Several Contracts Approved by Cabinet

first_imgSeveral Contracts Approved by Cabinet UncategorizedDecember 26, 2008 Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Cabinet has approved several contracts, including an insurance contract for the Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ), and for the Montego Bay Free Zone Land Use Infrastructure Construction, among others.For the HAJ, a three-year brokerage contract was awarded to Progressive Insurance Brokers for the placement of the insurance portfolio of the agency, and the appointment of NEM Insurance Company Limited as insurers for the motor risk, while American Life Insurance Company will be insurers for the remainder of the portfolio for the 2008/09 contract year.In addition, as outlined by Information, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister, Olivia Grange, at the weekly post-Cabinet press briefing on December 23, Cabinet approved the award of a contract by the National Housing Trust (NHT), in the sum of $46.09 million to P.A. Lawson Engineering and Construction, to build a boundary wall at the Twickenham Park Housing Development in St. Catherine.Meanwhile, a variation of $22.65 million to a contract awarded by the NHT to HDB Construction Limited, was approved. This is for construction work being undertaken at the Twickenham Park Housing Development (Phase 1).The contract by the Port Authority of Jamaica for the Montego Bay Free Zone Land Use Infrastructure Construction, in the sum of $311.07 million. Has been awarded to Surrey Paving and Aggregates.Cabinet also approved the award of a contract for the supply of tyres for straddle carrier machines at the Kingston Container Terminal, Miss Grange informed. “No objection was given in respect of contract entered into with Mitsui and Company Limited, by the Port Authority of Jamaica for the purchase of tyres for 2007 and 2008, at a total price of US$885,960. Cabinet also approved the framework agreement for 2009, the provision of rates by the manufacturer, and finalisation of the number of tyres required,” the Minister said.A variation in the sum of $11.93 million to a contract awarded to Thomas Hamilton and Associates for the supply, installation and commissioning of one 750 Diesel stand-by generator, and the relocation of the transformer that supplies electrical power to the Ministry of Agriculture, has been approved by Cabinet.In addition, Miss Grange said approval was given for variation of $56.29 million to a contract awarded to E.Phil and Son/Mabey and Johnson Limited, for construction of the Yallahs Bridge in St. Thomas. This additional sum relates to new works dealing with the realignment of the approaches to the bridge, which were not part of the original contract.A variation of $12.25 million to a contract awarded by the National Works Agency (NWA), to Donaldson Enterprise, was also approved. The contract is for construction of a random rubble retaining wall between St. Christopher and Glengoffe, in St. Andrew. RelatedSeveral Contracts Approved by Cabinetcenter_img RelatedSeveral Contracts Approved by Cabinet RelatedSeveral Contracts Approved by Cabinetlast_img read more

