From the daily archives: Wednesday, January 27, 2010

New iPhone App Helps Residents Report Issues on the Go and Tap Into Government Around the Clock

PLEASANTON, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Potholes that need filling, barking dogs that need quieting, and graffiti that needs removing are now an iPhone tap away in dozens of cities and counties with today’s launch of the GORequest for the iPhone app by Government Outreach, Inc.

“Cities of every size told us they wanted to give their residents the same iPhone convenience that only a few big cities have offered”

iPhone users simply open the app, select an issue, take a picture, and tap submit – the app knows the exact location and sends the issue directly to the staff member at city hall who can fix it. Users are kept up-to-date on the status of their issue, and it’s all done 7×24 without having to visit city hall or go to a computer.

“Cities of every size told us they wanted to give their residents the same iPhone convenience that only a few big cities have offered,” noted Government Outreach president Kendall Smith. “We’ve already helped many agencies around the country dramatically improve customer service through the web, but with GORequest for the iPhone they can now connect with residents on the go,” Smith added.

A picture is worth a thousand words – with GORequest for the iPhone, a photo and GPS coordinates allow large and small cities such as Santa Monica, CA, Arvada, CO, and Queen Creek, AZ to efficiently find and fix issues. Fully integrated with the GORequest system, automatic request routing allows cities and counties to improve service with less staff, which lowers costs. With GORequest, city hall is open 7×24, even in this era of staff reductions, furloughs, and reduced office hours.

About Government Outreach: Founded on the belief that there is a better way for local governments to serve their communities, Government Outreach brings the public sector a suite of products that support the unique needs of local agencies. Government Outreach is a leading provider of web-hosted citizen relationship management (CRM) and automated code enforcement solutions for local governments. GORequest for the iPhone is the latest enhancement to Government Outreach’s award-winning GORequest CRM solution.


LARNACA, Cyprus–(BUSINESS WIRE)–One of the leading online casinos in the industry, Royal Apollo, has announced that it is now accepting players from the United States. This comes following a growing need to offer top quality online gambling entertainment to US players in a safe and secure gaming environment.

US players should be able to find an excellent variety of bonuses to attract them to the Rival Gaming powered Royal Apollo online casino, starting with the $1,200 welcome bonus that is spread over the player’s first ten deposits.

According to Royal Apollo, the welcome bonus is divided as follows:

  • First deposit – 100% up to $200
  • Second deposit – 100% up to $150
  • Third deposit – 100% up to $150
  • Fourth deposit – 100% up to $100
  • Fifth to tenth deposits – 100% up to $100

The site also recently upgraded its weekly bonuses by launching its ‘Happy Days’ promo schedule, meaning that rewards are given out every day of the week.

A new, upgraded VIP Club dishes out generous promotions, offers, bonuses and perks at six different levels to loyal players.

US players wanting to fund their online casino accounts at Royal Apollo should find a wide range of convenient, discreet and easy to use payment methods that are supported at this site. Payment methods include credit cards, ewalletxpress, usemywallet and click2pay and can be used to deposit funds into the player’s account or withdraw winnings.

Players should be pleased to note that Royal Apollo online casino also offers extra bonuses on deposits as a means to encourage the use of available alternative payment methods. The bonuses range from 15% to 25% depending on the payment method selected.

Royal Apollo utilizes industry standard security protocols (128 bit, SSL data encryption technology) to ensure that all transactions – whether deposits or withdrawals – are carried out in a secure manner.

About us: Royal Apollo is an online casino owned and operated by Silverstone Overseas Limited, wholly owned by Bonne Chance NV, licensed and regulated by the Government of Curacao. Royal Apollo works off the Rival Gaming software platform and brings players over 80 casino games to choose from, including the interactive i-Slots series. Royal Apollo offers 24/7 Online Support via chat email or phone.



Only four months after breaking ground, Tessera Solar and Stirling Energy Systems (SES) recently showcased the highly anticipated Maricopa Solar power plant, which is the first commercial project for the SunCatcher concentrating solar power (CSP) technology.

“The opening of Maricopa Solar is a significant milestone for our companies and for the solar industry,” said Bob Lukefahr, Tessera Solar North America CEO. “Maricopa Solar represents a genuine breakthrough in solar energy and demonstrates that Stirling dish solar power is now ready for commercial deployment in the US and around the world. With this milestone now behind us we look forward to breaking ground on our initial 1,500 MW of projects in California and Texas later this year.”

