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Sesshō and Kampaku

In Japan, Sesshō was a title given to a regent, named to act on behalf of either a child Emperor before his coming of age, or an empress regnant. The Kanpaku was theoretically a sort of chief advisor for the Emperor, but was the title of both first secretary and regent who assists an adult Emperor. During a certain period in the Heian period, they were the effective rulers of Japan. There was little, if any, effective difference between the two titles, several individuals changed titles as child Emperors grew to adulthood, or adult Emperors retired or died and were replaced by child Emperors; the two titles were collectively known as Sekkan, the families that held the titles were called Sekkan-ke or Sekkan family. After the Heian period, shogunates took over the power. Both sesshō and kanpaku were styled as denka, as were Imperial princesses. A retired kanpaku is called Taikō, which came to refer to Toyotomi Hideyoshi. In earlier times, only members of the Imperial Family could be appointed sesshō.

The Kojiki reported that Emperor Ōjin was assisted by his mother, Empress Jingū, but it is doubtful if it is a historical fact. The first historical sesshō was Prince Shōtoku; the Fujiwara clan was the primary holder of the sesshō titles. More those titles were held by the Fujiwara Hokke and its descendants, to which Fujiwara no Yoshifusa belonged. In 866, Fujiwara no Yoshifusa became sesshō, he was the first not to belong to the Imperial house. In 876, Fujiwara no Mototsune, the nephew and adopted son of Yoshifusa, was appointed to the newly created office of kampaku. After Fujiwara no Michinaga and Fujiwara no Yorimichi, their descendants held those two offices exclusively. In the 12th century, there were five families among the descendants of Yorimichi called Sekke: Konoe family, Kujō family, Ichijō family, Takatsukasa family and Nijō family. Both the Konoe and Kujō family were descendants of Yorimichi, through Fujiwara no Tadamichi; the other three families were derived from either the Kujō families.

Until the Meiji Restoration of 1868, those five families held those title with the two exceptions of Toyotomi Hideyoshi and his nephew Toyotomi Hidetsugu. The offices and titles of sesshō and kampaku were abolished by the declaration of the Imperial Restoration in 1868 during the Meiji Restoration in order to reorganize the government structure; the office and title of sesshō was stipulated under the former Imperial Household Law in 1889 and under the new Imperial Household Law in 1948. Under these laws, the officeholder of sesshō is restricted to a member of the Imperial family. Crown Prince Hirohito, before becoming Emperor Shōwa, was sesshō from 1921 to 1926 for the mentally disabled Emperor Taishō, he was called sesshō-no-miya. The following is a list of kampaku in the order of succession; the list is not exhaustive: Sessei Daijō-kan Brown, Delmer M. Gukanshō, Berkeley: University of California Press, ISBN 0-520-03460-0 Titsingh, Isaac, ed. Nipon o daï itsi ran, Paris: Oriental Translation Fund of Great Britain and Ireland, OCLC 84067437

Bankhaus Bauer

The Bankhaus Bauer AG is a German private bank headquartered in Stuttgart. The bank is a member of the Association of German Banks and its deposit protection fund as well as a member of ATM network CashPool; as universal bank Bankhaus Bauer offers all banking services. Traditionally as private bank it focuses on wealth private and business clients as well as corporate clients; the business was founded in 1931 as a limited partnership business entity by banker Richard Bauer under the name Bankhaus Bauer KG in Stuttgart. During World War II the business offices were destroyed in a bomb attack. At short notice the headquarter was moved to Schwäbisch Gmünd in 1944. After the war finished the headquarter was moved back to Stuttgart in 1945. In 1986 the business was converted into the joint-stock company Bankhaus Bauer AG. In 1992 the Schuppli-Gruppe in Wiesbaden, the Hypothekenbank in Essen AG and the Hypothekenbank in Berlin AG joined the business; the shares of the Schuppli-Gruppe and the Hypothekenbank in Berlin AG were taken over by the Commerzbank AG in 1994, which became majority shareholder of the Bankhaus Bauer AG.

