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Pomeranian Voivodeship

Pomeranian Voivodeship, Pomorskie Region, or Pomerania Province, is a voivodeship, or province, in northwestern Poland. The provincial capital is Gdańsk; the voivodeship was established on January 1, 1999, out of the former voivodeships of Gdańsk, Elbląg and Słupsk, pursuant to the Polish local government reforms adopted in 1997. It is bordered by West Pomeranian Voivodeship to the west, Greater Poland and Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeships to the south, Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship to the east, the Baltic Sea to the north, it shares a short land border with Russia, on the Vistula Spit. The voivodeship comprises most of Pomerelia, as well as an area east of the Vistula River; the western part of the province, around Słupsk, belonged to Farther Pomerania, while Pomerelia and the eastern bank of the Vistula belonged to the historical region of Prussia. The central parts of the province are known as Kashubia, named after the Kashubian minority; the province is one of rich cultural heritage. The Tricity urban area, consisting of Gdańsk, Gdynia and Sopot, is one of the main cultural and educational centres of Poland.

Gdańsk and Gdynia are two of the major Polish seaports, the first erected by Mieszko I of Poland in the Middle Ages, the latter built in the interwar period. Amongst the most recognisable landmarks of the region are the historic city centre of Gdańsk filled with Gothic and Baroque masterpieces, the Museum of the National Anthem in Będomin, located at the birthplace of Józef Wybicki and politician, author of the national anthem of Poland, the largest medieval churches of Poland and the Malbork Castle; the voivodeship includes the narrow Hel Peninsula and the Polish half of the Vistula Spit. Other tourist destinations include Wejherowo, Jurata, Łeba, Władysławowo, Krynica Morska, Jastarnia, Kuźnica, Bytów and many fishing ports and boats; the name Pomerania derives from the Slavic po more, meaning "by the sea" or "on the sea". The voivodeship contains more than 41 towns; these are listed below in descending order of population. Pomeranian Voivodeship is divided into 20 counties: 4 city counties, 16 land counties.

These are further divided into 123 gminas. The counties are listed below in order of decreasing population. SKM Gdańsk Lech Wałęsa Airport Obwodnica Trójmiejska Autostrada A1 Pomorska Kolej Metropolitalna Protected areas in Pomeranian Voivodeship include two National Parks and nine Landscape Parks; these are listed below. Słowiński National Park Tuchola Forest National Park Coastal Landscape Park Iława Lake District Landscape Park Kashubian Landscape Park Słupia Valley Landscape Park Tricity Landscape Park Tuchola Landscape Park Vistula Spit Landscape Park Wdydze Landscape Park Zaborski Landscape Park Information about Pomeranian Voivodeship - official website Economy brochure The Pomorskie Voivodeship; the Greatest Tourist Attractions - Brochure Pomerania Development Agency Co

Flash Gordon: The Greatest Adventure of All

Flash Gordon: The Greatest Adventure of All is a 1982 animated television film produced by Filmation and written by Samuel A. Peeples. During World War II, Flash Gordon is on a mission in Warsaw, suffering heavy bombing, he arrives too late and his contact, near death, says he has a message for Doctor Zarkov, but can utter only one word, "Mongo", before he dies. Flash travels to find Zarkov and meets feisty'girl reporter' Dale Arden on her way to interview him, they are bombarded by meteorites, which force them to bail out. On the ground they flee lava flows, find a secret cave and a rocket ship. Doctor Zarkov, having no time for introductions, ushers them on board and they blast off; when safely in flight, he explains he is on a mission to the wandering planet Mongo to convince their leaders to call off their attack on Earth. For their part and Dale agree to help him. Before they can make contact, hostile ships shoot them down, they make a crash landing. After surviving attack by two clashing dinosaurian monsters, they are captured by animalistic savages and dragged to a giant idol to be sacrificed.

