With a reputation of putting on top class triathlons and sporting events in the North West of England and Wales, Xtra Mile Events is introducing the latest addition to its calendar for 2013 – the open water Rhyl Triathlon.The Rhyl Triathlon takes place on Sunday 9 June 2013 and incorporates both a sprint and a standard distance race, giving athletes of all levels the opportunity to enter and to take part. Rhyl is a seaside resort town and community in Denbighshire, situated on the north east coast of Wales.Rhyl Marine Lake offers top class facilities, a clean, sheltered environment for the swim as well as family entertainment. The scenic cycle route takes in the Denbighshire countryside outside Rhyl and the run route goes out and back along the Promenade, finishing at the lake. A racked transition will be used and results will be via electronic chip timing.The sprint distance race includes a 750m swim, 22K bike ride and 5K run. Distances for the standard race are 1500m for the swim, 44K for the cycle and 10K for the run. There is currently a special discounted entry fee of £47.50 available for the first 200 entrants; once those are sold the entry fee will be £62. Teams of three can also enter the team relay at a cost of £58 for the first 200 and £75 afterwards.The first wave of competitors will be entering the water at 08.00 on 9 June and a total of 500 places are available for the inaugural Rhyl Triathlon event. Entries close on 6 June 2013 or when sold out.The prize giving takes place after the event, with prizes awarded in the following categories: overall winners (male and female), male and female age groups, relay team prize, club prize (first 3 athletes from the same club) and novice prize.Other races in North Wales organised by Xtra Mile Events include the award winning Llandudno Sea Triathlon on 29 June and the The Eirias Middle Distance Triathlon on 3 August 2013.www.xtramileevents.com Related
Tailwind Nutrition has announced the addition of outdoor industry pioneer Jeremiah Jackson to its team as Director of Sales. Jackson’s experience with start-ups is nothing new. He was the second full-time employee at Honey Stinger during the company’s infancy and was ‘instrumental in their catapult from fledgling start-up in his role as National Category Sales Manager’.For the past four years, Jackson was the Director of Sales for Sweetwood Cattle Company, helping it expand distribution to reach outdoor enthusiasts.Tailwind Nutrition has a factory operation based in Colorado, with products available in over 500 specialty outdoor stores throughout the United States and distributed throughout the world.“Our team is thrilled to have Jeremiah join us as Director of Sales,” said Jenny Vierling, co-founder of Tailwind Nutrition. “His extensive experience in the outdoor and nutrition industries will be key in helping us continue to develop and grow our sales.”Jeremiah Jackson will be residing in Durango with his wife and four children. In his free time, Jackson enjoys skiing, mountain biking and traveling with his family. “I am ecstatic about the opportunity to work with Tailwind Nutrition, a brand with a terrific story and great product that provides your body with all the electrolytes and calories you need for endurance sports,” said Jeremiah Jackson.“It’s great to be able to return to Durango with my family, and work with a family-owned brand such as Tailwind during this exciting time of expansion.”www.tailwindnutrition.com Related
Lee Cross (incumbent)No, I do not support this. Moreover, I am proud our Board voted unanimously multiple times against having guns at JCCC over the past 4.5 years. I support the Second Amendment, and maybe even an individual’s right to bear arms within some reasonable regulations (say those regulating automobiles for instance or banning bump stocks). Yet, citizens should not be allowed to carry firearms (or have any weapon) in a public facility, school, or hospital. For what exact purpose(s) would a person do so? This is further frustrating when we spend millions of dollars to have our own police department at JCCC.Note: We did not receive a response from candidate Benjamin Hodge.Tomorrow we’ll publish the candidates’ responses to our final item: What would you like to be able to say about JCCC four years from now that you can’t say today? Today we continue with the Johnson County Community College Board of Trustees candidates’ responses to our general election questionnaire. Here’s item number three:Under a law passed by the Kansas legislature that went into effect this year, students on public college campuses are now permitted to carry concealed weapons. Do you support students’ ability to carry concealed weapons on JCCC’s campus? Why or why not?Angeliina LawsonI don’t support guns allowed on campus. I witnessed the bills go through the House and Senate committee meetings, attended committee hearings, advocated against allowing guns on campus. Having colleges pay 24 million to build a secure fencing and 14 million per year to hire a police office to make the campus official gun-free is extortion. JCCC has many students who are under the age of 18. These local high school students who attend extra or alternative