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Southern England

Southern England, or the South of England known as the South, refers to the southern counties of England. The extent of this area can take a number of different interpretations depending on the context, including geographical, cultural and economic. Geographically, the south of England covers about one-third of the country; the South is considered a principal cultural area of England, along with the Midlands and Northern England. Many consider the area to have a distinct identity from the rest of England, however without universal agreement on what cultural and economic characteristics of the South are. For statistical purposes, Southern England is divided into four regions: South West England, South East England and the East of England. Combined, these have a total area of 62,042 square kilometres, a population of 28 million. People apply the terms "southern" and "south" loosely, without deeper consideration of the geographical identities of Southern England; this can cause confusion over the depth of affiliation between its areas.

As in much of the rest of England, people tend to have a deeper affiliation to their city. Thus, residents of Essex are unlikely to feel much affinity with people in Oxfordshire. There is a strong distinction between natives of the south-west and south-east; the broadcaster Stuart Maconie has noted that culturally "there's a bottom half of England but there isn't a south in the same way that there's a north". One major manifestation of the North -- South divide is in life expectancy statistics. All three Northern England statistical regions have lower than average life expectancies and higher than average rates of cancer, circulatory disease and respiratory disease; the South of England has a higher life expectancy than the North, regional differences do seem to be narrowing: between 1991–1993 and 2012–2014, life expectancy in the North East increased by 6.0 years and in the North West by 5.8 years, the fastest increase in any region outside London, the gap between life expectancy in the North East and South East is now 2.5 years, down from 2.9 in 1993.

Furthermore, all such figures represent an average - affluent northern towns such as Harrogate have higher life expectancies than less affluent areas of the South such as Southampton or Plymouth. The sport of rugby experienced a schism in 1895 with many teams based in Yorkshire and surrounding areas breaking from the Rugby Football Union and forming their own League; the disagreement that led to the split was over the issue of professional payments, "broken time" or injury payments. There is a perception that league is the code of rugby played in the north, whilst union is the code played in the south. One of the biggest derbies in Southern England is the West Country derby; the South Coast Derby is used to describe football matches played between Portsmouth Football Club and Southampton Football Club. However in Portsmouth's absence from top flight football, AFC Bournemouth and Brighton and Hove Albion – based about 30 miles and 60 miles from Southampton – gained promotion to the Premier League, with some media outlets marketing fixtures against them as a'South Coast derby'.

In most definitions, Southern England includes all the counties on/near the English Channel. In terms of the current ceremonial counties: Despite the general acceptance of these counties as Southern, those that comprise the West Country are considered mutually exclusive to Southern England; the exact northern extent varies and as with most geographical regions, people sometimes debate the boundaries. In the west, Southern England is taken to include Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire. For a period of time between the 16th and 20th Centuries, the county of Monmouthshire in Wales was considered English due to both politics and the result of these having a cultural impact on the people who lived there. Therefore, in these instances it was grouped with southern England due to its border with Gloucestershire. Despite these definitions, the northern boundary is taken to correspond to an imaginary line from the Severn Estuary to the Wash. Constitutional status of Cornwall European Parliament constituencies in the United Kingdom Home Counties North–South divide in England North–South divide in the United Kingdom Regions of England Subdivisions of England

Pat LoBrutto

Patrick LoBrutto is an editor and anthologist. He received a World Fantasy Award for editing. LoBrutto was born in Brooklyn, NY, his father was an attorney, he grew up in a home with over 7,000 books. The walls were lined with popular non-fiction. LoBrutto's publishing career began while he was in graduate school, where he was studying urban planning, he took a summer job in the mailroom of Ace Books. LoBrutto has worked for Ace Books, Bantam Books, Stealth Press, M. Evans, Kensington, among other publishing houses, he has held the position of editor, senior editor, editor-in-chief, working with authors such as Isaac Asimov, Stephen King, Eric Van Lustbader, Spider Robinson, Walter Tevis, F. Paul Wilson, Joe R. Lansdale, on Star Wars novelizations. LoBrutto has edited New York Times best-selling authors. Among the hundreds of books he edited and brought to successful publication, are the following: The Little Book was written by first-time novelist Selden Edwards over a period of thirty years. With LoBrutto as editor, the book was published by Dutton Books and became a New York Times best-seller.

Publishers Weekly called it "a sweet, wistful elegy to the fantastic promise and failed hopes of the 20th century." Playboy Magazine declared it "a work that feels effortless...part mystery, part meditation on the marriage of past and present, part love letter to a bygone era, the novel moves fluidly through time and place, belying its three-decade creation."The Christian Science Monitor said "if you like time travel and fin de siecle Vienna, this is your summer book." The Louisville Courier-Journal hailed it as "the product of a writer in full command of his gifts." The San Francisco Chronicle wrote “The Little Book is presented with undeniable brio. Enthusiasts of Vienna and narratives of time travel are in for a thrilling adventure.” Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman, the long-awaited sequel to the classic A Canticle for Leibowitz, was completed from instructions left by Walter M. Miller, Jr. before his death in 1996. LoBrutto worked with author Terry Bisson to harmonize this sequel with the powerful literary and philosophical antecedents of the original novel.

