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Amstrad GX4000

The GX4000 is a video game console, manufactured by Amstrad. It was the company's short-lived attempt to enter the games console market; the console was released in Europe in 1990 and was an upgraded design based on the still-popular CPC technology. The GX4000 shared hardware architecture with Amstrad's CPC Plus computer line, released concurrently; this allowed the system to be compatible with the majority of CPC Plus software. The GX4000 was both Amstrad's only attempt at entering the console market. Although offering enhanced graphics capabilities, it failed to gain popularity in the market, was discontinued, selling 15,000 units in total. After months of speculation, the GX4000 was announced along with the 464 plus and 6128 plus computers at the CNIT Centre in Paris in August 1990; the system was launched a month in four countries, France and Italy, priced at £99.99 in Britain and 990f in France. The racing game Burnin' Rubber, a power pack, two controllers were bundled with the machine. Initial reviews of the console were favourable, with CVG calling it a "neat looking and technically impressive console that has an awful lot of potential at the low price of £99", but while impressed by the graphical capabilities, they criticised the audio and controllers.

ACE magazine came to a similar conclusion, stating that the system "puts the other 8-bit offerings to shame bar the PC-Engine". A marketing budget of £20 million was set aside for Europe, with the advertising focused on selling the GX4000 as a home alternative to playing arcade games; the tagline for the machine was "Bring the whole arcade into your home!" The GX4000 was not successful commercially. During its lifespan, software for the system was short in number and slow to arrive, consumer interest was low, coverage from popular magazines of the time was slight, with some readers complaining about a lack of information regarding the machine. Within a few weeks of the initial launch, the system could be bought at discounted prices, by July 1991 some stores were selling it for as little as £29.99. There were many reasons for the system's lack of success. At this stage the 16 bit Commodore Amiga and Atari ST, along with earlier 8-bit consoles and computers, were dominating the European video game market, hype for new 16-bit consoles such as the Mega Drive was starting to grow.

Amstrad lacked the marketing power to compete with the producers of the Mega Drive and the Super NES. On top of this, there were problems with software manufacturing, with many companies complaining that the duplication process was taking months instead of weeks, leading to little software available at launch, some games being released late or cancelled entirely. Lastly, many GX4000 games were CPC games released onto cartridge with minor or no improvements, which lead to unimpressive looking games and consumer apathy, with many users not prepared to pay £25 for a cartridge game that they could buy for £3.99 on cassette instead. When discussing the market failure of the system, the designer, Cliff Lawson, claimed that the GX4000 was technically "at least as good" as the SNES, that the machine faltered due to a lack of games and Amstrad not having the money to compete with Nintendo and Sega; when asked whether anything could have been done to make the machine a success, he replied that more money would have been required to give software houses more incentive to support Amstrad, that the games and software needed to be delivered sooner.

CPU: 8/16-bit Zilog Z80A at 4 MHz ASIC: Support for sprites, soft scrolling, programmable interrupts, DMA SoundResolution Mode 0: 160x200 pixels with 16 colours Mode 1: 320x200 pixels with 4 colours Mode 2: 640x200 pixels with 2 coloursColour Depth: 12-bit RGB Colours available: 4096 Maximum colours onscreen: 32 Maximum onscreen colour counts can be increased in all Modes through the use of interrupts. Sprites Number: 16 high resolution sprites per line Sizes: 16x16 Colours: Each sprite can use up to 15 coloursMemory RAM: 64 kB VRam: 16 kB ROM: 32 kBAudio 3-channel stereo. Standard controllers The GX4000 controller is similar to popular 8-bit gamepads of the time such as those for the Master System and Nintendo Entertainment System, as well as that for the TurboGrafx-16, it contains only two buttons on the actual pad with the pause button located on the console itself, uses the prevailing de facto standard Atari-style 9-pin connector. Analog Joysticks The GX4000 supports the use of analog controllers through its specific IBM standard analog controller port.

