The United Premier Soccer League is an American professional development soccer league, founded in Santa Ana in Southern California, with teams in regionalized conferences throughout the United States. The league was founded in 2011 by Santa Ana Winds FC club owner Leonel López as a regional league for teams in Greater Los Angeles, but expanded to include teams from 32 states as of the 2019 UPSL season. Two seasons are played each year, with regional play culminating in a playoff system that crowns a single national champion each season; the league features internal relegation with up to three levels in some regions. The league is a United States Adult Soccer Association National League, within the larger United States soccer league system; the UPSL was formed in 2011 with 10 teams, has over 300 member clubs across the nation with the arrival of a league commissioner in former player Yan Skwara in 2014. Each UPSL team is independently operated; the league contests two seasons each calendar year, with the Spring season beginning in March and ending with national playoffs in July, a Fall season with play beginning in September with national playoffs in December.
More than 160 teams participated in the 2018 Spring season. UPSL announced it would begin promotion/relegation system beginning in 2017. Teams will compete in two divisions: Championship. In November 2016 the UPSL announced the addition of a Colorado conference set to begin in 2017. In August 2017, the league announced that all eleven clubs of the Premier League of America would be joining the USPL as a new Midwest Conference; the conference will initiate friendlies during the 2017 Fall Season and begin league play in 2018. In January 2019, the league announced that Matt Jr. would be the new UPSL National Director. Matt Kahla, Jr. build the Central Conference to over 80 teams. Former member club PSA Elite is known for reaching the fourth round of the 2014 and the 2015 Lamar Hunt U. S. Open Cup by knocking out higher-level professional teams. Three UPSL teams, La Máquina FC, L. A. Wolves FC, San Nicolas FC qualified for the 2016 U. S. Open Cup. La Máquina FC advanced to the fourth round before falling to LA Galaxy.
The UPSL's participants in the 2016 US Open Cup altogether defeated teams from the PDL, NPSL, USL. The UPSL operates in a geographical conference structure with localized Sections within each Conference; the number of Sections within each Conference varies based on team density. More dense Conferences are divided into a promotion/relegation structure with Division I, Division II and Division III; the following are the teams contesting the 2018 Fall UPSL season. Official website
Sheryl "Mac" McCollum is an American crime analyst, college professor and director of the non-profit Cold Case Investigative Research Institute based in Atlanta, a crime scene analyst for a CBS affiliate. McCollum graduated high school from a preparatory school in Atlanta, she received a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Georgia State University and a master's in criminal justice from Kaplan University. McCollum's law-enforcement career began in 1982 at the Rape Crisis Center at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. From there,she was director of the Metro Atlanta Cold Case Crime Analysis Squad. During the 1996 Olympic Games, she was the coordinator for the Crisis Response Team that planned and trained for four years and responded to the Centennial Olympic Park bombing, providing victim services, she served as the Georgia state director of Mothers Against Drunk Drivers. In 2004, McCollum founded Cold Case Investigative Research Institute, a collaboration between Auburn University Montgomery, Faulkner University and Bauder College.
CCIRI unites researchers, practitioners and the criminal justice community to work collectively to advance research and techniques in solving cold cases. CCIRI has since worked with 27 colleges and universities, more than 8,000 students and 600 experts, who have volunteered their time and talents to solve cold cases. A nationwide volunteer network made up of 27 colleges and universities, 600 forensic professionals and 5,000 students that assist victims' families and law enforcement by working on unsolved homicides, missing persons and kidnapping cases. Beginning in 2008, CNN followed four Bauder College students as they built case files in the Chandra Levy and Natalee Holloway cold-case investigations, led by McCollum and her Cold Case Investigative Research Institute. In 2009, McCollum's students, after pursuing the Levy investigation for more than a year, narrowed the suspect list to one. In 2017, McCollum held workshops at CrimeCon, a conference advertised as a "true-crime theme park" for amateur sleuths.
