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Bethsaida

Bethsaida is a place mentioned in the New Testament. Historians have suggested that the name is referenced in rabbinic literature under the epithet Ṣaidan. According to John 1:44, Bethsaida was the hometown of the apostles Peter and Philip. In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus restored a blind man's sight at a place just outside the ancient village of Bethsaida. In Luke 9:10-11, Jesus miraculously feeds five thousand near Bethsaida. Although Bethsaida is believed to be located on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, there is disagreement among scholars as to where. Since the nineteenth century, three places have been considered as the possible location of Biblical Betsaida: the Bedouin village of Messadiye. Over time, the latter two locations have come to appear more likely. While Messadiye and El-Araj are closer to the Sea of Galilee, Et-Tell shows significant archaeological remains including fragments of fishing equipment; the Bethsaida Excavations Project, lead by Rami Arav, assert that Biblical Bethsaida is located at Et-Tell, a site on the east bank of the Jordan River.

A second group, led by Mordechai Aviam, under the auspices of the Center for Holy Land Studies propose the alternative site of Al-Araj. Pliny the Elder, in his Natural History, places Bethsaida on the eastern side of the Sea of Galilee; the historian Josephus says that the town of Bethsaida - at that time called Julias, was situated 120 stadia from the lake Semechonitis, not far from the Jordan River as it passes into the middle of the Sea of Galilee. De Situ Terrae Sanctae, a 6th-century account written by Theodosius the archdeacon describes Bethsaida's location in relation to Capernaum, saying that it was 6 mi distant from Capernaum; the distance between Bethsaida and Paneas is said to have been 50 mi. Archaeologists tend to agree that the capital of the kingdom of Geshur was situated at et-Tell, a place inhabited on a lesser scale during the first centuries BCE and CE and sometimes identified with the town of Bethsaida of New Testament fame; the first excavations of the site were conducted in 1987–1989, by the Golan Research Institute.

In 2008–2010, in 2014, archaeological excavations of the site were conducted by Rami Arav on behalf of the University of Nebraska of Omaha, Nebraska. According to Arav, the ruin of et-Tell is said to be Bethsaida, a ruined site on the east side of the Jordan on rising ground, 2 km from the sea; this distance poses a problem, insofar that if it were a fishing village, it is situated far from the shore of the Sea of Galilee. In an attempt to rectify the problem, the following hypotheses have been devised: Tectonic rifting has uplifted et-Tell; the water level has dropped from increased population usage, land irrigation. In fact, the excavation of Magdala's harbor has proven that the ancient water-level was much higher than it is today; the Jordan River delta has been extended by sedimentation. Excavations indicate that the settlement was founded in the 10th century BCE, in the biblical period. Et-Tell was inhabited during both the Iron Age; the fortified town there is associated by researchers with the biblical kingdom of Geshur.

Imposing archaeological finds the Stratum V city gate, date to the post-Geshurite 8th century BCE, but there are indications, as of 2016, that the archaeologists are close to locating the 10th-century BCE, that is: Geshurite, city gate as well. The et-Tell site would have been the largest and strongest city to the east of the Jordan Valley during the Iron Age II era. In July 2018, a group of twenty archaeologists led by Rami Arav discovered a structure identified as a city gate, they tentatively identified the city with a name used during the First Temple period. Et-Tell was inhabited on a lesser scale during the first centuries BCE and CE than in the Bronze Age and Iron Ages. Archaeological excavations at site have revealed fishing gear, including lead weights used for fishing nets, as well as sewing needles for repairing fishing nets; the findings indicate. Two silver coins dating to 143 BCE, as well as Slavonic bronze coins, bronze coins from the time of Alexander Jannaeus, King of the Hasmonean dynasty, one coin from the time of Philip the Tetrarch, ruler of the Bashan, were discovered at the site.

