Through traffic on Grand Avenue to be detoured around sinkhole construction

first_imgA large sinkhole discovered under the westbound lanes of Grand Avenue earlier this week will force a full closure for all through traffic for an extended period starting on Monday.The sinkhole formed due to the failure of a drainage culvert on Grand Avenue near Crabby Joe’s Restaurant. The two westbound lanes were immediately closed upon its discovery. The sinkhole is currently filled with gravel until further construction begins.The failed drainage culvert provides an outlet to the Thames River for a large drain between the Ontario Court of Justice property and the Crabby Joe’s parking lot. Repairing the culvert requires a complicated project with a deep excavation and numerous utilities being re-routed, said Tim Dick, Chatham-Kent’s director of drainage, asset and waste management.Drainage under the road leading into the river will need to be sustained during the construction.The repair work will completely close down Grand Ave for through traffic only, but traffic will be able to access each side of the construction area. The hole is not directly in front of any buildings or driveways, so all businesses and the courthouse, the Chatham-Kent Children’s Treatment Centre and Chatham-Kent Health and Family Services will remain accessible.The detours will be placed at Lacroix Street and Keil Drive on Grand Avenue. The detours will take through traffic from both directions to Richmond Street.The municipality says crews will work to finish as quickly as possible due to Grand Avenue being a major east-west route though Chatham.last_img read more

R3m boost for SA football school

first_imgSafa’s Football School of Excellence set for a R3-million renovation. (Image: Safa) Fifa has donated R3-million (US$437 655) towards reviving South Africa’s Football School of Excellence, which was once a breeding ground for top-quality players who went on to join the country’s national squad, Bafana Bafana. The school was set up in 1994 in Elandsfontein, east of Johannesburg, and is run by the South African Football Association (Safa).Fifa’s donation will come from its Goal Project Funding initiative, which helps national football associations around the world establish centres, natural and artificial pitches, and schools that develop players of the Beautiful Game.Over the years Safa’s school has produced some of the country’s best football players – one of which is Steven Pienaar, who now plays for English Premier League club Everton and South Africa’s national team.Safa said it hopes the proceeds from Fifa will help the school improve its finances and leadership so it’s once more able to produce top-quality football stars.“In the past few years we had a problem where the school was no longer attracting quality youngsters, players who would do well for our junior national teams,” said Safa’s deputy president Mandla Mazibuko.But, he said, there have been some recent improvements. “Everything is back on track at the school. We had trials all over the country in 2010. We are now going for quality again.”“If you look at a number of players who went through the school of excellence, they have done very well. They were well developed and that is what we want to concentrate on,” said Safa chief Leslie Sedibe.Expansion plansThe school – which offers grades eight to 12 – currently has 112 pupils, seven teachers and four coaches. Safa is hoping to increase the number of instructors to seven to bring the coach-player ratio to more favourable levels.Safa says it will need a total of R80-million ($11.6-million) to fully transform the academy. “We will apply for Fifa’s R3-million grant every year until the school becomes a state-of-the-art facility,” Mazibuko said.Fifa’s 2011 contribution will be used to upgrade the school’s gym, kitchen, dormitories, administration and coaches’ block, and fields. Extra computers with internet connectivity will be set up in the library to enhance the school’s academic support system.Safa plans to invite overseas football experts to hold workshops at the school to groom the budding stars and prepare them for representing South Africa in future Fifa World Cups.The county’s Department of Sport and Recreation will donate table tennis and pool tables to keep the pupils entertained off the pitch. The departments’ 2010 legacy division has also committed to establishing a medical centre at the school, which will give pupils access to a psychologist.last_img read more

