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The Moselle is a river that flows through France and Germany. It is a left tributary of the Rhine. A small part of Belgium is drained by the Moselle through the Sauer and the Our; the Moselle "twists and turns its way between Trier and Koblenz along one of Germany's most beautiful river valleys." It flows through a region, influenced by mankind since it was first cultivated by the Romans. Today, its hillsides are covered by terraced vineyards where "some of the best Rieslings grow", numerous ruined castles dominate the hilltops above wine villages and towns that line the riverbanks. Traben-Trarbach with its art nouveau architecture and Bernkastel-Kues with its traditional market square are two of the many tourist attractions on the Moselle river; the name Moselle is derived from the Celtic name form, via the Latin Mosella, a diminutive form of Mosa, the Latin description of the Meuse, which used to flow parallel to the Moselle. So the Mosella was the "Little Meuse"; the Moselle is first recorded in Book 4 of his Histories.

The Roman poet Ausonius made it a literary theme as early as the 4th century. In his poem dated 371, called Mosella, published in 483 hexameters, this poet of the Late Antiquity and teacher at the Trier Imperial Court described a journey from Bingen over the Hunsrück hills to the Moselle and following its course to Trier on the road named after him, the Via Ausonius. Ausonius describes flourishing and rich landscapes along the river and in the valley of the Moselle, thanks to the policies of their Roman rulers; the river subsequently gave its name to two French republican départements: Moselle and Meurthe-et-Moselle. The source of the Moselle is at 715 m above sea level on the Col de Bussang on the western slopes of the Ballon d'Alsace in the Vosges. After 544 km it discharges into the Rhine at the Deutsches Eck in Koblenz at a height of 59 m above NHN sea level; the length of the river in France is 314 km, for 39 km it forms the border between Germany and Luxembourg, 208 km is within Germany.

The Moselle flows through west of the Vosges. Further downstream, in Germany, the Moselle valley forms the division between the Eifel and Hunsrück mountain regions; the average flow rate of the Moselle at its mouth is 328 m3/s, making it the second largest tributary of the Rhine by volume after the Aare and bigger than the Main and Neckar. The section of the Moselle from the France–Germany–Luxembourg tripoint near Schengen to its confluence with the Saar near Konz shortly before Trier is in Germany known as the Upper Moselle; the section from Trier to Pünderich is the Middle Moselle, the section between Pünderich and its mouth in Koblenz as the Lower Moselle or Terraced Moselle. Characteristic of the Middle and Lower Moselle are its wide meanders cut into the highlands of the Rhenish Massif, the most striking of, the Cochemer Krampen between Bremm and Cochem. Typical are its vineyard terraces. From the tripoint the Moselle marks the entire Saarland–Luxembourg border; the catchment area of the Moselle is 28,286 km2 in area.

The French part covers about 54 percent of the entire catchment. The German state of Rhineland-Palatinate has 6,980 km2, the Saarland 2,569 km2, Luxembourg 2,521 km2, Wallonia in Belgium 767 km2 and North Rhine-Westphalia, 88 km2; the three largest tributaries of the Moselle are, in order, the Saar and the Sauer. The Meurthe was the old upper course of the Moselle, until the latter captured the former upper reaches of the Meuse and took it over. However, the Meuse only delivered a little more water than the Meurthe at its confluence; the Saar is the biggest of all the tributaries as well as the longest. The Sauer is the largest left-hand tributary and drains the region on either side of the German-Luxembourg border; the largest tributary relative to the Moselle at its confluence is the Moselotte, about 40% greater by volumetric flow and thus represents the main branch of the Moselle system. At its mouth, the Moselle delivers 328 m3/s of water into the Rhine after flowing for 544 km. From the left Madon, Esch, Rupt de Mad, Fensch, Syre, Kyll, Lieser, Endert, Elz.

From the right Moselotte, Meurthe, Saar, Olewiger Bach, Ruwer, Feller Bach, Ahringsbach, Kautenbach, Lützbach, Altlayer Bach, Ehrbach. Towns along the Moselle are: in France: Épinal, Pont-à-Mousson and Thionville in Luxembourg: Schengen, Remich and Wasserbillig in Germany: Konz, Schweich, Bernkastel-Kues, Traben-Trarbach, Zell and Koblenz From Trier downstream the Moselle separates the two Central Upland ranges of the Eifel and the Hunsrück; the Vosges, the present source region of the Moselle, were formed about 50 million years ago. In the Miocene and Pliocene epochs the ancient Moselle was a tributary of the ancient Rhine. When, in the Quaternary period, the Rhenish Massif rose, the meanders of the Moselle were formed between the Trier Valley and the Neuwied Basin; the highest navigable water level is 6.95 m and normal level is 2.00 m at the Trier Gauge. High water: 11.28 m, Trier Gauge on 21 December 1993 10

