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Batesville Job Fair is October 1

first_imgBatesville, IN— Looking for a new job or a career change? The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the City of Batesville and the Batesville Rotary Club to host a career fair featuring high-paying, high-demand jobs!Work Batesville! will take place on Tuesday, October 1 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus at 624 Delaware Road in Batesville. This event is free for all to attend.“This will be a great opportunity for a job seeker to meet face-to-face with employers who are based right here in Batesville,” said Community Development Director Steven Harmeyer. “Whether your looking to start your career or interested in a new career path, this event will be ideal for all ages and levels of experience.”The event will feature approximately 25 local and global companies that are in Batesville, representing various types of job sectors as well as full-time and part-time job opportunities. Attendees are urged to come dressed for success in professional or business casual attire and bring plenty of copies of an updated resume, including the most recent work history and skills.The inaugural Batesville job fair was held in 2017 which brought more than 300 people to 30 separate business booths.Learn more about the job fair by contacting the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce at (812) 934-3101 or [email protected]last_img read more

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Mike Budenholzer out as coach of Atlanta Hawks

first_imgP16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC MOST READ The decision was not totally unexpected as Budenholzer was granted permission to interview with other teams even though he is under contract with the Hawks for two more seasons.According to multiple reports, Budenholzer interviewed with the Phoenix Suns for their vacant coaching position last week before withdrawing his name from consideration. Budenholzer now may be a top candidate to coach the New York Knicks.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownBudenholzer was 213-192 in the regular season and 17-22 in the playoffs in five seasons with Atlanta. The Hawks were an Eastern Conference-worst 24-58 this season.The Hawks’ free-fall from a franchise-record 60 wins only three years ago to the bottom of the conference this season was startling. The team’s streak of 10 straight playoff seasons ended, but Budenholzer still carried the respect needed to earn interest from other teams looking for a coach. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ FILE – In this April 6, 2018, file photo, Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer gestures during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards in Washington. The Hawks and Budenholzer mutually agreed to part ways on Wednesday, April 25, according to the team. The Hawks announced the move Wednesday night in a brief three-sentence statement. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)ATLANTA — Mike Budenholzer wanted to coach elsewhere. The Atlanta Hawks finally agreed it’s a good idea.The Hawks and Budenholzer mutually agreed to part ways Wednesday in a move announced by the team in a three-sentence statement.ADVERTISEMENT Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Rockets eliminate Wolves Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames LATEST STORIES Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Even this season, when the Hawks tied with Dallas for the NBA’s third-worst record, they were rarely blown out. They lost 21 games by fewer than 10 points, with only seven losses by 20 or more points.Always passionate on the bench, at times to the point of earning rebukes from officials, Budenholzer showed no sign of giving up on the team.“I love what I do,” Budenholzer said on April 11, one day after the end of the disappointing regular season. “I love this team. I’m focused on what we just did and how we can get better going forward.”Golden State coach Steve Kerr, who played for the Spurs when Budenholzer was Gregg Popovich’s longtime assistant, said last month he has borrowed from Budenholzer’s strategy.“I didn’t really pick his brain but I definitely picked his playbook,” Kerr said. “I really did. Some of that is through Pop. They ran a lot of the San Antonio stuff when they got here to Atlanta. That’s the derivative. … He’s taken a lot of that San Antonio stuff and expanded on it and I’ve definitely stolen some stuff from him.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Budenholzer was named NBA coach of the year for the 2014-15 season, when he led the Hawks to their first 60-win season, a division title and their first appearance in the Eastern Conference finals.He was promoted to president of basketball operations but then gave up that title when Travis Schlenk was hired as general manager in 2017. The loss of power may have been the first step in Budenholzer’s exit.The Hawks’ inability to retain such top players as Al Horford and Paul Milsap led to the team’s rapid decline. The Hawks fell to the bottom of the conference while leaning heavily on rookie center John Collins, second-year forward Taurean Prince and point guard Dennis Schroder.The Hawks have scheduled a news conference with Schlenk for Thursday.Schlenk declined an interview request from The Associated Press.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’last_img read more

