Landscape Workshop.

first_imgEven people who don’t bid directly on jobs will find the program useful in estimating labor costs, time and task data and cost comparisons.The workshop is limited to the first 28 people who register. The $60 fee includes a copy of the $50 software, lunch the first day, refreshment breaks, handouts and instruction.The deadline to sign up is Friday, March 15. To learn more, call the UGA Extension Service horticulture office at (706) 542-2340. Bidding strategies.How to estimate both fixed and variable costs, including overhead and labor.How to structure bids in the form of a contract for presenting to clients.How computers make the bidding and estimating process more efficient and accurate.How to tailor “Hort Management” for their own business. For landscape managers, job bidding is tough. Bids have to be low enough to get jobs and high enough to turn a profit after covering costs. That makes cost estimating even more critical, especially for beginners who have no benchmark data to base their estimates on.A University of Georgia workshop in Athens March 21-22 will introduce managers to “Hort Management,” a computerized cost-estimating and job-bidding module the UGA faculty has developed.Participants don’t have to know anything about computers. With hands-on instruction, they will learn:last_img read more

Labour, Greens crack over cannabis views

first_img3News 27 January 2014Another major crack has emerged between Labour and the Greens – their incompatible views on marijuana.Last week they split on deep-sea drilling, and today Labour leader David Cunliffe dashed Green Party hopes of decriminalising cannabis if in power.New Zealanders are almost 50-50 when it comes to smoking cannabis. Nearly half have, including Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei.“I stopped smoking cannabis about 20 years ago,” she says.If the Green Party had its way it would immediately allow for medicinal marijuana and legal action for violent offences would be prioritised over possession.The next step is decriminalisation with a legal age limit of 18. But Labour says no way. read more

Slaven Bilic brushes off Sam Allardyce criticism of Andy Carroll

first_img “We tried to explain to him that he needed to work for six weeks and have a pre-season, not to train for 10 days, roll up his sleeves and play the game,” he added. “He did his time and we should all benefit from that.” Carroll has shaken off the knock which kept him out of the 2-2 draw at Sunderland a fortnight ago and is fit to face Crystal Palace on Saturday. He could be joined in the squad by fellow forward Enner Valencia, who was injured during the Europa League tie against Astra Giurgiu in July, and defender Angelo Ogbonna following a hamstring injury. Slaven Bilic has brushed off Sam Allardyce’s criticism of Andy Carroll and claims the striker is totally focused on getting fit this season. In his autobiography, being serialised in The Sun, former West Ham boss Allardyce questioned Carroll’s dedication during his injury-hit spell at Upton Park. Current Hammers chief Bilic, who replaced Allardyce in the summer, admitted he was aware of Carroll’s reputation before taking over in east London. But Bilic insists the 26-year-old, who has made three appearances since finally overcoming a long-term ankle injury, has been a model professional this term. “I did not have to become West Ham manager to know about Andy Carroll,” said Bilic. “I heard about that before, that sometimes he got injured because he was not totally dedicated to being a footballer. “From my first day, he was injured. But the way he was working – in six to eight weeks of struggle that was boring and not ideal and not fun – he did it as a great professional and now we are expecting big benefits out of that. “Those stories are definite, there is something behind them, they are true. It is very rare that people are making up stories. “There is something there, but it looks much worse. I don’t want to comment on the stories. “He’s been out a few times, but his rehabilitation and training, especially in that period, was top class.” Bilic made Carroll undergo his own mini pre-season, rather than rush him back into the team, in a bid to avoid the frontman breaking down again. Press Associationlast_img read more

