click links in text for more info

Wyaralong Dam

The Wyaralong Dam is a mass concrete gravity dam with an un-gated spillway across the Teviot Brook, located in the South East region of Queensland, Australia. The main purpose of the dam is for supply of potable water for the Scenic Rim region; the impounded reservoir is called Wyaralong Dam. The dam was initiated by the Queensland Government in 2006 as a result of a prolonged drought which saw the catchment areas of South East Queensland's dams receive record low rain; the dam is located 14 kilometres north-west of Beaudesert. The Wyaralong Dam was completed prior to the 2010–2011 Queensland floods. On January 11, during the flood period, the Mayors of both Logan City and Scenic Rim said they believed that Logan had been spared a great deal of flood damage because of the dam; the concrete dam structure is 490 metres long. The dam wall is constructed from a medium cementitious mix roller compacted concrete, a zero-slump concrete, placed in 300mm thick lifts and compacted with vibratory compactors.

The foundation is a sub horizontal dipping blocky sandstone. The dam is built with a 130-metre wide uncontrolled central primary spillway and an uncontrolled left bank secondary spillway which commences discharging at the 1:100 year flood level; the dam cross section is rather squat in order to provide sufficient resistance against potential sliding along foundation bedding planes. The 218,300-thousand-cubic-metre dam wall holds back the 103,000-megalitre reservoir when at full capacity. From a catchment area of 546 square kilometres that includes much of the western portion of the McPherson Range, the dam creates an unnamed reservoir with a surface area of 1,230 hectares. Teviot Brook and the surrounding land is a recognised Aboriginal Pathway with significant cultural heritage values; the dam is managed by SEQ Water as part of a water security project in the South East Queensland region, known as the South East Queensland Water Grid. The outlet is on the right bank and is capable of abstracting water from any level of the reservoir by the use of baulks.

The outlet includes an innovative and operationally complex bidirectional fish lift, which uses a single hopper to transport fish in both upstream and downstream directions. The site was identified in a 1990 study, Water Supply Sources in South-East Queensland, as a future source of water supply for the South East Queensland region. In this report, the site of Wyaralong Dam was ranked 13th out of 15 studied possible dam locations in the region. A location on the Albert River at Glendower near Beaudesert, was the preferred location and the government subsequently bought back all the land required for the Glendower Dam. A new dam was not expected to be required until 2060 or and Glendower Dam remained the preferred dam site, the land fully government owned. Properties acquired by the government are progressively being sold to private buyers. In October 2005, in advance of the state election, the Queensland government announced Wyaralong Dam as the new preferred option after recent studies into possible dam locations found a location upstream on the Logan River to be a more reliable option.

After a series of studies, a Senate Inquiry and much contested information, Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett granted approval for the dam in November 2008. The dam is a regulation facility, it does not discharge directly into the piped reticulation network, but rather discharges back into the natural drainage network of creeks and brooks. Water released from the dam flows downstream along Teviot Brook to Cedar Grove Weir, where it is diverted for treatment and use in the piped network; the construction was tendered under an alliance contract. In this type of contract risks and rewards are shared by all the proponents including designers constructors and the owner. Queensland Dam Consortium won the tender for the dam's construction, the Alliance was formed from their members which included Macmahon Construction as the lead contractor, Hydro Tasmania, Snowy Mountains Engineering Corporation, Paul Rizzo and Associates, ASI Contractors and Queensland Water Infrastructure the special purpose vehicle created by the Queensland Government owner to deliver the project.

The Alliance contract for dam construction was for a little over A$100 million. However it was reported that the building costs for the dam would total A$333 million; the latter figure includes the cost of the Bromelton Offpeak Storage Project, Cedar Grove Weir and the reconstruction of a length of the Boonah to Beaudesert Road. Work on access roads began in early 2009 and construction of the dam wall began in early 2010; the diversion channel was plugged on 17 December 2010. The dam site was opened to the public on 3 June 2011; the 12 kilometres of new road between Boonah and Beaudesert were constructed under a separate contract by Fulton Hogan. The dam cost A$380 million to construct, including purchasing farmland flooded by the dam reservoir. By late 2012 the dam still had not been connected to the SEQ Water Grid because it contains water so mineralised it is cheaper to produce desalinated water than to treat it; the Wyaralong water treatment plant is expected to cost A$235 million to construct.