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County House in Lifford going solar

first_imgDonegal County Council has welcomed some eco-friendly changes after installing 36 Solar Photovoltaic panels to the roof area of the County House, its main headquarters in Lifford.This initiative is part of the Council’s ongoing drive to improve energy performance throughout its operations.“Solar PV converts energy from sunlight into electricity,” explains Peadar Espey, Facilities Manager with Donegal County Council. New 36 solar PV panels installed on the roof of the County House in Lifford as part of Donegal County Council’s drive to energy performance improvement.“The installation of these solar panels is part of our overall drive to achieve energy performance improvements throughout all our premises.  The solar PV system will generate approximately 8,350 kilo Watt hours (kWh) of electricity per annum.“Since installed in late September the system has generated 636kWh with the highest production for a single day at 27kWh. When the days are longer and brighter from April to September the installation has the potential to generate over 60 kWh per day,” explains Peadar.Emmett McCabe and Peadar Espey from Donegal County Council Facilities Management and Energy Team with Barry Sharkey and Emmett Sharkey from North West PV, the Solar PV contractor.The Council’s initiative is in line with its ISO 50001 accredited Energy Management System which was first achieved in October 2016 and has been retained following a number of extensive independent audits.“We are fully committed to transitioning to a low carbon, climate-resilient society and the work we have being doing over the last number of years to improve our energy efficiency and reduce our carbon emissions forms an important part of the global fight against climate change. “The use of this type renewable energy will assist Donegal County Council in helping achieve national targets of reducing carbon emissions by 30% and improving energy efficiency by 50% by 2030 under the national Climate Action Plan 2019” concludes Peadar Espey.County House in Lifford going solar was last modified: November 20th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:county house liffordlast_img read more

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Steve Kerr on his Durant-less lineup: ‘Let’s go out there and let it rip’

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!HOUSTON – As a thunderstorm hovered over this city, Warriors coach Steve Kerr met with his players on Thursday to discuss something else that has formed a dark cloud.How do the Warriors win with Kevin Durant staying sidelined with a strained right calf?“We’ll just find somebody on the bench who can give us 35 points, two blocks, 11 boards and nine assists,” Kerr …last_img read more

