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Ronnie Barker

Ronald William George Barker, was an English actor and writer. He was known for roles in British comedy television series such as Porridge, The Two Ronnies, Open All Hours. Barker decided he was best suited to comic roles, he had his first success at the Oxford Playhouse and in roles in the West End including Tom Stoppard's The Real Inspector Hound. During this period, he was in the cast of BBC television comedies such as The Navy Lark, he got his television break with the satirical sketch series The Frost Report in 1966, where he met future collaborator, Ronnie Corbett. He starred in ITV shows including a short film. After rejoining the BBC, Barker found fame with the sketch show The Two Ronnies, with Ronnie Corbett, he starred in its sequel Going Straight and Open All Hours. He wrote comedy under his own name, though for much of his written material after 1968 he adopted pseudonyms to avoid pre-judgments of his writing talent, he won a BAFTA for best light entertainment performance four times, among other awards, received an OBE in 1978.

Television sitcoms such as The Magnificent Evans and Clarence were less successful and he retired in December 1987. The following year, he opened an antiques shop with Joy. After 1999, he appeared in smaller, non-comic roles in films, he died of heart failure on 3 October 2005, aged 76. Barker was born on 25 September 1929 at 70, Garfield Street, Bedfordshire, the only son of Leonard William Barker and Edith Eleanor. Barker's elder sister Vera was born in 1926 and his younger sister Eileen was born in 1933, his father was a clerk for Shell-Mex, this job saw the family move to Church Cowley Road in Cowley, Oxfordshire when Barker was four. Barker's biographer Bob McCabe described Barker's childhood as "a happy time, marred by no ructions or family tensions, apart from the occasional wet sock." As a child, Barker enjoyed dressing up in his father's pierrot outfit, as well as films and animals. He developed a love of the theatre attending plays with his family; the first play he saw was Cottage to Let and he once skipped school to see Laurence Olivier in Henry V.

He stood outside stage doors to collect autographs, his first being the actress Celia Johnson. Barker grew up in the Florence Park area of Oxford, went to Donnington Junior School, the City of Oxford High School for Boys, his chemistry textbook at Oxford was used by T. E. Lawrence, he found his talent for humour at school and developed his musical ability by singing in the choir at St James's, his local church. He got into the sixth form a year early after gaining the School Certificate but he felt what he was learning would be of no use to him in life and so left as soon as he could. After leaving school he trained as an architect but gave it up after six months, feeling he was not skilled enough. Barker took his sister Vera's job as a bank clerk at the Westminster Bank after she had left to become a nurse, he harboured dreams of becoming an actor, took up amateur dramatics, although he just saw the pastime as a chance to meet girls. For 18 months, while at the bank, he worked as an actor and stage manager, making his first appearance in A Murder Has Been Arranged as the musical director of the play-within-a-play.

He gave up his job to become a professional actor. His father did not support his acting ambition. Barker failed to get into the Young Vic School, but joined the Manchester Repertory Company, based in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire taking comic roles in their weekly shows, he was employed as the assistant to the assistant stage manager, earning £2.10s.0d a week. He made his debut as a professional actor on 15 November 1948 as Lieutenant Spicer in a performance of J. M. Barrie's Quality Street, he went on to play the organist in When We Are Married and by his third role, the chauffeur Charles in Miranda, Barker realised he wanted to be a comic actor. He was described as "ha the talent to be a great straight actor", but noted: "I want to make people laugh. Never mind about Hamlet. Forget Richard the Second. Give me Charley's Aunt. My mission in life was now crystal clear." He appeared in stage adaptations of Treasure Island and Red Riding Hood before getting his first leading role in The Guinea Pig as a working class boy at a public school.

When the production moved to Rhyl, Barker followed. The Manchester Repertory Company closed. Barker, aged 20 spent some time as a porter at Wingfield Hospital, he and a male nurse entertained the patients with comedy routines. He found work at the Mime Theatre Company, performing mimed folk music and dance, which soon folded in Penzance, he made his way back to Oxford and worked in Bramhall for the Famous Players. There he met actor Glenn Melvyn. Peter Hall worked with Barker at Oxford and gave him his break, casting him as the Chantyman and Joe Silva in his production of Mourning Becomes Electra at the Arts Theatre in London's West End in 1955. By the time he had made it to the West End, Barker had appeared in an estimated 350 plays. Bark

Eekwol

Eekwol is a Canadian rapper from the Muskoday First Nation in Saskatchewan. She is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan, her master's thesis, completed through the Department of Native Studies, examines past and present Indigenous music and how both are interconnected. She worked as a lecturer in the Native Studies department for University of Saskatchewan Native Studies department. Eekwol has two children, she is a musician as well as an academic. She is the niece of musician Chester Knight. Eekwol started studying hip-hop at age 16 and launched her first album in 1998, she won Best Hip Hop/Rap Album at the 2005 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards for the "Apprentice to the Mystery" album, along with Mils. The same album was nominated at the Indian Summer Music Awards in 2005, the Aboriginal Peoples’ Choice Music Awards in 2006, her video for "Too Sick" has been featured on the Aboriginal Peoples' Television Network, MTV Canada and Muchmusic. She served on the panel of adjudicators for the Saskatchewan Lieutenant Governor's Arts Awards in 2008.

