Photo by Trask BedorthaThe frame building and racing career of Rob English began at an early age. Having built his first bike as a teenager for a school project, his passion for bikes, racing, and engineering drove him to build his first branded bike, a time trial bike, when he could not find any available to work for his unique fit requirements. While he always knew he would work within the bike industry, it was outside interest in his approach and process that really drove him to break out as a frame builder.BIKERUMOR: What is your origin story? How did your company get its start?ROB: Bicycles fascinated me from an early age. At 15 I built my first bike as a high school project, then went on to study Mechanical Engineering at university. I spent a few years racing and travelling, doing some freelance bike design work, before landing at Bike Friday in Oregon as their engineer and production manager. After a couple of years of building my bikes in the evenings, I had enough interest to allow me to make the leap to self employment.Photo by Tina BuescherBIKERUMOR: Why did you first decide to build your first bike? Who did you build it for?ROB: Technically I built my first bike in high school, but the first bike that ended up with ‘ENGLISH’ on the downtube was my time trial bike. This was built for myself because I could not get the position I wanted on a production frame – having long arms means I am one of those folk who needs a custom frame. It was very satisfying to then go faster on the new bike – and to show that steel is still a very viable material for performance bikes.Photo by Tina BuescherBIKERUMOR: Why did you decide to make a living out of it?ROB: I was always going to end up working in the bike industry somewhere. I didn’t actually set out to be a custom frame builder, but after building for myself and friends, there was a lot of interest in what I was doing so I decided to see if I could make it work. I feel very fortunate to be able to do this full time.Photo by August FrankBIKERUMOR: How has your style changed from your first year? Are you still building what you initially set out to build?ROB: Looking back at my builds over the last seven years, I think my ‘style’ has remained fairly constant – I definitely take an engineering approach to my work, so my bikes are designed for function. The resulting form reflects this methodology, which perhaps gives me that consistency in style.Photo by Trask BedorthaBIKERUMOR: What got you excited about building bikes when you first started out?ROB: I have been a bike nerd since I was thirteen and picked up my first bike magazine. As a teenager I couldn’t afford all the fancy parts I wanted, but I had access to a machine shop at school, and I discovered that I could make custom parts myself. It is super satisfying to ride something you have built yourself. That same excitement continues today – I now have more education and tools, and the fun is in figuring out new ways to build and improve.Photo by Trask BedorthaBIKERUMOR: What gets you really stoked about what you do today?ROB: My customers! Working with them to figure out what their needs and wants are, and translating that into a design that will solve their problems and improve their cycling experience. Knowing who I am building for when I step into the shop keeps me excited and motivated.Photo by Tina BuescherBIKERUMOR: What’s the cool thing you’re bringing to the show this year?ROB: Well, this year it is mostly customer bikes – I think it is pretty cool that they have challenged me with a diverse variety of builds, and have been willing to wait a bit longer for their bikes so I can show them. There will be some new and exciting bikes, but I’m saving everything to reveal in Sacramento.Photo by Rob EnglishBIKERUMOR: What advice would you give someone wanting to do what you do?ROB: I guess the same advice I was given – the actual bike building ends up being the easy bit. All the other aspects of running the business take a lot of time and organization. If you want to do this as a one-person operation, be prepared to be busy and work hard!Photo by Trask BedorthaEnglishCycles.com
Vermont Business Magazine Howard Center announced today that Deborah Richter, MD, was recently hired to provide services and supports to those in recovery from alcohol and substance use. The appointment follows the recent closure of Maple Leaf Farm, as Howard Center and other providers seek to provide continuous service for individuals who previously had been enrolled at Maple Leaf. Richter was employed by Maple Leaf Farm and, post-closure, continuously served her clients through a temporary placement at the Vermont Department of Health. Richter will be working at Howard Center’s Pine Street Counseling two days a week and will soon be joined by a nurse and a licensed alcohol and drug counselor.Deborah Richter, MD. Howard Center photo.Richter practices primary care and addiction medicine in Vermont and is a past president of Physicians for a National Health Program. Her extensive speaking engagements include addresses to community and church groups, Rotary Clubs and other business groups, medical student and physician groups – about the need for and merits of a universal health care system.Richter serves as president of Vermont Health Care for All, an organization that educates the Vermont community about the structure and features of universal health care systems. She received a two-year fellowship from the Open Society Institute, which allowed her to educate employers about the benefits of a universal health care system.She is the co-author of several books on health care, and her work has also been featured in several national publications.She lives with her husband in Montpelier Vermont.Howard Center offers life-saving professional crisis and counseling services to children and adults; supportive services to individuals with autism and developmental disabilities who need help with education, employment, and life maintenance skills; counseling and medical services for those struggling with substance use disorders, and intensive interventions and supports for adults with serious and persistent mental health challenges. Last year we helped more than 16,000 people. Howard Center is a funded agency of the United Way of Northwest VermontSource: Howard Center. 3.22.2017 www.howardcenter.org(link is external)
