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Coster Diamonds

Royal Coster Diamonds is the oldest, still operating, diamond polishing factory in the world, located in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Founded in 1840, they have handled a few historical masterpieces. For example, they re-polished the Koh i Noor, mounted in the Crown of Queen Mary, the Dresden Green Diamond, held in the New Green Vault at Dresden Castle. 1840: Moses Elias Coster, diamond cutter in Amsterdam, founds Coster Diamonds in a factory building at the Waterlooplein in Amsterdam. 1848: Son Meijer Moses Coster succeeds his father. He leaves for Paris for new business. 1910: Felix Theodoor Manus purchases Coster Diamonds from one of Coster’s inheritors. It becomes a company and remains so until the German occupation in 1940. 1945: After World War II, Wim Biallosterski, owner of a diamond sawing company, purchases the company Coster Diamonds. 1962: Ben Meier purchases the Coster premises together with partner Max Meents, Joop Schoos and Simon Cohen. 1970: The old diamond factory has to make way for the construction of the town hall.

Coster Diamonds moves to its current location at the Paulus Potterstraat at the famous Museum Square. 1995: The well-known diamond factory Van Moppes Diamonds was purchased by Coster Diamonds. 2005: Coster Diamonds was obliged to close the Van Moppes Diamonds factory. Due to events in the world like terrorism and Sars in the Far East, there were hardly any visitors left. 2007: Opening of the Diamond Museum Amsterdam to display some of the most beautiful diamond artifacts. 2007: Introduction of a new patented round diamond cut with 201 facets. This brilliant cut with 144 extra facets, is called "The Royal 201". It's considered to be the most sparkling diamond cut in the world. 2016: King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands grants Coster Diamonds the Honorary title Royal. Hereby, Coster Diamonds became Royal Coster Diamonds. To become Royal, an organization has to be leading in its field of expertise, be of national importance and has to be in existence for at least 100 years. In 1852, Mr J. A. Feder and Mr L.

B. Voorzanger, both diamond polishers at Royal Coster Diamonds, went to London to re-polish the famous Koh-i Noor. Mr J. A. Fedder died in 1864. Louis Benjamin Voorzanger won the silver medal for his achievements at the World Exhibition in Paris in 1855, he polished the “famous diamond Star of the South”. He died in 1886; the family of the deceased diamond polisher still owns the silver plates with the inscription of this price for the diamond polishers, who polished the Koh-i Noor. In 1959, Ben Meier polished the many diamonds which were set in a white gold watch, presented to Queen Juliana by the Dutch people. Between 1991 and 1994 Pauline Willemse, a diamond polisher at Royal Coster Diamonds, polished the smallest diamond in the world; this is a brilliant cut stone with 57 facets. 0.16–0.17 mm in diameter and with a height of 0.11 mm. This event was published in the Guinness Book of Records; this and other famous diamonds are on display at Royal Coster Diamonds and can be seen during a diamond tour through the polishing factory.

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Alessio Bidoli

Alessio Bidoli is an Italian violinist. His grandfather was Dante Regazzoni. In April 2009 he developed quadriplegia arising from Guillain-Barré Syndrome In 2015 he featured with Italian art critic Vittorio Sgarbi, his recitals have led him toEuropean venues. He has recorded a CD with pianist Stefania Mormone for Amadeus and four CDs as a duo with Bruno Canino. For Sony Classical: "Verdi Fantasias" with paraphrases by Camillo Sivori and Antonio Bazzini and "Italian Soul – Anima Italiana", a collection of works by Malipiero Petrassi and Alfredo Casella, most of which were unrecorded. For Warner Classics: a CD album with music by Stravinskìj, Prokofiev and Poulenc and, in October 2018, the complete works of Saint-Saëns violin and piano works, including a first recording of his youthful E flat major sonata. 2018 – Alessio Bidoli and Bruno Canino – Saint Saëns Violin Sonatas, Warner Classics 2017 – Alessio Bidoli and Bruno Canino – Poulenc / Ravel / Stravinskij / Prokofiev, Warner Classics 2016 – Alessio Bidoli and Bruno Canino – "Italian Soul – Anima italiana", Sony Classical2013 – Alessio Bidoli and Bruno Canino – "Verdi Fantasias", Sony Classical 2011 – Alessio Bidoli and Stefania Mormone – Saint-Saëns / Wieniawski / Grieg / Ponce / Elgar / Debussy, Amadeus Official website

