Charge, which is imported / distributed by BTI in the U.S, had this sweet Tange Titanium track bike on display. Ã‚Â Called the Plug, it’s a one-off complete bike with some prototype Truvativ Omnium cranks and a Charge white saddle.Click “more” for additional photos of the Plug and some of their steel commuter bicycles… The Grinder is a Tange Plain Gauge steel bike complete with fenders and single speed freewheel hub. Ã‚Â It’s surprisingly light considering the spec.The non-Titanium Plug is built from Tange Plain Gauge and has horizontal dropouts.
Community College of Vermont,The Community College of Vermont has been awarded grant funding totaling $200,000’$100,000 per year, for two years’from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation. The funds will be used to improve access to dual enrollment programs for all Vermont high school students. ‘With the passage of the Flexible Pathways bill the state has created new dual enrollment opportunities for Vermont’s high school students, and this grant from Nellie Mae will help to ensure that all Vermonters have access to those opportunities and the ability to get a jump start on their college-level learning while still attending high school,’said Natalie Searle, director of secondary education initiatives at CCV.A recent study from Midwestern found that students who participated in a dual enrollment experience were nearly twice as likely to complete high school than those who did not. Further research has shown that participants in dual enrollment programs earn higher college GPAs, and have higher graduation rates from two and four-year institutions than those who did not participate in dual enrollment programming.The state’s dual enrollment program will now provide two vouchers to Vermont’s high school students. They can take one college-level course in their junior year and one in their senior year at many of the state’s colleges and universities. The new funding, Searle said, will be used to ramp up outreach efforts to schools, parents, and students across the state. Resources will also be allocated to professional development programs designed to better equip CCV staff and high school educators with the tools they need to help all Vermont students access and succeed in dual enrollment and college. About the Nellie Mae Education Foundation:The Nellie Mae Education Foundation is the largest charitable organization in New England that focuses exclusively on education. The Foundation supports the promotion and integration of student-centered approaches to learning at the middle and high school levels across New England. To elevate student-centered approaches, the Foundation utilizes a three-part strategy that focuses on: developing and enhancing models of practice; reshaping education policies; and increasing public understanding and demand for high quality educational experiences. The Foundation’s initiative areas are: District Level Systems Change; State Level Systems Change; Research and Development; and Public Understanding and Demand. Since 1998, the Foundation has distributed over $154 million in grants. For more information, visit www.nmefoundation.org(link is external).CCV is Vermont’s second largest college, serving over 7,000 students each semester. With 12 locations and extensive online learning options, our students don’t have to travel far from their communities to access 20 degree and six certificate programs, workforce, secondary and continuing education opportunities, and academic and veterans support services. Privacy & Confidentiality Notice: This message is for the designated recipient only and may contain privileged, confidential or otherwise private information. If you have received it in error, please notify the sender immediately and delete the original. Any other use of an email received in error is prohibited.
