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American Forces Network

The American Forces Network is the broadcast service operated by the United States Armed Forces' American Forces Radio and Television Service ) for its entertainment and command internal information networks worldwide. The AFN worldwide radio and television broadcast network serves American servicemembers, Department of Defense and other U. S. government civilians and their families stationed at bases overseas, as well as U. S. Navy ships at sea. AFN broadcasts popular American radio and television programs from the major U. S. networks. It is sometimes referred to as the Armed Forces Network. AFRTS, American Forces Network and AFN are registered trademarks of the U. S. Department of Defense, it is part of the Defense Media Activity. The American Forces Network is the operational arm of the American Forces Radio and Television Service, an office of the Defense Media Activity. AFN falls under the operational control of the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs. Editorial control is by the Department of Defense, whereas the British Forces Broadcasting Service, for example, is independent of the Ministry of Defence and the British armed forces.

AFN employs military broadcasters as well as contractors. Service personnel hold broadcasting occupational specialties for their military branch. Since 1997, all of AFN's military personnel receive primary training at the Defense Information School at Fort George G. Meade in Maryland. Before 1997, DINFOS was located at Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indiana. In 1997, Fort Benjamin Harrison was closed as a function of the 1991 Base Closure and Realignment Commission. Additional/Advanced training is available at Fort George G. Meade. In the 1960s, DINFOS was located at Fort Slocum, NY on a small island just off the harbor at New Rochelle. At its peak in 1965, the Army Chaplain school was located here. In 1963 this campus operated in a "university" setting with a relaxed military environment; the Army ran the Information School although training was offered to members of all military branches. Radio types took a rather severe audition written by CBS for their network announcers; those who survived the audition became "Broadcast Specialists" with a 703 MOS and went on to an AFRTS assignment.

Some of AFN's broadcasters have previous commercial broadcasting experience before enlisting in the military, but it is not a prerequisite for enlistment in the military as a broadcaster. During their training, the broadcasters are taught to use state-of-the-art audio and visual editing equipment similar to their civilian counterparts. AFN management is located at DMA headquarters at Fort Meade. Day-to-day AFN broadcast operations are conducted at the AFN Broadcast Center/Defense Media Center in Riverside, from where all global radio and television satellite feeds emanate; the American Forces Network can trace its origins to May 26, 1942, when the War Department established the Armed Forces Radio Service. A television service was first introduced in 1954 with a pilot station at Limestone Air Force Base, Maine. In 1954, the television mission of AFRS was recognized and AFRS became AFRTS. All of the Armed Forces broadcasting affiliates worldwide merged under the AFN banner on January 1, 1998. On November 21, 2000, the American Forces Information Service directed a change of the AFRTS organizational title from Armed Forces Radio and Television Service back to American Forces Radio and Television Service.

A timeline of the history of AFN is available online. KODK began broadcasting from the U. S. Army base Fort Greely at Kodiak, before the inception of the AFRS. Fort Greeley was built to defend and was an integral part of the Kodiak Naval Air Station, sometimes called Naval Operating Base. Construction of both was under way in 1940; the naval station and AFRS radio remained in operation, but Fort Greely closed at the end of World War II. Years the name Fort Greely was resurrected for the Big Delta Army base; the small town of Kodiak, located six miles away, had no radio station, while Anchorage and Fairbanks, where Army and Army Air Force bases soon would be established, had civilian radio stations. Thus KODK had a primary role to bring radio to the armed civilians in the Kodiak area; the sign-off at KODK was the memorable "Goodnight, Sweetheart" set to a stirring melody from Liszt's Les Preludes. The station lived on to bring the first television to Kodiak; the first radio station began in Delta Junction, Alaska, on what was known as Fort Greely.

