As much as we love the chance to ride our bikes every day, there’s no denying that the daily commute gets noticeably hairier as we close in on the year’s shorter days.Â The numbers back up this impression:Â 62% of bike accidents take place during and after the evening commute.Â With riders’ safety and peace of mind in mind, Light & Motion have released a pair of extremely bright, American made rechargeable commuter lights designed to ensure visibility from all angles.Â Details after the jump…First, the Vis 360 (shown above and below) is a helmet-mounted combination head/tail light.Â The 4 lumen blinking tail light is paired with a 110 lumen headlight and a pair of extremely bright amber side markers.Â Because it is helmet mounted, the Vis 360 is ideal for riders who lock their bikes outside.Â The USB-chargeable system uses a single battery pack, is well balanced from front to back, and runs 2 1/2 hours on high.Â Being able to direct the headlight toward traffic merging from side streets and the lights’ high location also helps to increase visibility and visually separate the cyclist from other lights on the road.Â The Vis 360 retails for $169.From a more traditional mold is the Vis 180.Â A belt- or seatpost-mounted light, the Vis 180 puts out an astonishing 35 lumen in a steady or pulsing red beam.Â Also USB-rechargeable, the Vis 180 runs for 4 hours on high (8 hours on pulse) and retails for $100.Â We’ve been promised one to review and will let you know how it goes!www.bikelights.com
Vermont State Police The victim whose body was discovered Thursday, June 4, 2020, in a creek near Wymans Falls Road in Chester has been positively identified as Joshua A. Webster, 39, of Springfield.Mr. Webster had been reported missing in March to the Hartford Police Department. Subsequent investigation into his disappearance included the Chester Police Department and the Vermont State Police.An autopsy was performed Saturday, June 6, 2020, at the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Burlington. The cause and manner of Mr. Webster’s death are pending toxicology. Further information will be released when it becomes available.***Initial news release, 11:15 a.m. Friday, June 5, 2020***The Vermont State Police is investigating the discovery of human remains in the town of Chester.The Vermont State Police was notified at about 6:45 p.m. Thursday, June 4, 2020, that a badly decomposed body had been located along Wymans Falls Road in Chester.The investigation is in its initial stages. Detectives with the Vermont State Police Major Crime Unit and Bureau of Criminal Investigations, joined by members of the Crime Scene Search Team and Field Force Division, have responded to process the scene and investigate the circumstances. The Chester Police Department also is assisting.There is no indication to suggest a threat to public safety.The body will be transported Friday, June 5, to the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Burlington for an autopsy to confirm identity and determine cause and manner of death.Anyone with information that might be relevant to the investigation is asked to contact the Vermont State Police in Westminster at 802-722-4600.Updates will be provided when additional information is available.Source: CHESTER, Vt. (Saturday, June 6, 2020) — VSP
continue reading » by. Amanda WilcoskyBig data. Two little words that sum up an overwhelming – and often mindboggling – promise for business insights.But information doesn’t need to be supersized to spur insights or drive decisions. It just needs to be accessible – and actionable. The point of entry to meet those objectives? Go digital, says market research firm IDC.In Big Data and ECM: Making Smarter Decisions, IDC touted digitizing business processes as the first step to jumping on the big data bandwagon – a market that accounted for $11 billion in spend in 2013 (and that will more than double by 2016).But while projected to vacuum up the big bucks, big data isn’t yet widely understood, including how it complements other IT initiatives like enterprise content management (ECM). ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
September 15, 2012 Regular News Celebrating 30 years of certification Celebrating 30 years of certification This summer, The Florida Bar celebrated the 30th anniversary of its board certification program, a professionalism effort approved in 1982 by the Florida Supreme Court. Over the years, the Bar’s certification program has become nationally recognized, offering 24 specialty areas for lawyer certification, more than any other state program. Certified attorneys agree the program promotes professionalism both inside and outside the legal field, setting them apart from their peers and giving them much-needed public recognition.“The Florida Bar’s board certification program is one of the best in the country,” said Florida Bar President Gwynne Young of Carlton Fields in Tampa.