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Tully Gorge National Park

Tully Gorge is a national park in Queensland, Australia, 1,338 km northwest of Brisbane. The park forms part of the Wooroonooran Important Bird Area, identified as such by BirdLife International because it supports populations of a range of bird species endemic to Queensland's Wet Tropics. Follow Tully Falls Road to the Tully Gorge Lookout. Tully Falls only run in a big wet season, but the walls of rock and rainforest which plunge 300 m down to the Tully River are still an awe-inspiring sight. An 800 m track takes walkers to the Tully River above the falls. Tully Falls Road begins on the outskirts of Ravenshoe at the junction of the Mount Garnet Road; the Tully Gorge National Park turnoff is 24 km down the road. A 1 km gravel road leads to viewing platform. Protected areas of Queensland

Charles Vancouver

Charles Vancouver was an Anglo-American agricultural writer. He was baptised in a Dutch family at King's Lynn, Norfolk in November 1756, was an elder brother of George Vancouver, he learned farming in Norfolk, was found, around 1776, a post in Ireland working for Lord Shelburne by Arthur Young, at Rahan. He worked there on bog drainage, during the 1780s took on related reclamation work in Kentucky. Kentucky was being settled at this time by westward migration, Vancouver had a large holding there. In 1789 Vancouver was trying to establish a settlement on the Big Sandy River, where he had 15,000 acres from 1785; the plan encountered resistance from Native Americans. Vancouver was hoping the intended road from Staunton, Virginia to Lexington, Kentucky would open up the area, he went back east to lay in stores, but he lost financially in schemes of James Wilkinson. The trial settlement, around where Louisa, Kentucky now is, lasted to April 1790. Vancouver returned to Sussex in England. A plan he had for exploring the Nootka Sound via an overland route was intended to be put to Sir Joseph Banks through Thomas Martyn.

On the establishment of the Board of Agriculture in 1793, Vancouver was engaged by Sir John Sinclair to write reports on the state of agriculture in some of the English counties. Maria Josepha Holroyd wrote of him in July 1795 as a sensible well-informed man, who had visited several countries. From the late 1790s Vancouver travelled again, working in the Netherlands and marrying there, in particular, he returned to his American estates, he stated in 1807 that he has been engaged in "cutting down the woodland and clearing the forests in Kentucky". In 1806 he was again in England, Young mentions that he was consulted by Nicholas Vansittart, he died in 1815, in Virginia. Vancouver's first book A general Compendium of Chemical and Natural Philosophy, with a complete System of Commerce, was published at Philadelphia in 1785. In 1786 he was described as "Vancouver of Philadelphia" in Arthur Young's Annals of Agriculture, to which he contributed a glowing account of the farming of Kentucky; the Board of Agriculture published in 1794 an account of Vancouver's tour in Cambridgeshire, in 1795 an account of a similar tour in Essex.

He wrote two more reports for the Board's General View of Agriculture county surveys: on the county Devon,. William Marshall, who criticised most of the board's reports, spoke of Vancouver's Cambridgeshire, though not of the other reports. Vancouver wrote in 1794 a paper on the drainage of the fens of the Great Level, of Cambridgeshire, it remained unprinted for 17 years, appeared as an appendix to the Huntingdon Report. Attribution This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Lee, Sidney, ed.. "Vancouver, Charles". Dictionary of National Biography. 58. London: Smith, Elder & Co

The Mekon

The Mekon is the arch-enemy of the British comic book hero Dan Dare, first appearing in 1950 in the Eagle comic strip Dan Dare, Pilot of the Future and created by Frank Hampson. Apart from Dan Dare himself, he is the only character to appear in every one of the numerous versions of the comic strip that appeared in the Eagle, 2000 AD and Virgin Comics. In the 1950s every other story featured the Mekon; the Mekon was the ruler of the Treens of northern Venus, although he was ousted from this position at the end of the first story and had no fixed base of operations. He was created by scientific experimentation, engineered for a high intelligence; as such he had a swollen head containing his massive brain and atrophied body, moved around on a levitating chair. He invented new superweapons in the pursuit of his goal: the domination of the universe for the purpose of scientific research. In some stories he sought personal revenge on Dan Dare. In the animated Dan Dare: Pilot of the Future television series, the animators took his nickname "Melonhead" and showed his cranium as not shiny smooth green but wrinkled like a cantaloupe.

