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Lisa Gerrard

Lisa Gerrard is an Australian musician and composer who rose to prominence as part of the music group Dead Can Dance with music partner Brendan Perry. In addition to singing, she is an instrumentalist for much of her work, most prolifically using the yangqin. Since her career began in 1981, Gerrard has been involved in a wide range of projects, she received a Golden Globe Award for the music score to the film Gladiator, on which she collaborated with Hans Zimmer. Lisa Gerrard was born in Melbourne, grew up in the suburb of Prahran with her Irish immigrant parents, she has said that she grew up with "Mediterranean music blaring out of the houses" and that this influenced her music on Dead Can Dance albums and in her solo and collaborative works. Gerrard's first foray into forming bands and creative music-making was in Melbourne's little band scene, an experimental post-punk scene which flourished from 1978 until 1981, it was at one of these little band events that she first met Dead Can Dance co-founder Brendan Perry.

Perry recalls, "It never occurred to me that we would one day collaborate musically together because at the time I thought her music was too avant garde. I remember one song that she sang about finding a man in the park and asking her mother if she could bring him home to keep in her wardrobe as she attacked this chinese dulcimer with two bamboo sticks". Dead Can Dance formed as a quartet in 1981 in Melbourne, but in 1982 moved to London with members Gerrard, Brendan Perry and bass player Paul Erikson. Shortly after coming to England, Erikson flew back to Australia. Dead Can Dance recorded eight albums on the 4AD Records recording label beginning with the self-titled Dead Can Dance LP in 1984. In 2005, the song "Nierika" became part of the opening titles for Mexican television station TV Azteca's soap opera La Chacala; the band reunited in 2005 for a world tour. In 2012, the band announced a new world tour to coincide with the release of their new album, Anastasis. In 1995, Gerrard released her first solo album, The Mirror Pool.

After the release of this album, she continued to work with Dead Can Dance, releasing the album, Spiritchaser, in 1996. Following this, in 1998 she recorded Duality in collaboration with Pieter Bourke; this album would mark the beginning of an extensive collaboration for a number of film scores, including The Insider and Ali. Gerrard began a new collaboration with Patrick Cassidy in 2004 with the release of Immortal Memory. Again, this collaboration was furthered including Salem's Lot; the following year in 2005, Gerrard contributed to the Ashes and Snow Soundtrack. For the songs "Womb" and "Wisdom", she and Patrick Cassidy performed together, her collaboration with Cassidy extended to include work with conductor Julie Rogers on the songs "Devota" and "Vespers". In 2006, Sanctuary, a documentary about the life and work of Gerrard, was recorded and released in September, it is the work of producer and director Clive Collier and features extensive interviews with Gerrard and various people who have collaborated with her in the past, including Michael Mann, Russell Crowe, Hans Zimmer and Niki Caro.

The documentary was released on DVD by Milan Entertainment on 24 April 2007. In 2006, Gerrard released her second solo album, The Silver Tree; this album was markedly different from her previous work and was her first album released outside 4AD Records. The album was first released with a wider physical release planned at a future date; the album was nominated for the Australian Music Prize for 2006. In 2007 a retrospective album The Best of Lisa Gerrard, a compilation of fifteen songs, was released covering her career in Dead Can Dance, solo work, film work. A world tour was undertaken in 2007 beginning in April in Australia; this tour marked the first time Lisa Gerrard had toured in Australia, with a performance in three cities. The tour was followed by performances in North America. More performances took place in Europe and Russia from 30 October to 22 November 2007. In November 2007, Gerrard collaborated with German electronic musician Klaus Schulze on the double-album Farscape; the album was followed by a European tour.

In 2009, Gerrard completed work on the documentary by Australian adventurer Tim Cope called On the Trail of Genghis Khan and contributed her voice to the soundtrack, which began airing in 2010, of the Japanese NHK taiga drama Ryōmaden, a story based on the life of Sakamoto Ryōma. In 2009, Gerrard created her own record label, Gerrard Records, aside from being a conduit for the release of Gerrard's future works, will act to promote and support unrecognised artists of all genres. In September 2009, Gerrard and Klaus Schulze performed another tour in six European cities – Warsaw, Amsterdam, Essen and Brussels; this tour coincided with the release of Come Quietly, a joint project between Gerrard and Schulze, released during the tour. Gerrard released her third solo album, The Black Opal, in October 2009; the album included collaboration with Michael Edwards, Patrick Cassidy, Pieter Bourke and James Orr and was the first release to come from Gerrard Records. In 2010, Gerrard released a new album with fellow composer Marcello De Francisci titled Departum from Gerrard Records, followed by the release of three new singles.

