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first_imgMarcel Brands joins Everton boardby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton football director Marcel Brands has joined the club’s board.Brands has already helped implement a number of important changes at Goodison Park and worked closely with manager Marco Silva, chairman Bill Kenwright and chief executive, Professor Denise Barrett-Baxendale, to secure the recruitment of seven players during last summer’s transfer window.He has started work on delivering the Club’s long-term, permanent football strategy.Brands said: “It gives me a lot of confidence that I’m a Board member now and I hope to do the best for our Club.“Being at Everton has been even better than I thought it would be. I was working at a great club in Holland and was happy there but it was a great chance for me to come to the Premier League and join Everton.“At the start I had a great feeling but it’s been a better feeling working here. I work with a lot of great people with blue blood and I’m confident we can achieve many good things in the future.”Kenwright added: “I think we’ve got a great Director of Football who has taken over and changed an awful lot. He has totally reorganised our scouting, he wants our kids to play the same as Marco’s first team and we are really happy with the team we have got. Marcel is terrific to work with. We really feel secure with Marco and Marcel. They won’t sign anyone who they don’t think will improve us.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgAC Milan coach Gattuso urges Higuain to reject Chelseaby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso admits he doesn’t want to lose Gonzalo Higuain.On-loan from Juventus, Higuain is now in talks with Chelsea.”If Gonzalo wasn’t training the way I like to see, then I would not have made the decision to use him in the squad against Sampdoria,” assured Gattuso ahead of their Coppa Italia tie with Sampdoria.“There is gossip around him at this moment, but seeing the way he trains, the effort he puts in and the professionalism with which he treats me, you wouldn’t know.“The rest is down to his brother, his agent and Leonardo. I hope Higuain remains as long as possible, but if that doesn’t happen, then we’ll see. As long as he is here and continues to behave with this level of professionalism, it won’t be a problem for me.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Wolves discuss Coady extension as Liverpool, Arsenal circleby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool and Arsenal are monitoring Wolves defender Conor Coady. The 25-year-old has starred this season for the Black Country club.It is believed Wolves are preparing a brand new contract for the Englishman to ward off any potential suitors.They would be Liverpool and Arsenal, according to the Daily Mail. Both clubs are in need for a centre-back this month. Coady graduated from Liverpool’s academy in 2013 before joining Huddersfield Town a season later. last_img read more

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) — Some Calgary small business owners are still left in shock after hearing about the tax increases coming with the four-year budget plan released by city council Tuesday.The frustration has even reached social media with many users calling for Mayor Naheed Nenshi to step down because of the budget.Stephen Deere is the owner of Modern Steak in Kensington who didn’t go so far as to say the mayor should resign but believes a change in council is necessary.“We need some form of new blood. I think Nenshi is very much a sound bite, social media person, he puts out his two things, and people either love him or hate him for it. I think we need to go deeper beyond the soundbite and actually look at making a big picture, long-term decisions that are going to drive prosperity for all people in Calgary instead of just going back to taxation.”Deere said there is too much uncertainty regarding the tax increases and that it’s getting more difficult to operate his business as a result of the taxes, the recent recession on the price of oil.The Canadian Federation of Independent Business also chimed in on the budget saying the City’s spending is a big issue that needs to be addressed instead of continuous taxation.“I think what this requires is some remedial, going through the budget and finding those areas of saving because in the past we’ve suggested things that could be looked at and council doesn’t even consider those little things or the big things,” said Alberta Director Amber Ruddy who pointed out that a recent survey found that about 53 per cent of businesses are considering leaving Calgary as a result of the high level of property taxes.The move to change spending habits in council is being echoed by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation with Alberta director Franco Terrazzano suggesting that the city eliminate their golden benefits.“That means the retirement bonuses that city employees. There’s over 200 City of Calgary employees that are set to receive three pensions from the City. Calgary is the only major city that gives two pensions to its mayor. Between 2007 and 2016 Calgary city council pensions cost taxpayers more than Ottawa, Edmonton and Vancouver combined.”Terrazzano doesn’t believe that a sudden change needs to happen as that outcome is ultimately up to voters in an election.last_img read more

first_imgBEIJING — The U.S. government has accused Beijing of stepping up hacking attacks aimed at stealing American technology ahead of a meeting between Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping.Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said in a report that Chinese hacking efforts aimed at stealing American trade secrets have “increased in frequency and sophistication” this year.The report reflects U.S. skepticism before the meeting, to be held during a gathering of the Group of 20 major economies in Buenos Aires.The two sides have raised import duties on billions of dollars of each other’s goods in a fight over U.S. complaints that Beijing steals or pressures companies to hand over technology.The Associated Presslast_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA — The Liberals are promising that a re-elected Justin Trudeau government would impose new taxes on the wealthy, large international corporations, foreign housing speculators and tech giants to help cover the cost of billions in new spending and a tax break for the middle class.Even so, the Liberal platform released today projects another four years of deficits — $27.4 billion next year, falling to $21 billion by the fourth year of the mandate.However, it promises that Canada’s debt-to-GDP ratio, already one of the most favourable among industrialized countries, will continue to decrease. The Canadian Press A re-elected Liberal government would impose an additional 10 per cent excise tax on luxury cars, boats and personal aircraft with price tags of more than $100,000.Tech giants like Google, Amazon and Facebook with global revenues of at least $1 billion a year would face a three per cent tax on revenue generated by the sale of online advertising and users’ personal data.Non-resident foreigners who own vacant property in cities like Vancouver and Toronto, where speculation is a concern, will also face a national tax.And the Liberals would crack down on tax loopholes that they say allow large corporations to excessively deduct debt to artificially reduce the amount of taxes they pay.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 29, 2019.last_img read more

first_imgJammu: Pakistani troops Sunday resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violations targeting forward posts and villages at four places along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district, officials said.The firing was intense in the Krishna Ghati sector, where the Pakistani troops resorted to mortar shelling and firing by small arms from around 04.30 AM, which was retaliated to befittingly by the Indian Army, a defence spokesman said. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!He said the cross-border shelling between the two sides continued till 07.30 AM. There was no report of any casualty on the Indian side, he said.Officials said firing and shelling by Pakistan were also reported from the Balnoi and Mankote (both in Mendhar sector), besides from Shahpur sector, all in Poonch district, for a brief period in the early hours of Sunday.The firing was mild in nature and lasted for a brief period without causing any harm, they said. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedOn late Saturday as well, the Pakistan army had targeted Indian positions In Sunderbani sector of Rajouri district for several hours.There has been a spurt in ceasefire violations by Pakistan after India’s preemptive air strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammed terror camp in Balakot on February 26 following the February 14 Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed.Four civilians, including three members of a family, were killed and several others injured as Pakistan targeted over 80 villages in more than 100 incidents of ceasefire violations along the LoC in the state since then.The frequent ceasefire violations have caused panic among the border residents, forcing authorities to close down educational institutions within five km radius from the zero line in the twin districts of Poonch and Rajouri as a precautionary measure.However, most schools reopened a few days back after the intensity of the cross-border firing decreased.last_img read more

