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In Greek mythology, Hellen was the progenitor of the Hellenes. His name is another name for Greek, meaning a person of Greek descent or pertaining to Greek culture, the source of the adjective "Hellenic". Hellen was the son of Deucalion and Pyrrha, was the brother of Amphictyon. By the nymph Orseis he became the father of three sons: Aeolus and Dorus and a daughter Xenopatra. According to the Hesiodic Catalogue of Women, his sons were themselves progenitors of primary tribes of Greece: Aeolus the Aeolians, Dorus the Dorians, Xuthus the Achaeans and Ionians through his sons Achaeus and Ion. According to Thucydides, Hellen's descendants conquered the Greek area of Phthia and subsequently spread their rule to other Greek cities; the people of those areas came to be called Hellenes, after the name of their ancestor. The ethnonym Hellenes dates back to the time of Homer. In the Iliad, "Hellas" and "Hellenes" were names of the tribe settled in Phthia, led by Achilles. In some accounts, Hellen was credited to be the father of Neonus, father of Dotus who gave his name to Dotium in Thessaly.

Names of the Greeks Hesiod, Catalogue of Women from Homeric Hymns, Epic Cycle, Homerica translated by Evelyn-White, H G. Loeb Classical Library Volume 57. London: William Heinemann, 1914. Online version at Pseudo-Apollodorus, The Library with an English Translation by Sir James George Frazer, F. B. A. F. R. S. in 2 Volumes, Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press. Online version at the Perseus Digital Library. Greek text available from the same website


Písek is a town in the South Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic. Písek has a population of more than 30,000 and its semi-urban agglomeration has a population of around 37,000 people. Písek is colloquially called "Athens of Southern Bohemia", because it has many high schools and schools of higher education, including the Film School in Písek. Up to the last decades of 19th century Písek was a centre of the large autonomous Prácheň Region; the city, spreading on slopes of several hills, sits along the river Otava. There are several steep streets and some suburbs lie more than 70–90 metres above the city centre. Much of its surroundings is covered by deciduous woodlands mixed with high number of various coniferous trees. Flow of several local brooks is slowed down by artificial tiny lakes and dikes, creating mozaic of wetter and drier places, a safe haven for nesting and migrating birds; this South Bohemian town was, up to its serious damage in 1620, one of the biggest towns in Bohemia. It is considered to be of prehistorical origin, when it was established as a royal city in the beginning of the 13th century - but in these times one part of to-be town had been still inhabited by descendants of German-Celtic predecessors.

The oldest town in the area of modern Písek was Hradiště. Close to this place remnants of two graves of Celtic kings can be found. Pisek was called Meliodunum on Ptolemaios`map of the 2nd Century - Germanic city at that time. In the 12th century, Germans were called back as settlers. Písek has still his unique atmosphere and has a well-preserved, picturesque medieval centre with number of narrow alleys. A large part of Písek encircling its city core was built in the 19th century, so one can still find there many buildings built in classical or neo-styles around tree-lined boulevards. In Písek is the oldest bridge in the Czech Republic; the climate in Písek is known to have a milder and drier microclimate because it is well protected from all sides against winds. Písek enjoys a cool inland version of a humid continental climate with rather balanced temperatures year round and rare deep negative extremes. Lying in a rainshadow causes low precipitations, vastly in form of rain. There are four distinctive seasons with cold and wet winter starting in late November and ending abruptly in the first half of March, changing into much sunnier and warmer spring which ends during May.

Local summer, sunny and wet continues up to its end in the first half of September. Autumn cooling and much drier lasts into the end of November. Weather can be changeable with year-round rotation of two main patterns - continental fronts and more extreme-prone, oceanic fronts, bringing in murkier, wetter yet equable conditions. Average round the clock temperatures in July stay on 19.14 °C and January mean temperatures stay on −0.91 °C. The whole year average is 8.98 °C. The town is sunnier than its wind-prone high-grounded vicinity with some 1,750 hours of sunshine with the most sunlight occurring between March and September, murky period between November–January. While last spring frost was recorded on May 18 and the first autumn frost was recorded on 18 September, i.e. 121 days without any frost, most years have frost-free period between early-April until mid of October. Extreme cold weather has reached -22.9 °C and extreme hot +42.0 °C. Písek falls into 7a zone according to USDA zoning with average year absolute minimal temperature at −16.4 °C and into AHS heat zone 4 with only 15 days annually with temperatures crossing 86 °F - normal year has maximal temperature of 34.83 °C.

