Related Cobb Cycling has confirmed that it has reached a multi-year endorsement deal with professional triathlete Andrew Starykowicz. Also known as ‘Starky’, and not to be confused with Twitter parody account TheRealStarky, Starykowic is a professional triathlete and Ironman bike split world record holder.As Cobb Cycling points out in a release, Starky is ‘a threat to not only dominate the bike in every race, but a contender for the overall win [in Kona] as well.’ In addition to serving as a Cobb Cycling brand ambassador, Starykowic will contribute to social media activities and ‘continue to dominate the bike leg in every race he enters on his Cobb saddle.’“We are very excited to sign Starky to an endorsement deal,” said Athlete Director Jeremy Brown. “He is well known both in the industry and out of it and is a force to be reckoned with in every race he enters. His background in engineering and being a self-proclaimed ‘tinkerer’ has made him an ideal partner for us here at Cobb Cycling.”Brown continued, “He has the ability and knowledge to assist us with product development and research as we develop new ideas and technologies to bring to the industry. We are pleased to welcome Andrew into the Cobb family!”“I have admired John since I first met him many years ago when I was a young triathlete,” said Andrew Starykowicz. “We briefly chatted after a race and some comments he made, in typical John fashion, have stuck with me ever since. When the opportunity presented itself to partner with, not only an innovator, but a legend in the industry who is not afraid to take chances, I jumped on it.“We both share the desire to push the limits and try new things. John has proven over the years to push the envelope and bring the industry products that are outside of the box and forward thinking. This partnership was a match made in heaven and I look forward to the opportunities we will share going forward!”Founded in 2009, Cobb Cycling offers a full line of bicycle seats for all riders on both professional and amateur levels. John Cobb’s innovative seat designs provide ‘increased comfort, impacting speed and performance.’ Cobb Cycling is a privately held company headquartered in Tyler, Texas.www.CobbCycling.comwww.andrewstarykowicz.com
Kay Bartlett of Lucozade Sport said “When training for the Virgin Money London Marathon, it is a hard task for people to train and raise large amounts of money for their charities. We wanted to help marathon runners to raise money and get more people moving at the same time. It’s a great way to reward runners for all their hard work preparing for the marathon and encourages friends to show that they are helping them every step of the way.”www.lucozadesport.com/vmlmselfie Lucozade Sport has launched a new competition offering Virgin Money London Marathon runners the chance to win £1,000 for their chosen charity as part of Lucozade Sport’s Made to Move campaign, which aims to get 1 million people moving more by 2020.Lucozade Sport, the official hydration partner of the Virgin Money London Marathon, has said it will donate up to £45,000 to charity as part of the competition.With 40,000 people training for this year’s marathon, sports drink brand Lucozade Sport is asking runners to encourage as many friends as possible to move more by running and donating one mile each. Once runners find 10 friends to donate a mile, the marathon runner will be entered into a monthly prize draw to win £1,000 for their chosen charity. In addition, entrants will also be included into a prize draw to win a luxury weekend away for two people worth up to £2,000.To enter the competition, marathon runners must be registered for the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon. They then need to challenge 10 friends on Instagram using #MadeToMove. Willing friends simply need to run one mile, take a sweaty selfie and post it on Instagram, tagging the marathon runner’s Instagram username and #MadeToMove. Related
WeWork announced plans to open their fourth Phoenix area location. WeWork 101 East Washington St, will join the expanding portfolio in the second half of 2019, and will accommodate a community of approximately 1,600 members across two floors. This location is part of the Block 23 development and in the heart of Downtown Phoenix. The space will feature the brands signature mid-century modern decor, open floor plan, floor to ceiling glass and steel framing, communal working space and futuristic neon design elements.“We see a lot of growth opportunity and potential for WeWork in Phoenix and it will continue to be a focus of ours as a new market,” said Jonathan Chasse, community director for WeWork. “We are expanding in Downtown Phoenix because it is a vibrant district for business and entertainment, and a magnet for creative industries.”WeWork’s 400,000+ members range from a one-person startup to Fortune 500 Companies. WeWork helps them grow regionally and globally to where they want to be tomorrow. Once someone becomes a WeWork member, they can work from any of the 425 locations around the world, in 100 cities throughout 27 countries. WeWork’s mission is to not only bring people together in their spaces, but to have a positive impact on local communities.“WeWork is all about building community, both within our spaces and the neighborhoods we are entering. By bringing a fourth location online in Phoenix in 2019, we are not only serving up delightful workspaces for companies of all sizes, but planting the seeds of a growing network of innovation hubs across the City that will only continue to grow.” said Chasse. “We recently released our Global Impact report, which found that the WeWork economy supports $122.3 billion in GDP worldwide through direct, indirect, and induced spending – roughly the size of the economy of cities like Vancouver, Dublin, or Austin.”