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Per Hasselberg

Per Hasselberg, until 1870 Karl Petter Åkesson, was a Swedish sculptor. He has received critical acclaim for his delicate and allegorical nudes, copies of which are distributed in public places and private homes in Sweden. Hasselberg was born 1 January 1850 in the small village Hasselstad near Ronneby in the province of Blekinge in the south of Sweden, he grew up as the sixth child in a poor family. His religious father, Åke Andersson, was a small farmer, a construction worker for bridges, a cabinet-maker. Hasselberg finished school at the age of twelve and became a carpenter apprentice in Karlshamn, where he got a training as ornamental sculptor. After this he moved to Stockholm in 1869, where he took several jobs as ornamental sculptor and visited evening and weekend courses at craft school. In 1876 he got a scholarship from the Swedish National Board of Trade to travel to Paris, where he was accepted at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts the following year. There he studied for three years under academy professor François Jouffroy.

He worked as sculptor in Paris until 1890, when he returned to Stockholm to open a studio in Östermalm. In 1885 he was taken in at the Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg because of aortic dissection, he recovered. In 1894 his condition became serious again and he died 25 July in Stockholm at the hospital Sophiahemmet. At the time of his death he had no debts and a book of orders of a total sum of about 30.000 Swedish Crowns, equivalent to about 250.000 US-Dollar in 2015. His will was that the large marble blocks, which were being shipped from Italy and which were destined for large copies of Farfadern and Näckrosen, should be handed over to his sculptor colleague Christian Eriksson to do the job; the original French name was La Perce-Neige and it was first made in plaster cast for the 1881 Salon in Paris. Hasselberg’s model was 16-year-old Italian. At her feet shows a small snowdrop, the statue was understood as a symbol of new life breaking through the snow in springtime. Snöklocka is not the ordinary Swedish name for the flower, snödroppe.

It is a rare poetic name, derived from a literal translation of the ordinary German name Schneeglöckchen. Thus a musical connotation was added by using it for the statue, her right hand is close to her right ear; the Snowdrop was not only accepted at the 1881 Salon but received a honorable mention, which no other Swedish work achieved that year. This success meant that he was a famous artist in Sweden, where the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm soon ordered a copy in marble, it received a gold medal at the Salon in Paris the same year. In 1885 the Gothenburg Museum of Art had its marble copy; the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen/Denmark has one since 1889. Copies in bronze at public places are on Maria Square /Stockholm, in Falun and near Sunne. 1,700 pieces in parian ware with a height of 50 cm and 625 pieces in 60 cm were produced in 1887-1926 by Gustavsberg porcelain. The more recent reception of the Snowdrop in Sweden in the 21st century presented a new additive in the form of certain feminist views.

One author of the catalogue of the large Hasselberg retrospective in Stockhom 2010 claimed that the closed eyes of the statue were not a sign of just waking up but rather showed that Hasselberg had “forced” the “body of the young woman” into a “state of unconsciousness”. The original French name was L'Aiëul and it was first made in plaster cast 1886 in Paris and exhibited at the Palais de l'Industrie that year; the basic idea was to show nature's cycle containing the poles of old. It had its origin during Hasselberg’s long treatment at university hospital in Gothenburg in 1885, after which he learned that he had only a few more years to live, he knew, that the planned work might be his last one and thus his artistic testament. The idea became more definitive after he had seen an old man sitting with a naked sleeping boy on his knees on a boulevard in Paris; when it was finished his artist friends were enthusiastic about it, but the exhibition in Paris was no success. The original copies in plaster cast by Hasselberg are lost, but a copy in bronze was placed near the National Library of Sweden in Stockholm 1896 and a copy in marble from 1896 is today in the Gothenburg Museum of Art.