Number of days with at least 25 °C is 56 per a year. Písek has great differences between daily minimal and maximal temperatures due to its position far inland. Písek is shielded from the northeastern winds by the Písek Mountains whose highest peak 633 metres high is located 5 kilometres to southeast from Pisek. Otava river, still bearing the ancient Celtic name, flows through the city and the lowest point is located on its shores. Písek is connected by the D4 motorway by the I/20 and I/29 highways; the I/20 travels northwest to Plzeň and southeast to České Budějovice, while the I/29 travels east to Tábor. Písek railway station lies on the Zdice -- Tábor -- Ražice rail lines; the Plzeň-České Budějovice line passes through nearby Ražice. Charles IV – 14th-century king of Kingdom of Bohemia and Holy Roman Emperor John I of Bohemia – 14th-century king of Kingdom of Bohemia Přemysl Otakar II – 13th-century king of Kingdom of Bohemia Václav IV – 15th-century king of Kingdom of Bohemia Mikoláš Aleš – painter Jan Čarek - poet, literary critic George Mraz - bassist Ferdinand Hart - actor Franz Hedrich - poet Adolf Heyduk – poet Josef Holeček – writer Janek Juzek – major exporter of orchestral string instruments to New York City Jan Mukařovský - literature theorist Kateřina Neumannovácross-country skier August Sedláček – historian Otakar Ševčíkviolin teacher Fráňa Šrámek – poet Tomáš Verner - figure skater, European champion 2008 Tomáš Zíb - tennis-player Písek is twinned with: Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church of Holy Trinity Church of the Elevation

Granite Mountain (Utah)

Granite Mountain is a mass of solid rock one mile up Little Cottonwood Canyon in the Wasatch Range of Utah, not too far from Salt Lake City, Utah. Despite its name, Granite Mountain is composed of quartz monzonite, an igneous rock similar to granite in appearance, physical characteristics, chemical composition; this is the same material used to construct the Salt Lake Temple and the facade of the LDS Conference Center. The Granite Mountain Records Vault is a large archive and vault owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints excavated 600 feet into the north side of Little Cottonwood Canyon; the Granite Mountain facilities feature a dry, environment-controlled facility used for long-term record storage, as well as administrative offices and receiving docks, a processing facility and restoration laboratory for microfilm. Records stored include genealogical and family history information contained in over 2.4 million rolls of microfilm and 1 million microfiche. This equals about three billion pages of family history records.

The vault's library of microfilm increases by up to 40,000 rolls per year. Since 1999, the church has been digitizing the genealogical microfilms stored in the vault; the church makes the records publicly available through its Family History Centers, as well as online at its FamilySearch website. There is a second vault, two miles further up the canyon. However, this vault is operated by Perpetual Storage Inc. and run for-profit. Family History Library FamilySearch Indexing Genealogical Society of Utah Granite Mountain Records Vault, Part 1 - FamilySearch Genealogy Records, FamilySearch LDS Church Public Newsroom Article on the Granite Mountain Records Vault

Albizia adianthifolia

Albizia adianthifolia is a tree in the family Fabaceae. It is known as the flat-crown, its range extends from eastern South Africa to Tropical Africa. This is a large deciduous tree with a spreading, flat crown, growing to a height of 25 metres. A profusion of bright green leaves and scented, fluffy flowers are produced in winter or spring; the leaves are twice compound with the leaflets being 2-5 x 8 mm in size. This tree favours sandy soils in high rainfall areas. In South Africa it is found in coastal lowland forests. Albizia adianthifolia is cultivated as an ornamental tree; the attractive habit of these trees makes them a popular garden tree being retained as a native plant in suburban gardens when other indigenous vegetation is removed. The trees produce abundant seeds which are grown in sandy soil. Elephants browse the leaves of blue duiker favour the leaves and seedpods as food; the larvae of the satyr charaxes butterfly feed on the leaves of these trees. Southern African Sand Forest

