SRAM has just announced their aquistition of Quarq Technology, Inc., makers of crank-based powermeters that use the ANT+ wireless protocal to transmit info to a compatible cycling computer. This means you probably won’t see an SRM option when ordering up a powermeter equipped SRAM crankset directly from them, but it could mean some interesting new power measurement devices (pedals?) given SRAM’s resources. Here’s hoping for Flight Deck-like wireless computer that shows what gear you’re in…we’re still waiting on Shimano’s next-gen version, which we thought was just being held up while ANT+ standardized things a bit.Full press release after the break…PRESS RELEASE: SRAM is pleased to announce the acquisition of Quarq Technology, Inc. Over the last several years Quarq has become recognized as a leader and innovator in the design and manufacture of power meters, measurement devices and related accessories for the bicycle industry. The acquisition by SRAM marks a milestone for both the SRAM and Quarq organizations.“We are looking forward to the opportunities that this partnership represents for further innovation and integration of bicycle components and power measurement.” stated Stan Day, CEO of SRAM. “Quarq’s growth has been impressive and their technology and product base are strong. Power measurement represents a rapidly growing segment of the cycling market andwe are very content to have partnered with a leading brand in Quarq, and a technology pioneer in Jim Meyer.”Jim Meyer, the founder and CEO of Quarq said “We started Quarq 5 years ago to push forward power meter technology. We have had wonderful success to date and are very excited about joining forces with SRAM. SRAM has a long history of innovation and is a natural fit with Quarq. We look forward to further pushing forward power measurement technology.”While detailed integration plans with Quarq are being formulated, current plans include:Jim and Mieke Meyer, the founders and leaders of Quarq, will continue to lead Quarq operations in the near term.Order processing and customer service for Quarq products will be continue to be handled through their existing channels. We anticipate integrating these into SRAM over time.Quarq’s current manufacturing will remain in Spearfish, SD for the near term.Quarq’s supply chain will remain mostly unchanged. Current suppliers will be supported by SRAM engineering and manufacturing resources where appropriate.
Brattleboro Retreat,by Anne Galloway vtdigger.org Officials from the Brattleboro Retreat came to the Statehouse on Wednesday to tell lawmakers they regretted they werenâ t more forthcoming about an investigation at the facility that took place after a patient died of a drug overdose.The patient, Jared Fitzpatrick of Middlebury, was at the Retreat for alcohol detox and psychiatric treatment. He died several days after he grabbed methadone from a nurseâ s cart. Afterward, state and federal agencies investigated the Retreat to determine what happened. As a result of the probe, the hospital was cited for deficiencies in patient care.CEO Robert Simpson, VBM file photoRob Simpson, CEO of the Retreat, didnâ t tell lawmakers about the investigation, the nature of Fitzpatrickâ s death or the citations in February when he was called to testify about rumors regarding deaths at the hospital.On Wednesday, Simpson was back in the Statehouse, this time profusely apologizing to lawmakers. The CEO said if he could give his testimony again, he would.â I have listened to the tapes myself and if I could do it over, I would,’Simpson said.The Shumlin administration was also aware of the probe but didnâ t inform legislators about the Retreatâ s problems.At the same time the investigation was under way, state officials were pressing for fast passage of the community mental health bill, which creates a decentralized system for state patients with severe psychiatric problems who would have previously been treated at the Vermont State Hospital. The Retreat is the largest private hospital facility in the new decentralized system, with 14 beds. The state will pay for renovations to the Retreat and for services.In a previous story published by VTDigger.org, lawmakers said they didnâ t know about the extent of the regulatory issues at the Retreat until they were approached by the press more than a month after the legislative session ended.The investigations occurred in February and March.Several lawmakers said they should have been informed, because they were making a decision about a large investment of state money in private facilities.Sen. Claire Ayer asked the same questions over and over again during the daylong Health Access Oversight meeting: What should lawmakers know, when they should know it and who should tell them.The CEO cited a number of â mistakes’that he wished he could take back.â I failed to explain that the initial CMS visit was just the beginning of the process and that a subsequent report would soon be issued,’Simpson said in a statement he read to the committee. â My testimony did not make clear that the CMS review was not complete and there might be potentially standard or conditions of participation findings in an upcoming report. I also did not report back to the Committee after receiving the report and I should have. I deeply apologize for this oversight.âSimpson said the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare reviewed the Retreatâ s corrective action plan and a report should be filed very soon. He said he would make the information available to the committee.The CEO also said he wanted to â set the record straight on two questions.