GALVESTON – Beachgoers arriving at the Galveston seawall this weekend will find a far more spacious beach to relax on following the pumping of more than 1 million cubic yards of sand along 3.5 miles of badly eroded beach.
The $19.5 million effort to pump sand taken from a sand bar in the Houston Ship Channel ended March 27 as the last batch of sand slurry plopped onto the new beach near 61st Street, said Reuben Trevino, operations manager for the Galveston Park Board.
"Come on down and enjoy the beach," said Kelly de Schaun, executive director of the park board.
Beachgoers will see the formerly narrow strip of beach extended to about 300 feet from the seawall. The beach is designed to gradually erode and form a slope until it stabilizes at about 150 feet, Trevino said. He said the process should take about two weeks.
The project got underway more than two months ago after numerous delays but was completed well ahead of the May 13 deadline set by the park board. The contractor would have faced penalties of $1,500 for each day it went past the deadline.
The contractor began by extending more than 4 miles of pipe from a sand deposit known as Big Reef, putting much of it offshore to avoid beach that fronted private property east of the seawall.
East Beach and Stewart Beach, on the eastern end of the island, are in an area where sand is collecting, keeping the beaches healthy. However, the beaches roughly west of 12th Street are eroding all the way to the western end of the island.
The contractor, New Jersey-based Weeks Marine Inc., began pumping sand onto eroding beaches at about 12th Street and gradually extended the pipeline as new beach was created.
The pipeline eventually extended more than 7 miles from the sand bar in the Houston Ship Channel to the project's end point at 61st Street. The pipe is now being taken apart.
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The new beach will help act as a barrier from storm surges and boost the Galveston economy by keeping the beach a prime tourist attraction, de Schaun said.
The park board plans to use sand from Army Corps of Engineers dredging operations to maintain its beaches. The new sections of beach would probably need maintenance in about five years.
The board hopes to get money set aside by BP for coastal restoration following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill that can be used for beach replenishment projects in 2018 and 2020, de Schaun said.
The two new projects would add to Babe's Beach west of 61st Street, built in 2015 in an area where erosion had wiped away all traces of beach more than 65 years earlier. The projects would shore up the existing Babe's Beach and extend it westward toward the end of the seawall.
Residents who use Yahoo Mail are being encouraged by the S.C. Department of Consumer Affairs to take action to secure their online accounts following the announcement last month of a massive breach.
During the last two weeks of September, Yahoo announced that at least 500 million user accounts had been compromised.
An investigation by Yahoo following suspicions of an attack in July uncovered a far larger, allegedly state-sponsored attack in recent weeks, according to the Associated Press.
“We take these types of breaches very seriously and will determine how this occurred and who is responsible,” the FBI said in a statement last week.
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That’s the message of crude TV programs
I’m no fan of Fox TV’s The Family Guy. To me, it’s crude, moronic and not very funny. But I recently found myself watching a rerun that featured a plot involving insurance fraud. The three main characters got caught burning down their friend’s financially troubled pharmacy.
They pleaded with the arresting officer to let them go. “Insurance agencies are all scumbags. They deserve to get hurt,” one character says. After thinking about how his health insurer had screwed him, the cop destroys the evidence and lets the trio go on their merry way. https://youtu.be/V04IFm9_-e8
Cringe factor aside, I realize that this is only a cartoon and few people take the messages seriously. Yet, those messages do have an impact. They plant seeds. And over time, as other similar messages pile on, they reinforce the idea that committing insurance fraud is no big deal.
More than five million people watched this episode of The Family Guy when it first ran — the most popular program on TV that evening. The fraud-fighting community struggles to reach five million people in a year with anti-fraud messages.
I was reminded of this episode today when I saw the tweet below from a young woman who wants to secretly push her car off a cliff. How did these ideas form in her head? How can we discourage such destructive thinking?
For one, public outreach needs to be beefed up bigtime. And secondly, let’s keep our young children from watching such crude and socially irresponsible TV programs like The Family Guy. What shows are your kids watching?
There were a lot of reviews about Harmony Chinese Takeaway available on the internet, and to add further details about the takeaway restaurant, this particular post will provide the experience and feedbacks of individuals who traveled a long way just to order the foods of the restaurant, in short, patience and determined visitors from various areas.
We gathered their reviews and one said that the foods at Harmony were the best on Christmas Eve. Many families enjoy Chinese foods on such occasion and we found out that recommendations from different customers brought them to the restaurant to try it out. For those people, Christmas is not the same without the top quality Chinese food of Harmony Chinese Takeaway.
A certain review also explains how it was spotlessly clean at the takeaway and how they received a warm welcome from the staff. Most of them never imagined that Harmony follows high standards when it comes to their food. They were moved by how the staff always gives them a good chat because they never thought that taking their order would turn out into a meaningful conversation with different people.
