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Keihanshin is a metropolitan region in the Kansai region of Japan encompassing the metropolitan areas of the cities of Kyoto in Kyoto Prefecture, Osaka in Osaka Prefecture and Kobe in Hyōgo Prefecture. The entire region has a population of 19,341,976 over an area of 13,033 km2, it is the second-most-populated urban region in Japan, containing 15% of Japan's population. The GDP in Osaka-Kobe is $681 billion as measured by PPP as of 2015, making it one of the world's most productive regions, a match with Paris and London. MasterCard Worldwide reported that Osaka is the 19th ranking city of the world's leading global cities and has an instrumental role in driving the global economy. If Keihanshin were a country, it would be the 16th-largest economy in the world, with a GDP of nearly $953.9 billion in 2012. The name Keihanshin is constructed by extracting a representative kanji from Kyoto and Kobe, but using the Chinese reading instead of the corresponding native reading for each of the characters taken from Osaka and Kobe, the Kan-on Chinese reading of the character for Kyoto instead of the usual Go-on Chinese reading.

The Japan Statistics Bureau defines the set of municipalities that are or within 50 kilometres of the Municipal Office of Osaka as one measure of the metropolitan area. As of 2010, the population for this region was 16,342,641; the Urban Employment Area is a metropolitan area definition developed at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Tokyo. This definition is comparable to the Metropolitan Statistical Area in the United States; the basic building blocks are municipalities. The core area is the set of municipalities that contain a densely inhabited district with a population of 10,000 or more; the Urban Employment Area is called Metropolitan Employment Area, when its core area has 50,000 DID population or more. Otherwise, the area is called Micropolitan Employment Area. A DID is a group of census enumeration districts inhabited at densities of 4,000 or more persons per km². Outlying areas are those municipalities where 10% or more of the employed population work in the core area or in another outlying area.

Overlaps are not allowed and an outlying area is assigned to the core area where it has the highest commuter ratio. This definition assigns a Metropolitan Employment Area to the following cities of the Keihanshin region: Osaka, Kyoto and Wakayama; the lists below indicate. Towns and villages are not listed; the Osaka Metropolitan Employment Area has a population of 12,078,820 and consists of the following cities: Core cities: Osaka, Kadoma, Higashiōsaka Outlying cities Osaka Prefecture Hyōgo Prefecture: Amagasaki, Ashiya, Takarazuka, Sanda Nara Prefecture: Nara, Yamatotakada, Yamatokōriyama, Sakurai, Kashiba, Katsuragi Other cities: Yawata, Hashimoto The Kyoto Metropolitan Employment Area has a population of 2,801,044 and consists of the following cities: Core cities: Kyoto, Kusatsu Outlying cities Kyoto Prefecture: Uji, Joyo, Nagaokakyo, Kyotanabe Shiga Prefecture: Otsu, Moriyama The Kobe Metropolitan Employment Area has a population of 2,565,501 and consists of the following cities: Core cities: Kobe Outlying cities Hyōgo Prefecture: Akashi, Takasago and Ono The Himeji Metropolitan Employment Area has a population of 773,389 and consists of the following cities: Core cities: Himeji Outlying cities Hyōgo Prefecture: Aioi, Tatsuno The Wakayama Metropolitan Employment Area has a population of 569,758 and consists of the following cities: Core cities: Wakayama Outlying cities Wakayama Prefecture: Kainan The Japan Statistics Bureau defines a Major Metropolitan Area or MMA as a set of municipalities where at least 1.5% of the resident population aged 15 and above commute to school or work in a designated city.

If multiple designated cities are close enough to have overlapping outlying areas, they are combined into a single multi-core area. In the 2010 census, the designated cities used to define the Keihanshin MMA were Osaka and Kyoto. Sakai has subsequently become a designated city; this region consists of the combination of the metropolitan areas of Osaka, Kobe and Himeji, additionally includes several periurban areas that are not part of the four metropolitan areas. As of 2010, the entire Keihanshin region had a population of 19,341,976 over an area of 13,033 square kilometres; the core cities formed. These cities designated the three largest cities as special cities with Tokyo in 1889. Kobe designated the six largest cities as special cities in 1922, adopted the ward system in 1931. Following World War II, the six largest cities was replaced by the government designated city system in 1956. Afterwards, Sakai became a government designated city in 2006; the core cities of Keihanshin are: Osaka Kobe Kyoto Sakai The other cities in Osaka, Hyogo and Nara Prefectures include: In the major metropolitan area definition used by the Japanese Statistics Bureau, the following cities in Mie, Wakayama Prefectures are included: Nabari Wakayama Hashimoto Iwade Katsuragi Kudoyama There are two major airports.

