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Clarke County, Iowa

Clarke County is a county located in the U. S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 9,286; the county seat is Osceola. The county was formed in January 1846, one of twelve counties established by legislative action in a comprehensive act, it was named for a Governor of the Iowa Territory. The first courthouse for Clarke County was a wood frame two–story structure in Osceola. In 1883 it was replaced with a brick structure on former park area in the town square. By the 1950s this building was insufficient, the present modern structure was completed in 1956, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2018. According to the US Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 432 square miles, of which 431 square miles is land and 0.6 square miles is water. Decatur County Lucas County Madison County Union County Warren County Interstate 35 - runs north-south through central Clarke County, passing Osceola U. S. Highway 34 - runs est-west through central Clarke County, passing Osceola U.

S. Highway 69 - enters northeastern Clarke County, runs southwest to Osceola south to south line of county Iowa Highway 152 - a short route north of Osceola, runs southeast–northwest to connect I-35 and US-34 The 2010 census recorded a population of 9,286 in the county, with a population density of 21.545/sq mi. There were 4,086 housing units; as of the census of 2000, there were 9,133 people, 3,584 households, 2,498 families residing in the county. The population density was 21 people per square mile. There were 3,934 housing units at an average density of 9 per square mile; the racial makeup of the county was 96.64% White, 0.11% Black or African American, 0.33% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.96% from other races, 0.58% from two or more races. 4.04 % of the population were Latino of any race. There were 3,584 households out of which 32.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.80% were married couples living together, 8.30% had a female householder with no husband present, 30.30% were non-families.

25.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.30% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.01. In the county, the population was spread out with 26.30% under the age of 18, 7.60% from 18 to 24, 26.50% from 25 to 44, 22.50% from 45 to 64, 17.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 97.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.00 males. The median income for a household in the county was $34,474, the median income for a family was $42,171. Males had a median income of $29,648 versus $20,522 for females; the per capita income for the county was $16,409. About 6.20% of families and 8.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.10% of those under age 18 and 7.70% of those age 65 or over. The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2010 census of Clarke County.† county seat Prior to 1988, Clarke County was a Republican-leaning swing county, only failing to back the national winner four times between 1896 & 1984.

The county was reliably Democratic from 1988 to 2012, but made a 29.5 point swing to back Donald Trump in 2016. National Register of Historic Places listings in Clarke County, Iowa Clarke County website

Thornton-in-Craven railway station

Thornton-in-Craven railway station was a railway station that served the small village of Thornton-in-Craven in North Yorkshire England. It was built by the Leeds and Bradford Extension Railway and opened in 1848, it was known as Thornton with the in-Craven section not being added to the name until 1937. Situated on the edge of the village and below it, the station closed in 1970, having avoided earlier closure proposals in 1959 and the Beeching Axe of 1963; the closure notice for the villages' railway station was met with indifference as it was pointed out by residents that the bus service was frequent and reliable and the railway station was remote from the village. The service had been poor in latter years, with just two eastbound and four westbound trains calling each weekday and no calls at all on a Sunday; the last trains ran on Sunday 1 February 1970, with the line closing the next day, Monday 2 February. The track through the station was lifted that year and the main building on the westbound platform demolished by 1973.

The former station house survived demolition and is now owned. The railway between Colne and Skipton is proposed for re-opening to enable a cross-Pennine service and allow residents access to Leeds within one hour; this campaign is being promoted by SELRAP One of the scoping reports commissioned by SELRAP notes that between Colne and Skipton, there would be only two intermediate stations at Foulridge and Earby. Thornton-in-Craven does not appear as a proposal for reopening. pictures

Swarnadhisvara Siva Temple

The Swarnadhisvara Siva temple is located in the northern side of the road leading from Lingaraj Temple to Kedar Gouri. in Bhubaneswar, the capital of the state of Orissa. The temple is facing towards east; the enshrined deity is a Siva lingam within a circular yoni pitha. The Sanctum measures 1.5 square m, 2 m below the present ground level. The temple is made of laterite, it is a non-living temple. The temple was built in the Late Ganga period in the 13th century. Surrounding: The temple is surrounded by recent structures including the Sradha mandapa that encroach the entry to the temple. Orientation: The temple is facing towards east. Architectural features: On plan, the temple has a vimana and a frontal porch that measures 3.5 square m. It is pancharatha plan as distinguished by a central raha and pair of anuratha and kanika pagas on either sides of the raha. On elevation, the bada is the panchanga bada as it is buried that measure 2.3 m in height. The baranda with three mouldings measures 0.55 m.

