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Esus, Hesus, or Aisus was a Gaulish god known from two monumental statues and a line in Lucan's Bellum civile. The two sculptures where Esus appears are the Pillar of the Boatmen from among the Parisii, on which Esus is identified by name, a pillar from Trier among the Treveri with similar iconography. In both of these, Esus is portrayed cutting branches from trees with his axe. Esus is accompanied, on different panels of the Pillar of the Boatmen, by Tarvos Trigaranus, Jupiter and other gods. A well-known section in Lucan's Bellum civile refers to gory sacrifices offered to a triad of Celtic deities: Teutates and Taranis. Variant spellings, or readings, of the name Esus in the manuscripts of Lucan include Hesus and Haesus. Among a pair of commentators on Lucan's work, one identifies Teutates with Mercury and Esus with Mars. According to the Berne Commentary on Lucan, human victims were sacrificed to Esus by being tied to a tree and flogged to death; the Gallic medical writer Marcellus of Bordeaux may offer another textual reference to Esus in his De medicamentis, a compendium of pharmacological preparations written in Latin in the early 5th century and the sole source for several Celtic words.

The work contains a magico-medical charm decipherable as Gaulish which appears to invoke the aid of Esus in curing throat trouble. The personal name "Esunertus" occurs in a number of Gallo-Roman inscriptions, including one votive inscription dedicated to Mercury, while other theophoric given names such as Esugenus are attested, it is possible that the Esuvii of Gaul, in the area of present-day Normandy, took their name from this deity. T. F. O'Rahilly derives the name Esus, as well as Aoibheall, Éibhleann and other names, from the Indo-European root *eis-, which he glosses as "well-being, passion". John Arnott MacCulloch summarized the state of scholarly interpretations of Esus in 1911 as follows: M. Reinach applies one formula to the subjects of these altars—"The Divine Woodman hews the Tree of the Bull with Three Cranes." The whole represents some myth unknown to us, but M. D'Arbois finds in it some allusion to events in the Cúchulainn saga. In the imagery, the bull and tree are both divine, if the animal, like the images of the divine bull, is three-horned the three cranes may be a rebus for three-horned, or more three-headed.

In this case, woodman and bull might all be representatives of a god of vegetation. In early ritual, animal, or arboreal representatives of the god were periodically destroyed to ensure fertility, but when the god became separated from these representatives, the destruction or slaying was regarded as a sacrifice to the god, myths arose telling how he had once slain the animal. In this case and bull identical, would be mythically regarded as destroyed by the god whom they had once represented. If Esus was a god of vegetation, once represented by a tree, this would explain why, as the scholiast on Lucan relates, human sacrifices to Esus were suspended from a tree. Esus was worshipped at Trèves, thus the cult of this god may have been comparatively widespread. But there is no evidence that he was a Celtic Jehovah or a member, with Teutates and Taranis, of a pan-Celtic triad, or that this triad, introduced by Gauls, was not accepted by the Druids. Had such a great triad existed, some instance of the occurrence of the three names on one inscription would have been found.

Lucan does not refer to the gods as a triad, nor as gods of all the Celts, or of one tribe. He lays stress on the fact that they were worshipped with human sacrifice, they were more or less well-known local gods. James McKillop cautions that Arbois de Jublainville's identification of Esus with Cú Chulainn "now seems ill-founded". Jan de Vries finds grounds of comparison between Esus and Odin, both being patrons of sailors sometimes associated with Mercury to whom human victims were said to be sacrificed by hanging. Miranda Green suggests that the willow-tree that Esus hews may symbolize "the Tree of Life with its associations of destruction and death in winter and rebirth in the spring", she further suggests that the cranes might represent "the flight of the soul". The 18th century Druidic revivalist Iolo Morganwg identified Esus with Jesus on the strength of the similarity of their names, he linked them both with Hu Gadarn, writing: Both Hu and HUON were no doubt identical with the HEUS of Lactantius, the HESUS of Lucan, described as gods of the Gauls.

