Related A new Business Conference is taking place on Trade Day at the Cycle Show on 12th September 2019 at the NEC, Birmingham, and is free to attend for all independent bike dealers (IBDs). The conference will focus on delivering advice for bike shops, addressing the issues facing the UK retail sector and providing examples of best-in-class retailing from beyond the cycling industry.“It has probably never been a more challenging time for cycle retailers, with economic and political upheaval impacting consumer confidence and spending patterns, while online competition and new international players continue to make the industry ever more competitive,” said Mark Faithfull, Chair of the event and editor of Retail Property Industry.Attending the new conference will be representatives of the retail industry who have experience from some of Britain’s biggest brands including Halford’s, Missguided and Bench. They will conduct talks that cover a range of topics, including how to optimise store location and design, maximise omni-channel retail potential and develop strong leadership.In addition to practical and aspirational information on how to stand out in a crowded marketplace, there will also be a very personal focus to the day, with in-depth discussions on how to train and develop a workforce, and how to attract and retain customers.The business conference is aiming to form a complementary part of the day for trade visitors, offering the chance to hear and learn from a wide range of international experts at no additional cost.Earlier this year, Immediate Media, the owner of media brands such as bikeradar, cyclingnews and 220 Triathlon, confirmed the acquisition of Upper Street Events, one of the UK’s leading producers of consumer enthusiast events. The acquisition of Upper Street saw Immediate Media take over the Cycle Show – the largest bike show in the UK, based at Birmingham’s NEC.www.cycleshow.co.uk
Georgia Petsch, a Leawood native who graduated from SM East in 2000, died of apparent gunshot injuries on Friday. In addition to working at Johnson County Developmental Supports, she volunteered hours each week at The Rescue Project. Photo via Petsch’s Facebook profile.Kansas City, Mo., police on Monday identified the woman found dead in a home near 98th Street and Wornall Friday afternoon as 38-year-old Georgia Petsch.Petsch, whose maiden name is Leming, was a native of Leawood who attended Brookwood Elementary, Mission Valley Middle School and Shawnee Mission East, where she graduated in 2000. Petsch had worked as a direct support professional with Johnson County Developmental Supports, the agency that works to provide personal and professional support for residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities, since 2016.“She was a passionate and dedicated public servant and a beloved member of our JCDS family. Her loss is felt by everyone at JCDS who was fortunate enough to know her,” said Chad VonAhnen, JCDS executive director.JCDS is providing grief assistance resources to employees as well as clients.“We extend our sympathies to her family, friends and co-workers for this tragic loss,” VonAhnen said.Husband charged with second degree murder; police find 2 guns in houseJackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced on Monday that her office was filing second degree murder and armed criminal action charges against Georgia’s husband Brandon J. Petsch, 36. Police were dispatched to the couple’s residence Friday afternoon after Brandon’s father requested a welfare check when he was unable to contact the couple on their phones. Police arrived to find Brandon laying unresponsive on a bed. A note discovered later and apparently authored by Brandon indicated the couple had been in an argument and that Brandon had shot his wife three times. He apologized for what he had done in the note.Investigators found Georgia’s body in another bedroom rolled inside an area rug. She was pronounced dead on the scene from apparent gunshot wounds.Brandon was taken to the hospital for treatment, and was reported to be in stable condition over the weekend. Prosecutors have requested a cash bond of $250,000.As part of the execution of a search warrant, police found two firearms inside the residence.domestic violence resource organizationsIn addition to her work at JCDS, Petsch volunteered as the Outreach Coordinator at The Rescue Project, an organization that works to improve the lives of pets in Kansas City’s underserved communities. On its Facebook page Sunday, The Rescue Project lauded Georgia’s dedication and asked people to consider making donations to organizations that work to address domestic violence.“[Georgia] embodied all things rescue, dedicating hours every week to caring for the many neglected and unwanted animals in our community,” read the statement. “Georgia was a woman who fought hard to be a voice for the many voiceless animals in our community – and yet she ended up being a victim herself. No one knew the hell she was living with behind closed doors. If only we could have saved her life. In Georgia’s memory, we want to use her tragic story to highlight the hidden darkness of domestic violence in hopes of preventing another woman’s abuse and suffering. In Georgia’s honor, please consider making a donation to a local domestic violence shelter or local animal rescue.”Area organizations providing resources to prevent and address domestic violence include:Rose Brooks Center: 816-861-6100HopeHouse: 816-461-HOPE (4673)NewHouse: 816-471-5800Safehome: 913-262-2868
