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Geological Survey of Canada

The Geological Survey of Canada is a Canadian federal government agency responsible for performing geological surveys of the country, developing Canada's natural resources and protecting the environment. A branch of the Earth Sciences Sector of Natural Resources Canada, the GSC is the country's oldest scientific agency and was one of its first government organizations. In September 1841, the Province of Canada legislature passed a resolution that authorized the sum of £1,500 sterling be granted to the government for the estimated expense of performing a geological survey of the province. In 1842, the Geological Survey of Canada was formed to fulfill this request. William Edmond Logan was in Montreal at the time and made it known that he was interested in participating in this survey. Gaining recommendations from prominent British scientists, Logan was appointed the first GSC director on April 14, 1842. Four months Logan arrived in Kingston, Ontario, to compile the existing body of knowledge of Canada's geology.

In the spring of 1843, Logan established the GSC's headquarters in Montreal (in his brother's warehouse and in a rented house on Great St. James Street. One of the prominent cartographers and the chief topographical draughtsman was Robert Barlow, who began his work in 1855. Chemist T. Sterry Hunt joined in the early days and the Survey added paleontological capability in 1856 with the arrival of Elkanah Billings. After Aylesworth Perry was appointed as acting librarian in 1881 he prepared the catalogue of reference works on geology, metallurgy and natural history. George Mercer Dawson became a staff member in 1875, progressed to assistant director in 1883 and to director of the Geological Survey of Canada in 1895; the Geological Survey of Canada first began allowing women to conduct fieldwork in the early 1950s. Dr. Alice Wilson, the first of these women, lobbied for the inclusion of paleontologist Frances Wagner shortly afterward. Around this same time, the GSC employed a third woman Dr. Helen Belyea.

The Canadian National Seismograph Network is monitored by the Geological Survey of Canada. The Geological Survey Canada operates a network of 14 magnetic observatories throughout Canada, located as follows: Nunavut: Alert, Baker Lake, Cambridge Bay, Iqaluit, Resolute Bay, Sanikiluaq Northwest Territories: Yellowknife British Columbia: Victoria Alberta: Meanook Manitoba: Brandon, Churchill Ontario: Ottawa Newfoundland and Labrador: St. John's Geology of Canada Former Geological Survey of Canada Building Notes Bibliography Life of a Rock Star 1935 Dr. Alfred Jolliffe, Geological Survey of Canada NWT Historical Timeline, Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre Sir William E. Logan and the Geological Survey of Canada, including Logan's journals and photographs

Joe Wright (baseball)

Joel Sherman Wright was a professional baseball player. He played parts of two seasons in Major League Baseball for the Louisville Colonels and Pittsburgh Pirates in 1895–96 as an outfielder. Wright started his professional baseball career in 1890 with the Ottawa team in the Illinois–Iowa League, he broke into the majors in 1895 with the Colonels, where he played the second-most games in the outfield on the team. The next season, he was traded to the Pirates in May. Wright returned to play in the minor leagues from 1897 to 1900, he died in 1909. Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or Baseball-Reference

Larry Gott

James Lawrence "Larry" Gott is an English musician of the Mancunian band, James. He is a designer. Within the band Gott played guitar and provided backing vocals, but featured on keyboards and the flute on earlier albums. Prior to joining the band, he had been the guitar tutor for founder members Jim Glennie and Paul Gilbertson, he was invited to join the band after Gilbertson's playing began to decline due to his drug problems, which led to Gilbertson's sacking. Gott was to remain with James throughout the heyday of their career, forming part of what was considered to be the core nucleus of James for a long time, together with singer Tim Booth and bassist Glennie. Gott announced his intention to leave the band in 1995, after the Laid / Wah Wah albums. According to the band's Folklore biography by Stuart Maconie, he was exhausted from the pressures of touring and wanted to spend more time with his family, he stayed in close contact with the other band members during the following year and recording most of the songs on the band's following album Whiplash as a regular member.

