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Tsui Hark

Tsui Hark, born Tsui Man-kong, is a Hong Kong film director and screenwriter. Tsui has directed several influential Hong Kong films such as Zu Warriors from the Magic Mountain, the Once Upon a Time in China film series and The Blade. Tsui has been a prolific writer and producer, he is viewed as a major figure in the Golden Age of Hong Kong cinema and is regarded by critics as "one of the masters of Asian cinematography". In the late 1990s, Tsui had a short-lived career in the United States, directing the Jean-Claude Van Damme–led films Double Team and Knock Off. Both films were critically panned, he has since found new commercial and critical success with blockbusters such as the Detective Dee film series, Flying Swords of Dragon Gate, The Taking of Tiger Mountain. Tsui was raised in Saigon, Vietnam, to a large Chinese family with sixteen siblings. Tsui showed an early interest in show business and films, he drew comic books, an interest that would influence his cinematic style. By the age of 13, he and his family immigrated to Hong Kong.

Tsui started his secondary education in Hong Kong in 1966. He proceeded to study film in Texas, first at Southern Methodist University and at the University of Texas at Austin, graduating in 1975, he claims to have told his parents he wanted to follow in his father's footsteps as a pharmacist, that it was here he changed his given name to Hark. After graduation, Tsui moved to New York City, where he worked on From Spikes to Spindles, a noted documentary film by Christine Choy on the history of the city's Chinatown, he worked as an editor for a Chinese newspaper, developed a community theatre group and worked in a Chinese cable TV station. He returned to Hong Kong in 1977. Upon turning to feature filmmaking, Tsui was typed as a member of the "New Wave" of young, iconoclastic directors, his debut film, The Butterfly Murders, was an eccentric and technically challenging blend of wuxia, murder mystery and science fiction / fantasy elements. His second film, We're Going to Eat You, was an eccentric blend of cannibal horror, black comedy and martial arts.

Tsui's third film, Dangerous Encounters of the First Kind, put him beyond the pale. The thriller about delinquent youths on a bombing spree was nihilistic and pregnant with angry political subtext. Censored by the British colonial government, it was released in 1981 in a drastically altered version titled Dangerous Encounter – 1st Kind. Unsurprisingly, it was not a financial success. However, it helped to make Tsui a darling of film critics who had coined the New Wave label and were hopeful for a more aesthetically daring cinema, more engaged with the realities of contemporary Hong Kong. In 1981, Tsui joined Cinema City & Films Co. a new production company founded by comedians Raymond Wong, Karl Maka and Dean Shek, instrumental in codifying the slick Hong Kong blockbuster films of the 1980s. Tsui played his part in the process with pictures like the 1981 crime farce All the Wrong Clues, his first hit, Aces Go Places 3, part of the studio's long-running spy spoof series. In 1983, Tsui directed the wuxia fantasy film Zu Warriors from the Magic Mountain for the studio Golden Harvest.

Tsui imported Hollywood technicians to help create special effects whose number and complexity were unprecedented in Chinese-language cinema and remains preoccupied with pushing back the boundaries of the industry's effects technology. In 1984, Tsui formed the production company Film Workshop along with his now ex-wife and occasional co-producer, Nansun Shi, making it a home base for a tirelessly prolific roster of directing and producing projects. Here, he developed a reputation as a hands-on and intrusive producer of other directors' work, fuelled by public breaks with major filmmakers like John Woo and King Hu, his most longstanding and fruitful collaboration has been with Ching Siu-tung. As action choreographer and/or director on many Film Workshop productions, Ching made a major contribution to the well-known Tsui style. Film Workshop releases became consistent box office hits in Hong Kong and around Asia, drawing audiences with their visual adventurousness, their broad commercial appeal, hectic camerawork and pace.

