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Jan Raas

Jan Raas is a Dutch former professional cyclist whose 115 wins include the 1979 World Road Race Championship in Valkenburg, he won the Tour of Flanders in 1979 and 1983, Paris–Roubaix in 1982 and Milan–San Remo in 1977. He won ten stages in the Tour de France. In six starts, Raas won the Amstel Gold Race five times. In his entire career he competed in 23 of the contested "Monument" Races and he finished on the podium in half of them: 3rd place six times, 2nd place zero times, 1st place four times. Raas was a clever sprinter, he struggled on the long steep climbs but excelled on the short climbs characteristic of the northern classics. Born in Heinkenszand, near Goes in Zeeland, Raas was one of 10 children, he showed no interest in cycling until leaving school at 16 when he acquired his first racing bike and started competing as a junior category, taking his first victory in Damme in Belgium on the 21 July 1969. Further success as an amateur, including stage wins in the Olympia Tour and the national championship, prompted Peter Post, the manager of TI–Raleigh, to offer Raas a contract for 1975 The 22-year-old had a good first season with two small victories and fourth in the Tour of Belgium.

The following year saw him become national champion, but at the end of that year Raas parted company with TI–Raleigh, looking for more freedom to race. In 1977 he rode for Frisol. Victories in Milan–San Remo and the Amstel Gold Race made Post rethink and Raas was back with TI–Raleigh for 1978. Raas became the influence behind the success of the team in early eighties, he was joint leader with Gerrie Knetemann, heading members such as Joop Zoetemelk, Ludo Peeters, Cees Priem and Henk Lubberding. He played a major role in the victory of Zoetemelk in the 1980 Tour de France, as TI-Raleigh had one of the most dominant performances in all of TDF history not only containing Bernard Hinault, but winning twelve stages, including seven in a row at one point. Raas’ highlights for the rest of his career included his 1979 world championship on home soil in Valkenburg, where he outsprinted German "Didi" Thurau in front of 200,000 spectators, he had four more victories in the Amstel Gold Race to give a record of five.

Raas regarded the Amstel Gold as his favourite race: “The Gold Race was made for me, I had no ability as a climber, but the short and hard Limburg hills were made for me”, he said. He won Paris–Roubaix at his seventh attempt in 1982 thanks to work by his team Peeters. Raas crashed in the 1984 Milan–San Remo, injuring his back and internal organs and was never the same, although he took a stage in the 1984 Tour de France, he found the training and recovery hard and retired on 28 May 1985 after a criterium at Hansweert the preceding day. Raas’ know-how made for a natural move into team management and he became sporting director of Kwantum team. Raas found sponsors when old ones pulled out and the team received backing from SuperConfex, WordPerfect and Rabobank. Raas and his wife Anja suffered an armed raid on their house in March 1994 and Raas decided he could no longer spend long periods away from home, he changed from sporting director to manager when Rabobank became the main sponsor in 1995.

He spent eight years in this capacity until the end of 2003, the sponsor indicating that insoluble differences prompted Raas' departure. Source: Source: DNF = Did not finish— = Did not compete Dutch Sportsman of the year: 1979 List of Dutch cyclists who have led the Tour de France general classification Jan Raas at Cycling Archives

Bandit Queen (band)

Bandit Queen were a three-piece indie rock band from Manchester, formed in 1992. They disbanded in 1998 after releasing one album; the band was formed by former music journalist and member of Swirl, Tracy Godding, along with fellow former Swirl members Janet Wolstenholme and David Galley, with the band name inspired by Phoolan Devi. Godding explained "I was just inspired by her endurance"; the band were signed by Playtime Records, who issued all of their releases, with their second EP and debut album issued in the US by Mammoth Records, although the latter had one track removed for the US release, the band speculating that this may have been due to it "having the word'cunt' in it 32 times". Debut album Hormone Hotel was produced by Pat Collier and John Robb, featured a picture of one of the band's key influences on its cover, Frida Kahlo; the band recorded a second album in 1997, co -produced by the band and Mark Freegard, but it wasn't released and the band split and went their own ways in 1998.