2012–13 IRB Sevens World Series

The 2012–13 IRB Sevens World Series, known for sponsorship reasons as the HSBC Sevens World Series, was the 14th annual series of rugby sevens tournaments for full national sides. The IRB Sevens World Series has been run by the International Rugby Board since 1999–2000; the schedule for the 2012–13 Series was released to the general public in late June 2012. At the time, the schedule included a new event to be held in Argentina. However, on 16 August, the Argentine Rugby Union pulled out of hosting an event in 2012–13, citing demands associated with the country's 2012 entry into The Rugby Championship. Before each season, the IRB announces the "core teams" that received guaranteed berths in each event of that season's series; this was the first series. All 12 core teams from 2011–12 retained their status, with three more being elevated as top finishers in a 12-team qualifying tournament conducted as part of the 2012 Hong Kong Sevens; the 2012–13 core teams are: For the first time, the IRB instituted a formal promotion and relegation process for core team status in the Sevens World Series, replacing the former ad hoc process.

The top 12 core teams in the season table after the next-to-last round of the series in Glasgow retained their status for 2013–14. The remaining three core teams for 2013–14 are being determined in a two-stage qualifying process: The first stage was a World Series Pre-Qualifier held as part of the 2013 Hong Kong Sevens. Two qualifiers from each of the IRB's six regions competed; the 12 teams were drawn into three pools, with the top two teams from each pool, plus the top two runners-up, advancing to a quarterfinal round. The winners of the four quarterfinal matches advanced to the second stage; the final stage, the World Series Core Team Qualifier, was held as part of the 2013 London Sevens. The pre-qualifiers were joined by Hong Kong, which earned its spot by winning the HSBC Asian Sevens Series, plus the bottom three core teams following the Scotland Sevens; the qualifier was conducted with a pool stage followed by knockout play, with the two finalists and the winner of the third-place match becoming 2013–14 core teams.

The 2012–13 HSBC Sevens World Series'Dream Team' was selected by the series' regular television broadcast commentators. Afa Aiono Frankie Horne Tim Mikkelson Joji Ragamate Gilles Kaka Willy Ambaka Dan Norton Official Website

Jack Little (songwriter)

Jack Little, sometimes credited Little Jack Little, was a British-born American composer, pianist and songwriter whose songs were featured in several movies. He is not to be confused with the burlesque comedian known as "Little" Jack Little, who stood 4'5". Little was born in the Silvertown section of London, but moved to the United States when he was 9 years old, growing up in Waterloo, Iowa, he was educated in pre-med classes at the University of Iowa, where he played in and organized the university band. Early in his career, Little worked at radio stations, including WSAI and WLW, both in Cincinnati, Ohio, he had a 15-minute daily program on NBC radio in the early 1930s. Little toured the country with an orchestra, appearing in hotels, night clubs, on radio. In one such touring appearance on radio, at WOC in Davenport, Little "made a new endurance record for himself... when he remained on the air three hours and sixteen minutes... sang fifty-one songs in answer to thousands of requests." He collaborated musically with Tommie Malie, Dick Finch, John Siras, Joe Young.

In 1928 he joined ASCAP. From 1933–37, he recorded prolifically, starting on Bluebird, ARC, playing in a light society dance band style, he worked with musical director Mitchell Ayres. His compositions include Jealous, I Promise You, A Shanty in Old Shanty Town and You're a Heavenly Thing. Details of his chart success per Joel Whitburn are given below. Little has a star at 6618 Hollywood Boulevard in the Radio section of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, it was dedicated February 8, 1960. He was married to Thea Hellman, who died in 1940. Little died April 1956, at his home in Hollywood, Florida. Jack Little on IMDb Little Jack Little on YouTube