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Jewish Agency for Israel

The Jewish Agency for Israel is the largest Jewish nonprofit organization in the world. It was established in 1929 as the operative branch of the World Zionist Organization, its mission is to "ensure that every Jewish person feels an unbreakable bond to one another and to Israel no matter where they live in the world, so that they can continue to play their critical role in our ongoing Jewish story."It is best known as the primary organization fostering the immigration and absorption of Jews and their families from the Jewish diaspora into Israel. Since 1948 the Jewish Agency for Israel has brought 3 million immigrants to Israel, offers them transitional housing in "absorption centers" throughout the country; the Jewish Agency played a central role in the development of the State of Israel. David Ben-Gurion served as the Chairman of its Executive Committee from 1935, in this capacity on May 14, 1948 he proclaimed independence for the State of Israel, he became Israel's first Prime Minister. In the years before and after the founding of the state, the Jewish Agency oversaw the establishment of about 1,000 towns and villages in Mandate Palestine.

It serves as Jewish communities around the world. As of 2019, the Jewish Agency operates and/or funds programs worldwide that: Connect young Jews to Israel and their Jewish identity, such as "Israel experience" trips, Jewish summer camps and day school programs, encounters with Israelis. Connect young Israelis to the Jewish people and their Jewish identity, such as through sister-city style partnerships in Partnership2Gether. Facilitate Aliyah and immigrant absorption, such as providing pre-Aliyah services and post-Aliyah transitional housing and Hebrew lessons. Help vulnerable populations in Israel, such as Youth Futures mentoring programs, residential Youth Villages for teens at risk, Amigour housing for the elderly. By law, the Jewish Agency is a para-statal organization, but it does not receive core funding from the Israeli government; the Jewish Agency is funded by the Jewish Federations of North America, Keren Hayesod, major Jewish communities and federations, foundations and donors from Israel and around the world.

In 2008 the Jewish Agency won the Israel Prize for its historical contribution to Israel and to the worldwide Jewish community. As of 2019, The Jewish Agency sponsors dozens of programs that connect Jews to Israel and to each other; the Agency organizes the programs into four different categories: 1. Connecting young Jews to Israel and their Jewish identity, 2. Connecting young Israelis to the Jewish people and their Jewish identity, 3. Aliyah and absorption, 4. Supporting vulnerable populations in Israel; some programs: The Israel Experience programs bring young Jews from around the globe to Israel to get to know the country and deepen their Jewish identities. Taglit-Birthright Israel provides ten-day educational trips to Israel for Jews ages 18 to 26 from around the world free of charge; the Jewish Agency is the largest organizational partner in the initiative and is directly involved in bringing thousands of participants on Taglit-Birthright each year, with a special focus on facilitating Taglit-Birthright experiences for participants from the United States and from the Former Soviet Union.

Masa Israel Journey is a public-service organization founded in 2004 by the Government of Israel's Office of the Prime Minister, together with The Jewish Agency. It includes programs in Israel for Jews aged 18–30, including study programs, service programs, career development. Programs last from 2–12 months. In 2018 it provided scholarships to nearly 9,800 participants. Masa performs outreach and operates alumni activities. Israel Tech Challenge is a partnership of The Jewish Agency with the National Cyber Bureau and other partners and donors, it offers trips to Israel of varying lengths for students and young professionals with knowledge in the field of computer science and programming. The programs offer visits with Israeli hi-tech professionals and academics, along with experience or training in coding, cyber security and/or data science. Machon Le'Madrichim trains, in Israel, Jewish counselors of Zionist youth movements around the world, to give them tools for running educational Zionist programs in their home communities when they return.

It was founded in 1946 by the World Zionist Organization. As of 2018, it had 17,000 alumni from around the world. Today the Machon trains several hundred young leaders each year. Na'ale allows Jewish teenagers from the diaspora to earn a high school diploma. Students start the program in ninth or tenth grade and graduate after the twelfth grade with a full Israeli matriculation certificate. During the first year, students follow an intensive Hebrew-language program so that they become able to speak and write in Hebrew; the program is subsidized by the Israeli government. The Na'ale scholarship includes: subsidized tuition, free ticket to Israel and board, health insurance and extra curricular activities. Na'ale offers a variety of schools all over Israel from which candidates may choose, including secular, national religious, ultra-orthodox, kibbutz,and urban boarding schools; the Jewish Agency is involved in recruitment in the former Soviet Union. In its mission to strengthen the ties between Israel and worldwide Jewry and to promote Jewish culture and identity, The Jewish Agency sends out shlichim, or emissaries, to Jewish communities across the globe.

