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OC’s Schweim: NFL Taps Philly Passion; Takes Draft to New Heights

first_imgLong Snapper Jon Dorenbos announced an Eagles’ daft pick last night in Philadelphia. Jon will be in Ocean City performing his magic show at the Music Pier on May 13th. By Tim Kelly Myles Garrett, a defensive end from Texas A&M, may be the first overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, but make no mistake about it: the main star of the draft, which kicked off Thursday night and continues through tomorrow, is the city of Philadelphia.Ocean City resident Billy Schweim, whose ESPN 97.3 radio talk show can be heard Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, said Philadelphia allowed the NFL to make its draft a bigger event than some other sports’ playoff games.“More than any other major league, the NFL does a great job of making its sport accessible and interesting to its fans year ‘round,” said Schweim. “The draft is a great example of the league’s ability to market its product.”Schweim cited Philadelphia’s venue of the Museum of Art and the Ben Franklin Parkway — uniquely suited to showcase everything from the city’s Independence Day fireworks celebration and concert to a pair of Papal Masses — as the only performance space of its kind.Chloe and Halle Berry perform the National Anthem to kick off the start of the 2017 NFL Draft in front of more than 100,000 fans. (Photo credit: NFL.com)The NFL reportedly invested $20 million in building a huge stage on the steps of the Art Museum, made famous in the “Rocky” movie franchise, and other preparations. The so-called “Selection Square,” where representatives of each NFL team made the actual draft picks, was set up in the rotunda of the Franklin Institute next to the huge marble statue of Ben Franklin. A 100,000-square ft. NFL Shop was installed and had a line to get in Friday.There was a red carpet area where the first round picks strutted in expensive designer suits, a concession row featuring a wide range of food and drink concessions, as well as a photo station where fans could pose with the Lombardi Trophy and view a full collection of Super Bowl championship rings. NFL marketing executive Jessica Christ said the merchandise sales exceeded expectations in the first two days, according to published reports.Beyond the setting, Philadelphia’s legendary fans showed up in record numbers for an NFL draft and provided energy and noise never before seen. Published reports estimated 100,000 fans showed up for the first night’s selection of draft rounds 1 and 2 and even more packed the Parkway on Friday.“I heard (NFL executive and former Eagle) Troy Vincent say that Philly blew Chicago away,” said Schweim, in reference to the Windy City’s effort to host the draft last year. “Maybe Philly should have it every year.”The NFL Draft logo dominates a huge sign on stage in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.Philadelphia’s favorable geographic location allowed representation by fans of many other teams such as the New York Jets and Giants, Baltimore Ravens, Washington, Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns. Despite this, the dominant fan base came from the host city.“I think the Philadelphia fans’ reputation is something of a cliché, and some of the fans try to live up to it,” said Schweim. “At the same time, they are showing enthusiasm and passion that can’t be matched.”The fans booed NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell every time he walked to the stage, as well as the draft selections for divisional rivals Washington and New York. But as expected, they saved the most venom for their most bitter rival, the Dallas Cowboys. On Saturday, former Dallas wide receiver Drew Pearson tried to taunt the fans: “I want to thank the Philly fans for allowing me to have a career,” he said, with the boos raining down to the point of nearly drowning out Pearson’s words.Of course they roared with cheers on Thursday night when Temple linebacker Haasan Reddick was the 13th overall selection (Arizona Cardinals) and the Eagles went “on the clock” in advance of their selection of Derek Bennett,a defensive end from Tennessee.Ocean City resident, Alec Wisnefski enjoyed the opportunity to meet Corey Davis.All of this made for what the industry calls “good TV” and results in the audience sticking with the coverage through hours and hours of programming and commercials.“I was a bit perplexed with the Eagles pick,” Schweim said. “I was expecting them to take a wide receiver or a defensive back there.”  They did grab Sidney Jones, a corner from the University of Washington in the second round with the 43rd overall selection.On today’s show Schweim will talk about the draft and will speak to former Temple star running back Paul Palmer who coached Reddick when Haasan attended Haddon Heights High School.Ocean City’s Jake Schneider, Flynn DeVlieger, and Brady Rauner had great seats for watching all the action.last_img read more

