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Round Table

The Round Table is King Arthur's famed table in the Arthurian legend, around which he and his knights congregate. As its name suggests, it has no head, implying that everyone; the table was first described in 1155 by Wace, who relied on previous depictions of Arthur's fabulous retinue. The symbolism of the Round Table developed over time. Though the Round Table is not mentioned in the earliest accounts, tales of Arthur having a marvelous court made up of many prominent warriors is ancient. Geoffrey of Monmouth, in his Historia Regum Britanniae says that, after establishing peace throughout Britain, Arthur "increased his personal entourage by inviting distinguished men from far-distant kingdoms to join it." The code of chivalry so important in medieval romance figures in as well, as Geoffrey says Arthur established "such a code of courtliness in his household that he inspired peoples living far away to imitate him."Arthur's court was well known to Welsh storytellers. The fame of Arthur's entourage became so prominent in Welsh tradition that in the additions to the Welsh Triads, the formula tying named individuals to "Arthur's Court" in the triad titles began to supersede the older "Island of Britain" formula.

Though the code of chivalry crucial to continental romances dealing with the Round Table is absent from the Welsh material, some passages of Culhwch and Olwen seem to reference it. For instance, Arthur explains the ethos of his court, saying "e are nobles as long as we are sought out: the greater the bounty we may give, the greater our nobility and honour."Though no Round Table appears in the early Welsh texts, Arthur is associated with various items of household furniture. The earliest of these is Saint Carannog's mystical floating altar in that saint's 12th century Vita. In the story Arthur tries unsuccessfully to use it as a table. Elements of Arthur's household figure into local topographical folklore throughout Britain as early as the early 12th century, with various landmarks being named "Arthur's Seat", "Arthur's Oven", "Arthur's Bed-chamber". A henge at Eamont Bridge near Penrith, Cumbria is known as "King Arthur's Round Table"; the still-visible Roman amphitheatre at Caerleon has been associated with the Round Table, it has been suggested as a possible source for the legend.

Following archaeological discoveries at the Roman ruins in Chester, some writers suggested that the Chester Roman Amphitheatre was the true prototype of the Round Table. The Round Table first appeared in Wace's Roman de Brut, a Norman language adaptation of Geoffrey's Historia finished in 1155. Wace says Arthur created the Round Table to prevent quarrels among his barons, none of whom would accept a lower place than the others. Layamon added to the story when he adapted Wace's work into the Middle English Brut in the early 13th century, saying that the quarrel between Arthur's vassals led to violence at a Yuletide feast. In response, a Cornish carpenter built an enormous but transportable Round Table to prevent further dispute. Wace claims; some scholars have doubted this claim. There is some similarity between the chroniclers' description of the Round Table and a custom recorded in Celtic stories, in which warriors sit in a circle around the king or lead warrior, in some cases feuding over the order of precedence as in Layamon.

There is a possibility that Wace, contrary to his own claims, derived Arthur's round table not from any Breton source, but rather from medieval biographies of Charlemagne—notably Einhard's Vita Caroli and Notker the Stammerer's De Carolo Magno—in which the king is said to have possessed a round table decorated with a map of Rome. The Round Table takes on new dimensions in the romances of the late 12th and early 13th century, where it becomes a symbol of the famed order of chivalry which flourishes under Arthur. In Robert de Boron's Merlin, written around 1200, the magician Merlin creates the Round Table in imitation of the table of the Last Supper and of Joseph of Arimathea's Holy Grail table; this table, here made for Arthur's father Uther Pendragon rather than Arthur himself, has twelve seats and one empty place to mark the betrayal of Judas. This seat must remain empty until the coming of the knight; the Didot Perceval, a prose continuation of Robert's work, takes up the story, the knight Percival sits in the seat and initiates the Grail quest.

