MHKS Tue, 22 Nov 2022 20:07:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 MHKS 32 32 Tourist Trophy – the new feature film Isle of Man TT gives a gripping insight into the allure of world famous motorcycle racing Tue, 22 Nov 2022 20:07:46 +0000

This succinct but powerful statement is how Peter Hickman describes his willingness to risk it all in pursuit of the ultimate prize at the Isle of Man TT in ‘Tourist Trophy’ – a gripping new feature offering a revealing glimpse of world fame motorcycle race.

Shot by eminent documentary filmmaker Adam Kaleta as the TT returned this year after successive cancellations due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the gripping 95-minute film explores the lure of racing on public roads around of the unique 37.73 mile mountain course and the inherent danger that comes with it.

From man-of-the-moment Hickman to lesser-known Mike Russell, who was trying to become the first competitor to compete in all six solo races and two Sidecar events, this moving rendition of the TT presents an intimate portrait of the racers. a desire to push themselves and their machines to the limit, and their acceptance of the price so many have paid when things go wrong.

Peter Hickman is featured prominently in Tourist Trophy – a new feature film about the 2022 Isle of Man TT due out on November 23.

In a year where six competitors lost their lives in racing incidents, it was a baptism of fire for Glenn Irwin of Northern Ireland, who was a top rookie for the Honda Racing team.

It was a sobering experience, one which Irwin admitted was the “greatest challenge” he had ever faced in his life.

“We had the best moments of everything, breaking the newcomer lap record, and then we had some really unfortunate incidents before and after breaking that record with the fatalities,” he says in the film. .

A shot of the Tourist Trophy as Peter Hickman looks out over Douglas Bay during the 2022 Isle of Man TT Races.

“I’m new to the TT and I’m still pretty raw and fresh in road racing, but it’s so hard to put on your helmet when you have a few young kids to go.”

He became the fastest TT newcomer of all time with a lap of 129.849mph, but the 32-year-old will not return in 2023.

“I love the TT but I don’t love the event as much as I love my children: the dangers of the TT outweigh the dangers of other events,” he said.

Northern Ireland’s Michael Dunlop won both Supersport races at the 2022 Isle of Man TT to move up to 21 wins.

Every TT rider has to come to terms with the risks involved, but for most competitors setting out on the road to Glencrutchery, regardless of status, the sense of accomplishment and thrill of the chase outweighs any rest.

It’s an event that few on the outside are able to comprehend, and even those of us on the inside have times when we question the role we play in this sometimes cruel sport we participate in. . But the same thing takes you back in time after time: there’s nothing else like it.

“Obviously my thoughts are with anyone who can’t get home this week,” Hickman says in the film, his voice cracking with emotion after winning the Senior TT to secure his fourth victory of the week in June.

“It’s a difficult sport for that. We’ve had a really tough week and there are ups and downs with that; we all know that.

John McGuinness in an image from the Tourist Trophy. The Morecambe man and 23-time winner made his 100th TT start in the Superbike race this year.

“We all absolutely love him, for all the right and wrong reasons. Whichever way you want to look at it, we all know what we’re doing here and a lot of people just don’t get it. My thoughts go to everyone.”

This magnetic appeal of the TT is encapsulated by the continued presence of legendary racer John McGuinness.

Second most successful TT rider with 23 victories behind Joey Dunlop (26), McGuinness returned this year at 50 to start his 100th race with Honda.

He has nothing left to prove and clearly now has a lot more to lose than he has to gain, but the Morecambe man just can’t let go.

“I would love to win again,” McGuinness said.

“I’ve done over 52,000 miles around this track, so I’m probably one of the most experienced on the track. I have my hundredth start and strange things have happened.

Glenn Irwin made his Isle of Man TT debut for the Honda Racing Team and became the fastest newcomer ever.

“I think it’s psychological and it’s in your head when you get to 50 – whoa, that’s it, I’m done. But you’re not. You can still do it.

“I never thought I’d be sitting here now at 50 with 23 wins – I don’t know where that went, it’s like a blur.”

