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Baseball Ground

The Baseball Ground was a stadium in Derby, England. It was first used for baseball as the home of Derby County Baseball Club from 1890 until 1898 and for football as the home of Derby County from 1895 until 1997; the club's reserve and youth sides used it until 2003, when it closed as a sports stadium after 113 years and was demolished. As the name suggests, the stadium was used for baseball, it was called Ley's Baseball Ground and was part of a complex of sports grounds built and owned by businessman Sir Francis Ley for workers at his foundry, Ley's Malleable Castings Vulcan Ironworks. The stadium was the focal point of the complex and was part of a personal quest by Ley to introduce baseball to the UK; the stadium was home to Derby County Baseball Club, allied to the more famous Derby County Football Club. The baseball club ran away with the first championship after the National Baseball League of Great Britain and Ireland was established in 1890. However, pressure from other teams in the league over the number of American players Derby used forced them to resign at the end of the league's first season, though the baseball club itself lasted until 1898.

Derby County Football Club was formed as an offshoot of the Derbyshire County Cricket Club. The football club played on a pitch, part of the Derby cricket ground, which at that time was in the middle of a racecourse; this site, which had minimal facilities, was chosen to host five FA Cup semi-finals, the replay of the 1886 FA Cup Final and an England international match in 1895. Derby had used Ley's Baseball Ground for their home matches due to horse racing meetings taking priority. With their partner baseball club in decline, Derby County FC made it their permanent home in 1895 and renamed it The Baseball Ground. A party of Gypsies were forced to move and legend has it that before leaving they put a curse on the ground preventing Derby County winning the FA Cup; the ground became the property of the club in 1924 when it was purchased from Ley's heirs for £10,000. The Baseball Ground was once used for an international match: England beat Ireland 2–1 in a British Home Championship match on 11 February 1911.

At its height, the Baseball Ground could accommodate around 42,000 spectators. The record attendance was 41,826 for a match against Tottenham Hotspur in 1969, just after Derby County were promoted under the management of Brian Clough, at the beginning of the most successful era in the club's history. Clough guided Derby County to the league title in 1972 and his successor Dave Mackay oversaw another title triumph in 1975. However, attendances fell at the turn of the 1980s as Derby were relegated from the First Division in 1980, in 1984 they fell into the Third Division, though an upswing in form followed and they were back in the First Division by 1987. Perimeter fencing was erected between the stands and the pitch during the 1970s to combat pitch invasions by hooligans, but this was dismantled in April 1989, within days of the Hillsborough disaster in which 96 Liverpool fans were fatally injured, most of them crushed to death against perimeter fencing; this resulted in policing levels in games at the Baseball Ground being increased by 50%.

Derby County remained at the stadium until 1997. The site had first been identified in August 1993, although difficulties with decontaminating the land led to the project being abandoned within 18 months in favour of rebuilding the Baseball Ground into a 26,000-seat stadium. In the meantime, the Baseball Ground had been converted into an all-seater stadium, although its capacity was reduced to just over 18,000 - inadequate for a second tier club with ambitions of winning promotion back to the top flight. However, these plans were abandoned in February 1996 and Pride Park was confirmed as the location for a new stadium. Construction work began in 1996, with the new stadium scheduled to be ready in time for the 1997-98 season, it was, confirmed that the Baseball Ground would be retained for reserve and youth team matches for at least a few years after the new stadium's completion. Construction of the new stadium began that year; the last league match to be played there was a Premier League fixture against Arsenal, though the stadium continued to be used for reserve team games for a few seasons afterwards.

In late 2003, several months after the youth team played its final game there, the Baseball Ground was demolished to make way for housing. The former ground has since been redeveloped to around 150 new homes and, in September 2010 a commemorative statue was unveiled on the site; the 15' high metalwork featuring the silhouettes of three footballers dribbling and shooting was commissioned by the builders Spirita and Strata and designed by artist Denis O'Connor. A fan, George Glover,'made history' by scoring the last goal at the Baseball Ground in a game between fans. After the Taylor Report was published, the stadium was converted to become all-seater from terracing, its capacity dropped to 17,451 in the 1995–96 season. This was inadequate for the ambitions of Derby County, who were chasing promotion to the Premier League during the early to mid-1990s achieving it as Division One runners-up in 1996; the stadium featured two 3-tier stands at either end, both with the lowest tier not facing straight towards the pitch giving a wedge-like appearance at one end.

