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Roncovalgrande Hydroelectric Plant

The Roncovalgrande Hydroelectric Plant known as the Delio Hydroelectric Plant, is located 3 kilometres north of Maccagno in the Province of Varese, Italy. Using the pumped-storage hydroelectric method, the power plant has an installed capacity of 1,016 megawatts; the power plant was complete in 1971 and the last generator operational in 1973. During construction, the upper reservoir, Lago Delio, was expanded in capacity with two gravity dams; the lower reservoir, Lago Maggiore existed. The power plant itself is located underground in between Maggiore. To produce electricity, water is released from the upper reservoir to the power plant via two 1,100 metres long penstocks. At the power plant, eight four-stage Pelton turbine-generators generate electricity. Power generation occurs during periods of high energy demand and when energy demand is low, pumping occurs; the pumps are on the same shaft as the Pelton turbines and send water from the lower to the upper reservoir to serve as stored energy. In the future, this water is sent back down to the process repeats.

The difference in elevation between the upper and lower reservoirs affords a hydraulic head of 736.25 m and Lago Delio has a usable storage capacity of 10,000,000 cubic metres. Hydroelectricity in Italy List of pumped-storage hydroelectric power stations Media related to Lago Delio at Wikimedia Commons Media related to Lago Maggiore at Wikimedia Commons

You Can't Blame the Train

"You Can't Blame the Train" is a song written by American singer-songwriter Terri Sharp. The original version was recorded by American singer-songwriter Don McLean in 1987, while the family country group The Hollanders recorded their own version in 1991. "You Can't Blame the Train" was recorded by Don McLean in 1987, released as the lead single from his ninth studio album Love Tracks. The song was produced by Dave Burgess. McLean would record another song from Sharp for the same album, titled "Eventually". Sharp recalled in 2012 of how McLean came to record the two tracks: "I was signed by Hank Jr. to Bocephus Music in 1987 because of "You Can't Blame the Train" and another called "Eventually", which Don would record. Dave Burgess was the administrator for my and Hank's catalogue and he was producing a record for Don - that's how the recording happened."After having no record contract for five years, McLean returned with his ninth studio album Love Tracks in 1987. "You Can't Blame the Train", released as the album's lead single, reached No. 49 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.

Commenting on the song's appearance on the charts, along with the follow-up single "Love in My Heart", McLean told the Milwaukee Journal in 1988: "Two songs from the LP are on the country charts, so we are starting to crack the country charts, not an easy thing to do. There is a lot of competition." The song had been written by Sharp in 1986. In 2012, she recalled: "I wrote the song when I was on the way to a gig in Rosenberg, Texas by a Southern Pacific train; the trains in Texas take long. During the journey the level crossing gate was coming down and there was a little red car in front of me, they got across the tracks. I was amazed and very happy I hadn't had to watch a tragedy; as the journey was long I had time to write the song. I thought that if the train had hit the little red sports car the family would have tried to sue Southern Pacific, but it wouldn't have been the train's fault. I came up with the song's chorus: "When the gates are all down and the signals are flashing and the whistle is screaming in vain..." etc.

I thought about how I tried to blame some of my personal woes with men on the men, but I applied the railway theory and voila... I had to get off the damn tracks in that way also." 7" single"You Can't Blame the Train" - 3:07 "Perfect Love" - 3:227" single"You Can't Blame the Train" - 3:07 "You Can't Blame the Train" - 3:07 Upon release, Cash Box listed the single as one of their "feature picks" during October 1987. They commented: "McLean has had a hard time gaining radio acceptance with his recent singles, but that should change with this release! This is a well-written tune. Pay special attention to the clever lyrics, if you can concentrate past Don's fine effort." In 1997, The Daytona Beach News-Journal commented how McLean had "meandered between roots rock and R&B" with the song. In a retrospective review of Love Tracks, Jim Esch noted the song "rollicks along with some verve". Don McLean - vocals Dave Burgess - producer Joe Bogan - engineer, mixing Gary Paczosa - assistant engineer "You Can't Blame the Train" was covered by American Nashville music group The Hollanders in 1991, who released their version as a single from their album Family Ties.

