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Ranks and insignia of NATO

Ranks and insignia of NATO are combined military insignia used by the member countries of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. The rank scale is used for specifying posts within NATO. NATO maintains a "standard rank scale" in an attempt to match every member country's military rank to corresponding ranks used by the other members; the rank categories were established, in 1978, in the document STANAG 2116, formally titled NATO Codes for Grades of Military Personnel. There are two scales, though not all member countries use all the points on the NATO scales and some have more than one rank at some points: OF1–OF10 are used for commissioned officers. Most countries do not have an intermediate tier of ranks between Other Ranks; the exception is the United States, the NATO warrant officer grades of WO1–WO5 are used only for warrant officer ranks of the US military. In other countries with "Warrant Officer" ranks, they are considered part of Other Ranks. OR1–OR9 are used for all Other Ranks, including non-commissioned officers and privates.

The numbers in the system broadly correspond to the US military pay grade system, with OR-x replacing E-x and WO-x replacing W-x. The main difference is in the commissioned officer ranks, where the US system recognises two ranks at OF-1 level, meaning that all O-x numbers after O-1 are one point higher on the US scale than they are on the NATO scale. OfficerEnlisted Ranks and insignia of NATO armies officers Ranks and insignia of NATO armies enlisted Ranks and insignia of NATO air forces officers Ranks and insignia of NATO air forces enlisted Ranks and insignia of NATO navies officers Ranks and insignia of NATO navies enlisted Comparative military ranks

Riverboat (TV series)

Riverboat is an American western television series starring Darren McGavin and Burt Reynolds, produced by Revue Studios, broadcast on the NBC television network from 1959 to 1961. Reynolds was replaced by Noah Beery Jr. halfway through the series in the wake of a conflict with McGavin. In the series, Captain Grey Holden and his crew navigate the vessel called the Enterprise principally, along the Mississippi and Ohio rivers; some episodes are set in the Midwest. Holden and his men encounter interesting characters along the way, including U. S. President Zachary Taylor, General Winfield Scott and a pre-presidential Abraham Lincoln. One episode focuses indirectly on the Texan Revolution of 1836. Unlike most westerns, which are set after the American Civil War, the story's time frame precedes the sectional conflict, includes the 1830s and 40s; the series ended on the NBC mid-season schedule in January 1961, replaced by a drama about the sectional conflict, The Americans. Dan Duryea played Captain Brad Turner in the first two episodes, before Darren McGavin replaced him for forty episodes.

Burt Reynolds in his television debut role played Ben Frazer in twenty episodes, before reporting disputes with McGavin and being replaced by Noah Beery, Jr. who played Bill Blake. Dick Wessel, as chief stoker Carney Kohler, was cast in forty one episodes, Jack Lambert was cast in twenty three episodes as first mate Joshua MacGregor, John Mitchum co-starred in ten episodes as Pickalong, the ship's cook, Michael McGreevey was cast in seventeen episodes as cabin boy Chip Kessler and William D. Gordon played first mate Joe Travis in thirteen episodes before his character's death; the series featured a large array of leading ladies of that era as guest stars, including Mary Tyler Moore, cast as the "Brunette Girl in Coach", with Jeanne Carmen as Janine, the "Blonde Girl in Coach", in the 1959 episode, "A Night at Trapper's Landing". Moore played Lily Belle de Lesseps the next year in "Trunk Full of Dreams". Other female guest stars include: Many male guest stars appeared on Riverboat. Ricardo Montalban portrayed United States Army Lt. Andre B.

Devereaux in "A Night at Trapper's Landing". In the story line, the Enterprise is commandeered by the military for a punitive expedition against the Indians after an attack on Devereaux and his men. Ben Frazer, tries to convince the Army that the uprising is the result of a local Indian agent; the episode features Judson Pratt, as Sergeant Ned Bolger, Stacy Harris as Colonel Nicholson, Raymond Bailey as General Jacoby, with other roles for character actors Morris Ankrum, R. G. Armstrong, Peter Whitney. Other male guest stars include: Eddie Albert, as Dan Simpson, with Russell Johnson as Darius, John M. Pickard, from the western series Boots and Saddles, uncredited as a river pirate, in "The Unwilling". Debra Paget is cast as Lela Russell. Jack Albertson, as Sampson J. Binton, DeForest Kelley as Alex Jeffords, in the series finale, "Listen to the Nightingale". Robert Bray, prior to Stagecoach West, as Tom Byson, with Beverly Garland as Dr. Nora James, in "Three Graves", the story of three mysterious recent graves in a river town Charles Bronson, as Crowley, with Ray Teal as Sheriff Clay, in "Zigzag".

