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Rabbinical Assembly

The Rabbinical Assembly is the international association of Conservative rabbis. The RA was founded in 1901 to shape the ideology and practices of the Conservative movement, it publishes prayerbooks and books of Jewish interest, oversees the work of the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards for the Conservative movement. It organizes conferences and coordinates the Joint Placement Commission of the Conservative movement. Members of the RA serve as rabbis, community workers and military and hospital chaplains around the world. Rabbis ordained by Jewish Theological Seminary of America, the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the American Jewish University, The Seminario Rabínico Latinoamericano, The Zacharias Frankel College and The Schechter Rabbinical Seminary automatically become members of the RA upon their ordination. Rabbis whose ordination is from other seminaries and yeshivas may be admitted to the RA; as of 2010, there were 1,648 members of the RA. The majority of RA members serve in the United States and Canada, while more than ten percent of its rabbis serve in Israel and many of its rabbis serve in Latin America, in the countries of Europe and Africa.

The Rabbinical Assembly was founded in 1901 as the Alumni Association of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Henry M. Speaker served as the first president. In 1918, the association changed its name to the Rabbinical Assembly, opening itself up to rabbis ordained at institutions other than JTS; the longest-serving executive vice president of the Rabbinical Assembly was Wolfe Kelman, who accepted the post in 1951 and continued in the post until 1989. In 1985, the RA admitted its first female member, Amy Eilberg, the first female ordained at JTS, it proceeded to admit Rabbis Jan Caryl Kaufman and Beverly Magidson, ordained at Hebrew Union College. By 2010, 273 of the 1648 members of the Rabbinical Assembly were women. In 1989, upon Wolfe Kelman's retirement, Joel H. Meyers became executive director of the RA. In 1991, Meyers was appointed executive vice president, he served in this role until his retirement in 2008. In October 2008, Julie Schonfeld was named as the new executive vice president of the Rabbinical Assembly, making her the first female rabbi to serve in the chief executive position of an American rabbinical association.

She has since become Chief Executive Officer of the RA. The Committee on Jewish Law and Standards is the movement's central body on interpreting Jewish law and custom, it presently composed of 25 Rabbis, who are voting members, five laypeople, who do not vote but participate in deliberations. When any six members vote in favor of a position, that position becomes an official position of the Rabbinical Assembly. An individual rabbi, functions as the mara de-atra, adopting the position he or she considers most compelling if it has not been approved by the CJLS; the Rabbinical Assembly of Israel has its own decision making the Va'ad Halacha. Responsa by both the CJLS and the Va'ad Halacha are valid, although the Va'ad's emphasis is on issues pertaining to Israeli society; the CJLS and the Va'ad do not always come up with the same answer to a question. Individual rabbis are free to decide which responsa to adopt or to develop their own halakhic positions; the RA has published prayer books for Shabbat and weekdays, most Siddur Sim Shalom and Or Hadash: A Commentary on Siddur Sim Shalom by Reuven Hammer.

It has published prayer books for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, most Mahzor Lev Shalem. The RA has published liturgical texts for other days on the Jewish calendar, such as Megillat Hashoah: The Holocaust Scroll for Yom Ha-shoah and Siddur Tishah B’Av for the fast day of Tishah B’Av. In cooperation with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and the Jewish Publication Society, the RA published the Etz Hayim Humash, a Torah commentary for synagogue use. In cooperation with the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, the RA publishes a scholarly quarterly journal, Conservative Judaism, edited by Martin Samuel Cohen. Under its Aviv Press imprint, the RA publishes books on Jewish spirituality and contemporary Jewish practice written by its members; the earliest publications by Aviv Press were: a Torah commentary by Ismar Schorsch meditations on the Jewish year by Jonathan Wittenberg meditations on the psalms by Martin Samuel Cohen a volume describing different approaches to Jewish law edited by Elliot Dorff an introduction to Judaism as a compassionate, mindful practice by Jonathan P. Slater an introduction to Musar as a spiritual path by Ira F. StoneIn April 2012, the Rabbinical Assembly published new guide to Jewish law and practice, The Observant Life: A Guide to Ritual and Ethics for Conservative Jews, edited by Martin Samuel Cohen and Michael Katz.

