Lee County (Fla.) paramedic Lorenzo Hogans II is trying to get a positive message out. “Super Medic,” his new music video, shows the battle with death in a creative way — something first responders do on a daily basis, he says. “It’s also a lyrical representation of faith and love, which would be the message: Hold on to your faith and continue to love,” Hogans told JEMS.
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THE LARGEST smart-card fare collection contract yet awarded in North America was signed by San Francisco’s Metropolitan Transportation Commission on May 27. The 10-year turnkey agreement with Motorola’s Worldwide Smartcard Solutions Division and the ERG Group provides for the installation of a smart card ticketing system that may eventually cover every public transport operator in the San Francisco Bay Area. The consortium will initially conduct a six-month trial of the new TransLink system towards the end of next year. This will cover about 5000 passengers using metro, rail, light rail and bus services worked by BART, Caltrain, Muni, Golden Gate Transit, AC Transit and Santa Clara County’s Valley Transportation Authority. If the trials are successful, TransLink will be expanded to cover the services of 26 operators from 2001, allowing seamless travel throughout the region. Motorola and ERG will fund the installation and operation of the equipment, and will receive between US$114m and US$157m, depending the level of card usage over the 10-year concession.
New for 2016 will be the Fields of Joy where Guests are invited to visit the complex’s sports fields and take part in sports challenges, such as play a game of 4v4 soccer, clock your pitching arm, showcase your free throw skills and more. Guests will also be able to enjoy a bite from a variety of food trucks that will be open to serve.Also new for 2016 will be FanFest at the Jostens Center. FanFest will include a fun, interactive area that includes video games, 60 second challenges, Imagination Playground and oversized versions of popular games such as foosball, connect four and chess. At FanFest, Guests will also be able to enjoy hilarious jokes from great Christian comedians.Want to meet Disney characters? You’ll be able to meet Mickey, Minnie, and some of their friends from 5:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. each night.On Saturday night only, FanFest will also include an opportunity for Guests to participate in multiple question and answers sessions with some of the top artists who will be appearing at Night of Joy. These stars may also be available for photo opportunities and potentially play some games with Guests.Of course, you’ll want to pick up exclusive Night of Joy merchandise which will be available for purchase.Entrance to Night of Joy requires a valid special ticket and this year, Guests have more ticket options than ever before. Options include:A single-night ticket for Friday’s concerts – $39 plus tax (in advance); $45 the day of the show (if available).A ticket including a day at one of the four Walt Disney World Resort theme parks and the concerts for Saturday night – $99 plus tax (in advance); $114 plus tax the day of the show (if available).A 2-Day ticket which includes both nights’ concerts and a day at one of the four Walt Disney World Resort theme parks – $119 plus tax (in advance).In addition, for those Guests who purchase the 2-Day ticket before August 9, (so time is running out!) they will also receive one ticket to either Disney’s Blizzard Beach or Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon. The ticket will be good for anywhere from September 6 until September 12, 2016. Group discounts also are available to purchase.For more information about this year’s event, make sure to check out nightofjoy.com. Share This!©DisneyIt is almost time for Night of Joy, the Christian music festival that occurs at Walt Disney World each September. This year, the popular event will take place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex for the first time ever on Friday, September 9 and Saturday, September 10.Due to the new location, the event will be expanded for 2016. Guests will have more options than ever with two nights of music, ample seating at indoor and outdoor venues, amazing performances on multiple stages, including Champion Stadium, and opportunities for fellowship and fun.This year’s Christian artist lineup features 18 great artists. The lineup for each evening is as follows:Friday, September 9HP Field House6:30-7:45 p.m. – Matthew West8:30-10:00 p.m. – Crowder11:00 p.m. -12:30 a.m. – MercyMeChampion Stadium7:30-8:30 p.m. – Francesca Battistelli9:15-10:45 p.m. – Chris Tomlin11:30 p.m. -1:00 a.m. – Casting CrownsJostens Center6:00-7:00 p.m. – Stars Go Dim7:45-8:15 p.m. – Zealand Worship8:45-9:15 p.m. – Zealand Worship10:00-10:30 p.m. – OBB11:00-11:30 p.m. – OBBSaturday, September 10HP Field House6:30-7:30 p.m. – Thousand Foot Krutch8:00-9:15 p.m. – RED10:15-11:45 p.m. – SwitchfootChampion Stadium7:00-8:00 p.m. – Hillsong YOUNG & FREE8:45-10:00 p.m. – for KING & COUNTRY10:45 p.m.-12:15 a.m. – NewsboysJostens Center5:30-6:15 p.m. – VERIDIA9:15-9:35 p.m. – Tim Timmons10:30-11:15 p.m. – Derek Minor
