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Janggi

Janggi, sometimes called Korean chess, is a strategy board game popular in Korea. The game derived from xiangqi and is similar to it, including the starting position of the pieces, the 9×10 gameboard, but without the xiangqi "river" dividing the board horizontally in the middle. Janggi is played on a board nine lines wide by ten lines long; the game is sometimes fast paced due to the jumping cannons and the long-range elephants, but professional games most last over 150 moves and so are slower than those of Western chess. In 2009, the first world janggi tournament was held in China; the board is composed of 90 intersections of 10 horizontal rows. The board has nearly the same layout as that used in xiangqi, except the janggi board has no "river" in the central row; the pieces consist of disks marked with identifying characters and are placed on the line intersections. Janggi pieces are traditionally octagonal in shape, differ in size according to their rank; the sides are Blue, versus Red. Each side has a palace, 3 lines by 3 lines in the centre of their side of the board against the back edge.

The palace contains four diagonal lines extending outwards from the centre. The pieces are labeled with hanja; the labels on the blue pieces are all written in the semi-cursive script. For instance, the blue chariot or cha has a cursive version of 車, which looks something like 车; the pieces that are equivalent to the kings in Western chess are referred to as military generals in Korean. They are labelled with the Chinese character Han on the red side, Cho on the blue side, they represent the rival states of Han and Chu that fought for power in the post-Qin Dynasty interregnum period in China. In North Korea, the Chu–Han setup is not used. Both kings can be referred to as. Janggi differs from its Chinese counterpart in that the janggi general starts the game from the central intersection of the palace, rather than from the centre intersection of the back edge; the general may move one step per turn along marked board lines to any of the nine points within the palace. There are four diagonal lines in the palace connecting the centre position to the corners.

When the general is checkmated the game is lost. The general cannot leave the palace under any circumstances. If the generals come to face each other across the board, the player to move does not move away, this is bikjang—a draw; this rule is different from that of xiangqi. If there is no move for the general to make without getting into check or checkmate, but it is safe for it to stand still, the person may pass their turn; the pieces are civilian government officials. They are called guards, since they stay close to the general. Other names are mandarins; the guards start to the right of the general on the first rank. They move the same as one step per turn along marked lines in the palace; the guards are one of the weakest pieces. They are valuable for protecting the general. Called the horse or ma, this piece moves and captures like the horse in xiangqi. A horse can be transposed with an adjacent elephant in the initial setup; the elephants begin the game to the right of the guards. They move one point orthogonally followed by two points diagonally away from their starting point, ending on the opposite corner of a 2×3 rectangle.

Like the horse, the elephant is blocked from moving by any intervening pieces. Unlike xiangqi, which confines elephants to one side of the board behind a "river", in janggi there is no river and elephants are not limited to one side of the board; the janggi elephant can therefore be used more offensively than the xiangqi elephant. An elephant can be transposed with an adjacent horse in the initial setup; these are labelled cha. Like the rook in Western chess, the chariot moves and captures in a straight line either horizontally or vertically. Additionally, the chariot may move along the diagonal lines inside either palace, but only in a straight line; the two chariots begin the game in the corners. The chariot is the most powerful piece in the game; these are labelled po. Each player has two cannons; the cannons are placed on the row behind the soldiers, directly in front of the horses. The cannon moves by jumping another piece vertically; the jump can be performed over any distance provided that there is one piece anywhere between the original position and the target.

In order to capture a piece, there must be one piece between the cannon and the piece to be captured. The cannon moves to that point and captures the piece, they may move or capture diagonally along the diagonal lines in either palace, provided there is an intervening piece in the centre They are powerful at the beginning of the game when "hurdles" are plentiful, but lose value with attrition. The other piece over which the cannon jumps may

Diego Veronelli

Diego Veronelli is a former professional tennis player from Argentina. Veronelli was a quarter-finalist in the 2003 Campionati Internazionali di Sicilia, he upset second seed Nikolay Davydenko in the opening round and had a win over Victor Hanescu. In the quarter-finals he was defeated by Paul-Henri Mathieu, he and partner Federico Browne were doubles runners-up at Buenos Aires in 2004. The wild card entrants beat both the third seeds en route to the final; the Buenos Aires born player was a member of the Argentine team. His only appearance in the campaign came after the title was secured, with he and Eduardo Schwank losing a dead rubber to Bob and Mike Bryan. In 2013 he had a baby, Mateo Verronelli. Now he is tennis trainer all over the world. Diego Veronelli at the Association of Tennis Professionals

