New Nokon Carbon Fiber Cable Housing

first_imgBIKERUMOR.com 2009 SEA OTTER CLASSIC COVERAGE: TwoWheelogic was showing off several brands at Sea Otter, including Nokon.  Famous for their aluminum cable housing, they’ve launched a new carbon fiber segment housing.  Where the alloy housing kits typically shave about 30% of the weight of standard housing, the carbon fiber version saves about 40%.  It offers the same compressionless performance and ability to handle tight bends as their original system.  MSRP is 266.99 for a shift set, and $77.99 for an extension (versus 101.99 and 20.99, respectively, for their original alloy set).last_img read more


Sarah DeLappe’s The Wolves Scores New Off-Broadway Run

first_imgGoal! Sarah DeLappe’s 2017 Pulitzer Prize finalist The Wolves will bow at Lincoln Center’s Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater this fall. Lila Neugebauer returns to helm the production following its 2016 debut with Playwrights Realm at the Duke on 42nd Street. The LCT run will begin performances on November 1 with opening night scheduled for November 20.Playwrights Realm cast members Mia Barron, Brenna Coates, Jenna Dioguardi, Samia Finnerty, Midori Francis, Lizzy Jutila, Sarah Mezzanotte, Tedra Millan and Susannah Perkins will return for the production. Additional casting will be announced at a later date. The Wolves will feature sets by Laura Jellinek, costumes by Ásta Bennie Hostetter, lighting by Lap Chi Chu and sound by Stowe Nelson.From the safety of their suburban stretch circle, The Wolves follows a team that navigates big questions and wages tiny battles with all the vim and vigor of a pack of adolescent warriors. The Wolves is a portrait of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for nine American girls who just want to score some goals.In addition to its Pulitzer recognition, Neugebauer received 2017 Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Awards nominations for her work. The play was originally workshopped at Vassar & New York Stage and Film’s Powerhouse Theater in the summer of 2016. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 7, 2018 View Comments Related Shows The Wolveslast_img read more


TOUGHMAN gets a boost from Green Mountain Energy

first_img Related The event involves a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and 13.1 mile run. The race is USAT sanctioned, so USAT rules are in effect.TOUGHMAN also offers a Paratriathlete category for physically challenged athletes. Here, registration is open to USAT classifications Tri 2 -Tri 6.A companion to the Westchester County event – TOUGHMAN Indiana – got under way this year on 1 June 2013. This middle/half distance triathlon, organised by America Multi-Sport, took place in Richmond Indiana. The 2014 event returns on 31 May 2014 at Middle Fork Reservoir, Sylvan Nook Drive, Richmond.www.toughmantri.comwww.americamultisport.com/toughman-half Green Mountain Energy Company has joined the sponsor roster for the popular TOUGHMAN 2013 event. The middle/half distance event in Westchester County, New York, is organised by Toughman Enterprises Inc; and the event itself provides a major benefit for many local and national good causes. TOUGHMAN 2013 kicks off this year on 8 September.According to Toughman Enterprises, Green Mountain Energy Company is committed to maintaining its position as the US nation’s longest serving renewable energy retailer. The company has two primary business units: residential and commercial energy. Athletes can visit the energy company’s booth at the TOUGHMAN 2013 event expo on Saturday 7 September and Sunday 8 September.Green Mountain Energy joins a raft of sponsors for this year’s event, with Morgan Stanley, Zoot, ForeScount and Jarden already on board as the main sponsors in 2013.last_img read more


RTD MLK Holiday Schedule And Closures

first_imgRTD News:The North Central Regional Transit District (RTD) “Blue Buses”, will not be in service Monday, Jan. 20 in observance of the Martin Luther King holiday.The RTD 255 Mountain Trail Route to Ski Santa Fe, the 341 TSV Green Route to Taos Ski Valley and the 800 Angel Fire route will be operating Monday.last_img


