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PART 6

Questions 1 - 3:

Reading text:

Dear Mr. Mackenzy,

I'm writing in response to your letter inquiring about "loose skin" resulting _____(1) a diet.

If you have a lot of weight to lose, you may be worried about "loose skin" on your chin, underarms and thighs. Please aim to lose weight slowly in order for your body to adjust.

Whatever kind of diet you are on, your skin needs oil, _____(2) it will become dry and less elastic.

If you add a dressing made with olive to your salads, it may increase your skin's radiance - your skin will also become smoother and softer.

Please _____(3) that water should be your primary beauty aid.

Not only does it fill you up without calories, but it also takes toxins out of your body system.

Sincerely yours,

Editor, Sara Williams.

1. (1)
2. (2)
3. (3)
Questions 4 - 7:

Reading text:

To: San Diego Branch; Del Mar Branch; Chula Vista Branch From: Ron Hathaway Subject: Upcoming Real Estate Seminar

Hello agents of southwestern California! This is Ron, your CEO! There's going to be a real estate seminar coming up next month at the San Diego Convention Center that I think you might all find really _____(1). I suggest that you attend it, and the company is willing to cover half of the attendance _____(2) for any of our agents. I've looked over the contents and scheduled presenters, and am happy to say that there are some familiar names among them. There will be lots of information on simple _____(3) that you can do to properties to greatly increase their value. Not only that, it will also include sessions about making personal connections with clients to increase sales and likelihood of return! _____(4). I attached a link to the website for the seminar.

Sincerely,

Ron Hathaway

CEO, SoCal SoReal Real Estate

4. (1)
5. (2)
6. (3)
7. (4)
Questions 8 - 10:

Reading text:

Beginning at 10 a.m.on Monday, October 8, 2007 the Walnut County Road Committee will _____(1) a lane closure on Witt Road, from Ellido Street to Jean Paul Avenue, for utility installation.

There could be significant delays. Therefore, motorists are advised to seek an alternate route.

It is anticipated that this project _____(2) and all lanes will be reopened to traffic by approximately 5 a.m.on Friday, October 12, 2007.

However, please note that all dates are tentative and _____(3) to change.

To maintain the safety of road crews, please reduce speed and drive cautiously when you pass through the work zone. The Road Committee thanks you in advance for your patience.

If you have any questions concerning this project, please contact Nick Estrin, Project Engineer at 555-802-2547 or via email at nickssn@roads. com.

8. (1)
9. (2)
10. (3)
Questions 11 - 13:

Reading text:

During the second half of last year, prices in the oilseed moved upward. The market reacted to the prospect of less ample supplies and reduced inventories, compared with the two _____(1) years, when supplies were abundant relative to demand.

The rise was more pronounced for meal and cake prices, which have also come under the influence of rising prices of wheat and feed grains.

The latest forecasts for 2008 confirm that production of oilseeds may not be sufficient to meet global demand for oils and fats. Such an outlook suggests that prices for oils and fats may continue rising.

By contrast, the increase in prices for meals and cakes could come to a _____(2) as global output of

meals is now expected _____(3) demand, leading to more rising inventories.

11. (1)
12. (2)
13. (3)

PART 7

Questions 14 - 16:

Reading text:

To: Sofia Elliot
From: Oskar Viren
Date: August 13, Monday
Subject: re: Request

Dear Ms. Elliot,

Thank you for contacting us on August 9 to report that you have not yet received a response regarding the online message you sent to us on August 4. Your message, which mentions that you received shoes in the wrong size on August 2, was processed today after a delay caused by a technical issue with our online server.

You may already know that return requests made due to problems caused by Valverde Shoes are processed free of charge. In addition, we will provide you with a $20 discount coupon to apologize for the inconvenience we have caused you. Please log in to our Web site to claim it. —[1]—.

To return your shoes, please download a return request form from our Web site, print it, and fill it out. —[2]—. In the original package, you will see a prepaid shipping label. —[3]—. You must include the shoes, the original receipt, and a completed return request form in your shipment. —[4]—. Make sure to have the package delivered to us by August 20.

