Brennan Wins Fountain Lake Dredge Contract No.2

first_imgImage source: Shell Rock River Watershed DistrictShell Rock River Watershed District said in their latest release that the Board of Managers yesterday awarded the Fountain Lake Restoration Dredge Project Contract No.2 to J.F. Brennan Company, Inc. According to the official announcement, this phase of the project is set to begin in 2020 and will include Main and Dane’s Bay.The work includes hydraulic dredging of approximately 604,000 cubic yards (with possible increase to 704,000 cubic yards at same per cubic yard price) of sediment, and operation of Confined Disposal Facilities (CDF) for sediment placement and dewatering.The first phase of the project, also conducted by Brennan, is expected to last until the end of 2019.The dredging work for the last year was concluded in October, with roughly 300,000 cubic yards of sediment removed from the lake.last_img read more

Tom Brady gives Patriots receivers an earful after offense lags in sickly first half against Texans

first_imgThe Patriots got off to a sluggish start Sunday night against the Texans. Tom Brady tried to get some of his teammates to pick up the pace by airing them out on the sideline.An NBC camera picked up Brady telling his receivers (Phillip Dorsett and Julian Edelman were shown on screen) to be “faster, quicker, more explosive” after another empty New England drive in the first half. Tom Brady telling his receivers they have to play “Faster, quicker, more explosive.”— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) December 2, 2019The rest of the lip-reading is up to you.Brady finished the half with 7-of-19 passing for 82 yards and an interception. Jakobi Meyers was the leading receiver with 25 yards. The reigning Super Bowl champs were trailing 14-3 at the break. PATRIOTS VS. TEXANS: Live updates, highlights New England was hit by a teamwide illness during the week, a situation that required altered travel plans, but obviously that can’t be used as an excuse.The offense has just been sickly against a Texans defense that’s feeling great.last_img read more

PSC donates funds to build new school restrooms

first_imgVP Tim Knight, Ingkarat Chaimongkon, Peter Malhotra, Pakphum Phumisart and Noi Emerson with a teacher and the kindergarten children at the handover ceremony.The Pattaya Sports Club Association donated 115,000 baht to renovate and rebuild new restrooms at Ban Khao Chee Chan School.Club President Peter Malhotra together with VP Tim Knight, Social Welfare Chairwoman Noi Emerson and PSC GM Ingkarat Chaimongkon presented the new modernized restrooms to Principal Pakphum Phumisart Nov. 28.Children wash their hands with clean water. Some renovation work still needs to be done.Pakphum previously had requested assistance from the club to renovate the student restrooms, which are old with clogged pipes. The Najomtien school’s septic tank was also full, posing a health risk.The plan called for the tank to be pumped, pipes cleared and replaced, new toilets and sinks installed and the restroom buildings painted and roofs repaired. PSC donates funds to build new school restrooms1 of 11 One row of toilets was renovated, while a second row was beyond repair. So the PSC committee decided to build from scratch.On behalf of the students, sixth-grader Kanlaya Pokklang said, “we are delighted and thankful to the PSC for your generosity in overhauling our toilets”.During their visit, the Sports Club delegation discovered that the school’s music room was under disrepair due to a leaking and dilapidated roof caused by termites. The PSC will put that project on its list of things to fund in the future.The PSC team inspect the deteriorating music room.The PSC team, teachers and children pose for a photo in front of the renovated restrooms.last_img read more

