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Lake Bindegolly National Park

Lake Bindegolly is a national park in Dynevor, Shire of Bulloo, South West Queensland, Australia, 871 km west of Brisbane and 40 km from the town of Thargomindah. It is in the Mulga Lands bioregion and was established to protect a population of the rare plant Acacia ammophila, it has two saline and one freshwater. A 318 km2 area of the lake and its surrounds has been identified by BirdLife International as an Important Bird Area because it has supported over 1% of the world populations of blue-billed ducks and red-necked avocets as well as populations of the biome-restricted inland dotterel, Bourke's parrot, slaty-backed thornbill, grey-headed honeyeater, black honeyeater, pied honeyeater, Hall's babbler, chirruping wedgebill and chestnut-breasted quail-thrush. List of lakes of Australia Protected areas of Queensland Lake Bindegolly National Park

2018 Hamburg stabbing attack

The 2018 Hamburg stabbing attack was an attack on 12 April 2018 in the city of Hamburg, Germany. A man stabbed his ex-wife and his one-year-old daughter on a station platform. Both victims died. On the morning of 12 April 2018 the victims and the suspect met at the Stadthausbrücke station; the suspected assailant, Mourtala Madou, stabbed his ex-wife, identified as Sandra P. and their one-year-old daughter in the Jungfernstieg station of Hamburg S-Bahn near the Hamburg Rathaus and the mall of Europa Passage. The child died at the scene, the mother died there later. One of the woman's children was present. Several eyewitnesses were treated as well; the suspect was detained subsequently. According to prosecutors, the suspect acted out of outrage because a court had denied him custody of his children the day before the stabbing. In May 2018, authorities released information indicating. Although the stab wound to the neck was lethal, the cause of death was another stab wound. According to the prosecutor's office, the suspect acted in anger and revenge, because he had lost a custody dispute days before.

If he had won, he might have been allowed to stay in Germany. He had been threatening the woman for some time, she had made a complaint to the police, he is charged with two counts of murder. The mother had four more children, who were taken into the care of the children's emergency service following their mother's death; the suspect belonged to what is known in Hamburg as the "Lampedusa group", who came to the city via Italy in 2013, had been granted a residence permit. And he was residing in the public refugee housing in Wandsbek; the trial started in the Hamburger Landgericht in October 2018 where the suspect was charged with double murder. At the start of the trial the suspect confessed to the deed. A spokesman for Hamburg police, Timo Zill, called the crime "substantial" and "unusual for Hamburg". Katharina Fegebank, Deputy Mayor of Hamburg stated that she was shocked about the crime: "If a child is stabbed by the hand which should protect it, this exceeds any imaginable cruelty."Many citizens of Hamburg brought flowers and candles and mourned at the place of the crime


The Shudao, or the Road to Shu, is a system of mountain roads linking the Chinese province of Shaanxi with Sichuan and maintained since the 4th century BC. Technical highlights were the gallery roads, consisting of wooden planks erected on wooden or stone beams slotted into holes cut into the sides of cliffs; the roads join three adjacent basins surrounded by high mountains. The northern basin is called Guanzhong, it is drained by the Yellow River. In ancient times it was the heart of the state of Qin, nowadays it is the central region of Shaanxi. To the south it is bounded by the Qinling Mountains. South of that range is the Hanzhong basin, drained by a tributary of the Yangtze; the Hanzhong basin is divided from the Sichuan basin by mountain ranges called the Micang Shan in the west and Daba Mountains in the east. The Sichuan basin and the Hanzhong basin both drain into the Yangtze. Like many ancient road systems, the Shu Roads formed a network of major and minor roads with different roads being used at different historical times.

However, a number of roads are identified as the main routes. There were five such main roads across the Qinling Mountains, counting from west to east: Chencang Road is named after the city of Chencang near present-day Baoji "Chen Granary". Baoxie Road is named after the Baoshui and Xiéshuǐ, modern Shitou River. Tangluo Road is named after Tangshui River in the south. Ziwu Road is named after Ziwu gorge, it turned west at its southern junction with the main road to Hanzhong. Kugu Road, is named after the valley 库谷 or 库峪, which reached the Han River at today's Xunyang County, where it turned west to reach the central part of the Hanzhong Basin; the Lianyun Road was a connection between the first two. Between Hanzhong and the Sichuan basin, there were three main Shu roads: Jinniu Road called the Shiniu Road to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan, the ancient capital of the Shu state. Micang Road. From Bazhou, two routes are suggested, one to Chengdu and one to Chongqing, nowadays the largest city of the Basin.