The prose cycles of the 13th century, the Lancelot-Grail Cycle and the Post-Vulgate Cycle, further adapt the chivalric attributes of the Round Table. Here it is the perfect knight Galahad, rather than Percival, who assumes the empty seat, now called the Siege Perilous. Galahad's arrival marks the start of the Grail quest as well as the end of the Arthurian era. In these works the Round Table is kept by King Leodegrance of Cameliard after Uther's death. Other versions treat the Round Table differently, for instance Arthurian works from Italy like La Tavola Ritonda distinguish between the knights of the "Old Table" of Ut

Old Town Hall Historic District (Huntington, New York)

Old Town Hall Historic District is a national historic district located at Huntington in Suffolk County, New York. The district has eight contributing buildings, it includes civic buildings, a church, a cemetery, residential buildings. Properties date from initial settlement in 1653 to the early 20th century. Located in the district are sites such as the Old Huntington Town Hall itself on the northeast corner of Main Street and Stewart Avenue, the Fort Golgotha and the Old Burial Hill Cemetery across from there, the former Huntington Sewing and Trade School, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985. Media related to Old Town Hall Historic District at Wikimedia Commons Photograph of the Old Huntington Town Hall, by Dominick Kosciuk Old Huntington Town Hall image Old Town Hall Historic District

Local shared object

A local shared object called a Flash cookie, is a piece of data that websites which use Adobe Flash may store on a user's computer. Local shared objects have been used by all versions of Flash Player since version 6. Flash cookies, which can be stored or retrieved whenever a user accesses a page containing a Flash application, are a form of local storage. Similar to that of cookies, they can be used to store user preferences, save data from Flash games, or to track users' Internet activity. LSOs have been criticised as a breach of browser security, but there are now browser settings and addons to limit the duration of their storage. Local shared objects contain. Data is stored in the Action Message Format. With the default settings, the Flash Player does not seek the user's permission to store local shared objects on the hard disk. By default, a SWF application running in Flash Player from version 9 to 11 may store up to 100 kB of data to the user's hard drive. If the application attempts to store more, a dialog asks the user whether to allow or deny the request.

Adobe Flash Player does not allow third-party local shared objects to be shared across domains. For example, a local shared object from "www.example.com" cannot be read by the domain "www.example.net". However, the first party website can always pass data to a third party via some settings found in the dedicated XML file and passing the data in the request to the third party. Third party LSOs are allowed to store data by default. By default LSO data is shared across browsers on the same machine; as an example: A visitor accesses a site using their Firefox browser views a page displaying a specific product closes the Firefox browser, the information about that product can be stored in the LSO. If that same visitor, using the same machine now opens an Internet Explorer browser and visits any page from the site viewed in Firefox, the site can read the LSO value in the Internet Explorer browser, display dynamic content or otherwise target the visitor; this is distinct from cookies which have directory isolated storage paths for saved cookies while LSOs use a common directory path for all browsers on a single machine.

Flash games may use LSO files to store the user's personal game data, such as user preferences and actual game progress. Backing up files such as these requires some technical understanding of software. However, both browser updates and programs designed to remove unused files may delete this data. To prevent cheating, games may be designed to render LSO files unusable if acquired from another location; as with HTTP cookies, local shared objects can be used by web sites to collect information on how people navigate them, although users have taken steps to restrict data collection. Online banks, merchants, or advertisers may use local shared objects for tracking purposes. On 10 August 2009, Wired magazine reported that more than half of the top websites used local shared objects to track users and store information about them but only four of them mentioned it in their privacy policy. "Flash cookies are unknown to web users," it said, "even if a user thinks they have cleared their computer of tracking objects, they most have not."

The article further says that some websites use Flash cookies as hidden backups, so that they can restore HTTP cookies deleted by users. According to the New York Times, by July 2010 there had been at least five class-action lawsuits in the United States against media companies for using local shared objects. In certain countries, it is illegal to track users without their consent. For example, in the United Kingdom, customers must consent to use of cookies/local shared objects: Local shared objects were the first subject to be discussed in the Federal Trade Commission roundtable in January 2010. FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz has been talking with Adobe about what it describes as "the Flash problem." Users can disable local shared objects using the Global Storage Settings panel of the online Settings Manager at Adobe's website. However, this places a permanent flash cookie on the computer, informing all other websites that the user does not want flash cookies stored on their computer. Users can opt out of LSOs from specified sites from Flash Player's "Settings", accessed by right-clicking the Player, or using the Website Storage Settings panel.

Users may delete local shared objects either manually or using third-party software. For instance, CCleaner, a standalone computer program for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X, allows users to delete local shared objects on demand. There is a Firefox add-on, Clear Flash Cookies, which will automatically clear out all LSOs each time the browser is restarted. Since version 10.3 of Flash, the Online Settings Manager is superseded by the Local Settings Manager on Windows and Linux platforms. It can be accessed via Mac OS System Preferences. Users of other operating systems still use the Adobe Online Settings Manager. Since at least April 2012, updating by downloading a new Flash version resets the security and privacy settings to the defaults of allowing local storage and asking for media access again, which may be against users' wishes. Browser control refers to the web browser's ability to delete local shared objects and to prevent the creation of persistent local shared objects when privacy mode is enabled.

