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North Sydney Bears

The North Sydney Bears are an Australian rugby league football club based in North Sydney, New South Wales. They compete in the New South Wales Cup, having exited the National Rugby League following the 1999 NRL season after 90 years in the Sydney competition two in the NRL; the Bears are based on Sydney's Lower North Shore, have played at North Sydney Oval since 1910. There is a bid supporting a resurrection of the club in the NRL as the Central Coast Bears, based in Gosford, New South Wales; the club was established in 1908, making it one of the original founding members of the New South Wales Rugby Football League, one of Australia's first rugby league football clubs. North Sydney continued competing with some success in the first half of the 20th century in the NSWRL, through the ARL and NRL premierships until they merged with Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles to form the Northern Eagles for the 2000 season; the merged club lasted only until 2002 when it split again, with the Bears not returning to first grade and being represented at the highest order in the NSWRL competition the second-tier rugby league competition, where they continue to play today.

North Sydney were in a partnership with the Rabbitohs serving as Souths' reserve grade side from 2007 until the agreement ended in 2018. In total, 247 players, affiliated with Souths played with Norths in The Intrust Super Premiership NSW; until the end of season 2009, Souths were coached by the Bears' record-breaking top points scorer, Jason Taylor. In September 2018, North Sydney announced that they had signed a 5 year deal to become the Sydney Roosters feeder club and reserve grade side with Taylor returning to the club as head coach. North Sydney was formed as a foundation club of the newly arrived rugby league game in 1908 and were known as the Shoremen. Like the other Sydney district clubs, Norths were born from players and officials from the local Rugby Union club, Northern Suburbs Rugby Club; the club struggled to obtain access to North Sydney Oval, but council obstruction was removed and the Shoremen played their first real home game in 1910. Many good players such as Andy Morton, Jimmy Devereaux and Sid Deane were lost to English clubs in the years after making the semi-finals in the season of 1908.

They were nearly dropped from the competition during World War I because of dwindling spectator numbers. Towards the end of the war, Norths' fortunes improved, playing quality and spectators numbers increased and they won 2 premierships in 1921–22 coached by Chris McKivat; these would be their last first grade premierships and their last grand final appearance was in 1943. When an injury riddled North Sydney were beaten by Newtown 34–7. North Sydney's Captain-coach in the Grand Final of 1943 was the future doyen of rugby league broadcasters, Frank Hyde. Hyde, living in Lane Cove at the time, had been forced to switch from Balmain to Norths in 1941 due to the league's residency rules which stated that a player was required to live in their club's district; as Lane Cove was in North Sydney's district, the club protested to the NSWRFL and claimed Hyde from Balmain. The team became known as the North Sydney Bears during the 1950s after accepting a sponsorship from the nearby Big Bear supermarket at Neutral Bay.

The 1952 season saw North Sydney reach the finals for the first time since 1943. Norths went on to make the finals again in 1954 losing to Souths and St George respectively. Norths had to wait 10 years to make the finals again, this time against Balmain where they lost 11-9; the following year North Sydney came 2nd in the regular season but were defeated 47-7 by St George and lost to South Sydney the following week 14-9. During that time, North Sydney produced arguably the greatest winger the game has seen in Ken Irvine. Irvine held the record for most first grade tries for one club until he was overtaken by Melbourne player Billy Slater. New South Wales representative Queenslander, Bruce Walker, captained the Bears in the final of the 1976 Amco Cup, it would be 17 long years before North Sydney made the finals series again when they finished 3rd in the 1982 season. North Sydney were coached that year by the great Ron Willey. Norths were knocked out of the finals series that year in consecutive games, firstly losing to Manly and Eastern Suburbs the following week.

In 1986, North Sydney made the finals series again, this time they were eliminated by Balmain in the first week. The nineties saw finals appearances and near misses in 1991, 1994–1998, In that time period Norths made the preliminary final 4 times but fell short on each occasion. In 1991, North Sydney finished the regular season in 3rd place and defeated arch rivals Manly in the first week of the finals. In the next match, North Sydney had the chance to make their first grand final in 48 years if they could defeat Penrith. After being behind on the scoreboard 12-0, Norths fought their way back into the match to level the scores at 14-14. A reliable goal kicker, Daryl Halligan missed 4 shots at goal and only kicked 1 from 5 including a penalty miss in the dying minutes. Penrith won the match 16-14 despite the fact. On 14 July 1994, the club was fined $87,000 for breaching the salary cap; that year they lost to Canberra. North Sydney remained loyal to the Australian Rugby League during the Super League war of the mid-1990s.

