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          Kαθηλώνονται στο έδαφος όλα τα Boeing 737 Max 8 στην Ευρωπαϊκή Ενωση      Cache   Translate Page      

Η Υπηρεσία Ασφάλειας Πτήσεων της Ευρωπαϊκής Ενωσης αποφάσισε να καθηλώσει στο έδαφος όλα τα αεροσκάφη τύπου Boeing 737 Max, όπως μετέδωσε σε μία σύντομη είδηση με την ένδειξη «επείγον» το πρακτορείο Reuters.

To διεθνές πρακτορείο μεταδίδει ταυτόχρονα, ότι μετά την Βρετανία, η Γερμανία και η Γαλλία προσχωρούν στην ομάδα των χωρών που διακόπτουν τις πτήσεις του συγκεκριμένου τύπου αεροσκάφους, μετά το τραγικό δυστύχημα στην Αιθιοπία με θύματα 157 επιβάτες. 

Η αμερικανική εταιρεία Boeing αντέδρασε δηλώνοντας ότι κατανοεί τις αποφάσεις αυτές, ωστόσο διατηρεί «απόλυτη εμπιστοσύνη» στις προδιαγραφές ασφαλείας του 737 Μax.

Η τραγωδία στην Αιθιοπία ήταν η δεύτερη μέσα σε πέντε μήνες με πτώση του ίδιου τύπου αεροσκάφους, αφού προηγήθηκε δυστύχημα υπό ανάλογες συνθήκες στην Ινδονησία, όπου έχασαν τη ζωή τους 189 επιβάτες πτήσης της Lion Air.

 

Μπαράζ αποφάσεων για διακοπή πτήσεων του 737 Max 

Η συντριβή του 737 Max 8 της Ethiopian Airlines κοντά στην Αντίς Αμπέμπα, τέσσερις μήνες μετά από παρόμοιο δυστύχημα στο ίδιο μοντέλο αεροσκάφους της Lion Air στη Ινδονησία, οδήγησε πολλές χώρες και εταιρείες να καθηλώσουν στο έδαφος αυτό το αεροσκάφος μεσαίων αποστάσεων.

 

Οι χώρες που απαγορεύουν στις εταιρείες τους να πετούν τα Boeing 737 Max 8

Αυστρία

Κλείνει από τα μεσάνυχτα ο εναέριος χώρος της Αυστρίας για αεροσκάφη τύπου Boeing 737 Max 8, όπως ανακοίνωσε απόψε το αυστριακό υπουργείο Συγκοινωνιών στη Βιέννη.

Σύμφωνα με την ανακοίνωση, την σχετική απόφαση έλαβε νωρίτερα ο υπουργός Συγκοινωνιών της χώρας Νόρμπερτ Χόφερ, ενώ ανάλογες αποφάσεις, για κλείσιμο του εθνικού εναερίου χώρου τους, είχαν προηγηθεί από τη Γαλλία, τη Γερμανία, την Ιρλανδία, την Ιταλία, την Ολλανδία και τη Βρετανία, οι οποίες έκλεισαν πλήρως τον εναέριο χώρο τους για αυτόν τον τύπο αεροσκαφών.

Ο Αυστριακός υπουργός Συγκοινωνιών, στο περιθώριο συνέντευξης Τύπου το μεσημέρι και απαντώντας σε σχετικές ερωτήσεις, είχε παραπέμψει εκ νέου στην αρμοδιότητα της EASA, επισημαίνοντας πως εν τούτοις στην Αυστρία ελέγχεται συγκεκριμένα πάντα κάθε επιμέρους αεροσκάφος.

Τουρκία

Η Τουρκία ανέστειλε τις πτήσεις των αεροσκαφών Boeing 737 Max 8 και 9 ως «προληπτικό μέτρο», γνωστοποίησαν σήμερα αξιωματούχοι. Σε μια ανακοίνωση, το υπουργείο Μεταφορών και Υποδομών τονίζει ότι τα δύο μοντέλα αεροσκαφών ενεπλάκησαν σε δύο διαφορετικά δυστυχήματα τους τελευταίους πέντε μήνες.

Η απόφαση αναστολής θα εφαρμοστεί μέχρι νεωτέρας, προστίθεται στην ανακοίνωση. Από την πλευρά του, ο τουρκικός αερομεταφορέας Turkish Airlines ανακοίνωσε ότι σταμάτησε τις πτήσεις των 12 αεροσκαφών τύπου Boeing 737 Max.

Ο Μπιλάλ Εκσί, ο διευθύνων σύμβουλος της εταιρείας, αναφέρει σε ένα tweet ότι τα αεροσκάφη θα αποσυρθούν από τις εμπορικές πτήσεις από τη 13η Μαρτίου.

Κίνα

Η Κινεζική Υπηρεσία Αεροπορίας ζήτησε από τις κινεζικές αεροπορικές εταιρείες να διακόψουν τις πτήσεις των Boeing 737 Max 8 μέχρι να υπάρξει επιβεβαίωση από τις αμερικανικές αρχές και την Boeing ότι έχουν ληφθεί μέτρα που διασφαλίζουν την αποτελεσματικότητα και την ασφάλεια των πτήσεων.

Μεταξύ των κινεζικών εταιρειών που διαθέτουν αυτό το μοντέλο αεροσκάφους είναι οι Air China, Hainan Airlines και Shanghai Airlines.

Ινδονησία

Οι ινδονησιακές αρχές αποφάσισαν να απαγορεύσουν προσωρινά τις πτήσεις των αεροσκαφών αυτών που ανήκουν στις εταιρείες Lion Air και Garuda.

Νότια Κορέα

Το υπουργείο Μεταφορών ανακοίνωσε την καθήλωση των αεροσκαφών της Easter μέχρι την πραγματοποίηση των αναγκαίων ελέγχων.

Μογγολία

Οι αρχές απαγόρευσαν την πτήση του 737 MAX 8 της Mongolian Airlines

Σιγκαπούρη

Η αρχή πολιτικής αεροπορίας της Σιγκαπούρης ανακοίνωσε την Τρίτη ότι απαγορεύει μέχρι νεοτέρας την είσοδο όλων των αεροσκαφών Boeing 737 MAX στον εναέριο χώρο της πόλης-κράτους της Ασίας.

Η αρχή ενημέρωσε ότι «αναστέλλει προσωρινά» από τις 14:00 τοπική ώρα (06:00 ώρα Ελλάδας) τις πτήσεις «όλων των τύπων του μοντέλου Boeing 737 MAX προς και από τη Σιγκαπούρη», μετά «τα δύο θανατηφόρα δυστυχήματα στα οποία ενεπλάκησαν 737 MAX μέσα σε λιγότερους από πέντε μήνες», με ανακοίνωση που έδωσε στη δημοσιότητα.

Η αναστολή αφορά την εταιρεία , καθώς και τις China Southern Airlines (Κίνα), Garuda (Ινδονησία), Shandong Airlines (Κίνα) και Lion Air (Ινδονησία, και τη θυγατρική της στην Ταϊλάνδη).

Αυστραλία

Η υπηρεσία ασφάλειας πολιτικής αεροπορίας της Αυστραλίας ανέστειλε όλες τις πτήσεις από και προς την χώρα των αεροσκαφών τύπου Boeing Co 737 MAX μετά τα πολύνεκρα αεροπορικά δυστυχήματα στην Ινδονησία και την Αιθιοπία, στα οποία εμπλέκεται το τελευταίο αυτό μοντέλο της αμερικανικής εταιρείας.

«Πρόκειται για μια προσωρινή αναστολή ενώ αναμένουμε περισσότερες πληροφορίες για την αναθεώρηση των κινδύνων ασφαλείας των συνεχιζόμενων πτήσεων του Boeing 737 MAX προς και από την Αυστραλία», αναφέρει σε ανακοίνωσή του ο διευθύνων σύμβουλος της υπηρεσίας ασφαλείας πολιτικής αεροπορίας, Σέιν Καρμόντι.

Η απόφαση της Αυστραλίας επηρεάζει μόνο τις εταιρείες Singapore Airlines, Silk Air και Fiji Airways καθώς προς το παρόν καμία αυστραλιανή αεροπορική εταιρεία δεν διαθέτει αυτό το μοντέλο στον στόλο της.

Βιετνάμ

Ο διευθυντής της υπηρεσίας ασφάλειας πολιτικής αεροπορίας του Βιετνάμ, Ντιν Βιέτ Θανγκ, δήλωσε ότι οι βιετναμέζικες αεροπορικές εταιρείες δεν θα χρησιμοποιήσουν αυτό το μοντέλο αεροσκάφους της Μπόινγκ. Ο ίδιος είπε ότι η Υπηρεσία αποφάσισε να μην χορηγήσει άδεια πτήσης σε Boeing 737 Max μέχρι να αποσαφηνιστεί η αιτία του δυστυχήματος και μέχρι η Αμερικανική Ομοσπονδιακή Διοίκηση Αεροπορίας να ανακοινώσει ποια μέτρα πρόκειται να λάβει.

Οι εταιρείες που ακινητοποιούν τα αεροσκάφη τους:

Ethiopian Airlines (Αιθιοπία) , Comair (Νότια Αφρική), Cayman Airways (Νησιά Κέιμαν), Aeroméxico (Μεξικό).

Οι περισσότερες εταιρείες συνεχίζουν να χρησιμοποιούν τα Boeing 737 MAX 8

Norwegian (Νορβηγία), Air Italy (Ιταλία), Icelandair (Ισλανδία), Southwest (ΗΠΑ), American Airlines (ΗΠΑ), S7 Airlines (Ρωσία), Turkish Airlines (Τουρκία), Air Canada (Καναδάς), Westjet (Καναδάς), Aeromexico (Μεξικό), Aerolinas Argentinas (Αργεντινή), GOL Airlines (Βραζιλία), SilkAir (Σιγκαπούρη), Spicejet (Ινδία), Jet Airways (Ινδία), flydubai (Ντουμπάι), LOT (Πολωνία), TUIfly.

Να σημειωθεί ότι η υπουργός Μεταφορών των Ηνωμένων Πολιτειών Ιλέιν Τσάο ανακοίνωσε την Κυριακή ότι οι αμερικανικές ρυθμιστικές αρχές εξετάζουν «με μεγάλη προσοχή» τις μοιραίες συντριβές των δύο αεροσκαφών Boeing Co 737 MAX 8.

Η Ιλέιν Τσάο δήλωσε ότι συναντήθηκε με τον επικεφαλής της Ομοσπονδιακής Υπηρεσίας Αεροπορίας για την εξέταση τόσο της συντριβής του αεροσκάφους της Ethiopian Airlines, όσο και της συντριβής του αεροσκάφους της Lion Air τον Οκτώβριο και για την αναζήτηση της ενδεδειγμένης πορείας... «Θέλω να διαβεβαιώσω το κοινό ότι αντιμετωπίζουμε αυτά τα περιστατικά, αυτά τα δυστυχήματα, με πολύ μεγάλη σοβαρότητα», είπε.

Η εταιρεία Boeing βρέθηκε σήμερα σε δίνη μετά την συντριβή του 737 MAX 8 της Ethiopian Airlines που οδήγησε πολλές χώρες, ανάμεσά τους η Κίνα, να καθηλώσουν στο έδαφος το μοντέλο που αποτελεί την ναυαρχίδα της αμερικανικής εταιρείας.

Στο μέσον της ημέρας στην Wall Street, η μετοχή τη Boeing είχε κάπως ανακάμψει στο -7,04%, μετά την αρχική της ραγδαία πτώση στο -10%.


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The global exploration and production (E&P) software market has been segmented as below:

Global Exploration and Production (E&P) Software Market, by Deployment Type

On-premise Software

Cloud-based Software

Global Exploration and Production (E&P) Software Market, by Operation Type

On-shore

Off-shore

Global Exploration and Production (E&P) Software Market, by Software Type

Risk Management Mapping

Seismic Amplitude Analysis

Portfolio Aggregation

Performance Tracking

Navigation System

Resource Valuation

Reservoir Characterization

Reservoir Simulation

Drilling

Production

Global Exploration and Production (E&P) Software Market, by Region

North America

U.S.

Canada

Rest of North America

Europe

Germany

France

The U.K.

Italy

Spain

Rest of Europe

Asia Pacific

China

India

Japan

Australia

Rest of Asia Pacific

Middle East & Africa

The UAE

Saudi Arabia

South Africa

Rest of Middle East & Africa

South America

Brazil

Rest of South America

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Key Segments

By Component

Hardware Infrastructure

IT Infrastructure

Server

Storage

Network Switch

Network Router

Others

Surveillance Infrastructure

Camera

Monitors

Access Control Infrastructure

Biometric Readers

Card-Based Readers

Electronic Locks

Alarms

Others

Security Lighting

Software Infrastructure

Software

Prisoner Information Management

Prison Document Management

Prisoner Movement Management

Prisoner Cash Management

Other Software

Services

Installation and Deployment Service

Training Services

Professional Service

By Application

Video Surveillance

Intrusion Detection

Access Control

Alarms & Notification

Prison Administration

Prisoner Information Management

Others

Key Regions

North America

U.S.

Canada

Latin America

Brazil

Mexico

Rest of Latin America

Europe

Germany

U.K.

France

Spain

Italy

Russia

Rest of Europe

SEA & Others of APAC

India

Indonesia

Philippines

Thailand

Malaysia

Oceania

Rest of SEA

China

Japan

MEA

GCC Countries

Turkey

South Africa

North Africa

Rest of MEA

Key Companies

Axis Communications AB

Bosch Security and Safety Systems

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Fujitsu

Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.

IBM Corporation

Montgomery Technology, Inc.

NEC Corporation

Thales Group

Tyler Technologies Inc.

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          Lyon-Turin tunnel: a strategic key project for France, Italy and Europe      Cache   Translate Page      
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Lyon-Turin tunnel: a strategic key project for France, Italy and Europe

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has asked France and the European Union to rediscuss the plans for a Lyon-Turin rail link and the distribution of costs. France holds firm in its belief that the planned rail link is worthwhile.
 
The Government has taken note of the Italian government's concerns over the planned Lyon-Turin link. For its part, France remains convinced that this flagship project is wholly of interest for trade and movements between our two nations and for Europe.

Backed by France and Italy for almost three decades already, the Lyon-Turin rail link is underpinned by a bilateral treaty ratified in 2017, and has secured European funding for 40% of the budget for building the cross-border tunnel. France reiterates its commitment to honour the pledges made and the project delivery dates.

Building of the cross-border tunnel and its French access points has been included in the investment planning outlined in the framework mobility bill. The Minister for Transport has also set an in-depth work process in motion with the local authorities for the delivery of the French access points.

France has always respected the Italian government's wishes to engage in discussions on this project, and is naturally open to holding talks between partners.

During this discussion phase, at the next Board meeting of TELT (Tunnel Euralpin Lyon Turin) France is in favour of launching the notifications for calls for applications necessary for work on the tunnel to continue. This will make it possible both to allow for the discussion period Italy wants and to maintain European funding.
 

          Global Specialty Fibers Market Is Grow at a CAGR of 14.2% and Expected to Reach USD 46.90 Billion by 2026 from USD 14.19 Billion in 2017      Cache   Translate Page      

Lewes, DE -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/12/2019 -- Global Specialty Fibers market is expected to grow from $14.19 billion in 2017 to reach $46.90 billion by 2026 with a CAGR of 14.2%. Factors such as growing demand of light weight and high strength composite materials, increasing need of optical fiber cables and expansion of electronic industry, high strength to weight ratio of specialty fibers and Excellent mechanical properties, durability and thermal stability are some of the factors driving the market growth.

Based on Type, Carbon Fiber segment is estimated to have a substantial growth during the forecast period due to its high strength to weight ratio and growing demand from automotive and aerospace industries is expected to drive the market.

Some of the key players in the Specialty Fibers market include Dupont, 3M Company, Nv Bekaert Sa, Sgl Group, Dsm N.V., Teijin, Evonik Fibres Gmbh, Huvis, KOLON Industries, Shenma Industrial, Yantai Tayho Advanced materials, Kamenskvolokno JSC and Umeco Plc.

Types Covered:
- Partially Oxidized Polyacrylonitrile Fibers
- Polybenzimidazole (Pbi) Fibers
- Carbon Fibers
- Aramid Fibers
- Ultra-High-Molecular-Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) Fiber
- Other Types

Applications Covered:
- Reinforcement Materials
- Aerospace
- Commercial Marine
- Friction and Sealing Materials
- Security
- Body Armor & Helmet
- Sports Materials
- Tire
- Other Applications

Regions Covered:
- North America
US
Canada
Mexico

- Europe
Germany
UK
Italy
France
Spain
Rest of Europe

- Asia Pacific
Japan
China
India
Australia
New Zealand
South Korea
Rest of Asia Pacific

- South America
Argentina
Brazil
Chile
Rest of South America

- Middle East & Africa
Saudi Arabia
UAE
Qatar
South Africa
Rest of Middle East & Africa

What our report offers:
- Market share assessments for the regional and country level segments
- Market share analysis of the top industry players
- Strategic recommendations for the new entrants
- Market forecasts for a minimum of 9 years of all the mentioned segments, sub segments and the regional markets
- Market Trends (Drivers, Constraints, Opportunities, Threats, Challenges, Investment Opportunities, and recommendations)
- Strategic recommendations in key business segments based on the market estimations
- Competitive landscaping mapping the key common trends.
- Company profiling with detailed strategies, financials, and recent developments
- Supply chain trends mapping the latest technological advancements.

Spanning over 159 pages "Specialty Fibers - Global Market Outlook (2017-2026)" report covers Executive Summary, Preface, Market Trend Analysis, Porters Five Force Analysis, Global Specialty Fibers Market, By Type, Global Specialty Fibers Market, By Application, Global Specialty Fibers Market, By Geography, Key Developments, Company Profiling. This report Covered Companies - Dupont, 3M Company, Nv Bekaert Sa, Sgl Group, Dsm N.V., Teijin, Evonik Fibres Gmbh, Huvis, KOLON Industries, Shenma Industrial, Yantai Tayho Advanced materials, Kamenskvolokno JSC, Umeco Plc.

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          Global Vacuum Coating Machines Market 2019 by Manufacturers, Regions, Type and Application, Forecast to 2024; New Report Launched      Cache   Translate Page      

Lewes, DE -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/12/2019 -- This report studies the Vacuum Coating Machines market.

When coating materials are heated in vacuum, they are evaporated and formed as thin films on substrate surfaces. Such processes are called vacuum coating.

Vacuum deposition or vacuum coating is a family of processes used to deposit layers of material atom-by-atom or molecule-by-molecule on a solid surface. These processes operate at pressures well below atmospheric pressure. The deposited layers can range from a thickness of one atom up to millimeters, forming freestanding structures. Multiple layers of different materials can be used, for example to form optical coatings. The process can be qualified based on the vapor source; physical vapor deposition uses a liquid or solid source and chemical vapor deposition uses a chemical vapor.

The machines or systems used to perform vacuum coating are the main focus of this report.

Scope of the Report:
Middle Atlantic ranks the top in terms of market size of Vacuum Coating Machines within USA, it consists of 21.30% of the national market in 2016. West comes the second, with 20.20% of the USA market. South, SouthWest, New England, MidWest together consists of 58.50% of the USA Vacuum Coating Machines market in the same year.

Applied Materials ranks the first in terms of revenue share in USA market of Vacuum Coating Machines, occupies 35.52% of the USA market share in 2016; While, Veeco Instruments, with a market share of 8.46%, comes the second; All the other manufacturers which are not included in the report together consist of approximately 31.79% of the USA market in 2016.

This report focuses on the Vacuum Coating Machines in global market, especially in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific, South America, Middle East and Africa. This report categorizes the market based on manufacturers, regions, type and application.

Market Segment by Manufacturers, this report covers
Applied Materials
ULVAC
Buhler Leybold Optics
Shincron
AIXTRON
Von Ardenne
Veeco Instruments
Evatec
Optorun
Jusung Engineering
Showa Shinku
IHI
BOBST
Hanil Vacuum
Lung Pine Vacuum
Denton Vacuum
Mustang Vacuum Systems
CVD Equipment Corporation
Hongda Vacuum
SKY Technology
HCVAC
ZHEN HUA

Market Segment by Regions, regional analysis covers
North America (United States, Canada and Mexico)
Europe (Germany, France, UK, Russia and Italy)
Asia-Pacific (China, Japan, Korea, India and Southeast Asia)
South America (Brazil, Argentina, Colombia etc.)
Middle East and Africa (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt, Nigeria and South Africa)

Market Segment by Type, covers
Vacuum Evaporation Coating Machine
Vacuum Sputtering Coating Machine
Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) Coating Machine
Others

Market Segment by Applications, can be divided into
Automotive
Electronics
Packaging
Optical & Glass
Others

The content of the study subjects, includes a total of 15 chapters:
Chapter 1, to describe Vacuum Coating Machines product scope, market overview, market opportunities, market driving force and market risks.
Chapter 2, to profile the top manufacturers of Vacuum Coating Machines, with price, sales, revenue and global market share of Vacuum Coating Machines in 2017 and 2018.
Chapter 3, the Vacuum Coating Machines competitive situation, sales, revenue and global market share of top manufacturers are analyzed emphatically by landscape contrast.
Chapter 4, the Vacuum Coating Machines breakdown data are shown at the regional level, to show the sales, revenue and growth by regions, from 2014 to 2019.
Chapter 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9, to break the sales data at the country level, with sales, revenue and market share for key countries in the world, from 2014 to 2019.
Chapter 10 and 11, to segment the sales by type and application, with sales market share and growth rate by type, application, from 2014 to 2019.
Chapter 12, Vacuum Coating Machines market forecast, by regions, type and application, with sales and revenue, from 2019 to 2024.
Chapter 13, 14 and 15, to describe Vacuum Coating Machines sales channel, distributors, customers, research findings and conclusion, appendix and data source.

Spanning over 136 pages "Global Vacuum Coating Machines Market 2019 by Manufacturers, Regions, Type and Application, Forecast to 2024" report covers Market Overview, Manufacturers Profiles, Global Vacuum Coating Machines Sales, Revenue, Market Share and Competition by Manufacturer (2017-2018), Global Vacuum Coating Machines Market Analysis by Regions, North America Vacuum Coating Machines by Country, Europe Vacuum Coating Machines by Country, Asia-Pacific Vacuum Coating Machines by Country, South America Vacuum Coating Machines by Country, Middle East and Africa Vacuum Coating Machines by Countries, Global Vacuum Coating Machines Market Segment by Type, Global Vacuum Coating Machines Market Segment by Application, Vacuum Coating Machines Market Forecast (2019-2024), Sales Channel, Distributors, Traders and Dealers, Research Findings and Conclusion, Appendix. This report Covered Companies few are - Applied Materials, ULVAC, Buhler Leybold Optics, Shincron, AIXTRON, Von Ardenne, Veeco Instruments, Evatec, Optorun, Jusung Engineering, Showa Shinku, IHI.

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          Global Tobacco and Hookah Market Growth 2019-2024 Market Report; Launched via MarketResearchReports.com      Cache   Translate Page      

Lewes, DE -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/12/2019 -- Hookah tobacco (also known as waterpipe tobacco, maassel, shisha, narghile, or argileh) is smoked with a hookah (waterpipe). Hookah tobacco comes in different flavors, such as apple, mint, cherry, chocolate, coconut, licorice, cappuccino, and watermelon.

The hookah tobacco market is very concerted market; the revenue of top eight manufacturers accounts about 86% of the total revenue in 2016. The high-end products mainly come from USA and Middle East.

Geographically, the US hookah tobacco market has been segmented into Pacific, South Atlantic, Northeast, East North Central, West South Central and other. The Pacific region held the largest share in the US products market, its revenue of the market exceeds 24% in 2016.

In particular, this report presents the global market share (sales and revenue) of key companies in Tobacco and Hookah business, shared in Chapter 3.

This report presents a comprehensive overview, market shares, and growth opportunities of Tobacco and Hookah market by product type, application, key manufacturers and key regions and countries.

This study considers the Tobacco and Hookah value and volume generated from the sales of the following segments:

Segmentation by product type: breakdown data from 2014 to 2019, in Section 2.3; and forecast to 2024 in section 11.7.
Fruit Flavor
Mixed Flavor
Herbal Flavor

Segmentation by application: breakdown data from 2014 to 2019, in Section 2.4; and forecast to 2024 in section 11.8.
Offline Sales
Online Sales

This report also splits the market by region: Breakdown data in Chapter 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8.
Americas
United States
Canada
Mexico
Brazil
APAC
China
Japan
Korea
Southeast Asia
India
Australia
Europe
Germany
France
UK
Italy
Russia
Spain
Middle East & Africa
Egypt
South Africa
Israel
Turkey
GCC Countries

The report also presents the market competition landscape and a corresponding detailed analysis of the major vendor/manufacturers in the market. The key manufacturers covered in this report: Breakdown data in in Chapter 3.
Starbuzz
Fantasia
Al Fakher
Social Smoke
Alchemist Tobacco
Al-Tawareg Tobacco
Haze Tobacco
Fumari

In addition, this report discusses the key drivers influencing market growth, opportunities, the challenges and the risks faced by key manufacturers and the market as a whole. It also analyzes key emerging trends and their impact on present and future development.

Research objectives
To study and analyze the global Tobacco and Hookah consumption (value & volume) by key regions/countries, product type and application, history data from 2014 to 2018, and forecast to 2024.
To understand the structure of Tobacco and Hookah market by identifying its various subsegments.
Focuses on the key global Tobacco and Hookah manufacturers, to define, describe and analyze the sales volume, value, market share, market competition landscape, SWOT analysis and development plans in next few years.
To analyze the Tobacco and Hookah with respect to individual growth trends, future prospects, and their contribution to the total market.
To share detailed information about the key factors influencing the growth of the market (growth potential, opportunities, drivers, industry-specific challenges and risks).
To project the consumption of Tobacco and Hookah submarkets, with respect to key regions (along with their respective key countries).
To analyze competitive developments such as expansions, agreements, new product launches, and acquisitions in the market.
To strategically profile the key players and comprehensively analyze their growth strategies.

Spanning over 135 pages "Global Tobacco and Hookah Market Growth 2019-2024" report covers Scope of the Report, Executive Summary, Global Tobacco and Hookah by Players, Tobacco and Hookah by Regions, Market Drivers, Challenges and Trends, Marketing, Distributors and Customer, Global Tobacco and Hookah Market Forecast, Key Players Analysis, Research Findings and Conclusion.

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          Global Linear Vibration Motor Is Expected to Grow at a CAGR of 0.4% and Reach 1 Million USD in 2024; Finds New Report      Cache   Translate Page      

Lewes, DE -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/12/2019 -- Linear Vibration Motor is a form of electric motor in which the stator and the rotor are linear and parallel. It can be used in a wide range of products, like cellphones, loudspeakers, game devices, GPS, and so on. Linear vibrator motors are also the main actuators for haptic feedback which is an inexpensive way to increase a product's value, and differentiate it from competition.

Scope of the Report:
Linear vibration motor is a huge market, and this industry continuously increases, with the development of global economy.

China is the largest market of linear vibration motor, which occupies average 80 percent of global Linear vibration motor procedures per year. Other main regions which take important part in this industry include Japan and South Korea.

According to the research, the most potential market in the main countries of linear vibration motor industry is China, determined by its rapid growth of number of procedures. Besides, Japan, South Korea should also be focused by the investors.

The linear Vibration Motor market is consolidated in nature. Various players are adopting competitive strategies such as collaborations, acquisitions and capitalizing untapped opportunities in the emerging economies of India and China, to sustain and gain market penetrartion across the globe. Some key players of this market include Nidec, AAC Technologies, Samsung, KOTL, Sanyo, DMEGC, JAHWA.

The worldwide market for Linear Vibration Motor is expected to grow at a CAGR of roughly 0.4% over the next five years, will reach 1 million US$ in 2024, from 1 million US$ in 2019, according to a new study.

This report focuses on the Linear Vibration Motor in global market, especially in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific, South America, Middle East and Africa. This report categorizes the market based on manufacturers, regions, type and application.

Market Segment by Manufacturers, this report covers
Nidec
AAC Technologies
Samsung
KOTL
Sanyo
DMEGC
JAHWA

Market Segment by Regions, regional analysis covers
North America (United States, Canada and Mexico)
Europe (Germany, France, UK, Russia and Italy)
Asia-Pacific (China, Japan, Korea, India and Southeast Asia)
South America (Brazil, Argentina, Colombia etc.)
Middle East and Africa (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt, Nigeria and South Africa)

Market Segment by Type, covers
Moving-coil Type
Moving-iron Type
Moving-magnet Type

Market Segment by Applications, can be divided into
Cellphone
Loudspeaker
Game device

The content of the study subjects, includes a total of 15 chapters:
Chapter 1, to describe Linear Vibration Motor product scope, market overview, market opportunities, market driving force and market risks.
Chapter 2, to profile the top manufacturers of Linear Vibration Motor, with price, sales, revenue and global market share of Linear Vibration Motor in 2017 and 2018.
Chapter 3, the Linear Vibration Motor competitive situation, sales, revenue and global market share of top manufacturers are analyzed emphatically by landscape contrast.
Chapter 4, the Linear Vibration Motor breakdown data are shown at the regional level, to show the sales, revenue and growth by regions, from 2014 to 2019.
Chapter 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9, to break the sales data at the country level, with sales, revenue and market share for key countries in the world, from 2014 to 2019.
Chapter 10 and 11, to segment the sales by type and application, with sales market share and growth rate by type, application, from 2014 to 2019.
Chapter 12, Linear Vibration Motor market forecast, by regions, type and application, with sales and revenue, from 2019 to 2024.
Chapter 13, 14 and 15, to describe Linear Vibration Motor sales channel, distributors, customers, research findings and conclusion, appendix and data source.

Spanning over 119 pages "Global Linear Vibration Motor Market 2019 by Manufacturers, Regions, Type and Application, Forecast to 2024" report covers Market Overview, Manufacturers Profiles, Global Linear Vibration Motor Sales, Revenue, Market Share and Competition by Manufacturer (2017-2018), Global Linear Vibration Motor Market Analysis by Regions, North America Linear Vibration Motor by Country, Europe Linear Vibration Motor by Country, Asia-Pacific Linear Vibration Motor by Country, South America Linear Vibration Motor by Country, Middle East and Africa Linear Vibration Motor by Countries, Global Linear Vibration Motor Market Segment by Type, Global Linear Vibration Motor Market Segment by Application, Linear Vibration Motor Market Forecast (2019-2024), Sales Channel, Distributors, Traders and Dealers, Research Findings and Conclusion, Appendix. This report Covered Companies - Nidec, AAC Technologies, Samsung, KOTL, Sanyo, DMEGC, JAHWA.

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          Global Laser Coding and Marking Equipment Market Will Grow at a CAGR 8.1% and Reach USD 2880 Million by 2024; Finds New Report      Cache   Translate Page      

Lewes, DE -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/12/2019 -- Laser Coding and marking equipment are machines that print production date, barcode, trade mark and other product information on product surfaces and packages. Laser Coding and marking equipment are widely used in industrial fields such as Packaging, Electronics & Microelectronics, Medical and further constructions.

