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Seven Sisters

Seven Sisters may refer to: Pleiades, or Seven Sisters, a star cluster named for Pleiades, the seven sisters who are companions of Artemis in Greek mythology Seven Sisters, an album by the American band Beta Radio Seven Sisters, a special edition of the album Seven Sisters, an album by the Swedish composer and singer Meja "Seven Sisters", an instrumental piece by Tori Amos from Her 2011 album, Night of Hunters "Seven Sisters", a song by American band MewithoutYou from their album, Catch for Us the Foxes "Seven Sisters", a song by American metal band The Sword from their album, Apocryphon "The Seven Sisters", a song by American band Rainer Maria from their album, A Better Version of Me "The Seven Sisters", a song by electronic-rock artist Celldweller from his album, Wish Upon a Blackstar The Seven Sisters, a 1915 silent film starring Marguerite Clark We Were Seven Sisters, a 1939 film What Happened to Monday, a 2017 film known as Seven Sisters in Canada, Spain, Italy, Slovakia and Japan The Seven Sisters, an 1860 play The Seven Sisters, a 1975 book by Anthony Sampson about the Seven Sisters The Seven Sisters, 1992 novel by Margaret Drabble The Seven Sisters, 2014–2017 book series by Lucinda Riley Seven sisters, the seven original major movie studios Seven Sisters, a group of American women's magazines Seven Sisters, fictional characters from the Forgotten Realms role-playing game Seven Sisters Oak, largest southern live oak registered in the U.

S. Jungle babbler, a type of bird found on the Indian subcontinent, known as Seven Sisters in northern India Crinum americanum, a plant known as Seven sisters Sterculia monosperma, a type of nut from Southern China known as Seven sisters' fruit Seven Sisters, a group of small mountains on the Atherton Tableland in Australia Seven Sisters, a group of seven Stalinist skyscrapers in Moscow, Russia Seven Sisters Waterfall, Norway, a group of waterfalls in the Geirangerfjord De syv søstre, a mountain formation in Helgeland, Norway Seven Sisters, Donegal, a mountain chain in County Donegal, Ireland Seven Sisters, Tipperary/Waterford, a mountain chain in between County Tipperary and County Waterford, Ireland Seven Sisters, a group of ridgeline knobs located in the Holyoke Range of Western Massachusetts, US Seven Sisters, Baja California, Seven epic point breaks in Baja California, Mexico Seven Sisters Falls, Manitoba, a community in Manitoba, Canada Seven Sisters Peaks, British Columbia, Canada.

Seven Sisters, a former group of multinational oil companies Seven Sisters, seven Canadian law firms Seven Sisters of American Protestantism, an informal grouping of seven traditional mainline Protestant denominations Seven Sisters, a journalistic term used in reference to the seven top clubs in the Serie A between the 90s and the 2000s: Juventus F. C. A. C. Milan, Inter Milan, A. S. Roma, S. S. Lazio, ACF Fiorentina, Parma Calcio 1913 Qixi Festival, a Chinese holiday sometimes called "Seventh Sister's Birthday"

Chinese Hero: Tales of the Blood Sword

Chinese Hero: Tales of the Blood Sword is a wuxia manhua series created by Hong Kong artist Ma Wing-shing. It is referred to as Blood Sword, Blood Sword Dynasty, A Chinese Hero: Tales of the Blood Sword and A Man Called Hero; the artwork and drawing style of Chinese Hero is responsible for the modern characteristics of manhua. It was a breakthrough in terms of using high levels of details, realistic style, clear cut action scenes and skillful use of color in combination with an engrossing plot; the manhua turned the artist Ma Wing-shing from rags to riches. Ma became the most popular manhua artist in Hong Kong at that time; the story was an immediate hit selling 45,000 copies. At the peak of its popularity, sales hit peaks of 200,000 copies, it is famous for having characters that are physically imperfect, such as missing an eye or limb for the sake to express the realism that real life people are not perfect. Season 1: Setting in 1940s, when the people of newly-established Republic of China become victim of inequalities in both aspects from a nation and a society under the might of Eight-Nation Alliance, the young martial artist Wah Ying-hung found his family being brutally murdered by westerner-backed tycoon for his family treasure, Blood Sword.

