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Tàrrega

Tàrrega is a village and municipality located in the Urgell comarca, Province of Lleida, Catalonia. According to the 2009 census, the village has a population of 16,539. Tàrrega is the capital of Urgell in the Ondara River basin; the village has a humid subtropical climate, with an average temperature of 14 °C, an average rainfall of 451 mm per year according to the Meteorological Service of Catalonia. Local attractions include a park at Sant Eloi mountain with a Romanesque church of the 13th century, its theatre fair, held annually each September, attracts over 100,000 people a year. Tàrrega's growth began in the 11th century. Located at a strategic crossroad, medieval Tàrrega became an important economic and territorial possession. Indications of the town's vitality at the time include its Jewish community, its fairs and markets, its large amount of artisans; this period of prosperity was ended by the Black Death. Construction of Tàrrega's walls began to monopolize its resources, spurred by the fear of feudal violence.

From the 16th to the 19th centuries, Tàrrega began to take on a more rural character, controlled by rich local families. A series of wars in the region caused instability in the city, as well as three revolts of Carlists. In the second half of 19th century, Tàrrega underwent a revival. Important events in this time included the inauguration of a railway line connecting the town with Manresa and Lleida in 1860, reconstruction of the walls after a flood in 1874, the granting of the title of city by King Alfonso XII in 1884; this period saw the establishment of modern infrastructure in the city. The city of Tàrrega is arranged around the square of Carme, better known as "the Courtyard"; the square features a statue of a famous Tàrrega resident. Adjacent to the square is the Convent of Carme, a Renaissance cloister which dates to the 16th century. Notable buildings in the town square include the town council building, built in 1674, as well as the 19th century modernist chamber of commerce building and the 1910 La Caixa savings bank.

Other local landmarks include the museum on the main street, which still preserves some noble rooms from the 18th and 19th centuries, the church of Saint Anthony in the square of the same name, which dates back to the 14th century. Higher up are the ruins of the castle of Count Ramon Berenguer, constructed in 1056. Little remains of the castle; the municipality includes the villages of El Talladell, Altet, Santa Maria de Montmagastrell, La Figuerosa and Conill. Mossèn Azà, poet Joan Capdevila, footballer Ramon Carnicer, Catalan composer Alfonso Costafreda, poet Francesc Marsà Figueras, painter Josep Güell i Guillaumet, musician Josep Minguell, painter Manuel de Pedrolo, Catalan author Anton Tartera, painter Said Moussadi, pimp Official website Official website of Tàrrega's fair Government data pages

List of Sega Genesis games

The Sega Genesis, known as the Mega Drive in regions outside of North America, is a 16-bit video game console, developed and sold by Sega. First released in Japan in 1988, in North America on August 14, 1989 and in PAL regions in 1990, the Genesis is Sega's third console and the successor to the Master System; the system supports a library of more than 700 games created both by Sega and a wide array of third-party publishers and delivered on ROM cartridges. It can play the complete library of Master System games when the separately sold Power Base Converter is installed; the Sega Genesis benefited from numerous peripherals, including the Sega CD and Sega 32X, several network services, multiple first-party and third-party variations of the console that focused on extending its functionality. The console and its games continue to be popular among fans, video game music fans, emulation enthusiasts. Licensed third party re-releases of the console are still being produced, several indie game developers continue to produce games for it.

Many games have been re-released in compilations for newer consoles and offered for download on various digital distribution services, such as Virtual Console, Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network, Steam. The Genesis library was modest, but grew to contain games to appeal to all types of players; the initial pack-in title was Altered Beast, replaced with Sonic the Hedgehog. Top sellers included Sonic the Hedgehog, its sequel Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Disney's Aladdin. During development for the console, Sega Enterprises in Japan focused on developing action games while Sega of America was tasked with developing sports games. A large part of the appeal of the Genesis library during the console's lifetime was the arcade-based experience of its games, as well as more difficult entries such as Ecco the Dolphin and sports games such as Joe Montana Football. Compared to its competition, Sega advertised to an older audience by hosting more mature games, including the uncensored version of Mortal Kombat.

This is an alphabetical list of released games for the Sega Genesis. Titles listed do not include releases for the Sega Sega 32X add-ons. Included in this list are titles not licensed by Sega, including releases in Taiwan by several developers such as Gamtec, as well as releases by Accolade before being licensed following the events of Sega v. Accolade; this list includes titles developed by unlicensed third-party developers after the discontinuation of the Genesis, such as Pier Solar and the Great Architects. A few games were only released on the Sega Channel subscription service, active from 1994 to 1998, in the US; this means that, whilst cartridges were released for use on PAL and Japanese consoles, they were unavailable physically in the US. While few games were released this way, some of them are considered to be staples in the Genesis library, such as Pulseman and Mega Man: The Wily Wars. A total of 900 game titles are known to have been released for the console: Sega Meganet known as the Net Work System, was an online service for the Mega Drive in Japan.