Wild Waves Theme Park

Wild Waves Theme & Water Park is an amusement park and water park in Federal Way, Washington. Opened in 1977 as The Enchanted Village, the park is a popular summer destination in the Pacific Northwest and it is Washington state's only water and amusement park; the park's name was reverted to Wild Waves Water Park and Enchanted Village Amusement Park in April 2016, once again changed to Wild Waves Theme and Water Park in November 2016, as a result of the park's acquisition by EPR Properties. The Enchanted Village theme park was first opened in 1977 by Byron Betts; the initial 12-acre park site held only a half-dozen rides. In 1984, Wild Waves Waterpark was built adjacent to Enchanted Village. In 1991, co-owners Michael Moodenbaugh and Jeff Stock paid $8 million for Enchanted Parks. In 1993, Moodenbaugh traded his share of Enchanted Parks, Inc. for shares in their jointly owned amusement park in Amherstburg, Canada called Boblo Island Amusement Park, Inc. In 1993, Jeff Stock purchased several rides from Boblo Island.

Stock sold his shares of Enchanted Parks, Inc. in late 2000 to Six Flags for $19.3 million. In 1997, the park purchased the Loop Corkscrew roller coaster from the defunct Rocky Point Amusement Park in Warwick, Rhode Island and renamed the ride the Wild Thing. In 2000, the park had grown to over 70 acres, with more than 20 rides, was the Northwest's largest waterpark. In 2002 and 2003, major expansion took place, with the addition of several new attractions, many manufactured by Zamperla and S&S Power. In 2002 1000 seasonal workers were employed for positions as rides operators and food service workers. Many of these seasonal workers are students of local high schools; the park's name was reverted to Enchanted Village and Wild Waves Water Park for the 2016 season to once again split the park into two separate parks instead of one. In April 2007, Six Flags sold the park to Orlando-based real estate investment trust CNL Income Properties, which leased the park to PARC Management. In January 2010, PARC Management had defaulted on its lease with CNL for Wild Waves and a majority of its other parks.

Wild Waves was placed under the new management of Norpoint Entertainment. Stock implemented many changes to the park in 2011 including a new water ride for that season. With the CNL Income Properties acquisition, the park was named Wild Waves Water Park. Other parks owned by CNL included Darien Lake Theme Park Resort, Elitch Gardens, Frontier City, SplashTown Waterpark, White Water Bay, Waterworld California, all of which were bought in a $312 million purchase from Six Flags. In November 2016, Wild Waves and the other CNL properties were sold to EPR Properties, based in Kansas City, Missouri; the total price of all the properties was $456 million, although there was no specific price disclosed for Wild Waves. The parks were placed under the management of Premier Parks, LLC. On August 20, 2016, a 33-year-old man died in the Activity Pool due to drowning. A police report noted multiple missed chances to attempt a rescue. According to the report, children reported a body at the bottom of the pool to a lifeguard, who "believed that they were pranking him and did not think anything of it."

In a statement released by police, Wild Waves said they reviewed the accident, their safety protocols, the actions taken by staff. Konga Slides Konga River Wave Pool Hooks Lagoon Activity Pool Zooma Falls Raging River Ride Riptide Warming Tubs Mountain Dew Slide Complex Ring of Fire Disk'o Flashback I-5 Sky Dive Timber Axe Lumberjack Falls Soarin' Eagle Zip Line Brain Drain The Gambler Dodgem's Bumper Cars Pirate Ship The Paratrooper 1906 Antique Carousel The Hang Glider Ferris Wheel The Scrambler Kang-A-Bounce Downhill Tubin' by Stevens Pass Shark Frenzy Enchanted Railway Red Baron Space Racer Frog Hopper Kiddie Boats Kiddie Combo Safari Jeeps Wagon Train Coastal Clipper Cabana rentals Locker rentals Tube rentals Lost and found First aid ATM Wild Waves Official Website Wild Waves & Enchanted Village on Ultimate Rollercoaster Wild Waves section of Wild Waves Theme Park at the Roller Coaster DataBase

Strip (Koda Kumi song)

Strip is the sixty-ninth single by Japanese singer-songwriter Koda Kumi. It became her seventh of nine planned singles for the year 2019, with the priors being Eh Yo, Summer Time, Do Me, Goldfinger 2019, Put Your Hands Up!!! and OMG. It was released on October 2019 as a digital download. Strip is the seventh of nine planned singles during the year 2019 from Japanese singer-songwriter Koda Kumi, it was released on October 16, 2019, less than a month after her previous single, OMG, released on September 18. It was released for a limited time as a digital download. Due to having no physical release, the song did not chart on the Oricon charts, it was distributed among several platforms, including RecoChoku, iTunes, mu-mo and Amazon Music."Strip" was written and composed by DWB and Katerina Bramley. Katerina Bramley worked with Kumi for her song "Ex Tape", released on her 2015 album Summer of Love. Bramley has worked with other artists under the avex label, including South Korean group TVXQ and The Second from Exile.