Funding for the plant is planned for the 2014/15 financial year. As a result of rainfall during the 2010–2011 Queensland floods the dam filled to 100% capacity, just 25 days after the wall was plugged to hold water, but before its completion. By 10 January during the flood period, the dam held 83,133 megalitres, 80.7 per cent of its 103,000 megalitres (23×10^9 im

54th Vanier Cup

The 2018 Vanier Cup, the 54th edition of the Canadian university football championship, is scheduled for November 24, 2018 at Telus Stadium in Quebec City, Quebec. This game is a rematch of the 53rd Vanier Cup, with the defending champion Western Mustangs and Laval Rouge et Or making 14th and 12th appearances in the national title game overall. Both programs have not only made the most appearances in the game, but they have the most wins, with Laval having won nine Vanier Cups and Western having won seven; this will be the fifth time that Quebec City hosts the Vanier Cup and the first since 2015. The Vanier Cup is played between the champions of the Mitchell Bowl and the Uteck Bowl, the national semi-final games. In 2018, according to the rotating schedule, the Canada West Hardy Trophy championship team, Saskatchewan Huskies, visited the Yates Cup Ontario championship team, the Western Mustangs for the Mitchell Bowl; the winners of the Atlantic conference's Loney Bowl, St. Francis Xavier X-Men, visited the Québec conference Dunsmore Cup championship team, Laval Rouge et Or, for the Uteck Bowl.

Official website

Afrique (album)

Afrique is a 1971 studio album by Count Basie and his orchestra, arranged & conducted by Oliver Nelson released by the Flying Dutchman label AllMusic reviewer Bruce Eder stated: "In late 1970, more than 35 years into his career as a bandleader, Count Basie, working with producer Bob Thiele and arranger/conductor/saxman Oliver Nelson, went into the studio and cut this album of big band blues built on recent compositions -- and they made it sound cutting-edge and as urgent as anything the man had turned his talent toward.... Afrique is one of a handful of essential post-big band-era albums by him". All compositions by Oliver Nelson except where noted "Step Right Up" – 4:15 "Hobo Flats" – 6:13 "Gypsy Queen" – 4:00 "Love Flower" – 2:53 "Afrique" – 3:06 "Kilimanjaro" – 6:52 "African Sunrise" – 5:11 "Japan" – 5:05 The Count Basie Orchestra Bill Adkins - alto sax Bob Ashton - alto, baritone & tenor sax, flute Count Basie - organ, piano Paul Cohen - trumpet, flugelhorn George Cohn - trumpet, flugelhorn Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis - tenor sax Eric Dixon - flute, tenor sax Steven Galloway - trombone Freddie Green - guitar Bill Hughes - trombone Harold Jones - drums Norman Keenan - bass Richard Landrum - percussion Hubert Laws - flute Buddy Lucas - harmonica Pete Minger - trumpet, flugelhorn Sonny Morgan - bongos Oliver Nelson - arranger, tenor sax Bobby Plater - alto sax, flute Cecil Payne - baritone sax, flute Waymon Reed - trumpet, flugelhorn Warren Smith, Jr. - drums, vibes Mel Wanzo - trombone John Watson - trombone John Williams - bass

United States Chained Consumer Price Index

The United States Chained Consumer Price Index known as chain-weighted CPI or chain-linked CPI is a time series measure of price levels of consumer goods and services created by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as an alternative to the US Consumer Price Index. It is based on the idea that when prices of different goods change at different rates, consumers will adjust their purchasing patterns by purchasing more of products whose relative prices have declined; this reduces the cost of living. The "fixed weight" CPI takes such substitutions into account, but does so through a periodic adjustment of the "basket of goods" that it represents, rather than through a continuous adjustment in that basket. Application of the chained CPI to federal benefits has been controversially proposed to reduce the federal deficit; the Bureau of Labor Statistics computes each month average prices of 211 different categories of goods and services in 38 different urban geographical areas, totaling 8,018 different elementary indices.

