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Darling Downs

The Darling Downs is a farming region on the western slopes of the Great Dividing Range in southern Queensland, Australia. The Downs are one of the major regions of Queensland; the name was applied to an area approximating to that of the Condamine River catchment upstream of Condamine township but is now applied to a wider region comprising the Southern Downs, Western Downs and Goondiwindi local authority areas. The name Darling Downs was given in 1827 by Allan Cunningham, the first European explorer to reach the area and recognises the Governor of New South Wales, Ralph Darling; the region has developed a strong and diverse agricultural industry due to the extensive areas of vertosols black vertosols, of moderate to high fertility and available water capacity. Manufacturing and mining coal mining are important, coal seam gas extraction experienced significant growth in the decade to 2016; the landscape is dominated by rolling hills covered by pastures of many different species, legumes such as soy beans and chick peas, other crops including cotton, wheat and sorghum.

Between the farmlands there are long stretches of crisscrossing roads, bushy ridges, winding creeks and herds of cattle. There are farms with beef and dairy cattle, pigs and lamb stock. Other typical sights include irrigation systems, windmills serving as water well pumps to get water from the Great Artesian Basin, light planes crop-dusting, rusty old woolsheds and other scattered remnants from a bygone era of early exploration and settlement; the largest city and commercial centre of the Darling Downs is Toowoomba about 132 kilometres west of Brisbane. Other towns situated on what is now called The Downs include Dalby, Stanthorpe, Goondiwindi, Miles, Allora, Cecil Plains, Millmerran and Chinchilla; the New England Highway, Gore Highway and the Warrego Highway traverse the region. The Toowoomba Second Range Crossing is being constructed so that heavy traffic can avoid passing through Toowoomba. Coolmunda Dam, Leslie Dam, Cooby Dam, Perseverance Dam, Cressbrook Dam, Storm King Dam and the Glenlyon Dam are some of the major water storage facilities in the area.

West of Toowoomba is the Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport. The Darling Down is situated in the drainage basins of the Condamine River and Maranoa River and tributaries; the Condamine River flood plain is noted for its good soils formed by basaltic alluvium. On the northern boundaries of the Downs are the Bunya Mountains and the Bunya Mountains National Park; the region to the north is the South Burnett and the Maranoa lies to the west. A section of the western downs lies over coal deposits of the Surat Basin. Towards the coast, the mountains of the Scenic Rim form the headwaters of the westward flowing Condamine; the majority of the Darling Downs has a humid subtropical climate although some areas experience a semi-arid or subtropical highland climate. Summer maximum temperatures range from 28 to 34 °C, while winter maximums range from 13 to 19 °C; the annual rainfall ranges to 1,000 mm in the east. In the south-east of the Darling Downs winter temperatures can drop below −5 °C with heavy frost and occasional snow, while in the north-west summer temperatures can surpass 45 °C.

Severe thunderstorms and damaging floods are a threat at times. Part of the Darling Downs, which includes the towns of Allora, Warwick and the rocky district in the south known as the Granite Belt, is known as the Southern Downs; the phrase is used to define political boundaries and in the promotion of tourism in the area. The Dumaresq and the MacIntyre are found in this part of the region.. Baranggum is an Australian Aboriginal language spoken by the Baranggum people; the Baranggum language region includes the landscape within the local government boundaries of the Western Downs Regional Council Dalby, Tara and west towards Chinchilla. The Darling Downs was covered with a wealth of indigenous grasses which created an ideal verdure for stock eight months of the year; the Darling Downs Aborigines had an annual burning season at the time when the indigenous grasses were ripe and dry. The annual fires gave the local Aborigines of the Darling Downs the name "Goonneeburra" or "Fire Blacks" - "goonnee" being a name for fire and "burra" a generic word for the whole race.

