Location Intelligence Solutions Optimize Infrastructure Investments

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The goal of any enterprise must be to address and resolve the following operational issues: improve government regulatory compliance, generate a high return on investment, improve customer satisfaction, determine and streamline provisioning requirements, and optimize infrastructure investments. Today, in order to stay competitive, businesses must find effective solutions to optimizing their infrastructure investments. Fortunately, advancements in business intelligence technological solutions have resulted in effective solutions to such business issues. Developments in location intelligence solutions now enables enterprise to optimize networks and manage their assets with rich, relevant, and dependable next generation content. Location Content Cartridges (LCC) are advanced solutions that are designed to address specific business infrastructure investment needs.

Location Content Cartridges (LCC) provides the next generation content for optimizing infrastructure investments and other operational functions such as the provisioning of services. It allows businesses to improve customer satisfaction by administrating accurate pre-sale qualifications and decreasing the service interval. This gives enterprise the ability to plan and track millions of dollars worth of infrastructure and assets. By doing so, they are able to maximize market penetration while controlling network investments. Engineers will be able to identify current infrastructure locations, evaluate how to best service current customers, and analyze data to determine the best markets to construct new infrastructure.

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LCC provides rich. applicable, and dependable content that has been specifically configured for the client’s specific industry’s product or service lines. As well, a business will benefit from the addition of new content layers. The result is more precise location information. Enterprise will be able to identify the rate of change and customer opportunities to support growth in new markets. For enterprise involved in leveraging the next generation content for planning and design, risk analysis, infrastructure analysis, and regulatory compliance, they will benefit from considerable cost savings and increased revenue when using LCC.

LCC solutions can be easily integrated into enterprise IT environments and it is designed to boost existing business work-flow performance. Businesses will boost customer acquisition more efficiently, manage risk effectively, and gain a competitive edge. Specifically designed to address a businesses’ unique administration challenges, Location Content Cartridges (LCC) combines numerous core geospatial solutions with new content making it the right choice to help businesses resolve their most urgent operational issues.

Today, businesses have a wide range of business intelligence solutions available to help them grow their business. With technology becoming such a vital part of running a successful enterprise, it is essential that a business harness the power of innovative business solutions in order to stay competitive. With so many businesses now having the ability to expand in all domestic regions and even internationally, location solutions is an important business investment. Location solutions enables a business to effectively optimize their infrastructure investments while saving money. Developments in location intelligence solutions such as Location Content Cartridges (LCC) now gives enterprise the ability to optimize networks and manage their assets with relevant, rich, dependable next generation content so they can make the decisions that will best benefit the company.

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Disposal of fracking wastewater poses potential environmental problems

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

A recent study by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) shows that the oil and gas industry are creating earthquakes. New information from the Midwest region of the United States points out that these man-made earthquakes are happening more frequently than expected. While more frequent earthquakes are less of a problem for regions like the Midwest, a geology professor from the University of Southern Indiana, Dr. Paul K. Doss, believes the disposal of wastewater from the hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking”) process used in extracting oil and gas has the possibility to pose potential problems for groundwater.

“We are taking this fluid that has a whole host of chemicals in it that are useful for fracking and putting it back into the Earth,” Doss said. “From a purely seismic perspective these are not big earthquakes that are going to cause damage or initiate, as far as we know, any larger kinds of earthquakes activity for Midwest. [The issue] is a water quality issue in terms of the ground water resources that we use.”

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a technique used by the oil and gas industries which inject highly pressurized water down into the Earth’s crust to break rock and extract natural gas. Most of the fluids used for fracking are proprietary, so information about what chemicals are used in the various fluids are unknown to the public and to create a competitive edge.

Last Monday four researchers from the University of New Brunswick released an editorial that sheds light on the potential risks that the current wastewater disposal system could have on the province’s water resources. The researchers share the concern that Dr. Doss has and have come out to say that they believe fracking should be stopped in the province until there is an environ­mentally safe way to dispose the waste wastewater.

“If groundwater becomes contamin­ated, it takes years to decades to try to clean up an aquifer system,” University of New Brunswick professor Tom Al said.

While the USGS group which conducted the study says it is unclear how the earthquake rates may be related to oil and gas production, they’ve made the correlation between the disposal of wastewater used in fracking and the recent upsurge in earthquakes. Because of the recent information surfacing that shows this connection between the disposal process and earthquakes, individual states in the United States are now passing laws regarding disposal wells.

The problem is that we have never, as a human society, engineered a hole to go four miles down in the Earth’s crust that we have complete confidence that it won’t leak.

