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The House of the Dead III

The House of the Dead III is a 2002 light gun arcade game with a horror zombie-survival theme, the third installment to the House of the Dead series of video games, developed by Wow Entertainment and Sega. It was ported to the Xbox in 2003, Microsoft Windows in 2005, the Wii in 2008 in a compilation with The House of the Dead 2, PlayStation 3 in 2012 with PlayStation Move support; the game was remade with typing controls as The Typing of the Dead 2 in 2008. The game continues the story of the previous games and introduces new gameplay concepts such as story branching; the game's protagonist is daughter of Thomas Rogan and Sophie Richards. The zombie infestation has spread all over the world, reducing the world into desolation with the civilization collapsing. In 2019, a paramilitary force led by retired AMS agent Thomas Rogan infiltrates the EFI Research Facility, a research center owned by Dr. Roy Curien located in an unnamed place in Europe or North America, to investigate what led to the world's collapse.

During the mission, his entire team is killed, until he and his second-in-command, Captain Dan Taylor are left. When they manage to find their answer in a giant laboratory, Death, a gigantic mutant who serves as the facility's security guard, kills Taylor and injures Rogan. While fighting to stay alive, Rogan is approached by an unidentified figure in a semi-corporate attire who offers help. Contact with him is lost. Two weeks on October 31, Rogan's daughter, accompanied by his former partner, semi-retired agent "G", arrives at the facility to rescue him. While navigating through the facility, they fend off against hordes of undead creatures, before they encounter Death, whom they fight twice, they fight a deformed sloth, The Fool, a mutated tendrilous plant named The Sun. Along the way, Lisa muses to "G" how she has to live in the shadows of her well-known father and that she is the subject of his comparison. Throughout the game, flashbacks reveal Curien's motivation in his obsession of studying matters of life and death that resulted in him triggering the Curien Mansion's outbreak back in 1998.

His unethical methods led him to believe he would be able to change the world for a better future by developing the mutation. After more fights, Lisa and "G" reunite with Rogan, they are met by the same figure who approached Rogan in the prologue, revealed to be Daniel Curien, who laments his father's experiments that destroyed the world. After Rogan reveals on how Daniel tended to him, G gets Rogan to safety, while Daniel and Lisa form an alliance to destroy an entity known as the Wheel of Fate; when they reach the giant laboratory, Daniel reveals that the Wheel of Fate is his father's body, which underwent a 19-year resurrection process following his death by The Magician, adding that he hacked the program used in its creation some time prior to Lisa and G's arrival, in order to prevent it from being released and destroying the world, saying that the future belongs to the people who are still alive and fighting. The two fight and manage to defeat the Wheel of Fate; the game has four endings, each played depending on the player's performance and the final path they took in the game.

The first ending sees Daniel, "G", Rogan, leaving the facility, with Daniel stating that he will not let his father's efforts go to waste and he will come back to the EFI lab if the humans go down the wrong path again. If a player's rank consists of a B, C, D, or E rank, this ending will be played, this is considered as the canonical ending of The House of the Dead III; the second ending is the same as the first, except that Daniel loses the will to go on and reveals that his father's medication has mutated him into a zombie in front of the horrified Lisa. This occurs when a player's rank defeated Death as the Chapter 4 boss; the third ending, comedic, shows Daniel and Lisa discovering that a zombie had stolen Lisa and G's van, wherein Lisa gives chase with Daniel following her while G and Rogan watch from a distance. This occurs when a player's rank defeated Sun as the Chapter 4 boss; the fourth ending depicts a mysterious man in a business suit entering the laboratory where the Wheel of Fate took place and picks one of Curien's vials, muttering that Curien did not understand its true purpose.

