State Transportation Commission Backs the Bypass

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Email The state transportation commission last week approved Kalispell’s proposed development of Four Mile Drive and reaffirmed its commitment to complete the city’s bypass. Kevin Howlett, the chairman of the Montana Transportation Commission, told attendees at last week’s meeting in Helena that the state has several road projects in need of funding, but that the unfinished U.S. 93 Alternate Route would be neither abandoned nor forgotten. The state is currently developing its construction plan for the next five years, and the bypass stands to benefit from funding before other planned projects, like a bridge replacement in Hungry Horse, because the bypass is designed and nearly completed, according to Howlett and officials with the Montana Department of Transportation.The bypass project is in its final phases and has racked up more than $101 million in costs, roughly 75 percent of which has come from federal earmarks and discretionary allocations through Congress and the Federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The estimated remaining costs, roughly $39.6 million, will likely need to come from the state because of the lack of available federal funding.Last week, the commission urged the Flathead Valley to be patient and said that the bypass would receive state funding; it’s simply a matter of when. “They really did want to reaffirm their support for the project, it’s just a matter of when and based on the priority list,” said Kalispell Mayor Tammi Fisher, who attended the meeting. Nearly 30 people from the Flathead Valley attended the meeting to show support for the local road projects, including Fisher, City Councilor Phil Guiffrida, the three Flathead County commissioners and state Sen. Bruce Tutvedt. Joe Unterreiner, the president of the Kalispell Chamber of Commerce, presented a petition signed by nearly 150 community members and businesses in support of the unfinished U.S. 93 Alternate Route and Four Mile Drive project. Representatives from U.S. Sens. Max Baucus and Jon Tester’s offices were also there to back the bypass. “I think they really appreciated that people traveled the distance to speak to them about how important these projects are to Flathead County,” Fisher said. “It was certainly worth the trip because it was important to show support for these two projects. If people are avoiding Kidsports or north Kalispell because Kidsports is packed, we have to do something about that.”The commission did give the OK for the Four Mile Drive development near Kidsports Complex. Kalispell now has approval to move forward with finishing Four Mile Drive using urban highway funds that have accrued over the years. The city plans to connect both sides of Four Mile at Stillwater Road, creating another outlet for traffic near Kidsports and alleviating congestion on U.S. 93. The project would include developing an interchange that could bridge over the future bypass and play an integral role in the city’s transportation system, according to city officials. The project is estimated at roughly $3 million and could break ground in the next two years. The city receives an annual allotment of $600,000 for urban highway projects. Another phase of the bypass at Three Mile Drive is ready to seek construction bids and is expected to break ground next spring, meaning the bypass would be within two phases of completion.RELATED: Kalispell, State Agency Reaffirm Support for Bypasslast_img read more

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Enjoy Traeger Grill samples Saturday at Smith Hardware

first_imgEverybody loves free samples, and Smith Hardware has them on Saturday.    Sherman, Deborah and the folks at Smith Hardware in downtown La Follette invite you to stop by Saturday as Marc Terry visits for Traeger Grill demonstrations.  Sample time is 11 am until 2 pm at Smith’s as Marc features Coffee Rub, Blackened Saskatchewan Rub, Apricot sauce and Sweet and Heat sauce.  See ya there.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/02/2018-5PM)Share this:FacebookTwitterlast_img

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Ghostriders dump Leafs 4-1 in KIJHL action in Nelson

first_imgThe Nelson Leafs saw some light at the end of the tunnel with the return of a few injured players from sickbay.The good news, however, didn’t pay off on the ice as Fernie Ghostriders skated into the NDCC Arena and made off with a 4-1 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory Friday.The result saw Nelson lose for the 14th straight time — the long losing streak is partly due to the KIJHL stripping the Leafs of eight points, and a handful of wins, after the Heritage City franchise was found guilty of using an ineligible player. Justin Peters, Doan Smith and Derek Georgopoulos scored three times in first period to power the Riders to its second victory of the season over the Leafs.The three goals chased Leaf starting goalie Adam Maida from the net after one period.Fernie dumped Nelson 5-1 January 17 in the East Kootenay City.Darnel St. Pierre scored in the second to cut the margin to 3-1. But Calvin Tisley added an insurance goal in the third period as the riders rebounded from a 13-1 shot domination by Nelson to out shoot the home side 12-5 in the third.Nelson out shot the Ghostriders 25-21.The Leafs return to action Saturday when the Murdoch Division club hosts Grand Forks at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.LEAGUE NOTES: Former Nelson Leafs and Fernie Ghostriders Connor McLaughlin was named the ACAC Hockey Online player of the week after accumulating seven points during a weekend series. McLaughlin played two seasons for Selkirk College before moving on to the Alberta College League. . . .The Leafs welcomed forward Matt MacDonald and defenceman Patrick Croome back to the lineup for Friday’s game against Fernie. MacDonald returned from the injured list while Croome completed serving a suspension picked up in Fernie January 17. . . . Leaf coach and GM Dave McLellan served his second game of a suspension that will end at the end of the regular season for using an ineligibile player.last_img read more

