Margaret of Bourbon, Queen of Navarre

Margaret of Bourbon (French: Marguerite; c. 1217 – 12 April 1256) was Queen of Navarre and Countess of Champagne from 1232 until 1253 as the third wife of Theobald I of Navarre. After her husband’s death, she ruled both the kingdom and the county as regent for three years in the name of their son, Theobald II of Navarre.

Margaret was born into the House of Dampierre, the eldest daughter of Archambaud VIII, Lord of Bourbon. Her mother was her father’s first wife, Alice of Forez, daughter of Guigues III, Count of Forez. Archambaud was the constable of Count Theobald IV of Champagne. Margaret was 15 years old when, on 12 September 1232, she became the third wife of the 32-year-old recently widowed Count Theobald. His first wife, Gertrude of Dagsburg, had been repudiated and already deceased, while the second, Agnes of Beaujeu, died leaving only a daughter, Blanche. Their marriage was one of only two unions of the counts of Champagne with a significant age disparity between spouses, the other one being the marriage of Henry I of Champagne and Marie of France. Margaret brought a large dowry, but an unusual clause in her marriage contract stipulated that only a prorated part of it would be returned to her father in case of her death without issue within the first nine years of the marriage and nothing if she died after nine years had passed. Only if the union ended in annulment, as her parents‘ and Theobald’s first marriage had, was the entire sum to be returned.

Margaret’s marriage lasted twenty years, during which she delivered seven children. In 1234, she became Queen of Navarre when Theobald inherited the kingdom from his maternal uncle, Sancho VII. Little is known of Margaret’s life as queen consort, until her husband’s death in 1253 brought her into the spotlight. Their son Theobald II of Navarre being 18 at the time could not, by the laws of the realm, become king until age 21. Margaret, now queen dowager, became regent.

She immediately had to deal with a succession crisis in the kingdom. Although her husband, also Count of Champagne, had resided in Navarre much of the time after his accession to the royal throne, the nobility of the kingdom were unwilling to accept his son as their king. Margaret prevented the outbreak of an open rebellion by travelling with Theobald to the capital, Pamplona, and by allying with the neighbouring Kingdom of Aragon.

She also inherited her husband’s long-standing dispute with the Knights Templar, who had been buying lots of feudal property in Champagne despite his disapproval. Margaret resolutely prohibited them from acquiring any more land within the county.

In 1254, Margaret was persuaded by her son to arrange a marriage for him with Isabella, daughter of King Louis IX of France. King Theobald II reached the age of majority in 1256. No longer regent, Queen Margaret retired to her large dower lands, consisting of seven castellanies (as much as a third of the comital revenues), where she spent the rest of her life. She died in Provins and was buried at the Saint-Joseph de Clairval abbey in Flavigny-sur-Ozerain.

David Hall (sound archivist)

David Hall (born December 16, 1916 in New Rochelle, New York; died April 10, 2012 in Castine, Maine) was a sound archivist and writer.

Hall’s parents were Fairfax and Eleanor Raeburn (Remy) Hall. He married Bernice Dobkin on June 8, 1940. Their children are Marion Hall Hunt, Jonathan Hall, Peter Dobkin Hall, and Susannah Hall.

After graduating from Phillips Exeter Academy, Hall received a B.A. from Yale University in 1939. He was a postgraduate student at Columbia University from 1940-41.

At the urging of family friend, Saturday Review of Literature Editor Norman Cousins, Hall abandoned his graduate studies to write an annotated discography of recorded sound. The book instructed record collectors on „how to lay a solid foundation for a record library, what pitfalls to avoid in the buying of records, whether or not it is advisable to specialize, and how to distinguish between fair and excellent recordings of the same composition“ (Hall 1940). The book also provided tips on playback equipment and offered detailed commentary on the whole range of recorded music, from classical through experimental music, jazz, folk, and spoken word. The Record Book appeared in 1940 and was followed by a series of supplements, and international edition (1948). The last supplement appeared in 1950. The series was an immediate hit, selling more than 100,000 copies.

In 1940, Hall began a lifelong involvement with the record business, taking a job as an advertising copywriter with Columbia Records, then located in Bridgeport, Connecticut. In 1942, he became music program annotator for the NBC Symphony Orchestra — the all-star orchestra conducted by Arturo Toscanini. In 1948, Hall joined forces with fellow Yale graduate John Hammond on a quest to post-war Europe on behalf of Mercury Records, then a Chicago-based produced of „pop“ material.

Wishing to enter the growing classical music market, Mercury executives realized that radio stations and governments in formerly Nazi-occupied countries held a gold mine in superb performances by Europe’s top musicians. Hammond’s and Hall’s objective was to acquire these assets for Mercury. Hammond had hired Hall, „a well-known authority on classical recording, to handle the considerable job of cataloging Czech and German material. He was known and respected by the Czechs, who were interested in establishing an international records archive. David would be an asset in delicate negotiations“ (Hammond 1977, 282). Hall and Hammond left Prague one step ahead of Soviet forces as they crushed Czechoslovakia’s democratic government.

