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EBSCO Industries

EBSCO Industries is an American company headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama. It was founded in 1944 by Elton Bryson Stephens Sr.. EBSCO is one of the largest held companies in Alabama, one of the top 200 in the U. S. based according to Forbes Magazine. EBSCO was co-founded by Elton Bryson Stephens, Sr. and his wife Alys Robinson Stephens in 1944 to sell magazine subscriptions, personalized binders and magazine racks to the U. S. Armed Forces, they named this "Military Service Company", over the next decade acquired several other companies that were combined to form EBSCO Industries Inc. In 2011, EBSCO Publishing took over H. W. Wilson Company. Ebsco's business activities include information services, outdoor products, general services, publishing services, real estate. Official website EBSCO Industries at Funding Universe

Zoom (2006 film)

Zoom is a 2006 American family superhero adventure comedy film produced by Columbia Pictures and Revolution Studios and distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing. Based upon the children's book Amazing Adventures from Zoom's Academy by Jason Lethcoe, the film stars Tim Allen, Courteney Cox, Chevy Chase, Ryan Newman, Kate Mara, Spencer Breslin, Michael Cassidy, Kevin Zegers, Rip Torn, it was written by David Berenbaum. It was theatrically released on August 2006 by Columbia Pictures; the film was panned by critics and was a box office bomb, earning $12.5 million on a $75 million budget. Zoom was nominated for one Razzie Award, Worst Actor for Tim Allen, but he lost to the Wayans brothers Marlon and Shawn Wayans for Little Man. Zoom was released on DVD on February 2007 by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Decades prior to the start of the film, the Zenith team are five young superheroes who fought to protect the world from evil, led by Jack Shepard and his older brother Connor Shepard; the American military sought to enhance the team's powers using an experimental form of radiation called "Gamma-13".

This made Zoom faster and stronger. Thinking Zoom and the team betrayed him, Concussion killed his teammates Marksman and Daravia. Concussion was believed to have been destroyed by Zoom at the cost of his powers, but was sent into another dimension instead. Thirty years Dr. Ed Grant, the scientist behind the original Zenith Project, discovers that Concussion is making his way back into their dimension. General Larraby, the military officer in charge of the Project, decides to form a new Zenith Team to fight him. Jack finds himself dragged back into this time as an instructor, he is given the choice of a lengthy prison sentence should he refuse or a payment of $500,000 for training the team, reluctantly agrees to help. In their secret base, Area 52, he meets Marsha Holloway, a beautiful but clumsy psychologist, a big fan of Zoom's, knows of him only through the comic book adaptations of the team's adventures; the project holds an audition of would-be members, four are selected: Dylan West, a seventeen-year-old boy possessing invisibility, Summer Jones, a sixteen-year-old girl with telekinetic powers and empathic senses, Tucker Williams, a twelve-year-old boy who can enlarge and inflate himself at will and Cindy Collins, a six-year-old girl with super strength.

At first, things do not go well with Jack being bitter about the past and his sarcastic attitude disappoints Marsha. Dylan keeps trying to escape, Tucker has self-esteem problems and trouble controlling his powers, the kids are annoyed by Jack's attitude; the team forces Jack to face the fact that he's not putting his heart into their training. Things begin to come together as the new team's abilities improve, they adopt superhero identities. Just as Concussion is about to arrive on Earth, it is discovered that Dylan possesses a kind of clairsentience known as mindsight, a rare power that allows him to discover Concussion's location and the project's true purpose; the team is meant as a distraction from the military's plans to capture Concussion in a special net that will cause his concussive blasts to reflect on himself, neutralizing him. Marsha reveals that she secretly possesses a form of rainbow-colored super breath, which she uses to aid the team in their escape when the military is about to transfer them to the Gamma-13 chamber.