But in the 4th and 3rd centuries BCE, Chongqing had not yet been founded so the road to Chengdu seems to be the main Shu Road. Yàngbā - or Lychee Road, the easternmost road, ended east of Chongqing at Fuling) on the Yangtze and was used in the Tang Period. Fuling was not situated in the neighbouring Ba state; the most used stretch of main road in recent times was the Great Post Road, or Great Road, that stretched from Beijing to Chengdu and was in operation from the Yuan Period to the Republican Period. Postal stations, rest stops and garrisons were established along the length of the road, its Shu Road section was a composite. After Xi’an it used linking roads through Guanzhong sections of the Chencang Road, the Lianyun Road, the Baoye Road to reach the Han Basin, it joined the Jinniu Road to Chengdu. In 316 BC, the state of Qin, the capital of, Xianyang, conquered Shu and its eastern neighbour, the Ba Federation. Related to this conquest, the first roads were built through the mountains. Of the Golden Ox Road there is a tale that the ruler of Shu had built it in order to send the ruler of Qin a golden ox as a gift.

So it is possible that the southern section of this road was constructed by Shu with other roads being built by Qin State. Over time, sections not consisting of planks were replaced by steps, they were still a challenge for travellers. In the Tang Period, Li Bai wrote about the "hard road to Shu", about "ladders to heaven made of timber and stones". Along the roads fortified control posts and cities were built. At that time, the Tangluo Road was an official postal road and the Baoye Road was in constant use, it is he wrote of one of these roads. During times of conflict, sections of the plank roads were sometimes burned as a military stratagem. One such conflict was after the overthrow of the Qin Dynasty in 206 BC, when the successful leader of the revolt, Xiang Yu, banished his strongest rival Liu Bang to be ruler of the remote kingdoms of Han, Shu and Ba. Retreating with his army to Hanzhong, at the suggestion of his advisor Zhang Liang, Liu destroyed the plank roads after his passage in order to stop any pursuers.

To deceive Xiang Yu of his intentions to attack the three kings of Qin, some say he pretended to repair the Plank Roads as his Generalissimo Han Xin took what is now called the Chencang Road to attack Chencang. Today, Chinese say “openly repair the plank roads, secretly march on Chencang” to describe this stratagem. Liu Bang founded the Han Dynasty and in peacetime, the mountain roads were rebuilt. Another example occurred four hundred years in the age of the Three Kingdoms; the founder of the state of Shu Han, Liu Bei, had a famous advisor and Prime Minister Zhuge Liang who made constant use of the Shu Roads to attack the Kingdom of Wei. Following Kongming's death, Plank Roads were burned on at least two occasions to defend Hanzhong.

Edmonton EcoPark

EcoPark is a waste-to-energy plant which burns waste from several London boroughs to provide electricity for the National Grid. It is located on the River Lee Navigation and bordered by the North Circular Road, in Edmonton in the London Borough of Enfield, it is known as Edmonton EcoPark. The facility was commissioned by the Greater London Council; the building is of metal sheet clad construction. It was described by Nikolaus Pevsner as being, "on the edge of the marshes, in a setting that enhances its impressive scale. Vast box-like forms clad in corrugated metal sheeting, pale grey and dark grey, approached by two big ramps on tapering piers. Huge cylindrical concrete chimney containing two flues"; the incinerator is Britain's largest and it handles unrecycled waste from seven London Boroughs: Barnet, Enfield, Hackney and Waltham Forest. The waste is converted into electricity, bottom ash, air pollution control residue, flue gases. 55 megawatts of electricity are generated, sufficient power to meet the needs of 24,000 households.

In early 2002, plans were rejected for a large expansion of the waste-to-energy facility, which would have made it the largest household waste incinerator in Europe. Permissions had been granted by both the Environment Agency and Enfield Council, but on 23 May 2002, Energy Minister Brian Wilson refused the plans on the basis of the 2000 Waste Strategy; the site has been the scene of a demonstration by Greenpeace, who are against all incinerators because of concerns that they emit "a cocktail of chemicals that can cause cancers and asthma attacks", that incineration "undermines targets for waste reduction and recycling". In October 2000 they scaled and occupied the station's chimney, shutting its operations down for four days; the incinerator has been campaigned against by Friends of the Earth and Londoners Against Incineration. An Environment Agency report on the safety of incinerator ash was published in May 2002, it highlighted that up until 2000, ash from Edmonton had been used in the manufacture of construction blocks, hazardous because of the raised levels of dioxins in dust from the blocks.

