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France 24

France 24 is a French state-owned international news television network based in Paris. Its channels broadcast in French, English and Spanish and are aimed at the overseas market, similar to BBC World News, DW, RT, TRT World and VOA. Based in the Paris suburb of Issy-les-Moulineaux, the service started on 6 December 2006, it is aimed at a worldwide market and is broadcast by pay television providers around the world, but additionally, in 2010, France 24 began broadcasting online through its own iPhone and Android apps. It is a provider of live streaming world news which can be viewed via its website and various mobile devices and digital media players; the stated mission of the channels is to "provide a global public service and a common editorial stance". Since 2008 the channel has been wholly owned by the French government, via its holding company France Médias Monde, having bought out the minority share of the former partners: Groupe TF1 and France Télévisions; the budget is €100 million per year.

France 24 is broadcast on four channels: in Arabic, in English, in French and in Spanish."FRANCE 24, now in Spanish!". France 24. 26 September 2017. Retrieved 11 October 2019.. France 24's programming is divided more or less between news coverage and news magazines or special reports. Along with 260 journalists of its own, France 24 can call on the resources of the two main French broadcasters as well as partners such as AFP and RFI; the CEO of France 24 is Alain de Pouzilhac. From 19 May 2010 and the Director of France 24 since 2012 is Marc Saikali, France 24 unveiled a new schedule that prioritizes the morning and evening slots, anchored live by the network's editorial staff. More programming space than before goes to business, sport and studio discussion; as from 2016, France 24 shares its French-language nighttime programming with the France-based France Info. According to Marie-Christine Saragosse, president and CEO of France Médias Monde, "part of the value added of this public channel" would be the fact that " will be wide awake while others would be sleeping".

The media's perception was that the channel was a brainchild of former president Jacques Chirac, famous for defending the position of the French language in the world versus the English domination in this media category. In 1987 French Prime Minister Jacques Chirac expressed his desire for an international television news channel in French and had requested a report into the activities of current international broadcasts from France and noted the collective offering was "fragmented and ineffective." With the arrival of François Mitterrand as President in 1981 and the naming of Michel Rocard as Prime Minister in 1988, the government launched a new project, Canal France International, a package of programmes aimed at making programmes in French for foreign audiences in Africa, to be developed in parallel as a television channel. The First Gulf War of 1990, relayed across the world by CNN International in particular, revealed the power of international news channels and their role in the formation of opinion.

A parliamentary minister, Philippe Séguin, wished to create a French-language equivalent. In 1996, after nineteen governmental reports in ten years, Prime Minister Alain Juppé asked Radio France Internationale president Jean-Paul Cluzel to create a French international news channel. Cluzel proposed in 1997 to group TV5, RFI, CFI within a corporation entitled Téléfi; the UMP-led government decided to follow that recommendation but, with the return of the Socialist Party to government and the nomination of Hubert Védrine, the new Minister of Foreign Affairs, favoured the augmentation of existing outlets such as TV5, which started to produce its own programming, notably its news bulletins, which in turn created its own news team. Additionally with the creation of EuroNews in 1993, the media presence of France overseas became more complex, more fragmented, costlier, without being able to rely on a true round-the-clock international news channel. In 2002, President Jacques Chirac relaunched the project to create a French international news channel.

Admittedly, we have with Agence France-Presse a remarkable information tool that we must continue to reinforce, notably in its international mission. Indeed, everyone here recognises the recent progress made by RFI, by TV5, by CFI, thanks to the efforts of their teams and to the determination of the public bodies, but everybody notices that we are still far from having a large international news channel in French, capable of competing with the BBC or CNN."The recent crises have shown the handicap that a country suffers, a cultural area, which doesn't possess a sufficient weight in the battle of the images and the airwaves. Let us question, in the time of terrestrial television networks, of satellite, of the internet, on our organisation in this domain, notably in the dissipation of public funds which are reserved to them." On 7 March, speaking in the French Senate in front of foreign delegates to France, as part of his presidential campaign, Chirac said: "We must have the ambition of a big, round-the-clock news channel in French, equal to the BBC or CNN for the English-speaking world.