Wildcats eager to raise the curtain on high school volleyball playoff season

first_img“It was another very impressive weekend,” said Wildcats skipper Joe Moreira.“We won, but more importantly we played really well throughout.”Mount Sentinel finished second in the pool play to Selkirk before defeating Prince Charles Comets of Creston 2-0 and outlasting Mount Baker Wild of Cranbrook in a best-of-five semi final.Mount Sentinel, ranked fourth overall behind Immaculata of Kelowna, Southridge of Surrey and third-ranked Langley Christian in the most recent BC AGirl’s Volleyball poll, open the Kootenay finals Friday in front of the student body against Fernie Falcons.The tournament then shifts to Selkirk College in Castlegar.There the Wildcats then play Boundary Central of Midway and Sparwood before Saturday’s playoff round.The Kootenay Championship final is set for 2:45 p.m. at Selkirk College Gymnasium in Castlegar with the winner representing the zone at the provincial tournament November 27-29 in Kelowna.Immaculata of Kelowna is the host school. The dress rehearsal is over for the Mount Sentinel Wildcats.Now comes the real test in front of a live audience as the Cats enter the playoffs in the single-A Girl’s Volleyball season beginning with the Kootenay Championship zone tournament this weekend at Mount Sentinel.Mount Sentinel tuned up for the provincial run by capturing the title at the Selkirk Storm tournament Saturday in Kimberley.The Cats played with confidence in defeating host Storm 3-1 in the best-of-five final.last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (May 27, 2016)–Hronis Racing’s Nancy From Nairobi will be bidding for her fourth consecutive win as she heads a field of nine in Monday’s Grade I, $300,000 Gamely Stakes at Santa Anita. For fillies and mares three and up, the Gamely will be contested at a mile and one eighth on turf.Named for William Haggin Perry’s three-time Eclipse Award winning daughter of Bold Ruler (1967, 68 & 69), the Gamely was first run in 1939 at Hollywood Park as the Long Beach Handicap. It will be run for the third consecutive year at Santa Anita on Monday. FANTICOLA: Blessed with an abundance of natural speed, this 6-year-old Ontario Canadian-bred mare led every step of the way in last year’s Gamely, only to be collared late while finishing second, beaten a neck. Trained by Phil D’Amato and owned by Anthony Fanticola and Joseph Scardino, Fanticola, who stalked the pace and finished third, beaten 1 ¾ lengths by Nancy From Nairobi in the Grade II Royal Heroine May 5, will be making her third start of the year in the Gamely and rates a huge chance. Ultra-consistent, Fanticola is 12-3-3-5 over the Santa Anita turf and is 21-5-5-8 overall with earnings of $537,300. THE GRADE I GAMELY STAKES IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTSRace 8 (of 10)                                 Approximate post time 5:30 p.m. PDT NANCY FROM NAIROBI: Trained by John Sadler, this 5-year-old English-bred mare will stretch out a furlong off a solid half length win here in the Grade II Royal Heroine Stakes on May 5. Ultra-impressive in a pair of allowance scores on Feb. 5 (1 1/8 miles on turf) and March 4 (one mile turf), “Nancy” earned a 96 Beyer Speed figure in taking the Royal Heroine, which was her fifth start under Sadler’s care. With a win and a second from two lifetime tries at the Gamely distance, she has an eye-catching turn of foot and appears to be primed for a career-best effort. With an overall mark of 22-5-6-0, she has earnings of $271,456. She will again be ridden by Abel Lezcano, who has been aboard in all of her stateside starts. WEKEELA: Headquartered with trainer Chad Brown at Belmont Park, this 4-year-old French-bred filly showed ample promise in her U.S. debut, finishing second, beaten five lengths, in the Grade I, 1 1/16 miles turf Jenny Wiley Stakes at Keeneland on April 16. A Group III winner in France in her only try at a mile and one eighth on turf, Wekeela, who will likely be attentive to the early pace, merits plenty of respect in her Southern California debut. Owned by Martin Schwartz, she has three wins and three seconds from nine starts and has earnings of $242,587. NASHOBA’S GOLD: A two-time graded stakes winner here in 2014, this 5-year-old Kentucky-bred mare by Smart Strike was winless in three starts last year and comes off a fourth place finish here in the Grade II, 1 1/8 miles turf Santa Ana Stakes on March 26. Owned and bred by Warren B. Williamson, she is out of Williamson Racing’s good producing mare Nashoba. Trained by Carla Gaines, Nashoba’s Gold was an even fifth two starts back going a flat mile on turf in the Grade II Buena Vista Stakes on Feb. 20 and appears to be coming to her best in what will be her third start of the year. With all three of her career wins (from four tries) coming at the Gamely distance, Nashoba’s Gold will be making her 11th career start on Monday. She has earnings of $284,438. Nancy From Nairobi–Abel Lezcano–121Evo Campo–Rafael Bejarano–121Dressed to a T–Mario Gutierrez–121Fanticola–Joe Talamo–121Elektrum–Victor Espinoza–121Wekeela–Javier Castellano–121Keri Belle–Mike Smith–121Illuminant–Flavien Prat–121Nashoba’s Gold–Tyler Baze–121First post time on Monday is at 2 p.m. Admission gates open at 11:30 a.m. For scratches, late changes and complete morning line information, please visit read more

