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San Michele in Isola

San Michele in Isola is a Roman Catholic church, located on the Isola di San Michele, a small islet sited between Venice and Murano, which once sheltered a Camaldolese monastery, but now houses the main cemetery of the city. The monastery was demolished in the 19th-century, but the church remains rebuilt starting in 1469; the church is dedicated to Saint Michael, the holder of the scales on Judgement Day, a fit guardian of the sleep of the faithful dead. The island cemetery now includes the land of the separate island of San Cristoforo; this church is sometimes referred to as San Michele di Murano, although this islet is separate from islands comprising that town. It is stated by Cornaro, that Camaldolese tradition holds that Saint Romuald, founder of the order, lived circa the year 1000 on this island attracted by its insularity relative to the main islands of Venice. However, the first documentation we have is that a church dedicated to St Michael was granted in 1212 to the monastic order under the assent of the Bishops Marco Niccola and Buono Balbi.

The church was consecrated in 1221 with attendance of Doge Pietro Ziani. The abbey at the site endured some tumults during the following centuries, most regarding dissents within the Camaldolese; the Camaldolese theologian Angelo Calogera resided in this monastery in 1716-1724. The monk and cartographer, Fra Mauro, known for his map of the world dating to 1450, was associated with the monastery. Placido Zurla a monk at San Michele, wrote an account of the map, titled Il Mappamondo di Fra Mauro. At San Michele, Placido was to befriend the fellow Camaldolese, Mauro Cappellari, who became Pope Gregory XVI. Others associated with the monastery include Pietro I Orseolo, Anselmo Costadoni, Gian Benedetto Mittarelli, Pietro Delfino. In 1810 the monastery was suppressed by the Napoleonic armies during his occupation of the Veneto; the monks continued their communal existence as the faculty of a college, till that too was dissolved in 1814. The community transferred to Padua. At that point, many of the remaining monastic buildings were demolished, the land began being used as a cemetery.

Among those buried in this cemetery are Ezra Pound and Igor Stravinsky. The church was managed for a time by an order of Padri Reformati. In 1453, a fire destroyed the old church, prompting reconstruction by Mauro Codussi as the architect, completed in 1469; this is the first church known to have been designed by Codussi. Built in salt-white Istrian stone, the facade has weathered to a pale gray. San Michele is considered one of the first examples of Renaissance architecture in Venice, with a facade that appears influenced by the work of Alberti; the delineated masonry courses of the ashlar facade are carried right across the Ionic pilasters, a strikingly unusual feature for which that R. Lieberman could only find an earlier parallel in Bernardo Rossellino's Palazzo Piccolomini in Pienza of the 1460s, produced in an Albertian milieu; the design was influential in Venice. When it was finished, a monk of the community wrote, "The facade, now complete and perfect, shiner of such a beauty so that it turns in itself the light of the eyes of all those who walk or sail by".

The interior has two aisles, with polychrome marble decorations. A description from 1868 recalls the decoration of the church included a Bust of Cardinal Giovanni Dolfin, sculpted by Bernini, located above the interior portal; the organ doors had four paintings by Domenico Campagnola. In the nave were paintings of St Boniface and a Russian Ruler by Gregorio Lazzarini, painting depicting the Blessed Michele Pini by Ambrogio Bono; the tomb of Paolo Sarpi had been moved here from the church of the Servi. The main chapel, had a Moses and the serpent by Antonio Zanchi, an Adoration of the Golden Calf by Lazzarini; the Cappella Emiliana, commissioned by Giovanni Miani for his wife Margherita Vitturi, was completed in 1530 by Guglielmo Bergamesco. Next to the main façade is the Cappella Emiliani. On the other side is a cloister dating to the 15th century, through which the cemetery can be reached. Media related to San Michele in Isola at Wikimedia Commons