class work at JCCC should not be subject to these concerns. The question about support for a student’s right to carry a concealed weapon is not the same as a question about our willingness to support the youth who cannot legally carry a weapon under any circumstances (due to age) and those who elect not to carry a weapon.Chris RoeselAs students in advanced journalism at JCCC, my classmates and I did informal polls of the other students, staff, and faculty. Some found 80% were opposed to concealed carry. Others found 70%. The conclusion was that the majority of students, staff, and faculty do not want concealed carry on campus.One of my brothers is a radiologist. He told me our deaths due to gunshot wounds was falling because emergency rooms treatment improved. The rate of shootings was not decreasing. The cost of treatment was increasing.My guess is the reason our legislature imposed concealed carry on colleges and universities is that they know that their program of voter suppression among the youth is working. The youth vote dropped 18% since the legislature passed the “SAFE Act.” (The legislature claims the reason for the SAFE Act was something else, but the effect was to decrease the youth vote. The legislature has done nothing to overcome that effect.)We could all wear body armor like the professor at KU does https://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article170434942.html, but I believe that we should consult the students, professors, staff, security, and administration and do what they wish. I am skilled, trained, and experienced in opinion collection techniques for decision-making.I support government of the people, by the people, for the people. I don’t impose solutions. I believe representation is to include people, not to exclude them.Henry Sandate (incumbent)As stated The right to conceal and carry is law. As citizens of the State of Kansas we have no choice in the matter but to obey the law which is validated by the Second Amendment. I support the US constitution and the Amendments regardless of what my opinion is. As a Trustee I agreed and signed that I would support all laws that protected the college and keep us in good standing with contractual agreements, compliance, the Laws that protect us and guide us. This summer I and the rest of the Trustees had no choice in the matter and had to approve guidelines specific to conceal and carry which we passed and I voted yes. For the Trustees to have collectively voted no on conceal and carry would have created legal issues that would have jeopardize the existence of JCCC or the ability to serve the students and the community.Paul SniderWith the recent changes to Kansas’ concealed carry regulations, I’m not convinced having guns on campus makes anyone safer. We need to make sure students and teachers have a sense of security on campus. Our state’s higher learning institutions have made clear their opposition to guns on campus and that is shared by professors and instructors in my family. The bigger issue in this debate is the need for local control.The College has its own police force of 23 sworn officers. I trust them to keep our students, staff, and patrons safe while on our campus.Jerry Cook (incumbent)No. While I support the second amendment, I do not believe that more people carrying more guns on any college campus makes it a safer place for all.
Applications being taken for ‘Residentn at Law’ program August 1, 2013 Regular News Applications being taken for ‘Resident at Law’ program Laird A. Lile, P.A., is accepting applications for its “Resident At Law” program.The Naples firm is seeking a 2013 law school graduate (including from a tax or estate planning LL.M. program) with an interest in the substantive areas of estates, trusts, taxation, and related subjects.The “Resident at Law” program was instituted by the firm in 2011 for the purpose of providing in-depth training in a trust and estate law practice environment, prior to entering the traditional practice of law.The resident will:* Participate in substantive aspects of the practice of law at the firm (See LairdALile.com for information regarding the firm’s practice).* Learn the practical aspects of the business of a law firm.* Join, and be active in, local and state bar organizations.* Prepare continuing legal education programs.The resident will not have “billable hour” requirements. The resident will be expected to be fully engaged in professional activities (including client projects and bar activities) an average of 50 to 60 hours a week.The program will commence in September and conclude in May 2015. The financial stipend paid by the firm to the resident will be $4,000 per month. In addition, the firm will pay costs associated with attending local and state bar meetings and provide professional negligence insurance.To be considered, submit a letter, resume, three references, and a writing sample to LaurieS@LairdALile.com by August 16. Finalists will be contacted by August 27 for an interview. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated interest in the estate and trust practice areas, be adept with technology, be extraordinarily attentive to detail, and exhibit a strong work ethic.
