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Khonsu

Khonsu is the Ancient Egyptian god of the Moon. His name means "traveller", this may relate to the perceived nightly travel of the Moon across the sky. Along with Thoth he marked the passage of time. Khonsu was instrumental in the creation of new life in all living creatures. At Thebes he formed part of a family triad with Amun his father. Khonsu's name reflects the fact that the Moon travels across the night sky, for it means "traveller", had the titles "Embracer", "Pathfinder", "Defender", as he was thought to watch over those who travel at night; as the god of light in the night, Khonsu was invoked to protect against wild animals, aid with healing. It was said that when Khonsu caused the crescent moon to shine, women conceived, cattle became fertile, all nostrils and every throat was filled with fresh air. In art, Khonsu is depicted as a mummy with the symbol of childhood, a sidelock of hair, as well as the menat necklace with crook and flail, he has close links to other divine children such as Shu.

He is sometimes shown wearing an eagle or falcon's head like Horus, with whom he is associated as a protector and healer, adorned with the sun disk and crescent moon. Khonsu is mentioned in the Pyramid Texts and Coffin Texts, in which he is depicted in a fierce aspect, but he does not rise to prominence until the New Kingdom, when he is described as the "Greatest God of the Great Gods". Most of the construction of the temple complex at Karnak was centered on Khonsu during the Ramesside period, his temple at Karnak is in a good state of preservation, on one of the walls is depicted a creation myth in which Khonsu is described as the great snake who fertilizes the Cosmic Egg in the creation of the world. Khonsu's reputation as a healer spread outside Egypt. King Ptolemy IV, after he was cured of an illness, called himself "Beloved of Khonsu Who Protects His Majesty and Drives Away Evil Spirits". Locations of Khonsu's cult were Memphis and Edfu. In the Egyptian myth-based trilogy, The Kane Chronicles, Khonsu is allowed by Osiris to visit the main characters and Carter, who need three hours to pass through the Houses of Night.

He explained that, as being god of the moon, he could grant them the hours they required, but the only way he would grant them three hours is if they bet their Rens, or secret name, a word that held great power over a soul, on a game of Senet, an Ancient Egyptian board game. He would give one hour for every game piece they got off the board, but for every game piece he got off the board, he would take one Ren. After counseling from a god and friend, the main characters made a move that got their third game piece off the board, but allowed Khonsu to get a piece off the board as well. So Khonsu took Bes's secret name, his body, despite not being part of the agreement, he disappeared before Carter could attack him. In Marvel Comics, the character Moon Knight is the avatar of Khonshu, who grants him supernatural abilities to fight evil in his name, but slowly drives him insane. In the web serial Worm, Khonsu is the name given to one of the Endbringers, a giant monster in the series who can manipulate time.

In the novel The Claws of Time by Jason Charles, Khonsu sends the female protagonist Dimiza/River five hundred and twenty years into the future to escape being executed by her lover, King Richard III, whom she helped become king. List of lunar deities

Rapid Electronics

Rapid Electronics is a UK distributor of electronic components and educational products, supporter of science and educational initiatives, based in Colchester, Essex. Rapid Electronics was established by Mike Lee and Chris Stevenson in 1979; the company at this time was based in a converted barn above a garage at Aylesford and held stock of around 200 products. Rapid started by advertising in the retail electronics press to generate sales and a small single sheet catalogue was mailed to customers. From 1981 the focus was developing sales into electronics departments at universities and colleges and this strategy was successful over the next 10 years. Due to expansion the company continued to grow. Increasing sales led to a number of further moves to larger premises in the Colchester area, culminating in the building of the current 18,000sq.ft premises in Severalls Lane, Colchester. In late 2012 the company became part of the German-owned Conrad Electronic and by 2014 Rapid had increased its stock-holding to over 100,000 products.

Employing around 150 people, the company is located in premises close to the A12 and the Colchester Community Stadium. The company's core products are electrical components such as capacitors and LEDs. Among the company's customers are electrical contractors, design engineers and assembly manufacturers, users of open source programming hardware such as Arduino and Raspberry Pi, makers of audio equipment, amateur radio and model railway enthusiasts.. Rapid Electronics is a supplier to primary schools, secondary schools and further education institutions in the UK, specialising in equipment for the science and technology areas of the National Curriculum. From 2004 to 2013 Rapid Electronics partnered Toyota Manufacturing UK developing and co-ordinating the Toyota Technology Challenge, latterly known as the Toyota STEM Challenge. Pupils designed and raced environmentally friendly vehicles using solar power or PIC microcontroller technology. Rapid helps co-ordinate the UK Championships for the VEX Robotics Design System, an educational robotics platform, alongside other partners such as National Grid plc and Teach Design.

