Kuhl Ride Saddle Promises an Air Ride for your Butt

first_imgWe’ve seen all kinds of saddles over the years – wide, skinny, flat, round, nose, no-nose, you name it, it’s probably been done. The Kuhl Ride is the latest take on how to make saddle more comfortable on your backside channeling the spirit of Reebok’s Pumps. Kuhl ride isn’t the first saddle to use air to support the rider, nor is it even the first to use a built in pump,but it is an interesting design that looks to use an air bladder over the entire saddle rather than just a few pods.The saddle features a built in thumb actuated pump just under the nose of the saddle to increase pressure along with a release valve to keep it from blowing up, and is offered in 3 different styles depending on your rider type. The catch? Even at the current Kickstarter price of $125, the saddles are pretty expensive comparative to other comfort saddles. At the claimed retail price of $250, unless the saddle is every bit as comfortable as it claims it seems like it would be a hard sell.last_img read more

Onyx buys SunEdison assets in Vermont

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Onyx Renewable Partners LP, a leader in the development and finance of commercial and industrial (C&I) and small scale utility solar projects in North America, today announced it has closed a deal to acquire a portfolio of C&I assets from SunEdison for an undisclosed amount. The portfolio consists of assets in California, Arizona, Massachusetts, and Vermont. Details of the projects in Vermont were not immediately available. SunEdison owns several solar projects in Vermont and a subsidiary owns the wind farm in Sheffield, which presumably was not part of this transaction.As recently as September 8, the Vermont Public Service Board issued a certificate of public good to SunEdison Origination, LLC, for a 347 kw interconnected group net-metered photovoltaic electric power system in Orwell. It received a CPG for a 500 kw project in Ferrisburgh in June and has proposed projects in Middlebury, Pittsford and at the NewBrook elementary school in Newfane.”We are excited to further advance our C&I footprint with this broad array of projects,” says Matt Rosenblum, CEO of Onyx. The companies expect this to be the first of several closings.On April 21, 2016, SunEdison and certain of its domestic and international subsidiaries filed voluntary petitions for reorganization under chapter 11 of the US Bankruptcy Code in the Bankruptcy Court in the Southern District of New York. The court process will allow SunEdison to reduce its debt, while it continues to operate normally.SunEdison’s publicly-traded yieldcos (a type of subsidiary that focuses on maintaining operating assets), TerraForm Power (NASDAQ: TERP) and TerraForm Global (NASDAQ: GLBL), are not part of the filing. TerraForm Power is an indirect subsidiary of SunEdison. TerraForm Power runs the Sheffield Wind Farm, which SunEdison previously bought from First Wind, which sold its assets to SunEdison for $2.4 billion in March 2015. SunEdison in a statement said that it anticipates that work will proceed as planned on all ongoing projects, both in the US and elsewhere. The chapter 11 filing is at the corporate level and the company is working to minimize the impact to work at its subsidiaries.A bankruptcy filing under chapter 11 permits SunEdison’s reorganization under court supervision while the company continues to operate in the ordinary course, consistent with the agreement reached with its debtor-in-possession lenders, in order to maximize value for all stakeholders. About Onyx Renewable Partners L.P.Onyx is a renewable energy development company established by funds managed by Blackstone Energy Partners that is focused on greenfield development in the North American solar and wind sectors.  The Onyx team brings over 250 years of collective industry experience and perspective, having developed more than 1 GW of renewable projects.  As a full service firm with capabilities including development and construction through financing and operations, Onyx is able to provide creative solutions to large energy users and land owners in North America. Onyx prides itself on its ability to bring together exceptional talent with deep industry knowledge to solve challenging issues for customers looking to maximize renewable power generation.  Onyx is headquartered in New York City.  For more information, visit our website at www.onyxrenewables.com(link is external). SOURCE NEW YORK, Sept. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Onyx Renewable Partners LPlast_img read more

