The Strike comes in at 175g, a couple ounces heavier than the custom ones, but retail price will be $229 and come in black. These are prototypes shown here with the blue-ish cover. Underneath the leather is a multi density padding for a bit of comfort. It measures 250x135mm and uses 7mm round carbon-and-kevlar rails. Rider weight limit is 95kg (209lb). The Strike is more of a road bike saddle, offering a wider base to support the hips as you roll back into a more upright position on the top of the handlebars. Think climbing or endurance riding. The Stage is more of a TT saddle without that support, making it better suited to being in the aero tuck. After testing Dash Cycle’s Strike 9 unique noseless full carbon saddle about two years ago, I rode away impressed with the comfort and amazing 111g weight. It was one of their standard offerings, which is to say it’s basically full custom. And extremely expensive. Retail was $465, but it was hand made and one of a kind.Now, Dash Cycles is kicking off a crowd funding campaign to turn the Strike’s radical design into a production-level offering.The key difference between these models and their more expensive custom counterparts is the use of premade parts so they can be made in batches. Of course, all of those parts are still made in Dash’s Denver, Colorado, factory, and the saddles are still lighter than most… The Stage’s narrower profile gets a slightly deeper nose section. It, too, uses the same round rails and has the same basic specs but measures 245x115mm. Both are designed so you sit on the front half of the saddle, there’s no real “nose” to speak of. The extra length in the back is to help it meet UCI regulations and give it enough room to run standard length rails, offering 75mm-90mm of clampable length depending on model.The original saddles are made as one piece, allowing them to customize the fit, rail position and more to your liking. These “stock” versions are multi-piece designs and will all be identical.Check out the IndieGoGo campaign and nab one for as little as $190, or $200 if you want it delivered by year’s end.DashCycles.com
Gov. Laura Kelly at the Overland Park Fall Festival Parade in 2018. Photo credit Andrew Poland.Gov. Laura Kelly has selected five local educators and advocates to sit on the Governor’s Council on Education.The new council includes former Fairway Rep. Melissa Rooker, who was recently appointed by Kelly as the new executive director of the Kansas Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund, and John Allison, superintendent of Olathe Public Schools.Other members of the board who hail from Johnson County include:Dan Whisler, a Lenexa resident who serves as an education consultant with TRANEDana Nelson, one of the designees of the Kansas National Education Association who serves as a special education teacher at Olathe Public SchoolsDan Thomas, a Mission Hills resident who serves on the Kansas Board of RegentsFormer Rep. Melissa Rooker who now serves as the new executive director of the Kansas Children’s Cabinet and Trust FundRooker said the committee will be charged with more than just continuing and improving the quality of K-12 education across the state; it will also focus on seamless transition to whatever opportunities await graduating seniors, such as higher education or a technical career.“This cabinet will be at the heart of the work being done to make sure that, from prenatal right through adult success in post-education, there is a continuum of services that is aligned so that we are leveraging precious resources in the most effective way possible,” Rooker said. “To make sure that we are delivering appropriate, effective services to as many children in Kansas as possible and not duplicating effort because we have silos that are protecting their turf.”The Kansas Association of Community College Trustees — of which Johnson County Community College is a member — is also represented on the new council.Education First Shawnee Mission, an advocacy group for the Shawnee Mission School District that endorsed Rooker in the November election, is pleased with Rooker’s appointment to the commission.“…Governor Kelly and Melissa Rooker (a member of the council, a Shawnee Mission resident and parent as well and the newly appointed Executive Director of the Kansas Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund) both have long histories in advocating for public school students in the state of Kansas,” said Megan Peters with Education First Shawnee Mission in a released statement. “We look forward to hearing the ideas and recommendations the group will bring forward and have confidence in Governor Kelly’s leadership and committee selections.”
