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Prithvi or Prithvi Mata "the Vast One" is the Sanskrit name for the earth as well as the name of a devi in Hinduism and some branches of Buddhism. She is known as Bhūmi, she is Dyaus Pita both. As Pṛthvī Mātā she is complementary to Dyaus Pita. In the Rigveda and Sky are addressed in the dual as Dyavapṛthivi, she is associated with the cow. Prithu, an incarnation of Viṣṇu, milked her in cow's form. Despite strong historical Hindu influence, the name is used for national personification of Indonesia and Malaysia, where the country is internally referred as "Ibu Pertiwi". In Buddhist texts and visual representations, Pṛthvī is described as both protecting Gautama Buddha and as being his witness for his enlightenment. Prithvi appears in Early Buddhism in the Pāli Canon, dispelling the temptation figure Mara by attesting to Gautama Buddha's worthiness to attain enlightenment; the Buddha is depicted performing the bhūmisparśa or "earth-touching" mudrā as a symbolic invocation of the goddess. The Pṛthvī Sūkta is a hymn of the Atharvaveda.

Vasudhara Phra Mae Thorani Doniger O'Flaherty, Wendy, ed.. The Rig Veda: An Anthology: One Hundred and Eight Hymns. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books. ISBN 9780140449891. Shaw, Miranda Eberle. Buddhist Goddesses of India. Princeton University Press. Pp. 27. ISBN 978-0-691-12758-3. Dictionary of Hindu Lore and Legend by Anna Dallapiccola Hindu Goddesses: Vision of the Divine Feminine in the Hindu Religious Traditions by David Kinsley

Verna Natural Mineral Water

Verna Natural Mineral Water is a brand of bottled water from the Twellium Industrial Company and marketed in Ghana, considered by reviewers to be among the top selling bottled water brands in Ghana. Verna Natural Mineral Water is produced from protected underground water and bottled by the Twellium Industrial Company headquartered in Medie Kotoku in the Eastern Region of Ghana. While marketing is focused on Ghana, Verna Natural Mineral Water is sold in Burkina Faso and Togo. Verna Natural Mineral Water appeared on the market in 2014. In 2017, Verna Natural Mineral Water underwent a rebranding exercise in line with market trends; the plastic bottle containers now involved the display of blue and pink colors on its paper labeling, a pronounced logo for the product, a yoghurt-pink colored cap. The rebranding of Verna Natural Mineral Water reflected a logo of the "Changing Lives" social action project associated with the brand. In June 2019, Verna Natural Mineral Water won the product of the year award in at the third edition of Ghana Manufacturing Awards.

Verna Natural Mineral Water offers a poverty intervention program dubbed Changing Lives, as part of its corporate social responsibility to support the underprivileged and vulnerable members of society. Changing Lives is organised around a television series made up of different episodes, where each episode tells a different story of a successful intervention project the company has carried out. Beneficiaries of Changing Lives have included autistic patients who have received mentorship support from role models to enable them build a career. In 2017, Changing Lives was extended to Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. At its lunch, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II endorsed and extended his support for the initiative

Israel in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest

The participation of Israel in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest first began in Amsterdam, Netherlands, at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2012. Israel Broadcasting Authority a member organisation of the European Broadcasting Union were responsible for the selection process of their participation in 2012 & 2016, with Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation taking over participation from 2018; the first representative to participate for the nation was with the song "Let the Music Win", which finished in eighth place out of twelve participating entries, achieving a score of sixty-eight points. Israel withdrew from competing in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2013, sat out of the 2014 and 2015 contests. However, following their success at the 2015 and 2016 Eurovision Song Contests, IBA expressed an interest in making a return to competing at Junior Eurovision, it was announced on the 28 September 2016 that Israel would indeed return to the contest in 2016, with their entrant being selected internally.

IBA withdrew from the 2017 contest, but Israel will return to the contest in 2018. As of Junior Eurovision 2016, Israel have awarded the most points to Armenia and the Netherlands, received the most points from Ukraine. On 10 July 2012, the Israeli national broadcaster, Israel Broadcasting Authority, announced that they would be making their Junior Eurovision debut at the 2012 contest in Amsterdam, Netherlands on 1 December 2012. IBA internally selected a sextet group consisting of members Adel Korshov, Adi Bity, Adi Mesilati, Daniel Pruzansky, Libi Panker, Tali Sorokin; the group who were known by their band name, performed the song "Let the Music Win", which finished in eighth place achieving a score of sixty-eight points. Israel has shown interest to take part in the 2004 and 2008 contests, although no reasons were published to detail the change of interest. On 21 October 2013, IBA announced their withdrawal from the 2013 contest. However, no details were published. Israel continue to be absent from the 2014, 2015 contests.

