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Psalm 23

Psalm 23 is the 23rd psalm of the Book of Psalms known in English by its first verse, in the King James Version, "The Lord is my Shepherd". The Book of Psalms is the third section of the Hebrew Bible, a book of the Christian Old Testament. In the Greek Septuagint version of the Bible, in its Latin translation in the Vulgate, this psalm is Psalm 22 in a different numbering system. In Latin, it is known by the incipit, "Dominus reget me"Like all psalms, Psalm 23 was used in worship by the ancient Hebrews; the writer describes God as his shepherd, in the role of provider. The psalm is read and sung by Jews and Christians, it has been called the best-known of the psalms for its universal theme of trust in God. Following is the Hebrew text of Psalm 23: The LORD is my shepherd, he maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil. Goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever. Psalm 23 is traditionally sung during the third Shabbat meal; as well as before first and second in some of the Jewish communities. Psalm 23 is recited in the presence of a deceased person, such as by those keeping watch over the body before burial, at the funeral service itself. For Christians the image of God as a shepherd evokes connections not only with David but with Jesus, described as "Good Shepherd" in the Gospel of John; the phrase about "the valley of the shadow of death" is taken as an allusion to the eternal life given by Jesus. Orthodox Christians include this Psalm in the prayers of preparation for receiving the Eucharist; the Reformation inspired widespread efforts in western Europe to make biblical texts available in vernacular languages. One of the most popular early English versions was the Geneva Bible.

The most recognized version of the psalm in English today is undoubtedly the one drawn from the King James Bible. The psalm is a popular passage for memorization and is used in sermons. An early metrical version of the psalm in English was made in 1565 by Thomas Sternhold. Other metrical versions to emerge from the Protestant Reformation include those from The Bay Psalm Book and a version influenced by Sternholm published in the Scottish Psalter; the latter version is still encountered, in many Protestant hymns. Other notable metrical versions include those by George Herbert, Philip Sidney, Isaac Watts. A metrical version of the psalm is traditionally sung to the hymn tune Crimond attributed to Jessie Seymour Irvine; this version, with its opening words "The Lord's My Shepherd", is the best-known amongst English-speaking congregations. Other melodies, such as Brother James' Air or Amazing Grace, are used. Other tunes sometimes used include Belmont, Martyrdom and Wiltshire. In the twentieth century, Psalm 23 became associated with funeral liturgies in the English-speaking world, films with funeral scenes depict a graveside recitation of the psalm.

Official liturgies of English-speaking churches were slow to adopt this practice, though. The Book of Common Prayer of the Church of England has only Psalms 39 and 90 in its order for the burial of the dead, in the Episcopal Church in the United States, Psalm 23 was not used for funerals until the 1928 revision of the prayer book; the theme of God as a shepherd was common in ancient Mesopotamia. For example, King Hammurabi, in the conclusion to his famous legal code, wrote: "I am the shepherd who brings well-being and abundant prosperity. So that the strong might not oppress the weak, that the orphan and the widow might be treated with justice." This imagery and language was well known to the community that created the Psalm, was imported into its worship. Psalm 23 portrays God as a good shepherd and leading his flock; the "rod and staff" are the implements of a shepherd. Some commentators see the shepherd imagery pervading the entire psalm, it is known that the shepherd is to know each sheep by name, thus when God is given the analogy of a shepherd, he is not only a protector but the caretaker.

God, as the caretaker, leads the sheep to green pastures and still waters because he knows that each of his sheep must be led to be fed. Thus, without its Shepherd, the sheep would die either by a predator or of starvation, since sheep are known for their helplessness without their shepherd. J. Douglas MacMillan argues that verse 5 refers to the "old oriental shepherding practice" of using little raised tables to feed sheep. "Thou anointest my head with oil" may refer to an ancient form of backliner – the oil is poured on wounds, repels flies. MacMillan notes that verse 6 reminds him of two loyal sheepdogs coming behind the flock. John Ellinwood argues that in verses 4 and 5 King David acknowledges God's protection in expeditions and in battles. "Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies" refers to the sober raucous dinner before major battles. These were raucous in order to demoralize hostiles camped within earshot, the king ate from a table. "Thou anointest my head with oil" because tomorrow this ceremony might be impossible.


