Dana Montgomery, 47, Aurora

first_imgDana M. Montgomery, 47, of Aurora passed away Saturday, January 20, 2018 at the Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg. She was born at Madison on March 31, 1970 the daughter of Donald and Ola Vae Roark Simon. She was married to Mark Montgomery on July 9, 2005 and he survives. Other survivors include one daughter Tiffany Barrett of Aurora; one son Nelson Montgomery of Aurora; one grandson Cooper Alan Burst; her in-laws William and Linda Montgomery of Franklin and George and Joyce Wonnell of Greensburg; three brothers James (Cindy) Simon, Wayne (Brenda) Simon, and Vincent (Kelli) Simon all of Osgood; four sisters Karen (James) Dyer of Greensburg, Shirley (Darren) Hornberger of Osgood, Donna (Lonnie) Sparks of Holton, and Barbie (Ryan) Bultman of Greensburg; brothers and sisters-in-law Steve and Terri Hake of Aurora, Leeann and George Bayne of Greensburg, and William Montgomery, Jr. of Aurora, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and her niece Chelsa Simon. Mrs. Montgomery was a 1988 graduate of Jac-Cen-Del High School and received her LPN degree from Ivy Tech. She worked as an LPN at the Heritage House of Greensburg for 15 years, retiring in 2012 due to health reasons. Dana enjoyed her time with her large family and for fun she enjoyed visiting the riverboats, playing euchre, and bingo. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 25th at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Dana’s brother-in-law Lonnie Sparks will officiate the service. Burial will be in the Hogan Hill Cemetery at Moores Hill. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 4pm to 8pm at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to the donor’s choice in care of the funeral home.last_img read more

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Stanford professor speaks on media and election politics

first_imgStedman said the U.S. climate of polarization and distrust was considered abnormal to those of other democracies. He said the upcoming election will be heavily impacted by dishonest advertisements, including hacking of candidates’ private social media accounts, campaigns and parties and paid advertisements that spread disinformation. Former 2020 presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg, who dropped out Wednesday, spent more money on advertisements than all the other candidates combined in hopes of gaining more votes, according to the Washington Post.  Stedman said the Annan Commission did not investigate whether social media should be regulated or removed, but focused instead on evaluating electoral integrity on these platforms.  Daniel Mills, a sophomore majoring in political science and economics, asked Stedman whether the population can be educated and persuaded to reject biased, misleading political ads or misinformation on platforms. Stedman said that because the United States is polarized and the tactics have already been used by the Republican Party, there is no way to force the population to disregard certain ads online. Secretary General of the Kofi Annan Commission on Elections and Democracy in the Digital Age Stephen Stedman discussed the hindrances of the internet age on the democratic election process and provided recommendations for steps the government can take to lessen the disruption of fair democratic election through media to more than 50 people at Ronald Tutor Campus Center Wednesday.  “I think [2020]’s going to get really bad,” Stedman said. “I think political advertising in this country until November is going to be a sewer … There’s a whole bunch of unethical practices out there concerning the digital space and political advertising.”  Facebook does not have strict guidelines for candidates and parties, Stedman said, which allows candidates and campaigns to promote anything on the website. Stedman also said the power of microtargeting is growing, meaning audiences with similar beliefs are only receiving information that affirms their own perspectives. Muyang Zhang, a graduate student studying aging services management, attended the event in hopes of learning more about U.S. politics as the 2020 election is approaching. The discussion helped Zhang identify the positive and negative effects of the digital world.  The conversation, which was moderated by Center for the Political Future director Bob Shrum and Global Policy Institute director Steve Lamy, elaborated on the findings from the Report of the Kofi Annan Commission on Elections and Democracy in the Digital Age released in January, which detailed the impacts of social media in elections. The Annan Commission aims to protect the legitimacy of democracy. Its recent report shared data about new democracies globally and provided recommendations for governments hoping to protect democracy from the threats of technology, including misinformation and propaganda.  “If you are a country, like the United States, that has pre-existing high levels of polarization, has pre-existing high levels of distrust in institutions and has highly partisan traditional media, you are going to be particularly vulnerable to network propaganda, disinformation [and] hate speech,” Stedman said.  Stedman said the government should define political advertising rather than allow media platforms to create their own definitions. He added that the government should require the digital world to be transparent by making it easier for users to identify bots.  “Even with fact-checking, it’s not clear how effective [this strategy] is,” Stedman said. “Fact-checking doesn’t change the belief of somebody who is an ardent supporter … and if you are an ardent opponent of whoever is putting out the disinformation, you are already predisposed not to believe it.”  Stedman, a professor at Stanford University, said countries with high polarization like the United States were likely to face disinformation.  “We’re in a different age,” Stedman said. “What you can do with social media is much more potent than what you had in the past.” Professor Stephen Stedman (middle), the secretary general of the Kofi Annan Commission, discussed 2020 elections with USC faculty. (Vincent Leo | Daily Trojan) Stedman used Mexico as an example, explaining that its last elections happened alongside the invention of “Verificado,” which allows voters to send in questions with a hashtag to clarify the truth behind messages. “Media gives all people a right to say what they want, but because of this, more people may not know the truth but they still say a lot, so these words may confuse other people,” Zhang said. “There would be false news and true news. People need to figure out which one is true.”last_img read more

