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Hayao Nakayama

Hayao Nakayama is a Japanese businessman and was the former President and CEO of Sega Enterprises, Ltd from 1983 to 1999. Nakayama was born into a family of doctors, was expected to pursue medicine as a career. However, Nakayama decided not to pursue medicine further. Through an advertisement in a newspaper, Nakayama found a job as a jukebox leasing salesman for the V&V Hifi Trading Company, he rose to head of a new sales department at V&V, but when the company would not take his advice to begin distributing arcade games, Nakayama left with four of his salesmen to form a company called Esco Trading in 1967. Esco served as a distributor of coin-operated amusements and represented both smaller domestic factories that did not have their own distribution network and foreign manufacturers looking to place their games in Japan. Sega Enterprises, Ltd. was one of its suppliers. In 1979, Esco Trading was purchased by Sega a subsidiary of Gulf and Western Industries; this brought Nakayama into Sega, where he became vice-president of distribution, responsible for their Japanese operations.

David Rosen CEO of Sega, acquired Esco Trading for Nakayama's leadership. In the early 1980s, Sega was a leading arcade game manufacturer in the United States, but due to a downturn in the industry from 1982, Gulf and Western sold their American manufacturing facilities and the rights for its arcade games to Bally Manufacturing, while retaining the Japan-based Sega Enterprises. Nakayama became president of Sega Enterprises in July 1983, advocated for Sega to enter the still-growing Japanese home console market; this proposal was accepted, the SG-1000 was released, selling 160,000 units in 1983, far exceeding the projected 50,000. Shortly after the SG-1000 launch and the death of company founder Charles Bludhorn and Western began to divest its secondary businesses. Nakayama and Rosen arranged for a group of investors to purchase Sega Enterprises in 1984 for $38 million. Nakayama became CEO of Sega Enterprises, Isao Okawa of CSK Corporation became chairman. While the company faced steep competition as its Master System competed with the Nintendo Entertainment System, with the arcade game market once again in growth at the end of 1980s, Sega was one of the most recognized game brands.

For homes, Sega released the Master System's successor, the Mega Drive, in Japan on October 29, 1988, which remained a distant third in Japan behind Nintendo's Super Famicom and NEC's PC Engine throughout the 16-bit era. For the North American launch, the console, rebranded Genesis, was launched in a limited number of markets on August 14, 1989, in the rest of North America that year; the European version of the Mega Drive was released in September 1990. Nakayama tasked Sega of America CEO Michael Katz to sell one million units within the first year, using the rallying cry "Hyakumandai!". Katz and Sega of America managed to sell only 500,000 units. In mid-1990, Nakayama hired Tom Kalinske to replace Katz as CEO of Sega of America. Kalinske developed a four-point plan to boost Genesis sales: cut the price of the console, create a U. S.-based team to develop games targeted at the American market and expand aggressive advertising campaigns, replace the bundled game Altered Beast with a new game, Sonic the Hedgehog.

The Japanese board of directors disapproved of the plan, but all four points were approved by Nakayama, who told Kalinske, "I hired you to make the decisions for Europe and the Americas, so go ahead and do it." In large part due to the popularity of Sonic the Hedgehog, the Genesis outsold the SNES in the United States nearly two to one during the 1991 holiday season. This success led to Sega having control of 65% of the 16-bit console market in January 1992. In 1993, Nakayama brought Shoichiro Irimajiri into the company. Irimajiri had been an executive at Honda. In 1992, Nakayama was named chairman of the Japan Amusement Machinery Manufactures Association. Sega began development of its next console, the Sega Saturn, but Nakayama was concerned about the release of the Atari Jaguar in 1993 and that the Saturn may not be ready for release in time to compete, he stressed a quick response, which led to the development of the 32X. Following the launch of the next-generation 32-bit Sony PlayStation and Sega Saturn, sales of 16-bit hardware and software continued to account for 64% of the video game market in 1995.