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Technology on a tiny scale

first_imgA view down the middle of a boronnitride nanotube.(Image: ©Vin Crespi, Penn State Physics.Distributed under theCreative Commons license) The scanning probe microscope is one.of the instruments used in nanotechnology.This one is a Dimension 3100 model. .(Image: Veeco Digital Instruments)Janine ErasmusSouth Africa’s first two nanotechnology centres are up and running at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Pretoria and the national mineral research organisation Mintek in Johannesburg – both are parastatal organisations.These centres provide a dedicated environment to explore innovation in the field of nanotechnology, which falls under the branch of science that deals with the properties and behaviours of materials at the nano level. A nanometre (nm) is one millionth of a millimetre – an average piece of paper is about 100 000 nanometres thick.The national Department of Science and Technology (DST) is one of the major stakeholders in this initiative through its National Nanotechnology Strategy, which was launched in 2006 at Mintek. The DST believes that nanotechnology has the potential to make energy use more efficient, help protect the environment by reducing waste and harmful emissions, and solve major health problems, among other advantages.“South Africa as a developing nation has a lot to benefit from the development of nanotechnology,” said Minister of Science and Technology Mosibudi Mangena at the opening of the two centres. “We must, therefore, create an environment that is conducive to harnessing the potential benefits of this promising field of science.”Some of the areas of research that are currently being addressed at the centres include low-cost filters for clean drinking water; the development of accurate and sensitive medical devices for early disease detection; effective diagnosis and treatment of diseases through new drugs; and clean, secure and affordable energy.Innovation in a fast-growing fieldThe National Centre for Nano-structured Materials is located at the CSIR. Research here focuses on the design, modelling and synthesis of nanomaterials for use in various applications such as solar cells, printed electronic devices, medical sensors and optical devices. These materials include carbon nanotubes and silicon nanoparticles. The CSIR research group collaborates with units and centres elsewhere in the CSIR, universities, science councils, the private and public sector and international research institutions.The DST/Mintek Nanotechnology Innovation Centre has three initial focus areas: sensor (for early disease and toxin detection); biolabel (the addition of a marker or label, which can subsequently be detected, to a biological sample); and water nanotechnology. The latter will use nanostructured materials with highly active surfaces to trap or destroy pollutants, or to detect minute quantities of pollutants in water.As early as 2006 Mintek installed a scanning probe microscope for nanoscience and nanotechnology research in South Africa. The instrument cost R4.5-million and was funded by the DST.The three focus areas fall under the supervision of three different academic institutions that form part of the Mintek consortium: Rhodes University, which will perform tests on a device for the early detection of disease and toxins; the University of the Western Cape, which will focus on the destruction of pathogens and diseased cells; and the University of Johannesburg, which will look for solutions to remove water-borne pathogens.The other members of the Mintek consortium are the Medical Research Council, the Water Research Commission, and the DST.Both centres also place great importance on the training and development of young scientists who will escalate South Africa’s participation in the field of nanoscience.Already overseas parties are showing interest in South Africa’s nanotechnology programme. In March 2008 the CSIR’s nanotechnology centre hosted a delegation led by member of the British House of Parliament, Claire Curtis-Thomas. The visit took place at the request of the British High Commission in South Africa. Science and innovation attaché Thabisa Mbungwana was among the visitors.South Africa a potential global leader in the fieldSouth Africa has the potential to become a global pioneer in this field, says the DST, because it has already recorded a number of significant achievements to date. These include inexpensive solar cells for renewable energy; the development of nanomembrane technology for water purification, which will reduce exposure to water-borne diseases such as cholera and typhoid; as well as fuel cell development as an alternative to the problem of fossil fuel consumption.In order to stay abreast of developments in nanotechnology and remain competitive, the DST’s strategy aims to develop an environment that encourages effective research and provides for the transformation of good ideas into products that offer value both socially and economically. At the same time South Africa’s intellectual property in this field must be protected.The DST has set aside R450-million for this initiative, to be allocated over a three-year period.Development is also taking place on an international level. India and Brazil are collaborating with South Africa in nanotechnology research, under the trilateral IBSA agreement. The IBSA nanotechnology initiative has been established to formulate collaborative programmes of mutual interest in the areas of energy, health, water treatment, agriculture and environment.What is nanotechnology?In general the nanoscale includes anything measuring between 1 and 100 nm – this scale lies between the microscale above it, and the atomic scale below it. At this level materials can’t be seen with even a light microscope – special equipment must be used to observe them.Nanotechnology involves the manipulation in useful ways of materials on the nanoscale, since materials can have different properties at this level than they do on a normal scale. They may be stronger, conduct electricity more efficiently, have different magnetic properties, or reflect light better. As such nanotechnology potentially holds the key to new materials with undiscovered properties.It is the task of Mintek and the CSIR to establish these properties in the materials they study and develop applications for them that will improve the lives of South Africans.Nanotechnology is a fairly new branch of science. In 1986, MIT engineer K Eric Drexler, regarded by many as the father of nanotechnology, published his first book, Engines of Creation, which introduced the term nanotechnology to the world at large. Even before then, however, the eminent physicist Richard Feynman said in 1959 that “we can arrange atoms the way we want: the very atoms, all the way down!”There are numerous real-life applications for nanotechnology, many of which are in use. Modern computer hard drives use giant magnetoresistive (GMR) read heads that, through nano-thin layers of magnetic materials, allow for enhanced performance and greater storage capacity. Other electronic applications include automotive sensors and landmine detectors.Already the nanostructure of the leaf of the aquatic lotus flower has been replicated, resulting in the creation of water-repellent surfaces for stain-proof clothing. Scientists are now trying to replicate the silk of the spider, which is immensely strong and flexible and naturally reinforced by nano-crystals.More nanotechnology-based applications currently available include burn and wound dressings, catalytic converters for cars, sunscreens, more durable tennis balls, glare-reduction coatings for glasses and windows, and dental bonding agents.The future holds the promise of improved solar cells, car tyres with longer wear and better skid resistance, and implantable drug delivery devices. In medicine, drugs that don’t dissolve in water could be administered through nanoparticles that travel in the blood. Gold on the macro level is inert to light, but on the nano level it absorbs light and can turn that light into heat – enough to kill unwanted cells in the body, such as cancer cells.Related storiesScience and technology in South Africa Useful linksDepartment of Science and TechnologyCouncil for Scientific and Industrial ResearchMintekDST/Mintek Nanotechnogy Innovation CentreIBSAWorld Nano-Economic Congress, South Africa 2007National Nanotechnology InitiativeNanotechnology NowHow Stuff Works – NanotechnologyScience in AfricaSciDevlast_img read more

