click links in text for more info

Carl Bildt

Nils Daniel Carl Bildt is a Swedish politician and diplomat, Prime Minister of Sweden from 1991 to 1994. He was the leader of the Moderate Party from 1986 to 1999. Bildt served as Sweden's Minister for Foreign Affairs from October 2006 to October 2014, he had been noted internationally as a mediator in the Yugoslav wars, serving as the European Union's Special Envoy to the Former Yugoslavia from June 1995, co-chairman of the Dayton Peace Conference in November 1995 and High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina from December 1995 to June 1997 after the Bosnian War. From 1999 to 2001, he served as the United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the Balkans. Bildt was born on 15 July 1949 in Halmstad, Halland, to an old Danish-Swedish noble family traditionally domiciled in Bohus county, his grandfather's grandfather, Gillis Bildt, was a Conservative politician and diplomat, long-time Ambassador to the German Empire and Prime Minister of Sweden 1888–1889 remembered for his protectionist trade policies.

Bildt's father Daniel Bildt was a former major in the reserves of the now defunct Halland Regiment and a former bureau director in the now defunct Civil Defense Board's Education Bureau. Daniel Bildt married Kerstin Andersson-Alwå in 1947. Carl Bildt's brother, was born in 1952. Bildt was married to Kerstin Zetterberg from 1974–75. Bildt has three children. Bildt attended Stockholm University. In May 1968 Bildt opposed the occupation of the Student Union Building by leftist political forces and co-founded the Borgerliga Studenter – Opposition'68 group which went on to win the Student Union elections in Stockholm for a number of years, he served as chairman of the FMSF Confederation of Swedish Conservative and Liberal Students, a centre-right student organisation, in the early 1970s, chaired European Democrat Students, bringing together like-minded centre-right student organisations from across Europe. When the non-socialist formed government in 1976, Bildt served as the head of the Policy Coordinating Office in the Ministry of Economic Affairs and close collaborator to the party leader and Minister of Economy Gösta Bohman.

Bildt became a Member of Parliament in 1979, although he served instead as State Secretary for Policy Coordination in the reformed non-socialist government after that election. As an MP in the early eighties, he became noted as an incisive and combative debater on foreign affairs, he was a member of the Submarine Defence Commission investigating the 1982 incursions of foreign submarines in the Stockholm archipelago and naval base areas, found himself pitted against prime minister Olof Palme. Bildt was elected leader of the Moderate Party in 1986. In 1991, the Social Democrats were defeated by a four-party coalition led by Bildt's Moderate Party. On 4 October 1991, Bildt became the first conservative prime minister in Sweden in 61 years, leading a four-party coalition government; the policies of his government aimed at giving Sweden a "new start" in the middle of a mounting economic crisis caused by a speculation bubble in housing, focusing on privatising and de-regulating the economy in order to improve the conditions for big businesses.

Long a champion of European integration and Sweden's participation in this, negotiating membership in the European Union was a priority for the Bildt premiership. The preceding Social Democratic government had, as part of an emergency economic crisis package in the autumn of 1990, done a sudden U-turn, abandoned its previous opposition and in the summer of 1991 submitted a formal application for membership in the EU. Benefiting from his close links with German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, Bildt was able to initiate and conclude membership negotiations with the EU in record time, signing the Treaty of Accession at the EU summit in Corfu on June 23, 1994; the accession was supported by a referendum in November, Sweden entered the EU as full member on January 1, 1995, thus fulfilling a key part of the platform of the Bildt government. By that time his governing coalition had lost its majority in the September 1994 elections, in spite of his Moderate party making slight gains; the economic program of the government was focused on a series of structural reforms aiming at improving competitiveness and improving growth.

Economic reforms were enacted, including voucher schools, liberalizing markets for telecommunications and energy, privatizing publicly owned companies and health care, contributing to liberalizing the Swedish economy. These reforms were controversial at the time, the government had to deal with a rapid increase in unemployment as well as public deficits during 1991 and 1992; the period was marked by a severe economic crisis. These problems were reinforced by the economic crisis in other European countries and the crisis within the EU Exchange Rate Mechanism in 1992; as a result, Sweden in November 1992 was forced to abandon its policy of a fixed exchange rate and allow the Swedish crown to float freely. As part of the effort to handle the economic crisis, the government was able to conclude an agreement with the Social Democratic opposition on some of its expenditure-cutting measures. By 1994 the economy was registering strong growth, the deficits were declining, although unemployment was still at levels higher than in 1991.

Prior to becoming Prime Minister, Bildt had been anti-Soviet union and a strong supporter of the three Baltic nations, during his period as PM devoted considerable efforts to trying to assist the three now again i

Román Colón

Román Benedicto Colón is a Dominican former professional baseball pitcher. He weighs 245 pounds. Colón throws right-handed, he played in Major League Baseball for the Atlanta Braves, Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals. Colón was signed as an amateur free agent by the Atlanta Braves in 1995 and began his professional career with the Braves Dominican Summer League team in 1996. In 1997, he ranked first in the Gulf Coast League in runs allowed and earned runs, 5th in innings pitched, 4th in hits allowed, 2nd in games started. In 1998, he ranked 3rd in the Appalachian League in runs and games started, 4th in earned runs and first in hits allowed and losses. In 1999, he was named by the organization as Jamestown's Pitcher of the Year, he tied for the team lead in innings pitched. Colón missed all of 2000 with an injury. Healthy again in 2001, he was promoted to Macon on May 3 from extended spring training, he had the 9th best walks per 9 innings ratio in Macon Braves history and struck out a season high 7 batters three times.