Truly yours,
Oskar Viren
Customer Service, Valverde Shoes

14. What is implied about Valverde Shoes?
15. When did Ms. Elliot first report a problem with her order to Valverde Shoes?
16. In which of the positions marked [1], [2], [3] and [4] does the following sentence best belong? “It should be glued on top of your shipment when being sent as our office address is printed on it.”
Questions 17 - 20:

Reading text:

Gloria Arden [8:20 A.M.] I've been looking over everyone's progress reports on the software project. Based on what I've seen, I don't think we'll be able to meet our scheduled release date.
Isabel Cabrera [8:22 A.M.] You may be right about that. Since Bob and Carol moved over to the new hardware project, we've had some trouble meeting the initial deadlines.
Gordon Brickyard [8:26 A.M.] Couldn't we just reschedule the release? Pushing it back a month ought to give us enough time to finish up.
Joe Freemont [8:28 A.M.] But remember that the product is supposed to be available for the holiday season, which is our peak sales period. If we miss that deadline, we could lose many potential customers.
Gordon Brickyard [8:31 A.M.] My team has a lot of urgent responsibilities, so I think it would be a good idea to hire some independent contractors to help out.
Gloria Arden [8:32 A.M.] What are you thinking?
Gordon Brickyard [8:33 A.M.] Well, they could help my team finish writing the user manual, for one thing. And they could probably handle product testing as well.
Gloria Arden [8:35 A.M.] I see. What's your opinion, Isabel?
Isabel Cabrera [8:37 A.M.] It could end up being expensive, but I like the idea. Our graphic designers could certainly use some outside help, too.
Gloria Arden [8:40 A.M.] Well, it sounds like we should go with Gordon’s idea. I'll also bring it up during the board meeting on Friday to see what they say.

17. What caused a project to fall behind schedule?
18. Why most likely is changing the release date unacceptable?
19. What is suggested about Mr. Brickyard's team?
20. At 8:32 A.M., what does Ms. Arden mean when she writes, "What are you thinking"?
Questions 21 - 22:

Reading text:

July 15, 2007

Jason Holden
26 Humbolt Lane
LA Properties
Los Angeles, CA
035846

Dear Mr. Holden,

The investment committee of TA Investors has reviewed your company's proposal and agreed with your statement that L.A.'s 122nd Avenue has become more popular among tourists since the Flash Mall was built on the street last year. The committee also agrees that the street needs a first-class hotel to service the wealthy tourists who shop at the mall. Therefore, the committee decided to accept your business proposal to open a new hotel on 122nd Avenue by January 2008, and is prepared to invest a total of 1.5 million dollars in the project. Please call me as soon as possible, so that we can schedule a meeting with the committee to discuss the details of this investment deal.

Sincerely,

Brian Wilson
TA Investors

21. What will most likely happen in January 2008?
22. What is Mr. Holden asked to do?
Questions 23 - 24:

Reading text:

Join the ITS Environmental Research Team

Duties: Are you interested in research on the impact of carbon emissions on the environment? If so, we have a challenging opportunity for you. Reporting to the Environmental Section Director, you will plan and implement Regional Environmental Assessment Projects with a particular emphasis on evaluating the impact of current global carbon emissions on ecosystems. You will also provide scientific advice to engineers, biologists, and technicians on Environmental Management Permits.

Qualifications: Strong analytical and interpersonal skills. Qualified applicants will have a Bachelor's degree in biology or environmental sciences and two years' related experience. Please send your resume and cover letter to our Personnel Manager, Sharon Risby, at sharon@ITS.com. If you want to learn more about the position, please visit our website at www.itsenvironment.com.

23. What is one of the duties of this position?
24. How can someone find out more about the position?
Questions 25 - 27:

Reading text:

From: Danny Tebbe (danny@lucerne.com)
Sent: Mon 1/17/08 10:03 AM
To: All employees (all_employees@lucerne.com)
Subject: Potluck

LUCERNE PUBLISHING ROUNDTABLE POTLUCK

Who: Everyone with an interest in learning more about the publishing world

When: Friday, March 9, 2008, 4:00- 6:30 PM

Where: 305 Russell (Main Hall)

What: An informal potluck. Bring a dish/side/dessert/drink to pass around (plates/cups/utensils will be provided). After dinner, the Publishing Manager of McGlow Valerie Keneman will share with us her experience in the publishing world. If you want to know more about the world of publishing, want to mingle with colleagues you haven't met yet, and want some free food with stimulating conversation, then please join us!

