Toddler, 3, makes life-saving 911 call after mother collapses

first_imgKTRK(CLEVELAND, Texas) — Most toddlers are learning how to write or count. Thankfully, one Texas 3-year-old learned how to call 911.Dorothy Craig, of Cleveland, Texas, may very well have saved her mother’s life — or her siblings’ lives — on Wednesday when she collapsed and fell unconscious on the floor, according to Houston ABC station KTRK.That’s when Dorothy, not even old enough to go to school, sprang into action. The youngster picked up a phone and immediately called 911.In audio released of the 911 call, the dispatcher who picked up the phone is heard answering, “Liberty County 911.” Dorothy responded, “Mommy.”However, the little girl was unable to provide more information as the diligent dispatcher stuck with it to try to get more information from the girl.Eventually, when asked where her mother was, Dorothy was able to say “on the floor.”The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office was able to track the cellphone to find out generally where the call was coming from and found Dorothy’s mother, Miranda, after going door-to-door for a half hour.“I’m extremely proud of her. She’s such a smart little girl and she’s so charismatic,” Miranda said.Dorothy has two younger siblings, 2-year-old and 5 months old, who were also in the house unattended with their mother unconscious.Miranda suffers from narcolepsy, which causes people to suddenly fall asleep and can include hallucinations, loss of muscle control and muscle paralysis. She was treated by paramedics who responded to her home.Dorothy isn’t a one-hit wonder though. Miranda said she’s called 911 for her mother before.“When she was really little, I taught her how to call 911,” Miranda said. “And she’s done it for me twice now, and she’s my little … she’s my little hero.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Woman accused of lying about firefighter husband to collect $11K in donations: Police

