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Napalm Death

Napalm Death are a British grindcore band formed in Meriden, West Midlands, England, in 1981. While none of its original members remain in the group since December 1986, the lineup of vocalist Mark "Barney" Greenway, bassist Shane Embury, guitarist Mitch Harris and drummer Danny Herrera has remained consistent of the band's career since 1992's Utopia Banished, from 1989 to 2004, Napalm Death were a five-piece band after they added Jesse Pintado as the replacement of one-time guitarist Bill Steer; the band is credited as pioneers of the grindcore genre by incorporating elements of crust punk and death metal, using a noise-filled sound that uses distorted, down-tuned guitars, grinding overdrive bass, high speed tempo, blast beats, vocals which consist of incomprehensible growls or high-pitched shrieks short songs and sociopolitical lyrics. The band's debut album Scum, released in 1987 by Earache Records, proved influential throughout the global metal community. According to the Guinness World Records, their song "You Suffer" is the shortest song in the world, at only 1.316 seconds long.

Napalm Death have released sixteen studio albums, are listed by Nielsen SoundScan as the seventh best-selling death metal band in the United States. Napalm Death were formed in the village of Meriden near Coventry, in the United Kingdom, in May 1981 by Nic Bullen and Miles Ratledge while the duo were still in their early teenage years; the duo had been playing in amateur bands since 1980 as an extension of their fanzine writing, went through a number of names before choosing Napalm Death in mid 1981. The band were inspired by the early wave of punk bands the anarcho-punk movement, associated groups such as Crass; the first stable line-up of the group consisted of Nicholas Bullen on lead vocals and bass, Simon Oppenheimer on guitars, Miles Ratledge on drums, lasted from December 1981 to January 1982. Graham Robertson joined on bass in January 1982. Simon Oppenheimer left the group in August 1982 and was replaced by Darryl Fedeski who left the group in October 1982: at this point, Graham Robertson began to play guitar and Finbarr Quinn joined on bass and backing vocals.

The group played concerts throughout 1982 and 1983, made 4 demo recordings in 1982 and 1983, one of which contributed their first released recording to the Bullshit Detector Volume 3 compilation released by Crass Records in 1984. The band entered a period of hiatus from the end of 1983 onwards, playing only one concert in 1984 with additional vocalist Marian Williams. During this period, Nic Bullen met Justin Broadrick, a guitarist from Birmingham with whom he shared an interest in the music of bands such as Killing Joke, Throbbing Gristle, Amebix and the developing power electronics scene. Bullen joined Broadrick's Final project for a period in 1983. In July 1985, Napalm Death reformed in order to appear at a concert at the Mermaid in Birmingham, notable as the last concert by Final; the group consisted of a 4-piece line-up of Miles Ratledge - drums, Bullen - vocals and guitar, Graham Robertson - guitar and bass, Damien Errington - guitar. After this concert, Miles Ratledge and Bullen asked Broadrick to join Napalm Death as guitarist, with Bullen as vocalist and bass player.

The band began to develop a musical style which blended elements of post-punk, heavy hardcore punk in the vein of Discharge, thrash metal. The group played their first concert as a trio on 31 August 1985, began to play in the Birmingham area with a wide range of musicians including Icons of Filth, Concrete Sox, The Varukers, Indecent Assault, Decadence Within, The Groundhogs. In September 1985, Peter Shaw joined on bass; the 4-piece line-up recorded Hatred Surge on 23 October 1985 which the band made available at their concerts and by mail. Following the recording of the demo and Broadrick wished to extend their exploration of a more extreme musical style which created a split in the group with Ratledge: as a result, the group splintered and Mick Harris was asked to join as drummer in December 1985; the trio – Bullen on vocals and bass, Broadrick on guitar and Harris on drums – made their first performance on 15 December 1985 and went on to play many concerts in 1986, predominantly in the Birmingham area, with musicians such as Amebix, Chaos UK, Varukers and Dirge.

