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Dido and Aeneas

Dido and Aeneas is an opera in a prologue and three acts, written by the English Baroque composer Henry Purcell with a libretto by Nahum Tate. The dates of the composition and first performance of the opera are uncertain, it was composed no than July 1688, had been performed at Josias Priest's girls' school in London by the end of 1689. Some scholars argue for a date of composition as early as 1683; the story is based on Book IV of Virgil's Aeneid. It recounts the love of Dido, Queen of Carthage, for the Trojan hero Aeneas, her despair when he abandons her. A monumental work in Baroque opera and Aeneas is remembered as one of Purcell's foremost theatrical works, it was Purcell's only true opera, as well as his only all-sung dramatic work. One of the earliest known English operas, it owes much to John Blow's Venus and Adonis, both in structure and in overall effect; the influence of Cavalli's opera Didone is apparent. Both works use the prologue/three acts format and there are similarities between, for instance, Mercury's solo in Didone and the solo "Come away fellow sailors" in Purcell's work.

Before Dido and Aeneas, Purcell had composed music for several stage works, including nine pieces for Nathaniel Lee's Theodosius, or The Force of Love and eight songs for Thomas d'Urfey's A Fool's Preferment. He composed songs for two plays by Nahum Tate, The Sicilian Usurper and Cuckold-Haven. Dido and Aeneas was derives from the English masque tradition. Based on Nahum Tate's play Brutus of Alba, or The Enchanted Lovers, the opera is at least to some extent, to be allegorical; the prologue refers to the joy of a marriage between two monarchs, which could refer to the marriage between William and Mary. In a poem of about 1686, Tate alluded to James II as Aeneas, misled by the evil machinations of the Sorceress and her witches into abandoning Dido, who symbolises the British people; the same symbolism may apply to the opera. This explains the addition of the characters of the Sorceress and the witches, which do not appear in the original Aeneid, it would be noble, or at least acceptable, for Aeneas to follow the decree of the Gods, but not so acceptable for him to be tricked by ill-meaning spirits.

Although the opera is a tragedy, there are numerous lighter scenes, such as the First Sailor's song, "Take a boozy short leave of your nymphs on the shore, silence their mourning with vows of returning, though never intending to visit them more." Musicologist Ellen T. Harris considers the callousness and cynicism of the song to underline the "moral" of the story, that young women should not succumb to the advances and promises of ardent young men. No score in Purcell's hand is extant, the only seventeenth-century source is a libretto from the original performance; the earliest extant score, held in the Bodleian Library, was copied no earlier than 1750, well over sixty years after the opera was composed. No sources follow the act divisions of the libretto, the music to the prologue is lost; the prologue, the end of the act 2'Grove' scene, several dances, were certainly lost when the opera was divided into parts to be performed as interludes between the acts of spoken plays in the first decade of the eighteenth century.

The first of the arias to be published separately was "Belinda" in Orpheus Britannicus. The most famous aria of the work is "When I am laid in earth", popularly known as "Dido's Lament". Both arias are formed on a lamento ground bass. "Dido's Lament" has been performed or recorded by artists far from the typical operatic school, such as Klaus Nomi, Ane Brun and Jeff Buckley. It has been transcribed or used in many scores, including the soundtrack to the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers, it is played annually by a military band at the Cenotaph remembrance ceremony, which takes place on the Sunday nearest to 11 November in London's Whitehall. The music is sometimes thought to be too simple for Purcell in 1689, but this may reflect that the intended performers were schoolchildren; the work is scored for four-part strings and continuo. The fact that the libretto from the Chelsea School performance indicates two dances for guitar, the "Dance Gittars Chacony" in act 1, the "Gittar Ground a Dance" in the'Grove' scene of act 2, has led one scholar to suggest that Purcell envisaged a guitar as a primary member of the continuo group for the opera.