Three full-size pickup trucks with plenty of cash on the hood

first_img PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca See More Videos ‹ Previous Next › Handout / Ram COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS The 2018 Ford F-150 gets a mid-cycle refresh, with a new look and more power under the hood. The featured F-150 Lariat employs Ford’s aluminum platform, a SuperCrew cab and a short box with Ford’s BoxLink cargo management system. Peek inside and the Lariat’s cabin is nicely attired, and stocked with plenty of standard equipment — heated and cooled leather front seats, a 110-volt power outlet, a power-sliding rear window, a back-up camera with reverse sensing and Sync3, an advanced infotainment system that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and trailer coverage is $650, and should be viewed as mandatory. If you want lane departure warning and keep assist, a 360-degree camera and active park assist, take the $1,350 Tech package. One of the neat features is Ford’s Pro Trailer Back-up Assist system — it allows the trailer to be parked inch-perfect with the truck doing the hard work. The driver simply guides things along using a control knob.The Lariat is powered by a 2.7L EcoBoost V6 with 325 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque at 2,750 rpm. It’s married to a multi-mode 10-speed automatic, four-wheel-drive and a non-limited slip rear differential. If a lot of towing is the order of the day, pick the 3.73:1 rear end with a limited-slip diff. It’s part of the Payload package.The F-150’s ride and handling is solid — the suspension makes light work of most road imperfections and the steering has a light, precise feel. Rough pavement mid-corner, however, makes the F-150 feel as though the back end is beginning to skip across the ripples. Towing capacity comes in at 3,447 kilograms, payload at 767 kilograms and the F-150 posts an average fuel economy of 11.3 L/100 kilometres.The Ford 2018 F150 Lariat 4×4 SuperCrew has a combined Unhaggle discount of $4,000 and a pre-tax sticker of $55,289.2018 GMC SierraCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22018 GMC Sierra Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” Trending in Canada Handout / Ford Trending Videos It takes a brave person to tell a trucker which pickup suits their likes, wants and needs the best. The GMC Sierra arguably has the nicest cabin and is the best place to spend a lot of time. Ford counters with its clever trailer-hauling technologies and a wide level of customization. The Ram has the best overall ride quality thanks to its rear coil-spring suspension, although the fact it is soon being replaced, and lacks the desirable safety technologies, is a drawback. In just about all else it’s like splitting the proverbial hair! center_img RELATED TAGSPickup TruckNew Car DealsNew Car DealsNew Vehicles Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price: $57,349 Ford Canada Incentive*: $2,000Unhaggle Savings: $2,000 Total Savings: $4,000 Mandatory Fees (Freight, Govt. Fees): $1,940 Total Before Tax: $55,289 – click here for exclusive local pricing Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price: $59,270 Ram Canada Incentive*: 8,635Unhaggle Savings: $2,000 Total Savings: $10,635 Mandatory Fees (Freight, Govt. Fees): $2,035 Total Before Tax: $50,670 – click here for exclusive local pricingThe 2018 Ram 1500 Laramie Crew Cab and short box carries over this year — the redesigned 2019 Ram is on the cusp of launch. The Laramie’s cabin is well-conceived with heated and cooled leather front seats, a 10-way driver’s seat, power adjustable pedals, a power rear window, a 110-volt outlet and FCA’s Uconnect infotainment system, complete with an 8.4-inch touchscreen and GPS navigation. There is no simpler infotainment system to use in the business — from pairing a phone to punching in a destination, Uconnect is the model of simplicity.However, the lack of telescopic steering adjustment is a big omission. Not only that, the lack of most of the desirable safety technologies speaks to the reason the 2019 model is waiting in the wings.Ram’s 5.7-litre Hemi V8 twists out 395 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque — it provides effortless hauling and that rewarding Hemi growl when one’s boot exercises the gas pedal. It works with an eight-speed automatic and a two-speed transfer case to drive all four wheels. There are 2WD high, 4WD high and 4WD low settings with a lock mode. Again, if towing is an important consideration take the optional limited-slip rear differential ($525).Of the trio the Ram has the most civilized ride thanks to the adoption of a rear five-link setup with coil springs and heavy-duty shocks. The combination smooths rough pavement very well, and it is less predisposed to washboarding mid-corner when the road gets rough. Likewise, the steering is crisp and predictable with good feedback. If comfort is key, Ram’s Active-Level four-corner air suspension takes the good and makes it better.The Ram Laramie Crew Cab has a towing capacity of 3,633-kg, a payload rating of 771-kg and a posted average fuel economy of 13.1 L/100 km.The 2018 Ram 1500 Laramie Crew Cab 4×4 has a sticker of $52,966 after the combined $5,600 Unhaggle discount is applied.Compare the Ford F-150, GMC Sierra and Ram 1500 side-by-side right hereTransport Canada lists one recall for the F-150. No. 2017517 states “on certain vehicles equipped with a 3.3L V6 engine, six-speed transmission and a column-mounted gear shift lever, rapid movement of the transmission shifter from Park to Drive may cause loss of PRNDL gear indication in the instrument cluster, and momentary engagement of Reverse operation before the vehicle achieves forward Drive function.” Dealers will reprogram the Powertrain Control Module with new software. There are two other, minor recalls that cover 10 vehicles in total. There are no recalls listed for the GMC Sierra or Ram 1500.The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) awards the F-150 a Top Safety Pick with Good ratings in all crash tests, a Superior rating for forward collision prevention, but a Poor score for headlight performance. The Sierra misses the driver’s side small overlap test getting a Marginal score, but gets Good scores in all other crash tests. It also gets a Marginal for forward collision prevention and an Acceptable for headlight performance. The Ram gets a Marginal for the small front overlap test and the roof strength tests, but Good scores in the other crash tests. It is not rated for forward collision prevention and has a Marginal for headlight performance.The projected resale value of these light-duty pickups in 2023, after being driven an average of 20,000 kilometres per year, is $23,590 for the F-150, $22,340 for the Sierra and $23,840 for the Ram. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. On the last three Fridays of every month, Graeme Fletcher combines manufacturers’ incentives from Unhaggle.com with resale value, dependability and overall ratings to find you the best deal for your money in new cars. This week, we look at light duty pickup trucks. The hot deals are on the 2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 4×4 SuperCrew, GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 4×4 Crew Cab and Ram 1500 Laramie Crew Cab 4×4.Before delving into these three pickups, it’s important to note that given the myriad of permutations — engine options, cab lengths, box lengths, rear axle ratios and intended use, to mention the obvious — finding a knowledgeable sales person is as important as picking the right pickup.2018 Ford F-150Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22018 Ford F-150 The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price: $56,070 GMC Canada Incentive*: $3,600Unhaggle Savings: $2,000 Total Savings: $5,600 Mandatory Fees (Freight, Govt. Fees): $2,496 Total Before Tax: $52,966 – click here for exclusive local pricingThe GMC Sierra SLT pretty much carries over into 2018, with the featured model arriving with a Crew Cab and short box configuration. The SLT’s cabin demonstrates how a truck can be done to maximum effect — the switches are large and readily accessed, and there’s lots of space for all riders. The combination of heated leather-appointed front buckets, a tilt/telescopic steering wheel and power-adjustable pedals also means just about any driver of any stature can find the correct driving position.Amenities include a 110-volt outlet, an infotainment system with an eight-inch screen, a back-up camera and six months of OnStar services — it includes automatic crash response, stolen vehicle assistance and turn-by-turn navigation. Teen Driver is available; it can limit certain features, automatically turn on safety systems and it gives a report card with information on the teen’s driving habits.The Sierra’s Enhanced Driver Alert package ($1,095) includes forward collision warning with low-speed automatic braking, lane-departure warning with keep assist, automatic high beams and front/rear park assist. It is worth the coin, although blind-spot monitoring is conspicuous by its absence.The SLT’s 5.3-litre EcoTec3 V8 pushes 355 hp and 383 lb.-ft. of torque — 300-lb.-ft. is available between 2,000 and 5,600 rpm. The brawny V8 drives all four wheels through a six-speed automatic and a two-speed transfer case — the four-position knob has 2WD, Auto, 4WD high and 4WD low. It also features an Eaton Locker that automatically locks the rear differential when there is a wheel-speed difference of around 100 rpm.The Sierra has a cushioned ride, plus plenty of accuracy and feedback from the steering. As with the F-150, the rear leaf springs make the Sierra feel as though the back end is skipping across the ripples of rough pavement if encountered mid-corner. The featured Sierra has a towing capacity of 3,273 kilograms, a payload rating of 872 kilograms and a posted average fuel economy of 13.1 L/100 kilometres.The 2018 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 4×4 Crew Cab arrives with a large combined Unhaggle discount of $10,635 and a sticker price of $50,670.2018 Ram 1500Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22018 Ram 1500 Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Unhaggle has the scoop on hot deals on the Ford F-150, GMC Sierra and Ram 1500. advertisementlast_img read more

