Sport Clips donating for each cut in honor of Veterans Day

first_img Before or on Wednesday (Nov. 11), which is Veterans Day, the company will donate an additional $1 per haircut service to support “Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarships.”The program works in partnership with the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) and has raised nearly $8 million for military scholarships, helping more than 1,750 veterans with education expenses needed for civilian careers.Some locations are also offering free haircuts to service members and veterans with valid military identification.Sport Clips is open locally at 8555 Memorial Blvd., Suite 400, in Port Arthur, in front of Super Walmart. Call 409-722-1722 for more information. Next Up More than 1,800 locally-owned Sport Clips Haircuts, including the Port Arthur location, are offering special Veterans Day promotions and pricing.last_img read more

Not guilty!

first_imgRudi Klein has certainly been fretting about non-contentious lawyers recently – his columns on 14 September and 23 October 2015 both end with the warning that: “Over the longer term [the bill ends up charged to] the industry’s clients.” Since the cost of the whole procurement process ends up “with the industry’s clients” this is hardly a revelation but, as one of those accused, do I need to re-examine the way we work? The thrust of the first column is that lawyers do not distinguish between procurement and contractual processes and that we focus only on maximum risk transfer and not collaboration and partnering. The supply chain – says Rudi – picks up the massive bill. It then descends to the micro level and recites a clause, presumably from a subcontract, which requires the subcontractor to co-ordinate its design with the designs of the employer’s consultants and the contractor.Even the dumbest lawyer understands that unreasonable risk transfer results in premium pricingSo, yes, now the supply chain is picking up the bill but I think there are some unwarranted accusations in here:Even lawyers understand that the choice of procurement route is different from the process of drafting a contract. Indeed, while lawyers may sometimes be involved in discussion of the procurement route, they rarely determine it and more usually the choice is made by the project team and/or client. My experience is that project managers/quantity surveyors are often very concerned about the need to maximise risk transfer and it is the clients themselves who push for more collaborative forms of procurement – construction management, management contracting, and so on – because they recognise that single stage design and build might maximise risk transfer but is inflexible, inimical to the highest quality of design, expensive and potentially unsuitable for many complex projects.I do not think all lawyers involved in drafting contracts are driven by the need to maximise risk transfer. Again, even the dumbest lawyer understands that unreasonable risk transfer results in premium pricing and, while 100% retention might be a whizz of an idea, it might not be commercially very sensible. But again a lot of pressure comes from the need to drive price certainty on outturn cost. Rudi’s piece also ignores the fact that in the current market maximising risk transfer is a pipe-dream. It is the market, not any wish of lawyers, which drives the allocation of risk under current construction contracts.Clients of the industry have not abandoned collaboration and partnering – they do it all the time – though sometimes they do feel a bit let down by their partners.The specific examples cited seem to boil down to a complaint about some rather silly drafting included in a subcontract. Suffice to say that, where the industry’s clients have an opportunity to examine and approve the terms of the subcontract, this is precisely the sort of provision to which they would object on the basis that a focus on drafting provisions to pass on risk tends to mean that risk is not being managed properly. We can probably agree on that. But I think that the industry’s clients’ response would be that the supply chain should get its own house in order and not expect the industry’s clients to do it for them. I think that the industry’s clients’ response would be that the supply chain should get its own house in order and not expect the industry’s clients to do it for themThe subsequent column suggests that poorly written contracts are costing our industry a fortune every year. It then goes on to Rudi’s own bug bears – and they are a rather eclectic bunch:Throwing everything into the contractual “pot”If he is complaining about the fact that main contractors unthinkingly pass on piles of documentation to subcontractors then, in my experience, he is probably right. But the drivers for that sit in the commercial teams in the main contractors, not with lawyers.  Lack of drafting precisionRudi acknowledges that open-ended and loose drafting and the use of terms such as “major” and “pay due regard to” result in disputes and potential unenforceability.  How those play out in terms of risk transfer is therefore equally uncertain. So, no one’s interests are being served. We all make mistakes but this sort of thing is not usually led by a lawyer. As Rudi must acknowledge, preliminaries’ clauses and even amendments to contracts are often drafted by non-lawyers. Maybe more lawyers should get involved?Seeking to write statutory requirementsRudi talks about extending the seven day notice period for suspension under the Construction Act to 42,000 days and suggests he could excuse quantity surveyors doing this but not lawyers. But since it is unenforceable anyway who cares?So the criticisms in these columns are hard to follow. As a lawyer, I am not sure of my crime. The charges should be thrown out for lack of evidence.Ann Minogue is a partner in Macfarlaneslast_img read more

