While KMC wasn’t able to provide a lot of information on the new Klick Link, we’re assuming this will be something that will show up on complete bikes rather than aftermarket chains. Instead of using a quick link to connect the chain, each chain will have a special link on one end which is designed to mate with the female end of any chain link. A special pin is then inserted into the chain and then locked into place with either pedaling or a special too.Unlike the standard chain pins, the locking function of the Klick Link pin means there is no chance of a stiff link or weak link at the connection and it has a wide flange on one end for even more strength. The connection is reusable, and the chain can be resized by cutting the end of the chain without the Klick Link. It doesn’t seem to be meant to replace the Missing link completely, but more likely a cost effective method of connecting chains securely at the factory. On the chain side there is a whole new collection of X11 and X10, SL, EL, and standard chains for Shimano, SRAM, and Campy 11 and 10 speed drivetrains, as well as EcoProTect rust proof finishes for X11, X10, and the Z51 chain.kmcchain.eu The new KMC Klick Link is an interesting concept, but it’s probably something you won’t see on a bike for another year or two. Why invent another way to connect the two ends of a chain? It seems to be the result of the desire to combine the convenience of a quick link with the added security of a chain pin. But instead of using the current chain pin as the standard, the Klick Link promises easier connection with even better security and performance…
JAM Industries just purchased The Music People (TMP), parent company of the On-Stage and TMP-Pro divisions. Founded in 1979 by Jim Hennessey, TMP will operate as a division of JAM, managed by TMP’s Co-Presidents John and Sharon Hennessey, who now report directly to JAM Industries President & CEO Martin Szpiro.“Since being acquired by DCC Technology in September 2018, JAM has the resources to operate as an acquisition engine,” Szpiro said. “While the purchase of TMP is our first acquisition since being acquired by DCC, it is by no means the last. We are aggressively pursuing MI and Pro Audio companies that compliment and extend our current portfolio of offerings.“Over the last 48 years, JAM has grown organically and through acquisition into a $400 million company comprised of eight divisions that serve a broad range of Musical Instrument, Consumer Electronics, Pro Audio and Lighting customers,” he continued. “With the support of DCC we can now grow faster than ever before.”Consumers know TMP as the parent company of On-Stage, a premium brand of musical instrument accessories that include stands, drumsticks, cases and bags. MI retailers, production houses and AV contractors know TMP as the parent company of TMP-Pro, a leading supplier of Pro Audio equipment for over 25 years that today distributes over 250 brands that can be combined and bundled to create application-specific solutions.“The Musical Instrument and Pro Audio industry landscape has evolved a great deal over the last 40 years,” TMP Co-President Sharon Hennessey said. “What began as a small cottage industry of enthusiasts has become a much bigger industry that serves a broader range of customers across many vertical markets. John and I realize that we need to align our company with a partner that can help us meet our long-term growth objectives while exceeding the expectations of our customers. JAM is that partner.”Co-President John Hennessey explained that, “Joining the JAM family really does bring us full circle. Our father Jim began his career at what became KMC Music, another division of JAM, and he’s thrilled to see us return. JAM shares the same customer-first core values that are the foundation of our success. JAM provides us and our employees with the long-term commitment and resources we need to meet the needs of all of our customers for many years to come.”
Broadstone LincolnDeveloper: Alliance Residential CompanyGeneral Contractor: Alliance Residential BuildersArchitect: ORB ArchitectureLocation: 7100 E. Lincoln Dr., Scottsdale, Ariz.Size: 219,000 SF (net rentable area)Value: $50MStart and completion dates: Started third quarter 2012. Completed second quarter 2014.Project Description: Broadstone Lincoln is a 264-unit community that sits on 5.31 acres of land adjacent to the future 110-acre, master-planned Ritz Carlton development. It’s within two miles of a variety of high-end destination shopping centers, including Scottsdale Fashion Square. The community features a mix of high-end finishes and amenities, such as upgraded fixtures and appliances, gas cooktops, hard-surface counters, climate-controlled interior corridors, direct-access elevators, underground parking, private garages, a state-of-the-art fitness center, luxurious common areas for entertaining, and a separate flex studio to coordinate fitness functions and host resident events. The property is pursuing LEED for Homes Platinum Certification.
