Donor Information. Leo Wood Lubbock, Texas. Leo Wood dropped out of school in the eighth grade and then painted cars at an auto repair shop and hauled wood.
However, when his day jobs ended, he would break and train horses locally in Lubbock. In the 70s and early 80s, Leo was one of the top 10 trainers in the nation.
The legend behind the lack of taxation comes from the Wreck of the Ten Sail , when a British prince was supposedly involved in a shipwreck of the north coast of Grand Cayman. Luckily, a local spotted the shipwreck and swam to his help, rescuing the Prince and his crew. Since that day the Prince declared that in gratitude for his help - the citizens of the country of the Cayman Islands would never pay tax.
Foreign policy is controlled by the United Kingdom, as the islands remain an overseas territory of the United Kingdom. Although in its early days, the Cayman Islands' most important relationships were with Britain and Jamaica , in recent years, as a result of economic dependence, a relationship with the United States has developed.
Though the Cayman Islands is involved in no major international disputes, they have come under some criticism due to the use of their territory for narcotics trafficking and money laundering. In an attempt to address this, the government entered into the Narcotics Agreement of and the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty of with the United States, to reduce the use of their facilities associated with these activities. In more recent years, they have stepped up the fight against money laundering, by limiting banking secrecy, introducing requirements for customer identification and record keeping, and requiring banks to co-operate with foreign investigators.
Due to their status as an overseas territory of the UK, the Cayman Islands has no representation either in the United Nations or in most other international organisations.
George Town is the port capital of Grand Cayman. There are no berthing facilities for cruise ships, but up to four cruise ships can anchor in designated anchorages. The ride from the ship to the terminal is about 5 minutes.
The Cayman Islands Education Department operates state schools. Caymanian children are entitled to free primary and secondary education. Scott High School. Various churches and private foundations operate several private schools.
The college was established in and offers associate's, bachelor's and master's degree programmes. Matthew's University , which includes a medical school and a school of veterinary medicine. Co-situated with University College of the Cayman Islands, it offers both degree programs and continuing education units of various sorts.
The college opened in and is also used as a government research centre. There is a University of the West Indies Open campus in the territory. See Health in the Cayman Islands.
Regular off-shore marine and air patrols are conducted by the RCIP using a small fleet of vessels and a helicopter. The Cayman Islands Fire Service provides fire prevention, fire fighting and rescue. Access to Emergency Services is available using , the Emergency telephone number , the same number as is used in Canada and the United States.
The field surrounded by the track is used for association football matches as well as other field sports. The track stadium holds 3, people. Rugby union is a developing sport, and has its own national men's team , women's team , and Sevens team. The Cayman Islands is a member of the International Cricket Council which they joined in as an Affiliate, before coming an Associate member in The Cayman Islands national cricket team represents the islands in international cricket.
The team has previously played the sport at first-class , List A and Twenty20 level. Squash is popular in the Cayman Islands with a vibrant community of mostly ex-pats playing out of the 7 court South Sound Squash Club. In addition, the women's professional squash association hosts one of their major events each year in an all glass court being set up in Camana Bay. In December , the former Cayman Open will be replaced by the Women's World Championships, the largest tournament in the world.
The top Cayman men's player, Cameron Stafford is No. Other organised sports leagues include softball, beach volleyball, Gaelic football and ultimate frisbee. In the 21st century, skateboarding has become popular among the youth. In February , the first purpose-built track for kart racing in the Cayman Islands was opened.
There is one print newspaper currently in circulation throughout the islands: the Cayman Compass. Local radio stations are broadcast throughout the islands. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. British Overseas Territory in the Caribbean. British Overseas Territory in United Kingdom. British Overseas Territory. Coat of arms. Main article: Geography of the Cayman Islands.
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Some of Disney's various business ventures, including television networks, theme parks, and product lines have also sparked controversy among groups of consumers and media outlets. In , Roy E. Disney , the son of Disney co-founder Roy O. Disney and nephew of Walt Disney , resigned as an executive due to disagreements with his colleagues' decisions at the time.
