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Pershore Abbey

Pershore Abbey, at Pershore in Worcestershire, was an Anglo-Saxon abbey and is now an Anglican parish church, the Church of the Holy Cross. The foundation of the minster at Pershore is alluded to in a spurious charter of King Æthelred of Mercia, it purports to be the charter by which Æthelred granted 300 hides at Gloucester to King Osric of the Hwicce, another 300 at Pershore to Osric's brother Oswald. It is preserved only as a copy in a 14th-century register of Gloucester, where it is followed by two charters listing the endowments made to the abbey until the reign of Link Burgred of Mercia; the 300 hides mentioned here are unlikely to be a contemporary detail, as they were intended to represent the triple hundred which made up the area of Worcestershire. Historian H. P. R. Finberg suggests that the foundation charter may have been drafted in the 9th century, based on some authentic material. Oswald's foundation of a monastery at Pershore is not stated explicitly in the charter, but the Worcester chronicle Cronica de Anglia, written c.

1150, reports it under the annal for 683, John Leland, consulting the now lost Annals of Pershore, places the event around 689. Patrick Sims-Williams suggests that the foundation by Oswald may represent an oral tradition at Pershore, as its archives were destroyed in fires of 1002 and again in 1223. In the 9th century, Pershore comes to light again as a minster under the patronage of Mercian kings. In other charters contained in the Gloucester register and Burgred are recorded as having been patrons of Pershore. A charter of King Edgar refers back to a grant of privileges by Coenwulf at the request of his ealdorman Beornnoth. In the reign of King Edgar, Pershore reappears as one of the abbeys to be re-established under the programme of Benedictine reform. Writing c. 1000, the Ramsey monk Byrhtferth relates that under the auspices of Oswald, bishop of Worcester, seven monasteries were founded in his diocese, notably including Pershore. The first abbot was one Foldbriht, whose name is sufficiently rare to suggest that he may be the same Foldbriht whom Bishop Æthelwold installed at Abingdon and used to be a monk of Glastonbury before that time.

The refoundation is what lies behind an exceptionally elaborate charter for Pershore, dated 972, in which King Edgar is presented as granting new lands and privileges as well as confirming old ones, such as the one granted by Coenwulf. The authenticity of this document, has been questioned. Simon Keynes in 1980 showed that it belongs to the so-called Orthodoxorum group of charters, so named after the initial word of their proem, which he concluded were forgeries based on a charter of Æthelred II's reign. Since Susan Kelly and John Hudson have vindicated the status of some of these charters, including the one for Pershore, written in square minuscule characteristic of some of Edgar's charters. More Peter Stokes has brought to light a variant copy of the charter and suggests that two different versions may have been produced around the same time, somewhere between 972 and 1066. A possible scenario is that they were produced to make up for the loss of the original charter shortly after the fire, reported to have destroyed the abbey in c.

1002. The 12th-century historian William of Malmesbury, who seems unaware of any pre-existing minster, claims that one Æthelweard, whom he describes as "ealdorman of Dorset", had founded the abbey of Pershore in the time of King Edgar. Osbert's Life of Eadburh of Winchester alleges that one Alwardus, styled comes and consul, was responsible for the refoundation. Both authors attribute to him a role in the translation of some of the saint's relics to Pershore. Osbert writes that an abbess of Nunnaminster had sold some relics to Æthelweard, who in turn handed them over for the refoundation of Pershore; some scholars have identified him with Æthelweard, the well-known chronicler and ealdorman of the western shires. Whatever high-level patronage the foundation may have received, it was not enough to sustain its fortunes for long. What happened to Pershore in the 10th century is poorly documented, but some sources seem to hint that it went into decline during the succession crisis which emerged in the wake of King Edgar's death.

