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Trevor Linden

Trevor John Linden, C. M. O. B. C. is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player and former president of hockey operations and alternate governor of the Vancouver Canucks. He spent 19 seasons in the National Hockey League, playing centre and right wing with four teams: the Vancouver Canucks, New York Islanders, Montreal Canadiens and Washington Capitals. Before joining the NHL in 1988, Linden helped the Medicine Hat Tigers of the Western Hockey League win consecutive Memorial Cup championships. In addition to appearing in two NHL All-Star Games, Linden was a member of the 1998 Canadian Olympic team and participated in the 1996 World Cup of Hockey. Throughout his career, Linden was recognized as a respected leader off the ice, he was named captain of the Canucks at age 21, making him one of the youngest captains in league history. In that capacity, Linden was nicknamed "Captain Canuck" and led the team to back-to-back Smythe Division titles in 1992 and 1993, followed by a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1994, where they lost in seven games.

In 1998, he was elected president of the National Hockey League Players' Association, a position he held for eight years. As President, he played an instrumental role in the 2004–05 NHL lockout, including negotiations with league owners. Off the ice, Linden has taken an active role in charities, was awarded the King Clancy Memorial Trophy for leadership on the ice and humanitarian contributions off the ice in 1997, as well as the NHL Foundation Player Award in 2008. Linden retired on June 11, 2008, 20 years to the day after he was drafted into the NHL. Linden's jersey number 16 was retired by the Canucks on December 17, 2008, the second number retired by the team. On April 9, 2014, Linden was named president of hockey operations for the Vancouver Canucks, a position he held until July 2018. Trevor Linden's grandfather, Nick van der Linden, emigrated to Canada from the Netherlands in 1929, he ran a construction company until his son Lane replaced him in 1979. Trevor was born in Alberta, to Lane and Edna Linden.

Linden was a skilled athlete. An excellent student in school, he was offered a scholarship to Princeton University to play for their hockey team. Instead, Linden chose to stay in Medicine Hat and play with the local major junior team, the Medicine Hat Tigers of the Western Hockey League. Linden grew up watching the Tigers and idolized Lanny McDonald, who played in Medicine Hat before he joined the NHL. After one season playing with the Medicine Hat Midget Tigers of the Alberta Midget Hockey League, Linden joined the WHL Tigers for the final five games of the 1985–86 regular season, where he scored two goals; the next season, at age 16, he made the team full-time. In his first full season in the WHL, Linden had 36 points in 72 games, had 9 points in 20 playoff games, including two goals in the championship game, helping Medicine Hat win their first Memorial Cup as Canadian junior champions; the next year, Linden had 110 points in 67 games and led the Tigers to their second consecutive Memorial Cup title.

During the 1988 WHL playoffs, Linden set a WHL playoff record by scoring the fastest goal from the start of a game, seven seconds into a 6–5 Tigers win over the Saskatoon Blades on April 15, 1988. At the 1988 NHL Entry Draft, the Vancouver Canucks selected Linden second overall, after the Minnesota North Stars selected Mike Modano. Linden made his NHL debut on October 6, 1988, against the Winnipeg Jets, aged 18, he scored his first goal on October 18, 1988, against Kelly Hrudey of the New York Islanders and on November 17, he scored his first hat-trick against the Minnesota North Stars. Linden finished the season second for points, he was the first Canucks rookie to score 30 goals and came within one point of tying Ivan Hlinka's team record of 60 points as a first-year player, set in 1981–82. Linden became the first rookie to win the Cyclone Taylor Award, given to the Canucks' most valuable player, he was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team, finished second to Brian Leetch, of the New York Rangers, in voting for the Calder Memorial Trophy, awarded to the rookie of the year.

