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Yancy Street Gang

The Yancy Street Gang is a fictional street gang appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. It is featured in the Fantastic Four comic book; the Yancy Street Gang was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, first appeared in Fantastic Four #15, though off-panel. The Dead End Kids type gang was first mentioned, although not seen, in Fantastic Four #6. Yancy Street is named in reference to the real Delancey Street, which extends from the Bowery in Manhattan's Lower East Side eastward to the Williamsburg Bridge. However, Yancy Street is seen in Fantastic Four #15 to intersect with 10th Avenue, on the west side of Manhattan; the Yancy Street Gang is depicted as frequenting downtown Manhattan, serves as a recurring antagonist of the Thing, tormenting him for humorous effect. It was depicted as composed only of youths, but depictions have both young members as well as adult members from an earlier generation, who have passed their grudge against the Thing to the younger members. Although described as a gang, the Yancy Streeters are depicted as engaging in criminal activities and may be more described as a circle of admittedly roughneck friends and associates who encourage neighborhood youths to divert their energies into harmlessly heckling the indestructible Thing, rather than into more dangerous and illegal pursuits.

The adult members of the Yancy Street Gang, all blue-collar workers who still live in the neighborhood, are seen tormenting the Thing in some way by throwing things at him and shouting abuse whenever he entered Yancy Street. They were thought to send him booby-trapped parcels, although a retcon in Fantastic Four #61, written by Mark Waid, revealed that these packages had been sent by the Human Torch as part of his own recurring campaign of pranks against the Thing; as a youth, Ben Grimm led the gang, the other members, who have retained their loyalty to it in adulthood resent him for having "sold out" by leaving the neighborhood and pursuing a higher education and standard of living, culminating in his position as one of the Air Force's most accomplished pilots and as a world-famous adventurer. However, they are portrayed as good-natured at heart and have helped the Fantastic Four if a supervillain threatens their neighborhood itself or if they think that a villain is giving the Thing too much trouble.

They sometimes seem to genuinely like the Thing, if only because he makes such an effective and good-humored target for their pranks. Other heroes have become involved with the local life, such as when Spider-Man cleared out a Negative Zone invasion from Yancy Street and saved three residents from being lost forever. In The Thing #6, the Thing's relationship with Yancy Street was reconciled, after the millionaire Thing donates a state-of-the-art recreational facility to the neighborhood. Resentful because they regarded the project as an exercise in ego, they learned that it was named in honor of the Thing's deceased brother, Daniel Grimm Jr. and they declared the facility to be under their informal protection. The facility is seen again when Benjamin is encouraging the local youth to make use of the location, to hit the bags instead of each other; the adult Yancy Street Gang members are traditionally shown in the comics with their faces obscured by the shadows of their hardhats or other headwear.

The younger "next generation" Yancy Streeters, have been seen, including in one story which portrays the Gang with gimmicks and codenames similar to Kirby's DC Comics kid gangs. The Yancy Street Gang has become involved during the Civil War storyline, they are part of a large group of New York citizens protesting the arresting of superheroes who do not wish to register with the United States Government. Ben Grimm becomes involved with the dispute, being asked by police forces to talk with the Gang regulars. Ben meets with a young man in a leadership position. Both Cee and the police wish for Ben to take a more active role. While negotiations are going on, another gang member, has become involved with longtime FF villains the Puppet Master and the Mad Thinker; the two men put in motion a plan. Though Spider-Man recognizes the potential trouble as the convoy turns in, it is far too late. Military forces and superheroes on both sides of the Registration Act, some affected by the villains and some fighting with their own agendas, engage in a property-damaging fight.