From these, higher-level indices are obtained as weighted averages of these elementary indices, using different weights for different categories of goods and services nationwide or for different groups of consumers. One set of weights is used to obtain a consumer price index for all urban consumers. Another is used to compute a CPI for clerical workers; the weights for CPI-U and CPI-W are updated in January of every even-numbered year to correct for "substitution bias", the idea that consumers will change their buying patterns to keep their cost of living from rising as as inflation. To understand "substitution bias", consider for example the price of Granny Smith apples. If the price of those apples increases faster than the price of Red Delicious apples, or if the price of Granny Smith declines more than the price of Red Delicious apples, consumers may decide to purchase more Red Delicious apples. However, if the price of apples increases faster than that of oranges, or if the price of apples declines more than the price of oranges, consumers on average will respond by purchasing fewer apples and more oranges.

This changes the "market basket" of goods. Various public and private organizations use CPI data for Cost of Living Adjustments for programs like Social Security and for provisions of the tax code. Most programs are indexed to the CPI-U or the CPI-W. Changes in consumer prices are used to determine issues such as Cost of Living Adjustments, so any reduction in the official estimate of inflation would reduce payments to workers and retirees. If the official adjustment is greater than the inflation experienced by the recipients of the adjustment, they get an unearned benefit. Beyond this, various thresholds in the tax code are indexed to a CPI: If these thresholds grow more tax receipts would increase. Application of chained CPI has been suggested as a means of reducing the US federal budget deficit by reducing the rate of growth of government benefits; the Moment of Truth Project estimates that moving to the Chained CPI would reduce the deficit by about $390 billion in the first decade alone, with one third of the savings from Social Security, another third from increased federal revenue, the remaining savings from a combination of other spending programs and reduced interest on the debt.

The Congressional Budget Office estimates switching to the chained CPI would save $340 billion Applying the chained CPI beginning in 2015 instead of 2014 and accompanying it with "low income protections" would save $230 billion In 1996, the Advisory Committee to Study the Consumer Price Index estimated that in 1996 CPI-W over-estimated inflation 1.1 percent. The BLS responded by making changes to the CPI-U and CPI-W, which included an adjustment to compensate for upper-level substitution bias, performed each January of an even-numbered year. In 2002 BLS created the Chained CPI that provides more frequent monthly adjustment for substitution bias. Proponents of the chained CPI include the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and the Heritage Foundation, it is included in the recommendations of various bipartisan commissions designed to reduce the deficit such as Simpson-Bowles, Domenici-Rivlin, the Gang of Six. In 2012 and 2013 as part of the fiscal cliff negotiations, President Obama proposed the application of chained CPI to social security benefits as a way to address budgetary shortfalls.

This position was controversial with many, including Democrats and Social Security advocacy groups. Some oppose the measure for the reason that changing inflation metrics to the Chained CPI would inappropriately cut the growth in benefits under programs like Social Security and Supplemental Security Income. Opponents include the AARP the American Federation of Government Employees, the AFL-CIO and Social Security Works, they claim that the current CPI used for the elderly understates the inflation seniors experience because the elderly purchase more medical care than younger people, medical care inflation has exceeded inflation in the rest of the economy. The Congressional Budget Office said in 1998 that the CPI metric use