The Gautrain will operate betweenkey Johannesburg districts andOR Tambo International airport.(Images: Gautrain) Ministers and ambassadors were among the first people to travel on the rapid rail Gautrain, which will be running from OR Tambo International airport in time for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.Gold ribbons were cut at four new Gautrain stations on 5 June to herald the completion of the first phase of the Gautrain, which operates between Sandton and the airport, just in time to transport fans to the World Cup.Dignitaries cut ribbons at Sandton, Marlboro, Rhodesfield and the airport, signifying the route that will open on Tuesday, 8 June, just three days before the World Cup kicks off.Guests, including cabinet ministers and ambassadors, travelled in the Gautrain, stopping at each station, and reaching speeds of 150kph on their way to the airport.Four musicians dressed as angels in flowing white chiffon and sequined wings and suspended on swings 4m above the ground, greeted around 800 black-tie guests to the Gallagher Convention Centre, located in Midrand between Pretoria and Johannesburg, on the weekend. They were there for the serious business of witnessing the launch of the Gauteain’s airport route.Travelling at speeds of up to 160kph, the train will carry commuters between the business district of Sandton and the airport in just 15 minutes; from Rhodesfield to Sandton in 12 minutes; and from Marlboro to Sandton in around four minutes.Passengers travelling to the airport from any station will pay R100 ($13) for a single trip. A single trip from Sandton to Marlboro will cost R16.50 ($2.1); while trips between Sandton and Rhodesfield will cost R21 ($3). A trip from Marlboro to Rhodesfield, the station just before the airport, will cost R18.50 ($2.3).Some 44 feeder buses are also due to run from the suburbs of Fourways, Rivonia, Blairgowrie and Wendywood, to the Sandton station. Bus stops will be positioned every 500m, and operate within a 15km radius of the stations. The bus route details are available from the Gautrain website.Commuters who combine a bus trip or parking with a train journey will benefit from reduced rates on the bus and parking fees. Tose who use the service regularly can purchase weekly and monthly packages.Parking garages are available for those who wish to leave their vehicles at the station precincts. There will be a “kiss and ride” drop-off facility too.Wheelchair access is available on all trains, while blind and partially sighted and deaf passengers will be accommodated with special features adapted to their disabilities.“The doubting Thomases have been silenced,” said Minister of Justice Jeff Radebe at the function. He praised the system for two major reasons – it was to be an integrated system, with a smooth flow between Gautrain and the national rail system; and there would be a single ticketing system.Smart cardThe Gautrain Gold smart card will allow commuters to transfer seamlessly between the train, and the bus and parking services.The Gautrain’s operating hours are from Mondays to Fridays, from 5.30am to 8.30pm. It will run every 12 minutes during peak hours – 5.30am to 8.30pm and 4pm to 7pm – and every 20 minutes in off-peak times. On weekends the service will be available every 30 minutes.Job creationGauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane was keen to stress that the Gautrain had contributed to economic development in the province, leading to “decent work and improved living standards”.“As can be seen through the construction of Gautrain, Gauteng continues to utilise and promote labour-intensive methods in all our public infrastructure development projects to maximise job creation,” she said.The Gautrain has created an estimated 94 900 direct and indirect jobs, of which more than 25 100 are local jobs. More than R3.8-billion ($486-million) has been spent on procurement from and sub-contracting to BEE companies. A further R1.8-billion ($230-million) has been spent on sub-contracting to new BEE companies, while R1-billion ($128-million) was spent on sub-contracting to SMMEs. More than R2.7-billion ($345-million) was spent on procurement of South African materials, plant and equipment.“These numbers imply that Gautrain has significantly exceeded its socio-economic obligations,” said Gautrain spokesperson, Barbara Jensen, in a press statement.Already property values around the stations have started to rise. It is expected that people and businesses will relocate to the precincts around the stations to fully utilise the benefits of the train.Jensen also referred to traffic volumes between Johannesburg and Pretoria, which grow at a rate of 7% a year. She said that traffic congestion is eased, while the environmental will gain from a reduction in harmful carbon emissions.“Gautrain is long overdue,” said Radebe.ConstructionConstruction of the Gautrain began in September 2006, with a public private partnership between the Gauteng provincial government and the Bombela Concession Company.Radebe explained that the national government had supplied R23-billion ($2.9-billion) of the cost of building the high speed rail link, while the provincial government and the private sector had contributed the remaining R3-billion ($383-million).Both Radebe and Mokonyane praised project manager Jack van der Merwe, with Radebe saying that it seemed that Van der Merwe treated the project as if “his own life depended on [its] success”.“Once South Africans put their minds to it, it is achievable,” added Radebe.Construction continues on the remainder of the 80km route, with the remaining six stations at Park Station, Rosebank and Midrand in Johannesburg, and Centurion, Pretoria and Hatfield in Tshwane expected to be completed by mid-2011.
