John Deere AutoPath Reduces Potential Crop Damage

first_img SHARE Previous articlePork on Your Table This Christmas but What About Snow at Your Doorstep? Details on the HAT Thursday Christmas Eve PodcastNext articleHoosier Ag This Week- The Week in Review Podcast for December 26th Ashley Davenport Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter John Deere AutoPath. Photo: JohnDeere.comLast month, John Deere launched a new precision application, AutoPath. According to John Mishler, tactical marketing manager, it’s a tool to help farmers easily manage guidance lines during the crop year.“It reduces potential crop damage by helping keep sprayer wheels between the rows and off the crop,” he said. “It makes harvest easier in down crop conditions and really eliminates the need to count rows or search for wide-narrow guess rows when opening new lands during harvest.”So how does it work? Mishler said it’s an application that collects geospatial planted row data exactly where rows are planted.“That data is then streamed to John Deere Operations Center,” said Mishler. “It is available through the balance of the crop year. When a sprayer pulls into the field, it has that information available so it knows exactly where the rows are and creates a guidance plan on the fly for the whole field.”The same is true for harvest.“The combine is now smarter because of previous in-field passes,” said Mishler. “It knows where the planted crop rows are and can better guide that combine through the field by opening new land and throughout the field.”Mishler said John Deere has also spent a lot of time improving Gen4 Machine Sync and expanded its use to more crops and machine types.“Self-propelled forage harvesters—we can now also coordinate the position of that commodity cart, either on the left or right side or behind that self-propelled forage harvester and keep those in sync so that we make sure that feed goes in the wagon and not on the ground.”If you’re interested in AutoPath or other precision software, contact your local John Deere dealer. John Deere AutoPath Reduces Potential Crop Damage Home Indiana Agriculture News John Deere AutoPath Reduces Potential Crop Damage SHARE By Ashley Davenport – Dec 24, 2020 last_img read more

Derry police seek information about Racecourse Road device

first_img Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Google+ By News Highland – September 16, 2011 Previous articleCampaign for Medical Education and Research Centre at LGH intensifiesNext articleUUP leader has “no regrets” about attending Kerr funeral News Highland Police in Derry are appealing for witnesses after confirming that a device found in the city last night WAS a viable pipe bomb.The object was found at a carwash on the Racecourse Road just before 10pm.Police are appealing for information on three masked men who were seen travelling in a silver car in the area at the time. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp News Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Twitter PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal center_img Derry police seek information about Racecourse Road device Facebook Twitter Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Facebook Pinterest Google+ WhatsApp Pinterest Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derrylast_img read more

Delhi HC Directs NLU-D Chancellor To Consider Representations Against Selection Procedure Of Vice Chancellor Within 3 Days [Read Order]

