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Paulinus of Nola

Paulinus of Nola, born Pontius Meropius Anicius Paulinus, was a Roman poet and senator who attained the ranks of suffect consul and governor of Campania but—following the assassination of the emperor Gratian and under the influence of his Spanish wife Therasia of Nola — abandoned his career, was baptized as a Christian, after Therasia's death became bishop of Nola in Campania. While there, he wrote poems in honor of his predecessor St Felix and corresponded with other Christian leaders throughout the empire, he is traditionally credited with the introduction of bells to Christian worship and helped resolve the disputed election of Pope Boniface I. His renunciation of his wealth and station in favor of an ascetic and philanthropic life was held up as an example by many of his contemporaries—including SS Augustine, Jerome and Ambrose—and he was subsequently venerated as a saint, his relics became a focus of pilgrimage, but were removed from Nola between the 11th and 20th centuries. His feast day is observed on June 22 in both the Roman Eastern Orthodox Churches.

In Nola, the entire week around his feast day is celebrated as the Festival of the Lilies. Pontius Meropius Paulinus was born c. 352 in southwestern France. He was from a notable senatorial family with estates in the Aquitaine province of France, northern Iberia, southern Italy. Paulinus was a kinsman of Melania the Elder, he was educated in Bordeaux, where his teacher, the poet Ausonius became his friend. At some time during his boyhood he made a visit to the shrine of St Felix at Nola near Naples, his normal career as a young member of the senatorial class did not last long. In 375, the Emperor Gratian succeeded his father Valentinian. Gratian made Paulinus suffect consul at Rome c. 377, appointed him governor of the southern Italian province of Campania c. 380. Paulinus noted the Campanians' devotion to Saint Felix of Nola and built a road for pilgrims, as well as a hospice for the poor near the local shrine. In 383 Gratian was assassinated at Lyon and Paulinus went to Milan to attend the school of Ambrose.

Around 384 he returned to Bordeaux. There he married a Christian noblewoman from Barcelona. Paulinus was threatened with the charge of having murdered his brother, it is possible. He was baptized by Bishop Delphinus of Bordeaux, he and his wife traveled to Iberia about 390. When they lost their only child eight days after birth they decided to withdraw from the world, live a secluded religious life. In 393 or 394, after some resistance from Paulinus, he was ordained a presbyter on Christmas Day by Lampius, Bishop of Barcelona. However, there is some debate as to whether the ordination was canonical, since Paulinus received ordination "at a leap", without receiving minor orders first. Paulinus refused to remain in Barcelona, in late spring of 395 he and his wife moved from Iberia to Nola in Campania where he remained until his death. Paulinus credited his conversion to St. Felix, buried in Nola, each year would write a poem in honor of the saint, he and Therasia rebuilt a church commemorating St. Felix.

During these years Paulinus engaged in considerable epistolary dialogue with St. Jerome among others about monastic topics. Therasia died some time between 408 and 410, shortly afterwards Paulinus received episcopal ordination. Around 410, Paulinus was chosen Bishop of Nola. Like a growing number of aristocrats in the late 4th and early 5th centuries who were entering the clergy rather than taking up the more usual administrative careers in the imperial service, Paulinus spent a great deal of his money on his chosen church and ritual. Paulinus died at Nola on 22 June 431; the following year the presbyter Uranus wrote his "On the Death of Paulinus", an account of the death and character of the saint. As bishop of Nola, Paulinus is traditionally credited with the introduction of the use of bells in church services. One form of medieval handbell was known as the nola and medieval steeple bells were known as campanas from this supposed origin. However, Dr. Adolf Buse, professor at the Seminary of Cologne, showed that the use of bells in churches, an invention credited to Paulinus by tradition, is not due to him, nor to the town of Nola.

During his governorship Paulinus had developed a fondness for the 3rd-century martyr, St. Felix of Nola. Felix was a minor saint of local importance and patronage whose tomb had been built within the local necropolis at Cimitile, just outside the town of Nola; as governor, Paulinus had built a residence for travelers. Nearby were a number of at least one old basilica. Paulinus rebuilt the complex, constructing a brand new basilica to Felix and gathering to him a small monastic community. Paulinus wrote an annual hymn in honor of St. Felix for the feast day when processions of pilgrims were at their peak. In these hymns we can understand the personal relationship Paulinus felt between himself and Felix, his advocate in heaven, his poetry shares with much of the work of the early 5th century an ornateness of style that classicists of the 18th and 19th centuries found cloying and dismissed as decadent, though Paulinus' poems we

Denman Wildlife Area

The Denman Wildlife Area is a wildlife management area near Eagle Point, Oregon, in the United States. It was named in honor of Kenneth Denman, an attorney from nearby Medford, who lobbied for the creation of the area in 1954; the area is adjacent to TouVelle State Recreation Site and the Upper and Lower Table Rock lava formations. Kenneth George Denman was born in Corvallis, Oregon in 1904, his father, George Washington Denman, was superintendent of Benton County schools and began practicing law soon after the birth of his son. Kenneth's mother, Minnie Hodes, died. Denman married a French teacher from Salem in 1930 named Margaret Bolt; the two of them moved to Medford for job opportunities. He remained active in the Rogue Valley for many years until his death in 1962. After World War II, Denman was offered a position in the Oregon Department of Wildlife, he remained there for about a year and a half. Denman was elevated to chairman a year later; the Denman Wildlife Area is situated on land owned by the United States Government.

