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Video game journalism

Video game journalism is a branch of journalism concerned with the reporting and discussion of video games based on a core "reveal–preview–review" cycle. With the prevalence and rise of independent media online, online publications and blogs have grown; the first magazine to cover the arcade game industry was the subscription-only trade periodical, Play Meter magazine, which began publication in 1974 and covered the entire coin-operated entertainment industry. Consumer-oriented video game journalism began during the golden age of arcade video games, soon after the success of 1978 hit Space Invaders, leading to hundreds of favourable articles and stories about the emerging video game medium being aired on television and printed in newspapers and magazines. In North America, the first regular consumer-oriented column about video games, "Arcade Alley" in Video magazine, began in 1979 and was penned by Bill Kunkel along with Arnie Katz and Joyce Worley; the late 1970s marked the first coverage of video games in Japan, with columns appearing in personal computer and manga magazines.

The earliest journals covering video games emerged in late 1981, but early column-based coverage continued to flourish in North America and Japan with prominent examples like video game designer Yuji Horii's early 1980s column in Weekly Shōnen Jump and Rawson Stovall's nationally syndicated column, "The Vid Kid" running weekly ran from 1982 to 1992. The first consumer-oriented print magazine dedicated to video gaming was Computer and Video Games, which premiered in the U. K. in November 1981. This was two weeks ahead of the U. S. launch of the next oldest video gaming publication, Electronic Games magazine, founded by "Arcade Alley" writers Bill Kunkel and Arnie Katz. As of 2015, the oldest video game publications still in circulation are Famitsu, founded in 1986, The Games Machine, founded in 1988; the video game crash of 1983 badly hurt the market for Western video game magazines. Computer Gaming World, founded in 1981, stated in 1987 that it was the only survivor of 18 color magazines for computer games in 1984.

Gamasutra noted that video game journalism had disappeared post-crash, quoting Nintendo of America's PR runner at the time, Gail Tilden, as stating, "I don't know that we got any coverage at that time that we didn't pay for," when speaking about the launch of the NES in North America. Meanwhile, in Japan, the first magazines dedicated to video games began appearing from 1982, beginning with ASCII's LOGiN, followed by several SoftBank publications and Kadokawa Shoten's Comptiq; the first magazine dedicated to console games, or a specific video game console, was Tokuma Shoten's Family Computer Magazine, which began in 1985 and was focused on Nintendo's Family Computer. This magazine spawned famous imitators such as Famitsu in 1986 and Nintendo Power in 1988. During the early 1990s, the practice of video game journalism began to spread east from Europe and west of Japan alongside the emergence of video game markets in countries like China and Russia. Russia's first consumer-oriented gaming magazine, Velikij Drakon, was launched in 1993, China's first consumer-oriented gaming magazines, Diànzǐ Yóuxì Ruǎnjiàn and Play, launched in mid-1994.

There are conflicting claims regarding which of the first two electronic video game magazines was the "first to be published regularly" online. Starting as a print fanzine in April 1992, Game Zero magazine, claims to have launched a web page in November 1994, with the earliest formal announcement of the page occurring in April 1995. Game Zero's web site was based upon a printed bi-monthly magazine based in Central Ohio with a circulation of 1500 that developed into a CD-ROM based magazine with a circulation of 150,000 at its peak; the website was updated weekly during its active period from 1994-1996. Another publication, Intelligent Gamer Online, debuted a complete web site in April 1995, commencing regular updates to the site on a daily basis despite its "bi-weekly" name. Intelligent Gamer had been publishing online for years prior to the popularization of the web having been based upon a downloadable "Intelligent Gamer" publication developed by Joe Barlow and Jeremy Horwitz in 1993; this evolved further under Horwitz and Usenet-based publisher Anthony Shubert into "Intelligent Gamer Online" interactive online mini-sites for America Online and the Los Angeles Times' TimesLink/Prodigy online services in late 1994 and early 1995.

