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National Videogame Museum

The US National Videogame Museum is a museum about the history of video games and the video game industry, located in Frisco, Texas. Opened in 2016, the museum includes classic video game arcade machines in an arcade setting, games on different video game consoles in a living room setting, games on historic computers, exhibits on the history of the industry and memorabilia about the video game industry. One of the museum's goals is to have visitors experience the games, so there are many interactive displays which feature playable games. Beginning in 1999, John Hardie, Sean Kelly and Joe Santulli hosted the first Classic Gaming Expo in Las Vegas to organize "the world's first event paying tribute to the people and games of yesteryear"; the Video Game Museum was a traveling exhibition of classic games and systems, shown at the Expo, as well as displayed at such trade conventions as E3 and GDC. In 2011, the founders started a Kickstarter campaign in an effort to mobilize their archive as a first step towards finding a permanent location, to be known as the Videogame History Museum.

On September 18, 2014, the Frisco Community Development Corporation board voted unanimously to bring the Videogame History Museum to Frisco, although it wasn't their first choice. Their preferred location was Silicon Valley; the 10,400-square-foot National Videogame Museum opened in April 2016 in the Frisco Discovery Center. The National Videogame Museum offers multiple exhibits that each focus on a different "stage" or aspect of video game history; this includes exhibits that focus on sound design in games, the video game crash of 1983, the rise of the home computer as well as the evolution of video game controllers and more. The museum features elaborate showcases of rare and popular gaming artifacts, such as Stadium Events and the Nintendo World Championships NES Cartridge, as well as rare special edition consoles, many of which had only a handful of units produced; the Museum acts as a safe haven for all kinds of video game prototypes, including the only known prototype of the unreleased Sega Neptune created.

The National Videogame Museum is notable for having one of the largest historical gaming archives in the world. Various game consoles are running around the Museum that attendees can sit down with and play at their leisure, or go head-to-head with one another, with a selection of games that rotates monthly; the National Videogame Museum hosts a featured, 80's style classic gaming arcade that features games such as Pac-Man, Punch-Out!!, Donkey Kong, many other classic arcade mainstays. There is a giant-sized version of the game Pong that has earned the Museum widespread acclaim. Official website

Ireland (TV series)

Ireland is a 2004 South Korean television series starring Lee Na-young, Kim Min-joon, Kim Min-jung and Hyun Bin. It aired on MBC from September 1 to October 21, 2004 on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 for 16 episodes. Adopted into an Irish family as a child and raised in Ireland, Lee Joong-ah is devastated when her entire family is killed after her brother gets involved with the Irish Republican Army. Traumatized, racked by guilt and rootless, she decides to journey to her homeland to search for her biological family, she meets Kang Gook, a kind, solitary bodyguard who offers to help her in her quest. Fate has her cross paths with her biological brother, Jae-bok, when she saves him from an accident, but they part not knowing they are related. Jae-bok is a slacker living with his girlfriend Si-yeon, a kind-hearted adult film actress, her family's breadwinner. All four go about their lives, unaware of the gravity this chance encounter will have on their lives. Lee Na-young as Lee Joong-ahIrish name Georgia Shaw, an intelligent medical intern, adopted by an Irish family at the age of three, has a hippie-like eccentric personality.

She tends to cook Korean food while in a good mood, Irish food while in a bad mood. Having been accepted into the family, despite her ethnicity, she leads a peaceful life both in the United States and in Ireland, her adoptive family protected her at all times in politically unstable Northern Ireland. Due to her Irish brother's serious involvement with the IRA, her parents are attacked and tragically killed. In order to save herself, Joong-ah is forced to leave. Traumatized and filled with guilt, she laments and grieves this fact at her parents' graves, she felt that she was no longer a doctor, nor a Shaw, believing that she brought the tragedy on all by herself. At the end of her mourning, she becomes determined to fly back to her native country Korea, only to fall in love with two men with quite opposite characters. First, there is Kang Gook, a bodyguard, always there for her, but whom she doesn't love passionately, her real passion is for Jae-bok, a drifter she saves by giving mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to as he was choking on the street.