This is what the Downs tribes were known as to the coastal Aborigines who inhabited the Moreton Bay area. Murri is a wider-spread generic word meaning the whole race but in the Kamabroi dialect; the Downs tribes spoke one common dialect, called Waccah and so to all other surrounding tribes were known as the Wacca-burra. The Goonnee-burra were once situated. Goonnee meant "the ones who hunt with fire". Allan Cunningham set out to explore the area to the west of Moreton Bay in 1827, crossing to the west of the Great Dividing Range from the Hunter Region and travelling north. In June 1827, Cunningham climbed to the top of Mount Dumaresque and after wrote in his diary that this lush area was ideal for settlement. Exploring around Mount Dumaresque, Cunningham found a pass, now known as Cunninghams Gap. Cunningham returned to Moreton Bay in 1828 and with Charles Fraser charted the route thro

Opinion polling for the 2005 Portuguese legislative election

In the run up to the 2005 Portuguese legislative election, various organisations carried out opinion polling to gauge voting intention in Portugal. Results of such polls are displayed in this article; the date range for these opinion polls are from the previous general election, held on 17 March 2002, to the day the next election was held, on 20 February 2005. Poll results are listed in the table below in reverse chronological order, showing the most recent first; the highest percentage figure in each polling survey is displayed in bold, the background shaded in the leading party's colour. In the instance that there is a tie no figure is shaded but both are displayed in bold; the lead column on the right shows the percentage-point difference between the two parties with the highest figures. Poll results use the date, as opposed to the date of publication. Marktest Opinion Poll Tracker ERC - Official publication of polls

Jesse Curran

Jesse Curran is a Filipino-Australian professional footballer signed with Muangthong United. Curran is a versatile player who can play as a defensive midfielder and down the right flank either as a right back or a right winger, he has played for Devonport City, Blacktown City, Central Coast Mariners and Dundee and on loan for Montrose and East Fife. Curran was raised in Tasmania before moving to Sydney to attend Westfields Sports High School, aged sixteen, he is of Filipino heritage on his mother's side. Curran signed with Central Coast Mariners to play in the National Youth League in September 2013, he was an unused substitute for the senior side on one occasion, an A-League match against Adelaide United in October 2013. He received the club's National Youth League Player of the Year award in 2014. In March 2015, Curran trialled with Scottish Premiership club Dundee, he signed a two-year deal with the club shortly after. Curran made his senior debut for the club on 4 October 2015, coming on as a first-half substitute for captain Kevin Thomson in a win over Motherwell.

In November 2015, Curran joined Montrose on a one-month emergency loan deal, playing in three matches before returning to Dundee. In March 2017, Curran joined Scottish League One side East Fife on an emergency loan deal, he signed a new contract with Dundee after returning to the club in May 2017. Curran signed a new one-year deal with Dundee in June 2018. In the 2018–19 season, Curran began to feature in Dundee's starting eleven, he scored his first goal for the side in a 4–0 win over Hamilton Academical in December 2018. He left Dundee in June 2019, with his contract having expired. After a successful trial, Curran signed a deal with Thai side Muangthong United at the beginning of 2020. Curran is eligible to play for the national teams of Australia and Philippines. In September 2018, Australia coach Graham Arnold watched Curran play for Dundee, as a potential selection for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup. Two months he was contacted by Philippines coach Sven-Goran Eriksson in relation to representing the team internationally.

He made an unofficial appearance for the Azkals, coming in as a substitute during the Azkals' friendly 3-1 win over Chaint Hornbill. As of match played on 6 January 2020 List of foreign Scottish Premiership players Jesse Curran profile Jesse Curran at Soccerway Jesse Curran at Soccerbase

Farmers' Almanac TV

Farmers' Almanac TV is a television show, broadcast throughout the USA on public television, based on the periodical of the same name. The magazine-style show covers interesting personalities, unique events and admirable endeavors from both the familiar and remote corners of the North American landscape. Peppered throughout are hints and tips that span a dozen varied lifestyle categories—gardening, natural cures and others—taken straight from years of actual Almanac pages; the show is hosted by the Tony-nominated writer of the musical Pump Boys and Dinettes. The studio Farmers' Almanac TV filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in May 2009; the filing was in Chatham County, with documents revealing that the company made no revenue in any of its years of operation. Over 50 investors have been cut out of any profits as the judge allowed the dissolving company's officers to value the assets at under $150,000, which would go to Turner Investments, an insider who loaned the company money one year earlier.

