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Georgian independence petition discovered at Bodleian

first_imgA century-old petition calling for Georgian independence was revealed on Friday by the Bodleian Libraries to honour the centenary of the county’s independence.The petition contains a number of objections against the occupying Russians as well as appeals to the international community to stop the atrocities and pogroms unfolding in Western and Central Georgia.The petition was signed by 3000 men and women of all classes from across the country. The Bodleian Libraires claims that those signing the petition were doing so “at great personal risk.”The document has been in the Bodleian Libraries’ possession since 1920, however it was only over the past few weeks that have researchers realised its importance.Originally presented at the 1907 Hague International Conference, the petition is the first documented occasion of the Georgian population protesting for further rights as a nation.Georgian independence was achieved in 1918, eleven years after the petition first surfaced.The document was part of a collection donated by Sir Oliver Wardrop, who – along with his sister, Marjory – was friendly with the petition’s instigator, Varlam Chrkezishvili, an exiled Georgian nationalist. The Wardrop siblings were both the founders and major benefactors of Kartvelian (Georgian) studies at Oxford.The the significance of the document was realised and researched by Dr Beka Kobakhidze, Dr Nikoloz Aleksidze, and Dr Gillian Evison.Dr Kobakhidze said that he was “honoured” for his role in making “forgotten names public after 111 years”.He said: “At a time when there was no compulsory education and a high rate of illiteracy, the petition is the first documented instance when the Georgian national historic narrative of the Georgian-Russian relationship comes not from elite groups, but from ordinary people of all social classes. “Men and women, entrepreneurs, workers, nobles, peasants, clergymen, and teachers from all regions of Georgia put their signatures to this address to the political west.“Looking through the petition I had a feeling that I was interacting with my ancestors, people who stood for national liberties while risking their lives.”Kobakhidze added that many Georgians might be interested to see the names of their relatives on the petition.Bodleian Librarian Richard Ovenden claimed that the discovery of the petition made clear the importance of Libraries and archives and showed the “role [they] play in the preservation and dissemination of information.”Ovenden also hoped that the attention generated by the document “will encourage greater scholarship on Georgia, the Wardrops, and this turbulent period of history.”Dr Evison noted the “striking” nature of the document, stating: “Signatures have been collected on many different sheets of paper – accounting paper, on the back of the petitions, and written in ink, or pencil – so it tells its own story of how keen Georgians were to make their mark through whatever means were available to them.”Former president of Oxford’s Georgian Society, Nikoloz Aleksidze, told Cherwell: “The petition is remarkable for a number of reasons. It undermines the commonly articulated view that the 1918 independence was merely an accident and that Georgians never wanted or tried to secure independence from the Russian Empire.“The document proves that the unanimous Georgian protest against the Russian Imperial Rule and colonialism has a long history from the early 19th-century rebellions to the 1918 Declaration of Independence and later 1991 restoration of Independence from the Soviet Union. The petition is a crucial chapter in this history of resistance.“From the point of view of Georgian-British relations, the document was edited by later British High Commissioner to Transcaucasia, Oliver Wardrop, who was the most meticulous and ardent defender of Georgia’s independence in the West during his entire life.“Britain’s support for Georgia’s independence, territorial integrity and European integration, spearheaded by Oliver Wardrop, was reinvigorated after the restoration of Georgia’s independence in 1991.”The 29-page document is now publicly available online.last_img read more

CHANNEL 44 NEWS: St. Mary’s Receives First FDA-Approved Dissolving Heart Stent

first_imgSt. Mary’s Receives First FDA-Approved Dissolving Heart StentOCTOBER 21ST, 2016 BRITNEY TAYLOR EVANSVILLE, INDIANA A tri-state hospital is one of four in the Hoosier state to receive a one of kind treatment option for patients with coronary artery disease.St. Mary’s Health receives the world’s first FDA-approved dissolving heart stent. It is the first hospital to receive this option in southwest Indiana.Stents are important for patients for the first three months after a blocked artery has been opened.Dissolving heart stents work the same as metal ones by enabling better blood flow, but once the tissue grows over the old tissue, the stent is longer needed.Unlike the metal stent, which is permanent, the dissolving heart stent is made of natural materials, and it will dissolve over the course of three years.Early Voting Set To Begin At EVPL Next WeekOCTOBER 21ST, 2016 BRITNEY TAYLOR EVANSVILLE, INDIANA Early voting is set to begin at five Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library locations next week. It is set to begin Monday, October 24th through Friday, November 4th.Voting will be Monday through Thursday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.Only five of the public library locations have been selected as Early Voting Centers. These include Central, McCollough, Red Bank, Oaklyn, and North Park.Voters should have a valid driver’s license or government-issued ID to vote in the state of Indiana.For more information on voting, vist City of Evansville/Vanderburgh County, or call the Election Office at (812) 435-5122.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Ocean City to Vote on Free Beach Tags for All Military Veterans