Bayern Munichs Head Of Analytics Tells Us How Pep Guardiola Has Embraced

On NBA fan engagementI was yesterday at the Boston Celtics game, and there was a lot going on besides the pitch. There were a lot of gadgets and bling bling. And it was good. I liked it. Audio Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/carl_bayernanalytics.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.At Boston’s annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, the main focus is on U.S. sports. But people come from all over the sporting world, and the globe, to exchange ideas and learn about what’s happening in the major U.S. sports. This was important enough for FC Bayern Munich, one of the best practitioners of the most popular sport on the planet in the middle of its season, to have its head of match analysis, Michael Niemeyer, come to Sloan — and catch a Celtics game in between sessions.He came by our booth at Sloan to talk to us about how Bayern and its recent coaches, especially current boss Pep Guardiola, are embracing analytics even as some U.S. coaches are free to ignore it as a sideshow. Listen to or download the interview via the player above. And read highlights from the conversation below. On the difference between Bayern and U.S. teamsOur job is seen differently in the U.S. You have data people who are not sitting out in the coaching office. … I think that you have to be in the coaching office. If you sit somewhere else, you never get it on the pitch. It won’t work. The only way it works is you have to sit right next to the coach. On in-game analytics-driven coachingNiemeyer: For me, the one thing that really has to come is the exchange from the analytics under the roof, the exchange between us with the bench. It’s not allowed in soccer.Carl Bialik: During the game.Niemeyer: During a game.Bialik: To say, hey, we picked up on this tendency.Niemeyer: Yeah. We can do it in halftime, and we do, but you’re not allowed to exchange during the game.Bialik: And if you could, that makes your department a lot more valuable.Niemeyer: Yeah, of course, of course. On Pep GuardiolaAs he came to Bayern, the first thing he said was: “The match analysis department is the most important department for me.” The second thing was: “I see a big part of my work in the auditorium.” The auditorium is the place where he has video sessions. If you want to bring your ideas to the pitch, you have to use these technologies and you have to use match analysis. On technology[Players] have laptops or iPads where they can see — we have an online platform similar to Facebook where they can discuss. And it’s an exchange platform. read more

The Longhorns Are Usually Good At Football And Basketball Now They Stink

Few colleges had more success in the first decade of this century than the University of Texas, whose football and men’s basketball programs regularly brushed shoulders with the nation’s elite. But what’s been happening in recent years has been nothing short of bewildering.With Mack Brown at the helm, the football team won 158 games in 16 seasons, for a win percentage of .767. That span included the Longhorns’ famous undefeated season of 2005, when Vince Young helped defeat USC and win the school’s first undisputed national title in 35 years. On the court, the Rick Barnes-era was the most successful in the school’s history. Barnes won 402 games in 17 seasons, for a win rate of .691, and took the Longhorns to their first Final Four in 56 years. Under Brown and Barnes, who both coached their first game for the Longhorns in 1998, the University of Texas represented dominance and stability. But after the football team fell to 4-5 on the season under Tom Herman last Saturday and with the men’s basketball team set to open its new season on Friday coming off of an 11-22 record last year, it’s the women’s basketball and volleyball teams keeping the Longhorns from total irrelevance.Don’t get us wrong, the Longhorns will survive regardless of what happens to their two largest sports for generating revenue, especially if the women’s hoops team continues to make it to the Sweet 16 and Elite 8 in the NCAA Tournament. But it’s certainly baffling how much this former juggernaut of football and men’s basketball has declined considering the resources at its disposal to hire top coaches and recruit the best talent. It reportedly cost Texas $19 million to fire Charlie Strong from the top football coaching position and hire Herman from the University of Houston. And the deal to hire current men’s basketball head coach Shaka Smart — who had numerous schools trying to secure his services after taking Virginia Commonwealth, a mid-major, to the Final Four in 2011 — wasn’t cheap either, costing Texas about $22 million over seven years.The regression has been significant: Since Brown and Barnes departed, the football and men’s basketball programs combined to win less than half of their games.1Longhorn football has a .435 win percentage since 2014 while the basketball team has a .470 win percentage since 2015. To give this some context, we compared Texas to some of the other schools that have been consistently competitive in both sports — in other words, not one-sport powers like Kansas (basketball) or Georgia (football). Specifically, we looked at every school that ranked inside the top 50 in all-time wins for both football and men’s basketball and calculated the harmonic mean of their football and men’s basketball Elo ratings since 1988, the earliest we have data for both sports.2We used a harmonic mean instead of a straight average to make sure a team was performing well (or poorly) in both sports at the same time. This allows us to see how these teams compare in the combined success of their two biggest programs. UT’s decline has been rapid and, for Longhorns fans, the results will be depressing. 201421.58816.462 201327.68616.615 The basketball program’s recruitment problem hasn’t been attracting top talent — the Longhorns have produced several NBA stars in recent years, including Avery Bradley, Tristan Thompson and, most recently, Myles Turner. Instead the Longhorns have failed to translate their NBA-caliber talent into postseason success — the Longhorns have failed to make the Elite 8 in the NCAA Tournament since 2008.But things may finally be turning around. After its rough recruiting class in 2017 — which was disrupted by the firing of Strong and hiring of Herman — the football team has rebounded to secure 16 commitments from the ESPN Top 300 so far for the 2018 class and is No. 2 in team rankings. And Smart has the basketball team ranked No. 12 as of Thursday, which is impressive considering that the school is coming off its worst season in decades. Smart’s class could improve after the early signing period, which is happening now. The Longhorns are in the hunt for No. 7 Keldon Johnson and No. 13 Quentin Grimes. 20176?33.444 RECRUITING CLASSTEAM RANKWIN PCT.TEAM RANKWIN PCT. 201515.6069.417 20114.5885.615 BASKETBALLFOOTBALL 20094.7063.929 *2018 basketball team rank as of Nov. 9, 2017; 2018 football team rank as of Nov. 8, 2017**For basketball, the year of a recruiting class is for freshmen whose first season begins that fallSource: ESPN Currently, only Missouri ranks worse than Texas, and Missouri’s problems in and away from the sports world have been well documented (sorry to drag you into this, Mizzou fans). For more context, Wisconsin is currently the best two-sport school.3Greg Gard took the men’s basketball team to the Sweet 16 last season, and Paul Chryst’s football team is currently 9-0 and ranked No.8 in the College Football Playoff rankings. Based on this measure, it’s fair to say that the Longhorns are in the midst of one of their worst stretches in almost 30 years.On the football side, the problem can be traced to recruitment. Between 2009 and 2012, Texas registered four consecutive top-5 recruiting classes, according to ESPN’s team rankings. In the next five years: zero. Last season, they ranked No. 33. Think about that for a second: The University of Texas with the 33rd-best crop of freshman football talent. The turnover from Brown to Strong to Herman is certainly a factor here. Since NCAA rules stipulate that football players must stay in school for three years, talented high-school players seek stability — not knowing who your head coach will be next year can be the difference between a top recruit committing to your program and going elsewhere.But another disconcerting thing about the Longhorns’ recent dip in recruitment is that Texas plays in the epicenter of high school football — no state produced more recruits in ESPN’s Top 300 rankings in 2016, and only Florida produced more in 2017. But recently, it has lost its hold on the best prospects from within its own borders. As a result, the top Texas high school recruits are increasingly looking outside of the state. Among the top 30 recruits in Texas in 2017, LSU was the most popular destination (five players chose to go to Baton Rouge, compared with the three who picked Austin). 20124.4713.692 Texas is finding its way back onto the recruiting mapUniversity of Texas men’s basketball and football recruiting class ranks 201812?2? 20108.7782.417 201611.33310.417 Although the school has been rocked by huge personnel turnover over the past four years, there’s a little light on the horizon. The football team has three games remaining on its schedule and is just one win away from being bowl eligible, so Herman’s team could end another tough year on a positive note (Granted, Texas’s boosters won’t be doing backflips over a trip to the Cactus Bowl — but it’s something.) As for Smart and the basketball team, they’re resting their hopes on freshman center Mohamed Bamba, who is ranked No. 4 among incoming freshmen by ESPN heading into the new season. With a fresh start kicking off Friday, Smart will be looking to take his team back to the NCAA Tournament. read more

