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Shire of Flinders (Queensland)

The Shire of Flinders is a local government area in north-western Queensland, Australia. It covers an area of 41,200 square kilometres, has existed as a local government entity since 1882; the Shire, named for the Flinders River, is predominantly a grazing area with cattle in the north of the shire and mixed grazing to the south in the black soil area. Jirandali is an Australian Aboriginal language of North-West Queensland the Hughenden area; the language region includes the local government area of the Shire of Flinders, including Dutton River, Flinders River, Mount Sturgeon, Richmond, Winton, Tower Hill, Landsborough Creek, Lammermoor Station and Tangorin. The Hughenden Division was established on 20 July 1882 under the Divisional Boards Act 1879. On 20 April 1887, the Borough of Hughenden was constituted separately as a municipality for the emerging town of Hughenden. On 31 March 1903, the Hughenden Division became the Shire of Hughenden and the Borough of Hughenden became the Town of Hughenden under the Local Authorities Act 1902.

On 5 September of the same year, the Shire of Hughenden was renamed Shire of Flinders. The western part of the Shire was separately incorporated as the Shire of Wyangarie on 23 October 1915. On 1 January 1930, part of the Shire of Flinders was annexed to the Shire of Dalrymple. In 1958, the Town of Hughenden amalgamated with the Shire of Flinders; the Shire of Flinders includes the following settlements: Hughenden Dutton River Marathon Porcupine Prairie Stamford Tangorin Torrens Creek The Flinders Shire Council operate the Flinders Shire Library at 39 Gray Street, Hughenden. ‡ – includes then-separate Town. 1897: D. Simson 1927: E. M. Geary 2008: Brendan McNamara 2012: Greg Jones 2016: Jane McNamara University of Queensland: Queensland Places: Flinders Shire Flinders Shire historical photo project

Acanthodactylus longipes

Acanthodactylus longipes called the long fringe-fingered lizard, is a species of lizard in the family Lacertidae. The species is endemic to northwestern Africa. A. longipes is found in Algeria, Egypt, Mali, Morocco, Niger and Western Sahara. A. longipes is oviparous. Boulenger GA. "Sur les lézards du genre Acanthodactylus Wiegm." Bulletin de la Société Zoologique de France 43: 143-155... Padial JM. "Commented distributional list of the reptiles of Mauritania". Graellsia 62: 159-178. Salvador, Alfredo. "A revision of the lizards of the genus Acanthodactylus". Bonner Zoologische Monographien: 1-167

Salim Rashid Suri

Salim Rashid Suri was a 20th-century ṣawt singer and oud player from Oman. He is associated with the ṣawt genre called Ṣawt al-Khaleej; as a teenager, Suri worked on sailing ships plying the Indian Ocean. He first started as a maidan singer. Continuing to travel he became known as "The Singing Sailor". Suri's family did not approve of his musical inclinations, he moved to Mumbai where he worked first as a boilerman as a mercantile broker and translator in the trade between Arab and Indian merchants. During this time Suri continued to practice and perfect his musical art, integrating Indian influences into his music – some of his lyrics were in Urdu as well as his native Arabic, helping him secure a steady sale of his records to an Indian as well as an Arabic audience. In 1943, Salim Rashid Suri married an Indian woman and in the late 1940s he and his wife relocated to Bahrain where he enjoyed success as a performer and set up his own record label and recorded other musicians, he continued to be a leading exponent of the Ṣawt al-Khaleej variety of ṣawt.

However, the advent of vinyl records ruined his record business and he returned to Oman in 1971 where the Sultan made him a consultant for cultural affairs. He died in 1979, considered by a beloved cultural treasure of Oman. Lists of musicians

John Innes Centre

The John Innes Centre, located in Norwich, England, is an independent centre for research and training in plant and microbial science. It is a registered charity grant-aided by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, the European Research Council and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and is a member of the Norwich Research Park. In 2017, the John Innes Centre was awarded a gold Athena SWAN Charter award for equality in the workplace; the John Innes Horticultural Institution was founded in 1910 at Merton Park, with funds bequeathed by John Innes, a merchant and philanthropist. The Institution occupied Innes's former estate at Merton Park until 1945 when it moved to Bayfordbury, Hertfordshire, it moved to its present site in 1967. John Innes compost was developed by the institution in the 1930s, who donated the recipe to the'Dig for Victory' war effort; the John Innes Centre has never sold John Innes compost. During the 1980s, the administration of the John Innes Institute was combined with that of the Plant Breeding Institute and the Nitrogen Fixation Laboratory.

