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Ministry of National Defense (Republic of China)

The Ministry of National Defense of the Republic of China is a cabinet-level agency under the Executive Yuan responsible for all defense and military affairs of Taiwan. The MND is headed by Minister Yen Teh-fa; the MND was established as Ministry of War in 1912 at the creation of the Republic of China. It established a military occupation operation center in Taipei, Formosa in November 1945, following the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers Douglas MacArthur's September 2, 1945 General Order No. 1, for the surrender of Japanese troops and auxiliary forces in Formosa and the Pescadores to Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek. It was changed to the Ministry of National Defense in 1946. Military operation activities in Formosa and the Pescadores were expanded after Japan renounced its title and claim to Formosa and the Pescadores based on the April 28, 1952 Treaty of Peace with Japan; the Law of National Defense and the Organic Law of the ministry were promulgated for implementation on 1 March 2002.

On 8 December 2014, the ministry moved out from its building from the previous one at Boai Building in Zhongzheng District to the current one in Dazhi area at Zhongshan District, where it houses the Air Force Command Headquarters, Navy Command Headquarters and Hengshan Military Command Center. The completion of the building had been delayed for nearly two decades due to the compound original architecture and the bankruptcy of the project's original contractor; the planning for the new building and relocation had been done since 1997. The official ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on 27 December 2014; the headquarters of the military was in eastern Nanjing near Ming Palace. Today it is located in Dazhi area of Zhongshan District in Taipei; the 8-story main building was constructed at a cost of NT$15.8 billion, spreading over 19.5 hectares of area, which houses office buildings and other facilities, such as post office, sports center, conference hall and sport center to accommodate its 3,000 military personnel stationed there.

It includes several annex buildings around. The security features of the building include fingerprint and eye scanners that restrict access to certain areas, sensors that can detect vehicles in the unauthorized areas and that may carry explosives and bollards on the compound to block unauthorized vehicles; the compound has eco-friendly features, such as stone walls and low-emission exterior glass panels. The central air conditioning system is provided by ice storage system to reduce peak load electricity demand; the building has rainwater collecting facilities which can store up to 1,000 tons of water, complete with its waste water treatment and filtering systems. The current annual defense budget for Taiwan is NT$320 billion. Armed Forces Reserve Command Military Police Command Symphonic Band of the Ministry of National Defense Army Command Headquarters Navy Command Headquarters Air Force Command Headquarters Department of Strategic Planning Department of Resources Planning Department of Military Justice Department of Integrated Assessment Office of the Inspector General All-out Defense Mobilization Office National Defense Procurement Office National Defense Technology Division Administration Office Personnel Office Ethics Office Accounting Office Political Warfare Bureau Armaments Bureau Comptroller Bureau Medical Affairs Bureau Office of the Deputy Chief of the General Staff for Personnel Office of the Deputy Chief of the General Staff for Intelligence Office of the Deputy Chief of the General Staff for Operations and Planning Office of the Deputy Chief of the General Staff for Logistics Office of the Deputy Chief of the General Staff for Communications and Information Office of the Deputy Chief of the General Staff for Training Communication Development Office Missile Command of the General Staff 1.

Ministers of War during the Republic of China : Duan Qirui :1912–1915. Ministers of War during the National Government of the Republic of ChinaFeng Yuxiang :1928–1929. Ministers of the Navy during the Republic of ChinaLiu Guanxiong :1912–1916. Ministers of the Navy during the National Government of the Republic of China : Yang Shuzhuang :1929–1932. Chiefs of Staff during the Re

Aajuitsup Tasia

Aajuitsup Tasia is a large lake in central-western Greenland, in the Qeqqata municipality. It is located 12 km northeast of Kangerlussuaq, it is of elongated oval shape, with its western shore at 67°04′45″N 50°30′02″W and its eastern shore at 67°05′35″N 50°16′30″W. Aajuitsup Tasia is an oligotrophic lake of 32 m depth, covering an area of 1,350ha; the 2x10 km lake is separated from the Akuliarusiarsuup Kuua valley and Kangerlussuaq in the south by a low tundra ridge − part of the Kangaamiut dike swarm. To the west lies a sibling Sanningasoq twin lake. To the north-east lies the wide highland of Isunngua; the surface of Aajuitsup Tasia is level with the surface of the neighboring meltwater lake, an outflow of Russell Glacier. The altitude differential produces an outflowing boggy stream flowing from Aajuitsup Tasia to the unnamed meltwater lake, allowing Aajuitsup Tasia to retain its freshwater character despite being directly in the glacier outflow path. Underwater photography in the lake at Tropica Aquarium Plants

