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Fukushima Prefecture

Fukushima Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Tōhoku region. The capital is the city of Fukushima; the keyhole-shaped Ōyasuba Kofun is the largest kofun in the Tohoku region. The site was designated a National Historic Site of Japan in 2000; until the Meiji Restoration, the area of Fukushima prefecture was part of what was known as Mutsu Province. The Shirakawa Barrier and the Nakoso Barrier were built around the 5th century to protect'civilized Japan' from the'barbarians' to the north. Fukushima became a Province of Mutsu after the Taika Reforms were established in 646. In 718, the provinces of Iwase and Iwaki were created, but these areas reverted to Mutsu some time between 722 and 724; the Shiramizu Amidadō is a chapel within the Buddhist temple Ganjō-ji in Iwaki. It was built in 1160 and it is a National Treasure; the temple, including the paradise garden is an Historic Site. This region of Japan is known as Michinoku and Ōshū; the Fukushima Incident, a political tumult, took place in the prefecture after Mishima Michitsune was appointed governor in 1882.

The 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami and the resulting Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster caused significant damage to the prefecture but not limited to the eastern Hamadōri region. On Friday, March 11, 2011, 14:46 JST, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake occurred off the coast of Miyagi Prefecture. Shindo measurements throughout the prefecture reached as high as 6-upper in isolated regions of Hama-dōri on the eastern coast and as low as a 2 in portions of the Aizu region in the western part of the prefecture. Fukushima City, located in Naka-dōri and the capital of Fukushima Prefecture, measured 6-lower. Following the earthquake there were isolated reports of major damage to structures, including the failure of Fujinuma Dam as well as damage from landslides; the earthquake triggered a massive tsunami that hit the eastern coast of the prefecture and caused widespread destruction and loss of life. In the two years following the earthquake, 1,817 residents of Fukushima Prefecture had either been confirmed dead or were missing as a result of the earthquake and tsunami.

In the aftermath of the earthquake and the tsunami that followed, the outer housings of two of the six reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Ōkuma exploded followed by a partial meltdown and fires at three of the other units. Many residents were evacuated to nearby localities due to the development of a large evacuation zone around the plant. Radiation levels near the plant peaked at 400 mSv/h after the earthquake and tsunami, due to damage sustained; this resulted in increased recorded radiation levels across Japan. On April 11, 2011, officials upgraded the disaster to a level 7 out of a possible 7, a rare occurrence not seen since the Chernobyl disaster in 1986. Several months officials announced that although the area nearest the melt down were still off limits, areas near the twenty kilometer radial safe zone could start seeing a return of the close to 47,000 residents, evacuated. Fukushima is both the southernmost prefecture of Tōhoku region and the prefecture of Tōhoku region, closest to Tokyo.

With an area size of 13,784 km2 it is the third-largest prefecture of Japan, behind Hokkaido and Iwate Prefecture. It is divided by mountain ranges into three regions called Aizu, Nakadōri, Hamadōri. Fukushima city is located in nearby mountains. Aizuwakamatsu is located in the western part of Fukushima Prefecture, in the southeast part of Aizu basin. Mount Bandai is the highest mountain in the prefecture with an elevation of 1,819 m.. Mount Azuma-kofuji is an active stratovolcano, 1,705 m tall with many onsen nearby. Lake Inawashiro is the 4th largest lake of Japan in the center of the prefecture; the coastal Hamadōri region lies on the Pacific Ocean and is the flattest and most temperate region, while the Nakadōri region is the agricultural heart of the prefecture and contains the capital, Fukushima City. The mountainous Aizu region has scenic lakes, lush forests, snowy winters; as of April 1, 2012, 13% of the total land area of the prefecture was designated as Natural Parks, namely Bandai-Asahi, Nikkō, Oze National Parks.

Gallery Thirteen cities are located in Fukushima Prefecture: Gallery These are the towns and villages in each district: The coastal region traditionally specializes in fishing and seafood industries, is notable for its electric and nuclear power-generating industry, while the upland regions are more focused on agriculture. Thanks to Fukushima's climate, various fruits are grown throughout the year; these include pears, cherries and apples. As of March 2011, the prefecture produced 8.7 % of cucumbers. Fukushima produces rice, that combined with pure water from mountain run-offs, is used to make sake; some sakes from the region are considered so tasteful that they are served to visiting royalty and world leaders by hosts. Lacquerware is another popular product from Fukushima. Dating back over four hundred years, the process of making lacquerware involves carving an object out of wood putting a lacquer on it and decorating it. Objects made are dishes and writing materials. Legend has it that an ogress, once roamed the plain after whom it was named.

