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Honda Avancier

The Honda Avancier is a mid-size crossover SUV produced by Japanese manufacturer Honda. The first generation Avancier is a mid-size station wagon, based on Accord platform, produced between 1999 and 2003 for the Japanese domestic market only. In 2016, Guangqi Honda reused the Avancier name for its mid-size crossover offering in China, based on the Accord; this version of Avancier is called Honda UR-V by Dongfeng Honda. These two models are sold in China only. Upon its introduction in 1999, the Avancier was available with a 2.3 L VTEC four-cylinder engine producing 110 kW mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission or a 3.0 L VTEC six-cylinder engine producing 160 kW mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission. It can be had with the Honda's real-time all-wheel-drive system; the V6 Avancier can be optioned with an Intelligent Highway Cruise Control that used a radar to determine and maintain a reliable distance with the car in front and capable to maintain a speed. However due to the large engine displacements, the Avancier was considered as a mid-size wagon in Japan instead of a compact wagon.

The dimensions contribute to such classification in Japan. Production of Avancier ceased by 2003; the first prototype of second generation Avancier was displayed at the 2015 Auto Shanghai and debuted as a Concept D. Honda debuted a prototype version of the Avancier during the April 2016 Auto China and during the September 2016 Chengdu Auto Show, to be marketed in China in October 2016, it is positioned above the CR-V and is sold as Honda's flagship crossover SUV in China. The second generation Avancier is powered by a 1.5 L VTEC Turbo four-cylinder engine producing 144 kW and 240 N⋅m of torque mated to a continuously variable transmission or a 2.0 L VTEC Turbo four-cylinder engine producing 200 kW and 370 N⋅m of torque mated to a ZF 9-speed automatic transmission

15 Minutes (Rodney Atkins song)

"15 Minutes" is a song written by Tony Mullins and Jamie Lee Thurston and recorded by American country music singer Rodney Atkins. It was released in May 2009 as the second single from Atkin's 2009 album It's America; the narrator talks about quitting smoking and women. He states "it was the worst 15 minutes of life", shows that he couldn't last long without them. Pierce Greenberg of Engine 145 viewed the song favorably, comparing it to Kevin Fowler's and Brad Paisley's styles and saying, "Likely to be a crowd favorite, it's a song that shows the same kind of thoughtful, clever hook that those artists have built careers around." Todd Sterling of Allmusic called it a "honky tonk mashup" and said that it had "a ton of heart" if it was "calculated"

2009 Appalachian State Mountaineers football team

The 2009 Appalachian State Mountaineers football team represented Appalachian State University in the 2009 NCAA Division I FCS football season. It was the 80th season of play for the Mountaineers; the team was led by the 2006 Eddie Robinson Award winner for Coach of the Year. Moore is in his 21st season as head coach; the Mountaineers played their home games at Kidd Brewer Stadium in North Carolina. Coach profiles at GoASU Walter Payton AwardArmanti Edwards Southern Conference Coach of the Year — Jerry Moore Southern Conference Roy M. "Legs" Hawley Offensive Player of the Year — Armanti Edwards Southern Conference Offensive Player of the Year — Armanti Edwards Southern Conference Jacobs Blocking Trophy — Mario Acitelli

USS Centaurus (AKA-17)

USS Centaurus was an Andromeda-class attack cargo ship named after the constellation Centaurus. She was one of a handful of World War II AKAs manned by officers and crew from the United States Coast Guard, she served as a commissioned ship for 6 months. Centaurus was launched on 3 September 1943 by Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, New Jersey, under a Maritime Commission contract. Centaurus put to sea from Norfolk, Virginia on 11 December 1943 with cargo for Pearl Harbor, where she arrived 30 December. On 22 January 1944, she cleared with the Southern Attack Force, bound for Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands, off which she arrived 31 January. During the initial assault, she landed four waves of cargo-laden craft under the protective fire of Pennsylvania with a smoothness belying her newness at amphibious warfare, until 5 February she remained off the atoll landing combat cargo to support troops ashore as they encountered stiffening opposition, she returned to Noumea for training and cargo duty until 31 March, when she sailed from Tulagi to carry men and cargo to Manus and proceeded to Langemak Bay, New Guinea.

