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Amazing Facts

Amazing Facts is a non-profit Seventh-day Adventist evangelistic ministry. Based on the teachings of Scripture, is a worldwide ministry based in Sacramento, which conducts seminars and streams by satellite, 24 hours a day, seven days a week on TV and satellite across North America and the world, it focuses on the Three Angels' Messages of Revelation 14. Beginning as a radio program dedicated to Christian evangelism, it has expanded into television programming, lifestyle, health, prophecy seminars and online Bible study ministries. Amazing Facts was founded in 1965 by Joe Crews in Maryland. Inspired by the success of The Rest Of The Story, hosted by Paul Harvey, Joe Crews' original objective for Amazing Facts was to reach out to both Christian and non-Christian listeners via daily 15-minute programs by opening with a scientific or historic fact, how it applies to the overall Biblical messages; the program offered accompanying home Bible study courses, as well as books written by Crews himself.

In 1987, Amazing Facts initiated a television ministry that has expanded to four programs as well as periodic evangelism series. Shortly before his death in 1994, Crews invited Doug Batchelor to assume the position of president/speaker, which he holds to this day. Today, the Amazing Facts radio program "Bible Answers Live" broadcasts out of Sacramento, California each Sunday evening to about 155 national stations. Amazing Facts programming is available on a variety of over-the-air and satellite stations In addition, programs are archived on the website. Bible Answers Live - a 60-minute Sunday evening radio program where listeners phone or email Bible questions which are answered live Wonders in the Word - 30-minute radio program airing Monday through Thursday The ministry carries various programming on television through Internet, mobile devices, various television stations, networks including their Amazing Facts Television Channel. Amazing Facts operates the Amazing Facts Center of Evangelism.

"AFCOE trains and equips clergy and lay people in all aspects of evangelistic ministry." Both a four-month "Complete" course and a 4-day "AFCOE To Go" courses are offered from their campus in Rocklin, CA and by request around the world. Amazing Facts offers a free Bible school with online study guides. In April 2007 it was announced that Amazing Facts and 3ABN would be merging However, in August 2007, after several months of review, Amazing Facts announced they will not merge with 3ABN due to issues with structural dynamics. On April 6, 2008 Amazing Facts announced a joint venture with Weimar Institute whereby the operations of Weimar Institute will be administered by Amazing Facts and both organizations would have a single board of directors. Weimar was renamed Weimar Center of Health and Education and Neil Nedley was chosen as president. Seventh-day Adventist Church List of United States cable and satellite television networks Religious broadcasting Amazing Facts Amazing Facts Indonesia

Fritz Schmenkel

Fritz Paul Schmenkel was a German communist and resistance fighter against Nazism, who fought with the Soviet partisans in Belarus during the Great Patriotic War. Fritz Schmenkel was born in Stettin in 1916, his father, Paul Krause, a brickyard worker and communist, was murdered by SA members in 1932. This caused Fritz to join the Young Communist League of Germany, he took several jobs before being conscripted into the Wehrmacht in December 1938. There, he was trained to become a cannoneer. However, his lack of discipline and opposition to nazism put him in jail several times. After defecting from the army, he was sentenced to 18 months' imprisonment by a military court, which he served in a military prison in Torgau. However, in July 1941, after the start of Operation Barbarossa, Nazi Germany's attack on the Soviet Union, he volunteered to join the Wehrmacht in fighting on the Eastern Front, was released from prison. In November 1941 though, he defected from the army and went into hiding near the village Podmoshe, Yartsevsky District, Smolensk Oblast.