Music for neither of these dances is extant, it seems that Purcell did not compose them, but rather left them to be improvised by the guitarist. Several editions of the opera have been provided with a continuo realisation. There are a number of editions with realisations, the opera's accessibility to amateur performers is a feature that has abetted the growth of its popularity in the latter half of the twentieth century. While the Prologue's music has been lost and has not been reconstructed, several realisations of the opera include a solution to the missing ritornello at the end of the second act. Known to have been part of the score, it is now performed as a dance taken from other, similar works by Purcell, or invented outright in the same vein, to keep the integrity and continuity of the performance. A letter from the Levant merchant Rowland Sherman associates Dido and Aeneas with Josias Priest's girls' school in Chelsea, London no than the summer of 1688; the first performance may have taken place as early as 1 December 1687, eviden

Ghost (Marvel Comics)

Ghost is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics, is depicted as an adversary of the superhero Iron Man. The character has been adapted from the comics into various forms of media, including several animated television series. Hannah John-Kamen portrays a female version of Ghost in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, beginning in the film Ant-Man and the Wasp. Created by David Michelinie and Bob Layton, the character first appeared in Iron Man #219. A supervillain to Iron Man, Ghost has since become an anti-hero figure after becoming a member of the Thunderbolts during the events of "Dark Reign" and "Heroic Age". Little is known about the identity of the Ghost, he claims to have been an IT researcher at one time, to have been made into what he is by corporate greed. The Ghost is an anticapitalist saboteur who seeks to destroy various political and economic institutions he views as oppressive being most interested in those dealing with advanced technology and surveillance.

He has, at times, hired his services out to corporations and other organizations, such as Norman Osborn's Thunderbolts, that wish to destroy rival groups, but invariably plans to turn on his own employers and topple them as well. As the Ghost told Moonstone, he once worked as a programmer and an engineer at a rising IT company called Omnisapient. Impressing the board of directors with his technological prowess and genius intellect, he rose up the ranks and assumed the company's flagship project for which he developed a revolutionary processor that could physically change in reaction to its environment, becoming intangible before it can overheat. Thanks to his Ghost Tech, the company's stock skyrocketed while the board more dependent on the man who would become Ghost, collected the credit. Exhausted after months of work, the introverted programmer decided to leave on vacation, conflicting with the board of directors' expectations for an ahead-of-schedule launch that could increase their profit margins significantly.

Approached by an attractive co-worker as he was about to leave, the young man cancelled his travel plans and began a relationship with her. Happier and more productive than he now found every single aspect of his life tied to the company, all part of a well-oiled machine, until his lover died in an explosion at her apartment. Depressed over her death and unable to cope with its apparent randomness, he sought solace by immersing his consciousness into the data networks he created by wiring his own flesh with his flux-state processors. Within this network, no randomness existed and his unconscious mind, in a state of alpha, could solve any dilemma his conscious mind was unable or unwilling to. In this state, he pieced memories and hidden fragments of data together to realize his dead lover had been hired by the board to seduce him, keeping him happy and available to the company's every demand, murdered for blackmailing them for more money. Terrified, he attempted to flee, but his discoveries had been detected by the board of directors which dispatched a contract killer after him.

The hitman detonated a bomb in his apartment before he could leave, destroying the entire building and killing dozens of tenants. However, he survived, made intangible by the flux-state processors fused with his body when a wall of fire hit him; the experience completed his psychological transformation and the once naive workaholic emerged as the Ghost, a paranoid vigilante bent on wiping out corporatocracy. He took revenge upon the board of directors, butchering them all along with their contract killer, erased all records of his previous life. Sometime after this, The Ghost was hired by Carrington Pax, a leading executive of the Roxxon Oil Corporation, to destroy Accutech Research and Development. Accutech was trying to develop a beta particle generator and when they refused to sell it to Roxxon, the Ghost was hired to drive Accutech into bankruptcy. Tony Stark bought the company. Investigating a disturbance at the new facility as Iron Man, he first met the Ghost. Iron Man managed to drive the Ghost from Accutech, but the Ghost swore that he would have his revenge on Iron Man's employer, Tony Stark.

For the next few weeks, Tony Stark spent all his free time modifying his armor. Sometimes, for extra security, he would sleep in his armor, too; when Pax and the other executives at Roxxon heard that the Ghost had gone rogue, they feared his actions would make the company look bad, so they called in Spymaster to take care of him. After a fierce battle at Stark Enterprises, the Ghost killed Spymaster. Using a modified version of his intangibility circuits, the Ghost made Spymaster materialize in a wall; the shock caused Spymaster's whole body to shut down, he was believed dead. It was shown years in Dark Reign that the Spymaster had faked his death. Tony took the offensive against the Ghost, he set up a trap and the Ghost walked right into it. After a short battle between Iron Man and the Ghost, Iron Man cornered the Ghost in the room with the beta particle generator, he had it turned on so he could see the cloaked Ghost better, since radiation from the generator would cause interference in the Ghost's sophisticated tech-suit.

