Events12 Hours of Iron Maiden tomorrow – Who cares if it is last minute. You are totally up for it; it’s a holiday weekend, so what else do you have planned? Their longest race of the year kicks off this Saturday, and a perfect day of sunshine and warm temps is in the forecast. Head down to the flowy trails at Tannehill in McCalla, AL and get in a good day of racing on the mountain bike. ChainBusterRacing.comJoin Southeast Endurance in April for the Harbison 100 Marathon XC – The grassroots Southeast Endurance Project team is hosting the 100km marathon cross country race in Columbia, SC on April 16th. Come out to Harbison State Forest to join in a tough race with serious competition, as they tune up 6 weeks ahead of the US Marathon XC National Championships down the road in Augusta, GA on June 4th. Details on their Facebook.Advocacy6 days left to help the Great Bike Giveaway dole out up to 600 bikes to special needs kids – The Great Bike Giveaway 2016 by The Friendship Circle closes Wed, Mar 30. So far 100 adaptive bicycles are being given away. There are only 6 more days to raise enough funds so ALL the kids can receive bikes. Support this great mission by donating any amount, casting your votes, and spreading the word. FriendshipCircle.org2016 nomination open for the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame – Each year the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame accepts nominations for annual inductees, as five new members can be recognised each year. Up until the Apr 15 deadline, MMBHoF wants to hear who we think has had a lasting impact on the sport. MMBHoF.orgTrainingWomen get your trail on with 14 Trek Dirt Series camps this year – North America’s first, longest-running, and leading women’s mountain bike camp, the Trek Dirt Series, opened up registration for the year and already has had 500 sign up. Join the largely female coaching staff, many of whom are professional coaches, teachers and professors in their “day jobs”, as they focus on building high-end skills in an incredibly supportive environment. 14 women’s specific and 4 co-ed camps will run across North America at 11 locations, starting Apr through Sep. DirtSeries.comJoin a new virtual Road Cycling Summit this April – From Apr 6-10 the folks behind the Cycling 360 podcast are hosting a free online conference to help improve your riding and cycling experience. The Summit is a series of 20 webinars with experts from around the cycling world, with topics like how to plan your training, how to stay motivated, to how to become a better climber. Everything is free, so give it a shot. RoadCyclingSummit.com. Celebrate new gear with Kitsbow & win in Obsessives #Roadventure Giveaway – To go along with the launch of their new road collection, Kitsbow has teamed up with 10 co-sponsors to create the Obsessives #Roadventure Giveaway. The prizes are the ultimate kit for your #roadventure. Among other items, winners will receive: Kitsbow road kit, a Santa Cruz Stigmata CC frame, a SRAM Red CX drivetrain, Strava Pro membership, a Smith Overtake helmet, and more. Check it out and sign up before Apr 15 Kitsbow.com…
As many pro cycling teams head to their December training camps, much anticipation and speculation has swirled around what teams will be wearing for the 2011 season. Saturday, ahead of the January 1 embargo on the official HTC-Highroad team photos, team member Mark Renshaw posted a sneak peek of his team kit, along with a shot of sprinter Mark Cavendish, on his Twitter page. On the same day, Irish national champion and HTC-Highroad team member Matt Brammeier also Tweeted a shot of his national champion’s kit. See all the photos after the break.Renshaw posted this photo on his Twitter, previewing the HTC-Highroad team kit for 2011.Renshaw also posted a picture of sprinter Mark Cavendish sporting the new team colors. Irish national champion Matt Brammeier released this photo of his custom team kit.What do you think? Thumbs up? Thumbs down? Let us know in the comments section below!
