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James Taylor

James Vernon Taylor is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. A five-time Grammy Award winner, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000, he is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 100 million records worldwide. Taylor achieved his breakthrough in 1970 with the No. 3 single "Fire and Rain" and had his first No. 1 hit in 1971 with his recording of "You've Got a Friend", written by Carole King in the same year. His 1976 Greatest Hits album has sold 12 million US copies. Following his 1977 album, JT, he has retained a large audience over the decades; every album that he released from 1977 to 2007 sold over 1 million copies. He enjoyed a resurgence in chart performance during the late 1990s and 2000s, when he recorded some of his most-awarded work, he achieved his first number-one album in the US in 2015 with his recording Before This World. He is known for his covers, such as "How Sweet It Is" and "Handy Man", as well as originals such as "Sweet Baby James".

James Vernon Taylor was born at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on March 12, 1948, where his father, Isaac M. Taylor, worked as a resident physician, his father came from a wealthy Scottish family from the South. His mother, the former Gertrude Woodard, studied singing with Marie Sundelius at the New England Conservatory of Music and was an aspiring opera singer before the couple's marriage in 1946. James was the second of five children, the others being Alex, Kate and Hugh. In 1951, his family moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, when Isaac took a job as an assistant professor of medicine at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, they built a house in the Morgan Creek area off the present Morgan Creek Road, sparsely populated. James would say, "Chapel Hill, the Piedmont, the outlying hills, were tranquil, beautiful, but quiet. Thinking of the red soil, the seasons, the way things smelled down there, I feel as though my experience of coming of age there was more a matter of landscape and climate than people."

James attended a public primary school in Chapel Hill. Isaac's career prospered, but he was away from home, on military service at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland, or as part of Operation Deep Freeze in Antarctica in 1955 and 1956. Isaac Taylor rose to become dean of the UNC School of Medicine from 1964 to 1971. Beginning in 1953, the Taylors spent summers on Martha's Vineyard. James took cello lessons as a child in North Carolina, before learning the guitar in 1960, his guitar style evolved, influenced by hymns and the music of Woody Guthrie, his technique derived from his bass clef-oriented cello training and from experimenting on his sister Kate's keyboards: "My style was a finger-picking style, meant to be like a piano, as if my thumb were my left hand, my first and third fingers were my right hand." Spending summer holidays with his family on Martha's Vineyard, he met Danny Kortchmar, an aspiring teenage guitarist from Larchmont, New York. The two began listening to and playing blues and folk music together, Kortchmar felt that Taylor's singing had a "natural sense of phrasing, every syllable beautifully in time.

I knew James had that thing." Taylor wrote his first song on guitar at 14, he continued to learn the instrument effortlessly. By the summer of 1963, he and Kortchmar were playing coffeehouses around the Vineyard, billed as "Jamie & Kootch". James went to Milton Academy, a preparatory boarding school in Massachusetts in 1961; the Milton headmaster would say, "James was more sensitive and less goal-oriented than most students of his day." He returned home to North Carolina to finish out the semester at Chapel Hill High School. There, he joined. Having lost touch with his former school friends in North Carolina, Taylor returned to Milton for his senior year, where he started applying to colleges to complete his education, but he felt part of a "life that unable to lead", he became depressed. In late 1965 he committed himself to McLean, a psychiatric hospital in Belmont, where he was treated with chlorpromazine, where the organized days began to give him a sense of time and structure; as the Vietnam War escalated, Taylor received a psychological rejection from Selective Service System when he appeared before them with two white-suited McLean assistants and was uncommunicative.

