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Miyajima Boat Race Jō Station

Miyajima Boat Race Jō Station is a Hiroden temporary station on the Hiroden Miyajima Line, located in Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima. It is used only during the speedboat race at Miyajima Speedboat Racing Stadium. From the station, there is one Hiroden Streetcar route. Hiroshima Station - Hiroden-miyajima-guchi Route █ Miyajima Line Hiroden-ajina — Kyōteijō-mae — Hiroden-miyajima-guchi Miyajima Speedboat Racing Stadium Opened as Kyōteijō-mae in 1954. Renamed to Miyajima Boat Race Jō on April 1, 2019. Hiroden Streetcar Lines and Routes

Rory Dames

Rory Dames is an American soccer manager and head coach of the Chicago Red Stars. Dames was raised in Chicago, Illinois, he played soccer at St. Viator High School in the suburb of Arlington Heights, where he graduated in 1991, he played for the men's soccer team. Dames played professionally for the Rockford Raptors. Dames began reaching the WPSL finals and losing in overtime, he has been the Director of Coaching for Chicago Eclipse Select since 1996. As of 2020 he remains the head manager of Chicago Red Stars. For four consecutive years, 2015 to 2018, Dames coached the Red Stars to National Women's Soccer League postseason playoffs, losing in the semi-finals on each occasion.. In 2019, Dames and the Red Stars defeated the Portland Thorns 1-0 to advance to the NWSL Championship for the first time in team history. All competitive games in various leagues and playoffs are included; as of September 18, 2018 Chicago Red StarsRunner-up Women's Premier Soccer League: 2011 Chicago Red Stars coach profile Rory Dames on Twitter

A Decent Ride

A Decent Ride is a 2015 novel by Irvine Welsh. Welsh returns to his character Terry Lawson, first introduced in Glue, this book taking place a further 10 years after the events of Porno during the 2011 Scottish Hurricane Bawbag; the book's title is a double-entendre on Lawson's sexual prowess, his job in this novel as a taxi driver. Terry Lawson, having met writers through giving them lifts during the Edinburgh Festival, decides that a literary education will aid him in his relentless sexual escapades and help him overcome his own loss of virility, he meets Wee Jonty—a well-endowed, nice-but-dim character, similar to Porno's Curtis—whose girlfriend Jinty Magdalen has gone missing. Lawson agrees to help track her down, his "investigations" making him question the motivations of a prominent American businessman and TV star Ronald Checker and his role in Jinty's disappearance; the book's narration alternates between Lawson and Checker. The Financial Times identified the Checker character as "a Donald Trump-esque tycoon, with a grand devious, business plan.".

Welsh himself told the Washington Post that Checker was "a youthful, punkish version of Donald Trump", though the paper reflected that "as obnoxious as this character is, he doesn’t come close to his real-world model " Trump was prominent in Scotland at the time the novel was set, developing an environmentally controversial golf course and publicly supporting Scottish Government policies while it suited his business needs, before falling out with Alex Salmond over his support for wind turbines. The novel imagines and implies Trump's sexual proclivities; when challenged on his opinions of Trump, Welsh stated that Checker was "a generic kind of demagogue" but that subsequent to the novel's release that "Trump...since he lost Iowa, has become more interesting. He's like some kind of game show participant." The novel was reviewed in many newspapers. It received mixed reviews. Welsh's own website chose to cite Claire Inman of Curious Animal Magazine, who felt that “Whether your interest is piqued by the ridiculously expensive bottles of whiskey and the extraordinary lengths an American will go to own them or your heart strings are pulled by Wee Jonty’s anguished love story, there’s a multitude of ideas and human emotions that Welsh brings out among the laughter.”, a review for The Spectator, in which James Walton suggested that “Irvine Welsh is not a writer who’s mellowing with age...

Welsh’s astonishingly supple invention: one that can combine scabrousness and lyricism and ruefulness in the same paragraph... you fancy an authentic and thrilling blast of full-strength Irvine Welsh you’re in for a treat.”However, in a review titled "Poor Writing and Penis Jokes" Stuart Kelly wrote that he "could have spent this entire review analysing Welsh’s sexual politics – but what would be the point? The tired old rebuttal is'it’s a satire and you don’t have a sense of humour', but listen. What’s that? It’s the sound of no one laughing. There is a distant sniggering, though. If anyone parts with £12.99 for this, they’re being taken for a ride."

Rafael Manzano Martos

Rafael Manzano Martos is a Spanish architect. He was educated at the Superior Technical School of Architecture in Madrid, he was a disciple of Professors Manuel Gómez-Moreno Martínez, Leopoldo Torres Balbás, Fernando Chueca Goitia and Francisco Íñiguez Almech. Manzano is a representative of New Classical Architecture. There is an architecture prize named after him, the Rafael Manzano Prize for New Traditional Architecture. Rafael Manzano Martos earned his degree from the Technical School of Architecture in Madrid in 1961, his Doctorate in 1963; as a student under Professors Gómez-Moreno Martínez, Torres Balbás, Chueca Goitia and Íñiguez Almech, he specialized in historic studies and in the Theory and Techniques of Monument Restoration. He was a collaborator at the School of Arab Studies in Madrid from 1956 to 1963, where he cultivated his interest in Islamic history and archaeology. In all of his works, he has expressed his faithfulness to the classical idiom and to the integration of his work in the urban setting or in the rural landscape.