The gandi measures 3.0 m in height with a central raha and a pair of anuratha and kanika pagas are either sides of raha. The mastaka measures 1.0 m in height has components like beki, amlaka and kalasa. Decorative features: The eastern wall of the gandi is relieved with three miniature rekha deula out of which the central one is taller than the other two. Above it is a gajakranta motif of which only the elephant exists. In the northern wall there is a vajra mastaka and above it there is a broken udyota simha. In the southern and northern walls only vajra mastaka exist; the other part of the gandi is plain. Door Jambs: The doorjambs are decorated with three plain vertical bands. At the lalatabimba there is a Gajalaxmi image. At the base of the doorjambs above the chandrasila there are dvarapala niches on the either sides surmounted by khakhara mundis; the dvarapalas are weathered and eroded. Lintel: The architrave above the doorjamb is carved with the navagrahas each within a niche and seated in padmasana Ravi holding lotus in both hands and Ketu has a serpent tail.

The building material used is Laterite stone. The Construction technique is Dry masonry and the style is Kalingan The temple is in a dilapidated condition and is showing sings of deterioration due to growth of vegetation, water seepage from the cracks and encroachments from all sides; the temple is buried up to baranda level. The temple is buried up to baranda level, it was repaired by the Orissa State Archaeology under the XI Finance Commission Award. The conservation problem is; the temple is covered with lichens and wild grasses. It is in a dilapidated condition; the monument suffocates because of encroachment. The detached and loose sculptures includes a Ganesha image inside the sanctum standing over a lotus pedestal the deity is holding a parasu in his right hand and the other hands are broken. Lesser Known Monuments of Bhubaneswar by Dr. Sadasiba Pradhan Indira Gandhi National Centre For The Arts: Archaeological sites of Orissa

Mitch Brown (footballer, born 1990)

Mitchell Brown is an Australian rules footballer for the Melbourne Football Club in the Australian Football League, having played for Geelong between 2009 and 2014 and Essendon between 2016 and 2019. Brown was selected by Geelong with their first round selection in the 2008 AFL Draft, after not being considered by most as a top-20 selection, he had been playing with the Cheltenham Panthers and the Sandringham Dragons in the TAC Cup. He was not selected by the Dragons until he had a growth spurt and performed well for his school, Mentone Grammar School, he has represented Victoria at cricket at junior levels. Brown missed the 2009 season. Injuries wrecked his time at Geelong and Brown was delisted at the conclusion of the 2014 AFL season. In February 2015, Brown was given a short-term contract by Essendon to play in the 2015 NAB Challenge as a "top-up" player, due to 19 Essendon players withdrawing from the NAB Challenge because of the Essendon Football Club supplements controversy. Brown played and impressed in all 3 games for Essendon in the NAB Challenge, playing as a key defender.

At the conclusion of the NAB Challenge, Brown returned to Sandringham in the VFL, where he further impressed as a "swingman", playing at both ends. Brown kicked 23 goals in his 21 games for Sandringham, was named as the Centre half-forward in the VFL team of the year. Brown was so impressive during his NAB Challenge stint and his VFL season, that he was drafted with pick 54 to Essendon for the 2016 AFL season onwards. After his delisting from Essendon at the conclusion of the 2019 AFL season, Brown was signed by Melbourne during the supplementary selection period ahead of the 2020 season. Mitch Brown's playing statistics from AFL Tables

Attention Concentration Test

The Attention Concentration Test is a test for attention concentration and for intelligence. In the test, the person is shown a bar of squares. There may be a colour bar such as for example underneath a dice bar such as for example underneath or a dice bar where the number of eyes is always two such as for example underneath Every time the person is shown a bar, the person has to click on certain squares. In the default version of the test there is a colour bar. With this version it is intended; this must be done as as possible, but no mistakes may be made. If a mistake is made, the test must be done all over again; the person can click on a button under the bar to get a new bar. In the standard version of the test, the number of bars, offered is equal to 25; every time the person clicks the button for a new bar, the time that has elapsed since clicking the button for the previous bar is recorded. Clicking the button for the second new bar records the time that has elapsed since clicking the start button.

At the end of the test the person will see a graph with the sequence of successive times. The person may practice the test indefinitely prior to the actual test administration. Practicing is desirable because the relevant parameters can be measured more accurately. During the actual test administration, the person may take the test multiple times and count the best result; the best result is the test administration, with the longest reaction time being the shortest compared to the other test administrations. The test is based on inhibition theory. In inhibition theory it is assumed that always when you are focusing on something there are alternating short periods of attention and distraction. During a period of attention something like inhibition rises and the rise is linear with a slope a1 and during distraction periods the inhibition decreases and the decrease is linear with slope a0; this process of increasing and decreasing inhibition can be described as a random oscillator. The IQ concept can now be defined as the natural logarithm of the ratio a0 / a1.

