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Ben Peach

Benjamin Neeve Peach, FRS FRSE FGS LLD was a British geologist. Peach was born at Gorran Haven in Cornwall on 6 September 1842 to Jemima Mabson and Charles William Peach, an amateur British naturalist and geologist, he was educated at the Royal School of Mines in London and joined the Geological Survey in 1862 as a geologist, moving to the Scottish branch in 1867. He is best remembered for his work on the Northwest Highlands and Southern Uplands with his friend and colleague John Horne, where they resolved the long-running debate on the geological formation of the Highlands. In 1881 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, his proposers were Archibald Geikie, Sir Charles Wyville Thomson, Peter Guthrie Tait and Robert Gray. He won the Society's Neill Prize for the period 1883–86, he served as the Society's Vice President from 1912 to 1917. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1892; the citation on his candidacy form read: "District Surveyor of the Geological Survey of Scotland.

Past President of the Physical Society of Edinburgh. Recipient of the Wollaston Donation Fund of the Geological Society in 1887. For thirty years engaged on the Geological survey, during which time he has mapped many of the most complicated districts of Scotland. Has charge of the surveying of the NW Highlands, has taken the leading part in unravelling the remarkable structural complications of that region. Author of various papers on palaeontological subjects: –'On some New Crustaceans from the Lower Carboniferous Rocks of Eskale and Liddesdale'. Joint author with Mr J Horne of many papers on stratigraphical and physical geology, including: –'The Glaciation of the Shetland Isles'. " In 1905 he succeeded Ramsay Heatley Traquair as President of the Geological Society of Glasgow. He was succeeded in time in 1908 by John Walter Gregory, he was awarded the Wollaston Medal of the Geological Society in 1921. A monument to the work of Peach and Horne was erected at Inchnadamph, close to the Moine Thrust where they did some of their best-known work.

The inscription reads: "To Ben N Peach and John Horne who played the foremost part in unravelling the geological structure of the North West Highlands 1883–1897. An international tribute. Erected 1980." Peach was twice married. His first wife was Jeanie Bannatyne with whom he had two sons, he married Margaret Anne MacEwen, with whom he had two sons. Two of his sons and two of his daughters survived him, his home was at 72 Grange Loan in Edinburgh. He died of a cerebral thrombosis at his niece's house at 33 Comiston Drive on 29 January 1926, he is buried in Edinburgh. The grave lies in the fenced western section, is inaccessible without prior arrangement. Peach's survey team included several notable geologists including: Charles Barrois, William Savage Boulton, Charles Hawker Dinham, Thomas John Jehu, Aubrey Strahan, Sidney Hugh Reynolds and James Ernest Richey. Knockan Crag Inchnadamph North West Highlands Geopark Geology of Scotland Ben Peach archive Works by or about Ben Peach at Internet Archive

Vogelkop bowerbird

The Vogelkop bowerbird known as the Vogelkop gardener bowerbird, is a medium-sized, bowerbird of the mountains of the Vogelkop Peninsula at Western New Guinea, Indonesia. The birds are about 21–35 cm in length, with the females being smaller, they are olive brown in colour, though somewhat paler below, without ornamental plumage. This makes the species one of the dullest-coloured members of the bowerbird family with, one of the largest and most elaborate bowers; the bower is a cone-shaped hut-like structure some 100 cm high and 160 cm in diameter, with an entrance propped up by two column-like sticks. A front "lawn" of some square meters area is laid out with moss. On this, in the entrance of the bower, decorations such as colourful flowers or fruit, shining beetle elytra, dead leaves and other conspicuous objects are collected and artistically arranged. Males go to great lengths to ensure that their displays are in prime condition, replacing old items as needed, as well as trying to outdo their neighbours by finding more spectacular decorations, arranging them appropriately.