The group recorded a 6th demo, From Enslavement to Obliteration, on 15 March 1986, which the group made available at their concerts and through mail, before making a 7th recording that year, provisionally intended to form part of a split LP with the English hardcore band Atavistic on Manic Ears Records. This recording became the first side of the band's debut album Scum in 1987; the band faced a number of line-up changes. Nic Bullen was becoming frustrated with the musical direction o

Wish Upon a Star: A Tribute to the Music of Walt Disney

Wish Upon a Star: A Tribute to the Music of Walt Disney is the tenth studio album by American classical violinist Jenny Oaks Baker, released in 2011 through Shadow Mountain Records. Produced and arranged by Kurt Bestor, the Disney music tribute album features eleven tracks, including one medley of songs from Mary Poppins. Wish Upon a Star reached peak positions of number six on Billboard's Classical Albums chart, thirty-five on the Top Heatseekers chart and number eighteen on the Top Kid Audio chart. Wish Upon a Star earned her a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Instrumental Album. Wish Upon a Star marks Baker's tenth studio album, having recorded albums consisting of movie tunes and classical music; the album contains eleven tracks, including one medley of songs from the 1964 film Mary Poppins. The opening track, "Colors of the Wind", was written by composer Alan Menken and lyricist Stephen Schwartz for the 1995 film Pocahontas; the song earned the duo an Academy Award for Best Original Song, a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song and a Grammy Award for Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television.

"A Spoonful of Sugar", "Chim Chim Cher-ee", "Step in Time, Feed the Birds", "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" and "Let's Go Fly a Kite" were each written by Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman credited as the Sherman Brothers. Track three, "Beauty and the Beast" features cellist Nicole Pinnell. "Colors of the Wind" "When You Wish Upon a Star" "Beauty and the Beast" "A Whole New World" "God Help the Outcasts" "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes" "Mary Poppins Fantasia: A Spoonful of Sugar / Chim Chim Cher-ee / Step in Time, Feed the Birds / Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious / Let's Go Fly a Kite" "Part of Your World" "Once Upon a Dream" "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?" "Baby Mine" List of Disney film soundtracks "Wish Upon a Star: A Tribute to the Music of Walt Disney" at Deseret Book

Zambia national under-19 cricket team

The Zambia national under-19 cricket team represents the Republic of Zambia in international under-19 cricket. The team's first recorded matches came at the 2003 Africa/EAP Under-19 Championship, a combined tournament for the under-19 teams of African and East Asia-Pacific associate members. Zambia has participated in every edition of the ICC Africa Under-19 Championships since 2007, played in four consecutive Division One tournaments from 2007 to 2013. Zambia placed fourth at both the 2009 and 2010 tournaments, but was relegated to Division Two in 2014 after placing sixth at the 2013 Division One tournament. Organised under-19 international cricket dates only from the 1970s – the first under-19 Test and One Day International were played in 1974 and 1976 while the first Under-19 World Cup was held in 1988; the Zambian under-19 side's first recorded matches came at the 2003 Africa/EAP Under-19 Championship. The Zambia Cricket Union had only gained associate membership of the ICC earlier in 2003, having formed part of the East and Central Africa Cricket Conference, along with Malawi and Tanzania.

Zambian players had competed for an East and Central Africa side at the 2001 Africa Under-19 Championship, which placed second behind Namibia. 1988–2000: did not enter 2002: did not qualify – entered as part of East and Central Africa 2004–2016: did not qualify 2001: did not enter – participated as part of East and Central Africa 2007: 5th place 2009: 4th place – hosts 2010: 4th place 2013: 6th place – relegated 2014: 4th place 2003: 5th place 2005: 6th place Statistics for the 2009 ICC Africa Under-19 Championships are unavailable. Highest team scores399/5, v. Nigeria, 29 August 2007, Willowmoore Park, Benoni. 214, v. Eswatini, 14 August 2014, Metropolitan Sports Club, Lusaka. 208/7, v. Ghana, 30 August 2007, at Willowmoore Park, Benoni. 200/4, v. Nigeria, 9 October 2003, at Windhoek. 186/8, v. Namibia, 26 August 2007, at Willowmoore Park, Benoni. Lowest team scores47, v. Namibia, 27 May 2013, at Kyambogo Cricket Oval, Kampala. 74, v. Rwanda, 11 August 2014, at Metropolitan Sports Club, Lusaka.

