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Kennedy diagnosed with aneurysm - MLB.com
By Bryan Hoch / MLB.com BALTIMORE -- Yankees prospect Ian Kennedy has been diagnosed with an aneurysm under his right armpit and will undergo surgery Tuesday, the team has announced. Kennedy left an April 27 start for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre...
Dom's Dugout - Hartford Courant
•Adjustment time: The Blue Jays sent down prized rookie Travis Snider last week, and if you look at that, along with the struggles of prospects such as Hughes, Ian Kennedy and Clay Buchholz in the majors, it may add up to something....
Kennedy has procedure on aneurysm - MLB.com
By Bryan Hoch / MLB.com TORONTO -- Yankees prospect Ian Kennedy had a two-hour procedure Tuesday to address an aneurysm under his right armpit, and he will not resume throwing for at least six to eight weeks, the team announced....
Kennedy, recovering from aneurysm surgery, expects to return this year - Scranton Times
BY CHAD JENNINGS (STAFF WRITER) MOOSIC - With his right arm in a sling, right-handed pitcher Ian Kennedy returned to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees clubhouse on Tuesday to pick up some things and say hello to some friends....
Alex Rodriguez, Ian Kennedy and Jose Reyes - Newsday
More bad news for the Yankees: Ian Kennedy has an aneurysm under his right shoulder. Dr. George Todd, who removed the aneurysm from David Cone back in 1996, will perform the procedure. With many players set to use pink bats on Monday, as part of MLB's...
Kennedy review of NICE will focus on innovation - OnMedica
The review being carried out by former Healthcare Commission chairman Sir Ian Kennedy, held two workshops this week attended by people who have already sent in submissions and representatives from the healthcare industries, the NHS, patients and the...
AMERICAS NEWS AT 0500 GMT - PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung)
By Ian James. KEELER, California _ A moderate earthquake has jolted an inland desert area in Central California, but there were no reports of damage. BAYFIELD, Wisconsin _ A retired school teacher with multiple sclerosis has now climbed the tallest...
Kennedy sets out views on NICE's future - Pharmafocus
Professor Sir Ian Kennedy has been asked to conduct a thorough review of how NICE works, and has given a preview of the questions to be debated in the workshops. Kennedy launched his review earlier this year by asking for stakeholders, including the...
One small step for whistleblowers - guardian.co.uk
Almost a decade ago, in summarising the difficulties facing whistleblowers in the NHS, Sir Ian Kennedy wrote: "There is a real fear among junior staff (particularly among junior doctors and nurses) that to comment on colleagues,...
Dr Richard Taylor: You Ask The Questions - Independent
THEO CRIPPS, Birmingham The best apolitical Prime Minister would be Sir Ian Kennedy, the recent chairman of the Healthcare Commission, who is totally fearless about criticising anybody and everybody, and is excellent at listening and distilling...

Ian Kennedy

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Ian Patrick Kennedy (born December 19, 1984 in Huntington Beach, California) is a right-handed Major League Baseball pitcher with the New York Yankees organization. He is 6' 0" tall, weighs 190 pounds, and is commonly known as "Ike" or IPK by teammates. He throws a fastball, knuckle-curve, slider, and changeup.

Kennedy attended La Quinta High School in Westminster, California. In his junior year, he was named CIF Division IV co-most valuable player and earned the Orange County Register and Garden Grove League most valuable player honors, when he recorded 13 wins and led the county with a 0.38 ERA (five earned runs in 90 2/3 innings) and strikeouts (168) while batting .373 with seven home runs and 31 RBI. In his senior year, he earned All-CIF Division IV honors.

Kennedy went on to play college baseball for University of Southern California. In Kennedy's first year at USC, he went 7-2 in 16 games, with a 2.91 ERA and one save. He pitched 92 ⅔ innings, struck out 120, and walked 31. He also gave up 86 hits and allowed 34 runs, 30 of which were earned runs.

In his sophomore year, he went 12-3 in 18 games, with a 2.54 ERA and one complete game. He pitched 117 innings, struck out 158 (fourth best in team history), and walked 38. He also gave up 171 hits, and had 33 earned runs out of 40 runs allowed.

As a junior at USC he pitched in 16 games, 15 of them starts. He went 5-7 with 102 strikeouts and posted a 3.90 ERA. He pitched 101 ⅔ innings, walked 38, and gave up 44 earned runs. Entering his senior year, Kennedy was 24-12 in 50 games, pitching 311 ⅓ innings. He had a strikeout total of 380, an ERA of 3.12, and had walked a total of 107 batters.