Aso Mining forced labor controversy

The Aso Mining forced labour controversy concerns the use of Allied prisoners of war and Korean conscripts as labourers for the Aso Mining Company in Japan during World War II. Surviving labourers and other records confirmed that the prisoners and conscripts were forced to work in harsh, brutal conditions for little-to-no pay and that some died, at least in part, because of the ill-treatment at the mine. Although reported by Western media sources, former Prime Minister of Japan Taro Aso, whose immediate family owns the company, now called the Aso Group refused to confirm that his family's company had used forced labour until 2009 when it was acknowledged by the Japanese government. Since several surviving former Australian POWs have asked Aso and the company to apologise, but both have declined to do so. In mid-2008 Taro Aso conceded that his family's coal mine, Aso Mining Company, was alleged to have forced Allied POWs to work in the mines in 1945 without pay. Western media had reported that 300 prisoners, including 197 Australians, 101 British, two Dutch, worked in the mine.

Two of the Australians, John Watson and Leslie Edgar George Wilkie, died while working in the Aso mine. In addition, 10,000 Korean conscripts worked in the mine between 1939 and 1945 under severe, brutal conditions in which many of them died or were injured while receiving little pay. Apart from Aso's admission, the Aso company has never acknowledged using forced labour or commented on the issue; the company, now known as the Aso Group, is run by Aso's younger brother. Aso's wife serves on its board of directors. Taro Aso was president of the Aso Mining Company's successor, Aso Cement Company, in the 1970s before entering politics. During the time that Aso served as minister of Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the ministry refused to confirm non-Japanese accounts of the use of forced labour by Japanese companies and challenged non-Japanese journalists to back up their claims with evidence. In October 2008, Diet member Shoukichi Kina asked Aso whether any data about the use of Korean labour by Aso Mining had been provided to the South Korean government, which has requested such data.

Aso replied that his administration would not disclose how individual corporations have responded to Korean inquiries. On 13 November 2008, during a discussion in the Upper House Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defense about the Tamogami essay controversy, Aso refused to confirm that forced labour had been used at his family's mine, stating that, "No facts have been confirmed." Aso added. I was too young to recognize anything at that age." After Yukihisa Fujita responded that records at the United States National Archives and Records Administration indicated that forced labour had taken place at his family's mine, Aso repeated that "no factual details have been confirmed." Acting on a request from Fujita, the Foreign Ministry investigated and announced on 18 December 2008 that Aso Mining had, in fact, used 300 Allied POWs at its mine during World War II. The ministry confirmed that two Australians had died while working at the mine, but declined to release their names or causes of deaths for "privacy reasons."

Said Fujita, "Prisoner policy is important in many ways for diplomacy, it is a major problem that the issue has been neglected for so long."In February 2009, Fujita announced that he had interviewed three of the former Australian POWs forced to work at Aso Mining. All three confirmed that working conditions at the mine were terrible, that they were given little food, were given "rags" to wear; the three veterans sent letters to Taro Aso demanding an apology for their treatment at Aso Mining and for refusing to acknowledge that forced POW labour was used by his family's company. The three requested that the company pay them wages for the hours they worked. Fujita stated that Aso needed to apologise to the former labourers, as well as pay their wages if he cannot prove that money was paid, adding, "As a prime minister of a nation who represents the country, Aso needs to take responsibility for the past as well as the future." That month, Aso conceded that his family's mine had used POW labour.

In June 2009, former POW Joseph Coombs and the son of another, James McAnulty, travelled to Japan to seek an apology from Aso. Said Coombs, "We'd like an apology for the brutal treatment and the conditions we had to work under; the memory will always be there, but an apology will help ease some of the pain that we experienced." Aso Group officials met with Coombs and McAnulty, but declined to acknowledge that they had been forced to work for the company and apologise or offer compensation after Coombs and McAnulty showed the officials company records from 1946 which stated that POW labour had been used in the mine. Taro Aso refused to meet the pair

Postcodes in New Zealand

Postcodes in New Zealand consist of four digits, the first two of which specify the area, the third the type of delivery, the last the specific lobby, RD number, or suburb. The present postcode system was introduced in New Zealand in June 2006, unlike the previous system, applies to all items of mail with effect from June 2008. In October 2008, New Zealand Post launched a'remember your postcode' campaign, offering a NZ$10,000 prize for remembering a postcode; this replaced a previous system, introduced in 1977, in which New Zealand Post did not require individual items of mail to include the postcode in the address. Optical character recognition enabled automated sorting machines to scan entire addresses, rather than just postcodes, as was the case with older machines. OCR technology was introduced in 1992. There are 1856 postcodes. Postcodes are allocated north to south. In cities and large towns, the last two digits indicate one of the four modes of delivery, as illustrated by addresses in Palmerston North: Street address, in which mail is delivered directly to homes by the'postie'.