He struck out 6 in 6 innings on May 18 at Asheville for his first win of the season. He put together a solid season in 2002, going 9–8 with a 3.59 ERA. In the two seasons after his arm trouble, he walked just 64 batters in 291 innings with 185 strikeouts. Colón pitched a complete game on June 2 versus Frederick, he struck out a season-high eight batters on May 6 vs. Winston-Salem. In 2003, he was named Greenville Braves Pitcher of the Month in April, he finished 1st on the club and 3rd in the Double-A Southern League in wins, going 11–3. He earned a win in his first Double-A start in a 3–1 victory verse Chattanooga on April 9, he won his first 3 decisions before losing back to back starts on May 12 and May 17, giving up 8 runs on 16 hits over 12 innings. He was 5 -- 0 with 2 saves in 27 relief appearances. However, he closed the season by winning his final 7 decisions and did not allow a run over his final 13 appearances of the season from August 1 through September 1, he earned his first professional save by firing a perfect inning in a 5–3 win at Jacksonville on July 23.

Colón ended the year with Atlanta. At Triple-A Richmond, he went 4–1 with a 3.65 ERA in 51 appearances and was Richmond Pitcher of the Month for July, going 2–0 with a 1.33 ERA. He walked just two batters after July 1 with Richmond and did not allow a run over his last six appearances, from August 4–August 17, he was recalled by Atlanta on August 18 and made his major league debut August 21 at Los Angeles, pitching the eighth inning. He fanned two, he earned. He suffered his first MLB loss on September 9 against Philadelphia, he had filled in admirably in an injury depleted Atlanta Braves rotation in 2005, holding the Chicago Cubs to one run in seven innings on July 5. The Detroit Tigers acquired Colón from the Braves for Kyle Farnsworth at the July 31, 2005, trade deadline, he spent most of his Tigers tenure in the bullpen before making two spot starts in September, was shelved after that with stiffness in his throwing elbow. In 2006, he appeared in 20 games for the Tigers. Colón started the 2007 season on the DL.

During a rehab assignment in Triple-A Toledo, he was involved in an altercation with fellow pitcher Jordan Tata. During the course of the fight, Colón attempted to punch Tata and instead landed a punch to the face of Jason Karnuth, the Mud Hens closer, trying to intercede and break up the fight; the resulting injury caused Karnuth to be admitted to the hospital and undergo plastic surgery to his face. According to his wife, who filed an assault report against Colón on her husband's behalf, Karnuth required a titanium plate to be screwed into his head. Karnuth missed most of the 2007 season as a result of the injuries; the Tigers suspended Colón for 7 days after the incident. On January 15, 2008, Colón pleaded no contest to an assault charge and was sentenced to 200 hours of community service. Colón was traded to the Kansas City Royals for a player to be named later, he was outrighted to the minor leagues after the season and was invited to spring training in 2008. He became a free agent after the 2008 season, but was re-signed by the Royals and invited to their 2009 spring training.

He pitched in 48 Major League games with the Royals in 2009 and 2010, finishing 2–3 with a 4.83 ERA. Colón signed with Kia Tigers of South Korea on May 5, 2010, he made 21 starts for the Tigers, finishing 8–7 with a 3.91 ERA. On January 12, 2011 he signed a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, which included an invitation to spring training, he was assigned to the AAA Albuquerque Isotopes. He appeared in 26 games with a 2 -- 5.02 ERA for the Isotopes. Colón signed a minor league contract with the Kansas City Royals on January 25, 2012, received an invitation to spring training, he was promoted to the Royals on June 14, 2012. On October 6, 2012 Colon elected free agency. Colón signed a Minor League contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates in February 2013. Colón was traded to the Atlanta Braves in April 2013, he was released after 6 games. He signed with the Rockies in May. On January 10, 2015 Colon signed a minor league deal with the Kansas City Ro

Jonny Otten

Jonny Otten is a German retired footballer who played as a left back. Born in Hagen, Lower Saxony, Otten played 13 years as a professional at SV Werder Bremen, making his Bundesliga debut at the age of 18 and never losing his starting position again until the end of 1990, he totalled 308 top division matches, scoring his only goal on 26 November 1983 in an 8–1 home routing of Kickers Offenbach. After leaving Bremen in 1992, having played twice in the club's victorious run in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, Otten had a brief spell in the second division with VfB Oldenburg spent a couple of seasons in the amateur leagues before retiring from the game. Otten earned six caps during 13 months and five days, his debut came on 23 February 1983, as he played the second half of a 0–1 friendly loss in Portugal after coming on as a substitute for Lothar Matthäus. Bundesliga: 1987–88 DFB-Pokal: 1990–91.

