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Church of St. Anne, Vilnius

St. Anne's Church is a Roman Catholic church in Vilnius' Old Town, on the right bank of the Vilnia River established circa 1495–1500, it is a prominent example of both Flamboyant Brick Gothic styles. St. Anne's is a prominent landmark in the Old Town of Vilnius that enabled the district to be included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites, and it is one of the most interesting examples of Gothic architecture in Lithuania. The first church at this site, constructed of wood, was built for Anna, Grand Duchess of Lithuania, the first wife of Vytautas the Great. Intended for the use of Catholic Germans and other visiting Catholics, it was destroyed by a fire in 1419; the present brick church was constructed on the initiative of the King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania Alexander I Jagiellon in 1495–1500. A reconstruction of the church, funded by Mikołaj "the Black" Radziwiłł and Jerzy Radziwiłł, was carried out following severe fire damage, in 1582. Abraomas Kulvietis preached in the church between 1538 and 1541.

In 1747, the church underwent a repair under supervision of Johann Christoph Glaubitz. In 1762, side arches of the main portal were hidden in order to strengthen the support for the facade. According to a well-known legend, Emperor Napoleon, after seeing the church during the Franco-Russian War in 1812, expressed a wish to carry the church home with him to Paris'in the palm of his hand'; the church was renovated in 1902–1909 when the side arches were uncovered and the walls were strengthened with iron and again in 1960–1970 when the towers in bad shape were restored. On August 23, 1987 the Lithuanian Freedom League held a rally in a square near the church and the monument of Adam Mickiewicz to protest the ongoing Soviet occupation, broken up by the militia. Most recent reconstruction followed in 2009: the roofing was replaced, facade elements were reinforced and long-missing side spires were rebuilt. On June 13, 2018 St. Anne's Church was dedicated by The Archbishop of Vilnius, Gintaras Grušas, to be used to celebrate Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite The design of the church building is attributed to either Michael Enkinger, the architect of a church of the same name in Warsaw, or to Benedikt Rejt.

However, neither of the attributions is attested by written sources. St. Anne's Church is part of an ensemble, comprising the much larger Gothic Church of St. Francis and Bernadine, as well as a monastery. A novel approach to bricks as a construction material was employed in the church's construction; the main façade, designed in the Flamboyant Gothic style, is its most striking feature. Traditional Gothic elements and shapes were used in unique ways. According to Lithuanian architect and art historian Vladas Drėma, patterns from the Pillars of Gediminas are echoed in the church's façade; the church has two towers. It was painted in red; the interior is decorated in the Baroque style. The imitative neo-Gothic bell tower, constructed in the 1870s to Chagin's designs, stands nearby; the European Route of Brick Gothic

List of people from Lucerne

Lucerne in central Switzerland is the capital of the canton of Lucerne and part of the district of Lucerne. With a population of about 81,057 people, it is the most populous town in Central Switzerland. Notable people associated with Lucerne include: Petermann von Gundoldingen, participant in the battle near Sempach Melchior Russ, historian Oswald Myconius, reformer Johann Baptist Cysat and astronomer Anna Maria Rüttimann-Meyer von Schauensee Josef Martin Knüsel and jurist Robert Zünd, painter Carl Spitteler and Nobel laureate Josef Anton Schobinger and builder Siegfried Wagner, German composer and conductor Fritz Brun and conductor Ernst Hodel junior, painter Robert Wuellner, actor and filmproducer Edgar Gretener, electrical engineer Max von Moos and graphic artist Thelma Furness, Viscountess Furness, American socialite Gloria Morgan-Vanderbilt, American socialite Hans Urs von Balthasar, theologian Herbert Ernst Groh, tenor Franz Riedweg, doctor and SS Obersturmbannführer Hans Erni, graphic artist and sculptor Robert Pilchowski, writer Josef-Maria Jauch, theoretical physicist Anton Muheim, Social Democrat politician, President of the National Council Toni Hagen, geologist Alphons Egli, politician Rolf Brem, sculptor and graphic artist Caspar Diethelm, composer André Thomkins, painter and poet Armin Jordan, conductor Emil Steinberger, cabaret artist, writer and actor Edith Mathis and university professor Stanislaus von Moos, art historian and architectural theorist Karl Odermatt, footballer Michael Pieper, billionaire businessman Kurt Müller, footballer Fredy Studer, drummer Peter Bichsel, writer Peter von Matt, specialist for German studies, author Urs Leimgruber, saxophonist Stephan Klapproth and television presenter Jolanda Egger, beauty queen and racing driver Heidi Brunner, opera singer Thomas Imbach, filmmaker Hippolyt Kempf, Olympia gold medal winner Rolf Dobelli and entrepreneur Markus Breitschmid, architectural theorist and architectural historian Felix Gmür, theologian and bishop of Basel Andrea Štaka and screenwriter Claudio Castagnoli, professional wrestler Mauro Peter, opera singer

