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Chakib Sbiti is executive vice president of Schlumberger Oilfield Services (OFS).

He studied Electrical Engineering in France and joined Schlumberger in 1981 as a field engineer.

In a speech, Developing Human Resources for the Future Oil & Gas Industry, given at the 2004 SPE Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition, Sbiti reflected on the next generation of oil men and women: Where will tomorrow's workforce come from, how will they be educated.

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Nance Lyons[edit]

Nance Lyons has been practicing employment law in Boston.

The Law Office of Nance Lyons represents plaintiffs and small businesses in personal injury, discrimination, wrongful termination, breach of contract, anti-compete issues and all other employment causes of action.

Practice Areas: Employment, Consumer Protection, Business Disputes, Sexual Abuse, General Torts.

Lyons is a Certified Mediator on employment disputes and serves as a Board Member of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys.

Lyons was also a former assistant to US Senator Robert Kennedy as a member of the Boiler Room Girls.


The almanac is now produced by the World Almanac Education Group, which is owned by The Weekly Reader corporation (WRC Media Inc.). The Almanac is distributed throughout the world by Simon & Schuster.


1868: First edition[edit]

The first edition was published by The New York World newspaper in 1868 (the name of the publication comes from the newspaper itself, which was known as "The World"). Its 120 pages of information touched on such events as the process of Reconstruction and the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson.

1876: Suspended; 1886:Revived by Pulitzer[edit]

Publication was suspended in 1876, but in 1886 newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer, who had purchased The New York World, revived annual publication of the almanac with the intention of making it "a compendium of universal knowledge."

1894,1923: Name changes[edit]

In 1894, The World Almanac changed its name to The World Almanac and Encyclopedia. This was the title it kept until 1923, when it became The World Almanac and Book of Facts, the name it bears today.

1940's: World War II[edit]

During World War II, between 1944 and 1946, at the request of the U.S. Government, the almanac had special print runs of 100,000 to 150,000 copies for distribution to the armed forces.



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Wealthiest Persons[edit]

Forbe's List of billionaires

By Nation[edit]

Germany $41.1B $41.1B Karl and Theo Paul Albrecht Supermarkets
France $31.0B $18.8B Liliane Bettencourt Cosmetics
$12.2B Bernard Arnault Fashion
Russia $25.6B $15.0B Mikhail Khodorkovsky Petroleum
$10.6B Roman Abramovich Oil, Aluminum, Sports
Hong Kong $23.8B $12.4B Li Ka Shing Plastics Real Estate
$11.4B Walter, Thomas & Raymond Kwok Real Estate Telecom Transport
Saudi Arabia $21.5B $21.5B Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Oil
Sweden/Switzerland $18.5B $18.5B Ingvar Kamprad Home Furnishing
Canada $17.2B $17.2B Kenneth Roy Thomson Media
Mexico $13.9B $13.9B Carlos Slim Helú Telecommunications
Italy $10.0B $10.0B Silvio Berlusconi Media, Banks
Spain $9.2B $9.2B Amancio Ortega Fashion
England $8.7B $8.7B The Duke of Westminster Real Estate
India $6.7B $6.7B Azim Premji Food, Technology

US Cabinet[edit]

Secretary of Agriculture[edit]

Alphonso Michael Espy

Secretaries of Commerce[edit]

Secretaries of Education[edit]

Shirley Hufstedler

Lauro Fred Cavazos Jr.

Secretaries of Energy[edit]

No. Name Term of Office President(s) served under Programs / Policies Government Positions Private Sector
1 James R. Schlesinger 19771979 Jimmy Carter Carbon Dioxide Effects and Assessment Program; He has written a number of opinion pieces on global warming, expressing a strongly skeptical position. CIA Director; Defense Secretary; Atomic Energy Commission; Homeland Security Advisory Council; Defense Policy Board; co-chair Defense Science Board study on DOD Energy Strategy Rand Corporation; Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the MITRE Corporation; a Senior Advisor for Lehman Brothers; Publisher of The National Interest; a Director of BNFL, Inc., Peabody Energy, Sandia Corporation, Seven Seas Petroleum Company
2 Charles W. Duncan, Jr. 19791981 Jimmy Carter United States Deputy Secretary of Defense
3 James B. Edwards 19811982 Ronald Reagan U.S. Naval Reserve; Governor of South Carolina Doctor of Dental Medicine; President of the Medical University of South Carolina
4 Donald Paul Hodel 19821985 Ronald Reagan Chairman of the company, which has had a controversial role disseminating push polls for the Economic Freedom Fund. He was known during his tenure as Secretary of the Interior for his controversial "Hodel Policy," which stated that disused dirt roads and footpaths could be considered right-of-ways under RS 2477.

Critics disrupted his efforts to impose a new management policy on a large amount of federal land, and blocked his efforts to create vast new wilderness areas. In spite of these criticisms, the Reagan Administration Secretaries added over two million acres (8,000 km²) to the national wilderness system. The Hodel policy was continued under Manuel Lujan Jr. (1989-93) in the Bush Administration. It was finally rescinded in 1997 by Secretary Bruce Babbitt.

In an article, Hodel wrote, "Throughout President Reagan's eight years, his secretaries of the Interior pursued these objectives within the framework of his and their conviction that America could have both an improving environment and an adequate energy supply. We did not and do not have to choose between them, as some have contended. . . ."

While secretary, Hodel proposed to undertake a study on the removal of the O'Shaugnessy Dam in Yosemite National Park, and the restoration of Hetch Hetchy Valley, a smaller, but inundated version of Yosemite Valley. Senator Diane Feinstein, former mayor of San Francisco, which owns the dam, however, opposed the study and had it quashed.

Secretary of the Interior
5 John S. Herrington 19851989 Ronald Reagan
6 James D. Watkins 19891993 George H. W. Bush
7 19931997 Bill Clinton
8 19971998 Bill Clinton
9 Bill Richardson 19982001 Bill Clinton
10 20012005 George W. Bush
11 Samuel Bodman 2005–present George W. Bush

Secretaries of Health and Human Services[edit]

Donna Esther Shalala

Secretaries of Housing and Urban Development[edit]

Carla Anderson Hills

Secretaries of the Interior[edit]

Secretaries of Labor[edit]

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