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Sonic Team

Sonic Team is a video game developer housed within the Japanese video game company Sega as part of its Sega CS Research and Development No. 2 division. Sonic Team is best known for the long-running Sonic the Hedgehog series and games such as Nights into Dreams and Phantasy Star Online; the initial team, formed in 1990, was composed of staff from Sega's Consumer Development division, including programmer Yuji Naka, artist Naoto Ohshima, level designer Hirokazu Yasuhara. The team took the name Sonic Team in 1991 with the release of their first game, Sonic the Hedgehog, for the Sega Genesis; the game contributed to millions of Genesis sales. The next Sonic games were developed by Naka and Yasuhara in America at Sega Technical Institute, while Ohshima worked on Sonic CD in Japan. Naka returned to Japan in late 1994 to become the head of CS3 renamed R&D No. 8. During this time, the division took on the Sonic Team brand but developed games that do not feature Sonic, such as Nights into Dreams and Burning Rangers.

Following the release of Sonic Adventure in 1998, some Sonic Team staff moved to the United States to form Sonic Team USA and develop Sonic Adventure 2. With Sega's divestiture of its studios into separate companies, R&D No. 8 became SONICTEAM Ltd. in 2000, with Naka as CEO and Sonic Team USA as its subsidiary. Sega's financial troubles led to several major structural changes in the early 2000s. After Sammy Corporation purchased Sega in 2004, Sonic Team was reincorporated to become Sega's GE1 research and development department renamed CS2. Naka departed Sonic Team during the development of Sonic the Hedgehog, Sega Studios USA was merged back into Sonic Team in 2008; the following decade was marked by Sonic titles of varying reception, with department head Takashi Iizuka acknowledging that Sonic Team had prioritized shipping over quality. In 1983, programmer Yuji Naka was hired into Sega's Consumer Development division, his first project was Girl's Garden, which he and Hiroshi Kawaguchi created as part of their training process.

For his next game, Phantasy Star for the Master System, Naka created pseudo-3D animation effects. He met artist Naoto Ohshima while working on the game. During the late 1980s and early 1990s, a rivalry formed between Sega and Nintendo due to the release of their 16-bit video game consoles: the Sega Genesis and the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. Sega needed a mascot character that would be as synonymous with their brand as Mario was with Nintendo. Sega wanted a killer app and character that could appeal to an older demographic than preteens, demonstrate the capabilities of the Genesis, ensure commercial success in North America; some sources indicate Sega of Japan held an internal competition to submit characters designs for a mascot, while designer Hirokazu Yasuhara said the direction was given only to himself and Naka. Ohshima designed a blue hedgehog named Sonic, inserted into a prototype game created by Naka; the Sonic design was refined to be less aggressive and appeal to a wider audience before the division began development on their platform game Sonic the Hedgehog.

According to Ohshima, Sega was looking for a game that would sell well in the United States as well as in Japan. Ohshima and Naka had the game and character ready, with Ohshima having worked with Sega's toy and stationery department on design ideas. Ohshima claims that the progress they had made encouraged the company to select their proposal, as theirs was the only team to have put in a high amount of time and effort; this left him confident. The Sonic the Hedgehog project began with just Naka and Ohshima, but grew to involve two programmers, two sound engineers, three designers. Yasuhara joined to supervise Naka and Ohshima and develop levels, became the lead designer, he satisfied Naka's request for a one-button design by having Sonic do damage by jumping. Sonic the Hedgehog was released in 1991 and proved a major success, contributing to millions of sales of the Genesis; the development team took the name Sonic Team for the game's release. Naka has referred to Sonic Team as only a "team name" at this point.

Shortly after the release of Sonic the Hedgehog, Yasuhara, a number of other Japanese developers relocated to California to join Sega Technical Institute, a development division established by Mark Cerny intended as an elite studio combining the design philosophies of American and Japanese developers. While Naka and Yasuhara developed Sonic the Hedgehog 2 with STI, Ohshima worked on Sonic CD, a sequel for the Sega CD add-on. Though Naka was not directly involved in the Sonic CD development, he exchanged design ideas with Ohshima. Following the release of Sonic & Knuckles in 1994, Yasuhara quit. Naka returned to Japan, he was placed in charge of Sega's Consumer Development Department 3 known as CS3. Naka was reunited with Ohshima and brought with him Takashi Iizuka, who had worked with Naka's team at STI. In the mid-1990s, Sonic Team started work on new intellectual property, leading to the creation of Nights into Dreams and Burning Rangers for the Sega Saturn. Naka stated that the release of Nights is when Sonic Team was formed as a brand.

