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David Bryan

David Bryan Rashbaum is an American musician and songwriter, best known as the keyboard player for the rock band Bon Jovi, with which he has co-written songs and performed backing vocals. He is the writer of the successful Broadway musical Memphis. In 2018, Bryan was inducted into the Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Bon Jovi. David Bryan Rashbaum was born on February 7, 1962 in Perth Amboy, New Jersey and raised in Edison, New Jersey, his father, Eddie Rashbaum, played the trumpet. Bryan was raised Jewish, he attended elementary school at Clara Barton, where he played many instruments including violin, viola and clarinet. He attended Herbert Hoover Middle School J. P. Stevens High School, from which he graduated. Bryan began to learn piano at age seven, played keyboards for a band called Transition with bass player Steve Sileo and lead singer Mike Ziegel, he studied with a professor at Juilliard, for thirteen years. Bryan attended Rutgers University, but dropped out to attend Juilliard. Bryan was the first Bon Jovi member to receive a call when Jon Bon Jovi learned that he had received a recording contract, agreed to join the band.

He choose his performance name when he grew tired of continually having to spell out his entire name. At the time, Bryan was attending Rutgers University and was studying Pre-Med with a 4.0 GPA. Bryan has played keyboards and sung on all of Bon Jovi's albums, as well as the solo projects of Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora. Bryan co-wrote the songs "Love Lies" and "Breakout" on Bon Jovi's self-titled first album, "Only Lonely", he co-wrote the musical Memphis with Joe DiPietro, which had its off-Broadway debut in 2002. In 2008, Memphis was performed at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego; the show was performed in January 2009 in Seattle, Washington, at the 5th Avenue Theatre, prior to moving to Broadway in 2009. Memphis, which ran on Broadway from October 18, 2009 to August 5, 2012, was nominated for 8 Tony awards for the 2010 season and won 4 including Best Musical and Best Original Score. Bryan co-wrote the musical The Toxic Avenger, again collaborating with Joe DiPietro; the musical made its off-Broadway premiere at New World Stages on April 6, 2009.

He has been working on a new musical with DiPietro titled Chasing The Song, which chronicles American songwriters from 1962–1964 who worked in the Brill Building. Bryan describes it as "It's a fictional story about factual America." Director Christopher Ashley and choreographer Sergio Trujillo are now involved. According to Playbill, "A fall or early winter workshop of the musical is being planned. Broadway is the goal."Their musical Diana, about Princess Diana is expected to begin previews on Broadway on March 2, 2020 with an anticipated opening date of March 31, following a tryout production at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego, CA the previous year. Bryan married his high school sweetheart April McLean on August 25, 1990, but they divorced in 2004, they have two daughters and a son: twins Gabrielle Luna Bryan and Colton Moon Bryan, Tiger Lily Bryan. Bryan married Lexi Quaas on August 7, 2010 in New Jersey. In the late 1990s, prior to Bon Jovi coming together to record Crush, Bryan nearly severed his finger in a home accident involving a circular saw.

After a year of rehabilitation, Bryan regained use of his finger and returned to playing the keyboard. In 1991, before he helped Bon Jovi guitarist and friend Richie Sambora in his solo album Stranger in This Town and record a soundtrack in the horror movie Netherworld, Bryan was suffering from a South American parasite, caught during a tour with the band. Bryan was hospitalized, he described his condition: "It ate out my stomach lining, my intestines, attacked my nerve endings. It was in my bloodstream. I was 145 pounds, I was ill in the hospital for two weeks... bedridden at home, for a month". Bryan is active in VH-1's Save the Music program, as well as Only Make Believe, he wrote the anthem for Only Make Believe, "Rockin' All Over the World", with Dena Hammerstein. He is an honorary Board member for Only Make Believe, a non-profit organization that brings interactive theatre to chronically ill and disabled children in hospitals and care facilities, he is a board member of Damon Marks' Traveling Guitar Foundation.