Bianchi has released their 2009 range photos, and we’ve sorted through them and will be posting the highlights for you. Ã‚Â This post is frames only, stay tuned for posts with commuters, single-speeds, road, mountain and kids bikes. Ã‚Â Pictured above is Bianchi’s new top-o-the-line carbon ‘cross bike, the “D2 Cross Carbon”. Ã‚Â Most models have frames in the trademark Bianchi “mint” green, plus gray, red, and black/white. Read more for pics across the range… 2009 Bianchi 1885 Aluminum road frame (click on images to see larger versions)2009 Bianchi 928 Carbon road frame2009 Bianchi D2 Aero time trial frame.2009 Bianchi D2 Crono Triathlon frame.2009 Bianchi D2 Super Pista Single-Speed frame.2009 Bianchi Pinella Boron road frame.2009 Bianchi XC Caal full-suspension frame2009 Bianchi XC Camos full suspension frame.2009 Bianchi XC Oetzi Ti mountain bike frame.2009 Bianchi XC Oetzi Carbon.2009 Bianchi XC team aluminum.Ã‚Â
Construction has been a constant presence in Downtown Overland Park the past several years as developers have worked to put in new residential and mixed-use projects.In 2008, the Overland Park city council adopted Vision Metcalf, a broad strokes guide to how Kansas’s second-largest city could set about revitalize the aging thoroughfare that cuts through its heart, connecting burgeoning development south of I-435 with its established neighborhoods in the north.It laid out a series of ambitious goals: Creating a series of unique destinations that mixed commercial, retail and residential property; connecting different pockets along the corridor with improved transportation infrastructure; making walking easier and more pleasant; and expanding green space with new parks and plazas.Ten years later, much work has been done to advance those goals, according to a status report marking a decade since the plan was adopted. But some of Vision Metcalf’s “to-dos” remain unaccomplished or have become irrelevant.Over the next three days, we’ll be looking at the work that’s advanced the goals of Vision Metcalf, and where the most notable deficits lie.Today, we’ll start with the northern two sections of the plan, the Northern Gateway and Downtown Overland Park districts that stretch from I-35 down to 87th Street.Northern GatewayThe vacant Ramada Inn off Shawnee Mission Parkway is set to be redeveloped with a new hotel, storage facility and retail.Sketches of the types of streetscape enhancements envisioned for the Northern Gateway neighborhoods in the 2008 plan.What Vision Metcalf called for:Enhancements to the streetscape “that creates and identity for the neighborhoods,” as well as the creation of a “gateway” treatment that would signal to motorists that they were entering OP and the Metcalf Corridor.Improved transit access at major intersections and the creation of a bus rapid transit (BRT) operation that would start at the northern gateway and run south all along the Metcalf corridor.The redevelopment of two aging commercial properties: the Ramada Inn at the northwest corner of the intersection of Shawnee Mission Parkway and Metcalf; a single story office building at the southeast corner of the intersection.What’s happened:None of the streetscape elements have been added.There have been some upgrades to bus terminals in the area. But since the plan was approved, management of Johnson County’s public transportation system has shifted to the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority. “As such, KCATA makes decisions based on existing demands of transit users throughout the region,” reads the city’s update report. “An implementation plan looked further at the development of a BRT route, but at this time, there are no plans for a BRT route.”The city has approved a preliminary plan to demolish the vacant Ramada Inn and replace it with a new hotel, a storage facility, and some retail and restaurant space. The developer has requested approximately $6 million in public finance incentives for the $39 million project. A public hearing on the proposal is set for March 19.No redevelopment has occurred on the site of the office building mentioned in the Vision Metcalf plan.An overhead view of the project plan for the former Ramada site.Downtown Overland ParkA 2008 rendering of a concept for the future of the Overland Park Farmers Market.What Village Vision called for:Revitalizing the Overland Park Farmers’ Market with new structures and adjacent green space.Adding mixed-use building and a municipal parking structure.Creation of a “network of interesting places to shop and live, while preserving the area’s historic character.”Become a “modern hub of car dealerships and auto-retailed services, proving that car dealerships can become an exciting and integrated part of the urban fabric.”The Avenue80 mixed use project.What’s happened:The city took over ownership of the Overland Park Farmers’ Market in 2010, giving the city oversight of vendors and setting the stage for consideration of redevelopment. But what to do with the aging market facilities is a point of contention. After a year-long study, a consultant last month recommended moving the market to nearby Santa Fe Commons. But city staff said the recommendation was too controversial to advance, and called for continued efforts to build consensus on a plan.A flight of beers at Brew Lab.The idea envisioned in the 2008 plan to create a “green” adjacent to the existing Farmers’ Market structure (see the graphic above) was not included in the options advanced by the consultants. (Though the city did just purchase the car wash next to the market shed, property that it would need if it were to pursue such an idea).Several mixed-use projects have been proposed and are in various stages of completion. Parts of the Avenue 80 mixed-use project at Metcalf and 80th Street opened last year. Hunt Midwest is building a 219-unit apartment-over-retail project called The Vue at 80th and Marty. And the city is considering an office-and-entertainment project called The Edison for land around the current Overland Park Presbyterian Church building. (And that’s just a partial list of the projects in the works).New businesses like Brew Lab have helped establish downtown as a destination for food-and-drink lovers. The Culinary Center of Kansas City, on Santa Fe Drive, continues to attract people from all over the metro.There are parking structures associated with some of the mixed-use projects, but no city-operated parking projects at this point, and parking continues to be a stressor for downtown patrons.Car dealerships continue to be a significant feature along the corridor, with Volvo recently taking over a dealership property just off 79th Street.Tomorrow we’ll look at how Vision Metcalf’s prescriptions for the 95th and Metcalf area have played out.
