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7th Operations Group

The 7th Operations Group is the operational flying component of the United States Air Force 7th Bomb Wing, stationed at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. The 7th Operations Group flies the B-1 Lancer; the 7th Operations Group is a direct successor organization of the 7th Bombardment Group, one of the 15 original combat air groups formed by the United States Army before World War II. Activated in 1921, it inherited the lineage of the 1st Army Observation Group, established and organized, on 6 September 1918; the 7th Bombardment Group was deploying to the Philippines when the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service attacked Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941. Six of the group's B-17 Flying Fortress aircraft which had left Hamilton Field, California on 6 December 1941 reached Hawaii during the enemy attack, but were able to land safely; the unit served in India during World War II. In the postwar era, the 7d Bombardment Group was one of the first USAAF units assigned to the Strategic Air Command on 1 October 1946, prior to the establishment of the United States Air Force.

Equipped with low-hour B-29 Superfortress surplus World War II aircraft, the group was inactivated in 1952 when the parent wing adopted the Tri-Deputate organization and assigned all of the group's squadrons directly to the wing. Reactivated as the 7th Operations Group in 1991 when the 7th Bomb Wing adopted the USAF Objective organization plan; the 7 OG consists of the following units: 7th Operations Support Squadron 9th Bomb Squadron 28th Bomb Squadron 436th Training SquadronBoth the 9th and 28th Bomb Squadrons fought in combat on the Western Front of World War I, histories predate that of the Operations Group. The group's emblem, approved in 1933, features three crosses symbolizing its squadrons' battle honors; the diagonal stripe was taken from the coat of arms of Province of Lorraine which France took back from Germany in World War I. For additional history and lineage, see 7th Bomb Wing In the summer of 1918 and the organization of the United States First Army in France, the First Army Observation Group was organized at Gondreville-sur-Moselle Aerodrome on 6 September.

The group consisted of the 91st and 24th Aero Squadrons, which flew over the front into enemy territory. Aircraft from the group took numerous air photos and compiled maps of enemy troop concentrations, road convoys, railway traffic and other targets during the Battle of Saint-Mihiel in mid-September. On 22 September, the group changed stations. At Vavincourt, the 9th Aero Squadron was assigned to the unit. With the addition of the 9th, both day and night patrols were made over enemy territory, with intelligence being returned to First Army headquarters; the duties of the group consisted of long-distance patrols far into the enemy rear areas, both visual and photographic. Special attention was paid to enemy movements on roads and railways. Railway stations and marshalling yards were noted, along with supply depots and munition storage areas. Once located, they were kept under routine observation; the locations of enemy heavy artillery batteries were monitored and their movements recorded. The First Army OG flew no less than 521 successful missions, with a total of 1,271 sorties being made.

Daily battles with enemy aircraft were engaged, with the group shooting down 50 aircraft in 111 aerial combats. With the Armistice with Germany being reached on 11 November 1918, the group ceased flying into enemy territory, but maintained an alert for several weeks afterward. After World War I, the Army Air Service was re-organized on a permanent basis; the 1st Army Observation Group was organized at Park Field, Tennessee on 1 October 1919. It was transferred to Langley Field and was assigned the 1st, 12th and 88th Aero Squadrons, equipped with surplus de Havilland DH-4s. On 14 March 1921, with the formation of the United States Army Air Service, it was re-designated as the 7th Observation Group, it was inactivated due to funding issues on 30 August 1921. The group was re-formed at Rockwell Field, San Diego and activated on 1 June 1928; the re-formed Group was assigned the 9th, 11th, 31st Bombardment Squadrons. The 9th, 11th and 31st squadrons lent their World War I lineage to the group's emblem as indicated by the three Maltese Crosses on the shield.

While the group was assigned at Rockwell Field, the fledgling Air Force was testing new theories and ideas. In early 1931, the 7th began training aircrews in radio-controlled interception. A bomber, acting as a target, reported by radio to a ground station, giving location and course. Armed with this information, ground controllers guided pursuit aircraft to the objective; the 7th was transferred to March Field, Riverside California, on 29 October 1931 with its 11th Squadron joining the 9th and 31st Bombardment Squadrons, activated on 1 April 1931, but had not been manned. The Curtiss B-2 Condor was flown by the 11th. A sprinkling of other aircraft types from the era was found among the squadrons; the 7th trained and participated in aerial reviews, assisted in atmospheric experiments, dropped food and medical supplies to people marooned or lost, took part in massive Army maneuvers during the 1930s flying Curtiss and Keystone biplane bombers Martin B-12s,For 102 days in 1934 the Army Air Corps flew domestic air mail routes, assigned to the job by an executive order from the White House.