In 1994, following the relocation of the operations of other two organisations to the Norwich site, the three were merged as the John Innes Centre. The institute is divided into six departments: Biological Chemistry, Cell & Developmental Biology, Computational & Systems Biology, Crop Genetics, Metabolic Biology and Molecular Microbiology; the John Innes Centre has a tradition of training PhD post-docs. PhD degrees obtained via the John Innes Centre are awarded by the University of East Anglia; the John Innes Centre has a contingent of postdoctoral researchers, many of whom are recruited onto the institute's Post-doctoral Training Fellowship programme. The John Innes Centre sponsors seminars and lectures, including the Bateson Lecture and the Biffen Lecture; the research at the John Innes Centre is divided into 4 Institute Strategic Programs funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council. These ISPs, which combine the research of multiple groups to address a greater aim, are: Genes in the Environment - aims to develop a wider and deeper understanding of how the environment influences plant growth and development.

Molecules from Nature - will investigate the vast diversity of chemicals produced by plants and microbes. Plant Health - aims to understand the molecular dialogue between plants and microbes, establishing how they communicate with each other and how they have evolved in relation to one another. Designing Future Wheat - a program with other BBSRC institutes Rothamsted Research and National Institute for Agricultural Botany and the University of Nottingham and the University of Bristol; the John Innes Centre is the Norwich base of the Sainsbury Laboratory, an institute focused on plant disease. Although well integrated with the John Innes Centre, The Sainsbury Laboratory is affiliated with the University of East Anglia. Along with the Institute of Food Research and University of East Anglia, JIC hosted the BA Festival of Science in September 2006. Since 2015 The John Innes centre, University of East Anglia Sainsbury Laboratory, The Earlham Institute and Quadram Institute Bioscience have run Women of The Future an event aimed at promoting career in science to young women.

The John Innes Centre has been directed by: William Bateson Sir A Daniel Hall CD Darlington KS Dodds Roy Markham Harold Woolhouse Richard Flavell Chris Lamb Dale Sanders Notable staff and alumni include: The John Innes Foundation is an independent charitable foundation and was formed in 1910 by John Innes. JIF set up the John Innes Horticultural Institution at London; the JIF owns the land and buildings at Newfound Farm and Church Farm, Norfolk which are used by researchers from the John Innes Centre. The JIF trustees play an active part in the management of John Innes Centre research and have the right to appoint three members of the Governing Council; the foundation sponsors several graduate studentships each year, support for educational programmes and the infrastructure of the site. They fund student awards for scientific excellence and science communication.. It owns a significant collection of archive material held in the Historical Collections library at the John Innes Centre; the John Innes Centre is home to a collection of rare botanical books, lab books and letters documenting the history of genetics and research carried out by its scientists.

This includes a letter from William Bateson documenting the first use of the word "genetics". The History of Genetics library contains the archives of the Genetical Society. An important part of the John Innes Centre is the John Innes Centre Germplasm Resources Unit; this seedbank houses a number of germplasm collections, including the Watkins Landrace Wheat Collection, the John Innes Centre Pisum Collection, BBSRC Small Grain Cereal Collection, Crop wild relative collection and several specialist genetic stocks collections. This material is extensively used by UK and non-UK researchers and breeders, is an available upon request to research and commercial efforts, subject to availability; the complete list of the material can be found in the GRU database

Oklahoma Department of Transportation

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation is an agency of the government of Oklahoma responsible for the construction and maintenance of the state's transportation infrastructure. Under the leadership of the Oklahoma Secretary of Transportation and ODOT Executive Director, the Department maintains public infrastructure that includes highways and state-owned railroads. Along with the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority, the Department is the primary infrastructure construction and maintenance agency of the State. ODOT is led by the Oklahoma Transportation Commission, composed of eight members appointed by the Governor of Oklahoma with the approval of the Oklahoma Senate; the Commission in turn appoints a Director. Tim Gatz serves as the Secretary of Transportation, as appointed by Governor of Oklahoma Kevin Stitt in 2019. Gatz is set to become Executive Director in April, when current Executive Director Mike Patterson retires. Gatz is Executive Director of the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority; the Department was created in 1976 during the term of Governor David L. Boren.

