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Famicom Disk System

The Family Computer Disk System referred to as the Famicom Disk System, is a peripheral for Nintendo's Family Computer home video game console, released only in Japan on February 21, 1986. It uses proprietary floppy disks called "Disk Cards" for cheaper data storage and it adds a new high-fidelity sound channel for supporting FDS games. Fundamentally, the FDS device serves to enhance some aspects inherent to the base Famicom system, with better sound and cheaper games—though with the disadvantages of high initial price, slow speed, lower reliability. However, this boost to the market of affordable and writable mass storage temporarily served as an enabling technology for the creation of new types of video games; this includes the vast, open world, progress-saving adventures of the best-selling The Legend of Zelda and Metroid. It includes games with a cost-effective and swift release such as the best-selling Super Mario Bros. 2. And it includes nationwide leaderboards and contests via the in-store Disk Fax kiosks, which are considered to be forerunners of today's online achievement and distribution systems.

By 1989, the FDS was obsoleted by the improving semiconductor technology of game cartridges. The FDS's lifetime sales reached 4.4 million units by 1990, its final game was released in 1992, Nintendo discontinued its technical support in 2003. By 1985, Nintendo's Family Computer was dominating the Japanese home video game market, selling over three million units within a year and a half; because of its success, the company had difficulty with keeping up demand for new stock getting flooded with calls from retailers asking for more systems. Retailers requested for cheaper games. Chip shortages created supply issues. To satisfy these requests, Nintendo began thinking of ways to lower the cost of games, it turned towards the home computer market for inspiration. Floppy disks were cheap to produce and rewrittable, allowing games to be produced during the manufacturing process. Seeing its potential, Nintendo began work on a disk-based peripheral for the Famicom. For its proprietary diskette platform, which they dubbed the "Disk Card", Nintendo chose to base it on Mitsumi's Quick Disk media format, a cheaper alternative to floppy disks for Japanese home computers.

The Disk Card format presented a number of advantages over cartridges, such as increased storage capacity that allowed for larger games, additional sound channels, the ability to save player progress. The add-on itself was produced by Masayuki Uemura and Nintendo Research & Development 2, the same team that designed the Famicom itself. Following several delays, the Famicom Disk System was released on February 21, 1986, at a retail price of ¥15000; the same day, Nintendo released The Legend of Zelda as a launch title, alongside disk re-releases of earlier Famicom games. Marketing material for the Disk System featuring a yellow mascot character named Diskun, or Mr. Disk; the Famicom Disk System sold over 300,000 units within three months, jumping to over 2 million by the end of the year. Nintendo remained confident the Disk System would be a sure-fire success, ensured that all future first-party releases would be exclusive to the peripheral. Coinciding with the Disk System's release, Nintendo installed several "Disk Writer" kiosks in various toy and electronic stores across the country.

These kiosks allowed customers to bring in their disk games and have a new game rewritten onto them for a ¥500 fee. Nintendo introduced special high-score tournaments for specific Disk System games, where players could submit their scores directly to Nintendo via "Disk Fax" machines found in retail stores. Winners would receive exclusive prizes, including Famicom-branded stationary sets and a gold-colored Punch-Out!! cartridge. Nintendo of America announced plans to release the Disk System for the Famicom's international counterpart, the Nintendo Entertainment System, however these plans were scrapped. Despite the Famicom Disk System's success and advantages over the Famicom itself, it imposed many problems of its own. Most common was the quality of the Disk Cards; the disks themselves are fragile, the lack of a shutter made them collect dust and become unplayable as a result. Piracy was rampant, with disk copying devices and bootleg games becoming commonplace in stores and in magazine advertisements.

Third-party developers for the Disk System were angered towards Nintendo's strict licensing terms, requiring that it receive 50% copyright ownership of any and all software released — this lead to several major developers, such as Namco and Hudson Soft, refusing to produce games for it. Four months after the Disk System was released, Capcom released a Famicom conversion of Ghosts'n Goblins on a 128k cartridge, which as a result made consumers and developers less impressed with the Disk System's technological features. Retailers disliked the Disk Writer kiosks for taking up too much space and for being unprofitable; the Disk System's vague error messages, long loading times, the poor quality of the rubber drive belt that spun the disks are cited as attributing to its downfall. By 1989, advancements in technology made cartridge games much cheaper and easier to produce, leaving the Famicom Disk System obsolete. Retailers were critic

St Paul's Catholic School, Milton Keynes

St Paul's Catholic School is a comprehensive co-educational secondary school in Leadenhall, Milton Keynes, England. It is a Teacher Training College; the school was inspected again in 2005 and 2008, in both cases it was judged to be "outstanding". The school was inspected in late 2013, was judged as "requires improvement" in every category; the report was quoted as saying: "It is not good because. There is variation in standards between subjects at GCSE level. Not all teachers have sufficiently high expectations and do not plan lessons which challenge students according to their assessed needs those that are more able." In a further inspection in March 2016 the school was rated as "good". The forms are named after patron saints of the universal church. X band: Angela Merici, Benedict of Nursia, Charles Borromeo, Maximilian Kolbe and Elizabeth of Hungary. Y Band: Thomas More, John Neumann, Teresa of Avila and John Vianney. On 19 June 2014 at 12:30pm a 16 year old pupil on his way to a GCSE exam was stabbed outside the school gates.

