Insider trail tips to slide in your backpack – For more European trail rising, the path hunters at Supertrail Maps have compiled two brand new maps for 2016 (Finale Ligure and Bas-Valais), and have thoroughly revised three classic maps (Lago di Garda Nord, Meran Süd and Zugspitz Arena) to make sure that knobby tires find the best sections of trails in the Alps. The maps get improved details, a linked website full of helpful planning info, and a tongue-in-cheek video to get the best out of it all. Sometimes it really is better to put down the Garmin and dig through some real maps. OutdoorMediaShop.com Where to Ride GraVity Card is your ticket to a season of European descending – The last snows are gone from the Alps, and gravity bikes are out hitting the lift served trails. 14 bike parks in six different countries are joined together by the GraVity Card waiting to be shredded. Two new parks join this year: Bikepark Brandnertal in Austria and Bike Park Kranjska Gora in Slovenia. Check out the full list of where to ride at: Gravity-Card.com Enter to win a $3200 Timbuk2 x Faraday bike commuting setup – With any resistance to e-Bikes, there is no disputing that they make sense for commuting, and every new e-commuter can be one more car off the road. So to promote being #BetteronaBike, Timbuk2 has teamed up with Faraday bikes to outfit a new commuter in style. The contest runs through the end of May (Bike to Work Month) and includes a Timbuk2 Cask backpack, a Faraday Porteur S e-bike, a Bern Watts helmet, and a Kryptonite Evolution mini u-lock. Enter at: Timbuk2.com… EventsRide Colorado’s Tour of the Moon – The annual Icon Eyecare Tour of the Moon bicycle ride gives cyclists the rare chance to ride through the beautiful Colorado National Monument, this year as part of the National Park’s Centennial Celebration. The route for the Tour of the Moon, made famous in the 1980’s Coors Classic and the ever-popular American Flyers, is still one of the top road rides in the States. Starting and finishing in Grand Junction, CO, the event offers two courses, a 62-mile metric century and a shorter, 41-mile ride, limited to just 2000 riders. Register now for the Oct 1, 2016 ride at: TouroftheMoon.comThe Air Force Association Cycling Classic returns this June – The Arlington, VA event is back in its 19th year June 11-12 featuring pro and amateur races, challenge rides, and kids races. The pro race is part of the prestigious USA Cycling Professional Road Tour, and is joined by several other races and fun rides. Funds raised got to support the Air Force Association’s Wounded Airman Program. Registration is open now at: cyclingclassic.orgXC Worlds in just 8 weeks – The organizers behind the 2016 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Nové Město na Moravě, not so far from our EU HQ, remind us that the event is fast approaching, starting June 30. It will be the first ever worlds in the country, and tickets are expected to sell out to spectate on the popular venue. Tickets are on sale now for what has been called the ‘Best World Cup’ course for 5 years. mtb2016nmnm.comAdvocacy Global Bike to Work Day: Tuesday May 10 – Sure, we literally just told you about it yesterday, but it really is for the greater good. Strava is collecting data from all of the cyclists that ride and share next Tuesday and will be delivering it out to influential policy makers through their Strava Metro anonymized ride data program. May 10. Ride to work. Upload to Strava and share on social media with #CommutesCount. Change the world. Blog.Strava.com/Bike-to-Work
New York Magazine:It is the giving-est time of year, and so it seems very timely indeed that the latest episode of “The Psychology Podcast” features a chat between University of Pennsylvania psychologists Scott Barry Kaufman and Adam Grant about Grant’s work on givers and takers. These are his terms for the people who enjoy being generous and helping others, and the people who are more motivated by personal gain; he wrote an entire book on the subject, published last year.It’s safe to assume that most of us would probably rather interact with people closer to the giver than the taker end of that spectrum; Grant mentions that his research has found, not at all surprisingly, that most people would rather marry givers than takers. And although behaving generously toward others sounds very nice, we might hesitate to do so sometimes, perhaps especially in contexts where getting credit for stuff counts — like the workplace, for example. So when does being a “giver” morph into being a doormat? Kaufman posed this question to Grant, who answered this way:Read the whole story: New York Magazine More of our Members in the Media >