ââ On Feb. 8 I was asked by Sen. Mullin whether the patient death at the Retreat was from â natural causes,â ‘Simpson said. â My colleague Peter Albert and I both responded that we did not know because we understood that the medical examinerâ s preliminary findings were inconclusive. A recent media report has suggested that more specific findings were available at the time. If thatâ s the case, I want to assure the committee we did not know that when we testified and we answered the question to the best of our knowledge.âHe admitted that the Retreat had lost its â deemed status.ââ Unfortunately we found ourselves confused on this point,’Simpson said. â We did not interpret the communication from CMS correctly. But let me step back and make an important clarification: Losing deemed status is not on par with losing CMS certification, nor does it imply an immediate threat to our certification.âFor the time being, the Retreat is no longer admitting adult private patients until issues at the hospital had been completely cleared up, he said.Simpson pledged to keep do everything he can to inform legislators in future.Confusion remained though around exactly what information the Division of Licensing and Protection could be made available to lawmakers. Suzanne Leavitt, head of the division, said federal rules preclude disclosure of any information about an investigation until a corrective action plan has been filed by a hospital.Patrick Flood, commissioner of the Department of Mental Health, told lawmakers they have a right to know when deaths or other â sentinel’events and that information should come from him.â When someone in the custody of the state dies, especially in an unexpected way, it is a matter thatâ s legitimate for public inquiry and discussion,’Flood said.Flood said they would need to discuss what level of â event’would be appropriate to share with the public. He suggested, for example, that elopements might not be worthy of lawmakers’attention.Talking about â adverse events’like the deaths, Flood said â we stand ready to provide the information however best you decide to receive it.âHe agreed it is a â matter for public inquiry and discussion.âRight now the state and legislature do not have a process, and that is the heart of the problem, according to Flood. Lawmakers agreed they have no clear sense of what level of information they should get and suggested he provide them with some guidelines that they can then discuss to clarify what level of info they want.Flood also defended the Retreat, saying the hospital had been â an incredible partner in this difficult situation’after the Vermont State Hospital was damaged by Tropical Storm Irene.He said they had been â incredibly flexible’and willing to solve problems and â there have been some really difficult problems to solve.ââ The Brattleboro Retreat takes the hardest patients. They stand out in what they do,’he said, noting the facility takes patients from other hospitals that those hospitals canâ t handle.The Retreat now was 22 patients that are being treated under state custody though they only signed on for 15.He said there inevitably will be other problems, but â I have great confidence in the Retreat.ââ None of us can sit here and promise there wonâ t be another untoward event,’he said. June 13, 2012 vtdigger.org
Pinterest Other researchers have been looking at how MDMA can be used to help autistic people by reducing social anxiety and increasing social adaptability. MDMA-assisted psychotherapy also has been suggested to help with addictions, such as alcoholism.Longer-term effectsBut little research has investigated the longer-term impact of using MDMA on how we get on with other people. It’s important to understand this if we’re looking to use the drug in a therapeutic setting, as most psychological disorders involve difficulty in interacting with others. We also found in our study that mild MDMA users were no more distressed than alcohol users after being socially excluded, contrary to previous concerns that MDMA use would heighten social distress and anxiety in the long term.Our study involved 67 young people, 25 of whom used MDMA, 19 who used other drugs and 23 who only used alcohol. We assessed empathy by using a questionnaire and a computer task. In the questionnaire, the MDMA users rated higher in empathy and sympathy for others (known as “emotional empathy”) than the other drug users, who mainly used cannabis, cocaine and ketamine. During the computer task, the MDMA users were also better at correctly identifying the emotions of others (known as “cognitive empathy”).The MDMA users in our study used MDMA about once a month. This level of use is about the same as what could be used for therapy, so looking at this group is more informative than looking at heavy users to figure out the longer-term effects of MDMA as a treatment. But the people in this group were recreational users, meaning they bought MDMA off the street. Street MDMA is often contaminated with other substances, so it can vary in purity. In a therapeutic setting, MDMA would be used in its pure form. Alongside psychotherapy, patients would be given a standard dose in a controlled setting and would be closely monitored and guided by a therapist.The findings from our study do not mean that using MDMA makes people more empathetic as it is highly possible that more empathetic people who use drugs are drawn to MDMA due to its sociable effects (meaning that there could be preexisting differences in empathy). To truly see whether MDMA can increase empathy in the long term, a study would need to assess