Gooch Close Gang

The Gooch Close Gang known as the G. C. O. G's or “The Gooch” in Manchester, is an organised crime group based in Moss Side and surrounding neighbourhoods of south Manchester, England. Most members of the gang grew up on the westside of the Alexandra Park estate in Moss Side around Gooch Close; the Gooch is part of an alliance of gangs, has had violent disputes with many other South Manchester gangs, most notably The Pepperhill Mob, The Doddington Gang and The Longsight Crew. The Gooch Gang has its origins in the westside of the Alexandra Park estate in Moss Side. Young men would hang around a Shebeen on Gooch Close selling drugs, where the gang started and how they got their name. Gooch Close was a small cul-de-sac of semi-detached houses with an alley at one end. In the mid 1990s the Alexandra Park estate was redeveloped and the street was redesigned and had its name changed to Westerling Way; the gangs - whilst supplying to the street dealers - try to ensure that the dealers are protected from other gangs by protecting their territory.

Most of their problems occur when rival street dealers start to move into territory controlled by a gang or when a gang'taxes' a rival dealer - a move seen as damaging street credibility and respect. The gangs in south manchester including the Gooch gang were made up of first & second generation British West Indies caribbean heritage members, whose grandparents came to England from the 1950s. Around the same time as the Gooch Close gang was becoming known around the city, the Pepperhill Gang were starting to emerge - taking their name from a pub on the eastside of the Alexandra Park estate; when the pub was closed down and the gang targeted by police, they reformed around nearby Doddington Close and would go on to become known as the Doddington Gang. in the late 1980s and early 1990s the Pepperhill gang were involved in a gang war between Moss Side and the Cheetham Hill Gang from North Manchester. The Gooch bought and sold drugs with the Cheetham Hill Gang; the Gooch had close ties to Cheetham Hill, with the cousin of the Cheetham Hill Head being a leading figure in the Gooch.

The Pepperhill gang thought this was helping the "enemy". The Pepperhill gang declared that nobody from South Manchester was to have dealings with Cheetham Hill; this angered the Gooch and a fierce war erupted, dividing the Alexandra Park estate in half, with the Gooch on the westside and the Pepperhill on the eastside. Although the gang war was centred around Moss Side young males from neighbouring areas would be drawn into the conflict resulting in a number of deaths and regular shooting incidents in South Manchester throughout the 1990s and 2000s. In 1996, an offshoot gang was identified which gained a frightening reputation for the violence and guns its members used. Five of its members were arrested following Operation Eagle and were sentenced to more than 43 years in prison; the Young Gooch started to war with the newly emerging Longsight Crew, a younger offshoot of the Doddington gang whose members were based on a number of estates in the Longsight and Ardwick areas of south Manchester their headquarters of Langport Avenue.

By the mid 2000s the Gooch had grew to become a vast gang made up of a number of smaller offshoot crews based around south Manchester. The most notable of these being the Longsight Street Soldiers, Old Trafford Crips, Rusholme Crips and Fallowfield Mad Dogs; these gangs would carry on the rivalry with Longsight Crew in the 2000s. Ten members of south Manchester's Gooch gang were put on trial in October 2008 for a catalogue of gang-related crimes. Gang members Colin Joyce and Lee Amos had been arrested in 2000, when they had been apprehended at their'nerve centre' in a house in Moss Side, found with an'extraordinary array of firearms'. In 2001, they had been sentenced to nine years in prison but had been released early, on licence, in 2007 and there had followed a new bout of shootings. In April 2009, Joyce and Amos were among 11 members of the'Gooch gang' who were found guilty and charged with a'catalogue of crimes' which included the murder of Ucal Chin and Tyrone Gilbert; these convictions were hailed by Manchester's chief prosecutor John Holt as having'enormous significance for public safety'.

Their trials were held 35 miles away at Liverpool Crown Court to lower the risk of witness intimidation from other gang members. Not unusually, the perpetrators of gun crime were the victims, with Amos's brother Stephen Baba-Tunde Amos having been shot dead, in a gang-related shooting, aged 21, outside a bar in Ashton-under-Lyne in 2002. Colin Joyce, aged 29, known as the leader of the gang, was given a minimum 39-year sentence. Lee Amos was sentenced to receive at least 35 years. Three other members of the gang were given minimum sentences of between 30 and 35 years

