Shannon Sharpe

Shannon Sharpe is a former American football tight end who played for the Denver Broncos and Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League, as well as a former analyst for CBS Sports on its NFL telecasts. He is a TV presenter who co-hosts Shannon: Undisputed with Skip Bayless. Sharpe was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on August 6, 2011, he played 12 seasons for the Broncos and two with the Ravens, winning three Super Bowls and finishing his career as the NFL’s all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns by a tight end, until Tony Gonzalez and Jason Witten surpassed all three of those records. He was the first tight end to amass over 10,000 receiving yards, he was named to the First Team of the NFL's All-Decade Team of the 1990s. Shannon, the younger brother of former NFL star wide receiver Sterling Sharpe, grew up poor in Glennville, Georgia, he once joked, "We were so poor, a robber once broke into our house and we ended up robbing the robber." He commented, "I was a terrible student.

I didn't graduate magna cum laude, I graduated'Thank you, Lawdy!'" At Savannah State, he played football and basketball, competed in track and field. In track, he competed in throwing events, he had personal-bests of 14.73 meters in the triple jump. He got a top throw of 42.06 meters in the discus throw. Sharpe was a three-time All-Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference selection from 1987 to 1989 and the SIAC Player of the Year in 1987, he was selected as a Kodak Division II All-American in 1989. He led the Tigers' football team to their best records in the program's history: 7-3 in 1988 and 8-1 in 1989, he was inducted into the Division II Football Hall of Fame in 2009. Sharpe was drafted 192nd overall in the 1990 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos, he remained with Denver until 1999, winning two championship rings at Super Bowl XXXII and Super Bowl XXXIII in the process. After the 1997 season championship – his first – he appeared on General Mills' Wheaties boxes with four other Broncos. After a two-year stint with the Baltimore Ravens, where he won another championship ring at Super Bowl XXXV, he returned to the Broncos.

He played there until 2003. From there, he retired to become an NFL analyst for CBS. Ozzie Newsome, the Ravens' general manager, said of Sharpe during his career: "I think he's a threat when he's on the field, he has to be double-teamed. He's a great route-runner. He's proven. That's. He's a threat." Sharpe was selected to the All-Pro Team four times, played in eight Pro Bowls and amassed over 1,000 receiving yards in three different seasons. In a 1993 playoff game against the Los Angeles Raiders, Sharpe tied a postseason record with 13 receptions for 156 yards and a touchdown. In the Ravens' 2000 AFC title game against the Oakland Raiders, he caught a short pass on third down and 18 from his own four-yard line and took it 96 yards for a touchdown, the only touchdown the Ravens scored, en route to a 16–3 Ravens' win. Sharpe caught a 50+ yard pass in each of their other two playoff games, he finished his 14-year career with 815 receptions for 62 touchdowns in 203 games. A woman claiming to be Sharpe's girlfriend, Michelle Bundy, filed for a restraining order against him on September 9, 2010, in an Atlanta court.

Bundy threatening her life. The restraining order was dismissed the following week, with Bundy accused of fabricating her claims against Sharpe. Sharpe was a commentator for the CBS Sports pregame show The NFL Today, including the Sprint Halftime Report and the Subway Postgame Show, replacing Deion Sanders and co-hosting with James Brown, former NFL quarterbacks Dan Marino and Boomer Esiason, as well as former coach Bill Cowher. In the 2004 NFL regular season, Sharpe defeated Marino and Esiason in the pick'em game of The NFL Today with a 53-21 record, his critics say that his broadcasting skills are hurt by his poor enunciation of words. A satirical article on The Onion joked "CBS Producers Ask Shannon Sharpe To Use at Least 3 Real Words Per Sentence." On February 18, 2014, it was announced that Sharpe, along with Dan Marino were being relieved of their duties as on-air commentators on The NFL Today and were being replaced by Tony Gonzalez and Bart Scott. In 2013, Sharpe became a columnist and spokesperson for FitnessRX For Men magazine and appeared on their September 2013 cover.

Sharpe hosts Sirius NFL Radio's Opening Drive morning program, alongside Bob Papa. Sharpe was among the 17 finalists being considered for enshrinement at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2009. However, he was passed over in his first year in a class that included Bruce Smith, Ralph Wilson, Derrick Thomas and Rod Woodson. On October 23, 2009, the NCAA Division II Football Hall of Fame announced that Sharpe would be inducted in December of that year. In addition, Savannah State University retired Sharpe's No. 2 jersey. On November 28, 2010, Sharpe was nominated as semi-finalist for induction into the 2011 Pro Football Hall of Fame, along with Art Modell and 24 others, among them Jerome Bettis, Roger Craig, Marshall Faulk, Deion Sanders. Subsequently, on February 6, 2011, Shannon Sharpe was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Sharpe was escorted to the Hall of Fame ceremony by Canton native Haley Smith, continuing the tradition of pageant winn

Difficult Women

Difficult Women is a literary-folk music cabaret created in 1992, in Melbourne, by Lin Van Hek and Joe Dolce and has been performing internationally for 15 years. Difficult Women was established as a literary-folk music project by Lin Van Hek and her domestic partner, Joe Dolce, in early 1992. Hek performed the roles to Dolce's compositions. Nicole Leedham of The Canberra Times observed, "to some they are difficult women, to others they were courageous... Hek is bringing these women alive with her theatrical collaboration with musician."During the witch-hunts in Salem, the term "difficult women" was applied to women targeted to be burned at the stake and for confiscation of their property by the church. Van Hek and Dolce's group has reclaimed this term and through a combination of theatrical vignettes, original music, harmony singing and oration, brings to life women who were labelled difficult for their willingness to defy what was expected of women in their time; the Guardian's David Fickling noticed that Dolce, "has a particular interest in those who are misunderstood by their contemporaries... about pioneering feminists who were thought in their time to be'difficult', rather than visionary."

