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Aichach-Friedberg is a Landkreis in Bavaria, Germany. It is bounded by the districts of Augsburg, Donau-Ries, Neuburg-Schrobenhausen, Dachau, Fürstenfeldbruck and Landsberg, as well as by the city of Augsburg. Aichach-Friedberg was settled by Bavarian tribes from the seventh century on; the region is sometimes called the cradle of Bavaria, since the castle of Wittelsbach was located close to the present city of Aichach. It was the ancestral castle of the Wittelsbach family, who were rulers of Bavaria for thousand years; the castle was razed to the ground in 1208, today there is nothing else left than a memorial stone at the place. The town of Friedberg was founded in the 13th century in order to collect a toll from people using the bridge across the Lech River. Aichach became a town about hundred years later. In 1862 the two districts of Aichach and Friedberg were founded, they became part of the administrative region of Swabia. Anyhow Aichach-Friedberg does not belong to Swabia, but to Old Bavaria.

The name of the new district was Augsburg-Ost, but it was changed to Aichach-Friedberg in 1973. The district is located to the east of the city of Augsburg and comprises a rural area with few major towns; the Lech River forms the western border of the district. Another river, the Paar, enters the district in the southwest, runs through Aichach and leaves to the northeast; the territory is known as Wittelsbacher Land, due to the castle of Wittelsbach near Aichach. Affing: Lobez Aichach: Brixlegg, Gödöllö, Schifferstadt Aindling: Avord Dasing: Siedlce Friedberg: Bressuire, Friedberg, La Crosse, Völs am Schlern Hollenbach: Contest Kühbach: intended with Balatonföldvár Mering: Ambérieu-en-Bugey Pöttmes: La Haye-Pesnel Schiltberg: Schwertberg Sielenbach: Saint-Fraimbault-de-Prières Zahling-Obergriesbach: Zahling-Eltendorf Official website tourist website

Ports of the United States

The Ports of the United States handle more than 2 billion metric tons of domestic and import/export cargo annually. By 2020, the total volume of cargo shipped by water is expected to be double that of 2000 volumes. American ports are responsible for moving over 99 percent of the country's overseas cargo. U. S. ports handle a wide variety of goods that are critical to the global economy, including petroleum, steel and containerized goods. Reports from individual ports indicate that 4.6 million automobiles passed through American ports in 2006. In addition to handling goods from all over the world, U. S. ports play a key role in creating jobs. For every $1 billion in exports about 15,000 port jobs are created; the figure swells to 30,000-45,000 when taking into account jobs to support new products and personnel. Total port-related employment in the United States was estimated at 8.4 million people in 2006. Of this total, 1.4 million were employed in providing services to ports. The remaining 7 million were employed in import- and export-related activities.

Port activities were responsible for bringing in $102.8 billion in federal and local taxes in 2006. As more American businesses engage in international trade, ports will continue to grow; the majority of export companies in the United States are small businesses. American workers producing for export earned 15 percent higher wages and received 11 percent higher benefits than employees in non-exporting companies. Unusually, United States containerized trade rates fell in 2007 despite a continued rise in international container rates. Inbound container volumes to the United States fell by 1.1 percent in 2007 to 18.96 million TEU. This compares to growth rates of 8.6 percent in 2006 and 10.5 percent in 2005. The decline was centered on transatlantic trade, with transpacific container volumes increasing by 0.4 percent over 2006. Dubai Ports World controversy List of ports in the United States United States container ports Seaport Governance "Seaport Governance in the United States and Canada". American Association of Port Authorities.

Retrieved 2013-08-31. Marine Terminal Operators "Marine Terminal Operators". Federal Maritime Commission. Retrieved 2013-08-30

Count Joseph Alexander Hübner

Joseph Alexander, count Hübner, was an Austrian diplomat, born in Vienna. His real name was Josef Hafenbredl, he began his public career in 1833 under Metternich, whose confidence he soon gained, who sent him in 1837 as attaché to Paris. In 1841 he became secretary of embassy at Lisbon, in 1844 Austrian consul-general at Leipzig. In 1848 he was sent to Milan to conduct the diplomatic correspondence of Archduke Rainer, viceroy of Lombardy. On the outbreak of the revolution he was seized as a hostage, remained a prisoner for some months. Returning to Austria, he was entrusted with the compilation of the documents and proclamations relating to the abdication of the Emperor Ferdinand and the accession of Francis Joseph, his journal, an invaluable clue to the complicated intrigues of this period, was published in 1891 in French and German, under the title of Une Année de ma vie, 1848–1849. In March 1849 he was sent on a special mission to Paris, in the same year was appointed ambassador to France, his influence was in large measure due the friendly attitude of Austria to the Allies in the Crimean War, at the close of which he represented Austria at the Congress of Paris.