According to Josephus, around the year 30/31 CE Herod Philip II raised the village of Bethsaida in Lower Gaulanitis to the rank of a polis and renamed it "Julias," in honor of Livia, the wife of Augustus. It lay near the place. Julias/Bethsaida was a city east of the Jordan River, in a "desert place". If this is the location to which Jesus retired by boat with his disciples to rest a while; the multitude following on foot along the northern shore of the lake would cross the Jordan by the ford at its mouth, used by foot travelers to this day. The "desert" of the narrative is just the barrīyeh of the Arabs, where the animals are driven out for pasture; the "green grass" of Mark 6:39, the "much grass" of John 6:10, point to some place in the plain of el-Baṭeiḥah, on the rich soil of which the grass is green and plentiful, compared to the scanty herbage on the higher slopes. In 2017, archaeologists announced the discovery of a Roman bathhouse at el-Araj, wh

Gheluvelt Park, Worcester

Gheluvelt Park is a public park in Worcester, which opened on 17 June 1922 to commemorate the Worcestershire Regiment's 2nd Battalion after their part in Battle of Gheluvelt, a World War I battle that took place on 31 October 1914 in Gheluvelt, Belgium. It was opened by Field Marshal John French, 1st Earl of Ypres, who stated, "on that day the 2nd Worcesters saved the British Empire." A plaque inside the park commemorates Captain Gerald Ernest Lea, who died on 15 September 1914 while commanding D. Company of the 2nd Battalion; the park stretches across to the River Severn. The Barbourne Brook, which leads to the Severn, feeds a duck pond within, a bandstand; the park contains a supervised paddling pool. A conservation site is managed by the Duckworth Worcestershire Trust and, following renovations to the old Victorian Pump House, the Environment Centre provides information about environmental issues as well as sustainability; the Friends of Gheluvelt Park organisation helps maintain the parks and organise events such as Carols in the Park and a St George's Day celebration.

A significant area of the park, including the children's play area, was flooded by the Severn and the Barbourne Brook during the 2007 United Kingdom floods in July. Gheluvelt Park has received £ 850,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund. A new play area has been created, a Splash Pad built for toddlers to early teens, the railings have been reinstated along Barbourne Road, the bandstand has been renovated. A sculpture costing £33,000 was installed, to symbolise the fallen soldiers, a funding application has been submitted for outdoor fitness equipment for adults, including six exercise units and two concrete table tennis tables. Funding has been applied for, for a community "Fitness event" in Autumn 2011. Worcester City Council. Pumphouse Environment Centre, Worcestershire County Council; the Worcestershire Regiment in 1914–1918 at The Long, Long Trail.

Alis Guggenheim

Alis Guggenheim was a Swiss painter, sculptor born in Lengnau and died in Zürich. Daughter of Moses Guggenheim and Fanny Guggenheim-Weil. Sister of Hilda, Martha, Hermann and Daniel. Mother of Ruth Guggenheim Heussler. Grandmother of Olivia Heussler and Delia Heussler, In 1916 she opened a fashion house in Zürich, called the Salon des Modes, she met a Russian student and communist named Mischa Berson with whom she travelled to the Soviet Union at the beginning of 1919. There she became a member of the Communist Party. In 1920 she gave birth to her daughter Ruth. Following the failure of her relationship with Berson, Alis returned to Switzerland, she joined the Swiss Communist Party. The following well known artists and architects. In 1924 her fashion house became a studio; the same year she participated in her first exhibition. In 1942 she moved to Muzzano in the Swiss canton of Ticino. There she cultivated her friendship with authors Lisa Kurt Held. In 1954 Alis Guggenheim received the Swiss Federation of Jewish Communities Art Prize.

Thereafter she held her first solo exhibition in Zurich, a financial success. Her work has been purchased by city and federal government, she was best known for her paintings. Alis Guggenheim died following a brief illness; some of her works are on display at the Aargauer Kunsthaus, Switzerland and in the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. Her inventory can be seen at www.alisguggenheim.com "Als ob ich selber nackt in Schnee und Regen stehe...": Susanne Gisel-Pfankuch: Alis Guggenheim in German and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland. Verlag Lars Müller, Baden Website inclusive online art inventory "Guggenheim, Alis". SIKART dictionary and database. Urs Kälin: Alis Guggenheim on the Website of Schweizerischen Sozialarchivs

