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Updated 1:43 p.m. July 24, 2018 3rd StreetContractor currently working on 3rd Street.Pipe installed West Ave to Bay Ave.Elevation of the south side of 3rd Street has begun.During the elevation of 3rd Street, temporary tie-ins in the alley and street between West Ave and Haven Ave have been created at current elevation to ensure drainage until final elevation is complete.Concrete work on the 300 Block of Simpson Ave has just begun. When they are done Simpson Ave, they will move to 3rd Street.4th StreetPipe work is complete, including tie-in to 5th Street pipe.Concrete has been installed.Street is not paved yet.5th StreetContractor currently working on 5th Street.Pipe is complete and tied in to the drainage system, which will eliminate the flooding that was experienced over the weekend of 7/20/18.500 Block of West Ave concrete and base pave complete. It will be top paved at a later date in conjunction with 5th and 6th Streets.Concrete work has not begun as of yet. Concrete work will begin after 3rd Street concrete work is completed.6th StreetDrainage work has just begun on 6th Street.7th StreetDrainage work will begin on 7th street after the completion of 6th street.Bay Avenue & Pumping Stations The North End Drainage Project was awarded through City Council on December 28, 2017 to the contractor L. Feriozzi Concrete Co. As a result of the city letting the contractor work during the summer, the contractor has made tremendous progress and is moving significantly faster. Allowing the contractor to work during the summer has also resulted in rapid response time from the utility companies. This is especially true with South Jersey Gas, since gas can’t be shut off without the homeowner present after October 1.If everything goes according to plan and weather permitting, this project will be complete by the end of the year. The contractor has two (2) pipe crews and a concrete crew actively working. The following is a status update of work by street:2nd StreetPipe installed and connected West Ave to Bay/Simpson alley.100 Block Simpson Ave paved.200 Block Simpson Ave partially paved.100 Block of Haven Ave paved.Westside of 200 block of Haven Ave paved.Eastside of 200 Block Haven Ave paving pending, for water service to be installed at residential property. Work to begin after all other road work (drainage, concrete, elevation and paving) is completed on the numbered streets.Project DesignSee Design Presentation for Detail read more
Media moguls viewed the iPad not as a revolutionary gadget, but a time machine with a square, tabloid shape and apps that would allow them to recapture lost subscribers.Instead, newspapers and magazines now grapple with clunky pay walls and their circulation remains in freefall, as the mainstream media struggle with the dizzying pace of change in the Internet age. The iPad disrupted the news business. People used the apps on it to get their news from Facebook or Google+.“It’s important we focus on the future, not the past,” warned Richard Gingras, head of news products for Google. “We can’t reverse time.”Gingras came to the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard Friday not as doomsayer from Silicon Valley to predict the demise of the news business, but rather to foresee a bright future.“I do feel these are extraordinary times,” Gingras said. “We are in the beginnings of a renaissance in journalism.”But to get there, the business needs to change. Gingras spelled out a prescription in “Innovation in an Age of Disruption,” hosted by the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard. Ann Marie Lipinski, the Nieman Foundation’s curator, was the moderator.Focusing on newspapers, Gingras said that they need to toss out the concept of editions. A newspaper website needs to look more like a Wikipedia page — continuously updated by a single reporter and editor with a single URL.“A story with its own URL goes into the archive and we used to call that the morgue,” Gingras said.As readers click from social media to straight stories, websites should focus on the design of the story page, not the home page, Gingras said.Story design must change. Radio broadcasters, Gingras noted, started out reading newspaper stories before adopting their own clipped, precise prose. Similarly, newspapers operating on the Web may incorporate footnotes, links, and document clouds to build trust with readers.Computational journalism will become a larger part of storytelling. Gingras suggested municipal and other databases created for one story could automatically be maintained and serve to spawn future series. Data-driven stories will be more prevalent as an increasing number of students graduate with journalism and computer science degrees, Gingras said.In the Internet age, reporters will face increased demands and need more than just a pen and spiral notebook in the field, Gingras reckoned. “We should rethink not only about the site but the reporter’s tools,” Gingras added.As papers and reporters change, organizational roles must be reconsidered, too.But the biggest change has to be sweeping, as news businesses reconsider their entire mission — what works and what doesn’t — in a race for survival.Gingras said newspapers are burdened by always doing things a certain way while competing against companies without baggage.