The NEO Sports Insiders Staff Picks The Week Four NFL Games

first_img Matt Loede Related TopicsNFLNFL PicksNFL Week 4 Picks Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.center_img Three wild weeks are done in the NFL, and this is the first week in which bye weeks are in place. While a couple teams get to sit at home and rest, a number are back in action, including the Browns as they head out west to take on the Chargers. Here’s our staff picks for all the NFL games for week number four.Matt Williamson Last Week 12-4Season 29-19Ravens over SteelersJets over DolphinsColts over JaguarsGiants over BillsPanthers over BuccaneersEagles over RedskinsRaiders over BearsFalcons over TexansBengals over ChiefsPackers over 9ersCardinals over RamsBroncos over VikingsSaints over CowboysSeahawks over LionsChargers over Browns – This is the game that gets McCown yanked as the starter.Ryan KaczmarskiLast Week 14-2/strongSeason 30-18Baltimore over PittsburghNYJ over MiamiIndy over JacksonvilleBuffalo over NJGTampa Bay over CarolinaOakland over ChicagoCincinnati over Kansas CityAtlanta over HoustonPhilly over WashingtonMinnesota over DenverGreen Bay over San FranciscoArizona over St. LouisNew Orleans over DallasSeattle over DetroitCleveland 17 San Diego 14 – The Browns defense – still embarrassed by last week’s showing – finally looks like the unit that they have thought they were all preseason.They will finally stop the run game of Chargers’ RB Melvin Gordon, because of a brutally-injured San Dieago offensive line, and will keep Gordon without a TD on the season. The Crow will be fed, with the Chargers’ defense giving up 4.9 yards per rushing attempt, he along with Duke Johnson Jr. will combine for over 100 yards.As for the QB situation, it’s a good thing the Browns are playing on the road this weekend. Johnny chants won’t be heard at Qualcomm Stadium Sunday, and the San Diego secondary is playing the second and third string because of injuries to CB’s Brandon Flowers and Jason Verrett, so it could be a good day to throw it down field to Travis Benjamin.Philip Rivers is still one of the top-tier QB’s in the league, but Joe Haden has a game plan to keep his top WR Keenan Allen from accomplishing what he does well, come back to the ball on hard stop and go routes. The Browns will hopefully come out of San Diego, leaving the circus behind on the west coast.Matt LoedeLast Week 11-5Season 29-19/strongSteelers over RavensNY Jets over MiamiFalcons over TexansBills over NY GiantsRaiders over BearsChiefs over BengalsColts over JaguarsEagles over RedskinsPanthers over BuccaneersBroncos over VikingsCardinals over RamsPackers over 49ersSaints over CowboysSeahawks over LionsSan Diego 29 Cleveland 14 – Until this Browns team proves to me they can stop the run and pass, no team is going to take their foot off the gas. Josh McCown needs to have a huge game and the D needs to step up, and on the west coast I don’t see either happening.Scott PikerLast week 12-4Season 30-18Baltimore @ Pittsburgh – PittsburghNew York Jets @ Miami – MiamiJacksonville @ Indianapolis – IndianapolisNew York Giants @ Buffalo – BuffaloCarolina @ Tampa Bay – CarolinaPhiladelphia @ Washington – PhiladelphiaOakland @ Chicago – OaklandHouston @ Atlanta – AtlantaKansas City @ Cincinnati – CincinnatiGreen Bay @ San Francisco – Green BaySt. Louis @ Arizona – ArizonaMinnesota @ Denver – DenverDallas @ New Orleans – DallasDetroit @ Seattle – SeattleSan Diego 31 Browns 13 – San Diego. Going on the road could be what the Browns need with everything swirling around the team. However going to the west coast has not resulted in many wins and it won’t against Philip Rivers and the Chargers.Eddy JensenLast Week 11-5Season 28-20Ravens over SteelersJets over DolphinsFalcons over TexansBills over NYGiantsBears over RaidersBengals over ChiefsColts over JaguarsPanthers over Tampa BayRedskins over EaglesBronocos over VikingsRams over CardinalsPackers over 49ersCowboys over SaintsSeahawks over LionsChargers 33 Browns 24 – Phillip Rivers could outscore the Browns himself by halftimeSteve DimatteoLast Week 12-4Season 24-24Ravens over SteelersJets over MiamiAtlanta over HoustonBuffalo over GiantsOakland over ChicagoCinci over Kansas CityIndy over JacksonvilleCarolina over Tampa BayPhilly over WashingtonMinnesota over DenverArizona over St. LouisGreen Bay over 49ersNew Orleans over DallasSeattle over DetroitSan Diego over ClevelandAdrienne GoehlerLast Week 12-4Season 31-17BAL over PITNYJ over MIAIND over JAXBUF over NYGCAR over TBPHI over WASOAK over CHIATL over HOUKC over CINGB over SFARI over STLDEN over MINDAL over NOSEA over DETSD over CLE 27-17 – Unless the Browns can get their defense together, it’ll be another L in the books for the Brown and Orange. It was a grueling process to try to move the ball offensively last week, and I