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Balaam is a diviner in the Torah whose story begins in Chapter 22 of the Book of Numbers. Every ancient reference to Balaam considers him a non-Israelite, a prophet, the son of Beor, though Beor is not identified. Though some sources may only describe the positive blessings he delivers upon the Israelites, he is reviled as a "wicked man" in both the Torah and the New Testament. Balaam refused to speak what God did not speak and would not curse the Israelites though King Balak of Moab offered him money to do so, but Balaam's error and the source of his wickedness came from sabotaging the Israelites as they entered the Promised Land. According to Revelation, Balaam told King Balak how to get the Israelites to commit sin by enticing them with sexual immorality and food sacrificed to idols; the Israelites fell into transgression due to these traps and God sent a deadly plague to them as a result. The main story of Balaam occurs during the sojourn of the Israelites in the plains of Moab, east of the Jordan River, at the close of 40 years of wandering, shortly before the death of Moses and the crossing of the Jordan.

The Israelites have defeated two kings in Transjordan: Sihon, king of the Amorites, Og, king of Bashan. Balak, king of Moab becomes alarmed, sends elders of Midian and his Moabite messengers, to Balaam, son of Beor, to induce him to come and curse Israel. Balaam's location, Pethor, is given as "which is by the river of the land of the children of his people" in the Masoretic Text and the Septuagint, though the Samaritan Pentateuch and Peshitta all identify his land as Ammon. Balaam sends back word that he can only do what YHWH commands, God has, via a nocturnal dream, told him not to go. Balak sends higher-ranking priests and offers Balaam honours. Balaam sets out in the morning with the princes of Moab. God becomes angry that he went, sends the Angel of the Lord to prevent him. At first, the angel is seen only by the donkey which tries to avoid the angel. After Balaam starts punishing the donkey for refusing to move, it is miraculously given the power to speak to Balaam, it complains about Balaam's treatment.

At this point, Balaam is allowed to see the angel, who informs him that the donkey's turning away from the messenger is the only reason the angel did not kill Balaam. Balaam repents, but is told to go on. Balak meets with Balaam at Kirjat Huzoth, they go to the "high places of Baal", offer sacrifices on seven altars, leading to Balaam being given a prophecy by Yahweh, which he speaks to Balak. However, the prophecy blesses Israel. Building another seven altars here, making sacrifices on each, Balaam provides another prophecy blessing Israel. Balaam gets taken by a now frustrated Balak to Peor, after the seven sacrifices there, decides not to "seek enchantments" but instead looks upon the Israelites from the peak; the Spirit of God comes upon Balaam and he delivers a third positive prophecy concerning Israel. Balak's anger rises to the point where he threatens Balaam, but Balaam offers a prediction of fate. Balaam looks upon the Kenites, Amalekites and offers two more predictions of their fates.

Balak and Balaam go to their respective homes. Numbers 25:1-9 describes how Israel engaged in the Heresy of Peor. Numbers 31:16 blames this on Balaam's advice and because of his culpability in the incident, which resulted in deadly divine judgements against the Israelites who participated, he was killed in a retaliatory battle against Midian in Numbers 31:8. Deuteronomy 23:3–6 summarises these incidents, further states that the Ammonites were associated with the Moabites. Joshua, in his farewell speech makes reference to it. With God's protection taken from him, Balaam is listed among the Midianites who were killed in revenge for the "matter of Peor". Joshua 13:22 records that Balaam died "by the sword" during a battle for the Reubenite occupation of Moabite land. Revelation states that Balaam "taught Balak to cast a stumbling block before the children of Israel."The story of Balaam and Balak is made reference to in chapter 10 of 2 Meqabyan, a book considered canonical in the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church.

All the prophecies which Balaam makes take the form of poems: The first, Numbers 23:7–10, prophesies the unique exaltation of the Kingdom of Israel, its countless numbers. The second, Numbers 23:18–24, celebrates the moral virtue of Israel, its monarchy, military conquests; the third, Numbers 24:3–9, celebrates the glory and conquests of Israel's monarchy. The fourth, Numbers 24:14 -- 19, prophesies the coming of a king who will conquer Moab; the fifth, Numbers 24:20, concerns the ruins of Amalek. The sixth, Numbers 24:21–22, concerns the destruction of the Kenites by Assyria; the seventh, Numbers 24:23–24, concerns "ships of Kittim" coming from the west to attack Assyria and Eber. The poems fall into three groups; the first group consists of two poems. The third group of three poems start but are much shorter; the second group, consists of two poems which both start: Balaam the son of Beor hath said, the man whose eyes are open hath said: He hath said, which heard the words of God, which