Guy Hoffman (baseball)

Guy Alan Hoffman is a former Major League Baseball pitcher. He played high school baseball at Marquette High School in Illinois, he graduated from Marquette in 1974. He played all or part of six seasons in the major leagues from 1979 to 1988, chiefly as a reliever. After his MLB career, he played three seasons for the Orix BlueWave in Japan from 1989 until 1991 Hoffman signed with the Chicago White Sox as an undrafted amateur free agent on July 17, 1978, he made his professional debut for the Appleton Foxes of the Midwest league. Hoffman was part of a well stocked pitching staff that included prospects like Britt Burns and LaMarr Hoyt. Hoffman went 2-0 with two saves; the next season, Hoffman was promoted to the Iowa Oaks, a team well stocked as well with future major league talent like Harold Baines, Kevin Bell, Rusty Kuntz, Marv Foley, Thad Bosley. Though the Sparks finished 69-67, Hoffman went 6-0 with a 3.34 E. R. A and 34 strikeouts. Being undefeated over the course of two minor league seasons was good enough for the White Sox to promote Hoffman to the major league roster.

On July 4th, 1979, Hoffman made his MLB debut. Comin on in relief of starting pitcher Ross Baumgarten, Hoffman pitched two innings, giving up one hit, walking two, striking out one in Chicago's 16-4 win over the Cleveland Indians. Though Hoffman allowed the hit that scored Duane Kuiper, Kuiper was still Baumgarten's responsibility. In his first full inning of work, Hoffman struck out Toby Harrah, allowed a hit to Cliff Johnson retired Gary Alexander and Dave Rosello to leave Kuiper stranded. However, the major league experience proved to be a wake up call for Hoffman, who went 0-5, earning the first loses of his professional career, he was sent back to the minors for more seasoning, his career began to have it's up and downs. He appeared in just 11 games for the White Sox in 1983, spending the rest of the season in the minors. At the end of the 1984 season, the White Sox gave Hoffman his outright release. In 1985, he signed with the Chicago Cubs. While Hoffman did get 6 wins versus 2 loses for the Cubs, he still struggled to stay in the majors.

Before spring training of the 1987 season, the Cubs traded Hoffman to the Cincinnati Reds for third baseman Wade Rowdon. At the age of thirty. Hoffman had his most productive season in the majors, going 9-10 and starting 22 games, the most he'd start in the majors. Despite his success, the Reds released Hoffman at the end of the season, the following spring, his signed with the Texas Rangers. Much like with the Cubs, Hoffman only played in a handful of games for Texas. Hoffman appeared in his final MLB game on September 21st, 1988 against the team he made his MLB debut with, the Chicago White Sox. Hoffman just faced two battered before being replaced by Ed Vande Berg; the Rangers lost 6-1. Hoffman went to Japan to play three seasons for the Orix Braves. Hoffman went 20-19 over three seasons before retiring at the age of 34 in 1991. Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference

Vernis Martin

In French interior design, vernis Martin is a type of japanning or imitation lacquer named after the 18th century French Martin brothers: Guillaume, Etienne-Simon and Julien. They ran a leading factory from between about 1730 and 1770, were vernisseurs du roi, but they did not invent the process, nor were they the only producers, nor does the term cover a single formula or technique. It imitated Chinese lacquer and European subjects, was applied to a wide variety of items, from furniture to coaches, it is said to have been made by heating oil and copal and adding Venetian turpentine. Oriental lacquer had speedily acquired high favour in France, many attempts were made to imitate it; some of these attempts were passably successful, it is that many of the examples in the possession of Louis XIV at his death were of European manufacture. Chinese lacquer was, imported in large quantities, sometimes panels were made in China from designs prepared in Paris. Biographical details of the career of the brothers Martin are scanty, but it is known that Guillaume, the eldest, was in business in 1724.