Mouse, not in control of his own mind, drops a bomb into the middle of the fight. In an effort to save lives, Ben Grimm smashes a empty truck onto the bomb; this effort fails. Ben furiously hands Cee's body to the other gang members and shames the people involved into quitting the fighting. A version of the Yancy Street Gang was composed of blue-collar criminals who were former dot-com start-ups, ex-Wall Street traders, failed hedge fund managers; this Gang encountered

Solway Group

The Solway Investment Group Limited, Solway Group, or Solway Investment Group, The Solway Investment Group, GmbH, is a private international mining and metals group located in Switzerland. Main areas of expertise are industrial project development, relaunching production assets, developing new projects. With 100% EU capital and operational offices in Luxembourg and Estonia; the Group comprises a number of core investments and operations focused on the metals and mining sector - nickel mining and production. Solway manages its own direct investment fund with main interests in commercial real estate and information technologies; the Group conducts operations in Macedonia, Ukraine and Guatemala. Solway is an investment firm established in 1992 with assets in mining, steel, IT, property; the firm has assets in Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Asia Pacific region. Solway Industries Solway Resource Solway Finance Ltd Aluminum: In the mid-90s acquired controlling interests in several aluminum plants, the Volgograd Aluminum Plant, the Volkhov Aluminum Plant, the Pikalevo Alumina Plant.

These were sold in 2006 to SUAL, now part of Rusal. Ferroalloy: In 1996 a controlling interest was acquired in the Kluchevskoy Ferroalloys Plant in the Ural region; the plant produced a wide range of rare earth alloys. Solway's interest was sold to a manager group in 2003, it is now part of MidUral Group. Steel: The Red October Steel Plant in Volgograd was acquired in 1999 from creditors in bankruptcy; the plant was restarted and full production restored. It was sold in 2003 to Midland Group, it is now a part of a state-owned firm. Scopski Leguri, an idle smelter in Macedonia was acquired in 2006 and restarted using high-grade manganese ore to produce FeSiMn; the plant was resold in 2006 to investors. The Fenix nickel project is a nickel resource in Guatemala, purchased from Hudbay Minerals in 2011 for $170 million; the operation had been on care and maintenance since 1980. Since 2011, Solway has invested US $620 million into the Fenix Project. Today, the Fenix Project consists of a world-class nickel mine, a newly built power plant and the ProNiCo metal processing facility.

The project has mining rights to 36.2 million tons of nickel ore reserves with 1.86% nickel, as well as the rights to an additional 70.0 million tons of resources within its license area. In 2014, the ProNiCo plant began operating, is moving towards operating at its production capacity of over 20 kt of Ni pa. Pobuzhskiy Ferronickel Plant in Ukraine; the plant was built in 1964 in the Soviet Union. It had been idle for 3 years when Solway acquired it in 2003; the facility was converted to focus on the production of a single commodity: ferronickel produced from laterite nickel ores imported from Indonesia and New Caledonia, from Solway’s project in Guatemala. Since 2003, Solway has invested over US $200 million into modernizing PFP; the plant has an annual production capacity of over 22,000 metric tons of Ni and over 1,100 thousand metric tons of dry laterite ore. The Pobuzhskiy Ferronickel Plant. is a member of the Kyiv Chamber of Commerce and Industry. DOO Bucim in North Macedonia. Solway acquired the bankrupted Bucim mine in 2005 when it won the Macedonian government’s international tender.

Since 2005, Solway Investment Group has invested over US $50 million in the Buchim mine. Today, Bucim is an open pit mine which produces premium flotation concentrate containing copper and gold, a SX/EW operation producing LME-grade cathode copper. Buchim processes over 4.5 million tons of ore annually. Over 40,000 tons of copper concentrate containing gold are produced each year. Within the Buchim project, Solway is developing the Borov Dol mine which will extend the life of the Buchim operation to at least 2028. An estimated US $56 million of total capital expenditures will be dedicated to the Borov Dol project. Aquila nickel project, 2005, Indonesia. Aquila Nickel is a greenfield nickel and cobalt project focused on the construction of a large, top-tier nickel producer in Indonesia; the resource base consists of a world-class, large Ni-Co deposit located on Halmahera Island. The project is estimated to have resources of over 120 million tons of dry saprolite ore, with an average nickel grade of 1.58%, as well as over 80 million tons of dry limonite ore, with a nickel grade of 1.15% and a cobalt grade of 0.15%.