Best,

Danny Tebbe

25. Who is the event intended for?
26. Who is invited as a guest at the event?
27. What is NOT the purpose of the event?
Questions 28 - 30:

Reading text:

Attention all Club Members

The Highland Country Club regretfully informs all members that our pool will be closed from July 15 to August 25. While fixing a broken pipe, maintenance workers found a major problem with the filtration system. Unfortunately, this problem is quite complex and requires the work of a plumbing specialist. Because its plumbers are unexpectedly busy at the moment, QuickFix Plumbers, the only company that offers the service we need, will not be able to help us for another two weeks. We are terribly sorry for the inconvenience, and are willing to refund the cost of one month's club membership to all individuals who paid for the 3-month Summer Membership.
Because we already offer a twenty percent discount to all members who sign up for the 1-year membership, we will not be offering these individuals a refund. Anyone who has questions or comments about the change should contacts Melvin Woods at 869-654-9874.

28. What is the notice mainly about?
29. What does the notice mention about QuickFix Plumbers?
30. What is TRUE about members with 1-year memberships?
Questions 31 - 34:

Reading text:

Baxter Communications
87 Hollowbrook Road
Bloomington, IL 61704

Melinda Armin
73 Lessenger Drive
Bloomington, IL 61704

Dear Ms. Armin,

Thank you for signing up for Baxter's Cable Plus package, which includes all the basic television channels plus movie and educational networks. -[1]-. This letter is to remind you of the terms of service as stipulated in the standard contract.

First and foremost, the account holder must use the cable service for lawful purposes only. -[2]-. It is strictly prohibited to copy any program for the purposes of distributing it on the Internet without the express permission of the program’s producers or of Baxter Communications. Similarly, profiting from a full or partial copy of a program through sale or rental is also forbidden. -[3]-.

Baxter agrees to maintain service for as long as the customer follows the stipulations and pays for use. Service includes continued delivery of cable programming, repairs, and general maintenance of the cable box. However, repairs or replacement due to damage or loss caused by the user is the financial responsibility of the client.

Baxter Communications is the top cable, Internet, and phone service provider in the city. -[4]-. As such, we look forward to many more years of doing business with you.

Sincerely,

Otto Weed
Accounts manager, Baxter Communications

31. Why was the letter written?
32. What is mentioned about Baxter Communications?
33. Why might service users have to pay an additional fee?
34. In which of the positions marked [1], [2], [3], and [4] does the following sentence best belong? "Failure to abide by any of these regulations could result in termination of services without further notice or even legal penalties."
Questions 35 - 38:

Reading text:

Pat Fiorentino 3:10 I am guessing most of you read the article in yesterday's newspaper about the city's growing trash problem. Mayor Watkins wants the city to address the issue right away, and he wants us to put together a list of recommendations to present at the next council meeting. Are there any initial thoughts?
Vickie Hill 3:11 I think a media campaign would be helpful. We can focus on the concepts of reducing, reusing, and recycling.
Lloyd Medrano 3:12 Sounds great. I couldn't agree more. But I also think we need to provide more containers to dispose of trash, especially in public areas and parks. The sanitation department has complained about a shortage.
Marcella Sanders 3:13 They also say they're understaffed. We could hire more employees, but the difficult part is figuring out how to pay for everything.
Dennis Kang 3:15 As long as you can come up with a solid plan of action, I can figure out how to supply the funding.
Pat Fiorentino 3:15 Thanks, Dennis. That will be a great help. OK, so I'd like us to meet tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 P.M. in conference room 3. We will have a brainstorming session, so write out your ideas and recommendations. Will that be a problem for anyone?
Lloyd Medrano 3:16 That works for me. I have a meeting at 4 P.M., though. Will we be done by then?
Dennis Kang 3:16 I'll be free. Maybe we should get the head of the sanitation department to come as well.
Marcella Sanders 3:17 I have the day off tomorrow, but I'll send some ideas to you by e-mail before I leave today.
Pat Fiorentino 3:17 We should be, Lloyd. Yes, Dennis, that's an excellent suggestion, so I'll give Edith Holmes a call right now. Thanks, Marcella.

35. What have Ms. Fiorentino and her colleagues been asked to do?
36. At 3:12, what does Mr. Medrano mean when he writes, "I couldn't agree more"?
37. What has NOT been recommended as a solution to the city's trash problem?
38. What is suggested about Edith Holmes?
Questions 39 - 41:

Reading text:

Don't miss out on these great China Getaways - Call 1-877-738-2742

This fall, visit fascinating China. Stand in Tiananmen Square in the heart of Beijing to watch the traditional raising of the flag to celebrate China's National Day on October 1. Stay throughout the Golden Week and learn about China's history at popular sights such as the Great Wall, and the Forbidden City.