first_imgOcean City will consider giving free beach tags to all military veterans.City Council on Thursday (April 10) will consider the first reading of an amended ordinance that would eliminate the fees for anybody who has served in the U.S. military.The vote will be part of a public City Council meeting 7 p.m. Thursday at the Ocean City Free Public Library (1735 Simpson Avenue).The proposed amendment reads as follows:“No fees shall be charged to or collected from persons who have served in any of the Armed Forces of the United States and who were discharged or released therefrom under conditions other than dishonorable and who either have served at least 90 days in active duty or have been discharged or released from active duty by reason of a service-incurred injury or disability. … The Director of Financial Management shall also establish procedures pursuant to the rules and regulations promulgated by the Adjutant General of the New Jersey Department of Military and Veteran’s Affairs pertaining to veteran eligibility for this beach fee exemption.”The local measure is made possible by a bill Gov. Chris Christie signed in January permitting towns to provide the free or discounted beach tags to veterans.Ocean City already offers free beach tags for active-duty members and their spouses and children. City Council passed that measure in October 2011.Ocean City has charged for access to public beaches since the 1970s. Seasonal beach tags cost $20 (if purchased before June 1) and $25 during the season. All persons age 12 and older must purchase a beach tag to use the beach between June 7 and Sept. 1.Beach tags can be purchased online (with a $5 shipping fee): Order Ocean City NJ Beach Tags.last_img read more

More Into the Woods Details Revealed

first_img In addition to Meryl Streep, the film stars James Corden, Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Johnny Depp, Billy Magnussen and Lilla Crawford. Take a peek behind the scenes with this exciting featurette! As expected, some cuts have been made (the movie currently comes in about half an hour shorter than the show’s two and a half hour runtime) and some lyrics have been tweaked. Additionally, Tracey Ullman has upped the tempo of some of Jack’s Mother’s bits. So what can we look forward to when the movie hits theaters this Christmas? Meryl Streep breaking it down about greens (and nothing but greens) live. While a majority of the vocals were studio-recorded, Streep performed the rap portion of the prologue live. “It was one of the most impressive things I’ve ever seen,” says music producer and supervisor Michael Higham. In an interview with Variety, the Oscar-nominated director revealed that the new song for the Witch, titled “She’ll Be Back,” which was shot and then cut after an early screening, will be included on the home release in 2015. He called the choice “painful, especially a new Sondheim song which is so thrilling.” Sondheim and James Lapine (who wrote the book for the show and the screenplay for the film) were of course on board with the decision. We imagine the song may also be included on the film’s soundtrack, which will be released on December 16. center_img View Comments Remember that “beautiful and spectacular” number that Stephen Sondheim wrote for Meryl Streep for the Into the Woods movie, only for director Rob Marshall to spill that it landed on the cutting room floor? Well, thankfully, it’s not gone forever, and we will be able to hear it. Just not in movie theaters.last_img read more

See Edward Hibbert & Andre Ward Decked Out in Something Rotten!

first_img Something Rotten! Edward Hibbert(Photo: Joan Marcus) Bring on the ruffles and poofy pants! Just in case you still needed style inspiration for those weekend plans, Something Rotten! newcomers Edward Hibbert and André Ward (see below) have got you covered. Broadway vet Hibbert is currently rocking Renaissance duds as Lord Clapham/Master of Justice, while Ward welcomes the show’s newcomers as Minstrel. Get your fix of Something Rotten! with the full gallery link here (including a first look at David Beach as Brother Jeremiah); the tuner is running at the St. James Theatre. Related Showscenter_img View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 1, 2017last_img read more

Peter Freyne, 1949-2009

first_imgSeven Days,Peter Freyne never missed a deadline in the 13 years he worked for Seven Days. He delivered his political column, “Inside Track,” every Tuesday by 4 p.m. and was never subtle about it. Shortly after emailing his article, Freyne would show up at the office to answer questions, argue, check last-minute facts and, depending on his mood, terrorize our staff. His column was the last thing we squeezed into the paper before sending it to press. So it’s ironic – not to mention premature and terribly sad – that Peter Freyne left this Earth early on a Wednesday. After battling cancer, seizures and a strep infection that spread to his brain, he died peacefully at Fletcher Allen Health Care at 12:26 a.m. today – six hours after our weekly deadline.Did he have a hand in the timing of his final departure, knowing the news would break just after the paper went to bed? We wouldn’t put it past him to go out with a poke. Freyne, 59, came out of the bar-stool school of journalism, along with his hero, Chicago newspapermen Mike Royko. He never went to school to learn to be a political c olumnist, but brought his considerable and diverse life experiences to a fun and informative “Inside Track” that originated in the Vanguard Press, Burlington’s original alt weekly, in the late ’80s. Freyne was the rare reporter who could skewer a politician in print and have a drink with him two days later. Many of his “victims” became his sources – and in some cases, friends. Freyne gave up drinking and smoking. And Vermont journalism has been a lot less lively since he retired last June. Here’s a video that Eva Sollberger made of Freyne right after that, when Seven Days readers once again named him the state’s “Best Print Journalist” in our annual Daysies survey. His passing marks the end of an era. He may have planned that, too. – Seven Days Co-editor Pamela Polston.Peter Freyne and former Burlington Mayor Peter Clavelle at the corner of Church and College in 2004. Photo by Robert Smith.POSTED BY SEVEN DAYS ON JANUARY 07, 2009 AT 07:11 AMhttp://7d.blogs.com/blurt/2009/01/draft-peter-freyne-19492009.html(link is external)[embedded video: http://blip.tv/file/1151166(link is external) ]For a selection of Peter’s VBM articles, click here.last_img read more