Kim Min-joon as Lee Jae-bokA drifter with no sense of fashion or morality, talks much but does little. His mother has remarried and his younger sister was adopted to an Irish family. Although helplessly thoughtless and reckless, there are two things that make him genuine and sincere, he believes. With his extraordinary skill with women, he meets a young actress named Si-yeon and freeloads off of her. While she's out filming, he does the dishes and when she's home, he gives her a good massage, but he loses his temper and breaks things and yelling. One day, a girl saves him by giving him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, he first starts coming on to her, but he falls in love with her. He is amazed to realize how one can feel ashamed and in turn change through the influence of another person, his hearts starts aching because of Joong-ah. He wants to become someone important in her life, he impulsively takes a job at a musical instrument manufacturing company but soon gets bored and quits. He encounters Kang Gook, not realizing that he is Joong-ah's husband, with Kang's influence begins training as a bodyguard.

The friendship between Jae-bok and Kang Gook grows despite their different personalities. Kim Min-jung as Han Si-yeonA young porn actress who used to be a famous child actress. A bit of a scatterbrain, but strong and full of energy, her family was well-off and never worried about money until she finished middle school when her father's business went under. Since her family never had to work, her father's failure left her mother and her little sisters clueless. Si-yeon, the strongest daughter, went to work for a small porn movie production company to support her family. Confident with her gorgeous body, she aspires to be in a successful movie someday, she is living with her older boyfriend Jae-bok, a drifter who's wise about life and knows how to make her happy. He never is excellent in bed. One day at a movie premiere, she bumps into a silent bodyguard, Kang Gook, the type of a guy she would never show a bit of interest in. Kang mistakes her for the famous movie star he is to protect and when he finds out that Si-yeon is only wearing the same dress as the star, he mistakes her for a stalker.

They keep bumping into each other there. Over time she develops feelings for him. Hyun Bin as Kang GookA handsome bodyguard who always says the right thing. A survivor of a car accident on a family picnic, his father's old friend, a former pastor and an artist raised Kang since then. Kang grew up painting, he was convinced that art was a tough way to make a living. His job ended up being tougher than any other job, he wants to protect a damaged soul who suffers from a mental illness. He may in fact need her to depend on him so he can be a huge part of her life. Taking pleasure in helping others, he is a bodyguard in his love life, too, he was the happiest. The way they love is to share each other's pain. One day while doing his job trying to protect a famous actor, he bumps into little known porn actress Si-yeon, she hits him in the face after she is knocked over by him and vowing that one day he will be hired as her bodyguard. Funny girl, he thinks; as they keep bumping into ea

Monsanto Canada Inc v Schmeiser

Monsanto Canada Inc v Schmeiser 1 S. C. R. 902, 2004 SCC 34 is a leading Supreme Court of Canada case on patent rights for biotechnology, between a Canadian canola farmer, Percy Schmeiser, the agricultural biotechnology company Monsanto. The court heard the question of whether Schmeiser's intentionally growing genetically modified plants constituted "use" of Monsanto's patented genetically modified plant cells. By a 5-4 majority, the court ruled; the Supreme Court ruled 9-0 that Schmeiser did not have to pay Monsanto their technology use fee, damages or costs, as Schmeiser did not receive any benefit from the technology. The case drew worldwide attention and is misunderstood to concern what happens when farmers' fields are accidentally contaminated with patented seed. However, by the time the case went to trial, all claims of accidental contamination had been dropped. Schmeiser did not put forward any defence of accidental contamination; the biotechnology company Monsanto developed and patented a glyphosate-resistant gene for the canola plant which has the effect of producing canola, resistant to glyphosate.

Monsanto marketed the seed as Roundup Ready Canola. Farmers using the system are able to control weed competition using Roundup, while avoiding damage to the Roundup-resistant crops. Users are required to enter into a formal agreement with Monsanto, which specifies that new seed must be purchased every year, the purchase price of which includes a licensing fee to use the patent rights. Roundup Ready Canola was introduced in Canada in 1996, by 1998, it accounted for 25% of the country's canola area; as established in the original Federal Court trial decision, Percy Schmeiser, a canola breeder and grower in Bruno, first discovered Roundup-resistant canola in his crops in 1997. He had used Roundup herbicide to clear weeds around power poles and in ditches adjacent to a public road running beside one of his fields, noticed that some of the canola, sprayed had survived. Schmeiser performed a test by applying Roundup to an additional 3 acres to 4 acres of the same field, he found. At harvest time, Schmeiser instructed a farmhand to harvest the test field.

