Tess of the d'Urbervilles

Tess of the d'Urbervilles: A Pure Woman Faithfully Presented is a novel by Thomas Hardy. It appeared in a censored and serialised version, published by the British illustrated newspaper The Graphic in 1891 in book form in three volumes in 1891, as a single volume in 1892. Though now considered a major nineteenth-century English novel and Hardy's fictional masterpiece, Tess of the d'Urbervilles received mixed reviews when it first appeared, in part because it challenged the sexual morals of late Victorian England; the novel is set in impoverished rural England, Thomas Hardy's fictional Wessex, during the Long Depression of the 1870s. Tess is Joan Durbeyfield, uneducated peasants. However, John is given the impression by Parson Tringham that he may have noble blood, as "Durbeyfield" is a corruption of "d'Urberville", the surname of an extinct noble Norman family. Knowledge of this goes to John's head; that same day, Tess participates in the village May Dance, where she first sees Angel Clare, youngest son of Reverend James Clare.

Angel is on a walking tour with his two brothers, but stops to join the dance and partners several other girls. He notices Tess too late to dance with her, as he is late for his promised return to his brothers. Tess feels slighted. Tess's father gets too drunk to drive to the market that night, so Tess undertakes the journey herself with her younger brother. However, she falls asleep at the reins, the family's only horse, encounters a speeding wagon and is fatally wounded. Tess feels so guilty over Prince's death and the economic consequences for the family that she agrees, against her better judgment, to visit Mrs. d'Urberville, a rich widow who lives in a rural mansion near the town of Trantridge, "claim kin". She is unaware that, in reality, Mrs. d'Urberville's husband Simon Stoke adopted the surname though he was unrelated to the real d'Urbervilles. Tess does not succeed in meeting Mrs. d'Urberville, but chances to meet her libertine son, who takes a fancy to Tess and secures her a position as poultry keeper on the estate.

Although Tess tells them about her fear that he might try to seduce her, her parents encourage her to accept the job, secretly hoping that Alec might marry her. Tess dislikes Alec but endures his persistent unwanted attention to earn enough to replace her family's horse. Despite his cruel and manipulative behaviour, the threat that Alec presents to Tess's virtue is sometimes obscured for Tess by her inexperience and daily commonplace interactions with him. Late one night, walking home from town with some other Trantridge villagers, Tess inadvertently antagonizes Car Darch, Alec's most discarded favourite, finds herself in physical danger; when Alec rides up and offers to "rescue" her from the situation, she accepts. Instead of taking her home, however, he rides through the fog until they reach an ancient grove in a forest called "The Chase", where he informs her that he is lost and leaves on foot to get his bearings. Alec returns to find Tess asleep, it is implied that he rapes her. Mary Jacobus, a commentator on Hardy's works, speculates that the ambiguity may have been forced on the author to meet the requirements of his publisher and the "Grundyist" readership of his time.

Tess goes home to her father's cottage, where she keeps entirely to her room feeling both traumatized and ashamed of having lost her virginity. The following summer, she gives birth to a sickly boy. On his last night alive, Tess baptises him herself, because her father would not allow the parson to visit, stating that he did not want the parson to "pry into their affairs"; the boy is given the name'Sorrow', but despite the baptism Tess can only arrange his burial in the "shabby corner" of the churchyard reserved for unbaptised infants. Tess adds a homemade cross to the grave with flowers in an empty marmalade jar. More than two years after the Trantridge debacle, now twenty, has found employment outside the village, where her past is not known, she works for Mrs. Crick as a milkmaid at Talbothays Dairy. There, she befriends three of her fellow milkmaids, Izz and Marian, meets again Angel Clare, now an apprentice farmer who has come to Talbothays to learn dairy management. Although the other milkmaids are in love with him, Angel singles out Tess, the two fall in love.

