Kinetic Announces New Consumer Website with 30 Days of inRide Contest

first_img“The new website is an information hub for all things cycling and indoor training with Kinetic-related content originating here, including social media posts and blog-style news posts. The website is our primary venue to share our expertise and connect with consumers,” states Kinetic Marketing Manager David Simpson.  Kurtkinetic.com showcases Kinetic’s expertise in cycling training with frequently updated content centered on cycling news, training tips and stories, Kinetic-sponsored teams and partnerships, and a new dealer locator. Known for their bright green trainers, Kinetic is beefing up the digital side of their business with an all new consumer website and redeveloped inRide App. Designed to help consumers get the most from their trainers or find the right model to fit their needs, the new page makes it easier to find product info, technical documents, training advice, videos and more.Also on the electronic side, the company has revamped their inRide power-meter application designed to work with any of their trainers. The system includes bluetooth sensors for speed and cadence as well as heart rate which communicate through the improved app for iOS devices.As a way to get the word out about their new website and reworked inRide app, Kinetic is running the 30 Days of inRide contest where they will give away an inRide bundle every day for 30 days. Follow the instruction here and correctly answer the questions for your chance to win.From Kinetic:MINNEAPOLIS, MN – October 20, 2014 – Kinetic Trainers announced the launch of its new website, www.kurtkinetic.com. The new site features enhanced product information including product videos, technical information, reviews, new page layouts and customer service portal. The website is now live. In addition to the new site, Kinetic also recently launched a redeveloped inRide app. When paired with a Kinetic fluid trainer the app provides accurate, repeatable indoor power training at a fraction of the cost of traditional power meters. The new inRide features an all new user interface and iOS 8 compatiblity. The app works with the Apple iOS only with an Android version slated for development. To celebrate the launch of the new website, Kinetic plans to hold a “30 questions in 30 Days” Facebook contest, with answers to each question found on Kinetic’s website. The contest will start Monday, October 20, with the daily winner receiving Kinetic’s inRide trainer-based power meter system. “The ZenDesk interface will make it much easier for consumers to quickly find what they’re looking for and will allow us to better categorize and display tips and fixes by product,” notes Simpson. “The new customer service portal will also become a repository for technical manuals and detailed product information for current and older products that still require support.” Customer service has been upgraded on the new site with the introduction of a ZenDesk customer service portal. Visit www.kurtkinetic.com to learn more about Kinetic trainers, the new inRide app and the new site.last_img read more

Rural Health Services Task Force to hold meeting at NVRH Nov 21

first_imgNortheastern Vermont Regional Hospital,Vermont Business Magazine In honor of National Rural Health Day, the Rural Health Services Task Force will be holding a meeting in the Northeast Kingdom at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital. National Rural Health Day was founded to showcase rural America; increase awareness of rural health-related challenges; and promote the efforts of those addressing those challenges.The task force will be having a listening session to hear from the public and local providers about the challenges facing rural health care in Vermont. “I am pleased that the Rural Health Services Task Force can celebrate National Rural Health Day in the Northeast Kingdom – one of Vermont’s most rural communities – by hearing from Vermonters,” said Robin Lunge, a member of the Green Mountain Care Board and Chair of the Task Force.When: 1:00 – 3:00 pm, Thursday, November 21, 2019Where: Conference Rooms 126 & 127, NVRH Business Center, Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital, 1315 Hospital Dr, St Johnsbury, VT 05819*The Task Force was created by the legislature to examine challenges facing rural health care in Vermont as well as to develop ideas to address the issues. A report will be submitted to the legislature on January 15, 2020. Please click here(link is external) for more information on the task force.Vermont Department of Health is marking National Rural Health Day by celebrating A Community Star award being given to Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital and their local partners on their decades long collaboration to improve the health and well-being of residents in Caledonia County. The Community Star award will be presented to leadership of NVRH at the hospital in St. Johnsbury at 11:30 am, Thursday, November 21, 2019. The public is welcome to attend.Source: Green Mountain Care Board 11.12.2019last_img read more