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — Police are investigating a Southern California woman who allegedly exploited last month’s Holy Fire by posing as a fireman’s wife in a scheme to bilk $11,000 from unwitting donors, authorities said.Ashley Bemis, 28, allegedly posted on a community page on Facebook saying that her husband was fighting the fire that scorched over 23,000 acres in Orange and Riverside counties and requested donations in his honor, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.“My Shane works for Cal Fire and is out on the Holy Fire right now,” she allegedly wrote on the page, according to court documents. “I also have two other family members and many friends out on this fire and other fires burning here in California. I received a text today from Shane saying it’s pretty much a living hell out there battling the unpredictable ‘Holy Hell Fire.’”“I wanted to put it out there to everyone and say I will happily meet you and pick up any donation to the firefighters and first responders that are on the front lines right now,” the post allegedly added.The Facebook post has since been deleted. Bemis had not been charged or arrested as of early Tuesday morning and did not immediately respond to an ABC News request for comment.When sheriffs showed up at Bemis’ apartment and garage with a search warrant they found over $11,000 in cash and gifts — all allegedly scammed out of charitable neighbors.“We believe [she collected these items] knowing she was not taking them to benefit the firefighters,” Carrie Braun, a spokesperson for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said.“We took this very seriously because we know that people were donating out of the good of their hearts to a cause that they believed was really going to be going to the people they were donating to. Unfortunately this seemed to be well planned, well organized fraud case,” Braun told ABC News.Investigators said they were tipped off by suspicious social media users who claimed Bemis had a “long history” of misrepresenting herself to “obtain free items from caring people by making them feel sorry for her,” according to a search warrant obtained by the Orange County sheriff.“Once she received those items she turned around and sold those items to make a profit from them,” an investigator wrote in the warrant application. “The postings referred to Ashley as a scammer. In less than a week the donations sites all stopped taking items for Ashley because of the alleged fraud.”One investigator said he spoke with Cal Fire Capt. Tina Brady, who found no record of a firefighter by the name of Shane Goodman in California or anywhere else in the U.S.She said Bemis’ list included items that firefighters would “never use.” Brady also told police that firefighters deployed to battle the Holy Fire were given “everything they needed,” slept in hotels and they do not take baths using bottled water — as Bemis allegedly claimed in her posts.No charges have been filed yet against Bemis. Authorities are now asking the public come forward and fill out a questionnaire, detailing anything they may have donated in response to Bemis’ alleged requests for those battling the Holy Fire.Investigators say they will try to match those questionnaires to the thousands of dollars’ worth of items they found in a garage at her apartment during the search warrant, and present that as evidence to the District Attorney’s office.“She was really taking advantage of individuals that were coming from a good place … preying on people’s willingness to help so we really want to do everything we can to hold her accountable for the things that she’s done,” Braun said.The focus of the investigation is on the Holy Fire Donations — but investigators said they spoke with Bemis and several witnesses who claimed they’d been duped by Bemis in the past.One woman told police that Bemis once faked a pregnancy and told her that her husband had left the county to take care of sick mother, leaving her alone with no help.“My first experience with Ashley was in 2012, when she faked a pregnancy by wearing graduating pregnancy suits for 9 months, claiming that her husband Shane had died of a terminal illness, and that her first 2-year-old child had died of a heart defect,” the witness posted on Facebook, according to court documents.“She was all alone so we all rallied around her, and the ladies even threw her a baby shower, where she gladly accepted our gifts.”The witness said she eventually got Bemis to “admit that it was all a hoax and that she had been wearing a pregnancy suit the whole time,” but she refused to return the donations.Another woman named in the search warrant affidavit tells ABC News she hired Bemis as a nanny for her son in 2011. Less than a year later, “I came across a photo of my son, dressed up as a girl and her claiming that it was her daughter… I was horrified,” Emily Strickland told ABC News.Strickland told authorities about the ordeal, and says she obtained a restraining order against Bemis, fearing her son would be kidnapped.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.,iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — Police are investigating a Southern California woman who allegedly exploited last month’s Holy Fire by posing as a fireman’s wife in a scheme to bilk $11,000 from unwitting donors, authorities said.Ashley Bemis, 28, allegedly posted on a community page on Facebook saying that her husband was fighting the fire that scorched over 23,000 acres in Orange and Riverside counties and requested donations in his honor, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.“My Shane works for Cal Fire and is out on the Holy Fire right now,” she allegedly wrote on the page, according to court documents. “I also have two other family members and many friends out on this fire and other fires burning here in California. I received a text today from Shane saying it’s pretty much a living hell out there battling the unpredictable ‘Holy Hell Fire.’”“I wanted to put it out there to everyone and say I will happily meet you and pick up any donation to the firefighters and first responders that are on the front lines right now,” the post allegedly added.The Facebook post has since been deleted. Bemis had not been charged or arrested as of early Tuesday morning and did not immediately respond to an ABC News request for comment.When sheriffs showed up at Bemis’ apartment and garage with a search warrant they found over $11,000 in cash and gifts — all allegedly scammed out of charitable neighbors.“We believe [she collected these items] knowing she was not taking them to benefit the firefighters,” Carrie Braun, a spokesperson for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said.“We took this very seriously because we know that people were donating out of the good of their hearts to a cause that they believed was really going to be going to the people they were donating to. Unfortunately this seemed to be well planned, well organized fraud case,” Braun told ABC News.Investigators said they were tipped off by suspicious social media users who claimed Bemis had a “long history” of misrepresenting herself to “obtain free items from caring people by making them feel sorry for her,” according to a search warrant obtained by the Orange County sheriff.“Once she received those items she turned around and sold those items to make a profit from them,” an investigator wrote in the warrant application. “The postings referred to Ashley as a scammer. In less than a week the donations sites all stopped taking items for Ashley because of the alleged fraud.”One investigator said he spoke with Cal Fire Capt. Tina Brady, who found no record of a firefighter by the name of Shane Goodman in California or anywhere else in the U.S.She said Bemis’ list included items that firefighters would “never use.” Brady also told police that firefighters deployed to battle the Holy Fire were given “everything they needed,” slept in hotels and they do not take baths using bottled water — as Bemis allegedly claimed in her posts.No charges have been filed yet against Bemis. Authorities are now asking the public come forward and fill out a questionnaire, detailing anything they may have donated in response to Bemis’ alleged requests for those battling the Holy Fire.Investigators say they will try to match those questionnaires to the thousands of dollars’ worth of items they found in a garage at her apartment during the search warrant, and present that as evidence to the District Attorney’s office.“She was really taking advantage of individuals that were coming from a good place … preying on people’s willingness to help so we really want to do everything we can to hold her accountable for the things that she’s done,” Braun said.The focus of the investigation is on the Holy Fire Donations — but investigators said they spoke with Bemis and several witnesses who claimed they’d been duped by Bemis in the past.One woman told police that Bemis once faked a pregnancy and told her that her husband had left the county to take care of sick mother, leaving her alone with no help.“My first experience with Ashley was in 2012, when she faked a pregnancy by wearing graduating pregnancy suits for 9 months, claiming that her husband Shane had died of a terminal illness, and that her first 2-year-old child had died of a heart defect,” the witness posted on Facebook, according to court documents.“She was all alone so we all rallied around her, and the ladies even threw her a baby shower, where she gladly accepted our gifts.”The witness said she eventually got Bemis to “admit that it was all a hoax and that she had been wearing a pregnancy suit the whole time,” but she refused to return the donations.Another woman named in the search warrant affidavit tells ABC News she hired Bemis as a nanny for her son in 2011. Less than a year later, “I came across a photo of my son, dressed up as a girl and her claiming that it was her daughter… I was horrified,” Emily Strickland told ABC News.Strickland told authorities about the ordeal, and says she obtained a restraining order against Bemis, fearing her son would be kidnapped.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Cops arrest cyclist for allegedly assaulting George Floyd activists who were posting flyers in park

