StarCraft is a military science fiction media franchise created by Chris Metzen and James Phinney and owned by Blizzard Entertainment. The series, set in the beginning of the 26th century, centers on a galactic struggle for dominance among four species—the adaptable and mobile Terrans, the ever-evolving insectoid Zerg, the powerfully enigmatic Protoss, the "god-like" Xel'Naga creator race—in a distant part of the Milky Way galaxy known as the Koprulu Sector; the series debuted with the video game StarCraft in 1998. It has grown to include a number of other games as well as eight novelizations, two Amazing Stories articles, a board game, other licensed merchandise such as collectible statues and toys. Blizzard Entertainment began planning StarCraft in 1995 with a development team led by Metzen and Phinney; the game used a modified Warcraft II game engine. StarCraft marked the creation of Blizzard Entertainment's film department. Most of the original development team for StarCraft returned to work on the game's expansion pack, Brood War.
In 2001, StarCraft: Ghost began development under Nihilistic Software. Unlike the previous real-time strategy games in the series, Ghost was to be a stealth-action game. After three years of development, work on the game was postponed in 2004. Development of a true RTS sequel, StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, began in 2003; the StarCraft II franchise continued with the StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm expansion, released in March 2013. The third and final StarCraft II installment, Legacy of the Void, was released in November 2015. In 2016, a single-player nine-mission pack, Nova Covert Ops, was released in form of DLC; the original game and its expansion have been praised as one of the benchmark real-time strategy games of its time. The series has gathered a solid following around the world in South Korea, where professional players and teams participate in matches, earn sponsorships, compete in televised matches. By June 2007, StarCraft and Brood War had sold nearly 10 million copies combined. In addition, the series was awarded a star on the Walk of Game in 2006, holds four Guinness World Records in the Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition of 2008.
On March 27, 2017, Blizzard announced StarCraft: Remastered, a remastered version of the original StarCraft, with the core updates being up-to-date graphics and revised dialogue and audio. As of April 19, 2017, the original StarCraft and its Brood War expansion are free to download and play from Blizzard's website; the story focuses on the activities of three species in a part of the Milky Way known as the Koprulu Sector. Millennia before any of the events of the games, a species known as the Xel'Naga genetically engineer the Protoss and the Zerg in attempts to create pure beings; these experiments backfire and the Xel'Naga are destroyed by the Zerg. Centuries before the beginning of StarCraft in 2499, the hardline international government of Earth, the United Earth Directorate, commissions a colonization program as part of a solution to overpopulation, however the computers automating the colony ships malfunction, propelling the Terran colonists far off course to the edge of Protoss space.
Out of contact with Earth, they form various factions to maintain their interests. Intrigued by the behavior and mentality of the Terrans, the Protoss remain hidden to examine the humans, while protecting them from other threats without their knowledge; the Zerg, target the Terrans for assimilation to harness their psionic potential, forcing the Protoss to destroy tainted Terran colonies to contain the Zerg infestation. StarCraft begins days after the first of these attacks, where the predominant Terran government, the Confederacy of Man, falls into a state of panic as it comes under attack by both the Zerg and the Protoss, in addition to increasing rebel activity led by Arcturus Mengsk against its rule; the Confederacy succumbs to Mengsk's rebels when they use Confederate technology to lure the Zerg into attacking the Confederate capital, Tarsonis. In the consequent power vacuum, Mengsk crowns himself emperor of a new Terran Dominion. During the assault on Tarsonis, Mengsk allows the Zerg to capture and infest his psion second-in-command, Sarah Kerrigan.
This betrayal prompts Jim Raynor, to desert him with a small army. Having retreated with Kerrigan to their primary hive clusters, the Zerg are assaulted by Protoss forces commanded by Tassadar and the dark templar Zeratul. Through assassinating a Zerg cerebrate, Zeratul inadvertently allows the Overmind to learn the location of the Protoss homeworld, Aiur; the Overmind launches an invasion to assimilate the Protoss and gain genetic perfection. Pursued by his own people as a heretic for siding with the dark templar Zeratul, Tassadar returns to Aiur and with the assistance of Raynor and the templar Fenix, Tassadar launches an attack on the Overmind and sacrifices himself to kill the creature. In Brood War, the Protoss are led by Artanis, they begin to evacuate the surviving population of Aiur to the dark templar homeworld of Shakuras under a fragile alliance between the two untrusting branches of the Protoss. On Shakuras, they are misled by Kerrigan into attacking the Zerg to advance Kerrigan's quest to securing power over the Zerg.
