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The Sevenwaters Trilogy

The Sevenwaters Trilogy is a historical fantasy series by Juliet Marillier, first published as a series of three novels between 1999 and 2001, later extended. The six novels are: Daughter of the Forest Son of the Shadows Child of the Prophecy Heir to Sevenwaters Seer of Sevenwaters Flame of Sevenwaters The novels are set in ninth-century Ireland and Britain. Set in ancient Ireland, the series covers four generations in the family of Sevenwaters, which enjoys a special relationship with the people of the Otherworld; as well as battles between the Irish Celts and the Britons, internal conflicts between neighbouring landholders are integral to the plots. However, all six books carry a strong romance element. All the books are narrated in the first person by young women of the family. Daughter of the Forest is based loosely on "The Six Swans". A 13-year-old girl, must sew six shirts from a painful nettle plant in order to save her brothers from a witch's enchantment, they have been turned into swans and can only be returned to their true forms if she creates a shirt for each brother with her own hands - and she must remain mute until the task is finished.

Living in hiding, Sorcha must avoid discovery, survive off the land, toil night and day to complete her task without the benefit of any tools of the trade, using only what the forest around her can provide--all while keeping silent and bearing unfathomable loneliness. Terrible events hinder her progress and take her further and further away from her home; as months and years pass by, Sorcha's lonely existence is only brightened by her hope of breaking the spell on her brothers....and a foreign man nicknamed'Red'. Son of the Shadows is the story of Liadan. Liadan is an exceptionally talented healer, supernaturally gifted. While traveling through a small village, Liadan is taken by a pair of men belonging to a notorious band of outlaws. Despite a fearsome reputation, these strange warriors aren't abusive or rude to her--all they want is for her to heal their friend, a wounded blacksmith; the outlaws respect her greatly--except for one, their Chief, the notorious "Painted Man". The fierce, tattooed leader is a mystery Liadan must unravel--who he is, where he comes from, why he cannot abide darkness, why he despises women so much that he can't stand being in her presence.

Guided by the Otherworld people known as Fair Folk, Liadan walks a long and twisted path that leads her all over the land of Erin, discovering shocking things about her family, her friends...and the Painted Man. She must separate truth from lies, decide whether to follow the path the Fair Folk set for her, or make her own way, though her own path may lead to extreme danger, broken alliances and friendships, a broken heart. Child of the Prophecy is the story of the daughter of Niamh, she is raised on the coast in Kerry by a powerful sorcerer. Fainne has little time for normal childhood things, prevented by her father's lengthy lessons of practicing the craft. What precious little time she does have, she spends with her only friend, Darragh, a boy belonging to a family of travelers; as Fainne grows into a young woman, her heavy workload increases, leaving no time for anything but the practice of the craft. Her father has taught her well, her grandmother, a renowned sorceress capable of awesome powers and terrifying cruelty, comes to finish her training--and to tell her the reason behind all these years of preparation.

Fainne is to complete a task for her grandmother--go to her mother's home, to meet her family for the first time...and to kill her own cousin, destroying the family's chances of winning an impending battle and fulfilling an ancient prophecy. She can't refuse, or her evil grandmother will punish her by hurting those she loves--her father, her young cousins, her most precious treasure of all. Fainne must walk a fine line between good and evil, face an impossible choice: dance to the witch's tune in order to protect her loved ones, or defy her sorceress grandmother for the greater good of her family, the people of Sevenwaters, all of Erin. "Heir to Sevenwaters" is the story of Clodagh, daughter of Sean and Aisling, an obedient and caring young woman. Clodagh shares a psychic mind-link with her twin sister Deirdre, just as her father, shares with his twin Liadan. Though Clodagh isn't gifted as a seer or with magical abilities, she is perceptive to the Otherworldly beings that share the forest around her home, sometimes seeing things others can't.

