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Royal Dutch Football Association

The Royal Dutch Football Association is the governing body of football in Netherlands. It organises the main Dutch football leagues, the amateur leagues, the KNVB Cup, the Dutch men's and women's national teams. For three seasons in the 2010s, the KNVB and its Belgian counterpart operated a joint top-level women's league, the BeNe League, until the two countries dissolved the league after the 2014–15 season and reestablished their own top-level leagues; the KNVB is based in the central municipality of Zeist. With over 1.2 million members the KNVB is the single largest sports association in the Netherlands. In 1889, the Nederlandsche Voetbal en Athletiek Bond was founded. Due to certain disagreements several football clubs ended their association with it and together to form Koninklijke Nederlandse Voetbalbond, renamed to present name, it was one of the founding members of FIFA in 1904 and one of the first non-British football association in Europe. The first Dutch football club was formed in 1879 in Haarlem.

The Netherlands Football League Championship had existed for a decade unofficially when the association was founded. The KNVB disapproved the professionalism of football in 1909, it said that "it will protest against it by all means necessary." In 2012 KNVB launched an 11-point action plan, called'Football for Everyone' to promote gay football players in coming out. It released a 30-second video named'Gay? It doesn't matter'; the video was broadcast during the Dutch national football's teams World Cup qualifier match against Andorra held in October 2012. During the FIFA World Cup 2014, it collaborated with Royal Philips to open six football clinics across Brazil. Bert van Oostveen is the current Secretary-General of KNVB. Nike ING Group Heineken Coca-Cola PricewaterhouseCoopers Staatsloterij KPN Adecco Netherlands men's national football team Netherlands women's national football team KNVB.nl – official website KNVB.com – official website in English OnsOranje.nl – website of the Netherlands national football team Netherlands National Football Team History at VoetbalStats.nl Netherlands at FIFA site Netherlands at UEFA site

Public holidays in Hong Kong

Public holidays and statutory holidays in Hong Kong are holidays designated by the Government of Hong Kong. They allow workers rest from work in conjunction with special occasions; the 17 public holidays called bank holidays, are set by the General Holidays Ordinance. Under the administration of the United Kingdom prior to 1997, the Queen's Birthday was a public holiday observed in the second Monday of June, it was replaced by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day after the transfer of sovereignty to the People's Republic of China. Commonwealth Day was a school holiday prior to the transfer of sovereignty, as is the birthday anniversary of Dr. Sun Yat Sen; the anniversary of the liberation of Hong Kong was observed on the last Monday in August, the preceding day was observed as anniversary of the victory in the Second Sino-Japanese War. After the transfer of sovereignty, the two public holidays were replaced with Labour Day and the National Day of the People's Republic of China.

According to Hong Kong laws, when a designated public holiday falls on a Sunday or on the same day of another holiday, the immediate following weekday would be a public holiday. However, there are exceptions. However, this does not apply to Saturdays, when a non-statutory public holiday falls on a Saturday, the public holiday is lost to people that do not work on Saturdays. According to the Employee Ordinance of the Labour Legislation, 12 of the 17 public holidays are compulsory for employers to give to the employees; these 12 holidays are known as labour holidays, or factory holidays. If an employer states in the employment contract that its employees are only allowed to take statutory holidays, it is legal to require the employees to work on public holidays that are not statutory holidays without salary or leave compensations. Traditionally, statutory holidays are an entitlement associated with blue-collar jobs in fields such as manufacturing, construction and clothing, mass media, cleaning, logistics, retailing, labourer and customer service.

In general, if a statutory holiday falls on the employee's rest day, the employer is committed to giving a day off-in-lieu at a following day which isn't the employee's rest day. For example, under the 5-day work week system, if a statutory holiday falls on a Saturday, the employee can be entitled to a day off-in-lieu; this is not true for non-statutory public holidays which are lost to people that do not work on Saturday. Traditional Chinese holidays Public holidays in Macau GovHK: General holidays for 2010 Hong Kong public holidays list on government web site General Holidays Ordinance LegCo papers concerning the Liberation Day

1500th Air Transport Wing

The 1500th Air Transport Wing is a discontinued United States Air Force unit. It was last active in 1971 at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii under the designation 6486th Air Base Wing; the 1500th ATW was a heavy cargo transport wing of Military Air Transport Service, formed on 1 June 1949. In 1952 the wing lost its operational elements and became the base support element for Hickam until it was replaced by the 15th Air Base Wing in 1971. Military Air Transport Service assumed responsibility for the strategic airlift mission carried out by the Air Transport Command, transporting cargo and personnel to destinations within the Pacific and the Continental United States, it organized the 531st Air Transport Group at Hickam to replace ATC's 1521st Air Force Base Unit. The group was equipped with three squadrons of C-54 Skymasters that could reach the Continental US, but required intermediate stopovers along the Pacific transport routes to stations as far away as Pakistan; the unit had association with Naval Air Transport squadrons assigned to Hickam as part of the joint service organization of MATS.

