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Ca' Rezzonico

Ca' Rezzonico is a palazzo on the Grand Canal in the Dorsoduro sestiere of Venice, Italy. It is a notable example of the 18th century Venetian baroque and rococo architecture and interior decoration, displays paintings by the leading Venetian painters of the period, including Francesco Guardi and Giambattista Tiepolo, it is a public museum dedicated to 18th-century Venice and one of the 11 venues managed by the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia. Ca' Rezzonico stands on the right bank of the canal, at the point where it is joined by the Rio di San Barnaba; the site was occupied by two houses, visible in early paintings of Venice in 1500, which a century and a half were in a sad state of decay. They belonged to the Bon family, one of Venice's patrician clans, In 1649 the head of the family, Filippo Bon, a Procurator of the city and patron of the arts, decided to transform the two houses into a single large palazzo on the site. For this purpose he employed Baldassarre Longhena, the greatest proponent of Venetian Baroque, a style replacing the Renaissance and Palladian architectural style.

Longhena was the designer of the famous dome of the Church of Santa Maria della Salute, a Venice baroque landmark. By 1661 Longhena had combined the two earlier structures, work had begun on the facade facing the canal, had reached as high as the first, or Noble, floor. However, neither architect nor client was to see the completion of the Palazzo Bon: Longhena died in 1682, Filippo Bon saw his finances ruined by the cost of the palazzo, he was forced to halt the work. Filippo Bon died in 1712, the unfinished palace decaying, was inherited by his sons and grandsons, but none had the funds to complete the construction. In 1750 The Bons offered the unfinished palazzo to Giambattista Rezzonico. A banker and fabric merchant from Lombardy, whose family had bought a title of Venetian nobility in 1648, following a war with Turkey, when the Venetian state coffers were depleted. Rezzonico paid 60,000 ducats for the unfinished building. Municipal inspectors examined the building, concluded that most of the structure was a ruin, in danger of collapse.

Only the rear part of the building, completed up to the second floor, could be saved. Rezzonico hired the most prestigious architect of his time, Giorgio Massari, who had built the churches of the Jesuits and the church of the Pieta in Venice, as well as the palazzo of the Grassi family, which faced the Rezzonico palace on the other side of the Grand Canal. A Canaletto painting of the early 18th century shows only the ground floor and first piano nobile completed, a temporary roof protecting the structure from the elements; the Rezzonics rushed the reconstruction along. In 1752, the accidental dropping of a piece of marble caused the scaffolding to collapse, dropping five stonemasons to the ground below. Massari followed the original plan of Lorghena, but made a number of modifications to suit the lighter rococo tastes, he removed some ponderous double columns on the facade replacing them with more slender pillars, eliminated a heavy plinth of columns, giving the building a lighter, more graceful appearance.

He installed a row of small oval windows above the larger windows on the second floor, adding light and a rococo touch. The facade was finished between 1750 and 1752. Turning his attention to the interior, Massari broke with Venetian custom and put the major ceremonial room at the back of the building, not overlooking the canal, he doubled the height of the ceiling in this room and eliminated walls to create a more dramatic space. He laid out a ceremonial route that would take visitors from the dock and gateway on the Grand Canal to a fountain in the interior courtyard, surmounted by the coat of arms of the Rezzonico in marble; as soon as the salons were completed, their ceilings were painted with frescoes by Giovanni Battista Crosato and in trompe-l'oeil by Girolamo Mengozzi Colonna. The interior work was nearly finished in 1756; the pinnacle of the Rezzonico's power and the Palazzo's grandeur came in 1758, when Carlo, the younger brother of Giambattista Rezzonico, was elected Pope as Clement XIII, the same year Ludovico Rezzonico married Faustina Savorgnan, uniting the two richest families in Venice.

To mark that occasion, Rezzoncio commissioned the most celebrated painters of Venice. The palace was the site of further celebrations in 1759, when Aurelio Rzzonico was elected Procurator of San Marco, in 1762, when Ludovico Rezzonico was elected to the same position. For three nights, the facades and interiors of the palace were lit with torches and candle in celebration. Upon his election as Pope, Carlo Rezzonico transferred a large part of the family art collection from Venice to Rome. Fifty years after the completion of the palace, in 1810, the last member of the Venetian branch of the Rezzonicos. Cardinal Abbondio of Pisa, bringing an end to the family line; the palace nearly became a Jesuit College, but went instead through several families, in 1832 to Carlo Pindemonte, the grandson of a Piedomontese poet and political figure, Ippolito Pindemonte. Pindemonte sold the art collections of the palazzo. Only the frescos remained in situ. In 1837, Pindemonte sold the empty building to Count Ladislao Zelinsky, he in turn rented the palazzo to the Baron von Bulow to count Zichj Cerner.