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St Thomas’ v Liam Mellows – Galway SHC Final COMMENTARY

first_imgAudio Playerhttps://galwaybayfmsports.podbean.com/mf/play/ujdzsv/2018_County_SHC_Final.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume..print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Listen back to the Galway Bay fm commentary of the 2018 County Senior Hurling Final between St Thomas and Liam Mellows in Pearse Stadium, with Sean Walsh and Conor Hayes…last_img

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South African art gallery looks back 100 years

first_imgRay Maota A bronze sculpture of Eve by Auguste Rodin, created in 1881. Portrait of Kalie by Maggie Laubser will also be exhibited. (Images: Johannesburg Art Gallery) MEDIA CONTACTS • Reshma Chiba Registrar at JAG +27 11 725 3130 RELATED ARTICLES • South African art • Art Bank Joburg: helping local artists • Louis Maqhubela’s art comes home • SA art snapped up at UK auction The Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG) is marking 100 years of art-collecting with an elaborate celebration and launch of a new catalogue detailing the various works in its possession.The event will take place at the gallery in Joubert Park, Johannesburg, on 28 November 2010 at 5pm. The public is welcome to attend and entrance is free.The catalogue, called One Hundred Years of Collecting: Johannesburg Art Gallery, as well as the launch celebration have been sponsored by the South African division of Anglo American. The gallery will mark another centenary in 2015, when an upgrade of its building will be completed. The art-collection celebration precedes this, as the establishment began accumulating works long before the actual building was constructed.The catalogue features essays by South African writers and artists Khwezi Gule, Nessa Leibhammer and Bongi Dhlomo, among others. It has been edited by Jillian Carman, who is an honorary research fellow at the universities of the Witwatersrand and Johannesburg, and a former JAG curator.“We are celebrating the historic feat by launching a catalogue with essays about collections within the gallery,” said Antoinette Murdoch, the gallery’s curator.“The individual essays are about the gallery’s traditional, historic and contemporary art collections.“The launch is an open invitation event and we are expecting close to 600 people,” she added.Impact on local, global art community“The gallery’s collections have had a significant impact on the local and global art community,” Carman said. “Although initially focusing on western artists, in 1994 a decision was taken to consolidate the South African collections.”These collections are made up of traditional items, modern and contemporary art – including work by international artists with South African links like Marlene Dumas –and artists from other African countries, like the late Nigerian photographer Oluwarotimi (Rotimi) Fani-Kayode.“The purpose of this is to build on JAG’s unique strength: it is ideally placed to be a major international centre and archive of South African art within the country,” Carman added.“JAG is committed to preserving and providing access to our national heritage and giving due recognition to South Africa’s neglected artists through our exhibitions, publications and education programmes,” according to a media statement released by the gallery.“The gallery is the cultural backbone of Johannesburg and our collection has served to open dialogue and make a path for meaningful, intellectual and academic debate, ultimately contributing to change and impacting on society at large,” the statement continued.Diverse line-upThe celebrations on 28 November will centre around an exhibition by women artists called Transformations. Other works displayed in the Foundation Room and pieces belonging to the Matters of Spirit permanent exhibition will also be on view, and there will be a video projection of local artist Stephen Hobbs’ work.Transformations focuses on the various changes women have experienced in the last century and reflects this through artistic works.“Lace-making, embroidery, ceramics, tapestry and beadwork were among the activities women were largely involved in at the turn of the 19th century. However, since the mid-1900s, women artists have developed an increasingly confident and critical vision that is manifested in their subject matter and mode of production,” the JAG statement added.Transformations includes work from the gallery’s various collections that explore this shifting vision. “The idea is to show how women’s place in society has changed,” Murdoch said.The projection by Hobbs will focus on new and old buildings in Johannesburg, and how they can serve as places for aesthetic and political contemplation.History of the JAGIn total, the JAG has 15 exhibition halls and various sculptured gardens. It houses collections of 17th century Dutch paintings, 18th and 19th century British and European art, 19th century South African works, a large contemporary collection of 20th century local and international art, and a print cabinet containing works from the 15th century to the present.The building was designed and built at the beginning of the 20th century by British architect Edwin Lutyens. Art dealer Sir Hugh Lane and Florence Phillips, an art collector, established the first gallery collection from funds given by Phillips’ husband, Lionel, who was a mining magnate at the time.Phillips donated her lace collection, and arranged for her husband to donate seven oil paintings and an Auguste Rodin sculpture.Today, JAG’s collection includes further works by Rodin, as well as pieces by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Pablo Picasso, Camille Pissarro, Claude Monet, Edgar Degas and Henry Moore.There are also works by South African masters like Gerard Sekoto, Walter Battiss, Alexis Preller, Maud Sumner, Sydney Kumalo, Ezrom Legae and Pierneef.The collection is so large that the gallery only exhibits 10% of it at any given time, with the remainder in storage. With generous sponsorship from Anglo American and the City of Johannesburg, and with the help of a trust fund, the gallery is able to regularly acquire new works.last_img read more