He allowed himself, however, to be taken by surprise by Napoleon's intervention on behalf of Italian unity, of which the first public intimation was given by the French emperor's cold reception of Hübner on New Year's Day, 1859, with the famous words, "I regret that our relations with your Government are not so good as they have hitherto been." Hübner did not return to Paris after the war, after holding the ministry of police in the Gołuchowski cabinet from August to October 1859, lived in retirement till 1865, when he became ambassador to the Holy See. Quitting this post in 1867, he undertook extensive travels, his descriptions of which appeared as Promenade au tour du monde, 1871 and Through the British Empire. Written in a bright and entertaining style, characterized by shrewd observation, they achieved considerable popularity in their time. A more serious effort was his Sixte-Quint, an original contribution to the history of the period, based on unpublished documents at the Vatican and Venice.

In 1879 he was made a life-member of the Austrian Upper House, where he sat as a Clerical and Conservative. He had received the rank of Freiherr in 1854, in 1888 was raised to the higher rank of Graf, he died at Vienna on July 30, 1892. Though himself of middle-class origin, Hübner was a profound admirer of the old aristocratic regime, found his political ideals in his former chiefs and Schwarzenberg; as the last survivor of the Metternich school, he became towards the close of his life more and more out of touch with the trend of modern politics, but remained a conspicuous figure in the Upper House and at the annual delegations. That he possessed the breadth of mind to appreciate the working of a system at total variance with his own school of thought was shown by his grasp of British colonial questions, it is interesting, in view of subsequent events, to note his emphatic belief in the loyalty of the British colonies—a belief not shared at that time by many statesmen with far greater experience of democratic institutions.

Ernest Mason Satow met Hübner in Japan when he visited from July to October 1871 during his world tour. He made Hübner's career the subject of his Rede Lecture at Cambridge University in 1908, being a topic unconnected with his own career so as to avoid censure by the British Foreign Office. See Sir Ernest Satow, An Austrian Diplomatist in the Fifties. Hübner was the grandfather of Irish politician Count Patrick O'Byrne. Hübner married Marie de Pilat and they had three children: Countess Mélanie Elisabeth Marie Josepha, married Léon Nau, count of Maupassant, with whom she had a son. Countess Elisabeth Marie, married Jacques, marquis de Marliave. Count Alexander Karl Joseph, married Julie Jacqueline Erdödi, countess Palffy, with whom he had two children. Countess Eleonore Alfonsine Hermine, married the John, count O'Byrne, with whom she had eight children. Von Hübner, Joseph Alexander Graf. Through the British Empire, Volume 1. John Murray and Co. Abermarle Street, London. Von Hübner, Joseph Alexander Graf.

Through the British Empire, Volume 2. John Murray and Co. Abermarle Street, London. Von Hübner, Joseph Alexander Graf; the life and times of Sixtus the Fifth - Volume 2. Longman Greens and Co. London. Von Hübner, Joseph Alexander Graf. A Ramble Round the World, 1871: Japan. Macmillan and Co, London. Von Hübner, Joseph Alexander Graf. Milano il 1848: nelle memorie del diplomatico austriaco Joseph Alexander Graf von Hübner. Antonio Vallardi ed. Milan; this article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed.. "Hübner, Joseph Alexander, Count". Encyclopædia Britannica. 13. Cambridge University Press. P. 846. Catholic Encyclopedia article

Happy Iott

Frederick Bidds "Happy" Iott was an American professional baseball center fielder. He played in Major League Baseball with the Cleveland Naps in 1903, he was born in Houlton and pitched for the town team there. In 1897, he was on the Houlton team. Known as "Happy Jack," Iott played professional baseball in the New England League in 1902 and 1903. In the latter season, he won the league batting title. Iott was acquired by the major league Cleveland Naps, he got 2 hits in 10 at bats. Iott returned to Fall River in 1904 and played in the Connecticut State League before retiring from baseball, he died in Island Falls, Maine, in 1941. Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference


Invenio is an open source software framework for large-scale digital repositories that provides the tools for management of digital assets in an institutional repository and research data management systems. The software is used for open access repositories for scholarly and/or published digital content and as a digital library. Invenio is developed by CERN with both individual and organisational external contributors and is available for download. Prior to July 1, 2006, the package was named CDSware renamed CDS Invenio, now known as Invenio. Invenio complies with standards such as the Open Archives Initiative metadata harvesting protocol and uses JSON/JSONSchema as its underlying bibliographic format; the service provider TIND Technologies, an official CERN spin-off based in Norway, offers Invenio via a software-as-a-service model. Variants of Invenio are offered by TIND for all library services as TIND ILS, DA, IR and RDM under a hosted and open-core model. Invenio is used outside of its original home within CERN, including SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne.

