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Merseyside Police

Merseyside Police is the territorial police force responsible for policing Merseyside in North West England. The service area is 647 square kilometres with a population of around 1.5 million. As of September 2017 the service has 3,484 police officers, 1,619 police staff, 253 police community support officers, 155 designated officers and 208 special constables. In terms of officer numbers, the force is the 8th largest of the 48 police forces of the United Kingdom. However, in terms of geographic area of responsibility, it is the 3rd smallest of the territorial police forces after the City of London Police and Cleveland Police; the force is led by Chief Constable Andy Cooke. The service came into being in 1974 when Merseyside was created, is a successor to the Liverpool and Bootle Constabulary, along with parts of Cheshire Constabulary and Lancashire Constabulary. A proposal to merge the force with the Cheshire Constabulary to form a strategic police force was made by the Home Secretary on 6 February 2006 but abandoned.

Merseyside maintained in 2018 it could lose 300 officers, reducing the force to 3,172. This would be a 31 % reduction since 2010. 1974 – 1975 - Sir James Haughton 1976 – 1989 - Sir Kenneth Oxford 1989 – 1998 - Sir James Sharples 1998 – 2004 - Sir Norman Bettison 2004 – 2009 - Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe October 2009 – January 2010 - Bernard Lawson February 2010 – June 2016 - Sir Jonathan Murphy from July 2016 - Andy Cooke Since 15 November 2012 the Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner is Jane Kennedy. The police and crime commissioner is scrutinised by the Merseyside Police and Crime Panel, made up of elected councillors from the local authorities in Merseyside. Before November 2012 the Merseyside Police Authority was the police governance. Merseyside Police is divided into five Basic Command Units, one in each of the metropolitan boroughs that make up Merseyside; the BCUs are: Liverpool Sefton Wirral St Helens Knowsley There are many different departments that make up Merseyside Police. These include the Matrix Disruption Team and the Anti-Social Behaviour Taskforce.

Chief Constable, Andy Cooke is concerned about budget cuts. Cooke stated, “The impact of the proposed changes on police officer pensions cannot, should not, be underestimated, it is incumbent on me to ensure that those who will make the final decisions in relation to the pension changes understand the crippling impact these changes will have on policing.”.” The Matrix Disruption Team, led by a Chief Inspector, consists of syndicates made up of Inspectors and Constables. Each syndicate works with other Matrix units to provide the force with a level two response to gun crime, faction based criminality and cash-in-transit robberies, they are the first response to any major large-scale disorder within the Merseyside force area. These officers are trained to deal with a variety of disorder situations, ranging from small protests to large-scale crowd disorder; the Matrix team uses marked yellow Mercedes Sprinter vans with the slogan "Matrix - A force to be reckoned with" on the left of the vehicle.

Public order is one of the main functions of the department and therefore all officers receive the required training and are subjected to rigorous training scenarios. Matrix has a number of baton gun trained specialist officers: ten Constables; the Matrix team have specialist search teams and rope access teams. The team uses a marked Vauxhall Vectra Estate but this does not have any Matrix markings on, just the usual Merseyside livery; the Anti-Social Behaviour Taskforce dealt with people who were alleged to be creating anti-social behaviour. They made raids for drugs and known offenders who were alleged to be lowering the standard of life for the community, they used yellow Mercedes Sprinter police vans with special markings on the side to show that they were used by the ASB Taskforce. They had different numbers on. There was an ASB Taskforce Peugeot Expert van and a 2009 Ford Focus Estate; the unit was known as Axis, but the use of this name was dropped around the end of 2007. It was publicly announced on 9 July 2010 that as a result of budget reductions, this department would be closed and they disbanded in early 2011.

Merseyside Police Mounted Section has a long history. It is the oldest Provincial Mounted section, formed in 1886 as part of Liverpool City Police, it is an integral part of the Operational Support Unit, is based at Greenhill Road, Liverpool. The mounted section is an operational specialist section with a staff of 1 Inspector, 2 Sergeants, 14 Constables, 6 civilian stable hands and 14 horses; the section provides neighbourhoods with an alternative response to reduce the incidents of crime & disorder, using an intelligence-led approach, a tactical option in relation to public order & major incidents, as well as high visibility patrolling at football matches, rugby matches, race meetings and other special events. Each area within the force has its own allocation of dogs and handlers who work alongside the neighbourhood patrol section. There are 70 general purpose dogs in the force area, 16 of these have extended training for deployment alongside colleagues from the firearms department. Merseyside Police, like most forces, rely on the German Shepherd Dog for their general purpose police dog work.