Bright City

Bright City is an English Christian worship collective, based out of St Peter's Church in Brighton, United Kingdom. The collective started out in 2015 with the release of their eponymous debut album Bright City, their breakthrough release on the UK Official Christian & Gospel Albums Chart at No. 2. This was followed by their sophomore release, Hello Maker, with both albums being released on their imprint label, Bright City Collective. Hello Maker was No. 6 on the Official Gospel Albums Chart. Integrity Music featured the group on its Still instrumental series, with Bright City Presents: Still, Volume 2 being Bright City's third issue in 2018; the members of the Bright City collective include Paul Nelson Sarah Bird Henry Milne Lydia McAllister Elle Limebear Official website Bright City's channel on YouTube

L'Oreal Hair Zone Mall Tour

The L'Oreal Hair Zone Mall Tour is the debut promotional tour of American recording artist Britney Spears. It took place in multiple malls throughout the United States and was designed to promote her debut album... Baby One More Time; the tour was deemed to be a success. In June 1997, Spears was in talks with manager Lou Pearlman to join female pop group Innosense. Lynne asked family friend and entertainment lawyer Larry Rudolph for his opinion and submitted a tape of Spears singing over a Whitney Houston karaoke song along with some pictures. Rudolph decided to pitch her to record labels, he sent Spears an unused song from Toni Braxton. Spears traveled to New York with the demo and met executives from four labels, returning to Kentwood the same day. Three rejected her, arguing audiences wanted pop bands such as the Backstreet Boys and the Spice Girls, "there wasn't going to be another Madonna, another Debbie Gibson or another Tiffany." Two weeks executives from Jive Records returned calls to Rudolph.

Senior vice president of A&R Jeff Fenster stated, "It's rare to hear someone that age who can deliver emotional content and commercial appeal. For any artist, the motivation—the'eye of the tiger'— is important, and Britney had that. "They appointed her to work with producer Eric Foster White for a month, who shaped her voice from "lower and less poppy" delivery to "distinctively, unmistakably Britney." Spears recorded ten songs with White, including "Autumn Goodbye", "E-Mail My Heart", "From the Bottom of My Broken Heart", "I'm So Curious", "I Will Still Love You", "Luv The Hurt Away", "Soda Pop", "Thinkin' About You", "You Got It All". The singer recorded a cover of Sonny & Cher's 1967 single "The Beat Goes On". White was responsible for the vocal recording and song production, while additional production was done by English electronic music group All Seeing I. After hearing the material, president Clive Calder ordered a full album. Spears flew to Cheiron Studios in Stockholm, where half of the album was recorded from March to April 1998, with producers Max Martin, Denniz Pop and Rami Yacoub, among others.

Martin showed Spears and her management a track titled "Hit Me Baby One More Time", written for American R&B group TLC. Spears claimed that she felt excited when she heard it and knew it was going to be a hit. "We at Jive said,'This is a fuckin' smash'," revealed the label's A&R executive, Steven Lunt. Baby One More Time"; the singer revealed that she "didn't do well at all the first day in the studio, I was just too nervous. So I had some fun; the next day I was relaxed and nailed it. You gotta be relaxed singing'... Baby One More Time'." By June 1998, the album was done, Spears embarked on a promotional tour sponsored by L'Oreal.... Baby One More Time was released as Spears' debut album on January 12, 1999. Spears did small sets in malls and food courts around the United States in larger cities. Spears' set was around 30 minutes, she only had two female dancers with her on the stage, her label, Jive Records, has said that this tour was created to promote Spears' upcoming debut album and prepare for her first major tour.

This tour is known as the Hair Zone Mall Tour, because it was sponsored by L'Oreal. The "shopping mall tour" idea worked well for'80s teen pop star Tiffany. " Crazy" "Sometimes" "Thinkin' About You" "Deep in My Heart" "Born to Make You Happy" "... Baby One More Time"Note This setlist would be used as Spears' opening act set list on the NSYNC In Concert Tour. Works cited Blandford, James R.. Britney. Omnibus Press. ISBN 978-0-7119-9419-5. Hughes, Mark. Buzzmarketing: get people to talk about your stuff. Penguin Group. ISBN 978-1-59184-092-3. Daly, Steven. "Cover Story: Britney Spears: Britney Spears: Rolling Stone". Rolling Stone. ISSN 0035-791X Hughes, Mark. Buzzmarketing: get people to talk about your stuff. Penguin Group. ISBN 978-1-59184-092-3.... Baby One More Time liner notes. Jive Records "Cover Story: Britney Spears". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. April 15, 1999. Archived from the original on May 5, 2008. Retrieved March 5, 2011. Ray W. Keziah. "E! Entertainment Special: Britney Spears". 60 minutes in. E!. Archived from the original on 2012-06-14.

