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Bucegi Mountains

The Bucegi Mountains (Romanian: Munții Bucegi. They are part of the Southern Carpathians group of the Carpathian Mountains. At 2,505 m, Omu is its highest point. To the east, the Bucegi Mountains have a steep slope towards the popular tourist destination Prahova Valley, such as Bușteni and Sinaia. At a higher elevation is the Bucegi Plateau, where wind and rain have turned the rocks into spectacular figures such as the Sphinx and Babele; the Bucegi is believed to be the Dacian holy mountain Kogainon, on which the God Zalmoxis resided in a cave. The exact origin of the name "Bucegi" is disputed by philologists. "Buceag" or "bugeac" seems to be the source of the name, a word designating in the language of mountain people both the moss in the forest and the wilderness or the junipers. An archaic version of the name "Bucegi" is "Buceci", name still used today by elders in the mountains, about which linguists say it is derived from "huceag", "buceag" or "bugeac". Linguist Sextil Pușcariu claims that the name of Bucșoi, one of the mountains that reach the Omu Peak, derives from "Buc", "Bucur", just as "Buceci", "Bugeci" derives from "Buc" with the same suffix like "Măneciu" or "Moeciu".

And "Bucur" is a genuine Dacian name. In Iorgu Iordan's work, Toponimia romînească, the name of the mountains is derived from Slavic buk, meaning "beech"; the mountains are grouped in three ranges: Bucegi Mountains Leaota Mountains Piatra Craiului Mountains The Rucăr-Bran Pass separates the Piatra Craiului and Leaota ranges. The Bucegi Mountains are bordered by an area with the most ski resorts in Romania. Since 1935, part of the Bucegi Mountains has been included in the list of protected areas in Romania, with national park status. Among the most popular ski resorts within the Bucegi Mountains are Bușteni. Nicknamed the "Pearl of the Carpathians", Sinaia offers the possibility of performing winter sports. Ski slopes within the resort are serviced by ski lift, accessible by cable car; the main tourist attractions are Peleș Castle, Pelișor, Royal Station, Sinaia Monastery and George Enescu Memorial House. Bușteni, located at an altitude of 800–900 m, features a diversified base of accommodation and meals.

A cable car links Babele Chalet, on the mountaintops. This area has unusual rock formations, such as Babele. Bușteni is the starting point of trekking on some of the most attractive routes in the Bucegi Massif. In the winter months, Bușteni offers the possibility of sleighing. There are ski slopes with varying degrees of difficulty. Bușteni is a cultural point, featuring Cantacuzino Castle and Cezar Petrescu Memorial Museum. There is a trout farm in the area; the Rucăr-Bran Corridor is a mountain pass that has the Bucegi Mountains on one side and the Piatra Craiului Mountains and Iezer-Păpușa Mountains on the other side. Bucegi Mountains area, whereof exist references since the 15th century, has been proposed for protection in 1936, due to peerless landscapes and great diversity of plant and animal species; this proposal was taken up only in 1990. 7/1990. Bucegi Natural Park covers an area of 32,663 hectares across three counties, having more than 60% of the territory covered with forests. Photo gallery of Bucegi Mountains Bucegi Natural Park

Clinical Practice Research Datalink

The Clinical Practice Research Datalink is an observational and interventional research service that operates as part of the UK Department of Health. It is jointly funded by the National Institute for Health Research and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency. CPRD is working with the extensive primary care, topic specific and comprehensive NIHR research networks and with NHS Digital; the programme that would develop into the current organisation was developed by an Essex general practitioner, Dr Alan Dean, to facilitate day-to-day management of his own general practice, in collaboration with IT staff at the BATA shoe factory in East Tilbury near to his practice. Early programmers included a Czech programmer Jan Boda. In 1987 a venture capital company was set up, named Value Added Information Medical Products Ltd to recruit other practices and form an information base; the early development team of three, Marcella Devenish, Philip Lee-Warren, under the leadership of Kieran O'Mally, developed further the computerised system using the BOS Microcobol development environment.

During this period the number of UK practices using the software product IGP expanded from a few hundred to over two and a half thousand. In return for anonymous Healthcare data, VAMP Ltd offered GPs the cash equivalent of GBP 500 a month in order to build the VAMP research databank for research purposes; as of 1988, the VAMP research databank comprised 543,100 patients. This figure was doubled to 1.2 million in 1990. One year 970 practices allowed VAMP to access their data, while about 1000 practices had a straightforward maintenance agreement with VAMP. In November 1993, its parent company was acquired by Reuters Health Information, which donated the database to the Department of Health in 1994, at which time it became General Practice Research Database and contained data from 650 practices. At this time, there were two licensees of the data: dr Alan Dean, Professor Hershel Jick; the database was operated by the Office for National Statistics until 1999, at which point the Medicines Control Agency took over.