first_imgNews UpdatesDelhi HC Directs NLU-D Chancellor To Consider Representations Against Selection Procedure Of Vice Chancellor Within 3 Days [Read Order] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK24 Jun 2020 6:08 AMShare This – xThe Delhi High Court on Monday directed the Registrar of the National Law University, Delhi to place representations challenging the procedure adopted by the selection committee for making appointment the post of Vice Chancellor, for consideration before the University Chancellor. The order has been passed by a single-Judge bench of Justice Jyoti Singh in a petition filed by…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Delhi High Court on Monday directed the Registrar of the National Law University, Delhi to place representations challenging the procedure adopted by the selection committee for making appointment the post of Vice Chancellor, for consideration before the University Chancellor. The order has been passed by a single-Judge bench of Justice Jyoti Singh in a petition filed by Dr. Prasannanshu, currently working as a Professor at the University. The Petitioner, through Advocate Karan Suneja had approached the High Court under Article 226 of the Constitution alleging that the Selection Committee for Vice Chancellor did not call him for the selection process, despite the Petitioner fulfilling all the requirements for the said post. As per the Petitioner’s knowledge, the Committee met on 5 February 2020 and decided to call the applicants for an interaction on 25 February 2020. However, neither did the Petitioner receive any communication to be present in this interaction meeting nor did he get any letter highlighting reasons for rejection of his candidature, despite meeting the requirements enshrined in the advertisement inviting applications. “The petitioner’s right to be equally treated by the Selection committee has not been respected and he has been treated differently and as a necessary corollary he has been discriminated by the selection committee as the principle of intelligible differentia which is a part of Article 14 of the Constitution of India was not duly applied in this case. Hence, the procedure adopted by the Selection Committee is grossly illegal, arbitrary, unreasonable and not germane to the principle of intelligible differentia,” the Petitioner thus submitted. He submitted that no candidate would ordinarily apply for the post if he does not fulfil the minimum qualification criteria and therefore, in case of any conundrum in the mind of the members of the selection committee with respect to any candidates, “it is in the interest of the concept of natural justice and equity that an opportunity and fair chance must be given by the selection committee to such candidates to present their views as to how they qualify or meet the minimum eligibility criteria.” It was averred that the Petitioner attempted to contact the University by sending a representation to the University Chancellor on June 3, 2020, seeking a transparent and fair opportunity to be called by the selection committee but, in vain. The Petitioner had therefore challenged the selection procedure before the High Court. It was also alleged that the impugned procedure did not stipulate any “definitive process/ guideline” as to the manner in which the candidates were to be eliminated at the stage of shortlisting and the objectivity that was to be followed qua the same. He had submitted, “The procedure adopted by the selection committee of Respondent No.1 is arbitrary, illegal, and violates the Constitution, the UGC regulations on minimum qualifications for appointment of teachers and other academic staff in universities and colleges and measures for the maintenance of standards in higher education, 2018 as well as National Law University Delhi Act, 2007.” In view of these submissions, Justice Singh observed that since the matter is pending consideration with the Chancellor, the petition is “premature”. He therefore ordered, “Let the Registrar of Respondent No.2 place the representation before the Chancellor for consideration. Needless to state that the order passed will be communicated to the Petitioner within a period of 3 days from the date of the decision.” The court further clarified that in case the Petitioner is aggrieved by the decision of the Chancellor, he shall be at liberty to take recourse to the remedies available to him in accordance with law. The petitioner was represented by Advocate Karan Suneja. The University was represented by Standing Counsel Sanjay Vashishtha and Mr. SD Sharma. Click Here To Download Order Click Here To Download Petition Next Storylast_img read more

Gardai renew appeal over Burnfoot burglary

first_img Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows DL Debate – 24/05/21 Facebook WhatsApp Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Gardai renew appeal over Burnfoot burglary Twitter Homepage BannerNews Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA center_img Pinterest Google+ Twitter Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th By News Highland – March 24, 2020 Previous articleRyanair expects to ground most flights for two monthsNext articleSt Eunan’s GAA Club to become Covid-19 Testing Centre News Highland Gardaí in Buncrana are renewing their appeal in relation to a burglary which happened in Burnfoot in August last year. On that Sunday morning, August 11th, at around 10.15am the home of an elderly woman in Magherabeg, Burnfoot was broken into by two males.It is believed that they entered the house through a rear window.The elderly lady was in the bathroom at the time and when she returned to her bedroom she noticed a door was open to another room that had previously been closed.The room had been ransacked. The lady the witnessed two males in her garden who then jumped her front wall and ran in the direction of Tooban.One male was taller than the other; both were wearing plain chequed shirts and runners. One male had orange/red light trousers on while the other males trousers were dark in colour.There was a large quantity of cash stolen that had been in an old worn leather purse/holder that was brown in colour.If anyone has any information that would assist with this investigation please contact Gardai in Buncrana. WhatsApp Facebooklast_img read more

Rossnowlagh homeowners being urged again to check oil tanks for leaks

first_img Twitter Pinterest By News Highland – December 29, 2020 Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Home Owners in the Rossnowlagh area are again being urged to check their oil tanks for leaks.Donegal County Council has previously confirmed that traces of what appears to be home heating oil have been detected seeping out from under the rock armour at the rear of Rossnowlagh beach.The Council says the detection of home heating oil on Rossnowlagh beach is of concern to both the community and themselves.A number of investigations have been conducted in the area and a leaflet drop has also been undertaken in order to try and determine the source of the pollution.However, as yet the source has not been identified.Home and business owners in the area are urged to check their oil tanks for leaks.People are being asked that if you suspect you are losing oil or have filled your tank more often this year, to engage with a registered OFTEC technician to pressure test your supply lines and check your tank.If leaks are detected, property owners are being urged to repair them as soon as possible. Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook WhatsApp Facebook Google+ Homepage BannerNewscenter_img Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApp Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleTanker runs aground in GreencastleNext articleStatus yellow snow-ice warning in place for Donegal from midnight News Highland Rossnowlagh homeowners being urged again to check oil tanks for leakslast_img read more