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Watkins smooth as silk

first_img3rd Neil Wilkinson (13) 37ptsOn Monday the TRGG travelled to Rayong to play Silky Oak.  Recent history has proved that Neil Wilkinson has found this golf course to his liking and today was no exception as he scored 37 points which was good enough for third.  This score was bettered by an excellent round from Nick Thomas but Jack Watkins surpassed even that and scored 42 points to lead the field home.Tuesday, Feb. 13, Phoenix Gold – Stableford1st Derek Thorogood (16) 44pts2nd Mike Rushant (11) 41pts3rd Jason Fitzgibbon (23) 39ptsPhoenix Gold welcomed the society on Tuesday with yet another five and a half hour round of golf.  Despite the longevity of the occasion, several decent scores were recorded.Jason Fitzgibbon scored 39 points to secure the third while Mike Rushant’s splendid score of 41 points was enough to take the second prize.  However, the round of the day came from the boss Derek Thorogood with a great score of 44 points.Wednesday, Feb. 14, The Emerald – StablefordDivision 1 1st Alan Thomas (6) 39pts2nd Steve Carleton (8) 37pts3rd Martin Cooper (4) 37ptsDivision 21st Mr Gorilla (21) 37pts2nd Richard Talbot (20) 33pts3rd Y. Takita (19) 31ptsOn Wednesday the Emerald course welcomed the golfers with uneven fairways and spectacular views awaiting the players.The conditions were ideal for the scribe who scratched together 33 points and took second spot in division 2.  The round of the day came from Mr Gorilla, I kid you not, and with the deftest of touches 41 points were scored by the player who comfortably led the rest of the field.In division 1 the low handicappers dealt far more successfully with the difficult conditions.  The second spot was a close contest with three players scoring 37 points; Jim Getty just missed the podium but played with such comfort that he was playing the ball off the tees and fairways right handed, and then putting left handed.Just beating Jim into third was the shy and retiring Martin Cooper with a splendid round of 3 under par but claiming the second spot as a result of a super back 9, was Steve Carleton.However, nothing seems to rile Alan Thomas and his 39-pointer was good enough to record a fine victoryThursday, Feb. 15, Green Valley – Stableford1st Arnold Jones (17) 37pts2nd Alan Thomas (5) 34pts3rd Seil Peter (6) 33ptsA beautiful day on the Eastern Seaboard acted as the perfect back drop for another scintillating round of competition golf.Seil Peter’s stronger back 9 was just good enough to see off the ex-owner Fergus Brennan, as his 33 points were good enough to take the third, and Alan Thomas also struck the ball well to finish in second position.  On this day however no golfer could compete with Arnold Jones as he shot 37 points to claim the top prize.Friday, Feb. 16, Burapha – Stableford1st Kim Scadden (16) 42pts2nd Arnold Jones (16) 38pts3rd Richard Talbot (20) 38ptsFriday found the TRGG at Burapha A and B courses and with 18 of the 20 players shooting over 30 points, a score over 40 was required to win the day.With open fairways and flat greens to the scribe’s liking, his 38 points were good enough for the bronze but he was edged out of silver by Arnold Jones on count-back.  There could be no arguing about the day’s winner as Kin Scadden shot a fine round of 42 points.Saturday, Feb. 17, Pattavia – Stableford1st Bill Shepley (5) 37pts2nd Fergus Brenner (14) 36pts3rd Masa Takano (7) 34ptsOn Saturday the TRGG visited Pattavia and as usual the course was in splendid condition but with some treacherous greens.Masa Takano shot a splendid 34 points to take the third spot and it was a welcome return to the podium for Fergus Brenner as his 36 was good enough for second.  The top prize of the day was claimed by Billy Shepley who scored a fine 37 points.  The Canadian, who has recently been on a diplomacy course, displayed a great touch to shoot a fine 4-over par round. Jack Watkins (left) & Arnold Jones.Travellers Rest Golf GroupMonday, Feb.12, Silky Oak – Stableford1st Jack Watkins (13) 42pts2nd Nick Thomas (12) 38ptslast_img read more