Their method and work must have come into vogue, for in 1730 Guillaume and Simon Martin were granted by letters patent a twenty years' monopoly, subsequently renewed, of making "toutes sortes d'ouvrages en relief de la Chine et du Japon". At the height of their fame the brothers directed at least three factories in Paris, in 1748 they were all classed together as a "Manufacture nationale." One of them was still in existence in 1785. The literature of their day had much to say of the Martin brothers. In Voltaire's comedy Nadine, produced in 1749, mention is made of a berline "bonne et brillante, tous les panneaux par Martin sont vernis"; the marquis de Mirabeau in L'Ami des hommes refers to the enamelled snuff-boxes and varnished carriages which came from the Martins' factory. As with many great artists, their names were attached to many works they never saw, the Martins suffered in this respect; that the quality of their production varied between wide limits is established by existing and undoubted examples.

Yet their production was large and miscellaneous, for such was the rage for their lacquer that it was applied to every possible object. The fashion was not confined to France. At its best Vernis Martin has a sheen and translucence which compel admiration; every variety of Asian lacquer of the Far East was imitated and improved upon by the Martins—the black with raised gold ornaments, the red, in the green ground, powdered with gold, they reached the high-water mark of their art. This delicate work, poudré and wavy-lined with gold or semi with flowers overlaid with transparent enamel, is seen at its best on small boxes, needle-cases and such-like. Of the larger specimens from the Martins' factories many have disappeared, or been cut up into decorative panels, it would appear that none of the work they placed in the famous hotels of old Paris is now in situ, the fine examples are in museums. The decorations of the apartments of the Dauphin at the Palace of Versailles, executed, or at least begun, in 1749, have vanished.

Critics have accepted that of the four brothers Robert Martin accomplished the most original and the most artistic work. He left Jean Alexandre, who described himself in 1767 as Vernisseur du Roi de Prusse, he was employed at the palace of Sanssouci, but failed to continue the great traditions of his father and his uncles. The French Revolution extinguished a taste which had lasted for a large part of the 18th century. Frederic Jones, The Concise Dictionary of Interior Design, ISBN 1-56052-067-1 Osborne, The Oxford Companion to the Decorative Arts, 1975, OUP, ISBN 0198661134 Marianne Webb, Lacquer: Technology and Conservation: Technology and Conservation, ISBN 0-7506-4412-5 David Garrioch, The Making of Revolutionary Paris, ISBN 0-520-24327-7 Vernis Martin Lacquers Images of a Pleyel piano with Vernis Martin Cabinet

Enphase Energy

Enphase Energy is a NASDAQ-listed energy technology company headquartered in Fremont, California. Enphase designs and manufactures software-driven home energy solutions that span solar generation, home energy storage and web-based monitoring and control. Enphase has shipped about twenty million solar microinverters into the residential and commercial markets in North America and Australia. Microinverters convert the direct current power from the solar panel directly into grid-compatible alternating current for use or export. Enphase was the first company to commercialise the microinverter on a wide scale, remains the market leader in their production. Enphase Energy pioneered the concept of a microinverter; the basic idea behind a microinverter is to convert and monitor energy per panel, rather than the entire array of panels. This reduces the size of the inverter that can be placed on the back of the panel, producing an "AC panel"; such a system can be connected directly to each other to produce larger arrays.

This contrasts with the traditional central inverter approach, where many panels are connected together in series on the DC-side and run en-masse to a single larger inverter. In the aftermath of the 2001 Telecoms crash, Martin Fornage of Cerent Corporation was looking for new projects; when he saw the low performance of the string inverter for the solar array on his ranch, he partnered with another Cerent engineer, Raghu Belur, they formed PVI Solutions. The two tapped Paul Nahi to be CEO at the end of 2006, Fornage and Nahi formed Enphase Energy, Inc. in early 2007. Thereafter, the first prototype microinverter was developed. With $6 million in private equity by 2008, Enphase released its first product, the M175, to moderate success, their 2nd generation product, 2009's M190, was far more successful, with sales of about 400,000 units in 2009 and early 2010. Enphase grew to 13% marketshare for residential systems by mid-2010, aiming for 20% by year-end, they shipped their 500,000th inverter in early 2011, their 1,000,000th in September of the same year.