European Tour’s best for Volvo Golf Champions

first_img7 January 2014 With a $4-million prize fund and $700 000 set to go to the winner, the 2014 Volvo Golf Champions has drawn 36 of the European Tour’s leading golfers to the Durban Country Club for the tournament from 9 to 12 January. It will be preceded by a Pro- Am on Wednesday, 8 January. Three-time Major winner Padraig Harrington, the most prolific Major winner in the tournament, after being out on the world-renowned course declared: “The course is in perfect condition.” After practice rounds on the first two days of the week, the golfers will take part in the Pro-Am on Wednesday alongside alongside Volvo and the tournament’s guests and a host of South African sport stars. Amateurs confirmed include cricketers Kyle Abbot and Daryn Smit; former Proteas’ star Shaun Pollock; Sharks’ rugby players Odwa Ndungane Keegan Daniel and Charl McLeod; Sharks’s CEO and former Springbok captain John Smit; playwright and author John van de Ruit; and SuperSport presenter Matt Pearce.‘A real privilege’ Pollock commented on Monday: “It is fantastic to have a tournament of this nature in Durban. It will be a real privilege to play alongside the world’s best golfers on a championship course. I know I will be a touch nervous on that first tee as I don’t know my swing as well as my bowling action. I am looking forward to it and hopefully our four ball can put in a decent performance.” There are 18 nationalities represented on the entry list with South Africa boasting the highest number of players. The seven South African stars include defending champion and winner of the 2010 Open Championship, Louis Oosthuizen, 2011 Masters Champion and recent winner of the Alfred Dunhill Championship Charl Schwartzel, 2012 Champion Branden Grace, Darren Fichardt, Dawie Ven der Walt, Thomas Aiken and six-time European Tour winner Richard Sterne. Between them, the field has won 227 European Tour titles and, showing the power of home support, of the 31 European Tour events the South African players in the field have won, 18 of the wins have occurred on South African soil. Most wins Colin Montgomerie boasts the highest number of European Tour wins, with his 31 titles matching the cumulative tally of the South African players in the field. Eight-time European Tour Order of Merit winner Montgomerie is also the oldest player in the field at 50 years of age, while Miguel Angel Jimenez, the second oldest player in the field, turned 50 on Sunday. Four-time European Tour winner Matteo Manassero is the youngest player in the field at 20 years of age, while Tommy Fleetwood is the second youngest at 22 years of age.Past winners All three past winners of the Volvo Golf Champions will be in the field: 2011 Champion Paul Casey, 2012 Champion Branden Grace and 2013 Champion Louis Oosthuizen. Three players who won their final events of 2013 arrive looking to start the year as they left off. Crowd favourite Miguel Angel Jimenez retained his Hong Kong Open title to extend his own record as The European Tour’s oldest winner. Thomas Bjorn boosted his 2014 Ryder Cup campaign by winning the Nedbank Golf Challenge and South Africa’s own Dawie Van der Walt won the final European Tour event of 2013 at The Nelson Mandela Championship presented by ISPS Handa. Only European Tour players who have won an event on the previous year’s International Schedule and current Tour Members with more than ten European Tour victories qualify for the Championship. The 2014 player field and the way they qualified: Darren Clarke Padraig HarringtonMiguel Angel Jimenez Robert Karlsson Colin MontgomerieJose Maria Olazabal SAinfo reporter Branden Grace Players with 10 or more official Race to Dubai/European Tour Order of Merit tournament wins Thomas Aiken, Avantha MastersKiradech Aphibarnrat, Maybank Malaysian OpenThomas Bjorn, Omega European MastersPaul Casey, Irish OpenJamie Donaldson, Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf ChampionshipVictor Dubuisson, Turkish Airlines OpenGonzalo Fernandez-Castano, BMW MastersDarren Fichardt, Africa OpenTommy Fleetwood, Johnnie Walker ChampionshipStephen Gallacher, Omega Dubai Desert ClassicMichael Hoey, M2M Russian OpenDavid Howell, Alfred Dunhill Links ChampionshipMikko Ilonen, Nordea MastersRaphael Jacquelin, Open de EspanaJin Jeong, Perth InternationalJoost Luiten, Lyoness Open powered by GreenfinityDavid Lynn, Portugal MastersMatteo Manassero, BMW PGA ChampionshipLouis Oosthuizen, Volvo Golf ChampionsMorten Orum Madsen, South African OpenJulien Quesne, Lindt Italian OpenBrett Rumford, Ballantine’s ChampionshipCharl Schwartzel, Alfred Dunhill ChampionshipMarcel Siem, Trophee Hassan IIRichard Sterne, Joburg OpenSimon Thornton, Open Najeti Hotels and Golf, St OmerPeter Uihlein, Madeira Islands OpenDawie van der Walt, Tshwane OpenChris Wood, Commercialbank Qatar Masters Past winner of the Volvo Golf Championslast_img read more

