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Days of the New

Days of the New was an American rock band from Charlestown, formed in 1995. The band consisted of vocalist/guitarist Travis Meeks and a variety of supporting musicians that included future pop star Nicole Scherzinger, they are best known for the hit singles "Touch and Stand", "The Down Town", "Shelf in the Room", "Enemy". Days of the New began as an experimental rock/groove metal trio called Dead Reckoning, with Meeks, Matt Taul, Jesse Vest; when they turned to an acoustic sound, they changed the name of the band and added guitarist Todd Whitener. A demo version of the song "Freak" appeared on the Harvest Showcase Volume 3, a compilation of Louisville area artists; this recording is credited to Days of the New. Jesse Vest and Matt Taul are listed as band members in the liner notes although they do not appear on this recording. Producer Scott Litt signed the band after their third live show; the band recorded their debut album at Allen Martin Productions in Louisville, KY in October and November 1996.

The first Days of the New release, an eponymous album called "Orange" or "Yellow" after the color of the disc and liner notes, was released in 1997, selling 1.5 million copies worldwide. Three songs from this album were hits: "Touch and Stand," "The Down Town," and "Shelf in the Room." The first was No. 1 on Billboard's Rock Chart for 17 weeks. They contributed the song "Running Knees" to Godzilla: The Album. Internal problems of the band were evident early on. Shortly after releasing their debut album, Days of the New began touring for small shows. MTV reported that, after missing a Florida concert in April, the band members appeared physically black-eyed and beaten the following day after what sources claimed to be a band brawl, they toured with Metallica and Jerry Cantrell starting in West Palm Beach, Florida on June 24, 1998. Meeks criticized this billing, stating that, due to their acoustic sound, Days of the New should have toured with a group like Dave Matthews Band. Just before starting this summer tour, Meeks had told interviewers that all of his fellow band members were holding him back and were being released from the group.

He said that they were disappointed by this decision but that he thought they would remain friends. An Outpost spokesperson, claimed that "Travis just talks" and that nothing was official. Before they could fulfill club touring duties with Finger Eleven and Flight 16 in December, without citing reason, Meeks canceled in early November. Various explanations were given by band members and a label spokesperson including poor tour scheduling, band fighting, Meeks being physically ill, it was confirmed in February 1999 that the band indeed split up. Todd Whitener, Matt Taul, Jesse Vest would go on to form C14, soon renamed Tantric, while Meeks formed a new band under the Days of the New name. Over the years, two somewhat contradictory versions of the original Days of the New breakup have developed, it was reported in 1998 and still believed that Travis Meeks fired his fellow musicians, aided by his personal comments. When Meeks first announced their departure months prior to its conceiving, without label confirmation, he gave a less than positive remark, stating "It's like a journey in the wilderness - you know with like the struggle and stuff.

I made it through, I survived, but the other guys didn't." Meeks posted comments on a fan message board: "It wasn't a band format. It is my fault for leading you on and setting you up to get attached to the prior members." However, the following year during a live online chat, he seemed quite comfortable with the circumstance and treated it as though it were more mutual between them. Meeks has since said to have empathy toward their supposed choice to leave and claims to understand their viewpoint. Shortly after the original band's breakup, Meeks recorded a second album titled Days of the New, referred to as "Green." The album was a solo project by Meeks, who wrote and produced it, played much of the instrumentation. Many of the album's songs contained codas to seamlessly carry into the next song; the album was released on August 31, 1999. Meeks debuted his new band on September 1999 at the ear X-tacy store in Louisville. Critics were enthusiastic about "Green," but the album sold poorly compared to the first, selling around 450,000 copies.

It had two hit singles, the first was "Enemy" which reached No. 2 on Mainstream Rock Charts and No. 10 on Modern Rock Charts and the second was "Weapon and the Wound" which reached No. 10 on Mainstream Rock Charts. "Green" featured Nicole Scherzinger as a vocalist on six of the songs on the album including "Flight Response", "The Real", "Take Me Back Then", "Phobics of Tragedy", "Bring Yourself" and "Last One." After touring to support the album, Meeks contributed to the Doors tribute album Stoned Immaculate: The Music of the Doors as lead vocalist on a cover of "The End" and "L. A. Woman." In February 2000, Meeks was finished by July. Still using the Days of the New name, the third album incorporated aspects of the previous two - much of the energy from the first album had returned, combined with orchestral interludes similar to the second album. In keeping with the previous albums' names, the third album is called Days of the New, or "Red." The first single "Hang on to This" charted at No. 18 and was the most added song on rock radio th