The 3rd generation M215 was released in the summer of 2011, had sold over a million of all models in 2011, bringing their installed base to 1.55 million inverters and 34.4% market share. A 4th generation, the M250, was released in 2013; as of 2012, their inverters captured 53.5% market share for residential installations in the US, which represents 72% of the entire world micro-inverter market. This makes them the sixth largest inverter manufacturer, of any kind, worldwide. Enphase has experimented with the European market starting in France and offering sales in France, the Netherlands and Italy. However, they had more success in the UK, Australia; as of 2013 20% of their sales is outside North America. In 2012 and 2013, Enphase experienced increasing pricing pressure due to falling prices in the inverter market. Market leaders faced market share erosion in the face of newer companies, most of them from the far east. However, in 2019, Enphase remains the leading supplier of solar microinverters globally.

All Enphase microinverters are self contained power converters. In the case of a rooftop PV inverter, the unit will convert DC from a single solar panel into grid-compliant AC power, following the maximum power point of the panel. Since the "S" series microinverters all Enphase microinverters have been both Advanced Grid Function and Bidirectional power capable; this allows a microinverter to produce power in the DC-AC direction, for solar applications, or in the DC-AC and AC-DC directions, for battery use. The microinverter in the Enphase battery products are the same units as installed on the roof, with only software settings changed; the M175 was their first product, released in 2008. It is capable of up to 5 % over that; the M175 was packaged in a large cast aluminum box, similar to the boxes used on cable tv amplifiers seen on telephone poles. Wiring was passed through the case using compression fittings and the inverters connected to each other using a twist-lock connection. A limited number of M210 models, based on the same generation system, were available for a limited time.

Due to a high level of failures the M175 was recalled and replaced by the M190 in 2009. The M190 offers a higher power rating of 190 Watts; the system was packaged in a much smaller case, this time filled with epoxy potting material to handle heat dissipation, built-in cable connections replacing the earlier compression fittings. The system was otherwise similar, using the same connectors and cabling as the M175, the two designs could be mixed in a string. Like its predecessor the M175 the M190 has been plagued by a high failure rate. Around the same time the company released the D380, two M190's in a single larger case. For small inverters like the M190, the case and its assembly represented a significant portion of the total cost of production, so by placing two in a single box that cost is spread out; the D380 introduced a new inter-inverter cabling system based on a "drop cable" system. This placed a single connector on a short cable on the inverter, used a separate cable with either one or three connectors on it.

Arrays were constructed by linking together up to three D380s with a single drop cable, connecting them to other drop cables using larger twist-fit connectors. In 2011 the entire lineup was replaced with the 3rd generation M215, combining the features of the M190 and D380 while improving reliability. Like the M190, the M215 was a single inverter, now in a much smaller box

List of Tenjho Tenge chapters

This is a list of chapters of the manga Tenjho Tenge by Oh! great. The Tenjho Tenge manga was first serialized by the Japanese monthly manga magazine Ultra Jump, by the publisher Shueisha in 1997. About two times a year, Shueisha compiles six or more of Tenjho Tenge's chapters into bound volumes. Tenjho Tenge has been licensed for English language publication by CMX, an imprint of DC Comics. Individual chapters are called "fights"; the story focuses on the members of the Juken Club and their opposition, the Executive Council, the ruling student body of a high school that educates its students in the art of combat. As the story unfolds, both groups become involved with an ongoing battle, left unresolved for four hundred years. Tenjho Tenge manga official website Tenjho Tenge cmx manga website Tenjho Tenge at Anime News Network's encyclopedia