Press release: Silverstone riders back motorbike safety campaign

first_imgRiders Matt and Kurt Wigley check out a BikeSafe Ducati with Special Constable Jason Leadbetter and Sgt Rob Gilligan at the Highways England stand.Meanwhile the many visitors to the Highways England stand were able to chat to traffic and police officers, learning from their experiences and gaining important safety advice.The police-led BikeSafe initiative had some of its Ducati motorcycles on show, including one supported by Highways England, which help deliver workshops aimed at improving motorcyclists’ skills, knowledge and hazard awareness.Representatives were also on hand from Biker Down, a fire service initiative which offers a free three-hour training course to prepare motorcyclists should they be involved in an accident, and DocBike which combines cutting edge research in motorcycle injury prevention with roadside critical care.Highways England Head of Road Safety Richard Leonard said: Most motorcyclists, particularly young riders, know they are one of the most vulnerable group of road users and Kurt and Matt’s expertise is respected and appreciated. As tens of thousands of people descended on the British Superbikes event, the Staffordshire brothers called on bikers and racing fans to ensure they always wear the right kit.Highways England runs a campaign warning of the dangers of not wearing appropriate protective clothing, and teamed up with representatives from BikeSafe, the DocBike charity and Biker Down initiative at Silverstone to advise visitors and enrol motorcyclists on potentially life-saving courses.The Wigley brothers urged people to follow Highways England’s advice and said that wearing the right gear at all times is vitally important for riders and pillion passengers.Kurt, who has been racing since he was six years old, said: Kurt applauded schemes such as BikeSafe and Biker Down which help identify hazards for motorcyclists and what to do in an emergency. He said: For anybody riding out on the road today a big element is having to do a lot of thinking for other road users, predicting what they will do.center_img Unfortunately it is not until people come off and hurt themselves that they really appreciate that. Nobody thinks it will happen to them. I had a crash when I was a lot younger and my glove came off – the accident took all the skin off my hand. I realised then that if that can happen just losing a glove, what would happen if I didn’t have all the protection on. And the harsh reality is that you can come off at any time, even if you are just popping down the road. I have known someone come off going to the paddock, at mild speed, and hurt themselves because they did not have their kit on. The weekend brought success in the British Supersport series for the brothers with Kurt taking a strong 9th place and setting a new personal best while Matt was just behind in 14th. The award-winning Distressed motorcycle campaign, which urges young riders in particular to wear protective gear, will also be on display at the annual Bike4Life Ride Out and Festival which takes place this weekend.Drivers are being advised to plan their journeys and allow extra time on Sunday (28 April) morning as the convoy of around 4,000 Bike4Life bikers takes to the M54.Starting from Meole Brace in Shrewsbury at 11am, the ride out follows a 23-mile route via the A5, M54 and A41 to RAF Cosford, home to the Bike4Life Festival, arriving around 11.45am.Leading the convoy will be World Superbike legends Carl Fogarty and Neil Hodgson, former England rugby captain Mike Tindall, motorcyclist and truck racing star Steve Parrish and twelve times FIM Trial World Champion Dougie Lampkin.The event will raise money for Midlands Air Ambulance which works with the Safer Roads Partnership to organise the event. On average a motorcyclist is airlifted to hospital every four days in the Midlands region alone.General enquiriesMembers of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.Media enquiriesJournalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.last_img read more

