New Hilton Hotel Breaks Ground

first_imgIt was no secret there were plans to build a new Hilton hotel in Kalispell. But when exactly this rumored project would sprout has been a central question over the last three years as construction stalled across the country, especially in the Flathead Valley.In a welcome sign for a struggling industry, the longtime Hilton project has finally broken ground. Martel Construction has begun building a four-story, 80,000-square-foot Homewood Suites by Hilton in the Hutton Ranch Plaza. Located at 195 Hutton Ranch Road near Signature Theatres, the new hotel will have 100 large suites targeted at extended stays. The rooms will have full kitchens accompanying the hotel’s swimming pool, spa, fitness center and recreation area similar to other Homewood Suites. The project’s estimated construction cost is roughly $8.17 million, according to a building permit submitted last week. The expected completion date is next July, according to a Homewood Suites spokesperson.After years of waiting out the recession, is the Hilton a bellwether project signaling a possible resurgence in future development? “We certainly hope so,” project manager Ryan Dunn said. “We hope this kind of development will encourage others to ultimately do the same, and more than anything we’d like see more of this happen locally. I think (the Hilton project) is a good thing for everyone.”Kalispell has averaged about six new commercial projects a year over the last 12 years, according to the city’s planning department. That rate had doubled during the valley’s boom years between 2004-07. Commercial development has historically been sporadic and hard to predict in terms of emerging trends, especially during tough economic times, according to Planning Director Tom Jentz.“The recession caught everybody by surprise, obviously,” Jentz said, adding, “It’s a great sign that somebody would take that step to (move forward with building the Hilton).”Bennett Hofford Co., based in Charleston, S.C., owns the new hotel. The group previously built a Homewood Suites in Bozeman and contracted Martel Construction for that project as well.Among the different types of hotels within the Hilton chain, the particular significance of Homewood Suites is that they’re designed for longer duration visits. The target is for guests to stay five nights, according to a spokesperson. By encouraging longer stays in the area Hilton’s visitors will likely spend more money locally. The Homewood Suites choice also represents a particular view of the valley as an enviable destination.“I think it’s a strong indicator that the outside market still looks at Kalispell as a place to be and come to,” Jentz said. “The fact that even as the recession and economy is difficult, the traveling public is still coming and it’s a destination. That’s a great sign.”essentialMartel Construction already has almost 20 employees working on initial development of the new hotel. Dunn estimates that number to hit close to 100 during peak construction.“We’re very excited to see this project started,” Dunn said. “This is something we’ve been working on for quite some time.”NOTE: Another large project in Kalispell, a 40-unit elderly housing facility, is in the early stages of development. The three-story facility, being called the Depot Place Housing Project, would be located at the corner of Third Avenue and Center Street near Woodland Park. Jentz said the planning board will review the project next month. Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Emaillast_img read more

WATCH: Widespread Panic Shares Pro-Shot Footage Of Dead Cover At Red Rocks

first_imgNeedless to say, Widespread Panic’s sold-out run from the world famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre earlier this June was one for the books. The Athens, GA products offered up a fiery red-hot three-night run that featured covers of The Band, Tom Waits, Traffic, Yes as well as the Grateful Dead, fittingly enough the same weekend the Core Four members of the Dead kicked off their Fare Thee Well shows in Santa Clara, CA. Now, you can relive Panic’s take on the Dead’s “Cream Puff War” as well as their classic tune “Holden Oversoul” with some pro-shot footage from the Rocks that weekend. Take a look below.  Holden Oversoul > Cream Puff War > Holden Oversoul (6/27/2015)Holden Oversoul > Cream Puff War > Holden Oversoul at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre, June 27, 2015.Shot & edited by Andy Tennille PhotographyMixed by Brett OrrisonPosted by Widespread Panic on Monday, August 17, 2015 Setlists: Widespread Panic at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO – 6/26/2015 – 6/28/2015Friday:Set One: Pilgrims > Pigeons, Wondering > Ophelia > The Shape I’m In, Proving Ground > Chilly Water > Proving Ground, Pickin’ Up The Pieces > NorthSet Two: Makes Sense To Me, Dyin’ Man, Conrad, Shut Up And Drive, Blight > Life During Wartime, It Ain’t No Use* > Drums > Jam* > Ribs And Whiskey*, Walk On, Ain’t Life GrandEncore: Cease Fire, Jamais Vu > Goin’ Out WestEntire show with Duane Trucks on drums* with CR Gruver on keyboardsSaturday:Set One: Surprise Valley > Junior > Old Neighborhood > Bust It Big > Cotton Was King, Walkin’ (For Your Love), Steven’s Cat, Honky Red > Surprise Valley > Love TractorSet Two: Let’s Get Down To Business, Little Kin, Barstools and Dreamers, Saint Ex, Airplane > Rebirtha > Jam > Drums > Diner, Blue Indian, Holden Oversoul > Cream Puff War > Holden OversoulEncore: Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys* > Tie Your Shoes > Low Spark Of High Heeled BoysEntire show with Duane Trucks on drums* with Bill Bass on percussionSunday:Set One: The Take Out > Porch Song, Street Dogs For Breakfast, Sleeping Man, Can’t Get High > Who Do You Belong To?, All Time Low > Rock, B of D > One Arm Steve > Jam > Use MeSet Two: Let’s Get The Show On The Road > Up All Night, Sell Sell, Chainsaw City, Degenerate > Jam > Driving Song > I’m Not Alone > Driving Song > Breathing Slow > Drums > Jack > Impossible > Imitation Leather ShoesEncore: Lean On Me > Vacation, Stop Breakin’ Down BluesEntire show with Duane Trucks on drums[‘The Fish’ jam after ‘Drums’][‘James Bond Theme’ tease during ‘Diner’]last_img read more

