click links in text for more info
SUMMARY / RELATED TOPICS

Mount Holyoke

Mount Holyoke, a traprock mountain, elevation 935 feet, is the western-most peak of the Holyoke Range and part of the 100-mile Metacomet Ridge. The mountain is located in the Connecticut River Valley of western Massachusetts, is the namesake of nearby Mount Holyoke College; the mountain is located in South Hadley, Massachusetts. It is known for its historic summit house, auto road, scenic vistas, biodiversity; the mountain is crossed by numerous shorter trails. Mount Holyoke is the home of J. A. Skinner State Park, accessible from Route 47 in Hadley, Massachusetts; the mountain was named after Elizur Holyoke, an early resident of Springfield and immigrant from Tamworth, who first explored the mountainous region that came to bear his name. The city of Holyoke, the Holyoke Range, the Mount Holyoke Female Seminary were all named after this mountain, Mount Holyoke, not directly after Elizur Holyoke. In 1821, an 18-by-24-foot guest cabin was built on Mount Holyoke by a local committee—one of the first New England summit houses.

The property changed hands several times between 1821 and 1851 when it was bought and rebuilt as a two-story, eight-room hotel. Local entrepreneurs John and Frances French were the primary owners. With passenger steamship to the connecting summit railway established, the Mount Holyoke "Prospect House" became a popular tourist destination; the steamship would pick up guests at the Smiths Ferry railroad station across the Connecticut River in what was Northampton, ferry them to a tramway leading to the Half Way House. From there guests could take a steep covered inclined tram to the summit; the track for this tram was first laid in 1867 and the system electrified in 1926. Competing establishments were soon built on Mount Tom and Mount Nonotuck across the Connecticut River, on Sugarloaf Mountain and Mount Toby to the north; the Prospect House property passed hands again in the early 1900s, to chain hotelier Joseph Allen Skinner, who donated the hotel and property to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for a state park in 1939 on the condition that the park be named after him.

The summit house's 1894 annex had suffered from storm damage during the Great Hurricane of 1938 and had been demolished. A heavy snow storm in 1948 collapsed sections of the roof. Despite proposals to repair the tram it never ran again; the tram was demolished in 1965. State funds for maintenance of the summit house during the 1950s and 1960s were never adequate and by the mid-1970s there were proposals to condemn and demolish the summit house; this led to a public outcry and in the mid-1980s the summit house, consisting of the original 1851 structure and the 1861 addition, was restored by the state and through the efforts of local volunteers. Mount Holyoke, like much of the Metacomet Ridge, is composed of basalt called trap rock, a volcanic rock; the mountain formed near the end of the Triassic Period with the rifting apart of the North American continent from Africa and Eurasia. Lava solidified into sheets of strata hundreds of feet thick. Subsequent faulting and earthquake activity tilted the strata, creating the dramatic cliffs and ridges of Mount Holyoke.

Hot, dry upper slopes, moist ravines, mineral-rich ledges of basalt talus produce a combination of microclimate ecosystems on the mountain that support plant and animal species uncommon in greater Massachusetts.. The summit automobile road is open for driving from April through November, the hiking trails year-round; the Summit House is open holidays from Memorial Day through Columbus Day. A number of hiking trails cross the mountain, most notably the 110 mile Metacomet-Monadnock Trail and the 47-mile Robert Frost Trail; every year in early fall, since 1838, students from nearby Mount Holyoke College participate in Mountain Day. On that day, at the sound of ringing bells from Abbey Chapel on a random Autumn morning, all classes are cancelled and students hike to the summit of Mount Holyoke; the area around the summit house has many picnic tables. There are trailheads and memorials. One notable memorial is that to the men aboard a transport plane that crashed into the flank of the mountain. On May 27, 1944, a B-24, flying a night training mission out of Westover Air Force Base in Chicopee, crashed into a cliff on the side of the range, killing all ten crewmen.