Business Loan Guarantee Program Webinar To Assist With Negative Economic Impacts Of Coronavirus At 1 P.M. Today

first_imgCHAMBER News:The New Mexico Economic Development Department (NMEDD) has created a program to assist businesses seeking emergency loans or lines of credit to deal with negative economic impacts from COVID-19.The free webinar is 1 p.m. today, March 17 and registration required because there are limited spots available. REGISTER HERENMEDD can guarantee a portion of a loan or line of credit up to 80 percent of principal or $50,000.Loan proceeds are flexible and can be used for (and not limited to) the following:working capital;inventory; andpayroll.We invite lenders, banks, Economic Development Organizations, and others to tune in to this information session for updates on the program as well as other resources on how to help your customers affected by COVID-19.Spaces are limited to the first 100 attendees, so login early. If you are unable to access the presentation, you can call in and join by phone.A recording of this webinar will be available today shortly after its conclusion. For more information, email Johanna Nelson or call 505.827.0264.last_img read more


Optima Automotive Announces Staff Promotions

first_imgKristen Trask has been promoted to fill the role of director of digital communications. In this role, Trask is now heading up the Social Media, Directory Listings Management and Online Reputation Management division at Optima Automotive. Trask oversees a team of account specialists who are responsible for posting on client social media accounts and monitoring these accounts for activity and communications. She also monitors client’s online reputations and coaches clients on how best to respond to reviews. Mark Claypool, president of Optima Automotive, a web presence management company, has announced two key internal promotions within the company. Tyler Claypool has been promoted to the vice president of operations position, moving up from his former director of client relations position.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement “Kristen has worked hard and earned this promotion with her demonstrated leadership and customer service,” said Claypool. “She has a heart for our clients, and they know she always has their back when it comes to their online presence in her areas of responsibility. I’m excited to see this area of our operations continue to flourish.”Advertisement “Tyler has developed all the skill sets we truly need in this position,” said Mark Claypool. “Tyler has a full understanding of programming and has a keen eye for design and innovation. His responsive customer service skills from his former role here will serve him, and us, well, too. He has earned the respect of our team and they look to him for guidance. We look forward to continued company growth under his leadership.”center_img Optima Automotive, a division of Optima Worldwide Limited, was founded in 2008 to focus on website design/development, search engine optimization and social media management for automotive repair businesses.  To learn more, call Optima toll free at 888-225-6968, visit their website, optimaautomotive.com/ or e-mail Optima Automotive.last_img read more


Halifax Port Longshoremen Pen New Contract

first_imgCanada’s Halifax Port Authority and the International Longshoremen’s Association Local 1843 have renewed their collective agreement.The collective agreement, which covers general operation and maintenance employees, expired on December 31, 2014.”I commend the Halifax Port Authority and the International Longshoremen’s Association for reaching an agreement that will benefit everyone. Strong labour-management relations favour both parties and benefit the overall economy,” Kellie Leitch, Canada’s Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, said.The agreement was reached with assistance from the Labour Program’s Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service provides dispute resolution and dispute prevention assistance to trade unions and employers under the jurisdiction of the Canada Labour Code.last_img read more