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A Raisin in the Sun, Starring Denzel Washington, Opens on Broadway

first_img Anika Noni Rose Broadway.com wishes the Younger family and the rest of the talented cast a happy opening! Here’s hoping your dream deferred becomes a dream realized. Related Shows View Comments Clockwise from top left, the portrait features Washington as Walter Lee Younger, along with Bryce Clyde Jenkins as Travis, Anika Noni Rose as Beneatha, Sophie Okonedo as Ruth, LaTanya Richardson Jackson as Lena and David Cromer as Karl Lindner. Star Files A Raisin in the Suncenter_img Denzel Washington Sophie Okonedo The widely anticipated Broadway revival of A Raisin in the Sun opens on April 3 at the Barrymore Theatre with a cast led by two-time Oscar and Tony winner Denzel Washington and under the direction of Kenny Leon. To celebrate the opening of the new production of Lorraine Hansberry’s classic, Broadway.com resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson penned this portrait of the Younger family as they receive a troublesome offer from Karl Lindner that could affect the rest of their lives. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 15, 2014 About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home.last_img read more

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Molly Ringwald, Jeff Goldblum & More to Headline Cafe Carlyle

first_img Throughout the season, Woody Allen will continue to perform Monday nights with the Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band. Stage and screen star Molly Ringwald will also make her Carlyle debut this season, with An Evening with Molly Ringwald from October 7 through October 18. Known for her performances in the John Hughes films The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles and Pretty in Pink, Ringwald has appeared on the Great White Way in Enchanted April and Cabaret. The season kicks off on September 16, when Goldblum takes to the stage with his jazz band, The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra. Goldblum, who has appeared on Broadway in shows including Seminar and The Pillowman, makes his Carlyle debut through September 20. Following Goldblum, Wilson will play the New York hotspot from September 24 through October 4. Having appeared on screen in films including It’s Complicated and Sleepless in Seattle, Wilson released her debut album AM/FM in 2012; her second album is set to drop in 2015. She made her Broadway debut as Roxie Hart in Chicago. Café Carlyle’s fall 2014 season will include venue debuts from screen stars Molly Ringwald, Jeff Goldblum and Rita Wilson. The lineup will also feature many returning favorites, including Woody Allen and Grammy winner Steve Tyrell. Among the additional performers scheduled to play the venue this fall are Carlyle audience favorites Buster Poindexter (a.k.a. David Johansen) from October 21 through 25, husband-and-wife duo John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey from October 28 through November 22 and Grammy winner Steve Tyrell, who celebrates his tenth anniversary playing the Carlyle’s holiday slot, from November 25 through December 31.. View Commentslast_img read more

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Kidnapped Colombian Girl Is Reunited with Her Family

first_img A ten-year-old girl kidnapped in Colombia on September 29 was freed in the Arauca region on October 17, through the efforts of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos announced via his Twitter account. “We celebrate the release of Nohora Valentina. We thank the ICRC for its efforts,” the president wrote, without giving more details. Nohora Valentina Muñoz, daughter of Jorge Muñoz, the mayor of the municipality of Fortul, in Arauca, was kidnapped along with her mother by armed men while on her way to school. The mother was released shortly afterward. On October 17, the girl arrived home in a black pickup truck, escorted by members of the Colombian Army and police. “I’m thankful for those who helped free me,” the girl told reporters before going inside. General Jaime Reyes, commander of the Army’s 18th Brigade, indicated to reporters that the release took place in the municipality of Arauquita, “only a few kilometers from the border with Venezuela,” where factions of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) operate. The ICRC had unsuccessfully attempted a mission to obtain the girl’s release on October 14, for which purpose Santos’s administration suspended military operations in one sector of Arauca for several hours. “The ICRC’s participation in this handover was requested by the girl’s family and by the armed actors who held her captive. The ICRC thanks all parties for the trust placed in the institution and the facilities offered by the Colombian Government,” a statement by the humanitarian organization added. The ICRC did not clarify the identity of the kidnappers. The Colombian government had requested that Venezuela prevent the kidnappers from possibly moving the child to that country. The FARC and the National Liberation Army (ELN), both leftist guerrilla groups, are active in the area, which is rich in oil. Criminal groups and drug traffickers also have a presence. By Dialogo October 19, 2011last_img read more

