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Blue Line (Los Angeles Metro)

The A Line is a 22.0-mile light rail line running north–south between Los Angeles and Long Beach, passing through Downtown Los Angeles, South Los Angeles, Willowbrook, Rancho Dominguez, Long Beach in Los Angeles County. It is one of six lines in the Metro Rail system. Opened in 1990, it is the system's oldest and third-busiest line with an estimated 22.38 million boardings per year as of December 2017. It is operated by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority; the A Line passes near the cities of Vernon, Huntington Park, South Gate and Carson. The famous Watts Towers art installation is visible from the train tracks near 103rd Street station; the under-construction Regional Connector will directly link this line beyond. The A Line has 22 stations; the line's northern terminus is the underground 7th Street/Metro Center station, after rising to street level, trains run south along Flower Street, sharing tracks with the E Line. Passengers can connect to the J Line bus rapid transit line at 7th Street/Metro Center and Grand stations.

The A and E Lines diverge at Flower Street and Washington Boulevard just south of downtown Los Angeles. Here the A Line turns east on Washington Boulevard before turning south on Long Beach Avenue where it enters the former Pacific Electric right-of-way; this historic rail corridor has four tracks, with two used by Metro Rail trains and two by freight trains. There are some elevated sections as this private right of way cuts through more densely populated areas. Passengers can connect with the C Line at the Willowbrook station. Just south of Willow station, A Line trains exit the rail corridor and follow Long Beach Boulevard into the city of Long Beach, where trains travel through the Long Beach Transit Mall while making a loop using 1st Street, Pacific Avenue and 8th Street. Trains run between 4:45 a.m. and 1:00 a.m. the following morning. On Friday and Saturday evenings, trains are extended until 2:00 a.m. of the following morning. First and last train times are as follows: To/From Long Beach Northbound First Train to 7th Street/Metro Center: 4:46 a.m.

Last Train to 7th Street/Metro Center: 12:03 a.m. Southbound First Train to Long Beach: 5:00 a.m. Last Train to Long Beach: 1:01 a.m. Of note, some trains operate at or earlier times due to the A Line making the turnaround in Downtown Long Beach. Trains on the A Line operate every six minutes during peak hours Monday through Friday, they operate every twelve minutes during the daytime weekdays and all day on the weekends after 9 a.m.. Night service consists of ten-minute headways. During peak hours, every other train served only the stations between Willow and 7th Street/Metro Center to decrease the headway on that portion of the route. Willow was chosen because of its proximity to the A Line storage yard and because it was the last southbound station with a park-and-ride lot. In the evening rush hour, riders saw some trains destined to "Willow" and others to "Long Beach"; those riders destined to Long Beach had to exit at Willow Station and wait for the next train, which would terminate at the Downtown Long Beach Station.

This was discontinued after the New Blue Improvements Project was completed in 2019, with all trains now serving the full route from end to end. When the A Line began operation in 1990, it was projected to have a daily ridership of 5,000. However, it performed much better than expected, with daily ridership reaching 12,000 passengers within the first months of service and reaching 32,000 by the end of the first year of service; as of October 2018, the Blue Line had an average weekday ridership of 63,008, Saturday and Sunday boardings of 30,579 and 30,314, respectively. In 2017, the line saw a total of 22.38 million boardings. Much of the current A Line follows the route of streetcar service operated by Pacific Electric Railway; the line opened on Saturday, July 14, 1990, at a cost of US$877 million, ran from Willow to Pico. In 1991, it was extended north to 7th St/Metro Center. A mass transit extension to Pasadena was conceived as the "Red Line Eastside extension" and as the "Pasadena Blue Line."

However, in 1998, voters passed a ballot measure which banned the use of sales tax revenue for subway projects. As a result, the proposed extension opened as the Gold Line in 2003. From 1999 to 2001, the Blue Line underwent a US$11 million project to lengthen 19 of its platforms so that they could accommodate three-car trains. In 2014, Metro announced the "New Blue Improvements Project" to modernize the system. In 2019, half the line was closed for five months each, with Metro providing bus shuttle service to compensate for the lack of rail service. Metro reopened the line on November 2, 2019, rebranding it as the A Line. Metro is constructing the Regional Connector, a light rail subway tunnel in Downtown Los Angeles that will connect the A and E Lines to the L Line and allow a seamless "one-seat ride" between the A and E Lines' current terminus at 7th Street/Metro Center and Union Station; when this project is completed, the A, E, L Lines will be simplified into the following: A Line Northeastern half of the L Line will serve as an extension to current A Line Will become world's longest light rail line