Using the malfunctioning flying saucer stored in the base, which they repair on the way, Jack escapes with the team, including Marsha. He is dropped off at a point in a desert where Concussion will arrive, planning to try to talk to him. Jack tells the team to avoid the confrontation; when Concussion arrives, Larraby orders the net to be fired, but Concussion blasts it away and it lands on Cindy. This causes Jack to regain his powers and he saves her. Working together, the team guide Concussion into a vortex that Zoom creates by running around in a circle at super-speed in the opposite direction as before. Dr. Grant yells to Zoom; the vortex removes the Gamma-13 from Connor and restores his powers to normal, thus turning him good again. Zoom and Concussion are reunited. Three months Cindy is in a school play of Rapunzel, using her strength to pull the "prince" up the tower. Tucker is the goalie on the soccer team, Dylan is dating Summer, on the cheerleading team, using her telekinetic power to help build an upside-down pyramid.

In addition, they still work together with Zoom as the new Zenith Team. Thomas F. Wilson cameos as Dylan's teacher. David Lander cameos as a Wendy's employee Zoom was shot in Hamilton, Canada. Rupert Gregson-Williams was attached to compose the film, but dropped out to work on Over the Hedge, Christophe Beck stepped in. Christophe Beck scored the music on its soundtrack; the soundtrack contains "So Insane" performed by Smash Mouth, "Hang On" performed by Smash Mouth, "Everyday Superhero" performed by Smash Mouth, "Come On Come On" performed by Smash Mouth, "Punk Rock 101" performed by Bowling for Soup, "The World is New" performed by Save Ferris, "Under Pressure" performed by Smash Mouth, "Superman" performed by Five for Fighting, "The Middle" performed by Jimmy Eat World, "Hero" performed by Enrique Iglesias, "Days Like These" performed by Smash Mouth, "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" perf

Duke Ellington House

The Duke Ellington House is a historic residence at 935 St. Nicholas Avenue, in Manhattan, New York City. Apartment 4A in this apartment house was the home of Duke Ellington, the noted African American composer and jazz pianist, from 1939 through 1961, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a National Historic Landmark in 1976. The apartment house containing the Duke Ellington House is located in northern Manhattan's Washington Heights neighborhood, at the southwest corner of St. Nicholas Avenue and 157th Street, it is a six-story masonry structure, built in 1915 in the Late Gothic Revival style. The ground floor appears as a raised basement, with horizontal bands of stonework between its windows; the middle four floors are identical, with some columns of window bays featuring decorative carved panels between the floors. Top-floor windows have more elaborate surrounds; the building is crowned by a parapet with stone projections. A pair of entrance bays are located at the center of the St. Nicholas facade, the entrances recessed in peaked-arch openings.

When Duke Ellington moved into Apartment A4 in this building in 1939, he was a well-known musician with a national reputation. It was during his period of his residency here that he wrote a number of his most important compositions, including Black and Beige, his first major extended-length jazz composition for chorus and orchestra. During this period, Ellington's music and personal style had a major impact on African-American culture as well as broader cultural trends in music. List of National Historic Landmarks in New York City National Register of Historic Places listings in Manhattan above 110th Street Media related to Duke Ellington House at Wikimedia Commons

Serhiy Arbuzov

Serhiy Hennadiyovych Arbuzov is Ukraine's former First Deputy Prime Minister, who became interim Prime Minister following the resignation of Mykola Azarov on 28 January 2014. On 27 February 2014, Arbuzov was dismissed and Arseniy Yatsenyuk was elected as new Prime Minister, he was the former chairman of the National Bank of Ukraine. The youngest chairman of the National Bank in Europe as of 2012. In the 2000s Arbuzov worked as a director of several leading Ukrainian banks, including Privatbank and Ukreximbank. Arbuzov is wanted by the General Prosecutor of Ukraine. Arbuzov's defence insists. Arbuzov was born in Donetsk, he graduated from the Donetsk State University, having specialized in "finance and credit" and qualified as an economist. At the start of his professional career Arbuzov worked as an administration chairman of Privatbank in Donetsk and a director of Privatbank in Kostyantynivka. In 2003-10 he was a director of the Ukrainian Business Bank known as Donechyna. In 2005 Arbuzov became a member of Our Ukraine and in 2006 unsuccessfully ran for the Donetsk Regional Council as a member of the party.