The Farmers' Almanac TV studio had the exclusive license to use the Farmers' Almanac trademarks and copyrights for video and electronic media production. Founded in 2003 by Savannah, GA-based Buy The Farm, LLC, the studio produced Farmers' Almanac TV; the flagship series debuted on public television in 2006, once aired in 90% of the nation. The weekly 30-minute magazine-format series covered fascinating personalities, unique events and admirable endeavors from both the familiar and remote corners of the North American landscape. Peppered throughout are hints and tips that span a dozen varied lifestyle categories—gardening, natural cures and others—taken straight from years of actual Almanac pages. There are plans for Farmers' Almanac TV to relaunch on RFD, according to Ogden Media which sells advertising for Farmers' Almanac and its TV offering. Official website

Christ Church, Birmingham

Christ Church, was a parish church in the Church of England on Colmore Row, Birmingham from 1805 to 1899. The church was built by public subscription; the site was donated by William Phillips Ing. The foundation stone was laid on 22 July 1805 by 3rd Earl of Dartmouth; the Earl of Dartmouth was representing King George III, who had intended to lay the foundation stone but was prevented from doing so by illness. The King gave £1,000 towards the construction; the final cost was £26,000. It was consecrated on 6 July 1813 by the Bishop of Lichfield, it was unusual in that all of the seating on the ground floor was free, it came to be known as the'Free Church'. It was built in stone in the Classical style with Doric columns dominating the west front; the square west tower, completed in 1814, supported an octagonal spire. The catacombs beneath the church were believed to contain the re-interred remains of John Baskerville; the parish was assigned from St Martin in the Bull Ring and St. Philips' Church in 1865.

The building and site were sold in 1897. The church was demolished in 1899. Part of the parish was given to Birmingham. Since the building was not well liked, it earned the nickname "Ten thousand tons of stony ugliness". An organ was installed by Thomas Elliot, of London

Pustertaler Sprinzen

The Pustertaler Sprinzen called Pustertaler or Pustertaler Schecken, is a rare breed of cattle from the Puster Valley in the autonomous province of Bolzano, now in north-eastern Italy. Genetic research carried out in 2001 showed the Barà breed of the province of Turin to be similar to the Pustertaler, it is one of the sixteen minor Italian cattle breeds of limited diffusion recognised and protected by the Ministero delle Politiche Agricole Alimentari e Forestali, the Italian ministry of agriculture. Pustertaler cattle originate from an area that includes the Pustertal and its tributary valleys, the eastern parts of the Eisacktal or Isarco valley. Following the construction of the Pustertal railway in the 1860s, hundreds of head were bought and loaded at Bruneck for transport north of the Alps to the area of Vienna, where the Pustertaler came to be known as the Wiener Kuh, or Viennese cow; the Pustertaler was esteemed for its milk, commanded high prices. A herd-book was opened in 1900, several breeder associations formed in the next few years.

However, some Pustertal farmers replaced the animals they had sold with cheaper stock from Carinthia, which led to a decline in quality. The First World War and the cession of South Tyrol to Italy under the Treaty of Saint-Germain of 1919 led to a decline in numbers and the herd-book was not maintained after 1920. After the ending of inspection for bull licensing through a Decree of the Agrarian Inspectorate in 1927 the cattle breed collapsed. An attempt to revive the fortunes of the breed was made between 1954 and 1967. Italian regional cattle breeds of limited diffusion, including the Pustertaler, came under ministerial protection in 1985. Responsibility for registration of these breeds was delegated to the Associazione Italiana Allevatori, the national breeders' association, in 1991. Between 1983 and 2002 breed numbers remained low. A genetic study carried out in 2001 showed that the local breed known in the provinces of Turin and Cuneo as the Barà was similar to the Pustertaler; the two populations have since 2002 been registered as a single breed.

The Barà race numbered several thousand. A total population of 3321 head was reported in 2009; the cattle are finched and colour-sided: they are white with chestnut-brown to light brown or black plaques on the flanks that dissolve into small spots at the margins. They have short forward pointing horns; the cows weigh 500–650 kg and average 130 cm tall at the withers, the bulls 800–900 kg and about 140 cm tall. The breed is reared in Austria, Germany and South Africa