Railway Road RD 10 Palmerston North 4470 Although postcodes were first introduced in New Zealand in 1977, these were used for pre-sorting large volumes of mail in bulk, similar to the Mailsort system used by Royal Mail in the United Kingdom. Postcodes were not seen in addresses: New Zealand Post Private Bag 39990 Wellington Mail Centre Lower HuttUnder the old system, Auckland and Christchurch were divided into postal zones, which were incorporated into the postcode system for use in bulk mailings. For example, for the former Wellington 4: Flat 2 173 Park Road Johnsonville Wellington 6004In cities and large towns, the last two digits indicated the mode of delivery, as illustrated by addresses in Palmerston North: Street address: 43 Vogel Street Palmerston North 5301Post Office Box address: P O Box 4000 Palmerston North 5315Private Bag address Private Bag 11222 Palmerston North 5320Rural Delivery address Railway Road R D 10 Palmerston North 5321NB: Prior to the changeover, New Zealand Post required that a space be inserted between the letters'P' and'O' in'PO Box' or'R' and'D' in'RD'.

New Zealand Post recognises Māori names for towns in New Zealand. Mail to members of the New Zealand Parliament is delivered free of charge for individuals; the cost is deducted from the Member's budget. Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern Prime Minister Private Bag 18888 Parliament Buildings Wellington 6160Other Freepost mail includes a unique number as well as the PO Box or Private Bag number: Freepost 112002 CARM PO Box 913 Dunedin 9054 Until NZ Post has had the majority of influence on Private Box rentals, but now DX Mail and Private Box provide an alternative solution for people who need a remote box address. Along with the new competitors in the marketplace NZ Post may find it difficult to keep up with the new addressing system, why they have set a standard for addressing mail. New Zealand Post New Post Code finder New Zealand Postcode Database - downloadable MySQL database of new NZ postcodes

Zynewave Podium

Podium is a Digital Audio Workstation software program that integrates audio recording, VST plugins and external MIDI and audio gear. An object based project structure allows for device management. Feature highlights include hierarchic track layout, integrated sound editor, surround sound, spline curve automation, 64-bit mixing, multiprocessing and a customizable user interface. Podium is the brainchild of developer Frits Nielsen, a former user interface designer and programmer with TC Electronic. Development of Podium started in 1990, the Zynewave company was founded in 2004 with the first public release of Podium. On June 26, 2010, Zynewave released the Podium Free freeware edition of Podium to move to a freemium model, it is otherwise identical to the commercial version of Podium. Comparison of multitrack recording software Zynewave company website

KDRK-FM

KDRK-FM is a country music radio station serving the Spokane, Washington area. The station broadcasts at 93.7 MHz with an effective radiated power of 64,000 watts. It is owned by Stephens Media Group. KDRK is a Contemporary Country station known as "93.7 The Mountain" and plays today's hit country songs and mixes in familiar country music from the past. KDRK-FM was known as "Cat Country 94" and "93.7 The Cat". It was started in December 1965 as KDNC-FM, the sister station to KDNC 1440 AM, it is one of seven local Spokane FM radio stations heard across Canada to subscribers of the Shaw Direct satellite TV service. On October 11, 2011, at 6 AM, after playing "Go Rest High on That Mountain" by Vince Gill, the station dropped "The Cat" and began stunting with the bell from "Hell's Bells" by AC/DC, a ticking clock, an announcer saying "KDRK Spokane, Mission Control T-minus _ minutes", clips of songs from Schoolhouse Rock and Animaniacs. At 11 AM, the station relaunched their country format as "93.7 The Mountain".

The first song as The Mountain was "How Do You Like Me Now?!" by Toby Keith. On October 9th, 2019, Stephens Media Group completed its acquisition of the Mapleton Communications properties; the Jamie Patrick Morning Show Rai Sybil Little Brother Jeff American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks Query the FCC's FM station database for KDRK Radio-Locator information on KDRK Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for KDRKFCC History Cards for KDRK-FM