“These were models that barely changed in 100 years — what, they added color? So people didn’t have a reason to evolve,” Gingras said. “You now have people on the outside looking at the problem with a clean slate.”Gingras was a pioneer in online media, helping create an interactive broadcast teletext news magazine in 1979. He worked at Apple Computer, Google, and until July 2011 was CEO of Salon Media Group before returning to Google. As a member of Google’s board, Gingras also has been active in the development of new products, technologies, and companies.A “technologist” rather than a reporter, Gingras said news companies must embrace a culture of change. They can’t, like the some media titans did with the iPad, expect to recapture the past.“First it was about search, then about blogs, then about social [media] — what will it be three years from now?” Gingras said. “The pace of change continues.” read more
MONTPELIER, Vt. – Commissioner Bruce Hyde has announced that Rutland native Dave Hakins has joined the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing as Director of Sales and Promotion.Hakins returns to Vermont from the New York area after two decades of selling and producing promotional events, conferences and incentive travel for Fortune 500 corporations, marketing agencies, television networks, and professional sports and entertainment organizations.”We hope to draw heavily on Dave’s experience and expertise to expand our network of private and public sector partnerships to more effectively market Vermont, Hyde said. His network of marketing, sports and entertainment contacts is also especially exciting as we seek new ways to promote the Vermont experience.”Hakins has been sales, marketing and creative director of his own event and conference planning agency since 1986. Previously, he was a Vice President of Chase Manhattan, directing the banks in-house communications agency, sponsorships and corporate promotions. Earlier, he was a corporate journalist in New York and a daily newspaper reporter and editor in Alaska and California. He began his career in Vermont as a reporter and editor at the Rutland Herald. Hakins is also a former member of the Vermont Air National Guard.Hakins and his wife, the former Jane Wilbur of Rutland, are longtime weekend residents of Vermont and plan to relocate to the Burlington area from New Jersey. They have two sons and four grandchildren. read more
The CEOPAZ and SOUTHCOM hope to welcome more than 100 Military members annually at the new facility, though the number could vary depending on each peace mission’s needs. Ongoing training In this instance, the GPOI aims to support El Salvador in strengthening its contributions to the UN and highlight the country’s increasing role in peacekeeping operations worldwide. Military personnel selected to serve on peace operations going forward will be trained in the new complex for four months. They will train in logistical strategies on peace missions and how to drive armored vehicles, in addition to attending workshops on human rights and undergoing psychological and physical evaluations. FAES’ Engineering Command collaborated on the design and construction of the facility, which broke ground in January 2015 in the town of Lourdes in the department of La Libertad, and was inaugurated on November 20th. By Dialogo December 30, 2015 BECAUSE THE GOVERNMENT REFUSES TO UNDERSTAND THAT WE ARE AT WAR AND THAT THE AIR FORCE POWER SHOULD BE USED TO DEFEND THE PEOPLE AND NOT TO GIVE A CIRCUS SHOW ON SEPTEMBER 15 IN THE STADIUMâ€¦ The FAES has some 175 personnel, including officers, non-commissioned officers, enlistees, and administrative personnel, distributed among the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (FINUL), MINUSTAH, and the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). “Salvadoran participation in these peace missions exalts the name of our country at an international level, distinguishing it as a state that is democratic, responsible, and committed to humanitarian causes,” Salvadoran Minister of Defense David Munguía Payés said on November 20th during the farewell ceremony for the SALCON VI contingent that was deployed to support the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). “Now, we have the space to conduct peace operations simulations that were previously done in much smaller areas,” said Colonel Jaime Cuéllar, CEOPAZ’s Commander. “We thank the Military group [from the United States] for having selected us for this project. They have been staunchly supportive; without them, it would not be possible for our facilities to be in good condition.” However, FAES’s largest deployment – 90 service members – are participating in MINUSMA, which is the Central American country’s first independent peacekeeping mission. Since April 2015, this group has executed more than 2,800 patrol, transport, convoy escort, aerial surveillance and reconnaissance, medical transport, and search, rescue, and extraction operations. The GPOI is funded by the U.S. government and designed to improve the international capacity for carrying out the United Nations (UN) Peace Support Operations. Its goal is to support partner nations build their capability to foster and maintain competencies in peacekeeping; increase the number of