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GUEST COLUMN — Remember the value of water

first_img To give you a sense of how prevalent an issue this is in the state, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) rated Texas’ drinking water infrastructure a D+ and wastewater infrastructure a D. According to the ASCE 2017 Texas Infrastructure Report Card, “Texas’ infrastructure lacks funding, proper maintenance, and is poorly equipped to deal with environmental change as Texas continues to grow.”That is where we come in to invest in the future of your water sustainability.Over the past four years alone, SouthWest Water Company has invested approximately $50 million on water and wastewater system upgrades across the state to serve our customers.That is in addition to the cost of employing hundreds of Texans, maintaining specialty equipment, renewing certifications, regulatory monitoring and testing, and conducting administrative work to stay safe and maintain compliance as a utility. And Texas is a big state with a lot of ground to cover and dirt to move. But it is important for us all to remember, although we do not own the water, and neither do you, we are all responsible for it. As a full service utility, our job is to deliver safe and reliable water you can feel confident drinking and using, and providing environmentally friendly wastewater treatment.As Texans, we can each conserve water and pay special attention to what we are putting into our rivers and lakes. Together we can keep our community safe and hydrated.When you think of what you pay each month to get a clean supply of water for drinking, appliances, bathing and cleaning, the cost of that service is certainly a consideration, but it is important to also think of the value.Water and wastewater utilities are essentially delivering water on demand and safely taking away the used water so you do not have to deal with it. Think of the packages and groceries that are delivered to your home, for example. You pay for that service each time you use it—and you have to wait.I have spent my career working across North America in the water utility industry, and I can tell you this is essential work that is complex and difficult, and I could not be more proud of our employees.From engineers and operators in the field to our office teams, I cannot think of one person who is looking for recognition for this work.I can confidently say that each and every one of my colleagues acts with humility to provide this basic resource to our communities and does so with a commitment not only to safety but also to continually increasing value to our customers.The next time you turn on your sink, fill up the tub, flush a toilet, or sit back and watch the sprinklers water your yard, remember the journey that water has made to your home and back to the environment. It is our privilege to play a part in that journey, providing Texans with safe, reliable water that you can trust. How hard can it be to treat, store and pipe water into our homes and businesses? What you may not know is that water and wastewater are the most expensive utilities to build and maintain. There are dozens of processes all water must undergo to be safe for your consumption.The hundreds of water lines in your neighborhood alone require intensive maintenance and — eventually — replacement to function as you expect.When a company like ours assumes control of a service area, the underlying infrastructure (the basic physical structures and facilities needed for operation) is often in disrepair due to poor upkeep or simply being decades old. The process of turning groundwater and surface water into safe water for your home is complex and goes largely unseen.Jeffrey L. McIntyreUnlike electricity, which you can see coming to your home through power lines, and natural gas, which can have a distinctive smell, water is processed and delivered out of sight and typically underground.It is only natural to think of water like the air we breathe. After all, water rains down from the sky and fills the waterways and lakes near our homes. Jeffrey L. McIntyre is president of Texas Utilities at SouthWest Water Company. For more information, log onto swwc.com.last_img read more

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William F. Brown, Tony-Nominated Book Writer of The Wiz, Dies at 91