The victim was taken to Milton Keynes Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Two teenagers who were not connected to the school were arrested near the scene. Unknown Michael Manley - Previously Deputy Head, Assistant Head and Mathematics Teacher Jo-Anne Hoarty - Previously Deputy Head, Assistant Head and English Teacher Nigel Lloyd - Currently works as the school Basketball coach and a cover teacher Brendan Galloway Kevin Danso Andrew Osei-Bonsu David Kasumu Christopher Tawiah Ruchae Walton School website

Walter Montillo

Walter Damián Montillo is an Argentine footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Chilean club Universidad de Chile. He began in the youth ranks of Argentine club San Lorenzo and his professional debut came in 2002. In 2006, he moved to Mexican side Monarcas Morelia, he was a fixture in the starting line-up for the Mexican club. He returned to San Lorenzo in 2007, but did not find regularity with the first team, only playing six games. In 2008, he was sold to Universidad de Chile for $1 million and signed a five-year contract with the club. At the time the price tag was the most paid by a Chilean club. However, since the move, Colo-Colo paid $1.2 million for Domingo Salcedo and paid $2.2 for Macnelly Torres. Actuating at Universidad de Chile, after a poor beginning, he started becoming a notorious player, as well as one of the La U's most respectable ones, considered by the manager Sergio Markarián itself the one who commanded the moves in the team. In the 2010 Copa Libertadores, he obtained visibility in Brazil, after good appearances in the matches against Flamengo, doing a beautiful coverage goal in the second match.

Although losing it, they won over Flamengo by away goal. During the competition, Montillo dedicated his goals to his newborn baby Santino, who has Down syndrome. During the campaign in La U into Libertadores, Montillo became harassed in many Brazilian teams, including Flamengo and Vasco da Gama, but the one who did get the Argentinean midfielder was Cruzeiro, his hiring at the Celeste squad was announced in July 2 by US$3.5 million, he joined the club after Universidad de Chile finished playing the Copa Libertadores, which the team left in the semifinals. On 15 August, he made his debut against São Paulo FC, in a 2-2 away draw, making an assist to the 83rd-minute goal by Thiago Ribeiro. Montillo scored his first goal against Corinthians in a 1-0 win in the 3rd minute, match that took in place in Uberlândia. Besides conducting the team's midfield, he showed himself as a scorer as never did before — in 15 matches, he scored 7 times, beating his total score at San Lorenzo, which he considered the best moment in its career —.

With Montillo, the squad's avail increased from 50% to 62%. In 2010's December 5, after Cruzeiro get the runner-up in the Brazilian League, montillo was laureate with the Armando Nogueira Trophy as the best player in the competition. In the following day, he got Placar's Bola de Prata as one of the best midfielders of the League, receiving it from the hands of Sorín — an oldschool idol in Cruzeiro. In 2011, at the first match in the Copa Libertadores done by Cruzeiro in the year, Montillo scored twice, as well as giving assistance in the rout over the Argentinean Estudiantes by 5-0 — in a beautiful spectacle that had a special taste for Cruzeiro, once their last match was played their elimination at the 2009 Copa Libertadores by 1-2 at the Mineirão —. Wondrously, the Celeste squad was eliminated at the round of, against Colombian Once Caldas, a fact that shocked supporters and the South America's media. In the Brazilian league, after being criticized along the entire Cruzeiro squad, which began poorly the championship, Montillo recovered its football with the arising of the manager Joel Santana.

He did the two goals of the victory over Grêmio by the 8th round, in July 6, getting the best scorer position in the league for a few rounds. Diverging among the bad Cruzeiro appearance in the Brazilian League in that year, Montillo won his second Bola de Prata followed by the title as one of the best midfielders in the league again. In 2011, he was the Argentinean midfielder. In 2012's 25 February, Montillo became Cruzeiro's biggest foreign scorer of all time since 1942 — when the team left its old name Palestra Itália —, after scoring twice against Democrata, reaching the mark of 30 goals, beating Víctor Aristizábal, which scored 28 times with the Celeste uniform. In March, the player renewed its contract to actuate in Cruzeiro until the end of 2015. Cruzeiro's president Gilvan Tavares increased the termination fine to €80 million, making Montillo the most expensive player in the South America. On 3 January 2013, through Twitter, Santos announced Montillo as their player for next season. Despite the undisclosed negotiation, it is thought.

