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    Sydney Metro: Barangaroo heritage
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    Sydney Metro: Barangaroo heritage

    November 21, 2019


    Mike Hincks, EXCAVATION DIRECTOR: So what we found down here is Wharfage
    from the mid 19th century coming through to the turn of the 20th century. Where
    I’m sitting right now is a foot of Clyde Street as it appeared in around 1900. Really the shipping industry was very
    important in the 19th century and so we’re looking at this kind of data and
    all this evidence and comparing it to what was happening further down in Cockle Bay and Darling Harbour, across in Balmain and we can compare all that. We have been looking at very large
    events on the waterfront here. We do get glimpses and small windows into the
    everyday lives of people who lived here on Clyde Street. Someone has spent some time down here on the waterfront sitting on the steps carving their initials into
    the end of the jetty. People would have been able to come down the end of the
    street and spend time down here. [ends]

    Tobu 50000 Series (Hitachi A-Train) – Suitengūmae to Mitsukoshimae (Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line)
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    Tobu 50000 Series (Hitachi A-Train) – Suitengūmae to Mitsukoshimae (Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line)

    November 21, 2019


    …do not (rush into the train). Please beware that this train may rock due to steep curves ahead Next station, Mitsukoshimae Mitsukoshimae Guidance for transfer: Interchange station for Ginza Line and JR Sobu Rapid Line. Dear passengers, If you are around the priority seats please turn your mobile phones off. Outside of this area
    (for everyone else), please turn them to silent mode and refrain from (taking or making) calls. Thank you for your co-operation (Conductor announcement) Please mind the gap Doors will open on the right (Please exit) to the right.

    Breaking Ground: TBM Assembly
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    Breaking Ground: TBM Assembly

    November 21, 2019


    So we’re here at the site of the new
    North Melbourne Station. We’re 20 metres below ground in the TBM assembly area.
    Behind me we have Joan our first TBM, where we’ve just recently lowered the
    cutterhead. The cutterhead is the heaviest piece of the machine, it weighs
    approximately 100-tonnes. It’s a very important piece of the machine. It’s
    where all the tooling that actually excavates through the ground is housed and
    that tooling is going to be installed next. So the tooling for the cutterhead
    it does vary depending on the ground conditions. For the launch, we’ll be
    installing disc covers, now they’re tungsten carbide tip disc covers. There’s also
    some secondary tools, so scrapers that are used to pull the material in through
    the openings at the cutterhead. Once those tools are installed on the cutterhead, we’ll be pushing the TBM into the steel bell. The steel bell is an
    innovative way of launching the machine in the ground conditions around the
    North Melbourne Station. We’ll then install the thrust frame behind the shield of the
    TBM. That’s required to resist the thrust forces required to push the machine
    forward. Once that’s completed we’ll then move onto commissioning all the
    systems on the machine and that’s required to ensure that the machine is
    fit for purpose for tunnelling. The machine’s been manufactured and
    assembled overseas. It’s been factory tested, but it’s been dismantled then we
    have to reassemble it obviously on site again and then we have to go through the
    process of testing and commissioning to make sure it’s fit for purpose. So we’re getting ready to obviously
    launch the machine and that will start the tunnelling phase of the project and
    we’re also assembling Meg our second TBM. Meg will work alongside Joan to
    construct the twin tunnels. It’s an exciting time for the bored tunnel team.
    It represents a milestone where it’s a combination of years of planning, years
    of travelling overseas following the development of the beast behind us and
    all the systems and equipment you see around us as well. It also represents a
    transition from a phase of TBM assembly to tunnel operations. authorised by Victorian Government 1
    Treasury place Melbourne

    Metro launches workforce development program WINLA
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    Metro launches workforce development program WINLA

