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Orna Ben-Ami

Orna Ben-Ami, born in 1953, is an Israeli sculptor and former journalist. Ben-Ami was raised in Ashdod, Israel. In 1971, she joined the service at IDF and became the first female military correspondent for the Army Radio station "Gallei Zahal". Following her military service, she became a reporter and news editor for the Israeli Broadcasting Authority radio station. In 1998, Ben-Ami began to learn silversmith at the Jerusalem Technological Center, she continued her studies in 1992 and enrolled in the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D. C. where she studied sculpting. In 2003, her exhibition, "Soft – Iron Sculpturing", was presented in seven museums around the United States, a museum in Taiwan and galleries in Paris and Rome. In 2005, she sculpted "Roots", which represented Israel in an international exhibition honouring 60 years of the United Nations in Geneva. In 2017, her exhibition was hosted at United Nations headquarters in Geneva and New York City, under the title "Entire Life in a Package".

The exhibition brought attention to the global refugee crisis. The exhibits were a combination of original "Reuters" photographs of refugees and iron sculpting. Ben-Ami is married to Israeli journalist and broadcaster Oded Ben-Ami

Carlo Pedretti

Carlo Pedretti was an Italian historian. His area of expertise was the life and works of Leonardo da Vinci, he was a professor of art history and Armand Hammer Chair in Leonardo Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles from 1960 until his retirement in 1993. Carlos Pedretti was born in Bologna. By his 13th birthday Pedretti had taught himself to write left handed and read backwards as did Leonardo. Pedretti's first articles about Leonardo were published in 1944 at the age of 16. From 1960 until his retirement in 1993, Pedretti was a professor of art history and Armand Hammer Chair in Leonardo Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, he was 500 essays and articles in various languages. He moved to Italy in 2013 to live in the Villa di Castel Vitoni in Lamporecchio and direct the Rossana and Carlo Pedretti Foundation, he was a regular of the cultural pages of the Corriere della Sera and de L'Osservatore Romano. In his foreword for the book Carlo Pedretti - A Bibliography of His Work On Leonardo da Vinci and The Renaissance, art historian Kenneth Clark states: " is unquestionably the greatest Leonardo scholar of our time..."

Pedretti died on 5 January one day before to his 90th birthday. The honors conferred upon Pedretti in Italy and abroad included the Gold Medal for Culture of the President of the Italian Republic in 1972, in that same year, the Congressional Citation by the United States Congress, he was awarded honorary citizenship of the cities of Arezzo and Vinci and honorary degrees from the Universities of Ferrara, Urbino and Caen. He was an honorary member of the Accademia degli Euteleti in San Miniato al Tedesco and of the Accademia Raffaello in Urbino. Pedretti was a member of the Permanent Commission for the National Edition of the Manuscripts and Drawings by Leonardo da Vinci. C. Pedretti, Leonardo Da Vinci on Painting: A Lost Book. C. Pedretti, Leonardo: A Study in Chronology and Style. C. Pedretti, Leonardo: The Machines. C. Pedretti, Leonardo & Io Leonardo da Vinci: anatomical drawings from the Royal Library, Windsor Castle, exhibition catalogue online as PDF from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, which contains an essay by Carlo Pedretti

The Boston Post

The Boston Post was a daily newspaper in New England for over a hundred years before it folded in 1956. The Post was founded in November 1831 by two prominent Boston businessmen, Charles G. Greene and William Beals. Edwin Grozier bought the paper in 1891. Within two decades, he had built it into the largest paper in Boston and New England. Grozier passed the publication to his son, upon his death in 1924. Under the younger Grozier, The Boston Post grew into one of the largest newspapers in the country. At its height in the 1930s, it had a circulation of well over a million readers. At the same time, Richard Grozier suffered an emotional breakdown from the death of his wife in childbirth from which he never recovered. Throughout the 1940s, facing increasing competition from the Hearst-run papers in Boston and New York and from radio and television news, the paper began a decline from which it never recovered; when it ceased publishing in October 1956, its daily circulation was 255,000, Sunday circulation 260,000.