Clodagh's twin is being wed to a young nobleman, Sevenwaters is filled with visitors, including the handsome Aidan, his best friend and foster-brother, both young men in her cousin's retinue. Aidan is the picture of a perfect future-husband. Clodagh has other worries, with the prospect of parting with her twin sister, her mother's unexpected and dangerous pregnancy. While taking charge of the household in her mother's place, Clodagh discovers more and more about the two young guardsmen—and it turns out that neither one is as he seems. Trouble is brewing among the local nobility, Clodagh struggles to make sense of some mys

Minoan Lines

Minoan Lines is one of the largest passenger ferry companies in Europe, one of the dominant passenger ferry companies in Greece, sailing between Piraeus and Crete and in the Adriatic Sea, between Patras and various Italian ports. The company was founded in May 1972. Since 2008 Grimaldi's Compagnia di Navigazione SpA owns and controls 95.9 of the stock of Minoan Lines. Its logo is derived from The Lily Prince fresco of Knossos 2003 The cooperation between Minoan and Grimaldi ended, with only the MS Oceanus deployed on the Italy-Tunisia route; the MS Oceanus was sold to Corsica Ferries. MS Prometheus was sold to Caronte shipping, an Italian shipping company.2004 Minoan decided to focus on the shipping sector and sold its stake in Aegean Airlines.2005 Attica Group acquired 10.23% of the share capital of Minoan, reaching an 11.61% stake in the company. Minoan sold its 18% stake in Forthnet to Intracom.2006 The MS Ariadne Palace was sold to Moby Lines. All three vessels from the Samsung shipyard were sold to other companies.

Minoan Lines was Passenger Line of the Year according to Lloyd's List.2007 In February, Attica Group increased its stake in Minoan Lines. In June, Attica Group sold its entire stake in Minoan to Access Maritime SA, controlled by Mr. Laskarides. In December, Sea Star Capital, owner of ANEK Lines, acquired a 26.05% stake in Minoan Lines from Access Maritime in a negotiated transaction.2008 In January, Sea Star Capital signed an agreement with Grimaldi's Compagnia di Navigazione SpA to sell its 26.7 percent stake in Minoan. In October, Compagnia di Navigazione SpA, parent company of the Grimaldi Group, raised its stake above the limit of one third of shared capital and voting rights, which triggered a mandatory bid for the rest of the shares; the offer was lasted until the end of November. During this period, Grimaldi acquired an additional 47.9% stake in Minoan Lines, raising its total stake to about 85%.2009-10 In January, MS Pasiphae Palace was sold to SNCM, became the Jean Nicoli. The replacement on the Venice - Igoumenitsa - Patras route was the MS Eurostar Barcelona, on loan from the parent company Grimaldi operated by Minoan under the name of MS Prometheus.

Eurostar Barcelona was renamed Zeus Palace. Ikarus Palace began operating on charter with Grimaldi Group on the Livorno - Barcelona - Tangier route. In October 2009, the new MS Cruise Europa was delivered, followed by the sister-ship MS Cruise Olympia in the early summer 2010.2011 In January 2011 Minoan Lines cancelled the sale of its 33.35% stake in Hellenic Seaways to ANEK and tried to find a new buyer for it.2012 The year began with a significant loss for the company - the closure of the Venice route. The fate of the ships that operated on this line remained uncertain until the end of July 2012, when Europa Palace joined Cruise Europa and Cruise Olympia on the Ancona route. Meanwhile, Olympia Palace was laid up in Perama. Despite the rumored reopening of the Piraeus - Chania route, both ships were chartered to CIN, owner of the privatized Tirrenia di Navigazione, used on the Cagliari - Arbatax - Civitavecchia route. Europe Palace was renamed Amsicora, "Olympia Palace" became Bonaria. Both ships underwent a partial refit at Messina, changed their ports of registry from Heraklion to Cagliari, their flags from Greek to Italian.

At the end of 2012 the daily Ancona - Igoumenitsa - Patras route was extended to call at Trieste thrice weekly. The route was operated by Cruise Olympia. A third ship, was added to the route in order to increase load capacity; the ship was operated by another Grimaldi Group company, but was changed flags from Swedish to Italian and operated in cooperation with Grimaldi.2013 On January 5, Europalink experience a failure and was forced to make an emergency stop in the port of Brindisi. Passengers and vehicles were disembarked safely and continued the journey with Grimaldi Group's Florencia; the ship was brought from Brindisi to Messina yards for repair.2014 On September 21, Europalink struck rocks off Peristeres, north east of Corfu, Greece. All 70 crew and 692 passengers were evacuated, it was refloated and taken in to Kerkyra, Greece for repairs. Europalink was on a voyage from Patras, Greece to Ancona.2017 Starting with January the Adriatic line again called at the ferry port of Venice twice weekly and departing during the night hours.2018 Europa Palace, chartered to Tirrenia di Navigazione as Amsicora, returns to Minoan Lines as Mykonos Palace on the Piraeus-Chania line.