Taylor earned a high school diploma in 1966 from the hospital's associated Arlington School. He would view his nine-month stay at McLean as "a lifesaver... Like a pardon or like a reprieve," and both his brother Livingston and sister Kate would be patients and students there as well; as for his mental health struggles, Taylor would think of them as innate and say: "It's an inseparable part of my personality that I have these feelings." At Kortchmar's urging, Taylor checked himself out of McLean and moved to New York City to form a band. They recruited Joel O'Brien of Kortchmar's old band King Bees, to play drums, Taylor's childhood friend Zachary Wiesner to play bass, an

Nusrat Thakur

Nusrat Thakur was Pakistani television, PTV director and producer. He was the producer of some of the most successful TV dramas like Dehleez. Nusrat Thakur was born at Lahore, British India in 1937, his father's name was M. J. Thakur, a radio personality. Nusrat Thakur started his career at Radio Pakistan in the 1960s, he started his television career by assisting noted PTV producer and director Yawar Hayat Khan in the 1970s, followed by producing and directing TV dramas independently. He retired as General Manager of PTV, Lahore in the 1990s after a service of 40 years with this Pakistani television. Nusrat Thakur died of cardiac arrest on 06 November 2009 at Lahore after a brief illness, he had been diabetic for some time and that had led to some other complications in the past. Among his survivors are his wife, a son and a daughter. Nusrat Thakur was against the glamourisation of expensive and grand TV sets. Instead he brought. Most of Nusrat Thakur's directed TV plays were written by Amjad Islam Amjad and Asghar Nadeem Syed Waris Dehleez Waqt Samundar Raat Piyas Duniya Ghulam Gardish Tawan Nusrat Thakur on IMDb website

John Quenneville

John Quenneville is a Canadian professional ice hockey player playing for the Rockford IceHogs in the American Hockey League as a prospect to the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League. Quenneville was selected by the New Jersey Devils in the first round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Quenneville was selected by the Brandon Wheat Kings in the 3rd round of the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft, he played with the Brandon Wheat Kings from the 2012–13 WHL season to 2015–16 WHL season. While playing with the Wheat Kings, Quenneville was rated as a top prospect, viewed as a possible first round selection heading into the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, he was drafted 30th overall by the New Jersey Devils in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. On July 13, 2015, Quenneville signed a three-year entry level contract with the Devils, after concluding his WHL career that season he subsequently joined the Albany Devils for the 2016–17 season, he made his NHL debut on December 2016, against the Chicago Blackhawks. On January 5, 2017, Quennville was named to the 2017 AHL All-Star Classic, along with Joseph Blandisi.

He was recalled to the NHL on March 15, 2017, scored his first NHL goal in a 3–2 overtime win over the New York Rangers on March 21, 2017. On June 22, 2019, Quenneville was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for John Hayden. On June 28, the Blackhawks signed Quenneville to a two-year contract extension; as a 16-year-old, Quenneville was chosen to compete with the Canada Pacific squad at the 2013 World U-17 Hockey Challenge, he helped Team Canada capture the bronze medal at the 2014 IIHF World U18 Championships. His older brother Peter Quenneville was drafted in the seventh round by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, his younger brother David was drafted 200th overall in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Current Florida Panthers head coach Joel Quenneville is his first cousin, once-removed. New York Islanders defenceman Johnny Boychuk is his uncle by marriage. Biographical information and career statistics from, or, or, or The Internet Hockey Database

Appreciative listening

Appreciative listening is a type of listening behavior where the listener seeks certain information which they will appreciate, meet his/her needs and goals. One uses appreciative listening when listening to poetry or the stirring words of a speech, it involves listening to music that one enjoys, people the listener likes to listen to because of their style and the choices the listener make in the films and television he/she watches, radio programmes and plays and musicals in the theatre. Unlike informative listening or relationship listening, appreciative listening does not rely on the message from the speaker it is how one responds as a listener. Our appreciation of what we hear will vary depending on our individual tastes, but will be affected by three different factors: There are many different factors that encompass presentation including the medium, the setting and the style and personality of a presenter. Of course this works both ways and you will have been entranced by others because of the force of their personality and their delivery style.

