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Anne of Denmark

Anne of Denmark was Queen consort of Scotland and Ireland by marriage to King James VI and I. The second daughter of King Frederick II of Denmark, Anne married James in 1589 at age 15 and bore him three children who survived infancy, including the future Charles I, she demonstrated an independent streak and a willingness to use factional Scottish politics in her conflicts with James over the custody of Prince Henry and his treatment of her friend Beatrix Ruthven. Anne appears to have loved James at first, but the couple drifted and lived apart, though mutual respect and a degree of affection survived. In England, Anne shifted her energies from factional politics to patronage of the arts and constructed her own magnificent court, hosting one of the richest cultural salons in Europe. After 1612, she suffered sustained bouts of ill health and withdrew from the centre of court life. Though she was reported to have been a Protestant at the time of her death, evidence suggests that she may have converted to Catholicism at some point in her life.

Historians have traditionally dismissed Anne as a lightweight queen and self-indulgent. However, recent reappraisals acknowledge Anne's assertive independence and, in particular, her dynamic significance as a patron of the arts during the Jacobean age. Anne was born on 12 December 1574 at the castle of Skanderborg on the Jutland Peninsula in the Kingdom of Denmark to Sophie of Mecklenburg-Güstrow and King Frederick II of Denmark. In need of a male heir the King had been hoping for a son, however Sofie gave birth to a son, Christian IV of Denmark, three years later. With her older sister, Anne was sent to be raised at Güstrow by her maternal grandparents, the Duke and Duchess of Mecklenburg. Christian was sent to be brought up at Güstrow but two years in 1579, his father the King wrote to his parents-in-law, to request the return of his sons and Ulrich, Anne and Elizabeth returned with him. Anne enjoyed a close, happy family upbringing in Denmark, thanks to Queen Sophie, who nursed the children through their illnesses herself.

Suitors from all over Europe sought the hands of Anne and Elizabeth in marriage, including James VI of Scotland, who favoured Denmark as a kingdom reformed in religion and a profitable trading partner. James' other serious possibility, though eight years his senior, was Catherine, sister of the Huguenot King Henry III of Navarre, favoured by Elizabeth I of England. Scottish ambassadors had at first concentrated their suit on the oldest daughter, but Frederick betrothed Elizabeth to Henry Julius, Duke of Brunswick, promising the Scots instead that "for the second Anna, if the King did like her, he should have her." The constitutional position of Sophie, Anne's mother, became difficult after Frederick's death in 1588, when she found herself in a power struggle with the Rigsraad for control of King Christian. As a matchmaker, Sophie proved more diligent than Frederick and, overcoming sticking points on the amount of the dowry and the status of Orkney, she sealed the agreement by July 1589. Anne herself seems to have been thrilled with the match.

On 28 July 1589, the English spy Thomas Fowler reported that Anne was "so far in love with the King's Majesty as it were death to her to have it broken off and hath made good proof divers ways of her affection which his Majestie is apt in no way to requite." Fowler's insinuation, that James preferred men to women, would have been hidden from the fourteen-year-old Anne, who devotedly embroidered shirts for her fiancé while 300 tailors worked on her wedding dress. Whatever the truth of the rumours, James required. "God is my witness", he explained, "I could have abstained longer than the weal of my country could have permitted, my long delay bred in the breasts of many a great jealousy of my inability, as if I were a barren stock." On 20 August 1589, Anne was married by proxy to James at Kronborg Castle, the ceremony ending with James' representative, George Keith, 5th Earl Marischal, sitting next to Anne on the bridal bed. Anne set sail for Scotland within 10 days, but her fleet under the command of Admiral Peder Munk was beset by a series of misadventures being forced back to the coast of Norway, from where she travelled by land to Oslo for refuge, accompanied by the Earl Marischal and others of the Scottish and Danish embassies.

On 12 September, Lord Dingwall had landed at Leith, reporting that "he had come in company with the Queen's fleet three hundred miles, was separated from them by a great storm: it was feared that the Queen was in danger upon the seas." Alarmed, James called for national fasting and public prayers, kept watch on the Firth of Forth for Anne's arrival, wrote several songs, one comparing the situation to the plight of Hero and Leander, sent a search party out for Anne, carrying a letter he had written to her in French: "Only to one who knows me as well as his own reflection in a glass could I express, my dearest love, the fears which I have experienced because of the contrary winds and violent storms since you embarked...". Informed in October that the Danes had abandoned the crossing for the winter, in what Willson calls "the one romantic episode of his life", James sailed from Leith with a three-hundred-strong retinue to fetch his wife arriving in Oslo on 19 November after travelling by land from Flekkefjord via Tønsberg.