The Hit Factory

The Hit Factory was a recording studio in New York City famous for its clientele. It closed on April 1, 2005. However, other Hit Factory studio locations remained open, such as in Florida; the New York facility was purchased from Jerry Ragovoy by Edward Germano on March 6, 1975. From 1989 to 1993, the company operated The Hit Factory London; this facility became Sony's Whitfield Street Studio. In 1999, The Hit Factory purchased Criteria Recording in Miami, Florida and reopening the studios under the new name The Hit Factory Criteria Miami. In March 2000, there was altercation between Murder Inc's Ja Rule, Irv Gotti, Black Child, Caddillac Tah and Chris Gotti and 50 Cent and G-Unit, where 50 Cent was stabbed by Black Child during the melee. After Germano's death in 2003, the business was taken over by his wife Janice Germano. Hit Factory was closed on April 1, 2005; the last album to be recorded there was Octavarium by Dream Theater. The business' base of operations moved to the remaining Hit Factory Criteria Miami in March 2005.

The New York Daily News reported: Big-name studios like The Hit Factory once had a lock on the recording industry, but technological advances have made it cheaper and easier for stars to build their own state-of-the-art facilities in their homes. In a statement, The Hit Factory acknowledged the industry is moving away from large-scale studios to "destination" locations like Miami that offer sunny weather and a hot nightlife. In December 2006 Stribling and Assocs, a New York real-estate broker, began marketing The Hit Factory as a luxury condominium. Twenty-seven loft-style apartments went including six duplexes. Prices started at about $1 million; the developers have said that there will continue to be rehearsal space for musicians on the ground floor. In 2011, New York Knicks basketball player Carmelo Anthony and his wife, entertainer La La Vazquez, moved into a penthouse apartment in the W. 54th Street condominium building. In 2019, Troy Germano, son of Edward Germano, rebranded the name of his NoHo recording facility to Germano Studios | The Hit Factory.

The studios occupied several spaces in and around Times Square and Midtown West after Germano's purchase. Locations included "Hit Factory Times Square" at 130 West 42nd Street, "Hit Factory Broadway," at 237 West 54th Street, the flagship facility "Hit Factory Mastering" at 421 West 54th Street; the "Hit Factory Broadway", located between Broadway and Eighth Avenue, was a four-studio complex that housed a mix of Solid State Logic and Neve VR-series consoles. The "Hit Factory Mastering" facility at 421 West 54th street was opened in 1992 and all operations moved there, while "Hit Factory Broadway" studios continued to be booked. To avoid confusion, studio names at the new location were given numbers instead of the more-traditional letters; the "Hit Factory Broadway" closed in early 2002, as new studios were planned in the main "Hit Factory Mastering" facility. The main studio facility at 421 West 54th Street occupied most of a 100,000+ square foot building. Five dedicated floors housed five recording studios, private lounges for each studio, the mastering business Hit Factory Mastering, with several suites, production rooms, an in-house rental company and operations, including a tech shop, tape library and storage areas.

Studio 1 included four overdub booths. The control room was equipped with an 80-input Solid State Logic 9000J as the centerpiece, which now resides at Luminous Sound in Dallas, TX; the lounge was a flexible space, with room for a large orchestra or cast party, coat room, green room, production room and several storage areas. On July 24, 2002, it opened Studios 6 and 7, complete with Solid State Logic 80-input XL9000K consoles; each studio contained a 48-channel Pro Tools MIXPlus system, a Sony 3348 HR, two Studer A827s, Lexicon 960L and 480L reverbs, outboard racks tailored for surround mixing. Studio 7 was designed with a small booth adjacent to the control room. Custom Augspurger monitors horns and 18-inch hidden stereo subs. Studio 6 had a silver color scheme with custom Augspurgers and silver credenza ends in the control room, a circle Hit Factory Studios logo at the back of studio; the studio featured a tracking room and overdub booths, all utilizing floor-to-ceiling glass for uninhibited sight lines between rooms.

