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WNBA Most Valuable Player Award

The Women's National Basketball Association Most Valuable Player is an annual Women's National Basketball Association award given since the league's inaugural season -- 1997. MVP voting takes place following the regular season; the award recipient is decided by a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States. Panel members were asked to select their top five choices for the award, with 10 points being awarded for a first place vote, seven for second, five for third, three for fourth and one for fifth. In 2008, fans could have a say in who won the award. Fans were able to vote online for their top five MVP picks; these selections accounted for 25% of the total vote, while the media panel's selections accounted for the other 75%. Sheryl Swoopes, Lisa Leslie and Lauren Jackson have won the award three times. Elena Delle Donne is the only player to have won the award with two different teams—in 2015 with the Chicago Sky and 2019 with the Washington Mystics. Candace Parker is the only player to win Rookie of the Year and MVP in the same season -- 2008.

Jackson, both born and trained in Australia, is the only award winner either born or trained outside the United States. The sculptor of the WNBA MVP Award is Marc Mellon, the sculptor of the NBA MVP Trophy. List of sports awards honoring women "WNBA MVP". Retrieved January 19, 2009. "WNBA MVP Award - Marc Mellon Sculpture Studio". Retrieved January 19, 2009

Richibucto River

The Richibucto River is a river in eastern New Brunswick, Canada which empties into the Northumberland Strait north of Richibucto. It is 80 kilometres long; the river's name means "river of fire" in the Mi'kmaq language. Other villages situated along the river include Elsipogtog First Nation. Bonar Law, the British prime minister, was raised along the river. Bass River, Weldford Parish, New Brunswick Coal Branch River Molus River St. Nicholas River East Branch St. Nicholas River South Branch St. Nicholas River West Branch St. Nicholas River St. Charles River Browns Yard Elsipogtog First Nation Jardineville Jerrys Island Lower Main River Rexton Richibucto Upper Rexton Route 11 Route 134 Route 490 Indian House Road List of bodies of water of New Brunswick


Aegerten is a municipality in the Biel/Bienne administrative district of the canton of Bern in Switzerland. Aegerten is first mentioned in 1225 as villa Egerdon. There has been a village here since at least the late-Roman era, it lay on the major Roman road from Aventicum to Petinesca over the Pierre-Pertuis pass to Basel. A bridge was built across Zihl river by 368-69; the ruins of the bridge have been discovered beneath the Bürglen village church and on the banks of the Flur island in the river. Little is known about the village after the collapse of the Roman Empire until the Late Middle Ages. By the late medieval era, Gottstatt Abbey was the major landholder in the village. In 1388, the city of Bern acquired the village and in 1393 incorporated it into the Nidau bailiwick and the Bürglen parish. Aegerten remained a small, agrarian village until the 18th century, when shipping on the Zihl river and seasonal work in the Principality of Neuchâtel began to provide additional income. Despite four bridges, the village remained isolated from the growing Swiss rail and road networks in the 19th and early 20th century.

As the nearby town of Biel grew in the 1950s, Aegerten began to develop into a commuter town and was connected into the Swiss Federal Railways network. Aegerten has an area of 2.16 km2. As of 2012, a total of 0.81 km2 or 37.3% is used for agricultural purposes, while 0.61 km2 or 28.1% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 0.63 km2 or 29.0 % is settled, 0.11 km2 or 5.1 % is either lakes. During the same year, industrial buildings made up 2.8% of the total area while housing and buildings made up 15.2% and transportation infrastructure made up 5.5%. Power and water infrastructure as well as other special developed areas made up 1.4% of the area while parks, green belts and sports fields made up 4.1%. Out of the forested land, 26.7% of the total land area is forested and 1.4% is covered with orchards or small clusters of trees. Of the agricultural land, 25.3% is used for growing crops and 9.2% is pastures, while 2.8% is used for orchards or vine crops. All the water in the municipality is flowing water.