Message to the Harvard community from Drew Faust

first_imgDear Members of the Harvard Community,Harvard has an important role to play in environmental stewardship. Through research, education, and the planning and development of our campus, Harvard contributes every day to the sustainability of our planet. I am proud to say that almost all of Harvard’s Schools and departments have made a substantial commitment to reducing our environmental footprint, which this special section of the Gazette now celebrates.I want to take this opportunity to extend my deepest appreciation to all of you in the Harvard community who are working day in and day out to reduce our environmental impact. As a result of your collective effort, Harvard is well on the way to becoming an informed and engaged campus community, committed to environmental sustainability, including the specific challenge of climate change. Harvard is considered to have one of the most comprehensive green campus programs in the country.Almost a decade ago, President Neil Rudenstine supported the establishment of the Harvard Green Campus Initiative, which, with the support of leadership and dedicated staff throughout our Schools and departments, has grown from a small office with a lone director to a central unit consisting of 20 professionals who work to educate the community about environmentally friendly practices and to support projects aimed at implementing those practices across a range of departments and disciplines. Harvard currently has the most LEED- (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) registered buildings of any university in the United States. We also purchase significant amounts of renewable energy and are aggressively seeking new clean and renewable energy alternatives.The University has also established a $12 million revolving, interest-free loan fund to support projects at the Schools that reduce the consumption of energy and other resources. This fund, the only one of its kind and magnitude at a university, has provided assistance to more than 150 conservation projects, achieving significant environmental and financial benefits. Moreover, in 2004, Harvard adopted a set of campus-wide sustainability principles and has since translated these principles into a set of comprehensive sustainability guidelines for the development of the Allston campus.I am proud to inherit this institutional commitment to sustainability as well as Harvard’s record of effective action. I hope that we can build on this base to develop a stronger environmental reporting process that will engage all of our Schools and departments in measuring their environmental impacts and efforts to reduce them; to work with our Schools in developing a feasible greenhouse gas reduction framework; to establish performance standards for new and renovated buildings that will ensure continual improvement in the way we design and operate our campus; to continue to bolster the capacities of Harvard’s faculty, students, and staff in implementing environmentally friendly practices; to partner with other universities in areas of research and training to effect change on a broader scale; and to strengthen the connection between our research findings and our administrative practices.Over 40 years ago, Rachel Carson wrote: “Only within the moment of time represented by the present century has one species — man — acquired significant power to alter the nature of his world.” As we begin a new century, our impact has intensified. As I begin my term as president of Harvard, I hope that you will join me in this crucial effort to make Harvard a model of sustainability.last_img read more

Changes to NCUA reg review process could boost efficiency, says CUNA

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Improvements are needed in the National Credit Union Administration’s regulatory review process to make it more productive and efficient, the Credit Union National Association said in a Sept. 2 comment letter.Federal bank regulators are required by the 1996 Economic Growth and Regulatory Paperwork Act (EGRPRA) to review their regulations at least once every 10 years. The NCUA participates in the process voluntarily, although separately from the other regulators. The NCUA also reviews one-third of its rules every year.“Credit union are subject to too many regulations, and thus we support efforts by NCUA and other agencies to reduce the regulatory obligations credit unions must meet,” CUNA Assistant General Counsel Lance Noggle wrote in the CUNA letter.However, CUNA urged the agency to consider these improvements to the process:Establish and maintain a regulatory reduction working group that would identify recommendations annually to improve, reduce or eliminate regulations, reporting requirements and directives; and continue reading »last_img read more