“We are thrilled to have WeWork opening a new hub in Downtown Phoenix,” said Christine Mackay, community and economic development director for the City of Phoenix. “The energy of Downtown Phoenix continues to grow, and our innovative companies, large and small, are a significant part of this renaissance.”Block 23 is currently being developed by RED Development into a high-rise, mixed-use project with approximately 330 residential rental units by StreetLights Residential, 230,000 square-feet of creative office space, and approximately 67,000 square-foot, full-service Fry’s Food Store, plus restaurant and retail uses and above- and below-grade parking. RED has previously announced its first restaurant tenant, Sam Fox’s Blanco Tacos & Tequila, and the first office tenant, Ernst & Young U.S. LLP (EY).Previously announced Arizona WeWork locations:WeWork 101 North 1st Ave, PhoenixWeWork 2425 E Camelback Rd, PhoenixWeWork The Watermark 410 N Scottsdale Rd, Tempe
Jun 29, 2011E coli infections linked to pool exposureThe Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) is investigating an Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak in people who played and swam at an Opelika water park. In a news release the agency said it has received 15 illness reports, including 13 in children and 2 in adults. Lab tests confirmed E coli O157:H7 infections in five of the children. Four children were hospitalized, and two have been released. The ADPH said lab tests on the water were negative for E coli, but the finding doesn’t rule out the presence of the bacteria. Samples were sent to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for further testing. The city has treated the water park facility, which is open. Though E coli infections from recreational water aren’t unusual, cases linked to pool water are relatively rare, because the pathogen is usually readily controlled by chlorine and other disinfectants when the products are used at optimal levels, according to background information from the World Health Organization (WHO). In 2010 a CDC survey of pool inspection records from 15 health agencies in four states found that disinfectant and pH-level violations were reported in 10.7% and 8.9%, respectively.Jun 28 ADPH news releaseWHO background informationMay 21, 2010, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report surveyPipeline of potential malaria treatments at all-time highYearly research and development (R&D) funding for potential malaria treatments has quadrupled over the past 16 years, reaching US$612 million in 2009, the latest year for which figures are available, says a report issued yesterday. The report, commissioned by the group Roll Back Malaria (RBC) and several partners, notes that work is in progress on almost 50 drug-development projects, one vaccine in late-stage testing, and dozens of other candidate vaccines and that impressive advances have been made in mosquito control and diagnostic tests. In a press release RBC’s executive director, Awa Marie Coll-Seck, said, “This robust product pipeline gives us hope that eradication of malaria is possible.” To reach that goal, however, momentum must not be lost and funding levels need to be maintained with some increases for several more years, according to the report. Coll-Seck is quoted as saying that cutting funding now would be “a foolish waste of a historic opportunity.” The largest donors to malaria R&D are the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the US government.Jun 28 Reuters storyJun 28 Eureka Alert releaseHHS modifies smallpox drug contract in response to protestIn response to a protest from a competing firm, the US government has dropped a contract option to buy millions of extra doses of SIGA Technologies’ smallpox drug, ST-246, SIGA announced this week. In May the US Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) awarded SIGA a $433 million contract to provide 1.7 million treatment courses of the antiviral drug. The contract included an option for BARDA to buy up to 12 million additional courses, which could have increased the contract value to $2.8 billion. Chimerix Inc. of Durham, N.C., maker of another experimental smallpox drug, protested the contract award to SIGA, based in Corvallis, Ore. SIGA announced Jun 27 that BARDA deleted the option from the contract and that Chimerix then withdrew its protest, which had caused BARDA to suspend work under the contract. SIGA said the contract change does not bar BARDA from buying more courses of ST-246 in the future. Chimerix won a $24.8 million BARDA contract in February to develop its own drug, called CMX001.Jun 27 SIGA press releaseFeb 16 CIDRAP News item about Chimerix’s BARDA contractPolio surfaces in Pakistan area free of disease since 1998A confirmed case of polio in a 2-year-old in the Diamer District of Bilgit-Baltistan in northern Pakistan is the first case there since 1998 and raises fear that the disease may have spread to areas thought to be free of it, according to an IRIN report this week. Pakistan, one of the four remaining polio-endemic countries, reported 32 cases in 2007 but 144 cases in 2010, the highest number in the world. Pakistan launched a national polio-prevention campaign in January, and the World Health Organization (WHO) has instituted aggressive vaccination measures to help limit disease spread. The affected child missed her oral polio vaccine dose because of her family’s refusal. This is a frequently reported problem, partly due to “irresponsible” media reports, according to the IRIN article.Jun 27 IRIN story
