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Saving Private Ryan

Saving Private Ryan is a 1998 American epic war film directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Robert Rodat. Set during the Invasion of Normandy in World War II, the film is notable for its graphic portrayal of war and for the intensity of its opening 27 minutes, which includes a depiction of the Omaha Beach assault during the Normandy landings; the film follows United States Army Rangers Captain John H. Miller and his squad as they search for a paratrooper, Private First Class James Francis Ryan, the last surviving brother of three servicemen killed in action; the film is a co-production between DreamWorks Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Amblin Entertainment, Mutual Film Company, with DreamWorks distributing the film in North America while Paramount released the film internationally. In 1996, producer Mark Gordon pitched Rodat's idea, inspired by the Niland brothers, to Paramount, which began development on the project. Spielberg, who at the time was forming DreamWorks, came on board to direct the project, Hanks joined the cast.

After the cast went through training supervised by Marines veteran Dale Dye, the film's principal photography started in June 1997 and lasted two months. The film's D-Day scenes were shot in Ballinesker Beach, Curracloe Strand, just east of Curracloe, County Wexford and used members of the army reserve of the Irish Army as infantry for the D-Day landing. Released on July 24, 1998, Saving Private Ryan received acclaim from critics and audiences for its performances, cinematography, score and Spielberg's directing. A box office success, it was the highest-grossing film of 1998 in the United States with $216.8 million domestically and the second-highest-grossing film of 1998 worldwide with $481.8 million worldwide. Additionally, it grossed $44 million from its release on home video in May 1999; the film won several accolades, including Best Picture and Director at the Golden Globes, Producers Guild of America, Directors Guild of America, Critics Choice Awards. The film was nominated for 11 Academy Awards at the 71st Academy Awards, where it won five including Spielberg's second win for Best Director, Best Film Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Sound, Best Sound Effects Editing, though it lost the Academy Award for Best Picture to Shakespeare in Love in a controversial upset.

Since its release, Saving Private Ryan has been considered as one of the greatest films made and has been lauded as influential on the war film genre. It is credited for renewing interest in World War II media. In 2007, the American Film Institute ranked Saving Private Ryan as the 71st-greatest American movie in AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies and in 2014, the film was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as "culturally or aesthetically significant". An elderly veteran visits the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial with his family. At a tombstone, he falls to his knees with emotion; the scene shifts to the morning of June 6, 1944, as American soldiers land on Omaha Beach as part of the Normandy Invasion. They suffer heavy losses in assaulting fortified German defensive positions. Captain Miller of the 2nd Ranger Battalion leads a breakout from the beach. Elsewhere on the beach, a dead soldier lies face-down in the bloody surf. In Washington, D. C. at the U.

S. War Department, General George Marshall learns that three of the four sons of the Ryan family were killed in action and that the fourth son, James, is with the 101st Airborne Division somewhere in Normandy. After reading Abraham Lincoln's Bixby letter aloud, Marshall orders Ryan brought home. Three days after D-Day, Miller receives orders to find Ryan and bring him back, he chooses seven men from his company—T/Sgt. Horvath, Privates First Class Reiben and Caparzo, Privates Mellish and Jackson, T/4 medic Wade—plus T/5 Upham, an interpreter from headquarters, they move out to Neuville, where they meet a squad of the 101st engaged against the enemy. Caparzo is killed by a German sniper, killed by Jackson, they locate a Private James Ryan, only to learn that he is not the right one. From passing soldiers, Miller learns that Ryan is defending an important bridge in Ramelle. Near Ramelle, Miller decides to neutralize a German machine gun position at a derelict radar station, despite his men's misgivings.

Wade is killed in the skirmish. At Upham's urging, Miller declines to execute a surviving German soldier, sets him free. Losing confidence in Miller's leadership, Reiben declares his intention to desert, prompting a confrontation with Horvath. Miller defuses the standoff by disclosing his civilian career as a high school English teacher, about which his men had set up a betting pool. At Ramelle, Ryan is among a small group of paratroopers preparing to defend the key bridge against an imminent German attack. Miller tells Ryan that his brothers are dead, that he was ordered to bring him home. Ryan is distressed about his brothers, but is unwilling to leave his post. Miller combines his unit with the paratroopers in defense of the bridge, he devises a plan to ambush the enemy with two.30-caliber guns, Molotov cocktails, anti-tank mines and improvised satchel charges made from socks. Elements of the 2nd SS Panzer Division arrive with two Tiger tanks and two Marder tank destroyers, all protected by German infantry.

