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Leaving Las Vegas

Leaving Las Vegas is a 1995 American romantic drama film written and directed by Mike Figgis, based on the semi-autobiographical novel of the same name by John O'Brien. Nicolas Cage stars as a suicidal alcoholic in Los Angeles who and fired, has decided to move to Las Vegas and drink himself to death, he loads a supply of liquor and beer into his BMW and gets drunk as he drives from Los Angeles to Nevada. Once there, he develops a romantic relationship with a hardened prostitute. O'Brien died by suicide after signing away the film rights to the novel. Leaving Las Vegas was filmed in super 16mm instead of 35mm film. After limited release in the United States on October 27, 1995, Leaving Las Vegas was released nationwide on February 9, 1996, receiving strong praise from critics and audiences. Cage received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama and the Academy Award for Best Actor, while Shue was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama and the Academy Award for Best Actress.

The film received nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Director. Ben Sanderson is a Hollywood screenwriter whose alcoholism costs him his job and friends. With nothing left to live for, a sizable severance check from his boss, he heads to Las Vegas to drink himself to death. One early morning he drives drunkenly from his Los Angeles home down to the Las Vegas Strip, she walks away. Sera is a prostitute working for Yuri Butsov. Polish mobsters are after Yuri, so he ends his relationship with Sera in fear that the Poles may hurt her. On his second day in Las Vegas, Ben goes looking for Sera, introduces himself and offers her $500 to come to his room for an hour. Sera agrees. Instead, they develop a rapport. Ben instructs Sera never to ask him to stop drinking. Sera asks Ben not to criticize her occupation, he agrees. At first, the pair soon become frustrated with the other's behavior. Sera begs Ben to see a doctor. While Sera is out working, Ben goes to returns with another prostitute. Sera throws Ben out.

Shortly afterward, Sera is approached by three college students at Casino. She rejects their offer by stating that she only "dates" one at a time, but acquiesces when she is offered an increased price; when she enters their hotel room, the students change the deal and demand anal sex, which she refuses. When she attempts to leave, they violently gang-rape her; the next morning, Sera is evicted. Sera receives a call from Ben, on his deathbed. Sera visits Ben, the two make love, he dies shortly thereafter. Sera explains to her therapist that she accepted Ben for who he was and loved him. Mike Figgis based Leaving Las Vegas on a 1990 autobiographical novel by John O'Brien, who died of suicide in April 1994, shortly after finding out his novel was being used as the basis for a film. Despite basing most of his screenplay on O'Brien's novel, Figgis spoke of a personal attachment with the novel, stating "Anything I would do would be because I had a sympathetic feeling towards it. That's why I did Mr. Jones, because I think manic-depression is a fascinating and amazing phenomenon.

It's not a coincidence. That made it, to me, a fascinating subject that, did not come out in the film." Figgis encouraged the lead actors to experience their characters' ordeals first-hand by extensive research. He told Film Critic: "It was just a half of rehearsal. A lot of conversations. A lot of communication in the year before we made the film. Reading the book. I encouraged them to do their own research, which they wanted to do anyway, ultimately the three of us got together and just started talking...talking about anything, not about the film or the script, about anything that came up." Cage researched by binge drinking in Dublin for two weeks and had a friend videotape him so he could study his speech. He visited hospitalized career alcoholics, he said "it was one of the most enjoyable pieces of research I've had to do for a part." Shue spent time interviewing several Las Vegas prostitutes. The limited budget dictated the production and Figgis ended up filming in super 16mm and composing his own score.

