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Sasuke (TV series)

Sasuke is a Japanese sports entertainment television special in which 100 competitors attempt to complete a four-stage obstacle course. An edited version, named Ninja Warrior, is screened in at least 18 other countries. Recorded on location at a Midoriyama studio in Yokohama, it airs on Tokyo Broadcasting System between Japanese television drama seasons; the show's name Sasuke is named after Sarutobi Sasuke, a fictitious character in Japanese storytelling. Each three-hour special covers an entire competition. There have been 36 specials produced one new special per year; the show is produced by TBS and is one of the spin-offs of Muscle Ranking, another sports entertainment competition, which aired on G4 under the name Unbeatable Banzuke. Until the 10th competition, Sasuke was broadcast as a special part of Muscle Ranking, but it became an independent program when Muscle Ranking was discontinued; the first competition was held indoors. Competitions start in the daytime and continue until completed regardless of weather or darkness.

After Monster9's bankruptcy in November 2011, all rights to the show fell into the hands of its broadcaster, Tokyo Broadcasting System. Following their acquisition of all rights to Sasuke, TBS renamed the show Sasuke Rising for the 28th, 29th and 30th editions, but have since reverted to the original name. TBS has renamed the show once again, to Sasuke Ninja Warrior since the 35th edition. TBS changed the show's logo for the 36th edition. Applicants are interviewed or auditioned and trial rounds are held to test their physical ability until the field is narrowed to 100 competitors. Sasuke consists of four stages of increasing difficulty. Before the 18th tournament, a 1,200-meter run was held in order to determine the competitors' starting positions; each competition is taped prior to the air date, edited for time, broadcast as a three-hour show. Exceptions may be made as in Sasuke 24's case should TBS decide the broadcast should go over three hours, but this is a rare exception. In its 37 seasons, all four stages of the course were only completed a total of five times, by four different competitors.

These were Kazuhiko Akiyama in the 4th competition, Makoto Nagano in the 17th competition, Yuuji Urushihara in the 24th and 27th competitions, Yusuke Morimoto in the 31st competition. The popularity of Sasuke has led to the creation of a number of spin-off shows and international versions of the show. Kunoichi the most well-known spin-off, is a version of Sasuke restricted to female competitors with an emphasis on speed and stability. American Ninja Warrior is the United States version of the show. Integrated with Sasuke, it was at one point the G4 network's highest rated show; as of season 4, American Ninja Warrior's popularity has allowed it to move to the NBC network and expand as a stand-alone spin-off with a full replica course in Las Vegas, although Americans have continued to enter Sasuke after the inception of ANW. Other international versions of the format have aired in India, Malaysia, Sweden, United Kingdom, China, Indonesia and Vietnam, with versions launching in France, Italy in 2016, Israel in 2018.

An Australian version launched on Nine Network in July 2017. Netflix started airing Ultimate Beastmaster, broadcast in six different languages in 2017, a Sasuke inspired show; the show hosts a broad spectrum of participants. While most are from Japan, national television personalities and Olympians from other countries, including the US, Bulgaria and Korea, have taken part in the competition; some of the more enthusiastic competitors dress up in costumes, bring props to the starting stage, or show off some of their talents. The Sasuke All-Stars were a group of six favored competitors, established by the TBS network thought to be the most to clear all four stages, it included two of the men to complete Kazuhiko Akiyama and Makoto Nagano. The membership of the All-Stars has remained unchanged despite other successful competitors in tournaments, Yuuji Urushihara who completed the course in the 24th and 27th tournaments; the All-Stars were officially'retired' in the 28th tournament. Two of them continue to compete independently, are now referred to as'former All-Stars'.

The six consisted of: Kazuhiko Akiyama, a crab fisherman and massage therapist. He is known for being the first contestant to achieve total victory, he has not been able to repeat his success, being hindered by an eye condition known as degenerative retinitis, affecting him for years. Overall, he has competed 20 times and has been retired since Sasuke 28 in 2012. An offer was made for Akiyama to return for the 30th anniversary tournament in 2014, but he declined and has remained retired since. Makoto Nagano, a fisherman and fishing boat captain. Known for reaching the Final Stage more than anyone else, five times in total, being the second person to complete the entire course, he wears #100 most of the time. Overall, he has competed 26 times, a number surpassed only by three of his fellow All-Stars: Katsumi

Veterans Memorial Park (Bay City, Michigan)

Veterans Memorial Park is the central park of Bay County, Michigan. The park 97 acres, is located along the west bank of the Saginaw River in Bay City, United States. Across the river is another city park, Wenonah Park. Veterans Memorial Park includes many features, including a public marina, sports field, an arboretum, an exercise track, a memorial to war veterans, a Riverwalk that runs the length of the park and beyond. Liberty Harbor Marina is a public marina in Veterans Memorial Park located north of Veterans Memorial Bridge, it is certified by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and includes 99 berths, a concession stand, a parking lot. Kantzler Memorial Arboretum is an arboretum located in a 12 acres plaza landscaped with plants maintained by civic and private organizations around the area, it is located along the Saginaw River near the Community Center. Along the north-side of the arboretum is a 500 feet inlet once used for ship building, known as the Davidson Dry Dock. Over the mouth of the dry dock is a footbridge that joins with the Riverwalk.

