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Geryon

In Greek mythology, son of Chrysaor and Callirrhoe, the grandson of Medusa and the nephew of Pegasus, was a fearsome giant who dwelt on the island Erytheia of the mythic Hesperides in the far west of the Mediterranean. A more literal-minded generation of Greeks associated the region with Tartessos in southern Iberia. Geryon was described as a monster with human faces. According to Hesiod Geryon had one body and three heads, whereas the tradition followed by Aeschylus gave him three bodies. A lost description by Stesichoros said that he is winged; some accounts state that he had six legs as well while others state that the three bodies were joined to one pair of legs. Apart from these bizarre features, his appearance was that of a warrior, he owned a two-headed hound named Orthrus, the brother of Cerberus, a herd of magnificent red cattle that were guarded by Orthrus, a herder Eurytion, son of Erytheia. In the fullest account in the Bibliotheke of Pseudo-Apollodorus, Heracles was required to travel to Erytheia, in order to obtain the Cattle of Geryon as his tenth labour.

On the way there, he crossed the Libyan desert and became so frustrated at the heat that he shot an arrow at Helios, the Sun. Helios "in admiration of his courage" gave Heracles the golden chariot he used to sail across the sea from west to east each night. Heracles used it to reach a favorite motif of the vase-painters; such a magical conveyance undercuts any literal geography for Erytheia, the "red island" of the sunset. When Heracles reached Erytheia, no sooner had he landed than he was confronted by the two-headed dog, Orthrus. With one huge blow from his olive-wood club, Heracles killed the watchdog. Eurytion the herdsman came to assist Orthrus. On hearing the commotion, Geryon sprang into action, carrying three shields, three spears, wearing three helmets, he pursued Heracles at the River Anthemus but fell victim to an arrow, dipped in the venomous blood of the Lernaean Hydra, shot so forcefully by Heracles that it pierced Geryon's forehead, "and Geryon bent his neck over to one side, like a poppy that spoils its delicate shapes, shedding its petals all at once".

Heracles had to herd the cattle back to Eurystheus. In Roman versions of the narrative, on the Aventine Hill in Italy, Cacus stole some of the cattle as Heracles slept, making the cattle walk backwards so that they left no trail, a repetition of the trick of the young Hermes. According to some versions, Heracles drove his remaining cattle past a cave, where Cacus had hidden the stolen animals, they began calling out to each other. In others, Cacus' sister, told Heracles where he was. Heracles killed Cacus, according to the Romans, founded an altar where the Forum Boarium, the cattle market, was held. To annoy Heracles, Hera sent a gadfly to irritate them and scatter them; the hero was within a year able to retrieve them. Hera sent a flood which raised the level of a river so much, Heracles could not cross with the cattle, he piled stones into the river to make the water shallower. When he reached the court of Eurystheus, the cattle were sacrificed to Hera. In the Aeneid, Vergil may have based the triple-souled figure of Erulus, king of Praeneste, on Geryon and Hercules' conquest of Geryon is mentioned in Book VIII.

The Herculean Sarcophagus of Genzano features. The poet Stesichorus wrote a song of Geryon in the sixth century BC, the source of this section in Bibliotheke. From the fragmentary papyri found at Oxyrhyncus it is possible that Stesichorus inserted a character, who reported the theft of the cattle to Geryon. Geryon had an interview with his mother Callirrhoe, who begged him not to confront Heracles, they appear to have expressed some doubt as to. The gods met in council, where Athena warned Poseidon that she would protect Heracles against Poseidon's grandson Geryon. Denys Page observes that the increase in representation of the Geryon episode in vase-paintings increased from the mid-sixth century and suggests that Stesichorus' Geryoneïs provided the impetus; the fragments are sufficient to show that the poem was composed in twenty-six line triads, of strophe and epode, repeated in columns along the original scroll, facts that aided Page in placing many of the fragments, sometimes of no more than a word, in what he believed to be their proper positions.

