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Twister (1996 film)

Twister is a 1996 American epic disaster film directed by Jan de Bont from a screenplay by Michael Crichton and Anne-Marie Martin. Its executive producers were Walter Parkes, Laurie MacDonald and Gerald R. Molen; the film stars Helen Hunt, Bill Paxton, Jami Gertz and Cary Elwes, depicts a group of storm chasers researching tornadoes during a severe outbreak in Oklahoma. Twister grossed $494.5 million worldwide, became the second-highest-grossing film of 1996. The film was met with a mixed critical reception, receiving criticism for its screenplay and praise for its visual effects and sound design; the film received Academy Award nominations for Best Visual Effects and Best Sound Mixing, but lost both to Independence Day and The English Patient respectively. In June 1969 Oklahoma, young Jo Thornton and her family are awakened by an approaching F5 tornado; the family seeks refuge in their storm cellar, but the tornado rips the cellar door off and pulls Jo's father to his death while Jo and her mother look on.

The next morning, they awake to find their farmhouse destroyed. In the present day, 27 years after the death of Jo's father, the National Severe Storms Laboratory predicts a record outbreak of tornadoes in Oklahoma over a 24-hour period. Now an adult, Jo, a meteorologist and storm chaser, is reunited with her estranged husband, Bill Harding, a former weather researcher and fellow storm chaser, who has since moved on to become a popular television weather reporter, he has a brand new Dodge Ram pickup truck and is planning to marry reproductive therapist Melissa Reeves. However, his plans are delayed. Arriving to Jo's camp in order to get her to complete the forms, he finds that she and her team have built four tornado research devices called DOROTHY based on Bill's groundbreaking design; each unit contains hundreds of sensors that, if picked up by a tornado, will provide data that could lead to revolutionary breakthroughs in meteorological research. Before Jo can finish the paperwork, her team rushes to intercept a nearby forming F1 tornado, forcing Bill and Melissa to chase after her.

Bill encounters Dr. Jonas Miller, a corporate-funded meteorologist and long-time rival storm chaser, learns that he has created a device called DOT-3, a blatant copy of DOROTHY. Bill vows to help Jo deploy DOROTHY before Jonas can deploy claim credit for the idea. In an attempt to deploy DOROTHY and get back to his regular life, Bill maneuvers Jo's Jeep Gladiator off-road into a muddy ditch towards the growing tornado, they collide with a small wooden bridge and find themselves trapped in the direct path of the oncoming tornado. As they take cover, Jo's truck and DOROTHY I are both destroyed by the tornado. A second tornado is spotted in another part of Oklahoma, they continue on in Bill's Dodge with Melissa, who has no choice but to tag along in the backseat. Jonas and his team are moving to intercept the storm cell, which has at this point grown into an F2 tornado. However, Bill's intuition that the tornado will shift towards another direction sends them off in the wrong direction, he is vindicated, which sends Jonas into a fit of rage.

The team is led off-road hanging back as the storm cell worsens, while Bill, Jo, Melissa have a dangerous encounter with twin waterspout tornadoes on a enclosed road and they're spun round, which leaves Melissa shaken. The rest of the team, however, is ecstatic about the encounter and convince Jo to let them go visit Jo's Aunt Meg in the nearby town of Wakita for food and rest; the team arrives in Wakita. While there, the team discusses Bill’s past as a sometimes heavy drinker with no fear and informs Melissa about Jo's backstory, explaining that Jo has since become obsessed with ensuring nobody else suffers the same fate as her father. Jo, realizing she is falling in love with Bill again, isolates herself from the rest of the group and is confronted by Aunt Meg, who tells her that no matter what happens, they will always end up together, they learn an F3 tornado is forming in a neighboring county, forcing them to hit the road once again. As the team attempts to intercept the F3, the tornado fails to appear and they begin to drive blindly through thick hail.

