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Achelous

In Greek mythology, Achelous was the god of all water and the rivers of the world were viewed by many as his sinews. In Hellenistic times, he was relegated to the Achelous River, the largest river of Greece, thus the chief of all river deities, every river having its own river spirit. Achelous was an important deity in Etruscan mythology, intimately related to water as in the Greek tradition but carrying significant chthonic associations. Man-faced bull iconography was first adapted to represent Achelous by the Etruscans in the 8th century BC, the Greeks adopted this same tradition; the name Ἀχελώϊος is pre-Greek, its meaning not certain. Recent arguments suggest it is Semitic in origin, with the initial Αχ- stemming from the Akkadian aḫu, or aḫû and the suffix -ελώἴος, from the Akkadian illu. Homer placed Achelous above all, the origin of all the world's fresh water and all water. By Roman times, Homer's reference was interpreted as making Achelous "prince of rivers". According to Alcaeus he was the son of Gaia and Oceanus, whereas Hesiod in his canonical Theogony presented Tethys and Oceanus as the parents of all three thousand river gods.

In the Renaissance, the improvisatory mythographer Natalis Comes made for his parents Gaia and Helios. Some derived the legends about Achelous from Egypt, describe him as a second Nilus. Herodotus compared the two rivers in their power to amass new land: "There are other rivers as well which, though not as large as the Nile, have had substantial results. In particular, there is the Achelous, which flows through Acarnania into the sea and has turned half the Echinades islands into mainland." Achelous was considered to be an important divinity throughout Greece from the earliest times, was invoked in prayers, sacrifices, on taking oaths, etc.. The widespread worship of Achelous points to a more generic meaning of the god himself accounting for an interpretation of Achelous as the representative of sweet water in general, as the source of all nourishment. A recent study has tried to show that both the form and substance of Achelous, as a god of water depicted as a man-faced bull, have roots in Old Europe in the Bronze Age.

After the disappearance of many Old European cultures, the traditions traveled to the Near East at the beginning of 4th millennium BC, migrated to Greece, Italy and Sardinia with itinerant sea-folk during the Late Bronze Age through the Orientalizing period. Although no single cult of Achelous persisted throughout all of these generations, the iconography and general mythos spread from one culture to another, all examples of man-faced bulls are found around the area of the Mediterraneanan, suggesting some intercultural continuity; the leading exponents into the Greek and Etruscan worlds were seer-healers and mercenaries during the Iron Age, Achelous as a man-faced bull becomes an emblem employed by mercenaries in the Greek world for centuries. These earlier figures adapted the mythological and iconographic traditions of Asallúhi, the "princely bison" of Near Eastern traditions that "rises to the surface of the earth in springs and marshes flowing as rivers." Achelous was a suitor for Deianeira, daughter of Oeneus king of Calydon, but was defeated by Heracles, who wed her himself.

The contest of Achelous with Heracles was represented on the throne of Amyclae, in the treasury of the Megarans at Olympia there was a statue of him made by Dontas of cedarwood and gold. Achelous was sometimes depicted as a gray-haired old man or a vigorous bearded man in his prime, with a horned head and a serpent-like body. On several coins of Acarnania the god is represented as a bull with the head of an old man; the most common depiction of Achelous in Archaic and Classical times was this man-faced bull. A city would feature a man-faced bull on its coinage to represent a local variant of Achelous, such as Achelous Gelas of Gela, Sicily, or Achelous Sebethos of Neapolis, Campania; when he battled Heracles over the princess Deianeira, Achelous turned himself into a serpent and a bull, which may both be seen as symbols of the chthonic realm. Heracles forced the god to surrender. Achelous had to trade the goat horn of Amalthea to get it back. Heracles gave it to the Naiads. Achelous relates the bitter episode afterwards to Theseus in Ovid's Metamorphoses.

Sophocles makes Deianeira relate these occurrences in a somewhat different manner, picturing a mortal woman's terror at being courted by a chthonic river god: My suitor was the river Achelóüs, who took three forms to ask me of my father: a rambling bull once a writhing snake of gleaming colors again a man with ox-like face: and from his beard's dark shadows stream upon stream of water tumbled down. Such was my suitor. According to Homer, Niobe's tears – in her great mourning about her husband and children – contributed to the Achelous which she had found close to Mount Sipylus in what was to be Lydia. Achelous was sometimes the father of the Sirens by Melpomene or Terpsichore; the mouth of the Achelous river was the spot where Alcmaeon found peace from the Erinyes. Achelous offered him Callirhoe, his daughter, in marriage if Alcmaeon would retrieve the clothing and jewelry his mother Eriphyle had

