Along the Roaring River

Along the Roaring River: My Wild Ride from Mao to the Met Author Hao Jiang Tian with Lois B. Morris Foreword by Robert Lipsyte Language English Genre Memoir Publisher John Wiley & SonsPublication dateMay 2008 Pages 336 ISBN 978-0-470-05641-7 OCLC 182621384Dewey Decimal782.1092 B 22 LC Class ML420.T49 A3 2008 Along the Roaring River: My Wild Ride from Mao to the Met (2008) is an autobiography by Hao Jiang Tian, a Chinese-American opera singer for the Metropolitan Opera. The book was published in May 2008 by John Wiley & Sons. Overview[edit] This book is the personal memoir of Hao Jiang Tian, an internationally renowned opera singer for the Metropolitan Opera. Hao Jiang Tian seemed an unlikely candidate for Western classical musical stardom. He was a wild child living on his own during the Cultural Revolution, forced to labor in a factory for seven years, and was nearly thrown out of a music program for wiggling his hips like Elvis in performance. This book shares his operatic tales of love, art, and survival that lead fatefully to the Metropolitan Opera, and on to the world’s musical capitals, often alongside Plácido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti, where he forged the way for Asian singers in the often reluctant opera world. Born in 1954, Tian was forced to study piano by his People’s Liberation Army musician parents, but won a reprieve when his piano teacher was arrested during the Cultural Revolution. After his parents were themselves sent away and he was on his own, he taught himself to play accordion and entertained schoolmates and then his often-illiterate factory mates in the Mao Zedong Thought Propaganda Team. Just before Mao’s death, he tricked his way into a voice training program, and ultimately left China during the Anti-Spiritual Pollution Campaign of the mid-80s, to earn a master’s degree at the University of Denver. Not until he was 38 and had found his one true love did he first gain a footing in the opera world; his first job was at the Met, where he has sung every year since 1991. Inevitably the book draws the reader back to China, where Tian, now an American citizen, attempts to rescue young artists from the today’s gritty realities there and to understand himself the baffling changes that have taken place since he departed. Tian, a basso cantante, is well known for his role as General Wang in the First Emperor, which premiered at The Met in December 2006, opposite Plácido Domingo, and for the. thanks wikipedia.

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1999 French Open

1999 French OpenDate 24 May – 6 June Edition 98th Category Grand Slam (ITF) Surface Clay Location Paris (XVIe), France Venue Stade Roland Garros Champions Men’s SinglesAndre Agassi Women’s SinglesSteffi Graf Men’s DoublesMahesh Bhupathi /Leander Paes Women’s DoublesSerena Williams /Venus Williams Mixed DoublesPiet Norval /Katarina Srebotnik Boys’ SinglesGuillermo Coria Girls’ SinglesLourdes Domínguez Lino Boys’ DoublesIrakli Labadze /Lovro Zovko Girls’ DoublesFlavia Pennetta /Roberta Vinci ← 1998 French Open 2000 → The 1999 French Open was a tennis tournament that took place on the outdoor clay courts at the Stade Roland Garros in Paris, France. The tournament was held from 24 May until 6 June. It was the 98th staging of the French Open, and the second Grand Slam tennis event of 1999.Contents 1 Seniors1.1 Men’s singles 1.2 Women’s singles 1.3 Men’s doubles 1.4 Women’s doubles 1.5 Mixed doubles 2 Juniors2.1 Boys’ singles 2.2 Girls’ singles 2.3 Boys’ doubles 2.4 Girls’ doubles 3 Singles players3.1 Men’s Singles 4 Notes 5 External linksSeniors[edit] Men’s singles[edit] Main article: 1999 French Open – Men’s SinglesAndre Agassi[1] defeatedAndrei Medvedev, 1–6, 2–6, 6–4, 6–3, 6–4• It was Agassi’s 4th career Grand Slam singles title and his 1st and only title at the French Open.Women’s singles[edit] Main article: 1999 French Open – Women’s SinglesSteffi Graf defeatedMartina Hingis, 4–6, 7–5, 6–2• It was Graf’s 22nd and last career Grand Slam singles title and her 6th title at the French Open.Men’s doubles[edit] Main article: 1999 French Open – Men’s DoublesMahesh Bhupathi /Leander Paes defeatedGoran Ivanišević /Jeff Tarango, 6–2, 7–5• It was Bhupathi’s 1st career Grand Slam doubles title. • It was Paes’ 1st career Grand Slam doubles title.Women’s doubles[edit] Main article: 1999 French Open – Women’s DoublesSerena Williams /Venus Williams defeatedMartina Hingis /Anna Kournikova, 6–3, 6–7(2–7), 8–6• It was S. Williams’ 1st career Grand Slam doubles title. • It was V. Williams’ 1st career Grand Slam doubles title.Mixed doubles[edit] Main article: 1999 French Open – Mixed DoublesKatarina Srebotnik /Piet Norval defeatedLarisa Neiland /Rick Leach, 6–3, 3–6, 6–3• It was Srebotnik’s 1st career Grand Slam mixed doubles title. • It wa. thanks wikipedia.