De Havilland DH.18

The de Havilland DH.18 was a single-engined British biplane transport aircraft of the 1920s built by de Havilland. The DH.18 was designed and built in 1919 by Airco as their first aircraft for commercial work, earlier aircraft such as the DH.16 being modified military types. The DH.18 was a single-engined biplane, powered by a Napier Lion engine with wooden two-bay, wire-braced wings, a forward fuselage clad in plywood. It accommodated eight passengers in an enclosed cabin with the pilot in an open cockpit behind the cabin; the first prototype flew early in 1920. The first DH.18 was delivered to Aircraft Transport and Travel for use on the Croydon-Paris service, but was wrecked in a forced landing shortly after takeoff from Croydon on 16 August 1920. Two more aircraft were under construction by Airco for Aircraft Transport and Travel when the bankrupt Airco was purchased by BSA, who did not wish to continue aircraft development or production. Geoffrey de Havilland, the chief designer of Airco set up the de Havilland Aircraft Company, completing the two completed aircraft as DH.18As, with improved engine mountings and undercarriages.

Aircraft Transport and Travel closed down in early 1921, due to competition from subsidised French airlines. In March 1921, the British government granted temporary subsidies for airline services, with the Air Council purchasing a number of modern commercial aircraft for leasing to approved firms; the three ex-A. T. & T. DH.18 s were leased to Instone Air Line. A further DH.18A was built to Air Council order, as were two modified DH.18B, which had fuselages that were plywood-clad and had built-in emergency exits. The DH.18s were kept busy flying on continental air services for Instone, building up high flying hours. One aircraft, G-EAWO, was transferred to Daimler Airway for operation on the Croydon-Paris route until the de Havilland DH.34s which it had on order could be delivered. However, on 4 April 1922, two days after Daimler commenced operations with the aircraft, it collided with a Farman Goliath over Northern France, 62 mi north of Paris, killing seven people, the first midair collision between airliners.

The DH.18 was retired from commercial service in 1923, with one aircraft, G-EARO, having flown 90,000 mi without accident. Two aircraft were used for test purposes, with one the subject of an Air Ministry experiment on how long an aircraft could stay afloat after being ditched, being deliberately landed on water off Felixstowe on 2 May 1924, floating for 25 minutes; the other remaining aircraft was used for test purposes at RAE Farnborough until 1927, when it was scrapped. DH.18 Prototype – registered G-EARI. DH.18A Initial production version – modified undercarriages and engine mountings. Three built –. DH.18B Plywood-covered fuselage and increased weights. Two built –. United KingdomAircraft Transport and Travel Instone Air Line Daimler Hire Ltd Handley Page Transport Data from British Civil Aircraft since 1919, Volume 2General characteristics Crew: 1 Capacity: 8 passengers Length: 39 ft 0 in Wingspan: 51 ft 3 in Height: 13 ft 0 in Wing area: 621 sq ft Empty weight: 4,040 lb Gross weight: 6,516 lb Powerplant: 1 × Napier Lion 12-cylinder water-cooled W-block aircraft piston engine, 450 hp Performance Maximum speed: 125 mph Cruise speed: 100 mph Range: 400 mi Service ceiling: 16,000 ft Rate of climb: 660 ft/min Related development De Havilland DH.16 De Havilland DH.34Aircraft of comparable role and era BAT FK.26 Martinsyde F6 "Buzzard" Sopwith Antelope Sopwith Wallaby Vickers Vulcan Westland Limousine Related lists List of aircraft Airco D.

H.18 – British Aircraft Directory "The D. H. 18 Limousine". Flight. XIII: 203–206. 24 March 1921. No. 639. Contemporary technical description with drawings and photographs

2018 Southeastern Conference Softball Tournament

The 2018 SEC Softball tournament will be held at Mizzou Softball Stadium on the campus of University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri from May 9 through May 12, 2018. The tournament will earn the Southeastern Conference's automatic bid to the 2018 NCAA Division I Softball Tournament; the Championship game was broadcast on ESPN2 and the semifinals were broadcast on ESPNU, while all other SEC tournament games will be live on the SEC Network. Only the top 12 teams are able to participate, Missouri was not eligible to play. Vanderbilt does not sponsor a softball team. 2018 Alabama Crimson Tide softball team 2018 Auburn Tigers softball team