Are you planning on investing in a rental property? This is a great opportunity to make a profit, but there is a learning curve when you are first getting started.There are some steps to follow that are tried and true and can help get you started on the right path before purchasing your first property.Keep reading to learn more about forming a great rental property investment strategy to use before you get started.Education Is KeyEducating yourself in the world of rental properties is a great place to start before purchasing your first investment. While there are many things you can only learn through your own personal trial and error, there are many lessons you can learn from those who have paved the way before you.Start by researching through books, courses, and other rental property owners.Other investors are an invaluable resource to yourself, especially those with property investments in the same area you are considering. These people can give you first-hand accounts from their own experiences and tell you what to do and what to watch out for.There are also plenty of resources online and books that you use to help guide you through creating the right strategy for yourself. They can also inform you about how to pay attention to social and economic changes.You should also take a close look at your finances and know how much you can afford to invest. Ideally, you should have at least 20% of the home’s value as a down payment and closing costs.In some instances, some lenders may require at least six months of mortgage payments saved up. This is in case there are emergency repairs or unexpected vacancies.Invest in the NeighborhoodWhen choosing a property to invest in, you also need to invest in the neighborhood. You might think that your best choice is a quiet neighborhood with a big house to help you bring in a large profit. This isn’t always the case.There are generally three different types of neighborhoods you will find. The first type is the picture-perfect ones with the well-manicured lawns, nice tidy fence, and a large house. These neighborhoods are usually full of homeowners and may not be the best area for your rental investment property.The next type of neighborhood is the kind where there is a mixture of rentals and homeowners. The people who live in these neighborhoods are generally blue-collar workers, and there is a mixture of income levels. This setting is appealing for those individuals or families who are looking for a decent place to rent.The last type of neighborhood is usually rougher around the edges. The income level is lower, and there is generally a higher turnover of renters. These neighborhoods tend to have more run-down homes, tenants who cause problems, and a higher crime rate.Despite the issues these neighborhoods have, you might find that you can turn a decent profit each year since there is usually plenty of people hoping to rent. As a landlord, though, you will need to set high expectations for rent collection. Also, have a property management team experienced with fixing the property between tenants.The Capitalization RateThe capitalization rate is the amount of profit you will be able to earn with your investment. It is important to know the economics of rental property and determine this amount before deciding to make a purchase. It will help you decide whether it will be a good investment with a decent return rate.To figure out what the capitalization rate is, you will estimate the net income you will receive from the property and then divide it by the property’s cost. Ideally, the capitalization rate will be at least 15% or more to be worth you investing.However, if the property is in a great area and you can have tenants who pay on time and care for the property, you might decide that less than 15% is still worth it.You should also constantly reevaluate your properties and occasionally consider when to refinance rental property that you own to maximize your return.Buy Below Market When you have decided to go ahead and take the plunge on buying an investment property to rent, you should make your purchase between 10% and 20% below the market.When you purchase below market, this provides you with some financial leeway if you decide to sell this property. The money that you save in your purchase price can give you some room with the offer price. This also will help you get a good return on your investment.Follow the 1% RuleWhen you are considering different properties to purchase, you should keep in mind the 1% rule. This will help you narrow down your choices by determining if the monthly rental rate will equal at least 1% or more of the home’s cost. You should calculate what the gross monthly rent will be before you calculate total expenses.If the monthly rental is less than 1% of the home’s cost, you should stop considering that property as an investment opportunity. You should also note that the nicer the neighborhood, the lower the return rate, but the investment is more stable. The more run-down neighborhoods tend to have a higher rate of return.Learn More About Forming a Great Rental Property Investment StrategyThese are some of the main factors you should consider when forming a great rental property investment strategy. Even though there is no one tried and true strategy for every investor to follow, these are some of the tools that most successful investors will use to their advantage.Before purchasing a property to rent out, first, evaluate the neighborhood where the home is located.Next, you should determine what the capitalization rate will be and try and purchase the home for 10% to 20% less than the market value.If you would like more investment tips and information, be sure to visit our website daily!