Key Automotive Group Names President for Key Safety Systems, Promotes Tim Nelson to President of Key Plastics

first_imgFARMINGTON HILLS, MI — Key Automotive Group (KAG) has named Daniel Ajamian president and COO of its affiliate, Key Safety Systems, Inc. KAG also announced that Tim Nelson has been promoted to president and COO for the North American operations of the company’s other principal subsidiary — Key Plastics L.L.C. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Ajamian most recently served as president and COO of Key Plastics North America. Previously, he was group president for the company’s trim products group. He joined the company in 2001, from Carlyle Management Group, where he was CFO of the Aerostructures and U.S. Marine Repair units. Since 2001, Nelson was Key Plastics’ group president for its exterior and underhood products division. Having joined the company in 1985, he was promoted to vice president of operations for Key Plastics’ trim products group in 1999, following a series of operations and engineering assignments in the company’s Pennsylvania operations and corporate offices. Key Safety Systems (KSS), a KAG affiliated company since April 2003, is a designer and manufacturer of safety-critical components and systems including airbags, seat belts and steering wheels. Also KAG affiliate, Key Plastics engineers and produces value-added components and sub-assemblies for exterior applications, interior trim and functional underhood products. _______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.last_img read more

Summer Legends – from the vault: Ken Bates interview

first_imgHaving made his fortune in haulage and hotels, Bates was involved in forming the Premier League, the development of Wembley Stadium and is the former owner and chairman of Chelsea, from 1982-2003, and Leeds United from 2005-2012.Before he sold his stake in Chelsea to Roman Abramovich for £140m in July 2003, Bates spoke to Barrie about the creation of Chelsea Village and bringing an added property element to football economics.Source: Paul MasseyBlue languageChelsea chairman Ken Bates scoffs at those who question his financial sense – he has a masterplan. The no-nonsense football chief shares his ambitious vision for Chelsea Village with Property Week.Bates doesn’t mince his words: ‘Ask too many questions and you get told to fuck off,’ he says.Or, later, ‘You really have your cliché book out today, haven’t you?’ ‘That’s irrelevant shit.’ ‘Do you ever ask a positive question?’Believe it or not, Bates, now the brain behind a 12 acre, £150m development, is in a good mood today.The head of Chelsea Village – the quoted company that includes the west London premiership club – is looking forward to ending what he calls the ‘oil exploration’ phase of the operation’s dash for growth.‘For the first time since 1993, this won’t be a building site. We have spent that time drilling and establishing what our assets are. We’ll start to bear the fruit of eight years’ labour,’ he says.He has overseen the construction of a 131-bedroom and a 161-bedroom hotel, shops, restaurants, Purples nightclub, 54 flats and a new West Stand with conference facilities and a hi-tech museum.Critics believe this mix of uses cannot work. They say a hotel and restaurants cannot thrive in a complex that once a fortnight plays host to some of Britain’s most passionate – sometimes violent – football fans. And while many admire the 69-year-old’s tenacity, others who have had dealings with him find him ‘impossible’.But Bates is determined to prove that a football-based mini-conglomerate on the AIM can thrive in the face of a cynical City and hostile press.There may be tough times ahead. Catherine Bond, sports and media analyst at Chelsea Village house broker Seymour Pierce, has downgraded her forecast for pre-tax profits for the ‘payback year’ to June 2002 from £9m-£10m to £3m-£4m.Her earlier estimate had assumed Chelsea would be among Europe’s high-rollers in the Champions League, but a season of under-achievement left Chelsea failing to qualify.Continued spending on developmentIn the six months to 31 December 2000, Chelsea Village lost £2.32m before tax. The full year should show an increased loss because of the club’s early exit from the European football scene this year and continued spending on development.With an interest bill of £6.7m last year and a £75m Eurobond to be paid up in 2007, some say Chelsea Village has overreached itself with its ambitious development plans.‘Why shouldn’t the Eurobond be paid?’ argues Bates. ‘You have a house – how much is it worth? What mortgage have you got? Are you worried? The answer is no, because you have a big asset and because you have an income that services the debt – same as Chelsea.’The company’s total assets at June 2000 were £200m, up from £140m the year before, and Chelsea Village’s share price has slumped from a high of 166p to about 40p. Bates shrugs this off as well.