Berlin S-Bahn

The Berlin S-Bahn is a rapid transit railway system in and around Berlin, the capital city of Germany. It has been in operation under this name since December 1930, having been called the special tariff area Berliner Stadt-, Ring- und Vorortbahnen, it complements the Berlin U-Bahn and is the link to many outer-Berlin areas, such as Berlin Schönefeld Airport. In its first decades of operation, the trains were steam-drawn. Today, the term S-Bahn is used in Berlin only for those lines and trains with third-rail electrical power transmission and the special Berlin S-Bahn loading gauge; the third unique technical feature of the Berlin S-Bahn, the automated mechanical train control, is being phased out and replaced by a communications-based train control system specific to the Berlin S-Bahn. In other parts of Germany and other German-speaking countries, other trains are designated S-Bahn without those Berlin specific features; the Hamburg S-Bahn is the only other system using third-rail electrification.

Today, the Berlin S-Bahn is no longer defined as this special tariff area of the national railway company, but is instead just one specific means of transportation, defined by its special technical characteristics, in an area-wide tariff administered by a public transport authority. The Berlin S-Bahn is now an integral part of the Verkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg, the regional tariff zone for all kinds of public transit in and around Berlin and the federal state of Brandenburg; the brand name "S-Bahn" chosen in 1930 mirrored U-Bahn, which had become the official brand name for the Berlin city-owned rapid transit lines begun under the name of Berliner Hoch- und Untergrundbahnen, where the word of mouth had abbreviated "Untergrundbahn" to "U-Bahn", in parallel to "U-Boot" formed from "Unterseeboot". Services on the Berlin S-Bahn have been provided by the Prussian or German national railway company of the respective time, which means the Deutsche Reichsbahn-Gesellschaft after the First World War, the Deutsche Reichsbahn of the GDR until 1993 and Deutsche Bahn after its incorporation in 1994.

The Berlin S-Bahn consists today of 15 lines serving 166 stations, runs over a total route length of 332 kilometres. The S-Bahn carried 478.1 million passengers in 2018. It is integrated with the underground U-Bahn to form the backbone of Berlin's rapid transport system. Unlike the U-Bahn, the S-Bahn crosses Berlin city limits into the surrounding state of Brandenburg, e.g. to Potsdam. Although the S- and U-Bahn are part of a unified fare system, they have different operators; the S-Bahn is operated by S-Bahn Berlin GmbH, a subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn, whereas the U-Bahn is run by Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe, the main public transit company for the city of Berlin. The S-Bahn routes all feed into one of three core lines: a central, elevated east-west line, a central underground north-south line, a circular line. Outside the Ringbahn, suburban routes radiate in all directions. Lines S1, S2, S25, S26 are north-south lines that use the North-South tunnel as their midsection, they were distributed into Oranienburg and Hennigsdorf in the north, Teltow Stadt and Wannsee.

Lines S3, S5, S7, S9, S75 are east-west lines using the Stadtbahn cross-city railway. The western termini are located at Potsdam and Spandau, although the S5 only runs as far as Westkreuz and the S75 to Ostkreuz; the eastern termini are Erkner, Strausberg Nord and Wartenberg. The S9 uses a connector curve at Ostkreuz to change from Stadtbahn to the South-eastern leg of the Ringbahn. Another curve, the Nordkurve to the North-eastern Ringbahn, was served by the S86 line, but it was demolished in preparation of the rebuilding of Ostkreuz station and was not rebuilt afterwards. Both connector curves were used in the time of the Berlin Wall, as trains coming from the North-Eastern routes couldn't use the West Berlin North-South route and the Southern leg of the pre- and post-Wall Ringbahn was in West Berlin. Lines S41 and S42 continuously circle around the Ringbahn, the former clockwise, the latter anti-clockwise. Lines S45, S46, S47 link destinations in the southeast with the southern section of the Ringbahn via the tangential link from the Görlitzer Bahn to the Ring via Köllnische Heide.

Lines S8 and S85 are north-south lines using the eastern section of the Ringbahn between Bornholmer Straße and Treptower Park via Ostkreuz, using the Görlitzer Bahn in the South. Speaking, the first digit of a route number denotes the main route or a group of routes. Thus, S25 is a branch of S2, while S41, S42, S45, S46, S47 are all Ringbahn routes that share some of the same route. So S41, S42, S45, S46, S47 are together S4. However, the S4 does not exist as an independent entity. Since 9 January 1984, all the West Berlin S-Bahn routes are labelled with an "S" followed by a number; this system had been in use with other West German S-Bahn systems for years. On 2 June 1991 this was extended to the East Berlin lines as well. Internally, the Berlin S-Bahn uses Zuggruppen which run every twenty minutes; some lines, e.g. the S85, are made up of only one Zuggruppe, while others, like S5, are multiple Zuggruppen combined. Some Zuggruppen do not terminate at intermediate stops. Zuggru