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Mandela’s presidential years to get book treatment

first_imgA planned sequel to Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, will unpack the years when he was the president of South Africa. Mandela began the book in 1998 but was unable to complete it. Now a group of former senior advisers will finish the task for him. Nelson Mandela and his wife, Graça Machel, visit the London School of Economics in 2000. (Image: Wikipedia) • Newspapers report Nelson Mandela’s release, 25 years ago • Archive: Nelson Mandela at Davos • The actors who would be Mandela • Remembering Nelson Mandela – a visual quiz • Watch: Milestones in Mandela’s long walk Priya Pitamber On 16 October 1998, Nelson Mandela took a sheet of paper and a black pen, and started the first chapter of his sequel to his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, which he called The Presidential Years.Written in his cursive script, the first paragraph reads: “Men and women, all over the world, right down the centuries, come and go. Some leave nothing behind, not even their names. It would seem that they never existed at all. Others do leave something behind: the haunting memory of the evil deeds they committed against other people.”Publishers Pan Macmillan said the book was yet to receive an official title. It’s planned to publish in 2016, saying the book “will provide readers with both an unprecedented account of Mandela’s extraordinary presidency, and a deep personal insight into the man behind the international statesman. It will be candid and clear-eyed about the difficulties he faced while in office, but also about the fault lines that run through contemporary South Africa.”[email protected] Foundation Reveals First Pages of Sequel to Long Walk to Freedom http://t.co/dJ8Ktb1CF8 pic.twitter.com/wDOY6x50nQ — Legacy of Hope (@Mandela_LOH) December 18, 2014Mandela served a single term as president, from 1994 to 1999, preferring to step down rather than stand again in South Africa’s second democratic elections.“Madiba wanted to put on record his own reflections of those important years in his life, when he was president of South Africa,” said his wife, Graça Machel, South Africa’s former first lady. “The book he had in mind was to be a natural progression from his autobiography Long Walk to Freedom. Circumstances did not allow him to complete the project. I am very pleased that a team comprising former senior advisers of his have accepted responsibility for completing this unfinished task on his behalf.”UK newspaper The Guardian noted Long Walk to Freedom had a cliff-hanger ending which begged the question of what happened when Mandela was president.“I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can rest only for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not yet ended.”“Especially during his presidency, he was a bit of a slave driver and he worked exceptionally hard: he would call at two o’clock in the morning and, for an elderly person to work at that pace, it was hard, and the pressure from the outside world was really relentless,” his personal assistant, Zelda la Grange, admitted to The Guardian. “But [that was] Madiba.”Pan Macmillan editorial director Georgina Morley said the book would be “a rallying cry that will remind readers everywhere what he stood for – and how it is still possible for his vision and his political philosophy positively to change not only South Africa, but the world”.The Nelson Mandela Foundation notes that in his draft he admitted he would have preferred a younger person to take the presidential reigns in 1994 after the country’s first democratic elections. “What is equally remarkable is that it was before he was inaugurated as president that Mandela decided to only serve for one term,” the website states. “This decision on his part is perhaps one of the most often cited examples of how he differed from his counterparts in other African countries.”Welcome newsPeople quickly took to social media when news of the sequel broke, and the consensus was it would be a welcome addition to the literary world.The sequel to Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom will be published next year http://t.co/IaDRqyQ3Qm. Very proud of this! @panmacmillan — Jeremy Trevathan (@JezzaTrev) March 24, 2015Great news! There’s to be a sequel to Nelson Mandela’s memoir, Long Walk to Freedom, to be published next year http://t.co/vw7U5llxWs — maggie jonas (@mmaggie47) March 24, 2015Quite exciting, this. ‘@thebookseller: Pan Mac to publish Nelson Mandela sequel http://t.co/DIsFOYuzy0” — George Morley (@georgeisediting) March 24, 2015TV host and newspaper columnist Justice Malala told The Guardian newspaper the Mandela presidency was a fascinating time. “It was South Africa being remade,” Malala said. “I’m quite keen to read what it was like for Nelson Mandela to walk into the Union Buildings and take power and use power.”Morley noted that Pan Macmillan had already worked with the Nelson Mandela Foundation on three previous books: Conversations With Myself, Nelson Mandela By Himself: The Authorised Book of Quotations, and Long Walk to Freedom – the picture book, adapted by Chris van Wyk and illustrated by Paddy Bouma.Pan Macmillan has worked with the Nelson Mandela Foundation on books about the former president. 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Yes, Employers, Words Really Do Matter