The controller was not supported by software. Lightguns The GX4000 supports the use of a lightgun through its dedicated RJ11 lightgun connector. Multiple 3rd party Lightguns were available, official releases supported this peripheral. There were two games supporting the use of a lightgun on the GX4000 - Skeet Shoot and The Enforcer which were both distributed with a 3rd party gun. In all, 27 games were produced and distributed for the GX4000; the majority of games were made by UK- and French-based companies such as Ocean and Loriciels. Notable games were the pack-in game, Burnin' Rubber, as well as RoboCop 2, Plotting, Navy Sea

Michel Decoust

Michel Decoust is a French composer and conductor. Decoust studied from 1956 to 1965 with Jean Rivier and Darius Milhaud at the Paris Conservatoire, as well as at the Cologne Courses for New Music in 1964–65, with Pierre Boulez and Karlheinz Stockhausen, he studied orchestral conducting in 1965 with Boulez in Basle. In 1967 he taught composition at the Dartington College Summer Courses, he served as regional musical organizer for the Orchestre Philharmonique des Pays de la Loire from 1967 to 1970, from 1970 to 1972 directed musical activities at the Maison de la Culture of Rennes and Nevers. He founded and directed the Pantin Conservatoire Municipal de Musique from 1972 to 1976, was director of education at IRCAM from 1976 to 1979, he was vice-chair of the symphonic music committee of the French composer's union SACEM from 1979 to 1992. He has been awarded the Prix de Rome, the Ambron International Composition Prize, a Besançon International Competition conducting prize. Horizon remarquable, for soprano and orchestra Distorsion, for 3 flutes Mobile, for percussion Polymorphie, for orchestra Et/ou, for from 1–44 pianos 7.854.693.286, for 8-track tape L'application des lectrices aux champs, for soprano and orchestra Onde, for brass quintet Olos, for tenor saxophone and electronics Les galeries de pierres, for solo viola Sun for solo viola and 12 string instruments Symétrie, for winds and percussion Marbres, for 4-track tape Sept chansons érotiques, for soprano and piano Le temps d'écrite, for piano A jamais d'ombre, for voice and string quartet Cent phrases pour éventail, for six voices and instrumental ensemble Michel, Philippe.

2001. "Decoust, Michel." The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, second edition, edited by Stanley Sadie and John Tyrrell. London: Macmillan Publishers. Bosseur, Jean-Yves. 2001. "Musique/verbe: Interactions". In Littérature et musique dans la France contemporaine, edited by Jean-Louis Backès, Claude Coste, Danièle Pistone, introduction by Jean-Louis Backès and Danièle Pistone, 109–17. Strasbourg: Université de Strasbourg. ISBN 2-86820-176-8. Bosseur, Jean-Yves, Philippe Torrens. 1973. "1972... Michel Decoust". Musique en jeu 10:91-111. Sabatier, François. 2005. "Entretien avec Michel Decoust". In 25 ans: CNSMD, Lyon and with a foreword by François Sabatier, foreword by Nicolas Crosio, preface by Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres, introduction by Henry Fourès, afterword by Jésus Aguila, 17-21. Lyon: Symétrie. ISBN 978-2-914373-19-7

Deltana, Alaska

Deltana is a census-designated place in Southeast Fairbanks Census Area, United States. At the 2010 census the population was 2,251, up from 1,570 in 2000. Native inhabitants are Tanana Athabaskans. In 1904, the U. S. Army Signal Corps built the McCarty Telegraph station on a site near a roadhouse established the previous year at the confluence of the Tanana and Delta rivers; the Chisana gold strike of 1913 brought many hopeful prospectors to the area. In the 1920s, many American Bison were brought to the area, in 1927 the name was changed to Buffalo Center. In 1942, five miles south of Deltana, Fort Greely was constructed. Beef cattle were shipped during the 1950s, during the 1970s the local economy was given another boost with the completion of the trans-Alaska pipeline. In 1980, 70,000 acres of land were set aside as the Delta Bison Range to confine the bison and separate the expanding herd from local farmland. Deltana is located at 63°57′50″N 145°24′32″W. According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 565.2 square miles, of which, 562.2 square miles of it is land and 3.0 square miles of it is water.

Deltana first appeared on the 2000 U. S. Census as a census-designated place; as of the census of 2000, there were 1,570 people, 539 households, 417 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 2.8 people per square mile. There were 669 housing units at an average density of 1.2/sq mi. The racial makeup of the CDP was 91.59% White, 1.21% Black or African American, 0.89% Native American, 1.08% Asian, 0.38% from other races, 4.84% from two or more races. 1.15 % of the population were Latino of any race. Deltana has the second highest percentage of residents having been born in Ukraine in the United States at 8.4%, with an higher total percentage of residents being Ukrainians or having Ukrainian ancestry. There were 539 households out of which 36.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.2% were married couples living together, 5.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 22.6% were non-families. 19.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.1% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older.

