Press release: Rare seventeenth century poetry manuscript at risk of export

first_imgManuscript of works by the poet John Donne is at risk of being lost abroad unless a UK buyer can step in to save it Donne was a contemporary of Shakespeare and one of the best known poets of the Stuart period John Donne is one of the greatest English poets of all time, and this recently-discovered volume contains one of the largest and earliest surviving groups of his verse – all lovingly transcribed by hand. The volume also contains the work of later poets with at least one hitherto unknown poem: making it a testimony to British literary taste over 200 years. It is crying out for detailed investigation, not least because it also contains clues to the identity of its original, possibly female, compiler who would have been a contemporary of Donne. So further research might perhaps shed fresh light on Donne himself and his world. I do hope that the volume can be kept in this country so that its potential can be realised. The Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art and Objects of Cultural Interest is an independent body, serviced by The Arts Council, which advises the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on whether a cultural object, intended for export, is of national importance under specified criteria.The Arts Council champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. It supports a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Provenance: This manuscript is one of the five most significant and largest collections of Donne’s works ever to be identified and the most important to emerge in almost half a century. The manuscript includes a range of Donne’s works, including his famous works, ‘The Storm’, ‘The Calm’, ‘The Breake of Daye’ and ‘Sunn Risinge’. Only one poem in Donne’s own hand survives and is today held in the Bodleian Library, Oxford. Evidence of manuscript copies of Donne’s work are crucial for understanding of his works and his literary reputation.The Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art and Objects of Cultural Interest (RCEWA) made its recommendation on the grounds of the manuscript’s outstanding significance for the study of John Donne’s poetry, for the story of collectors and literary tastes in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and for the study of the dissemination of poetic manuscripts in the period.The decision on the export licence applications for the manuscript will be deferred until 23 August 2019. This may be extended until 23 November 2019 if a serious intention to raise funds to purchase the item is made at the recommended price of £466,000.Offers from public bodies for less than the recommended price through the private treaty sale arrangements, where appropriate, may also be considered. Such purchases frequently offer substantial financial benefits to a public institution wishing to acquire.ENDSNotes to editorsOrganisations or individuals interested in purchasing the manuscript should contact the RCEWA on 0845 300 6200.Details of the manuscript are as follows:The item is a bound quarto volume containing 139 poems by John Donne and a few additional poems by his contemporaries, possibly in more than one italic hand of c. 1625-35, with corrections and revisions in another hand. The volume also contains 10 lyrics of the mid 17th century and later prose and songs of the 18th century.The volume is 250 x 190mm, comprising 365 pages, some blank and the binding is contemporary gilt panelled calf. Cropped pages in the manuscript indicate that it was bound after the Donne sequence was completed.The hands are unidentified. The majority of the poems, written in one sequence, are by John Donne (1572-1631). The Donne sequence may be in one hand throughout, but subtle differences in instances of the non-professional script might suggest a collaborative domestic production.The date of compilation of the Donne poems is likely, on the evidence of content, the binding and watermarks, to be 1625-35, with the volume continuing to be used until the mid 18th century.The manuscript is unknown to scholars and the wider public and recently resurfaced at Melford Hall in Suffolk. Its earlier history is obscure, although the binding and watermarking suggests a possible Oxford connection. Sir William Parker of Melford Hall, 7th Bt. (1769-1830), (armorial bookplate dating from before his accession to the baronetcy in 1812); thence by family descent. An incredibly rare Stuart manuscript of works by the poet John Donne is at risk of leaving the UK unless a buyer can be found to match the £466,000 asking price.The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has today announced a temporary export bar on the work in a bid to save it for the nation.John Donne (1572 – 1631) was an English poet and cleric whose works were widely appreciated and circulated among his contemporaries in manuscript form. A contemporary of William Shakespeare, Donne was one of the best known poets of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.Donne was ordained in 1615 and became the royal chaplain to King James I. During his lifetime, Donne did not want to be thought of as a poet or author and was said to regret allowing his longer poems to be printed in 1611 and 1612 making this manuscript, a rare early surviving copy of his works.His preference for publishing poems in manuscript form make it difficult to date Donne’s works, however experts believe this copy dates to around 1625. His first full collection of poems was not printed until 1633.At the time of his death in 1631, Donne’s works were highly sought after by his contemporaries, however, by the end of the 17th century, his poems were judged to be undecorous and Donne fell out of favour until the late 19th century when his works were rediscovered. Today he is celebrated as one of the leading Renaissance poets.Committee Member Peter Barber said:last_img read more

