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Moab

Moab is the name of an ancient kingdom, today located in the modern state of Jordan. The land lies alongside much of the eastern shore of the Dead Sea; the existence of the Kingdom of Moab is attested to by numerous archaeological findings, most notably the Mesha Stele, which describes the Moabite victory over an unnamed son of King Omri of Israel. The Moabite capital was Dibon. According to the Hebrew Bible, Moab was in conflict with its Israelite neighbours to the west; the etymology of the word Moab is uncertain. The earliest gloss is found in the Koine Greek Septuagint which explains the name, in obvious allusion to the account of Moab's parentage, as ἐκ τοῦ πατρός μου. Other etymologies which have been proposed regard it as a corruption of "seed of a father", or as a participial form from "to desire", thus connoting "the desirable". Rashi explains the word Mo'ab to mean "from the father", since ab in Hebrew and Arabic and the rest of the Semitic languages means "father", he writes that as a result of the immodesty of Moab's name, God did not command the Israelites to refrain from inflicting pain upon the Moabites in the manner in which he did with regard to the Ammonites.

Fritz Hommel regards Moab as an abbreviation of Immo-ab = "his mother is his father". According to Genesis 19:30–38, the ancestor of the Moabites was Lot by incest with his eldest daughter, she and her sister, having lost their fiancés and their mother in the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, decided to continue their father's line through intercourse with their father. The elder conceived Moab; the younger daughter did the same and conceived a son named Ben-Ammi, who became ancestor to the Ammonites. According to the Book of Jasher, Moab had four sons—Ed, Mayon and Kanvil—and his wife, whose name is not given, is from Canaan. Moab was located on a plateau about 910 metres above the level of the Mediterranean, or 1,300 metres above the Dead Sea, rising from north to south, it was bounded on the west by the Dead Sea. The northern boundary varied, but is represented by a line drawn some miles above the northern extremity of the Dead Sea. In Ezekiel 25:9 the boundaries are given as being marked by Beth-jeshimoth, Baal-meon, Kiriathaim.

That these limits were not fixed, however, is plain from the lists of cities given in Isaiah 15–16 and Jeremiah 48, where Heshbon and Jazer are mentioned to the north of Beth-jeshimoth. The principal rivers of Moab mentioned in the Bible are the Arnon, the Dimon or Dibon, the Nimrim; the limestone hills which form the treeless plateau are steep but fertile. In the spring they are covered with grass and the table-land itself produces grain. In the north are a number of long, deep ravines, Mount Nebo, famous as the scene of the death of Moses; the rainfall is plentiful and the climate, despite the hot summer, is cooler than the area west of the Jordan river, snow falling in winter and in spring. The plateau is dotted with hundreds of dolmens and stone circles, contains many ruined villages of the Roman and Byzantine periods; the land is now occupied chiefly by Bedouin. The territory occupied by Moab at the period of its greatest extent, before the invasion of the Amorites, divided itself into three distinct and independent portions: the enclosed corner or canton south of the Arnon.

The country of Moab was the source of numerous natural resources, including limestone and balsam from the Dead Sea region. The Moabites occupied a vital place along the King's Highway, the ancient trade route connecting Egypt with Mesopotamia and Anatolia. Like the Edomites and Ammonites, trade along this route gave them considerable revenue. Despite a scarcity of archaeological evidence, the existence of Moab prior to the rise of the Israelite state has been deduced from a colossal statue erected at Luxor by pharaoh Ramesses II, in the 13th century BCE, which lists Mu'ab among a series of nations conquered during a campaign. Early modern travellers in the region included Ulrich Jasper Seetzen, Johann Ludwig Burckhardt, Charles Leonard Irby and James Mangles, Louis Félicien de Saulcy. According to the biblical account and Ammon were born to Lot and Lot's elder and younger daughters in the aftermath of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah; the Bible refers to both the Moabites and Ammonites as Lot's sons, born of incest with his daughters.