Minoan Lines acquires Santorini Palace operated as Highspeed 7 by Hellenic Seaways, starts serving the Heraklion-Santorini-Ios-Paros-Mykonos route. 2020 Minoan Lines puts to her ships scrubbers [Knossos Palace,Festos Palace,Mykonos Palace,Cruise Olympia,Cruise Europa and with that Minoan lines became the first company in Greece with scrubbers Mykonos Palace replace the ships Cruise Olympia, Cruise Europa in Patras-Igoymenitsa-Ancona route because the two Cruises put scrubbers in Malta Festos Palace on February renamed Kydon Palace and sails Piraeus-Chania route Kydon Palace on 13th Fdebruary replace Mykonos Palace which be renamed Mykonos Palace on 14th until 15th February will be renamed Festos Palace F/B Minos 1974-1984 F/B Ariadne 1976-1999 F/B Festos 1984-1998 F/B Agia Galini 1986-2002 F/B Fedra 1987-2000 F/B Daedalus 1989-2005 FB Knossos 1978-1998 F/B El Greco 1979-2002 F/B N. Kazantzakis 1989-2001 F/B King Minos 1987-2002 F/B Erotokritos 1991-2002 H/S/F Aretousa 1995-2001 (today MS Girolata with C

Deinacrida connectens

Deinacrida connectens referred to as the alpine scree wētā, is one of New Zealand’s largest alpine invertebrates and is a member of the Anostostomatidae family. Deinacrida connectens is a flightless nocturnal insect. Mountain populations vary in colour; this species is the most widespread of the eleven species of giant wētā. Deinacrida connectens was described in 1939 by Swedish entomologist Kjell Ernst Viktor Ander as Deinacridopsis connectens, the only species of Deinacridopsis. However, Deinacridopsis was recognized as a synonym of Deinacrida by New Zealand entomologist Graeme William Ramsay in 1961 and the species was moved to the Deinacrida genus. In the same paper, Ramsay recognized Deinacrida sonitospina as a synonym of D. connectens, described by New Zealand entomologist John Tenison Salmon in 1950 from specimens found at Mount Peel and Mount Arthur. Deinacrida connectens is restricted to the South Island of New Zealand, where its distribution extends from the Arthur Range in North West Nelson to the Takitimu Range in Southland.

The range of D. connectens is known to overlap with the range of Deinacrida pluvialis in the western Otago mountains. This widespread species distribution is unusual in the Deinacrida genus, where species have a restricted distribution. D. connectens inhabits scree slopes in alpine zones at elevations between 1200m and 3600m above sea level, but juveniles have been found at 990m above sea level. It is not known; the lower limit for their elevation range isolates populations on each mountain range. D. Connectens has been alleged to be the most abundant species of Deinacrida. Under the 2014 New Zealand Threat Classification System, Deinacrida connectens is listed as a “Not Threatened” species and is the only species of Deinacrida not protected by legislation. Due to being restricted to high elevation, it is thought that introduced mammalian predators are not a threat to D. connectens populations, since these predators are uncommon in these regions. This is in contrast to other Deinacrida species, which are at lower elevation and are more preyed upon by introduced predators, causes a decline in giant wētā species abundance.

Deinacrida connectens is known to be omnivorous, but in the wild is observed feeding on plants. D. connectens has been observed in the wild browsing lichens and shrubs such as Aciphylla and Gaultheria depressa. In captivity D. connectens ate a range of “vegetables", raw beef and insects. Feeding occurs early at night, after D. connectens has emerged from their daytime cover. Deinacrida connectens is New Zealand’s largest nocturnal alpine insect, but occurs at lower abundance than smaller grasshopper and cockroach species in the same environment; the scree wētā is known to be capable of dispersing some fleshy fruit seeds by endozoochory. In an experiment, D. connectens' ability to disperse seeds of Gaultheria depressa by feeding was found to be dependent on the size of the weta. At smaller sizes, fewer seeds were eaten and the wētā could be considered seed predators. With larger sized wētā however, thousands of seeds were consumed, some of which were capable of being dispersed large distances, suggesting D. connectens can act as a seed disperser.

