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Foreign relations of Serbia and Montenegro

Since the breakup of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in the early 1990s, the foreign policy of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was characterized by a desire to secure its political and geopolitical position and the solidarity of ethnic Serbs in the Balkan region through a strong nationalist campaign. Since October 2000, the country has worked to stabilize and strengthen its bilateral relationships with neighboring countries. In spring and summer 2002, Yugoslavia resolved its longstanding border dispute with Republic of Macedonia and established full diplomatic relations with its neighbor and former adversary Croatia. Although a difficult political issue domestically, Serbia has established a solid working relationship with UNMIK and has released all disputed ethnic Albanian prisoners from Kosovo to the competent UN bodies. In 2002, the government established a commission to coordinate cooperation with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and began serving warrants for the arrest of indicted war criminals who have sought refuge in the country.

The crackdown on organized crime following the assassination of Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Đinđić. Preceding the NATO bombing campaign of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in spring 1999, the U. S. and most European countries severed relations with Yugoslavia, the U. S. embassy was closed. Since October 5, 2000, foreign embassies, including that of the U. S. have reopened, the country has regained its seat in such international organizations as the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and the United Nations and is participating in International Monetary Fund and World Bank projects. As of summer 2003, Serbia and Montenegro has been admitted to the Council of Europe and has indicated that it wishes to join NATO's Partnership for Peace. Subsequent to the outbreak of hostilities with NATO, Belgrade received no foreign aid from the United States and other west European countries, but has received much aid from other countries such as Russia and Greece. Since October 2000, the European Union aid has increased, U.

S. restrictions on aid have fallen away as the union of Serbia and Montenegro stepped forward to meet its international obligations. In June 2003, U. S. Secretary of State Colin Powell was able to certify that Serbia and Montenegro relationship with the Republika Srpska was consistent with the Dayton Accords, had released all political prisoners, was cooperating with ICTY; as a result, the United States is now free to release aid money and support Serbia and Montenegro in international financial institutions, such as the IMF and World Bank. Total U. S. aid to Serbia and Montenegro, including debt forgiveness, exceeded $180 million in fiscal year 2002. The U. S. is the single-largest donor of aid to Montenegro. Several Albanian political parties in Kosovo voice union with Albania Has delimited about half of the boundary with Bosnia and Herzegovina, but sections along the Drina River remain in dispute. There is a dispute with Bosnia regarding the exclave of Sastavci village in Priboj municipality, as well as Serbian "practical" exclave comprising several villages in the same area.

Some disputes with Croatia regarding the border. In 2002 there was a border incident regarding river island near Šarengrad, when Serbian border police prevented land owners from Croatia to visit their properties using boats. In late 2002, Serbia and Montenegro and Croatia adopted an interim agreement to settle the disputed Prevlaka Peninsula, allowing the withdrawal of the UN monitoring mission, but discussions could be complicated by the inability of Serbia and Montenegro to come to an agreement on the economic aspects of the new federal union. After a recent shooting of an Albanian youth crossing the border with Macedonia there has been calls for autonomy for Albanians in the Presevo region, having international troops put as borderguards, making of more border crossings. Transshipment point for Southwest Asian heroin moving to Western Europe on the Balkan route.

Buc-ee's

Buc-ee's is a Texan chain of convenience stores and gas stations located in the Central, North and Southeast regions of Texas as well as locations in Southern Alabama, Florida. The company is owned by Arch "Beaver" Aplin III and Don Wasek and has its headquarters in Lake Jackson, Texas; the chain is known for its large-format stores and clean restrooms and a logo depicting a beaver. Co-Founders Don Wasek and Arch "Beaver" Aplin opened their first store as partners, still open as of 2020, in Lake Jackson, Texas, in 1982. Aplin formed. Aplin was born in Southeast Texas, with his father originating from, grandparents residing in, Louisiana. Buc-ee's expanded and opened its first travel center in Luling, Texas, in 2001. Buc-ee's are large stores with fuel pumps that range from 80-120 fueling positions for gas and diesel and a large selection of jerky, fresh sandwiches, Dippin' Dots and fudge and other items. In 2012, Buc-ee's opened its largest travel center in New Braunfels, Texas, on Interstate 35.

