices in New York and Hong Kong. Quadrangle's private equity business, Quadrangle Capital Partners, raised a $1.1 billion fund in 2000, followed by a $2.0 billion fund in 2005. Citing a not-further-identified "investor letter", a Feb. 2010 news report said the first fund had already returned the full amount to its investors and retained stakes in several companies, while the second fund had about $500 million left to invest and was up 19 percent in 2009. No 2008 fund was referenced in the report. In February, 2009, Steven Rattner left Quadrangle when he was named as lead auto industry adviser to United States Treasury Department Secretary Timothy Geithner. A report at the time said that Michael Huber, who joined the firm in 2000, and Joshua L. Steiner would become co-presidents of the firm. In January,
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    Candover

    Candover

    Candover Investments plc (LSE: CDI) is a British-based private equity firm, specialising in arranging and leading large buyouts and buyins. Candover Investments is structured as an investment trust. Investments in buyouts are provided in two forms, from Candover Investments and more significantly from third party funds raised and managed by Candover Partners Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Candover Investments. Candover Investments is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a former constituent of the FTSE 250 Index. On August 31, 2010 Candover announced that it would unwind its assets and return money to shareholders and investors. Candover was established in 1980. It was first listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1984. Candover has offices in London, Paris, Madrid and Milan. Since 1980, Candover has raised nine funds with total capital commitments of more than €8.7 billion. Candover's current investments include:
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    Cedar Fair Entertainment Company

    Cedar Fair, L.P. (NYSE: FUN) doing business as the Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, is a publicly traded partnership headquartered at its Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio. The company owns and operates eleven amusement parks and seven water parks across North America, including an indoor water park in Sandusky, Ohio. Cedar Fair also manages Gilroy Gardens under contract with the city of Gilroy, California. Cedar Point opened in 1870 as a recreational area. The park was developed over the years going through only a few managements. The park belonged to the Cedar Point Pleasure Company. In 1974, Cedar Point Pleasure Company proposed building an amusement park in Cambridge Township, Michigan on the former Frontier City amusement park site. Those plans were abandoned in 1975. Three years later, Cedar Point acquired Valleyfair. The name Cedar Fair then was derived from the names of both parks, "Cedar" coming from Cedar Point and "Fair" coming from Valleyfair. Cedar Fair was founded in 1983 then went public on April 29, 1987. The first acquisition of the new Cedar Fair company came in 1992 when Cedar Fair bought Dorney Park from Harris Weinstein. Cedar Fair also bought
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    Compagnie des Alpes

    Compagnie des Alpes (Euronext: CDA) is a French company created in 1989 to operate many ski resorts in Europe. Compagnie des Alpes is a part of Caisse des dépôts et consignations. Compagnie des Alpes was first established in 1989 as a ski resort operator. Since 2001, Compagnie des Alpes's activity has extended to theme parks including the Walibi parks. The Walibi parks used to be owned by an independent company run by Belgian Eddy Meeus. They were then sold off to American company Six Flags, however, due to financial problems they were sold again – this time to Compagnie des Alpes. The company has plans to expand the Walibi brand of theme parks with five of their current locations expected to be converted into Walibi parks.
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    Gécamines

    Gécamines, or La Générale des Carrières et des Mines, is a state-owned mining company in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo). Its principal products are copper (for which Katanga is well known, and which often accounted for 50% of export earnings), cobalt and zinc. Additional minerals mined include uranium. Gécamines is the successor to the Union Minière du Haut Katanga. On December 31, 1966, the Congolese government, under dictator Mobutu Sese Seko, took over the UMHK, an immensely profitable Belgian mining trust founded on 1906, and transformed it into a state-owned firm, Gécamines. From that point onwards the company's fortunes declined, as did those of the rest of the country (between 1965 and 1987, Congolese GDP per head fell by 2.4%). Under President Mobutu's kleptocratic rule, theft and corruption were not uncommon, driving the once profitable firm to the brink of bankruptcy (it has yet to account for a $400 million World Bank loan in 1989), and leaving it so cash-stripped that it had to enter partnerships with other firms merely to keep itself afloat. One Gécamines official estimated theft to amount to 10% of production. Nonetheless, the company remained crucial to
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    Japan