In the 1996 ARL season Norths came within one match of the Grand Final but lost the game to the St George Dragons 29-12. The following year saw two separate national rugby league championships, confirmation of the club's intention to move north to New South Wales' Central Coast. In the 1997 season, North Sydney again made the preliminary final against Newca

Ben Varon

Ben Varon is a Finnish guitarist and music maker. He is known as a player and one of the founders of the Finnish metal band Amoral 1997-2017. In the beginning of 2018 he founded a new heavy metal band Oceanhoarse. Ben Varon started playing guitar, he had been begging for an electric guitar for about a year, got a Strat copy as a birthday present from his parents. The first few years went by without much progress: He did take a few lessons to get started, but did not practice much at all. Ben tells at his bio that it was only when he understood, that if he wanted to go anywhere with his playing he should start to work on it. Ben Varon is self-taught, but he has taken some lessons over the years. First, when he got started to learn to form a power chord. A few years when he started to practice, he took lessons for a while at Pop & Jazz conservatory in Helsinki. Ben was taught by the Finnish legend Roope Latvala around 2001 about scales and modes including some of Stone licks, in which he was interested at that time.

The biggest influence on Ben Varon's music had been Slash, the guitarist of Guns'N Roses and Pantera's murdered guitarist Dimebag Darrell. Slash, with the pompous Use Your Illusion songs, blew Ben's mind up and was the reason for him to start to play guitar. A bit on Varon got into Pantera, but Dime's playing affected him until now. Both the lead and rhythm work of Dime inspired him; some other sources of inspiration include Nuno Bettencourt, Roope Latvala, Randy Rhoads and Zakk Wylde. In 2012, Japanese Young Guitar Magazine published 10 pages of Amoral's notes with Varon demonstrating them. Ben Varon was chosen at "Finnish Metal Awards" in 2009 6th, 2010 4th and 2011 5th best metal musician in Finland. 1997 at the age of 14 Ben Varon started to play with Juhana Karlsson, with whom he went to the same school. They started by jamming on a couple of Metallica songs; that was the first time. They went on jamming as as possible. Silver Ots joined soon after. Amoral was founded 1997. Amoral played technical, melodic, hardrock oriented metal.

The band's 4th album was an about-turn, replacing the dominance of quirky death metal with an exemplary display of riff-driven, yet melodic power groove and the occasional sing-along chorus. Amoral performed extensively in bars, clubs and other venues in Finland, Japan, Philippines and USA; the band split up in 2017 after 20 years together. Ben Varon has always been involved in the songwriting for Amoral's music. Whilst he contributed alongside Silver Ots on the first four albums, he took after the main responsibility of songwriting and was accompanied by the guitarist Masi Hukari on the fifth and sixth albums; the music and lyrics for Amoral's last album In Sequence Ben made alone. In Amoral's first years Ben Varon has contributed lyrics to a few songs for Amoral's music. After singer and main lyricists Niko Kalliojärvi's departure in 2008 Varon took over the main responsibility to write lyrics. 2016, once Amoral's closing decision was made, Ben started with a new band from zero. After 2 years work with its music, in the beginning of 2018, the new heavy metal band Oceanhoarse was announced.

Oceanhoarse has told they will not use any synthesizers in their upcoming music. The emphasis would be on live-oriented heavy metal; the other members beside Ben Varon are Tommy Tuovinen in vocals, Jyri Helko in bass and Oskari Niemi in drums. The debut single The Oceanhoarse was played first time on Radio Rock Jan 17 and the video was published Jan 18 2018. 2013, after ending Amoral's fifth album Fallen Leaves & Dead Sparrows, Ben went on composing the summer long material that didn't fit to Amoral's style, 90's rock and acoustic-driven sound of the 70's. 2014 he founded a new group Alcyona Sky to play this music. The other members beside guitarist Ben Varon are Micko Hell in vocals, Rale Tiiainen in drums and Jyri Helko in bass. AS has released one album Alcyona Sky in April 2017; the band told. The album can be listened on Spotify. From 2007 Varon has played at Dimebag Beyond Forever - tribute act. 2011 Varon played at Hellsinki. Varon plays in Andy McCoy's band Grease Helmet, created 2012. Grease Helmet released one album in 2012.