Graeme extends his form in Thailand

first_imgWe played A and B, with all A’s greens flat and fast, the greens on B were the same for except for the damage to B3 and B7.  The course has been well watered and the fairways and tees were lush and well tended.  Pace of play was good with a smooth transition from A to B. PSC golf from The Outback Golf BarMonday, March 5, Khao Kheow A & B – StablefordTwenty-six Outbackers travelled to Khao Kheow for our normal Monday outing.  The course was well booked and all three nines were in play.  KK has unfortunately suffered some damage to greens on B and C nines with a disgruntled staff member pouring diesel on five of their greens but they are thankfully recovering quickly. John Cogan (centre) with Tuesday’s scramble winners Dennis (left) & Martin (right).Scores were generally poor, apart from the winners of both divisions who shot 38 points.  The winner of Division 2 (17+) was Paul Crijns on 38 points off his 19 handicap, from Graeme Crofts with 36 points off his 20 handicap, with Ken Holman on 35 points in third and fourth spot going to Andy Makara on 33.Division 1 saw Graeme Holmes continue his love affair with Thailand golf with 38 points off his 9 handicap, from Laurie Rive with 34 points off his 16 handicap, ahead of Sel Wegner with 33 points on a count back from Ranay Singh also with 33.There was only one 2 for the day and that went to Sel Wegner on Hole A3.Div A (0-16)1st Graham Holmes (9) 38pts2nd Laurie Reve (16) 34pts3rd Sel Wegner (15) 33ptsDiv B (17+)1st Paul Crijns (19) 38pts2nd Graeme Crofts (20) 36pts3rd Ken Holman (20) 35ptsMonday, March 5, Burapha – StablefordSeven players on Burapha A & C today off the whites, we regret there is again no report today.Div A (0-13)1st Conor Doyle (12) 42pts2nd Al Bryce (9) 40pts3rd Dennis Pelly (11) 38ptsDiv B (14-20)1st Shane Crane (20) 37pts2nd Bob Cannon (19) 35pts3rd John O’Keefe (15) 34ptsDiv C (21+)1st Ricky Poe (30) 41pts2nd Doug Douglas (21) 38pts3rd Steve Croy (28) 33ptsTuesday, March 6, Pattaya C.C. – StablefordThere have been many ‘fun’ golf days at Pattaya Country Club from the Outback Bar during the last few years and today there was another one – however this was tinged with a little sadness as it was the swansong of John Cogan who leaves Pattaya next month to return home.  In true ‘John’ fashion he generously sponsored the day, which was to be a ‘two person’ scramble.(From left) Friday podium placers Bob Dibben, Tony McDough and Sel Wegner.John hails from Cork in the ‘Emerald Isle’ where he spent his working life in farming, and to where he is returning with his two young children in order for them to be educated in Ireland.  That some 68 played today is a measure of his popularity and showed appreciation for the ever smiling John, who has lived in Pattaya for 6 years.The organizing today was in the hands of the two Tuesday regulars, Chad and Nigel with help on the first tee from Neil Lavery.So up to Pattaya Country Club and the first teams were away before time on a fine day for golfing.  Amongst the 68 were three working caddies and two former caddies – with some success.Back in the clubhouse, Chad was busy translating the score cards to work out the leading groups – the top prize was donated by John and there were a further 8 places plus ‘2’s!Upon return to the Outback the place was buzzing.  Among those present were the 3 caddies who played and a few others – including ‘Mumma’ – John’s long time caddy who is the mother of Bob Pearce’s caddy.Time for the presentation, opened by Capt. Bob who after welcoming all informed us that this was to be his last day at the Outback and asked they all continued to support the bar and General Jack, who is taking it over 100%, after reaching an agreement to buy Bob’s half.Regular Outback MC Nigel took over and said some words of appreciation to John Cogan, then announced the results:-In place were Bob Pearce and Chantel with 65.0, taking second were Kevin Taylor and Lee Adderley 64.6, and the winners of John’s top prize went to Dennis Pelly and Martin Kingswood with 61.4.  Interesting to note these two signed up individually and were paired up by the organisers!Finally Nigel handed John a book which had messages from today’s players and other friends.Thursday, March 8, Eastern Star – StablefordForty Outbackers travelled to Eastern Star on an overcast and relatively cool day.  