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Meet the speakers: Greg Mix

first_imgGreg graduated from Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Greg MixSince his graduation in 1994, Greg has worked for the Kiewit Corporation which is based in Omaha, Nebraska. Kiewit is one of North America’s largest and most respected construction and engineering organisations.The employee-owned company operates through a network of subsidiaries in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.In his 25-year career with Kiewit, Greg has lived in multiple cities across North America working on many construction projects involving tunnels, bridges, highways, marine piers, and major demolition.Currently, as a project sponsor at Kiewit Infrastructure West Co, he is responsible for overseeing of estimating and working with clients to develop new opportunities. In addition, he provides leadership for several ongoing projects in California’s San Francisco Bay Area.Greg will speak about the very successful San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge East Span Marine Foundation Removal Project (Phase 2) which achieved significant time and cost savings for the client, California Department of Transportation. That work was performed by a joint venture between Kiewit and Manson Construction Co.last_img read more

One night in Baghdad

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Teachers in Haiti return to classrooms following protest action

first_imgHaitian teachers returned to their classrooms on Monday, two months after embarking on industrial action and being accused by the government of instigation demonstrations involving students.The teachers from the School of Fundamental School of Application and Teaching Support Center (EFACAP) of Petit-Goâve, decided to return to the classrooms last Friday, ending a prolong stand off for better working conditions, as well as unpaid salaries.“We will resume work. However, EFACAP of Petit-Goâve will still be blocked because this school faces other internal problems,” the teachers said, noting that one teacher had not been paid for the past two years despite being appointed to the post.Teachers not receiving salariesThey said also that there are cases of “some teachers who have a letter of appointment but are not yet receiving their salary or who are working but do not have letter of appointment. “We doubt very much that the school can function normally,” the teachers said, adding that their presence in the classroom should not mean that the crisis has ended.Last month, Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant , National Education Minister, Pierre Josué Agénor Cadet, and Jude Alix Salomon, the Minister of Economy, spoke to the Senate Committee on the regularization of teachers and payment of salary arrears.Both Lafontant and Cadet said the entire State apparatus has been mobilized to provide a speedy response to the problems of teacher regularization in the classroom, without a letter of appointment, as well as the payment of arrears of wages.Lafontant confirmed that he had given instructions that measures be taken as soon as possible to satisfy the teaching staff of public institutions.Government deeply alarmedBut in a statement, the government said it was “deeply alarmed” by the demonstrations adding that while it recognizes the right of any teacher to assert his claims, it finds it “unacceptable that at a time when the government is making enormous efforts to solve this problem, where teachers without title and quality find themselves in the classroom, students are used to block roads and the normal operation of public and non-public schools”.The teachers said Friday that they are disappointed that parents and others have considered them to be the “bad guys” in the situation.last_img read more

President Kabila to lead thousands in mourning rhumba icon Papa Wemba

first_imgThe body of the late rhumba music legend Papa Wemba will be shown to the public today at his family home, after leaving the Democratic Republic of Congo’s parliamentary building in the capital Kinshasa where it is currently lying.Papa Wemba will be laid to rest on Wednesday, with thousands of people expected to attend the event.The musician who has been dubbed the king of Congolese rhumba collapsed and died on stage in Cote d’Ivoire on April 24.Fans from all over DR Congo are expected to attend today’s official commemoration, which will be addressed by President Joseph Kabila.Papa Wemba, who died aged 66, was considered one of Africa’s most influential musicians of his generation.He pioneered modern Congolese soukous music, which spread through the continent.last_img