Bertie County, North Carolina

Bertie County is a county located in the northeast area of the U. S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2010 census, the population was 21,282, its county seat is Windsor. The county was created in 1722 as Bertie Precinct and gained county status in 1739; the Sans Souci Ferry, providing access across the Cashie River is the county's only ferry. The county was formed as Bertie Precinct in 1722 from the part of Chowan Precinct of Albemarle County lying west of the Chowan River, it was named for James Bertie, his brother Henry Bertie, or both, each having been one of the Lords Proprietors of Carolina. In 1729 parts of Bertie Precinct, Chowan Precinct, Currituck Precinct, Pasquotank Precinct of Albemarle County were combined to form Tyrrell Precinct. With the abolition of Albemarle County in 1739, all of its constituent precincts became separate counties; as population of settlers increased, in 1741 parts of Bertie County were organized as Edgecombe County and Northampton County. In 1759 parts of Bertie and Northampton counties were combined to form Hertford County.

Bertie's boundaries have remained the same since then. This rural county depended on the agricultural economy well into the 20th century. In the colonial and antebellum eras and cotton were the chief commodity crops, worked by enslaved African Americans. After the Civil War, agriculture continued to be important to the county. In the 21st century, developers have referred to it as being within the Inner Banks region, attracting retirees and buyers of second homes, because of its beaches and lovely landscapes. According to the U. S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 741 square miles, of which 699 square miles is land and 42 square miles is water. Hertford County, North Carolina - north Chowan County, North Carolina - east Washington County, North Carolina - southeast Martin County, North Carolina - south Halifax County, North Carolina - west Northampton County, North Carolina - northwest Roanoke River National Wildlife Refuge Future I-87 US 13 US 13 Bus. US 17 US 17 Byp. NC 11 NC 42 NC 45 NC 305 NC 308 As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 21,282 people living in the county.

62.5% were Black or African American, 35.2% White, 0.5% Asian, 0.5% Native American, 0.5% of some other race and 0.9% of two or more races. 1.3 % were Latino. As of the census of 2000, there were 19,773 people, 7,743 households, 5,427 families living in the county; the population density was 28 people per square mile. There were 9,050 housing units at an average density of 13 per square mile; the racial makeup of the county was 62.34% Black or African American, 36.30% White, 0.44% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.33% from other races, 0.48% from two or more races. 0.99 % of the population were Latino of any race. There were 7,743 households out of which 29.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.00% were married couples living together, 20.10% had a female householder with no husband present, 29.90% were non-families. 27.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.10% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.10% under the age of 18, 7.70% from 18 to 24, 26.40% from 25 to 44, 23.80% from 45 to 64, 16.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 87.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.00 males. The median income for a household in the county was $25,177, the median income for a family was $30,186. Males had a median income of $26,866 versus $18,318 for females; the per capita income for the county was $14,096. About 19.30% of families and 26% of the population were below the poverty line, including 30.70% of those under age 18 and 28.30% of those age 65 or over. Bertie County is a member of the Mid-East Commission regional council of governments; the County Sheriff is the chief law enforcement officer. Bertie High School Lawrence Academy Bethel Christian Academy The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2010 census of Bertie County.† county seat National Register of Historic Places listings in Bertie County, North Carolina Cashie River Official website Historic Hope Plantation If You Build It on IMDb—a documentary film about an education project in Bertie County Raising Bertie on IMDb—a documentary film about education in Bertie County

Henry Byalikov

Henry Byalikov is an Australian reality show personality and dancer. He best known for his appearances on Dancing with the Stars. Byalikov began his dancing career at the age of 9; when he was only 11, he became the Australian Juvenile Graded Latin Champion. He acquired other accolades such as Undefeated State Adult Latin and Ballroom Champion, South Pacific Champion. At the age of 18 he made his first TV appearance on the Australian show Strictly Dancing; when he turned 22 he competed on So You Think You Can Dance Australia and placed in the top 4 males of the country. He appeared on the eighth season of the Australian version of Dancing with the Stars as a professional dancer paired with TV presenter Toni Pearen. Following his success in Australia, he was invited to represent his nation in the couple's category of NBC's Superstars of Dance, he and his partner received Bronze for Australia. In 2010 he took part on So You Think You Can Dance as a guest partner where he received rave reviews from Nigel Lythgoe, Mia Michaels and Adam Shankman.

