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Suicide Squad

Suicide Squad is a fictional supervillain team appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The first version of the Suicide Squad debuted in The Brave and the Bold #25 and the second and modern version, created by John Ostrander, debuted in Legends #3. One of the two teams saves the world from a threatening race of savages; the modern incarnation of the Suicide Squad is Task Force X—a team of incarcerated supervillains who undertake high-risk black ops secret missions in exchange for either parole, work release, and/or reduced prison sentences. Regardless of abilities and talent, every member of the squad is expendable and it is expected that not many will return; as expendable assets, all members are fitted with an explosive device in their neck to assure obedience. The Suicide Squad's name alludes to the dangerous nature of their missions; the team is based out of Belle Reve Penitentiary under the directorship of Amanda Waller. Various incarnations of the Suicide Squad have existed throughout the years as depicted in several self-titled comic book series, from its origins in the Silver Age, to its modern-day Post-Crisis reimagining, to the current version, introduced in the 2016 DC Rebirth continuity reboot.

The current incarnation of the team appears in the fifth volume of the Suicide Squad comic series, the recurring members include Captain Boomerang, Enchantress, Harley Quinn and Killer Croc. Featured in The Brave and the Bold, the original Suicide Squad team included Rick Flag Jr. his girlfriend Karen Grace, Dr. Hugh Evans and Jess Bright; this team was created by artist Ross Andru. The Suicide Squad was revived in the Legends miniseries with writer John Ostrander at the helm; the renewed concept involved the government employing a group of supervillains to perform missions that were suicide runs, a concept popular enough for an ongoing series titled Suicide Squad. The squad was paired together with DC's other government agency, Checkmate—culminating in the Janus Directive crossover. While the Squad is depicted as succeeding on their missions, failure resulted. Ostrander remarked on how Squad stories sometimes purposefully brought in characters to be killed off; the team's name, Suicide Squad, relates to the idea that this group of characters is sent on dangerous and difficult missions—suicide missions.

Suicide Squad lasted 66 issues, along with one special. After the series' cancellation in 1992, the Squad went on to make several guest appearances in titles such as Superboy, Hawk & Dove and Adventures of Superman. Suicide Squad was published in 2001, written with art by Paco Medina. Though the series' first issue featured a Squad composed of Giffen's Injustice League members, the roster was promptly slaughtered, save for Major Disaster and Multi-Man; these developments prompt Sgt. Rock, by now written into the role of squad leader, to recruit new members—many of whom die during the missions. Suicide Squad was an eight-issue miniseries published in 2007, it featured the return of writer John Ostrander, with art by Javier Pina. The story focused on the return of Rick Flag Jr. and the formation of a new Squad for the purpose of attacking a corporation responsible for the development of a deadly bio-weapon. Suicide Squad debuted as part of DC Comics' line-wide New 52 continuity reboot in 2011; the relaunched book was written by Adam Glass, with art by Ransom Getty.

Amanda Waller once again directs the group from behind the scenes. This series concluded in 2014, with issue #30. New Suicide Squad was launched in July 2014. Written by Sean Ryan with art by Jeremy Roberts, the new series continues to feature Deadshot and Harley Quinn, with Deathstroke, Black Manta, Joker's Daughter added to the mix; the original Suicide Squad appeared in six issues of the Bold. Although this early incarnation of the team did not have the espionage trappings of Squads, it laid much of the groundwork for squad field leader Rick Flag Jr.'s personal history. The team's administrator Amanda Waller was introduced in the Legends miniseries, with the original Silver Age Squad's backstory fleshed out further in Secret Origins #14; the original Suicide Squad first appears in The Brave and the Bold #25. Team members appearing in the debut issue include physicist Jess Bright; the characters have follow-up appearances in issues #26, #27 and #37-#39. The team's introductory story depicts them being called in to deal with a super-heated red-hued object, called the "Red Wave", heading toward a seaside resort and boiling the ocean along the way.

