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Direct2Drive is an online game store offering PC games via direct download. On May 25, 2011, GameFly acquired Direct2Drive from IGN Entertainment, Inc. and renamed the service to GameFly Digital. On Oct 20, 2014 GameFly released a statement in their website indicating that it had sold the digital download service to AtGames Holding Ltd. and that the transition would be completed by the end of the year. AtGames relaunched the service under the original name of Direct2Drive. Launched in 2004, IGN has claimed "exponential growth in sales" since that time, it offered over 3,000 titles through relationships with more than 300 game publishers. Direct2Drive sponsored a $10,000 award at the Independent Games Festival called the D2D Vision Award, which "celebrates independent developers exemplifying innovation in design coupled with excellence in game-play". In 2009, the site made headlines by refusing to sell Activision's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 due to that game's integration with Valve's Steamworks service.

Users buying Modern Warfare 2 from a reseller such as Direct2Drive would be forced to download and install the Steam client

Property damage

Property damage is damage to or the destruction of public or private property, caused either by a person, not its owner or by natural phenomena. Property damage caused by people is categorized by its cause: neglect, intentional damage. Intentional property damage is but not always, malicious. Property damage caused by natural phenomena may be attributed to a person if that person's neglect allowed for the damage to occur. Intentional property damage may be considered a form of violence, albeit one less reprehensible than violence which does bodily harm other living beings. For example, allowing a pacemaker to fail or a well to become poisoned may qualify as both property damage and lead to bodily harm. On a similar note, certain forms of property damage may prevent bodily harm, such as breaking a piece of machinery, about to injure a person; some argue that property damage signals a willingness to do bodily harm or otherwise intimidates the free flow of communication in political or economic debates.

Mohandas Gandhi was of this opinion. The term vandalism is used synonymously with intentional property damage, although that term is associated with superficial or aesthetic damage, such as defacement; when property damage is undertaken for the purpose of intimidating a government or society at large, it may be categorized by government agencies as terrorism. In certain contexts, the relations between these terms are inextricably politicized. For example, the Earth Liberation Front has claimed responsibility for a number of incidents of property damage, but claims to have never harmed a living being, in fact has a doctrine forbidding members from doing so. However, the Federal Bureau of Investigation classifies them as a "terrorist" group ostensibly because they send a political and ideological message with this destruction. Meanwhile, the United States Department of Defense restricts the term "terrorist" to groups that do actual bodily harm. Property damage tactics have been part of the labor movement, peace movement, ecology movement, environmental movement and anti-globalization movement, among others.

The infrastructural capital of loggers, fishers, suburban housing developers, the mass media, employers who are subject to strike actions, police forces have been targeted. The property so targeted, in most cases with the notable exception of labor actions, tends to be that, deemed to be causing or threatening some form of damage to living beings. Typical examples include Greenpeace sabotage of bulldozers, peace movement activists entering NATO bases by breaking fences, Earth Liberation Front destruction of empty new homes that they deem to be imposing on the Arizona desert ecoregion. In the United States, many public protest slaughters were held in the late 1960s and early 1970s by the National Farmers Organization. Protesting low prices for meat, farmers would kill their own animals in front of media representatives; the carcasses were not eaten. However, this effort backfired because it angered television audiences to see animals being needlessly and wastefully killed. In 1990 and 1991, during the Gulf War, Saddam Hussein and troops damaged a lot of Kuwaiti and Saudi infrastructure.

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Haidar Abdel-Shafi

Haidar Abdel-Shafi, was a Palestinian physician, community leader and political leader, the head of the Palestinian delegation to the Madrid Conference of 1991. Abdel-Shafi was born in Gaza, one of six children of Sheikh Muheiddin Abdel-Shafi, head of the Higher Islamic Council Waqf and custodian of the holy places in Gaza and Hebron, he attended primary school in Gaza. He graduated in 1943 from the American University of Beirut College of Medicine in Beirut. At the University he joined George Habash's Arab Nationalist Movement dedicated to Arab nationalism and the "liberation of Palestine". Abdel-Shafi worked at the British Mandate of Palestine's Municipal Hospital in Jaffa. In 1944-1945 he joined the Desert Army of the British Jordanian Army part of a new British Ninth Army intended to open a second front - which never materialized - in the Balkans. Spent the war instead in various locations in Palestine: Al-Azraq, Jericho and resigned his commission at the war's end, he entered private medical practice.