You can’t talk about the TT without talking about a Dunlop and although 21-time winner Michael isn’t interviewed in the film, the Northern Ireland rider’s no-nonsense approach to his race is summed up perfectly by a DJ world famous and unlikely friend Carl Cox.

“He won races because of that aggro, I call it – he rides angry,” says Cox, who is one of Dunlop’s main sponsors.

“He’s been able to smooth that out which makes him faster and he always gets his bearings at certain points on the track where a lot of drivers won’t really go because they think it’s not the racing line or that it’s not safe to be where Michael is.

“But Michael will go there because that’s where he lives: he just lives at this point where he knows no one else will really want to take him.

“I think in his own mind, he has big shoes to fill with the Dunlop dynasty, with his uncle (Joey), his father (Robert) and his brother (William); all of them are obviously no longer there.

“So he is the only one to fly the Dunlop flag. I don’t think he had that as a burden in some ways because for him, that’s what he does; it is his vocation.

An immersive and must-watch for any TT fan, “Tourist Trophy” will air exclusively on TT+ – the event’s official digital channel – from 7:30 p.m. on November 23.

You can sign up for TT+ completely free here to watch the movie plus hundreds of hours of other exclusive free TT content.

To mark the release of the film, the TT+ Live Pass 2023, which offers 11 days of live coverage of next year’s event with an increased schedule of 10 races, will be available for a limited time price of 14.99 £.

TT+ is available online, on mobile and on a range of free apps for Android, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Xbox and Roku.

BOV is the main sponsor of the 15th annual FinanceMalta Conference – Financial Services Tue, 22 Nov 2022 15:11:14 +0000

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Bank of Valletta plc. (BOV) is the main sponsor of the 15e FinanceMalta’s annual conference, to be held on 1 December 2022 at the InterContinental Arena conference center with the theme ‘Learning from the past: looking to the future’. The conference will discuss the lessons and achievements of the financial services industry throughout 2022 and highlight what lies ahead in 2023.

Referring to the theme of the conference, BOV President Dr Gordon Cordina said: “Over the decades we have made our economy a success. We continue to prove our resilience in extraordinarily difficult times. Going forward, we will need to carefully chart our growth path by selecting niche businesses where we can add value based on what we do best, to secure the society and economy we want to live in. tomorrow”

Founded in 1974, BOV is Malta’s leading financial services provider and the largest bank of Maltese origin and ownership. BOV’s services range from personal solutions to retail clients through its branch network, to bespoke financial advice through regional investment centers; business financing through the Business Centers and top-of-the-range services for businesses and wealthy customers through its Premium Banking Center.

FinanceMalta Chairman George Vella said: “FinanceMalta is proud and honored to announce that our main sponsor for this year’s annual conference is BOV. The importance of having such a prominent Maltese financial institution supporting this conference cannot be underestimated. international financial centre, the support of BOV and of all our members is crucial. Our mandate is to promote jurisdiction and contribute to the efforts of all stakeholders to enable the financial services industry to continue to grow and prosper. The annual conference is its best showcase. of this commitment.

The FinanceMalta 15e The annual conference has attracted the interest of many local and international companies, which support the event. These include platinum sponsors Lockton, Finance Incorporated Limited, the Malta Stock Exchange and Zenith Actuarial powered by Optalitix, among others.

This year’s edition of FinanceMalta’s annual conference will be the first fully in-person, face-to-face annual conference since the pandemic. The conference will bring together leaders from Malta and abroad, European Union policy makers, Maltese government officials, heads of global standards organizations, renowned academics, researchers and more.

High-calibre international speakers include former Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Chairman Dr Marcus Pleyer, European Banking Authority (EBA) Executive Director François-Louis Michaud; Futurist and professor of practice at Imperial College Business School, Professor David Shrier, as well as Director of Financial and Enterprise Affairs at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Professor Carmine Di Noia.

The Prime Minister of Malta, Robert Abela, and the President of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola, will speak at the conference.