Angel spends a few days away from the dairy. His brothers Felix and Cuthbert, both ordained Church of England ministers, note Angel's coarsened manners, while Angel considers them staid and narrow-minded; the Clares have long hoped that Angel would marry Mercy Chant, a pious schoolmistress, but Angel argues that a wife who knows farm life would be a more practical choice. He tells his parents about Tess, they agree to meet her, his father, the Reverend James Clare, tells Angel about his efforts to convert the local populace, mentioning his failure to tame a young miscreant named Alec d'Urberville. Angel asks Tess to marry him; this puts Tess in a painful dilemma: Angel thinks her a virgin, she shrinks from confessing her past. Such is her love for him, that she agrees to the marriage, pretending that she only hesitated because she had heard he hated old families and thought he would not approve of her d'Urberville ancestry. However, he is pleased by this news because he thinks it will make their match more suitable in the eyes of his family.

As the marriage approaches, Tess grows troubled. She writes to her mother for advice, her anxiety increases when a man from Trantridge, named Groby, recognises her and crudely alludes to her history. Ange

Shellpot Branch

The Shellpot Branch is a former Pennsylvania Railroad/Penn Central through-freight railroad owned and operated by Norfolk Southern since its acquisition, along with CSX Transportation, of Conrail in 1999. The branch allows Norfolk Southern, since the opening of a new bridge in 2001, to bypass the city of Wilmington and allows direct access to both the Port of Wilmington and the New Castle Secondary, which connects to the Delmarva Subdivision of the Delmarva Central Railroad that runs to Central Delaware and Virginia's Eastern Shore. Both ends of the branch connect with Amtrak's Northeast Corridor and, like all of the PRR's through-freight lines, was electrified from 1935 until the Conrail era; the line was built doubly tracked, but was subsequently converted to single track. The line begins at its northern terminus at the Bell Interlocking near Claymont, Delaware, a flying junction 39.776234°N 75.47851°W / 39.776234. Consisting of a single grade-separated overpass bridge used by northbound NEC, the two inner tracks which become the Shellpot Branch duck underneath of the bridge and comes level with the two passenger tracks at the Bellevue Substation 39°46′03″N 75°29′02″W, which converts the 138 kV, 25 Hz AC transmission power to the 11 kV, 25 Hz AC traction power used on the overhead catenary used by the Amtrak and SEPTA trains.

See Amtrak's 25 Hz Traction Power System. South of Bellevue, the two electrified tracks reduce to a single track, but less than a mile after the reduction, a non-electrified track that becomes the Shellpot Branch splits back off the electrified single track that goes into Amtrak's Wilmington Maintenance Facility 39.746802°N 75.52128°W / 39.746802. An additional non-electrified track which serves the former Chemours Edgemoor freight siding splits off from the NEC at the Interstate 495 underpass. Just after the divergence from the NEC right-of-way, the line enters the NS Edgemoor Yard 39.745563°N 75.518303°W / 39.745563. The line parallels I-495 and passes under 12th Street crosses over the Christina River on a single-track turntable bridge, rebuilt in 2001 39.728574°N 75.533645°W / 39.728574. Past the bridge, the New Castle Secondary splits off at a wye junction 39.726463°N 75.538409°W / 39.726463. The Shellpot Branch ends with the line rejoining the NEC at the line's Ragan interlocking 39.715252°N 75.594188°W / 39.715252.

The Shellpot branch features two separate swing bridges crossing the winding Christina River at different locations. The first bridge, "Bridge" or No. 3 Drawbridge, located 3.77 miles from Bellevue Tower, had become a dilapidated two-track structure that forced Conrail, due to budgetary restrictions, to abandon the bridge and restructure Shellpot Branch operations in the mid-1990s. For nearly ten years the bridge sat idle. A novel public-private partnership between Conrail's successor, Norfolk Southern, the state of Delaware resulted in the state providing capital to rebuild the bridge. In return, the bridge became a toll bridge for twenty years, with NS paying the state a fee for each car transported over the bridge. Due to the historic nature of the bridge, the movable span was refurbished; the approach piers were replaced. Although the bridge has the width to accommodate two tracks, it was rebuilt with the single track structure centered within the bridge structure; the second bridge, "Ward" or No. 4 Drawbridge, is located 5.22 miles from Bellevue, has not required rebuilding.

