Gravy train derailed

first_imgI note with interest that the Solicitors Regulation Authority is to canvass personal injury firms to ask how they will cope when the government bans referral fees. I would suggest that they cope by ceasing to chase the gravy train and actually exercise business and professional judgement. I do not recall any regulator or professional body consulting me or my partners when we were forced (along with hundreds of other firms) to bail out the banks and insurance companies over the fiasco involving The Accident Group (TAG) a few years ago. Readers will recall that that debacle centred around what were later found to be illegal referral fees, namely payments made to an associate company of TAG for services relating to personal injury claims. The whole TAG scheme depended on the support of several large banks and insurance companies which were, one might have thought, capable of exercising a bit of business sense but who instead blamed solicitors for their losses and sued accordingly. Luckily for my firm, I exercised some sense (when I realised that all was not as it seemed) by plugging the flow of TAG work into our office. Referral fees are inherently wrong; this is borne out not only by the above episode but by the general experience of mankind over the centuries. Such fees compromise the integrity and independence of the recipient and have no place in our legal system (a principle which not so long ago was taken as axiomatic by every good lawyer). Continually saying a thing is harmless does not make it so; if you do not agree, try it with the next shark you meet. Stephen Thorn, Drivers, Yorklast_img read more

Rack Railway System, Mudahkan Lokomotif Lintasi Medan Terjal

first_imglokomotif uap di Ambarawa. sumber: cdn.metrotvnews.com Pernahkah terlintas di benak Anda bagaimana kereta api bisa menanjak pada medan yang cukup tinggi dan menuruni daerah tinggi dengan kecepatan yang stabil? Atau bagaimana mungkin kereta api dapat menembus perbukitan tanpa melewati tanjakkan? Tentu hal semacam ini bukanlah satu hal yang baru bagi seorang pengendali ular besi.Rack railway atau dalam bahasa Indonesianya di sebut rel bergerigi adalah suatu sistem rel pegunungan dimana terdapat gerigi di tengah-tengah bentang rel yang dinaikkan di atas bantalan rel guna mempermudah kereta melewati medan yang curam. Tingkat elevasi kemiringan maksimum pada jalur kereta tanpa rel bergerigi adalah 1 persen, sedangkan tingkat elevasi kemiringan maksimum pada jalur dengan rel bergerigi adalah 6 persen. Pada jalur rel bergerigi ini, kereta api dicocokkan dengan satu roda gigi atau yang lebih bertautan dengan rel sehingga memungkinkan lokomotif melewati medan yang curam.Ada beberapa sistem jalur rel bergerigi yang telah dikembangkan. Pertama adalah Sistem Riggenbach, dimana sistem ini merupakan pelopor dari jalur rel bergerigi. Sistem ini ditemukan oleh Syvester Marsh, seorang penemu asal Amerika yang membangun jalur rel Mount Washington. Sistem Riggenbach menggunakan plat baja yang membentuk seperti rak tangga yang dihubungkan ruji bulat pada jarak yang beraturan. Lalu ada Sistem Abt, yang ditemukan oleh seorang insinyur asal Swiss, Roman Abt. Hampir serupa dengan sistem Riggenbach, namun sistem Abt ini lebih menonjolkan plat baja yang naik secara vertical dan sejajar dengan rel. Kelebihan dari sistem ini terletak pada penggunaan gigi ujung sayap pada lokomotif yang membantu lokomotif melaju lebih lancar.Sistem ketiga yaitu Sistem Strub yang dapat dibilang mirip dengan Sistem Abt. Sistem ini terbilang murah dan lebih terkenal. Yang membedakan sistem ini dengan Abt adalah penggunaan rak plat baja yang lebih lebar.Sistem keempat adalah sistem Locher. Sistem ini menggunakan gigi gear yang dipotong pada pinggirnya dan digunakan oleh dua roda gigi di lokomotif. Sistem Locher ini lebih memungkinkan lokomotif melewati tanjakan daripada sistem lainnya, karena roda giginya bisa melompat dari rak. Sistem ini digunakan pada jalur rel Gunung Pilatus, Swiss.Dari keempat sistem rel bergerigi tersebut, Sistem Abt lah yang paling banyak digunakan.Hanya terdapat tiga sistem jalur rel bergerigi yang tersisa di Dunia, yaitu di India, Swiss, dan yang terakhir terdapat di Indonesia. Jalur kereta api di Sumatera Barat seperti yang melewati kawasan wisata lembah Anai ini merupakan jalur kereta yang menggunakan sistem rel bergerigi. Selain di Sumatera Barat, sebenarnya, jalur rel bergerigi bisa ditemui di jalur Ambarawa – Bedono, namun setelah “beristirahat” selama puluhan tahun, jalur ini kembali dibuka untuk membantu mendongkrak pariwisata Indonesia. Jalur ini kembali dibuka pada 27 Oktober 2016 lalu.rack railway system. sumber: odontotos.comArief Yahya, Menteri Pariwisata mengatakan jalur Ambarawa – Bedono ini sangat unik karena dibangun oleh beberapa unsur yang kaya akan nilai sejarahnya. Seperti yang dikutip dari cnnindonesia.com, Ia mengatakan sejarah singkat soal jalur rel bergerigi yang unik ini. “Zaman Belanda dulu, jalur ini digunakan untuk mengangkut tebu dan hasil bumi lainnya. Jadi ini sangat unik. Kereta uapnya lama, jalurnya lama, stasiunnya lama, dan menjadi atraksi sejarah yang sangat menantang,” pungkas pria kelahiran Banyuwangi, 2 April 1961 silam ini.“Jalur ini sudah dibuka sejak 27 Oktober 2016 lalu. Jalur ini awalnya untuk mengangkut hasil bumi. Untuk sekarang ini digunakan sebagai alternatif objek wisata khusus menggunakan lokomotif uap,” tegasnya. Jadi, bagi Anda yang ingin melihat dan merasakan perjalanan wisata kereta api menggunakan lokomotif uap yang melintasi jallur rel bergerigi, silakan datangi Museum Kereta Api Ambarawa yang terletak di Jalan Stasiun nomor 1, Ambarawa, Jawa Tengah.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedRute Ekstrim Kereta Bergerigi di Swiss, Kemiringannya Hingga 48 Persen03/08/2020In “Darat”‘Macet’ Jadi Alasan Mengapa Kereta di Rusia Jadi yang Terlamban di Dunia16/09/2020In “Analisa Angkutan”Lalui Jalur dengan Beda Lebar Rel, Russian Railway Punya Kereta dengan “Variable Gauge System”14/11/2019In “Darat”last_img read more

