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Neil Peart

Neil Ellwood Peart OC was a Canadian musician and writer best known as the drummer and primary lyricist of the rock band Rush. Peart received numerous awards for his musical performances, including an induction into the Modern Drummer Readers Poll Hall of Fame in 1983, making him the youngest person so honoured, his drumming was renowned for its technical proficiency and his live performances for their exacting nature and stamina. Peart was born in Hamilton and grew up in Port Dalhousie. During adolescence, he floated between regional bands in pursuit of a career as a full-time drummer. After a discouraging stint in England to concentrate on his music, Peart returned home, where he joined Rush, a Toronto band, in mid-1974, six years after its formation, they released nineteen studio albums, with ten exceeding a million copies sold in the United States. Billboard ranks the band third for the "most consecutive gold or platinum albums by a rock band". Early in his career, Peart's performance style was rooted in hard rock.

He drew most of his inspiration from drummers such as Keith Moon, Ginger Baker, John Bonham, players who were at the forefront of the British hard rock scene. As time passed, he began to emulate big band musicians Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich. In 1994, Peart became a pupil of jazz instructor Freddie Gruber, it was during this time that Peart decided to revamp his playing style by incorporating jazz and swing components. In addition to serving as Rush's primary lyricist, Peart published several memoirs about his travels, his lyrics for Rush addressed universal themes and diverse subjects including science fiction and philosophy, as well as secular and libertarian themes. Peart wrote a total of seven nonfiction books focused on personal stories. On December 7, 2015, Peart announced his retirement from music in an interview with Drumhead Magazine, though bandmate Geddy Lee insisted Peart was quoted out of context, suggested Peart was "simply taking a break". However, in January 2018, bandmate Alex Lifeson confirmed that Rush was retiring due to Peart's health issues.

During his last years Peart lived in Santa Monica, California with his wife, Carrie Nuttall, daughter. After a three and a half year illness, Peart died of glioblastoma on January 7, 2020, at age 67. Peart was born on September 12, 1952 to Glen and Betty Peart and lived his early years on his family's farm in Hagersville, on the outskirts of Hamilton; the first child of four, his brother Danny and sisters Judy and Nancy were born after the family moved to St. Catharines when Peart was two years old. At this time his father became parts manager for Dalziel Equipment, an International Harvester farm machinery dealer. In 1956 the family moved to the Port Dalhousie area of the town. Peart attended Gracefield School and Lakeport Secondary School, described his childhood as happy and says he experienced a warm family life. By early adolescence he became interested in music and acquired a transistor radio, which he would use to tune into pop music stations broadcasting from Toronto, Welland and Buffalo, New York.

His first exposure to musical training came in the form of piano lessons, which he said in his instructional video A Work in Progress did not have much impact on him. He had a penchant for drumming on various objects around the house with a pair of chopsticks, so for his thirteenth birthday his parents bought him a pair of drum sticks, a practice drum and some lessons, with the promise that if he stuck with it for a year they would buy him a kit, his parents bought him a drum kit for his fourteenth birthday and he began taking lessons from Don George at the Peninsula Conservatory of Music. His stage debut took place that year at the school's Christmas pageant in St. Johns Anglican Church Hall in Port Dalhousie, his next appearance was at Lakeport High School with The Eternal Triangle. This performance contained an original number titled "LSD Forever". At this show he performed his first solo. Peart got a job in Lakeside Park, in Port Dalhousie on the shores of Lake Ontario, which inspired a song of the same name on the Rush album Caress of Steel.

He worked on the Bubble Game and Ball Toss, but his tendency to take it easy when business was slack resulted in his termination. By his late teens, Peart had played in local bands such as Mumblin' Sumpthin', the Majority, JR Flood; these bands practiced in basement recreation rooms and garages and played church halls, high schools and skating rinks in towns across Southern Ontario such as Mitchell and Elmira. They played in the northern Ontario city of Timmins. Tuesday nights were filled with jam sessions at the Niagara Theatre Centre. At eighteen years old after struggling to achieve success as a drummer in Canada, Peart travelled to London, hoping to further his career as a professional musician. Despite playing in several bands and picking up occasional session work, he was forced to support himself by selling jewelry at a shop called The Great Frog on Carnaby Street. While in London, he came across the writings of Objectivist Ayn Rand. Rand's writings became a significant early philosophical influence on Peart, as he found many of her writings on individualism and Objectivism inspiring.