Hall remained at Mercury Records until 1956 as classic music director. Under his leadership, Mercury began releasing its notable „Living Presence“ series of classical recordings. Hall worked closely with sound engineering pioneer, C. Robert Fine. Fine’s mobile sound studio toured the midwest, recording performances by the Detroit, Louisville, and Minneapolis symphonies and musical groups at the Eastman School at the University of Rochester. A 1955 recording of the Minneapolis Symphony performing Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture under the baton of Antal Doráti became the best selling classical record of the decade.

In 1956, Hall was awarded a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship, which enabled him to spend a year at the University of Copenhagen (Denmark) teaching advanced recording techniques to Danish engineers and musicians. Hall had long been interested in Scandinavian music, having directed the music center at New York’s American Scandinavian Foundation from 1950 to 1957.

On returning to the United States in the fall of 1957, Hall became music editor of Hi-Fi/Stereo Review (later Stereo Review). Hall contributed reviews of classic music and articles to the magazine until it folded in 1998. In his writings, Hall championed contemporary music. His 1964 article on Charles Ives included the first full discography of Ives’s recordings.

In 1963, Hall became president of Composers‘ Recordings, Inc., a nonprofit record label devoted to recording and distributing the work of contemporary composers. Among the notable recordings produced under his leadership were a series of performances by avant garde composer Harry Partch.

In 1967, Hall was appointed curator of the , one of the units of the New York Public Library’s performing arts collections at Lincoln Center. There he pioneered new techniques of cataloging recorded material as one of the initiatives of the Research Libraries Group, a consortium of the nation’s leading research libraries. Hall and his associates also released an important collection of historic sound recordings, The Mapleson Cylinders, which captured the singing of Metropolitan Opera stars of the early twentieth century. This recording was awarded a „Grammy“ by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences in 1986.

During this period, Hall helped to found the Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) in 1966. He served as the group’s president, 1980-1982. In 2002, he received the ARSC Award for Distinguished Service to Historical Recordings.

In 1986, Hall retired to the seaside village of Castine, Maine, where he continued to write record reviews and consult on recording projects. Through the 1990s, he chaired the classical records awards committee for the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. Late in life, Hall was at work on a biography of the twentieth century American composer, Roy Harris.

In addition to introducing American audiences to the remarkable riches of recorded music in the years following the second World War, Hall played an especially important role as a champion of contemporary music. At least half the composers listed in the 1940 Record Book were still living. They included such notables as Aaron Copland, Roy Harris, Charles Ives, Harry Partch, William Schuman, and others. His writings also helped garner attention for jazz and folk musicians.

Schwarzbraunes Bergschaf

The Schwarzbraunes Bergschaf is a breed of domestic sheep from the area of the Jura mountains in Switzerland. It derives from the Swiss Frutigen, Jura, Roux-des-Bagnes, Saanen and Simmental breeds. The name means „black-brown mountain sheep“. It is one of the four principal sheep breeds of Switzerland. It is present also in Austria, Germany and Italy, and in those countries is known as the Juraschaf.

The first official description is from 1925, the breed standard dates from 1941, and the herdbook was established in 1979. Numbers for the breed in 2008 were 14,161 in Switzerland, 822 in Austria, 580 in Italy and 19 in Germany.

In Italy the Juraschaf is one of the forty-two autochthonous local sheep breeds of limited distribution for which a herdbook is kept by the Associazione Nazionale della Pastorizia, the Italian national association of sheep-breeders; the name „Schwarzbraunes Bergschaf“ is used in Italy for the Braunes Bergschaf, a different breed.

Orlando Lorenzini

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Orlando Lorenzini (Guardistallo, 3 maggio 1890 – Cheren, 17 marzo 1941) è stato un militare, ufficiale e generale italiano.

Caduto nella battaglia di Cheren (2 febbraio – 27 marzo 1941), fu insignito alla memoria della medaglia d’oro al valor militare.

Nacque a Guardistallo da Giuseppe e da Maria Giuntini. A partire dal 1895 fu allievo del Collegio Convitto Salesiano San Quirico di Colle Salvetti (oggi Collesalvetti) ed in seguito frequentò il liceo presso il Seminario di Volterra, per poi conseguire la licenza al liceo Galilei di Pisa.

Il 20 maggio 1910 cominciò la carriera militare come soldato di leva di seconda categoria nell’84º reggimento fanteria; fu nominato ufficiale il 4 febbraio 1912. Durante la prima guerra mondiale fu combattente al comando della 2099 Compagnia mitraglieri della Brigata „Udine“ nella zona del Montello; fu comandante del XXII e del XIV Battaglione eritreo, della XI Brigata coloniale e della II Brigata coloniale dell’Africa Orientale Italiana.