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This University of Michigan team runs with the pros Tue, 22 Nov 2022 14:50:04 +0000

ANN ARBOR – The University of Michigan apparently has countless student clubs and teams, and Michigan Engineering is no exception. From concrete canoes and human-powered submarines to steel forges and bridges, there seems to be a group for everyone.

But did you know that UM has an electric racing team?

Known as SPARK, the team builds competition-worthy electric motorcycles at the Wilson Center on North Campus and doesn’t stop there. They race them against some of the biggest manufacturers in the world like Ducati and Zero Motorcycles.

SPARK has approximately 100 student members who work together to design, build, market and race the record-breaking bikes. The team’s latest prototype, Atlas, was completed in June.

SPARK’s third electric motorcycle prototype, Atlas, was completed in June 2022 and exceeds 150 mph. (SPARK Electric Race)

“This bike was our most ambitious thing,” said team project manager Peter Jaskoski, a mechanical engineering student. “Instead of taking an old street bike and converting it, we decided to do it all from scratch. Everything from wheels and brakes to building its own battery from scratch.

Jaskoski said the team raced Atlas at New Jersey Motorsports Park and South Haven.

“We were really happy with the performance,” he said. “We got second place in New Jersey against production bikes and people who have a lot of industry behind them.”

Racing against professionals isn’t typical for college teams, Jaskoski said.

Members of SPARK Electric Racing at the University of Michigan built the Atlas prototype from the ground up in 2022. (SPARK Electric Race)

About 50 students were involved in the design and construction of Atlas, which exceeds 150 mph.

“We basically have people from all over campus, and a large majority are engineers,” said SPARK president and graduate student Leo Lavigne. “We take people from commerce, chemistry and all different types of engineering (trainings).

“We (are) a professional racing team, but we also try to develop the skills of young engineers, balancing high innovation and learning as you go. real-world experience.

Business, art, and design majors fuel the team’s marketing efforts, which are essential to the self-funded program.

“We get support from the university, but those are all the grants we have to apply for,” Jaskoski said. “It’s not just handed over to us. We have to work with many corporate sponsors, where we get the majority of our parts and funding. We have to act like a business.

The team hires pro racer David McPherson to race their bikes in competitions. (SPARK Electric Race)

How much does a prototype cost? Atlas cost around $55,000, team representatives said. And the next project will be almost double that. The team also hires a professional racer from Florida to race their bikes.

As for what the future holds, they have their sights set on their first international race – the Isle of Man TT. The world famous race takes place on the small island between England and Ireland, and it has an electric class.

Jaskoski and Lavigne said it would be a game-changer for SPARK.

To learn more about the team, you can visit its website.

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American Healthcare REIT ‘optimistic’ about senior housing despite third-quarter performance – Reuters Fri, 18 Nov 2022 05:08:37 +0000

Retirement housing remains a ‘challenge’, but American Healthcare REIT expects to rebuild occupancy in its portfolio as inflationary pressures ease, the company told investors in a third-quarter update. .

The company on Wednesday reported a 17.9% quarter-over-quarter decline in amended operating funds, equivalent to $30.2 million, for the quarter ending Sept. 30. he said also influenced a 19% drop in funds for operations during the same period. The company declared a quarterly distribution of $0.40 per share as of September 29.

The update highlighted Q3’s “continued improvement” in American Healthcare’s integrated senior health campuses, which make up 35.3% of its portfolio. Other business segments include an operating portfolio of seniors’ residences (15%), specialized nursing facilities (6.1%), seniors’ residences – rented (3.9%), medical office buildings and hospitals.

Quality and efficiency

“We believe our properties should benefit from a greater focus on providing quality healthcare in the most efficient clinical setting,” Danny Prosky, president and chief executive officer, said in a statement. “The long-term outlook for clinical healthcare real estate is positive given the favorable demographics of the coming decades, and we believe we are well positioned to maximize value for our shareholders.”

The REIT has had a turbulent year, with recent mergers making it the 11th largest healthcare REIT in the world. In August, American Healthcare REIT added former Welltower CFO Scott Estes to its board. And in September, it filed a registration statement to pursue an underwritten public offering with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.