Montillo must wear shirt number 10, worn until 2012 by Paulo Henrique Ganso. The coach of the club, Muricy Ramalho, praised his coming; the player made his debut wearing the shirt of Peixe on January 16, 2013, when the club won Grêmio Barueri for 4-0. Montillo approved his partnership with Neymar, who he praised. In January 2014, Montillo joined Chinese side Shandong Luneng for €7.5 million. In December 2016, it was announced, he made his 2017 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A debut on 26 June 2017 against Avaí starting the match but being replaced after only seven minutes due to a calf injury, having suffered the same injury twice in the previous months. Montillo announced his retirement on 29 June 2017, he played for Argentina U20 in the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship in United Arab Emirates. He played in most of the team's games, he was called by Alejandro Sabella to play the second match of the mini-tournament "Superclássico das Américas" against Brazil, where only players who were playing in South America could be called, wearing the number 7.

Although the loss by 2-0, Montillo was praised by the Argentinean media. He was called again to represent Argentina in

Comedy Central

Comedy Central is an American pay television channel owned by ViacomCBS through its ViacomCBS Domestic Media Networks division's Entertainment & Youth Group unit, based in Manhattan. The channel is geared for mature audiences and carries comedy programming in the form of both original and syndicated series, stand-up comedy specials, feature films. Since the early 2000s, Comedy Central has expanded globally with localized channels in Europe, Southeast Asia, Latin America, New Zealand, Middle East, Africa; the international channels are operated by Viacom International Media Networks. Comedy Central is available to 86,723,000 households in the United States as of September 2018. On November 15, 1989, Time-Life, owners of HBO launched The Comedy Channel as the first cable channel devoted to comedy-based programming. On April 1, 1990, Viacom launched a rival channel called Ha! that featured reruns of situation comedies and some original sketch comedy. The Comedy Channel's programs were broadcast from the HBO Downtown Studios at 120 East 23rd Street in Manhattan.

The format prior to the merger with Ha! Included several original and unconventional programs such as Onion World with Rich Hall and Mystery Science Theater 3000, as well as laid-back variety/talk shows hosted by comedians, including The Sweet Life with Rachel Sweet, Night After Night with Allan Havey, Sports Monster, The Higgins Boys and Gruber, the latter of whom performed sketches in between showings of vintage television series like Supercar, Clutch Cargo, Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp; the standard format for The Comedy Channel's shows involved the various hosts introducing clips culled from the acts of stand-up comedians as well as classic comedies of the 1970s and 1980s, such as Young Frankenstein and Kentucky Fried Movie, presented in a style similar to music videos. In the early days, certain hours of the day when clips were shown without "host segments" were dubbed Short Attention Span Theater. In 1990, hosts under this title, Jon Stewart and Patty Rosborough, were introduced. Comedian Marc Maron hosted the series.

While The Comedy Channel broadcast low-budget original programming, Ha!'s schedule featured sitcom and sketch comedy reruns as well as complete 90-minute reruns of Saturday Night Live from the sixth through 16th seasons. After two years of limited distribution, the two channels merged into one, relaunching on April 1, 1991 as CTV: The Comedy Network. Comedy Partners was a partnership of Home Box Office, Inc. the subsidiary of Time Warner that owned The Comedy Channel and HBO's half and Viacom Hearty Ha! Ha! LLC, the subsidiary that owned Ha! and Viacom's half of the network during its first years on air. Viacom bought out AOL Time Warner's half in April 2003 for $1.23 billion. Despite HBO's exit from the venture, the Viacom Media Networks division in charge of Comedy Central is still called Comedy Partners being a partnership of Viacom International, the operating subsidiary of Viacom of which Viacom Media Networks is a division and Viacom Hearty Ha! Ha! LLC, the subsidiary that owned Ha! and Viacom's original half of the network.

From the late 1980s through the mid-1990s, much of the programming on Comedy Central and its predecessors consisted of comedy films, sitcom reruns, half-hour specials, clip shows featuring comedians. Except for the cult favorite Mystery Science Theater 3000, the channel had a small viewership. A notable early success was Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher, which after showing promise on Comedy Central was snapped up by ABC. Additionally, The Daily Show had got its start with original host Craig Kilborn, although it would take a few more years for the show to reach high popularity with the introduction of Jon Stewart. Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist was a notable original program from this era, as well as the game show Win Ben Stein's Money. Successful non-original programming included Canadian comedy group The Kids in the Hall and British shows such as the U. K. edition of Whose Line Is It Anyway? and the sitcom Absolutely Fabulous. Some seasons of AbFab, as it was informally known, were financed by Comedy Central.