Although they inflict heavy casualties on the Germans, most of the paratroopers, along with Jackson and Horvath, are killed. Miller attempts to blow up the bridge, but is shot and mortally wound

Coz Ov Moni

Coz Ov Moni - The First Pidgen Musical Film in the World is a 2010 musical film produced by the FOKN BOIS and directed by independent Ghanaian filmmaker King Luu. The film is a musical spoken in Ghanaian Pidgin English, but subtitles are shown. On a normal morning in Gbese, the FOKN BOIS wake up and plan to go clubbing with some lady friends after chasing an evasive debtor for their money. After getting the money, they set off to blow it off on food and women with hilarious and dramatic consequences. While going through the day, the story highlights real struggles of ordinary young Ghanaians in modern Ghana in spite of the strong elements of humour, their free-spirited and conceited attitude makes them a few enemies as the day progresses resulting in a dramatic ending. M3NSA Wanlov the Kubolor Reggie Rockstone Samini Macho Rapper Mutombo Da Poet Mokin The film premiered in Ghana on 15 May 2010 at Ghana's National Theatre in Accra, premiered in the United Kingdom on 22 July 2010 at The Ritzy in London.

The film was presented at various film festivals, including the Rio International Film Festival, Pan African Film Festival, Black Filmmakers International Film Festival, Pan African Film Festival, was the headliner Movie at African Weekender. It was subsequently released as a double disc VCD/CD combination, with the film featured on the Video CD of disc 1, the movie soundtrack featured on disc 2; the soundtrack was re-released once more as Kweku Ananse + FOKN BOIS present... Coz Ov Moni - The Remix EP, which featured remixed songs off the Soundtrack by Ghanaian producer Kweku Ananse. Ghana UK-Based Achievement Awards: 1 Special Achievement Award: 2011 Coz Ov Moni 2, The sequel Coz Ov Moni Official website

Tim Schendel

Tim Schendel is an American professional stock car racing driver. A past winner of the Toyota All-Star Showdown and champion of the NASCAR Midwest Tour, he has completed in the NASCAR Nationwide Series the ASA Midwest Tour. Born in Sparta, Wisconsin on May 10, 1979, Schendel began competing in NASCAR-sanctioned competition in 2000, racing locally at the La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway. After several years competing in the regional Elite Series, he won the 2006 NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Midwest Series championship, the final year the tour ran under NASCAR sanctioning; the championship won Schendel a sport in the AutoZone Elite Division portion of the 2006 Toyota All-Star Showdown at Irwindale Speedway, where he won the all-star event, leading 112 of 130 laps in the event, extended in a green-white-checker finish from a scheduled 125 laps. Following the closure of the NASCAR Midwest Series, Schendel has competed in the ASA Midwest Tour, which replaced it, he competed in selected races in the ARCA Racing Series and NASCAR Busch East Series in 2006 and 2007, as well as in three Craftsman Truck Series races in the mid-2000s.

Schendel debuted in NASCAR in 2004 with two Craftsman Truck Series starts. He made his first start at the Milwaukee Mile in his home state track, starting 28th and finishing 22nd. After failing to qualify at Indianapolis Raceway Park, he made his second start at Homestead-Miami Speedway and finished 28th after crashing. Schendel made his first NASCAR Nationwide Series start in a 2006 start at the Memphis, he completed 51 laps. In addition to competing in the ASA Midwest Tour, Schendel competed on a limited schedule in the NASCAR Nationwide Series driving the No. 52 Chevrolet for Jimmy Means Racing. He has a best finish of 24th, scored at O'Reilly Raceway Park in August 2011, he was known for blowing a tire right in front of the leaders Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards, whom Busch crashed in a NASCAR Nationwide race at Texas Motor Speedway. Schendel won the 2015 Super Late Model track championship at Dells Raceway Park in 2015. * Season still in progress1 Ineligible for series points Official website Tim Schendel driver statistics at Racing-Reference

1903 Gordon Bennett Cup

The 1903 Gordon Bennett Cup, formally titled the IV Coupe Internationale, was a motor race held on 2 July 1903, on the Athy Circuit consisting of closed roads in Ireland. The race consisted of seven laps - alternating for six laps over a shorter circuit to the west of Athy and longer circuit to the East, before a final lap on the longer circuit to make the total distance 527km. A British entry had won the previous edition of the race, which meant that the rights to host the race fell to the Automobile Club of Britain and Ireland. Legislation was passed to allow the race to take place on roads in Ireland a part of the United Kingdom. Britain were to attempt to defend the Gordon Bennett Cup against France and the USA, each country was represented by three entries, with the car that finished the race in the shortest time winning the race on behalf of his country; the race was won by Camille Jenatzy driving a Mercedes and representing Germany, in a time of six hours and 39 minutes. Rene de Knyff and Henry Farman, both driving Panhards and representing France finished in second and third places, taking a little over ten minutes longer to complete the course than Jenatzy.