However, Nakayama made the decision to focus on the Saturn over the Genesis, based on the systems' relative performance in Japan. This decision has been cited as the major contributing factor in a miscalculation that reduced Sega's sales; because the decisions of Sega of Japan had caused him to lose interest, Kalinske departed Sega of America in 1996, was replaced by Irimajiri. Nakayama resigned his position as co-chairman of Sega of America, though he remained with the company. In January 1997, Sega announced its intentions to merge with Bandai, a Japanese toy maker, Japan's largest and the world's third largest at the time; the merger, planned as a $1 billion stock swap whereby Sega would wholly acquire Bandai, was set to form a planned company known as Sega Bandai, Ltd. Plans for the merger were necessitated by the struggling financial state of both Sega and Bandai, with Bandai announcing their anticipated loss for the fiscal year and Sega announcing a lower than expected profit. Planned to be finalized in October of that year, the merger was called off in May 1997.

The following day, Bandai president Makoto Yamashina resigned his position, taking responsibility for the failed merger and apologizing publicly for his inability to get the merger completed. In a separate press conference, Nakayama elaborated on his reason fo

Murder in a Small Town

Murder in a Small Town is 1999 American made-for-television mystery crime-thriller film produced and broadcast by A&E. The period mystery stars Gene Wilder as Larry "Cash" Carter, a stage director, theater manager, former actor, unofficial consulting detective for the police department in 1930s Stamford, Connecticut. Wilder co-wrote the screenplay for the telefilm, the first A&E Original Movie. High ratings led A&E to plan a Cash Carter TV movie franchise, but only one sequel, The Lady in Question, was produced; the film opens with a series of scenes in which local millionaire Sidney Lassiter has arguments with his son Albert, his wife Martha, his secretary, Kate Faxton. After the argument with Ms. Faxton, Mr. Lassiter meets with Carter, there to ask for a donation to the theater. Carter, despite his own best interest, calls Mr. Lassiter an anti-Semite and storms out of the office; that night, Mr. Lassiter is surprised in his car by a stranger; the next day, the detective in charge of the case, Lieutenant Tony "Baloney" Rossini, informs Cash that Mr. Lassiter has been murdered, that there is a long list of suspects, due to Mr. Lassiter's temper and penchant for making enemies.

Cash agrees to accompany Tony when they go to meet Albert and Kate, who are all beneficiaries of Mr. Lassiter's will, thus at the top of the suspect list. While interviewing Mrs. Lassiter, Cash explains that his experience in theater has made him an expert on both observation and human psychology, both of which are helpful in police investigation. After interviewing all three top suspects and Tony conclude that they are all lying about something, but cannot conclude which, if any of them, is responsible for Mr. Lassiter's murder. Scenes of the investigation are intercut with scenes from Cash's personal life, as he dates Mimi Barnes and copes with the fact that his daughter Sophie is leaving for college. We learn how Cash and Tony met, when Tony was assigned to investigate the murder of Cash's wife. A scene in a restaurant, in which Cash mistakes a random man for the other thief, hints that Cash is still haunted by the murder; the cast and characters of Murder in a Small Town are listed in credits order.

Gene Wilder as Cash Carter Mike Starr as Tony Terry O'Quinn as Sidney Lassiter Cherry Jones as Mimi Frances Conroy as Martha Lassiter Deirdre O'Connell as Kate Faxton Ebon Moss-Bachrach as Billy Elisabeth Rosen as Sophie Carter Terri Hawkes as Esther David Fox as Walter Godlin Carlo Rota as Charles Matthew Edison as Albert Lassiter Ben Bass as Michael "A&E wanted me to invent a character I'd like to play, an American, living in America. That's all," Gene Wilder said on the eve of the debut broadcast of Murder in a Small Town. "I said,'I know what you want — you don’t have to tell me.' I am their audience. I watch Inspector Morse, Cracker. I love a good mystery. I’d prefer to see a mystery to anything else.""We heard through the grapevine that Gene liked our mysteries and was interested in doing a mystery with us, so we jumped," said Brooke Bailey Johnson, executive vice president and general manager of A&E. "It was a great experience, a Vulcan mind-meld all the way, because we felt the same way about everything.

