Tencent Holdings Ltd. is a Chinese multinational conglomerate holding company founded in 1998, whose subsidiaries specialise in various Internet-related services and products, artificial intelligence and technology both in China and globally. Its twin-skyscrapers headquarters Tencent Seafront Towers are based in Shenzhen. Tencent is the world's largest video game company, one of the world's most valuable technology companies, one of the world's largest social media companies, one of the world's largest venture capital firms and investment corporations, its many services include social network, web portals, e-commerce, mobile games, internet services, payment systems and multiplayer online games, which are all among the world's biggest and most successful in their respective categories. Offerings in China include the instant messenger Tencent QQ and one of the largest web portals, QQ.com. It owns the majority of China's music services, with more than 700 million active users and 120 million paying subscribers.
The company surpassed the market value of US$500 billion in 2018, becoming the first Asian technology company to cross the valuation mark. It has since emerged as one of Asia's most valuable companies, among the world's top technology companies by market value. Tencent has been credited as one of the world's most innovative companies by numerous media and firms; as of 2018, Tencent has the 5th highest global brand value. Tencent controls hundreds of subsidiaries and associates in numerous industries and areas, creating a broad portfolio of ownerships and investment across a diverse range of businesses including search engine, e-commerce, video gaming, real estate, virtual reality, ride-sharing, financial services, consumer technology, computer technology, film production, movie ticketing, music production, space technology, natural resources, big data, medical services, cloud computing, social media, IT, streaming media, artificial intelligence, robotics, UAVs, food delivery, courier services, e-book, internet services and renewable energy.
It is one of the most active investment corporations in the world, with stakes in over 600 companies, recent focus on start-ups within Asia’s tech scene. Tencent was founded by Pony Ma, Zhang Zhidong, Xu Chenye, Chen Yidan and Zeng Liqing in November 1998 as Tencent Inc. Incorporated in the Cayman Islands. Initial funding was provided to it by venture capitalists. In February 1999, Tencent's messenger product OICQ released. Shortly after, Tencent had its name changed to QQ; the company remained unprofitable for the first three years. South African media company Naspers purchased a 46.5% share of Tencent in 2001. Tencent Holding Ltd was listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on 16 June 2004, it was added as a Hang Seng Index Constituent Stock in 2008; the company derived income from advertising and premium users of QQ, who pay monthly fees to receive added extras. But by 2005, charging for use of QQ mobile, its cellular value-added service, licensing its penguin character, which could be found on snack food and clothing, had become income generators.
By 2008, Tencent was seeing profit growth from the sale of virtual goods. While Tencent's services have included online gaming since 2004, around 2007–2008 it increased its offerings by licensing games. While at least two, CrossFire and Dungeon Fighter Online, were produced by South Korean game developers, Tencent now makes its own games. On 21 January 2011, Tencent launched a social media app. Now branded as WeChat, the app is one of the world's most powerful social media apps, due to its wide range of functions and platforms, as well as having over 1 billion monthly active users. On 18 February 2011, Tencent acquired a majority equity interest in Riot Games, developer of League of Legends, for about US$230 million. Tencent had held 22.34% of the equity interest out of a previous investment in 2008. On 16 December 2015, Riot Games sold its remaining equity to Tencent Holdings. Tencent acquired a minority stake in Epic Games, developer of franchises like Fortnite, Gears of War and Infinity Blade, in June 2012.
Tencent in 2013 increased its stake in Kingsoft Network Technology, a subsidiary of Kingsoft Corporation, to 18%. Tencent had a 15.68% stake in the company and raised the stake through a US$46.98 million investment. Tencent took part in Activision Blizzard splitting from Vivendi as a passive investor in 2013 and now owns less than 4.9% of the shares as of 2017. On 17 September 2013, it was announced that Tencent had invested $448 million for a minority share in Chinese search engine Sogou.com, the subsidiary of Sohu, Inc. On 15 January 2014, Tencent said it will invest HKD 1.5 billion in logistics and warehouse firm China South City Holdings Ltd to develop its e-commerce and logistics business. On 27 February 2014, Tencent purchased a 20-percent stake in restaurant ratings and group buying website Dianping for $400 million. On 10 March 2014, Tencent bought a 15 percent stake in Chinese e-commerce website JD.com Inc. by paying cash and handing over its e-commerce businesses Paipai, QQ Wanggou and a stake in Yixun to JD.com to build a stronger competitor to Alibaba Group.
On 22 May 2014, JD.com got listed on NASDAQ and Tencent expanded its stake in the company to 17.43% on a diluted basis by investing an additional US$1,325 million. On 27 March 2014, it was announced that Tencent h
William G. Bradford was an American diplomat, he was the United States Ambassador to Chad from 1976 to 1979. William Bradford was born in Illinois in 1925, he joined the U. S. Foreign service c.1952. He oversaw diplomatic positions in Berlin, West Germany, Naples, Italy, in the Public Safety Division and Refugee Relief Act, respectively, he was the Assistant Secretary for Administration of Streamlining Management in Washington, D. C. from 1958 to 1960. From 1962 to 1964, he worked at the U. S. Embassy in Saigon, South Vietnam, he was on detail at the U. S. Embassy in Freetown, Sierra Leone, from 1966 to 1968. From 1969 to 1975 he worked at the Department of African Affairs. In 1976, Bradford assisted in the U. S. Military evacuation of Saigon, he was appointed as United States Ambassador to Chad by President Gerald Ford on September 3, 1976. He was confirmed on October 15, 1976 and served until June 19, 1979, he was the campaign manager for 1980 presidential candidate John B. Anderson. Bradford died on July 2008 of lung cancer at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Fairfax County, Virginia.