    November 19, 2019


    Well, nothing stops a bullet but a career
    that’s a true statement, but bullets don’t have names on ’em. What I know for sure
    is that a career can save lives. If we can get the age group after 18 to 35 to get
    those young men and women to pick up tape measurerss instead of guns and now to
    buy homes instead of doing home invasions, those type of things will have
    a positive effect on the community. The program that Metro has, WINLA, is very vital because they get to see individuals from their community make those changes
    and become better. WINLA is Workforce Initiative Now Los Angeles. It’s a comprehensive workforce development program. We see WINLA as an
    opportunity for members of our communities and really members of our
    disadvantaged communities, to have a career not just merely a job but a career path. I chose the transportation industry because of the ample opportunities it can offer, such as opportunities in just not construction but also
    operations, maintenance, administration, IT… I joined the military in 1995. Both
    agencies — Metro and the military — provide you tools, provide you the training, and the
    opportunities for success. The transportation industry is an industry
    with diverse areas of opportunity An individual can enter either operations, maintenance, construction and have really a career path. A career path for upward
    mobility. There are so many different ways that you can go. I started out as a bus operator, but there’s planning… There’s environmental, there’s rail. WINLA is going to introduce you to the transportation industry. You know,
    preparing you for a future. Right now we simply know that more than 28 percent to nearly 30 percent of our current workforce is eligible to retire and in the future we know that that’s going to increase to possibly more than 50% in
    the coming years. We must have the skilled workforce ready and able for us
    to be able to deliver the upcoming projects and programs the overall
    portfolio that we have to deliver for the system. The young men and women
    need to understand I got to have a stake in my communities. So it’s vital that
    WINLA starts it now because individuals men and women in the
    community get to see and understand their peers doing the right thing with
    the help and aid assistance of Metro… having the forethought to say “hey you
    know what? Let me invest in the community.” Let the community be a part of the building process. Don’t let your beginnings be your endings. if you’re part of WINLA you’ll have an
    opportunity to have new beginnings Come on board and join us. So that’s a win-win for Metro and it’s a win-win for the community.

    Wale Performs “On Chill” and “Sue Me” With Jeremih & Kelly Price! | Soul Train Awards ‘19
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    Wale Performs “On Chill” and “Sue Me” With Jeremih & Kelly Price! | Soul Train Awards ‘19