Pavlo Sheremeta

Pavlo Mykhaylovych Sheremeta is a Ukrainian economist and a former Minister of Economical Development and Trade of his country. Sheremeta was born on May 1971, in Lviv, Ukraine, he earned his undergraduate degree in economics at the Lviv University and an MBA degree at Emory University in Atlanta, USA. He completed a number of management development programs at the Harvard Business School, the INSEAD Blue Ocean Strategy Institute, the China Europe International Business School. In 1999, Sheremeta founded the Kyiv Mohyla Business School, became its first dean. From 2006–2010, he was Vice-President of the Central and East European Management Development Association. During 2008 to 2011, he was part of the team of the "Blue Ocean Strategy Institute" of Malaysia, which advised the Malaysian government on economic reforms. From November 2012 until February 2014 he was the President of the Kyiv School of Economics. On February 27, 2014 Sheremeta became Minister of Economical Development and Trade of Ukraine in the Yatsenyuk Government.

After it had rumored Sheremeta confirmed his decision to resign as Minister on August 21, 2014. He had written his letter of resignation the day before and it was sent to the Verkhovna Rada. Sheremeta explained his resignation as being due to the appointment of Valery Pyatnitsky to lead the Institution of Trade Representative in Ukraine without his consent, he stayed on as an acting Minister till September 2, when the Verkhovna Rada accepted Sheremeta resignation. He has a reputation of being a radical privatizer and deregulator

Lou Zocchi

Louis Zocchi, Technical Sergeant, USAF, is a gaming hobbyist, former game distributor and publisher, maker and seller of polyhedral game dice. In 1986, he was elected to the Charles Roberts Awards Hall of Fame. Lou Zocchi was one of the first editors for Avalon Hill's magazine, The General, a regular contributor during its first 11 years of publication, he playtested such early wargames as Bismark, Afrika Korps, Stalingrad, a number of titles Avalon Hill did not publish. Zocchi was the first U. S. distributor to sell nothing but adventure games. As a board wargame designer, his credits include Luftwaffe, The Battle of Britain, Alien Space, Flying Tigers, as well as the 3-, 5-, 14-, 24-, 100-sided die. Zocchi contributed to the series of books by Guidon Games. Zocchi produced the superhero RPG Superhero: 2044 in 1977. In 1975, Zocchi wrote and published a book, How to $ell Your Wargame, to help other designers sell their games. Zocchi designed and published a set of miniatures rules called the Star Fleet Battle Manual that he licensed from Franz Joseph, Zocchi's old friend Stephen Cole licensed the rights from Joseph to publish the STAR FLEET BATTLES GAME, of his own in 1979.

Zocchi distributed the Wee Warriors line. Zocchi helped Judges Guild out of cash-flow problems in the early 1980s by paying them $350 each time in return for the right to reprint out-of-print Judges Guild supplements. Mike Hurdle of Holly Springs Mississippi purchased Zocchi Distribution in February 1998. Zocchi and his company GameScience have published a number of games over the years, but are best known for making dice, inventing the Zocchihedron die. Zocchi is a well-known figure at gaming conventions like Gen Con and Origins Game Fair, where he demonstrates the various inconsistencies in most mass-produced gaming dice. Zocchi has designed a few games himself, including Hardtack, Battle Wagon Salvo. In 1987, Zocchi was inducted into the Academy of Adventure Gaming's Hall of Fame, he was honored as a "famous game designer" by being inducted into the Game Designers Hall of Fame and featured as the king of clubs in Flying Buffalo's 2009 Famous Game Designers Playing Card Deck. GameScience is still trading, Zocchi is still active in the gaming community.

