The qualification races for the Great Britain Age-Group Team gets underway as the Dambuster Duathlon, on Saturday 8 March, provides the first opportunity of the 2014 season to qualify for the team.The Dambuster Duathlon is the first qualification event for the 2014 Pontevedra ITU Standard Distance Duathlon World Championships and the 2015 ETU Standard Distance Duathlon European Championship. This weekend will see duathletes race in the picturesque setting of Rutland Water in Leicestershire.The opening 10K run around the lake and across the dam allows duathletes to follow their competition closely. However, duathletes shouldn’t push the pace too much as the 42K bike incorporates the infamous Rutland Ripple – a rolling row of hills – before a final 5K out-and-back burst for the line.The Great Britain Age-Group Team presents the opportunity for Home Nation members to qualify and compete at an international level. Great Britain has a history of success at every international championship in which the team competes – with 108 gold medals won in 2013.For duathletes who miss the chance to qualify at Dambuster Duathlon, the Clumber Classic Duathlon (22 March) and Stockton Duathlon Festival (27 April) provide two further opportunities to make the team for the 2014 ITU World Championships.The 2015 European Championships also has two additional qualification events at Oulton Park Autumn Duathlon (5 October) and Althorp Duathlon (18 October).Malcolm Westwood, British Triathlon Director for Age-Group Teams said “I am delighted to get the qualification season started this weekend at Dambuster. Dambuster is a well-known event and will have a top field ensuring those looking to gain qualification to the team will have to be at their best.”The deadline to register an intent to qualify at Dambuster Duathlon on britishtriathlon.org is 17:00 GMT on 7 March 2014.British Triathlon can also confirm that registration is now open for the 2014 Cologne ETU Aquathlon European Championships in Germany on 31 May.www.britishtriathlon.org Related
After the success of the 2013 edition of Challenge Vichy, where 1,400 triathletes landed in Auvergne, France, new developments for 2014 included:A new run course through the beautiful centre of Vichy, through the Parc des Sources, past the Opera House and along the banks of the River Allier that were completely refurbished over the winterA new transition area right in front of the Palais du Lac, even closer than before to the Finish LineA new layout for the Finish Line Area that ‘looks even more spectacular with its huge screen’The new run course also included a restaurant area where spectators had the opportunity to enjoy a snack or a full meal while supporting triathletes.www.challengevichy.com Related After a successful outing for Challenge Vichy 2014, the organising team has released a new video of the race that is less focused on the pros but more on the event’s age-groupers and volunteers.Put together by Films du Grand Large, the video showcases the 31 August event and ‘the outstanding athletes and volunteers who came to the fourth edition of Challenge Vichy.’
Forbes Cross started working on bringing the new concept for the Village Shops restaurant to life three months ago.Forbes Cross has had a long history in the Kansas City restaurant business, from his namesake Michael Forbes Grill in Brookside to Parkway 600 on the Plaza to Martini’s in the Blue Valley area. So when he and his wife visited the Chocolate Frog in Prairie Village for the first time, he couldn’t help but start tinkering in his mind.“My wife and I popped over and I said, you know, the menu doesn’t feel right for the place,” Forbes said.He called owner Peter Brown and pitched the idea of forming a partnership and changing the format.