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Sargon II

Sargon II was the king of the Neo-Assyrian Empire from the downfall of his predecessor Shalmaneser V in 722 BC to his death in battle in 705 BC. Though Sargon claimed to be the son of the previous king Tiglath-Pileser III, this is uncertain and he gained the throne through usurping it from Shalmaneser V. Sargon is recognized as one of the most important Neo-Assyrian kings due to his role in founding the Sargonid dynasty, which would rule the Neo-Assyrian Empire until its fall less than a century after Sargon's death; the king took the name Sargon from the legendary ruler Sargon of Akkad, who had founded the Akkadian Empire and ruled most of Mesopotamia two thousand years prior. Through his military campaigns aimed at world conquest, Sargon II aspired to follow in the footsteps of his ancient namesake. Sargon sought to project an image of piety, energy and strength and remains recognized as a great conqueror and tactician due to his many military accomplishments, his greatest campaigns were his 714 BC war against Urartu, Assyria's northern neighbor, his 710–709 BC reconquest of Babylon, which had re-established itself as an independent kingdom upon Shalmaneser V's death.

In the war against Urartu, Sargon circumvented the series of Urartian fortifications alongside the border of the two kingdoms by marching around them along a longer route and he seized and plundered Urartu's holiest city, Musasir. In the Babylonian campaign, Sargon attacked from an unexpected front, first marching alongside the Tigris river and attacking the kingdom from the southeast rather than the north. From 713 BC to the end of his reign, Sargon oversaw the construction of a new city which he intended to serve as the capital of the Assyrian Empire, Dur-Sharrukin. After the Babylonian conquest he resided at Babylon for three years, with his crown prince and heir Sennacherib serving as regent in Assyria, but he moved to Dur-Sharrukin upon its near completion in 706 BC. Sargon's death on campaign in Tabal in 705 BC and the loss of his body to the enemy was seen by the Assyrians as an ill omen and Sennacherib abandoned Dur-Sharrukin upon becoming king, instead moving the capital to the city Nineveh.

Sargon II's reign was preceded by the reigns of the two kings Tiglath-Pileser III and Shalmaneser V. Before Tiglath-Pileser came to the throne in 745 BC, Assyria had been continually ruled by the Adaside dynasty since the 18th century BC, a timespan of a thousand years. Though Tiglath-Pileser claimed to be a son of the king Adad-nirari III and thus a member of the Adaside bloodline, the accuracy of this claim is doubtful. Tiglath-Pileser's claim to relation with the preceding dynasty appears only in king lists, in his own personal inscriptions there is a noticeable lack of familial references and these instead stress that he had been called upon and appointed by Assur, the god of Assyria. Though it was chiefly during the time of Sargon and his successors that Assyria was transformed from a kingdom based in the Mesopotamian heartland to a multinational and multi-ethnic empire, the foundations which allowed this development were laid during Tiglath-Pileser's reign through extensive civil and military reforms.

Furthermore, Tiglath-Pileser began a successful series of conquests, subjugating the kingdoms of Babylon and Urartu and conquering the Mediterranean coastline. His successful military innovations, including replacing conscription with levies being supplied from each province, made the Assyrian army one of the most effective armies assembled up until that point. After a reign of only five years, Tiglath-Pileser's son Shalmaneser V was replaced as king by Sargon II. Nothing is known of Sargon. Born c. 762 BC, Sargon would have grown up during a period of civil unrest in Assyria. Outbreaks of rebellion and plague marked the ill-fated reigns of kings Ashur-dan III and Ashur-nirari V. During their reigns, the prestige and power of Assyria had declined, a trend, reversed only during the tenure of Tiglath-Pileser; the exact events surrounding the death of Sargon's predecessor Shalmaneser V and Sargon's rise to the throne are not clear. It is most assumed that Sargon deposed and assassinated Shalmaneser in a palace coup.

