George Strait

George Harvey Strait Sr. is an American country music singer, songwriter and music producer. George Strait is known as the "King of Country" and is considered one of the most influential and popular recording artists of all time, he is known for his neotraditionalist country style, cowboy look, being one of the first and most prominent country artists to bring country music back to its roots and away from the pop country era in the 1980s. Strait's success began when his first single "Unwound" was a hit in 1981. During the 1980s, seven of his albums reached number one on the country charts. In the 2000s, Strait was named Artist of the Decade by the Academy of Country Music, was elected into the Country Music Hall of Fame, won his first Grammy award for the album Troubadour. Strait was named CMA Entertainer of the Year in 1989, 1990 and 2013, ACM Entertainer of the Year in 1990 and 2014, he has been nominated for more CMA and ACM awards and has more wins in both categories than any other artist.

By 2009, he broke Conway Twitty's previous record for the most number-one hits on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart when his 44 number one singles surpassed Twitty's 40. Counting all music charts, Strait has amassed a total of 60 number-one hits, breaking a record previously set by Twitty, giving him more number one songs than any other artist in any genre of music. Strait is known for his touring career when he designed a 360-degree configuration and introduced festival style tours. For example, the Strait Tours earned $99 million in three years, his concert at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, in June 2014 drew 104,793 people, marking a new record for largest indoor concert in North America. Strait has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time, his certifications from the RIAA include 13 multi-platinum, 33 platinum, 38 gold albums. His best-selling album is Pure Country, his highest certified album is Strait Out of the Box. According to the RIAA, Strait is the 12th best-selling album recording artist in the United States overall.

George Harvey Strait Sr. was born on May 18, 1952, in Poteet, Texas, to John Byron Strait Sr. and Doris Jean Couser. He grew up in nearby Pearsall, in Frio County, where his father was a junior high school mathematics teacher and the owner of a 2,000-acre cattle ranch outside of Big Wells, Texas; the family worked at the ranch in the summers. When George was in the fourth grade, his father and mother were divorced, his mother moved away with his sister, Pency. George and his brother John Jr. were raised by their father. Strait began his musical interest while attending Pearsall High School, where he played in a rock and roll garage band; the Beatles were popular. "The Beatles were big," Strait confirmed. "I listened to them a lot and that whole bunch of groups that were popular then." His musical preference soon turned to country with singers Hank Thompson, Lefty Frizzell, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Bob Wills, Hank Williams, Frank Sinatra influencing his style. Strait did not tune to the country music radio as a youth listening to the news and the farmer's report.

His introduction to country music came by way of live performances, according to Strait, could be heard in every town in Texas. He eloped with Norma Voss; the couple married in Mexico on December 4, 1971. That same year, he enlisted in the United States Army as an infantryman. While stationed at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii as a part of the 25th Infantry Division, Strait began performing with an Army-sponsored band, "Rambling Country", which played off-base under the name "Santee". On October 6, 1972, while still in Hawaii and Norma had their first child, Jenifer. Strait served in the United States Army from 1971 to 1975 and attained the rank of Corporal. After Strait was honorably discharged from the Army in 1975, he enrolled at Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, graduated with a degree in agriculture. Strait was presented an honorary doctoral degree by his alma mater – Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas – in a private ceremony on Friday, May 26, 2006. Strait has been a loyal alumnus of Texas State and, in 1985, established an endowment fund for the development and operation of the Freeman Ranch for agricultural and wildlife management, scholarships.

During his college years, Strait joined the country band Stoney Ridge, answering a flyer the band posted around campus looking for a new vocalist. Strait renamed the group the Ace in the Hole Band and became the lead, they opened for national acts such as The Texas Playboys. Soon, his band was given the opportunity to record several Strait-penned singles, including "That Don't Change The Way I Feel About You" and "I Can't Go On Dying Like This" for the Houston-based D label. However, the songs never achieved wide recognition, Strait continued to manage his family cattle ranch during the day to make some extra cash. While he continued to play with his band, without any real connections to the recording industry, Strait became friends with Erv Woolsey, who operated one of the bars in which the Ace in the Hole band played, who had worked for the major label MCA Records. Woolsey convinced some of his Music Row c

NPO Molniya

NPO Molniya is a Russian scientific and production enterprise, founded on February 26, 1976. Part of Rostec. At present, NPO Molniya is working on reusable launch systems for space applications; the NPO Molniya Molniya-1 is a three surface design with single pusher propeller and twin tail booms. In the late 1990s, the company proposed a number of larger types based on the three surface configuration. Molniya 400 - a proposed jet cargo aircraft or airliner with a high-mounted wing and powered by two PS-90A turbofans. Freighter version would have had a rear fuselage ramp. Molniya-1000 Heracles - a proposed super heavy freighter to replace the VM-T Atlant and An-225 as a space load carrier. Unusual twin open fuselage design with the shuttle or other payload carried between the fuselages. A high mounted wing with six turbofan engines was proposed, it would have been capable of carrying a 450,000 kg load. Displayed as model at the 2003 Paris Air Show NPO Molniya Molniya-1 Buran spacecraft Gleb Lozino-Lozinskiy, lead developer of Buran, General Director of NPO Molniya Official website or Official website NPO Molniya at

Máire Devine

Máire Devine is an Irish Sinn Féin politician who has served as a Senator for the Labour Panel since April 2016. Máire Devine was born in The Liberties to a republican family and involved in campaigns around the 1981 Irish hunger strike, she was a long-term trade union activist. Devine is married to Kevin Devine. Devine was co-opted onto South Dublin County Council in 2011, she was re-elected in 2014. She stood unsuccessfully in Dublin South-Central at the 2016 general election, but was elected to the 25th Seanad on the Labour 2018, she was suspended from Sinn Féin for three months after retweeting a parody Twitter account that referred to Irish Prison Service officer Brian Stack as a "sadist." Máire Devine's page on the Sinn Féin website