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Midland, North Carolina

Midland is a town in southern Cabarrus County in the U. S. state of North Carolina. Located in the Charlotte region of North Carolina, Midland is a 30-minute commute to uptown Charlotte; the name of the town is derived from its location halfway between Charlotte and Oakboro on the railroad line. The population was 3,073 at the 2010 census. Visitors and new residents to the area are surprised to learn the local pronunciation of the town's name. In local parlance, "Midland" is pronounced as a spondee, with nearly equal verbal emphasis on both first and last syllables. Other Midlands around the country, including those in Texas and Michigan, are pronounced with emphasis on the first syllable. While Midlanders may refer to "MID-lind," Texas, they themselves live in "MID-LAND," North Carolina; the U. S. Postal Service has maintained a post office in Midland for many years, rural mail routes extend from Midland into portions of four counties. Midland began as a railroad town about 1913 with the arrival of rail service via the North Carolina Railroad.

The town is now incorporated, as of 2000. Prior to Midland's becoming a railroad village, a community named Garmon existed in the area around the Garmon Mill begun by Michael Garmon in the late-1700s, Garmon appears on an 1864 map of North Carolina. Another community located to the west, Cabarrus Station predated Midland as a railroad stop, has been incorporated into the town of Midland; the economy of Midland was agricultural with some textile-related manufacturing jobs. With the growth of Charlotte to the west, farming has played a decreasing role in the economic life of the town. Midland has become a bedroom community for those commuting to work in nearby Charlotte and Concord. For many years, there were few "outsiders" moving to Midland, but over the past two decades, many people with no familial roots in the area have settled there. New residents are attracted to the area for its lower taxes, less expensive housing and real estate prices, a more rural flavor than that, to be found in Charlotte or the surrounding larger communities.

The Reed Gold Mine, site of the first discovery of gold in the United States, is located east of the town. The Reed Gold Mine is open to the public. Visitors to the mine can tour a museum with extensive information and displays on North Carolina gold mining, can walk through several hundred feet of mine tunnels; the area was an important gold mining center in the 19th century. The Bethel Church Arbor, John Bunyan Green Farm, Robert Harvey Morrison Farm and Pioneer Mills Gold Mine are listed on the National Register of Historic Places; the climate in Midland is temperate, with hot summers. Thunderstorms are frequent in warmer weather. Severe weather occurs and a few tornadoes have been recorded in Midland and its vicinity. Snow accumulations occur on occasion in the winter, anywhere from zero to three significant accumulations of snow might reasonably be expected in an average winter. Accumulating snows melt away between snow events, there is no consistent snowpack in winter. Pleasantly warm daytime temperatures may be experienced into November.

Rainfall averages 40–45 inches per year. The town sits 500–550 feet above sea level; the land is rolling with no high points. The most common soil type is a red clay; the area is drained by the Rocky River, small and shallow. Trees are abundant. There are no significant lakes in the town. Coordinates for Midland are 35°13′38″N 80°30′03″W; the town is located 249 miles northeast of Atlanta, 526 miles southwest of New York City, 614 miles southeast of Chicago, 650 miles north of Miami. From Midland, it is 3,792 miles to the North Pole. US Highway 601 and NC 24/27 are the major highways. There are two traffic signals in the town - one at the intersection of Highway 601 and State Road 24/27, north of Midland proper and was once known locally as "Hell's Half Acre", the other at the intersection of State Road 24/27 and Bethel Church Road. Via US 601 it is 15 miles north to Concord and 18 miles south to Monroe, while NC 24/27 leads east 19 miles to Albemarle and west 21 miles to the center of Charlotte. Midland has a small downtown area along Kingsbury Drive.