Gerrard collaborated with Prash Mistry from "Engine Earz Experiment" on a track titled "Spirit Guide" which will appear on his upcoming album in 2011. On 1 December 2010, Gerrard capped off a busy 2010 wi

Swarajya (magazine)

Swarajya is an Indian monthly print magazine and online news-portal. The publication subscribes to right-wing liberalism and critics note it to be a pro-Bharatiya Janata Party publication; the website has propagated fake news multiple times. R. Jagannathan is the current editorial director. Established in 1956 as a weekly under the patronage of C. Rajagopalachari, it was relaunched in September 2014, as a daily news website. Swarajya was launched as a weekly magazine in 1956 by journalist Khasa Subba Rao, under the patronage of C. Rajagopalachari, a prominent independence activist and one of the founders of the Swatantra Party; the magazine advocated individual freedom and freedom of enterprise as against Nehru's socialist policies. Minoo Masani, R. Venkatraman, R. K. Laxman were the notable authors. After Rajagopalachari's death in 1972, the magazine began to decline and closed in 1980; the magazine was relaunched as an online daily in September 2014, with Sandipan Deb as the Editorial Director. Coimbatore-based Kovai Media Private Limited purchased the rights to the magazine from Chennai-based Bharathan Publishers, along with 40,000 pages from the earlier editions of the magazine.

The magazine describes itself as "a big tent for liberal right of centre discourse". In October 2016, it acquired OpIndia. In 2018, Swarajya launched its Hindi edition too; the website has propagated misinformation multiple times. Columnists working for Swarajya, such as Shefali Vaidya, have engaged in a variety of trolling over Twitter. Swati Goel Sharma and R. Jagannathan, journalists working for Swarajya, have propagated communally charged fake news via their personal accounts, the former has created fake reports for the website. Official website

Tin Hau Temple, Joss House Bay

The Tin Hau Temple in Joss House Bay, sometimes referred to as Tai Miu, is Hong Kong's oldest and largest Tin Hau Temple. It is said to be the most popular Tin Hau temple both for fishermen and for others in Hong Kong; the sea-facing temple is located at Fat Tong Mun, on the shore of Joss House Bay, near the south end of Clear Water Bay Peninsula. Joss House Bay joss house; the Chinese name of Joss House Bay, Tai Miu Wan means "the bay of the large temple". The temple is said to have been built in 1266 by Lam Tao-yi. There is a rock nearby, carved in 1274, it bears the oldest dated inscription known in Hong Kong. Once a year, on Tin Hau's birthday, the 23rd of the third moon on the Chinese calendar, upwards of 40,000 to 50,000 people attend celebrations at the temple. Thousands of people hike their way, via the High Junk Peak Hiking Trail, to the Temple to pay their respects. Thousands of others sail into Joss House Bay in hundreds of vessels; the police have the launching ceremony of their new cruisers held at the temple.

The temple was managed by the Lam clan until 1939. Since them, it has been managed by the Chinese Temples Committee, it is a Grade I historic building. The temple is accessible via the High Junk Peak Hiking Trail. A shorter walk combined with public transportation is possible from the Clear Water Bay Country Club. A ferry service to Joss House Bay is available annually from North Point Ferry Pier on the day of Tin Hau's birthday. Joss House Bay Public Pier is located just in front of the temple. Outside the Tin Hau Birthday Celebration, a regular green minibus operates between MTR Po Lam Station Public Transport Interchange and Po Toi O. Visitors should alight at the Tai Miu Wan stop and walk for about 10 minutes down a flight of stairs to Joss House Bay, passing the rock inscription on the way down. Pictures of the temple