One captive individual D. connectens was recorded passing 686 intact seeds. Males of Deinacrida connectens, like other Deinacrida, are smaller than the females. Adult males are about 3.5 cm in length. However, one source has described females measuring 7.2 cm long. Body weight of adults has been recorded to reach 10g. Like other Anostostomatidae, D. connectens can produce sound by using their hind legs to rub their abdominal tergites. The hind legs rub against tiny "peg" like structures, referred to as stridulatory pegs. Throughout the distribution of D. connectens, body colour shows extreme variation. In some populations, individuals may have black bodies whereas others may have a mix of red and olive colours; the long legs of males compared to females suggest that like other members of this genus the scree wētā has a scramble competition mating system, in which adult females signal and males search for mates. However, males of Deinacrida connectens appear to invest little energy into reproductive behaviours, provide small spermatophores.

During mating in experimental conditions, males remain beneath the female, with the pair facing the same direction and with their bodies creating an angle of 30°. Copulation has been observed to last around 35 minutes. Mating would be concluded. There is a single observation in experimental conditions of a male scree wētā attempting to separate a mating pair. During the day, Deinacrida connectens remains in crevices of scree slopes, they may nestle with other conspecifics during this time. During the night, D. connectens comes out of cover to feed on vegetation. When disturbed, D connectens will either remain motionless or attempt to run away and if they need to defend themselves, they will raise their legs in a threatening posture and produce soft sounds; these sounds have been described as “soft and sibilant, rather like that produced by brushing together the heels of one's palms”. D. connectens has been described as an aggressive species, will bite if provoked (although they do not appear to be strong enough to

Samson Makintsev

Samson Yakovlevich Makintsev, more known as Samson Khan. A sergeant of the Nizhny Novgorod Dragoon Regiment in the Imperial Russian Army, he deserted and became one of the many defectors who changed sides in the era of the Russo-Persian Wars. From at least the 19th century, earlier, a steady stream of deserters from the Imperial Russian armies in the Caucasus fled to Iranian territory, sometimes surrendering to Iranian forces and entering Iranian service. Iran's commander-in-chief, crown-prince Abbas Mirza, was eager to acquire and retain the services of as many Russian deserters as possible, because their military training was a useful asset to his new regular army. At first he used individual deserters to train his new regiments; as their numbers grew, he incorporated them into the Nezam regiments, made them into a separate unit of their own. One of the more notable deserters who enlisted in the Iranian service was Samson Yakovlevich Makintsev, a staff-trumpeter sergeant, who deserted from the Nizhni-Novgorod Dragoon Regiment in 1802, just before the start of the first Russo-Persian War of the 19th century.

He was the child of a soldier. He joined the Dragoon regiment in 1799 at the age of 19; the service record of Lieutenant General V. V. Grushenko’s Nizhni-Novgorod Dragoon Regiment for 1 January 1800 records the following information about Makintsev: "Samson Makantsov, Yakov's son. 19 years of age, height 2 arshins, 4 1/2 vershoks. White face, light blond hair, grey eyes. Can read and write Russian. Unmarried. Taken into Major O. A. Kulikovskii's squadron as a dragoon on 14 September 1799, from the soldiers' children with the regiment who had attained adulthood." The reference to Makantsov as being of the "soldier's children" meant that he was in fact part of a juridically defined social category stipulated in the Imperial Russian Petrine ranking system. According to the ranking system, the soldiers' children belonged to the military domain and were therefore destined for life in the military service, his membership in this social class also explains why he was literate, at a time when this was uncommon for lower-ranking Russian soldiers.

As a member of soldatskie deti, he would have been eligible to enter the special military schools and receive some education. Historian Stephanie Cronin states that the reason for his desertion is not known, but the men of his regiment believed that he had stolen the mouthpieces from the regiment's silver trumpets. After fleeing the regiment in 1802 22 years old, he gave himself up to the Iranians, entered Abbas Mirza's service, was appointed a lieutenant in one of the new Nezam-e-Jadid regiments, the fawj-i-Erivan, named after one of Iran's threatened Caucasian provinces. Through his efforts, which included the enlisting of other fugitives into the ranks, Makintsev earned promotion to the rank of major. Soon one half of the Erivan regiment was made up of deserters. Having noticed Abbas Mirza's approval, the Russians expressed their dissatisfaction with the regiment's Iranian commander and to ask that he be replaced by Makintsev. Abbas Mirza, unwilling to place a mixed unit that included Muslim Iranians under direct Russian rule, instead formed the deserters into a separate unit, giving its command and the rank of colonel, general, to Makintsev, who took the name Samson Khan.

