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Ninus, according to Greek historians writing in the Hellenistic period and was accepted as the eponymous founder of Nineveh, ancient capital of Assyria. His name is not attested in any cuneiform literature. Many early accomplishments are attributed to Ninus, such as training the first hunting dogs, taming horses for riding. For this accomplishment, he is sometimes represented in Greek mythology as a centaur; the figures of King Ninus and Queen Semiramis first appear in the history of Persia written by Ctesias of Cnidus, who claimed, as court physician to Artaxerxes II, to have access to the royal historical records. Ctesias' account was expanded on by Diodorus Siculus. Ninus continued to be mentioned by European historians, until knowledge of cuneiform enabled a more precise reconstruction of Assyrian and Babylonian history from the mid 19th century onwards, he was said to have been the son of Belus or Bel, a name that may represent a Semitic title such as Ba'al, "lord". According to Castor of Rhodes, his reign lasted 52 years, its commencement falling in 2189 BC according to Ctesias.

He was reputed to have conquered the whole of western Asia in 17 years with the help of Ariaeus, king of Arabia, to have founded the first empire, defeating the legendary kings Barzanes of Armenia and Pharnus of Media. As the story goes, having conquered all neighboring Asian countries apart from India and Bactriana made war on Oxyartes, king of Bactriana, with an army of nearly two million, taking all but the capital, Bactra. During the siege of Bactra, he met Semiramis, the wife of one of his officers, whom he took from her husband and married; the fruit of the marriage was Ninyas, said to have succeeded Ninus. Ctesias related that after the death of Ninus, his widow Semiramis, rumored to have murdered Ninus, erected to him a temple-tomb, 9 stadia high and 10 stadia broad, near Babylon, where the story of Pyramus and Thisbe was based, she was further said to have made war on the last remaining independent monarch in Asia, king Stabrobates of India, but was defeated and wounded, abdicating in favour of her son Ninyas.

A number of historians, beginning with the Roman Cephalion asserted that Ninus' opponent, the king of Bactria, was Zoroaster, rather than Oxyartes. Ninus was first identified in the Recognitions with the biblical Nimrod, the author says, taught the Persians to worship fire. In many modern interpretations of the Hebrew text of Genesis 10, it is Nimrod, the son of Cush, who founded Nineveh. More the identification in Recognitions of Nimrod with Ninus formed a major part of Alexander Hislop's thesis in the 19th century tract The Two Babylons; the decipherment of a vast quantity of cuneiform texts has allowed modern Assyriologists to piece together a more accurate history of Sumer, Assyria and Chaldea. Ninus is not attested in any of the extensive king lists compiled by the Mesopotamians themselves, nor mentioned in any Mesopotamian literature, it is likely that this Hellenic creation was inspired by the deeds of one or more real kings of Assyria, or Assyro-Babylonian mythology; the Biblical character of Nimrod is not attested anywhere in Assyrian, Akkadian or Sumerian literature or king lists, but is believed by many scholars to have been inspired by one or more real kings, the most being Tukulti-Ninurta I of Assyria who ruled the Middle Assyrian Empire during the 13th century BC, or the Assyrian war god Ninurta.

An Assyrian queen Shammuramat is known to be historical, for five years from 811 BC ruled the Neo-Assyrian Empire as regent for her son Adad-nirari III, had been the wife of Shamshi-Adad V. The Hellenic myths surrounding Semiramis are considered by some to be inspired by the novelty of a woman ruling such an empire. Another opinion holds that Shamurammat could have been a namesake of an earlier Semiramis, not the inspiration for her. Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream has the story of Thisbe as a play-within-a-play; the actors mispronounce the location "Ninus' Tomb" as "Ninny's Tomb," though they are corrected and in vain, by "director" Peter Quince. The story of Ninus and Semiramis is taken up in a different form in a 1st-century AD Hellenistic romance called the Ninus Romance, the Novel of Ninus and Semiramis, or the Ninus Fragments. A scene from it is depicted in mosaics from Antioch on the OrontesIn his compendium, the Etymologiae, Isidore of Seville, claimed that idolatry was the invention of Ninus, who had a gold statue made of his father Belus, which he worshipped.

This claim was influential throughout the medieval period into the Early Modern. Chisholm, Hugh, ed.. "Ninus". Encyclopædia Britannica. Cambridge University Press; this article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed.. "Ninus". Encyclopædia Britannica. 19. Cambridge University Press. P. 706. Full account in Diodorus


Meghmallar is a 2014 Bangladeshi drama film directed by Zahidur Rahim Anjan. The film is an adaption of writer Akhtaruzzaman Elias's story titled "Raincoat", it was screened in the Discovery section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. An ordinary family of a chemistry teacher at a suburban government college Nurul Huda, his wife Asma, daughter Sudha and Asma's brother Mintu goes through a life-altering experience during Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971, it happens. Asma secretly continues to correspond with her brother not sharing this. One rainy day, Nurul goes to a school function wearing Mintu's raincoat to protect him from the ceaseless rains. Government took him into custody. Nurul is forced to make a decision that affect both the destiny of his family and whole country. Shahiduzzaman Selim as Nurul Huda, a chemistry teacher at a suburban government college Aparna Ghosh as Asma, Nurul Huda's wife Marjan Hossain Zara as Sudha, Nurul Huda and Asma's daughter Jayanta Chattopadhyay as Mintu, Asma's brother Mosharraf Karim as Mostafiz Shahin as Pakistani Military Personnel Adnan Sobhan Evan as Pakistani Military Personnel This film was made under the banner of Bengal Creations Ltd.

