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Florence Nightingale (1820-1910), reformer of English nursing, received the Order of Merit for her tireless efforts during the Crimean War. She was the first female recipient of this honor. She is celebrated as an English social reformer and statistician, and the founder of modern nursing.

Bob Marley, OM (born Nesta Robert Marley), Jamaican singer-songwriter & musician, recipient of the Jamaican Order of Merit, and rhythm guitarist & lead singer for the ska, rocksteady & reggae bands The Wailers and Bob Marley & The Wailers. His music was influenced by the social issues of Jamaica, giving a voice to political and cultural issues. He remains the most widely known & revered performer of reggae, and helped spread Jamaican music and the Rastafarian movement worldwide. R.I.P.

Tuigamala Va'aiga Lealuga Tuigamala II. Born 1969. "Inga the Winger" All Black 1989-1993. Toa Samoa League 1994-1995. Wigan Rugby League 1994-1996. Manu Samoa 1996-2002. Member of NZ Order of Merit, Service to Community and Sport 2008. Pacific Island Community Spokesman and Leader. Funeral Director at View Rd, Henderson. Waitakere City Walkway of Fame. Read more at'aiga_Tuigamala

Queen Letizia of Spain Photos Photos: Gala Dinner at the Royal Palace in Madrid

Queen Letizia of Spain Photos: Gala Dinner at the Royal Palace in Madrid

Large amounts of wind and solar drive down market prices a phenomenon known as the merit order effect. And if wind and solar producers are dependent on those market prices for their income, they will also drive down their own revenues. In other words, the more wind and solar we have, the less [ ] The post Do We Really Need Solar That’s Too Cheap to Meter? appeared first on

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President Dwight D. Eisenhower was the first sitting U.S. President to host Queen Elizabeth. Here she stands with Eisenhower at the White House State banquet he held in her honor on Oct. 20, 1957, in Washington. Eisenhower is wearing the British Order of Merit awarded him by King George VI after World War II.