Today’s the day: What to watch for as Warriors open Chase Center

first_imgClick here if you’re having trouble viewing the slideshow on your mobile device.SAN FRANCISCO — On Saturday, the Warriors play the Lakers in the first game of the preseason and in the new Chase Center.Understanding that players and coaches are not yet in regular-season shape, there are a few things worth monitoring that could provide real takeaways. Atmosphere at the Chase CenterAfter 47 years at Oracle Arena in Oakland, an arena known for its loud home crowd, the Warriors will …last_img read more

SA lecturer awarded for innovative style

first_imgDr Damian Ruth received the Richard Buchanan Teaching Excellence Award at Massey University’s College of Business. Here he is congratulated by Jennifer, Buchanan’s wife. Photo: Massey University 4 November 2013Dr Damian Ruth, a South African who is a management lecturer at Massey University in New Zealand, has won the College of Business’ Richard Buchanan Teaching Excellence Award.The judging committee recognised Dr Ruth’s enthusiasm, energy and commitment to finding innovative ways of teaching students.Dr Ruth, who has worked at the university for seven years, described his job as a vocation and says when he teaches he wants to “ignite, provoke, enthuse and excite”.Describing his teaching as direct and forthright, he says most students want to be constructively challenged. One student told him his frame of reference had been exploded. “If I have done that then I am doing a good job,” says Dr Ruth.Dr Ruth has worked in education for more than 20 years and now teaches undergraduates and postgraduates in the School of Management on the Wellington campus as well as teaching in the MBA programme. “I don’t have a specific teaching qualification. I’m just one of a number of highly committed good teachers at Massey and I don’t see myself as particularly special,” he says.He grew up in South Africa, where he graduated with a degree in arts and humanities from the University of Cape Town. He left South Africa after the 1976 riots but returned as a teacher. “I decided to become an educator, that would be my contribution to the struggle. If you get a handle on the education system you get a handle not just on the current generation but the next one as well.”He did a Master’s in social science, followed years later by a PhD in research, education and management at the University of Sheffield. Next year, he will teach the new 300-level paper Strategy and Change, which he has co-designed.Originally published by Global South Africans: A network of extraordinary peoplelast_img read more

Experts ready for young South Africans online

first_img25 August 2015Young South Africans are now able to chat online with health experts who will help them to make informed decisions about their health. This follows the launch of a new mobi-site, known as B- Wise, in Soshanguve, Tshwane.B-Wise is an online health initiative that provides young South Africans with the information, tools and support they need to live healthier lives.Launching the mobi-site on 20 August, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi called on all young people to make use of the platform. “We needed to have a site where we are able to communicate with adolescents,” he said.“We want to ensure that our adolescents and the youth make informed decisions to develop their bodies and minds.”The site offers the user factual information, real stories from other young people, and the chance to participate in polls. They can also access information on various topics such as sexual and reproductive health, mental health and substance abuse, healthy lifestyles and other social issues.During the allocated live chat hours, users are able to speak to a range of experts such as psychologists, nutritionists and general practitioners.They are also able to communicate directly with the minister about their daily challenges.B-wise is managed by the Department of Health and can be accessed via an internet-enabled mobile phone. Users have to register to use the site.Thandeka Maponya, 19, from Soshanguve Block TT, said she would now be able to talk to other young people about healthy lifestyles. “We can advise each other on problems we are encountering.”Samuel Maboleke was happy that health information was now easily available. “As young people we need to know things that will keep us away from trouble and always stay health,” he said.A similar initiative, Mom-Connect, was launched in 2014 for pregnant women. Through the initiative, pregnant women are able ask questions related to pregnancy and get answers or responses immediately.To date, more than 460 000 pregnant women have registered to use the site.Mothers-to-be can also use Mom-Connect to praise a facility or complain about poor services. To date, the department has received about 360 complaints and 2 015 compliments. The former included concerns about staff attitudes and long queues.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

