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MLB Advanced Media

MLB Advanced Media is a limited partnership of the club owners of Major League Baseball based in New York City and is the Internet and interactive branch of the league. Robert Bowman, former president and CEO of MLBAM, indicated in May 2012 that MLBAM generates around $620 million a year in revenue. Forbes went as far as calling the company "the Biggest Media Company You've Never Heard Of"; the company operates the official web site for the league and the thirty Major League Baseball club web sites via MLB.com, which draws four million hits per day. The site offers news, standings and schedules, subscribers have access to live audio and video broadcasts of most games; the company employs reporters, with one assigned to each team for the season and others serving more general beats. MLB Advanced Media owns and operates BaseballChannel.tv and MLB Radio. MLBAM runs and/or owns the official web sites of Minor League Baseball, YES Network, SportsNet New York, it has provided the backend infrastructure for WWE Network, WatchESPN, ESPN3, HBO Now, PGA Tour Live.

MLBAM as of January 2018 is involved with video game development and publication, they own the IP of the R. B. I. Baseball franchise and had produced and published R. B. I. Baseball 14, 15, 16 and 17 and developed and published R. B. I. Baseball 18, as a result, the MLB is the only major sports league, producing its own video game. Major League Baseball Advanced Media was formed in 2000 by Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig to consolidate online rights and ticket sales for Major League Baseball teams. MLBAM was to be capitalized with $120 million with $1 million per team contributed each year for four years; the company hired an outside consulting firm to build its websites which failed to work properly, which lead them to develop their own tech. In 2002, the attempt to run a streaming package around Japanese player Ichiro Suzuki of the Mariners to little success. With these failures, MLB Advance Media used its ticket rights to get an advance from Ticketmaster in mid 2002. MLBAM used its $10 million advance from Ticketmaster to make another run at video.

A Texas Rangers - New York Yankees game was produced and broadcast online on August 26, 2002. The company continued to tweak online broadcasting. A nine-game pennant race package was sold two week followed by a $19.95 postseason package. Concurrently with 2003 spring training, MLB.tv was launched at $79.95 for a full season package, which garnered 100,000 subscribers. Those revenues halted the need for additional capital from the teams, taking only $77 million of the original planned $120 million. In 2005, MLBAM bought ticket sales company Tickets.com in a deal worth $66 million. MLBAM indicated at the time that the move was spurred by increased attendance at both the major and minor league levels of the sport and the need to make ticket purchases convenient for fans. In 2007, MLBAM signed a five-year deal with StubHub. In April 2008, MLBAM signed with Yahoo for ad sales for three years; the company replaced Yahoo with Auditude in a multi-year deal in April 2011. On February 20, 2014, Sports Illustrated announced the formation of 120 Sports, a streaming sports video service, with financial backing from MLBAM, the NHL, Silver Chalice.2K announced that it would not exercise its license to publish a 2015 MLB video game for the Xbox.

Thus MLBAM developed a game from scratch in half years with only a dozen programmers. The game however was poorly received by the critics. In February 2015, it was reported that MLBAM was planning to spin off its streaming technology division as an independent company, with investments by MLB and other minority partners. MLB-specific properties would remain under league control; the formation of the spin-out, known as BAMTech, was approved by the company's board of directors on August 13, 2015. On August 4, 2015, the National Hockey League announced a six-year deal with MLBAM for it to take over its digital properties, including its websites, mobile apps and distribution of its digital streaming service NHL GameCenter Live, migrating NHL Network to the facilities of MLB Network; the deal is worth $600 million over the life of the contract, granted the NHL an equity stake of up to 10% in BAMTech. As of January 2018, MLBAM has a video game development team of 30+ employees who are working on R.

B. I Baseball 18, the R. B. I Baseball franchise was revived by MLBAM in 2014. With R. B. I Baseball 14, 15, 16, 17, MLBAM had outsourced development to several external development studios and had a small group dedicated to overseeing production and managing publishing duties, that had all changed with R. B. I Baseball 18. R. B. I Baseball is a unique product due to the fact that this is "the only instance of a professional sports league producing its own console video game," MLBAM is now a video game developer and publisher as a result. In 2017, the company's chief executive, Robert Bowman, was forced out after allegations related to his workplace conduct; the most successful venture to date for MLBAM is the At Bat app for the iPhone and iPad, downloadable from the iTunes store and available as an Android app on Google Play. In April 2012, MLBAM announced that the MLB.com At Bat 12 application surpassed the three million download mark, achieving the milestone only eight days into the 2012 MLB regular season and more than four months earlier than its record-setting 2011 campaign.