first_imgpassed away on March 26, 2018. She was born in Jersey City to the late Josephine and Anthony Isidori and was a Bayonne resident for over 50 years. She was a clerk for Affiliated Foot Surgeons. Mrs. Petronick was a parishioner of the Church of St. Henry and was a member of the choir. Mrs. Petronick was predeceased by her son, James M. Petronick, Jr. She is survived by her husband, James M. Petronick, Sr.; her children, Lisa Weaver, and her husband, Keith, and Michael Petronick, and his wife, Raven; her cherished grandchildren, Jessica, Jamie, Kendra and Jaxson; her three great grandchildren; and her siblings, Louis Isidori, Virginia Feniello, Geraldine Isidori and Jeanette O’Rourke, and her husband, William. Funeral arrangements by BAYONNE MEMORIAL HOME, 854 Avenue C.last_img read more

An Intimate Day Trailing Peter Rowan In California [Review/Photos]

first_imgPeter Rowan | Down Home Music Store | El Cerrito, CA | 12/9/2017 | Photos: Jake Cudek Load remaining images Historian. Storyteller. Collaborator. Innovator.  These are all words that at some point or another have been used to describe the renowned Peter Rowan. The man, myth, and legend has been turning out music for over fifty years as either front man or contributor, appearing on or being responsible for over 50 albums.Sitting down with Rowan, it is easy to see within a few minutes that his intelligence is not limited to his instrumentation, but carries over to the vernacular. He tells tales of musical relationships, both on stage and off, with such clarity that one would think that the moment happened yesterday, not decades ago. His willingness to connect with fans as people, not dollars, is truly impressive as the genuineness of these interactions is obvious: patrons are not hurried through a line but rather are encouraged to speak with Rowan as though he were a friend one hadn’t seen in some time.Personality aside, Rowan’s skill with the strings and lyric is what has kept audiences entertained as a solo artist, bandleader, and hired gun, and it’s evident that the man exudes music. He has made an incredible effort not to be categorized as solely a bluegrass performer, producing several recordings and concert series that have blurred the lines between his origins and various other styles and genres, including the blues, country, reggae, Tejano, and, most recently, roots in the island music of Hawaii.As 2017 ends, Rowan’s final performances on his My Aloha tour took place in the eastern part of San Francisco Bay. The tour was billed as Rowan with special guests from the Hawaiian Islands, which included renowned artist and musician Doug Tolentino on ukulele and multi-instrumentalist Jeff Au Hoy on lap steel guitar, performing both traditional Hawaiian songs as well as inspired tunes penned by Rowan. Coming as no surprise and true to form for the bay area denizen, the maestro had a few other cards up his sleeve.The day started in El Cerrito with an in-store performance at the historic Down Home Music Store, established by Arhoolie Records founder Chris Strachwitz in 1976. Notably, Arhoolie Records was responsible for some of the earliest recordings of Lightnin’ Hopkins and Mississippi Fred McDowell, and Down Home serves as its retail location for roots music from around the world. The performance was slotted to begin at 2 pm and by then, the store was occupied by about 50 locals choosing to spend their afternoon among the mix of vinyl, CDs, and analog tapes (if you can believe that) to catch a taste of the latest tropical concoction.As if waiting for any stragglers to arrive, the trio appeared from a side stage door about half-past 2, wearing smiles and Hawaiian shirts. As Rowan took his seat, he called out audible greetings to specific people by name—individuals he recognized in the crowded aisles who had obviously seen him several times, had personal relationships with him, or both. Those in attendance were treated to a single 40-minute set consisting of songs from the new recording My Aloha, including “Lotus Flower”, “A Man of Time and Tides”, “Uncle Jimmy”, and the traditional island tune “Pua Lilia” led by Tolentino on vocals and ukulele, which segued into Bill Monroe’s “Kentucky Waltz”.It was apparent from the start that Tolentino and Au Hoy were equal in talent and were given plenty of room to take leads and contribute to the songs vocally. Each song was preceded by a story that set the context for the pieces and afforded the crowd humorous moments in customary Rowan style. Even though the set came in under an hour, the band showed no signs of hurry and remained in the store mingling with the audience, signing autographs, and doing some Christmas shopping of their own for nearly twice that time.As night fell and the lights of downtown Berkeley were lit, the evening’s attendees began to line-up outside The Freight and Salvage Coffeeshop an hour before door time in hopes of getting the best seats in the house. Home to the country’s longest-running open mic and celebrating its 50th year of operation in 2018, this general admission venue is no typical café. Entering the establishment, the walls are decorated with performance photographs, both historical and recent, that have taken place on the stage within. Leaving the lobby, the warm concert space resembles more amphitheater than the scattered tables and wobbly chairs of a typical coffee shop. With a capacity of 200 plus people; comfortable, spring-loaded seating; and walls adorned in warm, wooden slats, this venue reflects that there are still amazingly small places to see great live music that are focused more on the quality of the experience than the quantity.Keeping with the theme of the evening’s main event, opening the show was given over to local slack-key guitar virtuoso, Patrick Landeza. Born and raised on “the island of Berkeley”, this man reflected that the spirit of Hawaii comes from within, not where one is born. Trained by many of the masters of slack-key guitar, his passion and talent has earned him multiple