References to Rand's philosophy can be found in his early lyrics, most notably "Anthem" from 1975's Fly by Night and "2112" from 1976's 2112. After eighteen months Peart became disillusioned by his lack of progress in the music business. Upon returning to St. Catharines, he worked for his father selling tractor parts at Dalziel Equipment

Evgenia Vlasova

Evgenia Vlasova is a Ukrainian singer-songwriter. Her parents were artistically inclined. In 1994 Vlasova entered the R. Glier State Higher Music College, graduating in 1998. In that same year, she entered the Queen of the Song international competition in Rimini, Italy singing Musyka dusha moya, she won the grand prize in this event. In 1998, Vlasova won several Ukrainian music popularity competitions such as the Song of the Year festival and the 21st Century's Hope nomination. In 1999 she wrote "Wind of Hope". Dmitriy Kostiuk signed on as her manager in that same year. In November 2001, the Wind of Hope full-length album was released; this album was followed a string of music videos. In 2004, Vlasova gave birth to a daughter named Nina and stepped out of her singing career to devote her full attention to her new career as a mother. Vlasova re-entered the music world in this time teaming up with Andru Donalds; the result of their work was four duets and a music video called "Limbo". Vlasova is divorced from her producer Dmitry Kostyuk in 2008.

They have a daughter together named Nina Kostyuk. In 2009 Vlasova was diagnosed with ovarian cancer; as of March 2010 she underwent a surgery and three courses of chemotherapy and is feeling better now. 1. Ya – zhyvaja reka 2. Son 3. Zyma 4. Narysuju 5. O tebe 6. Dysko 7. Veter nadezhdy 8. Tam, gde lubov' 9. Severnoe syjanye 10. Krasnoe solnce 11. Ne zabuvaj! 1. Cry in the night 2. My wonderland 3. Love is a crazy game 4. Only you 5. Limbo 6. River of life 7. One night lover 8. Northern Lights 9. Gonna be stronger 10. Wind of hope 11. Limbo 1. Лавина любви 2. На двоих сердце одно… 3. На краю небес 4. Отношения 5. Планета №2 6. Нет, я не боюсь 7. Полетим в небо 8. Сердце 9. Шоу-тайм 10. В каждом биении сердца 11. Убегаю 12. Шоу-тайм RMX Live River Severnoye siyaniye O Tebe, Budu silneye Wind of hope Plach obo me Limbo Ya budu Шоу-тайм #17Most of the singles are in Russian and English

Saint John the Baptist Church, Yerevan

Saint John the Baptist Church is an active church in the old area of Kond, Armenia. First, it was built on the height of Kond district, in 1710, in the place of a medieval church ruined as the result of a destructive earthquake, it was built by Melik Aghamal, living in Yerevan. Like the other medieval churches, this is a three-nave basilic church; the rectangular plan of the church includes the prayer-hall and the main altar on the eastern side, attached to which are the sacristies. Being concerned by the unattractive state of the church, in 1979, architect Rafael Israelyan presented to Catholicos of All Armenians Vazgen I a project of basic reconstruction of the church; the plan was improved, but the architect died the same year. After 10 years author's son, architect Areg Israyelian turned his father's initiative into a technical project, allowed to realize; the work project was prepared by the honored architect Baghdasar Arzoumanian and designing engineer Avetik Tekevejian. In 1980s the Church was reconstructed and restored under the direct leadership of the civil engineer Mikayel Hovhannissian.

The dome and the walls of the church were faced with tuf stone. Large-scale works were realized inside the church. In the western side an additional storey was built for the choir, the floor was paved with marble, the wall of the main altar was ornamented, the interior was renovated; the bell-tower of the church was built. In 2000 the educational-cultural center “Hovhannes Kozern” was built nearby the church where foreign language and computer courses are organized, the school of Icon art functions. Araratian Patriarchal Diocese Yerevan Municipality

26th Indian Infantry Division

The 26th Indian Infantry Division, was an infantry division of the Indian Army during World War II. It fought in the Burma Campaign; when the Japanese invaded Burma in 1942, the various units in training or stationed around Barrackpur near Calcutta in India were hastily formed into the "Calcutta" Division on 20 March 1942. On 15 May, the division was retitled the Indian 26th Division; the division's badge was a Bengal tiger stepping through a blue triangle, representing the "delta" of the Ganges River, on a black background. For much of 1942, the division was engaged in internal security, not regarded as battle-worthy due to lack of training and transport, it formed part of Indian XV Corps. For the First Arakan offensive, all the division's brigades were detached one by one and committed to the offensive under the 14th Indian Infantry Division. In March, the offensive stalled and the HQ of 26th Division relieved that of the 14th Division, taking over the Arakan front too late to prevent a minor disaster.