Sposato con Diana Barachini ebbe Paola, Piera e Maria.

Tra le varie missioni africane si menziona la missione segreta presso le popolazioni della Dancalia nel 1935, al comando del XIV Battaglione Eritreo, avente come fine organizzare le popolazioni ed averle alleate nel probabile conflitto. Nel quadro della difesa dell’Eritrea contro la minaccia inglese dal Sudan venne trasferito nel 1940 a Cheren con la sua II Brigata Coloniale e nominato comandante della IV Divisione Coloniale da Amedeo di Savoia-Aosta, Comandante delle Forze Armate dell’A.O.I., con il compito di contrastare l’avanzata inglese su Agordat. Successivamente alla battaglia di Agordat, durata cinque giorni con pesantissime perdite, assunse nuovamente il comando della II Brigata, già molto provata dai combattimenti di Agordat, che venne trasferita presso Cheren, ultima posizione di difesa dell’Eritrea.

Morì alle 15 del 17 marzo 1941, ucciso da una scheggia di granata.

Venne sepolto nel cimitero di Asmara dopo un austero funerale celebrato il 19 marzo 1941 ed alla sua memoria concessa la Medaglia d’Oro al Valor Militare con Regio Decreto 6 febbraio 1942. Le sue spoglie furono in seguito esumate in Asmara il 18 novembre 1994 e trasportate al cimitero militare di Cheren, ove ora riposano. A suo nome è stata intitolata una strada a Castiglioncello (Provincia di Livorno), dove è ubicata la casa costruita nel 1933, ed a Pisa. Sempre a Pisa gli è stata anche intitolata una scuola elementare.

In un breve faticoso ciclo di operazioni contro i ribelli della zona del Gebel Auaghir, dava prova di magnifico valore infliggendo una grave sanguinosa sconfitta ai ribelli ed ottenendo, insieme con altri reparti che concorsero all’azione un successo quanto mai brillante e fecondo di risultati. Foglio del Comando Truppe della Cirenaica del 22 luglio 1924, n. 14333.

«Ha saputo foggiare uno strumento di guerra mirabile nel quale ha trasfuso tutte le sue doti di ardimento, di prudenza, tenacia e di modestia. (Bengasi, 10 aprile 1928).»

Gül Mosque

Gül Mosque (Turkish: Gül Camii, meaning: „The Mosque of the Rose“ in English) is a former Eastern Orthodox church in Istanbul, Turkey, converted into a mosque by the Ottomans.

The building is located in Istanbul, in the district of Fatih, in the neighborhood of Ayakapı („Gate of the Saint“), along Vakıf Mektebi Sokak. It lies at the end of the valley which divides the fourth and the fifth hills of Constantinople, and from its imposing position it overlooks the Golden Horn.

It is one of the most important religious Byzantine buildings of Constantinople still extant, but its dedication and the date of its construction, which for long time appeared certain, are now disputed by scholars. It is either identified with the church belonging to the nunnery of Saint Theodosia (Greek: Μονή τής Άγιας Θεοδοσίας εν τοις Δεξιοκράτους, Monē tis Hagias Theodosias en tois Dexiokratous) or with that of the monastery of Christ the Benefactor (Greek: Μονή του Χριστού του Ευεργέτου, Monē tou Christou tou Euergetou).

The building, since Stephan Gerlach visited it in the late 15th century, has always been identified with the church of Hagia Theodosia en tois Dexiokratous. At the beginning of last century, Jules Pargoire identified the building as the church of Hagia Euphēmia en tō Petriō, built during the reign of Basil I (867-886), and brilliantly explained the change in its dedication. The German archaeologist Hartmut Schäfer, after studies performed in the 1960s on the dating of the basement, estimated the date of construction of the edifice between the end of the eleventh and the first half of 12th century, placing it in the Komnenian period, and identifying it hypothetically as the church of the monastery of Christos Euergetēs. He excludes the possibility that the Gül Mosque is the building where the body of Hagia Theodosia was brought after the end of the Iconoclasm period. On the other hand, he does not exclude the possibility that the building could have been dedicated to Hagia Theodosia in a later period.

On January 19, 729, at the very beginning of the iconoclastic persecutions, Emperor Leo III the Isaurian ordered the removal of an image of Christ which stood over the Chalkē, the main gate of the Great Palace of Constantinople. While an officer was executing the order, a group of women gathered to prevent the operation, and one of them, a nun named Theodosia, let him fall from the ladder. The man died, and Theodosia was captured and executed.

