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Point Street Bridge

The Point Street Bridge is a movable bridge that crosses the Providence River in Providence, Rhode Island, carrying Point Street from the Jewelry District to Wickenden Street at the base of College Hill. The first bridge at this site was built in 1872, it consisted of a swing span 249 feet in length with two 145 feet shore spans. In 1907, each of the approach spans was divided into three plate-girder spans carried on new granite piers and abutments. However, funding was insufficient to replace the swing span, so its length was increased to 284 feet; the current bridge is the third at this site. It is a swing bridge and was built by the Boston Bridge Works Inc. in 1927. The bridge is no longer moveable but fixed in place to allow Point Street traffic to cross, it was last swung open in 1959. The Fox Point Hurricane Barrier, downstream of the Point Street Bridge and completed in 1966, rendered the swing feature of little value, because the Barrier blocks large vessels from traveling upstream before the bridge would.

After WW-II, Route 1A became a major route carrying traffic from southern RI to the East Side of Providence, points east. The Point Street Bridge was part of that route, on exceptionally hot summer days, the bridge would expand after it opened, with nowhere to bleed off the heat, it expanded to a point where it couldn't be closed. Traffic built up for several miles and fire tankers had to be summoned to shoot water on the bridge until it shrunk back to a size so it could be closed and let traffic resume. Transport portal Engineering portal Rhode Island portal A previous Point Street Bridge from the Providence Public Library's Digital Collections Article containing a photograph of the previous Point Street Bridge from the Providence Journal


A cabochon is a gemstone, shaped and polished as opposed to faceted. The resulting form is a convex obverse with a flat reverse. Cabochon was the default method of preparing gemstones. Cutting en cabochon is applied to opaque gems, while faceting is applied to transparent stones. Hardness is taken into account as softer gemstones with a hardness lower than 7 on the Mohs hardness scale are scratched by silicon dioxide in dust and grit; this would make translucent gems unattractive—instead they are polished as cabochons, making the scratches less evident. In the case of asteriated stones such as star sapphires and chatoyant stones such as cat's eye chrysoberyl, a domed cabochon cut is used to show the star or eye, which would not be visible in a faceted cut; the usual shape for cutting cabochons is an ellipse. This is because the eye is less sensitive to small asymmetries in an ellipse, as opposed to a uniformly round shape, such as a circle, because the elliptical shape, combined with the dome, is attractive.

An exception is cabochons on some watches' crowns. The procedure is to cut a slab of the rough rock with a slab saw, next to stencil a shape from a template; the slab is trimmed near the marked line using a diamond blade saw—called a trim saw. Diamond impregnated. Most lapidary workshops and production facilities have moved away from silicon carbide to diamond grinding wheels or flat lap disks. Once the piece is trimmed it can be "dopped" or completed by hand. "Dopping" is done by adhering the stone with hard wax onto a length of wooden dowel called a "dop stick". The piece is ground to the template line, the back edges may be bevelled, the top is sanded and polished to a uniform dome. Cabochon Making 101

Fancy Dress Festival

The Fancy Dress Festival is a masquerade festival held on Christmas to the first day of January every year by the people of Winneba in the Central region of Ghana. It is a colourful festival. Dutch and British traders at the Winneba seaport began the tradition of the festival in the 19th century. Wearing assorted masks, they drank in white-owned bars celebrating Christmas. Janka Abraham, who hailed from Saltpond in the Central Region, worked as a bar attendant at one of these bars, thought of incorporating the masquerade tradition and festival into local custom, he founded the troop known as Nobles with his friend, pharmacist A. K. Yamoah, in the Alata Kokwado neighborhood around 1923 or 1924. People who belonged to A. K. Yamoah's football club and indoor games groups joined. Membership required the ability to speak the English language; the members of the Nobles would gather before dawn on Christmas Day, dressed up in costumes, such as garb of doctors, teachers, pastors, fishermen, pastors, cowboys, angels, or the white colonial masters.

