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The Irish Times

The Irish Times is an Irish daily broadsheet newspaper launched on 29 March 1859. The editor is Paul O'Neill who succeeded Kevin O'Sullivan on 5 April 2017; the Irish Times is published every day except Sundays. Though formed as a Protestant nationalist paper, within two decades and under new owners it had become the voice of British unionism in Ireland, it is no longer marketed as a unionist paper. The editorship of the newspaper from 1859 until 1986 was controlled by the Anglo-Irish Protestant minority, only gaining its first nominal Irish Catholic editor 127 years into its existence; the paper's most prominent columnists include writer and arts commentator Fintan O'Toole and satirist Miriam Lord. The late Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald was once a columnist. Senior international figures, including Tony Blair and Bill Clinton, have written for its op-ed page, its most prominent columns have included the political column Backbencher, by John Healy, Drapier and Reason and the long-running An Irishman's Diary.

An Irishman's Diary was written by Patrick Campbell in the forties. After Myers' move to the rival Irish Independent, An Irishman's Diary has been the work of Frank McNally. On the sports pages, Philip Reid is the paper's golf correspondent. One of its most popular columns was the biting and humorous Cruiskeen Lawn satire column written in Irish in English, by Myles na gCopaleen, the pen name of Brian O'Nolan who wrote books using the name Flann O'Brien. Cruiskeen Lawn is an anglicised spelling of the Irish words crúiscín lán, meaning'full little jug'. Cruiskeen Lawn made its debut in October 1940, appeared with varying regularity until O'Nolan's death in 1966; the first appearance of a newspaper using the name The Irish Times occurred in 1823, but this closed in 1825. The title was revived—initially as a thrice-weekly publication but soon becoming a daily—by a 22-year-old army officer, Lawrence E. Knox, with the first edition being published on 29 March 1859, it was founded as a moderate Protestant newspaper, reflecting the politics of Knox, who envisaged it as a "new conservative daily newspaper".

Its headquarters were at 4 Lower Abbey Street in Dublin. Its main competitor in its early days was the Dublin Daily Express. After Knox's death in 1873, the paper was sold to the widow of Sir John Arnott, MP, a former Lord Mayor of Cork and owner of Arnotts, one of Dublin's major Department stores; the sale, for £35,000, led to two major changes. Its headquarters was shifted to 31 Westmoreland Street, remaining in buildings on or near that site until 2005, its politics shifted becoming predominantly Unionist in outlook, it was associated with the Irish Unionist Alliance. The paper, along with the Irish Independent and various regional papers, called for the execution of the leaders of the failed 1916 Easter Rising. Though the paper became a publicly listed company in 1900, the family continued to hold a majority shareholding until the 1960s; the last member of the Arnott family to sit on the paper's board was Sir Lauriston Arnott, who died in 1958. The editor during the 1930s, R. M. Smyllie, had strong anti-fascist views: he angered the Irish Catholic hierarchy by opposing General Franco during the Spanish Civil War.

The Irish Times, like other national newspapers, had problems with Irish Government censorship during World War II. The Times was pro-Allied and was opposed to the Éamon de Valera government's policy of neutrality. In 1974, ownership was transferred to The Irish Times Trust; the former owner, Major Thomas McDowell, was made "president for life" of the trust which runs the paper and was paid a large dividend. However several years the articles of the Trust were adjusted, giving Major McDowell 10 preference shares and one more vote than the combined votes of all the other directors should any move be made to remove him. Major McDowell died in 2009; the Trust was set up in 1974 as "a company limited by guarantee" to purchase The Irish Times Limited and to ensure that The Irish Times would be published as an independent newspaper with specific editorial objectives.. The Trust is regulated by a legal document, the Memorandum and Articles of Association, controlled by a body of people under company law.

It does not have charitable status. It has no beneficial shareholders and it cannot pay dividends. Any profits made by The Irish Times cannot be distributed to the Trust but must be used to strengthen the newspaper, directly or indirectly; the Trust is composed of a maximum of 11 Governors. The Trust appoints Governors who are required to be "representative broadly of the community throughout the whole of Ireland"; as of June 2012, Ruth Barrington is the chair of the trust, the governors are Tom Arnold, David Begg, Noel Dorr, Margaret Elliott, Rosemary Kelly, Eoin O'Driscoll, Fergus O'Ferrall, Judith Woodworth, Barry Smyth, Caitriona Murphy. In 1969, the longest-serving editor of The Irish Times, Douglas Gageby, was called a "white nigger" by the company chairman, because of the newspaper's coverage of Northern Ireland at the outset of the Trou