    Japan

    Japan /dʒəˈpæn/ (Japanese: 日本 Nihon or Nippon; formally 日本国  Nippon-koku or Nihon-koku, literally the State of Japan) is an island nation in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies to the east of the Sea of Japan, China, North Korea, South Korea and Russia, stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and Taiwan in the south. The characters that make up Japan's name mean "sun-origin", which is why Japan is sometimes referred to as the "Land of the Rising Sun". Japan is an archipelago of 6,852 islands. The four largest islands are Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu and Shikoku, together comprising about ninety-seven percent of Japan's land area. Japan has the world's tenth-largest population, with over 127 million people. Honshū's Greater Tokyo Area, which includes the de facto capital city of Tokyo and several surrounding prefectures, is the largest metropolitan area in the world, with over 30 million residents. Archaeological research indicates that people lived in Japan as early as the Upper Paleolithic period. The first written mention of Japan is in Chinese history texts from the 1st century AD. Influence from other nations followed by long periods of
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    John Heminges

    John Heminges (sometimes spelled Heming, Heminge, Hemminge or Hemings) (25 November 1556 – 10 October 1630) was an English Renaissance actor. Most noted now as one of the editors of William Shakespeare's 1623 First Folio, Heminges served in his time as an actor and financial manager for the King's Men. Heminges was born in Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire in 1556. Sent to London as an apprentice at age twelve, he was presented to the Grocers' Company, becoming a freeman in 1587. In London, he lived in the parish of St Mary Aldermanbury, at which church he served as a sidesman. On 10 March 1588 Heminges and Rebecca Knell were married at the church, and they had 14 children baptized there between 1590 and 1613. Alexander Chalmers originated the now-accepted argument that his wife was the widow of William Knel, an actor with the Queen's Men who had been killed in 1587 a fight with John Towne, a fellow actor. His association with theatre had certainly begun by 1593; records from that year show Heminges and Augustine Phillips, another future King's Man, in the touring company of Lord Strange's Men. By the next year he and Phillips had joined the Lord Chamberlain's Men/King's Men. He stayed
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    Science Museum

    Science Museum

    The Science Museum is one of the three major museums on Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The museum is a major London tourist attraction, attracting 2.7 million visitors annually. Like other publicly funded national museums in the United Kingdom, the Science Museum does not levy an admission charge. Temporary exhibitions, however, do usually incur an admission fee. It is part of the National Museum of Science and Industry, having merged with the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester in 2012. A museum was founded in 1857 under Bennet Woodcroft from the collection of the Royal Society of Arts and surplus items from the Great Exhibition as part of the South Kensington Museum, together with what is now the Victoria and Albert Museum. It included a collection of machinery which became the Museum of Patents in 1858, and the Patent Office Museum in 1863. This collection contained many of the most famous exhibits of what is now the Science Museum. In 1883, the contents of the Patent Office Museum were transferred to the South Kensington Museum. In 1885, the Science Collections were renamed the Science Museum and in 1893 a
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    Viacom

    Viacom

    Viacom (short for VIsual & Audio COMmunications) was an American media conglomerate. Effective December 31, 2005, this corporate entity changed its name to CBS Corporation. The present firm known as Viacom was also established at that date and is a new spin-off company created during the CBS-Viacom split. Viacom was highly profitable during the 1970s and 1980s distributing old CBS classics to syndication, including such landmark shows as I Love Lucy, The Andy Griffith Show, The Twilight Zone and All in the Family (which was later owned by Embassy/Columbia Pictures Television, now called Sony Pictures Television). They also syndicated shows for others, the biggest examples being The Cosby Show and Roseanne (which were produced by Carsey-Werner Productions. Carsey-Werner eventually got big enough to distribute their own shows, mainly because of the success of these two). The original Viacom began as CBS Films, Inc., the television syndication division of CBS established in 1952. The division was spun off and renamed Viacom in 1971, amid new FCC rules forbidding television networks from owning syndication companies (the rules were later repealed). Viacom's first non-programming
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    Aguadilla