Señorita Panamá 1996

Señorita Panamá 1996, the 14th Señorita Panamá pageant, was held in Teatro Anayansi Centro de Convenciones Atlapa, Panama City, September 1996, after weeks of events. The winner of the pageant was Lía Borrero; the pageant was broadcast live on RPC Panamá. About 15 contestants from all over Panamá competed for the prestigious crown. At the conclusion of the final night of competition, outgoing titleholder Reyna Royo crowned Lía Victoria Borrero González as the new Señorita Panamá. Lía Borrero competed in the 46th edition of the Miss Universe 1997 pageant, was held at the Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach, United States on May 16, 1997, she was top 6. These are the competitors. Thursday September Final night, coronation Señorita Panamá 1996 Lía Borrero compite for Panamá in the Miss International 1998 won the title; this is the first title for Panamá in this pageant. Los Santos won Señorita Panamá for third time, the last time with Gabriela Ducaza, 1987. Señorita Panamá official website

Bennett Valley AVA

The Bennett Valley AVA is an American Viticultural Area located in Sonoma County, California. The boundaries of this appellation lie within the North Coast AVA completely within the Sonoma Valley AVA and overlaps into some areas of the Sonoma Coast AVA and Sonoma Mountain AVA; the region was granted AVA status on December 23, 2003 following the petition of Matanzas Creek Winery. The AVA is surrounded to the south and west by the Sonoma Mountains and to the north by the city of Santa Rosa, California; the region receives a moderating effect on its climate from Pacific Ocean through the cool coastal fogs and breeze that creep into the area from the southwest through Crane Canyon between Sonoma Mountain and Taylor Mountain. Barbera, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Grenache, Pinot noir, Sauvignon blanc and Syrah are the leading grape varieties planted. Bennett Valley Official website

Nathaniel Daggett House

See Daggett House, Slater Park, Pawtucket RI, built about the same time, by Nathaniel's father John. Nathaniel Daggett House is an historic building located at 74 Roger Williams Avenue in East Providence, Rhode Island; the oldest portion of this saltbox dates to before 1700. The house has been—without moving—in three municipal, two state, two colonial jurisdictions; the Nathaniel Daggett House is set close to the street on a large lot in a residential neighborhood, first settled in the early seventeenth century but was built up in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The house was a two-story, gable-roofed, timber-framed, end-chimney dwelling with only one room on each floor. A small entry and stair hall with front door opening to the south was squeezed in front of the chimney. A single-story lean-to with its own chimney was added across the rear north side of the house and the roofline was altered to its present saltbox profile. About 1900, the house was acquired by the American Electrical Works at nearby Phillipsdale and was renovated to provide housing for workers.

The facade was extended two bays by an addition to the west side of the house. In spite of these changes, the house retains a number of original features. Except for the rebuilt staircase and relocated front entrance, the original plan is intact and can be read amid the accretions of periods. Cased posts can be seen in older portions of the house and many two-panel doors remain; the original walk-in fireplace still exists, though a smaller modern fireplace has been constructed within, in front of it. For the most part the older sections of the house retain a sense of their original character; the Nathaniel Daggett House, one of the oldest extant dwellings in East Providence, is a rare surviving example of early colonial domestic architecture. It is noteworthy because the method utilized to enlarge the original end-chimney house—the addition of a rear lean-to with end fireplace in line with the original chimney—is more similar to northern Rhode Island building practice than to the mode customarily employed in Massachusetts, where houses were expanded by adding to the opposite side of the chimney, converting the structure into a center-chimney dwelling.

This exhibits the close tie between Providence and western Rehoboth, a tie that developed and flourished though the two communities were located in different colonies and states. The Daggett House has long been recognized as a historical site and is known to local residents as "the house that never moved," a designation referring to the fact that the house has stood in three towns and two states while remaining on its original site, it is thus a significant folk artifact reflecting a popular view of local history. The rather sentimental, nostalgic association of the house with the region's early history with the settlement planted by Roger Williams a short distance to the north, made the structure the focus of an early historical-preservation campaign. In the 1890s the Daggett House was threatened with demolition to permit realignment of Roger Williams Avenue to accommodate a streetcar line; the scheme caused such consternation that the Rhode Island Historical Society formed a committee of prominent area scholars and businessmen to work for preservation of the structure.