However, prolonged exposure to the generator was fatal, Iron Man didn't want to stay in the room for too long. But the Ghost had sworn to bring down Stark Enterprises and nothing, not the chance of dying, would stop him; as he tried to reach the generator to destroy it, the intense heat from his overloading costume caused the floor to melt and the Ghost fell through. As Iron Man searched for him, all he found of the Ghost was his burnt costume. Still, Tony didn't believe that

2018 NPSL season

The 2018 National Premier Soccer League season was part of the 106th season of FIFA-sanctioned soccer in the United States and the 16th season of the National Premier Soccer League. Elm City Express was the defending champion; the 2018 NPSL champion qualifies to play for the 2019 Hank Steinbrecher Cup organized by the United States Adult Soccer Association. The NPSL has elected to use results of the 2018 league season to determine which NPSL clubs qualify for the 2019 U. S. Open Cup; the United States Soccer Federation has not yet determined how many berths for the U. S. Open Cup will be awarded to NPSL clubs. Miami FC 2 defeated FC Motown on 3 -- 1, to win the 2018 NPSL championship. Dylan Mares was named Man of the Match; the Atlantic Blue Conference and the Atlantic White Conference were merged to form the North Atlantic Conference. The top four teams in the new conference qualify for the conference playoffs. Only three teams in the Mid-Atlantic Conference qualify for the conference playoffs instead of four teams as in 2017.

The top team gets a bye to the conference final. With the number of conferences in the Northeast Region reduced from four to three, a wildcard team qualifies for the region semifinals; the wildcard team is the conference final loser with the best regular-season record. The East and West Divisions of the Southeast Conference are eliminated, conference playoff qualification is determined on the basis of conference standings; the Lone Star Conference is divided into groups: Red and Blue. Teams play the other members of other conference members only once. Lone Star Conference playoff qualification is based on standings in the group, not the conference; the top two group winners receive a bye to the conference semifinals. The remaining group winner receives the third seed and plays in the conference quarterfinals along with each group's second-place team. Northwest Conference teams play each other three times instead of two. Following the expansion of the Golden Gate Conference, members play each other twice instead of three times.

South Region Semifinal matchups are predetermined based on pairings of specific conferences and not based on region seeding. The Southeast Conference champion plays the Sunshine Conference champion, the Lone Star Conference champion plays the Heartland Conference champion. Hone-field advantage for the region semifinals is based on region seeding; the Golden Gate Conference receives an additional berth to the West Region playoffs, the region wildcard berth is eliminated. The Southwest Conference continues to have three berths in the West Region playoffs, but the conference's third seed is determined by a play-in game between the third- and fourth-place teams. West Region Quarterfinal matchups are predetermined based on placing within the conference and not based on region seeding. West Region teams are bracketed for the semifinals. Greater Binghamton FC Thunder moved from the Keystone Conference in the Northeast Region to the East Conference in the Midwest Region; the move puts the Thunder in the same conference as three other New York state teams: FC Buffalo, the Rochester Lancers and Syracuse FC.

The other four New York state NPSL teams, the Brooklyn Italians, Kingston Stockade FC, New York Athletic Club and the New York Cosmos B, all play in the new North Atlantic Conference in the Northeast Region. Eighteen new clubs joined the NPSL for the 2018 season, including one that returned from a one-year hiatus, 16 teams departed. Jacksonville Armada FC replaced Jacksonville Armada U-23, the organization's B squad, after the 2018 North American Soccer League season was cancelled; the Clarkstown SC Eagles merged with FC Motown. The resulting combined team used the FC Motown name and played its home matches in Madison, New Jersey. Ninety-eight teams competed in the NPSL during the 2018 season. Prior to the start of the season, the NPSL became a beneficiary of the uncertainty surrounding the 2018 North American Soccer League season, since three NASL clubs decided to field many of their Division II-quality players in NPSL matches. First, Jacksonville Armada FC owner Robert Palmer announced that the team would compete in the NPSL in 2018, replacing the club's reserve side, Jacksonville Armada U-23.

Palmer said the roster would include five or six players from the NASL squad and that the players would be using the NPSL games as a preseason training opportunity until the expected start of the NASL season in August. The following day, Miami FC CEO Sean Flynn announced the formation of a reserve squad, Miami FC 2, which entered the NPSL as an expansion team. Flynn said that he created Miami FC 2 to provide Miami FC's players with live match action instead of being confined to training as they waited for the start of the NASL season. On February 27, 2018, the NASL announced. Shortly thereafter, Carlos Mendes was hired as head coach of the New York Cosmos B, the organization's reserve side, which had competed in the NPSL since 2015. Within days the Cosmos B signed Danny Szetela, Chris Wingert, Bljedi Bardic, Jonathan Borrajo, Alexis Velela and Wojciech Wojcik. Virginia Beach City FC and D. C. United of Major League Soccer announced a partnership aimed at creating opportunities for young players in the Tidewater region to develop into professionals.