Thomas Oliver Selfridge

Rear Admiral Thomas Oliver Selfridge was an officer in the United States Navy during the Mexican–American War and the American Civil War and was the father of another rear admiral, Thomas O. Selfridge, Jr. Selfridge was appointed midshipman on 1 January 1818, at the age of 13. Promoted to Lieutenant in 1827, he served in the East India and Pacific Squadrons, he took command of the sloop USS Dale, in May 1847 and participated in the capture of Mazatlán and Guaymas. Badly wounded in the latter engagement, he was invalided home in June 1848, he was promoted to captain in 1855 and was subsequently assigned to the Boston Navy Yard, where he remained until 1861. He commanded the paddle frigate USS Mississippi, flagship of the Gulf Squadron, on blockade duty off Mobile and off the passes of the Mississippi River. Selfridge's old wound forced him to relinquish his command in February 1862, he was promoted to commodore on July 16, 1862 and commanded the Mare Island Navy Yard until 1864. He retired from the Navy on April 1866 after 48 years of service.

In 1867, he was promoted to the rank of rear admiral on the retired list to date from 25 July 1866 in honor of his long and distinguished career. When his son, Thomas O. Selfridge, Jr. was promoted to rear admiral on February 28, 1896, they became the first father and son to be living when they were both U. S. Navy admirals, he was a Companion of the First Class of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States and an Honorary Veteran Companion of the Military Order of Foreign Wars. Rear Admiral Selfridge died in Waverly in 1902 at the age of 98; the United States Navy destroyer USS Selfridge was named for him, while USS Selfridge was named for him and his son. Midshipman - 1 January 1818 Lieutenant - 3 March 1827 Commander - 11 April 1844 Captain - 14 September 1855 Commodore - 16 July 1862 Retired - 24 April 1866 Rear Admiral on Retired List - 25 July 1866 This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships; the entry can be found here

Morrow Pivot II

The Morrow Pivot II, 1985, was a portable personal computer 100% compatible with IBM PC Software. It was designed by Norman Towson and Micheal Stolowitz, manufactured by Morrow Designs. With two drives, 320 kilobytes of memory, a monochrome backlit liquid-crystal display, the Pivot II had a list price of US$1,995; the Morrow Pivot II included two 5-1/4" floppy drives. This machine was in a vertical configuration with a fold down keyboard; this was called a "lunch box" style unlike the typical laptop today. The only external component was a single AC adapter, it would have been a little top heavy except for the large Panasonic camcorder battery loaded into its base. The Pivot II design was licensed to Zenith Data Systems for $2M and sold as the Zenith Z-171; the IBM-compatible Pivot II was Morrow's first non-Z80 machine. While modern laptops don't share its design, it was arguably the most practical machine until desktops embraced 3-1/2" floppies. Robert Dilworth went from being General Manager of Morrow Designs to being CEO of Zenith Data Systems for years as part of Zeniths paying him to talk George Morrow into licensing the Pivot to them.

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2015–16 Chinese stock market turbulence

The Chinese stock market turbulence began with the popping of the stock market bubble on 12 June 2015 and ended in early February 2016. A third of the value of A-shares on the Shanghai Stock Exchange was lost within one month of the event. Major aftershocks occurred around 27 July and 24 August's "Black Monday". By 8–9 July 2015, the Shanghai stock market had fallen 30 percent over three weeks as 1,400 companies, or more than half listed, filed for a trading halt in an attempt to prevent further losses. Values of Chinese stock markets continued to drop despite efforts by the government to reduce the fall. After three stable weeks the Shanghai index fell again on 24 August by 8.48 percent, marking the largest fall since 2007. At the October 2015 International Monetary Fund annual meeting of "finance ministers and central bankers from the Washington-based lender’s 188 member-countries" held in Peru, China's slump dominated discussions with participants asking if "China’s economic downturn trigger a new financial crisis".

By the end of December 2015 China's stock market had recovered from the shocks and had outperformed S&P for 2015, though still well below the 12 June highs. By the end of 2015 the Shanghai Composite Index was up 12.6 percent. In January 2016 the Chinese stock market experienced a steep sell-off and trading was halted on 4 and 7 January 2016 after the market fell 7%, the latter within 30 minutes of open; the market meltdown set off a global rout in early 2016. According to 19 January 2016 articles in the Xinhua News Agency, the official press agency of the People's Republic of China, China reported a 6.9 percent GDP growth rate for 2015 and an "economic volume of over ten trillion U. S. dollars". Forbes journalist argues that the "stock market crash does not indicate a blowout of the Chinese physical economy." China is shifting from a focus on manufacturing to service industries and while it has slowed down, it is still growing by 5%. After this last turbulence, as of January 2017 the Shanghai Composite Index has been stable around 3,000 points, 50% less than before the bubble popped.