From there, he approached the Soviet partisan unit "Death to fascism" and explained his desire to join the partisans. After initial suspicion and interrogations, Schmenkel won the trust of the partisans when he killed a German soldier who tried to set fire to the house where the partisans had their base, he was allowed to join the partisans, who gave him the nicknames Ivan Vanya. Schmenkel soon proved himself to be valuable for the partisans; this helped the partisans capture entire units of Wehrmacht soldiers, as well as ammunition and food. He rose through the partisan ranks. In March 1943, he was brought to Moscow by the Red Army, where he was awarded the Order of the Red Banner and received military training, he was made vice commander of the sabotage and intelligence unit "Field", appointed to carry out special tasks in the area north of the city of Orsha. In December 1943, Schmenkel was ambushed and captured by the German occupational authorities, he was brought to Minsk and sentenced to death by a German military court on 15 February 1944, executed by firing squad a week later.

Fritz Schmenkel was posthumously awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union and the Order of Lenin in 1964. A street in Nelidovo, Nelidovsky District, Kalinin Oblast, was named after Fritz Schmenkel in 1965. In 1976, a street in the Karlshorst locality of Berlin was named Fritz-Schmenkel-Straße. There is still one in Torgau. A commemorative plaque has been placed on the house on Victory Square in Minsk, where Schmenkel was sentenced to death by the German occupants in 1944. A movie about Schmenkel, titled Ich will euch sehen, was made in 1978. Schmenkel was married to Erna Schäfer. Together, they had three children: a son and two daughters and Christa

Ebtisam al Saegh

Ebtisam al Saegh is a human rights defender from Bahrain with the organisation SALAM for Democracy and Human Rights. She is considered a "vital human rights advocate" at a time when freedom of expression is dangerous in Bahrain. In November 2016 al Saegh was questioned by authorities under suspicion of “inciting hatred against the Bahraini regime” and “threatening public safety and security” for posts she had made on Twitter. In May 2017, Amnesty International documented the arrest, including sexual assault, of Ebtisam al-Saegh at the Bahrain's National Security Agency; when al-Saegh was detained in May 2017, she was physically and sexually abused, received threats to murder her and her children. She was told by the officers involved in her torture that she was being targeted because she was a human rights defender and that her perpetrators were from Bahrain's NSA. On 3 July 2017, Ebtisam al-Saegh tweeted about the ill treatment of women at the hands of the NSA and held the King of Bahrain responsible for their actions.

On the night of 3–4 July 2017, al Seagh was detained at 11:45 p.m. local time by state security forces. According to Amnesty International, around 25 officers claiming to belong to the Criminal Investigation Directorate arrived at her house in five civilian cars and a minibus without an arrest warrant, her whereabouts are unknown and the fear is she will face the same or worse treatment this time. Amnesty International and Bahraini democracy advocates based in Britain and the US expressed concern for her safety; the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights called for her immediate release and of all nonviolent activists and detainees held arbitrarily due to their human rights work. Samah Hadid, director for Amnesty International campaigns in the Middle East, criticised the basis of the arrest, she said, "the Bahraini authorities must and unconditionally release Ebtisam al-Saegh, whose only crime is speaking up against a government committed to crushing all forms of dissent.”In response, the press office of Bahrain’s embassy in London wrote that Bahrain is “firmly committed to the protection and safeguarding of human rights” and has oversight bodies to safeguard them and independently investigate violations.

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Commodore CDTV

The CDTV is a home multimedia entertainment and video game consoleconvertible into a full-fledged personal computer by the addition of optional peripherals – developed by Commodore International and launched in April 1991. The CDTV is a Commodore Amiga 500 home computer with a CD-ROM drive and remote control. With the optional keyboard and floppy disk drive, it gained the functionality of the regular Amiga. Commodore marketed the machine as an all-in-one multimedia appliance; as such, it targeted the same market as the Philips CD-i. The expected market for multimedia appliances did not materialize, neither machine met with any real commercial success. Though the CDTV was based on Amiga hardware, it was marketed as a CDTV, with the Amiga name omitted from product branding. Commodore announced the CDTV at the summer 1990 Consumer Electronics Show in Chicago, promising to release it before the end of the year with 100 software titles; the product debuted in North America in March 1991 and in the UK.