Upon his appointment to the National Bank of Ukraine his political affiliation became uncertain. In 2010 Arbuzov was appointed chairman of the Supervising Council of UkrEximBank and in September 2010 he became a deputy chairman of the National Bank of Ukraine. On December 21, 2010 the President of Ukraine sent a petition to the parliament to replace Volodymyr Stelmakh with Arbuzov. On December 23, 2010 the Verkhovna Rada approved the petition, making Arbuzov the youngest chairman of a state central bank. After the appointment, the older son of the President, Oleksandr Yanukovych, bought the All-Ukrainian Bank of Development from Arbuzov; the chairperson of the bank is Arbuzov's mother, who has extensive experience in banking business. In May 2012 the Ukrainian magazine Focus pointed out that Arbuzov has the highest salary among the Ukrainian civil servants - 140,000 hryvnia per month. In the same year another Ukrainian magazine, placed him among the thirty most influential people in the country.

As the chairman of the National Bank, he was best remembered for a set of measures directed at maintaining the stability of national currency of Ukraine – hryvnia. In particular, it refers to imposition of obligation for importers to sell 50% of their foreign currency revenue at interbank currency market, as well as reduction of term of repayment of currency revenue to 90 days. Alongside this, slowdown of inflation rate was secured. On 24 December 2012 Viktor Yanukovych appointed Arbuzov First Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine by presidential decree; as the First Vice Prime Minister, he was engaged in European integration issues. In particular, in October and December 2013, Arbuzov held series of meetings with the European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle in Brussels, where series of consultations were held on implementation of Association Agreement with European Union. Arbuzov initiated preparation of the so-called “road map” – document, in which Association Agreement process was set out on a phased basis.

While in Government, Arbuzov initiated series of reforms in taxation system, streamlining of customs procedures, property rights protection, deregulation of business operations, value enhancement etc. On October 29, 2013 World Bank published another Doing Business rating, where Ukraine rose by 28 positions and ranked 112th among 189 analyzed world economics; the best results were seen in obtaining registration of property rights. Ukraine ranked 13th for ease in getting credit by businesses in overall Doing Business rating. After weeks of Euromaidan protests, clashes, during which civilians were killed, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov offered his letter of resignation on 28 January 2014; the same day President Yanukovych accepted the resignation and signed a decree dismissing the second Azarov Government, which decree would not take effect until the Verhovna Rada approved a new Cabinet. Hence the second Azarov Government continued as a caretaker government, and Arbuzov replaced Azarov as Prime Minister of Ukraine.

On 29 March 2014, during a party congress, Arbuzov was expelled from the Party of Regions. Despite tries to bring about resolution to the dispute between authorities and opposition, Sergij Arbuzov was bound to leave the country after change of regime. Arbuzov is wanted by the General Prosecutor of Ukraine and his believed to be hiding in Russia. New Ukrainian regime incriminates Arbuzov in theft of 120 million hryvnia of profit of “BTB” channel, which he has initiated to launch, but according to Igor Fomin, Arbuzov’s attorney for the defence, the proceedings should be ceased because “the channel has not made profit for the whole period of its existence”. Thus, according to defence, there is absence of elements of crime. General Prosecutor’s Office confirmed it. On September 11, 2015, the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine announced arrest of non-resident companies accounts affiliated with Arbuzov in the national banking institutions totaling 49.51 million US dollars, among which there were domestic government bonds with a nominal value of 1.021 billion US dollars and 1.495 billion hryvnia.

