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Rag Doll (character)

Rag Doll is the name of three different supervillains appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. Peter Merkel is a villain of the original Flash; the second Rag Doll is an enemy of Starman. The third Rag Doll is a member of the Secret Six. Rag Doll made his live appearance on the fifth season of The Flash played by Troy James and voiced by Phil LaMarr. Rag Doll was first introduced as an adversary for the Golden age Flash in a story published in Flash Comics #36, created by writer Gardner Fox and artist Lou Ferstadt. In the Starman series, James Robinson revived the character, giving him a darker reimagining under the name Colby Zag, his son, Peter Merkel, Jr. most used his father's name as a member of the Secret Six. Peter Merkel, a native of the Midwestern United States, was born with a unique condition, "triple-jointedness". Like the more common "double-jointedness", Merkel's condition was characterized by extensible ligaments and tendons, though to a extended degree; the son of a side-show barker, Merkel found work in a small local carnival as a contortionist and eccentric dancer.

In the early 1940s, the carnival fell on hard times and Merkel found himself out of work. Wandering the streets, Merkel despaired of having money. Seeing large boxes of toys being loaded into a department store, Merkel hit on the idea of hiding himself in one of the large rag dolls and robbing the store after closing. Going unnoticed among the toys, Merkel carried his idea one step further: He would rob while still hidden in the Rag Doll suit. In these earliest days of costumed villains, the idea seemed novel and Merkel decided that no one would believe that a Rag Doll could commit crime. In time, the legend of the Rag Doll grew wide. Petty crooks began to take advantage of his criminal success. In 1943, the Rag Doll moved his operation to Keystone City. There he had his thugs deliver him as a gift to a young heiress named Geralda Cummins; the young girl was holding a much-touted party for her circle of socialites and the Rag Doll aimed to take advantage of the situation. To coordinate the event, Cummins had selected Joan Williams who had begun a party and festival business.

It was decided that each of the wealthy guests would donate $10,000 in defense bonds to serve as a prize in a treasure hunt. Whoever solved the hunt first, won the prize. Unknown to Joan, the doll Geralda had received as a gift was listening and planning a much different outcome; the next evening, the guests gathered to hear the reading of the first clue. As the guests departed, the Rag Doll signaled his thugs to follow them to the museum while he stayed to interrogate Joan Williams, his ploy was delayed however, by the untimely arrival of Flash. While the Rag Doll remained in hiding and the Flash departed for the museum to provide the next clue. On their arrival, they were waylaid by the Rag Doll's thugs. While the Flash made short work of the henchmen, the Rag Doll himself drugged Joan with chloroform and stole the remaining clue. With these, he could find the treasure himself. With the henchmen wrapped up, the Flash returned to find Joan amnesiac from the chloroform and with no recollection as to the location of the bonds.

Taking the first clue, the Flash began to solve the puzzle at super-speed and intercepted the Rag Doll on the 4th clue, at a local aquarium. The Rag Doll got the jump on Garrick with a swift blow to the skull and dumped the hero into an aquarium containing a giant octopus, he raced back to the Cummins estate to solve the treasure hunt with the 5th clue. Meanwhile, the Flash came to and after a tussle with hotly pursued the criminal, he arrived just in time to see the Rag Doll pull the defense bonds out of their hiding place in the Cummins' grand piano. And tying the villain in knots, the Flash returned the gift and carted the outlandish criminal off to the Keystone City Jail. Flash is reported to have had several other encounters with the Rag Doll over the years but none have been recorded. In the mid-1970s, the Rag Doll became a pawn in a rather bizarre series of robberies. After an encounter with the Thinker, the Rag Doll became brainwashed to commit crimes based on dolls; when the Flash intercepted the criminal, mundane "accidents" befell the elder speedster, undermining his self-confidence.

The Thinker's plan was to destroy the Flash's self-esteem to the point that the hero would be too ineffectual to stop his grander plans. The Thinker was undone however, by a surprise visit from the Silver Age Flash, Barry Allen, who captured the former carnival worker. Allen noticed a bizarre aura around the heads of Garrick and Merkel, suggesting that each was being manipulated in some way. At Merkel's interrogation, the Rag Doll swore that he had no recollection of any crimes, convincing Allen that there was a greater force at work. Switching Merkel for a real rag doll, he convinced Garrick and the Keystone police that a bizarre transmogrification had occurred and that Merkel was somehow dead, he departed, only to return and hide in the evidence room when the Thinker himself paid a visit to confirm the demise of his agent. Caught red-handed, the Thinker was apprehended by the two Flashes and both the Thinker and the Rag Doll were returned to prison. In the early 1980s, the Rag Doll was contacted by the Ultra-Humanite, a long-standing foe of the Justice Society.