Colin Larkin described the band's sound as blending "the pop sensibilities of early Blondie with the modern feminist swagger of The Breeders". Douglas Wolk described them as "a streamlined rock trio, with a dry, explosive sound that recalls In Utero or the first couple of PJ Harvey albums". Dirt + Soul EP, Playtime "Scorch", Playtime "Queen Bee", Playtime "Miss Dandy's", Playtime "Give it to the Dog", Playtime Hormone Hotel, Playtime PET

562nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment

The 562nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment was an air defense regiment of the United States Army. It was organized under the Combat Arms Regimental System. 21 AAA Battalion was constituted 5 September 1928 in the Organized Reserves as the 2nd Battalion, 562nd Coast Artillery Regiment. Redesignated as the 2nd Battalion, 917th Coast Artillery Regiment and organized in Virginia on 30 November 1929. Allotted to the Regular Army, redesignated as the 2nd Battalion, 70th Coast Artillery Regiment and activated at Fort Monroe, VA on 4 November 1939. During World War II, the 70th Coast Artillery landed on Guadalcanal with the XIV Corps on 23 May 1943. On 10 November 1943 the 70th Coast Artillery Regiment was reorganized and redesignated as the 70th Antiaircraft Artillery Group; the Institute of Heraldry official records state that the regiment's distinctive unit insignia was approved for the 917th Coast Artillery Regiment on 7 August 1935. It was redesignated for the 70th Coast Artillery Regiment on 19 January 1940.

It was redesignated for the 70th Antiaircraft Artillery Gun Battalion on 15 April 1946. The Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 70th Antiaircraft Artillery Group, the 70th and 21st Antiaircraft Artillery Battalions consolidated and redesignated 31 July 1959 as the 562d Artillery, a parent regiment under the Combat Arms Regimental System. Redesignated I September 1971 as the 562d Air Defense Artillery. Tim Aumiller's book lists deployments of battalions of the regiment as follows: 1st Battalion, 562nd ADA: Fort Meade, Maryland, 1 September 1958 - 11 December 1962. 36th AAA Battalion, 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, Washington-Baltimore Defense Area. 2nd Battalion, 562nd ADA: Ladd Air Force Base, Alaska, 11 September 1958 - 30 June 1971 3rd Battalion, 562nd ADA, Maryland, 1 September 1958 - 15 December 1961 4th Battalion, 562nd ADA: Dallas, moved at an unknown date to Duncanville Air Force Station, disestablished 10 February 1969. Under 67th Artillery Group. Also: 5th Missile Battalion, 562d Artillery.

The 5th Battalion was activated on 17 March 1960 at Louisiana. Battalion inactivated 25 March 1966 at Louisiana. Redesignated 1 September 1971 as the 5th Missile Battalion, 562d Air Defense Artillery. Redesignated 1 May 1972 as the 5th Battalion, 562d Air Defense Artillery, activated at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Inactivated 13 September 1972 at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. 6th Battalion, 562nd ADA: United States Army Europe. Inactivated 13 September 1972 in Germany. Timothy S Aumiller, United States Army Infantry, Armor/Cavalry Battalions 1957-2011, Ravi Rikhye, 2007 ISBN 9780977607228 James A. Sawicki, Antiaircraft Artillery Battalions of the U. S. Army 1991, ISBN 0-9602404-7-0

Ansty, Wiltshire

Ansty is a small village and civil parish in southwest Wiltshire, about 6 miles east of Shaftesbury. The village is just north of the A30 road between Salisbury; the parish includes the hamlet of Ansty Coombe. In the southern part of the parish is White Sheet Hill, on which there are Bronze Age barrows including a long barrow. In the eastern part of the parish there is bowl barrow; the barrow may be older than the pagan Saxon burial from the 7th century AD, found in it. Grave goods excavated from the burial include a diadem, palm cups, enamelled ironwork and an incense burner; the Church of England parish church of Saint James is Grade II listed. The south wall of the nave may be a survival from that original building, the font too is Norman; the chancel may have been lengthened in the 14th century. A two-storeyed north porch was added in the 15th century; the windows of the church were replaced in the 16th century. The transepts are Gothic Revival additions. In 1842 the porch was demolished and the north transept and western bell-turret were added.

In 1878 the south transept was added. In the 19th century the 16th century windows were replaced with ones in a 13th-century style and the arches to the chancel and transept were altered. In 1210 or 1211 Walter de Turberville granted the manor of Ansty to the Knights Hospitaller of St. John of Jerusalem, who founded a preceptory in the parish; the order was not formally suppressed in the Dissolution of the Monasteries but Henry VIII confiscated its properties in England because the order opposed his divorce from Catherine of Aragon. Mary I after her accession in 1553 restored the order in England and returned all its property, including that of the preceptory of Ansty. Mary was succeeded in 1558 by Elizabeth I; the commandry was demolished in her reign but the guest house survived until it burned down in 1927. A surviving building in the village with several early 16th-century windows may be the former preceptory's hospice; the Manor House is Grade II * listed. From 1546 the manor was granted to John Zouche.