They travel in a plane equipped with a analysis lab. Follow-up appearances show the team dealing with a variety of challenges: a meteor storm, a giant serpent in the Paris subway tunnels, a giant monster that captures Karin and a nuclear bomb. Issues # 38 and # 39 show the team meeting the leader of the Cyclops. In the midst of Darkseid's attempt to turn humanity against Earth's superheroes via his minion Glorious Godfrey, Amanda Waller assigns Rick Flag Jr. leadership of a reformed Task Force X. Blockbuster, Bronze Tiger, Captain Boomerang and Enchantress comprise Task Force X; the squad's first mission is to eliminate Darkseid's rampaging f

List of fictional institutions

This is a list of notable fictional institutions. Articles in this list must have received significant coverage in reliable sources that are independent of the subject. Fictional institutions include: List of fictional espionage organizations List of fictional gangs List of fictional law firms List of fictional political parties List of fictional secret police and intelligence organizations Rutledge Asylum - American McGee's Alice / Alice: Madness Returns See List of fictional secret police organizations SEELE - Neon Genesis Evangelion See Guerrilla and Terrorist Organizations section at List of fictional military organizations See List of criminal organizations in comicsList of criminal organizations in DC ComicsList of criminal organizations in Marvel Comics See List of fictional political parties For fraternities and sororities, see List of fictional fraternities and sororities See Secret societies#Fictional secret societies See List of fictional religions List of fictional brands List of fictional places List of fictional radio stations List of fictional religions List of fictional television stations TV Acres, with many lists of organizations from TV shows at the Library of Congress Web Archives

Gothic Revival architecture

Gothic Revival is an architectural movement popular in the Western world that began in the late 1740s in England. Its momentum grew in the early 19th century, when serious and learned admirers of neo-Gothic styles sought to revive medieval Gothic architecture, in contrast to the neoclassical styles prevalent at the time. Gothic Revival draws features from the original Gothic style, including decorative patterns, lancet windows, hood moulds and label stops; the Gothic Revival movement emerged in 18th-century England. Its roots were intertwined with philosophical movements associated with Catholicism and a re-awakening of high church or Anglo-Catholic belief concerned by the growth of religious nonconformism; the "Anglo-Catholicism" tradition of religious belief and style became known for its intrinsic appeal in the third quarter of the 19th century. Gothic Revival architecture varied in its faithfulness to both the ornamental style and principles of construction of its medieval original, sometimes amounting to little more than pointed window frames and a few touches of Gothic decoration on a building otherwise on a wholly 19th-century plan and using contemporary materials and construction methods.

In parallel to the ascendancy of neo-Gothic styles in 19th-century England, interest spread to the rest of Europe, Sierra Leone, South Africa and to the Americas. The influence of Revivalism had peaked by the 1870s. New architectural movements, sometimes related as in the Arts and Crafts movement, sometimes in outright opposition, such as Modernism, gained ground, by the 1930s the architecture of the Victorian era was condemned or ignored; the 20th century saw a revival of interest, manifested in the United Kingdom by the establishment of the Victorian Society in 1958. The rise of evangelicalism in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries saw in England a reaction in the high church movement which sought to emphasise the continuity between the established church and the pre-Reformation Catholic church. Architecture, in the form of the Gothic Revival, became one of the main weapons in the high church's armoury; the Gothic Revival was paralleled and supported by "medievalism", which had its roots in antiquarian concerns with survivals and curiosities.

As "industrialisation" progressed, a reaction against machine production and the appearance of factories grew. Proponents of the picturesque such as Thomas Carlyle and Augustus Pugin took a critical view of industrial society and portrayed pre-industrial medieval society as a golden age. To Pugin, Gothic architecture was infused with the Christian values, supplanted by classicism and were being destroyed by industrialisation. Gothic Revival took on political connotations. In English literature, the architectural Gothic Revival and classical Romanticism gave rise to the Gothic novel genre, beginning with The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole, inspired a 19th-century genre of medieval poetry that stems from the pseudo-bardic poetry of "Ossian". Poems such as "Idylls of the King" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson recast modern themes in medieval settings of Arthurian romance. In German literature, the Gothic Revival had a grounding in literary fashions. Gothic architecture began at the Basilica of Saint Denis near Paris, the Cathedral of Sens in 1140 and ended with a last flourish in the early 16th century with buildings like Henry VII's Chapel at Westminster.

However, Gothic architecture did not die out in the 16th century but instead lingered in on-going cathedral-building projects. In Bologna, in 1646, the Baroque architect Carlo Rainaldi constructed Gothic vaults for the Basilica of San Petronio in Bologna, under construction since 1390. Guarino Guarini, a 17th-century Theatine monk active in Turin, recognized the "Gothic order" as one of the primary systems of architecture and made use of it in his practice. Gothic architecture survived in an urban setting during the 17th century, as shown in Oxford and Cambridge, where some additions and repairs to Gothic buildings were considered to be more in keeping with the style of the original structures than contemporary Baroque. Sir Christopher Wren's Tom Tower for Christ Church, University of Oxford, Nicholas Hawksmoor's west towers of Westminster Abbey, blur the boundaries between what is called "Gothic survival" and the Gothic Revival. Throughout France in the 16th and 17th centuries, churches such as St-Eustache continued to be built following Gothic forms cloaked in classical details, until the arrival of Baroque architecture.

