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Ignacy Krasicki

Ignacy Błażej Franciszek Krasicki, from 1766 Prince-Bishop of Warmia and from 1795 Archbishop of Gniezno, was Poland's leading Enlightenment poet, a critic of the clergy, Poland's La Fontaine, author of the first Polish novel, journalist and translator from French and Greek. His most notable literary works were his Fables and Parables and poetic letters and religious lyrics, in which the artistry of his poetic language reached its summit. Krasicki was born in Dubiecko, on southern Poland's San River, into a family bearing the title of count of the Holy Roman Empire, he was related to the most illustrious families in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and spent his childhood surrounded with the love and solicitude of his own family. He attended a Jesuit school in Lwów studied at a Warsaw Catholic seminary. In 1759 he continued his education in Rome. Two of his brothers entered the priesthood. Returning to Poland, Krasicki became secretary to the Primate of Poland and developed a friendship with future King Stanisław August Poniatowski.

When Poniatowski was elected king, Krasicki became his chaplain. He participated in the King's famous "Thursday dinners" and co-founded the Monitor, the preeminent Polish Enlightenment periodical, sponsored by the King. In 1766 Krasicki, after having served that year as coadjutor to Prince-Bishop of Warmia Adam Stanisław Grabowski, was himself elevated to Prince-Bishop of Warmia and ex officio membership in the Senate of the Commonwealth; this office gave him a sense of independence. It did not, prove a quiet haven; the Warmia cathedral chapter welcomed its superior coolly. At the same time, there were growing provocations and pressures from Prussia, preparatory to seizure of Warmia in the First Partition of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Krasicki protested publicly against external intervention. In 1772, as a result of the First Partition, instigated by Prussia's King Frederick II, Krasicki became a Prussian subject, he did not, pay homage to Warmia's new master. He now made frequent visits to Berlin and Sanssouci at the bidding of Frederick, with whom he cultivated an acquaintance.

This created a difficult situation for the poet-bishop who, while a friend of the Polish king, maintained close relations with the Prussian king. These realities could not but influence the nature and direction of Krasicki's subsequent literary productions nowhere more so than in the Fables and Parables. Soon after the First Partition, Krasicki officiated at the 1773 opening of Berlin's St. Hedwig's Cathedral, which Frederick had built for Catholic immigrants to Brandenburg and Berlin. In 1786 Krasicki was called to the Prussian Academy of Sciences, his residences in the castle of the bishops of Warmia at Lidzbark Warmiński and in the summer palace of the bishops of Warmia at Smolajny became centers of artistic patronage for all sectors of partitioned Poland. After Frederick the Great's death, Krasicki continued relations with Frederick's successor. In 1795, six years before his death, Krasicki was elevated to Archbishop of Gniezno. Krasicki was honored by Poland's King Stanisław August Poniatowski with the Order of the White Eagle and the Order of Saint Stanisław, as well as with a special 1780 medal featuring the Latin device, "Dignum laude virum Musa vetat mori".

Upon his death in Berlin in 1801, Krasicki was laid to rest at St. Hedwig's Cathedral, which he had consecrated. In 1829 his remains were transferred to Poland's Gniezno Cathedral. Czesław Miłosz describes Krasicki: He was a man of the golden mean, a smiling, skeptical sage prais moderation and despis extremes, his was a mentality which returned to Horatian ideals of the Renaissance, to a life of contemplative retirement. This did not interfere with his talents as a courtier: he was a favorite of Stanisław August, after the irst artition, when his bishopric of Warmia became the property of Prussia, he was a favorite of King Frederick the Great. E was a cosmopolit and owed his imposing literary knowledge to his readings in foreign languages, yet... he was indebted to the mentality of the Polish "Golden Age," and in this respect his admiration for Erasmus of Rotterdam is significant. As a poet, he was for that distillation of the language which for a while toned down the chaotic richness of the Baroque.

In a way, he returned to the clear and simple language of Kochanowski, his role in Polish poetry may be compared to that of Alexander Pope in English poetry. E conceived of literature as a specific vocation, namely, to intervene as a moralist in human affairs. Since he was not pugnacious by temperament, his moralizing distinguishable from sheer play, vitriolic accents. Ignacy Krasicki was the leading literary representative of the Polish Enlightenment—a prose writer and poet esteemed by his contemporaries, who admired his works for their wit and fluid style. Krasicki's literary writings lent splendor to the reign of Poland's King Stanisław August Poniatowski, while not directly advocating the King's political program. Krasicki, the leading representative of Polish classicism, debuted as a poet with the strophe-hymn, "Święta miłości kochanej ojczyzny"

Philip H. Hilder

Philip H. Hilder is an American criminal defense attorney and founder of the Houston law firm Hilder & Associates, P. C, he has represented whistle-blowers and other witnesses and defendants in several high-profile white-collar crime cases. He represented Sherron Watkins, the former Enron vice president who helped shed light on details of the company's collapse in 2001. Ms. Watkins was named one of Time magazine's three "Persons of the Year 2002." Hilder was interviewed and featured in the 2005 Oscar-nominated Alex Gibney documentary, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room. In the lobbying scandal surrounding Jack Abramoff, Hilder represented Tom Rodgers, a Washington lobbyist for Indian tribes who leaked documents to the media about Abramoff's activities. Hilder represented the first whistle-blower in the Countrywide Financial scandal of 2008. Another Hilder client was the whistle-blower, sued by his former employer News America Marketing when he testified about the company's anticompetitive practices.