The NPSL became the second U. S.-based league to conduct advanced training for referees. NPSL director of officials Paul Scott said, "e need to contribute in a meaningful way in the training of the officials, if we want our product to improve."Cindy Spera was promoted from NPSL director of operations to the position of managing d

Parois Airdrome

Parois Airdrome, was a temporary World War I airfield in France. It was located in the Lorraine region in northeastern France; the airfield was built during the early fall of 1918 as a forward operations base, was used during the last days of the war by the United States First Army Air Service V Corps Observation Group during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. Two squadrons of aircraft operated from the field taking aerial photography, performing battlefield adjustments and making artillery adjustments, it consisted of a few tents and some canvas and steel-tubing hangars. After the 11 November Armistice, the Group was reassigned to the Rhineland as part of the Third Army of Occupation and Parois Airdrome was turned over to the French Government. At the same time, two French "escadrilles", BR 214 and SPA 215, were stationed at Parois, flying missions for US First Army, they moved away on 25 November 1918. Subsequently, the airfield was returned to agricultural use, its exact location in the Parois area is undetermined.

50th Aero Squadron 28 November - 6 December 1918 Headquarters, V Corps Observation Group, 4–11 November 1918 99th Aero Squadron 4–31 November 1918 104th Aero Squadron 4–30 November 1918 List of Air Service American Expeditionary Force aerodromes in France This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website

Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine

The Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine is a private, non-profit, American osteopathic medical school with a main campus in the neighborhood of Central Harlem in New York City, New York and an additional campus located in Middletown, New York, 60 miles from New York City in the Hudson Valley. TouroCOM is a division of University System; the college's inaugural class graduated in 2011. It was the first medical school to open in New York State in nearly 30 years and is the first osteopathic medical school with a special emphasis on training minority doctors. TouroCOM has a student body of about 1080 students. TouroCOM has a stated goal of identifying and recruiting students willing to make a commitment to practice in underserved communities, such as Harlem and Middletown; the neighborhood has been designated by the federal government as underserved by medical professionals. Community service events such as free health counseling and flu shots are offered to local residents by students and faculty several times a year.

Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine opened in 2007 in New York. It was the first medical school to open in New York State in nearly 30 years and is the first osteopathic medical school with a special emphasis on training minority doctors; the college's inaugural class graduated in 2011. The Middletown campus graduated their first class in 2018. TouroCOM is a division of Touro College. TouroCOM offers two degree-granting programs, a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and a Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies; the DO program curriculum follows the traditional division of medical education in the United States. The first two preclinical years include basic science courses such as anatomy and physiology as well as courses to establish a foundation in osteopathic manipulative techniques; the latter two years revolve around the clinical clerkships where students train in hospitals and facilities around the New York metropolitan area. TouroCOM is the first medical school to administer all testing online.

Lectures are pre-recorded and class time is dedicated to stimulating critical thinking approaches and solving challenges through "clicker sessions."The MS program offers a "Masters to DO" pathway which allows students to attend science courses alongside DO students. A provisional acceptance into the medical school is given at the end of the first year if certain requirements including GPA, MCAT score and other achievements are met; the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine Harlem Campus is located at 230 West 125th Street, diagonally across from the historic Apollo Theater in Manhattan's Harlem neighborhood. The facility provides 75,000 square feet devoted to medical education; the school contains amphitheater-style lecture halls, offices, support facilities, clinical skills training facilities, laboratories. The virtual library includes more than 50,000 books and 1,000 journals, 26,000 electronic journals, virtual resources, more than 80 computer workstations, multimedia areas, reading spaces.

The Campus is located two blocks east of the A,B, D train and one block west of the 2 and 3 train. In August 2014, a larger campus that occupies 110,000 square feet of space in the Horton complex opened in Middletown, New York; the inaugural class consisted of 135 students, graduated in 2018. The campus has since started a Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies program. In 2009, students from Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine worked with DKMS Americas to arrange a Bone Marrow Registration Drive that resulted in about 200 new bone marrow registrants; the drive was inspired by the need to find a bone marrow donor match for Jasmina Anema, a six-year-old African American girl fighting leukemia, who died in 2010. Applicants apply through the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service. For the Class of 2020, TouroCOM received 6574 applications for 292 first year positions between the Harlem and Middletown campuses. No early decision program is offered. TouroCOM has a student body of about 1080 students.