They escape to the outside, where they meet the virtuous King Thun of the Lion Men and help him escape Amazonian hunters led by Princess Aura. Flash and company are forced into war against Mongo's leader and Aura's dad, the maniacal Emperor Ming, his robotic army of Metal Men. To help their cause, the heroes lead an alliance formed from freedom fighters led by King Thun, as well as Prince Barin of Arboria. Thun explains Ming is too clever to conquer Earth by force alone, that he would use the Mongo strategy of'separate and attack' which Flash notes is the same as the Earth expression'divide and conquer'. Ming reveals he has secretly given military technology to leader of the Nazi Party. Ming sends his Mole Men to attack the kingdom of Arboria by destroying the roots of the trees of the forested land which provides camoflauge. Thanks to Zarkov warning Flash and friends, the attack is repulsed and Flash and his allies use the captured drilling machine to attack Ming's palace, they are overwhelmed by Ming's forces.

With a flaming sword and a ion blaster in hand, Ming duels against Flash in an epic fight.... and switches with a robotic copy to flee when near defeat.. As the planet Mongo approaches Earth, they are rocked by earthquakes threatening to destabilize both planets. To avert the destruction of Earth, they destroy the engine that propels Mongo through space, knowing that without it they will drift though space unable to return to Earth again. Robert Ridgely as Flash Gordon Diane Pershing as Dale Arden Vic Perrin as Ming the Merciless Bob Holt as Dr. Hans Zarkov David Opatoshu as Prince Vultan Melendy Britt as Princess Aura Robert Douglas as Prince Barin Ted Cassidy as Prince Thun The original project was produced by Filmation as a made-for-television feature film as a reaction to the mammoth success of Star Wars in 1977; when NBC saw the finished work, it was decided to turn the work into what became the 1979 Saturday-morning animated TV-series Flash Gordon. Although the film was developed before the 1979 animated series began, it did not premiere on NBC until 1982.

It was shown in the UK on ITV 22 December at 10:25am 1983. In fact, some scenes from the film were used in promotional spots for the coming series the summer before the series began in the fall of 1979. While Filmation's TV-series has become available on DVD, the TV-movie has never become commercially available to this day, except from occasional off-air bootlegs; the only known commercial releases were by VAP Video in Japan, c. 1983, in both laser disc and NTSC VHS videotape formats and in Bulgaria, where it was released on VHS. The movie aired numerous times on the "Diema" Channel in the late 1990s. In the Japanese release, it is presented uncut with the original English voice track, with Japanese subtitles added for its intended audience. At the end of the movie is a trailer for the De Laurentiis live-action movie, as well as trailers for other titles from the VAP Video library at the time; the covers for both versions feature comic-strip panels. Its last listing was in VAP Video's catalog for 1983.

Apart from the subplot involving Ming passing advanced weapons to Hitler, not touched upon in the animated series, there are several other notable differences that seem to indicate that this animated film was intended for prime time, when parents would be watching also. Those differences include: - The departure of the trio from Earth to Mongo is depicted. In order to make Zarkov sympathetic from the start, the original story element of him forcing Flash and Dale to board his rocket is changed to him inviting them in when they flee into his hidden laboratory/launch site, threatened by flooding molten lava. In this case, Zarkov's rocket is their only chance of survival and they board without hesitation with Zarkov's apologies that he cannot drop them off before continuing to Mongo. For their part and Dale understand Zarkov's mission and agree to help him. - The use of 1939 terrestrial firearms by Flash and Zarkov upon arrival while battling a monster. - A discussion between Flash and Thun indicating that Ming's Lizard Woman overseers eat human prisoners.

- Mongian firearms that look much more like their terrestrial counterparts than those used in the animated series. - The clear destruction of the Hawkmen's sky city, whereas in the series it is only captured. - More revealing costumes, as Flash and Dale Arden's terrestrial clothing disintegrates as well as

