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Mecano was a Spanish pop band formed in 1981 and active until 1992. Mecano became one of the most successful Spanish pop bands of all time; the band is still the best-selling Spanish band to this date, reaching over 25 million albums worldwide. They were considered by some to be avant-garde for their time and part of la Movida Madrileña countercultural movement, they had a brief comeback in 1998. The band's line-up was singer Ana Torroja and brothers Nacho and José María Cano, who worked alongside session musicians such as Arturo Terriza, Manolo Aguilar, Nacho Mañó, Javier Quílez, Ángel Celada and Óscar Astruga; the trio's musical career spanned two distinct stages. The first, up to 1985, was as a synthpop band, while in the second stage Mecano followed a more acoustic pop rock direction, with elements of ballad, flamenco, bossa nova, salsa, rumba flamenca, bolero and reggae; the unprecedented success hit Hispanic America. Thanks to adaptations to other languages of several of their songs, they influenced non-Spanish speaking countries such as Italy and France, as with their Une femme avec une femme.

This foreign song still holds the record for most weeks spent at the top of the French charts. In 2005, Mecano's music was adapted into the successful musical Hoy no me puedo levantar, which opened productions in Spain and Mexico. After two years, it was announced that the musical had been seen by more than 1,500,000 spectators in both countries, making it the most successful original production in Spanish of all times; some of their biggest number one singles include "Me cuesta tanto olvidarte", "La fuerza del destino", "Hijo de la luna", "Cruz de navajas", "Une femme avec une femme", "El 7 de septiembre". The band started as a synthpop ensemble by brothers Nacho and José María Cano, along with singer Ana Torroja, in 1981 in Madrid influenced by English new wave band Spandau Ballet. In a period of cultural experimentation in the newly democratic Spain, Mecano achieved its initial popularity with its debut single, "Hoy no me puedo levantar", a song about youth boredom and hangovers, their first, self-titled album became a collection of classics that would represent Spanish 1980s pop music.

At the same time, Nacho Cano branched out into producing other bands, both brothers started writing songs for other pop up-and-comers. Although those secondary acts wouldn't achieve the level of success Mecano gained, they turned out to be new testing grounds for Mecano. Having achieved another huge hit in 1986 with "Me cuesta tanto olvidarte", the band reformed its musical approach with the album Entre el cielo y el suelo, their new style emphasised pop over techno. It facilitated the export of their music to Latin America; this new versatility was evidenced by "Hijo de la Luna". This song was submitted by the band as a potential contestant for Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest 1986, but TVE selected another band, Cadillac, their follow-up album, Descanso Dominical, produced two of their most popular singles. One was, "La fuerza del destino,", she had a relationship with Nacho Cano for several years. The other single "Mujer contra mujer", is about a lesbian relationship, seen through the eyes of a friend, who only realises what is going on.

It was recorded in French and Italian, giving Mecano their first global hit. The single, released in Latin America in 1989, became a number one hit, it remained seven consecutive weeks on the French number one position from 10 November to 22 December 1990. Aidalai, their following album, was published in 1991 and was as successful as their previous two works. "El 7 de septiembre" was dedicated to Coloma Fernández Armero, Nacho Cano's girlfriend for several years. "El 7 de septiembre", released in the summer of 1992, was the last Ibero-American number one hit for the band, a music video was released for the song and it was inspired by the 1927 German silent film Metropolis. It was the last original album of the band. In 1993, the band announced a temporary hiatus. In 1998, the band released the album Ana, Nacho, which mixed new songs with greatest hits; the band separated that year and all three members went on to have solo careers, though only Ana found success as a singer. In 2005 keyboardist Nacho Cano wrote a musical based on 32 Mecano songs, named after their first single.

