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Kadriorg Palace

Kadriorg Palace is a Petrine Baroque palace built for Catherine I of Russia by Peter the Great in Tallinn, Estonia. Both the Estonian and the German name for the palace means "Catherine's valley", it was built after the Great Northern War for Nicola Michetti's designs by Gaetano Chiaveri and Mikhail Zemtsov. The palace houses the Kadriorg Art Museum, a branch of the Art Museum of Estonia, displaying foreign art from the 16th to 20th centuries; the KUMU branch of the museum, showing Estonian art from the 18th century onwards is located nearby in the park. After the successful siege of Tallinn during the final phase of the Great Northern War in 1710 czar Peter the Great of Russia bought a small Dutch-style manor house at Lasnamäe for his wife Catherine; the house today is the result of a drastic renovation ordered by Nicholas I of Russia in 1827. However, plans for a larger palace in the area soon developed and construction of a new palace, was started on 25 July 1718. Peter and Catherine visited the unfinished residence on several occasions, but after the emperor's death in 1725 Catherine showed no interest in the seaside property.

The great hall with Catherine's initials and profuse stucco decor survives, while many other interiors have been altered. The gardener Ilya Surmin was responsible for the flower garden with two fountains and the so-called mirage garden on several levels; the layout of the park shares similarities with that of Strelna. After the death of Peter the Great, the palace received little attention from the Russian royal family, it was sporadically visited, by Catherine the Great. In 1828-1830 extensive restoration works of the palace and grounds took place. Between 1741 and 1917, the palace housed the civilian governor of the Governorate of Estonia. After the declaration of independence of Estonia in 1919, the palace became state property. For a time, one of the wings housed the studio of sculptor August Weizenberg while the palace was used for art exhibitions. Between 1921 and 1928 the palace housed what would develop into the Art Museum of Estonia, but in connection with a state visit by the Swedish king Gustaf V of Sweden, the palace was turned into a summer residence for the head of state.

In 1934 the palace became the official residence of the first President of Estonia, Konstantin Päts who embarked on extensive and controversial restoration works with the aim of transforming the park and the palace into his private domain. From this era, the library in elaborate so-called Danzig baroque style, completed by architect Olev Siinmaa in 1939 is worth mentioning. A purpose-built presidential palace on the grounds was designed by Alar Kotli; the palace became the main site for the Art Museum of Estonia in 1921. The museum was re-housed in temporary locations from 1929 while the palace was being converted into the Estonian president's residence. During the German occupation of Estonia during World War II, the palace was the residence of the civilian governor of occupied Estonia, Karl-Siegmund Litzmann. After 1944, during the Soviet occupation of Estonia, the palace once more served as the main venue for the Art Museum of Estonia although the buildings were neglected and by the time of the restoration of Estonia's independence in 1991 run down.

Restoration works, supported by the government of Sweden, began in 1991 and the palace re-opened in 2000. It was decided that a new building would be established nearby for the section of the museum devoted to Estonian art. From 1993 until 2005 a part of the collection could be visited at the Estonian Knighthood House in Tallinn’s city centre; the restored palace was reopened in the summer of 2000, but it no longer serves as the main building of the museum, but as a branch displaying the museum's collection of foreign art. This art museum has paintings by Bartholomeus van der Helst, Gillis van Valckenborch, Jacob Jordaens, Lambert de Hondt the Elder, Adriaen Cornelisz Beeldemaker, Maria Dorothea Wagner, Julie Wilhelmine Hagen-Schwarz, Bernardo Strozzi, Pietro Liberi, Anton Graff, Angelica Kauffman, Francesco Fontebasso, Cornelis Schut, Mikhail Clodt, Ilya Repin. List of Baroque residences Culture of Estonia List of palaces and manor houses in Estonia Media related to Kadriorg Palace at Wikimedia Commons Kadriorg virtual tour

1988 United States House of Representatives elections

The 1988 United States House of Representatives elections was an election for the United States House of Representatives in 1988 which coincided with the election of George H. W. Bush as President. Although Bush won with a strong majority, his Republican Party lost a net of two seats to the Democratic Party increasing the Democratic majority in the House. Ordered by election date by state/district. Source: "1988 General Election, November 8, 1988". Secretary of State of Georgia. Retrieved September 5, 2011. United States elections, 1988 United States gubernatorial elections, 1988 1988 United States presidential election United States Senate elections, 1988 100th United States Congress 101st United States Congress Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1988, Office of the Clerk U. S. House of Representatives

Neville Coleman (footballer)

Neville James "Tim" Coleman was an English footballer who played in the Football League for Crewe Alexandra and Stoke City. He holds. Coleman was born in Prescot and joined Stoke City in 1953 as an amateur from Gorleston, Norfolk where he was completing his National Service at the local RAF base. Stoke helped Coleman secure his released from the services in January 1954 although rules meant he could not turn professional for a year. Despite being signed as a centre-forward to partner Frank Bowyer, manager Frank Taylor saw him as a right winger witch saw Coleman drop into the reserves to learn his new position; however a career ending injury to John Malkin in October 1956 handed Coleman his chance in the first team. He became a key member of the Stoke team although an frustrating one becoming notoriously inconstant. Whilst he lacked pace he was difficult to dispossess. In the 1956–57 season Coleman hit a rich vain of form in-front of goal scoring 27 goals, including a hat-trick against Middlesbrough.