first_imgBrown made his Broadway debut when his play The Girl in the Freudian Slip opened at the Booth Theatre on May 18, 1967. A wild contemporary comedy about a married psychiatrist who finds himself attracted to a patient, the show ran only four performances, but is notably the first adult Broadway credit for Bernadette Peters, who was cast as a standby in the role of the psychiatrist’s teen daughter. A popular illustrator, Brown also designed the play’s advertising artwork and logo.The following year, Brown was head writer on the Broadway revue Leonard Stillman’s New Faces of 1968 and was hired to write to book for How to Steal an Election. Subtitled “A Dirty Politics Musical,” the off-Broadway musical opened in the weeks prior to the 1968 Presidential election that brought Richard Nixon’s victory. With a score by folk artist Oscar Brand, the show depicted Jazz Age president Calvin Coolidge materializing to give a cynical political history lesson to two disillusioned protesters (played by Clifton Davis and Carole Demas, who would both go on to successful Broadway careers). Brown’s next project become a Broadway juggernaut and earned him a Tony Award nomination for Best Book of a Musical. The Wiz was a contemporary retelling of L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz, featuring a street-smart book by Brown, an R&B score by Charles Smalls and an all-black cast of performers. Although it opened with little fanfare at the Majestic Theatre on January 5, 1975, it would go on to win a total of seven Tony Awards including Best Musical and run for over four years on Broadway. A movie version was released in 1978, and The Wiz was revived on Broadway just five years after its closing in 1984. Brown was involved in many high-profile new productions of the popular hit throughout his life, and updated his book for a successful 1990s tour that reunited original show stars Stephanie Mills and André De Shields.Following the success of The Wiz, Brown collaborated with Lee Adams and Charles Strouse to write the book for A Broadway Musical, a backstage musical about their experience writing the show Golden Boy for Sammy Davis Jr. fourteen years prior. It premiered off-Broadway at the Theatre of the Riverside Church for a 26 performance run before transferring to the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, where it opened on December 21, 1978. Famously, it closed the same night.Other theatrical ventures include the book for the musicals Damon’s Song, Twist and The Nutley Papers and the musical revues Coconuts (which premiered at the Coconut Grove complex in Miami), Straight Up With a Twist and Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know at Lucille Lortel’s White Barn Theatre in Westport, CT. His play A Single Thing in Common was also published. He also wrote the book and lyrics for about 100 corporate industrial shows, films and videos for clients including Ford Motors, State Farm Insurance and Pepsi-Cola.Brown has over 100 television writing credits including David Frost Review, That Was the Week That Was, The Ed Sullivan Show, The Dean Martin Show, The Jackie Gleason Show, The Johnny Carson Show, The Merv Griffin Show and Love American Style. He also wrote special material for performers including Joan Rivers, Georgie Kaye, Leslie Gore, Joey Foreman and Joel Grey, for whom Brown created a TV pilot.Brown was also head writer for A Salute to Those Who Served, a two-hour musical event with a cast of over 200 that was held in Washington, D.C. at the dedication of the Korean War Veterans Memorial.In addition, Brown was a syndicated cartoonist with the comic strip Boomer and wrote and illustrated five books he also authored, as well as illustrating many others. An ad for The Girl in the Freudian Slip in The New York Times. View Comments William F. Brown, the Tony-nominated American writer who is best known for his libretto to the long-running Broadway musical The Wiz, died on June 23 in Westport, CT, according to his longtime wife and collaborator, Tina Tippit. He was 91.Brown was born in Jersey City, New Jersey on April 16, 1928. After attending Princeton University, he moved to New York City and landed a job writing for Look Magazine in 1950. After a year in the U.S. Army, he worked from 1952 to 1954 as a television producer for the advertising agency Batten, Barton, Durstine and Osborne (BBDO), while also starting a freelance career as an author, illustrator, cartoonist and TV writer. His began his show business career by contributing comedy sketches and lyrics to nine of cabaret producer Julius Monk’s acclaimed revues that were popular in Manhattan and Chicago through the 1950s and 1960s.center_img William F. Brown and wife Tina Tippit in 2013.(Photo provided by family of William F. Brown) Tiger Haynes, Hinton Battle, Stephanie Mills and Ted Ross in The Wiz.(Photo: Martha Swope/NYPL) William F. Brown (Photo provided by family of William F. Brown)last_img read more

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Colne Estuary Project Kicks Off

first_imgThe Environment Agency started this week the construction works on a major extension to Essex Wildlife Trust’s Fingringhoe Wick Nature Reserve, on the Colne estuary.The estuary has national and international designations due to its conservation importance and has recently been included in the Marine Conservation Zone designation.The project, which is a partnership between the Trust and the Agency, will see 22 hectares of new intertidal habitat created by breaching the existing seawall – allowing the tide to enter the site. The habitat will be a mix of saltmarsh, mudflat and saline lagoon, with a further 1.5 hectares of new reedbed.Andy May, Conservation Manager for Essex Wildlife Trust, said: “This is a very exciting project, which will make much-loved Fingringhoe Wick even better for wildlife and people. We are really looking forward to working in partnership again with the Environment Agency to bring this important work to fruition.”Over the next four months new seawalls will be built to the north and south of the proposed intertidal habitat and it is hoped the breach will be created in the autumn.[mappress mapid=”20515″]last_img read more