Let’s use our well-earned and much-needed time off

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Russell MooreDuring the past year, many staff have accumulated substantial furlough days and vacation time. We support you taking this time off and using it simply to unplug and focus on selfcare, family, and your overall health and wellness. For those that supervise, we need you to model these behaviors. Take time away yourself. Communicate with your staff that you support them taking time away from work and using their paid leave entitlements. Communicate to your staff that you expect them to take leave and coordinate work schedules to allow it. Don’t glorify endless work and not using vacation leave. We recognize that time away for employees and supervisors can impact unit operations. We urge you to look for flexible solutions to support time off so that you and your employees can begin to create more work-life balance. Please take your excess leave before July 1.  Published: Feb. 17, 2021 As the pandemic continues, many employees report burnout as work and life demands remain high. More than ever, we need to prioritize the health and wellness of everyone in our CU Boulder community. This includes supporting time away from work to prioritize family, friends, and mental and physical health.  center_img Patrick O’RourkeLast year, the Board of Regents allowed campuses to waive the usual vacation carryover limits at their discretion, and CU Boulder did so. That provision is set to expire on July 1. The state also waived carryover limits for classified employees. University staff and 12-month faculty and can carry up to 352 hours (44 days) of vacation leave from one fiscal year into the next. Anyone with a balance over 352 hours on July 1 will lose excess hours during the annual leave sweep performed after the July payrolls. So, again, please take this time—not just because a policy requires it, but because you’ve earned it, and your physical, mental and spiritual health will benefit from it. Classified staff carryover hours are determined by years of service with the maximum of 336 hours (prorated for part time). Classified leave rules are governed by the Colorado State Personnel Board Rules. The state has not yet issued guidance on whether classified staff excess leave will be swept.Please review the Use your excess vacation leave by July 1 article published by Employee Services for more information on leave accruals and how to check your leave balances. Then work with your supervisor to schedule leave appropriately. Words fail to express the gratitude we feel to all on campus who have not merely endured the past year, but whose work has helped the university to rise and meet one of the most difficult challenges in its long life. You’ve done that with courage, character and commitment to the university. We encourage you to live out an equal commitment to yourselves. Take your time off, with our thanks and support, and with that of our entire CU Boulder community. Sincerely,Russell Moore Provost                                                                                  Patrick O’Rourke Chief Operating OfficerCategories:Leadership CornerCampus Communitylast_img read more