awards, both on and off the mainland.Two solo songs into his set, Tolentino and Au Hoy joined him on ukulele and upright bass respectively. Adding to the authenticity of the music, the trio was also joined by Sophia Pena, a classically trained Hula dancer. Throughout the set, Landeza offered up anecdotes of his youth and travels revolving around the Hawaiian culture, community outreach, and family, including how on this evening, he discovered that Tolentino had been friends with some of his relatives and that Landeza’s aunt had trained with the same teachers that Pena had when studying the art of Hula. The audience sat quietly engaged, entertained by the acoustic threesome’s passion and perfection in song and string.Following a short intermission, Rowan and company were warmly welcomed to the stage, not as the expected island trio, but surprisingly as a quintet. The additions were familiar faces from Rowan’s revolving door of talent: Paul Knight on upright bass from The Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band and electric guitar extraordinaire Nina Gerber from The Big Twang Theory formation. These surprise additions placed a smile on each face in the room, the audience applauding with exuberance as each player was recognized by the ringleader.As the music began, composed of tunes from My Aloha, the capabilities of Knight and Gerber were apparent, as both fell right in with the construct, contributing their own unique voices to the feel of the Hawaiian numbers without falling out of step or coming off as misplaced. This was an impressive feat, as rehearsal between the men from the Islands, Rowan, Gerber, and Knight had been limited to the soundcheck prior to the set. Four songs into the set, Rowan stated he would like to bring out another guest to join the performance, referencing the skills of a talented fiddle player. From the front row, stage left, a man who had been pleasantly enjoying the takes from the new album scurried frantically to the side stage entrance, an action witnessed by all in this small venue, and appeared suddenly on stage, smiling albeit a bit disheveled, fiddle in hand, ready to play.Blaine Sprouse, the fiddle in The Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band and renowned solo artist, enjoyed a good laugh at his own expense alongside his already chuckling bandmates and settled in ready to provide chop and phrase. Before beginning the next selection, Rowan recalled a discussion with Bill Monroe decades earlier about the similarities between the worlds of bluegrass and Hawaiian music, referencing a specific melody and how Monroe had used it to structure one of his most famous numbers. With the backstory set, the group performed the same coupling from earlier in the day: “Pua Lilia” and “Kentucky Waltz”, which again appeared as seamless as its prior reading, but now with three other backers, extending the piece to give each player an opportunity for improvisation.As Rowan is a firm believer in supporting talent, whether known or undiscovered, he warmly invited Landeza to sit in with the band on two numbers. Taking his spot next to this Godfather of bluegrass, the smile on Landeza’s face could literally have been no bigger. For the second tune, Rowan relinquished his position and sat atop a stool as a listener, watching this honest-souled performer interact with the rest of the band, a similar, sizeable grin stretching across his face.Although the patrons seemed to be content with the island catalog, no Rowan show would be complete without a few numbers from the genre that got this adventure started all those years ago. Extended takes on “Midnight Moonlight” and “Free Mexican Airforce” gave each member a moment to shine. One noticeable contribution for the bluegrass tracks was the ability of the ukulele and the lap steel as formidable alternatives to the standard mandolin and dobro, and Tolentino and Au Hoy proved again that they were the right choices for their positions as they owned their parts with confidence and joy. The encore for the evening was a track that has become a synonymous moniker for Mr. Rowan over the years: “Panama Red”. The crowd sang along to the familiar tune from the onset, bringing a smile to the band of compadres on the stage. At the point of interlude, Rowan lead the band and crowd into Elizabeth Cotton’s American folk song “Freight Train”, an obvious nod to the venue, before returning to the land of “Panama Red”.As per the usual, Rowan’s associations are always comprised of talent and this day in December was no different. Tolentino’s sweet falsetto voice was an added bonus to his astute ukulele playing, both in lead and rhythm, as he handled many of the traditional Hawaiian numbers with steadfastness and conviction. Au Hoy’s ability to shift between the authentic feel of his native style and flavoring his playing with the bluegrass edge when the number called for it reflected that it is likely that audiences will see more from this man in the future in unexpected circles. As for the sincerity and dexterity of the talented Gerber, Knight, and Sprouse, these three stringed wonders will continue to please audiences with their love for the music and onstage communication with whatever players surround them.On the brink of a new year, Peter Rowan already has more than 2 dozen dates for the first half of 2018, including a spring tour in Australia. This fact reflects that this man is non-stop and shows no signs of slowing. In fact, the only thing that is sure is that he will continue to reinvent the way his audiences look at him by creating something no one saw coming. What it will be will be anyone’s guess, maybe Appalachia-infused rap to bring in the younger crowd or reworkings of jazz standards with a bluegrass vibe. Whatever his fancy, the fact is that as long as this man lives and breathes, the world is a more musical place with him in it and catching him live is always going to hold some surprise that makes coming back for more the obvious choice.last_img read more