2017 Ben joined to a new musical project. The first single of Panorama is Ben's handwrite. Jackson Warrior custom guitars Marshall preamp VHT power amp Krank cabinet Studio albumsWound Creations, Spinefarm Decrowning, Spinefarm Reptile Ride, Spinefarm Show Your Colors, Spinefarm Beneath, Imperial Cassette Fallen Leaves & Dead Sparrows, Imperial Cassette In Sequence, Imperial Cassette Alcyona Sky, Imperial CassetteSinglesLeave Your Dead Behind Year of the Suckerpunch Gave Up Easy Same Difference Silhouette If not here, Where? No Familiar Faces Rude Awakening The Next One To Go Around The World The Oceanhoarse Ben Varon´s official webpage Oceanhoarse´s official webpage Amoral's official website Blabbermouth News of Amoral 2004 Soundschock Interview 2009 Spirit Of Metal Interview 2009 RM Media Interview 2012 Guitarhoo! Interview with Ben Varon and Masi Hukari guitarists for Amoral May 1, 2013 Rock Brigade - Interview

Kevin Bubriski

Kevin Bubriski is an American documentary photographer. Bubriski was born in Massachusetts, he attended Bowdoin College in Brunswick, graduating in 1975. He worked as a photographer for nine years in Nepal and has photographed trips to India and Bangladesh. Bubriski lives in Vermont with his wife, he has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Asian Cultural Council. Kevin Bubriski has exhibited worldwide. In 2002, his work was included in a group exhibition about September 11 at the Library of Congress. Kevin Bubriski's book, Portrait of Nepal, won the Golden Light Documentary Award in 1993 and his work has been featured in several publications, including the New York Times and the LA Times. Bubriski was awarded the 2010-2011 Robert Gardner Visiting Artist Fellowship in Photography. An exhibit of Bubriski's work, entitled Shadows of Shangri La: Nepal in Photographs," was on display in Cambridge, Massachusetts from May to September 2014; the show was sponsored by Harvard University's Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology and the university's Asia Studies Center.

Together the exhibit and its accompanying publication, Nepal: 1975–2011, "document the dramatic evolution of daily life in Nepal, from its years as a Hindu kingdom to what calls'the current precarious peace'." Bubriski's exhibition "Shadows of Shangri La: Nepal in Photographs" and his book Nepal: 1975–2011 have been featured in the Boston Globe, New York Times, Nepali Times, ECS Nepal, Kathmandu Post, Asian Ethnology, Art New England, Harvard Magazine. In his review for Asian Ethnology Niels Gutschow of Heidelberg University was able to "value Bubriski's work as a unique testimony that destroys any reproaches" for "Bubriski does not present clichés and he does not indulge the colonial gaze that tends to isolate the exotic." Bret Chenkin of Art New England critiques that "the earliest works appear stronger—have more visual dynamism and authenticity." Yet Chenkin appreciates the accessibility of the images, explaining that "they bring a viewer sitting half the world away that much closer. Anyone who reads Bubriski’s photographic journal will be satiated visually and culturally."

Mark Feeney of the Boston Globe writes: "Bubriski’s images convey a sense of Nepal that feels strong and nuanced. Portrait of Nepal Power Places of Kathmandu Pilgrimage: Looking at Ground Zero Michael Rockefeller: New Guinea Photographs, 1961 Nepal: 1975–2011 Look into My Eyes: Nuevomexicanos por Vida,'81-'83

Catalina 27

The Catalina 27 is an American sailboat designed by Frank V. Butler and Robert Finch; the design became one of the most popular sailing keelboats of all time and was built from 1971 to 1991. The boat was built by Catalina Yachts in the United States starting in 1971 and was built under licence in Canada. In the first three years of production, 1500 boats were sold. A total of 6662 examples were completed; the design was replaced in production by the Catalina 270 in 1991. The Catalina 27 is a small recreational keelboat, built predominantly of fiberglass, it has an internally-mounted spade-type rudder and a fixed fin keel. It carries 2,700 lb of lead ballast. Designed for inland sailing and not ocean passages, the boat's hull is made from solid fiberglass, while the deck has a plywood core; the hull and other parts were built with molded headliners to streamline production. Early boats were all fitted with a tiller, but ones had a wheel steering as optional; the boat has a draft of 4.00 ft with the standard keel and 3.00 ft with the optional shoal draft wing keel.