The Saturn did not achieve the commercial success of the Genesis, so Sega focused its efforts on a new console, the Dreamcast, which debuted in Japan in 1998. The Dreamcast was seen as opportunity for Sonic Team to revisit the Sonic series, which had stalled in recent years. Sonic Team was creating a 3D Sonic game for the Saturn, bu

List of ambassadors of Luxembourg to the United States

The Ambassador of Luxembourg to the United States is the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg's foremost diplomatic representative in the United States of America, in charge of Luxembourg's diplomatic mission in the United States. In addition, the ambassador serves concurrently as the non-resident ambassador to Canada, non-resident ambassador to Mexico, permanent observer to the Organization of American States, all of which are ambassadorial positions in their own right; the embassy is in Washington DC, was opened by the government in exile in 1940. Hughes Le Gallais Georges Heisbourg Maurice Steinmetz Jean Wagner Adrien Meisch Paul Peters André Philippe Alphonse Berns Arlette Conzemius Joseph Weyland Jean-Paul Senninger Jean-Louis Wolzfeld Sylvie Lucas Gaston Stronck Embassy of Luxembourg in Washington D. C


Aula365 is an Argentine education and entertainment social network. It is the educational platform that served as an environment for the creation of 365 Social Comic Adventures in the World of the Future, winner on November 8, 2011, of the Guinness Record Award to the comics with the world's largest number of authors. Aula365 is considered an educational website, as it has a multimedia platform for school age students with contents divided into initial, primary and university levels, contents for teachers and parents, in line with the Core Learning Priorities set out in the educational curricula of the different Ibero-American countries. At the same time, this site is a social network, since the group of users can exchange knowledge when discussing the contents, making recommendations and answering questions from other users, among other activities seeking to develop collaborative intelligence, a feature of the so- called Web 2.0. Aula365 operates in eleven countries in Europe. According to EFE agency, Aula365 is considered “the world’s largest school” because it has school-related educational contents for minors and adults.

The site has a content library classified by ages and courses with interactive films, infographics and other resources. It is possible to consult virtual teachers, who answer any type of questions related to school contents, it has English courses that offer interactive videos to stimulate children's interest. On November 8, 2011, Adventures in the World of the Future or 365 Social Comic, a web comic created by Aula365, was awarded with the Guinness Record to the collaborative comic with the world's largest number of authors. Adventures in the World of the Future was composed of 20 episodes which were published every 15 days on Aula365 site; the production period lasted from April to October 2011. Https://

Steam power during the Industrial Revolution

Improvements to the steam engine were some of the most important technologies of the Industrial Revolution, although steam did not replace water power in importance in Britain until after the Industrial Revolution. From Englishman Thomas Newcomen's atmospheric engine, of 1712, through major developments by Scottish inventor and mechanical engineer James Watt, the steam engine began to be used in many industrial settings, not just in mining, where the first engines had been used to pump water from deep workings. Early mills had run with water power, but by using a steam engine a factory could be located anywhere, not just close to water. Water power was not always available. In 1775 Watt formed an engine-building and engineering partnership with manufacturer Matthew Boulton; the partnership of Boulton & Watt became one of the most important businesses of the Industrial Revolution and served as a kind of creative technical centre for much of the British economy. The partners spread the solutions to other companies.

Similar firms did the same thing in other industries and were important in the machine tool industry. These interactions between companies were important because they reduced the amount of research time and expense that each business had to spend working with its own resources; the technological advances of the Industrial Revolution happened more because firms shared information, which they could use to create new techniques or products. From mines to mills, steam engines found many uses in a variety of industries; the introduction of steam engines improved productivity and technology, allowed the creation of smaller and better engines. After Richard Trevithick's development of the high-pressure engine, transport-applications became possible, steam engines found their way into boats, railways and road vehicles. Steam engines are an example of how changes brought by industrialization led to more changes in other areas; the development of the stationary steam engine was a important early element of the Industrial Revolution.

