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In Greek mythology, the Planctae or Wandering Rocks were a group of rocks, between which the sea was mercilessly violent. The Argo was the only ship to navigate them successfully. Jason chose to brave the Planctae instead of braving Charybdis. In the Odyssey of Homer, the sorceress Circe tells Odysseus of the "Wandering Rocks" or "Roving Rocks" that have only been passed by the Argo when homeward bound; these rocks smash ships and the remaining timbers are destroyed by flames. The rocks lie on one of two potential routes to Ithaca. Furthermore, in the Odyssey of Homer, it was Hera, for her love of Jason, who sped the Argo through the Symplegades safely; the rocks appear on the journey in the Argonautica by Apollonius of Rhodes, who locates them near Scylla and Charybdis, but beyond them rather than as an alternative route. Apollonius distinguishes between two sets of dangerous rocks. Namely, the Symplegades and the Planctae; the Symplegades were encountered on the way to the Golden Fleece and the Planctae were encountered on the return voyage.

Which god or goddess helped the Argonauts safely sail through the Clashing Rocks is unclear in the text. Athena helped in the former task, while her sisters the Nereids helped in the latter one. However, the plans to help Jason pass these obstacles were orchestrated by Hera according to Apollonius, thus agreeing with Homer; the similarities and differences between the Wandering Rocks and the Symplegades has been much debated by scholars, as have potential locations for them. As Scylla and Charybdis have been located in the Straits of Messina, this has led some to suggest the Wandering Rocks were located around Sicily, with their flames and smoke coming from Mount Etna. An alternative theory of the geography of the Odyssey places Circe, the Sirens, Scylla & Charybdis and the Wandering Rocks, all mentioned in the stories of both Jason and Odysseus, in northwest Greece. Tim Severin noted that the island of Sesola off the coast of Lefkada looked similar to the rocks from the Argo story, that the area is near a geological fault.

Severin supports his theory with locations for Scylla and Charybdis being located on the other side of Levkas, noting that the name "Cape Skilla" is still used for a nearby headland on the mainland

Independent Port of Strasbourg

The Independent Port of Strasbourg is a port on the Rhine river, in the city of Strasbourg, France. Created in 1926, it is a public transport hub under the control of the French transport ministry; the port is the second biggest river port of France after Paris, the third largest port on the Rhine after Rotterdam and Duisburg. There are two terminals for containers equipped with 3 multimodal gantry cranes; the port extends over 100 km and comprises the main port of Strasbourg as well as the ports of Lauterbourg and Marckolsheim, Rhin à Seltz, Fort-Louis, Drusenheim, Offendorf and Rhinau. There are 320 companies located in this port; the traffic exceeded 6 billion tons for the first time in 1955. In 2009, the amount increased to 9 billion tons by river, 1.4 billion tons by train and 18 billion tons by truck. The main cargo is petrol products and gravel; the crane increased its capacity to 460 tons in 2008. The traffic of containers is expanding, with 425,000 TEUs handled in 2012, 50% of them were carried by river.

On September 11, 2010, the port inaugurated a second gantry crane in the north container terminal, which means the port now has 4 gantry cranes. A fifth crane should be installed to carry containers transported via rail at the end of 2013. In the future, the port would like to create a new container terminal with a gantry crane in the area of Lauterbourg; the independent port of Strasbourg controls Batorama, which began in 1937 operating tours of Strasbourg by boat. The company has a fleet of 9 Dutch-style ships, able to pass under the bridges, which 700,000 tourists use each year; the estate of the port includes several sites which range over a distance of 100 km, which together represent an area of 1,060 hectares with 200 hectares of docks. These sites include the main port of Strasbourg and other sites such as Lauterbourg lying along the Rhine. Http://

Dibby Dibby Sound

"Dibby Dibby Sound" is a song by British record producer DJ Fresh and American record producer Jay Fay, featuring vocals from British singer Ms. Dynamite, it was released on 2 February 2014 as the second single from his forthcoming fourth studio album. The song was written by The Invisible Men, Niomi McLean-Daley and Joshua Fagin, it premiered on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show, who made it the week's Hottest Record in the World on 29 October 2013. The song samples Jay Fay's 2013 song "Dibby Dibby", featured on T&A Records' Moombahton Forever compilation album. Which in turn samples "The Wickedest Sound" by Rebel MC featuring Tenor Fly. Jay reworked the song with Fresh, Ms. Dynamite's vocals were added later; when asked, "What's your single Dibby Dibby Sound all about?" by Andrew Williams of Metro UK, Fresh responded, "It's a fun piece of music – fun is what that track stands for. Ms. Dynamite's on it, she co-wrote "Gold Dust" with me. I get involved with writing -- some producers get a song sent back.

