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Grand Slam

Grand Slam or Grand slam may refer to: Grand slam, winning category terminology originating in contract bridge and other whist family card games Grand Slam, a driver winning a Grand Prix from pole position, leading every lap of the race, setting the fastest lap of the race Grand Slam, winning all Sprint Cup Series majors in a calendar year Grand slam, a home run with all bases occupied Grand Slam Single, the hit that ended Game 5 of the 1999 National League Championship Series between the New York Mets and Atlanta Braves, at Shea Stadium Grand Slam, an American thoroughbred Equestrian Grand Slam, any of several events Grand Slam of Eventing, three particular world horse trials competitions Grand Slam of Show Jumping, one rider winning all three major annual competitions consecutively Grand Slam of Thoroughbred racing, the US Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing plus the Breeders' Cup Classic Grand Slam, one player winning all four major annual tournaments PGA Grand Slam of Golf, an annual off-season men's competition Grand Slam Paris, judo competition Grand Slam Tokyo, judo competition Grand Slam, one player or pair winning all four major annual tournaments, or the tournaments themselves Pepsi Grand Slam, an annual men's professional tournament Grand Slam Cup, an annual international tournament Grand Slam, a player or pair winning all four major annual real tennis tournaments Explorers Grand Slam or Adventurers Grand Slam, one person reaching the North Pole, South Pole, all Seven Summits during a career Ocean Explorers Grand Slam, performing open-water crossing on each of the five oceans using human-powered vessel Grand Slam, one person catching a bonefish and permit during one day of Caribbean fly-fishing Grand Slam of Curling, a series of annual curling bonspiels Grand Slam of Ultrarunning, for a person finishing four annual 100-mile footraces in the U.

S. Grand Slam, one team winning all three major Philippine Basketball Association tournaments in one season Grand Slam, winning four professional wrestling championships Grand Slam, one national team defeating all others in the Six Nations Championship Grand Slam, one club winning four annual shinty trophies Grand slam, in roller derby, a five-point scoring pass Grand slam, in ski jumping, winning all four events in the same edition of Four Hills Tournament Grand Slam, a character Grand Slam of Hollywood show business, winning Emmy, Grammy and Tony Awards in an American entertainment career (see List of people who have won Academy, Emmy and Tony Awards} Grand Slam of Philippine film industry, winning category awards from four major film award-giving bodies in a year Grand Slam, an American comedy Grand Slam, an Italian heist movie Grand Slam, a Welsh TV comedy Grand Slam, a band formed by Phil Lynott Grand Slam, a lineup of Juice Leskinen Grand Slam Grand Slam Grand Slam 50 Grand Slam, a 1976 American game show Grand Slam, 1980s televised contract bridge tournaments Grand Slam, a 1990 American action drama Grand Slam, 2003 Grand Slam, a 2007 American remake Golf Grand Slam, for the Nintendo NES Grand Slam Chess Association, a series of annual chess tournaments Grand Slam Tennis, a 2009 game for the Nintendo Wii Grand Slam, a 1997 baseball game Grand slam, in contract bridge, a contract to win all thirteen tricks in one deal Grandslam Entertainment, a video game company Bilbao Chess Masters Final or Grand Slam Masters Final, a culminating annual chess tournament Grand Slam, a 10-tonne British "earthquake bomb" of World War II Exercise Grand Slam, a 1952 NATO naval exercise in the Mediterranean Sea Grand Slam Installation, a modification of the B-36 bomber to add nuclear weapons delivery capability Operation Grand Slam, a Pakistan Army offensive plan during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965 Operation Grand Slam, the US espionage mission which triggered the 1960 U-2 incident Grand Slam breakfast, a dish at Denny's restaurants Slam

2004 Delaware Democratic primary

The 2004 Delaware primary was held on February 3, 2004 as part of the 2004 United States Democratic presidential primaries. Frontrunner John Kerry won the primary while Senator Joe Lieberman came second; as the primary approached Joe Lieberman said that victory in the Delaware primary was required in order for his campaign to continue. He got the endorsement of Democratic senator Thomas R. Carper. After his defeat in the primary Lieberman withdrew from the race for the nomination. Exit polls showed that over half of voters who took part in the primary said they were'angry' with the administration of George W. Bush and over 80% said they opposed the decision to go to war with Iraq. Source: Delaware - 2004 Presidential Polls Source: 2004 Presidential Democratic Primary Election Results - Delaware

Peregrine Investments Holdings

Peregrine was an investment company based in Hong Kong. It was liquidated following the downturn of the Indonesian economy during the Asian financial crisis, was acquired by BNP Paribas. Peregrine was founded in 1988 with an initial investment of $38 million by former race car driver Philip Tose and Francis Leung, they had both worked with Citibank in the past and had a large number of connections to Hong Kong's business elite including Li Ka-shing, Gordon Wu and Larry Yung. The company's goal was to profit from the expanding Asian economy by underwriting stocks and bonds to provide capital for the Asian countries the East Asian Tigers; the company was characterised as "arrogant", thrived on taking risks. Commenting on their investing during the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, Leung said, "These events were just a hiccup. We decided we wanted to take advantage of depressed market conditions at the time". In 1994, to create an Asian bond market, they hired Andre Lee from Lehman Brothers to head their fixed income department.