They make yet another attempt to deploy a DOROTHY unit, but the tornado forms on top of them, damaging the truck and destroying DOROTHY II in the process. Overwhelmed by these recent events and racked with guilt over her father's death, Jo begins to despair; as their emotions run high, Bill tells Jo that he's still in love with her, unaware that Melissa is hearing the conversation over CB radio. That night, the team stays in a hotel next to a drive-in cinema, showing Stanley Kubrick's 1980 film The Shining. Jo decides to fill out the remaining divorce papers but is interrupted when an F4 tornado forms nearby, forcing her team as well as townspeople caught in the storm to take shelter; the theater, a repair shop, much of the team’s equipment is damaged. Finding herself traumatized by the recent near-death experiences and recognizing the re-blossoming love between Bill and Jo, Melissa peacefully ends her relationship with Bill and makes her own way home; the tornado continues on to devastate the town of Wakita, flattening her home.

While her injuries do not appear serious, she is taken to a nearby hospital and pushes Jo not to give up, reminding her of Wakita having been hit blind by the tornado as they had no warning, the tornado sirens having gone off before it struck. The team hears that an F5 is forming close by and in a brief moment of quiet, Jo absently watches Aunt Meg's wind

Bluefields Airport

Bluefields International Airport is an airport serving Bluefields, a harbor city in the South Caribbean Coast Autonomous Region of Nicaragua. It is the busiest airport in the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua. A new terminal was opened and extension of the runway is planned; the airport serves only domestic and small international destinations, but plans are to make it international in the future. Taxicab and bus service are available; the airport is just south of the city on the Bluefields Bay shore. North approach and departure are over the water; the runway length includes a 175 metres displaced threshold on Runway 23. The Bluefields VOR/DME is located on the airfield. On 10 May 1982, two hijackers demanded a Curtiss-Wright C-46 Commando of Aeronica to leave its Bluefields-Corn Island route and land in Costa Rica instead; the pilots obeyed and landed at Limón International Airport in Costa Rica, where the perpetrators surrendered. On July 20, 1999, a Cessna Grand Caravan operating as La Costeña flight 046 from Managua to Bluefields crashed into a remote hillside 50 km west of Bluefields when it descended prematurely, killing all 16 on board.

On December 19, 2007 a Short 360 Tremendous shock took the passengers and crew of a La Costeña airline when it "struck" a tire when attempting takeoff from Bluefields Airport. No-one was hurt. Nicaragua portal Aviation portal List of airports in Nicaragua Transport in Nicaragua OpenStreetMaps - Bluefields SkyVector - Bluefields Airport EAAI Profile Accident history for BEF at Aviation Safety Network

Vivek Shanbhag

Vivek Shanbhag is an Indian story writer and playwright in Kannada. He is the author of eight works of fiction and two plays, all of which have been published in Kannada, his works have been translated into several other Indian languages. Vivek Shanbhag worked as editor for the literary magazine "Desha Kaala" for 5 years. "Desha Kaala" was considered as one of the best literary magazines in Kannada. Shanbhag was a Writer in Residence at the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa during the fall of 2016. Vivek Shanbhag is considered as one of the finest writer in the history of Kannada Literature. "Huli Savaari", "Kantu", "Noolina Eni", "Guruthu", "Langaru", "Ankura", "Mattobbana Samsara", "Sharvana Services", "Ghachar Gochar", "Innu Ondu", "Ondu Badi Kadalu" and "Ooru Bhanga" are his best contribution to the Kannada fiction. His short stories and novels are praised by critics. Through his recent novella Ghachar Gochar he got huge popularity as a writer from allover the nation. Ankura Langaru Huli Savaari Mattobbana Samsara Ghachar Ghochar Innu Ondu Ondu Badi Kadalu Ooru Bhanga Sakkare Gombe Bahumukhi Sirigannada Srikrishna Alanahalli Vaachike https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/06/books/review/ghachar-ghochar-vivek-shanbhag.html https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/ghachar-ghochar-review-literary-perfection-from-indian-master-1.3054001 https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/reviews/ghachar-ghochar-vivek-shanbhag-book-review-a7690991.html https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/apr/27/ghachar-ghochar-vivek-shanbhag-review

2000s in Japan

The 2000s in Japan began with hope and optimism for the 21st century and ended with the Late-2000s recession. Gaming systems like the PlayStation 3, the Nintendo Wii, the Nintendo DS continued to help generate the profits of Japan-based electronic companies like Nintendo and Sony. Video games released and/or developed in Japan would see an improvement with their physics engine, their artificial intelligence, see their graphics become high definition. Many young people would live with their parents and spend their time reading manga and watching anime due to the lack of employment for young people in Japan during this decade; the average price of gasoline at the end of the 2000s would be $8/gallon. Anime of the 2000s would include Bleach, One Piece, Kirby of the Stars, Sonic X, Tokyo Mew Mew, Ojamajo Doremi, Gurren Lagann, Kodai Ōja Kyōryū Kingu. Most of these anime shows mentioned here would go on to relative success in North America and Europe in the 2000s. For example, Tokyo Mew Mew became Mew Mew Power.

