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Oa is a fictional planet that lies at the center of the DC Comics universe. Since its inception, Oa has been the planetary citadel of the Guardians of the Universe and the headquarters of the Green Lantern Corps, it first appeared in Green Lantern vol 2 #1, when the Guardians summoned Hal Jordan's "energy duplicate" so they could hear of his origin. One of the oldest planets in the universe, Oa serves as the home and headquarters for a race of blue-skinned powerful humanoids who have dubbed themselves the Guardians of the Universe; the Guardians administer the Green Lantern Corps, a group of powerful universal police officers equipped by the Guardians with green-colored power rings along with green lanterns with which to charge the rings. According to the story "Heart of a Star" in the Sandman: Endless Nights graphic novel, Oa's star is called Sto-Oa by the children of the planet's inhabitants, its location has been established by numerous references in Green Lantern comics over the years. It was the center of the universe until the events of Infinite Crisis.

Oa's history is not clear. These evolved Maltusians moved to Oa and named themselves Oans. Oa became a convenient base of operations. Other stories had the Oans living there from the beginning. Oa appears as a desert-like, lifeless planet except for the Guardians' city which contains the Corp Central Battery and various halls, living quarters, containment cells and training centers for the Green Lantern Corps, it serves as a planet-sized all-in-one police station, training grounds and prison. During a period where the planet had been abandoned and the Central Battery destroyed, Oa spent some time as a patchwork mosaic of cities from other planets similar to Battleworld; this transformation was due to a rogue Guardian driven insane by solitude. When the Guardians returned to Oa, Mosaic was kept as an experiment in inter-galactic cooperative living. Green Lantern Corps member Hal Jordan, the Green Lantern of sector 2814, under the influence of the evil entity Parallax, kills all but one of the Guardians and most of the Corps before draining Oa's Central Power Battery of its energy.

During the final Zero Hour: Crisis in Time battle with Hal Jordan, Kyle Rayner destroys the planet in an attempt to defeat Hal. In the crossover Green Lantern vs the Silver Surfer, the Marvel Universe villain Thanos attempts to use the rift created by Oa's destruction to unmake the multiverse, after tricking Kyle into powering his equipment with his ring. Thanos is confronted by Parallax and their powers are drained by Kyle and the Surfer destroying the rift. During the Circle of Fire event, what remains of the planet served as a base of operations for the villain Oblivion; the planet is reformed sometime by Jordan's old friend and associate Tom "Pie-Face" Kalmaku in the graphic novel Legacy: The Last Will and Testament of Hal Jordan. The Central Power Battery is recharged and the Guardians resurrected shortly thereafter by Kyle Rayner after he spends some time as the near-omnipotent "Ion", Kyle sacrificing his power to restore the Guardians rather than risk becoming as dangerous as Hal-as-Parallax.

After attacks by Superboy-Prime and the Spider Guild, the Guardians fortify Oa by creating a planetwide armor and defensive system to prevent attacks. The full capability of the new systems is still unknown, they were not, enough to prevent an assault by the Sinestro Corps, which resulted in the deaths of many Green Lanterns. Afterward, the Corps doubled its defenses. However, a rogue Guardian, weakened its defenses for an attack from the Black Lantern Corps. After Sinestro killed the Guardians for their "Third Army" plot and their part in Korugar's destruction by the First Lantern Volthoom—although he spared and exiled both Ganthet and Sayd—Hal Jordan became the new leader of the Green Lantern Corps. Shortly after this, the planet was destroyed by Relic; the Green Lanterns' new base of operations following the destruction of Oa became Mogo. Following the rebirth of the Guardians of the Universe and the Hal Jordan's victory over Hank Henshaw, it was revealed by Ganthet that the Guardians were rebuilding Oa in secret with the plans to restore it to what it once was, now referred to as "New Oa".

It is revealed in Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds that Sodam Yat is the last Guardian of the Universe in the 31st century, while Rond Vidar is the last remaining Green Lantern until he is killed by Superboy-Prime's Legion of Super-Villains. Oa lies in ruins, the power battery cracked, the rings of the Corps lie in a pile, unable to locate new bearers due to the apparent death of Mogo. Statues of legendary Green Lantern Corps members, including Hal Jordan, Guy Gardner, John Stewart, Kyle Rayner, Ch'p, line the hall where the Guardians met. Dining Hall: The dining hall can accommodate any Green Lantern's nutritional needs; the executive chef, specializes in replicating dishes from across the universe. He has trouble replicating the vast number of foods from Earth; the Foundry: Forge of the Green Lantern rings and the Green Lantern battery. It is underground about two miles from the Central Power Battery and is guarded by an alien creature. Hall of Great Service: Housing the massive Book of Oa—the Corps' lawbook and bible—the Hall of Great Service is a library of the stories and deeds of the finest Green Lanterns of all time.

