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Brave Combo

Brave Combo is a polka/rock/worldbeat band based in Denton, Texas. Founded in 1979 by guitarist/keyboardist/accordionist Carl Finch, they have been a prominent fixture in the Texas music scene for more than thirty-five years, their music, both originals and covers, incorporates a number of dance styles polka, but some Latin American and Caribbean styles like norteño, rumba, cha-cha-cha, samba, two-step, charanga, ska, etc. As part of their perceived artistic mission to expand the musical tastes of their listeners, they have played and recorded covers of well-known songs in a style radically different from the original versions. Examples include polka versions of Jimi Hendrix's "Purple Haze" and The Doors' "People are Strange", The Rolling Stones' " Satisfaction" as a cha-cha, "Sixteen Tons" as a cumbia. While their records may have a sense of humor, they are played straight and not considered joke or novelty records, they won a Grammy Award in 1999 in the Best Polka Album category for their album Polkasonic, again in 2004 for their album Let's Kiss.

In naming Denton, the "Best Music Scene" for 2008, Paste magazine cited Brave Combo as the "Grand Pooh-Bah of Denton bands" and said that "Brave Combo, is in many ways the template from which all the rest are cut: eclectic and artistically ambitious, with a high degree of musicianship and a strong DIY ethic." The band made a short appearance, as animated figures, on the March 21, 2004, episode of The Simpsons. Series creator Matt Groening is a fan of the band and they appeared on the show at his personal request. In the episode, the band played a new original song called "Fill The Stein" and their version of "The Simpsons Theme" played over the closing credits. Finch and other band members made cameo appearances in Talking Heads leader David Byrne's 1986 movie True Stories, set in fictional Virgil, Texas. Finch can be spotted in the fashion show sporting a brick-patterned suit and in the parade leading the all-accordion marching band, they appear in the 1986 Hank Wangford Channel 4 television series The A to Z of C & W singing the Hank Williams song "Cold, Cold Heart".

They contributed two songs to the Gumby album, released in 1989. Their song "Busy Office Rhumba" was used as the theme for the 1993 Fox television series Bakersfield P. D, they appear. In 2000, they appeared on the national telecast of the MDA Labor Day Telethon with Jerry Lewis dancing along to the music, they wrote and performed the theme song for the 2005 series "ESPN Bowling Night". The opening theme and other music for the 2008 PBS animated series Click and Clack's As the Wrench Turns were produced by Carl Finch and composed and performed by Finch and Brave Combo, their live music video, "The Denton Polka", appears on the Bohemia Rising DVD Compilation, a collection of documentary shorts directed by Christopher Largen exploring rebellion and resistance to corporate demolition in their hometown of Denton, Texas. Included in Bob Dylan's 2009 Christmas release, Christmas In The Heart, the song "Must Be Santa", is performed polka-style. Dylan's arrangement is identical to the Brave Combo arrangement from their 1991 CD It's Christmas, Man!.

In an interview published by Street News Service, Dylan acknowledged the influence of Brave Combo: "This version comes from a band called Brave Combo. Somebody sent their record to us for our radio show. They’re a regional band out of Texas that takes regular songs and changes the way you think about them. You oughta hear their version of'Hey Jude'." They were featured on Bowling for Soup's album Sorry for Partyin', playing a polka version of Bowling For Soup's song "Belgium". The season seven episode "Fun on a Bun" of the animated science fiction comedy Futurama includes two original songs by the band plus a cover version of "The Chicken Dance"; the episode debuted August 2012, on Comedy Central. Carl Finch - guitar, accordion Lyle Atkinson - bass guitar, tuba Danny O'Brien - trumpet Alan Emert - drums Robert Hokamp - guitar, lap steel, cornet * Jeffrey Barnes - saxophones, flute, penny whistles Ginny Mac - accordion Tim Walsh - saxophone, clarinet Dave Cameron - drums Cenobio "Bubba" Hernandez - bass guitar Phil Hernandez - drums Mitch Marine - drums Joe Cripps - percussion, some subsequent performances Greg Beck - drums Paul Stivitts - drums NYC Ann Marie Harrop - bass guitar Little Jack Melody - bass guitar Arjuna Contreras - drums Bill Tomlin - Drums Official website Bohemia Rising: The Story of Fry Street Brave Combo on IMDb Brave Combo discography at Discogs Brave Combo collection at the Internet Archive's live music archive