With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit. LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business. ADDISON, Ill. — Daniel “DJ” Minahan was recently promoted to the role of northeast regional manager of KYB America LLC. His promotion was announced this week by KYB Vice President Mike Fiorito. Prior to being named northeast regional manager, Minahan served as a territory sales manager for KYB, where he was responsible for growing KYB’s business throughout the New England area. Before joining KYB in 2005, Minahan was a successful territory sales manager for a large ignition parts manufacturer and also served as an operations manager for Quinsig Automotive Warehouse in Worchester, Mass. Fiorito stated, “DJ has distinguished himself as a true aftermarket professional. His year-over-year sales increases show his effectiveness. He does an outstanding job of partnering with customers to grow their ride control business. His promotion within KYB is well-earned and deserved.” AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement
Independent/Ali GogasPart V of a series on homesteading; growing and preserving your own food, raising animals for wool and milk, foraging, and more.Imagine being a farmer, but every single year your crop disappears.Now imagine that’s the plan.Butterfly farmers in Suffolk County are a scarce but passionate crew, dedicated to protecting and proliferating the pollinators with the painted wings.Butterflies “play an important role in pollinating flowers, particularly flowers that have a strong scent, are red or yellow in color, and produce a large amount of nectar,” reads the website sciencing.com. In fact, butterflies (and hummingbirds) can see the color red — which bees can’t do. Therefore, red and orange plants rely on butterflies to carry their nectar and pollen.Ali Gogas of Swallowtail Farms in Mastic Beach explains why she got into farming butterflies and growing vegetables.“I started growing veggies and herbs five years ago,” she said. “It’s very rewarding to eat something you’ve grown, so each year we’ve built additional beds so that we can grow more and more. One of the things I’ve learned is to grow the things you like to eat, and one of my favorite foods are dill pickles, so two seasons ago I decided to add in cucumbers and dill, and that’s where the butterflies come in.”Dill is like crack to butterflies, apparently.“I’m a lifelong animal lover and a former animal rescuer, so when I discovered the caterpillars on my dill plants, I needed to know more about them,” Gogas continued. “I didn’t mind them eating the dill. I was excited to have more pollinators in my gardens!”As it turned out, the Eastern Black Swallowtail caterpillars were fun to watch. Apparently, not just for humans, as Gogas discovered that they were a delicacy savored by wasps.“I decided to make more of an effort to keep them safe until the next stage of their development. I started moving the large caterpillars into a large bin covered with netting and placing dill cuttings in there for them to eat. I would move the chrysalises into another container to keep them safe until they emerged. It was really fun to document their life cycle, and the butterflies are beautiful,” she said.Independent/Ali GogasA Swallowtail can overwinter in its chrysalis, Gogas explained. This past winter, she had over 40 in her shed.“Six have emerged so far this spring, with hopefully many more to come as the weather gets warmer,” she said. This year, Gogas constructed a large bed solely for dill, and screened in a portion of it “for the caterpillars to eat and grow without being eaten by predators.”Plus, butterflies symbolize change and growth, a fact not lost on those who farm them. “Sometimes we need to change ourselves before we can truly emerge,” Gogas said.Monarchs, those orange and black beauties, are luckily making a comeback after an enormous dent in their population, but they are still long-distance migrators that need a place to rest and feed. Monarchs migrate from Canada and North America to Mexico during the winter, and luckily for them, there are official registered “Monarch Waystations” peppered throughout the country, including many on the East End.Planting butterfly attractants, like milkweed, butterfly bush, and other plants — along with using natural products on your lawn and garden — can help those big butterflies continue to feed, grow, and pollinate.According to Catherine Meinhold of Brookhaven, “I started raising Monarchs with my kids one summer after visiting a butterfly house. As I learned more I felt compelled to be part of the movement to save the species, and now I also raise them as part of my job as a children’s library assistant,” she said.