Along with other elder villains as well as new younger recruits, the Rag Doll became a founding member of the second generation of the Secret Society of Super Villains. The Ultra-Humanite had devised a machine that, for the sacrifice of ten heroes from the Justice Society and Justice League to be held in stasis, (five


Caldesmon is a protein that in humans is encoded by the CALD1 gene. Caldesmon is a calmodulin binding protein. Like calponin, caldesmon tonically inhibits the ATPase activity of myosin in smooth muscle; this gene encodes a calmodulin- and actin-binding protein that plays an essential role in the regulation of smooth muscle and nonmuscle contraction. The conserved domain of this protein possesses the binding activities to Ca++-calmodulin, tropomyosin and phospholipids; this protein is a potent inhibitor of the actin-tropomyosin activated myosin MgATPase, serves as a mediating factor for Ca++-dependent inhibition of smooth muscle contraction. Alternative splicing of this gene results in multiple transcript variants encoding distinct isoforms. In diagnostic immunochemistry, caldesmon is a marker for smooth muscle differentiation. Caldesmon at the US National Library of Medicine Medical Subject Headings

Kawawachikamach, Quebec

Kawawachikamach is a Naskapi/Iyiyiw First Nations reserve and community at the south end of Lake Matemace 15 kilometres northeast of Schefferville, Canada. It belongs to the Naskapi Nation of Kawawachikamach; the village was built by the Naskapi/Iyiyiw from 1980 to 1983. The language spoken is Iyiyiw-Imuun, a dialect related to Innu and Iynu; the name means "the winding river". Access to the village is by way of Schefferville Airport or railway from Sept-Îles to Schefferville by way of a 15 km road from the centre of Schefferville. With the demise of Schefferville as a residential centre for the iron ore mining operations and Matimékush are now the main communities in the region. Telephone and postal services are still provided from the Schefferville exchange by Telebec and from the Schefferville Post Office, while electricity is provided by the Schefferville Power Company; the Naskapi/Iyiyiw provide their own policing services. Naskapi Imuun provides broadband satellite Internet services to the Kawawachikamach/Schefferville region.

Other services include a community radio station, a healthcare centre, a recreation centre and a gymnasium. Its formal legal status is a Naskapi Reserved Land. There is a separate, non-contiguous Naskapi Village Municipality of the same name, some distance to the north; the entire population lives on the Reserved Land. The Naskapi Reserved Land is south of the 55th parallel and is geographically located within the Caniapiscau Regional County Municipality of the Côte-Nord region of Quebec, although not juridically a part of it; the Commission de toponymie du Québec a bit confusingly, refers to the Naskapi Reserved Land as a "Naskapi village" and the Naskapi Village Municipality as a "Naskapi village municipality", making a careful distinction between the two. However, from a practical point of view it seems intuitive that the "village" is where the population lives; the Naskapi of Kawawachikamach were from northern Quebec, but were subjected to relocations several times before moving from Fort Chimo to Schefferville in 1956.

Government officials may have induced or ordered this move but did nothing in preparation for their arrival in Schefferville. The Naskapi settled near the airport in shacks built with scavenged materials, but they were relocated again by the Schefferville municipal authorities to a site on John Lake, where they lived in poverty without water, electricity and medical facility. In 1968, the Matimekosh Reserve was formed, the Naskapi moved there in 1972, together with the Innu. In the 1970s, the Naskapi began negotiations for a settlement of their Aboriginal claims. In 1978, they ceded any rights or interests to the Matimekosh Reserve as a prerequisite to the Northeastern Québec Agreement that provided for the formation of their own reserve; as part of this agreement's implementation, 41.44 square kilometres of land was transferred from the Government of Quebec to the Government of Canada for the exclusive benefit of the Naskapi band in 1981. By 1983, the first residents settled in the village, adapted to the environment.