Tony Lavelli

Anthony Lavelli, Jr. was an American professional basketball player and musician. He averaged 6.9 points per game during his two-year National Basketball Association career while providing half-time entertainment with his accordion performances. A native of Somerville, Lavelli attended Yale University as a music student and was a member of Skull and Bones, he aspired to compose musical comedies. He wrote over a dozen songs while in college, with titles like "I Want a Helicopter" and "You're the Boppiest Bee-Bop", he appeared as an accordion soloist for the New Haven Symphony Orchestra; as a senior, he applied to the Juilliard School, the Curtis Institute of Music, the New England Conservatory of Music. However, Lavelli's musical talents were overshadowed by his achievements on the basketball court. Lavelli claimed that he had only learned basketball as a teenager to impress his friends, who were apathetic to his music, he would become one of Yale's all-time greatest players. A 6'3" forward with an accurate one-handed hook shot, he scored 1,964 points in four years and graduated as the fourth highest-scorer in college basketball history.

He earned four All-American team selections and one Player of the Year award during his college career. Upon graduating, he was selected by the Boston Celtics as the fourth overall pick in the 1949 BAA draft. Despite his athletic accomplishments, Lavelli's first love was music, he refused to sign with the Celtics so that he could enroll at Juilliard. However, based on suggestions made by sports executive Leo Ferris, Lavelli proposed to join the team on the condition that they would pay him an extra $125 per game to play his accordion during half-time breaks at Boston Garden and certain visitors' arenas; the Celtics conceded to his demands. Lavelli made his Celtics debut on November 1949 in a game against the Fort Wayne Pistons, he tallied 20 points in his first game, would average 8.8 points per game over the course of the 1949–50 NBA season. However, he received much more attention for his half-time accordion performances. In a typical performance, Lavelli would greet the fans and play "Granada", "Lady of Spain", other musical pieces before dashing off to the Celtics' locker room.

He played in his basketball jersey, as he had little time to change his clothes. The Celtics finished last in their division that season, but one newspaper joked that the team "doubtless his music soothing". Lavelli signed with the rival New York Knicks prior to the start of the 1950–51 NBA season, he averaged 3.3 points per game with the Knicks and participated in their playoff run, which ended in the 1951 NBA Finals at the hands of the Rochester Royals. However, Lavelli had joined the Knicks so that he would be close to Juilliard, he began taking courses there during his tenure with the team. During the mid-1950s, Lavelli played with the College All-Stars, who served as opponents to the Harlem Globetrotters, his accordion performances became a fixture of the Globetrotters’ halftime shows. After retiring from basketball in the late 1950s, Lavelli embarked on a long career as a songwriter and nightclub performer, he released two records during his life: Accordion Classics. In 1998, he suffered a heart attack at his home in Laconia, New Hampshire and died shortly afterwards.

Lavelli twice appeared on the television program Toast of the Town, renamed The Ed Sullivan Show. Lavelli's cousin, Dante Lavelli, played for the Cleveland Browns in the 1940s and 1950s and was inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame. Career statistics and player information from Tony Lavelli at Tony Lavelli on IMDb

Cauayan, Negros Occidental

Cauayan the Municipality of Cauayan, is a 1st class municipality in the province of Negros Occidental, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 102,165 people. Cauayan is about 113 kilometres from the provincial capital of Bacolod City and is known for its sandy beaches and pristine waters and dried fish products. With a population of 102,165 inhabitants, it is the most-populated out of the 19 municipalities in Negros Occidental. Located on the southern portion of the province, Cauayan is bounded on the east by the municipality of Ilog; the municipality of Cauayan has a rugged topography. Mt. Malipantao, considered the highest peak in the province, separates the municipality from the town of Candoni and the city of Sipalay. Portion of the ranges are the remaining thick forest that needs protection where the watershed is located; the remaining portions of the municipality are rolling to moderate large areas of flat lands center on the different barrios, much suited to agriculture.

The municipality consists of the following slope distribution: From sloping at 0-3 percent or equivalent to 5,369.42 hectares to moderately sloping at 3-8 percent or a total of 1,059.40 hectares to rolling lands with slopes ranging from 8-18 percent which covers to about 1,716.94 hectares. A bigger portion is moderately steep with a slope distribution ranging from 18-30 percent having a total area of 19,419.42 hectares. However, large areas are steep and mountains with a slope of 30-50 percent, which accounts to 21,181.92 hectares, to steep hills and mountains with a slope of over 50 percent, which covers to about 3,246.90 hectares. Moderately large areas of flat land center on the different barrios. However, the southern part of the municipality is hilly; the Poblacion and the 12 barangays along the seashore are 0-3 degrees above sea level. The Municipality of Cauayan is made up of 25 barangays, categorized into the Coastal and the Upland Barangays. Long before the Spaniards came to Negros, this town was a wilderness and primitive people depended on hunting and fishing for a living.

