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Bank of Italy

The Bank of Italy, known in Italian as Banca d'Italia known as Bankitalia, is the central bank of Italy and part of the European System of Central Banks. It is located in Palazzo Koch, via Rome; the bank's current governor is Ignazio Visco, who took the office on 1 November 2011. After the charge of monetary and exchange rate policies was shifted in 1998 to the European Central Bank, within the European institutional framework, the bank implements the decisions, issues euro banknotes and withdraws and destroys worn pieces; the main function has thus become banking and financial supervision. The objective is to ensure the stability and efficiency of the system and compliance to rules and regulations. Following reform in 2005, prompted by takeover scandals, the bank has lost exclusive antitrust authority in the credit sector, now shared with the Italian Competition Authority. Other functions include, market supervision, oversight of the payment system and provision of settlement services, State treasury service, Central Credit Register, economic analysis and institutional consultancy.

As of 2017 the Bank of Italy owned 2,451.8 tonnes of gold, the third-largest gold reserve in the world. The institution was established in 1893 from the combination of three major banks in Italy; the new central bank first issued bank-notes during 1926. Until 1928, it was directed by a general manager, after this time instead by a governor elected by an internal commission of managers, with a decree from the President of the Italian Republic, for a term of seven years. Giacomo Grillo Giuseppe Marchiori Bonaldo Stringher Bonaldo Stringher Vincenzo Azzolini Luigi Einaudi Donato Menichella Guido Carli Paolo Baffi Carlo Azeglio Ciampi Antonio Fazio Mario Draghi Ignazio Visco The bank's governing bodies are the General Meeting of Shareholders, the board of directors, the governor, the director general and three deputy directors general; the general meeting takes place yearly and with the purpose of approving accounts and appointing the auditors. The board of directors is chaired by the governor. Following reform in 2005, the governor lost exclusive responsibility regarding decisions of external relevance, transferred to the directorate.

The director general is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the bank, acts as governor when absent. The board of auditors assesses the bank's administration and compliance with the law and the statute; the directorate's term of office is renewable once. The appointment of the governor is the responsibility of the government, head of the board of directors, with the approval of the president; the board of directors is elected by the shareholders according to the bank statute. On 25 October 2011, Silvio Berlusconi nominated Ignazio Visco to be the bank's new governor to replace Mario Draghi when he left to become president of the European Central Bank in November. Banca d'Italia had 300,000 shares with a nominal value of €25,000. Scattered around the banks of whole Italy, the shares now accumulated due to the merger of the banks since 1990s; the status of the bank states that a minimum of 54% of profits would go to the Italian government, only a maximum of 6% of profits would distributed as dividends according to shares ratio.

As of 1 December 2016 Banking in Italy Commissione Nazionale per le Società e la Borsa Economy of Italy Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato Italian lira Official website eabh

La Carrera Panamericana

La Carrera Panamericana is a 1992 video of the Carrera Panamericana automobile race in Mexico. The film was directed by Ian McArthur, included a soundtrack of music by the band Pink Floyd, as the band's guitarist David Gilmour, drummer Nick Mason and manager Steve O'Rourke competed in the race in 1991. During the course of the race, Gilmour crashed, while he was unharmed, Steve O'Rourke suffered a broken leg. Mason finished eighth overall with English auto racer Valentine Lindsay; the music is a combination of released Pink Floyd material and material composed for the video. The tracks composed for the video are the first studio recordings made after Richard Wright re-joined the band in 1990; the new studio recordings were engineered by Andy Jackson. The songs "Pan Am Shuffle" and "Carrera Slow Blues" are notable as the first tracks co-written by Wright since 1975's Wish You Were Here, as well as the first co-written by Mason since 1973's The Dark Side of the Moon. A soundtrack album was not released, but the tracks are available on the A Tree Full of Secrets bootleg recording.

All tracks written except where noted. "Signs of Life" – 4:24 "Yet Another Movie" – 6:13 "Sorrow" – 8:46 "One Slip" – 5:08 "Run Like Hell" – 0:49 New material was recorded at Olympic Studios in November 1991. "Country Theme" – 2:01 "Small Theme" – 7:23 "Big Theme" – 4:10 "Carrera Slow Blues" – 2:20 "Mexico'78" – 4:05 "Pan Am Shuffle" – 8:09 La Carrera Panamericana on IMDb

Franz Ludwig Catel

Franz Ludwig Catel was a German painter. He spent most of his career in Rome. Catel was born at Berlin in 1778, he began his artistic career by carving in wood, designed book illustrations, including, in 1799, ten plates for Goethe's Hermann and Dorothea. He worked in Indian ink and water-colours, producing in 1806 a large piece in the latter medium, representing The Death of Nicholas of Bernau, which gained him admission into the Berlin Academy. In 1807 he went to Paris; the year 1812 found him at Rome, where his education as an artist was much advanced by his connection with Koch, Overbeck and Cornelius. His inclination led him more in the direction of painting landscapes with prominent architectural details or figures in the foreground moving into the territory of genre painting, he attached himself to the new classic school of landscape, labouring to make his perspective tell and to gain a great mastery over light and shade. His ideas gained much in point of breadth from a visit to Sicily, which he made in company with Prince Golitsuin in 1818.