In 2017, the group obtained all the necessary permits required to proceed to the next stage of the project, including the main mining license. Kurilgeo, Urup Island, Russia. Solway owns and operates a gold mining project on Urup Island, one of the Kuril Islands, in Russia’s Far East; the group obtained an exploration license for the area covering over 50.8 square kilometers in 2005. In March 2010, Solway obtained and registered a 25-year mining license for the KurilGeo gold project. Solway has invested US $49 million into the asset to date. KurilGeo has an annual production capacity of over 50,000 ounces of gold. Investment in Coro Mining Corp in May 2011 San Jorge Copper project in Mendoza Province. Argentina. Today the Group acquired a 100% ownership of the project. Homepage SolwayGroup.com

Flashback (1992 video game)

Flashback, released as Flashback: The Quest for Identity in the United States, is a 1992 science fiction cinematic platform game developed by Delphine Software of France and published by U. S. Gold in United States and Europe, Sunsoft in Japan; the game was directed, written/designed and programmed by Paul Cuisset, who had created the adventure game Future Wars. Flashback was released for the Amiga in 1992, although created for the Mega Drive/Genesis, ported to MS-DOS, Acorn Archimedes and Super NES in 1993 - at which time the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis version was released. CD-ROM versions of Flashback for the Sega CD, 3DO, CD-i, MS-DOS, Apple Macintosh and the FM Towns were released during 1994 and 1995, together with a cartridge version for the Atari Jaguar in 1995. In 2017, the game was released worldwide on the Sega Dreamcast featuring graphic assets and cutscenes taken from the MS-DOS version and music from the Amiga version. An updated port for the Nintendo Switch titled Flashback: Remastered Edition was released on June 7, 2018 in North America and Australia.

Flashback: Remastered Edition was ported to PlayStation 4, it was released on November 20, 2018 in North America and Australia. Advertised as a "CD-ROM game on a cartridge", the game features hand-drawn backdrops and all animation is rotoscoped, giving movements an unusual fluidity, similar to that of the earlier Prince of Persia; the capture technique of Flashback was invented independently of Prince of Persia and used a more complicated method of first tracing video images onto transparencies. The game was a commercial and critical success and was listed in the Guinness World Records as the best-selling French game of all time, it was followed by a sequel titled Fade to Black in 1995. In 2013, a Flashback remake by VectorCell consoles; as a cinematic platformer, Flashback features gameplay similar to that of 1989's Prince of Persia, Delphine's own Another World released in 1991. Each level spans a large number of non-scrolling screens, nearly all of which feature multiple levels of altitude – requiring the player character Conrad to jump, grab onto ledges, use elevators, drop onto lower levels.

Conrad exhibits realistic human running speed and jumping ability, as well as realistic weakness – he will die if he falls from too great a height. Conrad carries a pistol with unlimited ammunition; as Conrad progresses through the game's seven levels, he is presented with spatial puzzles, requiring the player to discover how to guide him toward his destination. Late in the game, Conrad receives a teleportation device, is able to progress by throwing the device and teleporting into otherwise unreachable areas. In the year 2140, amnesiac Conrad B. Hart is chased by mutants and crash-lands his hover bike in a jungle on Titan, he finds a holocube. It contains a recorded message from himself, he makes his way through the jungle and purchases an anti-gravity belt in order to enter New Washington via chasm. He finds Ian being attacked by police. After he kills them, Ian uses a regenerator to restore Conrad's memories: For his "end of year thesis" he had built glasses which measure molecular density and inadvertently discovered that shapeshifting aliens called Morphs, distinguished by their high density, had mixed into the human population.

The Morphs targeted him. Anticipating memory erasure, he recorded the holocube, sent a copy of his memory to Ian. Conrad is determined to return to Earth. Ian tells him that the only way he can afford a ticket to Earth is to win one in Death Tower, a game show in which contestants fight to the death, false papers are required for a pass. To pay for the forged papers, Conrad takes a series of dangerous jobs in the city, he finds himself continually targeted by police, who have been misled by Morph infiltrators. Conrad wins Death Tower, travels to Earth, his false papers get him past the checkpoint, but the Morphs soon realize who he is and Conrad is pursued by more cops. He takes a taxi to the Paradise Club, he spies on three Morphs through a ceiling vent. They discuss their plan to conquer Earth within hours. Conrad is taken to a prison cell. Soon, Morphs enter his cell to kill him. Conrad picks up a discarded alien gun. Exploring the facility, he discovers a teleporter, uses it to transport himself to the Morphs' home planet.

