Shigatse known as Xigazê (Tibetan: གཞིས་ཀ་རྩེ་. It is located within the historical Tsang province of Tibet; the administrative center of the prefecture-level city is the Samzhubzê District. It is equivalent to the ancient Shigatse urban center, the second-largest city in Tibet, located about 280 km southwest of Lhasa and home to the Tashilhunpo Monastery, traditionally the seat of the Panchen Lama; some of the towns in the prefecture are: Gyantse and Nyalam. On 11 July 2014 Shigatse Prefecture was upgraded into a prefecture-level city; the Lhasa–Xigazê Railway connects Xigazê Railway Station with Lhasa and further connects with Qinghai via Qinghai–Tibet Railway. It takes about 3 hours to travel between Shigatse by train, it is possible to get back to Lhasa within the same day by train. Shigatse Peace Airport began operations on 30 October 2010 after an Airbus A319 landed safely, making it Tibet's fifth commercial airport, it is located 43 kilometres from Samzhubzê District at Jangdam Township at an elevation of 3,782 metres.

The airport will be capable of supporting 230,000 passengers annually by 2020. China National Highway 318 and China National Highway 219 are the main roads out of Shigatse. Shigatse has an elevation-influenced humid continental climate. Shigatse Photovoltaic Power Plant Shigatse Annals Media related to Shigatse at Wikimedia Commons "Shigatse". Encyclopædia Britannica. 1911


Persuader is a Swedish power metal band from the city Umeå in the Swedish province of Västerbotten Norrland. The band was formed in 1997, they have since released four full-length albums, they have a sound similar to bands including early Blind Guardian, Iron Savior, Nocturnal Rites, although Persuader includes influences of thrash metal also. Members Jens and Emil joined the band Savage Circus in 2005, started by Thomen Stauch after he left Blind Guardian; the band's fourth studio album, The Fiction Maze, was released January 2014 in the US. Persuader was formed in August 1997 by friends Pekka David. Jens Carlsson and Efraim Juntunen joined shortly thereafter. Fredrik Hedström was recruited on bass, who had played with Pekka in a band named Shallow. In January 1998, David left the band due to musical differences. In November 1998, the band released a demo titled Visions and Dreams, recorded at Garageland Studios; the band was signed to Loud'n' Proud records, a Swedish metal label. The band's debut studio album, The Hunter, was released on July 16, 2000.

The band's label, Loud'n' Proud, went out of business leaving them without proper label support. In early 2001, guitarist Pekka Kiviaho left the band and they broke up for brief period of time. According to Jens, the band "needed a pause to find a new guitarist and a new label" and "would never cancel Persuader." The band reformed in the spring/summer of 2001 with the addition of new guitarist Emil Norberg, who attended the same school as Jens. The band started working on their next studio album, submitted a demo of their unsigned music to Noise Record's Young Metal Gods contest, they won, released Evolution Purgatory through Noise Records on February 2, 2004. After the release of the album and Emil became involved with Savage Circus, releasing their debut album Dreamland Manor in 2005. Jens became involved with New Jersey based Dark Empire, after being asked by Matt Moliti to contribute vocals to their 2006 debut Distant Tides; the band released their third studio album, When Eden Burns, on May 15, 2006.

Persuader had been at work on their next studio album for several years since the release of When Eden Burns. The album experienced multiple delays due to various reasons. In addition, band members have contributed to their side projects during this time including, in 2008, Dark Empire's Humanity Dethroned and, in 2009, Savage Circus's Of Doom and Death. In updates, the band humorously refers to their recording location as Studio Värdelös; the Swedish word värdelös translates to "useless" in English. On December 12, 2010, the band revealed the tentative title of the album as The Fiction Maze. Throughout 2011–2013, the band issued intermittent updates on the progress of the album. On September 11, 2013, the band announced; the Fiction Maze was released late December in Japan and early January in North Europe. On October 26, 2016 rhythm guitarist Daniel Sundbom left the band and Fredrik Mannberg took his place; the Hunter Evolution Purgatory When Eden Burns The Fiction Maze Official website Persuader Facebook

Beriev Be-2

The Beriev Be-2 was a two-seat reconnaissance seaplane built for the Soviet Navy shortly before World War II. It was designed to replace the Navy's obsolete license-produced Heinkel He 55 aircraft operating from warships and shore bases; the Be-2 was an all-metal biplane floatplane, with two open cockpits in tandem for the pilot and observer. The wings were designed to be folded back for storage on a warship; the float arrangement consisted with two smaller floats on the wings. The Be-2 was powered by a Shvetsov M-25 radial 9-cylinder air-cooled engine with a rating of 700 hp. From the outset, Be-2 design exhibited serious handling difficulties and maintenance problems. However, due to the lack of a suitable alternative, the design was placed into production. A total of around 300 aircraft were produced; as problems with stability on the water while taxiing, with maintenance of the engine were never resolved, that in practice, the Be-2 was restricted to training and secondary roles, was more deployed from land than from warships as planned.

In addition, delays with updating the Navy's cruisers meant that suitable catapults were not installed until about 1939. With the outbreak of war with Germany, all attempts to deploy the troublesome aircraft from ships were abandoned. During the early years of the war, they served as shore-based reconnaissance and search/rescue aircraft on the Baltic, with their float undercarriage replaced by wheels, some were pressed into service as strike aircraft during the Battle of Sevastopol, they were withdrawn from service in 1942. Soviet UnionSoviet Naval Aviation General characteristics Crew: two and observer Length: 8.67 m Wingspan: 11.00 m Height: 3.80 m Wing area: 29.3 m2 Empty weight: 1,800 kg Gross weight: 2,686 kg Powerplant: 1 × Shvetsov M-25A radial engine, 522 kW Performance Maximum speed: 245 km/h Range: 1,000 km Service ceiling: 6,600 m Armament 2 × fixed, forward-firing 7.62 mm ShKAS machine guns 1 × flexible 7.62 mm ShKAS machine gun for observer 100 kg of bombs Related lists List of Interwar military aircraft List of aircraft of World War II Taylor, Michael J. H..

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