Bigger water bill on the way

first_imgLAKEWOOD – Look for area water rates to rise in the near future. Local water utilities are getting a double hit of 5.8 percent increases each from the Water Replenishment District and the Metropolitan Water District. The replenishment district’s board voted Friday to raise its rate for pumping groundwater from $138 per acre-foot to $149 per acre-foot, effective July 1. The MWD board voted early in April to raise its rates from $478 per acre-foot to $508 per acre-foot, effective Jan. 1. An acre-foot, 326,000 gallons, can be visualized as a football field 1-foot deep in water. It also is the amount of water used in a year by an average family of five. Those two increases as well as others are driving the Orchard Dale Water District, which serves much of unincorporated South Whittier, to propose its own increase, said Tom Coleman, Orchard Dale general manager. Coleman said he understands the need by MWD and the replenishment district to raise their rates. “MWD hasn’t raised its rates and has been absorbing cost increases for a number of years,” Coleman said. “They’re playing catch up. The ripple effect is going to trickle down to the end user.” The MWD rate increase is responsible for more than half of the replenishment district’s increase, said Robb Whitaker, its general manager. The rest is due to inflation, Whitaker said. Officials from other Whittier-area agencies said they are not sure how these rate increases will affect them. “At this point it will not cause us to immediately raise rates, but it’s something we’ll have to look at,” said Mark Grajeda, Pico Water District general manager. The replenishment district’s increase will cost his district about $40,000 a year. Ken Bradbury, general manager for the Montebello and Land and Water Co., said the replenishment district increase is a $36,000 annual increase to his mutual water company. However, his utility just raised its rates in April, so it will absorb the increased cost for this year, Bradbury said. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “The culmination of increases from outside sources and a need to replace our infrastructure has driven the need for a rate increase,” Coleman said. Coleman is proposing a $5.6 million capital improvement program over the next seven years. It would include replacement of a major line that runs from Colima Road to Mills Avenue – somewhat along Cornishcrest Road. His board will hold a public hearing at 7p.m. May 30 to consider raising its bi-monthly service charge from $20 to $31.10 for a 5/8th-inch or 3/4-inch meter and its commodity charge from $1.50 per cubic foot of water used to $1.70 per cubic foot. Orchard Dale hasn’t raised its rates since 2002. An average customer is expected to pay an additional $7.50 per month. last_img read more

Women’s Tennis Travels to Wyoming and Denver

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s tennis team travels to Wyoming on Saturday and Denver on Sunday. The Bulldogs begin the weekend in Laramie, Wyo. against Northern Colorado at 12 p.m. and then versus Wyoming at 4:30 p.m. The team squares off against 56th-ranked Denver at 12 p.m. on Sunday. Drake has a 4-2 record and is coming off a pair of wins last weekend, beating Green Bay, 4-0, and Creighton 6-1. Senior Maddie Johnson and sophomores Tess Herder and Mela Jaglarz have led the Bulldogs. Johnson and Herder have a 3-1 singles record at No. 3 and No. 4, respectively, while Jaglarz has tallied a team-best four singles wins at the No. 6 spot. Northern Colorado enters the weekend 2-0, beating a pair of Division II programs and will host Colorado on Friday. UNC is led by Beth Coton and Remi Immler, who are ranked the 40th best doubles team in the nation. Wyoming enters the weekend with a 4-3 record overall after a split over this past weekend. Last year, the Cowgirls fell to the Bulldogs, 5-2, as Drake holds a 4-1 advantage in the all-time series. The 56th-ranked Pioneers has a 7-1 record, and prior to hosting the Bulldogs they travel to No. 71 New Mexico on Friday. Denver is coming off an excellent weekend as it upset No. 51 Utah before defeating BYU and Utah State. Drake continues its six-match road trip on Sunday, Feb. 21 at Kansas State. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Nigeria-South Africa forum to discuss intra-African trade

