Cell Cycling recommend the use of a 6mm Punch for cutting an accurate hole in your hood or handlebar tapeCurrent software allows only two buttons to connect to the BlakBox transceiver via two USB-C ports. That said, the software currently only supports a single shifter. However, enhanced firmware in the pipeline (coming 1st quarter of 2021) will allow nearly unlimited buttons and shifters to connect. It can be mounted under the stem or wrapped under bar tape anywhere, with its small size making it a viable option for time trial bars too. The brand say they already have customers in the hand cycle market testing the electronic shifter with adaptive buttons for chin control. Pricing & AvailabilityThe Cell BIT is expected to go live on their website in early January. The new X-Shifter Kits kits will include the Version 3 ELink, with improved speed, battery life and reliability. The kit now includes two batteries. The estimated retail price for the shifter, two batteries, BlakBox and a pair of BITs will be around $250.Cell-Cycling.com Cell Cycling have added an ultra lightweight shifter upgrade for their X-Shifter universal wireless shifting kit. The Cell BIT is a 1.5g aluminium button, smaller than a quarter. Its size is what makes it such a versatile upgrade; mount it almost anywhere on the bar, including the hoods, tops, drops, or even the end of a TT bar. Cell BIT Wireless ShifterThe Cell Bit is a hybrid wireless system. It connects to Cell Cycling’s BlakBox transceiver, which itself weighs 14g. That connection is via a wire, hence “hybrid wireless”, as compared to Cell’s wireless shifters, the X-Shifter, X-POD and mini-POD.
View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Hamilton Star Mandy Gonzalez Releases Single by Lin-Manuel MirandaHamilton’s Angelica Schuyler (and In the Heights’ original Nina), Mandy Gonzalez, today released “Fearless,” the title song to her new album, which is scheduled to drop on October 20. “Fearless” is written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, who wrote the Tony-winning musicals that put Gonzalez on the map. The seven-track album bridging pop and R&B features a powerful duet with Christopher Jackson, the Hamilton Tony nominee who appeared opposite Gonzalez during In the Heights. For fans of that musical, the album will feature an intimate new version of her signature song, “Breathe.” Pre-order today to receive a download of the fierce title track.Anastasia Star Ramin Karimloo Will Honor Ahrens & Flaherty at Primary Stages GalaRamin Karimloo is among a starry group set to offer performances and tributes at the 2017 gala for off-Broadway’s Primary Stages. Karimloo, who stars in Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty’s newest Broadway musical, Anastasia, will honor the Tony-winning songwriters at Tribeca 360º on October 16. In addition to the previously announced Tony-winning Once on This Island star Lea Salonga, the evening with feature Liz Callaway, Quentin Earl Darrington, Terrence McNally and Margo Seibert. Frozen writer Kristen Anderson-Lopez will also appear with her In Transit collaborators James-Allen Ford, Russ Kaplan and Sara Wordsworth.The SpongeBob Cast Album Is Going VinylMasterWorks Broadway’s cast recording for the upcoming Great White Way musical SpongeBob SquarePants is getting the vinyl treatment! Get ready to hear original tunes from Sara Bareilles, Cyndi Lauper, Panic! at the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants and more. The album features performances from the cast of the musical’s world premiere engagement at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre, including Ethan Slater in the title role with Lilli Cooper as Sandy Cheeks, Danny Skinner as Patrick and Tony nominee Gavin Lee as Squidward. The vinyl album will be released on November 3, just three days before SpongeBob SquarePants begins perfs at the Palace Theatre on Broadway.Kristin Chenoweth Wrote a Perfect Song About Her DogTony winner Kristin Chenoweth has combined our love of original tunes and cuddly canines in a new song! Obedience School, co-written with Chenoweth’s acclaimed musical director Mary-Mitchell Campbell, follows Chenoweth’s loving adventures with her overly eager pup Thunder. Listen below to the charming tune which Chenoweth is dedicating to the important work of the ASPCA. Ben Platt to Join Gavin Creel to Relive Embarrassing Onstage Moments for a Good CauseDear Evan Hansen Tony winner Ben Platt has joined the lineup for the benefit evening Let Me Try That Again, featuring Broadway stars sharing embarrassing onstage moments and then redeeming themselves by re-creating them. Platt joins the previously announced Tony-winning Hello, Dolly! featured player Gavin Creel for the cabaret that will take place on October 15 at 9:30pm at Feinstein’s/54 Below. Susan Blackwell is set to host the event that was co-founded by Junk star Steven Pasquale. The evening will benefit The Performing Arts Project.Cast Album of Celebrated Off-Broadway Musical Hadestown Is ReleasedHadestown, the new musical which debuted with New York Theater Workshop in 2016, releases its original cast recording today! Warner Music Group, in collaboration with Ghostlight Records, produces the album, which was recorded live during the show’s off-Broadway engagement. The new musical written by Anaïs Mitchell and directed by Tony-nommed Great Comet genius Rachel Chavkin, follows Orpheus’ mythical quest to overcome Hades and regain the favor of his one true love, Eurydice. The cast was led by Patrick Page as Hades alongside Damon Daunno as Orpheus and Nabiyah Be as Euridice, with Amber Gray, Shaina Taub, Chris Sullivan, Jessie Shelton and Lulu Fall. The cast will be live-streaming a listening party from Hadestown’s Facebook page on October 9, so be sure to tune in for a taste of this original score!
