Signalling under control

first_imgTHE Union Switch & Signal Microlok Object Controller is a programmable microprocessor device used for vital or non-vital control and indication of lineside devices such as points, signals, or other equipment. The device was launched by US&S at the AusRail exhibition in Brisbane in November 2006 as a low cost vital/non-vital logic controller with variable inputs and outputs. It offers both ethernet and serial link communications port options and provides an integrated TCP/IP stack to allow compatibility with commercial communications products. The Object Controller has a number of potential applications including the monitoring and control of hand-thrown or powered points, intermediate signal vital logic and remote device monitoring, or movable bridge alignment and locking.The Object Controller has been designed to fit into a typical lineside location box, significantly reducing the amount of space required for its installation. Union Switch & Signal, Australialast_img read more

Get creative in the kitchen with potatoes

first_imgPotatoes are the vegetable that take breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks to the next level of yum. They are quick to disappear but also quick and easy to buy, prepare and serve. Not only are potatoes uber satisfying, but research published in the Journal of American College of Nutrition also shows that when prepared healthfully, they can be a part of a weight loss program—just call them the 9th Wonder of the World. If you’re looking for flavorful and nutritious dishes that can be part of your weight management plan this new year, then look no further.Here’s a little inspiration for potato dishes sure to become favorites in 2016:DIY potato chips: This is a super easy and delicious recipe. Boil a russet potato and a few purple potatoes for 5 minutes, drain, dry and cut into thin slices. Toss the freshly cut slices in one beaten egg white. Spray a non-stick pan with cooking spray and evenly space the chips throughout the pan. Bake slices at 400 degrees F for 35 minutes, turning halfway through. Top chips with sea salt or a sprinkle of bleu cheese.Season with new flavor favorites:  Spice up your baked or roasted potatoes with healthy toppings that really raise the bar on nutrition and flavor. Start with a plain, thick and creamy yogurt and a good source of protein. If you’re serious about spice, try adding a tablespoon of Sriracha and orange juice to a half-cup of your yogurt, mix, and add a dollop to your potatoes. Love a Mediterranean flair? Top your taters with Greek yogurt mixed with lemon, garlic, roasted red peppers and oregano.Wholesome mashed potatoes: Mash your potatoes with a low-fat spread, Greek yogurt or skim milk for that creamy, delicious texture you love, without all the extra calories.Slim-belly baked potato bar: Families will love a baked potato bar. Top a baked potato with ground turkey, salsa and light sour cream for taco night, or top your potatoes with tomato sauce, turkey pepperoni, Italian blend shredded cheese and other veggies for a pizza-style delight.Grilled potatoes: Potatoes are the perfect addition to your backyard barbecue menu. Grilling potatoes adds a unique flavor you can’t get from the stove or oven. Create your own spud rub with onion powder, lemon pepper, paprika, sea salt and ground cumin and coat potatoes with a little extra virgin olive oil. Place the potatoes on a grill rack or basket, and within 15 minutes, you’ll have yourself the most spectacular side dish.Customize a nutritious breakfast hash:  Drizzle a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil in a skillet and add diced potatoes (fresh, frozen or refrigerated) with bell pepper and onion, cover and cook on medium heat for 10 minutes. To serve with soft-cooked eggs, use a spoon and make 4 shallow depressions in the hash and carefully crack an egg into each hollowed-out spot. Cover the pan and cook eggs for 5 minutes, or until the whites are set and yolks are still runny, then serve immediately. Alternatively, scramble four eggs and top your hash. For a final touch, top with hot sauce or a sprinkle of tarragon, salsa or chimichurri sauce.One medium-sized skin-on potato has just 110 calories and contains 45 percent of your daily value of vitamin C. On its own, a potato contains no fat, no sodium, no cholesterol and has more potassium than a banana. Healthy eating is so much better with foods you love and new ways to enjoy them. For more potato recipes, visit PotatoGoodness.com.last_img read more

Argos Cling to No. 25 Ranking in National Poll

first_imgArgos Cling to No. 25 Ranking in National Poll STARKVILLE, Miss. — The Argonaut softball team continues to hold steady to a No. 25 ranking in this week’s National Fastpitch Coaches Association poll, as it was released Wednesday. West Florida remains one of three Gulf South Conference teams, also representing one out of five teams from the South Region.The Argos are currently 16-3 and are home to the reigning GSC Pitcher of the Week, Jillian Lafrance (Calgary, Alberta/Charleston Southern). UWF will continue Spring Fling play during the remainder of the week, as Lafrance looks to hold onto to a perfect record moving into the weekend. The Argos will then open up Gulf South Conference competition on the road at North Alabama on Saturday, facing No. 2 Alabama-Huntsville on Sunday. Both Nova Southeastern and Rollins dropped in the polls this week, now standing at No. 23 and No. 16 respectively. Valdosta State rounds out GSC squads in the nation’s top teams, breaking into the top 10 at No. 10. For more information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.Print Friendly Version West Florida Softball (Photo by Ron Besser) center_img Sharelast_img read more