The idea was to parody the Europeans. The troop would parade through the streets of Winneba, backed by adaha music, would continue all day into the evening; the name "Fancy Dress" was used because the Egyaa group, made up of fishermen who spoke no English, had a hard time pronouncing the word “masquerade.” Instead, they used the term “Fancy Dress,” which they pronounced “fanti dress.” After some years, membership in the Nobles was opened to all residents of Winneba. This led to an increase in membership. Based on the activities of the Nobles, in 1926 the paramount chief of Winneba, Nana Kow Sackey, his friends formed Egyaa, a second group, at Aboadze, a fishing community; the town folks referred to the Nobles as “Number One” and Egyaa as “Number Two”. In 1930, members of the Gyateh royal family, who did not approve of Kow Sackey’s support for the Egyaa group, formed another group in the Gyateh area of Donkoyemu. Called Tumbo rusu —which translates as the sound of the blacksmith’s anvil—the group was led by Gyateh family members Arkoful, a blacksmith, Kweku Akom, Inkabi.

It drew its membership from Catholic youths with little education from local fishing communities, members of the nearby Winneba Catholic Church. The European priests paid for new costumes each year and for European masks, funding the group so well that it became the most esteemed Fancy Dress Company. One of the group's members was enamored of the character of Robin Hood, but accidentally shot the nephew of a priest in the eye with a stray arrow on Christmas Day in 1930; the tragic mishap led the groups to ban portrayal of that character in the Fancy Dress celebrations by anyone over the age of seven. One of A. K. Yamoah’s brothers, A. W. Yamoah, moved to Abasraba, a suburb of Winneba, in 1933. A merchant by trade, he imported masks and brass instruments and founded a Fancy Dress group called Red Cross or Number Four; this group was composed of the town elite, including high school and college youth. Adult members of means paid monthly dues, which funded the importing of costumes and Halloween masks from abroad at year's end.

Children below eight years of age and poor families did not pay, although they had to accept the attire that paying members chose for them. In its early years, the music for all groups in the festival was traditional adaha music. Brass band music had been introduced to the region in 1880s by European missionaries and military groups. In 1934, Catholic priests introduced brass band music to the festival by bringing in a band that had received training from Presbyterian missionaries in the nearby town of Swedru Bibiani; the band was not skilled and it knew only one song, which it played throughout the day. In reaction to the annoyance of hearing one song played continuously, A. W. Yamoah arranged to provide training in brass instruments for some of his family members; the resulting new band was more skilled than the one from Swedru Bibiani. The Nobles group formed a brass band. However, because most members of these bands preferred masquerading over playing in a band, for festival days bands are recruited from outside the local groups.

All groups have a common hierarchy: in charge is the group father often a noble but now most to be a well-educated male, who manages the finances and venues as well as the welfare of members in general. Under him are the band leader, who organises rehearsals and teaches the music, the Fancy Dress leader, who looks after choreography and interviews potential new members, the group mother, who looks after food and settles disputes, she is treated as a biological mother by group members. Cowboys are fit and strong members who are answerable to the Fancy Dress leader and look after general members. There are scouts, stilt walkers, general members under the cowboys’ control. Scouts solicit money from onlookers for the group. John Canoe a Caribbean festival that has the same cultural derivative. "KAA-KAA- MOTOBI WINNEBA/GHANA". YouTube video. "Colonial satire parade still going in Ghana after a century", The Guardian, 4 January 2017

Dream Warriors (band)

Dream Warriors were a Canadian hip hop duo from Toronto, comprising King Lou and Capital Q. Described as "a pair of deft, intelligent rappers" by John Bush of AllMusic, they were major contributors to the jazz rap movement of the early 1990s, their 1991 debut album, And Now the Legacy Begins, is named by AllMusic as one of the finest alternative hip hop records of the golden era. Before the release of their second album Subliminal Simulation in 1994, the duo became a group with the addition of rapper Spek and DJ Luv. In 1996, they released a third album, The Master Plan, before the two new members left the group a year later. Though their subsequent releases did not garner similar commercial success as their debut, the duo released a well-received greatest hits album in 1999, their final album, The Legacy Continues... was released in 2002. King Lou and Capital Q formed Dream Warriors in 1988, hailing from the Jane and Finch and Willowdale neighbourhoods of Toronto; the same year, King Lou made his recording debut, appearing on Michie Mee and L.