He remarked, "We didn't have any money, we weren't pretending to be something we weren't. We couldn't shut down The Strip to shoot". Figgis had problems; this caused him to film some scenes on the Las Vegas strip in one take to avoid the police, which Figgis said benefited production and the authenticity of the acting, remarking "I've always hated the convention of shooting on a street, having to stop the traffic, having to tell the actors,'Well, there's meant to be traffic here, so you're going to have to shout.' And they're shouting, but it's quiet and they feel stupid, because it's unnatural. You put them up against a couple of trucks, with it all happening around them, their voices become great". Leaving Las Vegas had a limited release on October 27, 1995. After praise from critics and four Academy Award nominations, the film was released nationwide February 9, 1996. United Artists company distributed the film in North America, RCV Film Distribution with Atalanta Filmes in Europe, in Australia 21st Century Film Corpor

AXS Map

AXS Map is a user-generated database of accessible locations in all major cities. Powered by GoogleMaps API, AXS Map functions by providing users with a database of locations that they can edit with ratings and reviews of accessibility metrics for disabled individuals; this in turn allows other users to see these reviews, screening which locations they choose to travel to, adding their own reviews of the places they enter to expand the database. Rather than leaving accessibility reviews to specialists, AXS Map allows any member of the public to use the tool to report their experience; as well as offering accessibility ratings for the mobility impaired, AXS Map reviews accessibility for the visually and hearing impaired. AXS Map was founded by Jason DaSilva in 2012. DaSilva had been diagnosed with primary progressive multiple sclerosis several years prior to the creation of AXS Map, began to recognize that many of places surrounding him in New York City were not accessible. Inspired by his increasing difficulties navigating through his daily life, DaSilva created an AXS Map as an app and web database to help people with disabilities.

AXS Map is being expanded to map accessibility in all of the world's major cities. It is available to access online, by iPhone and Android phones. AXS map received major media attention in 2014, including a national profile by Dr. Sanjay Gupta and a feature in Oprah Magazine. DaSilva presented AXS Map at the White House in November 2015. In a profile of AXS Map in his book Mad Genius, Randy Paul Gage wrote that AXS Map "has now morphed into a movement to map out a searchable database of accessible sites." By mid-2019, AXS Map had been used in over 200 cities. AXS Map has been supported by Google, the Government of Ontario, the Canada Media Fund, the Fledgling Fund, New York Community Trust, the Rubin Foundation, has had many partners over the years, including Stanford University, Parsons School of Design, New York University, Kwantlen Polytechnic University. AXS Mapathons are events in which community members come together using AXS Map to map the accessibility of their neighborhoods, are held regularly.

Mapathons have been held in New York City, San Francisco and over 50 other cities. Outside of North America, Mapathons have been held in the countries of Paraguay; as part of Google Serve, Mapathons take place in many Google offices around the world. Significant Google Serve Mapathons have happened in New York, Mountain View and Atlanta

Microposaurus

Microposaurus is an extinct genus of trematosaurid temnospondyl. Fossils are known from the Cynognathus Assemblage Zone of the Beaufort Group in South Africa and the Rouse Hill Siltstone of Australia that date back to the Anisian stage of the Middle Triassic; these aquatic creatures were the short snouted lineage from Trematosaurinae. During 1923, the first species of Microposaurus were found by Dr. E. C. Case on a venture into the redbed exposures of Wonderboom Bridge; these sites, just south of Burgersdrop Formation in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, were from the Cynognathus zone. When found, the skull was described as an “embedded palate upwards, in a soft dark-green shaly mudstone”, characteristic of the amphibious behavior of Microposaurus. Relating to the name of the discoverer, the given name was Microposaurus casei; the skull had a ferruginous material coating that could not be removed without damaging the crushed skull. From the coating, the sutures typical of skulls were unable to be determined decisively.

From these drawbacks, many features stated by Haughton in his first examination of the specimen were determined to be incorrect. As a result, when Damiani wrote his paper on M. casei he noted many features that Haughton had named or described incorrectly. Several decades a new Microposaurus species was uncovered. During an expedition in the Anisian Rouse Hill Siltstones, Steven Averyi found and named the holotype and single specimen of Microposaurus averyi. Unlike M. casei, this specimen was found in the Ashfield Shale Formation of New South Wales, Australia. Quite a distance from South Africa, the environment during the life period of Microposaurus would have been similar in both cases; the marine landscape, with black/gray, silty claystone was indicative that M. averyi lived an amphibious lifestyle. The classification of the first discovered skull of Microposaurus were to the lineage of trematosaurines. Common trematosaurines features observed from the specimen were their orbits were within the anterior half of their skull, the postorbital-prepineal growth zone was present, the anterior palatal vacuities were paired, the transvomerine tooth row was reduced or absent, the parasphenoid was antero-posteriorly elongated, the exoccipitals were underplated by the parasphenoid being posteriorly expanded, in adults the orbits were small and located near the lateral margins of the skull.

