Google Fiber contractors beginning utility pole work in Prairie Village

first_imgGood news for those of you who have been waiting with bated breath for news of Google Fiber’s entry into the Prairie Village market: residents in a handful of Prairie Village neighborhoods this week began receiving notice that PAR Electrical, a contractor working on Fiber installation in northeast Johnson County, is preparing to do “make-ready” work on utility poles in the city.The “make-ready” work, which prepares utility poles for the hanging of new utility cables, can be completed without the approval of the city. Before Google begins installing actual Fiber cables in the city, it will be required to inform the Prairie Village city council. PAR crews are conducting similar work in Mission.In Merriam, Roeland Park and Westwood, Google has sent letters to the city informing them it intends to provide service to the cities on or after Feb. 21.Prairie Village City Administrator Quinn Bennion said Tuesday that the city had not yet received work permits from PAR, but that they had been “getting hints” that installation might be getting closer. PAR filed work permits with the city Wednesday morning.AT&T announced the rollout of a competing high-speed Internet service in the Kansas City area it’s calling Gigapower this week, but aside from Leawood, no northeast Johnson County municipalities will be among the first wave of recipients.last_img read more

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Mitsuka holds on for first win

first_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES RIFU, Miyagi Pref. – Tour rookie Yuko Mitsuka hung on to her overnight lead by shooting a 71 to win her first career title with a one-shot victory at the Miyagi TV Dunlop Ladies Open on Sunday. Mitsuka, who stormed into the lead after a second-round 66, carded two birdies and a bogey while fighting off a late charge by Tomoko Kusakabe for a winning total of 8-under-par 208 on the Rifu Golf Club course. Mitsuka kept herself in front with birdies on both of the front-nine par-5s — at Nos. 2 and 8 — before dropping a shot at the ninth. “I have been too nervous to sleep and eat well since last night and I can’t even remember how I played all day,” Mitsuka said.last_img read more

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Talent shines for Doveton

first_imgBy Nick Creely Doveton has an abundance of experience and class on its list, but it took the energy and talent of some…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Galway boxers in action tonight in National Stadium

first_imgFriday May 13thPrelims (5pm)Girl 242kg Aaligah Butler (Monivea) V Kathleen Martin (Carndonagh)Girl 666kg Ciara Mellett (Connemara) V Shannon Just (Arklow)Girl 348kg Deirdre Hughes (Corrib) W/OMen’s U18 Finals64kg Jason Harty (Rathkeale) V Kieran Molloy (Oughterard)Saturday May 14thS/Finals and Prelims (9am)Girl 142kg Jessica Leahy (Urlingford) V Laoise Griffin (Connemara)S/Finals (4pm)Girl 350kg Nicole Butler (Monivea) V Winner66kg Ceire Hickey (Connemara) V Leanne Doyle (Arklow)Girl 554kg Mia O’Connor (Cabra) V Emer Hannon (Corrib)print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Girl 1 to 6 Championships National Stadium Dublin Kieran Molloy from the Oughterard Club will go in search of a 9th Irish title this evening when he takes on Jason Harty from Rathkeale in the Irish U18 64kg final in the National Stadium. On a busy night of action, the preliminary rounds of the Girls Championships will feature Galway boxers Aaligah Butler from Monivea and Ciara Mellett from Connemara, while through to the semi finals tomorrow night are Deirdre Hughes and Emer Hannon from Corrib, Laoise Griffin and Ceire Hickey from Connemara and Nicole Butler from Monivea.last_img read more

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Little room for interest rate cut: Marcus

first_img9 May 2012 There is currently little room for a cut in interest rates, with South Africa’s inflation at the upper end of its target range, says Reserve Bank Governor Gill Marcus. “The current monetary policy stance is accommodative because of the persistence of the negative output gap,” Marcus told the the Swiss Chamber Southern Africa in Zurich on Monday. “However, the expected inflation trajectory suggests that there is limited, if any, room for further monetary accommodation at this stage.” At 5.5% for the past 16 months, the Reserve Bank’s key repo rate is at its lowest in over 30 years. South Africa’s inflation target range is between 3% and 6%.Global concerns always a factor “It is important to bear in mind, however, that this view is conditional on no significant adverse changes in the other factors that the MPC [the Reserve Bank’s monetary policy committee] takes into consideration when determining the stance of monetary policy,” Marcus said. “These include the domestic growth outlook and the continuing global fragility.” In March 2012, South African consumer inflation eased to 6%. The central bank expects it to return to within the 3-6% range by the end of 2012 on a “sustainable basis”, after which inflation is expected to remain close to the upper end of the range “for some time”. Marcus noted that capital inflows had caused greater volatility in currencies in emerging markets such South Africa than before, noting that extreme volatility brought about by excessive capital flows created problems for macroeconomic management.Reserve Bank ‘does not target a level for the rand’ On the issue of the exchange rate, Marcus said the Reserve Bank did not target a level for the rand. “There is an incorrect perception that the Reserve Bank attempts to keep the exchange rate strong in order to help with inflation. There is no doubt that an appreciating currency would have a moderating impact on inflation,” Marcus said. “But in order to sustain this moderating impact, the exchange rate would have to have a continuously appreciating trend, which is clearly undesirable and not feasible.” The Reserve Bank’s next decision on interest rates is expected following its monetary policy committee meeting on 24 May. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Taipei’s EVA puts the premium in premium class