Edward Lewis Wallant Award

In 1962, the Edward Lewis Wallant Award was established at the University of Hartford, in Connecticut, USA by Fran and Irving Waltman. It is presented annually to a writer whose fiction is considered to have significance for American Jews; the award is named for Jewish American writer Edward Lewis Wallant. 1963 - Norman Fruchter, Coat Upon a Stick 1964 - Seymour Epstein, Leah 1965 - Hugh Nissenson, A Pile of Stones 1966 - Gene Hurwitz, Home Is Where You Start From 1967 - Chaim Potok, The Chosen 1968 - no award 1969 - Leo Litwak, Waiting for the News 1970 - no award 1971 - Cynthia Ozick, The Pagan Rabbi 1972 - Robert Kotlowitz, Somewhere Else 1973 - Arthur A. Cohen, In the Days of Simon Stern 1974 - Susan Fromberg Schaeffer, Anya 1975 - Anne Bernays, Growing Up Rich 1976 - no award 1977 - Curt Leviant, The Yemenite Girl 1978 - no award 1979 - no award 1980 - Johanna Kaplan, O My America! 1981 - Allen Hoffman, Kagan's Superfecta 1982 - no award 1983 - Francine Prose, Hungry Hearts 1984 - no award 1985 - Jay Neugeboren, Before My Life Began 1986 - Daphne Merkin, Enchantment 1987 - Steve Stern, Lazar Malkin Enters Heaven 1988 - Tova Reich, Master of the Return 1989 - Jerome Badanes, The Final Opus of Leon Solomon 1990 - no award 1991 - no award 1992 - Melvin Jules Bukiet, Stories of an Imaginary Childhood 1993 - Gerald Shapiro, From Hunger 1994 - no award 1995 - Rebecca Goldstein, Mazel 1996 - Thane Rosenbaum, Elijah Visible 1997 - Harvey Grossinger, The Quarry 1998 - no award 1999 - Allegra Goodman, Kaaterskill Falls 2000 - Judy Budnitz, If I Told You Once 2001 - Myla Goldberg, Bee Season 2002 - Dara Horn, In the Image 2003 - Joan Leegant, An Hour in Paradise 2004 - Jonathan Rosen, Joy Comes in the Morning 2005 - Nicole Krauss, The History of Love 2006 - no award 2007 - Ehud Havazelet, Bearing the Body 2008 - Eileen Pollack, In the Mouth 2009 - Sara Houghteling, Pictures at an Exhibition 2010 - Julie Orringer, The Invisible Bridge 2011 - Edith Pearlman, Binocular Vision 2012 - Joshua Henkin, The World Without You 2013 - Kenneth Bonert, The Lion Seeker 2014 - David Bezmozgis, The Betrayers The Edward Lewis Wallant Award, The University of Hartford

Aspen Capital

Aspen Capital is a merchant bank in Portland, Oregon. The private merchant bank specializes in loan acquisitions, real estate financing & investment, distressed securities, hospitality. Known as Aspen Capital Partners, the bank was once focused on commercial real estate, but entered the residential property market in 2004 by offering loans to homeowners who were nearing foreclosure; the bank received a strong volume of publicity when housing prices dropped in 2007 and about 45 percent of loans from Aspen Capital fell into foreclosure. Although the company had little say in the housing market during this time, it is now recognized again as a commercial real estate investor; the State of Oregon started an investigation of the lender in 2010 over allegations of violation of consumer protection laws. List of companies based in Oregon


Almog is an Israeli settlement and a kibbutz near the northwestern shores of the Dead Sea in the Jordan Rift Valley in the West Bank. It is under the jurisdiction of the Megilot Regional Council. In 2018 its population was 253; the international community considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank illegal under international law, but the Israeli government disputes this. According to ARIJ, in 1977 Israel confiscated 524 dunams of land from the Palestinian site of Nabi Musa in order to construct Almog. Established as a Nahal settlement in 1977, Almog became a kibbutz in 1979, it was named after Yehuda Kopolevitz Almog, a Third Aliyah pioneer who founded the potash mining industry which developed into the Dead Sea Works in Sodom. In the 1930s, Almog was one of the founders of the nearby kibbutz Beit HaArava; the kibbutz runs a spa. On the grounds of the kibbutz is a small museum displaying copies of the scrolls found in Qumran; the kibbutz grows a variety of experimental crops for export