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Karna known as Vasusena, Anga-Raja and Radheya, is one of the major characters in the Hindu epic Mahābhārata. He is the spiritual son of princess Kunti. Kunti was given a boon to have child with desired qualities of divine gods. To know whether the boon was correct or not, she invoked Sun god & Karna was born to unmarried teenage Kunti, who abandons the new born Karna in a basket on a river; the basket is discovered floating on the Ganges River. He is adopted and raised by foster Suta parents named Radha and Adhiratha Nandana of the charioteer and poet profession working for king Dhritarashtra. Karna grows up to be an accomplished warrior of extraordinary abilities, a gifted speaker and becomes a loyal friend of Duryodhana, he is appointed the king of Anga by Duryodhana. Karna joins the losing Duryodhana side of the Mahabharata war, he is a key antagonist who aims to kill Arjuna but dies in a battle with him during the Kurushetra war. He is a tragic hero in the Mahabharata, in a manner similar to Aristotle's literary category of "flawed good man".

He meets his biological mother late in the epic discovers that he is the older half-brother of those he is fighting against. Karna is a symbol of someone, rejected by those who should love him but do not given the circumstances, yet becomes a man of exceptional abilities willing to give his love and life as a loyal friend, his character is developed in the epic to discuss major emotional and dharma dilemmas. His story has inspired many secondary works and dramatic plays in the Hindu arts tradition, both in India and in southeast Asia. A regional tradition believes. Karṇa is a word found in the Vedic literature, where it means "the ear", "chaff or husk of a grain" or the "helm or rudder". In another context, it refers to a spondee in Sanskrit prosody. In the Mahabharata and the Puranas, it is the name of a warrior character. Called Vasusena as a child by his foster parents, he became known by the name Karna because of the golden earrings of Surya he used to wear, according to the Sanskrit epics scholar David Slavitt.

The word Karna, states the Indologist Kevin McGrath, signifies "eared, or the ear-ringed one". In section 3.290.5 of the Mahabharata, Karna is described as a baby born with the ear-rings and armored breastplate, like his father Surya. The second meaning of Karna as "rudder and helm" is an apt metaphor given Karna's role in steering the war in Book 8 of the epic, where the good Karna confronts the good Arjuna, one of the climax scenes wherein the Mahabharata authors deploy the allegories of ocean and boat to embed layers of meanings in the poem. For example, his first entry into the Kurukshetra battlefield is presented as the Makara movement; as Duryodhana's army crumbles each day, the sea and vessel metaphor appears in the epic when Karna is mentioned. As a newborn, Karna's life begins in a basket without a rudder on a river, in circumstances that he neither chose nor had a say. In Book 1, again in the context of Karna, Duryodhana remarks, "the origins of heroes and rivers are indeed difficult to understand".

The name Karna is symbolically connected to the central aspect of Karna's character as the one, intensely preoccupied with what others hear and think about him, about his fame, a weakness that others exploit to manipulate him. This "hearing" and "that, heard", states McGrath makes "Karna" an apt name and subtle reminder of Karna's driving motivation; the story of Karna is told in the Mahābhārata, one of the Sanskrit epics from the Indian subcontinent. The work is written in Classical Sanskrit and is a composite work of revisions and interpolations over many centuries; the oldest parts in the surviving version of the text date to about 400 BCE. Within Mahabharata, which follows the story within a story style of narration, the account of Karna's birth has been narrated four times. Karna appears for the first time in the Mahabharata in the verse 1.1.65 of Adi Parvan where he is mentioned through the metaphor of a tree, as someone, refusing to fight or help in the capture of Krishna. He is presented again in sections 1.2.127–148, chapter 1.57 of the Adi Parvan.

It is here that his earrings "that make his face shine", as well as the divine breastplate he was born with, are mentioned for the first time. This sets him apart with gifts no ordinary mortal has; however in the epic, the generous Karna gives the "earrings and breastplate" away in charity, thereby becomes a mortal and dies in a battle with Arjuna. The story of his young mother getting pregnant due to her curiosity, his divine connection to the Hindu sun god Surya his birth appears for the first time in the epic in section 1.104.7. The epic uses glowing words to describe Karna, but the presentation here is compressed in 21 shlokas unlike the books which expand the details; these sections with more details on Karna's birth and childhood include 3.287, 5.142 and 15.38. According to McGrath, the early presentation of Karna in the Mahabharata is such as if the poets expect the audience to know the story and love the character of Karna; the text does not belabor the details about Karna in the early sections, rather uses metaphors and metonyms to colorfully remind the audience of the fabric of a character they are assumed to be aware of.