don’t see it changing much this Sunday.Spencer DaviesLast Week 14-2Season 29-19BAL > PITNYJ > MIAATL > HOUBUF > NYGOAK > CHIKC > CINJAX > INDCAR > TBPHI > WASARI > STLDEN > MINGB > SFDAL > NOSEA > DETBrowns 17 Chargers 13 – This is how it goes in Cleveland. One week, they’re the bottom feeder of the NFL. The next, they actually resemble a professional football team.Rookie Melvin Gordon III still goes for about 100 yards and a score, but the Browns remain stout in holding Phillip Rivers in check with no touchdown passes and two interceptions.As he did in week two, Isaiah Crowell bounces back with 75 yards or so on 12 carries–but as I mis-predicted last week, I’m going with rookie back Duke Johnson getting into the end zone for his first NFL touchdown.Also, for Cleveland’s other touchdown: expect a Josh McCown-Brian Hartline hookup in the red zone, just like we saw in the preseason.Vince MillerLast Week 10-6Season 29-19Jets over DolphinsFalcons over TexansBills over GiantsRaiders over BearsBengals over ChiefsColts over JaguarsPanthers over BucsEagles over RedskinsVikings over BroncosCardinals over RamsPackers over 49ersCowboys over SaintsSeahawks over LionsChargers 31 Browns 17 – The Browns will be worried about what the in-flight movie will be well before the start of the 4th quarter this week in San Diego. However, if the Browns would like to stay relevant in this game the secondary needs to step up. Getting torched by the young nucleus being set in Oakland last week has to be a wake-up call to this defense. If not — look for Philip Rivers to command the field and allow Melvin Gordon to have his first break-out game of his rookie season.Mike PerryLast Week 10-6Season 10-6Steelers over RavensJets over DolphinsColts over JaguarsBills over GiantsPanthers over BuccaneersRedskins over EaglesBears over RaidersFalcons over TexansBengals over ChiefsPackers over 49ersCardinals over RamsBroncos over VikingsCowboys over SaintsSeahawks over LionsChargers 34 over Browns 6 – As long as Josh McCown is the starting quarterback the Browns will not lose another game. Head coach Mike Petine blew it when he went back to the career journeyman over Johnny Manziel who was A – coming off a win and B – playing well. Don’t just believe me, Mike Evans, who played with Manziel in college and McCown in the NFL, summed it up best: “I think the world of Josh, but as far as a starting job goes now, Manziel just came off a win. You know, the city’s buzzing about him. Everybody’s buzzing about him, won at home. I don’t know, man. I think they probably should have gave him one more chance [to start]. I mean, he won.”I have given Pettine the benefit of the doubt until now…at this point he can follow Ray Farmer and his 36 year-old quarterback out of town for all I care. The decision not to start Manziel robbed the team of whatever momentum it had and made the team’s veterans wonder if their coach knows what he is doing. You will get the company line in press conference situations, but I guarantee you the majority of players on the roster DID NOT agree with the decision to start McCown against the Raiders. Is Manziel the long-term answer? No one knows. What we do know is that McCown isn’t. Brandon UrasekLast Week 13-3Season 13-3BAL over PITMIA over NYJHOU over ATLBUF over NYGOAK over CHICIN over KCIND over JACPHI over WASCAR over TBDEN over MINGB over SFARI over STLDAL over NOSEA over DETSan Diego 23 Cleveland 20 – The Chargers have had their fair share of struggles this year as well as the Browns. I think this game will be closer than most people think and could be a breakout game for Melvin Gordon.Dan GillesLast Week 11-5Season 11-5Baltimore over PittsburghJets over MiamiCarolina over Tampa BayAtlanta over HoustonIndianapolis over JacksonvilleCincinnati over Kansas CityGiants over BuffaloOakland over ChicagoPhiladelphia over WashingtonGreen Bay over San FranciscoDenver over MinnesotaArizona over St. LouisNew Orleans over DallasSeattle over DetroitSan Diego 28, Cleveland 14 – If Joe Haden plays as poorly as he has in the past three weeks, Phillip Rivers will throw for 3 touchdowns. The Chargers have offensive weapons and the Browns defense can’t stop the run or pressure the quarterback. I’m not optimistic.Matt MedleyLast Week 13-3Season 13-3Ravens over SteelersDolphins over JetsColts over JaguarsBills over GiantsPanthers over BucsEagles over RedskinsBears over RaidersFalcons over TexansChiefs over BengalsPackers over 49ersCardinals over RamsBroncos over VikingsCowboys over SaintsSeahawks over LionsBrowns over Chargers – Last week’s wake up call reinvigorates Cleveland’s defense letting them know they can’t afford to sleep walk for one minute, regardless of the opponent. Browns offense builds off of a strong finish to week 3 and salvage the season with a 24-17 win at San Diego.last_img read more