Last year 140,000 people worldwide died from complications of measles infections, according to the latest data compiled by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).In 2017, the WHO tracked 110,000 measles deaths. Most of measles-related deaths are in children under the age of 5.”The fact that any child dies from a vaccine-preventable disease like measles is frankly an outrage and a collective failure to protect the world’s most vulnerable children,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreysus, PhD, director-general of the WHO in a press release on the report. “To save lives, we must ensure everyone can benefit from vaccines—which means investing in immunization and quality health care as a right for all.”According to the CDC, 2018’s numbers represent a 167% global increase in cases compared with 2016, and estimated global measles mortality has increased since 2017.Five countries—the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Liberia, Madagascar, Somalia and Ukraine—accounted for almost half of all measles cases in 2018. Four European countries, Albania, Czech Republic, Greece, and the United Kingdom, lost measles elimination status in 2018 and 2019, after each country saw re-established transmission of the virus. And this year, the United States recorded the most measles cases in 25 years.”The causes of the measles resurgence during 2017–2018 are multifactorial and vary by country. Large sustained outbreaks in a few countries with weak immunization systems accounted for most reported measles cases during this time,” researchers from the CDC said today in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). In countries like the UK and the United States, international travel has been linked to several recent outbreaks.Measles vaccination efforts stagnatedGrowing measles outbreaks worldwide in 2018 and 2019 paint a picture of vaccination stagnation, the WHO and CDC said. Because measles is so contagious, 95% of the population must be immunized to prevent outbreaks. In 2018, the WHO said 86% of children globally received the first dose of measles vaccine through their country’s routine vaccination services, and fewer than 70% received the second recommended dose.Those numbers, though better than data from 2000, have been relatively consistent since 2010. In 2018, 61% of countries saw more than 90% of their population with at least one dose of measles vaccine, an increase from 86 countries in 2000, but a decrease from 126 countries in 2012 and 2013, the CDC said.Since 2000, annual reported measles incidence decreased 66%, and annual estimated measles deaths decreased 73%, but measles incidence increased once again in 2016, 2017, and 2018.CDC researchers estimate that 19.2 million infants worldwide did not receive the first dose of measles vaccine in 2018.”The six countries with the most unvaccinated infants were Nigeria (2.4 million), India (2.3 million), Pakistan (1.4 million), Ethiopia (1.3 million), Indonesia (1.2 million), and the Philippines (0.7 million),” the authors said.The data mean that goals of controlling measles by 2015, as defined by the World Health Assembly in 2010 as having more than 90% of the population vaccinated, have not been met. And the trend of more measles cases reported in the last 2 years suggests few countries may be able to meet the objective of eliminating measles from five of the WHO’s six global regions in 2020.Measles deadlier than Ebola in DRC this yearIn related news, the WHO announced today that 2.2 million children in North Kivu, DRC, the epicenter of an ongoing Ebola outbreak, will be vaccinated against measles in a 5-day campaign.”While the Ebola outbreak in the DRC has won the world’s attention and progress is being made in saving lives, we must not forget the other urgent health needs the country faces,” said Matshidiso Moeti, MD, WHO’s regional director for Africa. “This new vaccination campaign aims to protect children in North Kivu, as well as other parts of the country from a disease that is easily preventable with a vaccine.”Since the beginning of the year, the DRC has recorded more than 250,000 suspected cases and over 5,000 measles deaths mostly among children under 5 years. More people in the DRC have died from measles than Ebola this year.The WHO said measles in the DRC is exacerbated by a highly mobile population, and a volatile region that prevents access to routine health care.See also:Dec 5 WHO press releaseWHO measles factsheet Dec 6 MMWR studyDec 5 WHO North Kivu press release
By now many of you will be as inured to the howls of outrage from the profession over legal aid cuts as you are to the cuts themselves. Both are becoming an almost weekly, even daily, occurrence, it saddens one to report.It is apparent though, that however apocalyptic and doom-laden the profession’s language, it seems to be having little or no effect – the government just isn’t listening. Is it time lawyers responded more combatively? One suggested to us that maybe they should take a leaf out of the book of the BA cabin crew, who have planned a 12-day strike over pay, or the refuse collectors of Leeds, who went on strike for 11 weeks until their proposed pay cuts were renegotiated. If lawyers downed tools and refused to represent anyone, surely there would be more pressing things to think about than suing them over breach of competition laws. The government would have to act, and act swiftly. Professions hardly ever resort to withdrawing their labour, of course. It would hurt clients, and anyway it’s just not the done thing. In any case, apologists for the government’s tin ear on this subject might argue that perhaps things aren’t as bad as they’re sometimes painted. A survey of criminal legal aid firms carried out by the National Audit Office showed that, while one in six said they made no profit on criminal legal aid last year, the average profit was a pretty respectable 18.4%. It found that 37% made a 20% profit, and 29% made a profit of between 10-19%. Tesco’s margin is about 9%, for comparison. Time for action, or more sober reflection?
