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Chucho Valdés

Jesús Valdés Rodríguez, better known as Chucho Valdés, is a Cuban pianist, bandleader and arranger whose career spans over 50 years. An original member of the Orquesta Cubana de Música Moderna, in 1973 he founded the group Irakere, one of Cuba's best-known Latin jazz bands. Both his father, Bebo Valdés, his son, are pianists as well, he has won six Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammy Awards. Chucho Valdés's first recorded sessions as a leader took place in late January 1964 in the Areíto Studios of Havana owned by the newly formed EGREM; these early sessions included Paquito D'Rivera on alto saxophone and clarinet, Alberto Giral on trombone, Julio Vento on flute, Carlos Emilio Morales on guitar, Kike Hernández on double bass, Emilio del Monte on drums and Óscar Valdés Jr. on congas. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, these would be the members of his jazz combo, whose lineup would change, sometimes including bassists Cachaíto and Carlos del Puerto, drummers Guillermo Barreto and Enrique Plá. In 1967, Chucho and his bandmates became founding members of Orquesta Cubana de Música Moderna, together with many other well-known Cuban musicians.

This all-star big band would back singers such as Omara Portuondo. In 1973, Chucho along with other members of the Orquesta Cubana de Música Moderna founded Irakere, an ensemble that bridged songo and Afro-Cuban jazz, he would continue his solo career signing with Blue Note Records, which allowed him to get international exposure. As a result, Chucho's work has received universal critical acclaim from the media, winning five Grammy awards. Chucho's father, who attained a legendary status as the pianist and director the Tropicana Club orchestra and Orquesta Sabor de Cuba, fled Cuba in 1960, did not record music again until the 1990s. In the late 1990s, Chucho decided to focus on his solo career, his son Chuchito replaced him as the pianist/director of Irakere. Chucho and Bebo played together until the latter's death in 2013. Since 2010, Chucho performs with a backing band known as the Afro-Cuban Messengers. Chucho has spent much of his time teaching younger generations, either in his homeland of Cuba at the Havana National school, or elsewhere.

Chucho has won six Grammy awards: in 1978 for the album Live at Newport by Irakere. On October 16, 2006, Chucho Valdés was nominated Goodwill Ambassador of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. In May 2011, Chucho Valdés was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Berklee College of Music 1964: Jazz nocturno 1964: Guapachá en La Habana – with Guapachá 1970: Chucho Valdés 1972: Jazz batá 1976: Piano I 1981: Tema de Chaka 1986: Invitación 1988: Lucumi 1988: Straight Ahead – with Arturo Sandoval 1991: Solo Piano 1998: Bele Bele en la Habana 1999: Briyumba Palo Congo 1999: Live 2000: Live at the Village Vanguard 2001: Solo: Live in New York 2002: Canciones inéditas 2002: Fantasía Cubana: Variations on Classical Themes 2003: New Conceptions 2005: Cancionero cubano 2008: Canto a Dios 2008: Tumi Sessions 2008: Juntos para siempre – with Bebo Valdés 2010: Chucho's Steps 2013: Border-Free 2016: Tribute to Irakere: Live in Marciac 1964: Por la libre 1964: No me digan na – with Guapachá A. B.

Spellman and Murray Horwitz, Chucho Valdes: "Briyumba Palo Congo", NPR Official Website Chucho Valdés, AfroCuba Web. Chucho Valdés, Rate Your Music. Chucho Valdés, Discogs. Chucho Valdes Presents New Band Havana Times, February 14, 2009 To Havana on a String Irish Times, July 8, 2009

50 metres hurdles

50 metres hurdles is a distance in hurdling only run in indoor competitions. Because few contests are held over the distance, most of the fastest times recorded for the event were set during specially measured and timed races over longer distances the 55 metres hurdles or 60 metres hurdles. Note: Indoor results only. + = Timed recorded by athlete en route to a longer distance A = affected by altitude Correct as of August 2018. Below is a list of other times equal or superior to 6.39: Greg Foster ran 6.37. Renaldo Nehemiah ran 6.38. Mark McKoy ran 6.38, 6.39. Tony Dees ran 6.38. Anier García ran 6.39. Correct as of August 2018. Below is a list of other times equal or superior to 6.73: Cornelia Oschkenat ran 6.60, 6.68, 6.69, 6.71, 6.73. Gloria Siebert ran 6.67, 6.69, 6.72. Michelle Freeman ran 6.69+, 6.72+. Jackie Joyner-Kersee ran 6.73 A. IAAF list of 50-metres-hurdles records in XML