The band has built several homes for victims of Hurricane Katrina. The video for the hit song "Who Says You Can't Go Home" is a documentary of the making of these homes; the band gave Oprah Winfrey's Angel Network one million dollars. With this, she created Bon Jovi Boulevard in Louisiana. Bon Jovi was welcomed back, one year to see Bon Jovi Boulevard, to unveil it to its future residents. Netherworld soundtrack On a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse Stranger in This Town - Songwriter, string arrangements Netherworld Soundtrack – Original Score "Time Was" – Curtis Stigers – wrote "This Time" Destination Anywhere - Accordion, piano Undiscovered Soul - Songwriter The Toxic Avenger - Musical Soundtrack Memphis: A New Musical - Musical Soundtrack Memphis: The Musical - - Musical Soundtrack Larkin, Colin; the Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music, Guinness Publishing, 1992. Official website

My Aunts and I

My Aunts and I is a 1937 French comedy film directed by Yvan Noé and starring René Lefèvre, Marguerite Moreno and Jacqueline Francell. Three Aunts keep a close watch on their nephew's romantic developments; the film's sets were designed by the art director Marcel Magniez. René Lefèvre as Eloi Marguerite Moreno as Tante Adèle Jacqueline Francell as Lisette Tramel as Jolibois Pierrette Caillol as Monette Maximilienne as Tante Julie Nine Assia as Simone Michèle Morgan as Michèle Peggy Bonny as Le soubrette Jacques Deluard as Fredo Maurice Mosnier as Robert Pierre Huchet Paul Asselin as Le greffier Alice Tissot as Tante Lucie Rège, Philippe. Encyclopedia of French Film Directors, Volume 1. Scarecrow Press, 2009. My Aunts and I on IMDb

Martin Widmark

Karl Martin Widmark is a Swedish children's writer and teacher. His famous books about LasseMaja junior mysteries, in English named The Whodunit Detective Agency, have been translated from Swedish into 34 languages. Eight of them have been published by Grosset and Dunlap. Several of his books about the Whodunit Detective Agency have been adapted to film in Sweden, they have been made into board games and video games. Martin Widmark was born in Sturefors and grew up in Linköping, but has lived in Stockholm since the 1980s, he has taught middle school and Swedish for immigrants. He writes teaching materials including works on child literacy. Martin Widmark is involved in issues concerning reading comprehension of children and young people and was the initiator of the project A Reading Class, launched in 2012, together with several publishers and the Junibacken Foundation, he has made more than a thousand visits to different schools and classrooms and was in August 2014 awarded the Swedish government's medal Illis Quorum for his books and work with children and young people’s reading.

In the year 2000, Widmark made his debut with the book "To catch a tiger". Since he has written over hundreds of books for children and young people and is today one of Sweden's most popular children's book writers with 10 million books sold, his books have been translated into 40 different languages. 2008 - Kabinettets hemlighet 2000 - Att fånga en tiger 2006 - Att lura en elefant 2006 - Från himmelens topp till havets botten 2009 - Drömmarnas park 2011 - Fånga farliga djur 2016 - Lilla Sticka i landet Lycka 2017 - Huset som vaknade 2018 - Den långa vandringen See main article: The Whodunit Detective Agency 2005 - Sjörövar-Rakel och kapten Snorfinger 2006 - Riddar-Rakel och de tre stordåden 2007 - Racer-Rakel och fångarna i svinstian 2008 - Mirakel-Rakel Rekordmamma 2008 - Rymd-Rakel och Gubben i månen 2009 - Charter-Rakel och Fuskhajarna 2010 - Upptäckar-Rakel och den okända kungens grav 2003 - Monsterakademin 2003 - Frankensteinaren 2004 - Varulvarna 2005 - Trollkarlarna från Wittenberg 2006 - Spökaffären 2007 - De vita fruarna på Lovlunda slott 2008 - Häxdoktorn - och den sista zombien 2009 - Sjöodjuret i Bergsjön 2010 - I Bergakungens sal 2011 - Snömannens hemlighet 2012 - De spökande prästerna 2013 - Vampyrernas bal 2014 - Trollkarlens bok 2014 - Kapten Blåskägg 2015 - Nelly Rapp och häxornas natt 2016 - Nelly Rapp och de små under jorden 2017 - Nelly Rapp och gastarna i skolan 2018 - Nelly Rapp och näckens hemlighet 2019 - Nelly Rapp och det hemliga biblioteket 2006 - Antikvariat Blå spegeln 2006 - Den trettonde gästen 2007 - Dårarnas ö 2008 - Nåjdens sång 2009 - Under en himmel av glasI elfte timmen: 2007 - Tvättade pengar 2007 - Lyckans hjul 2008 - Bröllop och barn 2008 - Förbjuden frukt 2011 - Den dansande djävulen 2011 - Fyrtornet i Son-Li 2011 - Polyhymnias guld 2011 - Hövdingens bägare 2012 - Främlingens grav 2013 - Vargens hjärta 2013 - Forsens drottning 2014 - Miklagårds lås 2014 - Isens gud 2015 - De sju brödernas skatt 2016 - Munkens löfte 2017 - Ulfberhts svärd 2018 - Halvdan och Meia.