It is essential for the influence of our co

Abel Starkey

Abel Starkey was a convicted counterfeiter whose death is tied to Old Newgate Prison after fatally falling during an escape attempt the night before the close of the prison. Starkey was from Roxbury and became a counterfeiter. Members of a counterfeiting ring had eluded authorities for years, but they discovered the secret third attic of a lightning splitter home. Starkey was arrested and convicted of counterfeiting, he was sentenced to a term of twenty years in the prison. His attempt to escape ended in his death, accounts of Starkey's attempt continued to be popular in reference to the prison's history. Abel Starkey was a native of Massachusetts; the story of Starkey's capture was published by George Hubbard in The New England Magazine. Starkey was part of a gang of counterfeiters, including Stephen Burroughs, Samuel Corson and James Smith. Pursued by the authorities, Abel Starkey disappeared in the vicinity of a lightning splitter home, owned by the Shephardson family. A thorough search of the house was conducted and the authorities found nothing.

According to Hubbard, the house was the refuge of the counterfeiters for a number of years. After a time the public and authorities continued to track members of the gang to the location and investigations were performed only to turn up empty. Sheriff Johnson of Worcester tracked the counterfeiters to the house one day and set up a team of men outside and inside the house to uncover and arrest the counterfeiters. A careful search turned up nothing, so measurements of the house were taken to make sure no secret rooms or areas existed. With the inaccessible third attic all but ruled out, the discovery of its access through the chimney was by chance when an officer emptied out his trash into the fireplace. Contained in the trash was some snuff and a sneeze came from above, alerting the officers of hidden occupants in the chimney. After the fire had been extinguished and raked out, Sheriff Johnson attempted to climb up into the chimney. A brick was wounded him; the authorities smoked the counterfeiters until they fell unconscious.

Starkey was amongst the three arrested counterfeiters. Starkey was tried and convicted of counterfeiting and sentenced to a term of twenty years at Newgate Prison. In prison, Starkey was able to save up and set aside a good amount of money, but his good behavior helped him earn the favor and friendship of prison officials; the construction of Wethersfield State Prison would lead to the closure and transportation of the inmates and Starkey made declarations that he'd never go to the new prison. On September 28, 1827, the day prior to the transfer, Starkey requested that he have his final stay in the underground shaft and his request was granted. For reasons unknown, the well hatch was left open and Starkey was able to make an escape attempt by climbing up the well rope; the rope broke and Starkey fell down the shaft and fell to his death. According to Newgate of Connecticut, Starkey would amass a total of $100 in prison, equivalent to $2,260 in 2019; when his body was discovered, it was found that he had $50 in possession and it was believed that a bribe had been paid to leave the hatch open.

More modern accounts state that he drowned, whereas earlier sources state that his skull had been crushed. According to Richard Harvey Phelps's Newgate of Connecticut, Starkey's feet were found tied together to aid in ascending the rope; the connection of Starkey's fatal fall is tied to the closure of Newgate and his death has sparked numerous variations and accounts. In 1967, W. Storrs Lee's published article in American Hertige, cited by accounts of the prison's history. Contained within is the assertion that Starkey bribed a guard and that the guard left the rope and the bucket for Starkey to climb, at odds with reporting from Phelps' 1844 publication and Hubbard's 1907 description of Starkey's capture and fatal escape. In 2007, The Boston Globe when so far as to state that Starkey was found "still clutching the bag of coins he intended to use to pay off the guard." Many accounts assert that Starkey bribed a guard $50 to leave the bucket and rope hanging to facilitate the escape, whereas others follower earlier accounts that the well hatch was left unlocked.

Suzy Kline's book, Horrible Harry Moves up to the Third Grade features a story on Starkey's deadly escape. The account is given to the characters by a guide, stating Starkey's amassing of the $100 and bribery of a guard; the fictional guide states that the guard provided the information on the way to escape, deliberately chose not to warn Starkey of the frayed rope that would cause his fatal fall

Nipmuc Regional High School

Nipmuc Regional High School is a public high school in Upton, part of the Mendon-Upton Regional School District. Nipmuc Regional High School is located on a fifty-acre wooded lot in Upton, Massachusetts, in the Blackstone Valley region of the state, it serves the towns of Mendon and Upton through a cooperative arrangement established in 1961. In addition to Nipmuc Regional, there are three other schools in the Mendon-Upton Regional School District: Miscoe Hill Middle School, Clough Elementary School and Memorial Elementary School The year-round population of the two towns is 5,876 and 7,640. NIpmuc Regional High School sports include mixed cheer leading, cross country, Golf, field hockey, volleyball, track, basketball and swimming, they are in the dual valley league and their sports range from division 1 to division 4. The boy's soccer team won the Division 3 State Championship in 2017. Nipmuc population by grade is 9th-153, 10th-133, 11th-177, 12th-166; the ethnicity rate is 1 % Black, 2 % Hispanic, 94 % White.

