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Joey Dunlop

William Joseph Dunlop was a Northern Irish motorcyclist from Ballymoney. In 2016 he was voted through Motorcycle News as the 5th greatest motorcycling icon behind Valentino Rossi, his achievements include three hat-tricks at the Isle of Man TT meeting, where he won a record 26 races in total. Dunlop's name is amongst the most revered by fans of motorcycle racing; this iconic stature, coupled to Dunlop's somewhat shy and unassuming persona, has led to him being seen as a true working class hero. Such attributes endeared him to fans of motorcycling across the world. During his career he won the Ulster Grand Prix 24 times. In 1986, he won a fifth consecutive TT Formula One world title, he was awarded the MBE in 1986 for his services to the sport, in 1996 he was awarded the OBE for his humanitarian work for children in Romanian orphanages, to which he had delivered clothing and food. Dunlop has featured in documentary films regarding his career: V Four Victory, Joey – The Man Who Conquered the TT and Road.

Dunlop helped orphans in the Balkans, driving a van loaded with supplies to orphanages in Romania and Bosnia-Herzegovina before the annual racing season began. In 1996, he received an OBE for his humanitarian work. After Dunlop's death, the Joey Dunlop Foundation was initiated, a charity that provides appropriate accommodation for disabled visitors to the Isle of Man. On 30 January 2015, Dunlop was voted Northern Ireland's greatest sports star by readers of the Belfast Telegraph newspaper. On the night of 23 May 1985, Dunlop was travelling from Northern Ireland to the Isle of Man for the annual TT races by sea, aboard the Tornamona, a former fishing boat; the vessel had departed from Strangford, County Down with Dunlop, other riders and equipment aboard. Strong currents into Strangford Lough pushed the Tornamona onto St Patrick’s Rock where her rudder broke off in a crevice; the boat sank and all 13 passengers and crew were rescued by the Portaferry Lifeboat. The bikes were recovered by divers.

Dunlop died in Tallinn, Estonia, in 2000 while leading a 125cc race on Pirita-Kose-Kloostrimetsa Circuit. He appeared to lose control of his bike in the wet conditions and was killed on impact with trees; as a mark of respect, the Estonian government's official website was replaced with a tribute to Dunlop within hours of his death. Northern Ireland television carried live coverage of his funeral. Fifty thousand mourners, including bikers from all parts of Britain and Ireland and people from all backgrounds in Northern Ireland, attended the funeral procession to Garryduff Presbyterian church and his burial in the adjoining graveyard; the most successful overall rider at the annual TT races is awarded the "Joey Dunlop Cup". A memorial statue was erected in his home town of Ballymoney. On the Isle of Man, a statue of Dunlop astride a Honda overlooks the Bungalow Bend at Snaefell and the 26th Milestone area of the TT course was named "Joey's". Irish publishers The O'Brien Press produced a full-colour pictorial tribute to Dunlop following his death.

Northern Ireland band Therapy? recorded a song in memory of Dunlop, called Joey. Dunlop was anti-sectarian. Both Catholics and Protestants supported him. Superstitious, he always wore a red T-shirt and a yellow crash helmet. Robert Dunlop, Joey Dunlop's younger brother who died after a practice crash at the 2008 North West 200. William Dunlop, Joey Dunlop's nephew and Robert's son, who died after a practice crash at the 2018 Skerries 100. Michael Dunlop, Joey Dunlop's nephew, Robert's son and William's brother. List of people on stamps of Ireland The official Joey Dunlop website Joey Dunlop Foundation Tribute page on the TT website University of Ulster news release Billd's Joey stamps on Flickr North West 200 Official Website MFV Tornamona at Irish Wrecks Online

Rory Thompson

Rory Thompson is an Australian rules footballer who plays for the Gold Coast Football Club in the Australian Football League. He was one of the club's Zone Selections, played in the Gold Coast's first season, in 2011. Thompson is the son of Southport Sharks hall-of-famer and dual premiership player Brett Thompson, he played rugby league for the Parkwood Sharks before switching to his father's old club to begin junior football. Thompson attended Helensvale State High School during his junior football and upon graduation was signed by the Gold Coast Football Club to compete in the TAC Cup in 2009. Following Thompson's announcement of signing with the Gold Coast, it was revealed the Brisbane Lions had a strong interest in the local junior and intended to draft him at the 2008 AFL Draft had he elected. Thompson was one of only four players from the Gold Coast region drafted into the inaugural Gold Coast Suns squad, the others being Marc Lock, Jack Stanlake and Joel Wilkinson. Thompson made his AFL debut in Round 16 of the 2011 AFL season in a 70-point loss to the Sydney Swans at home.