His son Francis sold the manor to Sir Matthew Arundell and it remained in the Arundell family until the 20th century. A Grade II* building from 1570–80 near the manor may be a former banquet hall. Ansty has a "Pick Your Own" farm shop. Freeman, Jane. Crowley, D. A.. A History of the County of Wiltshire: Volume 13: South-west Wiltshire: Chalke and Dunworth hundreds. Victoria County History. Pp. 93–100. Pevsner, Nikolaus. Wiltshire; the Buildings of England. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books. Pp. 93–94. ISBN 0-14-0710-26-4. Pugh, R. B.. A History of the County of Wiltshire: Volume 3. Victoria County History. Pp. 328–329. Media related to Ansty, Wiltshire at Wikimedia Commons Ansty in the Domesday Book

Dundy County, Nebraska

Dundy County is a county in the U. S. state of Nebraska. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 2,008, its county seat is Benkelman. In the Nebraska license plate system, Dundy County is represented by the prefix 76. Dundy County was attached to neighboring Hitchcock County, it was named after Judge Elmer Scipio Dundy. The county government was organized in 1884. Dundy County lies at the lower SW corner of Nebraska, its west boundary line abuts the east line of the state of Colorado, its south boundary line abuts the north boundary line of the state of Kansas. According to the US Census Bureau, the county has an area of 921 square miles, of which 920 square miles is land and 1.2 square miles is water. U. S. Highway 34 Nebraska Highway 27 Nebraska Highway 61 Rock Creek State Recreation Area As of the 2000 United States Census, there were 2,292 people, 961 households, 637 families in the county; the population density was 2 people per square mile. There were 1,196 housing units at an average density of 1 per square mile.

The racial makeup of the county was 96.95% White, 0.04% Black or African American, 0.79% Native American, 0.48% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.87% from other races, 0.83% from two or more races. 3.23% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 41.9 % were of 13.2 % English and 6.3 % Irish ancestry. There were 961 households out of which 27.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.90% were married couples living together, 3.90% had a female householder with no husband present, 33.70% were non-families. 30.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.60% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.87. The county population contained 23.30% under the age of 18, 5.70% from 18 to 24, 23.50% from 25 to 44, 25.10% from 45 to 64, 22.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 96.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $27,010, the median income for a family was $35,862. Males had a median income of $22,415 versus $18,583 for females; the per capita income for the county was $15,786. About 11.00% of families and 13.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.10% of those under age 18 and 15.00% of those age 65 or over. Benkelman Haigler Max Parks Lamont Ough Sanborn Dundy County voters are reliably Republican. In only three national elections since 1900 has the county selected the Democratic Party candidate. National Register of Historic Places listings in Dundy County, Nebraska Official website

Louisiana Highway 21

Louisiana Highway 21 is a state highway in Louisiana that serves St. Tammany and Washington Parishes, it is signed north and south. From the south, LA 21 begins at an intersection with LA 22 and LA 1077 in Madisonville, where LA 21 assumes the trajectory of LA 1077 and heads northeast. LA 1077 branches to the northwest before LA 21 intersects Interstate 12. From south of I-12 and until joining U. S. Route 190 Business on 21st Avenue in Covington, LA 21 is multilaned, in places divided by a median or by a center turn lane, with some control of access. Through most of Covington, LA 21 is in a two-lane undivided highway concurrent with US 190 Bus. which returns to US 190 on the east side of Covington—an area known as Claiborne Hill. After intersecting US 190 and before leaving Covington cosigned as Military Road, LA 21 absorbs LA 36 and continues northeastward, absorbing LA 59 and entering a brief concurrency with Louisiana Highway 40 in Bush for less than one mile. Between Bush and Sun, LA 21 widens to a four lane, divided highway after merging Louisiana Highway 41, continuing due north from the merge.

In Sun LA 21 absorbs LA 16 and continues northward to Bogalusa, where LA 21 intersects LA 10. LA 21 runs north through Varnado and Angie before becoming Mississippi Highway 35 at the state line. LADOTD Map of State Highways Louisiana State Highway Log