All general purpose work involves the dogs' outstanding sense

Fumiaki Kobayashi (politician)

Fumiaki Kobayashi is a Japanese politician representing Hiroshima 7th district in the House of Representatives, the lower house of the National Diet, for the Liberal Democratic Party. Kobayashi, a graduate of Eisū Gakkan High School in Fukuyama and Sophia University in Chiyoda, entered into the service of telecommunications company NTT DoCoMo after his graduation in 2007, he worked for the company until 2012 when he entered national politics: He succeeded Yōichi Miyazawa as LDP candidate in Hiroshima 7th district for the 2012 general election of the House of Representatives. Miyazawa, the nephew and successor of former LDP president Kiichi Miyazawa, had lost the district in 2009, but ran for the House of Councillors in 2010. In 2012, Kobayashi defeated Democratic incumbent Takashi Wada by a solid margin and won his first term in the House of Representatives, he is a descendant of the late Masao Kobayashi who headed the Fukuyama Chamber of Commerce and Industry for more than 20 years and was a one-term member of the House of Councillors for the Ryokufūkai, elected in 1950 in the 50-member nationwide district.

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Zhang Jingna

Zhang Jingna is a Chinese-Singaporean photographer known as "zemotion." Her works have appeared on multiple editions of Vogue and Harper's Bazaar. She was named on the Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia list 2018. Zhang was born in the suburbs of Beijing to a sporting family, she moved to Singapore at the age of eight. At the age of fourteen, Zhang enrolled in Raffles Girls' School, where she began training in air rifle, she subsequently joined the national team. She was active in the team for six years. Zhang's notable achievements within the sport include breaking a record in the 10m Air Rifle event at the Commonwealth Shooting Championships 2005 in Melbourne, a bronze in the same event at the Commonwealth Games in 2006, she was awarded Sports Girl of the Year 2006 by the Singapore National Olympic Council for her performances. Zhang declined the option to go on to junior college for A Levels and pursued a degree in fashion design at LASALLE College of the Arts, she picked up photography there as a hobby.

Due to her keen interest and achievements with the medium, she left Lasalle and the national team to pursue photography full-time in 2008. Zhang's clientele since include Mercedes Benz, Pond's, Ogilvy & Mather Advertising and Wacom, she produced fashion editorials for magazines such as Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Elle. In fall 2008, Zhang held her first solo exhibition, "Something Beautiful", at The Arts House in Singapore. In 2010, 50 of her works were showcased along Orchard Road during Singapore's fashion festival – Fashion Seasons @ Orchard, it was Singapore's first large scale street exhibition featuring fashion photography. In late 2010, Zhang announced her second gallery exhibition, "Angel Dreams"; the show was held at Japan Creative Centre in Singapore with the support of Embassy of Japan. The event was noted for her photographs of Japanese musician Sugizo. In 2013 she was selected to be part of Vogue Italia's "A Glimpse at Photo Vogue" exhibition at Galleria Carla Sozzani in Milan. Zhang is influenced by people such as Peter Lindbergh, John William Waterhouse, Yoshitaka Amano and Zdzisław Beksiński.

She cites her friend Kuang Hong, a fellow artist, as one of the influences to her early artistic development. In 2013 Zhang started a personal project entitled "Motherland Chronicles". With the project she sought to explore subjects she loved during her childhood, including themes from anime and Japanese fantasy art; the project is intended for publication as an art book in 2014. Zhang photographed Sugizo multiple times in 2009 and 2010, she shot his band Luna Sea's 20th Anniversary World Tour in Tokyo Dome in 2010. Her photographs of Sugizo from the collaborations and concerts are collected in his book Ongaku ni ai sareta otoko: Sono haran no hansei, the cover features an image from their first collaboration in Japan. In 2011 Zhang photographed Korean celebrity Rain for Anchor Beer's campaign in Seoul. Zhang worked with cosplayer Alodia Gosiengfiao, they collaborated on a tribute piece to illustrator Yoshitaka Amano. From 2011–2013, Zhang owned and managed a semi-professional Starcraft 2 team called Infinity Seven.