Caribbean construction firm scores $4M judgment

first_img Tweet Share Sharing is caring! BusinessNewsRegional Caribbean construction firm scores $4M judgment by: – September 2, 2016 Sharecenter_img Share 113 Views   no discussions BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (Caribbean News Service) – Coral Gables lawyers won a $4.3 million award against a subsidiary of for-profit college company DeVry Education Group in what they say was one of the nastiest arbitration battles they’ve ever fought.Barbados-based construction company Moorjani Caribbean Ltd. sued over alleged underpayment for the construction of student housing and classroom projects at DeVry’s St. Kitts veterinary school.Although both parties admitted some aspects of their work relationship was relaxed, with unsigned contracts and loose deadlines, the father-and-son construction company claimed it submitted detailed accounting for both projects and spent years trying to get payment before filing suit.DeVry Medical International Inc. fought back with counterclaims, alleging it spent more than $1 million fixing design and construction defects in Moorjani Caribbean’s work on the student housing project.But arbitrators found DeVry made improvements to the residence hall so that it could qualify as a place of refuge during a hurricane, not because of deficient construction.By the time the 2009 bills for the two projects came to the arbitration panel this year, interest and attorney fees made the award much larger than it might have been, Moorjani Caribbean’s lawyers said. Interest on the award continues to grow at a rate of about $593 per day, according to the Aug. 19 final arbitration award.“What’s telling to us is we were given the million dollars that we were owed [on the housing project alone], but it took so long that the arbitrators also gave a million dollars in interest,” said Stuart Sobel of Siegfried, Rivera, Hyman, Lerner, De La Torre, Mars & Sobel in Coral Gables. Sobel and his colleagues Steven Siegfried and Berenice Mottin-Berger represented Moorjani Caribbean.The construction company agreed to the residence hall project in 2005, and after its work was done, the company worked diligently through a “punch list” of fixes that DeVry provided, according to the arbitrators.DeVry paid Moorjani Caribbean more than $9 million for the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine building, fulfilling the original contract price and several follow-up bills.But when a fifth change order in 2009 billed the company for an additional $1.12 million, DeVry did not approve it. The university president told the construction company he did not have the authority to sign off on final payment, and the project’s architect took a year to respond, arbitrators found — but neither said Moorjani Caribbean director Richard Moorjani didn’t back up his numbers.“We have no reason to doubt Mr. Moorjani’s testimony that he presented the proof that was demanded and worked for years trying to obtain payment,” found arbitrators John Vento of Trenam in Tampa, retired lawyer Michael Nuechterlein of Frankenmuth, Michigan, and Adrian Bastianelli of Peckar & Abramson in Washington.Moorjani Caribbean also began working on the classroom project in 2008. As that was wrapping up, DeVry started upgrading the dormitory without telling Moorjani Caribbean, and then kicked it off the classroom project, Sobel said.This time, the construction company didn’t have a chance to go through the punch list, and it claimed its payment fell short by $1.23 million.The 2013 claims moved from St. Kitts court to an International Centre for Dispute Resolution arbitration panel, where they were heard in January of this year.last_img read more