Here are the notes Neil worked from for the conversation: Embed Code Hot Takedown More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed After Chris Paul and Alex Ovechkin were knocked out of their playoffs this month, there were a lot of hot takes about how neither was a big enough star to carry his team to a championship. On this week’s “Hot Takedown,” Kate Fagan, Neil Paine and Chadwick Matlin look at some of the research on whether you need a star to win a title, or whether winning a title makes you a star. According to Neil’s analysis, the sport that relies on star players the most is basketball — then come baseball, football and hockey. read more

Women rule in TCI Child Laws must tighten says Governor

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 16 Nov 2015 – Gender issues were top of mind last week in the TCI during a meeting arranged by UNICEF through the Ministry of Home Affairs. Governor Peter Beckingham listed the accomplishments of women in the country; citing several leadership roles currently held by the islands’ women. The Deputy Governor is a woman. The Attorney General is a woman. The Leader of the Opposition is a woman and the Deputy Premier of the country is also a woman. The Governor cautioned though that: “…there is no room for complacency” and turned his attention to another focus of the UNICEF meetings; namely child protection. “This is a topic which will be on the agenda of the Overseas Territories’ Joint Ministerial Council next month, when UK Ministers will be discussing with Premiers the strength of child safe-guarding. Turks and Caicos, like the other Territories, will be expected over the next year to demonstrate that it has all the necessary measures in place in schools and government departments.” The meetings were held in Grand Turk and were also supported by the United Nations Women and the UK’s Department for International Development. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:governor peter beckingham, ministry of home affairs, UNICEF TCI: Respect for children encouraged in MoE and UNICEF ‘Positive Discipline’ campaign More motor mishaps; PDM Leader calls for Govt attention to illegal jitneys, again DR wants consulate office in TCIlast_img read more

UBNorth Closed Until Further Notice

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 11, 2017 – Grand Bahama – The University of The Bahamas wishes to advise that, considering weather conditions and the need for further post-hurricane assessments, UB-North in Grand Bahama remains closed until further notice.Students and faculty who returned to their respective islands as Hurricane Irma posed a threat will be permitted time to safely return to their campuses and resume classes.   Faculty members will extend some latitude to those affected students concerning academic requirements.Press Release: University of The Bahamaslast_img read more

