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Robert Siodmak

Robert Siodmak was a German film director who worked in the United States. He is best remembered as a thriller specialist and for a series of stylish, unpretentious Hollywood films noirs he made in the 1940s, such as The Killers. Siodmak was born in Dresden, the son of Rosa Philippine and Ignatz Siodmak and the brother of Curt and Roland, his parents were both from Jewish families in Leipzig. He worked as a stage director and a banker before becoming editor and scenarist for Curtis Bernhardt in 1925. At twenty-six he was hired by his cousin, producer Seymour Nebenzal, to assemble original silent movies from stock footage of old films. Siodmak worked at this for two years before he persuaded Nebenzal to finance his first feature, the silent masterpiece, Menschen am Sonntag in 1929; the script was co-written by Billy Wilder and Siodmak's brother Curt Siodmak the screenwriter of The Wolf Man. It was the last German silent and included such future Hollywood artists as Fred Zinnemann, Edgar G. Ulmer, Eugen Schufftan.

His next film—the first at UFA to use sound—was the 1930 comedy Abschied for writers Emeric Pressburger and Irma von Cube, followed by Der Mann, der seinen Mörder sucht, another comedy, yet quite different and unusual, a product of Billy Wilder's imagination. But in his next film, the crime thriller Stürme der Leidenschaft, with Emil Jannings and Anna Sten, Siodmak found a style that would become his own. With the rise of Nazism and following an attack in the press by Hitler's minister of propaganda Joseph Goebbels in 1933 after viewing Brennendes Geheimnis, Siodmak left Germany for Paris, his creativity flourished, as he worked for the next six years in a variety of film genres, from comedy to musical to drama. While in France, he was well on his way to becoming successor to Rene Clair, until Hitler again forced him out. Siodmak arrived in California in 1939, where he made 23 movies, many of them popular thrillers and crime melodramas, which critics today regard as classics of film noir. Beginning in 1941, he first turned out several B-films and programmers for various studios before he gained a seven-year contract with Universal Studios in 1943.

The best of those early films are the thriller Fly by Night in 1942, with Richard Carlson and Nancy Kelly, in 1943 Someone to Remember, with Mable Paige in a signature role. As house director, his services were used to salvage troublesome productions at the studio. On Mark Hellinger's production Swell Guy, for instance, Siodmak was brought in to replace Frank Tuttle only six days after completing work on The Killers. Siodmak worked while under contract, overshadowed by high-profile directors, like Alfred Hitchcock, with whom he had been compared by the press. At Universal, Siodmak made yet another B-film, Son of Dracula, the third in the studio's series of Dracula movies, his second feature was Cobra Woman, made in Technicolor. His first all-out noir was Phantom Lady, for staff producer Joan Harrison, Universal's first female executive and Alfred Hitchcock's former secretary and script assistant, it showcased Siodmak's skill with camera and editing to dazzling effect, but no more so than in the iconic jam-session sequence with Elisha Cook Jr. in throes on the drums.

Following the critical success of Phantom Lady, Siodmak directed Christmas Holiday with Deanna Durbin and Gene Kelly. Beginning with this film, his work in Hollywood attained the stylistic and thematic characteristics that are evident in his noirs. Christmas Holiday, adapted from a W. Somerset Maugham novel by Herman J. Mankiewicz, was Durbin's most successful feature. Siodmak's use of black-and-white cinematography and urban landscapes, together with his light-and-shadow designs, followed the basic structure of classic noir films. In fact, he had a number of collaborations with cinematographers, such as Nicholas Musuraca, Elwood Bredell, Franz Planer, in which he achieved the Expressionist look he had cultivated in his early years at UFA. During Siodmak's tenure, Universal made the most of the noir style in The Suspect, The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry and The Dark Mirror, but the capstone was The Killers. Released in 1946, it was Burt Lancaster's film debut and Ava Gardner's first dramatic, featured role.

A critical and financial success, it earned Siodmak his only Oscar nomination for direction in Hollywood. While still under contract at Universal, Siodmak worked on loan out to RKO for producer Dore Schary in the thriller The Spiral Staircase, a masterly blending of suspense and horror, which Siodmak said he edited as he pleased, due to a strike in Hollywood in 1945. For 20th Century Fox and producer Darryl F. Zanuck, he directed on location in New York City, the crime noir Cry of the City in 1948, in 1949 for MGM he tackled its lux production The Great Sinner, but the prolix script proved unmanageable for Siodmak who relinquished d