Kennedy was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft in the first round (21st overall) earning a $2.25 million signing bonus. "I would like to go out and play," he said, "start my professional career. The earlier the better. I imagine it's not going to be very long before I start. At least that's what I'm hoping. If it does take a while, I'm ready for that -- but I want to go out and play." He consistently throws his fastball around 91- 92 MPH, he is known for his pitching finesse to retire hitters.

Kennedy was previously drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 14th round (425th overall) of the 2003 Major League Baseball Draft, but he didn't sign with them. He joins Randy Johnson, Mark Prior, Tom Seaver, and Barry Zito on the list of pitchers drafted out of USC.

Kennedy pitched 2.2 innings for the Staten Island Yankees of the New York-Penn League, a short-season class A league, in 2006. In 2007, he began the season with the A Tampa Yankees of the Florida State League, posting a 6-1 record with a 1.29 ERA in 63.0 innings, while striking out 72 and only walking 22. He was promoted to the AA Trenton Thunder of the Eastern League, where he posted a 5-1 record with a 2.59 ERA in 48.2 innings, while striking out 57 and only walking 17.

On July 24, 2007, Kennedy was promoted to the AAA Scranton/Wilkes Barre Yankees. He has enjoyed success there, as well, posting a 1-1 record with a 2.08 ERA in six starts, striking out 34 and walking just 11 in 34.2 innings.

On November 28, 2007 Kennedy was named the 26th best prospect by Minor League Baseball's official website.

Despite having been replaced by Kennedy in the rotation in 2007, Mussina has become a mentor for Kennedy and other young pitchers on the Yankee roster even requesting that Kennedy and Phil Hughes receive lockers next to his during 2008 spring training.

On May 4, 2008 Kennedy was demoted to AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after a poor start to the 2008 season. Ian dominated in his first start back with AAA Scranton/Wilkes Barre, tossing 7.1 innings of 1-hit ball while striking out eight.

On May 28, 2008, after enduring a strained right lat muscle, and being diagnosed with bursitis behind the scapular, Kennedy was placed on the DL, expected to miss at least 15 days. He returned to the AAA affiliate of the New York Yankees, struggling in his first few starts before going on a three game tear. From July 19 to July 29, Kennedy pitched 20 innings, allowing 7 hits which yielded 3 runs, while collecting 14 Ks, and walking only 4. On July 24, Kennedy had another no-hitter broken up, after pitching a dominant 6 2/3 innings.

Kennedy made his return to the major leagues on August 8, starting in place of an injured Joba Chamberlain. After a poor outing against the Angels, in which he surrendered 5 runs in 2 innings, Kennedy was optioned in favour of Billy Traber on August 10.

After the two were wed, Mr. and Mrs. Kennedy walked up the aisle to the song "Take Me Out to the Ballgame".

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Ian Kennedy (disambiguation)

Ian Kennedy is a pitcher for the New York Yankees.

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Ian Kennedy Martin

Ian Kennedy Martin (born 23 May 1936) is a British television scriptwriter. He is best known for his creation of the popular 1970s police drama series The Sweeney, produced by Euston Films for Thames Television, which ran on the ITV network from 1975 to 1978. It also spawned two feature film spin-offs. He is also known for writing the 1975 action film Mitchell.

He began his television career in the 1960s, first as a script editor on the military police drama series Redcap (1964) and then later as a writer on series such as The Troubleshooters (1965). In 1971 he worked on the famous BBC drama series The Onedin Line, which ran for nine years until 1980.

Since the end of The Sweeney in 1978, he has continued writing for various police / detective dramas. These have included the BBC's Juliet Bravo and The Chinese Detective during the 1980s and ITV's The Knock in the 1990s. He has also written a novel, Rekill. On 9th March 2009, his first play, "The Berlin Hanover Express" premiered at the Hampstead Theatre in North London; the reaction of the audience was polite but unenthusiastic.

He is the brother of the scriptwriter Troy Kennedy Martin, with whom he worked on Redcap and The Sweeney.

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Staten Island Yankees


The Staten Island Yankees are a minor league baseball team, located in Staten Island, New York. Affectionately nicknamed the "Baby Bombers", the Staten Island Yankees are a Short-Season A classification affiliate of the New York Yankees and play in the New York - Penn League at Richmond County Bank Ballpark along the waterfront in St. George, on the northeast tip of Staten Island.