The voice of the Mekon was portrayed by Richard Pearce. British politician Angus Maude and Irish journalist Patrick Cosgrave were each nicknamed "The Mekon". British political strategist Dominic Cummings has been nicknamed "The Mekon". In the "Genesis of A Classic" feature on the Doctor Who DVD release of Genesis of the Daleks, producer Philip Hinchcliffe cites the Mekon as one of his inspirations for the character Davros. Elton John, in his "Rock of the Westies" album recorded in 1976, had a song called "Dan Dare" One of the key repeated lines in the song is "Dan Dare doesn't know it, he doesn't know it, but I like the Mekon." British rock band The Mekons named themselves after the character in 1977. In May 2013, the BBC radio soap opera The Archers featured a storyline in which regular character Brian Aldridge was aggrieved by a local newspaper article that compared him to the Mekon. Wright, Norman; the Dan Dare dossier: celebrating the 40th anniversary of Dan Dare, pilot of the future. Hawk Books.

ISBN 0-948248-12-2. Tatarsky, Daniel. Dan Dare: the biography. Orion Books. ISBN 978-0-7528-8896-5. Http://www.dandare.org.uk: "Dan Dare doesn't know it... but I like The Mekon" The Mekon at www.dandare.org http://www.dan-dare.net The Interactive Home of Dan Dare and The Mekon

Lachlan Buchanan

Lachlan Buchanan is an Australian actor. Lachlan Buchanan grew up in Maleny. Buchanan attended Matthew Flinders Anglican College. Buchanan acted in soap operas such as Away, he has acted in several films, with supporting roles in Arcadia Lost and All My Friends Are Leaving Brisbane, as a lead in Newcastle. Buchanan played Scott Mitchell in the first CMT sitcom, Working Class, which premiered in January 2011, he is an experienced surfer, did half his surfing scenes in Newcastle himself. He is fluent in French; as of 2010, he is based in Los Angeles. In 2015, Buchanan starred in the low-budget film Muck, released in March. Buchanan was cast in the role of Kyle Abbott on the American soap opera the Restless, his first scene aired on 25 February 2015. In January 2016, Buchanan was announced to guest star in one episode of MTV's Teen Wolf, as Henri Argent. Henri is a recluse who lives in a forest grove and has been described as "wise but guarded". Being an Argent, Henri is said to know a lot about the supernatural world

Charged Particle Lunar Environment Experiment

The Charged Particle Lunar Environment Experiment, placed on the lunar surface by the Apollo 14 mission as part of the Apollo Lunar Surface Experiments Package, was designed to measure the energy spectra of low-energy charged particles striking the lunar surface. It measured the fluxes of electrons and ions with energies from 40 eV to 20 keV; the primary purpose of the experiment was to examine plasma particles originating from the Sun and the low-energy particle flux in the Earth's magnetic tail. The CPLEE had a mass of 2.7 kg, a stowed volume of 2540 cubic cm, used 3.0 W power and 6.0 W at night when the survival heater was on. The main part of the instrumentation consisted of two electrostatic analyzers. One of these pointed toward local lunar vertical, the other to a point 60 deg from vertical toward lunar west. Both detectors had fields of view of 4 x 20 degrees; as a first approximation, both detectors could be considered to point in the ecliptic plane. Each analyzer consisted of a set of direction-defining slits, deflection plates, five small-aperture C-shaped channel electron multipliers, one large-aperture helical channel electron multiplier and 6 accumulators.