Following Israel's success at the 2015 and 2016 Eurovision Song Contests, the Israeli broadcaster IBA expressed their interest in a potential return to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016. On 28 September 2016, Israel's participation was confirmed by the EBU.. On 25 July 2018 it was announced that Israel would return in the 2018 contest, following a change in the contest rules to allow more than 18 countries to participate; the country was given special dispensation by the host broadcaster BTRC and the EBU as they had won the adult contest earlier that year. The contests are broadcast online worldwide through the official Junior Eurovision Song Contest website and YouTube. In 2015, the online broadcasts featured commentary in English by editor Luke Fisher and 2011 Bulgarian Junior Eurovision Song Contest entrant Ivan Ivanov. The Israeli broadcaster, IBA, never sent their own commentator to the 2012 contest. However, a spokesperson was chosen in order to announce the awarding points from Israel.

The table below list the details of each commentator and spokesperson since 2012. Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest – Senior version of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Israel in the Eurovision Young Musicians – A competition organised by the EBU for musicians aged 18 years and younger. Israel in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest Official EBU Page


Hausōs is the reconstructed name of the Dawn-goddess in the Proto-Indo-European mythology. Hausōs is believed to have been one of the most important deities worshiped by the Proto-Indo-Europeans, due to the consistency of her characterisation in subsequent traditions as well as the importance of the goddess Uṣas in the Rigveda, her attributes have not only been mixed with those of solar goddesses in some traditions, but have subsequently expanded and influenced female deities in other mythologies. The reconstructed name of the dawn, *h₂éwsōs, is based on the verbal root *hₐewes-, which meant "to shine, glow red, a flame" and underlies the word for "gold", hₐeusom, in Latin aurum and Old Prussian ausis. A common epithet associated with the Dawn is the "Daughter of Dyēus", the Sky-god. Cognates stemming from the formulaic expression appear in three traditions: "Daughter of Heaven" in the Rigveda, as an epithet of Uṣas; the Dawn-goddess is portrayed as unageing and her coming as an eternal rebirth.

She is ἠριγένεια in the Iliad, the Rigveda describes Uṣas, the daughter of Dyáuṣ, as being born from the harnessing of the Aśvins, the divine horse twins driving the chariot of the sun. Hausōs is depicted as the opener of the gates of Heaven: the Baltic verse pie Dieviņa namdurēm, is lexically comparable with the Vedic expression dvā́rau Diváḥ, which Uṣas is able to open through her light. A similar poetic imagery is present in Ovid's Metamorphoses: in Book 2, verses 112-114, Aurora opens the red doors to fill her rosy halls. A characteristic given to the Dawn is her "brilliance". Various cognates associated with the dawn-goddess indeed derive from the Proto-Indo-European root *bʰeh₂-, meaning "to glow, shine": the Vedic Uṣas is described as bhanty Usasah, the Avestan Ušå as uši bāmya and the Greek Ēṓs as φαινόλις; the spread hand as the image of the sun's rays in the morning may be of Proto-Indo-European origin, the Homeric expression ῥοδοδάκτυλος Ἠώς and the expression χρυσοπαχύς in Bacchylides's Ode 5 are comparable with the Vedic formula híraṇyapāṇi, similar to Latvian poetic songs where the Sun-god's fingers are said to be "covered with golden rings".

Hausōs is associated with red or golden cloths: she is "clothed in light" in the Rigveda and "saffron-robed" in the Homeric poems. She is described as dancing: Uṣas throws on embroidered garments "like a dancer", Saulė is portrayed as dancing in her gilded shoes on a silver hill, Ēṓs has "dancing-places" around her house in the East; the Avesta refers to a mythical eastern mountain called Ušidam-. The Dawn goddess is associated with the colours red or crimson, pink and yellow: in Aeneid, book 7, verses 25-26, the sea or waves flush red as Aurora descends from high heavens "shimmering yellow" in her "rosy chariot", in book 6, verses 535-536, the car is described as a rosy-red quadriga; the Dawn is described as driving some sort of vehicle: a quadriga, as in Virgil's Aeneid. In Indo-European myths, Hausōs is either depicted as a reluctant bringer of light for which she is punished, or as a victim saved by her brothers the Divine Twins from a watery peril in the eastern sea; this theme is widespread in attested traditions: Eôs and Aurora are sometimes unwilling to leave her bed, Uṣas is punished by Indra for attempting to forestall the day, Auseklis did not always rise in the morning.

Cognates stemming from the root *h₂éwsōs and associated with a dawn-goddess are attested in the following mythologies: PIE: *hₐewes-, meaning "to shine, glow red, a flame", PIE: *h₂éws-ōs, the Dawn-goddess, Hellenic: *Auhṓs, Greek: Ēṓs, a Titaness and the goddess of the dawn, Indo-Iranian: Vedic: Uṣas, the goddess of the dawn, t

Kaze to Ki no Uta

Kaze to Ki no Uta is a shōjo manga with homosexual themes by Keiko Takemiya. It was first published by Shougakukan from 1976 to 1984 in the magazine Shōjo Comic. In 1979, it was awarded the prestigious Shogakukan Manga Award for shōnen/shōjo manga; the series is regarded as a shōnen-ai manga classic, being one of the first in the genre to combine romantic and sexual relationships. It took nine years for Takemiya's publishers to agree to publish it, as Takemiya refused to censor the sexual elements of the story. In Spain, the manga is licensed by Milky Way Ediciones, thus being the first publisher to release the series outside of Japan. Dealing both with lighter subjects of adolescence and coming of age and with darker themes such as racism, pedophilia and drug abuse, Kaze recounts the personal histories of and relationship between two students, Serge Battour and Gilbert Cocteau, at a boarding school in Provence in the late 19th century. Serge is the son of a French viscount and a Roma woman, attending the Lacombrade Academy near Arles at the request of his late father.