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Africa: ‘harness FDI for development’

first_img27 July 2012Africa is sitting on the cusp of increasing investment, but needs to take advantage of this to drive a more sustainable developmental path for the continent, says South African Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies.Davies was speaking at the launch of the South African United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) Investment Policy Framework for Sustainable Development (IPFSD) at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg on Thursday.Unctad’s IPFSD is a guideline for national and international investment policy-making to support more sustainable, development-friendly policy-making.It was established to assist policy-makers to design policies that effectively mobilise investment and ensure their positive contribution to sustainable development.Benefits of FDI ‘not automatic’Davies said that while foreign direct investment (FDI) could make a positive contribution to sustainable development, “the benefits to host countries are not automatic”.Regulations were needed, he said, “to balance the economic requirements of investors with the need to ensure that investments make a positive contribution to sustainable development in the host state.“The associated benefits of investment as they relate to technology transfer, skills development and research, among others, need to be purposefully built into the investment regime, and not taken for granted.”Davies said that a recent Unctad report indicated that global foreign direct investment (FDI) showed global FDI flows exceeded the pre-crisis level, averaging US$1.5-trillion in 2011.According to the International Monetary Fund, emerging economies – including those in Africa – are projected to grow by 5.5% this year, and Africa is the second fastest growing continent after Asia.Seeking out new investment opportunitiesSouth Africa’s inclusion in Unctad’s list of top prospective host economies for FDI over the next two years was a positive reflection of the country, as well as the continent’s growth and development potential, Davies said.South Africa has seen growing investment from India and China, and the country is also seeking out new investment opportunities.“We are trying not to make [the attraction of investment into the country] a step- child. There is an incredible amount of negotiation going into it,” he said.“We are sitting on a cusp where there’s growing investment in Africa and South Africa.”Davies attributed the growth on the continent to the mineral products boom, consumption, infrastructure development and that the continent had been spared a sovereign debt crisis.“Although FDI increased across all major economic groupings in 2011, it’s striking that developing economies now account for 45% of global FDI,” he said. Most of the investment was in sub-Saharan Africa.South African companies were also investing into the continent, with direct investment increasing from R3.8-billion in 1994 to R115.7-billion in 2009.Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

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5 Lessons From the Garage48 Helsinki Hackathon