Formed in February 2011, Infinity Seven members now compete at top level tournaments for major prizes in cash, sponsorships, as well as online glory and attention from the online gaming community. 2018 Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia, Arts 2017 Gold, Portraiture, Px3 Prix de la Photographie, Paris 2015 Recipient, 7th Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers 2013 Young Photographer of the Year, Mobius Awards 2013 Best Beauty/Glamor Photographer, FRAMED Awards, Las Vegas, USA 2012 Honorable Mention in Fine Art: Portraits, Fine Art: Nudes, Advertising: Fashion, International Photography Awards 2011 Photographer of the Year, Elle Awards, Singapore 2009 3rd Place Fine Art: Nudes, International Photography Awards 2009 3rd Place Advertising: Catalogue, International Photography Awards 2008 Overseas Fashion & Press Photographer of the Year, British Professional Photography Awards, Newcastle, UK 2007 Master Photographer of the Year, Singapore Master Photographer Print Competition, Singapore 2006 Sportsgirl of the Year, Singapore Sports Award, Singapore 2017 PURE, Hjo Culture Center, Sweden 2010 Angel Dreams, Japan Creative Center, Singapore, 29 May – 18 June 2010 2010 Fashion Season @ Orchard Street Exhibition, Orchard Road, Singapore, 2 Apr – 9 May 2010 2008 Something Beautiful, The Arts House, Singapore, 12 – 23 Sep 2008 2013 Vogue Italia: "A Glimpse at Photo Vogue", Galleria Carla Sozzani, Milan, 13 June-10 Aug 2013 2012 Harper’s BAZAAR: “Fashion in Focus: Asia Modern”, The Gardens Mall, Kuala Lumpur, 4–25 July 2012 2012 Clé de Peau Beauté “Art de La Radiance” 30th Year Anniversary Celebration Exhibition, Hong Kong, 12 April 2012 2010 Harper's BAZAAR: "Spectacular Sights", ION Orchard, Singapore, 16 Jul – 7 August 2010 2010 Yangon Photo Festival, Alliance Fraicaise, Yangon, 26 Feb – 6 March 2010 Something Beautiful Zhang Jingna Postcard Collection Zhang Jingna official website Zhang Jingna Blog Zhang Jingna Flickr Zhang Jingna's Interview with Beta Pixel

Pacific Junior A Hockey League

The Pacific Junior A Hockey League was a Canadian Junior "A" ice hockey league operating in British Columbia from 1971 until 1979. In 1971, the league was created as a Junior "B" league by Fred Page. Page had deep roots in managing junior hockey leagues, today there are two championship trophies named for him – the Eastern Champion Junior "A" Fred Page Cup and the BCHL Championship trophy. Page's new league began operations in the 1971–72 season as the Pacific Coast Junior Hockey League, restarting a league that had existed in the mid-1960s before ceasing operation in 1967 when the New Westminster Royals and the Victoria Cougars moved to the British Columbia Junior Hockey League. Page was successful in getting the PCJHL promoted to Tier II Junior "A" for the 1973–74 season, adjusted its name to the Pacific Junior A Hockey League. Starting that season, the PJHL champion would compete with the BCJHL champion in the BC Junior "A" Championship, the Mowat Cup, with the winner moving on to what was the precursor to the Doyle Cup.

The PJHL's Nor'Wes Caps won the 1976 Mowat Cup, while the PJHL's Richmond Sockeyes won the 1977 and 1979 Mowat Cups. Page agreed to allow the BCJHL for the 1979 -- 1980 season. In five years of Junior "A" competition, after operating for only two seasons as a Junior "B" league, the PJHL defeated the more established BCJHL in three of five Mowat Cups. In competition against the Alberta Junior Hockey League champion for the Pacific region championship, the PJHL champion went 0 for 3 and never got a chance to compete for the Western Championship Abbott Cup nor the National Championship Centennial Cup. Chilliwack Bruins Coquitlam Comets Kerrisdale Couriers Nor'Wes Caps Richmond Sockeyes Surrey Stampeders Vancouver Jr. Canucks/Canadians Please note: In chart, league champions are bolded. Canadian Junior A Hockey League Royal Bank Cup Memorial Cup Hockey Canada British Columbia Hockey League Kootenay International Junior Hockey League BCHL History

Guardiola platyphylla

Guardiola platyphylla, the Apache plant, is a North American species of plants in the sunflower family, native to Mexico and the southwestern United States. It is found in the southwestern United States. Guardiola platyphylla is subshrub up to 100 cm tall. Leaves are opposite and leathery, up to 7 cm long. One plant will produce several flower heads in a flat-topped array; each head contains 1-5 white ray flowers surrounding 3-20 white disc flowers. Photo of herbarium specimen at Missouri Botanical Garden, collected in Sonora in 2011 Andrew Hodgson, Andy Down Under, Shrubs & Ferns of the Sonoran Desert photos of several species including Guardiola platyphylla

2011 FAM Youth Championship

Statistics of FAM Youth Championship in the 2011 season. In 2011, The Championship was named for the Under-19 players. Maziya Sports & Recreation Club won the championship by beating New Radiant SC by 1-0 in the final. Mohamed Shah scored the only goal for them in the first half. 7 teams participated in the competition, they were divided into two groups. 4 teams for Group A and 3 teams to Group B. New Radiant Sports Club Club Eagles Club All Youth Linkage Victory Sports Club Club Valencia VB Sports Club Maziya Sports & Recreation Club All the awards were given by the Maldivian Football legend Moosa Manik. Ali Haisham Abdul Wahid Mohamed Mohamed Thasmeen Ali Haisham Abdul Basith Ismail Fathih Mohamed Suwaid Maziya S&RC