In 2005, the members of Mecano released a double-CD/DVD package commemorating the 25th anniversary of the creation of the band. The new CD/DVD, includes a compilation of all their singles, never-before released songs, a DVD with videos and early concert appearances; the Cano brothers were innovative musicians in the use of technology, Nacho was one of the first Spanish musicians to own a Fairlight keyboard.. José María commented that he locked himself in a room with a dictionary and books to write his songs, while Nacho has said that to compose he started off with a rhythm machine added the melody, the lyrics came in last. In November 2009, the band reunited with a new song to be released that month. On 25 November 2011, the journalist José Antonio Abellán announced their reunion in ABC Punto Radio for a world tour in 2012; this was denied. Other media such as t

Sheryle Moon

Sheryle Moon is recognised as a leader in the Australian ICT and recruitment industries. She was named by Prime Minister John Howard as one of the 20 most influential women and a founding member of the Honoring Women Program on Australia Day in 2001, she is a Telstra Business Woman on the Year in 1999, the Australian National University Hall of Fame for her contributions to the ICT and business sectors. Sheryle has served on a number of government advisory Boards related to the growth of the status and career progression of women as well as advising in the ICT arena. Sheryle served as the IT Strategic Advisor to the Board of Crimtrac from 2002 to 2008, she was named as an Adjunct professor attached to the Governance Institute at the University of Canberra, in 2000. Sheryle is a graduate of Sydney University, where she completed her under graduate degree in Economics and Education and the Australian National University where she completed her Masters in Management with a major in Technology, she has been called on by both universities as an alumnus to speak at various graduation and other events.

She has worked for more than 30 years in the professional services sector split between the ICT, Recruitment and Association sectors. Sheryle Moon is the Chief Evangelist of Spinify, an Australian gamification and app development company providing products and services to assist companies change activity based behaviors in staff. Spinify was founded by Matt Bullock. Previous roles include Chief Revenue Officer ar eWAY, CEO Australian Institute of Project Management. Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Information Industry Association, was recognised by the AIIA Board as making a real difference while in her role Vice President of Computer Sciences Corporation, a managing partner with Accenture. Sheryle was a prominent commentator on the state of ICT in Australia, she has spoken at its use in business. Sheryle's last senior recruitment role was in 2008 when she was the President Australia & New Zealand for the Ross Human Directions and Julia Ross, one of Australia's premier ASX listed recruitment companies.

In her time at Julia Ross Sheryle won a Green award from the Recruitment Consultant Services Association. The RCSA is a peak association that represents and services the interests of recruitment and on-hire companies for the increased profile and professionalism of the sector across Australia & New ZealandSheryle has worked with Australia's largest Job Services Australia, Max Employment during their transition into the new Federal Government contract for providing employment for all Australians, she was the Director of Recruitment and Staffing Solutions, Australasia for employment services provider, Manpower Services Australia from 2002 to 2006. Her expertise and experience in the ICT sector is recognised with her inclusion on multiple boards advising the Australian Government on attraction and retention strategies for young people into the ICT industry, encouraging women into ICT and the high technology priorities for Australia, she is a supporter of Women in ICT and internationally. An example is the speech.

She was Director for the Centre for Skills Development, an organisation that executes behavioural change within a variety of situations. The CSD uses a methodology to move people from awareness and information to a desired state by being the catalyst in face to face experiences and through ongoing technology support; the Centre for Skills Development grew out of the need for Australia to more solve issues of social importance in areas such as health, financial literacy and skills shortages. The Centre for Skills runs one of the largest Face to Face Financial Literacy Skills programs in the world; each year it touches over 100,000 young Australians and adults to improve their ability to live a better life. Sheryle co-authored a report on the need for schools to play an increased role in ensuring students are ICT literate. In 1999, Sheryle was named Telstra Australian Business Woman of the Year, a year was inducted into the Business Women's Hall of Fame, she sits on a number of private sector and Australian Government advisory boards.

She has a Bachelor of Economics and a number of postgraduate qualifications, including a Masters of Management in Technology. In 2006 she was inducted into the Australian National University's Hall of Fame for her contribution to Australian business prosperity and the ICT industry. Sheryle has published two books; the first is a treatise on the attitudes of young Australians towards careers and jobs in the science and technology sectors. Called SET for Life, it provided a number of recommendations and solutions to government and industry to address the declining numbers of young people choosing careers in industries which underpin Australia's future prosperity and economic growth, her second book, SelfScape, examines practical strategies for achieving success and work/life balance in today's world

Artis Lazdiņš

Artis Lazdiņš is a Latvian footballer playing for FK Jelgava in the Latvian Higher League. He is a member of Latvia national football team. Artis Lazdiņš started playing football in his early childhood being taken to trainings to his local team FK Limbaži by his father. In 2000 his family decided to move to the USA. Artis continued playing football in an American-Ukrainian football academy Chornomorets-USA in NYC. In 2004, after graduating from the Julia Richman High School, he returned to Latvia and played for FK Auda in Riga until the end of 2005. In 2006 Lazdiņš was signed by FK Ventspils. In his first season in Ventspils Lazdiņš played for the reserve team and did not take part in the first-team action. In 2007 Lazdiņš had 3 appearances, not finding the net. In the next 2 years the number of appearances grew to 18, respectively. Lazdiņš became the champion of Latvia with FK Ventspils three times in a row - from 2006 to 2008, he participated in the UEFA Europa League group stages in 2009. However, in 2009 the team's managers changed and Lazdiņš was no more needed within the squad, with his contract being terminated by a mutual agreement.

