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Vasu

In Hinduism, the Vasus are attendant deities of Indra, Vishnu. The Ashta Vasus are described in the Ramayana as the children of Kasyapa and Aditi and in the Mahabharata as the sons of Manu or Brahma Prajapati, they are eight elemental gods representing aspects of nature and representing cosmic natural phenomenon. The name Vasu means'Brilliance' or'Wealth Givers', they are eight among the Thirty-three gods. There are varying lists of the eight Vasus in different texts, sometimes only because particular deities have varying names; the following are names and meanings according to the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad and according to the Mahabharata as equated: Though the Shatapatha Brahmana uses the Brhad-Aranyaka names, most texts follow the Mahabharata names with the exception that Āpa'water' appears in place of Aha. The Vishnu Purana equates Prabhāsa with the lights of the 27 or 28 Nakshetra and Dhruva with Akash Tatwa, "space", Dhruva taking over Aha's role when Aha is replaced by Āpa. In the Ramayana the Vasu is child of the Soorpanaka.

The Mahabharata relates how the Vasus, led by "Prithu", were enjoying themselves in the forest, when the wife of Prabhasa spotted an excellent cow and persuaded her husband Prabhasa to steal it, which Prabhasa did with the agreement and aid of Prithu and his other brothers. For the Vasus, the cow was owned by the sage Vashishta who learned through his ascetic powers that the Vasus had stolen it and cursed them to be born on earth as mortals. Vashishta responded to pleading by the Vasus by promising that seven of them would be free of earthly life within a year of being born and that only Prabhasa would pay the full penalty; the Vasus requested the river-goddess Ganga to be their mother. Ganga incarnated and became the wife of King Shantanu on condition that he never gainsaid her in any way; as seven children were born, one after the other, Ganga drowned them in her own waters, freeing them from their punishment and the king made no opposition. Only when the eighth was born did the king oppose his wife, who therefore left him.

So the eighth son, Prabhasa incarnated, remained alive, imprisoned in mortal form, became known in his mortal incarnation as Bhishma. A section of the Mahabharata gives an alternate version in which each of the Vasus gives a portion of himself to create a ninth being and so all eight are drowned leaving only this ninth composite as an incarnation of parts of all the Vasus to live out a long mortal life as Bhishma. Vasu is the name of the eighth chakra of Melakarta ragas in Carnatic music; the names of chakras are based on the numbers associated with each name. In this case, there are 8 Vasus and hence the eighth chakra is Vasu. Hindu deities List of Hindu deities Thirty-three gods Aditya Rudras Ashvins Indra Prajapati

Orzell Billingsley

Orzell Billingsley was one of the first ten blacks admitted to the Alabama Bar. Co-founder of the Alabama Democratic Conference and its first president, Billingsley helped develop this first statewide African-American political organization in Alabama, he was well known for his 15-year defense of Caliph Washington of Bessemer, falsely accused and convicted of killing a white officer. Orzell Billingsley was born in Alabama, he had a brother. After attending local schools, he studied at Talladega College and the law school of Howard University, he was among the first ten blacks to be admitted to the Alabama bar. Billingsley set up a practice in Birmingham, he defended African Americans accused of crimes, was known for his 15-year long defense of Caliph Washington. He was arrested for "acting as an agent of a foreign corporation," when he filed a deed on behalf of the Nation of Islam to secure farmland in Alabama. Presidents John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson were known to call on Billingsley regarding the turbulence during the civil rights era in Alabama.

Billingsley served as General Counsel for the National Democratic Party of Alabama and was a delegate for the NDPA at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. Billingsley helped to incorporate more than 20 small towns in Alabama that had majority-black populations. Billingsley was a co-founder of the Alabama Democratic Conference, a statewide organization for African-American politics, he was a founding member of the Alabama Lawyers Association. He challenged the white practice of addressing African Americans by their first names in court, winning them the right to be called by their full proper names and titles during court proceedings, he was known as the "black Patrick Henry of Alabama."

Mondragone

Mondragone is a comune or municipality in the Province of Caserta in the Italian region of Campania. It is located about 40 kilometres west of Caserta; the first historical population of the area was the Aurunci. In 375, during the late Roman Empire, a village known as Petrinum was founded after an earthquake had destroyed the nearby town of Sinuessa. In the Middle Ages, it was occupied by the Normans. Ruins of Sinuessa Torre del Paladino, a 1st-century BC mausoleum. Rocca or castle, built between the 9th centuries, it was modified by the Aragonese Monastery of Sant'Anna al Monte Sanctuary of the Belvedere Official website

Robert Marting

Robert Marting is a fitness trainer and spokesperson best known for his fitness training DVD series Great Form Equals Great Results. Robert Marting was born in King County, Washington, The son of a Navy pilot, Marting spent time as a child in Thousand Oaks, California before growing up in Colleyville, Texas, a small town in suburban Fort Worth, he first picked up a weight in grade school for martial arts. In the early days growing up in rural Texas, first utilizing the power of fitness in sport- a passion for the field soon developed. Marting credits fitness for teaching him about patience and introspection describing it as a "Powerful catalyst for improvement in ourselves and anyone we come in contact with". An alumnus of Texas Tech University, Marting earned a Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Sciences. Upon graduating in 1996, he started the Personal Training service PrecisionFit in Texas. A savvy student of bio-mechanics and physiology, he became a stickler of perfect form and technique with his clientele and challenged the growing personal training profession for not holding the same standard.

