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Firearms (Amendment) (No. 2) Act 1997

The Firearms Act 1997 was the second of two Acts of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1997 that amended the regulation of firearms within Great Britain. It was introduced by the newly elected Labour government of Tony Blair; the other Act was the Firearms Act 1997. The act was created in response to the Snowdrop Petition following the Dunblane Massacre; the previous Conservative government had followed the recommendations of the Cullen Report on the massacre and introduced the Firearms Act 1997 that banned "high calibre" handguns, greater than.22 calibre. This new act further banned the private possession of all cartridge ammunition handguns, regardless of calibre; the only handguns still allowed following the ban were: Antique and muzzle-loading black-powder guns Guns of historic interest whose ammunition is no longer available Guns of historic interest with current calibres Air pistols Guns which fall outside the Home Office definition of "handguns". Pistols used by hunters for humane dispatch The Act does not extend to Northern Ireland, where firearms regulations differ due to the Troubles.

Northern Ireland law allows pistols for use as personal protection weapons by retired police or prison officers, but prominent figures who were considered at risk. The number of recorded firearms offences in the United Kingdom increased after the law entered force. Excluding offences with air weapons, firearms offences peaked at 11,088 in 2005/2006, compared to only 4,904 in 1997; the number of offences involving firearms subsequently declined, but the 6,492 offences recorded in the year ending March 2018 is still a greater number than that in 1997. Handguns remain the most common kind of firearm used in crime in the UK, with 2,847 offences in the year ending March 2018. Gun politics in the United Kingdom Text of the Firearms Act 1997 as in force today within the United Kingdom, from

Jasper (San Francisco)

Jasper is a 430-foot residential skyscraper located at 514 Harrison Street in the Rincon Hill neighborhood of San Francisco, United States. The tower contains 320 residential units on 39 floors. In 2006, Jackson Pacific Ventures entitled the site for a 400 foot residential tower with 227 units. Jackson Pacific sold the entitlements to Turberry Associates for US$30 million; the 2008 financial crisis prevented the project from breaking ground, in 2010 Crescent Heights purchased the property for US$13 million. In 2011, Crescent Heights re-entitled the property, changing the number of units from 227 to 320, while keeping the building the same height. To make room for the new configuration, the number of studios was increased from 3 to 99, one-bedrooms decreased from 111 to 93, two-bedrooms were increased from 77 to 128, all 36 three-bedrooms were removed. By 2012, Crescent Heights received its building permits, construction began in 2013. According to planning documents, the building rises 400 feet to the roof line, the mechanical screening structures account for an additional 30 feet.

The first residents moved into the building in October 2015. List of tallest buildings in San Francisco Official website


Branchiostegus is a genus of tilefishes found in the eastern Atlantic Ocean through the Indian Ocean to the western Pacific Ocean. There are 16 recognized species in this genus: Branchiostegus albus Dooley, 1978 Branchiostegus argentatus Branchiostegus auratus Branchiostegus australiensis Dooley & Kailola, 1988 Branchiostegus doliatus Branchiostegus gloerfelti Dooley & Kailola, 1988 Branchiostegus hedlandensis Dooley & Kailola, 1988 Branchiostegus ilocanus Herre, 1928 Branchiostegus japonicus Branchiostegus paxtoni Dooley & Kailola, 1988 Branchiostegus saitoi Dooley & Iwatsuki, 2012 Branchiostegus sawakinensis Amirthalingam, 1969 Branchiostegus semifasciatus Branchiostegus serratus Dooley & Paxton, 1975 Branchiostegus vittatus Herre, 1926 Branchiostegus wardi Whitley, 1932

Pont des Arts

The Pont des Arts or Passerelle des Arts is a pedestrian bridge in Paris which crosses the River Seine. It links the central square of the Palais du Louvre. Between 1802 and 1804, under the reign of Napoleon, a nine-arch metallic bridge for pedestrians was constructed at the location of the present day Pont des Arts: this was the first metal bridge in Paris; the engineers Louis-Alexandre de Cessart and Jacques Dillon conceived of a bridge which would resemble a suspended garden, with trees, banks of flowers, benches. Passage across the bridge at that time cost one sou. On 17 March 1975, the French Ministry of Culture listed the Pont des Arts as a national historic monument. In 1976, the Inspector of Bridges and Causeways reported several deficiencies on the bridge. More he noted the damage, caused by two aerial bombardments sustained during World War I and World War II and the harm done from the multiple collisions caused by boats; the bridge would be closed to circulation in 1977 and, in 1979, suffered a 60-metre collapse after a barge rammed into it.