This agency became the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency on 1 April 2003 following a merger with the Medical Devices Agency. Since use of the database has expanded within the UK and overseas; the GPRD was run as a sub-division of the MHRA. Under the direction of Dr John Parkinson the research utility of GPRD was enhanced by linkage to other datasets on an individual patient level. External datasets included the Hospital Episode Statistics, death certificates, the national cancer registry and MINAP registry. Additionally the dataset became that of choice by the FDA and most major pharma companies. Following the announcement by the chancellor on the "Plan for Growth", a commissioned study entitled the "Research Capability Programme" was initiated with the aim of assessing the available research capabilities of the UK and future potential growth areas in this sector. An opportunity was identified for the collaboration of the Department of Health and the MHRA in creating a joint research service, based upon consolidating and expanding existing independent services.

The new service, known as the CPRD has been developed to meet the expectations and criteria outlined by the "Plan for Growth". On 29 March 2012, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency and the Department of Health's National Institute for Health Research launched the Clinical Practice Research Datalink. On the launch of CPRD, Sir Kent Woods, Chief Executive of the MHRA said, "The Clinical Practice Research Datalink will provide new data and research services that will improve the health of patients and make the UK a world leader in life sciences research." David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science, said, "The UK is a world leader in life sciences, but both the research base and industry tell us that we could make better use of data in order to drive medical breakthroughs. The Clinical Practice Research Datalink will provide researchers with access to safeguarded data that respects patient confidentiality; this will give valuable insights into serious health conditions and help reduce the time it takes to develop new treatments."

The GPRD became part of the data services provision from CPRD. At its launch in April 2012, CPRD was established as the new, England-wide NHS observational and interventional research service, it has built on the research developments of the GPRD, the Health Research Support Service managed by the NIHR Research Capability Program. The GPRD was a large primary care database, containing anonymised primary care data and links to a number of NHS and other data sources; the GPRD specialised in providing anonymised data and research service capabilities to a variety of medical and public health studies. The HRSS was a pilot service to demonstrate the feasibility of research using a range of health-care information; the HRSS used its analyses and expertise linking large sets of anonymised data for research studies. CPRD remains housed within the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency and is now one of the three'centres' within the Agency; the CPRD builds on its predecessors' capabilities and aims to provide a range of services and products in the areas of medical research and public health care.

Fundamental to the work of the CPRD is the collection and linkage of anonymised data sets and provision of research services. The CPRD utilises the maximum benefit of linked data sets and the UK’s health system to provide researchers

Tommy's margarita

Tommy's margarita is a variant of the margarita cocktail. It is recognized by the IBA as a new era drink, it is made with tequila, lime juice, agave nectar and served in a cocktail glass. It is distinct from the margarita in its omission of orange liqueur and its substitution of agave nectar. Tommy's margarita was conceived in San Francisco in 1990 by Julio Bermejo at his parents' restaurant called Tommy's. Bermejo had been introduced to agave nectar as an ingredient, although it was still expensive at the time, he used it to enhance the agave flavor of the cocktail instead of using triple sec to highlight the citrus flavor in the original Margarita recipe. List of cocktails List of IBA official cocktails

Bernard de Gordon

Bernard de Gordon was a French doctor and professor of medicine at the University of Montpellier from 1285. In 1296 he wrote the therapeutic work, De decem ingeniis seu indicationibus curandorum morborum, his most important work was the Lilium medicinae, printed in Naples in 1480, Lyon in 1491, Venice in 1494. It describes plague, scabies, epilepsy and leprosy. De regimine acutorum morborum, 1294. Liber pronosticorum/Tractatus de crisi et de diebus creticis, 1295. De Decem Ingeniis curandorum morborum, 1299. Liber de conservatione vitae humanae, 1308. Practica seu Lilium medicinae, 1303. Karl Sudhoff, "Zur Schriftstellerei Bernhards von Gordon und deren zeitlicher Folge. Eine Handschriftenstudie". In: Archiv für Geschichte der Medizin. Band 10, 1917, S. 162–188. Guardo, Alberto Alonso. Los pronósticos médicos en la Medicina Medieval: El Tractatus de crisi et de diebus creticis de Bernardo de Gordonio. Valladolid: Secretariado de Publicaciones e Intercambio Científico Univ. de Valladolid, 2003. ISBN 84-8448-233-2 Guardo, Alberto Alonso.