There are four buildings along the road in the area as well as a crosswalk. During the past two decades, Midland has become an industrial manufacturing hub within the Charlotte region. Corning operates a large-scale fiber-optic cable manufacturing plant in Midland that underwent a $50M expansion in 2012. Intertape Polymer Group announced in 2016 that they would build a $49M advanced manufacturing plant for the e-commerce sector north of the Corning plant. Transportation to Midland is limited to automobile traffic; the town is no longer served by passenger rail service, there is no public general aviation airport within 15–20 miles. Commercial flights to the area are handled through the airport at Charlotte one hour's drive to the west. Charlotte Douglas International Airport has several hundred passenger flights per day with nonstop service to many locations in North America as well as service to Europe and the Caribbean basin; some air passengers use the new Concord Regional Airport, which has limited passenger air service, the Piedmont Triad airport at Greensboro, or at Raleigh/Durham

Alexei Kitaev

Alexei Kitaev is a Russian–American professor of physics at the California Institute of Technology and permanent member of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics. He is best known for introducing the quantum phase estimation algorithm and the concept of the topological quantum computer while working at the Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics. For this work, he was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 2008, he is known for introducing the complexity class QMA and showing the 2-local Hamiltonian problem is QMA-complete, the most complete result for k-local Hamiltonians. Kitaev is known for contributions to research on a model relevant to researchers of the AdS/CFT correspondence started by Sachdev and Ye. Kitaev was educated in Russia, receiving an M. Sc from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, a Ph. D from the Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics, he served as a researcher at Microsoft Research, a research associate at the Landau Institute and a professor at Caltech. In 2008 Kitaev was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship.

In July 2012, he was an inaugural awardee of the Fundamental Physics Prize, the creation of physicist and internet entrepreneur, Yuri Milner. In 2015, he was jointly awarded the 2015 Dirac Medal by ICTP. In 2017, he was, together with Xiao-Gang Wen, the winner of the Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Prize. Http://www.macfound.org/fellows/802/

Slide (baseball)

In baseball, a slide is the action of a player, acting as a baserunner, who drops his body to the ground once he is close to the base he is approaching and slides along the ground to reach the base. Sliding is considered to be an essential component of baserunning in both youth and professional baseball, though not for the same reason. A baserunner may slide into a base in a number of different ways and for a number of perceived reasons, including to avoid a tag out, to avoid overrunning the base, to interfere or avoid contact with the defensive player protecting the base. Players determine whether they will benefit by sliding in a particular game situation, whether an increased risk of injury will make a slide worthwhile. There are many different ways to slide, involving different ways of attempting to avoid the tag, reaching to touch the base, or trying to contact or avoid collision with the defensive player. Since the defense expects a slide, sometimes a baserunner trying to avoid being tagged out will not slide directly towards the base, but rather to a side away from where the ball is coming, reach back to touch the base.

Players slide feet-first but sometimes use a head-first technique. Speaking, going headfirst into a base constitutes more of a dive than a slide, but the term "slide" is still used; this alternate method has been used in Major League Baseball at least since the middle-1880s when the innovation was popularized by the St. Louis Browns of the American Association, yet in the majors, it remained uncommon until it became popularized by Pete Rose in the 1960s. Headfirst sliding has since become a common practice for various players on all levels of professional baseball, but it is restricted on the amateur level. On plays in which the baserunner may be tagged out by the opposing defensive player covering the base, the baserunner's body being down on the ground presents the lowest-profile target for the defensive player to tag; this makes it more difficult for the defensive player to apply the tag in time to put out the baserunner. In most cases, it is important that a baserunner's momentum from running is not so great at the time of reaching the base that it would cause the baserunner subsequently to overrun the base, placing him in jeopardy of being tagged out once contact with the base is lost.

This need to reduce the momentum from running is directly at odds with the need to reach the base as as possible in the first place. Sliding addresses this problem by providing, through the body's friction with the ground, the most rapid means of slowing a baserunner's momentum. This, in turn, allows the baserunner to remain at top speed for as long as possible before needing to initiate slowing. Sliding can sometimes be used as a means of interfering with the play of the opposing defensive player, covering the base being approached. For example, when it is possible that a double play might occur, the baserunner approaching second base has been put out, he might still try to slide toward the defensive player who intends to throw the ball to first base. If the defensive player moves away from second base as he prepares to throw the ball toward first, the baserunner may still slide directly toward the defensive player though that means sliding away from second base itself; this has the effect of hampering that defensive player's ability to complete the play, either directly by making physical contact with him, or indirectly by distracting him by making him fearful of such contact.