In 1942, the US Army had established Camp White in what is now known as White City, a census-designated place located in Jackson County, Oregon. The 174 km2 training facility had remained in service until the end of World War II, all of it was sold as real estate; the US Government trusted the remaining land to Department of Fish and Wildlife for use as a wildlife management area in April 1954. By only 7.122 km2 of the Camp White land remained. Kenneth Denman, who had asked legislators in Salem, Oregon to set the area aside as a wildlife preserve, was regarded by Southern Oregon residents to be most responsible for the area. In March 1963, less than a year after his death, the area was renamed in his honor; the Denman Wildlife Area consists of two units. One, south of the White City Industrial Park, is centered on the Gregory Ponds and contains the Wildlife Area's office; the other, north of the Industrial Park and the TouVelle State Recreation Site, contains frontage on both sides of the Rogue River and on the Little Butte Creek.

Features in this unit include underground World War II-era ammunition storage buildings and marshes. Recreational facilities include a nature loop trail; the gated TouVelle Road provides access to the interior of the refuge on both sides of the river. In January 1999, the ODFW took action against the problem of littering in the wildlife area by installing locks on one of the gated entrances. Keys were made available at no charge to fishermen who requested them. A similar move two years earlier saw great success in eliminating much of the illegal dumping, occurring. In 2009, a project was approved to construct a $70,000 building for equipment stored at the Denman Area; the building is expected to be completed within a few months of being started and will be 2,880 square feet. In an October 2006 meeting, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife identified two long-term goals for the Denman Wildlife Area; the first goal involves habitat conservation and calls for provisioning the wildlife area in four overlapping parts.

The second goal announced at the October 2006 meeting involves improving the recreational aspect of the area, with discussions touching on improving wheelchair-accessible trails, predator control, blackberry overgrowth, the ongoing problem of littering. Another project in the works is a 10-year plan to restore the flow pattern of Little Butte Creek, a tributary of the Rogue River, straightened into a man-made canal during the 1950s; the straight canal is prohibitive to juvenile coho salmon, which use small streams as a wintering refuge. By restoring a "natural" winding path, the salmon gain not only another such refuge, but new spawning grounds as well; as of 2007, the project has no engineering plans in effect. The Denman Wildlife Area is a high-use hunting zone for game birds. Since 1992, the Area has hosted the Youth Waterfowl Hunt. During this annual event, only children and teenagers are allowed to hunt in the area; the ODFW takes reservations and allows up to 90 hunters at a time the chance to catch stocked pheasant.

In 2007, five-hundred pheasants were purchased for the event, which lasts for two days

Ashgabat International School

The Ashgabat International School is an international school in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. It is a private, non-profit day school which offers an educational program from a 3 to 4 year old program through high school for students of all nationalities. High school students may take courses by distance learning through Quality Schools International Distance Learning. School staff monitors all distance learning courses; the school was founded in 1994. Ashgabat International School is located on a five-hectare campus directly behind the American housing compound in the Berzengi district of Ashgabat; the school overlooks the city of Ashgabat. The school is a three-storey building and has thirty classrooms, an elementary and secondary school library, two computer laboratories, teacher workroom, office space; the building is earthquake safe, equipped with a fire alarm system, includes a sophisticated water purification system. The fenced campus includes a grassed playing field, a running track, two tennis courts, a football field, an indoor gymnasium.

The school has a cafeteria with a stage, used for concerts and other such events. The curriculum is provided in English for Language Arts, Mathematics, Cultural Studies, Art and Physical Education. Intensive English classes are provided to students. Computer use is integrated across the curriculum using two computer labs. French, Spanish, as well as Russian as a foreign language are offered. Class sizes are big. A full four-year secondary program is offered. If selected secondary courses are not offered by school and are needed for graduation, these courses can be acquired through distance-learning programs from Quality Schools International with little additional cost to the parents. All distance-learning programs are monitored and proctored by North American and European certified Ashgabat International School teachers. Progress Reports Students’ get “Status Reports” five times a year. Students progress or mastery of the curriculum is reported as either “A” or “B”. Individual narrative reports are sent home twice, once in the winter and once in the spring.

Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled three times each school year. Transportation The school offers transportation to and from school for an additional fee. Staffing English speaking experienced teachers from western countries are employed; some other nationalities are hired for instruction in other fields. Student Placement Following official admission procedures, a placement examination may be given to determine the appropriate level of instructions; the assessments may involve reading and mathematics. Governance Quality Schools International, a non-profit private educational organization, manages the school. A Director administers Ashgabat International School on site. An appointed Advisory Board supports the school in the community; the School Director oversees all educational programs. Library •Access to more than 10,000 volumes and resource materials on CD-ROM •A DVD and video server consisting of 3,000+ educational videos are part of the extended library services Mobile Computer Laboratory •A mobile computer lab consisting of netbook computers is available to all students •Wireless network access is available Language Programs •Advanced Russian and French for native speakers and Russian and French as a second language are offered.