“The problem is that we have never, as a human society, engineered a hole to go four miles down in the Earth’s crust that we have complete confidence that it won’t leak,” Doss said. “A perfect case-in-point is the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010, that oil was being drilled at 18,000 feet but leaked at the surface. And that’s the concern because there’s no assurance that some of these unknown chemical cocktails won’t escape before it gets down to where they are trying to get rid of them.”

It was said in the study released by the New Brunswick University professors that if fracking wastewater would contaminate groundwater, that current conventional water treatment would not be sufficient enough to remove the high concentration of chemicals used in fracking. The researchers did find that the wastewater could be recycled, can also be disposed of at proper sites or even pumped further underground into saline aquifers.

The New Brunswick professors have come to the conclusion that current fracking methods used by companies, which use the water, should be replaced with carbon diox­ide or liquefied propane gas.

“You eliminate all the water-related issues that we’re raising, and that peo­ple have raised in general across North America,” Al said.

In New Brunswick liquefied propane gas has been used successfully in fracking some wells, but according to water specialist with the province’s Natural Resources De­partment Annie Daigle, it may not be the go-to solution for New Brunswick due its geological makeup.

“It has been used successfully by Corridor Resources here in New Bruns­wick for lower volume hydraulic frac­turing operations, but it is still a fairly new technology,” Daigle said.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is working with U.S. states to come up with guidelines to manage seismic risks due to wastewater. Under the Safe Drinking Water Act, the EPA is the organization that also deals with the policies for wells.

Oil wells, which are under regulation, pump out salt water known as brine, and after brine is pumped out of the ground it’s disposed of by being pumped back into the ground. The difference between pumping brine and the high pressurized fracking fluid back in the ground is the volume that it is disposed of.

“Brine has never caused this kind of earthquake activity,” Doss said. “[The whole oil and gas industry] has developed around the removal of natural gas by fracking techniques and has outpaced regulatory development. The regulation is tied to the ‘the run-of-the-mill’ disposal of waste, in other words the rush to produce this gas has occurred before regulatory agencies have had the opportunity to respond.”

According to the USGS study, the increase in injecting wastewater into the ground may explain the sixfold increase of earthquakes in the central part of the United States from 2000 – 2011. USGS researchers also found that in decades prior to 2000 seismic events that happened in the midsection of the U.S. averaged 21 annually, in 2009 it spiked to 50 and in 2011 seismic events hit 134.

“The incredible volumes and intense disposal of fracking fluids in concentrated areas is what’s new,” Doss said. “There is not a body of regulation in place to manage the how these fluids are disposed of.”

The study by the USGS was presented at the annual meeting of the Seismological Society of America on April 18, 2012.

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Oil spill in Gulf of Mexico reported to have reached coast; offshore drilling ban announced by Obama administration

 Correction — August 24, 2015 This article incorrectly describes BP as ‘British Petroleum’. In fact, such a company has not existed for many years as BP dropped this name when becoming a multinational company. The initials no longer stand for anything. 

Sunday, May 2, 2010

As reports came out yesterday that the oil spill caused by the explosion and sinking of an oil rig in Gulf of Mexico near Louisiana had reached the coast, the Obama administration announced a ban on all future offshore drilling at least until the investigation into the incident is completed.

Early Friday morning, the US Coast Guard received reports that oil from the spill had washed ashore, and while officials have not confirmed the reports, winds continue to push the slick northward towards land, and conditions are deteriorating, making cleanup of the spill increasingly difficult. The Coast Guard said it was planning to conduct a flyover of the slick to determine its extent sometime on Friday. According to the National Weather Service, strong winds and thunderstorms are predicted to continue through the weekend, hindering cleanup efforts.

Also early on Friday morning, a senior government official, White House advisor David Axelrod, said that the government was immediately banning all new offshore drilling until the investigation into the spill had been completed. His announcement came just after a month the administration relaxed restrictions of offshore drilling.

The operation to clean up the spill has accelerated in recent days, with the US Navy having joined the effort, as well as resources from the Coast Guard and British Petroleum (BP), the lessor of the rig at the time of the explosion. The total assets deployed in the operation are estimated to be around 1,900 people and more than 300 ships and aircraft. Additionally, six remotely operated submarines are trying to stem the leaks, which now number three, at the ocean’s floor.