The Adachigahara plain lies close to the city of Fukushima. Other stories, such as that of a large, red cow that carried wood, influenced toys and superstitions; the Aka-beko cow is a small, red papier-mâché cow on a bamboo or wooden fram

Jared Blake

Jared Blake is an American country music singer who resides in Nashville, Tennessee. He became known to a wider audience as a contestant on the first season of The Voice, reaching Top 4 on Blake Shelton's team. In June 2012 Blake signed a recording contract with Skiddco Music/Grammy-winning producer Skidd Mills; the first single "Countryfied" from the upcoming debut album, written by Blake and Carl Bell, was released to radio and iTunes on June 24, 2013. It debuted at No. 79 on the MusicRow Country Breakout chart on December 12, 2013 and peaked at No. 66. Jared's second single'Stomp' was released on June 20, 2014 and the 6 song EP'Til Morning Light' was released on September 30, 2014. October 13, 2014 the official music video for'Stomp' was released and'Stomp' is at No. 76 on the Music Row Country Breakout Chart. Jared Blake was born in Arkansas, he wrote his first song when he was five, but started his musical career at about 13 or 14 learning piano and acoustic guitar. In middle school, Jared decided to join the school's choir.

His teacher used classical choral training methods, Jared went on to be selected by the statewide all-region choir. In 1993 Jared entered his first competitions at the Malvern Brick Fest taking second place and placed at the Lincoln County Fair youth talent competition. In subsequent years Jared won 1st place in the Lincoln County vocal competition and other state and regional talent shows. After coming second to a guy at Country Showdown who got three extra bonus points for writing his own material, Jared began writing his own songs for the competitions, pinpointed his career decision to become a professional songwriter as well as a singer. Jared was signed to a publishing contract with Sony/ATV Music Publishing in 2006, ending in 2010. Blake worked four jobs at times, owning a decorative concrete business, writing songs for Sony/ATV and Love Monkey Music, singing demos, pushing his own music by playing in bars to support his family. In 2011, he appeared on the debut season of the hit television show The Voice.

Jared was the final selection to complete Team Blake, coached by Blake Shelton. His singing performances included a solo of "Good Girls Go Bad", a solo of "Not Ready to Make Nice" reaching No.23 on iTunes charts, a battle round performance of "Ain't No Mountain High Enough", a Team Blake group performance of "This Love" with Shelton, Dia Frampton, Xenia Martinez, Patrick Thomas, a solo of "Use Somebody" reaching No.16 on iTunes charts. In November 2011 Jared released his first single titled "Don't Mind", the video was released in February 2012. Jared Blake's single'Don't Mind' won a spot in WKDQ Country Whuppin' Hall of Fame by defeating Scotty McCreery "Water Tower Town", Montgomery Gentry "So Called Life", Randy Houser "How Country Feels", LoCash Cowboys "C-O-U-N-T-R-Y", his "The Voice" coach Blake Shelton's "Over". Jared Blake is managed by Cory Gierman known as one of the Godfathers of MuzikMafia. AlbumsSingles Official music video for "Stomp" on YouTube Official music video for "Don't Mind" on YouTube Official music video for "Countryfied" on YouTube ITunes Music Chart Archive

Gianella Bridge

The Gianella Bridge was a swing bridge that brought CA 32 across the Sacramento River at Hamilton City, between Glenn County and Butte County. It was built in 1937 by Cotton Brothers & Co. Contractors. Known as Sacramento River Bridge at Hamilton City, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982; the bridge was documented by the Historic American Engineering Record in 1984. It remains NRHP-listed. While a bridge was desired by both counties, there was disagreement about the location. Glenn County favored the Hamilton City location to support Hamilton, in Glenn County, the sugar beet industry; the deadlock was broken by influence of Swiss-born Vincenzo Gianella, a Butte County large landowner and sugar beet farmer. It was replaced by a concrete highway bridge and was removed in 1987. Nonetheless, the swing bridge remains listed on the NRHP as of 2013. Historic American Engineering Record No. CA-44, "Gianella Bridge, Spanning Sacramento River at State Highway 32, Hamilton City vicinity, Glenn County, CA"