people before using drugs and would need to look at changes in empathy over time.Nevertheless, this study is important because understanding the longer-term effects of using MDMA is pivotal in determining whether it can be used as a viable treatment for mental health disorders.By Molly Carlyle, PhD Candidate, Addiction and Psychopharmacology, University of ExeterThis article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. If you’ve ever seen someone in a club on MDMA, it may not surprise you to hear it’s linked to a heightened ability to share other people’s feelings and emotions. Yet in our new study, we found that even when the effects have faded, mild MDMA users showed greater empathy than people who use other common recreational drugs, such as cannabis, cocaine and ketamine.MDMA (also known as “ecstasy” or “molly”) is used in rave culture because it increases energy and makes people feel euphoric and sociable. Recently, though, researchers have been looking at how the pure form of MDMA can be used in therapy to treat mental health problems such as post-traumatic stress disorder, alcohol addiction and more.Recent trials have shown that when used alongside psychotherapy, MDMA can treat post-traumatic stress in people who have not responded to any other treatments, and these improvements can still be seen many months after treatment. It is thought that the effect of MDMA enables patients to think about very difficult memories that are often too painful to address, helping them to recover. Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Email LinkedIn Share
Oct 6, 2020 Oct 7, 2020 CARICOM SG congratulates re-elected Premier of Bermuda Sep 25, 2020 CARPHA: Leading the Caribbean’s COVID-19 Response – VIDEO Oct 7, 2020 CARICOM and UNEP extend cooperation on environment You may be interested in… The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has extended its sympathy to the Government and People of Japan as they recover from the ravages of Typhoon Hagibis. The powerful typhoon hit Japan earlier this month leaving more than 80 deaths and causing widespread damage. CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, in a message of condolence to the Prime Minister of Japan H.E. Shinzo Abe, said the Community sympathized with “those who lost loved ones due to the deadly storm which was the worst to hit the Kanto Region in more than 60 years.” Standards, Quality Still Important “It is our hope that the injured would make a full and speedy recovery and that those who are missing are accounted for.” the Secretary-General added. He noted that “the considerable damage done by this Super Typhoon to property and infrastructure, underlines the threat posed by the increased intensity of storms, an alarming aspect of climate change.” “The Community is confident that the resilience and determination of the Japanese people will allow the society to recover from this disaster as those affected rebuild their lives and the areas of the country devastated by the Typhoon are restored,” the Secretary-General stated. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… CARICOM fully engaged in assisting recovery and rebuilding post Matthew – Secretary-GeneralCARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has expressed sadness with the loss of lives, homes and property during the passage of hurricane Matthew, and he gave the assurance that CARICOM is fully engaged in assisting affected countries with their recovery and rebuilding efforts. Haiti was the most seriously affected CARICOM Member…October 8, 2016In “Barbados”CARICOM joins Japan in mourning flood deathsThe Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has expressed deepest condolences to the Government and People of Japan in the face of the tragic loss of life, widespread destruction and continuing suffering wrought by torrential rains and floods in Central and Western Japan. “The Caribbean Community conveys its heartfelt sympathies to the families…July 15, 2018In “CARICOM”Major Financial Institutions willing to reassess development financing policyInternational Financial Institutions (IFIs) including the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) are now willing to reassess the policy of GDP per capita attached to concessionary development financing. [su_pullquote align=”right”]“There is an urgency to rebuild. There is an urgency to rebuild better and an urgency to rebuild smarter,…October 23, 2017In “Anguilla”Share this on WhatsApp
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The Bahamas and Jamaica recorded deaths from the coronavirus (COVID-19) as several other Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries reported new cases of the virus over the past 24 hours. They said the death toll remains at 72. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Jamaica recorded its 100th death from the virus after eight new deaths were reported over the last 24 hours. You may be interested in… More deaths from COVID-19 recorded in CARICOM countries,… “The Ministry of Health regrets to inform the public that there have been two additional COVID-19 related deaths. Both persons are elderly males with comorbidities. This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 74”. The authorities said that the island now has 4,441 with 1,913 being active cases. They said 105 persons have been discharged from public health facilities. The Ministry of Health said that there were 65 new cases of COVID-19 and two additional deaths. As a result the total number of positive cases now stands at 3,903 with 1,713 of those being active. Suriname said one person in the capital, Paramaribo, tested positive for the virus over the past 24 hours after 28 people had been tested. Oct 16, 2020 St. Lucia records more cases of COVID Health officials said that the death toll remains at 227 and that so far 6,588 people have been cured of the disease. Oct 15, 2020 Jamaica has also recorded 238 new cases, bringing the number of confirmed cases to 6,408 of which 4,451 are active. The death toll now stands at 101 and the Ministry of Health and Wellness said the eight deaths include an 82-year-old woman from St Ann, a 78-year-old man from Clarendon, a 28-year-old woman, a 65-year-old man, 96-year-old man, 65-year-old man, 78-year-old man and 59-year-old man, all of St Catherine addresses. Currently, 31 people with the corona virus are in hospitals and seven in intensive care units. Furthermore, there are 41 positives in isolation and 37 people who are not negative in quarantine. Of the newly confirmed cases there were 91 males and 147 females with ages ranging from 24 days old to 96 years old. The health authorities in Trinidad and Tobago are reporting 55 additional persons have tested positive for COVID -19 in addition to two more deaths. Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC They said that since March 19, a total of 27,705 suspected cases have been investigated. Death toll rises in Caribbean from COVID pandemicThe death toll from the coronavirus (COVID019) pandemic in the Caribbean increased on Tuesday as three Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries registered deaths from the virus that has so far killed 966,000 people and infected 31.4 million others globally since last December. The health authorities in Jamaica said that five new…September 23, 2020In “General”Three CARICOM countries record COVID deathsStory via CMC – Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago and the Bahamas registered deaths from the coronavirus (COVID-19) over the past 24 hours, while the authorities in Belize warn that ongoing transmission happening within families is a key factor driving the virus in that Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country. The Ministry of…October 14, 2020In “General”Bahamas records more deaths as Dominica reports new positive casesThe Bahamas recorded four deaths from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and 72 new cases, as the virus continues to impact a number of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries including Dominica, which has now recorded news cases after having not done so for several months. The Ministry of Health said that the death…September 10, 2020In “General”Share this on WhatsApp The health authorities in Trinidad and Tobago are reporting four new cases, bringing the total to 4,386 with 2,039 being active. CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak In Guyana, 15 new cases of COVID-19 brought the overall confirmed cases to 2, 787. The new cases were reported in Region One with five new cases bring the total there to 413, Regions Two and Five with one new case and Region Eight with eight new cases. Oct 16, 2020 The health authorities said that all 65 new cases were recorded in New Providence, where the two deaths -a 61-year-old woman and an 86-year-old woman – were residing. Health authorities said that there are now nine patients in the COVID-19 ICU and 1, 608 have now recovered. To date 78 persons have died with 44 more persons recovering. There are now 861 patients in home isolation, 231 in institutional isolation and 83 persons are in institutional quarantine. The number of active cases nationwide has fallen to 67, while the total number of infections is 4,836. The COVID-19 death rate remained at 102. Six people have been cured in the past 24 hours, bringing that total to 4,667. Haiti is reporting 39 new cases of the virus bringing its total to 8,723 with 1, 908 being active. Their deaths bring the death toll to 91. Oct 15, 2020
A legal challenge by the Law Society to cuts in fees to criminal defence lawyers for complex cases has got under way, Chancery Lane announced this morning. In a pre-action protocol letter for judicial review sent to lord chancellor David Lidington, the Society describes changes to the litigators graduated fee scheme as unlawful. The changes were announced on 24 October – despite clear warnings from firms and organisations, including the Society. They will cap the fee claimable for paper-heavy Crown court cases to 6,000 pages of prosecution evidence, down from 10,000 at present. Joe Egan ‘We believe this will have a dramatic effect on criminal legal aid solicitors and barristers who are already barely scraping a living as they try to ensure a fundamental part of our justice system is upheld – that anyone, regardless of means, is entitled to a proper defence when accused of a crime,’ Law Society president Joe Egan said.According to the pre-action letter the changes: Would interfere disproportionately with the constitutional right of access to justice andWould unlawfully frustrate or are inconsistent with the statutory purpose of the litigators graduated fee schemeWere announced after insufficient inquiries and Follow a decision that was irrational and based on material errors of fact. Unless the reforms are withdrawn, the Society will seek an order in the Administrative Court to quash them, the letter states. ‘After decades of legal aid cuts by successive governments we have no choice but to act against an arbitrary cut that will do little if anything to drive down the legal aid bill – but could have a very detrimental impact on justice,’ Egan said.