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Tony Cisek is an American scenic designer. In 1994, Cisek received his MFA in design from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. After leaving NYU he collaborated with companies across the US including Roundabout Theatre Company, Arena Stage, Guthrie Theater,Goodman Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, South Coast Repertory, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Portland Center Stage, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Alliance Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville,Center Stage, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Syracuse Stage, New York Theatre Workshop, Cleveland Play House, Folger Theatre, The Kennedy Center, Round House Theatre, Studio Theatre, GALA Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Signature Theatre. Cisek collaborated with lighting designer Dan Covey on more than 40 Washington, D. C. productions. The two designers worked together on two Off-Broadway productions, Beyond Glory, columbinus. Cisek received five Drammy Awards for Scenic Design for his work in Portland Center Stage; the production of Sometimes a Great Notion was featured in American Theatre magazine in September 2008.
The Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theater organization nominated Cisek for three Outstanding Scenic Design awards. Cisek received four Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Scenic Design for his work in the Washington, D. C. area. Additionally, he was nominated eight other times for this award; the complete list follows: Isherwood, Charles. "Roundabout Theater Company's Beyond Glory". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-04-14. Isherwood, Charles. "New York Theater Workshop's columbinus". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-04-14. "Tony Cisek, Scenic Design, Official website". Retrieved 2018-12-07. "Helen Hayes Awards". Retrieved 2009-04-14. "Portland, Oregon's 29th Annual Drammy Award Winners". Retrieved 2015-12-02
Cyprus, due to its population and size, has modest international sporting achievements. Most sports are governed by associations under the umbrella of the Cyprus Sport Organisation. Football is the most popular participation sport on the island. Football was introduced to Cyprus early in the 20th century by the British; as football became established, the clubs were united in agreeing that an official body was needed to regulate the sport. In September 1934, the Cyprus Football Association was formed and matches were soon being played on an official basis; the association became a FIFA member in 1948 and an UEFA member in 1962. The Cypriot national team has not yet qualified for any major events, while major Cypriot clubs compete at European competitions with limited success. APOEL F. C. made history in 2012 by being the first Cypriot team to reach the quarter finals of Champions League. The Cypriot First Division is semi-professional with a few professional clubs. Basketball is quite popular in Cyprus.
The Cypriot league is semi-professional. EKA AEL has finished 3rd in the FIBA EuroCup. Tennis in Cyprus has received more attention due to Marcos Baghdatis' success in the ATP rankings. Baghdatis reached the final of the 2006 Australian Open, was a semifinalist at the 2006 Wimbledon Championships and reached a career-high ATP singles ranking of World No. 8 in August 2006. In recent years, Cypriot athletes have achieved some notable successes in Athletics. High jumper Kyriakos Ioannou has won medals in the IAAF World Athletics Championships, Commonwealth Games and the Mediterranean Games. Sprinter Eleni Artymata has won multiple medals in the Mediterranean Games, including gold medals in the 200 metres in 2009 and 2013. Union rugby is not popular on Cyprus the last 2 years if became more popular Cyprus has sent athletes to every summer and winter Olympic Games held since 1980. Pavlos Kontides, competing in the men's Laser class sailing event, won the country's first-ever Olympic medal in 2012; the Cyprus Rally is a rallying competition held yearly in Cyprus since 1970.
The event is based in the city of Limassol. It is run on the winding gravel roads of the nearby mountains of Troödos, it was part of the FIA World Rally Championship from 2000 to 2006. In 2007, the event was part of the FIA Middle East Rally Championship; the same applies for 2008. It is due to rejoin the World Rally Championship in 2009; the sport of Skiing first appeared on Cyprus sometime around 1934, when a group of people created the first "Mountaineering Club" of the island. Though, the ensuing World War II meant that the development of skiing was delayed for several years; the Cyprus Ski Club was created on March 2, 1947 and since it has a leading role in the development of skiing on the island. The first lift was built and operated on the eastern face of Mt. Olympus using primitive equipment, while a second lift was built in 1951 near the "Dolphin" restaurant, to the west of Troodos Square. After the independence of Cyprus in 1960, the Ski Club developed into its modern form, with a ski Federation under the auspices of the FIS, four regional clubs competing in various skiing competitions.