Whether Sargon II usurped the Assyrian throne or not is disputed. That he would have been a usurper is based on one of several possible interpretations of the meaning behind his name and on that his numerous inscriptions discuss his origin; this absence of explanation as how the king fit into the established genealogy of the Assyrian kings is not only a feature of Sargon's inscriptions but a feature of the inscriptions of both his supposed father, Tiglath-Pileser, of his son and successor, Sennacherib. Though Tiglath-Pileser is known to have been a usurper, Sennacherib was the legitimate son and heir of Sargon II. Sennacherib's silence on the matter might reflect an intention to inaugurate a new period of Assyrian history and it is possible this might explain Sargon's silence. On the other hand, Sennacherib's silence might instead be due to resentment against his father, something Sargon does not appear to have had for Tiglath-Pileser. Sargon does somet

List of WCG Ultimate Gamer episodes

This page lists all of the episodes from the seasons of the Syfy original series WCG Ultimate Gamer. Each episode consists of two main challenges based around a particular videogame title; these include a Real Life Challenge, inspired by the game, an Isolation Challenge where players try to earn the best score within a game. Rankings are determined by the combined ranking of both challenges; the player with the lowest overall ranking must face the Elimination Round, whilst the player with the highest overall ranking may choose another player to enter the Elimination Round. The two selected players face off head-to-head in the week's selected game, with the loser being eliminated from the competition. In some episodes, an additional challenge may be presented, in which players can win a special prize, such as an advantage in the following challenge. In episode 7, the players compete in Gauntlet Challenges, where the lowest scorers in each challenge would be eliminated. In episode 8, the winner is determined by.

Episode Notes Airdate: March 10, 2009 Game: Rock Band 2 Real Life Challenge: The contestants performed The Donnas' "New Kid in School" live at The Music Box Theater in Hollywood. Judges: The Donnas Teams:"Pandora Rox" "Pirates VS Ninjas" "Napalm in the Morning" Winner: "Pirates VS Ninjas" Prize: Ion Drum Rocker Premium Drum SetIsolation Challenge: The contestants performed Lit's "My Own Worst Enemy" on Rock Band 2. Teams: Green Band: Mark, JD, Kelly and Robert Red Band: Jamal, Dante and Amy Blue Band: Alyson, Chelsea and Ciji Challenge Results:Elimination Challenge: The two gamers performed The Offspring's "Come Out And Play" in a head-to-head battle in Rock Band 2. Winner: Robert Loser: JD Airdate: March 17, 2009' Game: Virtua Fighter 5 Real Life Challenge: The contestants completed a combat course in which teams must break every single board throughout the maze in order to score. Judge: Master Lew Teams: Black Team Red Team Winner: Red Team Individual Winner: Geoff Prize: Geoff received a personal one-on-one training session with Adnan Rana, reigning U.

S. WCG Virtua Fighter 5 champion. Isolation Challenge: The contestants could choose any Virtua Fighter 5 character and tried to defeat as many enemies as possible. Challenge Results:Elimination Challenge: The two gamers played a head-to-head match; the first to win five rounds wins the elimination challenge. Winner: Amy Loser: Kelly Airdate: March 24, 2009 Game: Project Gotham Racing 4 Real Life Challenge: The contestants were required to drift through an obstacle course where a still camera will take shots of the cars, which have colored lights mounted on the front and the rear. Judge: Chris Forsberg Teams: Mark and Ciji Geoff and Dante Jamal and Amy Swoozie and Chelsea Alyson and Robert Winner: Mark and Ciji Prize: Mark and Ciji won a training session with Brian Boyle, reigning U. S. WCG Project Gotham Racing 4 champion. Isolation Challenge: The gamers must complete four laps around NYC's Park Row in Project Gotham Racing 4 driving a Lotus Exige GT3; the contestant's best lap time counted as their score.

Challenge Results:Elimination Challenge: The gamers played a three-lap race around London's Westminster route. Winner: Jamal Loser: Alyson Airdate: March 31, 2009 Game: Dance Dance Revolution Universe 3 Real Life Challenge: The contestants danced in a nightclub in front of a panel of judges. Judge: So You Think You Can Dance choreographer Tyce Diorio. Round 1: Three contestants go up at once and dance to a song. One from each group will move on. First Group: Mark and Ciji Winner: Swoozie Second Group: Dante and Jamal Winner: Jamal Third Group: Chelsea and Amy Winner: Robert Round 2: The three winners of the previous rounds all danced to a techno and salsa song. Winner: Swoozie Prize: Swoozie received a Samsung Eternity phone, which he can use to call one person from home. Isolation Challenge: The gamers used a four-panel dance pad in single-player mode while dancing to Master Source's Feel the Beat. Challenge Results:Elimination Challenge: The two gamers played on Difficult level while dancing to Jamiroquai's Canned Heat.

