June 12, 2010
Mr. Randall McNeill
Director, Contract Administration
Illinois Project Consortium
25535 North River woods Boulevard
90 North West, Mettawa
Dear Mr. McNeill:
Re: Request To Expedite Payment - Contract PLC-09-17542
Due to circumstances beyond our control, we have been unable to complete the final delivery phase of the exterior wharf retaining wall under the above-noted contract. All work has been completed except for the installation of the tie-down anchors which have not yet been received from the manufacturer. These are expected to arrive within four weeks and we plan to install them as soon as we receive them. In the meantime, we are experiencing a serious cash flow problem which is affecting our ability to complete a number of our other contracts; including the access road extension project (PLC- 10-21743). As you know, any delay in completion of the access road will have a negative impact on a number of other Phase 2 contracts. We therefore request that you immediately release payment for the above-noted wharf retaining wall contract, subject to a 10% holdback to be payable on completion of the tie-down anchors. That arrangement will protect you while at the same time relieving the problems caused by our current cash flow difficulties.
Accordingly, please find attached an invoice for the final progress payment of $67,575 for contract PLC-09-17542.
If you have any questions at all please contact me immediately at 312-752-3479.
On behalf of our entire company I thank you in advance for your kind cooperation.
Construction Contracts Manager
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Arthur Brown, “Literature and the Impossibility of Death: Poe’s ‘Berenice’”
Maurice Blanchot writes that death is "man's greatest hope," for it "raises existence to being" and “is within each one of us as our most human quality." Literature, on the other hand, "manifests existence without being, existence which remains below existence, like an inexorable affirmation, without beginning or end--death as the impossibility of dying." Poe's stories of premature burial and of the dead coming back to life dramatize the horror of the impossibility of dying that is made present in the existence of literature. In "Berenice" our attention as readers to the details of the tale, our willingness to be told what "should not be told," reproduces the narrator's obsession with the teeth of Berenice--with that which speaks of death and does not die--and implicates us in his violation of the still-living Berenice in her tomb. The destruction of Berenice--of the living being that can die--and the telling of "Berenice" coincide. Heightening our awareness of the literary act in which we are engaged, Poe forces us to enter the tale itself. Only in our own mortality do we find a way out.
A Proposal to Review How Geophysical Precursors
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Throughout the world, devastating earthquakes occur with little or no advance warning. Some of these earthquakes kill hundreds of people. If the times, magnitudes, and locations of these earthquakes could be accurately predicted, many lives could be saved. This document proposes a review of how monitoring geophysical precursors can help in the short-term prediction of earthquakes. The proposed review will discuss the physical principles behind the monitoring of three common precursors and evaluate how accurate each monitoring is in predicting earthquakes. Included in this proposal are my methods for gathering information, a schedule for completing the review, and my qualifications.
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