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Fran├žois Villon

François Villon, is the best known French poet of the Late Middle Ages. A ne'er-do-well, involved in criminal behavior and had multiple encounters with law enforcement authorities, Villon wrote about some of these experiences in his poems. Villon was born in Paris in 1431. One source gives the date as 19 April, 1432. Villon's real name may have been François de Montcorbier or François des Loges: both of these names appear in official documents drawn up in Villon's lifetime. In his own work, Villon is the only name the poet used, he mentions it in his work, his two collections of poems "Le Testament", have traditionally been read as if they were autobiographical. Other details of his life are known from court or other civil documents. From what the sources tell us, it appears that Villon was born in poverty and raised by a foster father, but that his mother was still living when her son was thirty years old; the surname "Villon," the poet tells us, is the name he adopted from his foster father, Guillaume de Villon, chaplain in the collegiate church of Saint-Benoît-le-Bétourné, a professor of canon law, who took Villon into his house.

François describes Guillaume de Villon as "more than a father to me". Villon became a student in arts at about twelve years of age, he received a bachelor's degree from the University of Paris in 1449 and a master's degree in 1452. Between this year and 1455, nothing is known of his activities. According to the Encyclopædia Britannica Eleventh Edition, "Attempts have been made, in the usual fashion of conjectural biography, to fill up the gap with what a young graduate of Bohemian tendencies would, could, or might have done, but they are futile." On 5 June 1455, the first major recorded incident of his life occurred. In the company of a priest named Giles and a girl named Isabeau, he met, in the Rue Saint-Jacques, a Breton, Jean le Hardi, a master of arts, with a priest, Philippe Chermoye. A scuffle broke out, daggers were drawn and Sermaise, accused of having threatened and attacked Villon and drawn the first blood, not only received a dagger-thrust in return, but a blow from a stone, which struck him down.

He died of his wounds. Villon fled, was sentenced to banishment—a sentence, remitted in January 1456 by a pardon from King Charles VII after he received the second of two petitions which made the claim that Sermoise had forgiven Villon before he died. Two different versions of the formal pardon exist, he is said to have named himself to the barber-surgeon who dressed his wounds as "Michel Mouton." The documents of this affair at least confirm the date of his birth, by presenting him as twenty-six years old or thereabouts. Around Christmas 1456, the chapel of the Collège de Navarre was broken open and five hundred gold crowns stolen. Villon was involved in the robbery and many scholars believe that he fled from Paris soon afterward and that this is when he composed what is now known as the Petit Testament or Lais; the robbery was not discovered until March of the next year, it was not until May that the police came on the track of a gang of student-robbers, owing to the indiscretion of one of them, Guy Tabarie.

A year more passed, when Tabarie, after being arrested, turned king's evidence and accused the absent Villon of being the ringleader, of having gone to Angers at least, to arrange similar burglaries there. Villon, for either this or another crime, was sentenced to banishment. For four years, he was a wanderer, he may have been, as his friends Regnier de Montigny and Colin des Cayeux were, a member of a wandering gang of thieves. The next date for which there are recorded whereabouts for Villon is the summer of 1461, his crime is not known, but in Le Testament dated that year he inveighs bitterly against Bishop Thibault d'Aussigny, who held the see of Orléans. Villon may have been released as part of a general jail-delivery at the accession of King Louis XI and became a free man again on 2 October 1461. In 1461, he wrote Le Testament. In the autumn of 1462, he was once more living in the cloisters of Saint-Benoît and in November, he was imprisoned for theft in the fortress that stood at what is now Place du Châtelet in Paris.

In default of evidence, the old charge of burgling the college of Navarre was revived, no royal pardon arrived to counter the demand for restitution. Bail was accepted, he was arrested and condemned to be hanged, but the sentence was commuted to banishment by the parlement on 5 January 1463. Villon's fate after January 1463 is unknown. Rabelais retells two stories about him which are dismissed as without any basis in fact. Anthony Bonner speculated the poet, as he left Paris, was "broken in health and spirit." Bonner writes further: He might have died on a mat of straw in some cheap tavern, or in a cold, dank cell. We will never know. Villon was a great innovator in terms of the themes of poetry and, through these themes, a great renovator of the forms, he under