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Gallen’s interim role confirmed by Rangers

first_imgQPR have confirmed that Under-18s boss Steve Gallen has been placed in charge of the club’s development squad on an interim basis following Marc Bircham’s departure.Gallen will take the team to Ipswich for a game on Monday, with Rangers considering their longer-term options after Bircham left to join Ian Holloway at Millwall as first-team coach.A number of people have expressed an interest in the role at Loftus Road, including former Rangers defender David Bardsley.AdChoices广告Gallen is also keen on the position and manager Harry Redknapp, who expects the club to appoint from within, will discuss the situation with his backroom team next week. See also:Bardsley declares interest in QPR roleGallen in interim charge of QPR U-21 sideBircham faced challenges at QPR and can leave with his head held high’Lots of calls’ about QPR role – RedknappQPR appoint Gallen and promote Furlong Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Tynong’s ‘Disney World’ takes shape

first_imgGumbuya World is set for a prehistoric overhaul as part of a $90 million revival, which will bring the Tynong…[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. By Rowan Forster last_img

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Match Tracker – NFL Galway V Meath & NHL Galway V Laois

first_imgLater we will be tracking the All-Ireland Club Camogie Final, Sarsfields (Galway ) V Slaughtneil (Derry ) from Croke Park. 3.15pm NFL Galway V Meath – GAME ONNHL Galway V Laois – GAME ONNFL Galway playing against the wind in first halfNHL: Galway open the scoring Galway 0-1 Laois 0-0NHL: Galway 0-2 Laois 0-0NFL: Barry McHugh points a 45. Galway 0-1 Meath 0-0NHL: Galway 0-3 Laois 0-0….Galway off to a good startNFL: Barry McHugh lands another from play. Galway 0-2 Meath 0-0NHL: Update. Galway now lead by 0-9 to 0-0 against Laois after just 6 minutesNHL Latest: Galway 0-9 Laois 0-2NHL : Galway 0-10 Laois 0-2NFL: Meath get a point. Galway 0-2 Meath 0-1NHL: 13′ Galway 0-11 Laois 0-2NHL: Galway 0-12 Laois 0-2 – Galway playing with the windNHL: Aidan Harte points. Galway 0-13 Laois 0-2 18 minutes goneNFL Galway 0-3 Meath 0-2 – Paul Conroy with the Galway pointNFL Meath level it. Galway 0-3 Meath 0-3NHL Galway 0-13 Laois 0-3NFL: Meath go in front. Meath 0-4 Galway 0-3NHL: Galway 0-15 Laois 0-3NHL: Galway 0-16 Laois – 24 minutes gone“Just a little bit more than a training session for Galway” – Conor HayesNFL Meath add another point. Meath 0-5 Galway 0-3. Danny Cummins comes on for Michael LundyNFL: Galway have failed to score for thirteen minutesNFL: Meath adds another. Meath 0-6 Galway 0-3NFL: Meath 0-7 Galway 0-3NFL: Meath have made it 0-8 to 0-3NHL: Galway 0-18 Laois 0-3NFL: Three additional minutes in the first halfNHL: Galway are cruising approaching half time. Galway 0-20 Laois 0-4NFL: Michael Daly hits a very important point. Meath 0-8 Galway 0-4HALF TIME Meath 0-8 Galway 0-4HALF TIME: Galway 0-20 Laois 0-5NHL Wexford 0-07 Kerry 0-07 at half timeNFL Galway 0-4 Meath 0-8 – SECOND HALF ONNHL Galway 0-20 Laois 0-5 – SECOND HALF ONNFL: Michael Daly narrows the gap, Meath 0-8 Galway 0-5NHL: Galway 0-21 Laois 0-6NFL: Meath 0-9 Galway 0-5NHL: Galway 0-21 Laois 0-7NFL: Paul Conroy with a huge point for Galway. Meath 0-9 Galway 0-6NHL: GOAL for Galway Cathal Mannion. Galway 1-23 Laois 0-7NFL: Barry McHugh points a free. Meath 0-9 Galway 0-7NFL: Another successful free for Barry McHugh. Meath 0-9 Galway 0-8NFL: Meath answer with a free. Meath 0-10 Galway 0-8NFL: Liam Silke points. Meath 0-10 Galway 0-9NHL: Galway 1-24 Laois 0-7NHL: Galway 1-27 Laois 0-7NHL: Galway 1-28 Laois 0-7NFL: Gary O’Donnell levels it. Wonderful point. Galway 0-10 Meath 0-10NHL Laois get a goal. Galway 1-28 Laois 1-8NFL: Barry McHugh puts Galway in front. Galway 0-11 Meath 0-10CAMOGIE All-Ireland Club Camogie FINAL: Slaughtneil 0-1 Sarsfields 0-0Camogie Slaughtneil 0-2 Sarsfields 0-0NFL: Paul Conroy & Shane Walsh push Galway further ahead. Galway 0-13 Meath 0-10NHL: Galway 2-29 (Joe Canning penalty) Laois 1-10NFL: Meath answer with a point. Galway 0-13 Meath 0-11Camogie: Niamh McGrath with a 45…..first point for Sarsfields. Slaughtneil 0-2 Sarsfields 0-1NFL: Galway 0-14 (Tom Flynn) Meath 0-12NFL: Point for Meath. Galway 0-14 Meath 0-13. – 5 minutes to goNFL: GOAL for Meath – Meath 1-13 Galway 0-14NHL: Galway 3-30 Laois 1-10 – Conor Whelan with the Galway goalCamogie: Sarsfields 0-3 Slaughtneil 0-2NFL: Johnny Heaney points for Galway. Meath 1-13 Galway 0-15NHL: Galway 3-31 Laois 1-11Camogie: Sarsfields 0-4 Slaughtneil 0-3NFL: GAME OVER Meath 1-13 Galway 0-15 – FULL TIMENHL: GAME OVER Galway 3-31 Laois 1-11 – FULL TIMECamogie: Sarsfields 0-4 Slaughtneil 0-4Camogie: Slaughtneil 0-5 Sarsfields 0-4Camogie: Slaughtneil 0-5 Sarsfields 0-5 Sarah SpellmanCamogie: Orlaith McGrath edges Sarsfields in front. Sarsfields 0-6 Slaughtneil 0-5Camogie: Erica Leslie gets a yellow card. Slaughtneil get the free and the point. Sarsfields 0-6 Slaughtneil 0-6Camogie: Slaughtneil 0-7 Sarsfields 0-6 – in added time at the end of the first halfCamogie: HALF TIME – Slaughtneil 0-7 Sarsfields 0-6Camogie: Second Half.Camogie: Goal for Slaughtneil. Mary Kelly. Slaughtneil 1-7 Sarsfields 0-6Camogie: Siobhan McGrath with a point. Slaughtneil 1-7 Sarsfields 0-7Camogie: Orlaith McGrath with another. Slaughtneil 1-7 Sarsfields 0-8Camogie: Slaughtneil 1-8 Sarsfields 0-9Camogie: Niamh McGrath points a free. Slaughtneil 1-8 Sarsfields 0-10Camogie. The sides are level. Siobhan McGrath Sarsfields 0-11 Slaughtneil 1-8Camogie: 2 minutes to go. Slaughtneil take the lead with a free. Slaughtneil 1-9 Sarsfields 0-11Camogie: Slaughtneil edge further in front. Slaughtneil 1-10 Sarsfields 0-11Camogie: There will be 2 minutes of added timeCamogie: FULL TIME: Slaughtneil 1-10 Sarsfields 0-11Unfortunately not Sarsfields’ dayThanks for your company – Gerry Murphyprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Welcome to our Sunday afternoon sports Match Tracker. National football league Galway V Meath in Navan 2pm  & National hurling league Galway V Laois, Pearse Stadium 2pm.last_img read more