He joined the AL. S. D. F. Force and held the rank of Colonel. Most dice, according to Zocchi, do not roll because of flawed manufacturing processes; the dice favor certain numbers and are more to land on those numbers. Zocchi believes the "superstition" of many gamers who use specific dice to roll high and others to roll low results from the fact that major dice manufacturers smooth out the straight edges of their dice in machines much like rock tumblers; the result is that plastic dice molded evenly are unevened and unbalanced, making them more to land on some numbers than on others. Zocchi demonstrates the imperfections of dice with statistical results and with photographs of uneven die edges and vertices, his demonstrations are sales pitches for his precision edged dice manufactured by his company, GameScience. Unlike other gaming dice producers, Zocchi guarantees in a video published on YouTube that his dice roll rightly and never break. However, tests by Jason Mills in 1987 and published in White Dwarf magazine showed that his Zocchihedron had a uneven number distribution.

Right after that article came out, Zocchi adjusted the numbering of the Zocchihedron to correct the distribution and claims that the d100 now rolls rightly, whereas the original Zocchihedron had all the mid-range numbers clustered at the equator. The modified layout assigns one number from each tens-cluster to each ring of numbers around the die. Only white dice with black numbers use the older number distribution. Corrected dice are manufactured in other colors. However, while this "correction" will prevent the Zocchihedron from biasing against high and low numbers, the distribution of the individual numbers themselves will remain to be proven by tests. Due to safety concerns, the 4-sided die produced by GameScience has truncated points. Mr. Zocchi has produced several "non-standard" dice; these are a 3-sided die, a 5-sided die, a 14-sided die, a 16-sided die, a 24-sided die. All these except the 7-sided are available in high-impact translucent plastic; the 7 sided die. GameScience Lou Zocchi at BoardGameGeek US patents Five sided dice, Spherically shaped game die and Braking system for dice.

Interview with Zocchi discussing his dice: Part 1, Part 2, at YouTube Ten-thousand roll statistic comparison of Chessex and Lou Zocchi's dice:

Rebecca Lee Crumpler

Rebecca Lee Crumpler, née Davis, was an African American physician and author. After studying at New England Female Medical College, in 1864 she was the first African-American woman to become a doctor of medicine in the United States. Crumpler graduated medical college at a time when few African Americans were allowed to attend medical college or publish books. Crumpler first practiced medicine in Boston for poor women and children. After the American Civil War ended in 1865, she moved to Richmond, believing treating women and children there was an ideal way to perform missionary work. Crumpler worked for the Freedmen's Bureau to provide medical care to freed slaves, she was subject to sexism while practicing medicine. The great need for medical providers encouraged other black people to join the medical profession. Black charitable organizations and white missionary organizations provided funding for the first black medical schools, she moved back to Boston to continue to treat women and children.

In 1883, she published A Book of Medical Discourses. Dedicated to nurses and mothers, it focused on the medical care of women and children and was one of the first publications written by an African American about medicine. Crumpler was in fact the only female physician author in the 19th century. A pre-health club named The Rebecca Lee Pre-Health Society at Syracuse University and the Rebecca Lee Society, one of the first medical societies for African-American women, were named after her, her Joy Street house is a stop on the Boston Women's Heritage Trail. In 1831, Crumpler was born Rebecca Davis in Christina, Delaware to Absolum Davis, she was raised in Pennsylvania by an aunt. Her aunt had a huge influence on her, she moved to Charlestown, Massachusetts, in 1852. From 1855 to 1864, Crumpler was employed as a nurse, she was accepted into the New England Female Medical College in 1860. This school was founded by Drs. Israel Tisdale and Samuel Gregory, she won a tuition award from the Wade Scholarship Fund, established by the Ohio abolitionist, Benjamin Wade.

It was rare for black men to be admitted to medical schools during this time. In 1860, due to the heavy demands of medical care for Civil War veterans, there were more opportunities for women physicians and doctors. Due to her talent, she was given a recommendation to attend the school by her supervising physician when she was a medical apprentice; that year, there were 54,543 physicians in the United States. None of them were African Americans. Lee Crumpler graduated from New England Female Medical College in 1864 after having completed three years of coursework, a thesis, final oral examinations in February 1864. On March 1, 1864, the board of trustees named her a Doctor of Medicine. Married to Wyatt Lee at that time, she was identified by the school as Mrs. Rebecca Lee, she was the first African-American woman in the United States to earn the degree, the only one to graduate from New England Female Medical College. In the early 1870s, Crumpler attended the elite West Newton English and Classical School in Massachusetts, where she was a "special student in mathematics."