4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Two bills on data security have emerged in the Senate following weeks of urging by NAFCU in the wake of the Target Corporation data breach.On Wednesday, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., reintroduced a data privacy bill and said on the Senate floor that the issue would be addressed in a committee hearing early this session.Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Carper, D-Del., also said he plans to reintroduce a NAFCU-backed measure that would subject retailers to some of the same data security requirements in place now for financial institutions.Writing the House and Senate last month, NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger urged passage of a series of measures long sought by NAFCU, including:a requirement that merchants be accountable for costs of breaches on their end;a requirement that any business entity responsible for the storage of consumer data meet standards similar to the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act requirements for credit unions and other financial institutions;a requirement that merchants post their data security policies at the point of sale if they take sensitive financial data;a requirement for the timely disclosure of the identities of breached companies and merchants;measures to address violations of existing agreements and law on electronic retention of payment card information;notification of the account servicer or owner of any compromised personally identifiable information associated with the account;a duty for any breached merchant or retailer to demonstrate all necessary precautions were taken to guard data.Leahy’s bill is cosponsored by Sens. Al Franken, D-Minn., Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. It would, among other things, set criminal penalties for willfully concealing a security breach of personal data when it causes economic damage to consumers. continue reading »
Insurance to cover fees and costs? Senior EditorIt is not an ethical violation for an attorney to buy an insurance policy that would cover his or her client from fees and costs imposed as a result of rejecting an offer under Florida’s unique offer of judgment statute, according to the Professional Ethics Committee.The committee was approached by Rick Kolodinsky who asked if it was ethical for him as an attorney to advance the cost of the premium on a policy that would indemnify the client if ordered to pay fees and costs under Florida’s offer of judgment law.The statute provides that if the plaintiff makes a settlement offer which is rejected and then fails to get 75 percent of that amount in a final award, then the plaintiff is liable for the defense attorneys’ fees and costs. Likewise if the award exceeds the offer by 25 percent, then the defendant is liable for the plaintiff’s attorneys’ fees and costs. The same principle applies if the defense makes a settlement offer.The law requires that the plaintiff or defendant — not their attorney — must pay those levies.Stephen Van Wert, an insurance broker who appeared at the meeting, said he sas in the initial stages of exploring whether it would be profitable to offer such insurance policies and wanted to make sure there were no ethical hitches before he went further.Kolodinsky and Van Wert noted that Florida’s offer-of-judgment law is unique in the nation, and any insurance policy would be offered only in Florida.“This product does not exist. This would be classified as an exotic insurance product, if the product is even viable,” Van Wert said. “If the attorney is not allowed to advance the [premium payment as a] litigation cost, pretty much the product is DOA. If it is allowed, then we have a product.”While policies would be offered to both plaintiffs and defendants, it would probably be used mostly by plaintiffs, since many defendants are insurance companies who can practically provide their own insurance, he added.Van Wert said the policy would be levied early in the case so “that the result is not predetermined.” He projected the policies would be offered for $10,000, $25,000, and $50,000 of coverage, with premiums running about 1 percent of the covered amount.Kolodinsky also argued that the policies would level the playing field, since poorer plaintiffs now are tempted to take a low settlement offer to avoid the prospect of being forced to pay the defense’s attorneys’ fees and costs.The proposal produced a lively debate among committee members.Committee member Pamela Seay said, “Looking at the statute, what it says is the imposition of costs, and attorneys’ fees are costs and sanctions. You cannot insure against a sanction. By allowing this to proceed and trying to allow this through an ethical rule, we are bypassing the purpose of the statute and we are creating a law of our own. I think we are wrong in doing that.”But committee Vice Chair Marti Chumbler disagreed.