Blue Cross achieves best-in-nation member service for fourth year

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT) achieved the highest possible ranking in member satisfaction and efficiency metrics for the fourth year in a row, retaining its distinction as the number one Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) Plan in America in overall service to its members. “The focus of our company is on creating positive member experiences, and our entire organization stands by that commitment,” shares Don George, BCBSVT President & CEO. “We are very pleased to have received the distinction as the top performing Blue Plan four years running, and we continue to look for ways to improve the service we provide to Vermonters.”George said that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont’s number-one ranking is based on the national Blue Cross and Blue Shield system’s “Member Touchpoint Measures (MTM).” Blue Cross and Blue Shield organizations use the MTM system to track the service they provide to their members and assure industry-leading service levels. Although Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is an independent, nonprofit Vermont company, its affiliation with the national BCBS system assures members seamless coverage across the country and the world.The MTM program tracks four primary levels of member service: enrollment, claims processing, inquiries timeliness and accuracy as well as first-call resolution of member inquiries. In 2016, BCBSVT achieved 100 percent of the available points in each category, the highest ranking of any Blue Plan nationally.Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont, a nonprofit organization, is the state’s oldest and largest health insurer, providing coverage for about 250,000 Vermonters. It employs about 400 Vermonters at its headquarters in Berlin and its Information and Wellness Center in South Burlington’s Blue Mall, and offers group and individual health plans. More information about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is available at www.bcbsvt.com(link is external). Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is an independent corporation operating under a license with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans.Source: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont 1.25.2017last_img read more

Sanders, Klobuchar correct misinformation from Trump and Kavanaugh on voting

first_imgVermont Business Magazine US Senators Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) released the statement below following President Trump’s recent false statement that it is inappropriate and illegal to count ballots after Election Day, and the Supreme Court’s ruling in Democratic National Committee v. Wisconsin Legislature, where Justice Kavanaugh’s concurring opinion contains incorrect information regarding voting:”In America, we count the votes to determine who wins an election. Despite the incorrect assertions from President Trump and Justice Kavanaugh, election officials across the country accept ballots well after Election Day every year, and results are not certified until the votes are counted and a canvas to confirm the results is conducted. Absentee ballots counted after election day do not ‘flip the results of an election,’ as Justice Kavanaugh claimed. They are the results of the election. “More than twenty states, including states like Mississippi, Kansas, and Utah, require ballots postmarked by Election Day to be counted even if they are received after Election Day. This is critical to ensuring that those who may face hardships in voting, including members of our military serving abroad and those affected by COVID-19, are not disenfranchised by things like mail delays. These are not new rules and they do not serve any political party. It is on all of us to reject misinformation and to tell the truth. Our election systems span 50 states, five territories, and thousands of jurisdictions. State and local election officials are working around the clock, and experts have concluded that the integrity of our election system is strong. The best defense against those trying to undermine our democracy is the resolve of the American people, who are voting by the millions as we speak. Keep voting.”On October 18, Sanders and Klobuchar, along with Senators Schumer (D-N.Y.), Heinrich (D-N.M.), Murphy (D-Conn.), and Duckworth (D-Ill.), issued a report titled 2020 General Election: Counting Votes & What to Expect on Election Day, which offers a guide to voting procedures in key states.The report can be found here(link is external).Source: WASHINGTON, October 28 – U.S. Senator Bernie Sanderslast_img read more

Target Hearings: EMV not enough

first_imgby. Tracy KittenTestimony Highlights Need for More Technology, Security LayersAt Congressional hearings held March 5 and 6, cybersecurity experts stressed that adoption of chip cards is just one of many steps that need to be taken to secure the U.S. payments infrastructure. They also called for more education of retailers about card data security and stronger enforcement of Payment Card Industry data security standards.The two hearings were called in the wake of the Target Corp. and Neiman Marcus breach investigations. The House Committee on Financial Services held its session March 5, while the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology hearing was held March 6.EMV Alone Not EnoughTroy Leach, the lead security standards architect for the PCI Council, testified March 5 that the vulnerabilities of magnetic-stripe card transactions have to be addressed. But he stressed that a migration to more secure chip card technology that conforms to the Europay, MasterCard, Visa standard would not, by itself, eliminate all security risks. In fact, he contended that the use of chip cards would not have prevented the exposure of card data caused by the malware attacks against Target and Neiman Marcus.“The EMV chip is an extremely effective method of reducing counterfeit and lost/stolen card fraud in a face-to-face payments environment,” Leach noted in his written testimony. “Protection from malware-based attacks requires more than just EMV chip technology. Reports in the press regarding recent breaches point to the insertion of complex malware. EMV chip technology could not have prevented the unauthorized access, introduction of malware and subsequent exfiltration of cardholder data. Failure of other security protocols required under [PCI] Council standards is necessary for malware to be inserted.” continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Fourth Circuit JNC accepting applications for a Duval vacancy