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#start#startups Garage48 Helsinki, the largest hackathon in the Nordics, took place last week. It gathered 120 hackers from Finland, Estonia and Latvia under the same roof and challenged them to go from zero to demo in 48 hours. Sixteen startups were created during the weekend. Together with Osma Ahvelampi (CTO, Sulake) and Teemu Kurppa (co-founder, Jaiku), I was a mentor to those teams. At Garage48, the goal is to produce a small startup, rather than just a really nice hack like you would at a traditional hackathon. There is a requisite for each team to have at least one developer (frontend or backend), a designer and a marketing person. At the end of the event, we had a demo day where the teams showcased what they built. From what I saw, many teams ran into the same problems, which caused them to miss their objectives. Here are some tips to get around those blocks and shine during demo day.Aim LowStartups are all about delivering a simple product to a niche that needs it. Garage48 is nothing different, but there’s only so much you can do in 48 hours. Aim low. Focus on technology you know. Some teams have problems compiling the tools they needed, so don’t plan too many features. It’s OK if it’s unfinished, as long as you can communicate its concept. This doesn’t mean you should take the easy route and make a me-too idea. Build what’s needed for a good demo. Nobody cares if your payment processing really works, you just need to show that you’ve built something meaningful. One example was Montroller. The concept was simple: motion based remote control of a robot using your mobile. They built their prototype on the first night, so they had enough time to port to more mobile platforms, prepare a nice video and make their Lego robot look better.Don’t Ignore Project ManagementMost teams seem to ignore basic project management, apparently because they feel it is overkill. Instead, they prefer jumping into code and iterating. But without a list of deliverables, it is difficult to plan what will be built in 48 hours. You won’t have any time to pivot, so you need to make sure that your whole team understands and agrees on what needs to be built. Set a clear, detailed objective. People often forget the need to sleep (at least eight hours in two days), eat and prepare for the demo. Another problem is that without planning, designers or marketers won’t have anything to do in the beginning. Also, make sure your team is a balanced team. Somebody needs to make a pretty website, GUI and write a blurb about your project. If you spend one hour planning ahead, your entire team can start working. Even then, you’ll probably end up with some team members having more free time than the others, so why not put them into action? For example, Blow’Em was on its way to have a working game demo, but it was going to be a simple proof of concept. The designers and marketers had nothing to do, so they started working on a promo video, more characters and funny names, which made their whole demo more catchy.Everyone in the Same RoomMost of the problems that teams run into seem to be related to bad communication. In some cases, coders will go into another room than the designers and the team leader. In practice, this means that whenever you run into a wall, no one can help you. It can be frustrating to explain to an art student why you can’t do 3D previews easily, but it’s better than producing all the assets in an unusable format. Make sure everyone knows what is being worked on, and why. One problem with piecing a team of random people together is that you’re bound to have bad people in there. It’s important to identify them. Some people make snarky comments, shoot down ideas, or don’t listen; many teams waste time because of this. After all, you’re there to have fun, so it’s important you don’t offend one member of your team. While you can’t fire these people, you need somebody who can make the decisions and deliver results rather than to debate.Go With “Good Enough”A lot of people found it difficult to produce something just “good enough.” It’s difficult to pull the plug on a design or code instead of continuing to polishing it because you know it’s not as good as it could be. Doing this can slow down the progress of the entire team.This can be especially problematic in group decisions. Many teams did not know where and how to look for domain names efficiently and thus spent a considerable amount of time trying to find a good name for their site. Focus on getting things done. If something unexpected happens, don’t just try to fix it for hours, talk to your team or the other teams. Maybe someone else solved it before. Drop extra features if you get stuck.It’s All About the DemoLast but not least, make a good demo. After all, it’s the only thing that others will see of your project. Make sure you test it before you ship. Videos are always difficult, because you need to make sure they will load, the sound will be on and the video can be shown in full screen on demo area’s second screen. Mobile demos are tricky, because cameras can’t easily capture what’s on a small screen from far, so you may want to consider using a web version, an iPad or slides.Lead photo (members of LapLab, the winning team) by Ragnar Sass; bottom two photos by gunarsgcenter_img ramine darabiha Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