The boat was fitted with an outboard motor well, but some ones were equipped with inboard Universal Atomic 4 gasoline or Universal diesel engines. The boat has a PHRF racing average handicap of 204 with a high of 207 and low of 204, it has a hull speed of 6.25 kn. Catalina 27s have been sailed from the mainland US to Bermuda and the Caribbean, have carried out globe circumnavigations. In a 2002 review of the design as a used boat, Sail magazine writer John Kretschmer noted: "you don't buy a Catalina 27 for the craftsmanship, you buy it to have fun on the water... One of the most surprising features of the 27 is; the boat is well balanced, according to several owner reports, thrives upwind in moderate conditions. In heavy air the 27 is a bit tender and one owner suggests putting the first reef in the main at 12 knots." He concluded, "The Catalina 27 didn't become one of the most popular boats built without good reason. It offers good sailing, comfortable accommodations, one-design fleets and active owners groups."

Catalina 27 Standard model with a draft of 4.00 ft. Catalina 27 TM Tall mast model with a mast about 2.00 ft higher and the mast moved aft, for use in locations that have lighter winds on average. Catalina 27 SD Shallow draft model with a draft of 3.00 ft. Catalina 27 SD TM Tall mast model with a mast about 2.00 ft higher and the mast moved aft, plus shallow draft keel, with a draft of 3.00 ft. List of sailing boat typesSimilar sailboatsAloha 27 Cal 27 Cal 2-27 Cal 3-27 C&C 27 Catalina 275 Sport Crown 28 CS 27 Edel 820 Express 27 Fantasia 27 Halman Horizon Hotfoot 27 Hullmaster 27 Hunter 27 Hunter 27-2 Hunter 27-3 Island Packet 27 Mirage 27 Mirage 27 O'Day 272 Orion 27-2 Watkins 27 Watkins 27P Media related to Catalina 27 at Wikimedia Commons


Bruderschaft is an electronic music collective led by New York City-based DJ Rexx Arkana. Conceived as a charity project focused on cancer research and treatment in the wake of Arkana's father's death from the disease, Bruderschaft brought together a large number of artists from the underground electronic music scene for the production of the band's first single, "Forever": the collaboration of Arkana, Ronan Harris, Sebastian Komor, Joakim Montelius and Stephan Groth. After the death of his father in 1999, Rexx Arkana shared with Ronan Harris and Joakim Montelius the lyrics he wrote for "Forever" and they were willing to help turn it into a proper song. In 2001, Arkana discussed the project with Sebastian Komor, who produced the basic track that became "Forever" using loops that Montelius had made. In 2002, Harris was still willing to perform the lead vocals on the song and Stephan Groth was willing to perform backing vocals after hearing a rough version of the song. Released by RazorBurn Records, in European partnership with Alfa-Matrix in 2003, the "Forever" EP featured a large list of remixers, including Front 242, Feindflug, The Retrosic, Negative Format, Angels & Agony, Colony 5, Lights of Euphoria, davaNtage, Punto Omega.

In keeping with the founding concept behind the project, all net profits from the global sales of the CD were augmented by the proceeds of local release parties in cities around the world, raising nearly $50,000 for charity. In 2005, Bruderschaft was reputedly working on "Return", the band's second release, which did not materialize. On the title track, the second incarnation of the group was to feature the programming talents of returning contributor Sebastian Komor, newcomer Johann Sebastian. A second new original from the band, "Trigger," features music written by Arkana and "Forever" remixer/FGFC820 member Dräcos and System Syn founder/vocalist Clint Carney. On January 21, 2009, it was revealed that the song would be released as part of an EP; the band performed at the 2011 Kinetik Festival playing unreleased material with Tom Shear, Clint Carney, Aesthetic Perfection founder/vocalist Daniel Graves. In 2013, Bruderschaft returned with the single "Falling," featuring Daniel Myer of Haujobb on vocals.

The collective announced that their EP Return will be released through the Alfa Matrix label this year. Return was released in November 2013 as a nine-song CD. Forever Return Rexx Arkana - production, vocals Ronan Harris – lead vocals Joakim Montelius - loops Sebastian Komor - production, programming Stephan Groth – backing vocals Johann Sebastian - production Tom Shear – vocals Andylab – vocals Clint Carney – vocals Dräcos - production Daniel Graves – vocals Jared Lambert – vocals Maze – vocals Stefan Netschio – vocals P-O Svensson – vocals Daniel Myer – vocals Alfa Matrix label that released Bruderschaft worldwide Bruderschaft on Myspace Bruderschaft on Facebook