Members of the RA have their own private discussion group, "Ravnet". The Rabbinical Assembly has been served by a variety of volunteer Presidents over the course of its history. Below is listing of those. Reuven Hammer Perry Rank Alvin Berkun Jeffrey Wohlberg Gilah Dror Gerald Skolnik William Gershon Philip Scheim Debra Newman Kamin Conservative responsa Committee on Jewish Law and Standards Vaad Official website

Hugh Miller Thompson

Hugh Miller Thompson was the second Bishop of Mississippi. Thompson was born on June 5, 1830 in Derry, Ireland however he emigrated to the United States with his parents when he was 6 years old, he trained for the priesthood in Nashotah House and was ordained deacon on June 6, 1852 and priest on August 31, 1856. Between 1860 and 1870, he served as professor of ecclesiastical history at Nashotah House, he spent some time as the editor of the American Churchman. Between 1871 and 1872 he was rector of St James' Church in Chicago and became rector of Christ Church in New York City. In 1876 he moved south to serve as rector of Trinity Church in New Orleans. Thompson was elected bishop coadjutor of Mississippi and was consecrated on February 24, 1883, he became Mississippi's diocesan bishop upon Bishop Green's death on February 13, 1887. Thompson remained Mississippi's diocesan bishop until his death in 1903. Works by or about Hugh Miller Thompson at Internet Archive Bibliographic directory from Project Canterbury

Korn- og Foderstof Kompagniet

Korn- og Foderstof Kompagniet was a Danish co-operative company in the feed-stuffs industry. Founded in Aarhus in 1896 by 12 merchants it grew through the early 20th century to become one of the largest Danish businesses trading in feed-stuffs and grain with branches in many Danish cities, it became one of the largest employers in Aarhus until the 2000s when the grain business was bought by a number of competitors, led by Dansk Landbrugs Grovvareselskab, renamed Treka. The remainder of KfK was reformed into the company Biomar A/S, focused on fish feed. In the early 1900s the grain trade changed as industrialization changed infrastructure and the scale of factories. Developments tended towards larger companies, increased competition and less personal relations between merchants and farmers. On this background 12 merchants in eastern Jutland merged their businesses to form Korn- og Foderstof Kompagniet or KfK on 2 June 1896; the goal was the advantages of larger scale and limiting competition in the region in order to focus on expansion to other markets.

The founding members were some of the wealthiest and prominent businessmen in the region and counted among them Hans Broge, Otto Mønsted and Harboe Meulengracht from Aarhus and Johan Ankerstjerne from Randers. The silo complex in the Port of Aarhus was damaged during the Second World War when a German ammunition barge exploded on 4 July 1944; the complex had to be rebuilt from scratch but that meant the branch in Aarhus entered to post-war years with modern facilities. The complex was expanded around 1960 with new large silos but since the company stopped in 2002 many have been demolished to make room for new developments. In the decades following the establishment the company grew to have branches across the country. In 1913 KfK went public and up to the 1970s it was dominated by many minor stockholders; until 1968 individual branches acted as independent entities for their local areas while the main office in Aarhus coordinated imports of press cakes and the international business. In 1968 the administration was centralized and moved to a new office building in Viby J.

The following years Norsk Hydro bought larger shares of stock which grew to some 62,5%. In 2002 KfK was put up for sale and a consortium of 8 companies headed by Dansk Landbrugs Grovvareselskab bought all activities related to agriculture; the remaining business was renamed Treka A/S consisting of two separate companies. EcoNordic was sold to Statoil in 2003 where it became the subsidiary Statoil EcoNordic and in 2005 Norsk Hydro sold its controlling share in Biomar to Schouw & Co. In 2012, Biomar had a revenue of 8.2 billion DKK and 1000 employees in production facilities in seven countries


Portek is a medium-sized terminal operator and port equipment engineering provider. The company is headquartered in Singapore with offices in over ten countries and employs 2,200 employees throughout Africa and Asia. Portek is a subsidiary of the Japanese conglomerate Co.. Larry Lam founded Portek in 1988 focusing on port engineering and crane upgrading services, he saw an opportunity to provide services for and to market Bromma spreaders in the midst of rapid growth and expansion of the port business and of PSA Singapore. Thus Bromma Far East and at the same time Portek Systems were formed. Spurred on with 20%-30% growth each year, they expanded to provide port engineering support activities; as the company took on larger and larger projects, they became a contractor for used and surplus equipment which they relocated and leased to third parties. In the late 1990s, Portek offered investment of their equipment in exchange for equity in the ports, thus forming their evolution into port operations as a key business operation.

