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National Arts Centre

The National Arts Centre is a Canadian centre for the performing arts located in Ottawa, between Elgin Street and the Rideau Canal. The National Arts Centre was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 2006. Ottawa did not have a major performing arts venue after 1928 when the National Capital Commission expropriated and demolished the Russell Theatre to make way for Confederation Square. Performers and orchestras visiting the capital were required to use the stage of the Capitol Cinema, designed for vaudeville and films. In 1963, G. Hamilton Southam and Levi Pettler founded the National Capital Arts Alliance with the goal of creating suitable venue, they convinced the city and government to build the new centre. The NAC was one of a number of projects launched by the government of Lester B. Pearson to commemorate Canada's 1967 centenary, it opened its doors to the public for the first time on 31 May 1969, at a cost of C$46 million. The site at one time was home to Ottawa City Hall, the city donated the land to the federal government.

Conductor Jean-Marie Beaudet served as the NAC's first music director. In June 2010, Queen Elizabeth II unveiled a life-size bronze statue of the Canadian jazz pianist Oscar Peterson outside the NAC during her royal tour of Canada. In February 2014, the centre unveiled a new logo and slogan, Canada is our stage, in preparation for its fiftieth anniversary in 2019; the former logo was in use since the centre's opening. In October 2015, initial talks about plans to develop an Indigenous theatre were held between NAC leadership, Indigenous performers and community leaders from across Canada with the aim of making Indigenous theatre a core activity of the National Arts Centre. In June 2017, Kevin Loring was hired to be the first artistic director of the NAC Indigenous Theatre department, Lori Marchard was appointed the first managing director of the department soon after. Along with Lindsay Lachance, an artistic associate as well, the Indigenous Theatre department works to increase the representation of Indigenous peoples through theatre and providing further space and resources for Indigenous actors and playwrights to thrive.

To date, over $1 million was raised for the establishment of the Indigenous theatre department through a tribute dinner hosted by the NAC in June 2018. The first full season by the Indigenous theatre department will begin in fall 2019; the building, designed by Fred Lebensold, is in the Brutalist style and is based on the shape of a triangle and hexagon. The building is constructed of reinforced concrete; the exterior and many interior walls are faced with precast concrete panels containing exposed aggregate of crushed brown Laurentian granite. The centre rises from a base; the base houses offices, dressing rooms, workshops and a restaurant. The site slopes from Elgin Street to the Rideau Canal allowing for a second underground level overlooking the canal; the roof of the base forms a multi-level terrace containing gardens that are open to the public and connects to the Mackenzie King Bridge. The three main performance spaces rise from the base as a series of hexagonal structures faced with brown precast panels in a variety of textures.

Windows are narrow slits framed by vertical ribs. The hexagonal theme appears in ceilings, light fixtures and flooring. Lobbies and stairwells house several major pieces of visual art. Plans for the centre included an organ in Southam Hall. On 17 March 1970, the 25th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands, a Dutch-Canadian Committee presented two organs purchased as the result of its Operation Thankyou Canada; the 21-stop concert organ and positiv organ were both constructed by the Flentrop Orgelbouw of Zaandam and given in gratitude for the role played by Canadian troops in the liberation of the Netherlands. The concert organ premiered in a recital 7 October 1973 by Albert de Klerk. In 2000, the NAC was named by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada as one of the top 500 buildings produced in Canada during the last millennium. In 2014, Heritage Minister Shelly Glover and Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird announced a $110 million facelift of the NAC. At construction, the centre was oriented toward a planned lagoon on the east, never constructed.

The work would expand meeting and event facilities, install entrances and windows to reorient the focus toward Parliament Hill, upgrade washroom facilities. The renovated centre opened 1 July 2017 for Canada's 150th Anniversary; the NAC Orchestra is a world class ensemble of outstanding classical musicians from across Canada and around the world, under the inspiring leadership of Music Director Alexander Shelley. Since its debut in 1969 at the opening of Canada’s National Arts Centre, the Orchestra has been praised for the passion and clarity of its performances, its groundbreaking educational programs, its leadership in nurturing Canadian creativity. Kevin Loring is the current director of the Indigenous Theatre. Loring is Nlaka’pamux from Lytton BC a small town in the Fraser Canyon and was born November 24, 1974, his first published play “Where The Blood Mixes” won the Governor General's Award for English- Language Drama in 2009. He graduated from Studio 58, Langara College’s professional theatre program and is the Artistic Director of The Savage Society.