From 1840 and 1857, it was rented to the Duke of Modena and

35th World Science Fiction Convention

The 35th World Science Fiction Convention known as SunCon, was held September 2–5, 1977, at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach, United States. The chairman was Don Lundry; the guests of honor were Robert A. Madle; the toastmaster was Robert Silverberg. Total attendance was 3,240; the Hugo Awards, named after Hugo Gernsback, are presented every year for the best science fiction or fantasy works and achievements of the previous year. The results are based on the ballots submitted by members of the World Science Fiction Society. Other awards, including the Astounding Award for Best New Writer, are presented at each year's Worldcon. Best Novel: Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang by Kate Wilhelm Best Novella: "By Any Other Name" by Spider Robinson and "Houston, Houston, Do You Read?" by James Tiptree, Jr. Best Novelette: "The Bicentennial Man" by Isaac Asimov Best Short Story: "Tricentennial" by Joe Haldeman Best Professional Editor: Ben Bova Best Professional Artist: Rick Sternbach Best Amateur Magazine: Science Fiction Review, edited by Richard E. Geis Best Fan Writer: Susan Wood and Richard E. Geis Best Fan Artist: Phil Foglio Special Award: George Lucas for Star Wars John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer: C. J. Cherryh Gandalf Grand Master Award: Andre Norton World Science Fiction Society The Long List 1977 convention notes 1977 Hugo Awards SunCon photos Audio recordings of the 1977 Hugo Award ceremony

Atlas of Hillforts of Britain and Ireland

The Atlas of Hillforts of Britain and Ireland is an online database of hillforts―fortified settlements built in the Bronze Age and Iron Age―in the British Isles. It was compiled by researchers from the University of Edinburgh, the University of Oxford and University College Cork, led by Ian Ralston and Gary Lock; as of 2017, the atlas has 4,147 entries, which the researchers believe to be all of the extant hillforts in Britain and Ireland. A printed atlas is planned; the data was collated from existing catalogues of archaeological sites such as the National Monuments Records and county historic environment records. Around 100 volunteers, described as "citizen scientists" visited sites and contributed information and photographs to the atlas; the researchers noted that despite the conventional name "hillforts", under their definition, many are "not on hills and are not forts". They included sites; the online atlas is hosted by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, which funded the project, makes use of Esri's ArcGIS web map application platform.

The project collaborated with Wikimedia UK to make the information in the atlas available to Wikipedia. List of hillforts Hillforts in Britain Hillforts in Scotland Atlas of Hillforts

Fighter World

Fighter World is an Australian aviation museum. Its purpose is to preserve the history of fighter operations of the Royal Australian Air Force and it has a large collection of aircraft, most of which are fighters once operated by the RAAF, it is located at RAAF Base Williamtown near New South Wales. RAAF Gloster Meteor A77-875 RAAF de Havilland Vampire A79-1 RAAF Avon Sabre A94-951 RAAF Avon Sabre A94-959 RAAF CAC Winjeel A85-428 RAAF Bristol Bloodhound surface-to-air missile RAAF Aermacchi MB-326H A7-062 RAAF Dassault Mirage IIIO A3-3 RAAF Dassault Mirage IIID A3-102 RAAF General Dynamics F-111C Aardvark A8-148 Royal Australian Navy GAF Jindivik target drone N11-750 Royal Air Force/Republic of Singapore Air Force Hawker Hunter Polish Air Force Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-21UM'Mongol B' painted as a member of the Indian Air Force Red Scorchers aerobatic team Fokker Dr. I Triplane Boeing-Stearman Model 75 Messerschmitt Bf 109F Supermarine Spitfire Mk VIII Supermarine Spitfire Mk XVI Bristol Beaufighter cockpit Official website

La Tendresse

La Tendresse was a British-bred Irish-trained Thoroughbred racehorse and broodmare. Regarded as one of the fastest two-year-old fillies to race in Britain and Ireland she won five races in 1961 including the Molecomb Stakes and the Lowther Stakes, was rated the best European juvenile of either sex, she did win the King George Stakes at Goodwood. After her retirement from racing she had some success as a broodmare. La Tendresse was a bay filly with no white markings bred in Britain by the Irish breeder Frank Tuthill, her sire, Grey Sovereign, a son of Nasrullah, won the Richmond Stakes in 1950 before becoming a successful breeding stallion. Her dam, never won a race, but was a good broodmare who went on to produce the Coronation Cup winner I Say. La Tendresse was brought back to Europe and in September 1960 she was offered for sale at Doncaster where she was bought for 4,800 guineas by the Irish trainer Paddy Prendergast, acting on behalf of Pansy Parker Poe. Prendergast, who had built a reputation for handling precocious juveniles such as Windy City and Floribunda, trained the filly at his stables at the Curragh, County Kildare.