Based on these characteristics many authors agreed on the evolutionary placement of these amphibians. Furthermore, one main aspect of M. casei provided evidence for branching off from their sister family Lonchorhynchinae. The physically striking contrast between Microposaurus and Lonchorhynchinae was their short snouts compared to the elongated counterpart of the latter. Besides being narrow and wedge-shaped like most trematosaurids, M. casei had significant ossification that caused individual skull bones to be indistinguishable from fusion with one another. A notable characteristic was the posterior placement of the “suspensorium beyond the skull table”; the rounded tip of their short snout produced nostrils that were spaced and further back, from a significant prenarial growth. Furthermore, the nostrils had a teardrop shape from the anterior constriction experienced at the snout. An attribute of M. casei was symphyseal tusks from their lower jaw protruding into the nostril openings that caused small foramens in the anterior palatal vacuities to ventrally open with the nostrils.

Found in all trematosauroids, their orbits were elliptical and had a smooth dorsal surface to the palatines. Upon this surface is multiple foramina. Described as being more-complete on the left side of the skull and “relatively large and constricted posteriorly”; this is unique when compared to other trematosaurids having triangular otic notches. As in the skull, the palate was heavily ossified with a similarity to their lineage with having paired anterior palatal vacuities; these APVs were formed by the vomers. These APVs had a posteroventrally prong-like process that separated them from one another anteriorly. Another similarity was the choana, larger in Microposaurus but still circular-elliptical in appearance. A lasting ancestral trait was the quadrate ramus's primitive appearance of the same length and orientation; some differences were the parasphenoid and pterygoid sutures were elongated, the “parasphenoid was broader posteriorly than anteriorly”. Out of any stereospondyl, the dentition of M. casei was described as the most specialized.

The marginal tooth row were recurved medially, a characteristic of mastodonsauroids and not trematosauroids. However, the packed marginal teeth all had plaurodont implantations with antero-posterior compression at the bases; the palatal tooth row were reduced with little teeth on the vomers and on the posterior ends of the ectopterygoids. There were no teeth on the palatines. Referring back to the anterior tusks, they were giant in size with the left vomer being about 50mm in height, the smallest on the left ectopterygoids at 30mm in height; the acrodont tooth style was seen in the tusks. Exoccipital condyles were present with a rounded outlining; the paroccipital processes were attached to each condyle but persevered in the specimen. A single, large paraquadrate foramen was seen near the posterolateral margin of the skull. Three distinctive characteristics were detected on the M. averyi specimen that separated the two s

N. K. Singh Memorial English Preparatory School

N. K. Singh Memorial English Preparatory School is a private boarding school in Nepal, it was founded by Narjit Kumar Singh in 1967. It is one of the most renowned school in Nepal with 51 year old history, its main campus is located in Baneshwor. It has a branch school at Lagan; every year on 10 September the two campuses come together to celebrate its Founder Cum Foundation Day to commemorate the birthday of its late founder, Principal N. K. Singh. N. K. Singh Memorial English Preparatory School is a co-educational institution located in Kathmandu that provides education from the pre-primary level up to grade 10, it was established in 1967 by late Mr. Narjit Kumar Singh; the school was called English Preparatory School but was changed to N. K Singh Memorial English Preparatory School in honor of its founder after his demise in 2000; the school was one of the first private English medium co-ed boarding schools to open in Kathmandu. It first started with 3 teachers in a tiny building at Bag Bazaar, Kathmandu.