Military troops and police units available for deployment; and facilitate the preparation, logistical support, and deployment of Military units. Improving capacity to support UN missions “(The) CEOPAZ now operates with a world-class center with the ability to train the next generation of peace forces in El Salvador and possibly those of neighboring countries in the region,” explained Major Stanley Medykowski, representing GPOI and SOUTHCOM in El Salvador. “The completion of this training space marks an important moment in the process of this multi-million dollar project because, upon the completion of all the facilities, the ability to provide support to peace operations will be enhanced.” In FINUL, the 10th contingent has conducted 4,900 operations, which include carrying out motorized patrols, vehicle checks, observation posts, airstrip security, and medical care, to assist Lebanese civilians on the Miguel de Cervantes base since June 2008. In MINUSTAH, the SALCON VI contingent consists of 34 personnel from the Mechanized Infantry Company’s Chile 24 Battalion who have conducted 550 security and patrol operations in the city of Cap Haïtien. The Peace Operations Center (CEOPAZ) of the Salvadoran Armed Forces (FAES) now has of a modern complex funded through a $1.3 million donation from the Global Peace Operations Initiative (GPOI) by way of the United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), and the U.S. Embassy in El Salvador. read more
South Korea imported 37.5 million mt of LNG in 2017, a rise of 12.2 percent as compared to 33.4 million mt the year before, the customs data shows.Chine has reportedly took over South Korea’s position as the world’s second-largest LNG importer. China imported nearly 38 million mt of LNG in 2017. However, the official customs data for LNG imports has still not been published.Going back to South Korea, most of the 2017 volumes came from Qatar. Qatar supplied 11.55 million mt to South Korea in 2017, down 0.33 million mt as compared to the year before.On the other side, Australian deliveries rose almost 50 percent to 7 million mt.Volumes from the US also posted a huge rise year-on-year as Cheniere’s Sabine Pass facility in Lousiana ramped up production. The US supplied 1.95 million mt of LNG to South Korea in 2017, the data said. 2017 imports rise 12.2 pct LNG World News Staff Image courtesy of KogasLiquefied natural gas (LNG) imports into South Korea rose 4 percent in December year-on-year, boosted by colder weather in the midst of the heating season and lower nuclear generation.The country imported 4.18 million mt of LNG in December as compared to 4.03 million mt in the corresponding month the year before, according to the customs data.South Korea paid about US$1.79 billion for December imports, as compared to $1.55 billion the year before, the data showed.The world’s largest LNG exporter, Qatar, remained the dominant source of South Korean imports with 1.13 million mt of the chilled fuel imported from Qatar in December. These volumes dropped 13.4 percent on year.LNG deliveries from Australia rose 61 percent to 0.93 million mt, while imports from Malaysia dropped 35 percent to 0.42 million mt.Oman supplied 0.42 million mt of the fuel during the month under review, almost flat on year, as deliveries from the US posted a 0.30 million mt increase on year. read more
Amazing treatments continue to spring forth from adult stem cells – the stem cells with no ethical qualms attached. With adult stem cells easy to obtain doing so much good, why would anyone want embryonic stem cells (the stem cells with ethical qualms attached), when no usable treatments have yet been found?Here are some recent success stories with adult stem cells:Nature presented evidence that a single adult stem cell in mice can grow a whole prostate gland.1 Another article this week in Medical News Today reported that esophageal stem cells in mice can grow into transplantable tissue. Researchers at Penn State said, “The ultimate goal is to identify esophageal stem cells in a patient, grow the patient’s own stem cells, and inject them locally to replace diseased tissue with normal lining.”The New York Times reported that a patient received a transplanted windpipe. The doctors were able to avoid tissue rejection by applying stem cells from the patient’s own bone marrow.Science Daily reported that a single adult stem cell can self-renew and repair tissue in a live mammal.The cure for heart disease may be circulating in your blood. Science Daily reported in October that “New research from the University of Bristol brings stem cell therapies for heart disease one step closer. The findings reveal that our bodies’ ability to respond to an internal ‘mayday’ signal may hold the key to success for long-awaited regenerative medicine.” If they can just enhance the response of stem cells that are already circulating in the blood, they can attract the body’s in-house repair mechanisms to damaged sites. This is a case of applied intelligent design: “The team have [sic] made fascinating discoveries about our DIY repair systems and have translated them into practical use. They’ve intelligently employed the body’s own strategies to develop a method that may take us a step closer to truly effective stem cell therapies for heart patients.”In a paper in Cell,2 two stem cell specialists reviewed findings that hematopoetic stem cells maintain two populations that reproduce differently. This presents “evidence that cells may transition between the two kinetic states, establishing one subpopulation that is ready to proliferate and another that is a deeply quiescent reserve.” This means that adult stem cells can be available throughout life for repair of tissues – and harvesting by medical researchers – striking “the balance needed for ongoing maintenance and a durable reserve providing long-term reconstitution.”