The similarity of the last name to IESU is striking. This identification is still made in certain Neo-Druidic circles. Modern scholars consider the resemblance between the names Jesus to be coincidental. Lugus Esus, including photographs and a capitulation of primary and secondary source material. A contemporary Dutch-language story of struggle between Esus and Tarvos Trigaranus


LeanCMMI is an approach to software engineering process improvement that integrates agile computing methods with process design and deployment for organization's wishing to improve software engineering capability and achieve a maturity level two or three rating based upon the Software Engineering Institute's Capability Maturity Model Integration. Developed by Broadsword, LeanCMMI is based on Lean Engineering and the same concepts that spawned Extreme Programming and Crystal, traces its roots back to Edward Demings' "Theory of Profound Knowledge." Based upon the principle of "Just Enough Not Too Much," LeanCMMI maps the software process improvement journey across three major releases, each with seven iterations based on three "dimensions" of software process improvement each with equal weight and with equal importance to the success of the program. Dimension 1: Design - Design and build the process along with all of its artifacts Virtual teams develop a set of common, standard process deliverables that meet the requirements of their process areaDimension 2: Communicate - Determine who received what message when Virtual teams develop a strategy for communicating their work including identifying what message is delivered to each stakeholder groupDimension 3: Educate - Determine who receives what training, at what level, at which time Virtual teams develop training strategy and materials including identifying what level or training is delivered to each stakeholder group LeanCMMI uses a series of CMMI SCAMPI B and C Appraisals to be performed at the end of each Release in order to validate the contents of the Release and identify any gaps in the processes as it relates to the CMMI model.

This additive approach reduces risk and helps to ensure that a successful SCAMPI A Appraisal can be performed at the conclusion of the program. LeanCMMI requires an enduring virtual organization approach that levels the effort across all stakeholders with a five percent re-direct effort estimated for the duration of the program. Organized into virtual teams called Special Interest Groups, or SIGs, these teams are Encapsulated Process Objects that own responsibility for the process, its data, maintenance and communications. An enduring virtual Software Engineering Process Group, or SEPG, serves as the Process Owner, provides oversight and authority for the program. Membership in the SIGs and SEPG is by opt-in and can rotate but the organizations endure as owners of the process; this approach is designed to speed cultural adoption of the process by including as many practitioners as possible in the design and deployment phase

Chillington Wharf

Chillington Wharf is a now derelict intermodal cargo interchange to the east of the city of Wolverhampton, England. It was built by the Chillington Iron Company; the wharf was constructed by the company in the 19th century. It consisted of two arms off the Birmingham Canal and a Chillington Iron Company Tramway yard which linked to the company's foundries; the company went bust in 1885 and the wharf was snapped up by the London and North Western Railway. The LNWR created a link from their line between Birmingham and Wolverhampton which diverged to the opposite side of the track, descended a gradient and swept under the main line into the wharf; the wharf opened for full service in 1902. There is a Babcock & Wilcox 10-ton overhead crane in the wharf. Over the years, the wharf has fallen into inevitable disrepair. At some point the second canal arm was removed and only one now remains, albeit overgrown; the railway link still exists, in fact the yard is still used for wagon overflow by English Welsh & Scottish for their adjacent Wolverhampton Steel Terminal.

The link that the LNWR built included a link to the Birmingham Snow Hill-Wolverhampton Low Level Line, which ran adjacent to the LNWR's main line. Although the track has been taken up to the south, the trackbed remains in place as far as where the line crossed Bilston Road; the trackbed south of this point is now utilised by the Midland Metro. The interchange basin and double canopy is a Grade II listed building