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Southland Conference, KP Sports Form Partnership

first_imgAbout KP SportsKP Sports, one of the fastest growing collegiate sponsorship, ticket sales, event marketing and consulting companies, has created highly successful partnerships with NCAA Intercollegiate Athletic programs, conferences and other sports clients. KP Sports’ unique model for delivering results is based on being a true extension of its partner’s vision and goals. KP Sports delivers outstanding revenue results by providing unique and valuable investment opportunities that are focused on building long term relationships with its corporate partners and clients. FRISCO, Texas – The Southland Conference and KP Sports and Entertainment, LLC have reached a multi-year partnership agreement in which KP Sports will serve as the exclusive sales and marketing representative for the Southland Conference. “The Southland Conference is excited to partner with KP Sports as our exclusive sponsorship sales and marketing representative,” Southland commissioner Tom Burnett said. “KP Sports has proven itself as a successful entity in collegiate athletics marketplace, and within the Southland Conference, and we look forward to growing our sponsorship and marketing opportunities in the years to come.” About the Southland ConferenceHaving commemorated its 50th anniversary in 2013, the Southland Conference is now in its sixth decade as a dynamic and respected consortium of 13 member universities in three states. Beginning with a historic meeting of five institutions in Dallas on March 15, 1963, the Southland Conference set on an extraordinary course that has proven successful well into its half century of existence. Current Southland member institutions include Abilene Christian University, the University of Central Arkansas, Houston Baptist University, the University of the Incarnate Word, Lamar University, McNeese State University, and the University of New Orleans, Nicholls State University, Northwestern State University, Sam Houston State University, Southeastern Louisiana University, Stephen F. Austin State University and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.center_img  “We are excited to join commissioner Tom Burnett and his executive team of highly skilled professionals in enhancing and building upon the tremendous amount of success the Southland Conference has enjoyed over the past several years in creating a unique and valuable brand for its members and corporate partners,” Kerry Perry, president of KP Sports, said. KP Sports provides sales and marketing representation for several collegiate sports properties nationally including Southland Conference member institutions, McNeese State and Nicholls.last_img read more