“I said, you’ve got the wrong concept. People don’t understand ‘chocolate,’ they think it’s a French place or dessert. I had this idea for something more upscale, a concept that I think Prairie Village would really go for,” Cross said. “We don’t really have a steak house or an upscale barbecue.”So Cross and Brown shuttered the Chocolate Frog back in June — less than a year after the restaurant had opened under that name after originally opening at Standees — the Entertaining Eatery back in 2013. For the past three months, Cross has been refining the menu and overseeing tweaks to the decor, from closing off the window between the restaurant and the theatre to installing liquor displays above the bar.On Monday, the restaurant will open rechristened as C. Frogs BBQ, Steak, Whiskey. The meat-focused menu will feature entrees all sourced from the butchers at McGonigle’s and Scavuzzo’s. Cross had a brand new Southern Pride smoker installed to produce the high-end barbecue entrees. A number of fresh fish and salad dishes are available for those interested in lighter fare. And the appetizer menu includes playful choices like chicken fried oysters and frog legs.C. Frogs will open for lunch at 11 a.m. every day of the week. Dinner service starts at 4 p.m., with the restaurant staying open until 9 p.m. on Sunday; 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; and 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.C. Frogs will also offer a reverse happy hour, with drink specials starting at 9:30 p.m. each night. (The bar will be open until midnight during the week and until 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday).“Everyone says people go home in Prairie Village, but we’re really going to try to go after the industry people who are getting off work,” Cross said. “Because we’ve got a lot of restaurants here.”The restaurant’s menu is embedded below:[slideshow_deploy id=’53056′]
Forbes:Along with the turkey and the pies and the rest, Thanksgiving comes with a big helping of reminders that we practice gratitude every day of the year. And we should. Beyond being polite, gratitude has been shown to improve self-esteem, productivity, determination, optimism, happiness, and resilience, which all happen to be important attributes of successful entrepreneurs.Increasing your capacity for feeling and expressing gratitude can be one of the most important things you do to strengthen your networks and relationships, and build a culture in which employees feel trusted and valued.But like most things, the devil is in the details. How you give and receive that appreciation matters. “You often hear people say, just be grateful, but the nuances of how and where make all the difference,” says Todd Kashdan, Professor of Psychology and Senior Scientist at the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being at George Mason University, and the author of several books, including The Upside of Your Dark Side.Read the whole story: Forbes More of our Members in the Media >
SAN DIEGO — Marc C. Graham has been named president and CEO of InstallerEDGE, a supplier of auto parts and supplies specializing in the quick lube industry. InstallerEDGE is headquartered in San Diego, CA with distribution facilities in Charleston, SC, and Vista, CA. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement“I’m extremely impressed with InstallerEDGE and the great things that Dave Hynan and the team have accomplished,” said Graham. “I look forward to helping to continue to evolve the company into one of the industry’s elite service providers.” Graham, a native of San Diego, is an equity partner in InstallerEDGE. He has more than 35 years of senior management experience in high-volume consumer products and services industries. Prior to joining InstallerEDGE, he served as president/CEO of Synergy Global Business Solutions, a consultancy firm he founded to advise clients on strategic vision, growth strategy, profit improvement and product innovation. He is also president of Ceramic Reinforced Technologies, holder of the patent for Cerflon. From 1999 to 2003, Graham served as president of Jiffy Lube International, and before Jiffy Lube, Graham spent 28 years as an executive in two of the top 10 automotive retailers. An active industry advocate, Graham is on the board of directors of the Automotive Aftermarket Foundation, The Automotive Hall of Fame, Coalition for Auto Repair Equality (CARE) and the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA). He currently serves on the AAIA Executive Committee and Audit Committee, and on the board of Cottman Transmission. He received the Retailer of the Year award in 1997, the Automotive Aftermarket Management Education award in 2002 and serves as a faculty advisor to Northwood University. Advertisement_______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.