Source: Renewable Energy Magazine

Designed and manufactured by SES, the innovative and highly-efficient SunCatcher system used in the Maricopa Solar CSP plant is a 25-kilowatt solar power system which uses a 38-foot, mirrored parabolic dish combined with an automatic tracking system to collect and focus the sun’s energy onto a Stirling engine to convert the solar thermal energy into grid-quality electricity. Maricopa Solar is comprised of 60 SunCatcher dishes and will provide 1.5 megawatts of renewable energy to SRP customers in Greater Phoenix, Arizona.

“The SunCatcher represents the next generation of grid-quality solar power technology providing clean, reliable and cost-effective solar power to address global climate change and reduce our planet’s carbon emissions,” said Steve Cowman, Stirling Energy Systems CEO.

The electricity generated by Maricopa Solar will be purchased by Phoenix power utility, SRP. “Through partnerships such as Maricopa Solar, we will be able to learn a great deal about this emerging solar technology while helping to create green jobs, economic development opportunities and clean energy for SRP and our customers,” said SRP’s Associate General Manager, Richard Hayslip. “The Maricopa Solar project is just one example of SRP’s commitment to building a renewable energy portfolio that is beneficial to our environment and customers.”

According to SES, SunCatcher has a number of advantages including the highest solar-to-grid electric efficiency, zero water use for power production, a modular and scalable design, low capital cost, and minimal land disturbance.

It was designed and developed in America, through a public-private partnership with the US Department of Energy and the SunCatchers unveiled at Maricopa Solar were manufactured and assembled in North America, mostly in Michigan by automotive suppliers.

Utility-scale projects next

High-volume manufacturing of the SunCatcher begins in Summer 2010 and Tessera Solar breaks ground on utility-scale projects using this system late this year in California and Texas. Imperial Valley is a 750 MW project with the first 300 MW contracted under a Power Purchase Agreement with San Diego Gas & Electric near El Centro, California; Calico is a 850 MW project with Southern California Edison near Barstow, California; and Western Ranch is a 27 MW project with CPS Energy in West Texas.

SES estimates that manufacturing of SunCatcher components and construction of these projects will create up to 4,000 jobs in the near term, both in the Midwest, where SES’s automotive supply chain base originates, and in the Southwest where projects will be developed.

Source: Renewable Energy Magazine


The 63rd Holtville Carrot Festival Kicks Off this Weekend

It’s that time of year again! The 63rd annual Holtville Carrot Festival kicks off this Friday with the Chamber of Commerce Banquet at the Imperial Valley Swiss Club and continues with tons of festivities throughout the next week.

The Chamber of Commerce banquet will begin at 6:30 p.m. with no-host cocktails. Dinner will be served from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., and a ceremonies will take place from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Carrot Festival royalty will be crowned, Holtville’s Citizen of the Year will be named, and Mayor Colleen Ludwig will give the State of the City address.

On Saturday the Holtville Athletic Club will be holding it’s annual Rib Cook-Off at Samaha Park beginning at 10 a.m. Vendors have bought 16,000 pounds of ribs and made 250 gallons of ice cream for the estimated 16,000 visitors who will be attending the cook-off. There will be cash prizes for the best ribs including a $1,000 grand prize for the Judge’s Choice Award. Entertainment at the cook-off will include music by Charly & Calico Ridge, BigJoyWow, and Tercer Elemento.

Also Saturday will be the Holtville Music Festival, an event that is new to the Carrot Festival lineup. The music festival will start at 2 p.m. at Hot Rods & Beer, 235 West Fifth Street. There will be live music and a beer garden outside until 9:30 p.m. when the music will be moved indoors.

Carrot Cooking Contests will take place Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at the Holtville Civic Center. Monday will be the Little Chef, Junior Chef, Middle School, High School and Miscellaneous Divisions starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday will be the Adult Salad, Vegetable and Main Dish divisions at 6 p.m. Wednesday will be the Adult Bread, Dessert and Appetizer Divisions at 3 p.m. Thursday will be the Senior, Open, Energy Savings, and International Divisions at 6 p.m. and Friday will be the Sweepstakes Final Cook-off at 6 p.m.

The mid-way carnival will open at the corner of 6th Street and Pine on Thursday, Feb. 4 and will be open through Sunday, Feb. 7. Tickets are on sale at businesses throughout Holtville for $20 per book, or $20 per bracelet.

On Saturday, Feb. 6, festivities begin with the Carrot Festival Mile & 5K Races. Runners should meet in front of Parker’s Pharmacy at 7 a.m. Pre-registration for the race costs $15 and registration the day of the event costs $20. The top male and female runners in the 5K race will each receive a $100 grand prize, and the top runners in the mile race will receive $50.