That seed was stored separately from the rest of the harvest, used the next year to seed 1,000 acres of canola. At the time, Roundup Ready canola was in use by several farmers in the area. Schmeiser claimed that he did not plant the initial Roundup Ready canola in 1997, that his field of custom-bred canola had been accidentally contaminated. While the origin of the plants on Schmeiser's farm in 1997 remains unclear, the trial judge found that with respect to the 1998 crop, "none of the suggested sources could reasonably explain the concentration or extent of Roundup Ready canola of a commercial quality" present in Schmeiser's 1998 crop. In 1998, Monsanto learned that Schmeiser was growing a Roundup-resistant crop and approached him to sign a license agreement to their patents and to pay a license fee. Schmeiser refused, maintaining that the 1997 contamination was accidental and that he owned the seed he harvested, he could use the harvested seed as he wished because it was his physical property.

Monsanto sued Schmeiser for patent infringement, filing its case in Canadian federal court on August 6, 1998. Negotiations to settle the matter collapsed on August 10, 1999, leading Schmeiser to file a countersuit against Monsanto for $10 million for libel and contaminating his fields. Regarding the question of patent rights and the farmer's right to use seed taken from his fields, Monsanto said that because they hold a patent on the gene, on canola cells containing the gene, they have a legal right to control its use, including the intentional replanting of seed collected from plants with the gene which grew accidentally. Schmeiser insisted on his "farmer's rights" to do anything he wished with seeds harvested from any plants grown on his field - including plants from seeds that were accidentally sown - and that this tangible property right overrides Monsanto's patent rights. Canadian law does not mention any such "farmer's rights"; the court wrote: "Thus a farmer whose field contains seed or plants originating from seed spilled into them, or blown as seed, in swaths from a neighbour's land or growing from germination by pollen carried into his field from elsewhere by insects, birds, or by the wind, may own the seed or plants on his land if he did not set about to plant them.

He does not, own the right to the use of the patented gene, or of the seed or plant containing the patented gene or cell." Beginning with the lead-up to the initial Federal Court trial, the case drew widespread public attention and media coverage. The contest was portrayed by some as a classic David-and-Goliath confrontation between small farmer and Monsanto, while others portrayed it as theft of the results of years of research and development. Environmental groups and anti-genetic engineering activists championed Schmeiser's cause and he spoke on the case around the world. Others depicted the case as a contest between a large biotechnology company and an large and well funded anti-biotechnology industry and raised concerns that the facts and c

Clarence St. Bridge

The Clarence Street Bridge is a vertical-lift bridge located in Port Colborne, Ontario. Built between 1927–1929 during 4th Welland Canal Construction, the bridge still serves today as a vital link connecting East and West Port Colborne; the structure uses simple electric motors and counterweights to raise the deck 36.5 meters above passing vessels. The raising and lowering of the bridge takes 90 seconds; the western bridge approach, over former canal locks 26 and 27, was added when Bridge 21 was constructed, making these locks inoperable. This bridge is one of only four remaining vertical-lift road bridges over the Welland Canal. Another vertical-lift bridge stood just north of Bridge 21. In the mid-1990s, the Port Colborne Harbour Railway was completed, connecting Port Colborne to rail lines on the western side of the canal, making Bridge 20 unnecessary, it was removed in the winter of 1997. Media related to Welland Canal Bridge 21 at Wikimedia Commons


Namur is a city and municipality in Wallonia, Belgium. It is both the capital of the province of Namur and of Wallonia, hosting the Parliament of Wallonia, Walloon Government and administration. Namur stands at the confluence of the Sambre and Meuse rivers and straddles three different regions – Hesbaye to the north, Condroz to the south-east, Entre-Sambre-et-Meuse to the south-west; the city of Charleroi is located to the west. The language spoken is French; the City of Namur includes the old communes of Beez, Saint-Servais, Saint-Marc, Champion, Flawinne, Suarlée, Vedrin, Cognelée, Gelbressée, Marche-les-Dames, Jambes, Naninne, Wépion, Erpent, Lives-sur-Meuse, Loyers. The town began as an important trading settlement in Celtic times, straddling east-west and north-south trade routes across the Ardennes; the Romans established a presence. Namur came to prominence during the early Middle Ages when the Merovingians built a castle or citadel on the rocky spur overlooking the town at the confluence of the two rivers.

