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UB40 are an English reggae and pop band, formed in December 1978 in Birmingham, England. The band has had more than 50 singles in the UK Singles Chart, has achieved considerable international success, they have been nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album four times, in 1984 were nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Group. UB40 have sold over 70 million records worldwide; the ethnic make-up of the band's original line-up was diverse, with musicians of English, Irish, Jamaican and Yemeni parentage. Their hit singles include their debut "Food for Thought" and two Billboard Hot 100 number ones with "Red Red Wine" and "Can't Help Falling in Love". Both of these topped the UK Singles Chart, as did the band's version of "I Got You Babe", their two most successful albums, Labour of Love and Promises and Lies, reached number one on the UK Albums Chart. UB40 and the English ska band Madness hold the record for most weeks spent by a group in the UK singles chart during the 1980s, with 214 weeks each.

The band's line-up was stable for nearly 29 years, from March 1979 until January 2008, when frontman Ali Campbell left the band, followed shortly thereafter by keyboardist Mickey Virtue. Another member, remained with the band until November 2013, when he departed the original band to team up with Campbell and Virtue in a new version of UB40. In 2014, legal advice was sought by the original band who took action against the group containing Campbell and Astro over usage of the band name, due to its being used by both parties; the band members began as friends who knew each other from various schools across Birmingham, England. The name "UB40" was selected in reference to a form issued to people claiming unemployment benefits from the UK government's Department of Employment; the designation UB40 stood for Unemployment Benefit, Form 40. The origins of what would become UB40 began when in mid-1978 guitarist Ali Campbell, together with the rhythm section of drummer Jimmy Brown and bassist Earl Falconer, began rehearsing charting reggae songs in addition to some of their own original compositions.

They were soon joined by several of their friends, firstly percussionists Yomi Babayemi and Norman Hassan, saxophonist Brian Travers and keyboardist Jimmy Lynn. Robin Campbell, although reluctant to commit to forming a band with the others, was invited to join once again by his brother and bought a guitar with which to do so in December of that year. Once Robin had joined the others in their jamming sessions, the eight musicians formed a band, deciding on the name'UB40' after a friend suggested it was an appropriate name given the unemployed status of all of the band members. Prior to this, Travers had work as an electrical apprentice for NG Bailey; this lineup of the band lasted long enough to play their first show at the Hare & Hounds pub in Kings Heath in February 1979 and one other, before the band underwent its first lineup change in the form of Babyemi and Lynn leaving the band and Mickey Virtue joining in place of Lynn. A month UB40's classic lineup was rounded out with the inclusion of percussionist and vocalist Astro.

Astro had been working for Duke Alloy's sound system attending reggae dances in Birmingham. Before some of them could play their instruments, Ali Campbell and Brian Travers travelled around Birmingham promoting the band, putting up UB40 posters, their sound was honed through many long jam sessions at various locations in Birmingham. Their first gig took place on 9 February 1979 at The Hare & Hounds Pub in Kings Heath, Birmingham for a friend's birthday party; this was commemorated in October 2011 by the unveiling of a plaque at the venue, indicating the band receiving the Performing Rights Society's Music Heritage Award. UB40 caught their first break when Chrissie Hynde saw them at a pub and gave them an opportunity as a support act to her band, The Pretenders. UB40's first single, "King"/"Food for Thought" was released on Graduate Records, a local independent label run by David Virr, it reached No. 4 on the UK Singles Chart. The title of their first album, Signing Off, indicates the band was signing off from, or ending, their claim for unemployment benefits.

It was produced by Bob Lamb. Norman Hassan said of the recording: "if you stripped my track down, you could hear the birds in the background." This is. Signing Off was released on 29 August 1980, it entered the UK Albums Chart on 2 October 1980, spent 71 weeks in total on the chart. Signing Off is now a Platinum album; as UB40 grew in popularity, they encouraged and supported local musicians and bands from Birmingham, such as Beshara bringing them on tour. After great success in the UK, UB40's popularity in the US was established when they released Labour of Love, an album of cover songs, in 1983; the album reached No. 1 on the UK Albums Chart and No. 8 on the Billboard 200 in the US. The album featured the song "Red Red Wine", a cover version of a Neil Diamond song. Three years UB40 performed at the Birmingham Heart Beat Charity Concert 1986. In 1987 Ray "Pablo" Falconer, producer of UB40 music, died in a car crash, his brother, Earl Falconer, the band's bassist, was driving with nearly twice the legal limit of alcohol in his blood.