first_imgObtained by ABC NewsBy IVAN PEREIRA, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Police arrested a cyclist Friday who was allegedly caught on video assaulting and cursing at activists who were posting flyers in support of George Floyd earlier this week.Anthony Brennan III, 60, of Kensington, Maryland, surrendered to police Friday and was charged with three counts of second-degree assault for the incident that took place Monday on Capital Crescent Trail, according to the Maryland-National Capital Park Police.The three young adults, two women and a man, were posting flyers in the park promoting justice for Floyd that read, “Killer Cops Will Not Go Free,” when Brennan confronted them, according to the police.The three young adults, two women and a man, were posting flyers in the park promoting justice for Floyd that read, “Killer Cops Will Not Go Free,” when Brennan confronted them, according to the police.He was videotaped approaching one of the women, despite cries from a second woman to stay away, and forcefully grabbed the flyer from the woman’s hands.The man filming is heard shouting, “Hey, leave her alone,” as the suspect approaches the woman. The other woman, off camera, shouts, “Do not touch her,” but Brennan rips the flyers out of her hands anyway. They plead with him “to just walk away,” but he then went after the man who filmed the incident.After cursing at the group, the Brennan took his bike and rammed the man who filmed the encounter, before shouting at him to take the signs down.No one was seriously hurt.Investigators said they received several tips from the public since the video was circulated and talked with Brennan and his attorney Friday morning. He allowed police to search his home and they collected “items of evidentiary value,” before serving him with an arrest warrant.“The Maryland-National Capital Park Police appreciates the courage and civic engagement of the victims who came forward in this matter,” the police said in a statement. “We thank the community for the abundance of tips and information shared.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Data Architect and Report Writer