The music for the film is directed by Abhijit Basu from Kolkata. Meghmallar on IMDb Meghmallar at the Bangla Movie Database


Hartley's is a brand of marmalades and jellies from the United Kingdom, manufactured at Histon, Cambridgeshire. The brand was owned by Premier Foods, until it was sold along with the factory in Histon to Hain Celestial for £200 million in October 2012. Hartley's operates as a brand of Hain Celestial's subsidiary of Hain Daniels. Hartley's was a grocers founded by Sir William Pickles Hartley near Lancashire. In 1871, a supplier failed to deliver a consignment of jam, so William made his own and packaged it in his own design earthenware pots, it sold well, in 1874, the business moved to Bootle, near Liverpool, marmalade and jelly was produced. In 1884, the business was incorporated as William Hartley & Sons Limited and in 1886, it moved to Aintree, Liverpool where a new factory was built. Two years after the new factory had been opened in Aintree, Hartley constructed a purpose built village for the key employees in his company; the village was designed by Leek based Sons after they won an architectural competition.

The village had a total of 49 houses, which surrounded a central bowling green, expansion took the total number of houses to 71. Within the village, all of the streets were named after ingredients in jam, including Sugar Street, Red Currant Court and Cherry Row. Best apricot jam Best black cherry jam Best blackberry jam Best blueberry jam Best gooseberry jam Best pineapple jam Best raspberry jam Best strawberry jam Best thin cut marmalade Best lemon curd Official website Hartley's Village Heritage Council

Campo da Rainha

Campo da Rainha was a football stadium in Porto, which served as the home ground of FC Porto. Built in 1906 to be the club's first stadium, it hosted matches until 1912, when the club moved to the larger Campo da Constituição. Having revived the club in August 1906, president José Monteiro da Costa sought a place to build its sports facilities. Next to his house in Rua da Rainha – renamed Rua Antero de Quental following the 1910 Republican revolution – Monteiro da Costa rented a non-cultivated terrain from the Companhia Hortícola Portuense, the local horticultural society. On this terrain, the club erected a football pitch surrounded by a running track and stands with seats for 600 spectators, including a VIP tribune, a changing room equipped with showers and sinks, a bar and a gym. Named for the street where it was located, the Campo da Raínha was the first turf field in the country; the ground was inaugurated with a match against Boavista Footballers, a local team and the predecessor of nowadays Boavista.

In 1907, the club headquarters were moved from their first location in Rua Santa Teresa to the Campo da Raínha facilities. In this same year, a tennis court was added to the complex. In 1911, Porto was warned by the city council that it had to abandon the Campo da Raínha, because a factory was planned to be constructed on that site. A year the club moved to a new field in Rua da Constituição, appropriately named Campo da Constituição. Campo da Rainha at Zerozero História do Campo da Rainha at Os Filhos do Dragão

Akriti Kakar

Akriti Kakar is an Indian singer. Her songs, "Saturday Saturday" from the film Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania and "Iski Uski" from 2 States became popular. Akriti was a judge on Zee Bangla's Sa Re Ga Ma Pa: Li'l Champs and was going to appear on Colors's Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa. Kakar was brought up in Delhi, she has Prakriti Kakar. Kakar married director Chirag Arora in March 2016. Akriti released her solo album non Bollywood playback album - "Akriti" released in April 2010 under Sony Music India. Songs were composed by Shankar Akriti Kakar; the track list for the album is as follows Mehrmaa Ve Swag Wali Bride Gazab Chhoone Do Na Re Na Na Re Dil Vi Deewana Taabiz Chal Kaheen SangAkriti released a song entitled "Ring Diamond Di" with Santosh Singh featuring Madhuri. The song was embroiled in controversy when the Music Video was plagiarised with Girls' Generation's "The Boys" and "I Got a Boy", she has sung a song in Marathi for the film - Lagna Pahave Karun song name is "Kasa Ha Maza Sajana". Besides these Akriti has sung many songs in other regional languages, the song in Bengali Film Paglu has become the biggest chart buster song in Bengali films.