“The question of whether this is an allowable type of insurance is beyond the purview of this body. The only question is if there were this product, if this were an allowable product and the plaintiff elects to pursue it, can the attorney pay the premium. But for the litigation, you wouldn’t have that expense,” Chumbler said.Committee member Linda Brehmer-Lanosa saw a different problem.“I don’t think that which cannot be done directly should be allowed to be done indirectly,” she said. “The attorney can’t pay directly [the fees and costs] and this is indirectly paying them.”The committee voted 22-12 to modify a staff opinion, which said an attorney could not advance the cost of the premium on such an insurance policy. Instead the opinion will say the attorney can advance the cost of the premium and make the repayment of that cost contingent on the outcome of the matter, but that the Bar offers no opinion on whether the policies themselves are legal or comply with the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar. Insurance to cover fees and costs? October 1, 2009 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News
Aside from softball, Jensen also played volleyball in high school. She received All-State honors in Wisconsin three times for both volleyball and softball, and was a four-time letter winner in each sport.“Volleyball is a huge team sport and I think softball is as well,” Jensen said. “How to play with individuals on the court and on the field [was important to learn].”Now that she is on the field with the Gophers, Jensen has adjusted to playing in every game for Minnesota this season. She has played alongside plenty of people with experience in the outfield, with junior Maddie Houlihan in right field and senior Dani Wagner in center.Wagner hasn’t played as much this season due to injury, but she sees the value Jensen brings to the field.“She’s just someone who will go out and do whatever we need,” Wagner said of her teammate. “She’s learned a lot in the short time she’s been here.”The freshman has taken control of the Minnesota offense this season. She has 33 hits and three RBIs, plus four stolen bases on five attempts.Beyond the offense, though, head coach Jamie Trachsel said Jensen’s commitment to the defensive side of the game and getting better overall is noticeable.“Every day, that kid shows up, and her mentality never changes,” Trachsel said. “There’s nothing different about her approach, her mentality, how she sees something and her commitment to every single play.” Leading the Gophers in batting average, Ellee Jensen feels at home with MinnesotaJensen is batting .371 as a freshman.Courtesy of Brad Rempel, Gopher SportsFreshman outfielder Ellee Jensen runs to first base in a game at Siebert Field. Drew CoveApril 5, 2018Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintSince its last season, Minnesota’s softball team has remained relatively the same.One of the team’s additions stands out, though.Ellee Jensen, the Gophers’ freshman left fielder, leads the team in batting average, .371. Now roughly halfway through her first season, she will look to continue her play when the team faces off against Michigan State this weekend from East Lansing, Michigan.Jensen said her biggest passion besides softball is family, and while she’s from Wisconsin, she weighed those values when deciding to come to Minnesota. “This team here is so unique … everybody is so caring and they want the best for everyone,” Jensen said. “That’s not something you find on every team.”Jensen is reaping the benefits of the choice to venture from Watertown, Wisconsin. Her passion for family back home has helped her get to where she is now, playing Division I softball.The origins of her time on the field go back to her home. Jensen said her dad, Tim, coached her from when she was six years old almost until high school, when she was 12. Ellee — who got her nickname by combining her first name, Elizabeth, with her middle name, Lee — eventually said she wanted to go play on more competitive teams so she could make it to the collegiate ranks. Her father played baseball for a few years, and Jensen credits him with all of her knowledge about softball until she came to Minnesota.