William of Malmesbury says that "it, like the others, decayed to a pitiful extent, was reduced by more than a half". According to Leland, the Annals of Pershore hold an earl called Delfer responsible for depriving the abbey of several of its lands; this Delfer has been interpreted as a misreading for ealdorman of Mercia. While himself a patron of Ely and Abingdon, Ælfhere was charged with despoiling reformed monasteries during Edward the Martyr's brief reign; the targets included houses refounded by Bishop Oswald or Bishop Æthelwold and enriched under the patronage of Æthelstan Half-King's sons, notably Æthelwine, ealdorman of East Anglia. Evesham Abbey, for instance, as reported by its own chronicle claimed to have lost several of its lands in this way, Winchcombe was disbanded altogether. Æthelwine, in his turn, was remembered at Ely as a despoiler of its lands. Tensions between Ælfhere and Bishop Oswald, whose authorities overlapped, between Ælfhere and Æthelwine, with whom Oswald maintained a close relationship, are therefore to have been the principal cause of the upheaval.

Whether a liberty similar to that of Oswaldslow was an extra cause for concern, compromising Ælfhere's authority as ealdorman, cannot be ascertained from the sources. Pershore suffered worse misfortune when, according

A Harlot's Progress (opera)

A Harlot's Progress is an opera in six scenes by the British composer Iain Bell, based on William Hogarth's series of etchings of the same name. The libretto is by British author Peter Ackroyd; the opera premiered at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna on 13 October 2013 with German coloratura soprano Diana Damrau in the lead role of Moll Hackabout under the baton of Finnish conductor Mikko Franck in a production by German opera and theatre director Jens-Daniel Herzog. Additional cast members included Nathan Gunn, Marie McLaughlin, Irish mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught, English tenor Christopher Gillett and French bass-baritone Nicolas Testé, with the Arnold Schoenberg Choir as the chorus, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. Following the successful critical and audience response to the piece, the performance of 24 October 2013 was broadcast in a live web stream, in what was Theater an der Wien's first such transmission from their main auditorium; the story concerns a country girl, who comes to the big city and becomes mistress of an old, rich man.

Thrown out by him because of her taking of younger lovers, she becomes diseased and mad and dies in misery. Scene 1: Cheapside Scene 2: The house of Lovelace, Leadenhall Street Scene 3: A garret in Drury Lane Scene 4: Bridewell Prison Scene 5: The garret Scene 6: Moll's wake, the garret The piece was well received; the Oberösterreichische Nachrichten described it as an "enthralling and acclaimed world premiere". The Kurier called it "cinematic and thrilling" and Der Standard referred to it as a "soul-devouring juggernaut". George Loomis of The New York Times praised Bell, saying the mad scene in the piece "confirms that Bell knows how to write for the human voice" and that the composer was "an accomplished writer for the orchestra" and Seen and Heard hailed it as an "...opera to be reckoned with. A Harlot's Progress together with Written on Skin by George Benjamin are the great successes of contemporary opera"; the newspapers Österreich and Der Neue Merkur reported the tremendous applause the piece received on the opening night.

Some of these above reviewers drew attention to the unrelenting bleakness of the subject matter with Bachtrack stating "Its chances for being incorporated into modern repertory are good – if people can handle the utterly depressing plot". Gerhard Persché of Opera, while impressed with the performance, commented that the libretto was "too deliberately vulgar and provocative" and while praising elements of the music felt that "the composer doesn't seem altogether at home with opera as a form". Iain Bell: A Harlot's Progress, characters, Chester Novello "Doris Day hat ihn gerettet" – Kurier, 12 October 2013 Barbara Petsch: "Iain Bell – Ein extremer Optimist" – Die Presse, 3 October 2013 Stefan Ender: "Der Komponist als Enthusiast" – Der Standard Christoph Irrgeher: "Iain Bell" – Wiener Zeitung, 10 October 2013

Stanford Mendicants

The Stanford Mendicants are an all-male a cappella group at Stanford University. The group is Stanford University's original a cappella group. Since its founding in 1963, the group's size has varied from 6 to 19 members. Although they are an a cappella group today, they have performed with instruments in previous generations; the group prides itself on singing a wide range of songs, from gospel to barbershop to pop tunes and original compositions. The Mendicants are known around Stanford's campus for their romantic serenades; the Stanford Mendicants was founded in 1963 by Hank Adams, a transfer student from Yale University, with a group of 5 undergraduate men. The group rehearsed only a single song before breaking into the dining commons of Branner Hall, an all-women's dormitory at the time, performing their song during lunch. Adams recalled, himself tearing up, that during their performance, the women wept, there was "not a dry eye in the house". Having only rehearsed the one song, they fled through an open window and went back to rehearsal.