After seeking vengeance on the Westerners who murdered his family with the same weapon, Wah Ying-hung flees to America to start a new-but-embittered life as a slave-miner. Throughout his adventures in America and facing local Mafias fuel by The Great Depression, he meets new friends such as Ghost-server and Gold Dragon and becomes a powerful martial arts master. However, powerful enemies show up in the form of the ruthless Black Dragon Gang under the leadership of General B. D. and following the countdown to a great war, the Japanese Shinobi group Rashu-Mon has infiltrated US for their missions and personal gains. As the struggle for their life and nations become harder and dirtier, Wah find himself up against gang wars, murder and racial discrimination, where it is his duty to fight against all of above... Season 2: Following showdown with B. D. G. and Rashu-Mon, Wah Ying-hung and his wife, Chan Gi-Yue, decided to escape for peace with their new-born children. Only to be ambushed by killers under B.

D. G. Aboard their Ocean liner, Gi-Yue was murdered. In despair, Ying-hung's assault to B. D. G. were stopped by the legendary Swordmaster before the deadly dual with General B. D. Tasked by the Swordmaster to protect U. S. Chinatown after his demise, Ying-hung must embrace the renewed conflict and defeat the monster created by his own anger as the Hero of China, the new owner of Landmark Chinese restaurant. Season 3: Years have passed since the tragic Ocean-liner incident as Wah Ying-hung become more stoic and tattered than ever. One day, a mysterious teenager visit Landmark Chinese restaurant with an Umbrella said to be related with the most notorious Kung Fu master of China. With hope of the possibility that the teenager might be his long-lost son, Wah Gim-hung, Ying-hung search "Gim-hung" with renewed vigour. Only to found himself being destined to become the Lone Star---- chained by the fate to bring misfortune to others and loneliness to himself until death. Tenka-Muteki the undefeated, challenged Ying-hung with the undefeated Shinto-no-Kiri.

Wah Ying-hung the Lone Star must go to his last and greatest dual, Man against Man and Man against Destiny itself----the Dual of Statue Of Liberty. Chinese Hero was first published in Golden Daily in 1980 and was a supplement to Wong Yuk-long's Drunken Master, it later became its own separate manhua. The first issue of the Chinese Hero periodical was published in 1982. In late 1988, Jademan Comics started publishing Chinese Hero in English under the title The Blood Sword, criticised for poor translation. Jademan published a second series titled Blood Sword Dynasty which followed the adventures of the protagonist Wah Ying-hung's son, Wah Kim-hung. Ma Wing-shing left Jademan by 1989; the Chinese manhua Blood Sword Dynasty is part of the same series as Chinese Hero and not a spin-off. Despite its popularity, the series was canceled in 1995. In October 2006, publishers DrMaster announced that they were planning to release a new English translation of Chinese Hero; these new releases included an all new English translation as well as new digital re-coloration.

The re-release started from the beginning of the second series, with the plot alteration of Hero's parents being murdered by a "rival martial arts clan" instead of Westerners in the original version, due to the first series use of anti-Western sentiments. The reprints at the point of volume 8 do not extend beyond the original plot of the original Jademan comics; the collections are: Chinese Hero: Tales of the Blood Sword volume 1 Tales of the Blood Sword volume 2 Tales of the Blood Sword volume 3 Tales of the Blood Sword volume 4 Tales of the Blood Sword volume 5 Tales of the Blood Sword volume 6 Tales of the Blood Sword volume 7 Tales of the Blood Sword volume 8 Ekin Cheng starred in a 1999 Hong Kong film titled A Man Called Hero directed by Andrew Lau. Although the plot differed from the original story, the film was popular and became the highest grossing Hong Kong film up to that time. In 1990 Hong Kong's ATV aired a 25 episodes television series based on the manhua, it was titled The Blood Sword and starred Ke

Coat of arms of Seychelles

The coat of arms of the Republic of Seychelles shows a shield, in which a giant tortoise is located on green grounds. On the ground there is a coco de mer palm tree. Behind it there is a blue sea with a sail ship to be seen; the shield is enthroned by a silver helmet, on which a white-tailed tropicbird is located above blue and white waves. The shield is supported by two white sailfish. Beneath the shield the motto of Seychelles is stated: "Finis Coronat Opus". After the separation of Seychelles from the Mauritius in 1903, a new badge for Seychelles was adopted; the new badge was designed by Major-General Charles George Gordon. The badge consisted of a disc with a picture of the coast of Mahé with a Coco de mer on the shore, some shrubs and a giant Tortoise. On a listel in the base is the motto Finis Coronat Opvs; the second coat of arms was embellished and augmented in 1961. The coat of arms was designed by Mrs. Alec McEwen of Toronto. On the coat of arms, a second island was added, symbolizing the other 114 islands of the archipelago.