The company has supported many educational projects and competitions, including Near Space school projects, the Jaguar Maths in Motion Challenge, the Suffolk Creative Computing Club, the Formula Gravity racing project and individual schools in robotics and science themed competitions. Rapid provides resources and technical support to the Young Engineers organisation, which runs a network of engineering challenges and clubs across the UK

Hitomi Takahashi (singer)

Hitomi Takahashi is a Japanese pop rock singer from Shiogama, Miyagi. She is best known through her songs Bokutachi no Yukue and Aozora no Namida, which were theme songs to animation programs Gundam Seed Destiny and Blood+, respectively. With the former, she became the third artist in to top the Oricon charts with a debut single. Hitomi Takahashi was born on April 1989 in the Miyagi Prefecture of Japan. By the influence of her father, she grew up listening to his favorite music, classic rock such as Eric Clapton and the Beatles. In 2002, she entered junior-high/middle school. Upon entrance, Hitomi joined the school softball team and joined kendo, where she obtained the level of sho-dan, it was during these years that she expressed an interest in becoming an artist's backup dancer, began dancing with her friends. During a karaoke singing event in 2003, Hitomi's friends encouraged her to sing live. Though she expressed a disliking for singing karaoke in front of a large crowd, she sang because of her friend's encouragement, from that time on the desire to become a singer awoke in her.

During her second year in junior-high school, in the middle of the summer of 2003, Hitomi applied for the Sony Music Auditions. Because of a change in interest, Hitomi moved from singing dance music to singing rock music. In 2004, Hitomi was selected as the finalist for the Sony Music SD audition, she had been worried that because of her height, she would be overlooked, but her powerful voice attracted the attention of people while she sang live. The end of 2004 found her being chosen to sing the theme song for Gundam Seed Destiny. Recording of her song "Bokutachi no Yukue" began at the end of the year. In 2005, she was in the middle of high school entrance exams as the title for her 1st single "Bokutachi no Yukue" was announced; the single was released on April 2005, debuted at No. 1 on the Oricon charts. This was a huge success, making Hitomi the second female singer to have a debut single in the number one spot, the third solo artist to have a debut single reach the top spot; the single ended up selling well over 100,000 copies.

Hitomi soon entered Shiogama Girls High School, started her first radio personality on Date fm called Takahashi Hitomi: Sound D・N・A~. The second single from Hitomi, "Evergreen", was released on August 12, 2005; the song was used as the theme song for the Japanese TV drama "New Kids War". The single sales were much lower than her previous single, with the single debuting at No. 22 on the Japanese Oricon Charts, selling a little less than 30,000 copies. Takahashi's third single, "Aozora no Namida", was soon released on November 30, 2005, it was used as the 1st opening theme song for the anime Blood+, its first week on the charts found it at number eight on the Oricon charts with 44,629 copies sold, it sold over 80,000 copies. On February 22, Hitomi's Official Fan Club was revealed, the title being a play on the first letter of her name and her height, "H147." Hitomi won an award at the 20th Japanese Gold Disc Awards for New Artist of the Year, sang live at the event. The first studio album from the singer, was released on March 1, 2006.

The album came in two formats, CD only and CD+DVD, contained 12 tracks in total, with 7 of them being unreleased songs. The album debuted at number ten for its first week on the Oricon Charts, sold over 30,000 copies. For the release of the album, Hitomi held her first live concert on April 1, 2006. Commenting on how much she enjoyed the concert, Hitomi soon decided to hold more concerts for her "sympathy" album; the concerts were named the Hitomi Takahashi Live "Sympathy" ~BOXX Series~, became a way for her to promote new songs. In total, the tour had six lives. Hitomi released her 4th single "Communication" on July 12, 2006; the song was the ending theme song for "MUSIC FIGHTER" during the month of July 2006. Once released, this single failed to make it in the Top 20 Daily Charts, it failed to make it in the Weekly Top 30, was revealed to debut at number sixty on the charts, selling a little more than 2,000 copies in its first week. It was during the eighth month of 2006; this single, titled "Ko·mo·re·bi", was announced to be Hitomi's 5th single at the end of August, was used as the theme song for the movie Tegami, which features actors Takayuki Yamada, Tetsuji Tamayama, Erika Sawajiri.