The environment can impact your appreciation of the presentation. Seating, temperature and volume of sound will all impact on whether it’s a good or poor experience. Perception is an important factor in appreciative listening; as one is exposed to different experiences his/her perceptions can change. For example: individual's taste in music. We need to listen to various types of music to have a preference over other types and appreciate them. An individual's expectations affects our perception. An individual's perception and expectations are driven by his/her attitudes which determine how he/she reacts to and interact to the world in which he/she lives; some of our perceptions are influenced by our previous experience and impact on whether or not we enjoy listening to something, or whether we are willing to listen. Whether our memories evoke pleasant or unpleasant reminders will affect our appreciation. However, it’s important to remain open to new experiences. We can develop our appreciative listening skills.

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Wii Fit U

Wii Fit U is an exergaming video game developed by Nintendo for the Wii U console, is the successor to the Wii games Wii Fit and Wii Fit Plus. Wii Fit U utilizes both the Wii Balance Board and the Wii U GamePad in gameplay, is bundled with the newly introduced Fit Meter, an activity meter accessory, it was released in Japan followed by North America and Europe one day later. It is the only game on the system to support the balance board. Like its predecessors Wii Fit and Wii Fit Plus, Wii Fit U focuses on engaging the player in physical activities, including yoga and strength training, through use of the Wii Balance Board, a platform peripheral upon which the player stands during play that measures the player's weight and center of balance. Wii Fit U introduces additional activities. Owners of Wii Fit or Wii Fit Plus can transfer all saved data into Wii Fit U. Exercises are organized by category and by the amount of requisite exertion, measured in numerical values called "MET". Wii Fit U can only use its GamePad touchscreen.

All retail copies of Wii Fit U are bundled with a foldable Wii U GamePad Stand and an activity meter called the Fit Meter available separately, carried while jogging or otherwise moving. The concept and overall design of the device are similar to the Pokéwalker released with Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver; when the Fit Meter is placed near the GamePad, its data is transferred via infrared connection to the Wii U. Wii Fit U has all the exercises from Wii Fit Plus except the following: Segway Circuit Rhythm Parade Big Top Juggling Skateboard Arena Tightrope Tension Snowboard Slalom Lotus Focus Penguin SlideAs well as merging the regular and Plus versions of Table Tilt, Balance Bubble, Basic Run into single entries. Wii Fit U adds the following exercises: Dance Beginner Dance Hula Dance Jazz Dance Hip-Hop Locking Flamenco Salsa Burning Beats/Stamina Steps Aerobics Puzzle Squash Free Boxing Orienteering Rowing Crew Balance Games Ultimate Obstacle Course Dessert Course Hosedown Trampoline Target Core Luge Scuba Search Climbing The game became available for purchase, in standard and Wii Balance Board bundles with Fit Meters, in December 2013 in the PAL regions and in January 10, 2014 in North America.

In Japan the physical copy became available on February 1, 2014, although it had been released on the eShop than in North America and the PAL regions. Wii Fit U, overall, is well received by critics, having a score of 72 out of 100 by 19 critics on Metacritic. One Metacritic review described it as being "friendly" and not "as hardcore as some fitness buffs may like." Nintendo World Report praises the game for revolutionizing the exercising genre of video games by building upon its predecessor Wii Fit with "robust and customizable routines" and the gym community for motivation. Gaming magazine Polygon criticizes Wii Fit U as "too light-weight to be a contender" for actual exercise. Lifewire called it an "nteresting use of the Gamepad clever new mini-games improved fitness routine setup ". PC Magazine rated it 4 out of 5 or "excellent", calling it engaging and fun with lots of activities, as a worthy sequel and fitness tool; the New York Times described the game and its physical setup as efficient and motivating—concluding that "it’s cheaper than joining a gym and it beats sitting on the couch and playing video games".

