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A psychic is a person who claims to use extrasensory perception to identify information hidden from the normal senses involving telepathy or clairvoyance, or who performs acts that are inexplicable by natural laws. Although many people believe in psychic abilities, the scientific consensus is that there is no proof of the existence of such powers, describes the practice as pseudoscience; the word "psychic" is used as an adjective to describe such abilities. Psychics encompass people in a variety of roles; some are theatrical performers, such as stage magicians, who use various techniques, e.g. prestidigitation, cold reading, hot reading, to produce the appearance of such abilities for entertainment purposes. A large industry and network exists whereby people advertised as psychics provide advice and counsel to clients; some famous psychics include Edgar Cayce, Ingo Swann, Peter Hurkos, Janet Lee, Jose Ortiz El Samaritano, Miss Cleo, John Edward, Sylvia Browne, Tyler Henry. Psychic powers are asserted by psychic detectives and in practices such as psychic archaeology and psychic surgery.

Critics attribute psychic powers to self-delusion. In 1988 the U. S. National Academy of Sciences gave a report on the subject and concluded there is "no scientific justification from research conducted over a period of 130 years for the existence of parapsychological phenomena". A study attempted to repeat reported parapsychological experiments that appeared to support the existence of precognition. Attempts to repeat the results, which involved performance on a memory test to ascertain if post-test information would affect it, "failed to produce significant effects", thus "do not support the existence of psychic ability", is thus categorized as a pseudoscience. Psychics are sometimes featured in fantasy fiction. Examples of fiction featuring characters with psychic powers include the Star Wars franchise, which features "Force-sensitive" beings that can see into the future and move objects telekinetically, along with Dungeons & Dragons and some of the works of Stephen King, amongst many others.

The word "psychic" is derived from the Greek word psychikos, refers in part to the human mind or psyche. The Greek word means "soul". In Greek mythology, the maiden Psyche was the deification of the human soul; the word derivation of the Latin psȳchē is from the Greek psȳchḗ "breath", derivative of psȳ́chein, to breathe or to blow. French astronomer and spiritualist Camille Flammarion is credited as having first used the word psychic, while it was introduced to the English language by Edward William Cox in the 1870s. Elaborate systems of divination and fortune-telling date back to ancient times; the most known system of early civilization fortune-telling was astrology, where practitioners believed the relative positions of celestial bodies could lend insight into people's lives and predict their future circumstances. Some fortune-tellers were said to be able to make predictions without the use of these elaborate systems, through some sort of direct apprehension or vision of the future; these people were known as seers or prophets, in times as clairvoyants and psychics.

Seers formed a functionary role in early civilization serving as advisors and judges. A number of examples are included in biblical accounts; the book of 1 Samuel illustrates one such functionary task when Samuel is asked to find the donkeys of the future king Saul. The role of prophet appeared perennially in ancient cultures. In Egypt, the priests of the sun deity Ra at Memphis acted as seers. In ancient Assyria seers were referred to as nabu, meaning "to call" or "announce"; the Delphic Oracle is one of the earliest stories in classical antiquity of prophetic abilities. The Pythia, the priestess presiding over the Oracle of Apollo at Delphi, was believed to be able to deliver prophecies inspired by Apollo during rituals beginning in the 8th century BC, it is said that the Pythia delivered oracles in a frenzied state induced by vapors rising from the ground, that she spoke gibberish, believed to be the voice of Apollo, which priests reshaped into the enigmatic prophecies preserved in Greek literature.

Other scholars believe records from the time indicate that the Pythia spoke intelligibly, gave prophecies in her own voice. The Pythia was a position served by a succession of women selected from amongst a guild of priestesses of the temple; the last recorded response was given in 393 AD, when the emperor Theodosius I ordered pagan temples to cease operation. Recent geological investigations raise the possibility that ethylene gas caused the Pythia's state of inspiration. One of the most enduring historical references to what some consider to be psychic ability is the prophecies of Michel de Nostredame Latinized to Nostradamus, published during the French Renaissance period. Nostradamus was a French apothecary and seer who wrote collections of prophecies that have since become famous worldwide and have been out of print since his death, he is best known for his book Les Propheties, the first edition of which appeared in 1555. Taken together, his written works are known to have contained at least 6,338 quatrains or prophecies, as well as at least eleven annual calendars.