Since 2019, The Boston Post Media Group has operated a digital version on www.thebostonpost.com with plans to launch a print newspaper by the end of 2019. Olin Downes, music critic. Richard Frothingham, Jr. a Massachusetts historian and politician, a proprietor and managing editor of The Boston Post. Robert F. Kennedy, U. S. Attorney General and U. S. Senator. Huckins letter to Rachel Carson inspired the book Silent Spring. Newton Newkirk was hired by the Post in 1901 and produced the Bingfield Bugleville comic strip that that lent its name to Bing Crosby A weekly magazine was included in the Sunday paper. At first it was called The Sunday Magazine of The Boston Sunday Post and The Boston Sunday Post Sunday Magazine. 1921 – Meritorious Public Service. The Boston Post was awarded the Pulitzer prize for its investigation and exposure of Charles Ponzi's financial fraud. Ponzi was first exposed by the investigative work directed by Richard Grozier acting publisher, Edward Dunn, long time city editor, after complaints by Bostonians that the returns Ponzi offered were "too good to be true".

It was the first time that a Boston paper had won a Pulitzer, was the last Pulitzer for public service awarded to a Boston paper until the Globe won it in 2003. In 1909, under the ownership of Edwin Grozier, The Boston Post engaged in its most famous publicity stunt; the paper had 700 ornate, ebony-shafted, gold-capped canes made and contacted the selectmen in Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island towns. The Boston Post Canes were given to the selectmen with the request that the canes be presented in a ceremony to the town's oldest living man; the custom was expanded to include a community's oldest women in 1930. More than 500 towns in New England still carry on the Boston Post Cane tradition with the original canes they were awarded in 1909. Since May 1, 2019, The Boston Post has been planning to go online; the Boston Post Media Group has acquired the www.thebostonpost.com. According to H. W. Fowler, the first recorded instance of the term O. K. was made in the Boston Morning Post of 1839. Boston Daily Advertiser Boston Evening Transcript The Boston Globe Boston Herald The Boston Journal The Boston Record "The Boston Post Cane" Information Center

Gabriel Fliflet

Gabriel Fliflet is a Norwegian accordion player and vocalist, known for his multicultural musical expressions and numerous recordings. He is the brother of bass player and sagspiller Andreas Fliflet, the son of Albert Lange Fliflet, who have done the achievement of translating the Finnish national epic Kalevala a New Norwegian, close to the language of Western Telemark. Fliflet moved to Bergen six years old. During the time of high school at Bergen Katedralskole, he and three fellow students established the band Rimfakse he joined "Fri Flyt", collaborated with Shetland musicians like Willie Hunter and Peerie Willie Johnson, he has worked with Sondre Bratland and Nils Økland. He established Novgorod playing popular music from the region around Baltic Sea. By the name Fliflet/Hamre he and percussionist Ole Hamre has since 1991 toured in Norway and internationally; the quartet "SALT" he plays Shetland and Western Norwegian folk music with Maurice Henderson, Annlaug Børsheim and Olav Christer Rossebø.

Fliflet composed the commissioned work "Elvemot" for Osafestivalen at Voss 2006. Moreover, he has driven folk-bar in Bergen and since 1999 musical host on "Folkemusikklubben Columbi Egg" in Bergen. 1994: Vossajazz Award 2000: "Statens arbeidsstipend" 2011: "Folkelarmprisen", This year's Folk Musician 2019: "Bananasmjörhonor",for good Vossajazz 2008: Rio Aga 2011: Åresong 2013: Valseria Fliflet/Hamre Energiforsyning1994: Ivar Aasen Goes Bulgaria Official website Official website Gabriel Fliflet on YouTube

Wangari Maathai

Wangarĩ Muta Maathai was a renowned Kenyan social and political activist and the first African woman to win the Nobel Prize. She was educated in the United States at Mount St. Scholastica and the University of Pittsburgh, as well as the University of Nairobi in Kenya. In 1977, Maathai founded the Green Belt Movement, an environmental non-governmental organization focused on the planting of trees, environmental conservation, women's rights. In 1984, she was awarded the Right Livelihood Award for "converting the Kenyan ecological debate into mass action for reforestation." Maathai was an elected member of Parliament and served as assistant minister for Environment and Natural resources in the government of President Mwai Kibaki between January 2003 and November 2005. She was an Honorary Councillor of the World Future Council, she received several awards. On Sunday, 25 September 2011, Maathai died of complications from ovarian cancer. On 1 April 1940, Maathai was born in the village of Ihithe, Nyeri District, in the central highlands of the colony of Kenya.