Shawnee resident Mitch Livingston clocks speeding traffic on Monrovia nearly every day.Shawnee resident Mitch Livingston got frustrated by cars traveling down his residential street much faster than the 25 mph speed limit. So he started a Facebook page to get his neighbors talking about the problem.Livingston has lived with his family on the corner of Monrovia and West 52nd Terrace, in an older part of the city, for about 13 years. He’s noticed that vehicles tend to pick up speed on the half mile stretch of Monrovia between 51st and 55th streets.“I think people have caught on that it’s a very good street to make up time on,” he said.Livingston purchased a radar gun to clock the speeding traffic. At times, he’s seen vehicles going as fast as 49 mph. And the distracted driving exasperates him even more. He has seen drivers vaping, staring at their cellphones, zipping past walkers and cyclists on the pavement because there are no sidewalks.As a parent and former firefighter, the whole situation makes Livingston nervous.“I feel I have a moral obligation… to say we’ve got an issue,” he said. “This problem needs fixed before somebody gets hurt or somebody gets killed.”Livingston has uploaded a few videos of speeding traffic on his new Facebook page, Shawnee Monrovia is Unsafe.Many streets on this side of the city lack curbs, gutters and sidewalks. Instead, they have ditches that serve as drainage (Shawnee resident Carol Mundy once called them “ankle breakers”), which means pedestrians are often walking and jogging alongside the traffic.Potential solutions to speeding trafficLivingston clocked 42 mph one morning while vehicles are busy heading to work or school.Between Aug. 22 and 25 this year, roughly 150 vehicles were clocked going 11 to 15 mph over the limit, according to a document from the Shawnee Police Department.Sgt. Nick Shurmantine, traffic safety unit supervisor for the Shawnee Police Department, said the city doesn’t have complete traffic data on Monrovia. But his unit has noticed the problem.“We’re trying to take that aggressive stance, but I’ve got several other streets in the city that have the same problem,” Shurmantine said. “The biggest thing right now is working with city hall on trying to figure out a solution to the issue.”Livingston acknowledges that Shawnee police officers cannot patrol the street all the time; rather he hopes the city can install a traffic calming system.“Even stop signs — I don’t think that will fix the problem either, but I do think it’ll slow cars down,” he said. “It’s a start, and if that doesn’t work, then let’s do something else.”Recently, Livingston has been in touch with the city about potential solutions. But city staff have acknowledged it’s not that easy.“By and large, people are going to drive at the speed which they feel comfortable driving at, regardless of the speed limit,” said Keving Manning, transportation manager for Shawnee. “This kind of concern is not unique to this street.”Manning said traffic calming devices like speed bumps and tables will not fix the problem of deter speeding traffic on Monrovia.“Those are viewed as being more effective than they actually are by the public,” Manning said of speed bumps. “They’ll slow traffic down at a point, but then traffic will speed up afterward to make up lost time.”Stop signs won’t slow traffic down either; these are meant to direct traffic, not slow it down, Manning added. Plus, those same vehicles may end up taking Halsey one block over to avoid anything that slows them down, pushing the problem away but not solving it.Manning said it could cost about $2 million to add sidewalks, curb and gutter, and stormwater infrastructure, but that section of Monrovia is not on the city’s list of capital improvement projects for the immediate future.
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An alliance of solicitor firms is to offer clients a ‘loyalty card’ rewards system in an innovative bid to square up to the threat from big brands entering the legal services market, the Gazette can exclusively reveal. QualitySolicitors.com will launch a loyalty card this month which will enable clients instructing a member firm to earn air miles or accumulate reward points which can be used to purchase further legal services. The organisation, founded earlier this year, comprises more than 150 firms, including recently joined Pannones and Stephensons in the north-west. It is about to relaunch its website with new features, including 24/7 access to a free support service throughout the user’s case and SMS text and online case updates. Chief operating officer Saleem Arif said: ‘People will be able to earn air miles and go on holiday after their divorce or accumulate discounts on repeat and future legal purchases.’