Europe has the largest global export quantity and manufacturers in Laser Coding and Marking Equipment market, while the North America is the second sales volume market for Laser Coding and Marking Equipment in 2017.

According to this study, over the next five years the Laser Coding and Marking Equipment market will register a 8.1% CAGR in terms of revenue, the global market size will reach US$ 2880 million by 2024, from US$ 1810 million in 2019. In particular, this report presents the global market share (sales and revenue) of key companies in Laser Coding and Marking Equipment business, shared in Chapter 3.

This report presents a comprehensive overview, market shares, and growth opportunities of Laser Coding and Marking Equipment market by product type, application, key manufacturers and key regions and countries.

This study considers the Laser Coding and Marking Equipment value and volume generated from the sales of the following segments:

Segmentation by product type: breakdown data from 2014 to 2019, in Section 2.3; and forecast to 2024 in section 11.7.
Fiber Laser
CO2 Laser
UV Laser
Others (YAG Laser, etc.)

Segmentation by application: breakdown data from 2014 to 2019, in Section 2.4; and forecast to 2024 in section 11.8.
Automotive
Aerospace
Machine Tool
Electronics & Microelectronics
Medical
Packaging
Others

This report also splits the market by region: Breakdown data in Chapter 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8.
Americas
United States
Canada
Mexico
Brazil
APAC
China
Japan
Korea
Southeast Asia
India
Australia
Europe
Germany
France
UK
Italy
Russia
Spain
Middle East & Africa
Egypt
South Africa
Israel
Turkey
GCC Countries

The report also presents the market competition landscape and a corresponding detailed analysis of the major vendor/manufacturers in the market. The key manufacturers covered in this report: Breakdown data in in Chapter 3.
Han's Laser
Trumpf
Telesis
Danaher
Brother
Hitachi
Dover
Macsa
SATO
Gravotech
Trotec
Rofin
TYKMA Electrox
REA JET
ITW
SUNINE
KGK
Matthews
Control print
KBA-Metronic

In addition, this report discusses the key drivers influencing market growth, opportunities, the challenges and the risks faced by key manufacturers and the market as a whole. It also analyzes key emerging trends and their impact on present and future development.

Research objectives
To study and analyze the global Laser Coding and Marking Equipment consumption (value & volume) by key regions/countries, product type and application, history data from 2014 to 2018, and forecast to 2024.
To understand the structure of Laser Coding and Marking Equipment market by identifying its various subsegments.
Focuses on the key global Laser Coding and Marking Equipment manufacturers, to define, describe and analyze the sales volume, value, market share, market competition landscape, SWOT analysis and development plans in next few years.
To analyze the Laser Coding and Marking Equipment with respect to individual growth trends, future prospects, and their contribution to the total market.
To share detailed information about the key factors influencing the growth of the market (growth potential, opportunities, drivers, industry-specific challenges and risks).
To project the consumption of Laser Coding and Marking Equipment submarkets, with respect to key regions (along with their respective key countries).
To analyze competitive developments such as expansions, agreements, new product launches, and acquisitions in the market.
To strategically profile the key players and comprehensively analyze their growth strategies.

Spanning over 162 pages "Global Laser Coding and Marking Equipment Market Growth 2019-2024" report covers Scope of the Report, Executive Summary, Global Laser Coding and Marking Equipment by Players, Laser Coding and Marking Equipment by Regions, Market Drivers, Challenges and Trends, Marketing, Distributors and Customer, Global Laser Coding and Marking Equipment Market Forecast, Key Players Analysis, Research Findings and Conclusion.

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          Staring death in the face taught Aetna's former CEO how to be a more human leader      Cache   Translate Page      

mark bertolini

  • Mark Bertolini served as the CEO of Aetna from 2010 to 2018, stepping down after selling the healthcare company to CVS.
  • In a new memoir, he reflects on how both his and his son's near-death experiences made him a more empathetic leader focused on team-building.
  • At Aetna, Bertolini increased the minimum wage to $16 an hour, increased health benefits, paid off student loans, and instituted mindfulness training.
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Mark Bertolini wears a large, black skull ring on his right hand. It's a memento mori for the former Aetna CEO, a symbol of his mortality. He bought it after waking up from a six-day coma in 2004, when a skiing accident broke his neck in five places and resulted in his left arm being permanently disabled. It happened just a year after his teenage son Eric managed to beat lymphoma. When he looks at the skull, he's reminded that "who you spend your time with and how you spend it every day are the two most important decisions you will make," he told Business Insider.

We spoke with Bertolini in late February, at the CECP's CEO Investor Forum, and ahead of the release of his new memoir, "Mission-Driven Leadership."

The exec, who grew up in Detroit, says he was the first member of his blue-collar family to attend college. He worked his way through the healthcare industry before making it to the top job at Aetna in 2010.

Bertolini's last act as CEO was closing the $69 billion sale of Aetna to CVS Health in a deal that made CVS CEO Larry Merlo the chief executive of both companies and left Aetna president Karen Lynch as Bertolini's successor.

His time at the health-insurance provider was marked by an average of 20% annual growth of earnings per share, and a revamping of employee benefits that included a minimum wage increase to $16 an hour and the widespread implementation of yoga and meditation classes. He developed a passion for the latter after kicking a painkiller habit that arose in the wake of his accident. These healthier habits also led to the adoption of Buddhism and the abandonment of a ruthless executive persona employees once characterized as "Darth Vader."

"I often say to people that I've been uniquely prepared to do the work I do given the personal experiences I've had and the things I've had to live with," he said. "And while I wouldn't change a bit of it if I had the chance, I would not recommend it as a developmental pathway!"

We talked about some of these experiences, and how writing his book gave him a chance to reflect on them.

The following interview was edited for clarity and length.

Letting go of Darth Vader

Mark Bertolini: It was 2001 when Eric got sick. I'd sold my first company in '94, and my second company in 1998. I got paid a lot of money, and I was living in this mansion on the mountain in Avon, Connecticut. I was just back from Italy, and all of a sudden my son got sick and my money didn't matter, my position didn't matter. What I realized over a period of three or four months is that I had to personally engage. What I realized in that personal engagement is how little time I had spent with him. So I literally lived in his hospital room with him — I even moved a bed in there.

He was in the hospital about a year, and then in and out for a few months after that. But I just left work.

I had PubMed on the laptop, "Harrison's [Principles of] Internal Medicine" text with a bunch of little sticky notes, and I grilled the medical team every morning: "What are we doing today? Why does it matter? Where do I read about it?" And it was through that process that we got two drugs approved for him and ultimately, it saved his life and then it was five years later, I gave him my left kidney because his kidneys were damaged by the cure. But all of that was so humbling.

And then my injury happened. I was the guy that, at 184 pounds, 8% body fat, ran four miles every morning, worked out at the gym. I was in tip-top shape. I was 47 years old and all of a sudden, I hit a tree and none of that worked anymore, and I was like, "Oh my God, what a disaster." After my son's illness and then that, it was like, "OK, this isn't about me."

Richard Feloni: Are you referring to life in general?

Bertolini: Yes, life in general. In the middle of all that, I left the Catholic church over the whole Boston abuse revelations. And so I was all of a sudden non-religious. I was in incredible pain. I was on seven different narcotics, and to come out of that, you have to reinvent who you are. I first tried to get it all back and realized that wasn't going to work if I had my motorcycles, if I had my bicycle.

I had to reinvent everything, and in that reinvention come face-to-face with the narcissism, the lack of humility, all those other sorts of things.

Feloni: Weren't you known as "Darth Vader" before this?

Bertolini: Yes, yes I was, [because] I was not afraid to make decisions. If you're willing to make [a decision] and you're willing to monitor the progress of the decision you made, you'll make it better as you go along. But most people won't make a decision because they're afraid of being wrong, which most decisions are until you get into it.

Feloni: Did thinking about things that were bigger than yourself help you become a more empathetic leader?

Bertolini: It did. I went through an evolution of having all the answers to realizing I had very few answers, and I started engaging the group and learning from them. I had some brain injury from the accident, so I had to go through all of that realizing who I was and what my role was going to be. Not working was not an option for me — although I could've done that.

Investing in employees before it was cool

Feloni: How long from this point did it take you to get to this idea of being (as you've put it) a "radical capitalist"?

Bertolini: I did things before anybody else was talking about doing them: Raising minimum wage, waiving out-of-pocket costs, paying back student loans, paying people to sleep, investing in the employees. I had come up with the notion that talent was more scarce than capital, and I was asking, "What is it we need to believe in order to take this set of risks and be successful?"

It was actually the yoga and mindfulness that opened the whole door for the rest of it. I was doing that to deal with my pain. I wasn't taking opioids — I still don't — and I came to work and said to the senior team, "I think we should have everybody learn yoga mindfulness." And they all nodded politely because I was the president at the time, and then about an hour later, the chief medical officer came in and said, "Mark, this is voodoo medicine. You're crazy. We all think you're crazy. Just because you do it doesn't mean everybody else has to do it." And I said, "OK, well what do you need to do to believe it?" And he said, "We need to do a double-blind study."

So we did, and two months after the double-blind study with Duke was done, he came and said, "You're not going to believe this: It actually works."

It took a long time, way longer than I wanted to, but it was about a year where I finally said to the team, OK, I'm tired of talking about spreadsheets. We're gonna raise minimum wage from $12 to $16 an hour, and we're going to wipe out healthcare costs for everybody under 300% of the poverty level.

And when we did that and watched the results, it was amazing. Our employee engagement went up 1,200% not only in those employees, but in the whole company. What happened next was the most profound piece: Everybody started coming back to me with ways we could take care of each other.

I talk about the four levels of leadership. The first level is your employees hate you. The second level is your employees fear you. The third level is your employees praise you. The fourth level, you're invisible because your organization takes care of itself and that's what happened the last three, four years.

That's the legacy I want to leave: An organization of people that get it, they make it better, they keep it going. I don't need to tell people what to do.

How to know when it's time to move on

Feloni: With the book, you took time to look back on your career. What's next for you, and what do you want to accomplish?

Bertolini: I don't live the lifestyle of the traditional CEO — I come from a pretty humble background. When the deal closed, I had almost three million shares of stock, and I never used it because I didn't need it. So the vast majority of that has gone into taxes, my family foundation (called Anahata), and then trusts for grandchildren and children. My wife and I kept a little bit of it, but the majority of it is in the foundation.

The idea there is to use that foundation to create community, and to focus on three things. First, in education. My wife works in the Harlem schools with kids on literacy. Second is the environment, and we've invested heavily in preserving carbon sinks, so buying forest land that will never be built on or chopped down. And then sustainability, how do we create sustainable communities. That will be the work, and I'll be engaged in that because it's interesting to me and exciting for me. I'm on a number of boards of directors.

So that's sort of occupying my time. I probably won't jump into a full-time job unless I'm dragged back into it. I want a portfolio of interesting things to do. I've been working since I was 13, so it would be kind of nice at 62 not to have to work anymore and make decisions tougher than what kind of coffee do I grind this morning.

Feloni: What's your best leadership advice?

Bertolini: Setting goals only establishes disappointment. The deeper understanding one should have is what is it that you do really well, that you love to do, and look for work that supports that. And if you do that, you'll have an incredible career.

My proclivities are to fix broken things and build new things. I hate just making sure the trains run on time. I always hire people that can do that part really well, and I've been surrounded by people like that for the last 20 years. I've been able to look at what's next, what can we fix, what can we make better. Because if things are running really well, I'll tinker with them just to see if they can be better than they are.

I've never looked for a job other than my first job. The phone's always rang to offer me something. People will call me and say [they've] got this issue or that issue. If it's something I like, I'll offer to help. That's how I've gotten every job I've had — and because it's work I love to do and I do it well, I have a lot of fun doing it.

Probably the hardest part [of retiring] is you should be prepared when you're done to have things you need to do that are just as interesting, otherwise you'll regret the fact that you don't have a job anymore. I think that's where a lot of CEOs in particular fail.

Feloni: Did you leave Karen Lynch with strategic insights before departing your role?

Bertolini: Oh yeah, Karen worked with me for a long time. It was a very purposeful development process for her, and I think she's going to be in a great place. She has every opportunity to run that company [CVS] one day and I think she can do it, and I'm going to support her in trying to achieve that.

When I handed her the president's job, I said to her, "At some point you will realize you've been doing the president's job too long because you'll see an issue and you'll go, ‘I know how to do that. I did that [back then],' and that's when you make mistakes."

The leading cause of failure is success. When it became too rote for me, I knew I needed to have somebody else do it. She's taken it to a whole different level. Again, the legacy is that she took things I had figured out and she made them better, and she has built her own things that she'll pass on to somebody else. And that's what [former Aetna CEO] Ron Williams did with me. That's what real legacies are, the work they leave behind. She's got a big job to do. I think she'll do fine.

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          Learning to Walk in the Dark with Thomas Merton      Cache   Translate Page      

Trappist Blogging
in Honor of Thomas Merton's
100th Birthday:
Essay 2 of 6 on
"Fire Watch, July 4, 1952,"
the epilogue of 
The Sign of Jonas




Part 1:  Valuing the Darkness

The Monk by the Sea by Caspar David Friedrich,
1808 or 1810, oil on canvas.
Alte Nationalgalerie

The fire watch is an examination of conscience in which your task as watchman suddenly appears in its true light:  a pretext devised by God to isolate you, and to search your soul with lamps and questions, in the heart of darkness.
“Fire Watch, July 4, 1952”
Thomas Merton

The world’s evil forms a current that swirls down a vortex into unspeakable horror, presided over by a Mr. Kurtz somewhere on the Congo River.  That’s the standard image of the heart of darkness, courtesy of Joseph Conrad.  In horror novels and movies, the climactic action inevitably seems to move toward either an ascent or a descent into a heart of darkness.  Monsters await there.  Biblical references to darkness tend to be equally negative:  “whoever follows me will never walk in darkness” and “the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.”

Enjoying the Moon: Landscape in the
Manner of Wang Meng

by Gu Yide (active ca. 1620-1630),
China, dated 1628,
hanging scroll.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Nevertheless, the journey described in Thomas Merton’s “Fire Watch, July 4, 1952,” the epilogue to his book The Sign of Jonas, is one that takes place entirely in the night and is resolutely affirming of the darkness.  Merton’s role as a night watchman, pursuing a solitary nocturnal trek through the monastery of Gethsemane, offers opportunities to him that are unavailable during the day.  He eagerly moves toward the call of the darkness, the silence, and the night.  If you want to follow in Merton’s steps, they lead into the night.

In preparation for writing this series, I read Barbara Brown Taylor’s excellent recent book Learning to Walk in the Dark.  Taylor and Merton are Christians who—despite the myriad Biblical quotes that praise the light and condemn the dark—hear something deeply spiritual beckoning to them in the night.  In their own ways, each of them finds God in the darkness, and each finds the experience radically different than worship in the glare of the sun.

Taylor’s book is engaging and practical.  It’s encouraged me to enjoy the night more—to venture out more fearlessly.  She cites many inspiring examples of spiritual growth via passage through darkness and talks of her own experiences in caves, in a blindness-simulation exhibition, and under the night sky.  By contrast, Merton’s “Fire Watch” essay is a window onto a soul crying for spiritual nourishment.  He breaks off from the pack (his fellow monks) to search for God alone and in the dark.

Although Merton feels the presence of God more strongly at night than during the day, it is a presence that offers few consolations and no personally satisfying answers to his questions.  His spiritual experience of God in the dark renders him simultaneously overwhelmed and frustrated.

“…in the nighttime You have confronted me, scattering thought and reason.”

and

“…You have descended upon me, with great gentleness, with most forbearing silence, in this inexplicable night, dispersing light, defeating all desire.”

Merton uses the silent hours of the night to meditate upon his own calling and God’s intentions for him.  As he silently moves from room to room, from the monastery’s basement to the top of the highest tower, he hungrily petitions God to come closer and to reveal more.

He acknowledges that he asks similar questions in the day but he expects no answers then.  His one hope of clear communication is the night.  Even in a monastery, surrounded by vows of silence, Merton experiences the day as full of the noise of human rationalizations and empty talk.  He turns to the silence of the night for truth.

The Lonely Tower, detail
by Samuel Palmer (1805-1881),
British, 1879, etching in black on laid paper.
National Gallery of Art
With the aid of Taylor’s book, I can identify at least three kinds of exterior darkness.  There are: 
1) Pitch black:  The utter darkness of a cave, where you can’t even see your hand held in front of your face.  In the ocean, it is the darkness at the bottom of the deepest trenches.  In space, it is the unfathomable void between stars.
2)  Night darkness:  Light exists, but it is pale and the shadows are deep.  As our eyes adjust to the night, we become aware of moonlight, starlight, and all sorts of stirring life around us.
3)  The darkness of fog:  Light is deceptively dispersed through a seemingly opaque vapor, with the density of the fog obscuring even close objects from view.

The darkness discussed by Merton in his “Fire Watch” essay falls under categories 2 and 3, the night and the fog.  The darkness he describes is mainly a night darkness, full of life and open to the appreciation of attentive eyes.  But it is also like a fog.  One of Taylor’s key insights is that Moses meets God within a night-like cloud that descends upon Mount Sinai.  Merton directly refers to the same Biblical image as he steps out into the night at the top of Gethsemane’s highest tower:

With you there is no dialogue unless You choose a mountain and circle it with cloud and print Your words in fire upon the mind of Moses.
“Fire Watch, July 4, 1952”
Thomas Merton

Like Moses, Merton encounters God within the darkness of fog.

Moses receives the tablets
from God in the cloud.

Illuminated manuscript,
Central Italy (Florence),
last quarter of the 15th century.
British Library
I was introduced to the idea of Summer Christians and Winter Christians through Richard Beck’s great Experimental Theology blog.  Originally proposed by Martin Marty, the suggestion is that most Christians naturally fall into either one or the other type of spirituality: summer or winter.  Summer Christians embrace the positive, anticipating or experiencing happiness in God.  Winter Christians are comfortable with engaging with God through complaint.  In Learning to Walk in the Dark, Taylor speaks of some churches that she says engage in a full solar spirituality:  “Members strive to be positive in attitude, firm in conviction, helpful in relationship, and unwavering in faith…  Who would not like to dwell in God’s light 24/7?”  These are the churches of the Summer Christians.

The two types are complementary, neither better than the other, and the world needs both.  It’s just a matter of temperament.  Winter Christians must arm themselves with flashlights and move through the night in a search for God that they fully realize may be futile.  They do it because they have to.  Thomas Merton, Barbara Brown Taylor, and I don’t have much choice in the matter.

The darkness beckons.


Part Two:  Christmas Eve

Winter Moonlight (also known as Christmas Eve), 1866,
by George Inness (1825-1894),
oil on canvas.
Montclair Art Museum

While passing through the choir novitiate during his rounds as night watchman, Thomas Merton smells the frozen straw and it triggers a memory:

…the freezing tough winter when I first received the habit and always had a cold, the smell of frozen straw in the dormitory under the chapel, and the deep unexpected ecstasy of Christmas—that first Christmas when you have nothing left in the world but God!
“Fire Watch, July 4, 1952”
Thomas Merton

Winter Moonlight, detail,
by George Inness (1825-1894)
Montclair Art Museum
Although this doesn’t sound like any Christmas I’ve ever known (where are the decorations, the presents, and the Christmas cookies?), it’s an enchanting reminiscence.  I might trade the decorations and the presents for a deep unexpected ecstasy.  Maybe not the snickerdoodles, but I’m willing to barter the rest.

Merton’s Christmas memory reminds me of this beautiful early painting by George Inness.  Originally called Winter Moonlight, the painting seems to have picked up the very appropriate name Christmas Eve about a century ago.  It resonates with the power of a silent night.  The clouds break in the middle to frame the resplendent moon, but its light is insufficient to remove the dark shadows that dominate the painting.  The figure in the middle, like a shepherd or king, follows the light even as it leads him toward the shadows.

As Merton wrote near the conclusion of “Fire Watch”:

Lord God of this great night:  do You see the woods?  Do you hear the rumor of their loneliness?  Do You behold their secrecy?  Do You remember their solitudes?
“Fire Watch, July 4, 1952”
Thomas Merton

These seem appropriate questions to ponder, while silently appreciating this beautiful painting in the collection of the Montclair Art Museumin New Jersey.

Reference Source
The Sign of Jonas by Thomas Merton

Click here for the entire six-part Fire Watch series.

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Epiphany Blogging:
Hieronymus Bosch’s
The Adoration of the Magi
and Gian Carl Menotti’s
Amahl and the Night Visitors





The Adoration of the Magi by Hieronymus Bosch,
ca. 1470-75, oil and gold on wood, 28 x 22 1/4 in.,
John Stewart Kennedy Fund, 1913,
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

On Christmas Eve at 9:30 in 1951, an estimated five million Americans tuned in to watch an opera on television as NBC broadcast the world premiere of Gian Carlo Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors.  To introduce the opera, Menotti himself directly addressed the audience, explaining how he was inspired by the above painting by Hieronymus Bosch (c. 1450-1516).

Gian Carlo Menotti introducing
the 1951 NBC broadcast of
Amahl and the Night Visitors.

Menotti’s epiphany before the painting didn’t occur at an academic level—he says nothing about the artist’s technical use of form, color, or line.  Instead, he describes a two-way interchange, where Bosch offers a unique, original vision and Menotti responds with memory and imagination, allowing the painting to direct his thoughts back to his youth.  The magic of art occurs within this exchange between two people who lived five centuries apart.

This is how Menotti described the moment of inspiration he experienced when encountering Bosch’s The Adoration of the Magi during a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Details, The Adoration
of the Magi
by Hieronymus Bosch,
Metropolitan Museum
of Art
“This opera comes out of my own childhood because, you see, when I was a child I lived in Italy and in Italy we have no Santa Claus.  I imagine that Santa Claus is much too busy with American children to be able to handle all the Italian children.  Our gifts were brought to us by the three kings.  I actually never met the three kings…  How hard my little brother and I tried to keep awake at night to catch a glimpse of these three kings!  We would always fall asleep just before they arrived.  But I do remember hearing them.  I remember the weird song in the distance.  I remember the sound of the camel’s hoofs.  And I remember the tinkling of the silver bridles.

“And I remember that my favorite king was King Melchior because he had a nice long white beard.  My brother’s favorite was King Caspar whom we insisted was a little crazy and quite deaf.  I don’t know why he was so sure that he was deaf.  I suspect it was because he never brought him all the gifts he asked for.  Anyway, our people brought us the gifts and I should have been very grateful to them.  Instead I came to America and I soon forgot all about them.  Here we have so many Santa Clauses all over town and there is the big Christmas tree on Rockefeller Plaza, all the windows on Fifth Avenue, the choir in Grand Central Station, all the Christmas carols on the radio.  All these things made me forget the three dear old kings of my own childhood. 

“Well, this year I got into real trouble.  I was supposed to finish an opera for NBC and I just didn’t have an idea in my head.  So I was walking one afternoon, rather gloomy, through the Metropolitan Museum and I chanced to stop in front of this painting by Hieronymus Bosch.  And as I was looking at it suddenly I heard again the weird song of those three kings and I suddenly realized they had come back to me and they’d brought me a gift.  The opera you will hear tonight is the gift of these three kings and I hand it to you and hope you like it.  Thank you.”

Detail, The Adoration of the Magi
by Hieronymus Bosch
It’s fascinating to conjecture the extent to which Menotti genuinely drew upon this picture in composing the opera.  Just substitute Amahl for Joseph (lame and leaning upon his walking stick) and the story practically writes itself!

For a full description of the original 1951 broadcast, visit the TV Party website.

And to view that original broadcast, once the talk of the nation, here it is on YouTube!


The eastern United States is like medieval Europe.

As of 2010, the population center of the United States is somewhere in the middle of Missouri. It’s been moving westward, needless to say, but also south over time. This mostly jives with this map: The United States east of the Kansas-Missouri line is a dynamic hodgepodge of small, densely populated city-states. The economies and cultures of places like New York and Philadelphia, Charlotte and Greensboro, and Fort Wayne and South Bend will likely always be intimately intermingled. West of this line, excluding California and Texas, the United States is largely underpopulated, with cities like Denver, Omaha, and Boise playing an outsized role — economically and culturally — in their respective regions.

My home state of Kentucky is shattered.

Let’s face it: Kentucky is incoherent as a cultural-political entity. The Louisville metropolitan area and the northern Kentucky suburbs of Cincinnati are essentially southern reaches of the Rust Belt. The state’s east and southeast have more in common with West Virginia, including a shared Appalachian heritage. Western and southwestern Kentucky feel much more conventionally Southern. All of this is largely captured by how the state is divided up. Not accidentally, the only purely Kentucky city-state produced — Lexington — captures most of what Kentucky is best known for: University of Kentucky basketball, the first Kentucky Fried Chicken, most of the major bourbon distilleries, the Daniel Boone National Forest, and the state’s famous Bluegrass horse farm region.

Maine and Minnesota are basically already city-states.

Only two city-states capture the entirety of a current U.S. state: Portland, which captures Maine and parts of New Hampshire, and Minneapolis-St. Paul, which captures Minnesota and parts of Wisconsin, South Dakota, and three-quarters of North Dakota. Portland barely made the cut; in an actual fragmentation scenario, I could see most of Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine falling under a Boston city-state. Minneapolis-St. Paul, however, makes sense. Its influence sweeps across the northern Midwest, as evidenced in films like Fargo. Some western metro areas in New Mexico and Utah nearly made the cut, but their southern regions were nipped by El Paso and Las Vegas, respectively.

Some states would disappear entirely.

A handful of states in this new map are completely covered by the city-states of their former neighboring states. Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, and Vermont would all basically be gone. Delaware and Rhode Island both have great cities — Wilmington and Providence — but both would be unambiguously absorbed by their monolithic neighbors — Philadelphia and Boston, respectively. The upper Mountain West as well as New Hampshire and Vermont simply lack large cities.

City-states of tomorrow may boom at any time.

As states like Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota continue to experience explosive population growth, they will inevitably give rise to their own great cities. For all we know, Billings, Fargo, and Sioux Falls could emerge as urban powerhouses in the 21st century, not unlike nearby Minneapolis, Denver, and Salt Lake City did in the 20th century.

An odd oversight in our federal system is that it’s basically impossible for states to split, join, or shift around their borders. Outside of a few weird cases — such as West Virginia — basically all new states have come from newly settled land. As new city-states emerge in places like the Mountain West, how would they be incorporated into this system? Would the arrangement be capped at 100 city-states? Alternatively, could states combine as their economies and development slowly blends, as could very well happen with small city-states like Lancaster, Toledo, and Fresno? It’s a fun thought experiment.

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In a time when we aren’t often drawing up new borders for established countries like the U.S., it’s interesting to think “what if.” What might be the political implications of a system like this? At the outset, a system of city-states could help to achieve economies of scale in providing local services like libraries and parks, saving taxpayers money while improving service quality.

But they could also overcome some of the prisoner’s dilemma problems associated with policies like housing, schools, and subsidies. In our current system of municipal fragmentation, it’s easy for NIMBYs (“Not in My Back Yard” campaigns) to block the construction of new housing in prospering areas and keep low- and moderate-income students out of high-quality schools districts. A unified city-state could overcome some of these issues, taking the broader perspective and equitably distributing the burdens and benefits of growth.

A city-state restructuring could also have deep implications for national politics. One of the key takeaways of the 2016 presidential election is the mounting urban-rural political divide, with voters in cities and the countryside growing increasingly disconnected and antagonistic toward one another. (At the bottom of this piece is a map of how the city-states likely would have voted.) Insomuch as a city-state scenario would bundle Americans based on broadly similar economic, social, cultural backgrounds, it could encourage both sides to seriously contend with with the needs and preferences of their neighbors.

Of course, at this stage, it’s all speculation. How would you have drawn city-state boundaries differently? What do you think would be the political implications?


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Proseguono a ritmo serrato i lavori di stravolgimento del più grande parco divertimenti di Roma! Dopo anni in cui è stato lasciato andare, Rainbow MagicLand è ora oggetto di un profondo rilancio e siamo andati a dare un’occhiata ai cantieri che daranno al parco una nuova immagine.

Rainbow MagicLand riaprirà tra un mese e mezzo, il 19 aprile 2019. Sarà tuttavia possibile visitare il parco in anteprima nei primi due weekend di aprile (6/7 e 13/14 aprile) al prezzo scontatissimo di €9,90 a persona! Si tratterà di una soft-opening, quindi alcune aree e attrazioni potrebbero non essere disponibili proprio in virtù degli ampi lavori di rinnovamento in atto per il rilancio del più importante parco divertimenti di Roma!

I lavori in atto prevedono, oltre alla realizzazione della nuova area Tonga a tema giungla (nata da una completa riconversione del Regno dei Piccoli) e alla costruzione di nuove attrazioni, anche un integrale restyling del parco che riporterà le sue attrazioni e scenografie alle condizioni originarie. Pubblichiamo le foto dei lavori aggiornate al 10 marzo 2019.

ATTENZIONE: tutte le foto sono state scattate dall’esterno della recinzione del parco, comprese quelle soggette a forte ingrandimento.

La piazza d’ingresso è stata completamente ristrutturata, come scritto in un nostro precedente articolo. Siamo tornati a dare un’occhiata e abbiamo notato l’aggiunta di nuove casse automatiche per il pagamento del parcheggio. Le casse automatiche (utilizzate nei primi anni di apertura), non si troveranno più nei parcheggi ma all’interno della piazza principale d’ingresso.



Si sta ora lavorando al restauro del logo del parco posizionato proprio nella piazza principale d’ingresso a Rainbow MagicLand. Si sta ricolorando la statua di Gattobaleno del pluviometro.





L’intera Magic Street è stata ripulita e ricolorata (mancano solo alcune porzioni). È possibile notare il riaffiorare di incredibili colori vivaci che ridanno all’intera strada una nuova vitalità. Il portale d’ingresso alla main street è stato ricolorato e le rocce, i grifoni e il legno sono ritornati ai colori originari.









Spicca tra tutto la torretta col serpente, uno dei principali simboli del parco. La torretta è stata completamente ripulita e si sta effettuando ora la riverniciatura di tutta la struttura, con il serpente che assume il colore verde con una particolare vivacità (probabilmente migliore del colore originario tendente all’oro). Solo la parte più alta della torretta deve essere ancora ricolorata.





Tra le attrazioni visibili dall’esterno si notano interventi di ristrutturazione de Le Rapide, il river rapids di Rainbow MagicLand. Tutte le scenografie sono state rimesse a nuovo o sono in corso di ristrutturazione. È possibile vedere scenografie riverniciate, scudi dai colori vivaci e dettagli scenografici bianchi che verranno colorati nei prossimi giorni e settimane. Si lavora anche nella queue line e sulla piattaforma d’imbarco.



















