Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits and Pieces

first_imgThe Bootlegger 100 Proof Dirt Road Ride – On April 25th Lenoir, North Carolina will host the ride. It will start and end in downtown Lenoir and travels through the beautiful and scenic Wilson’s Creek Gorge. There are two routes – 100 mile or 100 kilometer dirt road ride with 8000+ feet of climbing (100 mile route). Visit the event’s Facebook page for more details. Meet the Scott-ODLO and Scott-3Rox teams in California! – Bikerumor readers are invited! The entire Scott ODLO team will be in California from April 8-18. This includes Nino Schurter, Thomas Frischkenecht, Jenny Rissveds, Marcel Wildhaber, and Andri Frischknecht. In partnership with Oakley, Scott will be hosting a pro night on April 9th from 6-9 PM at Bike Religion in Dana Point, CA. The Scott-3Rox team which includes Geoff Kabush, Derek Zandstra, Cam Jette, Marc-Antoine Nadon, Mikaela Kofman, Erin Huck, and Teal Stetson Lee, will all be there.AdvocacyTern Bicycles Partners with EKOCYCLE to Make Sustainable Living Cool – The goal of the EKOCYCLE initiative is to help consumers recognize that items they consider waste may be a part of a lifestyle product they can use tomorrow. It also encourages demand and use of recycled materials and reinforces the importance of recycling finished products. Tern has introduced two limited-edition folding bicycles created for EKOCYCLE™ and will be available at Harrods U.K. along with more than 150 EKOCYCLE lifestyle products, including clothing, accessories, home interiors, technology and active lifestyle products from more than 10 brand partners. tern bicycles.comNutritionInfinit Performance is having a sale on their nutrition formulas –  Buy one custom formula and get the second at 50% off. Use the code SPRING 15 at checkout at  infinitnutrition.us.  It’s only available for a limited time and Infinit’s Mocha Mint MUD is Going Fast! – A refreshing blend of premium ground flax, natural coffee, high quality whey protein isolate with a hint of natural mint and chocolate.GearQuality Bicycle Products to Distribute Robert Axle Project Thru-Axles – The Robert Axle Project started in June 2013 and has since sold axles (12mm thru-axles that allow attachment of trailers to bikes) to customers in over 28 countries. The addition of QBP as a distributor will allow bike shops to order any number of axles direct as needed. Chris Kratsch, President of The Robert Axle Project adds, “We look forward to having the ability to support local and independent bike shops by partnering with QBP. Visit the Robert Axle Project at robertaxleproject.com for more information. North Carolina Bikers Sweep US Open Fat Bike Beach Championships – The inaugural US Open Fat Bike Championships were held in Wrightsville Beach on Saturday, March 14th. Racers from four states competed in three divisions covered distances of 24-miles, 16-miles, and 8-miles to accommodate expert, sport, and beginner skill levels. Click here to see photos from the event. The Encino Velodrome announces a long term sponsorship agreement with Pure Fix Cycles – Pure Fix was named the official bike sponsor of the Encino Velodrom provide their Keirin track series and Keirin Pro track series bicycles for the Encino Velodrome’s new rider and rental program and shall also be named the Official junior bike sponsor with their Micro series 650c wheeled fixed gear bikes for Encino Velodrome’s junior program. The Encino Velodrome is one of the oldest velodromes in the United States and was established in 1961. ContestPlay the Bell 2015 Spring Classics Sweepstakes – Get ready for some epic racing and follow Team LottoNL-Jumbo through 8 races and 36 days. Click now to enter the Weekly Prize Drawing and play the Bell Spring Classics Challenge for bragging rights plus an additional chance to win the Grand Prize, a trip to California to ride with Team LottoNL-Jumbo!Racing and Ride Event NewsChampion System has joined forces with the We Stand United Cycling Club – Champion System will be the Official Title Sponsor of the “Champion System Roubaix Race Series powered by Sheepshead Cycle”. The series will kick off on Thursday, April 2nd and will run until the last Thursday in July. For more information on the events please go to WSUnited.org or register for the event at bikereg.com.last_img read more