Earl was sentenced to six months imprisonment in June 1988 and banned from driving for

Gavin Hamilton (British Army officer)

Gavin John Hamilton, MC was a British Army infantry soldier. He was the Officer Commanding 19 Troop, D Squadron, 22 Special Air Service during the Falklands War when he was killed in action behind enemy lines on West Falkland. After graduating from the Royal Military Academy, Hamilton was commissioned as a subaltern with the Green Howards with the Service No.499793 in 1975, served with the British Army in Cyprus and South Armagh in Northern Ireland during Operation Banner. He was transferred into the Special Air Service in 1981, being attached to its D Squadron, 19 Troop. Having survived two helicopter crashes in adverse weather conditions on the Fortuna Glacier in South Georgia during Operation Paraquet, two days Hamilton led the advance elements of the forces which captured the main Argentine positions in Grytviken; this action resulted in the surrender of Argentinian garrison occupying South Georgia. Shortly afterwards he led the Raid on Pebble Island, which resulted in the destruction of eleven FMA IA 58 Pucará and T-34 Mentor Argentinian aircraft on the ground.

Once British ground forces had landed at San Carlos, Hamilton deployed with his SAS Squadron 40 miles behind the enemy lines to observe the main enemy defensive positions at Port Stanley, his leadership proving instrumental in seizing this ground, from which the final attack on Port Stanley, which would bring the war of liberation of the Falklands to a victorious conclusion, would be launched. On 27 May 1982 he identified an Argentine probe into the squadron's position and in the ensuing fight captured an Argentinian prisoner of war; the next night his troop held off another enemy attack, in doing so enabling 42 Commando Royal Marines to fly in to reinforce the position on 31 May 1982, a key stage in the Falkland Islands campaign. On the following day his troop ambushed another Argentinian patrol, capturing five members of it, three of whom were wounded. On 5 June 1982 Hamilton was deployed in command of a four-man observation patrol into positions behind enemy lines on West Falkland to observe Argentinian activity at Port Howard.

The patrol established itself in an observation post on the high ground of a ridge called Many Branch Point 2,750 yards from the Argentine positions, from which radio reports were dispatched. In the late morning of 10 June 1982, Hamilton and a radio operator were manning the post when they were discovered by a four-man Argentinian patrol from the 1st Section of the 601 Commando Company, operating out of Port Howard. Fonseka first engaged the enemy force in the open, followed by Hamilton from the post itself; as the small arms fire-fight continued with grenades being exchanged, during which Hamilton was hit in the arm by a rifle bullet, Hamilton ordered that they should both attempt to fight their way out. As the only withdrawal route available was to the rear, was exposed to enemy observation on the up slope of the ridge for 50 yards to the summit, Hamilton maintained automatic covering fire from within the post at the Argentinian commandos to allow Fonseka to withdraw first in a co-ordinated fall-back manoeuvre.

Hamilton attempted to follow, in the process was struck by Argentinian rifle fire and killed, Fonseka being afterwards taken prisoner of war. Hamilton's body was buried with military honours by the Argentinian garrison on West Falkland, the grave lying in the small cemetery at Port Howard; when the Argentinian Commander of Port Howard, Colonel Juan Ramon Mabragana, was interrogated by the British Forces after the Argentinian surrender on the Falkland Islands a few days he stated that Hamilton was "the most courageous man I have seen" and recommended that he should receive a gallantry decoration for his actions during the fire-fight. Hamilton was subsequently awarded the Military Cross posthumously; the Argentine commando patrol commander from the engagement, José Martiniano Duarte, met Hamilton's wife in 2002 at the Argentinian Embassy in London, expressing his personal regret for the events that had occurred at Many Branch Point 20 years before that had claimed her husband's life, praising his bravery

USS General William Mitchell (AP-114)

USS General William Mitchell was a troopship that served with the United States Navy in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. General William Mitchell was launched 31 October 1943 under a Maritime Commission contract by the Federal Shipbuilding & Drydock Company of Kearny, New Jersey. From 3 March to 20 August 1944 General William Mitchell made five round trip transport voyages out of Norfolk and New York to Casablanca and Liverpool, carrying fighting men to the North African Theater and participating in the buildup prior to the Allied invasion of Northern France. On the return leg of these frequent voyages, she carried casualties and rotation troops home to the United States, ensuring a steady flow of men and equipment between America and war-torn Europe. During the autumn of 1944 and through the spring of 1945, General William Mitchell called twice at Bombay, India, as she redeployed and rotated troops in the China-Burma-India theater. On the first of these voyages she sailed from New York via Panama and Australia, putting in at Bombay 7 October and embarking veterans for passage to Australia and America, mooring at San Diego, California 17 November 1944.

