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New Westminster

New Westminster is a city in the Lower Mainland region of British Columbia, a member municipality of Metro Vancouver. It was founded by Major-General Richard Moody as the capital of the new-born Colony of British Columbia in 1858, continued in that role until the Mainland and Island Colonies were merged in 1866, was the Mainland's largest city from that year until it was passed in population by Vancouver during the first decade of the 20th century, it is located on the banks of the Fraser River as it turns southwest towards its estuary, on the southwest side of the Burrard Peninsula and at the centre of the Greater Vancouver region. Before the settlers arrived from various parts of the world, the area now known as New Westminster was inhabited by Qayqayt First Nation; the discovery of gold in B. C. and the arrival of gold seekers from the south prompted fear amongst the settlers that Americans may invade to take over this land. Richard Clement Moody arrived in British Columbia in December 1858, at the head of the Royal Engineers, Columbia Detachment, having been hand picked to “found a second England on the shores of the Pacific”.

Moody ‘wanted to build a city of beauty in the wilderness’ and planned his city as an iconic visual metaphor for British dominance, ‘styled and located with the objective of reinforcing the authority of the Crown and of the robe’. Subsequent to the enactment of the Pre-emption Act of 1860, Moody settled the Lower Mainland and selected the site and founded the new capital, New Westminster. Moody and the Royal Engineers were trained in settlement and selected the site because of its defensibility: it was farther from the American border than the site of the colony's proclamation, Fort Langley, possessed "great facilities for communication by water, as well as by future great trunk railways into the interior", possessed an excellent port. Moody was struck by the majestic beauty of the site, writing in his letter to Blackwood, "The entrance to the Frazer is striking--Extending miles to the right & left are low marsh lands & yet fr the Background of Superb Mountains-- Swiss in outline, dark in woods, grandly towering into the clouds there is a sublimity that impresses you.

Everything is large and magnificent, worthy of the entrance to the Queen of England’s dominions on the Pacific mainland. My imagination converted the silent marshes into Cuyp-like pictures of horses and cattle lazily fattening in rich meadows in a glowing sunset; the water of the deep clear Frazer was of a glassy stillness, not a ripple before us, except when a fish rose to the surface or broods of wild ducks fluttered away". It was suggested by Moody and the Royal Engineers, Columbia Detachment that the site be proclaimed "Queensborough". Governor James Douglas proclaimed the new capital with this name on February 14, 1859; the name "Queensborough", did not appeal to London and it was Queen Victoria who named the city after Westminster, that part of the British capital of London where the Parliament Buildings were, are to this day, situated. From this naming by the Queen, the City gained its official nickname, "The Royal City". A year New Westminster became the first City in British Columbia to be incorporated and have an elected municipal government.

It became a major outfitting point for prospectors coming to the Fraser Gold Rush, as all travel to the goldfield ports of Yale and Port Douglas was by steamboat or canoe up the Fraser River. However, Colonial Office Secretary Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton'forgot the practicalities of paying for clearing and developing the site and the town’ and the efforts of Moody's Engineers were continuously hampered by insufficient funds, together with the continuous opposition of Douglas,'made it impossible for design to be fulfilled’. Governor Douglas had little affection for the city. In contrast to Victoria, where settlers from England had established a strong British presence, New Westminster's early citizens were Canadians and Maritimers, who brought a more business-oriented approach to commerce and dismissed the pretensions of the older community. Despite being granted a municipal council, the mainlanders in New Westminster pressed for a legislative assembly to be created for British Columbia, were infuriated when Governor Douglas granted free port status to Victoria, which stifled the economic growth of the Fraser River city.