It was operated by on base personnel. In the years just before World War II, there were several radio stations based in American military bases, but none were recognized until 1942; the success of these individual radio stations helped pave the way for the AFN. As such, there was no single station. About two months before formal establishment of AFN, however, a station called "PCAN" began regular broadcast information service in the Panama Canal Zone for troops on jungle bivouac; the station, located at Fort Clayton, was to become part of AFRS, first as "Armed Forces Network" located at Albrook Field. The U. S. Army began broadcasting from London during World War II, using equipment and studio facilities borrowed from the British Broadcasting Corporation; the first transmission to U. S. troops began at 5:45 p.m. July 4, 1943, included less than five hours of recorded shows, a BBC news and sports broadcast; that day, Corporal Syl Binkin became the first U. S. military broad

Queensland Symphony Orchestra

The Queensland Symphony Orchestra is an Australian symphony orchestra in the state of Queensland. The QSO is based in the Australian Broadcasting Corporation South Bank Building; the current Music Director is Alondra de la Parra. The QSO played its first concert on 26 March 1947, with the orchestra consisting of 45 musicians, conducted by Percy Code. John Farnsworth Hall was recruited from the Sydney Symphony Orchestra as the orchestra's first chief conductor; the orchestra played concerts in various Queensland cities and towns, such as Innisfail and Townsville, travelling up to 3500 miles a year in the process. In 2001, the QSO was merged with the Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra, to form The Queensland Orchestra. On 14 October 2009, the orchestra announced it would again become known as the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, effective in 2010. Since June 2013, the QSO's CEO is Sophie Galaise; the orchestra is funded by private corporations, the state government and the Australian federal government through the Australia Council.

Most of the orchestra's performances take place in Brisbane at three venues: Queensland Performing Arts Centre Concert Hall QSO Studios, South Bank Brisbane City Hall. In addition, the orchestra tours other parts of the state of Queensland including the following locations: Gold Coast Art Centre The Events Centre, Caloundra Empire Theatres, Toowoomba Pilbeam Theatre, Rockhampton Mackay Entertainment Centre Townsville Civic Theatre Cairns Civic Theatre; the orchestra's discography includes Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, several works of Benjamin Frankel, including his eight symphonies, violin concerto, viola concerto, several film score suites. The orchestra's longest-serving chief conductor was the Czech-born Rudolf Pekárek. In 1988 Vladimir Kamirski was appointed Chief Guest Conductor. Muhai Tang was chief conductor from 1991 to 2001, was named conductor laureate from November 2005. Michael Christie was the first chief conductor of the orchestra under its new name, from 2001 to 2004. In July 2007, Johannes Fritzsch was named the next chief conductor of the orchestra, beginning in January 2008, with an initial contract through 2010.

In February 2010, the orchestra announced a three-year extension of Fritzsch's contract as chief conductor, through 2013. In September 2013, the QSO announced the scheduled conclusion of Fritzsch's chief conductorship at the end of 2014. Fritzsch now has the title of conductor laureate of the QSO. In May 2015, Alondra de la Parra made her first guest-conducting appearance with the QSO. In October 2015, the QSO announced the appointment of de la Parra as its first-ever music director and first-ever female conductor in its principal conducting post, effective in 2017. John Farnsworth Hall Rudolf Pekárek Stanford Robinson Ezra Rachlin Patrick Thomas Vanco Cavdarski Werner Andreas Albert Muhai Tang Michael Christie Johannes Fritzsch Alondra de la Parra Barbara Taylor, "The World's Our Stage timeline". "Our Queensland"

San Pedro de Atacama

San Pedro de Atacama is a Chilean town and commune in El Loa Province, Antofagasta Region. It is located east of Antofagasta, some 106 km southeast of Calama and the Chuquicamata copper mine, overlooking the Licancabur volcano, it features a significant archeological museum, the R. P. Gustavo Le Paige Archaeological Museum, with a large collection of relics and artifacts from the region. Native ruins nearby now attract increasing numbers of tourists interested in learning about pre-Columbian cultures. San Pedro de Atacama grew, over centuries, around an oasis in the Puna de Atacama, an arid high plateau, its first inhabitants were the Atacameños, who developed basketworks and ceramic pottery crafts that can be now be appreciated by tourists in the several souvenir shops as typical products of San Pedro de Atacama. It was part of Bolivia since independence until Chile claimed ownership during the War of the Pacific. During that war, the Battle of Río Grande was fought in the surroundings. According to the 2002 census of the National Statistics Institute, San Pedro de Atacama had 4,969 inhabitants.