He co-founded a branch of the Palestine Medical Society in 1945, participated in the first Palestine Medical Congress in 1946. In 1947 and during the Arab-Israeli clashes following the UN partition plan, he provided medical support for the Palestinian fighters. During the 1948 Arab Israeli war, he ran a clinic in Gaza to serve the refugees who flooded into Gaza in large numbers. During this period he worked with the Quakers, who provided humanitarian relief for the refugees until UNRWA was established in 1951. In 1951 he began his studying medicine at Miami Valley Hospital in Ohio, he returned to Gaza in 1954. He worked as a surgeon at the Tal Zahur Hospital. In 1956, as the Gaza strip came under the control of Israel, a municipal council with Abdel-Shafi as one of its ten members was installed. In 1957 Dr. Abdel-Shafi married Hoda Khalidi, from a prominent Jerusalemite family. 1948. Dr. Abdel-Shafi was appointed as Head of medical services in the Gaza Strip from 1957 until 1960. During this period, he became a strong admirer and personal friend of Gamal Abdel Nasser.

In 1960, he returned to his private medical practice. He held a two-year term as chairman of the first Palestinian Legislative Council in Gaza beginning in 1962, he was a delegate to the first all-Palestinian conference which convened in Jerusalem in 1964 and helped establish the Palestine Liberation Organization. He served as a member of the first PLO-Executive Committee. By 1966 he was a leading PLO figure in the Gaza Strip. In June 1967, Israel controlled Gaza after the Six-Day War. During and shortly after the war, Dr. Abdel-Shafi volunteered at al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza, he was temporarily detained by Israel, suspected of support for the military activities of George Habash's new guerilla faction, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, an offshoot of the Arab Nationalist Movement. Abdel-Shafi expressed his sympathy for the group's goals. Upon his release, he refused all co-operation with Israel's plans to tie Gaza to Israel through the development of a common infrastructure. Moshe Dayan expelled him for three months to the isolated Sinai village of Nekhl in 1969.

Deported again on September 12, 1970, this time to Lebanon for two months, along with five other prominent members of the Gazan leadership, in retaliation for a PFLP hijacking. He was the founder and director of the Palestinian Red Crescent Society in the Gaza Strip in 1972, his own rallying organisation for Palestinian improvement, he was attacked by Islamists. During the First Intifada in May 1988 he was one of three Palestinians to participate in Nightline's Town Hall meeting from Jerusalem, it was the first time that Palestinians and high ranking PLO members had directly addressed Israeli and Western audiences. In 1991, he led the Palestinian delegation to the Madrid Peace Conference and subsequently led the Palestinian negotiation team for 22 months in the Washington talks, he broke with the Palestinian negotiating team over the Oslo peace agreement over the question of the Israeli settlements. He was one of the first to predict that the Oslo process would collapse because it failed to tackle the issue of settlements.

In 1996, he was elected to the Palestinian Legislative Council with the highest number of votes as member for Gaza. He took up leadership of the PLC's political committee, he resigned as a deputy in the PLC in late 1997 to protest what he described at the time as the failure to deal with corruption in the Palestinian Authority. Two years he initiated unity talks for all factions in Gaza. Following the outbreak of the second Intifada, he urged the Palestinian Authority to organize the Intifada rather than distance itself from it, to widen its democratic base by forming a government of national unity, he co-founded the Palestinian National Initiative in 2002 along with Edward Said, Mustafa Barghouti and Ibrahim Dakkak as a national platform for combining the struggle for national liberation and the return of refugees with the values of national unity and social justice. On April 8, 2007 he was presented with the Palestinian Star of Honor by President Mahmoud Abbas for his role as founding member and President of the Palestinian National Initiative.