The Staten Island Yankees were brought to Staten Island in 1999 in a deal brokered by Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. Before coming to Staten Island the team was based out of Oneonta NY. Their affialation did not change during the move to Staten Island. The Yankees played their first two seasons at College of Staten Island Baseball Complex on the campus of the College of Staten Island before moving into the Richmond County Bank Ballpark after its construction for the 2001 season.

The first Staten Island Yankee to reach the major leagues as a New York Yankee was pitcher Jason Anderson, pitching in relief in an 8-4 Yankee win over the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre. The Staten Island Yankees retired the number 19 that he wore with them. The first Staten Island Yankee to reach the majors for any team was Wily Mo Peña, who broke in with the Cincinnati Reds.

The Staten Island Yankees are four time champions of the New York - Penn League. The Yankees won the league championship in 2000, 2002, 2005, and 2006.

On March 26, 2006, the Staten Island Advance reported that the teams' majority owners, the Getzler family, were considering selling their 51 percent share of the team, and were asking for between three and five million dollars. The New York Yankees purchased the Getzler's interest in the team and in return hired Mandalay Sports Properties to run the day-to-day operations of the team. Part of the argeement was that the New York Yankees and Mandalay become equal partners and Mandalay now owns 50% of the Staten Island Yankees.

In 2006 the "Baby Bombers" were managed by Gaylen Pitts, noted for frequently being ejected from games. During the month of August 2006 he was ejected from three games arguing calls. In a game on August 25, 2006, Pitts was ejected and then returned to the field from the clubhouse after a Yankee was hit by a pitch in the 9th inning of a 21-6 victory over the Brooklyn Cyclones.

For the 2007 season the Staten Island Yankees were managed by Mike Gillespie, who led the 1998 USC Trojans to a College World Series championship. Gillespie led the Baby Bombers to their third consecutive playoff appearance before rejoining the college ranks as Head Coach of UC Irvine.

On September 29, 2007 Baby-Bombers.com reported that former Florida Gator coach Pat McMahon had accepted a position with the New York Yankees, and that part of his duties will be to manager the Staten Island Yankees for the 2008 season.

On Decemver 14, 2008 Baby-Bombers.com reported that former major league catcher Josh Paul will be manager of the Staten Island Yankees during the 2009 season.

On June 16, 1999 in Oneonta, New York at Damaschke Field, pitcher Calvin Chipperfield threw a ball low and outside to the first leadoff man in Staten Island Yankee history. The batter was Brad Ticehurst, who just a year prior was in the College World Series with the USC Trojans. Ticehurst drew a walk in the opening game between the former Yankee affiliate and the new Yankee affiliate. Seth Taylor later singled in the first inning and Jeff Leaumont doubled, bringing in Ticehurst to score. Taylor would also steal a base and Dominic Correa would get an RBI ground out but it was not enough as the Oneonta Tigers won 4 - 3.

The Yankees’ first starting pitcher was Rosman Garcia, who would later go on to play for the Texas Rangers. Other members of the inaugural class of Staten Island Yankees have had the chance to play in the major leagues; they include Andy Phillips, Brandon Claussen, and Alex Graman.

The baby bombers opened at home for the first time on June 20, 1999, facing the Hudson Valley Renegades in front of 4,547 fans on the campus of the College of Staten Island. This marked the first professional baseball game played on the island since 1889, when the New York Giants played at the St. George Grounds. On hand for this special occasion were New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and Borough President Guy V. Molinari. The Staten Island Yankees were successful winning by a score of 5 - 1.

The Staten Island Yankees sported pinstripe home uniforms just like the parent club, with the inter-locking NY logo and the flag patch of Staten Island on the sleeve. The road jerseys and batting practice uniforms were exactly like the New York Yankees.

The baby bombers donned the pinstripes yet again and took their places on Staten Island’s “Field of Dreams.” This time the team wore pinstriped jerseys with the primary logo across the chest and a navy blue cap with the logo in the center.

The 2000 Season would become a memorable one, for the fans and for those who took the field. The Yankees were helmed once again by Joe Arnold, starting his second season with the baby bombers.

The Yanks ended June with an 8-3 record, and a 10 road game winning streak gave the Yankees a club record. July ended with the baby bombers with a 48-26 record and half a game behind the Queens Kings and one game behind the Mahoning Valley Scrappers for the best record in the league.

In the McNamara Division series the Yankees beat the Kings two games to one and go on to the Championship series. The Yankees would play game one of the Championship series on the island, in the final home game of 2000, and the final game at the Ballpark at CSI. The game was a blow out, the baby bombers won 9-0 with Pedro Santana hitting the first post season home run in team history.