In the ocean, a schooner symbolizes the traffic between the islands. Around the badge is a bordure with stylized waves and the title and the motto of the colony; the current coat of arms was given by the Royal Warrant of Queen Elizabeth II, dated 27 May 1976. On 18 June 1996, by the National Symbols Act of 1996, the colour of the coat of arms were changed to a brighter color; the most significant change was the change of the torse on the helmet, from white-blue-red, to blue-yellow-red-white-green. New National Symbols of the Republic of the Seychelles, Adopted 18th June 1996 Media related to Coats of arms of Seychelles at Wikimedia Commons

American India Foundation

The American India Foundation is a nonprofit American organization, devoted to accelerating social and economic change in India. The AIF has partnered with 227 of India's NGOs to build a trusted network for implementation and sustainability while raising over $84 million since its inception, it is one of the largest secular, non-partisan American organizations supporting development work in India. AIF awards grants to education and public health projects in India – with emphases on elementary education, women's empowerment, HIV/AIDS, respectively. AIF has a program called Digital Equalizer which attempts to bridge the digital divide by providing computers, internet access and training to under-resourced Indian schools, it funds the Service Corps Fellowship, renamed the William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service to India on May 11, 2009, which sends skilled young Americans to work with NGOs in India for a ten-month period; the fellowship helps exchange technical skills, intellectual resources and helps increase the capacity of Indian NGOs to continue their work while giving American leaders a good understanding of India.

The American India Foundation was founded by a group of Indian-Americans responding to the 2001 Gujarat earthquake. Former United States President Bill Clinton serves as the Honorary Chair, has been involved in a number of AIF events. In cases of major national disasters in India, AIF has been involved in relief and rehabilitation efforts, it has undertaken three campaigns for relief and rehabilitation: In 2001, after the Gujarat earthquake. In 2004, after the tsunami In 2005, after the Kashmir earthquakeAIF takes a multi-phased approach to disaster relief: relief and rehabilitation. AIF's focus is the long-term rehabilitation of communities, it dedicates most of its resources to this phase. In Gujarat and Tamil Nadu, AIF funded organizations in affected communities for up to three years following the earthquake so that NGO partners could identify long-term solutions to improve the lives of people affected by disaster. AIF's approach to grant making in the area of elementary education is premised on the following: It is the state's responsibility to fulfill its constitutional mandate of free and compulsory education for all children between 6 and 14 years of age.

The government has committed itself to the Universalisation of Elementary Education by 2010. AIF's education grants program, focuses on complementing and supplementing state efforts in meeting the above commitments, it does this by working with partner NGOs that: Focus on the “left-out children” and find ways to ensure that such children have access to quality education, are able to complete the primary and the elementary cycle. AIF works with the following categories of children who are excluded due to a complex combination of physical and social reasons: children of seasonal migrants deprived urban children children of sex workers children with disabilities children living with HIV/AIDSIn all these groups, the focus is on girl children, children of ethnic/religious minorities. Work on improving the quality of education, strengthening government schools. Major grants have been awarded to 12 NGO partners in education including Nidan and Bodh AIF's focus is to enhance the livelihoods of poor and marginalized communities in rural and urban areas with a particular emphasis on promoting empowered and dignified livelihoods for women, youth and people living with HIV & AIDS.

Broadly, the AIF livelihood strategy is organized around two sub-sectors—rural livelihoods and urban livelihoods--- with micro finance as a cross-cutting theme in both contexts. In rural areas, AIF concentrates on those geographies and constituencies that are characterized by being chronically drought-prone, undulating topography, an acute degradation of natural resources, semi-arid climatic conditions and afflicted by shortages of drinking water. In these places in years of adequate rainfall, crop distress is caused by the gaps in the rain at critical points of time in the crop growth cycle. In such geographies, AIF's emphasis is on improving poor communities women groups’, with access to and additional control over natural resources around water and forest. Alternative and sustainable uses of water and forest are promoted in enhancing livelihoods opportunities; the link between water and development is recognized in the Millennium Development Goals which set specific targets for water: By 2015, the population which has no sustainable access to safe water resources must be halved.