Formerly known as Griffin-American Healthcare REIT IV, the company completed in October 2021 a merger with Griffin-American Healthcare REIT III and also completed the acquisition of American Healthcare Investors, the co-sponsor of the two REITs.

The combined company has a gross investment value of approximately $4.2 billion in healthcare real estate assets, with 312 facilities and campuses in the US, UK and Isle of Man.

A detailed look at the Kawasaki motorcycle that Tom Cruise rode in Top Gun Thu, 17 Nov 2022 19:16:00 +0000

Hollywood films have always seen extravagance take center stage. The more action there is, the more entertainment there is and, of course, the more money comes in for the studios. Motorcycles have always added drama like nothing else, from heroes to villains. That’s because motorcycles are cool! Right? Well, motorcycles have impacted the lives of many young people, so that says a lot there. Many people would agree that the motorcycle is indeed a cultural icon.

Some films that have featured motorcycles and have had a huge cultural impact include the A savage with Marlon Brando and of course Superior gun which sees Tom Cruise riding an old Kawasaki superbike.

One person who has had enough screen time with a number of motorcycles is Tom Cruise. The Hollywood action hero’s influence on bikes goes far. With how many motorcycles he’d thrown in movies and owned a few, it’s better to say that when it comes to motorcycles, Tom Cruise and Hollywood go hand in hand, and everyone remembers the Kawasaki GPZ900R Maverick rides in Top Gun.

November 2022 Update: Tom Cruise may have had another big blockbuster with the new Top Gun: Maverick movie, but we still can’t stop talking about the old Kawasaki GPZ900R motorcycle he rode in the original Top Gun movie, and which also made an appearance in the new one.

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The Kawasaki GPZ900R is special

Top Gun Maverick Tom Cruise rides the Kawasaki GPZ900R
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One of the reasons that made the GPZ900R a legend is the fact that it was considered the predecessor to modern sports bikes, just like the Lamborghini Miura is to supercars. Part of the reason this Kawasaki superbike became famous was its appearance in Top Gun. That aside, the bike on its own was very innovative for the mid-1980s. Kawasaki released the GPZ900R, affectionately known as “GPZ” in 1985. It was a sub-litre sport bike, considered the spiritual successor to the Kawasaki Z1. A year before the GPZ launched, the ZX750 Turbo garnered a lot of attention for the amount of engineering it brought to the table. But the GPZ was a closely guarded secret for nearly six years, while development of the ZX750 began in 1981.

The ZX750 was introduced much earlier despite its short development period, while Kawasaki took its time with the GPZ900R. When the GPZ came out, the bike left everyone in awe of the amount of fancy technology it had at the time. It was so capable that six months after it was unveiled to the press, dealers entered three factory GPZ900R motorcycles in the Isle of Man Production TT and finished first and second on the podium.

Given that the Isle of Man is one of the prestigious but notoriously dangerous motorcycle races known to mankind, to excel in this race was an incredible feat for the bike. This, combined with an important factor, which we will come back to later, made Tom Cruise choose the Kawasaki GPZ900R for Top Gun. In Top Gun: Maverick, Tom Cruise was spotted riding a Ninja H2R; the fastest Kawasaki to date, and which is heavily influenced by the GPZ900R, which also makes a nostalgic appearance in the film.

The Kawasaki GPZ900R was built to go flat out

Top Gun Kawasaki GPZ900R
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Right off the bat, the Kawasaki GPZ900R used a 908cc 16-valve inline-4 engine with liquid cooling. The GPZ develops an astonishing power of 115 hp at 9,800 rpm! Remember that was 1985, where numbers like these are rare for race bikes, let alone a homologated production bike.

The turbocharged ZX750 (often called the GPZ turbo), often compared to the GPZ900R, produced 112 horsepower but used an entirely different setup. The GPZ900R used a steel frame, 16-inch front wheels and 18-inch rear wheels, air suspension and an anti-dive fork as part of its chassis, while using the engine as the stressed member.

