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Itabashi Station

Itabashi Station is a railway station on the Saikyo Line in Itabashi, Japan, operated by East Japan Railway Company. Itabashi Station is served by the Akabane Line between Ikebukuro and Akabane stations, which forms part of the Saikyo Line which runs between Ōsaki in Tokyo and Ōmiya in Saitama Prefecture; some trains continue northward to Kawagoe via the Kawagoe Line and southward to Shin-Kiba via the TWR Rinkai Line. The station is located 1.8 km north of Ikebukuro Station. The station consists of a single island platform serving two tracks; the station has a "Midori no Madoguchi" staffed ticket office. Itabashi Station opened on 1 March 1885. In fiscal 2011, the station was used by an average of 30,168 passengers daily; the passenger figures for previous years are as shown below. Shin-Itabashi Station Shimo-Itabashi Station Tokyo Metropolitan Kitazono High School Sugamo High School Itabashi Station information

2019–20 Euro Hockey League

The 2019–20 Euro Hockey League is the 13th season of the Euro Hockey League, Europe's premier club field hockey tournament, organized by the European Hockey Federation. The Knockout 16 was held in Barcelona in October 2019 and the Final 8 will be held in Amstelveen in April 2020. Waterloo Ducks are the defending champions but they failed to qualify for this year's edition. A total of 20 teams from 11 of the 45 EHF member associations participate in the 2019–20 Euro Hockey League; the association ranking based on the EHL country coefficients is used to determine the number of participating teams for each association: Associations 1–3 each have three teams qualify. Associations 4 -- 6 each have two teams. Associations 7–11 each have one team qualify. For the 2019–20 Euro Hockey League, the associations are allocated places according to their 2019 EHL country coefficients, which takes into account their performance in the Euro Hockey League and the EuroHockey Club Trophy from 2016–17 to 2018–19.

League positions of the previous season shown in parentheses. For the 2019–20 season the EHL moved to a new format with the removal of the round-robin tournament in round one. Instead, a knock-out format will be used from the start of the tournament. Round one was replaced by the knockout 16 with four sides advancing to the quarter-finals, or Final 8 as it's called, on Easter; the Final 8 will consist of the champions from the top four nations on the EHL rankings table alongside the four sides that qualified from the knockout 16. This means that instead of a total of 24 teams from 12 associations there were be 20 teams from 11 associations; the Knockout 16 was held at the Pau Negre Stadium in Barcelona, Spain from 4 to 6 October 2019. The draw took place on 18 July 2019; the four winners from the knockout 8 advance to the Final 8 in April 2020. The Final 8 will be held at the Wagener Stadium in Amstelveen, Netherlands from 9 to 13 April 2020; the draw took place on 18 October 2019. As of 6 October 2019 2020 Euro Hockey League Women 2020 Men's EuroHockey Club Trophy I 2020 Men's EuroHockey Indoor Club Cup Official website


Ziaulhaq is a citizen of Afghanistan, held in the United States as a material witness since August 25, 2008. Carrie Johnston, writing in the Washington Post, reported that Ziaulhaq and two other Afghans, Bashir Ahmad and Mohammad Rafi accepted an invitation to come to a conference in the United States, that turned out to be a ploy to hold them in the USA as potential witnesses against their employers; the three men worked for Afghan construction firms. She reported that the three Afghan men came to America in the summer of 2008. Since they have shared a hotel suite in Chicago, she reported that the Prosecution said they would need to interview him for only an hour. Ziaulhaq had once trained as a veterinary assistant, he is married, with six children. Ziaulhaq worked as driver for an Afghan construction firm; the Washington Post reported. Ziaulhaq, Bashir Ahmad, Mohammad Rafi, Assad John Ramin and several other Afghans, received invitations to travel to a conference in Columbus, dedicated to celebrating the successes of Operation Enduring Freedom.

When the Afghans arrived in the USA they were taken into custody. Assad John Ramin, other more senior members of the Afghan construction firms, face bribery charges. Ziaulhaq, Bashir Ahmad, Mohammad Rafi, the three Afghans who didn't face charges, were classed as material witnesses, detained as flight risks, they were equipped with electronic monitoring cuffs, required to report in on a daily basis. They receive an $88 a day per diem. Air Force Master Sergeant Patrick W. Boyd, Major Christopher P. West and a third GI plead guilty. Afghans who faced charges include: Abdul Qudoos Bahkshi, Noor Alam, Tahir Ramin. Prosecutors said Boyd accepted $130,000, that West accepted between $400,000 and $1 million; the Washington Post reported on October 22, 2009 that Ziaulhaq testified. The article described him as "gaunt", stated he testified for two hours, he testified he had no knowledge of kickbacks, that he had no signing authority or other responsibilities in the finances of the firm he worked for. Under cross examination by the contractors' defense counself he was asked to confirm an estimate that during the fourteen months he had been held as a material witness the prosecution may have spent $60,000 to $70,000 on his per diem and other expenses associated with his detention.