The Moabites first inhabited the rich highlands at the eastern side of the chasm of the Dead Sea, extending as far north as the mountain of Gilead, from which country they expelled the Emim, the original inhabitants, but they themselves were afterward driven southward by warlike tribes of Amorites, who had crossed the river Jordan. These Amorites, described in the Bible as being ruled by King Sihon, confined the Moabites to the country south of the river Arnon, which formed their northern boundary. God renewed his covenant with the Israelites at Moab before the Israelites entered the "promised land". Moses died there. He

Millegin railway station

Millegin railway station, Millagan railway station or Millegin Siding was an intermediate stop situated on what became the Great North of Scotland Railway line from Grange and Cairnie Junction to Tillynaught. Millegin served the nearby saw mill in Banffshire; the line northwards ran to Tillynaught where it split to reach Banff by a branch line or Elgin by the Moray Coast line. Millegin was opened in 1859 by the Banff and Strathisla Railway, closed to passengers in October 1860, remaining as a freight siding, however lifted by 1902; the line passed into British Railways ownership in 1948 and was, like the rest of the ex-GNoSR lines along the Moray coast, considered for closure as part of the Beeching report, closure notices were issued in 1963. In 1867 the OS map shows that the station had closed and only a siding was present with a loading dock, by 1902 the siding had been lifted. No physical remains of the station or siding are visible on site. List of Great North of Scotland Railway stations Notes SourcesButt, R. V.

J.. The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt and stopping place and present. Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. Maxtone, G. R.. The railways of the Banff & Moray coast. Keith & Dufftown Railway Association. ISBN 0-9547346-1-0. Quick, Michael. Railway passenger stations in Great Britain: a chronology. Oxford: Railway and Canal Historical Society. ISBN 978-0-901461-57-5. OCLC 612226077. RailScot - Banff Portsoy and Strathisla Railway The Banff Branch

March 18 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)

March 17 - Eastern Orthodox liturgical calendar - March 19 All fixed commemorations below are observed on March 31 by Orthodox Churches on the Old Calendar. For March 18th, Orthodox Churches on the Old Calendar commemorate the Saints listed on March 5; the 10,000 Martyrs of Nicomedia, by the sword. Martyrs Trophimus and Eucarpion, soldiers, at Nicomedia Saint Cyril of Jerusalem, Archbishop of Jerusalem Venerable Ananias the Wonderworker, Hieromonk. Saint Daniel, monk of Egypt Saints Narcissus and Felix, a Bishop and his Deacon honoured as martyrs in the city of Girona in Catalonia, Spain Saint Tetricus, Bishop of Langres in Gaul Saint Frediano, an Irish prince and hermit, Bishop of Lucca Saint Egbert of Ripon. Saint Edward the Martyr, King of England Saint Cyril of Astrakhan New Hieromartyr Demetrius Rozanov, Priest Virgin-martyr Natalia Baklanova Saint Maria Skobtsova, who suffered at Ravensbrück concentration camp Repose of Abbot Mark of Optina Monastery Repose of St. Nicholas of Zhicha, at Libertyville, Illinois March 18/March 31.

Orthodox Calendar. March 31 / March 18. HOLY TRINITY RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH. March 18. OCA - The Lives of the Saints; the Autonomous Orthodox Metropolia of Western Europe and the Americas. St. Hilarion Calendar of Saints for the year of our Lord 2004. St. Hilarion Press. P. 22. March 18. Latin Saints of the Orthodox Patriarchate of Rome; the Roman Martyrology. Transl. by the Archbishop of Baltimore. Last Edition, According to the Copy Printed at Rome in 1914. Revised Edition, with the Imprimatur of His Eminence Cardinal Gibbons. Baltimore: John Murphy Company, 1916. Pp. 79–80. Greek Sources Great Synaxaristes: 18 ΜΑΡΤΙΟΥ. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ. Συναξαριστής. 18 Μαρτίου. ECCLESIA. GR.. Russian Sources 31 марта. Православная Энциклопедия под редакцией Патриарха Московского и всея Руси Кирилла.. 18 марта 31 марта 2013. Русская Православная Церковь Отдел внешних церковных связей

Martin Creed

Martin Creed is a British artist and performer. He won the Turner Prize in 2001 for exhibitions during the preceding year, with the jury praising his audacity for exhibiting a single installation, Work No. 227: The lights going on and off, in the Turner Prize show. Creed works in London. Martin Creed was born in England, he moved with his family to Glasgow at age 3. He grew up revering music, his parents were Quakers, he was taken to Quaker meetings. He attended Lenzie Academy, studied art at the Slade School of Art at University College London from 1986 to 1990. Since he has lived in London, apart from a period living in Alicudi, an island off Sicily in the South of Italy, he lives and works back in London. He is a vegan. Films, paintings and live-action sculptures are all characteristic of his work. Making use of whatever medium seems suitable. Since 1987 he has numbered each of his works, most of his titles are descriptive: for example Work No. 79: some Blu-tack kneaded, rolled into a ball and depressed against a wall and Work No.