In his work Description of Greece, Pausanias mentions that Geryon had a daughter, who had a son with Hermes, the founder of the city of Nora in Sardinia. The Geryon of Dante's 14th century epic poem. Here, Geryon has become the Monster of Fraud, a beast with enormous dragon-like wings with the paws of a lion, the body of a wyvern, a scorpion's poisonous sting at the tip of his tail, but with the face of an "honest man", he dwells somewhere in the shadowed depths below the cliff between the seventh and eighth circles of Hell. They board him, Geryon glides in descending circles around the waterfall of the river Phlegethon down to the great depths to the Circle of Fraud; the Cádiz Memorial is a London monument displaying a captured Napoleonic mortar

In Search of Perfect Consonance

In Search of Perfect Consonance《尋找完美第五度》is a short documentary film directed by Oscar-winning Chinese-American filmmaker Ruby Yang. It profiles the Asian Youth Orchestra established 25 years ago to promote peace in the region; the film explores the 25-year history of AYO and its origins whilst focusing on the friendships and deep bonds created between current members to further highlight the theme of peace through music. The film premiered in Hong Kong cinemas on 17 July 2016. In Search of Perfect Consonance profiles the Asian Youth Orchestra from its establishment in 1987 to its 25th anniversary in 2016. China and Vietnam were engaged in a long and violent border war, relations between China and Japan were frosty with tensions running high across the Strait of Taiwan; these events inspired Richard Pontzious to establish the Asian Youth Orchestra in Hong Kong with the support of world renowned musicians such as the great violinist Yehudi Menuhin who became co founder and conducted the first concerts in 1990.

From its humble beginnings the orchestra aimed to connect the region's aspiring young musicians in a bid to promote peace through music and has trained more than 2,000 musicians from across Asia throughout its 25-year history. The film follows today's young musicians from Asian Youth Orchestra during an intense summer program of rehearsals and a three-week concert tour of Asia. Selected from thousands of applicants across the region the students overcame national and cultural differences learnt to listen and work with their fellow musicians allowing them to reconnect with their shared passion for music, a passion that not only allows their talents to bloom, but creates deep bonds between them; the close bonds between musicians are at the heart of the Asian Youth Orchestra and forms the basis of the story explored in the film whilst delving into the origins and inspirations behind the creation of the Asian Youth Orchestra with a hope of uniting Asia through a common passion for classical music.

Therefore, it seems appropriate that the piece being prepared by the young orchestra for their three-week concert tour is nothing less than the last movement of Beethoven's 9th. One that emphasizes brotherhood and, as young Taiwanese bass trombonist Shao Hua Wu says, is “full of hope”. Filming concluded in the middle of August. Majority of filming took place in Hong Kong at multiple locations such as the Hong Kong Colliseum, the Peak and the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts. Additional footage was filmed at the Tokyo City Concert Hall during the final performance of their three-week concert tour of Asia. Director Ruby Yang's recent works have focused on social issues in mainland China, such as The Blood of Yingzhou District, which won the 2006 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject and The Warriors of Qiugang, nominated Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject in 2011. Yang directed and produced My Voice, My Life, a feature-length documentary that opened in 13 theatres across Hong Kong and Macau.

The Wall Street Journal named it "Hong Kong’s five most-notable films of 2014. It won the 2015 NPT Human Spirit Award at the Nashville Film Festival and was selected by film critic societies from Hong Kong and Mainland China as "one of the ten best Chinese-language films of 2014". Set up in 1987, the Asian Youth Orchestra is the brainchild of artistic director Richard Pontzious who's vision was to create an orchestra that united the region whilst celebrating the excellence of aspiring Asian musicians; the orchestra gathered support from distinguished musicians across the globe including violinist Yehudi Menuhin and played its first concert at the Kumamoto Music Festival in Japan in 1990. Each year, thousands of aspiring musicians from across Asia audition for a place in the orchestra and over its rich 25-year history, the Asian Youth Orchestra has 2000 young musicians with many having successful careers in music and becoming messengers of peace in Asia. Since its inception the Asian youth Orchestra has given more than 350 performances in some of the world's top venues, reaching over a million concertgoers.

The orchestra was described as the “finest among youth orchestras around the world” by the San Francisco Chronicle In Search of Perfect Consonance, official website In Search of Perfect Consonance on IMDb Asian Youth Orchestra, official website

Brendan Nash

Brendan Paul Nash is a Jamaican Australian cricketer who has played Test and One Day International cricket for West Indies. He has played first-class cricket for Jamaica and Kent. Brendan Nash was born in Western Australia, he lived in Perth and Brisbane and studied at Nudgee College in 1993–94. Brendan Nash qualified to play for Jamaica through Paul, a Jamaican Olympic swimmer. Nash played grade cricket in Brisbane, was leading run scorer in the 1999–2000 Brisbane XXXX competition. Before breaking into the senior side, Nash represented Queensland at under-19 level as well as playing for the Queensland Colts and Queensland Academy of Sport. On one occasion, Nash was pressed into service as a makeshift wicket-keeper for QAS when the first choice keeper was injured with a suspected broken thumb. Nash made his debut for the Queensland Bulls in 2001 when he came into the side as cover for injured batsman Martin Love, he scored his maiden first-class century in 2002 when he batted at number four and scored 157 as Queensland defeated the Southern Redbacks at the Adelaide Oval.

