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Backstreet Boys

Backstreet Boys is an American vocal group, formed in Orlando, Florida in 1993. The group consists of AJ McLean, Howie Dorough, Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson, Brian Littrell; the group rose to fame with Backstreet Boys. In the following year, they released their second international album Backstreet's Back along with their self-titled U. S. debut album. They rose to superstardom with their third studio album Millennium and its follow-up album, Black & Blue. After a two-year hiatus, they released a comeback album Never Gone. After the conclusion of the Never Gone Tour in 2006, Richardson left the group to pursue other interests; the group released two albums as a quartet: Unbreakable and This Is Us. In 2012, the group announced. In the following year, they celebrated their 20th anniversary and released their first independent album, In a World Like This; the Backstreet Boys are one of the few boy bands to have continued success long after their peak. Their 2019 album DNA debuted at number one. In doing so they have achieved numerous milestones, including the third longest gap between number one albums on the Billboard 200 chart, at over 19 years, surpassed by Paul McCartney's 36-year gap and Santana's 28-year gap, being the first boy band to top the U.

S. charts in three different decades. The Backstreet Boys have sold over 100 million records worldwide, making them the best-selling boy band of all time, one of the world's best-selling music artists, they are the first group since Led Zeppelin to have their first ten albums reach the top 10 on the Billboard 200, the only boy band to do so. The group received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 22, 2013; the group released their first documentary movie, titled Backstreet Boys: Show'Em What You're Made Of in January 2015. Howie Dorough and AJ McLean were natives of Orlando, who met each other and discovered Nick Carter through auditions; the three, decided to form a trio. Cousins Kevin Richardson and Brian Littrell, both from Lexington, sang in local church choirs and festivals when they were children. Richardson moved to Orlando in 1990, where he worked at Walt Disney World and concentrated on music at night, he met Dorough, McLean through a co-worker, the four decided to form a group.

In 1992 Lou Pearlman placed an ad in the Orlando Sentinel to compose a vocal group. McLean, the first to audition for Pearlman in his living room, became the group's first member. Between late 1992 and March 1993, Pearlman held open casting calls and hundreds of young performers auditioned at his blimp hangar in Kissimmee. During late 1992 and March 1993, Carter and Richardson were selected after meeting Pearlman's expectations. Littrell flew from Kentucky to Orlando to formally join the group on April 20, 1993, a day after receiving a phone call from Richardson about it. Thus, April 20 became their anniversary date. Pearlman decided to call them Backstreet Boys, after Orlando's Backstreet Market, an outdoor flea market near International Drive, a teen hangout; the Backstreet Boys had their first performance at SeaWorld Orlando on May 8, 1993. The group continued to perform in various venues during summer 1993, from shopping malls, restaurants, to a high-profile charity gala in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

With a change in management in the fall, they began to tour schools across the U. S. building a fan base while trying to get a record deal. Mercury Records nearly signed them in 1993, but the deal fell through at the last minute because longtime Mercury recording artist John Mellencamp threatened to leave the label if they got into the boy band business. However, in February 1994, Jeff Fenster and David Renzer saw the group performing at a high school in Cleveland, signed them to their first record deal. At the end of December 1994, the group flew to Sweden to record some songs with Max Martin and Denniz PoP, including "We've Got It Goin' On", which ended up being their first single and completed their work in January 1995. "We've Got It Goin' On" was sent to radio in August 1995 and released as a physical single on September 5, 1995. In North America, Mix 96 in Montreal broke the group after the programmers heard it on the radio in Europe; the song was a minor success in the U. S. peaking at only No. 69 by December 1995, but it entered the top 5 in Germany, Austria and the Netherlands.

European success sent them there on a summer tour and shifted their promotion being done in Europe. The group finished recording their first album Backstreet Boys in the spring of 1996, it was released internationally on May 6, 1996, excluding U. S. and Canada. Their popularity grew in Europe. "I'll Never Break Your Heart" reached a Gold status in Germany for selling 250,000 copies and they were voted the No. 1 international group there in 1996. They earned their first platinum record in Germany in 1996 for selling 500,000 copies of their debut album and shortly thereafter they began touring Asia and Canada, they became one of the most successful debut artists in the world, collecting awards such as Durchstarter in Germany's Viva Comet Awards in 1996."Anywhere for You" was released as the last single from their international debut album on February 17, 1997. "Quit Playi

Piedade, Goa

Piedade is an island village located in Ilhas, a northern district in the state of Goa, India. The name comes from the Portuguese word piedade, which means "compassion", it lies 23 km east of the state capital, between the taluks of Satari and Ponda. Other nearby villages are Amona, Surla, Cudnem and Candola; the local language is Konkani. The Church of Our Lady of Compassion is located in Piedade, it was designed by a Goan priest in the early 18th century, was the first Christian structure erected there. The cemetery is located near the Church of Our Lady of Compassion on the hilltop. Due to a lack of space, many artistic graves have been made here with niches in the walls for burying the dead, it houses a chapel. Until the 20th century, the Our Lady of Divar School was the only school in the village. Due its red color, it was called Tambde Escola, or the'Red School'; the village panchayat is located in Goltim-Navelim and is walking distance from the school of Our Lady. São Matias Divar

