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Barron Gorge National Park

Barron Gorge National Park is a protected area in the Cairns Region, Australia. It is predominantly within the locality of Barron Gorge; the park is 2 kilometres from Kuranda. Barron Gorge is part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is a 7.5 kilometre scenic cableway running above the Barron Gorge National Park in the Wet Tropics of Queensland's World Heritage Area north of Cairns which has won more than 25 awards. The Kuranda Scenic Railway line passes through the park with a station at Barron Falls. Two trains returns to Cairns daily; the original weir, constructed in 1934 at the top of the falls, is visible from the station lookout and Skyrail's Barron Falls Station lookouts. Barron Gorge formed where the Barron River passes over the eastern escarpment of the Atherton Tablelands. Barron Falls cascade 265 m to the gorge below. Two waterfalls—Stoney Creek Falls and Surprise Creek Falls exist on tributaries of the Barron River within the park. Slopes around the gorge are steep with some at a 45° angle.

This made construction of the railway hazardous. 23 lives were lost during its construction. In 1885 the explorer Archibald Meston described the Barron Falls in flood where the raging waters "rush together like wild horses as they enter the straight in the dread finish of their last race... the currents of air created by the cataract waved the branches of the trees hundreds of feet overhead... the rock shook like a mighty steamer tumbling with the vibrations of the screw." In 1935, the waters of the Barron River were harnessed in the Barron Gorge Hydroelectric Power Station to generate Queensland's first hydroelectric power. Two hundred metres from the base of the Barron Falls an underground power station was carved into the cliff face. Water was delivered through pipes to drive two 1200 kW turbo-alternators; the substation and staff houses were built around the area now forming the Skyrail station. The Djabugandji Bama are the Traditional Owners of the area known as Djirri Nyundu Nyrrumba, which includes Barron Gorge National Park.

Ownership of the park returned to its traditional owners on 17 December 2004. This is the first park in Queensland to have a native title determination. Visitors to the park have not faced any changes under the new owners but Aboriginals were able to hold traditional religious ceremonies. Bird's-nest fern and elkhorn ferns grow amongst Candlenut, Native olive and False Red Sandalwood trees at the bottom of the gorge; the park forms part of the Wooroonooran Important Bird Area, identified as such by BirdLife International because it supports populations of a range of bird species endemic to Queensland's Wet Tropics. Noisy pittas and the orange-footed scrubfowl are two species of bird that may be seen; the southern cassowary is spotted in the southern section of the park. Nocturnal animals are common; these include a variety of possums and flying foxes as well as Lumholtz's tree-kangaroo and the northern quoll. Protected areas of Queensland Barron Gorge National Park Queensland Holidays Barron George National Park protectedplanet.net

1995–96 Scottish Premier Division

The 1995–96 Scottish Premier Division season was the second season involving a relegation playoff with the Scottish First Division. The season began on 26 August 1995; the 1995–96 Scottish Premier Division season ended in success for Rangers who won the title by four points from nearest rivals Celtic to clinch eight titles in a row. Falkirk were relegated to the First Division after finishing bottom with Partick Thistle being relegated after losing the relegation playoff to Dundee United; as champions, Rangers qualified for the Champions League while Celtic were joined by third-placed Aberdeen in qualifying for the UEFA Cup. Fourth-placed Hearts qualified for the Cup Winners' Cup as Scottish Cup runners-up; the season began on 26 August with the first goal of the season scored by Aberdeen's John Inglis as they won 3–2 away to Falkirk. The regular league season ended on 4 May with Hibernian's Darren Jackson netting a late winner in a 1–0 win at home to Partick Thistle to claim the final goal of the season.

Promoted from First Division to Premier League Raith RoversRelegated from Premier Division to First Division Dundee United 14 October: Gordon Durie hits the first hat-trick of the season in a 4–0 win at Partick Thistle. 28 April: Rangers win the title at Ibrox as a Paul Gascoigne hat-trick helps them to a 3–1 win over Aberdeen. During matches 1–18 each team plays every other team twice. During matches 19–36 each team plays every other team a further two times. A two leg play-off took place between the 9th placed team in the Premier Division and the runner-up of the First Division for a place in the 1996–97 Scottish Premier Division; the first leg at Firhill Stadium finished 1–1 and the second leg at Tannadice Park four days also finished 1–1 after 90 minutes, meaning extra time was required to separate the teams. Owen Coyle scored for Dundee United during extra time, meaning Dundee United won 3–2 on aggregate, returned to the Premier Division and Partick Thistle were relegated to the First Division.

