click links in text for more info

Myron H. Clark

Myron Holley Clark was an American politician from the U. S. state of New York. Myron Holley Clark was born in Naples, Ontario County, New York on October 23, 1806, he served in the state's militia as a lieutenant colonel and entered politics, first serving as President of the then-village of Canandaigua, New York, becoming Sheriff of Ontario County, New York. He was a member of the New York State Senate from 1852 to 1854, sitting in the 75th, 76th and 77th New York State Legislatures. At the New York state election, 1854, he was elected Governor of New York in the closest gubernatorial election in New York State history, he was in office from 1855 to 1856. As Governor, Clark was noted for his meddling with militia appointments, causing the resignation of the state Adjutant General John Watts de Peyster. Clark made several attempts to effect prohibition in the state and signed a prohibition law while governor, but the law was declared unconstitutional by the New York Court of Appeals, his steadfast advocating of temperance led to his nomination on the Prohibition ticket to run again for Governor at the New York state election, 1874.

He finished in third place, behind Democrat Samuel J. Tilden and the incumbent Republican Governor John Adams Dix. Clark died in Canandaigua, New York on August 23, 1892, he is interred at Woodlawn Cemetery. Mary Clark Thompson was his daughter. Comptroller Clark Williams was his grandson. National Governors Association website

Valerian Tevzadze

Valerian Tevzadze was a Georgian military officer of the Democratic Republic of Georgia and Poland, member of the Polish underground resistance movement during the occupation of Poland. He was in the service of the Democratic Republic of Georgia. After the Soviet forces occupied the country, he left for Poland and joined the Polish army as a colonel. During the Nazi invasion of 1939, he took part in the northern defense of Warsaw, he was awarded with the Silver Cross of the Virtuti Militari. During the German occupation of Poland he joined the Polish Home Army; as part of the Polish underground resistance movement he used the pseudonym Tomasz. After the Red Army took control of Poland, Valerian Tevzadze joined the Polish underground against the communists until his death 1987, he lived in Dzierżoniów. He was buried at the local cemetery. An inscription is carved on his grave: „Jako Gruzin chciałbym być pochowany w Gruzji, ale jestem szczęśliwy, że będę pochowany w ziemi szlachetnego i dzielnego Narodu Polskiego” On the facade of Tevzadze's house in Dzierżoniów, there is a memorial plaque.

Tevzadze is one of the people portrayed in the documentary film W rogatywce i tygrysiej skórze, directed by Jerzy Lubach. In 2009, a monument dedicated to Tevzadze was unveiled in front of the headquarters of the Spółdzielnia Mieszkaniowa in Dzierżoniów in the presence of the Georgian ambassador to Poland Konstantine Kavtaradze. In 2019, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki visited the tomb of Valerian Tevzadze at the Dzierżoniów cemetery; the annual chess tournament named Tewzadze Open is organized in Dzierżoniów, to commemorate Tevzadze. Georgian Officers Fighting for Poland Dictionary of Georgian National Biography Marian Porwit, "Obrona Warszawy 1939 r.", Warszawa 1979, Wojciech Borzobohaty, "Jodła", PAX, Warszawa 1984, Jarosław Kresa, "Dobry człowiek, a jak krzemień twardy", "Twoja Spółdzielnia", Dzierżoniów, kwiecień 2008 Pro Georgia 2008, Edited by David Kolbaia

Neil R. Darrach

Neil R. Darrach was a noted Canadian architect from St. Thomas, Ontario, he was architect for over five designated heritage properties in St. Thomas and Regina, Saskatchewan, he was active in the 19th century. Neil was born in Southwold Township, Ontario in 1850, he moved to St. Thomas as a youth and became involved in construction at the start of the railway boom in the early 1870s. Darrach received no formal training as an architect, but it was suggested he learnt the trade through trade books and experience. Simplicity of form and emphasis on symmetry using a central hall plan characterizes most of Darrach's buildings. Darrach's first building was designed in 1879; this was the Centre Street Baptist Church in St. Thomas. Neil would work on the First United Church, the Grand Central Hotel, St. Thomas Masonic Hall and Balaclava Street Schools. In 1898 disaster struck the Elgin County Courthouse where a significant portion of the building was destroyed by fire. Darrach did so under the present Palladian style.

