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Pontiac was a car brand owned and sold by General Motors. Introduced as a companion make for GM's more expensive line of Oakland automobiles, Pontiac overtook Oakland in popularity and supplanted its parent brand by 1933. Sold in the United States and Mexico by GM, Pontiac was advertised as the performance division of General Motors from the 1960s onward. In the hierarchy of GM's five divisions, it slotted above Chevrolet, but below Oldsmobile and Cadillac. Amid late 2000s financial problems and restructuring efforts, GM announced in 2008 it would follow the same path with Pontiac as it had with Oldsmobile in 2004 and discontinued manufacturing and marketing vehicles under that brand by the end of 2010; the last Pontiac badged cars were built in December 2009, with one final vehicle in January 2010. Franchise agreements for Pontiac dealers expired October 31, 2010, leaving GM to focus on its four remaining North American brands: Chevrolet, Cadillac, GMC; the Pontiac brand was introduced by General Motors in 1926 as the companion marque to GM's Oakland division, shared the GM A platform.

Purchased by General Motors in 1909, Oakland continued to produce modestly priced automobiles until 1931 when it was renamed Pontiac. It was named after the famous Ottawa chief who had given his name to the city of Pontiac, Michigan where the car was produced. Within months of its introduction, Pontiac was outselling Oakland, a 1920s Chevrolet with a six-cylinder engine installed. Body styles offered included a sedan with both two and four doors, Landau Coupe, with the Sport Phaeton, Sport Landau Sedan, Sport Cabriolet and Sport Roadster; as a result of Pontiac's rising sales, versus Oakland's declining sales, Pontiac became the only companion marque to survive its parent, with Oakland ceasing production in 1932. Pontiacs were manufactured from knock-down kits at GM's short-lived Japanese factory at Osaka Assembly in Osaka, from 1927–1941. Pontiac produced cars offering 40 hp 186.7 cu in L-head straight 6-cylinder engines in the Pontiac Chief of 1927. The Chief sold 39,000 units within six months of its appearance at the 1926 New York Auto Salon, hitting 76,742 at twelve months.

The next year, it became the top-selling six in the U. S. ranking seventh in overall sales. By 1933, it had moved up to producing the least expensive cars available with straight eight engines; this was done by using many components from the 6-cylinder Chevrolet Master, such as the body, but installing a large chrome strip on the top and center of the front hood Pontiac called the "Silver Streak". Only eight cylinder engines were offered in 1933 and 1934, displacing 223.4 cubic inches for 77 HP. In the late 1930s, Pontiac used a Buick "torpedo" body for one of its models, just prior to its being used by Chevrolet, earning some media attention for the marque. An unusual feature of the "torpedo"-bodied exhibition car was that, with push of a button, the front half of the body would open showing the engine and the car's front seat interior. 1937 was a year of major change for Pontiac, all models except the new station wagon now using the all steel B-body shared with Oldsmobile, LaSalle and small Buicks.

New stronger X frame had Hotchkiss drive using a two part drive shaft. The eight-cylinder had a 122-inch wheelbase. Both engines had increased displacements, the six going to 222.7 cubic inches for 85 HP, the eight to 248.9 for 100 HP. In 1940 & 42, Pontiac was built on three different bodies; the "A" body with Chevrolet, the "B" body shared with Oldsmobile and Buick and the "C" body shared with the large Oldsmobile and the small Cadillac. The "C" body for 1940 was called the Torpedo. In 1941 all Pontiac's were called Torpedoes. On February 2, 1942, the last civilian Pontiac automobile was manufactured in the United States, as all automobile factories converted to military production. For an extended period of time—prewar through the early 1950s—the Pontiac was a quiet, solid car, but not powerful, it came with a flathead straight eight. Straight 8s were less expensive to produce than the popular V8s, but they were heavier and longer. Additionally, the long crankshaft suffered from excessive flex, restricting straight 8s to a low compression ratio with a modest redline.

However, in this application, inexpensive flatheads were not a liability. From 1946 to 1948, all Pontiac models were 1942 models with minor changes; the Hydra-matic automatic transmission was introduced in 1948 and helped Pontiac sales grow though their cars and Streamliners, were becoming out of date. The first all-new Pontiac models appeared in 1949, they incorporated styling cues such as lower body lines and rear fenders that were integrated in the rear-end styling of the car. Along with new styling came a new model. Continuing the Native American theme of Pontiac, the Chieftain line was introduced to replace the Torpedo; these were built on the GM B-Body platform and featured different styling than the more conservative Streamliner. In 1950, the Catalina pillarless hardtop coupe was introduced as a "halo" model, much like the Chevrolet Bel Air of the same year. In 1952, Pontiac discontinued the Streamliner and replaced it with additional models in the Chieftain line built on the GM A-body platform.