Bodymechanics Unveils Its New Cutting Edge Corrective Wellness Program

first_imgSubmitted by BodymechanicsWhat started out as three individual businesses in the Bodymechanics building has taken a new direction.   Always striving towards new and cutting edge programs to facilitate client healing, the team at Bodymechanics have turned things up a few notches to become the top facility in the area providing Corrective Wellness.The Bodymechanics mission is to champion clients to bring a healthy balance into their lives by using compassion, experience, unique perspective and belief in client’s desire to heal themselves.    In alignment with this mission, the new Corrective Wellness Program is the most holistic and integrative approach to addressing the source rather than the symptoms for many conditions.Many in our community are looking for permanent and noninvasive methods of addressing injuries, repetitive stress injuries, chronic pain, nerve impingement conditions, and other neural, muscular and skeletal issues.  The new Corrective Wellness Program meets and exceeds client goals.Business owner, Shari Aldrich, LMP, believes that this program fills a hole in the traditional healthcare model.  “We see clients on a daily basis who are injured and living with daily pain, who believe that they must live this way forever.”   Many people who come into our clinic respond with “no” to the question posed on the initial intake:  Do you believe it is possible to heal 100%?“People are hopeless.  They are frustrated and are unsure of where to go to get help,” she describes.   The Bodymechanics Corrective Wellness program will include help for injuries, chronic pain syndromes, repetitive stress injuries, postural and structural deviations, and will also address weight management goals through nutrition counseling, group fitness and boot camp classes, and our Body Media program.Our affiliation with Body Media allows us to use a device that measures ambient body heat, measured in Mets, to calculate real time calorie expenditure 24 hours a day in our clientele.  This allows us to make precision adjustments to each person’s nutrition and exercise program for guaranteed, precise results in managing weight loss and body composition.Fitness Manager, Marshall Coleman, CES, describes the new program as a program “for injuries and chronic pain utilizing postural and structural analysis to determine the cause of the symptoms or injury and then integrating myotherapy, massage therapy, chiropractic care, muscle re-training and nutrition to address the original cause and alleviate the symptoms from the source for permanent results.”Many of the symptoms that the medical community routinely treats with surgical solutions lead to missed work; weeks or months of physical therapy and down time, and other issues because of compensation patterns for the lack of mobility after the surgery.  The symptoms often originate from other problems, elsewhere in the body, and be reversed or alleviated with noninvasive procedures in a fraction of the time.One example of how the Bodymechanics Corrective Wellness program can facilitate a holistic and integrative approach is with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, which is often treated with surgery.  In most cases, we can alleviate the symptoms within a couple of Myotherapy treatments and then follow up with muscle retraining through our Corrective Exercise program to rebalance the length tension relationships within the muscles to prevent the symptoms from returning.   Since the symptoms often occur due to an issue elsewhere in the body, we follow up with a full program to address the source, which can take up to four to six weeks to fully complete all therapies.Functional Aging Training ProgramThe facility is also adding a program designed specifically for our senior population.  The Functional Aging Training Program is aimed at helping seniors achieve and maintain their independence through maintaining and increasing their ability to perform functional, physical activities ranging from basic movements such as standing and sitting without assistance; to training for athletic endeavors such as running.  This program is scheduled to begin in April 2014.Everyone at Bodymechanics is very passionate about what we do and about helping our clients and members achieve their corrective wellness, weight management and fitness goals.   The staff look forward to reaching out to the community and becoming a new standard for addressing these issues that people face in their lives every day.Whether you are dealing with issues like chronic pain syndromes, acute injury, headaches, neck pain, low back pain, shoulder pain, sports related injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, whiplash, nerve impingement conditions, weight management issues, or you just want to join a fitness class – the program is there to meet your needs. Bodymechanics School of Myotherapy & MassageIntegrative Health ClinicBodymechanics Fit Body Boot Camp2330 Mottman Road SW, #106Tumwater WA  98512(360) 350-0015 Facebook31Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Volunteers to Pour Into Highlands Saturday to Help Town Rebuild