Child's Play (play)

Child's Play is a stage play written by Robert Marasco. It opened on Broadway on 12 February 1970 at the Royale Theatre and ran for 342 performances, closing on 12 December; the play was directed by Joseph Hardy, with settings by Jo Mielziner. The leading roles were taken by Fritz Weaver and Ken Howard. Marasco's only produced play, he wrote the script in 1966 under the title The Dark; the atmosphere of the play, although not the plot, was derived from Marasco's experiences as a teacher of Latin and Greek at Regis High School, a regarded Jesuit school in Manhattan. The play was presented in London's West End in 1971; as on Broadway, the director and designer were Hardy and Mielziner, with Laurence Harvey, Rupert Davies and Derek Fowlds in the cast. In 1972, Sidney Lumet directed a screen adaptation under the same title, starring James Mason, Robert Preston and Beau Bridges; the play centers on the rivalry between two faculty members at St. Charles, an exclusive Roman Catholic boarding school for boys.

Joe Dobbs is an easy-going, well-liked English teacher, while Latin and Greek instructor Jerome Malley is feared and hated by his students for his strict disciplinary methods. Malley is caring for his dying mother, his stress is exacerbated by a series of threatening phone calls and written notes he receives, he is certain Dobbs is the source, but his caustic personality prevents him from winning any sympathy or support. Into the fray comes Paul Reese, a former student, hired to teach PE, he soon finds his loyalty torn between the friendly Dobbs and Malley, as he becomes aware of the latter's personal torments. Compounding his situation is the realization that the unbridled violence practiced by the students may be the result of demonic possession. At the beginning of the play, Joe Dobbs is speaking to McArdle, one of his students, caught calling Jerome Malley in the middle of the night and, trying to get Dobbs to intervene on his behalf. Dobbs makes no promises to McArdle and the latter heads to the headmaster for a meeting.

Paul Reese, an alumnus of the school, now teaching history and PE, leaves the faculty room to act as a referee for a basketball game played by the boys. As Reese is heading toward the gym, he runs into Fr. Griffin, who tells him to keep an eye on the boys because they have been having disciplinary issues lately. Back in the faculty room, Dobbs implores him to go easy on him. After Malley leaves, Fr. Griffin asks Dobbs to see if he can understand why the boys have been violent since he and the headmaster can't seem to get anything out of the students, they are hoping that the "grand old man" of the faculty, can get the students to cooperate. Fr. Griffin leaves to patrol the halls when Malley returns, Malley and Dobbs talk about McArdle's punishment, an indefinite suspension. During this conversation, Malley says all the students hate him because Dobbs is setting them against him, a charge which Dobbs vehemently denies, it is at this time that Reese comes running into the room carrying a bloody Freddy Banks and screaming for help.

A couple of hours Dobbs and Fr. Griffin return from the hospital and meet with Reese and Fr. Mozian, the headmaster; as a result of the incident, Freddy loses his eye, his mother takes him out of the school, accusing the administration of being negligent in their duties. Fr. Mozian and Fr. Griffin interrogate Reese on what happened: Reese claims that the boys got in a circle around Freddy while playing dodgeball and one of them threw the ball full force at Freddy from close range. Freddy did nothing to protect himself. Reese claims that the seniors tried to hold him and that he had to fight his way to Freddy, that Freddy tried to get away from him. After the meeting, Fr. Mozian confronts Malley about his strict methods; as proof of how much the students hate him, Fr. Mozian shows Malley an unflattering note that he caught students passing in class about Malley, who claims Dobbs wrote the note and that he is manipulating everybody in the school against him. After the meeting, Dobbs goes to the school chapel to pray for the boys.

Several minutes Malley follows to pray for his sick and dying mother. Once again Dobbs and Malley talk. Malley accuses Dobbs of calling his mother every night and telling her terrible lies about Malley, he begs Dobbs to stop for his mother's sake to ease her passing. Dobbs leaves the chapel. Malley follows several minutes later. During this time the students arrive near the chapel. Once the chapel is empty, McArdle, Wilson and Banks carry a bleeding Travis into the chapel and tie him onto the cross, they flee. Fr. Griffin and Fr. Mozian enter a few moments and discover Travis, they take him down from the cross, the headmaster orders the chapel closed until further notice. The next morning word comes down from the headmaster's office that the chapel is closed, all extracurricular activities are canceled, the gym is off-limits except for gym class. Reese and Malley talk when Fr. Griffin and Dobbs go to class, Reese realizes that he was wrong about Malley all along — not only was he a good teacher, but he was not as mean as they thought he was.