The BBC Tinkers With Netvibes-Inspired Homepage

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#Digital Lifestyle#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market The British Broadcasting Corporation quietly launched a beta version of their spiffed up new homepage last week.The new page, which the Beeb has dubbed a “lick of paint,” draws on a number of so-called web 2.0 design aesthetics: rounded corners, large fonts, big buttons, a soft color palette, and a liberal dash of AJAX.But most strikingly, the beta BBC page is comprised of drag and drop content modules similar to Netvibes or iGoogle (named in a blog post by BBC’s UX and Design head as inspirations). The site, says the BBC, was designed around the ideas of simplicity, personalization, and localization, as well a bit of nostalgia: the homepage prominently features an accurate analogue clock — the BBC was founded in 1922, after all, and the media network says that test users have found the clock, an “homage to the ‘golden days’ of analogue programming, bizarrely reassuring.”For now, the BBC site is using a cookie to remember user preferences, but the company plans to integrate the personalization options into a forthcoming identity management system to be launched sometime in January. The redesign was completed in a relatively short three-month period, and the BBC joins CNN, USA Today, and AOL News among major news web sites that have launched newer, more “web 2.0” designs this year.The BBC’s new design on the left vs. the old design on the right.In June we compared the redesign efforts from the aforementioned major US news web sites. Those sites tended to emphasize user interaction (via comments, voting, story submission, etc.) or audio and video, while the BBC is emphasizing personlization. Which method makes more sense? It probably depends on your audience. The BBC’s homepage serves users of not just their web site news service, but also their television and radio networks, so the portal route might make more sense. The BBC has a lot of content from various sources that users want to get to, and letting users define which content they see first may prove a popular feature.In general, the BBC’s beta site is much cleaner and easier to scan. The old (current) BBC web site is a mess of text links with no clear navigation. The new site still has a bit of navigation headache (i.e., I still have to dig through a block of links at the bottom of the page to get to the tech section), but because the content widgets can be personalized and moved, I can rework the page such that it shows me the latest tech headlines instantly at the very top.The new design also places a greater emphasis on search, making it more apparent how to find what you’re looking for, by placing a larger search box in a familiar place on the page. That is a vast improvement over the current situation, but I’d still like to see a cleaner, easier-to-navigate dedicated site navigation.It is interesting to note that this is not the BBC’s first attempt at personalization. Their myBBC service from 2001 was something like a stripped down, BBC-only version of MyYahoo! While myBBC ultimately didn’t pan out, something tells me they may have more luck this time around. What do you think? josh catone 1center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Top 10 Signs You Need To Retool Your Business

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting You need to create a future that is far more sustainable than your current business state.You’re experiencing a decreasing return on your marketing investment.You were once the leader in your industry, but competition is coming out of the woodwork.You are finding yourself in a commodity business with rapidly decreasing margins and increasing costs.You are at a loss as to how to use new media and social networking. No engagement on your Facebook page, you haven’t added a LinkedIn friend in months, and you have somehow forgotten your Twitter account password.You haven’t posted anything on your blog in over a month, and no one wants to write anything for it anymore anyway.Internal morale is compliant but not inspired; you need to light a fire.Your organization has many non-intersecting silos and you can’t have the right conversations because of conflicting agendas.You are afraid of transparency and what it will unleash. Or you really have a lot to hide and would like to keep it that way.You are in start-up mode and think you can wait a while before you deal with any of the above items. Guess what? You can’t! Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Do any of these sound familiar? Maybe it is time to take stock and review where you are at and how you got here. Tags:#Analysis#start david strom The folks at Heller Communications Design have this wonderful “About” page that has some pointers on when a potential client should hire them. The list spoke to me, not because I need a design firm or some other consultant, but because there is a lot there that any entrepreneur can use as warning signs that they need to restart their efforts, or perhaps rethink the direction that they are taking their business. So here is my own top ten list, somewhat modified from Heller’s. last_img read more