first_img April 1, 2011 Regular News Fourth Circuit JNC accepting applications for a Duval vacancy F ourth Circuit JNC accepting applications for a Duval vacancyThe Fourth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission is now accepting application to fill a vacancy on the Duval County bench, created by the passing of Judge Jefferson W. Morrow.A pplicants must have been members of the Bar for the preceding five years, registered voters, and reside of the territorial jurisdiction of the court upon assuming office. Applications can be downloaded from the Bar’s website at www.floridabar.org. Each person interested in applying must deliver a completed application plus nine copies and one compact disk or flash drive containing a duplicate of the completed application in Adobe.pdf format to C. Wayne Alford, JNC Chair, Alford Law Group, 8833 Perimeter Park Blvd., Suite 104, Jacksonville 32216, no later than5 p.m., April 15. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.The inclusion of a recent photograph is required.In order to assist the Judicial Nominating Commission in its review of applications, all questions in the application must be answered fully and completely. In addition, applications should include current and accurate contact information for judges, co-counsel, opposing counsel, and references because those individuals will be contacted. If there is requested information missing from an application, the Judicial Nominating Commission will consider the applicant’s lack of effort in submitting a complete application.last_img read more

Continental Automotive Names Brad Jackson as Director of Communications for NAFTA

first_imgDeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Continental Automotive has appointed Brad Jackson as director of communications for its NAFTA Region. Jackson comes to the company with more than 20 years of experience in communications, nearly 15 of which have been spent within the automotive sector.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement In his new position with Continental, Jackson will join the marketing and communications team, reporting to Kathryn Blackwell, vice president, marketing and communications, NAFTA. Jackson will be responsible for overseeing media relations within the NAFTA Region. He joins Continental from Centra, a trucking and transportation company headquartered in Warren, Mich., where he was the vice president of corporate affairs. In that position, his responsibilities included managing internal and external communications and government relations. Within the automotive industry, Jackson has spent time with both General Motors and Delphi Corp., where he also held the position of director of communications. He also has worked within the health care industry, leading communication operations for Select Care and Trinity Senior Living Communities. Jackson received his bachelor of arts degree in English from Michigan State University.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisementlast_img read more

How power failure can kill your data

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Breaking Ground In Two Ways

first_imgThe memory of the smell of fried clam strips and hot fudge sundaes was resurrected Thursday morning, August 16, as about 30 government officials and members of the community gathered at the former Howard Johnson across from the traffic circle in Riverside to celebrate breaking ground on a medical complex planned for the site.Considered an eyesore for the past 15 years, though once a beloved part of Southampton Town — the highlight of downtown Riverhead visits for many a child growing up — the property has been tapped for redevelopment into a medical complex that could contain retail and apartment space in the future.“It’s altogether appropriate that revitalization starts here,” said state Assemblyman Fred Thiele, reminiscing about how when he was growing up, he would look forward to eating ice cream on the long drive from Sag Harbor to visit Riverhead with his parents.Other revitalization plans for the Riverside area that are in the works now include a boutique motel at the site of the former Peconic Paddler, upgrades for Ludlam Avenue Park, and the David W. Crohan Community Center. A park is also planned for an undeveloped parcel of land near McDonald’s. It will feature a boardwalk spanning the length of the Peconic River to Route 104.“It’s the moment we’ve been waiting for — forward progress in an area that we love in Riverside. We’ve been dreaming of revitalization of this area and we have been putting the pieces together for a long time to make this happen,” said Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman. Before being torn down last month, the building at the Ho-Jo’s site served as the home of the Riverboat Diner and, more recently, an Italian restaurant.The dilapidated building had been unoccupied for the past 15 years. It was boarded up to cover broken windows and graffiti, and over the years had morphed from a family eatery into a nuisance, often the bane of local police for drawing the attention of prostitutes and drug dealers.Riverhead Town Supervisor Laura Jens–Smith said she believes that most people don’t know whether the parcel of land is part of Southampton or Riverhead, when they drive past it. “And, that is the way that it should be. I think that Southampton’s success is our success, and I think that the success for both of these areas is a success for the community. So, I am very proud to be here and standing with Southampton as they begin this project,” she said, noting the parcel has been long-considered a blight to the area.“It really does begin the new chapter in what we are looking forward to as we develop our communities,” she said. “This is just the beginning and I am really excited to see what is to come.”Residents will soon see workers digging a foundation, then raising steel beams at the site, which will support a three-story building with a parking area located to the rear. Once complete, only two floors will be used. The addition of a sewage treatment plant nearby in the town’s Enterprise Zone in Flanders would allow for retail uses of the building, as well as the possibility of apartments on the third floor, Schneiderman said.“We are working really hard to get sewering into this area. That will get us past some of the restrictions of the Suffolk County Department of Health Services, and allow a little bit more development,” he said.Owner Paul Pawlowski, who was able to obtain a Restore New York grant to fund the demolition of the building, said it was a “blessing” that allowed him to focus on constructing a nicer building than he originally envisioned for the site. He credited the serendipity of the scenario to both community members and government officials for their vision.For lack of better words, he explained, all stakeholders involved “rolled out the red carpet.”“From the get-go, both sides had the same vision, and that’s always really helpful, but just with the planning everyone really jumped in and got to work, instead of thinking about this, just got it done,” he said.peggy@indyeastend.com Sharelast_img read more