Megophrys

"Asian horned frog" redirects here. This may refer to Megophrys montana. Megophrys is a genus of frogs in the family Megophryidae, they occur in the mainland Southeastern Asia, the islands of the Sunda Shelf, the Philippines. They have elongated upper "eyebrows" and are thus known as Asian horned frogs; the following species are recognised in the genus Megophrys: Many Megophrys species are endemic to restricted geographical areas. Southern China Anhui Megophrys huangshanensis: Huangshan mountains, Anhui Guangdong Megophrys acuta: Heishiding, Fengkai County, Guangdong Megophrys obesa: Heishiding, Fengkai County, Guangdong Jiangxi Megophrys cheni: Luoxiao Mountains Megophrys lini: Luoxiao Mountains Megophrys jinggangensis: Luoxiao Mountains Hunan Megophrys sangzhiensis: Sangzhi County, Hunan Megophrys caudoprocta: Tianping Mountain, Sangzhi County, Hunan Megophrys tuberogranulatus: Tianzishan Nature Reserve, Sangzhi County, Hunan Megophrys mangshanensis: Yizhang County, Hunan Chongqing Megophrys baolongensis: Baolong, Wushan County, Chongqing Megophrys wushanensis: Wu Mountains, Chongqing Yunnan Megophrys binchuanensis: NW Yunnan Megophrys daweimontis: Mount Dawei, Pingbian Miao Autonomous County, Yunnan Megophrys gigantica: Jingdong Yi Autonomous County and Yongde County, southwestern Yunnan Sichuan Megophrys binlingensis: Binling, Hongya County, Sichuan Megophrys wawuensis: Mount Wawu, Hongya County, Sichuan Megophrys nankiangensis: northern Sichuan and southern Gansu Guizhou Megophrys shuichengensis: Fenghuang Village, Shuicheng County, Guizhou Tibet Megophrys medogensis: Mêdog County, Tibet Megophrys zhangi: Zhangmu, Nyalam County, Tibet Northeast India Megophrys megacephala: East Khasi Hills District, Meghalaya Megophrys oropedion: East Khasi Hills District, Meghalaya Megophrys vegrandis: West Kameng District, Arunachal Pradesh Megophrys ancrae: Changlang District, Arunachal Pradesh Megophrys serchhipii: Serchhip, Mizoram Megophrys zunhebotoensis: Nguti, Zunheboto District, Nagaland Cardamom Mountains, Cambodia Megophrys auralensis: Phnom Aural, Kampong Speu Province Megophrys damrei: Dâmrei Mountains, Kampot Province Vietnam Megophrys latidactyla: Pù Mát National Park, Vietnam Thailand Megophrys lekaguli: Chanthaburi and Sa Kaeo Provinces, eastern Thailand Megophrys takensis: Tak Province, Thailand Borneo Megophrys baluensis: Sabah Megophrys dringi: Mount Mulu, Sarawak Sumatra Megophrys parallela: West Sumatra Philippines Megophrys ligayae: Balabac and Palawan Megophrys stejnegeri: Mindanao Indonesia Megophrys montana: Java Sound recordings of Megophrys at BioAcoustica

Tara (Buddhism)

Tara, Ārya Tārā, or Shayama Tara known as Jetsun Dölma in Tibetan Buddhism, is an important figure in Buddhism. She appears as a female bodhisattva in Mahayana Buddhism, as a female Buddha in Vajrayana Buddhism, she is known as the "mother of liberation", represents the virtues of success in work and achievements. She is known as Tara Bosatsu in Japan, as Duōluó Púsà in Chinese Buddhism. Tārā is a meditation deity worshiped by practitioners of the Tibetan branch of Vajrayana Buddhism to develop certain inner qualities and to understand outer and secret teachings such as karuṇā, mettā, shunyata. Tārā may more properly be understood as different aspects of the same quality, as bodhisattvas are considered metaphors for Buddhist virtues. There is recognition in some schools of Buddhism of twenty-one Tārās. A practice text entitled Praises to the Twenty-One Taras, is the most important text on Tara in Tibetan Buddhism. Another key text is the Tantra Which is the Source for All the Functions of Tara, Mother of All the Tathagatas.