The book's reception was strong. The Washington Post Book World declared it "a remarkably affecting novel...vividly imagined... Superb." The New York Times Book Review said it "pulses with life." Publishers Weekly wrote "Bisson's prose is a wonder of effortless control and precision." Time Magazine called it "an extraordinary novel...chillingly effective." The Chicago Tribune hailed it as "an extraordinary novel... Prodigiously imaginative, richly comic, terrifyingly grim, profound both intellectually and morally, above all, is such a memorable story as to stay with the reader for years." The Butlerian Jihad is a prequel to the Dune trilogy. It details the terrifying war between machines, that generated the Dune universe. With LoBrutto as editor, based on the comprehensive notes left by Dune creator Frank Herbert, Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson introduced the families of Atreides, Harkonnen and traced the evolution of the Fremen on Arrakis; the book became an integral part of the Dune legacy.

Publishers Weekly declared that "the sands of time have not diminished the impact Dune has had on the evolution of SF, this new prequel by Frank Herbert's son and bestseller Anderson...offers the kind of intricate plotting and philosophical musings that would make the elder Herbert proud. Key revelations regarding the Zensunni Wanderers and their fight for freedom and other historical Dune elements lend an air of discovery to this fast-paced tale." May There be a Road is a collection of unpublished early stories by Louis L'Amour, the master of Western literature. Edited by LoBrutto, the book introduced a new side of L'Amour – one that extended beyond the boundaries of the Western. Publishers Weekly noted. In this volume of 10 uncollected short stories written early in his career and issued now, 13 years after his death, with an afterword by his son, Beau, L'Amour's broader interests are on display...the Book-of-the-Month Club, the Literary Guild and the Doubleday Book Club are making his latest posthumous offering an alternate selection, sales should be strong."

A Room for the Dead was a genre-bending shocker by New York Times best-selling author Noel Hynd. With 4 million of his books in print, Hynd was ready to push the boundaries of his story-telling, with LoBrutto as his editor; the result was frighteningly effective. Publishers Weekly said "the chills come fast and hard in Hynd's latest, a riveting blend of ghost story and police procedural... A tangle of right-wing state politics, skinhead thieves, a mysterious young woman and dialogues between O'Hara and what seems to be Gary's ghost lead the cop through past police corruption and malfeasance to a shattering conclusion."Booklist wrote "fans of Stephen King, John Saul, Dean Koontz, the like will give Hynd a thumbs up for his latest shivery ghost story. Detective Frank O'Hara, a New Hampshire cop anticipating early retirement, has to rethink his plans when a case he closed six months earlier comes back to haunt him--literally... Hynd good at macabre, mind-bending plots with plenty of grotesque details, he blends the horror and mystery genres."

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Bread of Stone

Bread of Stone are an American contemporary Christian music and pop rock band from Sioux City and they were formed in 2004. Their members are lead vocalist, Ben Kristijanto, Bill Kristijanto, bass guitarist, Tim Barnes, drummer, Jason Ferris, they released, The Real Life, with DREAM Records, this album was reviewed by many Christian music publications. The contemporary Christian music pop rock band formed in Sioux City, Iowa, in 2004, they count as their members. Their former drummer was Wesley Holt; the group was formed in 2004, yet their first major label released studio album wasn't released until 2013, The Real Life, by DREAM Records on September 24, 2013. Current membersBen Kristijanto – lead vocals Bill Kristijanto – guitar Tim Barnes – Bass Jason Ferris – drumsFormer membersWesley Holt – drums Jimmy Klemish - Bass Studio albumsBroken Vessels Letting Go The Real Life Not Alone Hold The Light Details EP EPsSaturate EP Official website

Lewis M. Stevens

Lewis Miller Stevens was a lawyer and politician from Philadelphia. Stevens was born in Connecticut, in 1898, the son of Frank A. Stevens and Harriet M. Beech. After serving in the United States Army in 1918, he graduated from Princeton University in 1920. Stevens earned a J. D. from Harvard Law School in 1923, after which he moved to Philadelphia and was admitted to the Pennsylvania bar. He worked for the firm of Henry, Pepper and Stokes before becoming a founding member of Stradley, Ronon and Young in 1926, he remained a partner in the firm for the rest of his life. He married Elizabeth Morgan in 1929. Stevens was involved in politics in Philadelphia as a Republican, he soon grew dissatisfied with the Republican machine that dominated the city's politics. In 1939, Stevens ran for district attorney on a ticket backed by Democrats and independent Republicans, but was unsuccessful, losing to regular Republican Charles F. Kelley by 30,000 votes, he continued to be active in the Republican Party. In 1947, he was appointed chief counsel of the United States Senate's Banking and Currency Committee, investigating the Reconstruction Finance Corporation, an independent agency of the federal government created during the Great Depression.