Most of the quatrains deal with disasters, such as plagues, wars, invasions, murders and battles – all undated. Nostradamus is a controversial figure, his many enthusiasts, as well as the popular press, credit him with predicting many major world events. Interes

Battle of Kondaoui

On 22 January 2014, a strong French column of more than a hundred soldiers transported by armored vehicles out of the city of Timbuktu and turns towards the northwest turns east after traveling fifty kilometers. On the night of January 22 to 23, the French attacked a group of jihadists in the desert about 130 kilometers north of Timbuktu; the fight takes place south of the village of Kondaoui where jihadists were come to stock up on food and water. One resident said the French attack with Special Forces soldiers backed by helicopters. According to the French general staff, a dozen "terrorists" were killed and a French soldier is injured as a result of an "act of opportunity." According to French and Malian military, the picture is more 11 dead on the rebel side and a Salafi injured prognosis uncommitted for French. In addition, two pickup jihadists were destroyed. At least one of the dead is identified jihadists.


Parviturbo is a genus of minute sea snails, marine gastropod mollusks in the family Skeneidae. The small, solid shell is perforate or has a narrow umbilicus, it contains a few convex whorls. The protoconch consists of two smooth whorls; the turbinate or globoso-conic shell shows numerous subequal spiral cords with in their intervals well developed or weak cross threads. The dentition of the radula is rhipidoglossate. Species within the genus Parviturbo include: Parviturbo acuticostatus Parviturbo agulhasensis Parviturbo alboranensis Peñas & Rolán, 2006 Parviturbo alfredensis Parviturbo annejoffeae Rubio, Rolán & Lee, 2015 Parviturbo azoricus Rubio, Rolán & Segers, 2015 Parviturbo billfranki Rubio, Rolán & Lee, 2015 Parviturbo boucheti Rubio, Rolán & Fernández-Garcés, 2015 Parviturbo brasiliensis Rubio, Rolán & Lee, 2015 Parviturbo comptus Parviturbo copiosus Pilsbry & Olsson, 1945 Parviturbo dibellai Buzzurro & Cecalupo, 2007 Parviturbo dengyanzhangi Rubio, Rolán & Lee, 2015 Parviturbo dispar Rubio, Rolán & Letourneux, 2015 † Parviturbo elegantulus Parviturbo ergasticus Rubio, Rolán & Gofas, 2015 Parviturbo fenestratus Parviturbo fortius Rubio, Rolán & Fernández-Garcés, 2015 Parviturbo gofasi Rubio, Rolán & Fernández-Garcés, 2015 Parviturbo germanus Pilsbry & Olsson, 1945 Parviturbo granulum Parviturbo guadeloupensis Rubio, Rolán & Fernández-Garcés, 2015 Parviturbo insularis Rolán, 1988 Parviturbo javiercondei" Rubio, Rolán & Fernández-Garcés, 2015 † Parviturbo maturensis Jung, 1969 Parviturbo multispiralis Rubio, Rolán & Fernández-Garcés, 2015 Parviturbo parvissima Parviturbo pombali Rubio, Rolán & Fernández-Garcés, 2015 Parviturbo rectangularis Rubio, Rolán & Fernández-Garcés, 2015 Parviturbo rehderi Pilsbry & McGinty, 1945 Parviturbo robustior Rubio, Rolán & Lee, 2015 Parviturbo rolani Engl, 2001 Parviturbo seamountensis Rubio, Rolán & Gofas, 2015 Parviturbo sola † Parviturbo sphaeroideus Parviturbo stearnsii Parviturbo tuberculosus Parviturbo vanuatuensis Rubio, Rolán & Fernández-Garcés, 2015 † Parviturbo venezuelensis" Weisbord, 1962 Parviturbo weberi Pilsbry & McGinty, 1945 Parviturbo zylmanae Rubio, Rolán & Lee, 2015Species brought into synonymy Parviturbo bellus Dall, 1889: synonym of Fossarus bellus Dall, 1889 Parviturbo calidimaris Pilsbry & McGinty, 1945: synonym of Haplocochlias calidimaris Parviturbo concepcionensis: synonym of Haplocochlias concepcionensis Parviturbo erici: synonym of Haplocochlias erici Parviturbo francesae Pilsbry & McGinty, 1945: synonym of Haplocochlias francesae Parviturbo turbinus: synonym of Haplocochlias turbinus Parviturbo venezuelensis Weisbord, 1962: synonym of Parviturbo tuberculosus Parviturbo zacalles Mazyck, 1913: synonym of Parviturboides interruptus Pilsbry H.