Interstate 495 (New York)

Interstate 495 known as the Long Island Expressway, is an auxiliary Interstate Highway in the U. S. state of New York. It is jointly maintained by the New York State Department of Transportation, the New York City Department of Transportation, MTA Bridges and Tunnels, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Spanning 71 miles along a west–east axis, I-495 traverses Long Island from the western portal of the Queens–Midtown Tunnel in the New York City borough of Manhattan to CR 58 in Riverhead in the east. I-495 intersects with I-295 in Bayside, through which it connects with I-95. A 5-mile gap in official Interstate designation exists within Queens, between I-278 in Long Island City and I-678 in Corona; the Long Island Expressway designation, despite being applied to I-495 in full, technically refers to the stretch of highway between Nassau and Suffolk counties. The section from the Queens–Midtown Tunnel to Queens Boulevard is known as the Queens–Midtown Expressway, the section between Queens Boulevard and the Queens-Nassau county line is known as the Horace Harding Expressway.

The service roads which run parallel to either side of the expressway in Queens are signed Horace Harding Expressway and Horace Harding Boulevard. The expressway begins at the western portal of the Queens–Midtown Tunnel in the Murray Hill section of Manhattan; the route heads eastward, passing under FDR Drive and the East River as it proceeds through the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority-maintained tunnel to Queens. Once on Long Island, the highway passes through the tunnel's former toll plaza and becomes known as the Queens–Midtown Expressway as it travels through the western portion of the borough. A mile after entering Queens, I-495 meets I-278 at exit 17. At this point, I-495 becomes the unsigned highway NY 495, although it is still signed as an Interstate Highway, it continues as a limited-access expressway, on a easterly path, to the Rego Park neighborhood, where it connects to New York State Route 25 and becomes the Horace Harding Expressway. NY 495 heads northeast through Corona to Flushing Meadows–Corona Park, intersecting both the Grand Central Parkway and the Van Wyck Expressway within the park limits, where unsigned NY 495 ends and I-495 resumes.

Because the interchanges in this area are close together, the highway employs two sets of collector/distributor roads through this area: one between 69th and 99th Streets, one between the Grand Central Parkway and I-678. The expressway continues east, veering to the southeast to bypass Kissena Park before curving back to the northeast to meet the Clearview Expressway at the northern edge of Cunningham Park. Past I-295, I-495 passes by the "Queens Giant", the oldest and tallest tree in the New York metropolitan area; the tree, located just north of I-495 in Alley Pond Park, is visible from the highway's westbound lanes. To the east, the freeway connects to the Cross Island Parkway at exit 31 in the park prior to exiting the New York City limits, crossing into Nassau County, becoming the Long Island Expressway. Although the Long Island Expressway name begins outside the New York City border all locals and most signage use "the Long Island Expressway" or "the LIE" to refer the entire length of I-495.

The service roads of I-495 are called the "Queens–Midtown Expressway" between the Brooklyn–Queens Expressway and Queens Boulevard, the "Horace Harding Expressway" between Queens Boulevard and the Nassau County line. The Horace Harding Expressway section follows the path of Horace Harding Boulevard, named for Horace J. Harding, a finance magnate who directed the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad and the New York Municipal Railways System. Harding used his influence to promote the development of Long Island's roadways, lending strong support to Robert Moses's "great parkway plan". Harding urged construction of a highway from Queens Boulevard to the Nassau County Line, in order to provide better access to Oakland Country Club, where he was a member. After his death, the boulevard he helped build was named for him. Horace Harding was not related to the former President Warren G. Harding. Heading into Nassau County, the expressway sports a High-Occupancy Vehicle Lane, which begins at exit 33 and runs to central Suffolk County.

