Boe BergesonManaging partner and developer,RJM ConstructionOwner, C2 Tactical (opened in 2013)Boe Bergeson is a managing partner and developer at RJM Construction, but in his spare time he owns and operates C2 Tactical gun range in Tempe. Bergeson said the gun range is a great way to stay connected to the community in the East Valley and helps support the gun community. Bergeson’s gun range also came with the idea for the phone app “Zombies in Phoenix.” C2 Tactical offers several zombie packages for a unique twist on the gun range experience, and the app offers consumers the ability to simulate those experiences. In addition to real estate and shooting, Bergeson’s adventurous interests include skiing, scuba diving and fly fishing.What did you think you’d be when you grew up? I had a pretty active imagination as a kid and still do. That said, when I do grow up I will let you know. In my younger years, I always had an interest in development/construction and always wanted to own my own business. I feel fortunate that I have the ability to do both at this stage in my life with RJM and C2 Tactical.What is the best business advice you’ve been given?There is an opportunity in every situation and every business dealing. The key is to find it. Try to see that opportunity. Don’t dwell on the problems. Find solutions, look to capitalize on that opportunity for you and your business, partners and project team(s).What made you want to get involved with C2 Tactical?I knew from our ownership and involvement in Caswells (shooting range) in Mesa that the East Valley was ready for new indoor shooting experience. I wanted to take all the great things we do and are able to do well at Caswells and add in the elements that we could not offer — such as corporate events, parties and the simulator experience — and package that into a new facility in a great location. To date, the response we receive from our customers has been great.Why are you passionate about C2 Tactical?It’s a great business that creates opportunity for people from all walks of life. I enjoy the development side of what we do, and I have fantastic business partners, great managers and employees that execute our mission within the business operations. It’s exciting to create a new facility the supports an industry and way of life that we are passionate about while creating jobs for people and a great experience for firearm enthusiasts (new and old, male and female).Tell us about the phone app inspired by C2 Tactical.The inspiration for the new game app comes from a few unique features and things we are doing at C2:• One of the great things about C2 Tactical is its fun nature, culture and commitment to being a friendly family environment. We wanted to continue that trend in a very real and active environment on individuals’ phones. Our ability to take our brand to an app for phones and tablets lets folks enjoy a fun extension of C2 Tactical during their day when they cannot be at the range.• We also wanted to be able to tie some of our in-store offerings into a game application that keeps our current and future customers excited about their next trip to C2 to enjoy the indoor shooting experience (out on the range with a zombie package or in the simulator with a zombie scenario).• We also like the ability of our game app users to be able to play online, accumulate points and redeem those points for in-store value on real goods and services. We’re excited to be able to reward our customers for their time investment they have spent with us online.
Intercargo said that due to the Covid-19 pandemic approximately 300,000 seafarers remain trapped on board their ships, with 35 to 40 percent of all seafarers serving beyond their Seafarer Employment Agreement (SEA) contracts – some working up to 17 months on board.The association explained that whilst it supports the International Maritime Summit on crew changes that saw 13 countries sign agreements to facilitate the changes, the safety of crew, ships and cargoes will be compromised if progress is not made soon.Dimitris Fafalios, chairman of Intercargo said: “The situation is reaching farcical proportions. We have seen crew changes refused because a Covid test could not be carried out within the prescribed 48-hour window before the crew’s arrival, despite the journey to the port taking three days.“The two key bottlenecks are the airlines unwillingness to make flights available between shipping destinations and crew source countries; and the lack of commitment from health and immigration authorities to facilitate seafarers travelling and issuance of visas.”Jay Pillai, vice chairman of Intercargo added that the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) protocol for key worker classification is not being honoured by all port states: “This is inhumane and countries should bear full responsibility for it. Some governments are not facilitating the crew change even for their own citizens.“More and more countries are prohibiting crew changes, though they welcome the cargoes the ships bring to support the welfare of their society.”Intercargo said that attention should focus on measures such as accurate and diligent testing. Seafarers should be tested prior to departure from their home country and tested again at arrival to port prior to going on board ship. Similarly, seafarers disembarking from ships shall be tested prior to coming ashore or flying out. If tests are negative, they shall be exonerated from quarantine. Moreover, port states should allow seafarers to sign off without confirmed flight tickets and wait in isolation hotels.Intercargo also urged the airline industry “not to forget seafarers during these difficult times”.Seafarer, superintendent, specialist technician and surveyor travel to and from ships before the Covid-19 crisis was a huge source of revenue to airlines, with hundreds of thousands of tickets purchased annually.www.intercargo.org