Nash was cemented his place there. In the 2001/02 Pura Cup final, Nash scored 96 against the Tasmanian Tigers as Queensland won the cup, he achieved a cult following with a "Brendan Nash Fan Club" founded among university students in Brisbane. At the start of the 2002–03 season, Nash scored 176 and 81 not out against the New South Wales Blues. However, his form slipped away and he did not reach 40 in his next 20 innings, he struggled to hold down a place in the Queensland second XI. He was denied a contract with the Queensland Bulls for the 2004–05 season as a result of his poor run of form. After not being given a contract with the Queensland Bulls for the 2007–08 season, Nash decided to try to restart his career by moving to the West Indies. Speaking of his decision, he said "I was very disappointed to miss out on a contract, but I pretty much got told it would be hard for me to work my way back in again and I felt I still have something to offer". In October 2007, Nash was named in the Jamaican squad.

Nash played a key role in Jamaica winning the KFC Cup. In the final, he scored 117 as his team beat Tobago by nine wickets. Nash finished the season with 422 first-class runs at 46.88 to his name from the domestic competition and was third in the batting averages. There was surprise in some quarters when Nash was not selected for the Test series against Australia in 2008. During the semi-final of the 2010/11 Regional Four Day Competition, Nash scored his highest first-class score; the innings of 207 runs came from 349 balls, bettered his previous best of 176 runs. Though the semi-final against Trinidad and Tobago ended in a draw, Jamaica faced Combined Campuses and Colleges in the final. Nash was unable to bat for Jamaica due to injury, but the side went on to win the match by eight wickets. Having identified his limited-over batting as an area he wanted to improve on he decided to play for Monton & Weaste CC in the Central Lancashire League during the Caribbean's off-season, his role as the club's professional cricketer helped him financially to play in Jamaica.

During his stint in England, Nash played a major part in Monton & Weaste CC defeating Heywood CC in the CLL Wood Cup final on 3 August 2008. Nash was named man of the match for scoring scored 46 not out as Monton & Weaste won by seven wickets. In 2009, Brendan Nash joined East Lancs in the Lancashire League as professional when their original professional did not arrive, he had a superb first season scoring 874 runs in 16 league innings at an average of 72.83 with a high score of 140 and taking 47 wickets at an average of 12.25 from 221.4 overs with best bowling figures of 7/21. In the 20/20 competition he averaged a staggering 257 scoring 257 runs in 4 games and only being out once with a high score of 109 not out, he took 10 wickets in 14.3 overs at an average of 7.8 with best bowling figures of 3/1. In 2012, having been dropped from the West Indies national side, signed for Kent, for the 2012 English county cricket season, he stayed on for the 2013 season as well. On 13 July 2013, Nash guided Kent to an unlikely County Championship win against Gloucestershire, needing a huge total of 411 to win, Nash scored 199 not out, before having to retire due to sunstroke after playing in temperatures of 30C.

The tail got the remaining 21 runs needed and Kent won their first game of the season. He left the club by mutual consent in August 2015 having played in the Second XI during the 2015 season. On 5 November 2005, Nash fielded for Australia as a substitute in a Test match against the West Indies, for whom he would play, he dropped a catch fielding at point. On 12 August 2008 Nash was named in the West Indies One Day International squad to play in the tri-series against Bermuda and Canada, he made his ODI debut on 20 August 2008 – along with batsman Leon Johnson and bowler Kemar Roach – when the West Indies played Bermuda. He bowled in the first innings and achieved figures of 10–1–43–1. Batting at number five, Nash shared in an unbeaten partnership of 69 with vice-captain, Ramnaresh Sarwan to see the West Indies to a six wicket victory. In the second match of the series, against Canada, Nash scored 39 not out batting at number six, sharing in an unbeaten 111 run partnership with Xavier Marshall who in that innings broke the record for most sixes in an ODI innings.