From his time at Texas Tech, Marting had set a goal of getting in good enough shape to make the cover of a major fitness magazine. Moving to Los Angeles in 2002, he achieved that goal appearing on multiple magazine covers including Men's Fitness and Bill Phillips Muscle Media. Wanting to communicate the countless physical and psychological benefits of correct resistance training techniques to a larger audience than just his personal training clientele, he began filming segments that would become Great Form Equals Great Results; the first volume was completed and distributed worldwide in 2003, with the more advanced volumes 2 and 3 completed in 2007 to form the box-set. As part the United States Department of Health and Human Services extensive effort to address adult and childhood obesity, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality invited Marting as a panelist for the development of an interactive DVD to help clinicians and children combat the epidemic of childhood obesity. Marting's work has been published for continuing medical education CME credits and various physician-targeted journals including Patient Care and Internal Medicine News.

He considers it an honor to be a part of the nation's preventative measures against the obesity epidemic stating "Fitness, namely resistance training is earning much-deserved credibility and is now being mentioned in the medical community as a must-do for our long-term health and quality of life". Robert Marting is involved in many projects to promote health and wellness including childhood obesity programming, e-books and virtual personal training modules- utilizing the power of fitness to be the best we can be. Official Website

Trigger (Major Lazer and Khalid song)

"Trigger" is a song by American band Major Lazer and American singer Khalid. It was released on October 24, 2019 through Third Pardee and RCA Records as the fourth single of the soundtrack Death Stranding: Timefall, released on November 7, 2019; the song is the latest single of the soundtrack. The song was firstly announced on October 1, 2019, at the same time as the announcement of the track listing of the game soundtrack. Ryan Reed of Rolling Stone noted that the two artists used "a gunshot as a breakup metaphor on their reflective song", he described it as "a brief track", with two verses, two choruses, which "builds to a wordless hook of trendy, pitch-shifted vocals and a stuttering dance beat". Kat Bein of Billboard deemed the song "a ballad beat with muted dancehall influence". Phil Scilippa of EDM.com wrote that "Trigger" looks like "a low key love song, with the classic dancehall-inspired themes, sprinkled in throughout a more R&B-centric production. According to him, the track is "a lot more chilled-out than the amped-up vibe of a game like Death Stranding", justified by when "Khalid lays down the vocals just as well as tying together the warm atmosphere of the track".

Chris Stack of Dancing Astronaut noted the presence of "lush synths for Khalid’s crooning vocals to rest upon and flourish", accompanied by "soft chords caress the verse and lead into another keynote from Major Lazer". According to him, the combination of wind instruments and vocal melody hook the listener after Khalid succeeds in seducing them with his emotive incandescence". Concerning the lyrics, he affirmed that they "arrive as reflective poetry" and "run deep, alluding to a gunshot as a metaphor for a breakup". Matthew Meadow of Your EDM wrote that the track "features a soft, soothing melody that sets itself apart from the usual raucous tone of Major Lazer’s typical fare". Writing for Complex, Joe Price called the track "an arena-ready production with Khalid's forlorn vocals", "both hopeful and decidely melancholy" like the previous songs of the soundtrack, which "offers an indication of the solemn mood Death Stranding strives for". Concerning the composition, he wrote that the song "pushes its futuristic synthpop into a club setting by the time the chorus hits".

Mitch Findlay of HowNewHipHop said, "As the up-tempo drums kick in, questions as to what this has to do with Death Stranding become more and more prevalent, Khalid dulls the cognitive dissonance with his dulcet tones". Clara C. of French radio NRJ described the rhythm of the song as "relatively slow". She noted that the song seaks about loneliness and abandonment by the singer, according to his vocals. Spanish radio Planeta FM felt the song endowed with "rather slow beats, a soft sound, the perfect accompaniment to its lyrical content", they noted the lyrics "worthy of a ballad" which are "about the separation of a great love". Credits adapted from Tidal. Alvaro – production, lyrics Bas van Daalen – production, lyrics Diplo – production, lyrics Jr Blender – production, lyrics Khalid – composition, lyrics Andrew Wyatt – composition, lyrics Michael Romero – assistant engineer Dale Becker – master engineering Denis Kosiak – mix engineering, record engineering Lyric video on YouTube Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics

Condaghe

A condaghe, from the medieval Sardinian term kondake, was a kind of administrative document used in the Sardinian judicates between the 11th and 13th centuries. They are one of the earliest witnesses for the development of the Sardinian language and are an important source for historians of medieval Sardinia; the original condaghes were collections of acts of donations to monasteries. Condaghes were kept by noble families for recording inheritances, donations and litigation, principally when relating to the church; the chief object of such records was to provide precise dates in case of legal dispute. Physically, the first condaghes were scrolls: overlapping parchment manuscripts wound around a kontákion. Over time they took on the familiar form of a codex, they were produced in the scriptoria of monasteries and cathedrals, but the great majority have been lost. Only some condaghes have been preserved, with most of them being of ecclesiastical kind like the condaghes of the monasteries of Saint Mary of Bonarcado, Saint Michael of Salvennor, Saint Nicola of Trullas, Saint Peter of Silki, of the Basilica of San Gavino.

There is only a single condaghe of laical kind left, the one of Judge Barisone II of Logudoro. Graziano FOIS and Mauro MAXIA. Il condaghe di Luogosanto. Olbia: Editrice Taphros, 2009. ISBN 978-88-7432-073-8 Giuseppe MELONI and Andrea DESSÌ FULGHERI. Mondo rurale e Sardegna del XII secolo: Il Condaghe di Barisone II. Naples: Liguori, 1994. Giuseppe MELONI. Il Condaghe di San Gavino. Cagliari: Centro di Studi Filologici Sardi CUEC, 2005. Paolo MERCI. Il Condaghe di San Nicola di Trullas. Nuoro: Ilisso edizioni, 2001. ISBN 88-87825-26-2 Maurizio VIRDIS. Il Condaghe di Santa Maria di Bonarcado. Nuoro: Ilisso edizioni, 2003. ISBN 88-87825-74-2