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Guaranteed Rate Field

Guaranteed Rate Field is a baseball park located in the South Side of Chicago, Illinois. The ballpark serves as the home ballpark for Major League Baseball's Chicago White Sox; the facility is owned by the state of Illinois through the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority, is operated by the White Sox. The park opened for the 1991 season, after the White Sox had spent 81 years at the original Comiskey Park, it opened with the name Comiskey Park but was renamed U. S. Cellular Field in 2003 after U. S. Cellular purchased the naming rights at $68 million over 20 years; the current name was announced on October 31, 2016, after Guaranteed Rate, a private residential mortgage company located in Chicago, purchased the naming rights to the ballpark in a 13-year deal. The stadium is situated just to the west of the Dan Ryan Expressway in Chicago's Armour Square neighborhood, adjacent to the more famous neighborhood of Bridgeport, it was built directly across 35th Street from old Comiskey Park, demolished to make room for a parking lot that serves the venue.

Old Comiskey's home plate location is represented by a marble plaque on the sidewalk next to Guaranteed Rate Field and the foul lines are painted in the parking lot. The spectator ramp across 35th Street is designed in such a way that it echoes the contour of the old first-base grandstand; the park was completed at a cost of US$137 million. The current public address announcer is Gene Honda, who serves as the PA announcer for the Chicago Blackhawks, NCAA Final Four, University of Illinois Football; the stadium was the first new major sporting facility built in Chicago since Chicago Stadium in 1929. It was the last one built before the wave of new "retro-classic" ballparks in the 1990s and 2000s. However, a few design features from old Comiskey Park were retained; the front facade of the park features arched windows. Most notable is the "exploding scoreboard" which pays homage to the original installed by Bill Veeck at the old park in 1960; the original field dimensions and seating configuration were similar to those of Royals Stadium in Kansas City—which had been the last baseball-only park built in the majors, in 1973.

As built, the park was criticized by many fans because of the height of the upper deck. The original architect, HOK Sport, wanted to eliminate the overhang problems present in many stadiums built since the 1970s. With this in mind, the upper deck was set back over the lower deck, the stands rose gradually. While it gave nearly every seat in the upper level an unobstructed view of the field, it created one of the highest upper decks in baseball; the first row of seats in the upper deck at the new stadium is as far from the field as the highest row of seats in the upper deck at the old stadium. Due to the field being at street level, the original upper deck made the park look like a cookie-cutter stadium from the outside. Fans sitting in this area didn't get much chance for relief, as it is one of the few parks in Major League Baseball that do not allow fans sitting in the upper deck to venture anywhere else in the park, e.g. lower deck concourse. In response to fan complaints, the stadium has undergone numerous renovations since the 2001 season in order to retrofit the facility to current architectural trends.

These changes have included building a multi-tiered concourse beyond center field, adjusting the fences to make the outfield less symmetrical and, most the removal of 6,600 seats at the top of the upper deck. The uppermost story of the park now has a white and black screen behind the top row of seats and is topped by a flat canopy roof supported by black steel truss supports that obstruct the view of a few seats; the original blue seats were replaced by forest green seats. The new green and black color scheme, upper level screen set back from the outer wall and canopy roof are reminiscent of the old Comiskey Park, as well as other classic baseball stadiums; the White Sox have added murals to the interior concourses, a prominent feature of the old stadium. The stadium houses 103 luxury suites located on two levels, as well as 1,822 "club seats" on 300-level mezzanine between the lower deck and upper deck; the club seats receive in-seat wait-staff and benefit from an enclosed concourse with multiple television viewing areas and bar-style concessions.

The stadium has 400 wheelchair-accessible seats, 38 public restrooms, 12 escalators and 15 elevators. The new suites were one example of why the old Comiskey Park was demolished, as suites generate more revenue. Fan Deck: A panoramic view of the playing field on the two-tiered Fan Deck atop the center field concession stands. Fan Deck includes catered food and beverage service consisting of chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, potato chips, beer and water. Fan deck can accommodate around 150 people; the Goose Island: A 326-seat section in right field that features running water fixtures on all four sides, individual seating, spaces for group parties and a standing room area where fans can interact near the outfield concourse. The first few rows of the section includes cushioned seats, device charging ports, television screens and more. Craft Kave: A two-tiered, open-air section located in right field next to the visitor's bullpen with food and drinks. Rain Room: A place where fans can cool off during hot game days.