Jason Gotay (Photo: Emilio Madrid for Broadway.com) Strong-voiced star Jason Gotay has been cast as Che in New York City Center’s upcoming special gala staging of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Tony-winning musical Evita. The previously announced production, directed by Sammi Cannold, music-directed by Kristen Blodgette and co-choreographed by Valeria Solomonoff and Emily Maltby, will run for two weeks from November 13-24.Gotay is a City Center alum who appeared earlier this year in the Encores! production of Call Me Madam. He has been seen on Broadway in Bring It On The Musical and Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark and off-Broadway in The Anthem and F#%king Up Everything.Gotay joins a previously announced cast that includes Solea Pfeiffer as Eva and Maia Reficco as Young Eva, along with Philip Hernandez as Magaldi and Enrique Acevedo as Perón, with an ensemble comprising Sergio Martín Almirón, Fabio Angelo, Isa Antonetti, Leah Barsky, Kristina Bermudez, Edgar Cavazos, Alexander Gil Cruz, Rebecca Eichenberger, Jennifer Florentino, David Michael Garry, Mariano Loguidice, Robin Masella, Phoebe Garcia Pearl, Patricia Phillips, Guillermina Quiroga, Maria Cristina Slye, Lucas Thompson, Daniel Torres and Ricardo A. Zayas.Cannold’s vision for Evita uses dynamic visual storytelling and an original approach to excavate new depths within Webber and Rice’s text, with Reficco playing Perón from ages 15-20 and Pfeiffer portraying her from ages 20-33. View Comments
Brown slammed the tax as ‘destructive’ and hinted that exemption in some areas may be granted. A week ago, Lord Mandelson called the tax ‘good for business’, but MPs’ rebellion over the tax – more than 120 have signed commons motions against the tax – could force the government into a u-turn. MPs are now hoping that there will be some element of relief introduced at next week’s pre budget report following their campaign and the Property Week and British Property Federation’s campaigns against the tax. This week, the BPF will make a final representation to the government over empty rates. The Urban Regeneration Companies executives group, led by Leicester chief John Nicholls, have also submitted a dossier of evidence on demolitions caused by empty rates. Labour MP Chris Mullin, with colleague John Cummings, have also met with the Treasury recently and Brown suggested they had ‘got somewhere’. He said: ‘I do think the government could look at granting relief. We are in a position where people are pulling buildings down, which is an unintentional but destructive consequence of this, and the way to avert that is to grant relief.’Eric Pickles, Tory local government spokesman, said: ‘The fact Labour’s own Chief Whip is leading this tax revolt shows just how damaging this levy is.’BPF director Peter Cosmetatos said: ‘It would be highly cynical to offer relief just to areas where the government may lose seats. But the chancellor has an opportunity to make a small tax concession that would hugely help businesses survive the current economic bloodbath. It is vital he uses the pre-Budget report to do this, sending a clear message that the government wants to support, not hinder, recovery.’
Hopkins Manufacturing Corp. has announced the addition of Duke Vair as vice president human resources and chief human resources officer. Vair will lead and direct all Human Resource-related activities for Hopkins, at the company’s 10 locations around the world.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementDuke Vair“We are pleased to have Duke join our team at Hopkins,” said Bradley Kraft, president and CEO of Hopkins. “His experience in building high-performing cultures, teamwork, talent management, employee engagement and acquisitions, along with his exceptional overall HR background, will be invaluable to position him to lead human resources and our strategic culture growth initiative.”Most recently, Vair was the vice president of human resources and chief human resources officer for Brakebush Brothers, a food processing, trucking/transportation, logistics, sales and marketing company. Prior to that, he served as vice president, human resources for AG Processing, a global soybean oil and bio-fuels manufacturing and processing company. Vair also has had human resources experience in a variety of industries, including architectural services, staffing services and telecommunications.Vair’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in business from the University of Nebraska and an Associate of Applied Science degree – Computer Science / Management Information Systems from Metropolitan Community College, in Omaha, Nebraska. He is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources.
