Roadrunner Records

Roadrunner Records is an American record label focused on heavy metal and hard rock bands. It is based in New York City; the label was launched in 1980 in the Netherlands. Roadrunner's initial business was importing North American metal-band recordings into Europe. In 1986, Roadrunner opened its US headquarters in New York City and opened offices in the United Kingdom, France, Australia, Denmark and the latest in Canada. Early successes included albums from King Annihilator; the label handled early Metallica releases in the Scandinavian region. The end of the 1980s saw the release of two albums that are now considered classics of their respective genres: Obituary's Slowly We Rot and Sepultura's Beneath the Remains; the 1990s saw the arrival of acts such as Life of Agony, Machine Head, Type O Negative, underground grunge rockers Willard. As the 1990s wore on, several of Roadrunner's bands managed to make an impact on the mainstream, most notably Sepultura and Type O Negative. Sepultura's 1993 album, Chaos A.

D. became the first Roadrunner band to crack the Top 40 on the Billboard album chart. Type O Negative became the first Roadrunner band to receive a certification from the RIAA; the band became the first Roadrunner band to receive radio play. In 2000, Slipknot became the first Roadrunner band to go Platinum. Nickelback were very successful on the label, although signed to another label in Canada. Derek Shulman ran the label in the late'90s. Beginning in 2001, Roadrunner was distributed by the Universal Music Group through a share of the label owned by The Island Def Jam Music Group; this deal has now expired. On December 18, 2006, Warner Music Group signed an agreement to purchase a majority in shares of Roadrunner Records' parent company, Roadrunner Music Group B. V; this deal became finalized on January 2007 after receiving regulatory approval in Germany. On June 11, 2008, Roadrunner Records was voted as the "Best Metal Label" by Metal Hammer at their Golden Gods Awards, an award that it has won the past four years in a row.

The award was accepted by Sharon den Adel and Ruud Jolie of Within Temptation, one of Roadrunner's biggest acts. Roadrunner Records was affected by Warner Music Group's legal dispute against YouTube, including having their account's YouTube partnership canceled. Most of the videos on their channel, are still viewable. There is a disclaimer talking about Warner's dispute right on the channel. On November 11, 2010, Warner Music Group announced they had acquired the remaining of Roadrunner's stock. Roadrunner will continue to operate as a distinct brand according to sources. Cees Wessels, the label's founder, remains CEO. On April 26, 2012, it was announced that Warner Music Group were to make substantial cutbacks throughout Roadrunner Records worldwide operations. According to staff working at the company, The UK offices and the Canadian offices of Roadrunner Records are to be closed with severe levels of cutbacks occurring across the rest of the label worldwide, it has been announced that the Roadrunner office in The Netherlands is to close, that the label's founder Cees Wessels is stepping down from his role of CEO.

The following years saw several major Roadrunner acts leave the label, including DevilDriver and Alter Bridge, Machine Head, Soulfly and Dream Theater In July 2017, British rock bands, Milk Teeth signed with Roadrunner Records. In June 2018, Roadrunner became a sub-label of Warner's Elektra Music Group division. Roadrunner has been accused of being a label only interested in current or trendy alternative music, reflected by their roster of popular and metalcore acts; the most notable example of this is the treatment of the main death and thrash metal bands on Roadrunner's roster throughout the 90s including Obituary, Death, Fear Factory, Pestilence, who were either dropped or left the label after ill treatment. One of the earliest names on the label, King Diamond, left the label due to alleged lack of promotional support for the 1990 King Diamond release, The Eye. Type O Negative left Roadrunner in 2006 following a dispute over the label releasing a "hits" compilation, The Best of Type O Negative, without prior notification to the band, which led them to accept a more appealing offer from SPV Records.

In 2008, punk cabaret chanteuse Amanda Palmer was told by the label that they wanted to re-edit her video for "Leeds United" to make her look slimmer, causing a firestorm on the Internet from fans. On April 6, 2010, Palmer announced on her Twitter account; the most recent complaints about Roadrunner have come from one of the label's biggest bands Megadeth. Glassjaw members Daryl Palumbo and Justin Beck continue to speak unfavourably of Roadrunner, years after the problems the band experienced with them, they advise people not to buy their first full-length so as not to give the label money, have told fans at shows to illegally download the record. Palumbo has said: "Roadrunner is a joke. Roadrunner’s not a real label, it has the power to be one of the superpowers in the heavy music industry. While labels like Victory Records, such a small hardcore label, is surpassing Roadrunner. R

Catherine Cox

Catherine Anne Cox is an Australian netball player. Cox has played for the Australian national team since her first appearance in 1997 and is one of only four players with more than 100 test matches. With Australia she won one Commonwealth Games. On club level she was active for the Australian Institute of Perth Orioles, she had afterwards her most successful time playing for the Sydney Swifts, winning the Australian championships of 2004, 2006, 2007. In 2008 she captained the Sydney Swift's successor team NSW Swifts when it won the inaugural Trans-Tasman championship. In 2012 and 2014 she joined Melbourne Vixens, respectively. Catherine Cox was born in Whangarei, New Zealand but moved with her family to Australia when she was six. Cox started playing netball at age 11, starting at the Hills District Netball Association in New South Wales. By 1992 she had represented New South Wales at under 17 level, she was first represented her country at Under 21 level in 1994. She was an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder.