An Australian litigation funder has acquired a Dutch firm to drive its European expansion.IMF Bentham Limited will acquire all of Omni Bridgeway’s investment and business activities, leaving the firm with A$2.2bn in capital to fund international disputes and enforcement proceedings. The firm, which will operate under one name following a rebrand, will have 18 offices in 10 countries across the globe.IMF Bentham began investing in disputes in Australia in the 1990s, while Omni Bridgeway was founded in the Netherlands in 1986, and focused on cross-border enforcement against sovereign governments.Andrew Saker, managing director and CEO of IMF Bentham, said: ‘As one of continental Europe’s leading litigation funders, [Omni Bridgeway] offered unique advantages compared to other acquisition candidates.‘Those factors, combined with a strong cultural fit, made clear that merging was the right choice at the right time for both companies.’Raymond van Hulst, managing director at Omni Bridgeway, said: ‘We view the merger as a partnership of complementary strengths. Together, we have the global scale and local understanding needed for today’s complex multi-jurisdictional and domestic disputes.’The two companies have partnered on several projects in the past.
CAPTION: left: Looking south from Antwerpen Dam station, the cross-city link descends in cut-and-cover to Viséstraat where the bored section starts Photo:Gazet van AntwerpenCAPTION: ABOVE: After diverging from the existing route, the high speed line passes under the A12 interchange and over this road bridge parallel to the E19 motorwayCAPTION: A 3·2 km concrete tunnel will carry the high speed line through the sensitive Peerdsbos forest Photos:SNCBCAPTION: Aerial view of Antwerpen Centraal, showing the extended platforms and the site for the second entrance building to the right of the viaduct Photo:Gazet van AntwerpenCAPTION: Following completion of the support structure for the high-level platforms and ground-level shopping centre (centre of photo), work is underway to excavate the two lower platform levels Antwerpen’s north-south junction will provide a direct connection for both conventional and high speed services to the north of the city,DECEMBER 14 saw the restoration of three more platforms at Antwerpen Centraal station, reinstating some of the capacity lost when work started on the ambitious north-south junction project. All six of the new platforms at the original track level have been available since the end of September, but SNCB’s project team used the time until the timetable change to make a few final adjustments.The inside of the 100-year old trainshed has been completely transformed. Gone are the original 10 platform tracks, now there are three platforms supported on a stylish viaduct structure on each side of a deep light well leading down to low-level platforms. At ground level work will start by mid-2004 on fitting out a new shopping precinct which will open in 2006. Below that will be four more terminal platforms at Level -1. Finally, at Level -2, 18m below ground, will be the four through platforms leading into the double-track cross-city tunnel. Launched in May 1998, the cross-city project has the twin objectives of shortening the route to the north and increasing capacity at Antwerpen Centraal. Total length of the link is 3·8 km, from the southern approach ramps near Berchem to the junction with the existing northern line at Dam Square. Total cost is put at €755m, of which reconstruction of Antwerpen Centraal accounts for around €300m.The new platforms at the terminus are around 400m long, and are expected to lift capacity from 30000 to 60000 passengers a day. To handle these extra passengers, a second station entrance is being built in Lange Kievitstraat at the outer end. This will be linked to the historic station building via the pedestrian shopping mall, and will form a catalyst for the city’s related programme to renew much of the run-down area east of the railway.Construction of the new platform supports inside the station was done in two phases, with a switch-over in June 2001. Only when the basic shell was completed in mid-2003 could work start on digging out the well for the deep-level platforms. In parallel with this work, an 80m long approach tunnel was dug from Astrid Square under the historic station building, which was supported on a compensation-grouted concrete raft to prevent subsidence.The heart of the cross-city link is a pair of 1200m single-track bores with an internal diameter of 7·3m. These were dug by TBM southwards from a worksite at Viséstraat to Astrid Square. The first was excavated between September 2002 and February 2003, after which the TBM was backed out and fitted with a new cutter head to dig the second bore in May to September 2003. The cut-and-cover section under Astrid Square will be completed in 2004-05.The tunnel will have evacuation shafts at each end, and one in the middle, with cross-passages at 300m intervals. North of Viséstraat the line will rise in cut-and-cover tunnel through Dam Square to meet the existing line just north of the former Antwerpen Dam station. There is a large area of railway land around the junction, including former workshops, which is to be redeveloped as a park and sports area with provision for shops and housing under a separate city project known as Spoor Nord.The two new tracks will parallel the existing passenger and freight lines for around 1500m across the Albert Canal to Antwerpen Luchtbal, where a new six-platform station is taking shape to act as a public transport interchange for the northern suburbs. Trains have been calling at the completed platforms since September, but it will be another three years before the buildings are ready.In 2002 SNCB remodelled Berchem station to provide a similar interchange to the south. The city is now opening up a ‘green square’ to link