McCollum's workshops included Wine & Crime sessions, which she described for CrimeCon's blog: "I’m giving you what we know about a case that we’re working on. I’m holding nothing back. You’ll get the autopsy reports, the crime scene photographs, witness statements-- anything that we have, you will have. You go to work."McCollum in August 2019 joined CBS46 as a crime scene investigator for CSI Atlanta, working with a Channel 46 team to investigate unsolved Georgia cases, including the 1946 Moore’s Ford Bridge Lynching case. McCollum lives in the Atlanta area with two children. CBS46 News profile of Sheryl McCollum Imagine Publicity bio of Sheryl McCollum Cold Case Squads Around the Country
John A. Lynch Jr. is an American Democratic Party politician from New Jersey, who served in the New Jersey Senate from 1982 to 2002, where he represented the 17th Legislative District, was Senate President from 1990 to 1992. He was the 61st Mayor of New Brunswick, New Jersey from 1979 to 1991. Lynch was born in the son of John A. Lynch, Sr. and Evelyn Rooney. His father served as both Mayor of New Brunswick and State Senator from Middlesex County, he attended the College of Georgetown University Law Center. Lynch was chosen in December 1989 to serve as Senate President, a position he held until 1991, when Republicans took control of the Senate. In 1997, after an unsuccessful effort to regain Democratic Party control of the Senate, Lynch stepped down from his position as the Minority Leader. Bob Smith was elected in November 2001 to fill the seat vacated; the U. S. Attorney's Office for the District of New Jersey began investigating Lynch in the mid-2000s for his business dealings. On September 15, 2006, Lynch pleaded guilty in the U.
S. District Court on one count of mail fraud and one count of tax evasion for failing to report $150,000 in income received from a real estate transaction in 1999. On December 19, 2006, he was sentenced by Judge Stanley R. Chesler to three years and three months in prison, which he was required to begin serving by January 15, 2007. Lynch was required to pay a $50,000 fine, he had faced up to five years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000 on each count of the indictment. However, based on Federal Sentencing Guidelines, a sentence of between 33 and 41 months in prison and a fine of between $7,500 to $75,000 was expected; as of December 14, 2006, the court received 172 letters from citizens seeking leniency. Lynch served two and a half years at Federal Correctional Institution, Loretto before being transferred to a halfway house in Newark, New Jersey in June 2009, he completed his sentence on November 13, 2009
The given name Lisa can be a short form of Elisabeth, Melissa or Elizabeth. In the United Kingdom, the name Lisa began to gain popularity during the 1960s, by 1974 it was the fifth most popular female name there, a decade it was the 14th most popular female name there. However, by 1996 it had fallen out of the top 100. In the US it was the most popular female name for most of the 1960s and in the top 10 through most of the 1970s before falling. Lisa (born 1997, Lisa Gautier, French singer performing as "Lisa" LISA stylized "LISA", Elizabeth Sakura Narita, member of the Japanese hip-hop group m-flo Lisa Allen, British chef Anna Lisa Andersson, Swedish reporter Lisa Ann, American pornographic actress Lisa Arce, beach volleyball player Lisa Aukland, American bodybuilder and powerlifter Lisa Aziz, British television presenter Lisa Brennan-Jobs, American author and daughter of Steve Jobs. Lisa Bodnar, American nutritional and perinatal epidemiologist Lisa Bonet, American actress Maja-Lisa Borgman, Swedish coffee house owner Lisa Cross, British bodybuilder Lisa Curry-Kenny, Australian swimmer Lisa D'Amato and contestant in America's Next Top Model Lisa Dahlkvist, Swedish football player Lisa Ekdahl, Swedish singer Lisa Erlandsdotter, Swedish artist Lisa Foiles, American actress Lisa Germano, American singer/songwriter Lisa Gherardini and possible model for the Mona Lisa Lisa Gleave, Australian actress and model Lisa M. Hansen, American producer, actress and writer Lisa Heller, American singer and philanthropist Lisa Hilton, British author Lisa Kehler, English race walker Lisa Kelly, American trucker Lisa Kelly, Irish classical singer Lisa Kudrow, American actress Lisa Lambe, Irish singer and performer Lisa Lampanelli, American comedian Lisa Lavie, Canadian singer-songwriter Lisa Leslie (born 1972, American basketball player Lisa Ling, American journalist Lisa Loeb, pop singer/songwriter Lisa Lopes, American musician, member of TLC Lisa Lucas, American actress and journalist Lisa Mainiero, American writer and management professor Lisa Manoban, Thai singer, member of K-pop group Blackpink Lisa Marie Presley, American singer, daughter of Elvis Presley Lisa Marx, American guitarist and member of Kittie Lisa McPherson, Scientologist Lisa McCune, Australian actress Lisa Mitchell, Australian musician Ivory née Lisa Moretti, American wrestler Lisa Niemi, American actress, widow of Patrick Swayze Lisa Nowak, American astronaut.