Dalfi d'Alvernha

Dalfi d'Alvernha was the Count of Clermont and Montferrand, a troubadour and a patron of troubadours. He was born around 1150 and died in 1234 or 1235, he is sometimes called Robert IV, but there is no solid evidence for the name Robert, the name can cause confusion, since his first cousin once removed was Robert IV, Count of Auvergne, who died in 1194. Dalfi d'Alvernha was the son of William VII the Young of Auvergne, Count of Clermont, of Jeanne de Calabre, he married Guillemette de Comborn, Countess of Montferrand, daughter of Archambaud, Viscount of Comborn, Jourdaine of Périgord. Their children were Aélis, Guillaume and Alix. Troubadours who worked with Dalfi or sang at his court include Peirol, Peire de Maensac, Gaucelm Faidit, Uc de Saint Circ. One partimen between Dauphin and Perdigon marks a stage in the poetical debate, begun by Guilhem de Saint-Leidier and taken up by Azalais de Porcairagues and Raimbaut of Orange, as to whether a lady is dishonoured by taking a lover, richer than herself.

A tensó on the same subject was composed by king Alfonso II of Aragon. Biographies des troubadours ed. J. Boutière, A.-H. Schutz pp. 284–298

State Secrecy Law

The State Secrecy Law the Act on the Protection of Specially Designated Secrets, Act No. 108 of 2013, is a law in Japan allowing the government to designate defense and other sensitive information as "special secrets" that are protected from public disclosure. Proposed by the second Abe cabinet, the law was approved by the Security Council on October 25, 2013 was submitted to the National Diet, before being approved there as well on December 6 the same year; the law was promulgated on December 13, 2013, came into force one year later. The Japanese secrecy law covers defense, public safety and counter-terrorism. In addition, it allows the government to lock away government documents for 60 years. Civil servants leaking information can expect ten years incarceration while journalists and other civilians helping them would get five years. Before SDS was launched, the Abe cabinet established the National Security Council on December 4, 2013; the Abe cabinet explained that the Japanese NSC should work together.

Public comment were heard from July 24, 2014, to August 24, 2014. The government announced that SDS would come into force on December 10, 2014; the head of an administrative organ shall designate as Specially Designated Secrets information of the types listed below, kept undisclosed which requires special secrecy because unauthorized disclosure thereof would cause severe damage to the national security of Japan Item Defense *Equivalent to the Appended Table 4 of the Self-Defense Forces Law Operation of the Self-Defense Forces or thereto relevant assessments, plans or research Signal or imagery information, other important information collected in relation to defense Collection and organization of information listed in or the capacity to do so Assessments, plans or research pertaining to development of defense capability Type or quantity of weapons, ammunition and other material for defense use Structure of communications network and means of communications for defense use Cryptology for defense use Specifications, performance or usage of weapons, aircraft or other material for defense use including those at the R&D stage Methods of production, repair or examination of weapons, ammunition and other material for defense use including those at the R&D stage Design, performance or internal use of facilities for defense use Item Foreign Affairs Among policy or contents of negotiations or cooperation with foreign governments or international organizations, those pertaining to the protection of lives and bodies of people, territorial integrity and other issues deemed important to national security Measures including embargoes on imports or exports that Japan carries out for national security purposes or thereto relevant policies Important information collected regarding the protection of the lives and bodies of people, territorial integrity, or the peace and security of the international community, or information that requires protection under international agreements including treaties related to national security Collection and organization of information listed in or the capacity to do so Cryptology for diplomatic use, including communications between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Japanese diplomatic establishments Item Prevention of Designated Harmful Activities Measures to prevent Designated Harmful Activities or thereto relevant plans or research Important information collected on the protection of lives and bodies of people, or information collected from foreign governments or international organizations in relation to prevention of Designated Harmful Activities Collection and organization of information listed in or the capacity to do so Cryptology used for prevention of Designated Harmful Activities Item Prevention of Terrorism Measures to prevent terrorism or thereto relevant plans or research Important information collected on the protection of lives and bodies of people, or information collected from foreign governments or international organizations in relation to prevention of terrorism Collection and organization of information listed in or the capacity to do so Cryptology used for prevention of terrorism Access to SDS shall be limited to government personnel, employees of Government of Japan contractors and prefectural police officers who, following the security clearance process, are identified as not risking unauthorized disclosure of SDS.