first_imgFingering: Picking, pinching, typing or otherwise working,primarily with fingers rather than with whole hand or arm as inhandling.Grasping: Applying pressure to an object with the fingers andpalm.Repetitive motions: Making substantial movements (motions) ofthe wrists, hands, and/or fingers. Supports finance and human capital management initiatives bycreating reports, providing environments and solutions to aidin-depth data analysis by others, data summarization, and datavisualization as requested.Engages directly with functional offices to define data/reportrequirements, translate those requirements into actionable plans,and execute those plans to provide quality solutions.Interprets, manages, manipulates and stages back-end data tofacilitate ease of access and use by stakeholder offices.Identifies, obtains, and supports analysis of institutional andother relevant data as defined by functional offices in a timelymanner, ensuring it is accurate and easily digestible.Creates and delivers reports for internal use by functionaloffices and/or broader offering for the campus community.Consults functional areas on methods to optimize reportdevelopment and delivery for highest efficiency and ease ofmaintenance.Supports and enhances institutional data governance activitiesand policies.Develops, documents and maintains data environment design fornew or revised datasets.Develops and implements training protocols related to reportingand data governance activities.Follows the ITS Information Security Program and industrystandard best practices to help ensure the confidentiality,integrity, and availability of all data and IT resources.Other related duties as assigned. Working Conditions: NoneTypes of Work:Sedentary work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionallyand/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly tolift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including thehuman body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobsare sedentary if walking and standing are required onlyoccasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.Work Schedule: M-F, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm with occasional hours outsideof normal business hours to be expected/anticipated. Remote work isa possibility for this role.Benefit EligibleFLSA:ExemptWeekly Hours:35Minimum Pay:$63,821.00Pay commensurate with experience.Washington and Lee affirms that diverse perspectives andbackgrounds enhance our community. We are committed to therecruitment, enrichment, and retention of students, faculty, andstaff who embody many experiences, cultures, points of view,interests, and identities. As engaged citizens in a global anddiverse society, we seek to advance a positive learning and workingenvironment for all through open and substantive dialogue.Washington and Lee is an Equal Opportunity Employer. As such, weare interested in candidates who are committed to high standards ofscholarship, performance and professionalism and to the developmentof a campus climate that supports equality and diversity in ourfaculty, staff and student body. Job description requirements arerepresentative, but not all-inclusive of the knowledge, skill, andabilities needed to successfully perform this job. Reasonableaccommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals withdisabilities to perform essential functions. Job Description:This full-time professional position serves as a data specialistand analyst for ITS with primary focus on finance and human capitalmanagement data needs within Workday and related products. The DataAnalyst and Report Writer ensures data is stored accurately,appropriately and with a high level of importance centered on itssecurity to ensure that data can be easily accessed, analyzed andrepresented by finance and human capital management throughreporting tools. Supporting the total data lifecycle, this rolewill focus primarily on all data and reporting needs of finance andhuman capital management while enforcing and enhancinginstitutional data governance activity and policies. The DataAnalyst and Report Writer role will also be required to support newdata initiatives and related integrations where required.The Data Analyst and Report Writer must demonstrate exceptionalinterpersonal, organizational, time management, and analyticalskills to produce timely and accurate datasets and reports. Theanalyst will serve in a role that is managed by ITS with directaccountability for finance and human capital management data needs.The role will be required to assimilate within those functionaloffices and within the broader ITS department to maximize supportoptions for best possible solutions.Washington and Lee University actively promotes a dynamic andinclusive environment that allows students and employees ofmultiple backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives to learn, work,and thrive together. Successful candidates will contribute to thatenvironment and exhibit potential for excellence in their areas ofexpertise.Essential and Related Functions: Minimum Qualifications:Bachelor’s degree required with two or more years of experiencesuccessfully developing accurate reports, queries, and other dataoutputs using common toolsets (examples include Informer, SSRS,Cognos, Excel). Must have proven experience working with datasetsfrom cloud-based, on-premise, and hybrid technical environments;preferably in higher education. Experience working with WorkdayHCM, Payroll, and Financials datasets/reporting and Workday PrismAnalytics familiarity is advantageous in this role. Must have acustomer-focused attitude with proven success meeting customerneeds in a timely, effective, and innovative manner. Translatesbusiness questions and requirements into reports, templates, andanalytical views. Must have a demonstrated ability to work withdatasets of all types and sizes utilizing analytical andproblem-solving skills. Knowledgeable in data gathering, cleaningand transforming techniques with the ability to write complexqueries to blend and manipulate data from multiple sources. Strongunderstanding of data warehousing and ETL techniques. This rolerequires the ability to interact at all levels of the organization,set and meet deadlines, have excellent attention to detail, managequality control and troubleshoot data. Must understand technicalarchitecture, security, integrations, reporting platforms, recordsmanagement, data management, and overall approaches to informationaccuracy. Demonstrated success dealing with ambiguity and abilityto learn on the fly to understand, define, and solve new problems.Must have a proven ability to work and thrive in a team environmentand independently: exhibiting an exceptional ability to effectivelycommunicate verbally and written in a manner which is clear,logical and consistent.Application InstructionsUpload a resume and cover letter. You will be asked to providecontact information for professional references in the applicationquestionnaire.Review of applications will begin immediately and continue untilposition is filled.External Applicants: Please upload your resume on theQuick Apply screen. Your application will automaticallypopulate your resume details, and you may verify and update data onthe My Information page. Add your cover letter andany other documents required for the position to the Resume/CVdocument upload section at the bottom of the My Experienceapplication page. You will not be able to modify yourapplication after you submit it. The My Experience pageis the only opportunity to add your cover letter and supportingdocument attachments. The online application form requires youprovide names and contact information for three professionalreferences.Current W&L Employees: Apply from your existing Workdayaccount. Do not apply from the website. Log in to Workday. Click onthe Career Application and select the Open W&L Jobsreport. Locate the position and click Apply. Update yourEducation and Job History. Attach your coverletter and resume, and provide three professionalreferences in the appropriate boxes. Refer to this Job Aid for additional guidance.Physical Requirements:last_img read more