A slide performed for the purpose of hampering the play of the defense is called a "take-out slide". Whether a particular instance of a take-out slide is legal within the rules of baseball is a judgement call made by the umpire based upon how close the baserunner comes to the base they are approaching during the slide. If a baserunner strays too far from the base when attempting a take-out slide, the umpire may declare the slide to be an example of illegal interference and call an extra out; as a general guideline if the baserunner slides toward the defensive player and away from the base, so long as the baserunner comes close enough to the base that he is able to touch it with some part of his body during the slide, the slide will be ruled to be legal. On the flip side, the fielder will be granted the neighborhood play under such circumstances. For younger players, proper sliding technique has been shown to protect the runner and fielder from colliding and can prevent the runner from being hit by an errant throw.

For this reason, most youth baseball leagues now advise teaching proper sliding technique at a young age and urge kids to slide feet-first into any base whenever there is a close play. This concept is somewhat more controversial in adult amateur baseball/softball leagues since the risk of injury from sliding increases with age; the television series MythBusters tested participants' baserunning speed with and without sliding, found that in cases where the runner needs to stop on the base, sliding into that base instead of staying upright provided a split second of advantage, suggesting the more rapid deceleration as the key. However, when removing the need to stop, the general belief within baseball circles is that remaining upright and running all the way to the base at top speed allows a baserunner to reach the base faster than sliding. On plays during which neither being tagged out nor being put in jeopardy by overrunning the base is at issue, players are advised not to slide. Nonetheless, this convention

Space Ghost's Surf & Turf

Space Ghost's Surf & Turf is the second of two commercially available Cartoon Planet soundtrack albums, the first being Space Ghost's Musical Bar-B-Que. Featuring songs and skits by Space Ghost and his former arch enemies Zorak and Brak. Brak's Hawaiian Vacation Something That Rhymes With Bones Italian Lesson No. 3 Mashed Potatoes It's Not Easy Being Evil Corned Beef Scat Sandwich Metalhead A Nugget of Joy from Zorak: From a Baby... Baloney Sandwich Zorak's Horrorscopes: Libra Cranberry Blues Space Ghost's "Something to Think About": Change Fight the Power Bands Italian Lesson No. 4 Nasty Brak's School Daze: Yearbook Zorak's Blues Coffee Bad Bug Pokin' Around A Nugget of Joy from Zorak: Devoured Highway 40 Revisited Bay Gulls Darling Brak's Comedy Gold #3 Rock My Baby Cartoon Planet Storybook: Little Helping Hands Darling Stain Zorak's Horrorscopes: Scorpio Front Door/Backside Brak Can't Stop Laughing Sitnam Brak's School Daze: Toothbrush Moo Kaluka

Azerbaijan–Poland relations

Azerbaijani–Polish relations are foreign relations between Azerbaijan and Poland. The embassy of Poland opened in Azerbaijan on August 23, 2001, the Azerbaijani Embassy in Poland on August 30, 2004. Both countries are full members of the Council of Europe and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. Diplomatic relations dates back to the 15th century when the ruler of Aq Qoyunlu Uzun Hassan established diplomatic relations with Jogaila. At present over a thousand of self-identified Poles in Azerbaijan. Polish Ledinski and Azerbaijani Alimardan Topchubashov founded a special group together in the Duma to struggle for the autonomy of Poland and Azerbaijan; when Mammed Amin Rasulzade founded Azerbaijan Democratic Republic in 1918, the first secular and democratic republic in the Muslim world, the first chief of staff of the national army became Polish general Maciej Sulkiewicz. It is notable that Rasulzade went to Poland in 1938 and he met his second wife Wanda, a niece of Polish statesman Józef Piłsudski.