Crumpler first practiced medicine in Boston for poor African-American women and children. After the end of the American Civil War, she moved to Richmond, believing it to be an ideal way to provide missionary service, as well as gain more experience learning about diseases that affected women and children, she said of that time. The last quarter of the year 1866, I was enabled... to have access each day to a large number of the indigent, others of different classes, in a population of over 30,000 colored." Crumpler worked for the Freedmen's Bureau to provide medical care to freed slaves who were denied care by white physicians. At the Freedmen's Bureau she worked under Orlando Brown. Subject to intense racism by both the administration and other physicians, she had difficulty getting prescriptions filled and was ignored by male physicians; some people heckled that the M. D. behind her name stood for "Mule Driver". By the time she moved back to Boston, Joy Street in Beacon Hill was a predominantly African-American community.

She practiced treated children without much concern for the parents' ability to pay. Crumpler taught in Wilmington beginning in 1874 and in New Castle, Delaware beginning in 1876. In 1883, she published A Book of Medical Discourses from the notes she kept over the course of her medical career. Dedicated to nurses and mothers, it focused on the medical care of children. Though her primary focus was on the health of women and children, which seemed to be influenced by homeopathy, Crumpler recommended courses of treatment without stating that the treatment was homeopathic, she did not mention that medicine could be harmful, but stated the conventional amount of standard medicine usage. Her medical book is divided into two sections: in the first part she focuses on preventing and mitigating intestinal problems that can occur around the teething period until the child is about five years of age. Although the book was focussed on medical advice, Crumpler ties in autobiographical details that contain political and moral commentary.

Crumpler describes the progression of experiences that led her to study and practice medicine in her book: It may be well to state here that, having been reared by a kind aunt in Pennsylvania, whose usefulness with the sick w

Ferdinand Bordewijk Prize

The Ferdinand Bordewijk Prize or F. Bordewijk-prijs is a literary award, presented annually by the Jan Campert Foundation to the author of the best Dutch prose book; the prize was established in 1948 as the'Vijverberg Prize', has been named after the Dutch author Ferdinand Bordewijk since 1979. The prize includes a cash prize of € 6000, -. Vijverberg Prize1948 - Jo Boer for Kruis of munt 1949 - not awarded 1950 - Josepha Mendels for Als wind en rook 1951 - Theun de Vries for Anna Casparii of Het heimwee 1953 - Albert Helman for De laaiende stilte 1954 - Max Croiset for the play Amphitryon 1955 - not awarded 1956 - Albert van der Hoogte for Het laatste uur 1957 - not awarded 1958 - Marga Minco for Het bittere kruid 1959 - Jos. Panhuijsen for Wandel in het water 1960 - not awarded 1961 - Boeli van Leeuwen for De rots der struikeling 1962 - J. W. Holsbergen for De handschoenen van het verraad 1963 - Harry Mulisch for De zaak 40/61 1964 - Jacques Hamelink for Het plantaardig bewind 1965 - Alfred Kossmann for De smaak van groene kaas 1966 - Willem Frederik Hermans for Beyond Sleep 1967 - Jeroen Brouwers for Joris Ockeloen en het wachten 1968 - Geert van Beek for De steek van een schorpioen 1969 - Ivo Michiels for Orchis militaris 1970 - Jaap Harten for Garbo en de broeders Grimm 1971 - Bert Schierbeek for Inspraak 1972 - Anton Koolhaas for Blaffen zonder onraad 1973 - Kees Simhoffer for Een geile gifkikker 1974 - William D. Kuik for De held van het potspel 1975 - Daniël Robberechts for Praag schrijven 1976 - Adriaan van der Veen for In liefdesnaam 1977 - J. Bernlef for De man in het midden 1978 - F.