On Thursday, 2 July 1903 the Gordon Bennett Cup was the first international motor race to be held in Ireland, an honorific to Selwyn Edge who had won the 1902 event in the Paris-Vienna race driving a Napier. The Automobile Club of Great Britain and Ireland wanted the race to be hosted in the British Isles, their secretary, Claude Johnson, suggested Ireland as the venue because racing was illegal on British public roads; the editor of the Dublin Motor News, Richard J. Mecredy, suggested an area in County Kildare, letters were sent to 102 Irish MPs, 90 Irish peers, 300 newspapers, 34 chairmen of county and local councils, 34 County secretaries, 26 mayors, 41 railway companies, 460 hoteliers, 13 PPs, plus the Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin, Patrick Foley, who pronounced himself in favour. Local laws had to be adjusted, ergo the'Light Locomotives Bill' was passed on 27 March 1903. Kildare and other local councils drew attention to their areas, whilst Queen’s County declared That every facility will be given and the roads placed at the disposal of motorists during the proposed race.

Kildare was chosen on the grounds that the straightness of the roads would be a safety benefit. As a compliment to Ireland the British team chose to race in Shamrock green which thus became known as British racing green, although the winning Napier of 1902 had been painted Olive green. There was considerable public concern about safety after the 1901 Paris-Bordeaux Rally, in which at least eight people had been killed, severe accidents during the May 24th 1903 Paris-Madrid race where more than 200 cars competed over a distance of 800 miles but which had to be halted at Bordeaux because there had been so many accidents. To allay these fears the 1903 race was held over a closed course, prepared for the event, was marshalled by 7,000 police officers assisted by troops and club stewards, with strict instructions to keep spectators off the roads and away from corners; the route consisted of two loops in a figure eight, the first a 52 mi loop including Kilcullen, The Curragh, Monasterevin, Athy, followed by a 40 mi loop through Castledermot and Athy again.

The race started at the Ballyshannon cross-roads near Calverstown on the contemporary N78 heading north followed the N9 north. The official timekeeper of the race was Mr. T. H. Woolen of the Automobile Club of Great Britain and Ireland. Ninety one Chronographs for timing the race were supplied by the Anglo-Swiss firm Stauffer Son & Co. of La Chaux-de-Fonds and London. Competitors were started at seven-minute intervals and had to follow bicycles through the'control zones' in each town; the 328 mi race was won by the famous Belgian Camille Jenatzy, driving a Mercedes in German colours. It was "inferior in terms of horse power", but suited to Jenazy's driving style, he turned in a spectacular performance, his purse for the win was £8000. Douglas-Scott-Montagu, Edward John Barrington, The Gordon Bennett Races, London: Cassell & Company Ltd

Brimsham Green School

Brimsham Green School is a comprehensive secondary school in Yate, South Gloucestershire, England. Situated toward the northern edge of Yate and serving both the town and adjacent South Gloucestershire villages, Brimsham Green School has modern facilities grouped within a single site, it has a humanities block and technology block, art block, mathematics block, English block, music block, languages block, a study centre, sports hall, reception, they are all on one floor except for the humanities block which has a lift providing access to the first floor. In recent years the school has undergone a number of modernisations including the building of a new Design Technology block where the cricket cages had been and with wide-ranging extensions made to the English and Music departments; the Administration block has seen the library move out into the English block. The school operates a sixth form provision which offers A Levels and BTECs as programmes of study for students; the sixth form is offered in conjunction with Chipping Sodbury School in Chipping Sodbury as well as Yate Academy in Yate.

The school was considering Academy status, but the governors and staff decided that the school and pupils would not benefit from transferring due to the extra expense incurred during the transfer. Official website

Sangamon Valley Trail

The Sangamon Valley Trail is an 11.5-mile rail trail on the west side of Sangamon County in the U. S. state of Illinois. Skirting Springfield, Illinois, it extends from Centennial Park, on Springfield's southwest side, to Irwin Bridge Road near Sangamon County's northern border, it was constructed by a Sangamon County team in two stages. The 6-mile-long second or northern half of the trail was completed in 2016-2017 at a cost of $4.4 million, opened to the public on November 16, 2017. The trail is operated by the Springfield Park District; the Sangamon Valley Trail's 38-mile right-of-way has been set aside for rail trail use. It occupies an abandoned segment of the St. Louis and North Western Railway consolidated into the Chicago and North Western Railroad; the primary metropolitan area served is the greater Springfield, Illinois metropolitan area. The entire right-of-way connects Girard, Illinois, on the south end, to Athens, Illinois, at the north end; the right-of-way spans the western half of Sangamon County in a north-south direction, traverses small sections of Macoupin County and Menard County.

Population in the trail's service area in western Sangamon County is growing as of 2018. A $4.4 million extension of the trail was constructed in work beginning in summer 2016. The additional 6-mile of trail, which extends northward from the trail's former Stuart Park trailhead, connects Stuart Park with Fancy Creek Township near Cantrall, Illinois; the extension of the trail to a northern trailhead at Irwin Bridge Road enables the recreational pathway to cross the Sangamon River, the river that provided the trail with its name. Local leaders look forward to further lengthening of trail-accessible pavement on unused sections of the acquired right-of-way; these extensions could lengthen the trail into portions of Macoupin County and Menard County