Malley admits that he can be too hard on the students at times, but he says that's just the way he is. During this conversation, Malley gets a phone call from his mother's nurse informing him of his mother's passing. Several days Reese leaves a f

John Mulrooney

John Mulrooney is an American comedian, radio and TV show host and writer. Mulrooney was raised in Brooklyn, New York, he began his career on the NYC comedy scene at Rick Newman's Catch a Rising Star in 1979. Mulrooney transitioned into television in the early eighties on a show called Comedy Tonight. In addition to his 13 stand-up appearances he wrote and produced original content for 165 episodes. Mulrooney competed on Star Search and lost, but it helped his early career, since he was hired to work for the program, writing comedy and doing audience warm up. Upon relocating to Los Angeles, Mulrooney became a "regular" at The Improvisation, The World Famous Comedy Store and The Laugh Factory. After Joan Rivers left as host of The Late Show on the Fox network in 1987, Mulrooney was asked to replace her. After a few months, The Late Show was cancelled due to low ratings and strong competition from The Tonight Show and Nightline. Mulrooney hosted Comic Strip: Live, first for a year as a local show on KTTV in Los Angeles in 1988, continuing when Fox TV programming executives expanded the show to Fox-owned stations network-wide on Saturday nights, for an additional year.

He continued to appear on other TV shows such as An Evening at the Improv, Hollywood Squares, Showtime, HBO and Comedy Central and filling in as guest host for Pat Sajak on The Pat Sajak Show. In 1994 Mulrooney wrote, starred, for two seasons in a sitcom called Midtown North which aired on Comedy Central, he was one of the featured comics on Andrew Dice Clay's Valentine's Day Massacre pay-per-view special in 1994. In 1996 Mulrooney moved back to NYC to begin a career in radio, he co-hosted The Abbey show, an afternoon drive-time show which aired on 105.1 - The Buzz. During this time Mulrooney earned the N. Y. S. B Broadcaster's Award for Best On-Air Personality. In 1998 he teamed up with veteran radio host, Bob Wolf. Wolf and Mulrooney in the Morning went on to beat The Howard Stern Show in the ratings in 2000. John won Best On-Air Personality for a second time. After a syndication deal drew them to Cleveland, the pair continued to work in radio. In 2007 and 2009, Mulrooney toured Israel on the Crossroads Comedy Tour, a series of benefit concerts for the Crossroads Center in Jerusalem, sponsored by Jerry Seinfeld.

In 2008 and 2010, Mulrooney travelled to the Middle East to entertain troops as part of the - Incoming Comedy tour. In 2014 Mulrooney hosted his own show on Mulrooney in the Morning, he still tours the country appearing at comedy clubs and corporate functions. "The Late Show"... Host "Comic Strip Live" TV Series.... Host Great Balls of Fire!.... Jack Paar The Bistro.... Jack Morgan Penthouse Vegas Fox Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn Comedy Central Hollywood Squares Syndicated Comedy Tonight Syndicated Star Search Syndicated Candid Camera Co-host CBS The Late Show Host Fox King of the Mountain Host Fox Comic Strip Live Host Fox The Pat Sajak Show Guest Host CBS An Evening at the Improv A&E Caroline's Comedy Hour A&E Comedy Album Host A&E Comedy on the Road A&E A Pair of Jokers A&E A Different Point of View Host A&E Playboy Channel Comedy Hour Anything for Love Host Syndicated The Good Life Series Regular NBC Midtown North Series Regular Comedy Central 105.1 FM "MIX 105" New York, N. Y. Morning show host 105.1 FM "THE BUZZ" New York, N.

Y. The John and Abbey Show 106.5 FM "PYX 106" Albany, N. Y. Wakin' up with the Wolf and Mulrooney 100.7 FM WMMS "THE BUZZARD" Cleveland, Ohio Wakin' up with the Wolf and Mulrooney 93.7 FM "HOT TALK RADIO" Albany, N. Y. Mulrooney in the Morning Howard 101 Sirius Satellite Radio New York, N. Y; the Sirius Radio Road Show 104.9 FM WZMR "THE EDGE" Albany, N. Y.] Mulrooney in the Morning with Mike the Enforcer 101.5 FM 2010WPDH Poughkeepsie, N. Y. Wakin' Up with Coop and Mulrooney iHeartRADIO - 2014 Mulrooney in the Morning "Official Website". Archived from the original on 2007-05-13. John Mulrooney on IMDb

Howstrake Camp Halt

Howstrake Camp is a stop on the Manx Electric Railway on the Isle of Man located at the line's first summit on the climb from the terminus, before descending into the nearby valley. The station was used exclusively in conjunction with the nearby holiday camp from which it gained its name and despite the closure of the camp in 1985 remains open as a functioning request tram stop today, it retains its original stone-built waiting shelter albeit in a poor state of repair, which has its name painted on the rear wall facing out to sea and bears the legend "Howstrake Holiday Camp Station" along its roof line. The building has been in a poor state of repair for a number of years; the building was erected by and maintained by the owners of the holiday camp. The station has remained nominally open in recent times since the closure of the adjacent holiday camp but facilities have not been maintained on site for many years. Tramcars do still stop here but only on request of passengers, or by flagging down a passing car to board.