He wrote the script, we loved it."Wilder received an assurance that he could make as many of these films as he liked, on no set schedule, he was given more than three months to write the script — a novelty in television."What intrigued me, I could set my story in any period," Wilder said. "I don't belong in the 1990s. I get along OK, but I belong in another time, I know it." Murder in a Small Town opens with Cash Carter as a member of a movie theater audience watching the climactic scene of the 1938 film Angels with Dirty Faces. The script was written between January and April 1998. Wilder's writing partner was Gilbert Pearlman, his brother-in-law, a man with a varied career in promoting and producing theater and television."I'm good with writing dialogue and characters and Gilbert is good with creating the structure of a story, the hardest part for me," Wilder told an A&E interviewer. Setting the story in Stamford, came naturally. Murder in a Small Town was shot in Toronto in August–September 1998, at locations including Parkwood Estate.

Bruce Surtees was director of photography. Although A&E planned to develop the Cash Carter mysteries as a franchise, only one sequel followed—The Lady in Question, broadcast December 12, 1999, on A&E. On January 30, 2000, Wilder was admitted to Memorial Sloan–Kettering Cancer Center for a stem-cell transplant, a followup to treatment he received in 1999 for non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Wilder checked in under his character's name in the two A&E films. Murder in a Small Town was nominated f


Navitaire LLC is a transportation industry technology services subsidiary of multinational IT Provider for the global travel and tourism industry Amadeus IT Group. Navitaire offers systems for passenger reservations, travel commerce, ancillary revenue and merchandising, as well as revenue accounting and revenue management to airlines and rail companies. Navitaire is a subsidiary of Amadeus that provides technology services to the airline and rail industries, its headquarters are in Minneapolis and it operates offices in London, Salt Lake City, Sydney. It has data centers in Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, Sydney. David Evans has held the role of global managing director of Navitaire since 2013. Navitaire has 60 clients and 750 employees; the company works with low-cost carriers and hybrid airlines and is the leading passenger service system provider for the LCC market. As of 2014, Navitaire serves 43% of the top 100 LCCs, 47% of the top 30 LCCs as measured by seats sold per week. Clients include airlines Wizz Air, Spirit Airlines, HK Express, Volaris.

The company works with railway company SNCF and its subsidiary iDTGV. Navitaire was founded as PRA Solutions in 1993 by Accenture; as PRA Solutions, Navitaire provided airline revenue accounting software and revenue protection software for airlines. The company moved into developing a direct-distribution platform to book airline reservations through a solution called via World Network, an alternative to the global distribution system traditionally used by travel agents to sell airline flights. In 2000, PRA Solutions purchased the Open Skies reservation system from Hewlett Packard; the following year, in 2001, PRA Solutions changed its name to Navitaire. Navitaire continued to invest in the Open Skies platform to add new capabilities. For example, in 2002, Navitaire implemented codeshare technology for Virgin Blue, the company introduced multi-city bookings at the request of Jetstar. Following Hewlett Packard's announcement in 2001 of its plans to discontinue support for the HP3000 hardware that the Open Skies system operated on, Navitaire began developing its replacement reservation system called New Skies.

The company began converting clients to the new system in 2005.. Navitaire was acquired by Amadeus in 2015. Navitaire's passenger service system is New Skies, introduced in 2005 and replaced the company's previous system, Open Skies. New Skies introduced features including multi-city bookings; the system provides reservations via the Internet, call centers, through global distribution systems using a ticketless model as well as enabling e-ticketing. New Skies allows integration with other travel services such as travel insurance and car rental, as well as codeshare agreements with other airlines; as of 2010, Navitaire had 80 such codeshare connections to partner airlines, as well as nine GDS connections. Other features of New Skies include real-time reporting and customer recognition capabilities, as well as the ability for passengers to choose their seat through "intelligent seating." Navitaire offers additional products and services including Travel Commerce, a platform to aid in ancillary revenue generation and a loyalty system.