(submitted by a reader) Popular Mechanics reported an amazing lifesaving technology that could save soldiers on the battlefront. “New research from DARPA could open the door to on-demand blood-cell manufacturing on battlefields and in hospitals,” it said. “All medics need is a machine that uses a nanofiber that mimics bone marrow to turn a handful of stem cells into gallons of blood.” This could someday render blood banks and Red Cross Blood Drives obsolete while providing safe, fresher blood to the injured.Science Daily last month summarized new advances in “using adult, embryonic stem cells for tissue regeneration.” The only advances mentioned in the article, however, were from adult stem cells and “induced pluripotent stem cells” (see 11/05/2008), derived from adult somatic cells, that behave “like” embryonic stem cells without the need to create and destroy embryos. The article also mentioned “progress” with “derivatives” of human embryonic stem cells, like pancreatic islet cells, that survived in mice (but didn’t help the mice, because they produced human insulin). Successful treatments from adult stem cells, though, are many and varied: “Adult stem cells regenerate epithelia, brain tissue, muscle, blood and bone. They have also been found in other tissues that normally scar after injury, such as myocardium, spinal cord and retina tissues.”The embryonic stem cell research community, by contrast, still has nothing to show and is plagued with scandals. Nature News reported that California’s governor Schwarzeneggar is outraged at the head of CIRM, the embryonic stem cell institute approved by voters (04/30/2008, bullet 3). “The board of California’s state stem-cell agency has voted to pay its chairman a salary, even as the state plunges deeper into financial crisis.” He’s asking for a half-million salary when the state is facing a “financial Armageddon” with a $15 billion budget deficit. Nature News also reported that the Vatican has reiterated its opposition to the use of human embryos for research, whether from aborted fetuses or human cloning; use of adult stem cells, though, is morally acceptable, the Vatican said. Science magazine,1 however, expressed the common position of many scientists who want embryonic stem cell freedom, ethics or not. Constance Holden wrote,U.S. researchers are eagerly anticipating the moment that President-elect Barack Obama takes office and sweeps away the Bush Administration’s restrictions on federal funding for research with human embryonic stem (ES) cells. Scientists at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) are making no secret of their glee. “I think everybody here is incredibly excited about the new Administration,” says Story Landis, director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and chair of the NIH Stem Cell Task Force.Researchers used to finding ways to circumvent the Bush restrictions will now have unfettered freedom to breed human stem cells (short of cloning humans for research), once Obama fulfills his promise to remove the restrictions by executive order as one of his first acts as President. Scientists seem to maintain their lust for ES cells even though the momentum is with adult stem cell research, where nearly-miraculous results are becoming the norm. According to Amy Comstock Rick, president of the Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research in Washington, D.C., “the field [of embryonic stem cell research] has an awfully long way to go.”1. Leong, Wang, Johnson and Gao, “Generation of a prostate from a single adult stem cell,” Nature 456, 804-808 (11 December 2008) | doi:10.1038/nature07427.2. Raaijmakers and Scadden, “Divided within: Heterogeneity within Adult Stem Cell Pools,” Cell, Volume 135, Issue 6, 12 December 2008, Pages 1006-1008.3. Constance Holden, “Obama Transition: A Fresh Start for Embryonic Stem Cells,” Science 12 December 2008: Vol. 322. no. 5908, p. 1619, DOI: 10.1126/science.322.5908.1619.Solomon said, “For whoever finds me [wisdom] finds life and receives favor from the LORD. But whoever fails to find me harms himself; all who hate me love death.” (Proverbs 8:35-36). In context, he had just been speaking of God’s wisdom and delight in creation.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 read more