Dall’esterno del parco è possibile notare anche lavori sul ristorante Il Castello, che verrà riconvertito da ristorante alla carta a Self Service. Il Castello è stato riverniciato di giallo e sarà ancora oggetto di lavorazioni.



AREA TONGA

Sono finalmente visibili i primi pezzi del nuovo log flume Nui Lua, novità 2019 che sta sorgendo al posto dell’arena stunt (nella nuova area Tonga). Il bacino d’acqua (completato) è stato verniciato di un colore grigio scuro perché integrato ai colori del vulcano che sarà qui costruito.

Il canale del flume ride ha un colore verde scuro all’esterno e celeste all’interno ed è in corso di montaggio nella sua parte più bassa. È stata già realizzata la base in cemento della stazione d’imbarco, che verrà completata con una struttura in legno e paglia con legno proveniente direttamente dall’Africa. La nuova attrazione Nui Lua sarà disponibile dalla secondo metà di giugno visti gli ampi lavori scenografici che dovranno essere effettuati.











Come è possibile notare dalle foto scattate dall’esterno del parco, il Carosello è tornato alla sua posizione originaria nella piazza davanti a Maison Houdini (che è in corso di ripulitura). Si può notare l’inserimento di cumuli di terra attorno al Carosello e Maison Houdini. Queste collinette avranno funzione “frangivista” e saranno arricchite da vegetazione. Tra collinette e vegetazione si creeranno, quindi, delle vere e proprie barriere che ostacoleranno fisicamente la vista. Tutta la Maison Houdini sarà completamente circondata da alture e piante, integralmente incapsulata nella vegetazione. In questo modo sarà nel contempo separata sia visivamente che fisicamente dalla nuova area.



L’area Tonga sarà esclusivamente accessibile dalla piazza del Carosello e da Maison Houdini (dalla cui uscita sarà obbligatorio tornare nella piazza del Carosello per poter continuare a visitare il parco, proprio in virtù di questa “capsula” di terra e piante costruita tutta attorno).

La tecnica delle collinette e della vegetazione è stato utilizzata anche in altri punti dell’area Tonga e bisognerà quindi camminare ed “esplorare” un po’ per volta l’area per poterla apprezzare appieno. Con questa strategia è stata completamente annientata la sensazione di “gigantesco spiazzo desolato” che dava il precedente Regno dei Piccoli. Tonga sarà la prima vera area tematica di Rainbow MagicLand e donerà una probabile esperienza di immersività e coinvolgimento come mai prima nel parco.





La maggior parte delle vecchie attrazioni del Regno dei piccoli sono in corso di riconversione per permetterne una adeguata contestualizzazione all’interno della nuova area tematica. Dall’esterno del parco è possibile notare la riverniciatura di Giranido (ex La Ruota Magica), di cui è possibile vedere anche il nuovo casottino rivestito in legno e paglia per il cast member e la consolle.





È possibile notare anche il restyling di Mongolfiere (ex PopPalla), che abbandona il vecchio tema PopPixie e assume il tema giungla in veste esplorazione, con colori e layout che ricordano vere mongolfiere colorate. Per un adeguato inserimento anche la base dell’attrazione è stata rivestita da finte pietre, frutto dei resti di antiche civiltà che hanno popolato l’area (e che sarà possibile ritrovare nelle scenografie di altre attrazioni e del Magic Station Bar).



Sono in corso di montaggio le strutture in legno che comporranno Jungle Camp, il più grande playground d’Italia. È possibile vedere anche la costruzione delle strutture d’ombra dell’area di sosta per i genitori che lasceranno giocare i bambini nel nuovo playground. Si può notare anche l'inizio della piantumazione di alberi, palme e piante "a tema giungla".



È già stato ricolorato Jungle Express (ex Treno Magico) e Ping il Ragno (ex Ronny il Ragno) così come previsto dagli artwork che abbiamo pubblicato in un nostro precedente articolo. È in corso di restyling anche Stagno Magico (ex Tazze Pazze), come è possibile vedere dalle foto. In particolare si sta verniciando di marrone la struttura d’ombra dell’attrazione che verrà poi ricoperta di paglia.











L’intera (e decadente) scenografia dell’ex Magic Station Bar è in corso di smontaggio. Tutta la tematizzazione verrà sostituita dalla nuova scenografia in tema con l’area. Questo edificio sarà in parte adibito ancora a punto ristoro e in parte diverrà la queue line della nuova attrazione MotorGiungla che sarà realizzata al posto di Pixie River che è già stata smontata. Dalle foto è infatti possibile notare la ricolorazione di parte della parete posteriore del bar in grigio, proprio nella porzione in cui verrà realizzata parte della nuova attrazione (“stazione” d’imbarco e zona ricovero della jeep). Anche Esplorabruco (ex amerigo) è stato già smontato per permetterne lo spostamento in una nuova zona dell’area. Sparito dall’area anche AlloScontro.









L’ex Regno dei Piccoli non esiste più. Tutta l’area è stata stravolta, rendendo irriconoscibile una delle aree simbolo del degrado del parco negli ultimi anni. La fine del Regno dei Piccoli segna anche la fine di un periodo buio di Rainbow MagicLand e segna l’inizio di una nuova fase sotto la gestione Pillarstone Italy. Segna un nuovo inizio per il più grande parco divertimenti di Roma.



Articolo e foto di Emanuele Di Bisceglie (dibilele)

ATTENZIONE: tutte le foto sono state scattate dall’esterno della recinzione del parco, comprese quelle soggette a forte ingrandimento.



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Perth City

Perth (/ˈpɜːrθ/ (About this soundlisten) PURTH) is the capital and largest city of the Australian state of Western Australia. It is named after the city of Perth, Scotland and is the fourth-most populous city in Australia, with a population of 2.04 million living in Greater Perth.[1] Perth is part of the South West Land Division of Western Australia, with the majority of the metropolitan area located on the Swan Coastal Plain, a narrow strip between the Indian Ocean and the Darling Scarp. The first areas settled were on the Swan River at Guildford, with the city's central business district and port (Fremantle) both later founded downriver.

Perth was founded by Captain James Stirling in 1829 as the administrative centre of the Swan River Colony. It gained city status (currently vested in the smaller City of Perth) in 1856 and was promoted to the status of a Lord Mayorality in 1929.[8] The city inherited its name due to the influence of Sir George Murray, then Member of Parliament for Perthshire and Secretary of State for War and the Colonies. The city's population increased substantially as a result of the Western Australian gold rushes in the late 19th century. During Australia's involvement in World War II, Fremantle served as a base for submarines operating in the Pacific Theatre, and a US Navy Catalina flying boat fleet was based at Matilda Bay.[9] An influx of immigrants after the war, predominantly from Britain, Greece, Italy, and Yugoslavia, led to rapid population growth. This was followed by a surge in economic activity flowing from several mining booms in the late 20th and early 21st centuries that saw Perth become the regional headquarters for several large mining operations located around the state.

As part of Perth's role as the capital of Western Australia, the state's Parliament and Supreme Court are located within the city, as is Government House, the residence of the Governor of Western Australia. Perth came seventh in the Economist Intelligence Unit's August 2016 list of the world's most liveable cities[10] and was classified by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network in 2010 as a Beta world city.[11] The city hosted the 1962 Commonwealth Games.

Perth is divided into 30 local government areas and 250 suburbs, stretching from Two Rocks in the north to Singleton in the south, and east inland to The Lakes. Outside of the main CBD, important urban centres within Perth include Fremantle and Joondalup. Most of those were originally established as separate settlements and retained a distinct identity after being subsumed into the wider metropolitan area. Mandurah, Western Australia's second-largest city, has in recent years formed a conurbation with Perth along the coast, though for most purposes it is still considered a separate city.


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Perth City

Perth (/ˈpɜːrθ/ (About this soundlisten) PURTH) is the capital and largest city of the Australian state of Western Australia. It is named after the city of Perth, Scotland and is the fourth-most populous city in Australia, with a population of 2.04 million living in Greater Perth.[1] Perth is part of the South West Land Division of Western Australia, with the majority of the metropolitan area located on the Swan Coastal Plain, a narrow strip between the Indian Ocean and the Darling Scarp. The first areas settled were on the Swan River at Guildford, with the city's central business district and port (Fremantle) both later founded downriver.

Perth was founded by Captain James Stirling in 1829 as the administrative centre of the Swan River Colony. It gained city status (currently vested in the smaller City of Perth) in 1856 and was promoted to the status of a Lord Mayorality in 1929.[8] The city inherited its name due to the influence of Sir George Murray, then Member of Parliament for Perthshire and Secretary of State for War and the Colonies. The city's population increased substantially as a result of the Western Australian gold rushes in the late 19th century. During Australia's involvement in World War II, Fremantle served as a base for submarines operating in the Pacific Theatre, and a US Navy Catalina flying boat fleet was based at Matilda Bay.[9] An influx of immigrants after the war, predominantly from Britain, Greece, Italy, and Yugoslavia, led to rapid population growth. This was followed by a surge in economic activity flowing from several mining booms in the late 20th and early 21st centuries that saw Perth become the regional headquarters for several large mining operations located around the state.

As part of Perth's role as the capital of Western Australia, the state's Parliament and Supreme Court are located within the city, as is Government House, the residence of the Governor of Western Australia. Perth came seventh in the Economist Intelligence Unit's August 2016 list of the world's most liveable cities[10] and was classified by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network in 2010 as a Beta world city.[11] The city hosted the 1962 Commonwealth Games.

Perth is divided into 30 local government areas and 250 suburbs, stretching from Two Rocks in the north to Singleton in the south, and east inland to The Lakes. Outside of the main CBD, important urban centres within Perth include Fremantle and Joondalup. Most of those were originally established as separate settlements and retained a distinct identity after being subsumed into the wider metropolitan area. Mandurah, Western Australia's second-largest city, has in recent years formed a conurbation with Perth along the coast, though for most purposes it is still considered a separate city.


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Perth (/ˈpɜːrθ/ (About this soundlisten) PURTH) is the capital and largest city of the Australian state of Western Australia. It is named after the city of Perth, Scotland and is the fourth-most populous city in Australia, with a population of 2.04 million living in Greater Perth.[1] Perth is part of the South West Land Division of Western Australia, with the majority of the metropolitan area located on the Swan Coastal Plain, a narrow strip between the Indian Ocean and the Darling Scarp. The first areas settled were on the Swan River at Guildford, with the city's central business district and port (Fremantle) both later founded downriver.

Perth was founded by Captain James Stirling in 1829 as the administrative centre of the Swan River Colony. It gained city status (currently vested in the smaller City of Perth) in 1856 and was promoted to the status of a Lord Mayorality in 1929.[8] The city inherited its name due to the influence of Sir George Murray, then Member of Parliament for Perthshire and Secretary of State for War and the Colonies. The city's population increased substantially as a result of the Western Australian gold rushes in the late 19th century. During Australia's involvement in World War II, Fremantle served as a base for submarines operating in the Pacific Theatre, and a US Navy Catalina flying boat fleet was based at Matilda Bay.[9] An influx of immigrants after the war, predominantly from Britain, Greece, Italy, and Yugoslavia, led to rapid population growth. This was followed by a surge in economic activity flowing from several mining booms in the late 20th and early 21st centuries that saw Perth become the regional headquarters for several large mining operations located around the state.

As part of Perth's role as the capital of Western Australia, the state's Parliament and Supreme Court are located within the city, as is Government House, the residence of the Governor of Western Australia. Perth came seventh in the Economist Intelligence Unit's August 2016 list of the world's most liveable cities[10] and was classified by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network in 2010 as a Beta world city.[11] The city hosted the 1962 Commonwealth Games.

Perth is divided into 30 local government areas and 250 suburbs, stretching from Two Rocks in the north to Singleton in the south, and east inland to The Lakes. Outside of the main CBD, important urban centres within Perth include Fremantle and Joondalup. Most of those were originally established as separate settlements and retained a distinct identity after being subsumed into the wider metropolitan area. Mandurah, Western Australia's second-largest city, has in recent years formed a conurbation with Perth along the coast, though for most purposes it is still considered a separate city.


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Perth (/ˈpɜːrθ/ (About this soundlisten) PURTH) is the capital and largest city of the Australian state of Western Australia. It is named after the city of Perth, Scotland and is the fourth-most populous city in Australia, with a population of 2.04 million living in Greater Perth.[1] Perth is part of the South West Land Division of Western Australia, with the majority of the metropolitan area located on the Swan Coastal Plain, a narrow strip between the Indian Ocean and the Darling Scarp. The first areas settled were on the Swan River at Guildford, with the city's central business district and port (Fremantle) both later founded downriver.

Perth was founded by Captain James Stirling in 1829 as the administrative centre of the Swan River Colony. It gained city status (currently vested in the smaller City of Perth) in 1856 and was promoted to the status of a Lord Mayorality in 1929.[8] The city inherited its name due to the influence of Sir George Murray, then Member of Parliament for Perthshire and Secretary of State for War and the Colonies. The city's population increased substantially as a result of the Western Australian gold rushes in the late 19th century. During Australia's involvement in World War II, Fremantle served as a base for submarines operating in the Pacific Theatre, and a US Navy Catalina flying boat fleet was based at Matilda Bay.[9] An influx of immigrants after the war, predominantly from Britain, Greece, Italy, and Yugoslavia, led to rapid population growth. This was followed by a surge in economic activity flowing from several mining booms in the late 20th and early 21st centuries that saw Perth become the regional headquarters for several large mining operations located around the state.

As part of Perth's role as the capital of Western Australia, the state's Parliament and Supreme Court are located within the city, as is Government House, the residence of the Governor of Western Australia. Perth came seventh in the Economist Intelligence Unit's August 2016 list of the world's most liveable cities[10] and was classified by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network in 2010 as a Beta world city.[11] The city hosted the 1962 Commonwealth Games.

Perth is divided into 30 local government areas and 250 suburbs, stretching from Two Rocks in the north to Singleton in the south, and east inland to The Lakes. Outside of the main CBD, important urban centres within Perth include Fremantle and Joondalup. Most of those were originally established as separate settlements and retained a distinct identity after being subsumed into the wider metropolitan area. Mandurah, Western Australia's second-largest city, has in recent years formed a conurbation with Perth along the coast, though for most purposes it is still considered a separate city.


          Torta al miele: la ricetta golosa che si prepara in poco tempo      Cache   Translate Page      

Torta al miele: la ricetta golosa che si prepara in poco tempo Facile 1h Per 4 persone ingredienti Miele 250g

L'articolo Torta al miele: la ricetta golosa che si prepara in poco tempo sembra essere il primo su Italyan Style.


          WILD DIVISION Wins Radio Monte Carlo J/70 Winter Series      Cache   Translate Page      
J/70s sailing at Sochi, Russia(Sochi, Russia)- Over the March 1st to 3rd weekend, the final stage of the Russian J/70 League Radio Monte Carlo Winter Series took place off Sochi, Russia, with sailing taking place on the capricious Black Sea. Hosting the event for the twenty J/70 teams from across Russia was FGBU “Yug Sport”.  For the third year in a row, the winner was the Chechen Republic’s WILD DIVISION, skippered by Alexander Bozhko (one of the premiere crew members on Valeriya Kovalenko’s famous Russian J/70 called ARTTUBE RUS1)!

In early March, the weather in Sochi changes rapidly and is very inconsistent.  Storms and cold with giant waves one day, perfect sunny warm spring weather the next.  Not surprisingly, Sochi’s weather gods lived up to that reputation for the first day of racing for the anxious crews watching the ferocious weather offshore.  It was so nasty, the boats were never rigged; not surprising considering there were 10-15 foot waves at the harbor mouth and 20-35 kt winds!

“To our great regret, the finale began very poorly,” commented the Chief Judge of the competition, Nikolai Yushkov. “The first day was stormy, such that we could not even get out sailing. The waves were huge, breaking way over the pier, the wind was very strong, and, of course, there was no point in breaking the boats.”

On Saturday, the wind abated, dropping into the 10-20 kts range. Although the waves were still big, the organizers decided to go sailing. As a result, they turned out five races, with varying winds and difficult conditions. When the wind strengthened in the afternoon, and breakdowns began to occur on the boats, the racing was stopped- with the hope that the weather would improve on Sunday.

J/70s sailing off Sochi, Russia“Thankfully, the Good Lord heard us and gave us a most magnificent day on the final Sunday,” continued Nikolai Yushkov. “We had nine races. There was a beautiful wind, the perfect direction; the sun came out, which warmed all the participants. The day was very productive overall. The struggle for the top of the podium was very hard. The winners of the Winter Series will show themselves well in the National Sailing League, they will be able to race and fight for prizes.  They are very good sailing teams.”

The winner of the Winter Series was the WILD DIVISION Team from the Chechen Republic Sailing Federation. Throughout the winter season, the team stayed among the leaders of the series. “At various stages of the series, we changed the composition of the team, we trained hard, we tested how to improve our boathandling,” said Bozhko, the team’s skipper. “And, in the finals, the team really wanted to win. On the first day, there was a strong wind, but we managed. We were able to show a good result; we managed to get three 2nds!”

In the six races on Sunday, the WILD DIVISION crew won three races, took two 2nds. Such consistency enabled them to bypass all their rivals and their Chechen team won the gold medals for the overall series.

J/70 Sochi Winter Series winners“We decided to perform our best in the Sochi J/70 Winter Series, to show the world that sailing in the Chechen Republic has not been forgotten! In fact, it is developing,” said the President of the Chechen Sailing Federation, Hassan Hajiyev. “The federation is very young, it is only 2.5 years old. The team is the innovation of Alexander Bozhko. Alex gathered our team together and he trained them.  Now, our Chechen Sailing Federation is taking the first steps to develop sailing in Chechnya. So, we hope to encourage the young guys, the young girls in this beautiful sport, that includes not only physical exertion, but also the human intellect, it is like chess on the water. This is very important for human development. A yachtsman must know geography, physics, and geometry. Accordingly, the preparation of the children must be at the same level, we must begin to teach them from the beginning such intellectual challenges!”

Second place in the series finals was taken by the crew of ZID ART Sailing team from Moscow. Last season, the team sailed in the Premier Division of the National Sailing League and won the right to move to the top division.

J/70's sailing off Sochi, Russia on Black Sea“For us, the Winter Series was a serious training process and preparation for the Higher Division of the NPL,” said the skipper of the team Zoran Paunovich. “What we wanted to achieve, we achieved. We risked a lot, we tried many different options. A lot of things happened to us. We tried to find ways out of such situations, and to a greater degree succeeded. The first race day here, we demonstrated that we could win in such tough conditions. And, the second racing day showed, that in good conditions, we can not only win, but also lose. This year, we plan to be in the top ten of the NPL Supreme Division. We also want to participate in the J/70 European Championship in Italy in June of this year, but without any special ambitions. This year should show what we are ready for and what we can do!”

Another debutante of the Winter Series, the M*Sailing Team from Rostov-on-Don, was ranked third. The result was excellent, but the team that led in several stages probably wanted more.

“Today the weather was atypical for Sochi. Twisted, twisted, there were some holes, puffs from the right and left,” said the skipper Andrey Malygin. “There were no unambiguous solutions. And, the one who read the weather better, he won. All teams were even, everyone prepared for the final.  All the teams had their best sailors pushing hard. I think our result is normal; there were a couple of errors. But, in general, everyone is happy!”  For more Russian J/70 Sailing League Sailing InformationAdd to Flipboard Magazine.

          3/13/2019: Sport: Goodhue’s      Cache   Translate Page      

Bash, crash, smash went England, rolling over Italy like a tank division. So hallelujah for Jack Goodhue. The young man from the north is like a messenger from the gods. This is the way rugby can still be played. It can be about subtlety and...
          El accidente aéreo en Etiopía obliga a 26 aerolíneas a suspender los vuelos del Boeing 737-MAX 8      Cache   Translate Page      
El accidente aéreo en Etiopía obliga a 26 aerolíneas a suspender los vuelos del Boeing 737-MAX 8#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000\

Aeroméxico, Aerolíneas Argentinas, Air China, Norwegian, Shangai Airlines, entra otras dicen suspender vuelos de sus aviones 747-MAX 8 tras dos accidentes de esta aeronave en situaciones similares en menos de cinco meses.

Aeroméxico, Aerolíneas Argentinas, Air China, Norwegian, Shangai Airlines, entra otras, deciden inmovilizar sus Boeing 737-MAX 8 por dos accidentes en menos de cinco meses: el primero fue un Lion Air en Indonesia donde murieron 189 personas y el segundo ocurrió el pasado domingo, un vuelo de Ethiopian Airlines en el cual murieron sus 157 ocupantes.

La suspensión de vuelos de las 26 aerolíneas representa más del 40% de la flota global de la aeronave. Las acciones de Boeing han caído un 5% en su arranque de cotizaciones hoy en la bolsa de valores estadounidense.

Los dos accidentes ocurrieron en situaciones similares y ha sido lo que ha levantado todas las alarmas por parte de el gran grupo de aerolíneas que suspendieron la flota. Ambos se estrellaron justo después del despegue y ambos eran modelos recién estrenados.

En cuanto a la Agencia Federal de Aviación estadounidense, no ha tomado decisión final pero dicen que lo harán si consideran que hay un problema de seguridad. Es por eso que aerolíneas como American Airlines, que tiene 24 aeronaves de este tipo en su flota.

¿Qué aerolíneas operan con el Boeing 737-MAX 8?

Estas son las aerolíneas con al menos un Boeing 747-MAX 8 en su flota.

  • Southwest Airlines (34)
  • Air Canada (24)
  • American Airlines (24)
  • China Southern Airlines* (22)
  • Norwegian Air (18)
  • Air China* (15)
  • TUI (15)
  • SpiceJet (13)
  • WestJet (13)
  • Hainan Airlines* (11)
  • Shanghai Airlines* (11)
  • FlyDubai(11)
  • Turkish Airlines (11)
  • Xiamen Airlines* (10)
  • Lion Air* (10)
  • Smartwings (7)
  • Shandong Airlines* (7)
  • GOL Airlines* (7)
  • Shenzhen Airlines* (6)
  • SilkAir* (6)
  • Aeroméxico* (6)
  • Aerolíneas Argentinas* (5)
  • LOT (5)
  • Oman Air (5)
  • Jet Airways (5)
  • Ethiopian Airlines* (4)
  • China Eastern Airlines* (4)
  • Sunwing Airlines (4)
  • Lucky Air* (3)
  • Air Italy (3)
  • Icelandair (3)
  • Cayman Airways* (2)
  • Easter Jet* (2)
  • Fiji Airways (2)
  • Fuzhou Airlines* (2)
  • Kunming Airlines* (2)
  • Okay Airways* (2)
  • S7 Airlines (2)
  • Enter Air (2)
  • Royal Air Maroc* (1)
  • 9 Air* (1)
  • Garuda Indonesia* (1)
  • Comair* (1)
  • Mauritania Airlines (1)
  • MIAT Mongolian Airlines* (1)
  • Corendon Airlines (1)
  • SCAT (1)

* Aerolínea con su flota de Boeing 747-MAX 8 inmovilizada


          Xebec Adsorption is a growth stock to own in 2019, Beacon says      Cache   Translate Page      

Following a new contract win, Beacon Securities analyst Ahmad Shaath has raised his price target on Xebec Adsorption (Xebec Adsorption Stock Quote, Chart TSXV:XBC). This morning, Xebec announced it had signed a new $6-million contract for a landfill biogas plant in Italy. “Upgraded landfill gas to RNG is playing an increasingly important role in the […]

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          Boeing 737, Donald Trump: "Gli aerei di oggi sono troppo complessi. Non voglio che a guidarli sia Einstein, ma un pilota"      Cache   Translate Page      

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Dopo la tragedia del Boeing 737 Max 8 precipitato in Etiopia, Donald Trump interviene sulla questione della sicurezza degli aerei. In un post su Twitter scrive: "Gli aeroplani stanno diventando fin troppo complessi da far volare", una "complessità che crea pericolo".

"Non sono più necessari i piloti ma piuttosto gli informatici del Mit. Non voglio che Albert Einstein sia il mio pilota. Io voglio che a grandi professionisti del volo sia consentito di prendere il controllo dell'aereo facilmente e rapidamente!", aggiunge invocando "le cose vecchie e semplici".


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          Sergio Mattarella: "Siamo sull'orlo di una crisi climatica globale"      Cache   Translate Page      

"Gli sforzi compiuti nelle diverse conferenze internazionali, che si sono succedute, hanno, sin qui, conseguito risultati significativi ma parziali e ancora insufficienti. Siamo sull'orlo di una crisi climatica globale, per scongiurare la quale occorrono misure concordate a livello planetario. E' il senso della sollecitazione sottoscritta, nell'autunno scorso, da alcuni Capi di Stato europei". A dirlo è stato oggi il Capo dello Stato Sergio Mattarella nel corso del suo intervento al Teatro Comunale di Belluno.

Mattarella è al teatro comunale di Belluno, dove si svolge la cerimonia di commemorazione per le vittime della tempesta 'Vaia' che ha colpito le montagne venete a fine ottobre 2018.


          "Cieli chiusi ai Boeing 737-8 Max in tutta Europa", la decisione dell'Easa      Cache   Translate Page      

L'Agenzia per la sicurezza del trasporto aereo dell'Unione europea (Easa) sospende tutti i voli del Boeing 737-8 Max e 737-9 Max in Europa a partire dalle 19, come misura precauzionale, a seguito al disastro aereo di domenica in Etiopia. Si legge in una nota pubblicata sul profilo Twitter dell'Agenzia.

"È una misura presa in via precauzionale - si legge sul sito dell'agenzia - l'Easa sta analizzando tutti gli elementi disponibili. Le indagini sull'incidente sono ancora in corso ed è troppo presto per trarre qualsiasi conclusione sulle relative cause".

Prima che arrivasse la comunicazione dell'agenzia Italia, Gran Bretagna, Francia e Germania avevano già sospeso le operazioni degli aerei Boeing 737 MAX 8, il modello coinvolto nello schianto dell'Ethiopian Airlines. L'Enac, secondo quanto si apprende, ha disposto lo stop operativo dei B737 dalle 21 di stasera. L'unica azienda che in Italia utilizza i Boeing 737 Max 8 è Air Italy. In un comunicato la compagnia ha specificato di essersi adeguata alla decisione dell'Enac: "Per Air Italy la sicurezza dei propri passeggeri e degli equipaggi è la principale priorità. - si legge in una nota. L'azienda tiene a ricordare che "tutti gli aeromobili presenti nella nostra flotta sono sempre pienamente conformi con le istruzioni delle autorità di regolamentazione e con le procedure operative della casa costruttrice".

Alla lunga lista che contava già Etiopia, Cina, Indonesia e Mongolia si aggiungono inoltre Argentina, Singapore, Australia e Corea del Sud. Intanto dal paese del Corno d'Africa fanno sapere che saranno necessari almeno cinque giorni per rilasciare ai familiari i corpi delle vittime.

In Europa, Gran Bretagna e Germania hanno deciso di bandire il volo dei 737 MAX dal proprio spazio aereo. Stesso discorso per la Norwegian Air Shuttle che lascerà a terra i suoi 18 mezzi dello stesso modello. Allungano la lista Austria e Islanda. Secondo quanto riporta Bloomberg l'agenzia europea per la sicurezza aerea (Easa) sarebbe pronta a seguire la linea della Gran Bretagna, primo paese europeo a prendere la decisione di tenere a terra gli aerei.

Da Singapore spiegano "l'Authority per l'Aviazione civile sospende temporaneamente l'operatività di tutte le varianti di aeromobili Boeing 737 Max da e per Singapore, alla luce dei due incidenti letali che hanno coinvolto questi aeromobili in meno di cinque mesi". L'Authority di Singapore si dice in contatto con gli enti per l'Aviazione civile degli Stati Uniti e di altri Paesi e con la stessa Boeing. Tra le compagnie più colpite da questa decisione c'è la locale SilkAir. La stessa decisione è stata presa dalle autorità della Corea del Sud. Si legge in una nota: "Abbiamo suggerito a Eastar Jet, l'unica compagnia aerea sudcoreana proprietaria del B737-8 (due velivoli) a lasciarli a terra". Anche la compagnia indiana Jet Airways ha deciso di fermare i voli dei suoi cinque Boeing 737 e dalla società fanno sapere che "nessuno dei mezzi in questo momento è impiegato nei voli". Anche l'Oman ha sospeso le partenze e gli arrivi nei suoi aeroporti dei 737 Max. La Oman Air ha 5 apparecchi di quel tipo. Il paese è il primo tra le nazioni del Golfo ad applicare questa misura in seguito al disastro aereo.

Dal Asia all'Oceania. L'aviazione australiana pone il suo divieto alla circolazione dei 737 nel suo spazio aereo e quindi anche i velivoli di altre compagnie non potranno entrare in Australia. Virgin Australia, la seconda aerolinea australiana dopo la Qantas, però mantiene l'impegno a ricevere la consegna di 30 Boeing 737 MAX 8 quest'anno. La Virgin, che non ha ancora nessuno di tali modelli nella sua flotta, ha ordinato 30 mezzi di quello specifico modello, per un totale stimato pari a più di 3 miliardi di euro, oltre a 10 Boeing 737MAX 10. Il primo 737 MAX 8 è atteso in novembre e sarà usato per rotte domestiche. Il comandante John Lyons, presidente dell'associazione di categoria della compagnia, ha parlato a nome dei suoi colleghi dicendo di "avere massima fiducia nel Boeing 737 e nel rigoroso addestramento che Virgin Australia assicura ai suoi piloti".

In Sud America, La compagnia di bandiera di Buenos Aires, Aerolineas Argentinas ha disposto un "riposo obbligato" per i suoi cinque Boeing 737 Max 8. In un comunicato la compagnia ha precisato che "il fermo degli aerei permetterà una loro ispezione e successivamente, secondo quanto comunicherà il costruttore Boeing, si deciderà se torneranno a volare". La decisione "è stata presa dopo l'analisi congiunta condotta con l'Anac, l'autorità del settore aereo nel Paese", si legge in una dichiarazione della compagnia. Motivando il blocco, dalla compagnia ripetono come un mantra: "Per Aerolineas Argentinas, il valore più importante è la sicurezza".


          Una madre dimentica suo figlio in aeroporto. Aereo saudita costretto a tornare indietro dopo il decollo      Cache   Translate Page      

Un aereo diretto in Malesia è dovuto rientrare in Arabia Saudita da dove era decollato dopo che una passeggera si è resa conto che aveva lasciato il suo bambino al terminal. Il pilota, in viaggio verso Kuala Lumpur, ha esaudito l'insolita richiesta di tornare all'aeroporto di Gedda poco dopo il decollo quando la passeggera ha raccontato all'equipaggio di cabina di aver dimenticato il suo bambino. Lo riporta The Guardian.

Un video del pilota che chiama i controllori del traffico aereo rivela l'inusuale scambio tra lui, mentre chiede il permesso di tornare all'aeroporto di King Abdulaziz, e gli operatori.

