Cindy Magill is Sumner County’s new assessor

first_imgMagill — I was interested as it put me closer to my family and with more properties to value and responsibility it came with higher salary.  I started employment on August 19, 2013. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Magill — My dad was in the Marine Corp for 20 years so I grew up all over the U.S.  I was born in Wichita and that is where my family is from.  I attended college at Saddleback Community College in Mission Viejo California while my dad was still in the Marine Corp.My career started in the Sedgwick County Appraisers office in 1982.  I was a single parent, raising my son and was told about the job opening from a friend.  I applied, was interviewed and got the call on my birthday that I got the job.  I went on to work for the Johnson County Appraiser’s office, the Butler County Appraiser’s office and the Marion County Appraiser’s office.I hold the state appraisal designation, which is called RMA and stands for Registered Mass Appraiser.  Whenever there is an opening in a county a letter is mailed to everyone on the state list and that is how I heard about the opening here. Magill — One challenge for this next year has resulted from the legislator changing  the procedures on taxing boats in the state of Kansas, which typically when there is a change in the law there are always bugs that have to be worked out.  In the past a boat was taxed on 30 percent of its market value.  Now a boat will be taxed at 11.5 percent of its market value for tax years 2014 and 2015, then it will reduce to 5% for all years after that.  However, a boat’s tax will never fall under $12 in taxes.  This is somewhat of a nightmare to implement from the software end of our valuation and tax systems.There will be some interpretation of the law as to the definition of “watercraft”.  It is defined as any vessel requiring numbering by the federally approved system (K.S.A. 32-1110) administered by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.  Each watercraft may include one trailer which is designed to launch, retrieve, transport and store such watercraft and any nonelectric motor or motors which are necessary to operate such watercraft on the water.  In the past if the boat acquisition cost was $750 or less it was not taxed, however with the implementation of this new law this exemption no longer applies. Magill — No surprises starting the job, yet anyway……it will be interesting working with the casino and their property values, as I have never had to value a casino before. SN — Has there been any surprises since starting the job? Magill — It is too early for me to be able to answer this question.  I have not had time to analyze the sales yet and get a good feel for the different communities. SN — When people want to protest or question their tax bill what is the best method? SN — What made you decide to be the county appraiser of Sumner County and when did you start? Magill — I do not look at anything in particular to raise or lower a properties value; the sale transactions in the county determine the properties values.  If someone pays more for a three bedroom home versus a two, then the three bedroom homes will carry a higher value.  If a home with an attached garage sells for more than one without then the one with the attached garage will be valued higher, etc.The property tax is an ad valorem tax and the Latin meaning is “according to value”.  Of course if a property is not being taken care of properly then we would look at lowering the value due to the lack of maintenance. SN — What is the biggest challenge you think the appraiser office will need to tackle during your future tenure here? SN — Sumner County appraisal is a bit of a mixed bag. The casino has increased the appraised property. Yet the communities, especially Wellington, has seen a decrease in the collective appraised value. Why is that? by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Sumner Newscow is starting a new series called “Meet the new kid in town,” which will periodically feature a new person who has moved to the community or is now occupying a job of significant importance. If you have a person that is deserving of recognition that is new to the community, e-mail us at sumnernewscow@gmail.com.Cindy MagillThe first “Meet the new kid in town” person we are featuring is Cindy Magill – the new Sumner County Assessor. Magill replaced Della Rowley, who resigned after 14 years to take a similar job at Geary County which includes Junction City.Magill started the job at the Sumner County Courthouse in August. Here are a few of the questions we asked her about herself and the assessor’s job she now holds: Sumner Newscow — Tell us about yourself. Where you grew up, where you went to college, where and when you started your career. How did you hear about the opening at the Sumner County courthouse. Just some general information leading up to your move to Wellington. SN — This may be a complex question, but when you appraise a piece of property, what is it you mainly look for in determining whether to raise or lower the value of the parcel of land in question? Magill — There are two times during a year when a property owner can protest their properties valuation.  They can only initiate one appeal per valuation year.  The first time is within 30 days of receiving their valuation notice that is sent out every spring.  After receipt of the notice they would need to call our office to sit up a hearing for us to review the property and the valuation.  No monies need to be paid to protest at this time.The second time would be to pay their taxes under protest when they receive their tax bill.  This can put a burden upon the property owner if they are not financial secure.last_img read more

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Tatum, Celtics keep Thunder winless