He died from cancer in Gaza aged 88. His funeral rally was attended by various political factions in Gaza in a rare show of unity, he is survived by his wife

Pink Martini

Pink Martini is a musical group, formed in 1994 by pianist Thomas Lauderdale in Portland, Oregon. Members of the band call it a little orchestra that crosses the genres of classical music, classic pop, Latin music, jazz; the co-lead vocalists for Pink Martini are Storm Large. Thomas Lauderdale worked in politics in 1994 in his hometown of Oregon, he considered the music at most fundraisers loud and boring. He founded Pink Martini as a remedy, crossing the genres of jazz, classical music, traditional pop to appeal to a broad audience. During the following year, he called China Forbes, a classmate from Harvard, invited her to join the band, their first single, "Sympathique", was nominated for Song of the Year at the Victoires de la Musique Awards in France. Forbes sings in 15 languages. "All of us in Pink Martini have studied different languages as well as different styles of music from different parts of the world," says Lauderdale. "So our repertoire is wildly diverse. At one moment, you feel like you're in the middle of a samba parade in Rio de Janeiro, in the next moment, you're in a French music hall of the 1930s or a palazzo in Napoli.

It's a bit like an urban musical travelogue. We're much an American band, but we spend a lot of time abroad and therefore have the incredible diplomatic opportunity to represent a broader, more inclusive America… the America which remains the most heterogeneously populated country in the world… composed of people of every country, every language, every religion." Featuring 10–12 musicians, Pink Martini performs its multilingual repertoire on concert stages and with symphony orchestras throughout the world. Pink Martini made its European debut at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997 and its orchestral debut with the Oregon Symphony in 1998 under the direction of Norman Leyden. Since the band has gone on to play with more than 50 orchestras around the world, including multiple engagements with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, the Boston Pops, the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center, the San Francisco Symphony, the BBC Concert Orchestra at Royal Albert Hall in London. Other appearances include the grand opening of the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall, with return sold-out engagements for New Year's Eve 2003, 2004, 2008 and 2011.

Pink Martini performed with the Eugene Ballet Company in 2006 and 2018. On New Year's Eve 2005, Pink Martini performed live at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland, Oregon; this performance was aired live on National Public Radio's Toast of the Nation, in partnership with Oregon Public Broadcasting was recorded for a live DVD and broadcast on US public broadcasting and French television. The DVD has been re-released to retail as Discover the World: Live in Concert, featuring not only the full concert, but several vignettes and a short documentary of the band's history. On November 22, 2005, Pink Martini appeared on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. On June 1, 2007, the band appeared on the long-running BBC Two Later with Jools Holland TV music program. On June 14, 2007, Pink Martini performed on Late Show with David Letterman, performing "Hey Eugene". In December 2010 the band performed "We Three Kings" on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and returned in December 2011 to perform "Santa Baby."In February 2011, China Forbes recorded a video greeting to the European Space Agency's Italian astronaut, Paolo Nespoli, Russian cosmonaut Aleksandr Kaleri, on board the International Space Station.

The astronauts were preparing to oversee the docking of ESA's Automated Transfer Vehicle cargo vessel, Johannes Kepler, which took place at 17:08 CET on 24 February. The greeting was set to the soundtrack of Dosvedanya Mio Bombino—one of Pink Martini's signature songs—and was mixed with footage of the docking. Pink Martini's debut album Sympathique was released independently in 1997 on the band's own label, Heinz Records, became an international phenomenon, garnering the group nominations for "Song of the Year" and "Best New Artist" in France's Victoires de la Musique Awards in 2000. Pink Martini released Hang On Little Tomato in 2004, Hey Eugene! in 2007 and Splendor in the Grass in 2009. In November 2010 the band released Joy to the World, a festive, multi-denominational holiday album featuring songs from around the globe. Joy to the World received glowing reviews and was carried in Starbucks stores during the 2010 and 2011 holiday seasons. All five albums have gone gold in France, Canada and Turkey and have sold well over 2.5 million copies worldwide.