Tsui has the knack of trend-setting in film genres which earned him the name'Steven Spielberg of Asia'. He produced John Woo's A Better Tomorrow, which launched a craze for the hardboiled mob film or "triad" movies, Ching Siu-tung's A Chinese Ghost Story, which did the same for period ghost fantasies. Zu Warriors and The Swordsman brought back the long-out-of-favor wuxia film. In fact, Tsui's "movie brat" nostalgia is one of the main ingredients in his work, he resurrects and revises classic films and genres: the murder mystery in The Butterfly Murders. Peking Opera Blues plays with and pays tribute to the traditions of the Peking opera that his mother took him to see as a small boy and which had such a strong influence on Hong Kong action cinema; the Lovers adapts a retold, cross-dressing period romance, best known from

Architecture of Vancouver

The architecture of Vancouver and the Metro Vancouver area holds a combination of modern architectural styles, ranging from the 20th century Edwardian style, to the 21st century modernist style and beyond. The city's architects embraced styles and ideas developed in Europe and the United States with only limited local variation. In the years following World War II, regional variations of modernism began to emerge, known as West Coast-style. Building constraints in the area led to inventive designs to make construction feasible, as well as to take advantage of the scenery; this led to the development of designs that use complex geometric forms, open-plan layouts, the desire for natural light, leading to the extensive use of glass. This usage of glass has since proliferated itself into the designs of commercial buildings in Vancouver; because the region's temperate climate and less-harsh sun makes having large walls of non-heat and sun-reflecting glass feasible, many high-rises in Downtown Vancouver have favoured transparent glass aesthetics.

The predominance of glass has led to the city moniker "City of Glass" and "See Through City". Architectural styles found throughout the American Pacific Coast, such as the American Craftsman, California bungalow, dingbat, continue to be common residential styles in Vancouver. In addition to those residential styles, in the mid-20th century, a residential style known as the Vancouver Special was developed in the city. Vancouver's cityscape and architecture have developed in response to its temperate and accessible natural setting of ocean and mountains; the downtown core is built on a peninsula surrounded on three sides by accessible waterfront beaches and walkways, all adding to its desirability of a place to live and visit. The Financial District is located downtown but many office buildings have emerged in suburban town centres, resulting in the downtown having a high percentage of residential buildings and retail outlets; the region is in an active seismic zone and seismic bracing is a significant part of both new construction and retrofitting.

A noticeable feature of this strong connection to nature is the Seawall, a man-made, car-free pathway which stretches around the downtown peninsula along the waterfront. It provides a direct link to the water's edge from Downtown and Stanley Park, as well as residential areas of the West End, False Creek, Vanier Park, Kits Beach. Stanley Park itself is an 800-acre microcosm of coastal British Columbia rainforest, all within direct sight and easy walking distance from the central business district; the pedestrian-only Seabus gives riders a quick transit connection between downtown and the North Shore, while smaller private ferry operators criss-cross False Creek linking residential and recreational venues. The West Coast Style is an architectural style that first emerged in the Greater Vancouver area, seeking to incorporate the natural environment into the design of buildings; this regional variation of modernism emerged in the 1940s and continued to be a major influence in residential design for the next three decades.

The designs emerging from west coast architects were recognized by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada in 1947 as a frontier in modern architecture: "In the domestic field....have proved to their clients present and future, by outward and inward visible signs, that the modern house is the only house for a modern family in British Columbia. Nowhere else in Canada has that proof been given." Arthur Erickson, Fred Hollingsworth, Ned Pratt, artist B. C. Binning were some of the pioneers of the modern movement on the west coast, a loosely associated group that Erickson named "The Vancouver School". Major stylistic influences were the International Style, open space plans of Japanese architecture, the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, the work and talks given in Vancouver by Richard Neutra; the houses were modest in scale and in budget. In the 1949'Design for Living' exhibition, Pratt cited five specific local characteristics that determined the form of the emerging style: Rainfall: Generous roof overhangs, flat roofs, large overhangs on the south facade to control the summer sun while allowing for passive solar heating in winter, indicating an early awareness of energy conservation.

