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George Williams (infielder)

George Williams was an American professional baseball second baseman. He played in Major League Baseball for three different teams between the 1964 seasons. Listed at 5 feet 11 inches, 165 pounds, Williams threw right-handed, he was born in Michigan. Williams entered the majors in 1961 with the Philadelphia Phillies, playing for them for one year before joining the Houston Colt.45's in 1962 and the Kansas City Athletics in 1964. In a three season career, Williams was a.230 hitter with 15 runs and five runs batted in in 59 games including seven doubles without any home runs. An 11-season minor league veteran, Williams hit.277 with 71 homers and 430 RBI in 1,143 games for 10 teams from 1958 through 1968. In between, he played for the Leones del Caracas club of the Venezuelan Winter League during the 1966–1967 season. Williams died from lung cancer in his home city of Detroit at the age of 69. Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference Retrosheet Venezuelan Professional Baseball League

Uncle Sam (film)

Uncle Sam is a 1996 American horror comedy film directed by William Lustig, written by Larry Cohen, starring Isaac Hayes. In Kuwait, a military unit uncovers an American helicopter, downed by friendly fire at least three years ago; as the wreckage is inspected, Master Sergeant Sam Harper, one of the burnt bodies within, springs to life and kills a sergeant and a major, returns to an inert state after muttering, "Don't be afraid, it's only friendly fire!" Weeks Sam's body is delivered to his hometown of Twin Rivers, preparing for Independence Day. Sam's wife Louise is given custody of the casket containing Sam's remains, which are left in the home of Sam's estranged sister Sally, who lives with her patriotic young son, Jody. Sam reanimates in the early hours of the Fourth of July, proceeds to kill and steal the costume of a perverted Uncle Sam. Sam makes his way to a cemetery, where he murders two of three juvenile delinquents who had vandalized tombstones, desecrated an American flag. During the Independence Day celebration, in which a corrupt congressman is visiting, Sam beheads the third delinquent, kills Jody's teacher with a hatchet, shoots Sally's unscrupulous lawyer boyfriend in the head.

Despite these deaths, the festivities continue, but are thrown into disarray when Sam uses the fireworks gear to blow up the congressman, a flagpole to impale Louise's deputy boyfriend. As this occurs, Jody is told by his mother and aunt that Sam, his ostensibly heroic idol, was in fact an alcoholic psychopath who physically and sexually abused them, only joined the military so he could get a "free pass" to kill people. Jody is told by Barry, another boy who has established an unexplained mental link with Sam, that the undead Sam is responsible for the deaths. With help from Sam's old mentor Jed, the boys go to Jody's house, where they find the lecherous sergeant, who dropped Sam off and stuffed inside Sam's coffin. Realizing that Sam will go after Louise, the boys and Jed go to her home, where Sam blames Jed, who told him tales of how glorious combat was, for his current state. Jed retorts by yelling, "You never fought for your country! You just killed for the love of killing!" Jed's gun proves ineffective against Sam, so he and Louise go to get Jed's cannon while Jody, who Sam claims is the reason he came back, keeps Sam occupied.

Jody lures Sam outside, Jed blasts him with the cannon, destroying him in flames at Louise's house. The next day, Sally watches as Jody burns all of his war-themed toys after learning the truth about Sam. William Smith as Major David Fralick as Master Sergeant Sam Harper Christopher Ogden as Jody Baker Leslie Neale as Sally Baker Bo Hopkins as Sergeant Twining Matthew Flint as Deputy Phil Burke Anne Tremko as Louise Harper Isaac Hayes as Sergeant Jed Crowley Timothy Bottoms as Donald Crandall Tim Grimm as Ralph P. J. Soles as Madge Cronin Tom McFadden as Mac Cronin Zachary McLemore as Barry Cronin Morgan Paull as Mayor Richard Cummings Jr. as Dan Robert Forster as Congressman Alvin Cummings Frank Pesce as Barker Jason Adelman as Jesse Colbert Laura Alcalde as Park Mother Raquel Alessi as Girl Student Abby Ball as Rick Stanton Barrett as Clete Mark Chadwick as Willie on Stilts Chris Durand as Sergeant Taylor Jones as Boy Student Desirae Klein as Barbeque Girl Jason Lustig as Undertaker Joseph Vitare as Kuwaiti Captain Dread Central called Uncle Sam a "way underrated slasher flick" that "does a fine job of bringing the pain while we celebrate our independence" though it "kind of plods along" and "none of it makes too much sense".