The Yankees went on to beat the Mahoning Valley Scrappers two games to one. In the final game, the baby bombers scored three runs in the first inning. Pitchers, Dave Martinez and Jason Anderson pitched well giving Staten Island their first NY-Penn League championship.

After a great campaign in 2000, the baby bombers moved into a brand new state of the art facility on the north shore of Staten Island. The team began play in Lowell, splitting a four-game set with the Spinners and then came back to the island to face the Hudson Valley Renegades at the Richmond County Bank Ballpark at St. George. The Yankees beat the Renegades, 3-1 in front of a sold out crowd including Mayor Giuliani, Borough President Guy Molinari, and former major leaguer Dwight Gooden .

Dave Jorn took over the managerial reins from Joe Arnold, and led the team to one of their most impressive campaigns. During the 2001 season, fans of the baby bombers saw many memorable moments. In the first 11 games of July, the Yanks went 10-1 and on July 27, Jason Arnold pitched the first no hitter in the history of the team against Vermont Expos .

On August 16, the Staten Island Yankees held their first ever, shirt off their back night; the team wore special 1/2 jerseys. This night the fans got to see Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez started the game, who wore number 26 1/2. The sold out crowd witnessed him strike out 11 batters, pitching six innings and giving up only two hits. The baby bombers won this game 8-1.

At the end of the regular season, the baby bombers finished second in the McNamara Division behind the Brooklyn Cyclones. In the post season, the SI Yanks would face off with their rival in a three-game set. The first game was played at the Richmond County Bank Ballpark, and the final two were at Brooklyn's Keyspan Park. Brooklyn won the series and went on to the championship round to face the Williamsport Crosscutters.

The Staten Island Yankees battled it out with the Williamsport Crosscutters throughout the year for the McNamara Division crown. Both teams had time in first place, even sharing it at points throughout the season.

The Baby Bombers started the season off with a then franchise best, 9-4 record in the month of June. July was not as rewarding for the Yanks, they posted a 16-14 record with a season high six straight losses to begin the month. They moved down to fourth place; however they were only two games behind the Crosscutters.

August was the premier month for Staten Island. The team began the month winning six games out of their first ten. They then went on to win another ten straight games from August 19 – August 29. They reached first on August 13, and sat on top of the McNamara Division for the rest of the season. The Yankees ended August with a 23 – 7 record.

On September 1 the Baby Bombers clinched a playoff berth with two losses to the Auburn Doubledays . They would clinch the division with a loss to the New Jersey Cardinals, thanks to Williamsport dropping their game to the Cyclones.

The 2002 playoffs began in Williamsport, the Yankees took game one 3-2, giving them a 1-0 lead in round 1. The Yanks would go back to the Richmond County Bank Ballpark at Saint George to clinch the series with a 5-3 victory. The Yankees would go on to sweep the Oneonta Tigers to win the 2002 NY – Penn League Championship on September 12. Matt Brumit came in to close all four games, receiving the save in each contest.

Off the excitement of a championship season the year before, the Baby Bombers came in ready to repeat. However the 2003 Staten Island Yankees were plagued with errors and rain.

The Baby Bombers fell to sixth place in the McNamara Division, the lowest in team history. They started the season losing seven straight games including an 18-0 loss to Williamsport in the June 20 home opener. They would give up all 18 runs in the 5th and 6th innings, after pulling their starting pitcher after 4 innings. The baby bombers would commit 6 errors and end June with a 3 – 10 record.

July was not much better for the Yankees, they posted an 11-8 record, 14-28 overall. By July 31, the team was only winning approximately 33% of their games. The team improved a bit in August, playing .500 ball, they tried to battle out of the basement winning the last home game against the New Jersey Cardinals. However, they failed to capture fifth place.

2003 was a year of rain, errors, and roster moves. Pitcher, Elvys Quezada, was promoted to Battle Creek. First round draft pick Eric Duncan also had a brief tenure at the end of the season.

On July 14, the Staten Island Yankees celebrated Jason Anderson Day, which his number 19 was officially retired. Jason Anderson became the first former SI Yankee to play for the NY Yankees, however, he was traded to the Mets the very next day.

The first game of the season was against the arch rival Brooklyn Cyclones at Keyspan Park. The away setting did not psych out the new group, as they tied a team record 18 runs in a game, defeating the ‘Clones 18-0.

The Staten Island Yankees went on to sweep the Brooklyn Cyclones to begin the season, and have the best start of the team’s history. At the end of June the Bombers were 6-5, and in third place in the new four team McNamara Division.

