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The A-Team

The A-Team is an American action-adventure television series that ran on NBC from 1983 to 1987 about former members of a fictitious United States Army Special Forces unit. The members, after being court-martialed "for a crime they didn't commit", escaped from military prison and, while still on the run, worked as soldiers of fortune; the series was created by Stephen J. Frank Lupo. A feature film based on the series was released by 20th Century Fox in 2010; the A-Team was created by writers and producers Stephen J. Cannell and Frank Lupo at the behest of Brandon Tartikoff, NBC's Entertainment president. Cannell was fired from ABC in the early 1980s, after failing to produce a hit show for the network, was hired by NBC. Brandon Tartikoff pitched the series to Cannell as a combination of The Dirty Dozen, Mission Impossible, The Magnificent Seven, Mad Max and Hill Street Blues, with "Mr. T driving the car"; the A-Team was not expected to become a hit, although Stephen J. Cannell has said that George Peppard suggested it would be a huge hit "before we turned on a camera".

The show became popular. The show remains prominent in popular culture for its cartoonish violence, formulaic episodes, its characters' ability to form weaponry and vehicles out of old parts, its distinctive theme tune; the show boosted the career of Mr. T, who portrayed the character of B. A. Baracus, around whom the show was conceived; some of the show's catchphrases, such as "I love it when a plan comes together", "Hannibal's on the jazz", "I ain't gettin' on no plane!" have made their way onto T-shirts and other merchandise. The term "A-Team" is a nickname coined for U. S. Special Forces' Operational Detachments Alpha during the Vietnam War. In a 2003 Yahoo! survey of 1,000 television viewers, The A-Team was voted the "oldie" television show viewers would most like to see revived, beating out such popular television series from the 1980s as The Dukes of Hazzard and Knight Rider. The A-Team is a episodic show, with few overarching stories, except the characters' continuing motivation to clear their names, with few references to events in past episodes and a recognizable and steady episode structure.

In describing the ratings drop that occurred during the show's fourth season, reviewer Gold Burt points to this structure as being a leading cause for the decreased popularity "because the same basic plot had been used over and over again for the past four seasons with the same predictable outcome". Reporter Adrian Lee called the plots "stunningly simple" in a 2006 article for The Express, citing such recurring elements "as BA's fear of flying, outlandish finales when the team fashioned weapons from household items"; the show became emblematic of this kind of "fit-for-TV warfare" due to its depiction of high-octane combat scenes, with lethal weapons, wherein the participants are never killed and seriously injured. As the television ratings of The A-Team fell during the fourth season, the format was changed for the show's final season in 1986–87 in a bid to win back viewers. After years on the run from the authorities, the A-Team is apprehended by the military. General Hunt Stockwell, a mysterious CIA operative played by Robert Vaughn, propositions them to work for him, whereupon he will arrange for their pardons upon successful completion of several suicide missions.

In order to do so, the A-Team must first escape from their captivity. With the help of a new character, Frankie "Dishpan Man" Santana, Stockwell fakes their deaths before a military firing squad; the new status of the A-Team, no longer working for themselves, remained for the duration of the fifth season while Eddie Velez and Robert Vaughn received star billing along with the principal cast. The missions that the team had to perform in season five were somewhat reminiscent of Mission: Impossible, based more around political espionage than beating local thugs usually taking place in foreign countries, including overthrowing an island dictator, the rescue of a scientist from East Germany, recovering top secret Star Wars defense information from Soviet hands; these changes proved unsuccessful with viewers and ratings continued to decline. Only 13 episodes aired in the fifth season. In what was supposed to be the final episode, "The Grey Team", after being misled by Stockwell one time too many, tells him that the team will no longer work for him.