first_img19 August 2014A meeting of the Nigeria-South Africa Chamber of Commerce, to be hosted by Brand South Africa in Lagos, Nigeria on Thursday, will discuss Africa’s competitiveness and ways of boosting intra-African trade.Deputy Trade and Industry Minister Mzwandile Masina will address the forum, whose members include such heavyweights as Stanbic IBTC Bank, Honeywell Group, Philips Consulting, Old Mutual, First Bank, South African Airways, Southern Sun, MTN, Multichoice, SABMiller and Unilever.“The NSACC is probably the most vibrant and active chamber of commerce in Nigeria, and was set up in 2000 to promote bilateral trade relations between Nigeria and South Africa,” Masina said on Monday.The minister said the forum would look to facilitate opportunities for intra-Africa trade, and discuss ways in which African countries can collaborate for growth.Economic growth across Africa is expected to hit 6.1% in 2014. The continent has the resources to power that growth and to feed itself. Entrepreneurship is flourishing, the middle class is growing and poverty rates have been falling since the 1990s.What stands in the way of growing that percentage and making growth sustainable over the long term is the promotion of effective trade exchanges, as well as the availability of skilled people to drive development.Colin Coleman, managing director of Goldman Sachs in South Africa, told an earlier Brand South Africa forum, held in Johannesburg in May following the World Economic Forum on Africa meeting in Abuja, that trade between African countries amounted to just 12% of all trade on the continent.Freight trucks held up at border posts because there are too few guards, or the failure to embrace technology, are issues that constrain cross-border trade.“We need to develop seamless and effective frameworks between governments to encourage more trade between African countries,” Coleman said. Agreements exist, he pointed out, but there remain practical problems on the ground, and a lack of follow-through has hampered trade growth.Legislation and trade agreements are one thing, and these are in place, but skilled people to implement them will become the biggest stranglehold as trade grows.If governments are unable to build education systems to deliver these people Africa’s ability to trade with itself will be hamstrung, Coleman said, hinting at the biggest challenge faced by African governments – and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Building Communication and Language Through Interactions: Key Concepts

first_img Return to article. Long DescriptionImage from, CC0By Juliann Woods, PhD, SLP-CCC & Mollie Romano, PhD, SLP-CCCIt has been a wonderful experience providing this series of webinars for the MFLN Early Intervention concentration area this past year.  We have covered a great deal of information.  As our final blog we want to leave you with a summary of key concepts to build communication and language as you interact with caregivers and their young children, within their daily routines.  We believe that the implementation of the following key practices will facilitate successful interactions:The caregiver incorporates developmentally appropriate communication and actions. Interactions between the caregiver and child are more successful for teaching and learning when they closely reflect the child’s current developmental level, for this enables the child to participate meaningfully. The caregivers’ challenge is to “up the ante” by introducing a moderate change that will increase the child’s use of the skill either qualitatively (e.g., how?) or quantitatively (e.g., how often?).Children learn most efficiently when they are actively engaged. Young children (and probably most older ones too!) need to be involved in the teaching and learning process. The adage of the child as “an empty vessel waiting to be filled with knowledge” portrays the child as passive throughout the process. Quite to the contrary, children learn by doing. They look, touch, taste, climb, tell, throw, poke, and smell. Encouraging children’s active participation increases learning and helps them use their language in the process.A caregiver’s attention provides a reason for interaction. Attention from a caring adult can provide both the interest to interact and reinforcement for trying. Children, as well as adults, seek to communicate or participate in activities with others who are approachable, responsive, attentive, and fun! Caregivers who plan to embed intervention into daily routines should appreciate the power they have with children. Caregivers can be a child’s favorite toy and best reinforcement!Following the child’s lead enhances attention. Using the child’s interests promotes joint attention. The caregiver focuses where the child is engaged and in doing so, accomplishes the first step of a successful interaction. Participation initiated by the child often results in longer attention to an activity, increased opportunities to practice skills, and decreased need for external reinforcement. However, to be effective, the environment or routine must be arranged to attract the interests of the child.Positive expectation increases communication. If a caregiver expects a child to interact and communicate, the child is very likely to do so! In the same manner, if participation is not expected or planned for, then it is also very likely that a child will fulfill that expectation and not participate. A caregiver should approach each opportunity positively, expecting a child’s interest and interactions. When positive expectations are combined with the other principles described in this blog, the child will, in turn, reinforce the adult with attention and interaction.Introduce new skills in familiar routines and use new routines to support the generalization of skills. Familiar and predictable routines support children’s learning new skills, as children can focus their attention on the new skill rather than dividing their attention between the activity, the environment, and the skill. Once a skill is learned, the child can practice it successfully in a variety of new routines because it is familiar and predictable.Our four webinars can be viewed using the links below:Getting to Know You: Early Communication Development from Birth to Three YearsFrom Communication to Conversations: Expanding Language Development in Early Childhood YearsSmall Talk: Strategies to Support Child Communication Before Words EmergeUp and Away: Building Child Language, Social Interactions, and Preliteracy Skills in Early Childhood SettingsThis post was edited by Robyn DiPietro-Wells & Michaelene Ostrosky, Ph.D., members of the MFLN FD Early Intervention team, which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and on YouTube. Image from, CC0last_img read more