The gender distribution is 49 % male. The free lunch rate in the school is 11%, the reduced lunch rate in 2%; the teacher to student ratio in the school is 13:1 The participation rate for Nipmuc is 63% List of high schools in Massachusetts http://nipmuc.mursd.org/pages/Nipmuc_Regional_High

Afitti language

Afitti is a language spoken on the eastern side of Jebel el-Dair, a solitary rock formation in the North Kordofan province of Sudan. Although the term ‘Dinik’ can be used to designate the language regardless of cultural affiliation, people in the villages of the region recognize the terms ‘Ditti’ and ‘Afitti.’ There are 4000 speakers of the Afitti language and its closest linguistic neighbor is the Nyimang language, spoken west of Jebel el-Dair in the Nuba Mountains of the South Kordofan province of Sudan. The Afitti live to the east of Jebel el-Dair, they resided at the base of the mountain, but after World War I increasing numbers of cattle and overcrowding drove them down the mountain to the plain where they resettled on farms. As a result of these movements the towns of Kitra in the north, Kundukur in the east, Sidra towards the south were established; because of an increase in the number of cattle, a separate group was forced to settle at the foot of Jebel Dambir, further northeastwards.

Cattle herders from Sidra settled to those from Kitra to the northeast. Today, the people of Kitra are known as “Ditti” while the others are known as "Afitti", but the dialects have only minor lexical differences between them; when a drought struck the country in 1984, the majority of the cattle herders lost their livestock and became farmers. In the 1950s, when Islam entered the area, the process of conversion began and today all speakers of Afitti are considered Muslim. Arabic has become the main language of communication for the Afitti speakers; the change of occupation for the cattle herders, the modernization in Sidra, the overall dominance of Arabic have combined to reduce the overall importance of Afitti as well as decreasing speaker proficiency. Loanwords pervade the language, it is only the Ditti who raise their children until school-going age without the use of Arabic; the table below illustrates the vowels of Afitti. Afitti has six vowels that have an allophonic variation, predicted by the syllable structure.

Vowels are short in Afitti with occasional lengthening occurring in stressed syllables. Furthermore, vowels are shorter in closed syllables. In closed syllables, vowels sometimes centralized; the schwa, however, is always short and limited in distribution, never being found in word-final position. It remains short when the syllable is stressed and in such cases the consonant that follows it may be geminated. Combinations of two vowels are common in Afitti and include combinations where the second vowel is schwa. There are no clear diphthongs and the vowels are given individual tones that can be analyzed as part of different syllables. Sequences of three or more vowels were not found within the confines of one word; the table below displays the consonants of Afitti. Afitti has nasals and plosives at four places of articulation: labial, alveolar and velar; the plosives have a voicing contrast found in word-initial position. This distinction is lost in intervocalic position with neutralization in favor of the voiced variant.

The majority of plosives are voiceless in final position due to a devoicing process affecting other sounds as well. No words begin with a voiceless bilabial stop and final voiceless stops are unreleased, but these variants occur in free variation with a released allophone. Alveolar and dental stops appear in free variation; the dental variant appears with some speakers if they wish to stress the consonant, being pronounced. Nasals occur including as syllabic nasals, they assimilate to a following consonant. When a word-initial velar nasal follows a word-final, voiceless velar stop, the stop will be unreleased and voiced; the liquids /l/ and /r/, like the plosives, tend to become devoiced in word-final position. For both /l/ and /r/ their devoiced allophones can be mistaken for a fricative because of the heavy airflow. Like the nasals, the liquids have a syllabic variant; the syllabic /r/ is common in the language and is found in monosyllabic words as well as in word-final position. The syllabic / l /, on the other hand, is unattested in word-initial position.