On 28 March 2002, Portek International was listed on the Singapore Exchange. In 2011, Portek was de-listed from the Singapore Exchange. Portek is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsui & Co. as at May 2019 Chief Executive Officer: Eiichi Uriu Executive Director & Chief Financial Officer & Chief Affiliate Management Officer: Toshiki Ota Executive Director & Chief Marketing Officer: Liew Kok Leong Executive Director & Chief Administrative Officer: Yuji Taki Non-Executive Director: Takayuki Hori Non-Executive Director: Jun Yanagisawa Latvia - Riga Universal Terminal Rwanda - Magerwa Limited Algeria - Bejaia Mediterranean Terminal Malta - Valletta Gateway Terminals Gabon - Port of Port-Gentil Gabon - Port d'Owendo Indonesia - Terminal 009 in Jakarta Indonesia - Terminal 110-113 in Jakarta The engineering aspect of Portek focuses on mobilisation and modifications of used cranes, along with sales and distribution of components and parts. This arm accounts for 28.5% of the group's revenues in 2010.

As at May 2011, its total order book for port engineering projects dispersed around the globe, including countries like Algeria, Indonesia and its base Singapore, amounted to about $44 million. Portek's IT division provides a whole range of IT & Automation solutions including Container Terminal Management Software, Vessel Traffic Management System, etc. for improving port productivity and efficiency. On 2 June 2011, Portek International Ltd made front-page news in The Business Times Singapore due to an unsolicited cash offer of S$1.20 by the Philippine listed post operator ICTSI for 100% of its shares. This represented a 69% premium over the last traded price, highest offer premium compared to other acquisition offers in Singapore, in recent times; the company made headlines again when, on 9 June 2011, they released an announcement on the Singapore Exchange that there was a third party interested in making an offer to the company. Following the announcement, the Securities Industry Council stepped in with a deadline for the interested party to make its intentions clear: 50 days from after the ICTSI provides its offer document to Portek.

On 13 July 2011, Portek International Ltd announced that Mitsui & Co. had made an offer of S$1.40 for all Portek shares, representing a 17% premium than the offer of S$1.20 made by ICTSI. The deal values Portek at S$213.5 million is said to be in line with Mitsui's plans to expand its transportation logistics business in emerging markets. The acquisition will allow Mitsui immediate access to Portek's 8 terminals. Portek's chairman and directors along with key shareholders who collectively made up 50.05% of the company's shares had signed an irrevocable undertaking to sell their shares at the offer price of S$1.40. After extending its offer to 10 August 2011 from the initial closing date of 20 July in to evaluate its options, ICTSI withdrew its initial offer on 1 August 2011 A formal offer was made by Mitsui & Co. on 27 July 2011. As of 2 August 2011, Co. owned 73.81 % of the total amount of Portek International's shares. The acquisition of 100% of Portek shares by Mitsui was announced in September 2011.

Portek is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsui & Co

Geraldine Hervey, Marchioness of Bristol

Geraldine Georgiana Mary Hervey, Marchioness of Bristol was a British collector and aristocrat. Bristol was born in Melton Mowbray, the daughter of Maj.-Gen. Hon. George Anson, Commander-in-Chief, India, in 1856, she used to collect elaborately decorated fans. For this she was honoured with the freedom of the Worshipful Company of Fanmakers, her collection of silver fish are on display. She was a Dame of Grace of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem; when the Marquess died in 1907, the Marchioness moved into a London house with her unmarried sister-in-law, Lady Mary Hervey. On 4 March 1862, she married Frederick Hervey, Lord Jermyn, in St. George's Church, Hanover Square and they had two daughters: Lady Katherine Adine Geraldine, Mrs. Drummond, married Allen Harvey Drummond Lady Alice Adeliza, married Hylton Jolliffe, 3rd Baron Hylton. Lady Bristol died on 25 January 1927 in St George's Hospital on Hyde Park Corner after being knocked down by a motor car in Hyde Park and was buried in the grounds of the family home, Ickworth House, two days later.

She was crossing the street in front of two cars driving parallel toward her. The coroner ruled it was an accidental death but criticised the practise of cars passing each other while driving through intersections, she left an estate of £43,855. Geraldine Hervey, Marchioness of Bristol at Find a Grave

List of current Chinese provincial leaders

This is a list of current provincial leaders in the Provinces of China, including Communist Party Committee Secretaries and government leaders. Provincial party standing committee All government leaders in mainland are communists. According to the Constitution of the People's Republic of China, the chairman of an autonomous region, the prefect of an autonomous prefecture or the governor of an autonomous county shall be a member of the ethnic group exercising regional autonomy in the area concerned. Government leader, added "nominated" means that he or she has been appointed as the government party committee secretary and nominated as the new government leader. Both Chief Executives of Hong Kong and Macau are nonpartisans; this list excludes the leaders of claimed Taiwan Province and the fragment of Fujian Province, being governed by the Republic of China currently