The complete narrative of his life appears for the first time in chapter 1.125. The Mahabharata manuscripts exist in numerous versions, wherein the specifics and details of major cha

Sometimes It Rains

"Sometimes It Rains" is a 2006 single by David Charvet, his last release before returning to an acting and television career. The song is co-written by Ty Lacy; the song appears in Charvet's third and last album Se laisser quelque chose with Universal Music and his second single from the album, after the initial track "Je te dédie". The song released by Mercury Records and distributed by Universal Music charted in SNEP, the official French singles chart and in Belgium's Ultratip French singles chart. Pre-release "Sometimes It Rains" Mercury release "Sometimes It Rains" "Damn Shame" A music video was shot for the single by French director Fabrice Begotti; the music video shows a soulful Charvet waking at home, taking a morning shower, checking his diary for a certain engagement he takes note of and going out. On his way, Charvet buys a bouquet of flowers from a street vendor, while heads turn as he walks down the road with eligible women desiring to get his attention and company and he trying to ignore them.

Instead, he proceeds to take an empty bus, except for a young girl and her mother as makes funny gestures to win her heart. He notices an apprehensive young man who jumps off the bus to meet an enlisted soldier friend. Charvet reaches his destination, a cemetery, where he lays the flowers he bought on the tombstone of a fallen relative, that identifies a PFC laid there who had served in World War II; the music video fades away with a message on a black screen that says "in memory of Fifi and Lucette". Vocals Lead vocals – David Charvet Backing vocals – Claire Worrall, Cyril Paulus, Steve Mc Ewan, Tim Van Der Kuil, William RousseauStrings Conductor and arranged by – Nick Ingman Leader – Gavin Wright Strings – The London Session OrchestraOther instruments Acoustic guitarPhil Palmer, Serge Faubert, Steve Power, Tim Van Der Kuil BassDavid Catlin-Birch, Mick Feat, Phil Spalding DrumsDamon Wilson, Jeremy Stacey Electric guitar – Serge Faubert, Tim Van Der Kuil HarmonicaMark Feltham Piano, keyboards – Claire WorrallProductionEngineer – Dan Porter, Sam Miller, Tim Roe Engineer – James Brumby* Executive producer – Sandrine Lebars Producer – Gérard Beullac Producer, recorded by, mixed by – Steve Power Programmed by – Matt Vaughan, Richard Robson Recorded and mixed at Sanctuary Townhouse Studios, London.

Photography by – David Elofer, Frédérique Veysset The single stayed 8 weeks on the French chart

The Central League

The Central League is a football league for reserve teams from the English Football League. For sponsorship purposes, it was branded as the Final Third Development League until the 2015/16 season; the league was formed in 1911 and in its early years consisted of a mix of first teams and reserve teams. However, when the Football League Third Division North was created in 1921, all the first teams in the Central League became founder members. Since the league has been for reserve teams only, expanded to include every professional team in the South and North of England. Southern teams used to play in the Football Combination. In recent years, the Premier Reserve League was created for reserve sides of Premier League teams, so the Central League's membership has been reduced. From the 2006/07 season the FA Premier Reserve League was restricted to the reserve sides of FA Premier League clubs; this meant. Teams are not promoted to the Premier Reserve League based on their final league position, but on the league position of their respective clubs' senior teams.

If the senior team is promoted to the Premier League the reserve team is promoted to the Premier Reserve League and replaced by the reserve teams of the relegated clubs. It was announced on 31 December 2013 that the Central League secured a sponsorship arrangement with Final Third Sports Media, was known as the'Final Third Development League' with immediate effect for two seasons. On 11 June 2014, it was announced that the league would expand to become a national competition by running a division in the south of the country for the 2014/15 season for the first time. + - Three divisions, overall winner decided after a series of play-offs. ^ - Three divisions, overall winner is the team with the best points per game ratio. ~ - Two divisions, overall winner is the team with the best points per game ratio. Since 1996 the league has operated a cup competition – The Central League Cup; the Football Combination Premier Reserve League English Football League Youth Alliance English Football League Official page on the English Football League website

Barry Jones (boxer)

