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Polar Music Prize

The Polar Music Prize is a Swedish international award founded in 1989 by Stig Anderson, best known as the manager of the Swedish band ABBA, with a donation to the Royal Swedish Academy of Music. The award is annually given to one classical musician. Exceptions were made in 2001, when it was awarded to three musicians, 2003, when it was awarded only to one musician. Without any restrictions of nationality, the prize is to be "awarded for significant achievements in music and/or musical activity, or for achievements which are found to be of great potential importance for music or musical activity, it shall be referable to all fields within or connected with music"; the prize has been called the "Nobel Prize of Music" in Sweden. The first recipients were the Baltic States. Laureates are awarded 1 million kr handed over by king Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden in a ceremony at Stockholm Concert Hall in June every year; the Polar Music Prize is regarded as Sweden's foremost musical honour. The prize is overseen by the Stig Anderson Music Award Foundation, which includes members of Anderson's family and representatives of SKAP – the Swedish Society of Songwriters and Authors and the Swedish Performing Rights Society.

A committee of musicians, other experienced members of the music industry, members of Anderson's family selects the prize recipients from nominations submitted by representatives of several international music industry organizations, such as the European Composer and Songwriter Alliance. The prize amount is raised from revenue from the donation. In June, 2018 it was reported by Swedish public service radio that the Polar Prize organization has made large financial losses for several years; the current CEO of the Polar Music Prize is Marie Ledin. Official website

The Beauty in Black

"The Beauty in Black" is the first single released by Swedish heavy metal band Therion. "Arrival of the Darkest Queen" "The Beauty in Black" "Evocation of Vovin" "The Veil of Golden Spheres" Christofer Johnsson - guitar, keyboards Piotr Wawrzeniuk - drums Fredrik Isaksson - bass guitar Hans Groning - bass-baritone vocals Claudia Maria Mokri - soprano vocals The Beauty in Black at MusicBrainz The Beauty in Black at Discogs Information about single at the official website

BeBe Shopp

Beatrice Bella "BeBe" Shopp, from Hopkins, was Miss America in 1948. After winning Miss America 1948, Shopp used her pageant scholarship to attend the Manhattan School of Music, she specialized in the vibraharp, graduated with a degree in percussion in 1952. She sang with Share the Cape Ann Symphony Chorus, she was active in community affairs, headed the board of directors for Gloucester Stage Company. Near the end of her Miss America reign while traveling in France, Shopp was asked about women wearing two-piece bathing suits to which she replied,'I don't approve of Bikini suits for American girls... The French girls can wear them if they want to, but I still don't approve of them on American girls.'" Shopp married Korean War navigator Lt. Bayard D. Waring in 1954 and had four daughters, she is known by her married name Beatrice "Bea" Waring. She was a TV spokeswoman for an electric scooter company. Miss America official website

Yaroslav-the-Wise Novgorod State University

The Yaroslav-the-Wise Novgorod State University known informally as NovSU, was founded in 1993 by merging the two oldest higher education institutions of Veliky Novgorod: the Pedagogical and Polytechnic Institutes. Novgorod Agricultural Academy was included into the structure of the University. At present it comprises four Colleges of secondary vocational education, it is unusual that the Novgorod State University would have the name of Prince Yaroslav the Wise incorporated into its title. On the eve of the University's first anniversary, the Prince's personal seal was discovered during archaeological excavations. Academician Yanin considered it a remarkable coincidence and suggested awarding the University the name of the Russian prince. NovSU continues the political and educational mission of the Novgorod Prince Yaroslav-the-Wise and sees its destination in both the development of Russian education and science as well as in the interest of the individual and state, in glorification of Novgorod lands by learning and unity.

Its objectives are to bear professional knowledge and experience, to implement humanistic ideals, to build a social type of the individual adequate to the requirements of contemporary time. NovSU promotes cultural development of the regional community on a national and historical and moral basis, while emphasizing the features and dynamics of “a learning university” on the latest organizational and technological basis. Within Novgorod State University cover a wide spectrum of activity; the NovSU cooperates with international foundations and foreign governmental and nongovernmental organizations, 20 universities from such countries as Belarus, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden and the United States. NovSU is a dynamically developing University. More than 8,000 students study at the Novgorod State University, among them there are over 700 international students from 36 countries of the world. Academic staff of the NovSU is 896 persons. Among them: 115 doctors of science and 466 candidates of science.