Of these, 1,938 lived in 3,031 in rural areas. The population grew by 75.6 % between the 2002 censuses. As a commune, San Pedro de Atacama is a third-level administrative division of Chile administered by a municipal council, headed by an alcalde, directly elected every four years; the 2008-2012 alcalde is Sandra Berna Martínez. Within the electoral divisions of Chile, San Pedro de Atacama is represented in the Chamber of Deputies by Marcos Espinosa and Felipe Ward as part of the third electoral district; the commune is represented in the Senate by Alejandro Guillier Álvarez and Pedro Araya Guerrero as part of the second senatorial constituency. The town lies at an average of 8,000 feet, thus visitors experience mild altitude sickness such as dizziness and headaches; the local climate is dry and mild, with daytime temperatures between 25–30 degrees Celsius in the summer and 18–25 °C in the winter. Nighttime temperatures drop below 0 °C and can reach as low as −10 °C in the winter. Köppen-Geiger climate classification system classifies its climate as cold desert for an isotherm of the mean yearly temperature of lower than 18 °C.

San Pedro lies on the main paved road from Argentina over 160 km from the town. The road is paved throughout. There are frequent bus services to Calama, several buses daily to Santiago and buses on 6 days a week to Salta across the Andes in Argentina. Nearby airports are San Pedro de Atacama Airport and Salar de Atacama Airport for private aircraft, the larger El Loa Airport/Calama 100 km away for scheduled aircraft. San Pedro de Atacama is a popular tourist destination. There are various activities for adventurers in the San Pedro de Atacama area: trekking, archaeological sightings, amateur astronomy, exploration tours in natural landscapes and sand boarding in the desert; because of its altitude, a brief period of acclimatization may be required. In the town are some cultural sites: R. P. Gustavo Le Paige Archaeological Museum, displaying ceramics and pottery crafts from the first inhabitants of the area. Church of San Pedro de Atacama a National Monument, built with adobe, a building material used in the colonial times.

Chaxas Lagoon, part of Los Flamencos National Reserve in the Salar de Atacama, inhabited by pink flamingos. El Tatio, a geyser field with over 80 active geysers. Llano de Chajnantor Observatory, a radio-telescope site, home of "ALMA", the Atacama Large Millimeter Array. Laguna Miscanti and Laguna Miñiques, two neighbouring altiplanic lagoons at the altitude of 4,200 m. Licancabur, a notable volcano near San Pedro de Atacama. Pukará de Quitor. A fortification built by the Atacameño people in the 12th century. Puritama Hot Springs Salar de Atacama, a giant salt area in the middle of the Atacama Desert. Valle de la Luna, a moon-like landscape with ruins of old Chilean salt mines, worker huts. Valle de la Muerte: a valley where gigantic dunes and rocks abound; the festivals includes typical dances, masses in the street and a little parade through the main street of San Pedro de Atacama. June 28 - Saint Peter June 29 - Saint Paul Atacama Desert Puna de Atacama Eduardo Abaroa List of towns in Chile Monturaqui crater Best things to do in San Pedro de AtacamaSan Pedro de Atacama Tours and ActivitiesSan Pedro de Atacama Tours and ActivitiesPictures and Wallpapers of Atacama Region Tourism: Tours in San Pedro de Atacama San Pedro de Atacama's Travel Assistance San Pedro de Atacama's Facebook Page San Pedro de Atacama's commune R. P. Gustavo Le Paige Archeological Museum San Pedro de Atacama Tourism Tradiciones de Atacama San Pedro de Atacama weather forecasts, compared

Prince Gustaf (film)