A representative of the PGO specified that the 49.3 million US dollars had been arrested by the court in Latvia. No further information about the arrest of domestic government bonds has been provided up to the present moment, but in December 2015, the defence of S. Arbuzov collected and released the off

Songs of the Season

Songs of the Season is the eighteenth studio album and the second Christmas album by American country music artist Randy Travis. It was released by Word Records on September 25, 2007; the album peaked at number 26 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. The album has sold 191,600 copies in the United States as of November 2017. Pat Bergeson - acoustic guitar, electric guitar, harmonica Dan Dugmore - dobro, acoustic guitar, pedal steel guitar Larry Franklin - fiddle, mandolin Steve Gibson - acoustic guitar Carl Gorodetzky - string contractor Tony Harrell - Fender Rhodes, Hammond organ Wes Hightower - background vocals Sherilynn Huffman - background vocals David Hungate - bass guitar Shane Keister - Hammond organ, electric piano Keith Nicholas - cello Paul Leim - drums Ann McCrary - background vocals Regina McCrary - background vocals Brent Mason - electric guitar The Nashville String Machine - strings Lisa Silver - background vocals Randy Travis - lead vocals Diane Vanette - background vocals Bergen White - string arrangements, conductor Casey Wood - bells, Fender Rhodes, electric piano, sleigh bells, triangle, vibraphone

Prosper Dérivis

Nicolas-Prosper Dérivis was a French operatic bass. He possessed a rich deep voice. While he could assail heavy dramatic roles, he was capable of executing difficult coloratura passages and performing more lyrical parts. Along with Nicolas Levasseur, he was one of the greatest French basses of his generation. Born in Paris, Dérivis was the son of operatic bass Henri-Étienne Dérivis, he studied singing at the Conservatoire de Paris with Felice Pellegrini. He made his professional debut at the Paris Opera in 1831 as Pharaon in Gioachino Rossini's Moïse et Pharaon, he remained committed to that opera house for the next ten years, notably performing in the world premieres of Fromental Halévy's La tentation, Daniel Auber's Le serment, Luigi Cherubini's Ali Baba, Halevy's La Juive, Giacomo Meyerbeer's Les Huguenots, Louis Niedermeyer's Stradella, Halevy's Guido et Ginevra, Hector Berlioz's Benvenuto Cellini, Gaetano Donizetti's Les martyrs, Ambroise Thomas's Le comte de Carmagnola. He was heard in Paris as Balthazar in Donizetti's La favorite and in the title roles of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Don Giovanni and Rossini's Guillaume Tell.

In 1842-1843 Dérivis performed at La Scala in Milan where he notably created roles in the world premieres of two operas by Giuseppe Verdi: Zaccaria in Nabucco and Pagano/Hermit in I Lombardi alla prima crociata. He sang in the world premiere of Donizetti's Linda di Chamounix at the Theater am Kärntnertor in Vienna in 1842. In 1843-1844 he sang at the Teatro Regio di Parma as Bertram in Robert le diable, Duke Hamilton in Saverio Mercadante's Il reggente, Filippo Visconti in Beatrice di Tenda. From 1845-1848 he was committed to the Théâtre-Italien in Paris. In 1846-1847 he was active at the Teatro Regio di Torino where he was heard as Alfonso D'Este in Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia, Enrico Ashton in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor, Jefte in the world premiere of Giovanni Pacini's Ester d'Engaddi among other roles. In 1847 he appeared at La Scala as Dom Juam de Sylva in Donizetti's Dom Sébastien, he sang Zacharie in Meyerbeer's Le prophète in 1851. He performed at the Paris Opera again 1856-1857, notably singing d'Aminta in the world premiere of Emanuele Biletta's La rose de Florence and Ferrando in Verdi's Il trovatore.

After 1857 Dérivis' stage appearances became more rare. He performed at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna in 1862 where he was heard as Samuel in Un ballo in maschera, Sparafucile in Verdi's Rigoletto and as Calistene in Donizetti's Poliuto. One of his last performances was as Elmiro in Rossini's Otello in 1870 at La Scala. After slowing down his stage career he taught singing at the Conservatoire de Paris, he died in Paris in 1880 at the age of 71