While people were losing their jobs, technology still was advancing at an exponential rate - making more jobs obsolete as new technologies replaced the old. Manufacturing jobs were being replaced with service sector jobs just like they were doing in the Western countries—leading to people being underemployed in either minimum wage or near-minimum wage jobs. There was some economic recovery during this decade. Japanese employers and companies made up for the labor shortages in the 1990s by hiring temporary workers without security or job benefits; as of March 2010, the unemployment rate in Japan is 4.9%. The Lost Decade would come to a close in the year 2000; the 1990s in Japan: A Lost Decade Japan has more multi-function cell phones than any other nation on earth during this decade. Handsets that are available double as televisions and subway passes, they can be used to buy sodas and beer from vending machines or conduct banking. Japanese people of this decade are more to send e-mails and play games on their cell phones instead of using them to talk to people.

Teenagers listen to surf the Internet for vital information. Girls go to restrooms to send progress reports about dates to their friends. Poets and musicians memorize them for work or home. Young kids are e-mailed by their guardians about their whereabouts. Expert cell phone users can type 100 Chinese characters per minute. Young women between the ages of 10 and 19 spend one hundred minutes a day on a cell phone. People use cell phones in Japan to find apartments for rent, follow the results of each and every Sumo match, download horoscopes, check out the most popular pop music songs on the charts. Kanji is now used less thanks to cell phones. Cell phones in Japan are arguably the world. However, most models do not work outside Japan. Many use their cell phones to tap to into service; the Japanese use their cell phones to do grocery shopping. Sales using cell phones have increased by 51.4 billion yen from 2003 to 2004. The 1990s were the final decade. Young people lacking money and living space to properly reproduce is just one of many reasons the birth rate plummeted starting in the year 2005.

It has been suggested that the population of Japan will fall from over 100 million in the 1990s to a mere 95.2 million by the year 2050. However, the most recent rise in the national birth rate of Japan happened in February 2007. Japan will see a 0.9% decline of their population after the year 2025 - lowering their labor force while countries like Canada will see a rise in their labor force by that same year. More than 100000 new jobs were added in Canada by the end of April 2010 alone. Shimojō, a village in the prefecture of Nagano, has an approximate population of 4169; this village is the only Japanese municipality in this decade to contradict the national population decline in Japan. The birthrate in the area was 2.12 in 2005. There is a density of 110.70 people per square kilometre in Shimojō and the total area of the village is 37.66 square kilometres. 1980s in Japan 1990s in Japan Heisei period

Jesse Litvak

Jesse Litvak is a former managing director and mortgage-backed securities trader who worked for the brokerage firm Jefferies. Litvak, arrested in January 2013, was found guilty of lying to clients about mortgage-backed securities in a March 2014 trial, in which he received a two-year prison sentence and 1.75 million dollar fine for 10 counts of securities fraud, one count of defrauding TARP, four counts of making false statements, including to large institutional investors such as AllianceBernstein and Soros Fund Management. Litvak's January 2013 arrest was part of a larger government crackdown on sales practices in mortgage-backed securities which led to the indictment of seven other traders. Litvak was the first bond trader charged in connection with the TARP program. Litvak however had the sentence overturned on appeal. In January 2017 a jury found Litvak guilty of just one of the previous ten charges. On April 26, 2017 a federal judge in Connecticut sentenced Litvak to two years in prison and a two million dollar fine.