Pharrell’s Billionaire Boys Club to open store in Wynwood

first_img Email Address* Pharrell Williams and David Lerner with a photo of 2545 Northwest Third Avenue and a rendering of the Billionaire Boys Club exterior (Getty, Google Maps, Lerner Family Properties)Billionaire Boys Club plans to open a store in Miami’s trendy Wynwood neighborhood.The Pharrell Williams-owned clothing brand inked a lease for 5,700 square feet at 2545 Northwest Third Avenue in a building that formerly housed a wholesale shoe company, according to a release. The site is across from Zak the Baker, Walt Grace Vintage and the Wynwood Garage. Lease terms were not disclosed.The store is expected to open in late 2021, according to a spokesperson. It will be Billionaire Boys Club’s second full-scale store in the U.S., following its flagship in New York City.David Lerner of Dwntwn Realty Advisors represented both sides of the Wynwood deal.Williams started Billionaire Boys Club in 2003 alongside fashion designer and A Bathing Ape creator Nigo and Japanese graphic designer Sk8thing. The new Wynwood location will sell clothes from the Billionaire Boys Club line as well as brands including Icecream, Adidas, CDG Play, Human Made, Medicom, Neighborhood and Wtaps“To date, BBC is the largest fashion tenant to commit to Wynwood, and it did so during a pandemic,” Dwntwn co-founder Tony Arellano said in a statement.Billionaire Boys Club will open in a 14,903-square-foot building owned by brother and sister Irving and Esther Lerner of Lerner Family Properties. The building will be divided into three individual units with Billionaire Boys Club as the anchor.Billionaire Boys Club has operated a pop-up location in Wynwood since the end of 2018, at 255 Northwest 25th Street, according to the spokesperson. It will vacate that site, where a new Moxy by Marriott hotel will be built, when it opens its Wynwood store.Wynwood has been undergoing a transition in the past several years, with new retail stores, restaurants and multifamily projects.In September, Magellan Housing and its celebrity partner, Miami Heat star Udonis Haslem, won approval from Miami’s Omni Community Redevelopment Agency for a proposed 12-story, mixed-use apartment project at 2035 North Miami Avenue in the southern end of Wynwood.This summer, East End Capital scored approval from the Miami Urban Development Review Board for Foyer Wynwood, a 12-story, 236-unit co-living development on North Miami Avenue, between 24th and 25th streets.Last month, the Related Group and Block Capital Group listed their 175-unit apartment-hotel at 51 Northwest 26th Street with a whisper price of $90 million.Contact Jordan Pandy Full Name*center_img Message*last_img read more