‘It’s not as disappointing as some of the IT companies the clever City piled into last year. We haven’t yet joined the 10% club. Our net assets are 60-70p. Whether or not our share price doubles tomorrow, the assets are there.’Chelsea Village is where Bates and property collide and the market is assessing whether it will become a real west London leisure force.Insignia Hotel Partners managing director Derek Gammage says: ‘The issue with Chelsea is that, while it doesn’t look far on the map to get to from central London, it takes a long time. An American tourist is not going to get on the District Line to go there.’Filling up Fulham RoadBut Gammage also agrees with Bates that his hotels are high-quality developments and concedes that people were equally cynical about the City as a hotel location in the early 1990s.He is impressed by the £90-a-night room rate that is being achieved at Chelsea Village, but less so by the 65% occupancy rate.Jones Lang Lasalle research shows this occupancy compares with 80% across central London.Although Bates is not satisfied with this, he argues that once his building site has been cleared occupancy will pick up.He pins his hopes firmly on the residential conference market, with executives eating in the restaurants, using the health club, touring the ground, possibly visiting the nightclub and buying gifts in his store.Bates believes Fulham Road is improving.Pillar Property is building a residential, shopping and retail scheme next door to Chelsea Village,Taylor Woodrow is redeveloping the Lots Road power station into upmarket apartments, and St Georges is shifting £300,000 one-bedroom flats across the road.If you bring in a franchise, it brings in a manager – and you can always nick its manager. Bit like football, reallyBates is of the opinion that a football club cannot operate just 25 days a year. It is a philosophy he tried to apply to the Wembley redevelopment when he was heading the project, but it would have increased the cost.‘There’s a load of nonsense written about add-ons at Wembley,’ he says, ‘but it all added up.’He cites another sports ground, Twickenham, to illustrate his point: ‘If developers had built a wall from the top row of the stand to the ground, they could have cashed in on extra retail or leisure.‘It’s using space that’s there anyway. What’s interesting is that Coventry, West Ham, Everton, Manchester United, and I think Sunderland are all putting hotels on or near their grounds and they’re all going for conferences and banqueting. It’s the buzz thing.’The City – and Gammage – believe Chelsea Village should franchise out the running of its hotels to a Sheraton, Radisson or Marriott. This would help cut its £47m wage bill – criticised for being too high, even though it covers the cost of 500 staff and not just its 40-odd players.It would also help to lure firms that are tied into big chains’ central reservations systems; Schroders, for example, has a deal with Hilton.Can always buy expertiseBut Bates is not the most trusting of characters – after years of bruising battles with TV companies – and scoffs at this suggestion.He also will not consider selling his hotels, preferring the security of their regular income stream.‘I remember a hotel in Melbourne that was very good – and then they brought in a franchise that skimmed off the top and off the bottom. Then the hotel owner couldn’t pay the mortgage and went bust – and the franchise bought the hotel off the liquidator.‘Franchises may have expertise, but you can always buy expertise. If you bring in a franchise, it just brings in a manager – and you can always nick its manager. A bit like football, really.’His Arkles and Fishnets restaurants have been trading quietly on non-match days, but Bates says lunchtime trade across London is slow.By contrast, he says, Purples is drawing people from as far away as south London’s Clapham. And, as well as heralding the start of a crucial new season, the autumn will see the opening of a footballing museum, in conjunction with the Science Museum, which will allow people to assess their sporting prowess.He describes most football museums as ‘stale and jaded – “This is Billy Bloggs’ sweaty sock which he wore on his left foot when he missed an open goal in 1929” – that sort of thing’.He dismisses the question of whether, say, Arsenal fans, would visit as ‘irrelevant’: 35,000 regulars at another club’s home ground pale into insignificance against two billion potential visitors from around the world.Wage inflationHowever, there are other, more serious issues facing Bates: wage inflation, the threat that TV revenues will plateau and the possible end of the football transfer system.Again, he is not fazed. ‘Wage inflation does not worry me at all,’ he says.