The average household size was 2.87 and the average family size was 3.30. In the CDP, the population was spread out with 31.4% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 23.5% from 25 to 44, 30.9% from 45 to 64, 7.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 107.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 105.9 males. The median income for a household in the CDP was $50,066, the median income for a family was $53,021. Males had a median income of $42,500 versus $31,042 for females; the per capita income for the CDP was $18,446. About 12.1% of families and 15.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.9% of those under age 18 and 0.9% of those age 65 or over

HMS Bermuda (52)

HMS Bermuda was a Fiji-class light cruiser of the Royal Navy. She was served in that conflict, she was named for the British territory of Bermuda, was the eighth vessel of that name. Bermuda was built by John Brown & Company of Clydebank and launched on 11 September 1941. In the same year, the lead ship of the class, was sunk while participating in the evacuation of Crete. Through 1942, Bermuda participated in the North Africa campaign, including Operation Torch, as part of the 10th Cruiser Squadron. With the cruiser Sheffield, she was detached from Force H to attack a small coastal fort, where both came under attack from Italian torpedo bombers, she managed to escape heavy air attacks unscathed. Bermuda returned to service in the Atlantic to escort ships in the Bay of Biscay, in June 1943, she transported men and supplies to Spitsbergen, she participated in anti-submarine operations against German U-boats operating in the Bay of Biscay, the North Atlantic. After more service in the Arctic, she returned to Glasgow in June 1944 for a refit.

The refit removed her'X' turret, she was dispatched to the Pacific as the war in Europe was ending, in May 1945. She arrived in Fremantle on 1 July to take on fuel and stores, before continuing on to Sydney, where she arrived on 7 July. There she undertook exercises with other Royal Navy ships serving in the Far East, including the battleship Anson. Whilst in Sydney, news reached them of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the subsequent surrender of Japan. Bermuda sailed for the Philippines, arriving on 23 August, she became part of an operation to recover allied prisoners of war from the occupied Japanese territories. On 6 September Bermuda was attacked by Japanese aircraft unaware of the end of the war, or otherwise unwilling to surrender. Bermuda was able to continue on her way, she transported allied prisoners of war to Shanghai for repatriation. Bermuda remained in the Far East as the flagship of the 5th Cruiser Squadron, until 1947, when she returned to the UK for a refit at Chatham Dockyard.

She was placed in reserve. In 1950 she was restored to active service, served in the South Atlantic as the flagship of the Commander in Chief, South Atlantic Station until 1953. Vice Admiral Peveril William-Powlett was Commander-in-Chief, South Atlantic from 1952–54, she served with the Mediterranean Fleet. In 1953, she and her sister Gambia brought aid to the Greek island of Zakynthos when it was struck by the Ionian earthquake. Greek officials would comment, "we Greeks have a long-standing tradition with the Royal Navy and it lived up to every expectation in its infallible tradition of always being the first to help"In 1956 Bermuda was paid-off and towed up to Palmer's at Hebburn on Tyne to undergo a long refit, she was updated on the same pattern as HMS Gambia with an enclosed bridge, US supplied Mk 63 directors for the 4 inch twin gun mounts, but appears to have maintained simple tacymetric fire control for new Twin Mk 5 40mm mounts, which were repositioned for better arcs of fire. She returned to service, spent the next few years in exercises with other NATO navies, or other Royal Navy units.

In April 1958, she left Malta to assist in the reinforcement of Cyprus during a period of civil unrest. Bermuda attended the Ceremony of independence of Nigeria on 1 October 1960, before joining the Mediterranean Fleet, relieving the cruiser Tiger. Bermuda was decommissioned after 21 years in service, she was scrapped by Thos W Ward, Briton Ferry, Wales starting on 26 August 1965 HMS Bermuda made several visits to her namesake, where she was presented with a number of silver objects, including a large bell —, used as a font for Holy Water in the baptism of children of the crew — and four bugles. Two of the bugles found their way to the Bermuda Regiment. Apart from the bell and the bugles, which were collected together by the Bermuda Maritime Museum at the former Bermuda Dockyard, the other items went missing following the ship's decommissioning. Colledge, J. J.. Ships of the Royal Navy: The Complete Record of all Fighting Ships of the Royal Navy. London: Chatham Publishing. ISBN 978-1-86176-281-8.