Here she loaded for the landings on northern New Guinea, on 15 April put to sea in the second assault echelon for Aitape. While her landings here on 23 April were unopposed, difficult surf and beach conditions challenged her skill. After several brief voyages to other New Guinea ports to transport reinforcements to the Hollandia area, Centaurus sailed for amphibious exercises in the Solomon Islands. From 3 June to 30 June 1944, she was at sea as part of the reserve force standing by during the invasion of the Marianas, returned to Eniwetok to prepare for the return of U. S. forces to Guam. She sailed on 17 July in the Southern Attack Force for this assault, on 21 July, the day of the initial attack, began landing combat cargo on the difficult beaches near Agat, where the Japanese army offered stiff resistance, she completed offloading cargo and vehicles, embarking casualties, a week when she cleared for Eniwetok. After a brief overhaul at Espiritu Santo, Centaurus sailed to Guadalcanal to embark cargo and vehicles for the assault on the Palau Islands, for which she cleared 8 September.

At Peleliu on 15 September 1944 she began landing her cargo as heavy opposition developed from the Japanese defenses, cleverly concealed. A fierce fight developed ashore for the Marines, Centaurus remained off the island pouring ashore the equipment essential to the maintenance of the offensive. Taking on board casualties and prisoners of war, she carried Marines when she cleared on 4 October for the Russell Islands, where all passengers were disembarked, she continued on to San Francisco. Centaurus returned to the Pacific by way of Guam, after rehearsal landings in the Solomons, joined the Northern Attack Force for the invasion of Okinawa, with which she sailed from Ulithi 27 March 1945. Arriving off the island for the assault on 1 April, she began to discharge cargo at an ever-quickening pace, as she supported the first rapid advances of the 6th Marines across the island. Operations went smoothly despite heavy kamikaze attacks, she cleared Okinawa 9 April for Pearl Harbor, where she loaded additional cargo for the Okinawa operation.

Returning to Okinawa 3 June, she offloaded, on 14 June sailed for mainland United States via Pearl Harbor, between 19 July and 23 August was in after overhaul at Seattle. She operated in the redeployment of troops. On 31 January 1946 she returned to Seattle and thence to New York City, where she arrived on 23 March and was decommissioned 30 April 1946, she returned to the Maritime Commission 11 September 1946. On 24 February 1947 she was transferred to United States Lines. Centaurus received six battle stars for World War II service This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships; the entry can be found here. Photo gallery of USS Centaurus at NavSource Naval History 51 Years of AKAs

Alī ibn Ahmad al-Nasawī

Alī ibn Aḥmad al-Nasawī was a Persian mathematician from Khurasan, Iran. He flourished under the Buwayhid sultan Majd al-dowleh, who died in 1029-30AD, under his successor, he wrote a book on arithmetic in Persian, Arabic, entitled the "Satisfying on Hindu Calculation". He wrote on Archimedes's lemmata and Menelaus's theorem, where he made corrections to The Lemmata as translated into Arabic by Thabit ibn Qurra, last revised by Nasir al-Din al-Tusi. Al-Nasawī's arithmetic explains the division of fractions and the extraction of square and cubic roots in the modern manner. Al-Nasawī replaces sexagesimal by decimal fractions. Al-Nasawī in many cases incorrectly, his work was not original, he sometimes writes of matters that he does not understand, e.g. "borrowing" in subtraction. Ragep and Kennedy give an analysis of a mid-12th-century manuscript in which a summary of Euclid's Elements exists by al-Nasawī. Suter, H. "Die Mathematiker und Astronomen der Araber Uber das Rechenbuch des Ali ben Ahmed el-Nasawi".

J. Ragep and E. S. Kennedy. "A description of Zahiriyya MS 4871: a scientific collection", J. Hist. Arabic Sci. 5, 85-108. Saidan, A. S.. "Nasawī, ʿAlī Ibn Aḥmad al-". Dictionary of Scientific Biography. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. ISBN 978-0-684-10114-9. Yazdi, Hamid-Reza Giahi. "Nasawī: Abū al-Ḥasan ʿAlī ibn Aḥmad al-Nasawī". In Thomas Hockey; the Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers. New York: Springer. Pp. 820–1. ISBN 978-0-387-31022-0