Makintsev gained the complete confidence of Abbas Mirza, who gave the Russians the name Bahadoran and used them to constitute his palace guard. The most reliable element in the Nezam-e-Jadid, they were better trained and more paid than the native troops, the king, Abbas Mirza in particular, relied on them to suppress domestic rebellions, they were used in any issue related to "discontent with a religious flavour". At first Makintsev recruited amongst the Russians whom he found in Tabriz – deserters, prisoners of war, runaway peasants; as Cronin notes, after his regiment suffered severe losses in the 1804–1813 Russo-Persian War, Makintsev started an active approach. Not waiting for deserters to arrive in Tabriz of their own accord, he made every effort to encourage the flight of soldiers in the Russian army occupying the Iranian territory, modern-day Azerbaijan, he employed a range of methods, including "enticements and cunning", he organized schemes to encourage troops to desert their Russian units.

Persuasion was tried first, Makintsev's men would ply the Russians "with wine and seize them". The reputation of Makintsev, now with the rank of general, as a trusted soldier of the crown prince and commander-in-chief, Abbas Mirza, the welcome awaiting for those who deserted by this time well known among the Russian troops, led to a constant stream of deserters. Several hundred Russian prisoners of war were enlisted into the Bahadoran regiment of the Nezam-e Jadid. Cronin notes that as time passed, the sons of deserter-troops who had married in Iran were, in a continuation of the Russian practise enlisted into the regiment; the strength of the regiment fluctuated. In 1822 they were estimated to number 800–1,000 troops, but after the second Russo-Iranian War it was reported that there were as many as 3,000. In 1833 alone, 400 new deserters arrived from Russia. Compared to the native Nizam troops, this was a comparatively substantial number, though fluctuating and uncertain amounted to around 12,000 by the early 183

Fates & Furies (TV series)

Fates & Furies is a South Korean television series starring Lee Min-jung, Joo Sang-wook, So Yi-hyun and Lee Ki-woo. It aired four consecutive episodes every Saturday on SBS TV from December 1, 2018 to February 9, 2019. Fates & Furies is the final weekend special project drama series of SBS. Though Goo Hae-Ra is smart and beautiful, she is in a miserable situation because of her family, her older sister attempted suicide and her father died. The only way she can escape her situation is with money, she approaches Tae In-Joon. He is the second son of a shoe company owner. Tae In-Joon falls in love with Goo Hae-Ra. Lee Min-jung as Goo Hae-raA woman who begins to love under false pretenses in order to change her fate. Joo Sang-wook as Tae In-joonThe second son of a Chaebol family who pursues Goo Hae-ra because he considers her his fate, he intends to become the owner of his family's company by getting his stepmother and older half-brother out of the way. So Yi-hyun as Cha Soo-hyunAn ambitious and greedy woman who dislikes Goo Hae-ra because she is in the way of her marriage to Tae In-joon.

Lee Ki-woo as Jin Tae-ohA man, betrayed by Cha Soo-hyun and now seeks revenge. Cha Soo-yeon as Goo Hyun-jooGoo Hae-ra's sister, in a comaJung Kyoo-soo as Goo Dong-seokGoo Hae-ra's father, a shoemakerJung Soo-young as Kang Sun-youngGoo Hae-ra's friendYoon Hak as Kang Ui-gunKang Sun-young's younger brotherShim Yi-young as Ko A-jungTae Jung-ho's wife, ignored by her mother-in-lawKong Jung-hwan as Tae Jung-hoTae In-joon's older half-brotherSong Ok-sook as Han Sung-sookTae In-joon's stepmotherKo In-beom as Tae Pil-woonTae In-joon's father and the head of the companyHeo Joon-seok as Kim Chang-sooA loan shark who harasses Goo Hae-raJo Seung-yeon as Hyun Jung-soo Kwon Tae-won as Cha Dong-kyoo Im Ji-kyu as Assistant Kim Jo Wan-ki as Kim Seok-jin Lizzy as Tae Jung-min The first script reading took place on September 11, 2018 at SBS Studio in Tanhyun, South Korea. Lee Min-jung and Joo Sang-wook starred together in Cunning Single Lady. In the table below, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.

NR denotes. N/A denotes. Episodes 9-12 did not air on December 15 due to the broadcast of the 2018 AFF Championship Final opposing Vietnam to Malaysia. Official website Fates & Furies at HanCinema