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Robert R. McCammon

Robert Rick McCammon is an American novelist from Birmingham, Alabama. One of the influential names in the late 1970s–early 1990s American horror literature boom, by 1991 McCammon had three New York Times bestsellers and around 5 million books in print, his parents are Jack, a musician, Barbara Bundy McCammon. After his parents' divorce, McCammon lived with his grandparents in Birmingham, he received a B. A. in Journalism from the University of Alabama in 1974. McCammon lives in Birmingham, he has a daughter, with his former wife, Sally Sanders. McCammon has published multiple award-winning books, including Mine in 1990 and Boy's Life in 1991. After the release of Gone South, McCammon chose to leave his publisher. After clashing with an editor at a new publisher over the direction for his historical fiction novel Speaks the Nightbird, he retired from writing. After a long hiatus which resulted from the reorganization of the publishing industry and McCammon's personal depression and soul searching, he returned to the publishing world with Speaks the Nightbird, the first book in the Matthew Corbett series.

Publishers Weekly called it a "compulsively readable yarn," and said, "McCammon's loyal fans will find his resurfacing reason to rejoice." Since 2002, thirteen new books have been published, including seven, so far, in the Matthew Corbett series. In 1985, McCammon's story "Nightcrawlers". Like Dean Koontz, McCammon for a while refused to let his first novels be republished because, while not disliking the books, he did not feel that they were up to the standards of his works, he wrote that he feels he was allowed to learn how to write in public, therefore had decided to retire his earlier works. However, Bethany's Sin, The Night Boat, They Thirst were re-released by Subterranean Press as limited edition novels. In a 2013 interview McCammon acknowledged that some readers would like to have a complete collection of his work, said "reading back over those books I find they’re not as poorly written as I recall them to be." They have all been released as ebooks and audiobooks. Baal Bethany's Sin - second published novel, but third written The Night Boat - third published novel, but second written They Thirst Mystery Walk – first novel published in hardcover Usher's Passing - Winner of the 1985 Alabama Library Association Alabama Author Award Swan Song - Co-winner of the 1987 Bram Stoker Award and nominated for the 1988 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel.

The Five The Border The Listener The Wolf's Hour - Nominated for the 1989 Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel.

Howard Unwin Moffat

Howard Unwin Moffat served as second premier of Southern Rhodesia, from 1927 to 1933. Born in the Kuruman mission station in Bechuanaland, Moffat was the son of the missionary John Smith Moffat and grandson of the missionary Robert Moffat, the friend of King Mzilikazi and the father-in-law of David Livingstone. Howard Moffat attended St. Andrew's College, Grahamstown in 1885. After service in the Bechuanaland Border Police, Moffat moved to Bulawayo and served in the 1893 Matabele War and the Anglo-Boer War, he was elected to the Legislative Council in 1923 as member for Victoria and served as Minister of Mines and Works under Charles Coghlan. He succeeded as premier after Coghlan's death in 1927. Moffat was viewed as a conservative who believed that Rhodesia would join the Union of South Africa, he oversaw the purchase, for £2 million, of the British South Africa Company's remaining mineral rights in Southern Rhodesia. His government passed the 1930 Land Apportionment Act, which defined the pattern of land allocation and ownership and is viewed as being one of the ultimate causes of the land disputes during land reform in Zimbabwe from 2000.

He was succeeded by George Mitchell. In the 1933 general election he lost his seat. In the 1939 general election Moffat attempted to restart the Rhodesia Party but this met with failure


Transbase is a relational database management system and maintained by Transaction Software GmbH, Munich. The development of Transbase was started in the 1980s by Rudolf Bayer under the name „Merkur“ at the department of Computer Science of the Technical University of Munich. Transbase conforms with the SQL standard „SQL2 intermediate level“ and supports various features of SQL2 follow-on versions; as a professor of the computer science department of the Technical University of Munich, Rudolf Bayer developed a database management system called "Merkur" in the 1980s. The development involved a larger number of diploma and PHD students and resulted in 1987 in a new company, called Transaction Software GmbH, founded by Rudolf Bayer and several co-workers of his institute at TUM. In 1989 „Merkur“ was renamed and called "Transbase"; the wide use of Transbase as basis for repair part management and documentation systems in the automobile industry soon led to a considerable number of ports to diverse operating systems, such as UNIX derivatives, Windows, VMS, Mac OS.