Like his father before him, Tomar-Tu took the position of archivist superior, filing every tale as it comes in. Hazard Simulation Facility: All rookie Green Lanterns endure a series of tests to determine their viability in the field; the hazard simulation facility allows

Skiptrace (film)

Skiptrace is a 2016 Hong Kong-Chinese-American buddy cop action comedy film directed by Renny Harlin, produced and based on a story by Jackie Chan. The film co-stars Fan Bingbing, it was released in China on July 21, 2016 and in the United States on September 2, 2016. Hong Kong detective Bennie Chan has been tracking notorious crime boss "Matador" – whom he believes to be businessman Victor Wong – for over a decade after the death of Bennie's partner Yung; when Yung's daughter Samantha gets into trouble with Wong's crime syndicate, Bennie must track down an American conman, Connor Watts, who gambles his way through Chinese casinos after being banned in America and he witnesses the murder of a woman named Esther Yee in Wong's Macau casino. However, before Bennie can find him, Connor is kidnapped by a Russian kingpin to answer for leaving his daughter pregnant. After intercepting several Russians, Bennie rescues Connor. Bennie races against the clock to bring Connor back from Russia to Hong Kong.

But after Connor steals Bennie's passport and burns it, the unlikely pair are forced to travel on foot to Inner Mongolia. In Mongolia, Chan helps an injured younger boy, they are captured and beaten by Mongolian villagers until the boy tells his father what happened, who intervenes. The villagers and them have a bonfire and a party, where Chan and Watts get drunk. Chan begins to sing "Rolling in the Deep" and the Mongolians join in. While on the journey, Connor reveals that he has a phone that Esther gave to him before she died at his side. Bennie learns that the person, able to unlock this phone is none other than the "Matador." Days they try to cross to China, but are captured by police and are saved by a Siberian woman and her gang, who wish to capture them and return them to the Russian kingpin. They cross a river until they go to a village with Willie pursuing them. Connor recognizes him as Esther's murderer. Bennie learns that Samantha is taken by Wong's right-hand man and his men, threatening to kill her if Bennie refuses to bring the phone back to Hong Kong.

Connor parts ways with Bennie, giving him evidence. Reaching Hong Kong the plan doesn't go well when the phone denies access to Wong's thumbprint, meaning that Wong is not Matador at all. Bennie is detained but he escapes with Connor's help and follows a clue to the whereabouts of Samantha. Bennie's co-worker Leslie informs him that Tang, is now working with Wong. Bennie and Connor sneak to the shipyard where Matador's criminal organization is located and Bennie witnesses Wong is being killed; the two are held captive by the men. There, Bennie discovers that "Matador" has been the deceased Yung all along. After Yung confesses to Bennie about faking his death, he goes to find Samantha being locked up in a room. Upon seeing her dad, Samantha becomes frustrated when she learns that he faked his death in order to work as the criminal organization's boss; when a boat hits the cargo ship, the compartment starts to flood and Yung locks Samantha up just as the water enters the room. The fight ensues with the Chinese when the Russian gangsters show up — revealing that Connor is no longer their enemy.

With the police surrounding them and Yung work together to save Samantha from drowning inside a sinking ship, with Yung committing suicide by drowning himself to avoid being captured. The authorities arrest Tang and Willie. Connor goes back to Russia, he finds out that he is not the father. Connor and Samantha surprise Bennie back at his farm, providing him with alpacas to help fulfill his earlier-confessed lifelong dream of running an alpaca farm, he is knocked out by Connor and left in the hands of Leslie before leaving with Samantha. Jackie Chan as Bennie Chan Johnny Knoxville as Connor Watts Fan Bingbing as Samantha Bai Eric Tsang as Yung Bai Eve Torres as Dasha Winston Chao as Victor Wong Yeon Jung-hoon as Willie Shi Shi as Leslie Michael Wong as Captain Tang Dylan Kuo as Esmond Zhang Lanxin as Ting Ting Sara Forsberg as Natalya Mikhail Gorevoy as Dima, Russian Kingpin Charles Rawes as Sergei Jai Day as Vladmir Richard Ng as Elderly man on bus Chris Verrill as Tourist Eugene The film was first announced in May 2013 as Sino-American co-production to be directed by Sam Fell and starring Jackie Chan and Fan Bingbing with Chan playing a Hong Kong detective who allies with a gambling conman to find a criminal mastermind.

