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4Licensing Corporation

4Licensing Corporation was an American licensing company. The company was also a film and television production company that English-dubbed Japanese anime through its subsidiary 4Kids Productions between 1992 and 2012; the first anime that 4Kids Productions dubbed was the first eight seasons of Pokémon that aired on Kids' WB! in the United States. The company is most well known for its range of television licenses, which has included the multibillion-dollar Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh! Japanese anime franchises, they ran two program blocks: Toonzai on The CW, 4Kids TV on Fox, both aimed at children. The 4KidsTV block ended on December 27, 2008. 4Licensing Corporation had its world headquarters on Third Avenue in New York City, its former subsidiary, 4Kids Productions, had its headquarters in a separate building in Manhattan. The New York Stock Exchange delisted 4Kids on June 1, 2010. On April 6, 2011, it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection following a lawsuit concerning the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise.

On December 13, 2012, the company announced. On September 21, 2016, it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection once again and shut down operations one year later. Leisure Concepts was co-founded on April 28, 1970, by Mike Germakian and Stan Weston, as an independent licensing agency in New York City. Mike Germakian was the secretary of LCI, while Stan Weston was the President and the Chairman of Leisure Concepts. Weston was the Treasurer of the company. In the beginning the company pitched toy and cartoon ideas to various companies, as well as formed partnerships with companies such as Rankin Bass, among others. LCI began making news in the 1980s through licensing actual people, a variety of products, concepts; the company had a growing number of deals with television producers and toy manufacturers. Among the company's licenses at the time were Farrah Fawcett of Charlie's Angels fame, Charlie Chan, James Bond 007, a wide array of Nintendo characters and products, the Hulk, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century TV Series and many others.

LCI is credited in its assistance in the initial development of the "ThunderCats" concept and acted on behalf of Lorimar-Telepictures Corp as an exclusive worldwide licensing agent for products based on "Thundercats", an agreement, signed between the two parties on June 15, 1984. During the mid 1980s, Ted Wolf came up with the idea of a race of cat-like humanoid superheroes, he shared his vision with his friend Stan Weston, who in turn, through LCI, pitched it to Rankin/Bass Animated Entertainment. Both Arthur Rankin Jr and Jules Bass were impressed with the idea and the potential that it had of becoming an instant success, they approved of it and "ThunderCats" went into production. During the early development stage, Mike Germakian designed much of the ThunderCats' characters and locations, he was responsible for creating the now iconic ThunderCats logo, featuring a stylized black panther head on a red circle. Germakian's designs were sent to Pacific Animation Corporation in Japan to be adapted into cartoon format.

After completing work on ThunderCats, Germakian went on to design characters for SilverHawks and The Comic Strip, both Rankin/Bass shows. In July 1987, Alfred Kahn, former Executive Vice President of Marketing at Coleco, credited for bringing the Cabbage Patch Kids to the Mainstream, joined the company as Vice Chairman and a Member of the Board of Directors. On December 17, 1987, LCI signed a licensing deal with Nintendo of America, Inc. to market the software products that went along with its popular gaming systems. Nintendo had introduced The Legend of Zelda for its home video game system, a software product that went on to sell more than one million copies during the year; some time in 1986 the company signed a licensing deal to market Star Wars. The 1990s were seen as turning point for the company. In the early 1990s, LCI expanded its operations and began television production in 1992; this would include English-dubbing Japanese anime through its subsidiary 4Kids Productions, which the company would be known for.

In 1987, Robert Kotick tried to acquire Commodore International. When Kotick was unsuccessful he instead purchased a controlling stake in LCI, thus becoming LCI's CEO and Chairman in June 1990. Kotick traded out of his stake in LCI and bought a 25% stake in Activision in December 1990. In March 1991, Kotick became CEO at Activision. On March 12, 1991, LCI appointed Alfred Kahn as its Chairman and CEO. In 1992, two subsidiaries were established by the company: The Summit Media Group, Inc. and 4Kids Productions. The company changed its name from Leisure Concepts Inc. to 4kids Entertainment Inc. on November 16, 1995. Although the company changed its name, "Leisure Concepts" still operated as a separate subsidiary of the company, meaning the company may have decided to use the "Leisure Concepts" name for branding purposes; the new century found 4Kids Entertainment Inc. switching from the NASDAQ market and joining the New York Stock Exchange on September 20, 2000. The firm's new ticker symbol was KDE and the company was riding high during the continuing success of "Pokemon" when it earned Fortune's top slot on its 100 Fastest Growing Companies for 2000.