From Response to Recovery: Achieving Clinical and Business Resiliency in Healthcare

first_imgHealthcare organizations are rising to meet new patient care and financial realities, including work-from-home capabilities and significantly expanded virtual care options.As healthcare leaders are reopening facilities for non-urgent clinical services, they are also juggling workforce considerations ranging from employee health, to childcare, to mass transit concerns alongside changing patient expectations. At the same time, healthcare IT teams are evaluating smart options to accelerate digital transformation, supporting new clinical workflows and infrastructure needed to evolve virtual care, remote patient monitoring, and secure patient-provider communications.Virtual care presents the opportunity for healthcare organizations to expand their reach with a larger set of patients and the ability to offer enhanced services for new business revenue streams, such as virtual specialty consults in new geographies; scaling remote engagements with home-based diagnostics and treatment for patients with chronic diseases; and expanding telehealth to post-acute care.In speaking to healthcare leaders as they move forward, we are hearing consistent themes across their organizations as they consider upcoming IT investments:Power On-Demand Operations and Data ProtectionEvery healthcare provider is focused on how to best improve efficiencies as they work to overcome severe budget pressures that came from cancelled elective surgeries, as well as unexpected labor and protective equipment costs over the last few months. From the IT side, this means continuing with the optimization of EMRs, evaluating network efficiency, and implementing intelligent/automated data storage across edge, core, and cloud environments to help reduce costs.Health systems are also expanding virtual care, which brings new requirements for data interoperability along with data protection. With healthcare leaders further empowering patients to take a more active role in the management of their care, consumers and clinicians alike will need secure access to growing health data. To provide “secure care,” healthcare organizations need to incorporate solutions that protect people, network, endpoints, data, and recovery.Reimagine Patient Engagement – Extend Secure, Connected CareTwo-thirds of Americans are more willing to try telehealth today than ever before. They value the flexibility to communicate with care providers at a time that is convenient for them from the comfort of their own home, while reserving in-office visits for patient care episodes that require it.As providers evolve telehealth services, they must continue to improve interoperability across the care continuum to gain a complete picture of the patient from all sources – EMR, AI, IoT devices, direct patient input, and more – whether the patient is chronically ill or seeking wellness guidance. To enable data aggregation and seamless data access across the healthcare system, providers need the flexibility to turn traditional on-premises infrastructure into a private cloud and to operate across multi-cloud environments. A consistent infrastructure reduces infrastructure costs by 18 percent and security breaches or outages by 30 percent, according to research conducted on behalf of Dell Technologies, VMware, and Intel.Enable In-the-Moment InnovationA modern multi-cloud digital infrastructure will help empower clinical teams with agile platforms, secure access, and expanded data interoperability. It will also lay the foundation to deploy emerging technologies for precision diagnostics, clinical genomics, and more – which are needed to transform medical diagnostics and automate patient data analysis so clinicians can dedicate more time to decision-making and treatment.To take full advantage of cloud offerings, IT departments must first assess their workloads and applications to determine the best cloud model for each. They must also develop a greater understanding of where data is coming from and going to, in order to achieve flexibility