That's not. The song is a important part of the track". In addition, Fresh conducted his own "extensive research of traditional Brazilian drum beats to re-create an authentic carnival sound, re-playing and re-creating individual drum beats and sounds himself", it has a rhythm of new jack swing. The music video for the song was released onto Fresh's YouTube channel on 16 December 2013, it had a total length of twenty seconds. Directed by The Sacred Egg, who had directed the Breach videos Jack and Everything You Never Had, the video was shot in Middlesex; the production crew built large stacks of speaker cabinets around a house. Lewis Corner of Digital Spy gave the song a mixed review, stating: After 15 years in the drum'n' bass game and having created some of the genre's most popular tunes, it's fair to say DJ Fresh ruffled a few feathers when he decided to go electro-reggae-hip-hop on last year's Diplo-assisted'Earthquake'. He'd sold out although he was quick to silence the cynics when we spoke to him about it, insisting: "I feel like I'm in a place where I can make whatever sort of sound I want".

For his follow-up, he's teamed up with 19-year-old US producer Jay Fay and re-worked his original'Dibby Dibby Sound' into three and a half minutes of stomping electro-bass. "Shout it out, put up your hands high," guest singer Ms Dynamite chants over a pulsing bounce before a head-spinning chorus drops that harks back to Basement Jaxx. Its immediate rush wears off soon enough, but nonetheless, this brash and bolshy piece of carnival pop is the sound of a man who's much large and in charge.. Dan "Fresh" Stein – producer, instruments Joshua "Jay Fay" Fagin – producer, instruments Niomi "Ms. Dynamite" McLean-Daley – vocals The Invisible Men – producers


Soapdish is a 1991 American comedy film directed by Michael Hoffman, from a screenplay by Robert Harling and Andrew Bergman. The film was produced by Aaron Spelling and Alan Greisman, executive produced by Herbert Ross; the film tells a backstage story of the crew of a popular fictional television soap opera. It stars Sally Field as a mature soap star, joined by Kevin Kline, Robert Downey Jr. Elisabeth Shue, Whoopi Goldberg, Teri Hatcher, Cathy Moriarty, Garry Marshall, Kathy Najimy, Carrie Fisher, as well as cameo appearances by TV personalities like Leeza Gibbons, John Tesh, real-life soap opera actors Stephen Nichols and Finola Hughes; the film received positive reviews. Kline was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor -- Comedy. Celeste Talbert, the long-time star of the embattled daytime drama The Sun Also Sets, is targeted by her ambitious co-star Montana Moorehead. To make the audience hate Celeste's character and David come up with a last-minute plot change in which she will accidentally kill a young, destitute deaf-mute, played by the newly-cast Lori Craven.

Despite the strong objections of head writer Rose Schwartz and Celeste herself, the scene plays out, but is interrupted by Celeste's recognition of Lori as her real-life niece. Network honcho Edmund Edwards sees potential in the relationship and makes Lori a regular cast member, hoping to boost the show's flagging ratings. Montana and David seek to further unnerve Celeste by bringing back Jeffrey Anderson, an actor whom Celeste arranged to be fired from The Sun Also Sets decades before, after his romantic relationship with Celeste went sour. Bitter at being reduced to performing dinner theater for uninterested seniors in Florida, Jeffrey relishes the chance to needle Celeste. Outwardly despising Jeffrey but still harboring some feelings for him, Celeste becomes unhinged when Jeffrey and Lori seem to be about to begin a romantic relationship from jealousy. However, when Lori and Jeffrey are about to enact a scripted onscreen kiss, Celeste stops them by revealing that Lori is her daughter by Jeffrey.