News America is a marketing subsidiary of News Corp. Hilder and associate James Rytting have worked with The Innocence Project and represented Texas death row inmate Larry Swearingen. Swearingen had long insisted he was innocent and his execution was stayed in 2013 through the efforts of Hilder and Rytting while he sought DNA testing of crime scene evidence, he was executed on August 21, 2019. Before entering private law practice, Hilder was the attorney-in-charge of the Justice Department's Houston office of the Organized Crime Strike Force, he was an assistant U. S. attorney in the Southern District of Texas with the Presidential Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force. Hilder holds a law degree from Boston College Law School and undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa. • Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room 2005. IMDB. Includes personal interviews with Philip Hilder

Nuamthong Praiwan

Nuamthong Praiwan was a Thai taxi driver who drove his taxi into a tank in protest after the military coup of 2006. He was found hanging from a pedestrian footbridge. Officials found a suicide note and ruled his death a suicide, his sacrifices were praised by several democracy activists. At 6 am, Saturday 30 September 2006, Nuamthong drove his taxi, spray painted with the words " destroying the country," and "Sacrificing life", into an M41 Walker Bulldog tank at Bangkok's Royal Plaza. Nuamthong was injured and taken to a police station nearby. "I did it intentionally to protest the junta that has destroyed our country, I painted all the words myself," noted Nuamthong to reporters from his bed at Vachira Hospital. Nuamthong was charged with damaging state property. Authorities downplayed the incident, saying that Nuamthong was drunk and no messages were sprayed on the taxi. However, several newspapers reported on the legibility of the words painted on the car. Akkara Thiproj, deputy spokesperson for the military junta, expressed scepticism about Nuamthong's intentions in crashing into the tank, claimed that "Nobodies’ ideals are so great that they would sacrifice their lives for them."

He was released from the hospital on 12 October, attended the 33rd anniversary of the 14 October 1973 democratic uprising. Nuamgthong's body was found hanging, with a hood covering his face, from a footbridge on Vibhavadi Rangsit road near the headquarters of Thai Rath newspaper in Bangkok on 1 November 2006. Police ruled the death a suicide after forensic tests were stated to have shown no traces of a physical assault or struggle. Although Nuamthong's body was found with a suicide note, family members testified that he had given no hint of being depressed or about to commit suicide. Nuamthong wore a black T-shirt with a drawing of the Democracy Monument and a poem about the power of the masses. Newspaper clippings about his crash into the army tank were found on his body, his wife, said he had given no farewells or done anything that would suggest he was planning to kill himself. His wife noted, "I couldn't be more sad losing the leader of my family. I didn't think he would be this brave, but I'm proud of him for sacrificing for the country."

Funeral rites were held at Wat Bua Kwan in Nonthaburi's Muang district. A score of senior police showed up at his funeral at Wat Bua Kwan in Nonthaburi to "keep the peace" while pro-democracy groups sent representatives and flower wreaths to honour his death, his wife attempted to transport his coffin to the 14 October 1973 Memorial on Ratchadamnoen road for bathing rituals. Police prevented her van from arriving at the Memorial. About 200 people attended the second night of Nuamthong's funeral at Wat Bua Kwan. Among them were military and police officers, politicians from the Thai Rak Thai Party and National Human Rights Commissioner Jaran Dithapichai. Sant Hathirat read a statement declaring Nuamthong a "democracy martyr."He was praised by activist and former senator Prateep Ungsongtham Hata, who noted, "Uncle Nuamthong has made the biggest sacrifice for democracy. I fought for democracy all my life but don't have the courage to do as much as he did." Junta deputy spokesperson Akara Tipparoj apologised for his earlier claim that nobody would hurt themselves for political ideals and claimed he planned to attend the funeral.

The Young People for Democracy Movement condemned Akara's views as ignorant and noted that, "His remark is an insult, as Thailand has a long history of people dying to defend democracy from dictatorship." Prime Minister General Surayud Chulanont said he was saddened by the news but doubted there would be copycat suicide attempts. After his death, an interview Nuamthong had earlier given was aired by iTV; the broadcast came to an abrupt end after the Director of Army-owned Channel 5 called to give a warning. Additional troops were dispatched to keep order at the station. Glorify the Nation, King, Military State and Police State. Dear my respected friends and people. A reason of my second suicide by destroying myself is avoiding mischief like the first time, in order to resist the speech of Mr. Vice Spokesman of the CDR, "No one devotes their death for their ideologies".... 2006 Thailand coup

Scandinavia (town), Wisconsin

Scandinavia is a town in Waupaca County, United States. The population was 1,075 at the 2000 census; the Village of Scandinavia is located within the town. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 34.2 square miles, of which, 33.8 square miles of it is land and 0.4 square miles of it is water. As of the census of 2000, there were 1,075 people, 394 households, 312 families residing in the town; the population density was 31.8 people per square mile. There were 479 housing units at an average density of 14.2 per square mile. The racial makeup of the town was 98.14% White, 0.19% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 0.09% from other races, 1.21% from two or more races. 0.47 % of the population were Latino of any race. There were 394 households out of which 35.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.3% were married couples living together, 5.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 20.6% were non-families. 15.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.3% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older.