Press Release Chamber of Commerce

first_imgAfter the Disaster . . . What Should I Do Now?Information to Help Small Business Owners Make Post-Disaster Business DecisionsBy Daniel J. Alesch, James N. Holly, Elliott Mittler, and Robert NagyUniversity of Wisconsin-Green Bay Center for Organizational StudiesPublished by the Public Entity Risk Institute On the Web at: www.riskinstitute.orgPublic Entity Risk InstituteThe Public Entity Risk Institute’s mission is to serve public, private, and nonprofit organizations as a dynamic, forward thinking resource for the practical enhancement of risk management.  PERI pursues its mission by:Facilitating the development and delivery of education and training on all aspects of risk management, particularly for public entities, small nonprofit organizations, and small businesses.Serving as a resource center and clearinghouse for risk management, environmental liability management, and disaster management information.Operating an innovative, forward-looking grant and research program in risk management, environmental liability management, and disaster management.For complete information on PERI’s programs and information services, visit our Web site at www.riskinstitute.org.To access a wealth of risk management intelligence, visit the Risk Management Resource Center, at www.eriskcenter.org, a collaborative Web site operated by PERI, the Public Risk Management Association (PRIMA), and the Nonprofit Risk Management Center (NRMC).Public Entity Risk Institute11350 Random Hills Road, Suite 210Fairfax, VA 22030Phone: (703) 352-1846FAX: (703) 352-6339Gerard J. HoetmerExecutive DirectorThe Public Entity Risk Institute (PERI) provides these materials “as is,” for educational and informational purposes only, and without representation, guarantee or warranty of any kind, express or implied, including any warranty relating to the accuracy, reliability, completeness, currency or usefulness of the content of this material.   Publication and distribution of this material is not an endorsement by PERI, its officers, directors or employees of any opinions, conclusions or recommendations contained herein.   PERI will not be liable for any claims for damages of any kind based upon errors, omissions or other inaccuracies in the information or material contained on these pages.   PERI is not engaged in rendering professional services of any kind, and the information in these materials should not be construed as professional advice. Users bear complete responsibility for any reliance on this material, and should contact a competent professional familiar with their particular factual situation if expert assistance is required.Business Survival is not Assured by Reopening the DoorsDuring a PERI-funded research project, we worked with more than 120 small business owners and managers of not-for-profit organizations all across the country to understand what happens to them following various natural disasters.We’ve talked with some a few months after the disaster, with some as many as seven years after the event, and, with still others, every year for five years after the disaster.We’ve reached several important conclusions that should weigh heavily on any business owner’s decisions about what to do with his or her business in the aftermath of a major disaster:First, we have concluded that disaster events cause problems for businesses unrelated to the amount of direct damage they sustain from the event and from related events, like fire following an earthquake.Second, we found that, unless the business owner makes good decisions about recovery, the largest losses to the business come in the years after disaster and not from the direct damage of the disaster itself.Third, we found that, following any large scale disaster in a community, things never get “back to normal.” The community almost always changes permanently, ______________________This article is a supplement to a research project report — Organizations at Risk: What Happens When Small Businesses and Not-for-Profits Encounter Natural Disasters — written by the same authors and published by the Public Entity Risk Institute (PERI).The research project was supported with a grant from PERI.    The complete report is available at no charge on the PERI Web site, at www.riskinstitute.org. It is located in the Publications, Tools, Resources section of the site, in the list of Disaster Management materials.Printed copies of Organizations at Risk, also available at no charge, can be requested through the Web site, or by contacting PERI at:Public Entity Risk Institute11350 Random Hills Rd., Suite 210Fairfax, VA 22030Phone: (703) 352-1846Fax: (703) 352-6339Creating a new business environment in which doing business the old way often results in operating at a loss for years and, then, when all equity in the business is used up, going out of business.Finally, we found that it is possible, if an owner takes the right steps, to not only survive a major natural disaster, but to achieve real business viability in the postevent environment.Among the factors that significantly contributed to business failures are:The effect the disaster event has on the customer base.The kinds of products or services the business provides.The business’ inability or unwillingness to respond appropriately to the new, post-event environment.The overall financial strength and stability of the business before the event.The owner’s inability or unwillingness to recognize the options available.What to Expect in the Weeks and Months Following the DisasterYour personal life will become stressful and uncertain following the event, even if you did not lose anyone close to you in the disaster.   You are likely to experience considerable ambiguity, particularly if both your home and your business were damaged.   For many business owners, stress will come simply from memories of the experience.   You, or members of your family, may experience difficultly sleeping soundly. Much of the stress will come because your primary source of income is gone, at least temporarily.   Some stress will be passed on to you from stressed employees.   There will be stress around insurance delays, questions about coverage, and settlements.   You may find yourself stressed about things you wish you had done, but there is little to gain in “I wish I woulda . . .” laments.   Finally, all the stress around the business and loss usually leads to increased stress at home.In your business neighborhood, there will almost always be an underlying assumption on the part of business people, property owners, and public officials that “things will get back to normal soon,” but they will not.   We found that there is often social pressure from other business people in the damaged area to get back into business and to make things like they were before.You will receive little information about rebuilding plans from the city or from owners and much of that information will be contradictory or wrong. State and local governments may be slow to respond with needed variances and recovery policies.Many people who lived in the damaged area and either lost their homes or experienced other losses will move away, many of them permanently. Volunteers and others will be there to help clean up, but they, too, will disappear as the physical evidence of the disaster is trucked away.Fundamental changes in the community will already have begun. Neighborhood trends that had started before the event are likely to speed up.   The neighborhood will change forever, even if the buildings are put back just the way they were before the event.   A new set of relationships, new neighbors, and new business patterns will develop.The businesses that survive will be those whose owners and managers understand and adapt to the new business environment.Options to Consider and Questions to Answer Before You Spend a Lot of Money to Reopen Your BusinessPerhaps the most difficult factor for a business owner to deal with is recognizing the available options.   In our research, we found that many owners failed to see that they had alternatives available to them; in so doing, they severely limited themselves and their potential responses to the disaster. Too many business owners simply continued, after a disaster event, to do what they had done before the disaster event.   Their failure to consider the available options made it difficult to respond appropriately to the new, post-event environment.   Most of these businesses fell by the wayside.However, a few entrepreneurs did consider the options available to them.   In doing so, they were able to devise or, in some cases, they just happened upon, recovery strategies that enabled them to avoid almost certain failure.   These strategies frequently led to profitable futures.The suggestions included here for post-disaster business recovery are predicated on your willingness to consider the options available to you as a business owner and your desire to make informed business decisions.We’ve put together, based on our research, a series of things to consider and questions to answer that will help you develop a sensible post-disaster strategy.   That strategy is intended to increase the probability that your firm can become financially viable in the post-event environment. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, September 15, 2017 – Providenciales – FIRST, REALLY UNDERSTAND YOUR BASIC OPTIONSAfter a major disaster, almost every small business owner says, “Wow, that was quite a bump in the road.   Time to get back to business.”   And then he or she continues doing the same things in the same way, assuming things will get back to normal.Following major disasters such as a strong earthquake, a major hurricane, widespread flooding, rioting and civil disruption, or a devastating terrorist attack, things change forever.   What that means is that your business environment is changed and that what worked well in the past may not work at all now, especially in your current location.When a major disaster affects you, your financial survival depends on how well you make decisions in the new environment.   