Participatory Culture Foundation

The Participatory Culture Foundation is a 501 non-profit organization whose mission is to "enable and support independent, non-corporate creativity and political engagement." Its primary project is a free and open-source software Internet television platform called Miro named Democracy Player. It is based in Worcester, Massachusetts; the Downhill Battle project precedes PCF. PCF has received financial support from the Rappaport Family Foundation, Mitch Kapor's Open Source Applications Foundation, the Surdna Foundation, Knight Foundation, other private donors. On May 29, 2007, the Mozilla Foundation announced that it had awarded PCF a grant to continue their work on its open-source video projects. Miro – a free/open-source broadcatching software application which allows subscribing to web feeds of downloadable audio and video Miro Guide – a web-based directory of audio and video web feeds, integrated by default into the application Miro Community – a free web hosting service for user-submitted video.

Ronnie van Hout

Ronnie van Hout is a New Zealand artist, living in Melbourne, Australia. He works across a wide variety of media including sculpture, painting, photography and sound recordings. Van Hout attended the Ilam School of Fine Arts at the University of Canterbury between 1980 and 1982, where he majored in film. In 1999, he gained a Master of Fine Arts from Melbourne. Van Hout has exhibited extensively, in Australia, New Zealand and internationally, at private and public galleries. Major solo shows 2012 Ronnie van Hout: I've Seen Things, The Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt 2011 Ronnie van Hout: Who Goes There, Christchurch Art Gallery 2004 Ronnie van Hout: I've Abandoned Me, Dunedin Public Art Gallery and City Gallery Wellington 2003 No Exit, Part 2, Physics Room, Christchurch Van Hout has produced a number of large-scale or permanent public art works, including Fallen Robot near The Dowse Art Museum and Comin' Down for the Christchurch Art Gallery and Quasi, a hand sculpture at City Gallery Wellington.

2004 nominated for the Walters Prize held at Auckland Art Gallery. 2004 Creative New Zealand Berlin Visual Artists Residency at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin 2005 recipient of a Laureate award from the Arts Foundation of New Zealand. 2008 Rita Angus Residency, Wellington Van Hout's work is held in many public collections including the Auckland Art Gallery, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Christchurch Art Gallery and the Public Art Gallery. Anthony Byrt Who's There: Ronnie van Hout and the Anti-Hero Aesthetic, Art New Zealand 126, Autumn 2008 John Hurrell, Review of Who Goes There, EyeContact, 27 September 2009 John Hurrell, Review of The Other Mother, EyeContact, 28 June 2011 Tom Cardy, Van Hout's latest hits the Dowse, The DominionPost, 12 July 2012 Robert Leonard, Unnerved: The New Zealand Project, Eyeline, no. 73, 2011

Joshua Borkovsky

Joshua Borkovsky is an award-winning Israeli artist who lives and works in Jerusalem. Joshua Borkovsky was born in 1952. In 1973 -- 1977, he studied at the Bezalel Academy of Design in Jerusalem, he began teaching at the Art Teachers College in Ramat Hasharon in 1978. From 1979, he joined the faculty of Bezalel, he has taught workshops at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In 1980/81, he attended Hunter College in New York for his MFA degree. Borkovsky's work features phantasmagoric imagery such as the silhouettes of sailing ships, cartographic and geometric images. Borkovsky's exhibition at the Israel Museum in 2013, "Veronese Green," featured 58 works from 10 cycles of paintings created in 1987– 2012. Borkovsky creates open-ended cycles, with one painting differing from the next; the cyclical nature of these works creates a sense of time standing still. Many of the paintings evoke the image of photographs being developed in a darkroom. 1979 Yarkon Park Art Pavilion, Tel Aviv 1980 Hunter Gallery, New York 1985 Aika Brown Gallery, Jerusalem 1986 Bezalel Academy Art Gallery, Jerusalem 1987 Israel Museum, Jerusalem 1988 Artifact Gallery, Tel Aviv 1990 Gimel Gallery, Jerusalem 1994 "The Death of Virgil", Artifact Gallery, Tel Aviv 1998 "Pin Cone", Noga Gallery, Tel Aviv 2001 "Voyage", Noga Gallery, Tel Aviv 2003 "Echo& Narcissus", Noga Gallery, Tel Aviv 2003 "Anamorphoses", Noga Gallery, Tel Aviv 2005 "In Between", Ein-Harod Museum of Art 2006 "Echo & Narcissus", Noga Gallery, Tel Aviv 2008 "Vera Icon" Noga Gallery, Tel Aviv 2009 "Vera Icon" Oranim college, Oranim 2003 Finalist,'Light and Matter' Competition, The Adi Prize for Jewish Expression in Art and Design 2013 Dizengoff Prize for painting Visual arts in Israel Joshua Borkovsky collection at the Israel Museum.

Retrieved February 2012. "Joshua Borkovsky". Information Center for Israeli Art. Israel Museum. Retrieved February 2012. Art of Joshua Borkovsky at Europeana. Retrieved February 2012 Dalia Manor. אמנים ישראלים יוצאים למסע מזרחה. Haaretz