TPE17: Mercury Cycling adds G1 carbon gravel wheels, 3D & 0D graphics, and more

first_imgThey were getting requests for it, so the new Mercury Cycling G1 carbon gravel wheel is out a year earlier than they had planned. It uses a 30mm wide rim (24mm internal) that’s 28mm deep. It’s laced to their branded Novatec disc hubs with 24 Sapim Race spokes and brass nipples to come in at 1,540g.Grab the details below and roll through some other new projects… It’s a hookless bead design built for wider tires and lower tire pressures, working with up to a 700×52 but generally recommended for tires in the 40’s. They’re available now for $1,999 MSRP, but check Backcountry.com and you’ll likely find them for less. (Why? Subscribe to The Build Cycle podcast and stay tuned for my interview with them…it’s an interesting strategy!)They’re now offering Onyx hubs as a ~$1,000 upgrade option, which is a unique one for road (you can get it on any of their wheels, though). Onyx’s hubs are a little heavy, but they have a zero degree, instant engagement. While the benefits of quick engagement are well known for mountain biking, roadies haven’t typically been as concerned with such things. Mercury founder Chris Mogridge says there’s data out there that shows quicker engagement can add a few watts’ worth of energy to your ride, though.Word is, Onyx is introducing an alloy freehub body option with steel bite-guard inserts that will drop significant weight off the hubs. Mercury plans on spec’ing that, making them a little more palatable to the weight weenie crowd.After thinking about what all could be done with carbon, Chris wondered why more brands weren’t using the material in more interesting ways. The prototype shown above gets a molded 3D logo, but they’re playing with shaping of the entire rim both for aesthetics and functionality. We saw renderings of some of his other concepts on his laptop and suffice to say he’s thinking way beyond new ways to add branding.At the other end of things is a new laser logo treatment that will be replacing decals on alloy rims. It adds no weight, no depth and looks sharp.MercuryCycling.comlast_img read more