As with her singles Eh Yo, Summer Time, Do Me, Goldfinger 2019, Put Your Hands Up!!! and OMG, the single's cover art was inspired by her 2019 concert tour Live Tour 2019 ~re~, which holds a dual concept from her Black Cherry and Japonesque concert tours. To help promote the album, a short version of a music video for "Strip" was uploaded to avex's official YouTube on October 15, 2019."Strip" featured Koda Kumi in the stylized kimono she wore during promoting and the tour for Live Tour 2019 re, which carried a dual concept from her Black Cherry and Japonesque studio albums. Other scenes included her in a glass box, donning a dress similar to the one she wore during her introductory performance for Live Tour 2007 ~Black Cherry~. Koda Kumi Official

Soon Yu

Soon Yu is an international Asian-American speaker and an adjunct professor at The New School's Parsons School of Design. Yu is an expert in innovation and design and is the author of the book,'Iconic Advantage', he has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Entrepreneur Magazine, New York Times, is a Forbes contributor. Yu was born in Taiwan and moved to Davis, California, at age 3, where his father was an agricultural geneticist. Soon received his BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Davis in 1988 and his MBA from Stanford University in 1993. Soon has served as the global VP of innovation and as a corporate officer for VF Corporation from 2010 to 2016. Prior to working at VF Corporation, he has worked at The Clorox Company as brand manager, customer marketing group manager, general manager. Other positions held were CEO and founder of, general manager at Chiquita Brands International, chief marketing advisor at SafeWeb. In 1997, Yu left his management position at Clorox to pursue a sales associate position at Crate & Barrel, taking an 85% pay cut and earring $5/hour to gain retail experience.

In 1998, Yu founded Gazoontite, a multi-channel e-tailer offering products and information to “help people breathe happier and healthier”. The launch included a comprehensive e-commerce site, a mail-order catalog, several retail stores; the now forgotten retail establishment was one of the first retail/eCommerce companies to promote and build an entire model around the multi-channel shopping environment. Two years after its launch, Gazoontite was known as the “poster child of Web-era excess and stupidity”, however, in the process Yu set the tone for what is now referred to as omni-channel retailing, he has received the Webby Award, Favorite Website Award, Dope Award and Northern California finalist for the Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” award. His book, Iconic Advantage, won the 2019 Axiom Business Book Award in Advertising / Marketing / PR / Event Planning. Books Soon Yu, Dave Birss. Iconic Advantage: Don't innovate the old. Savio Republic. ISBN 978-1682615409Articles Soon Yu. KISS Your NPS Good-Bye.

Forbes. Soon Yu. Lessons from An American Icon. CMO Council Marketing Magnified. Soon Yu. Does The Company Stink From The Top? Forbes. Soon Yu. A Masterclass In Iconicity. Forbes. Soon Yu. The Inauthentics -- Ignoring The Value of Values. Forbes. Soon Yu. Unleash Innovation: Speak Softly and Carry a Sledgehammer. CMO Council's PeerSphere. Soon Yu, Dave Birss. 5 Reasons Why A Gym Is Better Than An Office. CMO Council Marketing Magnified. Soon Yu. Who Really Owns Your Brand? Chief Executive. Soon Yu. Start-ups take note: Iconic brands bank on compelling story-telling in their quest for glory. First Post. Soon Yu. Keep Your Sole Forever Young. Bulldog Drummond. Soon Yu.'Don't Chase the New, Innovate the Old': Four Lessons From Nike. Marketing Profs.

Tony Mason (co-driver)

Tony Mason is a British former rally co-driver and television presenter. In 1972, he navigated Roger Clark to victory in the RAC Rally and the team finished second in the event twice in 1974 and 1975, the only British crew to do so in a period spanning 35 years, he has competed as a driver himself, was co-driver for Finnish driver Hannu Mikkola with whom he competed for Ford in a recent Classic Rally in New Zealand. Following his retirement from rallying, he became a presenter on the BBC Two motoring programme Top Gear between 1986 and 2000, where he commented on motorsport, as well as presenting general interest items about items such as fire engines, Leyland buses, vintage Rolls-Royces and high-performance Jaguars through to Eddie Stobart trucks and Volvo's £15 million concept bus - the most expensive vehicle that he, or anyone else on Top Gear, has driven. A memorable report was when Mason teamed up again with Roger Clark to test an exact replica of his Ford Escort RS1600 on the programme at full speed through a forest.