Their 1998 album Besides What You See received a 4.2 rating from the Recorded A Cappella Review Board, the group's highest album score to date. The group was Runner-Up in three categories in the inaugural Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards in 1992; as of 2020, they have been nominated for six more recording awards awards since then: in 1999, 2001, 2005, 2019. Mendicant songs were selected for Varsity Vocals' "Best of Collegiate A Cappella" compilation album in both 2001 and 2005. On February 2nd, 2019, The Stanford Mendicants finished in first place in the ICCA Northern California Quarter-Finals in Redwood City, CA; the Mendicants took home two individual awards, including Outstanding Soloist, for Austin Zambito-Valente, Outstanding Choreography, for Khoi Le and Gabe Wieder. Chris Ayer and Songwriter Jordan Gelber, actor from the Broadway run of Avenue Q Founding Mendicant Dick Grant, Director of the Pacific Mozart Ensemble Former Musical Director John Livingston and brother of Ron Livingston Founding Mendicant John Frohnmayer and Oregon State University Professor Brandon Singleton, actor with the Jersey Boys Las Vegas production at the Palazzo Las Vegas-Resort Hotel Casino Joseph Siravo, actor with The Sopranos and Jersey Boys National Tour Untitled Untitled A Fellow Needs a Girl Untitled Untitled Untitled Untitled Untitled Untitled Clean-Cut and Slightly Frayed Somewhere in Hawaii Take You Back Pretending to Care Aquapella Just Like That Feline Casanova Back For Seconds Beggars Can't Be Choosers Besides What You See Room to Grow Best Laid Plans Mendication Beggar's Dozen Roses In My Hand Sh-Boom Just a Group of Guys Mendicants At Large For the Long Haul Trailblazer The International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella first judged live a cappella performance competitions in 1996.

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October 24 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)

October 23 - Eastern Orthodox liturgical calendar - October 25 All fixed commemorations below celebrated on November 6 by Eastern Orthodox Churches on the Old Calendar. For October 24th, Orthodox Churches on the Old Calendar commemorate the Saints listed on October 11. Martyr Sebastiani Martyrs Sotiricus and Valentinos, from Asia Minor, by being dragged over sharp stones. Hieromartyr Akakios the Presbyter, by the sword. Martyr Nerdonus, by fire. Saint Proclus of Constantinople, Archbishop of Constantinople Great-martyr Arethas of Omir and 4,299 martyrs with him, including Martyr Syncletica and her two daughters A holy woman martyr and her child, together with Martyr Arethas of Omir and his companions Blessed Elesbaan, King of Ethiopia Martyrs Felix, Januarius and Septimus Saint Evergislus, a Bishop of Cologne in Germany, martyred by heathen robbers Saint Maglorius of Sark, Bishop of Dol-de-Bretagne in Brittany Saint Senoch the Healer, Abbot, of Tours, Gaul Saint Cadfarch, a disciple of St Iltyd, he founded churches in Penegoes and Abererch in Wales Saint Martin of Vertou, founder of the monastery of Vertou near Nantes of Saint-Jouin-de-Marnes and other monasteries Saint Marcius, a hermit at Montecassino in Italy Saint Fromundus, Monk and Bishop of Coutances in France Venerable Arethas, recluse, of the Kiev Caves Venerable Sisoes of the Kiev Caves Venerable Theophilus the Silent, of the Kiev Caves Saint Athanasius I of Constantinople, Patriarch of Constantinople Saint John, recluse, of the Pskov Caves Venerable Zosima, Elder, of Siberia Saint George the New Confessor, of Drama, Greece New Hieromartyr Lawrence, Bishop of Balakhnin, Alexis Porfiriev and with them New Martyr Alexis Neidhardt New Hieromartyr Arethas, Hieromonk of Valaam, New Hieromartyrs John Smirnov and Nicholas Nikolsky, Priests New Martyr Peter Bogorodsky, Priest Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos The "Joy of All Who Sorrow" Repose of Blessed Eudocia of Ryazan Repose of Hieroschemamonk Barsanuphius of Valaam October 24 / November 6.