Their version was produced by Dave Burgess. Released by VCA Records, the single reached No. 36 on the Cash Box Country Singles chart. A music video was filmed to promote the single; the video showed footage of members of the band singing the song at a train station as well as footage of the band performing the song on stage. Upon release, Cash Box listed the single as one of their "indie feature picks" during March 1991, they commented: "With an electrifying contemporary country flavor, "You Can't Blame the Train" spits out racing energy, unique sibling harmony and lyrics which defend the accused party of a break-up." 7" single"You Can't Blame the Train" - 3:22 "You Can't Blame the Train" - 3:22 Susie - banjo, bass guitar, vocals Janet - lead guitar, vocals Terri - drums, vocals Brenda - keyboards, vocals Jeff - instruments David - fiddle Dave Burgess - producer Writer Terri Sharp recorded her own version of the song, which appeared on YouTube in 2011. In 2014, Heather Dickson worked alongside Sharp to record her album Eventually, which featured a cover version of "You Can't Blame the Train", along with other Sharp compositions such as "Eventually"

Maude Abbott

Maude Elizabeth Seymour Abbott was a Canadian physician, among Canada's earliest female medical graduates, an internationally known expert on congenital heart disease. She was one of the first women to obtain a BA from McGill University. In 1869, Abbot was born in Quebec as Maude Elizabeth Seymour Babin. Both of her parents were absent during infancy, as her mother had died and her father had abandoned her. With her sister Alice, she was adopted and raised by her maternal grandmother, Mrs. William Abbott, 62, she was a cousin of Canada's third Prime Minister. In 1885, she graduated from a private Montreal seminary high school. Abbott was admitted to McGill University's Faculty of Arts, with a scholarship though she had been rejected, and received her B. A in 1890. In 1894, she received her M. D. C. M. from Bishop's University with honours, the only woman in her class. She received the Chancellor's Prize, Senior Anatomy Prize for having the best final examination; that year, she opened her own practice in Montreal, worked with the Royal Victoria hospital, was nominated and elected as the Montreal Medico-Chirurgical Society's first female member.

Some time afterwards, she did her post-graduate medical studies in Vienna. In 1897, she opened an independent clinic dedicated to treating children. There she did much first-hand research in pathology. Much of Abbott's work concerned the nature of heart disease in newborn babies; this would cause her to be recognized as a world authority on heart defects. In 1898, she was appointed Assistant Curator at the McGill Pathological Museum, becoming curator 1901. In 1905, she was invited to write the chapter on'Congenital Heart Disease' for William Osler's System of Modern Medicine, he declared it "the best thing he had read on the subject." The article would place her as the world authority in the field of congenital heart disease. In 1906, she co-founded the International Association of Medical Museums, with Osler, she became its international secretary in 1907. She would edit the institutions articles for thirty-one years. In 1910, Abbott was awarded an honorary medical degree from McGill and was made a lecturer in Pathology.

After a much conflict with Dr. Horst Oërtel, she left McGill to take up a position at the Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1923. In 1925, Abbott returned to McGill becoming an Assistant Professor. In 1924, she was a founder of the Federation of Medical Women of Canada, a Canadian organization committed to the professional and personal advancement of women physicians. In 1936, she wrote the Atlas of Congenital Cardiac Disease; the work illustrated a new classification system and described records of over a thousand cases of clinical and postmortem records. The same year she retired from her professorial position. On 2 September 1940, Abbott died in Montreal. Chancellor's Prize, 1894. Senior Anatomy Prize, 1894. Lord Stanley Gold Medal, 1890. McGill class valedictorian, 1890. In 1943, Diego Rivera painted her in his mural for the National Institute of Cardiology of Mexico City, she was the only Canadian, the only woman depicted in the work. In 1958, the International Academy of Pathology established the'Maude Abbott Lecture'.

In 1993, she was named a "Historic Person" by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada and a plaque was erected outside the McIntyre Medical Sciences Building at McGill University in Montreal. In 1994, she was posthumously inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. In 2000, a bronze plaque was erected in her honour on the McIntyre Medical Building. In the same year, Canada Post issued a forty-six cent postage stamp entitled The Heart of the Matter in her honour. McGill University Health Centre has recognized Maude Abbott by naming their congenital heart defect clinic the “Maude Clinic”; the clinic has carried her name proudly for many years - at the Royal Victoria Hospital site and now continuing at the new M. U. H. C. Glen site. Abbott was a prolific writer, composing over 140 books, she gave countless lectures. Her body of work includes: The Atlas of Congenital Cardiac Disease (Originally published in New York by the American Heart Association in 1936. A reprint was published by McGill-Queen's University Press in 2006 in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the International Academy of Pathology."