On Wednesday, the estimated amount of oil spilling from the damaged well was raised to 5,000 barrels, or around 210,000 gallons, a day, five times the original estimate of 1,000 barrels a day. This figure was later revised upwards again to 25,000 barrels (1.05 million gallons) per day. So far, the cleanup operation has laid around 210,000 feet of containment booms to protect vulnerable wildlife refuges on the Gulf Coast, and an additional 66,000 feet of boom has been provided by the US Navy. Since the beginning of the operation, more than 18,000 gallons of an oil/water mix have been recovered from the ocean, and after a successful test burn of oil, plans are being made to scale the burns up. According to a BP official, “We believe we can now scale that up and burn between 500 and 1,000 barrels at a time.” The first test burned around 100 barrels of oil.

Despite the efforts, many are still worried about the potential consequences of the spill, and officials said that the damage could end up being more than that caused by the Exxon Valdez oil spill 20 years ago, which spilled 11 million gallons of oil into Alaska’s Prince William Sound. One analyst said that he expected “that movement is going to continue to stress and fatigue the pipe and create more leaks,” adding that “this is not on a good trajectory.”

BP has developed two options to stop the flow of oil at the source, but both are expected to take at least weeks to complete. The first option is to lower large structures over the leak, which would allow the oil to be safely transported to the surface. BP is building one such structure, but it isn’t expected to be completed for at least several weeks. The second option is to drill a second well which would then plug the leak at the source. A well for this purpose will begin to be drilled within two days, although it could be up to three months before the leak is completely plugged.

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Venezuela bans Coke Zero over unspecified health problems

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Coke Zero, a product of the Coca-Cola Company has been banned in Venezuela by the government. Jesús Mantilla, the health minister for Venezuela stated the ban is to preserve the health of Venezuelans but did not specify what problems could be caused with consuming Coke Zero. Coca-Cola agreed to abide by the ban but claimed that Coke Zero contained no harmful ingredients.

“Coca Cola Zero is made under the highest quality standards around the world and meets the sanitary requirements demanded by the laws of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela,” said Coca Cola in a statement.

Coke Zero, which was first sold in 2005 in the United States, was launched in Venezuela in April and Coca-Cola Femsa, the Mexican company who bottles the drink, hoped to increase the market share for low calorie drinks by up to 200 percent. Coke Zero contains no sugar and was created to be an alternative to Coca-Cola Classic.

Venezuela is currently in the process of nationalizing much of its economy. Earlier in the year the government seized a rice mill and a pasta factory owned by American food production company, Cargill. Legal action has also been threatened against pharmaceutical company Pfizer.

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4 Types Of Flooring Options That You Can Choose For Your House

As a homeowner, you must really keep your home up to the mark and in line with all the latest styles. One of the things that you should focus on keeping maintained are your floors. The choice of your flooring materials is something that you should give proper thought as the floor has a vital role in determining the aesthetics of a house. One doesn’t have to give much thought to the flooring of a bathroom as it is very common to install tiles there. However, when we talk about the flooring of a house’s lounge or bedrooms, there are various flooring options from which you can choose. Let us discuss some of them.

1- Hardwood

Hardwood is by far the best and most commonly used flooring material. It is the first choice of most people and is used for the flooring of dining rooms, living rooms and even bedrooms. However, it is not wise to use hardwood for the floors of bathrooms as it should not be used in an area that gets wet quite often. Hardwood comes in a lot of variations nowadays, thereby giving you lots of options for Bestfloor installationin Leander to choose from.

2- Laminate Flooring

If you like hardwood but can’t really afford it, then you can go for laminate flooring as it is a cost-effective alternative of hardwood. It looks like real wood but it is actually made up of resin and wood pulp. This is why it looks like hardwood and take the form of any hardwood variation. Laminate flooring is actually a fiberboard that is given a high-quality finish. It is quite easy to use it forfloor installation in Leanderand can even be glued down but it is not recommended to install it like this.

3- Vinyl and Linoleum

Vinyl and Linoleum come under the category of resilient flooring but they are different materials. They come in many different variations and forms i.e. in the form of sheets, planks, and tiles. Both of them are moisture resistant and very durable as well. Both of these materials are a good option forRoofing installation in Leander in those areas that are used quite often i.e. kitchens, living rooms, dining areas and laundry rooms. Vinyl is a plastic material whereas Linoleum is composed of natural materials and comes in more vibrant and diverse colors.

4- Ceramic Tiles

Ceramic tiles are also very commonly used and they can be used as a flooring option in every area of your house. This is why they can be used in dining rooms, hallways, kitchens and of course bathrooms. In terms of diversity in styles, designs, and colors, tiles are the best flooring option. They are very durable and stains can be removed quite easily from them. Also, their price range is quite diverse and almost everyone can afford them. As there are many different types of tiles available in the market, therefore, you should have your pick very wisely according to the area where you want to install them and your budget as well. Also, it is better to search for professionals of floor installation near you in Leander and get your floors installed from them.