The New Braunfels location is the largest convenience store in the world at 68,000 square feet. The store features 120 fueling positions, 83 toilets, 31 cash registers, 4 Icee machines, 80 fountain dispensers, it offers tubing and water gear for enjoying the nearby Guadalupe River. The New Braunfels, Texas store was named the 2012 "Best Restroom in America" by Cintas; the first Buc-ee's in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex opened in Terrell, Texas, on June 22, 2015. The travel center is located three miles west of Tanger Outlets on Interstate 20. In September 2015 it was announced that at least part of Buc-ee's corporate operations would move to office space at Pearland Town Center; the "partial headquarters" would house human resources departments of the company. The space was to be ready by the early part of 2016,The second Buc-ee's in the Metroplex opened on May 23, 2016; the store is located across the street from Texas Motor Speedway. The third DFW location opened in Denton, Texas, on October 29, 2018.

Buc-ee's broke ground on another North Texas location in Melissa, Texas, on February 5, 2018. The store is located off New Davis Road and U. S. Highway 75; the store is expected to open in February 2019. In June 2018, Buc-ee's approached landowners in Texarkana, with interest in acreage off Interstate 30 and State Line Ave. for a future store site. The company has the option to buy the property, but as of yet, has not exercised that option. In late 2018, Buc-ee's announced a deal with Tooshlights to put special indicator lights in bathrooms to alert customers to which stalls are occupied or not; this is similar to the indicator lights used at some parking facilities that tell drivers which parking spaces are available and which are not. The Katy and Temple Buc-ee's stores would be the first to get the special bathroom indicator lights. On March 8, 2016, Buc-ee's announced a possible first location outside of the state of Texas would be located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; the location was expected to open in early 2017.

On April 12, 2017, Buc-ee's announced that it would open their first convenience store/gas station outside of Texas in Daytona Beach, located on the north side of LPGA Boulevard across from Tanger Outlets, just east of Interstate 95 and west of Stonewood Grill & Tavern. Construction began in summer 2018. However, delays in the project pushed the construction date to sometime in 2020 or 2021. Since the announcement of the Daytona Beach location, Buc-ee's announced a new location to be built near St. Augustine, Florida. In January 2018, Buc-ee's broke ground on what became its first location outside of Texas, in Baldwin County, Alabama, and in June 2019, Buc-ee's broke ground on a second Alabama location, to be located along Interstate 20 in Leeds, not far from Barber Motorsports Park. Buc-ee's broke ground on its first store in Georgia in Warner Robins on November 18, 2019. Buc-ee's chose Warner Robins as the location of its first Georgia store for its central location between Alabama and Florida, its fast population growth as well as the presence of Robins Air Force Base.

The Warner Robins location will bring 200 jobs to the area. Buc-ee's offers products found at most convenience stores such as fuel, tobacco, chips and soft drinks at their smaller neighborhood stores. Travel centers include a deli, coffee shop, exterior tunnel car washes, Texas-themed specialty gifts and food, products catering to hunters and river rafters. All Buc-ee's are open 365 days per year. Buc-ee's offers private labeled beef jerky, novelty candy, trail mixes, pralines, jarred vegetables and salsa. A popular branded product is caramel and butter-glazed corn puffs known as'Beaver Nuggets.' In recent years, during the company's growing success, Buc-ee's has filed numerous lawsuits against other convenience store chains, most of them based in Texas, for trademark and trade dress infringement. In 2014, Buc-ee's filed a lawsuit against Texas based convenience store chain "Frio Beaver". Frio Beaver, a company with a logo depicting a beaver in a yellow circle with a black outline, was accused of copying the iconic Buc-ee's beaver head logo, which the company is known for in Texas.

