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Six Flags

Six Flags Entertainment Corporation known as Six Flags Theme Parks or Six Flags, is an amusement park corporation based in the United States, with properties in Canada and the contiguous United States. It owns more theme parks and waterparks combined than any other amusement park company in the world, has the seventh-highest attendance in the world; the company operates 25 properties throughout North America, including theme parks, amusement parks, water parks and a family entertainment center. In 2019, Six Flags properties hosted 32.8 million guests. Six Flags was founded in Texas on August 5, 1961 and derived its name from its first property, Six Flags Over Texas; the company maintains a corporate office in Midtown Manhattan, while its headquarters are in Grand Prairie, Texas. On June 13, 2009, the corporation filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection due to crippling debt, which it exited after corporate restructuring on May 3, 2010; the name "Six Flags" referred to the flags of the six different nations that have governed Texas: Spain, Mexico, the Republic of Texas, the United States and the Confederate States of America.

Six Flags parks are still divided into different themed sections, although many of the original areas from the first three parks have been replaced. Six Flags Theme Parks originated in 1957 with the creation of The Great Southwest Corporation by Angus G. Wynne and other investors. Construction of Six Flags Over Texas started in 1960 and the park opened the next year for a short season; the park featured a Native American village, a gondola ride, a railroad, some Wild West shows, a stagecoach ride and "Skull Island", a pirate-themed adventure attraction. There was an excursion, inspired by the historical La Salle Expeditions in the late 1600s, called "LaSalle's River Adventure", aboard French riverboats through a wilderness full of animated puppets. Over the years, all of those attractions, except the railroad, were replaced by others, such as roller coasters, swing rides, log flumes and shoot-the-chute rides, as well as an observation tower; the original Six Flags park, Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington was sold in 1966 to a subsidiary of the Pennsylvania Railroad, pursuing non-railroad investments in an effort to diversify its sources of income.

With the new owners came a more abundant supply of capital for geographic expansion and park additions. Six Flags opened Six Flags Over Georgia in 1967 and Six Flags Over Mid-America in 1971, which were the last two original parks constructed by the company. Six Flags continued to grow by acquiring independent parks. Six Flags purchased AstroWorld in Houston, Texas in 1975, Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey in 1977 and Magic Mountain in Valencia, California in 1979; these purchases were followed by Penn Central selling assets to Bally Manufacturing in 1982. In 1984, the Great America theme park in Gurnee, Illinois was acquired from the Marriott hotel chain. In 1984, as a result of its acquisition of Great America, Six Flags acquired the rights to Time Warner/Warner Bros.' Looney Tunes animated characters for use in Six Flags properties. Bally surrendered control of the chain to Wesray Capital Corporation in a 1987 leveraged buyout. Time Warner began to gain more leverage in the company, gaining a 19.5% stake in Six Flags in 1990 and 50% in 1991, with the remaining shares of the company being split by Blackstone Group and Wertheim Schroder & Company.

Time Warner purchased the remaining stake in Six Flags in 1993, changing the company's name from Six Flags Corp. to Six Flags Theme Parks, Inc. In 1996, Six Flags began to manage Fiesta Texas theme park in San Antonio and purchased the park from USAA in 1998. Premier Parks operated as the Tierco Group, Inc. an Oklahoma-based real estate company. The company purchased the Frontier City theme park in Oklahoma City in 1982 for $1.2 million, although Tierco had no intention of entering the amusement park business. Company officials described Frontier City as "beat up" and "run down". However, given an oil bust in Oklahoma, developers lost interest in converting the park into a shopping center. In 1984, Tierco hired Gary Story as general manager of Frontier City and invested about $13 million into improving the park; as the new head of Frontier City, he quadrupled the park's attendance and revenues. Under his leadership, two rides, a ticket booth, sales office, a petting zoo were added to the park.

Food service improved. In 1988, Tierco shifted its strategic direction to amusement parks, it sold much of its property in the late 1980s. As this reinvestment paid off, more capital became available. By 1991, Tierco opened; the company realized the key to boosting a park's attendance was to add new and exciting rides, make it family-friendly. Tierco acquired the financially troubled Wild World in Largo, Maryland, in 1992 and changed that park's name to Adventure World. With a $500,000 investment, Tierco expanded Wild World's kiddie section and remodeled its buildings to give the park a tropical look and feel. Story was promoted to executive vice president after the purchase of Wild World. In 1994, he was promoted again to chief operating officer. More flat rides and two roller coasters were added to that park. Since Tierco was on its way to becoming a "premier" regional theme park operator, in 1994 it changed its name to Premier Parks, Inc. Kieran E. Bur

Scania N113

The Scania N113 was a transverse-engined step-entrance and low-floor city bus chassis manufactured by Scania between 1988 and 2000. The Scania N113 was designed as a successor to the N112. Most of the single-decker buses and the double-decker buses have a double-curvature windscreen with an arched top, it had an 11-litre engine mounted at the rear, coupled to either a Voith gearbox. It was available as: a standard-floor single-decker bus a low-floor single-decker bus a double-decker bus with two or three axles an articulated bus. A total of 641 N113s were sold in the United Kingdom, this figure made up of 405 two-axle double-deckers, 194 standard-floor single-deckers and 42 low-floor single-deckers; the double-deckers were offered with bodywork by Alexander, East Lancs and Northern Counties, while most of the standard-floor single-deckers were bodied by Alexander to their PS and Strider designs, though the Wright Endurance, Plaxton Verde and East Lancs EL2000 were specified. London Transport was to be the biggest UK customer for the double-deckers, taking 71 between 1989 and 1992 for its London Northern and East London subsidiaries.