As a consonant the central resonant /r/, as opposed to /l/, however, is not found in word- initial position and changes to a retroflex flap intervocalically. Whenever /r/ occurs in word-initial position, it is in words borrowed words from Arabic and other languages; the allophonic flap and /l/ are confused but the flap can be found following a consonant, a position where /l/ is absent, one of the rare cases where a sequence of consonants can be found. The lateral liquid is found in word-initial and word-final position and is palatalized; this palatalization leads to a fricated voiceless palatal release with some speakers when it is in word-final position. The fricatives /s/ and /f/ are voiceless but, in some instances, vary with their voiced counterparts, they occur word and intervocalically, but only loanwords possess the fricatives in word-final position. The /s/ is sometimes palatalized before the high front vowel /i/. Afitti is a tone language with stress. Tonal minimal pairs are attested for monosyllabic and trisyllabic words.

In longer, words stress seems to play a more important role. The stressed syllable i

Taiki Ono

Taiki Ono is a Japanese professional baseball pitcher who plays for the Hanshin Tigers of Nippon Professional Baseball. Taiki started playing softball in 1st grade, went to play for the Koujaku Junior High softball team. Upon entering Orio Aishin High, he became the baseball team's ace pitcher in his 2nd year, but his team never made it to Koshien. With a desire to play in the professional leagues upon graduating high school, he submitted his application for the autumn professional baseball draft, but when none of the 12 teams drafted him, he decided to enter Fuji University in Iwate. He was a regular starter for his team as they participated in the Northern Tohoku University Baseball League. In his 3rd year, he won all of his starts, grabbed the league's title for best pitcher with an untarnished ERA of 0.00. The following year, he finished with a 0.45 ERA, won the league MVP and best nine award, helped his team win the championships. He left the league with a 12–1 win-loss record, he was the Tiger's 2nd round pick during the 2016 professional draft.

He signed a 70 million yen contract for an estimated annual salary of 12 million yen. He was assigned jersey number 28, which belonged to reliever Shinobu Fukuhara who retired in 2016, is working as a pitching coach for Hanshin's farm league team.2017 Along with fellow draftees Kento Itohara and Yūsuke Ōyama, Taiki joined the main roster's spring training camp. His 150 km/h fastball was regarded by coaches, so he remained with the main roster until the camp ended. However, due to his lackluster performance during the pre-season games, he was sent back to the farms before opening day, he debuted on May 21 match against the Yakult Swallows in Meiji Jingu, where he pitted against fellow uni-drafted rookie Tomoya Hoshi. While he gave up 4 earned runs including 2 home runs and didn't grab the win, Hanshin won the match when they took back the lead on the 7th. With an overhand delivery, he throws a four-seam fastball averaging 145 km/h, a forkball clocked at low 130s, an occasional curveball, a solid slider that ranges from 120–140 km/h.

His fastest pitch recorded was a 153 km/h fastball, thrown during spring camp training. His father, being an avid fan of horse racing, named him "Taiki" after the famous racehorse Taiki Blizzard whose total earnings exceeded 1 billion yen back in the 1990s. NPB Statistics Nippon Professional Baseball career statistics from JapaneseBaseball.com Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference

Johnathan Dalton

Johnathan Dalton is an Australian cricketer. He made his first-class debut for South Australia in the 2016–17 Sheffield Shield season on 16 March 2017. Dalton played for South Australia Under-23s in three matches in the 2015–16 Futures League, scoring 192 runs at an average of 32.00. His high score of 92 came against Victoria Under-23s in the final match of the tournament, he continued for South Australia in the Futures League in the 2016–17 season and his form improved, averaging 45.50. He scored twin centuries, 100 not out, against Victoria, he got the opportunity to play against the touring South African side in a tour match for a South Australia second XI. He scored 20 runs, his form was good enough to be rewarded with his first-class debut at the end of the season. He played in a Sheffield Shield match against Tasmania, he opened the batting, scoring 40 runs in 71 in the second. As South Australia won the match, they progressed to the final against Victoria, which Dalton played in, he again opened the batting, but this time he was bowled by James Pattinson on the third ball of South Australia’s first innings.

Dalton earned his first contract with South Australia ahead of the 2017–18 season. Johnathan Dalton at ESPNcricinfo