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PopClips is a music video television program, the direct predecessor of MTV. Former Monkee Mike Nesmith conceived the first music-video program as a promotional device for Warner Communications' record division. Production began in the spring of 1979 at SamFilm, a sound-stage built and operated in Sand City, California by Sam Harrison, a Monterey Peninsula College instructor with a motion picture background; the series was produced by Jac Holzman. With an infinity cyclorama as the background, set flats were made from the Styrofoam packing used to ship laserdisc players and 3/4" video decks; the first "VeeJay" was Jeff Michalski. The director was William Dear. Besides Harrison, the production team was made up of Bruce "Buz" Clarke, Keith Cornell, Marybeth Harris, Leslie Chacon; the program was broadcast weekly on the youth-oriented cable television channel Nickelodeon in late 1980 and early 1981. The channel's owners at the time, Warner Cable, wanted to buy the name and idea, but instead, according to Dear, "they just watered down the idea and came up with MTV."

PopClips was preceded by the video Elephant Parts, followed by a second series titled Television Parts, both of which Nesmith hosted and produced. Boney M — "Rivers of Babylon" Kim Carnes — "More Love" George Harrison — "True Love" Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons — "Security" Huey Lewis and the News — "Some of My Lies Are True" Huey Lewis and the News — "Don't Ever Tell Me That You Love Me" Lucifer's Friend — "Goodbye Girls" M — "That's the Way the Money Goes" Madness — "One Step Beyond" Mi-Sex — "Computer Games" Mike Nesmith — "Rio" Graham Parker — "Protection" Pearl Harbor and the Explosions — "Drivin'" Poco — "Crazy Love" The Police — "Walking on the Moon" Pretenders — "Brass in Pocket" Rolling Stones — "Waiting on a Friend" Rush — "Circumstances" Carly Simon — "Vengeance" The Specials - "Gangsters" Split Enz — "I Got You" Split Enz — "I Hope I Never" Squeeze — "Cool for Cats" Thin Lizzy — "Waiting For An Alibi" Toto — "99" The Tourists — "I Only Want to Be with You" Tycoon — "Such a Woman" Mike Nesmith of the Monkees, Ian Watson, first published in Melody Maker

Ruvuma Region

Ruvuma Region is one of Tanzania's 31 administrative regions. The regional capital is the municipality of Songea. According to the 2012 national census, the region had a population of 1,376,891, lower than the pre-census projection of 1,449,830. For 2002–2012, the region's 2.1 percent average annual population growth rate was the twentieth highest in the country. It was the 28th most densely populated region with 22 people per square kilometer; the region is named after the Ruvuma River, which forms most of its southern boundary with Portuguese-speaking Mozambique. The region is bordered to the north by the Morogoro Region, to the northeast by the Lindi Region, to the east by the Mtwara Region, to the northwest by the Njombe Region. Ruvuma has many different tribes, such as the Mpoto; the regional commissioner of the Ruvuma Region is Christina Solomon Mndeme. The region is administratively divided into five districts: For parliamentary elections, Tanzania is divided into constituencies; as of the 2010 elections, the Ruvuma Region had six constituencies: Nyasa Constituency Mbinga Mjini Constituency Mbinga Vijijini Constituency Namtumbo Constituency Peramiho Constituency Songea Mjini Constituency Tunduru Constituency Madaba Constituency

Ebbw Vale (High Level) railway station

Ebbw Vale railway station was a station on a short branch from the London and North Western Railway's Heads of the Valleys line which served the town of Ebbw Vale in the Welsh county of Monmouthshire. The first section of the Merthyr and Abergavenny Railway from Abergavenny to Brynmawr was opened on 29 September 1862; the line was leased and operated by the London and North Western Railway which acquired the smaller railway company on 30 June 1866. On 2 September 1867, a branch was opened to Ebbw Vale; the branch service started at Brynmawr and, prior to 1925, there was a daily service of more than thirty trains each way.. Ebbw Vale was reached by the 93-yard Beaufort Viaduct before reaching Ebbw Vale Junction and the 93-yard Rhyd Viaduct. Much of the branch descended towards Ebbw Vale on 1 in 42 gradient. A connection ran north-eastwards to the Ebbw Vale Iron Works. A substantial amount of freight was carried to and from the ironworks; the station was sandwiched between James Street and Market Street, with the main station building facing the latter.

St James Methodist Church was prominent behind the single platform. A signal box was at the south end of the station before the point where the line crossed Market Street on the level; the station was near the Great Western Railway's own Ebbw Vale station and there was considerable rivalry between this company and the L&NWR. The L&NWR insisted that the signalman manning the signalbox descend to ring a handbell five minutes before the departure of a train and again once it had left; the station booking office was closed two minutes before the departure of a train which resulted in late would-be passengers having to wait outside a locked gate until the train departed. To distinguish the two Ebbw Vale stations, British Railways added the suffix "High Level" and "Low Level" on 23 May 1949; the High Level station suffered from the disadvantage that, although it was more centrally-located than the Low Level, services went to Brynmawr and not to Newport where most passengers wished to travel. Passenger services, which at that time consisted of two each way on weekdays and five extra services on Saturdays, were withdrawn from the branch on 5 February 1951, although goods facilities were provided until 2 November 1959.