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? The Thunder went up 86-83 on a layup by rookie Hamidou Diallo. Westbrook found Alex Abrines for a 3-pointer with just over five minutes to play, then Abrines hit another 3 on Oklahoma City’s next possession before George made two free throws to push the lead to nine with 4:22 remaining. Boston outscored the Thunder 16-1 the rest of the way.The Thunder and Cleveland Cavaliers are the only winless teams in the league.“There’s 78 more,” George said. “For us, it’s one game at a time. Tomorrow, we’re going to bury this game once we look at the film, and get ready for Phoenix. Just take it one day, one game at a time.”___TIP-INSCeltics: F Gordon Hayward scored five points in 24 minutes. He hasn’t played more than 25 minutes this season as he tries to find his way on his surgically repaired left ankle. … C Aron Baynes (right hamstring strain) and G Jabari Bird (personal reasons) did not play. … Morris committed three fouls in the first quarter in just 6:50 of playing time.Thunder: F Jerami Grant got his first start of the season, though he had been averaging 28 minutes per game. He replaced Patrick Patterson. … The Thunder made just 7 of 28 3-pointers and 14 of 25 free throws.POOR SHOOTINGThe Thunder entered the night as the worst-shooting team in the NBA at 39 percent, and they again shot 39 percent. Oklahoma City’s league-worst 3-point shooting percentage of 23.9 percent entering the night won’t change much after a 7-for-28 effort.THEY’RE NOT FREE Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Once he relaxed and started having fun, everything flowed.Jayson Tatum scored 24 points, Irving had 15 points and five assists, and the Celtics rallied from a 16-point halftime deficit to beat the winless Oklahoma City Thunder 101-95 on Thursday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“When we’re not on the same page, we’re very, very bad,” Irving said. “I think we want to err on the side of being one and being together and playing well together. It’s just a lot better basketball that way. And it starts with me, too.”Marcus Morris added 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Al Horford added 19 points for the Celtics. Morris hit a 3-pointer with 27 seconds left to give the Celtics a 98-95 lead, and they held on. The Thunder entered the night 29th in the league in free throw shooting at 66.7 percent, and they got worse Thursday by going 14 for 25.UP NEXTThunder: Host the Phoenix Suns on Sunday.Celtics: Visit the Detroit Pistons on Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIEScenter_img Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) shoots as Oklahoma City Thunder guard Hamidou Diallo (6) defends in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY — Kyrie Irving was overthinking how to fit in.He missed last season’s playoffs after left knee surgery, and because the Boston Celtics reached the Eastern Conference finals without him, he was cautious when he returned this season.ADVERTISEMENT Paul George scored 22 points for Oklahoma City, but shot just 7 of 22. Russell Westbrook had 13 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists, but he shot 5 for 20.Oklahoma City led 50-34 at halftime. Boston shot just 32 percent in the first half and missed all 11 of its 3-point attempts.Boston hit seven of its first 10 3-pointers in the third quarter to trim Oklahoma City’s lead to 70-64. At one point, Horford hit three 3-pointers in 41 seconds.“It felt really good,” Horford said. “Before the second quarter ended, Kyrie looked at me and said, ‘Hey, we’ve got to set the tone. We have to be more aggressive.’ He was right. We started in the third (quarter) and I tried to do my part and just play with more freedom out there.”Morris hit a 3 to cut Oklahoma City’s lead to 72-70, and a steal and layup by Terry Rozier III tied the game. Morris made a layup late in the quarter to give the Celtics a 74-73 lead at the end of the period. Boston was 9 of 14 on 3-pointers in the quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lillard’s 41-point outburst carries Portland past Magiclast_img read more

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Wedding Expo 2018 launched

first_imgThe 10th Annual Wedding Expo, hosted by Roraima Airways, was launched on Wednesday at Duke Lodge, Georgetown.With great pomp and high expectations for a grand event this year, the Wedding Expo was officially opened.The Expo is said to provide yet another opportunity for a couple to win a million-Couples showcasing wedding attire at the launch of Wedding Expo 2018dollar wedding.The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Roraima Airways, Captain Gerry Gouveia said that the Expo would provide the selected couple with an all-expenses paid wedding and other opportunities such as an all-expenses paid honeymoon package with the couple getting to choose from an array of destinations to visit.The Wedding Expo was inspired by a similar event held in Jamaica, and was brought home by one of the Roraima managers who proposed to have the event for couples hoping to get married.The event started with just 10 exhibitors, but has, over the years, grown to feature a wide array of attractions beyond just the wedding aspect.Small businesses in Guyana will also be given an opportunity to showcase their offerings.last_img read more