There’s also this review that tells how kind the staff was. His friend was in a wheelchair that time and the staff did not think twice in helping them get into their car. They praised the excellent customer service of Harmony Chinese Takeaway. This takeaway has more than your favorite food but it also has a friendly mood inside with a polite and honest staff.
Reviews also reveal that the food was still hot even after they got home and the rich flavor was evident in each bite. “Delicious”, “very tasty”, “mouthwatering”, “it melts in your mouth” – these words were very common in any Harmony Chinese Takeaway food reviews.
Most customers who made those reviews about the takeaway restaurant promised to come back again, and they said that Harmony will be seeing a lot more of them because of its great food. With their recommendations to their family and friends, the restaurant is palpably getting more customers each day from different places.
I have been in the recruiting industry in Tokyo since graduating business-school at the end of the '80s. Growing up in Chicago in the '60s and high-school there in the '70s, the thought of moving to California and graduating from U.C. San Diego (Economics) would have seemed a dream. Leaving for London with a duffle-bag on graduation-day and never coming back certainly would have seemed the things of fantasy, but if one follows their heart good things can happen. Thus it was I arrived, in due-course, in Japan in 1985. The opportunities and dignity of the place have kept me here ever since.
The opportunity to help professional (people to whom career is vitally important) find a path to a better life via proactive career building is, in my opinion, an honorable undertaking. That it can be done in the elegant way of Japan, where each placement we do is 'hand-made' after intensive in-person discussion with our candidates and clients has led me to dedicate my life to this work. An important goal of mine has long been to be a master-craftsman in the art of recruiting. To this end I am still meeting candidates and clients to further develop my art.
K.K. Pacific Associates Limited
President, Paul A. Levine
President Bio & History
In 1998 I made the decision to move my own career forward from being a senior recruiter who happens to own a head-hunting company to being a full-time president who happens to be expert in recruiting. Though the difference may sound pedantic or rhetorical, the day-by-day reality is quite different. The bottom line is that from the time of making this transition, my company at that time Access Technology Japan, grew from roughly 10 staff to 189 with operations in four countries in the space of three years. Further evolving, in 2004 I changed my role to Chairman, appointing one of my long-term managers as President. This facilitated the sale of that company in 2007; the largest such deal in the Tokyo recruiting-market up to that point.
My goal then was to discover life beyond that of 12+hours days and enjoy the life of the early-retired. This allowed time with my family, work my limited abilities in photography, enjoy travel and compete more often in power-lifting.
Like a pleasant afternoon nap that comes to a refreshing end, my time in retirement came to a happy finish with my establishment of Pacific Associates Limited in 2010. Pacific Associates Limited (PAL) is established as a partnership rather than sole-proprietorship. The difference is huge: my current professional objective, beyond growing my skills as in pursuit of being a master-craftsman in recruiting, is to lead my partners to be presidents. As far as I know, in the Tokyo recruiting market there has not yet been a company dedicated to helping its staff to leave the company by becoming, first a partner and then president of a separate company.
Paul Levine's Profile
Paul Levine first visited Japan in 1985. He got an MBA at the University of San Diego and the California State University in 1989, and in the same year, came back to Japan to be a headhunter. In 1992, he established Access Technology Japan; the very first Japanese headhunting company specialized in the high-tech industry. He obtained a master's degree in business administration at Harvard University in 2007. He established K.K. Pacific Associates Limited in February 2010, and continues to expand the company to new heights every day.
He has been married with two children. He loves bourbon, photograph taking and weightlifting and his skills in both fields are semi-professional. He is still active in the weightlifting field, winning first prize at a tournament in Tokyo. He still works out twice a day, coached by Chuck Wilson, his friend for over 10 years.
His trademark white shirt, red tie and red suspenders have been prominent since 1995. "I meet different candidates in the same meeting room, dressed in the same clothes. Staying consistent really helps you to concentrate on the people you meet. As a professional in judging people, "I can understand an individual within about five minutes of speaking with them".
We use computers to pay bills, shop online, chat and even keep in touch with friends on social media platforms. You might not realize it, but this makes us vulnerable.
Because we willingly broadcast over the Internet valuable details, such as our credit card information or bank account credentials – information usually needed by cyber criminals – we can never be too careful when securing our financial transactions or personal information.
A 2016 report from the PricewaterhouseCoopers indicates that cybercrime is the “2nd most reported economic crime, affecting 32% of organizations.” And the same study reveals another cause for concern, apart from the economic impact:
“The insidious nature of this threat is such that of the 56% who say they are not victims, many have likely been compromised without knowing it."
The data clearly shows that cybercrime affects individuals and global economic growth. Cyber-attacks on financial institutions or with financial consequences for users like you and me are putting financial assets at risk. Consequently, financial data protection should be a strong concern for anyone.
So is there a way to for our online activities to remain private and safe from cybercriminals?
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