A review by DVD Verdict described the film as "a sluggish, shoddily produced horror/comedy", "a by-the-numbers turd that sports embarrassing child actors, C-level stars slumming for a paycheck and a level of suspense that rivals clipping your toenails in a well lit room". Uncle Sam was derided by The A. V. Club, which wrote "Incoherent as social satire and perfunctory and routine as a horror film, Uncle Sam is every bit as lazy and uninspired as the Maniac Cop films that preceded it". Uncle Sam on IMDb

John Charles Thring

John Charles Thring, known during his life as "Charles Thring" or "J. C. Thring", was an English clergyman and teacher, notable for his contributions to the early history of association football. Thring was born 11 June 1824 in Alford, the fifth son of the rector, Rev. John Gale Dalton Thring and Sarah née Jenkyns, he studied at Winchester College, Shrewsbury School and St John's College, graduating as a Bachelor of Arts in 1847. The next year, he was appointed as an assistant curate to his brother Godfrey Thring at Alford-with-Hornblotton, Somerset, he was ordained deacon in December 1849. From 1855 to 1857, he served as curate in Cirencester from 1857 to 1859 at Overton and Fyfield, Wiltshire, he married Lydia Meredith in May 1858. In 1859, Thring was appointed assistant master of Uppingham School, joining his brother Edward, headmaster there. At the time Thring attended, Shrewsbury School played its own distinctive code of football, of which Thring provided one detail: "the goals at one end of the field were marked on a wall".

A description of the game from 1863 shows it as disallowing all handling of the ball except for catching, using an exceptionally wide goal of 40 feet, with a goal allowed to be scored at any height. No record exists of football matches from Thring's time at Shrewsbury, but he is known to have played on the school cricket team in 1842 and 1843. While at Cambridge, Thring's involvement in football continued. According to N. L. Jackson, in 1846 "two old Shrewsbury boys, Messrs H. de Winton and J. C. Thring, persuaded some Old Etonians to join them and formed a club. Matches were few and far between; the game was not popular at the'Varsity and the club did not last long". According to Thring's own account, written in 1861: n 1846, when an attempt was made to introduce a common game, form a respectable club, at Cambridge, the Rugby game was found to be the great obstacle to the combination of Eton and Shrewsbury men in forming a football club; this was among the first of several known attempts to formulate a set of "compromise" rules of football at Cambridge between alumni of different schools.

In his History of the Football Association, Geoffrey Green describes it as "the first positive step to create an identity of views and a common code of laws acceptable to as many as possible", laments the absence of a plaque "to commemorate this historic moment". Rules of football for Uppingham School had been created under the supervision of Charles Thring's brother Edward in 1857, they allowed the ball to be carried in a similar fashion to the Rugby rules. During his time as a resident master at Uppingham, Charles Thring became intensely involved in efforts to create a common code of football, his interest seems to have been stimulated by the publication in the 14 December 1861 issue of The Field of an article calling for such a common code. Thring responded with a letter criticising the Rugby code in strong terms, referring to its allowance of "hacking" as "a blot", "thoroughly un-English", "barbarous". In its place, Thring urged the following as the "very first principles of football": the ball should be kept on the ground as much as possible players should be "always behind the ball" Thring went on to describe in some detail the features of his proposed game, which featured a round ball, a "barrel-shaped" playing area, a goal scored by kicking the ball under rather than over the bar, an strict offside law.

During the first half of 1862, Thring continued to engage in discussion of the merits of different rules of football via correspondence published in The Field. This culminated in his publication in 1862, of a pamphlet entitled The Rules of Foot-ball: The Winter Game. Revised for the use of schools; the pamphlet proposed a set of laws for what Thring called "The Simplest Game": A goal is scored whenever the ball is forced through the goal and under the bar, except it be thrown by hand. Hands may be used only to place it on the ground before the feet. Kicks must be aimed only at the ball. A player may not kick the ball whilst in the air. No tripping up or heel kicking allowed. Whenever a ball is kicked beyond the side flags, it must be returned by the player who kicked it, from the spot it passed the flag line in a straight line towards the middle of the ground; when a ball is kicked behind the line of goal, it shall be kicked off from that line by one of the side whose goal it is. No player may stand within six paces of the kicker.