After a breakout 2013 season, Thompson was selected at full-back in the AFL Players' inaugural 22under22 team. In 2014, Thompson kept Sydney Swans full-forward Kurt Tippett goal-less in the Suns' 35-point loss in their round 12 match. Rory Thompson's profile on the official website of the Gold Coast Football Club Rory Thompson's playing statistics from AFL Tables

Video Hits Volume I

Video Hits Volume I is a collection of various Van Halen video hits. The DVD version has the same videos as the VHS but includes the video for "Without You"; some songs are not the unedited/album versions. Quite a few of the group's earliest videos are absent as well, such as "Runnin' with the Devil", "You Really Got Me" and " Pretty Woman". "Jump" "Panama" "Hot for Teacher" "When It's Love" "Finish What Ya Started" "Poundcake" "Runaround" "Right Now" "Dreams" "Don't Tell Me" "Can't Stop Lovin' You" "Not Enough" "Humans Being" "Without You" "Runnin' with the Devil" "You Really Got Me" "Jamie's Cryin'" "Dance the Night Away" "You're No Good" "Bottoms Up" "Loss of Control" "Unchained" "So This Is Love?" "Hear About It Later" " Pretty Woman" "Dreams" "Why Can't This Be Love" "Feels So Good" "Top of the World" "Amsterdam" "Crossing Over" "Fire in the Hole" "Once" "Rise" "Catherine"


Mavenir is a cloud-native software company to the communications service provider market, headquartered in Richardson, Texas, US. The company has a complex corporate history as a result of repeated acquisition and spin off, but in its current incarnation has a USD500 million turnover, 3,300 employees and over 250 telecoms service provider customers. Mavenir has an extensive portfolio of solutions gained from multiple acquisitions and mergers, which it divides into four main areas: Access and Edge solutions - which includes support for Private Networks, Multi-access Edge Computing, Radio/Access, Virtualized RAN, 5G NR, Virtualized Media Breakout Controller Advanced Services - which include a fraud and security suite, enterprise solutions, monetisation solutions, multi-ID and preintegrated services Core Solutions - include Cloud Native IMS, Messaging Evolution/RCS, Packet Core and Voice Evolution Platforms - which include Webscale/NFV, Messaging-as-a-Platform, Digital Enablement Platform, The company says it has 250+ operator customers in 140 countries, including 17 of the top 20 largest operators.

Known examples include: 2012 - MetroPCS - VoLTE solution to support what was claimed to be a world's first 2012 - DTAG/Vodafone - VoLTE solution 2014 - T-Hrvatski Telekom - IMS HSS-FE 2015 - T-Mobile USA - RCS 2019 - Telefonica Argentina - Signalling Firewall 2019 - Vodafone - Open RAN 2020 - T-Mobile Czech Republic and Slovak Telekom 2020 - O2 virtualised IMS Mavenir has a complex corporate history. It comprises pieces of Comverse, Inc. and Acision, the combination of, known as Xura between 2015 and 2017. As well as an earlier company, called Mavenir Systems; this company was acquired by Mitel Networks Corporation before becoming part of the new Mavenir. Mavenir Systems had grown through acquisition, the new Mavenir has continued to acquire technology subsequently. 2005: Mavenir Systems founded 2008: Mavenir Systems completes round of funding for $17.5 million 2010: Mavenir Systems completes a round of funding round for $13.5 million backed by Alloy Ventures, Austin Ventures and North Bridge Venture Partners 2011: Mavenir Systems completes round of funding for $40 million backed by August Capital and including existing investors Alloy Ventures, Austin Ventures, North Bridge Venture Partners and Greenspring Associates 2011: Mavenir Systems acquired Airwide Solutions, a messaging specialist for $40 million 2013: Mavenir Systems IPO under ticker MVNR, raising $44.5 million 2014: acquired security gateway vendor Stoke for $2.9 million plus $1.9 million of debt 2015: acquired signalling vendor Ulticom for $20 million 2015: acquired by Mitel for $560 million 2016: rebranded by Mitel to Mitel Mobile sold to Xura 2016: Ranzure raises $13 million in Series A funding 2016: Xura acquired Ranzure 2017: Siris merges Xura and Mitel Mobile and rebrands as Mavenir 2017: Brocade vEPCc acquisition 2018: acquired Aquto 2018: acquired Argyle Data On November 19, 1997, Comverse Inc. was incorporated as part of the larger Comverse Technology.