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Valley Junior/Senior High School

Valley Junior/Senior High School is a public school in New Kensington, Westmoreland County in the U. S. state of Pennsylvania. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in 2011, the School reported an enrollment of 652 pupils in grades 9th through 12th, with 344 pupils eligible for a federal free or reduced-price lunch; the school employed 35 teachers, yielding a student–teacher ratio of 18:1. Valley High School is a federal Title I school. According to a report by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, 61 courses are taught by teachers who are rated "Non‐Highly Qualified" under No Child Left Behind; as of 2009. In 2013, Valley High School's 11th grade ranked 63rd out of 104 western Pennsylvania high schools based on the last three years of student academic achievement in Pennsylvania System of School Assessments in: reading, math and science. In 2012, Valley High School ranked 86th out of 104 Western Pennsylvania public high schools. In 2012, New Kensington-Arnold School District’s graduation rate was 80%.

In 2011, the graduation rate was 77%. In 2010, the Pennsylvania Department of Education issued a 4-year cohort graduation rate. Valley High School's rate was 53.75% for 2010. According to traditional graduation rate calculations 2010 - 90% 2009 - 82% 2008 - 85% 2007 - 85% In 2012, Valley High School declined again to Corrective Action Level I AYP status. In 2011, Valley High School was in School Improvement Level II AYP status. Under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, the school administration was required to notify parents of the school's poor achievement outcomes and to offer the parent the opportunity to transfer to a successful school within the District. Additionally the school administration was required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, to develop a School Improvement Plan to address the school's low student achievement. Under the Pennsylvania Accountability System, the school district must pay for additional tutoring for struggling students. Valley High School is eligible for extra funding under School Improvement Grants which the school must apply to the Pennsylvania Department of Education for each year.

2010 - School Improvement Level I 2009 - School Improvement Level I 2008 - Warning AYP status 11th Grade Reading: 2012 - 61% on grade level. State - 67% of 11th graders are on grade level. 2011 - 62%. State - 69.1% 2010 - 70%. State - 66% 2009 - 62%. State - 65% 2008 - 58%. State - 65% 2007 - 59%. State - 65% 11th Grade Math: 2012 - 52% on grade level. In Pennsylvania, 59% of 11th graders are on grade level. 2011 - 55%. State - 60.3% 2010 - 68%. State - 59% 2009 - 43%. State - 56% 2008 - 47%. State - 56% 2007 - 54%. State - 53% 11th Grade Science: 2012 - 25% on grade level. State - 42% of 11th graders were on grade level. 2011 - 22%. State - 40% 2010 - 33%. State - 39% 2009 - 30%. State - 40% 2008 - 28%. State - 39% According to a Pennsylvania Department of Education study released in January 2009, 29% of the Valley High School graduates required remediation in mathematics and or reading before they were prepared to take college level courses in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education or community colleges.

Less than 66% of Pennsylvania high school graduates, who enroll in a four-year college in Pennsylvania, will earn a bachelor's degree within six years. Among Pennsylvania high school graduates pursuing an associate degree, only one in three graduate in three years. Per the Pennsylvania Department of Education, one in three recent high school graduates who attend Pennsylvania's public universities and community colleges takes at least one remedial course in math, reading or English. Valley High School offers a dual enrollment program; this state program permits high school students to take courses, at local higher education institutions, to earn college credits. Students remain enrolled at their high school; the courses count towards earning a college degree. The students continue to have full access to programs at their high school; the college credits are offered at a discounted rate. The state offered a small grant to assist students in costs for tuition and books. Under the Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation Agreement, many Pennsylvania colleges and universities accept these credits for students who transfer to their institutions.

