first_imgGeorge Thorogood and the Destroyers. Bikes. Breadwinner. America. That pretty much sums up this sweet video showcasing the talents of Breadwinner Cycles, otherwise known as Tony Pereira and Ira Ryan. Hand built in Portland, OR, there are currently 6 models of custom TIG-welded steel bikes quipped with as many US made parts as possible, all delivered in 8 weeks or less.last_img

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first_imgIke Diggs (from left), Cameron Peck and Luke Goff with their Northman plaques. Photo via SM North on Twitter.At halftime of the Indians’ basketball game Friday, SM North named senior Cameron Peck the 2018 Northman.SM North has been giving an annual award to a senior male since 1978, when it was known as the “Big Man on Campus.” In the intervening 30 years, though, the honor has grown in prestige and significance. Today, the award is given to a senior who is recognized for having a positive impact on his classmates and the school community at large.Peck has played a prominent role in a number of SM North community initiatives, including raising funds through the school’s annual Spring Charity Picnic to support the city of Mission’s Holiday Adoption Program.This year’s first runner up was Luke Goff. Second runner up was Ike Diggs.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Huffington Post:In September of last year, Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas petitioned the United Nations for full membership in the world body. For many Palestinians this event was a potent and long-overdue symbol of their statehood, a cause for celebration. For many Jewish Israelis, the Palestinians’ bid was a betrayal of the spirit of ongoing peace negotiations in the region. For many others around the world, it was just one more flash point in the seemingly endless and intractable conflict between Israel and Palestine.The event sparked intense emotions, from righteous resentment to hateful rage, and these emotions did indeed threaten the halting peace negotiations.Some Israelis vowed to abandon the process altogether, while others demanded even more belligerent policies toward Palestinians. In this highly charged situation emotions trumped deliberation and reason.Read the whole story: The Huffington Post More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

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first_imgThe Huffington Post:Robin Williams once said, “The world is open for play.” But how often, in the midst of the daily grind, does it really feel that way?When we measure our lives in to-do lists and devote every moment to being productive, play, of course, falls by the wayside. Living in a culture of busyness, productivity and overwork, we condition our brains to do things in order to get them done; to always achieve, accomplish, finish, check off. Even when we do pursue fun, adventurous experiences, it’s often for the purpose of ticking them off of a bucket list.Our disdain for play, silliness and pure nonsense is even reflected in our vocabulary. “No-nonsense” people, who take themselves and their work seriously — and have no time for activities that don’t further their goals — are celebrated and held up as examples to be followed. But a little nonsense in your day may be a very good thing, not only to boost your mood but also as a way to remind yourself that work (and life) can actually be fun.Read the whole story: The Huffington Post More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

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first_imgDecember 18, 2009WHO finds no change in pandemic severity patternAn early look at winter pandemic flu fatalities in the Southern and Northern Hemispheres suggests severity has not changed, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today. The virus is peaking or declining in many parts of Europe, except for the north, southeast, and parts of the Russian Federation. Activity is also rising in western and central Asia, as well as northern parts of India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives. Pandemic and seasonal strains are cocirculating in West Africa.http://www.who.int/csr/don/2009_12_18a/en/index.htmlDec 18 WHO updateSome countries eye returning surplus pandemic vaccineSwiss officials said today they plan to donate or sell 4.5 million surplus doses of pandemic vaccine, because uptake among the public has been low, Reuters reported. Germany and Spain have also said they want to return excess vaccine to manufacturers. Meanwhile, the Greek media reported today that government officials hope to cancel an order for 8 million vaccine doses. Immunization began in Greece a month ago, but the health ministry said citizens are skeptical and uptake has been low.http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSLDE5BH0X320091218Dec 18 Reuters storyCDC spells out precautions for immunosuppressed patientsThe US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Dec 16 outlined special considerations for severely immunosuppressed patients in its updated H1N1 guidance. It said cancer chemotherapy patients, for example, are at increased risk of complications, and those with acute respiratory symptoms should receive empiric treatment, even when no fever is present. Infection control measures should be taken before test results are known to avoid spread of any resistant strains that may develop.http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/immunosuppression/index.htmDec 16 CDC updated pandemic guidance for severely immunosuppressed patientsFlu triggers cancellation of St. Louis Rams practiceThe St. Louis Rams of the National Football League canceled their practice yesterday because several players were sick with suspected H1N1 flu, the Associated Press reported. Coach Steve Spagnuolo said five or six players had flu-like illness and that others had reported symptoms the last few weeks. He called the cancellation “more of a precaution than anything” and said he expected the team would return to practice today.Clinton appoints pandemic flu ambassadorSecretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced yesterday the appointment of Dr. Keri-Ann Jones as the US special representative on avian and pandemic influenza. She will lead US involvement in the pandemic flu arena and guide the department’s response and preparedness. She was formerly the State Department’s assistant secretary for oceans and international environmental and scientific affairs where she worked in international research and emerging infectious disease issues.http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2009/dec/133807.htmDec 17 US State Department press releaselast_img read more