The building is still in use today and received a government grant of over 100 million dollars for renovations. One of Neil's more prominent constructions was the design of the St. Thomas City hall in 1898–99. Darrach's design was chosen out of 10 applications submitted; the building was designed in the late Richardsonian Romanesque style. Subsequently in 1903, Neil was retained to design the City Public Library; this was achieved through Neoclassical Revival style adjacent to the city hall. The building was paid for by a Carnegie Foundation grant. Other designated heritage properties designed by Darrach include. Despite the catalogue of buildings that are known to be built by Darrach, there is controversy surrounding the history of some other buildings of historical value in the city which are sometimes argued to be designed by Neil. Over 24 buildings in St. Thomas are known to be designed by Neil. In the late 19th century in Canada architecture was a trade. Where more experienced architects would train younger architects and so on.

Neil Darrach would be Maurice Sharon's mentor, who would become Saskatchewan’s first provincial architect. As more colleges and universities instituted architectural programs, architects could obtain more formal training. In 1911 Neil came to Regina, Saskatchewan to work in partnership with Maurice W. Sharon, who served as Chief Provincial Architect, Saskatchewan, 1917-1930. Together they designed the Western Trust Company building, now a heritage building. In a brief career that lasted until 1917, Darrach's designs included the Leader Building, Westminster Presbyterian Church and the Donahue Block. After returning from Saskatchewan, Neil worked in St. Thomas again; the last piece of work prior to his death in 1926 was the Memorial Hospital, completed in 1923. The building no longer remains today. In summary. Neil Darrach was referred to being a master of dedicated and a prolific architect. Historic Places in Canada

Jawahar Sagar Dam

The Jawahar Sagar Dam is the third dam in the series of Chambal Valley Projects on the Chambal River, located 29 km upstream of Kota city and 26 km downstream of Rana Pratap Sagar dam. It is a concrete gravity dam, 45 meters high and 393 meters long, generating 60 MW of power with an installed capacity of 3 units of 33 MW, its construction was completed in 1972. The total catchment area of the dam is 27,195 km2; the free catchment area below Rana Pratap Sagar dam is 2,331 km2. The dam is located after the Gandhi Sagar Dam and Rana Pratap Sagar Dam, but before the Kota Barrage; the Chambal River raises in the Vindhya Range at an elevation of 853 metres, 15 kilometres west-southwest of the town of Mhow, near Indore. It flows north-northeast through Madhya Pradesh, runs for a time through Rajasthan forms the boundary between Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh before turning southeast to join the Yamuna River in the state of Uttar Pradesh, its total length from its source to its confluence with the Yamuna River is 900 kilometres.

The Chambal and its tributaries drain the Malwa region of northwestern Madhya Pradesh, while its tributary, the Banas, which rises in the Aravalli Range, drains southeastern Rajasthan. At its confluence with the Yamuna, the Chambal joins four other rivers – the Yamuna, Kwari and Pahuj – at Pachnada near Bhareh in Uttar Pradesh, at the border of the Bhind and Etawah districts; the river is drained by a rain-fed catchment area with an average annual rainfall of 860 millimetres, a temperature range of between 2 °C and 40 °C, a relative humidity ranging from 30% to 90%. Between 344 kilometres and 440 kilometres from the Chambal's source is an area of deep gorges; the dam is situated at a distance of 168 kilometres from the district administrative headquarters of Mandsaur. The Chambal River Valley Development marked one of the landmark actions of the First Five-Year Plan launched by the Government of India in 1951, after India attained independence in August 1947; the Chambal River had not until been used for any major developmental works, was proposed to be developed under a joint initiative of the state governments of Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.