Lee, a French Canadian-Korean who grew up within the American military presence in Seoul, was described as a "wild man" and "a salesman who could'sell snow to the Eskimos.'" By 1996, Lee's operations provided one half of Peregrine's profits. Single-handedly, Lee created the Asian junk bond market. In 1998, financial markets were changing. Peregrine underwrote the bond issue by Steady Safe, an Indonesian taxi company of US$265 million, half of Peregrine's capital On the surface, the deal looked secure, although repayment would be in Indonesian rupiah; the deal was undersubscribed, Peregrine was left with the remaining bonds as the underwriter. Following the collapse of Steady Safe along with several other losses during the Asian financial crisis, the company lost all liquidity and after unsuccessful negotiations with would-be suitors and white knights, closed in January 1998; the Greater China team stumbled into the arms of BNP Paribas, while a substantial portion of the Asia team was hired by Banco Santander.

BNP Paribas Peregrine is now the investment banking arm of BNP Paribas in Asia. It delivers integrated investment banking services covering primary and seconding equity fund raising and securities brokerages, corporate finance, financial advisory and acquisitions. At the end of 2006, BNP announced it was aligning its branding throughout Asia, the Peregrine name was dropped. Peregrine: Hong Kong Court upholds - Deacons Report of Peregine Investment Collapse by Hong Kong Government Financial Services and the Treasury Bureau

Civil Service Retirement System

The Civil Service Retirement System was organized in 1920 and has provided retirement and survivor benefits for most civilian employees in the United States federal government. Upon the creation of a new Federal Employees Retirement System in 1987, those newly hired after that date cannot participate in CSRS. CSRS continues to provide retirement benefits to those eligible to receive them. CSRS is a defined-benefit plan, akin to a pension. Notably, though, CSRS employees do not participate in Social Security. Employees hired after 1983 are required to be covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System, a three tiered retirement system with a smaller defined benefit, Social Security, a 401-style system called the Thrift Savings Plan; the defined benefits of both the CSRS and the FERS systems are paid out of the Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund, which had a projected balance of $898 billion as of September 30, 2017. With changes in the determining retirement coverage of federal employees under FERS or CSRS, those employees who are rehired that were covered under CSRS will retain their CSRS coverage if they meet certain service rules.

In general, if rehired employees have 5 years of civilian service as of December 31, 1986, they will retain CSRS coverage. However, if the break in service is greater than 365 days, the employee is covered under Social Security and will be deemed CSRS Offset. Overall benefits paid to CSRS or CSRS Offset employees will remain equitable based on the number of years of creditable service and CSRS formula upon retirement. CSRS and CSRS Offset employees with a break in service more than three days are eligible to elect coverage under FERS within the first six months of rehire. Employees who were covered under CSRS and do not meet the 5 year retirement coverage rule are automatically covered under the FERS upon rehire. Employees under CSRS may contribute to TSP as well, but participate as a supplement to their designated pension benefit. Contributions to the TSP are not matched

Nick Ross (ice hockey)

Nick Ross is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman, playing for DVTK Jegesmedvék of the Slovak Extraliga. He was drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes with the 30th pick of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Ross began his major junior career in the WHL with the Regina Pats in 2004–05, appearing in 10 games. After a 31-point campaign with the Pats in 2006–07, Ross was drafted 30th overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft by the Phoenix Coyotes; the next season, back in the WHL, he was traded from the Pats to the Kamloops Blazers on January 5, 2008, along with Spencer Fraipont and a fourth-round bantam draft pick, in exchange for Victor Bartley and Ryan Bender. Upon being eliminated from the 2008 WHL playoffs with the Blazers, the Coyotes assigned Ross to the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League for the remaining 4 games of the 2007–08 AHL season. Returning to the Blazers the following season, in 2008–09, Ross was traded, along with Alex Rodgers, just before the January 10, 2009 trade deadline, to the Vancouver Giants in exchange for Curtis Kulchar and three bantam draft picks.

He finished the season with an accumulated 43 points between the two teams. In the subsequent 2009 playoffs, after sweeping the Prince George Cougars, the Giants were pushed to a seventh game against the Spokane Chiefs in the second round where Ross scored the series-clinching goal in overtime – a point shot that deflected off a Chiefs defenceman. On July 30, 2013, Ross returned for a second stint in the Austrian Hockey League, signing a one-year contract with HDD Olimpija Ljubljana. In the 2013–14 season, Ross enjoyed a more productive second tenure in the EBEL, posting 28 points in 39 games before opting to finish the season in the Italian Elite. A with HC Asiago. On April 16, 2014, Ross signed to continue in the EBEL, joining his third club in as many seasons in agreeing to a one-year deal with HC TWK Innsbruck, his younger brother, Brad Ross, was selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2nd round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, is playing with the Iserlohn Roosters of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga.

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Green Day (album)

Green Day is a self-titled greatest hits album and a promotional use album by Green Day. The album is noted as an official release by Reprise Records; the album was released for radio stations but has re-surfaced on sites like eBay and Discogs. The album features most singles. All lyrics are written by all music written by Green Day. All songs were produced by Green Day and Rob Cavallo except "Know Your Enemy" and "21 Guns". All lyrics are written by Billie Joe Armstrong. Green Day Billie Joe Armstrong - lead guitar, rhythm guitar, lead vocals, piano Mike Dirnt - bass, backing vocals Tré Cool - drums, backing vocalsAdditional musicians Petra Haden - violin on "Hitchin' a Ride" and "Good Riddance" Jason Freese - additional keyboards Tom Kitt - string arrangement for "21 Guns" David Campbell - string arrangement for "Good Riddance"Production Green Day - producers Rob Cavallo - producer Butch Vig - producer Andy Ernst - producer, mixing Neill King - engineer Kevin Army - engineer Ken Allardyce - engineer Doug McKean - engineer Chris Dugan - engineer Jerry Finn - mixing Chris Lord-Alge - mixing Jack Joseph Puig - mixing Andrew Scheps - mixing John Golden - mastering Ted Jensen - mastering Eric Boulanger - mastering