Open Letter from Dominican Students in China: An Update

first_imgCoronavirusEducationInternationalLocalNews Open Letter from Dominican Students in China: An Update by: – March 25, 2020 302 Views   no discussions Pursuant to our previous communiqué entitled “Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): An Open Letter to the Public from Dominican Students in China”, this open letter serves to update the general public on the current situation.The Government of The People’s Republic of China continues to work ardently to contain the spread of COVID-19, and we steadfastly observe necessary precautionary measures. The number of new cases of infection in China has significantly reduced, so much so that the temporary hospitals which were constructed in Wuhan have all been closed. Although the situation on the ground has improved, students in Wuhan, and in many other cities, remain under lock-down, so as to ensure continued safety.The Dominican Embassy in China has provided the Dominican students in Wuhan with masks, gloves, goggles and the promise of continued food and financial support where applicable. Avenues for receiving psychological counseling have also been made known to the students, if they so wish to access that service.We, herewith this letter, commend the efforts of the Embassy of the Commonwealth of Dominica in the People’s Republic of China, The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the Commonwealth of Dominica and our respective universities for making this possible.Being in China throughout this outbreak, it is evident that the commendable swiftness with which the disease has been contained here is due to the measures taken by the Chinese government. We hereby reiterate the importance of frequent and thorough hand washing, social distancing, and selfisolation if one has recently travelled or been in contact with someone who exhibited symptoms.Endeavor to boost your immune systems through proper diet and physical exercise, and also be mindful of maintaining healthy mental states during this panic-inducing time. We have faith that the strength of the Dominican spirit, met with requisite precautionary measures, will see us through this.We have compiled a list of messages from Dominican students in both the Central and the Southern Districts in China in the spirit of encouraging Dominicans during this difficult period:The most powerful yet concise advice I can give to fellow Dominicans is to “show consideration”. From my personal observation, the Corona virus, unlike many other pandemics that have gone before, can be rather deceptive, in that it lulls many into a state of lack of awareness. The symptoms shown by and effects on respective individuals may be so wide in range, from asymptomatic to death, that it makes detection difficult. Even individuals showing no symptoms could be infected carriers of the virus. Reported cases of the virus could be low one day then dramatically triple or even quadruple in mere days. This complexity of the corona virus causes many individuals to unintentionally be negligent, inadvertently placing those around them at risk. To many individuals the corona virus can simply be dismissed as “a mild flu” or “the common cold”. This is not the case. The most heroic act one can take during this period is to ensure the safety of the public by practicing the most basic of safety measures such as washing hands, social distancing, selfisolation, and wearing protective masks.Perhaps it may help to adopt the mindset of one who already has the virus and practice these measures. That is how one “shows consideration”. By doing so you will be doing your big part in saving many lives.My advice to my fellow Dominicans would be, to stay positive but also stay cautious. Continue to wash your hands and practice proper hygiene. Some people have the notion that they won’t die from the virus because they are not elderly or do not have underlying medical conditions but fail to realize that even so they can pass it on to someone who does. One should not fail to realize as well that, you may have health conditions that you are not aware of.Precaution is better than cure. Try to keep a supply of groceries, sanitation products etc. on hand in case of a shut down but avoid “panic buying” since that will leave others with less for themselves. The virus is not a flu even if it exhibits flu like symptoms; you could be affected and not know and go on to infect many other people.  The best advice that I can give is to – stay home as much as possible, stay away from crowds, stay hygienic.Three months ago, the world was normal. Now the world is in chaos. This virus has reminded us that life can change in the twinkling of an eye. So be grateful for health if you have it and if you do not have it, be grateful that at least others are healthy. Show love for people, from a distance, by CONSTANTLY calling them and texting them to ensure they are OKAY and to let them know that they are loved. Spend as much time with your household members as you can indoors. Cherish the time to pray with them, talk to them, laugh with them, play board games with them etc. Life is unpredictable. Live in the present.To friends, family and my fellow Dominicans here are some suggestions on how I kept myself safe, healthy and Coronavirus-free. I wore a surgical or N95 mask whenever I went outdoors, along with a pair of disposable gloves. When out in public I tried to avoid unnecessary touching or getting too close to people. Most importantly, I avoided touching my face until I got home and washed my hands properly with soap and water. I also disinfect my grocery bags and groceries before entering my room. Disinfecting is very important. In terms of staying healthy, I exercise daily, stay hydrated by drinking lots of water, taking vitamins supplements, eating as much fruits and vegetables as possible along with ginger tea and at least two garlic cloves. I avoid going outside unless I have to go shopping. I encourage everyone to please wear your masks, whether you have flu like symptoms or not. If you do have flu like symptoms contact a nurse or doctor as soon as possible. Don’t try to treat it with natural remedies and say “it’s just a cold.” Exercise daily – even a little walking or jogging helps keep your body strong. In case of self-quarantine, try keeping a calm mind. I suggest reading books, or finding other indoor activities to keep yourself entertained. Lastly, I encourage everyone to be safe, take care of each other and keep on praying.I encourage fellow Dominicans to try as much as possible to contain anxiety and be particularly mindful of mental health, as much as we focus on the physical. At this time, it is important that we make counseling therapy readily available as well. Keep oneself informed, but be cautious to limit consumption of sensational media stories which aren’t factual. While keeping socially distant, let’s not harden our hearts. Keep the spirit of being each other’s keepers, by being a source of inspiration and light to others, checking up on each other, helping to meet the needs of the underprivileged and being the gatekeepers of our communities’/country’s well-being.General advice reiterated by students include:Limit time spent on social mediaTake the necessary precautionary (respiratory/ hygienic) measuresKeep activeStay positivePractice social distancingPrayRead and Watch movies/ NetflixMusicExercising/YogaMeditation to help with anxiety/pain God bless the Good People of Dominica and Our Government! God bless the people of the People’s Republic of China and their Government!(Dominica Student Council – China) COVID-19: An Update on Dominican students in China March 24th, 2020.last_img read more

Agilent Technologies Introduces High-Precision PXI Frequency Reference Module for Electronic Measurements

first_imgAgilent Technologies Inc. introduced a high-precision PXIe frequency reference. The Agilent M9300A generates clean 10-MHz and 100-MHz signals for high-performance RF systems. Agilent designed the M9300A for applications that require a low phase noise, 100-MHz local oscillator, such as those in a wide variety of wireless and aerospace/defense test systems. The new frequency reference is packaged into a one-slot PXIe module and uses a fractional-N design which minimizes phase noise and spurs. The M9300A features the ability to lock to an external reference from 1 to 110 MHz and provide flexibility with multiple outputs all with excellent performance: ·         Five 100-MHz outputs each with nominal phase noise performance of < -166="" dbc/hz="" at="" 10="" khz="" offset="" and=""> 10 dBm output amplitude. ·         One 10-MHz output. ·         One 10-MHz OCXO timebase output with phase noise of < -158="" dbc/hz="" at="" 10-khz=""> Engineers can use the M9300A PXIe frequency reference with the Agilent M9380A CW Source or the M9381A PXIe vector signal generator to achieve its high-performance specifications, including greater speed. As the M9300A conforms to the PXI standard, it can be used in any PXI system where PXIe or PXI-H slots are available, regardless of the vendor. Instrument control is provided through a soft front panel and programmatic interfaces tuned to the customer’s application development environment of choice. The Agilent IO Libraries Suite enables fast and easy integration into existing test environments. Agilent’s fast repair turnaround, industry-leading calibration core exchange strategy, and standard three-year warranty maximize system uptime and reduce the total cost of ownership. The M9300A PXIe frequency reference is the latest addition to Agilent’s growing lineup of more than 60 PXI and AXIe modular products. Agilent will showcase the M9300A PXIe frequency reference at Electronica 2012 (Hall A1, Booth 506), in Munich, Nov. 13-16. U.S. Pricing and Availability Available now, the Agilent M9300A”>M9300A PXIe frequency reference is priced at $4,099. One M9300A module can be shared between multiple modular instruments. For more information please visit http://www.agilent.com.last_img read more