Bland trälar och gudar - äventyr och fakta om vikingar 2008 - Huset på Alvägen 2008 - Vägen till skatten 2009 - Ben och Koko söker jobb 2010 - Den försvunna elefanten 2013 - Hitta den rätta 2013 - Alla ljuger 2014 - Rocky vår hjälte 2015 - Rädda Harry! 2015 - Fotboll på liv och död 2017 - Talmannens hämnd 2017 - I rosens mitt Official website Info about Martin Widmark and Helena Willis on LasseMaja's website Bibliography

The Devil on G-String

The Devil on G-String is a Japanese adult visual novel developed by Akabeisoft2 and first released for Windows as a DVD on May 29, 2008, in limited and regular editions. The gameplay follows an interactive branching plot line with multiple scenarios, focuses on the appeal of the four female main characters; the title "G Senjō no Maō" comes from August Wilhelmj's "Air on the G String", an adaptation of J. S. Bach's original "Air", Franz Schubert's "Der Erlkönig" known as Maō in Japan. Much of the gameplay in The Devil on G-String requires little interaction from the player, because the majority of the time is spent reading the text that appears on the game's screen; the text being displayed represents the dialogue between them. The player is presented with choices to determine the direction of the game. Depending on what is chosen, the plot may progress in a specific direction. There are four different routes in total; the player assumes the role of Kyōsuke Azai, the protagonist of The Devil on G-String and adopted son of a powerful yakuza boss.

Though he acts kind and understanding in most social situations, this persona is a pretense used to hide his work as a intelligent and ruthless businessman. As the president of one of his father Gonzō's corporations, Kyōsuke employs brutal—and illegal—business tactics in order to pay off a massive debt accruing intense interest; this debt is held against him by his father and is partially representative of the costs of raising him, "down to the last sheet of toilet paper." Due to Gonzō's abusive "education" and the severity of Kyōsuke's debt, he views money as the means and purpose of life. Kyōsuke notably loves classical music. Maō is an alias of the primary antagonist of the game. At the start of the game, "Maō's" background is shrouded in secrecy and little is known about him, he derives his name from Schubert's lied "Der Erlkönig", but the game adds multiple layers to this by including references to old role-playing games in which a Demon King is the primary antagonist and to codenames of the character's previous associates.

Haru Usami is the main heroine of The Devil on G-String. She can be considered a game-theoretical and observational genius as well as a musical prodigy, but her social skills are lacking, as evidenced by her awkwardly long, unkempt hair. Haru is hesitant to discuss it with the rest of the game's cast. Other characters include: Eiichi Aizawa, a close friend of Kyōsuke who harbors a comedic dark side beneath his boy-next-door facade; the Devil on G-String's story revolves around Kyōsuke Azai, the adopted son of Gonzō Azai, a yakuza leader. Kyōsuke works under Gonzō in order to pay off the sum total of a loan taken out by his biological father and the costs of raising Kyōsuke himself under Gonzō's wing, he hopes to reunite with his mother, from whom he was separated many years earlier. At the beginning of the game, a girl named Haru Usami transfers into Kyōsuke's school and introduces herself as "a hero", she ignores Kyōsuke, but soon asks him if he knows a person named "Maō". Kyōsuke replies to the peculiar question in the negative, but that evening, receives a bizarre email from a "Maō".

Due to his possible connection to yakuza turf wars, Gonzō instructs Kyōsuke to find and capture the enigmatic figure. The game's expository first chapter ends with "Maō" directly challenging Haru to discover his identity; the second chapter of the game, "Kidnapping Spree", centers on the struggles of the Miwa family to keep their family's orchard, despite both Kyōsuke and "Maō" independently working with a developer who wishes to buy the land. When "Maō" kidnaps the youngest child of the Miwa family and asks for an exorbitant sum as ransom, Kyōsuke helps the eldest, his classmate Tsubaki, obtain the necessary funds via a yakuza loan. Depending on the player's choices, the Miwa family can be saved or forced to accept the developer's offer in order to repay their debt. In all scenarios, "Maō's" demands are met despite the best efforts of the protagonists and Tsubaki's brother is returned safely, it is first suggested in this chapter that "Maō" may in fact be an alter ego of Kyōsuke: his psychiatrist is shown to be acutely interested in memory lapses that coincide with severe headaches and, for the player, with "Maō's" activity.