He replied: "I don't understand what the problem with this is," Ziaulhaq testified. "I didn't ask to be here. If it was up to me, I would return to my country."

Sidney Lanier Cottage

The Sidney Lanier Cottage is a historic cottage on High Street in Macon, the birthplace of poet and soldier Sidney Lanier. Sidney Lanier Cottage was purchased by the Middle Georgia Historical Society in 1973, opened to the public in 1975; the Sidney Lanier Cottage now serves as a museum, event space, home of the Lanier Center for Literary Arts. Sidney Lanier was born in the High Street home of Sterling Lanier. Lanier is best known for his regional poems, including The Marshes of Glynn, The Song of the Chattahoochee, Sunrise. Lanier's parents, Sterling Robert Sampson Lanier and Mary Jane Anderson Lanier, were living in nearby Griffin, but Mary Jane went to the home of her in-laws in Macon to give birth to her first child; the white frame Victorian home was built in 1840 as a four-room cottage, though it was altered extensively over the years. In 1879, the building was moved fifty feet and the family added two rooms to the second floor as well as a porch; the home was renovated to its present Gothic Revival style in 1880.

The Sidney Lanier Cottage was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. It became a Landmark of American Music in 2004 became a Landmark of American Poetry; the home served as a private residence for many years before its purchase by the Middle Georgia Historical Society in 1973. Sidney Lanier Cottage was opened to the public in 1975. Now part of the Macon Historic District, the Sidney Lanier Cottage includes various artifacts representing the author's life and work, including the silver alto flute that he used while playing for Baltimore's Peabody Orchestra and first editions of his books. Included in the museum is a wedding dress from 1867 that belonged to Mary Day, Lanier's wife, photographs of the couple; the museum is operated by the Historic Macon Foundation. The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 until 4. Guided tours are available on Fridays and Saturdays, with the last tour being held at 3:30; the Sidney Lanier Cottage is available to be rented out for various activities, such as weddings and corporate events.

The Historic Macon Foundation decided to organize the Lanier Center for Literary Arts. Sidney Lanier Cottage has hosted book writers' workshops, entitled Sidney's Salon. Sidney Lanier Cottage official site Listing at Historic Macon

Tracy Chapman (album)

Tracy Chapman is the self-titled debut album by singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman, released on April 5, 1988, by Elektra Records. The album was recorded at the Powertrax studio in California. In 1987, Chapman was discovered by fellow Tufts University student Brian Koppelman, he offered to show her work to his father. After multiple performances, Koppelman found a demo tape of her singing her single "Talkin"bout a Revolution", which he promoted to radio stations, she was signed to Elektra Records. In early attempts to produce the first album, many producers turned down Chapman as they did not favor her musical direction. David Kershenbaum, decided to produce it as he wanted to record an acoustic music album, it was recorded in California in eight weeks. Most of the writing is based on social causes. Tracy Chapman gained critical acclaim from a wide majority of music critics, praising the simplicity, Chapman's vocal ability and her political and social lyrical content; the album received commercial success in most of the countries it was released, making it to the top of the charts in many countries, including Austria, New Zealand, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

It peaked at No. 1 on the US Billboard 200 and was certified six-times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, with sales exceeding over six million copies in the United States alone. Three singles were released from the album, with the most commercially successful single being "Fast Car"; the song was performed at the Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute. It rose to the top ten on the US Billboard Hot 100 and did well in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, other European countries. Tracy Chapman is one of the best-selling albums of all time. In 1987, Chapman was discovered by fellow Tufts University student Brian Koppelman. In an interview he said "I was helping organize a boycott protest against apartheid at school, told me there was this great protest singer I should get to play at the rally." He went to see Chapman perform at a coffeehouse called Cappuccino. He said "Tracy walked onstage, it was like an epiphany, her presence, her voice, her songs, her sincerity—it all came across."