It shifted to Lagan before moving its main campus to Minbhawan. The school still has a branch in Lagan. For Entry into the school, students must pass an entrance exam to gain admission into the school. Entrance examinations are taken for Nursery to Grade VII from 15th Chaitra; the school offers the many facilities which are as follows: Library and Resource Center which can accommodate 150 students at a time. Computer Lab with a 24-hour internet service. Science Lab Transportation to all corners of the city for students. Canteen/Cafeteria Medical 8. Chinese Language Training up to Class 7 During the past 51 Years the school has expanded in its infrastructure starting from a small house to a huge campus comprising over four buildings with numerous fields and courts

The Book of Burning

The Book of Burning is an album of the American heavy metal band Virgin Steele. It was released in January, 2002 by Noise Records, to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the band, together with the compilation Hymns to Victory; the Book of Burning was cause of a new controversy between founding members David DeFeis and Jack Starr about the format of the recording, with the result of Starr renouncing any involvement in the production of the album and in other reunion projects. According to the CD booklet, the album was recorded, mixed & mastered June through August 2001, except "Conjuration of the Watcher" -, recorded in 1999 during "The House Of atreus Act I" sessions; this album contains re-arranged and re-recorded songs taken from the first two Virgin Steele albums, published only in vinyl and at the time out of print. Included are songs written at various points in their career but never before released. Tracks 3,5,7 & 15 are re-recorded versions of songs written and demoed by David DeFeis and Jack Starr in 1997."Conjuration of the Watcher" and "The Succubus" are two songs written in 1986 for the American all-female heavy metal band Original Sin on their debut LP Sin Will Find You Out, which were reworked and recorded by Virgin Steele in different recording sessions.

"Conjuration of the Watcher" - 4:24 "Don't Say Goodbye" – 4:42 "Rain of Fire" – 6:27 "Annihilation" – 1:05 "Hellfire Woman" – 6:57 "Children of the Storm" – 6:19 "The Chosen Ones" – 8:04 "The Succubus" – 3:15 "Minuet in G Minor" – 0:48 "The Redeemer" – 5:42 "I Am the One" – 3:48 "Hot and Wild" - 4:05 "Birth Through Fire – 0:39 "Guardians of the Flame" – 6:44 "The Final Days" – 5:50 "A Cry in the Night" – 4:45 David DeFeis - all vocals, percussions, orchestration, producer Edward Pursino - acoustic and electric guitars, bass Frank Gilchriest - drums Joshua Block - bass, guitar Steve Young - guitar, programming, mastering Frank Zummo - drums Jim Hooper - backing vocals

Obere Argen

The Obere Argen is a river in southwestern Bavaria and southeastern Baden-Württemberg in Germany. Northwest of Oberstaufen in the Bavarian-Swabian county of Oberallgäu, the Seelesgraben, the Moosmühlbach and the Schwarzenbach streams converge forming the Obere Argen. From this confluence the river flows through the Eistobel, a gorge, passable on foot within the eponymous nature reserve and past the Grünenbach heading for Wangen im Allgäu. Near Gestratz the Obere Argen collects the waters of the Röthenbach coming from the left and forms the Bavarian-Württemberg state border as far as Wangen. North of the Wangen district of Neuravensburg the Obere Argen unites with the Untere Argen to form the Argen, which discharges into Lake Constance between Kressbronn and Langenargen after about 23 kilometres; the Argentobel Bridge is a 230 metres long bridge structure on the Bavarian state road, the S 1318 between the villages of Grünenbach and Maierhöfen in the county of Lindau. It crosses the Obere Argen in 12 arches at a maximum height of 56 metres.

In the Wangen village of Neuravensburg above the road bridge, a covered wooden bridge built in 1790 by Abbot Beda Angehrn runs over the Upper Argen. The Obere Argen Viaduct is a 730 metres long structure supporting the A 96 motorway; the autobahn viaduct comprises a cable-stayed bridge in combination with cable-tensioning beneath the roadway - a form of construction, a first in Germany. List of rivers of Bavaria List of rivers of Baden-Württemberg Hermann Vogelmann, Die Argen. Von den Quellen bis zur Mündung, Bergatreute: Eppe, ISBN 3-89089-009-1 Norbert Kruse, "Die Argen und ihre Namen", Im Oberland, Heft 2, pp. 55–64 Bilder rund um die Argen