As he claimed later, "I just felt creatively the company was not going anywhere interesting. It was very stifling. His resignation from the board in , which occurred in the midst of a corporate takeover battle, was the beginning of a series of developments that led to the replacement of company president and CEO Ronald William Miller married to Walt's daughter Diane Marie Disney by Michael Eisner and Frank Wells.
Roy soon returned to the company as vice-chairman of the board of directors and head of the animation department. However, Michael Eisner has been criticized for his management style. The book DisneyWar by James B. Stewart describes some of the following:. In , Roy resigned from his positions as Disney vice chairman and chairman of Walt Disney Feature Animation , accusing Eisner of micromanagement , flops with the ABC television network, timidity in the theme park business, turning The Walt Disney Company into a "rapacious, soul-less" company, and refusing to establish a clear succession plan, as well as a string of box-office movie flops starting in the year Disney's board then gave the chairmanship position to George J.
However, the board did not immediately remove Eisner as chief executive. On March 13, , Eisner announced that he would step down as CEO one year before his contract expired. On September 30, Eisner resigned both as an executive and as a member of the board of directors, and, severing all formal ties with the company, he waived his contractual rights to perks such as the use of a corporate jet and an office at the company's Burbank headquarters.
Eisner's replacement was his longtime assistant, Robert Iger. Over the years many scholars, film critics, and parent groups have been critical of Disney for the stereotypical portrayal of non-white characters, which they attributed to Walt Disney being racist. Since its release in , Disney's Aladdin has been accused of perpetuating racial and ethnic stereotypes of Arabs.
The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee further requested that the word "barbaric" be removed; however, Disney refused this, claiming that the word appeared in all versions of Ashman's text and it referred to the film's desert setting in the altered lyrics.
Don Bustany, president of the ADC's Los Angeles chapter, argued that the existing alterations were "nowhere near adequate, considering the racism depicted in Aladdin A March article published on the ADC's website further criticized Aladdin for depicting the film's protagonists, Aladdin and Jasmine, with light skin and Anglicized features, in contrast to dark-skinned merchants and palace guards who were cruel, greedy, and vicious while featuring Arab accents and distorted facial features.
In , The Walt Disney Company sent a rejection letter to Mary Ford, stating that "girls are not considered" for creative positions. The letter was rediscovered in when Ford's grandson uploaded the image on Flickr. Banks , Streep responded "It must have killed [Disney] to encounter a woman, an equally disdainful and superior creature, a person dismissive of his own considerable gifts and prodigious output and imagination.
The Walt Disney Company has also been criticized for the lack of feminist values seen on the older, original Disney Princesses.
Snow White in particular is under constant criticism for her lack of feminist ideals. Several of Disney's animated feature films have been accused of plagiarizing existing works. Jungle Emperor  and its anime adaptation of the same name in Japan. Alleged similarities in the characters, beginning with the protagonist lion cubs Kimba and Simba , include the evil lions, the one-eyed Claw and Scar, the sage baboons Dan'l Baboon and Rafiki, the animated birds Pauley Cracker and Zazu, and the pair of hyena sidekicks it was a trio in the Disney film.
Matthew Broderick has said that when he was hired as the voice of adult Simba in The Lion King , he presumed the project was related to Kimba the White Lion.
I didn't really know anything about it, but I didn't really care. Disney in July refers to Simba as "Kimba," causing critics to claim that Disney was aware of the similarities. The Lion King director Roger Allers claimed he remained unfamiliar with Kimba throughout production until his movie was nearly completed;  co-director Rob Minkoff also said he was unfamiliar with Kimba. In March , animator Kelly Wilson sued Disney for plagiarism, alleging that the teaser trailer for Frozen was similar to her short film The Snowman.