Importantly, however, Kawasaki has positioned the engine lower in the frame, allowing it to maintain a lower center of mass and enabling stunning levels of performance. The Kawasaki GPZ900R can complete the standing quarter mile in under 11 seconds – 10.976 to be precise! It’s an amazing feat for a production motorcycle with license plates to achieve such levels of performance in the 1980s.

Despite its tire-shredding performance, the GPZ was a comfortable city bike, thanks to the new suspension and a crankshaft counterweight that eliminated secondary vibrations. Along with that, the smartly designed aerodynamic fairing along with the comfortable riding position made the Kawasaki GPZ a good companion for long distance trips.

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Many firsts were seen in the Kawasaki GPZ900R

Top Gun Motorcycle: Kawasaki GPZ900R
Via: BikesRepublic

Being the grandfather of modern superbikes, the GPZ brought many industry firsts. For starters, the Kawasaki GPZ900R was the first production motorcycle in the world to break the 150 mph mark. With a top speed of 155mph, Maverick had no doubts about which bike he’ll be riding in Top Gun, especially when he’s more used to flying supersonic fighter jets.

On top of that, the GPZ was the first production bike to feature liquid cooling and 4 valves per cylinder with an overhead valve design. The list does not end there, the GPZ is the first bike to introduce a variable damping system which was used in the forks and marketed as anti-dive forks. The GPZ900R also featured an aircraft-inspired recessed spring-loaded fuel cap that replaced the cumbersome twist cap. To top it off, the GPZ900R was the very first Kawasaki motorcycle to wear the Ninja badge. The GPZ900R was definitely one of the most exciting motorcycles on the planet back in the days of the first Top Gun movie, and that’s why it made its way to the big screen. He also touched the hearts of many young motorcycle enthusiasts and certainly had a huge influence on young people around the world.

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]]> Former Meta and Pinterest Executive Joins Sequoia-Backed Decentralized Social as COO Wed, 16 Nov 2022 19:05:02 +0000

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DeSo Foundation: Former Meta and Pinterest Executive Joins Sequoia-Backed Decentralized Social as COO
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Former Meta and Pinterest Executive Joins Sequoia-Backed Decentralized Social as COO

Los Angeles, USA, 8 November 2022, Chainwire

SA seasoned technical lead brings deep expertise in business development, partner ecosystems, and go-to-market to DeSo, the leader in blockchain technology for creator content.

Key points to remember

  • Salil Shahformer Meta and Pinterest executive, joined DeSoa new blockchain platform that raised $200 million from Sequoia, Andreessen Horowitz, CAA, and Coinbase.

  • The announcement comes after two consecutive months of more than 120% month-over-month growth for the platform.

  • Shah’s motivation to join comes from his belief that DeSo has the potential to transform the creator economy.

After years of developing the category-defining technology that powers its infrastructure, Sequoia, backed by DeSo recruiting Salil Shaha seasoned executive with experience at Meta and Pinterest, to scale the business.

As the only Layer 1 blockchain capable of powering content-rich social applications, and with over $200 million in funding from Sequoia, Andreesen Horowitz, Coinbase, CAA and others, DeSo was already well positioned to succeed.

Now, with an experienced senior executive like Shah in place, DeSo can accelerate its mission to re-imagine the creator economy and expand web3’s reach from finance-only apps to creator-focused social apps and more.

“Empowering and supporting creators is a mission I am deeply passionate about,” says Shah. Shah mentions that DeSo built the first blockchain platform that allows social content to be stored directly on the channel, giving creators more ownership, the ability to engage with fans across platforms and the opportunity to establish direct financial relationships with fans.

“I am thrilled to join this incredible team and partner with Nader to grow the business as the industry evolves into the next phase of the web-powered Internet of Creators.3,” he keeps on.

Shah joins Nader Al-Naji, the founder of DeSo, and will complement Nader’s deep technical expertise with his extensive business experience as a senior executive and business leader.

Lead an emerging category

Shah joins as the emerging “decentralized social” category begins to show signs of early growth, with DeSo recently hitting 120% month-over-month growth (following 160% growth the previous month) .