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Joint Task Force-Leeward Islands Successfully Completes Humanitarian Assistance Mission

first_imgAt the recommendation of the United States Agency forInternational Development’s (USAID) Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART),Joint Task Force-Leeward Islands (JTF-LI) successfully completed its mission inthe eastern Caribbean on October 5th. JTF-LI completed the USAID-ledhumanitarian response to hurricanes Irma and Maria in Saint Martin on September28th, and in Dominica on October 5th. The U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) stood up JTF-LI on September 9th after USAID requested the unique capabilities of the U.S. military to provide logistics support, airfield support, and water desalination services. During its successful mission, JTF-LI flew 55 missions in the Caribbean to deliver aid and response staff, delivered more than 155 metric tons of humanitarian cargo, transported nearly 61 metric tons of equipment, including water desalination units and forklifts, and produced 83,020 gallons of potable water. “The support from Joint Task Force-Leeward Islands was crucial to help us reach people in need,” said Tim Callaghan, USAID DART leader. As more roads open and aid reaches communities that were inaccessible in the immediate aftermath of the hurricanes, operations supported by the task force have transitioned to host governments, as well as United Nations and nongovernmental agencies. In Dominica, DART worked with government officials and JTF-LI to deliver the relief items provided by USAID to people in need. This includes delivery of aid and response personnel to the southern town of Grand Bay, which had been isolated due to hurricane-related landslides and bridge damage. “In my 17 years doing this, I’ve never experienced anything like this,” said Callaghan. “The devastation I’ve seen is unprecedented.” Hurricane Maria blew off the roofs of most of the homes on the island. Between September 25th and October 2nd, members of DART, JTF-LI, and local residents cut rolls of heavy-duty plastic sheeting into smaller sheets for distribution to more than 2,500 affected families in need. “I’ve worked with U.S. SOUTHCOM on several disaster responses,” said Callaghan. “This strong relationship, built over more than a decade, allowed the USAID disaster team to overcome logistical challenges and helped to turn this response around.” DART also worked with local residents to conduct trainings on how to properly use the shelter materials to protect their homes. USAID DART and JTF-LI also transported 3,000 feet of replacement water pipes to the town of Grand Bay to help the local water and sewage authority restore services. USAID DART will continue to lead the U.S. humanitarian response efforts in the Caribbean in coordination with international donors, partners, and host governments. The United States, through USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) and the U.S. Department of Defense, has provided more than $14.2 million in humanitarian assistance for the responses to hurricanes Irma and Maria. Flexible and nimble DART activated its regional response on September 7th, comprising 54 people at its height. Its members rode out three back-to-back hurricanes in the Caribbean (Irma, Jose, and Maria) and responded to the devastation caused by two Category 5 storms. The team has remained flexible and nimble, with members remaining on the ground to respond to changing humanitarian needs. Disaster experts with OFDA will remain on the ground in the Caribbean to monitor ongoing USAID relief efforts and assess potential gaps, in close coordination with affected governments and USAID partners. By Diálogo October 12, 2017last_img read more

