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Jasná

Jasná is a small village situated in central Slovakia, in the Low Tatras mountains. It is a part of the municipality Demänovská Dolina; the Jasná area resorts have a total of more than 30 lifts on all sides of the Chopok Mountain. The resort Jasná Low Tatras, is said to be the largest ski area in Slovakia, with eight chair lifts and four cable cars, it has 49 km of piste, back bowl, a 6 km home-run, a brand new revamped terrain park, a great deal of off-piste, night skiing, lots of tree runs. Jasná-Chopok is a large resort with 41 trails covering 49 skiable kilometers of trails; the slopes are graded as 28% beginner, 51% intermediate, 21% advanced. Many mountain activities are available in nearby area; the mountain has a summit of 2,024 m and a base at 943 m above sea level at Lúčky, the vertical drop is 1,081 m. Nearby are entrances to the Demänovská Cave of Liberty and Demänovská Ice Cave. Liptovský Mikuláš is the tourist town at the base of Jasná. There are lots of hotels and restaurants, including a UK-owned guesthouse with full equipment hire and suggestions for the region.

Liptovský Mikuláš has a direct train connection by air through Poprad airport. Being about 153 kilometres from Kraków, having the right climate for world-class skiing, Jasná/Chopok joined in Kraków's bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics as the alpine skiing venue. If chosen, it would have been the first time that an Olympic Games would be held in multiple countries at the same time. However, in May 2014 Kraków abandoned their bid after it was rejected by the general population in a referendum. Media related to Jasná Ski Resort at Wikimedia Commons jasna.sk - resort website - Skiing and crosscountry at Jasná on DiscoverLiptov.com

List of accolades received by The Last of Us

The Last of Us is an action-adventure game developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony Computer Entertainment. Players assume control of Joel; the game's development was led by Bruce Straley and Neil Druckmann, as game director and creative director, respectively. The game was announced on December 10, 2011, was anticipated, it was awarded Most Anticipated Game from PlayStation Universe, receiving a nomination in the same category at the 2012 Spike Video Game Awards. Following its previews at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, the game won numerous awards, including Best of Show from several gaming publications, it was released worldwide on June 14, 2013 for the PlayStation 3. Review aggregator Metacritic assigned the game a normalized score of 95 out of 100, indicating "universal acclaim", based on 98 reviews. GameRankings, another review aggregator, assigned it an average review score of 95% based on 68 reviews. Within three weeks of its release, The Last of Us sold 3.4 million copies, seven million by July 2014, becoming one of the best-selling PlayStation 3 games.

The Last of Us garnered awards and nominations in a variety of categories with particular praise for its story and music, graphical and artistic design, the acting of its cast. At the 10th British Academy Video Games Awards, the game received ten nominations and went on to win five awards: Best Game, Action & Adventure, Audio Achievement and Story; the game earned thirteen nominations at the 17th Annual DICE Awards, winning ten, including Game of the Year. At IGN's Best of 2013, the game garnered thirteen nominations and went on to win ten awards, including Game of the Year, Best Overall Action-Adventure Game and Best Overall Sound. At the 14th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards, The Last of Us won Game of the Year, Best Design and Best Narrative; the game received seven nominations at the Spike VGX, with Troy Baker winning the award for Best Voice Actor and Ashley Johnson winning the award for Best Voice Actress. The game appeared on several year-end lists of the best games of 2013, receiving Game of the Year wins from The Daily Telegraph, Good Game and VideoGamer.com, among many others

St Nicholas-at-Wade

St Nicholas-at-Wade is both a village and a civil parish in the Thanet District of Kent, England. The parish had a recorded population of 782 at the 2001 Census, increasing to 852 at the 2011 census; the village of Sarre is part of the civil parish. The village is best known locally for the local custom of Hoodening, a type of mumming, as well as for its prolific potato production; the name derives from its location on the western border of the Isle of Thanet. Before the channels of the River Wantsum and River Stour silted up, one would have been able to'wade' at this point, over a ford. In Roman times the channel was navigable and the site very busy with the Saxon Shore forts of Regulbium and Rutupiae both close by. Remains of Roman shipbuilding yards are said to have been found between St. Nicholas-at-Wade and the nearby village of Sarre The village can be entered from either the A299 or the A28; these approaches to the village stand out with their colourful planters welcoming visitors. St John's Green at the A28 entry point displays several items including a 1919 restored cultivator in its original makers colours.

There are two public houses,'The Bell' and'The Sun'. There is a Post Office, an antiques shop and a farm marketing office. One of the main potato suppliers in the country used to have its headquarters near St Nicholas Court in the northwest of the village, but the site closed in late 2015. Hedgend Industrial Estate is on the northern outskirts. There is the local St Nicholas CE Primary School; the village hall houses weekly events including various dance classes, keep fit, Art groups and senior citizens coffee mornings and is used as a polling station. There is a static caravan park at a camping site at Streete Farm. A sports field in Bell Meadow plays host to football and cricket matches, the cricket pavilion was constructed in the 1980s with the aid of Thanet District Council; the 13th-century parish church of St Nicholas, after which the village and parish are named, was a chapel of ease for St Mary's Church at Reculver. The first rector is recorded as Adam de Brancestre in 1294. Built in flint, the church houses some fine 16th-century brasses, a carved oak pulpit dated 1615, a coat of arms of King George III.