Exclusive Media is the agent for the international sales rights. On 22 October 2013, it was announced that actor Seann William Scott has been added to the cast as the uncast gambler. On September 3, 2014, Johnny Knoxville replaced Scott for the co-starring role. Production will be filmed in Hong Kong and China. Filming began on September 3, 2014, in China, was due to end on December 15, 2014. On December 17, 2014, cinematographer Chan Kwok-hung drowned while on a shoot for the film. Skiptrace was released by Liongsate Home Entertainment with a subsequent Blu-ray, DVD Digital release on October 25, 2016; the film was number-one on its opening in China, grossing US$60 million. The film has grossed a total of CN¥870 million at the Chinese box office. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 39%, based on 31 reviews, with an average rating of 4.5/10. On Metacritic the film has a weighted average score of 50% based on reviews from 9 critics. Dennis Harvey of Variety magazine wrote: "Skiptrace remains lively and good-natured when it's cheerfully dumb, exploiting its diverse l

Cobalt Flux

Cobalt Flux was a game controller manufacturer based in the greater Salt Lake City, Utah area of the United States. One notable product from Cobalt Flux was the polycarbonate plastic and metal-based dance platform, used with console dance games such as Dance Dance Revolution; the Cobalt Flux website is now a marketplace to buy and sell cobalt flux pads, control boxes, other items. You can find advice and support on pad modification and repair; the Cobalt Flux dance platform is a dance pad made of polycarbonate metal. It is used with console dance games such as Dance Dance Revolution. Fundamentally, the Cobalt Flux dance platform is similar to most dance pad designs. Instead of the typical four arrow plus corners panel layout as is common in soft dance pads, there are nine usable foot panels. Internally, the Cobalt Flux dance platform is unique among typical hard/metal dance pad designs. Official Dance Dance Revolution arcade machine dance pads contain a hollow area beneath each panel with small sensor switches.

The Cobalt Flux design contains no hollow areas. Sensor contact is achieved by the flexing of layers of lexan panels and metal plates on a solid wood base; this therefore increased durability. The Cobalt Flux dance platform itself connects to a "control box", which contains the start and select buttons for the dance controller; the connection to the control box uses a 15-pin serial connector which hangs out of the top of the pad as a dongle. This control box handles the wiring needed for different gaming console connectors, which lead off of the control box; the control box is removable. The Cobalt Flux dance platform is used with shoes, as is common on traditional arcade dance platforms. Cobalt Flux have provided two modification kits/options for their dance platforms. One kit adds raised black textured panels to the corner panels, more mimics the feel of the arcade platforms. Cobalt Flux dance platforms are considered to be among the most reliable according to dance game enthusiasts. A demonstration of reliability is given in the YouTube video, "The Cobalt Flux survives!".

In the video, a Cobalt Flux dance platform being run over by several vehicles. It is carried inside, plugged in and shown as still functioning; the pad is compatible with both DDR style games, Pump It Up simulators. However, official Pump It Up compatibility requires a separate control box, the corner square panels are smaller than their rectangular equivalents in Pump It Up, it is compatible with the existing eight arrow Dance UK gameThe original control box shipped with Cobalt Flux pads was designed to work only with the PlayStation 2. Cobalt Flux has since released a new control box with built-in connectivity for PS2, the PC. There is a special Pump It Up version of the control box that enables the center sensor and properly maps all buttons in order to play Pump It Up without issue; this version connects to PS2 only. The design of the standard dance platform allocates for each panel to be at the same height, with a small gap between each panel. Experienced arcade players dislike the flat feel.

The black panel modification kit that Cobalt Flux produces attempts to simulate arcade-style inset arrow panels. Other concerns on the design include safety; the wood base adds considerable weight and bulk, although it has a slimmer profile and is lighter than arcade dance platforms. However, many buyers of Cobalt Flux dance platforms have set them up permanently; the connection to the control box uses a cable. If one is careless in setting down the pad it may be possible to sever this connector. In 2005, Cobalt Flux began to offer more durable dance platform variations with extended warranties and additional features like monitor mounts; these were installed at schools, fitness centers, other institutions, had identifying decals and black trim to distinguish them from the residential pads. These commercial versions are intended to be fixed in place and have shock absorbing material included to lessen joint strain; the heaviest duty commercial mat has a four-year warranty. School platforms have handles as these tend to be packed away.