Team 7

Team 7 is a comic book superhero team that appeared in titles published by Wildstorm Productions. The team has appeared in 3 self-titled miniseries: Team 7, Team 7: Objective Hell and Team 7: Dead Reckoning; the first 5-issue Gen¹³ limited series involved members of Team 7. The team's members have played a major role throughout the Wildstorm Universe. In September 2011, The New 52 rebooted DC's continuity, bringing in Wildstorm characters, including Team 7. Team 7 debuted in a self-titled four-issue limited series, published in 1994–95. Writer Brandon Choi remarked on this mini-series that "I enjoyed Chuck Dixon's portrayal of the team members Cole, he wove Cole's background into the whole Team 7 story in a believable fashion."The team was featured in the series Wetworks. A new ongoing series about the group was announced by DC in June 2012, it began with a "#0" issue in November, ended with a "#8" issue in July 2013. The series was illustrated by an assortment of artists. Set five years in the past during the emergence of superheroes, the group's membership consists of a combination of DCU and Wildstorm characters: Dinah Drake, Amanda Waller, Kurt Lance, Summer Ramos, James Bronson, Dean Higgins, John Lynch, Alex Fairchild, Cole Cash, Slade Wilson.

Team 7 was the seventh incarnation of a group of military specialists gathered from various government forces. Team 7 took its orders from director of International Operations. Craven wanted his own army of superhumans, therefore dropped a chemical known as the "Gen-factor" on the members of Team 7 during a mission; when they awoke from their Gen-factor induced comas, Team 7 was told that the enemy had dropped a chemical weapon on them. As a result of the Gen-factor, Team 7 started to develop superhuman powers, it would be years before Cray himself would develop similar abilities. Team 7 member Cole Cash suspected that he was behind the experiment. Several members of Team 7 were unable to cope with their new powers and went mad or committed suicide. At least one had to be shot during a subsequent mission; as a test, Craven dropped a "low-yield nuke" on Team 7. The members went into hiding. Sometime Team 7 returned to work for I. O. and were sent to destroy a cache of nuclear weapons from Cambodia before the Khmer Rouge could get them.

The team learned that a pair of Soviet superhumans were trailing them. They battled them; the Cambodian blind girl X'ing X'iang, who had displayed superhuman mental powers before, overpowered one of the Soviet agents, while Michael Cray shot the other one. The team returned to the U. S. and took X'ing X'iang with them. Years the Team 7 members were ordered to bring in the Soviet scientist, Dbovchek. Cole Cash entered the Soviet Union on his own to find out more about Dbovchek while the rest of the team went on the mission. Dbovchek turned out to be one of the main scientists behind the Russian psionic program; the mission turned out to be a failure. Cash discovers that his mental powers were waning. Back in the U. S. Jackson Dane awoke from his coma under the influence of International Operations. Dane's powers turned out to be far stronger than the rest of Team 7 combined, but Cray brought in X'ing X'iang who freed Dane, she found out through Dane that Miles Craven had become interested in the children of Team 7, so most Team 7 members took their families and went into hiding.

This would turn out to be the end of Team 7, though most members would stay in contact and reunite. Jackson Dane would lead a new Team 7 years later. After the events of the Flashpoint limited series, the Wildstorm universe was assimilated into the DC Universe as seen in 2011's launch of The New 52. In this timeline, Team 7 was assembled by John Lynch. Members like Black Canary and Grifter gained their superpowers while working in the team; the team was disbanded after a mission retrieving Pandora's Box. John Lynch Code-named Topkick, team leader Lynch was the former head of I. O.'s Black Razors. He starred in Gen Sleeper. Father of Burnout of Gen¹³, his Team 7 identification mark was a circle with a stripe upwards painted over his left eye. Marc Slayton Code-named Backlash, Slayton was a member of Team Zero, Team One, Team 7, Stormwatch, as well as his own Wildcore, he starred in Wildstorm's Stormwatch and Wildcore. Father of Jet and Aries, his Team 7 identification mark was a pointed downwards painted over his left eye.

Cole Cash Code-named Dead Eye, Cash has been a figurehead of the Wildstorm Universe, being an expert with a gun, holding Coda training, having psi powers. Grifter has starred in many Wildstorm comics such as WildC. A. T. S. Sleeper, Point Blank, two of his own solo titles. Youngest member of the team, being only in his mid-20s. Thanks to exposure to the Gen-factor, he hasn't physically aged since, his Team 7 identification mark was the same symbol as appeared on his mask. The mark was over his left eye. Michael Cray Code-named Deathblow, starred in his own self-titled series. Died during the Fire from Heaven event but has since returned, although the reason remains a mystery; the father of Sublime of DV8. He was the only team member not to develop psionic powers as a result of exposure to the Gen-factor, though some manifested many years later. Several'clones' of him we