At the end, the team discusses what they were going to do if they get their pardon, it is implied that they would continue doing what they were doing as the A-Team. The character of Howling Mad Murdock can be seen in the final scene wearing a T-shirt that says, "Fini". During the Vietnam War, the A-Team were members of the 5th Special Forces Group. In the episode "Bad Time on the Border", Colonel John "Hannibal" Smith, portrayed by George Peppard, indicated that the A-Team were "ex-Green Berets". During the Vietnam War, the A-Team's commanding officer, Colonel Morrison, gave them orders to rob the Bank of Hanoi to help bring the war to an end, they succeeded in their mission, but on their return to base four days after the end of the war, they discovered that Morrison had been killed by the Viet Cong, that his headquarter

Donaldo González

Donaldo González Barañano is a retired Panamanian football goalkeeper. González had a six-year spell in Honduras with Olimpia and Marathón, where he played alongside compatriot José Anthony Torres. Before moving abroad he played for Projusa de Veraguas, Bravos de Urracá and local giants Tauro. González made his debut for Panama in a November 1996 friendly match against Costa Rica and has earned a total of 30 caps, scoring no goals, he represented his country in 10 FIFA World Cup qualification matches and was a member of the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup team, who finished second in the tournament. His final international was a September 2006 friendly match against Guatemala. After retiring in December 2007, González became goalkeeper coach of the national team. In summer 2015 he became goalkeeping coach at Atlético Chiriquí. C. D. OlimpiaLiga Nacional de Fútbol Profesional de Honduras: 2000–01 A, 2002–03 A, 2003–04 CC. D. MarathónLiga Nacional de Fútbol Profesional de Honduras: 2004–05 A Donaldo González at National-Football-Teams.com

Sixth-rate

In the rating system of the British Royal Navy used to categorise sailing warships, a sixth-rate was the designation for small warships mounting between 20 and 28 carriage-mounted guns on a single deck, sometimes with smaller guns on the upper works and sometimes without. It thus encompassed ships with up to 30 guns in all. In the first half of the 18th century the main battery guns were 6-pounders, but by mid-century these were supplanted by 9-pounders. 28-gun sixth rates were classed as frigates, those smaller as'post ships', indicating that they were still commanded by a full captain, as opposed to sloops of 18 guns and less under commanders. Sixth-rate ships had a crew of about 150–240 men, measured between 450 and 550 tons. A 28-gun ship would have about 19 officers; the other quarterdeck officers were a Royal Marines lieutenant. The ship carried the standing warrant officers, the gunner, the bosun and the carpenter, two master's mates, four midshipmen, an assistant surgeon, a captain's clerk.

The rest of the men were the crew, or the'lower deck'. They ate their simple meals at tables, sitting on wooden benches. A sixth rate carried about 23 marines, while in a strong crew the bulk of the rest were experienced seamen rated'able' or'ordinary'. In a weaker crew there would be a large proportion of adults who were unused to the sea; the larger sixth rates were classed as frigates. The smaller sixth rates with between 20 and 24 guns, still all ship-rigged and sometimes flush-decked vessels, were designated as post ships; these vessels could be considered comparable to the light cruisers and destroyers of more recent times, respectively. Regardless of armament, sixth-rates were known as "post ships" because, being rated, they were still large enough to have a post-captain in command instead of a lieutenant or commander. During the Napoleonic Wars, the now elderly sixth-rate frigates were found to be too small for their expected duties, which were more performed by fifth-rate frigates. Most were phased out without replacement, although a few lasted in auxiliary roles until after 1815.

The Aubrey–Maturin series of novels by Patrick O'Brian features the sixth-rate ship HMS Surprise as the frigate captained by Jack Aubrey. It is based on the actual historical frigate of the same name the French Unité, captured and renamed by the Royal Navy in 1796; the Surprise was portrayed in the 2003 film Master and Commander, adapted from the novels. In the novel Mason and Dixon by Thomas Pynchon the title characters set sail for Sumatra in 1761 to view the Venus transit in the sixth-rate ship HMS Seahorse; the novel The Watering Place of Good Peace by Geoffrey Jenkins includes a fictional sixth rate ship called HMS Plymouth Sound, described as being one of the fastest sailing ships in the Royal Navy. Rating system of the Royal Navy - for ships smaller than sixth rate McLaughlan, Ian; the Sloop of War, 1650-1763. Seaforth. ISBN 9781848321878. Rodger, N. A. M; the Command of the Ocean, a Naval History of Britain 1649-1815, London. ISBN 0-7139-9411-8 Bennett, G; the Battle of Trafalgar, Barnsley. ISBN 1-84415-107-7 Winfield, British Warships in the Age of Sail: 1603-1714, Barnsley ISBN 978-1-84832-040-6.

ISBN 978-1-84415-717-4. Sixth-rate ships at the Royal Navy website