Transportation officials recently awarded contracts to repair landslides in Graham County and Henderson County.Adams Contracting of Robbinsville earned a $735,000 contract to repair a slide located on N.C. 143 about one mile west of the intersection with N.C. 28.Traffic will continue to flow on the highway using a temporary signal in Graham County. The contractor will remove loose debris and create more of a gradual slope from the slide area which measures about 220 feet high and 150 feet wide. The work began last week and should be completed by May.In Henderson County, traffic will utilize the open lane on U.S. 74A during the work and both lanes available when workers are not present at the location near Grant Mountain Road.GLF Construction, with a base in Asheville, earned the contract for $1.15 million to repair the slide area of about 150 feet tall and 250 feet wide. The contractor will remove material from a ditch beside the road, push other dirt and rock down the road and build a rock buttress at the bottom of the slide area. The contractor expects to complete the work by May 3.
Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Internet of Things (IoT) startup Notion has raised $3.2 million in funding, provided by XL Innovate and Liberty Mutual Strategic Ventures.The funding comes two years after Notion started a Kickstarter to sell smart sensors that can track broken windows, water leaks, and unauthorized access to the house. Backers started receiving their sensors in February, though some are still waiting.See also: Could autonomous cars destroy the auto insurance industry?For Liberty Mutual, Notion could prevent water leaks or burglaries from getting out of hand, lowering the amount insurers have to pay and potentially lowering the cost of insurance for homeowners.This has already happened, State Farm and other insurers provide lower rates for homeowners that own a Nest thermostat or smoke detector.“We’ve received a lot of interest from insurance companies,” said Brett Jurgens, CEO of Notion, to Denver Post. “A big part is the insurance companies are interested in decreasing water leaks and (increasing) home security adoption. The benefit passes on to customers.”Notion handles a lot of tasksPart of Notion’s appeal is the variety of things the smart sensor can do. In the Kickstarter video, Jurgens mentions acceleration, moisture, sound, temperature, light, orientation, natural frequency, and proximity. It can track the amount of propane left in a tank, whether the garage door is unlocked, and if a safe is opened.The investment in Notion is only the start for Liberty, which set aside $150 million for insurance tech groups. The company’s first IoT investment was August Home, one of the most popular smart locks.We are going to see more of these insurance-technology partnerships, and this might prompt a quicker IoT adoption rate from customers that want lower insurance rates. It may also go the other way though, if customers are worried about their private data getting into the hands of insurers. Follow the Puck Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces David Curry Tags:#Home Monitoring#insurance#Internet of Things#IoT#Liberty Mutual#Notion
A livid BCCI has said it has suffered huge losses and that it will claim all the damages following the West Indies cricket team’s unprecedented move to pull out of the remainder of India tour in the wake of an acrimonious unresolved pay dispute with its Board back home.The aggrieved Caribbean players, who were persuaded to take the field for the fourth ODI in Dharamsala yesterday, conveyed their decision to call off the remaining part of tour to the BCCI, which is now contemplating legal action against the visitors.”We have suffered huge losses due to the decision of the West Indies to pull out of the tour. We are going to claim all the damages and pursue the matter with ICC. We have convened an emergent working committee meeting to discuss the issue as well as the visit, at short notice, by Sri Lanka,” BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel told PTI from Baroda.The Cricket Board has convened an emergent meeting of its all-powerful working committee in Hyderabad on October 21 to discuss the aftermath of the controversial pull-out.”The working committee members will have dialogue on this and after that we may consider to not pursue further FTP programmes with West Indies.”Patel said he was busy from morning till midnight yesterday in view of the sudden “unprecedented” move by the West Indies to abandon the tour after playing, with reluctance, the fourth and penultimate ODI in Dharamsala.”I had a very hectic time and this was an unprecedented decision. We will discuss all these at the working committee.advertisementThere will be a governing council meeting of IPL preceding the WC meeting,” he added.Patel had said in a statement yesterday: “The BCCI would like to clarify that despite all its efforts, the Micromax Cup India vs West Indies ODI series has been curtailed because of the ongoing issue between WICB and its players, and the withdrawal of the WI team from the ongoing tour of India.”Patel had also provided a timeline of the controversy-hit tour from the time the West Indies reached Kochi to play the first ODI till yesterday when the BCCI received a communication from team manger Richie Richardson informing the former that the visitors will not play any more scheduled matches on the tour after yesterday’s ODI.Patel also said that the Sri Lanka will play the ODIs between November 1 and 14 and that England and Wales Cricket Board was also willing to send its team.”We had already contacted the Sri Lanka board who had accepted the invitation on short notice. But they have to go back home for their next series against England,” said Patel.