Loring has been in acting and writing since 2003 and has participated in many plays whether it be acting or directing. Other notable works that he has written are Thanks for The Pipeline Project. Both of which have been performed in v

Hotel Higgins

The Hotel Higgins, Tabor Hotel or Higgins Hotel was built in 1916-1917 during the oil boom in Glenrock, Wyoming. It was built for John E. Higgens, a local rancher and oil business investor, his wife Josephine Amoretti Higgins, it was designed by architect Edward Reavill, it opened on May 9, 1917. After the accidental death of Geraldine in 1924 and the death of John in 1926 the property was disputed by their heirs; this was resolved in 1942 when the hotel was sold to Dr. and Mrs. Leonard Tabor at a tax sale, the hotel became the Tabor Hotel. After several new owners the hotel became the Hotel Higgins again in 1978; the Hotel Higgins is a 2-1/2 story wood frame building with a U-shaped plan. Two major blocks face the street with deep hipped roofs, connected by a hipped block of the same height set back from the street and fronted by a one-story entrance porch; the side elevations feature small shed dormers that are as wide as the hip ridge. Rafter tails are exposed at the eaves; as built it had 38 rooms, with high ceilings and plaster ceiling trim.

The original lap siding on the exterior has been covered by asbestos shingle siding. The Hotel Higgins was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on November 25, 1983. Higgins Hotel website Hotel Higgins at the Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office

1999 Florida Gators baseball team

The 1999 Florida Gators baseball team represented the University of Florida in the sport of baseball during the 1999 college baseball season. The Gators competed in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference, they played their home games at Alfred A. McKethan Stadium, on the university's Gainesville, Florida campus; the team was coached by Andy Lopez, in his fifth season at Florida. Rankings from Collegiate Baseball. All times Eastern. Retrieved from Florida Gators List of Florida Gators baseball players Gator Baseball official website

2015 Nigerian general election

General elections were held in Nigeria on 28 and 29 March 2015, the fifth quadrennial election to be held since the end of military rule in 1999. Voters elected members to the House of Representatives and the Senate; the incumbent president, Goodluck Jonathan sought his final term. The elections were first scheduled to be held on 14 February 2015. However, the electoral commission postponed it by six weeks to 28 March due to the poor distribution of Permanent Voter Cards, to curb ongoing Boko Haram insurgency in certain north-eastern states; the government closed its land and sea borders from midnight on 25 March until the end of the polling date. The election was extended to 29 March due to delays and technical problems with the biometric card readers, it was the most expensive election to be held on the African continent. Nigeria is the continent's most populous country, has its largest economy and is its leading oil producer. Opposition candidate Muhammadu Buhari won the presidential election by more than 2.5 million votes.

Incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan conceded defeat on 31 March, before the results from all 36 states had been announced. The election marks the first time; the President-elect was sworn-in on 29 May 2015. Article 134 of the Nigerian Constitution stipulates that a presidential candidate will be duly elected after attaining both the highest number of votes cast, having received at least a quarter of the votes at each of at least two-thirds of the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory. If no candidate satisfies the requirement, a second election will be held between the two leading candidates within seven days from the pronouncement of the result, it had long been assumed that incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan would run for re-election, as despite declining approval ratings, he was still thought to be popular and had several high-profile supporters. Jonathan confirmed his candidacy on 11 November at a rally in Abuja, announcing to cheering supporters:"After seeking the face of God, in the quiet of my family, after listening to the clarion call of Nigerians, I have accepted to present myself to serve a second term."

Jonathan ran unopposed in the People's Democratic Party primaries on 10 December 2014, receiving the nomination of the party. However, this was against an unwritten rule that the PDP's presidential candidacy should alternate between Muslim northerners and Christian southerners, opposition to Jonathan's candidacy had led to the defection of dozens of PDP MPs in the House of Representatives. Prior to the elections, the All Progressives Congress was formed as an alliance of four opposition parties, the Action Congress of Nigeria, the Congress for Progressive Change, the All Nigeria Peoples Party, the All Progressives Grand Alliance, its primaries held on 10 December, were won by retired Major General Muhammadu Buhari, who defeated Kano State Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso, former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha and newspaper editor Sam Nda Isaiah. On 17 December, APC chose Professor Yemi Osinbajo as the running mate of General M. Buhari; as of February 2015, "Though the APC's voter base is in the north, it enjoys support all over the country, unlike the opposition in 2011."

A presidential and Vice presidential Debate was conducted by the Nigerian media with majority of the candidates attending. The debate was attended by the incumbent president Goodluck Jonathan, his vice Namadi Sambo, while as predicted, the Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Muhammadu Buhari boycotted the debate while his vice presidential nominee attended; the debate which lasted for an hour was watched by over 20 million people in Nigeria, with radios and the Internet conveying through other means. Fourteen candidates contested the election; the main opposition Goodluck Jonathan faced was from Muhammadu Buhari of the APC. While inaugurating a 250-bed Orthopaedic Hospital in Wamakko, Buhari said: "We will stop corruption and make the ordinary people, the weak and the vulnerable our top priority". After a botched governor's election in Anambra State, there were serious concerns that the election would not go smoothly; the country's election commission had promised a better election process, hoping that combating electoral fraud would prevent the violence that had plagued previous Nigerian elections.