Maharashtra to empanel Goa hospitals in its medical insurance scheme

first_img The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story By salil sule on March 29, 2018 Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Read Article Share According to state government data, about 30 per cent of the patients being treated at Goa government-run hospitals are from outside the statePatients from Maharashtra undergoing treatment at two premier hospitals in Goa will be covered under the Maharashtra government’s medical insurance scheme, Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Jan Arogya Yojna. After discussion, Devendra Fadanavis,Chief Minister Mumbai, Vishwajit Rane, Health Minister, Goa told reporters that the Maharashtra government has agreed to empanel Goa Medical College and Hospital and North Goa District Hospital in its medical insurance scheme. The Goa government has begun charging patients from outside the state to ease load on its facilities.According to state government data, about 30 per cent of the patients being treated at Goa government-run hospitals are from outside the state. “I met Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadanavis on the issue regarding charging the patients at Goa Medical College and Hospital,” Rane said. He said that the Maharashtra Chief Minister has directed his officials to empanel Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) and North Goa District Hospital under the scheme and set up counters at these facilities so that the patients coming from Maharashtra can avail treatment under this scheme. “The patients from Maharashtra can swipe their card and get the benefit at our facilities. GMCH will also earn revenue,” Rane said. He said that the facilities for the patients from Maharashtra would be set up within seven days Maharashtra to empanel Goa hospitals in its medical insurance scheme center_img News WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Related Posts Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care applast_img read more

150 Jobs for First Phase of Kingston Wharves Logistics Project

first_imgAdvertisements Photo: JIS PhotographerMinister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton (left), in conversation with State Minister in the Ministry, Hon. Sharon Ffolkes Abrahams, before making a presentation in the 2014/15 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives, on May 21. 150 Jobs for First Phase of Kingston Wharves Logistics ProjectJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay RelatedCabinet to Receive Regulatory Framework Draft for Industrial Hemp FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedGovernment to Host Logistics Hub Forum Targetting Overseas Investorscenter_img 150 Jobs for First Phase of Kingston Wharves Logistics Project CommerceMay 23, 2014Written by: Chris Patterson Story HighlightsKingston Wharves Limited, in its first phase of its port infrastructure renewal programme, will invest $2.2 billion (US$20 million) in the construction of a state-of-the-art logistics facility in Newport West.Construction of the warehouse is expected to commence within the next three months and is estimated to be completed in twelve months. Minister Hylton added that in this initial construction phase of the project, 150 new jobs will be created. RelatedGarmex Freezone to be Modified to Facilitate Logistics Activities Kingston Wharves Limited, in its first phase of its port infrastructure renewal programme, will invest $2.2 billion (US$20 million) in the construction of a state-of-the-art logistics facility in Newport West.Construction of the warehouse is expected to commence within the next three months and is estimated to be completed in twelve months. The entire project is expected to be completed in five years.This was disclosed by Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton in his contribution to the 2014/15 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, May 21.“This will involve the acquisition and refurbishing of an existing structure and the removal of existing structures on the Port, to facilitate increased container handling and storage capability,” he said.The Minister also noted that the warehouse will have an initial footprint of 150,000 square feet, and will be of modular design so that additional space can be added as the logistics business grows.Mr. Hylton added that in this initial construction phase of the project, 150 new jobs will be created.In the meantime, he said the granting of Free Zone status to Kingston Wharves, is expected to significantly improve the company’s ability to develop its logistics capability, and to take advantage of the opportunities that will arise from the increased flow of cargo through the Caribbean, after the completion of the expanded Panama Canal.“As the necessary approvals are obtained, other phases of the company’s infrastructure renewal programme will be announced,” he said.last_img read more