The Baby Bombers owned the second annual All Star Game, sweeping the awards. Yankee reliever Nick Peterson received Best Pitcher honors and Third baseman and Shortstop Mitch Hilligoss received MVP. Gaylen Pitts and Yankee coaches helmed the American League team facing off against the Cyclone coaches and the National League team.

The Division race was tight early on; every team had a taste of first at one point or another, how ever after the All Star Break, the bombers took sole possession and never looked back.

On August 21, 2006 Staten Island set a new franchise record for the most runs scored in a game, crushing the Cyclones 21-6 again at KeySpan. Tempers flew in the game as both benches cleared and Gaylen Pitts marched back out onto the field in flip flops after being thrown out in the third inning to argue with a roving Met instructor.

For the first time in the team’s history the Staten Island Yankees won back to back division titles, clinching the division with only a few games left and home field advantage through out the playoffs in the final regular season home game. Ian Kennedy , the Yankees number one pick, made his professional debut in game one of a double header. Kennedy through 2.2 innings, 48 pitches as the bombers went to win the game 1-0.

The first game of the 2006 NY-Penn League Playoffs the bombers faced off against the Brooklyn Cyclones, who just barely squeezed their way to the league’s lone wild card spot.

Game one took place in Brooklyn . The Cyclones were the first to score in the first inning off George Kontos. After giving up the first run, Kontos held them scoreless until the sixth inning. The Yankees took the lead in the top of the sixth with a two run home run by Wilmer Pino. However the lead was short lived as Kontos gave up on more run tying the game. The Yankees would take the lead once again in the seventh, going on to take the game 5-2.

Game two was at home at the Richmond County Bank Ballpark at St. George. Tim Norton got the ball for the bombers and was solid in the game. Norton took a no hitter into the seventh inning before giving up a single with two outs. The bombers hit 9 runs in the game. Norton got the win in the 9-0 two hit victory advancing the bombers to the NY-Penn League championship finals.

Yankees would face off against the Tri-City Valley Cats in the finals, just the second time they advanced to the final round in Valley Cat history. Game one of the series was at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium in Troy, NY. Ian Kennedy started and gave up a home run and a RBI single to give Tri-City a 2-0 lead. However, after a Jeffrey Seth Fortenberry lead off the third inning, the bombers came back to take the lead 3-2. The score would remain at 3-2 to the ninth inning when a wild pitch with the bases loaded scored catcher Francisco Cervelli giving the bombers an insurance run. Mark Melancon, the new Yankee closer came in the ninth inning and got his second save of the post season.

After losing the second game of the Championship Series, the baby bombers responded with a classic pitchers duel, George Kontos got his second playoff start for the bombers and pitched six shutout innings, striking out 11 batters for the win. Kyle Larsen drove in the only two runs of the game, both off Chris Salamida.

In the games MLB06: The Show, MLB07: The Show, and MLB08: The Show, a minor league ballpark is included named Blue River Stadium, and looks almost identical to the Staten Island Yankees' stadium, the Ballpark at St. George. Although there are minor scenery differences such as a lighthouse behind the wall in left field and a bridge behind center, it is widely accepted that Blue River Stadium is the Ballpark at St. George. It is also noted that the stadium in the game can be said to be Campbell's Field in Camden, New Jersey.

The mascots and personalities of the SI Yankees were among the first to have a major following in the low Minor League system. They have been featured in TV shows and magazines in both the U.S. and Japan, and invited to guest appear at many East Coast Minor League stadiums. They have won honors from several independent baseball magazines and organizations.

The original Staten Island Yankees Mascot is Scooter "the holy" Cow. A combination of NY Yankees shortstop,Phil "Scooter" Rizzuto, and his commentating catch phrase "Holy Cow!". Scooter debuted for the Staten Island Yankees when the franchise relocated from Watertown, NY in 1999. In the summer of 2003, the Baby Bombers debuted Scooter's brothers Red and Huckleberry. Since then, Scooter and his brothers have been a staple at SI Yankee games, leading fan rallies and between inning on field games. The three cows, have known to have a "stooges" like relationship, often with the two "newer" cows "Red" and "Huck" teaming up to trick and trap Scooter. The Mascots are even featured in the team's annual baseball cards.