Global health leaders advocate for expanding cancer care in developing countries

first_imgOnce thought to be a problem primarily in the developed world, cancer is now a leading cause of death and disability in poorer countries. Almost two-thirds of the 7.6 million cancer deaths in the world occur in low- and middle-income countries.A paper published in the Lancet asserts that the international community must now discard the notion that cancer is a disease of the rich and instead approach it as a global health priority. This call to action paper is authored by Julio Frenk, dean of the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH); Felicia Knaul, director of the Harvard Global Equity Initiative (HGEI) and HMS associate professor of social medicine; Paul Farmer, chair of the HMS department of global health and social medicine; and Lawrence Shulman, chief medical officer at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) and HMS associate professor of medicine at DFCI.Additional authors comprise 19 other leaders from the global health and cancer communities representing the Global Task Force on Expanded Access to Cancer Care and Control in Developing Countries (GTF.CCC), including honorary co-Presidents Lance Armstrong and HRH Princess Dina Mired of Jordan. GTF.CCC was launched in November of 2009 by HMS, HSPH, HGEI and DFCI.Link to Lancet abstractlast_img read more

Vermont GOP elects officers, McDonald re-elected

first_imgPat McDonald was re-elected to the post of Party Chair, as the Vermont Republican Party held its annual organizational meeting Saturday in Montpelier. The Vermont Republican State Committee members also chose the following Vermonters to serve as VT GOP officers:Paul Carroccio, Vice-ChairMark Snelling, TreasurerSteve Webster, Assistant TreasurerRob Roper, SecretarySenator Randy Brock, At-Large Delegate to the Executive CommitteeMary Daly, At-Large Delegate to the Executive Committee”The Vermont Republican Party is quietly building strength with a solid message of Growth, Opportunity and Prosperity,” said McDonald.  “We are collectively focusing on the upcoming legislative session and the elections of 2012, and we are going to work hard each and every day to return balance and common sense to Montpelier.”Prior to voting, delegates were energized by remarks from Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott, Auditor Tom Salmon, Senator Bill Doyle, Representative Don Turner, and McDonald.  National Committeewoman Susie Hudson and National Committeeman George Schiavone gave an update on the national political scene.VT GOP’s new Executive Director Mike Bertrand also addressed the crowd.  Bertrand indicated that a key message for the party in 2012 will be returning balance to the State House and ending one-party rule.”We have got to return some sense of balance to Montpelier,” said Bertrand.  “The simple truth is that Vermonters want elected leaders to act in the best interests of all Vermonters, and to develop sound policy solutions to our shared problems.  One party rule is not what Vermont needs at this critical time.”Vermont Republican Party. 11.21.2011last_img read more