    November 18, 2019


    -♪ ♪
    -Hey. ♪ We’ve been on a tragedy ♪ Y’all better stand up.
    Hold on. ♪ Why can’t you agree
    with me for once? ♪ Hey! Hey! ♪ Maybe we can be on chill
    tonight ♪ ♪ Maybe I can give you chills ♪ ♪ We’ve been on a tragedy
    for months ♪ ♪ Why can’t you agree
    with me for once? ♪ -Hey! -♪ Maybe we
    can be on chill tonight ♪ ♪ Maybe I can give you chills ♪ Hey! ♪ I’m gettin’ mine
    like fine wine ♪ ♪ Measured in time ♪ ♪ Many other brothers
    loved you ♪ ♪ But this pleasure is mine ♪ ♪ It’s no pressure for us
    to say that ♪ ♪ I love you for now ♪ ♪ So fuck that shit, I just
    want us to be comfortable now ♪ ♪ For real, who you lovin’,
    who you wanna pull up with? ♪ ♪ Who don’t care who you dated ♪ ♪ Long as you care
    and you trustin’ ♪ ♪ I’m tryna hear
    all your problems ♪ ♪ So I can lighten the load,
    you ain’t fightin’ alone ♪ ♪ ’cause I’m protectin’ you
    from ’em ♪ ♪ Life hard and ex-lovers
    is like scars ♪ ♪ Stop hurting but never
    forgettin’ what it was ♪ ♪ I was a youngun’ my biggest
    enemy was the club ♪ If you got some hands,
    get ’em up real quick. -Hands up. -♪ We’ve been on
    a tragedy for months ♪ -Number one song on the radio
    right now. -♪ Why can’t you ♪ Agree with me for once? ♪ ♪ Maybe we can be on chill
    tonight ♪ ♪ Maybe I can give you chills,
    too ♪ ♪ They switch up on you
    I’m gonna stay the same, yeah ♪ ♪ I pull up on you then put it
    in with patience ♪ ♪ I’m good, well, we got it
    without no expectations ♪ ♪ What good is a title when
    shawty been the wave, yeah ♪ ♪ Let me illustrate you ♪ ♪ Let my tongue repaint you ♪ ♪ It’s already wet ♪ ♪ Have you had a brainstorm? ♪ ♪ Everywhere a … take you ♪ ♪ Just know that my face good ♪ ♪ Modify your energy ♪ -♪ So your bank and
    your skin glow ♪ -Let’s go. ♪ Maxfield, let it fly ♪ ♪ I be up in there a lot ♪ ♪ Just to show you
    I don’t care ♪ ♪ Gon’ wear it
    to that … house ♪ ♪ We don’t share
    our whereabouts ♪ ♪ Or the gossip the hood love ♪ ♪ Supreme confidence, if we
    good that’s good enough, whoa ♪ ♪ We’ve been on a tragedy for
    months ♪ -Hey. Hands up, what? ♪ Why can’t you agree with me ♪ -♪ For once? ♪
    -Hands up, what? ♪ Maybe we can be on chill ♪ -♪ Tonight ♪
    -Soul Train, say it. ♪ Maybe I can give you chills,
    too ♪ ♪ We’ve been on a tragedy
    for months ♪ ♪ Why can’t you agree with me
    for once? ♪ ♪ Yeah ♪ ♪ Maybe we can be on chill
    tonight ♪ ♪ Oh, yeah ♪ ♪ Maybe I can give you chills,
    too. ♪ -(cheers and applause)
    -Nah, let’s try it again. This is a loop.
    Nah. Let’s do it like this. ♪ Ooh ♪ ♪ Hold on ♪ ♪ People, people,
    the high life is a movie ♪ ♪ We ain’t promised a sequel ♪ ♪ Ambition, my second album,
    how was you sleepin’? ♪ ♪ I dropped the album
    with Seinfeld ♪ ♪ They thought I was tweakin’ ♪ ♪ A prophet, a genius ♪ ♪ I’m flyin’ with Lena,
    I’m ridin’ with Nina ♪ ♪ One write for the Chi,
    one right where I need her ♪ ♪ The funny thing is,
    I’ll always be single ♪ ♪ I love me some Logan,
    I love me some Issa ♪ ♪ I’ll never get either ♪ ♪ Those women are queens. Me?
    I’m a drunk, I’m a demon ♪ ♪ Heaven knows I’m a dreamer ♪ ♪ I seen Taraji and Kelvin ♪ ♪ Always hope I could be that ♪ ♪ I fell in love with
    an actress, she don’t need me ♪ ♪ Polarizin’ the sun,
    underrated again ♪ ♪ Show business will never
    love you the way you love it ♪ ♪ Come and we go,
    they quick to forget ♪ ♪ So every bougie event
    I attend, I tell ’em this ♪ ♪ Sue me, I’m rootin’ for
    everybody that’s black ♪ Who black in here?
    Who happy in here? ♪ Sue me, I’m rootin’ for
    everybody that’s black ♪ ♪ Everybody from
    sports to college ♪ -♪ Class to rap, I’m back ♪
    -♪ I need you to know ♪ ♪ You’re so beautiful ♪ -♪ Oh, oh ♪
    -Let me see them hands up, -beautiful black people!
    -♪ Yeah ♪ ♪ I need you to know ♪ -♪ You’re so beautiful ♪
    -Okay. -♪ Oh, oh… ♪
    -Okay. Hands up, hands up! ♪ Okay, sue me, I’m rootin’ for
    everybody that’s black ♪ ♪ Everybody be asking
    my sixth album my last ♪ ♪ I’m super sick
    of this business ♪ ♪ My daughter missin’ me, …,
    the whip is bullet repellent ♪ ♪ They try and kill me with tax,
    … really on clout ♪ ♪ They ain’t checkin’
    for stats ♪ ♪ Who a decade or better ♪ ♪ Givin’ … decadent rap ♪ ♪ Respect is in order ♪ ♪ Hate me, better do it loud ♪ ♪ Root for everybody black ♪ ♪ Haters say,
    “That’s crazy, wow” ♪ Wow. -(vocalizing)
    -And your president is Trump. ♪ Deep in my soul… ♪ (cheering)

    Orange Line Weekend Diversion (Southbound) – November 8-10, 2019
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    Orange Line Weekend Diversion (Southbound) – November 8-10, 2019