The municipality is located on the right bank of the Nidau-Büren Canal. The municipality has grown together with Studen, it consists of the villages of Aegerten and Bürglen along with the new housing developments of Tschannenmatte and Schüracher. On 31 December 2009 the municipality's former district, was dissolved. On the following day, 1 January 2010, it joined the newly created Verwaltungskreis Biel/Bienne; the blazon of the municipal coat of arms is Or a Lion rampant Sable langued and membered Gules and overall a Bendlet wavy Azure. Aegerten has a population of 2,159; as of 2010, 13.8% of the population are resident foreign nationals. Over the last 10 years the population has changed at a rate of -0.1%. Migration accounted for -0.4%, while births and deaths accounted for 0.6%. Most of the population speaks German as their first language, French is the second most common and Italian is the third; as of 2008, the population was 50.1 % female. The population was made up of 128 non-Swiss men. There were 11 non-Swiss women.

Of the population in the municipality, 327 or about 19.7% were born in Aegerten and lived there in 2000. There were 815 or 49.0% who were born in the same canton, while 298 or 17.9% were born somewhere else in Switzerland, 174 or 10.5% were born outside of Switzerland. As of 2011, children and teenagers make up 18.4% of the population, while adults make up 60.4% and seniors make up 21.2%. As of 2000, there were 606 people who never married in the municipality. There were 77 individuals who are divorced; as of 2010, there were 263 households that consist of only one person and 37 households with five or more people. In 2000, a total of 684 apartments were permanently occupied, while 32 apartments were seasonally occupied and 43 apartments were empty; as of 2010, the construction rate of new housing units was 5.8 new units per 1000 residents. The vacancy rate for the municipality, in 2012, was 3.9%. In 2011, single family homes made up 72.3% of the total housing in the municipality. The historical population is given in the following chart: The Goldhubel, an early medieval earthen fortress, is listed as a Swiss heritage site of national significance.

In the 2011 federal election the most popular party was the Swiss People's Party which received 31.4% of the vote. The next three most popular parties were the Social Democratic Party, the Conservative Democratic Party and the FDP; the Liberals. In the federal election, a total of 586 votes were cast, the voter turnout was 45.7%. As of 2011, Aegerten had an unemployment rate of 2.54%. As of 2008, there were a total of 386 people employed in the municipality. Of these, there were 17 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 3 businesses involved in this sector. 198 people were employed in the secondary sector and there were 22 businesses in this sector. 171 people were employed with 42 businesses in this sector. There were 930 residents of the municipality who were employed in some capacity, of which females made up 43.2% of the workforce. In 2008 there were a total of 324 full-time equivalent jobs; the number of jobs in the primary sector was 8. The number of jobs in the secondary sector wa

Heidelberg test

The Heidelberg test is a medical diagnostic test used in the diagnosis of hypochlorhydria, i.e. insufficient hydrochloric acid in the stomach. When performing the Heidelberg test, the patient swallows a small electronic device about the size of a vitamin capsule; this device tracks acid levels in the stomach as the patient swallows small amounts of baking soda, which neutralises the hydrochloric acid in the stomach. If the acid level does not return to normal after the baking soda is swallowed, the patient has hypochlorhydria; the capsule is attached to a long thread to control the position of the capsule in the stomach. After the pH measurements have been recorded, the capsule may be allowed to pass into the intestine and be expelled through the rectum; the testing procedure may take 1–2 hours. The Heidelberg Diagnostic test is used to diagnose Hypochlorhydria, Achlorhydria, Pyloric Insufficiency, Heavy Stomach Mucus and Sub-acute Gastritis; the test will allow the physician to observe peristaltic activity and marked delayed emptying of the stomach and dumping syndrome.