by: Josh ConstineFacebook Messenger is all set up to allow friends to send each other money. All Facebook has to do is turn on the feature, according to screenshots and video taken using iOS app exploration developer tool Cycript by Stanford computer science student Andrew Aude.Messenger’s payment option lets users can send money in a message similar to how they can send a photo. Users can add a debit card in Messenger, or use one they already have on file with Facebook. An in-app pincode also exists for added security around payments.It’s unclear whether Facebook will monetize Messenger by charging a small fee for money transfers, or offer the functionality for free to drive usage of its standalone chat app. That will be up to David Marcus, the new head of Messenger who was formerly the president of PayPal.Why Facebook chose to poach Marcus is now obvious: Facebook Messenger payments could compete with Venmo, PayPal, Square Cash, and other peer-to-peer money transfer apps. continue reading » 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Fifth Circuit looks to pretrial diversion December 15, 2008 Regular News F ifth Circuit looks to pretrial diversion“As currently funded, we intend to offer more pretrial diversion or resolution in misdemeanor cases that do not directly have an impact on public safety,” said Fifth Circuit State Attorney Brad King.“Primarily, those would be marijuana and paraphernalia cases, traffic cases other than DUI or reckless driving, wildlife management cases, petit theft cases where restitution has been made, and other assorted nonviolent misdemeanors.”King said he intends to continue to prosecute felony cases without a change in philosophy or staff. “Our victim services staff has not been affected at the current level of funding,” King said.
All appellate jurists retained and voters decide 20 runoffs All appellate jurists retained and voters decide 20 runoffs December 1, 2016 Regular News Voters retained all three Florida Supreme Court justices as well as all 28 district court of appeal judges up for retention on the November 8 general election ballot and they also settled runoffs in nine circuit and 11 county court judicial races.At the Supreme Court, Justice Charles Canady received a 68.01 percent yes vote, Chief Justice Jorge Labarga tallied 66.01 percent, and Justice Ricky L. Polson got 67.8 percent. Each polled more than 5 million “yes” votes, more than the about 4.6 million votes President-elect Donald Trump got in carrying the state in the presidential contest.The Supreme Court retention vote may have an effect on Trump’s presidency as he has identified Justice Canady on a list of people he would consider appointing to the U.S. Supreme Court.Voting in the district court of appeal retention races followed the pattern of recent elections. All the judges were retained by comfortable margins, but judges in the First DCA got the lowest retention percentages while those in the Third and Fourth DCAs got the highest. First DCA • Judge Ross Bilbrey, 63.23 percent.• Judge Susan Kelsey, 64.91 percent. & #x2022; Judge Lori S. Rowe, 63.51 percent.• Judge Kent Wetherell, 62.2 percent.• Judge Bo Winokur 61.5 percent.• Judge Jim Wolf, 62.51 percent. Second DCA • Judge John Badalamenti, 69.34 percent.• Judge Marva L. Crenshaw, 68.81 percent.• Judge Patricia J. Kelly, 72.23 percent.• Judge Nelly N. Khouzam, 67.37.• Judge Matt Lucas, 70.76 percent.• Judge Robert Morris, 69.38 percent.• Judge Stevan Travis Northcutt, 67.49 percent.• Judge Samuel Salario, Jr., 69.81 percent.• Judge Craig C. Villanti, 69.74 percent.• Judge Douglas Alan Wallace, 69.92 percent. Third DCA • Judge Edwin A. Scales, 71.77 percent.• Judge Linda Ann Wells, 74.73 percent. Fourth DCA • Judge Cory J. Ciklin, 73.79 percent.• Judge Dorian K. Damoorgian, 72.74 percent.• Judge Jonathan D. Gerber, 74.68 percent.• Judge Robert M. Gross, 72.72 percent.• Judge Spencer D. Levine, 73.01.• Judge Melanie G. May, 76.11 percent. Fifth DCA • Judge Jay Cohen, 67.95 percent.• Judge James A. Edwards, 69.43 percent.• Judge Brian Lambert, 68.85 percent.• Judge Vincent G. Torpy, Jr., 68.33 percent.Here are the circuit court results: Ninth Circuit • Luis Calderón, 58.76 percent.• Joseph Haynes Davis, 41.24 percent. 11th Circuit , Group 34 • Mark Blumstein, 51.16 percent.• Luis Perez-Medina, 48.84 percent. 11th Circuit , Group 52 • Oscar Rodriguez-Fonts, 50.27 percent.• Carol “Jodie” Breece, 49.73 percent. 13th Circuit • Melissa Polo, 60.28 percent.• Gary Dolgin, 39.72 percent. 15th Circuit • “Lou” Luis Delgado, 53.85 percent.• Gregory Tendrich, 46.15 percent. 17th Circuit , Group 9 • Andrea Ruth Gundersen, 56.64 percent.• Lea P. Krauss, 43.36 percent. 17th Circuit , Group 15 • Barbara Roseann Duffy, 60.57 percent.• Abbe Sheila Rifkin, 39.43 percent. 18th Circui t • Christina Sanchez, 54.91 percent.• Steve Henderson, 45.09 percent. 19th Circuit • Michael J. McNicholas, 56.75 percent.• Robert “Bob” Meadows, 43.25 percent.In county judge races: Bradford County • Tatum Davis, 60.98 percent.• Dan Sikes, 39.02 percent. Brevard County • Kelly McCormack Ingram, 55.9 percent.• Rod Kernan, 44.1 percent. Broward County , Group 3 • Florence Taylor Barner, 59.66 percent.• Rhoda Sokoloff, 40.34 percent. Broward County , Group 7 • Nina Weatherly Di Pietro, 51.55 percent.• Ian Richards, 48.45 percent. Broward County , Group 14 • Kim Theresa Mollica, 58.95 percent.• Bradford A. Peterson, 41.05 percent. Lake County • Brian Welke, 51.22 percent.• Cary Rada, 48.78 percent. Orange County , Group 1 • Eric DuBois, 52.76 percent.• Michael Gibson, 47.24 percent. Orange County , Group 4 • David Johnson, 51.67 percent.• Tom Young, 48.33 percent. Orange County , Group 5 • Evellen Jewett, 55.39 percent.• Frank George, 44.61 percent. Palm Beach County • Dana Marie Santino, 51.51 percent.• Gregg Lerman, 48.49 percent. Volusia County • Shirley Green, 51.2 percent.• Heather Caeners, 48.8 percent.