Khajag Barsamian

Khajag Barsamian is an Armenian religious figure. He was the Primate of Diocese of Armenian Church of America and is the president of the Fund for Armenian Relief, he was the longest serving Diocesan Primate, leading the Armenian Church of America from 1990 to 2018. Barsamian was born in Arapkir, Turkey on July 4, 1951. At age 13, he began his religious studies at the Holy Cross Armenian Seminary in Istanbul. Encouraged by Archbishop Shnork Kaloustian, he went to Jerusalem to study at the Seminary of the St. James Armenian Patriarchate from 1967 to 1971, he was ordained a celibate priest in 1971 and achieved the ecclesiastical degree of vartabed two years later. His educational pursuits led him throughout the United States and Europe: to New York's General Theological Seminary, St. John's University in Minneapolis, the Gregorian University in Rome, Oxford's Oriental Institute, he has lectured in the United States, England, Germany and Armenia, has conducted research at the Manuscript Library of Yerevan, the Mekhitarist Institute of Venice and the Manuscript Library at the Patriarchate of Jerusalem.

His publications have appeared in various scholarly journals. In October 1991, General Theological Seminary awarded him an Honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree. Concurrent with and subsequent to his education, he took on pastoral duties in Istanbul. Barsamian was elected Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America in the spring of 1990, was subsequently elevated to the rank of bishop by Vasken I, at the Cathedral of Holy Echmiadzin. In 1992, he received the rank of archbishop. In May 2018, Barsamian announced, his 28-year reign as Primate is the longest in the history of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America. On May 4, 2018, Daniel Findikyan was elected as Barsamian's successor and confirmed by Karekin II, the Supreme Patriarch and Spiritual Leader of the Armenian Church; as the former president of Fund for Armenian Relief, Barsamian he led the effort to develop Armenia and bring humanitarian assistance to its citizens. Archbishop Barsamian is a leader in religious and ecumenical organizations, including the National Council of Churches, the World Council of Churches, the Appeal of Conscience Foundation, the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations, Religion In American Life, the American Bible Society.

He is a recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, has received honorary doctorates from General Theological Seminary, Seton Hall University, the Academy of Sciences of Armenia. Armenian Apostolic Church Fund for Armenian Relief Abp. Barsamian's profile on the website of Diocese of the Armenian Church of America Abp. Barsamian's profile on FAR website

Audi A8

The Audi A8 is a four-door, full-size, luxury sedan manufactured and marketed by the German automaker Audi since 1994. Succeeding the Audi V8, now in its fourth generation, the A8 has been offered with both front- or permanent all-wheel drive—and in short- and long-wheelbase variants; the first two generations employed the Volkswagen Group D platform, with the current generation deriving from the MLB platform. After the original model's 1994 release, Audi released the second generation in late 2002, the third in late 2009, the fourth and current iteration in 2017. Notable for being the first mass-market car with an aluminium chassis, all A8 models have used this construction method co-developed with Alcoa and marketed as the Audi Space Frame. A mechanically-upgraded, high-performance version of the A8 debuted in 1996 as the Audi S8. Produced at Audi's Neckarsulm plant, the S8 is fitted standard with Audi's quattro all-wheel drive system, is available in short- and long-wheelbase form, the latter coming in 2020.

In 1982, Ferdinand Piëch signed an agreement with Aluminum Company of America. The objective was to design and develop a car that would be lighter than any other vehicles in its class. In the late 1980s, it was decided that the target vehicle would be a successor to the V8 flagship introduced in 1988. By 1990, a final design by Chris Bird and Dirk van Braeckel was chosen and frozen for series production in mid-1991. In September 1993, the Audi Space Frame Concept was unveiled at the 1993 Frankfurt Motor Show as a D2 Typ 4D prototype in polished aluminum. Pilot production began in December 1993 and development ended in early 1994, at a total cost of $700 million; the Audi A8 was presented in February 1994 and debuted at the 1994 Geneva Auto Show in March, with full-scale factory production commencing in June 1994, although it was not until October 1996, for the 1997 model year that it became available in North America. Unlike its predecessor, the Audi V8 model, built on an existing steel platform, the A8 debuted on the then-new Volkswagen Group D2 platform, an all aluminium monocoque, marketed as the "Audi Space Frame", which helped to reduce weight and preserve structural rigidity.

The saloon/sedan was offered in both the A8, the A8 L extended or long-wheelbase version. The A8 L adds 5 inches of rear legroom. Updates to the car in 1997 included the addition of six interior airbags; the A8 was designed as a competitor to fellow German rivals Mercedes Benz S Class and the BMW 7 Series. In 1997, Audi introduced the first series production electronic stability control for all-wheel drive vehicles – the world's first production cars with both front and rear side airbags. For 1997, the new A8 was available with either front-wheel drive, or the Torsen-based quattro permanent four-wheel drive; the FWD models are powered by a 2.8-litre V6 engine, producing 142 kW, a 3.7-litre V8 engine producing 169 kW, while the quattro received a 4.2-litre V8 producing 221 kW. The A8 is available with standard luxury amenities, including dual-zone climate control and leather interior trim, 14-way power and heated seats, an enhanced Bose audio system. In 1999, Audi's flagship received side curtain airbags, new colours, restructuring of option packages.