A player is'out of play' he is in front of the ball, must return behind the ball as soon as possible. If the ball is kicked by his own side past a player, he may not touch or kick it, or advance, until one of the other side has first kicked it, or one of his own side, having followed it up, has been able, when in front of him, to kick it. No charging allowed. In a letter to the Daily Telegraph of 24 September 1863, Thring urged the formation of a "parliament could sit with sufficient authority to issue a new code of laws" for football; when the formation of the Football Association was announced shortly afterwards, Thring responded enthusiastically, sending voluminous correspondence to the Association's secretary Ebenezer Morley. In a letter dated 13 November, Thring wrote that Uppingham School was "extremely desirous of joining" the association. In another communication dated the following day, he p

Popular Orthodox Rally

The Popular Orthodox Rally or People's Orthodox Alarm abbreviated to LAOS as a pun on the Greek word for people, is a Greek radical right-wing populist political party. It is led by journalist Georgios Karatzaferis. Karatzaferis formed LAOS in 2000, a few months after he was expelled from the centre-right New Democracy. In 2004, LAOS secured support from the Hellenic Women's Political Party. In 2005, LAOS absorbed the nationalist Hellenic Front; the youth branch of LAOS is the Youth of the Orthodox Rally. The Popular Orthodox Rally was a member of the Europe of Freedom and Democracy group in the European Parliament during the 7th European Parliament, was a member of the Alliance of Independent Democrats in Europe Europarty until the AIDE's dissolution in 2008; the party failed to reach the 3% threshold of the popular vote in the 2004 elections, with 2.2%. LAOS received 3.8 % of the vote in the 2007 elections. In 2009 LAOS managed to elect two representatives in the European Parliament, receiving 7.14% of the vote.

After receiving 5.63% of the vote and electing 15 members of parliament in the 2009 elections, LAOS dropped below the 3% threshold in 2012 and failed to secure any seats in parliament. According to the Popular Orthodox Rally, "the demarcation of the political world into the Right Wing and the Left Wing is no longer relevant after the end of the Cold War. Nowadays, everyone in every aspect of his or her everyday life is either in favour or against Globalization"; the party claims to consist of radically diverse groups that span the entire left-right political spectrum. Party president Karatzaferis, speaking on the 6th anniversary of the party's creation, stated "We are united in the only party that has in its ranks labourers and scientists and the unemployed and rightists". Karatzaferis has described the Popular Orthodox Rally as "a profoundly democratic party", consisting of everything from a "pre-dictatorship Right" to a merger of Left and Right to a "Popular Liberalism" in official party literature.

He has stated that he supports "patriotism and social solidarity, taking from all ideologies and personalities I like. I don't care if it's called communism, liberalism or socialism."However, the Popular Orthodox Rally is characterized by opposing politicians and in the media as "far-right", "populist", "radical right", "right-wing" and "nationalist". It has been argued that its founding declaration included antidemocratic, anti-parliamentary ideas, the proposal that decisions should be taken by a council, which would include military officers and Church officials; the Popular Orthodox Rally began as a party with an Orthodox Christian religious identity, but one with a radically nationalist political identity. Although it has since tried to'moderate' the nationalist part of its appeal, with some of an extreme-nationalist or neo-fascist bent, such as Konstantinos Plevris leaving the party to join Patriotic Alliance or other fringe political organizations, more extreme-nationalists have once again joined its ranks and been elected to parliament.

Of the ten Popular Orthodox Rally candidates who entered the parliament in 2007, four are considered to be part of the "nationalist bloc": Makis Voridis, "Thanos" Plevris, Adonis Georgiadis, Kiriakos Velopoulos. Amid the Greek government-debt crisis, the party supported the first bail-out in 2010, but thereafter voted against PASOK government on crucial votes, including the 29 June 2011 vote on austerity measures. After George Papandreou resigned in November 2011, LAOS participated along with PASOK and the ND in the government of national unity, but resigned from the government in February 2012 due to further austerity measures and amid declining popularity in polls. LAOS failed to win any seats in either 2012 Greece parliamentary election, which can be attributed to its previous indecisive position; the main points of the Popular Orthodox Rally platform are as follows: No accession of Turkey to the European Union Ban immigration from outside the European Union and deport all illegal immigrants.