From 22 November 1954, goods services were routed via Nantybwch. The station site has been redeveloped as a shopping complex, having been a multi-storey car park; the angle of the building to the road follows the former railway alignment. The Ebbw Vale leisure centre has been constructed on the trackbed about 0.5 miles north of the former terminus. Awdry, Christopher. Encyclopaedia of British Railway Companies. Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-8526-0049-7. OCLC 19514063. CN 8983. Butt, R. V. J.. The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt and stopping place and present. Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199. Clinker, C. R.. Clinker's Register of Closed Passenger Stations and Goods Depots in England and Wales 1830–1980. Bristol: Avon-Anglia Publications & Services. ISBN 978-0-905466-91-0. OCLC 655703233. Conolly, W. Philip. British Railways Gazetteer. Hersham, Surrey: Ian Allan. ISBN 978-0-7110-0320-0. Edge, David. Abergavenny to Merthyr including the Ebbw Vale Branch.

Country Railway Routes. Midhurst: Middleton Press. ISBN 1-901706-915. Hall, Mike. Lost Railways of South Wales. Newbury: Countryside Books. ISBN 978-1-84674-172-2. Page, James. South Wales. Forgotten Railways. 8. Newton Abbot: David & Charles. ISBN 0-946537-44-5. Page, James. Rails in the Valleys. London: Guild Publishing. ISBN 978-0-71538-979-9. Quick, Michael. Railway passenger stations in Great Britain: a chronology. Oxford: Railway and Canal Historical Society. ISBN 978-0-901461-57-5. OCLC 612226077. Tasker, W. W.. The Merthyr, Tredegar & Abergavenny Railway and branches. Poole: Oxford Publishing Co. ISBN 978-0-86093-339-7

Alexander M. Patch American High School

Alexander M. Patch American High School was an English language high school on Patch Barracks in Stuttgart, Germany operated by DODEA. Opened in 1979; the school was named after Alexander McCarrell Patch, a General in the United States Army during World War II. From 1979-2006 the school operated for grades 7-12. With the 1992 closure of Stuttgart American High School in Pattonville, Patch High School became the only DODEA High School in the Stuttgart area. After 2006 the school changed to 9th-12th due to projected increasing enrollment and middle schools created at nearby Panzer Kaserne and Robinson Barracks to be used by these students. Patch High School closed June 30, 2015; the newly built Stuttgart High School on Panzer Kaserne will be the only DoDEA high school in the Stuttgart area starting with the 2015-16 school year. The school offered the same typical classes as schools in the United States; some of the offered courses were as follows English Mathematics Science Foreign Languages Computer Courses Fine Arts History Business Army JROTC Patch American High School had a large variety of sports including Tennis, Cheerleading, Volley Ball, Cross Country, Golf, Baseball and for JROTC there was Drill and Rifle.

Many of the teams won Europeans including Rifle, Cross Country and Wrestling. The Rifle team was second in all of Army JROTC and was home to the second place individual marksman in all of Army JROTC. Official School website DODEA Webpage Patch Sports Clips

Qin Kanying

Qin Kanying is a Chinese chess player who holds the FIDE title of Woman Grandmaster. She is five-time Chinese women's champion. Qin Kanying won the Women's Chinese Chess Championship in 1988, 1991, 1995, 1999 and 2004, she finished sixth at the 1991 Women's Interzonal Tournament in Subotica to qualify for the 1992 Women's Candidates Tournament, held in Shanghai. In this latter event she placed fifth out of nine participants. Qin reached the final of the Women's World Chess Championship 2000 in New Delhi after she sequentially knocked out Masha Klinova, Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant, Ketino Kachiani-Gersinska, Corina Peptan and Alisa Marić. In the final she faced defending champion Xie Jun, who retained her title by winning 2½-1½ in a four-game match. In 2000, Qin finished second in the Asian Women's Championship in Udaipur. Qin played on the Chinese team at the Women's Chess Olympiad in 1990, 1992 and 1994, winning each time the team bronze medal. In the 1992 Olympiad she won an individual bronze medal thanks to her score of 77,3% on board three.

Qin is married to chess grandmaster Peng Xiaomin, her trainer. Qin Kanying chess games at Qin Kanying player profile and games at

Donald John Dean

Colonel Donald John Dean VC OBE was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. Dean served as a private with the 28th London Regiment in the Ypres Salient and during the Battle of the Somme. In October 1916 he was commissioned into the Royal West Kent Regiment and fought at Vimy Ridge and around Givenchy, he was 21 years old, a Temporary Lieutenant in the 8th Battalion, The Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment, British Army during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC. During the period 24 September–26 September 1918, north-west of Lens, Lieutenant Dean with his platoon held an advance post established in a newly captured enemy trench; the post was ill-prepared for defence and the lieutenant worked unceasingly with his men consolidating the position, under heavy fire. Five times in all the post was attacked and on each occasion the attack was repulsed.

Throughout the whole of this time Lieutenant Dean inspired his command with his own contempt of danger and set the highest example of valour and devotion to duty. He achieved the rank of colonel and served in the Second World War. Dean was among the last to leave the port of Boulogne in 1940, he served in Madagascar and Italy, earning two Mentions in Despatches and a promotion to full colonel in 1945. He served as a Deputy Lieutenant of Kent. In 1923, Dean married Marjorie Wood, they had one daughter. Biography Donald John Dean at Find a Grave Location of grave and VC medal