Grodan was exhibited there. Between the knees of the girl there is a frog. Hasselberg reported that the concept of this piece had spontaneously come up when a model in his studio during a break sat on the floor in this position to rest; the French word grenouille does not only mean frog but in slang street girl. It is unknown if Hasselberg was aware of this second meaning, but it was commented that by this statue he wanted to express his time’s view of a tension between the noble and the less noble sides of youth. Several copies in bronze are in marble copies in museums; the most recent bronze copy from 2009 in Ulricehamn replaced a stolen copy from the 1940s. 230 pieces in parian ware with a height of 38 cm and 241 pieces in 26 cm were produced in 1906-1926 by Gustavsberg porcelain. Näckrosen was first exhibited in plaster cast at the Danish art society Kunstforeningen in Copenhagen 1892 and that year in Gothenburg/Sweden. In 1893 it was exhibited at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago.

The statue shows a young woman lying on her back and floating on a large water lily leaf s

John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase

The John Durkan Memorial Chase is a Grade 1 National Hunt steeplechase in Ireland. It is run over a distance of about 2 miles and 4 furlongs {2 miles 4 furlongs and 40 yards, or 4,060 metres) at Punchestown in December; the race was first run in 1968 and it was run over a distance of 2 miles until 1973. It has been run over the present distance since apart from in 1993 and 1994, when it was run over 2 miles and 5 furlongs; the race was renamed in December 1998 in memory of John Durkan, an amateur jockey and assistant racehorse trainer who died of leukaemia in January 1998. Most successful horse: Straight Fort - 1971, 1972 Fort Fox - 1976, 1977 Jack Of Trumps - 1978, 1979 Bobsline - 1984, 1986 Merry Gale - 1994, 1995 Native Upmanship - 2000, 2002 Djakadam - 2015, 2016 Min - 2018, 2019Most successful jockey: Ruby Walsh - Arvika Ligeonniere, Min Most successful trainer: Jim Dreaper - Straight Fort, Lean Forward, Lough Inagh, Carvill's Hill, Merry Gale Horse racing in Ireland List of Irish National Hunt races Racing Post: 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 2017, 2018, 2019

A Rock and Roll Christmas

A Rock and Roll Christmas is a rock album collected by Howard Smiley and Bill Crowley in 1994. It contains many Christmas-themed rock songs from the 1950s through 1980s by various artists. "Step into Christmas" – Elton John "I Wish Everyday Could Be Like Christmas" – Jon Bon Jovi "Sock It to Me Santa" – Bob Seger and The Last Heard "What Child Is This?" – The Moody Blues "Rock and Roll Christmas" – George Thorogood & The Destroyers "I Believe in Father Christmas" – Emerson, Lake & Palmer "Silent Night" – Elvin Bishop "Christmas Wrapping" – The Waitresses "Christmas Is the Time to Say'I Love You'" – Billy Squier "Merry Christmas, Baby" – Chuck Berry "Father Christmas" – The Kinks A Rock and Roll Christmas at AllMusic. Retrieved 14:55, 3 January 2016

Walter Washington

Walter Edward Washington was an American civil servant and politician. He was chief executive of Washington, D. C. from 1967 to 1979, serving as the first and only Mayor-Commissioner from 1967 to 1974 and as the first home-rule mayor of the District of Columbia from 1975 to 1979. After a career in public housing in Washington, DC and New York City, he was appointed as mayor-commissioner of Washington, D. C. in 1967. Congress had passed a law granting home rule to the capital, while reserving some authorities. Washington won the first mayoral election in 1974, served from 1975 until 1979. Washington was the great-grandson of enslaved Americans, he was born in Georgia. His family moved North in the Great Migration, Washington was raised in Jamestown, New York, attending public schools, he earned a bachelor's degree from Howard University and a law degree from Howard University School of Law. He was a member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity. Washington married an educator, they had Bennetta Jules-Rosette, who became a sociologist.

His wife Bennetta Washington became a director of the Women's Job Corps, First Lady of Washington, D. C. when he was mayor. She died in 1991. After graduating from Howard in 1948, Washington was hired as a supervisor for D. C.'s Alley Dwelling Authority. He worked for the authority until 1961, when he was appointed by President John F. Kennedy as the Executive Director of the National Capital Housing Authority; this was the housing department of the District of Columbia, administered by Congress. In 1966 Washington moved to New York City to head the much larger Housing Authority there in the administration of Mayor John Lindsay. In 1967, President Lyndon Johnson used his reorganization power under Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1967 to replace the three-commissioner government that had run the capital since 1871 under congressional supervision. Johnson implemented a more modern government headed by a single commissioner, assistant commissioner, a nine-member city council, all appointed by the president.