July 15, 2012 Letters

first_imgJuly 15, 2012 Letters July 15, 2012 Letters Letters Service by Email On June 27, I received an email from The Florida Bar sending a copy of the Supreme Court’s latest rule changes. The most troubling change is a requirement that, effective September 1, all court papers must be served by email, in lieu of other methods such as fax and mail.As most of us know, email is not 100 percent reliable. If your server is down due to a power outage, virus, etc., you will never know that you did not receive that motion for summary judgment, proposal for settlement, or notice of hearing from your opponent. If your opponent makes an error in entering your email address, you will never know that you did not receive these things.The Internet is a great thing, and none of us can probably live without it at this point. However, its reliability has not yet evolved to the point where it should become our exclusive means of service. I hope that the court will reconsider this rule change.Kirk M. Gibbons Tampa Court-appointed Counsel Fees Senate Bill 1060, which sets the payment of fees for court-appointed counsel in criminal cases, is unconscionable, and all members of The Florida Bar should be shocked at the maximum fees set for this thankless work.The recent legislatively set fee schedule provides for $2,500 for nonlife felonies, $3,000 for life felonies and $15,000 for death penalty cases, and requires attorneys who accept these cases to agree not to seek higher fees.The Innocence Commission recently concluded such fee limitation increases the likelihood of error by trial counsel, thereby increasing the post-conviction caseload.Former Bar President Hank Coxe noted that “it would be hard to pass a bill that would more effectively guarantee ineffective assistance of counsel.”All Florida Bar members should be shocked by this legislative action and should stand up to ensure the right to assistance of effective counsel to impoverished defendants. I trust the Bar will lead the fight against this irresponsible measure.Teresa J. Sopp Yulee Civility Oath I am delighted that the Oath of Admission to be an attorney licensed in Florida now includes a pledge of civility. It is, of course, sad that such a pledge is now required, that for whatever reason there has been a marked decline in civility within our profession as well as with society at large.Such a pledge should be made mandatory even for licensed attorneys in Florida and for newly licensed attorneys across the country. Indeed, it is a pledge which everyone in our country should take.Civility or manners or etiquette, you choose the name, is the very grease which makes the machinery of human relations run smoothly. “Please” opens more doors than an order barked at someone. “Thank you” shows gratitude for favors, which may then be more likely to be repeated.Perhaps the decline in civility in our profession is due to the practice of law becoming more a business than a profession. That the bottom line becomes the primary consideration. That the increasingly tense competition for legal work causes action which is not so benign. That electronic communication requires less personal contact by which we learn what is right and what is wrong behavior. That the very adversarial system encourages winning at all costs.This pledge of civility will have positive effects. Negotiations may no longer be bogged down or stopped because of ill-mannered lawyer conduct. Poorly mannered lawyers may begin to show more respect for judges and for other court personnel. The public may gain greater confidence in the legal profession when it sees lawyers behaving properly in public.I hope the day will come when a pledge of civility is not required for new attorneys. How much sweeter our world would be if only people acted nicely toward each other whatever the dispute or disagreement.Stephen Schoeman Westfield, NJ Merit Retention I agree with the opinions expressed by Mr. Davidson and Mr. Cuervo in their June 1 letters to the News. I understand the concern that a vocal section of the population with a one-issue position may force a qualified judge off the bench.To my knowledge this has only ever occurred twice in any state in the Union — once in California some years ago and more recently in Iowa. Hundreds, if not thousands, of judges serving under merit retention systems have kept their positions for a number of years. While those few instances may be unfortunate, it is not the end of the world for a judge who can still practice law.I have always been opposed to merit retention on the grounds that some of our appointed judges have not been the most qualified. Instead, they have been popular or politically active lawyers who are well known by the Bar committees that have selected them for appointment. This leaves qualified, but less popular, lawyers with public election as their only route to a judgeship.Unlike some of the Bar’s officers and committee members, I believe that selection and/or retention of our judges should be something that the people have a say about.Wallace W. Hardy Pensacola___________________Having read the various articles and letters in the News regarding the program to educate the public about merit retention, I have a (hopefully not too simplistic) suggestion.Have all candidates for a contested future position on the Board of Governors (as well as all candidates for Bar president) tell us how they did (or would) vote on this issue, and then we cast our votes on the basis of how we feel about that issue.Claudos G. Spears Young Harris, GAlast_img read more

‘Legal incubator’ to induce profitability

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ASP Scan (Weekly) for Jun 22, 2018

