Chargers’ Kiel pleads guilty

first_imgIf he does that before his Aug. 7 sentencing and doesn’t break any laws, the felony conviction will be dismissed and he’ll be placed on probation, said San Diego County Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sontag. “We’re mindful of the fact that it looks like he’s just getting a slap on the wrist because he’s an athlete,” Deputy District Attorney James Fontaine said after the settlement conference. “But we’re expecting things from him. Ultimately, what happens is up to Mr. Kiel.” San Diego Chargers safety Terrence Kiel pleaded guilty Wednesday to felony and misdemeanor drug charges for shipping codeine-based cough syrup to Texas, part of a plea bargain that could allow him to avoid jail time. One of six Chargers involved in eight run-ins with police since April, Kiel was ordered to do 100hours of volunteer work, including talking to young people about the dangers of drugs, and undergo counseling for gambling. A decision could come as early as today. Turner and Phillips remained in their respective cities Wednesday night waiting on the Cowboys to make a decision. Earlier Wednesday, Indianapolis assistant coach/quarterbacks coach Jim Caldwell became the 10th man to interview for the position vacated by Bill Parcells on Jan. 22. “It will be in short order,” Caldwell said of a potential timetable. “It won’t be long.” England goes crazy over game: The NFL’s first regular-season game outside North America already looks like a big hit. More than 500,000 tickets were requested by about 160,000 fans in the three days following Friday’s official announcement, the NFL said. The ticket request process ends Feb. 18, two months before tickets go on sale for the Oct. 28 game between the Miami Dolphins and the New York Giants at Wembley Stadium, which is expecting to seat between 85,000-90,000 for the game. “Nearly all these requests have come from UK-based fans,” said Alistair Kirkwood, the managing director of NFL UK. “These figures do not take into account the allocation of tickets for Dolphins and Giants fans from the United States, so we anticipate a very quick sellout when tickets go on sale in early March.” Stadium plan for 49ers: The San Francisco 49ers said they will have a comprehensive stadium plan for Santa Clara officials by early April. Larry MacNeil, the 49ers chief financial officer, and Jed York, son of team owners John York and Debbie DeBartolo York, told city leaders the proposal should be ready in the next few weeks. It will include a plan to jointly finance the structure, estimated at $600 million to $800 million. Coaching moves: Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer hired Clancy Barone as tight ends coach and Matt Simon as running backs coach … The Oakland Raiders hired Kelly Skipper as assistant offensive line coach and Mark Jackson as director of football development. Skipper spent the past four years coaching running backs and special teams at Washington State. He previously worked at UCLA, where he was offensive coordinator, and Fresno State. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Kiel was in court, but didn’t speak. He also didn’t comment afterward. “I think it was a fair resolution,” said Kiel’s attorney, Bob Grimes. Kiel still has a Feb. 20 court appearance after being cited for urinating outside a nightclub Dec.18 in downtown San Diego, several hours after the Chargers’ home victory against the Kansas City Chiefs. Report: Cowboys’ search down to two: The Dallas Cowboys’ coaching search has been narrowed to two candidates, according to a report in today’s Dallas Morning News. San Francisco offensive coordinator Norv Turner and San Diego defensive coordinator Wade Phillips are the two finalists for the vacant head coaching job, a source close to the search said. last_img read more

Northern Development Initiative Trust to fund $250,000 towards North Peace Cultural Centre renovations