"Che Dio sia con noi. Possiamo tornare?", chiede il pilota. Lo scenario, apparentemente accaduto per la prima volta per i controllori del traffico aereo, lascia l'operatore confuso e si sente che conferisce con altri l'azione appropriata da compiere. "Questo volo chiede di tornare", dice a un altro collega. "Un passeggero ha dimenticato il suo bambino nella sala d'aspetto". Nell'audio si sente il pilota che insiste: "Te l'ho detto, una passeggera ha lasciato il suo bambino nel terminal e si rifiuta di continuare il volo".

Dopo una breve pausa, il volo è stato autorizzato a tornare all'hub. "OK, torna", hanno detto i controllori del traffico aereo. "Questa è una cosa totalmente inusuale e nuova per noi". È raro che gli aerei si girino o si spostino a mezz'aria per motivi diversi da motivi tecnici o di salute dei passeggeri.

Nel 2013, un volo della American Airlines da Los Angeles a New York è stato deviato a Kansas City a causa di un "passeggero molto indisciplinato" che si è rifiutato di smettere di cantare "I Will Always Love You" di Whitney Houston. L'anno seguente, a New York, un aereo diretto a Seul tornò al cancello dopo che l'ereditiera coreana della compagnia aerea Cho Hyun-ah costrinse un membro dell'equipaggio a sbarcare perché era stata servita con le noci di macadamia da un pacchetto anziché da una scodella.


          CHARLES, Ray - The Great Ray Charles (Wax Love Italy) LP      Cache   Translate Page      
Title: The Great Ray Charles
Artist: CHARLES, Ray
Label: Wax Love Italy
Format: LP

Track listing:
MP3 Sample The Ray
MP3 Sample My Melancholy Baby
MP3 Sample Black Coffee
MP3 Sample There's No You
MP3 Sample Doddlin'
MP3 Sample Sweet Sixteen Bars
MP3 Sample I Surrender Dear
MP3 Sample Undecided

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Title: Back At The Chicken Shack (reissue)
Artist: INCREDIBLE JIMMY SMITH, The
Label: Wax Love Italy
Format: LP

Track listing:
MP3 Sample Back At The Chicken Shack
MP3 Sample Minor Chant
MP3 Sample On The Sunny Side Of The Street
MP3 Sample When I Grow Too Odld To Dream
MP3 Sample Messy Bessie

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Title: Music For Torching With Billie Holiday
Artist: HOLIDAY, Billie
Label: Wax Love Italy
Format: LP

Track listing:
MP3 Sample It Had To Be You
MP3 Sample Come Rain Or Come Shine
MP3 Sample I Get A Kick Out Of You
MP3 Sample I Don't Want To Cry Anymore
MP3 Sample Ghost Of A Chance
MP3 Sample A Fine Romance
MP3 Sample Gone With The Wind
MP3 Sample Isn't This A Lovely Day?

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Title: Workout (reissue)
Artist: MOBLEY, Hank
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Format: LP

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MP3 Sample Uh Huh
MP3 Sample Smokin'
MP3 Sample The Best Things In Life Are Free
MP3 Sample Greasin' Easy

          COLTRANE, John - Live At The Apollo Theater Dusseldorf Germany March 18th 1960 (Wax Love Italy) limited LP      Cache   Translate Page      
Title: Live At The Apollo Theater Dusseldorf Germany March 18th 1960
Artist: COLTRANE, John
Label: Wax Love Italy
Format: limited LP

Track listing:
MP3 Sample On Green Dolphin Street
MP3 Sample Walkin'
MP3 Sample The Theme
MP3 Sample Yesterdays/Autumn Leaves/What's New/Moonlight In Vermont
MP3 Sample Rifftide

          Does Talking About Books Make Us More Cosmopolitan?      Cache   Translate Page      
Often, when we argue about books, it’s as well to ask ourselves if there isn’t an issue of competence that divides us. Time and again, I’ve realized I’d better shut my mouth when someone points out something of which I was simply ignorant, something that shifts the whole picture. As an Englishman living in Italy, discussing Italian literature with Italians, this is perhaps inevitable. In this regard, arguing about books can have the function, however mortifying, of reminding you that for a book to happen more fully and satisfyingly, you will have to change.
           Comment on Venice’s Marriage of the Sea – Festa della Sensa 2017 by Jacqueline Magruder-Perry       Cache   Translate Page      
Venice Events - best events in Venice - World Travel Guide www.worldtravelguide.net › … › Europe › Italy › Venice This site gives May 5th as date of Festa della sensa. Which is the correct date? May 5th or May 27th
          Newspaper Commentaries, Poems, Puffs, and Reviews of Nobody      Cache   Translate Page      
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Newspaper Commentaries, Poems, Puffs, and Reviews of Nobody (October-December 1794)

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*** Indicates an Editor’s Note
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The Morning Post and Fashionable World
(Saturday, October 4, 1794) 3.

The Fashionable World.

Mrs. Jordan’s œconomy, and benevolence towards the unfortunate, disarm even the malice of her enemies! Her very eminent theatrical talents are the least of her claims to admiration, when it is remembered that those talents are always cheerfully exerted to serve the distressed, or amuse the Public.

We are glad to find that the report of Mrs. Robinson’s retiring to Italy is doubtful; we have had too many instances of emigration already, and trust she will not quit a country so highly flattered by her distinguished talents.

The Morning Post and Fashionable World
(Monday, October 6, 1794) 3.

The Fashionable World.

A Turban, and single White Feather, is the simple head dress worn by our Belles. Equality seems the motto of the most dashing Fair, as they still appear as Nobody.

The Morning Post and Fashionable World
(Thursday, October 9, 1794) 3.

The Fashionable World.

Lord and Lady Malden are returned to town from Warley Camp. . . .

Whatever impropriety there might have been in introducing Miss Wallis into the Stage-Box after her performance of Imogen, certainly that young actress is to be excused, and it would be cruel should she suffer in the public estimation.

Our Cavalry Associators of the present day, are as much encumbered as the heroes of Antiquity who wore armour. It is not unusual to see them on duty in the Playhouse Lobbies, with helmet, broad-sword, long spurs, whips, umbrellas, cross-belts, and cartouch-box!!

Lady L. is quite astonished that the swinish multitude should dare object to any thing that she may please to countenance. Caligula made a Consul of his horse; and our upstart Nobility will soon have the presumption to take front rows in the boxes for their lap-dogs.—Their puppies are already sufficiently troublesome! . . .

The engagement of Mrs. Wallis is for three years, at eighteen pounds a week. Her father is alive; and she is not, as reported, a Ward in Chancery.

The Morning Post and Fashionable World
(Friday, October 10, 1794) 3.

The Fashionable World.

Miss Wallis was invited into Lady Loughborough’s box, the first night of her performance; if the audience were displeased, they should attribute the cause to her Ladyship, and not to this favourite actress, whose object it must be to please and conciliate, and not give offence to the audience. . . .

The Lady Gamblers exclaim loudly against the war, but are yet preparing decoys for the country, of whom they expect to have a tolerable plucking. Rouge et noir is to take the lead during the winter.

The Morning Post and Fashionable World
(Monday, October 13, 1794) 3.

The Fashionable World.

Much idle nonsense has been uttered against Miss Wallis appearing in the front Boxes. But we are of opinion, that actors of respectability and eminence have a right to sit where they please in the Theatre. The only objection we have is, that to see them mingle with the Audience after they perform, removes the impression previously made by the delusion of the Scene.

The Morning Post and Fashionable World
(Saturday, October 18, 1794) 4.

POETS CORNER.
for the
MORNING POST and FASHIONABLE WORLD.

SO, Mr. Editor, in troth,
The titl’d dames are fill’d with wrath!
And why? forsooth, a gentle Maid,
Dar’d mingle in their vain parade!
Was it because her talents shone,
With brighter lustre than their own?
Or did the Dians proudly scorn
A Polish Girl, Plebian born?
Was it so new, to see some talents,
Assemble with the bold assailants?
Why do they not exert their fury,
To check the Comic Queen of Drury,
Who every night, sweet harmless Girl,
Sits, tête-a-tête, with D-----y’s Earl;
Or nods to M—ln—r’s gaudy spouse,
To Lady Charlotte, smiles and bows;
Or (who but savages can blame her?)
Blows a kind kiss to Mistress D-----r.
Sure, if a Veteran of the Stage
Has pow’r to quell their mighty rage—
A Novice may at least pretend
To hope the sanction of a friend!—
But Fashion is a jade capricious,
Her vot’ries giddy, vain, and vicious;
They love on humble worth to trample—
I’ll give you now a striking sample.

A few nights since, at Covent-Garden—
With heart unfeeling as Churchwarden—
A titled Lady twirl’d her fan,
Then bridled thrice, and thus began—
“Tis vastly odd, though I’m a Duchess,
(But now the vulgar manner such is)
That women, lowly born, pretend
With clay of finer mould to blend!
I swear ’tis arrogant and rude,
To shock our eyes with such a brood;
In every Theatre, the Boxes
Are fill’d with Cits, and low-bred Doxies!
They have no Titles! ’tis a shame;
The Managers are much to blame!
And I shall speak to Sheridan,
To alter this indecent plan.”

“Indeed, your Grace, you’re right, and I
Will second you,” says Lady Di
“No wonder here the Base presume—
They crowd us in the Drawing-room!!
All powder’d, jewel’d, patch’d and painted;
Last Birth-Day I had nearly fainted!
There’s Mrs. H-----gs! Lady -------!
With diamonds deck’d;—obtain’d most oddly!
At Ranelagh, last Spring, my eyes
Were shock’d at improprieties;—
When Lady T-----r, whom I knew,
A milliner, du premier gout!
Close by my side, presum’d to please,
With simple mien, and white chemise!
While bold Sir Greg, at home would sit,
Composing eulogies on P—t!
There’s Ladies M—ld—n, M—yn—d, L—de,
And many more;—’tis much too bad!
All, all presume to take a seat,
Where Duchesses, and Princes meet!
And think, since fortune is their lot.
Their origin, is quite forgot!
“Hold,” said Her Grace,—“Dear Lady Di,
I blush at such absurdity!
Would you believe, when I complain,
One night last week, at Drury-lane—
That M—gh,—and I,—and L—n,
And P—g—t, beings highly born!
Were forc’d to take the second rows,
Midst wretches, whom no Creature knows!
To have our ears, divinely chaste,
By vulgar ribaldry disgrac’d!
These common People, come to stare,
Like boobies at a Country Fair;
They gape, and wonder,—stupid things!
And cry encore when Johnstone sings;
Pour souls, unlike the dilletanti,
They never heard, the notes of Banti!
They cry, when Siddons calls their tears!
And laugh, ’till they have crack’d their ears,
(When Parsons plays, or Comic Suett;)
I wonder how the Brutes can do it!
But they, their own low manners spread,
Their feeling shews they’re under-bred!”
Now, if the Managers would claim
The patronage of higher fame,
We soon will banish pigmy elves,
Not born to Titles like ourselves;
No Lady-writers here should sit,
To draw attention from the Pit;
Shew but a scribbler of Romance,
We cannot get a single glance!
No Painter, Poet, or Musician,
Or Being of such low condition—
All, all should be Delight and Fashion,
Sans Sentiment, sans Taste, sans Passion!”

This suits not either Me or You,
So, Mr. Editor—Adieu!

BRIDGET.

Primrose-hill, oct. 1794.

The Morning Post and Fashionable World
(Tuesday, October 21, 1794) 3.

The Fashionable World.

The last New Gambling House set up in St. James’s-street, is now the great Vortex that swallows all the loose cash of the Ignorant and Unwary. The Proprietors threaten those with Prosecutions that dare insinuate anything against their honour!!

The Morning Post and Fashionable World
(Wednesday, October 22, 1794) 3.

The Fashionable World.

There is a novel species of Crimping at present practised in this Town. A number of fellows of insinuating address, are employed by the Keeper of the last new Gambling–house set up in St. James’s-street, to kidnap young Men of Fashion, and take them to the Pharo Table, where they are sure, if possessed of thousands, to lose every stiver.

The Morning Post and Fashionable World
(Thursday, October 23, 1794) 3.

The Fashionable World.

There is one fashionable vice particularly, which will receive no encouragement from the Princess of Wales, and that is Gambling. The Prince has already declared, that not one of the Lady gamblers shall, after his marriage, be suffered within the walls of Carlton House.

The Morning Post and Fashionable World
(Tuesday, October 28, 1794) 3.

The Fashionable World.

The new Gambling-house in St. James’s street, in defiance of order and morality, displayed all its lights on Sunday Evening, to attract the holiday apprentices. The Magistrates were for months apprized of the atrocious deeds practised in Crimping-houses; but they were deaf to the public solicitations. The result of that business should point out the necessity of removing instantly notorious nuisances.

The Morning Post and Fashionable World
(Wednesday, November 5, 1794) 3.

pg. 3:

TO THE EDITOR
of the
MORNING POST and FASHIONABLE WORLD.

Letter II.

Dear Mister Editor, again
To you I dedicate my pen,
To tell your constant Friends—the Town,
How certain Ladies pout and frown,
Since Reynolds, with his wicked wit,
Their manly ways so well has hit:
But not to keep you longer waiting,
Thus did I hear the Dames debating:

To Drury’s Box that joins the Stage,
Came Lady Tippy—in a rage;
Her cheeks was flush’d with fateful ire—
Her eyes emitting vengeful fire—
Her voice was loud as peals of thunder—
The gaping Pit was lost in wonder!
“Silence!” cried one, who came to hear;
My Lady answered with a sneer—
Too proud to mind the vulgar rabble—
She thus began her senseless gabble:

Iv’e been at Covent-Garden Play—
But could not, on my conscience, stay;
I wonder how the Mob’s amus’d,
To see their betters so abus’d,
To hear a saucy low Plebian—
For vulgar Virtue, raise the Pean!
And with his Gothic maxims teach
Such stuff as Grandmothers would preach!
Scarce had she spoke, when Lady Jane
Re-echoed back the polish’d strain:—
I’m glad, dear Lady Tip, to find
That you and I are of one mind.
It is a scandal to Bon-Ton—
That such a Knave his rig shou’d run!
But Education now-a-days
Is up to all his dirty ways.
Women, who know the world, defy
The dullness of Morality;
O! never say that I’m the thing,
If I dont see the Monster swing;
And may I never win a stake—
But if I find the wily snake,
I’ll of dear Vengeance take my fill—
I’ll horse-whip him—by Jove I will!

“That’s right,” says Tippy, “and I’ll be
Your second in the victory!
Oh! may I never win a bet,
Or beat Old Quizzy at Piquet;
Oh! may I never name the Horse
That wins the Plate on Beacon Course;
Oh! may I never hunt the Fox,
Or shake, with winning grace, the Box;
With Jockey ride a race again,
Or know the trick of Seven’s the Main;
May I ne’er cock a Card, or waste
The winter months with Souls of Taste;
Ne’er deal at Faro—or Vignt Un
From midnight hour till rise of Sun!
May I ne’er drive my four blood Nags,
O’er gaping Cits, or vulgar hags!
Till I have found this saucy Wight,
And dragg’d him—by the nose—to light!”

In the front row, a Duchess rose—
“What!” cried she, “pull the creature’s nose!
Not for the world,” exclaim’d her Grace,
“Would I descend to touch his face!
I’m told the fellow is no coward,
His blood’s more pure than blood of Howard!
His character as free from stain
(To own it fills my breast with pain,
Yet so I heard, or I mistook)
As any in the Herald’s Book.
Those men who write Lampoons and Plays,
Are but the Mentors of the days:—
They laugh at us, who live in stile,
And envy those they most revile.
There was a time, when Nobles bow’d,
To mingle with the scribbling croud!
When what the world calls Men of Letters,
Were seen in converse with their betters!
When Poets, monstrous to relate!
Were worship’d by the high-born Great!
And I’ve been told such stupid things
Were once the monitors of Kings!
There’s Rochester—whom I must own
Possess’d some traces of Bon Ton
On am’rous Charles his wit would try—
But he could boast Nobility!
And whose descent is prov’d—We find
A thousand charms of face and mind!
For, after all, there’s nothing good,
That is not sprung, from Noble Blood.”

“Now, Men of Genius hope to gain
A place, amongst the great; in vain!
No; thanks to fate, their day is o’er,
And fashion votes their works—a bore.
Nay not a single learned Quiz,
In well-bred circles, shews his phiz—
He would not understand our ways,
He neither shuffles, deals, or plays,
By Heavens! I swear, the curtain falls!
The Box-keeper,—my carriage calls!
What was the Farce? did Farren play?
You’ll come to St-----ts—I cannot stay.
What will the piece to-morrow be?
If not a stupid Tragedy—
I’ll come;—but not to make wry faces:
So Box-keeper, you’ll keep my places.”

Away, the noisy Trio flew!—
Again, Dear Editor-----Adieu.

BRIDGET.

Primrose-hill.

pg.3:

The Fashionable World.

Mrs. Jordan from her appearance we should imagine, should receive a double Salary from the Managers.

The Morning Post and Fashionable World
Saturday, November 8, 1794) 3.

The Fashionable World.

The Lady Gamblers proposed having Pharo, and Rouge et Noir, at the London Coffee House, during the State Trials; the proposal was properly rejected, as it would be dangerous to trust to the multitude of spies and informers that frequent the House during that busy season.

The Morning Post and Fashionable World
(Monday, November 10, 1794) 3.

The Fashionable World.

Play is so adored by our fashionable dames, that even their faces bear the stamp of their pursuits, and present a tablet of rouge and noir.

The scarcity of Ladies in the lower Side Boxes, may be attributed to the rage from Plays amongst our Dames of haut ton. Faro, and rouge et noir, have wholly banished a gout for rational amusements. This is indeed a serious, disgraceful evil; that “has encreased, is encreasing, and ought to be diminished.”

The Morning Post and Fashionable World
(Tuesday, November 11, 1794) 3.

The Fashionable World.

Mrs. Jordan, in the course of a few weeks, is likely to make another addition to the Royal Nursery. . . .

Mrs. Robinson has the merit of having made her lovely Daughter one of the most Accomplished young Women in this Country. . . .

Certain titled Ladies say, that the short waist, and flowing drapery is Grecian: we wish they had a taste for elegant literature, for which the Grecian women were also celebrated.

The Morning Post and Fashionable World
(Wednesday, November 12, 1794) 3.

The Fashionable World.

Mrs. Concannon’s routes commence immediately. Lady Buckinghamshire’s, after Christmas, and Lady Archer’s, at the meeting of Parliament.

A great number of New Carriages are to be sported next birth day, and the Courtiers have all received a hint, that it will be necessary to impress on the mind of the princess of Wales, a favourable opinion of our Courtly Splendour.

The proud excesses of the Gay World this Winter will occasion no inconsiderable number of Bankrupts the next. Since the War, the Tradesmen’s Books are over-loaded with Debts, and if one of them should press a Nobleman for his money, he is immediately denounced, “a Jaçobine!

The Morning Post and Fashionable World
(Thursday, November 13, 1794) 3.

The Fashionable World.

In Congreve’s days, the Stage was the mirror of the times, where folly and vice beheld their own deformity; and the preposterous manners of high life, were checked by the pen of fair and unoffending satire.

The Morning Post and Fashionable World
(Saturday, November 15, 1794) 3.

The Fashionable World.

A Farce should be laughable, and neatly written; not too intricate in Plot; its Satire should be keen, but not gross, and the moral tendency beneficial to Society. Such productions are much wanted in this Age of Fashionable Folly.

Mr. Sheridan is so well pleased with the account of Mrs. Robinson’s Comedy, (for he was requested by the author not to read it) that he has given directions for every possible expedition to be exerted in bringing it forward. It was only presented to Mr. Kemble last Friday, and advertised the day following.

The Morning Post and Fashionable World
(Tuesday, November 25, 1794) 3.

The Fashionable World.

The late John Hunter’s House in Leicester Fields, is now appositely enough devoted to the Fashionable Arts and Sciences. It is literally a Gaming House.

Two Ci-devant Noblesse Emigrants, for whom a Subscription was made a few days ago at Bath, amounting to near a hundred pounds, very generously lost the whole sum in the Rooms at the Card Table the night after.

Mrs. Robinson’s Comedy of Nobody has no allusion whatever to the Crest-fallen Premier.

The Morning Post and Fashionable World
(Friday, November 28, 1794) 3.

The Fashionable World.

The Countess of Buckinghamshire’s route on Wednesday night was thinly attended. The amusements did not begin till after the play. There were a few Coronets present, but the Cannaille were in the majority.

Gambling seems to have carried the system of leveling much further than Tom Paine. At the fashionable Gambling Tables, it is usual to see the Peer and the Pickpocket, the Peeress and the Prostitute, and all orders and distinctions trying which can with more dexterity defraud the other.

The Morning Post and Fashionable World
(Saturday, November 29, 1794) 1, 3.

THEATRE ROYAL, DRURY-LANE.
THIS PRESENT EVENING, His MA-
JESTY’s SERVANTS will act the Tragedy of
THE MOURNING BRIDE.
Manuel, Mr. Aickin; Gonzalez, Mr. Packer; Garcia, Mr. Barrymore; Perez, Mr. Bland; Alonzo, Mr. Phillimore; Osmyn, Mr. Kemble; Heli, Mr. Benson; Selim, Mr. Caulfield; Almeria, Mrs. Powell; Zara, Mrs. Siddons; Leonora, Miss Tidswell.
To which will be added, for the First Time, a New Comedy in Two Acts, called
NOBODY.
With New Dresses, &c.
The Characters by
Mr. Barrymore, Mr. Bensley, Mr. Bannister, jun. Mr. Evans, Mr. Trueman, Mr. Maddocks.—Mrs. Goodall, Miss Pope, Miss Collins, Miss Heard, Miss De Camp, Mrs. Booth, Mrs. Jordan.
The PROLOGUE to be spoken by Mr. BARRYMORE,
And the EPILOGUE by Mrs. JORDAN.
On Monday, the Siege of Belgrade.

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The Fashionable World.

Some of the poverty-stricken Men of Fashion actually eke out a miserable existence, in distributing among proper objects, Cards of Invitation from the Lady Gamblers!

St. James’s Chronicle or British Evening-Post
(Saturday, November 29, to Tuesday, December 2, 1794) 4.

THEATRE. –Drury-Lane

Saturday evening, a Farce called Nobody, was performed for the first time.

On the first intimation of this production, we thought it referred to our old acquaintance at school; the authour [sic] of all unfathered mischiefs; and who, in our opinion, would have furnished laughable materials for a Frace.

Mrs. Robinson, the reputed Authour of the present Entertainment, has chosen another species of character, which goes under the denomination of Nobody in High Life.

Mrs. Robinson, in a peculiar style of poetry, has seised [sic] the sentimental palm; to the attainment of which, the efforts of Della Crusca have been directed. But non omnia possumus omnes [we cannot all do everything]; the long and patient attention necessary to the developement [sic] of tender sentiment, seems to have unfitted her for the arrangement of farcical incidents.

The effect of the Entertainment is a sort of weariness which the French call Ennui; and which was so much felt by the audience, that a great part of it strongly opposed its being given out for a second representation.

The Morning Post and Fashionable World
(Monday, December 1, 1794) 2.

DRURY LANE THEATRE.

A New Farce, entitled, Nobody, written by Mrs. Robinson, was performed at this Theatre on Saturday night. The scene is taken from high life, and is intended as a laudable exposure of those dames of Fashion, who in departing from the delicacy of their sex, commence Gamesters, involving by such conduct, not only their own characters in ruin, but that of others in this Vortex of fashionable depravity. The story of the piece is simple. Lady Languid, the heroine of the scene, is beset by a croud of flutterers, but her admirers diminish in proportion to her ill success at Play. Sir Harry Rightly, a respectable citizen, is rewarded by her hand, in consequence of his generosity and constancy: a reformation takes place in the lady, and the parties are happily united.

With such slender Materials, it cannot be expected that this Farce abounds in Incident or Interest. Bannister represents one of those nauseous and senseless Fops, that infest every place of public resort, and though the character is well conceived, it is not as well drawn as we could have wished.

There are certain objectionable things in the double entendre, that the good sense of the Lady will induce her to expunge, and we “cry her mercy,” if we should, in defiance of her superior judgment, disagree with her in observing, that it is possible to have too much of a good thing. The House was full of Fashion, and to this we attribute the sentiments of disapprobation manifested at the conclusion, as Gambling is become a vice so general that there were few in the Boxes that were not displeased at the exposure of their dissipation and depravities.

The Prologue was delivered by Mr. Barrymore, and the Epilogue by Mrs. Jordan. They were both well received, and do honour to Mrs. Robinson, from whose pen they come. The Farce was given out for a second representation for this evening.

The Morning Chronicle
(Monday, December 1, 1794) 3.

THEATRE,
DRURY-LANE.

A new Afterpiece, whimsically called “Nobody,” was brought out before a numerous assembly on Saturday.—It is the production of Mrs. Robinson, whose poetical talents have so justly raised her to literary distinction. The plan of this little Comedy (for its structure is correctly within the rules of regular Drama) is, to exhibit in gay satire the frivolous manners, and degrading dissipation of high life. Though there is no novelty in the idea, there is pleasurable ease in the dialogue, and severe truth in the pictures which she draws. If the characters, though all theatrically familiar to the Audience, had been actively engaged in business, and their conversations had been animated by incident, of which the subject was fruitful, it would have been a most agreeable Afterpiece; but unfortunately they have so little to do, that the heart is fatigued with scenes which lead to no purpose, and which do not connect and carry on an interest. A pair of jack-boots, left by an arch simpleton in the dressing-room of Lady Languid is neatly and dramatically improved into a tale of scandal by her friends; and the wisdom of such friendships is still further exemplified by their refusing to lend her a rouleau, when pigeoned at the Faro-table. If something more of this kind of incident had been sprinkled over the light surface of the fable, it would have been a favourite performance. The writing is easy, and in parts epigrammatic; but we cannot flatter Mrs. Robinson with saying that her muse is likely, in this instance, to shine with the graceful eclat that u[s]ed to accompany her personal appearance on the Boards.

Mrs. Jordan performed the part of the arch simpleton, which she did with that force and energy which characterise her humour.—She sang a little Scots madrigal with the most touching melody, and in which she was rapturously encored. Miss Pope, who never appears without giving pleasure to every heart, had, in her first scene, a good female caricature of masculine manners to exhibit, which she did with true comedy.—She had afterwards to undergo the trouble of dressing for nothing. Mr. Bannister had literally nothing to do worthy of himself. The wit of the part was exhausted in the dress. Mr. Barrymore wore, what no gentleman ever appears in, black silk breeches with a frock coat.—We mention it only because we see the gallants at this Theatre too often drest in this shabby style.

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For the MORNING CHRONICLE,
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THEATRE.

MR. EDITOR,

I was one of the many at Drury-lane House, on Saturday evening, to attend the performance of the new Comedy, entitled, Nobody, and saw the first act with pleasure, although mixt with expectation and hopes of something better. The second act unfortunately fell off, rather than rose, in degree of attraction, point, and merit, and ultimately provoked the displeasure of that important Somebody, the Audience, the generality of whom seemed disgusted with the manners, and disappointed by the use and disposal of the characters and their escape of justice. I have often witnessed a more unwarrantable sentence of judgment passed in the Theatre, from caprice, accidental ill-temper, or want of due attention to the grounds and aim of the satire exhibited. In Nobody’s case nobody was to blame; and I may be bold to say this, because the author of the petite Comedie of Saturday has taught me, that, as nobody was meant to be personified, Nobody can claim a right to complain: but, all play upon words apart, I should forget what is due to Mrs. Robinson’s merit as a poet and general writer, if, as one of her literary admirers, I did not step forward, and admit that her object was a fair one, her way of treating it entitled to credit, her colouring correct, and her picture strikingly just; but unfortunately her subject was ill-chosen, her characters were too faint for general intelligibility and relish, and her tout ensemble wanted interest, and consequently was deficient in impression and effect. The truth is, the topics have already been touched on by Mrs. Inchbald, in her Comedy of Next-door Neighbours, and the satire brought to a point by the author of a short piece, called, A Quarter of an Hour before Dinner, frequently performed at Mr. Colman’s Theatre. The dissipation of high life is itself a mere matter of censurable affectation; for I defy a human being possessed of a tolerable understanding, to say conscientiously, that he or she derives any rational gratification from it: hence it is too unsubstantial for satire, and too feeble for ridicule. It will not bear the light, but, upon exposure, appears to be a system of folly so flimsy, so false, and so unnatural, that Nobody will believe any such system every had existence, or that two individuals possessed of a grain of sense could possibly agree to persist in so absurd a system of life.

In the Comedy called Nobody, all the characters promise much in the first act, but, excepting Nelly Primrose, like true West-end-of-the-town folks, they promise much and perform nothing. Sharpley is the dullest nobody that ever belied his name with utterance. Lady Rouleau also comes on with a bustle, and ends with shewing that her dress, forward manners, and forward tongue only serve to prove that she is nobody. In short, the manners of the dissipated Great may be chosen for a tableau by the artist who lives on their favours, but they will never furnish a good subject for a tableau parlant: like the visionary presentment of future Kings to Macbeth, they may be said to “come like shadows, so depart.” W.

The Oracle, Public Advertiser
(Monday, December 1, 1794) 3.

Report ascribes this production to Mrs. Robinson, and indeed the second act bears evidence of its truth, in the delicacy and neatness of the sentiments from the character of a philanthropist.

Nobody, we conceive to be so named, inasmuch as the Author wishes to exhibit fashion without individuality. Whether any faux pas has arisen from the aukward introduction of jackboots, instead of those belonging to any of our female equestrians, we neither know, nor is it material to enquire. Such an incident constitutes the embarras of the present trifle.

Mrs. Robinson has always lived in fashionable life; and Nobody need take the trouble to tell her how evanescent are the essences of which it is composed.

This being premised, we must acknowledge that the copies are correctly drawn. The slandering coxcomb, at once a fool and a fortune-hunter, is every day to be seen sauntering up St. James’s-street. You cannot turn the corner of the promenade without receiving a whiff of his unintelligible jargon, addressed to a creature, who associates without hearing, and who is welcomed in his turn with the same polished inattention.

The Faro party might have more to say, and Lady Languid would be the better for some act of virtue, which might make her merit her good fortune. We can suppose her only complexionally vicious, and fashionable complexion will easily change; but in the drama every thing should be clearly made out.

Nelly Primrose and her innocent blunders are pleasing, though not quite broad enough for an after piece, where to laugh, and laugh heartily, is always expected.

The Prologue intimated that all assistance had been declined: and the audience were conjured to kindness, lest the contrary should bring the writer to her last night. Certainly the many had a struggle against the illnature which a few were forward in displaying.

The Epilogue, from the agitation of the Speaker, we could not judge of.

THESPIS.

The Times
(Monday, December 1, 1794) 3

After Congreve’s pantomimical Tragedy of the Mourning Bride, in which Mrs. Siddons appeared to greater advantage than we can recollect to have seen her, a new Comedy, under the whimsical appellation of Nobody, was presented on Saturday evening.

This piece is the avowed production of Mrs. Robinson, whom the Prologue stated to have formerly trod the boards of Old Drury, and who is better known to the world at large by the title of The Perdita.