and deliver a seamless experience to providers and patients.Dell Technologies offers a single, integrated strategy that allows healthcare organizations to conduct application portfolio analysis, map dependencies to develop appropriate patterns for application service level agreements and promote automation by adopting Infrastructure as Code (IaC).Healthcare Leaders’ Next Action PlanHealthcare leaders must make smart investments to build agility and accelerate the digital transformation needed to support new workflows, models for connected patient care, and radically enhanced business and clinical flexibility.The progress is certainly not going to be linear. We see pressure on the healthcare system ebb and surge throughout the country. We also see rapid innovation and new opportunities that will transform care, creating a stronger, more innovative, and more resilient healthcare system for the long term.Dell Technologies is working with customers to foster healthcare organizations’ business and clinical agility, including EMR modernization, advanced medical imaging, virtual health, and security. Learn more here.last_img read more

SMC Theatre Dept. performs adaptation of Greek myth

first_imgBy MADELINE MILES and REBECCA O’NEIL News Writers Saint Mary’s Theatre Department offered audience members a new twist on an ancient myth with its rendition of Sarah Ruhl’s “Eurydice,” which opened Thursday night at the College’s Little Theatre. The play is based on the classic Greek tale of lyrist Orpheus’ attempt to rescue his lover from Hades. Ruhl’s adaptation turns the story around and presents it from the perspective of the fallen lover. Theatre professor Katie Sullivan, who directed the play, said Ruhl’s adaptation gives theatre goers a unique experience of the story. “I am fascinated by her technique of sketching the story in broad, poetic strokes,” Sullivan said. “Ruhl leaves it to music, sound, movement and visual imagery to fill in the nuances and to make us feel the experience of the play.” The reimagining, Sullivan said, refreshes the story while staying true to its original message. “Primarily, though, the play resonates with the age-old message that love will always be what we must hold onto and that loss is, indeed, life’s most exquisite pain,” she said. The play’s ensemble was drawn from Notre Dame, Holy Cross and Saint Mary’s students. Senior theatre major Eva Cavadini led the cast as Eurydice; history professor Bill Svelmoe plays her father; Orpheus is played by Notre Dame freshman Kincaid Schmitz and the Lord of the Underworld is played by Holy Cross junior Nick DeDario. Kincaid said his first play at the Little Theatre was worthwhile. “It was difficult to get emotionally ready for it,” he said. “[The best part] is the wonderful cast I’ve gotten to work with. I think I’ll do another [play] here.” Sullivan said the play elicits a variety of reactions from different viewers. “You may find yourself laughing, crying or being caught up in the strange and beautiful visual imagery we have created for our Underworld,” she said. The effects that went into the Underworld and other scenes made the tech day during which rehearsals are done with full costume, props, sets and effects especially difficult, Svelmoe said. “It was the most technically complicated show I’ve ever been in,” he said. “We had four tech days and probably put in a total of 25 hours into coordinating our movements with special effects.” First year Tessa Mitchell, part of the play’s “chorus of stones,” said the fulfillment of the final product outweighed the demands of the stage. “It was hard work and stressful, but definitely worth it,” she said. “It’s so great to see it come to fruition on stage.” Junior Dilan Yuksel said she appreciated the play’s altered point of view. “It was definitely cool to see the other side of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice,” she said. “It was a really interesting play. I really enjoyed it.” The play will be performed tonight and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the Little Theatre.last_img read more