Imec and Analog Devices to Develop Next-Generation IoT Devices

first_imgImec and Analog Devices (ADI) have entered into a strategic research partnership to develop the next generation of Internet of Things (IoT) devices. With two initiatives already underway, imec and ADI aim to innovate devices that are not only low-power but that also come with largely improved – or completely new – sensing capabilities. This new collaboration is the latest example of imec and ADI’s long history of jointly developing high-performance low-power, cost effective circuits and systems.The IoT continues to grow and mature, and by 2020, it is expected to consist of billions of connected, “smart” objects that rely on unobtrusive sensors to constantly monitor the environment, provide status reports and receive instructions. By intelligently processing the data gathered, these devices then drive some type of short-term or long-term action. Today, however, the underlying sensors, and the chips upon which they are built, are often too big, too expensive and not accurate enough to be practical. A second initiative includes the creation, and ultimately the commercialization, of a highly-integrated liquid sensor that can be used in a variety of application domains, such as the analysis of water, blood or urine. One joint research initiative that has already been started in the framework of the strategic collaboration focuses on localization technology. Building on imec’s leading position in innovative ultra-low power implementations, ADI and imec will pursue the development of a low-power sensors for highly accurate indoor localization in the context of smart building or smart industry solutions.last_img read more

Finally! Snow Expected On The Kenai Peninsula

first_imgThe areas expected to get snowfall; Kenai, Soldotna, Nikiski, Sterling, Ninilchik, Anchor Point, Homer, Cooper Landing, Whittier, Seward,  Girdwood, and Moose Pass. According to Ottenweller the snowfall is expected dissipate on Wednesday morning, but cold air and strong winds are expected to push out of the west causing temperatures to fall. Ottenweller: “It’s a good thing for a lot of folks, this  is very welcome news. It looks like that cold air stays in place, and even gets a little colder as we go through the end of the week. So, whatever we accumulate in the next 24 to 48 hours should stick around.”  FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The wait may finally be over for some Alaskans as snow begins to grace the the Kenai Peninsula with its presence this week. Ottenweller: “What we are looking at through today is kind of lingering snow, it should taper off a bit this morning, and then rebuild this afternoon into the evening hours. It could between 1-3 inches, is what we are thinking right now, and could lean towards the higher end.” Mike Ottenweller with the National Weather Service in Anchorage: “The setup across the area is that we’ve got some cold air working in from across the west, and we’ve got a low pressure center in the Prince William Sound. Those two things make for a good scenario for snow across much of South Central and especially the Kenai Peninsula.”  Photo credit: @tipkingsleylast_img read more

LB Justin Garrett to return from quad injury Saturday

first_imgAuburn linebacker Justin Garrett (26) picks up a fumble and returns it for a touchdown during the NCAA football game between Auburn and Louisville on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, in at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga.Auburn linebacker Justin Garrett (26) picks up a fumble and returns it for a touchdown during the NCAA football game between Auburn and Louisville on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, in at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga.AUBURN – Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp confirmed Wednesday night that senior linebacker Justin Garrett will play Saturday against Mississippi State.Muschamp said Garrett went through pre-game warmups but was held out of Saturday’s loss at LSU due to his quad injury suffered against Jacksonville State.“He had a really hard time at the top end really cutting it loose, and I didn’t really want to risk pulling another one on Saturday after watching him in pregame,” Muschamp said. “I visited with the medical staff, and they felt the same way. Justin felt he was pulling a little bit, he wanted to play, but just didn’t feel like he was going to go.”In two games this season, Garrett has four tackles. The 228-pound linebacker has battled foot injuries his entire career at Auburn but played in all 13 games, including two starts, last season but totaled only 15 tackles.Muschamp said Wednesday Garrett has been active in practice this week and will be expected to play against Mississippi State. The senior linebacker has one of two Auburn touchdowns in the first half of games on a 82-yard fumble return in the season-opening win over Louisville.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUND Session ID: 2020-09-18:a60ca3f2fdabe536975d8ac Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-544673-4504625376001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.last_img read more