On camera, Celeste explains that she was responsible for getting Jeffrey fired because she was distraught about the pregnancy. She went home, passed Lori off as her niece, had her parents raise Lori, all due to pressure from the network; this incites disgust and scorn from nearly everyone on the show towards Celeste, but the scandal ignites renewed interest in the show, causing the ratings to skyrocket. A board meeting between the show's staff—including Rose, who speaks out in Celeste's defense—takes place thereafter, where David insists that she be fired, but he is overruled as the situation has not only resulted in positive press for the show, but has generated a great deal of public sympathy for Celeste; the next day, after an unpleasant exchange with Lori, Celeste goes to Jeffrey and pleads with him to speak to Lori on her behalf. Jeffrey is resistant at first, but after Celeste gives him advice on how to approach her and break the ice, the conversation leads to Celeste and Jeffrey embracing.

Just when it seems the two are about to reconcile, Montana interrupts them and claims that she and Jeffrey slept together the previous night. Disgusted, Celeste storms off, leaving the situation between her and Jeffrey worse than before; the dilemma is further inflamed when Rose—who by now is no longer angry with Celeste—shows her a tabloid newspaper proclaiming that Montana is pregnant with Jeffrey's child. After an explosive exchange between the three of them takes place over this, Celeste and Lori go to the head of the network with their concerns and demand that some action must be taken to solve the problem, but it's Lori who delivers the ultimatum, stating: "Mr. Edwards--it's them or me--that is the bottom line here! They go or I go!" A decision is made by the network, the actors head into a live episode still not knowing who will be written off the show. They will read their lines from a teleprompter so that the secret will be kept until the last minute, it is revealed that Lori's character will die.

Lori is shocked by the revelation, but in character, Celeste plays along, offering her own brain for the operation. Touched by the sacrifice, Lori asks Celeste and Jeffrey not to leave the show, softens to her newfound parents. Montana, desperate to stop them, reiterates that she is pregnant with Jeffrey's child, but she is publicly ruined by Rose who, with the help of vengeful Ariel Maloney, who wanted Jeffrey for herself, reveals the secret from a high school yearbook that Montana is a transsexual called "Milton Moorehead, of Syosset, Long Island." David is shocked and Montana flees the set, screaming in horror. Celeste and Lori win soap opera awards while Montana is relegated to performing dinner theater at Jeffrey's former venue. Sally Field as Celeste Talbert / "Maggie" Kevin Kline as Jeffrey Anderson / "Dr. Rod Randall" Robert Downey Jr. as David Seton Barnes Cathy Moriarty as Montana Moorehead / Milton Moorehead / "Nurse Nan" Elisabeth Shue as Lori Craven / "Angelique" Whoopi Goldberg as Rose Schwartz Carrie Fisher as Betsy Faye Sharon Garry Marshall as Edmund Edwards Teri Hatcher as Ariel Maloney / "Dr. Monica Demonico" Kathy Najimy as Tawny Miller Paul Johansson as Blair Brennan / "Bolt" Sheila Kelley as Fran Andrew Bergman was called in to write the script.

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1982 Denver Broncos season

The 1982 Denver Broncos season was the team's 23rd year in professional football and its 13th with the National Football League. The Broncos played only nine games this season, owing to the strike imposed by the National Football League Players Association; the Broncos were looking to improve on their 10-6 record from 1981. But due to many injuries plus the strike, the Broncos only won 2 games, while losing 7, their worst record since 1971 as well as their first losing season since 1975; this was their first season with below 3 wins since 1964. Both of the Broncos wins came against interconference teams; the Broncos went winless against AFC foes in 1982. All of their AFC foes were their own division rivals. Denver Broncos – 1982 media guide 1982 Denver Broncos at

Maitraka dynasty

The Maitraka dynasty ruled western India from 475 to 776 CE from their capital at Vallabhi. With the sole exception of Dharapatta, who followed the Mithraic mysteries, they were followers of Shaivism, their origin is uncertain but they were Suryavanshi Kshatriyas. Following the decline of the Gupta Empire, Maitraka dynasty was founded by Senapati Bhatarka, a military governor of Saurashtra under Gupta Empire, who had established himself as the independent around 475 CE; the first two Maitraka rulers Bhatarka and Dharasena I used only the title of Senapati. The third ruler Dronasimha declared himself as the Maharaja. During the reign Dhruvasena I, Jain council at Vallabhi was held; the next ruler Dharapatta is the only ruler considered as a sun-worshipper. King Guhasena stopped using the term Paramabhattaraka Padanudhyata along his name like his predecessors, which denotes the cessation of displaying of the nominal allegiance to the Gupta overlords, he was succeeded by his son Dharasena II. His son, the next ruler Siladitya I Dharmaditya was described by Hiuen Tsang, visited in 640 CE, as a "monarch of great administrative ability and of rare kindness and compassion".