“I am perpetually fascinated by the transformation process and it brings me joy to fuss around my garden growing the right plants for them, searching for eggs and caterpillars, and releasing the butterflies, while playing a tiny part in education and conservation.”For those who want to know more about what to plant to attract these beauties, www.monarchwatch.org offers helpful information, and locally there are registered Monarch Waystations at the Riverhead Free Library, the Eastern Campus of Suffolk County Community College in Riverhead, South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton, the East Hampton Historical Farm Museum, and the Ecological Culture Initiative in Hampton Bays, which can be visited and observed as the butterflies begin to emerge and firstname.lastname@example.org Share
The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) signed new work arrangements with Japanese energy giant Inpex on the $34 billion dollar Ichthys LNG project off the north-west coast of Australia.The agreement secures up to 2,000 Australian jobs, MUA said in a statement on Friday.The agreement, named the enhanced dispute settlement process, development & production arrangement, will run until 2030 and includes commitments towards the development of maritime employees, the implementation of a diversity program, and the promotion of Australian crews on certain project support vessels.MUA Western Australian branch secretary and national president Chris Cain said the work arrangements cover rig tenders, drilling rigs, seismic vessels, supply vessels and accommodation vessels.Cain noted that Australian workers have recently been experiencing a downturn in offshore oil and gas construction which is set to change with the agreement.The Ichthys Project is expected to produce 8.9 million tons of LNG and 1.6 million tons of LPG each year, along with more than 100,000 barrels of condensate per day at peak.It is estimated that the operational phase of the Inpex gas plant could be up to 40 years.The project is a joint venture between Inpex, major partner Total, Taiwan’s CPC Corporation and the Australian subsidiaries of Tokyo Gas, Osaka Gas, Kansai Electric, Chubu Electric Power and Toho Gas.
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Author: Associated Press Obama cuts short Chelsea Manning’s prison sentence WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama is commuting the prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the former Army intelligence analyst who leaked classified documents.The White House says Manning is one of 209 inmates whose sentences Obama is shortening.Manning is more than six years into a 35-year sentence for leaking classified government and military documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks. Her sentence is now set to expire May 17.She was known as Bradley Manning at the time of her 2010 arrest and attempted suicide twice last year.The move could lead to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange to agree to extradition to the U.S. to face possible espionage charges. Wikileaks tweeted last week that Assange would do so if Obama would grant clemency to Manning.If Obama grants Manning clemency Assange will agree to US extradition despite clear unconstitutionality of DoJ case https://t.co/MZU30SlfGK— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) January 12, 2017Obama is also pardoning 64 people, including retired Gen. James Cartwright, who was charged with making false statements during a probe into disclosure of classified information.Most of the other people receiving commutations were serving sentences for nonviolent drug offenses. SHARE Published: January 17, 2017 4:54 PM EST Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know.
