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Jefferson Memorial

The Jefferson Memorial is a presidential memorial built in Washington, D. C. between 1939 and 1943, under the sponsorship of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. For Roosevelt it was a suitable memorial to the Founding Father of the United States, the founder of the Democratic-Republican Party, Thomas Jefferson; the neoclassical Memorial building is situated in West Potomac Park on the shore of the Tidal Basin off the Washington Channel of the Potomac River. It was designed by the architect John Russell Pope and built by the Philadelphia contractor John McShain. Construction of the building began in 1939 and was completed in 1943; the bronze statue of Jefferson was added in 1947. Pope made references to the Roman Pantheon and Jefferson's own design for the Rotunda at the University of Virginia; the Jefferson Memorial, the White House located directly north, form one of the main anchor points in the area of the National Mall in D. C; the Washington Monument, just east of the axis on the national Mall, was intended to be located at the intersection of the White House and the site for the Jefferson Memorial to the south, but soft swampy ground which defied 19th century engineering required it be sited to the east.

The Jefferson Memorial is managed by the National Park Service of the United States Department of the Interior under its National Mall and Memorial Parks division. In 2007, it was ranked fourth on the "List of America's Favorite Architecture" by the American Institute of Architects, it became apparent that the site was well suited for another high-profile memorial since it sat directly south of the White House. By 1901 the Senate Park Commission, better known as the McMillan Commission, had proposed placing a Pantheon-like structure on the site hosting "the statues of the illustrious men of the nation, or whether the memory of some individual shall be honored by a monument of the first rank may be left to the future"; the completion of the Tidal Basin Inlet Bridge in 1908 helped to facilitate the recreational usage of East and West Potomac Parks. In 1918, large liquid-chlorine dispensers were installed under the bridge to treat the water and make the Tidal Basin suitable for swimming; the Tidal Basin Beach, on the site of the future Memorial, opened in May 1918 and operated as a "Whites Only" facility until 1925, when it was permanently closed to avoid the question of racial integration.

A design competition was held for a memorial to Theodore Roosevelt in 1925. The winning design was submitted by John Russell Pope and consisted of a half-circle memorial situated next to a circular basin; the plan was not built. The Memorial's chance came in 1934 when President Franklin Roosevelt, an admirer of Jefferson, in large part because of the book on Jefferson of his friend Claude G. Bowers, inquired to the Commission of Fine Arts about the possibility of erecting a memorial to Jefferson, including it in the plans for the Federal Triangle project, under construction at the time; the same year, Congressman John J. Boylan jumped off FDR's starting point and urged Congress to create the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Commission. Boylan was appointed the Commission's first chairman and Congress appropriated $3 million for a memorial to Jefferson; the Commission chose John Russell Pope as the architect in 1935. Pope was the architect of the National Archives Building and original building of the National Gallery of Art.

He prepared four different plans for each on a different site. One was on the Anacostia River at the end of East Capitol Street; the Commission preferred the site on the Tidal Basin because it was the most prominent site and because it completed the four-point plan called for by the McMillan Commission. Pope designed a large pantheon-like structure, to sit on a square platform, to be flanked by two smaller, colonnaded buildings. Construction began on December 15, 1938, the cornerstone was laid on November 15, 1939, by Franklin Roosevelt. By this point Pope had died and his surviving partners, Daniel P. Higgins and Otto R. Eggers, took over construction of the memorial; the design was modified at the request of the Commission of Fine Arts to a more conservative design. The memorial cost $3 million to construct. Construction commenced amid significant opposition; the Commission of Fine Arts never approved any design for the memorial and published a pamphlet in 1939 opposing both the design and site of the memorial.

In addition, many Washingtonians opposed the site because it was not aligned with L'Enfant's original plan. Many well-established elm and cherry trees, including rare stock donated by Japan in 1912, were destined for removal under the original plan. Construction continued amid the opposition, although the chaining of women protestors to cherry trees, the negative press toward the memorial that resulted, caused President Roosevelt considerable dismay, such protests helped limit the projected footprint of the new memorial, so that it would peacefully co-exist with the spring-blooming cherry orchard flanking and abutting it. In 1939, the Memorial Commission hosted a competition to select a sculptor for the planned statue in the center of the memorial, they chose six finalists. Of the six, Rudulph Evans was chosen as the main sculptor and Adolph A. Weinman was chosen to sculpt the pediment relief situated above the entrance. Landscape architect Frederick La

Password (record producer)