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Ambassador Comissiong said that CARICOM had in place a very “comprehensive action plan” for the full implementation of the CSME, namely a Multilateral Air Services Agreement; an investment code; an incentives régime; an integrated capital market; the mutual recognition of companies, trademarks, and business names; and a range of instruments. He noted that the action plan was aimed at intensifying the production of food in the Caribbean, so as to reduce the foreign food import bill, with the plan to be rolled out to Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley, as lead Head on the CSME, by September 15, this year. Read more at: Barbados Today Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… (Barbados Government Information Service) It will be full steam ahead for implementing policies related to the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), but with some revised timelines. Barbados’ Ambassador to CARICOM, David Comissiong, made this clear, as he spoke with members of the media during a press conference at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, on Thursday, to outline some of the key points coming out of the 40th Regular Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), held in Castries. You may be interested in… Oct 1, 2020 UNCTAD 15 Set For Next April in Barbados LIAT CEO Resigns PM Mottley Renews Calls for Restructuring of Global… Statement – Prime Minister Rowley to Parliament on CSMEConceived as an instrument to facilitate economic development, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Single Market and Economy (CSME) is the manifestation of the intent to deepen the integration process that began with the signing of the Treaty of Chaguaramas in 1973. That Treaty was later revised and the Community is now…December 12, 2018In “CARICOM”Accelerate use of CSME provisions to help build economic resilience – CARICOM SGAmbassador Irwin LaRocque, Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General, on Monday said that substantial progress had been recorded in the regional integration movement, particularly with the Single Market component of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). He acknowledged, however, the need to implement the existing plan for outstanding issues regarding full…February 26, 2018In “Barbados”Barbados, Suriname diplomats call for more youth involvement in CARICOM(CARICOM Secretariat) Envoys of Barbados and Suriname have stressed the importance of youth participation in the regional integration movement, as they reassured the Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) of their commitment to active participation in CARICOM’s success. The sentiments were expressed on Thursday, 8 November, 2018, when new Ambassadors…November 9, 2018In “Barbados”Share this on WhatsApp Aug 3, 2020 Aug 7, 2020 Sep 28, 2020 CDF, IRENA Collaborate to Boost Low-Carbon Investments in…
AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementNational Performance Warehouse/National Auto Parts Warehouse (NPW) has hired industry veteran Bill Melone to enhance its purchasing department at its Miami headquarters.Melone comes with 33 years of experience in warehouse purchasing, store operations, installer sales, retail sales and marketing, vendor negotiations and forecasting. In his new role at NPW, he will serve as category manager in the traditional parts category.Melone has experience with dealerships (Eddie Accardi Jeep), Rose Auto Stores, Pep Boys, and most recently, 17 years at Bennett Auto Supply in Florida.Melone will have a team of buyers and re-buyers reporting to him. He will be working from NPW’s Miami headquarters purchasing offices, headed by Rick Kovalick, NPW’s senior vice president of purchasing and marketing.Chris Pacey, NPW’s Executive vice president, commented on Melone’s appointment, “As our company is seeing rapid growth, we knew we had to enhance our inventory positions and staff. Whether on the buy side, the optimization of inventory, maintaining high order fill rates or marketing the products, we needed to add more experience to our bench. Bill is the first in our plan to optimize how we control our inventory. Miami continues to seek additional automotive category managers to balance the workload and ensure we are prepared to handle the increased demand to fuel our continued growth. We are glad to have Bill on our team.”Advertisement
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The collaboration follows a pilot phase started in 2016 which saw a joint team of Air Liquide and Solidia Technologies experts industrialise the Solidia ConcreteTM, which uses carbon dioxide (CO2) to cure concrete.The combination of the consumption of CO2 during curing, and lowered carbon emissions achieved in the production of low-energy Solidia ConcreteTM that is used to bind the concrete, results in an up to 70% reduced carbon footprint compared to traditional concrete, according to the major industrial gases company.As part of the partnership, Air Liquide is Solidia’s preferred supplier of CO2 and the equipment used for its injection.In the US, where sales of Solidia Concrete have been launched, Airgas, an Air Liquide company, supplies the carbon dioxide recovered and purified from CO2 emitted by other industries.Matthieu Giard, Vice President and Executive Committee Member of Air Liquide Group, supervising the Industrial Merchant business line, said, “We are pleased with our collaboration with Solidia Technologies. Based on an innovative use of CO2, this technology represents a particularly interesting solution to reduce the carbon footprint of precast concrete. This partnership is totally in line with our climate objectives which are the most ambitious of our sector. It is also characteristic of our approach: to reach our climate objectives, we work on our own assets, we develop solutions for our clients and we also adopt a strategy to partner with ecosystems so as to extend and amplify the impact of our actions in favor of the environment.”Tom Schuler, President and CEO of Solidia Technologies, added, “Air Liquide’s expertise has been a critical element in the development of our CO2 curing technology and the delivery of higher performance, lower environmental footprint concrete.”