The group was a tenant organization at Hickam, a Pacific Air Command Base. In October 1948, the group was redesignated the 1500th ATG when MATS renumbered its Table of Distribution units to conform to USAF policy that its TD units be numbered between 1200 and 2100. In 1949, Hickam transferred from PAC to MATS, MATS organized the 1500th Air Transport Wing as the overall headquarters for the 1500th ATG and support organizations to operate Hickam. In 1949, MATS reorganized its units at Hickam and the wing lost its host responsibilities for Hickam and its operational squadrons, it soon received C-54 squadrons, which were transferred from the 1501st ATW at Fairfeld-Susun AFB. It received its first long-range C-97 Stratofreighter aircraft and two additional squadrons in 1951; the wing reorganized in May 1952 as the 1500th Air Base Wing and the 1500th Air Transport Group was reassigned to Pacific Division, MATS. The wing continued as a support organization for Hickam and the Pacific Division until 1954.

At that time, in anticipation of the transfer of Hickam to Far East Air Forces, the wing was reassigned and renumbered as the 6486th Air Base Wing to reflect its new assignment. It remained the host at Hickam until being replaced by the 15th ABW in a USAF program to continue the histories of notable combat units. In 1950, An earthquake in New Delhi brought MATS aircraft into Dum Dum Airport, with emergency medical supplies. During the Korean War, MATS airlifted nearly 50,000 combat casualties and patients to the United States. In 1952, when Typhoon Olive struck the island, MATS aircraft flew in fresh water, medicine and blankets, helped evacuate more than 450 people to Hawaii and Guam. MATS supported nuclear weapons testing at the Eniwetok Proving Ground by airlifting more than 14,000 tons of cargo and 13,000 personnel, as well as providing 1,100 of its own technical personnel. Designated as the 1500th Air Transport Wing and organized, 1 June 1949Redesignated as 1500th Air Base Wing on 17 May 1952 Redesignated as 6486th Air Base Wing on 15 October 1954 Inactivated on 1 July 1971 Designated as the 531st Air Transport Group on 14 May 1948Organized on 1 Jun 1948 Redesignated as 1500th Air Transport Group on 1 October 1948 Redesignated as 1502d Air Transport Group on 1 Jul 1955 Discontinued on 15 May 1958 Pacific Division, MATS, 1 Jun 1948 Far East Air Forces, 15 October 1954 - 1 July 1971 Groups 1500th Air Transport Group1st Air Transport Squadron, 1 Jun 1948 - 17 Jun 1949 2d Air Transport Squadron, 1 Jun 1948 - 1 Jun 1949 4th Air Transport Squadron, 1 Jun 1948 - 23 Apr 1949 47th Air Transport Squadron, Medium, 20 Jul 1952-15 May 1958 48th Air Transport Squadron, Heavy, 20 Jul 1952 - 15 May 1958 49th Air Transport Squadron, Heavy, 20 Jul 1952 - 1 Jul 1955 50th Air Transport Squadron, Heavy, 20 Jul 1952 - 15 May 1958 51st Air Transport Squadron, 20 Jul 1952 - 1 Jul 1955 1263d Air Transport Squadron, 30 Jun 1949 - 20 July 1952 Elements deployed to Tachikawa Airfield, Japan during 1951-1952 flying combat resupply missions during Korean War 1264th Air Transport Squadron, 13 Oct 1949 - 20 July 1952 1266th Air Transport Squadron, 30 Jun 1949 - 20 July 1952 1267th Air Transport Squadron, 13 Oct 1949 - 24 May 1950 1268th Air Transport Squadron, 30 Jun 1949 - 20 July 1952 1283d Air Transport Squadron, 24 Oct 1951-1 Jun 1952 1284th Air Transport Squadron, 24 Oct 1951-1 Jun 19526486th Air Base Group, 8 Oct 1955 - 10 Apr 1959Squadrons 9th Airborne Command and Control Squadron, 15 Oct 1969 - 1 July 1971 6486th Airborne Command and Control Squadron, 5 Apr 1965 - 15 Oct 1969 Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, 1 Jun 1949-1 Jul 1971 C-54 Skymaster1st, 2d, 3d Air Transport Squadrons, 1948-1949 1263d, 1264th, 1265th, 1266th, 1268th Air Transport Squadrons, 1949-1952 1267th Air Transport Squadron, 1949-1950 1283d, 1284th Air Transport Squadrons, 1951-1952C-97 Stratofreighter1283d, 1284th Air Transport Squadrons, 1951-1952 47th, 48th, 49th, 50th, 51st Air Transport Squadrons.

1952-1955Note: 1284th Air Transport Squadron operated a VC-97 version of Stratofreighter, 1951-1966 for VIP/Special Air Missions. This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/. Air Force History Index.org, Individual squadron lookups in AFHRA archives Ulanoff, Stanley M.. MATS: The Story of the Military Air Transport Service. New York, NY: Franklin Watts, Inc. ISBN 9781199087683