“This growth is driven by the DeSo ecosystem hundreds of third-party apps, who are now starting to gain loyalty,” says Al-Naji. For instance, diamond and Desofy earned creators over $20 million in their early days through new monetization primitives such as social tips, social NFTs, and social tokens.

Meanwhile, tools like OpenProsper, a social block explorer, provides unparalleled insight into the ecosystem. And other new apps like pearla web3 Instagram, NFTza decentralized NFT marketplace, and DAODAOa Kickstarter-style social fundraising tool, are launched and mature.

“We see a flywheel starting to form,” says Al-Naji. “Now that we have a seed of users and content, developers are building apps like never before, which is driving usage and content even further in a virtuous circle.”

DeSo recently listed on Coinbase, and its mission to reinvent the creator economy has never been more relevant, along with Twitter founder Jack Dorsey recently proclaiming that Twitter should be “an open-source protocol”, and the recent purchase of twitter by Elon Musk.

About DeSo

DeSo is a new layer 1 blockchain designed from the ground up to decentralize social media and scale storage-intensive applications to billions of users. DeSo’s mission is to decentralize social media the same way Bitcoin and Ethereum decentralized finance.

You can learn more about DeSo and claim your username at


Arash Ghaemi

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Piel Island – Walney, England Wed, 16 Nov 2022 18:24:52 +0000

Located just half a mile off the Furness Peninsula, Piel Island is a small spit of land with an extraordinary local tradition. It can be reached by ferry from the island of Roa or on a guided walk through the sand at low tide.

Near the island’s pier you will find the Ship Inn, which was built in the 18th century and later expanded. The owner is known as “the King of Piel”. Tradition holds that the monarch is crowned in a ceremony believed to have been invented by a group of drinkers in the 1800s remembering an uprising that began on the island in 1487. Alcohol is poured over the head of the monarch as they sit in an ancient chair holding a sword. Pub visitors can also take part in a ‘Knight Ceremony’ where, in order to have the honor of sitting on an oak seat, they must purchase a round of drinks for the entire pub. The most recent king is a former underwater electrician who was chosen from more than 200 applicants and crowned in September 2022.

The island is a site of great historical interest. A motte and ruined 14th century castle (now managed by English Heritage) overlooks the west coast of the island. It had important connections to Furness Abbey – it was here that the Abbots of Furness stored their grain and wool as well as controlling shipping and trade with the Isle of Man and Ireland. Smuggling was widely known; In 1423 the merchants of Calais issued a petition complaining that Furness Abbey was smuggling wool from the island without paying the official duty.

Thirty years later, the island played a part in a plot to overthrow King Henry VII. In 1487, Lambert Simnel landed on its coasts with a detachment of Flemish and Irish troops. They claimed he was the Earl of Warwick and as such the rightful King of England. Simnel set out for London but was defeated by the king’s men at the Battle of Stoke on 16 June and arrived in London as a prisoner of Henry VII. It is this uprising which would be at the origin of the tradition of the “king of Piel”.

Over the centuries the island continued to play an important role in controlling shipping entering the harbor and in 1875 a row of cottages was built for pilots and customs administrators. At that time, the land belonged to the Duke of Buccleuch. He gave it to the people of Barrow-in-Furness in remembrance of those who lost their lives in the First World War.

The “king” and his family are the only permanent residents of the island. Some of the harbor pilots’ and customs officers’ cabins are privately owned or used by sailors.

There is a shingle beach which offers views of the nearby seal colony on Walney Island and the offshore windfarm beyond. The island itself is a nature reserve and home to a number of seabirds including eider duck, herring gull and black-headed gull. At low tide, wading birds such as redshank and shore duck can be seen.

Know before you go

Piel is an offshore island. There are ferries to the island from Roa Island during the summer. Station: Roose (4 miles from Roa Island) Barrow-in-Furness to Lancaster Line. Postal code of the island of Roa LA13 0QN. There is parking on the island. Please check the Piel Ferry Facebook page for up-to-date information regarding service times and weather conditions.