This deception comes. Meanwhile, Earth decides to take action in the sector, sending a fleet to conquer the Terran Dominion and capture the new Overmind. Although taking the Dominion capital
Temnodontosaurus eurycephalus is an extinct species of marine reptile. It is thought to have been a nektonic carnivore, its name comes from the Greek ευρύς, for "wide" and κεφαλή for "head". It is considered the adult jaw length exceeding the 100 centimetres mark, its snout is short, the ratio between the length of its snout to the length of its jaw being under 0.58. Its skull and lower jaw are deep; the species maxilla is long, the ratio between the length of its premaxilla to the length of its jaw is less than 0.36. Its naris is short, its teeth are few in number, the maxillary tooth count standing at below 15. It belongs to the Lower Liassic in age and is confined to Lyme Regis, Dorsetshire; the holotype used to describe this species is a large laterally compressed skull with its right side exposed. The length of its lower jaw is 111 centimetres, its snout is reduced. The ratio between the length of its snout to the length of its jaw is lower than that in T. platyodon. The skull and lower jaw are deep dorsoventrally.
The orbit and the opening of its sclerotic ring are both small. Its maxilla is long and portly, the ratio between the length of its premaxilla to the length of its jaw is smaller than T. platyodon. Its external naris is set forwards and is small, the ratio between the length of its prenarial segment to the length of its jaw being 0.38. Its teeth can be described, they are well spaced. The conjunction of the animal's stout teeth, massive lower jaw, broad rostrum are indicative of an primordially crushing apparatus. T. eurycephalus may have preyed upon other ichthyosaurs: a bony element observed to be clenched between the teeth of BMNH R1157 may in fact belong to a victim. The holotype, obtained from the Lower Lias of Lyme Regis, was collected from a limestone formation named Broad Ledge. Broad Ledge is the top of a rocky platform exposed during low tide in the southeastern Church Cliffs, its ecosystem corresponds with the zone attributed to Arietites bucklandi. List of ichthyosaurs Lias M. J. and P. S. Spencer.
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Najam Aziz Sethi is a Pakistani journalist, YouTuber, former marxist, founder of The Friday Times and Vanguard Books. As an administrator, he served as Chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board, caretaker Federal Minister of Pakistan and Chief Minister of Punjab, Pakistan; as a journalist, he is a left-leaning political commentator who serves as the editor-in-chief of The Friday Times and serves as Chairman of Pakistan Super League. He has served as the caretaker chief minister of Punjab during the 2013 election, he used to host primetime current affairs show Aapas ki Baat on Geo News. He is the President of AAP Media Media Network / Indus News. Najam Sethi began his sociopolitical endeavours with the socialist movement working for the rights of Baluchistan, leading to his arrest in 1975 before being discharged in 1978, he left politics and established Vanguard Books, a progressive book publishing company. In 1989, Sethi along with his wife Jugnu Mohsin launched an independent English weekly, The Friday Times.
He was arrested by the second Nawaz Sharif government in 1999 on trumped-up charges of treason before being released by the Supreme Court of Pakistan. In 2002, he founded the Daily Times of Pakistan and became its editor until leaving in October 2009, he served as the Pakistan correspondent of The Economist from 1990 to 2008. Sethi won the 1999 International Press Freedom Award of the US-based Committee to Protect Journalists and the 2009 World Association of Newspapers' Golden Pen of Freedom Award. On 26 March 2013, his name was approved for the interim position of the chief minister of Punjab as a result of consensus between members of the selection committee comprising individuals from both the governing and the opposing political parties, he took the oath on 27 March 2013, left the office after the May 2013 elections on 6 June 2013. According to Sethi, he first conceived of the idea for an independent Pakistani newspaper out of frustration: while imprisoned in 1984 on trumped-up copyright charges, no newspapers had protested his arrest.
The following year, he and Mohsin applied for a publishing licence under Mohsin's name, since Sethi was "too notorious an offender" to be approved. Called into Nawaz Sharif's office to discuss the application, Mohsin told him that she intended to publish "a social chit chat thing, you know, with lots of pictures of parties and weddings", it was approved in 1987, but Mohsin requested a one-year delay to avoid the first issue coming out during the dictatorship of General Zia ul Haq. The paper's first issue appeared in May 1989. In early 1999, Sethi gave an interview to a team for the British Broadcasting Corporation television show Correspondent, planning to report on corruption in the Nawaz Sharif government. At the beginning of May, he warned by contacts that his co-operation with the team was being interpreted by the Nawaz Sharif government as an attempt to destabilize it and that officials were planning Sethi's arrest. On 8 May, he was taken from his home by personnel of Punjab Police. According to Sethi's wife Mohsin, at least eight armed officers broke into the house, assaulting the family's security guards.