Siladitya I was succeeded by his younger brother Kharagraha I. Virdi copperplate grant of Kharagraha I proves. During the reign of the next ruler, Dharasena III, north Gujarat was included in this kingdom. Dharasena II was succeeded by another son of Baladitya, he married the daughter of Harshavardhana. His son Dharasena IV assumed the imperial titles of Paramabhattaraka Mahrajadhiraja Parameshvara Chakravartin. Sanskrit poet Bhatti was his court poet; the next powerful ruler of this dynasty was Siladitya II. During the reign of Siladitya V, Arabs invaded this kingdom; the last known ruler of this dynasty was Siladitya VI. Maitrakas set up a Vallabhi University which came to be known far and wide for its scholastic pursuits and was compared with the Nalanda University, they came under the rule of Harsha of Vardhana dynasty in the mid-seventh century, but retained local autonomy, regained their independence after Harsha's death. After repeated attacks by Arabs from the sea, the kingdom had weakened considerably.

The dynasty ended by 783 CE. Apart from legendary accounts which connect fall of Vallabi with the Tajjika invasions, no historical source mention how the dynasty ended. More than hundred temples of this period are known located along the western coast of Saurashtra. Early scholars like Fleet had misread copperplate grant and considered Maitrakas as some foreign tribe defeated by Bhatarka. Bhagwanlal Indraji believed that Maitrakas were foreign tribe while Bhatarka, who defeated them, belonged to the indigenous dynasty. Readings corrected that Bhatarka was himself Maitraka who had succeeded in many battles; the earlier scholars had suggested the name Maitraka is derived from Mithra, the Sun or solar deity, their supposed connection to Mihira and their sun-worshiping inclination. Though Mitra and Mihira are synonyms for the sun, the Sanskrit literature does not use it in sense of sun-worshipers. Dharapatta is the only king of all Maitraka kings connected with sun-worship. All other kings were followers of Shaivism.

The copperplate grants do not help in identifying their origin, they describe only that the dynasty was born from a war-like tribe whose capital was at Vallabhi and they were Shaivas. Chinese traveler Hieun-Tsang visited Vallabhi during the second quarter of the 7th century had described the ruler as a Kshatriya. Mahayana Buddhist work Manju-Shri-Mula-Kalpa had described them as Varavatya Yadava; the late Jain traditional work Shatrunjaya-Mahatmaya of Dhaneshwara describes Shiladitya as the Yadavas of Lunar race. Virji concludes that Maitrakas were a Kshatriya of Lunar race and their origin was from Mitra dynasty which once ruled region around Mathura. Several scholars like Benerjee, D. Shastri, D. R. Bhandarkar agree with her conclusion; the Maitrakas ruled from their capital at Vallabhi. They came under the rule of Harsha in the mid-7th century, but retained local autonomy, regained their independence after Harsha's death; when I-Tsing, another Chinese traveller, visited Vallabhi in the last quarter of the seventh century, he found Vallabhi as a great center of learning including Buddhism.

Gunamati and Sthiramati were two famous Buddhist scholars of Vallabhi in the middle of the seventh century. Vallabhi was famous for its catholicity and the students from all over the country, including the Brahmana boys, visited it to have higher education in secular and religious subjects. We are told; the Senapati Bhatarka, was a military governor of Saurashtra peninsula under Gupta Empire, who had established himself as the independent ruler of Gujarat in the last quarter of 5th century when the Gupta empire weakened. He continued to use the title of Senapati. Apart from his military accomplishments, not much is known from the copper-plates, he was Shaiva according to the title Parama-Maheshwara used for him in grants by his descendants. It seems; the legends of all Valabhi coins are marked with Sri-Bhatarka. All the Maitraka inscriptions start with his name, he is known only from the copperplate inscriptions of descendants. Bhatarka was succeeded by his eldest son Dharasena I who used only the title of Senapati.

He reigned from 174 to 180 Valabhi Era. It seems that he further