It is possible to spend the night. The Ship Inn offers bed and breakfast accommodation, there is a dormitory and a campsite.

Visitors can also walk on the sand with a local guide at low tide. A guide is essential as much of the coastline is dangerous due to quicksand and tidal currents.

John McGuiness Honda CBR1000RR-R SP 100th TT Start replacement… Wed, 16 Nov 2022 09:03:08 +0000

A living legend of Isle of Man TT Races gets a very special limited edition bike this fall, like John McGuinness’ 100e The departure of the TT is commemorated by an exclusive Blade of Fire CBR1000RR-R SP.

Much of John’s success on the Isle of Man has been aboard Honda powered machines, be it the archetypal Fireblade or the smaller capacity CBR600RR. This success has led to a lasting relationship with the Honda brand, both here in the UK and in Japan. The fruits of this relationship led Honda UK to create a series of very special edition CBR1000RR-R SP Fireblades, completed to celebrate its 100th anniversary.e IoM TT starts.

Strictly limited to just 30 units, the bike is based on the latest generation SP variant of the 30e Anniversary Fireblade, making it about as nifty as it gets. It is also based on the same bike we rode on a track day at Donington Park with John earlier this year.

John McGuinness Honda CBR1000RR-R SP 100th Start Replica Details

Setting the bike apart from the stock machines are a host of add-ons and, of course, that commemorative paint job. The gold paint job features gold detailing and a film strip showing all John’s TT starts on a Honda engined machine. Lucky owners will also receive gold wheel stripes, perfectly replicating the bike he rode on Sunday June 5e, 2022; its 100e TT departure.

Going even further, the new bike is adorned with a bolt-on kit from Honda and stocked with trinkets for the man/woman cave at home. Bolts include carbon fender and fender, seat cowl and taller screen. The bike will also arrive shod in Metzeler Racetec RR tires, with the stock, OEM hoops supplied in the crate. Each machine will be individually numbered, with a plaque on the headstock marking the importance of the bike. As an added special touch, John will hand sign all the bikes, and since no two signatures are the same, each machine is fundamentally unique.

To spruce up the space these bikes will likely sleep in (at least until they double in value), the new owner will also receive a custom Fireblade garage mat, bike cover, and 3D laser etched crystal with a design of the John McGuinness 100th Start Replica. Not only that, but MCPint himself will be camped out at Honda Racing in Louth for delivery of the machines, patiently waiting to hand them over to their happy new owners.

Hopefully he won’t be there too long, it’s cold in Louth!

The John McGuinness CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP 100th Start replica will be showcased at Motorcycle Live 2022 later this month, and orders can be placed through your local Honda dealership. It has also been confirmed that no more than 30 copies will be produced, with a price tag of £30,000.

Speaking of the new bike, John said:

“The stars have aligned for me to be back on a Honda Fireblade for my 100th TT start. It’s a great bike and it meant a lot to me throughout my career. And, if I think about it, so many other runners over the past 30 years too. I’m proud of my connection to his place in TT history and of that, my cue. There is no event like the Isle of Man TT in the world and this bike celebrates Honda racing, and my own part. It feels good. Very well.”

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Team Land Cruiser Toyota Auto Body aims for 10th consecutive T2 victory in Dakar Tue, 15 Nov 2022 05:11:34 +0000

While the T2 class is generally overshadowed by its other four-wheeled T1 counterparts, Team Land Cruiser Toyota Body dominated T2 at Dakar Rally winning it every year since 2014. For 2023, they will attempt a decade sweep.

The team revealed the Toyota Land Cruiser 300 GR Sport at Sanage Adventure Land at Toyota City on Monday. Chairman of Toyota Auto Body Co., Ltd. Keiji Masui highlighted the importance of using the Dakar Rally to build a “a car that can go anywhere and come back alive.”

Akira Miura will return as a main driver after winning T2 in 2018, 2021 and 2022. Miura joined Toyota Auto Body in 2005 before becoming a mechanic for the Dakar team in 2007 and becoming a driver in 2016. He represented the team in various events, including the Silk Way Rally in Russia, the Mint 400 and Vegas to Reno in the United States and the Rallye du Maroc in Morocco. The latest event, a stage of the World Rally Raid Championship like Dakar, was won by Miura in October.