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Trade Contractor Management — Part 3

first_imgThe general agreement includes information on submitting proposals, what type of plans and specifications you provide, responsibility for permits and inspections, invoice and payment policies, safety, scheduling, insurance requirements, cleanup and waste disposal, warranties, managing changes, jobsite communication, and anything else you want your trade contractors to know or do on your jobs. In each of these categories, include all your company policies, clearly written, so everyone understands how you work. If you just can’t wait to get started on your own trade contractor management program, GBA Pro members can download the full set of checklists here. If you are not a GBA Pro member, and do not want to become one, you can go to my website and buy the full set of checklists. The set includes 26 individual checklists for most standard residential construction trades in Excel format along with a suggested procedure. You can personalize and edit each page as you see fit. RELATED ARTICLES Trade Contractor Management — Part 1Trade Contractor Management — Part 2Trade Contractor Management — Part 4Trade Contractor Management — Part 5 If you’re following along with this series of articles, you will recall that I ended the last post with a list of the various pieces and parts of a successful management program. This post covers the General Agreement, your annual signed contract with your trade contractors that covers all the work they do for you.The first question you may be asking is, Why do you need one? Lots of contractors just sign their trade contractors’ proposals and put them to work. Some people even work on a handshake without any contract at all.Now, I am not naïve enough to think that having a contract solves everything. In fact, just about any time I have had to enforce a contract, it wasn’t worth the effort; but having one does tend to limit the disagreements, as long as it is well written. A general agreement with your trade contractors lets you put down in writing — all your company policies — so everyone understands, in general terms, what is expected from them.Covering all your major business policies in a single annual document also allows you to have shorter, project specific contracts that refer to the general agreement instead of a huge contract for every project.center_img And my favorite clauseAcceptance of substrate: Trade Contractors agree to accept the existing or a previous trade’s work when starting your phase of the work. When there is any rework required due to any problems that were visible existing conditions, the work and the cost will be your responsibility. Any required corrections that are pointed out to the Project Manager prior to your start of work will be repaired before any new work begins.We found that bringing this up in advance helped avoid problems down the road. We gave the trades the right and the responsibility to point out any existing conditions that would affect the quality of their work. This might include an out-of-plumb wall that was to be tiled or poorly finished drywall or trim that was about to be painted. If they told us about it, they were absolved of responsibility, but if they didn’t tell us and went ahead and did their work, then any remedial work was their responsibility. This isn’t intended to be punitive; rather, it is a management tool to make sure that everyone can do their work efficiently and profitably.Next up: the checklists that are the core of the management program. Stay tuned. But what should my general agreement say?Funny you should ask. Here are some examples of things to consider in your general agreement:Plans and specifications: Your proposal must include prices for any incidental work necessary to complete your portion of the project, including any remedial work required to meet building codes. Anything that cannot be clearly identified or that may require additional work outside of your proposal should be noted so we can inform other contractors and our clients. You may be submitting proposals on preliminary plans that will not be the same when construction begins. It is imperative that you do not work from any preliminary plans including faxes and hand sketches, or any plans that are not marked “Released for Construction”. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have up-to-date, complete construction drawings before you start work. Contractor provides working drawings for all projects.Pricing: Trade Contractors must submit written proposals for all projects. Each proposal must include a complete description of the work and an anticipated work schedule. Price all projects as described in plans and specifications. Note any omissions or errors in these plans and specifications. If you feel that there are good alternatives, note them (with any price changes) separately. All prices must be net to Contractor, including any taxes, delivery charges, or other incidental costs. Pricing should be broken down per unit or opening, category or location as specified.Permits, inspections and code violations: All licensed trades must arrange for permits and inspections, including meeting inspectors as required. All trades are responsible for making sure that all work meets applicable building codes. No payments will be issued to mechanical contractors before the work has passed inspection. All trades will be required to repair deficiencies in their work when required by a building official or Contractor internal inspections.Field changes: Under no circumstances is anyone authorized to proceed with any changes unless approved in advance by the Project Manager. This may include, but is not limited to, work requested by the Owner, Architect, or Designer. We reserve the right to refuse payment on any extra work not approved in advance by our Project Manager.A Request for Quote (RFQ) does not automatically authorize work to be performed. It is part of the process to gather information for the client that will be converted to an executed work order. Once this is complete you will be notified of when to perform the extra work noted in the RFQ.Solicitation of additional work on a project is absolutely forbidden. Trade Contractors agree not to enter into direct negotiations with the Owner or their Architect/Designer without obtaining prior written approval from Contractor. Violation of this policy may result in immediate termination of the contract with no additional payments due.Damage to others’ work or property: Trade Contractor or vendor may not damage previous trade’s work, existing structures or finishes in the house, or possessions of the Owner. All finished surfaces must be covered and protected from dust and damage. You must not undertake work that will affect other areas of the house if doorways, floors, etc. have not been covered for protection against potential damage.Trade Contractors may not use tools or belongings of the Owner. Furniture and equipment must not be used as props or scaffold. Violation of this policy may result in immediate termination and/or back charge for all costs incurred to take corrective action.last_img read more