On 12 April 2010, a solo music album "Akriti", composed by Shankar Mahadevan and Akriti, was released on Sony Music. She released her first single named #Kolkata Diaries. Composed by the renowned Bengali musical maestro, Joy Sarkar; the lyrics of the entire song are in Hindi written by Manoj Yadav, popular for his songs in Coke studio and movies. In end of 2018, on 23 December, her new song titled "Dui Deewana", a duet with Sarbajit Ghosh, the writer, composer & producer of the song, was released from the musical movie MONN, under the record label of Amara Muzik; the video of the song featured Sarbajit model Suman Karmakar as the Leads. She was a celebrity judge in Zee Bangla sa re ga ma pa lil champs'2013 along with Kumar Shanu and other regional and national celebrities Akriti was supposed to enter the dance show Jhalak Dikhlaa Jaa on Colors channel through wild card but sadly met with an accident while rehearsing and doctor advised complete bed-rest and hence she had to quit the show. Official website Akriti Kakar on IMDb

Edward Ford (soldier)

Sir Edward Ford was an English soldier and inventor. Fords, born at Up Park, in the parish of Harting, was the eldest son of Sir William Ford, knight, of Harting, by Anna, daughter of Sir Edmund Carell, knight, of West Harting, he became a gentleman-commoner of Trinity College, Oxford, in 1621, but left the university without taking a degree. Charles I gave him a colonel's commission on the outbreak of the war, in 1642 made him High Sheriff of Sussex. According to Vicars he offered his majesty "a thousand men, to undertake the conquest of Sussex, though sixty miles in length." He began to raise forces accordingly, on 18 November 1642 the House of Commons ordered him to be apprehended. On the first week of December 1642 on Muster Green in Haywards Heath in Sussex, Ford was the leader of the Royalist army at the Battle of Muster Green, lost the battle, whereupon he retreated back through Sussex to Chichester. Sir William Waller, after taking Winchester and Arundel Castle, besieged Chichester, which Ford surrendered eight days Ford soon afterwards obtained his release by the interest of his wife, with her brother, General Henry Ireton.

On 4 October 1643 he was knighted by Charles I at Oxford. Ford commanded a regiment of horse under Lord Hopton, to whom he proposed the recapture of Arundel Castle. Hopton took it after three days' siege. Ford was left in command by Hopton, with a garrison of above two hundred men and many good officers, Clarendon says, he had insufficient experience, although "a man of honour and courage". After a siege of seventeen days the garrison surrendered "at mercy", Ford and Sir Edward Bishop presenting themselves to Sir William Waller on 6 January 1643–4 as hostages for the delivery of the castle, both thus becoming his prisoners for the second time, they were declared by parliament on 9 October 1644 to be incapable of any employment. Ford was imprisoned in the Tower of London, he retired to the continent. In 1647 the queen, knowing his relationship with Ireton, sent him to England to join Sir John Berkeley in a futile negotiation with the army. On 12 November 1647 Ford with others was ordered by the House of Commons into safe custody upon suspicion of being privy to the king's escape from Hampton Court.

On 21 March 1648/9 parliament ordered that he should pay for his delinquency one full third of the value of his estate. On 9 July 1649 the house made an order for remitting the remainder of his fine and discharging his sequestration. In 1656 Ford was employed, with Oliver Cromwell's encouragement, at the request of the citizens of London, in devising an engine for raising the River Thames water into all the higher streets of the city, a height of ninety-three feet; this he accomplished in a year's time, at his own expense. He with Thomas Toogood, constructed the water-engine near the Strand Bridge for the neighbourhood; as it obstructed the view from Somerset House, Catherine of Braganza caused it to be demolished. After the Restoration he invented a mode of coining farthings; each piece was to differ minutely from another to prevent forgery. He obtained one for Ireland. Ford died in Ireland before he could carry out his plans for coins, on 3 September 1670, his body was brought to England, interred in the family burial-place at Harting.

Ford wrote: A Design for bringing a Navigable River from Rickmansworth in Hartfordshire to St. Giles's in the Fields, London, 1641, with an answer by Sir Walter Roberts, printed the same year, both reprinted in 1720. Ford's pamphlet is reprinted in the Harleian Miscellany. Experimented Proposals how the King may have money to pay and maintain his Fleets with ease to his people. London may he rebuilt, all proprietors satisfied. Money be lent on pawns, and the Fishing-Trade set up, which alone is sure to enrich us all. And all this without altering, straining, or thwarting any of our Laws or Customes now in use, London, 1666. To this was added a Defence of Bill Credit. Proposals for maintaining the Fleet and rebuilding London, by bills to be made payable on the taxes to be given to the King by Parliament, manuscript in Public Record Office, "State Papers", Dom. Charles II, vol. clxii. Letters of intelligence, among the "Clarendon State Papers" in the Bodleian Library at Oxford, he published in 1644 Observations upon a tract by John Keymer.

By the marriage of Ford's only daughter, Catharine, to Ralph Grey, 2nd Baron Grey of Werke, Up Park became the property of the earls of Tankerville until it was sold in 1745. History of Sussex Attribution This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Stephen, Leslie, ed.. "Ford, Edward". Dictionary of National Biography. 19. London: Smith, Elder & Co