The three-stage proposal, drawn up in 1953, called for three dams to provide hydroelectric power generation, a downstream barrage to use stored waters released from the upstream dams for irrigation. The river's drop of 625 metres between its source in Mhow and the city of Kota, which marks the exit of the river from its gorge section into the plains of Rajasthan, was seen as having great hydroelectric potential; the first stage of the development involved construction of the Gandhi Sagar Dam to a height of a 62.17 metres as a storage dam to store 7,322,000,000 cubic metres in Madhya Pradesh and use the stored water for hydroelectric power generation, followed by irrigation from the Kota Barrage in Rajasthan, 104 kilometres downstream of the dam. Power generation at Gandhi Sagar Dam was through a powerhouse at the toe of the dam, with a total installed capacity of 115 MW; the Kota Barrage, an earth and masonry structure 37.34 metres in height, was built to provide irrigation through a canal system, with two main canals on the right and left banks.

Construction of both projects began in 1953–54. The water received at the Kota Barrage is shared between Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan for irrigation; the second stage of development involved the use of the water released from the Gandhi Sagar Dam through another dam structure, the Rana Pratap Sagar Dam, located 48 kilometres downstream of the Gandhi Sagar at Rawatbhata in the Chittorgarh District of Rajasthan. Additional storage at this dam provides an increase in irrigation benefits from the Kota Barrage, increasing its area of irrigation from 445,000 hectares to 567,000 hectares. In addition, a powerhouse at the toe of the dam provides an additional hydroelectric power generation capacity of 172 MW from four turbo generators, of 43 MW capacity each; the second stage was completed in 1970. The power generated at the Rana Pratap Sagar Dam is shared with Madhya Pradesh, as the Gandhi Sagar Dam provides the stored waters for use at this dam; the third and final stage of development envisaged an intermediate dam between the Rana Pratap Sagar Dam and the Kota Barrage, called the Jawahar Sagar Dam.

This dam is a concrete gravity dam, 45 metres high, located 23 kilometres upstream of Kota Barrage to its southwest, provides a hydroelectric power generation capacity of 99 MW, with three generator units of 33 MW capacity each. This project was commissioned in 1972. Jawahar Sagar Wildlife Sanctuary Chambal Valley Project

Australian Skeptics

Australian Skeptics is a loose confederation of like-minded organisations across Australia that began in 1980. Australian Skeptics investigate paranormal and pseudoscientific claims using scientific methodologies; this page covers all Australian skeptical groups. The name "Australian Skeptics" can be confused with one of the more prominent groups, "Australian Skeptics Inc", based in Sydney and is one of the central organising groups within the Australian Skeptics. In 1979, Mark Plumber sent a letter to the American skeptical magazine The Zetetic in which he expressed interest in beginning a skeptical organisation in Australia. Sydney electronics entrepreneur Dick Smith responded to the letter, offered to sponsor a visit to Australia by James Randi, the principal investigator for the American-based Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal, now known as the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, part of the non-profit organisation Center for Inquiry, which are joint publishers of the Skeptical Inquirer.

During this visit, James Randi, Dick Smith, Phillip Adams, Richard Carleton and an unidentified businessman offered a $50,000 prize to anyone who could prove psychic phenomena in front of Randi. A number of contenders water diviners came forward, but all failed to prove their claims in front of independent observers; the Australian Skeptics formed in 1980 out of this event, with the original purpose of continuing to test claims of the paranormal, with committee members Mark Plummer, James Gerrand, Joe Rubinstein, Allan Christophers, as well as Bill Cook, John Crellin, Logan Elliot, Peter Kemeny, Loris Purcell, Mike Wilton. It was at this time that the group adopted the name "Australian Skeptics"; the amount of the prize was raised to AU$100,000 and it has been offered since then. Soon after the original formation of the Australian Skeptics in Victoria, Barry Williams from Sydney, New South Wales, responded to a call from Dick Smith seeking interest for new members, he became involved, the New South Wales committee formed.

The New South Wales committee included Barry Williams, Tim Mendham, Mel Dickson, Dick Champion, Jean Whittle and others. The Australian Skeptics are the second oldest English language skeptical group in the world after CSICOP in the US, now known as CSI. Tim Mendham joined the NSW committee from the from the first meeting and went on to became secretary and editor of the magazine. In 1986, the year after the first national convention in Sydney, Mark Plummer stepped down as national president when he began a new job as an executive officer at CSICOP in the US, now known as CSI. At this time the NSW Skeptics group took over the role as the national secretariat and the national committee, but the magazine production remained in Victoria with various editors including James Durand; the national committee didn’t consist of representative from all the state organisations, but rather was just of the state groups which acted as the national organising committee. "Australian Skeptics incorporated in NSW" or "ASI" became an incorporated association in 1986 in NSW with Barry Williams as president.