The North American "warm weather package" added a solar sunroof which allows the interior ventilation fans to run, keeping the interior cool while the car is parked with the engine turned off. Changes to all models included a larger passenger-side mirror, a first aid kit located in the rear centre armrest. In 1999 for the 2000 model year came a minor front-end restyle, with new, clear headlights, a revised grille, lower front valance with standard projection fog lamps. On the interior, the seats received a horizontal stitch pattern; the 3.7-litre V8 FWD model was dropped, leaving the 2.8 V6 model and the long-wheelbase and short-wheelbase 4.2-litre quattro. These restyled cars featured revised external door handles and an integrated radio antenna. For 2000, the North American A8 line-up was expanded to include the A8 L. In 2001, Audi introduced its new W12 engine, a compact 6.0-litre unit developed by mating two VR6 engines together at the crankshaft. The engine became available in the A8, though only to European and Asian customers.

From its introduction through its discontinuation in 2003, only 750 of the D2 "W12" models were produced. 2001 marked the debut of the high-performance S8 variant in North American markets. In 2002, the A8 L received standard xenon high-intensity discharge lamp headlights, a heated steering wheel. A tyre pressure monitoring system, an updated Symphony II stereo, new exterior colours were added. For 2002, all A8 variants received a trunk/boot interior release lever to facilitate escape in the event an individual became trapped within. Factory production of this generation ceased at Number 105,092 on August 4, 2002. In 1997, IVM Automotive of Munich, Germany built a two-door Audi A8 Coupé; the car was unveiled at the 1997 Geneva Motor Show. Audi contracted IVM to build the prototype, was considering production of the vehicle; the coupé had shorter than the production A8 saloon. Like the Mercedes-Benz CL-Class, there was no central "B" pillar, giving the car a seamless design with a sloping roofline.

The car included custom leather seats. Audi decided not to put the A8 Coupé into production, citing lower

Cinder (bear)

Cinder was a bear found badly burned as a cub after the Carlton Complex fire in Washington state, United States. She became an emblem of the region's will to recover, she appears to have been killed by a hunter. As a cub about one and a half years old, Cinder was discovered by Steve Love on his property on French Creek in the Methow Valley on July 31, 2014, two weeks after the wildfires. With third-degree burns on her paws, she was dragging herself on her elbows, she accepted apricots, dog food, water from Love, who spent time with her that night after he heard her crying. The next day, an officer with the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife captured her with a catch pole, she was unable to run away fast because of her injuries. She was treated by a veterinarian for extensive sores on her elbows. Two days she was transported by Pilots N Paws, a volunteer pilot organization, to Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care Inc. in South Lake Tahoe, where because of her burned paws she was provided with a ramp to reach her sleeping loft.

Her medication was administered in muffins coated in syrup. In November 2014, after her paws healed and her weight rose to 83 pounds, she was transferred for the winter to Idaho Black Bear Rehabilitation in Garden City, where she became friends with Kaulana, a male cub, a year younger, they were released together in a forest north of Leavenworth, Washington, in June 2015, at which time Cinder weighed 124.3 pounds, about 40 pounds over normal to provide a cushion while she accustomed herself to finding food. She was ear-tagged and tattooed for identification and fitted with a radio transmitter collar to track her movements, the release was witnessed by the pilot who had flown her to Lake Tahoe and press including a CBS crew from Los Angeles. Researchers examined her and changed her collar during hibernation in February 2017. Kaulana, who had roamed less than Cinder, was killed by a hunter during bear hunting season around October 2015. Cinder's collar stopped transmitting in October 2017, in September 2018 workers with Fish and Game retrieving cameras, set up in December to record her found her skeletonized body with the collar cut off and lying nearby.

Cinder became an inspiration for the area affected by the Carlton Complex fires. A camp for child burn victims, Camp Eyabsut in North Bend, adopted her as a mascot and an interactive online children's book, Cinder the Bear, by Barbara deRubertis, benefited Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care and Idaho Black Bear Rehabilitation. "Saving Cinder: The Fight to Save a Bear After a Devastating Wildfire", CBS This Morning, June 6, 2015, YouTube, 3 mins. 54 secs