Her family was Kikuyu, the most populous ethnic group in Kenya, had lived in the area for several generations. Around 1943, Maathai's family relocated to a White-owned farm in the Rift Valley, near the town of Nakuru, where her father had found work. Late in 1947, she returned to Ihithe with her mother, as two of her brothers were attending primary school in the village, there was no schooling available on the farm where her father worked, her father remained at the farm. Shortly afterward, at the age of eight, she joined her brothers at Ihithe Primary School. At the age of 11, Maathai moved to St. Cecilia's Intermediate Primary School, a boarding school at the Mathari Catholic Mission in Nyeri. Maathai studied at St. Cecilia's for four years. During this time, she converted to Catholicism, she was involved with the Legion of Mary, whose members attempted "to serve God by serving fellow human beings." Studying at St. Cecilia's, she was sheltered from the ongoing Mau Mau uprising, which forced her mother to move from their homestead to an emergency village in Ihithe.

When she completed her studies there in 1956, she was rated first in her class, was granted admission to the only Catholic high school for girls in Kenya, Loreto High School in Limuru. As the end of East African colonialism approached, Kenyan politicians, such as Tom Mboya, were proposing ways to make education in Western nations available to promising students. John F. Kennedy a United States Senator, agreed to fund such a program through the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation, initiating what became known as the Kennedy Airlift or Airlift Africa. Maathai became one of some 300 Kenyans selected to study in the United States in September 1960, she received a scholarship to study at Mount St. Scholastica College, in Atchison, where she majored in biology, with minors in chemistry and German. After receiving her bachelor of science degree in 1964, she studied at the University of Pittsburgh for a master's degree in biology, her graduate studies there were funded by the Africa-America Institute, during her time in Pittsburgh, she first experienced environmental restoration, when local environmentalists pushed to rid the city of air pollution.

In January 1966, Maathai received her MSc in biological sciences, was appointed to a position as research assistant to a professor of zoology at University College of Nairobi. Upon returning to Kenya, Maathai dropped her forename, preferring to be known by her birth name, Wangarĩ Muta; when she arrived at the university to start her new job, she was informed that it had been given to someone else. Maathai believed this was because of tribal bias. After a two-month job search, Professor Reinhold Hofmann, from the University of Giessen in Germany, offered her a job as a research assistant in the microanatomy section of the newly established Department of Veterinary Anatomy in the School of Veterinary Medicine at University College of Nairobi. In April 1966, she met Mwangi Mathai, another Kenyan who had studied in America, who would become her husband, she rented a small shop in the city, established a general store, at which her sisters worked. In 1967, at the urging of Professor Hofmann, she travelled to the University of Giessen in Germany in pursuit of a doctorate.

She studied both at the University of Munich. In the spring of 1969, she returned to Nairobi to continue studies at the University College of Nairobi as an assistant lecturer. In May and Mwangi Mathai married; that year, she became pregnant with her first child, her husband campaigned for a seat in Parliament, narrowly losing. During the course of the election, Tom Mboya, instrumental in founding the program which sent her overseas, was assassinated; this led to President Kenyatta effectually ending multi-party democracy in Kenya. Shortly after, her first son, was born. In 1971, she became the first Eastern African woman to receive a PhD, her doctorate in veterinary anatomy, from the University College of Nairobi, which became the University of Nairobi the following year, she completed her dissertation on the differentiation of gonads in bovines. Her daughter, was born in December 1971. Maathai continued to teach at Nairobi, becoming a senior lecturer in anatomy in 1975, chair of the Department of Veterinary Anatomy in 1976 and associate professor in 1977.

She was the first woman in Nairobi appointed to any of these positions. During this time, she campaigned for equal benefits for the women working on the staff of the university, going so far as trying to turn the academic staf