Street closed due to water main leak

first_imgPhoto: City workers attempt to fix water main leak/ Adam Reaburn, – Advertisement -A ruptured water main has caused water to pour over a Fort St. John street.A leak in an underground water main between 102 St and 100 St on 95 Ave, has caused a large volume of water to flow onto the road.City workers have isolated the area and are still working to reach the leak to stop the flow of water.According to Utilities Superintendent Jeremy Garner, officials are not sure of the direct cause of the leak, but will complete a series leak tests in attempts to narrow down the cause. He says the weather and frost could have caused the leak, as these are older pipes and can be affected by the cold climate.Garner could not specify how long the repairs will take and asks people to avoid the area until the issue has been resolved.Advertisement The leaking water main is the same main the city designated a portion of the capital budget to fix later on in the year. As a result, the problem will be temporarily fixed for the winter, until the City can replace the pipe in the spring.last_img read more

South Africa to host WEF Africa 2013

first_img12 April 2013 South Africa is to host the 23rd World Economic Forum on Africa in May, having last hosted the meeting of regional and global business, political and civil society leaders focusing on the continent in 2009. The meeting will be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 8 to 10 May under the theme “delivering on Africa’s promise”. According to the WEF, the three-day event will provide an important platform for delegates “to deepen the continent’s integration agenda and renew commitment to a sustainable path of growth and development”. “With an expected annual growth of 5% in 2012-2013, sub-Saharan Africa continues its transformative journey from a developing continent to a hub of global growth,” the WEF says on its website. “According to the World Bank, almost half of Africa’s countries have attained middle-income status. At the same time, the continent’s positive outlook is threatened by fluctuating commodity prices, rising inequality and youth unemployment. “To build on its achievements, Africa’s leaders need to strengthen the continent’s competitiveness, foster inclusive growth and build resilience in a volatile global environment. Accelerating economic diversification, boosting strategic infrastructure and unlocking talent are critical success factors in this new leadership context.” South Africa’s Presidency said on Thursday that forum participants would engage with issues such as strengthening the continent’s competitiveness, creating inclusive and sustainable growth, and accelerating infrastructure development and economic diversification. “The above themes consolidate the previous ones discussed during the 22nd World Economic Forum on Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, which focused on leadership, innovation and shared opportunities as well as increasing investment in frontier markets,” the Presidency said in a statement. “The government of South Africa expresses its full support and commitment to the event, and encourages all relevant participating sectors to take part in making this event a resounding success.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Ohio Pork Council to host Pork-a-Palooza

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Pork Council is pleased to host Pork-a-Palooza for the second year in a row. The event will be featuring bacon, BBQ and beer at the Delaware County Fairgrounds on May 18, 2019 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.Throughout the event, attendees will have the opportunity to dine on pork-centric food items from Central Ohio’s finest restaurants and food trucks, listen to live music, and take part in numerous kids activities, giveaways and educational experiences.“Pork-a-Palooza is a wonderful opportunity for the Delaware community to learn more about pork and how it’s raised in Ohio while enjoying an afternoon outside with friends and family,” said Ken Garee, Delaware County resident and Ohio Pork Council’s Director at Large.Price of admission is $6 per person, while children 12 and under are granted free admission. Tickets can be purchased online at or on the day of the event. Those who purchase their tickets online will be presented with an exclusive Pork-a-Palooza punch card on the day of the event. Punch card holders can visit each vendor to purchase their $2 Pork-a-Palooza sampler item for a chance to win a whole hog, processed and freezer-ready. Punch cards will also be available for purchase at Pork-a-Palooza for $5.“Back by popular demand, the Ohio Pork Council is thrilled to host their second Pork-a-Palooza in the Delaware Community this May, with new and exciting features for attendees of all ages,” Garee said.For more information, visit or contact Melissa Bell at 614-882-5887 or read more

Is The Enterprise Cloud Coming To Us, Or Are We Coming To The Cloud?