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Vanderwegon victorious at Greenwood

first_img3rd Jan Lovgreen (21) 29pts4th Arne Max Pederson (13) 28ptsB Flight (22+)1st Ian Pickels (22) 29pts2nd Anne Saabye (22) 29pts3rd Daryl Evans (22) 27pts4th Dave Richardson (27) 24ptsNear Pins:  Ronnie Ratte, Karl Beter, Jan Lovgreen, Lotte BoskovLong Putts:  Elias Magnusson, Ian PickelsEastern Star was the challenge today and we got off the first tee 25 minutes early under sunny skies and in very hot, muggy conditions.  The course on the day was ok but wet (I suspect somebody forgot to shut off the sprinklers because the bunkers were bone dry).  The green fee was a bit steep though in relation to other venues in the area.Dave Richardson (center) with Thursday’s winners Joe Vanderwegon and Niels Hansen.We made it around in 4 hours and 5 minutes as the course was not busy and back in the clubhouse a welcome went out to Karl Beter from Austria, just finishing chef duties in Cebu.Two flights today with the cut at handicap 21 and a full monty of pins but the course was the winner as the best score was Lotte Boskov’s 35 points to take the A Flight ahead of Brian Gabe, Jan Lovgreen and Arne Max Pedersen, who took fourth on a count back from Elias Magnusson. Ian Pickels was the B Flight winner on a count back from Anne Saabye in second, both with 29 points, while Daryl Evans took third and Dave Richardson fourth.Thursday, Nov. 14, Greenwood B & C – StabelfordA Flight (0-20)1st Niels Hansen (16) 34 points2nd Ole Mortensen (19) 32pts3rd Preban Saabye (10) 32pts4th Elias Magnusson (20) 31ptsB Flight (21+)1st Joe Vanderwegon (24) 40pts2nd Ronnie Ratte (30) 38pts3rd Mike Winfield (22) 35pts4th Anne Saabye (22) 32ptsNear Pins:  Bridgit Mortensen, Preban SaabyeLong Putts:  Joe Vanderwegon, Susan GaardeGreenwood was in fine condition on Thursday although the greens on the B side were a bit scratchy.  The round was quick at 3 hours and 50 minutes and back in the clubhouse welcomes went out to Dave Addison from the UK, Joe Vanderwegon from Belgium, and Bridgit and Ole Mortensen from Denmark.  There was also a goodbye to Ronnie Ratte, going back to Norway.Lotte Boskov (left) and Ian Pickels (right) with Dave Richardson.Two flights today, with the cut made at handicap 20, plus 4 near pins up for grabs.Niels Hansen won the A Flight with 34 points ahead of Ole Mortensen in second on a count back from Preban Saabye, both with 32 points each.  Elias Magnusson completed the podium in fourth.Joe Vanderwegon took B Flight honours with the best score of day, 40 points, to finish 2 ahead of Ronnie Ratte in second while Mike Winfield and Anne Saabye placed third and fourth respectively. PSC golf from Café KronborgMonday, Nov. 11, Eastern Star – StablefordA Flight (0-21)1st Lotte Boskov (17) 35pts2nd Brian Gabe (20) 33ptslast_img read more

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