A couple whose children were unlawfully removed by a local authority have been awarded £10,000 each in damages for a breach of their right to a family life.The case is one of the first where damages have been awarded under the Human Rights Act in childcare proceedings.Deputy High Court judge Sir Robert Francis QC said: ‘If ever there was a case illustrating the challenges that face children, parents, public authorities and the court when concerns are raised about the safety and welfare of the children it is this.’In Williams & Anon v London Borough of Hackney, a husband and wife took the local authority to court for wrongly placing their eight children in foster care.The eight were removed from their parents after one of the children was arrested on suspicion of shoplifting eight years ago. According to the judgment the child told police that he had been beaten by his father with a belt.When police visited the home they declared it was not in a fit state for the children to live in, and took them away.Francis said: ‘A swift consideration of the welfare issues concluded that if some simple improvements were made to their home, the children could return home. Yet it was two months before the children returned to their parents after experiencing a variety of foster placements, some of which were of dubious quality.’Hackney council in London said that the parents had given their consent under section 20 of the Children Act 1989 for their children to be kept away from them for longer than the 72 hours allowed under the police order.But the judge said no valid consent was obtained as there was no evidence the parents were told to seek legal advice and because their distressed state led them to believe they would never see their children again unless they signed the agreement.The judge said that although the initial separation was justified, it was unlawful for the authority to keep the children beyond 72 hours.He said: ‘This was undoubtedly a close family presided over by loving parents. They were extremely distressed by the continued separation from their children and constantly voiced their anxieties in that regard to the defendants. They witnessed the adverse effects of foster care on more than one of their children, one of whom was a baby who was just being breast fed.’In light of this, the judge awarded the parents £10,000 each.Commenting on the case, Tom Harrill, a barrister at St Ives Chambers said: ‘This case, following on from Northamptonshire CC v AS  EWHC 199 (Fam) and Re H (A Child: Breach of Convention Rights: Damages)  EWFC 38, demonstrates the courts’ increasing willingness to make an award of damages under the Human Rights Act 1998 in relation to local authority failures in the course of care proceedings.‘Family practitioners will need to be ever more alive to these issues and the way in which the court is dealing with them both within – and following the conclusion of – care proceedings.’
A senior costs judge has backed the principle that a so-called ‘underspend’ of budgeted sums is not a good reason to depart from the set budget.Master Brown, sitting in Utting v City College Norwich, said that he would not reduce the sums claimed for phases that ‘had not been substantially completed’.The defendant (the paying party) had argued that there was a ‘good reason’ to depart from the budget for phases that had not been substantially completed. This would have triggered a detailed assessment of the associated budgeted costs.The claimant submitted that an underspend did not amount to ‘good reason’ to depart from the budget and opposed any reduction to the sums claimed.Master Brown concluded that an underspend was not a ‘good reason’ to depart on the basis that treating it as such would undermine the effectiveness of costs budgeting.He made clear, however, that receiving parties should not expect to receive the full amount or budgeted sum where only a small amount of the assumed work had been undertaken.‘Inevitably budgets are not produced with a degree of precision that can be applied in a detailed assessment; but I do not see that as a justification for having a line by line assessment,’ he said. ‘[Otherwise] solicitors who had acted efficiently and kept costs within budget would find their costs subject to detailed assessment, whereas less efficient solicitors who exceeded the budget would, absent any other “good reason”, receive the budgeted sum and avoid detailed assessment.’The decision followed the conclusions of District Judge Lumb in Chapman v Norfolk and Norwich UH NHSFT, who previously found that an underspend was not a ‘good reason’ to depart from a costs budget pursuant to CPR r3.18.The situation has been unclear because of an unreported judgment in Salmon v Bart Health NHS Trust, which came to a different conclusion to Chapman. District Judge Dight ruled that an ‘underspend’ is a good reason to depart because of the indemnity principle. The decision in Utting is not definitive and it is possible that the issue could be challenged again in a higher court.
INDIA’S Research Designs & Standards Organisation carried out a crash test on March 29 using a coach and a wagon ballasted to 120 tonnes with concrete.A dozen organisations are involved in a project to develop a coach design for Indian Railways which offers improved collision performance. Rites and Transportation Technology Center representatives are aiding RDSO with the testing, which was carried out to verify the performance of a vehicle built by Kapurthala Rail Coach Factory. The force of the collision was absorbed ’at those areas where damage to passengers would be minimised’, RDSO Director-General A K Rao told local media. RDSO is now planning a further crash test in July. This will use two coaches to simulate a collision between two passenger trains. ’We will study the input in detail from the first test. If there are further possible improvements in the coach we will design coaches based on the latest inputs and conduct a second test’, said Rao.