Moreover, to pay for the expense of building roads into the Interior of the colony, Douglas imposed duties on imports into New Westminster. In 1866, the colony of British Columbia and the colony of Vancouver Island were united as "British Columbia". However, the capital of the Colony of Vancouver Island, located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, was made the capital of the newly amalgamated Colony of British Columbia, following a vote in the House of Assembly. On the day of the vote one member of the assembly, William Cox, shuffled the pages of the speech that William Franklyn from Nanaimo intended to give, so that Franklyn lost his place and read the first paragraph three times. Cox popped the lenses of Franklyn's glasses from their frames so that the Nanaimo representative could see nothing at all of his speech. After a recess to settle the resulting uproar and allow the member from Nanaimo a chance to sort out his speaking notes and his spectacles, on the members' return to the House of Assembly, the Sp

King Kong (Atari 2600)

King Kong is a platform game programmed by Karl T. Olinger for the Atari 2600 and published by Tigervision in 1982. Based on the licensed King Kong character, the game is a clone of the first screen of Donkey Kong, it was Tigervision's first cartridge release. Tiger Electronic Toys produced a handheld version, licensed to the same year; the objective is to rescue the girl by climbing ladders to the top of the screen while jumping over holes and autonomous bombs. Magic bombs are worth five times the points of regular bombs; as in Donkey Kong, each level has a bonus. If it reaches zero, a life is lost. There are settings for 1 or 2 players alternating turns, slow or fast bombs, whether magic bombs exist. Ed Driscoll reviewed King Kong in The Space Gamer No. 58. Driscoll commented. Not bad for a first cartridge!"Electronic Games said, "It presents a crude imitation of Donkey Kong's first scenario and replaces the barrels and flame creatures with what look like old-fashioned toilets, some of which have lit fuses."

In a 4 out of 10 review, Arcade Express wrote, "This climbing game is marred by a poor rendition of the giant ape," and "King Kong is somewhat easier to play than other climbing games." King Kong at Atari Mania King Kong gameplay video King Kong can be played for free in the browser at the Internet Archive

Amor & Pasión

Amor & Pasión published in 2015, is the seventh studio album by the classical crossover musical group Il Divo, formed by a male vocal quartet. The album is produced by the multiple Latin Grammy Award winner Julio Reyes Copello. General announced release date is 27 November 2015, Japan release 28 October, Spain release 6 November and American 13 November on Syco Music & Columbia Records; the album was recorded at the Miami Art House Studios, in the city of Miami, in 2015. During the month of July 2015, initiated the photographic campaign for his seventh album and the recording of a new videoclip in the streets of the city of Tepoztlán, in Mexico, under the production of CTT Exp & Rentals; the disk covers a century of Tangos traditional and boleros classical, with flavours and sensual rhythms of Spain, Cuba and Mexico, doing a wink to the starts of the quartet, eleven years backwards, whereas it marks a new chapter in his career. The album only will contain songs in Spanish, first whole disk in a same language of the group, with the versions of the songs "By a head" tango composed "Por una cabeza" by Carlos Gardel and Alfredo Le Pera, "Abrázame" by Julio Iglesias and Rafael Ferro Garcia, "Si voy a perderte" by Gloria Estefan, "Eres tú", "Quizás, quizás, quizás" of the composer Osvaldo Farrés, "Bésame Mucho" of the composer Consuelo Velázquez, "¿Quien Será?" mambo composed by Pablo Beltrán Ruiz and Luis Demetrio, "Volver" tango of Carlos Gardel, the bolero "Historia de un amor", "Eres tú", the bolero "Contigo en la distancia" of César Portillo de la Luz, "A las mujeres que amé" by Hal David and Albert Hammond.

"Por una cabeza" "Si voy a perderte" "Bésame mucho" "Abrázame" "Quizás, quizás, quizás" Il DivoCarlos Marín – baritone Sébastien Izambardtenor David Miller – tenor Urs Bühler – tenorProductionJulio Reyes Copello – producer, engineer Alberto Quintero – mixing Maria Elisa Ayerbe – engineer, mixing Jan Holzer, Vitek Kral, Andrés Bermúdez, Gabriel Saientz Bandoneón, Carlos Fernando López, David Alsina, Ricardo López Lalinde – engineer Dick Beetham – masteringOther musiciansDan Warner – Guitar Guillermo Vadalá – bass Julio Reyes Copello – piano, arrangement Richard Bravopercussion David Alsina - Bandoneon Juan Camilo Arboleda – orchestral arrangements Carlos Fernando López – orchestral arrangements, programmer Ricardo López Lalinde – programmer Amor & Pasión Tour List of number-one Billboard Latin Albums from the 2010s List of number-one Billboard Latin Pop Albums from the 2010s