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts mike kirkwood There is tremendous value that comes from knowing a customer’s relationships with vendors. Right now, it is starting to look like social frameworks and the real-time Web are getting the upper hand in the market.One big benefit when the conversation about the transaction comes from an individual is that it can include all transactions, whereas when the approach comes from each enterprise, the information is limited partner by partner. At best, each vendor’s insight includes just a small slice of the individual based on their relationship, and misses the whole view. Social media to CRM, check! Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#cloud#Features At the annual Salesforce user conference this year, DreamForce ’09, the buzz was about its ability to merge people’s streams, Twitter for example, into their CRM solution.A new question for the industry emerges: Will the Salesforce cloud reach consumers on on their own timeline, or instead will social media own the stream and connect to the company directly?This seems like version two of the same battle that was seen in IT in the mid-90s. In those days, marketing owned the company website, which was used as a marketing extension to reach customers. Twitter and Facebook today is in the same place, where marketing is using social media to reach customers, and IT and sales are using CRM systems. But, in round one, IT ended up ruling the roost of the Web applications and infrastructure. The question of whether IT systems will be the new primary channel via tools like Salesforce is unclear, and could be a make-or-break scenario for those tools to prove their relevancy in the real-time Web.Facebook was bruised by the community for going too far, too fast in sharing personal information, but it is paving the way for that level of sharing to become mainstream. Recently, we saw the funding and launch of Blippy, a new service that allows a person to share their purchases from iTunes, Amazon, and other vendors with their followers and friends. It shows that transactions can, in fact, be social. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Marrying Up the Sales Process and the Buyer’s Journey

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now When one designs a sales process, it is normally presented on a slide, beginning on the left side with a box, normally titled “target.” It ends on the right side of that same slide with the box titled “won/lost.” It is shown to be a linear process.We generally follow the same format when we present the buyer’s journey, another orienting generalization with real value, even if it is not as straightforward for B2B as it is for B2C. That process is also shown as something linear, with a straight path that is predictable and easy to follow.Some sales organizations have decided to pay less attention to their sales process, preferring instead to believe their role is to facilitate the buyer’s journey. Others are slavishly devoted to their sales process without much regard for where the buyer is in their process, driving hard to move through their sales process, buyer be damned. Still others work diligently to line up these two processes. That, however, is not easily done.Not a Journey, but JourneysWhen you look at the major, disruptive trends in complex B2B sales over the last couple decades, none of them might be as important or as difficult for sales organizations as the number of stakeholders involved in a single opportunity. Not only do more stakeholders slow the process, more people involved in a decision tends also complicate things by revealing conflicting interests and internal priorities that are often at odds.As it pertains to lining up a sales process and a buyer’s journey, more stakeholders immediately destroy almost any approach one might take.Maybe the executive leadership understands the nature of their problem and is highly compelled to change. This is a wonderful occurrence if you’re the one calling on executive leadership in this hypothetical, especially if you have their support. But, what if at the same time their IT department is wedded to the status quo and willing to defend to the death any attempt to change things? These two groups are out of alignment in any buyer’s journey, and recognizing where each group is in your sales process isn’t all that likely to help you sort out their differences.Complex, and Increasingly SoBecause the buyer’s journey is nonlinear, the sales process is now nonlinear as well. Complex B2B sales is ever more complex.I wrote The Lost Art Closing: Winning the 10 Commitments That Drive Sales, to provide salespeople with the commitments that are generally needed to help people and organizations change. The commitments provide a bridge between the sales process and a buyer’s journey, acknowledging the fact that different stakeholders may be in very different places when it comes to their buying journey, and providing some guidance on what to do to help move them forward.last_img read more

Colin Kaepernick Accepts Amnesty Award on Behalf of the

NFL player Colin Kaepernick received the pristine Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award on Saturday (Apr. 21) and acknowledged the killings of Blacks and Latinos in America.The Amnesty International ceremony in Amsterdam holds an annual event to honor a person or organization “dedicated to fighting injustice and using their talents to inspire others.” Kaepernick was selected as the honoree for his stance towards racial injustice and his monumental national anthem protests.During the 30-year-old’s acceptance speech, he blasted police shootings of minorities as “lawful lynchings.”“Racialized oppression and dehumanization is woven into the very fabric of our nation — the effects of which can be seen in the lawful lynching of black and brown people by the police, and the mass incarceration of black and brown lives in the prison industrial complex,” Kaepernick explained.Although he was criticized by NFL teams and President Trump, the former San Francisco player defended his stance on kneeling during the national anthem.“How can you stand for the national anthem of a nation that preaches and propagates, ‘freedom and justice for all,’ that is so unjust to so many of the people living there,” Kaepernick asked.The NFL player still remains a free agent after separating from the San Franciso 49ers in 2016. Many feel Kaepernick is being blackballed in the league, but that never dismayed the player from fighting for social justice. He’s donated at least a million to different organizations and plans to grant $90 million for the next seven years to social justice causes.Secretary-General Salil Shetty of Amnesty International named Kaepernick “an athlete who is now widely recognized for his activism because of his refusal to ignore or accept racial discrimination” the Associated Press reported.The football player’s speech included quotes from civil rights leader Malcolm X to “join in with anyone – I don’t care what color you are – as long as you want to change this miserable condition that exists on this earth,” according to the Washington Post.“In truth, this is an award that I share with all of the countless people throughout the world combating the human rights violations of police officers, and their uses of oppressive and excessive force,” Kaepernick said during his speech.The NFL free agent was presented his award by a long-time friend and former teammate, Eric Reid who protested alongside Kaepernick.Kaepernick paid homage to Reid and his stance against racial injustice.“Eric introducing me for this prestigious award brings me great joy,” Kaepernick said. “But I am also pained by the fact that his taking a knee, and demonstrating courage to protect the rights of black and brown people in America, has also led to his ostracization from the NFL when he is widely recognized as one of the best competitors in the game and in the prime of his career,” Kaepernick stated according to AP. read more