William Flintoft

William Morris Musson Flintoft called Bill Flintoft, was an Australian rules football player with the Melbourne Football Club and the St Kilda Football Club in the Victorian Football League. He played Victorian Premier Cricket for the Melbourne Cricket Club. Flintoft served in the First Australian Imperial Force in World War I. In life Flintoft was Mayor of Prahran, on the Committee of the Melbourne Cricket Club, on the Board of the Melbourne Football Club, serving as president of the latter for three years. Flintoft was born in South Yarra, the son of Josiah James Walter Flintoft, a three-time mayor of Prahran, Fanny, on 20 March 1889, he was educated at Prahran College and he became a clerk. Flintoft was recruited from the South Yarra Football Club, at the age of 19, made his VFL debut for the Melbourne Football Club in round 3 of the 1909 season, his career with Melbourne lasted from 1909 to 1912, kicking 18 goals. Described as "the Beau Brummell of League football", Flintoft played in the centre and was known for being "dapper on and off the field".

Flintoft joined St Kilda for the 1913 season. However, his time with St Kilda was unsuccessful, playing only one game in the lone season he was at the club; the 1913 season was Flintoft's last in the VFL. Flintoft was an accomplished cricketer, playing Victorian Premier Cricket, the top level of cricket in Victoria, with the Melbourne Cricket Club, he played for the MCC from 1909 to 1927, with a hiatus from 1915 to 1919, in order to serve in World War I. Flintoft enlisted in the First Australian Imperial Force, to serve in World War I, on 2 August 1915, he began his service as a Second Lieutenant in the 58th Battalion, with which he would remain for the entirety of World War I, embarked from Melbourne, Victoria on 16 December 1916, on the HMAT A7 Medic. The 58th Battalion was attached to the 5th Australian Division and saw action in Egypt and on the Western Front, fighting in France and Belgium. Flintoft fought in many of the deadliest battles of World War I, such as Fromelles and Mont St. Quentin.

Flintoft, remained unharmed throughout World War I, was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant, returned to Australia on 3 March 1919. Flintoft was Mayor of Prahran from 1934 to 1935. In 1934, Flintoft's wife gave birth to a son, he served on the Board of the Melbourne Football Club and took over from Joe Blair as president of the club in 1947, serving in the position until 1949, when Albert Chadwick took over the presidency. During his time as president, Melbourne won the 1948 premiership, he was awarded life membership of the club in 1945. Flintoft was on the Committee of the Melbourne Cricket Club, from 1937 until his death on 3 May 1951. Flintoft was survived by two sons. Bill Flintoft's playing statistics from AFL Tables Bill Flintoft at AustralianFootball.com Bill Flintoft at Demon Wiki

Stříbrná Skalice

Stříbrná Skalice is a village in Prague-East District, Central Bohemian Region, Czech Republic. It lies near the Sázava River, 19 kilometres south-east from town Říčany; the highest point of the village is a peak Skalka at an elevation of 516 metres. The exact date the Silver Skalice Village was founded remains unknown although the first recorded owners of this rural community according to a published online document were “Ctibor of Skalice, followed by Střížek of Skalice, Kuneš of Skalice, Jesek of Skalice, Jan of Střímelice and Bohdal of Drahenic and Skalice. In 1403, Skalice passed over to King Wenceslas IV whose bourgeoisie was on the rocky castle of Racek Kobyla.”The first written remark of the village dates back to 1361. The attribute of the name Silver originates in 16th century and marks the silver mining, that took place in surrounding areas (the original name of the village is the "Rock of the Silver Mountain". Date of the founding of the village is unknown, but according to the oldest chronicles local castle has been built in 8th century in the times of Přemysl the Ploughman.

From the end of 12th century, there is a Romanian church dedicated to the patron of miners st. Jacob, it is located in the area Rovna. The old name "Rock of the Silver Mountains" shows that silver has been mined in these places since ancient times; the Skalice mines were closest to Prague and gave impulse to the construction of a Prague mint during the reign of Ferdinand I. This event has become an important moment in the history of Skalice as a mining town. Right in the Skalice there are still preserved the old mining shafts; the oldest silver sealer from 1610 is stored in the Kolín State Archive in a silver case. Stříbrná Skalice today includes parts of Hradová Střimelice and Hradec. There are several ponds, the most famous of which are the Propast; the landscape, with its beautiful and near-untouched nature, is a renowned, often-sought recreational area. The village features prominently in the video game Kingdom Come: Deliverance, developed by Czech studio Warhorse Studios and set during a war between forces loyal to Wenceslaus IV and his brother Sigismund in the early fifteenth century.

The town, known in-game as Skalitz and ruled by Radzig Kobyla, falls victim to an army of Hungarian Cumans loyal to Sigismund at the beginning of the game. Official website