This is the first time in the history of intelligence testing that the IQ concept has been formally defined. The test measures two factors of intelligence: distractibility. A detailed description of the test is given in Thuneberg. Among other things, it has been scientifically demonstrated that the test is related to scientific reasoning. Smit, J. C. & van der Ven, A. H. G. S.. Inhibition in speed and concentration tests: The Poisson inhibition model. Journal of Mathematical Psychology, 39, 265-273. Hotulainen, R. Thuneberg, H. Hautamki, J. & Vainikainen, M.-P.. Measured attention in prolonged overlearned response tasks and its correlation to high-level scientific reasoning and school achievement. Psychological Test and Assessment Modeling, 56, 237-254. Ven, A. H. G. S. Van der, Hotulainen, R. & Thuneberg, H.. The Probability Distribution or the Response Times in Self-paced Continuous Search Tasks. Psychological Test and Assessment Modeling, 59, 3-30

John Gregory (American football coach)

John Gregory is a former American football head coach. Gregory's last head coaching stint came with the Iowa Barnstormers of the Arena Football League. Gregory's first coaching job was at Iowa Central Community College, where he was assistant head coach and athletic director of the new football program. In Gregory's three years there, the program had a 24–3–1 record and won the Wool Bowl in 1969. John Matuszak, recruited by Gregory, went on to become the number one pick in the 1973 NFL Draft, his first college head coaching job was at South Dakota State, where he had 55–50–3 record from 1972–1981. Gregory is third in school history in coaching victories and his 1979 team had a single season best record of 9–2. SDSU didn't have a winning record the previous 11 seasons before Gregory's arrival. After serving as Northern Iowa offensive coordinator in 1982, Gregory was the offensive line coach of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers for the six seasons. In 1984 Winnipeg won the Grey Cup in part due to Gregory's offensive line that helped set a CFL single season rushing record.

After the 1986 season he was hired to coach Saskatchewan Roughriders, a team that had no playoff appearances in the past 11 years. While the Saskatchewan Roughriders finished in 4th place in the CFL West Division with a 5-12-1 record in his first season at the helm of the Western Riders in 1987, the following year, he led the Riders to an 11–7 record and a playoff berth, he won the Annis Stukus Trophy as the league's coach of the year. In 1989, the Roughriders finished 9–9 and won the 77th Grey Cup, their first since 1966. After a 1 -- 6 start in 1991, he was replaced by Don Matthews, he had a 35–43–1 overall record in Saskatchewan. That same season, he was hired to replace David Beckman as head coach of the 0–8 Hamilton Tiger-Cats, he made the postseason two of the four years he finished with a 24 -- 40 record. In 1995, Jim Foster hired Gregory to build an Arena Football League expansion team in Des Moines, Iowa. Gregory coached the Iowa Barnstormers to five division titles in six seasons and led the team to two ArenaBowls.

Quarterbacks Kurt Warner and Aaron Garcia are considered two of the greatest AFL players ever. Gregory was named AFL Coach of the Year in 1995 and 1996; the Barnstormers relocated to New York in 2001. Gregory joined the Carolina Cobras as offensive coordinator under Ed Khayat. In his first game as Carolina's interim head coach, playing the defending ArenaBowl champion Tampa Bay Storm, the Cobras scored 24 unanswered points in the third quarter to win 54–43. However, the Cobras suffered a losing streak that dropped them to 3–7, leading to Gregory's dismissal with six games left in the season. In 2005, Gregory came out of retirement to coach the Arkansas Twisters, he went 5–7 in his first season and 10–6 in the 2006 season, losing the National Conference Championship to the Spokane Shock. In 2007, the Twisters improved to a 12–4 record, a franchise best, but lost to the Bossier–Shreveport Battle Wings in the first round of the playoffs. In 2007, it was announced that Gregory would return to Iowa to coach the new expansion Iowa Barnstormers.

On May 17, 2011, Gregory resigned from his position with the Barnstormers. In 2012, Gregory was the offensive coordinator for the Tampa Bay Storm, it is his first position. He was the commissioner of the National Arena League during its first season in 2017. Arkansas Twisters profile at the Wayback Machine Arena Fan coaching profile