The town was covered with bamboo thickets called Kawayan in the local dialect, hence the name "Cauayan". In 1822, Cauayan was formally founded by Don Vicente Paulo Decena, believed to have come from Cebu, he was enticed into Cauayan by the legendary beauty of a native girl who subsequently became his wife, Don Vicente Paulo Decena's family is still living in Cauayan and it is making its progress with their help. During the Spanish era, a seat for the municipal government was sought. Guiljungan and Isio were candidates but Isio prevailed as it was more populated, it got the honor of being the center of government although gobernadorcillos were accorded to Cauayan and Guiljungan. Not much progress happened to the town at that time since the Spanish rulers were reluctant to educate their subjects; when they built schools, only a few privileged were admitted to them. There were no roads and most people were required to render forced labor. All these changed when the Americans came in 1904; the tribunal in Isio was shifted to this fostered development.

The natives were taught modern ways to raise crops, schoolhouses and bridges were constructed. Not the Japanese occupation could disrupt the development of the town since then. Tourism has picked up in the Cauayan Municipality, with its fine white sand beaches and diverse marine and wildlife. Punta Bulata White Beach Resort, the most developed resort in the area, with an AA accreditation from the Department of Tourism, has seen tourists from all parts of the world who come to relax, bask in the tropical atmosphere and enjoy the marine life, among the best in the country. Danjugan Island Marine Reserve is a wildlife sanctuary in Barangay Bulata is one of the most recognized dive spots in the region. Once featured on the cover of Mabuhay Magazine, this island has one of the most diverse and dense coral life in the world, comparable to the Great Barrier Reef. Visitors may go for day-trips to the island with pre-arranged visits by contacting Danjugan Island or through Punta Bulata Resort; the Lubay-lubay Festival and Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul is held annually on January 25.

The main concern of the Local Government Unit of Cauayan is the provision of adequate health facilities and services to its constituents. The Rural Health Unit in the Poblacion is supported by 24 Barangay Health Stations and 22 sub-stations located in the different barangays. Complementing the health services is the newly operated Cauayan District Hospital managed by the Local Government Unit located in Barangay Isio. Services offered include medical consultation and child care, control of diarrheal diseases, control of acute respiratory infection, family planning, tuberculosis control, leprosy control, dental health, rabies control, malaria control, sexually transmitted disease control, AIDS prevention, cancer control, dengue control, cardiovascular disease prevention and control, prevention of blindness, environmental sanitation and care of the elderly; the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office is charged with the function of accelerating delivery of social services in the municipality.

The target outreach for welfare services is classified as follows: family heads, out-of-school youths, special groups, distressed families and rebel returnees. Social services are rendered to Family Heads and Other Needy Adults, needy childre

1967 NBA playoffs

The 1967 NBA playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association's 1966-67 season. The tournament concluded with the Eastern Division champion Philadelphia 76ers defeating the Western Division champion San Francisco Warriors 4 games to 2 in the NBA Finals, it was the 76ers' second NBA title in franchise history. The Boston Celtics were denied the chance to win their ninth straight championship, though they would win the title the following two seasons; the expansion Chicago Bulls made the playoffs in their debut season, the New York Knicks returned to the postseason for the first time since 1959. It is the longest gap in Knicks franchise history, a record they matched when they missed the playoffs starting in 2004 and ending in 2011; the 1967 NBA playoffs marked a change in the league's playoff format. Champion: San Francisco Warriors Division Semifinals San Francisco Warriors vs. Los Angeles Lakers: Warriors win series 3-0 Game 1 @ San Francisco: San Francisco 124, Los Angeles 108 Game 2 @ Los Angeles: San Francisco 113, Los Angeles 102 Game 3 @ San Francisco: San Francisco 122, Los Angeles 115 St. Louis Hawks vs. Chicago Bulls: Hawks win series 3-0 Game 1 @ St. Louis: St. Louis 114, Chicago 100 Game 2 @ Chicago: St. Louis 113, Chicago 107 Game 3 @ St. Louis: St. Louis 119, Chicago 106Division Finals San Francisco Warriors vs. St. Louis Hawks: Warriors win series 4-2 Game 1 @ San Francisco: San Francisco 117, St. Louis 115 Game 2 @ San Francisco: San Francisco 143, St. Louis 136 Game 3 @ St. Louis: St. Louis 115, San Francisco 109 Game 4 @ St. Louis: St. Louis 109, San Francisco 104 Game 5 @ San Francisco: San Francisco 123, St. Louis 102 Game 6 @ St. Louis: San Francisco 112, St. Louis 107 Champion: Philadelphia 76ers Division Semifinals Philadelphia 76ers vs.