The centrally located Osaka International Airport

101st Technical & Administrative Services Group (Reserve)

The 101st Technical & Administrative Services Group, known as Bagani Group, is one of five TAS units of the 1st Technical and Administrative Services Brigade of the AFP Reserve Command, is based in Quezon City. The AOR of the 101st TAS Group covers the entirety of Mandaluyong, Pateros, San Juan and Taguig, it is tasked to support maneuver units of the AFP Reserve Force operating within these areas. Base for expansion of the Regular Force in the event of war, invasion or rebellion within its AOP. Assist the Government in Relief and Rescue Operations in the event of Calamities or Disasters. Assist the Government in Socio-economic development and environmental concerns. Assist in the operation & maintenance of essential government and private utilities. Officers of the 101TASG, AFPRESCOM are directly commissioned through AFP Circular Nr. 4 and 6 and may come from any of the following professions: Lawyers and Paralegal Specialists Medical Doctors Nurses Dentists Veterinarians Licensed Teachers Allied Medical and Mass Communication Specialists Licensed Engineers Ordained Chaplains AFP Reserve Command 105th Technical & Administrative Services Group Citations Bibliography

Lake Palourde

Lake Palourde, or Palourde Lake is an 11,520-acre lake in St. Mary Parish, adjacent to Morgan City, Louisiana. Morgan City sits on the southwest side of Lake Palourde. US Route 90 runs along the south side, Louisiana Highway 70 on the west side, Louisiana highway 662 along the southeast side. Avoca Island Cut-off encircles the north and east sides of the lake. Lake Verret and Grassy Lake drain into Lake Palourde via the Avoca Island Cut-off. Flat Lake, once connected to Lake Palourde, was isolated by the Highway 70 levee. Lake Palourde is within three parishes. Assumption Parish covers a small part of the eastern section, from Bayou Cherami to the drainage into Bayou Boeuf, referred to as part of the Avoca Island cutoff. St. Martin Parish covers the northern half down the eastern side bordering Assumption Parish, the two intersect at the southern end with St. Mary Parish just above Bayou Boeuf. St. Mary Parish covers the southwestern half. Bayou Boeuf splits to the east as Bayou Chene, splitting again with Bayou Black.

Lake Palourde was called Lac Palourde by early French settlers, the English translation is "Lake Clam", because of the abundance of clams along the shore. The lake is part of the one-million-acre river swamp of the Atchafalaya Basin. Lake Palourde is home to the Victor Guarisco Lake End Park and the 9.6-acre Brownell Memorial Park & Carillon Tower. The 106-foot tower has 61 bronze bells, cast in the Netherlands, that represents five octaves of range and weight from 18 to 4,730 pounds. In 2010 the body of a man who fell overboard was found but the body of a woman, who fell overboard, was not found. In 2016 a manatee was found in Lake Palourde, uncommon for south Louisiana

Federico Bencovich

Federico Bencovich was a prominent late Baroque painter from Dalmatia working in Italy. He is best known as Federighetto or Dalmatino. In modern Croatia he is known as Federiko Benković, he was born Federico Bencovich somewhere in Venetian Dalmatia. His exact birthplace is unknown, but it could have been either in Almissa, the island of Brazza, Ragusa, or Venice itself, his initial training was in Venice, but Bencovich apprenticed with Carlo Cignani in Bologna, assisting him in 1706 in completing the frescoes of the Assumption of the Virgin on the dome of the Forlì cathedral. His first independent work, Juno on the clouds, was painted in 1705, he appears to have worked in the studio of Giuseppe Maria Crespi. In 1710 Bencovich painted the altarpiece of St. Andrew on the cross surrounded by St. Bartholomew, St. Carolus Borromei, St. Lucia, St. Apollonia for the church of Madonna del Piombo in Bologna transferred to the parish church of Senonches near Chartres in France. By 1715, he came to the service of the Archbishop-Elector of Mainz Lothar Franz von Schönborn and was to complete four large canvas masterpieces for the gallery in the Schloss Weißenstein in the town of Pommersfelden: Apollo and Marcia and Ishmael in the Desert, Iphigenia’s sacrifice and Abraham’s sacrifice of Isaac.

Before his death, he moved to Gorizia, where he, after his death fell into oblivion. His paintings used to be attributed amongst others; the dramatic tortured and lighting of his figures are placed within earthy tenebrist backgrounds, He uses Piazzetta's and Sebastiano Ricci's unfinished and ragged brushstrokes, but superimposes a startling mystical imprint, foreign to the magisterial and olympian Venetian painting, more akin to the Baroque painters from Northern Italy, Alessandro Magnasco and Francesco Cairo. Abraham's Sacrifice of Isaac is the painting that disappeared from the castle of Pommersfelden at the beginning of the 19th century; until that time, the painting was attributed to Piazzetta. Zagreb, Strossmayer Gallery, Sacrifizio d'Isacco, 1720 Forlì, Palazzo Orselli Foschi, Giunone Brescia, Pinacoteca Tosio Martinengo, Madonna in trono con santi Berlin, Staatliche Museen, Madonna e santi, 1730 – 1735 Bologna, Pinacoteca Nazionale, Il beato Pietro Gambacorta, incisione, c. 1728 Borgo San Giacomo, Brescia, Chiesa del Castello: Deposizione, c. 1735 Crema, Church of the Holy Trinity: Estasi di S. Francesco da Paola, 1724 Pommersfelden, Weißenstein Castle and Ishmael in the desert.