STATE News:Restaurants may provide outdoor or patio services where available beginning WednesdaySANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced this afternoon that the state’s emergency public health order will be amended to permit limited outdoor dine-in services for most of the state beginning Wednesday, May 27.Dine-in services inside restaurants and bars remain temporarily prohibited. New Mexico is on target for a June 1 reopening of those services under a limited capacity per fire code occupancy restrictions – however, New Mexico health officials continue to monitor the rate of transmission in the state’s southwestern public health region, which if unchecked could preclude further reopenings in that region. The amended public health order does not apply to the northwestern public health region.Under the amended public health order, which is attached and will be effective Wednesday, May 27, restaurants may offer dine-in service in outdoor seating areas at up to 50 percent of their outdoor area fire code occupancy. The following stipulations apply: No dine-in service may be provided in indoor seating areas.Outdoor dine-in service may only be provided to patrons who are seated. Tables must be placed with at least six feet of distance between one another. No more than six patrons may be seated at any single table. No bar or counter seating is permitted. Bars – defined as food and beverage service establishments that derived more than 50 percent of their revenue in the prior calendar year from the sale of alcoholic beverages – are not included in this provision and may not operate outdoor or patio services at present. Bars may continue to operate for take-out and delivery if permitted under their applicable licenses.“Our priority throughout this public health crisis has been the safety and health and well-being of New Mexicans, and this modification of the emergency public health order aligns with that mandate while providing an opportunity for restaurants to begin preparing for a wider reopening next week,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “We continue to see sustained, consistent progress in our fight against this virus, which is a credit to the New Mexicans who have amended their behavior to keep themselves, their families and their communities safe. I greatly look forward to being able to continue to ease the restrictions imposed on us by this heinous virus – provided that we continue on the right track and New Mexicans take every necessary precaution, whether in an individual capacity or as a business-owner or employee.”“The New Mexico Restaurant Association is happy with the Governor’s decision to allow a soft opening, of outdoor dining, for restaurants on May 27,” said Carol Wight, the association’s chief executive. “We believe this will provide restaurants the opportunity to ease back into the swing of things while taking the time to properly train staff and implement COVID-19 safe procedures effectively, before fully opening to the public on June 1.“At this time we ask our industry partners in Doña Ana County to seriously consider refraining from participation in this soft opening,” Wight added. “The rate of transmission is considerably higher in this area and in order for everyone to be able to safely reopen soon, the NMRA would like restaurants in this area to forgo the May 27 date and work hard to slow the spread for the June 1 reopening of our industry.”COVID-safe practices for restaurants are available here and will be adhered to under any broader reopening that could take place early next week upon the expiration of the current emergency public health order.The emergency public health order mandates compliance with COVID-Safe Practices for Restaurants, which have been updated with an adjustment related to contact tracing. The requirement is as follows:“To support contract tracing, offer all customers who visit the establishment with the opportunity to record their name and phone number or email address, along with the date and time of their visit, and retain such records for no less than four weeks from the date of collection.”All COVID-Safe Practices can be found in “All Together New Mexico: COVID-Safe Practices for Individuals and Employers”, which can be accessed and downloaded at newmexico.gov and cv.nmhelath.org at the link provided here. (The document includes COVID-Safe Practices for salons, spas, and tattoo parlors, although those are not yet permissible, in order to allow these establishments to prepare for what practices will be required upon a later limited re-opening.)The amended public health order – which otherwise remains the same, meaning other close-contact facilities and outdoor recreation facilities must remain closed – will not apply to the northwestern public health region, encompassing the counties of Cibola, McKinley and San Juan. That public health region remains under the May 5, 2020, public health order but is on track to move ahead into broader reopenings beginning June 1.The public health order dated May 15, 2020, can be found here. The amended public health order is attached. It will be executed Wednesday, May 27.
