Head of the Class

Head of the Class is an American sitcom that ran from 1986 to 1991 on the ABC television network.The series follows a group of gifted students in the Individualized Honors Program at the fictional Monroe High School in Manhattan, and their history teacher Charlie Moore. The program was ostensibly a vehicle for Hesseman, best known for his role as radio DJ Dr. Johnny Fever in the sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati. Hesseman left Head of the Class in 1990 and was replaced by Billy Connolly as teacher Billy MacGregor for the final season. After the series ended, Connolly appeared in a short-lived spin-off titled Billy.The series was created and executive produced by Rich Eustis and Michael Elias. Rich Eustis had previously worked as a New York City substitute teacher while hoping to become an actor.Head of the Class featuring Michael DeLorenzo and Rain Pryor is not currently available to stream, rent, or buy but you can track it for updates. It’s a comedy show with 114 episodes over 5 seasons. Head of the Class is no longer running and has no plans to air new episodes or seasons. It has an average IMDb audience rating of 6.5 (1,953 votes).

Under Beijing pressure, Vietnamese authorities abducting, assaulting local Falun Gong practitioners 29 Sep 2011 New York–Under pressure from Beijing, the Vietnamese authorities have been escalating intimidation and abuse of the local Falun Gong community in recent weeks, further intensifying a trend that began last year. Two Falun Gong practitioners are scheduled to stand trial next week for broadcasting uncensored news to China. Since the end of August, local practitioners have on two occasions been abducted by police or assaulted by thugs while practicing their exercises in a park. A court in Hanoi is scheduled to hold a trial on Thursday (October 6) for two Vietnamese Falun Gong practitioners for broadcasting information to China, following a request from Beijing to crackdown. This is the second attempt to sentence Mr. Vu Duc Trung, a 30-year-old CEO of a high-tech company, and his 35-year-old brother-in-law Mr. Le Van Thanh. The first trial scheduled in April 2011 was postponed following international pressure and criticism from press freedom groups like Reporters without Borders. A Vietnamese Falun Gong practitioners shows scars on his elbow where police burned him with a lit cigarette in late August, 2011 The escalated harassment comes on the heels of direct Chinese Communist Party pressure on the Vietnamese authorities. According to the indictment used, the Vietnamese government arrested the men after a diplomatic memo was sent on March 5, 2010, from the Chinese Embassy to Vietnam’s Ministry of Investigation and Security. “The memo stated that the Police Department in China discovered radio signals coming from Vietnamese territory containing the same content about Falun Gong as heard on the ‘Sound of Hope’ radio station,” the indictment reads. “It was recommended that all … activities of Falun Gong individuals in the Vietnam territory must be attacked and stopped.” The Falun Dafa Information Center calls on the Vietnamese government to resist Chinese pressure and immediately cease actions to curtail Falun Gong practitioners’ rights to freedom of belief and expression. “By improving people’s health and encouraging integrity and kindness, Falun Gong is good for any society and has been welcomed in over 100 countries around the world,” says Falun Gong spokesman Erping Zhang. “We hope the Vietnamese authorities can resist the Chinese Communist Party’s arm-twisting and stop intimidating Falun Gong practitioners. Despite their claims, Falun Gong is NOT illegal in China and persecuting practitioners in Vietnam violates local laws too.” “The quick and forceful international response to the trial scheduled in April helped offset Chinese pressure on Vietnam to target Falun Gong,” says Zhang. “Now these two innocent men–and others like them–are in danger again. The international community should immediately advocate for their unconditional release, lest the situation deteriorate further.” Physical Attacks, Intimidation, and Detention In addition to the pair on trial, other Falun Gong practitioners have encountered intimidation and abuse, in violation of Vietnamese law: On August 31, 2011, three practitioners in Long An were carried away by police without a warrant while doing the Falun Gong exercises in Three Precinct Park. In custody, police used cigarettes to burn one man’s hand and nose (see photos) and confiscated the practitioners’ cell phones and car keys. Police then searched their homes without warrants, taking Falun Gong spiritual books, CDs, DVDs of the film “Sand Storm” and most of their other personal possessions. In a worrisome sign that the incident had approval from high levels, state-run media later broadcast a report of the incident, stating that the arrest was because they were “illegally promoting” Falun Gong. On the evening of September 7, 2011, practitioners were attacked by thugs while exercising in a park. Ha Van Dung, one of the victims, reports: “I was badly beaten by thugs. Both sides of my arms were scraped … I ran away. When I returned to the park, they took off my shirt and belt in public. One thug kicked me in the head so hard it caused dizziness … Three safety police officers were standing in very close proximity and just watching me being beaten without intervening. We noticed the presence of police officer Nguyen Van Be Hai, who was ordering several plainclothes police around. Those thugs repeatedly came to report to him after beating me, then returned to beat me again.” More recently, a small group of Falun Gong practitioners who have been holding a quiet meditation sit-in in front of the Chinese Embassy in Hanoi have been seriously harassed by police and pressured to leave the premises. The police have used measures including playing loud music, blowing exhaust fumes, having thugs attack, and throwing rotten food at the practitioners to try to scare them away. The pres

3 Ways to Get Free or Discounted Equipment for Your Fitness Gym

Last Updated on Mar 15, 2018

Are you thinking about starting a fitness business; a gym or weight-training facility perhaps? If so, you’ve most likely come to learn that the most expensive part of opening a gym (besides paying your lease) is purchasing all the equipment for your business. We’re talking about weight machines, free weights, athletic flooring, wall mirrors, water fountains, resistance-training machines, you name it. If you’re one of the lucky ones and happened to find some deep-pocketed investors, you’ll be able to pay for your brand new equipment. However, if you’re self-funding your business, you might want to go the more clever route and find free or discounted equipment. Here’s how:

Purchase Used Equipment from Local Universities

Having attended the University of Minnesota for my undergraduate studies, I can personally verify the size of the student athletic facility. We all know that college athletic spending is crazy, and here’s some proof. Beyond the student workout center, there’s also an entirely-separate athlete training. Anyways, to get to business. Universities are continually updating and upgrading their equipment. Call around to your local universities to see if they intend to do an equipment switch at anytime in the near future. You might be able to secure some great equipment as cut-rate prices.

Contact Law Enforcement & Fire Departments

It’s a well-known fact that firefighters and police officers are encouraged to work out. Most professional fire departments(and some volunteer ones too) have a complete weight room that the firefighters can utilize when they aren’t putting out fires (of course). Contact some local law enforcement or firefighting departments and see if they are going to be updating their equipment any time soon. If you’re lucky, you might be able to find a station house that is getting brand new equipment and would happily sell you their old equipment at a discounted rate. Just remember, if there’s a will, there’s a way. It’s just a matter of putting in some effort and trying different approaches.

Work Out a Sponsorship Deal with Suppliers

If you’re willing to sell yourself to corporate America, creating a sponsorship deal with an equipment supplier might be a very good possibility. Look for businesses that cater to both sides of the fitness spectrum, the businesses themselves and the end-users. If you’re able to find a business that sells both equipment, as well as workout clothes, you might be able to set up a deal where you plaster their advertisements around your business, put their logo on your flyers, etc and in exchange, they offer you discounted rates on their workout machinery. It’s an idea that has legs, it will just take a little bit of creativity to finalize it.

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