After leaving Ventspils Lazdiņš started looking for a club abroad but was handed an offer by the Latvian Virsliga newcomers FK Jelgava. He soon after joining became a first eleven player. In his first season there he played 24 matches and managed to win the Latvian Cup. In January 2011 Lazdiņš extended his contract with FK Jelgava for another season. In August 2011 he went on trial with the Danish team Randers but did not stay with them, returning to Jelgava. All in all, Lazdiņš played 24 matches, scoring 2 goals in the 2011 season; the 2012 season started badly for Jelgava and having played 15 matches, Lazdiņš used the release clause of his contract in July 2012. In August 2012 Lazdiņš went on trial with the Polish Ekstraklasa club Piast Gliwice and signed a contract with them in September 2012, he scored his first goal for the club on 30 March 2013 in a 1-1 league match draw against Jagiellonia Białystok. The 2012-13 season, the debut season for Piast since the return to the Ekstraklasa, saw the club finish the league in the 4th position of the table, qualifying for the UEFA Europa League for the first time in the club's history.

Lazdiņš participated in the second leg of the 2nd qualifying round, when Piast played a 2–2 draw against the Azerbaijani club Qarabağ. In his second season with Piast Lazdiņš lost his place in the starting line-up, playing just 7 league and 2 cup matches for the club. On 26 March 2014 the return of Artis Lazdiņš was confirmed by his former club FK Jelgava. Despite suffering from a long-term injury in the second half of the season, Lazdiņš participated in 18 league matches as well as the UEFA Europa League qualifiers, ceding to the Norwegian side Rosenborg over two legs in the first qualifying round of the tournament, he helped Jelgava win the Latvian Cup and reach bronze medals in the domestic championship for the first time in the club's history. Lazdiņš was a member of Latvia U-19 and Latvia U-21 football teams, being called up to the senior side for the Baltic Cup matches in 2010, he made his international debut in the second match of the tournament against Estonia on 19 June 2010. He came on as a substitute, replacing Juris Laizāns.

In 2012 Lazdiņš helped. Latvia won the Baltic Cup for the second time in a row in May 2014; as of March 2015, Lazdiņš has played 21 matches for Latvia. Latvian champion 2006, 2007, 2008 Latvian Cup winner 2007 Latvian Cup winner 2010, 2014, 2015, 2016 Baltic Cup winner 2012, 2014 According to, Lazdiņš loves cinema and has a Twitter account. His native language is Latvian, but he speaks English fluently, Russian well and German at a basic level, his aim in football is to reach career heights. Artis Lazdiņš at Soccerway Artis Lazdiņš at Artis Lazdiņš at

Josef Schwammberger

Josef Franz Leo Schwammberger was a member of the SS during the Nazi era. During the Second World War, Schwammberger was a commander of various SS Arbeitslager in the Kraków district, he was arrested in Innsbruck, Austria, in the French occupation zone after the war on July 19, 1945, but escaped in January 1948 and within months was able to enter Argentina, where he lived under his own name and obtained citizenship. West German authorities sought his extradition beginning in 1973, Argentine officials tracked him down on November 13, 1987. After two years of fighting extradition, he was returned to West Germany in May 1990 for trial, his capture cost the German state of Baden-Württemberg just under 500,000 Deutschmark. At his trial, which lasted nearly a year, Schwammberger denied being guilty of the crimes of which he was charged. On May 18, 1992, he was sentenced by the Stuttgart regional court to life imprisonment, which he was to serve in Mannheim, he was found guilty of 32 counts of being an accessory to murder.