At the time, it was called "the first national videogame magazine found only online". Game Zero Magazine ceased active publication at the end of 1996 and is maintained as an archive site. Efforts by Horwitz and Shubert, backed by a strong library of built up web content allowed IG Online to be acquired by Sendai Publishing and Ziff Davis Media, the publishers of then-leading United States print publication Electronic Gaming Monthly who transformed the publication into a separate print property in February 1996. Future Publishing exemplifies the old media's decline in the games sector. In 2003 the group saw multi-million GBP profits and strong growth, but by early 2006 were issuing profit warnings and closing unprofitable magazines. In late November 2006, the publisher reported both a pre-tax loss of £49 million and the sale—in order to reduce its level of bank debt—of Italian subsidiary Future Media Italy. In mid-2006 Eurogamer's business development manager Pat Garratt wrote a criticism of those in print games journalism who had not adapted to the web, drawing on his own prior experience in print to offer an explanation of both the challenges facing companies like Future Publishing

Pizzeria Napoli (Baghdad)

The Pizzeria Napoli is a pizza restaurant in Baghdad, Iraq. The owner Waleed Al Bayati lived in Italy and along with his brother, set up the restaurant on Saturday, June 27, 2003 when Saddam Hussein's government fell after the 2003 invasion of Iraq, he made a brisk business selling pizza to coalition troops, received a mobile phone from American forces so he could take orders. The restaurant was popular with western reporters including Washington Post bureau chief Rajiv Chandrasekaran who would order several pizzas for his staff. Upon returning from Italy, Al Bayati rented a space on Yafa Street on the north side of the Green Zone. Although pizza was not considered popular in Iraq, he set out to build an authentic Italian restaurant, he hired a local bricklayer to build a wood fire pizza oven, used a dairy near Abu Ghraib prison to make customized mozzarella cheese and a farmer who grew tomatoes similar to those grown in Tuscany. Basil and oregano came from his own garden; the business had to endure frequent blackouts.

The restaurant suffered as the insurgency flared in Iraq and in December 2004, a suicide bomber blew up outside coalition headquarters and damaged the restaurant and other buildings nearby. After the bombing, security to the street where the restaurant is located was increased. While the work environment was safer, by 2008 business was down and fewer reporters used it. However, the business remained open. Smelling Opportunity, Entrepreneur Pounces Local residents affected by suicide bombing near coalition HQ

Leslie Weatherhead

Leslie Dixon Weatherhead was an English Christian theologian in the liberal Protestant tradition. Weatherhead was noted for his preaching ministry at City Temple in London and for his books, including The Will of God, The Christian Agnostic, Psychology and Healing. Weatherhead was born in London in 1893, he trained for the Methodist ministry at Richmond Theological College, in south-west London. The First World War cut short his training, he became Methodist minister at Farnham, Surrey, in September 1915. After serving in India and Leeds, Weatherhead became the minister of the City Temple, a Congregational Church on Holborn Viaduct in London, he served there from 1936 until his retirement in 1960. From 1930 till 1939, Weatherhead was a member of Frank Buchman's Oxford Group and wrote several books reflecting the group's values, including Discipleship and The Will of God, he symbolised the "head" of the Oxford Group London. His book This is the Victory was first printed in 1940 and reprinted in March 1942.

In the period of time between these two editions, the City Temple was "gutted by fire from incendiary bombs dropped from enemy aeroplanes". He was able to continue his ministry thanks to the nearby St Sepulchre-without-Newgate church. After the war, Weatherhead raised the funds to rebuild the City Temple from John D. Rockefeller; the City Temple is now a congregation of the United Reformed Church. Despite opposition, Weatherhead was elected as President of the Methodist Conference for 1955–1956; the re-built City Temple was opened in the presence of the Queen Mother in 1958. In 1960, Weatherhead retired to live at Bexhill-on-Sea, he died in 1976. The three books of his sermons which Weatherhead considered his best were That Immortal Sea, Over His Own Signature and Key Next Door. Three biographies of Leslie Weatherhead have appeared: in 1960, for young people, Dr. Leslie Weatherhead of the City Temple by Christopher Maitland. Travell. Weatherhead is identified as a liberal Christian, he believed in God, whom he felt most comfortable referring to as "Father."

Like most Christians, he felt that the Creator was higher on a scale of values, but that God must be personal enough to interact in a direct relationship with people. Weatherhead understood that some would find this difficult. If "God is love" it would be difficult to deny God's Providence. Weatherhead believed in the divinity of Christ, in that he stood in a special relationship with God and "indeed an incarnation of God in a fuller sense than any other known Being." Weatherhead pointed out that the New Testament never refers to Jesus as God and neither did Jesus refer to himself in this way. Jesus called himself the Son of the Word. To say that Jesus was the "only begotten son" of God would be an impossibility, as such information is not presently available; the virgin birth was not an issue for Weatherhead, having never been a major tenet for being a follower of Christ. Moreover, the New Testament traces Jesus' lineage through his father Joseph, not Mary, to show that he descended from the house of David.

