Local Loco Model RR Train Show

first_imgThe Local Loco Model Railroad Club will be holding a Model Train Show on Nov. 19, 2016 10 AM – 4 PM & Nov. 20, 2016 Noon – 4 PM, at the Owensville, IN Community Center at the corner of 2nd & Warrick St., Owensville, INThe show will feature operating model railroad layouts in Lionel O gauge, G, HO, N, Z gauge and Lego trains. The hours for the show will be 10:00 am-4:00 pm on Saturday, November 19 and Noon – 4:00 pm on Sunday, November 20.Admission is FREE and open to the public. For further information call 812 479 0111The Local Loco Model Rail Road Club is a non-profit organization whose purpose is entertainment and the promotion of interest in model railroading.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Around the Schools: School of Engineering & Applied Sciences

first_imgA team of Harvard students has won the grand prize in AT&T’s Big Mobile On Campus Challenge, a national higher-education contest to develop mobile communications platforms. They won for creating the “Rover,” an application that connects students with each other, their university, and the surrounding community.The campus tool was developed by Harvard undergraduates Alex Bick ’10 (engineering sciences), Joy Ding ’10 (computer science), Drew Robb ’10 (physics and mathematics), Cameron Spickert ’10 (computer science), and Winston Yan ’10 (physics). The team members are splitting a $10,000 scholarship, and each of them was awarded a trip to the EduCause Annual Conference in Denver.The core of Rover is a guidebook, enhanced by location-awareness and social-networking features to tell students what is happening around campus, spotlighting store deals, events, news, and transportation options. Rover is unique in having a live feed of deals to connect local businesses with students, creating interactions that allow for greater integration.The application previously won top honors in the 2008 I3 Harvard College Innovation Challenge.The Big Mobile on Campus Challenge for full-time college students and staff was established in 2008 to recognize innovative and creative mobile applications that enhance academic performance, build campus community, and improve school operations.last_img read more

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COVID: Facebook Launches New Tools To Track Virus Spread

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Photo: PixabayJAMESTOWN – Facebook is joining the fight against Coronavirus.The social media platform is working with researchers to use its data to slow the pandemic.Facebook will use its tools to help predict where COVID-19 will appear next.The platform is able to analyze collected data on population movement and connectedness. This can bring insight into the effectiveness of lockdown measures.Facebook is careful to say the tools do not violate personal privacy. Rather, the data shows patterns at a city or county level that can be useful to public health.Google unveiled a similar offering to fight the pandemic last week.last_img read more

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Fridays on the Fly: Check out the 8th Annual WNC Fly Fishing Expo

first_imgWinter weather can mean less fishing for a lot of people in the Southern Appalachians. Luckily, there’s no shortage of fly fishing-themed events at a Blue Ridge resident’s disposal when the cabin fever starts to kick in.One such event is the annual WNC Fly Fishing Expo, set for Dec. 2 and 3, 2016 at the WNC Agricultural Center just outside Asheville, North Carolina.This two-day fly-fishing event celebrates the unique southeastern fly fishing community and culture, and provides anglers a forum to sharpen their skills and learn about the latest innovations in their sport.It’s become the Western North Carolina’s largest event for fly-fishers, averaging more than 1,000 visitors over the course of the weekend.This year the expo will feature local fly shops, conservation organizations, professional fly-fishing instructors and guides as well as fly tying demonstrations and an appearance from comedian and “world’s greatest fly fishing guide”, Hank Patterson.A 3,200 square-foot indoor casting pond will be available to participants to work with professional fly casting instructors to improve their casting skills.  Hands on fly tying clinics will be available throughout the event for all attendees sponsored by the Hilltop Fly Tyers.unnamedThe expo will be Friday, Dec. 2 from 12pm to 7 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and free for children 16 years of age and younger, and free Saturday admission will be given with a Friday ticket purchase.last_img read more

