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Micronesia

Micronesia is a subregion of Oceania, composed of thousands of small islands in the western Pacific Ocean. It has a close shared cultural history with two other island regions: Polynesia to the east and Island Melanesia to the south; the region is part of the Oceania ecozone. There are four main archipelagos—the Caroline Islands, the Gilbert Islands, the Mariana Islands, the Marshall Islands—along with numerous outlying islands. Politically, the islands of Micronesia are divided between six sovereign nations: the Caroline Islands are divided between the Republic of Palau and the Federated States of Micronesia, the latter shortened to "FSM" or "Micronesia" and not to be confused with the overall region. S. Territory of Guam and the U. S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Noteworthy is Wake Island, claimed by both the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the United States, the latter having actual possession under immediate administration of the United States Air Force. Human settlement of Micronesia began several millennia ago.

There are competing theories about the arrival of the first Micronesians. The earliest known contact with Europeans occurred in 1521, when Spanish ships landed in the Marianas; the term "Micronesia" is attributed to Jules Dumont d'Urville's use of it in 1832, but Domeny de Rienzi had used the term a year previously. Micronesia is a region that includes 2100 islands, with a total land area of 2,700 km2, the largest of, Guam, which covers 582 km2; the total ocean area within the perimeter of the islands is 7,400,000 km2. There are four main island groups in Micronesia: the Caroline Islands the Gilbert Islands the Mariana Islands the Marshall IslandsPlus the separate island nation of Nauru, among other distinctly separate islands and smaller island groups; the Caroline Islands are a scattered archipelago consisting of about 500 small coral islands, north of New Guinea and east of the Philippines. The Carolines consist of two republics: the Federated States of Micronesia, consisting of 600 islands on the eastern side of the chain with Kosrae being the most eastern.

The Gilbert Islands are a chain of sixteen atolls and coral islands, arranged in an approximate north-to-south line. In a geographical sense, the equator serves as the dividing line between the northern Gilbert Islands and the southern Gilbert Islands; the Republic of Kiribati contains all of the Gilberts, including the island of Tarawa, the site of the country's capital. The Mariana Islands are an arc-shaped archipelago made up by the summits of fifteen volcanic mountains; the island chain arises as a result of the western edge of the Pacific Plate moving westward and plunging downward below the Mariana plate, a region, the most volcanically active convergent plate boundary on Earth. The Marianas were politically divided in 1898, when the United States acquired title to Guam under the Treaty of Paris, 1898, which ended the Spanish–American War. Spain sold the remaining northerly islands to Germany in 1899. Germany lost all of her colonies at the end of World War I and the Northern Mariana Islands became a League of Nations Mandate, with Japan as the mandatory.

After World War II, the islands were transferred into the United Nations Trust Territory System, with the United States as Trustee. In 1976, the Northern Mariana Islands and the United States entered into a covenant of political union under which commonwealth status was granted the Northern Mariana Islands and its residents received United States citizenship; the Marshall Islands are located north of Nauru and Kiribati, east of the Federated States of Micronesia and south of the U. S. territory of Wake Island. The islands consist of 29 low-lying atolls and 5 isolated islands, comprising 1,156 individual islands and islets; the atolls and islands form two groups: the Ratak Chain and the Ralik Chain. All the islands in the chain are part of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, a presidential republic in free association with the United States. Having few natural resources, the islands' wealth is based on a service economy, as well as some fishing and agriculture. Of the 29 atolls, 24 of them are inhabited.

Bikini Atoll is an atoll in the Marshall Islands. There are 23 islands in the Bikini Atoll; the islands of Bokonijien and Nam were vaporized during nuclear tests that occurred there. The islands are composed of sand; the average elevation is only about 2.1 metres above low tide level. Nauru is an oval-shaped island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, 42 km south of the Equator, listed as the world's smallest republic, covering just 21 km2. With 10,670 residents, it is the third least-populated country, after Vatican Tuvalu; the island is surrounded by a coral reef, exposed at low tide and dotted with pinnacles. The presence of the reef has prevented the establishment of a seaport, although channels in the reef allow small boats access to the island. A fertile coastal strip 150 to 300 m

Elegant Slumming

Elegant Slumming is the second album by the British dance band M People. It was released on 4 October 1993 charting and peaking at number 2 on the UK Album Chart and spent 87 weeks in the Top 75, it re-entered the chart three times in October 1996 and March and September 1997. Its overall sales stand at 757,000 as of September 2017; the four singles released from the album were all UK Top 10 hits: "One Night in Heaven" and "Moving on Up", as well as a cover version of the Dennis Edwards and Siedah Garrett song "Don't Look Any Further", which reached No. 9 in the UK. A fourth hit, "Renaissance", reached No. 5 in the same chart. The US version was released in 1994 in a separate deal on the Epic label, replaces 3 tracks with 3 hits from their debut album Northern Soul, which did not have a US release; the album was well received, "One Night in Heaven" and "Moving on Up" were Billboard No. 1 hits on Hot Dance Club Play. The original British album won the 1994 UK Mercury Music Prize. All songs written by Mike Pickering and Paul Heard except where noted