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William Price

William Price may refer to:Contents 1 In politics 2 In sports 3 In other fields 4 See alsoIn politics[edit]William Price (MP for Beaumaris) for Beaumaris, 1558–1567 William Price (MP for Bath) (died 1596), MP for Bath William Price (of Briton Ferry), Welsh politician who sat in the House of Commons, 1614–1626 William Price (Canadian politician) (1867–1924), Canadian politician William Price (Labour politician) (1934–1999), British Labour MP for Rugby, 1966–1979 William Price (Royalist colonel) (1619–1691), British MP for Merioneth William C. Price (1816–1901), Treasurer of the United States, 1860–1861 William Evan Price (1827–1880), Quebec businessman and political figure William Herbert Price (1877–1963), Canadian Attorney-General of Ontario, 1926–1934 William P. Price (1835–1908), U.S. Representative from Georgia William Philip Price (1817–1891), British merchant, magistrate and politician William Ray Price, Jr. (born 1952), American state supreme court justice in Missouri William T. Price (1824–1886), U.S. Representative from Wisconsin William Jennings Price (1873–1922), U.S. Ambassador to Panama, 1913–1921 William Edwin Price (1841–1886), British Member of Parliament for Tewkesbury, 1868–1880 William H. Price, Auditor of Nebraska, 1937–1938In sports[edit]William Price (footballer) (1903–1987), Indian-born English footballer William Price (Liverpool and District cricketer) (1859–?), English cricketer William Price (Worcestershire cricketer) (1900–1982), English cricketer Billy Price (footballer, born 1917) (1917–1995), English footballer Billy Price (footballer, born 1934) (1934–2004), Scottish footballer William Price (volleyball) (born 1989), American volleyball playerIn other fields[edit]William Price (orientalist) (1780–1830), English linguist William Price (physician) (1800–1893), Welsh physician, Chartist and Neo-druid William Price (industrialist) (c. 1860–1938), Welsh farmer and industrialist William Price (High Sheriff) (1690–1774), Welsh grandson of the Royalist colonel William Price and High Sheriff of two Welsh counties in the 1730s William A. Price (1915–2009), American journalist; police reporter for the New York Daily News, 1940–1955 William S. Price III, co-founder of TPG Capital Billy DeFrank (William Price, 1936–1986), American drag entertainer and gay rights activist William Price (merchant) (1789–1867), Canadian lumber merchant and manufacturer of pla. thanks wikipedia.