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Health Minister addresses world health assembly on universal health

first_imgLocal efforts made by Governments can motivate global action for active collaboration with several countries and sectors. This, in turn, can contribute to the achievement of universal health care for all, Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence told the World Health General Assembly of 194 country representatives. The World Health Assembly is being held in Geneva Switzerland from May 21 to 26, 2018.Universal health coverage is a goal of all countries under the World Health Organisation (WHO) to which they all must work together to achieve. Minister Lawrence told representatives of member states that, “We can share learnt lessons best practices and promote close cooperation between governments to ensure that we achieve universal health, (for) everyone, everywhere,” the MinisterPublic Health Minister, Volda Lawrence addressing the World Health General Assemblyis quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying.With reference to Guyana’s progress in this regard, she said that the Government has to ensure that, health coverage remains free for all, in keeping with the constitutional rights of all Guyanese.In achieving Sustainable Development Goals for health, “universal (health) coverage by itself clearly is not sufficient to ensure the health, well-being and equity in our countries,” the Minister stated. She added that while there is an improvement in access to health services, there is need to address the social factors of health.Health services in Guyana are decentralised and the challenge is ensuring that all persons in Guyana access adequate and appropriate health services.She added that the Public Health Ministry has embarked on a vision of having every person in Guyana be among the healthiest in the Caribbean by 2020. Also, a national health strategy 2013-2020 has been developed to support the process.This strategy has been compiled on two main pillars, one of which is Universal Health coverage. This means access to medicines and health technologies, providing equitable access to people-centered care. It also envisions strengthened integrated health services delivery networks and competencies for other human resources for health.last_img read more

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Laca, Ramsey star as Arsenal make it nine in a row

first_imgLacazette was at the centre of Arsenal’s powerful show at Craven Cottage, with his superb second-half strike restoring their lead after Andre Schurrle had cancelled out his opener.Ramsey’s audacious back-heeled goal put Arsenal in complete control to cap a stunning move that recalled the club’s finest days under Emery’s predecessor Arsene Wenger.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang netted twice in the closing stages as Arsenal won six consecutive league matches within a single campaign for the first time since 2016.They have also recorded three consecutive away league victories for the first time in two years.Emery was expected to need a long period to revive Arsenal after the depressing final years of the Wenger era.But the north Londoners are quickly rediscovering their verve and struggling Fulham had no answer to their enterprising display.Arsenal were battling fatigue after touching down in London in the early hours of Friday morning following a 4,000km flight from Azerbaijan, where they beat Qarabag 3-0 in the Europa League on Thursday.But Emery freshened up his side with six changes, although one was enforced as Mesut Ozil was sidelined due to a back spasm, and there were no signs of fatigue as they took the lead in the 29th minute.Alex Iwobi was the catalyst with a clever pass to Nacho Monreal.Monreal clipped his cross into Lacazette and the French striker left Tim Ream flat-footed with a nimble turn and close-range strike for his fourth goal of the season.Fulham are the only side in the Premier League yet to keep a clean sheet this season and it was easy to see why as Arsenal carved holes in the hosts’ creaky five-man defence.Arsenal were close to a second goal as they again exploited the space behind wing-back Cyrus Christie, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s effort well saved by Marcus Bettinelli.– Inspired move –Fulham hit back against the run of play in the 44th minute.Unhinged by Monreal’s wasteful pass, Arsenal were out of position as Luciano Vietto slipped a pin-point pass to Schurrle, who caught Rob Holding ball-watching as he sprinted through to chip a fine finish over Bernd Leno for his third goal this season.Undeterred, Arsenal stepped on the gas after the interval and Lacazette restored their lead in the 49th minute.Danny Welbeck headed onto Lacazette and he took Bettinelli by surprise with a powerful 20-yard drive that flashed past the newly called-up England keeper.Aubameyang and Ramsey had both been left on the bench, but Emery introduced them for the final half hour in a bid to kill off Fulham.It proved an inspired move as Ramsey sealed the points with a majestic finish in the 67th minute.A flowing attack saw Hector Bellerin and Ramsey combined in a blur of flicks and delicate touches in midfield before the ball was worked wide to Aubameyang.Aubameyang whipped over a low cross that was slightly behind Ramsey, prompting a superb adjustment from the Wales midfielder as he guided a back-flicked shot into the far corner.Aubameyang put the seal on Arsenal’s stroll in the autumn sunshine in the 79th minute, deftly converting Bellerin’s cross.The Gabon striker wasn’t finished yet and, in the last minute, he smashed in Ramsey’s pass for his sixth goal of the season.No wonder jubilant Gunners crammed into one corner of Craven Cottage celebrated the goal with chants of “We’ve got our Arsenal back”.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey celebrates after scoring a superb goal against Fulham © AFP / Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 7 – Arsenal swaggered to a ninth successive win as Alexandre Lacazette’s double and a goal of the season contender from Aaron Ramsey inspired a 5-1 rout of Fulham on Sunday.Unai Emery’s side turned on the style on the banks of the River Thames, recording their biggest win of the season as the resurgent Gunners moved into the Premier League’s top four.last_img read more