Prince Gustaf is a 1944 Swedish historical film directed by Schamyl Bauman and starring Alf Kjellin, Mai Zetterling and Lennart Bernadotte. The film portrays the life of Prince Gustav, Duke of Uppland, a member of the Nineteenth Century Swedish royal family who composed a number of celebrated songs; the film's sets were designed by the art director Bibi Lindström. Alf Kjellin as Prince Gustaf Mai Zetterling as Anna Maria Wastenius Lennart Bernadotte as Crown Prince Carl Erik'Bullen' Berglund as Liljegren Hilda Borgström as Matilda Ragnar Arvedson as Henning Hamilton Carl-Axel Hallgren as Teacher Folke Rydberg as Glunten Gunnar Sjöberg as Carl Nyraeus Rune Stylander as Björkander Kolbjörn Knudsen as Oscar I Anne-Marie Eek as Princess Eugenie Ruth Kasdan as Ida Gull Natorp as Malla Silverstolpe Carl Barcklind as Vicar Wastenius Olov Qvist, Per & von Bagh, Peter. Guide to the Cinema of Sweden and Finland. Greenwood Publishing Group, 2000. Prince Gustaf on IMDb

Jerzy Świrski

Jerzy Włodzimierz Świrski was a Polish vice admiral and officer in the Russian Imperial Navy and the Polish Navy. As Chief of the Polish Naval Command, he was a member of an elite group of high ranking Polish naval officers from foreign navies who became founder members of the re-established naval forces of the newly independent Poland after World War I. During World War II, Polish naval forces under his command, were embedded with the Royal Navy and contributed to the success of Britain's maritime war effort, he notably fell out with Poland's war time Prime Minister-in-exile, General Sikorski, but was backed by the British and survived in post. He was appointed an Honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath, he was born into a military family on 5 April 1882 in the Russian Partition of Poland. His father, a graduate of the Moscow Cadet Corps, was an officer in the Imperial Russian Army. Świrski attended the Marine Cadet Corps School in St Petersburg from 1889 to 1902. He completed the course for Navigation officers.

As a commissioned officer in 1902, he joined the Russian Imperial Navy in the rank of Midshipman. He was Watch officer and junior navigation officer on board the Cruiser, Askold. From 1905 he served in the Black Sea Fleet, as watch officer on the destroyer, Rostislav, on the Bug-type minelayer Dunay and on the frigate, Donetz, he was engaged in mine laying operations and as navigation officer on the cruiser, Pamiat Merkuria. During 1908 he was training officer on board the mine layer, Kronstadt. Between 1909 and 1911 he returned to the Pamiat Merkuria as its navigation officer and on the Jevstatije. Subsequently he served as navigation officer of the Russian Torpedo Division and commander of the torpedo boat, Stremitielnyi. In 1912 he advanced to navigational Flag officer of the Brigade of Naval Destroyers. From 1914 he was a member of the Training Commission for the Black Sea Fleet. Throughout World War I he was the navigation officer of the Black Sea Fleet, rising in 1917 to the rank of Captain naval commander.

In 1918 he was nominated Chief of Naval Operations of the Navy of the Ukrainian People's Republic and Minister of Naval Affairs of the Ukrainian People's Republic. That same year he was promoted to Rear admiral of the Ukrainian Hetmanate. Before the end of hostilities, in December 1917, he had made contact with Polish organisations, he became an active member of the'Polish House' in Sevastopol. After the fall of the Ukrainian People's Republic, he left for Poland, where he joined the League for the Renewal of the Polish Navy, went to France where he was active in the National Committee for Poland. In 1919 he joined the Polish Army and was integrated into the Department for Maritime Affairs in Warsaw, becoming head of the Organisational Section. In July 1920 he was deputy to the chief of the Department for Maritime Affairs and was acting chief between 6 August to 5 September 1920. From September 1920 he was commander of Wybrzeże Morskie, based in Puck. In January 1921 he was confirmed in the rank of colonel of the navy and in April became a member of the Marine Corps.