In addition to the views, each room in the studio has floating floors and isolated from one another. In August 1994, Dr. John recorded a spontaneous and furious series of jingles for the nascent Crown Casino of Louisiana, a riverboat to be based at Luling, Louisiana. After arriving at the studio, Dr. John wrote lyrics, composed music, recorded a jingle within two days with a ten-piece group and several backup vocalists, despite a cold acquired in Europe several days before the session; the working session included vocalist Lani Groves of Steely Dan fame. The recordings were managed and mixed by Brad Broussard of Nexxt Productions, from Lafayette, Louisiana; the Crown Casino Venture failed before the gaming riverboat was opened, several one of a kind audio recordings of Dr. John made at the Hit Factory are of indeterminate status, presumed in the Crown Casino or Nexxt Productions intellectual property vault After the death of John Lennon, on December 8, 1980, public awareness of The Hit Factory increased.

Mourners and music fans around the world read accounts of the murder in newspapers on the days following the shooting, the Hit Factory was mentioned in some of

Listed buildings in Birmingham

There are 1,946 listed buildings in Birmingham, England. This list by district includes those of Grade I and Grade II* importance, plus a selection of those of Grade II importance that are otherwise noteworthy, it includes the Scheduled Ancient Monuments in the city. As of April 2006 there are 23 Grade I, 95 Grade II*, 1,828 Grade II, 13 Scheduled Ancient Monuments. Grade I listed buildings in the West Midlands#Birmingham Grade II* listed buildings in the West Midlands#Birmingham Listed pubs in Birmingham Foster, Andy. Pevsner Architectural Guides: Birmingham. Yale University Press: New Haven & London, 2005 ISBN 0-300-10731-5 Consolidated List of Statutorily Listed Buildings - Birmingham - Birmingham City Council The Victorian Society - Birmingham & West Midlands Group


Love-Itis is a song written by Harvey Scales and Albert Vance recorded by Harvey Scales and The Seven Sounds. The song was recorded and popularized by The Sonics and the J. Geils Band, among others; the song was released in 1967 by Harvey Scales and The Seven Sounds, on Magic Touch Records, owned by Lenny LaCour. At the time, the songwriting credit was shared between Harvey Scales and guitarist Rudy Jacobs, with the song published by LaCour's L. LaCour Music Inc; the song was re-released in 1967 on Atlantic RecordsA version of the song was recorded in 1967 by The Sonics, but not released at that time. The version was included in a Jerden Records 1996 compilation of Sonics material and Ice II: The'Lost' TapesIn 1968, the song was popularized by Mandala, as a single release from the band's only album, Soul Crusade, in an arrangement similar to that of The Sonics; the song was popularized in 1975 by the J. Geils Band, being included on their album Hotline, their version was described by one reviewer as a "barn-burning cover of... soul nugget".

It was included on the band's 1976 live album, Blow Your Face Out

HP Blackbird 002

The HP Blackbird 002 was a gaming and high-performance PC built by HP’s Voodoo Business Unit. It launched in September 2007 and won over 10 Editor’s Choice awards, including one from C-NET which gave it a 9.3 out of 10. The chassis was made out of brushed aluminum and it sat on a cast aluminum foot; the elevation provided by the foot opened a sixth side for additional ventilation. The HP Blackbird 002 was a side project of an HP engineer named Tom Szolyga, who requisitioned components together to form a high-performance gaming system. At the time, HP had no immediate plans for the gaming PC business. Szolyga mentioned his project to HP executives Phil McKinney, Todd Bradley, Paul Campbell during a flight to San Diego for business meetings; the company planned to secure funding and a support team to further develop the system and bring it to market. The first iteration of the system was scrapped; the Compaq team in Houston, Texas acquired by HP helped create a new design. During this time, HP acquired VoodooPC.

With additional input from VoodooPC founder Rahul Sood, the HP Blackbird 002 with Voodoo DNA was launched in September 2007. The HP Blackbird 002 was replaced by the HP Firebird 803; the Blackbird 002 featured an all-aluminum chassis. Every unit was shipped configured to the individual’s preference, with an open BIOS to allow for user-controlled overclocking; the Blackbird had performance similar to the Falcon Northwest Mach V. "VoodooDNA" branding was visible inside the case. The original version featured an ASUS Striker Extreme 680i motherboard which supports Intel processors, it had four slots of DDR2 RAM, in basic configurations of 4 GB 1066 MHz. Another version featured an EVGA 780i SLI motherboard instead of the Asus Striker 680i; the unit used Nvidia or ATI graphics cards, including Nvidia's SLI. Both Nvidia and ATI options were available with liquid cooling; the Blackbird 002 features flexible RAID capabilities, with five hard drive bays. The system featured two multi-drives, with a single bay for a Blu-ray and HD DVD-ROM.