RESULTS South Africa’s Jordy Smith captured the 2011 Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay in a hard-fought final over Australia’s Mick Fanning on Sunday, watched by a raucous hometown crowd on the beach and hundreds of thousands online. SF 1: Jordy Smith (RSA) 17.46 def. Adrian Buchan (Aus) 11.87SF 2: Mick Fanning (Aus) 17.47 def. Joel Parkinson (Aus) 11.93 Smith continuously posted impressive scores throughout his quarter-final, semi-final and final heats, and it was his local knowledge that allowed his to select the best waves in the final to overtake an in-form Fanning. SEMI-FINALS The win moved him up from fifth to second in the ASP World Title rankings, putting the young South African firmly in the hunt for the world title. ‘An incredible week’“It’s been an incredible week for me,” Smith said afterwards. “All the support of the people at Jeffreys Bay, Garth (Tarlow), Steve (Smith), my girlfriend Lyndall (Jarvis), my mom and dad and everyone else. It’s been a really special week for me and I’m so happy right now.” SAinfo reporter 1 – Jordy Smith (RSA) 15.602 – Mick Fanning (Aus) 14.83 “I don’t really think about that yet,” he said. “It’s only the fourth event of the year and I’ve been in this position before. I’m happy with my surfing and my boards and I’ll keep my eyes on the next heat.” “It was really difficult out there today,” he said. “Three heats yesterday and three heats today and it felt like the arms wanted to fall off. ASP WORLD TITLE TOP 10 (After Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay) “Big congratulations to Jordy, though. It was great surfing. It’s inspirational stuff and I’m looking forward to the next one.” The fourth event of 11 on the 2011 ASP World Title season, the Billabong Pro culminated in dramatic fashion with the surfers competing in three-to-four foot (1 – 1.5 metre) surf. QF 1: Jordy Smith (RSA) 15.10 def. Damien Hobgood (USA) 8.94QF 2: Adrian Buchan (Aus) 16.77 def. Julian Wilson (Aus) 14.90QF 3: Joel Parkinson (Aus) 16.83 def. Alejo Muniz (Bra) 8.16QF 4: Mick Fanning (Aus) 15.40 def. Josh Kerr (Aus) 5.43 Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material The runner-up placing moved Fanning from eighth to fourth on the ASP World Title Rankings. FormFanning, who claimed the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay in 2002 and 2006, appeared to find his form on the final morning as he saw off fellow Aussies Josh Kerr and Joel Parkinson en route his runner-up finish. 26 July 2011 QUARTER-FINALS FINAL The win was met with an eruption from those in attendance as they braved harsh weather. With victory secured for the second year in succession, Smith was cheered up the beach by an emotional audience. 1. Joel Parkinson (Aus) 25 700 pts2. Jordy Smith (RSA) 24 750 pts3. Adriano de Souza (Bra) 22 250 pts4. Mick Fanning (Aus) 19 500 pts5. Taj Burrow (Aus) 18 250 pts6. Kelly Slater (USA) 16 950 pts7. Michel Bourez (PYF) 16 0008. Bede Durbidge (Aus) 15 0009. Josh Kerr (Aus) 13 900 pts9. Owen Wright (Aus) 13 900 pts “Mick (Fanning) has surfed amazing all week,” Smith added. “He’s always an inspiration and he’s right there with everyone in the hunt for the title. “Today’s a huge win for me. Last year, it was very emotional. To back it up this year just feels really, really good. It’s huge for my confidence and I’m looking forward to the rest of the year.” With his equal third finish, Parkinson ascended to the frontrunner position in the hunt for the 2011 ASP World Title, but the perennial threat remains cautious when regarding the remainder of the season. The next stop on the 2011 ASP World Title season will be the Billabong Pro Tahiti from 20 to 31 August. High scoresParkinson, the 2008 Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay winner, was in sensational form this year, consistently notching up high scores throughout the event before falling to a rampaging Fanning in the semi-finals. read more
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest I can now relate to author Erma Bombeck and the title of her book The Grass Is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank. It all began in late February when the typical stew of ingredients that normally travels to the septic tank and leach field in my backyard backed up through the drains in my house.My “honey dipper” guy, Tom, queried, “When did you last have the septic tank pumped?”Caught off guard, I stumbled. “I can’t remember for sure. Several years, probably.” Frankly, I was embarrassed. I knew I should have it pumped annually or, perhaps, biennially.Tom stringed a fat line of rubber hose from his blue, chrome-trimmed, tandem-axle Peterbilt tanker truck to the manhole over the septic tank. He revved the diesel engine to activate the suction pump and draw the “honey” from the tank. Thick black smoke spewed like you’d see at a truck or tractor pull.As we stood there watching, Tom shared a couple of stories from his years in the honey dipping business. (I thought my stories were good, but his easily topped anything I had to tell.)Tom said, “You can get in some real situations sometimes. One time I was pumping a septic tank with the mother and her children standing close by watching. Their Jack Russell was in the house, but apparently the screen door wasn’t latched.“Fido barged through the door and ran to challenge me. I was standing on the opposite side of the septic tank manhole, so as Fido charged me, he ran across the opening and promptly fell in.“No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t drag that little sucker out. If I reached in, Fido tried to bite me. If I tried to lasso him, he dodged the noose.”He explained that as he emptied the tank, the dog neared the bottom, out of reach. “The kids were all crying and their mother was a wreck.”I asked, “What did you do?”