Guatemala: Operation Martillo targets narcotics on Pacific Coast

first_img The impact Operation Martillo is coordinated through operation centers at the Pacific Naval Base at the San José harbor in the department of Escuintla; at the Paratroopers Base at the Quetzal harbor in Escuintla; and at a base in Retalhuleu in the department of Guatemala. Brenda Muñoz, who is Quetzaltenango’s regional prosecutor against drug-trafficking activity, said Operation Martillo has curtailed narco-trafficking along the Pacific Coast, which connects Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Mexico. “Retalhuleu has become a strategic spot for drug traffickers,” Muñoz said. “Operation Martillo is preventing the smuggling of more narcotics.” Security experts and residents trumpeted Operation Martillo’s results. Alejandro Balcárcel, a Quetzaltenango-based businessman, said he hopes Operation Martillo continues to make it more difficult for traffickers to exploit Guatemala. “It’s important for the Guatemalan Army to continue these operations and help fight drug trafficking, because it’s an affliction that poses an increasing threat to entire populations,” he added. Fernando Castellanos, a law student at the Universidad de San Carlos in Quetzaltenango, said regular seizures of narcotics make it more difficult for traffickers to sell their product locally. “[The government must fight] drug trafficking and prevent narcotics from reaching young Guatemalans,” he said. “The army should assist with that task.” Gerson López, executive secretary for the Guatemalan National Association of Municipalities (ANAM) and security expert, said large-scale counter-narcotics operations are important for the country because they prevent drug-related crimes, especially those that take place in international waters – Guatemala’s most vulnerable area. “Guatemala must take advantage of knowing where the country is most vulnerable, as well as the expertise of the United States, which has experience in this fight,” he added. Mexico-based drug cartels – namely the Sinaloa and Los Zetas – have expanded into Guatemala in recent years, causing the government to bolster its narcotics fight. In August, 171 U.S. Marines were deployed to the country’s Pacific coast, as the U.S is teaming with the Guatemalan military in an aggressive approach in which the U.S Navy, Coast Guard, and federal agents are assisting Guatemalan troops in shutting down narco-trafficking routes exploited by cartels. The U.S. military can’t use its weapons unless it is under fire, so it’s focusing on spotting suspicious boats, submarines and individuals and relaying their locations to Guatemalans forces, which handle all confiscations and arrests. The U.S. is keeping a close eye on Guatemala’s coastlines and rivers. Working alongside the Guatemalans represents a major change in philosophy for the U.S. military, which for years had only assisted in exercises, which included training Guatemalans and helping them build public buildings and improve roads. But Operation Martillo has made fighting drug trafficking a top priority among the 14 participating nations. Guatemalan Minister of Defense Ulises Anzueto listed the cities of Jutiapa, Escuintla, Santa Rosa, Suchitepéquez, Retalhuleu, and San Marcos as narco-trafficking hotbeds, where drugs are transported via air, land and sea. Former Guatemalan Vice Minister of the Interior Mario Mérida agreed, saying the Central America’s entire Pacific Coast is vulnerable to narco-trafficking. He pointed out the area’s large swaths of land, vast marshlands and abundance of rural and desolate roads from Jutiapa to San Marcos make for ideal smuggling routes. “Improving our monitoring in that area is important,” Mérida said. “It’s clear that because we don’t have [adequate] technology, drug trafficking is taking place.” Operation Martillo is focusing on counter-narcotics operations along the coastline with the intent of taking down drug-toting vessels. Meantime, agents also are trying to dismantle organized crime groups and cartels. center_img By Dialogo November 06, 2012 QUETZALTENANGO, Guatemala – Operation Martillo has been successful in Guatemala, as 10 narcotics shipments collectively valued at US$2.15 billion and 70 vessels used for drug trafficking have been confiscated since the mission launched in February in this Central American nation. Security forces have also extradited 14 suspects to the United States and destroyed 10 clandestine landing strips nationwide in a country that has become a transshipment point for South American narcotics headed north to Mexico and the United States, said Guatemalan Army spokesman Col. Erick Escobedo. Nearly 90% of the cocaine that reaches the United States comes through Mexico and Central America, according the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board. Operation Martillo is an international mission that gathers Western Hemisphere and European nations in an effort to curtail illicit trafficking routes on both coasts of the Central American isthmus. Guatemalan security forces have carried out 598 operations since Operation Martillo was launched along the country’s Pacific Coast, resulting in the seizure of US$15 million in marijuana and US$2 billion in cocaine, according to the United States Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM). last_img read more

Equitable’s property afterlife

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Pep Guardiola reveals what he told Mikel Arteta about becoming Arsenal manager

first_img Comment Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 11 Mar 2020 10:34 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2kShares Mikel Arteta was due to return to Manchester City with Arsenal on Wednesday evening (Getty Images)‘They have ambition, professional ways, families and everything. So what I said to Mikel is: ‘Do you want to do it, do you feel it? Then you have to do it.’AdvertisementAdvertisement‘He loves Arsenal, he was there many years. It was a dream from day one to come back there, this challenge came and he had to take it.‘I would not be the guy to say ‘no, no you have to stay’. I don’t believe that, I don’t like that. The opportunity came and he took it.’Arteta was due to return to City on Wednesday evening but Arsenal’s Premier League fixture was postponed due to coronavirus.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalAnd Guardiola admits Arteta already has a good understanding of City’s weaknesses.‘He has more information about us than I have about the Arsenal team, but that’s normal,’ said Guardiola ‘It was a huge amount of hours working together, on thoughts and ideas, solving problems, before the game and during and after the game.‘Especially identifying the quality of the players. He knows exactly the way we love this game and the quality of the players. I can imagine a little bit what he thinks, but I’ve not been in his locker room since he’s been manager and I don’t know his players.‘He knows perfectly the way we feel, the way we want to play. The fact he knows every single player – the strong points and the weak points.‘I can imagine the way he is going to press high on our weak player in those terms. The situation we can produce, he’s going to do it. For both of us we are lucky that the players play and we cannot.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Pep Guardiola says Mikel Arteta was right to take his opportunity at Arsenal (Reuters)Pep Guardiola insists he did not attempt to force Mikel Arteta to stay at Manchester City but asked his former assistant whether he had good vibes about becoming Arsenal’s manager.Arteta left City in December to become Unai Emery’s permanent replacement at Arsenal.And Guardiola believes Arteta was right to take the opportunity.‘It happened in the past with my colleagues and my assistants,’ said Guardiola. ADVERTISEMENT‘I never said, say or will say what they have to do. Advertisement Pep Guardiola reveals what he told Mikel Arteta about becoming Arsenal manager Advertisementlast_img read more