In the 10th century, it became a county in its own right. The town developed somewhat unevenly, as the counts of Namur could only build on the north bank of the Meuse - the south bank was owned by the bishops of Liège and developed more into the town of Jambes. In 1262, Namur fell into the hands of the Count of Flanders, was purchased by Duke Philip the Good of Burgundy in 1421. After Namur became part of the Spanish Netherlands in the 1640s, its citadel was strengthened. Louis XIV of France invaded in 1692, annexing it to France, his renowned military engineer Vauban rebuilt the citadel. French control was short-lived, as William III of Orange-Nassau captured Namur only three years in 1695 during the War of the Grand Alliance. Under the Barrier Treaty of 1709, the Dutch gained the right to garrison Namur, although the subsequent Treaty of Utrecht of 1713 gave control of the Spanish Netherlands to the Austrian House of Habsburg. Thus, although the Austrians ruled the town, the citadel was controlled by the Dutch.

It was rebuilt again under their tenure. General Jean-Baptiste Cyrus de Valence's column laid siege to the city on 19 November 1792 during the War of the First Coalition and, after 12 days, the city surrendered on 1 December and its whole garrison of 3,000 men was taken prisoner. France invaded the region again in 1794, imposing a repressive regime. After the defeat of Napoleon in 1815, the Congress of Vienna incorporated what is now Belgium into the United Kingdom of the Netherlands. Belgium broke away from the Netherlands in 1830 following the Belgian Revolution, Namur continued to be a major garrison town under the new government; the citadel was rebuilt yet again in 1887. Namur was a major target of the German invasion of Belgium in 1914, which sought to use the Meuse valley as a route into France. On August 21, 1914, the Germans bombarded the town of Namur without warning. Several people were killed. Despite being billed as impregnable, the citadel fell after only three days' fighting and the town was occupied by the Germans for the rest of the war.

Namur fared little better in World War II. The town suffered heavy damage in both wars. Namur continued to host the Belgian Army's paratroopers until their departure in 1977. After the creation of the Walloon Region, Namur was chosen as the seat of its executive and parliament. In 1986, Namur was declared capital of Wallonia, its position as regional capital was confirmed by the Parliament of Wallonia in 2010. Namur is an important commercial and industrial centre, located on the Walloon industrial backbone, the Sambre and Meuse valley, it produces machinery, leather goods and porcelain. Its railway station is an important junction situated on the north-south line between Brussels and Luxembourg City, the east-west line between Lille and Liège. River barge traffic passes through the middle of the city along the Meuse. Namur has taken on a new role as the capital of the federal region of Wallonia, its location at the head of the Ardennes has made it a popular tourist centre, with a casino located in its southern district on the left bank of the Meuse.

The town's most prominent sight is the citadel, open to the public. Namur has a distinctive 18th-century cathedral dedicated to Saint Aubain and a belfry classified by UNESCO as part of the Belfries of Belgium and France which are listed as a World Heritage Site; the Couvent des Soeurs de Notre-Dame used to contain masterpieces of Mosan art by Hugo d'Oignies presented in the Musée des Arts Anciens. Elsewhere there is a museum dedicated to Félicien Rops. An odd Namurois custom is the annual Combat de l'Échasse d'Or, held on the third Sunday in September. Two teams, the Mélans and the Avresses, dress in medieval clothes while standing on stilts and do battle in one of the town's principal squares. Namur possesses a distinguished university, the University of Namur, founded in 1831; the University of Louvain has several facilities in the city through its UCLouvain Namur University Hospital, the provinces' largest employer. Since 1986 Namur has been home to the Namur International Festival of French-Speaking Film.

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USNS Brittin (T-AKR-305)

USNS Brittin is a Bob Hope-class roll on roll off vehicle cargo ship of the United States Navy. She was built by Northrop Grumman Ship Systems, New Orleans and delivered to the Navy on 30 January 2001, they assigned her to the United States Department of Defense's Military Sealift Command. Brittin is named for Medal of Honor recipient Sergeant First Class Nelson V. Brittin, is one of 11 Surge LMSRs operated by a private company under contract to the Military Sealift Command, she is assigned to the MSC Atlantic surge force and is maintained in Ready Operational Status 4. "USNS Brittin'". Port State Information Exchange. United States Coast Guard. Retrieved 2010-02-25. "USNS Brittin'". ABS Record. American Bureau of Shipping. Retrieved 2010-02-25