Abbott, Maude. Pigmentation-cirrhosis in a case of Haemochromatosis. Transactions of the Pathological Society of London. Volumes 51-52. London: Smith, Elder & Co. pp. 66–85. An Historical Sketch of the Medical Faculty of McGill University. 1902. Abbott, Maude E.. "On the Classification of Museum Specimens". American Medicine. V: 541–544. Hdl:2027/aeu.ark:/13960/t2s480b5s. Abbott, Maude E.. "The Museum in Medical Teaching". Journal of the American Medical Association. XLIV: 935–939. Doi:10.1001/jama.1905.92500390019001d. Abbott, Maude, "Chapter IX: Congenital cardiac disease", in Osler, Modern Medicine: Its Theory and Practice, IV: Diseases of the circulatory system. "The determination of basal metabolism by the "Respiratory-valve and spirometer method" of indirect calorimetry, with an observation on a case of polycythemia with splenomegaly". Canadian Medical Association Journal. 8: 491–509. PMC 1585182. PMID 20311108. Abbott, Maude E.. Florence Nightingale as seen in her portraits. Boston: Boston Medical

Straits of Florida

The Straits of Florida, Florida Straits, or Florida Strait is a strait located south-southeast of the North American mainland accepted to be between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, between the Florida Keys and Cuba. It is 93 mi wide at the narrowest point between Key West and the Cuban shore, has been sounded to a depth of 6,000 feet; the strait carries the beginning of the Gulf Stream, from the Gulf of Mexico. Five wells were drilled in state waters south of the Florida Keys from 1947 to 1962. Gulf Oil drilled three wells in federal waters south of the Florida Keys in 1960 and 1961. All the wells were dry holes; the boundary between the Exclusive Economic Zones of the US and Cuba is halfway between Cuba and Florida, as determined by a 1977 treaty between the US and Cuba. Cuba has three producing offshore oil fields within 5 km of its north coast opposite Florida; the US Geological Survey estimates that the North Cuba Basin contains 5,500,000,000 barrels of undiscovered petroleum liquids and 9.8 trillion cubic feet of natural gas all in the offshore part of the basin.

The issue of allowing oil and gas exploration offshore Florida became a hotly contested topic in the 2008 US elections. In a column published 5 June 2008, syndicated columnist George Will wrote that a Chinese oil company was drilling in Cuban waters 60 miles from the Florida coast, a claim, repeated by candidates in favor of offshore drilling. In fact, no drilling was taking place in that part of Cuban waters. In 2004 the Spanish oil company Repsol drilled in deep Cuban waters between Cuba and the Florida Keys, found an oil deposit. In October 2008, Cuba signed an agreement with the Brazilian state oil company Petrobras, which provides for Petrobras to drill for oil and gas in deep waters off the north shore of Cuba. In July 2009, Cuba signed an agreement with the Russian government giving the Russian oil company Zarubezhneft oil exploration rights off the north shore of Cuba. By May 2011 Petrobas had withdrawn from the 2008 agreement due to poor prospects. In 2009 the Falkland Islands-registered company Bharat Petroleum Company Ltd. and Norwegian company Statoil announced a joint venture to drill for oil in Bahamian waters north of Cuba and southeast of Florida.

The government of the Bahamas has indicated that applications for offshore drilling are on hold pending negotiations with Cuba, the United States, the Turks and Caicos Islands on the exact boundaries between their respective Exclusive Economic Zones. Florida Straits, an action-adventure film starring Fred Ward. Cay Sal Bank

Teachings of Presidents of the Church

Teachings of Presidents of the Church is a series of books published by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Each book of the series compiles the teachings and sermons of one of the men who has served as president of the LDS Church; the series is not complete, with 15 books having been released by August 2016. The text of each book is not limited to sermons preached while the person was President of the Church, but contain teachings given during their time as an ordained apostle; the series began with the release of the Brigham Young edition. The books are not being issued in the same order; the books are not intended to be a comprehensive collection of the words, sermons, or writings of their subjects. Church members have been encouraged to make a collection in their homes; the books served as a basis for many of the lessons presented in weekly church Relief Society and adult priesthood meetings. Each book was used as class curriculum for one or two calendar years, depending on the length of the book.

In 2010 and 2011, the church temporarily ceased using this series for communal study at Sunday meetings and instead used a newly revised Gospel Principles manual. Sunday study of the Teachings of Presidents of the Church series resumed in 2012, but concluded at the end of 2017. Beginning in 2018, adult church members use a new approach to the Sunday curriculum entitled Come Follow Me: For Melchizedek Priesthood and Relief Society; this places greater emphasis on members counseling together regarding local needs, increased study of general conference talks, studying other topics selected by the general church leadership. The copyright in the books is held by Intellectual Reserve, but they are available in electronic format for free on the LDS Church's website; as of 2018, no edition has been published for Thomas S. Monson or Russell M. Nelson, the sixteenth and seventeenth church presidents, respectively. Links to texts of books