However, it is out of service to water traffic, as the bridge's control shack and interlocking signals have been removed, the central fender is overgrown with trees, the Christina's navigable channel now stops just short of this bridge. The operator of "Ward" bridge controlled an adjacent swing bridge which carried a former Reading and Baltimore and Ohio Railroad branch to Pigeon Point on the Delaware River, which crossed the Shellpot Branch on a diamond; the Reading branch was abandoned after Conrail was formed in 1976 and its bridge has been left in the open position since

ASC Daco-Getica București

Asociația Sport Club Daco-Getica București known as Daco-Getica București, is a professional Romanian football club based in Bucharest. From 1992 to the summer of 2018, the team was known as Juventus București, a name, used by unrelated Petrolul Ploiești in the past. One year prior to the renaming, Daco-Getica played their first season in the Liga I, the top division in the country. Daco-Getica dissolved its senior squad after 13 rounds played of the 2019–20 Liga II season. Thus, under the ownership of Ilie Ciuclea, in 1992 was founded Juventus Colentina București, club that had no legacy with the old Juventus, but was founded to become a football school which would act as a launch pad for young talents, it was enrolled in the Liga III on the place of Calculatorul București, the old club of Colentina neighbourhood, which disappeared from the stage of the Romanian football system, by this maneuver. Action "Juventus, 1992" has proposed an attempt to follow in the footsteps of the founder of the original Juventus, Ettore Brunelli, to honour his memory and highlight his merits.

It was clear. Ciuclea searched for potential descendants or heirs in an attempt to offer a symbolic continuation of the old club's tradition. There were intense correspondences between SC Supercom SA by general manager Ilie Ciuclea, the Italian Red Cross and the Italian Embassy in Bucharest, the final result of all efforts was expressed in the answer given on 20 October 2000 by the Italian Embassy in Bucharest which said: It is that Ettore Brunelli, with his two sons, have left the country after nationalizing it in 1948 the evidence was lost in the political conditions of the time. After the refoundation Juventus played at Liga III and promoted in the Liga II for the first time in its history at the end of the 2009–10 season. In the Liga II Juventus made two weak seasons, in the first one finished 16th, the last one of the 1st series, but was saved by relegation due to lack of teams. For the second season the club was moved in the 2nd series, but relegated again, this time occupying the 14th place.

After winning the second series of Liga III, at the end of the 2015–16 season, the club promoted back to Liga II, after a hiatus of 4 years. Next year, Romanian Football Federation changed Liga II's system from the one with two series to a league with only one series of 20 teams, after one year since promoting from Liga III, Juventus managed to win the league and thus promoting for the first time in the Liga I, by becoming the first single winner of Liga II. Liga I it turned out to be "a nut too hard to break" for "The Old Lady from Colentina" and after finishing the regular season only on the 14th place, with only 11 points, the team made a better play out, but insufficient to save from relegation, finishing 14th with only 17 points, 10 points away from 13th place and 13 points away from a safe place. After relegating from Liga I at the end of their first season in the top flight of the Romanian football, the club was forced to change its name after being summoned by Juventus Torino to remove the word "Juventus".

Thus, from the summer of 2018 the side is known as ASC Daco-Getica București, a reference to the Daco-Getae people belonging to the Thracian branch, who lived on the territory of Romania in the past and are the precursors of the Romanian people. Liga II Winners: 2016–17 Liga III Winners: 2009–10, 2015–16 Runners-up: 1998–99, 2001–02, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2014–15 ASC Daco-Getica București on Facebook Club profile on UEFA's official website Club profile on LPF's official website