Upon arrival at the school, he finds himself roomed with Gilbert, reviled by the school's pupils and professors for skipping classes and engaging in relations with older male students. Serge's efforts to befriend his roommate—and Gilbert's efforts to drive off and seduce the young aristocrat, in response—soon form a complicated and disruptive connection between the two. Despite his apparent cruelty and promiscuity, Gilbert proves to be a tortured young man with a history of abandonment and abuse; the primary antagonist in the story—Gilbert's uncle, Auguste Beau—is a respected figure in French high society who manipulates and molests his young nephew. Auguste's influence is so great that Gilbert believes that the two are in love and remains enthralled by Auguste after learning a disturbing secret about their relationship. Serge perseveres in his attempts to bond with Gilbert despite threats of ostracism and violence, the two boys become friends and lovers. Faced with rejection by the faculty and students of Lacombrade and Serge flee to Paris and live for a short while as paupers.

Gilbert, remains unable to escape the trauma of his past and finds himself dragged into a life of hard drugs and prostitution. Hallucinating under the influence of the former, he runs in front of a moving carriage and dies under its wheels, convinced that he has seen Auguste; some of the pair's few friends, who have rediscovered the couple and console the traumatized Serge. Gilbert Cocteau Voiced by: Yūko Sasaki Protagonist, 14-years-old. Gilbert was rejected by both of his parents and raised without parental care or affection. Auguste is the first member of his family to take an interest in him, though he takes Gilbert in only to train him as his personal pet. Dealing with sexual and emotional abuse at a young age leaves Gilbert an antisocial cynic unable to deal with love or social interaction except through sex. Antagonistic and violent towards Serge, Gilbert rejects the other boy's early attempts to befriend him. However, Serge's persistent altruism wins Gilbert over, the two flee to Paris as lovers.

Gilbert, has difficulty adjusting to the "poor life" and doesn't want to work. While Serge is absent from their house, a group of men gang rape Gilbert and drug him. Weak and poor, he is found by Serge too late. Serge Battour Voiced by: Noriko Ohara Protagonist, boyfriend of Gilbert, 14-years-old; the orphaned son of the viscount Aslan Battour and a beautiful Roma woman named Paiva. Heir to an aristocratic house, Serge is a musical prodigy with a noble and humanistic sense of morality. Despite his roommate's ill-treatment of him, he remains devoted to attempting to help and understand Gilbert, his attraction to the other boy, causes him confusion and distress when he finds that he can count neither on the Church nor his friends for advice and support. Manipulated by Gilbert's uncle Auguste, he learns of the man's abusive relation with Gilbert and, after winning his roommate's heart, flees both Lacombrade and Auguste with Gilbert; the story of Serge's parents was influenced by the romantic novel La Dame aux Camélias.

Auguste Beau Voiced by: Kaneto Shiozawa Antagonist. A poet and Gilbert's uncle. Auguste is an adopted son of the house of Cocteau. Raped by his elder step-brother in his own youth, he abuses Gilbert—first physically and and sexually—at a young age. At first attempting to raise Gilbert to be an "obedient pet", he works to transform him into a "pure" and "artistic" individual through neglect and manipulation of Gilbert's obsessive love for him. Upon learning of Serge's relationship with Gilbert, he works to separate the pair, refusing to allow his nephew to bond with anyone who might care for him, he shows true concern only in his last moments when he realizes that Gilbert has fallen in love with Serge. Jean-Pierre Bonnard Famous pedophile, he rapes him. Despite this, the two encounter one another again in Paris, the manga implies that Gilbert "forgives him" for his earlier assault, he makes another appearance in the manga's final volume when Serge visit him. Pascal Biquet Voiced by: Hiroshi Takemura Friend of Serge.

An eccentric, iconoclastic classmate of Serge and Gilbert and a close friend of the former. Dismissive of religion and classical education, he insists upon the importance of science and takes it upon himself to teach Serge about sexuality. While mildly attracted to Gilbert, he is the m

Corner of My Eye

Corner of My Eye is the debut EP released by Spencer Tracy in March 2001 by Rocket Records. The EP reached number 14 on the AIR Top20 Singles Charts. "Corner of My Eye" received airplay on Triple J and RTRFM which led to the band undertaking several tours of the east coast of Australia and supporting Echo and the Bunnymen, The Fauves, iOTA, Lo-Tel and Midnight Oil. "Corner of My Eye" was featured on the Kiss My WAMI 2001 compilation album. All tracks written by Lee Jones. Lee Jones - guitar, piano John Rabjones - guitar, vocals Kim Jones - bass guitar Shaun Sibbes - drums, vocals