Immigration reform is fully under way as the “Gang of Eight,” a group of Republican and Democratic senators, introduced its bi-partisan immigration reform bill on April 18. Human resources professionals around the country are paying close attention as passage of the bill could profoundly affect their internal processes and overall talent management strategies. Many HR pros — who may also be required to use the E-Verify system — are also just getting their arms around the new I-9 form, which includes several improvements to minimize errors in completion. The changes include:Adding data fields, including the employee’s foreign passport information (if applicable) and telephone and e-mail addresses.Improving the form’s instructions.Revising the layout of the form, and expanding the form from one to two pages (not including the form instructions and the List of Acceptable Documents).LawLogix Group VP & General Counsel John Fay added that “It’s absolutely critical for HR to develop new policies and guidelines around the new form in order to ensure a smooth transition and decrease the potential for confusion or inconsistent practices.” He told SHRM Online, “We received a ton of questions concerning the telephone number and e-mail address fields, and so I can only imagine how this may impact organizations who hire on a frequent basis. It may seem trivial, but with I-9 compliance, every little change matters.”What do you think about the new I-9 form? How is it affecting your job as an HR professional?Join @weknownext at 3 p.m. on April 24 for #Nextchat with Justin Storch of The American Council on International Personnel (ACIP) @ACIPimmigration and Daniel Brown, Partner, Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy LLP (@DBrown367). We’ll chat about how the new I-9 form is affecting HR department processes and procedures and answer questions you may have on its implementation.Q1. As an HR pro, what are the biggest problems you encounter with verifying employment status?Q2. How have you revised HR processes and procedures to accommodate the new I-9?Q3. What problems with the old I-9 were not addressed in the new form?Q4. As an HR pro, will the new I-9 form make your job and work authorization easier?Q5. If you could redesign the form, what changes would you include to make administration easier for HR?Q6. What is your opinion of the E-Verify system and could/should it replace the I-9 in every state? Q7. What questions do you have about the new I-9?
As Intel IT’s Real-Time Collaboration Program Manager, I’ve had the opportunity to see the amazing transformation the Intel Unite® solutionOpens in a new window has wrought in Intel’s collaboration spaces. Over the last 18 months, I’ve watched as we have gone from manually hooking up a laptop to the room’s display device, wrestling with adapters and dongles, and struggling to share content from outside the room, to collaboration nirvana – the ability to quickly and wirelessly share content from anywhere. We estimate that by the time we are finished deploying the solution to a total of 4,000 conference rooms in a few months, the solution will be saving Intel about 180,000 productivity hours annually. Going forward, the Intel Unite solution will be a standard part of any new or renovated Intel facility.Putting Collaboration Data to WorkIntel IT has developed best practices relating to preparation, deployment, and support of the Intel Unite solution, as we discuss in a recent update to our white paper, “Best Practices: Deploying the Intel Unite® SolutionOpens in a new window.” We use several tools to manage our Intel Unite deployment:Telemetry plug-in. We used the Intel Unite® Plugin Software Development KitOpens in a new window (Plugin SDK) to develop a telemetry plug-in that provides visibility into how employees are using the Intel Unite solution. The plug-in gathers information about the number of connections, the length of each connection, and the number of presentations, which we can then extrapolate into usage data – that is how we derived the hours-saved figure mentioned earlier. We can use monthly and yearly charts (see illustration below) to show management that the Intel Unite solution is a very likeable product and that people are using it with no training or help from IT. In fact, I can safely say that Intel IT has never before provided a solution that is so clearly useful and popular.Real-time monitoring agent. In each conference room equipped with the Intel Unite solution there is a Mini PC that hosts the Intel Unite® We call these Mini PCs “hubs.” We developed a software agent, installed on each hub, that sends a periodic “heartbeat” to a central server that monitors for them. If a hub fails to report a heartbeat, the interface on the monitoring server automatically creates an alert to IT support staff, who can then use Intel® Active Management TechnologyOpens in a new window (Intel® AMT) to remotely access the hub and perform some actions, including power control.Asset