Opposition to the European Constitution and the Lisbon Treaty A strict stance in the Macedonia naming dispute. Drastic tax cuts for small businesses. A Electoral alliance with the Radical Patriotic Union; the weekly newspaper A1 ART television station website. The APT radio station FM 90.6 On 8 April 2016 LAOS joined the alliance National Unity. List of political parties in Greece Official website Greek Ministry of Internal Affairs – Greek Election Results accessed 10 October 2012. Official Representation in Germany for the state BADEN-WÜRTTEMBERG This page appears to be all Greek language with no apparent link to an English language website. - accessed 10 October 2012

European turtle dove

The European turtle dove is a member of the bird family Columbidae, the doves and pigeons. The turtle dove is a migratory species with a southern Palearctic range covering most of Europe and the Middle East and including Turkey and north Africa, although it is rare in northern Scandinavia and Russia, it winters in southern Africa. Populations of turtle dove are in rapid decline across Europe and this species has red list conservation status globally. In the United Kingdom its numbers have declined by 93% since 1994 and across Europe numbers fell by 78% 1980–2013. Environmentalist groups have said that the decline of turtle doves in Europe is because changed farming practices mean that the weed seeds and shoots on which it feeds fumitory, are scarcer, due to shooting of birds in Mediterranean countries. According to a 2001 study cited by the European Commission, between two and four million birds are shot annually in Malta, France, Italy and Greece. Environmentalists have described spring hunting in Malta as problematic as it is the only country with an EU derogation to shoot birds during their spring migration to breeding grounds.

According to a 2007 study by the European Commission, four identifiable potential threats to the turtle dove are habitat loss/modification and climate change and competition with the collared dove. The British Trust for Ornithology has highlighted Trichomonosis parasite as a threat to the turtle dove. Smaller and slighter in build than many other doves, it measures 24–29 cm in length, 47–55 cm in wingspan and weighs 85–170 g; the European turtle dove may be recognised by its browner colour, the black-and-white-striped patch on the side of its neck. The tail is notable; when viewed from below, this pattern, owing to the white under-tail coverts obscuring the dark bases, is a blackish chevron on a white ground. This can be seen when the bird raises its spread tail; the mature bird has the head, neck and rump blue grey, the wings cinnamon, mottled with black. The breast is vinaceous, the abdomen and under tail coverts are white; the bill is black, the legs and eye rims are red. The black and white patch on the side of the neck is absent in the browner and duller juvenile bird, which has the legs brown.

The turtle dove, one of the latest migrants appears in Northern Europe before the end of April, returning south again in September. It is a bird of open rather than dense woodlands, feeds on the ground, it will nest in large gardens, but is extremely timid due to the heavy hunting pressure it faces during migration. The flight is described as arrowy, but is not remarkably swift; the nuptial flight and circling, is like that of the common wood pigeon, but the undulations are less decided. The arrival in spring is heralded by its cooing or purring song, a rather deep, vibrating “turrr, turrr”. Despite the identical spelling, the "turtle" of the name, derived from Middle English turtle, derived from Old English turtla, turtle derived from Latin turtur, has no connection with the reptile; the genus name Streptopelia is from Ancient Greek streptos, "collar" and peleia, "dove". A few other doves in the genus Streptopelia are commonly called'turtle doves': the Asian Oriental turtle dove S. orientalis and red turtle dove S. tranquebarica.

The African dusky turtle dove Adamawa turtle dove S. hypopyrrha. Numerous species from the related Nesoenas and Spilopelia genera, which were both included in the genus possess common names containing'turtle dove'; the turtle dove. In Roman Mythology, the turtle-dove was one of the emblems of Fides; because of Biblical references, its mournful voice, the fact that it forms strong pair bonds, European turtle doves have become emblems of devoted love. In the New Testament, two turtle doves are mentioned as the customary offering during the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple. In Renaissance Europe, the European turtle dove was envisaged as the devoted partner of the Phoenix. Robert Chester's poem Love's Martyr is a sustained exploration of this symbolism, it was published along with other poems on the subject, including William Shakespeare's poem "The Phoenix and the Turtle". The turtle dove is featured in a number of folk songs about love and loss, including "There Is a Tavern in the Town". One of these is a setting by Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Turtle doves are featured in the song, "The Twelve Days of Christmas", as the gift "my true love gave to me" on the second day of Christmas. If added cumulatively, by the end of the song, the recipient has been given 22. Turtle doves appear in the title and lyrics of a spiritual from the Georgia Sea Islands. In the Shaker hymn "In Yonder Valley", it is seen as a good omen and sign of growth that "The turtledove is in our land". Nesoenas, a genus sometimes included with turtle-doves Spilopelia, a related genus of doves with different morphology and behavior Ageing and sexing by Javier Blasco-Zumeta & Gerd-Michael Heinze Feathers of turtle dove