Monday Scramble: Golf is gold, but changes can be made

first_imgGolf joins the Olympic program, Justin Rose outduels Henrik Stenson, Gil Hanse produces a gem, the regular season is coming to a close and more in this week’s edition of Monday Scramble: After months of handwringing, golf finally returned to the Olympics last week, and you know what? It was a pretty darn good show. No, it wasn’t perfect. The field was watered down. The format lacked drama. It felt like just another tournament … only it wasn’t. Rose’s spirited reaction on the 72nd hole said it all. The players in Rio were heavily invested. What transpired over the past four days was just about the best possible scenario for the Olympic golf movement. A sellout crowd was treated to a stirring duel between a pair of major champions, with another world-class player firing the best round of his career to capture the bronze. It was just the kind of performance that golf needed to convince the International Olympic Committee that it deserved to stay in the program, despite its lack of star power. The turnout in Tokyo in 2020 should be even better, as the world’s best chase a goal they never knew they wanted. Until now.  1. For a guy who missed his first 21 cuts as a pro, Rose has amassed a rather impressive career résumé.  He won a U.S. Open. He won a World Golf Championships event. He won PGA Tour events on big-boy courses like Congressional and Muirfield Village.  And now he has a gold medal. 2016 has been a largely forgettable campaign for the classy Englishman, who suffered a back injury in the spring and only recently has begun playing his way back into shape. Rio has been circled on his calendar for months, and it showed. “I made a big deal of this all year,” he said.  2. Though it was ecstasy for Rose, it was another what-could-have-been showing for Stenson. After a performance for the ages at Royal Troon, the Swede was in position to go back-to-back at the PGA before his putter went cold and he made double on the 15th after a few stubbed pitch shots. Two weeks later, he was in a taut battle with Rose before his back “locked up” on the 13th tee. He needed about five minutes of therapy before he could continue.  Stenson didn’t blame his runner-up finish on his health, but he hit uncharacteristically poor shots on each of the next three holes. “You can’t say it’s purely down to that,” he said, “but I don’t think it was a helping thing, if I put it that way.”  A shame, really. 3. Matt Kuchar closed with an 8-under 63 to surge past the rest of the contenders and grab the bronze medal, which was arguably the second-most impressive result of his career. Even if you can’t name any of his non-Players wins, you’ll remember he took home the bronze in the first Olympics since 1904.  It’s not a bad haul seeing how Kuchar was (A) was one of the last players in the Olympic field, and (B) unaware of the format until, like, a week and a half ago. (Hopefully he’s not at the Olympic course today, waiting for the team competition to begin.) Remember: Kuchar only became eligible for the Olympics after making a 12-foot birdie putt on the final hole at Firestone last month. That bumped him inside the top 15 in the world. Then he became the fourth and final member of Team USA after both Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth decided to withdraw. “I’ve never been so happy with a third-place finish in my life,” he said.  4. As for the rest of the Americans … well, at least they got to meet some other athletes, right? Patrick Reed closed with 64 to salvage a T-11 finish, but Bubba Watson became an unlikely ambassador for the Olympic Games, calling the experience “one of the greatest golf trips I’ve ever been on.” Earlier in the week, he joked (we think) that golf “gets in my way” of watching other sports. The same may have been true for Rickie Fowler, whose only on-course highlight was a Saturday 63. He tied for 37th against a mediocre field and added this week’s Wyndham Championship as an emergency start. Few players would don the USA gear more proudly or be a better addition in the team room, but he doesn’t help a Ryder Cup team with golf like this.    5. One simple way to improve the Olympics? Add a team component.  It doesn’t even require any additional work!  Nineteen countries had at least two participants, so just combine the two best 72-hole scores from each squad and crown a team winner. Just like that, the biggest knock on the Games – that the players are competing more for themselves than their country – would be erased. It’s an absolute must for 2020. 6. Oh, and by the way … Stenson would have a gold medal if there were a team race, because he helped lead Sweden (along with David Lingmerth) to the top score overall, 20 under, tied with the United States. Great Britain (16 under) would have taken bronze, while Spain (15 under) would just miss out. It was a missed opportunity, but the IOC is likely to reexamine the format before Tokyo.  7. There is a growing chorus of match-play proponents, but there are a few reasons why it wouldn’t work in the Games. The biggest (and most important): There isn’t enough depth among countries to form two-man teams. Sure, the U.S., Australia, Great Britain and South Africa could all form formidable squads, but what about India? And Brazil? And Thailand? One good player, or even a great one, wouldn’t be enough. The 72-hole stroke-play format is the only way to ensure a somewhat level playing field for the participants.   