A. Luv's single "Victory Is Calling", which featured MC Lyte; the duo joined the Beat Factory Productions team. In 1990 they collaborated on the one-off single "Can't Repress the Cause", a plea for greater inclusion of hip hop music in the Canadian music scene, with Dance Appeal, a supergroup of Toronto-area musicians that included Devon, Maestro Fresh Wes, B-Kool, Michie Mee, Lillian Allen, Eria Fachin, HDV, Thando Hyman, Carla Marshall, Jillian Mendez, Lorraine Scott, Lorraine Segato, Self Defense, Leroy Sibbles and Thyron Lee White, they signed to 4th & B'way/Island Records and released their jazz-influenced debut album And Now the Legacy Begins in 1991. The album was critically acclaimed and sold well in Canada, the United Kingdom, across Europe — before becoming an underground hit in the United States; the album spawned the hit singles "Wash Your Face in My Sink", "My Definition of a Boombastic Jazz Style", "Ludi". The first two singles hit the Top 20 in the UK, while in their own country, the album went gold and collected a Juno Award.

The song "My Definition of a Boombastic Jazz Style" featured a sample of "Soul Bossa Nova" by Quincy Jones, the theme song for the Canadian game show Definition. In 1992, they recorded "Man Woman Smarter" for the Buffy the Vampire Slayer soundtrack. For their 1994 follow-up, Subliminal Simulation, Dream Warriors added rapper Spek and DJ Luv, turning the duo into a four-man group; the album received mixed reviews. It featured an appearance by Butterfly of Digable Planets and Gang Starr contributed to two tracks. Early production by Da Grassroots is found on the track "No Dingbats Allowed". Spoken word is performed during the interludes. Two singles, "Day in Day Out" and "California Dreamin'", were released. Dream Warriors released their third album The Master Plan in 1996, however, it was not released in the US. Three singles — "Float On", "What Do You Want'Ladies'?", "Sound Clash" — supported the album. That year, they recorded a hip-hop version of the song "Edmonton Block Heater", which appeared on the compilation album A Tribute to Hard Core Logo.

Spek left the group in 1997, before relocating to the UK. DJ Luv left the group the same year. In 1999, Anthology: A Decade of Hits 1988–1998, a greatest hits compilation, was released on Priority Records, it featured two new tracks by the original duo. The compilation was critically acclaimed, with Robert Christgau stating: "Certainly they belong in the same sentence as De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest." That year, the band performed in Hamilton as part of Showcase'99. In 2002, they released their final album, The Legacy Continues... in Canada. The Herbaliser produced the single "Road of Many Signs", which appeared on their Very Mercenary album in 1999. Other singles included "Breathe or Die" and "Unstoppable". In 2017, Dream Warriors' second compilation album, was released. Studio albums And Now the Legacy Begins – CAN #34, UK #18 Subliminal Simulation The Master Plan The Legacy Continues... Compilations Anthology: A Decade of Hits 1988–1998 Icon Singles 1991 Juno Awards Rap Recording of the Year for "Wash Your Face in My Sink" 1992 Juno Awards Rap Recording of the Year for "My Definition of a Boombastic Jazz Style" 1995 Juno Awards Best Rap Recording for Subliminal Simulation 1997 Juno Awards Best Rap Recording for The Master Plan Canadian hip hop Music of Canada "Dream Warriors".

Music Technology. Vol. 5 no. 5. April 1991. P. 32. ISSN 0957-6606. OCLC 24835173

O'Neal Compton

Belton O'Neal Compton Jr. was an American actor and director. He was born in Sumter, South Carolina, the son of educators, Belton O. Compton Sr. and Dorothy Brunson Compton. O'Neal Compton was best known as a character actor in films and television He was an award-winning writer, producer and commercial director. O'Neal's photography was featured in exhibitions at the Michael Hoppen Gallery, Castle Haggenberg and in private galleries in Los Angeles, New York, New Orleans and South Carolina, his photographs hang in the collections of many celebrities including Morgan Freeman, Johnny Depp, Billy Bob Thornton, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Sharon Stone, Elizabeth Taylor, John Travolta, Emma Thompson and Oliver Stone. O'Neal was commissioned by Jerry Seinfeld to create a series of his "slow speed" natural light portraits of the cast and crew in the last year of that show. O'Neal attended Clemson University, for a year. After a 4 year hitch in the United States Navy, he enrolled and fell in love with campus life again" at Wofford College, where he studied with abandon, coached football under the watchful eye of Coach Buddy Sasser and Coach Ladson Cubbage.