Faith-based approach in battling malaria

first_imgDespite malaria remaining a major disease, infecting more than 200 million people and killing nearly 500,000 a year, such great progress was made against it that the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2015 set a global target for eliminating the illness in nearly three dozen countries by 2030.Now, however, progress has stalled. The 216 million cases of malaria reported in 2016 were 5 million more than the cases reported in 2015, according to WHO.Solving this problem, said Dyann Wirth, Richard Pearson Strong Professor of Infectious Diseases at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, requires the collaboration of different disciplines and different groups with deep expertise in certain areas.In recognition of this, Harvard Divinity School and the Harvard T.H. Chan School together hosted a panel of Anglican bishops from Africa on Thursday to discuss the role of faith and communities in working to end malaria and save lives. Wirth served as a moderator, along with HDS Professor of African Religious Traditions Jacob Olupona. Progress will be lost if new president abandons fight Related Malaria: Down but not out Seeking new momentum in malaria fight Leaders in eradication efforts gather at Harvard to trade ideas, experiences center_img Bishop André Soares of Angola said his country still has a long way to go in controlling malaria. He said his government has called the church a social partner as it recognizes the number of people who attend services or interact with the church.“We are not doctors, but we are the leader in the communities, and the community trusts in us,” he said.The bishops traveled to the U.S. to spread their message and raise awareness about the many lives still claimed by the disease and the amount of progress made when funding is increased. In addition to speaking at Harvard, the bishops met with representatives at the United Nations and with members of Congress in Washington, D.C.HDS Dean David N. Hempton recognized the bishops’ work mobilizing resources and leveraging their communities and networks to address the problem, and urged an ongoing dialogue about the interconnections of faith in public health and public health in faith.“Faith leaders and their organizations have the ability to bring energy and resources to solving some of humanity’s biggest problems,” he said. “Two key strengths faith organizations bring to these efforts are their ability to organize their communities around health-related social needs, and their ability to network or link people to much-needed resources.”Also participating in Thursday’s event at the Divinity School were representatives of Harvard’s Defeating Malaria: From the Genes to the Globe initiative, HDS’ Center for the Study of World Religions, the J.C. Flowers Foundation, and Kenneth Staley, global malaria coordinator for the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative.“Faith communities play a big role in what we’re doing in these countries,” said Staley. “Religious leaders and communities of faith really are integral in being able to connect individually with each person in each village and each city to really understand how they can protect themselves from malaria and how they can help others.” Malaria has the greatest impact in Africa. The disease led to the deaths of an estimated 445,000 people in 2016, according to WHO, with nearly all of those cases — 91 percent — located in Africa. Children under the age of 5 made up 285,000 of those deaths, according to WHO.Bishop David Njovu of Zambia said that education, trust, and acknowledging the role of faith in community members’ lives is crucialcrucial to helping curtail the disease, especially in remote areas where health facilities do not exist. In those areas, he said, a sick person’s first stop is a traditional healer.“We don’t go there to condemn a traditional healer, because as soon as you do that, you create a gap,” he said. Instead, Njovu brings along a health care teacher or professional to try to win over community members by teaching them what malaria is and how it is contracted.Winning over community members requires religious heads to lead by example, Njovu said. When testing is offered in a community, Njovu and a village leader are the first people to accept it to show that they believe in what they are preaching. After the test, Njovu offers a prayer and a blessing.“That way we are saying conventional medicine and prayer are going together to heal someone. That’s the way we approach this,” he said. “We don’t go there to fight because if we fight, it will be a lose-lose situation.” “We are not doctors, but we are the leader in the communities, and the community trusts in us.” — Bishop André Soares of Angola Politics biggest threat to malaria effort Disease has been resilient, speakers say, and efforts to eradicate it require a local focus last_img read more