MLBAM CEO Robert Bowman had this to say about MLBAM in an article entitled "What did you learn in 2012 that you will carry

Rodney Ledward

Rodney Spencer Ledward was an English obstretician and gynaecologist. He was accused of injuring women under his care. In 1998 he was struck off the medical register after being found guilty by the General Medical Council for serious professional misconduct relating to 13 botched operations at William Harvey Hospital in Ashford and the private St Saviour's Hospital in Hythe between 1989 and 1996. R. S. Ledward died in 2000 from pancreatic cancer. Rodney Spencer Ledward was born in Staffordshire, he first trained as a pharmaceutical chemist at the University of Manchester. He became a surgeon who specialized in obstetrics and gynecology, he became an acclaimed senior NHS consultant obstetrician and Gynaecologist at the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford, Kent in 1980, practiced at multiple private hospitals in the South East of England. In 1983 he married the Hon. Lady Jane Annabelle Howard, the daughter of the 12th Earl of Carlisle, they had one child together. R. S. Ledward BSc, MR Pharm. Soc. MB,ChB, DA, DM, LRCP, MRCS, MRSH, FRCS, FRCOG, DHMSA studied medicine at University of Liverpool and obtained a doctorate from the University of Nottingham.

In addition to his clinical career he was academically active. He served as a visiting faculty member at Rutgers University and was appointed as an honorary senior teaching fellow at the Royal London Hospital Medical College which became integrated in the Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, he published articles and textbooks around pharmacotherapy in obstetrics. He was involved in the training of medical students, house officers and registrars in the UK and served as supervisor in the training of Belgian medical students rotating at the William Harvey Hospital. After being struck off the medical registrar the pharmaceutical society struck him off as a pharmacist, he retreated to his stud farm in Cork, Ireland. Https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2000/jun/09/sarahboseley https://api.parliament.uk/historic-hansard/commons/1998/dec/10/mr-rodney-ledward Harley, Mike. "Was Rodney Ledward a statistical outlier? Retrospective analysis using routine hospital data to identify gynaecologists' performance".

BMJ. 330: 929. Doi:10.1136/bmj.38377.675440.8F. PMC 556335. PMID 15833750. Http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/782601.stm https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/doctor-heal-thyself-1176139.html https://www.independent.co.uk/news/surgeon-once-did-seven-hysterectomies-in-four-hours-1185389.html Birchard, Karen. "More rebukes for UK gynaecologist". The Lancet. 355: 2144. Doi:10.1016/S0140-673672778-1. PMID 10902639

Exupérien Mas

Exupérien Mas, F. S. C. was a French member of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. He was spiritual guide and social activist; the cause for his canonization has been accepted by the Holy See and is being studied. He was born Adrien Mas in Hérault, France. At the age of 10 he was enrolled in a boarding school in Beziers run by the Brothers of the Christian Schools, became an outstanding student at the school, he felt called to follow their way of life and, despite the opposition of his parents, entered the Brothers' novitiate in Toulouse. He received the religious habit on 8 December 1847, at which time he was given the religious name of Brother Exupérien. Following his novitiate year, Brother Mas was sent to teach at his old school. There he was a successful teacher, as well as a spiritual guide to the students, he felt drawn to the Marian spirituality spreading through France, from which he developed a commitment to the spiritual development of the nation. After a time, he was named the Brother Director of the school.

Despite these responsibilities, he gained a reputation among both the Brothers and the students of being a saintly man. In January 1859 he was chosen as a Councilor to the Superior General of the Institute, for which he was transferred to the motherhouse in Paris, he was appointed as Director of Formation for the Institute and Master of novices. During this, his last post which lasted 32 years, he accomplished remarkable apostolic work among his fellow members of the Institute, he established the practice of a monthly spiritual retreat, intended to revive the spiritual life of the Brothers on a regular basis, at Notre-Dame des Retraites, a center he established in the Parisian suburb of Athis-Mons. He introduced the nine-month long second novitiate, as a form of sabbatical, he founded the St. Benedict Labre Association with the aim of leading young men to live an authentic Christian life, who would meet there. During the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, the novitiate was closed and Mas was appointed to direct an ambulance corps assigned to the care of the Brothers.