As opposed to other species of bowerbirds, such as the satin bowerbird, there is no fixed preference for items of a certain colour, more important being the "novelty value" of the items instead, which can lead to fashion-like trends if males find rare or unusual items. Females visit bowers and, depending on whether they like the "treasure trove" on display, will mate with the attendant males; the bower, indeed the male, play no part in raising the young. The songs and mimicry skill of this bird are well known among the indigenous peoples. In September 1872, Odoardo Beccari became the first naturalist to see the home grounds of this bowerbird in the Arfak Mountains of Irian Jaya; because of its unadorned and plain plumage, this bowerbird is safe from persecution. A common species within its limited habitat range, the Vogelkop bowerbird is evaluated as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Avian Visual Cognition: Photo of male arranging red flowers and black beetle elytra. Retrieved 2007-FEB-19.

BirdLife Species Factsheet. Retrieved 2007-FEB-19. Photo of male in front of bower by Don Roberson. Note discarded batteries and film casings. Retrieved 2007-FEB-19. Video of a Vogelkop Bowerbird preparing its display Video footage from the BBC's Life and Life of Birds series

Spark (Drake White album)

Spark is the debut studio album of American country music singer Drake White. It was released on August 2016 via Dot Records, an imprint of Big Machine Records; the album has produced three singles, "It Feels Good", Livin' the Dream" and "Makin' Me Look Good Again", all of which have reached the Top 40 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart. White co-wrote eleven of the album's twelve tracks. "Makin' Me Look Good Again" won the International Song of the Year award at the 2017 British Country Music Association Awards. Ross Copperman and Jeremy Stover produced all tracks except for track 10, with assistance from White on tracks 3, 6, 7, 8. Andrew Petroff and Adam Schwind produced track 10; the album debuted at No. 34 on Billboard 200, No. 4 on the Top Country Albums chart, selling 11,000 copies in its first week. It has sold 58,900 copies in the US as of September 2017. Musicians Production A Current single

Champions Square

Champions Square is an outdoor festival plaza located adjacent to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. It is known as the premier tailgating space for sports events held at the stadium and the nearby Smoothie King Center; the plaza consists of an outdoor amphitheater, known as Bold Sphere Music. The venue was reopened April 2014 with a concert by Lana Del Rey; the amphitheater has seating for up to 9,000 spectators for special events, 7,000 in a general admission setting and 4,500 for reseated seating. The site was the location of the Girod Street Cemetery from 1822 to 1957; the cemetery was moved prior to the construction of the Superdome, subsequently the New Orleans Centre shopping mall was erected on the site. In 2005, the shopping mall closed due to Hurricane Katrina; the shopping mall never re-opened, was entirely demolished in the Spring of 2010 to begin construction of Champions Square. The former Macy's department store area and the parking garage, now called "Champions Garage", are the only remnants of the original shopping mall.

The 121,000 square-foot plaza is centered on the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Smoothie King Center, Hyatt Regency, Benson Tower, numerous parking garages and food courts. Phase I included the construction of the staircase leading from the Superdome. Construction began in the Spring of 2010 and Champions Square formally opened August 21, 2010. Phase II further improved the square following the 2010-2011 NFL season with the installation of a new permanent grand staircase with amphitheater seating, permanent restroom facilities, stone pavement, LED lighting, palm trees, a vine wall spanning the length of the plaza alongside the Superdome. Before each NFL football game, the square hosts concerts which are open to the public; the square is only open to pedestrian traffic. Inside the square, there are numerous food and beverage options either in the food court or outside under tents. Champions Square has become the site for the annual "Gleason Gras", whose purpose is to raise awareness and funds for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.