Filing for board seats begins

first_imgFiling for board seats begins November 15, 2003 Regular News Filing for board seats beginscenter_img Filing for Bar president-elect for the 2004-05 year begins November 15, with a deadline of 5 p.m. December 15. The Bar is also continuing to accept nominating petitions for 23 Board of Governors and 19 Young Lawyer Divisions Board of Governors seats.According to Bar rules, president-elect candidates cannot begin active campaigning and soliciting support until November 15. To qualify, they must submit a petition signed by at least 1 percent of the Bar’s active membership, or around 650 signatures.The winner of the post will serve as president-elect designate until the June Annual Meeting when he or she will be sworn in as president-elect when Kelly Overstreet Johnson is sworn in as president. In June 2005, the winner will become Bar president.There are 23 seats on the Board of Governors up for election this year, each for a two-year term.Six of the incumbent board members have indicated they are not seeking reelection: Alan B. Bookman in the First Circuit, Seat 1; Louis Kwall in the Sixth Circuit, Seat 1; Francisco R. Angones in the 11th Circuit, Seat 1; David Bianchi in the 11th Circuit, Seat 7; Robert C. Blue, Jr., in the 14th Circuit, Seat 1; and Michael T. Krantz in the 15th Circuit, Seat 3.Board members who have indicated they are seeking reelection are: Michael J. Glazer in the Second Circuit, Seat 2; Gregory S. Parker in the Third Circuit, Seat 1; S. Grier Wells in the Fourth Circuit, Seat 1; Chas. Chobee Ebbets in the Seventh Circuit, Seat 1; Mayanne Downs in the Ninth Circuit, Seat 1; Warren W. Lindsey in the Ninth Circuit, Seat 3, Robert M. Brush in the 10th Circuit, Seat 1; Ervin A. Gonzalez in the 11th Circuit, Seat 3; Don L. Horn in the 11th Circuit, Seat 5; Timon V. Sullivan in the 13th Circuit, Seat 1; John G. White III in the 15th Circuit, Seat 1; Alan C. Brandt, Jr., in the 17th Circuit, Seat 1; Jesse H. Diner in the 17th Circuit, Seat 4; Clifton A. McClelland, Jr., in the 18th Circuit, Seat 1; J. Christopher Lombardo in the 20th Circuit, Seat 1; Ian M. Comisky in the Out-of-State, Seat 2; and Brian D. Burgoon in the Out-of-State Seat 4.Bar members can qualify for a board seat by submitting a nominating petition signed by five Bar members in good standing who reside in their circuit.Nine of the YLD Board of Governors incumbents have indicated they are not seeking reelection: Courtney K. Grimm in the Fourth Circuit, Seat 1; Bonito J. Young in the Eighth Circuit, Seat 1, John Marc Tamayo in the 10th Circuit, Seat 1; Morgan R. Bentley in the 12th Circuit, Seat 1; Cecelia R. Boyd in the 14th Circuit, Seat 1; an open seat in the 16th Circuit, Seat 1; Clifton H. Gorenflo in the 18th Circuit, Seat 1; Joseph G. Colombo in the 18th Circuit, Seat 2, and Eric L. Meeks in the Out-of-State, Seat 1.YLD board members seeking reelection are: William L. Sundberg in the Second Circuit, Seat 1; Kelly A. O’Keefe in the Second Circuit, Seat 2, Curry G. Pajcic in the Fourth Circuit, Seat 2; Jewel W. Cole in the Sixth Circuit, Seat 1; Brandon S. Vesely in the Sixth Circuit, Seat 2, Alison H. Haskins in the 12th Circuit, Seat 2, Cynthia J. Hubbard in the 10th Circuit, Seat 1; Carlos A. Kelly in the 20th Circuit, Seat 2; Victoria E. Wu in Out-of-State, Seat 2; and Scott E. Atwood in Out-of-State, Seat 3.To qualify for a YLD board seat, candidates must submit a nomination petition signed by five YLD members in good standing in the candidate’s circuit.Ballots for contested races, either for president-elect or the board races, will be mailed on or before March 1 and must be returned no later than midnight, March 22. Once again this year, the Bar will be offering members the option of voting with a paper ballot or electronically online at a special site put up by, the Bar’s election’s company.last_img read more

Hiddink takes heart from ‘important’ away goal

first_imgGuus Hiddink took heart from John Mikel Obi’s potentially vital away goal in Chelsea’s first defeat since the Dutchman returned as boss.The Blues were beaten 2-1 by Paris St-Germain in the first leg of the Champions League last-16 tie, but they have every reason to feel confident ahead of next month’s second leg at Stamford Bridge.“The result is negative but on the other hand an away goal is important,” Hiddink told BT Sport.“It hurt a bit because the team was playing decently against a team with the capacity to play. But we are still in the race.Chelsea had to defend for much of the game in Paris“Over two legs, it is important you have the away goal. If we can do it at Stamford Bridge then a defeat doesn’t count so much.“We were not lethal enough at times but otherwise we can be relatively happy.”Meanwhile, Chelsea defender Gary Cahill insisted they could feel upbeat about their chances of reaching the last eight.More reaction from Paris to follow later.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Three big things: Tradition beats innovation as Giants down Rays

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO–The game of baseball is changing before our eyes.No team exemplifies that better than the Tampa Bay Rays. Perhaps no franchise struggled to accept that more than the San Francisco Giants.But as baseball evolves and the sports embraces modern analytics, technology and strategies, there’s still a place for tradition. In a 6-4 win over the Rays on Saturday, the Giants were able to prove that for at least one day, their approach can still work.As the Giants improved to 3-6 and …last_img read more

How We S’posed t’ Get Paid fer This Green Stuff?