Concerns have been growing that the plunging values of property assets could leave Quintain’s covenants vulnerable. However, the group insisted it was ‘compliant’ and that net debt has been reduced by £17m to £539m in the three months to 31 December.It also said it had fixed repayment costs on £100m of debt at 3%, bringing its average cost of debt down from 6.3% to 5.3%.Daily Telegraph
Offshore technology provider AGR Enhanced Drilling appoints Svein Steen to the team as Vice President Europe.Svein will head-up the Norwegian firm’s presence in Europe from 1st October 2013 and will be based at the company’s head office in Straume. He brings a wealth of experience to Enhanced Drilling, the company best known for its Riserless Mud Recovery system (RMR®) and EC-Drill® Managed Pressure Drilling system, from his 30-year career in the oil industry.Prior to joining Enhanced Drilling, Svein worked at Baker Hughes for 22 years, most recently in Houston as Director of New Product Commecialisation, Drilling and Evaluation. Before that Svein, who is Norwegian, was the company’s Global Product Line Manager for Advanced Drilling Systems.His track record with Baker Hughes also includes five-years as Operations Manager in the Norwegian North Sea as well as drilling co-ordination and directional drilling experience on several major international projects, including complex well profiles and Extended Reach Drilling (ERD).Enhanced Drilling’s Executive Vice President, David Hine, said: “It is a pleasure to welcome someone of Svein’s calibre to the company. His experience of new technology, plus first-hand knowledge of drilling, particularly ERD and the inherent challenge of managing down-hole pressure, will be invaluable to our business moving forward.“It’s crucial that our customers can draw upon extensive knowledge and competency with respect to drilling and all our regional Vice Presidents can all provide this.”Enhanced Drilling recently strengthened its leadership team with two other regional VP appointments – Chris French as VP APAC (Asia Pacific), plus Ruud van der Meer as VP ACIS (Africa, Commonwealth of Independent States). Chris is close to completing an MSc in Drilling and Well Engineering and writing a thesis on Dual Gradient Drilling, while Ruud has enjoyed a 30 year career in the oil industry so far, and has extensive drilling experience including Managed Pressure Drilling.In July it was announced that Enhanced Drilling, via its subsidiary Ocean Riser Systems, had entered into a NOK120m (USD20m) Letter of Intent with Statoil to deliver the next-generationEC-Drill® Managed Pressure Drilling system. That same month, a deal with BG Group for RMR® and CTS® (Cuttings Transportation System) services in the North Sea was also announced.In June Enhanced Drilling announced a USD3m deal for its Riserless Mud Recovery (RMR®) system off Sakhalin, Russia, for a major operator.[mappress]Press Release, September 03, 2013
The Ministry of Justice has tightened its grip on arm’s-length bodies in the wake of the Legal Ombudsman’s expenses issue.Richard Heaton (pictured), permanent secretary at the MoJ, told the Public Accounts Committee of the House of Commons on Monday that the organisation has ‘strengthened its defences’ against a repeat of the crisis.Accounts for the 2014/15 year, published in January, found ‘novel and contentious’ payments had been made to ombudsman staff and were not approved by the MoJ.The previous year’s accounts had been qualified on the basis of what the National Audit Office called ‘irregular expenditure’ totalling £22,300.Heaton said the complaints-handler had been treated as ‘low risk’ and subject to quarterly checks on expenditure.It is unclear whether the Office for Legal Complaints (OLC), which runs the ombudsman service, is now classified as higher risk, but Heaton said lessons have been learnt from the matter.‘The OLC was not a high-risk organisation compared with CAFCASS or the Parole Board,’ he said. ‘There was a governance failure in the OLC, which meant that expenditure took place that was irregular in Treasury terms and, frankly, should have been picked up.’Heaton accepted that the problems were picked up due to the actions of a whistleblower and not by internal checks of the arm’s-length body. He admitted it was ‘arguable’ that the issue could have been raised sooner had it been administered within the civil service.‘The OLC was part of an essentially regulatory regime that was levy-funded by the legal profession, and none of it was within government,’ he said.‘It was monitored by government, because it is public money, it was a compulsory levy and it serves a public function, but it was never a government function in the first place.’Asked by committee member Stephen Phillips if the same mistakes would have happened if the OLC had been run by the civil service, Heaton replied: ‘Not unless someone was ignorant of their responsibilities. Every civil servant has line-management responsibility, which includes knowing how government money works.’In January, the OLC reported it was on the way to bringing expenses issues to a resolution, although the report’s governance statement said the office was required to continue these payments under ‘contractual commitments to its employees’.