After the end of the Iconoclasm, Theodosia was recognized as a martyr and saint, and her body was kept and worshiped in the church of Hagia Euphemia en tō Petriō, in the quarter named Dexiokratiana, after the houses owned here by one Dexiokrates. The church and adjoining monastery were erected by Emperor Basil I at the end of the ninth century. The monastery hosted his four daughters, who were all buried in the church. Hagia Euphemia lay near the Monastery of Christos Euergetēs, whose foundation date is unknown. It is only known that it was restored by protosebastos John Komnenos, son of Andronikos I Komnenos and brother of co-emperor John, who died fighting in the battle of Myriokephalon in 1176. On April 12, 1204, during the Fourth Crusade, the Latin fleet gathered in front of the monastery of the Euergetes before attacking the city. During the Latin Empire, the navy had its anchorage in front of the monastery, and the naval port was kept there by Michael VIII Palaiologos also after the restoration of the Byzantine Empire. Many sacred relics kept in the church were looted by the Crusaders and many still exist in churches throughout western Europe.

The worship of Theodosia grew with the time until, after the 11th century, the church was named after her. Since the original feast day of Hagia Euphemia occurred on the 30th of May, and that of another Hagia Theodosia, Hagia Theodosia of Tyros occurred on the 29th of May, finally this day became the feast day of Hagia Theodosia hē Konstantinoupolitissa („Saint Theodosia from Constantinople“).

Hagia Theodosia became one among the most venerated saints in Constantinople, being invoked particularly by the infirm. The fame of the saint was increased by the recovery of a deaf-mute in 1306. The church is often mentioned by the Russian pilgrims who visited the city in the fourteenth and early fifteenth century, but sometimes it is confounded with Christ Euergetēs, which, as already said, stood near it. Twice a week a procession took place in the nearby roads. In that occasion the relics hosted in the church were carried along, followed by a great crowd of sick people praying for their recovery.

The church is mentioned for the last time on May 28, 1453. On that day, which was the eve both of the Saint’s feast and also of the end of the Byzantine Empire, the Emperor Constantine XI with the Patriarch went to pray into the church, which was adorned with garlands of roses. Afterward Constantine left for the last struggle. Many people remained all the night in the church, praying for the salvation of the city. On the morning the Ottoman troops, after entering the city, reached the building, still adorned with flowers, and captured all the people gathered inside, considering them as prisoners of war. The relics were thrown away and the body of the Saint was cast to the dogs.

After the Ottoman conquest, the basement of the edifice, which in the meantime had fallen to ruin, was used as naval dockyard. Close to the building, Seyhülislam Molla Hüsrev Mehmet Effendi (died 1480) established a vakıf (foundation) and erected a small mosque (Küçük Mustafa Paşa Mescidi) and a bath (Küçük Mustafa Paşa Hamamı), which still exists.

Some years later (in 1490), the ruined church was repaired and converted into a mosque. A minaret was erected between 1566 and 1574, under Selim II, by Hassam Pasha, a supplier of the Ottoman navy. Afterwards the mosque was often named after him. Between 1573 and 1578, during his sojourn in Istanbul, the German preacher Stephan Gerlach visited the mosque, identifying it with the church of Hagia Theodosia. During that century the mosque saw the predication of the local holy man Gül Baba, which was allegedly buried in the building. It is also possible that the mosque was named after him.

During the 17th and 18th centuries, the edifice was heavily damaged in its upper parts by earthquakes, until Sultan Murad IV restored it, rebuilding the dome with the pendentives, almost the whole west side, the vaults at the southwest and northwest corners, and the minaret.

The building escaped the great fire which ravaged the quarter in 1782, and was restored again by Sultan Mahmud II (1808-1839), who added the wooden Sultan’s lodge.

The building lies on a high vaulted basement, which was used also during the Byzantine period only for secular purposes. The masonry of the basement has been built adopting the technique of the „recessed brick“, typical of the Byzantine architecture of the middle period. In this technique, alternate courses of bricks are mounted behind the line of the wall, and are plunged in a mortar bed. Due to that, the thickness of the mortar layers is about three times greater than that of the brick layers.

The building has a cross-in-square plan, which is oriented northwest – southeast. It is 26 meters long and 20 meters wide, and is surmounted by five domes, one above the central nave and four smaller placed on the four corners. The central dome, which has a low external drum and has no windows, is Ottoman, as are the broad pointed arches which carry it.

The original dome, akin to that of Kalenderhane Mosque, should have been carried by a tall drum pierced by windows. The exterior of the building is quite imposing. On the southeastern façade, the central apse, with seven sides, and the lateral ones, with three sides, project boldly outside. The central apse appears to be a later Byzantine reconstruction, since it lacks the four tiers of five niches, which feature ornamental brickwork and adorn the lateral ones. Above the niches runs a cornice.

The style of the side apses resembles strongly that of those of Pantokrator Church, and is a further element in favour of a late dating of the building.

The interior of the building was plastered and decorated in the 18th century. One enters through a wooden porch, which leads to a low narthex surmounted by a barrel vault. From there a triple arcade leads into the tall nave, which is flanked by galleries forming the side arms of the cross. They rest on a triple arcade supported by square piers. The nave ends with the main apse, which is flanked by two smaller ones. The south-east orientation of the main apse allowed the erection of the mihrab inside it.