88, a sheet of A4 paper crumpled into a ball. Creed's work Work No. 200: Half the air in a given space is a room which has half of its cubic space filled with balloons. Creed won the 2001 Turner Prize for two exhibitions, Martin Creed Works and Art Now: Martin Creed shown across England during the preceding year, his submission for the Turner Prize show at the Tate Gallery was Work No. 227: The lights going on and off. The work was an empty room in which the lights switched off at 5-second intervals; as so with the Turner Prize, this created a great deal of press attention, most of it questioning whether something as minimalist as this could be considered art at all. The jury praised this work, saying they "admired the audacity in presenting a single work in the exhibition and noted its strength, rigour and sensitivity to the site", his work has excited controversy: a visitor threw eggs at the walls of Creed's empty room as a protest against the prize, declaring that Creed's presentations were not real art and that "painting is in danger of becoming an extinct skill in this country".

In recent years Creed has been exhibiting paintings in nearly every exhibition. Work No. 1197 "All the bells in the country rung as and as loudly as possible for three minutes" was commissioned to herald the start of the 2012 Summer Olympics. In 2009, he wrote and choreographed Work No. 1020: Ballet, a live performance of Creed's music, ballet and film produced by Sadler's Wells and performed in the Lilian Baylis Studio. In 2010, Work No. 1020: Ballet was performed at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and at The Kitchen, New York, in December 2013. Work No. 1020 was performed in 2014 at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in connection with Creed's retrospective at the Hayward Gallery, London. He designed an artpiece for Victoria Beckham's store on Dover Street in Mayfair, London in 2015. Creed continues to exhibit work internationally and gives talks and plays live with his band. Creed's Work No. 975 EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE ALRIGHT, was installed on the facade of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in November 2009.

Although Work No. 975 is a unique sculpture, the phrase has been used on several related works, each assigned its own work number. Previous to Work No. 975, a red neon text appeared in New York's Times Square, a thirty-metre-long version was installed in Detroit, another text in white neon ran the 75 ft length of the Rennie Museum's façade in Vancouver's Chinatown. Most a 46-metre multicoloured version was commissioned for Christchurch Art Gallery, in the advent of its reopening after five years of earthquake-related closure. In 2011 Creed was commissioned by Fruitmarket Gallery to make a work as part of the restoration of the historic Scotsman Steps in Edinburgh. Creed's Work No. 1059 was subsequently installed, cladding each of the 104 steps and landings in a different type of marble. Guardian art critic Jonathan Jones called it "a generous, modest masterpiece of contemporary public art". In 2012 Creed was the first artist to participate in the long-term programme of artist-conceived restaurants at Sketch, London.

Together with a series of paintings and wall drawings, Creed created Work No. 1343 where every single piece of cutlery, glass and table was different and brought together a mix of the mass-produced and hand-crafted, from classic antiques to contemporary design from all around the world. Work No. 1347, still on display at the restaurant, consists of 96 different types of marble, in a herringbone formation across the floor. Creed's first band, was formed in 1994 with Adam McEwen and Keiko Owada. In 1997, they released their first CD, "Nothing", on David Cunningham's Piano label. Sound has featured in his gallery-based work, with pieces using doorbells, drum machines and metronomes. Since 1999 he has not used the band name "Owada". In 2000, he published a recording of his songs titled I Can't Move under his own name with the arts publisher Art Metropole, in Toronto. In 2010, he provided the cover art for a Futuristic Retro Champions single, while supporting its launch with an appearance with his own band.