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Chelsea striker transfer on hold as player is ‘too expensive’

first_img How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures shining gameday cracker Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT smart causal The 25-year-old scored just 11 Premier League goals after joining Chelsea for a club-record £60million last year, and such poor form saw Morata dropped from Spain’s World Cup squad.With Antonio Conte, the manager who brought Morata to Chelsea, expected to leave Stamford Bridge this week, it is expected the forward will follow him out the door.And Borussia Dortmund were linked with signing Morata to replace Michy Batshuayi, the Chelsea forward who spent the second half of last season on loan at the Westfalenstadion.However, the Bundesliga club’s sporting director, Michael Zorc, has ruled out such a move going through as Morata is ‘too expensive’ for BVB.Quoted by RevierSport, Zorc said: “I would say that Morata is too expensive – without knowing exact sums.” Borussia Dortmund have ruled out making a move for Chelsea forward Alvaro Morata this summer.Morata, the Spain international, has been linked with leaving Stamford Bridge over the coming weeks, following his disappointing debut season in London. Brown’s half-time antics, eight-goal thrillers… relive these Boxing Day classics How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Morata scored 15 goals in all competitions in his debut season with Chelsea possible standings Latest Chelsea news tense Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars “At the moment I have the impression that the transfer market – not only in the case of strikers – is a bit out of touch with the realities.“Very high prices are called. We have to act with caution and not do crazy things. Especially as we have players in our squad who also have this position in their portfolio.” Batshuayi was signed by Dortmund on loan in January to replace Aubameyang 2 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won silverware possible xi Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REVEALED crackers 2 Morata was viewed as Dortmund’s replacement for Batshuayi, who in turn replaced Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at the Westfalenstadion when he joined Arsenal in January.“Of course, we have candidates in mind,” Zorc continued, when asked about replacing Aubameyang.“But the position of a true centre-forward is currently the most difficult to fill in European football. That’s why we’ve resisted selling Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for a very long time because he guaranteed us goals. REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade last_img read more

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UCLA notes: Players ready to focus on Cal

first_imgUCLA’s leaders tried pushing away the bad memory of the lackluster effort in the comeback win against Washington by calling Saturday’s game against No. 10 California the biggest of their careers. Bruins quarterback Drew Olson and linebacker Spencer Havner, both seniors, said they have not played a game of this magnitude at UCLA. And both players said they began discussing the importance of it with teammates during Sunday’s meetings, and over dinner. “It’s by far, (the) biggest game of my career,” Olson said. “I think everyone is re-focused again, back to that mentality we had the first three games. It’s a reality check, a little bit.” Olson said UCLA’s offense had “by far our worst week of practice” leading up to the 21-17 win over Washington, and that led to the awful on-field performance. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “What we talked about at most of our meetings was getting back that focus that we had before,” Olson said. “I think guys will take it as a wake-up call, get back to the way it was. Really, it was our preparation and our practice. That’s everything. That’s the idea this week, to have a great week of practice. I think we’ll see a lot of energy out there.” Havner, who redshirted when UCLA won its last game against a top-10 opponent – the seventh-ranked Bruins beat No. 10 Washington 35-13 in 2001 – said the Bruins’ focus must be present before preparations begin this afternoon. “This feels awesome,” Havner said. “I want to make sure everyone has the right mind-set (today), when they’re driving their car here (today). I try to talk to a guy here, talk to a guy there.” Dragovic done: Sophomore left defensive end Nikola Dragovic, who was UCLA’s biggest surprise on defense, will miss the remainder of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee against Washington. Bruins coach Karl Dorrell said Dragovic was seeking a second opinion, but that is customary since surgery doesn’t take place for two to three weeks after the injury to allow swelling to dissipate. center_img “Injuries are all part of the equation, and it’s unfortunate for us,” Dorrell said. “Are we going to miss him? Yes, he was a starter. But we’ll find people to come in and play and be effective with what we do defensively.” With Dragovic out, sophomore William Snead moves into the starting role. But Dragovic’s injury cuts into UCLA’s depth, which means sophomore Bruce Davis, who was splitting time between linebacker and right defensive end, will spend most of his time backing up Snead. Say what? Olson didn’t hide his amazement at UCLA opening as a two-point favorite against the Bears. “I couldn’t believe it. It’s kind of crazy,” Olson said. “No. 20 vs. No. 10? I guess it’s because of home field. I was shocked when I heard it.” Odds and ends: Kickoff for UCLA’s game at Washington State on Oct. 15 will kickoff at 3:30 p.m. It will be broadcast on Fox Sports Net. … Dorrell said 10 of UCLA’s 13 penalties came on special teams. “I don’t think I’ve ever, in my career, had 10 penalties relating to special teams,” he said. Brian Dohn, (818) 713-3607 brian.dohn@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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More Neanderthal Promotion