first_imgOur weekly wrap-up of antimicrobial stewardship & antimicrobial resistance scansSenators introduce bill to bolster oversight of antibiotics in food animalsToday Democratic US Senators Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), Dianne Feinstein (Calif.), and Richard Blumenthal (Conn.) introduced the Strengthening Antibiotic Oversight Act to strengthen regulation of medically important antibiotics administered to food-producing animals.If passed, the legislation would require the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which oversees the drugs in food animals, to review the duration of use of approved indications for medically important antibiotics labeled for animal use and would give the agency authority to withdraw approvals for unjustified durations. The bill also directs the FDA to use funds collected through animal drug user fees to collect and report data on antibiotics delivered to farms, through sampling of veterinary feed directives and feed distribution reports.Current FDA rules do not contain duration limits regulating how much of an antibiotic can be used in an animal for a specified amount of time for all medically important antibiotics, according to a news release on Sen. Warren’s website.”The FDA has taken a number of steps to address the issue of antibiotic resistance, but with two million Americans developing antibiotic-resistant infections every year, it’s clear that more work needs to be done,” said Sen. Warren.”One way to approach this is to reduce the overuse of antibiotics in animals. I’m glad to partner with my colleagues on a bill to help the FDA collect better data and support more careful use of antibiotics.”Sen. Feinstein added, “Our bill will give the FDA greater oversight and ensure medically-important antibiotics are used sparingly.”Matt Wellington, antibiotics program director for U.S. PIRG, said in a release emailed to journalists, “About a third of the medically important antibiotics approved for use in food-producing animals through feed or water have label indications without duration limits. That means meat producers can use these drugs continuously, which would further increase drug-resistant bacteria.”There are few instances in human medicine where such prolonged antibiotic use would be appropriate. We should apply the same standard to animal medicine and farming.”Jun 22 Sen. Warren news release UK awards $16 million for AMR research in low-, middle-income countriesThe UK’s Medical Research Council (MRC) today announced $15.9 million in grants to four universities to study drivers of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) in Africa and Asia.The AMR in a Global Context Consortia awards, totaling £12 million, are jointly funded by the cross-research council AMR initiative and the National Institute for Health Research’s (NIHR’s) Global Health Research Programme. Teams at the University of Bristol, the University of St. Andrews, the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, and the University of Glasgow won the awards.The 3-year awards will connect UK researchers with scientists and policy makers in partner countries. They will use a range of research approaches—from clinical and microbiological studies to geography, modeling, and social sciences—to address various AMR issues in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, and Thailand.”The NIHR, working in partnership with the cross-research council AMR initiative, is pleased to be supporting four multidisciplinary consortia to identify the factors driving microbial resistance in LMICs and contribute to the development of context-specific interventions to tackle this global health challenge,” said Prof. Chris Whitty, NIHR chief scientific adviser, in an MRC news release.Jun 22 MRC press release Study shows how antibiotic regimen affects resistance in urinary E coliOriginally published by CIDRAP News Jun 19A retrospective multicenter study showed a dose-response relationship between antimicrobial use and resistance in uropathogens in older adults, Belgian researchers reported yesterday in Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control.In the study, microbiological results for individual patient samples, retrieved from 15 voluntary participating clinical laboratories in 2005, were linked with individual antimicrobial consumption and sociodemographic data. The purpose of the research was to study the influence of different variables of antimicrobial prescribing on the occurrence of resistance in Escherichia coli isolated from urine samples in Belgian adults over the age of 65.The final data used in the study contained information on resistance status for 7,397 E coli isolates obtained from 5,650 patients. The results demonstrated that resistance in E coli was higher when more antibiotics (more than nine prescriptions) had been prescribed before isolation of the sample, especially in women (significant interaction P = 0.0016).In addition, the effect of route administration interacted with the number of preceding prescriptions, provided that the number of preceding prescriptions is not extremely high. With up to nine prescriptions, when other variables held constant, the probability of resistance decreased by increase in the proportion of preceding parenteral antibiotic prescriptions (significant interaction P = 0.0067).The authors say the findings on route of administration and antimicrobial resistance, which has previously received little attention, should be further explored.Jun 18 Antimicrob Resist Infect Control study Pizza Hut to stop serving chicken raised with medically important antibioticsOriginally published by CIDRAP News Jun 19The nation’s second-largest pizza chain today announced that it would stop serving chicken raised with medically important antibiotics by 2022.In a statement on its website, Pizza Hut said that the commitment comprises all chicken sold by the company, including chicken wings. Pizza Hut, which stopped using chicken raised with antibiotics important to human medicine in its pizza last year, is the first national pizza chain to commit to an antibiotic policy for chicken wings.Matt Wellington, antibiotics program director for U.S. PIRG, praised the decision. “Pizza Hut’s announcement is another step toward preserving life-saving medicines for what they’re meant for, treating illness,” Wellington said in a press release.The move means that all of the Yum! Brands restaurant chains, which also include KFC and Taco Bell, have now pledged to reduce the use of medically important antibiotics in their chicken supply. Jun 19 Pizza Hut statementJun 19 U.S. PIRG statement Triclosan found to induce multidrug resistance in E coliOriginally published by CIDRAP News Jun 19A team of scientists from the University of Queensland has found that an environmentally relevant concentration of the antimicrobial chemical triclosan induces heritable multidrug resistance in E coli.In a study published recently in the journal Environment International, researchers from Queensland’s Advanced Water Management Centre exposed wild-type E coli to varying amounts of triclosan, ranging from a sub-minimum inhibitory concentration (0.02 and 0.2 milligrams per liter (mg/L), which are environmentally relevant concentrations) to a near-lethal concentration of 2 mg/L. After 30 days of exposure, they measured resistance to eight types of antibiotics.The tests revealed that after 30 days, exposure to 0.2 mg/L of triclosan induced resistance to several antibiotics. Further investigation found that the oxidative stress induced by triclosan caused mutations in several key genes—fabL, frdD, marR, acrR, and soxR. These mutations led to resistance by up-regulating genes encoding beta-lactamases and multidrug efflux pumps—two important resistance mechanisms—and down-regulating genes related to membrane permeability.Study author Jianhua Guo, PhD, said the findings suggest the environmental impact of triclosan—a chemical commonly found in consumer products such as soap and toothpaste—should be investigated.”This discovery provides strong evidence that the triclosan found in personal care products that we use daily is accelerating the spread of antibiotic resistance,” Guo said in a University of Queensland press release. In September 2016, the FDA banned the use of triclosan and other antimicrobial ingredients in over-the-counter soaps, saying they were no more effective at killing germs than plain soap and water. Jun 11 Environ Int abstractJun 19 University of Queensland news releaselast_img read more