Cygnus Business Media Completes Fifth and Final Sale

first_imgCygnus has sold its final group of brands to Southcomm Business Media. The deal closes the chapter on Cygnus as a standalone company and ends an 18-month process of bank-directed divestments. Terms of the deal were not released. Update: All of the brands in the transaction, including the ones in the November deal, will operate as a division within Southcomm and continue to use the Cygnus Business Media brand. According to Southcomm CEO Chris Ferrell, “primary operations” will remain at Cygnus’s Fort Atkinson, Wis. headquarters.  Corporate Solutions represented Cygnus in all five deals. The other four deals include: • Ag group sold to American Farm Bureau in August 2013 • Heavy construction group sold to AC Business Media in August 2014 • Residential construction group sold to SOLA Group September 2014 • Public safety group sold to Southcomm in November 2014 Southcomm, a niche publisher of city weeklies and regional magazines in the Southeast and Midwest, also bought  the 11-magazine and 7-trade show public safety group from Cygnus in November. In all, Cygnus has dismantled itself through five divestitures that essentially began when CEO John French joined the company in 2009 just as it emerged from bankruptcy protection. French then directed a 7-month realignment around four affinity groups, setting the company up for its eventual piece-by-piece sell-off. Update: All staff associated with the publications and events, including most of the corporate support staff, will transition to Southcomm. Included in the transaction were 10 trade shows, 10 publications and 5 websites for a collection of brands in the aviation, CPA, printing, automatic merchandising and landscape and facilities markets.last_img read more

NBR awards top 10 VAT payers

first_imgThe National Board of Revenue (NBR) has honoured 10 firms for depositing large amounts of value-added tax (VAT) from sales at this year’s Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF) on 26 February. Photo: UNBThe National Board of Revenue (NBR) on Tuesday honoured 10 firms for depositing large amounts of value-added tax (VAT) from sales in 2019- Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF) that ended on 9 February, reports UNBNBR chairman Md Mosharraf Hossain Bhuiyan handed out the awards to the representatives of the companies at an event held in NBR headquarter.Out of 569 companies who took part in the DITF, Hatil Complex Limited, Walton Hi-Tech Industries Ltd, Esquire Electronics Ltd, Rangs Electronics, Butterfly Marketing Ltd, RFL Electronics Ltd, Fair Electronics Ltd, Dural Bal Plastics Ltd, Havana Furniture Ltd and Rangpur Metal Industries Ltd received crests and certificates.Among others, FBCCI Vice-president Sheikh Fazle Fahim and EBP Vice-chairman Bijoy Bhattacharya were present at the programme.last_img read more