Knopper, Steve. Appetite for self-destruction: the spectacular crash of the record industry in the digital age. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 978-1-4165-5215-4. Staff, Blender. "The 500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born - Blender". Blender. ISSN 1534-0554. Parish, James Robert. Hollywood divas: the good, the bad, the fabulous. Contemporary Books. ISBN 978-0-07-140819-6. Blandford, James R.. Britney. Music Sales Group. ISBN 978-0-7119-9419-5

Let Go, Let Gov

"Let Go, Let Gov" is the first episode in the seventeenth season of the American animated television series South Park. The 238th episode of the series overall, it first aired on Comedy Central in the United States on September 25, 2013; the episode's story satirizes the 2013 mass surveillance disclosures, casts Eric Cartman in an Edward Snowden-like role, in which he infiltrates the NSA in protest of the agency's surveillance of American citizens. Kyle Broflovski grows irritated at Eric Cartman's habit of having indiscreet phone conversations while using the speakerphone function of his phone; when he complains about this to Cartman, Cartman accuses Kyle of invading his privacy, comes to suspect that Kyle is an agent of the National Security Agency, which Cartman believes is tracking the movements of American citizens. When Butters Stotch learns this, he begins worshipping the government. Cartman acquires a new social media device called Shitter, being advertised on TV by Alec Baldwin; the device broadcasts a user's thoughts audibly and sends them directly to the Internet without the use of a phone.

Cartman decides to use this device while infiltrating the NSA in order to broadcast his thoughts to the Internet. Meanwhile, Butters goes to a Colorado Department of Motor Vehicles office and confesses his sins to the person behind the counter, he is subsequently visited by two Jehovah's Witnesses. Butters shares with them the truth about the government and the three of them begin sharing DMV literature with their neighbors. Others begin showing up at the DMV to confess their sins. Cartman goes to the NSA headquarters impersonating a job applicant under the name Bill Clinton; the NSA chief hires him to help monitor emails and phone conversations. Cartman is irritated to learn that he himself does not want to be monitored by the NSA and tries unsuccessfully to convince the chief that Eric Cartman is a threat; the chief explains. When Cartman questions this, the chief reveals the mechanism by which the NSA monitors citizens: they have Santa Claus imprisoned and hooked up to their computers. Cartman reveals his true identity, telling the chief that he will inform the public of the truth.

Cartman is subsequently heartbroken to learn. He is consoled by Butters, who convinces him to join the group at the DMV. Max Nicholson of IGN gave the episode a score of 6.7 out of 10, saying that "the beginning of'Let Go, Let Gov' featured the best jokes from this storyline" and that "as the arc progressed, the episode veered more and more into preachy territory." Marcus Gilmer of The A. V. Club gave "Let Go, Let Gov" a C−, saying that "instead of reaching for some sort of sharp satire, there's a settling for an easy, cheap joke." He adds that the central story-line about the NSA "wanders a bit with stale riffs and a lackadaisical payoff". "Let Go, Let Gov" Full episode at South Park Studios. "Let Go, Let Gov" on IMDb "Let Go, Let Gov" at TV.com

Brittany Apartment Building

The Brittany Apartment Building is a historic apartment building in downtown Cincinnati, United States. A Queen Anne structure constructed in 1885, it is a six-story rectangular structure with a flat roof, built with brick walls and elements of wood and sandstone, it was built by the firm of Thomas Emery's Sons, Cincinnati's leading real estate developers during the 1880s. It is one of four large apartment complexes erected by the Emerys during the 1880s. Both the Lombardy and the Brittany were built in 1885 according to designs by Samuel Hannaford. Among the distinctive elements of the Brittany's architecture are the massive chimneys on each end of the building; the exterior of the building is covered with decorative pieces, such as a comprehensive cornice with boxed pediments, plentiful brick pilasters and corbelling, prominent bay windows. In 1980, the Brittany Apartment Building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, due to its well-preserved historic architecture. Dozens of other properties in Cincinnati, including the Lombardy Apartment Building, were added to the Register at the same time as part of a multiple property submission of buildings designed by Samuel Hannaford.

Eight months the portion of Ninth Street between Vine and Race Streets was added to the Register as the Ninth Street Historic District, the Brittany Apartments were named one of the district's dozens of contributing properties. The building has been redone as housing 15 units of luxury condominiums. Owner's website