    November 18, 2019


    Orange Line Southbound: November 8 through 10, starting Friday at 8:45 PM. All Shuttle Buses are Accessible Sullivan Square: Shuttles in the Upper Busway. Community College: Shuttles on Rutherford Ave on the BHCC side of the street. North Station: Shuttles on North Washington St. at Medford St. Transfer here for the Commuter Rail and Green Line. Haymarket: Shuttles on Congress St. near City Hall. Transfer here for the Green Line. State: Shuttles on State St. across from the Old State House. Transfer here for the Blue Line. Downtown Crossing: Shuttles on Tremont St. at Temple Place near Park St. station. Transfer here for Red, Green, and Silver Lines. Tufts/Chinatown: Shuttles on Stuart St. at Tremont St, across from the W Hotel. Transfer here for the Silver Line. Back Bay: Shuttles on Columbus Ave. at Clarendon St. in front of the CVS. Transfer here for the Commuter Rail. Mass Ave.: Shuttles on Columbus Ave. at Massachusetts Ave. in front of the Dunkin’ Donuts. Ruggles: Shuttles drop off in the Upper Busway. Transfer back to the Orange Line. Travel Alternatives Green Line E Branch parallels most of the shuttle route. Commuter Rail is running extra service between Forest Hills and South Station on Saturday, November 9. Visit mbta.com/trip-planner to find the best route for you. Accessible vans will be staged at Tufts, Back Bay, Haymarket, and Sullivan to assist customer to any stop. See station personnel for assistance.

    The Rules of Track Cycling – EXPLAINED!
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    The Rules of Track Cycling – EXPLAINED!