D Lisa Dingle, a character in the popular British soap opera Emmerdale Lisa Douglas, the socialite wife of Oliver Wendell Douglas in the 1960s sitcom Green Acres Lisa Fortier, a fictional voodoo priestess portrayed by Pam Grier in the blaxploitation film Scream Blacula Scream Lisa Carol Fremont, a character played by Grace Kelly in Alfred Hitchcock's film Rear Window Lisa Heffenbacker, a character from the TV series The Electric Company Lisa Garland, a character in the video game franchise Silent Hill Lisa Grimaldi, a character in the soap opera As The World Turns Lisa Haglund, a character of the Bert Diaries novels series Lisa Hamilton, a character in the Dead or Alive video game series Lisa Hayes, a main character in the Robotech television series Lisa Loud from The Loud House Lisa Niles, a character in the American soap opera General Hospital Lisa Rowe, a charismatic sociopath portrayed by Angelina Jolie in the film Girl, Interrupted Lisa Simpson, character in the TV Show The Simpsons Lisa Turtle, a character in the teen show Saved by the Bell Lisa Watmough, a character in Robert Swindells's book Room 13 Princess Lisa, a character in Tolstoy
The NIO ES6 is an all-electric, 5-seater mid-size sport utility vehicle manufactured by NIO. The ES6 is the second SUV product by NIO, was put into production in 2019 for the Chinese market. NIO tested the vehicle for thousands of miles in Yakeshi, Inner Mongolia, China to test the car's economy and performance; the ES6 is powered by a lithium-ion battery pack, a package, swappable just like the NIO ES8. The ES6 is a 5-seater mid-size production SUV, with a wheelbase of 2,900 mm and a body length of 4,850 mm; the body and chassis are going to be aluminum, the drivetrain will be all-wheel drive standard, featuring active air suspension. The design will include the NIO's signature "Spark Beat" taillights; the range of the car with one battery charge is 410 to 510 km. The price of the ES6 ranges from 358,000 yuan to 548,000 yuan; the ES6 has multiple rivals in the Chinese electric SUV market. It competes against the Roewe Marvel X, Aion LX, XPeng G3, Weltmeister EX5, Tesla Model Y
Spencer Gifts LLC, doing business as Spencer's, is a North American mall retailer with over 600 stores in the United States and Puerto Rico. Their stores specialize in novelty and gag gifts, sell clothing, band merchandise, sex toys, room decor, collectible figures and body jewelry and horror items; the company owns and operates a pop-up seasonal retailer, Spirit Halloween. Spencer Gifts was founded in 1947 in Easton, Pennsylvania by Max Spencer Adler as a mail-order catalog that sold an assortment of novelty merchandise. In 1960, Max's brother Harry Adler, with the company since 1947, sold his shares and left. In 1963, Spencer Gifts opened its first retail store in the Cherry Hill Mall in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, where it operates to this day. After opening 450 stores under the name Spencer Gifts, Adler merged Spencer Gifts with entertainment conglomerate MCA in 1967. In 2003, Spencer's Gifts was rebranded after being put under new management, with the change become known as just Spencer's. In 1990, Spencer Gifts closed its mail-order catalog division.