BLM News:WASHINGTON, D.C. — To commemorate President Donald J. Trump’s signing of the Great American Outdoors Act of 2020 into law this week, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) join other Department of the Interior agencies in providing free access today, Aug. 5 to public lands nationwide. The signing of this historic conservation law will provide full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and billions of additional dollars to fund infrastructure projects on public lands nationwide. “President Trump has just enacted the most consequential dedicated funding for national parks, wildlife refuges, public recreation facilities and American Indian school infrastructure in U.S. history,” Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt said. “I’ve designated Aug. 5 as Great American Outdoors Day and waived entrance fees to celebrate the passage of this historic conservation law.” “President Trump’s signing of the Great American Outdoors Act achieves what past presidents and legislators have sought for decades, but failed to carry across the finish line – permanent, dedicated funding for conservation and recreation projects across the nation, while also funding much-needed repairs to critical facilities and infrastructure in our national parks, national forests, wildlife refuges, public lands and at our Bureau of Indian Education schools,” said BLM Deputy Director for Programs and Policy William Perry Pendley. Wednesday, Aug. 5, site-specific standard amenity and day-use fees at BLM recreation sites and areas will be waived. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt also announced that August 4th will be designated “Great American Outdoors Day,” a fee-free day each year moving forward to commemorate the signing of the Act. This fee-free day will join National Get Outdoors Day in June, National Public Lands Day in September and other recognized days as annual fee-free days. The BLM New Mexico sites fee-free today: Wild Rivers Recreation Area Rio Grande Gorge Overlook Rob Jaggers Campground Cave Campground Valley of Fires Recreation Area Haystack Mountain OHV Area Mescalero Sands North Dune OHV Area Dripping Springs La Cueva Aguirre Springs (Currently open for day use only) The Great American Outdoors Act will provide half of all receipts from energy development on federal lands and waters, up to $1.9 billion per year, for five years to address facility and infrastructure needs. At the same time, the legislation permanently funds the LWCF to the tune of $900 million a year to invest in conservation and recreation opportunities across the country. Since its creation in 1964, the LWCF has provided a portion of royalties from offshore oil and gas development on the Outer Continental Shelf to protect, acquire and preserve vulnerable natural and cultural resources— for national parks, monuments, wildlife refuges and other federal lands, as well as local parks, trails and recreation areas—in every state. It has been a tremendous success, but until President Trump acted, a large portion of that funding was diverted by Congress to other priorities and projects. The BLM’s share of infrastructure funds will be $65 million a year for five years. Funding will be used to target long overdue repair needs at administration sites, including fire facilities, visitor centers, recreation sites, dams, bridges and warehouse buildings. BLM-managed public lands offer a wide array of recreational opportunities, including hiking, hunting, fishing, camping, mountain biking, horseback riding, boating, white water rafting, off-highway vehicle driving, rock climbing and more. Americans make approximately 67 million visits annually to BLM-managed lands, supporting approximately 48,000 jobs nationwide and contributing almost $7 billion to the U.S. economy. For more information on recreation opportunities on BLM-managed public lands, visit https://www.blm.gov/programs/recreation or www.recreation.gov.
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Louisiana State Senator A.G. Crowe’s vision of making America more competitive and capitalizing on the Gulf of Mexico’s deep-water resources has taken a major step forward –the Louisiana International Gulf Transfer Terminal Regional Center (LIGTT RC) has received approval from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).This will allow development of the largest transshipment facility in the United States, known as the Louisiana International Gulf Transfer Terminal (LIGTT). The terminal is designed to improve trade and enhance America’s competitiveness amid increased shipping demand. It will achieve this by opening up a new supply chain via the Mississippi River and its tributaries that reaches 32 states and Canada (over 14,500 miles of inland waterways), while generating jobs and reducing environmental concerns related to the transportation industry.The terminal will be located just east of the mouth of the Mississippi River at Mile 0 off Louisiana’s Gulf Coast. Because of its location in deep water (at a minimum of 70 feet), it will be able to accommodate the massive ships known as Post-Panamax vessels that are expected to begin transiting the expanded Panama Canal. It will also be able to handle even larger ships known as Super Post-Panamax vessels currently in operation. The terminal will employ a hub and spoke system for transporting goods to and from America’s heartland, expanding America’s shipping capacity by more than 2 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) annually – with the goal of ultimately expanding capacity up to 3.5 million TEUs annually.“This is a major infrastructure opportunity for this country. With this terminal in place, America will be ahead of the curve and able to keep pace with modern international trade, particularly as the Panama Canal undergoes its historic, first-ever expansion,” said Admiral James Milton Loy, former deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and former commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard. “The Gulf of Mexico provides an ideal location to maximize shipping routes through other ports and inland waterways that until now have been largely untapped.”Similar to the Louisiana Offshore Oil Port (LOOP), which serves as port of call for massive crude oil tankers too big for U.S. inland ports to offload oil, the terminal will be a transfer point for container vessels arriving from Asia and other regions, as well as for U.S. exports headed to foreign destinations. In support of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)’s goal of