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Stephen Kinnock

The Honourable Stephen Kinnock MP Member of Parliament for AberavonIncumbentAssumed office 8 May 2015 Preceded by Hywel Francis Majority 10,445 (33.1%) Spouse of the Prime Minister of Denmark In office 3 October 2011 – 28 June 2015 Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt Preceded by Sólrun Løkke Rasmussen Succeeded by Sólrun Løkke Rasmussen Personal details Born Stephen Nathan Kinnock (1970-01-01) 1 January 1970 (age 46) Tredegar, Monmouthshire, Wales[1] Political party Labour Spouse(s) Helle Thorning-Schmidt (m. 1996) Children 2 Alma mater Queens’ College, Cambridge College of Europe Stephen Nathan Kinnock (born 1 January 1970) is a British Labour Party politician who was elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Aberavon at the United Kingdom general election, 2015. His wife is the former Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and his father, Neil Kinnock, served as the (Labour) Leader of the Opposition of the United Kingdom 1983–1992 and is a former European Commissioner.Contents 1 Early life and education 2 Career2.1 Early career 2.2 Political career 3 Personal life 4 Styles and titles 5 See also 6 ReferencesEarly life and education[edit] Kinnock was born in Tredegar, south Wales, the son of British politicians Glenys and Neil Kinnock.[2] He was educated at Drayton Manor High School, a comprehensive school in London. He studied Modern Languages at Queens’ College, Cambridge, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree. He studied for a Master of Arts (MA) degree at the College of Europe in Bruges, graduating in 1993. Career[edit] Early career[edit] He was previously an executive who held various senior positions with the British Council prior to joining the World Economic Forum in January 2009 as director, head of Europe and Central Asia.[3] On the Xyntéo website he has been listed as “managing director, GLTE”.[4] Stephen Kinnock describes himself as from a “Labour and Trade Union family”.[5] That is, he is the son of Neil Kinnock, former leader of the Labour Party and ex-chair of the British Council, and Glenys Kinnock, a former Labour Member of the European Parliament and Minister of State (2009–10) at the UK Foreign Office. Political career[edit] Kinnock worked as a research assistant at the European Parliament in Brussels before becoming a British Council Development and Training Services executive based in Brussels from 1997. Following the closure, imposed by. thanks wikipedia.

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Naheed Nenshi

His Worship Naheed Nenshi 36th Mayor of CalgaryIncumbentAssumed office October 25, 2010 Preceded by Dave Bronconnier Personal details Born Naheed Kurban Nenshi (1972-02-02) February 2, 1972 (age 44) Toronto, Ontario, Canada[1] Alma mater University of Calgary Harvard University Profession Associate professor Religion Muslim (Nizari Ismaili) Naheed Kurban Nenshi (born February 2, 1972) is a Canadian politician who is the 36th mayor of Calgary, Alberta. He was elected in the 2010 municipal election, becoming the first visible minority mayor of a Canadian municipality with a population of at least 100,000 and the first Muslim mayor of a large North American city. He was re-elected in 2013 with 74% of the vote.[2]Contents 1 Personal life1.1 Awards 1.2 Education and career before politics 2 Electoral record2.1 2010 mayoral election2.1.1 Vandalism and email attacks 2.2 2013 mayoral election2.2.1 2013 mayoral campaign2.2.1.1 Abolition of developer subsidy 2.2.1.2 International Avenue business redevelopment zone 3 Mayoralty3.1 Positions3.1.1 Relationship with housing industry3.1.1.1 Cal Wenzel housing lobby video 3.1.1.2 Pro-development candidate slate 3.2 Calgary-Tsuu T’ina Nation relationships 3.3 Comparison to Rob Ford 3.4 Public works and infrastructure projects3.4.1 City consultation with environmental research group 3.4.2 Enmax 3.4.3 Public works of second term 3.5 Transportation3.5.1 Calgary Transit 3.5.2 Relationship with Canadian Pacific Railway 3.6 Social initiatives and amendments to bylaws3.6.1 Calgary Police and crime 3.7 Enterprise and financial initiatives3.7.1 Taxation and city finances3.7.1.1 Increases of property tax3.7.1.1.1 Taxation of second term 3.7.1.2 Financial decisions3.7.1.2.1 Property tax surplus 3.7.1.3 Financial decisions of second term 3.8 Key events of mayoralty3.8.1 2013 flood and reconstruction 3.9 Key events of second mayoralty3.9.1 Cal Wenzel slander lawsuit 3.9.2 Allegations of alcohol and substance abuse among councillors during city functions 3.10 Calgary Street Church and accusations of anti-Christian bigotry 3.11 City Charter 4 References 5 External linksPersonal life[edit] Nenshi was born in Toronto, Ontario, and raised in Calgary.[1] His parents, Kurbanali Hussein and Noorjah,[3] were South Asian origin immigrants to Canada from Tanzania, and he has a sister.[4] Nenshi donated 10% of his 2012 salary, amountin. thanks wikipedia.

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Megachile ustulata

Megachile ustulata Scientific classificationKingdom: Animalia Phylum: Arthropoda Class: Insecta Order: Hymenoptera Family: Megachilidae Genus: Megachile Species: M. ustulata Binomial name Megachile ustulata Smith, 1862Megachile ustulata is a species of bee in the family Megachilidae.[1] It was described by Smith in 1862.[1] References[edit] ^ a b “Megachile”. BioLib. 2014. Retrieved 19 October 2014.  This Megachile-related article is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. v t e. thanks wikipedia.