It was advertised at £ 499 for remote control and two software titles. The device was released in the United States for $999. In 1990 Computer Gaming World stated that Commodore had a poor reputation among consumers and developers, citing "abysmal record of customer and technical support in the past"; the company chose Amiga-enthusiast magazines as its chief advertising channel, but the Amiga community on the whole avoided the CDTV in the expectation of an add-on CD-ROM drive for the Amiga, which came in the form of the A570. This further hurt sales of the CDTV, as an A570-equipped A500 was electronically the same as a CDTV and could run CDTV software, so there was little motivation for an Amiga owner to buy a CDTV. Commodore would rectify this with CDTV's successor, the A1200-based Amiga CD32, by adding the Akiko chip, enabling developers to produce CD32 games that were playable only on the CD32. However, Nolan Bushnell, one of the chief endorsers of the CDTV, argued the system's high price alone was enough to explain its market failure: "... it's difficult to sell significant numbers of anything at more than $500....

I felt. I thought, and I can tell you that the number of units that we sold in the U. S. at $800 you could put in your eye and not draw tears."The CDTV was supplied with AmigaOS 1.3, rather than the more advanced and user-friendly 2.0 release, launched at around the same time. Notably, the CDXL motion video format was developed for the CDTV, making it one of the earliest consumer systems to allow video playback directly from CD-ROM. By 1994 Computer Gaming World described the CDTV as a "fiasco" for Commodore. Though the company developed an improved and cost-reduced CDTV-II, it was never released. Commodore discontinued the CDTV in 1993 with the launch of the Amiga CD32, which again was based on Amiga hardware but explicitly targeted the games market; the CDTV was intended as a media appliance rather than as a mainstream personal computer. As such, its housing had dimensions and styling that were comparable to most household stereo system components of the period, it came with an infrared remote control.

It was sold without a keyboard or a mouse. The CDTV was based on the same technology as earlier Amiga systems, but featured a single-speed CD-ROM drive and no floppy disk drive as standard. ^ North American model ^ UK model ^ European model The CDTV is compatible with many Amiga peripherals from the same period. In addition, official CDTV peripherals and upgrades included: Wireless infrared mouse Wireless trackball Black styled keyboard SCSI controller providing both an internal and external SCSI connector for hard disk drives and other SCSI devices External black styled hard disk drive External black styled floppy disk drive Proprietary memory cards with a capacity of 64 or 256 kB allowing storage of game scores and progress Genlocks for NTSC or PAL to overlay video signal with a secondary video source CDTV: CDTV unit and remote control/gamepad Pro pack: CDTV unit, remote control/gamepad, keyboard and floppy disk drive, along with Almathera CDPD Public domain software compilation on CD-ROM Philips' CD-i Pioneer's LaserActive Tandy Video Information System NEC PC Engine with Super CD-ROM expansion Nintendo's SNES Sega Mega Drive with CD-ROM expansion The 3DO Company's 3DO Interactive Multiplayer Amiga CD32 Amiga models and variants

Sam Farr

Samuel Sharon Farr is an American politician, the U. S. Representative for California's 17th and 20th congressional districts, he is a member of the Democratic Party. He was elected to Congress in a 1993 special election when longtime Democratic Rep. Leon Panetta resigned to become Director of the Office of Management and Budget. On November 12, 2015, he announced his retirement from Congress after the 2016 elections. Farr was born in the son of Janet E. and Frederick Sharon "Fred" Farr. One of his maternal great-grandfathers was acting mayor of Los Angeles William Hartshorn Bonsall, one of his paternal great-great-grandfathers was the brother of Nevada Senator William Sharon, he grew up in Carmel. His father was a California state senator for many years. Farr was educated at Willamette University, Santa Clara University and the Monterey Institute of International Studies, he has one daughter, Jessica. He is grandfather to two: Zach. Farr served for two years as a volunteer in Colombia, he spent his time in a poor barrio near Medellin.