Latvian Land Forces

The Latvian Land Forces together with the Latvian National Guard form the land warfare branch of the Latvian National Armed Forces. Since 2007, land forces are organized as a professional standing army; the main missions of the national Land Forces are to: Provide for the defense of all national territories. Mechanized Infantry Brigade Headquarters Headquarters and Signal Company 1st Mechanized Infantry Battalion Headquarters and Support Company 1st Mechanized Infantry Company 2nd Mechanized Infantry Company 3rd Mechanized Infantry Company Combat Service Support Company 2nd Mechanized Infantry Battalion Headquarters and Support Company 1st Mechanized Infantry Company 2nd Mechanized Infantry Company 3rd Mechanized Infantry Company Combat Service Support Company 3rd Infantry Battalion Headquarters and Support Company 1st Infantry Company 2nd Infantry Company 3rd Infantry Company Combat Service Support Company Combat Support Battalion Staff and Signal Company Anti-tank Company Fire Support Company Engineer Company Military Intelligence Company Forward Air Control Unit Combat Service Support Battalion Staff and Signal Company Supply and Transport Company Technical Support and Maintenance Company Medical Company Since 1996 till today the National Armed Forces' soldiers have been deployed on nine international peace-keeping missions in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Central African Republic, Iraq, Kosovo and Somalia.

Starting from January 1, 2015, Latvian Armed Forces are taking part in EU's Nordic Battle Group. On March 29, 2004, Latvia became a fledged member of the NATO; the equipment of the Latvian Land Forces troops includes: LATPAT and Multi-LATPAT. Norwegian BEAR-II load bearing armor system Kevlar helmet Night vision device The rank structure of the Latvian army is adjusted to the rank structure of the NATO countries in Europe. Rank insignia are worn on the collars and today on shoulder marks. Starting 2016, only the Staff Battalion wears the collar insignia. Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Latvia Mission of Latvia to NATO

Turbinaria stellulata

Turbinaria stellulata known as disc coral, is a species of colonial stony coral in the family Dendrophylliidae. It is native to the Indo-Pacific region; the International Union for Conservation of Nature has rated its conservation status as being "vulnerable". Turbinaria stellulata tends to be submassive with encrusting margins and does not produce vertical structures to any extent; the corallites have thick walls. This coral is a zooxanthellate coral, it is some shade of brown or green, but other colours sometimes occur, depending on which species of symbiont is present. Colonies grow to a diameter of about 50 cm. Turbinaria stellulata occurs in the Indo-Pacific region, its range extends from the Red Sea and Madagascar to tropical Australia, southern Japan and the South China Sea. It occurs on upper reef slopes at depths from 2 to 15 metres, unlike other corals in its genus Turbinaria, it seems to avoid turbid water; as a zooxanthellate coral, Turbinaria stellulata gets part of its nutritional needs from the photosynthetic symbionts in its tissues, but extends its polyps to feed at night.

Colonies are broadcast spawners. All the colonies in an area liberate their eggs and sperm into the sea in a spawning event, synchronised with the phases of the moon; the planula larvae that develop form part of the plankton and settle in a suitable location on the seabed. In general, the threats that stony corals face include global climate change with the resulting rise in the temperature of sea water, ocean acidification, increased severity of storms which damage reefs, increased frequency of El Niño events, coral bleaching and the increasing incidence of coral diseases; the population trend of Turbinaria stellulata has not been monitored but as a shallow water coral it is affected by these factors. It has a wide range but is an uncommon species and the International Union for Conservation of Nature has assessed its conservation status as being "vulnerable"

MisiĆ³n EurovisiĆ³n 2007

Misión Eurovisión 2007 is the show in which Spain selected its entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2007, held in Helsinki, Finland on 12 May 2007. Misión Eurovisión 2007 was held throughout January and February 2007; the songs and singers was selected separately. The show was organised by TVE. From all the submitted songs, TVE selected the best few. From 15-21 January 2007, anyone who visited the site were able to vote for their favourite songs, with one vote per person per day; the top 5 songs from the internet vote went on to the next round, as was 5 songs selected by the internal jury From 24-28 January 2007, people once again was able to vote for their favourites through the internet After this second round, the top 3 from the internet vote, plus 2 selected by the internal jury, went on to the final In the final, the songs were first of all performed by famous Spanish singers After the famous singers had sung the songs, the finalists performed a part of each of the songs The winning song was selected by televoting From all the submitted performers, TVE selected the best few The selected performers were competing in 4 semifinals, in which each sang 1 min 30 seconds of a song Televoting selected the top 3 performers from each semifinal, the jury selected a further 2, making 20 singers in the final The winning singer was selected by televoting Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 Official Site Video of song "I love you mi vida"