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first_imgROYAL OAKS GOLF COURSERoyal Oaks Golf Course is just half a mile south of the Spirit Gate on Highway 23. The beautiful facility opened in 2005 and also features banquet facilities. The golf course summer hours of operation are 7 a.m. to sunset, and the winter (November to March) hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Actual hours may vary based on weather and seasonal light. Duffer’s Grill, just inside the main building, is open 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the winter months and 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the summer months, Monday through Friday.For tournaments and league information, please visit the golf course on Facebook or at www.whitemanfss.com. Call 660-687-5572 for tee times. Calling ahead is recommended given the number of tournaments throughout the year.985 SE 130 RoadKnob Noster, MO 65336Commercial 660-687-5572DSN 975-5572LIBRARYThe base library has more than 25,000 items available. It also offers wireless internet and an interlibrary loan service, which allows materials to be requested from libraries across the country to be loaned to the base library for use by patrons. Special services include a computer lab with internet, scanners, a test-preparation collection, a wide variety of documentary and entertainment DVDs, audiobooks and music CDs, and many magazines and local newspapers. In addition, a library card allows access to all DOD and Air Force Library subscription online resources — thousands of full-text journals, a foreign language online resource, e-books, e-audiobooks and much more.Hours of operation: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Closed Sundays and holidays.511 Spirit Blvd., Bldg. 515Whiteman AFB, MO 65305Commercial 660-687-5614DSN 975-5614MISSION’S ENDAn all-ranks club.Hours of operation: Breakfast is 6 to 9:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. Lunch is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Dinner is 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.322 Spirit Ave.Whiteman AFB, MO 65305Commercial 660-687-4422DSN 975-4422last_img read more

How to Deal With Job Site Delays

first_imgI don’t know about the rest of you, but I felt like I needed a break from thinking about and talking about the impact of COVID-19 and the quarantine measures that we are taking — personally and professionally.That said, the topic is at least a little inescapable. For my dealers who’ve still been open the past few months, one of the many challenges they’ve faced has been delays on the commercial/industrial installations they were working on. That got me thinking about dealing with job site delays, and how to deal with them.It’s comforting to know that — whatever the situation — there’s always an aphorism, or at the very least a sports analogy that sums up the situation nicely.One classic aphorism states that “work expands to fill the time available.” There’s also a corollary of the obverse that states, “if there can be delays on a project, then there will be delays.” We’ve all experienced this firsthand.There can be any number of reasons for delays. Mostly they fall into two categories: reasons that you’re responsible for, reasons that you aren’t.The most egregious delay on a project that I can recall was about six months. As you well know, if you’re doing the AV, you’re going in last, after all the other major trades are done or mostly done. In this instance, it was both the electricians and the HVAC guys who kept telling the client “Oops!” and having to go back and make changes. For six months. Six. Months.Why the client kept them on the job was a mystery. Meanwhile, I spent most of my time working on other projects, reviewing my design work for the project mentioned above, and periodically reassuring the client that when it was our turn, we wouldn’t be as annoying as their other contractors.AV pros are more or less dependent on the work of several trades on the job site. Your installation depends on the electrician, the HVAC guy, the cabinetmaker and maybe even the pool contractor. Even if you aren’t causing delays, with that many variables, delays are almost inevitable.See related  From Facebook and BeyondOperationally, delays can sometimes be a blessing; delays on one project allow you to get more done on other jobs. Telling other clients and site supers that they’ve been moved up on your schedule rather than back is better than the reverse.Of course, if every single one of the projects you have on the go gets delayed, that can be a problem.And I don’t want to imply that facing delays is always good, either. There’s a financial risk that comes with having projects delayed. As the saying goes, time is money. For that matter, money is money. Sitting on hold impacts your cash flow. And you still have expenses while you’re sitting there not getting paid.There are strategies to minimize risk. One is to endeavor to keep your project portfolio mixed with projects of varying sizes. Large, complex projects are more likely to face delays. Having several smaller projects queued up at any one time goes a long way to filling in the gaps.Many AV pros I’ve dealt with make an effort to keep a steady stream of one and two-day AV jobs in the pipe and slot those in between the multiday install phases of their big six-figure jobs. That keeps them cash-flow positive while they’re stuck waiting for phase payments for their big jobs.Tangentially, one AV pro I used to know shunned large, complex projects and specialized entirely on small and medium-sized residential jobs. He applied the adage “more money, more problems” and focused on quick projects that he got paid equally quickly on. That might not be the right solution for you, but it’s definitely one solution.last_img read more

Los Alamos MainStreet Thanks Community And Visitors For Successful ScienceFest 2019!