Hello Hooray

"Hello Hooray" is a song by Rolf Kempf and performed by Judy Collins, by the Alice Cooper band. The Alice Cooper version reached #6 on the UK Singles Chart in 1973; the song reached #6 in the Netherlands on the MegaCharts, #13 on Germany's Media Control Chart, #14 on the Ireland chart, #16 on the Austria chart, #35 on the Billboard Hot 100, #95 on Australia's ARIA chart. The song appeared in the film X-Men: Days of Future Past. Judy Collins released a version of the song on her 1968 album. Meg Christian released a version of the song on her 1974 album, I Know You Know. Pig released a version on A Stroll in the Pork. Frankenstein Drag Queens from Planet 13 released a version on their 2006 box set, Little Box of Horrors. Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics

Table Rock (North Carolina)

Table Rock is a mountain in the east rim of Linville Gorge, part of Pisgah National Forest. It features a distinctive rock formation, is a prominent peak in the area; the peak makes for a quick hike from a nearby parking area, is very popular for rock climbing. It is described as having a "national reputation of being the best place to climb in the Southeastern U. S.", the "hub of climbing activity in Linville Gorge". Table Rock is known for its flora. Botanists André Michaux and John Fraser found various plants in the area in the nineteenth century. Fraser discovered Fraser's Sedge near the mountain. Table Rock has been described as "the most visible symbol in the region". Former North Carolina senator Sam Ervin said that he retired to the nearby town of Morganton to "watch the glorious sunsets over Table Rock". In addition, Jules Verne's novel Master of the World describes Table Rock, called Great Eyrie in the book, as "rising high above the valley to sometimes belch strange sounds and fire over the little village of Morganton".

A wildfire swept through the area in November 2013. At least one hundred firefighters were involved

Charles Henry Adair

Admiral Charles Henry Adair was a Royal Navy officer in mid-late 19th century and the early 20th century. He retired just prior to the outbreak of World War I. Adair entered the Royal Navy, saw early service in Eastern Sudan, he was in command of the armoured cruiser HMS Australia from November 1899 to January 1900, when she was coast guard ship for Southampton Water. On 20 January 1900 he commissioned HMS Royal Sovereign for service on the Mediterranean Squadron, he was captain when on 9 November 1901 one of the ship's 6-inch guns exploded, killing one officer and five marines, injuring another 20 people. Following the accident, he returned to the United Kingdom, was in January 1902 appointed to HMS Wildfire, shore establishment at Sheerness, for command of the Gunnery School. Charles Henry Adair died on 9 March 1920. Royal Navy Flag Officers 1904–1945 – Admiral Charles Henry Adair The Dreadnought Project – Charles Henry Adair – Admiral Charles Henry Adair

2017 St. Petersburg Ladies' Trophy

The 2017 St. Petersburg Ladies' Trophy was a professional tennis tournament played on indoor hard courts, it was second time as a WTA Premier tournament. It was part of the 2017 WTA Tour and was held between 30 January and 5 February 2017. 1Qualifiers prize money is the Round of 32 prize money.*per team 1 Rankings as of January 16, 2017. The following players received wildcards into the singles main draw: Anna Kalinskaya Natalia VikhlyantsevaThe following players received entry from the qualifying draw: Kirsten Flipkens Elise Mertens Andrea Petkovic Stefanie VögeleThe following player received entry as a lucky loser: Donna Vekić Before the tournament Barbora Strýcová → replaced by Ana Konjuh Stefanie Vögele → replaced by Donna Vekić Johanna Larsson 1 Rankings as of January 16, 2017; the following pair received a wildcard into the doubles main draw: Anastasia Bukhanko / Ana KonjuhThe following pairs received entry as alternates: Isabella Shinikova / Valeriya Strakhova Before the tournament Johanna Larsson Kristina Mladenovic def Yulia Putintseva, 6-2, 6-7, 6-4 Jeļena Ostapenko / Alicja Rosolska def.

Darija Jurak / Xenia Knoll, 3–6, 6–2, *Official website


Jitsi is a collection of free and open-source multiplatform voice, videoconferencing and instant messaging applications for the web platform, Linux, Mac OS X and Android. The Jitsi project began with the Jitsi Desktop. With the growth of WebRTC, the project team focus shifted to the Jitsi Video Bridge for allowing web-based multi-party video calling; the team added Jitsi Meet, a full video conferencing application that includes a web, iOS clients. Jitsi operates, a version of Jitsi Meet hosted by Jitsi for free community use. Other projects include. Jitsi has received support from various institutions such as the NLnet Foundation, the University of Strasbourg and the Region of Alsace and it has had multiple participations in the Google Summer of Code program. Work on Jitsi started in 2003 in the context of a student project by Emil Ivov at the University of Strasbourg, it was released as an example video phone in the JAIN-SIP stack and spun off as a standalone project. In 2009, Emil Ivov founded the BlueJimp company which has employed some of Jitsi's main contributors in order to offer professional support and development services related to the project.

