Mack Avenue Records is an independent record label in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan. Mack Avenue was founded in 1999 by a jazz fan and chair of Carhartt; the company is a sponsor of the Detroit Jazz Festival, to which Gretchen Valade donated $15 million in 2006. Early recordings included Terry Gibbs, Oscar Castro-Neves, George Shearing. Over time Mack Avenue signed veteran jazz musicians such as Gary Burton, Kevin Eubanks, Stanley Jordan, Christian McBride, Gerald Wilson and the Yellowjackets. Acquisitions made in 2008 expanded the label's catalogue beyond jazz and into blues and rhythm and blues, with Jonathan Butler, Brian Bromberg, Rick Braun, Richard Elliot, Kenny Rankin. Mack Avenue's recording artists have received multiple Grammy nominations. In 2016 Mack Avenue expanded its catalogue further when it acquired MAXJAZZ
Sir Michael Charles Scholar, KCB is a British civil servant and former President of St John's College, Oxford. He was educated at St Olave's Grammar School and St John's College and held positions at Harvard University, the University of California and the University of Leicester, he joined HM Treasury in 1969 and was appointed Assistant Principal in 1970. He was Private Secretary to the Chief Secretary to the Treasury 1974-76. From 1979 until 1981 he worked for Barclays Bank, he was Private Secretary to the Prime Minister, Under Secretary HM Treasury, Deputy Secretary. He was Permanent Secretary of the Welsh Office 1993-96 and of the Department of Trade and Industry 1996-2001, he became President of St John's College, Oxford on 1 August 2001. He is by incorporation a Master of Doctor of Philosophy of the University of Oxford, he is a Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Chairman of the Conference of Colleges, Chairman of the Oxford University Careers Service, a member of the Audit Committee. He is a non-executive Director of Legal and General Investment Management.
In 1996 he was appointed an Honorary Fellow of the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and 14 July 2003 he became an Honorary Fellow of Cardiff University. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Glamorgan in 1999, he was appointed Companion of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath in 1991 and advanced to KCB in 1999. Scholar is a keen musician and received the Associateship Diploma of the Royal College of Organists in 1965, he was Honorary Secretary of the Royal Opera House from 1988-93. His son, Tom, is a civil servant, appointed Chief of Staff at 10 Downing Street when Gordon Brown became Prime Minister, he has since returned to HM Treasury as a managing director and is the government's representative on the board of Northern Rock following its nationalization. On 1 April 2008, Sir Michael became the 3 day-a-week non-executive chairman of the new UK Statistics Authority, through which the National Statistician is accountable to Parliament; the board oversees the Office for National Statistics, following the "independence" which it obtained from ministers in the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007.
It has a duty to assess all UK government statistics from other departments. Following Gordon Brown's announcement of new constitutional arrangements for public appointments, Sir Michael became, on 18 July 2007, the first such nominee to appear for vetting before the House of Commons Treasury Committee and to have his nomination subject to confirmation by the House. Sir Michael resigned from the post on 31 March 2012. St John's College, Oxford Cardiff University University of Oxford Annual Review 2000-01 Oxford University Gazette 16 March 2000
Daniel Chien-Meng May is an Australian tech entrepreneur, author, co-founder of LIFX, organiser of the inaugural Launch48 Australia events in Sydney and Melbourne. May was born in Penang and immigrated with his family to Australia at age nine, he completed his high schooling at Melbourne High School, before undertaking studies at Monash University. May's first journal article, "Modeling Activities in C++" was published in 1994 when he was twenty-one years old, he completed a PhD in Software Development on a scholarship at the University of Southern Denmark. May is best known as CIO of LIFX, the original LED smart lighting bulb; the LIFX Kickstarter campaign is recorded as one of the most successful. Forbes records a total of US$1.3 million raised in three days, while the Huffington Post notes the timeframe as six days. In 2014, May joined Matthew Zwolenski, Colin Fairweather, Rod Tucker as expert panelists in big-data, smart cities, advanced broadband networks, smart devices at 2020: Smart Cities, Zettabyte Data and 200 billion things.
May's contribution to the understanding of The Internet of Things, sustaining future smart and sustainable industries, is present in his published writings that cover diverse topics such as organisational culture and knowledge management to "Designing for the Digitally Pervasive World". In 2015, May was keynote speaker at Stora Tillväxtdagen after acting as a key advisor to the Skellefteå Municipality, an industrial hub in the regional north of Sweden wanting to kick-start startup and innovation activity. May was keynote Startups & Innovation speaker at StarsConf in Santiago, Chile, in 2017. "Knowledge management with patterns", Association for Computing Machinery "Activities: Abstractions for collective behavior" "Tangible Objects-Modeling in Style" "Tango: Modeling in style" "Habitats for the digitally pervasive world" "Component composition and interaction" "Looking at Knowledge in Three Dimensions: An Holistic Approach to DSS Through Knowledge Management" "Building the Cultural Artifacts of the Organization."