Human rights

first_imgRight to peaceful enjoyment of possessions – Property – Devolution issues – Scotland The appellants were insurance companies whose business included the writing of employers’ liability insurance policies. They undertook to indemnify the employer in respect of liability incurred by it for harm or injury arising out of the employer’s negligence. In Rothwell v Chemical & Insulating Co Ltd [2007] All ER (D) 224 (Oct), the House of Lords had held on the basis that pleural plaques caused no symptoms and did not increase susceptibility to other asbestos-related diseases or shorten life expectancy, that they did not constitute an injury which was capable of giving rise to a claim for damages. That decision was followed in Scotland as there was no material difference between the law of England and Wales and Scots law on that issue. In 2009, the Scottish parliament passed the Damages (Asbestos-related Conditions) (Scotland) Act 2009 (the 2009 act), which provided that asymptomatic pleural plaques, pleural thickening and asbestosis would constitute, and should be treated as always having constituted, actionable harm for the purposes of an action for damages in respect of personal injury. The appellants challenged the lawfulness of that act, on the basis that reversing Rothwell would expose them to claims under their indemnity insurance policies amounting to millions of pounds annually and perhaps several billions of pounds in total. Accordingly, they sought a declaration that the 2009 act was unlawful. The first respondent was the lord advocate representing the Scottish ministers. The second respondent, the advocate general for Scotland, represented the UK government. The third to 10th respondents were individuals who had been diagnosed with pleural plaques caused by negligent exposure to asbestos. They each intended to raise actions for damages seeking reparation for the loss, injury and damage which they claimed to have sustained as a result of their employers’ negligence. They claimed that they would be financially disadvantaged if the attack on the 2009 act was successful. The lord ordinary held, inter alia, that the appellants had failed in their various challenges to the 2009 act and that their petition had to be dismissed ([2010] CSOH 2). The appellants reclaimed. The First Division allowed the reclaiming motion to the extent of repelling the answers for the third to 10th respondents on the ground that they did not have a title and interest to be convened as respondents, but quoad ultra refused the reclaiming motion ([2011] CSIH 31). The appellants appealed to the Supreme Court, and the third to 10th respondents cross-appealed. The attorney general for Northern Ireland, the Northern Ireland Department of Finance and Personnel, the first minister of Wales and Friends of the Earth (Scotland) were given permission to intervene. The appellants challenged the validity of the act on two bases. First, that it was incompatible with their rights under article 1 of the first protocol to the European Convention on Human Rights (the convention), and therefore was outside the legislative competence of the Scottish parliament under the Scotland Act 1998. Accordingly, it fell to be determined: (i) whether the appellants were victims for the purposes of article 34 of the convention; (ii) whether the 2009 act was an interference with their possessions which did not pursue a legitimate aim; and (iii) whether the means chosen were disproportionate. Secondly, they submitted that the 2009 act was open to judicial review as an unreasonable, irrational and arbitrary exercise of the legislative authority of the Scottish parliament. The third to 10th respondents argued that they had been proper parties to the proceedings as they were members of a class affected by the 2009 act, within the ambit of rule 58.8(2) of the Rules of the Court of Session 1994, SI 1994/1443, which required that a person wishing to enter a process had to be directly affected by any issue raised. The appeal would be dismissed. The cross-appeal would be allowed. (1) It was settled law that the fact that interference with property was not present or immediate but might not occur until some time in the future did not exclude the person from being a victim for the purposes of article 34 of the convention. A person’s financial resources were capable of being possessions within the meaning of article 1 of the first protocol to the convention (see [26] of the judgment). The appellants had been entitled to bring the proceedings, as the effect of the 2009 act was that they would be victims for the purposes of article 34 of the convention if proceedings in respect of that act were to be brought in the European Court of Human Rights. That was so since the consequences of the 2009 act were not too remote or tenuous for them to be directly affected by them. Further, the amount of money that they would be required to pay to satisfy their obligations under the insurance policies was a possession for the purposes of article 1 of the first protocol to the convention. Accordingly, for the 2009 act to be compatible with the applicants’ convention right, the 2009 act had to be shown to be pursuing a legitimate aim and to be reasonably proportionate to that aim (see [27]-[28] of the judgment). (2) Due to their direct knowledge of their society and its needs, the national authorities were in principle better placed than an international judge to appreciate what is ‘in the public interest’. Under the system of protection established by the convention, it was accordingly for the national authorities to make the initial assessment, both of the existence of a problem of public concern