Tom Feiden, chair of the Friends of Lenexa Sports Foundation, gave testimony on the importance of building a sports complex near St. James Academy for student-athletes’ use.Homeowners, student-athletes’ families at St. James Academy and Lenexa city leaders clashed in a lively, lengthy discussion Tuesday over the prospect of a new sports complex and accompanying mixed-use commercial development proposed for vacant land near the school in the remote western corner of the city.The conceptual plan, which the Lenexa council voted 5-3 to approve, allows the nonprofit Friends of Lenexa Sports Foundation to build a sports complex on 34 acres of undeveloped property immediately to the west of St. James Academy, on the south side of Prairie Star Parkway between Clare Road and Canyon Creek Boulevard.The proposal calls for two lighted baseball fields, a lighted multi-use field, a 100,900-square-foot indoor athletic facility and related parking, pedestrian paths and other amenities. The indoor facility would have an indoor baseball practice field and gymnasium for court sports.Here’s a look at the sports complex layout:The council spent roughly two hours listening to presentations and testimony from both neighbors and parents of student-athletes at St. James Academy, and discussing among themselves.Mayor Michael Boehm cast the deciding vote, while councilmembers Corey Hunt, Tom Nolte and Bill Nicks voted against the project. Councilmember Steve Lemons was absent.Supporters of the sports complex, including school officials at St. James Academy and parents, said student-athletes would be able to cross the street from school to use the sports complex for practice and to play occasional games in their various sports, including baseball, soccer, lacrosse, softball, volleyball and basketball.City staff counted 27 St. James students in the crowded Lenexa council chambers. Many of them signed in at the meeting to show support for the sports complex; some were dressed in baseball uniforms.Tom Feiden, chair of the Friends of Lenexa Sports Foundation and a coach at St. James Academy, said to think of the sports complex as “an extension of the campus.” He expressed concerns with 500 student-athletes leaving campus daily to practice their sport during the spring.Homeowners and St. James community disagree on sports complexKathy O’Brien, an Overland Park resident who sent her children to St. James, shared her support for the sports complex.Neighbors said they were primarily concerned that the sports complex would disrupt their homes with outdoor lighting and noise from daily use. Gordon Pinsky, president of one of the neighboring homes associations, said he was told the complex was “for the greater Lenexa community” and not an extension of campus.Some residents said finding out that the sports complex is “an extension of St. James” changes their perspective, although they still had concerns about how the use will impact the quietude of their neighborhoods.“Now that it’s being said that it’s an extension of the campus, that’s all fine and good but I feel like today was not the time to find that out to be able to make a decision,” said Nicole Stimac, a homeowner near the school.Kathy O’Brien, an Overland Park resident who sent her children to St. James, asked the homeowners to remember the St. James students were just kids playing sports and having fun.“They’ve been good neighbors to you all, and they deserve to have a place for these kids to walk across the street safely and not have to load up a car-full and drive 20 minutes to Wyandotte fields or however far away it is in order to practice,” O’Brien said.Project leaders stressed that the complex would not be used for competition sports, and the facilities would be available for use by sports teams from other schools and organizations.The council also voted 5-3 to approve two other items for the sports complex: a special use permit to allow indoor and outdoor entertainment on site, and rezoning the property from residential and neighborhood commercial (CP-1) to community commercial (CP-2).Some councilmembers sympathized with neighbors, while others said the complex would be complementary to the academy and an asset to the greater Lenexa community. Councilmember Mandy Stuke said there is still time to “massage this,” as the project leaders still require approval for a preliminary development plan of the site. Project leaders and homeowners can work through a compromise at a later date to address lighting and sound concerns.Developer withdraws rezoning request amid public complaints against drive-through fast food placesDan Foster with Schlagel and AssociatesEarlier in the meeting, the council spent two hours considering a concept plan for a commercial development neighboring the site for the sports complex, but the developer withdrew the rezoning request before the council could vote on it.Dan Foster with Schlagel and Associates, the same developer for the sports complex project, had requested council approval of a mixed-use concept plan and rezoning of about 16 acres of property on the southeast corner of Prairie Star Parkway and Canyon Creek Boulevard.That concept plan included construction of a small suburban neighborhood center of five buildings with entry plazas, outdoor seating areas, raised planters, a central plaza and with two stand-alone sites that include a daycare and convenience store with gasoline pumps.The site required rezoning from neighborhood commercial (CP-1) to community commercial (CP-2), which would allow fast food restaurants with drive-throughs. Foster said rezoning would allow them to find a drive-through coffee shop tenant.After hearing pushback from some of the same neighboring homeowners who also had concerns about the prospect of heavier commercial traffic as well as drive-through restaurants near their homes, the developer withdrew the rezoning request.
