New Mixed Team Relay format added to National Triathlon Relays

first_imgOne Step Beyond, organiser of the National Triathlon Relays, is set to introducing a new format for this year’s event, which is set for 22-23 August at the National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham, UK.The Triathlon Relays have been running since 1992, and have developed into a much-loved fixture on the annual calendar. The traditional format will remain on the Saturday, but the second day of racing will now see a completely new format.Heats will take place in ITU Mixed Team Relay format, where each athlete completes a mini triathlon before handing over to their next teammate and the fastest ten mixed, men and women’s teams will progress to a team time trial finals session.Event Director, Iain Hamilton, said “We feel it’s time for a change and think the new format will be exiting for competitors and spectators. Anyone who saw the Mixed Team Relay at the Commonwealth Games will know how exciting that format was, and we wanted to offer that experience to a broader audience.”He added, “The Relays are popular and attract around 2500 athletes, so we didn’t want to completely overhaul the format. This year’s event will be smaller in terms of overall numbers, but the new super-short sprint events will provide an exciting spectacle.”Entries are due to open later this month.2015 National Triathlon Relays formatSaturdayDistances: 500m swim, 15K bike and 5K runFormat: Two mass wave starts. Each team member completes one stage before handing over, e.g. all four complete swim before starting bike.Audience: Clubs, groups of friends, corporate teamsSundayDistances: Swim 300m, Bike 5K, Run 1.5KFormat: Heats in ITU Mixed Relay format, teams start at 30 second intervals.Finals team time trial format – top ten Mixed, Men’s and Women’s teamsAudience: Big clubs, trade teamswww.onestepbeyond.org.uk Relatedlast_img read more

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Changes to central admin structure will save $680,000 over 2 years, says Shawnee Mission superintendent

first_imgSuperintendent Michael Fulton said the changes in the organizational chart would save about $680,000 in personnel costs over the next two years. File photo.As the Shawnee Mission School District gears up for the start of classes for the 2019-20 school year next month, it’s enacted a series of tweaks to its administrative structure — moves that Superintendent Mike Fulton says will save the district hundreds of thousands of dollars over the next couple of years.Among the most notable changes to the organizational structure:One of the associate superintendent positions has been eliminated. With the retirement of Deputy Superintendent Kenny Southwick last month, Associate Superintendent of Organizational Support Rick Atha will rise to become Fulton’s deputy, and his associate superintendent position has been eliminated.The Assistant Superintendent of Early Childhood and Strategic Engagement position and the Principal of Early Childhood position have been combined.Additionally, Fulton said, the district will be combining the chief of student services and an assistant superintendent position next year after the retirement of chief of student services Ed Striech. Similarly, Fulton said there will be a cost saving change in the structure of the emergency management operations after the retirement of executive director John Douglass at the end of the 2019-20 school year.Fulton told the board that the changes would “cut about $680,000 out administrative cost over the next two years.” He said the reduction in administrative costs were key to helping the district cover the $1 million shortfall in Title 1 funding the district faced heading into this year.But the new structure does not include only the reduction of positions. The district has hired an in-house counsel, a move that Fulton says should reduce the overall costs associated with legal work incurred by the district. It has also hired a new coordinator of diversity, equity and inclusion.last_img read more

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JoCo mom, state rep are pushing for more transparency around officer-involved shootings, but some leaders say they have concerns

first_imgPolice Chief Tom Hongslo has raised concerns about releasing personal and sensitive information from investigations into  officer-related shootings. File photo.A Johnson County mother whose son was killed by an Overland Park police officer in 2018 is lobbying for more transparency when it comes to investigations into officer-involved shootings in Kansas.Register to continuelast_img

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Chopped romaine tied to growing multistate E coli outbreak