Theresa Healey

Theresa Healey is a New Zealand actress, known for her role as nurse Carmen Roberts in the New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street. Theresa was born on 25 January 1964 and is of Irish Catholic descent and as a child, Healey went to a mixture of schools and Catholic, including Sacred Heart College in Hamilton, she has 3 siblings Susan and Anthony. She moved back to Auckland after that, she has two children and Xavier, resides in central Auckland, New Zealand More Healey has been a guest on the New Zealand version the television series of Dancing With The Stars and starred as Alison Smart in the New Zealand comedy/drama television series Go Girls. She has had regular recurring roles on the New Zealand television series Mercy Peak and the television series Xena: Warrior Princess. Theresa Healey on IMDb

Oscar Goodman

Oscar Baylin Goodman is an American attorney and politician. He was the mayor of Las Vegas, Nevada from 1999 to 2011, his wife, Carolyn Goodman, succeeded him as mayor in 2011. Goodman is an Independent. Goodman was raised in a Jewish family in Philadelphia. After attending Central High School for a time, he graduated from The Haverford School, Haverford College and received his J. D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He and his wife Carolyn have four children. During his career as a defense attorney he represented defendants accused of being some of the leading organized crime figures in Las Vegas, such as Meyer Lansky, Nicky Scarfo, Herbert "Fat Herbie" Blitzstein, Phil Leonetti, former Stardust Casino boss Frank'Lefty' Rosenthal, Jamiel "Jimmy" Chagra, a 1970s drug trafficker, acquitted of ordering the murder of Federal Judge John H. Wood, Jr. One of his notorious clients was reputed Chicago mobster Anthony "Tony the Ant" Spilotro, known to have a short and violent temper.

In the semi-factual 1995 movie Casino, the character of Nicky Santoro was based on Spilotro and was portrayed by actor Joe Pesci. Goodman had a cameo appearance in the film as himself while defending "Ace Rothstein", a character based on Lefty Rosenthal and played by Robert De Niro. Goodman and his wife were active in the local Jewish federation soon after they moved to Las Vegas in 1964 as well, with Carolyn serving as head of the federation's women's divisions. Goodman represented former San Diego Mayor Roger Hedgecock, convicted of accepting illegal campaign contributions and forced to resign. Hedgecock was cleared of all charges on appeal. In 1980-81, he served as president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Goodman was a senior partner in the law firm of Chesnoff. Goodman serves as Of Counsel to Goodman Law Group, a Las Vegas law firm formed by his son, Ross C. Goodman. Goodman was elected mayor of Las Vegas on June 8, 1999, receiving 32,765 votes while his opponent, then-Las Vegas City Councilman Arnie Adamsen, received 18,620.

Goodman was re-elected to a second four-year term in 2003, defeating five opponents and receiving 29,356 of the votes. On April 3, 2007, he was re-elected to a third and final term with 26,845 votes, again defeating five opponents. Las Vegas law prevents the mayor, called the town's "most popular mayor", from serving more than three terms, his wife was elected to succeed him as mayor in 2011. Goodman was a member of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority before being elected mayor. Goodman appears as himself in the 1995 Martin Scorsese film Casino. On, he made another brief appearance in the film Looney Tunes: Back in Action on the DVD extras. In 2006 he appeared as himself in the Direct-to-DVD film Bachelor Party Vegas and in 2015 and 2016 did interviews for the television programs The Making of the Mob: New York and The Making of the Mob: Chicago. On June 8, 1999, he was elected mayor of Las Vegas. On June 28, 1999, Goodman was the first mayor of Las Vegas to have his image placed on $5 and $25 casino chips issued by a Las Vegas casino.

The two chips were issued by the Four Queens Casino in Downtown Las Vegas. In 2006, the Four Queens put out a $200 Silver Strike with the likeness of Oscar on it. In 2000, a bobblehead doll was issued as a promotion during a Las Vegas 51s baseball game. Mayor Goodman was an invited celebrity photographer for the Playboy Cyber Club, he shot a topless pictorial of Miss January 2001 Irina Voronina for the website. In 2002, he became a spokesman for Bombay Sapphire gin, receiving a $100,000 salary, donated to charity, including $50,000 donated to The Meadows School, a private school in Las Vegas founded by his wife Carolyn. In April 2003, he was re-elected for a second four-year term, winning 86% the vote, becoming one of the most popular politicians elected to office in Las Vegas. In 2003, Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist John L. Smith wrote a book titled Of Rats and Men: Oscar Goodman's Life from Mob Mouthpiece to Mayor of Las Vegas, which chronicles Goodman's life, including 35 years spent defending notorious U.

