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Decauville Railway of the Cobazet Estate

The Decauville Railway of the Cobazet Estate was a 12 km long narrow-gauge railway with a gauge of 600 mm near Mosset in the Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France. Baron Fernand Marie de Chefdebien-Zagarrira acquired the Cobazet Estate at an auction in 1883, it was a large estate with 1,851 hectares near Mosset. In addition to willows and pine and beech forests, there was a quarry above the Refuge de Caillau. There the foreman Remy Jacomy had mined talc; the Baron built a narrow-gauge railway to transport the talc-containing soapstone from the quarry at an altitude of 1,600 metres to the Gare d'Estardé, the mountain station of an aerial tramway at an altitude of 1,220 metres. In order to market the soapstone mined in the quarry, he converted it into talc at a chemical factory in Prades in Poudre Chefdebien, used to treat vine diseases; the rails were each 6 metres long. They were either straight or curved; the surveyor calculated the arches of the track. The first rails were delivered in numbered packages at the end of September 1885, to make the assembly as easy as possible, just like with a Meccano set.

The first 330 metres of track were laid on 10 October 1885. After a winter-break caused by the first snowfall, laying the section from Caillauet to Canrec began on 14 May 1886. Only one bridge over the Còrrec de Canrec was necessary en route; the route was to reach Cobazet at a rate of 300 metres per day by 15 June 1886 at the latest, despite delays caused by heavy rainfall. On 19 June 1886 the route reached the Col des Vigues. However, due to the poor substructure, there were many derailments, so that the route had to be improved. After the commissioning of an aerial cableway, with which the swap-bodies of the tipper wagons could be transported, the Decauville railway line was shortened to a length of 7 kilometres; the Gare d'Estardé was sold to the French army. The rest of the network was shut down around 1950, when lorries could be used for transport; the Decauville locomotive Stéatite, bought by the Baron from a third party, found it difficult to pull the empty wagons uphill in the arid area.

Funnel-shaped sand boxes attached to the rear of the driver's cab indicate that the locomotive's wheels spun. An H0e model of the locomotive was commercially produced by Jouef in 1967

Spooky House

Spooky House is a 2002 American family film directed, co-produced and co-written by William Sachs, starring Ben Kingsley and Mercedes Ruehl. It was entered into the Chicago International Children's Film Festival, winning two awards, "Best Of Fest" and the "Children's Jury Award". Ben Kingsley as The Great Zamboni Mercedes Ruehl as Boss Matt Weinberg as Max Jason Fuchs as Yuri Ronald Joshua Scott as Beans Simon R. Baker as Prescott Chaz Monet as Zoe William Sachs co-wrote the screenplay together with his wife Margaret Sachs; the film was shot in Vancouver, was released in 35 American theatres in 2004, becoming the top grossing film during that time in some of them. According to Nicole Dreiske, Founder/Executive Director of the Chicago International Children's Film Festival, it was the first time in the festival's 17 year history that the children's jury unanimously picked a winner when Spooky House won; the kids whooped, hollered and applauded during the movie. They held hands like one unit, danced in the aisles.

I haven't seen anything like it in the seventeen years of the festival. All the kids came out asking when they could see the picture again…The kids' jury score was the highest in the seventeen years of the festival, it was a unanimous vote... The darling of the festival, the favorite of the festival, the hit of the festival…It's the most commercial movie we've had in the festival! Spooky House was a resounding success with children of all ages. Kids walked out of the screening asking where they can get copies of the videocassette to see over and over again. It's a tremendous crowd pleaser. Spooky House is likable, a delightful Halloween treat that'll make kids smile and maybe get a few grins out of the grown-ups as well. It's magical fluff. List of American films of 2002 Spooky House on IMDb Spooky House at Rotten Tomatoes

USS Milius

USS Milius is an Arleigh Burke-class Aegis guided missile destroyer of the United States Navy. His daughter Annette became the sponsor and christened the ship named in honor of her father, it is the first United States Navy Ship named after an POW/MIA from the Vietnam War. Her namesake is Commander Paul L. Milius of U. S. Navy squadron VO-67, his OP-2E aircraft, callsign Sophomore 50, was hit by anti-aircraft fire over Laos on 27 February 1968 Petty Officer John F. Hartzheim, an Avionics Technician assigned to the aircraft, was struck by fragments of the projectile and began bleeding profusely; the radar well burst into flames, filling the flight deck area of the aircraft with dense, acrid smoke. Commander Milius ordered his crew to bail out. Ensign Thomas G. Wells suffered serious burns to his hands as searched in vain for a fire extinguisher to quell the blaze in the radar well of the aircraft. During the search, he realized that the rest of the crew had left the aircraft and only he, AT2 Hartzheim, Commander Milius remained.

Hartzheim was carried to the after station by the Tactical Coordinator. Upon arriving in the after station, Hartzheim stated that he could not go any farther, collapsed. Other crew members stated they believed Hartzheim died at this time, as his eyes were wide open and rolled to an upwards position and there was no movement. Milius was at this time still seated at the controls of the aircraft. Ensign Wells followed Milius out of the aircraft into the jungle below. Seven of the nine men aboard were rescued by the 37th Air Rescue Recovery Squadron Jolly Green Giants. Commander Milius was in radio contact with rescue helos on the day of the crash; the next day, only his radio beacon was heard and the rescue mission had to be aborted due to heavy enemy gunfire. A search effort on 29 February 1968 called Operation Texas Crest, continued for Paul Milius, but failed to locate any trace of him; the remains of the eighth crewmember, ATN2 John Hartzeim, wounded in the attack, were identified on 19 February 1999.