Major steps in the further development of Transbase were the integration of functions for distributed queries to several databases in parallel, the fulltext-search extension and the support of foreign languages, such as Chinese and Japanese, as well as the support of data warehouse functions and the dynamic, parallel execution of queries. Transbase supports all important functions of the SQL standard: extensive transaction concept, complex queries with included subqueries, referential integrity,set operations, updatable views, interface for C, C++, Java/JDBC, PHP, ODBC export and import of data as well as database schema; the database is extensible via additional functions and custom data types. The TransbaseCD database option can use read-only storage media such as DVD or Blu-ray Discs. In addition, a persistent disk cache can be utilized to store data for performance improvement and/or for updates of data supplied as read-only media. Transbase Hypercube supports Relational Online Analytical Processing, used in data warehouse applications.

The search function for OLAP data cubes is accelerated through the use of UB-Trees. Transbase offers optional encryption of data stored on disk, using the DES algorithm, as well as encryption of data transferred through database connections. Transbase provides parallel execution of queries via dynamic multithreading technology; this feature executes parts of the query tree in separate threads or splits query sequences into separate threads. Transbase supports replication of a master database in several slave database instances; the following summarizes the current limits as implemented in version 6.9 of Transbase: The size of the database is limited to 2^31 pages or 128 Terabyte. The size of a page can vary between 4 kB und 64 kB; the size of a table is limited by the maximum size of the database itself. The maximum size of BLOB is 2 GB; the number of attributes per table is limited to 256. In addition, the length of a record is limited to one data page; the number of records per table is not limited except.

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Jacques Wertheimer

Jacques Guy Wertheimer was a prominent French businessman who inherited and ran the renowned House of Chanel perfume company. Jacques Wertheimer was born at the villa Les Forgettes in Deauville, to a Jewish family, the son of Germaine Revel and businessman Pierre Wertheimer who co-founded the Chanel perfume business in 1924. On 26 March 1947, Jacques Wertheimer married the daughter of an architect, they had Alain and Gérard. The marriage was short-lived, after separating, their divorce decree was issued on 11 September 1952. Jacques Wertheimer inherited a thoroughbred horse racing operation which he developed into one of the leading stables in France. Alec Head trained for the family until his retirement in 1984 but for a number of years continued to act as their bloodstock advisor. Head's daughter Criquette continued to have great success. In the 1970s, Jacques Wertheimer boarded his Kentucky-based bloodstock at Hagyard Farm in Lexington, Kentucky. Among his broodmares were the French classic winners Dancing Maid, Gold River and Pistol Packer.

All three are buried at Hagyard Farm. Selected Group One race wins: Coronation Stakes: Gold Splash Critérium de Saint-Cloud: Poliglote Poule d'Essai des Poulains: Green Dancer, Red Lord, Green Tune Poule d'Essai des Pouliches: Ivanjica, Dancing Maid Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe: Ivanjica, Gold River Prix de l'Opéra: Mona Stella, Athyka Prix de Diane: Reine de Saba Prix d'Ispahan: Carwhite, Green Tune Prix du Jockey Club: Val de l'Orne Prix Marcel Boussac: Gold Splash Prix Royal-Oak: Gold River, Agent Double Prix Saint-Alary: Reine de Saba, Rivière d'Or Prix Vermeille: Ivanjica, Dancing Maid On his death, his business empire was taken over by his two sons