"Tango: Designing for the digitally pervasive world" "Reality-Virtuality Continuum Systems Empowered with Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing Technology: Combination and Integration of Real World and Model Systems" "Collaboration and Modeling in Ambient Systems: Vision and Experiments" "Software Engineering of Ambient Systems: A Symbiosis of Mixed Reality and Ubiquitous Computing" "Looking at Knowledge in Three Dimensions" "Modeling with Activities: Abstractions for Collective Behavior" "Beyond Playing with Lego Bricks: Modeling Interaction Between Behavioral Artifacts" "Conceptual Abstraction in Modeling with Physical and Informational Material" "Virtual Applications:: Applications with Virtual Inhabited 3D Worlds" "Supporting complexity through collaboration and modeling" "Patterns for Building a Beautiful Company"
Tokaj wine region or Tokaj-Hegyalja wine region is a historical wine region located in northeastern Hungary and southeastern Slovakia. It is one of the seven larger wine regions of Hungary. Hegyalja means "foothills" in Hungarian, this was the original name of the region; the region consists of 28 named villages and 11,149 hectares of classified vineyards, of which an estimated 5,500 are planted. Tokaj has been declared a World Heritage Site in 2002 under the name Tokaj Wine Region Historic Cultural Landscape. However, its fame long predated this distinction because it is the origin of Tokaji aszú wine, the world's oldest botrytized wine. Due to the Treaty of Trianon, a smaller part of the historical wine region now belongs to Slovakia; some of the characteristics which make the Tokaj wine region unique are: Soil and microclimate: The Tokaj terroir consists of clay or loess soil on volcanic subsoil. The microclimate is determined by the sunny, south-facing slopes and the proximity of the Tisza and Bodrog rivers, is conducive to the proliferation of Botrytis and the subsequent desiccation of the grapes.
Indigenous grape varieties: Furmint and Hárslevelü have been cultivated in the region for centuries and, together with Yellow Muscat, Kabar, Kövérszőlő and Zéta, are the only grape varieties permitted for use in the region. Cellars: A vast system of cellars was carved out of solid rock between 1400 and 1600 AD, they provide a constant temperature of around 10-12 °C. The cellars are covered with a characteristic mold, which feeds off the alcohol evaporated during aging and keeps the humidity in the range of 85-90%, ideal for the aging of Tokaji wines. Appellation system: A royal decree in 1757 established a closed production district in Tokaj, the world's second system of wine appellation. Vineyard classification began in 1730 and was completed by the national censuses of 1765 and 1772. Historical records show that vineyards had been established in Tokaj as early as the 12th century, but there is evidence for the earlier introduction of wine production to the region. A number of experts claim that viticulture could have started in the Tokaj region as early as in the Celtic times, BC.
A petrified grape leaf found in Erdőbénye and dating from the late 3rd century AD, points to the existence of viticulture in Roman times. Slavs arrived in the region in the late 5th/early 6th century. One possible origin for the name "Tokaj" is that it is derived from the Slavic word "Stokaj", meaning confluence; the Slovaks claim. Magyar settlers arrived in Tokaj from the end of the 9th Century and there is an alternative theory that viticulture was introduced to the region from the east by the Kabar tribe; the Magyars themselves seem to have had an ancient tradition of wine-making. Another possible origin for the name "Tokaj" is that it comes from an Armenian word meaning "grape". Latin people were first invited to settle in Tokaj by Hungarian King Béla III and by Béla IV; these immigrants were Walloons from northern France, although some researchers claim that they were Italians. Slavic peoples are documented as being involved in Tokaj viticulture by the 12th century. However, the rise of Tokaj as a major wine region can be dated to the early 16th Century.
Around 1620 the Emperor imported a Walloon-French wine-farmer Duvont, who invented what would be known as the "king of wines"-method in the Tokaji-district. In honour of Mr. Duvont's exceptional skills, the Emperor ennobled this farmer, gave him one of his many villages, now Königsdorf in Austria; the emperor named the family Királyfalvy. Tokaji wine became an important commodity for the region from the 17th century, its export being a major source of income for the ruling princes of Transylvania to which the Tokaj region belonged at the time. Indeed, revenues from the renowned Tokaji Aszú wine helped to pay for the wars of independence fought against Austrian Habsburg rule; the repute of Tokaji wine was enhanced when in 1703, Francis II Rákóczi, prince of Transylvania, gave King Louis XIV of France a gift of numerous bottles of wine from his Tokaj estate. Tokaji wine was served at the Versailles Court, where it became known under the name of Tokay. Delighted with the precious beverage, Louis XIV declared it "Vinum Regum, Rex Vinorum".