Eekwol works as a youth mentor and has participated in songwriting workshops focused on Cree youth education in arts. She has been an instructor for LIVE Arts Saskatchewan, she is known for "a passionate stance on indigenous culture and struggle" in her lyrics, for political and social activities. These activities include sitting on an Indigenous Advisory Council, as of December 7, 2015, becoming the Program Consultant for Aboriginal Arts and Community Engagement for the Saskatchewan Arts Board. After attending one of the events in Saskatoon regarding Truth and Reconciliation where she performed, she was affected after hearing the stories of residential school survivors, her reaction was to write about it, reflected in her song, "Ghosts". "“I rap for the desire to make something powerful and creative.” 1998 – Eekwol 1999 – Frequent Flyers of a Higher Science 2001 – Best Kept Secret 2002 – Soundsick 2004 – Apprentice to the Mystery 2007 – The List 2009 – Niso 2015 – Good Kill

2014–15 ISTAF SuperSeries

The third season of the ISTAF Superseries begun on 30 October 2014 to 2 November in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. There is a total of 4 SuperSeries tournament per season, it is an international Sepaktakraw tournament organised by the International Sepaktakraw Federation which debuted in 2011. The first ISTAF SuperSeries tournament saw Myanmar joining in as a new host, followed by the next tournament held in Melaka and the third one in Gunsan City, Korea; the tournament is played in a regu format with 2 substitutes. The teams play up to 21 points. If there is a deuce at 20-20, the winning need to have at least 2 points more than the other in order to take down the first set, or when a team reaches 25 points first; the first ISTAF SuperSeries was held in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar at the Wunna Thekdi Stadium from 30 Oct to 2 November 2014. The competition lasted for a period of 4 days, featuring the top 8 Men’s teams and 6 Women’s teams, according to ISTAF World Ranking. In this new season, a livestream feature was introduced and accessible by the official Sepaktakraw website.

The winner of ISS Myanmar 2014 is Thailand, runner up is Malaysia and second runner-up is Host Myanmar. The winner of ISS Myanmar 2014 is Thailand, runner up is Vietnam and second runner-up is Myanmar; the first round, or Group Stage, saw 8 men's teams divided into 2 groups of 4. Each group featured a round robin of games, with each team playing against every other team in their group once. Based on points accumulated, the top 2 teams from each group advanced to the semi-finals. Winner from Group A will go up against runner-up from Group B, vice versa. Winners from semi-finals will proceed to the finals, while the losing teams will move to the third/fourth placement match; the first round, or Group Stage, saw 6 women's teams divided into 2 groups of 3 teams each. Each group featured a round robin of games, with each team playing against every other team in their group once. Based on points accumulated, the top 2 teams from each group advanced to the semi-finals. Winner from Group A will go up against runner-up from Group B, vice versa.

Winners from semi-finals will proceed to the finals, while the losing teams will move to the third/fourth placement match. Group A Group B Knock-out Rounds Group A Group B Knock-out Rounds The second leg of the ISS 2013/14 season was held in Melaka International Trade Centre in Malaysia from 5 February to 8 February 2015. ISTAF SuperSeries Melaka saw a total of 14 teams from 9 countries return for another round of battle for ISTAF world ranking points. In the finals, Thailand suffered a shock defeat by Host Malaysia with a strong home support backing the Malaysian team; the ISS Melaka winner for the Men’s teams is Host Malaysia, followed up runner-up Thailand and second runner-up Korea. The ISS Melaka winner for the Women’s teams is Thailand, defending champion, followed by runner up Vietnam and second runner-up Myanmar; the first round, or Group Stage, saw 8 men's teams divided into 2 groups of 4. Each group featured a round robin of games, with each team playing against every other team in their group once.

