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Epping Forest National Park

Epping Forest is a national park in Queensland, Australia, 855 km northwest of Brisbane. The park is a scientific national park. Only scientists and volunteers may visit the park; the park lies within the Brigalow Belt North bioregion. It is within the Belyando River water catchment area. Restricted access is used to ensure Epping Forest remains much undisturbed as it is the sole remaining natural habitat of the endangered Northern hairy-nosed wombat; the last census of the animal, undertaken in 2007, estimated there was a population of about 138 of the species. In the 1970s the population was estimated to have reached a low of somewhere between 20 and 30 wombats. Most of the park is eucalypt woodland with patches of sandy soils that are used by the wombats for burrowing. Protected areas of Queensland

Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum

Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum is a National Register of Historic Places landmark in Pittsburgh, United States. It is the largest memorial in the United States dedicated to honoring all branches of military veterans and service personnel, it was conceived by the Grand Army of the Republic in the 1890s as a way for Pittsburgh and Allegheny County to honor the dwindling ranks of its American Civil War veterans. The Memorial today represents all branches of the service and honors both career and citizen soldiers who have served the United States throughout its history. Architect Henry Hornbostel designed the memorial in 1907. Dedicated in 1910, the building is heroic in scale, it is located in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh at 4141 Fifth Avenue and adjacent to the University of Pittsburgh campus and its Cathedral of Learning. The building is set back from Fifth Avenue, featuring expansive and well-kept lawns dotted with large cannons and other war implements. Side streets flanking the building are University Place.

The Memorial houses rare and one-of-a-kind exhibits that span the eras from the Civil War to the present day conflicts. Since 1963 it has operated the "Hall of Valor" to honor individual veterans from the region who went above and beyond the call of duty. Today the hall has over 600 honorees among them are Medal of Honor, The Kearny Cross, Distinguished Service Cross, Navy Cross, Air Force Cross, Silver Star and Distinguished Flying Cross winners; the building houses an auditorium seating 2,500, a banquet hall, meeting rooms, in addition to its museum. The expansive lawn of the memorial sits on top of an underground parking garage operated under a long-term lease by the University of Pittsburgh, it has served as host for many city, civic and business events including the April 25, 1978 Gulf Oil Corporation shareholders meeting. Silence of the Lambs had the hall fill in for the "Memphis Courthouse" scenes, including the escape scene. All were filmed at Soldiers & Sailors. Sorority Row had its graduation scenes filmed at the hall.

Dog Jack hosted its premier in the Museum. Ferdinand Foch visited the hall in 1921. Garner Ted Armstrong of The World Tomorrow spoke at The Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall on March 25, 1978. G. E. Lowman spoke at the hall on April 23, 1938, again in 1962 Nelson Mandela spoke at the hall on December 6, 1991. Barack Obama visited the hall in 2008. Donald Trump spoke at the hall on April 13, 2016. Kidney, Walter C.. Henry Hornbostel: An Architect's Master Touch. Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation & Roberts Rinehart Publishers. ISBN 1-57098-398-4. Toker, Franklin. Pittsburgh: An Urban Portrait. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press. ISBN 0-8229-5434-6. SoldiersandSailorsHall.org official site Carnegie Library's page on the memorial NRHP nomination form Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, in the war for the suppression of the rebellion, 1861-1865: roll of honor, defenders of the flag, attack on Fort Sumter, S. C. April 12, 1861, surrender at Appomattox, Va. April 9, 1865 Lists the names of Civil war soldiers from Allegheny CountyVideo WQED onQ: Soldiers and Sailors Hall

Siddha

Siddha is a term, used in Indian religions and culture. It means "one, accomplished", it refers to perfected masters who have achieved a high degree of physical as well as spiritual perfection or enlightenment. In Jainism, the term is used to refer to the liberated souls. Siddha may refer to one who has attained a siddhi, paranormal capabilities. Siddhas may broadly refer to siddhars, ascetics, sadhus, or yogis because they all practice sādhanā; the Svetasvatara presupposes a Siddha body. In Jainism, the term siddha is used to refer the liberated souls who have destroyed all karmas and have obtained moksha, they are above Arihantas. Siddhas do not have a body, they reside in the Siddhashila, situated at the top of the Universe. They have no passions and therefore are free from all temptations, they do not have any karmas and they do not collect any new karmas. According to Jains, Siddhas have eight specific qualities. Ancient Tamil Jain Classic'Choodamani Nigandu' describes the eight characteristics in a poem, given below."கடையிலா ஞானத்தோடு காட்சி வீரியமே இன்ப மிடையுறு நாமமின்மை விதித்த கோத்திரங்களின்மை அடைவிலா ஆயுஇன்மை அந்தராயங்கள் இன்மை உடையவன் யாவன் மற்று இவ்வுலகினுக்கு இறைவனாமே" "The soul that has infinite knowledge, infinite vision or wisdom, infinite power, infinite bliss, without name, without association to any caste, infinite life span and without any change is God."

The following table summarizes the eight supreme qualities of a liberated soul. Because of the quality of Sūksmatva, the liberated soul is beyond sense-perception and its knowledge of the substances is direct, without the use of the senses and the mind; the quality of avagāhan means that the liberated soul does not hinder the existence of other such souls in the same space. A soul after attaining Siddhahood stays there till infinity. Siddhas are dwell in Siddhashila with the above-mentioned eight qualities. Thiruvalluvar in his Tamil book Thirukural refers to the eight qualities of God, in one of his couplet poems. In Hinduism, the first usage of the term Siddha occurs in the Maitreya Upanishad in chapter Adhya III where the writer of the section declares "I am Siddha." In Tamil Nadu, South India, a siddha refers to a being who has achieved a high degree of physical as well as spiritual perfection or enlightenment. The ultimate demonstration of this is that siddhas attained physical immortality.