2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Newly confirmed members of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors were sworn in Monday. Stanley Fischer was also sworn in as the board’s vice chairman.Fischer joined the board May 28 but was just recently confirmed to the vice chairman’s post. Also sworn in Monday were new Fed Board Gov. Lael Brainard and Fed Board Gov. Jerome Powell, who has been given a second term. The oaths were administered by Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen.Brainard and Powell will serve through Jan. 31, 2026, and Jan. 31, 2028, respectively. Fischer’s term as vice chairman expires June 12, 2018, but his board term continues through Jan. 31, 2020.NAFCU is watching next for Senate action on NCUA Board nominee Mark McWatters, who is expected to get his own vote on confirmation as early as this week.In March, McWatters told the Senate Banking Committee that he would look closely at NCUA’s risk-based capital proposal. NAFCU has raised numerous concerns about the proposed rule, and NCUA Board Chairman Debbie Matz has indicated changes will be made. Three NCUA listening sessions are coming up in June and July and are expected to generate additional commentary on RBC. continue reading »
LinkedIn concerns resolved April 1, 2014 Regular News LinkedIn concerns resolved An advisory opinion to guide lawyers using the LinkedIn business networking site won’t be necessary because of changes the site has made, the Standing Committee on Advertising decided at its March 11 meeting.The committee had requested, and the Board of Governors in January approved, preparing an advisory opinion. Committee Chair Adam Schwartz said conversations with LinkedIn officials were “cordial” and the company appeared sympathetic to the Bar’s concerns.The Bar had concerns that when law firms or lawyers listed their areas of practices, those showed up under a heading of “Specialties” and also that endorsements from clients and other attorneys were listed under a heading of “Skills and Expertise.”Under Bar rules, only lawyers who are board certified can claim to be experts or that they specialize in an area. In addition, that privilege attaches only to the lawyer, not his or her law firm. And the use of “expertise,” “specialize,” and their derivatives can only be used for areas of law in which there is board certification.Schwartz said LinkedIn officials reported they have changed those headings substituting words that don’t cause problems under Bar rules. Lawyers who have an existing LinkedIn page that uses those terms can change that wording.“We’re not the only state bar with concerns about LinkedIn,” Schwartz said. “They (LinkedIn) realize that attorneys are very important to their website. I don’t think the Bar is hostile to attorneys on social media; it’s that we’re trying to figure out how this new area complies with our rules.”The committee’s decision not to issue an opinion came after members discussed LinkedIn with two lawyers who were among several who signed a letter to the Bar advocating that lawyers should be allowed to use LinkedIn.“I think our group approaches social media from a perspective that it’s a good way to do a number of things,” said Tampa attorney Jacob Cremer, adding that existing Bar rules don’t exactly fit with social media. “It disseminates advertising to the public and monitors information in real time. We would submit that those benefits and those attributes of social media. . . are, from the big picture standpoint, what makes social media a lot more similar to person-to-person conversations than traditional advertising.“It even sets it apart from websites. You end up with speech that is a lot of ways in a lot of cases part private and part commercial. Just like everyday speech with attorneys, it becomes hard to separate where that dividing line is.”The committee was scheduled to discuss a related issue on the restriction that only certified lawyers use the terms “expert” and “specialist,” but it postponed that discussion until its April 8 meeting. Company agrees to change headings that conflict with advertising rules