SPIRES migrated to INVENIO in October 2011 with the INSPIRE-HEP site, a joint effort of CERN, DESY, SLAC and FNAL. In 2014, the package chosen to be the digital library software of all national universities in the western Africa regional economic community UEMOA which includes eight countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Niger, Togo; the research data repository Zenodo at CERN is run under Invenio v3, wrapped by a small extra layer of code, called Zenodo. To simplify reuse of the Zenodo codebase, several institutions have joined in 2019 to distribute an institution-agnostic package under the name of InvenioRDM. Digital library Institutional repository Official websiteDemo site running Invenio on Windows List of sites running Invenio Short description about some of the features of Invenio Service provider for Invenio support, training, etc

The Men Who Stare at Goats (film)

The Men Who Stare at Goats is a 2009 British-American satirical dark comedy war film directed by Grant Heslov and starring George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Jeff Bridges, Kevin Spacey. It was produced by Heslov's production company Smoke House Pictures; the film is a fictionalized version of Jon Ronson's 2004 book of the same title of an investigation into attempts by the U. S. military to employ psychic powers as a weapon. The film premiered at the 66th Venice International Film Festival on September 8, 2009, went on general release in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and Italy on November 6, 2009. In a short prelude, U. S. Army General Hopgood is painfully thwarted in an attempt to pass paranormally through a solid wall by running into it; the film follows Ann Arbor Daily Telegram reporter Bob Wilton, whose wife leaves him for the newspaper's editor. Seeking an escape, Bob flies to Kuwait to report on the Iraq War and to prove to his wife and himself that he is a man. However, he stumbles onto the story of a lifetime when he meets a retired U.

S. Army Special Forces operator, Lyn Cassady, who reveals that he was part of a U. S. Army unit training psychic spies to develop a range of parapsychological skills including invisibility, remote viewing, phasing; the back story is told through flashbacks. In 1972, Army officer Bill Django, after accidentally falling out of a "Huey" helicopter in Vietnam's Bình Dương Province, found his newly recruited men to be unable or unwilling to fire on a female Viet Cong soldier before she shot him in the chest, he underwent a fact-finding mission prompted by a vision where the Viet Cong soldier says "their gentleness is their strength." The bulk of Django's mission immersed him into the New Age movement so that, when he returned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, in 1980, he had long braided hair and a tattoo of an All-seeing Eye surmounted on a pyramid on his chest. Facilitated by the credulous General Hopgood, Django led the training of a New Earth Army, with Lyn Cassady and Larry Hooper as his top students.

The two developed a lifelong rivalry because of their opposing views on implementing the New Earth Army's philosophy. Lyn wanted to emphasize the teachings' positive side, such as the ability to resolve conflict peacefully, whereas Larry was more interested in the "dark side" and its military applications. Prompted by a doodle in Bob's notebook, Lyn takes him into Iraq, they are kidnapped by criminals who want to sell them to insurgents but escape with fellow hostage Mahmud Daash. They are rescued by a private security detail led by Todd Nixon; the trio flees when the detail is caught in a firefight fiasco with another American security detail. Bob and Lyn continue on Lyn's alleged "mission", stating he had seen a vision of Bill Django. After taking the wrong fork in the road their car is disabled by an IED; the other fork in the road leads to al-Qaim, Lyn's destination, but neither of them was able to read the Arabic on the roadsigns. Bob and Lyn wander in the desert where Lyn reveals that he had stopped a goat's heart to test the limit of his mental abilities and believes this evil deed has cursed him and the rest of the New Earth Army.

It's revealed that Hooper conducted an unauthorized LSD experiment which resulted in a soldier killing himself, therefore forced Django out of the Army. Bob and Lyn are rescued and rehabilitated at a camp run by PSIC, a private research firm engaged in psychic and psychological experiments on a herd of goats and some captured locals. To Lyn's dismay, Larry runs the firm and employs Django, now a depressed alcoholic. Bob learns the ways of the New Earth Army, they spike the base's food and water with LSD and free both the goats and captured locals, in an attempt to remove the curse. Following this and Django fly off in a helicopter, never to be heard from again, disappearing into the sky "like all shamans". Bob writes an article about his entire experience with Lyn. However, he's frustrated in that the story's only portion to be aired on the news is how the captives were forced to listen to the Barney & Friends theme song for 24 hours; this dilutes his story to the level of a joke, Bob vows to continue trying to get the bigger story out.

In the film's final scene, Bob exercises his own psychic abilities and, following some intense concentration, stands up and runs headlong through a solid wall in his office. George Clooney as Lyn Cassady, a combination of several real-life psychic spies. Elements of his character are based on Glenn Wheaton and his name resembles that of Lyn Buchanan, his background details match those of Guy Savelli, the man who claims to have killed a goat by staring it down and now runs a dance studio as Lyn does in the film. Some of Lyn's actions in the film mimic Peter Brusso's interactions with Ronson the "Predator" scene, the "attack me" scene. Ewan McGregor as Bob Wilton inspired by Ronson, a mild-mannered investigative journalist who uncovers the bizarre truth. Jeff Bridges as Bill Django, based on Lt. Col. Jim Channon who spent two years in the 1970s investigating new age movements, subsequently wrote an operations manual for a First Earth Battalion. Kevin Spacey as Larry Hooper. An apparent original creation for the film, Larry represents the New Earth Army's dark side and wishes to use the non-lethal technologies in harmful ways and is the film's main antagonist.

Stephen Lang as General Hopgood, based on Major General Albert Stubblebine III, believes people can walk through walls. Robert Patrick as Todd Nixon, an original character heading up a private security firm in post-invasion Iraq. Waleed