After this the British fell back to their starting point on the Indian frontier. Once reorganised, the division was in reserve for the first part of the Second Arakan Offensive, once again under XV Corps; when a Japanese counter-attack at Ngakyedauk cut off the forward troops, 26th Division was deployed to relieve them. It fought down the coastal plain to reopen the roads by. After the battle ended with the repulse of the Japanese attackers, the division took over the 5th Division's front and took part in the capture of two vital railway tunnels. After this, the Arakan offensive wound down to spare troops and resources for the battles in Manipur; the division was withdrawn during the monsoon rains to recuperate. Beginning in late 1944, the division was committed once again to the Arakan. During the Third Arakan Offensive and subsequent operations, 26th Division took part in amphibious operations, including the unopposed capture of Akyab Island, the Battle of Ramree Island. In April and May 1945, the division took part in Operation Dracula, the capture of Rangoon.

After the Japanese surrender, the division, under the command of Henry Chambers, reinforced other troops in Java and Sumatra, where the end of the war brought widespread disorder. The division was formally disbanded in India on 31 August 1945, but most of its units were stationed in Sumatra at Padang and Medan until November 1946, when they embarked at the port of Belawan to be disbanded in India; as of 1 April 1944 4th Indian Infantry Brigade 1st Battalion, Wiltshire Regiment 2nd Battalion, 7th Rajput Regiment 2nd Battalion, 13th Frontier Force Rifles36th Indian Infantry Brigade 5th Battalion, 16th Punjab Regiment 8th Battalion, 13th Frontier Force Rifles 1st Battalion, 8th Gurkha Rifles71st Indian Infantry Brigade 1st Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment 5th Battalion, 1st Punjab Regiment 1st Battalion, 18th Royal Garhwal RiflesDivisional Troops 12th Battalion, 12th Frontier Force Regiment 160th Field Regiment Royal Artillery 20th Mountain Regiment Royal Indian Artillery72nd, 28th, 98th Field Companies, Royal Indian Engineers 128th Field Park Company Indian Engineers44th, 48th, 51st, 58th, Animal Transport Companies, IASC 44th, 75th, 166th, General Purpose Transport Companies, IASC1st, 46th, 48th, Indian Field Ambulances, IAMC26th Indian Division Provost Unit 26th Indian Division Signals Unit54th, 55th Indian Workshop Companies, IEME 26th Indian Division Recovery Unit, IEME All these brigades were assigned or attached to the division at some time during World War II 71st Indian Infantry Brigade 109th Indian Infantry Brigade 4th Indian Infantry Brigade 36th Indian Infantry Brigade British 6th Infantry Brigade British 23rd Infantry Brigade 55th Indian Infantry Brigade British 14th Infantry Brigade 114th Indian Infantry Brigade British 29th Infantry Brigade 2nd Infantry Brigade 22nd Infantry Brigade Cole, Howard.

Formation Badges of World War 2. Britain and Empire. London: Arms and Armour Press. "26 Indian Infantry Division". Orders of Battle.com. Burma Star organisation site British Military History - Indian Divisional Histories

Elevate (Drake song)

"Elevate" is a song by Canadian rapper Drake from his album, The song features additional uncredited vocals by French Montana, the song has reached the top 20 in Canada and the United States. On July 14, 2018, "Elevate" entered the charts at number 15 on the Billboard Canadian Hot 100 and remained in the top 100 until August 4, 2018; the song spent three weeks on the US Billboard Hot 100, entering the charts at number 14, its immediate peak, on July 14, 2018. The song has peaked in the top 40 in Portugal and has charted on the charts of Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Sweden