Sunshine: Extensive use of glazing was a fundamental feature, allowing the visual integration of the house into its surrounding landscape. Glass windows were beaded into structural wood members; the amount of glass was not increased but, was concentrated into wide areas facing the view and light. View and Aspect: the substantial views were maximized with large windows and building orientation. Exterior Treatment: Preferred exterior wall finish was unpainted or clear-finished wood used on both interior and exterior walls at large glass walls to blur the distinction between inside and outside. Plan: Open floor plans, minimal use of interior partitions with custom designed built-in furniture providing uniformity of styles, movable cupboards to allow them to act as movable screens were key features. Key themes of this style have been described as: "Don't fight nature, use it to your advantage.

1999 FIA GT Homestead 3 Hours

The 1999 FIA GT Homestead 3 Hours was the eighth round the 1999 FIA GT Championship season. It took place at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, United States, on September 26, 1999; this event was intended to share the weekend with a United States Road Racing Championship event. However, the USRRC championship was cancelled midway through the season, leaving the FIA GT Championship to run on their own. In order to increase the number of participants for the FIA GT event, as well as to allow USRRC teams to compete, a National GT designation was used for cars which had run in the USRRC's GT2 and GT3 classes; this would be the first time the FIA GT Championship used two classes of cars since the end of the 1998 season, the cancellation of GT1. Cars running in the N-GT class would not be eligible for points in the FIA GT Championship. Class winners are in bold. Cars failing to complete 70% of winner's distance are marked as Not Classified. Pole position – #1 Viper Team Oreca – 1:34.442 Fastest lap – #1 Viper Team Oreca – 1:22.597 Average speed – 143.426 km/h

Emídio Rafael

Emídio Rafael Augusto Silva, known as Rafael, is a retired Portuguese footballer who played as a left back. In a career marred by injuries after signing for Porto in 2010, he amassed Primeira Liga totals of 58 matches and three goals over six seasons appearing for Académica and Estoril in the competition. In the Segunda Liga, he scored twice from 63 appearances. Born in Lisbon, Rafael spent six years with local Sporting CP – youth years comprised – but never represented its first team officially. On loan, he made his senior debut in the third division, spending one season apiece with Casa Pia A. C. and Real S. C. and being released in 2007. Subsequently, Rafael signed for Portimonense S. C. in the second level, being first-choice in his first season and used in the following. In 2009–10, he made his Primeira Liga debut with Académica de Coimbra, his first appearance in the competition being on 13 September 2009 in a 1–2 away loss against S. C. Olhanense. In the ensuing off-season, Rafael followed manager André Villas-Boas to FC Porto after agreeing to a three-year contract.

He made the list of 18 in the first months at his new club, but profited from a run of injuries in the first team to gain more playing time. On 29 January 2011, he scored in a 2–2 draw at Gil Vicente F. C. for the campaign's Portuguese League Cup, but sustained an horrific last-minute injury to his foot, being sidelined for well more than one year. In January 2013, Rafael signed with S. C. Braga, joining until the end of the season with the possibility of a three-year extension. After his contract expired, he moved to Platanias F. C. of the Superleague Greece. D. Estoril Praia. On 8 June 2015, free agent Rafael rejoined Académica for two years. On 10 March 2017, after not being able to overcome his recurring injury problems, the 31-year-old announced his retirement and began working for scouting agency Gold World Stars. Porto Primeira Liga: 2010–11 Taça de Portugal: 2010–11 Emídio Rafael at ForaDeJogo National team data Emídio Rafael at Soccerway

Dharmasoka College

Dharmasoka College is a coed school in Sri Lanka. The college was established in 1913, it is supported by the Buddhist Theosophical Society led by Colonel Henry Steel Olcott, accordingly is one of Sri Lanka's oldest schools. It provides secondary education. Dharmasoka College is situated in Ambalangoda within the administrative district of Galle, Sri Lanka, it has over 4,000 students and 250 members of the academic staff. In 1913, the college was established with fifteen students by its founder, Mudliar Santiago Thomas de Silva, who spent his own wealth to establish and develop the college. On 10 April 1929, the Sugatha Sasanodaya Samithiya took over administration of the college; the government of Sri Lanka took control of the college in 1961. Some managers under Sugatha Sasanodaya Samithiya were P. de S. Kularatne, Dr. M. H Saddhasena and L. C. de Silva, all were former Members of Parliament. 100 students are selected to the local universities in each year. Dharmasoka College students are called Sokians.