He subsequently pursued a career designing furniture. He taught music lessons at colleges around Manchester, including Manchester College of Arts and Technology. Gott made two guest appearances on the band's so-called'farewell tour' in 2001 at the MEN and Wembley Arenas. Following the band's apparent split, he started to work with bassist Glennie in low key, informal improvisation sessions. During these intervening years, Gott worked with Manchester maverick Edward Barton on an, as yet, unreleased album. James reformed in January 2007, Gott was at the centre of the reformation, reprising his duties as lead guitarist. In August 2015 he left the band for unspecified reasons. Gott studied three-dimensional design at Manchester Metropolitan University graduating in 2000, his work, similar to his guitar playing, followed the Kiss principle, found favour among the established design community. His'reaction recliner' won many plaudits and awards including the Allemuir Award for Industry and the Blueprint Award for Creativity, presented by the Milanese architect Mario Bellini at the 2001'100% design' show at London's Earls Court.

An early prototype of this design resides in the permanent collection of the Manchester City Art Gallery. Another of Gott's award winning pieces, an outdoor chair and table set made from wire mesh, caught the eye of Sir Terence Conran and subsequently retailed in the Conran shops worldwide under Gott's brandname'MeshMan'

Riverfront Arts Centre

The Riverfront is the principal and newest theatre and arts centre in the City of Newport. It is located on the west bank of the River Usk on the Bristol Packet Wharf in the city centre. Designed by architect Austin-Smith:Lord, the centre was opened on 23 October 2004. Plans were made for the new arts centre at the same time as Newport made its bid for city status in 2002. Construction began in May 2002; the Riverfront opened on 23 October 2004 with a concert by Katharine Jenkins and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. In March 2004 the Riverfront came second in a vote to find Wales' most ugly building; the venue opened with a 482-capacity theatre which went on to present a mix of comedy, dance and drama. The Studio, seating 128, with a more challenging performance and film programme; the three workshop spaces host a range of art classes and workshops including ceramics and life drawing. The Dance Studio hosts a variety of dance and theatre classes and workshops including salsa, circus skills and youth theatre.

The Recording Studio is used for rock & pop and dj-ing workshops. Every year since opening, The Riverfront has put on traditional pantomimes over Christmas and New Year. Britain's Got Talent semi-finalist Mark James performed throughout the Christmas period as Jack Trott in Jack and the Beanstalk 2007 and Aladdin 2010; the small art gallery plays host to a collection of local artists and other free exhibitions including photography and sculpture. The Basement Gallery is now being used for exhibitions and in 2008 hosted the Ghosts in Armour exhibition; the Riverfront has a bar overlooking the river on the ground floor of the building. There is an outdoor terrace that spills onto the banks of the River Usk; the building has twice been awarded the title of most popular new building in Wales by the Local Government Authority. The centre has been proposed as the home to the Newport Ship, a 15th-century vessel found immersed in the mud banks of the River Usk, although it has been suggested that the basement space may be too small to view the ship in its entirety.

The remains of the ship were discovered whilst excavating for the orchestra pit for the Theatre. Around 25 metres long and dating from 1465 the find's importance has been equated to that of the Mary Rose. During its six-month excavation, a vast new exhibition space was designed and built in self-compacting waterproof concrete beneath the foyer to house and display the discoveries, presenting the ship’s unearthing, its history and the conserved ship itself; the design could not however compromise the existing facilities. It had to be an integral part of the building and had to be constructed around the piles in the ground; the ship is in storage elsewhere and a decision is yet to be made regarding permanent public display. Official site of The Riverfront Theatre & Arts Centre

Schistocerca nitens

Schistocerca nitens is a species of grasshopper known by several names, including vagrant grasshopper and gray bird grasshopper. It is a close relative of the desert locust, in the same genus; this grasshopper is native to southern North America including Mexico and the southwestern United States from California to Texas. Can be found in parts of mid atlantic states. Found on Long Island New York, it is present in parts of Central America. It lives in many habitats including desert and lower elevation mountainous areas, it is a large grasshopper. It is brown and gray spotted or patched in cryptic coloration; this species is known as many types of crop plants. It is a troublesome invasive species in Hawaii; this grasshopper is solitary, but it has been known to swarm as locusts. A destructive swarming event occurred on the Hawaiian island of Nihoa in 2004, wiping out some 90% of the vegetation on the island, it was introduced to Hawaii several decades ago and spread through the archipelago by flying.