After four months of legal battling, federal judge Vince Chhabria ruled in Wilson's favor, citing evidence that Disney was aware of The Snowman and "the sequence of both works, from start to finish, is too parallel to conclude that no reasonable juror could find the works substantially similar. In March , a year after the release of Disney's animated film Zootopia , screenwriter and producer Gary Goldman sued Disney, claiming that he had pitched a similar idea to the studio in and again in According to a story in The Hollywood Reporter , Goldman alleged that Disney had stolen the film's title and various artwork from him after he offered the project.
A Disney spokesperson dismissed the accusations, declaring that "Mr. Goldman's lawsuit is riddled with patently false allegations. It is an unprincipled attempt to lay claim to a successful film he didn't create, and we will vigorously defend against it in court.
Controversy was stirred in the Live action remake Beauty and the Beast film, when Bill Condon announced that Lefou would come out as a Gay character and dance with a man named Stanly. As a result a theater in Henagar, Alabama refused to screen the film. Pixar and Disney had disagreements after the production of Toy Story 2. Originally intended as a straight-to-video release and thus not part of Pixar's five-picture deal , the film was eventually upgraded to a theatrical release during production.
Pixar demanded that the film then be counted toward the five-picture agreement, but Disney refused. Though profitable for both, Pixar later complained that the arrangement was not equitable. Pixar was responsible for creation and production, while Disney handled marketing and distribution.
Profits and production costs were split , but Disney exclusively owned all story and sequel rights and also collected a distribution fee. The lack of story and sequel rights was perhaps the most onerous aspect to Pixar and set the stage for a contentious relationship.
The two companies attempted to reach a new agreement in early The new deal would be only for distribution, as Pixar intended to control production and own the resulting film properties themselves. The company also wanted to finance their films on their own and collect percent of the profits, paying Disney only the 10 to 15 percent distribution fee.
Disney considered these conditions unacceptable, but Pixar would not concede. They broke down completely in mid, with Jobs declaring that Pixar was actively seeking partners other than Disney. After a lengthy hiatus, negotiations between the two companies resumed following the departure of Eisner from Disney in September In preparation for potential fallout between Pixar and Disney, Jobs announced in late that Pixar would no longer release movies at the Disney-dictated November time frame, but during the more lucrative early summer months.
An added benefit of delaying Cars was to extend the time frame remaining on the Pixar-Disney contract to see how things would play out between the two companies.
Pending the Disney acquisition of Pixar in , the two companies created a distribution deal for the intended release of Ratatouille , in case the acquisition fell through, to ensure that this one film would still be released through Disney's distribution channels in contrast to the earlier Pixar deal, Ratatouille was to remain a Pixar property and Disney would have received only a distribution fee.
The completion of Disney's Pixar acquisition, however, nullified this distribution arrangement. Formerly a subsidiary of Disney from to , Miramax has come under criticism for its editing, dubbing, and replacing the soundtracks of various foreign films that it releases.
One notable example is Iron Monkey which, though released subtitled, had its subtitles altered to remove the political context of the story, had scenes trimmed and changed for violence and pacing, and had the soundtrack changed, removing the famous Wong Fei Hung theme. Peter Biskind 's book Down and Dirty Pictures details many of Weinstein's dishonest dealings with filmmakers. Under the Weinsteins, Miramax had a history of buying the rights to Asian films , only to sit on them without releasing them for some years.
One example of this is Hero , a Chinese martial arts film. It languished in Miramax's vaults for two years before it was salvaged with the intervention of Quentin Tarantino. Another example is Tears of the Black Tiger , a Thai film originally released in After changing the ending of the film, Tears of the Black Tiger sat in Miramax's vaults for five years until its rights were purchased by Magnolia Pictures in The "no cuts" policy was highlighted when Miramax co-chairman Harvey Weinstein suggested editing the Japanese anime film Princess Mononoke to make it more marketable.
Flesh 'n' Blood. Brooklyn Bridge. The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles. Prequel to the film Raiders of the Lost Ark and its sequels. Flying Blind. Co-production with Sweetum Productions and Viacom Productions. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Based on the series and its spin off. The Untouchables. Based on the movie and its predecessor TV series. The Jon Stewart Show.