UK: The possibility of the UK government selling London & Continental Railways’ property assets and its stake in Eurostar International Ltd is raised in the National Infrastructure Plan 2013 published by the Treasury on December 4.Currently wholly-owned by the Department for Transport, LCR is included in the assets which the government has identified as offering the potential for sale in 2014-20, subject to ‘value for money assessments and key policy objectives’. LCR has a 40% shareholding in Eurostar, with France’s state-owned train operator SNCF holding a 55% stake and its Belgian counterpart SNCB the remaining 5%. A Eurostar spokesman told Railway Gazette International that the sale would be a matter for the government as shareholder, and day-to-day operations would continue as normal. LCR was established as a private consortium which in 1996 was selected by the government to build and operate the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, now known as High Speed 1, and to manage the UK’s stake in Eurostar. A government rescue package was needed in 1998, and LCR was purchased by the state for a nominal sum in June 2009. In November 2010 LCR let a 30-year concession to manage HS1 to a consortium of Borealis Infrastructure and the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan for £2·1bn. On September 30 2013 LCR took over 15 staff and a number of properties with future development potential from BRB (Residuary) Ltd, the body which had been formed to manage the remaining property, rights and liabilities of the abolished British Railways Board. LCR is now responsible for properties including Waterloo International station and the former Eurostar depot in west London, office accommodation in Croydon, Derby, Manchester and Birmingham and potential development sites including land in Oxford and Leeds. Other BRB(R) assets were transferred to the Highways Agency, Network Rail and the Department for Transport. The government has also said it will provide a further £50m for a full redevelopment of Gatwick Airport station, ‘subject to satisfactory commercial negotiations with the airport’, and has confirmed that a £1bn state guarantee has now been agreed for the extension of London Underground’s Northern Line to Battersea.
HUNGARY: National passenger operator MÁV-Start has exercised an option for Stadler’s Valencia plant to supply a further four Citylink electro-diesel tram-trains for the route being developed to link Hódmezővásárhely with Szeged.The country’s first tram-train project aims to provide a high-quality service for daily commuters between the two cities, which are 25 km apart. Both have inconveniently located railway stations, meaning the majority of public transport commuting is currently by bus. The tram-trains will use 600 V DC electric power on the street-running sections in the two cities, and will be powered by two low-emission diesel powerpacks rated at 390 kW on the main line.MÁV-Start placed a HF17∙6bn order for an intial eight Stadler tram-trains in Novmber 2017, and these are expected to enter service in late 2021. The additonal vehicles announced on July 3 will follow by the summer of 2022, enabling the service to be increased from every 20 min to every 15 min.The low-floor vehicles will be 37∙2 m long and 2 650 mm wide with a capacity of 220 passengers, including 92 seated. They will have four multi-purpose places for persons with reduced mobility including wheelchair users and people with prams.They will be able to negotiate curves down to 22 m radius, and will have doors at different heights, as well as sliding ramps to provide easy access at stations without requiring infrastructure modifications. Other features include air-conditioning, CCTV and a passenger infomration system.The tram-train project was described in detail in the Spring 2020 issue of Metro Report International magazine, which registered users can read online.
Winfried SchaeferReggae Boyz players Lance Laing and Upston Edwards, along with the island’s head coach Winfried Schaefer, have been slapped hard by FIFA for indiscretions during Jamaica’s return-leg World Cup qualifying match against Nicaragua.Laing and Edwards were found guilty of using offensive language and gestures to the match officials while Schaefer was charged with displaying unsportsman-like behavior against the officials.Both players were suspended for Jamaica’s next four games in the World Cup qualifiers, while Schafer will have to watch the next two games from the stands and not from the customary sidelines. All three were also fined US$5,150.The ban means that the players will miss Jamaica’s matches against Panama on November 13 in Jamaica; against Haiti on November 17 in Haiti; against Costa Rica on March 25, 2016 in Jamaica; and the return-leg against Costa Rica on March 29, 2016. Schaefer will miss the Panama and Haiti encounters.FIFA’s actions stem from the Reggae Boyz game against Nicaragua in Managua. Jamaica needed to win the game by two clear goals to advance further into the qualifiers, after their opponents had travelled to Kingston and won the game 3-2.Jamaica rallied to win the game by the exact 2-0 that was needed to remain