first_imgIt’s easy to underestimate the power of words. Many supervisors fail to appreciate the importance of the words used in a performance review or evaluation, corrective action, termination letter, or other employment-related document. But it can go beyond the obvious instances.In an age-discrimination case, a supervisor had attended a presentation by a contractor who was trying to bid work with the employer. The supervisor wrote in his notes that the type of work would be perfect for “young engineers.” What the supervisor meant was that the work being bid was well suited for entry-level engineers, who could gain valuable experience that, often, was quite difficult to find.You may imagine that the plaintiff’s lawyer jumped on the word “young” from the supervisor’s notes, using it as an opportunity to make it look like the supervisor preferred young engineers over older ones. An age-based preference such as this would, of course, be unlawful if used in decisions to hire, fire, or assign work. As you also may imagine, it made for an unpleasant deposition of the supervisor–an experience he surely did not forget any time soon.On the other hand, it also is possible to get far too caught up in the definition or meaning of a particular word. Lawyers are great at this, as this very funny video from the N.Y. Times makes clear. The lesson to be learned? Words really do matter in every context. Be aware of what you put into writing–generally, less is more and the more specific, the better. But don’t play word games when the basics can get the job done.Documentation in the workplace can be absolutely critical in preventing and defending against claims by employees. It may be time to consider a refresher course about best practices in HR documentation. If so, let us know–we have an excellent training program on this subject. To read the original post on Deleware Employers’ Blog, please click here.last_img read more

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appFlash Uses Google Swiffy to Build iOS Apps

first_imgsarah perez What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement appFlash, for now, is more of an experiment, as it was cooked up in just 24 hours. AppMobi CTO Sam Abadir said the company thought it would be interesting to see how Swiffy’s exported code could be integrated into the appMobi services in order to get Flash assets onto the iOS platform quickly.However, he did note there were some roadblocks to doing things this way. For example, Swiffy’s HTML5 output doesn’t work on Android devices, the company found. So for now, the company isn’t offering Android builds using appFlash.In the meantime, interested developers can check out the new experiment here. Related Posts Tags:#Apple#apps#Google#How To#iPhone#mobile The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Shortly after Google unveiledSwiffy, the Flash-to-HTML5 conversion tool designed for WebKit browsers, mobile app development firm appMobi launched a related utility called appFlash. This new tool takes advantage of Swiffy’s capabilities, allowing mobile developers to convert app assets coded in Flash into native iOS applications.How appFlash WorksHere’s how the new utility works:First you take the Adobe Flash code and input it into Swiffy, which returns HTML5. Then you can view the HTML5 code with the appMobi XDK software and test the code on an iOS device using appMobi’s AppLab. The entire process takes just a few minutes, says appMobi.After making any necessary changes, you can build a native iOS app using the appFlash utility, pictured below.last_img read more

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10 months agoBarcelona encourage Everton, Inter Milan offers for reluctant Malcom

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona encourage Everton, Inter Milan offers for reluctant Malcomby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton chief Marcel Brands remains in Barcelona contact for Malcom.Mundo Deportivo says Everton, Inter Milan and Lazio are all in talks with Barca for the Brazil winger.Malcom would prefer to stay to the end of the season, feeling the support of his teammates inside the locker room. But Barca management have other ideas and are willing to sell this month.Everton remain keen, having already raided Barca this season for Lucas Digne, Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes.A loan deal with the view to a permanent transfer has been raised by Brands. last_img read more

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20 days agoMan Utd boss Solskjaer delivers Pogba injury update

first_imgMan Utd boss Solskjaer delivers Pogba injury updateby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits he is unlikely to call upon Paul Pogba for the trip to Newcastle on Sunday.Pogba has had a nagging ankle problem since United’s 1-1 draw at Southampton at the end of August and missed France’s Euro 2020 qualifiers against Albania and Andorra.He was also unavailable for the Red Devils in fixtures against Leicester and West Ham before starting games against Rochdale and Arsenal. Asked if he would have any key players back from injury for the weekend, Solskjaer said: “I don’t know. Let’s see on Saturday morning. Probably not.”On Pogba being fit for Sunday, the Norwegian added: “Probably not, there’s an international break as well, so it might be time for us to give him 10 or 14 days extra to be ready for the Liverpool game.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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