In 1824 he painted Crown Prince Ludwig at the Spanish Wine Tavern in Rome a work commissioned by the prince himself, shown at an informal gathering of artists German, with a view of the Aventine Hill visible through an open door. He settled at Macerata in 1830, but returned home on a visit in 1840, on which occasion a professorship was bestowed on him by the King of Prussia. Catel's landscape subjects included The Moonlight View of the Colonnade of St. Peter's, The Storm on Mount Etna. In the Berlin Gallery are two Neapolitan views, both painted in 1822, in the New Pinakothek, are eight works by him, views in Italy; the success of his paintings made him prosperous enough to be able to set up and finance a fund for young artists in Rome. He died at Rome in 1856; this article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Michael. "Catel, Franz Ludwig". In Graves, Robert Edmund. Bryan's Dictionary of Engravers. I. London: George Bell & Sons. Media related to Franz Ludwig Catel at Wikimedia Commons Works in the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Asis Boats

Asis Boats is a owned company that manufactures inflatable boats, RIBs and similar vessels. The company's headquarters are in Dubai, UAE near the Jebel Ali industrial area with an office and factory in Maryland, United States. ASIS is one of the largest three manufacturers of RHIBS in the world; the company is vertically integrated. Roy Nouhra founded ASIS boats in 2005, he had been serving as Co-CEO of his family business Solico UAE. He founded the company using the existing network of customers and suppliers; the company was established as an independent company. In 2014, ASIS was given the licence to assemble the Sealegs Amphibious System on their boats, making them the first manufacturer outside New Zealand and Australia to use the Sealegs technology; the company presented. The next year the company launched its first outboard amphibious boat at the Dubai International Boat Show. Three years they decided to improve the existing amphibious boats and went on to develop their own 4WD amphibious system the BAS 80-4, more technologically advanced, gives more power on land, more ability to drive on different surfaces and more load capacity.

The company manufactured boats for leisure and recreational segments, began producing boats for commercial and military purposes as well. As of 2016, ASIS has reduced its leisure market to 10%, with greater focus on the professional and military segment. ASIS provides boats for military customers; the company provides training program to their customers in piloting and maintaining the boats. The company's RHIB Patrol and Rescue Boat was featured in "what’s new" section of Yacht Emirates Magazine in 2014, where the innovative design was highlighted. ASIS was given the Business of The Year Award at the Gulf Capital SME Awards in 2015 and Nouhra was named Entrepreneur of The Year

1973–74 Seattle SuperSonics season

The 1973–74 Seattle SuperSonics season was the 7th season of the Seattle SuperSonics in the National Basketball Association. Following the resignation of Lenny Wilkens as a head coach after the 1971–72 season and a poor campaign in the 1972–73 season that saw the departure of general manager Bob Houbregs, the Sonics hired Boston Celtics' stalwart Bill Russell as head coach and general manager. With Russell at the helm, the team finished in 6th place in the Western Conference with a 36–46 record; the Sonics' home court, Seattle Center Coliseum, was the venue for the 1974 NBA All-Star Game. The Sonics made only one trade during the offseason that sent All-Star Butch Beard to the Golden State Warriors and brought back a member of the original SuperSonics team, Walt Hazzard to Seattle. Z – clinched division title y – clinched division title x – clinched playoff spot Spencer Haywood was selected to the All-NBA Second Team and represented the West in the 1974 NBA All-Star Game

Acadian Landing Site

The Acadian Landing Site known as the Acadian Cross Historic Shrine, is a site significant to the French-American Acadian population of far northern Maine. Located on the southern bank of the Saint John River east of Madawaska and marked by a large marble cross, it is the site traditionally recorded as the landing point of the first Acadians to settle this region of the upper Saint John River; the site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. During the French and Indian War in the late 1750s, British authorities in Nova Scotia, which included all of present-day New Brunswick, decided to forcibly relocate the local Acadian population to other parts of the British Empire; this action had far-reaching consequences, but not all Acadians were deported, a significant number that survived the relocation process returned to what is now New Brunswick. Following the American Revolutionary War, United Empire Loyalists who had fled the Thirteen Colonies were resettled in New Brunswick, given land grants that sometimes included land occupied by Acadians.

In many instances, these occupants were driven from the land, were again forced to move. In 1785, a group of twenty Acadian families led by Joseph Daigle worked their way up the Saint John River from Fredericton. According to local tradition, they ended their journey at this site, erected a wooden cross to mark the occasion; this group formed the nucleus of settlements on both sides of the river, part of, on the Canada–United States border, dividing the larger community. The border in this area was set by the 1842 Webster-Ashburton Treaty, after a period of border tension known as the Aroostook War; the site is marked by a large marble cross, erected in 1922, located at the approximate site of the original cross as determined by local lore. It is separated from United States Route 1 by a potato field, is accessible by a side road. A wooden platform, built in 1969, surrounds the cross, is the occasional site of religious observances; the property is now maintained by the Madawaska Historical Society.

The site is part of the Maine Acadian Culture program of the National Park Service. National Register of Historic Places listings in Aroostook County, Maine