Uno (Better Call Saul)

"Uno" is the series premiere of the AMC television series Better Call Saul, the spinoff series of Breaking Bad. The episode aired on February 2015, on AMC in the United States; the episode was written by series creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, directed by Gilligan. Outside of the United States, the episode premiered on streaming service Netflix in several countries; the series takes place in 2002 six years prior to the title character Saul Goodman meeting Walter White. In "Uno", Jimmy McGill, is a struggling lawyer working at the back of a nail salon. Jonathan Banks reprises his role as Mike Ehrmantraut, a retired cop working as a parking lot security guard; the episode received positive reviews from critics, it broke the record for being the most-watched series premiere for a scripted series in U. S. cable history at the time, with 6.9 million viewers. Saul Goodman, now going by the name "Gene", is managing a shopping mall Cinnabon in Nebraska, he is balding. He suspects that a customer recognizes him.

In his apartment that night, Saul watches a VHS tape of his old television advertisements. In May 2002, James Morgan "Jimmy" McGill is a struggling public defender in New Mexico. He's representing three teenagers and tries to convince a jury that their actions were "boys being boys". In response, the prosecutor plays a video the teenagers made of them breaking into a morgue and having sex with a severed head. Afterwards, Jimmy complains about being paid too little for the defense, he gets a call from a prospective client, to whom he pretends to be his own mild-mannered Irish secretary. On his way out of the parking lot, Jimmy is stopped by Mike Ehrmantraut, the parking lot attendant, who refuses to let him exit without either a payment or a court-supplied parking sticker; that day, Jimmy meets at a diner with the prospective clients, county treasurer Craig Kettleman and his wife Betsy, who are being investigated for the disappearance of county funds. They are hesitant to hire Jimmy, when trying to order them flowers while driving, Jimmy hits a man on a skateboard.

The skateboarder's twin brother records the incident on a video camera and threatens to call the police unless Jimmy pays them hush money. Recognizing their ruse, Jimmy refuses to pay and kicks the "victim". Afterwards, he returns to his "office" – the boiler room of a Vietnamese beauty salon. In the mail, he finds a check for $26,000 from Hamlin, Hamlin & McGill, his brother Chuck's law firm, which he proceeds to tear into several pieces. Jimmy confronts the partners, accusing them of trying to cheat Chuck out of his rightful share of the partnership. On his way out of the HHM office he sees the Kettlemans going in, which causes him to become agitated over losing a lucrative client. Jimmy visits Chuck, who has had a mental breakdown and believes he has electromagnetic hypersensitivity, he requires visitors to leave their remote car door-opening keys and cellular phones in his mailbox and ground themselves before entering his house. He works from home by lantern on a manual typewriter. Chuck refuses a buyout and suggests that Jimmy stop using the name "McGill" for his personal firm to avoid public confusion with HHM.

Jimmy tracks down the two skateboarders and Lars Lindholm, suggests a partnership, telling them how he got the nickname "Slippin' Jimmy" as a young man by faking "slip and falls" to get easy money. He arranges for one to be hit by a car driven by Betsy Kettleman, which will enable him to make another pitch to defend the Kettlemans on the embezzlement charge. Instead of stopping to check Cal's status after hitting him, the motorist just drives off. Cal and Lars give chase, they try to get her to follow her into her house. Jimmy arrives moments to try and save them, trying to get in by referring to himself but misleadingly as an "officer of the court", but is pulled into the house at gunpoint by Tuco Salamanca. In July 2012, Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan hinted at a possible spin-off series focusing on Goodman. In April 2013, the series was confirmed to be in development by Gould. In a July 2012 interview, Gilligan said he liked "the idea of a lawyer show in which the main lawyer will do anything it takes to stay out of a court of law" including settling on the courthouse steps.

The show is filmed in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where Breaking Bad was shot. As filming began on June 2, 2014, concerns were expressed regarding the possible disappointment from the series' turnout, in terms of audience reception. On June 19, 2014, AMC announced it had renewed the series for a second season of 13 episodes to premiere in early 2016, with the first season to consist of 10 episodes, that the series premiere had been delayed to early 2015; the first teaser trailer debuted on AMC on August 10, 2014, confirmed its premiere date of February 2015. In the opening scene from the episode, Saul, is working at a Nebraska Cinnabon; this scene is set in Omaha. The episode received positive reviews. Erik Kain of Forbes said of the episode and series: " isn't just a spin-off of a popular TV show. So far, it's a terrific TV show on its own merits, it covers familiar ground, but it still manages to be its own unique snowflake." Hank Stuever of The Washington Post graded it a "B+" and wrote the series "is right in line with the tone and style of the original, now-classic se