S. crime figures, among others, Meyer Lansky, Anthony "Tony The Ant" Spilotro and Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal. In 2003, Goodman was voted the Least Effective Public Official in the Review-Journal's annual reader's poll. Goodman has been vocal about having a Major League Baseball team relocate to Las Vegas. In 2004, the city failed to secure a move by the Montreal Expos to the city. Instead, the team relocated to Washington, D. C. and became the Washington Nationals. That year, Goodman met with officials of the Florida Marlins; the Chicago White Sox were considering a move but talks fell through after Chicago officials provided incentives for the team to stay. During his time as mayor, Goodman tried to get a National Football League team to relocate to Las Vegas. On April 24, 2006, he asked if they would be interested in moving; because of a contract, the city could not talk about a possible move. On January 4, 2007 he called again, since the team was not allowed to talk to other cities about a possible move.

Again, Goodman was turned down "for the time being. According to Mark Fabiani, the Chargers general counsel, Goodman is a longtime season ticket holder of the Chargers and a fan. In 2017, under the tenure of his wife as mayor the Oakland Raiders agreed to relocate to Las Vegas for the 2020 season; the Chargers relocated to Los Angeles. Goodman was ang

Asterix in Britain (film)

Asterix in Britain is a Danish/French animated film released in 1986. It is based on the book of the same name; the theme song The Lookout is Out was performed by Cook da Books and was based on Plastic Bertrand's "Astérix est là" but with a slower tempo, played with acoustic guitars and brand new English lyrics. Asterix and Obelix must travel to Britain with a barrel of Magic potion, to help a rebel village fight against the Roman Empire, which has conquered the whole country. Original: Paul Bisciglia, Bertie Cortez, Ian Marschall, Judy Martinez, Edward Marcus, Joseph Nyavri, Laurence Riesner, Christopher Wells English: Steve Gadler, Peter Hudson, Mike Marshall, Judy Rosen-Martinez, Ken Starcevic, Jerry Di Giacomo, Thomas Pollard The movie contains many changes from the original story: Dogmatix comes along with the heroes for the journey and gets a subplot involving him following the barrel thief to his house. Caesar's role in the film is larger, he has more screen time; some of the characters have different designs.

Stratocumulus is a character from the book but in the film he bears the character design of Centurion Tonsillitus from Asterix and Caesar's Gift. Governor Encyclopaedicus Britannicus of the book is replaced in the film by General Motus, who bears the name of a Roman from Asterix and the Banquet and the character design of Centurion Arteriosclerosus from Asterix and the Soothsayer. Asterix and Obelix meet the pirates on their way to Britain. In addition to the regular principal pirates, including the captain and the African lookout, there is a teenaged rookie pirate whose sole purpose in the film is to have his comrades explain their phobia of Gauls, as well as make inane comments whenever their ship is sunk. Asterix does not get the tea leaves from Getafix, but from some Phoenicians who Obelix saved from the pirates; the search for the stolen barrel of potion is shorter than in the book. Stonehenge makes an appearance in the movie. In the book, Asterix found out that the barrel was sold to the rugby team by the Pubkeeper, whilst in the film the rugby team were the first on the list.

During the meeting with the pirates: On the way back, the captain sank his own ship, much like in the book Asterix and Cleopatra. In the English dub and Impedimenta were renamed to Blacksmix and Instantmix respectively. In the book, the uniform of the rugby team that had the magic potion, was white and blue, identical to Colchester FC's current colours. Asterix and Obelix: God Save Britannia List of animated feature-length films Asterix in Britain Astérix chez les Bretons on IMDb