8. Three men beamed on the podium, but the happiest man in Rio on Sunday evening might have been Hanse. The accomplished course designer faced countless obstacles, including lawsuits and delays because of land and environmental concerns, as he tried to build the Olympic venue. It was finally completed at the beginning of the year, not that you would have known watching the competition – the course looked and played flawlessly. That much was unknown, of course, because the only tournament ever played on the Olympic course was a nine-player test event this spring. After the Games are over, the Olympic course will become the first public course in Brazil.  Hanse and his indefatigable team deserve their own medal.    9. In an event with only three medals and no prize money up for grabs, there isn’t much difference between fifth place and 50th.  That was the unfortunate reality for Marcus Fraser, the unlikely 36-hole leader who slid into a tie for fifth, five shots back of a medal. The Australian, who was fifth in line to represent his country in Rio after a spate of WDs, raced out to an opening 63 and led at the halfway point. He wasn’t the same player over the weekend, however, when the pressure ratcheted up. He shot consecutive rounds of 72 while alongside Rose and Stenson, squandering a three-shot cushion over fourth place.  “I’m a proud Australian!” he tweeted afterward. “I gave it everything I had this week all for our great flag!” 10. Meanwhile, back here in the States … Ryan Moore ended four and a half months of middling play with a two-shot victory at the John Deere Classic. One of the biggest takeaways here was that Moore is finally healthy.  He’s been battling a left-ankle injury for the past five years, but he began working with trainer Brian Chandler in Las Vegas and reported that this was his first pain-free week during that span. “That’s a huge victory for me to just feel good,” he said.  Though he isn’t likely to challenge golf’s upper echelon anytime soon – his ball-striking isn’t strong enough to contend on a weekly basis against the world’s best – this was Moore’s fifth career PGA Tour title. That’s the same number as Stenson and John Daly.   11. Here’s how the FedEx Cup bubble looks heading into the final week of the regular season:  120. Blayne Barber (465 points) 121. David Toms (455) 122. Seung-Yul No (454) 123. Sung Kang (451) 124. Matt Jones (445) 125. Whee Kim (444) 126. Scott Stallings (443) 127. Kyle Stanley (442) 128. Nick Taylor (441) 129. Steve Marino (429) 130. Bronson Burgoon (428) 131. Morgan Hoffmann (424) 132. Chris Stroud (410) 133. Shawn Stefani (404) 134. Chad Collins (404) 135. Steve Wheatcroft (400) There were a few notable shifts after the Deere, with runner-up Ben Martin jumping from 121st to 59th; Johnson Wagner going from 125th to 109th; and Whee Kim (who finished third) moving from 154th to squarely on the bubble at 125. Wheatcroft is one worth watching this week in Greensboro. Don’t forget he was in line for a playoff last month in Canada but got an unlikely break on 18, with his ball settling in a bare spot in the greenside bunker. He tied for fifth there and lost valuable FedEx Cup points. After missing another cut, the Robert Allenby was arrested at an Illinois casino on Aug. 13 and charged with disorderly conduct and criminal trespassing. Even more of a head-scratcher was his response afterward, to USA Today Sports: “There’s nothing to be said or done about. Nothing happened.” He said he had “no idea” about the charges, despite the fact that he was, you know, released from jail. And so continues his troubles over the past 20 months, ever since he was robbed and beaten in Hawaii.  Surely Allenby will be reprimanded by the Tour for another embarrassing episode, and any time off might do him well – he’s missed 34 of 41 cuts the past two years, including 20 of the past 22.  This week’s award winners …  Making The Most of Their Opportunity: Rose, Stenson and Kuchar. It’s not just talk: The Olympics probably will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for all three medalists. At the 2020 Games, Rose will be 40, Stenson 44 and Kuchar 42.  So, Everybody is On the Same Team, Right?: Golf’s leaders. Sure seemed odd that both the PGA Tour and USGA held events this week opposite the first Olympic Games in more than a century. The European Tour, meanwhile, was idle. So much for the IOC having golf’s “full support.” Random Thought of the Week: Maybe it was a good thing Adam Scott decided to bypass the Olympics – his caddie, Steve Williams, would have destroyed hundreds of fans’ cellphones. Sounds like they needed a translator for “PUT THE PHONES AWAY!”  A Match Made in Watery-Beer Heaven: Smylie Kaufman and Natty Light. Seriously, this is a cool partnership, and a good idea, even if it’s the worst beer known to man. Regaining our lost love for Natural Light #NaturalLight #Boomtower #YaWelcome @naturallight @SmylieKaufman10 pic.twitter.com/IawRj88qj2— Smylie’s Army (@SmyliesArmy) August 11, 2016 The Power of Math: Tom Watson. Old Tom got a little surly with his caddie at the U.S. Senior Open when he couldn’t quickly crunch the numbers for an approach shot. Yes: 97+17=114. Auspicious Debut: Aaron Wise. The NCAA champion made his first Tour start at the John Deere, finishing in a tie for 16th. He has spent the summer competing on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada, where he has a win and a pair of top-15s.   Blown Fantasy Pick of the Week: Zach Johnson. Back-to-back weeks in this spot for Johnson, who tied for 34th in an event where he’d finished third or better in six of the past seven years. Sigh.last_img read more