The main Tārā mantra is the same for Buddhists and Hindus alike: oṃ tāre tuttāre ture svāhā. It is pronounced by Tibetans and Buddhists who follow the Tibetan traditions as oṃ tāre tu tāre ture soha; the literal translation would be “Oṃ O Tārā, I pray O Tārā, O Swift One, So Be It!” Within Tibetan Buddhism Tārā is regarded as a bodhisattva of action. She is the female aspect of Avalokiteśvara and in some origin stories she comes from his tears: "Then at last Avalokiteshvara arrived at the summit of Marpori, the'Red Hill', in Lhasa. Gazing out, he perceived that the lake on Otang, the'Plain of Milk', resembled the Hell of Ceaseless Torment. Myriad beings were undergoing the agonies of boiling, hunger, yet they never perished, sending forth hideous cries of anguish all the while; when Avalokiteshvara saw this, tears sprang to his eyes. A teardrop from his right eye fell to the plain and became the reverend Bhrikuti, who declared: "Child of your lineage! As you are striving for the sake of sentient beings in the Land of Snows, intercede in their suffering, I shall be your companion in this endeavour!"

Bhrikuti was reabsorbed into Avalokiteshvara's right eye, was reborn in a life as the Nepalese princess Tritsun. A teardrop from his left eye became the reverend Tara, she declared, "Child of your lineage! As you are striving for the sake of sentient beings in the Land of Snows, intercede in their suffering, I shall be your companion in this endeavor!" Tārā was reabsorbed into Avalokiteshvara's left eye." Tārā manifests in many different forms. In Tibet, these forms included Green Tārā's manifestation as the Nepalese Princess, White Tārā's manifestation as the Chinese princess Kongjo. Tārā is known as a saviouress, as a heavenly deity who hears the cries of beings experiencing misery in saṃsāra. Whether the Tārā figure originated as a Buddhist or Hindu goddess is unclear and remains a source of inquiry among scholars. Mallar Ghosh believes her to have originated as a form of the goddess Durga in the Hindu Puranas. Today, she is worshiped both in Shaktism as one of the ten Mahavidyas, it may be true that goddesses entered Buddhism from Shaktism (i.e. the worship of local or folk goddesses prior to the more institutionalized Hinduism which had developed by the early medieval period.

According to Beyer, it would seem that the feminine principle makes its first appearance in Buddhism as the goddess who personified prajnaparamita. Tārā came to be seen as an expression of the compassion of perfected wisdom only with her earliest textual reference being the Mañjuśrī-mūla-kalpa; the earliest, solidly identifiable image of Tārā is most that, still found today at cave 6 within the rock-cut Buddhist monastic complex of the Ellora Caves in Maharashtra, with her worship being well established by the onset of the Pala Empire in Eastern India. Tārā became a popular Vajrayana deity with the rise of Tantra in 8th-century Pala and, with the movement of Indian Buddhism into Tibet through Padmasambhava, the worship and practices of Tārā became incorporated into Tibetan Buddhism as well, she came to be considered the "Mother of all Buddhas," which refers to the enlightened wisdom of the Buddhas, while echoing the ancient concept of the Mother Goddess in India. Independent of whether she is classified as a deity, a Buddha, or a bodhisattva, Tārā remains popular in Tibet, Nepal, Sikkim and is worshiped in a majority of Buddhist communities throughout the world.

Today, Green Tara and White Tara are the most popular representations of Tara. Green Tara is associated with protection from fear and the following eight obscurations: lions, wild elephants, snakes and thieves, bondage and evil spirits and demons; as one of the three deities of long life, White Tara is associated with longevity. White Tara counteracts illness and thereby helps to bring about a long life, she embodies the motivation, compassion and is said to be as white and radiant as the moon. Tārā has many stories told which explain her origin as a bodh

UFC 100

UFC 100 was a mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on July 11, 2009, in Las Vegas, Nevada. This event was the most bought UFC pay-per-view of all time with a buyrate of 1.6 million, until UFC 202 broke the record with 1.65 million. The event included two championship bouts and a fight between the two coaches on the Spike TV show, The Ultimate Fighter; the main event was a rematch between UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar and Interim UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir. This championship unification bout occurred as a result of former UFC Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture's year-long resignation from the promotion. During his absence, the UFC created an Interim championship, which Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira won by defeating Tim Sylvia. Nogueira and Mir were opposing coaches on The Ultimate Fighter: Team Nogueira vs Team Mir, fought for the interim championship at UFC 92. During the airing of the television program, Couture returned to the company and UFC President Dana White announced he would defend the title against Lesnar at UFC 91.