He was regularly seen on Top Gear Motorsport where his co presenters gave him the nickname "Perry". and the BBC's coverage of the World Rally Championship the RAC Rally, as well as coverage of the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Mason is appearing in two ten-part series on the Sky Discovery Channel entitled Off the Road and Classic Car Club. Mason has written four books and writes articles for newspapers and magazines, such as the Daily Telegraph and the Daily Express, he is seen as both a compere and after-dinner speaker. Mason ran a company, known as Tony Mason, selling car accessories to the trade for resale to the general public; the company's most notable products were door guards, which, at one time, were big business and two companies were selling them. Interview

Henley Royal Regatta

Henley Royal Regatta is a rowing event held annually on the River Thames by the town of Henley-on-Thames, England. It was established on 26 March 1839, it differs from the three other regattas rowed over the same course, Henley Women's Regatta, Henley Masters Regatta and Henley Town and Visitors' Regatta, each of, an separate event. The regatta lasts for five days ending on the first weekend in July. Races are head-to-head knock out competitions, raced over a course of 1 mile 550 yards; the regatta attracts international crews to race. The most prestigious event at the regatta is the Grand Challenge Cup for Men's Eights, awarded since the regatta was first staged; as the regatta pre-dates any national or international rowing organisation, it has its own rules and organisation, although it is recognised by both British Rowing and FISA. The regatta is organised by a self-electing body of Stewards, who are former rowers themselves. Pierre de Coubertin modelled elements of the organisation of the International Olympic Committee on the Henley Stewards.

The regatta is regarded as part of the English social season. As with other events in the season, certain enclosures at the regatta have strict dress codes; the Stewards’ Enclosure has a strict dress code of lounge suits for men. Entries for the regatta close at 6:00 pm sixteen days before the Regatta. In order to encourage a high quality of racing, create a manageable race timetable and to ensure that most crews race only once a day, each event has a limited number of places. Qualifying races are held on the Friday before the regatta; the regatta's Committee of Management decides at its absolute discretion which crews are obliged to qualify. The qualifying races take the form of a timed processional race up the regatta course, with the fastest crews qualifying. Times are released for non-qualifying crews only; this does not stop an enthusiastic band of unofficial timers with synchronised watches working out how fast their first round opposition might be. If it is apparent that there are a number of outstanding crews in an event, they may be'selected' by the Stewards, to prevent them from meeting too early in the competition.

The regatta insists that selection is not the same as seeding, the main difference being that there is no'rank order' as is the case in, for example, a tennis tournament. The draw is a public event that takes place in the Henley town hall at 3 pm on the Saturday before the regatta. For each event the names of all selected crews are placed on pieces of paper which are drawn at random from the Grand Challenge Cup; these crews are placed on pre-determined positions on the draw chart, as far apart as possible. The remaining qualifying crews are drawn from the cup, filling in from the top of the draw chart downwards, until all places have been filled; each event in the regatta takes the form of a knockout competition, with each race consisting of two crews racing side by side up the Henley course. The course is marked out by two lines of booms, which are placed along the river to form a straight course 2,112 metres long; the course is wide enough to allow two crews to race down with a few metres between them.

As such it is not uncommon for inexperienced steersmen or coxswains to crash into the booms costing their crew the race. The race begins at the downstream end of Temple Island, where the crews attach to a pair of pontoons; the race umpire will call out the names of the two crews and start them when they are both straight and ready. Each crew is assigned to row on either the'Bucks' or'Berks' side of the race course; the coxswains or steersmen are expected to keep their crew on the allocated side of the course at all times during the race, else they risk disqualification. The only exception is when a crew leads by a sizeable margin and is not deemed by the umpire to be impeding the trailing crew. There are several progress markers along the course. Intermediate times are recorded at two of them – "the Barrier" and "Fawley", in addition to the time to the finish; the regatta has official commentary, announced at these points along the course. The commentary is renowned for being unemotional and factual, with the commentator only allowed to announce the rate of striking, which crew is leading, the distance between the crews, the progress marker which the crews are passing.

Henley Royal Regatta has always been raced over a distance of ‘about one mile and 550 yards’ from Temple Island upstream towards Henley Bridge. However, four distinct courses have been used over the regatta's history, with smaller changes being made incrementally. Changes to the course have all been aimed at improving the prospects for safe racing; this ran from a point just upstream of Temple Island. At the first regatta in 1839, the finish line was Henley Bridge itself, but it was quickly realised that this had inherent problems. From 1840 onward the finish was moved downstream slightly. A grandstand was erected for their guests outside the Red Lion. Other spectators could watch from the adjacent roadway while those with carriages surveyed the scene from a vantage p