However, it should be remembered that for most of the period of the Industrial Revolution, the majority of industries still relied on wind and water power as well as horse and man-power for driving small machines. The industrial use of steam power started with Thomas Savery in 1698, he constructed and patented in London the first engine, which he called the "Miner's Friend" since he intended it to pump water from mines. Early versions used a soldered copper boiler which burst at low steam pressures. Versions with iron boiler were capable of raising water about 46 meters; the Savery engine had no moving parts other than hand-operated valves. The steam once admitted into the cylinder was first condensed by an external cold water spray, thus creating a partial vacuum which drew water up through a pipe from a lower level; the engine was used as a low-lift water pump in a few mines and numerous water works, but it was not a success since it was limited in pumping height and prone to boiler explosions.

The first practical mechanical steam engine was introduced by Thomas Newcomen in 1712. Newcomen conceived his machine quite independently of Savery, but as the latter had taken out a wide-ranging patent and his associates were obliged to come to an arrangement with him, marketing the engine until 1733 under a joint patent. Newcomen's engine appears to have been based on Papin's experiments carried out 30 years earlier, employed a piston and cylinder, one end of, open to the atmosphere above the piston. Steam just above atmospheric pressure was introduced into the lower half of the cylinder beneath the piston during the gravity-induced upstroke; the engine's downward power stroke raised the pump, preparing the pumping stroke. At first the phases were controlled by hand, but within ten years an escapement mechanism had been devised worked by of a vertical plug tree suspended from the rocking beam which rendered the engine self-acting. A number of Newcomen engines were put to use in Britain for draining hitherto unworkable deep mines, with the engine on the surface.

They were inefficient by modern standards, but when located where coal was cheap at pit heads, opened up a great expansion in coal mining by allowing mines to go deeper. Despite their disadvantages, Newcomen engines were reliable and easy to maintain and continued to be used in the coalfields until the early decades of the nineteenth century. By 1729, when Newcomen died, his engines had spread to France, Austria and Sweden. A total of 110 are known to have been built by 1733 when the joint patent expired, of which 14 were abroad. In the 1770s, the engineer John Smeaton built some large examples and introduced a number of improvements. A total of 1,454 engines had been built by 1800. A fundamental change in working principles was brought about by James Watt. With the close collaboration of Matthew Boulton, he had succeeded by 1778 in perfecting his steam engine which inc

List of Veep characters

Veep is an American political satire comedy television series created by Armando Iannucci. The series stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer; the first season premiered on HBO on April 22, 2012. Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer: Born Selina Catherine Eaton, a former Maryland Senator who, in the start of the series, is the titular Vice President, or "Veep", who has a strained relationship with the President. After the President declines to run for a second term, she begins campaigning for the presidency in Season 3. At the end of Season 3, she becomes President. Due to a complex manipulation of constitutional law, she loses the presidential race in Season 5. After trying to decide what her post-presidential legacy should be during Season 6, she decides to run for another term as President by Season 7, she is divorced with one daughter, but remains romantically entangled with her ex-husband during the first two seasons and the sixth. She seems to display little or no maternal instinct towards her daughter.

Louis-Dreyfus has received widespread critical acclaim for her performance, winning a record-breaking six Primetime Emmy Awards and three Screen Actors Guild Awards, receiving five consecutive Golden Globe nominations. Anna Chlumsky as Amy Brookheimer: the Vice President's Chief of Staff, she credits herself as the Vice President's "trouble-shooter, problem-solver, issue-mediator, doubt-remover, conscience-examiner, thought-thinker and all-round everything-doer". Amy is sacrificing her own reputation to save Selina's political credibility, she is known to be uptight and overly dedicated to her career, unwilling to settle down and have children, much to the dismay of her family. She has romantic history with Dan, may still have feelings for him, she has a few different boyfriends throughout the series, including a fundraiser for Selina and a Western politician. Amy becomes Selina's campaign manager during her presidential run, but resigns as a result of the brief appointment of an equivocating, yet omnipresent, old friend of Selina's to the campaign team.