WARREN’S WORLD: Storyteller

first_imgI’ve always been a storyteller. If I had been born 200 years ago, I would have been the guy who traveled from town to town, telling stories about the people who lived in the town I had just left, or maybe stories about a couple of towns ago if that town was more interesting. For more than 50 years, I told stories with film and music, and I have about 1 million other experiences, give or take eight or 10. Some are stories that I have been told, others I read about in some small-town newspaper or experienced myself.What if I told you the story about driving our boat full speed through a place called Hole in the Wall, where the current runs over eight knots at full flood? We were dodging whirlpools and feeling our 30,000-pound, 44-foot long boat being thrown around like a feather in a gust of wind. In the middle of negotiating the rapids, I saw two logs heading my way and forcing me dangerously close to the rocks on my left. My wife had already gone below because of our near death experience six years ago in almost the same place. I have told stories about my wife and I getting sucked backwards into a whirlpool and if the transom of our boat had not been as high above the water as it was, we would have sunk without a trace in about a minute and a half, or less. I have read stories of a ship more than 100 feet long, with 50 passengers onboard, spinning in a giant whirlpool until it started sinking, completely revolving dozens of times as it slowly got sucked under water like a spider in a bathroom sink, until only the top half of the masts could be seen. They were still spinning when they got sucked under and disappeared, without so much as a single piece of the vessel or a body ever washing ashore. It is scary and exciting to sit on the dock and hear some of the old timers’ stories, and it is exciting to ride in a ski lift and be an old timer and tell some of my very own old time experiences. One such story is about Sun Valley, Idaho, in the old days, when it had only four single-chair lifts operating and slept 843 people, with 843 employees. Not counting the bowls, there was only College, Exhibition, The Canyon, The Rock Garden, The Ridge and River Run to ski down and ride back up. Vacant lots in nearby Ketchum sold for $350. I know this is true because I bought my first piece of real estate in Ketchum for $350.Back in 1952, I started printing a giveaway program for all of my ski movie showings. In the program I wrote a story about living in the parking lot in Sun Valley all winter while skiing every day and only spending $18. I had a little bit of room at the end of that story for another paragraph and my printer said, “Why don’t you call your story, EXCERPTS FROM MY FORTHCOMING BOOK?”I did, but I added another sentence, “To reserve your copy at the prepublication discount price of $2.00 mail me a post card and I will send you a C.O.D copy, when it is published.” Over 1,000 people sent me $2.00. The next winter, the headline for the story in my ski movie program was “GOOD GRIEF, MORE EXCERPTS” and people started writing me for their $2 back. I had already spent the money, so I actually had to write and publish the book. The result was “WINE, WOMEN WARREN AND SKIS.” In 1999, I did the same thing again and wrote another book titled, “WARREN MILLER LURCHING FROM ONE NEAR DISASTER TO THE NEXT.” Many of the over 50 stories happened to me, some of them happened to people I know very well and a few to people I never met. One thing I do know is that you will enjoy the book and the cartoons. Don’t forget, “I will never ruin a good story with the absolute truth.” Today, you can get either of those books, plus some others on our website, www.warrenmiller.net. I’m working on a couple of other book projects right now, too. If you’d like to get on a list to be notified when those books are finally finished, just send me an e-mail at [email protected] and I will make sure you get a notice- no postcard necessary. Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Emaillast_img read more

Montana Says it Will Reconsider Rural Water Rules

first_img Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. BILLINGS – Montana officials said Wednesday they will rewrite a rule that allowed tens of thousands of rural homes to be built without water permits, but it was unclear what impact the proposal would have on development.Rural homes can be built in Montana without a water permit if they have their own well. But ranchers and conservation groups say aquifers can be strained beyond capacity by such exemptions.There’s no limit on how many exemptions can be issued, and more than 70,000 have been granted for new homes in the last four decades.The Department of Natural Resources and Conservation ruled Wednesday to repeal the exemption in coming months. A tentative replacement would limit the number of well exemptions allowed for a single project or subdivision to 12.DNRC water resources division administrator Tom Schultz said that would encourage builders to construct projects of 12 homes or fewer in rural areas.“Over time, you could expect development patterns to shift,” he said.Yet critics said developers could build 12 homes one year, then come back the next year to build 12 more, and so on into the future.“That’s a change on paper and not a change in practice,” said Laura Ziemer with Trout Unlimited’s Montana Water Project.Dustin Stewart, with the Montana Building Industry Association, said Wednesday’s ruling was a “small victory” because it preserved the idea of water-permit exemptions for rural subdivisions.Without the exemptions, Stewart’s group said the cost of attaining water permits could limit development.The proposed cap of 12 exempt homes per subdivision is more restrictive than current rules, but Stewart said the number was “arbitrary” and likely to change before a final rule is adopted.The DNRC will begin formulating the new rule within eight months. It could be an additional six months before it is final, said Schultz.last_img read more