As for the former, Internet Explorer 8, released on March 19, 2009, implements an API that allows browser extensions to

Giovanni Bonomo

Giovanni Bonomo is a member of the Sicilian Mafia. He was on the "most wanted list" of the Italian ministry of the Interior since 1996 for two murders, drug trafficking and money laundering, Mafia association, until his arrest in Senegal in November 2003. Bonomo was born in Partinico in Sicily, he succeeded Vito Vitale as the capo mandamento of Partinico after the latter’s arrest in April 1998. He was considered to be the strategical and financial brain of the Mafia clan, was in close contact with Giovanni Brusca and Leoluca Bagarella of the Corleonesi, he has been charged with the murder of two men in Partinico in 1994 who defied the rule of the Mafia clan in that town. In 2001, he was sentenced to 6 years for Mafia association, he acquired substantial wealth, investing in real estate in the center of Palermo, bank shares and the family winery. Assets worth 45 billion lire were confiscated in 2001. Bonomo had been at large since 1996. According to police sources Bonomo had been living in Namibia and South Africa, where he had been in close contact with another of Italy's most wanted Mafia criminals, Vito Roberto Palazzolo, who has spent long periods in South Africa and who remains at large.

In 1996 the Italian anti-Mafia police came to South Africa with arrest warrants for Giovanni Bonomo and another Mafia man, Giuseppe Gelardi. The wanted mafiosi were staying on Palazzolo's Franschhoek estate La Terra de Luc; the estate was raided by members of the South African organised crime unit on June 6, 1996, but Bonomo and Gelardi were not found, although investigators found evidence that whoever had been staying there had left in a hurry. In November 2003 he was arrested in Dakar in Senegal, he was identified by fingerprints. He was expelled to Italy where he was arrested and incarcerated

Malmö Symphony Orchestra

The Malmö Symphony Orchestra is a Swedish orchestra, based in Malmö. Since 2015 it has its home in the newly built Malmö Live Concert Hall; the orchestra has a complement of 94 musicians. Since 2019, the orchestra's chief conductor is Robert Treviño; the orchestra was founded in 1925 with Walther Meyer-Radon as the first chief conductor, from 1925 to 1929. Herbert Blomstedt held the title of Huvuddirigent during 1962–1963. Past principal guest conductors have included Brian Priestman, Gilbert Varga, Mario Venzago. At first the orchestra performed both symphony concerts and served as the orchestra of the Malmö Opera and Music Theatre, but from 1991 the orchestra has been devoted to symphony orchestra concerts. Between 1985 and 2015, the orchestra gave its main concert series in the Malmö Concert Hall, after which they moved to Malmö Live; the orchestra has made recordings for Naxos. In 2011, the orchestra performed on the soundtrack of the video game Assassin's Creed: Revelations. Walther Meyer-Radon Georg Schnéevoigt Sten-Åke Axelson Rolf Agop Elyakum Shapirra Janos Fürst Stig Westerberg Vernon Handley James DePreist Paavo Järvi Christoph König Vassily Sinaisky Marc Soustrot Robert Treviño Malmö Symphony Orchestra homepage

2014–15 North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball team

The 2014–15 North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball team represented the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill during the 2014–15 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The team's head coach was Roy Williams, in his 12th season as UNC's head men's basketball coach, they played their home games at the Dean Smith Center as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference. They finished the season 26 -- 11 -- 7 in ACC play to finish in fifth place, they advanced to the championship game of the ACC Tournament. They received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament where they defeated Harvard in the second round and Arkansas in the third round before losing in the Sweet Sixteen to eventual runner-up Wisconsin; the Tar Heels finished the season 13 -- 5 in ACC play to finish in a tie for third place. They lost in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament to Pittsburgh, they received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament where they defeated Providence in the second round before losing in the third round to Iowa State.

The Tar Heels entered the 2014–15 season lost two starters from the previous season as James Michael McAdoo and P. J. Hairston declared for the 2014 NBA draft. However, rising juniors and potential draft picks Kennedy Meeks and Isaiah Hicks decided to return to Chapel Hill and UNC brought in a strong recruiting class including McDonald's All-Americans Justin Jackson, Theo Pinson and Joel Berry