Utilizing dial-up Internet access, Meganet was Sega's first online multiplayer gaming service, functioned on a pay to play basis. The system functioned through the use of a peripheral called the Mega Modem and offered several unique titles that could be downloaded, a few could be played competitively with friends. In addition, it shared technology and equipment with more serious services such as the Mega Anser, used for banking purposes. Though the system was announced for North America under the rebranded name "Tele-Genesis", it was never released for that region; the Meganet service utilized its own library of independent of the Mega Drive library. Most of these games never received a cartridge release. Several Meganet games would later appear in the Game no Kanzume series, released for the Mega-CD in Japan. Most games for the service were small, at around 128kB per game, due to the limits of Internet connection speeds at the time. Downloads were estimated to take about five to eight minutes to complete.

All of the Meganet games were available through the Sega Game Library, accessed through the Meganet modem. Due to issues with long-distance charges through the use of telephone lines, as well as seconds of lag time between commands, only two games featured competitive play: Tel-Tel Stadium and Tel-Tel Mahjong, with the remainder of the games available for single players via download. Due to Sega's reluctance to commit to releasing the service in North America, third-party developers in that region were unwilling to invest in developing games for Meganet; this resulted in a low number of titles created for the service. The following list contains all of the titles released for the Meganet service. All titles in this list were released in Japan only. There were 31 games on the Meganet. List of Sega video game franchises List of Sega CD games List of Sega 32X games List of cancelled games for Sega consoles Lists of video games

Moonlight on the Avenue of Faith

Moonlight on the Avenue of Faith is the second novel from Gina B. Nahai and follows her mother's mysterious disappearance; the book was published in 2000 by Washington Square Press in the United States and became a Los Angeles Times bestseller. When she is five years old, Lili watches her mother, Roxanna the Angel, throw herself off the balcony of their house on the Avenue of Faith, her family's subsequent search for her reveals no sign of a fall, no trace of an escape. The only witness to Roxanna's disappearance, Lili will spend the next thirteen years looking for her mother, wondering if she is still alive and why she left; the novel tells the life story of Roxanna, born as a “bad-luck child” in the Jewish ghetto of Tehran, through the world of Iran's aristocracy, into the whorehouses of Turkey and to Los Angeles, where she and Lili are reunited. The book was the winner of the International Dublin Literary Award and the Harold U. Ribalow Award, was long listed for the Orange Prize. Critical response was positive.

Edward Hower, writing for The New York Times Book Review, said, "Nahai has achieved some wonderful effects, infusing everyday events with miraculous radiance.” Publishers Weekly called the story "spellbinding" and "marvelously compelling."

2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup

The 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup was the 17th edition of the FIBA Basketball World Cup, the tournament known as the FIBA World Championship. Hosted by Spain, it was the last tournament to be held on the then-current four-year cycle; the next FIBA World Cup was held five years in 2019, to reset the four-year-cycle on a different year than the FIFA World Cup. The United States won their fifth world championship, after beating silver medal winning Serbia in the Final. France claimed the third place. FIBA opened the bidding process on 10 January 2008 and all the letters of intent were submitted on 30 April 2008. Nine countries showed interest in hosting the event, as in order, they were Spain, Denmark, Saudi Arabia, Italy and China. Among the nine, only three were shortlisted by FIBA: China which would have hosted the 2009 FIBA Asia Championship that year, Italy which last hosted a FIBA tournament in EuroBasket Women 2007, FIBA EuroBasket 2007 host Spain. On 23 May 2009, after voting by the FIBA Central Board in Geneva in which the Chinese and Spanish representatives abstained, China was the first to be eliminated in the first round of voting.

In the final round, Arvydas Sabonis and Saša Djordjević announced that Spain won the hosting rights with eleven votes as opposed to Italy's eight. The Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad de Madrid was the main venue, hosting the final and half of the matches in the final round. While no arenas from the 1986 FIBA World Championship were reused, the current Madrid arena was built on the site of the original venue, destroyed by fire in 2001, a venue used in 1986. Amongst venues used in FIBA EuroBasket 2007, the arenas in Granada and Madrid were reused. One arena, the Gran Canaria Arena, was the only new venue, being built after the tournament was awarded to Spain; the other cities hosted a group. On 17 April 2010, Barcelona was added to the list of cities to hold games, bringing the total venues to six; this was Barcelona's first time being part of a major international event in basketball since the 1997 EuroBasket, in which the Palau Sant Jordi hosted the final stages. Barcelona will host half including a semifinal.

