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Brigitte (Overwatch)

Brigitte Lindholm is a fictional player character who appears in the 2016 video game Overwatch—a first-person shooter developed by Blizzard Entertainment—and related animations and literary media. Although Overwatch was released in 2016, Brigitte was introduced as a playable support character in a March 2018 update for the game. Prior to her video game debut, she first appeared in Dragon Slayer, an issue of the Overwatch digital comic series. Brigitte is classified as a support character and is listed as a one-star difficulty character for players. Although she is listed as a support character, Blizzard developed her as a support–tank hybrid, as she both carries a barrier shield and is able to heal teammates. Video game outlets Gamespot, USgamer, Engadget described Brigitte's move set as an apt blending of Torbjörn and Reinhardt's abilities, her move set includes her Rocket Flail melee attack, which has an extended range and allows her to strike multiple enemies in one swing. Brigitte's flail is augmented with the Whip Shot ability, allowing her to throw her flail a long distance, dealing damage and knocking an enemy back in the process.

Her Inspire ability allows her to passively heal nearby teammates over time when she hits enemies with her flail. Brigitte can actively heal allies with her Repair Pack ability. Brigitte additionally comes equipped with a Barrier Shield, a "frontal energy barrier that can absorb a limited amount of damage," while protecting allies behind it. While the shield is activated, players can use Brigitte's Shield Bash ability to dash forward, stunning an enemy hit by the dash. Brigitte's "Ultimate ability" is Rally, which allows her to move faster and provide all nearby allies with a temporary armor. Matilda Smedius provides the voice for Brigitte. Brigitte as a character had been introduced within the lore of Overwatch as Torbjörn's daughter and friend to Reinhardt, through the Dragon Slayer digital comic released in 2016. Brigitte was developed alongside the character of Moira, the game's 26th hero. Named Pally, Blizzard had given her an ability to send out a healing orb to other teammates which had a long cooldown time.

As they fleshed out both characters, they opted to push the tank-hybrid more for Pally, transferred the healing orb to Moira, which would become part of her Biotic Orb abilities. As they worked more on Pally's character, they recognized her skill set integrated well with Brigitte's own story, thus established the hero to the established lore. Overwatch's developers designed Brigitte as a support–tank hybrid intended to counter the "dive" strategy, dominating the current Overwatch metagame. With the dive strategy, a team would have a mobile character race into the back lines of a defending team while the defenders main tanks were elsewhere and unable to protect the weaker characters; this would be a sacrificial move by attacking teams, using the disruption to deal with the other remaining team. With Brigitte on defense, she would be able to stun and delay the diving character long enough to allow the defending team to react and close ranks, nullifying the dive strategy. Jeff Kaplan called the character, prior to her formal reveal, as "very needed" in the game.

In late February 2018, Brigitte was announced to be the 27th playable character in Overwatch. In a developer update video introducing Brigitte, Overwatch developer Jeff Kaplan described Brigitte's gameplay abilities, detailing her design as a support–tank hybrid. Brigitte's "hybrid" description stems from the game incorporating both abilities seen in the tank role—like a barrier shield—as well as healing abilities in her skill set. Although referring to Brigitte as a "hybrid" character, Kaplan maintained that she is a support character; the character spent a few weeks playable only on Blizzard's "Public Test Realm" server, before she was made available to players on March 20. After Brigitte was made available on Blizzard's PTR server, PCGamesN noted her ability to disrupt "dive comp", a team composition featuring tank character Winston and offense character Tracer; the outlet explained dive comps are "defined by mobile characters able to pounce on key enemy characters - their supports - before they can react mopping up the rest of the team once an advantage has been won."

PCGamesN connected Brigitte's ability to disrupt this aspect of the game's meta to Kaplan's statements about how she would "shake up the meta." Brigitte's character backstory is tied into that of her father Torbjörn's and her godfather Reinhardt's. Outside of the game, Blizzard's fictional biography for Brigitte lists her full real name as Brigitte Lindholm, her age as 23, her former base of operations as Gothenburg, Sweden. In-universe, Brigitte is an adventurer and a mechanical engineer, following in the footsteps of her father, Torbjörn. Torbjörn, in Overwatch's lore, is the Chief Engineer for the Overwatch organization. One teaser for the Brigitte's character reveal described Reinhardt saving Torbjörn, after the latter gets injured on "Operation: White Dome", an Overwatch mission. In a letter to his pregnant wife, Torbjörn expresses that he will be allowing Reinhardt to name his daughter as a thankful gesture. After the dissolution of the Overwatch organization, Reinhardt chose to continue to fight for justice as a knight-errant.