The summer of 2004, the Yankees added another personality to the stable. Omari McCleary (who previously held multiple roles in the on-field department) became the SI Yankees on-field host. The fan reaction was enthusiastic. Omari's unique antics included bits of insults with the PA announcer, pranks and dances with the mascots, magic tricks, throwing t-shirts, and hosting games. Omari McCleary was accompanied by a group dubbed the “Pinstripe Patrol”. His trademarks were his many alter egos, the most popular being "Grandma-Mari". The SI Yankees message board teemed with discussion about the team spirit element and entertainment his shtick brought to the ballpark. Some even considered Omari as the team's lucky charm. Omari and the Mascots often appeared at charity events in the surrounding area. Season ticket holders often hired Omari to host private parties and engagements, and he has toured other Yankee farm team stadiums. Omari has since left for other endeavors, but makes occasional visits.

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Ro-Busters is a British comic story that formed part of the original line-up of Starlord. Similar in premise to that of the Thunderbirds television series, it was created by writer Pat Mills and was drawn by Carlos Pino and Ian Kennedy initially, before Starlord's merger with 2000 AD. After the merger, Dave Gibbons, Kevin O'Neill and Mike McMahon were regular artists on the series, along with occasional contributions from Mike Dorey.

Along with Strontium Dog, Ro-Busters survived Starlord's merger with 2000 AD, its sister comic at IPC Magazines Ltd. The series introduced the de-commissioned war robot Hammerstein and the sewer robot Ro-Jaws, and gave rise to the popular ABC Warriors series.

Robots are going to take over Man's dirtiest jobs . . . clearing his garbage, tending his sick, even fighting his wars! By the year 2078 people will change their robots as today they change their cars. So step now through the slick plasto-glass doors of "Flash" Harry Lowder's robo-mart in the year 2078 . . .

The story was one of those aimed at being the core of the new title Starlord, a spin-ff from 2000 AD. The concept was based on a suggestion from managing editor John Sanders and, according to writer Pat Mills "I did this really as a favour and as a way of pissing off the managing editor who pitched an idea to me about ex-servicemen with super powers who deal with disasters. It was a dreadful idea and I bypassed it by doing Ro-Busters, which he hated - so I knew my story would be a hit" Although he had stayed with 2000 AD, and would go on to be the art editor there, Kevin O'Neill provided the initial designs for Ro-Buster but would only draw the series later after its move to 2000 AD.

Hammerstein, Ro-Jaws and Mek-Quake would go on to be members of the ABC Warriors, first introduced in Hammerstein's flashbacks to his time in the Volgan War.

After the launch of ABC Warriors Pat Mills never wrote another Ro-Busters story but there were a number of one-offs published in the 2000 AD Annual during the early eighties, most notable three stories by Alan Moore which were the last Ro-Busters tales.

Ro-Busters depicts a world where artificially intelligent robots are so ubiquitous they are treated with contempt by humans and there is a class hierarchy among the robots themselves. Ro-Busters is a commercial rescue organisation run by Howard Quartz, known as "Mr. 10 Per Cent" because 90% of him is robotic (a 'person' must have at least 10% organic matter to qualify as human). Quartz uses robots to carry out his perilous rescue missions because no-one cares if they live or die. Any insubordination in the ranks is dealt with by his enforcer, the psychotic and stupid "kill-dozer" Mek-Quake. Ro-Jaws and Hammerstein, the two main characters, are hugely courageous but after each successful mission they are usually greeted with indifference by the authorities.

When the owner of Ro-Busters decides to destroy the robots in an 'accident' as a tax evasion measure, Ro-Jaws and Hammerstein lead an escape plot. Once free they learn that a robot underground exists and that a safe haven for free robots has been established on the Saturn's moon Titan. The Ro-Busters by this stage are being pursued by a ruthless police unit charged with suppressing robot liberation. A transport is arranged to take the robots to Titan but at the last moment the police close in so Ro-Jaws and Hammerstein with a few volunteers lead a seeming suicide mission to fight off the authorities and buy time for their comrades to escape. The mission is a success and Ro-Jaws and Hammerstein are seen walking off into the sunset.

The series has a high degree of satiric comment on contemporary Britain as Pat Mills had shown on other series. The brutal police squad sent to capture the robots is a parody of the Special Patrol Group while the willful destruction of a productive and loyal workforce reflects the effects of Thatcherism. Ro-Jaws and Hammerstein's names are a word play on the musical writing pairing of Rodgers and Hammerstein and the story also features a number of song and dance routines.

It is also a ruthless parody of the Gerry Anderson puppet series Thunderbirds. In Thunderbirds, International Rescue carried out its missions for purely altruistic reasons. In Ro-Busters, however, Quartz's team is only sent to help those who have paid for his overpriced 'disaster insurance', and the entire business is operated with a healthy profit margin as its highest priority - actually saving lives is some way down the list.