However, the practice ceased in August 2000. In 2007, there were concerns that a rise in infant deaths in the area was caused by fumes from the incinerator; the site is run by LondonEnergy. Trials are being carried out to use the River Lee Navigation in transporting materials to the incinerator. A large composting facility opened on the site in 2006, allowing green and kitchen waste from local homes to be converted into compost. Greater London Industrial Archaeology Society- Technical information Design Journal article

Esbon Blackmar

Esbon Blackmar was an American politician and a Whig Party U. S. Representative from New York. Born in Freehold, New York, Blackmar was the son of Polly Trowbridge Blackmar, he attended local schools, moved to Wayne County, New York in 1826, living first in Arcadia, New York and in Newark, New York. He married Arabella Reed and they had two children, Jane Augusta, Frank. Blackmar was a merchant and farmer in partnership with his brother, their endeavors included buying and selling grain and produce, boat building, shipping grain and other commodities on the Erie Canal, he was active in the New York Militia, serving as Quartermaster of the 5th Horse Artillery Regiment, holding the position of regimental Lieutenant Colonel and second-in-command. From 1834 to 1835 Blackmar served as Newark's Town Supervisor. Blackmar was a member of the New York State Assembly in 1838 and 1841, his business expanded to include shipping produce to Michigan and Illinois. In 1844 he donated the land for the original campus of Hillsdale College in Michigan.

He served as Treasurer and a member of the board of directors of the Sodus Point and Southern Railroad. Elected as a Whig to the 30th United States Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of John M. Holley, Blackmar held the office of United States Representative for the 27th district of New York from December 4, 1848, to March 4, 1849. Afterwards he resumed his former business activities in Newark. Blackmar served again as Town Supervisor from 1852 to 1853. Blackmar died by drowning in a well at his home in Newark on November 19, 1857. According to published accounts, his business failed in the Panic of 1857, he was in debt for more than $150,000, he is interred at Willow Avenue Cemetery in Newark. United States Congress. "Esbon Blackmar". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Esbon Blackmar at Find a Grave This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website


Mslexia is a British magazine for women writers and edited by Debbie Taylor. Mslexia contains articles on writing and writers and encourages independent publishers and bookshops and innovations in writing. Many well-respected writers have contributed articles, including Patricia Duncker, Sara Maitland, Trezza Azzopardi, Amanda Craig and Linda Leatherbarrow, it is produced four times a year. Mslexia has about 11,000 subscribers, its name is an amalgam of Ms, meaning woman, lexia, meaning words. According to the official Mslexia website: Mslexia means women’s writing, its association with dyslexia is intentional. Dyslexia is a difficulty, more prevalent in men, with spelling. Mslexia is a difficulty, more prevalent in women, with getting into print. Mslexia is the complex set of conditions and expectations that prevents women, who as girls so outshine boys in verbal skills, from becoming successful authors; the magazine Mslexia aims to define and help overcome the condition of mslexia and provide a platform and playground for women writers.

Its intention is to provide information and inspiration for published and unpublished authors, improve the quality and standing of women’s literature. It is available by subscription or from Borders bookshops around the UK, larger branches of Waterstones and some independent bookshops such as Foyles in London, Arnolfini Books in Bristol, Mercurysubs in Auckland, as well as a few shops in Europe. A full list of stockists is available on their website. You can buy single issues directly from Mslexia and on their website; each quarter, a guest editor picks the best prose and poetry new writing on a theme specified in a previous issue. Past guest editors have included Val McDermid, Kirsty Gunn, Deborah Moggach, Helen Simpson. There are opportunities for readers to contribute to the rest of the magazine, such as the autobiographical and Flash fiction sections which have set themes. Mslexia run an annual Women's Poetry Competition with a 1st prize of £1000, the winners of which are published in the magazine.

Past judges have included Wendy Cope and Jo Shapcott. The back section of the magazine contains book reviews and thorough listings including national and regional events, writing courses and publications seeking submissions. Http://