Barry Jones is a Welsh former boxer. He won the WBO super featherweight championship in 1997, but was stripped of the title when his license was revoked by the British Boxing Board of Control after an anomaly was discovered during a brain scan. Jones began boxing at the age of ten, he was a junior fighter of note, claiming a silver medal at European level as well as competing in the World Amateur Boxing Championships. He turned professional in 1992 at the age of eighteen, was trained by former British welterweight champion Pat Thomas. Jones' first four professional fights were all held in his home city of Cardiff and all set for six rounds. Jones beat emerging fighter Con McMullen, before a victory over journeyman Miguel Matthews followed by wins over Mike Deveney and Greg Upton, he followed these fights with his first professional bouts outside Wales, beating first Colin MacAuley in Solihull in April 1993 a points victory over John White in an undercard fight in the build up to the Chris Eubank vs. Nigel Benn encounter at the Old Trafford Stadium in October.

In November 1993 he fought twice, beating Neil Swain at Ystrad Mynach and Peter Buckley in Cardiff. He finished the year against Midlands fighter Elvis Parsley. In January 1994, Jones beat Peter Buckley in his tenth straight professional win, his following bout against Kelton McKenzie was again on the undercard to another world title bout, Eubank's WBO super middleweight win over Sam Storey. Jones had three fights in 1995, he completed the year with victories over Peter Buckley. Personal problems forced working in Ireland, his return on 30 November 1996 saw him harshly awarded a draw against fellow Cardiff boxer, David Morris. Despite this, fight promoter Frank Warren managed to set up a match with the IBF Inter-Continental super featherweight champion Peter Judson. Fought at the Hillsborough Leisure Centre in Sheffield, the fight went the full distance of twelve rounds, Jones taking the title on points, he successfully defended the title against Frenchman Affif Djelti. Warren secured Jones a challenge for the vacant WBO super featherweight title, against Colombian Wilson Palacio.

The fight took place at the London Arena on 19 December 1997, Jones took the title via unanimous decision. A lucrative defence was planned against talented French fighter Julien Lorcy, but a routine brain scan four months revealed an anomaly. There was a small gap in his membrane, which doctors were unable to diagnose whether as a boxer, this would increase his likelihood of brain damage. In the wake of fellow British boxer Michael Watson's brain injury in 1991, the British Boxing Board of Control were sensitive to any risk and suspended Jones while they investigated further, it took seven months of discussion to assure the board that there was no undue cause for concern, although his license was restored the WBO had stripped Jones of his title. The WBO promised Jones another attempt at the title when he returned, but by the time he was fit the title was held by the heavy hitting Brazilian Acelino Freitas. Jones and Freitas met on 15 January 2000, with Jones having fought professionally just once since his return.

Jones had only won via knockout once, so it was a surprise when he put the champion down in the first few seconds of the first round. This, turned out to be only a small moment of supremacy before Freitas went on to dominate the rest of the match, he never fought professionally again and works as a commentator for the TV channels BoxNation, BT Sport and for MTK Global on iFL TV. Hignall, Andrew. Cardiff: Sporting Greats. Stroud: Stadia. ISBN 978-0-7524-4286-0. Professional boxing record for Barry Jones from BoxRec

Amin H. Nasser

Amin H. Nasser is the President and CEO of Saudi Arabian Oil Company Saudi Aramco, he was acting president and chief executive until September 2015, when he assumed the positions permanently. He attended King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, earning a B. S. degree in Petroleum Engineering in 1982. In 2002 Nasser completed the Senior Executive Program at University of Tulsa, he began his career with Saudi Aramco in 1982 as an engineer in the oil-production department and proceeded to work in drilling and reservoir management. In 1997, Nasser became manager of the Ras Tanura Producing Department, he became manager of the Northern Area producing engineering department, as well as the Safaniya Offshore and Onshore producing departments. He has been CEO of Saudi Aramco since September 2015. Nasser is a member of the own member Society of Petroleum Engineers, he has served on SPE's Industry Advisory Council since 2008. He is a member of the International Advisory Board of the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals and the Board of Trustees of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

SMS Moltke

SMS Moltke was the lead ship of the Moltke-class battlecruisers of the German Imperial Navy, named after the 19th-century German Field Marshal Helmuth von Moltke. Commissioned on 30 September 1911, the ship was the second battlecruiser of the Imperial Navy. Moltke, along with her sister ship Goeben, was an enlarged version of the previous German battlecruiser design, Von der Tann, with increased armor protection and two more main guns in an additional turret. Compared to her British rivals—the Indefatigable class—Moltke and her sister Goeben were larger and better armored; the ship participated in most of the major fleet actions conducted by the German Navy during the First World War, including the Battles of Dogger Bank and Jutland in the North Sea in 1915 and 1916, respectively. She took part in the Battle of the Gulf of Riga in 1915 and Operation Albion in 1917 in the Baltic. Moltke was damaged several times during the war: the ship was hit by heavy-caliber gunfire at Jutland, torpedoed twice by British submarines while on fleet advances.