This occurs when a player's rank defeated Fool as the Chapter 4 boss. The House of the Dead III departs from the original games in many ways: the most obvious being weaponry; the former is apparent upon playing the Xbox version. The shotgun used in the game no longer requires the traditional "point off-screen" reload, but rather reloads automatically. Reloading still happens without prompt as soon as the gun needs it; the arcade version differs here, because there is the presence of light guns, allowing for similar speedy reloading. A reload is achieved by pumping the shotgun controller. While playing the game on Xbox, the light gun controller released by Madcatz may be used. A branching storyline was handled differently. In The House of the Dead III, the player is given options for navigating through the game prior to the start of most stages going through the same areas with different results dependent on the order chosen. Another important difference is the absence of civilians. Unlike the first two The Hous

2015–16 Iranian Volleyball Super League

The Iranian Volleyball Super League 2015–16 was the 29th season of the Iranian Volleyball Super League, the highest professional volleyball league in Iran. Gohar Kavir Zahedan withdrew during the Regular Season due to financial problems. All results were declared void. All times are Iran Standard Time. Sarmayeh Bank Tehran vs. Arman ArdakanSamen Al-hojaj Khorasan vs. Shahrdari TabrizPaykan Tehran vs. Matin VaraminShahrdari Urmia vs. Saipa Tehran Sarmayeh Bank Tehran vs. Samen Al-hojaj KhorasanPaykan Tehran vs. Shahrdari Urmia Samen Al-hojaj Khorasan vs. Shahrdari UrmiaShahrdari Urmia and Samen Al-hojaj Khorasan shared the 3rd place. Sarmayeh Bank Tehran vs. Paykan Tehran Łukasz Żygadło Valerio Vermiglio Nikolay Nikolov Vojin Ćaćić Valentin Bratoev Nico Freriks Iran Volleyball Federation

Witoto people

The Witoto people are an indigenous people in southeastern Colombia and northern Peru. The Witoto people were once composed of 100 villages or 31 tribes, but disease and conflict have reduced their numbers. At the early 20th century, Witoto population was 50,000; the rubber boom in the mid-20th century brought diseases and displacement to the Witotos, causing their numbers to plummet to 7,000–10,000. The rubber boom increased outside interest in the caucho extraction due to the surge in production and demand. In the Witoto region, Julio Cesar Arana was one of the main figures of the rubber industry, he founded the Peruvian Amazonian Company, a business that extracted and sold Amazonian caucho rubber. The company relied on indigenous, including Witoto, he kept his workers in unending servitude through constant debt and physical torture, his practices had such a large negative impact on the surrounding indigenous nations that, by the time the company’s work ended, indigenous populations in the area had declined by more than half of their original numbers.

Since the 1990s, cattle ranchers have invaded Witoto lands, depleted the soil, polluted the waterways. In response to the incursions, the Colombian government established several reservations for Witotos. Witoto peoples practice slash-and-burn agriculture. To prevent depleting the land, they relocate their fields every few yields. Major crops include cacao, maize and sweet manioc, mangoes, pineapples, sugar cane, sweet potatoes, yams. Tobacco and peanuts are cultivated in small quantities. Ethnobotanists have studied Witoto agriculture due to its sustainability. Witoto men hunt with shotguns. Traditionally, the Witoto people lived according to their patrilineal lineage; this practice is less common today. They live in communal houses known as maloca that several families share; every family has an independent sector. Their diets consist of Casabe, arepas made with yuca brava flour, protein from hunting and fishing. In their maloca, men have a specific place where they can consume an ancestral green powder called mambe, or jiibie.

This powder is made from the ashes of yarumo. Traditionally, when Witoto men consume mambe they play drums called Maguare, which can be heard kilometers away; the purpose of these drums are to communicate with nearby tribes. "Huitoto Tribe in Colombia Teaches its Native Language", Indian Country Today