A High Court judge has admitted there is little more he can do to stop litigation opponents engaging in the kind of aggressive tactics supposed to be consigned to history. Mr Justice FraserIn Bates v Post Office Limited, The Honourable Mr Justice Fraser said the conduct of the group litigation order has led to ‘constant interlocutory strife’, criticising what he called ’an extraordinarily narrow-minded approach’.The judge’s rebuke came less than a year after he warned the same parties of ‘draconian’ costs sanctions if they continued to refuse to cooperate.Fraser J admitted these comments ‘must have fallen on deaf ears’ for some of those involved in the case, as the parties continued to engage in what he called ‘extremely aggressive litigation tactics’ in the proceedings.‘The legal advisers for the parties regularly give the appearance of taking turns to outdo their opponents in terms of lack of cooperation,’ said the judge. ‘Behaviour from an earlier era, before the overriding objective emerged to govern all civil litigation, has appeared to become almost the norm, at least from time to time.’On the aggressive tactics, he added: ‘This simply must stop. It is both very expensive, and entirely counter-productive, to resolution of what is so far an intractable dispute… there is a limit to what the court can do other than, yet again, to exhort the parties to remind themselves – daily, if necessary – of what the overriding objective requires.’The judge explained that costs in the dispute between the Post Office and around 600 former sub-postmasters or their equivalent have now reached more than £10m.This was the 10th separate interlocutory hearing in a 12-month period, this time concerning an application from the defendant to strike out passages of evidence contained in six witness statements lodged by the claimants.This application alone had an agreed bundle of authorities numbering 25 different judgments, 85 pages of total skeleton arguments, and a hearing bundle containing 62 letters passing between the solicitors for the parties.The judge noted pointedly that resolving the many issues in the group litigation was ‘likely to take some time’.On this application, the defendant brought up five main areas of complaint, including that the evidence was subjective and related to a period after the relevant time.The judge stated he should only strike out witness statements where it was plain that the evidence would never be relevant or sufficiently helpful, which was likely to be a ‘heavy burden’. The defendant, he ultimately ruled, did not discharge that burden in this case.The application, Fraser J said, was an attempt to ‘hollow out’ the lead claimants’ case but was ‘rather puzzling’. He added that the background to the application was the defendant ‘simply attempting to restrict evidence for public relations reasons’, which was not a matter for the court.The application was dismissed.