Similar to her past single, "Ko·mo·re·bi" failed to chart in the Top 30 Weekly Charts, debuted at No. 50 for its first week on the charts, only selling about 300 more copies than "Communication". In spite of this, Hitomi was chosen to be one of many artists to take part in the new tribute album for the new Death Note movie. Following the release of her two unsuccessful singles was the song "Candy Line", announced on Christmas Day; the song was chosen to be used as the 4th ending theme for Gin Tama. When released, the single became her biggest hit since "Aozora no Namida", reached No. 14 during its first week on the Oricon charts, overall was reported as selling over 15,000 copies. As her 2nd single of 2007, Takahashi released her 7th single, titled "Jet Boy Jet Girl", released on August 1, 2007; the title song was the new opening theme song to the anime "Terra e...", her second single to be released in CD only and CD+DVD formats. The single did not receive the same success as "Candy Line", but sold over double of her 4th and 5th singles.

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Battle of Amioun

The Battle of Amioun was a battle which took place in Amioun El-Koura, in 694 between Byzantine troops and Monothelite Christians. The battle of Amioun devotes the independence of the first Lebanese state Maronite, with for Baskinta capital. Lebanese researcher Chedid al-Azar writes: Although we are not trying to deal in warfare, a unique battle we shall mention for the impact it has left, this is the battle of south East Amyun, in the year 694, precipitated by mountain dwellers of Maronite Christian faith, as a revenge against the army of Justinian II of Byzantium, for the destruction of a monastery sheltering 350, monks adherents of Marūn, in northern Syria, near Apamea, 350 km from Amyun; the battle was fought by a group of Marūn adherents who had sought refuge in the mountains facing Amyun, from the east and made a surprise attack, under the leadership of Yuhanna Marūn, against a contingent of the Byzantine army, defeated and the Marūn adherents returned to their mountainous sites, to stay in a state of isolation, which marked and stamped the history of the Maronites as dwellers of the mountains of Lebanon, by isolationism, that persisted among the mountainous adherents up to our present days and had touched their performances and deliberations in modern Lebanon.

Amioun Lebanon Byzantine Empire Monothelitism Maronite Church List of Lebanese battles History of the Maronites Official site of Amioun

Jani Šturm

Jani Šturm, is a Slovenian footballer who plays as a striker for Manzanese. Šturm began his career with Brda, he was scouted in 1999 by Gorica, he played one year for the youth side and joined returned to his hometown club Brda on loan. After the loan spell with Brda, he returned to Gorica and played his first games in 2001 in the Slovenian PrvaLiga. In the summer of 2005, Šturm was due to sign for Leicester City, but the move fell through after he failed a medical on his long-standing groin injury. In July 2007, Šturm began a two-week trial with Dundee United before beginning a trial spell with Greenock Morton. On 1 August 2007, he signed for Dundee in a one-year deal with the option of a second year, rejecting apparent interest from Morton, St Johnstone and Dunfermline Athletic.Šturm scored his only goal for the club in a 2–1 victory at the Dens Park coming against former suitors Morton. Šturm was released from the club on 31 May 2008, after scoring only one goal in his time at the Dens Park.

In August 2008, Šturm returned home to Slovenia, where he signed a two-year contract to play for Domžale. Šturm scored his first league goal for Domžale with the game's opener against the previous season's fourth placed side, Celje, in a 3–2 away victory. He was released by Domžale in August 2010, signed for Drava Ptuj in January 2011, where he stayed for eight months before resigning for his first club in the Third Division, Brda. Jani Šturm at PrvaLiga Jani Šturm at Soccerbase

Sam Brown (frontiersman)

Samuel Jerome Brown, better known as Sam Brown, was an American frontiersman and settler in Minnesota and Dakota Territory. He earned regional fame as the "Paul Revere of the West" or the "Prairie Paul Revere" for riding 150 miles on the night of April 19–20, 1866, first to warn others of an expected Native American attack and—when the threat proved false—back through a spring blizzard to intercept his request for reinforcements from the U. S. Army. Though the ordeal left him dependent on a wheelchair for the rest of his life, he went on to serve as an educator, civic leader, advocate for Native Americans, historian. Sam Brown was born on March 7, 1845, in Iowa Territory near Lake Traverse, a location, now in the state of South Dakota, his father was Joseph R. Brown, who would go on to be politician, his mother was a mixed blood descendant of Dakota chief Tatanka Mani. Sam Brown was thus an accepted member of the Sisseton band. Brown was 17, he was among the numerous mixed-blood and noncombatant Dakota taken captive by their warring cousins during the conflict.