The pro bono protocol says work of this nature is ‘always only an adjunct to, and not a substitute for, a proper system of publicly funded legal services’. This can be a difficult distinction at times, but it has been the mantra of the pro bono movement as it has grown over the past 15 years. So when legal aid minister Lord Bach told the joint national pro bono conference this week that there is a ‘dire need’ for pro bono work at a time of a capped legal aid budget, he seemed to be going that one step further – rather than topping up legal aid, pro bono could be the only way to maintain provision in those areas where legal aid is withdrawn. This is a tough issue for the profession to address. It is not for lawyers to relieve the government of its obligation to ensure citizens can secure access to justice, but it would be hard to turn one’s back on those left exposed by legal aid cuts in pursuit of a point of principle. But it will have to be the profession that says ‘only so far and no further’ – it is unlikely the government will do so either now or in the future. More positively, the conference showed how the movement is clearly up to the challenge. There is now a strong, motivated and coordinated cohort of people at the heart of pro bono that the profession can be proud of.
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The Summit would take place in Washington, DC, with regulators to discuss their respective regulatory roles in considering the impact of the announced Alliance. The three carriers announced they would begin cooperating in 2014 on routes covering Asia to Europe as well as transpacific and transatlantic routes to the United States. Early estimates by Maersk Line’s chief trading and marketing officer put market control of such an alliance at about 42 percent on the Asia to Europe route, 24 percent on the transpacific routes, and 40 – 42 percent on the transatlantic route. Indications are that the P3 network will be operated from new management offices in London and Singapore with a staff of approximately 200. The proposed Alliance has already named Maersk Line’s Lars Mikel Jensen as its chief executive officer. Joining in the call for the Summit is Commissioner William P. Doyle, who stated: “One of my concerns relates to media reports that a combined east-west fleet of 346 vessels will be reduced to 255 vessels once the proposed Alliance is consummated. I am interested in learning more about the impact this Alliance will have on services provided to consumers, shippers and U.S. terminal operations.” Commissioner Doyle added: “Maersk Line, Limited is the largest U.S.-flag carrier in the international fleet. To this end, I do not want the Alliance’s operations to harm or otherwise negatively impact the U.S.-flag international fleet when decisions are made to cascade or otherwise eliminate ships from service.” Commissioner Richard A. Lidinsky, Jr. also stated, “It is clear this Alliance is moving forward as if it has already met regulatory approval despite the lack of any significant filing with regulatory authorities in Europe, China or the U.S. Pushing behind the scenes and placing positive stories with the press is not a substitute for proper consideration of the consequences of this massive carrier alignment.” Commissioner Lidinsky will be attending the annual meeting of the European Maritime Law Organization this week in London where it is anticipated that the proposed P3 Alliance may be a topic of discussion. Chairman Cordero continued, “Like my fellow Commissioners, I am keeping an open mind about the parameters and impact of this Agreement until it can be fully analysed. The Commission is responsible for carrying out the congressionally-mandated goals of the Shipping Act, namely, non-discriminatory regulatory processes in harmony with and responsive to international shipping practices. Together with our European and Chinese counterparts, we as regulatory authorities, have responsibilities related not only to our nations, but to the global shipping structure to ensure that this proposed Alliance does not harm others, including consumers, the maritime community, and world trade. Once this agreement is filed, I envision all members of our American maritime industry – shippers, importers, exporters, consumers, ports, unions, intermodal entities – to fully express their views to the Commission in written comments or open hearings as to how this Alliance of foreign flag carriers would affect our waterborne commerce,” the Chairman concluded. The Federal Maritime Commission is the federal agency responsible for regulating the nation’s international ocean transportation for the benefit of exporters, importers, and the American consumer. The FMC’s mission is to foster a fair, efficient, and reliable international ocean transportation system while protecting the public from unfair and deceptive practices.www.fmc.gov
Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Another person has died after vaping, this time it was a man over the age of 50 who lived in Kansas. He becomes the second vaping-related death in the state, according to a statement from Kansas Governor Laura Kelly.The man who died had underlying health conditions, but no other details about the case were released.The state said it is working with public health officials in other states to gather information about what in e-cigarettes is leading to this kind of illness.