In 2010, Governor Edward Rendell eliminated the grants to students, from the Commonwealth, due to a state budget crisis. For the 2009-10 funding year, Valley School District received a state grant of $10,897 for the program. In 2012, 104 New Kensington-Arnold School District students took the SAT exams; the District's Verbal Average Score was 432. The Math average score was 444; the Writing average score was 416. The statewide Verbal SAT exams results were: Verbal 491, Math 501, Writing 480. In the USA, 1.65 million students took the exams achieving scores: Verbal 496, Math 514, Writing 488. According to the College Board the maximum score on each section was 800, 360 students nationwide scored a perfect 2,400. In 2011, 88 New Kensington-Arnold School District students took the SAT exams; the District's Verbal Average Score was 478. The Math average score was 482; the Writing average score was 453. Pennsylvania ranked 40th among states with SAT scores: Verbal - 493, Math - 501, Writing - 479. In the United States, 1.65 million students took

Dack Rambo

Norman Jay Rambo, professionally known as Dack Rambo, was an American actor, most notable for appearing as Walter Brennan's grandson Jeff in the series The Guns of Will Sonnett, as Steve Jacobi in the soap opera All My Children, as cousin Jack Ewing on Dallas, as Grant Harrison on the soap opera Another World. Norman Jay Rambo was born in California to William Lester and Beatrice A. Rambo. Dack was a middle child in a family of four. Siblings: William Donald Rambo. Beatrice Rambo outlived two of her three sons. After moving to Los Angeles in the 1960s, the 20-year-old twins were discovered by actress Loretta Young in 1962 and cast in her CBS series The New Loretta Young Show. On February 5, 1967, Dirk Rambo was killed in a road accident at the age of 25; that same year, Dack Rambo landed the role of Jeff Sonnett on The Guns of Will Sonnett and co-starred in the short-lived Gunsmoke spin-off Dirty Sally, with Jeanette Nolan. During the 1970s and 1980s, he made guest appearances on Marcus Welby, M.

D. House Calls, Wonder Woman, Charlie's Angels, Fantasy Island, The Love Boat and Murder, She Wrote, he played Steve Jacobi on All My Children in the early 1980s. He acted the lead role in Sword of Justice, which lasted for 10 installments in 1978-79. Rambo may be best remembered on television for playing Jack Ewing in 51 episodes of the soap opera Dallas from 1985 to 1987. Rambo played Wesley Harper on the 1984 short-lived TV series soap opera Paper Dolls. While working on Another World, Rambo learned that he was infected with HIV in August 1991, he retired from acting. Rambo made his HIV infection and his bisexuality public, revealing that he had been in a lot of relationships with both men and women since his 20s. Dack Rambo died on March 21, 1994 at the age of 52 of complications from AIDS. Dack Rambo on IMDb Dack Rambo at AllMovie Dack Rambo at Find a Grave

Mircea Sandu

Mircea Traian Sandu is a retired Romanian footballer and president of the Romanian Football Federation. As a player, Sandu scored 167 goals in Liga I, being ranked seventh in the all-time scoring table, but has never been the top scorer in a single season, he has been the president of the Romanian Football Federation between 1990 and 2014. His nickname was "The Godfather". On 25 March 2008 he was decorated by President of Romania Traian Băsescu for Romania's successful Euro 2008 qualifying campaign with the Medalia "Meritul Sportiv" — class III, his former wife who died in 1995 Simona Arghir was a handball player and their daughter Raluca was a professional tennis player. They had a son named Dan Mircea. In 1997 he married Lisa Alban. Sportul StudenţescBalkans Cup: 1979–80, Runner-up: 1976 Romanian League Runner-up: 1985–86 Romanian Cup Runner-up: 1978–79 Liga II: 1971–72 Mircea Sandu at RomanianSoccer.ro and StatisticsFootball.com Mircea Sandu at National-Football-Teams.com Mircea Sandu at WorldFootball.net Interview with Mircea Sandu Dolce-sport.ro

Henry Christy

Henry Christy was an English banker and collector, who left his substantial collections to the British Museum. Christy was born at Kingston upon Thames, the second son of William Miller Christy of Woodbines, a Quaker banker who started out in hat manufacture with interests in Stockport, before becoming a financier. Trained to business by his father, Henry Christy became a partner in the house of Christy & Co. in Gracechurch Street, succeeded his father as a director of the London Joint-Stock Bank. He was still a board member of the bank at the end of his life, despite other activities. Henry contributed to the success of the family firm, known as W. M. Christy & Sons Ltd. once his father took it over. Samples of textiles he brought home from the Ottoman Empire provided the idea for looped cotton towelling, taken up by his brother Richard, amenable to mechanical manufacture with a technique devised by an employee. Christy innovated with woven silk rather than beaver for the manufacture of top hats.