The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.02. In the town, the population was spread out with 26.0% under the age of 18, 5.1% from 18 to 24, 26.6% from 25 to 44, 29.7% from 45 to 64, 12.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 109.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 106.0 males. The median income for a household in the town was $50,882, the median income for a family was $54,861. Males had a median income of $44,271 versus $21,288 for females; the per capita income for the town was $20,166. About 1.6% of families and 3.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 9.7% of those age 65 or over

Monastero di Santa Lucia (Adrano)

Monastero di Santa Lucia is an architectural complex in the city of Adrano, near Catania, Italy. The former monastery serves as an elementary school. Attached to it is the high school, Giovanni Verga. An eastward extending piazza faces the garden of the Villa Comunale, which fronts the Church and Monastery of Santa Lucia; the monastery of Santa Lucia was rebuilt in the 15th and 17th centuries. The church was rebuilt in the late 18th century; the façade has three orders. Two bell towers rise on the sides with quadrangular domes. Inside, the choir is in the Rococo style, continues to the first altar. A painting depicting Saint Lucy is attributed to Giuseppe Rapisardi; the apse paintings, the decorations of the vault, the paintings on the first altar on the left and on the second altar on the right are attributed to the school of Olivo Scozzi. Autoführer-Verlag, Baedekers. Italy, including Sicily and Sardinia. K. Baedeker. Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc; the New Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica.

Michelin. Sicily. Michelin Tyre. Scalisi, Obbedientissime ad ogni ordine. Tra disciplina e trasgressione: il monastero di Santa Lucia in Adrano secoli XVI-XVIII, Editore Sanfilippo. Catania 1998


Skuki is a Nigerian Afro hip hop duo composed of two brothers: Tumininu Laolu-Oguniyi and Atewologun Laolu-Ogunniyi. They are known as Vavavoom and Peeshaun; the brothers were both born in the 1980s in Nigeria. They attended The Staff School, University of Ibadan and The International School, University of Ibadan; the duo developed an interest in music. Shortly after that, they had to part ways as Tumininu went to study Geography at the University of Lagos while Atewo studied Law at the University of Ibadan, their father is a musician and producer. Recognising their talent he involved them in a nationwide awareness tour of the War Against Indiscipline program where they performed in the presence of the Head of State, Gen Ibrahim Babangida and other notable Nigerians, he featured them in a TV commercial for Sungass in 1988. Noting them to be raw talents waiting to be tapped, he involved them in Children Celebration Theatre, a TV series and a host of other short plays; these activities increased their confidence in front of the camera, added a little to their acting skills and made them some money.

They featured in the'Census 91' advert. They have always worked together and recording over 40 songs; the brothers reunited in 1999 in preparation to start a music career under the name "Skuki". Their debut single, "Fire" stayed on the Africa Edition of the Channel O Top 10 Chart for four months and was number one for four consecutive weeks, their singles "Stamina" featuring Mo'Cheddah and "Banger" featuring DJ Zeez brought them awards and prominence. Skuki had another hit for 2013 "B. A. D", an acronym for "Beautiful and Different"; the video for "B. A. D" was shot in Cape Town, South Africa and premiered on MTV Base Africa and Soundcity, gaining airplay on terrestrial and international music channels and garnered over 130,000 views on YouTube under one week of its release, they released a club and dance track which they titled "Voom-Va" which featured the Nigerian rap artist Phyno. "Voom-Va" was a popular club song. Their current single "Gbemileke" features production skills by producer Shizzi, has received airplay in Nigeria and other African countries.

The video for the song was released in June 2014. The song has traditional Fuji baseline and the video was shot in South Africa. 2008 "Fire" 2009 "Banger" 2010 "Stamina" "Take You Home" "Sho ti Gbo" 2011 "Hallelujah" "Shanor" 2012 "Move It" "Necessity" 2013 "B. A. D" "Voom Va" 2014 |"Gbemileke" 2015 "Gbemileke Remix" "Forever" Best New Musician – 2010: Best Group – 2010: Most Promising Act – 2010: Song of the Year – 2010: Best New Act – 2014: Best New Act of the Year – 2010: Next Rated – Next Rated – On 30 May 2014, Skuki rejected a nomination for the "Best New Act" at the 2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards; the duo released their debut album B. A. N. G. E. R in May 2010, won the Next Rated award at The Headies 2010. Reverbnation page Skuki on Twitter