He finds a human prisoner named Phillip Howard Clark. As he opens his prison, a Morph executes Phillip. Dying, Phillip gives Conrad an atomic charge. Phillip's diary reveals he had planned to destroy the "Master Brain" that controls the aliens, located at the planet's core, but the "Auxiliary Brain" must be destroyed to open up the communication pathways to the Master Brain. Conrad finds the Master Brain's pathway; as he arrives at a certain spot, he hears Phillip's voice, telling him that the atomic charge should be placed on a loose platform. After he does so, he throws a switch, awakening the brain to cause a tremor, which drops the charge towards the core. Conrad escapes to the hangar and takes a Morph's spacecraft out of the planet's atmosphere before it detonates; as he cannot navigate home due to the Morphs' galaxy not being on any human star charts, he instead puts himself in suspended animati

Demographics of Nigeria

Nigeria is one of the most densely populated countries in Africa, with 200 million people in an area of 920,000 km2, is the country with the largest population in Africa and the seventh largest population in the world. 50% of Nigerians are urban dwellers, with the rate of urbanization being estimated at 4.3%. Nigeria is home to over 250 ethnic groups, with over 500 languages, the variety of customs, traditions among them gives the country great cultural diversity; the three largest ethnic groups are the Hausa 27.4% of the population. The Efik, Ibibio and Ijaw constitute other Southeastern populations; the Urhobo-Isoko and Itsekiri constitute Nigerian's Midwest. Most of the population is a young population, with 42.54% between the ages of 0–14. There is a high dependency ratio of the country at 88.2 dependents per 100 non-dependents. Three of the main religious groups are Muslim at 45%, Christian at 45% and other indigenous beliefs at 10%; the predominantly Christian Igbo are found in the southeast.

Roman Catholicism is the largest Christian denomination in Igboland, but Anglicanism is strong, as are Pentecostal and other Evangelical denominations. Persons of different ethnic backgrounds most communicate in English, although knowledge of two or more Nigerian languages is widespread. Hausa and Yoruba are the most used Nigerian languages. Nigerian Pidgin is used as an unofficial medium of communication in the Nigerian cities of Warri, Ughelli and Port Harcourt. Nigeria's population has been increasing for at least the last 5 decades due to high birth rates, quadrupling its population during this time. Growth was fastest in the 1980s, after child mortality had dropped and has slowed since as the birth rate has declined slightly. According to the 2017 revision of the World Population Prospects the total population was 185,989,640 in 2016, compared to only 37,860,000 in 1950; the proportion of children under the age of 15 in 2010 was 44.0%, 53.2% was between 15 and 65 years of age, while 2.7% was 65 years or older.

There is a large population momentum, with 3.2 percent growth rate leading to the projected population. Abuja has not implemented family planning programs to reduce and space births because of a lack of political will, government financing, the availability and affordability of services and products, as well as a cultural preference for large families. Increased educational attainment among women, improvements in health care are needed to encourage and to better enable parents to opt for smaller families; the Nigeria's Chairman of National Population Commission, Eze Duruiheoma, delivering Nigeria's statement in New York on Sustainable Cities, Human Mobility and International Migration in the 51st Session of Commission on Population and Development, said that "Nigeria remains the most populous in Africa, the seventh globally with an estimated population of over 198 million. The recent World Population Prospects predicts that by 2050, Nigeria will become the third most populated country in the world.

Over the last 50 years, the Nigeria's urban population has grown at an average annual growth rate of more than 6.5 per cent without commensurate increase in social amenities and infrastructure." He stated that the population "grew from 17.3 in 1967 to 49.4 per cent in 2017." Total Fertility Rate and Crude Birth Rate: Fertility data as of 2013: Source: Demographic and Health Surveys ∗ MICS surveys Contraceptive prevalence, any methods ∗ UNICEFs State of the Worlds Children and Childinfo, United Nations Population Divisions World Contraceptive Use, household surveys including Demographic and Health Surveys and Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys. The total population in sub-Saharan Africa is projected to increase to one billion people, making it the most populated region outside of South-Central Asia. According to the United Nations, the population of Nigeria will reach 411 million by 2050. Nigeria might be the 3rd most populous country in the world. In 2100, the population of Nigeria may reach 794 million.

