Headed to DealerCamp this week? Greg Lemond would like to ride with you and chat up his sweet Revolution Trainer. Line up a bike to test, he’ll be rolling out at 10am on Tuesday and Thursday.Interbike will be offering free ice cream, coffee and beer at the Outdoor Demo this year.Once you’ve recovered from the desert heat, there’s the annual cyclocross party that is CrossVegas. Registration opens August 2nd. All fields are limited to 100 racers. Get signed up on crossvegas.com for the Wheelers & Dealers race or jump into one of the following:Feedback Sports will present the new Mechanics challenge to the Wheelers & Dealers race, getting the wrenches out from the pits and onto the bikes. “We needed to share some love with the guys who keep the wheels turning and make the service departments profitable for retailers,” said Brook Watts, CrossVegas organizer.Raleigh USA will also be presenting the second annual singlespeed Cyclocross race there.
10/18 – WCAX (Only major party candidates invited)* 10/23 – Vermont Press Association (All three candidates invited) * 9/25 – Windham County Gubernatorial Forum (All three candidates invited) 9/22 – VT Commission on Women Forum (All three candidates invited) 10/6 –Vermont PBS (All three candidates invited) 10/17 – vtTA and Seven Days Gubernatorial Round Table (All candidates invited) 11/3 – VPR (All three candidates invited) Vermont Business Magazine Phil Scott’s campaign today released a list of the eleven (11) debates Scott will participate in prior to the General Election in 69 days. “Debates are an effective platform for candidates to discuss their priorities and plans, and to highlight important contrasts that exist among them,” said Scott campaign spokeswoman Brittney Wilson.“There is a clear choice in this election. Phil Scott is the only candidate who is focused on growing the economy, making Vermont more affordable and restoring Vermonters’ faith and trust in their government,” Wilson said. “Phil has set strict budget limits; has a plan to modernize state government; a plan to combat the opiate crisis; and real ideas to address our crumbling infrastructure. In the coming weeks, Phil will be rolling out a comprehensive economic development plan to reinforce his commitment to creating jobs and making Vermont more affordable. He looks forward to to highlighting the reasons why he’s the right choice in this election.”Phil Scott sees debates as valuable opportunities to further highlight the differences between him and the other candidates, Wilson continued.“For starters, Phil’s approach to rebuilding prosperity for all Vermonters will not be through new taxes and fees like the $700 million Sue Minter’s party has forced on Vermonters over the last six years of one party rule,” Wilson said. “That is why he has committed to participate in eleven debate events.”PHIL SCOTT’S DEBATE SCHEDULE 8/22 – VT-NEA Debate on Vermont PBS (Only major party candidates invited)* BALANCING DEBATES WITH DIRECT VOTER DIALOGUEThree weeks ago, the Scott campaign issued debate criteria as a means of maximizing the time their candidate can spend engaging with Vermonters directly. “One of our requests to debate organizers was to honor the great tradition in Vermont of giving every candidate’s voice an equal opportunity to be heard in the public square,” Wilson said. “We applaud the eight (8) organizations that have invited all three candidates for Governor to make their case to voters.”Wilson said the campaign is disappointed that three (3) organizers do not share their support for an inclusive debate of the issues. “We urged them to reconsider and invite all candidates. They politely declined. Phil is looking forward to those debates nonetheless and we respect the fact that our campaign committed to these events before the primary and before creating our criteria.”*Debate/forums scheduled prior to primary and/or addition of third-party candidate on the ballot 10/25 – WPTZ (All three candidates invited) 9/28 – VT Digger Debate in Rutland (All three candidates invited)* 10/10 – AARP VT (Only major party candidate invited)*
Future of winter operations at Roeland Park Aquatic Center murky as city, county debate dome repair costs
The Roeland Park Aquatic Center.By Holly CookThe cost of replacing Roeland Park Aquatic Center’s failed dome is covered by a Johnson County insurance policy, but the decision to have it replaced hinges on whether the city wants to move forward with year-round operation of the pool after the joint agreement between Roeland Park and the Johnson County Park and Recreation District ends in May 2019.The mechanics needed to keep the dome over the aquatic center have failed multiple times in recent years.Currently JCPRD and Roeland Park split the operating cost and capital expenses associated with the pool and without any funding Roeland Park can expect to spend about $416,000 to keep the pool open year round starting in 2020.JCPRD director Jill Geller said the county could either move forward with having the dome replaced for the next winter season, take a cash value payment from the insurance company (net total would be between $5,000 and $35,000), or take no action and consider the dome a loss. If the county moves forward with the dome replacement they would need to pay a $25,000 insurance deductible.Geller said JCPRD has not moved forward with making an insurance claim as they wanted to get Roeland Park’s input first. If the city decides it does want to continue year-round operation of the pool the board would move forward with having the dome replaced.JCPRD has 180 days to file a claim.Geller also said while the JCPRD Board was not interested