Weatherhead notes. He comments on the fact that Jesus got angry, cursed a fig tree because it didn't produce fruit and rebuked Peter, one of his closest disciples, calling him Satan. Since Jesus was morally superior, many theologians assume him to be sinless, though Jesus never made that claim for himself. Weatherhead agreed with Dr. Nathaniel Mickelm, whom he quoted regarding the blood sacrifice of Jesus as something, unnecessary for forgiveness. For Mickelm, it would be a perversion of God to suppose that "God did not and could not forgive sins apart from the death of Christ." Yet that sacrifice revealed something of the nature of God. As for the Holy Spirit, Weatherhead conceded agnosticism. "Few Christians, whom I know, think of the Holy Spirit as a separate Person," he said. His view was, his view of the church was an idealistic one. The church on earth should be a photocopy of the divine original, in which all who loved Christ would be joined together to "worship and move forward to the unimaginable unity with God, his will."

Reformed minister Ian Paisley Lord Bannside, denounced Weatherhead in a 1969 sermon as "the man that said that Jesus Christ was the bastard son of Zechariah – and Mary, a prostitute of the temple.... That is about as vile a thing as anybody could say." He called Weatherhead "an arch-apostate", whose place was "in hell". In his own view, Weatherhead had made every effort to present Mary as a pure and sincere young maiden—who had interpreted the Angel's Annunciation as a divine instruction to go and stay for three months with her cousin's husband, Zechariah—and, when Jesus was conceived. Weatherhead regarded it as significant that the Gospels contain no record of Jesus mentioning that his mother had conceived him without a human father. Weatherhead's theory that Jesus was the son of Zechariah became part of the teachings of Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church. Encountering it in Weatherhead's The Christian Agnostic, Unificationist theologian Young Oon Kim adopted it as the best explanation of the birth of Jesus in her work Unification Theology, a standard textbook of the church.

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Randy Jackson (Zebra)

Randy Jackson is an American rock musician from New Orleans, best known for his role as frontman for the band Zebra. He was born and raised in New Orleans, United States. In addition to his career with Zebra, he is a Long Island Music Hall of Fame inductee, a Louisiana Music Hall of Fame inductee, has toured with Jefferson Airplane and tributes to Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and The Doors. In 1973, he joined Shepards Bush as lead guitarist, it was here. Hanemann worked at Jazz City Studios in New Orleans owned by Cosimo Matassa. Shepards Bush recorded a demo at the studio, Jackson’s first experience in a recording studio. Jackson and Hanemann left Shepards Bush a year later, they soon met drummer Guy Gelso and formed “Zebra” in 1975. It was at this point. After playing the New Orleans area for two years, Zebra moved to Long Island in New York in 1977 and dedicated themselves to playing in that area’s club and college scene as a cover band. With their limited selection of original music. Zebra was talented enough to impress Atlantic Records, who signed the group to a five album deal right out of the gate in late 1982.

Their first album, Zebra was produced by Jack Douglas, went gold and was the fastest selling debut album in the history of Atlantic Records. Zebra sold over 75,000 copies in its first week and spent eight months on the Billboard charts, peaked at number 29. During the next couple of years Zebra played opener for Aerosmith, Journey, ZZ Top, Cheap Trick, Sammy Hagar and REO Speedwagon; the group has produced five albums and five videos with combined sales of over 2,000,000. In addition to working with Zebra, Jackson performs lead vocals for The Music of Led Zeppelin, The Music of Pink Floyd and The Music of The Doors, he frequently plays live acoustic shows across the country. In 1989, Jackson got a call from drummer Kenny Aronoff to join him and tour playing guitar and keyboards with the original Jefferson Airplane on their U. S. reunion tour. Randy Jackson’s China Rain, a project that featured songs co-written with Mark Slaughter and Jack Ponti was released in 1991 in North America and Japan. In 1992, Jackson started performing “Solo” live with the use of a Macintosh SE/30 computer he programmed to perform the drums and keyboards, called it "The Midi Show".

He programmed the computer to run the sound mix and lights during the show. He toured all over the southern and the northeastern U. S. with the show. From 1992 to 1996, Jackson was involved with Lonestar Technologies in the hardware and software development of an Interactive Multimedia Musical Instrument called “The Key” which allows anyone to play music instantly. Jon Anderson of “Yes” used “The Key” to perform live and wrote many songs with the instrument during that time. Jackson completed work on Zebra IV, released on July 8, 2003, he engineered the entire album. The Sign were formed by Randy Jackson, Terry Brock, Billy Greer and Bobby Rondinelli, their début album, released in 2000, was Signs Of Life. Their second album, The Second Coming, for which Jackson co-wrote songs and shared vocals, was released in August 2005 on Frontiers Records. Jackson sang The National Anthem at Shea Stadium in Flushing, New York on July 7, 2006. On July 10, 2010 Zebra was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.