This single model line continued until 1954. The Star Chief was created by adding an 11-inch extension to the A-body platform creating a 124-inch wheelbase; the 1953 models were the first to have one-piece windshields instead of the

Fifth Harmony (album)

Fifth Harmony is the third and final studio album by American girl group Fifth Harmony, released on August 25, 2017, through Syco Music and Epic Records. The album's lyrics discuss themes of female empowerment, confidence and unity. After having few to no writing credits on their previous two studio albums, the group assumed creative control over their third album and co-wrote more than half of its songs; the album features a guest appearance by American rapper Gucci Mane and collaborations with several notable producers such as Ammo, who contributed to their 2016 smash hit "Work from Home", along with Poo Bear and Skrillex. The lead single "Down", which features rapper Gucci Mane, was released on June 2, 2017, received gold certification in the United States; the second single "He Like That" was released on digital and streaming platforms on August 25, 2017. As did the band's previous releases, the sound of Fifth Harmony is characterized as pop and R&B and includes influences from other genres, including hip hop, tropical house, dancehall and trap music.

The song "Angel" was released as the first promotional single on August 11, 2017. The group released a music video for "Don't Say You Love Me" on May 18, 2018, as a goodbye note after their hiatus; some critics noted a resemblance between Fifth Harmony and the band's previous album 7/27. Fifth Harmony debuted at number four on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 46,000 copies in its first week and becoming Fifth Harmony's fourth top-ten entry and third top-five entry, it debuted inside the top tens of several countries, including Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Fifth Harmony is the group's first album following the departure of Camila Cabello, who left the group in December 2016 to pursue a solo career; the album was promoted with the PSA Tour, between September 2017 and May 2018. In 2016, Fifth Harmony released their second studio album, titled 7/27. To promote the album, they embarked on the 7/27 Tour. During an interview with radio host Elvis Duran after an iHeartRadio Jingle Ball concert, the group announced they were working on a new album.

On December 18, 2016, they announced on social media. Following the repercussion of Cabello's departure and speculations about the group's future, the members published another statement saying, "We have spent the past year and a half trying to communicate to her and her team all of the reasons why we felt Fifth Harmony deserved at least one more album of her time. We are excited for our future, we can't wait for what the new year brings."In January 2017, the group renewed their contract with Epic Records as a quartet. During the show, they performed an edited version of "Work from Home" and won the award for "Favorite Group" for the second consecutive year. During an interview with Billboard, member Ally Brooke said the group were having "a lot of creative control and input" for the first time and that they "are so excited" about it. On April 12, 2017, the quartet appeared on the cover of Galore magazine, in which they discussed the concept and sonority present on their third album: "We've been creating sounds that we've been wanting to touch base on.

Some R&B tones, some rhythmic tones. It's been amazing to create with one another because we're so different when it comes to music", Dinah Jane said, she added, "We love different genres. So to vibe together and create this Fifth Harmony sound is what makes it so special." The recording sessions for Fifth Harmony began in China 2017. During the creative process the members had more involvement than with their previous albums they co-writing most of the songs, choose which ones to produce and shared ideas during the production; the group collaborated with several record producers and songwriters, including The Stereotypes, The Monsters and the Strangerz and DallasK, Tommy Brown. According to Lauren Jauregui, those collaborators created "safe spaces" where they could try out ideas without being judged. In an interview with Official Charts Company, Dinah Jane said the producers knew what the group were going to do and respected their ideas and decisions, she added, "We're all in an environment where we can creatively open up to each other and not be afraid.

There are no boundaries, that comes through in the music. We've taken risks."During the writing process the group worked in pairs. They could listen to the process of the songs brainstorm ideas for the lyrics. Producer Leah Haywood of production team Dreamlab told Billboard, "It's not like came in at the end and started riffing. We sat and wrote verses together, because they're empowered women who want to be pushing the agenda." The group first hinted at the studio album with Skrillex and Poo Bear in March 2017. The songs were written at Windmark Recording Studios. Fifth Harmony consists of R&B and pop songs that include elements of tropical house and hip hop music on its beats and productions; the melodies on the album include uptempo songs and emotional ballads. It explores a diversity of music genres, including trap music, Rnbass and reggae. Matt Collar from AllMusic wrote that the album picks up on the "sli

Rodrigues day gecko

The Rodrigues day gecko is an extinct species of day gecko, a lizard in the family Gekkonidae. The species lived on the island of Rodrigues, where it inhabited forests and dwelt in trees; the Rodrigues day gecko fed on insects and nectar. The specific name, edwardnewtoni, is in honor of British colonial administrator and ornithologist Edward Newton; the Rodrigues day gecko is now extinct. It was described as Phelsuma newtoni by Boulenger in 1884 spelt Phelsuma newtonii by Boulenger in 1885. However, because this scientific name was used as a synonym for Phelsuma gigas, Vinson & Vinson changed the specific name to edwardnewtoni in 1969. P. edwardnewtoni was one of the largest day geckos. It reached a total length of about 23 cm. Earlier investigators describe the animal as being quite common. However, this species has not been sighted since 1917, in spite of thorough searches in the 1960s and 1970s on Rodrigues and all offshore islets. Today, only five preserved specimens remain, three of which are in The Natural History Museum in London, the two others being in the Paris Natural History Museum.