After this, Koppelman told her that his father was at the time a co-owner of SBK Publishing and could help her make a record. She did not consider the offer seriously. Koppelman, was interested in Chapman, so he attended most of her shows, she agreed to talk to him, but did not record any demos for him. He discovered that she had recorded demos at the Tufts radio station WMFO for copyright purposes, her demo of the song "Talkin"bout a Revolution" was taken to radio stations and, after the success, he copied it and took it to his father. According to the interview, "He got the picture and flew up to see her." Her demo led her to a signing with Elektra Records. She said "I have to say that I never thought I would get a contract with a major record label All the time since I was a kid listening to records and the radio, I didn't think there was any indication that record people would find the kind of music that I did marketable; when I was singing songs like'Talkin"bout a Revolution' during the Seventies I didn't see a place for me there."David Kershenbaum said that the album was "made for the right reasons".

"There was a set of ideas that we wanted to communicate, we felt if we were truthful and loyal to those ideas people would pick up on the emotion and the lyrical content, there." Chapman started writing songs when she was signed to Elektra Records. Koppelman started finding producers for the album with the demo tape of her single "Talkin"bout a Revolution". However, she was turned down due to the popularity of synthpop at the time, they found David Kershenbaum, who recalled later: "I'd been looking for something acoustic to do for some time... There was a sense in the industry of a slight boredom with everything out there and that people might be willing to listen again to lyrics and to someone who made statements."Chapman's greatest concern during her meetings with Kershenbaum was that the integrity of her songs remain intact, because she wanted to record "real simple". Kershenbaum said, "I wanted to make sure that she was in front and thematically, that everything was built around her." Every song, featured on the result of the studio album was featured on her demo tape, except for "Fast Car", which resulted as one of the last songs recorded on the album.

Kershenbaum recalled that the first time she sang and performed it for him, he "loved it the minute I heard it."The album was, in total, recorded in eight weeks at Powertrax, Kershenbaum's Hollywood studio. Interviewed in 2002 by The Guardian, Kershenbaum stated that a lot of the public wanted "what she had" and said, "And they weren't getting it, she got there at the right moment with stuff, good." Chapman was interviewed and talked about the background of the album. She said, "The first record is seen as being more social commentary... more political. But I think that's just all about perspective."In an interview with The Guardian in 1996, Chapman said: "My first record was not my first record." The proposed producer for the studio album was killed in a car accident and the record company called in someone far less experienced to take over. Tracy Chapman received acclaim from music critics. According to Rolling Stone, Chapman "caught everyone's ear in the hair-metal late Eighties" with the album.

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Dimitra Galani

Dimitra Galani is a Greek singer and composer. Galani was born 1952 in Athens and started her musical career, aged 16, with creations of Dimos Moutsis and Nikos Gatsos released on album'A Smile'. Subsequently, she participated in Manos Hatzidakis' 1971 album "Land of Gold", singing six songs from the twelve included in album. In the same year, she released her first eponymous personal album. Galani continues to cooperate with performers. Apart from Hatzidakis, she cooperated with composers such as Dimos Moutsis, Manos Loizos, Giorgos Hatzinasios, Giannis Spanos, Vassilis Tsitsanis, Mikis Theodorakis and performers such as Alkistis Protopsalti and Xaris Alexiou, her discography spans both traditional laika and entekhna genres as well as pop and the Greek New Wave. In recent years, Galani started to write her own music as well as music for films and TV, work for which she won the Arion award for the song'Pull the Trigger' and the Prosopa award for the soundtrack of the film'Taxim'; the list refers to her personal discography: 1971 Dimitra Galani 1973 Dimitra Galani 2 1974 O Kampos 1975 Leptomereies 1978 M’ Agapouses Thymamai 1979 Eikones 1980 Ta Tragoudia tis Hhesinis Meras 1981 Kala einai ki etsi 1982 Hairetismoi 1983 Ateleiotos Dromos 1984 Kanonika 1985 Mia Vradia m’ena Tragoudi 1985 Hanomai Giati Remvazo 1986 Paihnidi gia Dyo 1988 Ex' Epafis 1989 I Parastasi Arhizei 1990 Gia Piano kai Foni 1991 Fos 1992 M’ Ena Glyko Anastenagmo 1994& 1996 I Dimitra Galani sto Harama 1&2 1995 Anasa I Techni tis Kardias 1997 Ta Chartina 1998 Horos me ti Skia mou 1999 Na Meinoun Mono ta Tragoudia 2001 Meta 2003 Tha to Metanioseis 2004 Epi Skinis 2004 To S’agapo Mporei 2007 Dama Koupa 2009 Pixel Dimitra Galani on IMDb Dimitra Galani discography at Discogs Dimitra Galani at AllMusic