Two solicitors appointed to QC is no cause for pessimism

first_imgby Lucy Scott-Moncrieff, a solicitor member of the QC Selection Panel The results of the latest QC appointments competition have just been announced, and, once again, only a tiny number of the successful applicants are solicitors. The old system was widely seen as being unfair to some well-qualified applicants, including solicitors, but is the new system any better? The QC appointments system, both now and in the past, is intended to identify excellence in higher court advocacy, which excludes the vast majority of solicitors, who do not advocate in the higher courts. Whatever the rights and wrongs of this state of affairs, the scheme should be judged against its stated objectives. The main reason why so few solicitors become QCs is that so few apply. This year there were five applicants, of whom two were successful. As there are now nearly 5,500 solicitors with higher rights, this seems to be a puzzlingly low number of applicants, until you take account of the background. The first solicitors to obtain rights of audience in the higher courts did so in 1994. Barristers obtain higher rights on completing their first six months of pupillage, and it would be an exceptionally talented barrister who would be appointed QC within 15 years of that date. Also, it is likely that they will have been engaged in advocacy, day in and day out, for most of that time. Most solicitors with higher court rights use those rights to advocate for the clients of their firm, and will also be undertaking other work for their clients, including lower court advocacy. It will therefore take them much longer to gain the same higher court experience as their fellow advocates at the bar, and, as with so many things, consistent excellence is achieved through constant practice. The very nature of a solicitor’s practice can also create obstacles: the QC appointments process requires applicants to display evidence of excellence in cases of substance, complexity, or particular difficulty or sensitivity. In some areas of law, for instance judicial review or commercial arbitration, such cases may only require one or two days in court. However, in many other areas, such as crime, family, or planning enquiries, cases that allow advocates to display excellence to a QC standard are more likely to take weeks or months, and many solicitors simply cannot be out of the office for that length of time, or, at least, not often. The QC appointments process takes account of different types of practice, so that those whose cases seldom get to court, such as tax practitioners, are not disadvantaged compared with those who are frequently in court. However, as the appointment is for excellence in advocacy, if the case does get to court, the applicant has to have contributed to the advocacy. Of course there are solicitor advocates who undertake long and complicated cases in court, as well as those whose excellence can be demonstrated in shorter cases, and that is why there is a small but steady stream of solicitors appointed as QCs. Is the number of applicants going to increase? This seems likely. First, simply through the passage of time, more and more of those with higher rights will gain the necessary experience to produce evidence of consistent excellence in substantial and complex cases. Second, there is anecdotal evidence that some law students who want to specialise in advocacy are choosing to become solicitors rather than barristers, obtaining their higher rights very soon after qualification, and it seems reasonable to assume that they will be working in a similar way to barristers and so will achieve the same standards within the same timeframes. Third, changes in legal aid mean it is likely that more criminal defence solicitor advocates will be spending more time in court, as firms reduce their reliance on the bar. Fourth, an increasing focus on ADR will give solicitors greater advocacy opportunities that will fit in with their other work. Parity of numbers will take a while, but parity of esteem is already in place; the fact that solicitor and barrister applicants go through exactly the same process ensures that there can be no suggestion that a solicitor QC is less able than a barrister QC.last_img read more