Christy was a philanthropist, active in other causes. With other Quakers Christy took the approach of buying seeds for other vegetable crops, to reduce the potato monoculture. With committee members Robert Forster and Samuel Fox, he lobbied the government for practical help in improving Irish fisheries, he was one of the founders of the Aborigines' Protection Society. He was a committee member of the British and Foreign School Society. Christy was involved in numerous learned societies, he belonged to both the Ethnological Society of London and the Anthropological Society of London, representing different strands arising from early ethnology. He became a Fellow of the Linnean Society in 1856, joined the Geological Society in 1858, he took part in both the archaeological societies of the period, the Royal Geographical Society. He was a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, sponsored the application for membership there of Augustus Lane Fox, the other major British collector of the time in the ethnographic field.

In 1850 Christy began to visit foreign countries. Among the fruits of his first expedition to the East were an extensive collection of Eastern fabrics, a large series of figures from Cyprus, which are now in the British Museum. After the Great Exhibition of 1851, Christy began the study of tribal peoples. In 1852, again in 1853, he travelled in Denmark and Norway; the public collections of antiquities at Stockholm and Copenhagen were a revelation to him, from this time he collected objects from contemporary and prehistoric periods. The year 1856 was devoted to America. Travelling over Canada, the United States, British Columbia, Christy met Edward Burnett Tylor in Cuba, they went on together to Mexico, where Christy made many purchases, their Mexican travels were described by Tylor in his Anahuac. In 1858, the antiquity of man was proved by the discoveries of Boucher de Perthes on flint implements in France, he went with the French palæontologist Edouard Lartet in the examination of the caves along the valley of the Vézère, a tributary of the Dordogne River, in the south of France.

Remains are embedded in the stalagmites of these caves. Thousands of specimens were obtained, some of them being added to Christy's collection; the sites they investigated included Le Moustier, the Abri de la Madeleine, both important type sites. In April 1865, Christy left England with a small party of geologists to examine some caves, discovered in Belgium, near Dinant. While at work he caught a severe cold. A subsequent journey with M. and Mme. Lartet to La Palisse brought on inflammation of the lungs, of which he died on 4 May 1865. By his will, Christy bequeathed his collections of modern objects to the nation, he left £5000 which established the Christy fund that allowed the British Museum to purchase many more artefacts. As there was no spare room at the British Museum, the trustees secured the suite of rooms at 103 Victoria Street, London SW and here the collection was exhibited, under the care of A. W. Franks, until 1884; the young Charles Hercules Read Franks's successor as Keeper at the British Museum, was based there doing the cataloguing, in his first work for the museum.

In that year the removal of the natural history department to South Kensington made room for the collection at the British Museum. Christy had a partial catalogue of his collections made in 1862, by Carl Ludvig Steinhauer. In 1864 he wrote an account of the work, being carried out at his expense in the Vézère Valley, they referred to the "reindeer period", as the time of the cavemen in southern France came to be styled. Christy's funding contributed to the discovery of Cro-Magnon man in 1868 in a cave near Les Eyzies. An account of the explorations appeared in a half-finished book left by Christy, entitled Reliquiae Aquitanicae, being contributions to the Archaeology and Paleontology of Périgord and the adjacent provinces of Southern France. Attribution This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Harrison, William Jerome. "Christy, Henry". In Stephen, Leslie. Dictionary of National B

Global Anti-Aggression Campaign

The Global Anti-Aggression Campaign is a human rights non-governmental organization ostensibly established to resist foreign aggression against Islam and Muslim countries in a manner that complies with the Sunni-Islamic faith. The Global Anti-Aggression Campaign consists of a number of religious leaders and human rights activists from the Arab World and holds annual conferences to advance their stated objectives and discuss Western and Israeli aggression on Muslim communities. Since its establishment in 2005, several members of the Global Anti-Aggression Campaign have come under criticism for their connections to Al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations or have been labeled as Specially Designated Global Terrorists by the U. S. Department of the Treasury; the Global Anti-Aggression Campaign is backed by Hamas and has been associated with other offshoots of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood. The Times of Israel reported that GAAC was established in 2003 in Saudi Arabia by Saudi members of al-Qaeda who hoped to promote the organization as peaceful.