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Trinidad and Tobago Fosters Gender Integration in the Military

first_imgBy Geraldine Cook/Diálogo March 08, 2019 The Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force (TTDF) integrated women into its ranks for the first time on July 1, 1980. Since then, the military organization promotes gender diversity through integration, education and a focus on equity. “To be a woman in TTDF means that we have an opportunity to make a difference,” said Trinidad and Tobago Regiment Major Jozette McLean, the first female commander of the Support and Service Battalion and the first female commandant of the battalion’s Army Learning Center, to Diálogo. “We’ve shown we can stand toe-to-toe with the men; we’ve also shown that despite having to embrace the traditional roles of women, we are still able to transition into military professionals and keep pace with everything.” After 23 years in the military, Maj. McLean feels TTDF gave her the same opportunities as her male counterparts. “TTDF allows women —once they meet the standards— to be employed in any job,” she said. “It’s even better now, because we have female commanders, females at the highest levels making a lot of decisions. We’re fully integrated.” Women in TTDF compromise 13.60 percent of the troops. Of those, 7 percent are female officers and 93 percent are enlisted. They have progressed from administrative and support roles, such as cooks, to pilots, ship captains, and other high-ranking positions. “There are no barriers for women in regard to their contribution in any area or specialization they may choose,” said TTDF Rear Admiral Hayden Pritchard, chief of Defense Staff “I have seen the effectiveness of an organization that has removed barriers to the participation of women. It’s more useful and effective to utilize the talents and energies of all elements of the military in an integrated way.” Making a difference Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard Lieutenant Commander Kele-Ann Bourne, in charge of logistics, training, and medical services administration, remembers one of her first challenges as a new soldier in 2002. “I didn’t fit right in the uniform. A lot of the uniforms back then were not tailored or custom made for women, but it didn’t matter,” she said. “I just wanted to make sure I was achieving our objectives.” TTDF made organizational and logistics adjustments to uniforms, accommodations, policies, and procedures to better integrate women in the military. “The main benefit of being here is to serve our country and be able to see the men and women developing under our command […]”, said Lt. Cmdr. Bourne. “You have subordinates that look up to you, and you’re to provide guidance and mentorship that a lot of them don’t have in their homes,” she said. For Trinidad and Tobago Regiment Warrant Officer Class 1 Nadine Pompey, command sergeant major, being a soldier is rewarding. “As a female soldier, we have to be willing and able to perform not as a female, but as a soldier,” she said. “Even though we are women in traditional roles —being mothers and so forth—, we are expected to stand alongside with our counterparts, our brother soldiers, to perform as they do, and even better.” WO Pompey joined TTDF in 1992. “The biggest challenge for women in the military is to balance work and family life. Sometimes it’s challenging for a woman to continue to play the traditional role and be a leader within the organization,” she said. “However, I think that within everything we do, we have done quite well.” Twenty-seven years later, she has no regrets and is convinced she made the right choice. “We were very small in numbers then. I was a clerk. From then to now, women have grown tremendously in terms of what we do,” said WO Pompey. “We have continued to strive, to achieve alongside with our male counterparts, and to grow as a part of TTDF.”last_img read more

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December 15, 2005 Letters

first_img Letters Lawyer Advertising The Florida Supreme Court recently reprimanded two lawyers for violating the Bar’s lawyer advertising rules. (See story, page 1) What brought the unanimous court to this utterly serious deliberation was the advertising gimmick of two Ft. Lauderdale lawyers. These innovative attorneys ran an ad featuring a pit bull with a spiked collar and their telephone number, 1-800-PIT BULL.Now, I suspect most people would ask, “What’s wrong with that?” My reaction was to smile and say, “Clever ad!”But the court, overruling a finding by a referee, ruled that the ad suggested the darker qualities of pit bulls, such as malevolence, viciousness, and unpredictability. It went on to say to sanction the pit bull ad they would next have to approve images of sharks, wolves, crocodiles, and piranhas.Does the court have some rule prohibiting Florida lawyers from saying or implying anything critical of the legal profession? Even so, these lawyers were just talking about themselves, not their profession. If a reader draws a larger conclusion, that’s his or her problem.I think the court should be severely criticized for ignoring how it was violating the constitutional rights of these two attorneys, that is, the right to freedom of speech we are all so jealous of. If attorneys’ rights to freedom of speech are not recognized by the courts, then the rest of our citizens are really in trouble. At the most, the court could have lectured these attorneys on how it might be better to avoid doing or saying things that may not seem to be dignified or in good taste. John Edward Armstrong St Petersburg Death Penalty This letter responds to Robert E. Gregg’s in the November 1 News. Mr. Gregg’s form of Christianity is the exact reason why so many of us have become disillusioned.You mean to tell me that Jesus Christ would not be opposed to the death penalty? The one who said, “turn the other cheek,” and “love your enemy” (Matthew 5:43)? As far as the Old Testament is concerned, I do not know much about Hebrew law, but I do recall reading something to the effect, “Thou shalt not kill.”I will take Dale Recinellas’ Christianity any day. (November 1 News story headlined, “Lawyer trades his practice for a prison ministry.”) Marc A. Falco Sarasota Remembering Humphries A giant left us August 18. J. Bob Humphries of Tampa passed away at 58 after a lengthy battle with Lou Gebrig’s disease.“J Bob,” as he was known, was a member of Fowler, White, Boggs and Banks, with a principal office in Tampa, where he found time to do pro bono work, including devoting thousands of hours of work for the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. He also served as chair of the Hillsborough County Library System and rose to chair of the Bar Tax Section.J. Bob attended Florida State University and served in the U.S. Air Force JAG Corps, serving in Thailand during the Vietnam War.J. Bob reserved first place in his life to his splendid family: his devoted wife, Dr. Barbara B. Humphries, and daughters Lauren, Sarah, and Leigh Ann.J. Bob’s life ended much too soon, but what it may have lacked in quantity was far exceeded by the quality of his life. He crowded several lifetimes of achievements into an all too brief lifespan. Speaking personally, I have lost a good and dear friend, as have hundreds of others. Together, we mourn his passing.Our sadness, however, is tempered by the legacy J. Bob left of courage, high professional standards, and, above all, devotion and love of family, fidelity to country. Vaya con Dios, J. Bob, we honor you and miss you. Thomas C. MacDonald, Jr. Tampa December 15, 2005 Letters December 15, 2005 Letterslast_img read more