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French-based DORIS Engineering has set up a new business unit dedicated to alternative energies called DORIS Renewables.The creation of DORIS Renewables reflects the company’s involvement in the offshore renewable sector for over 15 years, according to DORIS.“With a continuous involvement in renewables for more than a decade, we are now organizing our offer in a dedicated structure to provide clients with smart solutions for the development of game-changing projects,” DORIS said on social media.Doris Renewables will specialize in ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC), floating offshore wind, moorings, and SWAC, among others.To remind, DORIS Engineering signed a memorandum of understanding with Bardot Group to jointly develop solutions for OTEC to accelerate the development of the sector. (Image: DORIS Renewables)
Judges have slammed government plans to cut legal aid, but also criticised publicly funded lawyers who bring ‘unmeritorious’ public law claims, and proposed limiting legal aid in judicial review cases. In a response to the government’s consultation on legal aid published last week, the Judges’ Council said public funding should be retained for most public law cases, but there should be ‘significant refinement’ to judicial review claims, particularly in immigration and asylum cases. The lord chief justice Lord Judge, who authored the response on behalf of the judiciary, said the existing legal aid merits test does not effectively filter out unmeritorious claims. Out of some 12,500 judicial review claim forms issued in the Administrative Court in 2010, Judge said around 7,500 concerned asylum and immigration. In the great majority of those cases, there had been an adverse decision by the secretary of state giving rise to an unsuccessful appeal to the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal or first-tier tribunal. Judge said money spent on judicial review in these cases, which is the ‘second, or even third or fourth bite of the cherry’, was ‘largely wasted’. He said: ‘Most claims fail. Most of the claims which fail are without merit, and many are wholly abusive of the court’s process.’ The judiciary recommended that in the majority of immigration and asylum cases, legal aid should only be available for an appeal to the first-tier tribunal. Judge said that the intervention of publicly funded lawyers does not prevent unmeritorious claims being brought. ‘Often bad claims are advanced by lawyers, which an individual would not have thought of himself,’ he said. The lord chief justice said several times a year, decisions of the Court of Appeal or Supreme Court on cases which raise questions of principle produce ‘scores or even hundreds’ of ‘hopeless’ claims, supposedly founded on the same principles. He said such claims are ‘generally devised by lawyers’. Judge added: ‘Publicly funded lawyers currently advance many unmeritorious claims which would not be advanced in the absence of such legal representation.’ To ensure legal aid is spent only on meritorious cases, Judge suggested certain categories of claim should be excluded from the scope of legal aid, subject to a means of identifying those that deserve to be publicly funded. He said public funding should ‘plainly not’ be available for cases including: oral renewals of applications for permission for judicial review, when the judge who refused permission on the papers has certified the claim as totally without merit; challenges to state decisions when an alternative remedy is available; and challenges to state decisions which do not affect an individual’s vital interests or involve an abuse of power. Of the cases that occur most frequently, Judge said legal aid should be available for claims including: first time asylum and humanitarian protection appeals to the first-tier tribunal and beyond; control orders; and committal for contempt. The judiciary acknowledged that this more restrictive approach to the availability of legal aid in public law cases would lead to more claims being brought by litigants in person, but predicted that the overall number of claims would fall. Criticising the government’s reforms, Judge warned that the proposals to cut fees and remove much of civil work from scope would lead to a ‘huge increase’ in unrepresented litigants, which would have a knock-on effect on the quality of justice and administration of the justice system. He said the proposals would damage access to justice, undermine the work and viability of community advice agencies, and act as a disincentive for advocates to undertake publicly funded work. Judge added that the proposals to remove clinical negligence from the scope of legal aid were not justified, as the victims are almost always vulnerable; the claims involve sophisticated and complex litigation beyond the ability of anyone to pursue as a litigant in person; and given the heavy financial outlay to get expert evidence to support claims, there was unlikely to be a viable alternative source of funding. Judge expressed concern about the ‘excessive’ proportion of public money spent on a small number of very-high-cost criminal cases, but was critical of a number of the proposed cuts to payments for criminal work, which he said would mean talented advocates would no longer practice criminal law. On the government’s plan to limit the use of leading counsel, Judge said there was already a reluctance among junior advocates practising in criminal law to apply for silk, because they ‘see no future for Queen’s Counsel in publicly funded criminal work’. The judiciary’s full response can be seen on the official website.