One of the very first things you should do is identify the basic options that are available to you.   It is not good enough to say, “Well, this business is what I do.   It is the only thing I know.”   You have to consider other things.We think that, initially, you have at least three basic options available to you.Option One – You can reopen your business.Option Two – You can close your business.Option three – You can (try to) sell or transfer the business to someone else.Too often, in the stressful aftermath of disaster, a business owner chooses to reopen his or her business without considering or even knowing about the alternatives available, factors to consider, or the potential consequences of his or her actions.   Some additional information about how to pursue each option, which may influence your choice of options, is provided below.   This additional information should be studied before any decision is made.   (The advantages, disadvantages and other issues to consider when deciding whether or not to reopen your business after a disaster are discussed in the next section of this article.)Option One – Reopen Your BusinessYou can finance your business reopening with company assets, personal saving, low-interest loans, traditional loans, insurance proceeds, investment, family loans, credit cards, and so forth.You can reestablish your business at the same location or you can relocate your business. (Some loans and grants have conditions that prohibit relocation.)You can reopen your business offering the same products and services you provide before the disaster event or you can change, in part or entirely, the products and services you provide.Option Two – Close Your BusinessYou can walk away.You can liquidate the businessYou can start a new business with new product/services or the same product/service you previously provided.You can go to work for someone else.You can retire.Option Three – You Can (Try To) Sell or Transfer the Business to Someone ElseYou can sell or transfer the business to your children. (If they are interested in running a business.)You can sell or transfer the business to a competitor.You can turn over the business to a relative or former employee.These options are not singular or mutually exclusive.   For example, you may walk away from one business and start a new business, in a new location, that provides products and services, which may be the same or different from your previous business.Very likely, you will be able to think of other options. The three basic options we’ve outlined are just for starters – something to get you thinking.SECOND, ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS BEFORE DECIDING WHETHER TO REOPEN YOUR BUSINESSWhat Happened and What Is Happening?Make an effort to understand what happened and what is happening as a consequence of the event.   This is a difficult assignment because everything will be in flux, surrounded in ambiguity, and changing rapidly.   Information will be unreliable.   That means that one quick look around will not be enough.   The problem is that you need accurate, reliable information on which to make sensible decisions about your business in the post-disaster environment.   You will have to be engaged in a continuous effort to know what is going on in your neighborhood, your business community, and your local jurisdiction.What Happened to Your Customers?If you are in manufacturing or wholesaling, it is likely that your customer base is geographically dispersed.   Only a few of them may have suffered losses from the event.   In that case, it is important for you to do what is necessary to ensure that you meet your customers’ continuing needs.If you suffered significant losses and will have to be closed for some time, it is important to learn what your customers are doing during the time it takes you to reopen.   If your customers did not suffer major losses, they may change their buying habits and you may have to fight an uphill battle to win them back.   Do your customers still want or need your product or service? Can they afford it?Whether it makes sense to reopen your business depends mainly on what happened to your customers as a result of the event.    If all or most of your customers suffered large losses as a consequence of the disaster, there is little reason for you to reopen quickly, unless you have something they need desperately.   For example, it usually makes sense for lumberyards and building supply, pharmacies, physicians, furnishings and appliances, construction, dry cleaning and laundry, and grocery stores to reopen quickly.However, if you sell goods and services that come from discretionary money, your customers may not be able to afford what you have to offer as they attempt to pick up the pieces.   We found that people who had big losses put off spending money at the optometrist, at specialty restaurants, for things like recreational gear, and for jewelry and expensive gifts.   Sometimes, your customers may move away. In that case, reopening is like starting over.How Much Did You Lose and Where Will the Money Come From to Reopen?If you suffered losses and were not insured, where will the money come from to reopen? Most business owners we talked with used their life savings, borrowed from relatives, used their credit cards, got a little help from suppliers and/or customers, or got loans through the Small Business Administration or from conventional lenders.   A few got loans or grants from local government. Do not expect any money from FEMA, the Red Cross, or other disaster assistance organizations – small businesses and small business owners usually are not eligible for that kind of assistance.Before you decide to use your life savings or borrow money from organizations that require you to use your home and other personal assets as collateral, it makes sense to take a very serious look at your business prospects in the post-disaster environment.   There is a very good chance that your old business plan is no longer viable, depending on what happened to you and your customers.We talked with dozens of small business owners who used all their savings to reopen a business that went nowhere in the post-disaster environment.   They lost their savings and the business.   Often, reopening after a major disaster is like starting a new business. Banks and the SBA will probably be willing to loan you money to reopen based on your experience before the disaster, but, before you make that commitment, make sure you have a solid business plan for the post-disaster environment.Before you reopen, understand fully that things will never be the way they were before.   Last year’s business plan is dead as a dodo.   It is time to conduct a new feasibility analysis and to rebuild your pro forma and cash flow analysis before committing any cash to the new venture.   If you can reopen without putting any significant amount of money into the venture and you have good reason to expect your customers to be there, then go ahead.   But, unless you have a service or product that people need desperately, expect that your business will not be what it was before the event for a long time.In any event, it makes sense to be cautious.   Be cautious about how you use your insurance proceeds; don’t confuse cash flow with investment.   Be wary of taking loans that require you to use personal assets, like your home, as collateral.   Be wary of taking loans that will be forgiven if you stay in the same business in the same location.   You may be far better off moving to a new location.If you are at or near retirement age, you will want to think particularly carefully about reopening the business.   Many people we interviewed put their savings back into a business that did not survive the next five years.   You may be better off liquidating your business assets and putting your money in safer investments.   Sometimes, even if your alternatives look bleak, it still makes sense to walk away.If you had insurance that covered most of your losses, you are in the minority of small business owners.   Many small firms will have experienced uninsured disaster related losses from damage to their plant or equipment, their inventory, and to the building they rent or own.   Many more lose money from uninsured business interruption in the chaotic period following the disaster.How Strong Was Your Business Before the Event?How Well Is Your Firm Positioned with Regard to the Dominant Trends in Your Industry?   Even if your organization was doing well before the disaster, it is important for you to take a hard look at where your firm is with regard to dominant trends in the area where you do business.   Retail patterns are, of course, changing.   Small town, downtown merchants are having a tough struggle against giant chain retailers located on the outskirts of town.   If your firm is positioned favorably with regard to industry trends, your chances of surviving a disaster are much better than if your firm is in an uphill fight against major trends.Only you will know how strong your business was before the disaster.    If you were losing out to the competition before the disaster, there is no reason to believe you can do better after the disaster.   If your firm was doing well, growing and becoming more profitable each year, chances are you can do well after the disaster, provided you can retain your customers in the unsettled times after the event.Are You Able to Give What It Is Going to Take?It takes a lot of energy and commitment to start a new business.   You know that.   You’ve done it.   Remember that, following a real disaster, it usually takes that same level of commitment and energy to revitalize a business that has suffered a disastrous event.   Ask yourself whether you still have the drive needed to do it again.   If so, good luck with your venture.   If not, it makes a lot of sense to reconsider your options. 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Leicester City play down Liverpool and Tottenham interest in prosperous defender