Patrick Mathias, popularly known as Password, is a Nigerian singer and record producer. He is best known for co-writing the song "Gobe" with Davido, which peaked at number 1 on MTV Base's Official Naija Top Ten Chart, he won MTN's SongStar contest with Don Jazzy. He has been credited for his work on numerous songs, including "Mercy" by Praiz and "Born Champion" by General Pype. Password is under a management and promotions deal with the 960 Music Group. Bigiano - Shayo Master Presh featuring Tiwa Savage - "I No Dey Lie" Praiz - "Mercy" Password - "All About You" Davido - "Gobe" General Pype - "Champion" Darey featuring 9ice and Jesse Jagz - "Style Na Style" Darey - "Close" Darey - "Maybe" Darey - "Cure the World" Hoodrush Journey to Self Best Movie Soundtrack at the 2013 Nollywood Movies Awards for Hoodrush Soundtrack

Ithome concolorella

Ithome concolorella, the kiawe flower moth, is a species of moth of the family Cosmopterigidae. It was first described by Vactor Tousey Chambers in 1875, it is found in the southern United States, including Florida. It is an introduced species in Hawaii, where it has been recorded from Kauai, Maui and Molokai; the wingspan is about 8 mm. The larvae are a pest of Acacia farnesiana in Hawaii; the egg is inserted into the flower. A light brown spot develops on the external surface of the bud at the site of oviposition; the eggs hatch in three to five days. The larvae has a brown head and the remainder of the body is white to pale yellow; the first-instar larva feeds on the pistil on the stamens. It remains in the bud; the second-instar larva usually remains in the initial bud but it may bore into an adjacent bud. Subsequently, as the larva develops, it bores into other florets; the damaged florets are joined together near the entrance holes. As many as 15 florets are joined together in a row, forming a tunnel in which a grown larva may be found.

The larva spins a silken cocoon within. The pupa is white at first, turning brown soon after, black when the adult is ready to emerge; when the larva is ready to pupate it comes out of the florets and drops to the ground to pupate. The adult moth is nocturnal. Zimmerman, Elwood C.. Insects of Hawaii. 9 Microlepidoptera. The University Press of Hawaii, Honolulu. "420344.00 – 1638 – Ithome concolorella – Kiawe Flower Moth –". North American Moth Photographers Group. Mississippi State University. Retrieved July 21, 2018. Descriptions of the Immature Stages and Notes on the Biology of Ithome concolorella, a Pest of Kiawe in the Hawaiian Islands

Berta Soler

Berta de los Angeles Soler Fernandez is a Cuban dissident. She is the current leader of Ladies in White, a group composed of wives and female relatives of political prisoners who protested on their behalf which has since 2011 transformed into a more general human rights group open to Cuban women, she assumed leadership following the death of group founder Laura Pollan. In 2012, the Associated Press described her as "one of Cuba's leading dissidents". Soler is a former microbiology technician at a Havana hospital, she is married to Angel Moya Acosta, a construction worker and dissident, with whom she has two sons, Luis Angel and Lienys. In March 2003, Soler's husband Moya, the founder of the Alternative Option Movement, was arrested during Cuba's "Black Spring" crackdown on political dissidents, he was sentenced to twenty years in prison. Soler became a founding member of the Ladies in White, a group composed of wives and female relatives of political prisoners; each Sunday, members would dress in white and march down Havana's Fifth Avenue in protest of their husbands' continued detention.

When Moya suffered a herniated disc in October 2004, Soler began a campaign to urge the government to give him an operation, submitting a letter to President Fidel Castro on his behalf and staging a rare protest in Havana's Plaza de la Revolución with the Ladies in White. She described the protest as "my right and duty as a wife". After two days of protest, Moya was given surgery. Soler was one of five members of the Ladies to be selected to receive the 2005 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought of the European Parliament; the Cuban government barred the group's leaders from attending the Sakharov Prize award ceremony in Strasbourg, drawing an appeal on the group's behalf from the European Parliament. After Moya's release from prison, he and Soler chose to remain in Cuba and continue their calls for the release of political prisoners, despite being offered emigration to Spain. In March 2012, Soler and Moya were detained along with three dozen other demonstrators when they staged their weekly protest ahead of a visit of Pope Benedict XVI.