AIF partners’ efforts are directed towards community mobilization, forming women's self-help groups, strengthening community-based institutional arrangements. This will ensure the sustainability of these institutions, proactively resolve the competing resource-use conflicts, bring women's perspectives to the top of the priority list. Particular attention is given to encourage dialogue to resolve contentious issues, allow women to make key decisions and choices, lay dawn transparent resolution strategies and mechanisms to address conflict resolution. Systematically documenting community watershed works with an objective to learn from different situations - on conflict resolution and gender - and influencing the larger discourse and public policy, are of highest priority for AIF. In urban areas, AIF's work priorities go beyond large metro cities, i.e. focus on medium and small towns from poorer states in northern and eastern India. Urban population growth is much higher than the rate of overall population growth, an estimated 29% of India'

Berkeley family

The Berkeley family is an aristocratic English family, nearly unique in English history in that it has to this day an unbroken male line of descent from a noble Saxon ancestor before the Norman conquest of England in 1066 and retains possession of much of the lands it held from the 11th and 12th centuries, centred on Berkeley Castle in Gloucestershire, which still belongs to the family. The Berkeley family descends in the male line from Robert Fitzharding, 1st feudal baron of Berkeley, reputedly the son of Harding of Bristol, the son of Eadnoth the Constable, a high official under King Edward the Confessor. Berkeley Castle, the caput of the barony, the adjoining town of Berkeley are located in the county of Gloucestershire and are situated about five miles west of Dursley and eighteen miles southwest of Gloucester, northeast of Bristol; the location has conferred various titles on the family over the centuries, including Baron Berkeley, Earl of Berkeley, Marquess of Berkeley. Berkeley Castle was granted by William the Conqueror to the Norman Roger de Berkeley, feudal baron of Dursley, under the feudal tenure of fee-farm.

However, this Norman family, which had taken its name from its tenure of Berkeley Castle, was stripped of its tenure by King Henry II shortly before he became king. The tenure was re-granted to his supporter and financier the Anglo-Saxon Robert Fitzharding, of Bristol, as a feudal barony. Shortly afterwards, under the encouragement of Henry II, who had regretted the effect of his dispossession of Roger, the two families were united by the forced intermarriage by contract of the eldest son and heir of each to the other's eldest daughter, thus the heirs of both Roger de Berkeley and of Robert Fitzharding either adopted, or continued the use of, the surname "de Berkeley", the former retaining the truncated feudal barony of Dursley, the latter establishing his line as feudal barons of Berkeley Castle. Both lines of Berkeleys therefore originated as cousins, but it was the line of the feudal barons of Berkeley, descended from Fitzharding in the male line, by far the more powerful and which would play the more prominent role in British history in the next several centuries.

The Scottish Clan Barclay may not be descended from the family. Additionally, historians on Scottish clans and surnames point out that the Barclay clan spelling moves into the Berkeley spelling; this descends from Sir Maurice Berkeley, a politician who rose in the Tudor court. He came from the Berkeleys of Stoke Gifford, a cadet branch of the main Berkeley family, as a descendant of Sir Maurice de Berkeley, younger son of Maurice de Berkeley, 2nd Baron Berkeley; this Sir Maurice, before being killed at the Siege of Calais in 1347, had acquired Stoke Gifford in 1337, founded the line of Berkeley of Stoke Gifford. By now a remote cousin of the main line, in his career the Tudor Sir Maurice's initial advantage was his mother's second marriage to Sir John FitzJames, Lord Chief Justice of the King's Bench, 1526–1539. By 1538 this had brought him into the household of Thomas Cromwell, from which he passed into the royal household by 1539, he built a house on the site of Bruton Priory, a spoil of the Dissolution of the Monasteries, incorporating some of the buildings, but this was demolished in 1786.