first_imgLeicester City reportedly work to scare off the interest of Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur in their promising defender by tying the newly promoted England international down with a new improved contractOne of the greatest revelations of last season’s Premier League campaign, Ben Chilwell, has drawn the attention of EPL heavyweights after some glittering performance with the Foxes.The versatile defender has already accumulated 44 league appearances under Claude Puel, as he started all eight Leicester City’s matches in the English top flight this season.According to the British publication, Team Talk, the 2016 Premier League champions have bound the 21-year-old player with a new deal that will last until 2024.Chilwell himself was delighted to prolong his stay at the King Power Stadium.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“Leicester’s always felt like the right place for me,” he said.“I’ve had fantastic support at every level since I arrived nine years ago and I’ve always felt opportunities would come if I continued to work hard. That’s a great feeling to have as a young player.“The club has really big, long-term plans and it’s really exciting to know that I’m going to be part of that. We’ve got a great squad with quite a youthful core so there’s a real opportunity for us to push on and achieve something together in the coming years.”A product of Leicester City youth academy, Chilwell has established himself as a first-choice left back and an integral part of the starting line-up ever since he returned from a brief loan spell with Huddersfield Town.last_img read more

Hydrogen explosion prompts evacuations in El Cajon

first_imgHydrogen explosion prompts evacuations in El Cajon August 29, 2018 Ashlie Rodriguez, KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter Updated: 7:21 PMcenter_img Ashlie Rodriguez, KUSI Newsroom Posted: August 29, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsEL CAJON (KUSI) – A hydrogen truck fire and an explosion Wednesday prompted the evacuations of several businesses and schools in El Cajon, officials said.Dispatchers received reports around 8:10 a.m. of an explosion linked to a hydrogen truck fire in the 1100 block of West Bradley Avenue, just south of Gillespie Field, Heartland Fire and Rescue public information officer Mark Casey said.San Diego County Sheriff’s Department officials were evacuating people from businesses and residences in a two-block area stretching from Cuyamaca Street to North Marshall Avenue, Casey said.No injuries were reported.Around 150 students co-located in school programs at Idea Center High School, Chaparral High School and Merit Academy were being evacuated to the gymnasium at Grossmont High School for parent reunification, Grossmont Union High School District spokeswoman Catherine Martin said.A hazmat team was dispatched to the scene.Residents were advised to avoid the area for the next several hours, Casey said.The Sycuan Green Line is rerouting at Arnele Station and the Orange Line is rerouting at El Cajon Transit Center, according to San Diego Metropolitan Systems. last_img read more

1 dead in fatal crash with motorcycle in SW MiamiDade

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A motorcycle and an SUV crashed in Southwest Miami-Dade, leaving the motorcyclist dead.According to Miami-Dade Police, the SUV and a motorcycle collided near Southwest 115th Street and 137th Avenue, early Monday afternoon.The motorcyclist was pronounced dead on the scene.The SUV sustained extensive damage on the passenger side.There is no word on what if any injuries the driver of the SUV sustained.Police remain on scene investigating, and they have shut down Southwest 112th Street and 137th Avenue going northbound.Please check back on WSVN.com and 7News for more details on this developing story. last_img read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR School Committee Vice Chair Jennifer Bryson Endorses Bendel

first_imgDear Editor and Wilmington Residents,I am writing to express my sincere and heartfelt endorsement and support of Greg Bendel and Kevin Caira for the Board of Selectmen. Both have demonstrated their commitment to supporting education, veterans’ affairs, elderly services, combating the opioid crisis, infrastructure improvements, and public safety. They are thoughtful leaders and deeply committed to public service.Selectmen Bendel and Caira have worked tirelessly for the residents of Wilmington as elected members of The Board of Selectmen. Their commitment to our town has been evidenced in many ways. They were strong advocates for funding Wilmington’s full-time Health and Recovery Coordinator. As an educator, parent and voter, I am struck by their ability to address this epidemic with a myriad of solutions, compassion and care. Additionally, they have advocated for funding for our schools and have supported improvement projects throughout our community. Mr. Caira remains very active in Wilmington Alumni fundraising activities and I also had the distinct pleasure of working alongside Mr. Bendel during the Superintendent Screening Committee last winter. His knowledge as an educator and his dedication to the process served the committee well.Selectmen Bendel and Caira’s community volunteerism and public service are among the finest examples of any citizens I know. I am in awe of their ability to dedicate such tremendous time to their work on The Board of Selectmen while also maintaining such a strong presence at our community and school events. I am committed to the continued progress of our town and grateful that Selectmen Bendel and Caira remain committed to their positions. Please join me in casting your vote on April 27th for Greg Bendel and Kevin Caira for The Board of Selectmen.Very truly yours,Jennifer BrysonLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedA VOTER’S GUIDE To Selectman Candidate Greg BendelIn “Government”A VOTER’S GUIDE To Selectman Candidate Kevin CairaIn “Government”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Selectman Jonathan Eaton Endorses O’Mahoney, Bendel & Caira For SelectmenIn “Letter To The Editor”last_img read more