Today 64 specialties, 19 branches of Bachelor's training, 11 branches of Master's training are given at 20 faculties and 92 departments of the University. • Software of Computer Engineering and Automated Systems • Applied Mathematics and Information ScienceMathematicsPhysics • Electronics and Micro-Electronics • Radio Technology, including specialization Medical ElectronicsDesign and Technology of Electronic Equipment • Radio Physics and Electronics • History and Archivistics • Theory and Methodology of Foreign Languages • Translation Methodology • Philosophy • Cultural StudiesPhilology • Journalism • Law • General Medicine • Nursing • Dentistry • Pharmacy • Technological Education • Pedagogics • Foreign Languages • Technology and Entrepreneurship • Musical Education • Fine Arts • Preschool Pedagogics and Psychology • Pedagogics and Methodology of Primary Education • Logopedics • Special Psychology • Physical Training • Management of Organization • Biology • Geography • Chemistry • Ecology • ForestryAgronomy • Agricultural Mechanization • Agricultural Manufacturing and Processing Technologies • Veterinary • Management of Organization • Marketing • Human Resources Management • State and Municipal Management • Land Resources Management • Accounting and Audit • Finances and Credit • Economics and Enterprise Administration • Commerce • Тechnology and Automation of Engineering Industry • Technologies of Engineering Industry • Automobile Vehicles • Industrial Heat-and-Power Engineering • Industrial and Civil Engineering • Urban Construction and Municipal Services • Technology of Art Materials Processing • Machinery and Metal Pressure Processing Technology • Architecture • Design • Architectural Environment Design 5 years – specialties, 4 years – Bachelor's degree, 2 years – Master's degree.

Department of Russian as a Foreign Language offers both short and long-term courses in business and colloquial Russian for students or anyone who wishes to study the Russian language and culture. Http://

Bernhard Palsson

Bernhard Ørn Palsson is the Galletti Professor of Bioengineering and an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego. Palsson received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1984 under the supervision of Edwin N. Lightfoot. Upon graduation Palsson joined the chemical engineering faculty at University of Michigan where he served as a professor until 1995. In 1995, he joined the department of Bioengineering at University of California, San Diego and was named the Galetti Chair of Bioengineering in 2004, he is a Faculty member of Keio University. Palsson has authored or co-authored over 300 peer-reviewed scientific articles and is the holder of over 35 patents, his research interests include metabolic network modelling, systems biology, tissue engineering and cell culture, the development of analysis procedures for genome-scale models, the experimental verification of these models in Escherichia coli, Saccharomyces cerevisiae and other important organisms.

Palsson serves on the editorial board of several scientific journals including Annals of Biomedical Engineering and Bioengineering, Metabolic Engineering and Molecular Systems Biology. He was inducted as a member of the National Academy of Engineering in 2006 and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2011


Crnce or Cerrcë is a village in Kosovo, 2 km south of the town of Istok. This village of 300 households is located in north-west Kosovo on the border with Serbia. Crnce has 766 residents of working age. Of these, 231 people describe themselves as having some sort of regular cash income. Construction work and public-sector jobs are the two greatest sources of income; the commercial agriculture and industrial sectors in Crnce have collapsed. Family farms are presently producing exclusively for their own consumption, only two Crnce farmers report owning more than ten cows. Part of the agricultural decline is believed to be an effect of the former socialist cooperatives no longer supporting farmers with the purchase of inputs or the marketing of produce. There was a construction boom in the first few years after the war in 1999 when 90 percent of the houses in Crnce were destroyed; the largest local construction company, employing 12 people, was launched in 2000. The remainder of the private sector consists of family-run shops and other micro-enterprises.

Ibrahim Rugova, former President of Kosovo. Naser Rugova, Kosovo member of parliament Selman Kadria