Casella Waste Systems reports Q1 2012 increase in revenues

first_imgRUTLAND, VT–(Marketwire – August 29, 2011) – Casella Waste Systems Inc,Casella Waste Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CWST), a regional solid waste, recycling and resource management services company, Monday reported financial results for its first quarter fiscal year 2012, and reaffirmed guidance for its 2012 fiscal year.Highlights for the quarter included: Revenue growth of 4.3 percent in quarter was driven mainly by higher solid waste pricing and higher recycling commodity prices.Overall solid waste pricing growth of 1.5 percent was primarily driven by strong collection pricing of 2.4 percent as a percentage of collection revenues.Adjusted EBITDA* was $28.7 million for the quarter, up $0.9 million from same quarter last year.Company remains on target to achieve Revenue, Adjusted EBITDA, and Free Cash Flow* guidance ranges for fiscal year 2012.For the quarter ended July 31, 2011, revenues were $127.2 million, up $5.2 million or 4.3 percent from the same quarter last year. Operating income was $10.3 million for the quarter, down $2.4 million from the same quarter last year. Excluding the non-recurring $1.0 million legal settlement charge in the current quarter and the $3.5 million gain on the sale of assets in the previous quarter, operating income was up $2.1 million or 22.8 percent from the same quarter last year.The company’s net loss available to common shareholders was ($3.1) million, or ($0.12) per common share for the quarter, compared to a net loss of ($2.9) million, or ($0.11) per share for the same quarter last year. Adjusted EBITDA was $28.7 million for the quarter, up $0.9 million from the same quarter last year.”While much effort was devoted during the last year to divesting the non-core assets and refinancing the balance sheet, we also undertook the challenge of improving how we do business on a daily basis,” said John W. Casella, chairman and CEO of Casella Waste Systems. “Two of the most important aspects of this initiative were our efforts to improve our profitability and to break down the internal cultural barriers to pricing and adjusting it when appropriate.””We have made excellent progress, and our improved collection pricing during the first quarter clearly demonstrates that these efforts are paying off,” Casella said. “We have worked to move pricing from an annual event to a core process of our divisional management teams. Our teams are now effectively using our customer profitability tool to better understand the profitability of each individual customer, and more importantly, to intelligently manage yield in their markets. As a result, changes in collection pricing improved from slightly negative in January to positive 2.8 percent in July.”Fiscal 2012 OutlookThe company confirmed its fiscal year guidance in the following categories: CASELLA WASTE SYSTEMS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (In thousands, except amounts per share) Three Months Ended ———————- July 31, July 31, 2011 2010 ———- ———-Revenues $ 127,193 $ 121,992Operating expenses: Cost of operations 85,224 81,339 General and administration 16,207 15,916 Depreciation and amortization 14,506 15,584 Legal settlement 1,000 – Gain on sale of assets – (3,502) ———- ———- 116,937 109,337 ———- ———-Operating income 10,256 12,655Other expense/(income), net: Interest expense, net 11,151 11,764 Loss from equity method investment 2,257 2,132 Other income (105) (94) ———- ———- 13,303 13,802 ———- ———-Loss from continuing operations before income taxes and discontinued operations (3,047) (1,147)Provision for income taxes 661 779 ———- ———-Loss from continuing operations before discontinued operations (3,708) (1,926)Discontinued operations: Loss from discontinued operations, net of income taxes (1) – (925) Gain (loss) on disposal of discontinued operations, net of income taxes (1) 646 (51) ———- ———-Net loss applicable to common stockholders $ (3,062) $ (2,902) ========== ==========Common stock and common stock equivalent shares outstanding, assuming full dilution 26,564 25,905 ========== ==========Net loss per common share $ (0.12) $ (0.11) ========== ==========Adjusted EBITDA (2) $ 28,661 $ 27,774 ========== ==========center_img Revenues between $475.0 million and $487.0 million.Adjusted EBITDA* between $105.0 million and $110.0 million.Free Cash Flow* between $2.0 million and $7.0 million.