Saad Al Barrak

Saad Al Barrak is a Kuwaiti businessman and investor. Best known for his role as the CEO of Zain Group, Al Barrak created an telecommunications empire in the MENA region. Saad Al Barrak was born in the Farwaniyah District of Kuwait, the seventh of eleven brothers and five sisters, the son of Hamad Al Barrak, a book keeper, for one of the prominent business men in Kuwait. Musallam Al-Barrak, ex MP, is a nephew of Saad Al Barrak Al Barrak started his career with a short stint at Kuwait Prefab Industries, during a short break in between his Bachelors and master's degrees. After completion of his master's degree, he taught at the Kuwait Institute of Applied Technology as a part of the conditions of the government scholarship that he was given. Upon being persuaded by an old friend, he joined ITS as a project engineer. Within a year, he was put in charge of Project teams and sent on training courses to the UK and US. By the end of 1985 he was appointed as Systems Development Manager and in (months after, promoted to Assistant Director General for Sales and Systems support.

In 1987, he was appointed CEO of ITS 4 years after he had joined them as a Project Engineer. Al Barrak, resigned as CEO in 2001 and continued as managing director until 2002. Mobile Telecommunications Co. had just been divested by the government and been taken over by the Al Kharafi Group, Al Barrak became managing director of MTC which re-branded as Zain Group in 2002 until he resigned in February 2010. He started ILA, an advisory firm in December 2010. 2003 - E-businessman of the year, Arabian Business e-achievement award 2007 - Lifetime achievement award, Comms MEA 2008 - Arab Ad man of the year, Arab Ad 2008 - International Investor award, Africa Investor 2008 - Telecom CEO of the year, CEO Middle East 2008 - Visionary award, Bespoke 2009 - Editor's Award for Individual Contribution to the telecoms industry, Global Telecoms Business 2012 - Kuwaiti Business Man of the year, Arabian Business 2012 - Outstanding contribution to Business, CEO Middle East Al Barrak, Saad. A Passion for Adventure-turning Zain into a telecom Giant.

Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing. ISBN 978-99921-94-88-1. Tea with FT Middle East: Saad al-Barrak TEDx Safat - Dr. Saad Al Barrak

Red carpet fashion

Red carpet fashion refers to the outfits worn on the red carpet at high-profile gala celebrity events such as award ceremonies and film premieres. The clothes worn to award events such as the Oscars and the Golden Globes receive intense worldwide media scrutiny, making their red carpets an international product placement area of great importance to fashion designers. Despite the publicity given to award ceremonies, other red-carpet events such as the Vogue-hosted Met Ball have a significant impact on the fashion world. Prior to the 1990s, many celebrities chose their own red-carpet dresses, with the Oscars being remembered for some extraordinary and eccentric outfit choices, including torn denim, sequinned jumpsuits and Indian headdresses. For ceremonies such as the Golden Globes, it was rare to see a star dressing up formally until the late 1990s, with many nominees turning up casually dressed; when Halle Berry came to the 2000 ceremony in a glamorous white Valentino dress, it was described as a game-changer which set the standard for Golden Globe red carpet style, according to Phillip Bloch, her stylist at the time, "began the time when a dress could make a career."

The increasing dependence on fashion stylists was something that had emerged since the 1990s, leading to criticism that red carpet fashion at the Oscars, now appears "bland and homogeneous", following a model of "discreetly elegant gowns swept-up hairdos and lots of diamond jewellery". The stylist's role is to try to ensure that the client only receives positive publicity for her appearance and is not featured on'worst-dressed' lists. In 2004, The New York Times, asking "Does the glamour of the Golden Globes steal the scene from Oscar?", observed that the wider range of potential nominees of the "younger, hipper" Globes, from television as well as film, offered designers more opportunity to have their work featured on the red carpet. Unlike the Oscars, nominees for the Golden Globes and other events are under less pressure to choose an expensive, one-of-a-kind haute couture gown, easier for the designers who can offer samples from their latest ready-to-wear lines. One of the most publicised and talked-about red-carpet gowns was a ready-to-wear green Versace gown worn by Jennifer Lopez to the 42nd Grammy Awards ceremony on February 23, 2000.