    November 18, 2019


    Ninh explains, the Rules of Track Cycling
    The object of the game is to cycle faster than your opponents.
    Track Cycling, sometimes referred to as ‘Olympic Track Cycling’, is contested indoors, on
    a curved banked track that measures 250m long, otherwise known as a Velodrome.
    In general, the rider who crosses the finish line first, wins.
    Shortest video ever, right? Well, sadly not. Rather confusingly, track
    cycling has many different events, each with significantly different rules to each other.
    I‘m not going to cover every single event in this video, but the most popular events
    are: Individual Time Trial
    This is the simplest event to understand, as it’s purely a race against the clock.
    The distance is 1km for men and for 500m for women.
    You’re out there on your own and the fastest rider across the finish line from a standing
    start, wins.>A flying time trial allows you to build
    up speed before they start the clock, and only the last 200m is timed. Fastest over
    200m is the winner. Individual Pursuit.
    It’s very similar to the time trial, except that now – you’re racing against someone.
    Individual riders start from opposite ends of the track.
    When the starting gun goes off, they have to race 4km for men and 3km for women.
    First person to cross the line wins The fastest four winners will ride off against
    each other until there is only one winner. Team Pursuit
    Four riders will ride for 4 km against another team.
    Each team starts from opposite ends of the track.
    The team that catches the other team, or that records the fastest time over 4km, wins.
    In Team Pursuit, there is a catch – at least three riders must finish the race and the
    time is taken from the third rider’s front wheel crossing the line.
    Individual Sprint The ultimate game of cat-and-mouse. The distance
    is just 750m or 3 laps of an Olympic track. Riders start next to each other and both will
    try and use tactics to either make the opponent go first, or to push the rider in an unfavourable
    position, before making a run for the line themselves.
    The time you take to do these three laps does not matter.
    All that matters is you must cross the finish line before your opponent.
    The rider who wins 2 out of 3 races, wins the individual sprint.
    Team Sprint. Teams start at opposite ends of the track
    and consist of 3 riders over 3 laps for men, 2 riders over 2 laps for women
    The first rider sets the pace, and after 1 lap, must peel away from the pack.
    The next rider (for men) also has a lap before they must also ride away.
    The last rider then has to sprint the final lap to the finish line on their own.
    The teams with the two best times, ride off to be crowned the winner, and there are also
    contests for 3rd & 4th place. Keirin
    Possibly the strangest event in Track cycling is the Keirin.
    Developed in Japan as a means of gambling, it consists of up to 7 riders over 8 laps
    of the track. Except that 5 ½ of those laps consists of
    following a motorised bicycle, known as a derny.
    Riders must stay behind the derny as it increases in speed – and they will try to jostle each
    other out of position to get an advantage over their rivals
    Once the derny pulls away from the track, it’s a free-for-all sprint for the last
    2.5 laps. First person to cross the finish line after
    all 8 laps, wins. Elimination Race
    24 riders start at the same time over a race of 50 laps.
    The rules are simple – don’t be last. Because in every two laps, whoever is the
    last to cross the start line is eliminated. This carries on until there is only one winner. Scratch Race
    A mid distance event that is 15km for Men, and 10km for Women.
    The rules are simple – be the first across the finish line.
    Endurance riders will try and outpace sprinters, and sprinters will try an d hide in the main
    pack to conserve energy before making a final run.
    How you play it is up to you … so long as you cross the line first.
    Points Race Think of this as NASCAR racing … on bicycles.
    A long distance event that is 40km for Men, and 25km for Women.
    A sprint is held every 10 laps, signalled by a bell.
    Points are awarded to the first four across the line for each sprint and points are double
    during the last sprint of the race. Riders can also earn 20 points for lapping
    the field. Most points at the end of the race, wins.
    Madison Put simply – it’s a points race but with
    teams of two riders. Only one rider can race at a time, so riders
    must touch or tag their partner for them to be eligible to race. You’ll see them slinging
    each other to give each other a boost. The race is 50km for men, and 30km for women.
    The team with the most points at the end of the race, wins.
    Omnium This is the decathlon of cycling events, and
    is comprised of the following 4 or 6 races. You get points depending on the position you
    finish at each race, and the rider with the most amount of points after 4 or 6 events
    is the winner of the Omnium. Is there anything else I need to know?
    Yes, there’s a few other things you’ll need to know before riding or watching track
    cycling. For example: Lines
    There are lines that go around the perimeter of the track and they all mean different things. The cote d’azur is the start of the velodrome.
    This light blue strip is for entering and exiting the track only. The black line – also known as the datum line
    – and denotes the shortest length of the track; 250-metres for an Olympic facility.
    Riders will try to stay glued to the black line as this is the shortest and fastest way
    around the track. The red line is also known as the sprinter’s
    line. If a rider is in the channel betwen black and red lines, the opponent must come
    around the red line and can only cross their path once the overtake is complete. You cannot
    use this lane to overtake other riders. The blue line – also known as the stayer’s
    line – is for use in Madison races. The resting riders will circulate above the blue until
    they are tagged back into action. False Start.
    If you start before the starting gun goes off, the gun will fire a second time to indicate
    that you have started early. This is known as a false start. If you commit two false
    starts, you are disqualified from the contest. Slip Streaming and Drafting
    During the team events, you’ll see riders follow each other very closely.
    And sometimes, you’ll see riders intentionally move from the front, to the back – but why?
    Due to aerodynamics, cycling in a pack expends less energy than cycling alone, especially
    if you’re at the back. Team will usually share the workload and swap places during
    a race to conserve energy and be in the best position to sprint for the line.
    That’s a lot to take in, but once you’ve watched cycling for a while, the rules will
    become clear. If you have found this video at all helpful,
    please be sure to like share and subscribe. It takes me ages to make one of these things
    and good karma is very much appreciated. Follow me on Twitter also and share on Reddit,
    but in the meantime – enjoy Olympic Track Cycling. Ninh Ly – www.ninh.co.uk – @NinhLyUK

    RIT on TV: Tiger Tracks Model Train Show – on TWC
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    RIT on TV: Tiger Tracks Model Train Show – on TWC

    November 17, 2019


    Anchor>>Rochester’s largest toy train event
    — RIT Tiger Tracks Train Show and Sale is drawing train enthusiasts to the Gordon Field
    House to see dozens of vendors and several train displays. The show has been the primary
    fundraiser for the RIT Model Railroad Club, the proceeds help the club to repair and add
    to their layouts which are on display during the event. They have put this show on for
    10 years, this year being the biggest show yet, with more vendors and layouts than ever.
    Otto>>People love to come here do a little shopping for themselves or get gifts for their
    friends. The kids love seeing the trains, there’s so many different trains to see here.
    We have trains for kids to play with as well. And there’s trains of all different sizes,
    there Thomas there’s Lionell, there’s all sorts of toy trains. So people get ideas for
    what they want to buy and bring home and maybe start their own model railroads.
    Anchor>>The train show continues tomorrow. It’s free for RIT students, alumni, faculty
    and staff with i.d. Admission for others is $5, $3 for seniors and free for children under
    12.