The outlaws demand that Blake pretend to be the son of a dying old man so that he can compel the man to reveal the location of a large amount of money in his possession. William Fawcett is cast as the owner of the cabin where the old man is living. Stella Stevens plays Lisa. Edgar Buchanan, as Wingate Pritchard Pardee in "Duel on the River". Akins appeared as Jarret Sutton in "Escape to Memphis". Forrest Lewis appears in this episode as Mr. Chambers. Richard Carlson, as Paul Drake in "The Faithless". Having lost his religious faith, Drake refuses to render medical assistance to a two-year-old girl stricken with a communicable disease that threatens the entire vessel. William Phipps and Jeanne Bates play the parents of the child. Bethel Leslie portrays Cathy Norris. Anthony Caruso, as the Cherokee Chief White Bull in "The Long Trail". Harry Lauter and Dennis Cross appear in this episode. Richard Chamberlain, as Lt. Dave Winslow in "Chicota Landing". Lieutenant Winslow asks Holden to transport his men to a military garrison.

Instead, Cortilla takes over its gunpowder. Connie Hines portrays Lucy Bridges, Ted de Corsia is cast as another bandit. Lloyd Corrigan, as John Jenkins, with Anne Baxter as Ellie Jenkins, in "A Race to Cincinnati"

Hi┼Źden: Mamono-tachi tono Chikai

Hiōden: Mamono-tachi tono Chikai is a video game, published in 1992 by Telenet Japan and developed by their Wolfteam subsidiary. It was released on the NEC PC-98 in the same year; the game was ported to the Super Famicom in 1994. Its subtitle could be translated as "Legend of the Scarlet King"; the main character of Hiouden is the titular Scarlet King. His castle has been taken over by the Macaulays, everyone in the castle was executed except him, he fled to the hanging gardens in the castle to regroup. There he discovers a dryad, who grants him the ability to summon demons, thus begins his quest to retake his home. The game can be played using a normal controller; the game's music was composed by Hiroya Hatsushiba and Shinji Tamura. Hatsushiba was the sound programmer; this game is noted as Yoshiharu Gotanda's first work as the lead programmer. It is the second to last game Wolfteam developed before the big staff breakup. Richard A. MacIntyre makes a cameo appearance in Harmel Village in the game Tales of Phantasia as the city mayor and store owner

Marinens Flyvebaatfabrikk M.F.11

The Marinens Flyvebaatfabrikk M. F.11 was a three-seat, single-engined biplane used by the Royal Norwegian Navy Air Service for maritime reconnaissance in the decade before the Second World War. The M. F. 11 was the main aircraft of the Royal Norwegian Navy Air Service up until the German invasion of Norway in 1940. As the final Hansa Brandenburg W.33 seaplane left the Marinens Flyvebaatfabrikk in Horten in 1929 it was clear that a new machine was needed to fulfil the needs of the RNoNAS. Thus, by the summer of 1929 Marinens Flyvebaatfabrikk and its chief designer, Captain J. E. Høver was ordered to construct a new seaplane. In the span of little over a year Høver, in cooperation with pilots and other specialists designed the Høver M. F. 11. During the design period several foreign designs were evaluated by the Norwegian military, but by 11 October 1930 the Norwegian Ministry of Defence ordered the production of the M. F. 11, which at that time was referred to as a "self-defence scout plane". At the outset the Norwegian naval pilots wanted a monoplane design for their new naval aircraft, but due to the RNoNAS demanding the new plane to have a maximum wingspan of 15.4 m, to allow it to fit into the existing hangars, a biplane structure became necessary.

The fuselage of the M. F. 11 was made of welded steel bars and wood formers, covered with canvas. Crew members used gosport tubes for communication. Twenty-nine aircraft were produced in total; the first aircraft, F.300, made its first flight on 29 September 1931. The M. F. 11s were equipped with the British-designed Armstrong Siddeley Panther II radial engine, the first 14 of which were made in the United Kingdom. From 1934 license manufacturing of the Armstrong Siddeley Panther II began in Norway at Marinens Minevesen in Horten, with F.314 being the first aircraft equipped with a Norwegian-made engine. As the handmade Norwegian power plants were installed they soon proved to be of superior quality to the machine manufactured originals; the same engine was produced for the Norwegian Army Air Service aircraft. A total of 17 Panther IIs were made in seven for Navy and ten for Army aircraft; the licence production ended in 1938 as import engines became available at a low cost after the Panther II was abandoned by the UK armed forces as it could no longer be used to propel the powerful British aircraft.