Brigitte requested to join him as his squire, Reinhardt accepted and would train her in combat. Her responsibilities included maintaining Reinhardt's armor, but she began to have to heal Reinhardt's wounds. Brigitte began to believe her role was insufficient, developed her own armor

ZX81

The ZX81 is a home computer, produced by Sinclair Research and manufactured in Dundee, Scotland, by Timex Corporation. It was launched in the United Kingdom in March 1981 as the successor to Sinclair's ZX80 and designed to be a low-cost introduction to home computing for the general public, it was hugely successful. In the United States it was sold as the ZX-81 under license by Timex. Timex produced its own versions of the ZX81: the Timex Sinclair 1000 and Timex Sinclair 1500. Unauthorized ZX81 clones were produced in several countries; the ZX81 was designed to be small and above all, with as few components as possible. Video output is to a television set rather than a dedicated monitor. Programs and data are saved onto compact audio cassettes, it uses a mere 1 KB of memory. There is no power switch or any moving parts with the exception of a VHF TV channel selector switch present in some models, it has a pressure-sensitive membrane keyboard. The ZX81's limitations prompted a market in third-party peripherals to improve its capabilities.

Its distinctive case and keyboard brought designer Rick Dickinson a Design Council award. The ZX81 could be bought by mail order preassembled or, for a lower price, in kit form, it was the first inexpensive mass-market home computer to be sold by high street stores, led by W. H. Smith and soon many other retailers; the ZX81 marked the point when computing in Britain became an activity for the general public rather than the preserve of businessmen and electronics hobbyists. It produced a huge community of enthusiasts, some of whom founded their own businesses producing software and hardware for the ZX81. Many went on to play major roles in the British computer industry; the ZX81's commercial success made Sinclair Research one of Britain's leading computer manufacturers and earned a fortune and an eventual knighthood for the company's founder Sir Clive Sinclair. The ZX81 has a base configuration of 1 KB of on-board memory that can be expanded externally to 16 KB, its single circuit board is housed inside a wedge-shaped plastic case measuring 167 millimetres deep by 40 millimetres high.

The memory is provided by either two 2114 RAM chips. There are only three other onboard chips: a 3.5 MHz Z80A 8-bit microprocessor from NEC, an uncommitted logic array chip from Ferranti, an 8 KB ROM providing a simple BASIC interpreter. The entire machine weighs just 350 grams. Early versions of the external RAM cartridge contain 15 KB of memory using an assortment of memory chips, while versions contain 16 KB chips, but the lowest addressed kilobyte is disabled; the front part of the case is occupied by an integrated 40-key membrane keyboard displaying 20 graphic and 54 inverse video characters. Each key has up to five functions, accessed via the FUNCTION keys or depending on context. For example, the P key combines the letter P, the " character, the BASIC commands PRINT and TAB; the ZX81 uses a standard QWERTY keyboard layout. The keyboard is mechanically simple, consisting of 40 pressure-pad switches and 8 diodes under a plastic overlay, connected in a matrix of 8 rows and 5 columns; the ZX81's primary input/output is delivered via four sockets on the left side of the case.

The machine uses an ordinary UHF television set to deliver a monochrome picture via a built-in RF modulator. It can display 24 lines of 32 characters each, by using the selection of 2×2 block character graphics from the machine's character set offers an effective 64 × 44 pixel graphics mode directly addressable via BASIC using the PLOT and UNPLOT commands, leaving 2 lines free at the bottom. Two 3.5 mm jacks connect the ZX81 to the EAR and MIC sockets of an audio cassette recorder, enabling data to be saved or loaded. This stores each data bit as a number of pulses followed by an inter-bit silence of 1300 µs; each pulse is a 150 µs'high' a 150 µs'low'. A'0' bit consists of four pulses while a'1' bit is nine pulses, so the baud rate varies between 400 bit/s for all'0's and 250 bit/s for all'1's. A file with equal amounts of'0's and'1's would be stored at 307 bit/s; this provides a somewhat temperamental storage medium for the machine, which has no built-in storage capabilities. The ZX81 requires 420 mA of power at 7–11 V DC, delivered via a custom 9 V Sinclair DC power supply.

The ULA chip, described by the ZX81 manual as the "dogsbody" of the system, has a number of key functions that competing computers share between multiple chips and integrated circuits. These comprise the following: Synchronising the screen display; the ZX81's built-in RF modulator can output a video picture to either a UHF 625-line colour or monochrome television. France required a modified version of the machine to match the positive video modulation of SECAM sets, while the US and Canada required a different ULA chip and modulator to cope with their 525-line VHF television systems. Both the ZX81 and its predecessor, the ZX80, have a significant drawback in the way that they handle visual output. Neither machine has enough processing power to run at full speed and maintain the screen display. On the ZX80, this means that the screen goes blank every time the machine carries out a computation and caus

Kinyongia carpenteri

Kinyongia carpenteri called Carpenter's chameleon or the helmeted chameleon, is a species of chameleon, a lizard in the family Chamaeleonidae. K. carpenteri has a geographic range limited to the mountain highlands on the border between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The specific name, honors the type specimen's collector, British physician and entomologist Dr. G. D. Hale Carpenter. Named in the genus Chamaeleo, the species C. carpenteri was moved into the genus Bradypodion prior to its current classification. With the move into the genus Kinyongia, the masculine ending to the specific epithets of other species in the genus needed to be modified to match the feminine generic name