first_imgThe source of a multistate Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak announced 3 days ago appears to be chopped romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Az., growing region, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.Since the CDC’s initial announcement on Apr 10, illnesses involving 18 more people from 9 states have been added to the outbreak, bringing the total to 35 cases in 11 states.Interviews yield key cluesAfter interviewing sick patients, investigators found chopped romaine is the likely culprit. Of 28 people interviewed, 26 (93%) had eaten chopped romaine the week before their symptoms began. The CDC said the level was significantly higher than the 46% of healthy people who ate romaine the week before they were interviewed.Most of the sick patients reported eating salad at a restaurant, and chopped romaine was the only common ingredient identified among the salads eaten. The restaurants used bagged chopped romaine to make the salads. “At this time, ill people are not reporting whole heads or hearts of romaine,” the CDC said.Trace-back investigations to determine the source of the chopped romaine the restaurants have yet to turn up a specific grower, distributor, or brand, but the early investigation suggests it came from the Yuma, Az., growing region. An investigation to further narrow the source is still under way.Three patients have serious kidney complicationOf the 35 patients linked to the outbreak so far, 22 were hospitalized, including 3 with hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a potentially fatal kidney complication. No deaths have been reported.Illnesses began in the middle of March, with Mar 31 as the latest illness onset. The CDC said infections that occurred after Mar 27 might not have been reported yet, due to the time lag between symptom onset and when the case is reported.Patient ages range from 12 to 84, and 69% of patients are female.The CDC said the current outbreak isn’t linked to an E coli event linked to leafy greens that was reported in late December, which sickened 25 people from 15 states, plus 42 from 5 Canadian provinces. The E coli O157:H7 in the earlier outbreak had a different DNA fingerprint.Safety steps for restaurants, retailers, consumersThe CDC is urging restaurants and retailers not to serve any chopped romaine, including salad mixes, from the Yuma, Az., region. Also, it advised the two groups to ask suppliers about the source of chopped romaine lettuce.Consumers who have chopped romaine in their homes, including salads and salad mixes, should not eat it and should throw it away, even if no one got sick. Before buying chopped romaine in a store or eating it at a restaurant, consumers should confirm that it is not from the growing region implicated in the outbreak.See also:Apr 13 CDC outbreak updateApr 13 CDC advice for consumersApr 11 CIDRAP news story “CDC: E coli outbreak sickens 17 in 7 states”last_img read more

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DEA; FDA Issue Warning To Four Website Operators

first_imgThe DEA and FDA urge these operators to immediately cease offering for sale drugs in violation of federal law to U.S. consumers. Website operators have 15 days to notify DEA and FDA of corrective action and remedial steps taken to address violations and prevent their recurrence. Failure to address violations may result in legal action. DEA News: Opioid addiction and abuse have created an immense public health crisis with a staggering death toll. In 2017, there were 47,600 opioid overdose victims in the United States, which accounted for nearly 70 percent of all drug overdose deaths. According to the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, there are currently tens of thousands of illicit online pharmacies. Given the severity of the opioid epidemic, the easy availability of opioids via the internet poses significant risks to U.S. consumers. Preventing rogue online pharmacies from further flooding our communities with opioids is critical to protecting the American public from harm. This is the first time the agencies have issued such letters jointly. Combined, these website operators run 10 websites engaged in illegal activity. WASHINGTON, D.C. ― The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have issued warning letters to four website owners of rogue online pharmacies offering to distribute or dispense controlled substances, including opioids, and advertising their sale in violation of federal law. “As the FDA works to forcefully tackle the opioid crisis on all fronts, we cannot allow rogue online pharmacies to continue to fuel the crisis by illegally offering opioids for sale and circumventing the important safeguards that have been put in place for opioids to help protect the public health,” said Acting FDA Commissioner Ned Sharpless, M.D. “Today’s effort is also noteworthy because, while the FDA partners regularly with the DEA, this is the first time we have issued joint warning letters with them. We remain committed to using all available regulatory and enforcement tools to stop the illicit flow of opioids online.” “Issuing these warning letters is not only an effort to deter the availability of dangerous illegal opioids, but it is also a testament to the close cooperation between DEA and FDA,” Acting Administrator Uttam Dhillon said. “We will continue to attack organizations that facilitate the sale of dangerous drugs, putting profit over public safety.” The U.S. Department of Justice’s Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section attorneys assigned to DEA’s Special Operations Division and Policy Unit provided substantial assistance in drafting the warning letters sent to these websites. The website owners receiving the letters are Divyata, Euphoria Healthcare Pvt Ltd., JCM Dropship and Meds4U.last_img read more

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Property legends: Lord Samuel, 1912-1987