Lincoln Electric Promotes David Nangle To Executive Vice President

first_imgLincoln Electric Holdings has announced the promotion of David Nangle to executive vice president of Lincoln Electric Holdings Inc. This new appointment is in addition to his role as president of The Harris Products Group segment.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementAs president of Harris, Nangle has successfully expanded the Harris brand through product innovations and has advanced operational excellence through extensive Lean and environmental, health and safety (EH&S) initiatives. The company says his organizations’ efforts have resulted in a significant improvement in segment profitability and operational efficiency in the past five years. Harris’ achievements have been recognized internally, both with numerous company Chairman Awards, as well as by Industry Week in its nationwide Best Plants competition.“Dave’s strong leadership has been invaluable in advancing Harris toward commercial and operational excellence,” said Christopher Mapes, Lincoln Electric’s chairman, president and CEO. “Today’s announcement recognizes Dave’s successful track record and the value he has created for all of our stakeholders.”Nangle joined Lincoln Electric in 1979 and has held numerous sales management positions with increasing responsibility. In 1999, he was appointed president of the company’s Harris Calorific subsidiary and in 2003, was appointed as president of the company’s retail subsidiary, WCTA LLC. He also was elected president of J.W. Harris Co. in 2005. Nangle holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Roanoke College and a Masters of Business Administration degree from California State University, Fresno.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain.last_img read more

Hard day’s night

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BLS exercises EMU option to operate long-distance routes