RTS just announced the global introduction of OMS (OMNEO Main Station), a hybrid IP/digital/analog main station for party line intercom systems and the core component of a new product family: RTS Digital Partyline.Housed in a compact 1RU enclosure, OMS is a solution capable of interconnecting both wired/wireless and IP/digital/analog devices. Full TCP/IP connectivity is supported. Whereas current systems on the market offer analog-only, digital-only, proprietary or non-Dante-compatible products, OMS encapsulates the RTS philosophy of bridging all standards and formats.OMNEO* IP technology — incorporating Dante (audio transport), AES70 (device control) and more — allows OMS to interconnect with RTS Digital Matrix products (including ADAM, ADAM-M, ODIN, KP series key panels and ROAMEO DECT wireless) and forthcoming new members of the RTS Digital Partyline family. OMS can therefore provide a path from legacy equipment to the latest technology, allowing users to migrate to the flexibility of an IP infrastructure without the complexity of a matrix system — all while protecting the investment value of their existing analog partyline hardware.OMS is a communications multitool for a wide range of customers, including theaters, houses of worship, broadcast, AV rental, industrial facilities and entertainment/event venues. It is available in five licensed configurations to suit the user’s budget and application requirements: Advanced, Intermediate and Basic digital (each with OMNEO); Analog Plus and Analog (main station options for analog-only party line systems). Software upgrades allow for increased capacity and functionality as needs evolve. Users requiring both analog and digital should upgrade to OMS Intermediate or OMS Advanced.Here’s a video that explains it all:All OMS configurations feature a high-resolution full-color front panel display and an intuitive icon-based menu structure to simplify system configuration and control. The panel layout will be immediately familiar to party line users, and has dedicated color-coded controls for each channel (talk/listen/call/volume). Each of the four button sets can be programmed to function with any destination in the system. For example, button set one does not necessarily need to control party line one; it can be assigned as a relay, to a key panel, etc. Three headset variants are supported. The AC power supply has a locking IEC connector, and the unit’s low power draw and venting enclosure design mean that no cooling fans are necessary.Support for four ports of analog AIO four-wire, four ports of analog two-wire (equipped with echo cancellation), two program inputs and one stage announce output are included. Ethernet connectivity is via copper or fiber (for OMS Intermediate and OMS Advanced versions with OMNEO). Additional OMNEO expansion audio ports are included for networking with other OMS units, enabling additional system capacity and party line capability as part of a distributed or multisite system. OMS Intermediate and OMS Advanced configurations support the TIF-2000A digital telephone interface.The fully equipped OMS Advanced version allows the user to convert between four different formats: OMNEO, RVON, four-wire AIO and two-wire. G.711, G.722 and G.729AB codecs are supported. Up to 40 OMNEO devices may be connected, including ROAMEO beltpacks (for which OMS can also serve as a stand-alone base station), up to eight key panels and up to 16 party lines. OMS Advanced supports four channels of RVON (RTS Voice Over Network) via RTS KP series key panels, for robust remote networking with other RVON-capable equipment (RVON Trunking not supported).