first_imghe new Carmona Red Rimowa will find its way into many a carry-on. Photo: EVA Air Taipei-based EVA Air has long been a quiet leader in the most premium of premium business classes.An early adopter of the Zodiac (now Safran) Cirrus outward-facing herringbone seat in its long-haul business class, branded as Royal Laurel, EVA’s soft product has matched this investment — and not just in its famous Hello Kitty planes either.The airline has long featured well above-average Champagne for business class passengers, well above the quality that many other airlines provide for first class. Depending on the route, either Krug or Veuve Clicquot’s vintage prestige cuvée La Grande Dame are offered.Read our ratings for Eva Air.Its amenity kits, too, are first class-level, with a new deep burgundy kit that replicates the iconic Rimowa suitcase.“Those departing from Taiwan receive overnight kits in Rimowa’s popular new ‘Carmona Red,’” says the airline. “Contents include a color-coordinated eye mask, cozy socks, a hairbrush, a microfiber cloth for cleaning glasses and screens on personal devices, earplugs, a toothbrush and toothpaste and skincare essentials from Clarins.”On inbound flights, it’s Ferragamo, “inspired by ancient Taiwanese majolica tiles, the case is a harmonious blend of contemporary fashion and Taiwanese culture stocked with Salvatore Ferragamo lotion, hand cream and lip balm elegantly scented with the brand’s new Bianco di Carrara fragrance.”Hearty portions of skincare, a proper-sized toothbrush, grip-soled socks and a microfibre cloth for cleaning glasses or electronic devices are included in both kits.EVA is also raising the airline pajama game with a new set from celebrity designer Jason Wu, featuring the usual stretch cotton but also a funky yet practical side-buttoning neck.Eva premiumThe pajama top collars are funky yet practical. All Photos: EVA AirThat kind of detail allows passengers who feel a draught around their necks to button up warmly, while those who tend to overheat can unbutton to the shoulder to allow for extra airflow.New food from Huang Ching-biao, a master chef specializing in the Tan aristocratic family style cuisine from China’s dynastic era, will be served departing Taipei to Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco in Royal Laurel (long haul) business class.It is, says EVA,  “prepared with slow, painstaking, traditional cooking techniques and nothing but the best ingredients, the inflight dining experience begins with a pork shoulder slice wrapped with cucumber and Thai-style shrimp followed by golden chicken soup with seafood in a rich, golden broth.“The main course is braised abalone in oyster sauce served with stir-fried rice with caramel olive while dessert is an elegant concoction of Tan’s mashed taro and sweet potato in water chestnut sauce.”Eva premiumCelebrating Tan-style cuisine is a bang-on brand idea.Meanwhile, passengers heading from Taipei to Brisbane, Paris and Vienna in business will enjoy seasonal desserts from Andrea Bonaffini, the Italian patissier behind Taipei’s Yellow Lemon dessert bar.There’s a new welcome beverage when you settle into your seat, too, “a cold-pressed mango and mixed fruit juice made from a blend of Taiwan’s exceptionally flavorful Irwin mangoes, pleasingly tart and aromatic passion fruit, tangy oranges and garden-fresh carrots”.This sort of signature drink is growing in popularity as airlines seek to make a positive and distinctive first impression on passengers. There’s also a little extra treat with coffee and tea: Eclat de Valrhona, a 61 percent premium cocoa dark chocolate from chocolatier Valrhona near Lyon in France.eva premiumEVA’s new fruit juice will be a refreshing start to the flight.The whole effect is to bring quite cost-effective changes that — to steal a phrase from the very zeitgeisty Marie Kondo — spark joy among passengers who might be stressed, tired or simply not expecting any magic from the airline experience.A stonking bottle of champers, an amenity kit you might actually like to keep, a really tasty bite to eat: this is the sort of surprise and delight that airlines need to be creating.last_img read more