“It assists the public in locating lawyers who have demonstrated their level of skill, excellence, and commitment to professionalism.”Board certification stands alone as the only professional designation with more than peer recommendation at its foundation, requiring applicants to endure testing and area-specific continuing legal education, as well as confidential peer review. To become board certified, attorneys must have a minimum of five years in law practice and substantial involvement in the particular field of law in which they are trying to become certified.“The process is rigorous, as it should be,” said Robert Spohrer, a Jacksonville attorney board certified in civil trial and aviation law. “Prospective clients know that in law, as in medicine, board certification is a recognition of those professionals with special expertise and competence.”As a result of their efforts, in Florida, only board certified lawyers are permitted to refer to themselves as experts or specialists.Currently, 6 percent of eligible Florida Bar members — about 4,600 lawyers — are board certified, with 178 Florida attorneys receiving certification this year. In 2010, 30 percent of those certified were members of the Young Lawyers Division, a trend board certified attorney Jake Schickel believes bodes well for the profession.“The consuming public often looks to young lawyers and says, ‘You’re young, you’re aggressive, you’re well-spoken, but do you really have the experience to do what I need done in this particular area?’ For them to be certified is a great marketing tool, a great personal accomplishment,” Schickel said.“It’s something they can show to their clients as to why they ought to be hired.”“Board certification has the potential to be transformative in our profession,” said Scott Hawkins, immediate past president of The Florida Bar and a board certified business litigation lawyer. “Our board certification program is one of the finest in the country and helps the public identify lawyers who have been evaluated by their peers for competence and integrity.”Inaugural classes of lawyers achieved certification in civil trial and tax law in 1983, with marital and family law certifications following in 1985. In 2009, the Bar began to offer adoption and education law certifications, both available only in Florida. (The intellectual property law certification is also the only one of its kind in the nation.)“I took the first exam, and it was the hardest exam of my life,” said board certified Sarasota attorney William Partridge.“I’ve stayed board certified since the very first exam [in 1983], and I think it’s a wonderful program.”“It is certainly a matter of pride to be board certified, and being heavily involved in the Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section, your peers expect this of you,” said Charles Wohlust, a Maitland attorney who has been board certified in wills, trusts, and estates since 1986.“It has also helped in being admitted to other professional associations and, most importantly, has generated additional business, which I don’t believe would have come in the door without it.“Anyone who practices extensively in this area should become certified not only for the potential new business but also as a symbol of your dedication to your clients that you will maintain a higher standard to better serve them.”The Florida Bar annually awards board certification in two cycles, effective June 1 and August 1. Board certification is valid for five years. The attorney during that time must continue to practice law and attend Florida Bar-approved continuing legal education courses. Although no exam is required, other recertification requirements are similar to those for initial certification. Not all qualified lawyers are certified, but those who are board certified have voluntarily taken the extra step to have their competence and experience evaluated.“In an ever-crowded field of more than 93,000 lawyers, the achievement of board certification — the Bar’s highest evaluation of a lawyer’s competence and experience in a particular area of practice — is the only way of distinguishing yourself as an expert or a specialist,” said Florida Bar President-elect Eugene Pettis, a board certified education lawyer in Ft. Lauderdale.The Florida Supreme Court has approved standards for 24 board certification areas:* Admiralty & Maritime Law* Adoption Law* Antitrust & Trade Regulation Law* Appellate Practice* Aviation Law* Business Litigation* City, County & Local Government Law* Civil Trial* Construction Law* Criminal Appellate* Criminal Trial* Education Law* Elder Law* Health Law* Immigration & Nationality* Intellectual Property Law* International Law* Labor & Employment Law* Marital & Family Law* Real Estate* State & Federal Government & Ad-ministrative Practice* Tax Law* Wills, Trusts & Estates* Workers’ CompensationFor more information, visit The Florida Bar website at Floridabar.org/certification or contact The Florida Bar’s Legal Specialization & Education Department at (850) 561-5842.