first_imgBy John BurtonHIGHLANDS – Saturday is all about helping friends, fellow business owners and maybe total strangers who are in need after what Super Storm Sandy has wrought.That’s the intent of the 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. event Saturday, April 27, organized by the Highlands Business Partner­ship. The partnership’s Hope for Highlands project is expected to draw more than 400 volunteers who will offer their assistance to help the community so devastated by the October storm, according to Carla Cefalo-Braswell, president of the partnership, which oversees the borough’s business improvement district.“It’s amazing to me how many people who have pulled together and organizations that have partnered with us to really get the town moving,” Cefalo-Braswell said of this and previous efforts to assist the community.Saturday’s effort will in­volve volunteers from among such corporate entities as Comcast, Sherwin-Williams and Raymour & Flanigan, along with members of the New Jersey State Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Associ­ation and Love, INC, who all will be offering their sweat equity to help residents and businesses.Volunteers will be asked to help with cleaning, gardening, raking, doing some Sheetrock work and painting. Some skilled volunteers will work on rebuilding homes damaged and destroyed.Along with the physical help, Cefalo-Braswell said Sherwin-Williams is donating paint, which will be used to refurbish the exterior of a couple of restaurants and residences. Raymour & Flanigan will offer some furniture and Comcast is expected to make a cash contribution to be used by residents and businesses, as they continue to rebuild and restore in Sandy’s aftermath.“It really will be a day of celebrating volunteerism – that’s what it’s all about,” Cefalo-Braswell said.Along with those efforts, the firefighters benevolent association has selected the borough’s Veteran’s Park at Bay and Shrewsbury avenues as the site of its next Where Angels Play playground, Cefalo-Braswell said. The organization is working to build playgrounds in honor of the 26 victims in last December’s Newtown, Conn., shooting.The group plans to construct 26 playgrounds in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut; the first was built in Sea Bright last month.Association members will tear up and haul off the destroyed boardwalk located along the shoreline at Veter­ans Park to make way for a new boardwalk, Cefalo-Braswell said.Among the local businesses expected to be helped will be two restaurants, the Inlet Café, 3 Cornwall St., and Chilangos, a Mexican restaurant located at 272 Bay Ave. Both locations were hit hard by the storm and their owners have been working feverishly to open in time for Mother’s Day and Cinco de Mayo, respectively, and for the important summer season.Volunteers will paint the restaurants’ exteriors, Cefalo-Braswell said.Chilangos had about 6 1/2 feet of water rush through the structure. Owner Leo Cervantes has been wading through insurance headaches as he tries to get the business up and running, he said.“It’s been really nice getting help from friends and family” and he appreciates what the others are willing to do, he said.Doug Lentz, Inlet Café’s owner, called the damage to the café, his other location – the Original Oyster, 1 Willow St. – and his home, which is attached to the café, “catastrophic.”Work at the café, which was flooded with about 5 feet of water, is now about 75 percent complete, Lentz said. The Original Oyster, however, “took a pretty good hit and that will not be reopening as it was,” he said.Lentz is considering other opportunities for the location; a tiki bar is one possibility, he said.“This is a town with a lot of potential,” Cervantes said of Highlands, where he is also a resident. “In the long run, it’ll be a better town, definitely 100 percent better.”Lentz, on the other hand, appeared a little more introspective about the future. “I think it’s a town in transition,” with a number of residents and businesses deciding to not return. But with the café’s reopening, “we’re looking for a good season,” he said.“I think a lot of people need to hang in there,” Cefalo-Bras­well said, though she ack­now­ledged “there are a lot of people still undecided, proceeding with caution” for the future.“There’s help available,” both financial and physical, through the Hope for High­lands effort and the generosity of organizations like the Robin Hood Foundation, which has contributed a $250,000 grant for repairs.“There’s always a friend, there’s always someone to lend a helping hand,” she said.last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 7, 2015)–With an eye catching move around the far turn, Finnegans Wake rallied from far off the pace to take Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Marcos Stakes by one length while covering 1 ¼ miles on turf in 2:00.88.Previously based in the Midwest and fresh off a pair of Grade II stakes wins in the Hollywood Turf Cup at Del Mar Nov. 27 and the San Gabriel Stakes Jan. 3, Finnegans Wake notched his third consecutive win for trainer Peter Miller and owners Donnegal Racing and Rockingham Ranch.“The horse ran great,” said Miller. “Victor gave him a tremendous ride. The horse is unbelievable. He just keeps firing. I wish I could take the credit. The horse really has blossomed out here…He’s got a great turn of foot and he’s a very ratable horse. Victor and the horse go together like six and seven.”Off at 9-5 in a field of eight older horses, Finnegans Wake, a 6-year-old Kentucky-bred horse by Powerscourt, paid $5.80, $3.40 and $3.00. He improved his overall record to 27-6-3-3 and with the winner’s share of $120,000, Finnegans Wake became a millionaire, with earnings of $1,065,375.“I wasn’t ever concerned about catching (longshot pacesetter) Diamond Bachelor,” said Espinoza. “I thought I could catch them anytime I wanted. This horse is unbelievable. He runs, he tries hard. He really likes it here in California…distance is never a problem. I thought last time, going a mile and one eighth was a bit short for him but he took it well. Today, it was even better for him.”Pacesetter Diamond Bachelor, under Martin Pedroza sped to an early charge and went on to open a commanding lead. The Patrick Biancone trainee held on through the stretch but ducked out from a left handed whip late and moved into path of third place finisher Power Ped and was disqualified to fourth.Power Ped, ridden by Flavien Prat and trained by Neil Drysdale paid $8.80 and $5.60 to place.Neil Drysdale’s other entry, Power Foot, ridden by Kieren Fallon paid $7.40 to show.The fractions on the race were 24.01, 48.27, 1:12.56 and 1:36.40.First post time for a nine-race card at Santa Anita on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.–30–last_img read more