Microsoft’s Tami Reller’s Secret Windows 8 Talking Points

first_img3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#Exclusive#Microsoft#Surface#Tami Reller#Windows 8 When company executives give speeches, they carefully consider what they plan to say, and what they plan not to say. But that’s only the beginning. They also have to prepare for the questions they’re likely to receive, whether or not those questions ever actually get asked.That’s why we found it so revealing to get a look at the speech – and the Q&A talking points – of Windows marketing chief Tami Reller‘s presentation to the JP Morgan Tech Forum at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES)  last week. Reller told analysts and investors that with with a project as ambitious as Windows 8, “it’s not just one selling season, it will be the product of multiple selling seasons.” Set against the almost immediate sales jump enjoyed by products like the Apple iPad, Amazon Kindle, and Microsoft’s own Windows 7, some might say that sounds like a bit of malarkey.But perhaps more important than what Reller said in her short speech is what she didn’t actually say, but was prepared to reveal if asked. ReadWrite has obtained Reller’s “Q&A” document, containing both her speech as well as approved, vetted answers to many questions she might have faced during the Q&A portion of her speech. This isn’t confidential information. Instead, it’s the talking points that Reller and Microsoft executives crafted to answer pesky reporters and analysts concerned, among other things, about why Windows 8 hasn’t exactly lit the world on fire. What Reller Actually SaidThe only real news Reller shared was that Microsoft had sold 60 million Windows 8 licenses to date, which included both upgrades and licenses sold in conjunction with new devices.The real verdict, however, was handed down two days later, when research firm IDC revealed that the PC market had experienced its first year-over-year decline in units sold in five years, down 6.4% from 2011. That was even worse than IDC had originally forecasted: a drop of 4.4%. “Consumers expected all sorts of cool PCs with tablet and touch capabilities,” IDC’s research director David Daoud said in a statement. “Instead, they mostly saw traditional PCs that feature a new OS (Windows 8) optimized for touch and tablet with applications and hardware that are not yet able to fully utilize these capabilities.” (For more, see For HP, Even Good News Has A Dark Side.)What Reller Was Prepared To SayUnfortunately, we don’t know what Reller would have said in response to those figures. But if JP Morgan software analyst John DiFucci had asked about corporate app deployments, for example, Reller was ready to reply with a long list of organizations that had standardized on Windows 8, from Seton Hall University to Toyota to Emirates’ Windows 8 app.  Frankly, there’s not a lot that analysts and reporters haven’t asked about Windows 8, Surface and the upcoming Surface Pro tablet (see ReadWrite’s Hands On With Microsoft’s Impressive Surface Pro Tablet). And as a a good marketing chief should, Reller focused on the Windows Store’s growth rates – which, when you’re starting with virtually nothing, are going to far outpace the competition. Key Quotes From The Cheat SheetBut here are the most interesting nuggets in the Reller’s prepared talking points that didn’t come up in the actual presentation, along with our analysis of what’s really going on:“Windows 8 represents a generational shift of hardware, operating system, and apps all together, all at once. It was built for the future, not just any one single selling season.”This is Reller’s key takeaway. On the one hand, it’s obvious; Windows 8 will be around for a few years, so success should be measured over the long haul. On the other, she’s also positioning Windows 8 on a slow but steady growth curve that companies like NewEgg hope Microsoft follows. Expect this message to be repeated over the next several months as Microsoft tries to convince analysts that sales will continue to rise, just gradually. (And you can compare it to Reller’s presentation to the Credit Suisse conference at the end of November, too.)“Windows 8 represents a big, ambitious change for Microsoft and also our partners, app builders and customers. This kind of significant change does not happen all at once. Change takes time. But we’re confident and pleased with the progress.”More spin, similar to what Reller said before. In earlier paragraphs, NPD’s negative report on Windows 8’s success is characterized as a “limited view,” excluding Windows notebook or tablet sales from Microsoft Stores, sales data from Costco, OEM/vendor sales data and other categories of sales such as iPads. “There is more to do. Specifically in the area of touch… Touch demand in the market is high. In fact, demand far outpaced supply in the last few months of 2012.” Analysts like Bob O’Donnell of IDC have publicly said that the only Windows 8 notebooks that are selling are touch-enabled. It’s clear Microsoft has a problem, and it’s up to the company’s manufacturing partners to fix it. Unfortunately, this can’t be done with a patch or an update, and if a lack of touchscreens are indeed holding Windows 8 back, Microsoft can only do so much.