It was rather unfortunate, notwithstanding the strong cast of Nobody, that hardly any body was disposed to give it a parting plaudit. The fact is, that in a very humble attempt to give a large portion of smart dialogue, the necessary requisites of an interesting plot, novelty of character, and probability of situation, have been totally placed on the dramatic shelf.

Mrs. Jordan is brought forward as an aukward country servant, merely to misunderstand the manners and expressions of a fine Lady; and, to use the language of Bayes, all the wit of the piece lies in the boots of the Butler, which she introduces by mistake into her Mistress’s dressing room. This, and a trifling attempt at the drawling non chalance of a Modern Beau, and the forward excentricity of a Female Martinet, completely anticipated by Reynolds’s Lady Sarah Savage, make up the sum total of Nobody’s merits.

The dialogue is replete with puns of the coarsest kind; some of them too forced and far fetched even for Farce. The tedious scene of cross purposes and cross readings in the first act, is wholly taken from Barnaby Brit[tle], and the Deaf Lover; but unfortunately the situations only have been borrowed.—The wit and humor are left untouched. Though the sense of the House was completely against a repetition of such nonsense, it was given out with much flippancy by Barrymore. It is to be hoped, therefore, that the interval between Saturday and Monday has been employed in a judicious compressment by the Manager. Mrs. Goodall should be instructed not to call for her carriage so often, and it would be as well not to let the Lady’s Maid so grossly disturb the propriety and etiquette of a drawing room, as to break in abruptly, in order to tell the company she was quitting her place because the Butler had called her an ORIGINAL.

We had almost forgot to add, that Mrs. Jordan sung a Scotch ballad, unaccompanied, in a very charming stile, which gained a deserved encore.

The Prologue and Epilogue turned on the title of the Comedy. In the latter, Mrs. Jordan proved much at fault; and of course the little effect intended, was entirely destroyed.

The Whitehall Evening Post (Saturday, November 29 to Tuesday, December 2, 1794) 3.

*** The following reproduces a substantial portion of the report found in the 1 December 1794 edition of The Times; however, at the conclusion, text is omitted in favor of its own report.

After Congreve’s pantomimical Tragedy of the Mourning Bride, a new Comedy, under the whimsical appellation of Nobody, was presented on Saturday evening.

This piece is the avowed production of Mrs. Robinson, whom the Prologue stated to have formerly trod the boards of Old Drury, and who is better known to the world at large by the title of The Perdita.

It was rather unfortunate, notwithstanding the strong cast of

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On Saturday, April 13, at 8 PM at  Advent Lutheran Church in New York City (93rd and Broadway), The New York Virtuoso Singers will present the American premiere of Hymns from the Dark, by Louis Karchin, a recent choral piece commissioned for a celebration in Italy of the 500th anniversary of the Edicts of Luther (and premiered on the exact 500th anniversary of the Edicts, Oct. 31, 2017).  The program also includes Thea Musgrave's Missa Brevis, as part of her 90th birthday celebration, and music by Guy Barash, Elizabeth Skola Davis, student composers, and more.


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From ancient Greece to Renaissance Italy to the Four Asian Tigers, city-states have always punched above their weight. They’ve driven culture forward, facilitated global commerce, and charged ahead of their nation-bound peers.Indeed, cities  - and the metropolitan regions that orbit around them  -  make sense as a political and economic unit. The key services we depend on government to do, from building infrastructure to ensuring public safety, are mostly handled by cities. And contrary to earlier predictions, the forces of globalization and the rise of the information economy have only made cities more important as economic engines and innovation hubs. It’s no surprise,...
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Italian womenswear label Giada, owned by Chinese group Redstone Haute Couture, has opened its first flagship in the US at Boston’s The Heritage on the Garden, a mixed-use complex comprising retail, residential and office spaces. Giada's expansion plans for the North American market also include a store in New York City, set to open in 2021.

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Primark has launches its first ever range of women’s jeans made from 100 percent sustainable cotton, as the budget-fashion retailer continues to make steps forward towards its aim for all cotton used in their products to be sustainably sourced.

The skinny jeans, which come in the three different washes, indigo, black and light blue, are made with cotton from Primark’s Sustainable Cotton Programme, which launched in India in 2013. The programme helps farmers grow cotton using more natural farming methods, including minimising the use of chemical pesticides and reducing water consumption, whilst also increasing their incomes.

Launched under the Primark Cares initiative, the jeans are Primark’s latest sustainable staples following its recent collaboration with Alice Liveing, which featured a top and leggings set made from recycled polyester, as well as two biodegradable water bottles, and its highly successful range of sustainably sourced cotton women’s pyjamas, which have sold over 11.2 million pairs since launch.

Katharine Stewart, ethical trade and environmental sustainability director at Primark, said in a statement: “These jeans are an important step as we aim to introduce sustainable cotton across our entire product range. For us, the aims of the programme are three-fold: to help reduce the impact of cotton production on the environment, to equip farmers with the skills they need to improve their livelihoods and to offer our customers sustainable products at a great price.”

Primark adds in a statement that more sustainable cotton products will be released in the coming year, including homeware.

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Paula Dumont Lopez, trading director at Primark, who leads buying, merchandising and design of Primark’s womenswear, added: “Following the successful introduction of sustainable cotton pyjamas into store, we are so proud to introduce this range. From harvesting the sustainable cotton from fields in India and Pakistan, right through to using recycled paper for our Primark Cares labels, sustainability has been at the heart of every stage of developing and designing these jeans.

“Our Sustainable Cotton Programme is not only good for the planet, but it is also changing lives in India and Pakistan. That’s why I was so passionate about using the cotton in jeans, one of our most popular product ranges.”

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Primark’s Sustainable Cotton Programme expanded into Pakistan last year and now includes more than 28,000 farmers across India and Pakistan. By 2022, the retailer is hoping to have more than 30,000 farmers who will be trained in sustainable cotton farming methods.

The retailer notes that early year one results recorded in Pakistan are promising, with farmers’ profits already increasing. They are also starting to see average reductions of more than 20 percent in chemical pesticide and fertiliser use and more than 15 percent in water use.

The programme is also developed in partnership with agricultural experts CottonConnect, and local NGOs SEWA (the Self-Employed Women’s Association) in India and REEDS (the Rural Education and Economic Development Society) in Pakistan, the programme trains farmers in the most appropriate farming techniques for their land. This ranges from seed selection, sowing, soil, water, pesticide and pest management, to picking, fibre quality, grading and storage of the harvested cotton.

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Primark’s women’s jeans made from 100 percent sustainable cotton will be sold in stores across all markets priced 13 pounds (17 euros).

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Spanish wine sector prepares for Brexit

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With the final Brexit deal pending as March 29, the scheduled date of Britain's exit from the European Union (EU), imminent, businesses in Europe, such as wine sector in Spain, are preparing for the worst.

   Spain's Secretary of State for Employment Yolanda Valdeolivas commented at the start of March that Brexit uncertainty was one factor behind a rise in unemployment in the Spanish agricultural sector in February.

   In addition to the already affected agricultural sector, Spain's wine sector, which has exports to Britain, is also believed to be hit.

   According to "Decanter" magazine in 2016, Spain exported 12.3 million cases (one case = 12 bottles) of wine to Britain, with only Italy and France in the EU sending more.

   "The UK is our first market for wines...specifically for several regions such as Jerez, Rioja, so it's very important," Jose Luis Benitez, the General Director of the Spanish Wine Federation (FEV), told Xinhua.

   He predicted that Brexit would have both short and medium term effects for the wine sector, with issues at British border the first having to be addressed.

   "In the short term the problems are going to be motivated by the situation at the border and the administrative complications regarding the papers that are not needed now, but will be needed on March 29 in the case of a no-deal," he told Xinhua.

   Benitez explained that currently in the EU, there is an "electronic document which is automatically generated before the wine leaves the winery, which is checked in the UK and the wine is automatically permitted to be sent," he said.

   However, as of March 29, this electronic document will no longer be valid. "So what's going to happen?" asked Benitez, before answering his own question "We don't know yet."

   Another question to be answered is over the customs duties which will now have to be paid when Britain leaves the free market and once again this depends on what happens between now and March 29.

   "In the case of a no-deal the UK will become a third country from EU trade aspects, so that means that the customs duty will be the highest possible; the same as for any country the EU doesn't have a trade agreement with," he explained.

   Although the FEV Director General was positive that "eventually" there will be a trade agreement between Britain and the EU, he highlighted that any deal "cannot begin to be negotiated" until the separation is complete, which would mean Spanish (and other European) wines being hit by high tariffs.

   If Britain does crash out of the EU without a deal, studies have calculated it would have an important negative effect on the British economy.

   "Many think there will be a drop in the GDP of the UK, that could mean an economic crisis, leading to a fall in consumption and would affect how much money people have and consequently lead to a decrease in the demand of wine," said Benitez, who added that if "the British consumer doesn't have money to spend, wine is not a necessary product."

   In a recent interview with the "El Pais" newspaper, Inigo Torres from the Grupo Rioja wine association echoed those words, saying that in the case of a no-deal Brexit, "Sterling would further depreciate and the UK would turn into a third country with no customs agreement and probably higher duties. And that would amplify the negative effect."

   Figures published by Grupo Rioja show that with Sterling already losing value in the run-up to Brexit, the first nine months of 2018 saw a 16 percent fall in the exports from arguably Spain's best known wine producing region to the UK.

   Many wineries from the region have made an effort to export more wine before March 29 with Santiago Frias, general director of Bodegas Riojanas telling "El Pais" his winery had already completed 90 percent of its orders for the first six months of the year to the British Isles.

   "What is clear is that wineries should now have any wine in transit on March 29, it is much better if the wine has arrived already," agreed Benitez.

   He explained the FEV had held "a lot of meetings with Spanish authorities" over Brexit.

   "We are preparing and we are analyzing the situation and we are: informing the wineries, advising them of specific issues they have to have in mind over what could happen," he said, although he admitted the lack of agreement meant it was still "a very uncertain situation."

   British Prime Minister Theresa May will make another attempt to get Members of Parliament to accept her Brexit agreement this week in what promises to be another busy week in the House of Commons, meanwhile Benitez attempts to look on the bright side.

   "We have to be optimistic and I have to say that if British customers like Spanish wines now, hopefully, they will keep on drinking Spanish wines in the future."

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          Italy Begins to Enforce 'No Vaccines, No School' Policy After Deadline Expires      Cache   Translate Page      

Italian schools have begun turning away children who have not received mandatory vaccinations after a temporary waiver expired, the New York Times reported on Tuesday, with at least 300 children told they could not attend kindergarten in the city of Bologna this week.

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          Italy Begins to Enforce 'No Vaccines, No School' Policy After Deadline Expires      Cache   Translate Page      

Italian schools have begun turning away children who have not received mandatory vaccinations after a temporary waiver expired, the New York Times reported on Tuesday, with at least 300 children told they could not attend kindergarten in the city of Bologna this week.

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          3/13/2019: Sport: Goodhue’s      Cache   Translate Page      
Bash, crash, smash went England, rolling over Italy like a tank division. So hallelujah for Jack Goodhue. The young man from the north is like a messenger from the gods. This is the way rugby can still be played. It can be about subtlety and...
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Though an excellent destination for sourcing an abundance of ingredients imported from Italy, some days it’s best to leave the cooking to the chefs. Bypass the aisles of the specialty store and take a seat inside Mediterranean Foods’ restaurant...
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CYPRUS Andre Schembri played part in Apollon Limassol's 3-0 win over neighbours AEL Limassol in the first match of the Championship section of the Cyprus league. Standings provided by Sofascore LiveScore     PORTUGAL Zach Muscat started for SC Olhanense as they travelled to take on Sacavenense in the third-tier of Portugal. Unfortunately, Muscat was sent off ten minutes from time, with his side winning the encounter 3-2.  Standings provided by Sofascore LiveScore     ITALY Malta international Nicole Sciberras returned to club football as she played in Grifone Gialloverde's 2-0 win over Chieti. The Rome-based club are second, three points behind Napoli in Italy's Serie C.  Demi Magrin's Caprera fell to a heavy 6-0 defeat at the hands of Real Meda in the Serie C. Magrin's club remain bottom of the league, with three points.  ENGLAND Oscar Borg started for Braintree Town for the second successive game in their 0-4 to Harrogate Town in the National League. Standings provided by Sofascore LiveScore Malta international Maria Farrugia was in the starting XI for Sunderland Ladies as they thrashed Nottingham Forest 6-0.  IRELAND Two defeats in the latest couple of outings for...
          James Ruppert: second-hand cars that get you into the ULEZ zone      Cache   Translate Page      
Mercedes-Benz SLK 350
Just under £5k buys a 2002, 88k-mile SLK 350
As 'ULEZ-compliant' is increasingly used as a selling point for pre-owned motors, Bangernomics finds the best beaters for the Big Smoke

I haven’t paid much attention to these newfangled ULEZ regulations. You know: Ultra Low Emission Zone, which is coming to a major city near you.

Right now, though, it will be a thing in London. So motorists not only have to deal with the congestion charge in the middle bit but also on the edge, where I sometimes go. Got to do the decent thing and use public transport for the last significant miles of the journey. Some of my fleet fit the ULEZ profile and some don’t. This stuff is now becoming important. 

The ULEZ regs are essentially petrol cars that are Euro 4 compliant (generally from 2005 onwards but some will be older than that) and Euro 6 diesels, which are 2015 or possibly a bit earlier. ULEZ is cropping up in classified ad descriptions and I suppose that is a good way to make a 2010 Ford Fusion 1.6 Zetec automatic more attractive. With 40,000 miles, £4000 is an okay price. It already has the easy entry/exit grey market sewn up and is great for shopping sprees. 

If a Fusion is a bit twee, the racier grey power buyer who pops into the West End can get themselves a 2005 Mercedes-Benz SLK 350 with 88,000 miles for around £4995. A wonderful way to enjoy the congestion. 

There are some interesting anomalies and I tripped across a 2001 Honda Civic 1.6 VTEC, which certainly is ULEZ exempt. This was an S-spec car with 140,000 miles and an asking price of £595. Bargain. 

Mostly, it is easier to keep your buying sights trained on the most recent models you can buy. That’s why something like a 2015 Seat Ibiza 1.2 TSI FR makes sense. With 33,000 miles on the clock, it has those in-town essentials like sat-nav and cruise control with the added benefit of just £30 road tax and is £7500. 

At the other end of the scale, a Lexus RC 300h 2.5 F Sport from 2018 is going to last a good few years. That’s £30k, though. Better to pick up an ex-Uber Toyota Prius and use that as a town centre assault vehicle, or just get a Volkswagen Up for relative buttons. Take care with the Prius market as there are a lot around now for £1000 without a battery, so don’t get caught out. 

Then again, there are people selling because of the ULEZ and these could be bargains. A Mitsubishi L200 2.5 TD Animal at £4400 was just one I saw that amounted to a distress sale. 

There are all sorts of ULEZ exceptions involving taxis and minibuses and cranes, but the great news for us car enthusiasts is that historic vehicles are exempt. That means we can look at buying 40-year-old-plus motors on the basis that they are not just cool but also won’t be penalised.

What we almost bought this week

Dacia Duster: Cheap when new and now with a high mileage, it can mean only one thing: dirt-cheap motoring. That’s what we thought when we saw this 141,000-mile, 2013/13- reg Duster Access 1.6i, yours (or ours) for £3195. Being a petrol, it’ll be cheaper to repair than a diesel if things go pop, too. It’s a crude old barge but attractive, spacious and practical. 

Tales from Ruppert’s garage

Innocenti Mini SL90, mileage - 4187: I went on a mini break to northern Italy and bought a Mini. This is a slightly involved story that you will probably read a bit more about on Autocar at some point. It isn’t a Fiat or Autobianchi. This is a thoroughly British Innocenti. A Bertone hatch box on top and an A-series underneath. I thought it would be interesting and so far it has been. There are lots of import and registration hoops to go through. It isn’t at all concours, just solid, which for a vehicle from the 1970s is fairly remarkable. It’s rare in Italy, not least because most UK grey imports have rusted away. 

Reader’s ride

Saturn Sky Red Line: Shane Clarke has a 2007 US-built Saturn Sky Red Line. He says: “GM never sold the Sky in the UK as it couldn’t economically be adapted to right-hand drive but sold more than 7000 in mainland Europe as the Opel GT. 

“The Sky is an assembly of parts from throughout the GM inventory. The 256bhp 2.0 turbo engine in the Red Line is very similar to that in the Astra VXR of the same era, the chassis architecture is based on the Corvette and the heater is from… a Hummer! 

“The car is easier to run in the UK than previous American cars I’ve had, as the size isn’t excessive and the parts are all available via my local Vauxhall dealer.”

Readers’ questions

Question: I am a Range Rover fan but won’t buy one because of the many reports about their unreliability. Is this unreliability a deliberate design feature? Can Yaver, Switzerland

Answer: And we thought the only joke to come out of Switzerland was pointy chocolate. It’s true that the Range Rover topped the 2018 Reliability Survey of our sister title What Car?, and not in a good way. Half of owners reported faults, a third said their cars were undrivable and two-thirds that they were off the road for over a week. Land Rover said it will learn from the report. Fingers crossed it does because, as a marketing slogan, ‘One life. Fix it’ doesn’t quite do it. John Evans

Question: What’s the cheapest electric car at the moment with the facility to warm up the cabin before starting a journey on a cold winter’s morning? Gordon Coates, via email 

Answer: The Renault Zoe R110 ZE 40 Dynamique Nav costs £18,420 after the £3500 plug-in grant. The price includes a three-year subscription to Renault ZE Interactive, which provides remote cabin pre-conditioning via your smartphone. This can cool down as well as heat up the cabin, and defrost the windscreen. However, being a Zoe you have to lease the battery. Depending on mileage and contract length, monthly rentals range from £59 to £110. John Evans

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          Spencer into England squad as Robson ruled out with illness      Cache   Translate Page      

Saracens scrum-half Ben Spencer is part of Eddie Jones’s 26-man England squad for their 2019 Guinness Six Nations finale against Scotland after Dan Robson was ruled out through illness. Robson made his second international appearance when he came off the bench against Italy on Saturday and promptly scored his first England try in a 57-14 […]

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          Estilo Mediterraneo      Cache   Translate Page      

Cheerful, warm, fresh and vibrant, the Mediterranean style has its roots in the culture of the Mediterranean basin that geographically encompasses a diversity of countries ranging from Spain, southern France, Italy, Greece, through Turkey to arriving around, Morocco. A style that evokes the warmth of the sun and the freshness of the ocean and that inevitably reminds us of holidays.Read more at the source.


          x-dream-distribution and partners at CabSat2019      Cache   Translate Page      

Following our success at CabSat 2018, we decided to bring our innovative products and services to it once again. Join x-dream-distribution GmbH in Dubai from 12-14 March 2019 at CabSat on the Bavarian booth in Hall 3.

x-dream-distribution GmbH presents innovative ingest, Social ingest andoutgestsolutions by Woody Technologies and transcoding and live broadcasting software by Capella Systems, as well as ingest and playout software by Libero Systems, and microservices toolkit for broadcaster by Squared Paper.

All the latest features that have been presented at BVE2019 and even more, will be available to all our visitors at CabSat in Dubai, Middle East & Africa's only event for content, broadcast, satellite, media & entertainment industry professionals looking to create inspiration, action & reaction.

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Already in 4th generation, the Cambria FTC and Cambria Cluster are an innovative transcoding product… Most resentstandardfeatures:

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•    S3 read&write

Cambria Live // Cambria Broadcast Manager // Live Edit

New release of Cambria Live Series v4.1, a software-based production suite for professional live streaming broadcast production. This all-in-one system handles live switching, production functions, encoding, and distribution.

•    MPEG-DASH and CMAF support for Akamai
•    Failover (backup stream) support for DASH/HLS with Akamai
•    Ad Pre-fetch request to Yospace HLS/DASH targets
•    Software-based cue tone trigger feature
•    Embed splice_event_id from SCTE into Ad Preset

Flow Works (Germany)

Distributed MAM with distributed workflow support for media processing.
•    FlowCenter - highly integrated, complete workflow and asset management solution.
•    Flow ANT - micro media management appliance with GPU acceleration
•    All-new Flow Archive GUI (Editorial GUI).

Libero (Turkey)

•    Libero Playout is a software-based playout automation system which provides powerful, flexible and user-friendly broadcasting solutions via a client-server architecture.
•    Libero Ingest is a flexible multi-channel ingest, transcoding and encoding software with powerful and user-friendly features.

Metaliquid (Italy)

Customized on-premises and cloud state of the art AI recognition and classification services to meet specific industry needs. Metaliquid has developed a proprietary deep learning framework and neural network architectures.

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Squared Paper (United Kingdom)

The Busby Enterprise Service Bus & microservices toolkit is specially designed for the broadcast industry:

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Teamium (France)

Feature rich, simple to use resource scheduling and collaboration management solution exclusively designed for video production.
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Woody Technologies (France)

•    Version 3.1 of all Woody software will be released, bringing several major enhancements.
•    New Woody in2it Server, a unique client-server ingest tool for all media formats, with web-based intuitive UX and strong workflow control features, streamlining local and remote ingest workflows.

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Software integrator with an entire commitment to the media IT developing its own software products for file-based workflows and asset management.
 
•    Signiant Managers + Agents and XDM WFM – workflow manager with integrations to many 3rd parties file processing and publishing software
•    OneGUI – job, workflow and farm monitoring & reporting, search & filtering, multi-tenant, various 3rd parties (e.g. Harmonic, Telestream, Capella, MOG, Interra)
•    Ingest Browser – media browsing, previewing, trimming and workflow start, watchfolder, storage indexing, file search
•    MFP – multi format player with frame accurate positioning, side-by-side view, audio leveling, SDI output and playlist support
•    SERVUS node – software-only videoserver, recorder and IP-streamer

 

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          Ep. 18- A Walk Around EPCOT: World Showcase Part 2      Cache   Translate Page      

This week Bryan and Becky continue their walk thru series with 4 more of the 11 Pavilions at EPCOT's World Showcase! Germany, Italy, the American Adventure, and Japan! 

 

 

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          Newcastle Tracking 19-Year-Old Italian Wonder Kid      Cache   Translate Page      
Newcastle United are reported to be interested in signing 19-year-old Italy U21 midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo who has played at Roma since last summer. Reports coming out of Italy say that Newcastle United [...]

          Italy is making parents prove their children are vaccinated before they can go to creche      Cache   Translate Page      
The law made it compulsory for children in pre-school education to be vaccinated against 10 diseases.
          U.S. Army captain, brothers, a law student, international aid workers among the 157 killed in an Ethiopian Airlines crash      Cache   Translate Page      

Katelyn Parra Photography(NEW YORK) --  Making the world a "better place" was how heartbroken family members remembers loved once who were among the 157 people aboard the Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed just minutes after takeoff on Sunday morning.

No one survived the horrific crash that claimed the lives of a decorated U.S. Army captain, brothers on vacation, a law school student and dozens of international aid workers.

Thirty-five countries from all over the world lost citizens in the deadly incident — 32 Kenyans were the majority of lives lost.

At least eight U.S. citizens were among the victims. The U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia and the U.S. Department of State haven't released their identities, but ABC News has confirmed the names of four.

Antoine Lewis, 39, of Matteson, Illinois, was a U.S. Army captain stationed in Ottawa, Canada, who served in Afghanistan. He was on vacation in Ethiopia doing Christian missionary work, according to his parents. They said Lewis equally valued the country he fought for and the home of his ancestors.

"That’s what he died doing," his mother, Antoinette Lewis, told ABC Chicago station WLS-TV in a recent interview. "His passion was just to make a better world, make a better place, both here and our mother country."

Lewis leaves behind a wife and a 15-year-old son.

"I’m still in disbelief," his wife said in a statement obtained by ABC News. "I feel it's a dream [I'm still] awaiting his call to tell me he has safely touched down."

"Antoine was so loving," she added. "He was always interested in learning new things, forever on a journey becoming a better version of himself each day. He was so smart and just wanted to share his wealth of knowledge with those who’d listen."

Ike and Susan Riffel of Redding, California, lost their only children in the crash, Bennett and Melvin Riffel. The brothers were on vacation traveling to a few different countries as part of an adventure ahead of the birth of Melvin's first child, according to the family.

Melvin and his wife, Britney, were expecting a baby girl in May.

"We appreciate the outpouring of love and support from the community," a spokesperson for the Riffel family told ABC Redding affiliate KRCR in a statement. "We ask for continued prayers."

IQAir, a Switzerland-based company that specializes in improving indoor air quality, confirmed that one of its employees, Matt Vecere, was aboard the doomed flight. Vecere grew up in Sea Isle City, New Jersey, and later moved to California.

"Matt was an amazing writer, an avid surfer, and a truly selfless person," IQAir said in a statement. "He was most at home helping others, as evidenced by his dedication to the people of Haiti following the devastating earthquake in 2010."

"We will miss his laugh, his wit, his sense of humor, but most of all, the kinship and friendship that he brought to everything he did," the company added.

Ethiopian Airlines identified the pilot of the ill-fated plane as Yared Mulugeta Gatechew, who had more than 8,000 flight hours. The co-pilot was Ahmed Nur Mohammod Nur, who had over 200 flight hours.

The United Nations said at least 21 of its employees were among those killed in Sunday's crash.

The staffers hailed from around the globe and worked for various U.N. agencies, which regularly made trips to Kenya by way of Ethiopia to visit Africa's United Nations Office headquarters, located in Nairobi. Many were traveling to attend a five-day assembly of the United Nations Environment Programme.

The World Food Programme (WFP), the food-assistance branch of the United Nations, released the names of seven team members who died: Ekta Adhikari, 26, of Nepa; Maria Pilar Buzzetti, 30, of Italy; Virginia Chimenti, 26, of Italy; Harina Hafitz, 59, of Indonesia; Zhen-Zhen Huang, 46, of China; Michael Ryan, 39, of Ireland; and Djordje Vdovic, 53, of Serbia.

"As we mourn, let us reflect that each of these WFP colleagues were willing to travel and work far from their homes and loved ones to help make the world a better place to live," the WFP's Executive Director David Beasley said in a statement. "That was their calling, as it is for the rest of the WFP family."

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees named three colleagues who also died: Nadia Ali, 40, of Sudan; Jessica Hyba, 43, of Canada; and Jackson Musoni, 31, of Rwanda.

"We’ve been struck by sudden and terrible loss," U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, said in a statement. "We are doing everything we can to help Nadia’s, Jessica’s and Jackson’s families at this most difficult and painful time."

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said it lost a program officer in the gender and safeguards unit, Victor Shangai Tsang, of Hong Kong, China.

"Victor took up this position with vigor and enthusiasm, striving to make our projects fully gender-sensitive," UNEP said in a statement. "His work defined him as an individual, and he, in turn, helped define our own work."

Victor leaves behind his pregnant wife and son.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations confirmed it lost fisheries officer Joanna Toole, who was "passionate about making the world a better place."

Another victim in Sunday's plane crash was Max Thabiso Edkins, a 35-year-old dual-national of Germany and South Africa. He worked as a communications officer for the World Bank's Connect4Climate program.

"We were devastated to learn that we lost a cherished colleague in the plane crash in Ethiopia," the World Bank Group's interim president, Kristalina Georgieva, said in a statement. "Max was deeply committed to the fight against climate change and brought tremendous creativity, energy and passion to his work. Our deepest sympathies go to his family and loved ones, and to those of the other victims of this tragedy."

Cedric Asiavugwa, a third-year law student at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C, was traveling to his native Kenya to attend the funeral of his fiance's mother, according to a press release from the school.

Born and raised in Mombasa, Kenya, Asiavugwa's work on social justice issues led him from his native country to Uganda, Tanzania and Zimbabwe, before coming to Georgetown University Law Center. The 32-year-old planned to return home to Kenya after graduating to continue serving refugees and other marginalized groups.

"With his passing, the Georgetown family has lost a stellar student, a great friend to many, and a dedicated champion for social justice across East Africa and the world," the law school said in a statement.

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          Measles Outbreak 2019: Italy Passes Law To Block Unvaccinated Children From Attending School      Cache   Translate Page      
The anti-vaxx movement hasn't been confined to just the United States. Italy is another country that has been dealing with a growing anti-vaxx movement, which has been successful in getting its message and beliefs made public. To combat the movement, the Italian government is now taking bold steps to ensure children are vaccinated.
          Bo4kaMeda: «Это придуманный мир, который я очень стараюсь воплотить в реальность». Фотограф Родни Смит (Rodney Smith)       Cache   Translate Page      
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01. Reed Reading Upside down
Amenia, NY, 2013




02. Reed Perched on the top of Ladder with Binoculars
Snedens Landing, NY 2012


В его картинах поражает простота и совершенство композиции, тончайшая эстетика и необыкновенная загадочность. Их хочется долго рассматривать и домысливать.

Родни Смит (Rodney Smith) снимает исключительно на пленку, и почти исключительно черно-белые фотографии. Никогда не использует спецэффектов, а фотолабораторию знает, как свои пять пальцев.

«Многим мои фотографии кажутся статичными и постановочными. Хотя на самом деле все мои работы спонтанны. О 95% своих фотографий я могу сказать, что за несколько минут до их появления я даже не знал, что собираюсь их сделать».




03. Сын Родни Смита держит автопортрет отца.
Фото: Rodney Smith


Родни Смита часто называют «Рене Магриттом в мире фотографии». Стиль его снимков схож с картинами знаменитого художника-сюрреалиста.

«Я думаю, что композиция в фотографии очень похожа на ритм в музыке. Если у вас есть мощный ритм, то у вас есть сильный композиционный смысл».



04. Фотограф Родни Смит в своём саду в Палисейдс, Нью Йорк, 11 декабря 2015.
Фото: Samira Bouaou


Всё, связанное с Родни Смитом, кажется парадоксальным. Его фотографии выглядят как постановочные, но на самом деле они спонтанные. Смит одевается как генеральный директор, но на самом деле он очень эксцентричен. Он закрытый человек, но делится довольно личной информацией в блоге. Смит не интересуется модой, хотя делает фэшн-фотографии. Он серьёзен и критичен, но при этом оптимистичен и очень остроумен. Смит чувствует себя тревожным и незначительным, в то время как его работы несут умиротворение и силу.



05. Viktoria Through Clock, Rhinebeck, NY


Он понял, что хочет быть фотографом, в первый год учёбы в колледже, когда побывал на выставке фотографии в Музее современного искусства в Нью-Йорке. Он почувствовал, что это его, пришло осознание, что с помощью фотографии он может выразить себя.
Первые фотографии, которые сделал Смит, удивили его: «Я помню, как смотрел на фото и думал: “О, Боже, кто сделал эти фотографии, это не я”. Было невероятное чувство отсутствия связи с ними, потому что фотографии были такими мощными, сильными и спокойными, а я ощущал себя таким бренным, слабым и встревоженным. Я не мог понять, кто сделал эти фотографии».