in continuing to subsidize the pool at the level requested recently by the city, they were not against providing some level of support. What that amount could be is unknown, she said.Councilmember Michael Rhoades asked if there was a sense among JCPRD board members that interest was waning in the Roeland Park pool, with the new Shawnee Mission School District pool in Lenexa, which JCPRD will operate, expected to open in fall 2018.Geller said she did not necessarily agree with that, and noted that JCPRD wants to continue to be involved with the Roeland Park Aquatic Center.Councilmember Teresa Kelly said she was under the impression the board was not willing to subsidize the pool and said if that was not the case, the city and JCPRD should work together to determine what level of funding would be approved. Having this information will allow the city to make a decision on the future of year-round pool operations, she said.Geller said she would place the discussion as an agenda item at the upcoming December 11 JCPRD meeting and the council agreed to send representatives, including councilmembers Kelly and Becky Fast who both serve on the Ad Hoc Aquatics Committee.Mayor Joel Marquardt asked where any funds from an insurance payout would be directed. Geller noted the policy was owned by the county but said she was unsure how any funds would be sent.Rhoades asked whether the city would receive any type of reimbursement for the heater/blower purchased in 2016 by the city and the Kansas City Blazers swim team. Geller said the board had not discussed that, but she expected the county would try to recoup as much as they could and then make a decision on where to direct those funds.
SM West senior who lost brother to suicide shares message of prevention through #ZeroReasonsWhy campaign
Mary Beth Karlin giving a presentation at Pleasant Hill High School. Photo credit Tom Karlin Foundation.Mary Beth Karlin was 11 years old on Nov. 5, 2011 when her grandmother told her they had to leave the Saturday morning kickball tournament.“She said we needed to go home and get a jacket or something like that, and I didn’t really understand it, because I told her I wasn’t cold,” Karlin said. “But in the car on the way home I could see her hands were shaking and I knew something was wrong.”When they got home, Karlin arrived to find two of her siblings distraught. Their older brother Tom, a bright, well-liked senior at SM West, had taken his own life.Tom Karlin was a 17 year old senior at SM West when he lost his life to suicide. Photo courtesy Karlin family.“It seemed so surreal. It seemed like it couldn’t be happening to us,” Mary Beth recalled.It’s taken Mary Beth and the rest of her family years to come to terms with the loss, an experience so traumatic that she says looking back she can’t believe they made it through.But she’s stepping forward now to share her family’s story in hopes that others don’t have to suffer. Mary Beth is one of nine Johnson County students serving on the #ZeroReasonsWhy Campaign’s new Johnson County Teen Council, which will focus on teen suicide prevention. Launched this summer, the #ZeroReasonsWhy initiative is a collaboration of Johnson County’s six public school districts, which have committed to addressing the growing issue of teen suicide in the county.Mary Beth has been active in suicide prevention efforts for a few years now through her family’s Tom Karlin Foundation, which has worked to raise awareness of teen suicide and reduce stigma surrounding mental health issues with presentations at area schools and churches. She saw the opportunity to participate in the #ZeroReasonsWhy campaign as a logical extension of her previous efforts.She and her father Joe, who is a member of the Lenexa City Council, said there are a few messages they want to share with the community. They include:Mental health problems and suicidal ideation are not uncommon. Joe said that statistics show that by the time they’re 24, 1 in 5 youths will have been clinically depressed at some point. “We share that statistic not to scare them, but to show that if you’re going through this, you may feel like you’re on an island, but 1 in 5 people have gone through this,” Joe said.Suicidal ideation can affect anyone. Mary Beth notes that her brother was a friendly, outgoing and successful student — but that didn’t save him from suffering from depression. “Depression doesn’t pick on any particular group,” she said. “It’s not the stereotype of the loner kid. It can be anybody.”It’s important to empower people to step forward when they’re having problems. About half of people who end up committing suicide don’t tell anyone they’re struggling, Joe said. “We’re relying on somebody else to figure it out instead of empowering people to raise their hands and say I need help,” Joe said.Both Joe and Mary Beth said that the loss of Tom has profoundly affected the trajectory of their lives, and that coping with his suicide has spurred them to help prevent other families from going through what they did.“It was a matter of hours or days when I remember thinking, ‘We have to talk about this. We have to get the word out so that as few families as possible have to walk through the hell that we did,’” Joe said. “Because it’s pure hell. It is.”At the same time, they say Tom’s death has caused them to grow in important ways.“I would give anything to have Tom back,” Joe said. “But at the same time I wouldn’t ever want to be the person that I was before. I’ve grown so much in my compassion for other people.”“You realize that everyone has things they are struggling with, and you learn to appreciate them,” Mary Beth said.