In its run through Nassau, it is the only major east–west highway that does not interchange with the Meadowbrook or Wantagh state parkways, both of which end to the south at the adjacent Northern State Parkway, which parallels the LIE through the county. The two highways meet three times, although it crosses only once at exit 46 near the county line. I-495 does, interchange with the Seaford–Oyster Bay Expressway as the east–west parkways do, has heavy traffic. In Suffolk County, the LIE continues its eight-lane configuration with the HOV lane to exit 64. At this point, the HOV lane ends and the highway narrows to six lanes. From NY 112 east, the expressway runs through more rural, woodland areas on its trek towards Rive

Joanna Jesh Transport

Joanna Jesh Transport Corporation is one of the largest city bus companies in the Philippines. Dubbed "The Twin Sisters" and "The fastest Andi Mack ever" because of the company name fused together, it plies routes from Food Terminal Incorporates in Taguig to Navotas. Joanna Jesh Transport was taken from the names Jessa; the eldest was said to be named Joanna Marie de Guzman Mahilac, while the second one was Jessa de Guzman Mahilac. These were the daughters of sole founder and owner of the company. Founded in 2003 by Crisinciano E. Mahilac, a former Overseas Filipino Worker in Saudi Arabia, the company started to operate 8 Japayuki buses and 2 ordinary buses for FTI-Navotas route, but the company decided to change these units into all ordinary buses when the company bought two ordinary Daewoo buses, 14 UD Nissan Diesel and 4 Hino ordinary units. There were additional 10 bus units which were named as Amtrak Transport Inc. plying Baclaran-Navotas route. A serious accident involving Joanna Jesh Transport and Commuters Bus Corp. shocked the commuters and some stand-by people waiting inside the loading/unloading bay at EDSA-Santolan northbound lane.

On October 21, 2008, two Joanna Jesh bus units with plate numbers TYG-660 and TYF-868 were racing each other when a Commuters Bus Corp. unit, at their front stopped outside the loading/unloading bay under the MRT Santolan station to unload the passengers. This resulted to a collision of the first Joanna Jesh bus to the Mercedes Benz sedan car, killing Dr. Francisco Sarabia, an eye specialist, injuring four other people, which resulted in burning of the car; the driver, Martinito Madrid, was arrested, together with two other drivers by the Quezon City Police District and were placed under the custody of the police. Madrid was charged with reckless driving resulting in homicide, but he was set free temporarily after paying a bail for his offense; the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board lifted a thirty-day suspension against Joanna Jesh Transport and Commuters Bus Corp. and the operation of the bus units of both companies were grounded. However, the suspension against them were considered "premature".

The bus drivers of the mentioned companies were given a three-day training at National Center of Transportation Studies in University of the Philippines in Diliman. They were put under drug testing as a prerequisite to normal operations of the company. According to Atty. Omar Mayo, lawyer of the bus company, he claimed that Joanna Jesh Transport did not violate any franchise laws. Mayo disputed and questioned the suspension and the so-called "use of illegal and unauthorized business name" as a sanction against the company; this evidence was supported by QCPD Traffic Sector Police Officer 2 Renato Sunga. According to Sunga, as based on the investigation, the Commuters Bus unit was responsible for the traffic violation because the driver stopped the bus outside the loading/unloading bay to load/unload the passengers. Last November 10, 2008, a few days before the end of the preventive suspension against Joanna Jesh, LTFRB decided to lift up the suspension after the retraining of the bus drivers and due to the petition of the company to curb out the suspension.

But still, according to Manny Mahipus, LTFRB executive director, the company faced administrative charges if the family of the victims will file civil or criminal charges against the company. Despite of the lifting of the suspension, there were rumors that some bus drivers of the company are overtaking their buses just to have their earnings on everyday work until the present day, it was reported on May 3, 2015 that an AJ Sampaguita Bus Liner operating under the same company was caught driving recklessly on the elevated Skyway. Buses on the elevated Skyway are only allowed to drive at 80 km/h due to the dangers a large vehicle could cause; the said bus was traveling at a speed of over 120 km/h while recklessly overtaking cars and swerving in and out of lanes. A motorist attempted to warn the bus to slow down, the driver misunderstood this as an act of aggression and cut off the vehicle while threatening to collide with him; the driver was seen giggling on the wheel of the bus, filled with passengers.