‘The only time you have to start worrying is when you start spending money you don’t have. Then you go into administration, like Queens Park Rangers.I only begrudge footballers if they don’t bloody perform on a Saturday afternoon.‘Chelsea could benefit from the next TV deal [in three years’ time]. Central sales might go.For the first time since 1993, this won’t be a building site. We’ll start to bear the fruit of eight years’ labourIf it did, we think we would be a beneficiary [of individual sales deals], although we have always opposed anything other than central marketing.’ On the subject of changes to the transfer system, Bates says: ‘By signing [striker] Ruud Van Nistelrooy for £19m, Manchester United has just answered the question. All you have is a typical EU bureaucratic bloody fudge, which is going to make it far more complicated to solve disputes.’People from property, planning and construction who have had brushes with Bates have had mixed experiences.Pillar is understood to have discussed a joint venture, but a deal was not struck. In the early 1990s, Bates was embroiled in a war of attrition with John Duggan, whose development company, Cabra, owned the freehold of Stamford Bridge.Totally underestimating the emotion invested in football, Cabra intended to redevelop the site for residential. In response, Chelsea secured its own consent for football and commercial uses from the Labour council and then complained about the aesthetics of Duggan’s scheme – particularly the bricks being used – to force a public inquiry.Duggan was driven to distraction by Bates. Having realised the importance of football, he tried to do a joint scheme with Chelsea that would have allowed the club to stay while Cabra added its development expertise.But Bates struggled to raise the £5m Cabra wanted for this agreement. Eventually, Cabra’s backer,Royal Bank of Scotland, took over Stamford Bridge and sold the ground at a knockdown price to Chelsea.After all, Stamford Bridge had become an embarrassment to the bank and Duggan had already had his life ruined by football fans calling him at home to abuse him.Market sneersToday, the big question surrounding Chelsea Village’s concerns its main shareholder, Swan Management. This offshore company speaks for 26.3% of Chelsea Village and is rumoured to be owned by a South African entrepreneur. Bates, who holds a near 18% stake, knows who is behind Swan but he won’t tell anyone – not even the City.Last month, the Sunday Times reported that internet tycoon Peter Harrison was planning a hostile bid for Chelsea Village with the backing of the trust responsible for the 20%-plus stake of major Chelsea supporter, the late Matthew Harding.A takeover is unlikely, given Bates’s control of the company, and he says he is suing the newspaper to ‘punish’ it for misleading those who bought shares on the back of false hopes.Margaret Casely-Hayford, a partner at law firm Denton Wilde Sapte, who worked with Bates throughout the war with Duggan, says: ‘Ken Bates is a very feisty character. I will never forget how he would pull out of the cupboard every bit of weaponry he could.‘He knows what he wants. You get very clear instructions and, provided you have done your homework, he’s fine. What he doesn’t like are people who dither. Worst of all are people who don’t meet their deadlines.’Bates is contemptuous of contractors, whose delays have affected Chelsea Village. He believes English builders use every problem as an excuse, while his new Australian contractor, Multiplex, sees difficulties as opportunities.Some commentators not only sneer at the Chelsea Village share price but also predict a downturn in the leisure market and a plunge in the fortune of football clubs. To such criticisms, Bates stands his ground.‘If investment banks get into trouble, that’s not our problem – it’s not our market. People visiting Canary Wharf aren’t going to stay here [at Chelsea Village],’ he says. ‘We are small enough to carve out a niche for ourselves.‘The other great thing about football clubs is this: if I said to you, “How would you like to invest in a business where 25% of your turnover is guaranteed three years ahead [from TV money], inflation-linked, another 25% you get up front before you’ve opened your shop on day one of the year [from season tickets], there are no bad debts and you have a tied customer base,” you’d say: “I’ll have a piece of that”.‘The people who can’t run a football club are those who let their supporters’ hearts rule their businessman’s head.’last_img read more