Itsy Bitsy Spider. Co-production with Hyperion Animation. The New Price is Right. Co-production with Mark Goodson Productions [N 1]. The Busy World of Richard Scarry. Sister, Sister. Based on the series and its spin-off. The Pursuit of Happiness. Good Company. Produced from —; co-production with Big Ticket Television. Co-production with Cockamamie Productions Based on the movie. The Sentinel. America's Dumbest Criminals. The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer.
The Howie Mandel Show. Higher Ground. The Trouble with Normal. Queen of Swords. That's Life. Some of My Best Friends. Star Trek: Enterprise. Prequel to the TV series Star Trek. Co-production with Steven Bochco Productions. Andy Richter Controls the Universe. Co-distributed with King World Productions. Co-production with Bellisarius Productions. A Minute with Stan Hooper. Unexplained Mysteries. The Insider. Second Time Around. Medical Investigation. Blind Justice.
Co-production with Bayahibe Films Ltd. South Beach. Viacom International has distributed the entire series in separate packages, although the majority of the color CBS episodes Seasons 6—10 are the ones that are syndicated today. Most of the earlier black-and-white shows were not syndicated until they began airing on MeTV on May 29, CBS currently owns the distribution rights to all episodes produced.
The Mary Tyler Moore Show . All in the Family . The Bob Newhart Show . The Rookies . The Price Is Right Nighttime version. International distribution only; produced by Lorimar Productions [N 4]. The Harlem Globetrotters Popcorn Machine. The Blue Knight. The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams . The MacKenzies of Paradise Cove. East of Eden. The Devlin Connection.
Ace Crawford, Private Eye. The Master. Split Second. Adventures of the Little Koala. English dub production with Cinar Films ; originally produced in Japan by Topcraft.
Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures. Father Dowling Mysteries. Finders Keepers. Remote Control. The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! Max Monroe: Loose Cannon. Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. Studio One. The Amos 'n Andy Show. Art Linkletter's House Party. The Red Skelton Show. The Whistler. The Millionaire. The Phil Silvers Show. The Gray Ghost. Have Gun—Will Travel. Perry Mason. Leonard Bernstein's Young People's Concerts.
Border Patrol. The Andy Griffith Show. The Brothers Brannagan. The Defenders. The Dick Van Dyke Show. The Beverly Hillbillies. The Great Adventure. The Baileys of Balboa. The Reporter. Gomer Pyle, U. The Trials of O'Brien. Television owns home entertainment and international distribution rights. Dundee and the Culhane. The Good Guys. Hawaii Five-O. Harlem Globetrotters. Dirty Sally. The Lives of Benjamin Franklin.
An American Portrait. Foley Square. The New Twilight Zone. If Tomorrow Comes. Garbage Pail Kids. The Adventures of Raggedy Ann and Andy. Blue Skies. Distributed for U. Riders in the Sky. The Building. Walker, Texas Ranger. Quinn, Medicine Woman. The Road Home. The Gordon Elliott Show. Under One Roof. Central Park West. Caroline in the City. Nothing Lasts Forever. Promised Land. Studio 28, the first megaplex in the United States, is in Grand Rapids; it reopened in with a seating capacity of 6, In , Grand Rapids was named the No.
Grand Rapids' prominent craft beer culture has continued to garner the city national and international recognition in recent years, making it a destination for increasing numbers of tourists. Post on November 19, ; the chorus continues to perform a variety of music. The Grand Rapids Symphony , founded in , is the largest performing arts organization in Grand Rapids with a roster of about 50 full-time and 30 part-time musicians.
In addition to its own concert series, the orchestra under music director Marcelo Lehninger accompanies productions by Grand Rapids Ballet and Opera Grand Rapids, presenting more than performances a year.
The Grand Rapids chapter organized on November 1, , for quartet singers; it is credited for holding the first society-sanctioned quartet contest in the "Michigan District" now Pioneer District in March Grand Rapids Ballet Company was founded in and is Michigan's only professional ballet company. Opera Grand Rapids, founded in , is the state's longest-running professional company.