Following a period of closure during the early history of the People's Republic of China, the modern stock market in China reemerged in the early 1990s with the re-opening of the Shanghai Stock Exchange, founding of the Shenzhen Security Exchange. By 2000, the Chinese stock market had over 1,000 listed companies, worth a market capitalization of nearly a third of China’s overall gross domestic product, by the end of 1998, investors had opened nearly 40 million investment accounts; as more companies went public, investors rushed to the Shenzhen exchanges. The Chinese stock market and economy grew and by 2012, the number of listed companies between the Shanghai and Shenzhen Securities Exchanges had risen to over 2,400, worth a market capitalization of nearly 50% of China’s real GDP, included over 200 million active stock and mutual fund accounts. China's economic growth, was stunted by the 2008 global recession and its aftershocks; the Chinese government responded to 2008 recession with a stimulus package that would draw resources from both the public and private sectors in order to fund an unprecedented infrastructure build.

Growth following the stimulus package was rapid - from 2009 to 2011, real GDP growth in China grew at 9.6%, though in the two years that followed, real GDP growth fell to 7.7%. Seeing the opportunity for a nationwide reinvestment into the economy through the stock market, the government developed a campaign that would entice everyday citizens to trade – it was referred to as "Zhongguomeng", which translates to the "China Dream". First conceived and pushed by China’s paramount leader and general secretary, Xi Jinping, the ‘dream’ was one of overall economic prosperity and an elevated international status; the trading population that developed in China differed in important ways from those elsewhere in the world. In China, the stock market trading activity is dominated by individual investors – known as ‘retail investors.’ Indicative of the sheer size of investor inflow into the markets, after several months of a bull market developing in China, more than 30 million new accounts were opened by retail investors in the first 5 months of 2015, according to data from the China’s Securities Depository and Clearing Corp.

And while a larger, more active investing population means greater market capitalization, many of these new traders were inexperienced and manipulated by the buying frenzy, with nearly two thirds having never entered or graduated high school, according to a survey by China’s Southwestern University of Finance and Economics. As a result and rumors among the traders carried more weight than reason when it came to investing decisions, creating a trend of impulsive buying and overvaluation in the market. Leading up to the crash, in an attempt to free up additional money for trading, the China Securities Regulatory Commission, responsible for proposing and enforcing securities laws, had loosened several related financial regulations. Prior to significant policy reform in 2010, the act of selling short – borrowing and selling stock with the belief that its price will fall – and trading on margin – trading with debt – were prohibited in China. However, in March 2010, China implemented a testing phase for their stock exchange in which 90 selected companies were authorized to be sold short and traded on margin.

This list was expanded over time, with over 280 companies being given the same authorization in late 2011. Shortly thereafter, the CSRC implemented a total policy shift which legalized both practices across the entire stock market; these regulation changes led to significant increases in borrowing for the purpose of tradin

United Nations Security Council Resolution 1409

United Nations Security Council resolution 1409, adopted unanimously on 14 May 2002, after recalling all previous resolutions on Iraq, including resolutions 986, 1284, 1352, 1360 and 1382 concerning the Oil-for-Food Programme, the Council extended provisions relating to the export of Iraqi petroleum or petroleum products in return for humanitarian aid for a further 180 days and approved a list of revised sanctions against the country. Its adoption streamlined the sanctions program, with restrictions on shipping civilian goods to Iraq lifted though prohibitions on weapons and military goods remained; the Security Council was convinced of the need for a temporary measure to provide humanitarian assistance to the Iraqi people until the Iraqi government fulfilled the provisions of Resolution 687 and 1284, had distributed aid throughout the country equally. It noted that the decision to adopt a Goods Review List in Resolution 1382, to come into effect from 30 May 2002. Acting under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter, the Council extended the Oil-for-Food Programme for 180 days beginning at 00:01 EST on 30 May 2002.