The New York Times: Mental-health care has come a long way since the remedy of choice was trepanation — drilling holes into the skull to release “evil spirits.” Over the last 30 years, treatments like cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy and family-based treatment have been shown effective for ailments ranging from anxiety and depression to post-traumatic stress disorder and eating disorders.…Why the gap? According to Dianne Chambless, a professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, some therapists see their work as an art, a delicate and individualized process that works (or doesn’t) based on a therapist’s personality and relationship with a patient. Others see therapy as a more structured process rooted in science and proven effective in both research and clinical trials.Read the whole story: The New York Times More of our Members in the Media >
Why the WTO Appellate Body Crisis Matters to the CaribbeanDr. Jan Yves Remy and Alicia Nicholls The Appellate Body (AB) of the World Trade Organization (WTO) – the final court charged with hearing appeals on points of law at the WTO – faces an existential crisis. On 10 December 2019, the terms of two of its remaining three members…November 26, 2019In “Business”Jamaica: 25 years at WTO [Part I]By Elizabeth Morgan Twenty-five (25) years ago, Jamaica formally became a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) on 9th March 1995. The independent international organization, the WTO, superseded the United Nations (UN) affiliated General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) on 1st January 1995. Prior to this, Jamaica was…March 10, 2020In “Indepth”Selecting the new WTO DG – The CandidatesBy Elizabeth Morgan Phase I of the selection process, nomination of candidates, for the new Director General (DG) of the World Trade Organization (WTO) ended on July 8. I addressed the selection process in my article of May 27. You may still be wondering why the Member States of the…July 15, 2020In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp Reports indicate that between 1995-2018, the USA has been the most active complainant winning over 90% of cases which it initiates. It loses about 80% of cases brought against it by other Members. In wins and losses, other members’ results mirror that of the US in percentages. Yet, President Donald Trump makes the claim that the USA is greatly disadvantaged in WTO dispute settlement. The Trump Administration thus has refused to support the appointment of members of the Appellate Body, pushing the mechanism to the brink of an operational crisis in the midst of trade disputes with China and other Members. The DSU was adopted in 1994 at the end of the GATT Uruguay Round supported by the USA and others to make dispute settlement more effective. A review was required by 1998. Disadvantages to CARICOM Members Regarding cases involving CARICOM Members, the USA, from 1996, supported Latin American countries in successfully challenging the European Commission’s (EC’s) banana regime from which Caribbean countries, members of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States, benefitted. The ACP countries were third parties in this case. The EC’s sugar regime was later also successfully challenged by Australia, Brazil and Thailand and again ACP beneficiaries were third parties. Only one CARICOM Member has been a party to a WTO dispute. That was Antigua and Barbuda versus the USA in its Gambling case, 2003-2007. The ruling favoured Antigua and Barbuda, but to date this dispute has not been settled. While the US complains about disadvantages in the DSM, the severely disadvantaged Members are small, trade dependent, developing countries who find it difficult to use the mechanism. It is costly and time-consuming, requiring technical and legal expertise. Small members also cannot retaliate against the large, powerful trading nations. They do not proceed with complaints because of their complexity and concern about the political and commercial consequences. Opportunities for Caribbean nationals to serve as panelists are limited. Two Jamaicans have served. Regarding DSU review, at the 2001 4th WTO Ministerial Conference, it was agreed that this mandated review for further improvement would continue up to 2003. With no progress, it was further extended without a specific end date. Jamaica and other CARICOM Members have been participating in this process. There has been no real will among key Members to make progress. Yet, the Trump Administration is now acting unilaterally to paralyze the DSM. This development is another stimulus to WTO reform discussions. The DSU/DSM need to be reviewed and reformed as originally mandated. But, the reform