As of December 2009, the band counted 690 members. Population trend: Population in 2016: 601 Population in 2011: 586 Population in 2006: 569 Population in 2001: 540 Population in 1996: 487 Population in 1991: 405Private dwellings occupied by usual residents: 149 Mother tongue: English as first language: 2.6% French as first language: 1.8% English and French as first language: 0% Other as first language: 95.6% The local economy is based on arts and handicraft, tourism, outfitters and transport. The Naskapi are developing several major projects of social, educational and economic scope, such as road and runway maintenance, hydro-electric facilities, caribou hunting and fishing operations. Official website of the Naskapi Nation of Kawawachikamach Community profile and Northern Affairs Canada CJCK Radio

Built for Speed (Stray Cats album)

Built for Speed is a studio album by American rockabilly band Stray Cats, released in June 1982 by EMI America as the band's first US album. Built for Speed is a compilation of 12 songs taken from the band's first two UK album releases: six from Stray Cats and five from Gonna Ball, plus the title track, "Built for Speed", which had not been released in the UK, it was the most successful record for the band, earning platinum certification, with the videos for songs such as "Rock This Town" and "Stray Cat Strut" reaching MTV regular rotation status. In a contemporary review for The Village Voice, music critic Robert Christgau said that, despite Brian Setzer's exotic, modernistic guitar touches, "the mild vocals just ain't rockabilly. You know how it is when white boys strive for authenticity—'57 V-8 my ass". In a retrospective review, Mark Deming of AllMusic wrote that the melodies and playing are strong enough to withstand datedness on what is "song-for-song the group's strongest album, despite the cut-and-paste manner in which it was created".

All tracks written by Brian Setzer except. "Rock This Town" – 3:24 "Built for Speed" – 2:53 "Rev It Up & Go" – 2:27 "Stray Cat Strut" – 3:15 "Little Miss Prissy" – 2:59 "Rumble in Brighton" – 3:11 "Runaway Boys" – 2:58 "Lonely Summer Nights" – 3:16 "Double Talkin' Baby" – 3:02 "You Don't Believe Me" – 2:54 "Jeanie, Jeanie" – 2:18 "Baby Blue Eyes" – 2:47Note: "Jeanie, Jeanie" is miscredited as having been written by Mike Chapman, who recorded a song of the same name with his band Tangerine Peel. However, Chapman's "Jeanie, Jeanie" is a different song from the one the Stray Cats recorded; the Stray Cats' "Jeanie, Jeanie" was performed by Eddie Cochran, was written by George Motola and Ricky Page. The title track was featured in the 1984 film Surf II. Stray CatsBrian Setzer – guitars, lap steel guitar, vocals Slim Jim Phantomdrums, vocals Lee Rockerbass, electric bass, vocalsAdditional personnelCharles Novick Studios - design Gavin Cochrane - photography Album Single

Armide (Gluck)

Armide is an opera by Christoph Willibald Gluck, set to a libretto by Philippe Quinault. Gluck's fifth production for the Parisian stage and the composer's own favourite among his works, it was first performed on 23 September 1777 by the Académie Royale de Musique in the second Salle du Palais-Royal in Paris. Gluck set the same libretto Philippe Quinault had written for Lully in 1686, based on Torquato Tasso's Gerusalemme liberata. Gluck seemed at ease in facing French traditions head-on. Lully and Quinault were the founders of serious opera in France and Armide was recognized as their masterpiece, so it was a bold move on Gluck's part to write new music to Quinault's words. A similar attempt to write a new opera to the libretto of Thésée by Jean Joseph de Mondonville in 1765 had ended in disaster, with audiences demanding it be replaced by Lully's original. By utilizing Armide, Gluck challenged the long-standing and inviolable ideals of French practice, in the process he revealed these values capable of renewal through "modern" compositional sensitivities.

Critical response and resultant polemic resulted in one of those grand imbroglios common to French intellectual life. Gluck struck a nerve in French sensitivities, whereas Armide was not one of his more popular works, it remained a critical touchstone in the French operatic tradition and was warmly praised by Berlioz in his Memoirs. Gluck set a minor fashion for resetting Lully/Quinault operas: Gluck's rival Piccinni followed his example with Roland in 1778 and Atys in 1780. Gluck himself is said to have been working on an opera based on Roland, but he abandoned it when he heard Piccinni had taken on the same libretto. Armide remained on the repertoire of the Parisian Académie Nationale de Musique throughout the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century, with revivals held in 1805, 1811, 1818, 1819 and 1825. A new production directed by Émile Perrin in 1866 featured sets by Édouard Desplechin, Auguste Alfred Rubé and Philippe Chaperon, Charles-Antoine Cambon. Another big-budget production was staged at the Opéra on 12 April 1905, starring Lucienne Bréval in the title role, Alice Verlet, Agustarello Affré, Dinh Gilly, Geneviève Vix.