Santa House is a log building leased annually to Santa House Inc. every December. It is located near the entrance to the park's John F. Kennedy Drive entrance. Trombley House is Bay County's first frame house, it was completed in 1837 by Joseph Tromblé and moved from 24th and Water across the river to the park in 1981. It is owned, maintained and used by the Bay County Historical Society. Fitness Park is an exercise track equipped for disabled people established in 1986; the looping track breaks off from proceeds through designated exercise areas. A number of community events are held at Veterans Memorial Park, such as concerts, the Bay City Fireworks Festival, Pig Gig, River Roar, Walleyes for Warriors. Veterans Memorial Bridge Official website

Paul Scull

Paul Thomas "Butterball" Scull, Sr. was an American football player. Considered a triple-threat man while playing for Penn from 1926 to 1928, he was a consensus first-team All-American halfback in 1928. Born in New Jersey, Scull moved with his family to Pennsylvania as a boy, he played high school football at Lower Merion High School from 1922 to 1924, helping lead the team to a 26-0-1 record during his three years as a player. Scull played at the halfback and punter positions for the University of Pennsylvania from 1926 to 1928. In November 1927, he was elected to serve as the captain of Penn's 1928 football team, he was a consensus first-team All-American in 1928. He holds Penn's all-time record with 312 all-purpose yards in a game. Scull was one of 11 All-American football players to appear in the 1930 film "Maybe It's Love", he became a physical education instructor at Penn after graduating. In 1964, he was selected as a second-team halfback on the All-Time Philadelphia All Scholastic Team, he was inducted into the University of Pennsylvania Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003.

In his years, Scull lived in North Carolina. He was employed for 36 years in the personnel department of Hercules Inc, he died in 1997 at Charlotte, North Carolina

Utah State Route 31

State Route 31 is a state highway in Sanpete and Emery Counties in the U. S. state of Utah. It runs for 47.746 miles from US-89 at Fairview to SR-10 in Huntington. The highway has been designated as part of a National Scenic Byway. SR-31 begins at an intersection with US-89 at Fairview and runs east northeast for 10 miles turns southeast for the remainder of the route, terminating at an intersection with SR-10 at Huntington. Just off State Route 31, about 15 miles west north-west of Huntington, is Crandall Canyon, location of the Crandall Canyon coal mine. On Monday, August 6, 2007, at 2:48 A. M. the mine collapsed and killing six workers inside. A second collapse on August 16, 2007, killed a Mine Safety and Health Administration investigator and two more miners, bringing the total to nine; the road from SR-32 in Fairview east to the Sanpete-Emery County line, near the present north end of Electric Lake, was added to the state highway system in 1915. It was extended southeast to SR-10 in Huntington in 1918, in 1927 the state legislature numbered the Fairview-Huntington highway as SR-31.

A major realignment was made in 1976, when Electric Lake was created and a new route was built to the west. The old route in Sanpete County became a county road, is now part of SR-264, but the majority of the road in Emery County was beneath the lake and thus abandoned. Media related to Utah State Route 31 at Wikimedia Commons

Z-plan castle

Z-plan is a form of castle design common in England and Scotland. The Z-plan castle has a strong central rectangular tower with smaller towers attached at diagonally opposite corners. Prominent examples of the Z-plan include Brodie Castle in Moray, Castle Menzies in Perthshire, Glenbuchat Castle in Aberdeenshire, Castle Fraser in Aberdeenshire, Claypotts Castle in Dundee and Hatton Castle, Scotland. A variant on the Z-plan is the C-plan, in which the two smaller towers are attached at adjacent corners of the main tower. L-plan castle

Hieron (Caria)

See Hiero for namesakesHieron was an ancient city and former bishopric in ancient Caria, Asia Minor, which remains a Latin Catholic titular see as Hieron. Hieron, now Avsarkale in Asian Turkey, was important enough in the Roman province of Caria to become a suffragan of its capital Stauropolis's Metropolitan, in the sway of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, it has no documented bishops, but was mentioned in the Byzantine empire's Notitia Episcopatuum, from the edition of pseudo-Epifanio, under emperor Heraclius I, until Byzantine emperor Leo VI and existed still in the thirteenth century. The diocese was nominally restored in 1933: Established as Latin Titular bishopric of Hieron / Geron / Hieritan It has had the following incumbents, so far of the fitting Episcopal rank: Theodor Breher, Missionary Benedictines as only Apostolic Vicar of Yanji 延吉. GCatholic