ultimately screening 100 percent of all cargo entering the country, the terminal has set its own goal to have all arriving containers electronically screened by DHS. After screening, goods will be delivered to the Midwest and other ports in the Gulf and around the country via specially designed container-carrying vessels. These vessels, equipped with cranes, require just a 9-foot draft and travel upriver through the Mississippi River and its tributaries.A number of federal agencies have expressed interest in eventually having a presence at the facility, including the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Transportation Command, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Department of Labor. Other interested stakeholders include the Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Transportation, the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Economic BenefitsEconomically hard-hit areas in Louisiana and Mississippi stand to benefit from the development and operations of the terminal. In particular, the project has established a target goal of filling approximately 25 percent of its available positions with U.S. military veterans (and/or their spouses). Veterans often face severe unemployment rates and other hardships once they leave the military.“This project is projected to create tens of thousands of new jobs and generate tens of billions in revenue for the next century throughout the interior of the United States, benefitting 32 states and Canada,” said Louisiana State Senator A.G. Crowe, head of the LIGTT Port Authority Commission, which is overseeing the project. “It will add a third major port of entry to America’s heartland to complement the existing East and West Coast ports of entry.”According to the most conservative economic studies, the terminal will generate approximately 180,000 direct and indirect jobs within 32 states, of which 34,000 will be in Louisiana over a multi-year period. This also includes jobs created through a multiplier effect across a broad supply chain, as the terminal is expected to increase demand for U.S.-made concrete, steel and other construction materials.Greater Efficiency, Reduced Environmental ImpactThe terminal will increase America’s shipping efficiency at a time when the expanded Panama Canal is expected to introduce larger ships, which will hold up to four times the number of containers as current vessels. Ports that accept these massive ships require a minimum 50-foot draft to navigate and dock. The new terminal will not require expensive long-term labor-intensive dredging, which is common throughout the industry, because of its location in permanently deep water (70 feet minimum) and its ability to handle the new 18,000 container vessels. The terminal’s flexible design and initial 500-acre site allow for expansion as needed, as demand grows over time.LIGTT’s central and strategic location in the Gulf of Mexico provides critical connections that will help vessels reach hundreds of inland waterway ports and destinations more efficiently and with less environmental impact from carbon emissions. Currently, America’s inland waterways transport just 2 percent of the nation’s containerized cargo. The U.S. Maritime Administration’s goal is to reduce wear and tear on the nation’s highways as well as take some of the strain off the rail systems by utilizing the massive waterways in the U.S.“The need for smart solutions has never been greater as America’s existing infrastructure is strained and cannot sustain the upcoming shipping volume growth,” said John Vickerman, president of Vickerman & Associates, a port and intermodal planning and design firm. “This project represents a major milestone, positioning America to better capitalize on existing resources for transporting goods, while helping to reduce the impact on the environment.”The terminal will increase the reliability and efficiency of the shipping process by enabling some cargo to travel to inland areas by LIGTT’s self-propelled specialized container-carrying vessels, moving along America’s internal waterway systems. It will also reduce the need for ships to idle because they will not have to wait for a berth slot; the terminal will be a world-class green-built facility.Project BackgroundThis critical infrastructure project was envisioned by the LIGTT Port Authority Commission, which was created following the passage of Louisiana State Senate Bill 780, Act 699 – introduced by State Senator A.G. Crowe and signed by Governor Bobby Jindal in 2008. In a rare example of bipartisanship, the bill passed both the state’s House of Representatives and Senate unanimously, with no dissenters.The recent USCIS approval allows the LIGTT Regional Center to operate as an EB-5 immigrant investor capital regional center. EB-5 projects provide foreign nationals with a method of obtaining permanent resident status in return for investing money in critical United States projects that create jobs.The LIGTT Authority will oversee the project, which is being managed by the LIGTT Regional Center and developed by LIGTT Development Partners. The Authority includes the Louisiana secretary of the Department of Economic Development, the secretary of the Department of Transportation and Development and the chairmen of the House of Representatives and Senate Committees on Transportation, Highways and Public Works.The project will be capitalized through the EB-5 immigrant investor capital program, along with other traditional forms of investment. The LIGTT Regional Center will adhere to strict guidelines for reporting corporate governance and disclosure information to the government and investors, communicating through quarterly reports to stakeholders, regular media releases and live webinar briefings.Preconstruction work on the terminal began in November 2013.[mappress]Press Release, December 13, 2013