first_imgI teach the NAHB Certified Green Practitioner class, and it’s a wonderful gang of skeptics and beleaguered tough guys I’m faced with every time. These guys don’t sign up for the class until they’re ready and eager to learn, they want to build tighter, healthier, more durable and efficient homes. But they are convinced that the customer isn’t ready to pay for it. The bottom line is, they aren’t ready to sell it, and if they can’t get the contract signed at a price that supports the effort of stepping up to Certified Green building practices, this whole movement is dead in the water.There are two themes at work here. First, green building is not an upgrade, it’s a differentiator. To a certain extent, “green” is just a handle that we put on durable energy- and indoor-air-quality—focused building. If you are a conscientious builder, you are probably pretty close to building green already. So when builders are just getting started on green certification, I encourage them NOT to try to build the next house green before finding out just how close to green the last house was.We need to stop dancing around the discussion that you don’t want to have with our customer. “I can build you the very worst-performing, D-minus type, barely legal home (code minimum), or I can go green, but green will be more expensive.” We’re not going to have that conversation—you wouldn’t be reading this unless you’re already building a much better-than-code home because both you and your customers demand it.So when you run the last house you built through the on-line calculator at, you are going to find out that, but for a few cans of low-VOC paint, having a pizza lunch to get all the trades together to go over the plans before construction, a legitimate Manual J calculation from your HVAC guy and some CRI labeled carpet, you could have certified that last house Green and Energy Star just for the cost of the report cards. And the only thing that costs extra out of all that was the pizza, the Manual J and the report card.Green isn’t an upgrade — it’s the way quality builders build houses. We would no more offer our customers discounts for letting us build to the lowest standard allowable by law than we would charge extra for building a house good enough to let us sleep well at night. Green-building certification is simply a way to put a meaningful number on just how well-built a home really is under the granite countertops and the fancy trim details. It’s what differentiates the good builders from the mediocre ones.Back to the class. We had an experienced green builder there who was just banging his head against the wall. “I know,” he says, “but I talk to them about the HERS ratings and the blower door numbers and ERVs and low VOC everything we use, and their eyes just glaze right over.” This guy was so passionate and so frustrated. And I can relate; I’m a shelter nerd too — I think energy-recovery ventilators are just fascinating. My customers find this amusing, I think.The regional marketing director from the giant national building company had the answer that makes the second theme for this story. “You’re trying to sell the features, when what they are interested in are the benefits.” Customers don’t really care what you do to make the house better than the one across the street; they care that you are conscientious enough to build them a home that uses less energy, is more comfortable, has cleaner indoor air, conserves water in times of drought, is more durable, and requires less maintenance on the weekends.This is what “green” means to them. It helps if it gives them a warm and fuzzy feeling when they talk about how green their house is at the family reunion and if it looks like it will hold its resale value better than the energy hog across the street with the smelly carpet. But it’s about the benefits to their family, not the methods you employed to achieve them, and it’s the same for the small custom builder, the small production builder, and the national giant.So we’re not selling green features, we’re selling differentiation and benefits. As green builders, we don’t just say we’re conscientious about the details, we prove it with third-party testing through Energy Star and a Green Building Certification program. We bring value through our green building systems and products, which have measurable benefits for the family that will live in this house.Green building is not an upgrade (from brown to green); it is what differentiates your company from those who don’t care enough to build green. The customers don’t care about what you do to make their house green, they care about how living in a green house will benefit their family.last_img read more

Off the Shelf: Conversations with Authors of Children’s Books

first_imgThe Family Development Early Intervention team is always on the look-out for quality children’s books that help address some of the unique needs of military children.The following is an interview with Brenda Ehrmantraut, author of several children’s books, including Night Catch, a story for military children facing the deployment of a parent.  This interview has been edited for length and clarity.Night Catch (Published by Bubble Gum Press)What, if any, experiences do you and/or your book’s illustrator have with the military?I’m a civilian! However, the book was inspired when my brother served in The Army National Guard and was deployed to Iraq in 2004.What made you decide to write this book? Was there some incident or experience with the military that inspired you?When a community sends a National Guard Unit off, there is an indescribable feeling of bonding. Everyone wants to step up to help. When my brother deployed, I felt overwhelmed with feelings of fear and helplessness. I wanted to do something, and writing a book was my answer. I was worried about him being away from his family for a year.What message(s) do you hope that children and families receive as a result of reading your book?My greatest desire in writing it was to offer comfort and hope to families in times of separation and stress. The book was deliberately designed to have a calming effect. The rhyme is a soothing technique, like a bedtime rock-a-bye. The pictures, and story, play with fantasy a bit, but also are relatable to a child. Here’s a bedroom. Here’s a house with a mother. And even though the star cannot actually be moved, the game of blowing it back and forth each night is a tangible connection for a young child.Have you received any feedback from military families after they read your book, and if so, what have they said?I hear from a lot of families who read the story while they are apart. It doesn’t seem to have an age limit. I’ve heard of dads in tears, a 5th grader who carried it around in his school backpack the year his dad was gone, and even parents who have children in the military and they are keeping a copy of the book handy. Connection seems to speak to everyone.Are there any other books for military children that you would suggest for young children? The Military Child Education Coalition has a program called, “Tell Me a Story” which promotes reading in military families. Night Catch is one of the books included in their reading list.This post was edited by Robyn DiPietro-Wells & Michaelene Ostrosky, PhD, members of the MFLN FD Early Intervention team, which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and YouTube.last_img read more