La Tendresse ran six times as a two-year-old in 1961 and won five races, all of them over the minimum distance of five furlongs. She won two races in Ireland, one at the Curragh where she won by a margin of six lengths, but failed on her first run in England for the Lily Agnes Stakes when she was unsuited by the soft ground at Chester in May and finished second by five lengths to Sir Percy Loraine's colt Rescind; the filly returned to England in the summer and won her three remaining races without being challenged. In July she ran against colts in the Seaton Delaval Stakes at Newcastle Racecourse and won by four lengths from Gay Mairi. At Goodwood Racecourse at the end of the month she was more impressive when she was ridden by the Australian jockey Ron Hutchinson to win the Molecomb Stakes "in a canter" by six lengths from Alpine Scent. In August at York Racecourse she produced her best performance in the Lowther Stakes. Starting the 2/7 favourite she accelerated clear of her opponents to win by twelve lengths with Alpine Scent again finishing second.

La Tendresse developed a cough in early October and was withdrawn from competition in the Cornwallis Stakes at Ascot. In 1962 La Tendresse was not trained for the classics, being kept instead to sprint races over five furlongs. At Royal Ascot in June she ran in the King's Stand Stakes in which she finished second to the Vincent O'Brien-trained filly Cassarate, her only success came at Goodwood a month when she won the King George Stakes, beating Nerium and Caerphilly. Until the British and French handicappers collaborated to produce the first International Classification in 1977, each country produced its own ratings of the best two-year-olds. In the British Free Handicap for 1961, La Tendresse was the top-rated two-year-old of either sex, four pounds clear of her stable companion Display and six ahead of the leading colt Miralgo; the independent Timeform organisation assigned La Tendresse a figure of 135, making the highest rated European two-year-old of either sex. In their book A Century of Champions, based on a modified version of the Timeform system, John Randall and Tony Morris rated La Tendresse the sixth best British or Irish-trained two-year-old filly of the 20th century.

La Tendresse was retired from racing to become a broodmare. Her most notable offspring was Prince Tenderfoot, a colt sired by Blue Prince who won the Coventry Stakes in 1969 and became a successful sire of winners. La Tendresse died at the age of thirteen in 1972

List of hospitals in the United Arab Emirates

This is a list of hospitals in the U. A. E, they are categorized by emirates/regions whether they are government or private hospitals, number of beds Al Qasimi Hospital Kalba Hospital Khorfakkan Hospital Kuwait Hospital Danat Al Emarat Women & Children’s Hospital, in Abu Dhabi Shaikh Khalifa Medical City Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, a multi-speciality luxury hospital in Abu Dhabi. Dar Al Shifaa Healthpoint hospital a Mubadala company, is a multi-specialty, integrated practice hospital located in Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi. Universal Hospital, Abu Dhabi Al Raha Hospital, Abu Dhabi Mediclinic Hospital, Abu Dhabi Ahalia Hospital, Abu Dhabi NMC Specialty Hospital, Abu Dhabi Salama Hospital, Abu Dhabi National Hospital, Abu Dhabi Nation Hospital, Abu Dhabi LLH Hospital, Abu Dhabi Burjeel Hospital, Abu Dhabi Medeor 24x7 Hospital, Abu Dhabi Oasis Hospital, Al Ain Mediclinic Al Jowhara Mediclinic Al Ain Universal Hospital, Al Ain ) Al Ain Hospital, Al Ain ) Tawam Hospital, Al Ain affiliation with Johns Hopkins Medicine) Emirates International Hospital, Al Ain NMC Specialty Hospital, Al Ain Ain Al Khaleej Hospital, Al Ain Burjeel Royal Hospital, Al Ain Medeor 24x7 International Hospital, Al Ain American Hospital Dubai, Oud Metha, Bur Dubai, Mohd & Obaid Almulla Group Group Armada Hospital, Armada One Day Surgical Center, Jumeirah Lake Towers, Armada Towers, Armada Group Armada Medical Center, Jumeirah Lake Towers, Armada Towers Prime Hospital, Dubai Dubai Hospital, Rashid Hospital, Mediclinic Welcare Hospital Dubai Mediclinic Parkview Hospital Saudi German Hospital Dubai, Dubai Emirates Hospital Jumeirah, Dubai Dr. Sulaiman Al-Habib Medical Center Mediclinic City Hospital Moorfields Eye Hospital Dubai Zarmalik Specialty General Hospital Saudi German Hospital Ajman Thumbay clinic Rak Hospital Saqr Hospital Al Zahrawi Hospital Al Oraibi Hospital Sheikh Khalifa Specialty Hospital Saqr Hospital Thumbay clinic Fujairah Hospital Al Sharq Hospital