Being situated on an exposed coastal headland the shelter now provides welcome respite for walkers, the coastal road being a popular walk. Today the area is in a state of decay as can be seen from the dilapidated state of this once-grand entrance area; the station is something of an oddity, being that the shelter is on the "wrong side" compared to the entrance gates meaning that the road must be crossed between the two when there is in fact sufficient land for the shelter on the railway side of the road, taken up by large entrance gates. The tunnel had however been sealed off since the closure of the camp, but the small toll cottage can still be made out in the undergrowth on the other side of the line; the camp itself sprawled across the hillside overlooking the Groudle Glen Railway on the adjacent hillside and some of the chalets remain today. The camp was first developed as a male-only tented village with all accommodation being in the form of distinctive looking bell tents. In the late 19th century it caused scandal by becoming the first camp on the island available to both sexes and it was operated by the same company that ran the enormously successful Cunningham's Camp in Douglas some four miles away.

During the Second World War the camp was used as a music school by the Royal Naval School of Music before returning to holiday use upon cessation of the hostilities. Latterly it was a seasonal affair and after a fire ripped through the main dining hall in 1985 it closed. Manx Electric Railway Stations Mike Goodwyn. Manx Electric. Platform Five. ISBN 978-1-872524-52-8. Keith Pearson. 100 Years Of Manx Electric Railway. Leading Edge. ISBN 0-948135-38-7. Robert Hendry. Manx Electric Album. Hillside Publishing. ISBN 0-9505933-0-3. Norman Jones. Isle Of Man Tramways. Foxline Publishing. ISBN 1-870119-32-0. Manx Electric Railway Stopping Places Manx Electric Railway Society Island Images: Manx Electric Railway Pages Jon Wornham Official Tourist Department Page Isle Of Man Heritage Railways

Karl Rawer

Karl Maria Alois Rawer was a German specialist in radio wave propagation and the ionosphere. He developed the analytical code to determine suitable frequency ranges for short wave communication by which German forces built-up their long distance communications during World War II. After studies of mathematics and physics in Freiburg and Munich, under Jonathan Zenneck he wrote a thesis on partial reflection of radio waves in an ionospheric layer. Aware of this Johannes Plendl charged him to serve as adviser for the Shortwave communications of the German Luftwaffe, since 1943 for Navy and Army as well. Rawer's code assumes zig-zag paths between ionosphere. Monthly predictions take account of day-to-day variations. Long term changes from solar cycles is taken account of by Wolfgang Gleißberg´s prediction method. After the war Yves Rocard director of French Navy research, was impressed by Rawer's code, he engaged him as "directeur scientifique" of his newly founded "Service de Prevision Ionospherique".

Between 1956–69, serving in Germany as director of "Ionosphären-Institut Breisach" switched to space research. With his team he participated in the first French scientific rocket launch 1954 in the Sahara desert and they experimented aboard rockets of different nationality. From 1958 to 1964, he was "professeur associe" at the University of Paris. Rawer held several offices in the international space research organisation COSPAR; as director of "Fraunhofer-Institut für physikalische Weltraumforschung" he became the father of the two AEROS satellites, launched in 1972 and 1974. He was engaged in the International Geophysical Year and follow-ups. In the International Union of Radio Science he served with William Roy Piggott as co-author of the booklet on ionogram reduction and was vice-chairman and chairman of the ionospheric committee 1966–72, he was the father and longtime chairman of the International Reference Ionosphere that since 1999 is International Standard. Rawer was doctor honoris causa of the University of Düsseldorf, corresponding member of the International Academy of Astronautics and of "Oesterreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften Wien".

He died on 17 April 2018 in March, two days before his 105th birthday. Karl Rawer: "Meine Kinder umkreisen die Erde". Herder, Freiburg i. Brsg. 159 S. 1986, ISBN 3-451-08226-8 Bodo W. Reinisch: "Karl Rawer´s lfe and the history of the IRI". Adv. Space Res. 34, 1845R 2004 Dieter Bilitza: "35 Years of International Reference Ionosphere - Karl Rawer´s legacy". Adv. Radio Sci. 2, 283, 2004 International Reference Ionosphere