The test is sedation. During testing the patient is relaxed and comfortable, without the trauma associated with other procedures. There are two methods of testing with the pH capsule; the first method requires the use of a fine medical grade thread, attached to the capsule, so that it can be suspended in the stomach for extended testing of the stomachs parietal cells. Testing the parietal cells requires challenging the cells with a sodium bicarbonate solution that will cause the stomach to become neutral or alkaline; the time it takes for the stomach to reacidify back down to its original fasting acid level will determine what condition the patient has. Reacidification time is vitally important in determining hypochlorhydria and achlorhydria; the second method of testing allows an untethered capsuled to migrate through the alimentary canal for testing the stomach and large bowel. This method requires a complete medical history in a controlled environment. Description of pH test equipment

Thomas Taro Higa

Thomas Taro Higa was a wartime hero both in the United States and Okinawa. He earned a Purple Silver Star. In 2015, NHK produced the docudrama Nikkeijin in Higa's memory. Thomas Taro Higa was born on September 22, 1916 in Honolulu, Hawaii to immigrant parents Kana and Kamezo Higa, he was the third child of twelve children. During the early 1900's, many people from Okinawa and western Japan would immigrate to Hawaii in hopes of creating a lifestyle as "immigrant laborers." Their goal was to return to home with honor. Higa's parents did not have time to rear their children, so they sent the children that were born in Hawaii back to Okinawa entrusted by close relatives. Higa was sent with his older brother and older sister to their ancestral home in Shimabukuro, Nakagami-gun, Okinawa-Ken and was raised by his grandparents until he was 9 years old. After childhood, Thomas Higa went with his cousin and his cousin's wife and children to Osaka to fulfill his cousin's dream of living in a new land. Higa's first job was at a store called the Daimaru Shoten in Nomura-cho, owned by someone from Wakayama Prefecture.

Higa left to work as a "live-in" apprentice at a wholesale cosmetics store called Horikoshi Kotetsu Sha, owned by an Imperial University graduate from Toyama Prefecture. He was employed at Fuji Denro Kogyo Ltd. under Yasutaro Goto, which manufactured iron hardening kilns for military use. Back in Hawaii, Higa's father needed more help. Higa returned to Hawaii. Thomas Higa first became interested in electricity when he first read about it at the Horikoshi Kotetsu Sha; when he came back to Hawaii, he wanted to replace the kerosene lamps with an electric generator. He created this generator by utilizing the water from the stream by his house to power it, he used an abandoned car to create a generator for his house. Word spread and Professor Tadaoki Yamamoto, the Department Chairman of the Faculty of Science & Engineering at the Waseda University, came to meet Higa and asked him to come to Japan and study. Since he completed 15 other inventions and applied for several patents at the Patent Bureau in Tokyo.

He had to go to the American Embassy to prove his American citizenship. During World War II he served in the 100th Infantry Battalion for the United States Army, where he received a Purple Heart after being shot while serving in Italy. From June 1944 to January 1945 he was sponsored by the United States Army Relocation Authorities and Japanese American Citizens League to go on a seven-month lecture tour to 75 relocation camps throughout the United States; the purpose of the speaking tour was to raise awareness and gain support for Japanese American troops. Since Higa was able to speak English and Okinawan, he was a valuable asset to the United States military. General Kendall J. Fielder asked Higa to go to Okinawa during World War II to help convince the people of Okinawa to come out of the caves and surrender because Higa would be able to make a personal connection with them. Higa risked his own life entering these caves saved several villages. After the war, Higa helped with efforts to rebuild Okinawa, sending pigs donated from Hawaii to replenish their depleted stock.

In May 1983, Higa was honored by the Okinawan government for his contributions to the Okinawan people during and after the war in the Pacific. Higa married Toshiko Chinen on November 1945 in Kauai where his wife was born. Higa was first introduced to Chinen, she wrote him letters and he had hoped to meet her in person. She would write about her family and friends in Okinawa and soon they wrote about their health and more personal stories, they decided to wed as soon as Higa would return home from the war. This was a large gamble because they had never seen each other before. Higa was doubting the marriage until he received a letter from his previous teacher who wrote, "An evil may sometimes turn out to be a blessing in disguise. Do not feel downhearted. One's mental power controls his bodily condition. Let your mental strength heal your wounds. I have no doubt that you can do this." This letter was dated on December 18, 1943 and two years he married Toshiko Chinen. Thomas Taro Higa died on February 1985 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