Despite this, a pre-election poll by Gallup noted that only 13% of Nigerians had confidence in the honesty of elections. The Socialist Party of Nigeria filed for registration as a political party to contest the election, but the Independent National Electoral Commission refused the registration; the SPN sued the INEC at the Federal High Court, claiming that INEC had failed to respond to their petition within 30 days as prescribed by law and that thus it would have to be registered automatically. The presidential election was a trending topic in Nigeria on Twitter, one social media platform reflecting public opinion. According to Impact Social, based on data from 40,000 tweets, Facebook messages and other internet outlets that mention PDP or GEJ, 70% of public opinion toward President Jonathan is positive, but messaging on the economy has taken up 6% of election conversation and was seen as a key PDP strength. Social media support for Buhari/APC was a bit "noisier" without a single issue leveraged by the campaign to gain traction: there was general frustration that the campaign lacked consistency and focus on the important issues at hand.

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Luise Fong

Luise Fong is a Malaysian-born New Zealand artist. Her work is in the permanent collection of Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki. Fong was moved to New Zealand as a child. In 1983 she began studying textile design at Wellington Polytechnic. In 1986 she was accepted into Elam School of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in print-making in 1989. Between 1993 and 1994 Fong worked as a junior lecturer at Elam School of Fine Arts. In 1994 she was the artist-in-residence at the Victorian College of the Arts at the University of Melbourne and in the same year was the joint winner of the Visa Gold Art Award. In 1995 Fong moved to Melbourne and lived and worked there until 2001, when she was appointed lecturer in painting at Elam School of Fine Arts, she remained there until 2005. Fong's work has been included in several important international exhibitions, including Cultural Safety: Contemporary Art from New Zealand, Frankfurter Kunstverein, 1995 and Trans/fusion: Hong Kong artists' exchange, Hong Kong Arts Centre and Auckland Art Gallery, 1996.

Fong has held a number of residency positions. In 2008 she was resident artist at the Colin McCahon House in Auckland

Nextbit Robin

The Nextbit Robin was an Android smartphone manufactured by Nextbit. The phone was marketed as "Cloud-first" where it utilized cloud storage to store data which wouldn't be used for a long period of time, thus saving space in the device's local storage; the product and crowdfunding campaign was launched on Kickstarter on September 1, 2015. Twelve hours after it was launched, the phone reached its funding goal of US$500,000, much earlier than the expected goal of 30 days, completed its US$1 million goal within two weeks, it was launched on 16 February 2016 where 1000 units of the GSM variant was shipped to its backers on Kickstarter, an additional 2300 units were sold through its official website. In January 2017, Nextbit was bought by Singaporean-American videogame hardware manufacturer Razer Inc.. Sales of the phone were halted immediately after the announcement. On March 1, 2018, the cloud storage feature was shut down by Nextbit. 10 months after the acquisition, in November 2017, Razer released the Razer Phone, their first game-centric smartphone, with the overall design based on the Robin.

The Robin was made of polycarbonate with a matte finish and a Gorilla Glass 4 front panel. The device weighs 150 g and is 149 mm tall, 72 mm wide, 7 mm thick; the display of the device is a 5.2 in IPS LCD with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and pixel density of 424 ppi. It is powered by a hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808, with a 2 + 4 custom processor configuration and 3 GB of LPDDR3 RAM; the Robin comes with a built-in 32 GB of internal storage, but does not feature microSD card expansion. Instead, the smartphone utilized cloud storage, it had 100 GB of usable cloud storage offered by Nextbit out of the box, integrated within the phone's software as an additional "external" storage. Shortly after being purchased by Razer, Nextbit shut down the cloud storage feature on March 1, 2018, with data accessible until April 1, 2018; when installed applications, for example, were not used by the user for a long period, the smartphone automatically detected them and archived them into the cloud to reduce internal storage usage.

It adapted to the usage patterns of the user and performed the backup process whenever applicable. The smartphone stored the user's photos in the cloud in the default resolution appropriate for upload, until the user specified the resolution. Pre-orders after the Kickstarter campaign began in October 2015, with shipping set to start in February 2016; the Robin had suffered performance issues upon launch, including lag and slow performance of the camera. These issues were marked as resolved by Nextbit by releasing software updates in April. However, issues persist for many users; the smartphone was quite easy to bend with both hands due to its all plastic housing, as was tested by Zack Nelson on his YouTube channel JerryRigEverything. Kickstarter Campaign