Starlord Starzine 1 (prologue) Unable to find buyers for his merchandize, robot dealer "Flash" Harry Lowder orders his second-hand robots to report to Mek-Quake for destruction. Ro-Jaws and Hammer-Stein are among those droids saved due to a timely intervention by billionaire entrepreneur, Howard "Mr. Ten Per Cent" Quartz.

Starlord Starzine 1 (1 episode) A submarine crashes through the North Sea Tunnel connecting Britain and Scandinavia.

Starlord Starzines 2 — 4 (3 episodes) An experimental gas leaks through the Florida swamps. Humans and animals alike succumb to its effects, causing them to go insane with violent consequences.

Starlord Starzines 5 — 6 (2 episodes) As part of a secret US program, Lep-574 is the latest rocket launched from the Yucca Dessert, Nevada. Containing nuclear waste bound for outer-space, the rocket malfunctions, crashing into Midpoint, London's foremost conference tower.

2000 AD Progs 88 — 92 (5 episodes) Hammerstein recounts his war stories as the first successful war robot fighting against the Volgans alongside humans.

2000 AD Progs 98 — 101 (4 episodes) Plans to flatten and redevelop an old port go wrong when the demolition team - the gargantuan but particularly low intelligence Terra-Meks - go on the rampage. The harbour pilot, an equally large but good-natured robot stops them. The only member of the Ro-busters to appear is Mek-Quake.

2000 AD Progs 103 — 115 (13 episodes) The robots escape a planned insurance write-off when their transport craft is blown up by their own boss. They find out about the robot underground that takes robots to safety on a moon in the outer solar system. To help the others get away, a few robots (led by Hammerstein, and including Ro-jaws) stay behind.

Ro-Busters twice makes reference to Mega-City One, the vast megalopolis patrolled by Judge Dredd.

Mek-Quake also appears in one Walter the Wobot story set in Mega-City One, along with Judge Dredd himself.

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The Chinese Detective


The Chinese Detective was a British television series, transmitted by the BBC between 1981 and 1982 and created by Ian Kennedy Martin, who had previously devised The Sweeney and Juliet Bravo.

The series starred British-born Chinese actor David Yip as Detective Sergeant John Ho, and offered traditional police procedural storylines whilst refusing to shy away from portraying institutional racism within the police force, and the prejudice displayed by those Ho encounters whilst doing his job. Like many other TV detectives, Ho was something of a maverick, often using unorthodox methods to solve crimes.

Ho's immediate superior in the police force was Det. Insp. Berwick (Derek Martin) and he was also often seen visiting his father Joe (Robert Lee) at his restaurant for advice.

The Chinese Detective remains the first - and only - British television drama to feature a British-Chinese leading character who was both strong and sympathetic.

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Ben Kirk

Benjamin Ian Kennedy Kirk is a fictional character in the Australian soap opera Neighbours. Ben is the son of Libby Kennedy and Drew Kirk.

After Libby and Steph Scully had their bike accident everyone on Ramsay street thought Libby could never fall pregnant. It was a shock to all when Libby discovered she was pregnant. Ben's birth was very dramatic. Libby, Drew and Karl Kennedy were at a Rodeo in Drew's home town of Oakey. Libby got locked in a barn and went into labour. Eventually Karl and Drew found her and she was airlifted to hospital. Ben was born safely but Libby almost died. Luckily she survived though.

After his birth Ben was almost fumigated when he was locked in Libby and Drew's house by accident whilst their place was being fumigated. Ben was saved by Summer Hoyland who took the initiative to see if the back door was open.

Not long after this Ben, Drew and Libby went to visit Drew's father up in Oakey. Whilst out riding Drew had an accident with a horse and was killed. Ben was only a year and a half.

In 2004 Libby reunited with her old flame Darren Stark. They began their relationship and soon enough Darren, Libby and Ben left Ramsay street to live in Shepparton. In 2008 Libby and nine year old Ben returned to Ramsay Street without Darren. Libby enrolled Ben at Erinsborough Primary and she took up her old job at Erinsborough High. Ben made quick friends with next door neighbour Mickey Gannon. Eventually Darren came to Erinsborough to find Libby. Darren told Karl and Susan Kennedy that Libby constantly told him that he was not Ben's father and it was like living with Drew's ghost. Darrena and Libby got back together brifely but broke it off when she discovered Darren had kissed Janae Timmins. Darren and Libby's split up hurt Ben alot. Darren had been the only father Ben had ever known.