The Complete Book of Wargames

The Complete Book of Wargames by Jon Freeman and the editors of Consumer Guide was published in 1980 by Simon & Schuster under the Fireside imprint. This book comes in both a paperback version. In both editions, it is divided into two parts: Part 1: "An Introduction to Wargames" takes up about 25% of the book, is divided into five chapters:Can War Be Fun? A brief history of wargaming, some of the notable companies, what type of people play wargames; the Nature of the Beast Definitions of wargaming. All's Not Fair The components of wargames, including hexfields and terrain, the Combat Resolution Table, the rulebook. Kassala An introductory game to demonstrate the concepts mentioned in the previous three chapters. Playing to Win Victory conditions, reading a CRT, maximizing odds, using terrain, defensive tactics of the hexgrid. Part 2: "Evaluating the Games" takes up about three-quarters of the book. Capsule reviews of various games, grouped into seven chapters according to era, from the ancient world to the Second World War.

Separate chapters cover modern warfare, science fiction, role-playing, computer games. In the October 1980 edition of The Space Gamer, Nick Schuessler questioned the ability of any book to keep up to the then-rapidly growing game industry, saying, "The mercurial aspects of wargaming will leave any new publication a bit obsolete the day it's published. Meanwhile, we have an excellent reference work available at a reasonable price. Buy and enjoy."In the February 1981 edition of Dragon, Tony Watson thought the book, although well-written, would be of little value to experienced gamers, although new gamers might find it useful. Watson felt the book was out of date only a few months after publication, commented, "The variety of games available and the rapidity with which they are published has rendered the topical evaluations obsolete, though they do touch on some of the more important and available games in those categories."

Ohio Valley Hospital

Ohio Valley Hospital is a not-for-profit hospital in Kennedy Township, Pennsylvania. Its postal address is 25 Heckel Road, McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania 15136. Ohio Valley serves Pittsburgh’s western suburbs, including the townships of Kennedy, Robinson and Findlay, the municipalities of McKees Rocks, Crafton, Ingram and Coraopolis, it is described as being located in McKees Rocks. The hospital is a 124-bed facility that includes medical/surgical beds, critical care beds, intermediate care beds, Orthopedic Unit beds, acute rehabilitation beds, it has a Wound Care Center, a Pain Treatment Center, a Senior Living Community, a Cataract & Eye Care Center. The hospital includes a School of Nursing operated in conjunction with California University of Pennsylvania and a School of Radiography in conjunction with La Roche College; the Ohio Valley Hospital School of Nursing offers a 20-month, 27 college credit, 45 nursing credit program. The program includes clinical experiences in other local hospitals; the hospital was founded in the 1890s as McKees Rocks General Hospital by Dr. Samuel McCune Black, who owned it for a few years before transferring it to a public association in 1902.

A Miss Annabell McAnulty was the first nurse to graduate from the nursing program in 1904. The hospital became known as Ohio Valley General Hospital in 1906, when it was located in Norwood, a neighborhood of Stowe Township, Pennsylvania, it moved to its present location in Kennedy Township in 1949. In 1930, the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, took over management of the Hospital, keeping it a non-sectarian, community hospital. Ohio Valley Hospital moved to its current location, the former Heckel farm in Kennedy Township, in 1949, its School of Nursing expanded there in 1959, its School of Radiography formed in 1963. The hospital's Medical Office Building opened in 1988, its campus expanded to include a Wound Care Center, Pain Treatment Center, senior living facilities in 2000. In 2014, the hospital rebranded to become Ohio Valley Hospital, adding a modern look to its community image. Ohio Valley Hospital is an owner of Northwest EMS Ambulance Service; as of 2019, Ohio Valley Hospital is now a subsidiary of Heritage Valley Health System.

On October 11, 2019, Heritage Valley Health System formally announced that Ohio Valley Hospital is now called Heritage Valley Kennedy as part of the hospital's integration into the health system. Michael Keaton Official website