Pirates Sunk By Eagles

first_imgThe Pirates played host to visitor Jac-Cen-Del on Tuesday night and fell 5-1. The Pirates got off to a slow start on Tuesday, allowing 5 first half goals. The second half went much better for the Pirates, but it was too late as the Eagles had built a 5 goal lead. The Pirates came out in the second half and had their first shut out half of the season, by not allowing another Jac-Cen-Del goal the rest of the game. The second half saw the Pirates in the attack a lot more than in the first half, seeing 4 shots on goal from Nicholas Zapfe and 5 shots on goal from Vincent Pavy. In the game’s final minute, senior Vincent Pavy broke past the Eagle defense and scored his 10th goal of the season, allowing for the Pirates to not end the game scoreless. Freshman, Grayson Newhart (who started the game at forward) played goalkeeper in the second half for the Pirates and registered 5 saves and the second half shut out. Courtesy of Pirates Coach Cody DeVolld.last_img read more

Fifa World Cup FIFA World Cup 2018: I am the best player in the world, says Neymar

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Fifa World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Neymar has surprisingly admitted that he is the best player in the world, only to add that Cristiano Ronaldo and former Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi belong to another plant.Both Ronaldo and Messi have been awarded five Ballon d’Or each and have dominated footballing world’s individual awards for the past decade.Neymar, who became the most expensive player after joining Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona in a 222 million euro deal in August 2017, is popularly considered to take over from Messi and Ronaldo at some point in future.”The two who are above all others today are Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi,” Neymar said to a Brazilian YouTube channel.”For all modesty, today I am the best player in the world – because they are from another planet.”The Brazilian megastar has twice finished third in the Ballon d’Or rankings behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, but could be a leading contender for the award for the 2018 prize should he steer Brazil to World Cup glory. last_img read more

WBA 99th Convention begins Wednesday

first_imgTHE World Boxing Association’s (WBA) 99th Convention will raise its curtain on Wednesday with several important activities during four intense working days, in which they will take a look at the history of their organization and boxing in general, but with an eye on the years to come.The WBA is the oldest organisation in boxing, and therefore it has a great responsibility with the sport and the paths to take in the years to come. The pioneer organisation decided to take the lead in the midst of the challenges boxing is facing, and to be at the forefront of the situation.This convention is the kick-off for the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the WBA, which will be hosted in Moscow in July 2021. The most important topics today will be discussed through the different forums of the agenda, which is adapted to today’s reality.The General Assembly will be held on Wednesday, when the President, Gilberto Jesús Mendoza, will meet with the Directorate members to talk about current affairs of the WBA starting at 10:00 a.m. (Eastern United States).Thursday will begin with the Championships and Classifications meeting at 10:00 a.m., followed by a short presentation from Mendoza at 11:55 a.m., in which he will talk about the 99 years of WBA history and will present the forum that will have the participation of the most important promoters in boxing history, Don King and Bob Arum.On Friday at 10:00 a.m., the “Challenges in Boxing” forum will take place. Mendoza will talk about the current challenges of the discipline together with British promoter and president of Matchroom Boxing, Eddie Hearn, and with the renowned journalist Claudia Trejos.The day will continue at 11:00 a.m. with the “Boxing and Gender Equality” forum, where the great fighters and defenders of women’s rights Miriam Gutiérrez, Claressa Shields and Hanna Gabriels will compete with Orlando “Phenomenon” Cruz, the only boxer who has declared himself gay.Finally, at 12:00 p.m. the day will be completed with the “Amateur Boxing” forum, in which the two-time Italian Olympic medalist Clemente Russo, former world champion Omar Narvaez, WBA Director Miguel Torruco, and Ricardo Contreras, president of the Mexican Boxing Federation, will participate.The last day will be Saturday, with presentations from the Medical Committee at 10:00 a.m., followed by the forum “Veganism and Boxing”, with the participation of Chris Algieri, Bernard Hopkins and President Mendoza. The day will close with the Judges and Referees Seminar.The 99th Convention will set the table for the 100th anniversary of the pioneer organization, aiming to lay the foundations for the years to come and to remain at the forefront of the sport. (Fightnews)last_img read more

Dublin Horse Show swings into action

first_imgThey’ll be treated to 14 International Show Jumping Events as well as classes, competitions and 300 trade stalls.Prize money of nearly €1 million is on offer this year.last_img