Imagine a city without pollution. A city without the background roar of engines. A city where no one gets killed or injured by a car, ever.A city where you can go anywhere, anytime, without any need to work out a route, look up a timetable, buy a ticket or pay a fare. And you can do that whether you are eight years old or 88 years old. You can do that if you are blind or disabled in any way. The future is mobility freedom for everyone, everywhere. Give it 20 years and I’ll bet you a Tesla X that this will be reality, at least in cities that possess decent foresight and leadership, and across most of our towns, villages and rural areas too.Forget political sparring over the merits of public versus private transport (buses good, cars bad) – future transport is a seamless ability to get from wherever you start to wherever you want to go. Most transport will be on demand, because younger generations recognise ownership as more liability than asset – unless, of course, you live in your own autonomous pod, or have an autonomous pod office. At St Pancras I join an autonomous on-demand bus whose routing pattern is automatically determined by the needs of those arrivingAnd while you may own your pod, you won’t be able to belt it at 75 miles per hour down rural roads. “Own-drive” will be banned except on the M1 on every third Sunday of the month, because “own-drivers” sometimes kill people and that is no longer acceptable. It seems odd that once it was. And you won’t be able to direct your pod into the middle of Birmingham at 9am on a weekday morning, because the city authority will have reserved access to the city centre between 8am and 11am, and similarly in the late afternoon, for shared-use transport, because that is the only feasible way to manage the limited capacity into what has become the new hub of the UK’s economy, courtesy of HS2. Meanwhile, the mega-rich cope by using autonomous drone taxis to whisk them to the docking stations in their offices. Many of us work from home, or from our pod, because 7G connectivity is so fast and ubiquitous that we can meet virtually with anyone in the world with just a word to Siri.Our transport system now consists of fixed route high-capacity corridors accessed by autonomous vehicles and drones. Panamax ships berth at unmanned terminals 20 miles off the coast where robots shift the containers onto a hyperloop underground transit. Fifteen minutes later they emerge at the vast distribution hub near Derby, the only one left in the country, and robots automatically distribute the contents to autonomous trucks and drones while reloading the containers with exports. Our transport system now consists of fixed route high-capacity corridors accessed by autonomous vehicles and dronesLeaving my house in Yorkshire at 8am I step straight into my autonomous pod, which delivers me direct to the HS2 terminus at Leeds, precisely timed for the next service, which runs every 10 minutes. Most autonomous pods are run by fleet companies and, like most people, I now pay for my mobility in a monthly package. There are no barriers at the station because my route is pre-reserved and pre-paid, along with the coffee that is already at my seat, and my presence on the station and the train is known. At St Pancras I join an autonomous on-demand bus whose routing pattern is automatically determined by the needs of those arriving and their preferences in terms of cost and time trade-off as set in their mobility package.We still need roads, built to the standards that would meet Thomas Telford’s approval. But we don’t need kerbs or barriers or road signs, and roads are narrower with the spare width dedicated to cycles. We still need the London Underground, Nottingham Express Transit Tram and other high-capacity fixed route systems, bridges, tunnels, airports, solar and wind farms, and a huge network of electric charging infrastructure. Thanks to planning foresight, our new stations and airports are designed without parking spaces but with maximum capacity for drop-off and pick-up. In towns and cities, converting car parks to green parks is big business. But the real financial winners are those responsible for building, maintaining and constantly upgrading the digital wireless mesh that connects the entire system – and those who fight daily to keep it safe from cyber-attack.As our world has become “stress-free AV”, we have changed how we choose to live and work. Our cities have become greener, quieter and safer. But as a commute is no longer wasted time and digital connectivity no longer a constraint, many more choose to live in rural areas, taking pressure off city housing, but creating new frictions in once sleepy communities. Many of those communities are in France, because the Hyperloop corridor whisks you from Brittany to Canary Wharf in just 30 minutes. This is not just a transport revolution, it is a societal revolution.
Having recorded a small decrease in overall throughput of 0.2 percent in the first quarter of 2014, there was slightly positive growth in the second quarter, causing throughput in the first half of the year to increase by 0.6 percent.A further recovery of the European economy is expected for the second half of the year, and the port believes it is on track in terms of achieving approximately one percent growth for all of 2014.www.portofrotterdam.com
A former City partner has had tax offence charges levied against him dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) after the prosecutor admitted to ‘wholesale failures’.Charges against Matthew Cahill, formerly with US firm Sidley Austin, were dismissed in December last year, court papers show.The charges followed Cahill’s investment in schemes, arranged and promoted by Zeus Partners, which in 2015 were alleged by HM Revenue and Customs to be fraudulent.However, the CPS, after having appointed new counsel to lead on the case, admitted to bringing charges before it had completed its investigation.The CPS, which dropped the charges against Zeus in July last year, submitted a written statement of position to Birmingham Crown Court in December, in which it admitted to ‘wholesale failures’ in its ability to apply the Criminal Procedures and Investigations Act and a fundamental failure of the disclosure process. David Corker, of criminal defence firm Corker Binning, which represented Cahill, said: ‘The admission of the CPS that they brought charges before the investigation was complete was contrary to the rule of law and led to unnecessary suffering and personal losses for Matthew and his family.’The CPS said it has commissioned an internal investigation into the issues raised in the case.