the station with the nearby tram and bus stops. Considerable provision is being made for park-and-ride, with 400 spaces at Berchem and further parking space at Luchtbal. Two underground car parks at Centraal will provide 600 and 400 spaces, and remodelling of Astrid Square will eliminate all car traffic to create a pedestrian oasis, with the green space flanked by tram and bus terminals. New underground passages will link the main station with the nearby Astrid and Diamant premetro stations to give a comprehensive interchange. High speed line northNorth of Antwerpen Luchtbal, the north-south junction line and existing routes will meet in a complex of dive-under junctions which will segregate traffic to the docks, the existing line to Roosendaal and the new high speed line to the Netherlands.On course for completion by the end of 2006, the new line proper starts at Havanastraat, and runs 35·2 km to the Dutch border south of Breda. Costed at €684m, the line is being co-financed by the Dutch government as part of the HSL-Zuid package. For much of its length, the Belgian line parallels the E19 motorway, requiring adjustments to 20 road bridges. The line is to be flanked on one side by noise barriers and on the other by a safety berm to avoid the risk of road vehicles straying onto the tracks.To minimise land-take through the environmentally-sensitive Peerdsbos forest, a 3·2 km section is being enclosed in a concrete tunnel at a cost of €22·8m. The 17m wide structure has 12 emergency exits and large pressure-relief openings along the motorway side. To be masked in future by planting of shrubs, it will serve as a barrier to reduce the ambient motorway noise by around 10db(A). The roofed structure will also avoid any risk of trees falling on the line as a result of severe weather.Over €60m has been allocated for other environmental measures, including 6·6 km of noise barriers, 24ha of compensatory forestry, five animal culverts under the line, and a 200m long ‘ecoduct’ providing a green swathe across both the railway and motorway.There will be one intermediate station on the Belgian section, serving a park-and-ride and public transport interchange at Brecht. With separate platform loops flanking the fast lines, it will be served by fast IR trains offering a 15min journey to both Antwerpen and Breda. Acting as a railhead for the surrounding area, Brecht is expected to attract around 1 000 passengers a day.Completion of HSL-Zuid will reduce the journey time for the 166 km from Antwerpen Centraal to Amsterdam to 1h 7min, compared with 2h 1min from Berchem today. Antwerpen – Rotterdam will come down from 1h 3min to just 31min for the 95 km.
USA: California High Speed Rail Authority has selected the California Rail Builders special purpose vehicle of Ferrovial Agroman US Corp, Euroestudios and Othon for the Construction Package 4 design-build contract, which covers a 35 km section of the planned route through the Central Valley from 1·6 km north of the Tulare/Kern County line to Poplar Avenue north of Bakersfield. This includes at-grade, retained fill and elevated sections of the alignment, relocating 6·4 km of BNSF tracks, construction of waterway and wildlife crossings, and road reconstruction, relocation and closures.The request for qualifications was issued in November 2014. Five proposals were received and evaluated for technical merit (30%) and price (70%) by CHSRA and a representative from the City of Wasco. Announcing the preferred bidder on January 4, CHSRA said the selected bid of $347·6m was lower than its estimate of between $400m to $500m.The contract will include 30% small business participation and a community benefits agreement designed to target disadvantaged workers for jobs and training opportunities.
The Dominica Labour Party (DLP) candidate for the Colihaut constituency has revealed several plans which she says needs urgent attention in the constituency.Local Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) registrar, Catherine Daniel, says her aim in this election is to bring development to the three hamlets; Dublanc, Bioche and Colihaut.Lady Daniel, as she is commonly called, was endorsed in her home town on Thursday 27 November 2014.“I heard your needs, your need for a feeder road, I heard your need for a much needed health center, you want your health center constructed, I heard your cry for the erection of a police station…For Dublanc I heard the resource center, I heard you want to complete that,” she said.Among her major development plans are the construction of a sporting facility to be named in honour of cricketer Shane Shillingford and athlete Luan Gabriel who are both from the constituency.“I heard your cry for a sporting facility, a community that nurtured, in Dublanc, Shane Shillingford, the community that nurtured Luan Gabriel and I think we should be so proud of this sporting icons that we need to upgrade the sporting facility, complete that small pavilion and name it these two icons,” she said.Land reform and housing development were also noted among Daniel’s priority projects for the area.“I heard your demand in Bioche for land reform because you said the village is too small, you need expansion and we are also looking at this. I heard your plea for housing development this we have started and we will continue and we would look but we will look on a needs basis,” Ms Daniel said.She added that improvements to roads and the Bioche playing field will also receive attention.Ms Daniel further called for unity among residents of the three hamlets.“I would like to see that community unity, that community love so that when we decide to help people the help goes to those most in need first,” she noted. Share Tweet Sharing is caring! LocalNewsPolitics ‘Lady Daniel’ reveals major plans for Colihaut Constituency by: Dominica Vibes News – November 28, 2014 Share 519 Views no discussions Share