Miura and copilot Laurent Lichtleuchter worked together for eight years and were involved in the development of the Land Cruiser 300.

French Touring Car Champion Ronald Basso will once again be Miura’s teammate. He made his Dakar debut in 2009 alongside his father Jean-Claude Basso, then raced an SSV with Julien Ménard before being hired by Toyota in 2021 to replace the three-time T2 winner. Christian Lavieille. Jean Michel Polato will work as his teammate.

Yuji Kadoya continues as crew chief, a position he has held since 2015. Nineteen crew members will maintain the two Land Cruisers.

The 2023 Dakar Rally begins on December 31, 2022.

How does the court recover money in NSF check cases if the defendant has refused to pay? – Fund management / REITs Mon, 14 Nov 2022 00:11:15 +0000

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Reforms related to NSF checks were recently introduced by the UAE government. These reforms were introduced through Federal Legislative Decree No. 14 of 2020. The new law made amendments to Federal Legislative Decree No. 18 of 1993 relating to commercial transactions (Commercial Transactions Law) and the old penal code of the United Arab Emirates.

Previous post and new changes

The main changes relate to the evolution of the delinquency attached to the offense of check without funds.

Previously, under the former Penal Code of the United Arab Emirates (Federal Law No. 3 of 1987), an NSF check due to insufficient funds could result in criminal penalties in the form of imprisonment (Section 401) . However, the new law removed this provision from the Penal Code, which effectively means that there will be no criminal liability if the check bounced due to insufficient funds.

The new law instead provides the following remedy in the event of insufficient or unavailable funds: if a check is NSF, the payee may use the NSF check to file a claim for enforcement in the courts of the UAE in under article 635 bis.

Article 635 bis of the amended law on commercial transactions states the following. “The check on which a notice of unavailability or insufficient funds is affixed by the drawee constitutes an enforceable instrument under the regulations for the application of the aforementioned Federal Law No. 11/1992, and its bearer may request total or partial forced execution.

The provisions, procedures and rules set out in the implementing regulations referred to in this article govern its execution and contestation.

The amended Commercial Transactions Act also allows the payee of the check to obtain partial payment of the check under Section 617 of the Commercial Transactions Act. This applies when the funds available are less than the value of the check. The issuer will certify that the partial payment has been made, the right of the beneficiary to collect the sums still due remaining to be recovered.

Execution procedure

Accordingly, once the bank confirms the unavailability or insufficiency of funds, Article 635 bis of the amended Law on Commercial Transactions allows the beneficiary to file a request for execution in accordance with the Civil Procedure Law (Federal Law No. 11/1992) in the courts of the UNITED ARAB EMIRATES. This essentially means that enforcement proceedings can now be brought against the issuer of the check and as part of the enforcement proceedings, the court could order the seizure or seizure of chattels, shares and property real estate, etc. of the issuer of the check (up to the value of the check).

Preliminary seizure and other actions under civil procedural law

If the judgment creditor considers, on the basis of serious indications, that the debtor will flee, tamper with or conceal his funds, resulting in the loss of the guarantee of the creditor’s right, the creditor may ask the court to temporarily seize the goods and assets of the debtor under Article 111 of Cabinet Decision 57 of 2018 on Regulation of Federal Law No. 11/1992 on Civil Procedure. The court may conduct necessary investigations, request statements, evidence and affidavits before accepting the request for seizure.

In addition to the provisional seizure of the debtors’ assets, the creditor may, in accordance with Cabinet Decision 57 of 2018, as part of the enforcement proceedings, request the court to impose: (a) the seizure/seizure of the movable assets or debts of the debtor in the hands of a third party; (b) seizure/seizure of stocks, bonds, income and shares; (c) seizure/seizure and sale of real estate; and (d) bankruptcy proceedings.

The content of this article is intended to provide a general guide on the subject. Specialist advice should be sought regarding your particular situation.

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