Between August 2012 and February 4, 2013, a series of transactions were announced that would end Comverse Technology as a functioning entity, by making Comverse Network Systems an independent company once again, allowing Verint Systems to buy back Comverse Technology's majority stake in it, selling off other subsidiaries. These transactions represented the effective liquidation of the Comverse Technology holding entity and the emergence of Comverse Inc. as a independent company. At this time Comverse had 3,000 employees, its headquarters were in Wakefield, Massachusetts, US. Its products and solutions included traditional VAS, Digital Services from the Cloud, Unified Communications, the Evolved Communication Suite. In June 2015, Comverse divested its BSS business to Amdocs, and in August 2015 Comverse announced it had completed the previously-announced acquisition of Acision, a privately-held secure mobile messaging and engagement services firm. The newly-merged Comverse and Acision rebranded as Xura Inc. on 9 September 2015.

The name'Xura' was adapted from the word'Aura'. Philippe Tartavull became CEO of Xura; the company had two core product sets: Converged Communications. The company traded under the stock symbol MESG on the NASDAQ exchange; the company had enterprises customers across 100 countries. On May 23, 2016, Xura announced it would be acquired by affiliates of Siris Capital Group for $25.00 per share in an all-cash deal. This valued the company at $643 million; the transaction closed on August 19, 2016, taking Xura Inc. from a public company to a privately-owned company of affiliates of Siris Capital Group, LLC. Hubert de Pesquidoux, a Siris Capital Executive Partner, became Xura’s new Executive Chairman. On December 19, 2016, affiliates of Xura agreed to acquire Mitel Mobility, a division of Mitel Networks Corporation for $385 million, Ranzure Networks Inc. for an undisclosed sum. Xura announced when the transactions were complete, the newly merged company would be rebranded as Mavenir Systems Inc. just known as Mavenir.

Part of the motivation for this series of corporate moves was that the acquisition of the original Mavenir Systems had not gone well for Mitel. The company has continued to acquire technology - most via its acquisitions of Aquto and Argyle Data. 2019 - Global Mobile Award for'Best Mobile Innovation for Emerging Markets

Gene Weingarten

Gene Norman Weingarten is an American syndicated humor columnist at The Washington Post. He is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, is the only person to win the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing twice. Weingarten is known for both his humorous work. Weingarten's column, "Below the Beltway," is published weekly in The Washington Post magazine and syndicated nationally by The Washington Post Writers Group, which syndicates Barney & Clyde, a comic strip he co-authors with his son, Dan Weingarten, with illustrations by David Clark. Gene Norman Weingarten was born on October 1951, in New York City, he grew up in the southwest Bronx, the son of an accountant who worked as an Internal Revenue Service agent and a schoolteacher. In 1968, Weingarten graduated from The Bronx High School of Science and attended New York University, where he started as a pre-med student but ended up majoring in psychology, he was editor of The Heights Daily News. Weingarten left college three credits short of a degree. In 1972, while still in college, Weingarten's story about gangs in the South Bronx was published as a cover story in New York Magazine.