first_imgFestival organizers also wish to thank sponsors and partners – including the Los Alamos Hill Stompers who provided music during the Kickoff Party and during Discovery Day – exhibitors, vendors and volunteers in the community for helping make the festival a success. Sponsors who made the event possible include Los Alamos County, Enterprise Bank & Trust, Longenecker & Associates, HB Construction, First National 1870, Triad National Security, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Del Norte Credit Union, N3B Los Alamos, The Education Plan, Los Alamos Medical Center, 89.1FM KANW, The Jemez Agency Insurance, and Century Bank. Scene from Los Alamos ScienceFest 2019. Courtesy photo The Scientist Look Alike Contest winner on Saturday was Sylvie S. The following partners were instrumental in developing programming and other elements of ScienceFest: American Chemical Society, Anthonyography, Atomic City Transit, Atomic City Tours, Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op, Biocultura Santa Fe, Bradbury Science Museum, DanceWorx, Explora, Feynman Center at LANL, The Fractal Foundation, Thad Hahn, Edwin Hyde, LARSO, Los Alamos Arts Council, Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce, Los Alamos County, Los Alamos Daily Post, Los Alamos Historical Society, Los Alamos Nature Center (PEEC), Manhattan Project National Historical Park, The National Museum of Nuclear Science and History, Tibbar Plasma Technologies, UbiQD, Ken Uher, UNM-LA, and The Family YMCA. Mark your calendars for the 2020 Los Alamos ScienceFest, July 14-19, with Discovery Day planned for Saturday, July 18, 2019. Details will be posted at www.LosAlamosMainStreet.com, www.LosAlamosScienceFest.com or follow us on the Los Alamos MainStreet , Creative District and Los Alamos ScienceFest Facebook pages. Raffle prize winners have been notified and can pick up their prizes at the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation suite at 190 Central Park Square. First Place Beginner Course: Toby King, DJI Mavic drone, 15.6 seconds.Second Place Beginner Course: Joseph Maes, Sky Viper drone, 15.9 seconds Los Alamos MainStreet News: In addition to the two contests, ScienceFest Discovery Day attendees also a chance to win one of more than 20 raffle prizes, including an iPad, telescope and many gifts generously donated by the local chapter of the American Chemical Society. Attendees came to share their love of science in the town, “Where Discoveries Are Made.” More than 70 exhibitors and vendors provided unique and interactive Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) related activities during the July 13 Discovery Day at Ashley Pond Park and Fuller Lodge Lawn.  ScienceFest is a Los Alamos MainStreet event created in partnership with Los Alamos County and the Los Alamos Creative District. Thank you to the many local businesses that offered science-themed gifts, food and libations throughout ScienceFest this year. The 12th annual Los Alamos ScienceFest attracted attendees from near and far throughout the 6-day festival that took place July 9-14.  The Drone Zone competition was back in 2019, with four winners receiving up to $150 in Chamber Checks, redeemable at dozens of local businesses. Scene from Los Alamos ScienceFest 2019. Courtesy photo First Place Advanced: Adam Collins, Parrot ANAFI drone, 30.5 secondsSecond Place Advanced: Joseph Maes, Sky Viper drone, 41.2 seconds Survey and map pinning results show that Discovery Day, in particular, had visitors from Los Alamos County, 18 surrounding communities, 29 states beyond New Mexico and seven countries. Scene from Los Alamos ScienceFest 2019. Courtesy photolast_img read more

COVID-19 Growth Curves For March 31, 2020

first_imgThis figure shows the recent growth in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases for several US states, using data through Tuesday 31 March. Dashed lines show exponential growth curves, labeled by doubling time in days. Many states now seem to be seeing a slight reduction in their exponential growth rates, as recent data points drop below the dashed lines matching their growth over the past two weeks. This is very good news. But the disease is still spreading, as new cases appear everywhere. The growth in New York now has a doubling time even longer than 4 days. Its earlier rapid growth with 1.4-day doubling may have been an effect of rapid expansion in testing, rather than actual spread of the disease. Data are from several sources: from state reports (for New Mexico and Colorado), from https://ncov2019.live/data, from the Johns Hopkins U. GitHub repository https://github.com/CSSEGISandData/COVID-19, from https://github.com/COVID19Tracking/covid-tracking-data, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2020_coronavirus_pandemic_in_California, and from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2020_coronavirus_pandemic_in_New_York_(state). Created by Nels Hoffmanlast_img read more

SKF Establishes Mike McGrath Memorial Fund To Support Community Crisis Center

first_imgELGIN, Ill. – SKF has worked with the family of Mike McGrath to establish the Michael McGrath Sr. Memorial Fund as a meaningful way to honor his legacy. McGrath passed away suddenly in October. “Mike visited the crisis center on a number of occasions to interact with those who just needed a friend to talk to,” says Kenyatta Matlock, a longtime center volunteer and manager at SKF. “Mike would often cook dinner for the residents and made an effort to talk to each woman and child to offer words of encouragement during some of the toughest times.” How To Contribute to the Michael McGrath Sr. Memorial Fund The Center provides a safe haven for many women and children in need, but sadly it cannot accommodate all those seeking help. The Michael McGrath Sr. Memorial Fund will help provide housing and day care assistance for those in need and may support the purchase of an additional multi-unit residence in the Elgin area. This is a designated trust fund and qualified 501(c)(3) that may be considered a charitable deduction for US income tax purposes.  The fund advisers include Dave Lewandowski (David.F.Lewandowski@skf.com), 224-535-2725 from SKF as well as Mike’s daughter Jenna.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement The fund benefits the Community Crisis Center in Elgin, Ill., where Mike was a longtime supporter and frequent volunteer. The Community Crisis Center in Elgin aids Chicago area individuals and families who need it most – those who are victims of domestic violence and abuse, sexual assault or financial difficulties that have led to homelessness and despair. Contributions can be made online through the Chicago Community Trust (CCT), a non-profit organization providing fund administration. You can go to the CCT website: http://www.cct.org where you can click “Give” at the top of the page, then “Give online” on the left menu bar and then follow down the list to click on the “Michael McGrath, Sr. Memorial Fund.” (or click the fund name link to go directly there).  A confirmation email will be sent upon receipt of any donation that is made to the fund.last_img read more