Black vulture population targeted for reduction at Virginia boat launch

Monday, December 19, 2005

A Virginia recreation and fishing boat launch on the James River near the Dominion Virginia Power plant at Dutch Gap is the scene of too many Black Vultures, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Virginia Department of Inland Game and Fisheries.

In 2002, more than 350 Black vultures were killed at Dutch Gap in an effort to reduce their numbers to a level of a couple dozen birds. But they made a quick come back in the area, and during this past week a hundred of the birds have been disposed of by a shot to their head with a pellet gun.

The USDA reports that both Black Vultures (Coragyps atratus), along with their close relatives called the Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura), are experiencing population increases stretching well over the last 10 years.

The species is increasingly a problem by growing into being a nuisance, as well as a threat to health and safety concerns. The presence of the birds in large numbers, at places they roost, can cause damage to property as they peck and claw at construction surfaces, and cause unsanitary human health conditions from the defecation and regurgitation of the birds. Their presense at landfills, often in near proximity to airports, is a problem for airplanes during take-off and landing.

At the entrance to the Dutch Gap boat launch parking lot, a large yellow warning sign is posted that reads: “Please be aware of possible damage to vehicles and trailers due to the large Black Vulture population currently inhabiting this parking area. Because the Black Vulture is a federally protected species, Chesterfield County is working with the U.S. Deptartment of Agriculture and the Virginia Department of Inland Games and Fisheries to resolve the problem. You can help by disposing of all litter (even non-food items such as cigarette butts) in trash barrels. Thank you for your cooperation.” The vultures reportedly perch on vehicles and scratch the paint, and for some reason are going after windshield wiper blades.

Vultures have shown an ability to adapt to residential and business settings. The bird, with a 4-foot adult wing span, can be seen gliding through the air at virtually any time of day in Chesterfield and Prince George counties in central Virginia.

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Canadian top court strikes down private medicare ban in Quebec

Thursday, June 9, 2005

Canada’s top court has struck down Quebec’s bans on private health care insurance, citing an increased risk to the life and health of Canadians. [1]

The Supreme Court of Canada ruling looked into a patient’s right to pay for faster service in a system that currently treats patients on the basis of equal access to medical care, regardless of income. [2]

Quebec patient George Zeliotis, a chemical salesman who waited in pain for more than a year in 1997 to have his hip replaced, said he should have had the right to pay for surgery.

Under public health care, it’s forbidden to pay for services covered under the system.

Despite free medical treatment, there are often long waiting lists for operations and services with current public health care.[3]

Together with physician, Dr. Jacques Chaoulli, Mr. Zeliotis launched a challenge to the Supreme Court of Canada, after losing their fight in Quebec’s lower courts, arguing that having to wait for surgery violates a patient’s constitutional right to life, liberty, and security of the person. [4]

Mr. Zeliotis and Dr. Chaoulli argued that being able to pay for private medical services wouldn’t be detrimental to the public health care system.

The Quebec Superior Court and the Quebec Court of Appeal had dismissed the case, ruling that the provincial law’s intent was not to discriminate among patients and to provide health care based on need rather than a patient’s ability to pay.

The Canadian Medical Association said the Superior Court of Canada ruling could “fundamentally change the health-care system in Canada as we now know it” but declined to comment any further until it had time to study the decision. [5]

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What Makes Attorney Contracts Requested Whenever You Are Binding Agreement?

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As a company proprietor, you possibly enter into contractual relationships each and every day. Numerous of you deal with published contracts on a rather normal basis. Nevertheless, do you recognize the basic concepts of contract legislation and what can make a legally binding contract? Do you know what to search for when reviewing contracts ready by the other social gathering, or your own attorney that make it a lawfully binding contract?

Below Arizona contract legislation, legally binding attorney contracts, no matter whether oral or created, demand 3 standard parts: provide, acceptance, and deliberation. An “offer” demands that one party presents to supply something of appeal to another celebration, which is then “accepted” by that other party. “Consideration” is what the two parties are obligated to alternate with every single other as part of the contract. Thought need to be a thing of benefit, and the deliberation need to be mutual, i.e. the two sides should provide a thing of appeal beneath the contract. For example, an settlement whereby a party agrees to spend you $one,000.00, without having getting anything at all in exchange, is by definition not a contract.