AllMusic's writer felt, " turning his back on the comic elements of his work and staging ambitious adaptations of the writings of Sappho, Albert Schweitzer, Sylvia Plath. Much of his work has been performed with as part of the literary-music group."The show contains over four hours of material on visionary women: Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath, Frida Kahlo, Memphis Minnie, Sonya Tolstoi, Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas, Camille Claudel, Katherine Mansfield and Louisa Lawson, its first run was in mid-June 1992 at Carlton. A Canberra performance in March 1994 was attended by The Canberra Times' Alanna MacLean who opined, " portraits were gentle but clear and minor costume changes marking the differences. Strange Australian aunts and the work of Dale Spender on the links between gender and language mingled with Madam Tolstoy, who wrote out War and Peace 53 times by hand for her husband." The run at the Carclew Ballroom, North Adelaide, was over four days in mid-July of that year. In February 1995 it was performed at Budinski's Theatre of Carlton.

In 2007 a performance was at the Acquador Room, in April. Van Hek, Linn.

Five-Year Plans of Vietnam

The Five-Year Plans of Vietnam are a series of economic development initiatives. The Vietnamese economy is shaped by the Vietnamese Communist Party through the plenary sessions of the Central Committee and national congresses; the party plays a leading role in establishing the foundations and principles of communism, mapping strategies for economic development, setting growth targets, launching reforms. Planning is a key characteristic of centralized, Planned economy, one plan established for the entire country contains detailed economic development guidelines for all its regions. According to Vietnamese economist Vo Nhan Tri, Vietnam's post-reunification economy was in a "period of transition to socialism"; the process was described as consisting of three phases. The first phase, from 1976 through 1980, incorporated the Second Five-Year Plan --the First Five-Year Plan applied to North Vietnam only; the second phase, called "socialist industrialization", was divided into two stages: from 1981 through 1990 and from 1991 through 2005.

The third phase, covering the years 2006 through 2010, was to be time allotted to "perfect" the transition. The party's goal is to unify the economic system of the entire country under socialism. Steps were taken to implement this goal at the long-delayed Fourth National Party Congress, convened in December 1976, when the party adopted the Second Five-Year Plan and defined both its "line of socialist revolution" and its "line of building a socialist economy"; the next two congresses, held in March 1982 and December 1986 reiterated this long-term communist objective and approved the five-year plans designed to guide the development of the Vietnamese economy at each specific stage of the revolution. The first North Vietnamese Five-Year Plan contained a provision for relocating people from the overpopulated provinces to the "underpopulated" provinces of the delta's mountain rim; because of the ambitiousness of its original goal the Northern program did not reach its objective. The objective being to resettle each year a number of people corresponding to the increase of population.

Between 1961 and 1975 no more than one million people were moved, whilst the population grew by 8 million people. The optimism and impatience of Vietnam's leaders were evident in the Second Five-Year Plan; the plan set extraordinarily high goals for the average annual growth rates for industry and national income. It gave priority to reconstruction and new construction while attempting to develop agricultural resources, to integrate the North and the South, to proceed with communization. Twenty years were allowed to construct technical bases of communism. In the South, material construction and systemic transformation were to be combined in order to hasten economic integration with the North, it was considered critical for the VCP to improve and extend its involvement in economic affairs so that it could guide this process. Development plans were to focus on agriculture and industry, while initial investment was to favor projects that developed both sectors of the economy. Thus, for example, heavy industry was intended to serve agriculture on the premise that a rapid increase in agricultural production would in turn fund further industrial growth.

With this strategy, Vietnamese leaders claimed that the country could bypass the capitalist industrialization stage necessary to prepare for communism. Vietnam was incapable, however, of undertaking such an ambitious program on its own and solicited financial support for its Second Five-Year Plan from Western nations, international organizations, communist allies. Although the amount of economic aid requested is not known, some idea of the assistance level envisioned by Hanoi can be obtained from available financial data; the Vietnamese government budget for 1976 amounted to US$2.5 billion, while investments amounting to US$7.5 billion were planned for the period between 1976 and 1980. The economic aid tendered to Hanoi was substantial; the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe offered assistance, worth US$3 billion to US$4 billion, countries of the Western economic community pledged US$1 billion to US$1.5 billion. By 1979 it was clear that the Second Five-Year Plan had failed to reduce the serious problems facing the newly unified economy.

Vietnam's economy remained dominated by small-scale production, low labor productivity, unemployment and technological shortfalls, insufficient food and consumer goods. To address these problems, at its Fifth National Party Congress held in March 1982, the VCP approved resolutions on "orientations and objectives of economic and social development for 1981-85 and the 1980s"; the resolutions established economic goals and in effect constituted Vietnam's Third Five-Year Plan. Because of the failure of the Second Five-Year Plan, the Vietnamese leadership proceeded cautiously, presenting the plan one year at a time; the plan as a whole was neither drawn up in final form nor presented to the National Assembly of Vietnam for adoption. The economic policies set forth in 1982 resulted from a compromise between ideological and pragmatic elements within the party leadership; the question of whether or not to preserve private capitalist activities in the South was addressed, as was the issue of the pace of the South's socialist transformation.

The policies arrived at called for the temporary retention of private capitalist activities in order to spur economic growth and the completion, more or less, of a communist transformation in the South by the mid-1980s. The plan's highest priority, was to develop agriculture b