A memorial plaque on the summit of Mount Holyoke eulogizes the disaster. The crash site itself is a half mile away toward the southwest; the views from the top of the mountain are some of the best in Massachusetts. They have inspired poets; the nearby Connecticut River Oxbow, immortalized by the famous landscape painter Thomas Cole just four years before natural flooding and erosion separated it from the Connecticut River, was composed from sketches the artist made from the summit of Mount Holyoke in 1836. To the south are the cities of Holyoke and Hartford. To the north are the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and

Juan Manuel GarcĂ­a Passalacqua

Juan Manuel Garcia Passalacqua was a well-known lawyer and political analyst from Puerto Rico. Garcia Passalacqua, born in the Hato Rey district of San Juan, Puerto Rico, showed interest in studying from a young age, he held degrees from Tufts and Harvard universities, his father was a professor of literature at the University of Puerto Rico and his uncle was a candidate for governor for the Puerto Rican Independence Party. After obtaining his law degree, he went on to work as aide to governors Luis Muñoz Marín and Roberto Sanchez Vilella, both of the PPD, he was a member of a reformist group, known in Puerto Rico as The 22. Garcia Passalacqua showed discontent with the PPD leaving the party, he became a television producer in Puerto Rico. During the 1980s, Garcia-Passalacqua became one of the most sought after political analysts by other television producers, he became a common figure on Puerto Rican television during election years. He wrote more than 20 books, in both Spanish and English on Caribbean affairs and politics.

In 1982, he was invited to become a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a member of the Ambassadors Circle of the Carter Center in Atlanta; as part of his duties with the Carter Center, he served as an impartial election observer in more than a dozen countries around the world. He taught classes as a visiting professor at colleges ranging from Yale University to the Center for Advanced Studies in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean in San Juan. For many years he served as legal counsel for the Ana G. Mendez Foundation. In his role as a political analyst in Puerto Rico, Garcia-Passalacqua was known to give his opinion or criticism of Puerto Rican parties without lining up with or against any of the three major parties there. Over the years, he proposed an associated republic political relationship between Puerto Rico and the United States since he wrote his masters thesis on the topic in 1957 for Professor Carl Friedrich at Harvard University, he wrote columns for such newspapers as El Vocero and The San Juan Star.

In 2006, he returned to Puerto Rico's most respected news radio station, WKAQ, as an on-air political commentator. "Juan Ma", as he was referred by some, participated in a televised program called Medio Día Puerto Rico, during the lunchtime hours on Televicentro Puerto Rico in a segment called "La Escuelita". After an incident in which he made mention of the daughter of Aníbal Acevedo Vilá, he was fired from the show and did not visit the TV station again, only talking via phone from outside when several people, such as La Comay or news reporters, called him for political analysis. In early 2009, García Passalacqua reduced his level of activities for health reasons and began to be the object of published testimonials. In particular, Governor Luis Fortuño issued a proclamation declaring February 22, 2009 Juan Manuel García Passalacqua Day in recognition of his accomplishments in public service, academia and political analysis. Fortuño, a former neighbor of García Passalacqua, considered the political analyst one of his mentors in his formative years.

He re-joined WKAQ-AM as a political analyst, suggesting that his health had improved. However, on Friday, May 7, 2010 a letter from him was read on WKAQ-AM noon program directed to news director Javier Cosme and the program's audience stating that he was leaving the program and the islands of Puerto Rico to be at peace in his remaining time, since he had been diagnosed with terminal liver cancer, he resided at the Ohio home of his daughter Ivonne Marie García Acosta, a college professor, during the last months of his life, where he died surrounded by his family, according to his widow and author Ivonne Acosta. On July 2, 2010, García Passalacqua died in Mount Vernon, Ohio Governor Fortuño declared three days of mourning, July 3, 5 and 6, during which the flags of Puerto Rico and United States will be flown at half-mast. Flags are never flown at half-mast on Independence Day though Puerto Rico is an unincorporated territory. List of Puerto Ricans List of television presenters/Puerto Rico Luis Francisco Ojeda Puerto Rican Attorney, Historian & Analyst Juan Manuel García-Passalacqua, 73, Dies - video report by Democracy Now

The Transformers: The Movie

The Transformers: The Movie is a 1986 animated film based on the Transformers television series, in turn based on the Transformers toyline created by Hasbro. It was released in North America on August 8, 1986, in the United Kingdom on December 12, 1986; the film was co-produced and directed by Nelson Shin, who produced the original Transformers television series. The screenplay was written by Ron Friedman; the movie features the voices of Eric Idle, Judd Nelson, Leonard Nimoy, Casey Kasem, Robert Stack, Lionel Stander, John Moschitta Jr. Peter Cullen and Frank Welker, it marked the final roles for both Orson Welles, who died the year before its release, Scatman Crothers, who died months after its release. The film's story takes place in 2005, 20 years after the events of the TV series' second season, serves to bridge into the third season. After the death of Optimus Prime during a devastating assault on Autobot City, the remaining Autobots are pursued by Galvatron, the regenerated form of Megatron and servant of Unicron, a planet-devouring Transformer who sets out to consume Cybertron.