On February 1, 2016, a Joanna Jesh bus driven by Roel Labin swerved to the left and rammed the orange barriers of the MMDA while racing against another bus in EDSA-Ayala Southbound. It was caught in video from a dashboard camera. On the issue of campaign against illegal drugs, the operator and incumbent mayor of Sinacaban, Misamis Occidental, Crisinciano Enot Mahilac, was included in the list of the narco-politicians which he was linked to the Parohinog clan who were suspected druglords in the province. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte issued a warning to both political clans who were linked to illegal drug trade. Mahilac, who served mayor of the said municipality in three terms, might face sanction if he continued the illegal drug activity. Last year, the company adopted a red violet livery of UD Nissan Diesel EXFOH units, with a total of 10 new buses, to address the problem of shortage of buses bound to FTI Complex, but still, the problem is only temporary for there were some former bus companies that were defunct or phased out, like PVP Liner and King of Kings Transport.

Joanna Jesh Transport has formed a new bus company with

Enrique de la Riva-Ag├╝ero y Looz Corswaren

Enrique de la Riva Agüero Riglos was a Peruvian lawyer and politician. He was a member of the Civilista Party, he was born in Peru. He served on its faculty, he was a member of the Chamber of Deputies of Senate of Peru. He served three times as foreign minister of Peru and twice as Prime Minister of Peru, he died in Italy. “Centralización y descentralización”, tesis con la que obtuvo el bachillerato en Ciencias Políticas y Administrativas, en 1877. “Cuestión internacional del Huáscar”, tesis con la que obtuvo el doctorado en Ciencias Políticas y Administrativas, en 1878. “El gobierno federal”, tesis con la que obtuvo el bachillerato en Jurisprudencia, en 1879. Actitud de la escuadra inglesa durante la sublevación del monitor "Huáscar", el 6 de mayo de 1877. Basadre, Jorge: Historia de la República del Perú. 1822 - 1933, Octava Edición, corregida y aumentada. Tomo 9, 10 y 11. Editada por el Diario "La República" de Lima y la Universidad "Ricardo Palma". Impreso en Santiago de Chile, 1998. Tauro del Pino, Alberto: Enciclopedia Ilustrada del Perú.

Tercera Edición. Tomo 14, QUI-SAL. Lima, PEISA, 2001. ISBN 9972-40-163-3 Guerra, Margarita: Historia General del Perú. Tomo XI: La República Aristocrática. Primera Edición. Editor Carlos Milla Batres. Lima, Perú, 1984

SCAN Health Plan

SCAN Health Plan is a not-for-profit, Medicare Advantage, health maintenance organization based in Long Beach, California. Founded in 1977, they provide healthcare coverage to Medicare beneficiaries throughout the state serving nearly 200,000 members, they are one of the largest not-for-profit Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug plans in the country. SCAN helped implement a huge shift in healthcare in the late 1970s when a group of senior activists joined city officials in an effort to make healthcare services more accessible, more connected and more affordable for Long Beach's growing number of older residents; this group included 12 seniors who represented the most active and prominent organizations for older adults in the city, as well as representatives from the Long Beach Department of Senior Citizen Affairs. Together, with assistance from the University of Southern California, they created a blueprint for a new and improved healthcare system; this system brought all the city's diverse social service agencies and medical providers into an integrated, community-based organization, providing greater access to affordable support and services for the elderly.

The Senior Care Action Network, or SCAN, was created based on the proposal developed by the team at USC. Their healthcare delivery model was centered on assessing each senior's needs on an individual level in order to coordinate appropriately for each unique case, providing specific social services and medical care through a network of local agencies, community providers and hospitals. In 1979, the state of California selected SCAN as one of eight sites for the state's Multipurpose Senior Services Program; this program exists to help elderly Medi-Cal recipients in the Long Beach area stay out of nursing institutions as long as possible by providing home-based services to deliver the care they need. For the last 40 years, SCAN has served California's most at-risk seniors as one of the state's 62 MSSP sites through Independence at Home, a community service of SCAN; until 1983, SCAN had been unknown outside of Long Beach. That changed when they were awarded a contract from the federal government as one of four sites nationwide to pilot the Social Health Maintenance Organization demonstration program.

