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High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Direct2D is a 2D and vector graphics application programming interface (API) designed by Microsoft and implemented in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, and also Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 (with Platform Update installed). Direct2D offers high quality and fast performance while maintaining interoperability with GDI/GDI+ APIs and Direct3D/DirectDraw APIs. It can take advantage of hardware acceleration through compatible graphics cards. Direct2D is a native code API based on C++ which can be called by managed code and uses a "lightweight COM" approach just like Direct3D, with minimal amount of abstraction. However, unlike Direct3D and similarily to GDI/GDI+ and WPF, Direct2D is an "immediate mode" rendering API with simple BeginDraw/Draw/EndDraw calls; Direct2D has no concept of a "scene" and does not use retained tree structures, and the rendering state is preserved between drawing calls.
Zachary Breaux (June 26, 1960 - February 20, 1997) was an American jazz guitarist, influenced by George Benson and Wes Montgomery and best remembered for his soul-jazz work. He played with many notable jazz musicians during his career, including Roy Ayers, Stanley Turrentine, Jack McDuff, Lonnie Liston Smith, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Donald Byrd.Zachary Breaux was born on June 26, 1960 in Port Arthur, Texas. He began playing at the age of 9 and after graduating from Lincoln High School, he studied music composition at North Texas State University. In 1984, he moved to New York, where he spent 6 years in the band of vibist Roy Ayers.
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Railways have played an important part in the history and development of the English county of Norfolk. It currently has thirty open National Rail stations, through there were once well over a hundred. Between 1959 and 1970 much of the network was closed, including more than two thirds of Norfolk's railway stations, several main lines and most of the branch lines - leaving only a core network in place. Several of the former routes have been re-opened as heritage lines such as the North Norfolk Railway and the Mid-Norfolk Railway.
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! There are 36,218 registered Russians living in Lebanon. Most moving from neighboring Israel. All of which live in Beirut. Several Russians stores and restraints where built in the past five years. The term Russian diaspora refers to the global community of ethnic Russians, usually more specifically those who maintain some kind of connection, even if ephemeral, to the land of their ancestors and maintain their feeling of Russian national identity within a local community. The term "Russian speaking (Russophone) diaspora" ( ) is used to describe people for whom Russian language is the native language regardless whether they are ethnic Russians or Ukrainians, Tatars, Jews, Chechens etc.
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Torrejon Air Base (IATA: TOJ, ICAO: LETO) is a military airport in Spain near of Madrid. It was used by the United States Air Force until 1996. Now it is used as a military airport used the spanish air forces and as the commercial Madrid-Torrejon Airport. During the Cold War the facility was headquarters of the United States Air Forces in Europe Sixteenth Air Force as well as the 401st Tactical Fighter Wing. Aircraft based at Torrejon were rotated to other USAFE airbases at Aviano AB, Italy, and at Incirlik AB, Turkey. Torrejon was, in addition, a staging, reinforcement, and logistical airlift base. The USAF withdrew its forces on 21 May 1992.
Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Sanitary Districts were established in England and Wales in 1875 and in Ireland in 1878. The districts were of two types, based on existing structures: Urban sanitary districts in towns with existing local government bodies.Rural sanitary districts in the remaining rural areas of poor law unions.Each district was governed by a sanitary authority and was responsible for various public health matters such as providing clean drinking water, sewers, street cleaning, and clearing slum housing.In England and Wales, both rural and urban sanitary districts were replaced in 1894 by the Local Government Act 1894 by the more general rural districts and urban districts. A similar reform was carried out in Ireland in 1899 by the Local Government (Ireland) Act 1898.
Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Classic Comics is a comic book series that features adaptations of novels, plays, and other literary works in comic book format. The series debuted in 1941, was irregularly published in its first years, and changed its name to Classics Illustrated in 1947. The series ceased publication altogether in 1971. With their garish line-drawn covers and art, Classic Comics books are highly collectibleble.
Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. The National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) is the only government-accredited institution that provides professional training in contemporary circus arts in Australia. It is a subsidiary of Swinburne University of Technology and is based at the university's Prahran campus. NICA is a registered cultural organisation and a member of the Australian Roundtable for Arts Training Excellence. Many of its graduates have gone on to work in international and national circus companies, including Circus Oz and Cirque du Soleil.
Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. National Circus Project is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational organization in the United States. The organization was founded in 1984 by JeanPaul Jenack to teach circus skills in school, as a way to combine physical movement and the arts. Program specialists are recruited from the professional circus world, variety arts and educational organizations, such as physical education colleges and the Academy of Circus Arts in the UK. On May 22, 1990, the United States House of Representatives issued a commendation to the National Circus Project for "helping to further the cause of international understanding" through an international artist exchange program, bringing artists from China, England, Australia, Latvia, and Russia.
Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. An operating lease is a lease whose term is short compared to the useful life of the asset or piece of equipment (an airliner, a ship, etc.) being leased. An operating lease is commonly used to acquire equipment on a relatively short-term basis. Thus, for example, an aircraft which has an economic life of 25 years may be leased to an airline for 5 years on an operating lease. The determination of whether a lease is a finance (also called capital) lease or an operating lease is defined in the United States by Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 13 (FAS 13). In countries covered by International Financial Reporting Standards, the tests are defined in IAS 17. In July 2006, the FASB and the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) announced the commencement of a joint project to comprehensively reconsider lease accounting.
Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Raymond Paul "Ray" Mears (born 7 February 1964) is a British woodsman, instructor, author and TV presenter. His appearances on TV cover the subject of bushcraft and survival techniques, and he is best known for the TV series Ray Mears' Bushcraft, Ray Mears' World of Survival, Extreme Survival, Survival with Ray Mears and Ray Mears Goes Walkabout. Mears grew up in Kenley, Greater London, and the North Downs, where he discovered a countryside abundant with wildlife. Educated at Reigate Grammar School, a co-educational independent school in Reigate, Surrey, he learned to track foxes in the forest at a young age. As a boy, he desired to sleep out on the trail, but unable to afford camping equipment, he resorted to setting up camp using what he could find in his surroundings.
Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. The Lord of the Rings: War in the North is a role-playing video game in development by Snowblind Studios. It is based on the events taking place in the northern regions of Middle-earth in the background of the main story of J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. Players will take control of a hero of the war, and will be able to play through the game alone or cooperatively with other players, with the ability adjust the percentage of experience the co-op partner receives.
Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Sam Haskins, born Samuel Joseph Haskins (born November 11, 1926, died November 26, 2009), was a photographer best known for his contribution to nude photography, pre-Photoshop in-camera image montage, and his books, the most influential of which were Cowboy Kate (1965) and Haskins Posters (1973). From 2000 to 2005 he has focused on fashion photography for Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Allure and New York. In 2006 he republished Cowboy Kate in a 'Directors Cut' edition with some additional images. In 2009 he published, under the family imprint The Haskins Press his first book in 24 years. 'Fashion Etcetera' is a thematic slice through his archives that explores a lifelong passion for fashion, style and design. He suffered a stroke on September 19, 2009, the opening day of his exhibition to launch 'Fashion Etcetera' at Milk Gallery in New York and died at home in Bowral, Australia, nine weeks later.
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Paul Curran (born 15 January 1961) is a former professional English racing cyclist from Thornaby, Cleveland. He rode for Great Britain in the Olympic Games, won the national road championship and won several medals at the Commonwealth Games.Curran began riding for his local cycling club Stockton Wheelers and at the age of 14 completed a ten mile time trial at Crathorne, North Yorkshire in 24-49. It was obvious he had talent when in 1977 he dominated the English schools national grass and track championship winning all three individual titles in the over-15-years category.
Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles Striking at the Roots: A Practical Guide to Animal Activism is a non-fiction book by Mark Hawthorne that examines a number of strategies for animal activism in countries such as Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States. The book was first published by O Books in the UK in January 2008. More than 100 animal activists -- including Carol Adams, Gene Baur, Alka Chandna, Nick Cooney, Karen Davis, Joyce D'Silva, Adam Durand, Lisa Franzetta, Juliet Gellatley, Bruce Friedrich, Pattrice Jones, Erik Marcus, Jack Norris, Glenys Oogjes, Lauren Ornelas, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, Nathan Runkle, Paul Shapiro and Kim Sturla -- discuss the models of activism that work best for advancing animal rights and animal welfare.
Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles Rajiformes is one of the four orders of batoids, flattened cartilaginous fishes related to sharks. Rajiforms are distinguished by the presence of greatly enlarged pectoral fins, which reach as far forward as the sides of the head, with a generally flattened body. The undulatory pectoral fin motion diagnostic to this taxon is known as rajiform locomotion. The eyes and spiracles are located on the upper surface of the body, and the gill slits on the underside. They have flattened, crushing teeth, and are generally carnivorous, although manta rays are filter feeders. Most species give birth to live young, although some lay eggs with a horny capsule ("mermaid's purse").
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! HMS Laburnum (Pennant no. T49 in 1/18, later T48) was a Royal Navy Acacia class sloop built by Charles Connell & Company, Scotstoun. She was laid down February 1915, launched 10 June 1915 and completed in August 1915. The Acacia class Fleet Sweeping Sloops were adapted for escort work, minesweeping and as decoy warships. She was in the New Zealand Division of the Royal Navy from 11 March 1922 to 11 February 1935, where she exercised with cruisers, toured New Zealand ports, took part in ceremonial occasions, and went on annual Pacific Island cruises.
