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Finke Gorge National Park

Finke Gorge is a national park in the Northern Territory of Australia, 1318 km south of Darwin. The Park covers an area of 458 km2, includes the impressive desert oasis Palm Valley, home to a diverse range of plant species, many of which are rare and unique to the area. There are good opportunities for bushcamping in the park; the park is noted for Aboriginal cultural sites. The Central Australian Cabbage Palm is found only in prolifically here. There are around 3000 full grown palms and thousands of small seedlings sprinkled across the park which can get trampled by the visitors, thus the visitors are required to walk along the marked paths to avoid destroying the seedlings. The Finke River is claimed to be one of the oldest catchments in the world, with areas dating back 350 million years; the park and nearby areas hold cultural significance to the Western Arrernte Aboriginal people and there is evidence of early European settlement. A four-wheel-drive route down the Finke River to Illamurta Springs and Watarrka National Park begins at Finke Gorge.

Bush walking is another common activity. Kalaranga lookout is an easy 20 minute climb, with views of the rock amphitheatre encircled by rugged cliffs; the Mpaara Walk introduces the mythology of the Western Arrernte Aboriginal culture. In Palm Valley, the Arankaia Walk and the longer Mpulungkinya Walk meander among slender palms, returning across a scenic plateau. Protected areas of the Northern Territory Finke Gorge National Parks web page Official fact sheet and map

Sol Duc (steamship)

Sol Duc was a steamship, operated on northern Puget Sound from 1912 to 1935, chiefly on a route connecting ports on the Olympic Peninsula with Seattle. During the Second World War Sol Duc served as a barracks ship. Following the loss of the nearly-new but wooden steamship Clallam in 1904, Joshua Green, president of the Puget Sound Navigation Company, owner of the Clallam and the dominant Puget Sound shipping concern, announced that the company would replace its wooden steamships with ones built of steel; as part of this effort, the steel steamers Potlatch. Were built in Seattle by the Seattle Construction and Drydock Company. Sol Duc was designed for the Seattle – Port Townsend-Port Angeles-Port Crescent route. Sol Duc was the largest steamship built to that date for the Puget Sound Navigation Company. Although similar in appearance to Potlatch, at 1,085 gross tons, Sol Duc twice as large. Dimensions for Sol Duc were length 189 ft beam of 31.5 ft and depth of hold of 22.6 ft. Power was supplied by a triple-expansion compound steam engine with cylinder diameters, from high pressure to low pressure, of 17 in, 28 in and 47.5 in, with piston strokes on all cylinders of 36 in.

Steam was generated by two oil-fired water-tube boilers at 225 pounds pressure, with the overall power plant generating 1,500 horsepower. In addition to the Seattle-Port Townsend-Port Angeles-Port Crescent route, Sol Duc made runs across the Strait of Juan de Fuca to Victoria, British Columbia; the vessel was prone to roll excessively when encountering rough weather in the strait. In the summer of 1928, Sol Duc was replaced on the Olympic route with the Iroquois, rebuilt as a ferry. Sol Duc and other steamships could transport automobiles, but only as freight; this meant that cars had to be dismantled, such as having the tires removed, so that they could fit into the hold. In 1929, Sol Duc replaced Kulshan on the Seattle-Bellingham run, only running as a night freight boat. Sol Duc stayed on this run until November 1935. A strike forced Puget Sound Navigation Co. to stop operating other vessels. After the strike was over, the company took Sol Duc out of service. One of the captains of Sol Duc was Harry Carter, who had commanded State of Washington and a number of other well-known vessels.