In Fall 2011, the band released two albums: A Retrospective, a collection of the band's most beloved songs spanning their 17-year career, which includes eight unreleased tracks, 1969, an album of collaborations with Japanese singer Saori Yuki. 1969 has been certified platinum in Japan. On September 24, 2013 the band released. On March 4, 2014, they released Dream a Little Dream with the von Trapps. In August 2014, Derek Rieth was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head in what was ruled a suicide. In his honor, the band established the Derek Rieth Foundatio

María Sánchez (footballer)

María Guadalupe Sánchez Morales is an American-born Mexican footballer who plays as a midfielder for the Mexico women's national team. She played soccer at Idaho State University, before leaving the University in April 2016, she played for Santa Clara University in 2017. She was the sixth pick of the second round in the 2019 NWSL College Draft. Sánchez was a member of the Mexico women's national football team for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup and the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup. Sánchez is the daughter of Roberto Sánchez and Irene Morales, both born in Mexico, who in 2015 were employed at a potato processing plant in American Falls, Idaho. No club team was locally available, nor could her parents afford the costs of enrolling her on an elite club team, so Sánchez played only high school soccer. Sánchez was a four year letter-winner at American Falls High School, she was the scoring leader in the state of Idaho in all four years, scoring 26, 34, 50, 78 goals in her freshman, sophomore and senior years.

Her number was retired by the school. Despite her high school record, Sánchez lacked participation in elite competition, Idaho State University was the only university that offered her a scholarship, she played for Idaho State in 2014 and 2015. As a freshman in 2014, she led the team and conference with 8 assists, she was named to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team. In her sophomore year, for a team that had a record of one win, one tie, 15 losses, she scored 15 goals and had 4 assists in 17 games, she was named to the All-Conference team. In April 2016, Sánchez announced she was leaving Idaho State University to seek a more "competitive environment." Idaho State denied her permission to contact other universities because it alleged a third party was assisting her, contrary to NCAA rules. About 50 university teams had expressed interest in her, but Idaho State denied her request to communicate with five universities, all major women's soccer powers. Idaho State alleged. Sánchez responded by saying.

Idaho State subsequently granted her request to contact Santa Clara University and South Florida University. Nothing further was heard about the alleged NCAA violation. Sánchez enrolled at Santa Clara in January 2017 and played soccer for the University in fall 2017, she appeared in all 23 games of the soccer season and scored five goals and tied for the West Coast Conference lead with six assists. In the 2018 season Sánchez scored eight goals, she had 16 assists, first among players in all NCAA Division I universities. On January 11, 2019, Sánchez was drafted by the Chicago Red Stars of the National Women's Soccer League. On 13 December 2019, Sánchez was announced by Liga MX Femenil club CD Guadalajara as their next signing for the Clausura 2020. In 2015, Sánchez's coach at Idaho State told her about a tryout for the Mexican U-20 women's team, she made the team and after good performances was invited to join the Mexican women's soccer team for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. She was the second youngest player on the World Cup team.

Sánchez played as a midfielder in a loss to England, in the World Cup. María Sánchez – FIFA competition record Profile at Mexican Football Federation María Sánchez at Soccerway

Abel Montagut

Jesús Abel Montagut i Masip known as Abel Montagut, is a Catalan translator and author of both Catalan and Esperanto. He learnt Esperanto at 14 and is a former high school teacher of the Catalan language and literature. In 1982 he began writing Poemo de Utnoa, an epic inspired by various works including: Epic of Gilgamesh, The Bible, The Odyssey, etc, he won a prize at the 1983 Internaciaj Floraj Ludoj with a poem from Amkantoj, a translation of Cants d'amor by Ausiàs March. Poemo de Utnoa. Pro Esperanto. Karnavale, Esperanto version of Carnestoltes i altres relats. IEM. La enigmo de l' ar@neo, Esperanto version of L'enigma de l'arany@. IEM. "Amkantoj. 60 poemoj" translated from "Cants d'amor. 60 poemes" by Ausiàs March La gesta d'Utnoa, Catalan version of Poemo de Utnoa. Pagès Editors. L'enigma de l'arany@. Pagès Editors. Carnestoltes i altres Catalan version of Karnavale. Llibres de l'Índex. El manuscrit de Jules Verne. Editorial Barcanova. Georges Lagrange Marjorie Boulton Victor Sadler Gerrit Berveling Eckhard Bick Gaku Konishi