She rejoins the Meyer team when a tie in the general election leads to a statewide recount in Nevada. At the end of season 6 it is revealed that after a one-night stand with Dan, she is pregnant with his child. However, she gets an abortion in Season 7 due to Dan's inability to settle down. After being sidelined in Meyer’s 2020 election campaign, she becomes the manager of Jonah Ryan’s rival campaign, encouraging his populist platform, she is punished by Meyer by having to serve under her previous role as the Vice President’s Chief Of Staff to Jonah Ryan. Chlumsky portrayed a similar character, Liza Weld, in Iannucci's 2009 film, In the Loop, she has received five consecutive Primetime Emmy Award nominations for her performance. Tony Hale as Gary Walsh: Selina's personal aide and body man. A long-term associate and confidant of Selina, Gary is portrayed as loyal and devoted. Despite his menial job, Gary is a graduate of Cornell University, having majored in hotel management. In the fourth and fifth seasons, Gary is portrayed as having issues adapting to Selina's presidency, since he can no longer be as close to her as due to lack of security clearance.

When Selina fails to win reelection, he remains on as her personal aide. Hale describes Gary's loyalty to Selina stemming from the idea that the character "is one of those guys who never had an identity, he attached himself to people to find who he was." Hale received two Primetime Emmy Awards for his performance on the series, with three further nominations. Reid Scott as Dan Egan: the Deputy Director of Communications in the Vice President's Office, Dan is a ambitious, cutthroat up-and-comer in D. C. who takes pride in his contacts and networking skills. He has dated the daughters of influential politicians to get ahead in his career, he butts heads with Amy, whom he dated. He has a brief stint as Selina's campaign manager for her Presidential campaign but is fired from that position after having a nervous breakdown following several crises, he is fired as a scapegoat amid a data-theft scandal. After working unsuccessfully as a lobbyist and as a CNN analyst, he returns to the campaign staff, as a senior campaign official.

When Selina fails to win reelection, Dan goes to work at CBS. In Season 7, he joins Selina's new reelection campaign. However, after being dismissed once again, he falls back on state-level politics, inserting himself as Chief of Staff to Richard Splett in the various offices he holds in Iowan politics. After being fired by Splett to secure his nomination as Meyer’s Secretary of Agriculture, Egan abandons politics to pursue a career in real estate. Timothy Simons as Jonah Ryan: the White House liaison to Vice President Meyer's office, he clashes with most members of the Veep's office Amy, it is shown that he is disliked by everyone he encounters foreign politicians. In the third season, he is temporarily fired from the White House for running a blog disclosing insider information, leading him to create his own news website, Ryantology. In season four, he works again as a liaison, this time between President Meyer and Vice President Doyle, he works for the Meyer general election campaign, until a New Hampshire congressman dies.

He is drafted to run for that seat in order to secure Meyer's vote in the electoral college. He becomes a congressman, appointing Richard as his Chief of Staff.

RK Eurofarm Pelister

RK Eurofarm Pelister is a handball club from Bitola, North Macedonia. They compete in the domestic Macedonian Handball Super League. RK Eurofarm Rabotnik was founded on March 9, 2011 in Bitola and has been competing for the first Men's Handball League for several seasons, as well as in cadet and pioneer competition under the cap of the Handball Federation of Macedonia. From the 2016/17 season this team competed for the first time in the Super League. On 29 November 2019, a joint ownership was sighed by the owners of RK Eurofarm Rabotnik and RK Pelister. According to the platform, RK Eurofarm Rabotnik should change the name to RK Eurofarm Pelister, the original RK Pelister should change its name to Eurofarm Pelister II; the school includes a handball school that counts 115 children aged 7 to 14 who are divided into three age categories. With the work and professional attitude, the school has seen good results and has been of great interest in young categories; each category operates according to a special program designed for their age.

EHF Cup2018–19 EHF Cup – Group stageEHF Challenge Cup2017–18 EHF Challenge Cup#Last 16EHF Champions League2019–20 – Group stage SEHA League2019–20 SEHA League: Playoffs Eurofarm Pelister play all their home matches in the EHF Champions League, the regional SEHA League and in the domestic competitions. It is a modern complex with a sports hall of 3.500 seats. Squad for the 2019–20 season Transfers for the 2020-21 season Squad for the 2019–20 season Transfers for the 2020–21 season Ivan Markovski Aleksandar Zarkov Andon Boshkovski Ilija Temelkovski Stevče Aluševski Đorđe Čirković Official Website