The course was well booked, but we hit off on time and credit to Eastern Star staff, their marshalls were on the course and talking to slow groups, so we all managed to complete the course in just over four hours.The course itself was well presented with lush fairways and well grassed tees; but the greens were slow and the front nine have not fully recovered, with many patchy areas but the back nine had plenty of grass and overall the course continues to improve.We had three divisions for the day and apart from three players the course was the winner, especially as the breeze picked up as the day wore on and it proved to be a tough day for most players – three shots tougher than par according to the computer results.A belated welcome to all the TIAC boys, 22 of them, up here from Oz for their annual TIAC Cup which starts next Monday at Burapha, followed by Khao Kheow on Tuesday.  They didn’t all play with us today but a good few of them did, including Lumpy Lee and Graham Holmes and welcome back also to John & Lyn Foote.Division C (22+) was won by Dave Collier with the best score of the day, 38 points off his 25 handicap from Paul Squibb (29) with 36 points on a count back from Liz Collier (22), with fourth place going to Murray Smith a long way back with 29.Division B (16-21) was won by Tony Cooling (16) with 33 points from Fidge Button (16) on 32 points, with Ade Gurman (19) in third with 31 points and Barry McIntosh (21) rounded out the placings with 30 points, beating Graeme Crofts on a count back.Unbelievably, division A (0-15) was won by Daryl White (15) with a mere 32 points from Tom Morris (15) with 31 points on a count back from Dave Thomson (14), with fourth place going to Lloyd Shuttleworth (6) with 30.There were three ‘2’s from; Gavin Henderson, Shane Crane and Paul Squibb.Div A (0-15)1st Daryl White (15/Hi14.9) 32pts2nd Tom Morris (15/Hi15.1) 31pts3rd Dave Thomson (14/Hi13.4) 31ptsDiv B (16-21)1st Tony Cooling (16/Hi16.1) 33pts2nd Fidge Button (16/Hi15.9) 32pts3rd Abe Gurman (19/Hi18.5) 31ptsDiv C (22+)1st Collier Dave (25/Hi24.4) 38pts2nd Paul Squibb (29/Hi27.5) 36pts3rd Liz Collier (22/Hi21.2) 36ptsFriday, March 9, Green Valley – StablefordA good turnout of 41 Outbackers here at Green Valley today, and although we were 15 minutes late teeing-off everything after that ran smoothly.The course was in good condition and the greens were average, perhaps a little too average for poor Sugar Ray as he had a nightmare putting, not like the Sugarman that we know who always fancies himself as a bit of putter, especially round this course.Birdie man, Tony McDonough, birdied the fifth and sixth holes but that wasn’t quite enough to give him the win, falling short by two shots to his good mate, Sel Wegner, who took division B with 37pts.Bob Dibben won Div A on count back from the consistent Dennis Pelly, with a lower than usual score of 35pts, with Paul Bourke and Jim Brackett right behind on 34.The equal top score of the day came in Div C from Greg LeBlanc, who is now on a bit of a run of form which has seen his handicap come down to 24 (from 26) and all this before the big tournament down in Hua Hin which starts Monday week (19th March) at Banyan.The PSC’s Charity Classic is at Green Valley on the 16th so we move across to St Andrews for the same price as Green Valley but carts are compulsory and numbers are limited, so be quick to get your names down.There were five ‘2’s from: Hole 4, Dennis Pelly; Hole 9, Martin Crichton and three on Hole 16; Paul Bourke, Sel Wegner & Noel Taylor.Div A (0-11)1st Dibben Bob (7/Hi8.2) 35pts2nd Dennis Pelly (10/Hi11) 35pts3rd Paul Bourke (7/Hi8) 34ptsDiv B (12-17)1st Sel Wegner (13/Hi13.6) 37pts2nd Tony McDonough (13/Hi13.9) 35pts3rd Martin Crichton (16/Hi15.9) 33ptsDiv C (18+)1st Greg LeBlanc (25/Hi24.4) 37pts2nd Doug Douglas (22/Hi21.5) 36pts3rd Greg Hill (18/Hi18.2) 34ptsThe Outback Golf Bar is situated about 6km from Sukhumvit Road along Soi Siam Country.  All are welcome to come and join us for a beer and a hit.  Just call in and put your name down on the list.last_img read more

Market enjoys boost

first_imgThere were approximately 1600 export and 1600 young cattle penned at VLE Pakenham, representing an increase of nearly 1000 head…[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.last_img