Near section 107 & 537. Kids Zone: Located in left field; this 15,000-square-foot area is devoted to young White Sox fans, providing them with the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of baseball. It features a youth-sized whiffle ball diamond for coaching clinics and pitching cages, batting "swing" boxes for pro

Higashi-Akasaka Station

Higashi-Akasaka Station is a railway station in the town of Gōdo, Anpachi District, Gifu Prefecture Japan, operated by the private railway operator Yōrō Railway. Higashi-Akasaka Station is a station on the Yōrō Line, is located 47.5 rail kilometers from the opposing terminus of the line at Kuwana. Higashi-Akasaka Station has two opposed ground-level side platforms connected by a level crossing; the station is unattended. Higashi-Akasaka Station opened on January 1, 1914. In fiscal 2015, the station was used by an average of 398 passengers daily. Ogaki Women's College National Route 417 List of Railway Stations in Japan Media related to Higashi-Akasaka Station at Wikimedia Commons Official website

Song for Africa – Rwanda: Rises Up!

Song for AfricaRwanda: Rises Up! is a Canadian charity album by the Song for Africa organization. The album is an accompanying soundtrack to the charity fund's latest Rwanda documentary which documents the visit to Rwanda by the Canadian super group of Steve Bays of Hot Hot Heat, Tim Edwards of Crash Parallel, Sarah Slean, Damhnait Doyle and John-Angus MacDonald of the Trews. Other Canadian artists featured on the album include Ian D'Sa of Billy Talent, Operation M. D. Classified, Luke McMaster, Mike Boyd, White Mic and Grand Analog; the album was recorded in early 2010, was released on iTunes only on June 15, 2010, following the release of the documentary on June 12, 2010. Official website

Dar Othman

Dar Othman is one of the palaces of the medina of Tunis. The residence is located in the south of 16 El Mebazaâ Street. Dar Othman was built in the end of the sixteenth century by Othman, dey of Tunis, who reigned from 1593 to 1610. During the first half of the 19th century, Al-Husayn II ibn Mahmud transformed it into a provision's house to store supplies for soldiers staying in barracks of the neighborhood. Thus, the palace is called Dar Al Oula. Afterwards, the residence was bequeathed by Muhammad III as-Sadiq to his grand vizier Mustapha Ben Ismaïl. In 1936, the palace got classified as an historical monument, it was first allocated to the National Institute of Art. Nowadays, it is the headquarters of the preservation of the medina of Tunis; the facade of the residence is composed of two lintels of arch-stone separated by a pointed horseshoe arch and a wooden pergola over the door. It has two Andalusian style columns in the lower part and two Hafsid style columns in the upper part; the entrance door leads to a driba.

The floor is paved with Kadhal flagstones. Walls are surrounded by stone benches; the ceiling, which rises in stages from bottom to top, is decorated with an Andalusian style stucco-work. The vestibule leads to the courtyard. Four T-shaped rooms surround the courtyard; each one of them contains two alcoves. Binous, Jamila. "Dar Othman". Ifriqiya, treize siècles d'art et d'architecture en Tunisie. Tunis: Démetér. Pp. 77–79. "Dar Othman – Siège de la Conservation de la Médina de Tunis". Retrieved 8 August 2016


Novim is a non-profit group at the University of California, Santa Barbara that organizes teams for objective scientific study of global issues and identification options for addressing the concerns, based upon an collaborative problem-solving approach used in the field of physics. The group was formed at the University of California campus in Santa Barbara to create a collaborative problem-solving approach to address widespread and complicated problems, modeled after approaches at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics. Novim organizes study teams of scientists and area experts to evaluate issues like climate engineering, global surface temperatures, methane leakages in natural gas production, their criteria for issue selection is that it must be "highly complex and global." They partner with governmental organizations, like the Department of Energy and Office of Science, to engage them in the process, share findings and discuss potential actions. Jim Knight is Novim's executive vice president and Michael Ditmore is its executive director, both of whom are Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics Director’s Council members.