It is possible, with knowledge of the dance platform's pinout. This is popular for the Xbox, as a control box built with the electronics from a soft dance pad will be properly recognized as a dance pad, not a controller; the Flux is shipped with the central panel de-activated. This central panel is used in Pump It Up, a procedure in the user manual describes how to activate it, it is possible to adjust the height of unused panels by inserting a piece of cardboard or a shim underneath the panel. In 2009 Cobalt Flux launched a system called Blufit, an eight mat wireless multiplayer system with their own proprietary dance software, Streetfeet. Eight of these would link together into a 64 player system, making it the largest gaming console in the world. Other active or fitnessgames could be played on it using either the dance pad as a controller, or other input peripherals; the last consumer product released by Cobalt Flux was the Dark Ops Wiimote attachment. On October 29, 2011, the website of Cobalt Flux was discovered offline.

In 2011, Bemanistyle confirmed that Cobalt Flux had gone out of business. C

Minor Characters in the Kalvan series

The following is an alphabetical list of some of the minor characters in the Kalvan series. Is the First Speaker of the Archpriests of Styphon's House, he handles many of the duties that Supreme Priest Sesklos is unable to do. is a close friend of Grand Master Soton. He is a good commander. Is Prince Balthar's younger brother. Under an agreement between Balthar and Sarrask of Sask, Balthames is married to Sarrask's daughter and becomes ruler of the new princedom of Sashta. is the prince of the Princedom of Beshta. After he betrays Prince Ptosphes at the Battle of Tenebra, he is executed and replaced by Prince Phrames. is known as the "Peasant Priest" and is one of the few Archpriests who believes in Styphon. was the commander of the Third Wedge, destroyed at the Battle of Chothros Heights. Is the ruler of the Princedom of Nostor when Kalvan arrives, he is replaced by Prince Pheblon. Also known as Kaiphranos the Timid and Kaiphranos the Dotard, is the ruler of the fictional Great Kingdom of Hos-Harphax in H.

Beam Piper's book Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen. Kaiphranos is a weak Great King, who does not exercise much control over his subject princes; the princes are free to wage open war on each other. Kaiphranos is well known in the Great Kingdoms as someone. Kaiphranos' chancellor is given that post because he is able to endure listening to Kaiphranos' lectures on the proper type of reeds to use in flute making. Is the commander of the Eighteenth Lance of the Zarthani Knights. Replaces joins the new Great Kingdom of Hos-Hostigos. Rules the Princedom of Hostigos and is the father of Rylla, Kalvan's wife. Is another one of the few Archpriests that believes in Styphon and begins an inquisition to root out the non-believers from Styphon's House; as part of the deal regarding the creation of this inquisition, Roxthar is not allowed to investigate any Archpriests, many of whom do not believe in Styphon. is the leader of the Grassmen. He is a member of the Raven Tribe, which lived near the Great River, he leads the Grassmen into the Sastragath, where they fight Kalvan's army, before joining Kalvan in the fight against the Zarthani Knights, their real enemy.

Is a Zarthani Knight from Tarr-Syklos who brings Grand Master Soton the news that the Mexicotal are driving towards Xiphlon. He is assigned to Soton's command, his oath brother is Longshanks. is the prince of the Princedom of Sask. One of Hostigos' enemies, he is a loyal prince to Kalvan after the Battle of Tenebra. is the aged head of Styphon's House, being in his nineties. is the leader of the Holy Order of the Zarthani Knights and an Archpriest of Styphon's House

Basilica of St. Paulinus, Trier

Saint Paulinus is a Baroque church in the city of Trier, Germany. Constructed between 1734 and 1753, the interior was designed by Johann Balthasar Neumann; the ceiling of the nave features a painting by the artist Christoph Thomas Scheffler. The tomb of the saint after whom the church is named, Paulinus of Trier, is located in the church's crypt. Based in Germany's oldest city with a significant Roman history, three church buildings have stood on the site since the 4th century. Anti-Arian Paulinus of Trier was a bishop of Trier before being exiled to Phrygia in 353, he died there five years but his remains were returned to Trier in 395. Felix of Trier, a bishop of the city who held the post from 386 to 398, initiated the erection of a crypt and church on the current site of Saint Paulinus' Church, near a cemetery and just outside the walls of the city. Felix dedicated the church to the Theban Legion, according to legend, near Agaunum for refusing to renounce their Christian beliefs; the alleged remains of up to twelve of these martyred soldiers were placed in the crypt by Felix of Trier.