Henry was hand-picked by Australia's leading contemporary ballet choreographer Mr Graeme Murphy to perform as a principal dancer in his brand new Contemporary ballet company ‘Graeme Murphy’s Suite Synergy 2011. He was a featured dancer on Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby as well as a rehearsal dance partner to the lead actress; the end of 2011 brought him back to The Trocadero Dance Palace for the Sydney Festival in January 2012, he was featured in the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards Opening Ceremony, which aired on the Australian television network Channel Nine. In 2012, Byalikov was featured on the U. S. version of Dancing with the Stars as a member of the Dance Troupe. After spending four seasons on the Dance Troupe, Byalikov became a competing professional dancer on the show's 18th season, he were the first couple eliminated. He returned to the Dance Troupe for 20th season. In 2014 and 2015, Henry was a performer in the popular dance musical Sway: A Dance Trilogy. In 2015 he starred in the dance musical In Your Arms from September to October, the dance musical Forever Tango in November.

Henry performed in the stage musical version of Dirty Dancing in 2016 and 2017. He performs in the US tour for the stage musical of The Bodyguard Red numbers indicate the lowest score for the week. Green numbers indicate the highest score for the week. Season 18 – With celebrity partner: Diana Nyad Henry Byalikov's new official website Henry Byalikov's old official website Henry Byalikov on IMDb Dancing with the Stars cast bio

Diethyl carbonate

Diethyl carbonate is a carbonate ester of carbonic acid and ethanol with the formula OC2. At room temperature diethyl carbonate is a clear liquid with a low flash point. Diethyl carbonate is used as a solvent such as in erythromycin intramuscular injections, it can be used as a component of electrolytes in lithium batteries. It has been proposed as a fuel additive to support cleaner diesel fuel combustion because its high boiling point might reduce blended fuels' volatility, minimize vapor buildup in warm weather that can block fuel lines, it can be made by reacting phosgene with ethanol. Because chloroform can react with oxygen to form phosgene, chloroform can be stabilized for storage by adding 1 part of ethanol to 100 parts of chloroform, so that any phosgene that forms is converted into diethyl carbonate. 2 CH3CH2OH + COCl2 → CO32 + 2HCl Ethylene carbonate


Écija is a town belonging to the province of Seville, Spain. It is in the Andalusian countryside, 85 km east of the city of Seville. According to the 2008 census, Écija has a total population of 40,100 inhabitants, ranking as the fifth most populous city in the province; the river Genil, the main tributary of the river Guadalquivir, runs through the urban area of the city. The economy of Écija is based on agriculture and textile industry; the city has over twenty churches and convents, some of them with either Gothic, Mudéjar, Renaissance or Baroque towers or bell-gables, as well as an Arab fortress. In the Philippines, the province of Nueva Ecija, created as a military comandancia in 1705 by Governor Fausto Cruzat y Góngora, was named in honour of this city. Ancient Iberian finds date back to the 8th century BC, there are several archaeological remains of Greek and Roman settlements. In Roman times the town was at first known as Astigi. During the Roman civil war Écija stood "firmly" at the side of Julius Caesar in the Battle of Munda.

As a reward Caesar ordered the town's fortification and refounded it as a Julian colony Colonia Iulia Firma Astigitana. Under the reign of Octavian, the emperor Augustus, the colony was strengthened according to Caesar's construction plans, its name was finalised as Colonia Iulia Augusta Firma Astigitana. According to Pliny the Elder and Pomponius Mela, who both wrote in the 1st century AD, it was the rival of Cordova and Seville. Astigi was an important town of Hispania Baetica, as well as the seat of the Astigitanus, one of the four conventi where the chief men met together at fixed times of the year under the eye of the proconsul to oversee the administration of justice, it was from an early date the seat of a diocese. St. Fulgentius, was named to the see by his brother Isidore of Seville. With the Reconquista, by which areas, held by Muslims were restored to Christian hands, the archdiocese of Seville was recovered, leading to the overshadowing of nearby Astigi, whose territory was joined to that of the archdiocese in 1144.