A January 21, Newsweek article listed Grand Rapids as a "dying city" because of its drop in population from to The Grand Rapids LipDub, released May 26, was the first-ever citywide lip dub video; film critic Roger Ebert described it as "the greatest music video ever made".
Grand Rapids is also home to Art Prize, the largest art exposition in the U. Art Prize began in with the over , visitors and has since doubled the number of visitors it receives each year.
The Whitecaps won the Championship Series six times , , , , , and had the best regular-season record six times , , , , , It draws participants from around the world; in there were over 22, participants. The Grand Rapids Press is a daily newspaper, while Advance Newspapers publishes a group of weekly papers that provide community-based news.
Gemini Media is a niche, regional publishing company that produces the weekly newspaper Grand Rapids Business Journal ; the magazines Grand Rapids Magazine , Grand Rapids Family and Michigan Blue ; and several other quarterly and annual business-to-business publications. The Rapidian is an online-based citizen journalism project funded by grants from the Knight Foundation and local community foundations. Grand Rapids, combined with nearby Kalamazoo and Battle Creek , was ranked in as the 45th-largest television market in the U.
The Grand Rapids Police Department is tasked with law enforcement in Grand Rapids and has been serving the city since The homicide rate in Grand Rapids was at its highest in the early s, with the highest number of homicides being 34 in Under Michigan law, Grand Rapids is a home rule city and adopted a city charter in providing for the council-manager form of municipal government. Two part-time Commissioners are elected to four-year terms from each of three wards, with half of these seats up for election every two years.
The races—held in odd-numbered years—are formally non-partisan, although the party and other political affiliations of candidates do sometimes come up during the campaign period. The Commission sets policy for the city, and is responsible for hiring the City Manager and other appointed officials. The elected City Comptroller verifies financial policies and budgets are followed and prepares the annual financial report. The part-time Mayor is elected every four years by the city at large, and serves as chair of the Commission, with a vote equal to a Commissioner.
Three-term mayor John H. Logie declined to run for re-election in Logie felt the position should be made full-time, but to avoid the question becoming a referendum on whether he should hold the job full-time, he announced he would not run for re-election.
The city proper and inner-suburbs favor the Democratic Party , while outer-suburbs of Grand Rapids support the Republican Party. Traditionally, Grand Rapids supported the Republican Party.
The city and its suburbs are home to several major donors to the national Republican Party, including the DeVos family and Peter Secchia , former Ambassador to Italy.
The last Republican candidate for President to carry the city was George H. Bush in The first improved road into the city was completed in This road was a private, toll plank road built from Kalamazoo through Wayland. It was a primary route for freight and passengers until about This road connected to other regions via the Michigan Central Railroad at Kalamazoo.
The Detroit and Milwaukee Railroad, which began service in , was the first railroad into the city. This railroad expanded service to Muskegon in I runs along the northern and northeastern sides of the city, linking with Muskegon to the west and Lansing and Detroit , Michigan , to the east I , also named the Gerald R.
Commercial air service to Grand Rapids is provided by Gerald R. Eight passenger airlines and two cargo airlines operate over daily flights to 34 nonstop destinations across the United States. The airport was formerly named Kent County International Airport before gaining its present name in Amtrak provides direct train service to Chicago from the passenger station via the Pere Marquette line.
Grand Rapids has city partnerships with the following cities: . From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other uses, see Grand Rapids disambiguation. City in Michigan, United States. Motu Viget Latin English : "Strength in activity". Main article: History of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
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Here we see a different kind of greed, a nobler but equally destructive version. Again, it is a tale of good people doing bad things within the middle ground of morality but with an updated sensibility and awareness. Little Woods ensures that this slow-and-steady comeback will continue for at least one more leg of the cinematic race.Aug 17, · Leo Lyons lived in Nashville for 15 years working as a staff songwriter for a music company and now resides in Wales. He is currently touring Europe with his latest band Hundred Seventy Split but took time out to talk about his early influences, Woodstock, his career, his music and Alvin Lee.