Anatoly Romanov

Anatoly Alexandrovich Romanov is a Russian Colonel-General, a former deputy interior minister - the commander of the Russian Interior Ministry and the Commander of the Joint Group of Federal Forces in Chechnya, Hero of the Russian Federation. 1995 - Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation - the commander of the Interior Troops of the Russian Interior Ministry. October 6, 1995 in Grozny in the tunnel under the railway bridge on the area of radio-controlled bomb exploded Minute. Car Romanov was in the center of the explosion. Romanov was injured, miraculously survived, but was left disabled. In July 2009, after 13 years of treatment at the Main Military Clinical Hospital. Academician Burdenko Romanov was transferred to the Main Military Clinical Hospital Russian Interior Ministry in Balashikha. November 7, 1995 by the Decree of the President of the Russian Federation awarded the rank of Colonel General. Site Heroes of the country biography Fund to promote sports and medicine named after Hero of Russia Colonel General Romanov

2012 Sidecarcross World Championship

The 2012 FIM Sidecarcross World Championship, the 33rd edition of the competition, started on 1 April and finished after eleven race weekends on 16 September 2012. The defending champions were Daniël Willemsen from the Netherlands and his Belgian passenger Sven Verbrugge. Willemsen and Verbrugge were a team for a fifth time in the history of the competition, with the combination winning the 2005 and 2006 titles together. However, the two were racing in separate teams in 2012, with Willemsen having used three different passengers during the season because of injury woes, while Sven Verbrugge joined fellow Belgian pilot Ben Adriaenssen. Parallel to the riders competition, a manufacturers championship is held; the defending champions in the manufacturers competition were VMC but the 2012 edition was won by WSP, the manufacturers second title after 2010. The final race of the 2012 season was held on 16 September at Germany; the competition was won by Daniël Willemsen, for the tenth time, his passenger Lauris Daiders who took over competition leadership from Etienne Bax and Kaspars Stupelis after the Russian Grand Prix and sealed the championship in the final race by a margin of five points, the third-lowest in competition history.

Daiders however was not the official world champion as he has taken part in less than the required 50 percent of the races and earned less than the required 50 percent of points on Willemsen's side, this honor going to Kenny van Gaalen instead. The Sidecarcross World Championship, first held in 1980 and organised by the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme, is an annual competition. All races and the vast majority of riders in the competition being in and from Europe. Sidecarcross is similar to motocross except that the teams consist of two riders, a driver and a passenger. Races are held on the same tracks as solo motocross but the handling of the machines differs as sidecars don't lean; the majority of physical work in the sport is carried out by the passenger, who speeds up the sidecarcross in corners by leaning out. The coordination between the driver and the passenger are therefore of highest importance; the eleven races of the season were held in nine countries, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Estonia, Russia and Switzerland.

In comparison to the 2011 edition, the Grand Prix of Poland and Denmark have been dropped off the calendar while the Czech GP made a return. Every Grand Prix weekend is split into two races; this means, the 2012 season with its eleven Grand Prix had 22 races. Each race lasts for 30 minutes plus two laps; the two races on a weekend get combined to determine an overall winner. In case of a tie, the results of the second race as used to determine the winner. While this overall winner receives no extra WC points, they are awarded a special trophy. Race start times are set at 13:30 and 16:00. Events consist of a qualifying competition, held in multiple stages on Saturdays of a race weekend while the two race events are held on Sundays. One exception to this rule is Easter weekends. Race weekends can consist of additional motocross or quart support races as well, but the FIM stipulates that the World Championship races have priority. Riders have to be provided with at least one 30 minute free practice season.

A race can consist of up to 30 starters and the qualifying modus is dependent on the number of entries. Up to 32 entries, it will be held in one group split into two sessions of 30 minutes each. Above 32 entries, the starter field will be sub-divided into two groups through ballot and the current standings; each qualifying group can consist of up to 30 racers. Should there be more than 60 entries, a pre-qualifying has to be held. Of the riders in the two groups, the top-twelve directly qualify for the races; the remaining teams go to a second-chance qualifying, in which the best six advance. The riders placed seventh and eighth remain in reserve should one of the qualified teams not be able to participate; the FIM stipulates that all drivers must be of a minimum age of 18 while passengers have to be at least 16 years old to compete, but no older than 50. Riders older than 50 have to provide a certificate of medical fitness to be permitted to compete; the driver has the right to exchange his passenger under certain conditions.

Starting numbers for the season are awarded according to the previous seasons overall finishing position of the driver. Current or former World Champions have however the right to pick any number they wish, except the number one, reserved for the current World Champion; the competition is open for motor cycles with two-stroke engines from between 350 and 750cc and four-stroke engines of up to 1,000cc. Each team is permitted the use of two motorcycles with the possibility of changing machines between races; the FIM does not permit radio communication between their teams. Outside assistance during the race on the course is not permitted unless it is through race marshals in the interest of safety. Limited repairs in the designated repair zone during the race are permitted; the first twenty teams of each race score competition points. The point system for the 2012 season is as follows: In 2012 prize money was awarded to all rider scoring points, with €300 going to each race winner, €250 to the runners-up declining from there, with €50 going to all teams placed 12th to 20th.