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History of manufactured gas

See also: Industrial gasThis article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (January 2012) (Learn how and when to remove this template message) Main article: Fuel gas Drawing the retorts at the Great Gas Establishment Brick Lane, from The Monthly Magazine (1821) The history of manufactured gas, important for lighting, heating, and cooking purposes throughout most of the nineteenth century and the first half of the 20th century, began with the development of analytical and pneumatic chemistry in the eighteenth century. The manufacturing process for “synthetic fuel gases” (also known as “manufactured fuel gas”, “manufactured gas” or simply “gas”) typically consisted of the gasification of combustible materials, usually coal, but also wood and oil. The coal was gasified by heating the coal in enclosed ovens with an oxygen-poor atmosphere. The fuel gases generated were mixtures of many chemical substances, including hydrogen, methane, carbon monoxide and ethylene, and could be burnt for heating and lighting purposes. Coal gas, for example, also contains significant quantities of unwanted sulfur and ammonia compounds, as well as heavy hydrocarbons, and so the manufactured fuel gases needed to be purified before they could be used. The first attempts to manufacture fuel gas in a commercial way were made in the period 1795–1805 in France by Philippe Lebon, and in England by William Murdoch. Although precursors can be found, it was these two engineers who elaborated the technology with commercial applications in mind. Frederick Winsor was the key player behind the creation of the first gas utility, the London-based Gas Light and Coke Company, incorporated by royal charter in April 1812. Many other manufactured fuel gas utilities were founded first in England, and then in the rest of Europe and North America in the 1820s. The technology increased in scale. After a period of competition, the business model of the gas industry matured in monopolies, where a single company provided gas in a given zone. The ownership of the companies varied from outright municipal ownership, such as in Manchester, to completely private corporations, such as in London and most North American cities. Gas companies thrived during most of the nineteenth century, usually returning good profits to their shareholders, but were also the subject of ma. thanks wikipedia.

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Gilt-bronze Maitreya in Meditation (National Treasure No. 83)

For other uses, see Gilt-bronze Maitreya in Meditation. Gilt-bronze Maitreya in MeditationKorean name Hangul 금동 미륵보살 반가상 Hanja 金銅彌勒菩薩半跏像 Revised Romanization Geumdong Mireuk Bosal ban-gasang McCune–Reischauer Kŭmdong Mirŭk Posal pan’gasang The Gilt-bronze Maitreya in Meditation is a gilt-bronze statue of what is believed to be the Maitreya, the future Buddha, in a semi-seated contemplative pose. It is commonly referred to as the Contemplative Bodhisattva, Pensive Bodhisattva, or Gilt-Bronze Seated Maitreya in English. In Korean it is frequently referred to as pan’gasayusang. It is the National Treasure of Korea No. 83. The statue is widely acknowledged to be one of the finest Buddhist sculptures ever produced and is a masterpiece of Korean art. It is now housed at the National Museum of Korea and is one of the most popular exhibits there.Contents 1 Origins1.1 Significance of the Maitreya Image 1.2 Origin of Pose 2 Description 3 Similar works 4 Footnotes 5 See also 6 External linksOrigins[edit] Significance of the Maitreya Image[edit] The Maitreya images were a popular subject for sculptors as well as worshippers during the Three Kingdoms period. A large majority of he pan’gasayusang statues were produced over a period of 100 years, from the late 6th century to the early Unified Silla period. [1] This transitional time period was marked by much political turbulence, and Buddhism as a whole as well as the Maitreya played a significant symbolic role leading up to the peninsula’s unification. Origin of Pose[edit] The bodhisattva is sculpted seated on a stool with his right leg crossed over his left knee, and one finger rests delicately on his face, upon which there is a thoughtful expression. The pose itself, first conceived in India and then transmitted through China, is associated with an event that actually occurred in Sakyamuni Buddha’s life before his renouncement when he was still a prince. While observing farmers till the fields, Siddhartha Gautama awakened to the cyclical nature of human suffering: the Maitreya images depict the posture at this moment of awakening. [2]Description[edit] A side profile of the sculpture The statue is believed to have been made in the early 7th century. Recent scholarship consensus indicates that the statue is probably from Silla because of drapery fold studies although some believe that this was a Baekje piece. It is 93.5 centimeters tall or. thanks wikipedia.