first_imgIt’s a good time to be a Neanderthal.  You’ll get more respect than ever before from paleoanthropologists.  The latest example, published in PhysOrg, is headlined, “Neanderthals more advanced than previously thought.”  Julien Riel-Salvatore [U of Colorado at Denver] says he is “rehabilitating Neanderthals” by challenging a half-century of “conventional wisdom” that portrayed them as numbskulls.  His studies in Italy show Neanderthals to be creative, adaptable and successful, coming up with tools, art and hunting implements on their own without “modern human” help.  “We are more brothers than distant cousins,” he thinks.  See also the 05/08/2010 entry.Update:  National Geographic just published a strange new idea: that volcanoes killed off the Neanderthals.  Ker Than explained that major volcanic eruptions near the Caucasus Mountains so damaged their habitat they were unable to bounce back.  This flies in the face of a long-standing theory that modern humans proved too brainy for them and pushed them off the world stage.  And didn’t Neanderthals cover a wide area from northern Europe to the Middle East?  Other anthropologists were quoted with objections to the new idea.It’s going to take a long time to undo the Neanderthal myth because of the Law of Inertia for Falsified Theories (01/15/2010).(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Team Barloworld’s best day ever

first_img18 July 2007Team Barloworld, the first South African-sponsored team to contest the Tour de France, captured the attention of the cycling world on Tuesday when the team’s Columbian climber Mauricio Soler scored a brilliant victory on the gruelling and mountainous ninth stage.“It was an incredible win, something I never expected to achieve. But with some great team work it all worked out fine,” Soler said afterwards.The courageous and inspiring manner in which the Team Barloworld rider achieved the win captured the imagination.Out of category climbThe stage, between Val d’Isere and Briancon, covered 159.5 kilometres and included the first out of category climb on the tour. From the start, the climb of Col d’Iseran reduced the peloton to just 70 cyclists as Yaroslav Popovich of Team Discovery Channel took an early lead.Soler responded with a couple of other riders, managing to catch Popovich at the beginning of the descent. Almost immediately, however, six riders escaped on the descent. By the time the group reached Col de Telegraphe they had a three-minute lead over the chasers.One man fell off the leaders while Rabobank, protecting the yellow jersey of race leader Michael Rasmussen, led a charge by peleton to close the gap on the breakaway.Stunning solo effortWith 64 kilometres to go, Soler set off to haul in the leaders. In a stunning solo effort he reduced the two-and-a-half minute deficit within 17 kilometres. Astonishingly, upon catching the leaders, he wasn’t finished, accelerating past them.They tried to stay with him up Galiber, but no one could manage to keep pace with the Columbian who, in describing his ride, said: “I attacked like a loco(madman) today”. By the top of the climb he led Discovery Channel’s Alberto Contador by nearly two-and-a-half minutes.Contador and Popovich tried to work together to haul in Soler, but as the finish line approached they were hauled in by a group that included race leader Rasmussen.Cheered onThe Barloworld cyclist, meanwhile, kept pushing hard and, despite the best efforts of the men behind him, he crossed the finish line 38 seconds ahead of second-placed Alejandro Valverde, cheered on by the huge crowd that lined the streets.Soler’s win lifted him to 17th in the overall classification, second in the king of the mountains’ standings, and third in the contest for the white jersey, awarded to the highest placed rider under the age of 25.With Michael Rasmussen also leading the king of the mountains, Soler will get to wear the polka dot jersey while the Rabobank rider dons the race leader’s yellow jersey.Hunter in green jersey huntSouth Africa’s Robert Hunter, captain of Team Barloworld, remains in the hunt for the green jersey worn by the points’ leader; the sprint ace lies third in the standings, behind only Tom Boonen and Erik Zabel.The biggest win ever by Team Barloworld was witnessed by French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who followed the race in the Tour de France director’s vehicle. Later, he presented Soler with a trophy for his fantastic win.Soler also received a phone call from Columbian President Alvaro Uribe Velez who told the cyclist: “I was engaged today in an official meeting in Medellin, but I was informed about your extraordinary performance and I have wished to express immediately my joy!”