The court ruled that on Sept. 21, 1942, Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, Mr. Schwammberger sought out and killed a Jewish rabbi in Rozwadów, a crime that Judge Luippold called one of his "most despicable and reprehensible." In addition, the judge found that Mr. Schwammberger was an organizer of a mass execution in the Przemyśl camp on Sept. 2, 1943, in which at least 500 Jewish prisoners were shot by Gestapo soldiers. In August 2002, the Mannheim regional court declined a parole request due to the unusual cruelty of his offences, his wife Käthe Schwammberger died in 2003 at the age of 87 in Argentina before Schwammberger himself died in prison on December 3, 2004, aged 92. The Simon Wiesenthal Center was instrumental in bringing him to justice. Contributing to the case against Schwammberger, including his extradition from Argentina, was Elliot Welles. Other sources"Joseph Schwammberger, 92, Nazi Labor Camp Commander, Dies"; the Associated Press. Published in The New York Times. December 4, 2001.

Retrieved December 22, 2010. Christian, Shirley. "Argentina to Extradite Ex-SS Man". The New York Times. Retrieved December 22, 2010. Christian, Shirley. "NAZI VICTIMS SEEK ARGENTINE JUSTICE". The New York Times. Retrieved December 22, 2010. Christian, Shirley. "Argentine Court Moves to Extradite Ex-Nazi". The New York Times. Retrieved December 22, 2010. "Joseph NAZI COMMANDANT INDICTED BY BONN". The Associated Press. Published in The New York Times. August 21, 1990. Retrieved December 22, 2010

Forsythia × intermedia

Forsythia × intermedia, or border forsythia is an ornamental deciduous shrub of garden origin. The shrub grows to 3 to 4 metres high; the opposite leaves turn yellowish or purplish in the autumn before falling. The bright yellow flowers are produced on one- to two-year-old growth and may be solitary or in racemes from 2 to 6; the hybrid is thought to be a cross between Forsythia viridissima and F. suspensa var. fortunei. A plant of seedling origin was discovered growing in the Göttingen Botanical Garden in Germany by the director of the forestry botanical garden of the Royal Prussian Academy of Forestry in Münden, H. Zabel in 1878. Zabel formally described and named the hybrid in Gartenflora in 1885, it was introduced to the Arnold Arboretum in the United States in 1889. The hybrid is drought-tolerant. Like some other forsythias it is one of the earliest shrubs to flower. Well adapted to temperature changes, it blooms with bright yellow flowers, that are noticeable in twilight, it is one of several forsythia species that are cultivated in gardens and parks.

Cultivars include:-'Arnold Dwarf' - low-growing with pale yellow flowers'Beatrix Farrand' - a floriferous cultivar'Gold Tide' - floriferous, with deep yellow autumn colour'Karl Sax' - deep yellow flowers with orange lines in the throat. Introduced by the Arnold Arboretum in 1960.'Lynwood' - large flowers with broad petals ’Lynwood Variety’agm'Spectabilis"Spring Glory' - purple-tinged foliage in autumn'Variegata' - leaves with contrasting cream edges Week End=’Courtalyn’agm The first dirigent protein was discovered in Forsythia intermedia. This protein has been found to direct the stereoselective biosynthesis of -pinoresinol from coniferyl alcohol monomers

Titov Main Test and Space Systems Control Centre

The Titov Main Test and Space Systems Control Centre is the main Russian military and commercial satellite control centre. It is run by the Russian Space Forces. Located 40 kilometres southwest of Moscow in the closed town of Krasnoznamensk, the centre was built in 1957 as part of the Soviet space program, was known by the name of Golitsyno-2. A resolution of the Council of Ministers of 30 January 1956 provided for the establishment of a command and control complex for the first flight satellites. Work on the construction of the centre began on May 8, 1957. GITSIU COP and subordinate military units together with the Mission Control Centre support the entire space programme; the military is responsible for the condition of many domestic orbital systems — military, scientific and other. Specialists at the main centre started working with the first launches, first artificial satellite, the first manned flight into space, they worked on Soviet Moonwalkers, on the programme for the orbital station Mir, right up until the last seconds of its existence.

Now among their many tasks is work with the International Space Station. The Centre manages 75% of the domestic Russian orbital spacecraft constellation. By order of the Russian President on 14 August 2001, the centre was named after Gherman Titov, to honour the second human to orbit the Earth, one of the leaders of the Centre; the centre has locations throughout Russia involved in testing and certifying equipment which are subordinated to the main centre. Plesetsk Cosmodrome Kapustin Yar