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You Won’t Find Obama’s Immigration Speech on Network TV

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York President Barack Obama’s nationally televised address Thursday night will in fact be televised, but Americans will have to either tune it to cable news—sucks, right?—the Internet or Spanish-language channels to hear the president’s 10-minute announcement concerning his executive actions on immigration. The president is expected to lay out his plan for a controversial executive order that would pave the path to speedier citizenship for America’s four million undocumented citizens that fit the administration’s criteria for a residency program.Obama made the announcement on Facebook on Wednesday. Millions will be forced to tolerate intolerable and irritating chatter from talking heads on cable news because the three major networks—ABC, CBS and ABC—have reportedly deemed it a better business decision to not interrupt regularly scheduled dramas, comedies, and Thursday Night Football (the president definitely can’t compete against Kansas City vs. Oakland) for Obama’s speech. Or you can skip the incessant bantering altogether and just tune in at 8 p.m. to the White House’s livestream site on a phone, tablet or computer, while also watching your favorite network TV show, of course. As you can imagine, the White House is less than thrilled with the networks’ decision, and apparently, a tad befuddled. A senior administration official complained to Politico that President George W. Bush’s 2006 speech about deploying national guard troops to the border was covered by all three networks. Politico later reported that the networks decided not to air Obama’s speech because it’s too political:“There was agreement among the broadcast networks that this was overtly political. The White House has tried to make a comparison to a time that all the networks carried President Bush in prime time, also related to immigration [2006]. But that was a bipartisan announcement, and this is an overtly political move by the White House.”Republicans in recent days have likened Obama to a dictator for sidestepping Congress over such an important issue. There have been threats of lawsuits, impeachment, and even one representative who said Obama could be jailed. The country is more than two weeks removed from a mid-term election that saw the lowest voter turnout in more than half a century, and is already deeply critical of Congress and the president. So, who can blame anyone who wants to watch Grey’s Anatomy and The Biggest Loser instead of a political speech that will further inflame the electorate? As for the Press, a bunch of reporters will be busy checking out Citizen Four, the critically acclaimed documentary about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. Zack Tirana fans are more than welcome to join us, just please, no rowdiness during the film. Last thing we need is a repeat of what happened during the group Kill The Messenger viewing. (Yikes!) Thanks in advance.last_img read more

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Win or Lose, Trump Will Remain a Powerful and Disruptive Force