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Jordan says NBA superteams will create 28 ‘garbage’ teams—report

first_imgMOST READ Michael Jordan. AFP/GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTONEW YORK—Retired NBA legend Michael Jordan has warned that the “superteam” era will create a league with 28 “garbage” clubs that will struggle.Jordan, who sparked the Chicago Bulls to six NBA titles in the 1990s, addressed the topic in an interview with Cigar Aficionado magazine unveiled Thursday on its website.ADVERTISEMENT Jordan, 54, also said he lacks the patience to be a coach, saying his biggest problem is the focus level of today’s players.“For me to ask an individual to focus on the game the way I played would, in some ways, be unfair and if he didn’t do it, there’s no telling where my emotions would be,” Jordan told the magazine.Regarding Woods, whose major total ranks second to the 18 won by Jack Nicklaus, Jordan said the injured star is in a transitional phase perhaps made more difficult by today’s social media.“I don’t know if I could have survived in this Twitter time where you don’t have the privacy that you would want.”Tiger, Jack both great ADVERTISEMENT Read Next LATEST STORIES LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Jordan would not be drawn into a comparison of Woods and Nicklaus in the Greatest of All Time debate.“That’s more for stories and hype,” Jordan told the magazine. “Jack and Tiger never played against each other. They never played with the same equipment.“I never played against Wilt Chamberlain. I never played against Jerry West. To now say that one is greater than the other is being a little bit unfair.“How much did each one impact, change or evolve the game? Obviously Jack won more during the time he played. Tiger evolved it to where it crossed a lot of different boundaries, where it’s not just a white guy’s sport — black guys, African-Americans, all minorities play the game.“He played it at a level to where it generated so much interest financially that it grew the game from a financial standpoint. Now does that constitute him being the greatest? To say he’s any less than Jack, I think, is unfair.”Jordan on Rory: ‘Truly amazing’ Jordan moved the Nicklaus-Woods win argument to the NBA level, comparing his title total to the record 11 won by former Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell.“Yeah, Jack has got 18 majors and Tiger has got 14. And that’s how people are judging certain things,” Jordan said. “I won 6 championships. Bill Russell won 11. Does that make Bill Russell better than me? Make me better than him? No because when you try to compare different eras and equate who is better than the other, it’s an unfair parallel, an unfair choice.”Jordan also praised Northern Ireland star Rory McIlroy, saying he admires him but has yet to play a round with him.“Very talented. Never played golf with him yet,” Jordan said. “Seen him on the range. We’ve talked. I’m a big fan. For someone that small to generate that much power is truly amazing.” Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Pacquiao conqueror Horn wins top Aussie award Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City He also talked about his pal Tiger Woods, a 14-time major champion golfer struggling to return after multiple back operations, and said he himself might not have “survived in this Twitter time.”Jordan’s toughest talk was on the state of the NBA, where several teams have stockpiled talent to try and dethrone the reigning champion Golden State Warriors, who last season united stars Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry to form a dominant squad that claimed a second title in three seasons.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn the past few months, the Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder have added star talent to their rosters.“I think it’s going to hurt the overall aspect of the league from a competitive standpoint,” Jordan told the magazine. “You’re going to have one or two teams that are going to be great and another 28 teams that are going to be garbage, or they are going to have a tough time surviving in the business environment.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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