06. Одна из ранних фотографий Родни Смита


Смит изучал теологию в Йельском университете, но всё это время знал, что станет фотографом. Это заложило в нём основы для поиска ответов на такие важные вопросы, как вопрос о бытии, почему мы здесь и в чём цель жизни, которые помогали ему справиться со смятением.

Творческий процесс для Родни Смита связан с тем, как он изучает собственную жизнь, как познаёт самого себя, разбирается в своих эмоциях и переносит их в фотографии. Это напряжённый процесс и путь, который стоит того, чтобы по нему идти.

Героями ранних работ Смита были фермеры и арендаторы из различных мест, а пейзажи изображали мир, очень непохожий на его обеспеченную жизнь.

Далее, к своей досаде, он стал снимать портреты директоров транснациональных компаний, таких же мужчин, как его отец. Постепенно, тоже неохотно, Смит стал делать модные фотографии, на которых были модели на природе, мужчины в костюмах и шляпах. Каждый новый этап требовал от фотографа огромных усилий для того, чтобы приспособиться эмоционально.



07. Caroline Golfing in Striped Dress, St. Augustine FL 2006




08. Mira Looking through window at Wessel, Paris, France 2007


Родни Смит продолжает снимать на камеру Hasselblad, в основном чёрно-белые фотографии и только на плёнку, в реальных местах и с естественным освещением.

Сегодня, в цифровой век, очень просто снимать технически качественные фотографии, но Смит утверждает, что фотографов, обладающих уникальным видением, очень мало, возможно, один на 15 тысяч.

«Очень сложно иметь своё видение. Чтобы тебе было что сказать и это было очевидно на всех фотографиях, чтобы говорили “О, это похоже на фото Родни Смита”. И неважно, было ли это снято 50 лет назад или сегодня. Это очень сложно сделать», — говорит Смит, добавляя, что это практически невозможно, если у вас нет чего-то, что вы можете выразить от всего сердца.



09. Mira Skipping with Umbrella, Paris, France, 2007




10. Mira Seated in Trocadero, Paris, France 2007


Чтобы проникнуть в самое сердце предмета, Смит доверяет своим инстинктам. Если вы застанете его за работой, то увидите, как он перемещается с места на место и внезапно останавливается, когда находит нужную точку, чтобы сделать снимок. Хотя большинство фотографий Смита выглядят как тщательно спланированные, самые лучшие из них — это триумф спонтанности.

«Это интуиция подсказывает, какими будут пропорции и масштаб и как я связан с героем фото. Это не умственная концепция, а эмоциональная. Также если на снимке есть другие люди, важно, как они связаны друг с другом, таким образом, это очень сложная вещь», — говорит Смит.



11. Marina and Dog in Boat, Lake Placid, NY




12. Viktoria Under Lampshade, Rhinebeck, New York, 2011


Смит называет себя кем-то вроде последнего из могикан фотографии. Всю свою жизнь он боролся за фотографию и оставался верен своему видению, не делая различия между тем, что делал за деньги, и творческими работами для себя.


Сейчас мы можем насладиться собранием его работ, изображающих мир спокойствия, «где есть небольшой намёк на другие формы искусства, но средство остаётся уникальным. Это мир, где мужчины носят костюмы не потому, что это модно, а потому, что это символизирует обходительность, доброту и выдержку в присутствии дам. Это придуманный мир, который я очень стараюсь снова воплотить в реальность», — написал Родни Смит в блоге.



13. Flynn Reading on a Pile of Books, New York, NY 2012




14. Viewfinder face with hat, Liberty Park, New Jersey, 1997




15. Reed Balancing on top of Topiary, Longwood Gardens, PA 2012




16. Gary Jumping, Long Island, New York, 1994




17. A. J. Looking Over Ivy Coverd Wall, 1994




18. Chris Between Hedges, Warwickshire, England, 2006




19. George upside down in hedge, Saratoga Springs, New York, 2008




20. Nathan Holding Portrait of Himself, Amenia, New York, 2011




21. Robert falling, Rhinebeck, New York, 2010




22. Untitled




23. Couple from Behind on Ladders in Vineyard, Napa Valley, CA, 1998




24. Women with baskets in vineyard, Reims, France




25. Reed with Double Binoculars, Amenia, New York, 2013




26. Don Jumping




27. Don on stilts no. 3, Monkton Maryland, 1999




28. Two men on see saw no 2, Bear Mountain, New York 2000




29. Reed and Nathan with Umbrellas on Rooftop, New York, NY, 2011




30. Reed Leaping Over Rooftop, New York 2007




31. Reed Floating with Balloon 2007




32. Scott on Ledge, Looking Down




33. David standing on water, no 1, Sherwood Island, Connecticut 1997




34. Samuel from behind, no.1, Reims, France 1997




35. Twins in Canoe, Snedens Landing, NY




36. Danielle in Boat, Beaufort, South Carolina, 1996




37. Woman Holding Dress Walking through Vineyard 1998




38. Woman on Bicycle with Dog in Basket, Beverly Hills, CA, 1998




39. Zoe Mattress master




40. Tim Holding Mask master




41. Laura on Top of Boat, Lake Placid, NY, 2006




42. Ingrid on Plane, Rhinebeck, NY 2009




43. Greg on Horse Backwards, Alberta, Canada




44. Reed Skiing, Lake Placid, New York, 2008




45. Reed on Skis, Lake Placid NY 2008




46. Reed Skiing off Roof, Lake Placid, New York




47. Straddling the line between work & fun




48. Нave your cake and eat it too




49. Horizon, Hudson river, New York, 1995




50. Hemline, New York, NY 1994




51. Woman with Chihuahua on Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 1998




52. Tucker on Chair Looking Back




53. Peter Seated at Shaker Desk, Hancock Village, Massachusetts, 1993




54. AJ Chasing Plane, orange County Airport, NY




55. Reed Perched on Airplane Wing, JFK, NYC 2007




56. Christopher Leaning, Harrow, England, 2006




57. Alan Leaping From 515 Madison Avenue, New York City, 1999




58. A. J. with Wings, New Haven, CT 2007




59. Rodney Smith wood twins 1999




60. Trees, Cumberland Island, Georgia




61. Zoe on Water with Ducks, Sherwood Island, Westport, Connecticut, 2004




62. Terry Fishing at End of Dock, Santa Rosa, CA




63. Man and Woman begins Surfboard, Charleston, South Carolina, 2000




64. Viktoria standing on roof near water tower, Brooklyn, NY 2000




65. Bernadette Bowing in Red Dress, Snedens Landing 2002




66. Bernadette in Red Hat With Book, New York Public Library, NY, 2003




67. Woman in white hat, Hancock Shaker Village, MA 2005




68. Saori on Sea Plane Wing, Dominican Republic, 2010




69. Woman with Hat Between Hedges, Parc de Sceaux, France, 2004




70. Zoe Reading, Seated on Bookcase, Long Island, NY




71. Reed Floating Above Giant Top Hat




72. Saori & Mossimo Holding Hands, Amalfi, Italy, 2007




73. Edythe and Andrew Kissing on Taxi, New York, 2007




74. Zoe Pouring Tea,Burden Mansion, New York, NY




75. Zoe Balancing Teapot on Head, Burden Mansion, New York, NY, 2006




76. Woman on Floral Sofa, 2004




77. Woman in Window, Hancock Shaker Village, MA 2002




78. Flynn Seated, Snedens Landing, New York, 2012




79. Odalisque No. 1, Winfield Estate, Long Island, New York 2004




80. Фотограф Родни Смит на улице возле своей студии в Палисейдс, Нью-Йорк, 11 декабря 2015.
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Airline regulators across the globe are grounding Boeing 737 Max 8 planes, joining an ever expanding list of countries banning the plane from their airspace. This comes in the wake of Sunday's deadly plane crash in Ethiopia that killed all 157 people on board. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

The latest move came Tuesday from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) when it announced a suspension of two Boeing 737 Max models in all flights in the European bloc.

The wave of bans follows the Civil Aviation Administration of China's decision on Monday to order the country's airlines to suspend all commercial operations of their Boeing 737 Max 8 jets.

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration does not plan to ground the jets in the United States but is facing growing pressure to do so.

The FAA announced Monday that it would require a series of design changes for the Boeing 737 Max fleet.

In the U.S., Southwest Airlines uses a fleet of 34 Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft and is not planning any change in service. Likewise, American Airlines, which operates 24 of the planes, is not planning to ground them.

The full list of countries and airlines that have announced a ban is below:

—Argentina (Aerolíneas Argentinas)
—Australia
—Austria
—Belgium
—Brazil (GOL Linhas Aéreas)
—Cayman Islands (Cayman Airways)
—China
—Ethiopia
—EASA member states
—France
—Germany
—Iceland (Icelandair)
—India
—Indonesia
—Ireland
—Italy
—Malaysia
—Mexico (Aeromexico)
—Mongolia (MIAT Mongolian Airlines)
—Morocco (Royal Air Maroc)
—Netherlands
—Norway (Norwegian)
—Oman
—Poland
—Singapore
—South Africa (Comair)
—South Korea (Eastar Jet)
—Turkey
—United Kingdom (TUI Airways)

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          Námluvy Francouzů s Italy: Peugeot hledá průvodce Amerikou      Cache   Translate Page      
Fiat, dnes s Chryslerem spojený v koncern FCA, by se rád spojil s někým dalším, to platí už deset let. Po nezávazném flirtování s GM, spekulacích o zájmu Korejců a Číňanů se dnes na autosalonu v Ženevě mluví o spolupráci s PSA. Francouzům by se totiž hodil pomocník s cestou do Ameriky.
          Chilean cardinal addresses case of sex abuse in Santiago cathedral      Cache   Translate Page      

Santiago, Chile, Mar 11, 2019 / 07:34 pm (CNA).- Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati Andrello of Santiago on Thursday denied knowing and giving  money to the complainant in a rape case in the cathedral which took place in 2015.

The Archbishop of Santiago gave an interview to Informe Especial which was broadcast March 7.

In the interview, he discussed a rape complaint against Fr. Rigoberto Tito Rivera Muñoz, who was found guilty in August 2018 by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith of the sexual abuse of adults.

Rivera sexually assaulted Daniel Rojas Alvarez, who was then about 40, in a room of the Santiago Metropolitan Cathedral in 2015.

Rojas claims he told Cardinal Ezzati of the attack during a confession, and that the archbishop asked him to pray for the abuser, gave him 30,000 pesos ($45), and asked that he not asked him not to share what happened.

In the Informe Especial interview, Ezzati said: “I hear confessions in the cathedral, especially during the time of Holy Week, but I am not aware of having heard his confession, because I don't know him and still less am I aware of giving him a hug and telling him that a priest would give him some money in my name, that's not it, this is all very unfortunate, but that's not the case, I understand that he may feel what he feels, and I have complete esteem and all my affection for him, because of what he has suffered,” he said.

Asked if he ever had contact with Rojas, the cardinal said “no.”

Regarding the processing of the case, Ezzati explained that the complaint was received by the Pastoral Office for Complaints: “It came to the archdiocese a few days later and immediately the archbishop ordered a preliminary investigation.”

“Within a few hours and a few days later that the investigator, Fr. Walker, conducted a preliminary investigation, which he gave to me, I received a phone call in which I was told  that the Holy See had asked the nunciature to review [Rivera's] situation because of a complaint that had come to them. I don't know what complaint, so consequently I immediately sent all the documentation where appropriate.”

Regarding the time elapsed between the filing of the complaint and calling in the victim (to testify), Cardinal Ezzati pointed out that “in 2016 the investigation was already done. What also happened is that they were never able to get Daniel's address. Except toward the end, Daniel gave (us) his e-mail, and he was able to be able contacted there.”

Asked about his responsibility in the abuse scandals within the Church, the cardinal said that “without a doubt one of the tasks that has fallen on me, and very painful, very shameful, very humiliating, is to take in hand the cases that are being reported and have been reported.”

“What I can tell you with a lot of transparency and with a lot of peace, we certainly could have made some mistakes, we're not infallible, I'm not infallible, but that in all the cases that have been reported to the Archdiocese of Santiago, for which since 2011 I have been responsible, all, all the cases have been investigated, and all cases are investigated, and what people reported before then, and they are in the process of being resolved.”

Concerning the accusations for alleged cover-up of abuse in which at least ten priests are implicated, Cardinal Ezzati said that “the justice system has to determine that. I am very much at peace and  I am willing, and as I have always said, I am at the disposal of the justice system if they want to investigate and they have the complete freedom to do so.”  

Asked about a bill which seeks to take away his Chilean citizenship, Ezzati (a native of Italy) said it “that pains me immensely, foremost because I was granted citizenship by indult and the decree sets out the reasons.”

He said that “the authorities are certainly free to take the path they want” and “personally I think it's unjust, but I am going to continue to work as archbishop as long as the Holy See asks me to do so.”

“After (they do that), as a priest with no complaints about what I was able to contribute at this time in the history of Chile, whether as an educator or as a pastor, I am going to continue working because what I am interested in is not titles, but was I am interested in is people,” he concluded.

The Archdiocese of Santiago stated last week that it received a complaint of possible abuse of minors by Rivera in August 2011, but that during enquiries into the case “it was not possible to contact the complainant.”

The Pastoral Office for Complaints then received a complaint against Rivera from an adult in March 2015, which permitted the start of a preliminary investigation and the implementation of the precautionary measure of removing the priest from all pastoral responsibilities.

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, at the request of the Santiago archdiocese, “gave new instructions to continue the preliminary investigation and to start an administrative penal process” in September 2016.

The preliminary investigation was closed in November 2016, leading to the administrative penal process which concluded with the Decree of Condemnation of Aug. 16, 2018.

The priest was declared “guilty of crimes against the Sixth Commandment of the Decalogue continued  over time and involving scandal, with adults, as is specified in Canon 1395§1 of the Code of Canon Law,” the archdiocese said.

Rivera was suspended from public ministry for ten years, “only being able to celebrate the Eucharist privately and with the company of a person over 50 years of age.”

He was also prohibited from “meeting with or maintaining contact with young people” and was required not to move anywhere.

Once the ten years are completed, if the priest does not comply with the measures, he risks “being suspended for a greater period of time.”

The archdiocese also noted that these four penalties were “among others.”

It concluded, saying that “besides the canonical sentence which was implemented  in September 2018, an exhaustive review was begun to clarify all the information that was made known publicly.”

Cardinal Ezzati has faced accusations that he was involved in covering up the crimes of other abusive priests, including Fernando Karadima and Oscar Munoz Toledo.


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Secret Crush
The House of Morgan Book 1
by Victoria Pinder
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Billionaire FBI agent John Morgan returns for his father’s funeral, igniting his interest in his sister’s best friend, and getting them both in danger.
For some, joining the FBI is a long-term goal. For billionaire John Morgan, joining the Bureau is a stepping stone to proving his father is culpable for his sister’s death. After his estranged father dies, John is forced to return home and face the ghosts of his past. But that proves to be more difficult than he ever imagined.
After losing her best friend under inexplicable circumstances, Alice Collins’ world view shifts until her small town sensibilities convinced her to attend Mr. Morgan’s funeral. Soon, the past and the present collide, and Alice is caught in the crosshairs. But when John comes to her aid, it only serves to complicate matters for both of them.
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Victoria thought her baby died. Colt thought Victoria abandoned their daughter at birth. Her father had destroyed them both with a single lie. But will the truth be enough to bring them back together?
To escape her billionaire father’s cruel manipulations, Victoria let everyone believe she was dead. Burdened with a broken heart and the tragic loss of her baby, she felt there was nothing left for her. But her return uncovers an avalanche of secrets and lies, starting with the fact that the child she thought had died is alive…and being raised by the very man who broke her heart.
Ex-Marine Colt Collins has been raising his daughter alone while nursing a burning resentment for the woman who abandoned them both and then died before he could find out why. Determined to move on and make a life for himself, Colt plans to marry and give his daughter the childhood she deserves. But then Victoria Morgan returns from the dead, and he learns that nothing about their past is what it seems.
Victoria wants to claim her child, but Colt isn’t sure he can believe his former lover. After all, it’s her word against a dead man’s. She could say anything is true. Together, they will have to sift through the lies and unravel the truth. But can they learn to trust each other again and find find a happily ever after, or is too late for a second chance at romance?
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One Cocky Billionaire. One former Marine jilted at the alter. And one bet that forces them back together and threatens to tear them apart.
With a history of women sticking around only long enough to win over his money, not earn his love, Peter has learned to keep women at arm’s length. But as much as he plays it smart with romance, he’s still a sucker for a challenge. So when his brother bets that he can’t date the same woman for thirty days, it’s game on. Wooing a woman for one month and then walking away unscathed sounds almost too easy. Until his brother announces who the woman will be.
Former Marine Belle Jordan has lived through the scandal of being jilted at the altar. Ever since, she protects her heart, knowing she can never go through that kind of heartbreak again. Now the brother of the woman who tore her life apart is pursuing her with an intensity that is hard to resist. Her brain warns her to stay away, but her heart wants to trust his seductive words.
Before long, Peter finds that Belle is turning his cynical world on its head and awakening his long-dormant heart. When the truth comes out about the secret bet, Peter fears he may lose the one woman who can look past the dollar signs to see the man behind the throne. But will the realization be too little too later?
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Secret Wish
The House of Morgan Book 4

She kept him in the friend zone for years. Now she’s single with a secret…and living in his family home.
With little memory of his mother and a strained relationship with his father, it’s difficult for Dr. Luke Morgan to reconcile between who he is and who he wants to be. But when he returns to the House of Morgan to accept his place in the family, painful secrets come to the surface, leading Luke to believe his family name is the reason behind his niece’s kidnapping.
After months spent rejecting Luke’s advances, one kiss changed everything for Caro Soliz. Now, her world is about to change again. Just like her mother before her, she’s accepted a position as the Morgan family maid. This time, her reunion with Luke leads to a whirlwind romance that puts her dream to become a fashion designer in jeopardy—a loss that could leave her penniless and without a job or a future.
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Secret Dad
The House of Morgan Book 5

When Elizabeth’s son is kidnapped, the cop called out to help find him doesn’t know he’s the father.
Elizabeth Morgan rejoined the House of Morgan hoping her family’s law enforcement connections might help her get her son back. What she doesn’t expect is that the Miami Dade Police Officer that her entire family depends on is none other than her missing son’s father.
Rafe Soliz doesn’t know what shocks him more: that his one night stand in Vegas is actually a Morgan, or that the kidnapped child he’s helping her track down is actually his son. Either way, he’ll use all of his detective skills to bring the child home and keep Liz safe from whoever is threatening them.
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Secret Heir
The House of Morgan Book 6

The last person Mitch Morgan should be attracted to is the corporate raider sent from his half brother’s company.


Tess Taylor already lost everything once. The last thing she needs is another failure. If she can prove successful in Mergers and Acquisitions, she’ll never have to worry about money again. But no amount of hard work has prepared her for Mitch Morgan. He’s the kind of distraction she doesn’t need, and the banker she’s supposed to destroy.

Mitch Morgan III may bear his father’s good looks and his name, but he certainly didn’t inherit his father’s trust. Born the child of a torrid affair, nothing was handed to him, and no one wants him to succeed. When the rep from Morgan Enterprises storms through his door, he knows he’s in for a challenge, but nothing in life prepared him for how hard he falls for Tess.

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The House of Morgan Book 7

When the one you're supposed to hate turns out to be the only one you crave...


Damien Morgan learned a long time ago that love was just a figment of someone’s warped imagination and good girls simply didn’t exist. Women, he knew, were master manipulators. Nonetheless, he’s happy to wish his brother well when he decides to take the plunge.

Serenity Hanscom is shocked that she’s been invited to the wedding a year after her sister played matchmaker for the groom and plotted to murder his sister-in-law. Despite the unusual circumstances, Serenity accepts the invitation as an opportunity to mingle with Miami’s elites.

The second she catches sight of Damien, she’s reminded of the horrible events that led to her father’s imprisonment, all because of him. But even though she’s determined to ignore him, she finds herself drawn to him more and more. And that could spell disaster for them both.

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Secret Date
The House of Morgan Book 8


Natalie Parker pretended to be old and ugly at work until one trip to the doctor meant she might be pregnant.

Galen Morgan doesn’t need a wife. He’s already tried that route, and it didn’t work. By day, he’s a cool, calm, confident real estate developer who is raking in billions of dollars. By night, he dates bad girls to keep his loneliness at bay. But when he hooks up with a bad girl at his brother’s wedding, he finds himself at the center of a situation he never imagined possible.

Natalie Parker is just trying to keep her job. If that means she has to disguise herself to keep a roof over her head, then that’s what she’ll do. But when she runs into her boss in the unlikeliest of places—the gynecologist’s office—she’s forced to confess her secret and hope for the best.

Unfortunately, fate isn’t done with her quite yet. There’s another surprise coming down the pike, one where she might end up being pregnant even though she’s never touched anyone in the House of Morgan. And this time, secrets could change everything, including her relationship with her boss.

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The House of Morgan Book 9


First kiss. First love. Father of her children. And he can’t remember her.


When Pilar Soliz goes to Grand Bohemia to celebrate her daughter’s Christmas wedding to Luke Morgan, she’s not prepared for the resurrection of her presumed dead husband, who waltzes across the lobby and back into her life.

Santiago Matias booked a Christmas vacation to get his daughter away from Italy and more specifically away from Anthony Morgan. The Morgans are bad people, and she needs to focus on college. But his plan to convince of this is derailed when the woman of his dreams walks past him.

Santiago doesn’t remember anything in his life before waking up in an Italian hospital more than twenty years ago. But when Pilar says he’s her presumed dead husband, Samuel, he’s unsure if he can be the man she’s been waiting to return. Santiago has no memories of being Samuel, but the longer time he spends with Pilar, the more he wants to be the man she hopes he is.


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Secret Caress
The House of Morgan Book 10

Andrea Garcia's daughter has been kidnapped, and she’ll do anything to get her back.
After moving to Miami to start a new life, Andrea Garcia world turns upside down when disaster strikes. Her daughter is taken from the day care, and the kidnappers are demanding money she doesn’t have to give her back.
Billionaire Todd Morgan sits on various boards, but he’s always outmaneuvered by his brother. When he hears about Andrea’s plight, he offers his cash and security teams to help. For the first time in his life, he’s not just looking out for himself. In in helping Andrea, he’s found a purpose in life…but he’s also invited in a world of trouble.
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The House of Morgan Book 11

Kiwi Washington’s one night in Paris left her pregnant, but she had no idea the man of the evening was about to become her boss.
Giorgio Morgan created a global brand of men’s suits that earns higher prestige until his half sister starts her own fashion company. He’s determined to stop the American interlopers and the women’s fashion empire being formed, but when he flies to Miami, he instantly recognizes the head shoe designer as a previous one night stand.
Kiwi Washington left her high-paying accounting job to follow her shoe passion. Leaving her safety net of security to follow her dreams of creativity took all she had, and she absolutely wasn’t looking for romance. But she’s forced out of her comfort zone when her boss mergers with her one night stand.
With Kiwi clearly carrying his child, Giorgio will merge with the company and take what’s his. But can the two bridge their very different worlds…or will their differences keep them apart?
This story is an odd duck and a Billionaire love story with tons of family drama only found in the House of Morgan.



Secret Bridesmaid
The House of Morgan Book 12

Emily Wilson’s is supposed to be a bridesmaid at her sister’s friends wedding, but secretly, she’s gathering intel to stop the marriage from ever happening.


Emily Wilson’s a legal secretary for a prestigious law firm, but her firm’s newest client needs Emily to accept being a bridesmaid in her sister’s best friend’s wedding. If she hears anything about the groom, she’s to report to the security that’s there to gather info to stop the wedding. She planned for everything except for one thing: the bad boy rock star brother of the groom noticing her.
Axel Morgan’s about to start another world tour, until he meets a woman who’s nothing like the usual groupies he encounters in his dressing room. She’s different, unusual and captivating. Finding out she’s in his brother’s disaster of a wedding gives him a reason to enjoy himself as he chases after the one woman whose captured his attention. But what happens when he discovers her entire presence is a lie?
A one night stand with a rock star wouldn’t be the worst way to spend this wedding, but when the pair take the risk of thinking their fling can be anything more, Emily faces a crash and burn that could lose her everything.
Fans of Nora Roberts and Bella Andre are addicted to this sweet contemporary romance series by USA Today bestselling author Victoria Pinder!
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          Whom Shall I Kiss...An Earl, A Marquess, Or a Duke? by Laura A. Barnes Book Tour & Giveaway      Cache   Translate Page      

Whom Shall I Kiss...An Earl, A Marquess, or a Duke?
Tricking the Scoundrels Book 1
By Laura A. Barnes
Genre: Historical Romance

What started as a research project soon became a scandal...


She wanted to prove a theory. He wanted to play a game. Can their schemes lead them towards a kiss of love?

Tired of watching her friends become ruined by the scoundrels of the ton, Sidney Hartridge devises an experiment to reveal their antics. Her plan is to lure three gentlemen to kiss her and see how they would protect her honor. When her research leads her into her own inappropriate scandal, her father agrees to a wedding offer from one of her subjects. As her fiancé blackmails her into a marriage she doesn’t desire, her research becomes exposed. Can Sidney avoid her own scandal with the one she most desires to kiss?

Noah Wildeburg started this season as any other by flirting with the sweet new debutantes. When he rescues a lady off the dance floor, he is unprepared for the emotions she stirs in his soul. As he pursues her, he realizes he must compete for her hand. As he charms her with tokens of affections and stolen kisses, he discovers she plays her own game. Will Noah win Sidney’s love or is she just another scandal to add to his list?

Whom Shall I Kiss… An Earl, A Marquess, or A Duke? is the first book in Laura A. Barnes new historical romance series. If you like lighthearted drama filled courtships set in Regency England, then you’ll love this new foray into the ton.

Buy Whom Shall I Kiss… An Earl, A Marquess, or A Duke? to read Laura’s new Tricking the Scoundrels series today.



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I am the author of The Romancing the Spies Series. When I am not writing, I am spending time with my family. I love reading books on lazy afternoons, and late into the night. Anytime really. Married 28 years to the love of my life and we have three wonderful children and two sweet grandbabies. Besides writing, I have always wanted to travel. In the last few years we have gotten our passport stamped in England, Scotland, and Ireland. We are hoping to add Italy to the list soon. My debut novel is Rescued By the Captain.

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          Bianchi Campione D Italia Road Bike 22.5 57cm South Broad Ripple      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Mỹ có thể khiếu nại lên WTO phản đối áp thuế kỹ thuật số của EU      Cache   Translate Page      

Mỹ đang cân nhắc khiếu nại lên Tổ chức Thương mại Thế giới (WTO) để phản đối những sắc thuế mới mà Washington cho là mang tính "phân biệt đối xử" nhằm vào các tập đoàn kỹ thuật số lớn như Facebook và Google vốn đang được Pháp và các quốc gia khác thuộc Liên minh châu Âu (EU) lên kế hoạch.

Phát biểu tại Paris (Pháp) ngày 12/3, ông Chip Harter, quan chức hàng đầu về vấn đề thuế quan của Bộ Tài chính Mỹ, chỉ trích kế hoạch áp đặt thuế đơn phương của các nước EU là "thiếu suy xét" và hậu quả là các công ty đa quốc gia có trụ sở tại Mỹ bị "phân biệt đối xử."

Ông cho biết nhiều cơ quan trong chính phủ đang nghiên cứu xem liệu "tác động của tình trạng phân biệt đối xử có cho chúng tôi các quyền (khiếu nại) theo các thỏa thuận thương mại, các hiệp ước hay những quy định của của WTO hay không."

Trong khi đó, cùng ngày, phát biểu tại một phiên họp của các Bộ trưởng Tài chính EU ở Brussels (Bỉ), Bộ trưởng Tài chính Romania Eugen Teodorovici cho biết các nước thành viên vẫn chưa nhất trí về một sắc thuế chung nhằm vào các tập đoàn kỹ thuật số trên quy mô toàn EU. Ông cho biết các bộ trưởng sẽ tập trung thảo luận nhằm đạt được một lập trường chung cho một sự cải tổ thuế kỹ thuật số ở cấp toàn cầu vào năm 2020.

Hiện nhiều quốc gia như Pháp, Anh, Italy và Tây Ban Nha đang đẩy nhanh việc đưa ra các kế hoạch ở cấp quốc gia sau khi các nước EU không đạt được một sự thống nhất về việc áp thuế đối với các tập đoàn kỹ thuật số.

Trước đó, ý tưởng của EU là các quốc gia thành viên cùng hành động thì sẽ hiệu quả hơn mỗi quốc gia hành động đơn phương. Tuy nhiên, ý tưởng này đến nay chưa thành hiện thực do sự quan ngại của một số quốc gia có mức thuế suất thấp, nơi rất nhiều các công ty kỹ thuật số đang hoạt động, cũng như quan ngại về việc thuế mới có thể khiến Mỹ đánh thuế tương xứng đối với các công ty châu Âu có hoạt động tại Mỹ./.


          Italy, Đức đóng cửa không phận đối với các máy bay Boeing 737 Max      Cache   Translate Page      

Cơ quan hàng không dân dụng Italy (ENAC) cho biết nước này sẽ đóng cửa không phận đối với các máy bay Boeing 737 Max 8 kể từ tối ngày 12/3 ngay sau vụ tai nạn máy bay ở Ethiopia làm 157 người thiệt mạng.

Theo ENAC, quyết định nói trên sẽ có hiệu lực từ 21 giờ ngày 12/3 theo giờ địa phương (20 giờ GMT).

Đây được coi là một biện pháp phòng ngừa do tình trạng chưa rõ ràng về nguyên nhân gây nên vụ tai nạn máy bay ở Ethiopia.

Động thái này của Italy diễn ra tiếp sau một loạt quyết định tương tự từ nhiều nước, trong đó có Anh, Pháp, Ireland, Áo, Singapore, Australia, Malaysia, Oman, Trung Quốc và Indonesia.

Cơ quan An toàn hàng không Đức (DFS) ngày 12/3 cũng thông báo nước này sẽ cấm các máy bay Boeing 737 MAX 8 và MAX 9 hoạt động trong không phận nước này từ nay đến ngày 12/6 tới.

DFS cho biết các máy bay vẫn đang hoạt động trên không khi lệnh cấm này có hiệu lực vào lúc 17 giờ 30 phút (giờ GMT) ngày 12/3, tức 0 giờ 30 phút ngày 13/3 (giờ Việt Nam) đều sẽ được phép hạ cánh tại các sân bay gần nhất trên lãnh thổ Đức.

Trước đó, phát biểu trên kênh truyền hình N-TV của Đức, Bộ trưởng Giao thông Andreas Scheuer cho biết ông đã ra lệnh đóng cửa không phận đối với các máy bay Boeing 737 MAX và quyết định này có hiệu lực ngay lập tức./.