Weingarten's first newspaper job was with the Albany, New York, Knickerbocker News, an afternoon daily. In 1977, he went to work at the Detroit Free Press. Weingarten moved back to New York City to work at The National Law Journal. From 1981 to 1990, Weingarten was editor of Tropic. In 1984, he hired Dave Barry. Tropic won two Pulitzer Prizes, including Barry's, during Weingarten's tenure.. In 1984 he created the Herald Hunt, along with Barry and his current editor at the Washington Post, Tom Shroder, whom he refers to in his online chats as "Tom the Butcher". In 1990, Weingarten was hired by The Washington Post. Weingarten writes "Below the Beltway," a weekly humor column for The Washington Post, nationally syndicated. Illustrator Eric Shansby contributes drawings to the column, a long-term collaboration over 10 years. Weingarten created and, until 2003, edited The Style Invitational humor contest for The Washington Post; as part of the contest, he hid his connection to the Invitational, using the pseudonym "The Czar."

However, Weingarten admitted responsibility in 1999, writing, "I run a reader-participation contest every Sunday in The Post. It is called The Style Invitational." He claimed credit again in 2001. In 2005, one of Weingarten's in-house critiques was leaked online, where he said The Post was suffering a failure of imagination. Selected passages were re-posted on his column. Weingarten hosts a popular Washington Post online chat called "Chatological Humor," known as "Tuesdays with Moron." Common topics in his online chat include the art of comic strips, analysis of humor, philosophy and gender differences. Many of his columns addressing gender differences have been written in a he-said, she-said style in collaboration with humorist Gina Barreca, his co-author for I'm with Stupid, it was during one of these chats he coined the phrase "Marrying Irving." Weingarten writes that humor quality is objective, not subjective, claims to be the final arbiter on the subject. Since beginning publication of the Barney & Clyde strip on June 10, 2010, he has reduced comic strip discussion in the chat, believing it to be a conflict of interest.

However, he will still answer questions posed by other contributors to the chat. In 2007, for one of his "Below the Beltway" columns, he humorously enhanced his Wikipedia entry until he was caught and the edits reverted. In his live online chat on June 22, 2009, Weingarten disclosed that he had accepted a buyout offer from The Washington Post, which meant he was retiring as a longer-form feature writer; the frequency of his online chat was reduced from weekly to monthly, although he provides weekly updates. His column will continue under a contract with The Post but he will no longer contribute feature-length articles; as of 2011, he was semi-retired from the paper, working on other projects. Weingarten is a self-acknowledged hypochondriac, he was diagnosed with what was a near-fatal infection of Hepatitis C, which led to the publication his first book, 1998's The Hypochondriac's Guide To Life. And Death. Weingarten cowrote a series of humor columns in The Washington Post with feminist writer Gina Barreca about the differences between men and women.

These became the basis of the 2004 book she and Weingarten collaborated on called I'm with Stupid: One Man. One Woman. 10,000 Years Of Misunderstandings Between The Sexes Cleared Right Up. The two wrote on the phone without having met in person, they met for the first time while doing publicity for the book. The book is illustrated by cartoonist Richard Thompson. In fall of 2008, Weingarten published Old Dogs: Are the Best Dogs in collaboration with photographer Michael S. Williamson. Together they profiled and photographed 63 dogs between the ages of 10 and 17 years old over the course of two and a half years. In response to the inevitable question of which dogs remained alive, Weingarten has asserted that the answer will always be "all of them." Weingarten's inspiration for Old Dogs came shortly after the death of his dog, Harry S Truman, featured in the book. In June 2010, Weingarten and his son Dan began publishing the syndicated comic strip Barney & Clyde, illustrated by David Clark; the comic is about the friendship between billionaire, J. Barnard Pillsbury, a homeless man named Clyde Finster.