Another captain of Sol Duc was J. Howard Payne, who in 1917 at the age of 24 was in command of the vessel on the Seattle-Port Angeles-Victoria route. Payne became a member of the Washington State Legislature. Unlike Potlatch and other steel steamers, Sol Duc was not scrapped in the late 1930s. In 1942, Sol Duc was taken over by the U. S. Navy and for use as a barracks ship, renamed YHB-8, meaning “self-propelled houseboat no. 8.” After World War II, Sol Duc was sold to a Seattle firm. The vessel was scrapped by Bethlehem Steel. Kline, Mary S. and Bayless, G. A. Ferryboats -- A Legend on Puget Sound, Bayless Books, Seattle, WA 1983 ISBN 0-914515-00-4 Newell, Gordon R. ed. H. W. McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest, Superior Publishing Co. Seattle, WA Newell, Gordon R. Ships of the Inland Sea, Superior Publishing Co. Seattle, WA Navsource.org

Paudie Kissane

Paudie Kissane is an Irish Gaelic footballer who played as a left wing-back for the Cork senior team. Born in Whitechurch, County Cork, Kissane arrived on the inter-county scene at the age of eighteen when he first linked up with the Cork minor team, before joining the under-21 and junior sides, he made his debut in the 2002 National Football League. Kissane went on to play a key part on and off the team for over a decade, won one All-Ireland medal, two Munster medals and three National Football League medals, he was an All-Ireland runner-up on one occasion. Kissane represented the Munster inter-provincial team on a number of occasions throughout his career. At club level he began his career with Whitechurch before winning a premier intermediate championship medal with Clyda Rovers. Throughout his career, Kissane made 24 championship appearances for Cork, he announced his retirement from inter-county football on 30 October 2013. In retirement from play Kissane became involved in coaching and team management.

He enjoyed a one-year stint as coach to the Clare senior football team. Clyda RoversCork Premier Intermediate Football Championship: 2013CorkAll-Ireland Senior Football Championship: 2010 Munster Senior Football Championship: 2009, 2012 National Football League: 2010, 2011, 2012 All-Ireland Junior Football Championship: 2007 Munster Junior Football Championship: 2007

Gare de Mulhouse

The Gare de Mulhouse known as Gare de Mulhouse-Ville or locally as Gare Centrale, is the main railway station in the city of Mulhouse, France. It is the eastern terminus of the Paris–Mulhouse railway. Rail services from Mulhouse to the following stations are available: Basel Belfort Colmar Frankfurt Kruth Luxembourg Lyon Marseille Paris Lyon Strasbourg ZurichA tram stop on the forecourt of the station serves as the terminus of lines 2 and 3 of the Mulhouse tramway, as well as the tram-train service to Thann; the outer section of this tram-train line shares its tracks with the SNCF service from inside the station to Kruth. Media related to Gare de Mulhouse-Ville at Wikimedia Commons Timetables TER Alsace

Piendamó, Cauca

Piendamó is a municipality in the department of Cauca in southwestern Colombia. Piendamó was called Tunía and as such an encomienda of the conquistadors Sebastian de Belalcázar, Francisco Arévalo, Pedro Matta and Pedro de Velasco. Modern Piendamó was founded on April 1924 by Pedro Antonio Sandoval; the municipality is located in the Cauca Basin in the valley of the Cauca River at an altitude of 1,685 metres above mean sea level. It borders Morales in the west, Caldono in the north and Cajibio in the south. Piendamó River Piendamó Fault

1950 Washington Senators season

The 1950 Washington Senators won 67 games, lost 87, finished in fifth place in the American League. They played home games at Griffith Stadium. November 17, 1949: Steve Nagy was drafted by the Senators from the San Francisco Seals in the 1949 rule 5 draft. Prior to 1950 season: Al Sima was purchased by the Senators from the New York Giants. June 14, 1950: Dick Weik was traded by the Senators to the Cleveland Indians for Mickey Vernon. June 25, 1950: Steve Nagy was traded by the Senators to the San Francisco Seals for Elmer Singleton. Note: Pos = Position. = Batting average. = Batting average. The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America. ISBN 978-0-9637189-8-3. 1950 Washington Senators at Baseball-Reference 1950 Washington Senators team page at www.baseball-almanac.com