In 2016, Buc-ee's sued "Choke Canyon BBQ", another Texas convenience store, for copyright i

MV Viking Sun

MV Viking Sun is a cruise ship operated by Viking Ocean Cruises. The fourth in a series of 930-passenger cruise ships to be built by Fincantieri for her operator, she was delivered at Fincantieri's shipyard in Ancona, Italy, on 25 September 2017; the Viking Sun is on a cruise of 127 days around the world. This trip includes visits to ports in Puerto Rico, Granada, French Guiana, as well as to several cities in Brazil, Uruguay and Chile. From there it moves to French Polynesia, New Zealand, Madagascar, South Africa, Canary Islands and other ports in Spain, as well as Morocco, will end up in London. Media related to IMO 9725433 at Wikimedia Commons Official website

Very Young Girls

Young Girls, directed by David Schisgall and Nina Alvarez, is a documentary and exposé of human trafficking that follows 13- and 14-year-old African-American girls as they are seduced and sold on New York's streets by pimps. The film follows the adolescent girls in real time, using vérité and intimate interviews with them as they are first lured on to the streets and the dire events which follow; the film uses startling footage shot by the brazen pimps themselves, giving a rare glimpse into how the cycle of street life begins for many women. The film documents the work of Girls Educational and Mentoring Services, a recovery center founded and operated by Rachel Lloyd, a survivor of sexual exploitation, she and her staff help girls sent by the court or found on the street that are working in prostitution. The documentary shows that, given a chance to piece their lives back together, many teeter on edge of two different worlds battling the force that suck them back into the underground. Through the use of unprecedented access to girls and pimps, the producers of the documentary hope to "change the way law enforcement, the media and society as a whole view sexual exploitation, street prostitution, human trafficking, happening right in our own backyard."

The film was an official selection in the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival, the 2008 Edinburgh Film Festival, the 2008 Independent Film Boston, the 2008 True/False Film Festival, the 2008 Miami International Film Festival, the 2008 Jerusalem Film Festival, the 2008 Jackson Hole Film Festival, the 2008 Indie Spirit Film Festival. The cable network Showtime has distributed the documentary. Commercial sexual exploitation of children International instruments relevant to prostitution of children Trafficking of children Very Young Girls on IMDb Very Young Girls at Rotten Tomatoes GEMS Official Web site

Harold Syrett

Harold Coffin Syrett was an American executive editor of The Papers of Alexander Hamilton, the fourth President of Brooklyn College. Syrett was born on President Street in Brooklyn, New York, to Dorothy Syrett, he majored in economics at Wesleyan University, where he was catcher on the baseball team, studied at Columbia University. For over 20 years beginning in 1955 Syrett was the Executive Editor of The Papers of Alexander Hamilton, 19,000 documents, published by the Columbia University Press in 26 volumes from 1961 to 1979, he was a professor of American History in Columbia University's history department from 1941 to 1961. Syrett was Dean of the faculty at Queens College from 1962 to 1965, he was Vice Chancellor of the State University of New York from 1966 to 1967. Syrett was President of Brooklyn College for two years, from 1967-69, he resigned due to ill health. He taught history at the City University of New York from 1969-1979. Syrett was the author of The City of Brooklyn, 1865-1898: a political history, Interview in Weehawken: the Burr-Hamilton duel, as told in the original documents, American Historical Documents, Modern Hungarian Poetry, Andrew Jackson: His Contribution to the American Tradition.