Orthodox Calendar. November 6 / October 24. HOLY TRINITY RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH. October 24. 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. 79. The Twenty-Fourth Day of the Month of October. Orthodoxy in China. October 24. 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. P. 328. Rev. Richard Stanton. A Menology of England and Wales, or, Brief Memorials of the Ancient British and English Saints Arranged According to the Calendar, Together with the Martyrs of the 16th and 17th Centuries. London: Burns & Oates, 1892. Pp. 512–513. Greek Sources Great Synaxaristes: 24 ΟΚΤΩΒΡΙΟΥ. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ. Συναξαριστής. 24 Οκτωβρίου. ECCLESIA. GR.. 24/10/2017.

Ορθόδοξος Συναξαριστής. Russian Sources 6 ноября. Православная Энциклопедия под редакцией Патриарха Московского и всея Руси Кирилла.. 24 октября по старому стилю / 6 ноября по новому стилю. Русская Православная Церковь - Православный церковный календарь на 2016 год

Geofoam

Geofoam is expanded polystyrene or extruded polystyrene manufactured into large lightweight blocks. The blocks vary in size but are 2 m × 0.75 m × 0.75 m. The primary function of geofoam is to provide a lightweight void fill below a highway, bridge approach, embankment or parking lot. EPS Geofoam minimizes settlement on underground utilities. Geofoam is used in much broader applications, including lightweight fill, green roof fill, compressible inclusions, thermal insulation, drainage. Geofoam shares principles with geocombs, defined as "any manufactured material created by an extrusion process that results in a final product that consists of numerous open-ended tubes that are glued, fused or otherwise bundled together." The cross-sectional geometry of an individual tube has a simple geometric shape and is on the order of 25 mm across. The overall cross-section of the assemblage of bundled tubes resembles a honeycomb that gives it its name. Presently, only rigid polymers have been used as geocomb material.

The first use of EPS Geofoam was in Oslo, Norway in 1972. Geofoam was used in the embankments around the Flom Bridge in an effort to reduce settlements. Prior to installing geofoam, this area experienced 20–30 centimeters of settlement annually causing extreme roadway damage. Due to the success of the Oslo geofoam project, the first International Geofoam Conference was held in Oslo, Norway in 1985 for engineers to exchange knowledge, research results, share new applications, discuss case histories. Since two more conferences were held in Tokyo and Salt Lake City, US, in 1996 and 2001, respectively; the most recent conference was held in June 2011 in Norway. Between 1985 and 1987, Japan used over 1,300,000 m3 of geofoam in 2,000 projects. Testing and use of geofoam in these projects demonstrated the potential advantages of geofoam as a lightweight fill. For example, Geofoam was placed beneath runways in Japanese airports, proving the material can sustain heavy and repeated pressure. Geofoam was first used in the United States in 1989 on Highway 160 between Durango and Mancos, Colorado.

An increase in rainfall caused a landslide. Geofoam was used to create highway side slope stabilization to prevent any similar issues; the use of geofoam versus conventional restoration resulted in an 84% reduction to the total cost of the project. The largest geofoam project in the United States took place from 1997 to 2001 on Interstate 15 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Geofoam was chosen to minimize that amount of utilities that would need to be relocated or remodeled for the project. A total of 3,530,000 cu ft of geofoam was used, $450,000 was saved by eliminating the need to relocate utility poles. Geofoam was used in embankments and bridge abutments for base stability. Subsequently, because of the success of usage of geofoam for the I-15 Reconstruction Project, the Utah Transit Authority has used geofoam embankment for its light rail and commuter rail lines. From 2009 to 2012, a Vaudreuil-based expanded polymer manufacturing company provided over 625,000 m3 of geofoam for a new segment of highway 30 in the province of Quebec, in the Montreal area, making it the largest geofoam project in North America to date.