    Aguadilla

    Aguadilla (Spanish pronunciation: [aɣwaˈðiʎa]), founded in 1775 by Luis de Córdova, is a city located in the northwestern tip of Puerto Rico bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the north and west, north of Aguada, and Moca and west of Isabela. Aguadilla is spread over 15 wards and Aguadilla Pueblo (The downtown area and the administrative center of the city). It is a principal city of the Aguadilla-Isabela-San Sebastián Metropolitan Statistical Area. Aguadilla has been the recipient of the "Best Quality of Life Award", given by the National Mayor Association, in 2002 and 2004. According to sources, a Taíno settlement called Amamón was located close to the Culebrinas River. The present territory of Aguadilla was originally part of the territory of Aguada. In 1775, the foundation of Aguadilla by Don Luis de Córdova was approved. But it wasn't until 1780 that the territory was properly segregated, making the founding of the town official. Originally, Aguadilla was constituted by the Victoria and Higüey wards. This region was already inhabited and known as Aguadilla before 1770. In 1776, Fray Íñigo Abbad y Lasierra in his description of the towns of the island, mentioned it as the "new
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    Babcock International Group

    Babcock International Group plc is a British multinational support services company specialising in managing complex assets and infrastructure in safety- and mission-critical environments. Although the company has civil contracts, its main business is with public bodies, particularly the UK Ministry of Defence and Network Rail. The company has four operating divisions with overseas operations based in Africa, North America & Australia. It is the world's 41st-largest defence contractor measured by 2010 defence revenues, and the third-largest based in the UK (after BAE Systems and Rolls-Royce). Babcock is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index. Babcock International traces its history back to 1891 when the American Babcock & Wilcox Company formed a separately financed (capitalised at £250,000 initially) British company called Babcock & Wilcox Ltd. The initial board members of the British company included the renowned Scottish structural engineer Sir William Arrol and Andrew Stewart, of the Lanarkshire based steel tubemakers A & J Stewart & Menzies, subsequently Stewarts & Lloyds. The UK Company's sphere of operation was defined as 'the world
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    Caledonia Investments

    Caledonia Investments plc (LSE: CLDN) is a UK investment trust company based in London and is listed on the London Stock Exchange. The company was listed on the LSE in 1960, and became known as Caledonia Investments plc in 1981. It actively invests in 30-40 companies at any one time. James Loudon, whose son Alex is dating Pippa Middleton, is the Chairman and Will Wyatt the Chief Executive. The firm's net asset value per share declined by 9% from March 2011 to March 2012. As of March 2012, the net value of assets under management was £1.26 billion. Following the very disappointing performance in 2011, when the market fell just 5.5% compared to Caledonia's 9% fall, the two Old Etonian management duo of Loudon and Wyatt announced a turnaround plan, given their woeful performance. This included increasing the dividend and refusing to invest in assets worth less than £20 million. The Financial Times wrote of the general investor disbelief of the two old posh gentlemen being able to turn this around, noting: "There is as yet little evidence that the new plan is working, as it continues to lag its benchmark". The FT article concluded that Caledonia Investment was "not an investment for
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    Caledonian Railway

    Caledonian Railway

    The Caledonian Railway was a major Scottish railway company. It was formed in the early 19th century and it was absorbed almost a century later into the London, Midland and Scottish Railway, in the 1923 railway grouping, by means of the Railways Act 1921. Due to legal complications this did not take place on 1 January 1923 when the majority of the amalgamations took place, but was delayed until 1 July 1923 (along with the North Staffordshire Railway). The Caledonian Railway Company was well supported by Glasgow and Edinburgh shareholders; more than half of its shares were held in England. The total capital at the grouping was £57 million. It was an integrated railway company, in that it built and owned both the railway lines and the trains. It had a locomotive works, St. Rollox railway works, in Springburn, Glasgow. The works became part of British Rail and is still in use as a railway maintenance depot. From its headquarters in Glasgow, the company controlled a total length of line, including sidings, of 2,827 miles (4,550 km). It was also the owner or part owner of steamers, hotels (including the Caledonian Hotel at Edinburgh), docks, and harbours; and of two canals, the Forth
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    Frederick Krug

    Frederick Krug (1855 – November 18, 1930) was the German-immigrant founder of the Frederick Krug Brewing Company of Omaha, Nebraska. Krug is often cited as one of the founders of Omaha. In addition to operating the brewery for almost the entire duration of his life, Krug operated Krug Park in the Benson community and was the president of the Home Fire Insurance Company, which was founded in Omaha in 1884. Fred Krug was born in Niederzwehren near Cassel Germany on December 22, 1833. He lived in Niederzwehren until 19 years of age where he was trained as a brewer. He then immigrated to the U.S. in 1852, settling in St. Louis, Missouri. In St. Louis he met his wife Anna and had a son, William. In 1858 he moved to Council Bluffs where he worked in a small brewery. Later the same year he moved to Omaha with his wife and son. He established his first small brewery on Farnam Street. Later his business moved to Jackson Street between 10th and 11th streets. On October 17, 1893, he and his family celebrated the grand opening of the new Fred Krug Brewery. At the time this new brewery was one of the largest and most modern of its kind. The capacity of the brewery was reported to be 150,000
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    General Electric

    General Electric

    General Electric Company, or GE (NYSE: GE), is an American multinational conglomerate corporation incorporated in Schenectady, New York and headquartered in Fairfield, Connecticut, United States. The company operates through four segments: Energy, Technology Infrastructure, Capital Finance and Consumer & Industrial. In 2011, GE ranked among the Fortune 500 as the 6th largest firm in the U.S. by gross revenue, as well as the 14th most profitable. However, the company is currently listed the 3rd largest in the world among the Forbes Global 2000, further metrics being taken into account. Other rankings for 2011/2012 include No. 7 company for leaders (Fortune), No. 5 best global brand (Interbrand), No. 63 green company (Newsweek), No. 15 most admired company (Fortune), and No. 19 most innovative company (Fast Company). By 1890, Thomas Alva Edison had brought together several of his business interests under one corporation to form Edison General Electric. At about the same time, Charles Coffin, leading Thomson-Houston Electric Company, acquired a number of competitors and gained access to their key patents. General Electric was formed by the 1892 merger of Edison General Electric of
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    Genting Group

    Genting Group

    Genting Group is an Malaysian conglomerate. It comprises four listed entities (namely holding company Genting Berhad (MYX:3182) and its member companies Genting Malaysia Berhad(MYX:4715), Genting Plantations Berhad(MYX:2291), Genting Singapore Plc(SGX:G13) and Genting Hong Kong Limited(HKEX:678). The Genting Group was founded in 1965 by Malaysian entrepreneur the late Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong. The Genting Group is headed by Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, the Chairman and Chief Executive, who joined the group in 1976. The group has over 26 years of experience in developing, operating and marketing casinos and integrated resorts in different parts of the world, including the Americas, Australia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and United Kingdom. It has been voted Malaysia's leading corporation and one of Asia's best managed multinationals. The group's pioneer integrated resort is Resorts World Genting, formerly known as Genting Highlands Resort. The main attractions of the resort are its casino, theme park, concert shows, food & beverage and retail shopping. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Malaysia. From its initial leisure and hospitality activities, the Genting Group
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    Government of Hong Kong

    Government of Hong Kong

    The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, commonly the Hong Kong Government, is led by the Chief Executive as Head of the Government, who is also the head of the Hong Kong SAR. The affairs of the Government are decided by secretaries, who are appointed by the Chief Executive and endorsed by the Central People's Government in Beijing. Under the "One Country, Two Systems" policy, Hong Kong has a high degree of autonomy. The Hong Kong Government, financially independent from the Government of the People's Republic of China, oversees the affairs of Hong Kong. The Chief Executive is the head of government of the Hong Kong. The Basic Law designates a system of governance led by a Chief Executive and an Executive Council, with a two-tiered system of semi-representative government and an independent judiciary. The Chief Executive is elected by an Election Committee, an 1200-member electoral college consisting of individuals and bodies (i.e. special interest groups) elected within 28 functional constituencies defined in the Basic Law. The winner is then appointed to the position by the Central People's Government of the People's
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    Granada Television

    Granada Television

    ITV Granada is the Channel 3 regional service for North West England, the licence for the region being held by ITV Broadcasting Limited since November 2008. Previously it was held by Granada Television which was founded by Sidney Bernstein and based at Granada Studios since its inception, and which was the only surviving company out of the original four Independent Television Authority franchisees from 1954 before it merged with Carlton Communications to form ITV plc in 2004. Broadcasting by Granada Television began on 3 May 1956 under the North of England weekday franchise and was marked by a distinctive northern identity. The Granada Group merged with Carlton Communications to form ITV plc in 2004 after a duopoly had developed over the previous decade. The Granada name, as with those of the other former Channel 3 regional licence holders, has completely disappeared except for the regional news bulletins and weeknightly regional news magazine as ITV Broadcasting Limited operates the service with national ITV branding and continuity. The North West region is regarded as ITV's most successful franchise, and The Financial Times and The Independent once described Granada Television,
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    Hong Kong International Theme Parks

    Hong Kong International Theme Parks Ltd. (HKITP) is an incorporated company jointly owned by The Walt Disney Company (TWDC) and the Government of Hong Kong), founded in 1999. It owns and operates the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, on Lantau Island, Hong Kong. At the start, the Hong Kong Government held a 57% stake, while The Walt Disney Company had 43%. But after the expansion plans were announced in 2009, when The Walt Disney Company invested HK$3.63 billion (US$465 million), Hong Kong Government's holdings were reduced to 52% while The Walt Disney Company's shares increased to 48%. The Board of HKITP has a membership of 11 directors. The Hong Kong Government appoints five directors while the Walt Disney Company appoints four directors. Two independent non-executive directors are jointly appointed by the Hong Kong Government and the Walt Disney Company. Chairmanship rotates annually between the government-appointed directors and the Disney-appointed directors. Rita Lau resigned as Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development in April 2011 due to health problems and is replaced by Gregory So on 27 June 2011. Hong Kong Disneyland Resort is owned by the HKITP and operated by a fully
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    Joseph Pitton de Tournefort

    Joseph Pitton de Tournefort

    Joseph Pitton de Tournefort (5 June 1656 – 28 December 1708) was a French botanist, notable as the first to make a clear definition of the concept of genus for plants. The botanist Charles Plumier had been his pupil and accompanied him on his voyages. Tournefort was born in Aix-en-Provence and studied at the Jesuit convent there. It was intended that he enter the Church, but the death of his father allowed him to follow his interest in botany. After two years collecting, he studied medicine at Montpellier, but was appointed professor of botany at the Jardin des Plantes in Paris in 1683. During this time he travelled through Western Europe, particularly the Pyrenees, where he made extensive collections. Between 1700 and 1702 he travelled through the islands of Greece and visited Constantinople, the borders of the Black Sea, Armenia, and Georgia, collecting plants and undertaking other types of observations. He was accompanied by the German botanist Andreas Gundelsheimer (1668–1715) and the artist Claude Aubriet (1651–1743). His description of this journey was published posthumously (Relation d'un voyage du Levant), he himself having been killed by a carriage in Paris; the road on
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    Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

    The Royal Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (Norwegian: Olje- og energidepartementet) is a Norwegian ministry responsible for energy, including petroleum and natural gas production in the North Sea. It is led by Minister of Petroleum and Energy Ola Borten Moe (Centre Party). The department must report to the legislature, the Storting. The ministry is divided into the following sections: Subordinate government agencies: Wholly owned limited companies: Partially owned public limited companies:
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    PARC Management

    PARC Management, LLC is an operations company based in Jacksonville, Florida, U.S. which operates various parks, attractions, recreation and entertainment venues throughout North America. PARC Management was formed in 2002 to selectively acquire and operate entertainment facilities and parks; it was organized around the operating philosophy and business model initially established by the management team during the development of Alfa SmartParks, Inc., which became the tenth largest theme and water park operator in the world. Acquisitions began in 2007, and today, PARC operates four (4) NASCAR SpeedParks across the United States, Myrtle Waves Water Park, mixed retail and entertainment venues, and other attractions. PARC also offers management and consulting services to third‐party private and governmental owners of entertainment venues. Services include market assessment and concept development, development planning and oversight, pre-opening, operations and turnaround. In joint venture projects, PARC partners with others to jointly develop, own, and operate properties. PARC also provides services to third-party owners, governmental or private entities, who retain full ownership.
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    Quails' Gate Winery

    Quails' Gate Winery

    Quails’ Gate Winery is a Canadian Winery located on the shore of Okanagan Lake in Westbank, British Columbia. Situated in the heart of British Columbia's Okanagan Valley, Quails’ Gate produces over 50,000 cases of wine per year. The entire portfolio of Quails’ Gate wines are best known for their Family Reserve Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Quails' Gate's Wineshop and Old Vines Restaurant are open daily, year round to the public. Quails’ Gate was founded by the Stewarts, one of the Okanagan’s pioneer horticultural families. Richard John Stewart arrived in the Okanagan Valley from County Kildare, Ireland in 1908. He and his 2 brothers purchased several parcels of land and established nurseries. In 1956, his son Richard Stewart acquired the Allison Ranch on which the winery now sits and started planting vines along with fruit orchards. His son Ben, a banker by trade started working at Quails’ Gate in the 1980s. In 1989, the family abandoned the orchards and focused the properties on producing wine, relaunching the business as Quails’ Gate Estate Winery. In 1992, Richards' other son, Tony, left his career as a stockbroker to return to the family business. Tony now runs the business still
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    Samsung Electronics

    Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Korean: 삼성전자, KRX: 005930, KRX: 005935, LSE: SMSN, LSE: SMSD) is a South Korean multinational electronics company headquartered in Suwon, South Korea. It is the flagship subsidiary of the Samsung Group and has been the world's-largest IT company by revenues since 2009. Samsung Electronics has assembly plants and sales networks in 61 countries and employs around 221,000 people. Samsung Electronics is the world's largest mobile phone maker and world's second-largest semiconductor chip maker (after Intel Corporation). It has been the world's largest television manufacturer since 2006 and the world's largest maker of LCD panels for eight consecutive years. It has the largest marketshare worldwide in memory chips. With the introduction of the Samsung Galaxy S mobile phone, the company's smartphone lineup was first place in terms of global sales figures for 2011. Samsung has also established a prominent position in the tablet computer market, with the release of the Android-powered Samsung Galaxy Tab to compete with the iPad from Apple. Samsung Electric Industries was established as a subsidiary of Samsung Group in 1969 in Suwon, South Korea. Its early
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    Shaw Organization

    The Shaw Organisation is a film distribution company and movie theater chain founded by Runme Shaw and Run Run Shaw in 1924 in Singapore. The company managed single-screen cinemas until the late 1980s, when it decided to build cineplexes to give more flexibility in offering different types of films. The first cineplexes built were the Prince and Jade cineplexes in Shaw Towers, opened in February 1988. Soon after, the management undertook their biggest single project to date, the 22-storey Shaw House complex. By August 2000, a computerised ticketing system developed jointly with Singapore Technologies was launched. This system linked all Shaw theatres into a single network for automated telephone credit card purchases. At its height, the company owned movie theaters and amusement parks throughout Singapore, Malaysia and Borneo, and spawned the Shaw Brothers Studio in Hong Kong to feed its then-burgeoning operation. Today, it manages and runs 47 screens in 7 locations in Singapore Shaw Cineplex currently has 7 cinemas at Singapore. The cinemas are listed below.
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