According to a Scottish account, he presented himself to Anne, "with boots and all", disarming her protests, gave her a kiss in the Scottish fashion. Anne and James were formally married at the Old Bisho

Florida State Road 704

State Road 704 known as Okeechobee Boulevard, is a 10.199-mile-long east–west boulevard in the West Palm Beach area, known for being dangerous to pedestrians and bicyclists. It extends from an intersection with SR 7 at the border of West Palm Beach and Royal Palm Beach and just south of The Acreage at the western end to an intersection with SR A1A in Palm Beach at the east end. State Road 704 begins at the intersection of Okeechobee Boulevard and State Road 7, with commercial areas surrounding three of the corners. SR 704 heads east through the suburban West Palm Beach area known as Century Village passing by strip malls and gated communities. Just east of its intersection with Jog Road, SR 704 crosses over Florida's Turnpike, provides access to the turnpike just east of the bridge. At this point, Okeechobee Boulevard becomes a stroad and development becomes denser, the West Palm Beach skyline becomes visible; the stroad continues, passing through Haverhill Boulevard, Military Trail and Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard.

East of Congress Avenue, which provides access to Palm Beach International Airport, SR 704 heads towards an interchange with Interstate 95, crossing over it, crosses Clear Lake, with a diamond interchange with Australian Avenue at the eastern end of the lake. One block east of the interchange, SR 704 crosses railroad tracks owned by Tri-Rail, becomes a one-way pair, as it travels along the southern end of downtown West Palm Beach, passing by CityPlace to the north and the Palm Beach County Convention Center to the south. East of the two complexes, Okeechobee Boulevard crosses the Florida East Coast Railroad, the southbound lanes of U. S. Route 1, with the eastbound lanes passing by the northern end of Palm Beach Atlantic University from here to the Intracoastal Waterway. One block east of southbound US 1, SR 704 crosses the northbound lanes of US 1, with the westbound lanes becoming Lakeview Avenue. Two blocks east of northbound US 1, SR 704 crosses the Intracoastal Waterway via the Royal Park Bridge, enters Palm Beach as Royal Palm Way, travels three blocks through the town before ending one block west of the ocean at SR A1A.

West of the western terminus of SR 704, Okeechobee Boulevard continues for another 6.73 miles, acting as the main east-west road of Royal Palm Beach and Loxhatchee Groves, until an intersection with Seminole Pratt Whitney Road in Loxahatchee. Just beyond the end of Okeechobee Boulevard is Lion Country Safari, a zoological park through which visitors drive instead of walk. SR 704 was established in the 1945 renumbering; the road was not designated as a state road in the pre-1945 system, only known as a local road called Okeechobee Road. The entire route is in Palm Beach County. County Road 704A is the official designation of Australian Avenue, a limited access road connecting SR 708 in Riviera Beach with US 98/SR 80 and SR 807 in Glen Ridge; the road was State Road 704A. The southernmost 1.4 miles serve Palm Beach International Airport. North of its interchange with SR 704, Australian Avenue continues along the eastern shores of Clear Lake and Lake Mangonia northward as a surface road, passing through Mangonia Park before reaching its northern terminus, an intersection with Blue Heron Boulevard in Rivera Beach

Philip Willem van Heusde

Philip Willem van Heusde was a Dutch philosopher and educator. He is known for his influence on the founders of the so-called Groningen school of theology, he studied law in Amsterdam and Leiden. In 1803 he received his doctorate in literature with a dissertation on Plato. During the same year, he obtained his law degree. From 1803 to 1815, he was a professor of history, antiquities and Greek studies at Utrecht University, where from 1815 to 1839, he was a professor of theoretical philosophy and literature. At Utrecht, he served as university librarian, he died on July 1839 in Geneva, while traveling to Rome. Van Heusde was a prominent figure in the Protestant Réveil movement during the early part of the 19th century, his humanistic ideas found widespread support from educators and jurists. During his career, he strove to improve education in high schools. Initia philosophiae Platonicae I-III, Joannes Altheer, 1827-1836 Brieven over het beoefenen der wijsbegeerte, inzonderheid in ons vaderland en in onze tijden, Joannes Altheer, 1837 De Socratische school of wijsgeerte voor de negentiende eeuw I-IV, Joannes Altheer & Van der Post Jr. 1834-1839 De school van Polybius of Geschiedkunde voor de negentiende eeuw, Johannes Müller, 1841 WorldCat Search

Red Rose Forest

Red Rose Forest is a community forest in western and central Greater Manchester, England. It was founded in 1991 and is expected to take 40 years to develop and mature, with the aim of involving communities in safeguarding and creating a woodland flora for the future, helping preserve the fast disappearing flora of British woodlands; the population within the forest boundary amounts to 1.5 million, making it the largest urban community forest in the United Kingdom. The main aim is to get greenery; this includes green roofs and green spaces. Red Rose Forest's Green Streets team works with local communities on unique and innovative greening projects to improve the quality of life for urban communities; the value of greening as a means of tackling a range of social and economic issues is huge. Red Rose Forest offers many ways for the people to get involved in their environment including the general public through their Friends of the Forest scheme, businesses through sponsorship and communities through the Green Streets project.