management database. During our audit of conference rooms, we had to physically “touch” each room in which we deployed the Intel Unite solution – the perfect opportunity to gain a thorough understanding of exactly what sorts of rooms existed and what type of equipment was in each room. We used an existing asset management database, created for earlier real-time collaboration projects, to store room and equipment information, such as room type (small or large), room location, display equipment type, electrical capabilities, and more. Now that we have deployed the Intel Unite solution to more than 3,500 rooms worldwide, we have a very comprehensive picture of the “contents” of each conference room or other collaboration space across all Intel sites. We can run analytics using this database and other Intel Unite solution data to obtain a better usage picture and plan for further deployment.These three tools work together to maximize the benefits of Intel Unite solution deployment. For example, combining the asset management data and usage agent data helps us to develop future deployment roadmaps. Collaboration needs at various Intel sites can vary, due to cultural preferences. We can drill down into the usage data by region, and have discovered that sites in India tend to make much more use of large conference rooms; European sites tend to favor small rooms. Based on this data, we can plan how we might best deploy additional instances of the Intel Unite solution to gain the highest productivity boost.The combination of the asset management database and real-time monitoring agent enables support staff to resolve many issues remotely because they know exactly what equipment is in the room. In our experience, about 80 percent of issues encountered by hubs in rooms are detected and resolved proactively, without end-user action. If a physical action is required (such as reconnecting a power cable) the local support team automatically receives the room location and other details of the hub, enabling quick resolution.Take the Next Step: Improve Collaboration with the Intel Unite® SolutionOpens in a new windowWe hope other enterprises can put our best practices to work in their own environments and transform their conference rooms into smart, connected spaces where employees—both inside and outside the room—can collaborate more productively. Find out more by reading the [email protected] White Paper: “Best Practices: Deploying the Intel Unite® SolutionOpens in a new window.”
More motor mishaps; PDM Leader calls for Govt attention to illegal jitneys, again Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 15 Jun 2015 – The Governor today also announced that he would commemorate the 200th anniversary of his residence and office in Grand Turk; Waterloo. It is named in honor of the battle, near modern day Belgium where Napoleon’s French Army was defeated by the British in June of 1815. Waterloo in Grand Turk has housed British administrators in the TCI since that same year – from President, to Commissioner to Governors have lived at the residence which is also home to the Capital’s only golf course. A new book commissioned by the Governor and written by Turks and Caicos Islands educator, Dr. Carlton Mills will be released to help commemorate the 200th anniversary. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:200 years, dr. carlton mills, governor peter beckingham, remembered, waterloo DR wants consulate office in TCI New Prison Supt & Officer of the Year Awarded
Newcastle United striker Ayoze Perez insists the club must put pressure on Cardiff City ahead of their bottom of the table Premier League clash.Both sides face off in the league this weekend with Cardiff in 17th place and Newcastle in 18th on the league standings, and Perez insists the game is a must win.“We have to make the other team feel the pressure,” said Perez, according to Northern Echo.“We have to make them feel uncomfortable, press them as much as we can, and go for it.”Steve Bruce: “Hopefully that’ll shut a few people up for a little bit” Stuart Heath – August 25, 2019 Newcastle boss Steve Bruce has expressed his delight at his side’s shock 1-0 away victory to Tottenham HotspursTyne-side boss Steve Bruce praised his staff…“We have to believe in ourselves. We have enough quality to win games and, especially in this league, you feel uncomfortable when you are put under pressure when the other team is at it.”“This is what we need to try and do in order to change our form at home because it hasn’t been good enough.”“Winning gives you confidence, so in this case we have extra confidence, and we have that winning feeling back. That’s a positive.”“We know it’s time to pick up points. We have a big chance to get three points against Cardiff at our home, so we have to go for it. The schedule is not kind to us, with the FA Cup replay and playing the top teams all in a row, but we’ve got the chance to win against Cardiff, and obviously we need to win that game. We will go for it.”