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Ashuapmushuan River

The Ashuapmushuan River is a river in the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region of the Canadian provinces of Quebec. It starts at the outlet of Lake Ashuapmushuan, flows first in a north-easterly direction for about 30 kilometres whereafter it continues south-east to Saint-Félicien. There it drains into Lac Saint-Jean of which it is the third largest tributary after the Peribonka and Mistassini Rivers; the river is 181 kilometres long but its source is 266 kilometres from its mouth. Typical median summer flow is between 200 and 300 cubic metres per second, whereas during spring run-off, the median flow is 1,050 cubic metres per second, but the river could swell anywhere from 400 to 2,400 cubic metres per second. Lowest flow conditions occur in March with a median flow of 75 cubic metres per second and a minimum of 54 cubic metres per second to a maximum of 120 cubic metres per second; the Ashuapmushuan River forms the northern boundary of the Ashuapmushuan Wildlife Reserve for most of its length. As a wild undeveloped river, accessible from Quebec Route 167 close to Lake Ashuapmushuan, it is a popular destination for canoe camping.

A new 276.6-square-kilometre aquatic reserve is being considered that would protect 126 kilometres of the Ashuapmushuan River, including its floodplain and valley slopes. The reserve prohibits logging and hydro-electric development, while protecting critical landlocked salmon habitats and sites of archaeological interest; the name Ashuapmushuan, not adopted until 1982, is an Innu word meaning "place where one lies in wait for moose". The river was however first called Necouba by Louis Jolliet in 1679; this name was used by Jean-Baptiste-Louis Franquelin and Guillaume Delisle in 1686 and 1703 respectively. But in 1732 surveyor Normandin considered this an error, who referred to the Necoubeau as a tributary to Lake Ashuapmushuan, called Lake Chomonchouane by Laure on his maps of 1731 and 1732. Therefore, Normandin renamed the river to Chomontchouane. In 1917, the Commission de géographie adopted the modernized spelling of Chamouchouane; the Ashuapmushuan basin is part of the Central Laurentians in the natural region of the Lake Manouane Depression.

The river is enclosed in narrow valleys for a large part of its course, with powerful rapids and a dozen waterfalls, of which the most impressive are the Chaudière Falls. The major tributaries of the Ashuapmushuan are: Rivière au Doré Pémonca River Cran River Vermillon River Grand Portage River Rivière du Chef Crochue River Nestaocano River Hilarion River Ashuapmushuan Lake Normandin River Marquette River The Ashuapmushuan River Basin is home to several archaeological sites that show that indigenous people occupied the area for thousands of years. European explorers and missionaries came in the 17th century. For instance, Charles Albanel used the river for his voyage to Hudson Bay in 1672. In 1685, French fur traders set up a trading post on the eastern shore of Lake Ashuapmushuan that remained continuously in operation until the middle of the 19th century, it successively came under control of the Traite de Tadoussac, King's Posts, the North West Company, the Hudson's Bay Company. During this period, the river became a major link in the fur trade route from Tadoussac to Hudson Bay since its source is just east of Lake Mistassini on the Rupert River.

The vestiges of the post are considered some of the most valuable and best preserved relics from the era. After the fur trade, the Ashuapmushuan River was used by logging companies to drive logs downstream; the Ashuapmushuan River and its tributaries provide spawning grounds and habitats for landlocked salmon. Newly hatched salmon remain in the river for 2 to 4 years before migrating to Lake Saint-Jean where it remains for most of its adult life. At age 4 to 8, it will return to the river to spawn. While the Ashuapmushuan River has contributed to salmon production for the lake, the salmon population has seen a sharp decline in the 1990s. Despite conservation measures, its status remains of concern