These specimens have been show a thick-bodied, robust Phelsuma. The body colour has been described as bright green with bright blue spots on the back; the underside of the tail was whitish-yellow. The chin had a deep yellow colour; the species Phelsuma edwardnewtoni inhabited its surrounding islets. P. edwardnewtoni was observed on other palms. Its habitat has been destroyed by humans and introduced animals such as cats and rats, which may have been the main cause of its extinction; these day geckos fed on other invertebrates. They liked to lick soft, sweet fruit and nectar. P. edwardnewtoni was documented as being unafraid of humans. It was quite tame and would eat fruit from one's hand. Leguat described the behaviour as follows: The Palmtrees and Plantanes are always loaden with Lizards about a foot long, the Beauty of, Extraordinairy, their common Food is the Fruit of the Palm-Trees. They are not mischievous, so Tame, that they come and eat the Melons on our Tables, in our Presence, in our Hands.

When we beat'em down from the Trees with a Pole, these Birds wou'd come and devour them before us, tho' we did our utmost to hinder them. It can be noted that the behavior of this species was most very similar to other island dwelling day geckos such as the Madagascar Giant Day Gecko and Standing's Day Gecko which share a similar niche as this species. Boulenger GA. "Note upon a large Lizard of the Genus Phelsuma, from Rodriguez, sent by Mr. J. C. O'Halloran". Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1884: 1-2.. Boulenger GA. Catalogue of the Lizards in the British Museum. Second Edition. Volume I. Geckonidæ... London: Trustees of the British Museum.. Xii + 436 pp. + Plates I-XXXII.. Henkel F-W, Schmidt W. Amphibien und Reptilien Madagaskars, der Seychellen und Komoren. Stuttgart: Ulmer. ISBN 3-8001-7323-9. McKeown, Sean; the general care and maintenance of day geckos. Lakeside, California: Advanced Vivarium Systems

Soe Pyae Thazin

Soe Pyae Thazin is a Myanmar Academy Award winning Burmese actress and singer. She won her first special Myanmar Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress with the film Moe Nya Einmet Myu in 2009 at the age of 18, she has achieved success as an actress and singer. Throughout her career, she has acted in over 100 films. Soe Pyae grew up in Taungoo, Myanmar, she started her acting career in nine grade. Since she was young she won so many awards at school contest for her signing, playing guitar and piano, she moved to Yangon again to become a singer and her first song was "I Really Love You, My Love" where she sang at her cousin's wedding. She stars in a movie and became famous as an actress, her first solo album, "Chit Thu Yway Mal" was released in 2012. She comes from the Soe family, her family is famous in Myanmar, her father is a veterinarian and her mother is a teacher. Her cousins include actresses Soe Myat Thuzar and Soe Myat Nandar, as well as hip hop artist Sandi Myint Lwin. Soe Pyae Thazin made a donation to the Aggapay Metta Youth Development Orphanage on September 22 to mark her 22nd birthday.

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Wf360 is a marketing company founded in 1999 as by Susan Bird. In 2000 the company received incorporated status and it focused its work on helping leading corporations improve communications with, interactions among, their female employees and customers. Wf360’s first MainEvent was held in 2000 and, via satellite broadcast, engaged live audiences in more than 150 locations throughout the world where attendees interacted with Wf360’s Global Conversationalists. MainEvent provides means for MainEvent audiences to interact among themselves as well, building on the concept of a “Global” program, a reference to the fact that it is both global and local. In 2002, in response to requests from its clients for sought help on issues beyond those involving female employees and customers, Wf360 changed its name to Wf360 and expanded into consultation work that explores the most appropriate methods of engaging employees and customers in conversations that reflect an organizations core values and brand ethos, in an effort to transform those individuals into enthusiasts for the company’s brand and products.

Wf360 calls this process Brandversation. Wf360’s work now includes the creation of customized on-line social networks for major organizations, the largest of, MyVetwork, an on-line community for U. S. military personnel and their families. In 2000, Wf360 and the New York Stock Exchange created the 360 Summit, an invitation-only event held at the New York Stock Exchange for 200 Board Directors and Officers of publicly listed companies; the 360 Summit engages participants in discussions over topics of particular interest to business leaders globally. Since 2004, the 360 Summit has included presentation of the 360 Leadership Award to recognize extraordinary “360” style leadership; the first recipient was Queen Rania of Jordan, followed Christine Lagarde. Wf360 conducts its private Inner Circle program for member corporations interesting in providing senior executives the opportunity to gather in intimate groups for facilitated conversation on topics of special importance to them; the first gathering was at Forbes Galleries in New York City and Inner Circles now take place throughout the United States as well as Hong Kong, London and elsewhere.