IMF approves US$65.6M in COVID-19 financing – CARICOM Business News

first_imgPlease see the latest edition of the CARICOM Business newsletter which comprises information culled from news entities in the Caribbean and beyond and includes a Foreign Exchange Summary, a Stock Exchange Summary and International Oil Prices. Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC Oct 16, 2020 Tourism in Guyana enjoys record growth – CARICOM Business NewsPlease see the latest edition of the CARICOM Business newsletter which comprises information culled from news entities in the Caribbean and beyond and includes a Foreign Exchange Summary, a Stock Exchange Summary and International Oil Prices. CARICOM Business, 19 July 2019July 22, 2019In “Agriculture”OECD warns COVID-19 could halve global growth – CARICOM Business NewsPlease see the latest edition of the CARICOM Business newsletter which comprises information culled from news entities in the Caribbean and beyond and includes a Foreign Exchange Summary, a Stock Exchange Summary and International Oil Prices.March 10, 2020In “Barbados”Visitors to Jamaica, Antigua and Barbuda to be tested for COVID-19 – CARICOM Business NewsPlease see the latest edition of the CARICOM Business newsletter which comprises information culled from news entities in the Caribbean and beyond and includes a Foreign Exchange Summary, a Stock Exchange Summary and International Oil Prices. CARICOM-Business-12-June-2020DownloadJune 15, 2020In “Agriculture”Share this on WhatsApp CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak CARICOM-Business-1-May-2020 Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Oct 15, 2020 You may be interested in… CARICOM-Business-1-May-2020Download St. Lucia records more cases of COVID Oct 15, 2020 Oct 16, 2020 More deaths from COVID-19 recorded in CARICOM countries,… last_img read more

New identity for BOC Edwards

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Cultural revolution II

first_imgSubscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community Subscribe now for unlimited access To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletterslast_img read more

Ghent developing all-weather terminal

first_imgThe roofed loading bay and warehouse in Ghent represents an investment of more than EUR50 million (USD58.4 million).The multipurpose terminal will be built next to ArcelorMittal’s existing mixed cargo bay and will offer global logistics services, including both breakbulk transhipment activities and warehousing operations.PMV, an investment company founded by the Flemish government with the purpose of investing in infrastructure for sustainable economic development, will be responsible for the design, construction, financing and maintenance of the AWT.With a storage capacity of 60,000 tons (54,431 tonnes), the AWT’s warehouse will measure 240 m long and 60 m wide. According to Euroports, the warehouse will contain two tracks for railcars and three unloading quays for trucks.The roofed quay wall will measure 200 m long and the dock will be 25 m wide, says Europort.According to Euroports, the environmental permit is now being prepared and applied for, with the intention to start building at the end of 2018; the terminal is expected to be operational by mid 2020.northseaport.comwww.euroports.comarcelormittal.comwww.pmv.eulast_img read more

Trump seeks new health chief after Price resignation

first_img WASHINGTON (AP) President Donald Trump is seeking a new health secretary to take the place of Tom Price, ousted after an outcry over flying on costly private charters for official travel.The Health and Human Services chief oversees a $1 trillion department, with 80,000 employees and jurisdiction over major insurance programs, advanced medical research, drug and food safety, public health, and disease prevention.The administration will also have to contend with renewed scrutiny of Cabinet members’ travel. Following news reports about Price, the House Oversight and Government Reform committee launched a governmentwide investigation of travel by top political appointees.Trump has named Don J. Wright, a deputy assistant secretary of health, to serve as acting secretary.Mentioned as a possible permanent successor to Price is Seema Verma, a protege of Vice President Mike Pence. She now leads the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, an HHS division that runs health insurance programs covering more than 130 million Americans.Verma’s immediate challenge is to manage the 2018 open enrollment season under the Obama-era Affordable Care Act, which Trump and the GOP-led Congress have been unable to repeal.Another possible HHS candidate is FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, who won some bipartisan support in his confirmation and is well known in policy, government and industry circles.Price, 62, a former GOP congressman from the Atlanta suburbs, resigned Friday afternoon. His pattern of costly trips triggered investigations that overshadowed the administration’s agenda and angered his boss. Price’s regrets and a partial repayment couldn’t save his job.Price became the first member of Trump’s Cabinet to be pushed out in a turbulent young administration that has seen several high-ranking White House aides ousted. He served less than eight months.On Friday Trump called Price a “very fine person,” but added, “I certainly don’t like the optics” around his travels.Price said in his resignation letter that he regretted that “recent events have created a distraction.”Privately, Trump had been telling associates in recent days that Price was overshadowing his tax overhaul agenda and undermining his campaign promise to “drain the swamp” of corruption, according to three people familiar with the discussions who spoke on condition of anonymity.Price’s repayment of $51,887.31 for his own travel costs did not placate the White House. The total travel cost, including the secretary’s entourage, could amount to several hundred thousand dollars.An orthopedic surgeon turned politician, Price rose to Budget Committee chairman in the House, where he was known as a fiscal conservative. When Price joined the administration, Trump touted him as a conservative policy expert who could write a new health care bill to replace the Obama-era Affordable Care Act.But Price became more of a supporting player in the GOP’s futile health care campaign, while Vice President Mike Pence took the lead, particularly with the Senate. The perception of Price jetting around while GOP lawmakers labored to repeal “Obamacare” -including a three-nation trip in May to Africa and Europe- raised eyebrows on Capitol Hill. Price flew on military aircraft overseas.But House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said Friday that Price had worked hard to help that chamber pass its plan before the GOP effort reached an impasse in the Senate. “I will always be grateful for Tom’s service to this country,” he said.Democrats were glad to see Price go. Some urged Trump to appoint an HHS secretary who would reach out to them.“I hope President Trump learns from this mistake, and looks to appoint someone who can work in a bipartisan way to strengthen health care for all Americans,” said Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J.Price used private charter flights on 10 trips with multiple segments, when in many cases cheaper commercial flights were available. His charter travel was first reported by the news site Politico.The controversy over Price was a catalyst for Congress launching a bipartisan probe of travel by political appointees across the administration. The House oversight committee has requested travel records from the White House and 24 federal departments and agencies.Initially, Price’s office said the secretary’s busy scheduled forced him to use charters from time to time.But later Price’s response changed, and he said he’d heard the criticism and concern, and taken it to heart. Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Trump seeks new health chief after Price resignation SHARE Published: September 30, 2017 10:08 AM EDT last_img read more

The Eastleigh by-election could be improved by lawyers

first_imgWhere are the lawyers of Eastleigh? Or more specifically, as Chris Huhne’s former constituency, site of a coming by-election, has 50 law firms within 4.5 miles of the town centre, why is no candidate in this election paying much attention to legal issues or the law? Even at a cynical electioneering level, 50 local employers looks like an industry to me – yet I can’t find a single candidate’s mention of a serious legal issue. No appeal to this lawyerly mini-constituency’s interests. Nothing on civil justice or legal aid. Zip on human rights – or indeed any rights. Nada on local government powers. Rien on employment law. A search for intellectual property issues mentioned in this election would be long and fruitless one. Planning law gets a bit of a look-in, as the green belt is a contentious issue locally. I don’t expect legal issues to dominate an election – but their absence contributes to the sense that this an election that’s dead from the neck up. The Labour candidate brings a bit of authorial glamour to the election, and writing in the Guardian, has mentioned poverty. But that’s about it for any interesting content in a by-election that falls bang in the middle of some very turbulent times. The Lib Dem candidate is local, safe and concerned about the green belt. The Conservative is local – and, someone has decided, somewhat unsafe as she is largely guarded from the media (a complicated exercise, as various clips on YouTube show). She would like the abortion limit lowered, and is worried about the green belt – and presumably UKIP. UKIP are, in addition to the obvious issue of EU membership, concerned about the green belt. Immigration will probably get a look-in – but mostly in a pretty binary way, and not in terms of the principles of immigration law. I’m obviously simplifying things here – but not by much. Even more than at the peak of my own political activism in 1997, this sort of politics has become about incredibly simple and safe messaging. It isn’t that I expect every candidate to sound like FE Smith or Helena Kennedy. But surely the times we live in call for candidates with a bit of a grip on issues around citizens’ rights, businesses’ rights, the terms on which we settle disputes as families, and with or between organisations – how we make agreements, protect inventions, and guarantee a free press, or our personal privacy? But here’s a chance for the lawyers. In the gaps between the free-ranging journalists the minders are trying to avoid, and as they travel between stage-managed events, the candidates will be walking the streets and trying to meet people. So wherever you sit on some of the issues I’ve mentioned, if you work at one of those 50 firms, and a candidate comes towards you, hand outstretched, wanting a brief chat, why not tell them the law matters? Eduardo Reyes is Gazette features editor Follow Eduardo on Twitterlast_img read more