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Svorka Hydroelectric Power Station

The Svorka Hydroelectric Power Station is a hydroelectric power station in the municipality of Surnadal in Møre og Romsdal county, Norway. It is located about 4 kilometers northeast of the village of Bøverfjorden, it utilizes a drop of 260 meters from the lake Langvatnet, regulated between 274 meters and 276 meters, to the Bøvra River. The Svorka River is regulated for the plant, its catchment area is 104.5 square kilometers. Water is transferred from several lakes: Litlbøvervatnet is regulated between 343 meters and 333 meters, Solåsvatnet and Geitøyvatnet are regulated between 336 meters and 331 meters, Andersvatnet is regulated between 294 meters and 305 meters; the plant has a Francis turbine and operates at an installed capacity of 25 MW, has an average annual production of about 111 GWh. The plant came into operation in 1963 and is owned 50% each by Svorka Energi and Statkraft

Lafa Subdistrict

Lafa is the subdistrict of Jiaohe, China. It is located at the northeast of Jiaohe, away from Jiaohe city 12 km, below the Lafa Mountain; the east is Qianjin, the southeast is Wulin, the south is Jiaohe new town, the west is Qingling, the north is Xinzhan. The area of Lafa is 327.35 km ², among this. The subdistrict has 18 administrate villages and 65 natural villages, has 1 administrate community with 3 neighborhoods; the government sent. The original name of Lafa was Lamenzi, because the local terrain is high at east and west, low at central, looks like the big stone gate. Chinese name Lafa was transfer from Manchu name Lefu. There had Lafa station at Qing dynasty, when at 1928, Jidun railway was set railway station here.1938 set up Lafa village, 1959 set up Lafa people's commune, 1983 set up Lafa township, 1992 set up Lafa town. At 1997, two villages was given to Jiaohe city. 2006, Lafa was set up as subdistrict. In the night of June 7, 1946, the army of KMT was fight with CCP, they were fighting for the Changtu railway.

This is called Lafa-Xinzhan battle. The battle was ended at next day morning, KMT was failed; the east and west of Lafa is mountain, the south is looks like saddle. East-west longs South-north longs 17 km. Temperate continental monsoon climate. Here is affected by the Songhua Lake, the average annual temperature is 3.6℃, the no frost day is 130 days, the precipitation is 700 – 750 mm. Lafa has three rivers, they are used as irrigation. Among the Lafa river is across away, flow together into Jiao river at the south. About the traffic, there has Lafa railway station with Changtu railway, and it has 302 state road. 204 provincial highway crossing here. Lafa has 22,000 people, among has 19947 people is farmer. Lafa has 18 villages. Community: Lafa Village: Lafa, Dadianzi, Dapo, Songjia, Aiguo, Yongxin, Changjia, Xinxiang, Ziqiang, Xiangyang

Total Eclipse (1994 video game)

Total Eclipse is a space flight simulation video game developed and published by Crystal Dynamics for 3DO. It was ported to the PlayStation under the title Total Eclipse Turbo; the game was copyrighted in 1993 but not made available to the public until 1994, leading some sources to mistakenly list its release date as 1993. A sequel, Solar Eclipse, was released for Sega PlayStation; the game is played in a third person, behind-the-player-character perspective as the player's ship flies across each stage. As in other shmups, the player is free to accelerate and maneuver around to dodge obstacles and attack enemies, but the course for each stage is fixed. Rather than space, the player's ship flies through tunnels. On the surface, the player flies over 3D heightmapped terrain, avoiding obstacles. In tunnels, the player avoids mechanical traps such as twisting passageways; the exit of the tunnel appears on the surface of the same stage, so the player may miss a power-up on the surface by taking a tunnel and vice versa.