“How much time do you think it will take for the general acceptance of Windows 8? Our customers are exploring and learning Windows 8 right away.”Whether or not you believe that’s true, Reller gives the stock metrics Microsoft has given before: “94% of customers launch a Start tile the first day of use” (like, what else are you going to do?) and that 91% of customers use the Charms on the first day of use, then over and over. She also notes that 84% launch the desktop on the first day of use – meaning either that users are happy living within the Start page, or about an eighth of Windows 8 customers never actually found the desktop. In October, then president Steven Sinofsky told customers that Windows 7 is now found on more than 60% of business desktops, with 670 million licenses sold to date. More than 500,000 PCs per day adopt Windows 7 as part of XP-to-Windows 7 deployments, clearly making Microsoft’s previous generation operating system a success.Here, Reller is in the tricky situation of pushing Windows 8 without making Windows 7 look bad, and she settles on the term, agility:  “Windows 7 continues to be incredibly popular in the commercial space, and we recommend enterprise customers in the process of deploying Windows 7 continue with those deployments. There is great compatibility between Windows 7 and Windows 8, and this will make it easier to to start adopting Windows 8 side-by-side with Windows 7. Device proliferation, BYOD scenarios and other trends require customers to be more agile with technology adoption than they have been in the past – and Windows 8 enables greater agility.”Not Bringing BYODOne thing that Reller doesn’t really do is position Windows 8 and the Surface tablet as the answer to the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend, as Michael Dell does. That might be because although BYOD is a popular buzzword among CIO types, the trend doesn’t really translate to the language of the average investor. A long list of the corporations and agencies which have deployed on Windows 8, from Seton Hall University to Toyota to Emirates’ Windows 8 app: ammunition to prove the assertion that the enterprise is moving to Windows 8.“We are encouraged by the positive consumer response to Surface.” And well she should be; consumers apparently prefer it to third-party OEM Windows 8 tablets.Reller noted publicly in her Q&A that Microsoft has passed 100 million apps that customers have downloaded from the Windows Store. But Microsoft obviously feels strongly about the presence of apps within the Windows Store, and makes a few key points:Since October and the launch of the Windows Store, the number of apps has quadrupled, with more than 10,000 apps added in the last month alone. A “number of developers” have hit one million or even two million app downloads.Windows Store visitors increased 4.5 times since launch, with 200 people per minute visiting the Windows Store in December.The talking points also delve into Microsoft’s app successes, piggy-backing from the success of Surface.Windows Store visitors increased 4.5 times since launch, with 200 people per minute visiting the Windows Store in DecemberPeople apparently gave Surface tablets for Christmas; Microsoft said that Christmas Day users increased by 267% compared to the average December day, and app downloads were up 150%.CNN, Crackle, Audible, NIM, Songa, and LL Cool J’s Boomdizzle are coming to the Windows Store “soon.”Unfortunately, apps don’t really make money for Microsoft. But they can help lure new customers to the platform, especially if buyers come to believe that the key big-name apps are already on the Windows platform, and that Windows 8 is also luring some exclusives.Good Planning! How did Reller do? Well. DiFucci’s actual questions compare well to what Reller prepared – they overlap quite a bit. DiFucci’s questions on piracy and a Surface phone aren’t covered by Reller’s Q&A, but she neatly dodges them.Reller’s speech – or her talking points – won’t move markets by itself. But there’s an old saying: “Buy on the rumor, sell on the news.” The SEC’s so-called Regulation FD prohibits Reller from disclosing any material information privately, which is why Microsoft publicly announced the Windows 8 licensing numbers in a blog post. But, as I keep saying – set your calendars for January 24. That’s when Microsoft will reveal its results for its fourth calendar quarter – which, if I’m reading Reller’s comments correctly, will describe a rather tepid Windows 8 launch, along with a promise that things will improve.Tami Reller image via Microsoft. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…center_img Related Posts markhachman IT + Project Management: A Love Affairlast_img read more

New Canadian Stage season features collaborations between homegrown artists

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The production — which explores the legacy of non-Caucasian men in the First World War — will have only four shows in Toronto as part of a North American tour. Advertisement Facebook Revisor, from Betroffenheit creators Crystal Pite and Jonathon Young, “uses the language of farce to speak of a world riddled with corruption.” (CANADIAN STAGE) Advertisement Advertisement New works from notable Canadian artists are the highlight of the new Canadian Stage season announced Wednesday.Many of those involve partnerships, often between artists from different disciplines.“Collaboration is at the heart of our artistic endeavour and it’s written into the bedrock of the past decade of Canadian Stage’s history,” artistic and general director Matthew Jocelyn said in a news release. Jocelyn leaves the company this June but has programmed 17 works for the 2018/19 season.The season opens at the Bluma Appel Theatre in October with Xenos, the final solo performance by British dancer and choreographer Akram Khan, with a text written by rising Canadian playwright Jordan Tannahill. Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more