She was first selected for the Australian national team squad in November 1996 and made her Australian team debut in 1997 against South Africa, aged 21. Cox's next Australian appearance was in the 1999 Test Series in Australia against England. After a knee operation at the end of 1999, Catherine co-captained the Perth Orioles for the next two seasons, she was selected again in 2000 after the retirement of longstanding shooters Vicki Wilson and Jenny Borlase but did not maintain her place. She rejoined the Australian Netball Diamonds in 2002 and played in integral part in the victory in the Commonwealth Games in Manchester, has been a fixture in the team since. In 2002, she joined the Sydney Swifts and shared shooting roles with Jane Altschwager, Megan Dehn and Susan Pratley and contributed to the Swifts consecutive grand final appearances from 2003 to 2007, with success in 2004, 2006, 2007. Cox appeared for the national team at the 2002 Commonwealth Games and played after half-time in the double over-time final win over New Zealand.

She appeared for Australia in the 2003 Netball World Championships, played the last quarter of the grand final loss by two goals to New Zealand. Cox played for Australia's successful team at the 2007 World Championships in Auckland. Cox was vice-captain in Australia's successful campaign in the 2011 World Netball Championships in Singapore, after Natalie von Bertouch replaced the injured Sharelle Mcmahon as captain. After von Bertouch was injured, Cox became captain for the series against New Zealand and England in October 2011. During the tournament Cox scored her 2000th goal for Australia and became Australia's fourth most highest capped player, behind Vicki Wilson, Sharelle McMahon and Liz Ellis. On 20 September 2012 during the second test against the New Zealand Silver Ferns in the Constellation Cup series, Cox earned her 100th test cap to become only the fourth player in Australian netball history to reach the century mark. Cox captained the New South Wales Swifts in the inaugural ANZ Championship season in 2008 and was awarded player of the match in the grand final win against Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic.

In June 2010, Cox played her 200th domestic match against the Melbourne Vixens, the second Australian to reach that milestone after Sharelle McMahon. In August 2011, Cox lost the captaincy of the New South Wales Swifts and left to join West Coast Fever. Cox was the captain for the West Coast Fever and is the only player to be captain for two different teams since the inaugural season. In 2014 she joined the Melbourne Vixens; that year in 2014, she retired from the ANZ Championship. Cox was a side-line commentator for Sky Sports for the 2014 Constellation Cup Series in New Zealand, is a commentator for Fox Sports for the ANZ Championship. Ellis, Liz. "Catherine Cox". Netball Heroes: 30 greats of the game. Crow's Nest, NSW: Allen & Unwin. Pp. 40–44. ISBN 1-74114-359-4

Dells of the Eau Claire County Park

Dells of the Eau Claire County Park is in the north-central Wisconsin Town of Plover, east of the city of Wausau. It is divided in two by the Eau Claire River; the river flows through a rocky gorge to form cascades and waterfalls as it passes over and around weathered boulders and other formations. The depth of the river can vary depending on the time of the year; the park has areas designated for camping, swimming and picnicking. Although the park shares a name with the city of Eau Claire, that city is over 100 miles away to the west; this park should not be confused with the Wisconsin Dells, an area with its own formations over 100 miles away to the south. The park was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on July 15, 2016. In 1923 the Marathon County Park Commission bought 60 acres around the dells of the Eau Claire, establishing its fourth county park. Charles Ramsdell, a landscape architect from Minneapolis, planned the initial development of the park, which included trails, a picnic grove, a concession stand, keeping in mind the County Park Commission's directive to not "replace the natural and picturesque with the artificial and commonplace park development."

Through the 20s and early 30s the county cleared brush, built stone steps, developed a baseball field. The rustic stone highway bridge that carries County K across the river above the gorge was built in 1927, it was designed by G. H. Kirsch of the Wisconsin Highway Commission, a 116.5-foot reinforced concrete, filled spandrel arch bridge. The concrete was faced with a rubble stone veneer to "accent its rustic surroundings." W. H. Fischer and Sons of Antigo was the general contractor. In 1937 Ingwal S. Horgen, another landscape architect and by Marathon County's park superintendent, created the Master Plan for the park, concentrating buildings in one area to preserve the natural features, laying out trails and paths to highlight those features, he deliberately left large areas in permanent forest. The footbridge was part of his plan, the Rustic-styled buildings, a style just becoming common in American parks. Eighty years much of Horgen's design is still in place. Civilian Conservation Corps Company 3649th Camp Rib Mountain carried out much of Horgen's design, working with him.

That company worked on Rib Mountain State Park and Eau Pleine County Park. From 1935 to 1942 the CCCs built the foot-bridge, stone steps, the Combination Building, other structures, they picked the stones for the foot-bridge from the gorge. The park received designation as a State Natural Area in 1973, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2016. The river in Dells of the Eau Claire County Park runs through a rock gorge with waterfalls and rapids. A portion of the Ice Age Trail passes through the park. Bedrock outcrops along the river have been dated around 1.8 billion years old. Precambrian-age rhyolite schist, formed through metamorphosis, is the type of rock that lies flat and stands upright at places in the gorge. Geological processes have tilted this rock to near-vertical positions, creating formations of varying heights; the northern edge of the gorge has the highest vertical tilts. The swirling action of sand and gravel in the water current has produced potholes; the forested areas as well as the river banks and gorge feature a northern mesic forest of hemlock, sugar maple, mountain maple, yellow birch, Canada yew.

With an average annual snowfall of 52 inches in Marathon County, run-off from snowmelt creates higher water levels in the Eau Claire River during the springtime. In summer and fall, water levels in the Eau Claire River tend to be lower, with average rainfall exceeding 4 or 5 inches per month. Most of the developed recreational areas lie north of the Eau Claire River within the park's boundaries. North of the river and west of a county highway that runs through the park are over 25 campsites and a swimming beach above a dam a half-mile from the river gorge. North of the river and east of the highway are a group campground, three shelters, a playground area. There are a number of nature trails that wind south of the river throughout the park. A sign along the gorge warns park visitors: “Danger. Use only developed beach. Rocks – Undercurrent deadly.” Between 1977 and 1995, four deaths were attributed to mishaps among the rocks and water of the gorge. Official website