"El Lilium medicine y el Tractatus de crisi et de diebus creticis de Bernardo de Gordonio. Estudio comparativo." In Noua et uetera: Nuevos horizontes vol. 1, edited by A. Mª Aldama, Mª F. del Barrio and A. Espigares, 435-443. Madrid: Sociedad de Estudios Latinos, 2002. Conde Parrado, P. E. Montero Cartelle and MC. Herrero Inglemo, eds. Bernard de Gordon: Tractatus de conceptu / Tractatus de sterilitate mulierum. Valladolid: Editorial Univ. de Valladolid, 1999. Latin edition and Spanish translation. Cull and Brian Dutton, eds. Lilio de medicina: un manual basico de medicine medieval. Madison: Hispanic seminary of medieval studies, 1991. Demaitre, Luke. Doctor Bernard de Gordon. Professor and Practitioner. Toronto: University of Toronto, 1980. ISBN 0-88844-051-0. Demaitre, Luke. "Bernard de Gordon et son influence sur la pensée médicale aux XIVe et XVe siècles." In L'Université de Montpellier et son rayonnement: Actes du Colloque international de Montpellier III, edited by D. Le Blévec, 103-31. Turnhout: Brepols, 2004.

Dutton and Maria Nieves Sanchez. Bernard de Gordonio: Lilio de medicina. Madrid: Arco/libros, 1993. Grmek, Mirko D. ed. Histoire de la pensée médicale en Occident, tome 1: antiquité et Moyen Âge. Paris: Le Seuil, 1995. Wickersheimer, Ernest. Dictionnaire biographique des médecins en France au Moyen Age. Genève: Librairie Droz, 1979. Werkdaten

Museo Geominero

The Museo Geominero is geology museum displaying minerals and fossils from Spain and its former colonies. It is located inside the Instituto Geológico y Minero de España building in Spain; the museum has its roots in the collection of the'Comisión para formar la Carta geológica de Madrid y la general del Reino', created by Isabell II in 1849. The collection has been housed in its current location since 1927, was conceived of by Spanish mining engineer D. Primitivo Hernández Sampelayo, it has been known as the Museo geominero since 1989. The museum is located in the headquarters of the Mining Institute of Spain; the building was designed by Spanish architect Franciso Javier de Luue, built between 1921 and 1925. The contents of the museum are displayed in 250 showcases on the ground floor of the building and three perimeter balconies. Mineral collection Collection of mineral resources Collection of minerals from the Autonomous Regions of Spain Rock collection Fossils of Spanish flora and invertebrates Collection of fossil vertebrates Collection of foreign fossils Systematic collection of fossil invertebrates List of museums in Madrid

Pearl Van Sciver

Pearl Jeanette Van Sciver, born Pearl Jeannette Aiman, was a Philadelphia based artist of oil paintings of landscapes and floral still lifes inspired by flowers from her own garden and greenhouse. She married Lloyd Van Sciver, the son of notable Camden, New Jersey based furniture maker, J. B. Van Sciver. Pearl was born in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia in 1896, the only child of parents Arnold Aiman and Emma G. Rorer, her father was a roofer and her mother had inherited property and money from her wealthy and heirless uncle, Clinton Rorer. Sometime before Pearl turned 4 years old, her parents moved just outside the city to Wyndmoor, in Springfield Township, Montgomery County. Here she grew up in a large stone house which still stands today on East Willow Grove Ave, her next door neighbors were the family of her mother's sister, the Fallows. The two families remained close, Pearl was a bridesmaid at her cousin's wedding and reciprocated by asking the same cousin to be Matron of Honor at her own wedding.

As a child, Pearl attended the Wyndmoor Public School, now the Wyndmoor Montessori School. She became a graduate of Steven's School of Germantown, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Philadelphia Design for Women, now known as the Moore College of Art and Design. On October 3, 1924, Pearl Aiman married Lloyd Van Sciver, a son of J. B. Van Sciver, owner of a successful furniture company, J. B. Van Sciver Co. Lloyd was a graduate of the Chestnut Hill Academy and School of Industrial Art and had spent time in the military, having served overseas during World War I. Sadly, Pearl's mother had not lived long enough to see her marry and had died in 1922; the wedding took place at the Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields in Chestnut Hill followed by a reception at the Philadelphia Cricket Club. Pearl's life is reflected in her oil paintings of street scenes and flowers; some of her landscapes or street scenes of are local areas around Philadelphia such as New Hope and Lancaster, while others are of some of the many places she traveled too, such as Rothenburg, Gloucester, England or Kennebunkport, Maine.

Her floral paintings were of flowers that came directly from her own gardens and greenhouse at her residence. Pearl's work was displayed in many galleries over the course of her life; some of her paintings are included in several permanent collections at the Allentown Art Museum, Rochester Memorial Art Gallery, Ogontz Junior College and the University of Pennsylvania. One of Pearl's paintings of a canal in New Hope was reported as stolen and is listed on the FBI website of stolen art; the Woodmere Art Museum in Chestnut Hill awards the Pearl & Lloyd Van Sciver Prize to the best work of art by a member of Woodmere. Past Auctions for Pearl Aiman Van Sciver on artnet Auction Results for Pearl Aiman Van Sciver on Memorial Exhibition Paintings by Pearl Aiman Van Sciver, 1895-1966