*Non-GAAP Financial MeasuresIn addition to disclosing financial results prepared in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), the company also discloses earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, adjusted for accretion, depletion of landfill operating lease obligations, gain on sale of assets, as well as legal settlement charge (Adjusted EBITDA) which is a non-GAAP measure. The company also discloses Free Cash Flow, which is defined as net cash provided by operating activities, less capital expenditures, less payments on landfill operating leases, less assets acquired through financing leases, plus proceeds from the sales of assets and property and equipment, which is a non-GAAP measure. Adjusted EBITDA is reconciled to net income (loss), while Free Cash Flow is reconciled to Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities.The company presents Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow because it considers them important supplemental measures of its performance and believes they are frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties in the evaluation of our results. Management uses these non-GAAP measures to further understand our “core operating performance.” The company believes its “core operating performance” represents its on-going performance in the ordinary course of operations. The company believes that providing Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow to investors, in addition to corresponding income statement and cash flow statement measures, provides investors with the benefit of viewing its performance using the same financial metrics that the management team uses in making many key decisions and understanding how the core business and its results of operations may look in the future. The company further believes that providing this information allows its investors gr eater transparency and a better understanding of its core financial performance. In addition, the instruments governing the company’s indebtedness use EBITDA (with additional adjustments) to measure its compliance with covenants such as interest coverage, leverage and debt incurrence.Non-GAAP financial measures are not in accordance with, or an alternative for, GAAP in the U.S. Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow should not be considered in isolation from or as a substitute for financial information presented in accordance with GAAP in the U.S., and may be different from Adjusted EBITDA or Free Cash Flow presented by other companies.About Casella Waste Systems, Inc.Casella Waste Systems, Inc., headquartered in Rutland, Vermont, provides solid waste management services consisting of collection, transfer, disposal, and recycling services in the northeastern United States. For further information, contact Ned Coletta, vice president of finance and investor relations at (802) 772-2239, or Ed Johnson, chief financial officer at (802) 772-2241, or visit the company’s website at is external).Conference call to discuss quarterThe company will host a conference call to discuss these results on Tuesday, August 30, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. ET. Individuals interested in participating in the call should dial (877) 548-9590 or (720) 545-0037 at least 10 minutes before start time. The call will also be webcast; to listen, participants should visit Casella Waste Systems’ website at is external) and follow the appropriate link to the webcast. A replay of the call will be available on the company’s website, or by calling (855) 859-2056 or (404) 537-3406 (Conference ID 90088021) until 11:59 p.m. ET on Tuesday, September 6, 2011.Safe Harbor StatementCertain matters discussed in this press release are “forward-looking statements” intended to qualify for the safe harbors from liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can generally be identified as such by the context of the statements, including words such as “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “plan,” “may,” “will,” “would,” “intend,” “estimate,” “guidance” and other similar expressions, whether in the negative or affirmative. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, estimates, forecasts and projections about the industry and markets in which we operate and management’s beliefs and assumptions. We cannot guarantee that we actually will achieve the plans, intentions, expectations or guidance disclosed in the forward-looking statements made. Such forward-looking statements, and all phases of our operations, involve a number of risks and uncertainties, any one or more of which could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in our forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include or relate to, among other things: the damage to the regional infrastructure caused by Hurricane Irene may impact our ability to service customers; current economic conditions that have adversely affected and may continue to adversely affect our revenues and our operating margin; we may be unable to reduce costs or increase pricing or volumes sufficiently to achieve estimated Adjusted EBITDA and other targets; landfill operations and permit status may be affected by factors outside our control; we may be required to incur capital expenditures in excess of our estimates; fluctuations in the commodity pricing of our recyclables may make it more difficult for us to predict our results of operations or meet our estimates; and we may incur environmental charges or asset impairments in the future. There are a number of other important risks a nd uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements. These additional risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, those detailed in Item 1A, “Risk Factors” in our Form 10-K for the year ended April 30, 2011.We undertake no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.last_img read more