The present bridge was built between 1981 and 1984 "identically" according to the plans of Louis Arretche, who had decided to reduce the number of arches from nine to seven, allowing the look of the old bridge to be preserved while realigning the new structure with the Pont Neuf. On 27 June 1984, the newly reconstructed bridge was inaugurated by Jacques Chirac the mayor of Paris; the bridge has sometimes served as a place for art exhibitions, is today a "studio en plein air" for painters and photographers who are drawn to its unique point of view. The Pont des Arts is frequently a spot for picnics during the summer; the Argentinian writer, Julio Cortázar, talks about this bridge in his book Rayuela. When Horacio Oliveira goes with the pythia and this tells him that the bridge for La Maga is the "Ponts des Arts". In 1991, UNESCO listed the entire Parisian riverfront, from the Eiffel Tower to the end of the Ile Saint Louis, as a World Heritage Site. Therefore, the Pont des Arts is now a part of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Since late 2008, tourists have taken to attaching padlocks with their first names written or engraved on them to the railing or the grate on the side of the bridge throwing the key into the Seine river below, as a romantic gesture. This gesture is said to represent a couple's committed love. Although this is not a French tradition and has only been taking place in Paris since the end of 2008, with locks being cut off by city workers, since 2012 the number of locks covering the bridge has become overwhelming, with locks being attached upon other locks. In February 2014, Le Monde estimated. By 2014, concern was being expressed about the possible damage the weight of the locks was doing to the structure of the bridge. In May, the newly elected mayor, Anne Hidalgo, announced that she was tasking her First Deputy Mayor, Bruno Julliard, with finding alternatives to love locks in Paris. In June, part of the parapet on the bridge collapsed under the weight of all of the padlocks, attached to it. In August 2014, the Paris Mayor's Office began to say publicly that they wanted to encourage tourists to take "selfies" instead of leaving love locks, when they launched the "Love Without Locks" campaign and social media hashtag.

The web site states: "Our bridges can no longer withstand your gestures of love. Set them free by declaring your love with #lovewithoutlocks." With the high tourist season in full swing, more than 50% of the panels on the Pont des Arts had to be boarded over with plywood because the weight of the locks was creating the risk of more panels collapsing. On 18 September 2014, the City Hall of Paris replaced three panels of this bridge with a special glass as an experiment as they search for alternative materials for the bridge where locks cannot be attached. From 1 June 2015, city council workmen from Paris started to cut down all the locks after years of complaints from locals. Health and Safety officials said "the romantic gestures cause long term Heritage degradation and danger to visitors"; as of 2015, over a million locks were placed, weighing 45 tons. Street artists like Jace, El Seed, Brusk or Pantonio have been chosen to paint the new panels that replaces the old railings with locks. By foot from Quai François Mitterrand from the right bank of the Seine, Quai Malaquais or Quai de Conti from the left bank.

Due to its recognizable nature, the bridge has been featured in numerous films and television shows. Le Pont des Arts is a French film directed by Eugène Green, with Natacha Régnier and Denis Podalydès; the story is of a young man who falls in love with and finds the whole meaning of his life contained in a young woman who sings a baroque lament on record. He discovers she committed suicide from the Pont des Arts, so, the only way he can be with her too; the action unrolls in Paris between 1979 and 1980, in other words it occurs during the collapsing of the bridge. The film was presented in 2004 at the 57th Locarno International Film Festival; the bridge has been featured in the 2013 Hollywood heist adventure film Now You See Me, directed by Louis Leterrier, where Alma Dray is met by Dylan Rhodes. Alma takes a lock and a key that Dylan produces, putting the lock on a chain fence and throwing the key into the Seine. Art historian Kenneth Clark wrote abo

San Cristóbal de La Laguna

San Cristóbal de La Laguna is a city and municipality in the northern part of the island of Tenerife in the Province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, on the Canary Islands. The city is the third-most populous city of the archipelago and the second-most populous city of the island. La Laguna's historical center was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999. In 2003 the municipality started an ambitious Urban Plan to renew this area, carried out by the firm AUC S. L.. The city was the ancient capital of the Canary Islands. La Laguna lies right alongside the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, thus the two cities and municipalities form a single large urban center, linked by tram; the city is home to the University of La Laguna, home to 30,000 students. La Laguna is considered to be the cultural capital of the Canary Islands. There is in the habit of being calling the "Ciudad de los Adelantados", for having been the first university city of the archipelago, its economy is business-oriented. The urban area dominates the southern parts.