On 23 February 1957 Stoke played Lincoln City at the Victoria Ground and Stoke won the match 8–0 with Coleman scoring a club record seven goals. Although he failed to find the net again thereafter. Coleman scored 14 goals in 37 games in 1957–58 before Taylor decided to sell Coleman to Crewe Alexandra in February 1959 for £1,000, he worked for Rolls Royce before emigrating to Australia. Neville Coleman at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database

Sigrid Close

Sigrid Close is a professor in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University. Her primary research interest is the space environment with particular focus on meteoroids and orbital debris, their interaction with spacecraft and spacecraft operations. Professor Close's research involves space weather detection and modeling for improved spacecraft designs, advanced signal processing and electromagnetic wave interactions with plasma for ground-to-satellite communication systems; these topics fall under the Space Situational Awareness umbrella that include environmental remote sensing using satellite systems and ground-based radar. Her current efforts are the MEDUSSA program, TALIS using ground-based and space-based RF sensors, using ground-based radar data to characterize the meteoroid population and its threat to spacecraft, she was a member of two NRC panels, in 2010 examining options for detecting and countering near-Earth objects, in 2011 assessing NASA's meteoroid and orbital debris programs.

In 2010, she won a Hellman Faculty Fellowship award for her meteor research. In 2013 she was selected for a DoE Early Career Award for her work on hypervelocity impact plasmas, awarded a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. Professor Close was the inaugural Science Guest of Honor at the ArmadilloCon science fiction and fantasy literary convention in 2014. In 2017 she was recognized by the American Geophysical Union with the Space Physics and Aeronomy Richard Carrington Education and Public Outreach Award. for significant and outstanding impact on students’ and the public’s understanding of geophysical science through education and outreach activities. In 2011, Professor Close co-hosted season three of National Geographic Channel's Known Universe documentary series along with David E. Kaplan, Andy Howell, Michael J. Massimino, Steve Jacobs, she was interviewed on the Nova ScienceNow Can We Make It to Mars? Episode in 2011 and the Nova Chasing Pluto special in 2015. Sigrid Close on IMDb Stanford School of Engineering Faculty Profile Space Environment and Satellite Systems Laboratory Stanford scientist closes in on a mystery that impedes space exploration

Delhi Wizards

Delhi Wizards is a hockey team based in Delhi that plays in the World Series Hockey. Its captain is the Pakistani stryker Shakeel Abbasi; the team is owned by Wizcraft International and coached by former coach of Dutch hockey team Roelant Oltmans and Darryl D'Souza. Dhyan Chand National Stadium, Delhi is the home ground of Delhi Wizards. Wizcraft International acquired the Delhi franchise of the World Series Hockey. Wizcraft has been instrumental in shaping the event management and brand activation industry in India; the team is captained by ace Pakistani striker Shakeel Abbasi with Dutchman Roelant Oltmans as the coach assisted by Indian Darryl D'Souza. World Series Hockey

Parham, West Sussex

Parham is a civil parish in the Horsham District of West Sussex, England. There was a village of Parham, around the parish church, but its few houses were destroyed in the early 19th century to create the landscaped park and gardens; the parish now consists of smaller settlements around it. The village is between Cootham, about 3 miles south of Pulborough on the A283 road; the parish covers 1,586 hectares. The 2001 Census recorded 214 people living in 95 households. At the 2011 Census the population was 224; the civil parish includes the hamlets of Rackham, southwest of Parham Park, Wiggonholt on the A283 to the north, which has a small parish church. The Church of England parish church of Saint Peter has a blocked two-bay arcade in the north wall of the nave that shows there used to be a north aisle; the lower part of the bell-tower is Perpendicular Gothic and the south chapel remains as it was built in 1545, but the remainder of the building was remodelled in the Georgian Gothick fashion in about 1820.

The font is a rare lead one from the middle of the 14th century inscribed with the legend IHS Nazar and the arms of Sir Andrew Peverel, a Knight of the Shire in 1351. Parham Park originated as a grange of Westminster Abbey. After the Dissolution of the Monasteries it was converted into a south-facing E-shaped Elizabethan country house. Parham Park grounds are a Site of Special Scientific Interest. With a special biological interest for its epiphytic lichen flora, as an area for two rare beetles and its large heronry. Pulborough Brooks, a nature reserve in the north of the parish is an SSSI, it is beside the River Arun which floods in winter, providing a rich habitat for wading birds and geese. Part of the area is a RSPB reserve. Nairn, Ian. Sussex; the Buildings of England. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books. Pp. 290–292. ISBN 0-14-071028-0. Media related to Parham, West Sussex at Wikimedia Commons