          "Così potete avere il reddito". In rete l'esultanza islamica      Cache   Translate Page      
"Salam-Aleikum...reddito della cittadinanza". Un italiano medio, a digiuno di bengalese, capisce solo queste due parole nei primi 30 secondi del "tutorial" di 6 minuti visibile nella pagina "Bangladesh in Italy". In 9 ore lo hanno già visualizzato oltre 5.500 persone: il video dev'essere davvero ben fatto e il curatore indica dettagliatamente la documentazione necessaria a chiedere il sussidio, riportando accuratamente i link ai quali reperire "il protocollo" e tutte le informazioni necessarie. Su Youtube, un altro video di istruzioni, pubblicato il 15 gennaio, ha già ottenuto 45mila click e una serie di commenti soddisfatti: "Grazie mille per le informazioni", per esempio. Nella schermata campeggia il sorriso inconfondibile del ministro del Lavoro e vice premier, Luigi Di Maio, sovrastato da una scritta rossa in arabo e da una bianca in campo nero, in italiano: "Il reddito di cittadinanza di 780 euro".Il brulicante mondo delle comunità di immigrati in Italia si muove, si dà da fare. E d'altra parte le "moschee" sono da sempre una rete di welfare parallelo, oltre che luoghi di culto (spesso irregolari). Forniscono "sussidi", si occupano dei funerali dei meno abbienti, fungono da uffici di collocamento e soprattutto gestiscono la "Zakat", l'obolo a carità riscosso nel tempo ordinario e in più nei giorni di Ramadan.Tutto questo mondo di immigrazione e associazionismo informalmente, adesso si attrezza per assistere la platea potenzialmente sterminata degli immigrati da assistere e da inserire nel fantastico mondo del "reddito" grillino.E ha quindi di che esultare un leader musulmano come Davide Piccardo, ex coordinatore dei centri islamici di Milano, noto a molti per la visibilità mediatico-televisiva. Oltre a essere un sfegatato tifoso del leader islamico turco Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Piccardo è anche un estimatore dell'attuale governo italiano. E sapere che il primo a fare richiesta per il "reddito" a Milano è stato Mustapha Aarboubi, un disoccupato marocchino, ha consolidato questa sua simpatia: "Un governo che gli immigrati li aiuta davvero" ha esultato. "Il reddito di cittadinanza - ha riportato - spetterà a 1.248 milioni di nuclei familiari, di cui circa 241 mila sono composti da stranieri, quindi circa il 20% del totale a fronte di una percentuale di stranieri del 9% sul totale dei residenti". "Non male per un governo razzista" il suo commento soddisfatto.Il reddito, come noto, andrà ai residenti da 10 anni, titolari di permesso di lungo periodo. "Io avrei stabilito 5 anni - ha commentato l'esponente della Costituente islamica - ma comunque anche 10 sempre meglio di niente e in effetti gli stranieri che lo prenderanno sono tantissimi". Ed è proprio così: l'Istat calcola che alla fine saranno 300mila circa gli stranieri che potranno incassare l'assegno pari 5mila euro l'anno. Non solo, associazioni come l'Asgi - ritenendo discriminatori i vincoli - sono già all'opera per allargare ancora la platea dei beneficiari. Già si prevede una marea di ricorsi.
          11 wildly successful people who never went to college      Cache   Translate Page      

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  • Do you need to attend college to be successful?
  • The FBI recently charged dozens of people for paying a college-admissions consultant to help their kids get into elite universities.
  • But the 11 people below — including Michele Ferrero and Li Ka-Shing — never pursued higher education.

The FBI has charged dozens of people — including actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin — in a college-admissions scheme. Thirty-three parents are accused of paying a college-admissions consultant to help their kids get into elite universities.

The idea that these parents may have committed a crime to help their kids succeed got us thinking: Is a college education even necessary to achieve success?

Ask the 11 people below — which include billionaires and real-estate moguls — and they might say no. As it turns out, none of them ever enrolled in a college course.

Check out the list and see if your perspective on the value of higher education changes.

Leonardo Del Vecchio

Luxottica

At age 25, Leonardo Del Vecchio founded eyewear maker Luxottica, which recently merged with French ophthalmic optics company Essilor.

The multibillionaire octogenarian paid his way through design school by apprenticing at a car and eyewear-parts factory in his teens, according to Forbes.



Savitri Jindal

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Jindal is the chairperson of the Jindal Group and the widow of Om Prakash Jindal, the conglomerate company's founder. The businesses in its portfolio include JSW Steel, JSW Energy, JSW Infrastructure, and Jindal Steel & Power.



Michele Ferrero

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Before the Italian chocolate manufacturer passed away in 2015, he was listed on Forbes' billionaires list as the 30th richest person in the world, Business Insider's Tanza Loudenback reported.

Ferrero left his fortune to his family; his son, Giovanni, is now CEO of the Ferrero Group.




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SEE ALSO: Hollywood actresses and business leaders are accused of paying to get their kids into elite colleges by cheating on exams and faking athletic skills. Here's how investigators say the scheme worked.


          Six Nations: Time for whipping boys Italy to be dropped from the tournament      Cache   Translate Page      
OPINION: 'Zombie' fixture against France shows it might be best to take the weakest Six Nations side out of the firing line.
          When An Italian Guy Went To Repair His Toilet, He Unearthed An Ancient Underground Complex      Cache   Translate Page      

Luciano Faggiano and his sons dig through the floor of their property in Lecce, Italy, searching for a broken pipe in 2001. But, as they remove shovels full of debris, they come across the unexpected – a false floor. And what lies underneath that layer leaves them – and the rest of the town – stunned.…

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In the ancient Greek city of Cumae in Italy, archaeologists are exploring a necropolis that’s kept its secrets for thousands of years. Here, they find the remains of the region’s elite, buried in long-sealed tombs. And inside one, they discover a fascinating relic – an intricate mural that sheds new light on a forgotten past.…

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**Company Description** At Red Hat, we connect an innovative community of customers, partners, and contributors to deliver an open source stack of trusted, high-performing solutions. We offer cloud, Linux, middleware, storage, and virtualization technologies, together with award-winning global customer support, consulting, and implementation services. Red Hat is a rapidly growing company supporting more than 90% of Fortune 500 companies. **Job summary** The Red Hat Middleware Engineering team is looking for a Software Engineer to join our Red Hat Business Automation product team as a remote employee in Spain, Poland, Italy, or the Czech Republic. In this role, you will be a member of the core engineering team who contributes to the development and maintenance of our business automation projects. You'll need to be a capable Java engineer with basic knowledge of frontend technology. **Primary job responsibilities** + Work on the design and development of core modules, components, and APIs of our offerings + Work on the next generation of our platform with emphasis on native cloud support + Work with the community to promote, evangelize, and support the use of our open source projects + Work with the consulting team and join meetings with customers to gather, document, and deliver requirements + Educate the team on new features by pull request reviews or small team presentations + Work with the Quality Engineering (QE) team to ensure that features of our offerings have adequate test coverage **Required skills** + Solid Java programming experience + Knowledge of or experience with JEE applications + Experience with development tools like Git, Maven, and a Java IDE (Eclipse, IntelliJ IDEA, Visual Studio Code, or similar) + Excellent communication and presentation skills; fluent written and verbal language skills in English + Passion for open source software + Proven ability to work under minimal supervision + Knowledge of rule engines, business process management (BPM) engines, and resource planning engines; Drools, jBPM, and OptaPlanner are a plus + Middleware development experience is a big plus + Knowledge of web technologies in general (JavaScript, React.js, Google Web Toolkit, etc.) is a plus Red Hat is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and an affirmative action employer. We review applications for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, uniformed services, genetic information, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, or any other basis prohibited by law. Red Hat does not seek or accept unsolicited resumes or CVs from recruitment agencies. We are not responsible for, and will not pay, any fees, commissions, or any other payment related to unsolicited resumes or CVs except as required in a written contract between Red Hat and the recruitment agency or party requesting payment of a fee. **Job ID** _64894_ **Category** _Software Engineering_
          La Juventus elimina al Atlético de Madrid de la Champions con un hat-trick de Cristiano (3-0)      Cache   Translate Page      

El portugués Cristiano Ronaldo firmó un demoledor triplete este martes para doblegar por 3-0 y fulminar al Atlético de Madrid, irreconocible, superado y sometido de principio a fin por el Juventus, en un batacazo indudable del equipo rojiblanco en la Liga de Campeones después del 2-0 de la ida.

Dos cabezazos y un penalti, transformado en el minuto 86, castigaron la pasividad de un Atlético que salió a defenderse y que terminó quemándose ante el hambre, el carácter y las insaciables ganas de gloria de Cristiano.

El gesto de Cristiano Ronaldo tras eliminar al Atlético que muchos no le van a perdonar nunca

La ilusión de la ida se convirtió en pesadilla para el Atlético, que tuvo que despedirse en octavos de la Liga de Campeones y decir adiós a la posibilidad de jugar la final en su estadio, el Wanda Metropolitano.

En un ambiente eléctrico, con 40.000 aficionados, el conjunto de Allegri saltó al campo decidido a conseguir una hazaña.

Soccer Football - Champions League - Round of 16 Second Leg - Juventus v Atletico Madrid - Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy - March 12, 2019  Atletico Madrid's Alvaro Morata and Antoine Griezmann look dejected after the match   REUTERS/Massimo Pinca

No podía temblar el Atlético, que recuperó al uruguayo Diego Godín en la zaga, ante un Juventus que saltó al césped para presionar cada balón en el intento de marcar el territorio desde el comienzo.

El primer aviso tardó menos de 4 minutos en llegar, con un gol correctamente anulado a Giorgio Chiellini por una falta de Cristiano al meta esloveno Jan Oblak. El zaguero había aprovechado un rebote en el área en una acción parecida a la de la diana de José María Giménez en el Metropolitano.

Era el partido que el Atlético preveía, pero el ímpetu del cuadro turinés puso contra las cuerdas a los hombres de Diego Pablo Simeone, que intentaron mantener las líneas muy juntas, sin lograr contener el hambre "bianconero".

La presión del Juventus se hacía cada vez fuerte y la resistencia rojiblanca se acabó en el 27.

Hubo además un cambio táctico que mezcló las cartas y que aumentó el sufrimiento rojiblanco. El Juventus, saltado inicialmente al campo con un 4-3-3, pasó a un 3-5-2, con el alemán Emre Can que integró la defensa y Leonardo Spinazzola y el portugués Joao Cancelo, que se sumaron al centro del campo, dando más amplitud al juego.

Y, pese al esfuerzo del francés Tomas Lemar y de Koke Resurrección en las bandas, al Atlético le costó cerrar espacios y aún más acercarse al área rival. La presión del Juventus se hacía cada vez fuerte y la resistencia rojiblanca se acabó en el 27.

Bernardeschi centró desde su banda izquierda y Cristiano no dio opción a Juanfran, adaptado en el lateral izquierdo, cabeceó con contundencia y fulminó a Oblak. Era el gol que necesitaba el Juventus para coger confianza, la chispa que encendería aún más sus ganas de gloria.

Soccer Football - Champions League - Round of 16 Second Leg - Juventus v Atletico Madrid - Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy - March 12, 2019  Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo scores their third goal from the penalty spot to complete his hat-trick   REUTERS/Alberto Lingria

Un ambicioso intento de chilena y otro testarazo de Cristiano, ambos fuera, avisaban al Atlético de que el pase de ronda todavía estaba lejos de estar adquirido. Así los dos conjuntos se fueron al descanso.

Y la reanudación empezó de la peor manera para los hombres de Simeone. En el 48, otro centro, esta vez de Cancelo, fue cabeceado sin piedad por Cristiano. Oblak paró el disparo, pero cuando el balón ya había superado la línea de meta. El reloj del colegiado indicó la diana y el Stadium estalló por segunda vez.

Simeone intentó cambiar la dinámica. Dio paso al argentino Ángel Correa por Lemar, mientras en el Juventus Allegri daba paso al también argentino Paulo Dybala por Spinazzola para tener más técnica y circulación de balón.

Cristiano, el que el año pasado hundió al propio Juventus desde los once metros con la camiseta del Madrid, este año lleva la elástica "bianconera". Cruzó con la derecha, engañó a Oblak e hizo tocar el cielo al mundo juventino.

El equilibrio era total. El Juventus bajó ligeramente el ritmo y el Atlético trató de respirar, a la espera de los últimos minutos, con todo completamente abierto.

Y en el tramo final Allegri decidió atreverse, metió al joven delantero Moise Kean, nacido en 2000. El mensaje estaba claro: ir a por el tercero. Una apuesta ganada.

Tras un fallo del propio Kean en un mano a mano con Oblak, Bernardeschi hizo una demoledora progresión en la banda izquierda en el 85 hasta entrar en el área, donde Correa le derribó provocando una pena máxima.

Soccer Football - Champions League - Round of 16 Second Leg - Juventus v Atletico Madrid - Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy - March 12, 2019  Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring their third goal to complete his hat-trick   REUTERS/Alberto Lingria

Cristiano, el que el año pasado hundió al propio Juventus desde los once metros con la camiseta del Madrid, este año lleva la elástica "bianconera". Cruzó con la derecha, engañó a Oblak e hizo tocar el cielo al mundo juventino.

Era el minuto 86, demasiado tarde para la reacción del Atlético ante una defensa italiana que estuvo blindada todo el partido

Otra noche de gloria para Cristiano, que lleva 25 dianas contra el Atlético Madrid y que, tras ganar tres Copas de Europa consecutivas con el Real Madrid, quiere seguir agrandando una leyenda que durará eternamente.

Soccer Football - Champions League - Round of 16 Second Leg - Juventus v Atletico Madrid - Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy - March 12, 2019  General view of the lights inside the stadium before the match   REUTERS/Massimo Pinca     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY


          Cotril firma gli hair look della sfilata FW 2019/2020 di Atelier Emè      Cache   Translate Page      

Quella di Atelier Emè è una realtà affermata del mondo wedding. I loro abiti incantano migliaia e migliaia di donne. Il segreto del loro successo? Tessuti particolari e pregiati, lavorati secondo l’alta tradizione sartoriale del Made in Italy. Decorazioni sempre raffinate e rifiniture interamente fatte a mano. Unisce la tradizione all’innovazione, mediante l’uso di tecniche […]

L'articolo Cotril firma gli hair look della sfilata FW 2019/2020 di Atelier Emè proviene da Fashion News Magazine.


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'''Jean-Claude Petit''' (born 14 November 1943) is a French composer and arranger, born in [[Vaires-sur-Marne]]. After accompanying jazzmen in his childhood, Petit went to the [[Conservatoire de Paris]], where he studied harmony and counterpoint. He did the string arrangements for [[Mink DeVille]]'s ''[[Le Chat Bleu]]'' album, as well as orchestrating the backing parts to some French pop singles in the mid-to-late 1960s, including those of [[Erick Saint-Laurent]] and [[yé-yé]] girls [[Christine Pilzer]] and [[Monique Thubert]].

In 1973 he composed ''[[La leçon de Michette]]'', a delicious, short song: it was so famous in [[Italy]], because it had been used for a soundtrack of a well-known ''[[Carosello]]'' (the Italian TV spot broadcast) from 1973 to 1976.

1979 saw his first major film soundtrack commission ([[Alexandro Jodorowsky]]'s ''[[Tusk (1980 film)|Tusk]]''), but he had been releasing solo records at least a decade earlier, including at least four for the [[Chappell Music Library]], as well as his album ''Chez Jean-Claude Petit'', released in the early 1970s. In 1976 he collaborated with [[Pierre Delanoë]], [[Toto Cutugno]], [[Vito Pallavicini]] in a very popular and funky music for [[Mireille Mathieu]] called Ciao Bambino, Sorry. In addition, he was a frequent collaborator with French film music composer [[Jack Arel]]: the pair's most well-known production, "Psychedelic Portrait", was featured in an episode of the cult TV series ''[[The Prisoner]]''. His highly acclaimed score for [[Cyrano de Bergerac (play)|Cyrano de Bergerac]] remains perhaps his best known work internationally. In 1995 he was nominated for a [[Victoires de la Musique]] award in soundtrack of the year for ''L'Etudiante Etranger''. Jean Claude conducted and arranged for American Orchestra leader Billy Vaughn in the 1970s: At least two of Billy's Paramount LPs "An Old Fashioned Love Song" PAS 6025 and "Greatest Country Hits" give Jean Claude credit as arranged/conductor. The 'Greatest Country Hits' Lp Paramount PAS 6044 also includes a Jean Claude original "Walk A Country Mile".

==Filmography==
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* 1979: ''[[Tusk (1980 film)|Tusk]]''
* 1982: ''Lively Social Life''
* 1985: ''[[Tranches de vie]]''
* 1985: ''Billy-Ze One-Kick''
* 1986: ''[[Jean de Florette]]''
* 1986: ''[[Manon des Sources (1986 film)|Manon des Sources]]''
* 1987: ''Fucking Fernand''
* 1988: ''Savannah''
* 1989: ''[[The Return of the Musketeers]]''
* 1990: ''[[Cyrano de Bergerac (1990 film)|Cyrano de Bergerac]] (Colosseum CST 34.8046)''
* 1990: ''[[Uranus (1990 film)|Uranus]]''
* 1991: ''Always Alone''
* 1991: ''[[Mayrig]]''
* 1992: ''588, Street Paradises''
* 1992: ''The Zebra''
* 1992: ''[[The Playboys (film)|The Playboys]]
* 1993: ''Lady Chatterley''
* 1994: ''In Antonin Company Artaud''
* 1995: ''[[The Horseman on the Roof]]''
* 1996: ''Beaumarchais The Insolent One''
* 1997: ''[[Messieurs les enfants]]''
* 1998: ''Paddy''
* 2000: ''Lumumba''
* 2002: ''Like Your Father''
* 2004: ''Podium''
* 2007: ''Dance With Him''

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The Cypress Tree
Painting by Vincent Van Gogh
Considered the iconic tree of the Mediterranean, the symbol of the rolling hills of Tuscany or the rugged mountains of Greece, the humble cypress tree had a far more potent, and sinister, meaning to the Ancient Romans. Even today, journeying through Italy, you will find many a shadow of a cypress falling across a graveyard, a silent sentinel watching over the darker places of the world. Its characteristic pencil like form is never far away in this land, and rarely absent from the tourist's photograph. But why this mournful association? Why the favoured foliage of the afterlife? It all began with a story nearly two thousand years ago, the story of a young boy who would give the cypress its name, and its story...




Long ago, on the idyllic pastures of the island of Caea, there was bred a mighty stag, its stature and beauty never before known. In majesty and power, all of his kind he excelled. A wonder to behold, to the nymphs of Cartha he was sacred held. Dignity was written in his face, vast were his antlers, enough to grant him ample shade. The horns gilt seemed, as the sun beams danced of their shining points, casting all around in their radiant glow. So brilliantly burnished was his coat, it seemed as though all the precious stones of the world were embedded in every lock. Nature itself seemed to bow before his stride, and soon the fear of the locals was lost, and even strangers would come forth to pat his proffered neck.

But there was a young boy among the Caeans who adored him most. By all accounts an ordinary boy, blessed with no great strength of arm, divine beauty nor unearthly wit, but a heart of gold he hid within. A country boy, he cared nothing for the grand affairs of the world, but cared in abundance for what his eyes could see and ears could hear. An uncommon empathy he held too for all living things, for in the wild he lived, and learned to reside in peace with the creatures, and spirits of the forest. Then one day, came the regal stag, and all was changed:


       " Much was the beast by Caea's youth caress'd,
         But thou, sweet Cyparissus, lov'dst him best:
         By thee, to pastures fresh, he oft was led,
         By thee oft water'd at the fountain's head:
         His horns with garlands, now, by thee were ty'd,
         And, now, thou on his back wou'dst wanton ride;
         Now here, now there wou'dst bound along the plains,
         Ruling his tender mouth with purple reins. "
              - CYPARISSUS AND THE STAG


Cyparissus, Apollo & Hyacinthus
Painting by Alexander Ivanov
Many came before the stag awed by the beauty of its form. Cyparissus came, drawn by the beauty within, for he sensed a grace within, bound with his adoration of nature and al living things. Soon both boy and beast began a friendship such that man and loyal animal only can, like the shepherd and his faithful hound. Many a lazy afternoon could you find them, resting by a pool in the forest glades, retreating from the burning rays of Apollo's sun. Across the far reaching plains the boy and his stag would race, their contest the amusement of the gods high on Olympus. The villagers were puzzled, but delighted for young Cyparissus and his unconventional friendship, sensing the hand of the divine at work.


Then one day, Cyparissus went into the forest hunting, hoping to bring back some prize boar for his family, a spectacular feast indeed. A scorching summer day, the burning arms of the Sun pierced the foliage, and sweat fell from the boy's brow. His faithful companion had bounded joyfully ahead into the brush, bidding the boy on. But, suffering from the heat too, the mighty stag sought refuge in the shade of the bushes, laying his weary limbs across the grass. Suddenly, distracted, the boy heard the snort of a boar close by. Not twice does opportunity strike, not two moments does one wait when hunger strikes. Cyparissus levelled his spear and took his aim, wary of his nearby friend. Bringing back his hunting arm, he launched with all his might, but no! A bead of sweat brought forth from the fiery Sun fell into his eye. A stinging sensation swept his eye, and the boy blinked, and his aim went awry. A blood chilling cry rose to the skies, as Cyparissus rubbed his sore eye. The pain passed, he looked up, excited to find his quarry.


Cyparissus mourns
Painting by Jacopo Vignali
Horror swept through his mortal frame, and cold dread, when he saw no boar thrashing at the foot of the tree. Unknowingly, unwillingly, oblivious, Cyparissus had cast the deadly dart, but his worst nightmare had it transfixed upon its brazen point. There lay the mighty stag, and never a more tragic sight there lay. The hideous truth of his error laid bare, the young boy fell to his knees, tears welled up inside. The stag writhed in pain, blood spattering the forest floor, its cries rending the air. Frantically, Cyparissus tried to staunch the wound, but the hands of a boy are scarce enough to stem the flow of blood that gushed forth that day. Calling out in desperation, the folly dawned upon him, and his heart began to break. At last, the cries grew silent, the body still, and the stag lay motionless, its staring into the wilderness. Cyparissus howled to the skies. He would have taken his own life there and then, had not Phoebus Apollo, lord of the Sun, taken pity on the boy. Had not his burning rays caused the boy's aim to go wide... Cyparissus, determined to feel his guilt for all time, and expiate his crime, asked the god to allow him to mourn for all time. Himself fighting back his tears, Apollo granted his final wish, moved was he. The blood drained from the boy, his legs fused together, and leaves grew where one was his skin, and hard weeping bark underneath. A thin and lanky young boy, so too was the form of the tree which he took.

Apollo looked on in grief, and declared that this was ever after to be present at the ritual of mourning, and the tree was named. Cypress, the tree of mourning. Still today it watches over graves...



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Dante & Virgil at the foot of the Mountain
Engraving by Gustave Doré






" To course o'er more kindly waters now
   my talent's little vessel lifts her sails,
   that leaves behind a sea so cruel;

  And of that second kingdom will I sing,
   wherein the human spirit doth purge,
   becoming worthy of ascent to
   Heaven... "
      - DANTE & VIRGIL IN PURGATORY









Dante Alighieri may have endured Hell, quite literally, and all its horrors and chills, but the journey was not complete. It seemed an age since that night he had walked the dark forest path, midway through life, but adventure lay far ahead yet. The terrible retribution suffered by the souls of the damned was but a part of the hand dealt by God to man when the hour of reckoning comes...

Bursting forth from the dank and unforgiving realm of Lucifer's gaol, it was with a deep breath that Dante greeted the cool air again. Noxious fumes and at once stifling heat and piercing freeze was cast aside, replaced by a serener ambience. Stars punctuated the night sky, as both Dante and his guide and master, the mighty Virgil, found themselves at the root of a mountain more vast than any that towered over the world of still breathing men. Down and down in Inferno had they travelled, yet here in the Midworld, the only path lay up. This was Purgatory, neither damnation nor salvation, Heaven nor Hell, here nor there. Here dwell man and woman alike after death, awaiting judgement. Noble yet flawed in life, here they atone for their earthly sins, before they are welcomed in Heaven above. Abandon all hope, ye who enter here, the Gate of Hell had declared. Yet here in Purgatory, it is hope which lifts the spirits of all. For all here will one day enter Heaven, when their sentence is served.


The Death of Cato
Painting by Pierre Bouillon
With a start our pilgrim was made aware of a presence at his side. "Who are ? Ye who counter the blind river, have fled away from the eternal prison?", the stranger barked. None before had broken out of the dark abyss, since when had the damned been cast upon the root of the penitent Mount? "Who guided you?" he demanded. To Dante's rescue, silver tongued Virgil came. "A Lady from Heaven descended, at whose prayers I aided this one with my company", the poet declared. Beckoning at his companion, he argued that as he was not yet among the ranks of the dead, he was not subject to the ancient laws of the afterworld, and he sought only liberty. It was then that Virgil, spying a bloodied wound on the stranger's chest, that he recognised the man. A fellow Roman of yore, there stood before them Cato, staunch enemy of Caesar and Republican to the bitter end, who took his own life at Utica when his designs came to naught, and the Republic of the Romans breathed its last. Virgil informed Cato that Dante lived with hope to see his beloved Beatrice again, high in the Kingdom of Light. The hardened expression on their interrogator softened at once, moved with memories of the Marcia he once knew. "Marcia so pleasing was unto mine eyes whilst on the other side I dwelled...", he reminisced. "Now that she dwells beyond the evil river, she can no longer move me..." he lamented. Go forth, he commanded, and dally not under the command of the Lord. 'Do not return this way, and follow the rising Sun', his last words were. Dante looked at the path ahead. Steep indeed it was. Looking back, Cato's spirit was no more.


The Arrival of the Waiting
Engraving by Gustave Doré
Dawn had broken, and already the Sun had crested the horizon of the endless ocean. Through the haze Mars glowed a burning red, when suddenly a light flashed across the surf, heading to the base of the Mountain. A whiteness, blinding with brilliance, pierced the waves, and Virgil called to Dante "Make haste, make haste to bow the knew! Behold the Angel of God!". The radiance grew, and the craft beached upon Purgatory's shore. "In exitu Israel de Aegypto!", the Heavenly host cried, and from the boat a throng of souls emerged, recently hurled headlong from their earthly bodies. Around in incredulity and puzzlement they gazed. Spotting the two poets not far from they, the spirits rushed to embrace them. "If ye know, show us the way to go unto the mountain", one among them called out to Dante. "Ye believe perchance that we have knowledge of this place, but we are strangers even as yourselves", Virgil retorted. Downcast, one among them suddenly noticed the rising and falling of Dante's chest, and realisation dawned upon his breathless face. Pallid with amazement, they saw that he was still alive, and rejoiced. One moved forward to throw his arms around our pilgrim, but nay, it was not to be. Moved by the kind reception, Dante moved to embrace him too, but only through air did his arms pass. Three times they tried, but hope lay not there. Several among the shades recognise Dante, they were once men of Florence too. The one who would embrace revealed himself as Casella, a friend in life of our poet. Long had he dwelled in the middleworld, and into merry song he burst, flexing the mighty voice he once prized in life. A tear rolled down Dante's cheek at the memories relived, before a growling voice shattered the serenity. Cato spurred them on, urging them not to delay, for nightfall would be coming soon. So with fresh vigour did the ethereal party disband, and higher did they climb.

The path ahead seemed a gruelling one indeed, so steep was the embankment. Dante stuck close to his master, fearful that any slip would send him to the ranks of all around. The blood red rays of the Sun grew dazzling now, as the light flooded over the crags in the mountain. Marvelling at the old poet's agility, Dante suddenly noticed that Virgil cast no shadow in the blazing sun. "Dost thou not think me with thee, and that I guide thee?" Virgil remarked, noticing his anguish. All all too painful reminder it was for Dante, that his newfound friend and master was in fact dead. Since his mortal body long ago vanished, no more could his spirit cast a shadow, in Naples now are his last remains. "Marvel not at it more than at the Heavens", Virgil soothed the distraught Dante, for "insane is he who hopeth that our reason can traverse the illimitable way". Painfully aware that there would come a time when they  must part ways, Dante struggled on up, up and up the endless cliff. Scarcely, it seemed, could any being unequipped with wings ascend it, yet with determination did those two prevail.


After reaching something of a plateau, the two stopped; Dante for breath and Virgil for thought. Then, there on the left, another array of souls approached. As sheep they flocked, for those at the rear seemed oblivious to the matter around them, only following those in front. Timidly holding their heads low, they skulked forward, until the lead spirit, "modest in face and dignified in gait", spotted the shadow cast by Dante's form. With a start he jumped, and so too did his fellows behind, though they knew not why. "Without your asking, I confess to you this is a human body you see", Virgil called to them. By mandate of Heaven had they come this far, and the spirits bowed in recognition, beckoning the way forth.


King Manfred
Image take from the Chronicle
of Giovanni Villani
As they turned to move, however, a soft voice sounded behind. "Whoe'er thou art, thus going turn thine eyes, consider well if e'er thoun saw me in the other world". Intrigued, Dante spun around, to a haunting sight. A fair man stood yonder, with kindly face and blonde hair, one of his eyebrows split by some blow of war. His bearing was noble, no serf this was. Humbly, Dante admitted that he knew the man not. Smiling, the figure revealed the ghastly wound upon his chest, flecked with blood. "I am Manfred, grandson of the Empress Costanza; therefore, when thou returnest, I beseech thee, go to my daughter fair, the mother of Siciliy's honour and Aragon's, and the truth tell her, if aught else be told". Dante, who knew Manfred's tale well, was overcome with reverence. Fifty years earlier, Manfred, son of the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II, faithfully obeyed his father's will in Southern Italy. It was a time when strife between the Empire and the Papacy was at its zenith, and the territorial extent of the Holy Roman Empire seemed well on its way to reclaiming the glory of its ancient namesake. At 18, his father died and rebellion was raised in the southern domains. Energetic and enthusiastic, Manfred crushed the rebellion in Naples. But Pope Innocent IV, spying an opportunity with the death of his nemesis, Frederick Stupor Mundi, demanded the surrender of Sicily from Imperial hands, intending to gift it to the son of King Henry III of England. Manfred, disgusted by the Vicar of Christ's earthly corruption, refused. Retribution arrived swiftly, a bull of excommunication. He was now a spiritual outlaw, shunned by the Catholic Church, and forbidden from entering Heaven. This was a sentence that made death seem trifling. The Pope deplored his daring to rule beyond papal permission, and his willingness to form alliances with Muslims, and raised arms against young Manfred. But the Imperial Prince was an able leader, and crushed the armies of the Papal States. Not long after, he was hailed by the Sicilians as their saviour and King. Triumphant, Manfred declared his candidacy for his father's throne, that of Holy Roman Emperor itself. The new Pope Alexander IV declared excommunication once again, rallying war against the precocious Prince. Charles of Anjou heard the Pope's call, and marched on Sicily. The two sides met at Benevento, and battle was joined. Outnumbered and overwhelmed, the Imperial forces were broken, but never would Manfred abandon the field. Alone did the Sicilian King hurl himself against the Angevin line, and with great honour his life did wane. Not content with his mere death, the Pope ordered the remains to be dug up and thrown out of the territory of the Papal States.