7-Day Beijing Fall Special Getaway

$948 - Departure Dates: 10/6, 10/7, 10/8
$998 - Departure Dates: 9/26, 9/28, 10/3, 10/5

39. What is this advertisement about?
40. Who is most likely to be interested in the advertisement?
41. Which of the following is NOT indicated in the advertisement?
Questions 42 - 45:

Reading text:

Baxter Communications
87 Hollowbrook Road
Bloomington, IL 61704

Melinda Armin
73 Lessenger Drive
Bloomington, IL 61704

Dear Ms. Armin,

Thank you for signing up for Baxter's Cable Plus package, which includes all the basic television channels plus movie and educational networks. -[1]-. This letter is to remind you of the terms of service as stipulated in the standard contract.

First and foremost, the account holder must use the cable service for lawful purposes only. -[2]-. It is strictly prohibited to copy any program for the purposes of distributing it on the Internet without the express permission of the program’s producers or of Baxter Communications. Similarly, profiting from a full or partial copy of a program through sale or rental is also forbidden. -[3]-.

Baxter agrees to maintain service for as long as the customer follows the stipulations and pays for use. Service includes continued delivery of cable programming, repairs, and general maintenance of the cable box. However, repairs or replacement due to damage or loss caused by the user is the financial responsibility of the client.

Baxter Communications is the top cable, Internet, and phone service provider in the city. -[4]-. As such, we look forward to many more years of doing business with you.

Sincerely,

Otto Weed
Accounts manager, Baxter Communications

42. Why was the letter written?
43. What is mentioned about Baxter Communications?
44. Why might service users have to pay an additional fee?
45. In which of the positions marked [1], [2], [3], and [4] does the following sentence best belong? "Failure to abide by any of these regulations could result in termination of services without further notice or even legal penalties."

PART 7

Questions 46 - 50:

Reading text 1:

Subscribe to News Incorporated!

Who says people don't read newspapers anymore? They still do, only they've found a more convenient medium—the Internet. And when it comes to online news, smart readers turn to News Incorporated. Why? For one thing, they get news that is updated continuously and is easily accessible on computers, mobile phones, and tablets. Another reason is that we post dozens of pictures online related to current events. What's more, you'll have full access to our archive of news articles dating back more than five years. And, of course, you'll be able to post your opinions and read those of others.

News Incorporated provides hundreds of news stories each day, all of which are researched and written by some of the best journalists in the field. We make sure that all of our news is accurate and timely. When you subscribe to News Incorporated, you'll get complete coverage of a wide range of topics, including politics, sports and entertainment. Readers can also gain access to bonus materials such as videos by subscribing to our monthly Web magazine.

Visit www.newsinc.com and sign up for a month-long subscription to our online newspaper before July 10 to get another month of access for free.

Reading text 2:

News Incorporated
www.newsinc.com

Home

News
World
Local
Politics
Sports
Entertainment
Technology
Culture/Lifestyle

Videos

My Account

Subscription

Contact Us
Digital Subscription Services

Please choose the service you want to subscribe to, read and agree to the terms and conditions, then click "NEXT." For more details, click on the package or service.

Regular packages
Web Only
☐ $2.75/week
☐ $11/month
☐ $110/year

Web/Mobile Phone
☐ $3.85/week
☐ $15/month
☐ $150/year

Web magazine $8.00/month ☐

Terms and conditions (Read)
I have read and agree to the terms and conditions. ☐

NEXT

Reading text 3:

To: News Incorporated
From: Katherine Andres
Subject: Subscription
Date: July 3

Dear Customer Service,

I purchased a month-long subscription package on your Web site yesterday, and although I got access to your content on my computer immediately, I am unable to view it on my mobile phone. I downloaded the application as instructed, but whenever I log in, my access is restricted. If you check my account details, you will see that I have paid to have access on my mobile phone as well. Could you please correct this error or send me instructions on what to do?

Sincerely,

Katherine Andres

46. What is NOT mentioned as a feature of News Incorporated?
47. How can subscribers access video footage?
48. Why did Ms. Andres write the e-mail?
49. What is suggested about Ms. Andres?
50. How much did Ms. Andres pay for her subscription?
Questions 51 - 55:

Reading text 1:

To: All Leisure Services Local Directors
From: Derek Gray, New Town Leisure Center Director
Re: Tennis promotion
Date: April 10th

We are trying to increase use of our tennis courts and facilities. At the moment, many of our courts are hardly ever used. If we want to maintain government funding, we need to show that there really is a demand for these facilities. I am planning on displaying the following poster in every local leisure center. Before I send it to the printers, could you take a look and give me your comments and suggestions? Do you think anything should be changed or added?