Each gallery ends with a small chapel, which lies respectively above the prothesis and diaconicon. Both chapels are surmounted by hemispherical domes which are built directly above the pendentives. Light enters in the building through five orders of windows, three belonging to the galleries. Some of the windows are Ottoman.

Carved inside each of the two eastern dome piers there is a small chamber. The south east chamber contains the alleged tomb of the Ottoman Saint Gül Baba. Above the entrance there is the following inscription in Ottoman Turkish: „Tomb of the Apostle, disciple of Jesus. Peace with him“, which bears witness to the religious syncretism in sixteenth-century Istanbul. The chamber was originally possibly the tomb of St Theodosia. A tradition that one of the piers hides the burial place of the last Byzantine Emperor was born in the nineteenth century, and is groundless.

Together with Eski Imaret and Vefa Kilise Mosques, it is one of the most important cross-in-square churches in Istanbul.


Benkestok war ein norwegisches Adelsgeschlecht.

Der erste bekannte Mann, der den Namen Benkestok trug, war Tord Benkestok (bl. 1399), der zwei Söhne namens Jon Tordsson Benkestok und Trond Tordsson Benkestok hatte. Trond war Schildknappe (Norwegisch: væpner) und Mitglied des Reichsrats. Als Reichsrat war Trond einer von denen, die den 22. August 1440 ihren Treueschwur zu Erich III. zu Norwegen aufhoben. Ein späteres und wichtiges Mitglied des Geschlechtes war Trond Tordsson Benkestok (der Jüngere) zu Meløya, der unter anderem Schildknappe, Lehnsherr und Vogt der Festung Bergenhus war. Sein Sohn war Jon Trondsson Benkestok zu Meløya, der 1591 in der Huldigung von Christian IV. zu Norwegen teilnahm. Jon war mit einer sogenannt unfreien Frau namens Birgitte Nilsdotter verheiratet. Deshalb waren seine Kinder nicht adlig. Von diesen stammen unter anderen mehrere Nordlandsgeschlechter ab.

Das Geschlecht besaß Güter in Ostnorwegen (Båhus), in Westnorwegen, in Nordnorwegen, auf den Schafsinseln und auf den Shetlandinseln.

Vincent Pastore

Vincent Pastore (born July 14, 1946) is an American actor. Often cast as a mafioso, he is best known for his portrayal of Salvatore „Big Pussy“ Bonpensiero on the HBO series The Sopranos.

Pastore, an Italian American, was born in The Bronx, New York and grew up in New Rochelle, New York. Following his graduation from high school, he enlisted as a sailor in the United States Navy and then attended Pace University for three years, before eventually going into the acting industry after befriending Matt Dillon and Kevin Dillon. On June 3, 2015 on Good Day New York morning TV show, Pastore said he was in the Club Business for close to 30 years, and got into acting in his forties.

Pastore has made a career of portraying Italian American mafiosi in film and television. He began with small parts in the 1990s, in films such as Goodfellas and Carlito’s Way. In Goodfellas, he is briefly seen rolling a coat rack through the kitchen of The Bamboo Lounge and is credited as „Vinny Pastore“ playing „Man with Coat Rack“. In Carlito’s Way, he portrays one of the friends of the Italian man that dances with Gail, whom Kleinfeld insults. He is listed in the credits as „Vinny Pastore“ playing „Copa Wiseguy.“

Pastore got a bigger role in the comedy/crime film The Jerky Boys: The Movie (1995) as Tony Scarboni, one of the three gangsters and Lazarro (Alan Arkin)’s clients. In the 1996 HBO television movie Gotti, Pastore played the character of Angelo Ruggiero, alongside future Sopranos cast members Tony Sirico and Dominic Chianese.

In 1999, Pastore got his biggest role to date in The Sopranos, where he played the character Salvatore „Big Pussy“ Bonpensiero. His character was murdered in the finale of season 2, but Pastore would make a few more appearances over the next few years in dream and flashback sequences.

In addition to The Sopranos, he has appeared in Mickey Blue Eyes, Two Family House (with Sopranos cast mates Michael Rispoli, Kathrine Narducci, Matt Servitto, Michele Santopietro, and Sharon Angela), Under Hellgate Bridge, Riding in Cars with Boys, Witness to the Mob, Deuces Wild, Made, Mafia!, The Hurricane, Serving Sara, American Cousins, A Tale of Two Pizzas, This Thing of Ours, Remedy, Shark Tale, Bachelor Party Vegas, The Family, Once Upon a Time in Brooklyn, Zootopia, Money Train, A Brooklyn State of Mind, The Deli, The Last Don II, Johnny Slade’s Greatest Hits, and Guy Ritchie’s Revolver. He served as associate producer of the film Doughboys.