In 2001 the Schuppli-Gruppe, which owned the Düsseldorf Hypothekenbank AG, again purchased the majority of the bank. Under executive board spokesman Wolfgang Kuhn the banks investment volume between 1997 and 2006 was increased to more than 700 million Euros. In May 2006 Kuhn left the Bankhaus Bauer AG at his own request. In the light of the new Mortgage Bond Act the Schuppli-Gruppe merged its two subsidiaries Düsseldorfer Hypothekenbank AG and Bankhaus Bauer AG in 2006; the Bankhaus Bauer AG was added to Düsseldorfer Hypothekenbank AG and operated as its non-independent branch. In 2010 the Bankhaus Bauer AGs re-founding or spin-off took place. Majority shareholder of the new business was the Raiffeisenbank Reutte reg. Gen.m.b. H. From the Austrian Reutte in Tirol. In March2015 the BB Beteiligungs GmbH in Essen purchased the shares the Raiffeisenbank Reutte reg. Gen.m.b. H. Had owned; the present businesses and client contacts are continued. Business strategies are supposed to be extended in the following years.

Expansions in new business areas as well as new offers in the area of funding are planned. The first expansion looked at opening a new branch in Essen in January 2017 for which BHF-Bank-Manager André Weber was employed manage the private customer service in Essen; the business is a member of the cooperative data center Fiducia & GAD IT AG and uses its Core banking System their software agree. Official Website

Cleomedes (crater)

Cleomedes is a prominent lunar impact crater located in the northeast part of the visible Moon, to the north of Mare Crisium. It was named after Greek astronomer Cleomedes, it is surrounded by rough ground with multiple crater impacts. The irregular crater Tralles intrudes into the northwest rim. To the east is Delmotte. North of Cleomedes is a triple-crater formation with Burckhardt occupying the center; the outer wall of Cleomedes is worn and eroded along the southern part of the wall. Cleomedes C lies across the south-southwest rim; the crater floor is nearly flat, with a small central peak to the north of the midpoint, forming a linear ridge toward the north-northeast. There are several notable craterlets on the floor, including a pair of overlapping craters just inside the northwest rim. A rille named; this rille branches in a fork after crossing the crater mid-line. Smaller clefts lie in the southeast part of the floor. By convention these features are identified on lunar maps by placing the letter on the side of the crater midpoint, closest to Cleomedes.

High resolution lunar overflight video by Seán Doran, based on LRO data, that passes over Mare Crisium and ends over Cleomedes

George P. Lent Investment Properties

The George P. Lent Investment Properties known as Firehouse Row, in southeast Portland in the U. S. state of Oregon, consists of a group of five similar 1.5-story, single-family houses listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1893, the group was added to the register in 1989; the Queen Anne style houses are next to one another at the corner of Southeast 7th Avenue and Southeast Harrison Streets. They are referred to as Firehouse Row because firemen from the adjacent Portland Fire Station No. 23 sometimes lived in them. Constructed during the period of rapid growth that followed East Portland's annexation by Portland in 1891, the buildings are among the few Victorian-era homes remaining in the city's Hosford–Abernethy neighborhood; each is about 20 feet wide and 40 feet long. George P. Lent, for whom the city's Lents neighborhood is named, was the original owner of the rental properties, he sold them two years and they subsequently changed hands many times. Among the early tenants of the house at 1921 Southeast 7th Avenue was Lee G. Holden, who designed firehouses, including the one next door.

National Register of Historic Places listings in Southeast Portland, Oregon

Law enforcement in Transnistria

Law enforcement in Transnistria is administered by the region's own police force. Transnistria functions as a presidential republic, with its own government, military and police force, currency, postal system and stamps, national anthem, coat of arms. International recognition of its sovereignty is limited to Abkhazia and South Ossetia however, due to the disputed status of Transnistria, it is subject to the security agencies and concerns of other nations, both Russian and Transnistrian police officers work side by side patrolling the de facto border between Transnistria and Moldova; the PMR Ministry of Internal Affairs is the main governmental body of the law enforcement. Paramilitary security forces such as the Internal Troops reinforce the Militsiya, act as riot police during internal conflict. A 2,500-strong Operational Group of Russian Forces, as well as over 20,000 tons of Russian-owned weapons and munition are present in Transnistria. Moldova and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe demand their withdrawal.