In 2013 construction was completed on a four level balcony added to the southern side Benson Tower overlooking the square. The addition houses a secondary studio for the Benson-owned Fox station WVUE-DT, which airs their morning newscasts and sports-related programming from that facility; the Times-Picayune reported on August 15, 2010 that Phase III would include building out the façade and adding a permanent food court, would be completed sometime after New Orleans hosted Super Bowl XLVII in 2013. Beyond that, planners have envisioned the area will be successful enough to build a residential tower sprouting out of the top of the former Macy's department store space. Patriot Place L. A. Live List of music venues

Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919

The Sex Disqualification Act 1919 is an Act of Parliament in the United Kingdom. It became law when it received Royal Assent on 23 December 1919; the basic purpose of the act was, as stated in its long title, "… to amend the Law with respect to disqualification on account of sex", which it achieved in four short sections and one schedule. Its broad aim was achieved by section 1, which stated that: A person shall not be disqualified by sex or marriage from the exercise of any public function, or from being appointed to or holding any civil or judicial office or post, or from entering or assuming or carrying on any civil profession or vocation, or for admission to any incorporated society, … The Crown was given the power to regulate the admission of women to the civil service by Orders in Council, judges were permitted to control the gender composition of juries. By section 2, women were to be admitted as solicitors after serving three years only if they possessed a university degree which would have qualified them if male, or if they had fulfilled all the requirements of a degree at a university which did not, at the time, admit women to degrees.

By section 3, no statute or charter of a university was to preclude university authorities from regulating the admission of women to membership or degrees. By section 4, any orders in council, royal charters, or statutory provisions which were inconsistent with this Act were to cease to have effect. Women had been given a right to vote by the Representation of the People Act 1918, had been able to stand for Parliament, but most of the less high-profile restrictions on women participating in civil life remained. In effect, this act lifted most of the existing common-law restrictions on women. Marriage was no longer considered a bar to a woman's ability to work in these spheres; the act came into force on the day it became law, 23 December 1919. However, it took until December 1922 for a female solicitor to be appointed; the act was, by the standards of its time, astonishingly broad. It only addressed three areas – the Civil Service, the courts, the universities – leaving all other areas to the sweeping alterations made by section 1.

Francis Bennion described it as "splendidly general", arguing that it went "further in emancipating women than the Sex Discrimination Act 1975". However, the act was invoked by the courts—the first court case to rule based on it was Nagle v Feilden in 1966, in a case brought by female horse trainer Florence Nagle against the Jockey Club's refusal to grant her a training licence on grounds of her sex; the one significant ruling as to the extent of the Act was not in a court of law, but rather in the House of Lords, where the Committee for Privileges was asked by Margaret Mackworth, 2nd Viscountess Rhondda to rule if the Act's provisions for exercising "any public function" extended to permitting a woman to sit in the House as a peeress in her own right. After some debate, it was held 22-4. Women would not be permitted to sit in the Lords until 1958, when appointed female life peers were expressly permitted by the Life Peerages Act 1958, whilst hereditary peeresses gained the right to take their seats after the passage of the Peerage Act 1963.

Much of the act has been repealed, although the first part of section 1 remains in force, as well as the whole of section 3. A 2016 study of the inclusion of women on juries at the Old Bailey finds that "the inclusion of females had little effect on overall conviction rates but resulted in a large and significant increase in convictions for sex offences and on the conviction rate differential between violent crime cases with female versus male victims; the inclusion of women increased the likelihood of juries being discharged without reaching a verdict on all charges and the average time taken to reach a verdict. A complementary analysis of cases in which the jury was carried over from a previous trial implies that the inclusion of female jurors on the seated jury increased conviction rates for violent crimes against women versus men."A 2017 study looking at female jurors outside London during the first decade after the 1919 Act found that the picture was localised, but that one common feature throughout England and Wales was a decline in the number of women serving on juries.

In the Midlands, the average assize jury went from having between 3.3 and 2.9 women in 1921, to having between 2.0 and 2.4 in 1929. In the south of England, the average jury went from having between 2.0 and 1.3 women per jury in 1921 to an average of just 0.8 by the end of the decade. Juries had no female members when they were trying sexual offences whose victim was neither female nor a child, as sex between men and acts of bestiality were considered too shocking for men and women to deliberate on together. In most regions, all-male juries were uncommon for property offences because trials for theft and other similar offences were considered suitable subjects for men and women to deliberate on together. There were regional differences. In the southeast of England, all-male juries were unusual for trials concerning homicide and offences against the state. In south Wales, the same was true for non-fatal offences against