Slavi's Show

Slavi's Show was a long-running Bulgarian evening talk show aired every workday on bTV from 22:30 to 23:30 EET and hosted by Slavi Trifonov. The show airs live at 20:00 EET; the program blends elements of dancing, talk show, live music, stand-up comedy and talent contest. It has a female dancing group, its own music band, Ku-Ku Band and a company of actors. Among the show's guests have been Bond, Lord of the Dance, Luciano Benetton, Lech Wałęsa, Wesley Clark, Mikhail Gorbachev, Borislav Ivanov, Viswanathan Anand, Vinnie Jones, Nick Mason, Michelle Rodriguez, Brad Meltzer, Carl Lewis, Michael Malarkey, Steven Seagal, Franz Beckenbauer, Hristo Stoichkov, Fernando Allende, Paolo Coelho, Mark Selby, Juan Pablo Montoya, Lou Bega, Irvine Welsh, Lama Ole Nydahl, Wu-Tang Clan, Željko Joksimović, Yana Marinova, Goran Bregović, Tose Proeski, Karolina Goceva, Neda Ukraden, Ceca Raznatovic, Dragana Mirkovic, t. A. T.u. Dima Bilan, Philip Kirkorov, Elena Paparizou, Anna Vissi, Keti Garbi, Army Of Lovers, Lyubomir Neikov, Ace Of Base, KariZma, Victoria Silvstedt, Melissa Smith, Tiziano Ferro, Lorenzo Lamas, David Coverdale, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Stephen Baldwin, Ray Liotta, Asia, Judas Priest, Devin Townsend, Michael Schenker, Ken Hensley, John Lawton, Michael Bolton, Glenn Hughes, Charles Aznavour, all Presidents of Bulgaria, as well as famous representatives of Bulgaria's political and cultural elite.

During its first years Slavi's Show was the most popular Bulgarian TV program, with every episode being watched by around 1.5 million of the country's total population of 7.3 million: a remarkable achievement extending bTV's prime time to include the late-night show as well. The show is popular in the Republic of Macedonia and Serbia. It's watched by many Bulgarian immigrants all over the world The show has its own TV studio in the National Palace of Culture and a live audience of about 100-150. On 6 May 2019, Slavi Trifonov announced that he will cancel his new contract with bTV, therefore on 31st of July was aired the last episode of the show. There, the host announced the creation of his own television named Seven-Eight, but did not mention whether the show will continue there or there will be a different show. Official website Official bTV channel page

Chinese pre-wedding customs

Chinese pre-wedding customs are traditional Chinese rituals prescribed by the 禮記, the 儀禮 and the 白虎通 condensed into a series of rituals now known as the 三書六禮. Traditionally speaking, a wedding that incorporates all six rites is considered a; the six traditional rites involved in a Chinese wedding are as follows: - formal proposal - giving of the eight characters of prospective bride to the groom's side - placement of the eight characters at the ancestral altar to confirm compatibility - sending of betrothal gifts to the bride and return gifts to the prospective groom 請期 - selection of an auspicious wedding date 親迎 - wedding ceremony The first step is the selection of auspicious dates for the Chinese wedding, the betrothal and the installation of the bridal bed. A Chinese monk or a temple fortune teller selects a suitable date based on the couple's birth dates and times; some may refer to the Chinese calendar or almanac for good days. Numbered months and dates are preferred, the lunar seventh month is avoided as it is the month of the Hungry Ghost Festival.

After the selection of the auspicious dates, wedding details such as types and quantities of betrothal gifts, reciprocal gifts, bride price, number of tables at the wedding banquet provided by the groom's parents for the bride's parents' guests are settled. Up to three months or earlier before the wedding day, the groom will deliver the betrothal gifts to the bride's family on an auspicious date.送 The betrothal is an important part of the Chinese wedding tradition. During this exchange, the groom's family presents the bride's family with betrothal gifts to symbolize prosperity and good luck. Moreover, the bride's family receives the bride price in red envelopes; the bride's family returns a set of gifts to the groom's side. Additionally, the bride's parents bestow a dowry to the bride; the selection of betrothal gifts varies by the ancestral regions of the groom. In cases of intermarriage between various Chinese dialect speakers, brides follow the groom's ancestral traditions, not the other way around.