Some tunnels are optional and may contain bonus power-ups, while other tunnels are entered at dead ends on the surface. If the player fails to properly guide his ship into the tunnel at that point, his ship collides with the dead end terrain and explodes, costing a life. Colliding with enemies or terrain, being shot by enemies, the passage of time all drain the ship's shields; when the shields reach zero, the ship explodes, a life is deducted from the player's stock, play resumes at a checkpoint. Since there are few shield refills in the game, the only way to avert this is by destroying enemies and ground installations. Extra lives may be earned by collecting scoring large numbers of points. In addition, the player has a limited supply of continues, which place them back at the beginning of the current stage; when all lives and continues are exhausted, the game is over. Each game world is divided for a total of 20 stages; each stage contains multiple tunnel areas. The fourth stage of each world ends with a fight against a boss, with the exception of the final world, in which the boss appears midway through the stage.

By collecting power-ups, the player can change their weapon between five different types. Collecting a power-up of the type they have upgrades their weapon level, with a maximum level of three. At higher levels the weapon fires more shots at a time; the player can use bombs which send a wave of energy across the stage. This wave is strong enough to destroy most enemies and installations, stops when it reaches the game's draw distance; the player starts each life with one bomb, can collect more within the stages, maintaining a stock of up to three. The player can score additional points by performing aileron rolls, collecting point bonus items, flying at faster speeds. Earth is attacked by an aggressive alien race known as the Drak-Sai; the aliens use the Sun Dagger, to initiate a supernova in the sun. The player must pilot his ship across four planets and destroy the Sun Dagger to prevent further destruction. Electronic Gaming Monthly gave the 3DO version a 6.5 out of 10. They praised the graphics but criticized that the controls are too sensitive, the music is inappropriate for the theme of some stages, that the hit detection is overly punishing.

GamePro were held in similar awe of the graphics in the 3DO version and found little to complain about with the gameplay, concluding, "Total Eclipse blasts off into familiar fighting space ways, but the graphic look of this cool shooter is out of this world."Reviews for the PlayStation version were less positive, as critics commented that despite the "Turbo" in the title, the PlayStation version made no changes to the by-then over a year old game. Bob Mackey of USgamer listed Total Eclipse Turbo as one of the worst launch games for the PlayStation. Total Eclipse at MobyGames

West Dorset (UK Parliament constituency)

West Dorset is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2019 by Chris Loder, a Conservative. The seat was created under the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885. Political historyWest Dorset has been served only by Conservative MPs. There have been large majorities; the closest result in recent years was in 2001, when the member, Oliver Letwin, only just held his seat, with a majority of 2.8% over the Liberal Democrat candidate, Simon Green. The Liberal Democrats have come second at every election since 1974. Labour's best results in the constituency were in 1945 and 1966. Prominent frontbenchersOliver Letwin, with a settled background in policy formulation, was appointed Minister of State for Policy in the Conservative-Liberal Democrat Coalition on 12 May 2010. 1885–1918: The Municipal Boroughs of Bridport and Lyme Regis, the Sessional Divisions of Bridport and Cerne, part of the Sessional Divisions of Dorchester and Sherborne. 1918–1950: The Municipal Boroughs of Bridport and Lyme Regis, the Rural Districts of Beaminster, Bridport and Dorchester, part of the Rural District of Weymouth.

1950–1974: The Municipal Boroughs of Bridport and Lyme Regis, the Urban District of Sherborne, the Rural Districts of Beaminster and Sherborne, part of the Rural District of Dorchester. 1974–1983: As 1950 but with redrawn boundaries. 1983–present: The District of West Dorset except the ward of Owermoigne. The West Dorset constituency covers most of the West Dorset district and includes the towns of Dorchester, the county town of Dorset. Aside from tourist areas, including the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the seat draws on managerial and advanced professional skills in sectors such as mechanical engineering, reconditioning, defence and design, which support local trades and retail. A greater than average proportion of people are retired. Workless claimants who were registered jobseekers were in November 2012 lower than the national average of 3.8%, at 1.4% of the population based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian. General Election 1939/40: Another general election was required to take place before the end of 1940.

The political parties had been making preparations for an election to take place from 1939, by the end of this year the following candidates had been selected: Conservative: Simon Wingfield Digby Liberal: George Edwin Chappell British Union: Ralph Jebb General Election 1914/15: Another General Election was required to take place before the end of 1915. The political parties had been making preparations for an election to take place and by the July 1914, the following candidates had been selected: Unionist: Robert Williams Liberal: List of Parliamentary constituencies in Dorset Notes References