The following year, he became the Layman Moderator of the Philadelphia branch of the government of the Presbyterian Church. In 1949, Stevens helped organize the Greater Philadelphia Movement, which worked for reform of city government and adoption of a new city charter; that mission was fulfilled in 1951, when city voters adopted the new charter Stevens and the Movement had drafted. That year, Stevens ran for one of the at-large seats on the reformed city council, he ran as a Democrat and was elected, part of a wave election that swept the Republicans from power for the first time in 67 years. Stevens won the second-highest vote total of any of the seven at-large candidates elected, he served as the chairman of City Council's Finance Committee. In 1955, he declined to run for reelection, returned to his law practice and charitable organizations, which included memberships on the boards of the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, the Presbyterian Hospital of Philadelphia, Lincoln University, among others.

In March 1963, Stevens underwent brain surgery. He lived for four more months, but succumbed to illness and died in Temple University Hospital on July 15, 1963, he is buried in the churchyard of Saint Thomas Episcopal Church in Pennsylvania. "Ex-Councilman Lewis Stevens Dies". Philadelphia Inquirer. July 16, 1963. P. 20 – via Newspapers.com. "Lewis M. Stevens, 1898-1963"; the Annals of the American Academy of Political Science. 349: viii. September 1963. JSTOR 1035691. "Woman Elected to First Seat in City Council". Philadelphia Inquirer. November 7, 1951. "Death certificate". Ancestry.com. Retrieved 7 November 2015

Rob Mayeda

Rob Mayeda is a meteorologist, storm chaser, segment producer for KNTV in San Jose, California. Mayeda attended Chaminade College Preparatory in West Hills and graduated from the University of Arizona, Tucson in 1994 with a bachelor's degree in Journalism and English, he completed a Master of Science degree in Geosciences at Mississippi State University. Mayeda now provides guest lecturing/instruction work at Cal State East Bay in California. Mayeda was hired as a production associate for the ABC network news bureau to work on the network's various news magazine shows 20/20, Primetime Live and Turning Point, he returned to KNBC as an editorial assistant and joined the special news projects department for the production of Channel 4 News' O. J. Simpson: The Trial; this daily broadcast followed the O. J. Simpson case from the start of the trial to the eventual verdict. Airing both on KNBC and CNBC this program featured prominent local attorneys as "legal analysts" who offered opinions on the daily events in court.

He was hired by KESQ in Palm Desert, California as a weekend weather anchor and morning weather anchor once KESQ launched its weekday morning newscast. Less than two years Mayeda joined KSBY in San Luis Obispo, California as a weekend weather anchor and news reporter. Mayeda took on the same role for KCRA in Sacramento, California in 1997. Mayeda earned an Emmy award in 2002 for "On Camera News: Weather" from the Northern California National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, he was nominated for another Emmy in 2008 as segment producer for "From Dreams To Dust," a documentary about the Japanese American internment camps during World War II. He worked as a weekday weather anchor for KIRO-TV in Seattle, Washington for two years before returning to California where he was hired at KNTV. Mayeda was assigned to weekend morning and evening newscasts while working on news special projects. Mayeda's work as a videographer/producer aired on NBC Bay Area for "On Thin Ice", a climate change special focusing on Alaska's melting glaciers.

The American Meteorological Society awarded "On Thin Ice" its "Excellence in Science Reporting by a Broadcast Meteorologist" honor in October 2011. In 2011, he earned his second Emmy award for "On Camera Talent Anchor: Weather" from the Northern California National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Mayeda holds the American Meteorological Society television seal of approval. Biography at NBC Bay Area Cal State East Bay Newsletter, June 2011 "Space Shuttle Launched Science Career of CSUEB Lecturer Rob Mayeda" Cal State East Bay Newsletter, June 2010 "On Thin Ice" News Special KNTV presents "Dreams To Dust" USN Navy Mil "Carl Vinson Sailors Take Notes From The Pros" 8-17-2002 Bay Area VIP Lineup "Movers & Shakers"

Field hockey at the 2015 Pan American Games

Field hockey competitions at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto will be held from July 13–25, at the Pan Am / Parapan Am Fields, which are located on the back campus of the University of Toronto. A total of eight men's and women's teams will compete in each respective tournament; the winners of the two tournaments will qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, granted they are not qualified as a host or via the 2014–15 Hockey World League Semifinals. The following is the competition schedule for the field hockey competitions: A total of ten countries have qualified field hockey teams; the numbers in parenthesis represents the number of participants qualified. A total of eight men's teams and eight women's teams will qualify to compete at the games; the top two teams at the South American and Central American and Caribbean Games will qualify for each respective tournament. The host nation automatically qualifies teams in both events; the remaining three spots in each tournament will be given to the three best teams from the respective 2013 Pan American Cup that have yet to qualify.

This will happen. Each nation may enter one team in each tournament for a maximum total of 32 athletes. * Host nation