Most were freed during the surrender at Camp Release, Brown included, he joined the Minnesota militia as a scout while Western Dakota continued to resist U. S. expansion. Under the command of his own father, Brown was posted to Fort Wadsworth beyond the border of Minnesota in Dakota Territory; this fort renamed Fort Sisseton, was established in 1864 to protect non-hostile Eastern Dakota and guard against further attack on white settlers. Among a semi-military scouting unit composed of white frontiersmen, mixed-bloods, allied Eastern Dakotas, Brown helped locate hostile encampments, rode patrols, provided escorts, served as an interpreter and courier, he distinguished himself in his duties and was promoted to scout inspector in March 1866, the month he turned 21. He was soon supervising scouts for the entire district. On April 19, 1866, a Dakota chief known as Oüiduze reported to Brown that five days earlier he had seen moccasin tracks from what he took to be a war party heading from the James River near Jamestown, North Dakota, toward white settlements at the head of the Minnesota River.

Brown dispatched a warning to Lieutenant Colonel C. P. Adams, in command of the area's largest U. S. force at nearby Fort Abercrombie. He set off himself to alert a scout encampment deep in unfriendly territory on the Elm River near present-day Ordway, South Dakota. Brown left Fort Wadsworth just as night was falling and rode the 55 miles across the dark, nearly featureless prairie in just five hours, navigating by the North Star; however when Brown reached the Elm River station at midnight with his warning, chief scout Joseph Rouilliard assured him that the tracks had been left by messengers dispatched by Brown's own father to call Dakotas in western Minnesota to a peace council at Fort Rice. Brown realized that the false alarm he'd sent to Fort Abercrombie could mistakenly lead U. S. soldiers into provoking an actual war. Despite his exhaustion, Brown knew. Nor could he wait till daylight, when a lone horseman on the prairie would be vulnerable to any genuinely hostile natives. Rouilliard provided Brown set off to retrace his journey.

However the sky had clouded over, covering the North Star, he could see a storm approaching from the west. He had just passed the halfway point thinking he would outrun the storm when a violent wind nearly tore him from the saddle; this was followed by freezing rain that turned to hail snow, soon enough Brown found himself in the grip of a freak spring blizzard. With no landmarks or stars, he kept the wind on his back to stay on course. Twice his mount broke through spilling Brown into frigid rivers. At daybreak Brown found himself on the western slope of the Coteau des Prairies. From the ridgeline, however, he found to his dismay that the wind must have shifted during the night, leading him 25 miles southwest of Fort Wadsworth; the blizzard still raged and now Brown was forced to face into the wind as he corrected course. Soon his legs and face were numb from the cold, he could have taken shelter in a wooded ravine. He reached Fort Wadsworth's scout headquarters around 8:00 in the morning, he dismounted and collapsed, his legs unable to support him.

He managed to see to his horse before falling unconscious. He woke up in mid-afternoon and stumbled a quarter mile to the next scout's cabin, where he was able to get word to his commanding officer Lieutenant James F. Cochrane, who dispatched a courier to Fort Abercrombie to cancel the alert. Sam Brown was just 21 when he made his epic ride, covering 150 miles in 15 hours in horrific conditions, he was never able to walk again, spent the rest of his life dependent on a wheelchair. Brown wrote that the ride "deranged my eyes, dimmed my eyesight, paralyzed my muscular powers, deprived me of the use of my legs, of all natural power of motion, permanently impaired my general health." Brown's father Joseph gained title to 1,000 acres and founded a town in Minnesota which became known, after his death in 1870, as Browns Valley. Brown Senior had the scout headquarters building moved there, where father and son used it as a private residence, trading post, stagecoach inn. Sam Brown became the town's first postmaster.

Two years in 1867, he became the first notary public in Traverse County. One-eighth Dakota, Sam Brown became involved in native–white rela