"Horrible my iniquities had been", Manfred bemoaned, "but infinite goodness hath such ample arms, that is receives whatever turns to it". In his final moments on the field of war, the Emperor's son had prayed to the Almighty for forgiveness. By divine law, those penitent at death, but outside the grace of the Church, must dwell here in Purgatory for thirty times the duration of their time of sin before they are permitted to move on. Serving this time now was Manfred, along with others excommunicated in recent times, and desperate to feel Heaven's light was he. But greater hope remained, for the Almighty had decreed that should any on the earthly plain mourn and pray for the spirit, hastened would his time in Purgatory be.


                                        " See now if thou hast power to make me happy,
                                             By making known unto my good Costanza
                                             How thou hast seen me, and this ban beside... "
                                                   - KING MANFRED'S PLEA


It was then that Dante, so moved by Manfred's tale, realised he had lost track of time, as the day was far advanced now. Something sadder than Inferno seemed at work here. Whereas in the Infernal Pit, men wicked at heart were condemned, here were ordinary, good people, robbed of Heaven's light, sadly delayed from the Judgement. Resenting the interference of the Pope in temporal affairs, and that Italy had never been right since a Caesar had sat upon his rightful throne, Dante was consumed with melancholy. With a start, a nearby soul exclaimed the discovery of the path to the Mountain above. The road grew on, and time could not be wasted. Weirder and more wonderful adventures lay beyond neither here nor there...

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Rome, AD 595. It is one hundred and nineteen years after the fall of the Western Roman Empire. Much of Europe is in turmoil, overrun by barbarian tribes. Nevertheless, life continues in the Eternal City. Market day arrives, and His Holiness Pope Gregory the Great and his entourage came to admire the array of produce as eagerly as anyone, for in these days the Pope of Rome lived simply, favouring a monastic life. Among the fine crops and exotic fruits on sale that day was the slave market, always the talk of trade. Then something caught the eye of the Pope. A group of young boys, fair haired and skinned, chained together in slavery, awaiting their fate. A strange feeling gripped Gregory, wonder fused with pity...


"Not Angles, but Angels..."
Image taken from a mosaic of Westminster Cathedral,
London
"From what country or nation were they brought?", he asked a companion. Upon enquiring with the slave dealer in a strange foreign tongue, he replied. "They are from the island of Britain, whose inhabitants are of such personal appearance". Pope Gregory, entranced, asked, "are those islanders Christians, or still pagans?". When he discovered that they were pagans, he voiced his anguish, "Alas! What a pity", said he, "that the author of darkness is possessed of men of such fair countenances". "What is the name of that nation?", he asked, more keenly still. "They are called Angles", came the reply, for the land of Britain was at that time overrun with the tribe of the Angles. "Right", said he, "for they have an angelic face, and it becomes such to be co-heirs with the Angels in Heaven. They are not Angles, but Angels". Sensing Divine Providence that day, Pope Gregory turned to a nearby Prior, Augustine was his name, and commanded him to lead a mission to this far away land, and spread the word of Christ, with half a mind to undertake the task himself. The British Isles would never be the same again. But what of the people of Britain, and the destiny of that race? The story begins almost two hundred years earlier...


As the fifth century dawned, much of the known world was plunged into turmoil. For the lives of many, and of their ancestors for many hundreds of years too, the mighty Empire of the Romans was not only the world's greatest power, but civilisation itself. So much so that millions of people who had never even seen the Eternal City, would not have been able to locate the City on a map, who had not a drop of Roman blood in their bodies, called themselves Romans. Now, Rome, which had once seemed a power that would know no end, was on its knees. Plague, Famine, War, Strife and Economic crisis have each destroyed nations. It took all of them combined to bring about the final destruction of the Roman Empire. Yet from the ashes of Rome, her former provinces would arise as new nations, one of them an island far on the boundaries of the Empire - Britannia.


On New Year's Eve AD 406, at a rupture in the frontier of the Western Roman Empire on the River Rhine, a horde of barbarian tribes poured across the border. Vandals, Alans, Alemanni, and a formidable array of tribesman swept into Roman provinces, and the struggling Western Empire desperately tried to stem the inexorable advance. City after city was burned and pillaged, and areas the size of modern countries were laid waste. It was at this time that the Roman province of Britannia was in revolution. As the Romans in Italy were reeling from another invasion of the Visigothic tribes, Northern Europe seemed defenceless, and the people of Britain feared that they would be next. Longing for order, in a world now seemingly in the brink of the Apocalypse, the Britons threw their support behind the Roman general Constantine, thinking with melancholy of the days of Constantine the Great some one hundred years earlier. Constantine moved quickly. Landing on the beaches of northern France, called Gaul in ancient times, Constantine brought with him all the garrisons of Britain. Not one Roman soldier was left behind in Britannia, it was all or nothing for Constantine now. Setting himself up as the new Western Roman Emperor Constantine III, in direct opposition to the true Emperor Honorius, Western Europe rose in all out war. Roman marched on Roman, and Roman blood flowed by the hand of other Romans, and all the while, people died in their thousands, slaughtered by vengeful barbarians. Constantine pushed back the troops loyal to Honorius at first, seizing the province of Hispania (the future Spain), being recognised as joint Emperor with Honorius. But the barbarian advance was relentless. Ravaging the entirety of Gaul, they reached the Pyrenees. At this time, the Saxons landed on the East coast of Britannia. The British people, feeling betrayed by Constantine, abandoned him to his fate, as his eldest son Constans was elevated to power. Constans, who had before taken the life of the cloth, a pious man, was ill-prepared for secular rule. Naive, his brief reign was dominated by the schemings of his chief advisor, Vortigern, who one day overthrew his master and seized the throne of Britain for his own. The surviving brothers of Constans, Aurelius Ambrosius, and Uther Pendragon, fled to Brittany to escape Vortigern's wrath.


Merlin and Vortigern
Image taken from a 13th century Illuminated
Manuscript, now in the British Library
Great was Vortigern's fear of Ambrosius, and Uther in particular, but so too was his fear of the Picts, a fearsome tribe that lurked in the Highlands of Scotland. The fledgling Britain was ill able to repel the Picts alone, and Vortigern turned abroad for aid. Readily answering the usurper's call, a force of Angles, Saxons and Jutes arrived on England's eastern shores, under two brothers, Hengest and Horsa. With his new allies, Vortigern triumphed over the Picts time and again. Though elated at the throwing back of the Picts, more than a few among the Britons began to question the ambitions of these new 'allies'. The King's son, Vortimer, aghast at his father's submissiveness, urged him to restrain the Saxons before the hour grew too late. But Vortigern refused counsel on such matters. So when, one day, cunning Hengest asked the King for permission to invite over to these shores more of his countrymen, to strengthen Vortigern's position further, the naive King eagerly agreed. As Saxons landed in Britain in their thousands, the enraged Vortimer, with the support of the Britons, overthrew his father and determined to rid Britannia forever of foreign invaders. Upon the Saxons he fell, and terrible was his attack. Four times the Saxons stood, and four times they were broken, and even Horsa was slain, yet so too was Vortimer's brother, Catigern. Victory seemed near, but tragedy struck, when Vortimer was slain too. Such woe fell upon Britannia as never before, as the vengeance of the Saxons was terrible indeed. Vortigern, seizing back his throne once more, fled to Cambria, Wales of old, desperate now, for the fate of Britain, and his own, hung in the balance. It was then that his followers urged him to raise a mighty castle, so magnificent that no foe could storm it, so majestic that no eye could behold it without awe. Upon Mount Eryri the first stone was laid, as the King of the Britons summoned to him all the finest craftsman and masons in Britannia. Despair soon fell upon the Britons however, for when they awoke upon the second day, all their hard work had vanished, and the stones had sunk into the land. Once again they tried, and once again all was lost. Vortigern turned to his sages once more, and asked what may be done. The soothsayers and mages present their bade the King seek out a boy who had no father, and that his blood shouls be sprinkled upon the mortar and stones, so that the great citadel should never fall.


All through the land the messengers of the King searched for such a boy, and for an age it seemed a fruitless quest. Then one day horsemen came to the city known as Carmarthen, and saw a young lad playing at the gates. A fight broke out between the lad and another boy over some petty quarrel. "None knoweth what thou art, for never a father hadst thou!", the other boy shouted. At these words, the King's heralds were filled with hope. "What is thy name?" one asked the first boy. "Merlin", replied the lad. It transpired that indeed the boy had a father unknown by all, and his mother, a nun in St. Peter's Church, spoke of a vision she once had before she gave birth to the unfathered boy. Such a thing could only mean a supernatural prodigy of this boy, and when Vortigern heard this, he at once ordered Merlin brought before him without delay.


As he was thrown at the feet of Vortigern, young Merlin asked the King why he had been brought here. "My wizards have declared it unto me as their counsel that I should seek out one that had never a father, that when I shall have sprinkled his blood upon the foundation of the tower my work should stand firm". To which the young lad replied "Bid thy wizards come before me, and I will convict them of having devised a lie". Amazed at the boy's audacity, Vortigern summoned his mages. Merlin denounced them all, mocking their foolish ways. Turning to the King, he urged him to summon his workmen and dig below the tower, and there he would find a great pool of water, the source of such woe. So dig they did, and found the pool, they did. The mages were dumbfounded, and Vortigern impressed. But Merlin was not finished. "Command, O King, that the pool be drained by conduits, and in the bottom thereof shalt thou behold two hollow stones and therein two dragons asleep". When it was found to be thus, all around marvelled greatly at the gift of foresight this young boy had been blessed with, and even then there some who said that Merlin possessed some of the spirit of God.


The Dragon Struggle
Image taken from a 15th century Illuminated Manuscript,
now at Lambeth Palace, London
It was then, as Vortigern looked on, that the two dragons, one red and one white, clambered out of the pool, and when they met, with a terrible roar they fell upon each other. The Earth shuddered and the cavern rang, and fire spouted forth from their jaws, and it seemed the White Dragon would prevail, as the Red Dragon was cast to very shore of the lake. But then, the Scarlet Wyrm turned in defiance, and with renewed vigour threw itself upon the White, forcing him back. King Vortigern, turning to Merlin, enquired as to the meaning of this peculiar spectacle now played out before them. The power of prophecy filled the great wizard, and tears his eyes, as the awesome power of foresight was his once more:



        " Woe unto the Red Dragon, for his extermination draweth nigh; and his caverns
          shall be occupied of the White Dragon that betokeneth the Saxons
          whom thou hast invited hither. But the Red signifieth the race of Britain
          that shall be oppressed of the White. Therefore shall the mountains
          and the valleys thereof be made level plain and the streams of the valleys
          shall flow with blood. The rites of religion shall be done away and the ruin
          of the churches be made manifest. At the last, she that is oppressed shall prevail
          and resist the cruelty of them that come from without. For the Boar of Cornwall
          shall bring succour and shall trample their necks beneath his feet.
          The islands of the Ocean shall be subdued unto his power, and the forests of Gaul
          shall he possess. The house of Romulus shall dread the fierceness of his prowess
          and doubtful shall be his end. Renowned shall he be in the mouth of the peoples... "
                   - THE PROPHECY OF MERLIN


At the sound of these words, a remarkable feeling swept over all who heard it. Heads weary with despair lifted with the fire of fresh hope. The pure of heart were warmed with faith, and the impure with fear. Who was this great saviour, this Boar of Cornwall, who was coming? Word spread throughout the realms of England. Hope came in its stead. Their champion was coming. Alas that not one there knew his name, when all the world does today...



United Kingdom

The Legends of the Kings of Britain
The History of the Kings of Britain (Classics)
(A history of Britain written in the Middle Ages, including the days of King Arthur)

The Ecclesiastical History of the English
The Ecclesiastical History of the English People (Oxford World's Classics)
(The story of Saxon England, written by the Venerable Bede)

United States

The Legends of the Kings of Britain
The History of the Kings of Britain (Penguin Classics)
(A history of Britain written in the Middle Ages, including the days of King Arthur)

The Ecclesiastical History of the English
Ecclesiastical History of the English People (Penguin Classics)
(The story of Saxon England, written by the Venerable Bede)

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As Techdirt noted some years back, there has been a steady push to strengthen the protection afforded to trade secrets. Similarly, the argument is often made that transparency must be subordinated to protecting commercial interests, as happened recently in an important struggle over access to information in the EU. It concerned the safety of the chemical glyphosate, widely used as a herbicide, for example in Roundup from Monsanto (now owned by the German chemical giant, Bayer). The EU body responsible for assessing risks associated with the food chain is EFSA (European Food Safety Authority). As part of the process of renewing approval for glyphosate, which was granted in 2017 for five more years, EFSA conducted a review of the toxicity and carcinogenicity of the chemical, drawing on a variety of published and unpublished data. Whether glyphosate increases the risk of cancer is a highly contentious area, with widely differing expert views:

In March 2015 the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) working group of experts classified Glyphosate in Group 2A (probable human carcinogens) with strong evidence for a genotoxic mechanism of carcinogenicity. The Joint WHO/FAO Expert Meeting on Pesticide Residues (JMPR), which is responsible for assessing the risk of pesticide residues in Food in Codex, originally evaluated Glyphosate in 2004. JMPR did not find evidence for carcinogenicity in humans and assigned an Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI).

In 2018, a US court ordered Monsanto to pay $289 million in damages to a former school groundkeeper who sued the company after he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, which he claimed was caused by his exposure to glyphosate. The award was later reduced to $78 million, still a significant sum.

In the EU, a group of four members of the European Parliament, and another individual, asked separately to see two key industry studies that were used by EFSA in coming to its decision in favor of approval. EFSA refused, because it claimed that disclosure of the information might seriously harm the commercial and financial interests of the companies that had submitted the data, and that there was no overriding public interest justifying disclosure. Those seeking access appealed to one of the EU's highest, but least-known, courts, the General Court of the European Union. Its job is to hear actions taken against the institutions of the EU, as in this case. The court has just issued its judgment (pdf):

an overriding public interest in disclosing the studies is deemed to exist. EFSA could not therefore refuse to disclose them on the ground that that would have an adverse effect on the protection of the commercial interests of the owners of the requested studies.

Potentially, that ruling could have a big impact on future cases where EU institutions seek to prevent information relating to health and the environment being released on the grounds it would allegedly harm commercial interests. It's also a setback for the general idea that business secrets should trump transparency.

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Short Story Written by : Kareem Amer

Arabic-English Translation : Reem Osama Abdelrazik 

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"4:32 And do not wish for that by which Allah has made some of you exceed others. For men is  a share of what they have earned, and for women is a share of what they have earned. And ask Allah of his bounty. Indeed Allah is ever, of all things, Knowing. 

4:33 And for all, We have made heirs to what is left by parents and relatives. And to those whom your oaths have bound [to you] - give them their share. Indeed Allah is ever, over all things, a Witness.

 4:34 Men are in charge of women by [right of] what Allah has given one over the other and what they spend [for maintenance] from their wealth. So righteous women are devoutly obedient, guarding in [the husband's] absence what Allah would have them guard. But those [wives] from whom you fear arrogance - [first] advise them; [then if they persist], forsake them in bed; and [finally], strike them. But if they obey you [once more], seek no means against them. Indeed, Allah is ever Exalted and Grand.

4:35 And if you fear dissension between the two, send an arbitrator from his people and an arbitrator from her people. If they both desire reconciliation, Allah will cause it between them. Indeed, Allah is ever Knowing and Acquainted [with all things]." Quran, Surat An-Nisā' 

She dumped her skinny body on the wooden chair after setting it by the table, then opened the Quran to these verses of Surat An-Nisā' (The Women Chapter) that she'd marked with a small piece of paper. She began reciting these verses repeatedly out loud in an attempt to memorize them before her father came back from work that night.  Peeking at her wristwatch every now and then, she felt time tighten its grip on her as the watch did on her wrist.

She felt a surge of adrenaline rushing through her veins as her recitation pace got faster, dominated by anxiety, restlessness, and panic, and her brown cheeks turned red. If she made ​​a mistake with one syllable of those verses, her father would mercilessly punish her with the plastic red hose that left its usual marks on her frail body, the hose that had become so familiar since he decided to "protect her morals from corruption" by pulling her out of Azhar Elementary School and ending her education at a very young age.
She reiterated those verses, then closed the Quran and tested her ability to recite them from memory. Mistakes made her face more anxious and red as she breathlessly revised with the ghost of that red plastic hose hovering above her Quran, showing her fear of what awaited her that night.
Though her mind roamed in distant memories, she had to remain focused on her current reality; all time meant to her was measuring how much of it was left before her father came from work and tested her every night.  He assigned her verses every day and if she failed to recite them correctly by even a syllable it would be a catastrophe. All her memories since early childhood had been dominated by her father’s physical and psychological abuse; memories devoid of abuse were a rare exception to the rule. Her father's brutal punishments were always accompanied by excuses, the most frequent being that he did this to teach her.  She had reached the point where “teaching” had become a word with a bad reputation; whenever she heard that word she knew that it meant a beating, a brutal merciless beating. Whenever he said, “I’ll teach you…" to any of his children, they knew that what he really meant was, "I’ll beat the hell out of you”.   To her, there were no other meanings of that word which had left its marks on her body since she was an infant. 
Zainab's head reeled and her exhaustion came between her and the assignment as she surrendered to sleep, lacking the luxury of resilience. The red hose hovered in her mind and the conscious and unconscious blurred as her memory flew back five years to the day she remembered as if it were yesterday, when her mother had decided to end her marriage to the monster with whom she had lived for so long and had children.  That spring, at the beginning of the new millennium, twelve year old Zainab, whose life like the rest of her family's had been full of suffering, inadvertently brought about the end of her parents' marriage.
A year before, Zainab’s father had decided to pull Zainab and her younger sister out of school and forced them to wear a burqa just like the one their mother wore every time she went out.  At first he did not think it essential to make this decision because his two daughters attended Azhar Elementary School, which specialized in the teaching of the Koran. Although the school was not gender-segregated, he did not mind very much while his girls were very young, although deep down he wished boys and girls could be segregated from birth. He was always anxious and afraid of what might happen otherwise. 
Zainab's devoutly religious father worked for the Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture, and volunteered at the nearby mosque, the keys to which always remained in his possession. He was proud of volunteering because he believed, as in a statement attributed to Muhammad, that service to the mosque would lengthen his neck on the Day of Judgment.  The rest of his time was mostly occupied with obsessions about the “moral corruption” that he believed had infiltrated Egypt. To him, this “moral corruption" boiled down to the behavior and clothes of the girls he saw while taking public transportation on his way to and from work. 
He disapproved of their dress, which he described as “naked clothes,” and of any social contact between boys and girls before marriage. He stated that school girls were a living example of the moral decay of society for they laughed out loud, talked shamelessly and openly about their relationships with the opposite sex, rarely left school without walking with a male who was not their relative, and did not observe the proper hijab, instead wearing clothes that defined their bodies. One could only marvel at how much time such a devout and religious bearded man (in his view, the beard symbolized his strong adherence to Islam’s principles, for which he gained respect among his like minded friends) spent observing and talking about these schoolgirls.
He was keen on keeping his daughters from mingling with members of this “morally corrupt and religiously ignorant” Egyptian society. They never mingled with anyone outside the family. The moment Zainab turned two, he asked her mother to design a headscarf that would fit her small head and did the same with Zainab’s younger sister when she turned two. Even though he knew that girls were not religiously obligated to wear headscarves at that age, he believed that by enforcing the hijab when they were too young to make conscious decisions about what to do and wear, he ensured that they would wear it for life.
These happy little girls were unaware that this small piece of cloth covering their heads would abort their dreams and murder their childhoods, that they were wearing their own coffins.
Their father believed that a virtuous woman went outdoors only twice in her life, once when she moved from her father’s home to her husband’s, and once when she left her husband’s home for the graveyard. He believed that raising his daughters according to this principle would ensure his entrance into heaven— having girls was a huge ordeal, but by enduring this ordeal and raising his girls the way he did, he erased his sins. He often quoted Muhammed’s wife Aisha, saying that whoever faced the ordeal of having girls by being good to them would be protected from the fires of Hell.
The two little girls did not mingle with any other children, even relatives; they lived secluded within the boundaries of their home. Once, when Zainab was five, she shook hands with her Seven year old male cousin in front of her brother; he was then brutally beaten by their father for “lacking in manhood” because he had done nothing to prevent this shame.
Their father was always anxious, mistrustful and suspicious even though the only thing his little girls did besides household chores was play with the toys that he approved of (he believed dolls and stuffed animals were forbidden). They never stepped outside the home unless it was absolutely necessary and even then they were always escorted by either him or one of their brothers.    
When Zainab turned eight, her father became overwhelmed by anxiety because a new law issued by the Ministry of Health prevented doctors from performing FGM; this new problem echoed in his head, giving him constant headaches. He would frequently say, “If the girls walking around outside now are already at this high level of immorality even though they have been circumcised, then what will a generation of uncircumcised girls look like?”  He saw FGM as an essential protection of morality and honor, which to him, consisted entirely in avoiding premarital sexual relations.
Still at the table but no longer able to resist sleep, Zainab surrendered to it and dreamed haunting memories of the day she inadvertently caused her parents' divorce. That day, her father had called her upon returning home from work and asked her to recite the verses she was supposed to memorize. She couldn’t recite them word for word but made mistakes. He calmly asked her to go and get the red hose to so she could be punished. She went but couldn’t find it. After looking long and hard, she finally saw her mother using it for some household chores in the kitchen. Zainab asked to borrow the red hose and when her mother asked why, Zainab answered innocently, "So Father can beat me because I did not memorize the verses which he assigned me.” 
Zainab’s father was her mother’s older first cousin; they had been married twenty-four years. Both had graduated from Alexandria University during the seventies. Her mother majored in history and her father majored in agriculture. While they belonged to a socially conservative family, like most families from the countryside, they had no inclination towards religious fundamentalism in those days.
Old pictures of Zainab’s parents leaked by relatives showed her mother unveiled and wearing a short skirt, while her father was a slim clean-shaven man who showed none of the facial expressions his children were accustomed to seeing all the time. He looked so different, his children doubted these were really pictures of their parents. When he was in college, her father did not want to study agriculture; he wanted to study stage directing, but his father saw this as trivial and threatened to cut him off financially if he majored in theatre.
Unable to rebel, Zainabl's father attended Alexandria University's Faculty of Agriculture, which accepted the low scores he’d obtained during high school as other university faculties would not. With other students, he formed a drama club that put quite a number of plays on the school’s stage. Some members of that club moved on to become well known in the Egyptian art scene, but Zainab's father left the drama club, retired from all theatrical activities, and became strongly opposed to art and theatre, claiming to have received a divine calling.  
While in college, he was known for his multiple relationships with women, which may be partially responsible for his insane suspicion of all women, including his relatives, wife and children. He made many unwise decision that he claimed were to protect his wife and daughters from falling into the sins of ex-girlfriends who had fancied him and had sex with him. 
Immediately after graduation, Zainab’s mother worked as a high school English and history teacher while her father worked for the Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture. This job required him to constantly move and travel.  After marriage, he and his wife settled in a village in the province of Albuhaira, an hour and a half away by train from Alexandria, where they had their first child. Due to the contractual obligations of his employment, he had to leave to work in Italy
One day, months later, he got a vacation from work and decided to return to Egypt to visit his family, whom he had been missing. He boarded a vessel from Milan to Alexandria, then took a train to the village.  It was raining heavily but his yearning to see his wife and son made him forget to take his umbrella out so his clothes got soaking wet. He walked into the village and saw a group of about ten people walking together and holding umbrellas. He got a little closer and saw his wife walking next to a male colleague and sharing his umbrella. His veins popping and his blood boiling with rage, he put down his suitcase and headed towards the group. 
His wife was delightfully surprised to see him but he knocked her down with a slap and started dragging her by her hair while she cried and screamed, unable to comprehend what was going on. He told her to follow him home and on the way showered her with curses, insults and accusations of infidelity. This incident was always brought up in their house, told and retold during every fight; Zainab’s father told the story as evidence of his wife’s immorality and his own “manhood." He used it as an example when teaching Zainab’s brothers how to treat their wives in the future, stating that if "they (women) are not treated like garbage they will bear no respect or appreciation or submission to you.”
This was not the first nor last time her husband treated her with such violence; during their engagement, he often yelled at her and sometimes slapped her in public, but she loved him to the point where she would constantly forget, hoping that he would change after they got married. These hopes were mere illusions that destroyed her own life and the lives of her children. 
There’s an Egyptian saying that describes her husband: “A dog’s tail won’t straighten even if you put it into a mold.” She realized this too late, after living for more then two decades in the same home with a monster who never hesitated to hurt her or her children with or without a reason, even if that reason was simply cutting her hair a tiny bit. He had different levels of expressing his rage, starting with curses and insults and ending with throwing pots and pans, or threatening to burn down the place with them in it with the gas used for cooking.
On the day in question, Zainab's mother asked, “Could you repeat what you just said? The child replied in true innocence, "So Father can beat me because I did not memorize the verses which he assigned me.”  The mother couldn’t take it any longer.  She put down the plate she was washing and went to the room where the father was sitting, pushing the door open loudly and yelling, "Who are you? Satan?  Why are you doing this to her?  Do you want to ruin her life like you ruined mine?"

The father acted confused for a second then said, "What’re you babbling about you, crazy woman?" She told him what Zainab had asked of her, and he said, “Do not to interfere with the way I raise my children! God knows I am the only one who knows how. Your interference will corrupt them!” He insinuated that she herself was immoral and badly brought up.  She began to scream and before anyone could figure out what she was saying, he got up and began to beat her. The boys interfered, trying to calm things down before this fight got as bloody as they often had before. She walked away, yelling, "That is enough! My life with you is over and you will never touch me again! I want a divorce."
The mother thought she could protect her daughters from the violence and cruelty of this man if they separated. The father tried to "calm things down" as he had in the past, but she had reached the end of her endurance and patience; this was the last straw. She rejected all mediation and reconciliation initiatives by relatives and held to her position. 
The family lived in an apartment she had inherited from her father.  He had no other place to stay, which is the reason he was always hesitant when she asked him for a divorce. Now he began looking for an apartment to rent, and moved his belongings there.  The whole time he kept trying to get things back like they were before, but she rejected that with unprecedented strength. All her life she had been docile and submissive, but now she had become a woman nobody knew, someone else. The wounded female had awakened in her pride and dignity, and made the only right choice for the first time since she had been with him. 
He asked her if her menstruation period was over, she nodded
He asked, “Have you changed your mind?” She said, “No, I no longer want us living under one roof.” He waited in silence for a few minutes, serenely looking from her to the children and back. Then he got up and looked at her a last time before uttering the words she had been waiting for "… I divorce thee.”  Zainab's mother got up quickly and put a piece of cloth on her head since he was no longer her husband from the moment he said so.  After the divorce he insisted on taking the girls to live with him in his new apartment, stating that he feared his immoral ex-wife would corrupt them
A nagging voice woke Zainab.  Lifting her head, she found her father standing in front of her.  She was frightened because she had fallen asleep before finishing her memorization; now there was no time left. He stared at her for a long time before asking in his rough voice, "Did you memorize or do you go get the hose?"
Zainab nodded in terror and gave him the Quran.  He sat in her place, opened the Quran and ordered her to sit on the floor and recite what she’d been told to memorize. The girl began to recite from memory while he distributed his looks between the verses and her eyes, which were filled with unmistakable horror and dread.  She began reciting, "And do not wish for that by which Allah has made some of you exceed others. For men is a share of what they have earned, and for women is a share of what they have earned. And ask Allah of his bounty. Indeed Allah is ever, of all things, Knowing. And for all, we have made heirs to what is left by parents and relatives. And to those whom your oaths have bound [to you] - give them their share. Indeed Allah is ever, over all things, a Witness.  Women are in charge of men by….”
He screamed at her before she finished the verse in which she had inadvertently exchanged the position of men and women, saying, “Changing the Quran? You will be punished, you heathen!”  She wept, trying to explain, “ I didn’t mean to, I was just tired and fell asleep while revising what you’d asked of me.”  In a rage he yelled at her, “And you dare talk back!” then began to slap her. She burst into tears but that didn’t stop him from yelling some more and accusing her of blasphemy for "changing the Quran" and of immorality for talking back.  He ended his screaming with, "Go get the hose, bitch!” And, as usual, Zainab went to get her tool of punishment while tears rolled down her cheeks. 
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Elder Ronald A. Rasband said he is “enjoying every minute of this precious experience.”Elder Dale G. Renlund added: “We know that two former-day Apostles, Peter and Paul, were here, and then to have modern-day Apostles here, all of us, is just a moving experience, in some ways paying homage to them and homage to the gospel that we all preach.”An additional photograph of President Russell M. Nelson was taken in front of the statue of Peter. The keys held in Peter’s hand are symbolic of Matthew 16:19, where Christ promised Peter, “I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”Elder Jeffrey R Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said it is unprecedented for the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles to be together “in such a remarkable setting for such a splendid reason.”Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf said a living prophet and living Apostles have the same call as Apostles did anciently, “to proclaim the gospel to all the world,” adding, “we are here with the prophet to do just that in our modern times.” Every member of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints posed in front of the Rome Italy Temple Visitors' Center in Rome, Italy on Monday, March 11, 2019. Front center are President Russell M. Nelson and his counselors in the First Presidency, President Dallin H. Oaks and President Henry B. Eyring. Also included are members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: President M. Russell Ballard, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Elder David A. Bednar, Elder Quentin L. Cook, Elder D. Todd Christofferson, Elder Neil L. Andersen, Elder Ronald A. Rasband, Elder Gary E. Stevenson, Elder Dale G. Renlund, Elder Gerrit W. Gong, and Elder Ulisses Soares. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News. Every member of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints posed in front of the Rome Italy Temple Visitors' Center in Rome, Italy on Monday, March 11, 2019. Front center are President Russell M. Nelson and his counselors in the First Presidency, President Dallin H. Oaks and President Henry B. Eyring. Also included are members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: President M. Russell Ballard, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Elder David A. Bednar, Elder Quentin L. Cook, Elder D. Todd Christofferson, Elder Neil L. Andersen, Elder Ronald A. Rasband, Elder Gary E. Stevenson, Elder Dale G. Renlund, Elder Gerrit W. Gong, and Elder Ulisses Soares.
Being together “is a remarkable and historic moment that touches our hearts deeply,” said Elder Ulisses Soares, joining other fellow members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in commenting on the experience.“In our day, the Lord’s Church has been restored. The Savior stands at the head of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As modern-day Apostles of Jesus Christ, the message we share today is the same message that Apostles shared long ago—that God lives and that Jesus is the Christ.”There are only a few times in history when the entire senior leadership of the Church have been together outside of Utah, the most recent being the Nauvoo Illinois Temple dedication in 2002.President Nelson said the Lord told him to take the entire First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles to Rome for the dedication. “I was just following the instructions I received,” he said. “It was very clear to me.”“More than 2,000