Nirvana Cover Brass Band Added To Nevermind Brooklyn Show Ft. UM’s Ryan Stasik And Turbo Suit

first_imgRemember that time when Umphrey’s McGee bassist Ryan Stasik announced he was teaming up with Turbo Suit to perform Nirvana’s seminal Nevermind album? You know, the show at The Hall At MP on October 22nd! Well, for fans of unique live interpretations of this pivotal album, get ready for the Nevermind Orchestra.Self-described as a “frenetic, psycho-jazz-grunge ensemble,” the Nevermind Orchestra bring a unique interpretation of Nirvana’s material through the modern day brass band. With accomplished musicians that have performed the world over, this exciting brass group digs deep into Nirvana’s catalog for some of the best live interpretations of the band out there! As Time Out New York once wrote, “There’s no shortage of Nirvana cover bands floating around but none are quite like the Nevermind Orchestra.”These two exciting bands are sure to put a unique taste on some of the most beloved music from the 1990s, so don’t miss out! Tickets to this awesome show are available here.Show Info:Turbo Suit ft. Umphrey’s McGee’s Ryan StasikThe Nevermind OrchestraThe Hall At MP // October 22ndDoors @ 8 // Show @ 9 // 18+. Tickets Available Herelast_img read more

Notre Dame salutatorian advises balance

first_imgUniversity class of 2017 salutatorian José Alberto Suárez said he balanced earning a cumulative 4.0 GPA as a computer science and engineering major with his duties as a resident assistant (RA) in Keenan Hall and president of the Student International Business Council (SIBC) by prioritizing what was most important to him during his time at Notre Dame.“The biggest thing for me was just being timely with my work,” he said. “I never left anything for later, I never had to pull an all-nighter or anything. The biggest thing for me [is you should] just be timely, prioritize what you’re doing so that you don’t overcommit yourself and you actually do what’s important to you. Because if you’re just trying to fill it up, it’s not going to work that way.”A Hesburgh-Yusko Scholar, member of three University honor societies and a four-year member of the Dean’s List, Suárez said he fit so much into his life at Notre Dame by recognizing that he couldn’t do everything at once.“I think that I was able to prioritize one or two big things a year,” he said. “ … I kind of had one big thing at a time alongside academics as opposed to trying to put them all together. So I think that’s kind of how you can still get a lot done in four years, but you have to balance that.”Suárez said he got different things out of each new challenge he took on as a student and leader in the community.“SIBC was a really cool way to explore my professional future, and meet a lot of people and travel internationally and that kind of thing,” he said. “ … [Being an] RA, for me, was a lot about giving back to the community — to Notre Dame as a whole, but especially to Keenan, which has given me a lot.”His selection as the second salutatorian in 46 years was an honor, Suárez said.“[I was] extremely honored,” he said. “I’m really happy that I’m getting this opportunity, and being able to share that news with my friends … was probably the most important thing for me. More than speaking, it was just seeing how happy other people were for me. The continued support on that end was just really satisfying.”This support from his friends is the most valuable gift Suárez will take away from Notre Dame, he said.“It’s really important to have your friends around for both the parts that are hard and the ones that are easy,” Suárez said. “Because if you can count on them for that kind of stuff, you can get past it all.”Tags: Class of 2017, Commencement 2017, Keenan Hall, salutatorian, Student International Business Councillast_img read more

Activities

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