In the mid-18th century, with the rise of Romanticism was evident, an increased interest and awareness of the M

1995–96 Cypriot First Division

The 1995–96 Cypriot First Division was the 57th season of the Cypriot top-level football league. APOEL won their 16th title. Fourteen teams participated in the 1995–96 Cypriot First Division. All teams played against each other twice, once away; the team with the most points at the end of the season crowned champions. The last three teams were relegated to the 1996–97 Cypriot Second Division. Cypriot teams didn't gained enough points in the previous seasons and so the champion team did not qualified to 1996–97 UEFA Champions League; the champions and the runners-up ensured their participation in the 1996–97 UEFA Cup. The teams had to declare their interest to participate in the 1996 UEFA Intertoto Cup before the end of the championship. At the end of the championship, the higher placed team among the interested ones participated in the Intertoto Cup. Teams received three points for one point for a draw and zero points for a loss; the league expanded from 12 to 14 teams this season, comprised twelve teams from the 1994–95 season and two promoted teams from the 1994–95 Cypriot Second Division, Evagoras Paphos and Alki Larnaca.

Cypriot First Division 1995–96 Cypriot Cup List of top goalscorers in Cypriot First Division by season Cypriot football clubs in European competitions "1995/96 Cypriot First Division". Rec. Sport. Soccer Statistics Foundation. 2016-01-14. Retrieved 2016-01-14


Chapelco, or Cerro Chapelco, is a mountain and massif in Neuquén Province, south-western Argentina. The ski station of the same name is located 19 kilometres from the resort town of San Martín de los Andes. Designed by Federico Graeff and established in 1946, Chapelco became an popular tourist destination after 1970; the station maintains a ski and snowboard school with 200 instructors for all ages as well as numerous lodges, the most important of, the Graeff Lodge. The station is accessible via National Route 234 from San Martín de los Andes, via a two-hour flight from Jorge Newbery Airport in Buenos Aires to the Aviador Carlos Campos Airport. Chapelco hosted Snowboardcross events for the 2008-09 and 2009-10 FIS Snowboard World Cup: Cerro Catedral Cerro Castor Las Leñas List of ski areas and resorts in South America South American Ski Resort Vacation Comparison Tool Chapelco Ski Vacation Packages and Tours

100th Anniversary of the Canadian Navy

100th Anniversary of the Canadian Navy is an outdoor memorial in Victoria, British Columbia. It was constructed to commemorate the founding of the Royal Canadian Navy and opened on the date of the navy's centenary, its central feature is a bronze statue, sculpted by local artist Nathan Scott, entitled The Homecoming that depicts a Canadian sailor reuniting with his daughter upon his return from deployment. The monument features memorials to individual Canadian vessels and sailors; the monument was erected on 4 May 2010 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Royal Canadian Navy via the Naval Service Act of 1910. It is intended as a marker of the nation's gratitude to the tens of thousands of sailors who have served with the force on more than 850 Canadian vessels since then. Local philanthropist and Honorary Navy Captain Cedric Steele was the driving force behind the project, his inspiration came from a statue in Halifax, Nova Scotia that commemorates the Navy's 75th anniversary.

The site for the monument was donated by Greater Victoria Harbour Authority chairman Bill Wellburn. The patron of the monument was Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia Steven Point, supported by retired Vice-Admiral Nigel Brodeur and then-Commander of Maritime Forces Pacific Rear Admiral Tyrone Pile, it was funded through a CA$150,000 fundraising campaign which included the sale of pewter small-scale copies of the statue and commemorative paving stones which surround the completed monument. The monument's unveiling was attended by navy veterans; the monument is located on Wharf Street in Victoria, British Columbia. It comprises the bronze Homecoming statue set that depicts a sailor reuniting with his daughter after returning from deployment; the central statue The Homecoming was sculpted by Nathan Scott, a local artist with a studio and foundry in Victoria. The rear of both stone markers depicts the fouled anchor insignia of the Royal Canadian Navy in bronze; the dark marble plinth of Homecoming has the name of the statue in gold lettering on one side and plaques mounted in memory of individual Canadian vessels on the other three, the plinth is surmounted by light-grey granite capping stones.

The paved area surrounding the monument contains the commemorative stones engraved in memory of service men that were sold as part of its fundraising campaign. The stones continue to be sold and installed at the site to raise funds for the Esquimalt Military Family Resource Centre. 2010 in art History of the Royal Canadian Navy Media related to 100th Anniversary of the Canadian Navy at Wikimedia Commons