Amelia Minerva Starkweather

Amelia Minerva Starkweather was an American educator and author, a lifelong worker in philanthropic and charitable enterprises, successful in evangelistic meetings. In addition to her teaching career, she worked as a traveling financial agent for Children's Home and Old People's Home, served as a superintendent of a Sunday school with 400 students, gave lectures and was engaged in evangelistic work, she was active in Sunday school, literary societies and prayer meetings, developing literary entertainments for church and Sunday school, reading at such places. She wrote many hymns which appeared in Sunday school song books and temperance songs with music by Edna G. Young. Starkweather was the author of a children's book and Other Bits and a volume of poems, Leaves from the City Beautiful, as well as two leaflets and His Eye Is On Me. Amelia Minerva Starkweather was born in Starkville, New York, July 9, 1840, her parents were Merritt and Hannah ) Starkweather. She had at two siblings, a sister, Harriet Starkweather Osborn, a brother, William Henry Starkweather.

She was a descendant of first of the name in the United States. At the age of four years, she removed with her parents to New York, she began her school career in the district school, her advancement was rapid. While attending the Cary Collegiate Seminary in Oakfield, New York, her love of poetry and poetic composition attracted the attention of the teachers and patrons of the school. Before she had finished her graduating course, she was stricken with inflammation of the eyes, which left them in a chronic state of weakness, she graduated from the Chautauqua Literary and ScientificCircle in the pioneer class of 1882. For several years she retired entirely from society, pursuing however, although with difficulty, her vocation as teacher, which she began at the age of fifteen, and for which she gained a reputation for efficiency and faithfulness. Her first poem was published in the Progressive Batavian, many poems followed in various periodicals. From time to time she was offered the principalship of the several schools in the city, but she could not quite make up her mind to give up the care of the little ones as the charge of this department afforded her more leisure out of school for writing.

After some years spent in successful teaching in New York, she removed to Pennsylvania and accepted a position in the primary department of the public schools of Titusville. There, she found more time for literary pursuits, as well as time for Sunday school and other Christian work, to which she was devoted. During the period of 1876 till 1884, she served as superintendent of a large Sunday school with 400 students, 40 teachers, officers, in Titusville. By her personal visits and labor, many poor children were sought out and taken to the school; the various literary entertainments which she prepared and presented to the public were models of their kind. During her residence in Titusville, she entered the lecture field and was received favorably, lecturing from pulpit and platform several times weekly. For three years, she served as president of the Home Missionary Society, was connected with the Woman's Christian Temperance Union, being for some time county superintendent of juvenile work and other departments of benevolent and reformatory work.

She continued to write, including a large number of hymns, poems for children, short stories in prose. In 1885, she prepared and published through a leading firm of Boston, her volume entitled, Tom Tits and Other Bits. In these poems and stories, the author has shown a gift in representing the playful moods of children, in picturing them to readers. "The Robin" was written as a recitation for a little girl friend, was adapted to bring out a sweet bird trill, of which she was master. The two songs, "The Cricket" and "The Owl," became quite popular in the public schools, her hymns were published in the Sunday-school song books. When Starkweather's health demanded a change of occupation, she left Titusville to become engaged as financial agent for the Western New York Home for Friendless Children. Feeling drawn for several years toward the missionary field, she entered the Deaconess home of the Methodist Episcopal Church at Buffalo, New York, six months went as superintendent of the Deaconess home of Brooklyn, New York.

For a part of her life, Starkweather made her home with her sister, Mrs. Harriet Starkweather Osborn, at Basom, New York, although summer months were spent in her cottage at Chautauqua, New York. On October 6, 1910, at the age of 70, she married Jacob Flint Starkweather, age 74. At the time, she was a resident of New Haven, he of Norwich, Connecticut, they had been acquainted for many years through a mutual interest in the genealogy of the Starkweather family. After the ceremony, they left for the West, they made their home in Norwich. She was a member of the Baptist Church after marriage, she favored woman suffrage, was a prohibitionist. She died March 28, 1926 at East Providence, Rhode Island, age 86. BooksTomtits and other bits, 1885 Leaves from the city beautiful, 1912LeafletsInasmuch His Eye Is On MeHymnsAs Jesus walked the stormy waves As you gather round your table Cast thy care upon the Savior Come, Holy Spirit, search my heart Has the day been dark with shadows He that dwelleth in the presence of the Highest I am never alone, though the shadows I will look to the hills, to the beautiful hills I'd rather get down at the feet of my Lord I'd rather have that noble guide If the great day has come I’m abiding in Christ, where no sea billows roll