Fans voted him as the winner of The Hockey News' rookie of the year award. The Canucks made the playoffs in the 1988–89 season, for the first time in three years, Linden scored seven points in the Canucks' seven-game series loss to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Calgary Flames. In his sophomore NHL season, Linden finished second on the team in goals and points and finished third in assists; the following year, he was one of three Canucks to share a rotating captaincy, the others being Doug Lidster and Dan Quinn. Linden led the team with 37 assists and 70 points, made his first appearance in an NHL All-Star Game, where he was the youngest player. At age 21, he was made sole captain of the team; that season, Linden led the Canucks in scoring for a second straight year with 75 points, leading the Canucks to their first division title since the 1974–75 season. A natural winger early in his career, Linden began learning to play at the centre position during the Canucks training camp in October 1992.

Canucks head coach Pat Quinn initiated the switch in response to the losses of centres Anatoli Semenov and Petr Nedvěd during the off-season. The Canucks repeated as Smythe Division champions that year, setting franchise records for wins and points with 46 and 101 resp

San Vigilio, Siena

San Vigilio is a Renaissance and Baroque style, Roman Catholic church located on Via San Vigilio, region of Tuscany, Italy. The exterior has a sober classical facade; the church is dedicated to the martyr St Vigilius. It stands across the street from the Castellare Ugurgieri, down the street from the Palazzo Bandini Piccolomini found on the junction with Via Sallustio Bandini; the building was a parish church built by the Ugurgieri family. The structure was occupied by the 11th century with monks of the Camaldolese order, who had a convent adjacent to the church; that building burned in a fire in 1153, was reconstructed by 1231. In 1420, the monks were expelled. In 1556, the church was ceded to the Jesuit order, they rebuilt the church in 1561, which they continued to refurbish until 1775. When the Jesuits were suppressed in 1759, the church was acquired by the Vallombrosan order, who had the facade rebuilt in the present brick form by the architect Antonio Matteucci. In turn when the Vallombrosan order was suppressed, in 1816, the Grand Duke of Tuscany gifted the church to the University of Siena.

The interior is decorated with 15 canvases by Raffaello Vanni depicting The Last Judgement. The third chapel on the left has busts depicting Pietro De Vecchi and his wife Giulia Verdelli by Giuseppe Mazzuoli; the bronze crucifix is attributed to Pietro Tacca. The chapel has a sepulchral monument to Antonio Rospigliosi, nephew of Pope Clement IX; the chapel of St Francis Borgia was painted by Dionisio Montorselli. In the chapel of St Anne a canvas was painted by Romanelli. In the chapel of the Taja family, bronze figures of St Ignatius, St Bernardino, the Blessed Giovanni Colombino were completed by the studio of Gianlorenzo Bernini; the works were commissioned by Cardinal Flaminio Taja. The chapel of St Francis Xavier has canvases by Francesco Vanni, Baldassare Franceschini; the chapel of the Madonna di Loreto is decorated with canvases by Francesco Vanni, depicting the Assumption of the Virgin and Translation of the House. The main altarpiece depicting the Glory of St Ignatius was painted by Mattia Preti.

Flanking the painting are two canvases by Francesco Vanni depicting Louis Gonzaga and Stanislaus Kostka. The sepulchral monument of Marcello Biringucci was completed by Bartolomeo Mazzuoli

2018 Vietnam floods

In 2018, Vietnam was struck by several different deadly floods. On 23 June, floods started across the country; the flood waters have receded from the northern mountainous provinces of Lai Chau, Ha Giang and Lao Cai while several towns and villages were inaccessible. 23 people were confirmed dead in the floods: in Lai Chau 16 were killed, 5 in Ha Giang Province while two others in other provinces. An estimated VND530 billion of damage was recorded in Lao Cai, Ha Giang and Lai Chau and over 80 houses had been destroyed and over 700 hectares of rice fields damaged. On 21 July, floods triggered by heavy rains hit the northern part of the country after tropical storm Son-Tinh made landfall in northern coastal areas, killing 27 people and wounding 14, while 7 others were declared missing. 17,000 animals were killed, 82,000 hectares of crops were damaged and 5,000 houses were destroyed. On 1 August, two children and a man drowned as new floods has overflowed one bank of the Bui River, engulfed several villages and threaten to submerge parts of Hanoi.