The M. F. 11 entered service with the RNoNAS in 1932 and was used for numerous tasks along the coast of Norway and in Norwegian territorial waters. After the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939 this included taking part in all major military exercises, searching for mines and missing ships, being stationed at the various coastal fortifications around the country as reconnaissance assets. At the dawn of the German invasion some of the robust aircraft had logged close to 900 hours of flight time. Shortly before the war the Royal Norwegian Navy Air Service had decided to find a replacement for the M. F.11, on 8 March 1940 24 Northrop N-3PBs were ordered from the US. None of these were delivered before the 9 April 1940 German invasion of Norway. M. F. 11s saw active service all along the Norwegian coastline following the German invasion, from Western Norway to North Norway. One M. F. 11, F.342, was among the first Norwegian units to make contact with the invasion forces. On 8 April 1940 Lieutenants Kaare Strand Kjos and Magnus Lie of the Trøndelag Naval District were dispatched to the Kornstadfjord near Lyngstad in Eide where a German Arado Ar 196 had made an emergency landing.

After the two German pilots, Oberleutnant Werner Techam and Leutnant Hans Polzin, had approached the locals trying to purchase fuel for their airplane they were captured by a group of civilians. Thereafter they were arrested by armed police officers; as Kjos and Lie landed shortly thereafter they took command and organised the transport of the Germans and their plane to Kristiansund for internment. The Arado would turn out to have been catapult launched from the German cruiser Admiral Hipper. A few days earlier the Royal Norwegian Navy Air Service' Trøndelag Air Group had been reduced from two to one M. F. 11 when F.340 capsized in Trondheim harbour due to heavy winds. The Air Group's composition One of the Norwegian air units in which the M. F. 11 saw action was the improvised Romsdalsfjord Air Group. The air group was to consist of a total of four aircraft. F. 11, one Arado Ar 196 and two Fleet Air Arm Supermarine Walrus'. The first Walrus of 700 Naval Air Squadron was one released by Norwegian authorities after having been interned in Kristiansund on 8 April after failing to return to the battleship HMS Rodney after a scouting mission due to high waves.

The other arrived in Molde on 13 April to inform the Royal Norwegian Navy command of the imminent arrival of an RN task force. After meeting with Captain Ullring, the commander of the local RNoN district in the Romsdal area, the crew of the Walrus decided on joining the Romsdalsfjord Air Group for the time being; the air group was based out of Eidsøra, where the newly built school was utilised as a barracks and the local rifle association provided a guard force of riflemen for observations of air and naval activity. A group of local women provided the force of around twenty-five officers and men with food and other supplies. Operations Operations of the Romsdalsfjord Air Group, including M. F. 11 F.342, was completely restricted to scouting the coast of Romsdal for enemy forces. This was because the group had only 2,000 rounds of machine gun ammunition, no tracer ammunition or bombs and only fuel for a few days if all four p

The Dunwich Horror

"The Dunwich Horror" is a horror short story by American writer H. P. Lovecraft. Written in 1928, it was first published in the April 1929 issue of Weird Tales, it takes place in a fictional town in Massachusetts. It is considered one of the core stories of the Cthulhu Mythos. In the isolated, decrepit village of Dunwich, Wilbur Whateley is the hideous son of Lavinia Whateley, a deformed and unstable albino mother, an unknown father. Strange events surround his birth and precocious development. Wilbur matures at an abnormal rate. Locals shun him and his family, animals fear and despise him due to his odor. All the while, his sorcerer grandfather indoctrinates him into certain dark rituals and the study of witchcraft. Various locals grow suspicious after Old Whateley buys more and more cattle, yet the number of his herd never increases, the cattle in his field become mysteriously afflicted with severe open wounds. Wilbur and his grandfather have sequestered an unseen presence at their farmhouse. Year by year, this unseen entity grows to monstrous proportions, requiring the two men to make frequent modifications to their residence.

