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Ratzeburg is a town in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. It is surrounded by four lakes—the resulting isthmuses between the lakes form the access lanes to the town. Ratzeburg is the capital of the Kreis of Lauenburg; the town was founded in the 11th century as Racisburg. The name is traditionally derived from the local Wendish ruler, Prince Ratibor of the Polabians, nicknamed Ratse. In the year 1044 Christian missionaries under the leadership of the monk Ansverus came into the region and built a monastery, it was destroyed in a pagan rebellion in 1066. Today monuments to the missionaries in two of the town's churches commemorate these events. Ansverus was canonised in the 12th century and his relics were entombed in the Ratzeburg cathedral. Henry the Lion became the ruler of the town in 1143 and established a bishopric in 1154, he was responsible for the construction of the late Romanesque Cathedral, built in typical north German'red-brick' style. Henry prompted the construction of the similar-looking Lübeck Cathedral and Brunswick Collegiate Church with his remains interred in the latter.

Since 1180 part of Ratzeburg diocesan area formed a Prince Bishopric, whose ruler was sovereign and as such had a vote at the Imperial Diet. The Prince-Bishopric of Ratzeburg was the last state in Northern Germany remaining Catholic. After the 1550 death of its ruler Prince-Bishop Georg von Blumenthal, who feuded with Thomas Aderpul, the bishopric converted to Lutheranism in 1554. Though the town of Ratzeburg was part of the Ratzeburg diocese, the town itself was not within the territory of the Prince-Bishopric of Ratzeburg, but formed a part of the old Duchy of Saxony and became part of its dynastic partition of Saxe-Lauenburg around 1296, remaining with this duchy under altering dynasties until 1876; the cathedral quarter again formed an immunity district to the prince-bishopric, secularised as a principality in 1648. In 1619 Saxe-Lauenburg's capital was moved from Lauenburg upon Elbe to Ratzeburg and remained there since; the town was completely destroyed in 1693, when Christian V of Denmark reduced Ratzeburg to rubble by bombardment in his unsuccessful attempt to push through his succession to the dukedom against the prevailing House of Hanover.

After this event Ratzeburg was rebuilt in baroque style. The castle, was never be reconstructed or built anew. Ratzeburg was part of the First French Empire during the Napoleonic Wars, afterwards the Duchy of Lauenburg was awarded in personal union to the Danish crown in the Congress of Vienna. After the Danish crown lost Lauenburg in the Second Schleswig War, Lauenburg's estates of the realm offered the dukedom to the Prussian Hohenzollern dynasty in personal union, who accepted in 1865. On 1 July 1876 the Duchy of Lauenburg merged into the Kingdom of Prussia's Province of Schleswig-Holstein, forming the still existing district Herzogtum Lauenburg seated in Ratzeburg; the former cathedral immunity district, at last a part of Mecklenburg became part of the town of Ratzeburg with the 1937 Greater Hamburg Act. From 1945 to 1989 the Iron Curtain ran just east of the town, putting it on the border with the German Democratic Republic. Ratzeburg is known for its Olympic champion Ratzeburg Rowing Club, responsible for training, among others, the Gold Medalists at the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne.

The grave of Ernst Barlach the most notable creative artist to have made his home in Ratzeburg, is located in one of the city's cemeteries. Sibylle of Saxe-Lauenburg Regent of Baden-Baden born here. Karl Friedrich Wilhelm Rußwurm, pedagogue and historian in Estonia. Ratzeburg is twinned with: This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Herbermann, Charles, ed.. "Ancient See of Ratzeburg". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton. Official website

La Quinta Inns & Suites

La Quinta Inns & Suites is a chain of limited service hotels in the United States, Canada and Honduras. La Quinta Holdings Inc first sold shares to the public in April 2014. La Quinta has headquarters in Texas; as of December 31, 2018, the company operates 914 properties with 89,456 rooms. Real estate entrepreneur Sam Barshop and his brother Phil opened the first La Quinta in San Antonio, Texas, in 1968, across the street from the site of HemisFair'68 World's Fair. La Quinta's first headquarters were in San Antonio. In 1999 the company announced; the company cited the lack of nonstop flights from San Antonio International Airport as a reason for moving. The company wished to have its headquarters near Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, a large airport; the company kept around 300 employees who worked in accounting, information systems, reservations in San Antonio. LQ Corporation, parent company to subsidiary LQ Properties, announced on November 9, 2005 that it had agreed to be acquired by the private-equity firm Blackstone Group for $3.4 billion in cash and debt.

The merger closed on January 25, 2006. At that point, the La Quinta group ranked 13th hotel group world-wide, owned 360 hotels, franchised 250 under the names La Quinta Inns, La Quinta Inn & Suites, Baymont Inn & Suites, Woodfield Suites and Budgetel. Blackstone had just bought Wyndham Hotels a few months before, the hotel group that will acquire La Quinta in 2018. In 2011, La Quinta gave up on pay-per-view in-room entertainment to focus on letting customers use their own devices. In 2012, La Quinta launched the Instant hold option, allowing customers to make last-minute reservations with their phone number. In 2013, Blackstone started to pave the way for the sale of La Quinta. Up until the 2014 stock offering, all La Quinta properties were owned or franchised by the company's subsidiary La Quinta Properties, Inc. a real estate investment trust, which leased the properties back to the parent company. In 2015, La Quinta launched its Del Sol prototype featuring LED lighting and outdoor pools, a modernized decoration.