While he was serving in Colombia, Farr's mother died from cancer. Following her death, his father visited with Farr's sisters. While riding horses, one of his sisters, was hit her head, she died on the operating table in a Colombian hospital. Since his Peace Corps service ended, Farr has visited Colombia several times, he took his wife for their honeymoon and has returned several other times for both personal and official business. During a trip in 2007, Farr spoke in front of the Colombian Congress and was awarded the Orden del Congreso de Colombia. Farr's public service career began in the California Assembly, where he worked as a staffer on budget issues for a decade. In 1975, he won a seat on the Monterey County Board of Supervisors. In 1980 he was elected to the California State Assembly, where he became a champion for the organics industry and wrote one of the country's strictest oil spill liability laws, he served in the Assembly until his election to Congress in 1993. Farr was elected to the House of Representatives in 1993 through a special election when former Congressman Leon Panetta resigned to become President Clinton's budget director.

Farr was elected to his first full term in 1994. Farr introduced the "Oceans Conservation and National Strategy for the 21st century Act" in January 2007; the bill would consolidate national management of oceans. It received a subcommittee markup in April 2008 and passed by a vote of 11–3. Farr's "Reconstruction and Stabilization Civilian Management Act of 2008" was approved by the House but stalled in the Senate; the bill would create capacity within the State Department to deploy civilian expertise and coordinate the government response to crises abroad. President approved initial creation of the group. Farr participated in a rollout of the group with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in July 2008. Farr is active in several congressional caucuses, including the House Oceans Caucus, the Congressional Travel and Tourism Caucus, the Congressional Bike Caucus, the Congressional Organic Caucus, the International Conservation Caucus, the Unexploded Ordnance Caucus, he serves as co-chair of the Congressional Tourism Caucus with Rep. Gus Bilirakis.

Farr has taken an active role in supporting the travel industry, boosting membership in the caucus to more than 100 and hosting caucus events, including a June 2008 gathering of travel executives and congressional leaders, the Economic Roundtable: Travel's Significance to the U. S. Economy. Farr is active as co-chair of the House Oceans Caucus, which he co-chairs with four other members of Congress; each year the caucus helps sponsor Capitol Hill Oceans Week, known as CHOW, which draws hundreds of ocean experts from across the country. He is co-chair of the Congressional Organic Caucus and the Unexploded Ordnance Caucus. Farr serves on the House Democracy Assistance Commission, a group established by the House of Representatives mandated to work with emerging democracies throughout the world; the group engages in "peer-to-peer cooperation to build technical expertise in partner legislatures that will enhance accountability, legislative independence, access to information, government oversight."Farr is the former chairman of the California Democratic Congressional Delegation, the largest state delegation in Congress.

Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development and Drug Administration, Related Agencies Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, Related Agencies Farr was one of the 31 who voted in the House to not count the electoral votes from Ohio in the 2004 presidential election. Rep. Farr, like most Progressive Democrats in Congress, opposes the USA PATRIOT Act and is pro-choice, he received a 91% progressive rating by Progressive Punch, ranking him the 42nd most progressive member of congress. He took a leadership role for the House Democrats in opposing the Central American Free Trade Agreement because he did not think it had good environmental and worker protections. Rep. Farr voted against the invasion of Iraq and was against the Iraq War, he voted for the $700 billion Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008

Stay Alive (album)

Stay Alive is the sixth studio album by Filipina singer Nina, released in the Philippines on November 19, 2011 by Universal Records. After a long recording hiatus, Nina started working on a new album with her new label during the second half of 2010, she described the album's sound as "sexy-soul," and stated that they wanted to show the "other side" of her by means of a dance album. The album covers a wide range of genres, consisting of upbeat house, dance songs, but still possessing Nina's distinctive mellow sound. Aside from keeping a close watch to the production and song arrangement, the singer contributed to the album art when she designed the packaging together with her brother King, she described the new look as "different futuristic and edgy." The album had a star-studded production. In August 2011, it was revealed that American singer-songwriter Keith Martin and Filipino R&B musician Jay R worked together on the upbeat title track "Staying Alive". Jazz singer and Nina's co-Sessionista Richard Poon wrote the acoustic ballad "I Don't Want to Fight" in late 2010, while R&B singer Amber Davis wrote the electropop-dance cuts "Only with You" and "I Came to Dance".