Winner: Swoozie Loser: Geoff Airdate: April 7, 2009 Game: Halo 3 Real Life Challenge: Round 1 was a realistic paintball elimination round where the objective was to reach the enemy's elevator. Round 2 was a real life version of team assault, where each team had to retrieve a bomb using snares through a fenced-off area and crack a code which allowed the team to set and detonate a bomb in the other team's base. Teams: Red Team: Swoozie, Robert and Dante Blue Team: Chelsea, Amy and MarkWinner: Blue Team Prize: Chelsea, Amy and Mark won a coaching lesson with WCG Halo 3 champion team Mob Deep. Isolation Challenge: The contestants played a four-on-four team slayer match, where each team attempts to get the greatest amount of kills. Challenge Results:Elimination Challenge: The two gamers played a two vs. two assault match, where each player at risk chose who their partner will be. Winner: Jamal Jamal had first choice of partner, chose Robert. Loser: Dante Dante had second choice of partner, chose Mark.

Airdate: April 14, 2009 Game: NBA Live 09 Real Life Challenge: The contestants had to obtain the highest score in a three-round slam dunk contest using a diving board to jump to the hoop suspended over a swimming pool. Judges: NBA Slam Dunk Champion Spud Webb, Three-Time NBA Finalist Darryl Dawkins, Four-Time Olympic Gold Medalist Lisa Leslie Winner: Swoozie Prize: Swoozie won two tickets to an Orlando Magic game and a basketball autographed by the judges. Isolation Cha

Peng Yee Lee

Peng Yee Lee is a Singaporean mathematician and mathematics educator. Lee is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at the National Institute of Education in Singapore, he is a former President of the Southeast Asian Mathematical Society, a former Vice President of the International Commission on Mathematical Instruction, a former President of the Association of Mathematics Educators of Singapore. In mathematics, Lee's work is in analysis focusing on integration theory. Lee received his PhD from Queens University of Belfast in 1965, under the direction of Ralph Henstock. Lee has taught at the University of Malawi, the University of Auckland, Nanyang University, the National University of Singapore, the National Institute of Education in Nanyang Technological University. Lee was a President of the Southeast Asian Mathematical Society in 1981 and 1982, Vice President of the International Commission on Mathematical Instruction from 1987 to 1990 and from 1991 to 1994, he was President of the Association of Mathematics Educators in Singapore in 2000 and 2001.

In 2012, he became one of the inaugural Fellows of the American Mathematical Society. Lee worked for more than 40 years to promote the development of mathematics and mathematics education in Southeast Asia and in China, he trained a significant number of mathematicians from these regions, including those from Singapore and the Philippines. Lee has published about 100 research papers and written several books on analysis and mathematics education. Lee contributed to the development of Singapore math, a teaching method and mathematics curriculum that focus on problem solving and heuristic model drawing, which originated in Singapore in the 1980s. Peng Yee Lee Lanzhou Lectures on Henstock Integration, World Scientific. ISBN 9971-50-891-5. Peng Yee Lee and Redolf Výborný Integral: an easy approach after Kurzweil and Henstock, Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-77968-5. Peng Yee Lee Mathematics for Teaching or Mathematics for Teachers? Guest Editorial, The Mathematics Educator, Vol. 16, No. 2, 2–3.

Peng Yee Lee, Jan de Lange, William Schmidt What are PISA and TIMSS? What do they tell us? International Congress of Mathematicians. Vol. III, 1663–1672, European Mathematical Society, Zürich. Bin Xiong and Peng Yee Lee Mathematical Olympiad in China: Problems and Solutions, East China Normal University Press. Lee, P. Y, “Sixty years of mathematics syllabi and textbooks in Singapore ”. Paper presented for The First International Conference on Mathematics Curriculum at the University of Chicago, 2005. Mathematics Genealogy Project – Peng Yee Lee "Google Scholar report