Many thanks,
Derek Gray

Reading text 2:

Tennis continues to be one of the most popular sports all over the world. One of the main attractions of this sport is that it can be played by people of all ages, young and old. Although tennis has a reputation for being an expensive sport, it doesn't have to be. A good racket can cost only $40 and a can of balls only $2.00. But where to play? Sure there are fancy private clubs that cost $100 a month, but why not try one of the many public parks and leisure centers which offer tennis courts free of charge and lessons for a very reasonable price? Contact your local leisure center director for information on how you can get involved in this exciting sport!

51. What is the purpose of this memo and sign?
52. How is tennis usually categorized?
53. Who can play this sport?
54. Where is it expensive to play tennis?
55. Who is Derek Gray?
Questions 56 - 60:

Reading text 1:

Pittsburgh Business Association (PBA) presents:
Business 101
Thursday, October 12, from 8:30 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.
at the Vantage Hotel, 5000 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Get advice on starting a business by attending this seminar hosted by the PBA, which has fostered entrepreneurship and innovation for over 35 years. Participants will have the opportunity to sign up for loans during the event.

SCHEDULE:
8:30 A.M. Business planning: Erin Baxter, Pittsburgh University
Funding your startup: Adam Felder, Angel Investments
Legal matters: Robert Chang, Chang & Associates
9:30 A.M. Networking break
10:00 A.M. Hiring staff: Anya Suresh, Suresh Staffing
Engaging customers: Tomas Defeo, Defeo Consulting
11:00 A.M. Screening for loan applications with Capitol Bank supervising loan officer Linda Baker
12:00 P.M. Lunch

This event is free for PBA members, guest consultants, and speakers. Non-members may purchase tickets for $125 at www.pba.org. Those seeking loan consultations are asked to submit an application online at www.capitolbank.com/loanapp before October 11. For more information, e-mail info@pba.org.

Sponsored by: Capitol Bank

Reading text 2:

To: Dave Saxon
From: Linda Baker
Subject: Business 101
Date: September 28

Dave,

I have to be at a training seminar in Miami from October 11 to 14 along with other senior bank executives from around the country. As a result, Simon Ashley will be assuming my position and screening loan applications at the Business 101 seminar. Please inform everyone that I am scheduled to meet with on Thursday that he will be taking my place. Assure them that he is a highly skilled business development officer who has worked with Capitol Bank for eight years. He is familiar with our practices, and has a thorough knowledge of the requirements for starting a business as well as mortgages. He'll have no problem answering any questions that come up.

Sincerely,

Linda Baker
Supervising Loan Officer

Reading text 3:

CAPITOL BANK LOAN APPLICATION

Date: October 10

Applicant Information

Applicant's Name: Shirley Castle Business Name: Castle Arts & Crafts
Business address: 3024 Beechwood Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15217

Business type: Retail and services Number of staff: 15
Phone: 555-6573 E-mail: s.castle@castlecrafts.com

Desired loan amount:
☒ $5,000 to $25,000 ☐ $25,001 to $50,000 ☐ $50,001 and above
Please outline the use of funds below.

Purpose Estimated cost Comments
Land and building -
New construction -
Leasehold improvements $7,000 Conversion of existing storage area to workshop classroom
Supplies or equipment $2,500 Fixtures and furnishing
Financial obligations -

Submission of this form does not guarantee a loan. All loans must be evaluated by a business development officer or a supervising loan officer.

56. What has Mr. Chang been scheduled to do?
57. What is true about the Business 101 seminar?
58. What is mentioned about Mr. Ashley?
59. What can be inferred about Ms. Castle?
60. What is suggested about Ms. Castle's loan application?
Questions 61 - 65:

Reading text 1:

Minutes
Executive Meeting
Newbranch Community Hospital
October 7
2 p.m. Conference Room
Executive members present: Lynn Easley (CEO), Sam Kraus (CFO), Shawna Spell, David Marks, Donna Baker, Jake Shingle, Kevin Thompson, Kelly Price
Absent: Brian Macon