Holy Man

Holy Man is a 1998 American comedy-drama film directed by Stephen Herek, written by Tom Schulman, starring Eddie Murphy, Jeff Goldblum, Kelly Preston, Robert Loggia, Jon Cryer, Eric McCormack. The film was a commercial failure. Ricky Hayman and Kate Newell work at the Good Buy Shopping Network, a home shopping channel run by John McBainbridge. Sales have been down over the last two years under Ricky's management, Kate was brought in to come up with new ideas. Ricky views Kate as a threat and she expresses her dislike for him as well. However, John has given Ricky an ultimatum to lose his job. While out driving one day and Kate come across a charismatic strange man who calls himself "G". G is unusual in that he is perpetually happy and smiling, he seems to sense how troubled Ricky is, follows them back to the Good Buy studio. G wanders onto the set of an infomercial, while he is on the air, the number of calls with customers wanting to buy something increases. Kate gets G his own spot on the network selling items.

Meanwhile, the mutual dislike between Ricky and Kate fades and they begin to express romantic interest in each other. G's infomercials are spontaneous anecdotes or thoughts about life, but customers connect with him and the slowest moving items begin selling out. While staying at Ricky's house, he encounters a party of businessmen and displays his talents by making a Rolex watch "disappear" and curing a man of his fear of flying. Ricky begins marketing G's name on other items to increase sales, he wants to give G his own show, but the stressful work environment and throngs of fans who want to meet G begin to take its toll. G is no longer the happy, inspiring man he once was, when Kate tries to convince John to let G leave the network, he refuses and she quits out of contempt. Ricky reaps the benefits of the increased sales, receiving a large promotion and a new office. However, the rewards seem hollow due to Kate's rejection of him. On the night of the premiere of G's new show, Ricky searches himself and decides that letting G go is the right choice.

He announces his decision live on air to his boss. Kate hears of his decision and forgives Ricky, they have a romantic reunion on the air, the show is ended. Afterwards and Kate say their goodbyes to the recovered G, who wanders off into the distance to continue his pilgrimage. Eddie Murphy as G Jeff Goldblum as Ricky Hayman Kelly Preston as Kate Newell Robert Loggia as John McBainbridge Jon Cryer as Barry Eric McCormack as Scott Hawkes Jennifer Bini Taylor as Hot Tub Girl Adriana Cataño as Television hostess Eugene Levy as Guy on background television Morgan Fairchild, Betty White, Florence Henderson, James Brown, Soupy Sales, Dan Marino, Willard Scott, Nick Santa Maria and Nino Cerruti appear as themselves. According to Splitsider, John Candy was signed on for the role played by Murphy back in 1993, a year before the former's death. Holy Man was a major box office failure, as it grossed $12,069,719 in North America, compared to its budget of over $60 million; the film was released in the United Kingdom on February 19, 1999, only opened on #8.

The film received negative reviews, with criticism aimed at the script and acting. Based on 50 reviews collected by the film review aggregate Rotten Tomatoes, 12% of critics gave Holy Man a positive review, with an average rating of 3.6/10. Its consensus states: "Cloying and unfunny, Holy Man wastes the repartee between Eddie Murphy and Jeff Goldblum on the gospel of toothless satire and unearned sentimentality." Roger Ebert for the Chicago Sun Times gave it 2 out of 4 stars, calling Murphy's character "an uninteresting enigma" and criticizing the film for being too credulous and missing opportunities for satire. In June 2009, Murphy referred to Holy Man as a "horrendous movie". Although he did not identify the film by name, he mentioned it on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien as a reference to the film he starred in featuring a cameo with singer James Brown. In November 2011, on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Murphy outright called Holy Man a horrendous movie, though he backtracked and said, "It's not that bad, but it's pretty bad."

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Delirium (Restrepo novel)

Delirium is a novel by Colombian author Laura Restrepo. With this book, Restrepo won the prestigious Premio Alfaguara de Novela in 2004. Natasha Wimmer's English translation was published in 2007. Plot overview Delirium opens when its main protagonist, an ex-English professor turned traveling Purina salesman named Aguilar, discovers that while away on a four-day business trip his wife Agustina endured an experience that provoked a severe dissolution of her sanity; the book chronicles Aguilar's search for answers and his efforts to rehabilitate his young and admittedly singular wife through the use of alternating narrative styles that, as the novel progresses, shed further light on the mysterious events that took place during Aguilar's absence as well as the nature of Agustina's family and childhood, both of which precipitated Agustina's struggle with mental illness. Delirium is organized and constructed through the utilization of a narrative pattern that proceeds in the following order: Aguilar, Agustina, third-person narration of Nicholas and Blanca Portulinus.