English education in China

The emphasis on English education in China only emerged after 1979 when the Cultural Revolution ended, China adopted the Open Door Policy, the United States and China established strong diplomatic ties. One estimate of the number of English speakers in China is over 200 million and rising, with 50 million secondary school children now studying the language. However, online test score data from the 2018 EF English Proficiency Index ranks the nation at 47th out of the 88 countries measured, with an overall score of'Low proficiency', it suggested that internet users in cities like Shanghai, Beijing and Jiangsu had a decent command of the language while those in other cities were limited to basic vocabulary. A 2017 article from The Telegraph suggests that less than 1 percent of people in China speak English conversationally. According to a report on China Daily, many students start learning English in kindergarten before they start school. Most schoolchildren are taught their first English lesson in third grade in primary school.

Despite the early learning of English, there exist criticism of the teaching and learning of the language. This causes teaching to be geared towards the skills tested. Therefore, skills such as learning grammar rules become more focused on memorization. However, creative skills such as writing are still an important part of English education in China; the methods, which focus on testing students' memorization of grammar rules and vocabulary, have been criticized by Western educationalists and linguists as fundamentally flawed. Furthermore, students are able to put newly learned English words into use; this problem arises because Mandarin is the official and dominant language in China, while on the other hand English is perceived to be of little use in the country. This problem is further reinforced through the national Band 4 examination, where 80% of the test is the writing component, 20% of the test is listening, speaking was only required for the English major student. However, Guangdong Province has started requiring all students to take the English speaking exam for the National College Entrance Examination as of 2010.

China's first contact with the English language occurred between Chinese and English traders, the first missionary schools to teach English were established in Macau in the 1630s. Between 1911-1949, English was popular, it was taught in missionary schools and thirteen Christian colleges. After the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949, Russian was the primary foreign language. English began to transition into the education system during the 1960s as a result of the Sino-Soviet split; because of the condemnation of the English language during the Cultural Revolution, English education did not return until Richard Nixon visited China in 1972. The only textbooks for English instructions were translations of Mao Zedong's works until the Cultural Revolution ended in 1976, the Gaokao was restored in 1978. Like mentioned in the above section, once China established the open door policy under Deng Xiaoping, the popularity of English and other languages began to thrive. English became popular between the late 1970s to 1990s in areas that dealt with trading and tourism The College English Test is the primary English language test in China.

As of 2011, employers have made scores in the CET 4 and CET 6 requirements for employment, The Lowdown on China's Higher Education stated that in China "CET 4 and CET 6 National English examinations have become the symbol of English proficiency in reading and writing."There is the Public English Test System. Tourism in China is a major industry, producing 11.04% of the GDP and contributing direct and indirect employment of up to 28.25 million people. Nonetheless, not many employees in the hospitality sector speak English. One source indicates that it's more common in premium-grade hotels "while less expensive hotels might have few or no staff members who speak English". Bilingual guide services are available, however. Online education has been gaining momentum in China, including online one on one English education. Many Chinese companies, such as Magic Ears, are recruiting teachers from the U. S. and other English-speaking countries. Leading players such as New Oriental Education & Technology Group and TAL Education Group have gone public in the US and seen their shares soar.

Now, online start-ups are gaining ground with parents who grew up in the internet era and see advantages in digital learning. Beijing-based VIPKid has expanded to 200,000 students and just raised venture money at a valuation of more than US$1.5 billion. The virtual teaching business is booming. Both VIPKid and DaDa have continued to grow since then. VIPKid has more than 500,000 students in China and 63 other countries and 60,000 North American teachers, while Dada has more than 100,000 students and 10,000 teachers, their competitors have grown too: companies like Magic Ears and QKids are connecting teachers to Chinese children working on learning English. Teaching English as a foreign language English-medium education Web International English - A former chain of English education centers EMI schools - English medium schools in Hong Kong Fu, Shiyi. "Teaching Writing to English Majors at the Tertiary Level in China─Reflections on Material Development and Teaching Methodology.". English Discourse and Intercultural Communication, Volume 1.

Macao and Ürümqi, July 8 – 14 2007 中國澳門及烏魯木齊 2007 年7 月8 日至14 日. "Editorial Note": Qiang and Martin Wolff. The Lowdown on China's Higher Education. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011. ISBN 9