Recent regulatory changes have created the need for most credit unions to re-evaluate their overdraft programs, John M. Floyd, chairman and CEO of John M. Floyd & Associates (JMFA), recently told the Cornerstone Credit Union League.John M. Floyd & Associates is a CUNA Strategic Services provider.As regulators and consumer groups continue to focus on the expectations of transparency and full disclosure of consumer products, an overdraft program that is not up-to-date can negatively impact a credit union’s compliance and revenue, Floyd said (Leaguer Jan. 9)“Now is the time to re-evaluate the overall effectiveness of your overdraft program–from a compliance standpoint–as well as how it affects member service and performance,” Floyd said.In the past several years, nearly all of the criticisms on overdraft programs–as well as reported fines and legal action–have focused on institutions that offer programs with dynamic overdraft limits or those that manipulate transaction processing order to increase overdraft fee income.“Because dynamic overdraft limits are set using a complicated, ever-changing criteria-based matrix, it is impossible for a member to know his or her limit from day to day,” Floyd said. “Or, for that matter whether or not an overdraft will be paid. Posting checks, ATM and debit card transactions in non-neutral order can cause financial hardship for members who may already be facing a difficult economic situation.”From a regulatory standpoint, these undisclosed procedures are discriminatory and will most likely result in increased scrutiny during a compliance exam or, in a worst-case scenario, in fines and legal action.Transparent financial products and services are expected in today’s financial services regulatory environment. To eliminate the risk of non-compliance, credit unions should make sure their overdraft program follows consumer-focused regulations, industry standards and best practices. Those standards and practices include:Complete transparency regarding fees and program procedures; Clearly established overdraft limits; Communications materials that outline alternative financial products that more appropriately fit the needs of excessive overdraft users. continue reading » Transaction clearing policies that avoid maximizing overdrafts and related fees created by the clearing order; The ability to easily monitor excessive usage; and Reasonable, communicated overdraft fees; ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Head petitions for Bar reinstatementPursuant to Rule 3-7.10, Koko Head has petitioned the Supreme Court for Bar reinstatement.Head was suspended for 91 days effective April 30 for engaging in severely dishonest conduct and by failing to advise a client of his right to independent representation regarding potential malpractice.Any persons having knowledge bearing upon Head’s fitness or qualifications to resume the practice of law should contact Carlos Alberto Leon, Bar Counsel, 651 East Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300, (850) 561-5845, or firstname.lastname@example.org. August 15, 2012 Regular News Head petitions for Bar reinstatement
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The 7th annual Marine Energy Pembrokeshire (MEP) Industry Seminar will offer updates on existing tidal energy project in Wales, as well as serve as a platform to discuss challenges and opportunities in the sector.The seminar will feature a keynote address from Edwina Hart, Wales’ Minister for Economy, Science and Transport.Other speakers and panel presenters include representatives from Welsh Government, Wave Hub, Menter Mon, MEP, Tidal Energy Ltd, Tidal Lagoon Power, Marine Power Systems, Minesto, Port of Milford Haven, Welsh European Funding Office, Leask Marine, Aquatera, Black and Veatch, Burges Salmon, amongst others.The seminar will offer updates on existing projects in Wales including Tidal Energy Ltd, Marine Power Systems, Minesto and Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay, alongside sector developments. It will also provide a forum to discuss key challenges and opportunities and to encourage collaboration and business networking.It will be held on March 14, 2016, at Torch Theatre in Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire.MEP is a partnership between technology developers, the supply chain, academia and the public sector working together to establish Pembrokeshire as a ‘centre of excellence’ for sustainable marine energy generation.[mappress mapid=”797″]
Consumers are finding it too hard to win compensation for misleading and aggressive trading practices and the law must be reviewed, the Law Commission said today. Opening a consultation on the matter, the commission said that routes to redress for ripped-off consumers are ‘difficult’ and ‘far from clear’, and many victims of scams are ‘among the most vulnerable in society’. It said that reform will be ‘limited and cautious’, but has proposed introducing a new Consumer Act to cover private law actions between consumers and businesses. Business-to-business transactions will not be covered. Under the existing law, governed by the Consumer Protections from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008, consumers do not have a right to compensation, and must instead rely on ‘complex’ and ‘confusing’ private law actions, the commission said. David Hertzell, the Law Commissioner leading on the project for England and Wales, said: ‘The Law Commission believes consumers should have a clear right to redress for misleading and aggressive commercial practices. ‘Simplifying the law will give more confidence to consumers and help drive rogue traders out of the market place, where currently they damage the reputation and livelihood of good, honest businesses.’ Gillian Guy, chief executive of Citizens Advice, said: ‘These proposals are valuable and will help to fill gaps in consumer protection law, where bad practice and downright rip-offs so often slip through the net.’ The Law Commission cited research by Consumer Focus suggesting that two-thirds of the population have been targeted by unscrupulous traders. The consultation closes on 12 July.