77, v. Papua New Guinea, 4 October 2003, at Wanderers Cricket Ground, Windhoek. 93/8, v. Nigeria, 30 May 2013, at Entebbe Cricket Oval, Entebbe. 99, v. Uganda, 26 May 2013, at Lugogo Stadium, Kampala. 99, v. Tanzania, 9 August 2014, at Metropolitan Sports Club, Lusaka. Highest individual scores109 – Kafuma Banda, v. Nigeria, 29 August 2007, Willowmoore Park, Benoni. 91* – Sarfaraj Hassan, v. Nigeria, 29 August 2007, Willowmoore Park, Benoni. 84 – Isaac Mwaba, v. Nigeria, 9 October 2003, at Windhoek. 80 – Sarfaz N. Patel, v. Nigeria, 29 August 2007, Willowmoore Park, Benoni. 74 – Sarfuddin Bangaliwala, v. Namibia, at Willowmoore Park, Benoni. Best individual bowling performances5/11 – Himal Patel, v. Tanzania, 5 September 2010, at Centre for Cricket Development, Windhoek. 5/23 – Godrey Kandela, v. Nigeria, 29 August 2007, at Willowmoore Park, Benoni. 5/24 – Gladson Kandela v. Tanzania, 5 September 2010, at Centre for Cricket Development, Windhoek. 5/25 – Sarfraz A. Patel, v. Tanzania, 8 October 2003, at Police Sports Club, Windhoek.

5/29 – Himal Patel, v. Kenya, 29 August 2010, at Centre for Cricket Development, Windhoek. Zambia national cricket team


Stockcross is a village in Berkshire, England. The village lies to the west of Newbury in the civil parish of Speen and the district of West Berkshire. Close to the cross-road in the middle of the village were the stocks hence the name Stock-Cross, which were removed in the early 1980s. Stockcross has a small shop/post office/coffee shop. Sutton Hall is the busy village hall, hosting regular events from jumble sales to Christmas pantos to village get-togethers, it has a small Christian school. The nearest railway station is Newbury. Bus service is Heyfordian Travel route 4 to Lambourn, it is the site of a brick-built church, St John's, erected and endowed by the vicar, the Rev. H. W. Majendie in 1839.'The Vineyard' is a 5 star hotel on the edge of the village that has a spa and restaurant. The restaurant held two Michelin stars, although these were removed when Executive Chef John Campbell left for Dorchester's Coworth Park. Robby Jenks is now Head Chef; the Vineyard was described as "a palace of naffness" by the late restaurant critic Michael Winner.

The village has a free house serving ales from the region. It is in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide 2017. A second pub was called the Nags Head but the name was changed to the Lord Lyon after a racehorse, leased by local landowner Richard Sutton that in 1866 won both the 2000 Guineas and Epsom Derby; the pub is tied to Arkell's Brewery who put the building up for sale in late 2015 and closed the pub in January 2016. Towns: Newbury, Hungerford Villages: Bagnor, Marsh Benham, Wickham, Welford List of places in Berkshire Guardian article

Varpunen Jouluaamuna

Varpunen jouluaamuna, Sparrow on Christmas Morning, is a poem by Zachris Topelius from 1859. It has been translated to Finnish by Konrad Alexis Hougberg. You can see the sorrow of Topelius in the poem; the poem has been composed to a song several times. The most known of them must be the Christmas carol by Otto Kotilainen, it was published for the first time in the "Joulupukki" magazine in 1913. The song has been recorded by numerous popular Finnish artists, such as Mauno Kuusisto, Sulo Saarits, Tapani Kansa, Marco Hietala, Vesa-Matti Loiri, Viikate & Timo Rautiainen, Pepe Willberg, Tarja Turunen, Matti ja Teppo, Petri Laaksonen, Richard Järnefelt, Suvi Teräsniska, Club for Five and Jarkko Ahola. List of Christmas Carols#Finland Sylvian Joululaulu Joulupuu on rakennettu En etsi valtaa, loistoa

