The affordable senior housing project that has been proposed for the west side of Mission survived its first vote in the city council, but not without some dissent from council members.Register to continue
Aaron petitions for Bar readmission James Weldon Aaron of Sebring has submitted an application for readmission to The Florida Bar. Aaron was disbarred from the practice of law in Florida pursuant to an October 22, 1992, order of the Supreme Court for trust account violations.The Florida Board of Bar Examiners will conduct a public hearing on Aaron’s application for readmission. All members of the Bar are invited to write to the board regarding their knowledge of this applicant, particularly in relation to Aaron’s character and fitness for readmission to The Florida Bar. Those who want to be notified of the time and place of the hearing, submit a written request to Michele A. Gavagni, Executive Director, Florida Board of Bar Examiners, 1891 Eider Court, Tallahassee 32399-1750. January 1, 2007 Regular News Aaron petitions for Bar readmission
Norio Tsuchiya, AIA, LEED AP, has been promoted to director of design for the HKS Phoenix office.Recently relocated from HKS’ Dallas office, Tsuchiya has designed a variety of building types, including healthcare, higher education and commercial facilities for 15 years. His expertise and design acumen will develop and guide the design process for the Phoenix office. Tsuchiya has been actively working on Phoenix area projects, including the Banner University Medical Center – Phoenix Patient Tower.
Chicago Tribune:For decades after the first sports psychology lab was established in 1920 in Germany, mental coaches have been the water boys of sports science, viewed by their colleagues as not quite good enough to make the first-string team.That has changed. Virtually every top professional team and elite athlete has a psychologist on speed dial for help conquering the yips – when stress makes crucial muscles jerk and ruins, say, an archery shot – marshal the power of visualization, or just muster the confidence that can mean the difference between medaling or just muddling through.But a more important reason for the improved reputation of sports psychology is the solid science demonstrating the effect of the mental game on athletic performance.A 2011 study, for instance, examined U.S. National Basketball Association players’ free throws. Their success rate is 6 to 9 percentage points lower when their team trails by a point or two with 15 seconds or less left on the clock. Researchers at Oregon State University reported the findings in the Journal of Sports Economics.When free throws can mean the difference between a win and a loss – that is, when it’s clutch time – the resulting stress makes many players choke.But the power of the mind is sufficiently great that it can even trump reality.Scientists have known since the 1990s that athletes who look at a target without moving their eyes have better success making soccer penalty kicks, basketball free throws, golf putts and other challenges where aim is crucial. But why does “quiet eye,” as it’s called, help?One idea was that by keeping the gaze fixed on the target the athlete could better ignore distractions. But scientists led by Purdue University’s Jessica Witt, a psychology professor and 2005 Ultimate Frisbee team gold medalist, had a different hunch. They asked whether quiet eye changes how a target looks: objects seen in the center of the eye, called the fovea, appear larger than those seen in peripheral vision. Could that improve aim?Read the whole story: Chicago Tribune
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James Morton is a writer and former criminal defence solicitor Given the British love of animals, the urbane barrister Patrick Back believed that if he could introduce a dog into his closing speech, he had one foot in the acquittal door, writes James Morton. His favourite was when the earl comes home and finds his child and the bed covered in blood, and his bloodied hunting dog lying beside it. He kills it and, pulling back a curtain, discovers a dead wolf. I think it was meant to show that the jury should not jump to conclusions. In any event it was a spellbinder the way he told it. My own dog stories are by no means as heroic. I was trying to get a witness to move the story along, so that my client could not possibly have been seen by the police on a rooftop a few miles away. She was meant to say she had tired of Coronation Street and switched the TV onto the football, or something like that. ‘And what happened next?’ I ventured. ‘I said to Linda, that’s ma daughter. Linda, the dog’s got distemper so take its blanket to the launder-y-ette and give it a good wash’. Quite irrationally, I’ve never used a dog story since. Early in my career I defended a greyhound trainer at a now long-defunct track. When we had added up his income and subtracted the expenses, there was a very substantial deficit. How could he possibly survive with this happening week-in and week-out? He smiled beatifically, ‘well sir, once a fortnight one of them dogs runs just for me.’ The late Sir Arthur Irvine was said to have been the victim of his instructions back in the days when drink-driving cases could be heard by a jury which, on the John Bradford principle of ‘there but for the grace of God, go I’, would acquit if at all possible. But it could have been a number of barristers. He was doing nicely and was well on the way to an acquittal, with the police officer agreeing the man had got out of the car, perfectly properly, given his name, perfectly properly, and given his address and occupation and handed over his keys, again perfectly properly. ‘So, summing up, officer, from the moment you stopped him he did everything perfectly properly?’ ‘Yes sir.’ ‘And then he got into the back of a police car and sat next to a lady wearing a fur coat?’ ‘No sir, that was police dog Giles.’