The house underwent extensive changes to adapt it for use as a workers' tenement. Today, the Daggett house's status as a historical and cultural artifact and architectural relic make it one of East Providence's more important historical resources; the house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on November 28, 1980. In December 1632, Roger Williams in Salem, wrote a lengthy tract that condemned the King's charters and questioned the right of Plymouth to the land without first buying it from the Indians. In October 1635, he was banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony for his teachings and recalcitrance; this at a time "when men were burned at the stake for the good of their souls." In the spring of 1636, Roger Williams obtained a grant from the Wampanoag sachem, the northeast shore of Seekonk Cove where he was joined by his family and followers. "To this day are to be seen on the Dagget Farm, on the north side of Seekonk Cove openings in the ground, which tradition says are the cellar holes" of the Williams settlement.

However, Plymouth authorities asserted that Williams was within their land grant and warned that they might still arrest him. With his crops planted, he decided to cross the Seekonk River to present-day Providence, as that territory lay beyond any charter. In 1687, 26-year-old Nathaniel Daggett, of Rehoboth married neighbor Rebecca Miller. At some point he bought a large parcel of land near the Seekonk and Ten Mile Rivers, built the two-room house for his wife and 5 children who survived infancy; the home stayed in the family for about 200 years. By the late 1800s, the area around the house had been developed into a major industrial area, with extensive factories, s

San Juan 34

The San Juan 34 is an American sailboat, designed by Canadian Hein Driehuyzen, modified by Don Clark and first built in 1980. The San Juan 34 design is a development of the 1975 Crown 34; the Crown 34 was first built by Calgan Marine in North Vancouver, BC, with 30 examples completed between 1975 and 1979. After production of the Crown 34 ended in 1979, the molds were sold to GlassFab of Monroe, United States; that company only built five examples, under the name Sun 1020. The molds were repossessed by Calgan and sold to the Clark Boat Company in Kent, Washington. After some modifications, the design became the San Juan 34, introduced in 1980 and built until 1986; the San Juan 34 is a small recreational keelboat, built predominantly of fiberglass, with wood trim. It has a reverse transom, a skeg-mounted rudder and a fixed fin keel; the boat is fitted with a Japanese Yanmar 3GM diesel engine of 24 hp. The fuel tank holds 22 U. S. gallons and the fresh water tank has a capacity of 50 U. S. gallons. The boat has a hull speed of 7.08 kn.

San Juan 34 Base model with a draft of 5.92 ft with the standard keel. It displaces 10,500 lb and carries 4,800 lb of ballast. San Juan 34 SD Shoal draft keel model, with a draft of 5.25 ft. It carries 4,800 lb of ballast; the boat has a PHRF racing average handicap of 141 with a high of 141 and low of 141. San Juan 34 TM Tall mast model, with a mast about 1.25 ft taller. The boat has a PHRF racing average handicap of 132 with a high of 120 and low of 142. List of sailing boat typesSimilar sailboats C&C 34 C&C 34/36 Catalina 34 Coast 34 Columbia 34 Columbia 34 Mark II Creekmore 34 CS 34 Express 34 Hunter 34 Sea Sprite 34 Tartan 34 C Tartan 34-2 Viking 34

Kiến Tường

Kiến Tường is a district-level town in Long An Province, Vietnam. The administrative area is centered around a town known as Mộc Hóa, its population in 2013 was reported to be 64,589. Kiến Tường is located about 80 kilometres west of Ho Chi Minh City, on the Vàm Cỏ Tây River in the heart of the Đồng Tháp Mười wetland, it covers an area of 204.28 square kilometres, borders the districts of Mộc Hóa to the east, Tân Thạnh to the south, Tân Hưng to the west, Vĩnh Hưng to the northwest. To its north is Kampong Rou District of Svay Rieng Province in Cambodia; the town of Kiến Tường was known as Mộc Hóa, the general area has been continuously inhabited since the 18th century. On 22 October 1956, the government of South Vietnam established the province of Kiến Tường with Mộc Hóa as its capital. After the Fall of Saigon, this province was incorporated into Long An Province in 1976; the town of Mộc Hóa and surrounding areas were split from the rest of Mộc Hóa District in 2013 to create the current district-level town of Kiến Tường.

Kiến Tường is divided into three wards numbered 1 through 3, five rural communes: Bình Hiệp, Bình Tân, Thạnh Hưng, Thạnh Trị and Tuyên Thạnh. The People's Council Chair of the town is Đỗ Văn Thiệt and the People's Committee Chair is Nguyễn Văn Vũ. Kiến Tường is planned to become the economic centre of the Đồng Tháp Mười region. Agriculture is the main economic activity, accounting for 70% of employment in the administrative district. Fishing and traditional handicrafts form part of the local economy. National Route 62 enters the district from the southeast, connecting Tân Thạnh District with the town of Kiến Tường. From there it turns north and ends at the Bình Hiệp border crossing to Cambodia