Much has been said about representation in movies, and this can only be a good thing. However, this conversation can often become sullied to the point where we are willing to accept any and every character, provided they have some similar characteristics as us, to something that also represents us. This is of course not true. On top of this, while of course media can be considered a forefront of the cultural conversation to many, it doesn’t mean that only now are we starting to get well-written protagonists or characters worth admiring.In fact, cinema has a long history of presenting incredible, strong, smart, funny and independent people on the screen, and that includes women. So, in order to celebrate great examples and to bring some more soul to this conversation, let us consider some of the strongest and most worthwhile females in cinema. We needn’t use them as some kind of benchmark to prove any political point – because they speak for themselves. With the following words, we hope to prove just how great these films are, and their characters therein.Ellen Ripley – AlienIf there has ever been a ‘female badass’ in film, it’s Ellen Ripley. Many described Captain Marvel, the first female lead in the Avengers (past ScarJo’s character and Scarlet Witch) as the first word in female empowerment, but that’s not the case. Without superpowers, without heaven-given gifts, Ellen Ripley managed to survive not one contact with the ultimate apex predator of our galaxy, but many.Let us consider the character of Ellen Ripley. Played brilliantly by Sigourney Weaver, we found Ellen to be someone of full courage, someone who could be defined that way because of her human frailty. She wasn’t bulletproof. She was an engineer, with practical skills and knowledge, such as those offered by Baylor DNP. She was smart, but she didn’t play up that fact. She was caring, but not overly motherly, conforming to a saccharine stereotype. She was ingenious, managing to launch the Alien out of the escape pod despite being centimetres away from a violent death.On top of that, she had warmth, she was a key and vital part of her crew, and she accepted the risks for what they were. There’s hardly a measure of someone rising to the occasion more powerful than this. But most importantly, she wasn’t all this ‘despite being female,’ or any dismissive and revolting modifier some might put on it. She is above very many male protagonists of comparable series, and it’s for that reason why she lasts the test of time, and why Weaver proclaims Ripley as one of her favourite roles in her career. If only more female protagonists such as this could be as well-written while still retaining their humanity and humility.Moana – MoanaYou may have let out an audible groan when seeing an animated character on this list. We’re only at the second example in, and we’ve had to use’ a computer-rendered character in order to fill out this list, you might think. But Moana as a Disney character is exactly why she’s on this list. While Disney does keep some strong women in their roster (Meg from Hercules, Jessie from Toy Story,) it’s not uncommon for them to promote their ‘damsel in distress’ archetype. In fact, the forlorn and frail princess is something that they heavily popularized. To this day, the maiden in the tower needing saving from the dragon or the women in an eternal slumber, only able to awaken through her true love’s kiss has become a massive and quite pervasive archetype.But not Moana, and some of her contemporaries. While even Elsa and Anna were princesses locked in a castle, Moana, is one who saw past that. Despite her entire village wishing to stay put and simply accept their lot in life, Moana wanted to know what was across the horizon, to connect with her roots and bring new life to her village. Heading out she meets Maui, played by the Rock, who uses his godly charms to try and override and trick her. But not Moana. Moana manages to overcome those issues, befriend her patron and instead find a means to reset and revivify the story of her tribe. It is Disney characters like this that bring a stronger sense of self and care to the world, without needing to be completely overridden or directed by a male counterpart, without being given permission, without being confined within boring and worthless parameters. To that extent, Moana is a Disney princess for the modern world, a princess without all the frailty that implies. And yet, she’s just depicted as human, with no special starting powers or gifts. This matters, and it provides a healthier perspective on just what a Disney character can be.Furiosa – Mad Max: Fury RoadWhile the main character of this film is of course Tom Hardy, he takes a backseat to the characters of the movie that truly matter – among them Charlize Theron’s Furiosa. Some say that empowered women must exist in a vacuum, in a world where the norms of gender roles are not considered or even mentioned. We sometimes think that in order to mention how toxic issues can sometimes play out, that they do not exist, and do not weigh the characters down. For some, this works. It avoids the previous ‘damsel in distress’ worry we have already spoken of.And yet due to the horrendous apocalypse present in Mad Max: Fury Road, those issues are explored deeply, as humanity is returned to its most baseline state. The leader of the watering hole, a large man being kept up by ventilation equipment, keeps a harem of captured women within his ‘palace,’ women who simply want to be free. His prize soldier, Furiosa, is there to keep the peace and to go to battle for him. However, she of course harbors feelings of animosity towards her presumed father, and wishes to help his concubines escape. So, she does, taking on the entire horde of his followers, leading them on a wild goose chase while they all fight and show the utmost bravery. Furiosa is a warrior in every sense of the word, violently and cunningly outsmarting her followers as she protects those with her.The true visceral action of this blockbuster gives the film an adrenalistic edge, and can leave our hearts pumping. But it’s great to see how Furiosa manages to imbue this resistive energy into the hearts of those she is trying to save, and we see women coming together to throw off the shackles of this oppressive regime and to do so without excuse. This way they subvert the standard expectations some have and show bravery, sisterhood and uncompromising trust in their group. While the film is of course R-rated, this provides a true sense of power and fuel (pun intended) to anyone watching.What Makes A Great, Strong Female Character?These three examples are by no means exhaustive. And yet it can pay to use these examples to consider just what a strong, worthy female character means. We can easily fall into the trap of having them perform activities outside the scope of their male counterparts, but that, once again, is defining them by what others do. In fact, a well written female character stands on her own two feet, is able to achieve their needs or at least help us relate to their plight no matter if there are men around. They do not stand as part of a conflict, but as an identity unto themselves.We hope this article inspired you to consider the importance of strong women in cinema, and also some examples that are worthwhile to consider.