In September 2015, the President and CEO Wayne Goldberg stepped down. CFO Keith Cline became the interim CEO. On January 18, 2018 Wyndham Worldwide Corporation and La Quinta Holdings Inc. announced they had entered into a definitive agreement under which Wyndham Worldwide will acquire La Quinta’s hotel franchise and hotel management businesses for $1.95 billion in cash. The loyalty programs of La Quinta and Wyndham were planned to be combined into a single one; the deal included that La Quinta's real estate be spun off into a separate company, CorePoint Lodging, a publicly-traded real estate investment trust. Buying La Quinta enabled Wyndham to become the third-largest hotel rooms operator in the world, pipping InterContinental The acquisition was completed on May 31, 2018 adding over 900 franchised hotel properties to the Wyndham portfolio. In June 2019, La Quinta signed a deal with the Caribbean developer Profusion Group to engage in the rapid development of the brand in the Dominican Republic.

La Quinta in some Spanish-speaking countries means "the country place"Room types and setting vary by hotel. The base price for a room is under $50. Company-owned hotels are standardized. Franchised hotels vary more; the hotel chain targets price-conscious travelers. The reservation cancellation fees are flexible. Most properties have a pool. LQ Management LLC, the owner, has its headquarters in the Las Colinas area of Irving, near Dallas. Official website

Marcel Lang

Marcel Lang was a Swiss chazan and singer. Marcel Lang was born in Basel into a family in which the East European Jewish tradition of chazanut was cultivated. After first training as a commercial clerk, he studied singing with Kurt Widmer and Hans Riediker at the Music Academy of Basel and the affiliated opera studio. After qualifying as a singing teacher, he studied at the Zurich Institute of Applied Psychology. In his capacity as a certified psychologist, Marcel Lang acted as a consultant to companies and advised clients, he worked as psychological advisor at the Music Academy of Basel and taught psychopedagogy at the College of Music in Basel. Beginning in the late 1970s, Marcel Lang was the cantor in the Jewish community of Zürich and in a number of small synagogues. From 1982 until 1991 he was senior cantor at the Jewish community in Basel, he worked as the permanent guest cantor in the Jewish community of Düsseldorf before returning to the Jewish community in Zurich in 2004. In addition, he worked as a teacher.

He appeared both as a solo performer of synagogal music and Yiddish songs and as a singer of classical lieder and oratorios. His concerts took him throughout Europe and to North America and Israel, he produced a number of CDs featuring recordings of Yiddish songs and synagogal music accompanied by choirs, chamber ensembles and klezmer bands. As a teacher he prepared students for their bar mitzvah over a period of 30 years. A connoisseur of Jewish song, prayer-leading and liturgy, he taught and supported groups and individuals. Among other things, he worked at the Institute for Jewish Studies in Heidelberg as an instructor of “chazanut” and, from 1999, introduced members of the Jewish-pluralist Basel association “Ofek” to the liturgical structure of prayer-leading, he imparted his expert knowledge of Ashkenazi song culture and Yiddish songs on numerous lecture tours. With his knowledge and love of both orthodox and liberal Judaism, Marcel Lang felt at home in the various streams of Judaism throughout his life.

He demonstrated this as cantor in the Jewish communities in Basel and Zurich, which are confronted with a heterogeneous membership, in the Jewish community in Düsseldorf, which has seen many Jews from the former Soviet Union who did not enjoy a Jewish education joining its ranks. Marcel Lang was active in inter-religious dialogue, he introduced many young people to Judaism as part of their preparation for confirmation and presented Jewish religious practice in tours of the Basel synagogue and in lectures throughout German-speaking Switzerland. Ki wi jirbu jamecha - Songs of the synagogue Kol demamah dakah Majn Schtejtele Bels Lieder jüdischer Avantgardisten der zwanziger Jahre Lechajim Sing! – Gedenkst? Sch'ma Kolenu Semirot Michal Biography and d on

Robert Hewitt Jr.

Robert Hewitt Jr. was a successful real estate investor in Manhattan, New York, a notable numismatist. Hewitt began collecting coins as a young man while serving a mercantile apprenticeship and compiled a comprehensive Abraham Lincoln medal collection considered by numismatists as one of the greatest of its kind. In 1908, he endeavored for the creation of a medal to commemorate the centennial birth of Abraham Lincoln, he commissioned esteemed French-American sculptor and medallist Jules Edouard Roiné for the design, "which is described as the most beautiful representation of Lincoln's features that has as yet been made."In 1918, Mrs. Hewitt donated the Robert Hewitt Lincoln collection to the U. S. National Museum. At the time of donation, the U. S. National Museum reported that the collection included “1,200 specimens of medallic souvenirs of President Lincoln, includes medallions, medals, coins, and…campaign” items. Hewitt’s extensive collection of Lincolniana provided both an important historical and artistic view of Lincoln.