The parish has twice been enlarged, firstly in medieval times, when it was separated from the parish of Reculver and joined with the little-known chapelry of All Saints, Shuart in 1310, again in the mid-16th century, when it was joined with the parish of St Giles, Sarre. The church is part of the Wantsum Benefice. St Nicholas Court has a fine example of a medieval underground chapel; the chapel has been opened to visitors on some important local occasions. St Nicholas-at-Wade with Sarre Parish Council

Toronto and Region Islamic Congregation

Toronto and Region Islamic Congregation referred to by its acronym as TARIC Islamic Center is one of the largest and oldest Islamic Centers in the city of Toronto, Canada in the city of North York. With its distinct box-shaped oriental motif, TARIC makes a rather unusual and visible landmark in the city of Toronto due to its location on a vacant space near the busy multi-level Hwy 401/Hwy 400 interchange. Building of TARIC was conceived after securing a grant from the World Islamic Call Society, following which purchase of 2.2 acres of land was completed in 1977. However, it was to take well over a decade to accumulate the necessary additional funds for the construction of a building; the current building structure was completed and opened to public in 1991, is in fact only the first of a two-phase complex of a much larger building. The TARIC building houses a gymnasium and the main prayer hall. With a full-time imam, weekend classes on Arabic and the basics of the Islamic religion are taught, as well as dawah programs and dialogue with local community and neighbourhood organizations.

TARIC's goal is to bring the honest message of Islam to Muslims and non-Muslims alike. This means stressing the importance of the five pillars of Islam encouraging Muslims to read the Qur'an, to practice zikkir; the issue of Gulf Weekly of 25–31 May 1995 said ".. The TARIC Islamic Centre the most vibrant and effective in reaching out to non-Muslims is the premier Muslim outfit in Metropolitan Toronto." A large number of programmes are carried out at the Centre. Some of these include, Adult Tarbiya class on Sundays, Arabic language classes, A marriage introduction service and family counseling, Conducting marriages and funerals, An Islamic bookstore, Interfaith dialogue, Dawa programmes for non Muslims, Mosque visits and social awareness programmes, Seminars on Islamic and secular subjects, Family nights, Summer camps, Weekly youth activities, other Women’s programmes as well. At one time, TARIC had established a full-time Islamic school from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8 in a building leased from the Toronto District School Board.

This was however discontinued in 2003. List of mosques in Canada Toronto and Region Islamic Congregation Listing on Torontomuslims.com

David Alesworth

David Chalmers Alesworth, is a UK-based dual national artist, who divides his time between Bristol and Pakistan. Trained as a sculptor in the UK, he moved to Pakistan in 1987 and engaged with the popular visual culture of South Asia and with urban crafts such as truck decoration, he teaches art in Pakistan at various institutions including until the Beaconhouse National University, Lahore. Alesworth studied art at the Wimbledon School of Art in the tradition of late Constructivism and won the prestigious Stanley Picker Fellowship at Kingston University, he took up a teaching assignment at the Glasgow School of Art. His encounter with Pakistani culture truck art, in the early 1980s opened up his practice to a range of new materials and he moved to Karachi, Pakistan in 1987. In 2005 Alesworth moved to Lahore and took up a teaching position at Beaconhouse National University in the School of Visual Art where he taught until May 2015 relocating to the UK, he maintains a studio in Bristol and works between the UK and Pakistan.

He is married to the Pakistani artist Huma Mulji. In 2014 he was represented in the 8th Berlin Biennale at the Dahlem Museum Berlin curated by Juan Gaitan and at the inaugural exhibition at the new Agha Khan Museum in Toronto, in The Garden of Ideas, curated by Sharmini Pereira, he was short-listed for the Victoria and Albert Museum's fourth edition of the Jameel Prize in 2016. Over the years, Alesworth has examined the conventions and visual codes of Pakistani society and of urban life in particular, his exhibits have displayed a wide range of formal influences from contemporary mass culture to the purism of late Constructivism. Many of these themes were evident in his versions of missiles and the English teddy bear toys, displayed at the Canvas gallery in 2002, he started working with truck artists in the mid-to-late 1990's and produced several acclaimed installations, conceived in collaboration with Durriya Kazi. Through these collaborations and working with these craftsmen, he produced installations or interactive sites, such as Heart Mahal, Very Sweet Medina and Promised Lands which generated substantial interest at local and international showings and cultivated a renewed attention towards cultural politics and aesthetics of cinema hoardings, truck art, bazaar artefacts, commercial sign paintings.