Since 2016, Geofoam is extensively used in the construction of the new elevated highway 15 and Turcot interchange in Montreal. A brief summary of applications can be found at: Slope stabilization is the use of geofoam in order to reduce the mass and gravitational force in an area that may be subject to failure, such as a landslide. Geofoam is up to 50 times lighter than other traditional fills with similar compressive strengths; this allows geofoam to maximize the available right-of-way on an embankment. Geofoam's light weight and ease of installation reduces construction labor costs. Embankments using geofoam allow for a great reduction in necessary side slopes compared to typical fills. Reducing the side slope of the embankment can increase the usable space on either side; these embankments can be built upon soils affected by differential settlement without being affected. Maintenance costs associated with geofoam embankments are lower when compared to embankments using natural soil; some weak and soft soil cannot support the weight of the desired structure.

If it was built out of traditional earthwork filling, it would have been too heavy and deform the weak soil underneath and damage the bridge. To reduce costs by not digging into the bedrock, Geofoam is used for the interior filling of the bridge Using geofoam for retaining structures provides a reduction in lateral pressure as well as preventing settlement and improving waterproofing. Geofoam's light weight will reduce the lateral force on abutment, it is important to install a draining system under the geofoam to prevent problems with built-up hydrostatic pressure or buoyancy. Utility Protection is possible by using geofoam to reduce the vertical stresses on pipes and other sensitive utilities. Reducing the weight on top of a utility by using geofoam instead of a typical soil prevents utilities from potential issues, such as collapses. Pavement insulation is the use of geofoam under pavement where pavement thickness can be controlled by frost heave conditions. Using geofoam as a sub-grade insulation element will decrease this differential thickness.

Geofoam is 98 % air by volume. Proper installation of geofoam is

Tamika Louis

Tamika LaShun Louis is an American basketball coach, most head women's basketball coach at Delaware State. Louis was born in Flint and was the second of five children to Robert and Joyce Louis, she attended and graduated from Flint Northern High School, where she lettered in basketball and track. As a freshman at West Virginia University, Louis played 19 games and averaged 3.9 points and 1.5 assists in the 1993–94 season. She transferred to Fresno State, where she played from 1995 to 1998 and became a captain and starting point guard; as a senior in 1997–98, Louis averaged 5.4 assists per game to rank fourth in the Western Athletic Conference in that statistic. Louis was a member of the Fresno State Student-Athlete Advisory Board and had an internship with U. S. Senator Dianne Feinstein of California. Louis completed her bachelor's degree in communications in 1997 at Fresno State, enrolled in the master's in communication program by the start of her senior basketball season, completed her master's degree in 1999.

Louis started her coaching career as an assistant coach at Central High School in Fresno, California in the 1998–99 season. She moved to Cleveland and was associate head coach at Cuyahoga Community College in 2000–01 and James Ford Rhodes High School in 2001–02. From 2002 to 2005, Louis was the head women's basketball coach at Mott Community College in Flint, where she led her squad to a 59–35 overall record during her tenure, including a 28–9 record in 2004–05 that included a 16–0 MCCAA Eastern Conference record, NJCAA Region 12 title, NJCAA Tournament berth. Louis earned Michigan Community College Athletic Association and NJCAA Region XII Coach of the Year honors. From 2007 to 2009, Louis served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the University of Illinois. During her time at U of I, she recruited two top-20 ranked recruits Destiny Williams and Karisma Penn. From 2009 to 2011, Louis was an assistant recruiting coordinator for St. John's. Among her players was Second Team All-Big East and Freshman All-American Shennieka Smith.

In the 2011–12 season, Louis served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator during the 2011-2012 season at George Washington. On May 31, 2012, Delaware State University hired Louis as women's basketball head coach. In three seasons, Louis had a 23–67 record. In her final season in 2014–15, multiple players' parents accused Louis of abusive behavior. One letter to the university president alleged that Louis used "harassment and threats to keep the players quiet about her dehumanizing behavior". Delaware State reinstated Louis on October 15, 2014. On March 21, 2015, Delaware State decided not to renew Louis's contract. Delaware State finished the 2014–15 season with a 5–25 record. In addition to coaching, Louis has worked at General Motors from 1999 to 2007, including as a Service Development Manager for the Northeast Region. In 2003, she won the company's Corporate Woman of the Year Achievement Award for representing the Accessory Department. In 2015, Louis became communications manager at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles