Based on the original Factor, which Giro debuted five years ago, this newest iteration builds off what Giro has learned since then developing other products and seeing the hugely positive response to their Empire line. The new Techlace system was developed to mimic that laces feel, but to give the on the bike adjustability that you can just never achieve with a regular let of lace-ups.At the heart of the system, Giro says the laces are easily replaceable (which surely means we’ll see a lot of customized setups like you find with the Empires.)For the Boa dial, Giro has spec’d the top-of-the-line IP1 than give the best control with just 1mm ratcheted cable pull increments to allow for a perfect fit. And of course with their looped layout, that means each click pulls the strap just 0.5mm at a time across your foot. The new Factor & Factress Techlace shoes will be available mid fall through regular Giro channels for $350/€350/£290. They will come in three shiny color options for men: the all black, white with black details, and the super bright orange called vermillion; but just the white version for women.The men’s Factor Techlace will offer whole sizes from 39-50, plus half sizes from 39.5-46.5; while the women’s Factress Techlace will go whole from 36-43, and half sizes from 37.5-42.5.Giro.com Giro is introducing a new way to dial in shoe fit with their Techlace system that is claimed to combine the ease-of-use of velcro with the customizable fit & feel of laces across the forefoot. Then they are topping it off with the fine adjustability of a Boa setup to lock your foot down tight. Coming first to the new men’s Factor Techlace and women’s Factress Techlace road shoes, the system aims to combine the best of both modern and classic shoe fit in a snappy premium package… The shoes stick with the same user-adjustable SuperNatural Fit footbed and the perforated microfiber upper as their other premium shoes. The Factor family also keeps the light, stiff, and thin Easton EC90 SLX2 carbon sole for one of the best road power transfers on the market. The shoes also get the same replaceable toe and heel tread block as their other premium road shoes.The shoes are certainly light, claiming just 210g a piece for the men’s in a size 42.5, and down to 195g for a 39 in the women’s version.
Earlier this fall fi’zi:k revamped their three core road bike saddles – the Arione, Aliante & Antares. They added more variation to each, most notably the option for deep relief channels or open pressure relief cutouts, while retaining the same popular shapes & profiles. Now the R3 Open saddles each get an affordable white limited edition version to lighten up your bike this winter.Fizik limited edition R3 Open White road bike saddlesPretty much anytime we see ‘limited edition’, it means ‘high price’. But Fizik actually wanted regular cyclists to be able to afford these saddles. So the Open White series comes in at the R3 level which retails for $149/139€. They use Fizik’s performance carbon-reinforced nylon shell and k:ium metal alloy rails. That puts the saddles at weights from 215g for the Antares R3 Open, to 230g for the Arione R3 Open & 235g for the Aliante R3 Open.All three Open White road saddles feature Fizik’s new anatomic cut-out shape to eliminate saddle-induced numbness. While the white design with the extended black graphics makes the cutout seem rather small, the small actual hole is joined by a long & deep angular cutout that should get rid of any perineal contact.The limited edition Open White saddles are available direct from Fizik. They come in Regular versions and the Large that add 9-12mm of width depending on the saddle.Fizik.com
by Erin Mansfield vtdigger.org(link is external) GlobalFoundries, the company that acquired IBM’s Essex Junction plant on July 1, said Friday it is offering retirement incentives to an undetermined number of employees across the company. The buyouts were first reported by the Albany Business Review. Company spokespeople confirmed the “voluntary separation program” as a retirement program but declined to say how many people would be leaving the company as part of the buyouts. They are part of company-wide “cost-savings measures to help us achieve a more competitive cost structure while our industry is in a downturn” according to James Keller, a spokesperson for GlobalFoundries.GlobalFoundries Vermont site manager Janette Bombardier speaks to the media on July 1, 2015, the day it took over the Essex Junction plant from IBM. VBM photos.“Each GLOBALFOUNDRIES location has a cost-savings goal and, in the US, this includes savings through voluntary attrition,” Keller said. “Employees who choose to take this program will receive incentives, but we won’t be discussing specifics of the offer externally.”“This program is part of a set of measures, so there is no target number, but rather an overall savings target for each site,” Keller said.Employees interested in accepting the buyout have a matter of weeks to decide, the company said.WCAX-TV reported Monday that the buyout offer is for at least four weeks severance pay for employees with four or fewer years of service and up to six months severance for employees with more than 15 years of service.There are 3,000 employees at the Essex Junction plant, which GlobalFoundries officially acquired July 1. As part of the takeover, it threw a big party for employees at its newly acquired plants in Essex Junction and East Fishkill.Despite the job reductions, the company says it’s still hiring. Representatives will attend a Vermont Department of Labor job fair on Sept. 15 at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in Burlington. The company did not say how many jobs it was still recruiting for.“It’s important to note that this is a company-wide effort – not specific to Vermont – which is being driven by global market demands,” Governor Peter Shumlin said in a statement. “As a state we cannot control the global marketplace. Our focus is on helping any employees affected and doing what we can to ensure the success of the Essex facility.”Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott, a Republican who is running for governor, also responded to the news.“This is another reminder that the cost of doing business in Vermont matters — to employers and employees,” Scott said in a statement. “We must work together in order to make Vermont a more affordable place to live and do business.“The Essex Junction employees and their families have my full support, and the support of many others, during this difficult time,” he said.This year, the state of Vermont also offered retirement incentives to save money. More than 300 state workers have applied for the program.RELATED STORIES:GlobalFoundries completes acquisition of IBMIBM sells chip business, Vermont plant to GlobalFoundries
Current research underscores the importance of creating workplace cultures that foster the psychological health and wellness of employees within their team and work environments. Healthy workplaces support employee wellbeing, are psychologically safe, and provide the basis for effective team functioning.Organizations can be proactive by taking targeted actions to safeguard the wellbeing of employees and ensuring the creation of positive and healthy workplace cultures, according to research by Emma Seppala, science director at the Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, and Kim Cameron, a professor with the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.Research in positive psychology has identified three key environmental conditions that are essential for building healthy and effective workplace environments that contribute to employee wellbeing, engagement and thriving, according to research by Edward Deci, a professor of psychology at the University of Rochester and Richard Ryan, a professor at the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education at the Australian Catholic University and a professor at the University of Rochester. Read the whole story: The Globe and Mail More of our Members in the Media >
Cakanlar and her colleagues examined the relationships between political ideology and coronavirus-prevention behaviors in four studies with more than 2,300 participants in total as well as an exploratory pilot study with 300 participants.The researchers found that conservative participants were more likely to agree with statements such as “I believe people need to be responsible for themselves with regard to the coronavirus situation” and “Only I am responsible for my own outcomes when it comes to the coronavirus situation.” This partially explained why conservatives tended to view preventive behaviors as less impactful in stopping the spread of COVID-19 to others compared to liberals.But there was little difference between liberals and conservatives regarding their perception that engaging in prevention behaviors would be impactful on the self.“We demonstrate that conservatism is associated with the heightened belief that individuals are responsible for their own coronavirus-related outcomes, which is one of the reasons they perceive that their actions have little impact on preventing the spread of the virus to others,” the researchers said.In addition, the researchers also found that conservatives were less willing than liberals to use a contact-tracing app after being told that the app could help others. However, there was no difference in willingness to use a contact-tracing app among participants who were told the app could help themselves stay healthy.“An intervention framing actions in terms of impact on the self leads conservatives to be more inclined to follow COVID guidelines,” Cakanlar said.“Even though individuals might believe that their actions do not impact others, engaging in prevention behaviors such as wearing a mask have important implications regarding the protection of other people,” she added.The study — like all research — includes some caveats.“All the studies were conducted in the United States during the presidency of Trump. Given that each country has its own procedure with regard to COVID-19, it is important for future studies to consider whether conservatives and liberals’ perceived impact of coronavirus prevention behaviors can change depending on the context,” Cakanlar explained.The study, “Political Ideology and the Perceived Impact of Coronavirus Prevention Behaviors for the Self and Others“, was authored by Aylin Cakanlar, Remi Trudel, and Katherine White. Share Share on Twitter Conservatives tend to view COVID-19 health guidelines, such as wearing a mask in public, as less impactful to others than their more liberal counterparts, according to a new study published in the Journal of the Association for Consumer Research. The findings indicate that conservative individuals tend to believe that people are responsible for their own coronavirus-related outcomes.“Given the current uncertain and partisan environment growing in the United States and across the globe, we are interested in understanding how this polarization can influence our behavior in the marketplace and other areas,” said study author Aylin Cakanlar, a PhD student at Stockholm University.“When this public health crisis was politicized in the United States, we noticed that many health organizations were using messaging to highlight the impact of coronavirus behaviors on others (e.g., ‘Stay home, Save lives’) and were curious to understand whether there is any difference regarding the perception of these messages.” Email LinkedIn Share on Facebook Pinterest
CDF, IRENA Collaborate to Boost Low-Carbon Investments in… CSEF V panelists during the final discussion Participants at a recently concluded high level forum want energy to be placed squarely before the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government to generate speedier action and firmer commitments to the transition to renewables. Two Major Leaps Towards a Climate Resilient, Emission-Free… Oct 15, 2020 Oct 2, 2020 The general thinking at the Fifth Caribbean Sustainable Energy Forum (CSEF V) held from 23 – 25 January, 2017, in The Bahamas, was that while there is steady progress, the challenges of transitioning to clean energy can be solved if they are placed in a political context. This is against the background of the promotion of sustainable energy as the vehicle through which CARICOM Member States will become economically competitive and advance the human services that are required for an acceptable quality of life. The bottom line is the availability of more reliable energy and the ability of citizens of the Community to enjoy cleaner energy, hence the need for political attention. Over two days at the British Colonial Hilton, Nassau, The Bahamas, several panels featuring government Ministers and some of the biggest names in the regional energy field discussed a range of issues pertinent to the Community’s transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. Discussions centred on the CARICOM Energy Policy (CEP) and the Caribbean Sustainable Energy Roadmap and Strategy (C-SERMS) and regulatory matters; building a culture of effective statistics and information management; funding the transition; and identifying knowledge, skills and quality requirements. The Forum, which attracted more than 100 persons also looked back at progress in energy transition made over the past five years and looked forward to the next ten years. The final session on Wednesday 25 January, focused on the outlook of the Region’s energy transition from fossil fuels to cleaner energy. The keynote presenter was Dr. Devon Gardner, Programme Manager, Energy, at the CARICOM Secretariat, while the discussants were the Hon. Ian Douglas, Minister of Trade, Energy and Employment, Dominica; Dr. Kenrick Leslie, Executive Director, Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC); Dr. Albert Binger, Interim Director, Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE) and Mr. Robert Wright, Managing Director, New Leaf Power. The moderator was Prof. Arthouros Zervos, Chairman, Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21). It was during that session that participants said the time had come for a special meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government on energy. With the understanding that a regional initiative in practical terms was needed going forward, the panelists and participants suggested that concrete success stories should be brought before the Heads of Government to highlight the strengths as well as the challenges and for there to be decisions, at that level, on matters that the sector is fighting to solve. There were calls for approaches to be made first to the Heads of Government with responsibility for energy and sustainable development in the CARICOM Quasi Cabinet to catalyse efforts towards the special meeting on energy. CARICOM Heads meet next in Georgetown, Guyana, mid-February. Find Way for Private Sector to Assume Role as Jobs Generator… #CSEF final panel begins discussion on the #CARICOMOrg Energy transition over the next ten years. #FutureEnergy2027pic.twitter.com/sGBu6rBcK3— CARICOM (@CARICOMorg) January 25, 2017 In the past, special meetings of the Community’s Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) were held on energy. It was at one such meeting in 2013 that the CEP and the C-SERMS were approved. The C-SERMS aims at a renewable energy electricity penetration of 20% in 2017, 28% by 2022 and 47% by 2027. The proposal for the establishment of CCREEE was also placed before CARICOM Heads of Government in 2015. Back in 2003, Heads of Government, at a special meeting in Castries, Saint Lucia, discussed energy, within the context of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). At that meeting they also discussed work that was ongoing on the CEP. Energy is also inserted in the CARICOM Five-Year Strategic Plan under Building Economic Resilience, the primary of the Plan’s six priority areas. Efficiency, diversification and cost reduction are over-arching elements of the energy thrust. The focus is on optimising existing assets and reducing the high cost of energy inputs – particularly in production. This will be done through enhanced functional cooperation, and development of alternative energy to meet CARICOM’s 2017 target of 20 per cent for the contribution of renewable energy to the total electricity supply mix. The Strategy addresses energy efficiency across all sectors, development and use of renewable energy and market reform to allow for access of renewable energy to the electricity network, building awareness and capacity within Member States, and facilitating public private partnership in energy development and build on the CEP. Ten years from now Among the areas that the Forum recommended that the Region must consider going forward, are the recognition of the renewable resources of each CARICOM Member States and the advantages and disadvantages these hold; the role fossil fuels will continue to play and vested interest in the fossil fuel industry; enhancing energy sector infrastructure including refurbishing obsolete and near obsolete electricity grids; the connection between quality of life of CARICOM nationals and reliable, cleaner energy; and the effects of climate change on energy transition. Other priority areas identified for focus over the next ten years are: training and capacity-building in planning, policy; information management and project preparation to ensure a pool of highly skilled human resources as well as job creation; private partnership and financing measures to drive the energy transformation efforts; greater collaboration among Member States and regional institutions; significant local ownership in the energy sector; innovation in thought and practice in the Caribbean; the establishment of a regional energy trade arrangement and commercial exploitation of renewable energy. The forward-looking session also considered the impact of sustainable energy on agriculture and food security; the necessity for a regulatory environment; and continuity of sustainable energy programmes. Participants warned that energy should not be considered in isolation, but within the context of sustainable development and across sectors. CSEF was established in 2008 as a biennial sustainable energy event in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). The CARICOM Secretariat event was organised this year in collaboration with the Government of The Bahamas. Support for the staging of the Forum was provided by: the US Government, through the Organisation of American States (OAS); the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), through the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) executed Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Technical Assistance (REETA) Programme; the CDB, through the Canadian Support to the Energy Sector in the Caribbean Fund; the IDB; and the World Bank through the SIDS DOCK Support Programme. The Forum facilitates dialogue and actions towards the adoption of more robust policies and the transfer of appropriate technologies in renewable energy and energy efficiency in CARICOM. It seeks ultimately to enhance stakeholder support and contribution to diversification of the regional energy supply from its current fossil fuels base to a mix that includes significant renewable sources. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Oct 1, 2020 Media AdvisoryThe Fifth Caribbean Sustainable Energy Forum (CSEF V) opens in Nassau, The Bahamas, on Monday, 23 January, 2017, under the theme ‘Future Energy 2027’. Prime Minister of The Bahamas, the Hon. Perry Christie, will deliver the keynote address at the ceremony following remarks by representatives the German Agency for International…January 22, 2017In “CARICOM”Energy anchored in CARICOM Strategic PlanAt the Regional level, the strategy on energy has now been anchored within the framework of the Caribbean Community Strategic Plan: 2015-2019, adopted by the Heads of Government in July last, and more specifically, within the CARICOM Energy Policy (CEP) and the Caribbean Sustainable Energy Roadmap and Strategy (C-SERMS). Energy…November 14, 2014In “Associate Member States”Energy stakeholders meet in The Bahamas for CSEF VKey energy stakeholders will gather in Nassau, The Bahamas, later this month to take account of the Region’s transition to greater sustainable production and use. Representatives of public and private sector entities, senior officials of national, regional and international institutions and industry experts will join Energy Ministers of Caribbean Community…January 16, 2017In “Audio”Share this on WhatsApp Standards, Codes Critical to CARICOM Energy Sector… Oct 5, 2020 You may be interested in…
Los Alamos Golf Professional Michael Phillips GOLF News:PEACHTREE CORNERS, Ga. – Michael Phillips of the Los Alamos has been honored for the second time as a Top 50 Kids Coach by U.S. Kids Golf, the world’s leading organization in developing young golfers.Phillips, a golf professional at the Los Alamos County Golf Course also was honored in 2018 as a Top 50 Kids Coach.The Award recognizes coaches who have excelled in developing players, fostering a positive environment, and using the best available resources to help advance their students.The Top 50 Kids Coaches of 2019 includes golf professionals from 25 states, and seven countries including Australia, Austria, Canada, England, Hong Kong, Italy and Northern Ireland.Each year, award recipients include coaches who work at public, private, resort and municipal courses.“This is the highest distinction for youth coaches,” U.S. Kids Golf founder Dan Van Horn said. “These are the professionals that have dedicated a career to youth golf and families, and truly embody the spirit of the U.S. Kids Golf mission.”The Top 50 Kids Coach Award has been administered by the U.S. Kids Golf Coaches Institute (a division of the U.S. Kids Golf Foundation) since 2004. The awards will be officially presented Wednesday, Jan. 22, at a special presentation during the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla. The ceremony will be live-streamed via the U.S. Kids Golf Facebook page. Top 50 Kids Coaches – Class of 2019 Jeff Allen… Lake Merced G.C… Daly City, Calif. Leslie Andrews… Nehoiden G.C… Wellesley, Mass. Tim Bakker… King Ranch G.C… Frenchtown, Mont. Jean Paul Bedard… Niagara Falls C.C… Lewiston, N.Y. Jennifer Bermingham… Coto de Caza Golf and Racquet Club… Coto de Caza, Calif. Kerry Bower-Herr… Victoria Hills G.C… DeLand, Fla. Chrisitne Brembs… Mt. Freedom Golf… Randolph, N.J. Jon Bullas… Laurel Oak C.C… Sarasota, Fla. Emily Burns… Cantigny Youth Links… Wheaton, Ill. Linda Campbell… The Peninsula Club… Cornelius, N.C. Marianna Causin… Golf della Montecchia… Padua, Italy Frankie Chan… Tuen Mun Golf Centre… Hong Kong Barry Churchill… Stonebridge G.C… Monroe, N.C. Lucas Cohen… New York Golf Park… Hudson, N.Y. Alfredo Da Corte… Campodoglio G.C… Chiari, Italy Nix Duncan… Cherokee Town and C.C… Atlanta, Ga. Leon Faulkner… Golf Rocks Kids Academy… Sydney, Australia Lauren Gates… Summit Golf School… Spring, TexasMariana Gottret… Riviera C.C… Coral Gables, Fla. Chip Inks… Park Ridge G.C… Lake Worth, Fla. Dorothy Kasper… The Golf Dome… Chagrin Falls, Ohio Jan Kleiman… Ironwood G.C… Fishers, Ind. Jason Kuiper… Bobby Jones G.C… Atlanta, Ga. Brad Lawrence… Brad Lawrence Golf Academy… Brampton, Ont. Andy Little… Little Golfers… Esher, United Kingdom Travis Lynch… The Trails of Frisco… Frisco, Texas Dave Malone… Pine Lake Golf and Tennis… Lincoln, Neb. Bryan McManis… Lakewood Ranch Golf and C.C… Lakewood Ranch, Fla. Chris Meade… Lady Bird Johnson G.C… Fredericksburg, Texas Brian Moose… RiverCrest G.C.… Phoenixville, Pa. Janean Murphy… Oakhurst G.C… Porter, Texas Daniel Neben… T.P.C. Potomac… Potomac, Md. Ed Oldham… The Ranch C.C… Westminster, Colo. Michael Phillips… Los Alamos G.C… Los Alamos, N.M Kathleen Robinson… Sky West G.C.… Hayward, Calif. Jane Rosenberg… Black Gold G.C… Yorba Linda, Calif. Evan Sales… Angel Fire Resort… Angel Fire, N.M. Daniel Shea… Michelle Holmes School of Golf… Norfolk, Va. David Sherman… The Villages Golf Academy… The Villages, Fla. Kevin Shoults… Crown Hill G.C… Williamsport, Ohio Julieta Stack… Pine Ridge G.C… Lutherville, Md. Shelby Thibodeaux… WindRose G.C… Spring, Texas Monique Thoresz… The Apawamis Club… Rye, N.Y. Laura Tyler… Frosty Valley Resort… Danville, Pa. Bob Usher… Grey Oaks C.C… Naples, Fla. John Wainwright… Longleaf Golf and Family Club… Southern Pines, N.C. Thomas Watkins… Whisper Lake C.C… Pearl, Miss. Brody Whetham… Sawmill G.C… Fenwick, Ont. Gavin Witzer… Henry Brunton Golf Academy… Irvine, Calif. Nicholas Zurowski… Dona Lerner Golf Academy… Raleigh, N.C.About U.S. Kids GolfU.S. Kids Golf is the world’s leading organization for growing, promoting and enhancing golf among youth and families. Founded in 1997, U.S. Kids Golf offers three distinct lines of clubs in up to nine sizes, hosts more than 1500 tournaments – including the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship held annually in Pinehurst, NC, and has more than 1,400 members as part of its Coaches Institute. Additionally, the organization is active in several projects and campaigns designed to grow the sport among important demographics. In 2018, U.S. Kids Golf was recognized by the National Golf Foundation as one of the “Top 100 Businesses in Golf” based on influence, innovation, and social good among other criteria. Connect with U.S. Kids Golf at www.uskidsgolf.com.