The third chapter of the game, "The Mephistopheles Murders", sees "Maō" take on an accomplice in order to kill people involved with Kanon Azai's skating career. He poses as a radical nationalist to gain the trust of his idealistic accomplice. After capturing and interrogating the accomplice, the protagonists follow his information into a trap: the entire plot was a diversion. "Maō's" actual target was Gonzō, whose enemies he had been arming in order to draw his target out personally. Gonzō ha

Muslim Leadership Initiative

The Muslim Leadership Initiative, or MLI, is an educational program of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. The program invites North American Muslim leaders to explore how Jews understand Judaism and North American Jewish identity through a thirteen-month fellowship; the MLI program consists of academic study, site visits in Israel and the Palestinian territories, ongoing learning opportunities in the United States, public-facing programs in the United States and Canada. However, while the MLI program concentrates on the Jewish experience in and through Israel, participants engage Palestinian leaders and institutions from Israel and the West Bank, with the ultimate aim of the program the improvement of relationships between North American Jewish and Muslim communities. Unlike many traditional interfaith programs, MLI does not issue expectations beyond a shared learning experience and commitment to rethinking Muslim-Jewish dialogue and relationships; the program is educational in focus, makes no political claims.

MLI is overseen by the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, co-directed by Imam Abdullah Antepli, Chief Representative of Muslim Affairs at Duke University, Yossi Klein Halevi, a Senior Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. The two conceived of the MLI program over several years, deliberately modeled the program, including class structure and academic themes, on existing Rabbinic and Christian leadership models in place at the Shalom Hartman Institute, their stated objective in designing the MLI program was to reach those large segments of mainstream North American Muslim and Jewish communities between which there are few, if any, substantive relationships. While the MLI program itself is a one-directional educational experience, public-facing programs have presented various opportunities for North American Jews to learn about North American Muslim communities and Islam. Alumni of the MLI program include Wajahat Ali, frequent television commentator and contributing op-ed columnist for The New York Times, Rabia Chaudry and author of the New York Times bestseller, “Adnan’s Story,” and Haroon Moghul, the Fellow in Jewish-Muslim Relations at the Shalom Hartman Institute.

Other participants have written about their experience in a special series for Tablet magazine, or have been otherwise published at Tablet. The program has graduated over fifty participants, with another fifty in their thirteen-month fellowships. Participants are selected for their commitment to mainstream Muslim communities, as well as their reflection of the ethnic and racial, professional and geographic diversity of North American Islam. Critics of the program argue that Muslims who participating in the program are promoting the dangerous narrative that makes Judaism and Zionism one and the same – despite protest against this conflation by some in the Jewish community; the MLI program has been criticized for various reasons. Some critics have objected to Muslim participation in a program run by the Shalom Hartman Institute, which receives funding from groups in the United States that have been accused of otherwise supporting Islamophobic activities; the Shalom Hartman Institution is funded by organizations like the Russell Berrie Foundation, named in the 2011 Center for American Progress report “Fear, Inc.: The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America” as one of the top seven donors to anti-Muslim hate groups in the United States.

Other critics of the program, such as Palestinian activist Ali Abunimah, argue that by running counter to the objectives of the Boycott and Sanctions movement, the MLI program undermines solidarity with Palestine. Further, some critics have argued that the program “faithwashes” the occupation of Palestine, transforming what is a political dispute into an interfaith exercise. Faith-washing reframes Israel's occupation and ethnic cleansing of Palestine into a centuries-long religious conflict between Jews and Muslims, erasing Israel's settler-colonialist history and oppression of the Palestinian people. Participants in the program note that MLI incorporates site visits to the West Bank, invites Palestinian leaders to address participants to further dialogue, is itself intended to challenge Islamophobia and does not demand advocacy of any political position, nor repudiation of any; the MLI program has been supported and praised. David Horovitz of The Times of Israel called MLI a "high-risk, taboo-shattering initiative — a vital step, they hope, toward Muslim-Jewish healing in America and beyond."

Gary Rosenblatt of The Jewish Week described MLI as "a model exercise in expressing honest painful, views with more than just civility. The MLI members and the handful of Hartman faculty were able to convey empathy and personal affection for each other without standing down an inch from their fervent beliefs."