Her second passage to India took her from San Pedro via Tasmania to embark Allied troops and Italian prisoners of war at Bombay. The ship brought troops from San Francisco to Espiritu Santo, Guadalcanal and Leyte as the European war neared conclusion and the Pacific Theater gained priority, General William Mitchell sailed to Livorno and Naples, Italy, to transport seasoned fighting men and redeploy them for the anticipated assault on Japan's homeland; these troops debarked at Ulithi and the Philippines in the summer of 1945, the ship returned to San Francisco 6 December 1945 at war's end filled with homeward-bound warriors. As part of the Magic Carpet fleet, this busy transport carried sailors from San Francisco to the Philippines, returning servicemen from Hollandia to Seattle, troops from the Philippines and Guam to San Francisco, through the spring of 1946. Subsequently, from April 1946 until 1949 General William Mitchell sailed from West Coast ports and shuttled troops and supplies to and from Japan, China and Hawaii.

She underwent alterations for peacetime service at the Philadelphia Navy Yard in March 1947 and returned to San Francisco and her transpacific schedule. In October 1949 she was transferred to the Military Sea Transport Service and in 1950 continued her West Coast-Orient travels. In that year, two round trip voyages from New Orleans and New York were made to Bremerhaven to rotate and supply troops in Europe; the USS Mitchell AP 114 departed San Francisco, California 18 June 1951 beginning a round world cruise accumulating a total of 34,311 sea miles. The Mitchell visited the following ports during this trip: Balboa Canal Zone 26 June 1951, San Juan P. R. 29 June 1951, New Orleans 4 July 1951, Germany 19 July 1951, New York 1 August 1951, Germany 12 August 1951, Oran Algeria 17 August 1951, Port Said, Egypt 20 August 1951, Ceylon 29 August 1951, Saigon, F-Indo China 4 September 1951, Haiphong, F-IndoChina 6 September 1951, Korea 11 September 1951, Japan 15 September 1951, San Francisco, Calif 26 September 1951.

General William Mitchell continued to transport men and material from West Coast ports to Japan and Korea, supporting the United Nations forces in the latter country. She continued her service during the early years of the Vietnam War ferrying servicemen to stations in Japan, Midway, Okinawa and Guam, the largest staging station for the war, her frequent shuttle runs followed this pattern with the addition of numerous calls at Formosa and Pacific Islands until returned to the Maritime Administration 1 December 1966. General William Mitchell entered the National Defense Reserve Fleet and was berthed in Suisun Bay, California, she was sold for scrapping on 29 June 1987 for the sum of $1,270,000, scrapped in Taiwan in 1988. General William Mitchell received four service stars for Korean War service. General William Mitchell AP-114 - DANFS Online. USS General William Mitchell, Navsource Online; this article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships

Romeo Fernandes

Romeo Fernandes is an Indian footballer who plays as a winger for Odisha FC in the Indian Super League. Romeo was scouted by Dempo youth team scout Joaquim Crasto in 2010, joining the club's youth team the same year, he was a key player for the Dempo's youth teams at U19 and U20 levels. Dempo loaned out Romeo to Margao SC in the Goa Second Division where he helped Margao to promotion to the Goa Professional League in 2011. Back at Dempo for the 2011–12 I-League, he made his professional senior team debut the same season while he would make 8 appearances, scoring 7 times during the 2012 I-League U20 Romeo registered his first I-League assist for Dempo on 28 November 2012 against Mohun Bagan, assisting Joaquim Abranches in the 40th minute for the first goal of the match in a 3–0 win. Romeo joined FC Goa on loan for the 2014 Indian Super League. On 22 November, Romeo scored his first goal for the club in a 2–0 win over Pune City, starting in place of the injured Robert Pires and opening the scoring in the fifth minute with a glancing header.

On 1 December 2014, he again found the net, in the 33rd minute, opening the scoring in a 3–0 against NorthEast United which happened to be the 100th goal of the 2014 season. He scored his third goal for his team in a 3–1 win away at Chennaiyin, the latter's first home defeat of the season. Fernandes' impressive performances led to high praise from FC Goa coach and Brazilian legend Zico as well as interest from Brazilian club Atlético Paranaense. On 29 December Fernandes scored on his return to Dempo in the group stage of the 2014–15 Federation Cup, heading in the only goal of the game from Tolgay Özbey's cross in the 40th minute. Romeo scored his second goal of the cup against Sporting Goa during a 4–1 win, he had a fantastic. Romeo started Dempo's first game of the 2014–15 season but was injured early on in the game and replaced. Romeo joined Atlético Paranaense on 15 February 2015 on loan from parent club Dempo until the end of June 2015 joining the U-23 team that competes in the state of Parana.