While the overall population is expected to increase, the growth rate is estimated to decrease from 1.2 percent per year in 2010 to 0.4 percent per year in 2050. The birth rate is projected to decrease from 20.7 to 13.7, while the death rate is projected to increase from 8.5 in 2010 to 9.8 in 2050. Life expectancy is all expected to increase from 67.0 years in 2010 to 75.2 years in 2050. By 2050, 69.6% of the population is estimated to be living in urban areas compared to 50.6% in 2010. Registration of vital events is in Nigeria not complete; the Population Departement of the United Nations prepared the following estimates. Life expectancy from 1950 to 2015: The following demographic statistics of Nigeria in 2019 are from the World Population Review. One birth every 4 seconds One death every 14 seconds One net migrant every 9 minutes Net gain of one person every 6 secondsThe following demographic statistics are from the CIA World Factbook, unless otherwise indicated. 203,452,505 178.5 million 174,507,539 Nigeria is Africa's most populous country.

Significant population clusters are scattered throughout the country, with the highest density areas being in the south and southwest. 0-14 years: 42.45% 15-24 years: 19.81% 25-54 years: 30.44% 55-64 years: 4.04% 65 years and over: 3.26% (2018

Opera Nazionale Montessori

Opera Nazionale Montessori is an Italian cultural institution and publishing house established on 8 August 1924. Based in Rome, Italy, it is an organisation for research, training and dissemination of Montessorian scientific and methodological principles and ideals. In line with the original intentions of its founder, Maria Montessori, ONM has the task of preserving and disseminating her thought and work, of developing the historic and scientific heritage, of guaranteeing the ideals and practice of her methods. ONM is active in the education field by promoting initiatives, at national and international level, for training and exchange with various institutional bodies, it has ongoing relations with the Italian Ministry of Education, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and of Social Policies, as well as universities and training centres, professional associations and the media. Chiaravalle Montessori Nursery School and House of Children. Help for Life Joint edition by the Chiaravalle City Council and ONM.

Author: Anna Maria Ferrati A Journey Around A Montessori Nursery School Author: Laura Franceschini A Journey Around a Children’s House Preface by Antonio Fazio Author: Carla Cevenini The Child is the Father of the Man Author: Silvana Quattrocchi Montanaro Proposed Manifesto for a Neo-Montessori Structuralist Pedagogy Author: Mauro LaengThe Fairy Tale of Life A tale to help adults understand the child’s peculiarities and potentials. Author: Augusto Scocchera Music and the Montessori Method A guidebook on music teaching supported by practices of the Montessori method. Author: Isenarda De Napoli Montessori. International Bibliography 1896-2000 Over 14,000 records documenting the impact Maria Montessori had all over the world; the bibliographic items refer to 56 countries. Edited by Clara Tornar The Montessori Nursery Charter The principles of Montessori education from birth: a tool for educators and directors. Opera Nazionale Montessori Maria Montessori's First Children's House Authors: Salvatore Valitutti, Manuela Iannello, Giuseppe Di Millo and Maria Angela Grassi Man According to Maria Montessori.

From Love-Teaching Child to Peace-Loving Adult Proceedings of the International Congress Rome 16/17 May - Chiaravalle 18/19 May 2002 Since 1971 - a “House of Children” with an attached nursery for the children of the employees of the Bank of Italy. 145 children attend the school and are assisted by a team of 38 including educators and other staff.. Since 1972 - a nursery school, a "House of Children" and a Montessori primary school recognised by the Ministry of Education. About 216 children attend the school and are assisted by a team of 29 including educators and other staff. Since 2000 - a crèche for the children of the employees of the European Investment Bank; the school is attended by 84 children belonging to three different language groups, assisted by a team of 30 including educators and other staff.. Since 2000 - a state nursery school attended by about 23 children assisted by a team of 5 including educators and other staff. Since 2002 - a nursery school for the children of the employees of the Bank of Italy, attended by about 100 children assisted by a team of 38 including educators and other staff.