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CARICOM Member States joined forces over the past week to provide police escort services for the 40th Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM in Castries, Saint Lucia 3-5 July.The St Kitts and Nevis Information Service (SKNIS) pointed out that two officers of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force (RSCNPF) – Constables Rudwell Mickle and Justin Griffin – joined forces with officers from Antigua and Barbuda and Saint Lucia to provide escort services for Heads of Governments and other dignitaries.Constable Rudwell MickleConstable Mickle is a 10-year veteran in the Police Force while Constable Griffin, who is stationed in Nevis, has worked with RSCNPF for the past 22 years. Griffin and Mickle are assigned to the Traffic Department in the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force, and this week they are honoured to be serving as police outriders for the Heads of Government and their delegations.Constable Justin GriffinThis is the first time that either of them has served outside of St. Kitts and Nevis as outriders, which heightens the honour even more. The two constables brought their motorcycles with them, joining three outriders from Antigua and Barbuda to make up a police escort of about 15. The majority of the outriders escorting the dignitaries and their entourages during the 40th Regular Meeting were from the St. Lucian Police Force.Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… St Kitts/Nevis Preparing to host Inter-Sessional Meeting of CARICOM HeadsBasseterre, St. Kitts, January 11, 2019 (SKNIS): St. Kitts and Nevis is busy preparing to host the 30th Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), which takes place from 26-27th February 2019, at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort and Royal Beach Casino. A…January 14, 2019In “CARICOM”Caribbean States prepare to battle illegal fishing(Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism Press Release)— Eighteen border control officers from seven Member States of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) are currently undergoing a four-week training course in Fisheries Prosecution and Interdiction, organized by the Barbados-based Regional Security System (RSS) in collaboration with the CRFM Secretariat, the Government of…July 22, 2019In “Antigua & Barbuda”Caribbean States improve ability to prosecute fisheries casesBelize City, Wednesday, 25 October 2017 (CRFM Press Release) — Twenty border control officers from six Member States of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) completed a three-week training course in Fisheries Prosecution and Interdiction, organised by the Barbados-based Regional Security System (RSS) in collaboration with the CRFM Secretariat, the…October 27, 2017In “Antigua & Barbuda”Share this on WhatsApp
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Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Religious leaders in Dominica are today Monday 18 May 2015 being sensitized on the status of child abuse on the island and their role in child protection. The leaders, who come from different denominations, are participating in a consultation at the Dominica Public Service Union building in Roseau organized by the Social Welfare Division.“As leaders you are seen as frontline workers not only in your church, but also in your community; persons come to you for advise, look up to you and respect you because you because you are seen as someone who has a personal relationship with God and one who may have the answer,” Coordinator of the Child Abuse Prevention Unit, Jemma Azille Lewis told the leaders.Mrs Lewis told the start of Monday’s consultation that there must be a unified approach in dealing with child abuse in Dominica. “Child abuse is a societal ill in Dominica and it is one of major concern and we can term it as a silent emergency,” Mrs Lewis said.“In order to combat the issue on child abuse it needs a unified approach; that means not only the Social Welfare Division, not only the Ministry of Social Services by extension but also you as the church religious officials, faith based organizations to make an input because no one can do it alone,” Mrs Lewis continued. She said the religious community “definitely” has a role to play in the care and protection of our children. “Sadly, our children are abused by various forms of abuse almost on a daily basis which includes physical abuse, child neglect to abandonment, sexual abuse, emotional abuse,” she informed. Mrs. Lewis also encouraged the leaders to implement programs and activities in their congregations and communities targeting the issue of child abuse. “It is hoped that you take on the matter very seriously and that you will create even a greater awareness on the issue of child abuse,” Mrs. Lewis noted. Peer counselors from Secondary schools across the island participate in another consultation organized by the Social Welfare Division at the Dominica Public Service Union on Friday 22 May 2015. Share 158 Views one comment LocalNews Religious leaders participate in child abuse consultation by: Dominica Vibes News – May 18, 2015 Share