Normally, thing to consider will take the sort of funds paid in alternate for the provision of goods or companies. This holds correct for multi-million dollar transactions involving worldwide conglomerates, and when you take your automobile in for repairs by a mechanic. 1 corporation agrees to spend millions of bucks for another company to produce certain software program or some other item, and you spend your mechanic to replace your spark plugs. In possibly situation, there is an supply, acceptance, and thought, and therefore an enforceable and legally binding contract. Preserve in mind, nevertheless, that legally binding contracts may possibly require thought other than money, for illustration when two events concur to alternate parcels of actual est.

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Beneath Arizona contract regulation, all attorney contracts also come with an implied duty of “excellent faith and fair dealing” on the component of each functions to the contract. Whilst this is admittedly a somewhat broad phrase, in essence it indicates that, when an settlement has been reached, the two functions have an obligation to make reasonable efforts to fulfill their respective responsibilities, and to prevent taking actions that would hinder the overall performance of the contract.

Functions to contracts have the proper to enforce them in courts of law. Typically, the treatments for breach of contract acquire a single of two varieties, either distinct efficiency or financial damages. Distinct overall performance is an equitable treatment most often awarded in instances involving actual est transactions, and consists of the Court ordering the breaching get together to fulfill its responsibilities, i.e. “particularly perform” the contract.

In most instances, the solution for breach of contract is cash damages, usually in the kind of “consequential” damages. Consequential damages are individuals damages that movement naturally from one particular party’s breach of a contract, and can consist of the expense to change a solution that was by no means delivered, the expense to repair a defective product, and any resulting misplaced income. However, consequential damages need to be “moderately foreseeable” at the time the contract was developed in order to be recoverable.

With certain exceptions, oral contracts might be just as legitimate and legally binding as a created contract. As an attorney, I suggest that every time achievable, contractual commitments be set forth in a created document signed by equally get-togethers. As a normal rule, courts are required to appear only at the created contract by itself to interpret the parties’ commitments, unless there is some ambiguity in the contract. In the absence of a created agreement, or when an ambiguity exists in a written contract, the court may possibly seem to extrinsic evidence, such as the testimony of the parties, to decide their intent. In other phrases, the judge or the jury will be figuring out the fate of the functions, as opposed to the functions themselves. As a result, created contracts that clearly outline the responsibilities of the functions are virtually often preferable to oral contracts.

I will near with a suggestion. Never ever disregard the “boilerplate” language that you often find at the stop of attorney contracts. Although these provisions may well appear like an afterthought additional by the attorneys to make the contract lengthier, they are often of essential value, specifying among other issues wherever written notices (for instance, terminating the contract) ought to be sent beneath the contract, to wherever a lawsuit should be filed and what jurisdiction’s laws will govern the contract. Although it is critical to assessment the in depth provisions of the contract, it can be just as crucial to recognize the “standard” provisions at the conclude of the contract.

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Rick Astley releases deluxe editions of his first two albums; prepares 2010 tour

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Rick Astley is preparing for a 2010 80’s music tour. Astley will be heading a revival concert at the opening of the Open Air Theatre of Scarborough on July 31 with artists such as Boy George, Paul Young and Kid Creole and the Coconut. Other acts are Nik Kershaw, Midge Ure, Heaven 17, T’Pau, Hazel O’Connor and Toyah. All of them have scored a combined total of 70 Top Ten Hits. There will be at least four more tour dates according to Rick Astley’s website.

Additionally, Rick Astley‘s website announced last Sunday the re-release of his first two albums, Whenever You Need Somebody and Hold Me in Your Arms, in Deluxe Editions. The albums will retail for £7.99. The publishing company, Edsel Records, said that the album will feature a number of remixes of Astley, including a never-released before Hold Me in Your Arms remix called Hold Me in Your Prayers. The Deluxe albums will contain also the song When You Gonna, a song that was the first single by Astley, in collaboration with Lisa Carter. Astley’s website is promoting the albums with a competition in which, competitors have to answer a question about the British singer.

Rick Astley became famous in the eighties when his first single, Never Gonna Give You Up, achieved number one on the United Kingdom and United States charts. Subsequently he released several other successful singles including Whenever You Need Somebody, Together Forever. He retired from music in 1993, after releasing his album, Body and Soul. Astley did a comeback in 2001, with the release of Keep It Turned On, and in 2005, Portrait. In 2007, Rick Astley unexpectedly became famous on the Internet, when the rickrolling internet meme was born. In 2008 and 2009, he took part in the nostalgia tour, Here & Now, visiting countries such as the Philipines, Chile and the Dominican Republic.

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