O'Neal's major field of study was Biology. But his passion was the theatre. In 1977, O'Neal discovered the great Wofford Theatre Workshop under the direction of the stalwart, Dr. James Gross, was thus, saved from a normal life. O'Neal made his living as a film and television actor, photographer, as a commercial producer and director, his work had taken him to some of the most exciting places in the Europe. He had lived in New York, Los Angeles, Buenos Aires, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Florianópolis, Brazil, he spent months working and living in some of the world’s great cities: London, Paris, Vienna and Mondello, Sicily. O’Neal moved into a new home in western Sumter County. It's a beautiful Cypress house on nine acres with a private pond. He’s written screenplays and worked with his publisher and editor to complete a book about his life and travels. On February 18, 2019, he died at Dorn VA Medical Center in South Carolina. Cause of death and plans have yet to be determined. Kill Me Later - Agent McGinley Picking Up the Pieces - Texas John Big Eden - Jim Soams Life - Superintendent Abernathy Party of Five - Les Deep Impact - Morten Entrekin LateLine - Harlan Primary Colors - Sailorman Shoreson Orleans - Lawyer Curtis Manzant Seinfeld - Earl Haffler Diabolique - Irv Danziger Shaughnessy - Nixon - Texas Man The Single Guy - TY Coach - Hal Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Gene Newtrich Nell - Don Fontana, Lovell's Attorney Roadracers - J.

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Blondfire is an American indie pop band from Los Angeles, United States. It started as a duo of brother and sister Bruce and Erica Driscoll, under the name Astaire, since 2015 has been a solo act with Erica Driscoll. Erica Driscoll was born and raised in Grand Rapids, United States to an American father and a Brazilian mother, she spent many summers in northern Brazil, is a citizen of both countries. Erica and her brother and founding member Bruce Driscoll cite Antonio Carlos Jobim, Caetano Veloso, Astrud Gilberto as musicians that they listened to while growing up. In high school and her older sister Monica formed the band Nectar, along with Arland Nicewander, Ryan Butts, Jason Drost; the band eschewed classes to tour nationally. In addition to that, their song In The Shadows was chosen to be used in WGRD Radioactiv 4 compilation series, which includes Mustard Plug and Epic Records recording artists Papa Vegas and Getaway Cruiser. Erica and Bruce formed Astaire and toured locally behind songs recorded in the basement of their parents' home.

During this time, the siblings were featured in many music and fashion publications, such as z!nk, America, YRB, College Music Journal, Entertainment Weekly. The Driscolls recorded "Weightless" with Ivy's Andy Chase, they released their first EP, Don't Whisper Lies, on their own record label, Wax Divine. The EP's single, "L-L-Love" became an iTunes Free Single of the Week and the band embarked on a national tour with Ivy, Robbers on High Street, Stars. In the middle of the tour, the Driscolls were contacted by the representatives of the estate of Fred Astaire, asking the band to stop using the name immediately. Facing expensive legal fees, the siblings changed the band's name to Blondfire, they announced the name change with the release of a new iTunes-exclusive acoustic live EP. It featured "L-L-Love" and three new songs, "Paper Doll", "Running Back", "Fade to Pale". In October 2006, Blondfire signed a record deal with EMI Records UK, their debut album, My Someday, was released in 2008. Among the people thanked in the album liner notes was Fred Astaire.

In a May 2008 interview, Bruce Driscoll stated. In November 2011, Blondfire released the single and accompanying video for "Where The Kids Are" to much critical acclaim. In August 2012, Blondfire signed with Warner Bros. Records and Primary Wave Music. In February 2013, Blondfire released a new music video for their song "Where the Kids Are"; the track featured in the 2012 Honda Civic television spots. On 11 February 2014, Young Heart, was released, it produced two singles, "Where the Kids Are" and "Waves". In 2015, Bruce left the band as a full-time member to focus on his band Freedom Fry, he continues to collaborate with Erica on other creative projects. Blondfire's live lineup consists of Erica singing and playing guitar backed by a group of hand-picked musicians. My Someday Young Heart True Confessions EP "Don't Whisper Lies" "Pretty Young Thing" "Where The Kids Are" "Waves" "Young Heart" "Pleasure" "True Confessions" "Here And Now" "Liar Liar", from the album True by Avicii "Glorious", from the album Glorious by Arty "Something About You", from the album Something About You by Paris Blohm Official website