Heavy rains lash Gujarat, NDRF teams deployed in Vadodara

first_imgHeavy rain lashed Gujarat particularly Vadodara and Bharuch in South Gujarat where it poured more than 16 inch in less than eight hours leading to low lying areas getting inundated. The authorities have deployed National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams to shift people from low lying areas to safe locations while schools and colleges have been ordered to be shut on Thursday.Chief Minister Vijay Rupani held a high-level review meeting in Gandhinagar and rushed two IAS officers to oversee moving people from inundated localities in Vadodara.Incessant downpour since Wednesday morning flooded major parts of city even as river Vishwamitri that flows through it, was just a couple of feet below the danger level. Hundreds of people were either stranded in offices or had to wade back home through flooded streets while the authorities have launched rescue works in societies and localities flooded with waist deep water.According to the district administration, Ajwa dam reservoir was also at 209.7 feet, just 5 feet below the danger mark of 214 feet at 6 pm on Wednesday. The Vishwamitri river which overflows after 26 feet, was flowing at 23 feet.As many as 13 trains have been cancelled due to waterlogging in Vadodara junction, leaving hundreds of people stranded amidst incessant rainfall in South Gujarat.Due to heavy rain and waterlogging, principal district judge ordered all courts functioning at headquarters of Vadodara District, including taluka courts, to remain closed on Thursday.Rains to continue till SaturdayAs per the IMD forecast, widespread rainfall across Gujarat will continue till Saturday.Since Monday, the South West monsoon became vigorous over Saurashtra region and active over other districts of Gujarat where heavy to very heavy rainfall occurred at several places in the Central Gujarat and south Gujarat districts like Vadodara, Valsad, Surat, Dangs, Bharuch and in Daman, Dadra Nagar Haveli while Jamnagar, Dwarka and a few areas of Kutch on Wednesday.On July 30, parts of south Gujarat and Saurashtra received heavy rainfall in a massive relief to farmers who were eagerly waiting for a major round of monsoon showers after a prolonged break.Teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) were put on stand-by in various rainfall districts in north and south Gujarat and Saurashtra region to tackle any eventuality while the state has activated flood monitoring control rooms at all districts.last_img read more

Video: Bobby Petrino Throws Out First Pitch At Louisville’s Game Against Kentucky

first_imgBooby petrino throws out first pitch at Louisville game.Louisville and Kentucky may have to wait until November 26 to meet on the football field, but fans in Louisville were able to catch a glimpse of the heated rivalry Tuesday evening during the weekday matchup.But just to give fans a even bigger taste of things to come, the Cardinals’ head football coach Bobby Petrino was there to throw out the first pitch. The Courier-Journal’s Jeff Greer was on the scene and shared this video to Twitter. Bobby Petrino throws out the first pitch at tonight’s game— Jeff Greer (@jeffgreer_cj) April 19, 2016Nice throw @CoachPetrinoUL go @UofLBaseball— Kris Abeln (@kabeln) April 19, 2016The last time these two teams were scheduled to meet on the diamond the game was postponed. This should help pick things up right where they left off.last_img read more