Soler told reporters that authorities had warned the Ladies to avoid Benedict's public appearances, including masses. She responded, "They are mistaken because, going to prohibit us from being close to Christ, being close to God, to the pope, represents Christ on earth?"In 2013, seven members and former members of the Ladies in White denounced Berta Soler for the diversion and appropriation of the funds the organization receives from the US and EU supporting governments and agencies, as well for using "dictatorial" practices. Berta Soler Freedom Collection interview Biography by CIDOB

Mercy Edirisinghe

Dona Mercy Malini Edirisinghe, popularly as Mercy Edirisinghe, was an actress in Sri Lankan cinema and television as well as a singer. She was born on 18 December 1945 in Ambepussa as the third child in a Christian family of nine, her father Don Lorenzo Elvin Edirisinghe was a typesetter at the Department of Examinations. Her mother Grace Perera was a housewife, she was married to a Buddhist from Kalutara. The couple had no children. Two years prior to her death, she underwent gynaecological surgery, had been suffering from numerous hip/back pains since then, she died at a private hospital in Gampaha on 17 March 2014, aged 68. She began her singing career in 1964 from the "Nawaka Madala" song contest and became a stage actress in 1966. In 1966, she first entered, her most famous play was a musical by Lucien Bulathsinhala, titled Tharavo Igilethi. Composed by Gunadasa Kapuge, "Made Lagina Tharawan" from the soundtrack of the play became her most successful single. After her wedding she acted in the stage drama Muthu Kumari at the Lumbini Theater on her way to her honeymoon.

She had acted in numerous other stage dramas including Ran Kanda and Vishwa Sundari. She entered, she has acted many supportive comedy roles in the film until filmmaker Vasantha Obeysekera identified her dramatic potential. She acted dramatic roles in the films Walmath Diyamanthi, her role as "Kusum’s cousin" in the film Palagetiyo is rated as the best role played by her in cinema career. She is well known for her role in numerous comedic television shows and radio dramas, the most famous of, a radio program titled Vinoda Samaya, in which she acts alongside Annesley Dias, Berty Gunattileke and Samuel Rodrigo, she dubbed voice for the popular cartoon character "Bianca Castafiore" in Tin-Tin as well. In 1974, Mercy won the Best Actress Award at the State Drama Festival for her role in R. R. Samarakoon's stage drama Idama, she won two other Best Actress awards in 1975 and 1976. 2014 was to mark the 50th anniversary of her career and in recognition of her service to the arts, she was to be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2014 State Drama Festival.

On 12 February 2012, a tribute concert Hasarajini was held at new theater of Colombo. Ugurata Hora Beheth Ran Kanda Seelavathi Vishwa Sundari Muthu Kumari Tharavo Igilethi Idama Dunna Dunu Gamuwe Allapu Gedara Dewlo Doni Mercy was a popular voice in Sri Lankan radio drama. Muwanpelassa Vajira Samanala Bedda Handhiye Gedara Vinoda Samaya Gayay Mercy Gee Mala Watakara Bambara Rena No. Denotes the Number of Sri Lankan film in the Sri Lankan cinema. මර්සිගේ ගෙදරට එන්න

Museum of Art - DeLand

The Museum of Art - DeLand, Florida is a 5013 organization incorporated in the State of Florida and is a member of the American Alliance of Museums and the Florida Association of Museums. It is a community visual arts museum dedicated to the collecting, study and educational use of the fine arts. In addition to the permanent collection, the museum is host to exhibitions, gallery talks and receptions, educational programming, master artist workshops and special events throughout the year; the museum was established in 1951 by the American Association of University Women. Its campus includes a 23,000-square-foot arts facility completed in 1991, the adjacent Evans C. and Betty Drees Johnson Children’s Art Center, which opened in 2010. In 2013 the museum expanded to include 2,970 square feet of modern gallery space and a 2,239-square-foot Museum Store located at 100 N. Woodland Boulevard in the center of historic downtown DeLand; the museum provides programming to various age groups, including lectures, gallery talks and field studies, art classes and workshops, art camps and community outreach presentations.

Both the 600 Woodland and the 100 Woodland Museum of Art - DeLand locations are open Tuesday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday 1 – 4 p.m. The museum has been host to multiple exhibitions by internationally renowned artists such as Sandro Chia and Stephen Althouse as well as many more; the museum's 2013 exhibition, "Forging an Identity: Contemporary Latin American Art", presented works by Fernando Botero and Roberto Matta. May 23 – August 24, 2014 Collector’s Choice: Samuel Blatt CollectionJune 13 – 29, 2014 Brightest AfricaJanuary 17 – May 11, 2014 Jill Cannady: Idea & MediumOctober 10, 2013 – January 5, 2014 Small Masterworks: Butler Institute of American Art Collection April 19 - August 18, 2013 Sequined Sentinels: Haitian Flags from the Collection of Candice Russell December 6, 2012 - April 7, 2013 Florida Masters I Exhibitions July 27 – November 25, 2012 Survival Series: Barbara Neijna February 22, 2012 - Harold Garde: Painting 50 years* Official website