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Painting your Social Media House

first_img“Son, paint’s the last thing you do when you’re painting a house.”My father’s words of many years ago as his naive son attempted to dive into a Victorian house reclamation that needed much more than paint. In many ways it was a parable for life- and my first real lesson in social media- a decade before social media even existed.I remember my father telling me to put down my yellow paint as he walked me around my newly-purchased labor of love. He pointed out dry-rot window sills, faulty gutters, and awnings that needed to be scraped down to bare wood if I was to expect this paint job to last. Needless to say I was deflated- I just wanted to take my new brushes, my hand-selected paint and- well- paint! Right that moment. I didn’t want to do all that prep work, invest all that time doing the thankless, toil-laden steps that I now realized needed to be done in order to achieve my goal of a painting my house. This, my fellow social media enthusiasts, is the same challenge we all face in today’s social media landscape.Prep work- no one wants to do it- it’s time consuming and slows down progress, right? Wrong! It stops us from making mistakes and ending up with a social media house that’s in need of an expensive new paint job time and again! Remember, paint is not just eyewash- it protects and promotes our houses- and in this analogy our “brand-houses.” But, it has to be done right!I’ve worked with corporate clients big and small, and have been charged with running social media for DoD and now with SHRM. And, I’ve always started by asking: what are our strategic objectives, who’s our audience, how do we create a sustainable team, and where does our content come from? These are the wood replacing, scraping, caulking, and priming steps individuals and organizations must roll their sleeves up and do before applying any paint to our social media houses. Social media is no different than any other communications medium- there must be an objective, an audience, and a strategy in place before we post one update on Facebook or tweet one tweet.My dad doesn’t know Twitter from Instagram and uses neither- but when I talk to him today I remind him that he was my first social media mentor- telling me to set my paint down and lay the foundation for painting long before I start. Thanks dad!last_img read more

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Records Management: NARA Warns Agencies About Cloud Computing

first_imgNARA has issued federal agencies guidelines and warnings about the use of cloud computing for managing their record keeping.  The Obama administration has encouraged agencies to consider adoption of cloud-computing.  In response, NARA has presented their perspective of how agencies should approach cloud computing.While the FAQ recognizes many of the benefits that can be achieved by moving to a cloud-based computing model, such as:“Pay-as-you-go” can offer cost advantagesAbility to easily scale up or down computing resources, as neededBut NARA also points out a number of other considerations that should cause agencies to pause before adopting cloud-based services.  The issues that NARA brings up include:Cloud vendors need to be able to demonstrate security and privacy of dataThe agency may lose control of data residing on remote infrastructurePotential problems integrating cloud-based data with data residing on other systemsCloud vendors need to be able to guarantee 24/7 access to the data and servicesVendors needs to be able to comply with Federal regulationsVendors need to be able to comply with federal records management requirements foudn in 36 CFR 1236.1ffVendors must retain links between records and metadataCloud software must be able to transfer archival records to NARA or delete records according to NARA retention schedulesLong-term trustworthiness and sustainability of data should be carefully consideredPortability standards should be considered to ensure that records could be easily transitioned elsewhere, if neededSo while the Federal CIO and the Obama Administration is advocating cloud computing, it seems clear that NARA has concerns that cloud computing may still be a bit premature for handing federal records of importance.last_img read more

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3 Accounting Apps for the iPad

first_imgMassive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#enterprise#mobile IT + Project Management: A Love Affair The big incumbent. QuickBooks Connect is an iOS client for QuickBooks online or the Windows version of QuickBooks 2011. You can use it to manage customer information, check balances, create estimate and invoices and more.Xero Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… klint finley FinancialForce Mobile is a mobile-optimized version of FinancialForce.com, the Web-based financials solution for Salesforce.com. It provides access to bank accounts, transactions and invoices. It also integrates with Salesforce.com Chatter.QuickBooks Connect Xero is an accounting software-as-a-service with a mobile-optimized version. Representatives from the company tell us they expect a native app to be available in the App Store any day now.Xero has its sites set firmly on Intuit and MYOB and has a large following (particularly outside the U.S.). Earlier this year Xero reported that it has tripled its revenue. See here for our previous coverage.Honorable mention: Easy BooksEasy Books is an iPhone and iPad app for double-entry book keeping. It has a impressive set of features, and an interesting pricing model. The app itself is free, and you pay to activate the different features, depending on what you actually need. It didn’t make the list, however, because it’s an mobile-only solution, best suited for self-employed individuals and very small businesses.Which Is Best?Final NoteThis list didn’t include ERP apps like Netsuite. We’d like to do a list of ERP apps for the iPad next. If you have any recommendations, please send them to klint@readwriteweb.com. Continuing our series of business apps for the iPad, today we look at accounting and finance apps.Accounting is probably one of the last applications that you’d expect to do extensively from the iPad. We doubt that you’ll want to shift fiscal staff to working extensively from iPads, but giving them on the go access to critical business applications could be a good thing.FinancialForce Mobile 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts last_img read more

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