first_img– Advertisement – That gives him a power base to play a role that other defeated one-term presidents like Jimmy Carter and George Bush have not played. Mr. Trump has long toyed with starting his own television network to compete with Fox News, and in private lately he has broached the idea of running again in 2024, although he would be 78 by then. Even if his own days as a candidate are over, his 88-million-strong Twitter following gives him a bullhorn to be an influential voice on the right, potentially making him a kingmaker among rising Republicans.- Advertisement – WASHINGTON — If President Trump loses his bid for re-election, as looked increasingly likely on Wednesday, it would be the first defeat of an incumbent president in 28 years. But one thing seemed certain: Win or lose, he will not go quietly away.Trailing former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., Mr. Trump spent the day trying to discredit the election based on invented fraud claims, hoping either to hang onto power or explain away a loss. He could find a narrow path to re-election among states still counting, but he has made clear that he would not shrink from the scene should he lose.- Advertisement – “If anything is clear from the election results, it is that the president has a huge following, and he doesn’t intend to exit the stage anytime soon,” said former Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona, one of the few Republican officeholders to break with Mr. Trump over the past four years.That following may yet enable Mr. Trump to eke out a second term and four years to try to rebuild the economy and reshape the Republican Party in his image. But even from out of office, he could try to pressure Republican senators who preserved their majority to resist Mr. Biden at every turn, forcing them to choose between conciliation or crossing his political base.Until a new generation of Republicans steps forward, Mr. Trump could position himself as the de facto leader of the party, wielding an extraordinary database of information about his supporters that future candidates would love to rent or otherwise access. Allies imagined other Republicans making a pilgrimage to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida seeking his blessing. The president has survived all of that and a string of bankruptcies and other failures through a life of celebrity and populist appeals that gave him the aura of a winner that he nurtured. From his time in real estate and reality television, he has been part of the country’s pop culture firmament for 30 years, a recurring figure in movies, television shows and his own books. Updated Nov. 4, 2020, 6:36 p.m. ET Exit polls showed that regardless of prominent Republican defectors like Senator Mitt Romney of Utah and the Never Trumpers of the Lincoln Project, Mr. Trump enjoyed strong support within his own party, winning 93 percent of Republican voters. He also did somewhat better with Black voters (12 percent) and Hispanic voters (32 percent) than he did four years ago despite his often racist rhetoric. And after his high-energy blitz across battleground states, late-deciding voters broke his way.Some of Mr. Trump’s arguments carried considerable weight with members of his party. Despite the coronavirus pandemic and the related economic toll, 41 percent of voters said they were doing better than when he took office, compared with only 20 percent who described themselves as worse off. Adopting his priorities, 35 percent of voters named the economy as the most important issue, twice as many who cited the pandemic. Fully 49 percent said the economy was good or excellent, and 48 percent approved of his government’s handling of the virus.“If he is defeated, the president will retain the undying loyalty of the party’s voters and the new voters he brought into the party,” said Sam Nunberg, who was a strategist on Mr. Trump’s 2016 campaign. “President Trump will remain a hero within the Republican electorate. The winner of the 2024 Republican presidential primary will either be President Trump or the candidate who most closely resembles him.”Not all Republicans share that view. While Mr. Trump will no doubt continue to speak out and assert himself on the public stage, they said the party would be happy to try to move beyond him if he loses and he would be remembered as an aberration.“There will never be another Trump,” said former Representative Carlos Curbelo of Florida. “Copycats will fail. He will gradually fade, but the scars from this tumultuous period in American history will never disappear.”Indeed, Mr. Trump failed to reproduce his fluky 2016 success when he secured an Electoral College victory even while losing the popular vote to Hillary Clinton. For all of the tools of incumbency, he failed to pick up a single state that he did not win last time, and as of Wednesday, he had lost two or three, with a couple of others still on the edge. – Advertisement –center_img The last defeated president to try to play a power-broker role after leaving office was Herbert Hoover, who positioned himself to run again after his loss in 1932 to Franklin D. Roosevelt and became an outspoken leader of the conservative wing of the Republican Party. While he wielded significant influence for years, it did not regain him the nomination nor change the verdict of history. At the very least, he has 76 days left in office to use his power as he sees fit and to seek revenge on some of his perceived adversaries. Angry at a defeat, he may fire or sideline a variety of senior officials who failed to carry out his wishes as he saw it, including Christopher A. Wray, the F.B.I. director, and Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the government’s top infectious diseases specialist in the middle of a pandemic.And if he is forced to vacate the White House on Jan. 20, Mr. Trump is likely to prove more resilient than expected and almost surely will remain a powerful and disruptive force in American life. He received at least four million more votes than he did in 2016 and commanded about 48 percent of the popular vote, meaning he retained the support of nearly half of the public despite four years of scandal, setbacks, impeachment and the brutal coronavirus outbreak that has killed more than 233,000 Americans. For Mr. Trump, who cares about “winning, winning, winning” more than almost anything, being known as a loser would be intolerable. On Election Day, during a visit to his campaign headquarters, he mused aloud about that. “Winning is easy,” he told reporters and staff members. “Losing is never easy. Not for me it’s not.”To avoid such a fate, the president sought on Wednesday to convince supporters that the election was being stolen simply because state and local authorities were counting legally cast ballots. The fact that it was not true evidently mattered little to him. He was setting up a narrative to justify legal challenges that even Republican lawyers called groundless and, should those fail, to set himself up as a martyr who was not repudiated by the voters but somehow robbed by unseen nefarious forces.Mr. Trump himself has a long history on the other end of fraud allegations. His sister asserted that he got someone else to take his college-entrance exam. The daughters of a Queens foot doctor claimed that their late father gave Mr. Trump a diagnosis of bone spurs to protect him from the draft for the Vietnam War as a favor to Fred Trump, his father. And his business dealings have often ensnared him in allegations and law suits.The younger Mr. Trump paid $25 million to students of his Trump University to settle fraud accusations. His charitable foundation was shut down after the authorities found a “shocking pattern of illegality.” He participated in dubious tax schemes during the 1990s, including instances of outright fraud, according to a New York Times investigation. And Michael D. Cohen, his estranged lawyer and fixer, wrote in a recent book that he rigged two online polls on Mr. Trump’s behalf. “It isn’t like his Twitter account or his ability to control a news cycle will stop,” said Brad Parscale, the president’s first campaign manager in this election cycle. “President Trump also has the largest amount of data ever collected by a politician. This will impact races and policies for years to come.” He has been, for millions, a symbol of gold-gilded aspiration and wealth. He was the star of a popular television series for 14 seasons, one that introduced him to the country long before he ran for office. And once he did, his boisterous rallies bonded his supporters to him in a way that underscored how much of a cultural phenomenon he is.For months, as his chances of being re-elected dwindled, Mr. Trump told advisers — sometimes joking, sometimes not — that should he lose he would promptly announce that he was running again in 2024. Two advisers said they anticipate he will make good on that declaration if his legal challenges fail and is defeated, a move that if nothing else would allow him to raise money to finance the rallies that sustain him.When he appeared likely to lose his original campaign in 2016, he and some of his family members talked about starting a media property, loosely conceived of as “Trump TV.” Some of those discussions have continued into this year, according to people familiar with them.“There’s no question that he is one of the greatest polarizing political figures of modern history,” said Tony Fabrizio, one of Mr. Trump’s pollsters. “His supporters adore him and his opponents revile him. There is no middle ground on Donald Trump.”Peter Baker reported from Washington, and Maggie Haberman from New York. Other presidents evicted after a single term or less — like Gerald R. Ford in 1976, Mr. Carter in 1980 and Mr. Bush in 1992 — tended to fade back into the political shadows. Mr. Ford briefly contemplated a comeback, Mr. Carter occasionally criticized his successors and Mr. Bush campaigned for his sons, but none of them remained major political forces within their party for long. Politically, at least, each of them was seen to various degrees as a spent force.last_img read more