There were three basic cooling configurations: fan cooled, CPU liquid cooled, both CPU and GPU liquid cooled. The system's wedge-shaped aluminum chassis and cast aluminum foot was capable of supporting up to 600 lbs; the wedge-shaped design and fins that lined the top and front of the chassis acted as a heat sink. The cast aluminum foot allowed airflow to pass under the HP Blackbird 002, for more efficient cooling to the 1.1 kW power supply seated at the base of the chassis. The HP Blackbird 002 used liquid cooling to draw heat away from the CPU, GPUs, it was designed with three thermal chambers that isolated key heat sources, designed to ensuring that cool air reached the main heat-generating components. All of the internal components of the HP Blackbird 002 can be removed and installed without tools via a removable side panel which allows quick and easy access to the interior of the system. C-NET Editors choice PC Magazine gave it a 5/5 Computer Shopper gave it 8.5 out of 10 Wired Magazine gave it "Best of Test" Maximum PC gave it 7 out of 10 CPU Magazine gave it 4 out of 5

John P. Grace Memorial Bridge

This article is about the original bridge, demolished. For the bridge, demolished along with it, see Silas N. Pearman Bridge. For the current bridge, see Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge; the John P. Grace Memorial Bridge, or the Cooper River Bridge as it was familiarly known, was a cantilever bridge that crossed the Cooper River in Charleston, South Carolina, it was built by the Cooper River Bridge Company. Shortridge Hardesty of Waddell & Hardesty, New York City designed the bridge; the Silas N. Pearman Bridge was opened beside it in 1966 to relieve traffic, they were both replaced by the Arthur Jr.. Bridge in 2005. A group of businessmen, led by Harry F. Barkerding and Charles R. Allen, announced their plans to get a charter from the state to construct a steel bridge across the Cooper River in June 1926; the group formed the Cooper River Bridge, Inc. on June 7, 1926, with Ashmead F. Pringle as the first president. On June 8, 1926, the state issued a charter to the new company to "buy, lease, build or otherwise acquire bridges across streams both intrastate and interstate, together with rights of way and right to construct and own and operate the same, to charge tolls for passage across and enter upon such bridges, etc."The ribbon was cut on August 8, 1929, at 1:12 p.m. by Col. James Armstrong, between 30,000 and 50,000 people crossed the bridge during its first day.

The bridge was owned by Inc. a private company. President of the company was former mayor of Charleston; the bridge was built by a consortium of four construction firms. Construction lasted seventeen months, the final cost of the bridge was six million dollars, to be financed by a 50-cent toll; the bridge had two 10 ft lanes. In 1946 the state bought the bridge from Inc. and the 50-cent toll was removed. The same year a freighter rammed the bridge ripping down a 240-foot section of it. Widening occurred in 1959 for a breakdown lane. Construction on the parallel Silas N. Pearman Bridge – intended to alleviate load limits on the Grace bridge – was completed in 1966. In 1979, a 3rd lane was added to the Grace bridge at the Charleston approach. By 1979, the bridge became functionally obsolete and there were many plans to replace the bridge, but not enough money. In 1995 the Grace bridge scored only a 4 out an F, in safety. Arthur Ravenel Jr. ran for SC Senate as a way to solve the problem. He planned for an eight-lane bridge to replace the Grace/Pearman spans of US 17.

Construction started in 2001 and the new bridge opened in July 2005, at which point the Grace Bridge closed to traffic. After a "Burn The Bridges" run and a parade of 1929-era cars over the empty deck, demolition of the Grace Bridge began in August 2005. There had been a movement to try to sell the bridge or to place it on the National Register of Historic Places so that, after removal, it could be reassembled elsewhere, but most of the steel and concrete was either recycled or dropped into the ocean to start artificial fishing reefs; the demolition of the Grace Bridge took 2 years and required closing the shipping lane for half a day as the main span was cut from the cantilever sections and lowered onto a barge below. The shipping lane was closed from 8 am until 4 pm for the lowering of the Grace section; the contractor had 2 1/2 years to remove roads. Frank Starmer and Sparky Witte documented the progress over that time in a book titled "End of an Era". Transport portal Engineering portal Jason.

The Great Cooper River Bridge. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press. ISBN 1-57003-470-2. Grace Memorial Bridge at Structurae Unbuilding the Grace and Pearman Bridges A series of photo essays documenting the entire demolition process by Frank Starmer and Sparky Witte Photographic Record of the Cooper River Bridge at the Charleston Archive at Charleston County Public Library