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Nancy Cunard

Nancy Clara Cunard was a writer and political activist. She was born into the British upper class, devoted much of her life to fighting racism and fascism, she became a muse to some of the 20th century's most distinguished writers and artists, including Wyndham Lewis, Aldous Huxley, Tristan Tzara, Ezra Pound and Louis Aragon—who were among her lovers—as well as Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, Constantin Brâncuși, Langston Hughes, Man Ray and William Carlos Williams. MI5 documents reveal. In years she suffered from mental illness, her physical health deteriorated; when she died in the Hôpital Cochin, she weighed only 26 kg. Her father was Sir Bache Cunard, an heir to the Cunard Line shipping businesses, interested in polo and fox hunting, a baronet, her mother was Maud Alice Burke, an American heiress, who adopted the first name Emerald and became a leading London society hostess. Nancy had been brought up on the family estate at Nevill Holt, but when her parents separated in 1911, she moved to London with her mother.

Her education was including time in France and Germany. Whilst in London she spent a good deal of her childhood with her mother's long time admirer, the novelist George Moore. Indeed, it was rumoured that Moore was her father, though this has been dismissed, there is no question that he played an important role whilst she was growing up, she would write a memoir about her affection for'GM'. On 15 November 1916 she married Sydney Fairbairn, a cricketer and army officer, wounded at Gallipoli. After a honeymoon in Devon and Cornwall, they lived in London in a house given to them by Nancy's mother as a wedding present; the couple separated in 1919 and divorced in 1925. At this time she was on the edge of the influential group The Coterie, associating in particular with Iris Tree, she contributed to the anthology Wheels, edited by the Sitwells, for which she provided the title poem. Cunard's lover Peter Broughton-Adderley was killed in action in France less than a month before Armistice Day. Many who knew her claimed that she never recovered from Adderley's loss.

Nancy Cunard moved to Paris in 1920. Much of her published poetry dates from this period. During her early years in Paris, she was close to Michael Arlen. In 1920 she had a near-fatal hysterectomy, for reasons that are not clear. However, she recovered, was able to lead a promiscuous sexual life without the inconvenience of pregnancy. A brief relationship with Aldous Huxley influenced several of his novels, she was the model for Lucy Tantamount in Point Counter Point. It has been suggested that she became dependent on alcohol at this time, may have used other drugs. Cunard's style informed by her devotion to the artefacts of African culture was startlingly unconventional; the large-scale jewellery she favoured, crafted of wood and ivory, the natural materials used by native crafts people, was provocative and controversial. The bangles she wore on both arms snaking from wrist to elbow were considered outré adornments, which provoked media attention, visually compelling subject matter for photographers of the day.

She was photographed wearing her collection, those of African inspiration and neckpieces of wooden cubes, which paid homage to the concepts of Cubism. At first considered the bohemian affectation of an eccentric heiress, the fashion world came to legitimize this style as avant garde, dubbing it the "barbaric look". Prestigious jewellery houses such as Boucheron created their own African-inspired cuff of gold beads. Boucheron, eschewing costly gemstones, incorporated into the finished creation green malachite and a striking purple mineral, instead, it exhibited this high-end piece at the Exposition Coloniale in 1931. In 1927, Cunard moved into a farmhouse in La Chapelle-Réanville, Normandy, it was there in 1928. The small press had been called Three Mountains Press and run by William Bird, an American journalist in Paris, who had published books by its editor from 1923, Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams' The Great American Novel, Robert McAlmond and Ernest Hemingway's In Our Time. Cunard wanted to support experimental poetry and provide a higher-paying market for young writers.

The Hours Press became known for high-quality production. It brought out the first separately published work of Samuel Beckett, a poem called Whoroscope. Cunard published old friends like George Moore, Norman Douglas, Richard Aldington and Arthur Symons, brought out Henry-Music, a book of poems from various authors with music by Henry Crowder, but two books by Laura Riding, the Collected Poems of John Rodker, poems by Roy Campbell, Harold Acton, Brian Howard and Walter Lowenfels. Wyn Henderson had taken over day-to-day operation of the press by 1931. In 1928 she began a relationship with Henry Crowder, an African-American jazz musician, working in Paris, she became an activist in matters concerning racial politics and civil rights in the USA, visited Harlem. In 1931, she published the pamphlet Black Man and White Ladyship, an attack on racist attitudes as exemplified by Cunard's mother, wh