Pinterest Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share LinkedIn Email “Approximately 70% of individuals who use marijuana also use tobacco,” explained Francesca Filbey, Ph.D., the study’s principal investigator and Director of Cognitive Neuroscience of Addictive Behaviors at the Center for BrainHealth. “Our findings exemplify why the effects of marijuana on the brain may not generalize to the vast majority of the marijuana using population, because most studies do not account for tobacco use. This study is one of the first to tease apart the unique effects of each substance on the brain as well as their combined effects.”Dr. Filbey’s research team used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to examine the hippocampus; an area of the brain that is know to have altered size and shape in association with chronic marijuana use. Participants completed a substance use history assessment and neuropsychological tests three days prior to an MRI head scan. The team compared four groups: nonusers (individuals who have not had any marijuana or tobacco in the past three months), chronic marijuana users (individuals who use marijuana at least four times per week), frequent nicotine users (10 or more times daily) and chronic marijuana plus frequent nicotine users (at least four marijuana uses per week and 10 or more nicotine uses per day).“We have always known that each substance is associated with effects on the brain and hypothesized that their interaction may not simply be a linear relationship. Our findings confirm that the interaction between marijuana and nicotine is indeed much more complicated due to the different mechanisms at play,” said Filbey. “Future studies need to address these compounding effects of substances.”She continued, “The combined use of marijuana and tobacco is highly prevalent. For instance, a ‘blunt’ is wrapped in tobacco leaf. A ‘spliff’ is a joint rolled with tobacco. We really need to understand how the combined use changes the brain to really understand its effects on memory function and behavior.” How scientists study the effects of marijuana on the brain is changing. Until recently marijuana research largely excluded tobacco users from its participant pool, but scientists at the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas have found reason to abandon this practice, uncovering significant differences in the brains of individuals who use both tobacco and marijuana and the brains of those who only use marijuana.In a study that appears online in the journal Behavioural Brain Research, scientists report an association between smaller hippocampal brain volume and marijuana use. Although the size of the hippocampus, an area of the brain associated with memory and learning, is significantly smaller in both the marijuana group and marijuana plus tobacco group compared to non-using controls and individuals who use tobacco exclusively, the relationship to memory performance is unique.Hippocampal size of nonusers reflects a direct relationship to memory function; the smaller the hippocampus, the poorer the memory function. Individuals who use marijuana and tobacco show an inverse relationship, i.e., the smaller the hippocampus size, the greater memory the function. Furthermore the number of nicotine cigarettes smoked per day in the marijuana and nicotine using group appears to be related to the severity of hippocampal shrinkage. The greater the number of cigarettes smoked per day, the smaller the hippocampal volume and the greater the memory performance. There were no significant associations between hippocampal size and memory performance in individuals who only use tobacco or only use marijuana.
“Panalpina has a very ambitious growth strategy for India and we plan to expand our services by listening to our customers. In our annual Customer Satisfaction Survey 2011, Jaipur was nominated by a majority of our customers as a preferred location where they wanted Panalpina to have its own office. The newly opened branch in north India is one of many more to come”, says Rene Wernli, managing director, Panalpina India.The Jaipur branch has been opened to meet increased customer demands and to strengthen Panalpina’s position in India. The city is being developed as a multi-product Special Economic Zone (SEZ) .
Bothar Boring & Tunneling has been operating in the Middle East since 2010, and after being awarded microtunneling contracts in Qatar decided to add additional units to its current fleet of 15 cranes.In the company’s line of work, the compact size and asymmetric outrigger positioning is vital for working in tight areas, says Terex.Meanwhile, Bahrain-based Modern Mechanical, Electrical and Transporting (MMET) has added to its existing fleet of 15 Terex and Demag cranes with the order of one Demag AC 60-3, two Demag AC 100-4Ls, one Demag AC 160-5, one Demag AC 220-5 and one Terex AC 40/2L.Terex plans to deliver the six cranes in the coming months.www.terex.comwww.demagcranes.comwww.botharboring.comwww.mmetc.com