City law firm Humphries Kerstetter says it has become the first firm of its kind to openly publish its prices online.The boutique litigation firm published hour rates of its lawyers online this week. The firm’s homepage now has a list of prices which relate to the lawyer’s seniority.Partner James Russell told the Gazette the decision came off the back of the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) study into transparency and subsequent recommendations by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.Russell said: ‘It’s something we have always been open to and was not an issue that we had to debate strongly. More transparency, and knowing how much something costs, is a good thing. We believe our prices are competitive but it’s hard to know if no one is publishing their costs.’He added that publishing rates would also help the firm with its ‘terms of engagement’ as the prices, which are non-negotiable, ‘will already be known’.As well as hourly rates, the website also includes details about instances when the price may change, including scenarios under a conditional fee or damages-based agreement. Such arrangements are generally supported by commercial funding and insurance, the firm said.The SRA has had price publishing in its sights for some time but was encouraged to act after the CMA’s recommendations last year. The CMA spent a year analysing the legal market and came out in support of greater transparency.The SRA has also indicated that it is keen for firms to publish details of complaints.Humphries Kerstetter said it would want to see what the take-up of those proposals would be, but added that it would consider implementing any measures that mean clients have the relevant information.The rates are as follows.Senior partner: £500 per hourPartners: £330 to £400 per hourSenior associates: £220 per hourAssociates: £180 per hourJunior associates: £140 per hourTrainees and paralegals: £80 per hour
Soccer Manchester City scored two late goals five minutes apart to beat Real Madrid 2-1 in the first leg of the last 16 in the Champions League on Thursday (NZT). Francisco “Isco” Alarcon put Madrid ahead in the 60th minute after a mistake by Man City midfielder Rodri, but Gabriel Jesus evened the match with a header in the 78th and Kevin De Bruyne scored the winner by converting an 83rd-minute penalty after a foul by Dani Carvajal on substitute Raheem Sterling. Madrid played the final minutes without defender Sergio Ramos after he was shown a red card for a foul to stop an 86th-minute breakaway by Jesus. “Happy for the victory, of course, but for the performance as well,” Man City coach Pep Guardiola said. “They started really well in the first 15 minutes, but after these 15 minutes we played really good. But it’s still not over. If there is one team in the world that can overcome this, it’s this club (Real Madrid).” City, likely playing in their last Champions League before having to serve a two-year ban from UEFA, were the most dangerous team throughout the match but couldn’t get past Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois until Jesus’ close-range header. UEFA recently handed Man City a ban from European competitions for the next two seasons after a panel found that they had seriously breached financial regulations and failed to cooperate with investigators. The club filed an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, but if the punishment stands, City won’t be back in the Champions League until the 2022-23 season. Guardiola said he is not using the ban to motivate his players this season. “We cannot control what happens off the pitch, we can only control what happens on the pitch,” he said. “It’s not easy for our club to live (through this), but I’m confident that everything is going to go well. Hopefully the board and the lawyers can convince UEFA that we did the right things, not the wrong things.” In Thursday’s other match, a rare goal from combative midfielder Lucas Tousart gave hard-working Lyon a 1-0 home win against Juventus. Tousart, who was sold to German side Hertha Berlin last month but loaned back for the rest of the season, netted in the 31st minute with a neat volley from a cross by midfielder Houssem Aouar. Italian champions Juventus are bidding to end a 24-year-wait to win the Champions League, but woke up too late in this match. Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo threw his arms up in the air after the referee ruled against his late claim for a penalty, following an apparent push from behind by Lyon defender Jason Denayer. – AP
Five Tipperary teams feature in the Munster Junior League this afternoon.In Division 1:8th placed Clanwilliam welcome 5th place Newcastlewest to Tipperary town. Top of the table Clonmel also have home advantage against their closest rivals Skibbereen.And 6th placed Kilfeacle have second from bottom St Mary’s at home.All those games kick off at 2:30.Then, in Division 2, both Tipperary teams have away fixtures.Bottom of the table Thurles travel to second from bottom Castleisland, and Fethard, who lie in 6th, go to 2nd place Clonakilty.Both those games also get underway at 2:30.