first_imgEnlarge ImageThe SpaceX Falcon Heavy sits on the launchpad in Florida. SpaceX The first time we watched a Falcon Heavy take off, over a year ago, it carried Elon Musk’s personal Tesla Roadster into space. Now, with the delivery of Saudi Arabia’s Arabsat-6A telecommunications satellite into orbit Thursday, Falcon Heavy is proving itself as a commercial launch vehicle.Falcon Heavy, the most powerful rocket currently in use, blasted off from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It was originally scheduled for a Wednesday launch, but uncooperative winds caused the delay. 16 Photos SpaceX completes its first commercial mission to space Share your voice centercoreEnlarge ImageFalcon Heavy’s center core landed on the SpaceX droneship. Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET SpaceX planned a landing of the rocket’s side boosters on pads known as Landing Zones 1 and 2, while also aiming to bring the center core down gently on the floating Of Course I Still Love You droneship. The side boosters safely returned to Earth in a nicely coordinated landing. The center core then successfully touched down on the droneship, a first for SpaceX.The original Falcon Heavy demonstration mission in early 2018 involved the safe recovery of the two side boosters, but the center was lost when it plunged into the Atlantic Ocean.Musk had estimated the Falcon Heavy’s risk of failure at 5% to 10% because of unproven changes made since the first demonstration launch.  Now playing: Watch this: Tags 4 Elon Musk Space SpaceX Tesla 7:48 Elon Musk shows off the shiny SpaceX Starship This launch signals the start of a new evolutionary era for SpaceX’s commercial flights. Falcon Heavy is a monster capable of carrying 141,000 pounds (64 metric tons) into orbit. That’s a lot more than a Tesla Roadster weighs. First flight for Falcon Heavy Block 5 means there is some risk of failure between 5% to 10% imo. Many good design improvements from Falcon Heavy demo, but the changes are unproven.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 10, 2019 Sci-Tech Commentslast_img read more

first_img There’s a Honeywell security system, complete with cameras and sensors so they can monitor things whether they’re home, out running errands or away on vacation. A fire suppression system, complete with indoor sprinklers, is also inside, but you’d never know it. App-enabled Hunter Douglas shades are all over the house, as well as Control4-compatible Zigbee light switches.There are four designated audio zones, too, for listening to music throughout the home.rob-jones-house-tour-18Pam is particularly excited about the kitchen, where they plan to cook regularly using food they grow themselves. Tyler Lizenby/CNET When Pam walks into the kitchen, she covers her mouth and Rob hugs her. It’s the room she’s most excited about, they place where they will prepare meals with food grown on their own farm. The kitchen is packed with a lot of useful tech. There’s a motion-activated sink faucet that turns on and off when you wave your hand next to it. A microwave mounted to the lower cabinet, and upper cabinets that pull down, are easier to reach.The adjustable induction cooktop is the standout, though. It rises and sinks with the press of a button, so Rob can lower it to see what he’s doing when he’s using his wheelchair and raise it up when he’s standing.”It’s the little touches. We have done 75 of these [homes] in some various form or another, over the years. We know in some ways what these guys need before they know what they need,” Trevor says.rob-jones-house-tour-21Rob tests out the buttons that raise and lower the cooktop. Tyler Lizenby/CNET Moving in and moving onRob and I sit down to talk about his new house and how he’s feeling now that he and Pam have finally seen it. He admits that they have driven by it since construction began in the fall of 2018 (the project began in 2016, but it took time to find just the right plot of land), but that this really is the first time they’ve been inside. “I’ve always just lived in apartments that either had stairs or narrow doorways, or close quarters, or showers that are hard to get into and a lot of stuff that just isn’t set up for me very well. And now we’re here in this house and everywhere I look it’s made for me. I mean, [it’s] a million times better than anything I’ve ever lived in before,” Rob explains.Veterans are sometimes resistant to the offer of a custom-built home, Trevor told me earlier. “In all honesty, none of these guys believe they deserve a home,” he added. Rob was no different. He didn’t feel sorry for himself after his injury. In fact, he quickly moved on from what happened to working on his recovery and deciding what was next. “I kind of accelerated through the normal grieving process, and skipped right to the acceptance stage of the process pretty quickly. I didn’t spend any kind of energy wishing what had happened hadn’t,” Rob says.I ask him how he was able to move on so quickly and he jokes that he might have a “psychological disorder” that helped him out, but there’s much more to it than that.He says that he never expected to die from his injuries, but instead immediately began to worry about how much help he might need from loved ones — and he didn’t want that for them. He thought about the Marines still in Afghanistan, too. “Their mental states were gonna be directly related to how I handled myself, and so it just became a natural thing to just go ahead and move on, because I was trying to do what was best for them,” he explains.Basically, Rob just keeps moving forward no matter what, including completing his fourth Tower Climb earlier this month, an annual 104-story stair climb of the One World Observatory in New York, hosted by Tunnel to Towers in honor of the people who lost their lives on 9/11. rob-jones-house-tour-42Pam and Rob have been working with Tunnel to Towers on this home project since 2016. Tyler Lizenby/CNET Scott Nokes, a retired US Marine Corps corporal and rifleman who became ill from dysentery while in Afghanistan, ultimately resulting in double below-the-knee amputations and visual impairment, is inspired by Rob. When I mention Rob, Scott jokes that he’s a “sore subject,” since Rob beats him at the Tower Climb every year. Scott, who lives in New Jersey, is getting a smart home of his own later this year, courtesy of Tunnel to Towers. He says seeing guys like Rob and retired US Army staff sergeant and quadruple amputee Travis Mills, he realized he’d be OK. “This is just what you do; you just keep going. That’s what they always did: Why would I do anything different?” Scott asks. I speak briefly with Rob over the phone about a month after my visit to see how things are going. He’s making breakfast while we talk — soft boiled eggs and bacon, on the new cooktop. Last night for dinner he made lamb meatballs, salad and sweet potatoes, he tells me, as I quietly salivate on the other end of the line. Pam is already selling produce at four different farmers markets and is making deals with area restaurants. “The chickens are thriving,” he says. He talks about how easy the shades are to control with his phone; they still haven’t set up the voice control.I’m sure they’ll get to it, but for now, they’re just busy living their lives. This is part of CNET’s Tech Enabled series about the role technology plays in helping the disability community. For injured veterans, smart tech is crucial to quality of life How one man made Google Home more accessible for anyone Code Jumper gives children who are blind the tools to code Retired US Marine Corps Sgt. Rob Jones sits in the office of his new home in Loudoun County, Virginia.  Tyler Lizenby/CNET “I don’t get emotional,” retired US Marine Corps Sgt. Rob Jones says, standing next to his wife, Pam, as he admires the freshly painted walls of a new smart home customized for his needs as a double above-the-knee amputee.This isn’t a warning preamble before a tearful outburst. Rob, a Purple Heart recipient who was severely wounded in Afghanistan in 2010 by an improvised explosive device, really doesn’t cry. Pam confirms it. Rob alternates between walking with prosthetics and using a wheelchair. This house, located roughly 50 miles west of Washington, DC in Middleburg, Virginia, was custom-built for him by the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, a nonprofit that, among other charitable work, builds homes full of smart home technology for military personnel and first responders critically injured in the line of duty. About 3.6 million Americans and more than 250,000 veterans use wheelchairs, a 2018 study reports. More than 1 billion people in the world need assistive technology, and only 10% of that population has access to it, according to the World Health Organization.Assistive technology is designed to help people with disabilities live more independently, and the smart home industry is a mainstream branch of assistive tech. Rob and Pam’s new home will feature a combination of custom assistive products and readily available smart devices, things they’ve never had in previous homes.Rob and Pam picked out the paint colors, the furniture and countless other details for the house, but this is the first time either of them has been inside its walls.  Post a comment 0 Smart Home The 2,800-square-foot ranch rests on 13 acres, which is no accident. The couple dreams of having a working farm here. Pam has already mapped it out. She plans to grow garlic, onions, tomatoes and a variety of other vegetables. She and Rob have 44 chickens hanging out in a box at their current apartment — “it’s a big box; they’re very happy,” Pam adds.They’re eager to move in — Rob, Pam and likely the chickens, too. It’s been three years since they first said yes to Tunnel to Towers’ offer and it all culminated with today’s unveiling, which happened just minutes ago. “Every step along the way since my injury, there’s always been at least one or two things in any kind of domicile where it’s just not perfectly set up, or it’s uncomfortable, or I have to make concessions for things. And with this home, that’s not gonna be the case,” Rob explains.Rob and Pam are both accomplished athletes. They met at the 2012 Paralympics in London. He won a bronze medal for rowing. Pam, who has psoriatic arthritis, won two gold medals at the games, also for rowing. Rob has since combined his athletic pursuits with his advocacy work to raise money for veterans’ organizations — and to inspire others to do the “unthinkable.” In the winter of 2013-14, Rob biked 5,180 miles across the United States, from Maine to California. In the fall of 2017, he ran 31 marathons in 31 days — that’s 26.2 miles every day for a month straight (and all in different cities in the US, Canada and the UK). Their house and their future farm, which they’ve named Gathering Springs Farm, is just the beginning for this vibrant couple. I’m one of the lucky few getting a peek behind the scenes, specifically to see what tech is in their home and how it could free up their time to focus on those bigger goals.  7:46 “Due to the vast integration and customization possibilities of Control4, our systems have been installed for many veterans and those who use technology to improve their lives. We love seeing the ways that a Control4 smart home can help, even [in] just the smallest ways,” Brad Hintze, Control4 senior director of product marketing said over email.Retired US Army Col. Phil Swinford has Control4 in his home too, which was set up for him by the Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center at the McGuire VA Hospital in Richmond, Virginia. Swinford is an incomplete quadriplegic, meaning he has some mobility but relies on a wheelchair. McGuire has recommended Control4 to over two dozen veterans in the past five years, the hospital’s assistive technology program coordinator, Melissa Oliver, tells me.The brains behind Rob and Pam’s Control4 system sits in a hallway closet. Everything else is out in the open, including the main Control4 touchscreen panel, which is mounted to the wall in the living room. That’s their main access point to all of the devices when they don’t want to use a phone or voice commands. Both of the bathrooms in the house have smart toilets. “They deodorize, they clean, they sanitize, they flush [and] the seats warm up,” Trevor Tamsen, assistant manager of media relations at Tunnel to Towers, explains. Most people say they don’t want the automatic toilets at first, John Ponte, director of smart home for Tunnel to Towers, adds. But then they end up loving them. House tourRob and Pam move from room to room, finally getting to see in person all of the things they’ve been imagining since 2016. Rob is characteristically cool-headed. Pam covers her mouth in excitement. Smart home system Control4 is the main thing powering their home’s connected tech. It’s a smart home command center, a hub that connects light switches, window shades, audio zones and more, through touchscreen control panels and an app. It also works with smart speakers but the voice control isn’t set up just yet. Step inside this fully automated smart house built for…center_img Now playing: Watch this: 33 Photos Further reading Share your voice A smart home custom-made for a wounded veteran Tags Tech Enabled CNET Smart Home To make a difference, one must do something that most people couldn’t fathom. Then people will hear your story, and believe in it. And use it to do their own great things.— Rob Jones (@RobJonesJourney) June 10, 2019 Honeywell Alexa Amazon Googlelast_img read more