Red Arrow, Black Shield

Red Arrow, Black Shield is an adventure module for the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game. It was published by TSR in 1985, designed by Michael S. Dobson, its cover art is by Jeff Easley, cartography by Dennis Kauth. The module's associated code is X10 and its TSR product code is TSR 9160; this module was developed and intended for use with the Dungeons & Dragons Expert Set and Companion Set rules. In Red Arrow, Black Shield, the Desert Nomads are invading Akesoli, plan to invade Darokin next, the player characters must organize a defense; this scenario combined role-playing and wargaming to resolve a strategic battle, using rules from both the Companion Set and Battlesystem. The player characters lead diplomatic missions and armies against the Desert Nomads and their evil leader, The Master. With the Nomadic invasion of Akesoli, the Republic of Darokin prepares for war; this module is billed as "A BATTLESYSTEM™ Game/War Machine Spectacular!" It uses the mass combat "War Machine" rules from the Companion Set, the Battlesystem Fantasy Combat Supplement included with the module, as well as a large map of Mystara and strategy game tokens.

There are a number of "Chase Flow Charts" used to direct encounters through an abstracted landscape as players pursue others or are pursued themselves through the streets. X10 Red Arrow, Black Shield was written by Michael S. Dobson, with a cover by Jeff Easley, was published by TSR in 1985 as a 48-page book, large color map, cardboard counter sheet, small zip-locked bag, an outer folder; because of the political ramifications of the war depicted in this module, The Grand Duchy of Karameikos, the subsequent D&D Gazetteers published in 1987 and state that Red Arrow, Black Shield takes place 200 years in the future

Free (Dara Maclean song)

"Free" is a song by contemporary Christian/soul musician Dara Maclean from her debut album, You Got My Attention. It was released on July 5, 2011 on iTunes and nationwide on July 12, 2011 as the second single from the album; the song was written as a ballad about a bad relationship that Maclean was in at the time, which has since ended. Maclean now says the song is about how God showed her abundance in life and not to be weighted down with "stuff," her "stuff" being that she was feeling like a failure. Now, she feels the complete opposite; this has been called a hopeful song about the freedom in Jesus Christ that we all can have, which due to that fact it is a uplifting song by the reviews standards. "Free" was digitally released as the lead single from You Got My Attention on July 5, 2011 and July 12, 2011 nationwide on CDs. CCM Magazine's Grace S. Aspinwall noted how the song "exudes hopefulness on the exceptional, "Free," where comparisons to powerhouse Natasha Bedingfield ring true." CCM Magazine's song they chose as "We Like" was "Free" off of the album.

New Release Tuesday's Kevin Davis echoed a similar vibe when he said it is a "surefire hit with great dance floor like "Unwritten" by Natasha Bedingfield, both in music and message. They are great anthems about the freedom we have in Christ and that’s there's nothing He won't do to find us if we were the only one on the planet, he loves us that much." Gospel Music Channel's Lindsay Wright stated "the best pop selection comes mid-way through the album with “Free” – a song about embracing life unencumbered and fulfilling God-given dreams." "Free" has had a music video made of it called Live