New Zealand have won all of their five matches in the ongoing World Cup so farDaniel Vettori passed 300 wickets in one-day internationals as New Zealand cruised to a six-wicket win over Afghanistan in their ICC World Cup match on Sunday.Afghanistan was bowled out for 186 – the fourth time in five matches that New Zealand has kept an opponent under 200 runs – and the hosts passed that total with 13.5 overs to spare.The 36-year-old left-arm spinner Vettori needed two wickets to reach 300 and started ideally by bowling Usman Ghani with his first delivery.Vettori (4-18) reached the milestone when he bowled Nawroz Mangal for 27. He then dismissed Afghanistan captain Mohammad Nabi (6) and wicketkeeper Afsar Zazai (0) with consecutive deliveries as Afghanistan slumped to 59-6.Trent Boult supported Vettori, taking 3-34 and joining teammate Tim Southee as the leading wicket-taker at this World Cup with 13 dismissals. Vettori is third with 12 as New Zealand bowlers occupy the first three placings on the wicket-taking list.Afghanistan was playing its third match in a week in which it has traveled almost 10,000 kilometers (6,000 miles) – from Dunedin to Perth and then to Napier – and was coming off a 275-run loss to Australia.The frayed confidence from that game was evident as it lost opener Javed Ahmadi, lbw to Boult, to only the ninth ball of its innings and Ghani five balls later which it was 6-2. Boult then dismissed Asghar Stanikzai (9) and Vettori’s quick three wickets put Afghanistan at strong risk of a sub-100 score.advertisementBut Samiullah Shenwari, Afghanistan’s most consistent batsman, combined in an 86-run partnership with the eighth man in, Najibullah Zadran, to halt the decline.Shenwari played the disciplined sheet-anchor role as Najibullah went for his shots, lacing seven fours and two sixes. He was finally out for 56 off as many balls.Corey Anderson hit Shenwari in the back of the helmet which a bouncer. He was momentarily stunned and later called for medical assistance but continued undeterred. His was the ninth wicket to fall, having made 54 off 110 balls.New Zealand’s batting lineup made what is becoming a trademark barnstorming start. Brendon McCullum made 42 from just 19 balls in a 53-run opening partnership with Martin Guptill, who top-scored with 57.McCullum hit six fours and a six off Mohammad Nabi, but was bowled next ball.Guptill and Kane Williamson (33) put on 58 for the second wicket before Williamson was caught by Shenwari from the bowling of Shapoor Zadran. Guptill went on to his first half century at the tournament from 69 balls before being run out by Shenwari’s throw.Grant Elliott (19) was also run out but Ross Taylor (24) and Corey Anderson (7) steered New Zealand to 188-4.
Ahead of the Apple Watch’s retail kickoff on this Friday, the company CEO Tim Cook has come up with a good news for all the employees of the company. Cook has announced major discounts on Apple Watch for all its employees as a goodwill gesture.The Apple CEO has reportedly sent a memo to all the employees congratulating them for working hard for years to help this product reach their customers.It would be a great delight for the Apple employees as they will get 50 per cent off on the aluminum sport and stainless models and $550 off on the gold edition variations.It has been said that the special pricing for employees lasts for 90 days, starting on Friday, the day when general Apple Watch pre-orders start.Cook has told employees that “we want you to share in that experience right alongside.”More than one thousand apps were submitted in just four days last week when the App Store started accepting them, and the rate of submissions has only been climbing since then,” he said.According to 9to5Here is the full memo from Cook to the employees:Team,The day we’ve all been waiting for is almost here: Apple Watch is ready to ship.Our retail stores are training for a whole new way to engage customers and help them experience Apple’s most personal product yet. On Friday, in over four hundred stores across four continents, we’ll open our doors to people who want to try on Apple Watch for the first time and start deciding which one is right for them.advertisementTens of millions of people have seen our keynotes and demonstration videos about the watch, and there’s much more to come. Some of the most innovative developers in the world are working on new experiences designed specifically for Apple Watch. More than one thousand apps were submitted in just four days last week when the App Store started accepting them, and the rate of submissions has only been climbing since then.I know that many of you have been looking forward to choosing an Apple Watch for yourselves, and we want to make it easy for you. Starting Friday, in countries where the watch is available for pre-order, a special Employee Purchase Plan will offer a 50% discount on any Apple Watch or Apple Watch Sport for your personal use.As we introduce the watch in more countries, the special pricing for employees will be offered in those countries as well. Discounts will begin at pre-order and last for 90 days after availability. AppleWeb has more details, so I invite you to check it out.Our products enrich people’s lives like no others, and we think Apple Watch is going to delight our customers in ways people can’t yet imagine. We want you to share in that experience right alongside them.Congratulations to everyone who has worked so hard for years to help this product reach our customers. And thanks in advance to the thousands of retail employees around the world who will start placing it on people’s wrists starting Friday.