Astigi thus ceased to be a residential diocese and is today listed by the Catholic Church as a titular see. After the Romans, it was ruled by successively by Suevs and Visigoths before the Umayyad conquest in 711. Arabs renamed Astigi from which the present name is derived, it was under Arab rule until its conquest in 1240 by King of Castile. Although Astigi was one of the largest and most complete Roman cities unearthed, mayor Julian Álvarez Pernía decided in 1998 to bulldoze Écija's Roman ruins and replace them with a 299-car parking lot. Écija is known in Spain as La sartén de Andalucía because its high summer temperatures, although records show higher temperatures elsewhere in Spain. Écija suffered several floods in December 2010. Turismo Écija, in English. EcijaWeb, in Spanish. Astigi Romana Bishops of Astigi: list Catholic Hierarchy: Astigi

Political parties in Ukraine

This article presents the historical development and role of political parties in Ukrainian politics, outlines more extensively the significant modern political parties since Ukraine gained independence in 1991. Ukraine has a multi-party system with numerous political parties, in which no one party has a chance of gaining power alone, parties must work with each other to form coalition governments. In the Ukrainian parliamentary election 52 political parties nominated candidates. In the last nationwide local elections this number had grown to 132 political parties. Many parties in Ukraine have small memberships and are unknown to the general public. Party membership in Ukraine is lower than 1% of the population eligible to vote. National parties not represented in Ukraine’s national parliament Verkhovna Rada do have representatives in municipal counsels. Small parties used to join in multi-party coalitions for the purpose of participating in parliamentary elections. Ukrainian society's trust of political parties is low overall.

According to an April 2014 poll by Razumkov Centre 14.7%. Parties can only register with the Ministry of Justice if they can "demonstrate a base of support in two-thirds of Ukraine's Oblasts". Within six months the party must establish regional offices in a majority of the 24 oblasts. In practice these offices stay active and open in-between elections. Ukraine's election law forbids outside financing of political campaigns. All data on any legal political parties as any other public organizations in Ukraine is kept at the Single Registry, with online version of which provided by the Ministry of Justice. There have developed two major movements in the Ukrainian parliament since its independence: a pro-Western and pro-European general liberal national democrats who from time to time featured individual politicians with a nationalist past with the Our Ukraine Blocs and Bloc Yulia Tymoshenko as its frontrunners. In the 2014 parliamentary election UDAR did not participate but its members filled 30% of the Petro Poroshenko Bloc election list.

The Petro Poroshenko Bloc won the election with 132 seats. A pro-Russian, latently Eurosceptic anti-American and anti-liberal group of parties, which in the 1990s was dominated by the Communist Party of Ukraine, was dominated by the Party of Regions from the late 2000s till the party disintegrated shortly after the 2014 Ukrainian revolution; the first movement gets its voters from Western Ukraine and Central Ukraine. The radical nationalistic All-Ukrainian Union "Svoboda" can not be placed in the above-mentioned two major movements. "Svoboda" gets the lion share of its votes from Western Ukraine. Ukrainian parties tend not to have a clear ideology but to contain different political groups with diverging ideological outlooks. Unlike in Western politics and geostrategic orientations play a more important role than economic and socio-political agendas for parties; this has led to coalition governments. Professor Paul D'Anieri has argued that Ukrainian parties are "elite-based rather than mass-based".

While former Ambassador of Germany to Ukraine Dietmar Stüdemann from Embassy of Germany, Kiev believes that personalities are more important in Ukrainian politics than platforms. "Parties in the proper meaning of this word do not exist in Ukraine so far. A party for Germans is its platform first, its personalities later." Before Ukraine became independent in August 1991, political parties in Ukraine started to form around intellectuals and former Soviet dissidents. They posed the main opposition to the ruling Communist Party of Ukraine. At the first convocation of the Verkhovna Rada those parties formed the parliamentary opposition People's Council; the most noticeable parties of the parliamentary opposition included the People's Movement of Ukraine and the Ukrainian Republican Party. Due to the August Putsch in Moscow, a process to prohibit communist parties in Ukraine took place. Led by Oleksandr Moroz, the parliamentary faction of the CPU, Group of 239, started a process to re-form the CPU into the Socialist Party of Ukraine.

The restriction on the existence of communist parties in Ukraine was adopted soon after the Ukrainian independence, however in the couple of years the resolution was challenged and the restriction was lifted. In 1993 in Donetsk the first congress of the reinstated Communist Party of Ukraine took place, with the Party led by Petro Symonenko. In the hastily organized 1994 parliamentary elections the communists achieved the highest party rating, while the main opposing party, the Movement, did not gain a quarter of their earned seats; the re-formed party of the CP