In his restorations of monuments, he has avoided any aggressive approach to the buildings of the past, respecting the architecture handed down and complementing it with a simple yet academic architecture that integrates into the monument without any visual aggression or turning it into a pretext for creating a contemporary work of questionable quality. He has restored and consolidated the following monuments, among others: Squares and the Basílica de Santa Maria de Castelló d'Empúries, Girona. Cathedral Square in Tarragona. Fortress of the Old Cathedral of Lleida. Church of Mary Magdalene in Tarazona. Castle of Alcañiz, Turiel. Church of Saint Michael, in Cuenca. Complete external reconstruction and new interiors for the Royal Academy of Pharmacy, in Madrid. Reconstruction of the cloisters, chapter room and other parts of the “Sobrado de los Monjes” Monastery in La Coruña. Total reconstruction of the former Palace of the Dukes of Medina Sidonia in Córdoba. Alcazaba of Málaga. Church of Saint Dionysius with reconstruction of its lost roofing and discovery of its Gothic-Mudejar brickwork in Jerez de la Frontera, Cádiz.

Palacio de las Dueñas”, “Casa del Rey Moro” and other major buildings in Seville. Consolidations of the ruins of Itálica in Santiponce, construction of its monographic museum. Total restoration of the Church of Saint George in Palos de la Frontera and organization of its surroundings. Designer, together with the architect Fernando Chueca Goitia, of three major projects for the enlargement of the Prado Museum. Excavation of the site of the former “Casa de Contratación de las Indias”, with reconstruction of its Almohad courtyard and garden and a new facade. Designer, in 1991, of the total restoration and decoration of Hotel Alfonso XIII in Seville. "Hacienda De La Paz" estate for in California. Design of a residence for the bullfighter Curro Romero in Coín, Málaga. Manzano is a member of several Spanish academic institutions, including the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando, the Royal Academies of the History and of Fine arts of Granada, Cordoba, Cádiz, Málaga, Écija, Toledo and La Coruña, the Academy of the Good Letters of Seville.

In Spain he received the Golden Medal of the Fine Arts and he is Knight Commander of the Civil Order of Alfonso X, the Wise. In terms of international acclaim he was awarded with the 2010 Richard H. Driehaus Prize for Classical Architecture for his entire career. In 1980 he received the Shiller Prize for Restoration and Conservation, he received the Silver Medal of the City of Osuna in 2001. José Guerrero Lovillo, Rafael Manzano Martos, Enrique de la Vega Viguera. Tres Estudios Sobre Sevilla. Sevilla: Real Academia Sevillana de Buenas Letras, 1984. Rafael Manzano Martos, Fernando Chueca Goitia and Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando. La Qubba, Aula Regia En La España Musulmana. Madrid: Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, 1994. Rafael Manzano Martos. La Alhambra: El Universo Mágico De La Granada Islámica. Madrid: Grupo Anaya, 1992. Rafael Manzano Martos. El Jardín En La España Musulmana, edited by Real Academia de Bellas Artes de Santa Isabel de Hungría. Sevilla: 1990. Manzano Architects Studio website Page of the University of Notre Dame about Rafael Manzano Premio Rafael Manzano Video about Manzano's work on YouTube

String cosmology

String cosmology is a new field that tries to apply equations of string theory to solve the questions of early cosmology. A related area of study is brane cosmology; this approach can be dated back to a paper by Gabriele Veneziano that shows how an inflationary cosmological model can be obtained from string theory, thus opening the door to a description of pre-The Big Bang scenarios. The idea is related to a property of the bosonic string in a curve background, better known as nonlinear sigma model. First calculations from this model showed as the beta function, representing the running of the metric of the model as a function of an energy scale, is proportional to the Ricci tensor giving rise to a Ricci flow; as this model has conformal invariance and this must be kept to have a sensible quantum field theory, the beta function must be zero producing the Einstein field equations. While Einstein equations seem to appear somewhat out of place this result is striking showing as a background two-dimensional model could produce higher-dimensional physics.

An interesting point here is that such a string theory can be formulated without a requirement of criticality at 26 dimensions for consistency as happens on a flat background. This is a serious hint that the underlying physics of Einstein equations could be described by an effective two-dimensional conformal field theory. Indeed, the fact that we have evidence for an inflationary universe is an important support to string cosmology. In the evolution of the universe, after the inflationary phase, the expansion observed today sets in, well described by Friedmann equations. A smooth transition is expected between these two different phases. String cosmology appears to have difficulties in explaining this transition; this is known in literature as the graceful exit problem. An inflationary cosmology implies the presence of a scalar field. In string cosmology, this arises from the so-called dilaton field; this is a scalar term entering into the description of the bosonic string that produces a scalar field term into the effective theory at low energies.

The corresponding equations resemble those of a Brans–Dicke theory. Analysis has been worked out from a critical number of dimension down to four. In general one gets Friedmann equations in an arbitrary number of dimensions; the other way round is to assume that a certain number of dimensions is compactified producing an effective four-dimensional theory to work with. Such a theory is a typical Kaluza–Klein theory with a set of scalar fields arising from compactified dimensions; such fields are called moduli. This section presents some of the relevant equations entering into string cosmology; the starting point is the Polyakov action, which can be written as: S 2 = 1 4 π α ′ ∫ d 2 z γ, where R is the Ricci scalar in two dimensions, Φ the dilaton field, α ′ the string constant. The indices a, b range over 1,2, μ, ν over 1, …, D, where D the dimension of the target space. A further antisymmetric field could be added; this is considered when one wants this action generating a potential for inflation.

Otherwise, a generic potential is inserted by hand, as well as a cosmological constant. The above string action has a conformal invariance; this is a property of a two dimensional Riemannian manifold. At the quantum level, this property is lost due to anomalies and the theory itself is not consistent, having no unitarity. So it is necessary to require. Perturbation theory is the only known approach. Indeed, the beta functions at two loops are β μ ν G = R μ ν + 2 α ′ ∇ μ Φ ∇ ν Φ + O, β Φ = D − 26 6 − α ′ 2 ∇ 2 Φ + α ′ ∇ κ Φ ∇ κ Φ + O; the assumption that co