US Gamer said that "alance exercises are the most'game-like' of all the activities", that the game has solid integration with Nintendo's now-defunct Miiverse social network. Giving it a 4.5 out of 5, US Gamer concluded "Wii Fit U is a solid package that achieves its primary goal of making you more aware of your fitness, how your body works and what you might need to do to make it work better. Its game-like nature and Nintendo charm keeps it interesting and never demoralizing." Wii Fit U, like Wii Fit, has been used for treatments in physical therapy and not just for basic exercise. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the CDC, has used games that involve light to moderate activity in those with brain damage to aid in the patient's recovery. Research has found that users feel a better sense of balance and upper body motion, initiating a healing for those with brain injury. Concerning basic exercise, one study found that Wii Fit U is not fit for intensive exercise but rather moderate exercise and conditioning.

The study concluded that the ability of the game's diverse exercises to increase physical growth is unknown. Official website

Robert Wiebking

Robert Wiebking was a German-American engraver typeface designer, known for cutting type matrices for Frederic Goudy from 1911 to 1926. Robert Wiebking was born in Schwelm, Germany in 1870, he emigrated to Chicago in 1881 where his father worked as an engraver for many companies, including the Marder, Luse, & Co. type foundry. In 1884, Wiebking began working for an engraving company. By 1893 he was in business for himself, cutting type matrices for both the Crescent and Independent Type Foundries. In 1900, with H. H. Hardinge, he formed ‘‘Wiebking, Hardinge & Company’’ which ran the Advance Type Foundry. In 1914 the partnership was dissolved and Advance merged with the Western Type Foundry. After Western Foundry merged into Barnhart Brothers & Spindler, Wiebking began working once again for himself, he designed type and cut matrices for many foundries and, from 1911 to 1926 he cut all of the matrices for Frederic Goudy's designs were cut by Wiebking. He taught both Goudy and R. Hunter Middleton how to cut matrices.

World Gothic series, a series in name only, as three only marginally similar faces were brought together under one heading as a marketing ploy to compete with ATF’s Globe Gothic. World Gothic Wesel.'World Gothic Condensed Tropic. World Gothic Italic named Dewey in honor of Admiral Dewey. Engravers Roman + Bold Artcraft Bold BB&S still ATF) Modern Text. Caslon series Caslon Catalog Caslon Clearface + Italic Caslon Light Italic Invitation Text. Rogers Roman renamed Engravers Litho Bold by BB&S who added a Bold Condensed and a Bold Condensed Title; the line was retained by ATF after the merger. Advertisers Gothic series; the outline faces are cut to register with the solid type for two-color work. Advertisers Gothic Advertisers Gothic Condensed Advertisers Gothic Outline Advertisers Gothic Condensed Outline Square Gothic, a knock-off of Benton’s Franklin Gothic. Munder series Laclede Oldstyle, when Laclede was bought out by BB&S this face was re-cut as Munder Venetian and named in honor of Norman T. A. Munder dean of American printers.

Munder Venetian. Copied by Stephenson Blake as ‘‘Verona’’. Munder Bold Munder Italic Munder Bold Italic Bodoni Series Bodoni Light + Light Italic True-Cut Bodoni + Light Italic, modeled on original samples of Bodoni’s work at the Newberry Library. Pabst Old Style or Pabst Roman, based on hand lettering done by Frederic Goudy for advertisements for the Pabst Brewing Company, though commissioned by a Chicago department store. Cast by ATF with the proviso that the department store would have the exclusive use of the font for a time before it would be offered to the public; this was the first of many collaborations by Wiebking. Pabst Roman Italic Village, design by Goudy. Designed for Kuppenheimer & Company, who decided it would be too expensive to cast, it was bought by Frederick Sherman; the mats are still cast by Dale Guild Foundry. Baron’s Boston News Letter, a private face designed by Frederic Goudy for Joseph Baron’s financial newsletter. Norman Capitals, designed by Frederic Goudy for Munder-Thompson Company, a Baltimore printing firm, named for Norman Munder.

Klaxon, designed by Frederic Goudy Centaur, a private type for the Museum Press of the Metropolitan Museum of Art designed by Bruce Rogers. Hadriano Title, designed by Frederic Goudy Goudy Open, designed by Frederic Goudy Goudy Modern, basica