Of these, 29 were bodied by the other 42 by Northern Counties. Brighton & Hove bought 51 between 1998, all with East Lancs bodies. Yorkshire Rider took 42 in 1990 and 1991, while West Midlands Travel took 40 with Alexander bodies in 1990. Nottingham City Transport would buy 23, while Midland Fox took 20, Kingston upon Hull City Transport and Mayne Coaches both bought 16. There were 13 for Northumbria Motor Services, 12 for Newport Transport, ten each for Busways Travel Services, Cardiff Bus and Liverline of Liverpool. Other customers included Grey-Green, Borehamwood Travel Services, GM Buses, Midland Red North and Derby City Transport. Busways was the first United Kingdom customer for the standard-floor single-decker in 1989 taking 36, all with Alexander PS bodies; the biggest customer, was Yorkshire Rider, which bought 55 with Alexander Strider bodies in 1993 and 1994. Newport took 30 Strider-bodied versions between 1993 and 1997, while GRT Group took 26 with Wright Endurance bodies in 1994/95 for its Midland Bluebird and Lowland Scottish fleets.

Cardiff Bus bought 14 with Plaxton Verde bodies in 1992 and a further seven with Strider bodies in 1994, while Nottingham took eight PS-bodied versions in 1990. Among other customers were Yorkshire Traction, Tayside Buses and Stevensons of Uttoxeter. Of the 42 low-floor single-deckers, 30 Wright Pathfinder bodied examples were bought by London Buses in 1994 for trials at its East London and Leaside Buses subsidiaries; the other 12 carried an East Lancs body marketed jointly as the MaxCi, of these, five went to Clydeside 2000, four to Midland Red North, one to Tayside. In 1993, Kowloon Motor Bus purchased two Alexander RH-bodied Scania N113 tri-axle double-deckers; the Alexander RH buses all have a double-curvature windscreen with an arched top. They were equipped with Scania DS11-74 Voith DIWA863 gearboxes. Another 20 were purchased in 1996, but equipped with Scania's DSC11-24 engine instead of DS11-74. All were withdrawn between 2010 and 2014. Singapore Bus Service took delivery of 200 Alexander PS bodied Scania N113CRB single deckers in 1989/90, 50 of which were air-conditioned and the remaining 150 non air-conditioned.

Several of the non air-conditioned buses were retrofitted with air conditioning in 1998/99. These buses served the eastern parts of Singapore and were predominantly under the control of the Bedok North depot, with a minority at Ang Mo Kio and Hougang depots, they were transferred to SBS Transit on 1 November 2001 and retired from 19 August 2008 to 1 May 2009. These buses were repainted between January 2004 and December 2007; some of them were replaced by Volvo B10M who in turn replaced by Scania K230UB. The N113CRBs operated on a majority of trunk and Townlink services in the East. Metro Tasmania purchased 147 Ansair bodied N113CRBs between 1989 and 1995. In 1997, Scania introduced its 4-series range of buses, which utilised smaller and cleaner engines in order to comply with Euro2 emission limits; the N113 thus gave way to the low-floor, 9-litre-engined N94. However, N113 double-deckers continued to be sold in the UK until 2000, the last examples being a batch with East Lancs Cityzen bodies built for stock and sold to a variety of small operators.

The N94 was introduced to the UK in 2002, in both single-deck and double-deck forms. For the Hong Kong market, Scania developed the low-floor Scania K94UB 6x2/4 double-decker bus, but only one prototype was built. Media related to Scania N113 at Wikimedia Commons

Omayya SC

Omaya Sports Club is a Syrian football club located in province of Idlib in the western north of Syria. Omaya SC Played in the second division in the Syrian Premier League; the club won the Second Division in Syria many times and was promoted to the Syrian first division League for the first time in season 1991. In 2015, the club announced its withdrawal from the Syrian Professional League because of the crisis facing Syria. Omaya Sports Club was found in 1951 holding the name "Arab brotherhood Club" and remained under this name until the formation of Syrian Sports Association to be called as Omaya Sports Club and classified to play in the second division league. Many names held the position of club presidency since it was found like Fahmi Alyousofi - Riad Alhakime - Amin Najjar - Ahmed Hamedani - Marwan Fanari - Ali Moalem - Fahmi Zagal -Wafa Barakat - Mustafa Nahlawi - Adel Tarsha- Ali Moalem - Mohammed Abdulafattah Kara - Wahid Karzai -Abd Karim Muna- Abdul Karim Khrbotali -Mufid Aldenb - Hafez Alsayed.

The club had so many nicknames like the hardworker. The club promoted to the first division for the first time in 1991 and returned and fell to remain in the second division League. In 2001-2002 season, the club promoted to the first division again to remain for four seasons in the professional league to relegate to the second division under abnormal conditions; the club recovered its wounds and reorganised its papers and promoted in 2008 season to lead the league for several weeks in the 2009-2010 season and became a force to be reckoned with. In 2015, the club announced its withdrawal from the Syrian league as the club headquarter was destroyed in the city of Idlib; the club provided the Syrian National team with quality players who have proven their presence on the scene like Faysal Tattan, the most effective player in Hittin Club in the eighties and included to the national team. Hazem Harbah who played for Teshreen Club for many years and was the leading scorer for the club and Burhan Sahyoni who played for Syrian Youth National team and he had the honor to participate in the Syrian achievements youth world Cup.

Ammar Zakour offered a great level, was the star of Omaya before moving to Alshortah Club and to Lebanon as a professional player. There are many other legends in the club like Reyad Shagra, Saeid Yazaji, Samer Yazaji, shady Bkhuri, Samer RamHamdani. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Official website Omayya at Kooora.com