Guinness Book of World Records inductee and former world record holder, Asafa Powell, will face a stern early season test when he laces up his spikes to face off against perennial rival, Justin Gatlin and rising star Andre De Grasse of Canada at Friday’s Diamond League opener in Doha.All three sprinters are rated among the world’s elite and are hoping for a strong start to the season in the absence of the world’s fastest man, Usain ‘Lightning’ Bolt.Gatlin, 35, who has claimed silver medals in the 100 meters event behind Bolt at the last two major championships, is the pre-race favorite, but the 22-year old De Grasse has been rising through the ranks after his bronze medal run at the Rio Olympics.Powell, who has 97 sub 10-second clockings, will be looking to past the 100 mark as he prepares for the London World Championships.
The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners on Monday voted unanimously to promote Heather Tomley, a widely respected Southern California leader in environmental improvement programs, to Managing Director of Planning and Environmental Affairs for the Harbor Department.Tomley, with the Department since 2005, has served as the Acting Managing Director for the past 12 months while the Port conducted a nationwide search for candidates for the executive position. “We long ago prioritized making our operations sustainable while supporting the Port’s role as a thriving economic engine,” said Long Beach Harbor Commission President Bonnie Lowenthal. “Heather has been a part of so many of our environmental planning successes, and I can’t think of anyone better suited than her to help us take that mission to the next level.” Tomley joined the Port in 2005 as an Environmental Planning Associate, was promoted to Environmental Specialist and then Senior Environmental Specialist in 2006 and Assistant Director of Environmental Planning in 2008 before being named Director in 2014. Tomley earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and her Master of Science degree in Environmental Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before coming to Long Beach, she served as a Project Scientist with SCS Engineers (2004-2005) following five years (1999 to 2004) as an Air Quality Specialist for the San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District. “Heather has deep experience creating and managing cutting-edge projects that have dramatically improved air quality and earned crucial industry cooperation, such as the Clean Trucks Program and the Technology Advancement Program,” said Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero. “The Port will benefit from her skill set and industry relationships while it engages in long-term planning efforts like the Port Master Plan and San Pedro Bay Rail Study Update, and as it proceeds in earnest on its most ambitious and far-reaching goal ever – to achieve zero emissions cargo operations.” As Managing Director, Tomley leads the Port’s Environmental Planning, Transportation Planning and Master Planning divisions. The Planning Bureau’s portfolio includes efforts to implement the Green Port Policy, protect habitat, improve air and water quality, manage stormwater, adapt to climate change, implement the Port’s energy initiative, manage the Community Grants Program, find transportation efficiencies, seek and manage grants for transportation infrastructure and environmental projects, analyze traffic patterns and identify rail improvements, plan for future land uses, and facilitate strategic planning. Sea News, October 31 Under Tomley’s leadership, the Planning Bureau’s efforts will intensify in the coming years to carry out the bold objectives of the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan. As part of an update to the signature plan, the Harbor Commissions of the two neighboring powerhouse seaports – Long Beach and Los Angeles – committed in November 2017 to put the ports on the road to reach zero-emissions cargo handling by 2030 and trucking by 2035. Author: Baibhav Mishra