Biathlon World Championships 2009

The 43rd Biathlon World Championships were held in Pyeongchang, South Korea from February 13 to February 22, 2009. It was the first time. There were a total of 11 competitions: sprint, individual, mass start, relay races for men and women, the new mixed relay. All the events during these championships counted for the 2008–09 Biathlon World Cup season. Before the championships started there was controversy with three Russian biathletes being sent home, for having failed drugs tests during a previous round of the World Cup in Ostersund, Sweden; the first day's competition was only made possible after the efforts of over 500 volunteers, working overnight managed to re-lay the competition tracks with man-made snow after all the natural snow had disappeared after unusual weather conditions melted it all away. The events themselves started with a victory for Kati Wilhelm in the women's sprint and an extraordinary 1,2,3,4 for Norway in the men's sprint with Ole Einar Bjørndalen coming out on top. Drama started on the second day with reigning champion, Andrea Henkel disqualified before the women's pursuit started after she accidentally loaded her rifle with live ammunition and fired a round during a pre-race practice, leaving Helena Jonsson from Sweden to capture a surprise gold medal, moving into the medal positions from fifth place only after shooting clear on the final shoot.

During the men's 12.5 km pursuit, 15 competitors at least, including race leader and eventual winner Ole Einar Bjørndalen, skied the wrong way at the start of the first lap. Just after leaving the start, the athletes skied over a bridge instead of around it, a course change from the previous day's sprint competition. Following a complaint from the Russian team, a race jury gave nine athletes a one-minute time penalty, relegating Bjørndalen from first to the bronze medal position and awarding the gold medal to the Russian Maxim Tchoudov. However, a counter complaint by seven other member states led to the Appeal Jury reverting to the original result, it was a record 12th World Championship gold medal for Bjørndalen. Because the world championships count towards the World Cup, the win was Bjørndalen's 86th victory, equaling the winter-sport record of 86 World Cup victories by Swedish Alpine skier Ingemar Stenmark; the men's individual saw another victory for Bjørndalen, taking his tally of World Cup victories to 87, breaking Stenmark's record that had stood since 1989.

The women's individual saw. The relay events started with the mixed relay event and in a close competition France and Germany were within 10 seconds of each other at the final change over with France coming out on top to win their first title in this event; the mass start for men saw Bjørndalen going for his 4th victory of the championships, into the last shooting stage he was comfortably in the lead but with 2 shots missed, Dominik Landertinger and Christoph Sumann from Austria and Ivan Tcherezov from Russia were able all get within 5 seconds of him. On the last skiing lap Landertinger was able to ski quickest, securing Austria their first medal of the championships, with Bjørndalen having to settle for fourth; the women's relay was won by Russia with an impressive margin over Germany with France taking bronze. The women's mass start was a close-run race with 4 women battling it out for gold after the final shoot, with Olga Zaitseva coming home comfortably at the end. Kati Wilhelm, wearing bib one, had been expected to contend for gold having collected 2 gold medals earlier in the championships but after missing 7 targets she came home last.

The men's relay brought the championships to a close with another close race with Austria and Germany all in contention right up the final standing shoot of the final leg. Bjørndalen on the anchor leg for Norway shot clear whereas Sumann missed one target and the Norwegian had enough in him to ski his country to gold, collecting his fourth gold of the championships in the process; the provisional timeschedule of the event stands below. Biathlon at the 2006 Winter Olympics Pyeongchang 2009 official site

Collared puffbird

The collared puffbird is bird in the family Bucconidae, found across the northern region of South America in the Amazon Basin, southern Colombia and Venezuela, the Guianas. In 1760 the French zoologist Mathurin Jacques Brisson included a description of the collared puffbird in his Ornithologie, based on a specimen collected in French Guiana, he used the Latin name Bucco. Although Brisson coined Latin names, these do not conform to the binomial system and are not recognised by the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature; when in 1766 the Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus updated his Systema Naturae for the twelfth edition he added 240 species, described by Brisson. One of these was the collared puffbird. Linnaeus included a terse description, coined the binomial name Bucco capensis and cited Brisson's work; the specific name capensis denotes the Cape of Good Hope where Linnaeus mistakenly believed the birds occurred. The puffbirds are an insectivorous bird family, related to the jacamars but lacking the iridescent colours of that group.

The collared puffbird grows to about 21 cm in length, prefers to sit and wait for prey, which has earned it nicknames such as "lazy bird" and "sleeper". Animal, Smithsonian Institution, 2005 Stamps with RangeMap Collared puffbird photo gallery VIREO Photo-High Res--