In 2011, after adding support for audio/video communication over XMPP's Jingle extensions, the project was renamed to Jitsi since it was no longer "a SIP only Communicator". This name originates from the Bulgarian "жици". Jitsi introduced the Video Bridge in 2013 to support multiparty video calling with its Jitsi clients using a new Selective Forwarding Unit architecture; that year initial support was added to the JitsiVideobridge allowing WebRTC calling from the browser. To demonstrate how JitsiVideobridge could be used as a production service, BlueJump offered a free use of its hosted system at On November 4, 2014, "Jitsi + Ostel" scored 6 out of 7 points on the Electronic Frontier Foundation's secure messaging scorecard, they lost a point. On February 1, 2015, Hristo Terezov, Ingo Bauersachs and the rest of the team released version 2.6 from their stand at the Free and Open Source Software Developers' European Meeting 2015 event in Brussels. This release includes security fixes, removes support of the deprecated MSN protocol, along with SSLv3 in XMPP.

Among other notable improvements, the OS X version bundles a Java 8 runtime, enables echo cancelling by default, uses the CoreAudio subsystem. The Linux build addresses font issues with the GTK+ native LookAndFeel, fixes some long standing issues about microphone level on call setup when using the PulseAudio sound system; this release adds the embedded Java database Hyper SQL Database to improve performance for users with huge configuration files, a feature, disabled by default. A full list of changes is available on the project web site. Atlassian acquired BlueJimp on April 5, 2015. After the acquisition, the new Jitsi team under Atlassian ceased meaningful new development work on the Jitsi Desktop project and expanded its efforts on projects related to the Jitsi Videobridge and Jitsi Meet. Regular contributions from the open source community have maintained the Jitsi Desktop project. Jitsi is funded by 8x8; the Jitsi open source repository on Github contains 73 repositories. The major projects include: Jitsi Meet – video conferencing server designed for quick installation on Debian/Ubuntu servers JitsiVideobridge – WebRTC Selective Forwarding Unit engine for powering multi-party conferences Jigasi - server-side application that links allows regular SIP clients to join JitMeet conferences hosted by JitsiVideobridge.

Lib-jitsi-meet - A low-level JavaScript API for providing a customed UI for Jitsi Meet Jidesha – a Chrome and Firefox extension for Jitsi Meet Jitsi – an audio and chat communicator that supports protocols such as SIP, XMPP/Jabber, AIM/ICQ, IRC It is an open source JavaScript WebRTC application and can be used for videoconferencing. It is compatible with Android, Mac OS X, Linux. One can share desktop and presentations and with just a link can invite new members for videoconference, it can download the application. Features of Jitsi Meet Encrypted communication and No need of new software installation It is a video conferencing solution supporting the WebRTC that allows multiuser video communication, it is SFU and only forwards the selected streams to other participating users in the video conference call, therefore, CPU horsepower is not that critical for the performance. Jitsi spawned some sister projects such as the Jitsi Video Bridge Selective Forwarding Unit and Jitsi Meet, a video and web conferencing application.

To prevent confusion with the growing popularity with these other Jitsi projects, the Jitsi client application was rebranded as Jitsi Desktop. The project was used as an experimentation tool because of its support for IPv6. Through the years, as the project gathered members, it added support for protocols other than SIP. Features Jitsi supports multiple operating systems, including Windows as well as Unix-like systems such as Linux, Mac OS X and BSD. "Beta" packages built for Android are available but the project's roadmap describes the porting to Android as "on hold". It includes: Attended and blind call transfer Auto away Auto re-connect Auto answer and Auto Forward Call recording Call encryption with SRTP and ZRTP Conference calls Direct media connection establishment with the ICE protocol Desktop Streaming Encrypted password storage using a master password File transfer for XMPP, AIM/ICQ, Windows Live Messenger, YIM Instant messaging encryption with O