Škoda Fabia

The Škoda Fabia is a supermini car produced by Czech manufacturer Škoda Auto since 1999. It is the successor of the Škoda Felicia, discontinued in 2001; the Fabia was available in hatchback and saloon body styles at launch, since 2007, the second generation is offered in hatchback and estate versions. The third generation Fabia was launched in 2015; the first generation Fabia was presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 1999 and production of this model started in October the same year. The estate version Fabia Combi was introduced in September 2000 at the Paris Motor Show, it was the first model to use the Volkswagen Group's A04 platform, which it shared with the Volkswagen Polo Mk4 and SEAT Ibiza. In the United Kingdom, for 2000, this car won What Car?'s "Car of the Year". The range started with the 1.0 8v Classic to the 1.9 PD TDi VRS. Part of the Fabia's success was the fact that all of its mechanical parts were developed by or in conjunction with Volkswagen, but were offered in a package, priced to undercut other models in the Volkswagen Group.

The only traces of non-VW Škoda left in the Fabia are the 1.0 and 1.4 8v "MPI" engines, which were modifications to Škoda's own 1.3 engine, were used in pre-Volkswagen Škodas such as the Estelle and Favorit. In 2004 the Fabia received a facelift, with changed front fog lights and grille different rear lights, new steering wheel and revised specification levels; the VRS had its final gearbox ratio changed. Most the Sport model was added, with the 75 PS 1.4 petrol being offered with a manual transmission. This engine was dropped for the 1.2 HTP, which while not as powerful, was a much more free revving engine giving a more sporty feel and flexible drive. The Sport had its specification changed to include red seat belts and sunset privacy glass from the B pillar to the rear. Again in 2006, the Fabia range was shown at the Geneva Motor Show had minor specification revisions; these include a center rear headrest, a central three-point seatbelt and an additional four bodywork colours. The 1.4 16v 75 PS petrol engine was replaced with a more powerful 1.4 16v 80 PS engine.

The term MPI is used by Škoda to differentiate from FSI engines. The 75 PS version of the 1.4 16v was only mated to Volkswagen's four-speed automatic transmission with fuzzy logic operation until the addition of earlier Sport models which mated it with a manual transmission. The 1.4 8v was dropped in 2003. The Fabia's overall performance and fuel consumption figures fall behind other city cars and small family cars as it is larger and heavier. However, the 1.2 HTP engine was developed for the Fabia and offers better performance and fuel economy, was used in Volkswagen's own Polo due to its high acclaim. It was the highest displacement 3 cylinder petrol engine until 2014 and BMW's 1.5 litre 3 cylinder turbo engine. At launch, the Fabia was available in three trim levels: Classic and Elegance. In the Fabia's life the mid-range Comfort model was dropped for the name Ambiente to fit in with the rest of the range. Other models available throughout the car's lifespan included Ambiente SE, Silverline, Bohemia and VRS.

Various safety features and minor changes were made over time. Easy and Junior models were sold in Eastern European markets; some of these Fabias do not have painted side mirrors or gloveboxes. The Junior didn't have power steering and the steering wheel was'borrowed' from Octavia I; because of that, it was bigger, with a diameter of 380 mm instead of the regular 370 mm found on all the other Fabia models. Sold in such markets is the Fabia Praktik, a panel van version of the Fabia with the rear windows and seats removed. A lesser powered version of the 1.4 MPI with just 60 PS is sold in Eastern Europe. The downfall of this weaker engine was. Unless on flat surfaces it struggled to achieve higher than 30MPG. Introduced in 2003, the Fabia VRS, while not the first diesel hot hatch, was the first diesel hot hatch, having no petrol equivalent; the engine is Volkswagen Group's 1.9 litre Pumpe-Düse Turbocharged Direct Injection diesel engine, producing 130 PS and 310 N⋅m at 1900 rpm, with a six-speed manual gearbox.

It was named the "Diesel Car of the Year 2003" in the Scottish Car of the Year Awards. It falls in a low tax band in the UK, further increasing its cost benefits over its counterparts. Official figures state 0 to 100 km/h takes 9.6 seconds, but several motoring magazines and websites have measured faster times. The in gear acceleration times are 50–70 mph in 5.6 seconds, quicker than BMW's 330i which takes 6.0 seconds. 20–40 mph in 2.4 seconds is as quick as the Lotus Elise 111R. Despite this the Fabia VRS can achieve better than 6.2 L/100 km. The Fabia VRS has a top speed of 128 mph; the VRS was shown to be quicker than a priced MINI Cooper around Top Gear's and Fifth Gear's test tracks. In 2007 1,000 Special Edition Fabia VRS models were produced featuring individually numbered black leather seats with blue piping, sporty red brake callipers, "Race Blue