This followed a year long investigation that alleged fraud and collusion among the dozen or so airlines who hauled the mail for a subsidy of fifty four cents per mile own. Following the closure of Rockwell Field in San Diego, the 7th had to m

Upper Changi MRT station

Upper Changi MRT station is an underground Mass Rapid Transit station on the Downtown Line in Tampines planning area, located under Upper Changi Road East. The station serves residential estates in the vicinity and the campus of the Singapore University of Technology and Design, linked by an underground linkway; this station, along with Fort Canning, is one of the longest stations along at 205 meters. Construction of the station started in October 2011. During the construction, a Shell petrol station was acquired and demolished, the road Upper Changi Road East have to be realigned for the construction, its working name was Somapah, named after Somapah Road, nearby. The station opened on 21 October 2017 along with other Downtown Line Stage Three stations, as announced by the Land Transport Authority on 31 May that year

Sonic's Rendezvous Band (album)

Sonic's Rendezvous Band is a 2006 release box set by Sonic's Rendezvous Band under the UK label Easy Action. The remaining band members contributed to the box as well as Fred "Sonic" Smith's estate; the Box includes three unreleased live shows, the previous release Sweet Nothing in its entirety, several tracks from the City Slang release, a collection of basement tapes and other live material, as well as the studio recorded single "City Slang" and its intended b-side "Electrophonic Tonic". David Fricke, Senior Editor of Rolling Stone, stated in the review of this box set that it "comes with its own controversy" over whether it was approved by all involved. Record label Easy Action asserts on its Web site that the release was approved by the surviving band members and by Fred Smith's wife and children; the release is advertised in Scott Morgan's website. Fricke added: "I'm not taking sides. I just want as much of the best of this band as I can get, in good quality. Right now, this is, and I am playing it.

Loud". However, the band's ex-road manager's website states that it wasn't approved at all, neither by band members nor by the heirs of Fred Smith; the statements, made by Freddie Brooks, disregard the box set as a "fraudulent release". Brooks said his own website would be re-launched in October 2006, with re-issues of two previously-available CDs and a new three-disc box set, but this has failed to materialise. All tracks composed by Fred "Sonic" Smith.

2015–16 Swansea City A.F.C. season

The 2015–16 season was Swansea City's 96th season in the English football league system, their fifth consecutive season in the Premier League. Along with competing in the Premier League, the club participated in the FA Cup and League Cup; the season covered the period from 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016. Updated to match played 5 March 2016Source: Swansea City A. F. C. Ordered by 2015–16 squad numbers. Total outgoing: £9,100,000 Total incoming: £500,000 On 29 April 2015, it was announced that Swansea City would feature in a Texas tournament in July. Subsequently, it was announced. On 29 May, Swansea announced. Swansea announced that they will travel to Germany to face 1860 Munich. A trip to Nottingham Forest was added on 22 June. Updated to match played 15 May 2016Source: Competitions Updated to match played 15 May 2016Source: Competitions Win Draw Loss Upcoming fixture The fixture list for the 2015–16 Premier League season was announced on 17 June 2015. Win Draw Loss Upcoming fixture Win Draw Loss Upcoming fixture Last updated on 15 May 2016

Jalan Besar

Jalan Besar is a one-way road in Singapore, connecting Lavender Street in Kallang and Rochor Canal Road in Rochor. Jalan Besar only appeared in the 1880s, when the Municipality constructed it through nipah land and called it Jalan Besar, meaning "big or wide road" in Malay; the area belonged to Richard Owen Norris from the 1830s to 1865. Syed Allie bought 70 acres of land in this area and filled in what was predominantly swamp land; the site where Beatty School was and the HDB flats are was a big expanse of open ground. A rubber factory stood on the field, another in Kitchener Road; the place was full of a favourite haunt of hunters. The other side of Jalan Besar between Lavender Street and Syed Alwi Road was swamp land. Flying ducks, fish, mud lobsters and multi-coloured snakes thrived there; the area was reclaimed by dumping refuse. In 1923, the New World Amusement Park located off Jalan Besar was opened by the enterprising sons of Ong Sam Leong, Peng Hock and Boon Tat. A peculiarity of the street names in Jalan Besar is that many bear the names of World War I British generals and admirals and two French generals — Allenby, French, Jellicoe, Foch, Sturdee and Petain.

The names of battle places such as Flanders and Verdun are reflected. Today, Jalan Besar is a gazetted conservation area. Most of the roads above were cut from the 1920s onwards when the then-swampland was filled in with incinerator ash from Singapore's first incinerator built in the vicinity of today's Syed Alwi Road. From 1926, the Municipal Council decided to name the newly opened roads after personalities and battle-sites of the European conflict so as to remind the then-colony of Singapore of the conflicts in Europe; the street is known to the Hoklos as kam kong ka poh thai tu long, which means "the slaughter pig depot in Kampong Kapor", a reference to the abattoir in the vicinity. "Jalan Besar" is a common street name in Malaysia used as an occasional substitute for the colonially named "Main Street" and "Main Road", as part of the country's increased use of Malay over English. The name is prevalent in individual towns that featured their own set of street names representing main thoroughfares and streets related to specific landmarks.