This pattern is repeated throughout the majority of the novel and helps to streamline and isolate the progression of several distinctly different, albeit connected, storylines that are never eager to lend the reader immediate access to their secrets. Plot: in depth Delirium begins when Aguilar returns home from a weekend business trip to find several messages on his answering machine asking him to come pick his wife up at a hotel in downtown Bogotá. Upon arriving at the hotel Aguilar finds Agustina in her room with a strange man, existing only as a bombed out shell of her former self. Once home Agustina remains distant, sometimes hostile, too preoccupied with abnormal purification rituals and rantings about her dead father's impending visit, to the leave the apartment or get dressed. Driven by his love for his wife, aided by the unexpected arrival of Agustina's Aunt Sofi, Aguilar refuses to give up, sets out to discover what happened to Agustina. Aguilar cannot unravel the events of that weekend or resuscitate Agustina's sanity without help and thus he enlists the aid of an alluring hotel employee, named Anita, who lets Aguilar know that whoever his wife was with that weekend their behavior was in no way romantic and provides Aguilar with some of Agustina's belongings that she had left at the hotel.

More integral to the success of Aguilar's investigation, however, is Aunt Sofi, who, in conjunction with Agustina's narratives about her childhood and the narrative depicting Nicholas Portulinus' own struggles with insanity, helps Aguilar to better understand Agustina's past, which helps to better explain her present behavior. The reader comes to discover, she grew up as the sole, attention-deprived daughter in an wealthy Colombian family, the Londoños, exhibited signs of mental instability as a child. Agustina believed that she possessed visionary powers, powers that allowed her to see the future, in her youth Agustina and her little brother, would perform rituals in an attempt to spare her brother from the wrath of her father who would physically and harass Bichi for his effeminate tendencies; the source of Agustina's power, as she believed, were several photographs that Bichi and her used secretly during their rituals. Running parallel to the rest of the novel Midas' rags to riches to rags storyline tells the tale of Midas, a high class Aerobics Center owner and money launderer for Pablo Escobar, his well to do and employed friends.

Midas' story focuses upon a friendly, albeit high stakes, bet that Midas could organize a sexual situation to arouse his newly paralyzed and impotent friend, Spider. Midas' story soon takes a turn for worse when Spider's thugs, while in the process of attempting to arouse Spider via the means of sadomasochism, inadvertently kill a prostitute in Midas' gym; the authorities are soon called into investigate and although they find nothing, Midas has covered his tracks well, he nonetheless feels the need to get away for a relaxing weekend, accepting an invitation from Joaco to come spend the weekend with the Londoño family at their estate in Sasaima. Once there, Midas realizes that, due in large part to her mother's insistence on skirting the truth, Agustina has begun to slip precariously towards her madness, a madness that Midas, being Agustina's former lover, knows all too well. Before the delirium is able to set in, Midas puts Agustina on the back of his motorcycle and rushes her away from both her family and her own deteriorating mind.

Midas' heroism does not last long, for he soon hatches a plan to save his reputation that inadvertently plunges Agustina into her debilitating dementia. Soon, however, it becomes clear that Agustina is well on her way to recovery; the novel concludes positively when Aguilar returns home one night to find a note written by Agustina. "Professor Aguilar", it reads "if you still love me despite everything, wear a red tie tomorrow." Aguilar with a certain degree of romanticism, wakes up the next morning and dons the reddest tie he could find before heading down the stairs to breakfast. Aguilar: An ex-professor of literature and current Purina dog food salesman, sixteen yea