Teen sentenced to life for fatally running over Baltimore County officer

first_imgBaltimore County Police Department(BALTIMORE) — A Baltimore teenager was sentenced to life in prison for running over a police officer with a stolen Jeep and fleeing the scene.Dawnta Harris, 17, was convicted of felony murder in the death of Baltimore County Police Department Officer Amy Caprio, who was fatally struck in May 2018 after responding to a call about a suspicious vehicle.The 29-year-old officer parked her patrol car and ordered Harris to get out of the vehicle when Harris pressed on the gas and came speeding straight at her. She drew her weapon, yelled for him to stop and fired a single shot before she was hit, according to body camera footage.Police said Harris initially complied with the officer’s commands to exit the Jeep, but he got back in and quickly accelerated, driving toward and striking Caprio. She suffered broken ribs and injuries to internal organs, authorities said.Harris did not speak in court on Wednesday, but his attorney said he reacted out of fear due to the gun being aimed at him and said he never intended to kill the officer, according to ABC’s Baltimore affiliate WMAR.“I am truly sad, heartbroken and sorry for what happened,” Harris wrote in a letter read aloud by his attorney. “We are still young. No one is perfect.”Caprio and her husband, Tim Caprio, celebrated their third wedding anniversary just days before her death. They were planning to celebrate their birthdays a few days later.“I go home to an empty house knowing no one will every come home,” Tim Caprio told the court on Wednesday. “There is a massive hole and feeling of emptiness in my heart that will never go away.”After the sentencing, he told reporters that he felt justice had been served.Caprio’s father agreed.“I believe justice was appropriately served. However, it doesn’t fill that feeling that I miss and that hole in my heart,” he said. “There’s no winners at this point. What we see is a validation that there are consequences for actions,” the slain officer’s father, Garry Sorrells, added.Harris was charged as an adult and convicted of first-degree murder with the possibility of parole.Three other teens — Eugene Robert Genius, Derrick Eugene Matthews, and Darrell Jaymar Ward — pleaded guilty to felony murder in the case and are slated for sentencing next month. Police said Harris had been watching for police on the street while the others were inside burglarizing a home.Harris’ defense team, which said it plans to appeal the ruling, had asked for a sentence of 30 years, which would be in line with what the other teens are facing.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Sentencing day for actress Felicity Huffman in ‘Varsity Blues’ college entrance scam

first_imgKuzma/iStock(BOSTON) — Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman is set to be sentenced on Friday for federal crimes stemming from the massive “Varsity Blues” college entrance scam, and prosecutors are asking a judge to send her to prison. Huffman, 56, will learn her fate when she appears in U.S. District Court in Boston in front Judge Indira Talwani, to whom she has pleaded for leniency. Earlier this month, Huffman’s lawyers filed legal papers asking Talwani to not send the Oscar-nominated actress to prison, writing that “nothing about her history and characteristics require a prison sentence.”Huffman’s lawyers have asked Talwani to impose a one-year probation term, 250 hours of community service and a $20,000 fine. But federal prosecutors have asked the judge to sentence Huffman to one month of incarceration, followed by 12 months of supervised release and a fine of $20,000.“She is remorseful — indeed, deeply ashamed — about what she did,” Huffman’s lawyers stated in court documents.On March 13, a federal indictment was unsealed charging 50 people, including Huffman and more than 30 other wealthy parents, in the largest college cheating scam ever prosecuted by the U.S. Department of Justice.The indictment alleges the parents paid bribes to William “Rick” Singer, a college-entrance tutor guru whom prosecutors identified as the ringleader of the nationwide scam, to get their children into elite colleges, including Stanford, the University of Southern California, Princeton and Georgetown.Singer, 59, who prosecutors said collected $25 million in bribes during the years-long scam, pleaded guilty in March to racketeering conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy, conspiracy to defraud the United States and obstruction of justice. He’s yet to be sentenced.Also indicted was actress Lori Loughlin — best known as Aunt Becky on the ABC sitcom Full House — and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, who are fighting charges they paid Singer $500,000 to get their two daughters, Olivia Jade and Isabella, into USC as recruits for the university’s crew team, despite the fact they’d never participated in the sport.Huffman pleaded guilty earlier this year to charges of conspiring to commit mail fraud and honest service mail fraud and admitted that she paid Singer $15,000 to falsify her daughter Sophia’s SAT score.“I am in full acceptance of my guilt, and with deep regret and shame over what I have done. I accept full responsibility for my actions and will accept the consequences that stem from those actions,” Huffman tearfully said as she pleaded guilty in court on May 13.Thirteen other defendants also have agreed to plead guilty.Huffman’s lawyers have presented Talwani with letters vouching for her from the actress’ relatives, including her husband, actor William H. Macy, and former colleagues such as Eva Longoria, a fellow cast member on Desperate Housewives.Huffman and Macy later allegedly made arrangements to pursue the scheme a second time, for their younger daughter, before deciding not to do so, according to court documents. Macy was not charged in the scam.“To be sure, Felicity’s relationship with her daughters exploded on March 12th and rebuilding that relationship will be a long process. But I also want you to know Felicity has raised two amazing young women,” Macy wrote in his letter to Talwani.“After her arrest Felicity found a wonderful family therapist and we’ve all been going (in various combinations) for the last few months,” Macy wrote. “There is much to be done, and some of the hurt and anger will take years to work through, but we are making progress.”In court documents filed last week, federal prosecutors demanded that Huffman serve prison time.“Huffman’s conduct was deliberate and manifestly criminal: It was wrong, she knew it was wrong, and she actively participated in manipulating her daughter’s guidance counselor, the testing services and the schools to which her daughter applied,” prosecutors wrote in court documents filed last Friday.Prosecutors, according to the documents, argued that Huffman should serve time behind bars and that “neither probation nor home confinement (in a large home in the Hollywood Hills with an infinity pool) would constitute meaningful punishment or deter others from committing similar crimes.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more