In the 18th Century, Tokaj reached the height of its prosperity. Both Poland and Russia had become major export markets for its wine; such was the importance of Tokaji in Russia, that the Russian emperors maintained a de facto colony in Tokaj in order to guarantee the supply of wine to the Imperial Court. The partition of Poland in 1795 and subsequent imposition of customs duties dealt a severe blow to the exports of Tokaji wine and precipitated the economic decline of the region. However, this was only the first of three major crises for Tokaj; the second occurred when the phylloxera epidemic reached Tokaj in 1885 and destroyed the vast majority of the vineyards in a matter of years. The third shock was when Hungary lost two-thirds of its territory under the peace Treaty of Trianon signed in June 1920, thus Tokaj wine lost access to the majority of its domestic market; the region was divided between Hungary and the newly created Czechoslovakia, which gained an area of 120 hectares (with the exception of 1938-1944, when Hungary took control over the
SegaSonic the Hedgehog is a 1993 arcade game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series by Sega. Controlling Sonic the Hedgehog and his friends Mighty the Armadillo and Ray the Flying Squirrel, the player must escape an island as as possible after they are kidnapped by series antagonist Doctor Eggman; the game is presented from an isometric perspective and players use a trackball to move the characters while dodging obstacles and collecting rings. The game was developed by Sega's arcade division, Sega AM3; the game was released in Japanese arcades in late 1993. It has never been rereleased. At the time of release, SegaSonic the Hedgehog received positive reviews from Electronic Gaming Monthly and Computer and Video Games for its graphics and gameplay. Journalists writing in retrospect have been more divided; the game marked the debuts of Sonic characters Ray. SegaSonic the Hedgehog is a platformer action game, likened in gameplay to Marble Madness. Players control three characters: Sonic the Hedgehog, Mighty the Armadillo, Ray the Flying Squirrel, who can be controlled by a single player or with two others.
The story follows the three characters after series antagonist Doctor Eggman traps them on his island. They team up to escape, must dodge various hazards and dangers to reach Eggman in his base, the Eggman Tower; the game takes place over seven levels. Players use a trackball to control a characters' speed and direction from an isometric perspective, a button to make a character jump into a Spin Attack; each character has a health bar, depleted when the player falls into traps. Health can be recovered by collecting rings that are littered around the course or hidden inside obstacles or enemies. Players receive bonus rings for use in levels they collect over a certain percentage of rings within a level. Upon reaching Eggman at the end of the game, he pushes a button that causes the island to self-destruct; the three heroes manage to escape unharmed. Before SegaSonic the Hedgehog, Sega had attempted to create two Sonic the Hedgehog-based arcade games, but these were never released because "they were not the specialness that Sonic was."
By May 1993, a new Sonic arcade project was in development. SegaSonic the Hedgehog was developed by Sega AM3, an internal Sega division that created games for arcade cabinets, with assistance from Sonic Team; the game is one of four arcade games in the Sonic. According to designer Manabu Kusunoki, the idea for trackball controls was conceived after an unspecified member of the development team—who was a fan of Marble Madness—suggested that it would work well with Sonic's style of gameplay; the game uses a Sega System 32 motherboard, which enables the multiplayer option, a unique isometric graphics system. It features two new characters, Ray the Flying Squirrel and Mighty the Armadillo. Both were designed by Kusunoki, who chose their species since he thought they would control to how Sonic did and that they, like hedgehogs, were obscure. Mighty was based on an early prototype of Sonic; the game features voice acting, with Takeshi Kusao, Hinako Kanamaru, Yusuke Numata, Masaharu Satō voicing Sonic, Ray and Eggman, respectively.
The game's title in development was Sonic the Hedgehog, but was changed to SegaSonic because Sega lost the trademark to the Sonic name during production. Kusunoki could not recall why it was disputed, but according to video game journalist John Szczepaniak, Sega of America failed to turn in its paperwork for the trademark on July 13, 1993. SegaSonic the Hedgehog was featured at the Summer International Consumer Electronics Show 1993 and the Amusement Machine Show 1993, it was released in Japanese arcades that year. A port for the 32X was canceled. Sonic co-creator Yuji Naka said the game was considered for inclusion in the 2005 rarities compilation Sonic Gems Collection for the GameCube and PlayStation 2, but was excluded due to difficulties with emulating the trackball controls on a gamepad. In 2011, Sega's brand manager Ken Balough said. Electronic Gaming Monthly gave SegaSonic the Hedgehog a perfect score of 10 out of 10; the magazine stated that the game "shatters your perception of what a good game should be", reserving high praise for its graphics and music, the variety of levels.