Jalan Besar Stadium Victor R Savage, Brenda S A Yeoh, Toponymics - A Study of Singapore Street Names, Eastern Universities Press, ISBN 981-210-205-1 Jalan Besar: A Heritage Trail, National Heritage Board


Etziken is a municipality in the district of Wasseramt in the canton of Solothurn in Switzerland. Etziken is first mentioned in 1252 as Ezzinchon. In 1342 it was mentioned as Ertzenkon. Etziken has an area, as of 2009, of 3.38 square kilometers. Of this area, 1.82 km2 or 53.8% is used for agricultural purposes, while 1.09 km2 or 32.2% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 0.45 km2 or 13.3% is settled, 0.01 km2 or 0.3% is either rivers or lakes and 0.01 km2 or 0.3% is unproductive land. Of the built up area and buildings made up 8.9% and transportation infrastructure made up 3.8%. Out of the forested land, all of the forested land area is covered with heavy forests. Of the agricultural land, 41.1% is used for growing crops and 11.8% is pastures. All the water in the municipality is flowing water; the municipality is located in the Wasseramt district, on the Solothurn-Herzogenbuchsee in the hills created from a terminal moraine. It consists of the linear village of Etziken; the blazon of the municipal coat of arms is Gules a Water Tower Argent issuant from a Mount of 3 Coupeaux Vert.

Etziken has a population of 881. As of 2008, 5.1% of the population are resident foreign nationals. Over the last 10 years the population has changed at a rate of -7.1%. It has changed at a rate of -0.6 % due to births and deaths. Most of the population speaks German, with French being second most Italian being third; as of 2008, the gender distribution of the population was 50.7 % female. The population was made up of 26 non-Swiss men. There were 365 19 non-Swiss women. Of the population in the municipality 275 or about 35.1% were born in Etziken and lived there in 2000. There were 257 or 32.8% who were born in the same canton, while 189 or 24.1% were born somewhere else in Switzerland, 41 or 5.2% were born outside of Switzerland. In 2008 there were 4 live births to Swiss citizens and 1 birth to non-Swiss citizens, in same time span there were 8 deaths of Swiss citizens. Ignoring immigration and emigration, the population of Swiss citizens decreased by 4 while the foreign population increased by 1.

There was 1 Swiss man who emigrated from Switzerland and 1 Swiss woman who immigrated back to Switzerland. At the same time, there was 1 non-Swiss man and 3 non-Swiss women who immigrated from another country to Switzerland; the total Swiss population change in 2008 was a decrease of 6 and the non-Swiss population increased by 9 people. This represents a population growth rate of 0.4%. The age distribution, as of 2000, in Etziken is. Of the adult population, 36 people or 4.6 % of the population are between 24 years old. 235 people or 30.0% are between 25 and 44, 196 people or 25.0% are between 45 and 64. The senior population distribution is 85 people or 10.9% of the population are between 65 and 79 years old and there are 37 people or 4.7% who are over 80. As of 2000, there were 310 people who never married in the municipality. There were 26 individuals who are divorced; as of 2000, there were 310 private households in the municipality, an average of 2.5 persons per household. There were 81 households that consist of 16 households with five or more people.

Out of a total of 315 households that answered this question, 25.7% were households made up of just one person and there were 4 adults who lived with their parents. Of the rest of the households, there are 93 married couples without children, 115 married couples with children There were 13 single parents with a child or children. There were 4 households that were made up of unrelated people and 5 households that were made up of some sort of institution or another collective housing. In 2000 there were 154 single family homes out of a total of 228 inhabited buildings. There were 30 multi-family buildings, along with 35 multi-purpose buildings that were used for housing and 9 other use buildings that had some housing. Of the single family homes 22 were built before 1919, while 31 were built between 1990 and 2000; the greatest number of single family homes were built between 1981 and 1990. In 2000 there were 332 apartments in the municipality; the most common apartment size was 5 rooms of which there were 91.

There were 154 apartments with five or more rooms. Of these apartments, a total of 302 apartments were permanently occupied, while 21 apartments were seasonally occupied and 9 apartments were empty; as of 2009, the construction rate of new housing units was 0 new units per 1000 residents. The vacancy rate for the municipality, in 2010, was 3.89%. The historical population is given in the following chart: In the 2007 federal election the most popular party was the CVP which received 30.9% of the vote. The next three most popular parties were the SVP, the FDP and the SP. In the federal election, a total of 324 votes were cast, the voter turnout was 52.3%. As of 2010, Etziken had an unemployment rate of 2.7%. As of 2008, there were 38 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 14 businesses involved in this sector. 391 people were employed in the secondary sector and there were 18 businesses in this sector. 66 people were