Johnson appointed Washington Commissioner, which by this time had been informally retitled as "Mayor-Commissioner." Washington was the first African-American mayor of a major American city, one of three blacks in 1967 chosen to lead major cities. Richard Hatcher of Gary and Carl Stokes of Cleveland were elected that year. Washington inherited a city, torn by racial divisions, had to deal with conservative congressional hostility following passage of major civil rights legislation; when he sent his first budget to Congress in late 1967, Democratic Representative John L. McMillan, chair of the House Committee on the District of Columbia, responded by having a truckload of watermelons delivered to Washington's office. In April 1968, Washington faced riots following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Although urged by FBI director J. Edgar Hoover to shoot rioters, Washington refused, he told the Washington Post "I walked by myself through the city and urged angry young people to go home.

I asked them to help the people, burned out." Only one person refused to listen to him. Republican President Richard Nixon retained Washington after being elected as president in 1968. Congress enacted the District of Columbia Self-Rule and Governmental Reorganization Act on December 24, 1973, providing for an elected mayor and city council. Washington began a vigorous election campaign in early 1974 against six challengers; the Democratic primary race—the real contest in the overwhelmingly Democratic and then-majority black city — became a two-way contest between Washington and Clifford Alexander, future Army Secretary. Washington won the tight race by 4,000 votes; as expected, he won the November general election with a large majority. Home rule took effect when Washington and the newly elected council–the city's first popularly-elected government since 1871–were sworn into office January 2, 1975. Washington was sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. Although beloved by residents, some who nicknamed him "Uncle Walter," Washington found himself overcome by the problems of managing what was the equivalent of a combination state and city government.

The Washington Post opined that he lacked "command presence." Council chair Sterling Tucker, who wanted to be Mayor, suggested that the problems in the city were because of Washington's inability to manage city services. Council Member Marion Barry, another rival, accused him of "bumbling and bungling in an inefficiently run city government." Washington was constrained by the fact that as now, the Constitution vested Congress with ultimate authority over the District. Congress thus retained veto power over acts passed by the council, many matters were subject to council approval; the Washington Monthly noted. Neither did it satisfy the black voters' yearning to see the city run by blacks for blacks. Walter Washington was black, but many blacks were suspicious that he was still too tied to the white power structure that had run the city when he was a commissioner." During his administration he started many new initiatives, for example, the Office of Latino Affairs of the District of Columbia. In the 1978 Democratic mayoral primary, Washington finished third behind Tucker.

He left office on January 2, 1979. Upon his departure from office, he announced that the city had posted a $41 million budget surplus, based on the Federal government's cash accounting system; when Barry took office, he shifted city

Jonathan Archer

Jonathan Archer is a fictional character in the Star Trek franchise. He is the protagonist of the television series Star Trek: Enterprise, where he is portrayed by Scott Bakula. Archer plays a major role in the formation of Starfleet and the United Federation of Planets. Archer is the commanding officer of the first starship Enterprise from 2151 to 2161 and is President of the United Federation of Planets from 2184 to 2192. According to a computer display in the episode "In a Mirror, Darkly", historian John Gill considered Archer "the greatest explorer of the 22nd century." Archer, the son of famed warp engineer Henry Archer and his wife Sally, was born in 2112 on 4 August in Upstate New York, where he spent most of his formative years. The second-season episode "First Flight" depicted in flashback that he spent many years as a test pilot in the nascent Starfleet's NX program, based in San Francisco, his dreams of exploring started as a boy. As a youth, Archer earned the Eagle Scout Award, along with 26 Merit Badges, from the Boy Scouts of America.