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Top honours for SA wine estate

first_img26 November 2008South Africa received good publicity once more at this year’s International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC), held in London last week, after the Winemaker of the Year trophy was awarded to local vintner Abrie Beeslaar, on behalf of the Kanonkop Wine Estate.This year’s competition featured more than 7 000 entries, with southern hemisphere entries coming in four months later than those from the north, allowing for the judging panel to spend over half the year to assess all the entries.‘Best blended red’In addition to picking up the Dave Hughes trophy for best South African wine producer, the Kanonkop Wine Estate also make history in the competition by winning the Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande trophy for the best blended red wine for the third time.Dave Hughes, a respected local wine expert and commentator, has been in the local wine industry since 1986, and was involved in the formation of the Cape Wine Academy in 1979. He has also written over a dozen books about South African wines and vineyards, as well as travelling through the Cape winelands.“Only a fortnight ago, Madame May de Lancquesaing had joined Dave Hughes and the team at Kanonkop in Stellenbosch for a celebratory tasting and dinner at the winery, in the company of all three cellarmasters that had served Kanonkop so assiduously since 1965 – Jan Boland Coetzee, Beyers Truter and current cellarmaster Abie Beeslaar,” IWSC competition manager Bev Steer said in a statement last week.“There is clearly a great deal more to be celebrating now!”‘New World’ winesAccording to the IWSC, wines from the “New World” continued to outperform, with Australia once again taking pole position with the highest percentage of gold medals against their number of wines entered, at 3.3%.“The stringent judging meant that only 107 gold or gold ‘best in class’ medals were awarded across all wine entries worldwide,” the statement read.South Africa and France came joint second with 19 gold medals each, representing 3.2 and 2% of their entries respectively. New Zealand was the next highest scorer with 11 gold medals.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Executive Book Club – September 2013

first_imgThe heart of workplace diversity lies with enlightened leadership and a genuine commitment to fairness, rather than numbers-counting to meet legal requirements, or even persuading others that it serves as a competitive advantage. Leading with Your Heart explores inspired leadership across an organization and the use of a positive moral compass to drive a new way of thinking and integrating our nation’s rich diversity. Cari Dominguez and Judith Sotherlund use the term “ganas” (gah-nas) to capture this concept. Ganas speaks to one’s inner desire to succeed. Motivation drives performance. Inspired motivation drives individuals to connect their day-to-day practices with their guiding beliefs, and to do the right things in the face of obstacles. Leading with Your Heart presents anecdotes of inspired inclusion in the workplace, not necessarily to establish best practices models for replication, but to affirm the lasting values of integrity and fairness that result from leading with the heart. HR professionals will find Leading with Your Heart instrumental in bridging the gap between the idealized expectations of the C-suite and the pressing realities of needing to get the job done at the line manager and local levels. For more information on Leading with Your Heart or to visit the SHRM Store, please click here.last_img read more

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Open Source: Over 4 Billion Served

first_imgSourceForge, the Open Source Repository for more than 230,000 Open Source projects has hit a major milestone with the 4 billionth download of its hosted projects. The service has grown so that it now accomodates 1.8 million daily downloads. On their peak usage day this past January, there were more than 3.9 million downloads totaling more than 30.1terabytes of data.Jon Sobel, SourceForge’s president of Media, commented that “Our technology enthusiast users are not simply ‘clicking through’; SourceForge users are deeply engaged and interested in the entire experience. Not only are they downloading software, applications and tools, they are also regularly giving back by adding more content or providing feedback.”The 4 billionth download was for an application called PortableApps, a tool that lets users run applications on a USB flash or other portable drive.last_img read more

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