‘What a day!’Barloworld team manager Claudio Corti was ecstatic in an interview posted on the team’s website: “What a day for our team! Mauricio Soler grabbed the stage thanks to a fantastic performance. The way he pulverized the competitors was unbelievable.Selected as a wildcard team for the Tour, Barloworld has made its presence felt, firstly with some strong performances by sprinter Robert Hunter, and now with Soler’s stage victory.Corti commented: “We have deserved such happy moment. To be honest, we were really confident about our race from the very beginning. When we arrived in London, I felt really a positive atmosphere in the team. I think we approached Tour de France in a proper way: no illusions, no dreams, no fear.”Corti is hoping for more great performances from Soler. Praising the Columbian, he said: “Mauricio is a real professional; he’s always very concentrated on the race. I consider him a true climber and I hope he will be the Tour de France King of the Mountains when we will be in Paris”.A victory for South AfricaThe team manager said Soler’s big win was also a victory for South Africa: “First, thanks to the Team Barloworld. South Africa is discovering cycling; this is good news for sure.“Second, a huge company like Barloworld is touching our sport capacity in terms of international visibility.“Third, last, but not least, Team Barloworld is well representing a growing country destined to be one of the spots in the future years not only in cycling: remember the next Soccer World Cup in 2010.” Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Box Announces Activity Streams, App Market and More

first_imgBox (formerly known as Box.net) announced a new version today. It’s revamping the user interface, adding discussion tabs to documents, activity streams and an app market. The new version will be rolled out over the next 30 days. It’s also working with VMware to integrate Active Directory with Box in order to appeal to larger enterprises. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Tags:#cloud#saas Last year Box implemented editing and sharing features acquired from Increao Solutions. The redesign is based around those features. Just in time, perhaps, for a Google Docs redesign.Although Box is a solid player in the cloud storage market, it’s playing catchup by adding activity streams this late in the game. However, by adding this functionality – powered by Friendfeed‘s Tornado server – Box will be better able to compete with other enterprise collaboration vendors such as Huddle. Huddle marketing director Spencer Chen welcomed the competition saying “We’re all happy to see the new additions to the Box.net application. We have all witnessed the popular consumer file sharing service mature into a more business-ready collaboration platform.” Chen noted that more competition is good for the marketplace and for customers.Box’s app marketplace play fits with the current trend of enterprise SaaS vendors attempting to become platforms. We covered this trend when Jivereleased its development SDK last month. Box CEO Aaron Levine spoke a the SDK launch. Box will be selling its service on Jive’s platform. Likewise, Jive is selling its services through Google Apps Marketplace in addition to hosting its own store. Zoho is taking a similar approach.Importantly, the app store approach may be able to help Box users fill out important bits of functionality while leaving Box’s engineering team to focus on having a reliable core service.VMware has integrated Active Directory with Box to enable single signon and access controls. This is an important move towards making Box ready for large enterprises. Box is already in use by large companies such as Dell, but access control features will make it ready for enterprise-wide use. Box has been adverting itself as an alternative to Microsoft SharePoint, but only with these features in place can it compete at all with Microsoft for enterprise customers.Box and Samsung also announced that Box will be integrated into future tablets from Samsung. This is significant because it shows Samsung, and by extension Android, challenging Apple and RIM for the enterprise tablet marketIn sum, the new version bring some much needed features to Box that will enable it to compete with other vendors and become a viable option for larger enterprises.Disclosure: Box paid for Klint Finley’s flight and accommodations to attend Box’s press event in Palo Alto. Samsung provided free Galaxy Tabs to attendants. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market klint finley A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

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