On October 18, 2012 Zebra was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame. In 2010, Jackson participated in a tribute album titled Mister Bolin’s Late Night Revival, a compilation of 17 unreleased tracks written by guitarist Tommy Bolin prior to his death in 1976; the CD includes other artists such as HiFi Superstar, Doogie White, Eric Martin, Troy Luccketta, Jeff Pilson, Rachel Barton, Rex Carroll, Derek St. Holmes, Kimberley Dahme, The 77’s. "A percentage of the proceeds from this project will benefit the Jackson Recovery Centers." The Center is located in Tommy Bolin's home town of Sioux City, Iowa and is not named for Randy Jackson. On February 4, 2014, Empathy For The Walrus was released by Red River Records. Jackson produced and engineered Empathy For The Walrus, playing all instruments and singing all the parts. In late 2014, Jackson recorded "What it Feels Like" with Silvergun, an American rock band from Dallas, starring Darren "DPaul" Wise of The Drew Pearson Show band. Zebra Videos And More VHS Zebra The DVD

A Rich Man's Plaything

A Rich Man's Plaything is a 1917 American silent drama film produced and distributed by the Fox Film Corporation. The film starred Valeska Suratt in her final film role. A Rich Man's Plaything is now considered lost, it is one of many silent films that were destroyed in a fire at Fox's film storage facility in Little Ferry, New Jersey in July 1937. As described in a film magazine, employed in a New England Cannery, meets "Iron" Lloyd, a millionaire financier and tenement owner, whose yacht is cruising off the coast, he poses as a stoker and soon learns from Mary that, if she had the means, she would wage battle against the oppressive tenement lords. As a test, whom she knows as Strange, has his lawyer transfer a fortune to her as a legacy from a lost relative. Mary starts her fight against Lloyd. Ogden Deneau, Lloyd's rival in business, associates himself with Mary, pretending to be interested in her work but planning to crush Lloyd, but she enlists Strange's aid. On the day of the great coup, she arranges to meet Deneau at a country inn, there exposes him to his wife.

Returning to the city she learns from Strange that Deneau is bankrupt and that Strange is Lloyd. She is furious as first, but relents when Lloyd tells her that he was testing her and asks her to start life anew with him. Valeska Suratt - Marie Grandon Edward Martindel - "Iron" Lloyd John T. Dillon - Ogden Deneau Charles Craig - Lawyer Sharp Robert Cummings -'Smash' Regan Gladys Kelly - Mrs. Deneau A Rich Man's Plaything on IMDb A Rich Man's Plaything at AllMovie

Ministry of Finance (Israel)

The Israeli Ministry of Finance is the main economic ministry of the Government of Israel. It is responsible for planning and implementing the Government's overall economic policy, as well as setting targets for fiscal policy, preparing the draft State Budget and monitoring implementation of the approved budget; the ministry manages state revenues, collects direct and indirect taxes and promotes nonresident investments. In addition, the ministry conducts economic relations with foreign governments, economic organizations and the international community; the ministry regulates the state owned companies sector and the capital market and insurance. The ministry is responsible for auxiliary units for government ministries in motor vehicles, computer services and government procurement; the Finance Ministry is headed by the Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon. There is occasionally a Deputy Minister of Finance; the permanent staff of the ministry include the Director General, the department directors responsible for the Budget Department, the Accountant General, the Wage and Labor Agreements Department and the accreditation units.

The units of the Ministry of Finance may be categorized by the three types of service they provide: Government staff services – departments that act on behalf of units and operations of the government: budgeting of government operations, operations of the Accountant General, regulation of the state-owned companies, economic services in the United States, control and auditing of Finance Ministry operations. General economic staff services – departments that act in matters pertaining to the economy at large: management of state revenues, regulation of the capital market and savings; the Tax Authority implements the Income Tax and Property Tax ordinances, VAT. Auxiliary services for government ministries – motor-vehicle services, computer services for the tax departments and Government Procurement Administration. Economy of Israel Bank of Israel Standard of living in Israel Israeli Ministry of Finance Israeli Ministry of Finance Past Ministers at Finance Israel All Ministers in the Ministry of Finance Knesset website