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Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang slammed by Borussia Dortmund chief

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang slammed by Borussia Dortmund chief Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 2 Oct 2019 2:37 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.6kSharescenter_img Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is in red hot goalscoring form for Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been accused of moving to Arsenal simply to boost his bank balance, according to Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke.The Gabon international swapped the Bundesliga for the Premier League in January 2018 and has subsequently enhanced his reputation as one of Europe’s most lethal goalscorers.Despite his excellence, Aubameyang’s goals have failed to fire Arsenal back into the Champions League, while Dortmund have thrived in his absence, building a new-look attack around the qualities of England’s Jadon Sancho and former Barcelona flop Paco Alcacer.Dortmund are back in Champions League action tonight against Slavia Prague having held Barcelona to a goalless draw on matchday one, and Watzke believes Aubameyang will be watching on enviously.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Aubameyang, who plays great at Arsenal, will probably be warm-hearted when he looks at his bank account, but on Wednesdays, will be saddened when he has to watch the Champions League on television,’ Watzke told Suddeutsche Zeitung.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Some go to clubs because of this money, where they have not played Champions League for years.’Arsenal, meanwhile, are back in Europa League action tomorrow against Standard Liege and manager Unai Emery is imploring his club’s to embrace the competition.He said: ‘I want to feel that not just me loves this competition, that everybody loves it. We want to do something important. It’s one title, one way to the Champions League.‘We are going to play very good matches, we started against a great team, playing a very good match away. The response of the young players was amazing, one example is Bukayo.‘Standard Liege are second in their domestic competition, we respect them a lot.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisementlast_img read more

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