He is an avid Water polo fan relaxing by watching water polo games. Archer grew up with a distrust of Vulcans, perceiving them as having held back Humanity's progress with regard to his father's warp five engine; as a commander, Archer served as a pilot in the NX warp trials with A. G. Robinson and Gardner. Robinson pushed the limits of the NX-Alpha, resulting in its destruction; the Vulcans recommended that the warp trials end, which Starfleet agreed to, until Charles Tucker III fixed the intermix ratios and Archer and Robinson stole the NX-Beta, the second test ship, to prove its readiness. Although Archer was suspended for the act, it is believed his risk secured his role as Captain of Enterprise, Earth's first warp five starship; as a man who loves to travel amongst the stars, Archer realizes being captain is a larger duty than manager and astronomer. He ran into species from all over the quadrant trying to kill his crew. Encounters with the Mazarites, Tholians and Klingons caused Archer to become more of a military commander.

In addition, Archer learns. During Seasons 1 and 2, he is somewhat uncomfortable with this role in the episode "A Night In Sickbay" when Porthos contracts a deadly illness on an alien world. While exploring, Archer becomes an enemy of the Klingons. In a dispute with the Klingon Empire in 2152, he is convicted and sentenced to exile on Rura Penthe though he is innocent of the charges and despite the Klingons having acknowledged his previous service to the Empire. With his escape, a bounty is put on Archer's head and tensions with the Klingon Empire increase. During this period, Archer has the distinction of making Earth's official first contact with dozens of alien races, including the Andorians, Suliban, Tellarites, Tholians and Romulans. Although optimistic, Archer becomes involved in his first mission as captain of Enterprise in the middle of the Temporal Cold War; the Temporal Cold War begins at the beginning of the pilot episode, "Broken Bow". In that episode, the audience is introduced to the Suliban and a mysterious being from the future, guiding them.

As the Temporal Cold War continues, Archer meets Daniels, whose purpose is to safeguard Archer in particular and Enterprise in general. Daniels' comments are that Archer will be the man who helps to form the United Federation of Planets, it becomes apparent by the third season that Daniels is representing the Federation throughout the Temporal Cold War. In Season 3, he was the Military commander in the Expanse. Following the Xindi attack on Earth in 2153, Archer becomes a changed man. No longer a congenial captain, he is now driven and determined to seek out and confront the perpetrators. Archer commits desperate, controversial acts of questionable morality to ensure a future for Earth, including torturing a prisoner, cloning Tucker to harvest body parts in order to save the chief engineer and thus killing the clone, stealing a vital warp coil and leaving a ship of aliens stranded in space. While on his mission to locate the Xindi, Archer is transformed into a member of the extinct Loque'eque by a mutagenic virus.

He is infected by subspace parasites, creating an alternate timeline in which the Enterprise's mission fails and the Xindi succeed in destroying Earth. With the help of Daniels, along with T'Pol, travels back in time to the year 2004 to prevent the release of a Xindi-Reptilian bio-weapon. By the end of the season, Archer is presumed dead when the Xindi superweapon is destroyed, after having convinced three of the five Xindi races that reports of humanity's future conflict with them are wrong. However, in reality, he is transported back to the early 1940s during World War II, as is the Enterprise. After returning home in 2154, Archer helps a faction of Vulcans fight an oppressive government on their planet. During this incident, he is the recipient of the katra, or living spirit, of the great Vulcan philosopher Surak; the katra is transferred to a Vulcan priest, Archer is left unharmed. This leads to the reformation of Vulca

Neunkirchen, Bernkastel-Wittlich

Neunkirchen is an Ortsgemeinde – a municipality belonging to a Verbandsgemeinde, a kind of collective municipality – in the Bernkastel-Wittlich district in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. The municipality lies in the Hunsrück and belongs to the Verbandsgemeinde of Thalfang am Erbeskopf, whose seat is in the municipality of Thalfang; as a result of the turmoil of the French Revolution, Neunkirchen lay under French rule beginning about 1800. In 1814 it was assigned to the Kingdom of Prussia at the Congress of Vienna. Since 1947, it has been part of the newly founded state of Rhineland-Palatinate; the council is made up of 6 council members, who were elected by majority vote at the municipal election held on 7 June 2009, the honorary mayor as chairman. The Mayor of Neunkirchen is Richard Pestemer. Neunkirchen is a rural residential community. There are small businesses serving local demands. Verbandsgemeinde website with further information about Neunkirchen