The film is set to a soundtrack of synth-based incidental music composed by Vince DiCola and hard-driving metal music performed by various groups. The film features several grand battles in which multiple characters meet their end in a somewhat brutal fashion; this has led to the film being considered dark given its target audience. In 2005, the war between the Autobots and Decepticons has culminated in the latter conquering their home planet Cybertron. Optimus Prime sends a shuttle to Autobot City on Earth for Energon supplies. Travelling to Earth, the Decepticons attack Autobot City; the next day and the Dinobots arrive as reinforcements. Optimus fights his way past numerous Decepticons to engage Megatron in a vicious battle which leaves both mortally wounded. On his deathbed, Optimus passes the Matrix of Leadership to Ultra Magnus...informing him that its power will light the Autobots' darkest hour. The Decepticons head back to Cybertron. Mid-journey, they jettison their wounded from Astrotrain...including Megatron, at the hands of his treacherous second-in-command Starscream.

Drifting in space, the wounded are found by Unicron: a gigantic sentient cyber-planet who consumes other worlds. Unicron offers Megatron a new body in exchange for destroying the Matrix, which has the ability to destroy Unicron. Megatron reluctantly agrees and is converted into Galvatron, while the Decepticons jettisoned along with him are converted into his new troops: Cyclonus and the Sweeps. Back on Cybertron, Galvatron crashes Starscream's coronation as Decepticon leader. With Starscream destroyed and company seek Ultra Magnus at the ruined Autobot City; the surviving Autobots escape in two separate shuttles, both of which are shot down by the Decepticons and crash on different planets. Hot Rod and Kup are taken prisoner by the Quintessons: multi-faced tyrants who hold kangaroo courts, execute prisoners by feeding them to the Sharkticons. Hot Rod and Kup learn of Unicron from Kranix, a lone survivor of Lithone – a planet devoured by Unicron. After Kranix is executed, Hot Rod and Kup escape their own trial...aided by the arrival of the Dinobots and the small Autobot Wheelie, who helps them find a ship to leave the planet.

The other Autobots land on the Junk Planet. The Autobots reunite and befriend the local Junkions, led by Wreck-Gar, who rebuild Magnus. Learning Galvatron has the Matrix, the Autobots and Junkions fly to Cybertron...which is under attack by Unicron, discovered to be capable of transforming into the Colossus of robots. The Autobots are separated in the process. Daniel saves his father Spike from being devoured. Hot Rod confronts Galvatron, who seeks to form an alliance with the Autobot...only to be forced by Unicron into attacking their shared nemesis. Hot Rod obtains the Matrix, which converts him into Rodimus Prime: the Autobot whom Optimus said would light their darkest hour. Rodimus uses the Matrix's power to destroy Unicron from the inside; the Autobots celebrate the war's end, Cybertron's retaking, with Rodimus Prime's inauguration. Meanwhile, Unicron's severed head - regenerating - orbits Cybertron; the film was budgeted at $6 million, six times greater than the budget used to create 90 minutes of the regular cartoon series.

Nelson Shin's team of one hundred personnel took three months to make one episode of the series, so, despite the extra budget, faced considerable time constraints in making the film whilst continuing production on the TV series at the same time. According to Shin, the decisions on which characters to include or kill off were made by Hasbro. "They created the story using characters. Only with that consideration could I have freedom to change the storyline." Shin came up with the concept of the Transformers changing color when they died: "When Optimus Prime died, I changed his color from red and blue into grey to show the spirit was gone from his body."Toei Animation Vice President Kozo Morishita spent one year in the

The Strands Series

The Strands Series is a series of books and short stories written by Gael Baudino between 1981 and 1994 and published between 1989 and 1997. The majority of the plot occurs in a fictional land named Adria, based on Medieval Western Europe, with parts of books occurring in 1990s Denver, USA. Though many of the locations in Adria are fictional, the geography and language are realistic depictions of Europe during the 14th-15th centuries; the author describes Adria's placement in this way: "Imagine a slash between France and Germany, insert about 300 miles". The story arc takes place against the backdrop of historical events such as: the Medieval Inquisition by the Catholic church. Strands of Starlight - Book 1, 1989 Maze of Moonlight - Book 2, 1993 Shroud of Shadow - Book 3, 1994 Strands of Sunlight - Book 4, 1994 Spires of Spirit - A collection of short stories in the Strands universe, 1997 In the broadest view, the Strands series deals with the immortal Elves, who have been around since the forming of the world, their interactions with humans.