In addition, Hewitt founded the important numismatic group the Circle of Friends of the Medallion in 1909 with other medal enthusiasts and produced the first created medal series in America. Hewitt served as the Corresponding Secretary of the American Numismatic and Archaeological Society in 1868-69 and the Second Vice President in 1880-84

Gregory Mathews

Gregory Macalister Mathews CBE FRSE FZS FLS was an Australian-born amateur ornithologist who spent most of his life in England. He was born in Biamble in New South Wales the son of Robert H. Mathews, he was educated at Parramatta. Mathews made his fortune in mining shares, moved to England in 1902. In 1910 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, his proposers were William Eagle Clarke, Ramsay Heatley Traquair, John Alexander Harvie-Brown and William Evans. Mathews was a controversial figure in Australian ornithology, he was responsible for bringing trinomial nomenclature into local taxonomy, however he was regarded as an extreme splitter. He recognised large numbers of subspecies on few notes. In particular, this drew a hostile response from Archibald James Campbell, a leading Australian figure in birds at the time, he began splitting genera. Dominic Serventy foretold that although a great many of these subspecies ceased to be recognised, future research would have to resort to the use of some of them if and when evidence supported their distinct status.

He was Chairman of the British Ornithologists' Club from 1935 to 1938. He was made CBE in 1939 for his services to ornithology. Mathews described M. s. musgravei recognized as a subspecies of the splendid fairy-wren, in 1922 as a new species of bird. In 1939 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union, served as its president 1946–1947, he donated his ornithological library to the National Library of Australia in 1939. He married a widow, he died in Winchester on 27 March 1949. Mathews contributed numerous papers to the ornithological literature on avian taxonomy and nomenclature, as well as founding, funding and being the principal contributor to the journal The Austral Avian Record. Monographic or book-length works authored or coauthored by him include: 1908 – The Handlist of the Birds of Australia.. 1910–1927 – The Birds of Australia Witherby: London.. 1912 – The Reference List of the Birds of Australia.. 1913 – A List of the Birds of Australia. Witherby: London. 1920 – The Name List of the Birds of Australia.

1921 – A Manual of the Birds of Australia. Volume I: Orders Casuarii to Columbae. Witherby: London.. 1924 – The Check-List of the Birds of Australia. Witherby: London.. 1925 – The Bibliography of the Birds of Australia. Witherby: London.. 1927 – Systema Avium Australasianarum. A Systematic List of the Birds of the Australasian Region. BOU: London.. 1928 – The Birds of Norfolk and Lord Howe Islands and the Australian South Polar Quadrant. Witherby: London. 1931 – A List of the Birds of Australasia, Including New Zealand, Lord Howe and Norfolk Islands, the Australasian Antarctic Quadrant. 1936 – A Supplement to the Birds of Norfolk and Lord Howe Islands to, Added those Birds of New Zealand not figured by Buller. Witherby: London. 1942 – Birds and Books: the Story of the Mathews Ornithological Library. Verity Hewitt Bookshop: Canberra. 1943 – Notes on the Order Procellariiformes.. 1946 – A Working List of Australian Birds, including the Australian Quadrant and New Zealand. Shepherd Press: Sydney. Robin, Libby..

The Flight of the Emu: a hundred years of Australian ornithology 1901-2001. Carlton, Vic. Melbourne University Press. ISBN 0-522-84987-3 Find G. M. Mathews in Libraries Australia – click on the name'Heading' to find related works in 800+ Australian library collections Illustrations from The birds of Australia

List of mushroom dishes

This is a list of notable mushroom dishes and foods, comprising foodstuffs prepared using mushrooms as a primary ingredient. Ciulama – found in Romanian and Moldovan cuisine, this dish is prepared with poultry or mushrooms Cream of mushroom soup – simple cream soup prepared using mushrooms Diri ak djon djonHaitian Creole for rice with mushrooms, it is a native dish of Haiti Duxelles – finely chopped mixture of mushrooms or mushroom stems, onions and herbs sautéed in butter, reduced to a paste. Mushroom gravy – mushroom-based sauce Mushroom ketchup – style of ketchup, prepared with mushrooms as its primary ingredient. Ketchup in the United Kingdom was prepared with mushrooms, instead of tomato, the main ingredient in contemporary preparations of ketchup. Mushroom sauce – cream-based Oysters en brochette – variation of the dish whereby it is prepared with mushrooms on the skewers, rather than bacon, with both mushrooms, chunks of tomato, and/or cubes of cooked ham. Sautéed mushrooms – flavorful dish prepared by sautéing mushrooms in butter or oil Selsko meso – Macedonian and Balkan pork and mushroom dish Stuffed mushrooms – myriad fillings are used in this baked dish Veal Orloff – consists of a braised loin of veal, thinly sliced, filled with a thin layer of pureed mushrooms and onions between each slice Mushroom dishes and foods List of Chinese mushrooms and fungi List of onion dishes List of vegetable dishes