He finished with figures of 10–1–56–3. In the final that followed against Canada, Nash took 1/33 and did not bat as the West Indie

Ajatshatru Singh

Ajatshatru Singh is a leader of Bharatiya Janata Party and a member of Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council in the Government of Jammu and Kashmir. He was a member of the Jammu & Kashmir National Conference and was minister of state with portfolios of Tourism, Youth Services & Sports and Gardens, Science & Technology and Transport & Information in Farooq Abdullah's government from 1996 to 2002, he was Member of Legislative Assembly from Nagrota constituency from 1996 to 2002. He is a son of senior Congress leader and former Sadr-e-Riyasat Karan Singh and Yasho Rajya Lakshmi grand daughter of the last Rana Prime Minister of Nepal, Mohan Shumsher Jang Bahadur Rana, he is Trustee of JK Dharmarth Trust, founded by Maharaja Gulab Singh. His elder brother Vikramaditya Singh is a member of the Indian National Congress. In November 2015, he joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in presence of party's President Amit Shah

Villa Molin

Villa Molin is a patrician residence in the neighborhood of Mandria, in Ponte della Cagna, south of Padua, in the Veneto region of northern Italy. It was designed for Nicolò Molin, a Venetian noble, by Vincenzo Scamozzi and completed in 1597, it faces Mandriola, on the opposite side of the Canale di Battaglia. The original agricultural setting of the villa, composed of pasture and orchards, has given way to a residential dormitory community of Padua; the stucco-faced structure is built on a square plan, raised on a high rusticated service basement with an Ionic portico, lifted well above the public towpath and facing the Canal. This primary façade of the villa is reminiscent of Andrea Palladio's Villa Rotonda or the Villa Foscari; the solid sides of the pronaos are pierced by grand arch-headed openings to provide additional cross-draft in summer heat. The villa's other façades are treated and harmoniously symmetrical, with central Serlian windows, surmounted by the rectangular lanterna formed by the high cubical central sala that rises through the center of the roof, lit by tripartite lunette windows on each face.

The grand central room thus enclosed is frescoed with feigned architecture — niches, balustrades — and flanked by symmetrically arranged smaller and lower barrel-vaulted rooms that are linked by generous arched openings. Thus there is an articulated central reception space in the form of a Greek cross; the vestibules give onto more intimate spaces, in a series of cubes, double cubes and "golden mean" rectangles characteristic of cinquecento villa floorplans. The plot of land, comprising fifty-two fields lying between Mandria and Abano Terme, was in the possession of Donna Elena, widow of Vincenzo Molin, in 1582; when Nicolò wished to erect there a villa for summer use that would be suited to the family's standing, it was natural to turn to Scamozzi, first among Venetian architects in the terrafirma since the death of Palladio in 1580. The villa was completed but not long enjoyed by its patron, who died on 9 May 1608. Seven years his brothers conveyed the villa to conte Pio Capodilista. Alienated from the Conti family in 1768-72, its return was the signal for a thorough-going restoration of its interiors in the hands of conte Antonio, which gave to the smaller rooms the rococo stucco decorations of their vaulted ceilings.

Passing through heiresses in the nineteenth century, the villa's lands were subdivided and it was reduced to a farmhouse before being rehabilitated by a sympathetic new owner, marchese Michele Dondi dell' Orologio. He provided the villa with its grand exterior staircase to the piano nobile and planted the surrounding parkland with specimen trees, now at full maturity. During World War I, the villa served as military command headquarters and was the site of preliminary negotiations that led to the signing of the Austrian-Italian Armistice of Villa Giusti on 11 March 1918. In 1955 Villa Molin was restored again by the industrialist Igino Kofler, who replanted the formal Italian walled gardens with boxwood-edged beds. Bové, Valeria. Ville Venete. Venice: Arsenale. ISBN 88-7743-200-4. Villa Molin: la storia Relazioni dall'Inghilterra: Nicolò Molin Nicolò Molin's report of his embassy to London

Lee Min-gyu

Lee Min-gyu is a volleyball player from South Korea. He plays as a setter for the Ansan OK Savings Bank. Lee made his first appearance for the South Korean national team in 2012 and played all of the team's six matches at the 2012 Asian Men's Cup Volleyball Championship, where the team finished in fifth place. In 2013, he completed in the Summer Universiade as a member of the collegiate national team. Since the 2013 FIVB World League, Lee has been a regular member of the South Korean national team. Lee Min-gyu profile at 2013 Summer Universiade Lee Min-gyu profile at 2014 World Championship profile at FIVB.org