It superseded the Department of Highways, established in 1911. The Department of Transportation's mission statement is "The mission of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation is to provide a safe and effective transportation network for the people and communities of Oklahoma." The predecessor agency to ODOT was the Department of Highways, which began operations in 1911, four years after Oklahoma statehood. The Department of Highways, consisting of four employees, was given an initial budget of $3,700; the state's first 29 numbered highways were commissioned on August 29, 1924. As of May 1, 1926, the state highway system consisted of 3,682 miles of graded dirt roads, 832 miles of gravel roads, 634 miles of paved roads, for a total system length of 5,148 miles. By March 1, 1930, the department name had been modified to the Oklahoma Department of Highways. In 1976, the Oklahoma Legislature restructured the Department of Highways as an overall coordinating agency for the state’s highways and waterways and renamed to the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.

The Department of Transportation is funded by motor vehicle fuel taxes, income taxes, legislative appropriations, a return of federal matching dollars from the Federal Highway Trust Fund. ODOT’s annual budget of both federal and state funds is applied to highway construction and maintenance activities, waterways, public rural transit programs and administration statewide. ODOT is responsible for construction of maintenance of 30,000 miles of non-tolled highway lanes and nearly 6,800 bridges and administers state and federal funding used on city and county road and bridge projects. In 2018, ODOT assessed 185 of its highway bridges as being structurally deficient; this is compared to 1,168 structurally deficient bridges in 2004. The Department maintains 139 miles of state-owned railway, which are operated through leases with railroad companies, administers the Federal Highway Administration’s Grade Crossing Safety Program which provides funding to make safety improvements to Oklahoma’s nearly 3,800 at-grade public railway/road intersections, manages the Amtrak Heartland Flyer passenger rail service in partnership with the Texas Department of Transportation.

ODOT is responsible for administration of state and federal funding for public transit operators in areas with less than 50,000 in population and state safety oversight of fixed guideway rail transit systems, including the Oklahoma City Streetcar. The agency is under the supervision of the Oklahoma Secretary of Transportation. Under Governor of Oklahoma Kevin Stitt, Tim Gatz is serving as the Cabinet secretary; the Oklahoma Transportation Commission is the governing body of the state transportation department. The Governor of Oklahoma, with the approval of the Oklahoma Senate, appoints the members of the eight-member commission, it is the duty of the commission to appoint the agency director. The members each represent one of the eight geographic districts corresponding with the agency's eight field divisions; the governor may only vote to break a tie. The current members of the Oklahoma Transportation Commission are as follows: Governor Kevin Stitt, ex officio District 1: Mr. John Fidler District 2: Mr. J. David Burrage, Chairman District 3: Mr. Dan B.

Overland District 4: Mr. Greg Love District 5: Mr. Todd Huckabay, Secretary District 6: Mr. Bobby Alexander District 7: Mr. Brad Burgess, Vice Chairman District 8: Mr. Robert Peterson Cabinet Secretary Transportation Commission Executive Director Chief Engineer Director of Engineering Right of Way and Utilities Division Legal and Business Services Division Bridge Division Roadway Design Division Traffic Engineering Division Environmental Programs Division Survey Division Director of Operations Maintenance Division Construction Division Materials Division Office Engineer Division Field DivisionsDivision 1 - Muskogee Division 2 - Antlers Division 3 - Ada Division 4 - Perry Division 5 - Clinton Division 6 - Buffalo Division 7 - Duncan Division 8 - Tulsa Deputy Director Legislation and Policy Director of Capital Programs Strategic Asset and Performance Management Division Rail Programs Division Local Government Division Project Management Division Tribal Liaison Facilities Management Division Office of Research and Implementation Waterways Program Director of Finance and Administration Office Services Division Transit Programs Division Media and Public Relations Division Comptroller Division Human Resources Division Procurement Divisio

Caravan (Art Blakey album)

Caravan is a jazz album released by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers in February 1963. It was Blakey's first album for Riverside Records after he signed with them in October 1962; the songs were recorded at the Plaza Sound Studio in New York City, on October 23-24, 1962 The producer was Orrin Keepnews who supervised the album's remastered re-release on CD. In 2007, the BBC described it as "a slick, professional set of hard bop at its finest". "Caravan" - 9:47 "Sweet'n' Sour" - 5:31 "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning" - 4:06 "This Is for Albert" - 8:21 "Skylark" - 4:51 "Thermo" - 6:48The remastered CD re-issue features two alternate takes, each preceding its master take."Thermo" - 7:26 "Sweet'n' Sour" - 5:27 Art Blakey - drums Freddie Hubbard - trumpet Curtis Fuller - trombone Wayne Shorter - tenor saxophone Cedar Walton - piano Reggie Workman - bass