To cap off a year packed to the brim with new and proposed regulations, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) issued guidance on financial institution (FI) use of social media. The gist of the guidance is that established laws and regulations apply to social media just the same as they do to other channels.It will be important for compliance and marketing teams to connect and review the FFIEC’s comments to establish best-practice policies for communication via Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, Instagram and still-emerging social platforms.Specifically, the FFIEC recommends the following seven components be included in a risk management program as it relates to use of social media:A governance structure with clear roles and responsibilities and direction for how social media contributes to the strategic goals of the FIPolicies and procedures for the use and monitoring of social media and compliance with all applicable consumer protection laws and regulationsA risk-management process for selecting and managing third-party relationships in connection with social mediaAn employee training program that incorporates policies and proceduresAn oversight process for monitoring information posted to social media sitesAudit and compliance functions to ensure ongoing complianceParameters for providing appropriate reporting to the FI’s board of directors or senior management that enable periodic evaluation of the effectiveness of the social media program continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Owen Webster finds success with Gophers wrestling after transferring from AugsburgWebster is a starter in his first year at Minnesota.Ellen Schmidt, Daily File PhotoSophomore Owen Webster at 184 wrestles against Air Force senior Zen Ikehara on Sunday, Nov. 12 at Maturi Pavillion in Minneapolis. Owen MageauDecember 7, 2017Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintSophomore Owen Webster is living his childhood dream with Minnesota, but that was not always the case.Webster transferred to Minnesota after a successful year on the mat with Division III Augsburg. Even though he had a good time at Augsburg, it was always a goal for Webster to wrestle at Minnesota, and now he is a starter in his first year with the team. “It didn’t happen right away, so my goal last year was to transfer,” Webster said. “As soon as I got done [last year], I started my application, so I could get over and start practicing with the Gophers. I’ve always wanted to wrestle [at Minnesota]. During his lone year at Augsburg, Webster learned some valuable lessons that he is now using at the Division I level. He finished with a 33-2 overall record at 184 and placed third at the Division III NCAA tournament. He was 10-0 in major decisions, 4-0 in technical falls and 9-1 in matches ending with a pin. Webster said he improved in wrestling from the top while with the Auggies. However, the area that he improved the most, he said, was his academic life. “A big [area of improvement] is probably school,” Webster said. “I wasn’t that great in school during high school, then I got to Augsburg and started doing really well. First semester, I had a 3.7 [grade point average] and second semester I had a 4.0. That was definitely a big improvement and gave me more confidence during school. I learned some nice study habits over there and have been transferring them over.” Webster hasn’t had much trouble with his transition to Division I wrestling. He had a 5-0 decision victory in Minnesota’s first dual against Air Force on November 12. He followed that up with a 6-2 decision against South Dakota State before suffering an injury in Minnesota’s dual against Oklahoma State. His performance so far has impressed his coach. “He’s fresh to our program here,” head coach Brandon Eggum said. “He transferred here in September. We’ve always had an opportunity to watch him growing up as a Minnesota kid, so we’ve seen that he’s a great competitor. That’s probably one of his biggest skills. He’s a really good competitor. He has the ability to wrestle well in all three positions.”In the dual against Oklahoma State, Webster partially dislocated his kneecap. The injury caused him to miss the Cliff Keen Invitational this past weekend. He has been putting in a lot of work to get back. Webster said he’s done some leg movements, icing and a lot of biking to strengthen his knee and regain stability in it. The hard work has paid off for him. Webster will be back on the mat when Minnesota faces Fresno State (1-3, 0-1 Big 12) at Maturi Pavilion on Sunday.