Based on points accumulated, the top 2 teams from each group advanced to the semi-finals. Winner from Group A will go up against runner-up from Group B, vice versa. Winners from semi-finals will proceed to the finals, while the losing teams will move to the third/fourth placement match; the first round, or Group Stage, saw 6 women's teams divided into 2 groups of 3 teams each. Each group featured a round robin of games, with each team playing against every other team in their group once. Based on points accumulated, the top 2 teams from each group advanced to the semi-finals. Winner from Group A will go up against runner-up from Group B, vice versa. Winners from semi-finals will proceed to the finals, while the losing teams will move to the third/fourth placement match. Group A Group B Knock-out Rounds Group A Group B Knock-out Rounds ISTAF SuperSeries 2014/15 held its third tournament of the season in the Wolmyeong Arena in Gunsan City, Korea from 23 April to 26 April 2015. Host Korea put up a good showing on their home ground and proceed into the finals against Thailand for both Men’s and Women’s.

Sepaktakraw, with its history deep in South East Asian roots, has proven that the sport is extending beyond the SEA boundaries and into other parts of Asia. The winner for ISS Korea is Thailand, joined by second runner-up Malaysia; the winner for ISS Korea is Thailand, followed by runner-up Korea and second runner-up Indonesia. The first round, or Group Stage, saw 8 men's teams divided into 2 groups of 4; each group featured a round robin of games, with each team playing against every other team in their group once. Based on points accumulated, the top 2 teams from each group advanced to the semi-finals. Winner from Group A will go up against runner-up from Group B, vice versa. Winners from semi-finals will proceed to the finals, while the losing teams will move to the third/fourth placement match; the first round, or Group Stage, saw 6 women's teams divided into 2 groups of 3 teams each. Each group featured a round robin of games, with each team playing against every other team in their group once.

Based on points accumulated, the top 2 teams from each group advanced to the semi-finals. Winner from Group A will go up against runner-up from Group B, vice versa. Winners from semi-finals will proceed to the finals, while the losing teams will move to the third/fourth placement match. Group A Group B Knock-out Rounds Group A Group B Knock-out Rounds ISTAF SuperSeries 2014/15 held its last tournament of the season in Nakhon Pathom in central Thailand fro

Bobby Kimball

Robert Troy Kimball is an American singer and songwriter best known as the original and longtime frontman of the rock band Toto from 1977 to 1984 and again from 1998 to 2008. Kimball has performed as a solo artist and session singer. Kimball was raised in Vinton, but was born in nearby Orange, Texas, as Vinton did not have a hospital. Kimball started singing as a child, dabbling on vocals and playing piano and acoustic guitar in a musical household throughout his youth - covering and performing 1950s and 60's R&B hits, 1800's Traditional Olde Tyme music, his parents were supportive of his hobby of performing music and his musical talents. He is of English, Cajun French and Jewish ancestry, he graduated from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana in 1969. Throughout the 1970s, Kimball performed as the vocalist in various New Orleans-area bands, including The Levee Band, which became LeRoux after Kimball left. In 1974, Kimball moved from Louisiana to Los Angeles. In California, he joined three members of Three Dog Night to form a band called S.

S. Fools, they released one album on CBS Records, considered a commercial failure, causing the band to be dropped from their label and to split up within a year and a half. In 1976, David Paich and Jeff Porcaro asked Kimball to join them with three other session musicians, who would form Toto, he submitted a self-penned audition song for the band: "You Are the Flower", which he had written for his daughter and was included on Toto's debut album. Paich and Porcaro were impressed by Kimball's bluesy and long-ranged vocal style and offered him the job of vocalist and songwriter; the pair liked Kimball's ability to sing in an R&B style and to fuse it with hard rock and jazz, characteristic and attributed to his Louisiana origins. Kimball performed on the first four studio albums by Toto, though half the songs the band recorded during this period featured other members of the group on lead vocals instead of Kimball. During this time, Kimball was known to have made a variety of sandwiches for the band during recording sessions, something he has stated in interviews that he was "very proud of".

He was asked to leave the band in 1984 during the sessions for the Isolation album. In the late 1990s, on good terms with his former bandmates, Kimball was asked to rejoin Toto, which he again accepted. A longstanding urban legend holds that the band named itself'Toto' after Kimball's "real" name, "Robert Toteaux." This story was an in-joke perpetuated by Toto's original bassist, David Hungate - due to Kimball's home-state of Louisiana and his Cajun heritage. According to Toto guitarist Steve Lukather, the real reason for this choice of band name was that Toto was "Just a simple name: easy to remember and identifiable, in any language." After splitting from Toto in 1984, Bobby Kimball relocated to Germany for a solo career under producer Frank Farian of the Far Corporation. Kimball continued to work as a session artist, singing background vocals with a trio composed of Michael McDonald from The Doobie Brothers and Bill Champlin of Chicago. Kimball was nearly asked by the band to return to Toto during 1989–1990 to record songs for the band's greatest hits album, Past to Present 1977–1990, only to be replaced by singer Jean-Michel Byron.