Since 2005 - a nursery school for the children of the employees of the Ministry of Economic Development. About 13 children attend the school and are assisted by a team of 3 including educators and other staff. Note: Nursery schools are for children aged from 3 months to 3 years. Http://www.operanazionalemontessori.it http://www.comune.chiaravalle.an.it

Charles Brooking

Charles Brooking was an English painter of marine scenes. It is probable that Brooking’s father was a Charles Brooking, recorded as employed by Greenwich Hospital between 1729 and 1736 as a painter and decorator. Charles Brooking senior had earlier been active in Ireland. On 27 November 1732 "Master Charles Brooking" was recorded as an apprentice, one of two taken on by Brooking senior on that date. An anecdote related by the marine artist Dominic Serres about Brooking is that he worked for a picture dealer in Leicester Square, who exploited him until his “discovery” by Taylor White, the Treasurer of the Foundling Hospital in London. Brooking became much more known in 1754, when as a result of his “discovery” he was commissioned by the Foundling Hospital to paint what is now titled A Flagship Before the Wind Under Easy Sail, following which he was elected a Governor and Guardian of the institution; this painting is a huge sea piece intended to "match" another painting, whereabouts unknown, said to be of a “Fleet in the Downs”, by Peter Monamy.

It is claimed. It has been suggested that Francis Swaine was another pupil, but the age difference between the two painters was a mere two years, there is no visual evidence that Swaine followed Brooking’s manner. Brooking is said to have died of consumption on 25 March 1759 leaving his family destitute. Brooking's earliest known works are two pictures, one depicting a moonlit harbour scene and the other a burning ship, which he signed and inscribed with his age, 17, thus datable to 1740. Since he was described as a "celebrated painter of sea-pieces" in 1752, when he worked for John Ellis, he had evidently been producing work for at least 12 years before that date; the mention by Ellis occurs in his Natural History of the Corallines, published in London in 1755. Ellis employed Brooking as a botanical draughtsman. An example of earlier work by Brooking is his painting of an engagement between Commodore Walker and a fleet of French ships which occurred on 23 May 1745, engraved and published by Boydell in 1753.

This painting is now in the Greenwich Maritime Museum. Except for paintings such as this, which record specific historical events, Brooking’s early works are not easy to date more other than stylistically and by theme, have not yet been examined for their chronological development, his first two pictures show some influence of Peter Monamy, but he was displaying strong signs of a distinctive personal manner. He soon drew away from the native traditions of the marine genre, which included formal ship portraiture, although there are at least two works signed by him, one now in the Maritime Museum at Greenwich, which portray a ship in this convention. There is a group of paintings and prints, signed or inscribed "Monamy" and datable to the years circa 1745-1750, but whose style is more consistent with Brooking’s; some of the identical prints occur with attributions by different print dealers to both painters in separate issues. Brooking’s accuracy and exceptionally careful attention to detail manifest his intimate knowledge of maritime practice and naval architecture, as well as his remarkably close observation of the ocean conditions of wave and wind.

Contemporary accounts suggest that he had been “much at sea” and he owned a small yacht. In his early years he was evidently employed in some maritime capacity in a pilot boat at Gravesend; some of his presumed works plainly show the influence of Willem van de Velde the Younger. The National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London holds 23 of his oil paintings, a complete set of 28 engravings after his works, 4 drawings bequeathed by the U. S. President, J. F. Kennedy. A plaque to Brooking was unveiled by the Lord Mayor of the City of London at Tokenhouse Yard in October, 2008. John Ellis. A Natural History of the Corallines. Edward Edwards. Anecdotes of Painters. Colin Sorensen. Charles Brooking 1723 -1759. Benedict Nicolson; the Treasures of the Foundling Hospital. David Joel & James Taylor. Charles Brooking and the 18th Century Marine Painters. ISBN 978-1-85149-277-0 David Joel; the Call of the Sea: Peter Monamy, Charles Brooking and the early British marine painters. ISBN 978-0-9559729-1-1 48 paintings by or after Charles Brooking at the Art UK site Charles Brooking online The call of the sea Brooking at the National Maritime Museum Brooking at the Tate A Royal Yacht Firing a Salute Shipping in a Calm