Mudliar S. Thomas De Silva E. Ginige A. M. Nathaniel G. M. De Silva E. A. Wijesooriya F. R. Jayasooriya D. T. Wijerathna P. De S. Jasenthuliyana K. K. V. S. De Silva M. D. Wimalasooriya N. E. Fernando G. W. W. De Silva B. H. H. Wimaladasa H. S. N. K. Fernando A. G. I. De Silva M. Premaseela De Silva D. M. G. Anura Jayalath K. M. G. B. Jayasooriya S. J. P. Wijesingha M. G. O. P. Panditharathna Sumith Parakramawansa Hasitha Kesara Weththimuni Mahinda Deshapriya, chairman of the Election Commission Sarath Fonseka, Former Commander of the Sri Lanka Army, Former Chief of the Defence Staff, Presidential Candidate in 2010, Member of Parliament for Colombo District, Cabinet Minister for Regional Development. Rohana Wijeweera, Presidential Candidate in 1982, Founder of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna, Leader of the 1971 JVP Insurrection and 1987–89 JVP Insurrection Jayalath Weerakkody, Former Air Force Commander and Former Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Pakistan Upul Tharanga, Test/ODI Cricketer Dinesh Chandimal, Test/ODI Cricketer Gunadasa Kapuge, Veternent Musician C. P. de Silva, Former Civil Servant, Former Cabinet Minister Sunil Handunnetti, Member of Parliament for Colombo District Buddhika Kurukularatne and former Member of Parliament for Galle District Shan Wijayalal De Silva, Chief Minister of Southern Province of Sri Lanka L. H. Sumanadasa, Vice Chancellor of the University of Ceylon and founder of the University of Moratuwa Ajit de Silva, Former Test cricketer Saman Jayantha, Former National Cricketer Rear Admiral Piyal De Silva, Sri Lanka Navy.

Battle of the Blues - Dharmasoka-Devananda is the annual inter-school cricket encounter, the big match played between Dharmasoka College and Sri Devananda College. The match takes place in March of every year at the esplanade in Ambalangoda. Out of the 50 matches played between the two schools so far, most of the matches are drawn

Braine-l'Alleud railway station

Braine-l'Alleud is a railway station in the municipality of Braine-l'Alleud operated by SNCB/NMBS. The station is located on the line number 124, from Brussels-South to Charleroi-South, located in the municipality of Braine-l'Alleud in the province of Brabant Wallon in the Walloonia Region, it was open for service in 1874 by the Belgian administration of Railways. It is a station of the Belgian railways, it is served by the following types of trains: InterCity, S Train and Peak hour trains; the station is served by the following services: Intercity services (IC-05 Charleroi - Nivelles - Brussels - Mechelen - Antwerp Intercity services (IC-07 Charleroi - Nivelles - Brussels - Mechelen - Antwerp Intercity services (IC-27 Charleroi - Nivelles - Braine-l'Alleud - Brussels-Luxembourg - Brussels-Schuman - Bordet - Brussels Airport Brussels RER services Antwerp - Mechelen - Brussels - Waterloo - Nivelles Brussels RER services Brussels-North - Brussels-Central Brussels-South - Waterloo - Nivelles Brussels RER services Leuven - Brussels-Schuman - Brussels-Luxembourg - Braine-l'Alleud The Brussels RER services is running its full service since Monday 4 April 2016 the delay was due to delayed works on the Schuman-Josaphat tunnel, full service was expected April 2016.

An updated map can be found on the Belgian railways website