Raven, Alan. British Cruisers of World War Two. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 0-87021-922-7. Rohwer, Jürgen. Chronology of the War at Sea 1939–1945: The Naval History of World War Two. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 1-59114-119-2. Waters, Conrad, "Last of the Colony Cruisers", Ships Monthly: 38–41 Whitley, M. J.. Cruisers of World War Two: An International Encyclopedia. London: Cassell. ISBN 1-86019-874-0. WWII cruisers HMS Bermuda at HMS Bermuda – A comprehensive story of the Bermuda, including personal stories and photographs HMS Bermuda Last pictures of HMS Bermuda at Thos W Ward's breakers yard Briton ferry Neath 1960s. Her masts have been removed to enable her under the Briton Ferry river bridge and her final leg to the wharf. Can be found at the following link. HMS BERMUDA C52


Seandrea Sledge, better known by her stage name Dreezy, is an American singer, rapper and actor. Her debut album No Hard Feelings was released in 2016, followed by Big Dreez in 2019. Sledge was born on March 1994 where she was raised on the South Side of the Chicago, Illinois. Throughout her childhood, Sledge moved to a number of locations throughout the city of Chicago. To escape issues that a number of teens face Sledge looked into the fine arts, which helped her deal with some of the realities of her life, she explored scatting, poetry writing, drifted towards singing at the age of 10. Sledge always felt like music was her internal escapism, by the age of 14, she found interest in becoming a rapper. Sledge has cited rappers J. Cole and Lil Wayne as her biggest musical influences, referring to the former as her favourite rapper of all time. Sledge was putting more time into rapping, she became good friends with fellow Chicago native rapper Sasha Go Hard, made a guest appearance on Sasha's song, "I Ain't No Hitta" in 2012.

Sledge released a song with a fellow rapper Lil Durk, called "Ghost". In February 2013, Sledge released a collaborative mixtape with fellow Chicago native rapper Mikey Dollaz, titled Business N Pleasure. In February 2014, she released her first solo mixtape, titled Schizo through AOE Music, along with a song, which features guest verse from a fellow Chicago rapper Common, called "No Good". In April 2014, she released her remix of YMCMB rapper Nicki Minaj and Lil Herb's "Chiraq" and received general attention, with many fans claiming that it was better than Minaj's version; the remix garnered her attention and landed her a collaboration with rapper Common on his tenth studio album Nobody's Smiling. In 2014 was named as the "Princess of Chicago Rap" by Noisey via Vice Magazine. In December 2014, it was announced. On July 28, 2015, Dreezy released. On December 25, 2015, Sledge released another EP titled From Now On to digital retailers and streaming via Interscope Records, her debut album, No Hard Feelings, was released on July 15, 2016.

In May 2018, she performed at Ivy-league institution Cornell University with Micah Street at their annual Slope Day celebration. In the same month, she performed at Rolling Loud. In 2019 she appeared in the Netflix movie Beats as Queen Cabrini. Official website Dreezy discography at Discogs

László Bénes

László Bénes is a Slovak professional footballer who plays for Borussia Mönchengladbach. Bénes was born in Dunajská Streda to an ethnic Hungarian family. On 6 February 2015, Bénes signed a three-year deal with Fortuna Liga side MŠK Žilina from Győr. On 1 July 2016, he joined Bundesliga club Borussia Mönchengladbach. On 28 January 2019, Bénes moved to 2. Bundesliga side Holstein Kiel for the second half of the season, he debuted in his first opportunity, in an away 2. Bundesliga fixture against Heidenheim, only two days after joining the club, on 30 January 2019, he played over 22 minutes, substituting Jonas Meffert in the 68th minute of the match, which concluded in a 2–2 tie. Bénes was booked with a yellow card in the 79th minute. In his second cap for Kiel, on 3 February, against Jahn Regensburg, Bénes received the highest rating from Kiel, 7.9/10, according to the Sofascore portal. Bénes was first called up to Slovak senior national team in May 2017, when Ján Kozák called him up for a FIFA World Cup qualifier against Lithuania on 10 June 2017, just a number of days before the commencement before the 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, where Bénes was expected to be one of the team leaders.

During this match Bénes made his international debut, when he substituted Ondrej Duda in the 89th minute of the 2–1 victory in Vilnius. Due to number of prolonged injuries and low play time in at Mönchengladbach, Bénes made no further appearances in the national team under Kozák, who resigned in October 2018. However, after an increased play time on loan in Kiel, Bénes made a return to the national team. On 28 May 2019, when coach Pavel Hapal called him up for a double fixture in June - a home friendly against Jordan, to which, unusually, 29 players were called-up and a UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying fixture against Azerbaijan, played away on 11 June 2019; the squad was to be reduced to 23 players for the latter fixture. Hapal was the coach who brought Bénes into public eye in Slovakia, during the successful 2017 UEFA U-21 Euro campaign. Subsequently, the core of the U21 squad became known including Bénes; as of match played 1 July 2019 László Bénes at Soccerway MLSZ HLSZ