Governments are often accused of legislating in haste and repenting at leisure. One such example is the Succession to the Crown Bill, backed by deputy prime minister Nick Clegg and to be debated in the Commons next week. The bill itself is deceptively simple. Clause 1 says that the gender of a person born after 28 October 2011 does not give that person any precedence in succeeding to the Crown. In practice, that means that if the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were to have a daughter this year, that daughter would take precedence over any son born subsequently. Clause 2 of the bill removes the disqualification from succession to the Crown of those who marry or who have already married Roman Catholics. There will be no change to the provision in the Bill of Rights 1688 that excludes anyone who ‘shall professe the Popish Religion’ from the monarchy itself. The third clause limits the requirement for all descendants of George II to obtain the monarch’s permission before marriage. It will apply only to the first six in line of succession. Why specify 28 October 2011? That was when the Commonwealth heads of government agreed to introduce the reforms in clauses 1 and 2 (only). They also agreed that the UK would be the first to legislate among the 16 countries of which the Queen is head of state. These ‘Commonwealth realms’, as they are called, include Canada, Australia and New Zealand as well as some smaller countries and a few tiny specks in the ocean. But there is no urgency about this at all. The legislation is retrospective and its effect will be the same whether it is passed before or after the expected birth of the Queen’s great-grandchild. Despite that, the government has decided to ‘fast-track’ the UK legislation. Unlike normal fast-track bills, though, this legislation is intended to be final. Why the rush? The government’s reasons, set out in explanatory notes to the bill, are utterly unconvincing. The first is that ‘it is incumbent on the UK to act quickly to introduce legislation which accords with what has been agreed’ by Commonwealth governments. The second is that ‘following the recent announcement that the Duchess of Cambridge is pregnant, the government believes that there is a general consensus that the law should be changed as soon as possible’. The hollowness of these arguments is exposed by the government’s decision that the legislation, once passed, will not be brought into effect until all the other Commonwealth countries have changed their own laws. That could take years. Fortunately, the Prince of Wales has reminded us about the law of unintended consequences. What if his unborn grandchild were to marry a Catholic? And if that couple chose to bring up their children as Catholics? That would bar them from the throne. Is that what we would want? And what would happen to the Duchy of Cornwall, which dates back to 1337? Would that have to be recreated so that it could descend through the female line? If so, why not do the same for all peerages? These questions are not unanswerable but they do require more thought. By contrast, the prime minister knew exactly what he thought about Sir Brian Leveson’s recommendation that an improved system of independent press regulation should have statutory underpinning. ‘I am not convinced at this stage that statute is necessary to achieve Lord Justice Leveson’s objectives,’ David Cameron told MPs on the day Leveson’s report was published. ‘No matter how simple the intention of the new law, the legislation required to underpin the regulatory body would be more complicated.’ Complicated, perhaps, but too complicated? That was the implication that victims of press abuses set out to challenge. The Hacked Off campaign went to the trouble of publishing a draft bill of 12 clauses, just to show how easily it could be drafted. Nobody but the prime minister must have been surprised. The bill’s main purpose would be to create a recognition commission, whose role would be to approve a ‘recognised regulator’ for the media. Complicated provisions would ensure that the commission’s members were as far removed as possible from government. Unless you take the view that the government should decide whether the media regulator is sufficiently independent or the media should continue to regulate itself without any outside supervision, it seems hard to avoid a structure such as this. This bill would also give regulated publishers advantages in costs and damages. Again, it is difficult to see how this could be achieved without legislation. In an ideal world, the media would move from an unsatisfactory system of self-regulation to one that meets the legitimate concerns of its critics. That might still happen. If it does not, the government should repent in haste and legislate at leisure.
SPAIN: The journey times of four high speed services between Madrid and Barcelona are to be cut to 2 h 30 min from October 24, following the commissioning of ETCS Level 2 signalling between Madrid and Lleida.Commissioning between Lleida and Barcelona is scheduled for December, when more services will be cleared to run at up to 310 km/h where the infrastructure allows this. From October 24 the 07.00 departure from Madrid Atocha will arrive at Barcelona Sants at 09.30, 13 min earlier than at present. The 06.30 service from Barcelona will arrive in Madrid at 09.00. Evening depatures comprise a 17.00 service from Madrid arriving in Barcelona at 19.30, and a 17.30 Barcelona – Madrid service arriving at 20.00. According to the Ministry of Development, at 1 491 km Spain has more routes equipped with ETCS than any other country in Europe.
MONITORING: Electronics supplier ELTEC has expanded its range with CyBox I/O interface boards for onboard networks, including the collection of operating data for condition-based monitoring.The MVB I/O modules are available as stand-alone components or integrated in the ELTEC gateway server; they have been are certified for railway use according to EN 50155.The modules are designed for non-reactive operation in read-only mode, with any intervention in the controller prevented by blocking writing to the bus in the hardware. This ensures that control processes, bus signals or writing operations are not influenced by the data collection function.The devices offer a small form factor and the fast, simple implementation. They are available in two versions, for ESD+ (electrical short distance) with opto-decoupling for applications up to 20 m and electrical medium distance with inductive coupling for up to 200 m.