Television credits include Grounded for Life, character Vinnie Fellachio in Son of the Beach, Law & Order (various roles from 1992 to 1996), soap opera, One Life to Live, hosted Repo-Men/Stealing for a Living, Ed, Queens Supreme, Vegas, Everybody Hates Chris, The Making of the Mob: New York, Blue Bloods, The Making of the Mob: Chicago, and an uncredited voice role in the television program Aqua Teen Hunger Force as Terry.

In 2007, Pastore starred in the independent feature film P.J.: A Journey of the Heart. In 2008, he joined the cast of General Hospital as Maximus Giambetti, father of two characters on the show. He once again plays a mobster. He had roles in 2008’s College Road Trip and Our Last Days As Children. He also starred in the 2008 film Dough Boys.

In 2009, Pastore starred in Pavaline Studio’s debut short film, Alienated. In 2010, he starred in the award-winning indie mob-comedy Pizza With Bullets. Pastore played Mayor Avenoso in the 2012 indie feature Surviving Family. He appears in the 2013 film I’m in Love with a Church Girl and will appear in Penguins of Madagascar as Pinky the Brown Bear.

Pastore lost 29 lbs on the fourth season of the VH1 reality show Celebrity Fit Club which ran from August 6 to October 1, 2006.

On February 20, 2007, ABC announced that Pastore would participate in the fourth season of the American version of the competitive dance series Dancing with the Stars. He withdrew from the competition after only one week. Pastore said that he found the necessary training and preparation too physically demanding. John Ratzenberger took his place in the competition.

Pastore was featured as a contestant on the January 2008 edition of Celebrity Apprentice. In the second week, he participated in raising $52,286 by selling hot dogs on a Manhattan street for that week’s charity. In a task of selling Broadway show tickets, with Pastore as project manager, he led his team to raise $33,300 for charity. In the fifth week, he got into a faked, blow-out conflict with the project manager of the task, Piers Morgan, in order to see if he could get the women to let him on their team to spy on them. The episode had played out like an episode of The Sopranos with Pastore switching allegiances multiple times.

Pastore was deliberately „ratted out“ to the women by Morgan in the end, to make Pastore look bad to the women. While Pastore and the men then lost their task, before Trump even lifted a finger to fire anyone that week, Pastore resigned from the show and Trump eventually accepted Pastore’s resignation after trying to convince him to stay. The show ended with a sequence based on the series finale of The Sopranos, ending abruptly before Pastore could give the customary end-of-show interview in the cab. Week 6 episode begins with Pastore meeting his ex-wife Nancy in a restaurant and presenting her the check he received for being project manager for $50,000, in memory of her husband, Mitchell Burke’s memorial fund with the Lustgarden Foundation.

On July 1, Pastore appeared on NBC’s new show, Celebrity Family Feud, as part of a family team trying to win $50,000 for their favorite charity. He first competed, with his friends and family, against the cast of The Girls Next Door. Then Pastore’s team made it to the finals against Kathie Lee Gifford’s family, but did not win. However, Pastore and his team picked up a $10,000 consolation prize for their charity, which is researching a cure for pancreatic cancer.

On April 8, 2011, Pastore and a business partner appeared on Shark Tank to make a deal for an item called a „Broccoli Wad“ that holds money. All the „Sharks“ wanted out, and Barbara Corcoran said that „this is one of the dumbest things I’ve ever seen on this show“. She later had the idea of putting Pastore’s face and name on the box, and labeling it „Vinnie’s Wad“. She offered $50,000 for a 40% stake in the company, and would give half of her ownership to Pastore in exchange for his name and face on the packaging. Pastore and his partner agreed. A year later, Pastore made an appearance on an episode of truTV’s World’s Smartest Inventions after his commercial for „The Broccoli Wad“ aired on the show.

As of July 10, 2011 he appeared on the VH1 Marc Cronin-produced reality show Famous Food. In the show, contestants are assigned the task of opening a restaurant on the Sunset Strip.

Pastore hosts The Wiseguy Show on Sirius Satellite Radio (Raw Dog, channel 104), described as a „weekly three-hour celebration of Italian-American culture.“ Produced by Sopranos co-star Steven Van Zandt, it currently airs on Wednesdays from 6pm-9pm ET. He has also had stints as a radio host on the New Rochelle, New York station WVOX in 2004 and 2012, with guest appearances in-between.

Pastore is divorced, having previously been married to Nancy Berke. He befriended Berke’s subsequent husband and donated the winnings from his stint on The Apprentice to a charity in his name. Pastore is a New York Yankees fan and has been a Yankees season ticket holder since the late 1980s. He currently lives on City Island.

Nevzat Tandoğan

Abdullah Nevzat Tandoğan (1894 – July 9, 1946) was the fourth mayor and governor of Ankara serving between 1929 and 1946. He committed suicide upon a political scandal he was involved in.