Xcel, steelmaker sign novel solar-tied power supply deal

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Pueblo Chieftain:Xcel Energy and EVRAZ Pueblo have agreed on a long-term electricity contract that guarantees the steelmaker price certainty for the next 22 years, the two companies announced Thursday. The agreement also clears the path for a potential major upgrade and expansion of the 1,000-worker mill.According to publicly available documents released in recent months by Xcel and state economic development officials, EVRAZ sought assurances of low electricity prices before committing to unspecified upgrade and expansion projects of about $500 million.The agreement between Xcel and EVRAZ awaits review by the state Public Utilities Commission as part of the regulatory agency’s consideration of Xcel’s plan to decommission two of the three coal-fired units at its Pueblo Comanche power plant and replace the electricity with solar, wind and natural gas power sources. A key feature is Xcel’s plan to build one of its planned new solar farms — a 240-megawatt solar facility — on EVRAZ property. The steelmaker is Xcel’s largest customer in Colorado.“We saw a great opportunity to retain a valued customer, assist in its expansion in one of Southern Colorado’s premier communities and increase use of cleaner energy,” Alice Jackson, Xcel’s Colorado president, said in a statement Thursday.Reaching an agreement with EVRAZ is part of Xcel’s Colorado Energy Plan, the utility’s long-term plan under review by the PUC that spells out how the power company will provide electricity in the future. Statewide, the plan calls for $2.5 billion of investments in more solar power and battery storage (700 megawatts); more wind power (1,100 megawatts); and purchasing 385 megawatts of gas-fired power. Many of the improvements will be built in the Pueblo area.More: Xcel, EVRAZ reach long-term power agreement Xcel, steelmaker sign novel solar-tied power supply deallast_img read more

Video: TransEpic Mountain Bike Stage Race

first_imgThe Trans-Sylvania Epic in and around State College, PA is one of only a few mountain bike stage races in the country, and they do it right. With its summer camp vibe, high quality trails, and categories for all riding abilities, the Trans-Epic is the best seven days of riding one could ask for.Check out the video below and read the full story here.Trans-Sylvania Epic from Summit Publishing on Vimeo.last_img

Compliance: CFPB announces 2018 Reg Z thresholds

first_imgThe Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced 2018 thresholds applicable under Regulation Z last week. The bureau is required  to adjust on an annual basis certain thresholds under Regulation Z.These changes will be effective Jan. 1.Requirements for High-Cost MortgagesA loan can be classified as a high-cost mortgage based on 1 of 3 independent triggers, including the points and fees charged in connection with the transaction.Starting Jan. 1, a loan will be classified as high-cost if the total points and fees charged in connection with the transaction exceed:5% of the loan amount for loans greater than $21,032; orFor loans of less than $21,032, the lesser of 8% of the loan amount or $1,052 27SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

The guiding light of CEO succession

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Every organization is always in some form of transition, whether it’s a result of high growth, leadership succession or dealing with a change in the competitive environment. Regardless of the forces behind the transition, every credit union should have a plan in place to support and align with its vision and to tackle transition head on.Where CEO succession is the transition priority, the board should take a proactive role. Boards are central to every credit union, and members are identified and recruited with the intention that they will protect the organization’s long-term best interest and success. These members should play a central role in ensuring that a leadership transition plan is in place and effectively communicated—and that any transition is guided—in an intentional and thoughtful manner.The board functions as a guiding light throughout the transition process. They understand any CEO transition will occur over a period of time and recognize many interests and dynamics will intersect throughout. They will support the credit union in being “ready,” including the organization overall and current leadership. This will involve encouraging the review and investment in an ongoing human capital plan to attract, retain and develop the brightest and best talent, continuously monitoring the depth of leadership, and challenging the management team to groom the next generation of leaders.last_img read more