ASI still operates today and is responsible for several national activities, such as the publication of The Skeptic magazine and coordination of awards and the annual conventions. Today ASI is one of many formal and informal skeptical groups throughout Australia which fall under the general umbrella title of "Australian Skeptics". Over time, other branches around Australia became incorporated including Australian Skeptics Inc, Skeptics Incorporated, Hunter Skeptics Incorporated, Canberra Skeptics and Borderline Skeptics Inc. ASI is the local group in NSW. In 1995 the Australian Skeptics received a sizeable bequest from the estate of Stanley David Whalley. With these funds the organisation established the "Australian Skeptics Science and Education Foundation", tasked to expose "irrational activities and pseudoscience and to encourage critical thinking and the scientific view"; this foundation now funds the "Thornett award for promotion of reason", known affectionately as "the Fred", named after the late Fred Thornett, an influential figure in the skeptical movement in Tasmania and nationally.

"The Fred" is a $1000 prize given by ASI for significant contribution to educating or informing the public regarding issues of science and reason. The bequest allowed for the introduction of a paid position, that of executive officer; this position is answerable to the ASI committee, traditionally manages accounts, queries from the public and media, editing The Skeptic, various sundry tasks. Barry Williams was executive officer from 1995 to 2009, followed by Karen Stollznow and Tim Mendham from 2009 to the present. In 1989 at a national committee meeting the aims of Australian Skeptics were updated and drafted as follows. To publicise the results of these investigations and, where appropriate, to draw attention to the possibility of natural and ordinary explanations of such phenomena. To accept explanations and hypotheses about paranormal occurrences only after good evidence has been adduced, which directly or indirectly supports such hypotheses. To encourage Australians and the Australian news media to adopt a critical attitude towards paranormal claims and to understand that to introduce or to entertain a hypothesis does not

Scattered (rave)

Scattered is a rave party based in Sydney, Australia. Founded in 1998 as a small 150 person event, it has grown over time to large-scale rave with happy hardcore and hard trance DJ's. Scattered - 18 April 1998 - Lazerzone, Penrith Scattered 2–19 September 1998 - Terry Lamb Sports Hall, Chester Hill Scattered 3–30 October 1998 - Glebe Town Hall, Glebe Mysteryland - 12 December 1998 - Oxford Koala Function Centre, Darlinghurst Scattered 4–13 February 1999 - Engadine Theatre of Performing Arts, Engadine Scattered 5–20 November 1999 - 61 Regent Street, City Funcore - 13 May 2000 - Sea Scouts Hall, Rhodes Awakening - 28 July 2000 - Old Pitt Street Cinema, City Scattered 6–16 September 2000 - Newtown Theatre, Newtown Scattered 7–21 April 2001 - Pitt Street Cinema, City Scattered 8–31 May 2003 - Penrith Skatel, Penrith Funcore 2–19 July 2003 - Masonic Hall, Blacktown Funcore 3–1 November 2003 - Kellet Street, Kings Cross Helter Skelter - 7 February 2004 - Royal Agricultural Showgrounds, Homebush Bay Helter Skelter 2–24 July 2004 - Macquarie University Scattered 9–19 March 2005 - Penrith Skatel, Penrith Scattered 10–23 July 2005 - Old Pitt Street Cinema, City Helter Skelter 3–18 March 2006 - Macquarie University Funcore 4–17 June 2006 - Frenchs Forest Scout Hall Helter Skelter 4–22 July 2006 - Macquarie University Scattered XI - 17 November 2007 - Whitlam Leisure Centre, Liverpool Funcore 5–28 March 2009 - Nineveh Sports & Community Club, Edensor Park Scooter Brooklyn Bounce DJ Dean Dune Neophyte DJ Promo Scott Brown Hixxy Luna-C DJ Sharkey Kevin Energy Nick Rafferty Charlotte Birch DJ Cyrus List of electronic music festivals Official Artist Website Overdrive Australia