Things looked up for Ben when Libby met Daniel Fitzgerald. Ben came to look up to Dan and soon saw him as a father figure. After many troubles in their relationship Libby and Dan finally married. Ben finally had a father again. Dan is a good stepfather to Ben. He does all the 'blokey' stuff with him that Libby won't let him do because she is scared he will hurt himself. Ben and Dan's relationship went through a rough patch when Dan threatened to hit Ben for misbehaving. Their relationship is now on the mend. Ben found out about Libby being pregnant with Dan's child and has told his mum he is happy to become a big brother. Ben was the flower boy along with Charlie Hoyland at Libby's wedding to Dan.

Ben is friendly with his neighbours Mickey Gannon and Callum Jones. Ben attends Scouts and was in the Footy Club at one time. He dropped out because Libby thought he was to little. She is thinking of letting him go back though. Before she left to go to England Ben's step-aunt Rachel Kinski often baby-sat for him. Ben and Callum are obsessed with zombies and think that Steve Parker and Ben's step-uncle Zeke Kinski are both zombies.

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Healthcare Commission

The Healthcare Commission is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department of Health of the United Kingdom. It was set up to promote and drive improvement in the quality of health care and public health in England and Wales. It aims to achieve this by becoming an authoritative and trusted source of information and by ensuring that this information is used to drive improvement.

The Healthcare Commission fulfils its role in promoting quality in healthcare through providing an independent assessment of the standards of services provided by the National Health Service (NHS), private healthcare and voluntary organisations in England.

The commission has also been given the responsibility of coordinating organisations that inspect, regulate or audit health bodies. In order to do this, it has established the Concordat between bodies inspecting, regulating and auditing health or social care.

These functions apply in England, though the Healthcare Commission has a limited role in Wales, complemented by that of Healthcare Inspectorate Wales, which is part of the National Assembly for Wales. The ability to inspect all sectors, provide guidance and act if that guidance is not acted on is possible because the Healthcare Commission is independent.

The Healthcare Commission took over the role of the Commission for Health Improvement (CHI) on the 1st April 2004 and also assumed some of the responsibilities of the National Care Standards Commission (NCSC) and the Audit Commission, as well as a number of additional functions.

The legal name for the Healthcare Commission is the Commission for Healthcare Audit and Inspection (CHAI). It was created by the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Act 2003.

The Commission's chairman is Professor Sir Ian Kennedy and its chief executive is Anna Walker.

For the first two years of its existence, the Healthcare Commission continued the annual reporting of NHS providers using star ratings where NHS trusts were awarded one, two or three stars based upon their performance measured against clinical targets.

From 2006, an annual health check replaces the 'star ratings' assessment system and looks at a much broader range of issues than the targets used previously. It seeks to make much better use of the data, judgements and expertise of others to focus on measuring what matters to people who use and provide healthcare services. Trusts must declare their compliance with the core standards set out in Standards for Better Health, published by the Department of Health in 2004.

The overall aim of the new assessment of performance, and the information gained through the process, is to promote improvements in healthcare. The annual health check process is designed to use views of patients and users of services as well as robust data sources for the arms-length monitoring of clinical performance. This lessening of the target setting by Whitehall is in line with the 'light touch' strategy set out by Gordon Brown in his 2005 budget and compatible with the vision proposed by David Cameron at the 2006 Conservative conference. It also aims to help people to make better informed decisions about their care, promote the sharing of information and give clearer expectations on standards of performance.

The new ratings effectively grade NHS organisations on the quality of services and use of resources with services deemed to be one of four levels: Weak - Fair - Good - Excellent. Trusts that meet the clinical targets used in the previous star ratings will achieve a fair rating. Good and Excellent ratings will be awarded to organisations that can demonstrate that they have processes in place to improve their services.

The Healthcare Commission promotes improvement in the quality of the NHS and independent healthcare. We have a wide range of responsibilities, all aimed at improving the quality of healthcare. We have a statutory duty to assess the performance of healthcare organisations, award annual performance ratings for the NHS and coordinate reviews of healthcare by others. Through this site, you can find out more about what we do and the difference we will make to patients and the public.

The Healthcare Commission aims to promote improvement in the quality of NHS and independent healthcare across England and Wales.

We are interested not only in treatment but also in preventative work such as the quality of services that help people stop smoking. It is for this reason that our inspections will also look at how well health services protect and improve the health of the public.

The Health and Social Care Act 2008 will replace the Healthcare Commission, the Commission for Social Care Inspection and the Mental Health Act Commission with a single, integrated regulator for health and adult social care - the Care Quality Commission. The Care Quality Commission will begin operating in April 2009 as a non-departmental public body.

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