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Titan LNG Signs New Customer

first_imgAmsterdam-based Titan LNG signed a 5 year LNG supply contract with a new industrial customer in Niedersachsen (Germany).“Titan LNG will supply natural gas in liquid form or LNG from 2014 avoiding a multi-million Euro investment in a gas pipeline by transporting the LNG per tanker truck to Germany. This fits our strategy of replacing oil burn in the industrial sector.” said Niels den Nijs, Titan LNG’s Commercial Director.Using LNG instead of industrial heating oil will make high and volatile energy costs to produce steam a thing of the past for this industrial energy user. LNG is around 15% more economic than industrial heating oil and propane (LPG). On top of this economic benefit LNG reduces CO2 emissions by 30%, NOx emissions by 50% and SOx emissions with 30% compared to industrial heating oil.To serve its customers Titan LNG builds and then rents the infrastructure to store the gas in liquid form and vaporize the LNG to normal natural gas at its customer’s locations.Ronald van Selm, Operational Director Titan LNG, comments: “Titan LNG is a frontrunner in the transition from polluting oil to clean natural gas by constructing safe, fully CE certified and easy to operate LNG installations at all our customer’s locations, providing a carefree user experience equal to having a gas pipeline.”LNG can now be distributed by tanker truck throughout North West Europe due to the installation of truck loading facilities at the LNG import terminals in the harbours of Zeebrugge (Belgium) and Rotterdam (The Netherlands). Furthermore the price of natural gas and LNG has improved considerably versus oil based fuels. The result is that any industrial user currently not connected to the natural gas grid has the option to switch from industrial heating oil or propane to economic and clean natural gas, saving money with every cubic meter of gas burned and reducing their environmental footprint.[mappress]LNG World News Staff, December 19, 2013; Image: Titan LNGlast_img read more

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No spring bounce in work say contractors… despite official figures showing a huge jump

first_imgStay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Subscribe now for unlimited access Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAYlast_img read more

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Report sees forwarding market decline

first_imgHowever, the consultancy also says that it expects business to recover this year and the outlook through to 2017 is bright. The report notes that trade lanes are shifting as freight forwarders look to emerging markets in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and South America for growth opportunities while at the same time modal shifts are underway.Shippers are in search of different options whether it’s slow steaming sea freight or quicker but more expensive air freight or a combination of sea and air or even a road/rail solution.According to the report, troubling capacity concerns within the air and sea freight markets combined with manufacturers focusing away from globalisation and towards regionalisation are resulting in changes to freight forwarding strategies and product solutions.Dependent on an improving global economy, the report says that it expects this market will grow 6.7 percent through 2017.Unsurprisingly, emerging markets will be the leaders in this growth as will the sea freight forwarding sub-segment. The heady days of the air freight forwarding market are over as shippers now appear more rational in their approach to transportation management.www.transportintelligence.comlast_img read more

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3 dead, dozens injured, amid violent white nationalist rally