During the Katyn massacre, Hamid Mahammadzadeh, an ethnic Azeri member of the Polish Officer Corps, was among 22,000 Polish nationals shot down by the NKVD, the Soviet secret police, in 1940. Poland recognized Azerbaijan's independence on December 27, 1991. Though intensive diplomatic contacts developed only few years when Heydar Aliyev visited Poland in August 1997 and Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski visited to Azerbaijan in October 1999. Poland backed Azerbaijan for membership in both the Council of Europe and the World Trade Organization and declared its interest in participating in various energy projects. Poland supports Azerbaijan's bid to join the European Union and NATO. and through the Nagarno-Karabakh War against to Armenia, Poland supported to Azerbaijan although it is sporadic due to recognition of Armenian Genocide by Poland in which Azerbaijan protested against. Poland is able to have a friendly relations with Armenia, but close relations with Azerbaijan and Polish Government's recent decision for its citizens to ask permission from Azerbaijan before visiting the Nagorno-Karabakh region resulted in the Polish government's decision being described as "anti-Armenian" by Armenian nationalist groups and youth organizations.

Poland's president Lech Kaczynski visited Azerbaijan in 2007, on February 26, 2008 President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev paid a visit to Poland. A joint statement of both was signed during the visit; the statement noted that Poland supports the peaceful settlement of the conflict in the frames of sovereignty, territorial integrity and inviolability of borders, in the framework of the Charter of the United Nations. Kaczynski was decorated with Order of Heydar Aliyev for his special services in the development of the relations at his fifth visit. In 2008, for the first time in the history of its economic relations Azerbaijan gained trade surplus, turnover of goods between the two countries reached $166.9 million. "Sarmatiya" company has been established to prepare technical details of Baku-Odessa-Brody-Płock-Gdańsk pipeline which seemed to be a legend for many years. It shows the increasing role of Azerbaijan in ensuring energy security of Poland. In the middle of the 19th century the Azerbaijani heroic epos Koroghlu was translated by Aleksander Chodźko and published in English and French.

Warsaw remains. He wrote a whole number of his famous "Asrar al-Malakut" in Warsaw. Ismayil Gutgashinli's "Rashid bey and Saadat khanum", notable for being the first Azerbaijani realistic prose, was published first in Poland in 1835. Józef Gosławski and Józef Plośko are notable for being the architects of a number of buildings in Azerbaijan. Ismailiyya Palace and present day Baku Puppet Theatre are among them. Polish Security Printing Works supported Chopin Year 2010 and Milosz Year 2011 in Azerbaijan; the Center for Polish Language and Culture at the Baku Slavic University was opened on November 9, 2006. Polish engineer Pavel Pototsky presented the first project of oil extraction in the Caspian shelf and ensured its fulfillment. Azerbaijan has an embassy in Warsaw. Poland has an embassy in Baku. Church of the Immaculate Conception, Baku The Spring to Come Ziya Bunyadov Tadeusz Swietochowski Embassy of Azerbaijan in Poland Embassy of Poland in Azerbaijan

Prison of Desire

Prison of Desire is the debut album by Dutch symphonic metal band After Forever. It was released in 2000 in Europe; the album contains the first three installments of "The Embrace That Smothers" collection of songs by Mark Jansen. This collection of songs deals with the influence and distortion of religion in human society, a theme which continues in the Epica albums The Phantom Agony and The Divine Conspiracy; the final track, "Beyond Me", features a guest appearance of Sharon den Adel, lead singer in Within Temptation. The album was re-released in June 2008 as a 2-disc set by the re-financed Transmission Records. Sander Gommans has urged fans not to buy this re-release through the band's official forum. All music is composed by Sander Gommans, Floor Jansen, except "Mea Culpa" by M. Jansen. Band membersFloor Jansen – soprano Mark Jansen – guitar, grunts Sander Gommans – guitar, grunts Jack Driessenkeyboards Luuk van Gerven – bass guitar Joep Beckers – drumsAdditional musiciansSharon den Adel - vocals on "Beyond Me" Hans Cassa, Caspar de Jonge, Yvonne Rooda, Melissa't Hart - choirProductionHans Pieters, Dennis Leidelmeijer - producers, engineers Oscar Holleman - choir producer and engineer, mixing Hans van Vuuren - executive producer and research Peter van't Riet - mastering