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first_imgInterMoor announces the appointment of Duncan Cuthill to the role of General Manager of InterMoor Marine Services Ltd.Cuthill will report directly to Alan Duncan, MD of InterMoor Ltd. and will be responsible for the InterMoor Marine Services Business in the UK and Mediterranean regions.Cuthill holds a University degree (BSc) and is a qualified Master Mariner with extensive experience in the offshore oil and gas industry. Following a 17 year seagoing career he joined Trident Offshore in 1992 at an early stage in its development and remained with the company for 10 years, 5 of these as Operations Director. During his time at Trident Offshore he was instrumental in developing the business and in establishing the company in international markets.Following his departure from Trident Offshore, Cuthill worked in senior roles in a number of marine businesses in Aberdeen culminating in a period of 4 years at Viking Seatech (formerly Viking Moorings) in the role of Managing Director UK and Africa and a member of the Global Leadership Team.Cuthill returns to InterMoor (who purchased Trident Offshore in 2009) bringing considerable marine experience and management expertise to further strengthen the management team within the UK business.“I am very pleased to have been appointed as General Manager of IMSL. While the roots of IMSL were within Trident Offshore it has developed significantly to the point where it is the clear market leader in its sector and I am joining the company for the next exciting phase in its development.”InterMoor also announced the appointment of Lesley Maxwell to the role of Group HR Manager.Maxwell holds a Masters Degree in Human Resources Management, a Post Graduate degree in Employment Law and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (FCIPD).She is also an accredited coach and mediator.Maxwell has over 25 years’ senior HR experience across a number of sectors including energy, science & technology, pharmaceutical, further education and new technology. She brings a wealth of experience in strategic HR practices, operational management, project management and leadership and development. She has extensive experience in senior roles within the UK and internationally, in particular working in the Middle East.Maxwell says: “I am delighted to join Intermoor at an exciting period of growth in an already successful and dynamic company. In particular I look forward to the challenges ahead both strategically and operationally with our local and international offices, in particular Singapore. “The company has a unique culture where passion, drive and energy are at the forefront of the business and where everyone is working to the common goal of success now and for the future.”[mappress]Press Release, April 03, 2014last_img read more

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first_imgThe attorney general has pledged to hold criminal justice chiefs to account if they fail to follow up on the recommendations laid out in his long-awaited review of disclosure. Cox: ‘fundamental pillar’Publishing his 78-page report today, Geoffrey Cox QC MP said: ‘For too long, disclosure has been seen as an administrative add on rather than fundamental pillar of our justice system. This ends now. My review sets out practical recommendations and a clear plan of action which I will hold the leaders of the criminal justice system to account for delivering in their respective areas.’The review identifies nine major problems with the disclosure process. These include reasonable lines of enquiry not always being followed, disclosure obligations not being considered sufficiently from the outset of an investigation, the disclosure test not being applied correctly, and material being disclosed too late. The system for collecting data and management information to measure the impact of disclosure on cases ‘is not fit for purpose’.The report states that the Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act 1996 still provides an appropriate disclosure regime but acknowledges that the system is not working effectively or efficiently in practice.Recommendations include a ‘rebuttable presumption’ in favour of disclosure for key material such as crime reports, any record of the complaint made by the complainant and CCTV footage of the crime. Ways that artificial intelligence can help should also be explored.Practitioners’ frustrations at struggling to contact individual prosecutors due to lack of details on case papers is highlighted. The review recommends a mandatory requirement on the Crown Prosecution Service to provide the defence early on with full details in all cases where a not guilty plea is anticipated. It also flags up a recently introduced ‘engagement log’ currently generated for court hearings so that the judge and advocates can see where failed or ineffective attempts to engage have been made.On legal aid funding, the review says the current fees structure for police station attendance is not designed for a large amount of pre-charge work by the defence. It suggests that the Ministry of Justice should review how such work is remunerated if a more formal pre-charge engagement model is created. The Criminal Justice Board is also recommended to commission a working group to review legal aid payments.Commenting on today’s report, the Centre for Criminal Appeals, which deals with miscarriages of justice cases, says the review ignores the plight of those who have been wrongly imprisoned because of disclosure failures by the police and prosecutors. Emily Bolton, legal director, said: ‘The attorney general failed to address issues with the law that currently governs access to evidence after conviction, which mean it is almost impossible for the innocent to access justice.’Efforts have been made to improve disclosure following a long bout of negative publicity. Earlier this year the police and Crown Prosecution Service drafted a National Improvement Disclosure Plan. Max Hill QC, who took over from Alison Saunders as director of public prosecutions a fortnight ago, has revealed that phase two of the plan will be published this month.last_img read more

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first_imgUSA: Freight and passenger traffic began flowing along Union Pacific’s main line through Oregon on May 6 after basic repairs were completed to three sections of track wiped out by a massive mudslide near Oakridge in the Cascade mountains.Fine silt obliterated 915 m of right-of-way in difficult terrain on January 19, bringing with it hundreds of trees, rocks and other debris. About one million tonnes of material was removed by 200 workers and up to 30 daily trains. ‘This was an extraordinary event which required an extraordinary effort,’ said Bill Van Trump, UP’s Assistant Vice-President of Engineering & Maintenance. ‘Not only did we put a mountain back together, we were also able to do it safely, without any injuries.’last_img read more

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first_imgCZECH REPUBLIC: Infrastructure manager SŽDC has awarded Eurovia CS, GJW Praha and EŽ Praha a KC1·47bn EU co-funded contract to upgrade the 8·4 km section of double-track line between Lysá nad Labem and Čelákovice, northeast of Praha.This will include replacing the bridge over the River Labe with a structure which will increase the minimum height above water level from 4·7 m to 5·25 m, with provision for a future increase to 7·0 m. Completion is planned for November 2021, increasing the line speed to 140 km/h and eliminating a capacity bottleneck on a route where passenger traffic is increasing.last_img read more

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