According to the report, GAAC was relocated to Qatar in 2005 due to opposition from the Saudi Arabian government. In 2005, Hamas leader Khaled Mashal as well as representatives from the Muslim Brotherhood and other Salafist organizations were members of the organization; the context of the establishment of the Global Anti-Aggression Campaign is specified in the organization’s founding statement written by Abd al-Rahman al-Nuaimi. The founding statement accuses the US and Israeli governments of aggression by attempting to extend their influence over Muslim nations and peoples, plunder their resources, alter their educational and social systems. According to the founding statement, the Western-led aggression attempts to falsify and ridicule the values of Islam, attack the Quran and the Prophet Muhammad and lead deceitful media campaigns and armed invasions. In addressing the issues mentioned in the organization’s founding statement, the Global Anti-Aggression Campaign seeks to “combine the efforts of the ummah, remind them of their duty to victory, make them aware of their right to self-defense, oppose the aggressor in the most legitimate and influential way possible.”

The Global Anti-Aggression Campaign claims to be established in compliance with Islamic order to defend the oppressed people and to drive away the oppressors. The Global Anti-Aggression Campaign seeks to attract widespread attention to its activities and reports and does not represent a state or political party. GAAC has the following goals: Work on making the ummah aware of the actions of its enemies and its call to maintain its identity. Oppose the aggressors through all possible means. Awaken the Islamic spirit of Muslims in order to serve their religion and the ummah and defend their rights. Clarify the true image of Islam and reveal the moral and humanitarian aspects of Shariah. Work on the coordination and integration between popular and official efforts in Muslim countries in order to serve Islamic and humanitarian issues. Work to communicate with people and international organizations in order to reject injustice and the domination of people and their capabilities. In 2005, Khaled Mashal, leader of Hamas since 2004, attended the first Global Anti-Aggression Campaign conference in Doha, Qatar between February 23 and February 25th.

During the conference, Mashal spoke on the importance of comprehensive resistance and referenced Hamas as a successful example of comprehensive resistance. In 2009, the Guardian claimed. Following the 2009 Global Anti-Aggression Campaign conference in Istanbul, Turkey the BBC reported that religious scholars and clerics in attendance “met senior Hamas officials to plot a new jihad centered on Gaza.” Mohammed Nazzal, Hamas spokesman and senior leader based in Damascus attended the 2009 Global Anti-Aggression Campaign conference. The BBC claims “speaker after speaker called for jihad against Israel in support of Hamas.”Nazzal appeared at the 2016 Global Anti-Aggression Campaign conference in Istanbul entitled “the international day of support for al-Aqsa and Jerusalem.” During his speech, Nazzal praised the Palestinians who attacked Israelis during the increase in violence in Israel and Palestine during the 2014/2015 Silent Intifada. Nazzal called for further attacks by assuring attackers would be religiously rewarded for their jihad.

Former secretary general and comptroller general of the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria, Ali Sadreddine al-Bayanouni, attended the first Global Anti-Aggression Campaign conference in Doha, Qatar in February 2005. Al-Bayanouni called for the dissemination of a culture of resistance and to nurture people and communities built on resistance. In 2014, an article entitled “The Root of Western Thinking, its Supporters, its Cause of Strife on the Muslim People” was posted on the Global Anti-Aggression Campaign’s website; the 2014 article references specific Biblical texts in order to demonize the Jewish and Christian faiths as recommending the use of cruelty in dealing with others and the allowance of killing all of those that do not adhere to their faith regardless of age or sex. According to the article and Christian religious texts show “hatred for all the men, children and for useful animals like cows and others.” The article states that the Global Anti-Aggression Campaign believes that the West is pursuing their policies based upon these religious texts.

The Global Anti-Aggression Campaign expresses the organization’s anti-American sentiments in the founding statement by claiming the American administration:“is working to achieve control over Muslim na