Nina wrote a song for the album together with Martin. The song was entitled "You Should Know"; as she made sure to include an inspirational song about "following your dreams," a Jude Gitamondoc-penned power ballad revealed to be entitled "Believe in the Dream", was included in the album's final track list. Stay Alive was a universal acclaim, being well-received by fans alike; the Philippine Star tagged Nina as the "new dance diva," and predicted that the album "may set new trends in Filipino music." Philippine Entertainment Portal praised both the singer and the album, saying that the album is "a testament to Nina's evolution as an artist" and "distinctly Nina." commented "quite a risky move, commercial wise, but the product is solid The album shows the potential of Nina to grow more as an artist." Stay Alive is supposed to be the first of her two-album recording deal with Universal. However, in February 2012, Nina revealed that her contract with the label has expired, she expressed her disappointment regarding the album's promotion, how the label took no action for it.

The album was released on digital download through iTunes and MP3 Download with a altered cover. The album was accompanied by three official singles. "Dance" was released in August 2011, but was pulled out of the airwaves after the album's release date was pushed back. On October 6, 2011, the song was commercially released, was followed by a critically acclaimed music video; the video for "Dance" features Nina in Gaga-ish costumes, doing choreographed moves at the same time. She performed the song live in Happy Yipee Yehey! and Party Pilipinas, where she launched the album. On January 30, 2012, "However Much Love" was released as the album's second single to boost up album sales, it served as a radio-only Valentine single, since no video was recorded for the song. It became a commercial success, becoming Nina's first chart-topper since 2008. "Believe in the Dream" was released in April 2012 as the third official single from the album, accompanied by an official lyric video. Before production for the album began, Nina was in a long recording hiatus.

The last album that she recorded, Nina Sings the Hits of Diane Warren, was released in 2008. Her 2009 album Renditions of the Soul is only a collection of her performances on the Wave 89.1 radio show of the same title, her 2010 album is only a compilation of her greatest hits. On August 7, 2010, she performed on Pilipinas Win na Win as a guest together with Erik Santos. During the show, she revealed that she was working on a new album, added that it will be released early in 2011 due to heavy preparation. In November 2010 after her Think Pink concert at Cebu City, she talked about the album she was working on, stated that her new sound is going to be "sexy-soul." She shared ideas on the content of the album, added that it will be released in mid-January. Before 2010 ended, her brother King revealed via Pinoy Exchange that Nina was planning to include Sabel's theme song "Hagkan" on the album as a bonus track, he stated that Richard Poon wrote a song for the album entitled "I Don't Want to Fight".

However, the album was pushed back to a February release. It was mid-February and there was still no update on the album's release. In an interview for the February 2011 issue of Woman Today magazine, Nina stated that the album's release was, pushed back to June 2011 due to the fact that she and her new label wanted the album to be perfect. On February 22, 2011, she posted on Twitter a photo of her, recording a new song in the studio. On February 28, she posted another photo in the studio with the tweet "getting ready for recording.:)... SO much love<3." In an interview after her arrival from Pattaya International Music Festival in Thailand, Nina mentioned working on her first album under Universal, stating "Expect few pleasant surprises from this new album of mine. We’re working hard to make this project groundbreaking." On April 15, 2011, she wrote a Pattaya Music Fest article on The Philippine Star where she talked about the album, saying "Late last year, I moved to my new record label Universal Records and I consider it one of the biggest blessings in my career.

In a few months, my latest album will be released, it will showcase a new, yet familiar Nina, which I hope everyone will appreciate." In May, the label's head Kathleen Dy-Go stated that Nina has not yet finished recording the album, which may result the release date to be pushed back to July or August. On May 31, Nina confirmed that