first_imgA live-action remake of Lady and the Tramp will launch on Disney Plus this year. D23/Disney Disney has released the first trailer for its upcoming live-action Lady and the Tramp remake. We got a look at the footage at Disney’s D23 Expo Friday. It’s set to hit small screens when the Disney Plus streaming service launches on Nov. 12.The entire cast of dogs for Lady and the Tramp is made up of rescue animals. All were adopted when filming wrapped. OMG the dogs from Lady and the Tramp on stage. They are so adorable. We want one. @disneyplus @DisneyD23 #D23Expo pic.twitter.com/lYbfPCuHJq— MiceChat (@MiceChat) August 23, 2019 26 Photos Now playing: Watch this: Disney Plus TV and Movies Culture Folks, they brought out the dogs at the D23 Expo. Because of course they did. Post a comment 0 Yvette brings on stage the two stars of Lady and the Tramp, the cast was comprised of rescue dogs, adopted by members of the cast after production. @disneyplus #D23Expo pic.twitter.com/vC4WsIOYGb— ED92 (@ED92live) August 23, 2019center_img In the reboot of the 1955 animated film, Lady will be voiced by Tessa Thompson and Tramp by Justin Theroux. The cast also includes Janelle Monae as the voice of Peg, Kiersey Clemons as Darling, Thomas Mann as Jim Dear, Yvette Nicole Brown as Aunt Sarah and Sam Elliott as the voice of Trusty.D23 runs from Aug. 23 through Aug. 25 in Anaheim, California.The Disney D23 Expo runs through Sunday, Aug. 25. Be sure to check out coverage from sister sites GameSpot, TV Guide and ComicBook.com. 1:29 How to watch every Marvel Cinematic Universe film in the right order Everything we know about Disney Plus Disney Plus: Release dates, prices, shows and movies to expect on the streaming service Tags Share your voice Disney Plus Disneylast_img read more