Paulinus of Trier's body was interred here and the dedication of the church was transferred to the saint. Several centuries in 1039, a fire destroyed the building, but the crypt was spared damage. Following the fire of the original, ancient church, a new building was constructed under Archbishop Bruno. Pope Eugene III consecrated the completed church in 1148. Smaller than the present building, the basilica featured a twin-tower façade with staircases either side, not unlike the balconies on the west face of the Cathedral of Trier, built for displaying relics to the public. French troops besieged and occupied Trier in 1673. In order to make space for an encampment, soldiers blew up the church the following year. Sixty years after the destruction of the second church by French troops, Franz Georg von Schönborn-Buchheim, Archbishop of Trier, funded the erection of a new basilica. Designed as a single nave by the architect Christian Kretzschmar, most of the internal elements were the work of Johann Balthasar Neumann, a significant Baroque architect responsible for several impressive buildings, such as the Würzburg Residence.

Dates for the completion of the church are given as 1743 or 1753, but it was consecrated in 1757. The tower reaches a height of 53 metres, the length of the building is 52 m. Between 1802 and 1804, the monastery associated with the church was dissolved when assets were seized by the French, losing the church its collegial status and becoming a parish church instead. On 23 May 1958, Pope Pius XII awarded the church Basilica minor status; as well as being the architect of the building, Neumann contributed his Rococo architectural flair to several internal elements, including the stucco work, ornate altars, ciborium. The sculptor Ferdinand Tietz carried out several of Neumann's plans, carving elements such as the statuary and choir stalls; the ceiling of the nave features a large fresco painted by Christoph Thomas Scheffler, portraying scenes from the life of St Paulinus and depictions of the martyrdom of the Theban Legion. Organ-builder Romanus Benedict Nollet worked on the organ between 1753 and 1756.

Klais Orgelbau, an organ building and restoration company and electrified the pipe organ before 1934, renewed it in 1991. The church's four bells were cast by the brothers Charles and Joseph Perrin between 1821 and 1822; as few European bells from the 19th century survived two world wars, the bells are considered important. The church is active as a place of worship and is open for viewing by the public several days each week, it hosts concerts organ recitals. The martyrdom of the Theban Legion is commemorated each year in October by opening the crypt to visitors who wish to view the tombs of the Roman soldiers interred there. At other times of year, it is only possible to view a portion of the crypt through a metal grille; the church still maintains a cemetery in its grounds, in 1989 a chapel was erected near the grave of Blessed Blandine Merten, who died in Trier in 1918. Media related to St Paulinus' Church at Wikimedia Commons

Arthur Space

Charles Arthur Space was an American film and stage actor. He was best known as Doc Weaver, the veterinarian, in thirty-nine episodes of the CBS television series Lassie. Born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, Space first delved into acting at Douglas College. Space began his career in summer stock theater and began appearing on Broadway, his Broadway credits include Three Men on Awake and Sing. He made his film debut in the 1941 crime drama Riot Squad opposite Richard Cromwell; the following year, Space appeared alongside Costello in Rio Rita. He had roles in Tortilla Flat, Our Vines Have Tender Grapes, The Fuller Brush Man, The Fuller Brush Girl. In the early 1950s, Space appeared in various film serials including Government Agents vs. Phantom Legion, Canadian Mounties vs. Atomic Invaders, Panther Girl of the Kongo. In 1954, Space played the bandit Black Bart, or Charles Bolles, in an episode of the syndicated western television series Stories of the Century. Throughout the mid-1950s, Space continued appearing in films such as The Spirit of St. Louis with James Stewart while guest starring on various television series.

He appeared four times as Col. Tomkin in Colt.45, starring Wayde Preston. During this time, Space had a recurring role on Lassie. Space was cast as Ben Hudson in the 1959 episode "Hang'Em High", on the syndicated anthology series, Death Valley Days, hosted by Stanley Andrews; the dramatization focuses on the completion in 1861 of the first transcontinental telegraph line. Hudson determines that Confederates have attempted to sabotage construction because the telegraph would most benefit the Union government. Paul Birch and William Schallert were cast in the episode as Mike Walsh and Ellis Higby, respectively. In 1960, Space landed the role of the practical farmer Herbert Brown in the 58-episode NBC television series National Velvet, with Lori Martin as his equestrian daughter, Velvet Brown, Ann Doran as his wife, Martha. After the series ended in 1962, Space continued acting in films. Among his roles were four Perry Mason appearances between 1958 and 1964. In his first appearance he played murderer Willard Scott in "The Case of the Rolling Bones," and his final role was as murderer Edgarton Cartwell in "The Case of the Paper Bullets."

In 1969 Space appeared as Sam Foster on the TV series The Virginian in the episode titled "A Woman of Stone." His last role was in a 1981 episode of Walking Tall. Space died of cancer at his home Hollywood on January 13, 1983 at the age of 74. Arthur Space on IMDb