“We are coordinating a response to combat this epidemic, so that families can avoid such tragic outcomes,” said Governor Kelly.There have been nine known deaths related to vaping in the US so far — two in California, two in Kansas, and one in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri and Oregon. That’s out of 530 confirmed and probable cases of lung injuries related to e-cigarettes as of September 17, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.This was the ninth confirmed case of a vaping-related illness in Kansas, including the two deaths. The cases range in age from 17 to 67. All were hospitalized according to a statement from the state, and two remain in hospital.The patients have used a mix of products and devices. Some report only vaping nicotine, others used THC, a cannabinoid product, some used only CBD and a combination of THC and nicotine.Dr. Lee Norman, secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, will testify before US House Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee on Wednesday about the effects of e-cigarettes.“E-cigarettes are unregulated, which means that we don’t know what’s in them,” Norman said in Monday’s statement. “And, of great concern to me, is that in the midst of all these illnesses being reported, the amount of young people using them is significant.”Governor Kelly urged people in her state to follow the CDC’s advice and stay away from e-cigarette products while what specifically is causing people to get sick is still being investigated.People who are getting sick typically have a cough, shortness of breath, nausea, chest pain, and some people vomit, have abdominal pain, and fever.If you think you are sick and have been vaping, make sure you go see a doctor right away. Related Articles:Collier County Public Schools advocates against vaping with new postersGetting your teen to cut the vaping habitFDA TV ads educate youth on dangers of e-cigarette use‘Trading an evil for an evil:’ Vaping not a safe way to quit smoking cigarettes Author: Jen Christensen and Jamie Gumbrecht, CNNWriter:WINK News Published: September 24, 2019 1:39 PM EDT Charlotte County teen speaks out after nearly dying from vaping SHARE (CNN) Second vaping-related death in Kansas brings nationwide total to 9 NCH doctor says vaping, COVID-19 can have very similar symptoms Recommended
An easy way to save on your healthcare in 2017If you’re like most people, there are a few times a year when you sit down to review your expenses – your cable bill, entertainment expenses and grocery receipts, for example – and try to figure out where you and your family can save money.One item you should consider is your healthcare costs in 2017. Since the fall season marks the beginning of the annual open enrollment period for employees, now is the perfect time to sign up for a new health benefit plan or make changes to your current plan.Offered as part of those benefits, Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) are two simple ways for people to save money in the New Year. An FSA, which is provided by your employer, allows you to save funds for eligible healthcare expenses. An HSA – which you can obtain on your own or through your employer – is a tax-advantaged savings account that allows you to set aside money to cover medical expenses throughout your lifetime.A major advantage of both accounts is that individuals may use the full amount of their pre-tax dollars toward the care you and your family may need; employees who enroll in an FSA can contribute a portion of their salary pre-tax to pay for qualified medical or dependent care expenses, while an HSA helps individuals with qualifying high-deductible health plans pay for current and future medical expenses.The number of HSA accounts has risen to 18.2 million in 2016, a 25 percent increase since 2015, according to Devenir Research. In addition, according to the 2016 Flexible Spending Account and Health Savings Account Consumer Research study commissioned by Visa and conducted by C+R Research, 90 percent of FSA users agree that saving money, since contributions are pre-tax, tops their list of reasons for having an FSA. In fact, 40 percent of FSA users claim they would cut back on their medical expenses if they didn’t have an FSA.The study also finds that an FSA with no carryover option represents an important barrier to adoption amongst employees, who fear losing their unused dollars at the end of the plan year. 60 percent of non-FSA users noted they would sign up for this benefit if their employer offered the option to carryover up to $500 of their unused health FSA balances remaining at the end of the plan year.One of the most convenient ways to access funds in an HSA or FSA is with a Visa Healthcare Card, which allows employees to use funds in their HSA or FSA to pay for qualified medical expenses wherever Visa debit cards are accepted, making it easy to pay for expenses such as:*Copays and deductibles*Prescriptions*Dentist visits: Cleanings, orthodontia, dentures*Exams: Physicals, dermatologist*Vision care, including exams, new glasses, LASIK*Hearing exams and aids*Medical equipment such as blood pressure monitors, thermometers*Smoking cessation programsFor added convenience, most pharmacies, grocery stores and other retailers that sell healthcare products have the capability to distinguish between covered items and non-covered items when you pay for them, so you don’t have to wonder whether something is covered or not.By using a Visa Healthcare Card at these locations, you no longer have to pay out-of-pocket and then submit receipts to be reimbursed for your medical expenses, saving you time and money!There’s a reason why 78 percent of FSA users surveyed report having an FSA card and why 52 percent of HSA owners surveyed say they use a debit card linked to their HSA to pay for their medical expenses, as the 2016 Flexible Spending Account and Health Savings Account Consumer Research study commissioned by Visa and conducted by C+R Research found. As you review your options this open enrollment season, ask your employer if they offer an HSA or FSA with a Visa Healthcare Card to provide easy access to your funds. To learn more, visit www.visahealthcare.com.