The SHMO concept expanded what SCAN was doing to include the at-risk elderly enrolled in Medicare and provide healthcare coverage to other Medicare beneficiaries. In November 1984, under a three-and-a-half-year contract with the federal government, SCAN was licensed as a health plan in California. In March 1985, they began enrolling members in their Social HMO. Congress renewed the SHMO demonstration project five times before the program was ended in 2004. Between 1996 and 1998, SCAN more than doubled its membership by expanding into three Southern California counties; when the government ended the SHMO program, SCAN continued to operate as a Medicare Advantage plan, offering Medicare beneficiaries healthcare coverage and services beyond what the federal program alone would cover. SCAN continued to grow, extending their service area and membership between 2005 and 2007 when it added three California counties and Maricopa County, Arizona. In 2010, SCAN entered the Northern California market with Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Joaquin and Santa Clara counties.

In 2011, Pima County, Arizona was added, but by 2016 the company phased out all operations in Arizona. Instead, the company focused its efforts in California, adding Sonoma counties. In 2018, SCAN Health Plan received an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5.* This 5-star Quality Rating System is given by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services and is based on SCAN's offered plans.*Medicare evaluates plans based on a 5-star rating system. Star ratings may change from one year to the next. SCAN provides healthcare coverage to more than 194,000 Medicare beneficiaries in 11 counties in Northern California and Southern California. Independence at Home, a community service of SCAN Health Plan, provides long-term and personal care coordination for low-income seniors, as well as functionally-disabled adults; this service is provided through various county and state contract programs, the largest of, the Multipurpose Senior Services Program. IAH provides a resource and referral line to connect seniors and their caregivers to needed services and support in Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties.

Volunteer Action for Aging is a SCAN community service that provides individuals and groups the ability to volunteer for episodic events and/or ongoing opportunities that engage isolated seniors in the local community. In addition, SCAN provides grants and donations to senior-focused organizations in the communities it serves. Grants are made in three categories: senior support services, emergency assistance funding and nutrition. SCAN Health Plan


Riddlesden is a suburb of Keighley in the county of West Yorkshire, England and on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. The village lies 1.9 miles east of Keighley town centre and is on the B6265 road between Keighley and Bingley. The part of the village by the canal is at a height of 360 feet above sea level. Riddlesden is mentioned in the Domesday Book as belonging to William the Conqueror and being in the Wapentake of Skyrack; the name of the village appears throughout history as Redlesden and as Redelesden and it derives from the name of a wooded vale of Rœd or Redwulf. The village was in the parish of Bingley, but it is in the civil parish of Keighley. There have been proposals in 2010 and 2012 for Riddlesden to have a separate parish which includes nearby Stockbridge and Sandbeds; the ecclesiastical parish is known as Riddlesden St Mary, the name of the church in the village. The Diocese of Leeds estimates the ecclesiastical parish to have a population of 4,500; the village lies in the Ward of Keighley East for the purposes of census data.

In 1773, the Bingley to Skipton section of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal was opened. Riddlesden had several wharves. Coal was mined at Riddlesden between the early 1920s; the manor of Riddlesden, incorporating both houses, was the breeding place of the Airedale Heifer, a legendary heavy cow similar in stature to the Craven Heifer. A pub called. East Riddlesden Hall is in the care of the National Trust, it was built in 1642 by James Murgatroyd. There is a medieval tithebarn in the grounds. East Riddlesden Hall was featured on an episode of the paranormal themed reality television programme Most Haunted. A lot of walkers and campers and various clubs, e.g. Scouts, are attracted to the village because of its sights, such as the peculiarly shaped cliff known as "turtle rock" to locals; the school for Riddlesden is St. Mary's Church of Nursery; the village has two pubs. Walks in the area are centred on the towpath of the canal, designated as National Cycle Route 69. Between 1927 and 2017, Riddlesden had a golf course to the west of the village overlooking the canal.

The site has been converted into a scout activity centre. Just past the former golf course is Low Wood Nature Reserve, run by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust; the Parish Profile of the United Benefice of St Luke's Morton & St Mary's Riddlesden. The Diocese of Leeds. 2016. Retrieved 13 October 2019. Riddlesden at Curlie