At the same time, countries were to adopt the Goods Review List of restricted items and that funds in the escrow account would be used to finance authorised commodities and products for export to Iraq. Reviews of the Goods Review List and implementation of the measures would take place on a regular basis; the Secretary-General Kofi Annan was required to submit an assessment of the implementation of the Goods Review List. Enclosed in the resolution were revised procedures relating to the review of applications for exports to Iraq by the Office of the Iraq Programme, United Nations Monitoring and Inspection Commission and International Atomic Energy Agency. Applications had to contain detailed information about the goods and commodities to be exported, including whether the goods or commodities included items on the Goods Review List. Resolution 1409 was adopted unanimously although Syria sought to include a reference relating to Iraq's right to defend itself, though this was rejected. Foreign relations of Iraq Gulf War Invasion of Kuwait Iraq disarmament timeline 1990–2003 Iraq and weapons of mass destruction Iraq sanctions List of United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1401 to 1500 Works related to United Nations Security Council Resolution 1409 at Wikisource Text of the Resolution at undocs.org

Classmate PC

The Classmate PC known as Eduwise, is Intel's entry into the market for low-cost personal computers for children in the developing world. It is in some respects similar to the One Laptop Per Child trade association's Children's Machine, which has a similar target market. Although made for profit, the production of the Classmate PC is considered an Information and Communication Technologies for Development project; the device falls into the popular category of netbooks. Intel's World Ahead Program was established May 2006; the program designed a platform for low cost laptops that third party manufacturers could use to produce low cost machines under their own respective brands. The Classmate PC is a reference design by Intel. Intel does not build the subnotebooks, but does produce the chips that power them; the reference design is used by original equipment manufacturers worldwide to build their own branded Classmate PC. The reference hardware specifications as of September 28, 2006 are: Customized mini chassis 245 mm × 196 mm × 44 mm CPU: Intel Celeron M mobile processor CPU clock speed 900 MHz 800 × 480 7-inch diagonal LCD, LVDS Interface, LED B/L 256 MB of DDR2 RAM 1 GB/2 GB flash memory 10/100 Mbit/s Ethernet Realtek WLAN 802.11b/g with antenna Intel GMS915 integrated graphics chip Built in microphone Built in stereo speakers Stereo 2 channel audio, jacks for external stereo speakers and microphones, Line-out, Mic-in Integrated keyboard with hot keys Cycle touch pad with left and right buttons Customized Note Taker with wireless pen TPM1.2 used for the theft control feature.

Power source: 4-cell Li-ion battery with adapter – 3.5 hours usage 6-cell Li-ion battery option – 5 hours usageThere was a consumer model called MiLeap X, build by HCL Infosystems, India. The successor of the original Classmate design was reviewed. On, different photos of the successor leaked. Photos of Classmate PC 3 as a tablet PC are available; the second generation Classmate was unveiled on 3 April 2008 at Intel's Developer Forum. Significant upgrades include: Available. Built-in webcam Available 9" LCD Up to 512 MB RAM 802.11s Available 6-cell battery for up to 6.5 hours usage Touchscreen – pen and on-screen soft keyboard Tablet mode – simple user-interface shell. It comes with an accelerometer; the Intel-Powered Convertible Classmate PC had its official release at CES in January 2009 and was aimed at students and parents. The Convertible Classmate can be converted from a traditional laptop to a tablet PC to allow children to write and draw more naturally; this model was designed by TEAMS Design Shanghai and won several design awards such as the Appliance Design EID Award, 2008 Spark Award and IF 2008 China Award.

The initial model includes the following: Dual mode: tablet mode and traditional laptop mode When open like a traditional laptop, the screen swivels 180 degrees for easier sharing 1.6 GHz Intel Atom processor 1 GB RAM 60 GB hard disk drive 8.9 inch touch screen & advanced palm-resting technology Allows for writing or drawing directly on the screen Built-in camera rotates 180° to enable students to interact in a new way Portability: Carrying handle and compact size Water-resistant keyboard Education-specific features and touch-optimized software SD card reader. Intel is not using Windows XP Embedded as planned. Intel has been working with various international and local Linux distributions in various countries. Intel has worked with Mandriva to customize their Linux distribution for Classmate PC; the Intel powered classmate PC has been shown to run the following Linux distributions: Mandriva Linux Metasys In Latin America, contingent upon the receipt of sufficient international fund monies, the Mexican and Brazilian governments are evaluating whether to buy Intel's or the OLPC's laptop.

Regardless of the hardware chosen, the Brazilian government announced that it would use the Linux operating system. It has been confirmed that Intel will be shipping the laptops with Mandriva Linux, Discovery 2007 edition as well as the Classmate 2.0 Linux distribution by the Brazilian company Metasys. The Venezuelan government ordered one million Classmates from Portugal, one of several bilateral deals that Portuguese officials valued at more than US$3 billion. Oscar Clarke, president of Intel of Brasil, delivered thirty production units to the Brazilian Ministry of Education, for evaluation by SERPRO, it is available in Argentina made by 10 different brands of manufacturers with OS like Linux and Windows in Paraguay through HITECER S. A - TROVATO CISA GROUP. About the end of 2009, Argentina's government planned to give all the public high school students one of these netbooks. U