should extend to enabling the small developing Members to effectively utilize the mechanism ensuring that beneficiaries are not only large traders. Submitted by Elizabeth Morgan, Specialist in International Trade Policy and International Politics Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Jamaica: 25 years at WTO [Part III] Mar 15, 2020 Selecting a New WTO Director General May 27, 2020 COVID-19 redesigning the Foreign Trade Policy Agenda Apr 1, 2020 Mar 10, 2020 Jamaica: 25 years at WTO [Part I] You may be interested in… By Elizabeth Morgan Dispute settlement is one of the most important functions of the World Trade Organization (WTO) which establishes global trade rules. It facilitates the rule of law by enabling Members to resolve their disputes in an international legal system. Dispute settlement was considered a WTO success as, since 1995, over 500 disputes have been initiated and 350 rulings delivered. The dispute settlement mechanism (DSM) is contained in the Understanding on Rules and Procedures Governing the Settlement of Disputes, commonly known as the Dispute Settlement Understanding (DSU). The mechanism enables Members to engage in dispute settlement procedures, including consultations, mediation, conciliation and good offices. If there is no resolution, a panel is requested and established. Following delivery of the panel report with its rulings, Members have resort to a standing appeals body (the Appellate Body) comprised of seven legal experts serving four year terms with the possibility of re-election once. The Member losing the case is required to take corrective measures. If this is not done in a specified time frame, the Member can be authorized to take retaliatory measures. The DSU also makes provision for arbitration. The Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) monitors the process.
Across Africa Public transport is an essential service, the sector serves millions of Africans on a daily basis. Transporting goods and passengers to nearly all corners of the continent. But with the corona virus pandemic It is not business as usual, the virus has made the public transport industry re-look at how best to combat the spread of the corona virus.In our on going coverage CGTN takes a look at how the Public transport sector is bracing itself against the covid 19 pandemic.MatatusThe mode of transport popular with majority of Kenyans is, the Matatu. These are public buses, mini buses or vans that ferry passengers and goods across the country. CGTN’s Asta Tall spent a day with a matatu crew on one of the Kenyan routes, she wanted to find out how the Matatu industry is coping.In Kenya, The Government issued stricter rules to govern the public transport sector on how the players will conduct themselves in the wake of the pandemic. During a press conference held on Friday, March 20, held in Nairobi, Kenya’s Health CS Mutahi Kagwe, laid down guidelines that were aimed at reducing congestion in the public service vehicles.“14-seater matatus will carry a maximum of eight passengers; 25-seater vehicles a maximum of 15 passengers, 30 seater vehicles and above to maintain a sixty per cent maximum of sitting capacity,” Kagwe stated.He further informed that the new guidelines issued would similarly extend to the Standard guage Railway (SGR) and commuter trains plying through the country every single day. The CS further added that all the public service operators were expected to clean and disinfect their vehicles at the end of each trip.The Health CS further directed the public transport operators to provide hand sanitizers for passengers.According to Abdi Saddam a route manager in one of the Matatu Saccos in Kenya the outbreak of covid 19 has hit the matatu sector really hard, many passengers are staying at home thus impacting on the bottom-lines of the public transport vehicles.TAXISThe taxi industry are also feeling the pinch. Drivers are a worried the lot as a result of the covid 19 pandemic, the drivers come into contact with millions of passengers and due to the fact that the car is small, the threat of contracting or spreading the virus is real. Some drivers are avoiding accepting ride request to or from the Airport, they fear the passengers coming or going out of the country are a high risk and thus not worth the money they will make in as much as the airport route is more lucrative for them.RAILWAYSThe Railway sector has not been left behind, Kenya’s flag ship the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) has put in place a raft of measures to ensure that the trains and passengers are safe. According to the management the trains are sprayed daily, in addition, all passengers are screened before they board the train. The screen takes the form of checking the passengers temperature, providing hand sanitizers, providing protective gear for the crew this includes, face masks, gloves, thermometers and hand sanitizers. The management of the GSR has even managed to provide an isolation coach and evacuation protocols just incase a passenger falls sick during the journey.The Kenyan scenario is being replicated in other African countries to try and disrupt the chain of transmission.Related Africa on high alert amid COVID-19 outbreak Togo confirms first COVID-19 case Africa Battles COVID-19: Can Africa win the fight?