Unauthorized disclosure of SDS shall be punished when intentionally or negligently committed by: Those handling SDS as part of their okIntentional: Imprisonment for not more than 10 years By negligence: Imprisonment for not more than 2 years or fine of not more than 500,000 yenThose receiving and thus knowing SDS from an administrative organ for the sake of the public interest Intentional: Imprisonment for not more than 5 yearsBy negligence: Imprisonment for not more than 1 year or fine of not more than 300,000 yenAcquisition of SDS through the following acts to serve the interests of foreign countries, etc. shall be punished by imprisonment for not more than 10 years: Fraud, assault or intimidation. Those who attempt, conspire to effect, instigate or incite intentional leakage or acquisition of SDS through the acts listed above shall be punished. About 80% of the Japanese population had opposed the law. Reporters Without Borders called the law "an unprecedented threat to freedom of information".

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Valmet tractor

Valmet was formed in 1951, when the country of Finland decided to group their various factories working on war reparations to the Soviet Union under one company, Valmet. The factories within the group produce a wide array of products including aeroplanes, road vehicles, weapons manufacturing and everyday household appliances. Numerous parts of the company have since been sold or merged with other companies specializing in their own fields of trade and manufacture. Valmet itself was a brand of Metso Corporation, but was spun off to a separate company in December 2013. Tractors have been produced both in Brazil and Finland; the brand name now in use is Valtra. The tractor business, though still located in Finland, is owned by AGCO. Valmet tractor details Valmet-talli


DRASH is a portable, geodesic shelter that can be set up within minutes of arriving on site with no special tools. The structure is supported by composite struts. DHS Systems LLC handles all the manufacturing, maintenance and sales for these shelters. DRASH shelters have footprints from 109 sq ft up to 1,250 sq ft; each DRASH shelter comes with flooring and ground covers manufactured from polyester and nylon to US military standards. DRASH provides generators and trailers plus various accessories for the shelters themselves. Several of these accessories can be used to link shelters together. For transport or storage, the shelters pack down to less than 2% of its deployed size into a transport bag that can be stowed on a trailer or HMMWV. Teams of four to six can erect a shelter by pulling on the sides of the shelter and raising the shelter in designated "push points" on the shelter. DHS Systems founder and CEO A. Jon Prusmack began building DRASH shelters more than 20 years ago after being inspired by pop-up geodesic domes he came across at trade shows.

He founded the company in 1984 and DRASH shelters started to be purchased by military units for use as command posts, tactical operations centers, communications centers, battalion aid stations, forward surgical support stations. In 2004, the Carlyle Group invested in DHS Systems and formed its new parent company DHS Technologies. In 2009, it was reported that the company was working on a line of shelters that better matched power supply to demand; the company plans to begin incorporating a new energy efficient insulation barrier, insect repellents and a shelter that can protect sensitive equipment from electro-magnetic pulses and radio frequency interference. The United States Military and NATO are using DRASH shelters in place of the various tents and shelters used in the past; the Department of Defense has awarded DRASH several contracts. Most notably, in 2008, the U. S. Army contracted DRASH manufacturer DHS Systems and Northrop Grumman Corporation to provide a family of trailer-mounted support systems under its Standard Integrated Command Post System program.

Under the contract, DHS is manufacturing DRASH shelters, while Northrop will be responsible for program management and integrated logistics support. DRASH shelters have been deployed extensively since the beginning of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. DRASH is currently in use with troops stationed around the world, including the Third Army in Kuwait, Joint Task Force Bravo's Mobile Surgical Team in Honduras. DRASH has logistics teams on site in Iraq, Kuwait and Eastern Europe; these teams do all of the repair and support work for the shelters and trailers. Hurricane Katrina caused a surge of interest in DRASH shelters. In Louisiana, an emergency medical team used a DRASH shelter as a mobile hospital. In Mississippi, DRASH shelters were used as living quarters for the State Police aiding victims of the disaster. DRASH shelters have been deployed following hurricanes across the Gulf region, as well as for other civilian operations around the country. In 2006, the state of Connecticut dedicated a DRASH field hospital to a victim of the 2001 anthrax attacks.

DRASH shelters were used by the National Guard during the October 2007 California Wildfires, Middletown’s Office of Emergency Management and the state’s Department of Public Health following the 2010 Connecticut power plant explosion and Dell Children's Medical Center during the 2009 flu pandemic. Additionally, international agencies have purchased DRASH to support emergency response. In the summer of 2009, the Brazilian State of Rio de Janeiro purchased two DRASH mobile field hospitals to be deployed during large-scale emergencies. Official website DRASH Shelters at