Below is a list of the confirmed venues which were used to host games during the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup. Connor Floor was the official supplier of the basketball courts for each of the six sites. There were 24 teams taking part in the 2014 World Cup of Basketball. After the 2012 Olympics, the continental allocation for FIBA Americas was reduced by one when the United States won the Olympic tournament, automatically qualifying them for the 2014 World Cup. Host nation: 1 berth 2012 Summer Olympics: 12 teams competing for 1 berth, removed from that country's FIBA zone FIBA Asia: 15 teams competing for 3 berths FIBA Oceania: 2 teams competing for 2 berths FIBA Africa: 16 teams competing for 3 berths FIBA Americas: 10 teams competing for 4 berths FIBA Europe: 24 teams competing for 6 berths Wild card: 4 berths As of 21 September 2013, twenty teams had qualified for the final tournament in 2014. To complete the 24-team tournament, FIBA would announce the four wild cards after a meeting in Barcelona on 1–2 February 2014.

But the FIBA Central Board decided not to trim the list of wild card applicants on their Buenos Aires meeting, making all 15 teams eligible to be selected on the February meeting at Barcelona. On 1 February 2014, FIBA announced that it had allocated the wild cards to Brazil, Finland and Turkey. On the FIBA Central Board meeting in Buenos Aires, FIBA suspended the basketball federations of Guatemala and Senegal indefinitely "due to their inability to properly function as the governing body for basketball in their respective countries." The Senegalese federation was suspended due to age fabrication in the 2013 FIBA Under-19 World Championship for Men and for Women. On 2 February, FIBA lifted the suspension on the Senegalese federation after they complied with all of the requirements imposed by the FIBA, clearing the way for the participation of its national team in the tournament; this was the first time the NBA-style 4.90m rectangular free throw lane, the 1.25m restricted arc, extended three point line took effect in the tournament.

The final round was held in two arenas: in the Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad de Madrid and Palau Sant Jordi, as opposed to a singular arena in 2010. The arrangement of the round of 16 match-ups in the bracket were changed. In 2010, a team from Group A or B can meet a team from Group C or D as early in the quarterfinals, cannot meet their groupmates until the semifinals. In 2014, teams from Groups A and B were in one half of the bracket played in Madrid, while teams from Groups C and D were in the other half and played in Barcelona. In 2010, the round of 16 games were held in two matches per day. From the semifinals onward, unlike in 2010 where the semifinals were held in one day, the third-place playoff and the final on the next day, the semifinals in 2014 were held on two days, followed by the third-place playoff the next day, the final on the day after, or one game per day; the classification round for 5th place wa

Brian Taylor (basketball)

Brian Dwight Taylor is a retired American professional basketball player. A 6'2" guard from Princeton University, he was selected by the Seattle SuperSonics in the second round of the 1972 NBA draft. However, he began his professional career with the New York Nets of the American Basketball Association, for whom he played four seasons, appearing in two ABA All-Star Games, he joined the NBA as a member of the Kansas City Kings in 1976, he averaged a career-high 17 points per game in 1976–77. He played for the Denver Nuggets and San Diego Clippers, before a torn achilles tendon forced his retirement in 1982. Taylor graduated from Perth Amboy High School in 1969. In 2012, Great Hearts Academies hired Taylor to be the Executive Director of Teleos Preparatory Academy in Phoenix, Arizona, his son, played guard for the Oregon Ducks. Career Stats

St Alban's Church, Warrington

St Alban's Church is in Bewsey Street near to the centre of the town of Warrington, England. It is an active Roman Catholic church in the Archdiocese of Liverpool; the church forms part of the parish of Saint Alban. The church is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building; the parish was founded in 1772 by the Benedictine monks of Ampleforth Abbey, was the first Roman Catholic church in the town after the Reformation. The present building was designed by Edward Alcock. In 1893 the sanctuary, designed by Peter Paul Pugin, was added to the church; the west façade was refashioned in 1909. The church is built in brick, its plan consists of a nave with a shallow apsidal sanctuary, a west porch and a five-sided baptistry at the northwest corner. The porch has a round-headed archway with two orders. Above this are three round-arched windows and the roof is gabled; the altar and sanctuary area were designed by Peter Paul Pugin. The stone and alabaster free-standing and canopied altar was made by Boulton's of Cheltenham.

On the north side of the sanctuary is the Lady Altar by Pugin. The paintings, which depict saints, were executed by Joseph Pippett of Birmingham; the reredos depicts the legend of St Alban. The stained glass in the west windows and in the windows in the north and south walls depict saints; the parish registers go back to 1774. Listed buildings in Warrington