In addition to these, the company offers real-time reporting, revenue accounting software and revenue management. The company provides a reservations management system for railways called Navitaire Rail, which facilitates multi-channel distribution sales and station check-ins for rail carriers. In October 2010, Navitaire was awarded for Best Sales and Distribution Innovation at the 4th Annual Budgies World Low Cost Airlines Awards; the company was awarded Innovation of the Year in the category of Ancillary Revenue & Merchandising at Airline Information's 2013 Mega Awards, after being named a runner-up in the Ancillary Revenue & Merchandising - Most Innovative Technology category at the Mega Awards event held in November 2012. In December 2013, Navitaire received a Tekne Award from Minnesota High Tech Association for its ticketless system and other services. Official website


Symbyosis is a progressive death metal band from France founded by Franck Kobolt and Corrosive Bob. The foundations of what was to become Symbyosis were laid in 1998 when Franck Kobolt began to compose songs for a personal project called Chrysalid. At first, four songs only were written as they were for his sole benefit, not to be released for a larger audience. In the following months, Franck Kobolt united with another composer PhilQuist and the singer Corrosive Bob which led to the writing of more music and texts. After a whole year, what had begun as a four-title demo turned into a full album. In June 1999, the band began a studio session to record its first true album, under the aegis of Hidden Association and finished the recording in January 2000; this album is made of thirteen titles and friends of the group participated like Oslanon Gerom, Cryopsis Entity on additional voices as well as Karl Bourdin on guitar solos. Cryopsis Entity wrote the lyrics of some songs and PhilQuist co-composed others.

One song taken from this album Crisis. The band signed with Listenable Records in July 2000. In October 2000, Symbyosis released its mini-album The Fluid and revealed its work Crisis in November 2000. In 2001, the group went on tour with No Return and Crest of Darkness with Tariq Zulficar playing drums and Antoine Rognon, bass guitar and Nikos Kevorkian as second guitar; that same year, the title “Voyager” was on free download on the band’s website as a thank-you present to fans for their support and Symbyosis came 7th best album and 4th best new group in the Hardandheavy readers’ referendum. Symbyosis fate changed in September 2001 as Listenable Records did not renew its contract with the group. So in January 2002, Symbyosis launched a new demo still with Tariq and Nikos, “Life is a phoenix” in order to find a new label to sign with, but to no end, so that the band decided to release its next album on its own. As technical and human problems piled up on those linked with the production of the album, the band’s finances plummeted.

Symbyosis was in a difficult situation but driven by the support of their families and friends and of some media, the group managed to pull through selling the album on subscription to fans worldwide. This subscription enabled the band to close the necessary budget to the making of the album. About five years after Crisis the new Symbiosis studio album was released, being in the end distributed by Listenable Records / Pias. “On the wings of Phoenix” was recorded both in Adima Studio and Hidden Association Studios and was out on December 2005. It is a double-album with 24 titles. Franck Kobolt - Guitar Corrosive Bob - Lead Vocals Nikos Kevorkian - Guitar Antoine Rognon - Bass Tariq Zulficar - Drums 2000: The Fluid 2000: Crisis 2001: Voyager 2002: Life is a Phoenix 2005: On the Wings of Phoenix Symbyosis' official website

Two Among Millions

Two Among Millions is a 1961 West German drama film directed by Victor Vicas and starring Hardy Krüger, Loni von Friedl and Joseph Offenbach. The film's sets were designed by the art directors Hans Albrecht Hennings. Hardy Krüger as Karl Loni von Friedl as Christine Walter Giller as Paulchen Joseph Offenbach as Lohmann Ilse Fürstenberg as Frau Lohmann Fritz Tillmann as Petersen Ludwig Linkmann as Bienert Harry Gillmann as Wilhelm Reinhold Bernt as Schliemke Lore Hartling as Helga Maly Delschaft Claus Tinney Traute Bengen Henriette Gonnermann Oscar Sabo Manfred Meurer Siegfried Dornbusch Heinz G. Diesing Tobias Pegel Hellmut Grube Fred Woywode Bock, Hans-Michael & Bergfelder, Tim; the Concise Cinegraph: Encyclopaedia of German Cinema. Berghahn Books, 2009. Two Among Millions on IMDb

Foreign relations of Albania

The foreign relations of Albania are its relations with other governments and peoples. Foreign relations are conducted through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tirana; the current minister is de jure Prime Minister Edi Rama due to president Ilir Meta's rejection of the role to be held by the de facto minister, Gent Cakaj, a result of'a lack of experience' from the latter. Albania is a sovereign country in Southern Europe, the Mediterranean that declared its independence on 28 November 1912, its foreign policy, has maintained a policy of complementarism by trying to have friendly relations with all countries. Since the collapse of Communism in 1990, Albania has extended its responsibilities and position in European and international affairs and establishing friendly relations with other nations around the world; the main factors defining Albanian foreign policy consist of geopolitical location, economic crisis, ties with Albanian diaspora throughout the world. Albania entertains diplomatic relations with 115 countries in the world.