On May 3, 2018 the Second Circuit Court of Appeals vacated the conviction for a second time, saying the district court "materially erred". Litvak's lawyers argued at trial that the governments case was overly-aggressive in sentencing guidelines in order to "compensate for its unsuccessful prosecution of Mr. Litvak," and that in the past, federal regulators had handled similar bond-trading violations with civil penalties and fines and not criminal prosecutions. On April 26, 2017 The Financial Times reported that the 2014 appeals court decision was a setback for government regulators in their effort to target deceptive sales practices in the market for asset-backed debt; the Wall Street journal called the Litvak trial and re-trial "a case that sparked changes to Wall Street sales tactics". The case was precedential in that a trader was prosecuted for misleading statements on his own prior purchase price. Litvak lives in Florida where his wife has a dental practice. Litvak owns an apartment on Manhattan's Upper East Side and a vacation home in New York's Hamptons

Oinam Bembem Devi

Oinam Bembem Devi is an Indian footballer born in Imphal in Manipur. In 2017, she was honoured with the Arjuna Award by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, she was nicknamed the "Durga of Indian Football" and is involved in spreading awareness about Women's football in India. Oinam Bembem Devi is the recipient of India's prestigious award Padma Shri 2020. Devi began her career as a footballer in 1988 when she began training at the United Pioneers Club in Imphal. In 1991, she was selected to represent the Manipur U-13 team in the sub-junior football tournament, her performances in the tournament got noticed, was signed up by Yawa Singjamei Leishangthem Lekai club, two years by the Social Union Nascent Club. At the national level, Devi is a regular member of the Manipur state football team for woman since the year 1993, she has been appointed the captain of her state team since the 32nd National Games held in Hyderabad, where she led her state to victory. On 9 June 2014 Maldivian Football club New Radiant, announced the signing of Devi and another Indian youngster Lako Phuti.

Bembem Devi made her debut as a late 1st half substitute, in their match against Maldives police service on 11 June and her speed and skill were a constant threat to the opposition as Bembem provided two assists in her teams 4-0 win. In the match against defending champions Sun hotels and resorts, Bembem scored in both halves to help New Radiant WSC to a comfortable 4-0 win, securing them a spot in the semi finals against Sun Hotels and Resorts. In the Semi Finals, they defeated Sun hotels and resorts entered the final; the Final match was held on 21 June 2014 between Maldives National Defence Force. Bembem Devi scored in 9th and 26th minute of the match, to help New Radiant WSC achieve a historic 5-1 win over MNDF to win the league. Bembem Devi ended up, she provided 4 assists and she was awarded the Player of The Tournament for her excellent performances. At the age of 15, Bembem made her international debut against Guam in the Asian Women's Championships; the turning point in her career came at the 1996 Asian Games, where the Indian national team were drawn in a group alongside Japan and neighbours Nepal.

They won against Nepal 1-0 to progress from the group with Japan. In round 2 they would be drawn in a tough group alongside the national teams of Uzbekistan and North Korea, they lost all their matches but by Oinam Bemben Devi had announced her arrival at the national stage. Before the 1997 AFC Cup in China, the Indian eve’s team were sent to Germany for a month-long camp, where the national team players were trained by German coaches and played against German oppositions; the camp proved vital as the Indian team won 3-0 against Hong-Kong, Japan the top ranked team in women’ s football, defeated India 1-0 and in their final group game encounter India thrashed Guam 10-0. She was given the armband of the Indian contingent in the AFC qualifying competition, held in Thailand in 2003, she was the captain of the Indian team that emerged winners at the 11th South Asian Games held in Bangladesh, in 2010 and the 2012 SAFF Women's Championship held in Sri Lanka in the year 2012. She wears no. 6 jersey for India.

She is set to play her last game on 15 February against Nepal, at the 12th South Asian Games in Shillong. As of 15 February 2016 She was appointed as manager of Eastern Sporting Union in 2017 Indian Women's League final rounds, she became the first manager of Indian Women's League history to claim the tournament title as a player. In 2018, she was assigned as the assistant coach for the India U17 women's team. For 2018-19 Indian Women's League she managed Manipur Police Sports Club.. AIFF Woman Footballer of the Year 2001. AIFF Woman Footballer of the Year 2013. Arjuna Award in the year 2017. PADMA SHRI Award in the year 2020 South Asian Games: Winner: 2010, 2016 SAFF Women's Championship: Winner: 2012, 2014 Indian Express, Football Nationals Bembem Devi profile