Dusty Hare

William Henry "Dusty" Hare MBE is a former international England rugby union footballer, who played fullback. Hare holds the world record for points scored in a first-class rugby career with 7,337 points, he was born in Newark-on-Trent and attended the Magnus Grammar School. Hare played for Newark RUFC & Nottingham R. F. C. before joining Leicester Tigers and playing nearly 400 games for them. He made his England debut 16 March 1974 in a match against Wales, played his final game ten years on, having gained 25 caps, he toured with the British Lions to New Zealand in 1983. He retired from club rugby after the 1989 cup final loss to Bath, is now the chief scout at Northampton Saints. Previous to this job, Hare was a farmer in South Clifton and had been since a young man carrying on the family business. However, Hare sold the farm in 2001 to take a full-time job at Leicester Tigers working for the academy and latterly as head scout. In January 2010 it was announced. Hare was a good cricketer, he played ten first-class and seven List A matches for Nottinghamshire between 1971 and 1977.

He played for the Nottinghamshire Second XI and Under-25s between 1969 and 1978. List of top English points scorers and try scorers Photos, biography & statistics at Rugby Speakers Cricinfo stats BBC sport Hare's cricket record at CricketArchive

Bánh đúc

Bánh đúc is a Vietnamese bánh. There are two main types of bánh đúc, the white Northern Vietnamese cake and the green Southern version. In northern Vietnam, bánh đúc is a cake made from either non-glutinous rice corn flour, it has a soft texture and mild flavour. It is garnished with savory ingredients such as ground pork, tôm chấy, fried onions, sesame seeds, peanuts, lime juice, soy sauce or fish sauce. Although it may be eaten on its own, it may be served hot, accompanied by steamed meat or mushrooms. Bánh đúc is eaten throughout the day. In southern Vietnam, bánh đúc is a dessert made from non-glutinous rice flour, it takes the form of gelatinous blocks that are colored green by the addition of Pandanus amaryllifolius leaf extract. It is cooked by boiling the ingredients and allowing them to cool, solidifying into a jelly-like sheet, cut into blocks. Bánh đúc bột gạo - made from rice flour Bánh đúc bột năn dòn trong Bánh đúc gân đá cẫm thạch - veined coloration resembles marble Bánh đúc gạo - made from rice Bánh đúc khoai môn - made with taro Bánh đúc mặn - made with salt Bánh đúc miền trung - made in the central region of Vietnam Bánh đúc ngô - made from maize Bánh đúc nộm - bánh đúc salad Bánh đúc nóng - hot bánh đúc Bánh đúc nước dừa - made with coconut milk Bánh đúc nước cốt dừa - made with coconut juice Bánh đúc sốt - steaming hot bánh đúc Bánh đúc xanh - "green bánh đúc".

The literal meaning is: "bones are never found in bánh đúc, just like a stepmother never loves her husband's own children." This couplet is used to describe something unlikely to happen. Bánh da lợn Pandan cake Bánh Article about northern Vietnamese bánh đúc Bánh đúc recipe Bánh đúc article Bánh đúc article Articles on a variety of bánh đúc Article about bánh đúc Article about bánh đúc

Heavy Is the Head (Zac Brown Band song)

"Heavy Is the Head" is a song recorded by American country music group Zac Brown Band. It was released on March 6, 2015 as the second single from the band's fourth studio album, Jekyll + Hyde, released on April 28, 2015, it features vocals from Chris Cornell, was released to rock radio, rather than country. The song was used as the theme for the 2015 Major League Baseball season and has appeared in the video game WWE 2K16. Compiled from liner notes. Zac Brown – lead vocals, electric guitar Chris Cornell – duet vocals Coy Bowles – slide guitar Clay Cook – Hammond organ Donald Dunlavey – electric guitar Chris Fryardrums John Driskell Hopkins – electric guitar Matt Mangano – bass guitar, electric guitar Daniel de los Reyespercussion Jimmy De Martini – violin Darrell Scott – background vocals, electric guitar, pedal steel guitar "Heavy Is the Head" debuted at number 50 on the Billboard Rock Airplay chart and at number 37 on the Mainstream Rock airplay chart for the week ending March 21, 2015.

The song is the band's first entry on either chart. Its number one peak on the Mainstream Rock airplay chart has made Zac Brown Band only the second musical act after Bon Jovi to have a number one single on both that chart and the Country Airplay chart