first_imgThe Economic Diversification Infrastructure program provides grant funding to support major infrastructure projects in order to strengthen the local economy. PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – The Northern Development Initiative Trust has approved nearly $1 million in funding for economic initiatives in Northern B.C.The approved funding will go towards four major projects in its service region that will support and strengthen the local economy through the Economic Diversification Infrastructure Program.In Fort St. John, the North Peace Cultural Centre has been approved for $250,000 to help cover renovation costs to its theatre.- Advertisement -The Centre’s upgrades will include the replacement of all 413 seats, new carpet, new stage drapery and the replacement of the lighting systems.North Peace Cultural Society Executive Director, Baptiste Marcere, says the upgrades will improve the quality of performances and the overall safety of the theatre.“The NPCC theatre is the performance hub of the North Peace attracting thousands of people to hundreds of performances each year. These will mean better performances in the theatre for both local and touring productions. Safety is of prime consideration and now, broken seats and carpet fringe will no longer be an issue.”Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgOUR TV screens in the past few days have been filled with the horrifying aftermath of the disaster.At least 10,000 people have died, 660,000 have lost their homes and several million more have been displaced.You can do your bit to help. A Table Quiz will be held at Arena 7 this Thursday night starting at 9.30pm.All proceeds are in aid of Philippine Typhoon Disaster victims.Organisers would appreciate any donations towards a raffle on the night- bottles of wine, chocolates, biscuits etc.All donations can be left at Ballaghderg Pre-School, Mountain Top, Letterkenny.  APPEAL: ARENA 7 QUIZ TO HELP THE PHILIPPINE TYPHOON DISASTER VICTIMS was last modified: November 12th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Arena 7Disaster appealPhilippinesTyphoonlast_img read more

Avoid Loss in Translation Put Developers and Creative Staffers on the Same

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In the exciting fast-paced world of technology startups, communication failures between different departments can spell disaster. As the founder of a company that builds software to streamline and optimize communication on teams, I know subjectively and from customers, that this problem is pervasive between technical and nontechnical teams.And the communication gap can’t be bridged with project-management software. Basecamp, Trello and other scrum platforms are amazing, but the kind of communication breakdowns I’m talking about run deep. It’s almost as if one party were speaking English and the other Japanese, and all are tossing their heads in misunderstanding.But don’t send a marketing guru to night school for computer science. Some clear and easy ways can prevent company initiatives from becoming lost in translation.Related: The Two Words Steve Jobs Hated Most1. Startups must be agile. Sometimes creative staffers have only a vague idea of what they want and the product evolves as it’s being built. Really diligent and aware nontechnical employees will set expectations for what things are most important. They will delineate nice-to-haves, must-haves and what to avoid.Software can be built in many different ways. Knowing ahead of time that it should have the capability to be easily modified helps developers tremendously. When a nontechnical person communicates which product features or designs are most likely to change and those that should be set in stone, the expectations for malleability are set.The engineer can then be forward thinking about how to approach the coding. Think about designing a house. The door is set at the entrance, with only tiny allowances made for materials and aesthetics. The windows, however, offer more opportunities for variation — in size, shape or position. When the creative team explains that a certain software feature should be the equivalent of a window and not a door, builders can invest the right time at the outset in designing and save time on adjustments down the road.2. The why is as important as the what. Providing a vague description of a desired design or functionality is a starting point. But scenarios and use cases add a ton of color to an idea. At my company, a team member requested changing an application so that employees could be able to edit a report after a manager’s review. The requester thought this would be a simple change, until the engineer pondered it for a minute or two and came up with four possible interpretations.When a goal is specified as well as a detailed flow chart for proposed user activity, the developers can think of different scenarios and arrive of options beyond the original proposal. They can raise objections on a cost or time savings basis. Related: How Thinking Like a Hacker Will Grow Your Business3. Try thinking like an engineer. Technologically challenged employees can learn to make things way easier on a software development team. Going through the following iterative process will enable them to conceptualize their problems in new ways and think more like engineers:Consider all the angles for the functionality or feature desired.Succinctly describe how it should work and the reasoning behind it.Provide a prototype or schematic or even chicken scratches on a napkin.Offer screen captures and a link to already existing products with similar functionality. Developers can glean an enormous amount of information from the work of others that will help them decide where to start the project.4. Find that common language. Creative employees can overcommunicate and essentially try to write the program for the developers in English instead of code. While their intentions are good, developers find trying to translate these messages quite time consuming and frustrating. When there’s effective collaboration and communication across teams, developers feel less frustrated and more highly valued by their organization and satisfied by their work.Think through what’s needed and why. Then communicate it as concisely as possible. A good creative person explains his or her needs in a way that leaves few unknowns unresolved. A good developer is then able to think about how the user will perceive what is being built.No collaboration tool can replace staffers’ spending time together and talking about things. Paint a picture of what’s desired and how it will be used. Elaborate on the greater business goal. The developers can extract insights to build something that will delight customers, and every employee involved will gain a sense of personal fulfillment and team camaraderie.Related: Developers Are in High Demand. 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