Following the end of the war in 1918, along with most of the High Seas Fleet, was interned at Scapa Flow pending a decision by the Allies as to the fate of the fleet. The ship met her end when she was scuttled, along with the rest of the High Seas Fleet in 1919 to prevent them from falling into British hands; the wreck of Moltke was raised in 1927 and scrapped at Rosyth from 1927 to 1929. As the German Kaiserliche Marine continued in its arms race with the British Royal Navy in 1907, the Reichsmarineamt considered plans for the battlecruiser, to be built for the following year. An increase in the budget raised the possibility of increasing the caliber of the main battery from the 28 cm guns used in the previous battlecruiser, SMS Von der Tann, to 30.5 cm, but Admiral Alfred von Tirpitz, the State Secretary of the Navy, opposed the increase, preferring to add a pair of 28 cm guns instead. The Construction Department supported the change, two ships were authorized for the 1908 and 1909 building years.

Moltke was 186.6 meters long overall, with a beam of 29.4 m and a draft of 9.19 m loaded. The ship displaced 22,979 t and 25,400 t at full load. Moltke was powered by four Parsons steam turbines, with steam provided by twenty-four coal-fired Schulz-Thornycroft water-tube boilers; the propulsion system was rated at a top speed of 25.5 knots. At 14 knots, the ship had a range of 4,120 nautical miles, her crew consisted on 1,010 enlisted men. The ship was armed with a main battery of ten 28 cm SK L/50 gunss mounted in five twin-gun turrets, her secondary armament consisted of twelve 15 cm SK L/45 guns placed in individual casemates in the central portion of the ship and twelve 8.8 cm SK L/45 guns in individual mounts in the bow, the stern, around the forward conning tower. She was equipped with four 50 cm submerged torpedo tubes, one in the bow, one in the stern, one on each broadside; the ship's armor consisted of Krupp cemented steel. The belt was 280 mm thick where it covered the ship's ammunition magazines and propulsion machinery spaces.

The belt tapered down to 76 mm on either end. The deck was 25 to 76 mm thick, sloping downward at the side to connect to the bottom edge of the belt; the main battery gun turrets had 230 mm faces, they sat atop barbettes that were thick. The contract for "Cruiser G" was awarded on 17 September 1908, under building number 200; the keel was laid on 7 December 1908, the ship was launched on 7 April 1910. "Cruiser G" was commissioned on 30 September 1911, as SMS Moltke. At the launching of the ship on 7 April 1910, Helmuth von Moltke the Younger christened her after his uncle, Helmuth von Moltke the Elder, the Chief of Staff of the Prussian Army in the mid-19th century. On 11 September 1911, a crew composed of dockyard workers transferred the ship from Hamburg to Kiel through the Skagerrak. On 30 September, the ship was commissioned, under the command of Kapitän zur See von Mann, replaced Roon in the Reconnaissance Unit. Sea trials continued until 1 April 1912. Moltke was the only German capital ship to visit the United States.

On 11 May 1912 she left Kiel, accompanied by the light cruisers Stettin and Bremen, arrived off Hampton Roads, Virginia, on 30 May. After touring the East Coast for two weeks, she returned to Kiel on 24 June. In July 1912, Moltke escorted Kaiser Wilhelm II's yacht to Russia. Upon returning, Moltke's commander was replaced by KzS Magnus von Levetzow, the ship became the Reconnaissance Force flagship until 23 June 1914, when the commander's flag was transferred to the new battlecruiser Seydlitz. There was some consideration given to deploying Moltke to the Far East in order to replace the armored cruiser Scharnhorst, but the plan was abandoned when it became apparent that Goeben needed replacement in the Mediterranean. Moltke was scheduled to transfer to replace her sister ship, but this plan was interrupted by the outbreak of World War I; as was the case with all German capital ships during World War I, Moltke's action was somewhat limited. However, she did participate in most of the major fleet actions conducted by the High Seas Fleet.

At the start of the war, the ship was assigned to I Scouting Group of the High Seas Fleet, under the command of Rear Admiral Franz Hipper. Shortly after the outbreak of World War I, on 28 Augu