Tourism covers the northern coast. The main industry includes some manufacturing; the industrial area is made up of the main subdivisions of Majuelos, Las Torres de Taco, Las Mantecas and Las Chumberas. In this city one finds the legendary house of the spectre of Catalina Lercaro, as well as the incorrupt body of Sor María de Jesús, the Christ of La Laguna. Another emblematic building of the city is the Cathedral of La Laguna, the Catholic cathedral of Tenerife and its diocese. Other important historical figures of the city were Amaro Pargo, one of the famous corsairs of the Golden Age of Piracy, José de Anchieta, Catholic saint and missionary and founder of the cities of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. In 2010, after a survey, La Laguna was listed as the city with the best reputation in the Canary Islands and the third provincial capital city of Spain with the best reputation, behind Gijon and Marbella. At first the place where the town was called "Aguere" by the aboriginal Guanches.

He founded the city as "Villa de San Cristóbal de La Gran Laguna". He established the San Cristóbal de La Laguna, today is known as "La Laguna"; the coat of arms was granted by Queen Joanna of Castile on 23 March 1510, as arms of the island of Tenerife. The town of La Laguna, being the capital of the island during the first times after the Conquest, adopted this emblem as its own, it features an island with a volcano spitting fire, on waves, between a castle and a lion, above the Archangel Saint Michael, holding a spear in one hand and a shield in the other. In the border, the inscription Michael Arcangele Veni in Adjutorium Populo Dei Thenerife Me Fecit; these elements symbolize the incorporation of the island of Tenerife to the Crown of Castile and its evangelization under the patronage of Saint Michael. La Verdellada Viña Nava El Coromoto San Benito El Bronco La Cuesta Taco Tejina Valleguerra Bajamar Punta del Hidalgo Geneto Los Baldios Guamasa El Ortigal Las Mercedes El Batan Las Carboneras San Diego Las Gavias Owing to its northerly aspect that captures moisture from the prevailing northeasterly winds, San Cristóbal de La Laguna has a mediterranean climate that contrasts with the arid climate of other cities on the Canary Islands, with three to five times more rainfall than on the southern slopes, around ten percent less sunshine, about ten percent higher humidity throughout the year.

In spite of its elevation, the maritime and subtropical influences keep the temperature above frost at all times. The place where the city is built belonged to the Menceyato de Anaga, one of nine aboriginal Guanche kingdoms on the island until the Kingdom of Castile's conquest, it is known that the whole valley of Aguere and the large lake, in this place, was a place of pilgrimage for the aborigines of the island. The Battle of Aguere was fought here in 1494; the city was founded between 1496 and 1497 by Alonso Fernández de Lugo and was the capital of the island after the conclusion of the conquest of the islands. The city became the capital of all of the Canary Islands. In 1582, the city suffered a virulent black plague epidemic that produced between 5,000 and 9,000 deaths; the layout of the city, its streets and its environment are elements shared with colonial cities in the Americas and Old Havana in Cuba, Lima in Peru, Cartagena de Indias in Colombia, or San Juan de Puerto Rico, among others.

Since the urban plan of the city of La Laguna was the model for these Latin American cities. The coastal area was raided by pirates; the University of La Laguna was founded in 1701. A declining population and economy in the 18th century resulted in the transfer of the capital to Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 1723. Santa Cruz has since been the capital of the island of Tenerife and the sole capital of the Canary Islands until 1927, after which the capital of the archipelago has been shared with the city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria; the Tenerife North Airport at Los Rodeos was opened in the 1930s and is today expanding with low cost airlines using it. It was declared a World Heritage Site on 2 December 1999. Several streets of historical significance have been closed off to automobile traffic. La Laguna has been called the «Florence of the Canary Islands», this is due to its large number of churches and convents, as well as its ol