Creed started his own label, Telephone Records, released the single "Thinking/ Not Thinking" in early 2011, following it up with the single "Where You Go" in 2012. Releases accelerated in 2012, with the Double AA Side single "Fuck Off" and "Die" coming out on Moshi Moshi Record

Willamette Iron and Steel Works

Willamette Iron Works was a general foundry and machine business established in 1865 in Portland, Oregon specializing in the manufacture of steamboat boilers and engines. In 1904, the company changed its name to Willamette Iron and Steel Works, under which name it operated continually until its close in 1990; the works was busy during both World War I and World War II, building small naval auxiliaries, patrol craft, submarine chasers, non-self-propelled lighters. These were built through WISCO's relationship with Henry Kaiser; the company built more than 70 ships during World War II, but they were smaller than those built by the three nearby Kaiser Shipyards. The ships were built on contract to the British governments. Between the wars, the shipyard concentrated on building small commercial vessels. During the 1920s, the company manufactured a geared steam locomotive known as the "Willamette", a Shay-type locomotive for use in logging operations in Washington and Oregon. Between 1901 and 1931 Willamette built over 2500 steam donkeys for use in the logging industry.

During World War II Willamette assembled over 800 Russian gauge Baldwin steam locomotives and shipped them to Vladivostok. NW Front Ave. in Portland had a short distance of Russian gauge track for the engines to move from the engine house on the west side of Front to the loading dock on the east side of the street. These were shipped across the Pacific on USSR flagged ships, since the USSR and the Empire of Japan were not at war. A Porter 0-6-0 was bought from the US Government in Panama to switch the broad gauge track. In the early 1970s, the company manufactured the first three turbine units for the third powerhouse to be built at Grand Coulee Dam; the company made fire hydrants for the city of Portland in the late 19th century. In 1945, after World War II ended, Willamette Iron and Steel continued as a ship repair facility. Over the years, business dropped as larger shipyards grew, Willamette closed in 1990

Amy Woods Brinkley

Amy Woods Brinkley was the Global Risk Executive of Bank of America from 2001 until, at the age of 53 in June 2009, she and CEO Ken Lewis "agreed she would retire," according to a New York Times report, after a surge in credit losses led to a government bailout and orders by regulators to raise $33.9 billion of capital. Brinkley was awarded the top position on US Banker magazine's 2005 list of "Most Powerful Women in Banking," and was number 23 on Fortune's "50 Most Powerful Women in Business" in 2006 and 2007 and 22nd in 2008, when she was reported to be "a possible candidate to succeed... Ken Lewis." In all, Brinkley was named to the Fortune list nine consecutive years. In addition, she was cited by The Wall Street Journal and Forbes as one of the leading women in business; as head of the Bank's risk department, Brinkley was tasked with protecting the Bank from all kinds of risk, ranging from human resources-related factors to interest rate fluctuations and credit risk. According to the Times, "she was at Mr. Lewis’s side as the bank expanded its credit card and home equity lending, businesses that are causing charge-offs for the bank."

Her most recent assignment was as "the point person between the bank and the regulators during the stress tests." As to compensation, "Ms. Brinkley received no bonus last year, but she took home at least $37.2 million during her tenure as Bank of America’s risk chief from 2001 to 2007, according to an analysis by Equilar, a compensation research firm. She is entitled to pension benefits worth more than $12 million, millions more in deferred pay and accumulated stock; the figures are based on the 2008 proxy statement, the last time data was publicly available."Brinkley joined the Bank of America organization in 1978, as a Commercial Credit Department management trainee for NCNB. From 1993-2001, she served first as the company's Marketing executive and as president of its Consumer Products division. Brinkley graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she serves on the Bank of America Charitable Foundation Board of Directors. She serves as a trustee for both the Princeton Theological Seminary and Carolinas HealthCare System.

She is a member of the governing board of the Carolina Thread Trail. She served on the Institute of International Finance Board of Directors and the President's Commission on White House Fellowships, participated in the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, she lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she is an active voice for the community's health and human services needs, in particular those of families and children. She has worked with the Critical Needs Task Force, the Crossroads Charlotte Initiative and the Council for Children's Rights. Brinkley is married with children, in recent years her husband, a lawyer, has stayed at home with the children. Official biography from bankofamerica.com. Page blank a/o 6/5/09. "Greg Curl Named Chief Risk Officer at Bank of America" Company press release on retirement. June 4, 2009. Retrieved 6/5/09. "Confident Humility and the Start of the 21st Century" - Remarks to the Global Association of Risk Professionals, 24 February 2004. Profile from Forbes.com