B. Hotz for ErnstvuurwerkFerdinand Bordewijk Prize1979 - Willem Brakman for Zes subtiele verhalen 1980 - Oek de Jong for Opwaaiende zomerjurken 1981 - Cees Nooteboom for Rituals 1982 - F. Springer for Bougainville 1983 - Willem G. van Maanen for Het nichtje van Mozart 1984 - Armando for Machthebbers 1985 - Maarten Biesheuvel for Reis door mijn kamer 1986 - A. F. Th. van der Heijden for De gevarendriehoek 1987 - Frans Kellendonk for Mystiek lichaam 1988 - Hermine de Graaf for De regels van het huis 1989 - Jeroen Brouwers for De zondvloed 1990 - Leo Pleysier for Wit is altijd schoon 1991 - Jan Siebelink for De overkant van de rivier 1992 - Jacq Firmin Vogelaar for De dood als meisje van acht 1993 - Robert Anker for De terugkeer van kapitein Rob 1994 - Louis Ferron for De walsenkoning 1995 - Nicolaas Matsier for Gesloten huis 1996 - Wessel te Gussinklo for De opdracht 1997 - J. J. Voskuil for Meneer Beerta en Vuile handen 1998 - Helga Ruebsamen for Het lied en de waarheid 1999 - Gijs IJlander for Twee harten op een schotel 2000 - Peter Verhelst for Tongkat.

H. Wiener for Nestor 2004 - Arnon Grunberg for De asielzoeker 2005 - Paul Verhaeghen for Omega Minor 2006 - Tommy Wieringa for Joe Speedboot 2007 - Marcel Möring for Dis 2008 - Doeschka Meijsing for Over de liefde 2009 - Marie Kessels for Ruw 2010 - Koen Peeters for De bloemen 2011 - Gustaaf Peek for Ik was Amerika 2012 - Stephan Enter for Grip 2013 - Oek de Jong for Pier en oceaan 2014 - Jan van Mersbergen for De laatste ontsnapping 2015 - Annelies Verbeke for Dertig dagen 2016 - Anton Valens for Het compostcirculatieplan 2017 - Jeroen Olyslaegers for WIL 2018 - Jan van Aken for De ommegang 2019 - Marente de Moor for Foon Website Jan Campert Foundation

To Those Left Behind

To Those Left Behind is the fifth studio album by American metalcore band Blessthefall. The first single, "Up in Flames" was released on July 9, 2015, while the band was on Vans Warped Tour 2015; the third album by the band to feature the same line-up, it was released on September 18, 2015. This is the last album; the band announced in April that they had entered the studio to work with Joey Sturgis for their fifth album. In June, while on Warped Tour 2015, they gave a September 18 release date through Fearless Records. Of the album, frontman Beau Bokan said, "As a band we are trying to outdo ourselves and take a step forward with each record. With this new album we've taken a giant fucking leap forward and are at our absolute best as musicians and song writers. We're looking forward to seeing where this album will take us." It was announced that if you buy the album from the Merchnow site you will receive a bonus track of, "Condition//Comatose" along with the album. The album has been met with positive reviews.

Critics gave praise for the album's technical aspects, but noted how the album was predictable and nothing new. In a review for Alternative Press Tyler Davidson writes, "...blessthefall know how to double down on each of those elements, crystallizing the dichotomy in a way that serves the genre while still feeling new enough to make a lasting impression." In a more mixed review, Taylor Weston for HM Magazine wrote, "Kudos to them for making sure this latest release didn't enter into the rut of metalcore. It's not a life-changing release, but it's a steady progression of bettering their work that has them around more than a decade after they started." A more favorable review from Outburn, Nathaniel Lay stated, "This is a prime example of metalcore". The album was included at number 39 on Rock Sound's top 50 releases of 2015 list. Citations Sources