Comedy Central had the national rights to broadcast reruns of Seattle's Almost Live! between 1992 and 1993. An earlier variant of the 1992 logo has the "Comedy Central" text bigger taking up the marquee sign; the channel made a breakthrough when South Park premiered in 1997. Being one of the first major basic cable shows to carry the TV-MA rating for mature audiences, the show was considered too controversial to be picked up by any mainstream network; as word of mouth spread, the number of people who requested that Comedy Central be added to their cable providers increased, the channel became available in over 50% of American homes by 1998. On November 13, 2000, Comedy Central introduced a modernized version of its globe logo, by straightening the buildings and removing the transmitter and marquee; the management of the network said th

Laurie Duggan

Laurence "Laurie" James Duggan is an Australian poet and translator. Laurie Duggan was born in Melbourne and attended Monash University, where his friends included the poets Alan Wearne and John A. Scott. Both he and Scott won the Poetry Society of Australia Prize, he moved to Sydney in 1972 and became involved with the poetry scene there, in particular with John Tranter, John Forbes, Ken Bolton and Pam Brown. Duggan lectured at Canberra College of Advanced Education, his poetry found texts. His interest in bricolage started early: while still at Monash he was working on a series of'Merz poems', short poems about discarded objects, inspired by the work of Kurt Schwitters, his book-length poem The Ash Range uses diaries, journals of pioneers, newspaper articles in its construction of a history of Gippsland. 1971 - Poetry Society of Australia Award for the poem East. 1976 - Anne Elder Poetry Award for East: Poems 1970-1974. 1988 - Victorian Premier's Award for The Ash Range. 1989 - Welsey Michel Prize for The Epigrams of Martial.

2003 - Age Poetry Book of the Year for Mangroves. 2004 - Australian Literature Society Gold Medal for Mangroves. 2007 - Queensland Premier's Literary Awards, Poetry Collection - Arts Queensland Judith Wright Calanthe Award for The Passenger. East: poems 1970-74 Under the Weather Adventures in Paradise The Great Divide: Poems 1973-83 The Ash Range Two Epigrams from Martial All Blues: Eight Poems Blue Notes ISBN 978-0-330-27192-9 The Home Paddock: Blue Hills 21-35 New and Selected Poems 1971-1993 ISBN 978-0-7022-2624-3 Mangroves ISBN 978-0-7022-3351-7 Compared to What: Selected Poems 1971-2003 ISBN 978-0-907562-61-0 Let's Get Lost The Passenger ISBN 978-0-7022-3555-9 Allotments Catnips The Pursuit of Happiness Leaving Here The Collected Blue Hills East & Under the Weather Selected Poems 1971-2017 ISBN 978-1848615731 Afterimages Ghost Nation:Imagined Space and Aust Visual Culture 1901-1939 ISBN 978-0-7022-3189-6 The Epigrams of Martial ISBN 978-0-9824100-7-3 Laurie Duggan's blog Poems + Essays etc at Austlit Laurie Duggan in Auckland at New Zealand Electronic Poetry Centre Ten poems at Jacket Magazine Thirty pieces at Great Works Ornithology at Otis Rush In Dialogue with Laurie Duggan by David McCooey Review of Allotments by Laurie Duggan in Rochford Street Review]] Review of The Pursuit of Happiness by Laurie Duggan in Rochford Street Review]] Review of The Collected Blue Hills by Laurie Duggan in Rochford Street Review]]

546th Aircraft Control and Warning Group

The 546th Aircraft Control and Warning Group is an inactive United States Air Force unit. It was assigned to the 33d Air Division, stationed at Oklaholma, it was inactivated on 4 June 1951. This command and control organization activated on 19 March 1951, was responsible for the organization and equipping of new Aircraft Control and Warning units, it was dissolved with the units being assigned directly to the 33d AD. Components 792d Aircraft Control and Warning SquadronTinker AFB, Oklahoma, 16 March-4 June 1951793d Aircraft Control and Warning SquadronHutchinson AFS, Kansas, 1 May-4 June 1951798th Aircraft Control and Warning SquadronBelleville AFS, Illinois, 1 May-4 June 1951 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website Cornett, Lloyd H. A Handbook of Aerospace Defense Organization, 1946–1980. Peterson AFB, CO: Office of History, Aerospace Defense Center. Grant, C. L; the Development of Continental Air Defense to 1 September 1954, USAF Historical Study No. 126 Leonard, Barry.

History of Strategic Air and Ballistic Missile Defense, Vol I. 1945-1955. Center for Military History. ISBN 978-1-4379-2131-1. Winkler, David F.. Searching the skies: the legacy of the United States Cold War Defense Radar Program. Champaign, IL: US Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratories. LCCN 97020912