According to a verdict issued by European Court of Human Rights, the presence of these troops is illegal, Transnistria is "under the effective authority or at least decisive influence of Russia". While Russian troops from Moldova proper and from the security zone were evacuated to Russia by January 1993, Russia continued to have a significant military presence in Transnistria. On 21 October 1994, Russia and Moldova signed an agreement that committed Russia to withdrawal of the troops in three years, which however did not come into effect because only Moldova ratified it. Moldovan diplomacy took advantage of the negotiations concerning The Adaptation of the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe, managed to ensure that a special paragraph about the removal of Russian troops from Moldova’s territory was introduced into the text of the OSCE Summit Declaration of Istanbul, through which Russia had committed itself to pulling out its troops from Transnistria by the end of 2002; however after 2002, Russia continued to ignore the agreements made with the government in Chisinau and with the international community regarding the removal of its troops from Moldova.

President Vladimir Putin signed the Law on the ratification of the Treaty on CAF in Europe on 19 July 2004, which were committing Russia to remove from Moldova the heavy armaments limited by this Treaty by the end of 2001. During 2000–2001, in order to comply to the CAF Treaty, Moscow withdrew 125 pieces of Treaty Limited Equipment and 60 railway wagons containing ammunition from the Transnistrian region of Moldova. In 2002, Russia withdrew only 3 military equipment trains and 2 of ammunition from the Transnistrian region of Moldova, in 2003, 11 rail convoys transporting military equipment and 31 transporting ammunitions. According to the OSCE Mission to Moldova, of a total of 42,000 tons of ammunitions stored in Transnistria, 1,153 tons was transported back to Russia in 2001, 2,405 tons in 2002 and 16,573 tons in 2003. Removal of troops has been stalled afterwards. Andrei Stratan, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Moldova stated in his speech during the 12th OSCE Ministerial Council Meeting in Sofia on 6 – 7 December 2004 that "The presence of Russian troops on the territory of the Republic of Moldova is against the political will of Moldovan constitutional authorities and defies the unanimously recognized international norms and principles, being qualified by Moldovan authorities as a foreign military occupation illegally deployed on the territory of the state" Russia continues to'sustain the Dniestr region as a quasi-independent entity through direct and indirect means' Through the 1990s the Transnistrian police were involved in a conflict over Moldovan schools in Transnistria.

In September 1996, the Grigoriopol administration used Cossacks and police to stop the activity of Moldovan School. On 2 October 1996 three teachers were taken to Tiraspol. On 7 October 1996, as a result of a demarche by the President of the Republic of Moldova and the OSCE Mission, the teachers were released. In 2004, the Transnistrian authorities closed four of the six schools in the region that taught Moldovan language using the Latin script, known as Romanian; some of the 3,400 enrolled children were affected by this measure and the teachers and parents who opposed the closures were temporarily arrested for up to six hours. An OSCE report from June 2005 states: “If they enroll their children in one of this schools that offer a Moldovan curriculum using a Latin script, they risk being threatened by the regional security service, seeing their jobs put in jeopardy. Sending their children in one of the 33 Transdniestrian schools they teach in their native language in Cyrillic is, hardly an appealing alternative, as the schools follow an out-dated curriculum and use textbooks from the Soviet period.”In November 2006, Luis O'Neill, head of OSCE mission to Moldova, has urged local authorities in the Transnistrian city of Rîbnița to return a confiscated building to the Moldovan Latin-script school located in the city.

The building was built by the Government from Chișinău and was finished in 2004, when Transnistrian police took it by force, during the school crisis. Crime in Transnistria

Melrose Park station (SEPTA)

Melrose Park station is a SEPTA Regional Rail station in Melrose Park, Pennsylvania. Located at the intersection of Valley Road and Mill Road, it serves the Lansdale/Doylestown and West Trenton lines. In June 2005, SEPTA completed a $5,336,000 project to upgrade Melrose Park station, including the installation of high-level handicap accessible, platforms. In FY 2013, Melrose Park station had a weekday average of 481 alightings; the station is served by most weekday and weekend trains on the Warminster Line, limited weekday trains and all weekend trains on the West Trenton Line, limited weekday trains and no weekend trains on the Lansdale/Doylestown Line. Melrose Park has two high-level side platforms. Media related to Melrose Park at Wikimedia Commons SEPTA – Melrose Park Station Valley Road entrance from Google Maps Street View