The costumes were designed by Charles Bétout. The Opéra's 1905 production was followed on 7 November 1905 by a big-budget staging at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels. Overviewed by Gluck connoisseur François-Auguste Gevaert, it featured Félia Litvinne in the title role, costumes by the symbolist artist Fernand Khnopff, eight sets by Albert Dubosq. Hugely successful, this sumptuous production enjoyed a first run of forty performances, with subsequent revivals in 1909, 1924 and 1948; the Metropolitan Opera staged the work for the opening of its 1910-1911 season. Toscanini conducted a cast led by Louise Homer and Enrico Caruso. For the storyline, see Armide by Lully. Gluck kept the libretto unchanged, although he cut the allegorical prologue and added a few lines of his own devising to the end of Act Three; the roles and the disposition of the voices are the same as in Lully's opera. Audio conducted by Rossi, with McKnight/Gardino/Picchi/Mollet Armide, Renaud, La Haine, Hidraot; the New Kobbés Opera Book, G.

P. Putnam's New York, 1997 Théodore de Lajarte, Bibliothèque Musicale du Théatre de l'Opéra. Catalogue Historique, Anecdotique, Librairie des bibliophiles, 1878, Tome I, ad nomen, pp. 290–293 Spire Pitou, The Paris Opéra. An Encyclopedia of Operas, Ballets and Performers – Rococo and Romantic, 1715–1815, Greenwood Press, Westport/London, 1985 Stanley Sadie, The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, New York, 1997 Armide: Scores at the International Music Score Library Project Original libretto at Gallica, Bibliothéque Nationale de France Original printed score at Gallica, Bibliothéque Nationale de France

List of Chittagong Division cricketers

This is presenting a complete list in alphabetical order of cricketers who have played for Chittagong Division in first-class, List A or Twenty20 matches since the team was formed ahead of the 1999–2000 season for the first National Cricket League competition. Complying with other club lists, details are the player's name followed by his years active as a Chittagong player, current players to the end of the 2015–16 season. Please to note that this list excludes players who appeared for the team in 1999–2000 only; this is. Some players played for Chittagong that season and played in first-class cricket for other teams in seasons. Abdullah al Mamun Abdullah Imran Abu Newaz Aftab Ahmed Ahsanullah Hasan Akram Khan Alauddin Babu Ali Akbar Ali Arman Ameer Khan Anisul Hakim Anisur Rahman Arif Ahmed Ariful Hasan Arman Hossain Ashiqur Rahman Ashraful Aziz Ashraful Hossain Ashraful Islam: he played in a single List A match only M. R. Azad: full name and details are unknown, he played in a single List A match only Azam Iqbal Belal Hossen Debabrata Barua Paul Dolar Mahmud Ehsanul Haque Elias Sunny Enamul Haque Enamul Haque Faisal Hossain Gazi Alamgir Gazi Salahuddin Dhiman Ghosh Golam Mortaza Habib Muballik Hanif Mohammad: played in a single List A match only Harunur Rashid Ibnul Haider Iftekhar Sajjad Iqbal Hossain Irfan Sukkur Jahangir Alam Jashimuddin Jasimuddin Jubair Hossain Kazi Kamrul Islam Khairuzzaman Khurram Manzoor Kuntal Chandra Mission Das Mahbubul Karim Mahmudul Hasan Mahmuduzzaman Maksudul Hasan Marshall Ayub Masumud Dowla Mazharuddin Mehedi Hasan Rana Merajul Hoque Minhajul Abedin Mobashir Khan Mohammad Robin Mohammad Saifuddin Mohammad Sukran Mohammad Younus Mominul Haque Monirul Haque Monirul Islam Moniruzzaman Monowar Hossain Mostafa Aziz Mouinuddin Mozammel Hossain Muktar Ali Mukhtar Siddique Nabil Samad Nadim Sajjad Nadimuddin Naeem Islam Nafees Iqbal Nasir Hossain Nazimuddin Nazmul Islam Niaz Morshed Noor Hossain Obaidul Haque Raihanuddin Arafat Rasel Al Mamun: played in a single T20 match in 2013 only Rashed Khan Rashedur Rahman Rezaul Hasan Rezaul Karim Rubel Hossain Sabbir Khan Sabibul Azam Saddam Hossain Sadid Hossain Sajal Chowdhury Sajib Datta Sajjadul Haque Sanwar Hossain Saqlain Sajib Shafiuddin Ahmed Shahid Mahmood Sharif: full name and details are unknown, he played in a single List A match Sharifullah Shoaib Akhtar Milinda Siriwardana Suja Irfan Sumon Barua Tamim Iqbal Tareq Aziz Tariq Ahmed Tasamul Haque Uttam Sarkar Wascoroni Ahmed Waseluddin Ahmed Yasin Arafat Yasir Ali Zakir Hossain