It praised the "hilarious" character animations and cinematics, encouraged readers to play the game. Computer and Video Games offered similar acclaim and praised the game's attention to detail, "highly recommend" it; the French magazine Mega Force compared the isometric graphics to SNK's Viewpoint. In the midst of a review for Sonic Gems Collection in 2005, GameSpy expressed disappointment that SegaSonic the Hedgehog was not one of the games in the compilation, voicing hope it would someday be rereleased. In 2014, GamesRadar+ called the game's graphics impressive for 1993, but that its lack of a rerelease was "no great loss". John Szczepaniak offered a negative stance in 2018, due to bland level design and imprecise controls that had "an irritating fuzziness", he compared turning characters with th
Rochedale Rovers are a semi-professional football club that play at Underwood Park in Priestdale, next to Rochedale South in Queensland, Australia. Rochedale Rovers FC compete in the Football Queensland Premier League in Australia. In November 1972 when local resident Tommy Vance decided to advertise in the local paper to see if anyone was interested in forming a soccer club, he could never have imagined what that simple decision would mean, how many people's lives would be altered by it; the first game was against Redlands, with the young side winning 4–0. All 4 goals being scored by a young Darren Byrne. From the start, local business identities came forward to help, including the late Graham Hogg of Graham Hogg Real Estate, Brian Fitzgibbon of the Glen Hotel and John Beerling from Galeprufe Garages. Within a few years of starting, the club had leased land at Underwood Park, developed three fields, built a canteen and showers. Many hours of volunteer work has been put in by many different people and it is without doubt the reason why Rochedale Rovers has become the club it is today.
Since those early days, many thousands of local families have enjoyed the atmosphere and the facilities, in turn have made them bigger and better, so that today, the idea of a few locals has become a thriving industry. The club employs nearly 50 people both full and part-time and now have a air-conditioned family bistro, a function room that will cater for 160 people that overlooks the main playing field, a smaller conference room, which will hold 70/80 people. There is the friendly clubhouse itself, open seven days a week, complete with Poker Machines, Mini-Tab and Restaurant. Live entertainment on weekends will cater for all styles; as of 17 July 2014 the Licensed Club has ceased operation after going into voluntary administration back in 2010. The soccer side of the club has grown just as furiously. Beneath the grandstand, which overlooks our main field, are some of the best player facilities in Queensland. Four large size changing rooms, offices, sports store and canteen. A professionally run club, Rochedale Rovers offers the complete family package.
Rochedale Rovers have endeavoured to set the standards in Queensland soccer and left no stone unturned in their ambition to become one of the best clubs. The club now boasts four Premierships, captured in 1999, 2007, 2008 & 2010 as well as many Grand Final and Cup Final appearances; the club takes pride in the fact that many former players are now playing professionally both in Australia and Overseas. These names include Shane Huke, Chris O'Connor, Tim Smits, Matt Mundy, James Donachie & Luke Brattan, Steve Fitzsimmons & Jon McKain. Sponsored by F1rst Commercial Realty, Rochedale Rovers are competing in the 2013 Brisbane Premier League. In a repeat of the 2010 Qualifying Final, Rochedale Rovers faced Brisbane Wolves however this time the match was played at Carmichael Park. Two late 1st half goals from Americans Patrick Hopkins and Steffen Vroom took Wolves into a 2–0 lead that proved to be enough as they held out for a 2–1 victory. Rovers played Olympic FC for a place in the 2011 Grand Final and as Rovers had done to Capalaba the previous year, they defeated their opposition 3–0 to set up a rematch with Brisbane Wolves.
The Grand Final was at Perry Park on Sunday 25 September, but with Wolves leading 1–0 at Half Time, a floodlight failure forced an abandonment, Rochedale would run out winners in the rematch at Luxury Paints Stadium. Competing in the Brisbane Premier League, Rochedale Rovers were Premiers in the 2010 regular season, after a fantastic start that saw them go 21 games undefeated; however towards the end of the season their form slumped, resulting in a 1–0 Grand Final defeat to Brisbane Wolves. Premierships: 1999, 2007, 2008 & 2010 Championships: 2011 Cups: Official Website