The grasshopper becomes sexually mature at 3 to 4 months of age. Any stage of its life cycle can be seen at any time of the year, but the adult is less active during the winter and fall. Mating occurs on warm nights in summer, around bright lights. "Schistocerca nitens". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. USDA ARS Species Profile Photo gallery


Brindleyplace is a large mixed-use canalside development, in the Westside district of Birmingham, England. It was named after the name of the street around which it is built, it was developed by Argent Group PLC from 1993 onwards. In addition to shops and restaurants, Brindleyplace is home to the National Sea Life Centre, Royal Bank of Scotland, Orion Media, Ikon Gallery of art and the Crescent Theatre; the site covers 17 acres of mixed-use redevelopment on a grand scale - the UK's largest such project. The Birmingham Canal Navigations Main Line Canal separates Brindleyplace from the International Convention Centre, although there are linking bridges; the National Indoor Arena, Old Turn Junction and bustling bars of Broad Street are nearby and it is accessible and within walking distance of the main bus and rail routes. The area occupied by Brindleyplace was, at the height of Birmingham's industrial past, the site of factories, however, by the 1970s as Britain's manufacturing went into decline, the factories closed down and the buildings lay derelict for many years.

Birmingham City Council's aim was to create an environment of water features and new office and leisure buildings, that would open out onto the adjacent canal. The scheme was assembled by the council in the 1980s; the council were seeing success with the construction of the International Convention Centre with the Symphony Hall, the National Indoor Arena. A development brief was drawn up, identifying the site as an area to attract people to complement the convention centre. Initial proposals were drawn up by Merlin. However, Merlin were replaced by Rosehaugh. Rosehaugh had paid £26 million for the site in 1990. Rosehaugh revised Merlin's retail-led scheme to include a residential element. By 1992, a detailed set of proposals which included retailing and restaurants with a central square had been agreed. However, Rosehaugh went into receivership by the end of the year. Argent took over the scheme. Argent amended the plans by separating the residential element from the rest of the scheme and commencing construction of the Water's Edge first, along with an office building.

By 1995, when Argent refinanced the scheme, the land value was back over £25 million. The Water's Edge was trading and the housing element, Symphony Court, had sold all of its units; the price for the average family house in the scheme was over £200,000. Short term finance was supplied by Hypobank. A variety of architects were used to design the buildings in the complex to create a range of architectural styles; the masterplan was designed by Terry Farrell. Buildings one, two and six Brindleyplace together with the Hilton Garden Inn were all built by Carillion, as was the conversion of the Ikon Gallery from a Victorian school. All the buildings are lowrise with the tallest being Eleven Brindleyplace completed in 2009 at 59 metres, second is Three Brindleyplace at 55 metres. Eight Brindleyplace is the third tallest with a height of 52 metres, although it has more floors than Three Brindleyplace. One Brindleyplace is a six-storey office building fronting onto central square and is occupied by Deutsche Bank, GVA Grimley and savills.

It provides 68,553 square feet of 134 car parking spaces. It was the only new office building to be completed in Birmingham in 1995. In 2013 Deutsche Bank extended its lease for another 15 years; the headquarters of the Birmingham Organising Committee of the 2022 Commonwealth Games are located in One Brindleyplace and has taken up the 73,000 sq ft, five-floor office until December 2022. Two Brindleyplace is a six-storey office building with 75,000 square feet office space, it is built of Marshalls clay brick. The brickwork is a free-standing 9 inches Flemish bond. By utilising a 9 inches outer leaf it was possible to carry, wind loads between floors and tie the brickwork laterally to the floor plates only. More than 1,000 Lloyds Banking Group employees work in the building; the departments based at Brindleyplace include Concerns. The entrance to the building is by revolving door with three pass activated revolving doors into the main building next to reception; the top floor houses a large canteen area with seating for around 150 staff.

Three Brindleyplace is occupied by Towers Watson and Landmark Space. It has a full-height glazed atrium. There are 23 on-site car parking spaces. Construction commenced in 1996 and was completed in April 1998. Four Brindleyplace consists of 114,000 square feet of office space with a Bank restaurant and bar on the ground floor. Caffe Nero Deloitte & Touche, Michael Page, Mercer Human Resource Consulting and Perceptive Informatics are all tenants in the building; the services engineers were Hoare Lea & Partners, whilst Silk & Frazier were the quantity surveyors. It was the winner of the "Best of Best" award, it received top accolades in the British Council for Offices Awards 2000 and finalist status in the 2004 Brickwork Awards. Five Brindleyplace was pre-let to BT in 1994 with design work starting in December of the same year. Construction began in June 1995. BT used it as their regional headquarters, it provides 120,000 square feet of office space. The construction used the curtain walling system. Argent worked with BT to provide'green' features such as an upflow air conditioning system with heat recovery, ope