Jumbo presents new corporate website

first_imgThe heavy lift transport and installation company says it aims to become more transparent and attract business via the Internet.It adds that by upgrading its online presentation, it wants to underline the A-brand status that the company enjoys globally and help attract talent for the shipping and offshore sectors.A month ago, Jumbo also launched a micro site on the two new K-Class vessels that are being built:www.newgeneration-k.nl.Both websites are equipped with support material including photos, videos and animations which inform visitors about the engineering background to many of Jumbo’s transport and installation projects.www.jumbojobs.eulast_img read more

Rhine-Rhône route set

first_imgA PREFERRED route for the first phase of the planned TGV Rhine-Rhône line was announced on July 5. The so-called ‘barreau Est’ option was agreed unanimously by a committee set up to develop the project and report back to the French Ministry of Transport. The decision paves the way for a detailed financial analysis of the scheme, which should enable a public enquiry to start next February under the process leading to a Declaration of Public Utility.The favoured route would run from Auxonne, between Dijon and Dole, to Petit-Croix just east of Belfort. This was one of two options agreed for detailed study last October; the other would run from Devecey north of Besançon to Lutterbach north of Mulhouse. Infrastructure works for the two options were both costed at Fr8·9bn, but the favoured option offered 30% more traffic.Construction of TGV Rhine-Rhône would cut the Paris – Mulhouse journey time to 2h 36 min and Lyon – Strasbourg to 3h 13min. An intermediate station at Devecey would serve Besançon.No funding has been identified for the line, which is backed by the régions of Alsace, Bourgogne and Franche-Comté. The French government is bidding for EU funds under the TENs programme.On July 9 SNCF confirmed that it was ordering a further 12 TGV Duplex double-deck trains from Alstom for 230m euros. The original order covered 45 sets with options for 55, but was later cut back to 30. The extra 300 km/h sets will be delivered from September 2001, ready for the opening of TGV Méditerranée.last_img read more

Miss World Kenya stripped of her title

first_imgMiss World Kenya stripped of her titleKenya’s Miss World, Roshanara Ebrahim has been stripped of her title and will not represent the country in the coming Miss World event.“A grave situation has come to our attention that is in breach of our code of conduct and our contract with the reigning Miss World Kenya 2016 Roshanara . We uphold a strict code of conduct that expects beauty queens to manage their public and private life,” a press release signed by the Miss World Kenya franchise holder and Ashleys CEO Terry Mungai read in part.“It is with great sadness that I accept the decision of Miss World Kenya o­ ce to relinquish me of my duties as Miss World Kenya 2016. I urge aspiring beauty queens to ensure their personal life does not affect their role as Miss World Kenya. I wish my successor the best as we look to clinching top position in the Miss World competition later in the year,” said Roshanara after getting the news.Source: Standard Digitallast_img read more

Lorain Titans Dominate Amherst 111-49

first_imgLORAIN – The last game to ever be played at the old Southview gymnasium took place Friday night and the Lorain Titans were sure to send it off with style.Numerous records were broke as the Titans put on an offensive clinic en route to a 111-49 win over Amherst in their sectional finals showdown.The 111 points were the most scored in a game in the school’s history as the Titans ran their overall record up to 19-3.They also set a record, one they just broke last Wednesday, in three-pointers made in a game with 15 total.“We feel like we played the way Lorain is supposed to play basketball,” Lorain coach John Rositano said. “We passed up good shots to get great ones and when a team with these type of shooters do that you see what can happen.”Six Lorain players knocked down three’s as the Titans shot 15-29 from beyond the arc.“It’s funny because a lot of teams play zones against us,” Rositano said. “I think they’re figuring out that we can shoot the basketball pretty well.”There wasn’t a moment in the game where Lorain wasn’t in control.Lorain pulled down a season-high 60 total rebounds, out-rebounding the Comets (29) by 31.Davis led Lorain with a game-high 18 points as seven different Titans scored in double figures.“It’s fun when every one gets involved,” Davis said. “Our bench could probably start for a lot of teams.”Lorain will take on Avon in the district semifinals Wednesday at Elyria Catholic high school. Paul Williams Related TopicsAmherstHigh School BasketballLorain TitansOhiolast_img read more