Presidencies of Grover Cleveland

The presidencies of Grover Cleveland lasted from March 4, 1885 to March 4, 1889, from March 4, 1893 to March 4, 1897. The first Democrat elected after the Civil War, Grover Cleveland is the only President of the United States to leave office after one term and return for a second term, his presidencies were 24th. Cleveland defeated James G. Blaine of Maine in 1884, lost to Benjamin Harrison of Indiana in 1888, defeated President Harrison in 1892. Cleveland won the 1884 election with the support of a reform-minded group of Republicans known as Mugwumps, he expanded the number of government positions that were protected by the Pendleton Civil Service Reform Act, he vetoed several bills designed to provide pensions and other benefits to various regions and individuals. In response to anti-competitive practices by railroads, Cleveland signed the Interstate Commerce Act of 1887, which established the first independent federal agency. During his first term, he unsuccessfully sought the repeal of the Bland–Allison Act and a lowering of the tariff.

The Samoan crisis was the major foreign policy event of Cleveland's first term, that crisis ended with a tripartite protectorate in the Samoan Islands. As his second presidency began, disaster hit the nation when the Panic of 1893 produced a severe national depression. Cleveland presided over the repeal of the Sherman Silver Purchase Act, striking a blow against the Free Silver movement, lowered tariff rates by allowing the Wilson–Gorman Tariff Act to become law, he ordered federal soldiers to crush the Pullman Strike and promoted efforts to roll back federal civil rights protections for African-Americans. In foreign policy, Cleveland resisted an American intervention in Cuba, he sought to uphold the Monroe Doctrine and forced the British to agree to arbitrate a border dispute with Venezuela. In the midterm elections of 1894, Cleveland's Democratic Party suffered a massive defeat that opened the way for the agrarian and silverite seizure of the Democratic Party; the 1896 Democratic National Convention repudiated Cleveland and nominated silverite William Jennings Bryan, but Bryan was defeated by Republican William McKinley in the 1896 presidential election.

Cleveland left office unpopular, but his reputation was rehabilitated by scholars like Allan Nevins. More recent historians and biographers have taken a more ambivalent view of Cleveland, but many note Cleveland's role in re-asserting the power of the presidency. In rankings of American presidents by historians and political scientists, Cleveland is ranked as an average president. Cleveland had risen to prominence as an advocate of civil service reform, he was viewed as a presidential contender after his victory in the 1882 New York gubernatorial election. Samuel J. Tilden, the party's nominee in 1876, was the initial front-runner, but he declined to run due to poor health. Cleveland, Thomas F. Bayard of Delaware, Allen G. Thurman of Ohio, Samuel Freeman Miller of Iowa, Benjamin Butler of Massachusetts each had considerable followings entering the 1884 Democratic National Convention; each of the other candidates had hindrances to his nomination: Bayard had spoken in favor of secession in 1861, making him unacceptable to Northerners.

Cleveland, had detractors—the Tammany Hall political machine opposed him—but the nature of his enemies made him still more friends. He benefited from the backing of state party leader Daniel Manning, who positioned Cleveland as the natural heir to Tilden and emphasized the importance of New York's electoral votes in any Democratic presidential victory. Cleveland clinched the nomination on the second ballot. Thomas A. Hendricks of Indiana was selected as his running mate; the 1884 Republican National Convention nominated former Speaker of the House James G. Blaine of Maine for president. Blaine campaigned on implementing a protective tariff, increasing international trade, investing in infrastructure projects, while the Democratic campaign focused on Blaine's ethics. In general, Cleveland abided by the precedent of minimizing presidential campaign travel and speechmaking. Corruption in politics became the central issue in 1884, Blaine had over the span of his career been involved in several questionable deals.

Cleveland's reputation as an opponent of corruption proved the Democrats' strongest asset. Reform-minded Republicans called "Mugwumps", including men such as Carl Schurz and Henry Ward Beecher, denounced Blaine as corrupt and flocked to Cleveland. At the same time the Democrats gained support from the Mugwumps, they lost some blue-collar workers to the Greenback-Labor party, led by Benjamin Butler; as expected, Cleveland carried the Solid South, while Blaine carried most of New England and the Midwest. The electoral votes of contested New York, New Jersey and Connecticut determined the election. After the votes were counted, Cleveland narrowly won all four of the swing states. Cleveland won the nationwide popular vote by one-quarter of a percent, while he won the electoral vote by a majority of 219–182. Cleveland's victory made him the first successful Democratic presidential nominee since the start of the Civil War. Despite Cleveland's successful candidacy, Republicans retained control of the Senate.