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Why DEI has been a focus for World Council of Credit Unions since our inception

first_imgI serve an international organization that has been a bridge across borders, across oceans and across ethnic, racial, cultural, and religious identities for nearly fifty years. Since the death of George Floyd, we ask, “have we done enough to address diversity, equity and inclusion?”  Maybe not, but we also look at what we have done, what works and what we can do more of.  Often, the first steps in overcoming distance, prejudice, or tension are achieved by building familiarity and understanding. We do that by engaging more—in our work, in our education, and in our home—with that which is different from us.The World Council of Credit Unions continues to build lasting bonds across borders and across cultures. One of the ways we build a more diverse and inclusive culture is by building bonds through exchanges and shared experience: ‘una viventem’—living and working together.The World Council has been involved in international inclusive initiatives since its founding in 1971. Its project work has provided technical assistance and training for credit unions in more than 90 countries. Credit unions and credit union systems today exist in 118 countries, many of them begun by the World Council.Inclusion of DiasporaIn 1971, the Texas Credit Union League was the first U.S. league to support a World Council program in Mexico—which strived to build a credit union system there and make it self-sustaining. During the first two decades of this century, both the Texas and California leagues partnered with the World Council again to take the Mexican credit union system to a new level, and to bring back to U.S. credit unions advice and support on how to better attract and serve the growing Hispanic market.After Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico in 2017, Massachusetts’ credit unions partnered with World Council and Inclusiv to support Puerto Rican credit unions recovering from the hurricane and again to bring home advice on how best to serve the Puerto Rican diaspora in their mainland home communities. Helping Credit Unions Reach the UnderservedDuring the 1990s, the World Council developed its model credit union building approach, which emphasized sound institutional framework and savings-driven growth. The program accelerated credit union growth and outreach in Latin America and went on to be used to establish and strengthen credit unions in Africa, Asia and Europe. The first and second decade of the millennium saw a constant exchange of volunteers, trainees and best practices across oceans, from Latin America and the US to Africa. The model credit union program was about building resilience in credit unions. And once again in the post COVID-19 world, we find African and European credit unions dusting off their MCUB guidelines to weather the crisis.International programs have always been about taking service to the underserved. On the foundation of sound financial management and policies, credit unions have been able to address those left out or injured by prejudice or racism around the world. At the end of apartheid, African American volunteers from Louisiana worked with credit unions in South Africa to extend services into the townships. Credit unions in Maine trained credit unions from Rwanda as they reestablished services to Tutsis and began mending Rwandan society back together. Credit unions in California adapted methodologies developed for Mexican credit unions to provide services to agricultural field laborers. Today, Minnesota credit unions support the World Council in establishing credit union services for immigrants in Turks and Caicos, while Peruvian and Ecuadorian credit unions work with the World Council to extend services to refugees fleeing from Venezuela. Engagement programs have mobilized volunteers to help credit unions serve those at the bottom of the pyramid: youths with no future in Guatemala, immigrants in Colombia, orphans in Kenya, and abused girls in Kurdistan.Today’s mobile technology allows credit unions to take services more deeply into remote areas to the poorest, to the most marginalized indigenous populations, to women and to young people where they live and work. U.S. credit union volunteers who have participated in many of these programs across the globe have not only contributed to them, but have also come back with insights and commitment on how to engage the most vulnerable members in disadvantaged communities by going directly to them with services.Championing Gender EqualityIn the 1980s, the World Council noted that credit union membership fell short of reaching many women.  It worked with credit unions across the globe to develop products and delivery strategies that responded to the market and mobility challenges women faced in many cultures. Female membership reached parity with male membership, but we observed still few women in senior membership or in the boardroom.  Led by women credit union professionals, the Global Women’s Leadership Network (GWLN) was established in 2009 to tackle our industry’s gender gap by providing a peer network with professional development, coaching and networking support for women in credit unions. Today, GWLN has 120 sister societies in 27 countries around the world, dedicated to helping women take leadership positions in the credit union system.  It provides the opportunity not only to access and develop women’s leadership in the credit unions systems but, as in many countries around the world, also to empower female entrepreneurship in the communities they serve.In these tumultuous times, many of us ask: “have we done enough?” and “can we do more?” to address diversity, equity and inclusion. We invite you or your colleagues to join us virtually or in person, when safe, for volunteer engagement, or participation in GWLN or World Council Young Credit Union Professionals’ (WYCUP) events. There remains much to do to enhance DEI worldwide. Credit union people are cooperators; we work together to continue building bridges.  52SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Brian Branch Dr. Brian Branch, president and CEO of World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU), was appointed in 2011. Dr. Branch has worked at WOCCU since 1990 and has been engaged in … Web: www.woccu.org Detailslast_img read more