1968—Produced a documentary film, "Hawaii ni Ikiru" ("Life in Hawaii", created to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the Okinawan immigration to Hawaii. 1974—Published Imin Wa Ikiru, this book was an account of several Okinawan immigrants to Hawaii and North and South America. 1982—Published Aru Nisei No Wadachi May 1983—Higa was honored by the Okinawan government and the Ryukyu University for his many contributions to the Okinawan people during and after the war. July 1983—Recipient of the Okinawa Times Award, August 1984—Recipient of the certificate of appreciation from Japanese American Citizens League at national convention in Honolulu, Hawaii. Thomas Higa was the recipient of the Silver Star for his great and brave service to the United States Army during World War II; the honor was awarded for his action during heavy fire in Italy on November 5, 1943. Higa was wounded from the back but continued to aid his fellow soldiers by carrying two men to a sheltered area, he went back into the war zone to offer more aid.

The heroic acts of Thomas Higa exemplifies the significance behind the honor of the Silver Star. Higa, Thomas T. Memoirs of a Certain Nisei: 1916 - 1985 = Aru-nisei-no-wadachi. Kaneohe, HI: Higa, 1988. Oral history interview with Taro Higa Finding aid for

Revere Beach Parkway

Revere Beach Parkway is a historic parkway in the suburbs north of Boston, Massachusetts. It begins at Wellington Circle in Medford, where the road leading to the west is Mystic Valley Parkway, the north–south road is the Fellsway, designated Route 28; the parkway proceeds east, ending at Eliot Circle, the junction of Revere Beach Boulevard and Winthrop Parkway in Revere. In between, the parkway passes through the cities of Chelsea; the parkway was built between 1896 and 1904 to provide access from interior communities to Revere Beach. It underwent two major periods of capacity expansion, in the 1930s and again in the 1950s; the parkway is designated as part of Route 16 west of Route 1A, as part of Route 145 east of that point. The route of the roadway, along with a number of specific features relating to its original period of construction and those of the expansions up to 1957, was listed as a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places in 2007. Revere Beach Parkway was one of the first parkways proposed by landscape architect Charles Eliot, identified in an 1893 report to a predecessor of the Metropolitan District Commission.

Work began in 1897, with the construction of a bridge across the railroad tracks of the Boston, Revere Beach and Lynn Railroad, now the MBTA Blue Line right-of-way. Although this bridge was lengthened to cross State Road, the original 1899 northern bridge abutment survives. Survey work was done in 1898 to identify the route through Everett; the Olmsted Brothers, who consulted on the parkway design, suggested its width be tailored to the cost required to take the land it ran over, resulting in a wider right-of-way in less expensive areas. By 1899 the entire route had been designed and land acquired, the eastern section from Eliot Circle to Winthrop Avenue had been completed; when built, the parkway ran adjacent to Winthrop Street, but the two were merged during road widening in the 1950s. Construction between Winthrop Avenue and Main Street in Everett took place between 1900 and 1901, but was complicated by the crossing of the Boston and Maine tracks just west of where Massachusetts Route 1A crosses the parkway.

Expected to be a grade crossing, in 1903 a pony truss bridge was built to span the tracks. This bridge is the oldest surviving bridge on the parkway; the final section of the parkway, between Main Street in Everett and the Fellsway, was built between 1903 and 1905. This stretch included three significant bridges: two across railroad tracks, one across the Malden River; the railroad bridges were of steel girder construction, the Malden Street bridge was a drawbridge. The first of these bridges, across the B&M Saugus Branch line, is now used by the Poirer Memorial Roadway, the parkway crosses the right of way on a modern six-lane bridge; the second, the Malden River drawbridge, is a double-leaf simple trunnion bridge built in 1954 to replace the earlier drawbridge. The drawbridge is no longer used; the third bridge, which now crosses the MBTA Orange Line as well as commuter rail lines, was replaced in 1956 with a modern six-lane bridge. The roadway has been altered over the years, principally widening to allow for increased traffic flow.

There are two places. One is the Poirer Memorial Roadway, a westbound access road from Santilli Circle in Everett to the Sweetser Overpass; the other segment is now part of an access road in Revere on the north side of the parkway. National Register of Historic Places listings in Suffolk County, Massachusetts National Register of Historic Places listings in Middlesex County, Massachusetts National Register of Historic Places listings in Medford, Massachusetts