On 3 August, floods triggered landslides in Phong Tho, Lai Chau that killed six people, injuring two and leaving five others missing. On 2 September, floods started again across northern provinces of the country; as of 4 September, at least 14 people were confirmed dead in Thanh Hoa, while four others are declared missing. 375 houses were damaged and 661 cattle killed. On November 16, a tropical disturbance formed east of Vietnam and strengthened into a tropical-depression. Toraji made landfall on November 18. Toraji caused flooding in Nha Trang, resulting in a damage of 396 billion. On November 25, Usagi made landfall in Mekong Delta as a severe tropical storm; the typhoon caused flooding in Nha Trang and Binh Thuan, killing three people. Losses in Vietnam were at ₫347 billion. Torrential rains triggered heavy flooding and landslides in central provinces of Quang Tri, Da Nang, Quang Nam and Quang Ngai causing deaths of at least 7 people. In 24 hours, Da Nang received a record rain level of 635 mm, the highest since 1975


Shivaharkaray or Karavipur is a Shakti Peeth dedicated to the Hindu Goddess Durga, located near Parkai railway station, near Karachi, Pakistan. Puranas describe; the Goddess is worshipped as the slayer of the Demon Mahishasur. Her consort, the Hindu God Shiva, is worshipped in Ragi form as personification of anger. Shivaharkaray is third in the list of 51 Peethas identified in the Puranas. Sati was first incarnation of Parvati, she was the daughter of King Queen. She was insulted and hurt by her father not inviting both her and her husband to a yagna, so she committed self-immolation at its sacrificial fire in grief. Shiva was distraught after hearing of her death, danced around the world in a Tandav Nritya, carrying her body on his shoulders. In order to return Shiva to normalcy, Vishnu used his Sudarshan Chakra, the rotating blade on his finger tip, he dismembered the body of Sati into several pieces, wherever a piece fell on the earth, its location was consecrated as a divine shrine, or Shakthi Peeth, with deities of Sati and Shiva.

These locations have become famous pilgrimage places as Pithas or Shakthi Pithas, are scattered throughout the subcontinent, including in Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Nepal, India. Sati is known as Devi or Shakthi. With the blessing of Vishnu she was reborn as the daughter of Himavat or Himalayas, hence named Parvati, or daughter of mountains, she was born on the 14th day of the bright half of the month of Mrigashīrsha, which marks the Shivarathri, the night festival of Shiva. Kapoor, Subodh; the Indian Encyclopaedia: Biographical, Religious, Ethnological and Scientific. Hinayana-India. Genesis Publishing Pvt Ltd. p. 6325. ISBN 9788177552577

A Compilation of Scott Weiland Cover Songs

A Compilation of Scott Weiland Cover Songs is a compilation album by Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland, released on August 30, 2011. The album consists of cover songs, featuring an array of covers of artists that inspired Weiland, such as David Bowie, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Smiths; the album was set to be released together with Weiland's memoir Not Dead & Not for Sale but Weiland decided to release the album by itself in digital format. The cover of the Beatles' "Revolution" is a Stone Temple Pilots recording, released as a single in 2001, in honor of 9/11, with proceeds going to the Twin Towers Fund. "Reel Around the Fountain" and "Fame" appeared on Weiland's 2008 album "Happy" in Galoshes. Scott Weiland – lead vocals, piano Doug Greanguitar, bass Adrian Youngdrums, percussion Michael Weiland – drums Matt O'Connor – drums, percussion Dean DeLeo – guitar on track 8 Robert DeLeo – bass on track 8 Eric Kretz – drums on track 8 Official website

Magic Leap

Magic Leap, Inc. is an American startup company that released a head-mounted virtual retinal display, called Magic Leap One, which superimposes 3D computer-generated imagery over real world objects, by "projecting a digital light field into the user's eye", involving technologies suited to applications in augmented reality and computer vision. It is attempting to construct a light-field chip using silicon photonics. Magic Leap was founded by Rony Abovitz in 2010 and has raised $2.6 billion from a list of investors including Google and Alibaba Group. In December 2016 Forbes estimated. On July 11, 2018, AT&T became its exclusive partner. On August 8th, 2018, the Magic Leap One was made available in the United States through AT&T. Magic Leap was founded by Rony Abovitz in 2010. In October 2014, when the company was still operating in stealth mode, it had raised more than $540 million of venture funding from Google, Andreessen Horowitz and Kleiner Perkins, among other investors. Richard Taylor of special effects company Weta Workshop is involved in Magic Leap alongside Abovitz.