Mohsin was left locked in another room. Sethi was held for a month without charge, he was kept incommunicado at a detention center in Lahore. Amnesty International stated its belief that his arrest was connected with his investigations into government corruption, designated him a prisoner of conscience; the US-based Committee to Protect Journalists sent a protest letter to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, noting the organisation's dismay "that the state continues its persecution of independent journalists", World Bank president James Wolfensohn called Sharif to urge Sethi's release. On 1 June, authorities charged Sethi with "Condemnation of the Creation of the State and Advocacy of Abolition of its Sovereignty" and "Promoting Enmity Between Different Groups" and transferred him to police custody. However, the following day, the Supreme Court of Pakistan ruled that the government had provided insufficient evidence to justify Sethi's detention, he was released, the charges against him were dropped.
In June 1991, Mohsin and Sethi's publishing company, Vanguard Books, released Tehmina Durrani's My Feudal Lord, a "politically explosive" book about her marriage with leading politician Mustafa Khar. In the book, Durrani alleges that Khar abused her, it was an "instant sensation" and became the "hottest book in Pakistan's history". Durrani signed a contract vesting foreign rights with Mohsin and giving her 50% of foreign royalties. On 19 May 1999, however—during Sethi's one-month incommunicado detention—Durrani called a press conference to denounce him as having stolen all of her earnings from the book, stating that his actions were "an bigger case of hypocrisy than my experience with the feudal system". Durrani sued Sethi for mental torture, he countersued for defamation. An earlier dispute over the foreign rights had been settled out of court in 1992. A review of the contracts by the UK newspaper The Independent described Sethi as acting in good faith and described him and Mohsin as "the injured party".
In 2008, when Sethi's newspapers ran a series of editorials opposing religious fundamentalism, the Taliban threatened him with death, causing him to live under constant guard. Sethi received death threats in July 2008 for publishing an editorial cartoon showing Umme Hassaan, principal of a girls' school, encouraging young women in burqas to "kidnap Chinese masseuses"; the joke referred to Lal Masjid, the fundamentalist mosque at which her husband Abdu
Thomas Fonnereau was a British merchant and politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1741 and 1779. Fonnrereau was the eldest son of Claude Fonnereau, a wealthy Huguenot merchant who had settled in Ipswich, he succeeded his father in 1740, inheriting his estates, which included Christchurch Mansion in Ipswich. Returned for Sudbury in 1741, he continued to sit for that constituency until 1768, several of those years in conjunction with Thomas Walpole, a business connection. However, he retained interests in Suffolk and was a member of the Free British Fishery Society, as well as MP for the constituency of Aldeburgh at the end of his life, serving alongside his brother, Zachary Philip Fonnereau, he died unmarried in 1779 and was succeeded by his brother, Dr. Claudius Fonnereau
Observations is a collaborative coffee table book with photography by Richard Avedon, commentary by Truman Capote and design by Alexey Brodovitch. It features a slipcase with all-capitalized lettering. Simon & Schuster published the work in 1959 having it printed using the photogravure method in Lucerne, Switzerland. Avedon and Capote started collaboration on the book in 1945. Observations contains numerous portraits of famous people of the twentieth century, including Pablo Picasso, J. Robert Oppenheimer, Katharine Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe and Mae West. Isak Dinesen was insulted by Capote's description of her, but forgave him shortly before her death in 1962. Kerry William Purcell contends the book's design represents the pinnacle of Alexey Brodovitch's book designs; the book is a sought-after collectors item and sells for hundreds of dollars when not in ideal condition. Notes Bibliography
Grapholita gemmiferana is a species of moth of the family Tortricidae. This species is present in the Near East. Grapholita gemmiferana has a wingspan of 13–16 millimetres; these moths are characterized by a slate-colored forewings, with an orange-ochreous color in the distal area showing various silvery lines and spots. Females are darker; this species is rather similar to Grapholita caecana. Adult moths fly from April to July, caterpillars can be found from June to September. Larvae feed within spun leaves of the narrow-leaved everlasting-pea and on the pods of Lathyrus pannonicus, they overwinter in a cocoon from August- September and pupate in April. Pathpiva Lepi-photos