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! "Sailor" Tom Sharkey (November 26, 1873 - April 17, 1953) was a boxer who fought two fights with heavyweight champion James J. Jeffries. Sharkey's recorded ring career spanned from 1893 to 1904. He is credited with having won 40 fights (with 37 KOs), 7 losses, and 5 draws. Sharkey was named to the Ring Magazine's list of 100 greatest punchers of all time.Sharkey was born Dundalk, Ireland. His colorful story began when he ran away from home and went to sea as a cabin boy. In 1892, Sharkey landed in New York City and joined the United States Navy. He was eventually deployed to Hawaii where he began his pro fighting career.
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Paolo Buzzi (February 15, 1874 - February 18, 1956) was an Italian futurist playwright and poet.Buzzi studied law in Pavia, and at the same time attended lectures in litterature. In 1891, he won the milanese Concorso di Poesia award. In 1898 with Rapsodie leopardiane his poetry career begun in ernest. In 1905 he won the title of Best Italian Language Poet in a competition in the literary magazine Poesia, founded by Marinetti and Sem Benelli. He started thus to write for Poesia, and became a noted futurist, experimenting with poetical and theatrical form. He also tried filming. In later years he left the futurist work ethos and worked with traditional forms of poetry.
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! HMS Eskimo (F119) was a Tribal-class frigate of the Royal Navy, built by J. Samuel White of Cowes. She was launched on 20 March 1960 and commissioned on 21 February 1963. In 1967, Eskimo deployed to the Mediterranean, where she visited a variety of ports, as well as performing exercises, and subsequently deployed to the Persian Gulf during the tense times there. In 1975 " Eskimo " deployed to the West indies as W I Guardship. Visiting Montevideo at the time of Argentinean sabre rattling. Accompanied the Queen in the Royal Yacht to America's Bi-Centennial celebrations.
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! The Theory of Cognitive Development, is a comprehensive theory about the nature and development of human intelligence first developed by Jean Piaget. It is primarily known as a developmental stage theory, but in fact, it deals with the nature of knowledge itself and how humans come gradually to acquire it, construct it, and use it. Moreover; Piaget claims the idea that cognitive development is at the centre of human organism and language is contingent on cognitive development. Below, there is first a short description of Piaget's views about the nature of intelligence and then a description of the stages through which it develops until maturity.
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! There are currently around 1.2 million Russians in Belarus, which accounts for 11.4% of the population of Belarus and builds up the largest national minority in the country. Many Russian-Belarusians are descendants of people who migrated to Belarus during the Soviet times, as technical specialists and military or administrative personnel. There is also a minor group of Old Believers who settled in Belarus in the Middle Ages. In early Soviet times the Moscow-appointed Belarusian government was largely formed from non-Belarusians like the Panteleimon Ponomarenko or Nikolay Gikalo. There is a large proportion of ethnic Russians among the current political leadership around Alexander Lukashenka. Censuses show a constant decline of the number of people identifying themselves as Russians in Belarus due to the process of assimilation.
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Rainbow was a Dolly Parton album from 1987, her first after switching labels to CBS Records, after nearly two decades with RCA. It was her 29th studio album. The original plan was for Parton to alternate between releasing pop and country albums (rather than trying to combine the two styles on each album), but due to Rainbow's poor sales and tepid critical reception, the plan was quickly abandoned, and Parton more or less focussed on recording country material for the remainder of her association with CBS. The album was among Parton's lowest charting albums to that point. It stalled at 153 on the U.S. pop albums charts and barely cracked the top twenty on the country albums charts; its first single, "The River Unbroken" missed the country top 40 entirely, stalling at # 63, and did not make the pop charts; its second single, "I Know You by Heart," a duet with Smokey Robinson, did not chart at all.
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Walcott is a small village and civil parish on the North Norfolk coast in England between Mundesley and Happisburgh. The name derives from the Celtic word Walecote, which means village by the wood. The village is 19.1 miles (30.7 km) north east of Norwich, 11.9 miles (19.2 km) south east of Cromer and 137 miles (220 km) north east of London. The village lies 5.6 miles (9.0 km) east of the town of North Walsham.The village is the only point where the B1159 (the coast road) actually runs along the edge of the sea. This makes it a popular stopping off point for day-trippers and storm watchers.
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Robert Black (born 21 April 1947 in Grangemouth, Stirlingshire, Scotland) is a Scottish serial killer and child molester. He kidnapped, raped and murdered three girls during the 1980s, kidnapped a fourth girl who survived, attempted to kidnap a fifth, and is the suspect in a number of unsolved child murders dating back to the 1970s throughout Europe. On December 16, 2009, Black was charged with the murder of Jennifer Cardy, a 9 year old girl whose body was found at McKee's Dam near Hillsborough, County Down in August 1981. His natural mother, Jessie Hunter Black, refused to put Black's father's name on his birth certificate and had him fostered. Black was brought up by a foster couple who were in their 50s, Jack and Margaret Tulip.
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