Jun 16, 2011 (CIDRAP News) – Egypt recently announced five new H5N1 avian influenza infections that occurred in May, three of them fatal, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today.The infections were reported from four different governorates, and four of the case-patients are adults. The WHO said investigations revealed all five of the patients had been exposed to poultry that had suspected avian influenza. Their infections push Egypt’s H5N1 totals to 149 cases, including 51 deaths.The first case is in a 40-year-old woman from Aswan governorate who got sick May 14. She was hospitalized, where she was treated with oseltamivir (Tamiflu). She recovered and has been discharged from the hospital.Two of the patients are from Menoufia governorate’s Ashmoun district, a 21-year-old pregnant woman and a 16-year-old boy. The report didn’t say if the two cases had any connections, besides the geographic location. They both started having symptoms on May 21.The woman died on May 29 after she was hospitalized and treated with oseltamivir. The boy was in critical condition, but is recovering in the hospital after antiviral treatment.The fourth case-patient is a 31-year-old man from Qaliobia governorate who got sick on May 21 and died on Jun 5 after he was hospitalized and treated with oseltamivir.The fifth H5N1 infection was detected in a 32-year-old man from Cairo governorate who became ill on May 23 and was hospitalized and received oseltamivir. He died on Jun 2. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported a fatal H5N1 infection in an Egyptian patient from Cairo governorate in a Jun 8 report, with few other details available other than a May 23 observation date. It’s not clear if the WHO and FAO reports are referring to the same patient.So far Egypt has reported 30 H5N1 infections this year, which exceeds the 29 cases it reported for all of 2010. However, the number of infections is still below 2009 levels, when the country saw its H5N1 case count hit 39, its highest yearly total.Egypt’s latest H5N1 infections raise the global count to 561 cases, including 328 deaths.See also:Jun 16 WHO statementJun 8 FAO report
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Lloyd’s Register Energy has launched new offshore collision guidance notes for the marine and energy industries to assist owners, operators, and designers of offshore units with identifying potential collision scenarios, assessing the relative risks and conducting numerical analysis, establishing representative collision loads, and measuring the impact of these loads on the structural integrity of offshore units. A collision may occur as a result of a vessel losing its positioning or navigational abilities due to structural, mechanical, or electrical failure, human error, and environmental conditions.“Assessing the impact of potential collisions is critical to the longevity of any offshore unit not only from a design perspective, but also to help ensure a safe operating environment,” said Phil Rushton, Senior Engineer for Offshore Structures, and one of the primary authors steering the development of this latest guidance from Lloyd’s Register.A primary goal for the launch of these new Guidance Notes is to provide the direction and criteria to help industry increase the level of protection against collisions at sea. The Guidance Notes cover everything from vessel groundings to collisions with merchant, naval, and support vessels.“Collisions at sea represent one of the top safety hazards for any operator,”said Rushton. “Mitigating collision risks is vital to the protection of our environment, the safety of industry’s people working offshore and the longevity of offshore energy infrastructure.”Click here to download LR’s Guidance Notes for Collision Analysis.Press Release; Image: Boskalis
Oando Gas & Power of Nigeria has signed a memorandum of understanding with GE to engage in developing power generation projects, CNG and small scale LNG, virtual pipeline capabilities for gas-to-power projects on a non-exclusive basis.Wale Tinubu, Group Chief Executive Oando , said, “We look forward to exploring the possibility of pioneering initiatives with GE, such as the increase of our power generation by over 100MW, to complement our existing installed capacity of 68MW.”OGP and GE intend to work to develop the following projects in 2015:100MW embedded power generation projects in Lagos using 5 GE TM2500 units (FastPower);One 10mmscf/d small scale LNG facility to serve identified markets at distances greater than 300kms away from the gas distribution grid;Two CNG facilities to serve local markets in Lagos and Port Harcourt environs.By the end of December 2014, the parties have agreed to work on securing the funding for the projects, negotiate contracts for GE equipment/services and establish a leadership development paradigm for OGP via GE resources.[mappress mapid=”16140″]Press Release; Image: Oando