UWF Announces Time Change For January 11 Basketball Doubleheader

first_imgPENSACOLA, Fla. – The University of West Florida athletic department has announced a time change to both games of next Monday’s basketball doubleheader with the University of West Georgia at the UWF Field House. On Monday, Jan. 11, the women’s game will begin at 2:00 p.m. Central time and the men’s game at 4:00 p.m. CT Print Friendly Versionlast_img

Hippie Hippie Shakedown: But where was love?

first_imgWHEN it comes to inappropriate names, “Summer of Love” has to be right up there with “Joy Division,” the name the Nazis reportedly gave to the sections of concentration camps that housed the guards’ sex slaves. For one thing, it was not just a summer event. The countercultural happening that swept through San Francisco and beyond began with an April1967 planning announcement by concert promoter Chet Helms, aka Family Dog, creating the “Council for the Summer of Love.” It still goes on today in the burned-out minds of its rapidly fading survivors, remnants of the thousands of teens who ran away to find Love in San Francisco, only to wind up wasted on a street whose name sounds like hate. Where, indeed, was the love in the San Francisco of Helms, the Diggers, the San Francisco Oracle, and other Summer of Love organizers, of whom so many have died young? Helms would later boast on his Web site that the event “sowed the seeds of a compassionate idealism which still lives in the hearts of many of our own and subsequent generations.” He pointed to the organizers’ efforts to feed the runaways. Other Summer of Love chroniclers note that the Haight Ashbury Free Clinics, founded in the summer of 1967, still help the needy today. The irony is that there would have been no need to feed those runaways, nor to care for so many drug abusers, alcoholics and venereal-disease victims, had Helms – who succumbed to hepatitis C at 63 – and his compatriots not encouraged youths to flood San Francisco. And for what, exactly? Drugs, to be sure, and “free love” – “free,” as opposed to the kind that costs money, apparently. Thanks to the Pill and a counterculture that defined rebellion as annoying one’s parents, thousands of youths became guinea pigs in a kind of mass experiment propagated by prurient Beat Generation relics such as Helms, Allen Ginsberg (died at 70, hepatitis and liver cancer) and Ken Kesey (died at 66, liver cancer). They were told that they would overcome the superficial consumerism in which they had been raised, reaching a higher spiritual level by uniting their minds to drugs and their bodies to willing takers. Instead, they themselves became products to be consumed – victimized by pushers, treated as sexual objects to be disposed of, or corrupted into predators. It boggles the mind to think what the Summer of Love’s sad victims could have accomplished if, rather than seeking to fulfill their own juvenile desires, they had aimed to create a true culture of love. Instead, in following their leaders’ urging to do their own thing, they found themselves locked in a society that gave them all the restrictions of communal life – poverty, squalor, and social pressure to self-destruct – and few of the protections. At the celebrated Be-Ins and Love-Ins, the mob ruled, while – like those Playboy cartoons of orgies where one person’s orifice is indistinguishable from another’s – the individual was subsumed. Meanwhile, one corner of the culture, recognizing the counterculture’s threat to the individual, composed a clarion call for the restoration of human dignity. A work in progress during the Summer of Love, published the following summer, it attacked those who, in pursuing solutions to overpopulation and other contemporary concerns, put forth “an utterly materialistic conception of man himself and his life.” Instead, it urged world powers to develop a solution “which envisages the social and economic progress both of individuals and of the whole of human society, and which respects and promotes true human values.” That’s real love. However, when those words of Pope John XXIII, quoted in Pope Paul VI’s “Humanae Vitae,” emerged in 1968, few of the hippies bothered to read them, let alone follow them as far as they led. All they knew was the five-word condensation of the encyclical that appeared on a popular poster, underneath an image of the Pope pointing his finger Uncle Sam-style: “The Pill Is a No-No.” Supporters of the hippies’ objectives argue that they and future generations benefited from the dismantling of repressive Eisenhower-era values that restricted sex to marriage. Well, say what you will about a culture that presumed women found their highest fulfillment in motherhood, but one doesn’t see many repressed housewives panhandling on modern-day Haight Street. One does see lost geriatric flower children with stringy hair and rotten teeth who contracepted or aborted the children who could have taken care of them in their old age. Years after the Summer of Love’s Bay Area invasion, a more moneyed class of Californians popularized a term that parallels what the hippies accomplished: garbage in/garbage out. The true measure of the success of the Love-In is the love that came out. Today, the counterculture’s victims are dying with few children to mourn them – at least, few who are willing to speak to parents who put their own desires ahead of their children’s. It is the end of a long, bad trip. Dawn Eden is director of the Cardinal Newman Society’s Love and Responsibility Program. She is author of “The Thrill of the Chaste: Finding Fulfillment While Keeping Your Clothes On.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more