1715. Senonches, parish, Crucifixion of St. Andrew and Saints, c. 1725 Stuttgart, Staats-Galerie, Adoration of the Magi, c. 1725 Tomo, parish, Fuga in Egitto, c. 1709 Venice, Church of S. Sebastiano: Il beato Pietro Gambacorta, c. 1726 Venice, Gallerie dell'Accademia, Autoritratto, c. 1735 Venice, Museo Correr, Fuga in Egitto, drawings, c. 1720 Vienna, Albertina: Departing for Egypt, Rest while escaping in Egypt, c. 1745.

A Noiseless Patient Spider

"A Noiseless Patient Spider" is a short poem by Walt Whitman, published in an 1891 edition of Leaves of Grass. It was part of his poem "Whispers of Heavenly Death", written expressly for The Broadway, A London Magazine, issue 10, numbered as stanza "3", it was retitled "A Noiseless Patient Spider" and reprinted as part of a larger cluster in Passage to India. The poem's most prevalent literary technique is imagery; the first, one of the most important, examples occurs in the first line: “A noiseless patient spider.” This visual image brings pictures of a small still spider sitting in its web. The image of the motionless spider as painted in the first three lines of the poem alone and isolated, introduces the idea that the speaker feels alone in the world; the image of the “vacant vast surrounding” hints at the speaker’s possible doubts about the meaning of life. If the spider is the speaker’s soul the surroundings should be the rest of the universe, if the rest of the universe is empty with nothing for the filaments to connect to what is the purpose of “tirelessly speeding them” on?

The parallel image found on line eight and nine, “surrounded, detached, in measureless oceans of space, ceaselessly musing, throwing, seeking the spheres to connect them”, is establishes a connection between the spider's condition and the speaker's. Both the speaker and the spider seem incapable of finding meaning in the universe; however they both keep trying, either out of blindness. It could be that the speaker is unable to come to terms with the idea that there could be nothing else in the universe, “the vacant vast surrounding,” besides himself, is either too optimistic or too incapable of that horrible realization to stop searching for meaning, in the same way that the spider “launches forth filament, filament, out of itself.” The last two lines of the poem can either be interpreted as supporting the idea that the speaker is habitually optimistic or as undermining the idea that the speaker is alone in the universe: “till the bridge you will need be formed, till the ductile anchor hold,/ till the gossamer thread you fling catch somewhere, o my soul.”

Ballooning A Noiseless Patient Spider public domain audiobook at LibriVox Musical setting of "A Noiseless Patient Spider" by Deborah Mason

Lerch Bates

Lerch Bates is an international consulting services company specializing in the design and management of building systems with 36 offices in North America, the Middle East and India. Founded in 1947, focused on elevator consulting, they work with architects, building investors and managers on the design and continuous use of building systems. Specific services offered include: planning and design and evaluation of existing systems and equipment, contracting management, development of specifications, bidding assistance and negotiation, project management and administration and training; some of the buildings and projects that Lerch Bates has contributed to: Burj Khalifa, Dubai Freedom Tower, New York City 201 Bishopsgate, London Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur Taipei 101, Taipei Russia Tower, Moscow Bank of China Tower, Hong Kong Trump International Hotel and Tower, Dubai Signature Tower, Nashville Moscow City Tower, Moscow Marina 101, Dubai Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi Google Headquarters, Mountain View In 1947, Charles W. Lerch started a company performing maintenance and repairs, C. W. Lerch Co, in Chicago.

He added elevator consulting as a side business. In 1964 Charles W. Lerch was joined by Vane Q. Bates and both men working full-time on elevator consulting; the firm moved to its offices to Denver, Colorado that same year and officed downtown in the Patterson Building on 17th Street. The Company has maintained its HQ in and around Denver. In 1974 the company was incorporated as Lerch Bates & Associates and by the 1980s building boom, under the leadership of Quent Bates Lerch Bates had 15 offices in North America. In 1985 Lerch Bates Limited in London was formed and in 1990 it created the first "Performance Related" maintenance contact, which related equipment downtime and traffic performance to maintenance premiums. In 1994 under the direction of Quent Bates and his quest to reward the employees, Lerch Bates became an employee owned company and is now considered one of the best and longest running ESOP's in the US. In 1998 Lerch Bates designed the world's fastest elevators for the world's tallest building, the Taipei Financial Centre / Taipei 101.

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