In 1993 and 1996 Spencer Gifts acquired the DAPY line of stores and opened its first GLOW! store. The DAPY and GLOW! Trademarks were retired sometime before 2007. In 1995, MCA was renamed Universal Studios. Spencer Gifts began to operate Universal Studios stores as a subsidiary of its parent company. In 1997, Spencer Gifts opened its first store in Canada. In 1999, Spencer's acquired Spirit Halloween, a seasonal retailer, founded by Joseph Marver in 1983. At that time, the business had 60 temporary locations. Spirit's stores are only open for the two months leading up to Halloween, though it maintains a website year-round; the stores are operated out of the spaces of vacated businesses. As of 2013, Spirit had over 1,000 locations, which comprised about half of Spencer's annual revenue of $250 million. In 2000, Spencer's expanded into the United Kingdom; the chain opened up to 14 stores in the United Kingdom before closing them sometime in the mid-2000s. In 2001, Vivendi acquired Universal Studios and rebranded the entire organization as Vivendi Universal Entertainment.
Less than two years in 2003, GB Palladin, a joint venture between Gordon Brothers Group and Palladin Capital Group, acquired Spencer Gifts from Vivendi. Steven Silverstein became Spencer Gifts' CEO and the CEO and president of Spirit Halloween. In the fall of 2004, Spencer's began redesigning its stores. In 2006, Spencer's began its "Spirit of Children" program, which raises donations through its Spirit Halloween stores for, hosts Halloween parties in, children's hospitals in Canada and the United States. Since 2007, the program has raised over $16 million for over 130 children's hospitals. ACON Investments acquired the company in 2007 and exited in 2015; the company has been investigated by the Federal Trade Commission for its advertising practices. In 1962, Spencer Gifts was found by the Federal Trade Commission to have violated the Federal Trade Commission Act by making misleading statements in advertising its "Reduce-Eze" girdles and ordered to cease making false claims; the girdles were advertised with statements such as "Slim 4 Inches Without Diet" and "Trims 4 Inches Off Your Figure".
In 1969, Spencer Gifts was found by the FTC to, through the use of words like "stone", "birthstone", "gold", have misrepresented its jewelry products. As its jewelry did not contain any "genuine precious or semiprecious stones", nor was its metal 24 karat gold, Spencer Gifts was ordered to stop use of deceptive statements in the promotion of its jewelry. In 1970, Spencer Gifts was found by the FTC to have misled its customers as to the efficacy of its "non-prescription magnifying spectacles" by failing to disclose that correction of vision defects is limited to older persons who do not have any eye diseases, like astigmatism, but only need "simple magnifying or reducing lenses"; the FTC ordered the retailer to cease the use of advertisements that misrepresented the quality of its optical products. Spencer Gifts has come under fire for its merchandise, considered to be sexually explicit and racist. In 1989, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee mailed thousands of pamphlets to Arab-Americans across the United States to campaign against Spencer's'sheik' and'Arafat' Halloween masks, which were marketed as part of its "Fright Stuff" line of products.
The pamphlet featured a picture of the'sheik' mask and claimed that it "was the only ethnic one in the product line and being marketed alongside traditional monster masks reinforced the notion Arab people are scary." Spencer Gifts pulled the two masks from its stores in October following a "three-day protest and telephone campaign" by the ADC, but decided that month to place the masks back on sale, prompting the ADC to boycott and picket Spencer's stores. In a letter to ADC spokesperson Faris Bouhafa, Spencer's general counsel Ronald Mangel said that "after re-reviewing the'Sheik' and'Arafat' masks and discussing the look of the masks with others", Spencer's president John Hacala decided to reverse the earlier decision and place the masks back in stores. "We will not reorder the masks for next year," the letter added. Spencer Gifts has been criticized for allowing children access to adult toys and other explicit products. While adults-only products are ostensibly kept in areas off-limits to children, there have been several instances where, not the case.
In one instance, police seized adult materials from the Spencer Gifts in Rapid City, South Dakota as "possible evidence for the national retailer's failure to register as an adult-oriented business". In February 2014, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the largest Irish org