His "Bruton branch" of the family produced a number of notable figures until the 18th century, including five Barons Berkeley of Stratton, four Viscount Fitzhardinges, as well as William Berkeley, Governor of Virginia. Berkeley Square in London derives its name from this branch. Saxon lineage – the Arden family Saxon lineage – the Swinton family Virgoe, title=BERKELEY, Sir Maurice I, of Bruton, Som. History of Parliament Online, accessed,22 November 2015 GEC Peerage, Volume 2, pp. 118–149, Berkeley Sanders, I. J. English Baronies, Oxford, 1960, p. 13, Berkeley Smyth, John. The Lives of the Berkeleys, Lords of the Honour and Manor of Berkeley from 1066 to 1618, ed. Maclean, Sir John, 3 vols. Gloucester, 1883-1885 Vol 1, 1883 Vol 2, 1883 Vol.3, 1885 "Archival material relating to the Berkeley family". UK National Archives

Linda Rising

Linda Rising is an American author, independent consultant and chief operating officer of The Hillside Group. Rising is credited as having played a major role in having "moved the pattern approach from design into corporate change." She contributed to the book 97 Things Every Software Architect Should Know, edited by Kevlin Henney and published by O´Reilly in 2009. In 1964, Rising obtained a bachelor's degree in chemistry at the University of Kansas, in 1984 a Master of Science degree in computer science at Southern Illinois University and in 1987 a M. A. in mathematics at the Southwest Missouri State University. In 1992, Rising obtained her PhD degree in computer science from the Arizona State University, with her thesis entitled Information hiding metrics for modular programming languages relating to object-based design metrics. Rising taught as instructor in mathematics and computer science at various universities throughout the midwest from 1977 to 1984 and worked as assistant professor from 1984 to 1987 at Indiana UniversityPurdue University Fort Wayne.

In industry, she worked in the areas of telecommunications and tactical weapons systems. Rising has extended the use of patterns, building upon the work of Christopher Alexander on a pattern language for architecture and the work of the Gang of Four on patterns for software development, she extended the use of patterns to the support of organisational change. Her work and lectures cover patterns, agile development approaches and the change process, topics on which she is an internationally known lecturer. Since 2010, she is editor of the Insights series of the IEEE Software magazine, her book The Pattern Almanac 2000 provides a comprehensive inventory of patterns compiled from publications in patterns conferences and books prior to the year 2000. The patterns are listed by name and divided into categories, for each pattern a rudimentary description as well as a reference to a book, journal or URL where the actual published pattern can be found is provided; the Pattern Almanac 2000 has been cited as reference on existing patterns and used as starting-point of further research.

Rising's indexing of existing patterns is seen as "a significant start toward achieving the ultimate goal of a pattern database."The study The scrum software development process for small teams by Rising and Norman S. Janoff is cited as first published study in which the scrum, a development process for small teams which includes a series of "sprints" which each last between one and four weeks, was tested in real-life projects; the study has been cited for showing "that nonhierarchical teams work more through the complex iterations and time-consuming gestation of a software program" and that "they gain strength through shared successes and failures". She is editor of the book Design Patterns in Communication Software, a compendium of patterns, which appeared 2001. Contributors to her book include experts from the patterns community such as James O. Coplien and Douglas C. Schmidt, she is author of Fearless Change: Patterns for Introducing New Ideas, co-authored with Mary Lynn Manns and published 2004.

Rising has been keynote speaker at the agile 2007 conference, the OOP 2009 conference, the Agile testing days Berlin 2010, at the GOTO Amsterdam 2014 conference, at the European Testing Conference 2016 in Bukarest Her work has inspired many in the agile community, for instance Steve Adolph and Paul Bramble, together with Alistair Cockburn and Andy Pols, expanded further on Rising's use patterns. Rising lives in Phoenix, Arizona. Mary Lynn Manns, Linda Rising: Fearless Change: Patterns for Introducing New Ideas, Addison-Wesley, 2004, ISBN 978-0-201-74157-5 - cited ca. 60 times Linda Rising, Douglas C. Schmidt: Design Patterns in Communication Software, Cambridge University Press, 2001, ISBN 978-0-521-79040-6 - abstract - cited ca. 50 times Linda Rising: The Pattern Almanac 2000, Addison Wesley, 2000, ISBN 978-0-201-61567-8 - cited ca. 30 times Linda Rising: The Patterns Handbook: Techniques and Applications, SIGS Reference Library, Cambridge University Press, 1998, ISBN 978-0-521-64818-9 Linda Rising: Patterns Handbook: Best Practices, Cambridge University Press, 1997, ISBN 1-884842-59-3 - cited ca. 25 times Linda Sue Rising: Information hiding metrics for modular programming languages, Doctoral Dissertation, Arizona State University, 1992 Works by Linda Rising at Open Library Homepage Linda Rising, speaker at QCon Linda Rising, author overview at InfoQ Interview on Coding By Numbers Podcast