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Tin miner Timah to invest Rp 2 trillion this year for expansion

first_imgState-owned tin miner PT Timah is slated to invest around Rp 2 trillion (US$145.6 million) to finance expansion projects this year, including the construction of a tin smelting plant.Timah corporate secretary Abdullah Umar Baswedan said in Jakarta on Monday that  the funds would be partly used to finance the exploration of new tin reserves on the tin-rich Bangka Belitung Island.Investment would also go into developing an US$80 million smelter in the province, repairing old ships, growing company subsidiaries and continuing exploration efforts in Africa, he added. Topics : The publicly listed miner has yet to publish its annual report for the 2019 financial year but Abdullah estimated that production reached between 65,000 and 70,000 tons last year.  This year, production is projected to increase 5 percent. But revenue during the year would rely much on global tin prices, which have begun to decline since January due to the coronavirus epidemic in China, the world’s largest tin consumer.“We cannot control global prices. But we can control and maintain our export volume,” said Abdullah, adding that Indonesia contributed 23 percent of the global tin market, “If we exclude China, it’s more than 40 percent.”Timah president director Mochtar Riza Pahlevi Tabrani, also on Monday, said the company was looking into exploring mineral reserves in Nigeria and Tanzania. The company was particularly close to beginning operations in the former, where it only needs “a sort of environmental impact assessment” to begin.“The biggest challenge in Africa is limited infrastructure,” he said, “The second issue is security.”last_img read more

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‘At war time speed’, China leads COVID-19 vaccine race

first_imgChina is forging ahead in the race to develop a vaccine to help control the COVID-19 pandemic, with Sinovac Biotech’s experimental vaccine set to become the country’s second and the world’s third to enter final stage testing later this month.While a laggard in the global vaccine industry, China, where the new coronavirus is thought to have originated, has brought state, military and private sectors together in a quest to combat a disease that has killed over 500,000 people worldwide.Many other countries, including the United States, are coordinating closely with the private sector to try to win the vaccine development race, and China faces many challenges. Its success in driving down COVID-19 infections makes it harder to conduct large-scale vaccine trials, and so far only a few other countries have agreed to work with it. After past vaccine scandals, Beijing will also have to convince the world it has met all safety and quality requirements.But China’s use of command economy-type tools is so far yielding results.A state-controlled entity, for example, completed two vaccine plants at what it called the “war time speed” of a couple of months, while state-owned enterprises and the military have allowed experimental shots to be used on staff.The People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) medical research unit, which has been a driving force in China’s efforts to fight infectious diseases, is also working with private firms including CanSino to develop COVID-19 vaccines. Challenging the West’s traditional dominance of the industry, China is behind eight of the 19 vaccine candidates in human trials, with Sinovac’s experimental shot and one jointly developed by the military and CanSino among the front runners.It is also focused mainly on inactivated vaccine technology – a technology that is well known and has been used to make vaccines against diseases such as influenza and measles – something which could raise the chances of success.By contrast, several Western rivals such as US-based Moderna and Germany’s CureVac and BioNTech are using a new technology called messenger RNA that has never before yielded a product approved by regulators.’Tried and true'”It’s a tried and true strategy,” said Paul Offit, director of the Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, about inactivated vaccine technology.”If I had to pick a vaccine that I think would be the most likely to be safe and effective, it would be that one,” he said. Offit is also co-inventor of the rotavirus vaccine, RotaTeq, manufactured by Merck & Co Inc.Four of the Chinese candidates in human trials are inactivated vaccines, including Sinovac’s and two vaccines from China National Biotec Group (CNBG), a unit of state-owned China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm).There are currently only two experimental COVID-19 vaccines in final Phase III trials – one from Sinopharm and another from AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford. Sinovac’s is set to become the third later this month.To speed up the process, China allowed Sinopharm and Sinovac to combine Phase I and Phase II trials for their vaccine candidates.For CanSino’s experimental vaccine, the PLA research institute played a key role, with the two working on a method using an adenovirus – a similar approach to AstraZeneca’s.The PLA has its own approval process for “military specifically-needed drugs”, and approved the military use of the candidate developed by its research unit and CanSino last month.PLA lead scientist Chen Wei, who has been the face of its vaccine development effort, was among the first to take the experimental COVID-19 shot developed by her team, as well as its potential SARS treatment years before, according to state media.ChallengesChina has challenges, though, as the epidemic has petered out in the country, hampering efforts to conduct large trials.It has since shifted its focus overseas, but only a handful of countries have shown willingness to collaborate – UAE, Canada, Brazil, Indonesia and Mexico. Neither major European countries nor the United States have shown interest in China’s COVID-19 vaccines as they focus on their own projects.China must also address concerns over its vaccine quality and safety issues following several scandals over substandard vaccines in recent years.”The Chinese national regulatory authority has been improving its oversight,” said Jerome Kim, head of the International Vaccine Institute, a non-profit agency established as an initiative of the UN Development Program.China introduced a law last year to regulate the vaccine industry, with heavier penalties for selling and making fake or low-quality vaccines than other drug products. Topics :last_img read more