Aristides Patrinos, Chief Scientist, Director of Research and Chair of the Science Advisory Board, Novim Henry Abarbanel, Research Director Science and Security at IGCC Elbert Branscomb, Department of Physics, University of Illinois Biocomplexity research theme member, Institute for Genomic Biology Michelle Broido, Associate Vice Chancellor for Biomedical Research, Office of Research, Health Sciences, University of Pittsburgh Juan Enriquez, Managing Director, Excel Venture Management, bestselling author, Co-Founder, Synthetic Genomics and multiple start ups Jack Fellows, Director Emeritus, Climate Change Science Institute, Oak Ridge National Laboratory David Galas, Principal Scientist, Pacific Northwest Research Institute Steven Koonin, Founding Director of the NYU Center for Urban Science & Progress, Brooklyn, NY Greg Mitchell, Professor Emeritus, Integrative Oceanography Division, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, San Diego CA Venkatesh Narayanamurti, Former Dean, Harvard School of Engineering & Applied Science Edward Schulak, architect, inventor, international business leader as well as the founder and director of nine life science companies Gerry Stokes, Research Professor Stony Brook University They first studied the changes in the Earth's average surface temperature and published their findings in 2009 in the Climate Engineering Study Group report.

They found that there was a need to use geoengineering to lower the Earth's average temperature and suggested adopting the principles of short wave climate engineering to introduce aerosols into the stratosphere. Much like the sulfur particles released by large volcanic eruptions, the aerosols would reflect shortwave solar radiation back into space to cool the air and land below. Although SWCE may help reverse global warming, the technique remains untested and potential adverse effects are unknown, therefore could not be mitigated. Opponents have stated that the core causes are not addressed, only the symptoms, that SWCE would damage the ozone. Novim collected an international team of scientists to work together on the study, performed on a small scale to make options available as soon as reasonably possible, they determined that the cost to deploying the methods described in the study would be about $8 billion USD per year if delivered by aircraft. Novim's second study was the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature Study, released 29 July 2012.

The study reanalyzes the world's land temperature data following the Climatic Research Unit email controversy. Professor Richard A. Muller led the study team. Methane Leakage - Novim has assembled a team of scientific and technical experts to analyze existing studies of the emissions profile of natural gas during the production and distribution phases, with a focus on determining a range of actual methane leakage rates. Probable causes for the leakage will be included, proposed solutions will be examined, along with associated costs. Global warming controversy Novim homepage

Albina Shagimuratova

Albina Anvarovna Shagimuratova is a Russian coloratura soprano. 2019 her recording of the title role in Semiramide for Opera Rara won the international Opera Award and the International Classical Music Awards, followed by "Neala" in Donizettis "Il Paria", again with Marc Elder recorded for Opera Rara. Her worldwide career started at the Salzburg Festival singing the "Queen of the night" in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, performing at Houston Grand Opera, the Lucerne Festival, San Francisco Opera, Vienna State Opera, Teatro alla Scala and The Royal Opera, London. In 2018 Albina recorded the "Queen of the night" with Yannick Nézet Séguin for Deutsche Grammophon and performed it in Salzburg, she sang on Moscow´s red square for the world cup´s opening gala and at the opening of Moscow´s new concert hall, Zaryadye both concerts led by Valery Gergiev. 2016 saw her role debut as Konstanze in Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City and the title role in Semiramide at the BBC Proms.

Albina Shagimuratova is chair of the jury for the international Glinka competition and jury member of the international Tchaikovsky competition. Semiramide, Semiramide Il Paria, Neala Die Zauberflöte, Queen of the Night Lucia di Lammermoor, Lucia Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Konstanze La traviata, Violetta Mitridate, re di Ponto, Aspasia Don Giovanni, Donna Anna Rigoletto, Gilda Official website Schedule at Operabase