Byron was let go shortly thereafter, guitarist-vocalist Steve Lukather took over Toto's primary lead vocal duties from 1991 to 1999. After leaving the band, Kimball released the live album Classic Toto Hits in late 1990, in which he performed various Toto songs from over the years, he recorded the album with the Frankfurt Rock Orchestra. In 1994, Kimball released his first solo album Rise Up, featuring the single "Woodstock". In 1998, Kimball rejoined Toto; the band returned to the studio to record Mindfields. Toto toured in support of the album throughout 1999 and 2000. In late 1999, the band released the live album Livefields. In 1999, Kimball released his second solo album All I Ever Needed, with the single "Kristine". In 2002, Toto released a covers album Through the Looking Glass. In February 2006, Toto released Falling in Between, their first studio album of new material since 1999; when the group reformed in 2010, Kimball was not asked to return and was replaced by previous Toto vocalist Joseph Williams.

Kimball hosts his own website. During 2007, Kimball was involved in the Pink Floyd tribute album and Pyramids, An All Star Lineup Performing the Songs of Pink Floyd, his contribution "Have a Cigar" appeared on another Pink Floyd tribute album that year, Pink Box: Songs of Pink Floyd. Kimball provided additional backing vocals on the song, "Caroline," on the 2006 Chicago album, XXX. Kimball has done concerts with many of his friends' bands around the world. In January 2010, he did fourteen concerts in Germany on the "Rock Meets Classic" Tour with the Bohemian Symphony Orchestra Prague, featuring Philipp Maier as Conductor and Music Arranger; the singers with Kimball on this tour were Lou Gramm, the original lead vocalist of Foreigner, Dan McCafferty, from the band Nazareth. On May 16, 2010, at the LMHOF Louisiana Music Homecoming in Erwinville, Bobby Kimball was inducted into The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. Kimball recorded a progressi

Tin Kam Ho

Ho Tin-kam is an American computer scientist at IBM Watson with contributions to machine learning, data mining, classification. Ho is noted for introducing random decision forests in 1995, for her pioneering work in ensemble learning and data complexity analysis, she is an IEEE IAPR fellow. Ho completed her undergraduate education at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1984 before emigrating to the United States, she received a Ph. D. in Computer Science from State University of New York at Buffalo in 1992. Since 2014, Ho has been a research scientist in Artificial Intelligence at IBM, she led the Statistics and Learning Research Department of Bell Labs at Murray Hill, NJ. She pioneered research in multiple classifier systems, random decision forests, data complexity analysis, pursued applications of automatic learning in reading systems and many areas of science and engineering, she led major efforts on modeling and monitoring large-scale optical transmission systems. She worked on wireless geo-location, video surveillance, smart grid data mining, user profiling, customer experience modeling, analysis of diagnostic processes.

Her contributions were recognized by a Bell Labs President's Gold Award and two Bell Labs Teamwork Awards, a Young Scientist Award from ICDAR in 1999, the 2008 Pierre Devijver Award for Statistical Pattern Recognition. She served as Editor-in-chief of the journal Pattern Recognition Letters in 2004-2010, in earlier years as Associate Editor for PAMI, Pattern Recognition, Editor for Int. J. on Document Analysis and Recognition, as well as guest editors for other publications

Prithvi Raj Singh Oberoi

Prithviraj Singh "Biki" Oberoi is the Executive Chairman of the ₹9,991 crore EIH Limited, the flagship company of India’s The Oberoi Group, which runs a chain of luxury hotels, The Trident hotels and Oberoi Hotels & Resorts. The third largest hospitality chain in India. In 2008, the Government of India awarded Oberoi with the Padma Vibushan, India's second-highest civilian honour, in recognition of his exceptional service to the country. Popularly known as "Biki", in 2002 he took over as the Chairman of EIH Limited with the death of Mohan Singh Oberoi, his father and the founding chairman of The Oberoi group, remained CEO of EIH Ltd until 2013. Oberoi was educated in St. Paul's School, Darjeeling and the United Kingdom and Switzerland, he served as a Director of Jet Airways Limited since March 29, 2004. Oberoi is a graduate in Hotel Management from Switzerland. In 2010, he was recognised as the “Corporate Hotelier of the World” by Hotels magazineHe has a son, Vikram, CEO and Managing Director of EIH, two daughters.

At 89, he continues to live at the Oberoi Farms farmhouse -cum-office on the outskirts of Delhi. He has a nephew Arjun Oberoi, he looks after the Project Development and designated as Managing Director- Development