Additionally, every team qualified for the race plus the two reserve teams receive €500 in travel compensation. At the end of the 2012 season a number of long-term competitors retired from the competition, the most successful of those being Belgian Joris Hendrickx, World Champion in

Andy Farkas

Andrew Geza Farkas was an American football fullback in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins and the Detroit Lions. Farkas was born in Clay Center, Ohio of Hungarian origins, attended St. John's High School in Toledo for two years before moving to Detroit and graduating from the University of Detroit Jesuit High School. Farkas played college football at the University of Detroit Mercy. Farkas was drafted in the first round of the 1938 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins, where he played from 1938 to 1944, finished his career with the Detroit Lions in 1945, he led the Redskins in rushing and scoring in 1938-39 and 1942–43, as well as helped lead the Redskins to an NFL Championship in 1942. He led the NFL in scoring in 1939. One of the highlights of his seven-year tour was catching a 99-yard touchdown pass from Frank Filchock on October 15, 1939, he was elected to the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame, the Ohio Sports Hall of Fame and founded the Gus Dorais Foundation at the University of Detroit in 1955.

In 2002, Farkas was named one of the 70 greatest Redskins in team history. Farkas was pictured wearing eye black as far back as 1942 and is credited as the first player in the NFL to wear it. Career statistics and player information from NFL.com · Pro-Football-Reference Andy Farkas at Find a Grave

Lean services

Lean services is the application of lean manufacturing production methods in the service industry. Lean services have among others been applied to US health care providers and the UK HMRC. Definition of "Service": see Business Service and/or Service Economics. Lean Services history, see Lean manufacturing. Lean manufacturing and Services, contrasted by Levitt. Service looks for solutions in the performer of the task.". Underlying method. Bicheno & Holweg provides an adapted view on waste for the method: Delay on the part of customers waiting for service, for delivery, in queues, for response, not arriving as promised; the customer’s time may seem free to the provider, but when she takes custom elsewhere the pain begins. Duplication. Having to re-enter data, repeat details on forms, copy information across, answer queries from several sources within the same organisation. Unnecessary Movement. Queuing several times, lack of one-stop, poor ergonomics in the service encounter. Unclear communication, the wastes of seeking clarification, confusion over product or service use, wasting time finding a location that may result in misuse or duplication.

Incorrect inventory. Being out-of-stock, unable to get what was required, substitute products or services. An opportunity lost to retain or win customers, a failure to establish rapport, ignoring customers and rudeness. Errors in the service transaction, product defects in the product-service bundle, lost or damaged goods. Service quality errors, lack of quality in service processes. Shillingburg and Seddon separately provides an additional type of waste for the method: Value Demand, services demanded by the customer. Failure Demand, production of services as a result of defects in the upstream system. John Seddon outlines challenges with Lean Services in his paper "Rethinking Lean Service" using examples from the UK tax-authorities HMRC. Lean construction Lean government Lean Higher Education Lean IT

Broome Dusters

The Broome Dusters were an ice hockey team in the North American Hockey League. They played in New York, United States at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena; the team logo was designed by Johnny Hart, artist of the comic strip "B. C." and a Binghamton native. The Dusters played in the NAHL, which served as the inspiration for the movie Slap Shot, which includes a "Broome County" team. One scene in the film was drawn from events that occurred in Binghamton. In the movie, the Hanson brothers wear black-rimmed, Coke-bottle eyeglasses, in one game, get into a fight after the opening faceoff. In reality, both Jeff and Steve Carlson wore similar glasses, did get into a long fight right after an opening faceoff. Coach Dick Roberge told the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat, "We got into Binghamton about two or three weeks before the playoffs. In the team warmup, we're out there and all the Binghamton players came out with the plastic glasses and big noses, every one of them, poking fun at the Carlson brothers.

We went back in the dressing room and the boys said,'Coach, as soon as that puck is dropped, we're pairing up.' We had one heckuva fight. They went about 30 minutes. We met them again in the finals and beat them four straight." When the NAHL folded in 1977, the team was replaced by the Binghamton Dusters of the American Hockey League who operated as the Providence Reds. Regular SeasonPlayoffs Goals: 87 Dave Staffen Assists: 124 Rod Bloomfield Points: 173 Rod Bloomfield Penalty Minutes: 273 Paul Stewart GAA: 3.61 Rick Lemay SV%: Career Goals: 187 Rod Bloomfield Career Assists: 310 Rod Bloomfield Career Points: 497 Rod Bloomfield Career Penalty Minutes: 505 Paul Stewart Career Goaltending Wins: Career Shutouts: Career Games: 288 Rod Bloomfield The Internet Hockey Database - Broome Dusters The Dusters WSKG history of the Broome Dusters history of hockey in binghamton