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Trevor Herriot

Trevor Herriot is a Canadian naturalist and writer. Best known as an expert on birds, he has published six books, has written for publications including Canadian Geographic and The Globe & Maill", is a regular commentator on nature topics and environmental issues for the media, including a regular call-in segment on Blue Sky, a regional CBC Radio program in Saskatchewan, he has received many awards and honours, including the Cheryl and Henry Kloppenburg Award for Literary Excellence. His writing delves into the spiritual aspects of connecting with the natural world, he lives in Saskatchewan. His first book, River in a Dry Land: A Prairie Passage, won the Drainie-Taylor Biography Prize, the Canadian Booksellers Association's Libris Award for Best First-Time Author, the Saskatchewan Book of the Year Award and the Regina Book Award, was shortlisted for the Governor General's Award for English-language non-fiction at the 2000 Governor General's Awards, his second, Sky, Song: Promise and Peril in the World of Grassland Birds, was shortlisted for the Governor General's Award at the 2009 Governor General's Awards.

In 2017, he was awarded the Cheryl and Henry Kloppenburg Award for Literary Excellence, awarded for his body of acclaimed literary work. River in a Dry Land: A Prairie Passage Grass, Song: Promise and Peril in the World of Grassland Birds Jacob's Wound: A Search for the Spirit of Wildness The Road Is How Towards a Prairie Atonement Islands of Grass

Steenberg, Cape Town

Steenberg is a small community in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town, South Africa. It has a population of more than 4,000 and includes those belonging to the Cape Coloured community; the main center of the suburb is Military Road, which runs from west connecting Tokai and Kirstenhof at the M4 Main Road and east into the M5 which provides access to Muizenberg and various other northern suburbs including Bellville and Century City. Military Road has many small businesses lining its south side but one of South Africa's largest retailers, which has a branch located close to the M5. Steenberg is located near the False Bay coast, it is bounded to the south by Lakeside and Muizenberg, west by Tokai, east by Lavender Hill and Seawinds, north by Retreat and Heathfield. The Sand River runs through it which springs in the Zandvlei Estuary Nature Reserve in Muizenberg and is an important conservation area. Steenberg is home to one of the last remaining sites of the Western Leopard Toad

E-mu Audity

The E-mu Audity was a digitally controlled, analog synthesizer made in 1978. It was inspired by Tangerine Dream's Peter Baumann, evolved into a state-of-the-art, 16-voice polyphonic analog synthesizer with an included digital keyboard and sequencer, intended to compete with Sequential Circuits' Prophet 5; the project was funded with royalties from Sequential Circuits for their use of E-mu's digital scanning technology in their keyboards, was to be sold for $69,200. Only one Audity came off the assembly line, it was exhibited at the May 1980 AES convention, but soon after Sequential Circuits notified E-mu that it was not going to continue paying royalties, which ensured the Audity's death. However, research on the Audity led to the development of the influential and successful Emulator, one of the first digital sampling keyboards; the only Audity made resides in the collection of National Music Centre at Studio Bell in Calgary. It no longer functions

Stephen Shore (professor)

Stephen Mark Shore is an autistic professor of special education at Adelphi University. He has written the books that include: College for Students with Disabilities, Understanding Autism for Dummies and Tell, Beyond the Wall, he serves on the board of Autism Speaks, is one of the first two autistic board members in its history, looking to improve the potential of those on the autism spectrum. He once headed the Asperger's Association of New England and was on the board of the Autism Society of America. Shore lost language skills before the age of four started getting them back at four years old, he supported taking mercury out of vaccines. He has been described as having a special interest in music, he has discussed difficulties with completing assignments presented in formats that he wasn't used to, leading him to drop out of a doctorate in music program. However, he obtained a doctorate in Special Education, his book and Tell, describes ways that autistics can advocate for their needs. Official website


Inactive ubiquitin carboxyl-terminal hydrolase 53 is a protein that in humans is encoded by the USP53 gene. Although USP53 is classified as a deubiquitinating enzyme based on sequence homology to other proteases from this group, it lacks a functionally essential histydine in the catalytic domaine and activity assays suggest that USP53 is catalytically inactive. Though USP53 is devoid of catalytic activity, USP53 serves important physiological functions: mutations in Usp53 have been shown to cause progressive hearing loss in mice, as well as late-onset hearing loss and cholestasis in humans. USP53 localizes at cellular tight junctions and interacts with tight junction protein 2. Mutations in TJP2 have been shown to cause hearing impairments and cholestasis