The forest area covers 292 square miles and takes in the districts of Manchester, Bolton, Bury and Wigan. The population within the forest boundary amounts to 1.5 million, making it the largest urban community forest in the UK. Over the 40-year lifespan of the project it is planned to plant 25 million trees in the forest. For new woodland the costs of planting is between £7 - £10 for each tree as compared to £300 in an urban area. Since the scheme started 1,183 hectares of woodland have been planted in the forest area. Community Forests in England Greater Manchester parks to get 2,000 new trees Moo-ve over lawnmowers

AAA Central Region

The Central Region was one of the four AAA regions in the Virginia High School League until 2013. It was made up of four districts: the AAA Capital District, the AAA Central District, the AAA Colonial District, the AAA Dominion District. Group AAA was the largest enrollment class for VHSL schools, AAA is the most competitive level as well. In 2013, the three classification format was eliminated in favor of a six classification system. Accordingly, the Central Region was eliminated, while the districts were retained for regular season competition; the Central Region comprises most of the public schools in the Greater Richmond Region, including public schools from Richmond City, Chesterfield County, Henrico County, Hanover County, Dinwiddie County and Prince George County as well as the independent cities of Colonial Heights and Petersburg. Though AAA schools in Virginia are supposed to be around 1,500 students or larger, a considerable number of schools in the Central Region are below this size and petition to play up in Group AAA.

In fact out of the 32 Central Region member schools, 13 are Group AA size, one is Group A size. The VHSL accepts petitions from schools that choose to do this. While members that play up to AAA have enrollments close to the AA/AAA cutoff, schools such as Colonial Heights High School and Maggie L. Walker Governor's School in Richmond City enroll under 1,000 students. Indeed, Maggie Walker Governor's School is at around 600 and would be classified in Group A if they did not petition to play up; the main reason why these schools play in AAA is to play with district schools that are nearby, rather than drive out farther away to play sized schools. However, the region has enough AA sized members to create two AA districts made up of smaller sized Central Region schools. Though it is not considered a "hot" issue at the moment, some VHSL officials are not pleased with the fact that many schools in the Central Region that are small AA size or smaller continue to play up in AAA; this to some degree has caused Group AA to be the smallest group of the three classes, AAA to be the largest.

This has caused crowding in the AAA Eastern Region, which has 39 schools, only five of which have elected to play up. VHSL-Reference

Aleksandr Vitko

Admiral Aleksandr Viktorovich Vitko is an officer of the Russian Navy, a former commander of the Russian Black Sea Fleet between April 2013 and June 2018. Aleksandr Vitko was born September 13, 1961, in Vitebsk, the Byelorussian SSR. In 1984 he graduated from the Nakhimov Naval School, served in the Pacific Fleet. During 2009-2013 he was the Deputy commander of the Northern Fleet, he took command of the Black Sea Fleet on April 15, 2013. On June 26, 2018, it was announced that he was replaced by Vice-Admiral Alexander Moiseev and assigned "a new place of military service in the Navy High Command."Vitko took an active part in the events of the 2014 Crimean crisis. He delivered to Ukrainian troops an ultimatum to surrender before 5:00 am on March 4, threatening to storm the offices and units of the armed forces of Ukraine in the Crimea. On March 4, 2014, together with Aleksei Chaly he visited the headquarters of the Naval Forces of Ukraine; the next day, he was prosecuted by the general prosecutor of Ukraine on charges of incitement to treason and sabotage against the organization of the Ukrainian troops.

The Russian Defense Ministry called this an attempt of provocation aimed to destabilize the situation in Crimea. According to Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov, the Black Sea Fleet commander performed his duties lawfully, in strict compliance with the Russian-Ukrainian agreements on basing the Russian fleet in Ukraine and the Charter of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation. On March 12, 2014, the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation opened a criminal investigation into the illegal decision of the General Prosecutor's Office against Aleksandr Vitko. In 2019 Vitko was appointed Chief of the General Staff of the Navy, replacing Vice-Admiral Andrei Volozhinsky