warranting measures of deprivation of property and of the remedial action to be taken. The national authorities enjoyed a certain margin of appreciation. Further, the notion of ‘public interest’ was necessarily extensive. In particular, the decision to enact law expropriating property would commonly involve consideration of political, economic and social issues on which opinions within a democratic society might reasonably differ wildly (see [31] of the judgment). In the instant case, the 2009 act had been passed in pursuance of a legitimate aim, in that the Scottish parliament had been entitled to regard the predicament of sufferers of pleural plaques as a social injustice, and its judgment that the diagnosis should be actionable could not be dismissed as unreasonable. The facts and policies underlying the Scottish parliament’s assessment that the provisions of the 2009 act had been necessary in the general interest were reasonably clear. A diagnosis of pleural plaques would cause a great deal of worry, and the condition was normally the result of a fault by an employer (see [33] and [125] of the judgment). (3) In questioning whether the insurance industry represented by the appellants was being called upon to bear a disproportionate and excessive burden, there were two special features. The first was that claims which the 2009 act made possible would only succeed if it could be shown that the exposure to asbestos had been caused by the employer’s negligence. Its effect was restricted to new claims, and to claims that had been commenced but not yet determined. It preserved all the other defences that might be open on the law or the facts, other than the single question whether the pleural plaques were themselves actionable. The second was that the business in which insurers were engaged, and in pursuance of which they had written the policies that would give rise to the obligation to indemnify, was a commercial venture which was inextricably associated with risk. As they were long-term policies, there had inevitably been a risk that circumstances unseen at the date when they had been written, might occur which would increase the burden of liability, as the example of the increasing knowledge of asbestos claims had illustrated. Accordingly, the nature, number and value of claims had always been liable to develop in unpredictable ways. Accordingly, the fact that the 2009 act would increase the burden on insurers did not carry much weight. Pleural plaques had been regarded as actionable for about 20 years prior to Rothwell. Accordingly, the 2009 act could be seen as preserving the status quo. Notwithstanding its retroactive effects, the 2009 act struck a reasonable balance between the rights of insurers under the convention and the general interest in ensuring that persons suffering from pleural plaques and related conditions should continue to receive compensation (see [36]-[39], [129] and [134] of the judgment). Accordingly, the interference with the appellants’ possessions by the 2009 act had pursued a legitimate aim by reasonably proportionate means. Consequently, the act had not been outside the legislative competence of the Scottish parliament (see [41] of the judgment). (4) Since there was no provision in the Scotland Act 1998 which excluded the possibility of judicial review, it followed that acts of the Scottish parliament would be subject to judicial review by the Court of Session at common law, but not, however, on the grounds of irrationality, unreasonableness or arbitrariness. The guiding principle was by what grounds they might be subject to review was to be found in the rule of law. That was the ultimate controlling factor, and the courts had to insist that it was respected by legislation that the Scottish parliament had enacted. It would, however, be wrong for the judges to substitute their views as to what was rational or reasonable for the considered judgment of the democratically elected legislature (see [47], [51]–[52], [148] and [153] of the judgment). (5) As to whether the third to 10th respondents were entitled to be parties, the test of ‘standing’, rather than the private law rule that title and interest had to be shown, was a more appropriate approach in judicial review proceedings (see [62], [171] of the judgment). In the circumstances, the third to 10th respondents had standing as they were ‘directly affected’ by the appellants’ challenge to the 2009 act (see [63]–[64] and [175] of the judgment). AXA General Insurance Ltd and others v Lord Advocate and others (Scotland): SC (Justices of the Supreme Court – Lords Hope (deputy president), Brown, Mance, Kerr, Clarke, Dyson, Reed): 12 October 2011center_img Richard Keen QC and Jane Munro (instructed by Brodies) for the appellants; Alan Dewar QC and James Mure QC (instructed by Scottish Government Legal Directorate Litigation Division) for the first respondent; Ruth Crawford QC and John MacGregor (instructed by Office of the Solicitor to the Advocate General for Scotland) for the second respondent; Aidan O’Neill QC and Chris Pirie (instructed by Thompsons Solicitors) for the third to 10th respondents; Theodore Huckle QC and Clive Lewis QC (instructed by Welsh Assembly Government Legal Services Department) for the First Minister of Wales; John Larkin QC and Donal Sayers BL (instructed by Solicitors for the Attorney General for Northern Ireland) for the Attorney General for Northern Ireland; Simon Collins (instructed by Patrick Campbell & Co Solicitors) for Friends of the Earth (Scotland) Ltd; Paul Maguire QC and Paul McLaughlin BL (instructed by Departmental Solicitor’s Office) for the Department of Finance and Personnel (Northern Ireland).last_img read more