Mens Volleyball No 9 Ohio State topples No 6 Loyola in four

Ohio State junior setter Sanil Thomas sets up redshirt senior middle blocker Nick Laffin during the Buckeyes’ 3-1 win against Loyola on March 29 at St. John Arena. Credit: Ris Twigg | Assistant Photo EditorThe energy was through the roof of St. John Arena with the No. 9 Ohio State men’s volleyball team (18-4, 9-2 MIVA) returning from its five-week road-trip in one of its most pivotal conference matchups of the year.Lifted by the excitement, the Buckeyes came onto the floor and took care of business, beginning aggressively and defeating No. 6 Loyola 3-1. The lone loss came in the third set at the end of a 30-point overtime that ended 41-39 in favor of the Ramblers (19-5, 9-2 MIVA).What began as an uneventful set eventually picked up speed at 15-14 and turned into one of the longest NCAA volleyball sets of the 2018 season. Ohio State senior outside hitter Maxime Hervoir said the only thought in a player’s head during a set like that is to continue fighting.“You’re just trying to keep going,” Hervoir said. “You’re so tired that you’re just trying to do your best at that moment.”In Ohio State’s previous matchup with the Ramblers in Chicago, the Buckeyes took the first two sets, but dropped the remaining three to lose the match. Entering Thursday night’s fourth set, the Buckeyes looked tired, but not beat. Despite low energy, Hervoir said he was not worried about tonight’s match being a repeat of the last.“At Loyola, we let them come back and on set three [of tonight’s match], we fought until the end,” he said. “So we were already in this mindset like, ‘just keep going and fight as hard as we can.’”Ohio State took a 14-11 lead, one it  kept through the end of the set. Redshirt freshman opposite Jake Hanes finished the match with a service ace and the team swarmed the court, filled with the sweet taste of revenge. Though both the longest set and the clinching set were the final two of the match, head coach Pete Hanson was especially pleased by the team’s performance in the first two sets.“The first two sets, we played excellent volleyball,” Hanson said. “Just really, really did the things that we had talked about all week in practice. Our tactics were good. Our execution of our tactics [was] good.”The first two sets seemed to portend a quick night with the Buckeyes beating the Ramblers 25-20 and 25-16.The first set was fast paced with both teams playing well. However, Ohio State had the necessary edge to win. Ohio State senior outside hitter Nicolas Szerszen got the ball rolling for the team, leading in kills, service aces and digs. Rambler junior outside hitter Collin Mahan and senior outside hitter Ryan Jamison carried their team offensively, each tallying four kills in the opening set.The entire Ohio State team seemed to be fired up with aggressive kills and big blocks on the net throughout the second set. Hervoir finished the second set with eight kills and two blocks. Throughout the remainder of the match, Hervoir didn’t let off, racking up a career-high 24 kills.“I didn’t play very well when we were playing away,” Hervoir said. “We had a super long streak away and it was really hard for me mentally I was really focused today because I wanted to be better and come back hard in my gym and show that I will be here hard in conference.”On Saturday in the team’s final home match of the year, Ohio State will play No. 10 Lewis, which beat the Buckeyes 3-0 on Feb. 22 and ended their 28-match MIVA winning streak.Hanson said he feels good about playing Lewis after seeing what his team was able to do against another quality opponent during Thursday’s match.“My personal feeling is Loyola’s a more balanced team, that they have more offensive weapons that can really hurt you at a high level,” he said. “Lewis has a couple good players but I think if we can kind of control their couple of guys, it should be hopefully in our favor. I think that if we play the kind of volleyball that we played tonight, we’ll be in a really good spot.” read more

Santiago Solari feels side players are weak

first_imgReal Madrid manager Santiago Solari has called his players weak following their 1-0 loss to Leganes in the Copa Del Rey round of 16 clash.Madrid’s 3-0 first-leg win ensured their 1-0 defeat at Butarque was not enough to see them exit the competition at the expense of Leganes for a second consecutive season.Solari gave a rare start to Isco as he rejigged team, in a selection that also saw Marcelo feature on the wing in the opening 45 minutes, with Los Blancos struggling to create chances without a focal point in attack.Solari accepted his team, who have lost two of their last four matches, were poor against Leganes, who won the second leg thanks to a first-half strike from Martin Braithwaite.“A weak performance, above all the first half,” he told a news conference, as quoted by Goal.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“They all needed to get playing time, they got it. We got through the tie, but the performance was weak.”“Sometimes we try things and if they do not work, we try to improve them.”“We have lacked depth. We paid not having a specific reference in attack.”last_img read more

Soldotna Chamber Has Spring CleanUp Bags Available

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce distributes little yellow bags to local volunteers dedicated to making the Kenai Peninsula a cleaner place to live. The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a week long “spring cleanup” event from May 12-19. Shannon Davis, President of the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce: “Spring has sprung, and we have the yellow bags, they are available until we run out and are free.”  Davis: “We’ve got a little bit of a change this year, Alaska Waste has upgraded all of their equipment, and they can no longer rear-load their trucks. So, it’s not longer safe for them to pick up the bags from the highway.”  Both the Kenai and Soldotna Chambers of Commerce are encouraging residents to get outside and get involved in the roadside clean up efforts. To search for other community cleanup events, or to submit your own, click here: KSRM What’s Happening. New this year you won’t be seeing the little yellow trash bags appearing on the sides of local highways like in previous years. The bags will need to be taken to a transfer site or dump station.last_img read more