V-League 6th Season 2nd Conference

The 2nd Conference of the 6th Season of the Shakey's V-League was held in October 2009 at the Filoil Flying V Arena. Second Conference shall be governed by the FIVB Official Volleyball Rules; the participating teams without the two Visayan teams. The Shakey's V-League is an intercollegiate women's volleyball league in the Philippines formed in 2004 by a management group led by former PBA commissioner Jun Bernardino and pizza company Shakey's. Preliminaries The eight participating teams will play one round; the six teams with the best win-loss records, after the round, will qualify into the quarter-finals. In the event of a two-way tie for 6th place, the tie will be resolved by a play-off game. If three or more teams are tied for 6th place, FIVB Rules shall apply to determine the best two which will play-off to resolve the tie. Quarter-finals The six qualified teams will play one round. With the win-loss records of the preliminaries carried over into the quarter-finals, the four teams with the best win-loss records, after the round, will qualify into the semi-finals.

In the event of a two-way tie for 4th place, the tie will be resolved by a play-off game. If three or more teams are tied for 4th place, FIVB Rules shall apply to determine the best two which will play-off to resolve the tie. Semi-finals A best-of-three series will be played between the 1st and 4th placed teams of the quarters. A best-of-three series will be played between the 3rd placed teams of the quarters. Finals A best-of-three series will be played between the 2 winners of the semis for the gold. A best-of-three series will be played between the 2 losers of the semis for the bronze. If the gold medalist is determined in two games, the series for the bronze medal will end in two games. If the contenders for the bronze are tied after two games FIVB Rules will determine the winner. Important note: All teams played all of their opponents only once. Important note: All teams played all of their opponents only once. UST leads series, 1-0 UST wins series, 2-0 AdU leads series, 1-0 AdU wins series, 2-0 FEU leads series, 1-0 FEU wins series, 2-0 UST leads series, 1-0 UST wins series, 2-0 Champion - UST Tigresses 1st runner-up - Adamson Lady Falcons 2nd runner-up - FEU Lady Tamaraws 3rd runner-up - San Sebastian Lady Stags Best Scorer: Angela Benting Best Attacker: Giza Yumang Best Blocker: Ma.

Paulina Soriano Best Setter: April Linor Jose Best Digger: Stephanie Gabriel Best Server: Cherry Mae Vivas Best Receiver: Lizlee Ann Gata Conference MVP: Aiza Maizo Finals MVP: Aiza Maizo Official website

Prince Charming (Adam and the Ants song)

"Prince Charming" was a number-one single in the UK Singles Chart for four weeks in September 1981 for Adam and the Ants. Written by Adam Ant and Marco Pirroni, featuring on the album of the same name, it was Adam and the Ants' second number-one single in a row and was the fifth biggest hit of the year 1981. Band member and producer Merrick on drums, played a stirring riff on an open-tuned acoustic guitar throughout the song. Lead guitarist Pirroni mimed to this part on both an orchestral harp and a miniature harp in the promotional video; the music video was notable for its extravagant production compared to the videos being produced at the time. It featured Adam Ant in a male Cinderella role, complete with moustached drag queen evil step-sisters; the sisters accept an invitation to "Come to the ball, dance the Prince Charming", leaving Adam home doing the chores. Sitting at a table in an old-style kitchen, Adam is surrounded by his band members, who are encouraging him: "Don't you ever/Don't you ever/Stop being dandy, showing me you're handsome."

His Fairy Godmother, portrayed by Diana Dors appears with five shirtless men dancing the "Prince Charming". With a wave of her magic wand, she transforms Adam's attire into flamboyant Regency clothes. Adam makes a grand entrance onto the balcony at the ball, swings down on a chandelier. He, the Ants, his Fairy Godmother, her male attendant and the invited guests of the ball dance the "Prince Charming", which became a much imitated arm-crossing dance as the song rose up the charts. Choreographer Stephanie Coleman explained that each hand movement in the Prince Charming dance had a meaning each representing an element of Adam Ant’s personality; the video ends with Adam smashing a mirror singing the "Prince Charming, Prince Charming/Ridicule is nothing to be scared of" refrain as different characters: the Man with No Name, Alice Cooper, Sheik Ahmed Ben Hassan, Marlon Brando as Vito Corleone from The Godfather The music video was one of Diana Dors' last on-screen performances. According to Adam, Prince Charming is based on Beau Brummell.

Pirroni described the song as "A cleverer song than any of you realise." ° On 27 March 2010, Rolf Harris claimed on BBC Radio 5 Live's Danny Baker Show that an out-of-court settlement had been reached, with a large sum of royalties received, after a musicologist found "Prince Charming" to be musically identical to Harris's 1965 song "War Canoe"