Kikuchi made a routine two-putt par to seal the victory while Suzuki needed four shots to reach the green and finished with a bogey on the decisive hole. Both had parred the first hole and bogeyed the second of the playoff, which was repeated on the par-4 18th.“I’d thought I would win a golf tournament some day but I’m surprised that I did win one this week,” Kikuchi said. “Putting was the key. I was comfortable with my putting all week. Tears began falling down when I was standing over the winning putt and I wasn’t able to see how the winning putt was like, though.”Kikuchi started the final round three strokes off the lead and his charge began with a birdie at the 11th, from where the 33-year-old birdied four in a row, and took sole possession of the lead with a chip-in birdie from the apron in front of the 16th green.He would have wrapped up the tournament in the regulation 72 holes had he not missed an eight-footer for par at 18 after failing to hit the fairway with his drive and leaving his second shot short of the green.Suzuki, who led after two and three rounds, came up short in his bid for his first title since winning his seventh career title at the 2004 Acom International. He dropped a shot after 11 holes and squandered his lead but came back with back-to-back birdies from the 15th in a round of 71.Hisayuki Sasaki and Hiroshi Iwata fired 69s and followed in a tie for third on 284. Sasaki, a tour veteran who is winless on the tour since 1997, moved in front after 13 holes only to slip out of contention with a bogey at 15.Toru Taniguchi, winner of the previous two tournaments, finished on 1-under 287. Mogi surges late CHIBA (Kyodo) Hiromi Mogi picked up four shots in three holes down the stretch to claim her third career crown as a final-round 65 gave her a four-stroke victory at the Crystal Geyser Ladies IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES OTARU, Hokkaido – Jun Kikuchi captured his first career title after coming from behind to beat overnight leader Toru Suzuki at the Sun Chlorella Classic on Sunday.Kikuchi shot a final-round 68, highlighted by four consecutive birdies on the back nine, before edging Suzuki on the third extra hole after they finished tied on 5-under-par 283 at Otaru Country Club in Hokkaido.
Rugby Union Drew Mitchell says its up to Australia’s players, not the coach, to prove themselves after admitting they weren’t up to the task in back to back Bledisloe Cup losses against the All Blacks. The former Wallabies winger described critics of Michael Cheika as short-sighted and backed the coach to lead the side to next year’s World Cup in Japan. He said Saturday’s clash with South Africa in Brisbane would be a chance to atone following players’ comments that their attitude and application had been lacking against the All Blacks. Will Genia and Israel Folau have lamented the side’s mental lapses this week as they prepare to host the Springboks at Suncorp Stadium. Mitchell, who played the last of his 71 tests in 2016, said he was pleased to hear players weren’t making excuses. “That’s not anyone’s issue other than the person themselves,” he told AAP. “When you’re in a hole, you have a voice telling you to go hard and another saying go easy … you have a choice. “When they see themselves taking the easier option in the review … you want to make sure you don’t sit in the same situation (after Saturday’s game) and look at the same decision twice.” Folau (ankle), as well as David Pocock (neck), Taniela Tupou (hamstring) and Nick Phipps (ribs) all remain in varying degrees of doubt for the clash ahead of today’s team announcement. Saturday’s clash looms large given Australia have won just one of their last seven tests, with Cheika’s winning percentage over the four years and 50 tests in charge at 50 per cent. Mitchell would be angry if the axe fell on the coach, though, citing a societal trend for change and negativity as the main driver of the criticism. “We’re a society hell bent on pointing out the negative…. it’s sad there’s so much negativity in people that for that short moment where they press ‘send’ they get fulfilment,” he said, in a nod to the criticism levelled at Cheika on social media. “I would hope there’s no idea of him not being the coach at that World Cup next year.” We’ve seen people make changes thinking there will be a short term gain, but you’re never getting that at a World Cup. “He’s a genuine planner, he’d have some things in the pipeline he’ll start to execute over the next 12 months and it’d be a damn shame if he wasn’t able to go through with them.” AAP