People begin to notice a trend of cattle mysteriously disappearing. Wilbur's grandfather dies, his mother disappears soon afterwards; the colossal entity occupies the whole interior of the farmhouse. Wilbur ventures to Miskatonic University in Arkham to procure their copy of the Necronomicon – Miskatonic's library is one of only a handful in the world to stock an original; the Necronomicon has spells that Wilbur can use to summon the Old Ones, but his family's copy is damaged and lacks the page he needs to open the "door." When the librarian, Dr. Henry Armitage, refuses to release the university's copy to him, Wilbur breaks into the library at night to steal it. A guard dog, maddened by Wilbur's alien body odor and kills him with unusual ferocity; when Dr. Armitage and two other professors, Warren Rice and Francis Morgan, arrive on the scene, they see Wilbur's semi-human corpse before it melts leaving no evidence. With Wilbur dead, no one attends to the mysterious presence growing in the Whateley farmhouse.

Early one morning, the farmhouse explodes and the thing, an invisible monster, rampages across Dunwich, cutting a path through fields and ravines, leaving huge "prints" the size of tree trunks. The monster makes forays into inhabited areas; the invisible creature terrorizes Dunwich for several days, killing two families and several policemen, until Armitage and Morgan arrive with the knowledge and weapons needed to kill it. The use of a magic powder renders it visible; the barn-sized monster screams for help – in English – just before the spell destroys it, leaving a huge burned area. In the end, its nature is revealed: it is Wilbur's twin brother, though it "looked more like the father than Wilbur did." Old Whateley Lavinia Whateley's "aged and half-insane father, about whom the most frightful tales of magic had been whispered in his youth". He has a large collection of "rotting ancient books and parts of books" which he uses to "instructs and catechise" his grandson Wilbur, he dies of natural causes on August 2, 1924.

Whateley was given no certain first name by Lovecraft, although Fungi from Yuggoth mentions a John Whateley. According to S. T. Joshi, "It is not certain where Lovecraft got the name Whateley," though there is a small town called Whately in northwestern Massachusetts near the Mohawk Trail, which Lovecraft hiked several times, including in the summer of 1928. Robert M. Price's short story "Wilbur Whateley Waiting" emphasizes the obvious pun in the name. Lavinia Whateley One of Lovecraft's few female characters. Born circa 1878, Lavinia Whateley is the spinster daughter of Old Whateley whose mother met an "unexplained death by violence" when Lavinia was 12, she is described as a somewhat deformed, unattractive albino woman...a lone creature given to wandering amidst thunderstorms in the hills and trying to read the great odorous books which her father had inherited through two centuries of Whateleys.... She had never been to school, but was filled with disjointed scraps of ancient lore that Old Whateley had taught her....

Isolated among strange influences, Lavinia was fond of wild and grandiose day-dreams and singular occupations. Elsewhere, she is called "slatternly crinkly-haired". In 1913, she gave birth to Wilbur Whately by an unknown father revealed to be Yog-Sothoth. On Halloween night in 1926, she disappeared under mysterious circumstances killed or sacrificed by her son. Wilbur Whateley Born February 1913 at 5 a.m. to Lavinia Whateley and Yog-Sothoth. Described as a "dark, goatish-looking infant"—neighbors refer to him as "Lavinny's black brat"—he shows extreme precocity: "Within three months of his birth, he had attained a size and muscular power not found in infants under a full year of age.... At seven months, he began to walk unassisted," and he "commenced to the age of only eleven months." At three years of age, "he looked like a boy of ten," while at four and a half, he "looked like a lad of fifteen. His lips and cheeks were fuzzy with a coarse dark down, his voice had begun to break." "Though he shared his mother's and grandfather's chinlessness, his firm and precociously shaped nose united with the expression of his large, dark Latin eyes to give him an air of..well-nigh pretern

2013 CAA Men's Basketball Tournament

The 2013 Colonial Athletic Association Men's Basketball Tournament was held March 9–11 at the Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, VA. The champion, James Madison, received an automatic bid to the 2013 NCAA Tournament; the 2013 tournament featured only seven teams due to UNC-Wilmington and Towson ineligible for postseason play as a result of low APR scores, Old Dominion and Georgia State being banned from the CAA tournament due to bylaws that deny access to championships that provide automatic NCAA bids to schools that have announced they will depart the league. Old Dominion and Georgia State were still eligible for an at-large bid to other postseason tournaments. All times listed are Eastern