He himself helped those beyond help to die peacefully. During the revolt of the Paris Commune after that war, he and his Brothers were imprisoned in the Mazas Prison, he was the one. Upon their release he re-opened the novitiate. Mas was elected the Assistant Superior General in 1873; when the French government expelled all members of religious institutes from French public schools in 1880, his commitment to education was so great that he led the establishment of many religious schools, which were run free of charge. Mas helped to found and guided the first Trade Union of Employees of Industry and Commerce, in order to safeguard the material and spiritual interests of its members; this organization became the French Confederation of Christian Workers. In October 1903 Mas was involved in a traffic accident. Soon after this, on 7 July 1904, the French government passed an anti-clerical law suppressing all teaching Orders in France, he worked to salvage the work of the Brothers as best. A second traffic accident in October 1904 again left Mas badly injured.

He died in the infirmary of the motherhouse the following January. At the Brothers' request, the cause for Mas' beatification was begun in the 1950s by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Paris and soon received the approval of the Holy See; the decree on the validity of the process was promulgated on April 6, 1979. Pope John Paul II approved a decree declaring his virtues to be of a heroic level on 3 March 1990, thereby granting him the title of Venerable. Buried at the Brothers' cemetery in Paris, his remains were transferred on 11 June 1949 to the chapel of the retreat center he had established in Athis-Mons

Susan Nakazwe

Susan Nakazwe is the former Mayor of Lusaka, Zambia. She was expelled from her position after meeting with the President of China, Hu Jintao, despite being under party instructions not to, she subsequently left the Patriotic Front party, joined the Movement for Multi-Party Democracy party. Susan Nakazwe was named Mayor of Lusaka, the capital city of Zambia, in October 2006 while representing the Patriotic Front party, she won the poll of the members of the municipality by 31 votes to seven. This made her the second women to be the Mayor of the city, while Steven Chilatu was named as her deputy, she dissolved the Movement for Multi-Party Democracy party dominated board at the City Market, replaced it with one led by members of the PF following accusations by her party leader who considered it "corrupt". In March 2007, she and city councillor Boniface Musondamwaume was suspended from the PF after she was among Zambian officials who greeted President of China, Hu Jintao, at the airport when he arrived for a visit in February 2007.

Nakazwe had been told by party officials to avoid any contact with Jintao, as the PF was boycotting him due to their stance against Chinese interventions in Zambia and because the president of the party had not been invited to attend. In response, she joined the MMPD; this led to accusations that the MMPD had been seeking her defection all along, as three serving Zambian Mayors had been among those who had defected from the PF to the MMPD over a recent period. Lusaka City Council

Group A Sports Cars

Group A Sports Cars is an Australian motor racing category that CAMS formulated for sports car racing in Australia. Introduced in 1964, it continues today under the name Group 2A Sports Cars. On introduction in 1964, Group A catered only for closed sports racing cars with their open top counterparts continuing under existing CAMS Appendix C Sports Car regulations. For 1965, the Appendix C Sports Cars category was discontinued with Group A now catering for both open and closed sports cars. Vehicles were required to have two seats, two doors, an electrical system with operable lights and starter. Although the rules required that cars be capable of being registered for road use, the category was not intended for production based cars, which were accommodated by two other newly introduced CAMS categories, Group B Improved Production Sports Cars and Group D Series Production Sports Cars. Mechanical elements under Group A were unrestricted however CAMS announced the introduction of a 5-litre engine capacity limit during 1966.

Group A cars contested Australia’s premier sports car event, the Australian Tourist Trophy, each year from 1965 to 1968 and were granted their own national series in 1969 with the introduction of the Australian Sports Car Championship. When this title was moved across to Group D Production Sports Cars in 1976, Group A cars would again contest the annual Australian Tourist Trophy although this title was discontinued for a second time after 1979; the Australian Sports Car Championship was once more opened up to Group A Sports Cars in 1982 and they would contest that title until its final running in 1988. The Group A Sports Cars became known as Group 2A Sports Cars in 1988 and is still listed by CAMS as a current Australian motor sport category; the rules have remained the same as those for Group A in 1965. However the category no longer enjoys the profile it once had in Australian motor sport, applies today for historic motor racing with state championship appearances being rare. Group 2C Sports Cars known as Supersports is now the highest profile Sports Car category in Australia.