They are immortal in the sense that they don't die of old age or disease, though they can be killed or die from grief. The purpose of the Elves is to provide "aid and comfort" to all living things, but their beloved human cousins. Against this urge to help, they find themselves feared and persecuted by humans because of their immortality and extra-human, nearly godlike, powers of prescience, manipulation of the future and control over physical items. Over time, they have faded, for multiple reasons: they reproduce seldom, their powers are waning with the passing of time. In 1500 CE, they disappear but their bloodlines remain, due to interbreeding with humans over the years. Hundreds of years in the 1990s, the blood starts manifesting itself in certain people. What becomes of them. Physically, Elves are similar to humans, with the only obvious difference being their pointed ears, which they conceal by growing their hair long and using it to cover their ears when they wish to pass undetected. Male elves tend to have slighter builds with no facial hair at all.

Female elves tend to be taller than typical human females, with the net result being that male and female elves are similar in size and build to each other. All Elves possess strong bodies as well as perfect health, they are difficult to kill continuing on after receiving wounds that would kill a human. Humans seeing them for the first time assume they are trained in the martial arts, due to their extreme coordination and sense of being at ease with their bodies. Temperature extremes do not affect them, they do not sweat when hot, they view all activities they engage in as smaller parts of the greater pattern of things, because of this and their long life span, they attain a level of excellence that no human can match in whatever skills they pursue. As a consequence of their perception of the patterns of reality, they can discern things about the physical realm that are hidden from humans, their senses are superhumanly keen, with extraordinarily sharp hearing and sight, not affected by darkness.

Elves and those with elven blood can see a silvery sheen surrounding other elves and those with elvish blood when their powers are active. When walking, they make no sound at all when they are in a hurry or their feet are encumbered; the Elves' powers are described in terms of the Elves' awareness of and influence over the patterns of reality, much in the same vein as the Moirai of Greek myth. They can discern the patterns of cause and effect in a real and palpable manner, they can selectively re-weave the patterns to suit their desires, though it drains them if the manipulation is in-depth or far-sweeping. In practice, the Elves can change reality in nearly any way, the extent and means being limited only by their conscience, force of will, energy given to the task; some examples are: healing anything short of death. The super-arc of the Aurverelle's feud with the elves. Aurverelle's men kill the elf Mirya three hundred years before Strands of Starlight. Terrill and Varden avenge her by slaughtering the men of Aurverelle.

Baron Roger continues the Aurverelle ways and rapes Miriam. Varden, seeing his and Terrill's connection to Roger's actions, heals Miriam, who becomes elven and drastically changes the path of the Aurverelle house. Two generations in

Muhammadi Steamship Company Limited

Muhammadi Steamship Company Limited was one of the oldest locally owned shipping companies in Pakistan until it was nationalised in the early 1970s. The company was incorporated on 12 May 1947. In 1949, it became the first Pakistani shipping line to be publicly listed on the Karachi Stock Exchange. Muhammadi House on McLeod Road was the headquarters of the company. Mr. Muhammad Ali Habib along with Mr. Kasim Dada were major share holders of the company till 1959-1960. However, after their departure from the scene, company went into deep financial crisis; the company was nationalized by the Government of Pakistan under President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. It was merged with other Pakistani nationalized shipping companies to create the Pakistan National Shipping Corporation. Merchant Navy Merchant Navy "Items in India/Pakistan/Bangladesh - Report of the high level consultants mission to Bangladesh". United Nations. Archived from the original on 28 July 2011. Retrieved 26 July 2011

Mili Pictures Worldwide

Mili Pictures Worldwide is a feature film animation company based in Shanghai, China. The company's first film, Dragon Nest: Warriors' Dawn, based on the online game Dragon Nest, was released in China in July 2014; the company opened an office in Los Angeles, California in spring 2014, headed by producer Bill Borden. The company's next feature project, Ping Pong Rabbit, is in pre-production in Los Angeles. Ping Pong Rabbit is being directed by Mike Johnson, nominated for the 2005 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature as co-director of Corpse Bride. 2014: Dragon Nest: Warriors' Dawn 2015: The Three Little Pigs and the Lamp 2016: Throne of Elves 2017-2018: Shen Qi Huan Qi Tan 2019: Ping Pong Rabbit TBA: Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds Official website Mili Pictures Worldwide on IMDb Mili Pictures Worldwide on LinkedIn Mili Pictures Worldwide's channel on YouTube Mili Pictures Worldwide at The Big Cartoon DataBase