SA, Australia sign film production deal

first_img18 June 2010 An example of this is the Australian-South African joint production, The Team that Never Played, a film about apartheid-era football players that never participated in the World Cup owing to sporting sanctions. In a statement this week, the Australian High Commission said that projects approved as official co-productions under the treaty would be granted “national treatment” by both countries. South African and Australian film-makers now have an incentive to work together following the signing of a treaty between South Africa and Australia that will see co-productions being given “national treatment” by both countries. Arts and Culture Minister Lulu Xingwana signed the film co-production agreement this week on behalf of the South African government, while Australian Minister for Sport, Youth, Early Childhood Education and Childcare Kate Ellis signed on behalf of the Australian government. Australian and South African film-makers already are working together to great effect. The Team that Never Played will premiere in South Africa at the official opening of the Africa on Screen and Soccer Film festivals on 24 June. As part of the agreement, official co-productions would also be treated as “local content” under domestic television broadcast quotas. Source: BuaNews Pooling resources The agreement, once approved through each country’s respective parliamentary processes, will provide opportunities for Australian and South African film-makers to pool their creative and financial resources. “This film co-production agreement is a further example of the growing bilateral relationship between Australia and South Africa,” said Ellis. “Our two countries have long competed and cooperated in the sporting arena, and I am delighted to see our connections are expanding in the cultural sphere as well.” Tax benefits, easier immigration The agreement aims to encourage film co-productions between Australian and South African film-makers by streamlining some of the administrative and funding issues around cooperation in film-making. This meant that co-producers would be able to access a range of funding and tax benefits, simplified immigration requirements for the entry of skilled personnel, and duty-free importation of equipment for use in co-productions.last_img read more

Security: Data Losses Now exceed Physical Theft Losses

first_img“Information will be the oil of the 21st century” predicts Gartner Senior Vice President, Peter Sondergaard.  While that may be a prediction of the future, we’re beginning to see signs just how true that might be.Companies are now reporting that losses to their bottom line from information and data theft now exceeds their losses occurring from the theft of physical items.  In fact, the number of information loss incidents is way up in 2010 from the previous year, 27.3 percent compared to 18 percent in 2009.  In the financial services industry, as many as 42 percent of companies have experienced information or data losses.  The number of physical theft incidents dropped slightly from 28 percent to 27.2 percent, just slightly behind the numbers reported for information and data theft.“Companies need to regularly evaluate how they are controlling access to information within their organisation to ensure they are keeping pace with technological advancement and the imperative for collaboration in the workplace,” said Robert Brenner, vice president of Kroll, the sponsor of the report.The amount of total fraud and theft that companies experience is sobering.  When all types of losses are considered, in the US, as many as 88 percent of companies experience some sort of loss.  Loss categories include  information theft, physical theft, conflict of interest, vendor or supplier fraud, internal financial fraud, financial mismanagement, compliance breach, corruption and bribery, piracy or counterfeiting and money laundering.And we see even higher numbers being reported from losses in other countries.  In China, 98 percent of companies experience losses.  94 percent of companies in Columbia and 90 percent of companies in Brazil.Companies losses per incident are up 20 percent.  On average, for every $1 billion in sales, $1.7 million is lost from theft and fraud.last_img read more

Social Media Management System Spredfast Secures Series A Funding

first_imgTaking advantage of the increasing importance of social media management for businesses, Spredfast, a finalist at this year’s Microsoft BizSpark Accelerator at SXSW, has received $1.6 million in funding from Austin Ventures. Featured here on ReadWriteWeb in January, Spredfast is the first enterprise-class social media management system. Spredfast supports companies at both the enterprise and SMB levels, allowing businesses to manage their social media campaigns through a single dashboard. Spredfast incorporates data from multiple platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Flickr and most blogging platforms (such as WordPress, Blogger and MoveableType). As the information from these platforms is in one location, and as the service integrates both Omniture and Google Analytics, Spredfast facilitates social media automation and then ties social media analytics with Web analytics to secure “click to conversion” metrics. The pricing for the services range from free to $100 per initiative per month. Since its public launch in January, Spredfast has attracted Oracle, AOL, HP and IBM to its customer base.“We’ve been working to establish Spredfast as the ‘Omniture for social media’, a valuable tool for anyone trying to effectively manage and measure a social media initiative,” said Kenneth Cho, Spredfast’s CEO. “Our relationship with Austin Ventures, specifically with AV partner Mike Dodd previously of Omniture, is great validation of the huge gap Spredfast is filling in the social media market and the reception so many customers are having toward the product.” Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… audrey watters 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#start#startups last_img read more