It maintains strong diplomatic relations with the Balkan countries, China, Germany, Israel, South Korea, the United Kingdom, the United States. The main objectives of the Albanian foreign policy are, the Accession of Albania to the European Union, the International recognition of Kosovo, the recognition of Expulsion of Cham Albanians and protecting of the rights the Albanians in Montenegro, Greece, southern Serbia and the Albanian diaspora; the government of Albania was concerned with the developments in neighboring Kosovo in the post-Dayton agreement period. During the Kosovo War in 1999 as well as the ethnic cleansing of Albanians by Serbs alongside the subsequent refugee influx into the country, Albania's status as an ally of the United States was confirmed. Albania emerged as being supportive of the United States; the support for the United States has remained high at 95% in Muslim majority Albania in contrast to the rest of the Islamic world. During the post-cold war, geo-political complexities and conflicts in the Balkans, made Albania seek a protector power with Turkey, a NATO member.

During the 1990s, state relations between Albania and Turkey were marked by high level visits, military agreements and the deployment of Turkish soldiers. An Albanian-Turkish military cooperation agreement was signed on 29 July 1992; the military agreement entailed education and training of personnel, bilateral cooperation in weapons production, joint military exercises, the exchange of military delegations and joint commissions on expanding further military ties into the future. The agreement encompassed rebuilding Albania's Pasha Liman Base in the Bay of Vlorë on the Ionian sea by Turkey, in return for granting Turkey's access and use. Turkey has trained the Albanian Armed Forces, in particular officers and commando units. During civil war in 1997, Turkey alongside other countries, participated in Operation Alba by providing a brigade of 800 Turkish troops to restore order and its involvement served as a stabilising force. Turkey considers its friendship with Albania as important due to the context of state relations with Greece and through policy have exploited difficulties arising in Albanian-Greek relations.

Having a powerful ally in Turkey has suited Albania at times regarding difficult interstate relations with Greece. Albania's emergence in the Balkans as a key NATO partner contributed to good and stronger Albanian-Turkish relations, in particular relating to military matters; the military alliance during the 1990s between Turkey and Albania was aimed against Serbia in case a war over Kosovo had a wider regional spread. Greece has expressed concerns regarding Turkish relations with Albania and interpreted them as an anti-Greek measure to isolate Greece within the wider context of Albania being a potential outlet for expanding Muslim influence and Turkey allying with Muslim populations in the Balkans. Turkey on the other hand claimed Greece increased tensions within the region and conveyed concerns relating to Albanian and Greek polemics with Ankara expressing a partial bias on Albania's side angering the Greeks. Greece, aware of Albanian-Turkish military agreements denounced Turkey's interference in Greek affairs.

Though not considered in Turkey as a rival within Albania, during the unrest of 1997 Greece was able to become an influential actor in Albania and the early period of the Kosovo crisis when Albanian officials looked to Greece for assistance. The resumption of closer Albanian-Turkish relations ensured during the Kosovo crisis that made both countries act along the same policy lines toward Slobodan Milošević and the issue of Greater Serbia. Turkey supported Albania's membership to become part of NATO. Military cooperation between Albania and Turkey is viewed by NATO as a stabilising factor within the volatile region of the Balkans. Albania has come to depend on Turkish assistance and a high amount of military security. Turkey remains for Albania an important military ally alongside the U. S. Through its military personnel Turkey continues to train Albanian armed forces and to provide assistance in logistics and modernisation efforts of the Albanian military. Radar systems for the surveillance of Albanian airspace in addition to telecommunication equipment have been supplied by Turkey to Albania.

Albania receives Turkish assistance for police training. Turkey has continuously supported Albania from the 1990s on EU related matters as both countries view EU membership as an eventual final goal and common objective. State relations of Albania with Turkey are friendly and close, due to maintenance of close links with the Albanian diaspora in Turkey and st