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MORE Power donates P1-M aid to Iloilo City COVID frontliners

first_imgAround 100,000 test kits are expected toarrive in the Philippines from Brazil and part of this will be immediatelyshipped to Iloilo City, said Castro. Aside from the mentioned initial aid, Castrosaid Bloomberg Cultural Foundation, Inc. (BCFI), the corporate socialresponsibility arm business tycoon Enrique Razon Jr. who owns MORE Power, willalso donate personal protective equipment (PPEs), N95 masks and COVID-19test kits. ILOILO City – MORE Electric and Power Corp.(MORE Power) has started giving out aid to various frontliners against thecoronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in this southern city. According to MORE Power president Roel Castro,almost P1 million worth of facemasks, alcohol, hand sanitizers and acetate asinitial aid were distributed.“MORE Power is one with the city government and other stakeholders in thisfight against an enemy we cannot see. I hope our support can somehow helplighten the burden brought by this crisis,” Castro said.Among those who benefitted from the aid were the Iloilo City Police Office andPolice Regional Office 6, Bureau of Fire Protection, Iloilo City government aswell as medical frontliners in hospitals.The new power distributor here also shouldered that one-week meal of lawenforcers implementing the enhanced community quarantine in the city.Castro said MORE Power also mobilized its Quick Response Team to make surehospitals won’t suffer from power interruption. “I have already informed our beloved citymayor Jerry Treñas about this and we can expect the arrival of the test kits inthe next few days,” said Castro./PN Razon recently donated a total of P60-millionworth of PPEs and equipment to the Department of Health. MORE Electric and Power Corp. president Roel Castro turns over to Iloilo City Police Office director Director Eric Dampal assistance in the effort to keep the metro free from the coronavirus disease 2019. The assistance includes facemasks, alcohol and hand sanitizers, among others.last_img read more

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Absentee Voting Deadlines Announced; Election Nov. 4

first_imgBROOKVILLE, Ind. – The Franklin County Clerk’s office is reminding voters of absentee deadlines.Monday, Oct. 27, is the last time the clerk’s office will accept a mailed, faxed, or hand-delivered absentee ballot application from a voter who requests to vote.Monday, Nov. 3, is the deadline for the clerk to receive an absentee application from a voter with disabilities, a confined voter or a voter caring for a confined person that requests that the absentee ballots be delivered to the applicant by the absentee traveling board.Voters can also vote before the board at the Courthouse until Nov. 3.Voters who wish to vote by mail, or have the traveling board come to their home to vote may contact the Clerk’s office for the absentee application.Call the office at 765-647-5111 ext. 3 for an application or if you have any questions.The general election is set for Tuesday, Nov. 4.last_img read more