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Duplication and elimination matrices

In mathematics, especially in linear algebra and matrix theory, the duplication matrix and the elimination matrix are linear transformations used for transforming half-vectorizations of matrices into vectorizations or (respectively) vice versa.Contents 1 Duplication matrix 2 Elimination matrix 3 Notes 4 ReferencesDuplication matrix[edit] The duplication matrix Dn is the unique n2 × n(n+1)/2 matrix which, for any n × n symmetric matrix A, transforms vech(A) into vec(A):Dn vech(A) = vec(A).For the 2×2 symmetric matrix A = , this transformation readsElimination matrix[edit] The elimination matrix Ln is the unique n(n+1)/2 × n2 matrix which, for any n × n matrix A, transforms vec(A) into vech(A):Ln vec(A) = vech(A). [1]For the 2×2 matrix A = , this transformation reads.Notes[edit]^ Magnus & Neudecker (1980), Definition 3.1References[edit]Magnus, Jan R.; Neudecker, Heinz (1980), “The elimination matrix: some lemmas and applications”, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. Journal on Algebraic and Discrete Methods 1 (4): 422–449, doi:10.1137/0601049, ISSN 0196-5212 . Jan R. Magnus and Heinz Neudecker (1988), Matrix Differential Calculus with Applications in Statistics and Econometrics, Wiley. ISBN 0-471-98633-X. Jan R. Magnus (1988), Linear Structures, Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-520655-X. thanks wikipedia.

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2002 Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Zone Group IV

Main article: 2002 Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Zone The Group IV tournament was held March 20-24, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on outdoor hard courts.[1]Contents 1 Format 2 Pool A2.1 Results of Individual Ties 3 Pool B3.1 Results of Individual Ties 4 Promotion pool4.1 Results of Individual Ties 5 Placement pool5.1 Results of Individual Ties 6 ReferencesFormat[edit] The eight teams were split into two groups and played in a round-robin format. The top two teams of each group advanced to the promotion pool, from which the two top teams were promoted to the Asia/Oceania Zone Group III in 2003. The bottom two teams of each group were placed in a second pool to determine places 5-8. Pool A[edit] Team Pld W L MF MA  Kyrgyzstan 3 3 0 7 2  Bahrain 3 2 1 5 4  Iraq 3 1 2 5 4  Brunei 3 0 3 1 8 Results of Individual Ties[edit] Date Winning Team ScoreMarch 20  Kyrgyzstan 2-1  Iraq March 20  Bahrain 2-1  Brunei March 21  Kyrgyzstan 2-1  Bahrain March 21  Iraq 3-0  Brunei March 22  Kyrgyzstan 3-0  Brunei March 22  Bahrain 2-1  Iraq Pool B[edit] Team Pld W L MF MA  Bangladesh 3 2 1 7 2  Oman 3 2 1 5 4  Sri Lanka 3 2 1 5 4  Jordan 3 0 3 1 8 Results of Individual Ties[edit] Date Winning Team ScoreMarch 20  Bangladesh 3-0  Oman March 20  Sri Lanka 2-1  Jordan March 21  Bangladesh 3-0  Jordan March 21  Oman 2-1  Sri Lanka March 22  Oman 3-0  Jordan March 22  Sri Lanka 2-1  Bangladesh Promotion pool[edit] The top two teams from each of Pools A and B advanced to the Promotion pool. Results and points from games against the opponent from the preliminary round were carried forward. Team Pld W L MF MA  Kyrgyzstan 3 2 1 6 3  Bahrain 3 2 1 6 3  Bangladesh 3 1 2 4 5  Oman 3 1 2 2 7 Results of Individual Ties[edit] Date Winning Team ScoreMarch 23  Bahrain 2-1  Bangladesh March 23  Oman 2-1  Kyrgyzstan March 24  Bahrain 3-0  Oman March 24  Kyrgyzstan 3-0  Bangladesh Kyrgyzstan and Bahrain promoted to Group III for 2003. Placement pool[edit] The bottom two teams from Pools A and B were placed in the placement group. Results and points from games against the opponent from the preliminary round were carried forward. Team Pld W L MF MA  Sri Lanka 3 3 0 7 2  Ir. thanks wikipedia.

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