For a given voltage applied to the deflection plates, the five small-aperture multipliers were arranged to count particles of one polarity with differing energies, while the large-aperture multiplier made a wide-band measurement of particles of the opposite polarity. During each 19.2-s interval in the automatic mode of experiment operation, deflection voltages of zero and plus and minus 35, 350, 3500 were applied to the deflection plates for 2.4 s at each voltage. Each analyzer would transmit while the other analyzer was operating; the little-used manual mode permitted the continuous application of a single deflection voltage, thus increasing temporal resolution for particles in a limited portion of the spectrum. Useful data obtained during each 19.2-s interval where, for each analyzer, 1.2-s accumulated counts of electrons and ions in 18 energy windows between 40 eV and 20 keV. The windows utilizing all 6 detectors at 35 V are centered at 40, 50, 65, 70, 95, 200 eV, the windows at 350 V are 10x and at 3500 V are 100x these values.

A dust cover with a 63Ni radioactive source on the underside over each aperture for calibration protected the instrument. The instrument was designed by Prof. Brian J. O'Brien, a professor in the Department of Space Science at Rice University. After he left Rice University in 1968, his postdoctoral student David L. Reasoner took over the job of PI of the instrument and its data analysis. Two Rice University students earned PhD's analyzing CPLEE data: Frederick J. Rich and Patricia H. Reiff; the ALSEP central station was located at 3.6440°S 17.4775°W / -3.6440. The charged particle lunar environment experiment was deployed 3 meters northeast of the central station. Leveling to 1.7 degrees, tipped to the east, was accomplished with a bubble level and east-west alignment to within 1 degree with a Sun compass. The instrument was deployed at 18:00 UT on 5 February 1971 and commanded on at 19:00 UT for 5 minutes of functional tests. A checkout procedure was conducted on 6 February from 4:00 to 6:10 UT.

Following LM ascent on 6 February at 18:49 UT the dust cover was commanded to be removed at 19:30 UT. The experiment worked from deployment until April 8, 1971, when the power supply for the analyzer pointing away from lunar vertical failed; the other analyzer continued to function until June 6, 1971, when a partial failure of the power supply occurred. Operation of this analyzer was intermittent for the rest of 1971. During most of 1972, operation was continuous during lunar night and intermittent during lunar day because high temperatures caused a low voltage condition in the power supply. From December 1972 to February 1973 operation was continuous, after which time the voltage problems occurred again; the Apollo 14 central station signal was reacquired on 5 March. Loss and reacquisition of signal happened sporadically until termination of the ALSEP experiment. Loss-reacquisition occurred in 1976 on 18 January - 19 February, 17 March - 20 May, 8 June - 10 June, 9 October - 12 November and in 1977 on 30 July - 4 August.

The CPLEE experiment was in standby mode when the ALSEP stations were turned off on 30 September 1977. Selenography List of artificial objects on the Moon This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. "Charged Particle Lunar Environment Experiment". NASA. CPLEE Data NASA

Grama Vidiyal

IDFC Bharat Ltd is a microfinance institution, operating in the Tamil Nadu area of South India. Since 1993, it has provided small loans to women without access to formal credit and who have daily incomes of less than INR 80 per day. In 2007, Grama Vidiyal transformed from a charitable trust to a regulated Non-Bank Financial Company, its status as an NBFC brings Grama Vidiyal under the purview of government regulation but will permit the firm to take on larger amounts of equity capital. Grama Vidiyal expects continued rapid growth, reaching more than two million clients by expanding to other states of India with an excess of Rs.15 billion in loans outstanding by 2012. Grama Vidiyal offers a variety of loans to its members. Grama Vidiyal is among the largest microinsurance providers in India, was studied by the ILO for a 2005 case study on microinsurance Some of the most prominent investors include Vinod Khosla, co-founder of Sun Microsystems and former partner in the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins.

Additional investment has come from the Unitus Equity Fund, a $23.6 million fund which invests in emerging microfinance institutions. In 2016, Grama Vidiyal was acquired by IDFC First Bank Ltd and name was changed to IDFC Bharat Ltd from Grama Vidiyal. Grameen Bank The Grameen Foundation ASA-GV, The Activists for Social Alternatives - Grama Vidiyal Sa-Dhan, The Association of Community Development Finance Institutions Unitus Group, Market-based solutions to global poverty