Some of the Group A Sports Cars that were designed and built in Australia include various, Rennmax's and Kaditcha's, the Elfin ME5 and MS7, the Matich SR3 and SR4, Bap Romano's Romano WE84 Cosworth and Bernie Van Elsen's Chevrolet V8 powered Veskanda C1 driven by John Bowe. These were joined by at times various by famous international marques including Lola, Lotus, McLaren, Alfa Romeo and Porsche

New York Society Library

The New York Society Library is the oldest cultural institution in New York City. It was founded in 1754 by the New York Society as a subscription library. During the time when New York was the capital of the United States, it was the de facto Library of Congress; until the establishment of the New York Public Library in 1895, it functioned as the city's library as well. It has been patronized by a wide variety of literary and political figures, from George Washington to Wendy Wasserstein, its special collections include books from the libraries of Lorenzo Da Ponte. Since 1937, the library has been housed in the former John S. Rogers Mansion at 53 East 79th Street on Manhattan's Upper East Side, the fifth location in its history; the stone Renaissance Revival building was one of the earliest recognized as a New York City landmark in 1967, it was further listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983 in recognition of both its architecture and the library's historic role in the city.

The library's collection of 300,000 volumes includes audio recordings and periodicals, as well as books on a broad range of subjects. It is open for research by the general public; the library is a non-profit organization supported by its membership fees and endowment. Six residents of New York City, located on what is now Lower Manhattan, formed the New York Society in 1754. At the time, the city did not have a library, the New York Society believed that such an institution would be useful to the community, they convinced Colonial Governor James DeLancey to let them use a room in the original City Hall, at Wall and Broad streets, for that purpose. In 1772, the Society received a charter from King George III. During the Revolutionary War, New York was occupied by the British Army; the library's small collection suffered from extensive looting. Soldiers sold the books for rum. After independence was achieved in 1789, the New York State Legislature recognized the library's charter. During that time, Congress was meeting in New York City pending the establishment of Washington, D.

C. as the permanent national capital. It was during this time that the NYSL moved from City Hall to Federal Hall, where in 1784 Congress met to deliberate writing the Constitution; the NYSL served as the first Library of Congress for two years, its records show borrowings by George Washington, John Adams and Alexander Hamilton, among other early American notables from that time. Washington is believed to have failed to return two books due in 1789. After Congress moved out, the library built its collection back up again to 5,000 volumes and moved to its own building on Nassau Street, it continued to grow in membership and volumes, remaining there through 1840, when it joined the New York Atheneum at Leonard Street and Broadway. Among the visitors recorded at that location were Henry David Thoreau and John James Audubon. Edgar Allan Poe and Ralph Waldo Emerson lectured at the library. Like other subscription libraries at the time, members paid a membership fee to access the collection. A board of trustees was elected which hired the librarians, chose materials for the collection and drafted and enforced regulations about library use.

The nature of the collection represented the ideals of the library and contained works of a great variety. Although Christian theological texts were included, so was the Koran and books on Catholic saints and popes. There were a variety of natural philosophy texts alongside works by Shakespeare. Resources were available for a variety of vocational purposes, including manuals for merchants and farmers. By 1856, the collection had reached 35,000 and it was once again time for the library to move. A larger building for its exclusive use was erected at 109 University Place, reflecting the city's continuing northerly expansion. Herman Melville and Willa Cather were among the visitors to that location, it had a double-height central reading shelf space for 100,000 books. This building would serve the NYSL for 81 years. In 1937, with the collection having grown to 150,000 volumes, the library moved to its present location at 53 East 79th Street, on the Upper East Side between Madison and Park avenues.

It was thanks to a generous donation from the Goodhue family that enabled the purchase of the building, a mansion built just 20 years earlier. Notable patrons at the present location have ranged from W. H. Auden and Lillian Hellman in the early years to David Halberstam and Wendy Wasserstein more recently. Trowbridge & Livingston designed the house at 53 East 79th Street for the John S. Rogers family in 1917, in the firm's years. Most of their buildings in the city were commercial, such as the B. Altman and Company Building and the St. Regis Hotel on Fifth Avenue, the east wing of the American Museum of Natural History; the John S. Rogers House is considered a prime example of their residential work; the library is housed in a three-bay building faced in limestone. The main entrance at street level, behind a long awning, is flanked by two Doric pilasters supporting a horizontal lintel, set in rusticated stone. Above that story is a full-width balustrade. On the upper stories the stone is laid in an ashlar pattern with quoins at the corners.

The second story windows are double glass doors topped with carved bracketed pediments. Belt courses at sill level divide the stories. Above the fifth story the roofline is marked by a cornice topped by another balustrade. Behind it is a small ter