Having a dress featured on the red carpet one that attracts media attention, is important to a designer, with Carmen Marc Valvo saying in 2000: "The dollar return of having some celebrity shot in your dress is worth a fortune, more than a five-page spread in Vogue or Harper's Bazaar that only appears once. That same image can be blasted in newspapers and magazines across the country and around the world; that is worth hundreds of thousands of dollars."A year after Kate Winslet wore one of his dresses to the 2002 Oscars, designer Ben de Lisi said: "I can't quantify how much publicity I got from that or how much money I made. And now, every time anyone writes about her they use the picture of her in the dress and so it just goes on and on."This strategy is not without risk, as a designer may invest major labour and time into creating a unique dress for a celebrity, only to have their investment wasted when the star decides at the last moment to wear someone else's dress. High-profile celebrities are loaned dresses by several different designers for the ceremony, meaning that the designer does not know until the night whether his or her dress was chosen to receive the much-desired exposure.

In addition, they run the risk of never getting the dress rejected or not. The choice for a designer may be whether to dress one actress for the Oscars, or design an entire ready-to-wear collection. Fashion commentary forms a key part of the reportage of red-carpet events, both in dedicated programmes such as Live From the Red Carpet and news reports such as those from BBC News. Looks seen on the red carpet are often featured in television programmes on fashion, such as Fashion Police; until they retired in 2011, Joan Rivers and her daughter Melissa presented televised reviews of red carpet fashions from various ceremonies including the Academy Awards, the Golden Globes, the Emmy Awards. In August 2007 Joan Rivers was replaced by Lisa Rinna as the host of TV Guide Network's red carpet coverage; when the 65th Golden Globe Awards ceremony was cancelled and replaced with a press conference as a result of a writer's strike which threatened the Oscars, this was seen as a threat to the fashion industry.

Not only were established designers under threat, but the opportunity for up-and-coming designers to achieve widespread recognition through red-carpet exposure of their designs was limited. In 2008, a number of events, including the threat of an actor's strike that would have led to cancellation of the 2009 Oscar ceremony, an upcoming star-studded presidential inauguration had a visible effect on that year's Golden Globes ceremony. Many stars dressed for the Globes in unique couture gowns that they might otherwise have reserved for the Oscars

Nanny Larsén-Todsen

Nanny Larsén-Todsen was a Swedish soprano, renowned for her performances in works by Richard Wagner and counted as one of the most notable Wagnerian sopranos of the 20th-century, from the generation before Frida Leider and Kirsten Flagstad. She was popular at the Bayreuth Festival as Brunnhilde and Isolde. Active at the Royal Swedish Opera 1906–25, at La Scala 1923–24, the Metropolitan Opera 1925–27, Bayreuth in 1927–31, she made guest appearances at most of the major European opera houses, her last appearance was at the Paris Opera as Isolde. She received Litteris et Artibus in 1920, was elected into the Royal Swedish Academy of Music in 1924, made Hovsångerska in 1925. Living in Stockholm following her retirement from the stage, Larsén-Todsen taught singing. 1928: Wagner, Richard: Tristan und Isolde. Bayreuth Festival Orchestra & Chorus, conducted by Karl Elmendorff. Issued by Columbia EMI in 1929 on 20 discs, this was recorded in the Bayreuth Festspielhaus with the approval of Siegfried Wagner during the late summer of 1928.

There were several CD reissues: Naxos CD 8.110200-02 | Grammofono 2000 AB 78925-26 | Preiser PSR 90383 Barometern, 1 August 1974. Göransson, Roland, "Hagbyflickan som blev firad operastjärna", 1999 Södermörekrönikan. Kalmar: Södermöre hembygdsförening. 1987–. Libris 662,229. Sohlmans musiklexikon Warrack and West, The Oxford Dictionary of Opera, 782 pages, ISBN 0-19-869164-5 Postcard portrait of Nanny Larsen-Todsen