Over 200 underrepresented minority students have matriculated since the school's inception in 2007. In 2015, the NAACP recognized the Harlem campus's efforts to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in medicine through the MedAchieve afterschool mentoring program, the Mentoring in Medicine program that brings local high school students into TouroCOM's anatomy labs, the Fund for Underrepresented minority students. Core rotation sites for third and fourth year medical students include: Cornerstone Family Health Care Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center Harlem Cardiology of Madison Avenue Hemant Patel, MD,PC Institute for Family Health Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center Middletown Medical Group Nyack Hospital Oneida Health Orange Regional Medical Center Putnam Hospital Center Rockland Psychiatric Center Southampton Hospital St. Joseph's - New Island Hospital St. Joseph's Health St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital Staten Island University Hospital Vassar Brothers Medical Center Upon completion of their medical education, students apply to residency or internship programs throughout the country through the National Residency Match Program, AOA Match, Military Match, or other matching programs.

Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and received the status of initial award of accreditation from the American Osteopathic Association's Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation.. Conrad Fischer, MD David Paterson Jay Sexter Jeff Gardere Tracy Sin-Yee Tam, DO Touro College Osteopathic medicine in the United Stat

Youth system

In sporting terminology, a youth system is a youth investment program within a particular team or league, which develops and nurtures young talent in farm teams, with the vision of using them in the first team in the future if they show enough promise and potential, to fill up squad numbers in some teams with small budgets. In contrast to most sports in the United States where the high school and collegiate system is responsible for developing young sports people, most football and basketball clubs in Europe and Latin America, take responsibility for developing their own players of the future. Most youth systems attached to one club are called youth academies. In a youth academy, a club will sign multiple players at a young age and teach them football skills required to play at that club's level and style of football. Clubs are restricted to recruiting locally based youngsters, but some larger clubs such as Arsenal, Real Madrid, Manchester United, Chelsea have recruited foreign talent, leading to the formation of specialist recruiters such as the La Liga Youth Brokerage, which started in 2016.

Many of the larger clubs in Europe such as Ajax and Feyenoord in the Netherlands, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid in Spain, Sporting CP and Porto in Portugal, Manchester United and Arsenal in England, FC Bayern Munich and Schalke 04 in Germany, among many others, are regarded as having some of the finest youth academies and have produced many players regarded as some of the best in world football. Other clubs such as Brazilian club Grêmio and São Paulo, Espanyol in Spain, Atalanta of Italy and English clubs Leeds United, Watford, Aston Villa and West Ham United, while not as financially successful as others, have a world class academy. West Ham's youth academy is known as The Academy of Football and has produced many English talents that have gone on to play with larger clubs in the Premier League. Another example is lower league clubs who have produced high quality players through the academy and sold them to keep the club running. A prime example of this is Crewe Alexandra who under Dario Gradi and his staff nurtured players into high quality players such as Danny Murphy and Dean Ashton and sold them.

An alternative name for a youth academy is "Centre of Excellence". In English football these terms have distinct meanings and are licensed and regulated by The Football Association and The Football League. While similar to youth academies, youth leagues are built into a club competition rather than an individual club. However, the teams that play in these youth leagues are attached to a larger senior club; the purpose of these leagues is to give young players experience in proper competition against other players that they will most end up playing with or against. The Premier League in England is known for having a large youth league attached to its senior clubs. In the forthcoming season the A-League in Australia will begin its own youth league. Youth leagues are not just exclusive to football; the Australian Football League has a youth league established underneath its senior league with no attachment to any senior club. The players that play in this competition are chosen to play for senior clubs through the AFL Draft.

Basketball clubs in Europe follow the same format as their respective football clubs, with youth tournaments in each country, as well as the Euroleague Basketball Next Generation Tournament, where the top 32 Under-18 sides compete for the championship. Minor ice hockey and junior ice hockey serve an identical purpose for ice hockey and the National Hockey League. To a certain extent, Little League Baseball serves a similar purpose for professional baseball, although the vast majority of development and recruitment comes at the high school level; the other major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada do not have a youth development system. The National Football League's players are developed predominantly through the educational system, first with high school football and college football. Basketball players are developed and recruited straight out of high school, although the National Basketball Association requires at least one year out of high school to be eligible to play.

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