The Indian's Prayer

"The Indian's Prayer" is a popular song with music composed by I. B. Woodbury in 1846; the 1833 original lyric, used in altered form, was published as "The Indian's Entreaty" in a Universalist journal by Rev. John Perry, a Pennsylvania minister; the poem was claimed to reflect the thoughts of a boy described as having left "some years ago" from "one of many colleges" to return to his native tribe. Woodbury, a composer of religious music, dedicated the song to his friend and student L. O. Emerson, Esq.. A setting of the text appears in William Walker's Southern Harmony and Christian Harmony, under the title "The Indian's Petition". Rev. Perry's original poem, in 11-syllable lines: Let me go to my home in the far, far west, To the scenes of my youth, which I love the best. Where cedars are green, the bright waters flow, Where kindred will greet me—white man let me go. I long for the spot where the cataract plays, Where I've sported so free in my infant days, And the deep forest, where with quiver and bow, I've chas'd the wild deer—Oh!

There let. Let me go to the hills and vallies so fair, Let me breath in freedom my own mountain air. Let me go to my sire, by whose vet'ran side I have march'd to the fight in my spirits pride, and oh! Let me go to my dark-eyed maid. Let me go. Let me away to my own forest home, And ne'er from it again, will I wish to roam— Oh! There let my ashes in peace be laid let me go. Disdaining their fetters, the Indians proud soul, Could not bend in submission, or brook their control— But free, as the wind, with morning's first dawn, To his lov'd forest home, the red boy had gone! The lyrics as they appear in Woodbury's original sheet music: have been altered from the original by an unknown hand to be in 12-syllable lines rather than 11. Several undated broadsides titled. Let me go to my home in the far distant west, To the scenes of my childhood in innocence blest. Let me go, let me go. Where my fathers repose. Let me go, let me go. Let me go to the spot where the cataract plays, Where oft I have sported in boyhood’s bright days, And greet my poor mother, whose heart will o’erflow At the sight of the child.

Let me go, let me go. At the sight of the child. Let me go, let me go. Let me go to my sire, by whose battlescar’d side, I have sported so oft in the morn of my pride, And exulted to conquer the insolent foe, To my father, the chief, let me go, let me go. To my father, the chief, let me go, let, and oh! Let me go to my flashing eyed maid, Who taught me to love, ’neath the green willow’s shade, Whose heart, like the fawn’s, leaps as pure as the snow, To the bosom it loves. Let me go, let me go. To the bosom it loves. Let me go, let me go, and oh! Let me go to my wild forest home— No more from its life-cheering pleasures to roam. ’Neath the groves of the glen, let my ashes lie low— To my home in the woods, let me go, let me go. To my home in the woods, let me go, let me go. Woodbury, I. B.. "The Indian's Prayer". Boston: E. H. Wade

NOI Polls Limited

NOIPolls is a country-specific polling service in the West African region, in technical partnership with Gallup to develop opinion research in Nigeria. NOIPolls is named after Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former vice president of World Bank. In 2006, after serving the Olusegun Obasanjo's regime, NOI saw a vacuum in the system that there was no independent opinion polling capacity for a country of over 170 million people, she decided to create NOIPolls, as a platform where the voices of ordinary Nigerians can be collated and used to support decision making. NOIPolls deliver research and data on public consumer markets on a range of topics, it informs the activities of decision makers in sectors of the Nigerian economy. It partners with policy makers, donor agencies, civil societies, corporate organisations and the media to enhance their data set of information; the first nationwide survey was conducted in February 2007. It involved 1000 face-to-face interviews conducted in English, Igbo and Yoruba, was based on samples drawn from various parts of the country.

The maiden poll revealed the following about the Nigerian polity: 82% preferred democratic governance to military rule, 74% wanted Nigeria to remain a single entity, 42% were dissatisfied with the performance of oil companies in the Niger Delta, 92% were dissatisfied with the way the government was handling the Niger Delta crisis. The first Chief Executive Officer of the company was Mr. Ndubuisi Anyanwu and he served in that capacity from 2007 to 2012. Ms. Oge Modie, Chief Operating Officer of the company was appointed as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer in August 2012; the niche research and consulting arm of NOIPolls was headed by Dr. Bell Ihua who doubled as the Chief Operating Officer. In September 2015, Dr. Bell Ihua was appointed as Chief Executive Officer. In September 2018, Dr. Chike Nwangwu was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer. First National Poll, Second National Poll,Third National Poll Nigerians Express Mixed Feelings on State of Security 9 In 10 Nigerians Express Support for Laws to Restrict and Regulate Smoking 6 in 10 Nigerian Households Received Less Than 5 Hours of Power Supply Daily in Q1 Adoption of Mobile Money Services Slow Due To Low Public Awareness Business Leaders' Perception Survey More Than 6 in 10 Nigerians Do Not Have Pension Plans Official Website - NOI-POLLS Okonjo-Iweala Partners Gallup for Polling in Nigeria Job, power top Nigerians’ priority list –Survey NOI bio