first_imgSWITZERLAND: Regional operator BLS has accepted the Federal Office for Transport’s June 12 ruling that it will be granted only two Interregio routes under the long-distance operating concession due to commence in December 2019. It expects to place orders in the next few weeks for eight MUTZ double-deck EMUs to operate the Bern – Biel and Bern – Burgdorf – Olten services. These will be acquired from Stadler under an option in a 2012 contract for S-Bahn stock.On June 21, BLS confirmed that it would not mount a challenge against BAV’s ruling, as this could lead to an uncertain legal situation that could delay the start of operations on its two routes. However, the operator emphasised that it would not be able to implement its plans for improved services that included on-board ticket sales, as operating two rather than five routes would not generate enough revenue. BLS had originally applied to run services from Basel to Brig and Interlaken Ost, as well as Bern to Neuchâtel and La Chaux-de-Fonds.BLS nevertheless welcomed the government’s initiative to open up the market for the long-distance passenger business and noted that the model can be developed further. It committed to submit bids to run additional routes when the concession next came up for renewal.Supporting BAV’s intention to review the tendering process, BLS called for a notice period of at least five years ahead of the next concession award to allow time to acquire rolling stock. It also demanded equal treatment in the financing of new trains; at the moment non-federal railways incur higher financing costs than national operator SBB which can avail itself of federal loans. The basis of the tendering process should also be better specified, with clear quality criteria set for individual routes. In addition, the bid evaluation criteria should be made available at an early stage in the tendering process.last_img read more

Guyana, US sign MOU for counter-narcotic initiative

first_imgThe government of Guyana has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the United States for the operation of a vetted counter-narcotic investigative unit programme.The Vice President and Minister of Public Security Khemraj Ramjattan and US Ambassador to Guyana Perry Halloway signed the MOU on Wednesday.The Vetted Unit Program of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA),is to train, equip and provide necessary assistance to partner countries so specialized units in those countries can meet certain standards and increase capacity in integrity, professionalism, and competence in fighting drug crime.“This program is intended to ensure better investigations and interdiction, and to prosecute and dismantle high-value targets in narco-trafficking networks,” said a release issued following the signing. Members of Guyana’s Law Enforcement sector who will participate in the Vetted Unit Program will have to pass certain background checks, plus tests as to medical and psychological fitness for duty, polygraph testing and random drug testing.The DEA will be responsible for all expenses for training, whether it be local or international. It was noted that the MOU will remain in force for a period of five years.last_img read more

Dominican featured on international business school website

first_img Tweet Sharing is caring! Share EducationLocalNewsTertiary Dominican featured on international business school website by: – February 14, 2014 Sharecenter_img Share 116 Views   4 comments Nicole TongeDominican Nicole Tonge has been featured in an article ‘Nicole Tonge, Down to Business’ on vatel.com, the website of Vatel International Business School Hotel and Tourism Management.Having studied International Hotel Management at Vatel Miss Tonge is currently the assistant housekeeper at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Hotel in Canada, a position she described as being a dream come true.In the article Tonge states that she chose to attend Vatel “simple because of its educational concept where a week of theoretical courses is followed by a week of practical application experiences,” in addition to giving students the opportunity to learn a foreign language and meet people of different nationalities.She stated that during her first internship she was complimented on her ethics and efficiency, which she attributes to the school.There she explained that students receive technical knowledge and practical skills before the first day as an intern.“Even before our first weeks of internships, we already had ‘hands-on’ training. This gave us self-confidence and made us want to do better and better.”During her first internship in the Food and Beverage Department of the Novotel Nice Cap 3000 4 star Hotel, Tonge said she had a lot of responsibilities as a first time intern.“I opened the restaurant by myself and supervised all the breakfast arrangements.”However it was during her second internship at the five star Hotel de la Cite in Carcassone, that she was introduced to accommodations, the area in hotel management she preferred.As assistant housekeeper, some of her duties included being in charge schedules, checking the room and preparing for the arrival of VIP guests on their honeymoons while ensuring that the quality standards were being respected.She also secured a third internship as assistant housekeeper at the four star Concorde Opera Paris Hotel.Miss Tonge received the offer from the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Hotel in Canada, where she is currently based before she concludes her last internship.“I’m proud that I was always on course for my goals,” she said in the interview.As for the immediate future she said she would like to continue gaining experience before beginning her master’s degree.This is all in efforts to becoming the general manager of a hotel and then owner and manager of her own hotel.She noted that her dream is to own this hotel on her “beautiful native island: Dominica.”Nicole is the daughter of businessman Robert Tonge and Juliet Shillingford.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more