The winners of the Couture vs Lesnar and Nogueira vs Mir matches would fight for the undisputed title. In his fourth professional fight, Lesnar defeated Couture via technical knockout to become the UFC Heavyweight Champion. Mir was crowned interim champion after becoming the first fighter to finish Nogueira; the match between Lesnar and Mir was set for UFC 98. However, Mir injured his knee while training, withdrew from the bout; the next day, it was announced the fight would be moved to UFC 100. Lesnar and Mir had fought once before, at UFC 81; the co-main event featured Georges St-Pierre, defending the Welterweight Championship against Thiago Alves. Alves entered the fight after consecutive victories over three top UFC welterweights: Josh Koscheck, Matt Hughes and Karo Parisyan. St-Pierre had defended the title against Jon Fitch and UFC Lightweight Champion BJ Penn; the third match on the main card was between top middleweight contenders Dan Henderson and Michael Bisping. The two were opposing coaches on the ninth season of The Ultimate Fighter.

Bisping had a professional MMA record of 17–1, was undefeated since moving to middleweight. He entered the bout following wins over Jason Day and Chris Leben. On June 2, it was announced the winner of the fight would get a shot at UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva. A preliminary match-up between Dong Hyun Kim and Jonathan Goulet was scheduled for the card, but Goulet withdrew due to a shoulder injury, was replaced by TJ Grant. K-1 HERO'S Light Heavyweight Champion Yoshihiro Akiyama made his UFC debut against Alan Belcher; this event was Sherdog's 2009 Event of the Year. Fighters were awarded $100,000 bonuses. Fight of the Night: Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Alan Belcher Knockout of the Night: Dan Henderson Submission of the Night: Tom Lawlor The following is the reported payout to the fighters as reported to the Nevada State Athletic Commission, it does not include sponsor money or "locker room" bonuses given by the UFC. Brock Lesnar: $400,000 def. Frank Mir: $45,000 Georges St-Pierre: $400,000 def.

Thiago Alves: $60,000 Jon Fitch: $90,000 def. Paulo Thiago: $8,000 Dan Henderson: $250,000 def. Michael Bisping: $150,000 Yoshihiro Akiyama: $60,000 def. Alan Belcher: $19,000 Mark Coleman: $100,000 def. Stephan Bonnar: $25,000 Jim Miller: $22,000 def. Mac Danzig: $20,000 Jon Jones: $18,000 def. Jake O'Brien: $13,000 Dong Hyun Kim: $58,000 def. T. J. Grant: $5,000 Tom Lawlor: $16,000 def. C. B. Dollaway: $14,000 Shannon Gugerty: $10,000 def. Matt Grice: $7,000 Ultimate Fighting Championship List of UFC champions List of UFC events 2009 in UFC Official UFC 100 Website

Donald F. Hunt

Donald F. Hunt is the University Professor of Chemistry and Pathology at the University of Virginia, he is known for his research in the field of mass spectrometry, he developed electron capture negative ion mass spectrometry. He has received multiple awards for his work including the Distinguished Contribution Award from the American Society for Mass Spectrometry and the Thomson Medal from the International Mass Spectrometry Society, he received his B. S. and Ph. D. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was a National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral trainee under Klaus Biemann at MIT. The Hunt laboratory develops new methodology and instrumentation centered on mass spectrometry based proteomics for the characterization of proteins and their modifications. Among his many research interests, Hunt investigates how the immune system uses peptides to kill diseased cells, how modifications to chromatin-associated proteins called histones create a "Code" that may be involved in many gene regulation events.

Hunt has been awarded several honors including the Distinguished Contribution Award from the American Society for Mass Spectrometry in 1994. Anfinsen Award from the Protein Society. In addition, he received the Charles H. Stone Award and the Pehr Edman Award for outstanding achievements in the application of mass spectrometry, he received the Chemical Instrumentation Award sponsored by the American Chemical Society in 1997