Cincinnati Royals: 76ers win series 3-1 Game 1 @ Philadelphia: Cincinnati 120, Philadelphia 116 Game 2 @ Cincinnati: Philadelphia 123, Cincinnati 102 Game 3 @ Philadelphia: Philadelphia 121, Cincinnati 106 Game 4 @ Cincinnati: Philadelphia 112, Cincinnati 94 Boston Celtics vs. New York Knicks: Celtics win series 3-1 Game 1 @ Boston: Boston 140, New York 110 Game 2 @ New York: Boston 115, New York 108 Game 3 @ Boston: New York 123, Boston 112 Game 4 @ New York: Boston 118, New York 109Division Finals Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics: 76ers win series 4-1 Game 1 @ Philadelphia: Philadelphia 127, Boston 113 Game 2 @ Boston: Philadelphia 107, Boston 102 Game 3 @ Philadelphia: Philadelphia 115, Boston 104 Game 4 @ Boston: Boston 121, Philadelphia 117 Game 5 @ Philadelphia: Philadelphia 140, Boston 116 Philadelphia 76ers vs. San Francisco Warriors: 76ers win series 4-2 Game 1 @ Philadelphia: Philadelphia 141, San Francisco 135 Game 2 @ Philadelphia: Philadelphia 126, San Francisco 95 Game 3 @ San Francisco: San Francisco 130, Philadelphia 124 Game 4 @ San Francisco: Philadelphia 122, San Francisco 108 Game 5 @ Philadelphia: San Francisco 117, Philadelphia 109 Game 6 @ San Francisco: Philadelphia 125, San Francisco 122 1967 NBA Finals 1966-67 NBA season's 1967 NBA Playoffs page

St. Elizabeth College of Nursing

St. Elizabeth College of Nursing is a two-year private, non-profit college founded in 1904, it offers an Associate in Applied Science in Nursing with curriculum plans designed to meet students' educational needs. The school has over 3700 graduates, it offers preparation for working in today's health care environment, a one-to-one relationship with faculty, experience with technology, extensive hands-on clinical experience. St. Elizabeth College of Nursing was established in 1904 as a single-purpose three-year diploma program in nursing, it was registered by the New York State Education Department as St. Elizabeth Hospital School of Nursing, graduated its first class of seven in 1907; the nursing program was a natural outgrowth of the tradition and mission of St. Elizabeth Medical Center, to care for the sick and helpless; the college maintains a strong tie with its parent institution, SEMC - an affiliate of the Mohawk Valley Health System - as well as other clinical agencies, to provide superior clinical experiences for students in all clinical areas.

St. Elizabeth College of Nursing has graduated over 3700 men and women who provide professional and high quality care to clients of all ages; the college now offers a two-year associate in applied science degree in nursing integrating theoretical learning with clinical experiences within a caring environment. The nursing courses include direct patient care, planned and supervised by a faculty member with expertise in a particular nursing area. One of the strengths of the program at St. Elizabeth is its clinical component that combines the theory learned in class with actual nursing practice, allowing for immediate transfer and application of knowledge. St. Elizabeth College of Nursing offers an evening/weekend program, designed to meet the needs of students who are unable to attend classes during the traditional weekday hours. In 2008, SECON and SUNY Polytechnic Institute announced a unique dual degree partnership; this program is for students who possess excellent academic achievement and can meet the rigorous admission requirements for the program.

During the freshman year, the general science requirements are completed at SUNY Poly. In years two and three, the student earns an associate degree while completing the nursing program at SECON leading to RN licensure; the fourth and final year of the program returns the student to SUNY Poly, where a BS degree is earned. The program affords the opportunity to earn two nursing degrees in four years. Varinya Sheppard, Phd, MS, RN Jessica Eldred, MS, RN Beverly Plante, MS, RN

Xiqing District

Xiqing District is a district in Tianjin, People's Republic of China. The current Xiqing area came into existence in the late Tang Dynasty. In Northern Song period, this area was the border of Liao. In Ming Dynasty, this area was under Wuqing County, Hejian Fu. In Qing Dynasty, it was governed by Tianjin Fu. In 1912, after the founding of Republic of China, this area was named Tianjin County, Zhili Province. After 1949, it became a special area of Hebei province and Yangliuqing became its center of governance. In 1952, this area became part of Tianjin Municipality. In 1953, it got its name Xijiaoqu. In 1992, it was named Xiqing District. Xiqing District is located in the southwest of Tianjin Municipality, on the east bordering Hongqiao District, Nankai District, Hexi District, Jinnan District, to the south across the Duliujian River facing Jinghai District, on the west bordering Wuqing District and Bazhou, Hebei, to the north sharing Ziya River with Beichen District. There are 2 subdistricts and 7 towns in the district: The total population of Xiqing is 310,000, among which 240,000 are rural citizens.

Xiqing is served by two metro lines operated by Tianjin Metro: Line 2 - Caozhuang Line 3 - Nanzhan, Xuefugonguequ, Daxuecheng Tianjin Korean International School is located in the district. Official website of Xiqing District