Senate Majority Offers Path To End Oil & Gas Cash Payments

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Members of the Alaska Senate Majority offered a path to end cash tax payments to oil and gas companies. Senate President Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks: “We believe it is urgent to pass legislation ending these cash payments. The state will bleed at least one million dollars per day between now and the end of the year – that could pay for seven troopers for an entire year – unless we act now.”   With little more than two weeks remaining in the second special session called by Gov. Bill Walker, Senators are urging their colleagues in the Alaska House to come to the table and end a program both sides agree the state can no longer afford. Sen. Giessel: “The Senate is prepared with a proposal to move forward on, reach compromise, and end cash payments, today. We are calling on the House to join us and take action. We can and must do our job, now.” The provision would mean that 100 percent of losses incurred on a lease stay with that lease until it enters production. Then, the losses could be applied against the taxpayer’s overall segment (North Slope or Cook Inlet). As a result, the state will, essentially, require production before allowing loss deductions. Sen. Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage, chair of the Senate Resources Committee: “Under this proposal, the state will stop offering cash payments for credits beginning July 1, 2017. We must stop this cash bleed. It will save us at least $200 million between now and Dec. 31 – possibly more.” The Senate passed a bill to end cash payments to oil and gas companies on May 15, but the House failed to concur. In an effort to strike compromise, the Senate adopted several changes, including a provision to enact “100 percent ring-fencing.”last_img read more