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Advertising magnate Lord Saatchi will today outline how he intends to protect doctors from negligence claims if they innovate in the treatment of cancer patients. In a speech to the Royal Society of Medicine, Saatchi will explain how doctors can be encouraged to innovate without being reckless. Saatchi was moved to introduce his Medical Innovation Bill in the House of Lords after his wife, the novelist Josephine Hart, died of ovarian cancer almost two years ago. The bill is about to have a second reading in the Lords, and Saatchi is determined to prove that current law, in which any deviation from standard practice is likely to result in a verdict of guilt for medical negligence, is a ‘barrier to progress’ in curing cancer. In his speech, Saatchi will say: ‘A doctor deciding how to treat a particular case starts with the knowledge that as soon as he or she moves away from existing and established standards within the profession, there is an automatic and serious risk that he or she will be found guilty of negligence if the treatment is less successful than hoped.’ Saatchi will reassure the legal and medical profession that his bill will not mean patients are ‘treated like mice’ in the pursuit of scientific advances. Instead, he will argue that for the first time the bill will give statutory expression to the definition of ‘proper practice’ and carefully define the process for taking decisions to innovate. Approval to innovate will be granted only by a majority verdict from a panel of senior doctors, and patients will have to be told if there was any disagreement from clinicians. Saatchi says that a doctor who innovates irresponsibly without having gone through ‘careful and structured’ consideration of all criteria will be more easily exposed as negligent. Those who follow all the correct procedures will have statutory support in justifying the decision to insurers, the General Medical Council and the courts. The bill could be debated in the House of Lords before the summer recess and will then pass to the House of Commons for consideration.
Access to justice has been dealt another blow following the closure of a north-west London law centre which opened its doors nearly five decades ago.The Law Centres Network confirmed on Friday that Brent Community Law Centre has closed: ‘Like many charities, it has been significantly weakened by unrelenting public funding cuts while demand for its help has grown.’ The network says an orderly closure is underway, and clients and partners have been informed.According to the Charities Commission website, in the financial year ending 31 March 2019, the law centre had an income of £287,852 but it spent £333,993. Its 2018/19 annual report states that the law centre received its core funding from Brent Council via a contract with Citizens Advice Brent. The centre also provided specialist advice to clients referred by other local advice agencies. Average weekly number of staff was 8.5 (expressed as full-time equivalents). The centre was ‘in the process of restructuring its services and its finances to create a more sustainable model’.Councillor Ketan Sheth, chair of Brent Council’s community and wellbeing scrutiny committee, said the law centre was a ‘much used and appreciated lifeline for many, many Brent residents over the past decades’.Brent Council’s website states that the public authority no longer has direct access to the law centre for advice due to funding changes. People who live, work or study in the borough are told to visit Citizens Advice where they will be assessed face-to-face. If Citizens Advice is unable to help, individuals will be referred to another law centre or organisation. Alternatively, the Brent Advice Matters website has information on social welfare law, housing, immigration, work, money, health and benefits.Nimrod Ben-Cnaan, head of policy and profile at the Law Centres Network, said his organisation was ‘already exploring ways’ to re-establish a law centre service in Brent ‘and hope to do so before long’.