The comic took over five years to develop, with the Miami Herald, The Washington Post, the Chi

Dapa Poblacion

Dapa Poblacion is the port area and poblacion of the municipality of Dapa, Surigao del Norte, in the Philippines. It is located in the southwest area of Siargao Island. There is no political entity for Dapa Poblacion. Instead, the area is constituted of thirteen barangays. A barangay is the lowest political entity in Filipino society. In some cases, barangays are towns; the National Statistical Coordination Board, an agency of the Philippine government, lists three urban barangays and nine rural barangays of the municipality of Dapa that are where the poblacion is located. These are Barangays 1 through 13, their total population, was 9,162 persons. The population of the entire municipality was 22,184 people. To surfers, Dapa is an important stop on their way to the surfing areas around Cloud Nine and General Luna. A number of tourists pass through Dapa to visit swimming areas and to participate in deep-sea fishing; this said, Siargao Island is not a trussed up tourist spot. Little has been done to accommodate tourists, as most surfers are used to making do with little available.

Dapa and the Siargao Island Airport are the only entry points to reach the surfing and deep-sea fishing areas. As the ticket fees for flying are rather steep, most people reach the island through Dapa. A ferry comes from Surigao City, on the northeastern tip of Mindanao, twice a day, landing at the port at Dapa; the return ferry leaves Dapa twice a day. In the 1800s, when the Philippines was still under Spanish rule, Moro pirates raided the coastal villages of Siargao Island, they left behind destruction. Villagers were captured and forced into slavery. Along the south coast of the island, villagers sought refuge in the place, now Dapa; the area was wooded and tall mangrove formations, extending into the coastal waters, protected the area. At the north end of the modern poblacion is a tall hill, where the refugees could see kilometers into the distance. From their vantage point the refugees had time to hide; the refugees lay prone on the ground, called hapa in the native tongue. The name Dapa is a corrupted usage of "hapa."

The new inhabitants of the refugee village adapted the name "Dapa" to remind them of the Moro raids. Thus Dapa became a permanent settlement; the entire population of Dapa is Filipino. There are some foreigners visiting from Europe, Australia and the United States visiting the area en route to the surfing areas around General Luna; the website says. Most of the population speaks most speak Tagalog. Many speak other languages native to the Philippines, such as Visayan. Most people of Dapa are Roman Catholic. A large Catholic church, Santo Nino, is located in the northeastern area of the township. A nondenominational Christian church, the Word of God Church, is located in the business district, to the south of town. Dapa has a number of Moslems. Dapa is a remote area, its economy seems self-sufficient. Electricity is available everywhere and most houses and buildings have electricity. Residences range from primitive to small basic houses built of block and on concrete slabs. A few residences are more substantial.

Few houses are air conditioned. There is no land line telephone service, but many residents and businesses make use of mobile phones. There is cable television and internet service available. At present Dapa is served by a dental clinic and several pharmacies. However, plans are underway to vastly expand the hospital; the central business district starts on the port side on the south and goes about four blocks to the north. It is about six blocks wide. A block north of the ferry landing is the town square a large parking lot, around which various shops are located. Lines of motorized tricycles and jeepneys traveling to other locations on Siargao Island are located along the east and west sides of the square. There are various types of a few bakeries and restaurants. Tiny sari sari stores are located throughout the town. Dapa has two small pension hotels and 1 big pension house available, MNRB Pension House and Mem's Pensionne Hauz and Restaurant. Islandersville pension house has 24 economy roos and 2, 50-person capacity function hall for all occasions.

They offer catering services for all. There is no place in Dapa for persons to exchange foreign currency for Philippine pesos. However, Dapa has two banks in Green Bank and the Bank of Placer. Both are branches of larger banks. Ocean fishing plays a major role in Dapa's economy. Numerous small fishing boats are based in the port area. Islandersville Pension Hauz Espineli MNRB Pension House. Espineli Katikipan Beach Resort. Dapa has various public schools, including San Nicolas School and Siargao Island Institute of Technology, spread in buildings on the north side of Dapa. Transportation within Dapa is done by foot or pedal tricycles known as pedicabs, or motorized tricycles. There are no taxicabs in Dapa. Transportation to other locations on the island is made by jeepney, motorized tricycle or motorcycle. Motorcycles can accommodate several passengers, they are known locally as habal-habal. The main roads in Dapa are decently maintained; some lesser streets are rocked or of dirt. The main road north is well maintained.

The road leading to Giwan and Union (see Giwan, Surigao del Nort