It’s the scent of rosa rugosa mixed with a bit of ocean brine that transports me in time. That particular aroma when exiting a wood-paneled station wagon after a long ride signaled Sagaponack summers, a Shangri-La away from schools and suburbia and stifling social structure. Bless my father who had picked up the sweet cottage in the late 1960s before he even met my mother. In the years and family that followed, a well-loved Hamptons house was judged not by square feet but by the amount of sand brought in by kids, dogs, and friends after a not-exactly gourmet clam bake.The current beach mansions, empty even on summer weekends, would be found severely lacking by such a standard despite their Sonos sound systems and in-home theaters. We had a record player and the Bridgehampton Drive-In for those needs, perfectly fine for The Carpenters and “Fantasia.” Summer was all about playing in the sand. That definition of fun now reads as a prohibition list: driving your friends and dogs down the beach for a beer and s’mores-filled bonfire with an impromptu band, which for sure is going to disturb the Piping Plover.Rules didn’t really apply then. Moms with hangovers burying their kids up to their necks in the sand was an acceptable method to have a few minutes of peace and quiet until the headache subsided. And the treasure hunt was for beautiful pieces of sea glass, opaque with rounded edges, not discarded plastics, which are destroying the oceans and strangling sea creatures.I wonder now how life got so complicated. I appreciated summer’s simple pleasures. The epitome of culinary creation was a fresh tomato sandwich with salt and mayonnaise on country white toast. Candy Kitchen homemade ice cream was perfection without offering sugar free, fat free, gluten free, free range, free of adding an inch to your thighs options. And no need for salted caramel truffle — chocolate was fine, thank you very much. Local business operated on house accounts where you would just sign the bill at Loaves & Fishes or the Wainscott Seafood Shop and only face the sticker shock with the post-Labor Day bill. When you have trust, Apple Pay is completely unnecessary.Excitement was going to the library for a Nancy Drew mystery where the world’s problems could be solved by a teenage sleuth with a powder blue roadster (changed to a hybrid for her newest incarnation.) I still wish I had a boyfriend like Ned Nickerson. Great literary figures abounded either at the Hampton Library’s Fridays at Five speaker series or drinking at Bobby Van’s back when Bobby Van was playing piano there. Truman Capote, George Plimpton, James Jones, and Kurt Vonnegut bellied up to the bar. Now, town is more likely to be filled with Instagram influencers taking selfies for their liquor sponsors.Riding a bike was like . . . riding a bike. Not a chance to be texting with a friend about what you were going to wear to the party. Thank goodness the millennials have to at least stop at the deli for food and water, because if there was an app for apps, they’d just be licking their phone all day. And somehow everyone was able to fully appreciate a sunset without taking a single picture. It is called a memory. Remember those?I remember that my Dad could truly relax. He didn’t need an “out of office” reply because, well, he was out of the office. He would scour the beach for driftwood and create magnificent collages, one for each of my sister and my birthdays. These creative creations have long outlived him, the wood embodying its former life before the ocean waves as well as his insurmountable love.Our favorite trip was to the American Hotel where it was required he wear a jacket. I always had to remind him to bring the checkbook because they did not accept credit cards. They also did not allow cell phones — for as long as they could — before asking patrons to refrain became a health hazard for the bartenders.It is a privilege of age to wax nostalgic of how life used to be. Yet we still have the beaches, and Candy Kitchen, and the American Hotel, Loaves & Fishes, the Wainscott Seafood Shop, the Hampton Library with its Friday at Five, the bar at Bobby Van’s, and a farm stand tomato sandwich. And a few of us writers still hanging on tooth and nail to keep our footprints in the email@example.com Share
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Obiter thinks it is high time we revived our celebration of loyal legal PAs. Step forward Sharon Charters, who has clocked up 35 years at Stephensons in Bolton. Sharon joined what was then Berry’s Solicitors as an office junior straight from school, before becoming PA to Andrew Mountain, her current boss, in 1984. Berry’s was acquired by Stephensons in 2006. Mountain, the firm’s care partner, said: ‘Sharon is our longest-serving member of staff and she is an asset to the family team here in Bolton, and indeed the firm. We work very closely with children’s guardians and local authority legal teams, all of whom appreciate her work and comment on how she is long-suffering!’ Songbird Sharon (pictured, right, with Stephensons’ chairwoman Ann Harrison) can often be found singing karaoke at the Cattle Market pub on a Saturday night.