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Court closures to continue as £1bn upgrade lags

first_imgThe Ministry of Justice plans to close 77 more courts over the next seven years, as the ongoing modernisation programme renders them surplus to requirements.The figure, which court officials say is still an estimate, is revealed in the latest update from public spending watchdog the National Audit Office on progress of the £1bn Transforming Courts and Tribunals project.HM Courts & Tribunals Service has already closed 127 sites in England and Wales, generating £124m through property sales, since the start of estates reform in 2015.A further 96 were earmarked for closure by 2021/22, the update reveals, but that number has been reduced to 77 and the completion date put back by four years. The current plan is for six closures in the current financial year, eight in 2020/21 and 17 in 2021/22.Commenting on the proposed closures, a spokesperson for HMCTS said: ‘We have always been clear that our reform programme will result in the need for fewer court buildings, however no further closures are currently proposed and this will only happen when there is sound evidence.’The decision to close any court is always carefully considered and, if a service is moved outside the local area, will follow a full public consultation with all those affected guaranteed access to alternative nearby courts.’The NAO update states that total revenue from planned sales will fall from £153m to £130m, but future closures still depend on the extent to which HMCTS can reduce demand by moving hearings out of court and improving efficiency.At present, delays with other reform projects mean it is not yet able to evidence a decrease in demand for physical court space.The NAO, which last reported on the transform programme in May 2018, notes that HMCTS is about half-way through its reform timetable and has started to change how it runs the service. Divorce, civil money claims and probate services are fully or partly online and the first two courts and tribunals service centres are open, centralising support for court users.By the end of March 2019, with 54% of outcomes completed, HMCTS had spent £540m and recorded net savings of £133m for the previous three years. Spending is less than expected because delays in completing projects have meant that fewer staff than expected have left, reducing redundancy payments.While progress has been made and the completion date deferred a year to December 2023, the NAO says the project is still behind schedule and faces a ‘significant’ challenge to come in on time and on budget – even after cancelling two projects that were originally part of the programme.Gareth Davies, the head of the NAO, said today: ‘HMCTS has made good progress in reforming some services, but it is behind where it expected to be and has had to scale back its ambitions. The timescale and scope remain ambitious and HMCTS must maintain a strong grip if it is to deliver a system that works better for everyone and delivers savings for the taxpayer.’Susan Acland-Hood, HMCTS chief executive, said more than 300,000 people have used new online services and the new centres have made it easier and quicker to access help. She added: ‘This is an ambitious and challenging programme but is already making a significant difference. We will continue to listen and learn, working closely with our stakeholders to improve and ensure reform delivers the full benefits to all those who use our justice system.’Richard Atkins QC, chair of the Bar Council, said: ‘This modernisation programme must not become the HS2 of the justice system. HMCTS’ Court reform programme has once again come under critical examination by the National Audit Office and once again it has been found wanting. Whilst the Bar Council is relieved to see that the planned court closures have been scaled back, we have previously expressed considerable concern about the lack of access to justice for people who find that they live many miles from their nearest court, and we remain concerned over the future.’HMCTS clearly needs to look very carefully at its modernisation programme. Whilst the aims are laudable, HMCTS must ensure that it does not put justice beyond the reach of many, or that costs rise and negate any supposed benefits from the proposed court closures.’last_img read more