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Monpe used 16 modular axle lines from Faymonville side-by-side in a four-file configuration to move the unit, which had a height of 16 m and measured 8 m in diameter.According to Monpe’s Peter Everett, engineers from Faymonville came up with the solution to move the component in this configuration. “When I first received the request to move the suction pile in a vertical position, I was sceptical to say the least.“At first, the tipping limits were barely acceptable, so we added 44-tonne counterweights, which reduced the height of the centre of gravity.”The suction pile, manufactured by Belmet 7, was then transported from the fabrication yard in Takoradi Harbour to the quayside, a distance of 3 km.At the quayside, the suction pile was loaded on to a vessel for onward transportation to its final destination, where it will be used as an anchor for a floating production storage and offloading platform.www.faymonville.comwww.monpeventures.com
INTERNATIONAL: Siemens AG announced on May 2 that it had successfully concluded the acquisition of Invensys Rail, which is to be integrated into the Rail Automation business of Siemens’ Mobility & Logistics division. This in turn forms part of the company’s Infrastructure & Cities Sector.Siemens’ €2·2bn acquisition of the signalling arm of the UK-based industrial automation group Invensys was announced in November 2012, subject to regulatory approval and endorsement by the shareholders. The sale was formally approved by the European Commission’s competition authorities on April 18. Full consolidation of the two businesses is expected to take around 18 months. The current Chief Executive of Invensys Rail Systems Nick Crossfield is to become the head of Siemens Rail Automation in the UK, based at the Invensys Rail facilities in Chippenham. As well as being the main UK base for Siemens Rail Automation, this will become a regional manufacturing and research centre for the global Rail Automation business. The two companies’ activities are seen as complementary in terms of both geographical markets and technologies, with comparatively little overlap between their respective ranges. Siemens and Invensys Rail have been working together on a number of projects in recent months, including the Crossrail signalling contract in London, where Siemens is supplying its Trainguard CBTC and Invensys Rail the interlockings.
Talk Africa: China, Africa cultural exchanges Talk Africa: China-Africa Investment Forum From Beijing, Zhou Mi, Deputy Director, Institute of American and Oceania Studies and Senior Researcher at the Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation,From Johannesburg Dr. David Monyae, Co-Director, University of Johannesburg Confucius Institute In Studio Ken Gichinga, Chief Economist, Mentoria Economics, Kenya. Talk Africa:Africa in 2019 The 2nd China International Import Expo kicked off on November 5th in Shanghai, with over 3000 businesses from 150 countries in attendance. The Expo aims to boost the import of goods and services and offers Africa the opportunity to tap into the growing Chinese market.During the first Expo in 2018, more than one million people attended and deals worth a total of 57.8 billion dollars were signed. This year, every African country is represented and the expo has attracted even more exhibitors from around the world.This week we ask if China’s expanding free trade zones and open trade policies provide greater impetus for African countries to tap into the growing Chinese market? And how can Africa best leverage this? Related