Huawei could be included in USChina trade deal Trump

first_imgUS president Donald Trump. File photoPresident Donald Trump said on Thursday US complaints against Huawei Technologies Co Ltd might be resolved within the framework of a US-China trade deal, while at the same time calling the Chinese telecommunications giant “very dangerous.”Washington last week effectively banned US firms from doing business with Huawei, the world’s largest telecoms network gear maker, citing national security concerns.”You look at what they’ve done from a security standpoint, from a military standpoint, it’s very dangerous,” Trump said in remarks at the White House. “If we made a deal, I could imagine Huawei being possibly included in some form or some part of it.”Trump predicted a swift end to the trade war with China, although no high-level talks have been scheduled between the two countries since the last round of negotiations ended in Washington two weeks ago.Shares of S&P technology and industrial companies, bellwethers of trade sentiment, fell more than 2% on Thursday as the market slumped in a sign the conflict was being seen as a battle not just over trade but also about who controls global technology.Earlier on Thursday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused the chief executive of Huawei, Ren Zhengfei, of lying about his company’s lack of ties to the Beijing government, which he said represented a security risk.”The company is deeply tied not only to China but to the Chinese Communist Party. And that connectivity, the existence of those connections puts American information that crosses those networks at risk,” he said.Huawei has repeatedly denied it is controlled by the Chinese government, military or intelligence services.Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou, who is Ren’s daughter, was arrested in Canada in December and faces extradition to the United States on charges she conspired to defraud global banks about Huawei’s relationship with a company operating in Iran. She and the company deny the charges.Tech companies around the world have fallen in line with US curbs on the company. Japanese conglomerate Panasonic Corp said it had stopped shipments of some Huawei components, a day after British chip designer ARM did the same, potentially crippling the Chinese company’s ability to make new chips for smartphones.Asked if he believed more firms would stop working with Huawei, Pompeo told CNBC in an interview Thursday: “We do. We’ve been working at the State Department to make sure that everyone understands the risks.”US Help For Tech Firms, FarmersUS lawmakers moved on Wednesday to provide about $700 million in grants to help US telecoms providers with the cost of removing Huawei equipment from their networks, and to block the use of equipment or services from Huawei and Chinese telecoms firm ZTE in next-generation 5G networks.On Thursday, China’s Commerce Ministry hit back.”If the United States wants to continue trade talks, they should show sincerity and correct their wrong actions. Negotiations can only continue on the basis of equality and mutual respect,” spokesman Gao Feng told a weekly briefing.”We will closely monitor relevant developments and prepare necessary responses,” he said, without elaborating.Trump hiked tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods on May 10 and threatened to slap tariffs of up to 25% on an additional list of Chinese imports worth about $300 billion, prompting China to respond with levies of its own.Sources have said the trade talks stalled after China tried to delete commitments from a draft agreement that its laws would be changed to enact new policies on issues from intellectual property protection to forced technology transfers.With no resolution in sight, US Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Thursday announced a $16 billion aid program to help US farmers hurt by the conflict, with some funds to be used to open markets outside China to US products. Farmers have been among those hardest hit by the trade war.Retailers, including Best Buy Co Inc and Walmart Inc , are also warning that the tariffs will raise prices for consumers. The newest round will cost the typical American household $831 annually, according to research Thursday from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.Of a list of 20 companies compiled by Goldman Sachs that derive a substantial portion of their sales from China, the average stock price decline since Trump’s tweet on May 5 signaling that tariff increases were coming is nearly 15% compared with a 4.5% drop for the wider S&P 500 Index.FlashpointsIn Thursday’s interview, Pompeo confirmed a New York Times report on Wednesday that China was using high-tech surveillance to set up an intrusive policing effort that could be used to subdue its minorities, including ethnic Muslim Uighurs.The United States is considering Huawei-like sanctions on Chinese video surveillance firm Hikvision Digital Technology Co Ltd over the issue, a person briefed on the matter said.Also feeding into tensions, the US military said it sent two Navy ships through the Taiwan Strait on Wednesday, prompting Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang to lodge “stern representations.”Taiwan is one of a growing number of flashpoints in the US-China relationship, which also include China’s increasingly muscular military posture in the South China Sea, where the United States also conducts freedom-of-navigation patrols.Trump has embraced protectionism as part of an “America First” agenda aimed at rebalancing global trade.He is expected to meet Chinese president Xi Jinping at a G20 summit in Japan on 28-29 June, around the time when the next levies could be ready, according to US treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin’s calculations.last_img read more

Recovery Process Underway In Brazoria And Fort Bend Counties After Flooding

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share Listen Al OrtizSome parts of Brazoria County are still surrounded by high water. This file photo shows a home located in the Angleton area that was flooded due to the severe weather Southeast Texas has experienced since the end of May.President Barack Obama has signed a disaster declaration for Texas because of the severe storms and flooding the state has suffered since the end of May.The President’s declaration makes federal funding available for individuals who live in 12 counties, including Brazoria and Fort Bend.Fort Bend County workers are already removing debris and representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are establishing recovery centers.The assistance provided by FEMA can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, as well as low-interest loans to cover uninsured property losses.Fort Bend County Judge Bob Hebert says 4,000 residents have seen their homes flooded and the losses in public infrastructure are estimated at $14 million so far.“These are damages to county and city and state-owned properties,” explains Hebert, who specifies the damage has impacted bridges and creeks, among other things.The damage to public property is also in the millions in Brazoria County, according to County Judge Matt Sebesta.Sebesta notes that, although they are entering the recovery phase, some parts of the area, like the town of Holiday Lakes, are still surrounded by high water.As part of the recovery efforts, hundreds of Red Cross workers are deployed in Brazoria, Fort Bend and other counties distributing cleaning products and other supplies.“We’ve been providing things like rakes and shovels. I spoke with a client who had actually been using the shovels to not only clean up the debris in her house, but she also had a lot of snakes that had been left there as the water receded,” said Mallory Scheve, a Red Cross spokesperson. X 00:00 /01:23last_img read more