Until 1968, mobile lifts operated by the British Army were used, but in 1968 the first lift owned by the CSC was built at Sun Valley 1. The big lift at North Face was the second to be built, followed by Hermes in 1973, Hera in 1986. More trails were created reaching 9 by 1986; each of the lifts has its own base area with a cafeteria, the various lifts are interconnected by a trail network. Alongside of the development of the area, the CSC initiated the tradition of skiing lessons for the school children of the area from the 1959 season onwards. In 1960, the Federation introduced. Since 1963, Cypriot skiers have started participating in international competitions, with first participation in the World Championships coming in 1978 at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany; the first Winter Olympic participation of Cyprus took place in the 1980 Olympics at Lake Placid. Since, Cyprus has been participating in the various regional competitions, as well as the World Championships and the Olympics. Today many hundreds of Cypriots and as many foreigners enjoy the wonderful sport of skiing every winter on the beautiful slopes of Mt Olympus.
Skiing, with its 60-year plus history on this island, is here not only to stay, but to continue its growth. It is a new sport in Cyprus, but some clubs has developed around the island. Cyprus Paragliding Club is one of the most active in improving the quality of flights, finding new sites where paragliding could be possible. From time to time local competitions are organized. Noticeable sites are Curium, where is possible to fly above the Stavrovouni Monastery
Sarah Wildor is an actress and a dancer. She is most noted as a former principal dancer with The Royal Ballet, a leading international ballet company based at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London. Wildor was born in 1972 in Eastwood, England, she received her professional dance training at both the lower and upper schools of the Royal Ballet School. She joined the Royal Ballet in 1991, was promoted to Soloist in 1995 Principal in 1999. During her career with the Royal Ballet, she was celebrated for her musicality, grace and personality, she resigned from the Royal Ballet in 2001 to expand into Musical Theater and acting. Wildor married the actor, choreographer Adam Cooper in 2000 and they have two children and Alexander. Wildor took a leave of absence from the Royal Ballet in 1997 to play the lead in Matthew Bourne's Cinderella in London and in Los Angeles, CA. Upon leaving the Royal Ballet in 2001, after a decade at Covent Garden, Wildor guest-starred with Scottish Ballet, she played the Young Girl in the company's revival of Frederick Ashton's 1961 romance The Two Pigeons.
It opened at the Edinburgh Festival Theatre in 2002. In 2002 Sarah Wildor together with Adam Cooper presented a tribute to Sir Kenneth MacMillan at Exeter and in Japan. Wildor played the role of Madame de Tourvel in a newly interpreted, 2005 production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses; this version was conceived as a mixture of dance. It was co-directed by Adam Cooper and Lez Brotherston, choreographed by Cooper who played the role of Viscomte de Valmont; the piece premiered in Japan early in the year before a summer season at Sadler’s Wells. Her first role in Musical Theater was in 2002 in Susan Stroman's dance musical Contact and she was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical, she followed with the female lead role in the 2003 production of On Your Toes, with Adam Cooper providing the choreography and playing the male lead. Most notable was their duet to Richard Rodgers'Slaughter on 10th Ave'. Wildor played the vampish Russian ballerina Vera Baronova, the role in which Natalia Makarova made a huge impact in the last London production 20 years ago.
In 2009 she and Cooper again danced the famous'Slaughter on 10th Ave' ballet in a show called Shall We Dance, conceived by Adam Cooper. This stage production was an ambitious all-dance show based on Richard Rodgers’ songs and was directed and choreographed by Cooper, it was performed at Sadler’s Wells. She played Elizabeth in the 2004 Joseph Wright's production of Frankenstein at the Derby Playhouse. Reviewer Alfred Hicklin says: "Sarah Wildor's willowy Elizabeth is impressive, given that she has little to do but wring her hands in despair. Wildor appeared in Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream. Sarah Wildor and Adam Cooper appeared in 2005 at the Seven Oaks Playhouse in a new production of Australian Peta Murray’s 1991 two-hander Wallflowering under Julian Woolford’s direction, they played a suburban Australian couple in Murray’s comedy about love and ballroom dancing. The play includes short dance sequences, which counterpoint the dialogue scenes, there is a continuous alternation between speech and dance.
Wildor played an "awful dancer" in director Gavin McAlinden's 2007 production of You Can't Take it With You at Southwark Playhouse. This is a 1936 Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy from George S Kaufman. Sarah Wildor is a patron of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing Classical Ballet Faculty Wildor was one of the judges at the 2014 finals of the Opera House competition of young British dancers
Calvin Hunt was an American Christian singer. When Hunt's group fell through he continued writing and singing for friends and family, doing block parties, etc. Hunt became addicted to crack cocaine. With the prayer of his wife and children and his Church, The Brooklyn Tabernacle, Hunt rehabilitated and became a full-time minister. Hunt sang with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir and the Brooklyn Tabernacle Singers, with whom he won a Grammy and a Dove Award. Hunt Recorded 4 of 5 Albums 1 unreleased. Released Albums years 1998 - 2007. Hunt was diagnosed with lung cancer but he continued to perform, his 2008 album, was nominated for a Dove Award for Contemporary Gospel Album of the Year, with the song "Come On" being nominated for Contemporary Gospel Recorded Song of the Year. Hunt had been battling cancer and died from cardiac arrest on December 26, 2009 in Jamaica Hospital in Queens, New York. Calvin Hunt Story:When You Just Can't Stop Not I But Christ Mercy Saw Me Power In The Name of the Lord Bridges Calvin Hunt on AllMusic