first_img Published: August 13, 2017 9:20 AM EDT Updated: August 13, 2017 11:48 AM EDT 3 dead, dozens injured, amid violent white nationalist rally Recommended SHARE Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know.center_img CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) A car rammed into a crowd of protesters and a state police helicopter crashed into the woods Saturday as tension boiled over at a white supremacist rally. The violent day left three dead, dozens injured and this usually quiet college town a bloodied symbol of the nation’s roiling racial and political divisions.The chaos erupted around what is believed to be the largest group of white nationalists to come together in a decade – including neo-Nazis, skinheads, members of the Ku Klux Klan – who descended on the city to “take America back” by rallying against plans to remove a Confederate statue. Hundreds came to protest against the racism. There were street brawls and violent clashes; the governor declared a state of emergency, police in riot gear ordered people out and helicopters circled overhead.Peaceful protesters were marching downtown, carrying signs that read “black lives matter” and “love.” A silver Dodge Challenger suddenly came barreling through “a sea of people” and smashed into another car, said Matt Korbon, a 22-year-old University of Virginia student.The impact hurled people into the air and blew off their shoes. Heather Heyer, 32, was killed as she crossed the street.“It was a wave of people flying at me,” said Sam Becker, 24, sitting in the emergency room to be treated for leg and hand injuries.Those left standing scattered, screaming and running for safety. Video caught the car reversing, hitting more people, its windshield splintered from the collision and bumper dragging on the pavement. Medics carried the injured, bloodied and crying, away as a police tank rolled down the street.The driver, James Alex Fields Jr., a 20-year-old who recently moved to Ohio from where he grew up in Kentucky, was charged with second-degree murder and other counts. Field’s mother, Samantha Bloom, told The Associated Press on Saturday night that she knew her son was attending a rally in Virginia but didn’t know it was a white supremacist rally.“I thought it had something to do with Trump. Trump’s not a white supremacist,” said Bloom, who became visibly upset as she learned of the injuries and deaths at the rally.“He had an African-American friend so …,” she said before her voice trailed off. She added that she’d be surprised if her son’s views were that far right.His arrest capped off hours of unrest. Hundreds of people threw punches, hurled water bottles and unleashed chemical sprays. Some came prepared for a fight, with body armor and helmets. Videos that ricocheted around the world on social media showed people beating each other with sticks and shields.Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer, both Democrats, lumped the blame squarely on the rancor that has seeped into American politics and the white supremacists who came from out of town into their city, nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, home to Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s plantation.“There is a very sad and regrettable coarseness in our politics that we’ve all seen too much of today,” Signer said at a press conference. “Our opponents have become our enemies, debate has become intimidation.”Some of the white nationalists at Saturday’s rally cited President Donald Trump’s victory after a campaign of racially-charged rhetoric as validation for their beliefs.Trump criticized the violence in a tweet Saturday, followed by a press conference and a call for “a swift restoration of law and order.”“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides,” he said.The “on many sides” ending of his statement drew the ire of his critics, who said he failed to specifically denounce white supremacy and equated those who came to protest racism with the white supremacists. The Rev. Jesse Jackson noted that Trump for years questioned President Barack Obama’s citizenship and his legitimacy as the first black president, and has fanned the flames of white resentment.“We are in a very dangerous place right now,” Jackson said. McAuliffe said at Saturday’s press conference that he spoke to Trump on the phone, and insisted that the president must work to combat hate.Trump said he agreed with McAuliffe “that the hate and the division must stop and must stop right now.”Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced late Saturday that federal authorities will pursue a civil rights investigation into the circumstances surrounding the crash.The violence and deaths in Charlottesville strike at the heart of American law and justice,” Sessions wrote. “When such actions arise from racial bigotry and hatred, they betray our core values and cannot be tolerated.”Oren Segal, who directs the Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism, said multiple white power groups gathered in Charlottesville, including members of neo-Nazi organizations, racist skinheads and KKK factions. The white nationalist organizations Vanguard America and Identity Evropa; the Southern nationalist League of the South; the National Socialist Movement; the Traditionalist Workers Party; and the Fraternal Order of Alt Knights also were on hand, he said.“We anticipated this event being the largest white supremacist gathering in over a decade,” Segal said. “Unfortunately, it appears to have become the most violent as well.”On the other side, anti-fascist demonstrators also gathered, but they generally aren’t organized like white nationalist factions, said Heidi Beirich of the Southern Poverty Law Center.In addition to Fields, at least three more men were arrested in connection to the protests.The Virginia State Police announced late Saturday that Troy Dunigan, a 21-year-old from Chattanooga, Tennessee, was charged with disorderly conduct; Jacob L. Smith, a 21-year-old from Louisa, Virginia, was charged with assault and battery; and James M. O’Brien, 44, of Gainesville, Florida, was charged with carrying a concealed handgun.Just as the city seemed like to be quieting down, black smoke billowed out from the tree tops just outside of town as a Virginia State Police helicopter crashed into the woods.Robby E. Noll, who lives in the county just outside Charlottesville, heard the helicopter sputtering.“I turned my head to the sky. You could tell he was struggling to try to get control of it,” he said.He said pieces of the helicopter started to break off as it fell from the sky.Both troopers onboard, Lieutenant H. Jay Cullen, 48, and Berke M.M. Bates, one day shy of his 41st birthday, were killed. Police said the helicopter had been deployed to the violent protests in the city, which has been caught in the middle of the nation’s culture wars since it decided earlier this year to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, enshrined in bronze on horseback in the city’s Emancipation Park.In May, a torch-wielding group that included prominent white nationalist Richard Spencer gathered around the statue for a nighttime protest, and in July, about 50 members of a North Carolina-based KKK group traveled there for a rally. Spencer returned for Saturday’s protest, and denied all responsibility for the violence. He blamed the police.Signer said the white supremacist groups who came into his city to spread hate “are on the losing side of history.”“Tomorrow will come and we will emerge,” he said, “I can promise you, stronger than ever.”Four-hundred miles away, the mayor of Lexington, Kentucky, hinted that the white supremacists might get the opposite of what they’d hoped for.Mayor Jim Gray announced on Twitter that he would work to remove the confederate monument at his county’s courthouse.“Today’s events in Virginia remind us that we must bring our country together by condemning violence, white supremacists and Nazi hate groups,” he wrote. “We cannot let them define our future.” Related Articles:1 dead, 26 injured in downtown Charlottesville violent rally Author: AP FBI: Fields sentenced to life in prison Winter storm snarls Midwest roads, claims at least 7 lives last_img read more

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