Craft, food and other vendor booths will be set up in Holt Park from 9 a.m. until dusk and the Carrot Festival Parade will begin at 10 p.m. The parade will feature more than 100 entries including school children, bands, floats, antique cars and tractors, equestrians, the Holtville Citizen of the Year, and Carrot Festival royalty. Parade trophies will be presented at the gazebo in Holt Park at approximately 1 p.m. There will be entertainment at the gazebo from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Student artists will be showing their work at the Civic Center from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and an antique tractor and car show will be held at Hot Rods & Beer from 12 noon to 4 p.m.

The festival will wrap up Sunday with more booths, food and entertainment in the park and, at 11 a.m., the Holtville Rotary Club’s ‘No Bones About It’ barbeque in Holt Park. The barbecue will conclude around 2 p.m., just in time for the Super Bowl.

The week long Festival starts this Friday, January 29, 2010 6:30 p.m with the Annual Chamber Of Commerce Banquet:

Featuring award of Citizen of the Year honors, and crowning of the 2010 Carrot Festival Queen, Princess and Junior Princess.  6:30 – 7:00 p.m.: No-Host Cocktails. 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.: Dinner.  8:00 – 9:00 p.m.: Ceremonies and State of the City Address at I.V. Swiss Club.   Tickets are $25.00 per person.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

10:00 a.m :  Holtville Athletic Club’s Rib Cook-Off at Samaha Park.

2:00 p.m.:  Carrot Festival Music Fest: The event will be at Hot Rods & Beer in Holtville.

Monday, February 1, 2010

6:00 p.m.: Carrot Festival Cookery Contest

Little Chef’s and Junior Chef/Miscellaneous Division.  Youngsters are invited to try their hand at cooking with carrots.  At the Civic Center.  Cooking Contest sponsored by Soroptimist Club.

6:00 p.m.: Carrot Festival Cookery Contest

Middle School and High School Divisions.  At the Civic Center.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

6:00 p.m.: Carrot Festival Cookery Contest

Adult Salad, Vegetable and Main Dish Division. At the Civic Center.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

6:00 p.m.: Carrot Festival Cookery Contest

Adult Chef  Breads, Desserts and Appetizer Divisions.  At the Civic Center.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

6:00 p.m.: Carrot Festival Cookery Contest

Senior Chef/Miscellaneous and Open Chef/Energy Saving and International Cuisine.  At Civic the Center.

3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.: Carrot Festival Midway Carnival on Pine & 6th St.


By Chris Furguson

Martin Leyva of Calexico struggles against the pinning predicament of Brawley’s John Sandoval during this 125 lbs match. Brawley would do on to win the dual 61-15. More photos on page 11! Photo by Chris Furguson.

After several impressive performances at tournaments over the winter holiday, the Brawley High Wrestling team continues to dominate local wrestling action as they defeated the Calexico Bulldogs 61-15 on Wednesday, January 20.
The Wildcats were helped by four walkovers and four pins during the evening’s matches
Highlights for the Bulldogs include a pair of pins and a very close decision.
The evening began with three Brawley walkovers at 103, 112 and 119 from Lonzie Osuna, Eric Wong and Cheyanne Chan.
The first contested match of the night ended early in the second period when Brawley’s John Sandoval pinned Bulldog Martin Leyva at 125.
Another Brawley walkover at 130 from Zach Dial was followed by the 135 match between Calexico’s Alexis Zavala and Wildcat Oscar Lizarraga where Lizarraga pinned Zavala late in the second period.
Calexico’s first win of the evening came when Jorge Mendez pinned Angel Carrillo in the 140 lbs. division during the first period.
The next match saw a technical fall courtesy of Brawley’s Mitchell Maya over Ricardo Garcia at 145.  This was followed by a Wildcat pin from J.L. Mayo over Calexico’s Christian Guitierrez.
Calexico’s next win came after a 4-3 decision between Juan Morales of Calexico and Juan Morales of Brawley at 160.
Wildcat Jose Solorzano won the next match at 171when he earned a superior decision against Bulldog Jose Guzman.   At 189, Rafael Callas of Calexico lost a 15-7 decision to Brawley’s Roberto Rea.
Calexico’s last points were earned by Giovani Vizcara by pinning Jonathan Mejia late in the first period at 215.
The heavyweight match up saw Leo Torres score a third period pin over Sergio Medina.
Brawley has also had some strong performances at recent tournaments, including a first place overall at the Las Vegas Tournament, including five winners, an 11th at the El Cajon Invitational, and a fourth place at the Five Counties meet, recognized as one of the toughest in the nation.
Brawley next wrestles at this week’s Holtville Rotary Tournament, followed by a home meet with Holtville next week.

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