Where most of his practices were based loosely around decorative flourishes of the urban bazaars, his central themes have remained environmental degradation and nuclear proliferation influencing works like Two Bombs Kiss in 1993. His series of comical missile sculptures developed out of concern for the induction of nuclear weapons in Pakistan; the nuclear tests in April 1998 had become an iconic symbol in Pakistani streets and images of the Ghauri missile were painted atop trucks and walls all over the city. Models of the missile were displayed as sculptures across town. David referred to his latest work as a continuation of an enduring enquiry and celebration of Pakistan's urban street culture and positioned it as part celebration of the material and process and part critique of the dubious and disastrous aspiration to weaponise the nation; the exhibition had a companion show with Alesworth's take on the teddy bear, where he unpacked this globalised icon in numerous ways. The teddy bears were translated into welded and soldered steel plate with polka-dots and displayed in public places similar to the missiles.

The'Teddy's Bears' reference both their origin in American political history and their connotation of the restraint of power and the toys of a war child. Since 2005 Alesworth's work has been engaged with the post-colonial, in large part due to his relocation to the historic city of Lahore, known as the City of Gardens. In this period he has created a number of works based upon the oriental carpet which he has termed textile interventions. Over the last decade his work has been predominately organised around ideas arising from The Garden; however this has been a expanded ideation of the garden, more of the global forest of which we are all a part or as nature and culture than of the urban garden, but that too. He has visited the Botanical Garden as a concentration camp of exotic aliens, imprisoned in an act of cultural cleansing; the post-colonial garden in the video work "Joank" 2008, several public botanical interventions in Berlin, 2009–2010 and botanical taxonomy in The Garden of Babel 2009.

Ideas of garden perfection in the textile works Garden Palimpsest 2010 and Hyde Park, Kashan 1862 of 2011 amongst others. He takes the garden as his key metaphor with which to probe humanity's culturally specific relationships with the natural world and toward understanding nature more as a social problem

Panmure railway station, Auckland

Panmure railway station is located on the North Island Main Trunk line in New Zealand. Eastern Line services of the Auckland railway network are the only regular services that stop at the station; the original Panmure Station opened on 16 November 1930, on a site to the south of the current station. The station was relocated to its current site in 2007. Panmure Station received a major upgrade and became a significant bus-rail interchange, as part of the AMETI project, during the 2012–2014 period; the original station was constructed, along with five others, in 1929 on the route of the Westfield Deviation, being built to divert the Auckland–Westfield section of the North Island Main Trunk line via a flatter, faster eastern route to link up with the original NIMT tracks at Westfield Junction. The deviation was opened for traffic on 11 May 1930. Panmure Station opened on 16 November 1930, was situated about 100m west of Ireland Road. A small station building was located in the middle of the station's island platform.

At the time of opening, the area surrounding the station was predominantly rural. Access to the station was provided by two pedestrian bridges. A ramp from the northern end of the platform led to a bridge between Ireland Road and the western side of the station, from where a path provided access to the Ellerslie-Panmure Highway. From the southern end of the platform, a bridge provided access from the platform to a path which led to the Mount Wellington Highway. By the end of the 1950s the area surrounding the station had become more developed. Ireland Place had become a residential street, there was a mix of residential and light industrial development on Mount Wellington Highway. Several side-streets had been built between the railway. Access from the northern bridge to Ireland Road had been removed, ramps were added from the southern bridge to William Harvey Place and Ireland Road. By the turn of the century, Panmure had grown substantially; the condition of the station, had deteriorated. The original station building had been replaced by a much smaller one, the northern footbridge had been removed, the platform itself had begun to deteriorate.

In addition, patronage was low and the station was not located close to the town centre. It was therefore decided to close the original Panmure Station and open a new station between Ellerslie-Panmure Highway and Mountain Road; the new station would be more modern, be closer to the town centre, provide better connections with bus services. The station was opened in the first half of 2007, it has two side platforms, located below road level. Access is from Ellerslie-Panmure Highway, Mountain Road, the carpark. A park and ride facility is located adjacent to the eastbound platform; the station's relocation had a significant effect on patronage with recorded daily boardings climbing from 268 in 2006 to 446 in 2007. In 2018, the station was the fifth busiest in Auckland, with 3,700 passenger boardings daily. In October 2011, work began on the AMETI project, with the replacement of the Mountain Road bridge north of the station. AMETI is a $1.5-billion initiative designed to reduce congestion and improve public transport in Auckland's eastern suburbs.

In May 2012, construction of a pedestrian plaza over part of the platforms and an adjacent bus station with dedicated bus lanes began. The plaza and bus station were opened in January 2014; the new plaza provides access from the carpark and bus stop to both platforms via escalators and stairs. Transdev Auckland, on behalf of Auckland Transport, operates Eastern Line suburban services between Britomart and Manukau via Panmure; the basic weekday off-peak timetable is: 3 tph to Britomart 3 tph to Manukau Panmure station is served by routes 70, 72C, 72M, 72X, 323, 352, 711, 712, 728, 729, 743, 744, 747 and 751. List of Auckland railway stations Public transport in Auckland