In February 1921 he advanced to the rank of Commander. In May 1922 he was confirmed in the rank with retrospective recognition of seniority dating from June 1919 within the Marine Corps. On 24 November 1922 the Polish Premier and the Chief of staff confirmed his status, as of 1 January 1922, as Head of the Fleet, based in Puck. In August 1924 he moved with the Fleet Command to Gdynia. In May 1925 the President of Poland, Stanisław Wojciechowski released him from the Fleet Command and appointed him as chief of Marine Operations in Warsaw. In 1931 he was promoted to the rank of Rear admiral. On behalf of the Polish Treasury, he signed contracts for the procurement of naval Destroyer, Submarines and in 1938 for the Minelayer, ORP "Gryf". On 5 September 1939 Świrski and his staff left Warsaw for Pińsk, but due to heavy bombing they diverted to the border at Kuty and crossed into Romania, arriving in Paris on 6 October, he reported to General Sikorski and presented him with a strategy for the deployment of the Polish Marines.

These included the continuation of the Polish Navy as a political and naval force, including the merchant fleet, collecting personnel, organizing military transport in France and consolidating resources. Having become Chief of the Directorate of the Polish Navy in October 1939, in December Sikorski recognized the role played by the Polish Navy in the war and ordered that naval matters be concentrated under the command of its chief, Jerzy Świrski; this meant. In 1940 after the fall of France, the Polish Ministry of Military Affairs, evacuated to the United Kingdom which became the war time base of the Polish Government in Exile. On 18 November 1939 the British and Polish governments had signed an Anglo-Polish naval agreement and protocol laying out how their forces would co-operate. Swirki was a co-signatory of the Anglo-Polish military alliance, alongside Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Władysław Sikorski and Ambassador Edward Bernard Raczyński. In outline Polish vessels would operate under their own command.

A note dated 6 June 1940 stated that: "A detachment of the Polish Navy, consisting at present of three destroyers, two submarines and a depot ship, is operating in conjunction with the Royal Navy. The depot ship. Unlike the Polish army an

Pension Towers

Pension Towers is a building under construction in Kampala, the capital of Uganda and the largest city in that country. The skyscraper is located on Lumumba Avenue, on Nakasero Hill, an upscale neighborhood in Kampala, the capital and largest city in Uganda; the geographical coordinates of the building are:0°19'18.0"N, 32°34'37.0"E. Under construction since 2008, the office complex consists of three interconnected towers; when finished, the three towers will contain in excess of 59,410 square metres in office space. Parking for over 500 vehicles will be provided in the development. National Social Security Fund maintains its headquarters in Workers House on Pilkington Avenue. In order to take advantage of the shortage of upscale commercial rental space in the city, NSSF began the construction of a headquarters complex in 2008; the design called for a central tower of 25 stories, with matching 8 story towers on each side of the central building. In 2011, the design was changed, increasing the side towers to 10 stories each and modifying the architecture.

Roko Construction Company, a Ugandan company, constructed the four basement floors between 2008 and 2012, but failed to qualify for further works on the project. Three Chinese firms were in a final bidding process to complete the construction. In August 2018, Patrick Byabakama Kaberenge, the Chairman of NSSF, announced that the construction of phase 2 of the skyscraper had been awarded to China Railway Construction Corporation; the height of the central tower had been increased to 32 storeys. Work on the second phase is expected to last about three years. In February 2019, Ugandan print media reported that construction would resume in March 2019 with completion stated no than May 2022; the main contractor would use own funds to construct the skyscraper, with NSSF paying at closing in 2022. Phase I of the civil works, performed by Roko Construction Limited, cost UGX:42.5 billion. In August 2012, China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation was awarded the contract to complete the construction of the second phase of the project at a contract price of UGX:222.3 billion.

This brings the total construction price to UGX:264.8 billion. During the 2018 Annual General Meeting, the NSSF chairman announced that construction of the second phase would cost US$110 million. In August 2012, it came to light that the selection of the contractor had contravened Uganda's procurement protocols; the winning bid was reported to be UGX:20 billion more expensive than the lowest bidder. The Inspector General of Government voided the award. An NSSF manager responsible for "procurement and disposal" was fired. In the meantime, the IGG has recommended that the whole tendering process be repeated and outsourced; the jostling for the way forward continues between NSSF, the IGG, the government's Public Procurement Disposal of Public Assets Authority. In September 2018, NSSF officials made public announcements that after a seven-year delay, work on the skyscraper would resume the same year. A new contractor, China Railway Construction Corporation, has been selected, at a new revised cost of US$110 million.

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