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Dante Alighieri

Durante di Alighiero degli Alighieri known by his pen name Dante Alighieri or as Dante, was an Italian poet. His Divine Comedy called Comedìa and christened Divina by Giovanni Boccaccio, is considered the most important poem of the Middle Ages and the greatest literary work in the Italian language. In the Late Middle Ages, most poetry was written in Latin, making it accessible only to the most educated readers. In De vulgari eloquentia, Dante defended the use of the vernacular in literature, he would write in the Tuscan dialect for works such as The New Life and the Divine Comedy. Dante was instrumental in establishing the literature of Italy, his depictions of Hell and Heaven provided inspiration for the larger body of Western art, he is cited as an influence among many others. In addition, the first use of the interlocking three-line rhyme scheme, or the terza rima, is attributed to him, he is described as the "father" of the Italian language, in Italy, he is referred to as il Sommo Poeta. Dante and Boccaccio are called the tre corone of Italian literature.

Dante was born in what is now Italy. The exact date of his birth is unknown, although it is believed to be around 1265; this can be deduced from autobiographic allusions in the Divine Comedy. Its first section, the Inferno, begins, "Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita", implying that Dante was around 35 years old, since the average lifespan according to the Bible is 70 years; some verses of the Paradiso section of the Divine Comedy provide a possible clue that he was born under the sign of Gemini: "As I revolved with the eternal twins, I saw revealed, from hills to river outlets, the threshing-floor that makes us so ferocious". In 1265, the sun was in Gemini between May 11 and June 11. Giovanni Boccaccio described Dante's appearance and demeanor as follows: "the poet was of middle height, in his years he walked somewhat bent over, with a grave and gentle gait, he was clad always in most seemly attire, such as befitted his ripe years. His face was long, his nose aquiline, his eyes big rather than small.

His jaws were large, his lower lip protruded. He had a brown complexion, his hair and beard were thick and curly, his countenance was always melancholy and thoughtful."Dante claimed that his family descended from the ancient Romans, but the earliest relative he could mention by name was Cacciaguida degli Elisei, born no earlier than about 1100. Dante's father, Alighiero or Alighiero di Bellincione, was a White Guelph who suffered no reprisals after the Ghibellines won the Battle of Montaperti in the middle of the 13th century; this suggests that Alighiero or his family may have enjoyed some protective prestige and status, although some suggest that the politically inactive Alighiero was of such low standing that he was not considered worth exiling. Dante's family was loyal to the Guelphs, a political alliance that supported the Papacy and, involved in complex opposition to the Ghibellines, who were backed by the Holy Roman Emperor; the poet's mother was Bella a member of the Abati family. She died when Dante was not yet ten years old, Alighiero soon married again, to Lapa di Chiarissimo Cialuffi.

It is uncertain whether he married her, since widowers were limited in such matters, but this woman bore him two children, Dante's half-brother Francesco and half-sister Tana. When Dante was 12, he was promised in marriage to Gemma di Manetto Donati, daughter of Manetto Donati, member of the powerful Donati family. Contracting marriages at this early age was quite common and involved a formal ceremony, including contracts signed before a notary, but by this time Dante had fallen in love with another, Beatrice Portinari, whom he first met when he was only nine. Years after his marriage to Gemma he claims to have met Beatrice again; the exact date of his marriage is not known: the only certain information is that, before his exile in 1301, he had three children. Dante fought with the Guelph cavalry at the Battle of Campaldino; this victory brought about a reformation of the Florentine constitution. To take any part in public life, one had to enroll in one of the city's many commercial or artisan guilds, so Dante entered the Physicians' and Apothecaries' Guild.

In the following years, his name is recorded as speaking or voting in the various councils of the republic. A substantial portion of minutes from such meetings in the years 1298–1300 was lost, however, so the true extent of Dante's participation in the city's councils is uncertain. Gemma bore Dante several children. Although several others subsequently claimed to be his offspring, it is that only Jacopo, Pietro and Antonia were his actual children. Antonia became a nun, taking the name Sister Beatrice. Not much is known about Dante's education.

Dongo Kundu Thermal Power Station

The proposed Dongo Kundu Thermal Power Station is a potential 700 megawatt natural gas-fired thermal power station in Kenya. The power station would be located in the Dongo Kundu neighborhood in Mombasa County at the country's Indian Ocean coast; the Kenyan government planned to import 1 million metric tonnes of liquefied natural gas from Qatar to fire the power plant. However, following natural gas discoveries in the northeastern parts of Kenya, the government announced that the importation contract was being put on hold. In January 2014, the government of Kenya, shortlisted international power companies to design and own a 700 MW thermal power station using liquefied natural gas. Twelve companies were shortlisted including the following: China Petroleum, Tata Power in consortium with Gulf Energy, Globlec and Company, Toyota Tutshu, Marubeni Corporation, Sumsang C and T, GMR Energy, Quantum power and GDF Suez. In June 2014 Kenyan print media reported that construction would begin in August 2014.

In September 2014, the government announced plans to re-tender the selection of the investor/developer following an unsatisfactory response to the initial bidding process. In April 2016, the government of Kenya announced that it was abandoning plans to develop the power station, out of fear of generating overcapacity. List of power stations in Kenya List of power stations in Africa List of power stations Ministry plans 500MW natural gas plant in Wajir

HD 167042

HD 167042 is a 6th magnitude K-type subgiant star located 164 light-years away in Draco constellation. It has mass of 1.88 times that of the age is only 1.8 billion years old. When this star was a main sequence, it was white mid to late A-type star based on its mass. On 28 November 2007, a preprint of the discovery of the planet HD 167042 b was posted to the arXiv server; the peer reviewed paper was published in The Astrophysical Journal on 1 March 2008. The discovery was independently confirmed. HD 16175 Kappa Coronae Borealis List of extrasolar planets "Notes for star HD 167042"; the Extrasolar Planets Encyclopaedia. Retrieved 2008-08-24