He co-authored A History of the American People. He edited The Gentleman and the Tiger, the memoirs of George B. McClellan Jr. the Union Army American Civil War general. He lived in New York. Syrett died of hepatitis, the result of a blood transfusion during a hip operation, at the age of 70 years old on July 29, 1984, at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson, New York

Sadness (video game)

Sadness was a survival horror video game in development by Nibris for the Wii console and was one of the earliest titles announced for the system. While the game drew positive attention for its unique gameplay concepts, such as black-and-white graphics and emphasis on psychological horror over violence, Sadness became notorious when no evidence of a playable build was publicly released during the four years it spent in development, it was revealed that Sadness had entered development hell due to problems with deadlines and relationships with external developers, leading to its eventual cancellation by 2010, along with the permanent closure of the company. Sadness was promoted as a unique and realistic survival horror game that would "surprise players," focusing on psychological horror rather than violence, containing "associations with narcolepsy and paranoid schizophrenia." More notable was the announcement that the game would sport black-and-white visuals stylized as gothic horror. Nibris promised that Sadness would provide "extremely innovative game play," utilizing the motion sensing capabilities of both the Wii Remote and the Nunchuk.

For example, it was suggested that players would use the Wii Remote to wield a torch and wave it to scare off rats. Sadness was planned to have open-ended interactivity between the player and the game's objects, being able to use any available item as a weapon. Suggestions included breaking a glass bottle and using the shards as a knife, or breaking the leg off a chair and using it as a club; the game would not utilize in-game menus nor a HUD in favor of greater immersion. Set in pre-World War I Russian Empire ), Sadness was to follow the player character Maria Lengyel, a Victorian era aristocrat of Polish-Hungarian descent who has to protect her son Alexander after their train to Lviv derails in the countryside. Alexander, struck blind by the accident, begins to exhibit strange behavior that progressively worsens; the game's scenarios and enemies, such as those based on the werewolf and the likho, are inspired by Slavic mythology. In order to "make the player feel that he is participating in events not playing a game," the game was planned to feature a branching storyline, influenced by the player's actions and concluding with one out of ten possible endings.

Sadness was announced by Nibris on March 7, 2006 as a title for Nintendo's Revolution releasing a live action concept trailer which demonstrated potential Wii Remote control in gameplay. Nibris partnered with Frontline Studios, who would be in charge of the game programming, Digital Amigos, who would develop the game visuals, it was reported that the game would be released by the fourth quarter of 2007. From 2007 onward, Nibris drew criticism from various websites and blogs for the lack of playable demos, trailers, or screenshots of the game in action. Speculation that Sadness was vaporware intensified following a number of events the announcement that Frontline Studios was no longer working on the project and the game's delay to 2009. Several announcements that were made by Nibris were never realized, such as a new trailer by late 2007 or an appearance at the 2008 Game Developer's Conference. Destructoid chose to stop covering Sadness following the delay, doubting the game's existence and citing the lack of proof outside of concept art and "fancy talk."

Joystiq labeled Sadness as both a "comedy of errors" and a "public embarrassment." Fog Studios, Nibris' marketing partner, responded to the accusations on vaporware on at least two occasions, once in June 2008 and again in September 2009, insisting that Sadness development was still underway, but was in need of a publisher. In May 2009, N-Europe interviewed Adam Artur Antolski, an ex-Nibris employee and scriptwriter for Sadness, who revealed that the game's delays were caused by prolonged dispute over the game design, which led to constant failures to meet deadlines. Antolski asserted that because no consensus could be made among the staff and with Frontline, the only progress made during the first year was completion of the script, concept design, "only one 3D object - some minecart I believe." When asked regarding the announcement that Nibris would be present at that year's Electronic Entertainment Expo, Antolski stated that "Nibris always was better in promoting than making anything." As such, Nibris did not appear at E3 2009, the game silently missed the projected Autumn 2009 release date.

Nibris' official website, which had not been updated since its announcement of appearing at GDC 2008, closed in February 2010. On April 5, N-Europe reported that Arkadiusz Reikowski, one of the game's music composers, released some of his unfinished work to the public and confirmed that Sadness had been abandoned by Nibris and was no longer in the works. In October Nibris itself transformed into a coordinator for the European Center of Games, ceasing game development permanently, remaining staff and projects were reported to have been handed over to Bloober Team, another game developer. Sadness Website