Thus siddha, like siddhar, refers to a person who has realised the goal of a type of sadhana and become a perfected being. In Tamil Nadu, South India, where the siddha tradition is still practiced, special individuals are recognized as and called siddhas who are on the path to that assumed perfection after they have taken special secret rasayanas to perfect their bodies, in order to be able to sustain prolonged meditation along with a form of pranayama which reduces the number of breaths they take. Siddha were said to have special powers including flight; these eight powers are collectively known as attamasiddhigal. In Hindu cosmology, Siddhaloka is a subtle world, they are endowed with the eight primary siddhis at birth. The 18 siddhars are listed below. In the Hindu philosophy, siddha refers to a Siddha Guru who can by way of Shaktipat initiate disciples into Yoga. A Siddha, in Tamil Siddhar or Chitthar, means "one, accomplished" and refers to perfected masters who, according to Hindu belief, have transcended the ahamkara, have subdued their minds to be subservient to their Awareness, have transformed their bodies into a different kind of body dominated by sattva.

This is accomplished only by persistent meditation. In Hindu theology, Siddhashrama is a secret land deep in the Himalayas, where great yogis and sages who are siddhas live; the concept is similar to Tibetan mystical land of Shambhala. Siddhashrama is referred in many Indian Puranas including Ramayana and Mahabharata. In Valmiki's Ramayana it is said that Viswamitra had his hermitage in Siddhashrama, the erstwhile hermitage of Vishnu, when he appeared as the Vamana avatar, he takes Rama and Lakshmana to Siddhashrama to exterminate the rakshasas who are disturbing his religious sacrifices. Whenever siddha is mentioned, the 84 siddhas and 9 nathas are remembered, it is this tradition of siddha, known as the Nath tradition. Siddha is a term used for both mahasiddhas and Naths So a siddha may mean a siddha, a mahasiddha or a nath; the three words are used interchangeably. A list of eighty-four siddhas is found in a manuscript dated Lakshmana Samvat 388 of a medieval Maithili work, the Varnaratnākara written by Jyotirishwar Thakur, the court poet of King Harisimhadeva of Mithila.

An interesting feature of this list is that the names of the most revered naths are incorporated in this list along with Buddhist siddhācāryas. The names of the siddhas found in this list are: In the first upadeśa of the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, a 15th-century text, a list of yogis is found, who are described as the Mahasiddhas; this list h

Kaushalya river

The Kaushalya river, a tributary of Ghaggar river, is a river in Panchkula district of Haryana state of India. The Kaushalya river rises in the Shivalik hills on the border of Haryana and Himachal Pradesh State, flows through Panchkula district and confluences with Ghaggar river near Pinjore just downstream of Kaushalya Dam; the basin is classified in two parts and Bangar, the higher area, not flooded in rainy season is called Bangar and the lower flood-prone area is called Khadar. Several archaeologists have identified the old Ghaggar-Hakra River with the Sarasvati river, on the banks of which the Indus Valley Civilisation developed. Sarasvati-Sindhu civilization and Sarasvati River The Saraswati: Where lies the mystery by Saswati Paik

SLUC Nancy Basket

Stade Lorrain Université Club Nancy Basket referred to as SLUC Nancy Basket, is a French professional basketball club based in Nancy. The club competes in the LNB Pro B, the second tier in French basketball. SLUC used to play in the top division Pro A, won the competition twice. SLUC was a regular member of the EuroCup competition. SLUC Nancy was founded in 1967; the club won the French 2nd Division championship in 1994. The club won the French 1st Division championship in the years 2008 and 2011, they won the French Leaders Cup title in 2005, the French Super Cup title in 2008 and 2011. In pan European competition, SLUC Nancy won the European-wide 3rd-tier level league, the FIBA Korać Cup, in the 2001–02 season. SLUC Nancy plays its home games at the 6,027 seat Palais des Sports Jean Weille. French League Winners: 2007–08, 2010–11French League 2 Winners: 1993–94Leaders Cup Winners: 2005French Super Cup Winners: 2008, 2011 FIBA Korać Cup Winners: 2001–02 Official website Sluc Nancy Basket at Eurobasket.com

The Heritage Party of Alberta

The Heritage Party of Alberta was a right-wing political party active in Politics of Canada during the 1980s. Throughout its existence, it was led by Mike Pawlus; the party was founded in 1984, in that same year it began negotiations with other small right-wing parties in Alberta. The next year, they joined with Western Canada Concept and Alberta Social Credit Party to create the Alberta Political Alliance, but left the coalition a year to run independently once more, in a local 1986 election; the party ceased to exist in 1987. Spirit River-Fairview by-election, February 21, 1985. Pawlus and The Heritage Party won 18 votes, finishing last out of 17 candidates Edmonton-Whitemud by-election, December 11, 1985. Again finished last, winning 53 votes for a vote share of 0.54%. The party claimed expenditures of C$4103. Edmonton-Mill Woods, 1986. Finished last in the field of five candidates, with 132 votes. In the same election, the party fielded five other candidates earning 601 votes in total across the province