“There was only one thing to do,” Tom replied. “I pumped the truck load of ‘honey’ back into the septic tank, much to the family’s consternation.” And as he did, the dog floated back to the top within reach of Tom’s pole and noose.“As soon as that fool dog got out of the tank, he knew that he’d met his match. He ran away as fast as he could right back into that house and jumped up on the lady’s couch to clean himself off.”As much as Tom’s story entertained me, my own septic tank dilemma was far from solved. After pumping my tank dry, Tom reported that the leach field was clogged, and I needed a new one.Tom said his cousin Max could take care of the project. He claimed he performed quality work. Knowing that blood is thicker than water — and maybe even what backed up into my house — I checked Max’s references before calling him.After evaluating the situation, Max said, “There are two issues to resolve. First, your current system is installed on a gravel aquifer, which is no longer permitted under current health regulations. Your old system was likely installed prior to 1940.”I asked, “What is the second problem?”He answered, “The job will be impossible with the ground frozen as it is. And when the spring rains come, it will be too muddy.” The best timing for the job, he said, would be when famers could get out in their fields to plant corn.That meant I would have to find a way to get by with my septic system, such as it was, until then.One solution was to call Tom, my storytelling “honey dipper,” to come out once a week. Being a skinflint, I decided that would be too expensive.So I repurposed my old electric cow stomach pump. Once a week I dropped it into the septic tank, attached a water hose to its outlet and strung hose out in the yard.When I plugged in the pump, what a beautiful sight to behold! The stream of effluent shooting out the hose, which I had directed upward, reflected the full spectrum of light. Yes, a pungent rainbow arched over my lawn. But I knew better than to look for the pot at the end.To minimize the frequency of pumping, I learned how to economize on water. Over the next couple of weeks I took “submarine” showers. That is, I turned the water off as soon as I was wet, lathered up, then turned the water back on to rinse. And I flushed the toilets only once a day and discontinued using the dishwasher.Using this strategy I got by with one pumping every three weeks.All this was going on before Kris and I were married and living together. I led her to believe that I had the dog cleaning my plates, pots and pans. But I was really washing them by hand, which brought back memories of when my mother had each of us boys wash dishes before homework each night.I quickly tired of this spartan ritual, so for variety, I moved the hose around the yard. By corn planting time I had the greenest turf in the neighborhood.Apparently Max lost track of corn planting because he didn’t show up until July. He hired a soil scientist to sample the lawn soil to select the optimum location for the leach field.This turned out to be about as far from my house as you can get in my backyard (I have about four acres of lawn and a pond). He hauled in a backhoe, bulldozer and skid loader, turning my lawn into a war zone.He soon dug a hole large enough to bury my pickup on its nose. The excavation included trenches for sewer line through the yard and across my driveway. This newfangled system required a lift station to pump the effluent about 50 yards, from the house to the leach field.I told Max, “We aren’t putting in a hotel. This is four times the size of my old system.”His explanation: “Regulations!”Nevertheless, with his installation complete, I returned the electric cow stomach pump to storage and reseeded the yard. Eventually grass concealed the dig.And Max and I became good friends. If you’re one of my good friends, you know what this means.Yes, I decided to add a little intrigue and excitement to his life.I called him at a time I was sure he wouldn’t answer. I left this message: “Max, there appears to be an unexpected consequence to your installation. After I flush the toilet, a plume of effluent shoots up about four feet in the yard at the far end of the leach field.“Instead of fixing it, maybe you could install this gazebo I bought awhile back, and situate it right next to the geyser. That way, whenever we’re entertaining guests, Kris could slip in the house and flush a toilet, or perhaps two of them, to add to the ambience as we and our guests sip ice tea.”Max called soon after. “This is a new one on me,” he said. “Maybe the line under the driveway got crimped from being driven over. I’ll run by and take a look.”Then in the next breath, perhaps remembering who he was talking to, said, “Oh, no! You got me on that one, you son-of-a-gun!” read more
Anton is an accredited level 6 referee who has officiated in two FIT World Cups, multiple NTL’s and other representative touch tournaments across Australia. Anton has been a long-time advocate for touch in SA, focusing his time and ability on helping to develop other referees. This includes volunteering his time to mentor and coach upcoming referees. Anton’s commitment and dedication continues to provide a positive example within the touch football community.
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