Abdullah Nevzat was born into a wealthy family in 1894 at Istanbul, then Ottoman Empire. His father was from Sarajevo and his mother from Belgrade.

He completed his education in Istanbul Law School, today Istanbul University Faculty of Law. After the Surname Law was enacted in Turkey in 1934, he adopted the family name Tandoğan. He was married, and had two children.

During World War I, he served as an intelligence officer in the Ottoman Army in Istanbul. In the later years of the war, he began a career as a school teacher in Istanbul. In 1918, he entered police service. After serving at leading posts in various police departments, he quit. He became Governor of Malatya in 1925 before he entered politics from the Republican People’s Party) (CHP) and was elected into the Grand National Assembly as deputy of Konya in the 1927 general election.

On November 4, 1929, he resigned from his parliamentary seat to take office as Governor of Ankara. Servingalso as the acting city mayor, he was uninterrupted 17 years long in this position . In that time, the office of a province governor was united with the post of the provincial chairman of a party, he served at the same time as the provincial chairman of Republican People’s Party (CHP). His long-lasting office term is attributed to his close relation to İsmet İnönü (1884–1973), prime minister (1923–1924, 1925–1937), president (1938–1950) and leader of the CHP (1938–1972).

Tandoğan was a civil servant and politician of the single party era (1923–1945). The political philosophy of the era was understood so as „the government has the authority to determine and to do what is useful and best for the country, knowing better than everyone, especially the folk“. Tandoğan’s political attitude is described best with his words he said to a young man as „We constitue communism in this country if it is necaessary“.

Tandoğan had a dissenting opinion to the 1929 Jansen Plan by German architect and urban planner Hermann Jansen(1869–1945). The plan proposed the integration of green belts and areas within the rapid-growing new capital of the newly established Republic for promoting a healthy urban environment. The realization of Ankara’s master plan as different from the Jansn Plan is his practice.

During his term as governor, he initiated in 1932 a iocal celebration day on December 27 to commemorate the day of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk’s first arrival in Ankara in 1919 during the Turkish War of Independence (1919–1923). He commissioned the building of the Güven Monument in Güvenpark, an expensive project at that time, which exceeded the annual budgets of some municipalities. It was wholly his idea to ban people from high streets in the city center, who were not adequately modern clothed. Nevertheless, it should be noted that there are still many cultural traditions of higher civilization in Ankara that were instated with Tandoğan’s persistent efforts, such as residents‘ lining up at bus stops.

In 1945, a murder occurred in Ankara, which became known as the „Ankara Murder“ (Turkish: Ankara Cinayeti). Tandoğan was accused of intentionally and deliberately covering the murder case, in which Haşmet Orbay, the son of the then Chief of the General Staff Kâzım Orbay, was involved. Tandoğan was summoned to court to testify after the case was discussed in a question time in the parliament.

It was believed that calling a high-ranked civil servant or politician to the witness stand in a court trial was unthinkable during the single party era before 1945. The next day, on July 9, 1946, Nevzat Tandoğan committed suicide by shooting himself at home with a firearm. It was speculated that he felt his close friends gave the cold shoulder to him.

A main square in Ankara, which hosted many political party rallies and protests, was named in his honor. In 2012, the city council of the metropolitan municipality changed the square’s initial name from „Nevzat Tandoğan Square“ to „Tandoğan Square“. After around three years, the square was renamed „Anadolu Square“ (for „Anatolia Square“).

A public park in Batıkent neighborhood of Yenimahalle, Ankara as well as a street in Kavaklıdere neighbourhood of Çankaya, Ankara are also named after him.

Andrew Gonzalez

Brother Andrew Benjamin Gonzalez, F.S.C., (29 February 1940 – 29 January 2006) was a linguist, writer, educator, and a De La Salle Brother. He served as president of De La Salle University from 1979 to 1991 and from 1994 to 1998. From 1998 to 2001 he served as Secretary of the Department of Education, Culture and Sports under the presidency of Joseph Estrada. After his term ended, he returned to De La Salle University as Vice President for Academics and Research from 2001 to 2003 and as Presidential Adviser for Academics and Research from 2003 to 2005.

He earned his Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Gonzalez was born as Macario Diosdado Arnedo Gonzalez „in Manila to Augusto Gonzalez, a prominent businessman, wealthy landowner, and the son of Dr. Joaquin Gonzalez; and Rosario Arnedo, daughter of Pampanga Governor Macario Arnedo.

Gonzalez attended and completed grade school at De La Salle College in Manila. He was a consistent honor student and graduated as salutatorian. He also finished his High School at De La Salle College in 1955 as Valedictorian. His love for teaching made him decide to become a De La Salle Christian Brother. He finished his novitiate at the De La Salle Retreat House in Baguio City on November 20, 1955 and made his initial vows the year after. He joined the Scholasticate of the De La Salle Christian Brothers in Winona, Minnesota, U.S.A. on December 10, 1956. He studied at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, a Christian Brother-run college in Winona and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at the top of his class at the age of 19. He obtained his Master of Arts in English Literature from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. the year after.