The gifts are in number for the meaning of in couple and in pairs. Food items given to the bride include wine and tea. In some regions, they are combined with some local food, such as peanuts and dates; this is presented on the wedding day, with the wishes of giving birth to a child early in the marriage. Candles and paper cut "Double Happiness" are seen on a wedding day as well; the bride price, given by the groom's family to the bride's family, varies from region to region. In Southern China, the bride price is much higher than in Northern China. After the betrothal gifts and bride price are negotiated and given, the families select a special date for the wedding; the wedding date is announced via invitations about a month earlier, the invitations are distributed to the friends and relatives about one or two weeks before the wedding day. During the wedding rituals, Cantonese brides invariably don a 裙褂, a embroidered red silk dress, which consists of a petticoat, adorned with the images of a 龍 and a 鳳, a long skirt.

A hair combing ceremony is performed. In addition, the groom is expected to give a pair of matching 龍鳳鈪, which are most made of gold, to the bride, are to be worn during the wedding festivities; the dragon and phoenix motif symbolize a blissful union, as described by the Chinese phrase 龍鳳配. On the third day following the wedding, the newlywed bride's first return visit to her family home after marriage is called 歸寧. A 燒豬 is presented to the bride's family, who customarily will keep the pig's body and return the pig's head and legs, along with other gifts. Traditionally, a perfect roast pig was offered as a sign of the bride's virginity. In the Hokkien dialect, the betrothal rite is known as sang jit-thau or its abbreviated form sang jit. Betrothal gifts unique to the Hokkien include pig trotters and rice candies. Household items are given to the bride, symbolic of the duties she will assume as wife. Among the most important return gifts for the Hokkien is a set of silver coins called yuánqián or dà yuán and xiǎo yuán, given by the bride to the groom's siblings.

A Hokkien tradition is for the bride's family to offer a spittoon replete with red dates, dried longans and lotus seeds, along with other sweets, sealed with red paper, as part of the dowry. On the day of the wedding, the bride's mother is presented with an uncooked pork leg, to show gratitude for her caretaking; the Hokkien traditionally incorporate sugarcane as a motif during wedding celebrations for protection. This practice stems from a traditional legend in which Hokkiens were spared from a massacre by a Song dynasty emperor by hiding in sugarcane fields. Sugarcane features a prominent role during the ninth day of Chinese New Year celebr

Nabakanta Barua

Nabakanta Barua was a prominent Assamese novelist and poet. He was known as Ekhud Kokaideu; as Sima Dutta he wrote many poems in his early life. Nabakanta Barua was born 29 December 1926 in Guwahati to Nilakanta Barua, a school inspector and teacher, Swarnalata Baruani, he had three brothers: Devakanta and Sivakanta. Dev Kant Barua, the eldest among the brothers was the President of the Indian National Congress during the Indian Emergency and served as the Governor of Bihar from 1 February 1971 to 4 February 1973. Dev Kant Barua was a well-known poet, best known for Sagor dekhisa, a collection of Assamese poems. At first the family lived in upper Assam moved to Puranigudam and lastly lived in Nagaon town, he started his education at a nearby school joined govt Mojolia school. In 1933 he was admitted to Nagaon govt boys in class 3, from there he completed his matriculation in 1941. After that he got admitted to Cotton College. In 1943, he went to Shantinikaton. In 1947 he completed his B. A. with English honors and in 1953 M. A. from Aligarh Muslim University.

He worked in Uttar Pradesh at Shikohabad at A. K college. In 1954 he joined Cotton College and worked there until 1964. From 1964 to 1967 he worked at Assam Madhyamik Shiksha Parisod as an officer of English education, he again joined Cotton College, retiring as a vice principal in 1984. He served as president of Asam Sahitya Sabha's Dhing Adhibashan in 1968 and presided over Asom Sahitya Sabha's Bishwanath Chariali convention in 1990. Nabakanta Barua died on 14 July 2002. 1974: Assam Prakashan Parisod Award, Mur aru Prithibir 1975: Sahitya Akademi Award to Assamese Writers, Kokadeutar Har 1976: Padma Bhushan, Literature & Education 1993: Assam Valley Literary Award 1998: Kamal Kumari National Award Assamese literature List of people from Assam List of Assamese-language poets List of Assamese writers with their pen names Some writing of Nabakanta Barua at Remembering stalwarts of Assamese poetry - Navakanta Barua’s kin to pay tributes to poets associated with him on his 4th death anniversary today at