Although he exited his aircraft, Commander Milius was never recovered. In August 1968, a NVA soldier whose unit moved south along Route 137 during the same timeframe that the Neptune was shot down defected to US control, he reported. The approximate date of capture was March 1968. Military intelligence personnel considered the defector's information truthful, correlated this report to Cmdr. Milius and placed a copy of it in his casualty file, he was promoted to the Rank of Captain on 1 July 1972. On 26 April 1978, he was pronounced'presumed killed in action' and posthumously awarded the Navy Cross. CAPT. Paul L. Milius has a Memorial Stone Placed at Harlington Cemetery Waverly Bremer County Iowa, USA, he was survived by daughter Annette and son David. His Wall/Plot Coordinates on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial are 41E 051. Awarded posthumously for actions during the Vietnam War The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross to Captain Paul Lloyd Milius, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism on 27 February 1968 as an Aircraft Commander in Observation Squadron SIXTY SEVEN.

During a combat mission in Southeast Asia, Captain Milius' aircraft received multiple hits from 37-mm. Anti-aircraft-artillery fire during a run over the assigned target; the aircraft burst into flames, several members of the crew received injuries, dense smoke and fumes filled the fuselage. Remaining at the controls to insure stable flight, Captain Milius ordered his crew members to bail out; as a result of his action, seven of his nine crewmen were rescued within three hours of bail-out. Rescue flights, were unable to locate Captain Milius, his heroic efforts and inspiring devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. In January 2005, Milius participated in Operation Unified Assistance. On 6 December 2006, the ship launched a Block IV Tomahawk cruise missile for the first time in a test of the Block IV configuration; the launch took place in the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division Sea Test Range off of California. The missile flew 869 miles before impacting its target on the land range at California.

On 12 September 2007, the Embassy of the United States, Manila stated that the arrival of the destroyers USS Chung-Hoon and USS Milius was a goodwill visit to strengthen Philippines–United States relations. 26 May 1998-September 1998 Maiden deployment 22 June 2000-December 2000 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf 2 November 2002 – 2 June 2003 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf 6 December 2004 – 6 June 2005 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf 10 April 2007 – 8 October 2007 Scheduled Deployment with BHR ESG December 2008-July 2009 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf 18 May 2010 – 16 December 2010 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf 11 January 2012 – 11 September 2012 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf 20 October 2014 - 25 June 2015 West PAC- Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf May 2018-TBD Forward deployed to 7th Fleet, USS Milius changes homeport from San Diego, CA to Yokosuka, Japan. The ship’s crest is designed in remembrance of the military service of the ship’s namesake, Captain Paul Lloyd Milius, the courage and dedication that promoted his selfless act of heroism.

Dark blue and gold are colors denote the sea and excellence. The shield itself reflects the power of the Aegis shield; the double-edged battle-ax symbolizes the power of the modern guided missile destroyer. The battle-ax harnesses is a warning.

Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park

Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park named Western Park, is a waterfront park in the Sai Ying Pun area of Hong Kong Island, facing Victoria Harbour. The park is named after Sun Yat Sen, is the only one in Hong Kong named for a Chinese historic figure. Residents of Western had long lamented the limited leisure options in the district. Two recreation projects on the Western reclamation near Sai Ying Pun were approved in the Urban Council Capital Works Programme 1986/87–1990/91: an indoor games hall and the original Western Park. Only part of the site was released to the Urban Council since most of the land was required for the construction of the Western Harbour Crossing in the 1990s. Western Park, comprising two hectares, opened in 1991. Construction of the Western Park Sports Centre commenced in May 1992, the facility opened on 22 May 1995, it was renamed Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park Sports Centre on 1 June 2011. In 1999, the Provisional Urban Council approved the redevelopment of the park into a memorial park for Sun Yat-sen.

This opened in 2003, but only as a temporary park and still only occupying part of the waterfront reclamation. The rest of the waterfront lands lay idle and fenced off, under the management of the Lands Department, following completion of the Western Harbour Crossing; the park was criticised for failing to live up to its name, containing little more than a plaque quoting Dr. Sun. Expansion of the park was delayed due to budgetary constraints; the expansion and redevelopment of the park was among 25 priority projects identified in the 2005 policy address. The park closed on 28 March 2008 for reconstruction. Phase one of the reconstructed park opened to the public on 26 June 2010; the Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park Swimming Pool, which offers a 50-metre pool and a smaller teaching pool, opened on 30 November 2011. Basketball courts Children's playground Fitness stations Football pitch Jogging track Memorial lawn Reflecting pool Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park Sports Centre Children's play room Dance room Fitness room Gymnasium Squash/table tennis rooms Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park Swimming Pool Competition pool Teaching pool Spectator stand Sunbathing area Toilets Waterfront promenade List of urban public parks and gardens in Hong Kong Zhongshan Park Official website

Aisha (1953 film)

Aisha is a 1953 Egyptian drama film directed by Gamal Madkoor. It starred Zahrat El-Ola, Zaki Rostom, Faten Hamama. A rich man meets A`isha, who sells lottery tickets in the streets, he is shocked at how her appearance resembles that of his deceased daughter. The rich man offers to pay her father a monthly fee to adopt her; the father accepts, after finding out how attached the rich man is to A'isha, the father tries to blackmail him for more money. The police jail the father. Released from jail the father finds, he demands a large amount of money from the rich man, but when he refuses to do so, the father takes her by force. The film ends as A`isha marries her love, Dr. Sami. Film summary, Faten Hamama's official site. Retrieved on 23 January 2007. Aisha on IMDb