Atletico PR has the option to renew the contract until December 2015 and thereafter has the option to buy the player from Dempo. Romeo was promoted to the senior team by the new coach of Atletico PR, Enderson Moreira after impressing in training, he made his debut for Atletico Paranaenese on 3 May in the Campeonato Paranaense against Nacional PR in the local state competition in the state of Parana, where Atletico Paranaense are located, coming on for Rafinha in the 67th Minute as a substitute in a 5–0 win for his team, thus becoming the first Indian to play in South America professionally at a senior level. On 25 May 2015 it was announced that Atlético Paranaense had released Romeo and that he would re-join FC Goa for the 2015 Indian Super League season. On 6 December 2015, Fernandes scored twice against Delhi Dynamos as FC Goa came from 2–0 down to win 3–2, he joined Goa for the 2016 Indian Super League season. On 11 November 2016, he assisted and scored a goal in the 94th–minute to give Goa a 2–1 victory over NorthEast United and their first home win of the season.

After good performances in the 2012 I-League U20 season, Romeo was called up to the India U23 team for the 2013 AFC U22 Qualifiers in Oman. He made his debut for the under-23 team on 28 June 2012 against the United Arab Emirates U22, coming on as a 49th-minute substitute for Shaiju Mon and would score the equalizer in the 87th minute as India U23 went on to draw the match 1–1. Romeo scored his 2nd goal of the tournament against Turkmenistan U22 in a 4–1 win. Romeo became the 500th player to debut for the senior Indian team against Guam in a Group D 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier on 12 November 2015; as of 20 February 2017 I-League:2011–12 I-League 2nd Division: 12015–16

In the Lounge with Gary Williams

In the Lounge with Gary Williams is jazz vocalist Gary Williams's second album, recorded at Abbey Road Studios and released in 2006. It is a collection of arrangements played by jazz musicians; the album was warmly welcomed by reviewers. Clive Fuller of In Tune commented: "This 17-track and 48-minute selection is one of the most relaxed albums that I have heard. I attribute this to the superb combination of the vocalist, musicians and material lending itself to the gentle swing, achieved throughout the set... The songs are ideally suited to the atmosphere that Gary wanted to achieve and he gets 10 out 10 for achieving just that."David Ades of Journal Into Melody said: "Gary’s approach to his lyrics, his empathy with his musicians demand your full attention, his choice of numbers confirms what a wonderful period in history the last century was for high quality popular songs. Being the supreme professional that he is, Gary surprises by slipping in a verse that others have not treated us to previously."Malcolm Laycock of Big Band World commented: "It shows a more intimate side of Gary and he doesn’t put a foot wrong.

He swings. He smooches, he caresses. His phrasing is sure, his intonation spot on. It’s an intelligent reading of a set of ‘standards’, never pretentious and always satisfying."Hilary Porter of The Bournemouth Echo said: "Whether playing this in the lounge or in the car, you are always in good company with Gary. A charming, charismatic performer his vocal skills make him a fine match for the likes of Sinatra and Dean Martin."

Shadow Conspiracy

Shadow Conspiracy is a 1997 American political thriller film starring Charlie Sheen, Donald Sutherland, Linda Hamilton and Sam Waterston. It was the final film directed by George P. Cosmatos, who died in 2005; the film was poorly received by critics. It was released on DVD in the United States in November 2003 by Buena Vista Home Entertainment. Set in Washington, this film documents an attempted power grab by White House Chief of Staff Jacob Conrad. Bobby Bishop is a special aide to the President of the United States who finds out about a plot to assassinate the President from a former professor. Bobby's old professor is murdered shortly thereafter and Bobby is left to try to uncover the conspiracy on his own, he recruits his journalist friend Amanda Givens to help him uncover the mystery and stop the assassination. Shadow Conspiracy was filmed in 12 weeks, with most of the principal photography taking place in Richmond, Georgetown and Baltimore, Maryland. Shadow Conspiracy received negative reviews from critics.

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, with 28 reviews, the film has a rare approval rating of 0% – meaning no favorable reviews whatsoever – receiving an average rating of 2.97/10. The film did not fare well at the box office, grossing a little over $2 million domestically; the Awakening Shadow Conspiracy on IMDb Shadow Conspiracy at the TCM Movie Database Shadow Conspiracy at Rotten Tomatoes Shadow Conspiracy at Box Office Mojo Shadow Conspiracy at MovieWeb