•The school offers various languages Extra-Curricular Activities •Extra-curricular offerings vary throughout the year but include sports, gymnastics, fine arts, etc. This article has been adapted from information released by the US State Department's Office of Overseas Schools on December 9, 2004, a public domain source

Jessy Wilson

Jessy Wilson is an American singer from Brooklyn and former member of the rock duo Muddy Magnolias. Wilson was graduated from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School. After high school Wilson began to sing backup for Alicia Keys on her Tours, she moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 2013 to get her music career started. This is where she met her other band member Kallie North, was mentored by John Legend. Muddy Magnolias performance with large media coverage was at the CMA Music Festival 2014, when the Rolling Stone magazine compared Wilson's vocals to Aretha Franklin; the group was signed by Third Generation Records and released their album Broken People in 2016. Kallie North left the band in 2017 due to unspecified reasons, which led to the group disbanding. After the breakup of Muddy Magnolias, Wilson began making artwork similar to art made by Pablo Picasso. On January 15, 2019 Wilson released her new single "Love & Sophistication," along with a lyric video with French captions; the song will be featured on her first studio album Phase, set to be released on May 3, 2019 and was produced by Patrick Carney of The Black Keys.

Wilson says "In a way, like Dylan or Picasso, I feel like I’m going through these different phases as an artist, that's what inspired the title, Phase. This album fills the gap between everything I'm becoming. It's the piece that's been missing." The album will be released through Thirty Tigers Records."Love & Sophistication" was released as the first single of her debut album Phase on February 15, 2019. Wilson describes the song as 70's R&B track. Wilson said to V magazine that she did not just want to write the song about a love relationship, but about and evolving relationship with sophistication involved in it as well; the music video to the song debuted on V magazines website on February 15, 2019, features Wilson in a dark room singing to the song with French Captions. The song was produced by Patrick Carney, the drummer of The Black Keys. Phase "Love & Sophistication" "Love & Sophistication" – 3:17

Helen W. Nies

Helen Wilson Nies was a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit after serving as a United States Judge of the United States Court of Customs and Patent Appeals. Born in Birmingham, Nies received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan in 1946, she received a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School in 1948, graduating Order of the Coif. She was an attorney of the Office of Alien Property of the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D. C. from 1948 to 1951. She was branch counsel of the United States Office of Price Stabilization in Washington, D. C. from 1951 to 1952. She was in private practice of law in Chicago and Washington, D. C. from 1960 to 1978. She was in private practice of law in Washington, D. C. from 1978 to 1980. Nies was nominated by President Jimmy Carter on May 9, 1980, to a seat on the United States Court of Customs and Patent Appeals vacated by Judge Donald Edward Lane, she was confirmed by the United States Senate on June 18, 1980, received her commission on June 18, 1980.

Her service terminated on October 1982, due to reassignment to the Federal Circuit. Nies was reassigned by operation of law on October 1, 1982, to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, to a new seat authorized by 96 Stat. 25. She served as Chief Judge from 1990 to 1994, she assumed senior status on November 1, 1995. Her service terminated on August 1996, due to her death, she died on August 7, 1996, her 71st birthday, of head injuries sustained in a bicycle accident, in Lewes, Delaware. Helen Wilson Nies at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center. Federal Judicial Center CCPA entry on Helen W. Nies

2012 UK Championship

The 2012 UK Championship was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place between 1–9 December 2012 at the Barbican Centre in York, England. It was the fifth ranking event of the 2012/2013 season. For the first time in the history of snooker three maximum breaks were made in a ranking tournament, albeit at different venues. Andy Hicks made the 93rd official maximum break during his round 2 qualifying match against Daniel Wells; this was Hicks' first 147 break. Just one day Jack Lisowski compiled the 94th official maximum break during his round 3 qualifying match against Chen Zhe; this was Lisowski's first 147 break. John Higgins made the 95th official maximum break during his last 16 match against Mark Davis; this was Higgins' seventh 147 break. It took the total number of maximum breaks for the season to seven. Judd Trump was the defending champion, but he lost 5–6 against Mark Joyce in the last 32. Mark Selby won his third ranking title by defeating Shaun Murphy 10–6 in the final.

This was the tournament's first all-English final since 1992, when Jimmy White defeated John Parrott 16–9. By reaching the final Selby regained number one position in the rankings from Trump; the breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below: These matches were held between 20 and 23 November 2012 at the World Snooker Academy in Sheffield, England. UKC2012 pictures by MoniqueLimbos at Photobucket John Higgins 147 Maximum vs Mark Davis – 2012 UK Championship on YouTube