Science fiction author Neal Stephenson joined the company in December 2014. Graeme Devine is their Chief Creative Officer & Senior VP Games and Creative Experiences. According to past versions of its website, the startup evolved from a company named "Magic Leap Studios" which around 2010 was working on a graphic novel and a feature film series, in 2011 became a corporation, releasing an augmented reality app at Comic-Con that year. A November 2014 analysis by Gizmodo, based on job listings, trademark registrations and patent applications from Magic Leap, concluded that the company appears to aim at building "a Google Glass on steroids that can seamlessly blend computer-generated graphics with the real world", it has been compared to Microsoft HoloLens. Before Magic Leap, a head-mounted display using light field had been demonstrated by Nvidia in 2013, the MIT Media Lab has constructed a 3D display using "compressed light fields". According to a researcher who studied the company's patents, Magic Leap is to use stacked silicon waveguides.

On March 19, 2015 Magic Leap released a demo video titled "Just another day in the office at Magic Leap". The video includes augmented reality gaming and productivity applications but it was unclear if the video was actual footage using their technology or a simulated experience. On October 20, 2015 Magic Leap released actual footage of their product. While still not showing any hardware, the footage claims that it was filmed through a Magic Leap device without the use of special effects or compositing; the video suggests that virtual 3D objects can be occluded by real objects, which may be predefined geometry in the scene, but led to speculation about 3D spatial mapping being used. It shows virtual lights reflecting from a real table, which seem to be incorrectly placed in space, therefore may suggest that the reflections are part of the virtual scene without interacting with the real world; the video showcases only quite bright objects superimposed over dark areas of the real world. This suggests that the hardware can only add new light without blocking incoming light from the real world.

This would allow it to render only transparent objects which emit or reflect light, may not allow virtual objects to occlude real objects. This would work well for bright virtual objects in front of dark real backgrounds as in the video, but not for dark virtual objects in front of brighter real backgrounds. On December 9, 2015, Forbes reported on documents filed in the state of Delaware, indicating a Series C funding round of $827m; this funding round could bring the company’s total funding to $1.4 billion, its post-money valuation to $3.7 billion. On February 2, 2016, Financial Times reported that Magic Leap further raised another funding round of close to $800m, valuing the startup at $4.5 billion. On February 11, 2016, Silicon Angle reported that Magic Leap had joined the Entertainment Software Association. On April 18, 2016, Magic Leap acquired Israeli cybersecurity company NorthBit; as of May 2016, Magic Leap had raised $1.4 billion from a list of investors including Google and the Chinese Alibaba Group.

On June 16, 2016, Magic Leap announced a partnership with Disney's Lucasfilm and its ILMxLAB R&D unit. The two companies will form a joint research lab at Lucasfilm's San Francisco campus. On February 18, 2017, Magic Leap acquired the 3D division of Swiss computer vision company Dacuda. On December 20, 2017, Magic Leap unveiled their Magic Leap One. In December 2017, UK IT news site The Register described Magic Leap as a vaporware company that "has received nearly $2bn in funding over four years, values itself at $6bn, has yet to produce anything but fake technology". On March 7, 2018, Magic Leap raised $461 million in Series D funding led by the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia, the country's sovereign wealth fund. In June 2018, the company's first headset, called the Magic Leap One, was revealed for the first time, only showcasing the device visually, but performing no demonstration of its functionality. On July 1 2018, the device was demoed, confirming its use of NVIDIA TX2 hardware, the general reaction was of disappointment with what was shown, based on what had been promised up to that point.

On July 11, 2018, AT&T invested in the company, set to become its exclusive partner, with Magic Leap One to become the firs