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Quimper Kerfeunteun F.C.

Quimper Kerfeunteun Football Club is a French football team from the city of Quimper, Finistère, who play in the Championnat de France amateur group D. The team used to be known as Stade Quimpérois; the team was founded in 1905. Its major achievement came in the 1970s and 1980s when it played in the Division 2, its best result was a fourth place in 1988-1989. The club had financial problems in 1997. In the 2006-2007 season, they came back at a national level; the team has a women's section. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Pierre Philippe:?-? Edmond Lemaître: 1959-1971 Marcel Mao: 1971-1974 Robert Dewilder: 1977-1978 Jean Brélivet: 1978-1979 Joël Le Bris: 1979-1981 Marc Rastoll: 1981-January 1983 Jacky Castellan: 1983-1984 Wlodzimierz Lubanski: 1984-1985 Pierre Garcia: 1985-1987 Georges Peyroche: 1987-1988 Pierre Garcia: 1988-1990 Marc Rastoll: 1990-1993 Roger Pohon: 1993-February 1995 Raymond Kéruzoré: February 1995-January 1996 Yvon Leroux: February 1996 – 1996 Noël Tosi: 1996-March 1997 Jean Brélivet and Jean-Paul Thomas: March 1997 – 1997 Jean-Paul Thomas: March 1997 – 2001 Pascal Laguiller: 2003-2005 Ronan Salaün: 2005- Official site

Duffy Square

Duffy Square, named Father Duffy Square in 1939, is the northern triangle of Times Square in Manhattan, New York City. It is located between 46th and 47th Streets and Seventh Avenue and is well known for the TKTS reduced-price theater tickets booth located there. In the 18th and 19th centuries Lowes Lane connected Bloomingdale Road to Eastern Post Road; the west end of the lane was at the modern Duffy Square, the east end at the modern Third Avenue and 42nd Street. Lowes Lane and Eastern Post Road were suppressed late in the 19th century, but Bloomingdale Road survives under the name of Broadway. Duffy Square was dominated by a fifty-foot, eight-ton plaster statue entitled Purity by Leo Lentelli in 1909. Now the square has two statues: a bronze statue of Chaplain Francis P. Duffy of New York's "Fighting 69th" Infantry Regiment, after whom the square is named, sculpted by Charles Keck, another statue depicting composer, playwright and actor George M. Cohan, by sculptor Georg J. Lober; the statue was dedicated by Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia on May 2, 1937, who signed the law authorizing the renaming of the square to "Father Duffy Square" on March 29, 1939.

The statue of Duffy and the square itself were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2001. The Fighting 69th Regiment Homepage Times Square Alliance NYC Parks

Dr Gray's Hospital

Dr. Gray's Hospital is a district general hospital in Elgin, Scotland, it is managed by NHS Grampian. The hospital was founded as a result of a bequest by Dr Alexander Gray, born in Elgin but worked as a surgeon for the East India Company, his will was contested by his family, but his bequest of £20,000'for the establishment of a hospital in the town of Elgin for the sick and poor of the county of Murray' was proven in the Court of Chancery. The hospital was designed by James Gillespie Graham, featuring a large classical block with giant Doric columns that supported a portico and was topped with drum tower and dome. Work on building the hospital at the western end of the town's High Street started in 1815 and the hospital opened on 1 January 1819, providing 30 beds that could be used for any parishioner of Moray who could produce a note of recommendation from their local minister of the established church; those of the Episcopalian or Catholic faith were turned away, causing conflict with the Burgh council on a number of occasions.

Some patients who required urgent assistance were sent home critically ill lacking the paperwork from the Kirk minister causing their death. A £22 million redevelopment of the hospital took place between 1992 and 1997 and included extensive refurbishment of existing facilities; the first stage, completed in May 1995, created a new complex for obstetrics and paediatric services, three new operating theatres and five new lifts. In January 1997 the second stage of redevelopment was completed, adding a new acute psychiatric ward and a new accident and emergency building. A sensory garden was opened in 2010 to provide patients and staff with an attractive place to relax. In 2012 a further £3 million redevelopment project commenced; the work, which included a new reception area, a rehabilitation ward, children's outpatient area and discharge lounge, was completed in 2013. Dr Gray's Hospital has 185 inpatient beds, it delivers 1,100 births per year and has had full accreditation as baby friendly since May 2012.

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