He returned to the Philippines in 1960 and began teaching English Language and Literature at the high school department of La Salle College in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental. He served in several administrative positions at De La Salle College in Manila from 1964 to 1967 and made his final vows as a De La Salle Brother on May 30, 1965. He took up graduate courses in linguistics in the Philippine Normal College. He was admitted to the doctoral program in linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley as a Regent’s Fellow in Linguistics and as a Stanley Tasheira Scholar in 1967 and completed the PhD degree in 1970.

Gonzalez returned to the Philippines in 1971 where he was chosen to become the chairman of the Humanities Department of De La Salle College and was promoted to Academic Vice President from 1971 to 1978. Upon the sudden death of then De La Salle University President- Brother H. Gabriel Connon FSC, Gonzalez became the Acting President. In recognition of his exceptional management ability, he was elected as the president of De La Salle University by the Board of Trustees in 1979 and served until 1991. After his term as university president, he was designated as president of Manila Bulletin Publishing Corporation, and in 1994 he was elected to his second term as president of De La Salle University-Manila where he served until 1998. He was appointed as the Secretary of the Department of Education, Culture and Sports during the term of President Joseph Ejercito Estrada on July 1998 and served until January 2001. During his term as DECS Secretary he got involved with the Ford Expedition Scandal. He rejoined De La Salle University-Manila as Vice President for Academics and Research from 2001 to 2003 and as Presidential Adviser for Academics and Research from 2003 to 2005. Manila Bulletin gave him the title of President Emeritus on January 26, 2006.

As president of De La Salle University Manila, he conceptualized the De La Salle University System and helped expand the range of Lasallian education in the Philippines. Brother Andrew established the College of Career Development of De La Salle University-Manila which became the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde and took over a college and a medical school in Dasmariñas, Cavite which respectively became De La Salle University-Dasmariñas and the De La Salle Health Sciences Institute. He prioritized graduate education by creating new masteral and doctoral degree programs. He also wrote many books in linguistics and education. Under his term, De La Salle University-Manila underwent significant developments as an institution of higher learning, particularly in the areas of research and faculty and program development. He also promoted Alumni activities, and boosted scholarly activities on campus. For example, he made his private collection of books available to members of the public, especially ones interested in learning about applied linguistics.

He initiated the revision of the Basic Education Curriculum and placed a corruption-free procurement system which significantly reduced the costs of textbooks and supplies purchased by the Department of Education, Culture and Sports. He initiated the changing of language of instruction to the lingua franca for the first three grades.

In recognition of Gonzalez’s achievements, he received awards from the City of Manila, National Press Club, Adamson University and from San Beda College. He received honorary doctorate degrees from Waseda University and Soka University in Japan, St. Paul University in Canada and from St. Mary’s College of California. De La Salle University Manila granted him the title of President Emeritus on September 28, 2005 and DLSU-Manila’s new state-of-the-art 20-storey General Education Building was named the Brother Andrew Gonzalez Hall.

Gonzalez died due to complications of diabetes on January 29, 2006 at the De La Salle University Medical Center of De La Salle Health Sciences Institute in Dasmariñas, Cavite. His remains were brought to the De La Salle Brothers‘ Mausoleum at Lipa City, Batangas.

Statens seniorråd

Statens seniorråd er et rådgivende organ for sentrale myndigheter i spørsmål som gjelder seniorpolitikk. Rådet er oppnevnt av regjeringen og tar opp forhold som angår seniorers aktivitet og deltakelse i samfunnslivet. Rådet er administrativt underlagt Helse- og omsorgsdepartementet og har sitt sekretariat i Helsedirektoratet.

Statens seniorråd oppnevnes av regjeringen for en periode på fire år. Det består av 10 medlemmer som representerer bred samfunnsmessig erfaring. Ett av medlemmene oppnevnes etter forslag fra Norsk Pensjonistforbund. Rådet møtes 5-6 ganger i året.

Statens seniorråd har en rådgivende rolle overfor styrende myndigheter om forhold som gjelder seniorers aktivitet og deltakelse i samfunnet. I tillegg har rådet en veiviserfunksjon overfor publikum og private og offentlige instanser. Hoveddelen av veiviserfunksjonen ivaretas gjennom nettstedet .

Wenche Frogn Sellæg, Overhalla, leder

Erik Råd Herlofsen, Oslo, nestleder

Carl I. Hagen, Oslo

Tora Aasland, Bryne

Rita Lekang, Bodø

Hans Olav Tungesvik, Skånevik

Turid Wickstrand Iversen, Drammen

Ole Mathis Hetta, Stavanger

Eva Khan, Oslo

Liv Thun, Steinkjer