Premiere Pro Tutorial: Compositing Live-Action and Timelapse Footage

first_imgLearn how to integrate live-action and timelapse footage in this quick Premiere Pro Tutorial.While it may seem rather specific, the following Premiere Pro tutorial covers a seemingly simple technique that can produce some incredible shots. In short, this technique brought to us by Rhino Camera Gear shows us how to composite silhouetted video plates onto timelapse footage. The result is impressive and easy to achieve.In the following video tutorial, we’ll see how this unique look can be captured. The video covers:Shooting TimelapseIdeal Shooting EnvironmentsChroma-Keys Based on LuminanceIt should be noted that if your camera doesn’t have built-in time-lapse capabilities, you’ll have to either shoot the video for an extended period of time (which can lead to some pretty insane file sizes) or you can purchase a device called an intervalometer, which essentially tells your camera to take a picture at set intervals. Not all cameras can use intervalometers, but most DSLRs and mirrorless cameras can. Just do a quick search for your specific camera to find out.This video was first created and shared by Rhino Camera Gear on their YouTube Channel. Thanks for sharing!Another way in which you might be able to take this technique to the next level would be to integrate a tracking motion lapse using a device like the Syrp Genie, which is designed to let users capture moving timelapses.Do you know of a better way to get this effect? We’d love to hear about it in the comments below!last_img read more

Selling Is Persuasion, Not Force

first_imgThis post was written as part of the IBM for Midsize Business program, which provides midsize businesses with the tools, expertise and solutions they need to become engines of a smarter planet.Your client’s contract is up. You need the renewal. But your client is dragging their feet. So you decide to ratchet up the pressure and start withholding. You withhold support. You withhold some orders. You believe that by withholding, you can ratchet up the pressure on your client and get your contract signed. They need you, and you have the upper hand. Or so you think.Or maybe you want to create a sense of urgency, so you make your dream client a time-sensitive offer. If they don’t place their order by the deadline, “poof,” the offer disappears. Now they have a compelling offer; scarcity works. Or does it?These are both tactics. They both sometimes work. But they’re force, not persuasion. And selling is persuasion, not force.Persuasion Saves RelationshipsAnything that violates trust works against long-term relationships. And being self-oriented is a violation of trust. Period.There are better ways to handle issues like the two I described above. It’s better to deal with these things openly, honestly, and persuasively.In the case of the expired contract, you’re better off persuading your client to put a 30-day patch in place while you complete your contract negotiation. It’s better to go to your client directly, work to understand what’s preventing them from signing a new agreement, and persuade them to make something work. If you have to resort to force, you run the risk of damaging your relationship—and potentially losing your client.I promise your client will remember having their support turned off and their orders not shipped.There is nothing wrong with trying to compel a client with a time sensitive offer—if it’s truly time sensitive. But if it’s only time-sensitive to meet your revenue goals, then you are using force when you should be using persuasion. Instead, call your client and ask them when it would make sense for them to make the purchase. You might be able to persuade them to buy sooner.If you have to use force to make your offer compelling, you don’t have a compelling offer. Don’t be surprised if instead of being greeted with a signed contract, you’re instead greeted with a lost opportunity.Force isn’t as effective as persuasion. It never is. It never has been. You’re better off winning hearts and minds than attempting short cuts that damage—or destroy—relationships.QuestionsDo you ever try to resort to force to compel your clients or dream clients?Why do some salespeople—and sales organizations—resort to force?How might resorting to force damage your client relationships?How could you use persuasion instead of force—even if it took longer and was more difficult? Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more