The meeting was called to order by CEO, Lynn Easley
CEO's report:
-Update on last week's national hospital conference. Distributed packets from conference.
-Congratulations to PR & Marketing Director, Shawna Spell on new campaign development.
-Suggestions are welcome on how to keep better inventory of narcotics.
-New laboratory equipment will be purchased through a Prince Medical University grant.
CFO's report:
-New budget drafts should be submitted by October 20. Meetings with department managers will be scheduled.
-A $1-million-dollar donation has been received by the Scott family in honor of Judge William Scott.
Other business:
-The IT department will be installing a new patient security system over the next two weeks.
-The Community Wellness festival is in need of volunteers.
-Kelly Price announced that she will be taking a 2-month maternity leave beginning on Monday.
Meeting assessment:
-Sam Kraus commented that executive meetings are lasting too long because discussion tends to turn to chatter.

Meeting adjourned at 3:30 p.m.
Submitted by: Margie Lesley, Executive Secretary.

Reading text 2:

To: Brian Macon
From: Margie Lesley
Subject: Yesterday's board meeting

Hi Brian,

This fax includes a copy of the minutes from yesterday's executive meeting. Please take a look, sign the sheet and return it to me as soon as possible. Feel free to make a copy for yourself. We certainly missed your ideas yesterday as you would have been able to provide more insight concerning the new patient security system. Mr. Easley has returned from the National Hospital Conference and would like to meet with you to go over the details of the minutes and what decisions were made regarding the system installation as soon as you get back.
Sorry to hear that your daughter is sick! I hope she feels better soon and we look forward to having you back!

Regards,
Margie

61. Who began the meeting?
62. What did Lynn Easley recently do?
63. What will soon happen to Kelly Price?
64. Why was Brian Macon absent from the meeting?
65. What has been requested of Brian Macon?
Questions 66 - 70:

Reading text 1:

To: All members of Reinholdt Street bridge team
From: Michael Smith, manager, information services dept.
Re: Video Conference - Friday, August 21st at 6:45 a.m.

You are advised that there will be a video conference with head office this morning Friday. Everyone who has been involved in the planning and implementation of that project is expected to attend. The purpose of the meeting is to update Mr. Bill Sanderson, who is replacing Jim Watson in overseeing all government contracts, about the progress that has been made and what still needs to be done. This project is presently behind schedule, and Mr. Sanderson would like to get some idea of how far back the deadline needs to be pushed before he calls the city. Please send Mr. Sanderson a brief summary of your role in the project and any other information that you think might be pertinent so that he can have a chance to prepare for the meeting. Mr. Sanderson will also be asking you for your ideas about streamlining our work-flow, so please give that some thought and offer your suggestions.
The conference is scheduled to start at head office at 9:00 a.m. EST, and the time difference means that we will have to start at 6:45 a.m. Of course, we are aware that this falls outside of your regular work schedule. You will be compensated for your time at the overtime rate. The meeting should last about 2 hours, so you will be able to start your regular workday on time.
This is the first such conference that we have conducted, and if it is successful, we hope to hold all meeting between our San Diego branch and head office via video conference. So, your participation in making it successful is very much appreciated.

Reading text 2:

To: Bill Sanderson, billsanderson@avidconstruction_hq.com
From: Aaron Rothschild, aaron79@avidconstuction_sdb.com
Re: Video Conference

Dear Mr. Sanderson,
My name is Aaron Rothschild, and I am the senior engineer on the Reinholdt Street bridge project. I was asked by Michael Smith to e-mail you with some information with regard to the project schedule.
As I'm sure you are aware, the project has fallen behind schedule. We were originally slated to begin construction at the beginning of May, but there were numerous problems. The most significant of these was that we were unable to find a local firm that could handle the kind of blasting that the project required. The bridge called for blasting for the underpass for James Street, and this was very close to a residential area, requiring a very specialized excavation blast. None of the firms in the San Diego area had the necessary expertise. We were able to locate a company in LA that could do it, but this put us two weeks behind schedule.
At the video conference on Friday morning, I think one issue that would be important to address is why this oversight happened. We were under the impression that the blasting company that we usually hire would be able to do the job, but this is because we were not given a clear idea of the exact nature of the site until it was too late. I think this was a simple case of communication breakdown, but it would be useful to discuss it to ensure it doesn't happen again.

Yours truly,
Aaron Rothschild

66. Who wrote the notice?
67. According to the notice, what will happen on Friday morning?
68. What are the readers of the notice asked to do?
69. What is the main purpose of the e-mail?
70. What is the main cause of the delay in the project, according to Mr. Rothschild?

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