Ranking the Big 12 Coaches (Part 1)

first_imgIt’s no secret that OSU fans love Mike Gundy. They love that he played quarterback in the late 80’s with Barry Sanders, they loved his incredible mullet then, they love the return of that same mullet, and they love how he’s transformed the Cowboys into one of the more successful college football programs year in and year out in the country.While the Cowboys typically rank between 30-40 nationally in recruiting classes, they have reached double digits in wins four times since 2010, and are second in the Big 12 in conference wins in that time (37-16).But where does Mike Gundy rank compared to his counterparts within the Big 12? Pretty well, especially with the departure of Art Briles at Baylor. It’s an interesting time in the Big 12. Let’s look at the different categories, rank them, and take a look at how Gundy stacks up. We will break this into two parts. Up first, the new guys on the block. Later in the week, established giants and coaches who still have something to proveGroup 3 — The New Guys On The BlockThese guys are almost brand new at their schools, and will need a few years to build (or in Grobe’s case, save) their programs.10. David Beatty (Kansas)Poor guy. Beatty has been the head coach at Kansas for a year and went winless in 2015 in his first season. Beatty came from Texas A&M as the wide receivers coach, and faces a whale of a job in Lawrence on all fronts. Recruiting will be a real challenge for a school that has struggled even to win non-conference games for years. Generating buzz amongst the fan base will also be difficult, as most Jayhawk fans have given up on the football program, especially with such a strong basketball team year in and year out.If Beatty can win even a few games in 2016, it will be a success for Kansas football. They are building from the ground floor up so it will take patience and time for Beatty to get his players into his system. He has a reputation as a strong, creative offensive mind, and it will take a few years to see results.9. Jim Grobe, BaylorGrobe is your average “steady the ship” hire after Art Briles’ departure this off-season. Grobe has been almost the definition of a .500 coach in his career at Ohio and Wake Forest, going 110-115-1. Grobe hasn’t coached since resigning from Wake Forest in 2013, following his fifth straight season under .500.Grobe will inherit a roster with some talent left in the cupboard, but will have to rebuild Baylor’s brand on the recruiting trail. Almost all of Baylor’s 2017 recruits have bailed to other schools, so the tough task for Grobe and his staff will come as Briles’ players move on from Waco going forward.8. Matt Campbell, Iowa StateCampbell enters his first season at Iowa State after spending four whole seasons at Toledo, coaching the Rockets to an impressive 35-15 record. Campbell was hired at the ripe age of 32, and turned down an opportunity to join Urban Meyer’s staff at Ohio State to become the head coach at Toledo. We will see how Campbell can adjust to the Big 12, but this move has a lot of Cyclone fans excited for the first time in years.Coming tomorrow: Coaches who have something to prove. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Oklahoma State Pledge Greenwood Catches Game Winning Touchdown

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Lakeview Centennial’s standout receiver Shamond [LC] Greenwood is making a splash to start his senior season. His team is now 1-1 on the season, after he took the team on his back with a game-winning touchdown reception with just 20 seconds remaining from his quarterback Kam Fields:Kam Fields pass to Lc Greenwood winning TD @[email protected] #txhsfb @[email protected]_— Friday Night Glory (@FridayNghtGlory) September 5, 2016Greenwood ended the game with 3 touchdown’s and six catches for 134 yards in a 34-27 come-from-behind win over North Mesquite, after trailing 27-21 headed into the fourth quarter.last_img read more