Romania–United States relations

Romania–United States relations are the bilateral relations between Romania and the United States. US-Romanian diplomatic relations were formally established in 1880, with the appointment of Eugene Schuyler, a renowned and talented diplomat and historian, as the first American diplomatic representative to Romania. After Romania left the Eastern Bloc in 1989, US-Romanian relations have matured into a strategic partnership that encompasses a wide range of political, military and cultural issues; the US supported Romania's entry into NATO. Today, Romania is a strong ally of the United States, the two countries work together to build democracy, fight terrorism, promote regional security and stability. In addition to close historical and cultural ties, Romania is one of the most pro-American nations in Europe and in the world. According to a 2018 European poll, 78% of Romanians view the United States favorably; this is the second highest pro-American sentiment in the European Union, after Poland. Another poll showed that a large percentage of Romanians, 87%, want future US ambassadors to Bucharest to continue supporting the fight against corruption in Romania.

The same poll showed that 74% of Romanians want the United States to remain the main strategic partner of Romania. The United States established diplomatic relations with Romania in 1880, following Romania's independence; the two countries severed diplomatic ties after Romania declared war on the United States in 1941 during World War II, but re-established them in 1947. Relations remained strained during the Cold War era. US bilateral relations with Romania began to improve in the early 1960s with the signing of an agreement providing for partial settlement of American property claims. Cultural and educational exchanges were initiated, in 1964 the legations of both nations were promoted to full embassies. After Communist Party General Secretary Nicolae Ceaușescu began to distance Romania from Soviet foreign policy, as in Romania's continued diplomatic relations with Israel and denunciation of the 1968 Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, President Richard Nixon paid an official visit to Romania in August 1969.

Despite political differences, dimplomacy continued between US and Romanian leaders throughout the 1970s, culminating in the 1978 state visit to Washington by President Ceauşescu and his wife. In 1972, a consular convention to facilitate the protection of citizens and their property in both countries was signed. Overseas Private Investment Corporation facilities were granted, Romania became eligible for US Export-Import Bank credits. A trade agreement signed in April 1975 accorded most favored nation status to Romania under section 402 of the Trade Reform Act of 1974; this status was renewed yearly after a congressional review confirmed a presidential determination that stated Romania was making progress toward freedom of emigration. In the mid-1980s, criticism of Romania's deteriorating human rights record regarding the mistreatment of religious and ethnic minorities, spurred attempts by Congress to withdraw MFN status. In 1988, to preempt congressional action, Ceausescu renounced MFN treatment, calling Jackson-Vanik and other human rights requirements unacceptable interference in Romanian sovereignty.

After welcoming the revolution of December 1989 with a visit by Secretary of State Baker in February 1990, the US Government expressed concern that opposition parties had faced discriminatory treatment in the May 1990 elections, in which the National Salvation Front won a sweeping victory. The slow progress of subsequent political and economic reform increased that concern, relations with Romania declined after the June 1990 Mineriad, where an anti-NSF sit-in was suppressed by Romanian police. Anxious to cultivate better relationships with the US and Europe, disappointed at the poor results from its gradualist economic reform strategy, the Stolojan government implemented economic reform and conducted free and fair parliamentary and presidential elections in September 1992. Encouraged by the conduct of local elections in February 1992, US Deputy Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger visited in May 1992. Congress restored MFN in November 1993 in recognition of Romania's progress in instituting political and economic reform.

In 1996, the US Congress voted to extend permanent MFN graduation to Romania. As Romania's policies became unequivocally pro-Western, the United States moved to deepen relations. President Bill Clinton visited Bucharest in 1997; the two countries initiated cooperation on shared goals, including economic and political development, defense reform, non-traditional threats. Following the events of September 11, 2001, Romania was supportive of the US in the Global War on Terror. Romania was part of the American-led "Coalition of the Willing" that supported the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Romania was invited to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in November 2002 and formally joined NATO on March 29, 2004 after depositing its instruments of treaty ratification in Washington, D. C. President George W. Bush helped commemorate Romania's NATO accession when he visited Bucharest in November 2002. On that occasion, he congratulated the Romanian people on building democratic institutions and a market economy after the fall of communism.

Romanian troops still serve alongside US troops in Afghanistan and were among the last to withdraw from Iraq. In March 2005, President Traian Băsescu made his first official visit to Washington to meet with President Bush, Secretary of State Condole